Monday, May 29, 2006

Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan BMD Index: http://vsgs.health.gov.sk.ca/vsgs_srch.aspx
   Births more than 100 years ago; Deaths and Marriages more than 75 years ago soon

Saskatchewan 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.asp

Saskatchewan Genealogical Society: http://www.saskgenealogy.com/

Saskatchewan Genealogy and History Links: http://www.islandnet.com/~jveinot/cghl/saskatchewan.html

Saskatchewan 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,Documents

Need 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.aspx

Cemeteries 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 306-975-8000

Suggested Saskatchewan Links: http://ca.geocities.com/triedit@rogers.com/Saskres.html

Census

Saskatchewan GenWeb Census Guide: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cansk/census/census-index.html


Saskatchewan telephone lookups: http://mysask.com

Books:

Our Roots / Nos Racines: http://www.ourroots.ca (digitized local histories)

Saskatchewan Family History Books: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cansk/Saskatchewan/books.html

Genealogy Helplist Canada: http://www.rootsweb.com/~canghl/abskmb.html

Saskatchewan Town and RM (Rural Municipality) History Books: http://feefhs.org/zva/skhstbks.html

Saskatoon 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
Phone: 306-763-2455

United Church of Canada, Saskatchewan Conference
418A McDonald Street
Regina, SK S4N 6E1
Fax: 306-721-3171   Email: ucskco@sasktel.net

Roman Catholic - Prince Albert Diocese, Chancery Office
1415 - 4th Avenue West
Prince Albert SK S6V 5H1
Phone: 306-922-4747   Email: arch@cec.pacsd6.sk.ca
http://www.padiocese.sk.ca


Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light. - Theodore Roethke

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Canadian Land Research


About the Western Land Description system (townships, ranges, and meridians): http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/02011101_e.html#about

Canadian Geographical Names: http://geonames.nrcan.gc.ca/index_e.php

At ArchiviaNet, 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.htm

Map - Index to Townships in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta & British Columbia: http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/nmc/n0043265.pdf

1905 CNR provincial maps (have meridian, range and township indicators to help find locations of properties)
Homestead Records
Alberta: http://abgensoc.ca/homestead/search.php
Saskatchewan: http://www.rootsweb.com/~cansk/Saskatchewan/homesteadlocation.html
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.aspx

Need 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: https://www.isc.ca/LAND/FormsLogin.asp?/LAND/isc/scripts/isc.asp
   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.htm


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

How 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.

Ontario 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: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/09/canadian-provincial-archives.html.


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

Saturday, May 27, 2006

German Maps


Meyer's Orts online, and FREE!: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/meyers-ort-online-and-free.html

Geogen Online Service -Generate maps of the distribution of surnames in Germany: http://christoph.stoepel.net/Geogen-localized-en.aspx

Planning your German trip: http://www.germany-map.com/

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#Introduction

Historical Karten / Maps: http://www.uni-oldenburg.de/nausa/fundfe.htm

FEEFHS Map Room: http://www.feefhs.org/newest_map.html

Historical Maps of Germany: http://www8.informatik.uni-erlangen.de/html/wwp/deutschland1000.html
   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.html

Perry-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.com


I have always felt that a politician is to be judged by the animosities he excites among his opponents. - Churchill

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The American Civil War, or War between the States


Civil War Soldier and Sailors System: http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ - 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.htm

Civil War Rosters, by State: http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Lair/3680/cw/cw.html

The American Civil War Homepage: http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html, 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: http://www.suvcwdb.org/ or directly to the search: http://www.suvcwdb.org/home/search.php?action=search

US Civil War Center Cemetery Dabatase: http://www.cwc.lsu.edu/cwc/projects/cemindex.htm

Civil War Pension Acts 1865 - 1930: http://www.blackcamisards.com/sc-usct/pension/penacts.html

The Civil War Pension Law: http://www.cpe.uchicago.edu/publication/lib/pension_cpe.pdf

Ordering Civil War Pension Records - Union & Confederate: http://www.genealogybranches.com/civilwar/

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: http://www.kinquest.com/genealogy/resources/va.html

$$$ American Civil War Research Database: http://www.civilwardata.com/

Compiled Military Service Records - $$$ Ancestry.com, or FREE on microfilm at NARA

Civil War Maps, 1861-1865: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/collections/civil_war_maps/

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.html

Sons 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#states

Civil War Potpourri: http://www.civilwarhome.com/potpourr.htm

Kansas State Historical Society: http://www.kshs.org
http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/military/recscivil.htm
http://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.htm

South 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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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Alsace


Alsace (Ger. Elsass) is now two French departéments, Bas-Rhin [67] (Lower Rhine) & Haut-Rhin [68] (Upper Rhine). The Territory of Belfort [90] 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.shtml

Archives départementales Alsace
Alsachat.net - come chat with us!: http://alsachat.net or irc://irc.rootsweb.com/alsace

Maps of the Alsace: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/alsace/maps/

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.html

Alsace Message Board: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec/board/rw/localities.weurope.france.alsace

Alsace & Emigration Links (CoolLinks): http://sdrescher.net/php/linkdex/index.php

Alsabase: http://ddebus.free.fr/

The Süss Collection: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/08/sss-collection.html

Alsace Topliste: http://alsachat.net/top
Stammtisch Alsace - Topliste Alsace Genealogy Forum: http://sdrescher.net/phpBB2/

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 (1890), GeoPatronyme (1891-1915, 1916-1940, 1941-1965, & 1966-1990), and GeneaNet (European GEDCOMS). The French Telephone Directories: http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/trouverunnom/RecherchePagesBlanches.do or http://www.infobel.com/france will do the same thing for surnames existing today. For more on surnames, see: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/03/surnames.html

How to use the Le Centre Départemental d'Histoire des Familles (CDHF) website: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2005/01/le-centre-dpartemental-dhistoire-des.html

Historical 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: http://www.cg68.fr/PGconteneurs18.asp

If you know the village name, but not where it is located, try Locom.org - Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Territoire de Belfort. This site also works for the communes of Lorraine.

Alsace History Timeline: http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/Ancillary/Geog/Europe/Alsace-Lorraine.shtml

1836 Census Surname list - Strasbourg (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%E9partement
Communes of the Haut-Rhin département: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communes_of_the_Haut-Rhin_d%E9partement
New home for The Communities of Alsace A-Z: http://www.rootsweb.com/~fraalsac/alsaceaz

Jewish Alsace Community (in French): http://www.sdv.fr/judaisme/; Cercle de Généalogie Juive: http://www.genealoj.org/

Communes in France: http://www.answers.com/topic/commune-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: http://www.alsacegenea.org/ - in French, but buttons for Reverso translations

Some extracted parish records - Bas Rhin [67]: http://www.caids.net/cgi-bin/depouill/search_depouill.pl
Haut Rhin [68]: http://www.caids.net/cgi-bin/depouill/search_depouill.pl
More 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.html

Travels in Alsace & Lorraine Articles Online: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/08/travels-in-alsace-lorraine-articles.html

Hint 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.htm
Bas Rhin soldiers of the Revolutionary Army, First Empire (Napoleon): http://membres.lycos.fr/mylak/militair.html - in French

Some Late Nineteenth Century Alsatian Folk Dress: http://www.siue.edu/COSTUMES/COSTUME16_INDEX.HTML#Plate95

L'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: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/05/simultaneum-in-churches-of-alsace.html

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.htm

Huguenot Research: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2005/01/huguenot-research.html

Naming customs in Germany and France: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/02/naming-customs-in-germany-and-france.html

Lorraine links: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/04/lorraine.html

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

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Simultaneum in the Churches of the Alsace

Paul wrote,
Etienne,

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?

Etienne's answer:

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
simultaneum.

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
Etienne
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.jpg

Simultaneum, 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: http://www.alsace.culture.gouv.fr/fr/patrimoine_spirituel/site/index_sim.html

Nice photo of the church at Lembach, which was simultaneum between 1716 and 1909: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~geiger/webpages/lem.html


All great truths begin as blasphemies. - George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, May 21, 2006

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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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Valorie's Genealogy Lists


Alsace-Lorraine: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Alsace-Lorraine-L.htm

Alsachat: http://alsachat.net/wiki/index.php/AlsachatList

Basinger: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Basinger-L.htm

Baysinger: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Baysinger-L.htm

Calhoon: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Calhoon-L.htm

Calhoun: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Calhoun-L.htm

Clan-Chattan: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Clan-Chattan-L.htm

Clan-Colquhoun: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Clan-Colquhoun-L.htm

Clan-MacBean: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Clan-MacBean-L.htm

* Clan-MacPherson: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/SCT/CLAN-MACPHERSON.html

Cowen: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Cowen-L.htm

Cowin: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Cowin-L.htm

Daiber: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Daiber-L.htm

Disney: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Disney-L.htm

* East-Marches: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/UK/EAST-MARCHES.html

* EmergingTech: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/other/Internet_Help/EmergingTech.html

* Frerichs: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/f/frerichs.html

Gen-IRC: http://freepages.computers.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Gen-IRC-L.htm

* Girelle: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/g/girelle.html

Goosic: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Goosic-L.htm

* Grunke: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/g/grunke.html

Horine: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Horine-L.htm

Images-Online-Help: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Images-Online-Help-L.htm

IRC-RW: http://freepages.computers.rootsweb.com/~valorie/IRC-RW-L.htm

Kammer: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Kammer-L.htm

Kammerer: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Kammerer-L.htm

* Kammerer-Martin: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/k/kammerer.html

* Kasl: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/k/kasl.html

Kemmerer: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/Kemmerer-L.htm

McBee: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/McBee-L.htm

McPhail: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/McPhail-L.htm

* Orme: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/surname/o/orme.html

* Pfalz: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/DEU/PFALZ.html

* SCT-Middle-Marches: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/SCT/SCT-MIDDLE-MARCHES.html

SCT-Selkirk: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~valorie/SCT-Selkirk-L.htm

* West-Marches: http://lists.rootsweb.com/index/intl/UK/WEST-MARCHES.html

  * need list pages created


My Genealogy Message Boards: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/12/valories-genealogy-message-boards.html

*Excellent* article on Searching List Archives, at http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/searching-list-archives-by-joan-young.html


Seek 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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Libraries


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: http://www.worldcat.org/

LibDex - worldwide directory of library homepages: http://www.libdex.com

Libraries Online: http://www.libraryspot.com/libraries

Library of Congress Gateway: http://www.loc.gov/z3950/gateway.html

Public Libraries.com: http://www.publiclibraries.com/

Libweb - Library Servers via WWW: http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Libweb/

The Library of Congress (LOC): http://catalog.loc.gov/
  American Memory - more than 7 million digital items: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/amhome.html

US State Libraries & Archives: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/05/us-state-libraries-archives.html

Family 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.shtml

DAR's Online Library Catalog: http://www.dar.org/library/onlinlib.cfm

California State Library - Sutro: http://www.lib.state.ca.us/

Newberry Library (Chicago): http://www.newberry.org/nl/collections/virtua.html

Allen 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 260-421-1386

Midwest 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.htm

New York Public Library: http://www.nypl.org/catalogs/

The Internet Public Library (IPL): http://www.ipl.org/

Fiske Genealogical Library: http://www.fiske.lib.wa.us/

The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library (Scottish research): http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/

Collection of Genealogy Library Sites: http://www.familytreemagazine.com/articles/librarylinks.html

RedLightGreen 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

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Military Records


Newly online - Papers of the War Office, 1784-1800, about 55,000 records of the early US Republic. http://wardepartmentpapers.org/about.php

Faces 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.htm

National 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.htm

Fort Rosecrans (71,608 records): http://interment.net/data/us/ca/sandiego/rosecrans/index.htm

National 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: http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov

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 site: http://www.abmc.gov/.

Here is his listing: http://freepages.family.rootsweb.com/~bobofwa/JohnF_Zimmerman.htm

Whether your vet is gone, or still with you, you can honor him or her at the WWII Registry: http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=intro It isn't much, but it's something.

Find your WWII vet's WWII Enlistment File: http://genweblog.blogspot.com/2006/07/wwii-enlistment-file.html

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: http://interment.net and Find A Grave: http://www.findagrave.com/ are both worth a look, too.

New! Service Personnel Not Recovered Following World War II: http://www.dtic.mil/dpmo/WWII_MIA/INDEX.HTM

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/heritage/purple_hrt.asp
   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.html

Obtaining military records of U.S. veterans from the National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/evetrecs/index.html
20th-Century Veterans' Service Records Safe, Secure -- and Available, By Norman Eisenberg: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/research/prologue-spotlight-nprc.html

POW Network Japan: http://homepage3.nifty.com/pow-j/e/
$$$ Ancestry has a database of 143,374 records of WWII POWs, compiled by the Red Cross

Another great WWII site: Indiana Soldiers & Sailors: http://fizkid.tripod.com/
   Photographs of the Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines

WWII Kansas Veterans Index: http://www.kshs.org/genealogists/military/wwiivetsindex.htm

Online Military Indexes & Records - A Genealogy Guide: http://www.militaryindexes.com/

WWI Draft Records: http://www.genealogybranches.com/worldwaronedraftcards.html

Missouri World War I Military Service Cards Database: http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/ww1/
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-): http://www.archives.gov/research_room/research_topics/korea_and_vietnam_casualties.html

Also, for Vietnam: http://www.viewthewall.com/

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.html

War of 1812: http://valoriez.blogspot.com/2004/12/war-of-1812.html

The Mexican War: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/mexican_war.htm


Commonwealth War Graves Commission (UK, AUS, NZ): http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx

Land Forces of Britain, the Empire and Commonwealth: http://www.regiments.org/nations/

$$$ 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.html


French War Dead: http://www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr/

Volksbund - German War Graves: http://www.volksbund.de/
   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_records


You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. - Clarence Darrow

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