Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Website: DeathIndexes.com

Unfortunately, death is part of life and something we all have to deal with at some point. The recent unexpected death of a close cousin reminded me of how we never know when it will happen, we simply know it will happen.

As genealogists, we search through vast collections of records to find names, dates and places of ancestors and are amazed at the unexpected stories we may find in these ancestral pursuits.

DeathIndexes.com provides a list of searchable death indexes and records by state and is maintained by Joe Beine who maintains multiple sites to help all those who are researching their ancestors as well as having a blog site of his own called Genealogy Roots Blog. When you click on his profile you find out he is a genealogist from Denver, Colorado.

This site was started back in 2003 and I'm sure has become even more useful over time as more and more sites are added. The various links lead to online death indexes, death records, death notices, obituaries, wills, probate records and cemetery burials. Pick a location from the list:

For this blog, I'll click my home state of Rhode Island and view the results:

The results are well worth my time and energies in checking each link out. The RI Historical Cemeteries Transcription Project has been going on for years, it started when I was a Family History Director there back in the 1990s. It has come a long way from its origins and founder John Sterling and Deby Nunes who are dear colleagues. According to the site, there are over 458,000 inscriptions in this one database!

In addition there are listings by county, Catholic burials and newspaper obituaries. One can definitely make use of this great resource when doing their US research!

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Website: David Rumsey Map Collection

When it comes to researching one's ancestors, old maps of the area become very important in trying to locate where they were living and where those records may be located today. The David Rumsey collection started over 30 years ago and has more than 150,000 maps. 

From their site they state, "The collection focuses on rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania." To learn more about their collection click here.

Most people know of at least one location that has changed its name and its boundaries. Over time as various countries grew they would create a new counties and move towns and cities into those new counties causing boundary changes as new lands were acquired over time.

When a boundary changes it has the ripple effect of where vital events are recorded for those new areas and what happens to the older records that were recorded for those areas before the changes?

This author has seen these records handled a variety of ways while researching various individuals. Some places take over the books and so the records stay with the new county or town or city and other times the records are moved to another location completely, either way, a researcher will have to ask and locate whatever records needed for their client. 

Their "Georeferencer" tool allows and individual to overlay historic maps on modern maps or other historical maps, a great feature to help you understand boundary changes as well as other changes over time. Their short video will show you how this works.

To locate a map, you launch their "Luna Browser" and use the search box in the upper left hand corner to type in the place you are researching. The response from this site will be what they have on that location. Once you locate the one you wish to view, simply click the map and it will open up into its own browser where you can enlarge it and move it around as necessary. For example here is a map from 25 March 1776:

This is one of the best map sites for locating old maps and being able to manipulate them for viewing purposes. By creating an account on this site it saves your searches for future reference, there is no charge for registering.

Take advantage of this wonderful resource when needing maps for your research.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Google News Archive

When researching one's ancestors newspapers can add a lot of information to your family tree and yet access can sometimes be a problem. The one problem that seems to stop most individuals is access to those valuable newspapers.

Over the years various groups are working hard at putting these valuable resources online but also many have been microfilmed along the way by libraries across the world in order to preserve these valuable records.

Enter Google News Archive, this began back in 2006 and was "originally PaperofRecord.com created by Robert J. Huggins along with his team at Cold North Wind, Inc." according to the Wikipedia article about Google News Archive. (1)

While there are many newspapers across the world, this is one place worth investigating to see if there are any archived newspapers from where your ancestors lived.

A few samples of coverage are:

The Rochester Sentinel:1858-2005
The Patterson Press: 1863-1915
The Montreal Gazette: 1878-2006
The Newfoundland Express: 1851-1855
The Spokane Review: 1891-1994
Calhoun Times: 1924-1922

The list available is immense and one needs to review it for themselves.

There are other newspaper sites available also so don't limit yourself to this one, check with a public library or a university and one may be surprised to find just the collection they are looking for.

(1) Google News Archive. (2016, May 29). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:17, June 10, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Google_News_Archive&oldid=722572131

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Website: Ireland Genealogy

It's no secret that researching Irish Ancestors can be difficult and sometimes it even seems impossible. To date many websites, tutorials, and helps to aid this situation have come along to try and help with this serious situation.

One of the many sites that is helping is called Ireland Genealogy and it acts as a go between to other websites that also have additional information or ancestral information.

As you can see from the main first page it begins with some categories but also has all of the various counties listed if you are fortunate enough to know this information.

Even on the first page there is a list of some databases to aid you beginning with "A List of Deported Convicts and Vagabonds c1737-1743" which is indexed by county. A valuable database to look at in the Irish Flax Growers, 1796, it contains nearly 60,000 individuals in 1796. According to the site, "individuals were awarded spinning wheels based on the number of acres planted. People who planted one acre were awarded 4 spinning wheels and those growing 5 acres or more were awarded a loom."  These kinds of lists remind us of what life was like for our ancestors during this time period.

There is another list of "Irish Convicts to NSW 1788-1849", which provides details of convicts who were transported to New South Wales during this time period. The database contains:
  • Irish State prisoners,
  • convicts who were tried in Ireland,
  • convicts who were tried outside Ireland whose native place was in Ireland,
  • Irish military men who were tried inside or outside Ireland whose native place was in Ireland, and
  • a few non-Irish convicts arriving on Irish convict transport ships.
Another interesing site is one from my home state, and the city I grew up in, Pawtucket. "Some Baptisms and Burials from the Centenary History of Old St. Mary's Church, Pawtucket, RI". Bob Ryan was the individual who transcribed this and of course all of us are appreciative when these things are done to help all who are seeking out their Irish ancestors.

This website is full of surprises as you click to the large collection of links, a great aid to all who are searching their Irish ancestors!

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Website: FindMyPast.com

When it comes to adding new databases and building and even better website, FindMyPast.com has been consistent on all of these levels. 

Each Friday I receive emails letting me know the latest data files that have been added to their already large collection of searchable databases.

For a sample this is the link to what is new for this week. To do a search you either use their simple form to enter in some data and do a search or you can click on search and choose from their list of available records.

This month they are having a 50% off a month's subscription which brings the cost to try it for a month to $9.98. Currently they are working with the Federation of Genealogical Societies to digitize the Periodical Source Index known as PERSI. This will be a great asset to researchers everywhere.

They offer a long list of great databases to help individuals locate their ancestors and are definitely worth looking into as a good resource for research.

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Friday, May 6, 2016

Website: Commonwealth War Graves

According to their website, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten."

There are cemeteries and memorials located in 154 countries and in 23,000 locations and all are 'cared for' by this group. Their website goes into the details of what part of the upkeep they handle with these locations.

Under their "Find War Dead" section they have a casualty database for men and women of the "Commonwealth forces" who died during the two world wars.

In addition they also have details of some 67,000 "Commonwealth civilians" who died as a "result of enemy action" in the Second World War. Information on the 23,000 cemeteries where these individuals are buried is also provided in case one wishes to visit or obtain a photo of the grave.

Right on the main page, an individual can enter the name of a fallen loved one and this is what the results would be like:

Sometimes there are multiple people listed as they have the same name, this time there is only the one choice. Clicking on his name provides this information:

Note there is a PDF that one can download as a "Commemorative Certificate", additionally, there are documents on this same page, one is his listing on the "Grave Register" and the other is "Panel List" which has his listings on commemorations on memorials or screen walls with those details.

The above is from their "Commemorative Registers". This is a partial of the "Commemorative Certificate":

This site has other information on his burial location and photos, etc. there is a lot here and it definitely is a great help to those researching their ancestors!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Website: Olive Tree Genealogy - Immigrant Ships Passenger Lists

This week we will finish up with the Olive Tree Genealogy Website. The above section is dedicated to Ships Passenger Lists. As we all know the United States is a land of vast cultures coming together in one place. Which such diversity it is helpful to know where these ancestors came from before setting in the United States.

The lists on this page are for immigrants arriving in the United States, Canada, Australia & New Zealand, South Africa and England.

Another list is to locate ancestors leaving the United States and Canada.

The first area breaks it up into the five major ports of arrival in the US: New York, New York, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Maryland, Boston, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisana.

Regarding Canada, one is reminded that there were no comprehensive ships passenger lista prior to 1865 as shipping companies were not required to keep a passenger manifest. There are a number of resources available in this area to help overcome the lack of maniftests like Edinburgh Settlers 1815, Petworth Immigrants 1832-1837, Immigrants proceeding to Upper Canada via New York 1817-1819 Index and many other resources.

The Australia & New Zealand section covers 1700-1800 when over 1,000,000 people immigrated there. Most were from the British Isles but they were from other locations too. According to the site, over 160,000 convicts were sent to Australia along with some going to Tasmania. 

South Africa covers passenger lists from 1680 up to eary 1900s. Her site provides many helps for those seeking out their traveling ancestors. 

The Outbound ships from Canada and the USA to Europe, North America and other locations is dependent on what records were kept. There are partial lists and these are very valuable. For instance there are the Almhouse Records of New York City from 1819-1855 which were established to help with the immigrant poor in the early 1800s. 

There are many lists/databases of immigrants on all of these pages, take some time to investigate and see if your ancestor are there.

There are other great coverages on this whole site and definitely worth your time and energy to browse the many pages there to help you with your ancestral research.

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