Saturday, October 07, 2006

Idaho Research

I personally visited the Franklin County record offices, searching for land and other records which would document the date of Benjamin's arrival in Preston, Idaho. The record office has a paper card catalog index to the numerous record books in the county office. I searched for the Curtis, Reynolds, and Card surnames and found numerous entries for each name. Photo copies were obtained for several records. Follow-up is needed in order to exhaust the records that are available.

A personal visit with the Preston City Cemetery sexton was made on two different occasions. At the time of my visit, the records were not organized. The sexton made copies of the few records that were found. Walking the rows in the cemetery ended up being the best way to find the family grave sites. A pictoral history was made of the cemetery, documenting the Curtis family burial locations, including all the extended family members.

Cemetery and other records were searched on microfilm at the Family History Library. One example:
  • Historical Scrapbook of Preston and vicinity; FHL film 237808 item 1. Notes: Benjamin was mentioned as the father of DeWilton (Cap C.D.) Curtis. Benjamin was also mentioned as a tax payer in school district #36, signing a petition against changing boundary lines of the school district. He protested the change because it would result in bringing about a division of the district, and would make it necessary for some children to cross the Bear River and attend school in the community of Battle Creek. The scrapbook included a picture of the school.

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