Tuesday, September 14, 2010

UPDATED: New US Research Resources

First, I'm happy to hear that Linkpendium is expanding, in a big way. Moving beyond the excellent classified links pages, they are adding a super-fast search engine as we speak. I'll add a link once it's a bit more public. http://linkpendium.com/

UPDATE: Search engine is now open for business; new states being added daily. See http://laboratory.linkpendium.com/ and check back frequently.

Next, a wonderful project for anyone with South Carolina ancestry, or American slave roots. The Restore the Ancestors Project is is a collaboration between Footnote.com, the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, FamilySearch and Lowcountry Africana, to digitize every surviving estate inventory for Colonial and Charleston South Carolina from 1732 to 1872, as well as selected Bills of Sale for the same period, in a FREE collection.

When the project is complete, the names of more than 30,000 enslaved ancestors from Charleston and surrounding counties will be restored to history in a free online collection, preserved for generations to come.

They are still taking volunteers onboard, so check them out! http://www.restoretheancestors.com/

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Proving the Baysingers in the Alsace

So far, we're short of proof of the Baysinger/Basinger/Bissinger/Besingers in the Alsace, at least for the Jacob line. Why I'm working on this now -- Bas Rhin Parish Records are now online. See http://alsachat.net/wiki/index.php/AlsaceArchivesBas-Rhin for more information.

What I know: Johann Peter BOSINGER/Boesinger b. 1750, son of Jacob Baysinger and Margaret Laemmer. Where? I've read most of the Oberbetschdorf B 1736-1756 book, looking for him. He is not there born in 1750.

We started in Betschdorf, because Susanna BOESINGER (1744-1829, d/o Jacob of Hermersweiler and Margaret LAEMMER) married Phillip Henry MARZOLF (weaver, s/o Johan Philip MARZOLF and Maria Catherina HOLTZMANN) there in 1777.

So it would be good to find that marriage record!

However, The Communities of Alsace A-Z tells me that Betschdorf only came to be named that in the early 1970s. Before, there were the villages of Niederbetschdorf (variant: Niderbetzdorff) and Oberbetschdorf (variant: Oberbetzdorff), Kuhlendorf (German: Kühlendorf; variant: Külendorff), Reimerswiller (German: Reimersweiler) and Schwabwiller (Latin: Suabwilare; German: Schwabweiler; variants: Schwobweiller, Schwoweiler). So all these places need to be searched, as well as Hermersweiler, Kutzenhausen, and Prueschdorf, which have all been mentioned various places.

I would like to get these references pinned down to documentation, and hope to begin that here and on the Baysinger list and boards.

LDS has:

Kirchenbuch, 1665-1792 Evangelische Kirche Oberbetschdorf (Kr. Weißenburg)

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Oberbetschdorf (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late to be useful for now

Registres paroissiaux, 1759-1817 Eglise catholique. Paroisse de Niederbetschdorf (Bas-Rhin) * too late to find J. Peter's birth

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1922 Niederbetschdorf (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Kuhlendorf (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Reimerswiller (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Les recensements de Schwabwiller : 1836-1841, 1846-1851, 1856, 1861, 1866 Meyer, Valérie * too late

Registres de l'état civil, 1793-1882 Hermerswiller (Bas-Rhin). Officier de l'état civil * too late

Index: Kutzenhausen : église Catholique étrangers à la paroisse cités entre 1713 et 1793 Jacques, Bernard

Kirchenbuch, 1714-1792 Evangelische Kirche Kutzenhausen (Kr. Weißenburg)

Kutzenhausen : église Catholique Jacques, Bernard

Kutzenhausen mariages Protestants Luthériens : 1714 - 1792 : Feldbach, Hoelschloch, Lobsann, Merkwiller, Niederkutzenhausen, Oberkutzenhausen Schneider, Anne Louise

Preuschdorf : mariages Protestants Luthériens 1660-1792 : Goersdorf, Kutzenhausen, Lampertschloch, Mitschdorf Schneider, Anne Louise

Registres paroissiaux, 1713-1797 Eglise catholique. Paroisse de Kutzenhausen (Bas-Rhin)

Civil records are also available for Kutzenhausen, but too late to be immediately useful.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Emery SCHELL's World War I Service


According to Eastman's Online Genealogy,

World War I Veterans' Records now Available at State of Washington's Digital Archives



The following article is from Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright 1996 - 2009 by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at http://www.eogn.com
The Washington state Digital Archives has a new program allowing people to access records of about 48,000 World War I veterans from Washington. Copies of World War I Service Statement Cards from 1917 to 1919, recently indexed by Washington Historical Records Project volunteers, are now available and searchable online at the Digital Archives. The United States War Department had originals of the cards, and copies were provided to the Washington State Auditor many years ago.

Information contained in the records includes full name, serial number, race, place inducted, place of birth, unit assignments, ranks attained, engagements fought in, wounds received, dates served overseas, date of demobilization, and degree of disability (if any). Volunteer Sam Cagle has provided added value to the records with a glossary that fully identifies the many military abbreviations used in the records.

To search, go to http://www.digitalarchives.wa.gov/TitleInfo.aspx?TID=640. For more information on the World War I Service Statement Cards and related records, contact the Washington State Archives at (360) 586-1492 or visit its Web site at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/archives/archives_state.aspx.

Here is my Grandmother Elsie SCHELL COWAN's brother Emery's record

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it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. - e.e cummings

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Maps of Scotland

Maps of the Counties of Scotland, 1580-1928: http://www.nls.uk/digitallibrary/map/early/counties.html. All their Maps of Scotland: http://www.nls.uk/maps/

Gateway to Scotland, Geography Department, University of Edinburgh: http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/home/scotland/scotland.html

Not quite a map, although there is a clickable map, and not quite a gazeteer either. The Statistical Accounts of Scotland, 1791-1835 are searchable by placename for free: http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot/. Ignore logging in and go to the bottom option, Browse Scanned Pages. If you want to use the clickable map, you will have to create an account (free) and login.

Britrail British Travel Shop, New York City, phone 1-800-677-8585

Your Maps Online: http://www.yourmapsonline.org.uk
   150 English maps (12 Scots) and etchings available for download; also maps scanned onto CDs for sale

Old Ordnance Survey Maps: http://www.alangodfreymaps.co.uk/

Old Maps - 19th century Ordnance Survey maps. Search by place name, address, coordinate, or use the gazetteer: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/

OS Landranger Series, 1.25 inch/ mile, (1:50,000) covers towns, villages, and some farms.

OS Pathfinder Series, 2.5 inch/ mile, (1:25,000) "covers less area, so you must be reasonably sure of where the farm is located. It will show you details down to the fences and includes place names. If the farm has become derelict over the years, it may not show up on either of these, because the maps are current. If you are looking for a farm that was active in say the early 1800's, you may want to consider older/Victorian maps." Susan, in a post to SCOTLAND-GENWEB-L@rootsweb.com 15 Jan 1999.

Ordnance Survey Street Atlases - scale is 3.5 inches to the mile, cheap (£10 or $17 in paperback)
Two for Scotland: Glasgow and West Central Scotland, Edinburgh and East Central Scotland. "But they cover a wide area, with rural as well as urban detail.... Edinburgh ... includes southern Fife (including Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy); most of Clackmannanshire; most of Stirlingshire; West Lothian; Midlothian; East Lothian; and, of course, Edinburgh.
ISBN for the Edinburgh atlas is 0-540-06181-6." Iain Sommerville, in a post to SCOTLAND-GENWEB-L@rootsweb.com 16 Sep 1998.

Ordnance Survey products: http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/

David Rumsey Map Collection: http://www.davidrumsey.com



Seek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel most deeply and vitally alive, along with which comes the inner voice which says, 'This is the real me,' and when you have found that attitude, follow it. - William James

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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Walter COWAN's property in Puslinch, Ontario

Thanks to cousin Diana Roth, who pointed me to the Lot Histories of the Puslinch Historical Society, at http://puslinch.bravepages.com/

RG L29
Juniper Hill Farm

In 1848 owned by James Durand, and sold to We McKenzie. In 1849 it was sold to Walter Cowan Sr. In 1851 census, Walter Cowan from Scotland age 35, with wife Margaret, age 30, and son Walter, age 9. [I wonder if they rented the farm from 1832-1849?]

In 1886 the deed was transferred to son Walter Scott Cowan. Walter Cowan Sr. had built stone house. Mr. Kennedy was the mason. There was a spring fed creek in rear. Orchard east of barn. Well behind house 187' deep.

Walter Cowan Jr. m. Annie McPherson of l.8 RG
1. Margaret 1870-1961 m. Hugh McAninch [Hugh of F1 L21]
2. Alex 1881-1963 m. Margaret Naismith
3. Jean 1883-1945 m. John Sawyer of l. 19 FF
4. Wm. 1887 d. infancy
5. Mary 1888 m. James Blake of l. 19 FG
6. James 1885-1948 m. Clara Naismith
7. Thomas 1890-1970 m. Elsie Scheol (sic) [Elsie Schell]
8. Walter 1892-1950 m. Hetty Holden Vancouver

1916 Angus McDonnell, who had been in gold fields, then in real estate in Vancouver where he lost heavily. He met Cowans from Crieff and he traded his house in Vancouver for the Cowan farm at Crieff! [ed. I have never heard this story! So interesting]

Mrs. McDonnell was Helena Fraser from Glengarry (Greenvale, near Alexandria) The McDonnell kids ran up the back stairs and down the front stairs. There was glass in the doors between two rooms and the brothers would tease their sister to distraction. On one occasion she threw a whisk at one of them and it broke a pane in the glass. She got sent to bed, and her brothers got off Scott free! Her brothers would steal apples from the orchard behind Mackay's house (and Geordie would chase them).

Macdonnell Family included Fairbanks, Fraser, Idea who taught at #12; m Donald Barbels, Stewart lived in Guelph, Clover - born in Puslinch; lived in Stratford. Golden - born in Puslinch; lived in Brantford.

The McDonnells left in the late thirties; Jochimach who rented the farm to the Maltby family in
the early forties and sold to Pettigrew in 1946.

Robert Pettigrew & Dorothy with their daughter Margaret and her husband John Griesbach came c1946 also brother Bob Pettigrew. Griesbach children, Judy, Joan, Jayne, and John. John and Marg Griesbach continued until 2000 and sold.
I'm not able to find the lot references for Annie McPherson, John Sawyer, and James Blake. I'll inquire to the Historical Society.

Hugh McAninch: from http://puslinch.bravepages.com/Con1pt1.htm
F1 L21

...1906 John McAninch m. Jane McPhatter 1853-1932
1. Hugh m. Margaret Cowan [my grandpa's sister Margaret 'Grett'. They lived in Seattle for many many years.]
2. Nelson 1880-1961 m. Marie Jamieson
3. Jane Ann 1882-1957 m. Fred Roszell
4. John James m.
5. Matthew went to Kindersley SK
6. Charlotte (Lottie) m. Alex Harbottle

The McAninches retired to Morriston in 1915.


More about the McAninchs: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/cowan-mcaninch-connection.html

The WWII Enlistment file for Hugh McAninch & Margaret Cowan's son Walter: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/wwii-enlistment-file.html

Walter Cowan's oldest son James, who never lived in Juniper Hill Farm, in 1901: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/james-cowan-wellington-1901-census.html

Cowans in the Wellington County Atlas: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/cowans-in-wellington-county-historical.html

Other related Cowans: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/four-cowan-families-by-jennie-f-cowan.html

Ontario Cowans in 1871: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/ontario-cowans-1871-census.html

Cowans and Neighbors 1911 Puslinch, Wellington Co. Ontario, Canada: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/01/cowans-and-neighbors-1911-puslinch.html

Early Canadian Cowan Marriage Bonds: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/cowan-marriage-bonds-in-upper-and.html

Great-great-grandfather Walter Cowan's brother William: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/william-cowan-settled-in-delaware.html

Confusing -- Biography of Hector Cowan of Stamford, New York, who must be ours, but how does he fit in? http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/hector-cowan-biography.html

Cowan Burials in Bovina, Delaware Co. NY USA: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/cowan-burials-in-bovina-delaware-co-ny.html

The Cowan list and Message Board are useful, at least for searches: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~valorie/Cowan-L.htm

Also, I've started a GoogleGroup just for the Scottish Cowans. If you are part of the family and are researching, *please* join. It's very low-traffic, and ONLY about our Scots Cowans. http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/scottish-cowans-googlegroup.html

As always, I welcome additions, corrections and other feedback.


Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt

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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Meyer's Orts online, and FREE!

Ancestry has put Meyers Orts online, searchable, and FREE! This is they way they describe it:
This database contains Meyers Geographical and Commercial Gazetteer of the German Empire (or Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs in German). [One can] use it to locate place names in German research. ...Originally compiled in 1912; this is the gazetteer to use because it includes all areas that were part of the pre-World War I (WWI) German Empire. Gazetteers published after WWI may not include parts of the Empire that were lost to bordering countries. Overall, this gazetteer includes more than 210,000 cities, town, hamlets, villages, etc.
Meyers Orts at Ancestry: http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/list.aspx?dbid=1074

Thanks to Barbara A. H. Nuehring who reported this exciting resource to the Pfalz list, saying, "it is not the easiest resource to use, but worth every minute of working your way through it. What is really nice about the digital image is that you don't need a magnifying glass -- you can zoom in to read the information about the town/village."

Barbara adds, "How to Use the Meyers Gazetteer and Handwriting Guide: German Gothic are FHL Research Guides in PDF format that can be downloaded from http://www.familysearch.org. And of course, it is also helpful to have a German-English dictionary close at hand."

Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom. - Jim Rohn

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Danish Research

Sometimes your Swedes may have come from Denmark originally, married a Dane after emigration, or emigrated through Denmark. Here are some resources, generously collected by Arne Hansson on the Swedestoo list.

Arne's note: Copenhagen in Danish is "København". In Swedish, it is Köpenhamn. To use the character "ø", copy and paste it from here, if you have difficulties creating an "ø" on your keyboard.

Danish Demographic Database: http://ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm

Danish digitized churchbooks: http://www.arkivalieronline.dk/ (similar to Genline for Swedish research). Both are run by the Danish State Archives. Press the button English flag to the left to get English. Both sites are free if you register.


DIS-Danmark: http://www.dis-danmark.dk/dis-english.asp - the site for Danish researchers online.

Danish Emigration Archives: http://www.emiarch.dk/home.php3

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Sunday, December 23, 2007

Transitioning from Family Researcher to Professional Genealogist

Elizabeth Shown Mills' 10-point blueprint that would provide solid grounding and enhanced skills for any genealogist who is making or considering the transition from "family researcher" to "professional." (extracted from post to Transitional-Genealogists-Forum list, 19 Dec 2007: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM/2007-12/1198123606


TOTALLY FREE:

1. http://www.bcgcertification.org
Read all the "Skillbuilding" articles, study all the work samples, and do the "Test Your Skills" module at the Board for Certification of Genealogists website.


BASE-LEVEL STUDY:

2. Greenwood, Val D. Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy. 3d ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
Amazon: $29.95 or used from $14.95.

Read Greenwood from cover to cover--several times or until you feel you have well learned its content. For three decades, this has been the leading textbook for genealogical study, and Greenwood has kept it up to date. It's big, but easily digestible. This is the textbook for the NGS Home Study course and is the equivalent of Samford IGHR's Course 2 (Intermediate Genealogy).


3. Professional Genealogy: A Manual For Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2001.
Amazon: $35.96 or used from $25.88.

For skillbuilding (as opposed to building a business practice), focus first on these chapters:
1 "Defining Professionalism," Donn Devine, J.D., CG, CGI
14 "Problem Analyses and Research Plans," Helen Leary, CG,CGL, FASG
15 "Research Procedures," Linda Woodward Geiger, CGRS, CGL
16 "Transcripts and Abstracts," Mary McCampbell Bell, CLS, CGL
17 "Evidence Analysis," Donn Devine
18 "Research Reports," Elizabeth Shown Mills
20 "Proof Arguments and Case Studies," E. S. Mills
23 "Family Histories," Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG
24 "Lineage Papers," Mary Bell & Elisabeth Schmidt, CLS


4. Mills, E. S. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2007.
Amazon: $38.81 or used from $34.98. DOWNLOAD from http://www.footnote.com, $24.95.

Thoroughly study the first two chapters (ca. 90 pages of the 885 pp. total):
1 Fundamentals of Evidence Analysis
2 Fundamentals of Citation

(These are not the same as chapters 1 and 2 of the little 1997 "briefcase edition" of Evidence.)


5. The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. Provo: Ancestry, 2000.
Amazon: $13.56, used from $12.45.

Read *all* of the standards, starting with the Genealogical Proof Standard. Examine the appendixes for the models they provide.


MORE ADVANCED STUDY:

6. (for Methodology)
National Genealogical Society Quarterly, 1987-to date. **Study** the case studies in every issue you can get your hands on. It does not matter what family or what region the case study deals with. You are studying it for techniques and methods. Almost every library with a genealogical collection, as well as many university libraries, have NGSQ. At http://www.worldcat.org you can identify libraries in your region that carry it. NGS has also begun to put back issues online at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org, if you are a member.

7. (for Methodology)
Rising, Marsha Hoffman, CG, FASG. The Family Tree Problem Solver.
Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2005. Amazon: $13.59. Used from $12.48.

8. (for Sources)
Luebking, Sandra Hargreaves, and Loretto D. Szucs, The Source. 3d ed. Provo: Ancestry, 2006).
Amazon: $79.95, used from $54.32.



GROUP STUDY:
9. If you live within driving distance of other serious genealogists, consider starting a study group along the Litchman Model that has been discussed over the years in various NGS and APG forums. Basically: the groups that follow the Litchman Model meet monthly, choose a case study (usually from NGSQ) for each month's meeting, require participants to read the assigned case study at least three times, make notes, and come prepared to discuss the methodology, sources, and strengths and weaknesses in the research or analysis. Check the APG-L archives for discussions particularly by the late Ken Aitken regarding his group.


SCHOLARSHIPS:
10. Scholarships and awards to attend conferences and institutes (typically in the $500 range) are available through several genealogical channels, particularly these:

A. ASG Scholar Award (for attendance at either IGHR or NIGR)
http://www.fasg.org/asg_scholar_award.html

B. BCG Education Fund Scholarship (for attendance at IGHR, NIGR, NGS Conference, or FGS Conference)
http://www.bcgcertification.org/educationfund/index.html#SCHOLAR

C. IGHR Jean Thompson Scholarship (to attend IGHR)
http://www.samford.edu/schools/ighr/IGHR_scholarship.html

D. NGS Family History Writing Contest (to attend NGS Conf)
http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/comfamhist.cfm

E. NIGR Richard Lackey Scholarship (to attend NIGR)
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nigraa/

New! A list just for those transitioning from hobbyist genealogy to professional: TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM, at http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Miscellaneous/TRANSITIONAL-GENEALOGISTS-FORUM.html

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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in A Massachusetts County, 1649-1699

Cleverly titled Sex in Middlesex: Popular Mores in A Massachusetts County, 1649-1699 by Roger Thompson (University of Massachusetts Press; 1986) is a readable socialogical look at the lives of adolescents, married people, families and communities in early Puritan Massachusetts. The stories are drawn from early court records, and are very engagingly written for a socialogy treatise. Some very nice punning. :-)

Anyone with Puritan ancestors will find the stories interesting, and the conclusion that our pious ancestors were not so dour and rigid as we might think.


Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. - Albert Einstein

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Sunday, August 05, 2007

Rootsweb, and how to Use it


How to search the mailing list archives: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/searching-list-archives-by-joan-young.html

List Archives: start at http://archiver.rootsweb.com/ to browse, or click the Search link to search one or all of the Rootsweb lists. http://lists.rootsweb.com/ if you don't know what list you want.

Formulaically - Archiver (browse): http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/index/LISTNAME

One wonderful tool Rootsweb has, that many people fail to use, is the Post-Em. You can place Post-Ems on individual records found in WorldConnect, the Social Security Death Index, User-Contributed Databases, and some of the other available vital records databases.

Don't forget to register your research interests in the Rootsweb Surname List. If you have a website, add a link to the RootsWeb Resource Pages. If you don't have a website yet, get one! Once you have created it, register it.

Search all of Rootsweb with Google, by clicking Advanced Search, filling in your search terms, and then putting rootsweb.com into the line 'Domain: ONLY return results from the site or domain.' Shortcut - put your search term(s) then site:rootsweb.com, like this: searchterm site:rootsweb.com . If you wanted to search all of freepages, you could use: searchterm site:freepages.rootsweb.com .

Joan Young recently published an article in Rootsweb Review which highlighted a number of oft-forgetten little useful tools at Rootsweb. Read the article for more detail, but here are links to some of them:Hint for those using Outlook Express to read Rootsweb list digests: To read inline, instead of displayed as separate attachments, highlight the first Digest item which is called ATT, then hold down the control key and click on the F3 key while still holding down the control key to open the message source. Maximize it, and you will then be able to read the entire Digest as a continuous document.


Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come; you have to get up and make them. - Madame C. J. Walker

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Genealogy, or Family History?

I read a wonderful comment today on Dick Eastman's site, by Geoff Riggs
...Genealogy is the bones - gathering of the facts about ones ancestors such as names, dates, places. Family History is 'putting the flesh on the bones' - finding the stories, history, geography, and so forth that shaped the lives of our ancestors.

Rudyard Kipling wrote:
I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew)
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who


I added a second verse to this some years ago:
For pure Genealogists
'Who, When and Where?' suffice
But Family Historians>
Add 'Why, What, How?' for spice

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient. - Eugene S. Wilson

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Friday, August 03, 2007

Word of the Day: Prosopography

Prosopography:

the study of collective biography, for individuals of a certain group (social class, profession, time frame, geographic origin, etc.). By accumulating data on individuals in a group, one learns more about the group. The term may have been coined by anthropologists but it is widely used among medieval historians, particularly social historians. - Nathaniel Taylor, ntaylor@fas.harvard.edu
freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~randyj2222/gendictp.html

Prosopography is an important methodological tool within historical research, its goal being the collection of all known information about individuals within a given period, often in the form of a register or database (frequently also known as a "Prosopography", e.g. The Prosopography of the Neo-Assyrian Empire).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosopography

Thanks to Sharon Sergeant of the APG list for introducing me to this term. She references Mel Wolfgang's presentation Researching 'Birds of a Feather': How Prosopography, Cluster Studies, and Record Linkage Techniques Can Help Put New Leaves On Your Family Tree, which she says, "drew unending raves from attendees, who were previously scratching their heads about the word prosopography." The lecture was in 2006 Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) annual seminar. http://www.jonathansheppardbooks.com/lecturelist.htm

Sharon says, "Mel continues providing his eye-opening techniques at the PMC in Fort Wayne with If You Think You've Looked Everywhere... It's Time to Think Again
http://apgen.org/conferences/

What a grand term for the enduring principle to get around brick walls in research -- if you can't go back, you must go wide, and research kith, kin, co-workers, fellow church members, neighbors, the community, and all in-law connections.

You can access Sharon's post in the list archives: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/APG/2007-08/1186146630


Nothing we do changes the past. Everything we do changes the future. - Joan Chittister

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

William Briggs DISNEY's son George Luther Granville and his descendants

William Briggs DISNEY 1853-1912 had children by 1. Mary WALTERS:

Foresman lists Hester as the first child, with no dates, but I see no evidence of her (note at end of post). Roy Lee DISNEY will be covered next. My great-grandmother Minnie DISNEY is covered here: John BAYSINGER, Viola, Minnie and children

I. George L. G. (Luther Granville) Disney is 6 in the 1880 census, born in Arkansas. Foresman says he born 1873, and I think he must have been named for his uncle George Luther DISNEY. He married Ava Marie WELSH 1896, and had sons Cecil (1898-1980, born Illinois) and Luther Granville (1906-1965). I can't find him after 1920, so perhaps he died between 1920 & 1930.

The Illinois Marriage database has a listing for: DISNEY, GEORGE marrying WELSH, NORA ELLEN on 10/24/1896. Vol. 00E page 43 in WARREN County, IL.

1900 United States Federal Census
(index spelling correction submitted to Ancestry)
Name: Geo L Disoney
Home in 1900: Berwick, Warren, Illinois
Age: 26
Estimated birth year: abt 1874
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Spouse's name: Ava E
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
Geo L Disoney 26
Ava E Disoney 18
Cecil S Disoney 2


Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Berwick, Warren, Illinois; Roll: T623 350; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 82. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.


By 1910 George is listed as widowed:

1910 United States Federal Census
Name: George Disney

Age in 1910: 35
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Iowa
Mother's Birth Place: Arkansas
Home in 1910: Greenbush, Warren, Illinois
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
George Disney 35
Cecil S Disney 12
Luther W Disney 4

So Ava died somewhere between 1906 and 1910. George had two sons with her, Cecil S. born 11 Aug 1898, married Ella Carolyn PAULSON 21 Jun 1929 and Luther Granville born 15 May 1906, married Evelyn DEWEY 27 Jan 1934, died 25 Feb 1965, dates according to Foresman.


Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Greenbush, Warren, Illinois; Roll: T624_332; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 137; Image: 105. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls.


By 1920, George has remarried (Hattie) and is living with Cecil and Luther in North Dakota.

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: George L Disney
Home in 1920: Tower City, Cass, North Dakota

Age: 45 years
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Birthplace: Alabama (I clearly see Arkansas)
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Hattie
Father's Birth Place: Iowa
Mother's Birth Place: Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Rent
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 841

Household Members:
Name Age
George L Disney 45
Hattie Disney 26
Cecil Disney 22
Luther Disney 13


Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Tower City, Cass, North Dakota; Roll: T625_1332; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 23; Image: 841. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.


I haven't as yet found George in the 1930 Census, but I think I found Cecil. If so, he had married shortly before to Ella Carolyn PAULSON, 21 Jun 1929 according to Foresman, but times were hard.

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Ceil Disney
Home in 1930: Buffalo, Cass, North Dakota
Age: 33
Estimated birth year: abt 1897
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
Emilie Taugner 65
Ceil Disney 33

The problem with this entry is that this man is marked as single.


Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Cass, North Dakota; Roll: 1733; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 99.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

On the other hand, this seems to be Luther, for sure:

1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Luther Disney
Home in 1930: Grant, Winnebago, Iowa
Age: 23
Estimated birth year: abt 1907
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Lodger

Race: White

Household Members:
Name Age
William Peck 32
Gerthie Peck 29
Eveline I Peck 10
Briselle Peck 9
Glaydes Peck 8
Edna Peck 6
Glenn Peck 5
Donald Peck 2
Junior Peck 7/12
Luther Disney 23


Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Grant, Winnebago, Iowa; Roll: 688; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 9; Image: 444.0. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.


Cecil Stewart (Stanley?) DISNEY, born 11 Aug 1898, m. Ella Carolyn PAULSON 1929, died Oct 1980, according to the SSDI. His last residence and last benefit were both to Detroit Lakes, Becker Co. MN 56501. Cecil and Ella had 5 children:

1. Irene Francis DISNEY, born 30 Dec 1930, married 21 Jun 1949 Melvin ULRICH, son William.
SSDI: IRENE F ULRICH, 28 Dec 1930-27 May 2006. Last residence: Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Co. MN 56537. Last benefit: Fergus Falls, Otter Tail Co. MN 56537. SSN: 502-22-3439, issued North Dakota.
2. Delfield J. DISNEY, born 29 Apr 1933, married 26 Nov 1964, N. KAISER, died 10 Apr 1993, Hubbard Co. MN (wife Juanita?) *
3. June Inanda DISNEY, born 20 Nov 1935, married 15 Oct 1955, J. TOMLINSON
4. Sonja Marie DISNEY, born 25 Sep 1943, married 1 Sep 1962, William SELCK, still living in MN
5. Marvin Stewart DISNEY, born 11 Sep 1947 Becker Co. MN, apparently still living in MN

*Ancestry has a record for: Delfield J Disney
Birth Date: Apr 1933
Street address: Hc 6
City: Park Rapids
County: Hubbard
State: Minnesota
Zip Code: 56470
Phone Number: 218
Record Number: 428532885
Household Members:
Name Est. Age Birth Year
Delfield J Disney 74 1933
Juanita M Disney 62 1945
Kyle S Disney 39 1968 - looks like Kyle is now living in either WI or WA, or perhaps still in MN


Luther Granville married Evelyn DEWEY in 1934 and had 3 children:

1. Cleo Corrine DISNEY, born 22 Mar 1935, married 27 Jun 1956 Carroll DAHLGREN.
2. George Vernon DISNEY, born 30 Mar 1937, married 1958 Marilyn TRIPP. Looks like George may still be alive, and living in Clarion IA, along with some of his children.
3. Vernial Rae DISNEY, born 11 Oct 1941, married Richard A. Nelson, living Minneapolis MN 1973.

Evelyn DISNEY died Oct 1973, according to the SSDI.


William Briggs Disney's daughters by 2. Mrs. Lydia Ann BOYD SUTTON will be covered in a later post.


Hester is said by Foresman to be a daughter of William Briggs DISNEY and Mary WALTERS. She is said to have married Harry PHILLIPS, and children:

1. Hugh Phillips born 19 Nov 1899 White Oak twp, Warren Co. IA
2. Gladys Ruth Phillips
3. Edith Phillips born 18 Aug 1902 White Oak twp, Warren Co. IA

I see, in the Iowa State Census, 1895, a Hester Disney, age 14, born IA?, living in Liberty twp, Warren County. I guess I will have to order this census, since Ancestry has no images linked. If this is the same Hester Foresman references, I see no evidence to link her to WB & Mary.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

William Briggs DISNEY Timeline

William Briggs DISNEY was the son of George Disney and Anne Elizabeth ANDERSON, born 22 Jul 1853, in Iowa, according to his death certificate. George joined sister Amelia Jane and brother George Luther, and was followed by Martin Luther in 1847, and Alice A. who died in 1852 at age two. His father George died 8 Aug 1855 at age 39. His little brother Martin Luther also died in 1855, and his mother followed them in death in 1856, leaving little William an orphan at age three. They are all buried in Carlisle Cemetery, Allen Township, one-helf mile from the town of Carlisle, Warren County, Iowa.

I've never found them in any 1850 Census, but I believe this is the family in the 1853 Iowa State Census, living in Warren County. GN Disney, with 3 females, and 3 males. That would be daddy George, sons George Luther or Martin Luther, and William Briggs; mama Ann Elizabeth, and daughters Amelia Jane and Alice A.



Source Information: Ancestry.com. Iowa State Census Collection, 1836-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Microfilm of Iowa State Censuses, 1856, 1885, 1895, 1905, 1915, 1925 as well various special censuses from 1836-1897 obtained from the State Historical Society of Iowa via Heritage Quest.


I find a Jesse ORME also in Richland in 1853; presumably this is the same Jesse who married Nancy Disney, daughter of William Disney and Amelison ELLIOT. This was daddy George's sister Nancy Ann. Jesse and Nancy Ann soon move to Nodaway, Adams County, and both die there. I also find an Andrew DIZNEY, who possibly is Andrew Jackson DISNEY 1820-1863, son of Richard DISNEY and --?--. He married Rodema P. BEEBE, ended up in Washington and Keokuk counties, Iowa. This would have been George's first cousin. George was the son of William I. DISNEY, who along with Richard was the son of James 1755-1821, according to Foresman.


1860 - where was little William in 1860? He was only 7! I've searched both Ancestry and Heritage Quest every way I know, with no luck. Amelia had been placed by her mother, according to her obituary, with Dr. & Mrs. Dashiel, of Hartford IA. No mention is made of her brothers William or George, except that one brother is living at the time of her death in 1909.

Update: I think I've found him listed as William BRIGGS, age 6, living with Wm & Mary E. MORGAN (no known connection), aged 24 & 25. I guess I will have to consult Warren Co. court records, and see if there were guardians appointed for the children.



Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Palmyra, Warren, Iowa; Roll: M653_341; Page: 57; Image: 57. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.


I think that I've found Amelia Jane, too. Supposedly she lived with Dr. & Mrs DASHIELL until she was 15, at which point she went to work for the SHOEMAKER family. But at age 13, here she is:
1860 United States Federal Census
Name: Ameli Disney
Age in 1860: 13
Birth Year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1860: Greenfield, Warren, Iowa
Gender: Female
Post Office: Greenbush

Household Members:
Name Age
Thomas Thompson 47
Margaret Thompson 41
Nanthaniel M Thompson 21
Orville B Thompson 19
Ameli Disney 13

I don't find an DASHIELLs in the county, in 1860.



Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Greenfield, Warren, Iowa; Roll: M653_341; Page: 119; Image: 119. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Eighth Census of the United States, 1860. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1860. M653, 1,438 rolls.

1 Jan 1869 - William's sister Amelia Jane marries Benjamin F. BROWN in Des Moines, Iowa. She dies in 1909, also in Des Moines.


1870 - I can't be sure, but this might be William working for and living with the McBride family, in adjoining Des Moines, in Polk County, Iowa. Ancestry indexed him as: W Dising, Lee, Polk, IA, born abt 1851 in Iowa, White Male.



Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Lee, Polk, Iowa; Roll: M593_415; Page: 345; Image: 691. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003. Original data: 1870.


Also found in the 1870 Census: Jesse Orme, 51, Farmer b. Maryland, Nancy Ann 41 Keeping House b. Ohio, and their 3 children William A, 16, works on farm; Heuton (Newton?) D, m, 10, attending school, and Elda, 2. All children b. Iowa. In the same household: George W. Disney, 14, b. Iowa -- works on farm, but has $500 real estate. Jesse's figures are $7250 real, $1867 personal. Maybe this is George Luther, William's brother. The ages are right. 1870 Adams Co., Iowa Census; Post Office: Nodaway, Roll: M593_374, Page: 86, Ancestry Image: 172

c1873 - marries Mary WALTERS, probably in Crawford Co. Arkansas.


1880 United States Federal Census
Name: William B. Disney
Home in 1880: Jasper, Crawford, Arkansas

Age: 27
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
Spouse's name: Mary C.
Father's birthplace: Ohio
Mother's birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
William B. Disney 27
Mary C. Disney 25
George L. G. Disney 6
Minna C. Disney 3 - my grandmother Minnie




Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Jasper, Crawford, Arkansas; Roll: T9_41; Family History Film: 1254041; Page: 513.1000; Enumeration District: 47; Image: 0772. Source Information: Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints © Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls.


1880-1884 - Death of Mary Walters in Warren Co. IA. William leaves the children with relatives there, and moves back to Arkansas. When and where did Mary die, and where is she buried?

c1884 - married Lydia Ann BOYD SUTTON, widow. William and Lydia had two daughters, Lillie Ann, born Sept. l885, died July l, l981; and Bertha D. Disney, born 19 Nov l887, d. Jan. l5, l944. The LDS Ancestral File says that Lydia was born Mar 1849 in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas, and that she died 4 Jan 1929, also in Van Buren, Crawford, Arkansas. I don't find her in the census in 1920, however.

1900 - no sign of William, Lydia, Lily or Bertha in 1900, all presumably still in Crawford County, Arkansas. I searched all states, however.


1910 United States Federal Census
Name: William B Disney

Age in 1910: 56
Estimated birth year: abt 1854
Birthplace: Iowa
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Iowa
Mother's Birth Place: Iowa
Spouse's name: Lydia Ann
Home in 1910: Van Buren Ward 3, Crawford, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male

Household Members:
Name Age
William B Disney 56
Lydia Ann Disney 61



Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Van Buren Ward 3, Crawford, Arkansas; Roll: T624_48; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 411. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1910. T624, 1,178 rolls.


William Briggs Disney died 1 July 1914, almost 70 years old, in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas. His daughter Lily FINE was the informant. He is buried in Gill Cemetery, which is east of Van Buren. He's the only Disney buried there, apparently. I don't know where Lydia Ann BOYD SUTTON is buried. AF says she died in 1929. My mother never knew her grandfather, as he died well before her birth in 1928 in Warren County, Iowa.

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Original Documents Online


Making of America
University of Michican: http://www.hti.umich.edu/m/moagrp/

Cornell: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/moa/
  Education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology

Berkeley: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/MOA2/Help/

Wildly cool - The American Colonist's Library: Primary Source Documents Pertaining to Early American History: http://www2.pitnet.net/primarysources/

Yale Law's Avalon Project: http://www.yale.edu/lawweb/avalon/avalon.htm

Federal Land Patents: http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/

Search the Missouri Digital Library: http://tinyurl.com/ytkxj

Documents of Tennessee History, 1796-1850: http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/dlc/tdh/index.html

Repositories of Primary Sources, Eastern United States and Canada: http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/east1.html#usga

Hundreds of links to Primary Sources, USA & Worldwide: http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/other.html

Online Collections at BYU - Family History Archive: http://www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/


Ecclesiastical Sources for Slave Societies, digitized images of Cuban church records, especially concerning slavery: http://lib11.library.vanderbilt.edu/diglib/esss.pl


No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. - John Donne, 1572-1631 "Devotions upon Emergent Occasions"

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Cowan-McAninch connection

Grampa Cowan's (Thomas Cowan) oldest sister Margaret (Maggy, Grett) married Hugh McANINCH in Puslinch, Ontario 27 Feb 1901. According to the record, Hugh was the son of John McAninch and Jennie McPHATTER, and was born ca. 1875, in Puslinch.

Here is the Ancestry index entry for the marriage:

Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1922

Name: Hugh McAninch
Birth Place: Puslinch
Age: 26
Father Name: John McAninch
Mother Name: Jennie McPhatter
Estimated birth year: abt 1875
Spouse Name: Maggie Cowan
Spouse's Age: 21
Spouse Birth Place: Puslinch
Spouse Father Name: Walter S Cowan
Spouse Mother Name : Annie McPherson Cowan
Marriage Date: 27 Feb 1901
Marriage Place: Wellington
Marriage County: Wellington

Image of the marriage record:


Their only child Walter was born (according to the SSDI) 28 Jun 1920, and died 26 Mar 2000. He served in WWII, and according to that record he was not yet a US citizen, and was born in "British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland."
U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Name: Walter H McAninch
Birth Year: 1920
Race: White, not yet a citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: British North America or Canada or Labrador or Newfoundland
State: Washington
County or City: King

Enlistment Date: 19 Apr 1943
Enlistment State: Washington
Enlistment City: Seattle
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Foreman, Warehouse (Warehouseman. )
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 88
Weight: 145

Source Information: National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.
Walter later married, divorced, then married again Myrene CASTOR. He nor his parent Grett & Hugh are found in the 1930 Census, therefore I assume that they emigrated between 1930 and 1943 when Walter joined the US Army.

I'll have to ask Dad if he remembers when they moved to Seattle, and where Walter Mac served in the War.

Moving backwards -- This may be Hugh's family in the 1901 Census of Canada. Jennie would be Jane Ann:

Name: John McAninch
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 53
Birth Date: 3 Aug 1847
Birthplace: Scotland
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's name: Jane Ann
Immigration Year: 1862
Racial or Tribal Origin: Scottish (Scotish)
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Presbyterian
Occupation: Farmer
Province: Ontario
DISTRICT: Wellington (South/Sud)
District Number: 126
Sub-District: Puslinch
Sub-District Number: F-4
Family Number: 56
Page: 5

Household Members:
Name Age
John McAninch 53
Jane Ann McAninch 47
Neilson Leslie McAninch 21
Jane Ann McAninch 18
John James McAninch 15
Marthew McAninch 11
Charlotte E McAninch 6

Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. RG31, T-6428 to T-6556.

The image:


If this is the correct family, John was born 3 Aug 1847 in Scotland, came to Canada in 1862, a generation after the Cowan's arrival in 1832. The IGI lists a John McAninch as born 26 SEP 1847 in Campsie, Stirling, Scotland, and lists him as dying 14 DEC 1919. This record (patron submission) has John married to Jane Ann McPhatter, and has their date of marriage as 22 DEC 1874 in Arthur, Wellington County, Ontario. This same submission says that Jane Ann McPhatter was born 9 JUL 1853 in Killean, Puslinch, Wellington County, Ontario, and died 1 NOV 1932, daughter of Matthew McPhatter and Jean OR Jane Ramsay.

The Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932 reports:

Name: John McAninch
Death Date: Dec 1919
Death Location: Wellington

Gender: Male
Estimated birth year: abt 1847
Birth Location: Campsey,Sct

Source Citation: Roll: MS935_260.

Source Information: Ancestry.com. Ontario, Canada Deaths, 1869-1932 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths - 1869-1932. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Archives of Ontario. MS935, 455 reels.

Image:


If this is the correct John McAninch, it gives his mother's maiden name as Ann M Colgau (?)! Exciting stuff!


In the 1881 Canadian Census, we see Hugh with the family!:

Name   Marital Status  Gender  Ethnic Origin  Age  Birthplace  Occupation  Religion
John MCANINCH M Male Irish 31 Scotland Farmer Presbyterian
Jane Ann MCANINCH M Female Scottish 26 Ontario Presbyterian
Hugh MCANINCH Male Irish 5 Ontario Presbyterian
Nelson MCANINCH Male Irish 1 Ontario Presbyterian
James MCKEADY Male Irish 21 Ireland Farm Labourer Church of England

Source Information:
Census Place Peel, Wellington Centre, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375895
NA Film Number C-13259
District 152
Sub-district E
Division 4
Page Number 40
Household Number 176


This is probably him, then, in the Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871:

Name: John McAninch
Age: 22
Estimated birth year: abt 1849
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Ireland

Residence District: Wellington North
Residence Location: Peel
Ethnic Origin: Irish
Religion: Canada Presbyterian / C. Presbyterian
Occupation: Farmer
Division: 2
Microfilm Roll: C-9948
Page: 30
Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head of household.

Source Information: This index to the 1871 Ontario, Canada Census was created by volunteers from the Ontario Genealogical Society from data supplied by Library and Archives Canada.. Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Ontario, Canada. 1871 Canada Census. Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. Microfilm. Specific microfilm roll numbers are listed with each record in the index.

And this is probably Jane Ann's family in Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871:

Name: Mathew McPhatter
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: abt 1816
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Scotland

Residence District: Wellington South
Residence Location: Puslinch
Ethnic Origin: Scottish
Religion: Canada Presbyterian / C. Presbyterian
Occupation: Farmer
Division: 1
Microfilm Roll: C-9945
Page: 44
Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head of household.

Source Information: same as above.


More research is needed!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Searching List Archives by Joan Young

From the Rootsweb Review, 25 April 2007, Vol. 10, No. 17. This article is by Joan Young, not me.

Using RootsWeb: THE NEW ARCHIVES SEARCH ENGINE


By Joan Young
joan@volunteer.rootsweb.com

Until recently, if you wanted to search the archives of a RootsWeb mailing list from within RootsWeb, you had to search one list at a time and search year by year for keywords or surnames of interest. This worked just fine if you knew you were looking for ROBINSONs on the ROBINSON mailing list, for example, although searching year by year could become cumbersome at times, especially if you were not sure which list you wanted to search--or if you preferred to search all lists.

RootsWeb has retired the veteran ISearch or Interactive Search engine and unveiled a spiffy new search engine. It is able to search the nearly 31,000,000 messages posted to all RootsWeb mailing lists over their entire history--all at one time.

An easy and convenient way to access the new Archives search engine is to click on the Mailing List tab in the RootsWeb masthead on any RootsWeb page (you will be taken to a page with a search box labeled "Search the mailing list archives") or go directly to: http://lists.rootsweb.com/.

The new Archives search engine can also be accessed by clicking the "Archives Search" link under the Mailing List heading on the RootsWeb home page: http://www.rootsweb.com/

And finally, the new search feature is linked from the main Archiver page under the link "Search all of the archiver listings." This search engine uses the same Archiver database that has been used for quite some time to browse through the list messages subject by subject and month by month: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/

To perform a simple search of the full text of all lists for all time periods, enter keywords or surnames in the Keywords field on the search page. Matches to your search criteria are returned in order of relevancy.

AND, NOT, and EXACT PHRASE SEARCHES


Archives searches understand the commands AND and NOT. For example, you can search for John AND ROBINSON or ROBINSON NOT John. The former would be a search for a complete match of the words John and ROBINSON within the message, and the latter would be a search for messages that include ROBINSON but exclude the word John in the text. The searches are not case sensitive.

Archives searches also understand exact phrase matches, which are shown within quotation marks, such as "John ROBINSON". The difference between using an exact phrase search with quotes and using the command AND is that with an exact phrase search only exact matches to John ROBINSON are returned. If you enter John AND ROBINSON, the search engine will return hits where both words appear somewhere in the text being searched, but not necessarily together as part of the same name.

WILDCARD SEARCHES


Wildcard searches always require a bit of practice and experimentation when first using a new search engine. The "*" and "?" wildcards may be used with the Archives search engine with the * (asterisk) representing zero or more missing or unknown characters and the ? (question mark) representing a single missing or unknown character. The wildcards are intended for use anywhere within the keywords or surnames, but the catch is that they will only work in situations where there are not too many possibilities to be searched.

For instance, if you are looking for a surname that ends in "ONES" but you don't know how many leading characters are missing or unknown, you will find that searching for "*ONES" results in an error message because there are too many possibilities for the search engine to check. However, searching for "?ONES" does yield results for surnames where one leading character is followed by "ONES." Trial and error is the best method of finding what works and what doesn't.

The question mark symbol can be used more than once in a keyword or surname, but in each case it only represents one missing character. For instance, a search for ROB??SON produces hits for ROBERSON, ROBINSON, and ROBARSON, but will not find ROBERTSON since there are three missing characters in that name. A search for ROB*SON will find all spellings where any number of missing characters are matched.

ADVANCED SEARCHES


In addition to the simple searches in Archives search, there is an Advanced tab with more refined search options. Specific fields may be searched using the Advanced capabilities. Searching with the BODY field will return matches from both the message body and the subject line. Searching with the SUBJECT field will return results that match the subject line of the original message.

The FROM field may be used to search for posts made from a specific e-mail address. For example, you may wish to search for all posts you have made to the lists. Or you may wish to search for messages posted by a cousin who has listed information on various lists pertaining to your mutual family history.

The LIST field is for narrowing down your searches to posts made to a specific list, and the DATE field is for limiting the results to posts made within a specific date range, in the format dd mmm yyyy or: 10 Jan 2006.

By using the LIST and DATE fields together you can duplicate the old listsearch functionality; that is, you can search a single list and a single year. Just enter a list name into the LIST field and a year into the DATE field. Or, if you want, narrow your search further by entering a specific month and year in the DATE field: Jan 2006, or even a specific day by entering: 10 Jan 2006.

You can use one or more of the fields in combination when entering search terms in the Advanced search feature. For instance, if you want to search for posts you made to the SMITH surname list in January 2006, enter your e-mail address in the FROM field, SMITH in the LIST field, and Jan 2006 in the DATE field.

RootsWeb mailing lists have always provided a huge amount of information, but in the past the trick was locating the information you needed. Now, through proper use of the new Archives search engine, the information is easily accessible and at your fingertips.


You can browse the Rootsweb list archives, too: http://archiver.rootsweb.com

Rootsweb, and how to Use it: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2003/12/rootsweb-and-how-to-use-it.html

Posting your GEDCOM to WorldConnect at Rootsweb & Ancestry: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/02/posting-one-and-only-one-gedcom-file.html

Easy List Unsubscribing: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/easy-list-unsubscribing.html

Sharing Your Family History at Rootsweb: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/01/sharing-your-family-history-at.html


An artist is not a special kind of person. Every person is a special kind of artist. - Meister Eckhart

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

French Digitized Records & Online Databases

Les Archives des Alpes-Maritimes (includes the city of Nice) - copies of the actes d'etat civil & ditized copies of old newspapers (la presse ancienne): http://www.cg06.fr/culture/culture-archives.html

Cannes Archives Municipales - birth, marriage and death for over 100 years (etat civil): http://archives.ville-cannes.fr/

Côtes d'Armor Archives Departementales - registres paroissiaux (parish registers) of Côtes d'Armor plus The Cadastre Ancien (land register): http://sallevirtuelle.cotesdarmor.fr/EC/ecx/connexion.aspx

Geneactes some civil records, mostly from 1700s & early 1800s: http://www.geneactes.org/; in English: http://www.geneactes.org/index-en.html

Sarthe Archives Departementales - Parish & civil registers, and Le Cadastre index (land records): http://www.archives.sarthe.com/

Yvelines Archives Departementales - Actes etat civil (birth, marriage and death), recensements de population (census records) and parish registers (registres paroissiaux) for Yvelines and the ancient departement of Seine et Oise: http://www.cg78.fr/archives/


Nice guide to French Genealogy & Family History: http://genealogy.about.com/od/france/

France GenWeb: http://francegenweb.org/

Academic French Studies links: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/hasrg/frnit/resource.html


If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. - Thomas Jefferson

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Deep Web Search Engines


"Google has launched a new Google Scholar search service, providing the ability to search for scholarly literature located from across the web," according to Search Engine Watch. They say,
"The goal is to allow and enable users to search over scholarly content," said Anurag Acharya, a Google engineer leading the project. [Scholarly literature such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts, and technical reports.]

Much of this material has been added to Google over the past few months. However, the new service allows searchers to specifically search against just the academic material.... Google has worked with publishers to gain access to some material that wouldn't ordinarily be accessible to search spiders, because it is locked behind subscription barriers....

When spidering the content, Google has worked to understand who the authors of the papers are, as well as the formal titles of the papers and other documents that cite the material. These citations are a key part of the special ranking algorithm used by Google for Google Scholar.

Google says the citation extractions allows it to see the connections between papers even if these connections are not made through links. As a result, it can use citation analysis to try and put the best papers at the top of the results. Next to each paper listed is a "Cited by" link. Clicking on this link shows the citation analysis in action -- all the pages pointing at the original one listed, through textual citations, will be shown....

The same paper may be hosted in more than one place, of course. In these instances, Google picks what it believes is the best version and provides links to other versions after the paper's description. In some cases, the material is not actually online. Google may know about a paper only through references it has seen on other papers. In these cases, a Library Search [of WorldCat] and Web Search link will appear next to the paper or book's title.

You can reach Google Scholar here: http://scholar.google.com/

More about it, including FAQs: http://scholar.google.com/scholar/about.html

Other "deep web" or "invisible web" search engines:
Google Adding Major Libraries to Database: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/12/google-adding-major-libraries-to.html

Google Advanced Search for Genealogy: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/02/google-advanced-search-for-genealogy.html

Google Toolbar as a Win PC Essential: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/09/win-pc-essentials.html


Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. - W. Somerset Maugham

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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sweden & Swedish Emigrants to the US


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Archives: http://www.elca.org/os/archives/
   Research in the archives, hire research, rent microfilm. 321 Bonnie Lane, Elk Grove Village, IL, just south of Oakton St. Bonnie Lane is about halfway between Arlington Heights Road and Busse Road (Rt 83). Open 8:30 to 5, Monday through Friday. Phone: 847-690-9410, FAX: 847-690-9502, email: archives@elca.org

Swedish Research

Augustana College's Genealogy Research FAQs: http://www.augustana.edu/x14885.xml

Smultron list archives: http://smultron.com/pipermail/swedestoo/

Jerry's Scandinavian/USA Genealogy Links: http://longstrom.com/

SweGGate: http://sweggate.com/

Genealogy in Sweden: http://www.algonet.se/%7Ehogman/swe_genealogy.htm

R&oubml;tter: http://www.genealogi.se/ (part in English)

The Swedish Emigrant Institute at Växjö (Svenska Emigrantinstitutet): http://www.swemi.nu/eng/

Gothenburg Regional Archives (Landsarkivet i Göteborg är din arkivmyndighet i Västra Götalands län): http://www.ra.se/gla/english/english.HTML

Maps of Swedish Län (in Swedish): http://www.stadskartan.se/start/

Search Disbyt: http://www.dis.se/searchindex.htm

Swedish Surnames: http://www.algonet.se/~anderzb/genea/sohnamn.htm, http://www.acc.umu.se/~petersj/genealog/databas/search.html

Fritt tillgängliga kyrkoboksregister för släktforskning (Freely available parish files for genealogy research): http://www.slaktdata.org/en/links

Demografisk Databas Södra Sverige (Demographic Database for Southern Sweden): http://www.ddss.nu/engelsk/default.asp

Danish Demographic Database, including Emigration Archives 1868-1908: http://www.ddd.dda.dk/ddd_en.htm

Arkion - 1900 Swedish census: http://www.arkion.se (fee-based)

Selected counties and parishes of the 1890 are indexed at Rootsweb (4575640 records, 136222 distinct surnames): http://userdb.rootsweb.com/sweden/

Swedish Vital Statistics (BMD) for Lindesberg, Orebro, Sweden (57,151 records): http://userdb.rootsweb.com/vitals/

100 Years of Emigrant Ships from Norway: http://www.norwayheritage.com/ships/

Danish Emigration Archives passenger list: http://www.emiarch.dk/news.php3?l=en

Norwegian Digital Archives: http://digitalarkivet.no/cgi-win/WebFront.exe?slag=vis&tekst=meldingar&spraak=e

Find a Grave in Stockholm, Sweden, created by the Stockholm Cemeteries Administration. 525,000 burials in eleven cemeteries, with digital maps: hittagraven.stockholm.se

From Jerry Longstrom - Swedish phone book online: http://privatpersoner.gulasidorna.se/
  Sök=search | Exakt Staving=exact spelling | Hela Landet=entire land | Ange område=State area | Börjar med=begins with
Kvasir Telefonkatalog (Norwegian telephone directory): http://www.kvasir.no/telefonkatalog/ fornavn = Given name | etternavn = Family name

Finding Origins of Scandinavian who came to America before 1870: http://www.progenealogists.com/scandinavianimmigration.htm

Swenson Center: http://www.augustana.edu/administration/SWENSON/

Swedish Place Names (alpha): http://www.webfamilytree.com/swedish_place_names.htm

Population Registration in Sweden (present day): http://skatteverket.se/broschyrer/711b/711b03.pdf


Online Dictionaries/Translation

Tolken99: http://www.tolken99.net/

Multilanguages dictionary: http://www.yourdictionary.com/diction1.html#multi

Lexin Swedish-English dictionary: http://www-lexikon.nada.kth.se/skolverket/swe-eng.html

Swedish-English dictionary: http://www.freedict.com/onldict/swe.html

InterTran: http://www.tranexp.com:2000/InterTran

Swedish Genealogical Word List: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/Rg/frameset_rg.asp?Dest=G1&Guide=WLSweden.asp


I know of no higher fortitude than stubbornness in the face of overwhelming odds. - Louis Nizer

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

Holocaust Research


Tracing the Tribe - The Jewish Genealogy Blog: http://tracingthetribe.blogspot.com

Excerpts from Gary Mokotoff's essential book, How to Document Victims and Locate Survivors of the Holocaust: http://www.avotaynu.com/Holocaust/

JewishGen FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions about Jewish Genealogy - How to do Jewish genealogical research, and InfoFiles: http://www.jewishgen.org/

Jewish Mail Lists: http://www.rootsweb.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_jewish.html

Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center (American Red Cross): http://www.redcross.org/services/intl/holotrace/

Towns with Published Yizkor Books: http://www.avotaynu.com/Holocaust/appendixa.htm

Tracing Your Roots - Holocaust Research: http://www.movinghere.org.uk/galleries/roots/jewish/holocaust/holocaust.htm

Yad Vashem Search for Names: http://www.yadvashem.org/remembrance/temp_remembrance

Global Holocaust Registry: http://www.jewishgen.org/registry/

Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors: http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/registry/

Holocaust (Shoah) Research Resources: http://ddickerson.igc.org/holocaust.html

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: http://www.ushmm.org/


You are only what you are when no one is looking. - Robert C. Edwards

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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Newspapers


Big news - New York Times Online for Free, 1851-1922; 1981-1987: http://www.nytimes.com/ref/membercenter/nytarchive.html

Both the US and English governments are committing to digitizing old newspapers now! US project: http://www.loc.gov/preserv/ndnp.html (millions of pages, 1836-1922, first images ready by 2006). Update: more than 226,000 pages of public-domain newspapers from California, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia published 1900-1910: http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/.

England: http://www.bl.uk/collections/britishnewspapers1800to1900.html (2 million pages, 1800-1900)
British Library Online Newspaper Archive: http://www.uk.olivesoftware.com/ (HORRIBLE interface, not accessible with Firefox, my browser of choice).

US and world current newspapers: http://newslink.org/metnews.html, http://www.refdesk.com/paper.html, http://www.onlinenewspapers.com

FREE, $$$ Newspaper Archives, most 1990+: http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html

Foreign Language Newspapers: http://libraries.mit.edu/guides/types/flnews/

National Newspaper Program: http://www.neh.gov/projects/usnp.html

Newspaper Abstracts: http://newspaperabstracts.com/

Identifying and Locating Newspapers: http://web.library.emory.edu/subjects/humanities/history/newspapers.htm

Newspapers and Periodicals through the OCLC system (Online Computer Library Center) participating libraries: http://www.oclc.org/contacts/libraries/default.htm. More about OCLC: http://www.oclc.org

Old Newspapers by State:

Alabama: http://www.archives.state.al.us/dataindex.html

Alaska: http://www.library.state.ak.us/hist/newspaper.html

Arizona: http://www.lib.az.us/anp/index.html

Arkansas: http://library.uark.edu/screens/opacmenu.html

California: http://cbsr26.ucr.edu/cnp/index.html

Colorado - Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection (CHNC): http://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/,    http://www.coloradohistory.org/chs_library/research_coll_files/rc_newspapers.htm

Idaho: http://www.idahohistory.net/library_collections.html

Illinois - State Library: http://www.state.il.us/hpa/lib/microfilm.htm
   U of I: http://www.library.uiuc.edu/techserv/inp/webpages/main.htm
   Historical Society: http://www.chicagohs.org/collections/newspaper.html

Indiana - Historical Society: http://www.indianahistory.org/library/library.php?page=2#newspapers
   IU: http://www.indiana.edu/~libcirc/index.html

Iowa: http://www.iowahistory.org/library/library_offers/library_offers.html#newspaper
   Iowa Old Press: http://www.iowaoldpress.com

Kansas: http://www.kshs.org/library/news.htm

Kentucky: http://www.uky.edu/libraries/pnm.html

Louisiana: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/lnp.html

Maine: http://www.maine.gov/sos/arc/newspapers/mnphome.htm

Maryland: http://speccol.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/speccol/catalog/

Massachusetts: http://www.bpl.org/research/index.htmnewspapers/cfm/index.cfm

Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/hal/0,1607,7-160-17449_18643---,00.html

Minnesota: http://collections.mnhs.org/newspapers/arsearch.html

Mississippi: http://www.mdah.state.ms.us/arlib/find.html

Missouri: http://www.umkc.edu/lib/gen-info/00collec.htm#mnp

Montana: http://www.discoveringmontana.com/mhsweb/departments/library-archives/libcollections.html#newspapers

Nebraska: http://www.unl.edu/nebnews/nnphome.html

Nevada: http://www.library.unr.edu/ (in main catalog)

New Hampshire - Dartmouth College: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/
   NH State Library: http://www.state.nh.us/nhsl/network/newstitle_1.html

New Jersey: http://www.njarchives.org/links/newspaper-1.html

New Mexico: http://www.unm.edu/~cswrref/enghome.html

New York: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/nysnp/
    Northern New York Historical Newspapers: http://news.nnyln.net/

North Carolina: http://statelibrary.dcr.state.nc.us/TSS/NEWSPAPE.HTM

North Dakota: http://www.state.nd.us/hist/newshome.htm

Ohio: http://www.ohiohistory.org/occ/menu.htm

Oklahoma: http://www.ok-history.mus.ok.us/arch/news8.html

Oregon: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/preservn/onmp.html

Pennsylvania: http://www.statelibrary.state.pa.us/libraries/cwp/view.asp?a=15&Q=40148&librariesPNavCtr=|#1257

Rhode Island - Providence: http://www.rihs.org/ref%20coll.htm

South Carolina: http://www.sc.edu/library/socar/books.html#newspapers

South Dakota: http://www.sdhistory.org/arc/newspaper/default.asp

Tennessee: http://www.lib.utk.edu/spcoll/newspaper/related.htm

Texas: http://www.cah.utexas.edu/newspapers/tnp.html

Utah: http://webpac.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/
   Utah Digital Newspapers: http://www.lib.utah.edu/digital/unews/

Vermont: http://danalib.uvm.edu/vtnp/vnphome.html

Virginia: http://www.lva.lib.va.us/whatwedo/vnp/index.htm

Washington: http://www.statelib.wa.gov/wa_newspapers.aspx#

West Virginia: http://www.libraries.wvu.edu/wvcollection/newspapers.htm

Wisconsin: http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/library/collections/news.html

Wyoming: http://wyoarchives.state.wy.us/databases/news.htm (main catalog)
   many online here: http://www.rootsweb.com/~wygenweb/newsp.htm


Time spent with cats is never wasted. - Colette

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