Ancestry.com has the estate case file of my 4th great-grandfather John McMichael. I was looking for evidence of the parent-children relationship between this John and his son John. John died intestate and being able to find a nice tidy list of heirs is hit or miss when it comes to administrations. Lucky for me this administration did have a list of heirs but…
… here is the interesting part. John’s estate file is in TWO parts. There was only one entry in the index and this entry links to the second part. I noticed that the image of the file jacket said Box 35, Part II. I started clicking backwards through the images and found Box 35, Part I which had another 21 pages. If I hadn’t gone backwards through the images I would have never found this and I would have missed out on a lot of great info.
This is another example of not trusting the index.
Pike County, Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999, John McMichael Estate Case File 1841-1849, Box 35, Part I and II; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 May 2016).
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