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The OSWALD and OSWALT Books
 
The four W's of family history are Who were they?  What did they do?  When and Where did they do it?  These four W's are covered in detail in the OSWALD and OSWALT books described below. These books are not family histories, as such, for any specific OSWALD or OSWALT family, but most assuredly could provide some missing links to your particular family history for either of these two names, or related families. This material was gathered by the Lee's during a ten-year search throughout the Western United States for information on these two names. These books are the next best thing to actually going to each of hundreds of county courthouses to research the records yourself.
 
Bill Lee's birth-name was OSWALD.  In 1987 he and his wife, LaVonne Lee, began traveling from county to county in the Western states, doing research on a number of family names, OSWALD among them.  It soon became evident that the similarity in the names OSWALD and OSWALT caused problems in the public records, and were sometimes confused for each other.  As a matter of fact, Bill's OSWALDs were at one time OSWALTs.  Consequently, the Lee's began gathering information on both names.  The end result has been a great deal of information gathered on these two names.  Wishing to share this information with others who are interested in the history of OSWALDs and/or OSWALTs, the Lee's prepared the books described below and are now offering them to the public.
 

OSWALD and OSWALT

in Idaho, Montana and parts of Colorado

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

119 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2009.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9818048-6-6
ISBN-10:  0-9818048-6-1.

During the late-1980s and early-1990s the Lee's visited over 800 county courthouses throughout the Western United States, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of   OLSWOLD, OSVALDO, OSSWALD, OSTWALD, OSTWALT, OSVALT, OSWELD, OSWOLD and OSVOLD. Part of that effort included visiting every county courthouse in the states of Idaho and Montana, and five county courthouses in southeastern Colorado.  The end result of this research effort is the book OSWALD and OSWALT Idaho, Montana  and parts of Colorado.  The information reported covers the period from the mid-nineteenth century into the 1990s.  This easy-to-reference book includes thumbnail sketches of nearly 1000 public records including 437 marriages, 336 civil and criminal court cases, 82 probates, 35 births, 40 deaths, 32 military discharge recordings and a smattering of other records like voter registrations and naturalizations.  Also included are 51 articles from local histories and newspapers dealing with those surnames from as early as 1899. Every name  in this  book is indexed – more than 4500 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 900 OSWALDs, 100 OSWALTs, 240 OSTWALDs and 100 OSTWALTs.

Any OSWALD or OSWALT researcher who has connections in Idaho or Montana is sure to find a family connection they are missing.  Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Idaho, Montana and  parts of Colorado would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber. 

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Idaho, Montana and parts of Colorado is $21.95.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Introduction to

OSWALD and OSWALT

in Idaho, Montana and parts of Colorado

During the early and mid-1990s we visited every county courthouse in the states of Montana and Idaho, and a few in Colorado,   gathering information on a number of family names, OSWALD among them. Because of the similarity of the names, we included the name OSWALT and other similar sounding OS______ names in our research. This is a book of facts gathered during those research trips from the public records of those states on those names.  Similar books published earlier deal with records related to the two names from the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Utah, Wyoming and the Dakotas.  These books may be found in a number of libraries and may be purchased from us at http://www.baseballundertaker.com.  We have gathered data from other western states and plan on publishing that data in the future as well.

In addition to searching county records, we also visited libraries, looking for articles on the subject names in local histories and in newspapers. We have selected some of these articles and presented them in the first section of the book. These articles have been presented in chronological order by date of occurrence with citations to the source of the information.

The second section of the book contains thumbnail sketches of every record we could locate from every county courthouse in the two-state area plus those from the Colorado counties we visited.  If any county in the states of Montana or Idaho is missing from the book it is because we did not find any OSWALD or OSWALT records there. 

The county records we concentrated on most were marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths and military discharge recordings.  Conspicuously absent from this list are land records.  Even though we recognize the genealogical value of these records, we did not include land records in the book because of the volume of this type record.  We also did not include court records from any of the lower courts.  Only records from the district courts are included.  Records in city courts and lower county courts are too voluminous and contain such things as minor (and some not so minor) traffic violations.  Not only does searching these records take an inordinate amount of time and book space, the maintenance of these records is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another, and often not available.  However, the presence of OSWALDs  or OSWALTs in a particular area can be determined from the records we have included, and further research can be performed in a specific area if one desires.

Marriage records are listed first, then civil and criminal court cases, probates, birth records, death records and military discharge recordings. Each group of records is presented in order by date of occurrence, within record type, within county. The counties are listed in alphabetical order. On occasion two or more marriages will be shown for a person with the marriage records, then one or more divorces indicated in the Civil Court records. Then a birth record for the person, a death record and a military discharge record.  Obviously the birth occurred before the marriage, the divorce before the second marriage, the discharge before the death and the death before the probate.  But the records appear in the book as shown because of our chosen grouping for the records.

The third section of the book is the index.  To the best of our knowledge, every name in this book, with the exception of those in this introduction, is contained in the index. Women's names have been indexed to their pre-marriage name and to their married name. For example, on page 53 you will see that Melanie HALL married Gerald Edward OSWALD.  Melanie is indexed under both OSWALD and HALL.  Gerald’s parents were Lester Albert OSWALD and Ruth Ellen THURBER.  Ruth is indexed under both OSWALD and THURBER.  The number of occurrences of a name in a column, if more than once, is given by a number enclosed in parenthesis, and the column is indicated by "a" for the left column, and "b" for the right column.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses. First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses. Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither. The norm is somewhere between these two extremes, and our experiences are generally around the norm.  We were somewhat disappointed that we were denied access to “public” court records in some counties, but every record involving the researched names that we were allowed to see are included in the book.

We have attempted to report the data as we saw it. However, some of the source material is sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret. There are instances where the same person's name will be spelled one way on one document, and differently somewhere else. The names OSWALD, OSTWALD, OSWALT and OSTWALT seem to be confused and interchanged for each other.  There are occasions where what is obviously the same person will be recorded as OSWALD on one document and OSTWALD on another.  We have attempted to report what we saw except in rare instances where we reported what we thought, with an educated guess, the record should be. The early holographic records are sometimes difficult to read, and a person’s signature is sometimes the only evidence of a person’s name on a document.  We all know how difficult it is to read some people’s handwriting, but once again, we have attempted to report what we thought we saw.

It was somewhat rare to discover there were OSWALDs, OSTWALDs, OSWALTs and OSTWALTs all living in Yellowstone County, Montana.  We are sure that it was an adventure on the part of county employees to keep these folks identified correctly in the records, and we found evidence where OSWALDs were noted as OSTWALDs, vice versa and so on.  We have attempted to keep the correct names tied to the correct record, but are sure that in some instances we have failed.

Try as we might, there are also cases where we have introduced errors in the transcription of the data, though we have made every attempt to minimize this type error. Some of the records list a great deal of information, others hardly any. We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records. Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation. We are not attorneys, and have attempted to only summarize the content of the court cases. Any individual interested in more detail on these cases may find the case files available to the public at the indicated county by requesting the specified case number.

As mentioned above, we have several similar books for OSWALDs, OSWALTs, and other names for different localities all over the Western United States.  Information on all our books may be found at http://www.baseballundertaker.com, or you may correspond with us at blee@baseballundertaker.com.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible. First has to be the many fine citizens of Colorado, Idaho and Montana who provided services for us during our several months there during the 1990s. Those people include RV park employees, service station employees, restaurateurs, and in general, every one of the fine people we had the privilege to come in contact with. The personnel at the various libraries and archives were especially helpful, and deserve a special thanks. Last, but not least, we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful as well. It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records. These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                              Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                              Harlingen, Texas
                                                                                                              February, 2009

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OSWALD and OSWALT

in parts of California

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

64 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2009.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9818048-7-3
ISBN-10:  0-9818048-7-X.

During the mid-1990s the Lee's visited county courthouses throughout the Western United States, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of OBWALD, OSCHWALD, OSEWALT, OSSWALD, OSTVOLD, OSSWALT, OSSWOLD, OSTEWALD, OSTWALD, OSTWALT, OSVALD, OSWALTS, OSWOLD and OSWOLT. Part of that effort included library and internet searches for those names in public records for the state of California.  The end result of this research effort is the book OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of California.  The information reported covers the period from 1940 to 1997 for death records and 1960 to 1985 for marriage records.  This easy-to-reference book includes thumbnail sketches of over 1200 public records including marriages, deaths, a few birth records from Fresno County, cemetery inscriptions and interesting articles from local histories and newspapers.   The more than 1200 public records reported include over 556 marriages and 671 deaths.  Information for the death records is a combination of data from microfiche provided by the California State Health Department, indices from the internet and the Social Security Death Index and cemetery inscriptions.  Inscriptions from OSWALD or OSWALT tombstones from 33 cemeteries are included along with 10 articles dealing with people with those surnames from as early as 1914. Every name  in this  book is indexed – more than 2500 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 1100 OSWALDs and 300 OSWALTs.

Any OSWALD or OSWALT researcher who has connections in California is sure to find a family connection they are missing.  Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of California would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber. Your research may uncover an OSWALD or OSWALT family member who is a prominent prominent San Diego personal injury attorney or political figure.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in California is $16.95,  including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Introduction to

OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of California

In 1987 we began traveling from county to county throughout the Western United States, doing research on a number of family names, OSWALD among them.  It soon became evident that the names OSWALD and OSWALT were often interchanged for each other, so we quickly expanded the scope of our search to include both names, as well as other similar names.  During the summers of the late 1980s and early to mid 1990s we visited every county courthouse in a number of states and a few county courthouses in some other states, gathering data on the two surnames.  The facts reported in most of our books were gathered from exhaustive searches of county courthouse records and libraries in the titled states.  Books published earlier  in the OSWALD/OSWALT series are OSWALD and OSWALT in Oregon, OSWALD and OSWALT in Washington, OSWALD and OSWALT in the Desert Southwest, OSWALD and OSWALT in Kansas, OSWALD and OSWALT in Missouri, OSWALD and OSWALT in Nevada, OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, OSWALD and OSWALT in Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming, OSWALD and OSWALT in the Dakotas, and OSWALD and OSWALT in Idaho, Montana and parts of Colorado.  These books may be found in many libraries and may be purchased directly from us. 

OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of California is the last of our OSWALD and OSWALT series of books, as we have exhausted our material and are no longer engaged in on-site courthouse research.  Other books in the series include abstracts of actual courthouse records that we personally viewed at courthouses throughout the Western United States.  This book is a little different.  The on-site courthouse research in this book was performed only in the California county of Fresno.  Time constraints did not allow us to do our usual thorough research even in that county, as we only searched marriage, birth and death records – no court or probate records.  Most of the information in this book came from the internet and marriage records provided by the California State Health Department  for the years 1961 to 1985.  Death records are from 1940 to 1997 and are a combination of information provided on microfiche by the California State Health Department  for those years, data lifted from http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/, information from http://www.findagrave.com/ and data from the Social Security Death Index.   The information provided by these sources is, at best, only index in nature and changes from year to year.  We did our best to match records and report as much information as we could find from the various sources.

Some of the data in the sources we used is sometimes questionable.  For the most part the data was manually transcribed from the source document into the computer and does contain errors.  First, transcription errors do happen, and secondly, the source material is quite often nearly illegible.  Some of the surnames are weird, to say the least.  They just might be weird names, but correctly reported.  Or they may be transcription errors, or perhaps truncated.  Be aware of the fact that our book is a secondary source, taken from secondary sources.  There is no true substitute for primary sources, and even those may be in error.

The book is divided into four main sections.  The first section contains selected articles from local histories and newspapers.  These are copied verbatim and are presented chronologically by date of publication.  A good many family connections and a great deal of family and local history can be found in these articles.  The second section of the book contains cemetery inscriptions.  This information also came from the internet’s http://www.findagrave.com/. The third section contains Vital Records – mostly marriage records and death records – derived from the sources described above.  As mentioned, except for Fresno County that we did personally visit, the information came from the  indices described.  If a county is missing in the book it is because there were apparently no OSWALD or OSWALT recordings in that county for the years described.  Within each county we have presented marriage records first, followed by birth records, then death records.  Each group is in chronological order by date of occurrence.

The last section in the book is the full-name index.  Our index is, literally, an every-name index, and then some.  Every person in the book is indexed, including both the married name and pre-married name for females.  That is, making the assumption that the time-honored custom of the bride taking the husband’s surname is adhered to.  We have also indexed the maiden and married names of women when both names are obvious.  For example, on page 15 you will find that  Loren P SHAY married Diane M OSWALT.  We have indexed Diane under both OSWALT and SHAY.

As mentioned above, we have done a great deal of research on family names.  A full list of all our published research efforts may be seen at http://www.baseballundertaker.com, and our books may be purchased through that website.  We thank you for your interest in our work.  Please do not hesitate to let others know about our books.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make all our books possible.  First has to be the many fine citizens of all the Western States we visited who provided services to us during our travels.  Those people include RV park proprietors and employees, service station operators, restaurateurs, librarians, cemetery workers and, in general, all the fantastic people we had the privilege of coming in contact with.  And we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and even those few who were not quite as helpful, as well.  It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records.  These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                 Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                 March 2009

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OSWALD and OSWALT in the Dakotas

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

104 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2008.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9818048-3-5
ISBN-10:  0-9818048-3-7

During the mid-1990s the Lee's visited each of the county courthouses in the states of North and South Dakota, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of OSCHWALD, OSSWALD, OSTWALD, OSVALD, OSVOLD, OSWOLD and OSZWOLD. The end result of this research effort is the book OSWALD and OSWALT in the Dakotas.  The information reported covers the period from the mid-1800s into 1996.  In some cases it is possible to follow a family through four generations in the Dakotas, from birth to marriage, court engagements through to death and probate.  This easy-to-reference book includes thumbnail sketches of 921 public records including 288 marriages, 178 civil and criminal court cases, 84 probates, 260 births, 101 deaths and 10 military discharge recordings.  Tombstone inscriptions from two cemeteries and 65 interesting articles from local histories and newspapers are also included.  Every name  in this  book is indexed - over 3200 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 1100 OSWALDs, nearly 100 OSTWALDs, almost 100 OSVOLDs, but only a handful of  OSWALTs.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in the Dakotas would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber. 

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in the Dakotas is $20.95,  including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Introduction to

OSWALD and OSWALT in the Dakotas

During the early and mid-1990s we visited every county in the two Dakota states  gathering information on a number of family names, OSWALD among them. Because of the similarity of the names, we included the name OSWALT and other similar sounding OS______ names in our research. This is a book of facts gathered during those research trips from the public records of those states on those names.  Similar books published earlier deal with records related to the two names from the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Nebraska, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Utah and Wyoming.  These books may be found in a number of libraries and may be purchased from us at http://www.baseballundertaker.com.  We have gathered data from other western states and plan on publishing that data in the future as well.

In addition to searching county records, we also visited libraries, looking for articles on the subject names in local histories and in newspapers. We have selected some of these articles and presented them in the first section of the book. These articles have been presented in chronological order by date of occurrence with citations to the source of the information.

The second section of the book contains headstone inscriptions from two cemeteries located in south central South Dakota.

The third section of the book contains thumbnail sketches of every record we could locate from every county courthouse in the two-state area.  If any county in those two states is missing from the book it is because we did not find any OSWALD or OSWALT records there. 

The county records we concentrated on most were marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths and military discharge recordings.  Conspicuously absent from this list are land records.  Even though we recognize the genealogical value of these records, we did not include land records in the book because of the volume of this type record.  We also did not include court records from any of the lower courts.  Only records from the District courts are included.  Records in city courts and lower county courts are too voluminous and contain such things as minor (and some not so minor) traffic violations.  Not only does searching these records take an inordinate amount of time and book space, the maintenance of these records is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another, and often not available.  However, the presence of OSWALDs  or OSWALTs in a particular area can be determined from the records we have included, and further research can be performed in a specific area if one desires.

Marriage records are listed first, then civil and criminal court cases, probates, birth records, death records and military discharge recordings. Each group of records is presented in order by date of occurrence, within record type, within county. The counties are listed in alphabetical order. On occasion two or more marriages will be shown for a person with the marriage records, then one or more divorces indicated in the Civil Court records. Then a birth record for the person, a death record and a military discharge record.  Obviously the birth occurred before the marriage, the divorce before the second marriage, the discharge before the death and the death before the probate.  But the records appear in the book as shown because of the chosen grouping for the records.

To the best of our knowledge, every name in this book, with the exception of those in this introduction, is contained in the index. Women's names have been indexed to their pre-marriage name and to their married name. For example, on page 37 you will see that Olaf SOLBERG married Elna OSWALD.  Elna is indexed under both OSWALD and SOLBERG.  The number of occurrences of a name in a column is given by a number enclosed in parenthesis, and the column is indicated by "a" for the left column, and "b" for the right column.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses. First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses. Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither. The norm is somewhere between these two extremes, and our experiences are generally around the norm.  We were somewhat disappointed that we were denied access to “public” court records in some counties and were required to pay a fee in some South Dakota counties to review “public” court records.  These records are indicated throughout the book.  In our research we look at so many court records that it would be out of the question to pay to look at records.  Consequently, it is our policy that we do not include these “pay to review” records in our research. 

It must also be mentioned that in Grand Forks County, North Dakota, we were not allowed to see probate records and in Emmons County, North Dakota, we were not even allowed access to court or probate indices.  Probate records are the most public of “public” records, and in all our years of research these denials of access were firsts for us.  However, a real plus in both North and South Dakota was that birth and death records were open to the public.  This is not the case in most states, so we are pleased to be able to include these valuable genealogical records in our book.

We have attempted to report the data as we saw it. However, some of the source material is sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret. There are instances where the same person's name will be spelled one way on one document, and differently somewhere else. The names OSWALD, OSWALT and OSTWALD seem to be confused and interchanged for each other.  There are occasions where what is obviously the same person will be recorded as OSWALD on one document and OSWALT on another.  We have attempted to report what we saw except in rare instances where we reported what we thought, with an educated guess, the record should be. The early holographic records are sometimes difficult to read, and a person’s signature is sometimes the only evidence of a person’s name on a document.  We all know how difficult it is to read some people’s handwriting, but once again, we have attempted to report what we thought we saw.

One person was especially confusing, and perhaps descendants of this person know what her name really was.  Elida OSWALD, the wife of Oluf OSWALD, is shown in the North Dakota records with at least three different maiden names, perhaps more.  A fourth and fifth possible name that we discovered for her are most probably  spelling aberrations of a similar name.  Her marriage record on page 35 and her husband’s death record on page 38 give her maiden name as LUNDGAARD.  Her husband’s obituary on page 8 shows her maiden name as EDWARDSON, and a witness at her wedding (page 35 again) was Anhordale (?) EDWARDSEN.  Then her obituary on page 12 gives her maiden name as RAFFLESON, while her death record on page 41 shows her father’s name as REFFLESON.  Confusing to us, but probably very logical to some astute family researcher.

Try as we might, there are also cases where we have introduced errors in the transcription of the data, though we have made every attempt to minimize this type error. Some of the records list a great deal of information, others hardly any. We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records. Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation. We are not attorneys, and have attempted to only summarize the content of the court cases. Any individual interested in more detail on these cases may find the case files available to the public at the indicated county by requesting the specified case number.

As mentioned above, we have several similar books for OSWALDs, OSWALTs, and other names for different localities all over the Western United States.  Information on all our books may be found at http://www.baseballundertaker.com, or you may correspond with us at blee@baseballundertaker.com.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible. First has to be the many fine citizens of Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming who provided services for us during our several months there during the 1990s. Those people include RV park employees, service station employees, restaurateurs, and in general, every one of the fine people we had the privilege to come in contact with. The personnel at the various libraries and archives were especially helpful, and deserve a special thanks. Last, but not least, we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful as well. It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records. These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                      Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                             Harlingen, Texas
                                                                                                             October, 2008

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OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

143 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2008.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9818048-0-4.
ISBN-10:  0-9818048-0-2.

During the early and mid-1990s the Lee's visited each of the county courthouses in the states of Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of OLSWOLD, OSEWALT, OSSWALD, OSTWALD, OSTWALT, OSVALD, OSVOLD and OSWOLD. The end result of this research effort is the book OSWALD and OSWALT in Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming.  The information reported covers the period from 1868 into the 1990s.  In some cases it is possible to follow a family through five generations in the three states, from birth to marriage, court engagements through to death and probate.  This easy-to-reference book includes thumbnail sketches of over 1000 public records including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, military discharge recordings and more than 70 interesting articles from local histories and newspapers.   The 1000 public records reported include over 500 marriages, 300 civil/criminal court cases, including divorces, 100 probates and 50 other type records such as military discharge recordings, births and naturalizations.  The counties with the heaviest concentration of OSWALD/OSWALTs are the Nebraska counties of Cuming, Deuel, Douglas, Hall, Hamilton, Lancaster, Richardson and Seward; and Salt Lake County in Utah.  However the OSWALD/OSWALT names occur throughout the other counties in the three state area as well.  Every name  in this  book is indexed - nearly 6000 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 1500 OSWALDs, nearly 100 OSWALTs and about 100 OSTWALDs.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber. 

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming is $24.95,  including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Introduction to

OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming

During the early and mid-1990s we visited every county in the three states of Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming gathering information on a number of family names, OSWALD among them. Because of the similarity of the names, we included the name OSWALT and other similar sounding OS______ names in our research. This is a book of facts gathered during those research trips from the public records of those states on those names.  Similar books published earlier deal with records related to the two names from the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri.  These books may be found in a number of libraries and may be purchased from us at http://www.baseballundertaker.com.  We have gathered data from other western states and plan on publishing that data in the future.

In addition to searching county records, we also visited libraries, looking for articles on the subject names in local histories and in newspapers. We have selected some of these articles and presented them in the first section of the book. These articles have been presented in chronological order by date of occurrence with citations to the source of the information.

The second section of the book contains thumbnail sketches of every record we could locate from every county courthouse in the three-state area.  If any county in those three states is missing from the book it is because we did not find any OSWALD or OSWALT records there. 

The county records we concentrated on most were marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths and military discharge recordings.  Conspicuously absent from this list are land records.  Even though we recognize the genealogical value of these records, we did not include land records in the book because of the volume of this type record.  We also did not include court records from any of the lower courts.  Only records from the District courts are included.  Records in city courts and lower county courts are too voluminous and contain such things as minor (and some not so minor) traffic violations.  Not only does searching these records take an inordinate amount of time and book space, the maintenance of these records is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another, and often not available.  However, the presence of OSWALDs  or OSWALTs in a particular area can be determined from the records we have included, and further research can be performed in a specific area if one desires.

Marriage records are listed first, then civil and criminal court cases, probates, birth records, death records and military discharge recordings. Each group of records is presented in order by date of occurrence, within record type, within county. The counties are listed in alphabetical order. On occasion two or more marriages will be shown for a person with the marriage records, then one or more divorces indicated in the Civil Court records. Then a birth record for the person, a death record and a military discharge record.  Obviously the birth occurred before the marriage, the divorce before the second marriage, the discharge before the death and the death before the probate.  But the records appear in the book as shown because of the chosen grouping for the records.

To the best of our knowledge, every name in this book, with the exception of those in this introduction, is contained in the index. Women's names have been indexed to their pre-marriage name and to their married name. For example, on page 52 you will see that Harry E OSWALD married Ethel ROTH.  Ethel is indexed under both OSWALD and ROTH.  Her parents were Sam and Mary (SCHROCK) ROTH.  Imogene is indexed under both SCHROCK and ROTH.  The number of occurrences of a name in a column is given by a number enclosed in parenthesis, and the column is indicated by "a" for the left column, and "b" for the right column.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses. First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses. Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither. The norm is somewhere between these two extremes, and our experiences are generally around the norm.  In general, the people in the three-state area covered by this book were more helpful than some experiences we have had in other states.  Considering the emphasis put on genealogy and family history research by the Mormons, we were somewhat disappointed in the quality of records found in Utah, especially in the smaller, rural counties, and we had to get special, supervisory approval to even look at the marriage records in Salt Lake County.  However, the quality and accessibility of Utah county courthouse records seems to be improving with time.

We have attempted to report the data as we saw it. However, some of the source material is sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret. There are instances where the same person's name will be spelled one way on one document, and differently somewhere else. The names OSWALD, OSWALT and OSTWALD seem to be confused and interchanged for each other.  There are occasions where what is obviously the same person will be recorded as OSWALD on one document and OSWALT on another.  We have attempted to report what we saw. The early holographic records are sometimes difficult to read, and a persons signature is sometimes the only evidence of a persons name on a document.  We all know how difficult it is to read some people’s handwriting, but once again, we have attempted to report what we thought we saw.  There are also cases where we have introduced errors in the transcription of the data, though we have made every attempt to minimize this type error. Some of the records list a great deal of information, others hardly any. We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records. Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation. We are not attorneys, and have attempted to only summarize the content of the court cases. Any individual interested in more detail on these cases may find the case files available to the public at the indicated county by requesting the specified case number.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible. First has to be the many fine citizens of Nebraska, Utah and Wyoming who provided services for us during our several months there during the 1990s. Those people include RV park employees, service station employees, restaurateurs, and in general, every one of the fine people we had the privilege to come in contact with. The personnel at the various libraries and archives were especially helpful, and deserve a special thanks. Last, but not least, we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful as well. It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records. These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                                          Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                                          Harlingen, Texas
                                                                                                                          May, 2008

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OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Missouri

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

136 pages, double-columned, full-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2006.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9795830-2-5.
ISBN-10:  0-9795830-2-0.


During the mid-1990s the Lee's visited each of the county courthouses in the state of Missouri, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of OSCHWALD, OSEWALT, OSSWALD, OSSWALT, OSSWOLD, OSTEWALD, OSTWALD, OSVALD, OSWALTS, OSWOLD and OSWOLT. The end result of this research effort is the book OSWALD and OSWALT in Missouri.  The information reported covers the period from 1836 into 1996.  In some cases it is possible to follow a family through four generations in Missouri, from birth to marriage, court engagements through to death and probate.  This easy-to-reference book includes thumbnail sketches of 1500 public records including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, military discharge recordings, directory listings, cemetery listings and interesting articles from local histories and newspapers.   The 1500 public records reported include over 900 marriages, 250 civil/criminal court cases, 200 probates and 50 military discharge recordings.  The counties with the heaviest concentration of OSWALD/OSWALTs are Cooper, Atchison, Pettis, Henry, Boone, Clay, Perry, Jackson, St Louis and, of course, St Louis City.  Although these are the counties where lots of OSWALD/OSWALTs lived, members of the families from these counties, and elsewhere, lived throughout the state.  Every name  in this  book is indexed - over 4500 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 1300 OSWALDs and 300 OSWALTs.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Missouri would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Missouri is $23.95,  including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Introduction to

OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Missouri

During the mid-1990s we visited each of Missouri's 114 counties, plus St Louis City, gathering information on a number of family names, OSWALD among them. Because of the similarity of the names, we included the name OSWALT and other similar sounding OS______ names in our research. This is a book of facts gathered during that research trip, from the public records of the state of Missouri on those names.

In addition to searching county records, we also visited libraries, looking for articles on the subject names in local histories and in newspapers. We have selected some of these articles, as well as some cemetery listings, and have included these in the first section of the book. These articles have been presented in chronological order, followed by the cemetery listings, with citations to the source of the information.

The second section of the book contains the abstraction of records from each of the state's county courthouses. If a county is not included, it has been omitted because we did not find any OS_____ recordings in that county. Marriage records are listed first, then civil and criminal court cases, probates, birth records and death records (when we were able to find them at the county level) and, finally, Military Discharge Recordings. Each group of records is presented in order by date of occurrence, within record type, within county. The counties are listed in alphabetical order. On occasion two or more marriages will be shown for a person with the marriage records, then one or more divorces indicated in the Civil Court records. The divorce actually occurred between the marriages, but it appears in the book afterward, because of the chosen grouping for the records.

The final section of the book contains a list of OS____s now living in Missouri. These names were taken from switchboard.com, and we make no claim to listing all the OS____s now living in the state. We only hope the listings are reasonably accurate.

To the best of our knowledge, every name in this book, with the exception of those in this introduction, is contained in the index. Women's names have been indexed to their pre-marriage name and to their married name. For example, Alice WOLLERY, who married Sherman OSWALD, is indexed under both WOOLERY and OSWALD. Likewise, Amanda OSWALD, who married William BABBITT, is indexed under both BABBITT and OSWALD. The number of occurrences of a name in a column is given by a number enclosed in parenthesis, and the column is indicated by "a" for the left column, and "b" for the right column.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses. First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses. Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither. The norm is somewhere between these two extremes, and our experiences are generally around the norm.  In general, the people in Missouri courthouses were quite helpful and pleasant to work with, with one glaring exception. The person in charge of Probate Records in Cooper County had established a policy that prevented the public from viewing Probate Records in that county on any day but Friday, and then, only for a fee. For starters, we were not there on a Friday, and, secondly, we had our own policy of not paying to view so-called "Public Records". This was especially disappointing to us since Cooper County had such large OSWALD population that dated back to the middle 19th Century. We were allowed to look at indices, so the existence of a Probate Record is indicated in the book, but no information is given, other than a name. Perhaps one of you will be in Boonville on a Friday, and be willing to pay to look at the records. With the large number of records we research, there is no way we can afford to pay for all the records we view, and fortunately, we have never run into this situation in the past. One other minor irritation was the Civil and Criminal Court Records for St Louis City. When Bill told the clerk we wanted to look at indices from the beginning of time to current, she said, "You have to be kidding!" We knew it was time to back off, so there are no Civil and Criminal Court Records for St Louis City. This is somewhat disappointing, because we have done research in large cities before and found some of our best record systems in large cities, but we knew that would not be the case in St Louis.

The genealogical information in Missouri records is not as comprehensive as that in most other states we have researched. An example is the information in marriage records. A number of states have birth dates, birth places, occupations, and information on the parents, such as names, birth places and occupations. Not so, in most instances, in Missouri. We have reported what we were able to find. In a good many cases, we were unable to locate case files for court cases. These files contain, most importantly, the petition, or complaint, that tells the essence of the case, and in the case of divorces, genealogical information such as date and place of marriage and data on children such as names and ages. In a good many cases the only information we could find was in a Judgment Docket that would only indicate the outcome of a case, but none of the information described above. There also seemed to be lapses in the court records. It was obvious that OSWALDs lived in an area for many years, but no court actions. Rather unusual.

We have attempted to report the data as we saw it. However, some of the source material is sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret. There are instances where the same person's name will be spelled one way on one document, and differently somewhere else. Once again, we have attempted to report what we saw. There are also cases where we have introduced errors in the transcription of the data, though we have made every attempt to minimize this type error. Some of the records list a great deal of information, others hardly any. We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records. Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation. We are not attorneys, and have attempted to only summarize the content of the court cases. Any individual interested in more detail on these cases may find the case files available to the public at the indicated county by requesting the specified case number.

We have several similar books for OSWALDs, OSWALTs, and other names for different localities all over the Western United States.  Information on all our books may be found at http://www.baseballundertaker.com, or you may correspond with the researchers at blee@baseballundertaker.com.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible. First has to be the many fine citizens of Missouri who provided services for us during our several months there during the mid-1990s. Those people include RV park employees, service station employees, restaurateurs, and in general, every one of the fine Missourians we had the privilege to come in contact with. The personnel at the various libraries and archives were especially helpful, and deserve a special thanks. Last, but not least, we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful as well, even that person in Cooper County. It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records. These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.

                                                                                                                          Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                                          Harlingen, Texas
                                                                                                                          August, 2006

OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Nevada

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

80 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2004.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9818048-1-1.
ISBN-10:  0-9818048-1-0.


During the summer of 1990 the Lee's visited each of the county courthouses in the State of Nevada, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames. Even though Nevada has a heritage dating back to the mining camps of the 1860s, for the Lee's purposes it is mostly a Twentieth Century phenomenon.  The Lee's found few records dating back to the nineteenth century, but since the 1940s it has become popular to get married or divorced in Nevada, sometimes both in the same day. Consequently this book is loaded with marriage and civil court information for OSWALDs and OSWALTs, most for people from  places other than Nevada.  The book contains thumbnail sketches of public records found in county courthouses - more  than  600 marriages,  nearly  80 court  cases and a smattering of probates,  births and deaths along with  directory listings and interesting newspaper articles. Every name in the book is indexed - nearly 4000 names associated with OSWALDs and OSWALTs, more than 200 OSWALTs and nearly 800 OSWALDs.  Similar names found in the index are OSCHWALD, OSTWALD, OSVALD, OSVOLD, OSWAL and OSWOLD.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Nevada would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT researcher.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Nevada is $18.95, including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


OSWALD and OSWALT
in the
DESERT SOUTHWEST

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

70 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2004.

During 1989 and 1990 the Lee's visited every county courthouse in the states of Arizona and New Mexico, gathering information on the OSWALD/OSWALT name from records available to the public.  The end result is this attractive, easy-to-reference book that contains thumbnail sketches of nearly 600 public records including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, deaths, military discharge recordings, a cemetery list and interesting articles from newspapers and local histories. Every name in the book is indexed - more than 2400 names of people that were associated with the OSWALDs and OSWALTs, including nearly 600 OSWALDs and over 300 OSWALTs.  Other  similar  names  in  the  index  are OSCHWALDOSSWALDOSTWALD, OSVOLD, OSTWALT and OSWOLD

Two OSWALDs in Arizona are particularly interesting. John and George OSWALD, dba Oswald Brothers, Inc., were contractors of note during the 1930s and 1940s, working on large projects in both Phoenix and Tucson areas.  They were involved in the construction of Luke Field and the air base at Marana AZ.  They also poured the concrete that made a large percentage of the sidewalks in Phoenix at that time.  To this day one can still see their names embedded in a good many of the sidewalks in Phoenix.  The earliest record found was dated in the 1870s and the book covers the period from that date until 1990.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in the DESERT SOUTHWEST would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree researcher.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in the DESERT SOUTHWEST is $17.95, including shipping and handling.
 
SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Oregon

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

60 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 1990.

During the summer of 1988 the Lee's visited each of the county courthouses in the state of Oregon, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of OHSWALDT, OSSWALD, OSTWALD, OSVOLD and OSWOLD. The end result of this research effort is OSWALD and OSWALT in Oregon.  The information reported covers the period from 1847 into 1988.  In some cases it is possible to follow a family through four generations in Oregon.  This easy-to-reference book includes abstracts of more than 600 public records including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, deaths, military discharge recordings, directory listings and interesting newspaper articles.   Every name  in this  book is indexed - over 2000 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 600 OSWALDs and nearly 300 OSWALTs.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Oregon would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Oregon is $16.95,  including shipping and handling.
 
SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE



OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Washington

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

100 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 1990.

During the summer of 1989 the Lee's visited each of the 39 county courthouses in the State of Washington, compiling an amazing list of OSWALD and OSWALT information.  Other similar names encountered and included in the research are OSSWALD, OSTWALD, OSTWALT, OSVALDS, OSVELDT, OSVOLD, OSWELT and OSWOLD.  More than 1000 public records have been abstracted for this book including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths, military discharge recordings, directory listings and interesting articles from newspapers and local histories.  Every name is indexed - more than 4000 names associated with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including over 900 OSWALDs and 400 OSWALTs.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Washington would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree researcher.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Washington is $20.95, including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


OSWALD and OSWALT
in
Kansas

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

130 pages, single-column, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 1988.

During the summer of 1987 the Lee's visited each of the 105 county courthouses in Kansas, compiling an amazing list of OSWALD/OSWALT information that they are now offering you in this attractive, easy-to-reference book. Included in this book are thumbnail sketches of 404 marriage records, 66 civil and criminal court records, 89 probate records, and more than 200 other type records, including some land records, military discharge recordings, directory listings and interesting articles from newspapers and local histories. All names in the book are indexed, including more than 600 OSWALDs, nearly 200 OSWALTs and over 1000 other names associated with the  OSWALD or OSWALT  surnames.  Other similar  names included in the book are OSSWALD, OSTWALD and OSWOLD.  The time-frame covered is from the 1860s until 1987, and includes every record that could be found for the subject names, with the exception of  land records and records in the lower courts, although records from the District Courts are included.

Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in Kansas would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree researcher.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in Kansas is $19.95, including shipping and handling.
 
Sold Out

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE

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OSWALD and OSWALT

in parts of

Illinois, Indiana and Iowa

Compiled and prepared by Bill and LaVonne Lee.

110 pages, double-columned, every-name index, softcover (8 1/2 X 11) 2008.
ISBN-13:  978-0-9795830-9-4.
ISBN-10:  0-9795830-9-8.

During the mid-1990s the Lee's visited county courthouses throughout the Western United States, gathering information on the OSWALD and OSWALT surnames, as well as the similar names of OSCHWALD, OSEWALT, OSSWALD, OSSWALT, OSSWOLD, OSTEWALD, OSTWALD, OSVALD, OSWALTS, OSWOLD and OSWOLT. Part of that effort included selected counties in the states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana.  The end result of this research effort is the book OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.  The information reported covers the period from 1836 into 1996.  In some cases it is possible to follow a family through four or more generations in the three states, from birth to marriage, court engagements through to death and probate.  This easy-to-reference book includes thumbnail sketches of nearly 1200 public records including marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths, military discharge recordings, cemetery inscriptions and interesting articles from local histories and newspapers.   The 1200 public records reported include over 550 marriages, 170 civil/criminal court cases, 50 probates, 220 births, 130 deaths and 13 military discharge recordings.  Inscriptions from OSWALD or OSWALT tombstones from 38 cemeteries are included along with 26 articles dealing with people with that surname. Records from 33 Indiana counties, six Illinois counties and four Iowa counties.  Every name  in this  book is indexed – more than 5000 names  involved in  some way with the OSWALDs or OSWALTs, including more than 600 OSWALDs and 1000 OSWALTs.

Any OSWALD or OSWALT researcher who has connections in this three-state area is sure to find a family connection they are missing.  Be sure to advise other OSWALD/OSWALT researchers who would like to benefit from this informative book, and keep in mind that OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa would make an outstanding gift for any OSWALD or OSWALT family tree climber.

The cost of OSWALD and OSWALT in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Iowa is $21.95,  including shipping and handling.

SOLD OUT

NOTICE:  ALTHOUGH ALL COPIES OF THIS BOOK HAVE BEEN SOLD OUT, A GREAT DEAL OF OSWALD INFORMATION FROM THE RESEARCH THAT WENT INTO THE BOOK CAN BE FOUND AT OSWALDRelations.com.

AS ALWAYS, MANY THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST IN OUR RESEARCH, AND MAY YOUR SEARCHES BE FRUITFUL AND REWARDING.

                                                                                                 BILL and LaVONNE LEE


Introduction to

OSWALD and OSWALT
in parts of

Illinois, Indiana and Iowa

During the mid-1990s we visited selected counties in the Three Eye states, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, gathering information on a number of family names, OSWALD among them. Because of the similarity of the names, we included the name OSWALT and other similar sounding OS______ names in our research. This is a book of facts gathered during that research trip, from the public records of the states of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois on those names.  Similar books published earlier deal with records related to the two names from the states of Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas and Missouri.  These books may be found in a number of libraries and may be purchased from us at http://www.baseballundertaker.com.  We have gathered data from other western states and plan on publishing that data in the future.

In addition to searching county records, we also visited libraries, looking for articles on the subject names in local histories and in newspapers. We have selected some of these articles and presented them in the first section of the book. These articles have been presented in chronological order by date of occurrence with citations to the source of the information.

The second section of the book contains data taken from tombstone inscriptions from some cemeteries in the three state area.  We have visited some of these cemeteries ourselves and personally taken the information, but the largest part of the inscriptions have been taken from books found in libraries and published by other genealogists who have cataloged and published the information after hours of walking cemeteries.  We are most grateful for these dedicated people and to them we extend a hearty THANK YOU.

The third section of the book contains thumbnail sketches of records from each of the county courthouses we personally visited.  Time and resources did not allow us to search the records in all the counties in the three-state area as we have done in other states.  The counties researched in Iowa are Hamilton, Harrison, Mills and Webster.  In Illinois we visited Cook, Douglas, Moultrie, Pike and Wayne counties.  Cook County (Chicago) has a wealth of OSWALD/OSWALT records – altogether too many to include in this book.  The only Cook County record shown is that of the divorce of Bill’s father from his second wife.  The other Illinois records deal with some of Bill’s ancestors.

The bulk of the third section is taken up with records from several Indiana counties.  The Indiana counties we did perform extensive searches in were Brown, Carroll, Dubois, Elkhart, Fountain, Henry, Huntington, Kosciusko, Lake, Noble, Parke, Vermillion, Wabash, Warren, Wayne and Whitley.  If any of these counties are missing from the book it is because we did not find any OSWALD or OSWALT records there.  There are other Indiana counties included in the book.  Information on those counties came mostly from sources found in libraries instead of from an exhaustive search of courthouse records.

The county records we concentrated on most were marriages, civil and criminal court cases, probates, births, deaths and military discharge recordings.  Conspicuously absent from this list are land records.  Even though we recognize the genealogical value of these records, we did not include land records in the book because of the volume of this type record.  We also did not include court records from any of the lower courts.  Only records from the Circuit and Superior courts are included.  Records in city courts and lower county courts are too voluminous and contain such things as minor (and some not so minor) traffic violations.  Not only does searching these records take an inordinate amount of time and book space, the maintenance of these records is inconsistent from one jurisdiction to another, and often not available.  However, the presence of OSWALDs  or OSWALTs in a particular area can be determined from the records we have included, and further research can be performed in a specific area if one desires.

Marriage records are listed first, then civil and criminal court cases, probates, birth records, death records and military discharge recordings. Each group of records is presented in order by date of occurrence, within record type, within county. The counties are listed in alphabetical order. On occasion two or more marriages will be shown for a person with the marriage records, then one or more divorces indicated in the Civil Court records. Then a birth record for the person, a death record and a military discharge record.  Obviously the birth occurred before the marriage, the divorce before the second marriage, the discharge before the death and the death before the probate.  But the records appear in the book as shown because of the chosen grouping for the records.

To the best of our knowledge, every name in this book, with the exception of those in this introduction, is contained in the index. Women's names have been indexed to their pre-marriage name and to their married name. For example, on page 34 you will see that Lynn Edwin OSWALD married Wanda Sue PHILLIPS.  Wanda is indexed under both OSWALD and PHILLIPS.  Her parents were Mack Elbert and Imogene (ROBERTS) PHILLIPS.  Imogene is indexed under both ROBERTS and PHILLIPS.  The number of occurrences of a name in a column is given by a number enclosed in parenthesis, and the column is indicated by "a" for the left column, and "b" for the right column.

A few words need to be said about research at county courthouses. First, a researcher is totally at the mercy of the personnel working in the various courthouses. Some counties have personnel who are both knowledgeable and helpful, while other counties have personnel who are neither. The norm is somewhere between these two extremes, and our experiences are generally around the norm.  In general, the people in the Iowa and Indiana courthouses were quite helpful and pleasant to work with.  Not so in Illinois where privacy laws make it very difficult to do genealogical research.  Cook County with all its bigness was not bad, and Pike County a very nice place to work.  Not so in Douglas County where the clerks felt as though they had to do everything for you, and then only for a fee.  But such is the adventure of on-site research, and rather disappointing that "Public Records" in Douglas County are not really that public.  With the large number of records we research, there is no way we can afford to pay for all the records we view.

We have attempted to report the data as we saw it. However, some of the source material is sometimes in error, and other times difficult to interpret. There are instances where the same person's name will be spelled one way on one document, and differently somewhere else. The names OSWALD and OSWALT seem to be confused and interchanged for each other.  There are occasions where what is obviously the same person will be recorded as OSWALD on one document and OSWALT on another.  We have attempted to report what we saw. There are also cases where we have introduced errors in the transcription of the data, though we have made every attempt to minimize this type error. Some of the records list a great deal of information, others hardly any. We have attempted to report all the information contained in the original records. Some of the court records are subject to individual interpretation. We are not attorneys, and have attempted to only summarize the content of the court cases. Any individual interested in more detail on these cases may find the case files available to the public at the indicated county by requesting the specified case number. 

As mentioned above, we have several similar books for OSWALDs, OSWALTs, and other names for different localities all over the Western United States.  Information on all our books may be found at http://www.baseballundertaker.com, or you may correspond with us at blee@baseballundertaker.com.

Finally, we want to thank the many people who have helped make this book possible. First has to be the many fine citizens of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana who provided services for us during our several months there during the mid-1990s. Those people include RV park employees, service station employees, restaurateurs, and in general, every one of the fine people we had the privilege to come in contact with. The personnel at the various libraries and archives were especially helpful, and deserve a special thanks. Last, but not least, we thank all the personnel at the county courthouses who were most helpful, and those who were not quite as helpful as well. It is to this group of people we have entrusted the care of our county records. These records are probably the most precious gift of one generation to another.


                                                                                                                          Bill and LaVonne Lee
                                                                                                                          Harlingen, Texas
                                                                                                                          February 2008


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