November 1st, 2005

Police procedure, in the US concerning a homicide victim...

If someone dies of an apparent homicide and there is I.D., fingerprints - basically, it's pretty clear who the person is - do the police or city still require a family member to I.D. the body? Or is that moot with proper I.D. and they only have to collect the remains?

And is a body held until the homicide case is closed? Or is an autopsy, etc., performed and then the body is released to the family member?

If it matters, the person who was killed was in Utah, although not a resident of that state, and the family member is in Nevada.

Thanks!

ETA: I have the bare bones of what I need, but if anyone wants to add anything, that would be great!

Medical problems causing miscarriage

Short and to the point. What are some medical diagnosises (sp?) that can lead to repeated miscarriages and a high risk of continuing to do so? I need one of my characters to be able to conceive, but not carry very far (four months at most) and be diagnosed with a problem that means she'd probably rather deal with a surrogate mother and donor eggs than try again to carry herself.

Help with early English 19th century servants

Hi there, I'm looking for what I would call the head servant of the household for a noble English family in the early 1800's(about 1813). I found a wonderful website with some general information from the Elizabethan time perion:

http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/14.html

But I'm not sure if it still applies. I was wondering if there was a particular job title such as head groom/servant, who basically ran the show, you know like a head butler, but maybe with a different title? Or is it the same? Also if there is no such position who would have the highest authority as far as servants go? The Head of the Households Valet/personal attendant?

Thanks for any help! :)
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Travel Times in 1848 California

How long would a trip from San Francisco to Sutter's Fort take in a buckboard wagon full to capacity with store goods (flour, beans, bolts of cloth, pans, etc.)? The trip is taking place in the second week of June, 1848. How long would the same cart take to get to Mokelumne Hill (in the Mother Lode), equally full, at the end of June?

I can't find any travel times for this period aside from travel between Missouri and California (is my uncanny ability to control the outcome of Google searches failing???). But since my 48ers are starting already in California, this isn't so helpful. :-(

EDIT: I forgot to mention, the wagon has been jury-rigged to be pulled by a pair of oxen rather than a pair of horses.
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Higher education and degrees

When you're getting a higher American education in chemistry, what's the first thing you can get after graduating from college? Bachelors, Masters ... I don't really understand the system. And what's the procedure for getting that kind of degree, besides just taking classes? Do you have to write a thesis?

Folk Superstition and Magic in the South

First time poster, so hi! I’m looking for some information regarding folk superstition and magic. I live in the south, so I know a few off hand things. Ex.: To get rid of a wart cut off the wart and sprinkle five drops of blood onto corn, then feed the corn to a hen. If you can peel an apple without breaking the peel it will be in the shape of the first initial of the person you’ll marry.

I’d like to find a list of and/or essay about folk superstition and magic. However I’m not pulling up anything really useful on my google searches and I was hoping someone might be able to point me in the right direction. If not, could you share any superstion you’ve heard?

If it helps the character this will be used for is an older woman, in her sixtys, and has been considered a witch by the community around her (it’s modern times but set in a rural southern area) and does in fact have powers.

Thanks in advance!

Edit: Sorry, and this would be the American South.

Later Edit: Thanks for all the help, I'm starting with the FoxFire books (My dad has them as it turns out) and going through some of the online sources now. I’d still appreciate any superstitions/customs people have to share. Another one I forget to list for anyone interested, is March Water, which my mom used to make. You’re supposed to put out containers to catch the first snow of March, then let it melt and put it in jars to treat burns.

Occupations in the 1860s

What sort of job would a single, Hispanic woman in her late 20s to early 30s have in Austin, Texas around 1860? Was it common for women to be employed? If not, what sort of things would she do during the day?

Similarly, what sort of occupations were common for white men living in New Orleans at the same time period? In non-urban Ontario or Quebec?

(On this matter, Wikipedia is surprisingly unhelpful, and I've no idea what to Google.)
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