I have been doing some research this weekend on the Crowder family and I thought I would show you part of the process and how I use some of the materials available at the library. There is a lot of information on the internet and much of it is very informative and helpful. However, nothing beats the facts and figures found on old microfilm records! Yes, names are often misspelled. Yes, dates are occasionally wrong. But everything I use for family research is simply one more tool, and each tool- court records, tax records, church records, wills, newspapers, censuses, etc.- may provide one more name or date or location that I need to find an elusive family member. There are six names provided by these court records. Now I can look for these same people in other records for the time period in Blue County. I can also look for relationships since they are in the same place at the same time. My next task will be to look for the Crowder family in the local census records.
Blue County Court Records, Book 1, CTN 26
Salina Crowder vs. Van
Case No. 383. Choctaw Nation vs. Jefferson Folsom, murder. Witnesses: Davis, Thompson Carn, Sibby Crowder, Silas Hunter, Ben Frazier.
From the index of Cases from November 1890
Crowder, B. C. vs. Estate of Crowder
W. A. Horton vs. Estate of Jno Crowder
Case 128. The report of J. H. Bryant was presented to the court for examination against John F. Crowder for violating the herdsman law, 8 April 1890. Acquitted after examination of the county court, July 7, 1890. G. W. Gardner, Judge
Paid as witness, one day, Blucher Crowder
Case 125. The Choctaw nation vs. John Crowder was filed, October 5, 1891. The case was dismissed 4 January 1892.
Case 150. The Petition of Sophia Crowder asking for letters of administration on the estate of John Crowder, deceased, march 7, 1892. It was granted 4 April 1892.
Case 155. John Crowder vs. J. Bingham. Frank Burris, witness.
Case 169. The account of H. B. Crowder vs. Estate of Jno Crowder, deceased was presented, April 4, 1892. It was allowed 6 September 1892.
Case 171. Account of W. G. Clark vs. Estate of Jno Crowder, April 4, 1892 was allowed 6 September 1892.