Saskatchewan BMD Index
Births more than 100 years ago; Deaths and Marriages more than 75 years ago soonSaskatchewan Archives
: http://www.saskarchives.com/Saskatchewan Homestead Index
- file locator database to the homestead files at the Saskatchewan Archives. 360,000 references, from 1872 to 1930: http://www.saskhomesteads.com/search.aspSaskatchewan Genealogical Society
: http://www.saskgenealogy.com/Saskatchewan Genealogy and History Links
: http://www.islandnet.com/~jveinot/cghl/saskatchewan.htmlSaskatchewan GenWeb
: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cansk/Saskatchewan/Olive Tree Saskatchewan
: http://olivetreegenealogy.com/can/sask.shtml Saskatchewan Land Registry
: http://www.isc.ca/Default.aspx?DN=18,10,1,DocumentsNeed Help with finding a place in Saskatchewan?
Enter whatever you know - Section, Township, Range or Meridian, and place names & areas will come up for you! This will help with finding places in the 1901, 1906 and 1911 census of Canada. Scroll about half-way down: http://www.chodovepeople.com/Saskatchewan City & Town Maps - Directory
: http://www.becquet.com/director/maps/Town, Village, Hamlet, Settlement & Rural Municipality addresses
: http://www.municipal.gov.sk.ca/apps/Pub/MDS/welcome.aspxCemeteries of Saskatoon
: http://www.sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca/arts/scha/Saskatoon Public Library
: http://www.publib.saskatoon.sk.ca/ Online questions
(perhaps request an obit?): http://www.lib.sk.ca/askus/question_form.html
311 23rd St E, Saskatoon, Sask. S7K 0J6; phone 306-975-8000Suggested Saskatchewan Links
CensusSaskatchewan GenWeb Census Guide
: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cansk/census/census-index.htmlSaskatchewan telephone lookups
: Our Roots / Nos Racines
(digitized local histories)Saskatchewan Family History Books
: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cansk/Saskatchewan/books.htmlGenealogy Helplist Canada
: http://www.rootsweb.com/~canghl/abskmb.htmlSaskatchewan Town and RM (Rural Municipality) History Books
: http://feefhs.org/zva/skhstbks.htmlSaskatoon Library Local History Room
: http://www.publib.saskatoon.sk.ca/LHistorysubject.html Church Archives
The Anglican Church
The Registrar, Saskatchewan Diocese
1308 - 5th Avenue South
Prince Albert SK S6V 2H7
United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Conference
418A McDonald Street
Regina, SK S4N 6E1
Fax: 306-721-3171 Email: email@example.com
Roman Catholic - Prince Albert Diocese, Chancery Office
1415 - 4th Avenue West
Prince Albert SK S6V 5H1
Phone: 306-922-4747 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.padiocese.sk.caDeep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.
- Theodore Roethke
Canadian Land Research
About the Western Land Description system
(townships, ranges, and meridians): http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/02011101_e.html#aboutCanadian Geographical Names
, search Western Land Grants (1870-1930)
: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/02011102_e.html Finding Aid: Prairie Land Records
: http://www.interlinkbookshop.com/obee/dominion.htmMap - Index to Townships in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta & British Columbia
: http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/nmc/n0043265.pdf1905 CNR provincial maps
(have meridian, range and township indicators to help find locations of properties)Homestead Records
Saskatchewan Homestead Index - file locator database to the homestead files at the Saskatchewan Archives. 360,000 references, from 1872 to 1930: http://www.saskhomesteads.com/search.asp
Searchable database of CPR lands sold to settlers 1881-1906: http://ww2.glenbow.org/search/archivesCPRSearch.aspxNeed Help with finding a place in Saskatchewan?
Enter whatever you know - Section, Township, Range or Meridian, and place names & areas will come up for you! This will help with finding places in the 1901, 1906 and 1911 census of Canada. Scroll about half-way down: http://www.chodovepeople.com/
$$$ Land Grant records
Grant Search - IE and Mozilla are the only supported browsers; Firefox is not.Guide to using and understanding land registry office records
: http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/ontario/general/resources/101305.htmDavid Rumsey Map Collection
: http://www.davidrumsey.comHow much would that land be worth now?
Inflation Calculator: http://www.bankofcanada.ca/en/inflation_calc.htm Finding and ordering Land Records from the LDS
1. Begin at http://familysearch.org
2. Click the Search tab, then Family History Library Catalog, then Place Search, or go directly: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitysearch&columns=*,0,0
3. Type in the County name, and the Province name as "Part of" if you wish.
4. From the results, select "Land and Property" and click on that. Once you find the correct film, click Film Notes (gray button at the top of the page) for FHL film numbers. This is the number you need to fill out the order form at your local FHC
. Pre-1876 deeds have been filmed by the LDS, also Deed Abstracts, and "Copybooks of Deeds."
If the FHL has not filmed the land records you need, independent researchers located in different parts of the province can be found at the Archives of Ontario site
, or http://www.rootsweb.com/~onapg
Guide #205 - How to Use the Ontario Land Records Index available on the Archives of Ontario site: http://www.archives.gov.on.ca
. Click Customer Service and Research Guides
. Guides are available in both HTML and PDF. Next, go to the interloan catalog
to find the microfilms available for the original records you found referenced on the microfiche.
For originally-filed deeds and instruments ONLY, contact the county Land Registry Office (LRO)
and request copies. Films of the originally-filed deeds are only available at the Land Registry Office
. Provide all details of each deed: registration number, year of registration, name of township; and concession & lot numbers, and names of grantor and grantee, if you know them. Also, original land abstract books and many original land documents are held by historical organizations and are generally available to researchers in person or by mail. If the LRO will not respond, check with the Archives
. Otherwise, consult the ONAPG
for an on-site researcher.Association for the Preservation of Ontario Land Registry Office Documents (APOLROD)
: http://globalgenealogy.com/globalgazette/APOLROD/Provincial Archives of Canada
.A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
- Robert Heinlein
Meyer's Orts online, and FREE!
: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/meyers-ort-online-and-free.htmlGeogen Online Service
-Generate maps of the distribution of surnames in Germany: http://christoph.stoepel.net/Geogen-localized-en.aspxPlanning your German trip
Clickable map of Castle Hotels
: http://www.german-castles.biz/Historische Karten - Deutschland am Ende des 18. Jahrhunderts
Historical maps - Germany at the end of the 18th century
Cartes historiques - L´Allemagne à la fin du XVIIIe siecle
: http://www.hoeckmann.de/deutschland/Atlas des Deutschen Reichs by Ludwig Ravenstein - 1883
: http://www.library.wisc.edu/etext/ravenstein/home.html#IntroductionHistorical Karten / Maps
: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/nausa/fundfe.htmFEEFHS Map Room
: http://www.feefhs.org/newest_map.htmlHistorical Maps of Germany
Change the end of the URL from 1000.html to 1190, 1378, 1547, 1648, 1789, or 1815 for maps of those years.Prussian Boundries
: http://www3.adnc.com/~lynnd/vupmap5.htmlPerry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/German-Polish Place Names (62423 locations)
: http://www.kartenmeister.com/David Rumsey Map Collection
: http://www.davidrumsey.comI have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents.
The American Civil War, or War between the States
Civil War Soldier and Sailors
- now complete, with all 6.3 million service records
of Union and Confederate soldiers!The Civil War at a Glance
(USPS - timeline, links to maps): http://www.pueblo.gsa.gov/cic_text/misc/civilwar/civilwar.htmCivil War Rosters
, by State: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Lair/3680/cw/cw.html
The American Civil War Homepage
, and http://www.civil-war.net/
Access Genealogy Civil War Resource Center
: http://www.accessgenealogy.com/military/civilwar/Online Civil War Indexes, Records & Rosters
: http://www.militaryindexes.com/civilwar/Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War National Graves Registration Database
or directly to the search: http://www.suvcwdb.org/home/search.php?action=searchUS Civil War Center Cemetery Dabatase
: http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/projects/cemindex.htmCivil War Pension Acts 1865 - 1930
: http://www.blackcamisards.com/sc-usct/pension/penacts.htmlThe Civil War Pension Law
: http://www.cpe.uchicago.edu/publication/lib/pension_cpe.pdfOrdering Civil War Pension Records - Union & Confederate
If NARA doesn't have the Pension file you need, and you must contact the VA for them, here is a tutorial on Obtaining Military Pension Files from the VA
$$$ American Civil War Research Database
: http://www.civilwardata.com/Compiled Military Service Records
- $$$ Ancestry.com
, or FREE on microfilm at NARACivil War Maps, 1861-1865
Catalog of American Civil War photographs
from the Special Collections Branch of U.S. Army Military History Institute: http://carlisle-www.army.mil/usamhi/PhotoDB.htmlSons of Confederate Veterans
: http://www.scv.org/United Daughters of the Confederacy
: http://www.hqudc.org/Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
: http://suvcw.org/Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865
: http://www.duvcw.org/A Brief Introduction to Genealogy and the American Civil War
- map American States During the Civil War
: http://www.illinoiscivilwar.org/cwgeneal.html#statesCivil War Potpourri
: http://www.civilwarhome.com/potpourr.htmKansas State Historical Society
: http://www.kshs.orghttp://www.kshs.org/genealogists/military/recscivil.htmhttp://www.kshs.org/genealogists/census/Louisiana State University’s US Civil War Center
: http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/other/genealogy/faq-gene.htmSouth Carolina Department of Archives and History - Confederate Pension Applications
1919-1938: http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/Florida Confederate Pension Application Files
: http://floridamemory.com/collections/pensionfiles/If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau
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Alsace (Ger. Elsass) is now two French departéments, Bas-Rhin 
(Lower Rhine) & Haut-Rhin 
(Upper Rhine). The Territory of Belfort 
is sometimes also included. The Territory of Belfort was formerly part of Haut-Rhin. From 1789 (French Revolution) to 1871, the Departément of the Territory of Belfort didn't exist, because it was included in the department of Haut-Rhin. After the war in 1870-1871, all of Alsace was annexed by Germany except the region of Belfort, which became the "Territory of Belfort" (departément n° 90) in France. After World War I (1918), Alsace became part of France, but the Territory of Belfort remained a separate departément. So, if you have an ancestor who lived 1789-1871 in Haut-Rhin, check for records in the Territory of Belfort. In general, the Alsace was French 1648-1871, German 1871-1918, French 1918-1940, German 1940-1945, French since 1945.
A short timeline-table, called Alsace-Lorraine — an Enclave of Ethnic Germans in France
: http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/Ancillary/Geog/Europe/Alsace-Lorraine.shtmlArchives départementales AlsaceAlsachat.net
- come chat with us!: http://alsachat.net
or irc://irc.rootsweb.com/alsaceMaps of the Alsace
The Alsace-Lorraine list
: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Alsace-Lorraine-L.htm More Alsace lists: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/02/alsace-genealogy-lists.htmlAlsace Message Board
: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/rw/localities.weurope.france.alsaceAlsace & Emigration Links
: http://ddebus.free.fr/ The Süss Collection
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/08/sss-collection.htmlAlsace Topliste
: http://alsachat.net/topStammtisch Alsace - Topliste Alsace Genealogy Forum
You can use some of the general sites where you can search for surname distribution
to pin down villages /communes for further study, if you are researching a relatively rare surname. Some of these sites for France are Notrefamille
(1891-1915, 1916-1940, 1941-1965, & 1966-1990), and GeneaNet
(European GEDCOMS). The French Telephone Directories
will do the same thing for surnames existing today. For more on surnames, see: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/surnames.htmlHow to use the Le Centre Départemental d'Histoire des Familles (CDHF) website
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2005/01/le-centre-dpartemental-dhistoire-des.htmlHistorical Maps of the Alsace
(l'Atelier de Cartographie du Département d'histoire de l'Université de Haute, Alsace): http://www.cartographie.histoire.uha.fr/ Modern maps
If you know the village name, but not where it is located, try Locom.org
, Territoire de Belfort
. This site also works for the communes of Lorraine
.Alsace History Timeline
: http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/Ancillary/Geog/Europe/Alsace-Lorraine.shtml1836 Census Surname list
(10,846 names): http://www.census1836.com
> List of Surnames. District of Wissembourg
(6,750 names) & Bischwiller & Haguenau
(47,843 names) are now also available.
Robert Behra has found an "Index of 2090 marriages (1694-1796), 290 baptisms (1694-1834) and 110 deaths (1694-1824) recorded in the registers of the Catholic parish of Our Lady of Mariastein, in Canton Solothurn, Switzerland, quite close to the border with southern Alsace.
Mariastein was a well known place of Marian pilgrimage in this region, and an especially popular place to get married in the years 1792-1798, due to the French Revolution. About a third of the marriages in this index involved someone from southern Alsace. You can read a bit about Mariastein in English at http://www.kloster-mariastein.ch/us/
(French and German also available). The original records from which this index was made are available on FHL microfilm no. 1632852.
The index was done by Suzanne Allemann in 1991 as cahier 14 of ALEXSYS, the program for publishing systematic abstracts of marriage and other records organized by the Cercle Généalogique d'Alsace."Communes of the Bas-Rhin département
: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communes_of_the_Bas-Rhin_d%E9partementCommunes of the Haut-Rhin département
New home for The Communities of Alsace A-Z
: http://www.rootsweb.com/~fraalsac/alsaceazJewish Alsace Community
(in French): http://www.sdv.fr/judaisme/
; Cercle de Généalogie Juive
: http://www.genealoj.org/Communes in France
$$$ Old French Postcards
: http://boutique.geneanet.org/catalog/cartes.php Alsace GenWeb
(in English): http://alsacegenweb.online.fr/homepage.htm
France Apprill & Serge Busiau's AlsaceGénéa
- in French, but buttons for Reverso translations
Some extracted parish records - Bas Rhin 
: http://www.caids.net/cgi-bin/depouill/search_depouill.plHaut Rhin 
: http://www.caids.net/cgi-bin/depouill/search_depouill.plMore départements: http://www.geneactes.org/index-en.html
Up until 1871, the Territoire de Belfort
, which today is part of the region known as Franche-Comté was in what today is the département du Haut-Rhin. The Lisa90 site:http://www.lisa90.org
was put together by volunteers who are
systematically abstracting the church and civil records for the 101 communities in Belfort.
My Alsatians, the Baysingers
of Alsace: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/alsace/
If you find the ship your immigrants took, and they departed from Le Havre
, write to "Archives D'partementales de la Seine Maritime, Cours Clemenceau, 76036 Rouen Cedex, France" to request a copy of the passenger list of that particular ship. Of course, there are no guarantees that the passenger list exists.French Emigration Indexes
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/07/french-emigration-indexes.htmlTravels in Alsace & Lorraine Articles Online
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/08/travels-in-alsace-lorraine-articles.htmlHint for using the FHL Catalog
when there are LOTS of categories: http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/ALSACE-LORRAINE/2004-01/1073853693
When you have exhausted the holdings of the LDS
, read Robert Behra's post about Village Records
. Another post about Military conscription records
, shows you how to find the records, and use them to find a family at a particular time, in a particular place. More French military indexes - SGA - mémoire des hommes
: http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/index_en.htmBas Rhin soldiers of the Revolutionary Army, First Empire (Napoleon)
- in French
Some Late Nineteenth Century Alsatian Folk Dress
: http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/COSTUME16_INDEX.HTML#Plate95L'Alsace Spécifique
(English page): http://mapage.noos.fr/ephil/uk_alsa1.htm
Wonderful discussion of the geography, history, language and culture of the Alsace, by Eugéne Philipps.Simultaneum in the Churches of the Alsace
Interesting discussion of The Linguistic Tug-of-War between the French and German languages in the Alsace
, based in history and linguistic analysis: http://thesis.haverford.edu/archive/00000114/01/2003KegelT_linguistics.pdf
If you think your Alsatians may have come from Switzerland after the 30 Years War, and you have a relatively uncommon surname, check the microfiche Switzerland-Surnames
at your local FHC, number 6053507. It will list the cantons where the surname can be found in Swiss records. Thanks to Margaret Miesterfeld on the Alsace-Lorraine list
for this tip.French History Timeline
: http://www.uncg.edu/rom/courses/dafein/civ/timeline.htmHuguenot Research
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2005/01/huguenot-research.htmlNaming customs in Germany and France
Book on French social history: The Ancien Régime, French Society, 1600-1750,
by Pierre Gourbet, 1969. English translation Steve Cox, 1973, Harper Torchbooks, Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., First Harper Torchbook Edition 1974. ISBN 0061318221.The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
- Hans Hofmann
Labels: Alsace, archives, Bas-Rhin, Baysinger, Belfort, emigration, family history, France, genealogy, Germany, Haut-Rhin, jewish research, list, Lorraine, maps, message boards, timelines
Simultaneum in the Churches of the Alsace
You wrote: this village had a "simultaneous church" from 1687 to 1937. The "simultaneum" refers to the situation where Catholics and Protestants (Lutheran and/or Reformed) shared a common church. The worships were held at different times, e.g. Protestants from 8 to 10 am, and Catholics from 10 to 12 am. Only the Catholics could use the choir.
Me: This really is interesting. The Revocation of the Treaty of Nantes was in 1685. Yet the simultaneum began in 1687. Does that mean that protestants were again welcome to worship as they chose? Or was Alsace even part of France at that time?
Was this practice common in Alsace? In France/Germany/Switzerland and other places?
Alsace was part of the German Empire at the time of the Protestant Reform (early 16th cty). Alsace was a complicated mosaic of various lordships and possessions (I can send a scanned map to those interested). After the Peace of Augsburg (1555), the people in each lordship had to adopt the confession of the lord or owner, according to the rule "cujus regio, cujus religio".
The major part of Alsace became French after the Treatises of Westphalia (1648), however some territories and towns did so later (Strasbourg 1681, Mulhouse 1799). The French King Louis XIV thought it was better "not to touch to Alsatian affairs", even though he favored the Catholics wherever he could and the Protestants were subjected to much vexation and injustice (but no real persecution as in "old" France). Even though Alsace was French in 1685, the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes had no dramatic effects in Alsace, apart of course that many French Huguenots crossed Alsace to flee to Germany and many of them even settled down in Alsace (especially Bischwiller and Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines).
The "simultaneum" was introduced in every Protestant parish where lived at least 7 Catholic families. The church was shared by the two confessions at different time schedules. The authorities encouraged Catholic families to settle down in majorily Protestant villages, so as to reach the number of 7 families. The simultaneum was experienced by Protestants as an injustice and it gave rise to conflicts and trials, sometimes riots. Between the 17th century and 1850, the simultaneum was introduced in up to 150 villages, majority in the northern part of Alsace. After 1850, it was suppressed in many places, mostly because Catholic parishes built their own churches, thus avoiding much troubles. There were about 60 simultaneous churches in 1900 in Alsace and about 50 today.
Sources: B. Vogler, Histoire des Chrétiens d'Alsace, 1994; Le Partage de Dieu, Saisons d'Alsace # 102, 1988 (this book gives a brief outline of each village where simultaneum was introduced at some time)
As far as I know, simultaneum is typically Alsatian. After being a notorious injustice, it became gradually a sign of tolerance. Here what one of the most famous Alsatians, Dr Albert SCHWEITZER, Peace Nobel Prize 1952 wrote about it (my translation):
The church of my village, fraternally used by Catholics and Protestants, taught me tolerance. My childish heart already found it beautiful that in our village, Catholics and Protestants would worship in the same church. Now, I feel penetrated of joy every time I pass over its sill. I wish that every church in Alsace that is common to both confessions remains as it is, like a token, for future, of the religious concord to which our expectations should tend if we are true Christians.May genealogy exchanges also act for mutual understanding!
Later post from Etienne, used by permission:
Having checked in literature, I confirm that the simultaneum existed in some places in Germany and Switzerland, but never as systematized as in Alsace after 1648, where it was part of the integration into France, where Catholicism was the state religion. It existed in rare places which belonged to two lords, a Catholic and a Protestant. This also was the case in Alsace before it became French, e.g. in Neuwiller-les-Saverne since 1563. By googling "simultaneum", several
examples out of Alsace are found.
However, - and that's why the Alsatian situation is very typical - the French authorities generalized the simultaneum and used it as an attempt to marginalize the Protestants and make them come back to the Catholic church.
Another interesting fact: when the simultaneum was generalized in Alsace, only Catholics benefited from the situation, as they obtained the permission to celebrate in the choir of Protestant churches. As a consequence, the Protestant community remained in charge of the church, despite the
Yet another question: what about Lorraine? Here it should be recalled that the Protestant Reform was not introduced durably in this region, at least in the Duchy of Lorraine.
Regards from Alsace
Thank you to Paul and Etienne for permission to quote, and Etienne for so generously sharing his knowledge. The map scans are available at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/alsace/maps/
The mosaic of lordships in Alsace at the end of the Thirty Year War, 1618-1648. Extracted from Dollinger P. & Oberlé R., 1985. L'Histoire de l'Alsace, de la préhistoire à nos jours,
Ed. SAEP. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/alsace/maps/livet.jpg
The Protestant territories at the same time, extracted from Vogler B., 1994. Histoire ds Chrétiens d'Alsace,
Ed. Desclée. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/alsace/maps/vogler.jpgSimultaneum
, from: (collective). Le partage de Dieu.
Saisons d'Alsace # 102, Decembre 1988 http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/alsace/maps/sa102.jpg
Etienne further suggests the following sources for more information:
- EPP R., LIENHARD M. & RAPHAEL F., 1992. Catho>liques, protestants, juifs en Alsace, Alsatia.
- VOGLER B., 1994. Histoire culturelle de l'Alsace, La Nuée Bleue.
- VOGLER B. (editor), 1991. L'Alsace, une Histoire, Oberlin.
- DOLLINGER P. (editor), 1991. Histoire de l'Alsace, Privat.
The Strasbourg University Library
(BNUS) also gives the ref of many books and articles: http://www-bnus.u-strasbg.fr/
Finally, another site about Simultaneum
Nice photo of the church at Lembach
, which was simultaneum between 1716 and 1909: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~geiger/webpages/lem.htmlAll great truths begin as blasphemies.
- George Bernard Shaw
Montreal City Directories 1842-1999 Online
From the latest Eastman's:
Montreal City Directories Online
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec has added a new online collection of interest to anyone researching ancestors in Montreal. The Lovell directories of Montreal and its suburbs (1842-1999) are now available online.
The collection contains images of the original city directories. The web site claims that the online directories are available through the year 1999 although I could only find those through 1992 on the site. That is still much later than any other collection of city directories that I have ever seen. This collection is a great resource for all anyone interested in the genealogy, social history, history of a building, or urban geography of Montreal.
The web site is in French, but the early directories were printed only in English. Later directories contained both English and French pages. All the images are of the original directories. I had no difficulty navigating this site, even with my limited knowledge of French.
Montreal City Directories are available to all at no charge at http://bibnum2.banq.qc.ca/bna/lovell
My thanks to Guy Lamarche for telling me about this great resource.
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* article on Searching List Archives, at http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/searching-list-archives-by-joan-young.htmlSeek out that particular mental attribute which makes you feel 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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Our history has been greatly shaped by people who read their way to opportunity and achievements in public libraries.
- Arthur Meier Schlesinger (1888-1965)WorldCat
- worldwide directory of library homepages: http://www.libdex.comLibraries Online
: http://www.libraryspot.com/librariesLibrary of Congress Gateway
: http://www.loc.gov/z3950/gateway.htmlPublic Libraries.com
: http://www.publiclibraries.com/Libweb - Library Servers via WWW
The Library of Congress (LOC)
: http://catalog.loc.gov/ American Memory
- more than 7 million digital items: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.htmlUS State Libraries & Archives
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/05/us-state-libraries-archives.htmlFamily History Library (FHL)
: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Library/FHLC/frameset_fhlc.asp Advice for the First-Time Visitor to the FHL
: http://www.rootdig.com/adn/fhl_lessons.html Salt Lake City Library: Ready, Set, Go!
: http://olivetreegenealogy.com/articles/slc.shtmlDAR's Online Library Catalog
California State Library - Sutro
: http://www.lib.state.ca.us/Newberry Library
(Chicago): http://www.newberry.org/nl/collections/virtua.htmlAllen County Public Library
(Fort Wayne IN): http://www.acpl.lib.in.us
Temporary location: PO Box 2270 - 200 E. Berry, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270
Phone: 260-421-1225 FAX 260-421-1386Midwest Genealogy Center
is now open, replacing the Mid-Continent Library. Eastman's reports that "almost all of the plat maps, census records, marriage licenses and other documents are accessible directly by the public, not locked away in storage." http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/genlh/mgc.htmNew York Public Library
The Internet Public Library (IPL)
: http://www.ipl.org/Fiske Genealogical Library
The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library
(Scottish research): http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/
Collection of Genealogy Library Sites
helps you locate the most important books and other research materials in your area of interest, and find out whether what you need is available at your favorite library: http://www.redlightgreen.com/Do not trust your memory; it is a net full of holes; the most beautiful prizes slip through it.
- Georges Duhamel, 1884-1966
Newly online - Papers of the War Office, 1784-1800
, about 55,000 records of the early US Republic. http://wardepartmentpapers.org/about.phpFaces of the Fallen
- collection of information about each US service member who died in Iraq: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/iraq/casualties/facesofthefallen.htmNational Cemeteries Gravesite Locator
: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov The VA has put a Nationwide Gravesite Locator online, with all the burials in all National Cemeteries nationwide
, with the exception of four cemeteries that have not completed their records: Long Island; Los Angeles; Ft. Rosecrans; and the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Interment.net
has Los Angeles National Cemetery
online (85,825 records): http://interment.net/data/us/ca/losangeles/lanat/index.htmFort Rosecrans
(71,608 records): http://interment.net/data/us/ca/sandiego/rosecrans/index.htmNational Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
(35,224 records): http://interment.net/data/us/hi/oahu/natmem/index.htm
The website says: "Arlington National Cemetery records are also available for interments that occurred after 1999. As more records are added to the database, more burial information will become available. Some state veterans cemeteries can also be searched." The latest: they have added maps of burial sections
that can be printed from home computers and at national cemetery kiosks. Once you have entered a veteran's name to search, click on the "Buried At" (burial location) link and a map of the national cemetery is displayed, showing the section where the grave is located. Also, VA recently added to its database the cemeteries in which 1.9 million veterans were buried with VA grave markers, mostly private cemeteries. This addition brings the number of graves recorded in the locator to approximately five million.
And they are adding approximately 1,000 new records to the database each day!Nationwide Gravesite Locator
There are many vets who are NOT buried in the National Cemetery system. But once the final records are in place, this will cover all those who are. Keep in mind that many of those buried in the VA cemeteries are not vets, but family members. My father is a veteran of the Second World War, and so my mother was eligible to be buried in the Tahoma National Cemetery. When my father dies, his ashes will be with hers, under one shared stone.
Many soldiers who died during the war are buried overseas. My husband's uncle Frank was one such -- we found his grave by searching the American Battle Monuments Commission
Here is his listing: http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~bobofwa/JohnF_Zimmerman.htmWhether your vet is gone, or still with you, you can honor him or her at the WWII Registry
It isn't much, but it's something.
Find your WWII vet's WWII Enlistment File
The search on the WWII Registry page supposedly searches the ABMC database, but the listing that comes up for John F. Zimmerman is minimal compared to the beautiful page that comes up by directly querying the ABMC
site. So it's worth searching both sites, if you don't know where your vet is buried. And of course Interment.net
and Find A Grave
are both worth a look, too.New! Service Personnel Not Recovered Following World War II
: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/WWII_MIA/INDEX.HTMNational Purple Heart Hall of Honor
The website has a PDF available detailing the documentation necessary to include your Purple Heart recipient. For more information or to share the story of a Purple Heart recipient, contact the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, New Windsor Cantonment State Historic Site, P.O. Box 207 (374 Temple Hill Road), Vails Gate, New York 12584-0207, telephone 845-561-1765, or fax 845-561-6577.Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Service Members Memorial
: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/06/lesbian-gay-bisexual-service-members.htmlObtaining military records of U.S. veterans from the National Archives
: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html20th-Century Veterans' Service Records Safe, Secure -- and Available,
By Norman Eisenberg: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/research/prologue-spotlight-nprc.htmlPOW Network Japan
$$$ Ancestry has a database of 143,374 records of WWII POWs, compiled by the Red Cross
Another great WWII site: Indiana Soldiers & Sailors
Photographs of the Manila American Cemetery in the PhilippinesWWII Kansas Veterans Index
: http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/military/wwiivetsindex.htmOnline Military Indexes & Records - A Genealogy Guide
: http://www.militaryindexes.com/WWI Draft Records
: http://www.genealogybranches.com/worldwaronedraftcards.htmlMissouri World War I Military Service Cards Database
Other Missouri military records, not online
: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/military.asp Pennsylvania State Archives
- various military records, including Pennsylvania National Guard Veterans' Card File, 1867-1921; World War I Service Medal Application Cards and Mexican Border Campaign Veterans' Card File: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/overview.htm
For best results spend some time learning how to use ARIAS (Archives Records Information Access System) to search its 1.5 million records: http://www.digitalarchives.state.pa.us/
Another useful link - USIGS Military Links Collection
: http://www.usigs.org/library/military/links/State-level Lists of Casualties from the Korean Conflict (1951-1957) and the Vietnam Conflict (1956-)
Also, for Vietnam
FoundDogTags.com is a site attempting to return dog tags found in Vietnam
to the families: http://www.founddogtags.com/Civil War / War Between the States
: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/american-civil-war-or-war-between.htmlWar of 1812
: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/12/war-of-1812.htmlThe Mexican War
: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/mexican_war.htmCommonwealth War Graves Commission
(UK, AUS, NZ): http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspxLand Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth
$$$ UK War Dead from the Boer War to the Korean Conflict
: http://www.FindMyPast.com/Canadian Military Records and Service Files
: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/020203_e.htmlFrench War Dead
: http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/Volksbund - German War Graves
Click "Gräbersuche" to search the names of German war dead. Nachname=surname; Vorname=first name; supplying a date of birth or death is optional. Click on "Suche beginnen" to start, then register your name and address. Required: Vorname (first name), Nachname (last name), Straße / Nr. (Street & Number), Land/Plz/Ort (Country/Postal or Zip Code/City). Then click on "Zur Ergebniseite" to continue. On the next screen click "Suchanfrage ausführen." Thank you Casi!Finding German Military records
: http://en.wiki.genealogy.net/index.php/Finding_German_Military_recordsYou can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom.
- Clarence Darrow
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