The SW Michigan Obituary Index with Over 89,000 Obits Indexed

Having a lot of family from Southwest Michigan, I’ve been very pleased by the progress being made on an index to obituaries from the counties of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren. Over 89,000 obits are indexed. The obits date from Southwest Michigan’s earliest history through the year 2000. There is also a marriage, anniversary, engagement and divorce index available at:http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mivanbur/SWMIObitIndex/Marriage.txt.

Obit citations found at the site are from the following papers and other sources:

  • Herald-Palladium, Benton Harbor
  • Courier-Leader, Paw Paw
  • Berrien County Record, Buchanan
  • Marcellus News, Marcellus
  • Allegan County News, Allegan
  • Commercial Express, Saugatuck
  • New Buffalo Times, New Buffalo
  • South Bend Tribune, South Bend, Indiana
  • Kalamazoo Gazette, Kalamazoo
  • Decatur Republican, Decatur
  • Tri-City Record, Watervliet
  • Niles Daily Star, Niles
  • Union Enterprise, Plainwell
  • Dowagiac Daily News, Dowagiac
  • South Haven Tribune, South Haven
  • Cassopolis Vigilant, Cassopolis
  • Funeral Home Card
  • Bangor Advance, Bangor
  • Hartford Day Spring, Hartford
  • Bloomingdale Leader, Bloomingdale
  • Edwardsburg Argus, Edwardsburg
  • Gobles News, Gobles
  • Lawton Leader, Lawton
  • Lawrence Times, Lawrence
  • Michigan Pioneer Collection
  • Schoolcraft Express, Schoolcraft
  • Southwest Michigan University, Dowagiac
  • Surname Card – Private submission
  • Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
  • Otsego Union

See the Southwest Michigan Obituary Index at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mivanbur/SWMIObitIndex/SWMIObit.htm

The following is directly from the website:

To order a copy of the obituary from the collection, please send $3.00 for each item by check, cash or money order and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
VBRGS, P.O. Box 143, Decatur, MI 49045. Please include the full entry from the index. Orders that include incomplete information from the index will be returned for more information. Some obituaries listed are transcriptions. Please do not request lookups in the obituaries to determine if it is the appropriate person. Proceeds will be used to continue the project.

The following screen shot is for the entry of my cousin Elmore, and his wife, Doris.
elmoreobit

Is the Library and Archives of Michigan to Be Eliminated?

hal-miOn the tail of having had the opportunity to blog about the wonderful online resources, including digital death certificates, available from the Library of Michigan, my friend, Herb Mellinger, forwarded me the following note from Peggy, his co-moderator of the Davison/Richfield Genealogy Society.

Herb,
…I would like to add, for those who are unaware, we are in imminent danger of losing the Library and Archives of Michigan! While no determination has yet been made, the Governor stated in her State of the State address that the Library of Michigan should be turned over to the Department of Education. There is some discussion about sending the entire contents of the library to the MSU library. I have also heard from one of the state representatives that the Archives of Michigan will be turned over to the Office of Budget and Management. How this will affect access by the public is anyone’s guess, but it can’t be a good thing. The building currently housing the Library, Archives and State Historical Museum, a building designed and built specifically for these entities, would be vacated and used for another purpose.

Everyone needs to write letters to their state senator and district representative to prevent this travesty from becoming real.

Peggy knows of what she writes…

The following is excerpted from the March 13, 2009 edition of Lansing City Pulse. Somehow, I missed it entirely when it came out 10 days ago. And this is big news… Sorry…

The office of Gov. Jennifer Granholm has confirmed that Michigan State University is one entity being looked at to take over the state library and museum, which is part of the state Department of History, Arts and Libraries that was proposed for elimination in the governor’s State of the State address.

Well-placed sources in state government say that negotiations between the university and the governor’s office are being conducted, and an executive order to abolish HAL that would include the transfer of the building and operations could come down in the next few weeks. The Legislature would have 60 days to accept, reject or modify the order.

“We are exploring options on how we can protect our history, and support the arts and libraries in more cost effective ways,” Granholm spokeswoman Tiffany Brown said Thursday. “As part of this process we are having discussions with MSU and others, but we’ve reached no conclusions on how to proceed.”

Read the full article.

This kind of thing doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. As the recession deepens (yes – there are now entire counties with unemployment nearing 20%), the states will scramble to meet their budgets. I predict that we’re going to see a lot of libraries scaling back – and even closing. This is not good for genealogy.

Huge Genealogy Library of 705 Books – all on CD-ROM

CD-ROM Announcement: Genealogy Books on CD-ROM – Volume 1; Compiled by Stemmons Publishing, See: www.stemmonspublishing.com

cd-rombooklibraryThis set of 10 CD-ROMs makes up a massive genealogy library of 705 books. Altogether, there are over 60,000 images, making up 230,643 pages. According to the compiler, the value of the book collection is over $7000.00. The following listings are first, a Contents by Subject listing, followed by a CD-ROM by CD-ROM listing of the titles found on each disk. Note that the title is followed by the year of publication of the original volume. To speed your search, check out the Contents by Subject listing first. Note that since these are made up of PDF files, they will run on most any computer, PC or Mac.

Following is the Contents by Subject of each CD-ROM

  • CD #1: United States: (84 books)
  • CD #2: United States continued: (15 books); Regional: (32 books); Alabama: (1 book); Connecticut: (22 books)
  • CD #3: Connecticut continued: (9 books); Delaware: (1 book); Georgia: (2 books); Illinois: (1 book); Indiana: (1 book); Kentucky: (1 book); Maine: (23 books); Maryland: (15 books); Massachusetts: (19 books)
  • CD #4: Massachusetts continued: (72 books); Michigan: (1 book); Minnesota: (1 book); Missouri: (2 books)
  • CD #5: New Hampshire: (20 books); New Jersey: (28 books)
  • CD #6: New York: (55 books)
  • CD #7: New York continued: (26 books); North Carolina: (9 books); Ohio: (9 books); Pennsylvania: (22 books)
  • CD #8: Pennsylvania continued: (29 books); Rhode Island: (6 books); South Carolina: (26 books); Vermont: (2 books); Virginia: (20 books)
  • CD #9: Virginia continued: (27 books); West Virginia: (1 book); Family Histories: (62 books)
  • CD #10: England: (39 books); Ireland: (10 books); Scotland: (7 books); Canada: (5 books)

Continue reading “Huge Genealogy Library of 705 Books – all on CD-ROM”

Library of Michigan Hosts Free Seminar April 4, Highlighting the Best Online Sources

The Library of Michigan is about to hold its annual “Learning More Genealogy Seminar” on Saturday, April 4. These workshops typically draw over 300 people from across Michigan.

Michigan Library and Historical Center

Family history researchers can discover an array of tools and tips to make their search for ancestors more fruitful at “Learning More at the Library of Michigan: Online Genealogy,” set for Saturday, April 4, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in downtown Lansing. This free annual seminar will spotlight the growing number of online resources for family history research, including free Web sites and subscription databases available at the Library of Michigan.

“More and more, genealogists are looking for family history information online, and they’re finding it in the form of census records, death records, obituary indexes and more,” said Randy Riley, special collections manager at the Library of Michigan. “The Library of Michigan provides access to subscription sites that complement our outstanding print collections, and this seminar will offer tips on navigating these sites.”

Home to one of the top 10 genealogy collections in the United States, the Library of Michigan draws researchers from throughout Michigan and from around the country. “Learning More at the Library of Michigan: Online Genealogy” typically attracts at least 300 Michiganians interested in exploring their roots.

The free, half-day workshop runs from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Michigan Library and Historical Center, located at 702 W. Kalamazoo St. Free weekend parking is available at the library’s parking lot off Kalamazoo Street.

“It seems like every week we hear about new Internet resources for genealogists,” Riley said. “We’ll examine which sites are the most worthwhile and share ways that both beginning and experienced researchers may use these sites for maximum results.”

Seating is limited, so registration is recommended. Sign up online at www.michigan.gov/familyhistory, by e-mail at librarian@michigan.gov or by phone at (517) 373-1300. For more information, please contact the Library of Michigan’s Special Collections Services at (517) 373-1300.
Participants will choose one class for each time slot. Sessions are:

1 – 1:50 p.m.
Effectively Using HeritageQuest Online
HeritageQuest is available to Michigan residents anytime, anywhere through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL at www.MeL.org). Learn how to find information in this growing resource, which now offers six database collections.

Finding Free Vital Records
Discover the latest additions to Family Search Labs’ collection of vital records, as well as other resources for finding these key genealogical sources.

2:05 – 2:55 p.m.
Ancestry Library Edition
Featuring an ever-expanding list of databases, Ancestry Library Edition offers census records, immigration information and much more. Pick up tips for putting this subscription database to full use at the Library of Michigan.

Utilizing Footnote at the Library of Michigan and from Home
Explore this interactive repository with millions of images of original documents, many from the National Archives, including naturalization papers, city directories and Civil War records.

3:10 – 4 p.m.
Seeking Michigan Death Records? A New Digitization Project
The Library of Michigan has digitized Michigan death records for the years 1897 to 1920. These certificates are available for free at www.seekingmichigan.org, a project of the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan.

Accessing Obituaries on the Internet
ProQuest Obituaries, Footnote.com and free Web sites make it easier to find obituaries, a source rich with genealogical information and details about an ancestor’s life and times.

The Library of Michigan is part of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL). Dedicated to enriching quality of life and strengthening the economy by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan’s heritage and fostering cultural creativity, the department also includes the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Historical Center. For more information, visit www.michigan.gov/hal.

Thanks to Gloriane Peck, Special Collections Librarian, Library of Michigan, for the above information.

The New “Seeking Michigan” Website is Overwhelmed – But It’s Back Up Again

The following news release was posted yesterday by the Department of History, Arts, and Libraries in the State of Michigan. It seems that we took down their servers! This is something to be expected when a website is launched that includes historic death indexes! See my blog from March 18 about the new digitized Michigan Death Certificates online. I’ve been on the site today and all is working well again.

March 18, 2009: The Department of History Arts and Libraries (HAL) yesterday launched the Seeking Michigan Web site, and by midnight – discoverdue to vast interest in these unique historical resources -the site saw an increase in traffic of 2,600 percent, overwhelming the capacity of its servers.

Michigan Historical Center Director Sandra Clark said that staff members are working today to transfer the materials to new servers, with plans to be up and running with a much greater capacity by the end of the week.

“The response to our announcement of the Seeking Michigan Web site was remarkable,” said Clark. “We are sorry to disappoint those who are excited about the site, but confident that it will soon be able to respond to this incredible interest in Michigan’s history.”

The Seeking Michigan Web site (www.seekingmichigan.org) features a growing collection of unique historical information that – through digitized source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts – creatively tells the stories of Michigan’s families, homes, businesses, communities and landscapes. The project is a collaboration that has long been in the making between the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan. Site design and digitization of resources were funded through various grants.

The Archives of Michigan is part of the Michigan Historical Center. The Michigan Historical Center and the Library of Michigan are agencies within the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL).

Dedicated to enriching quality of life and strengthening the economy by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan’s heritage and fostering cultural creativity, HAL also includes the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/hal.

From the State of Michigan website.

Library of Michigan Digitizes Michigan Death Records, 1897 to 1920

The Library of Michigan has posted Death Certificates for Michigan Deaths covering the years 1897 to 1920. I did a quick search for Canfields – and found 50 documents. Note that the Search will search for the name of the deceased or the father’s name – allowing the researcher to locate daughters whose married names may not be know.

I also posted an extensive news release dealing with the entire “Seeking Michigan” website on the 17th of March.

canfield-mideaths1The following News Release was written by Library of Michigan Staff:

The Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan recently launched a Web site that will feature nearly 1 million Michigan death certificates never before available electronically. These death certificates for the years 1897 to 1920 hold tremendous research opportunities for genealogists, historians and students – as well as anyone interested in Michigan’s rich heritage.

These records are online at www.seekingmichigan.org, the brand-new, one-stop shop for Michigan historical records. Seeking Michigan is a partnership between the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan, which also has digitized state records for this Web site, including Civil War service records and photographs, survey maps and more.

“Previously people had to visit the Library of Michigan to view these records on microfilm, or order them for a fee from the state vital records office or a county clerk,” Special Collections Manager Randy Riley said. “Now anyone in the world can go online to Seeking Michigan and find the record of interest to them within minutes and at no cost.”

The Library of Michigan’s Abrams Foundation Historical Collection is one of the top 10 genealogy collections in the United States. The Abrams Foundation, which has given the library more than $2 million since the 1980s, funded the death records digitization.

In addition to having the records digitized, the Library had them indexed for easy searching by name, death date, location, age and more. As of March 17, about 25 percent of the nearly 1 million death records have been added. The remaining death records should be online within the next month.

“Offering this extensive collection of death records online puts Michigan at the forefront of vital records digitization nationwide,” Riley said. “Researchers are coming to expect online access to information, and we’re glad to deliver. We hope this Web site will inspire Michiganians to explore our state’s fascinating past and to discover their personal history.”

For more information about Seeking Michigan, please contact the Library of Michigan at (517) 373-1300 or librarian@michigan.gov.

From the State of Michigan website.

The New “Seeking Michigan” Website

UPDATE: I posted another blog on March 18 which deals specifically with the new digitized Michigan Death Indexes.

The following was written by The Department of History, Arts and Libraries staff:

seeking-michigan

‘Seeking Michigan’ Web site employs today’s technology to deliver Michigan’s history to information seekers

The Department of History, Arts and Libraries today announced the launch of the Seeking Michigan Web site (www.seekingmichigan.org), a growing collection of unique historical information that – through digitized source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts – creatively tells the stories of Michigan’s families, homes, businesses, communities and landscapes.

Seeking Michigan’s first major project is the digitization of roughly 1 million death records covering the years 1897 through 1920. These records – never before available electronically – are indexed for easy searching by name, death date, location and age, and hold tremendous research opportunities for genealogists, historians and students.

Whether they are interested in Civil War records, photographs, architecture, music, photography or family history, Michigan enthusiasts are sure to discover a brand new side to Michigan through this unique online resource, a collaboration that has long been in the making between the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan. Site design and digitization of resources were funded through various grants.

“Seeking Michigan takes great information from both of our agencies and makes it available to everyone in a convenient and easy-to-navigate Web site,” said State Librarian Nancy R. Robertson. “We were inspired by the state motto in designing the site. If you look, you will discover stories, photos and much more to connect you to our state’s pleasant peninsulas and one-of-a-kind past.”

With plans in place to add much more material, Seeking Michigan currently includes:

  • More than 100,000 pages of Civil War documents;
  • Approximately 10,000 photographs;
  • A variety of Michigan sheet music;
  • Roughly 1 million death records;
  • A rich section about Michigan’s 44 past governors;
  • Works Progress Administration data (circa 1936-1942) about land and buildings throughout rural Michigan; and
  • Oral histories with notable Michigan residents.

According to Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Center, Seeking Michigan boldly moves the archives and library experience outside of the bricks and mortar of the building in which the collections are housed. By employing the latest Web technologies and social media, the site aims for an enhanced user experience. “We want to give visitors historical content and, whenever possible, the context for that content,” she explained. “For K-12 educators, there’s also a ‘teach’ page that links up with related resources and grade-level content expectations.”

Clark noted that Seeking Michigan will open up Michigan’s history to a whole new market of information hunters. “Seeking Michigan is definitely a big boost for those who already have an interest in our state’s history, including scholars, authors, genealogists and publishers,” she said. “What we’re very excited about is the prospect of introducing new generations of Michigan residents to the Michigan they thought they knew and helping them forge connections with our state’s remarkable past.”

Seeking Michigan was made possible with generous funding from the Talbert and Leota Abrams Foundation, a Lansing-based nonprofit that primarily focuses on funding library and educational science programs. Since the mid-1980s, the Abrams Foundation has provided more than $2.5 million toward the development of the Library of Michigan’s and Archives of Michigan’ genealogy collection, including the digitization of the death records so crucial to family historians’ research efforts. The National Historic Publications and Records Commission provided additional funding.

The Library of Michigan Foundation (www.michigan.gov/lmfoundation) and the Michigan History Foundation (www.michigan.gov/mhfoundation) helped facilitate the funding process for Seeking Michigan and provide donors the opportunity to contribute to Seeking Michigan and many other initiatives.

The Archives of Michigan is part of the Michigan Historical Center. The Michigan Historical Center and the Library of Michigan are agencies within the Department of History, Arts and Libraries (HAL). Dedicated to enriching quality of life and strengthening the economy by providing access to information, preserving and promoting Michigan’s heritage and fostering cultural creativity, HAL also includes the Mackinac Island State Park Commission and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. To learn more, visit www.michigan.gov/hal.

New Databases at Family Tree Connection

The following items were recently added to the Family Tree Connection database:

ALABAMA

Alabama Technical Association 1917 Year Book – Alabama Technical Association, Year Book, Containing Lists of Officers and Members, Constitution and By-Laws, December 31, 1917, Birmingham, Ala.

CONNECTICUT

Crescent Lodge, No. 25 I. O. O. F. 1910 By-Laws – Constitution and By-Laws of Crescent Lodge, No. 25, I. O. O. F., East Hartford, Conn. with List of Subordinate and Rebekah Lodges. Instituted May 3, 1888.

Standard Co. Mutual Protective Association 1914 By-Laws – Constitution and By-Laws of the Mutual Protective Association of The Standard Co., Organized May 15, 1914. Includes listing of Charter Members [names only] and Executive Officers 1914-1915. Location not clearly stated. Printed in Torrington, Conn.

INDIANA

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1911 June – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 50, Number 6, June 1911. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Indianapolis, Ind.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1910 November – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Convention Number, Volume 49, Number 5, November 1910. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Indianapolis, Ind.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1910 July – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Convention Number, Volume 49, Number 1, July 1910. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Indianapolis, Ind.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1910 April – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Convention Number, Volume 48, Number 4, April 1910. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Indianapolis, Ind.

IOWA

Iowa State University 1874-5 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Iowa State University. at Iowa City, for 1874-5.

University of Dubuque 1922-1923 Catalog – The University of Dubuque, Annual Catalog, 1922-1923. Published by The University, April, 1923.

MAINE

List of Registered Maine Embalmers 1913 – Licensed Embalmers, December 31, 1913. Names of persons who have taken the examination before the State Board of Embalming Examiners.

Bowdoin College 1840 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Bowdoin College, Fall Term, M DCCC XL, Brunswick, Maine.

MASSACHUSETTS

Chauncy-Hall School 1892-93 Catalogue – Sixty-Fifth Annual Catalogue of the Teachers and Pupils of Chauncy-Hall School, No. 593 Boylston Street (Copley Square), Boston, with Sketches of Part of the School Work, Issued May 1893, for the School Year, 1892-1893.

Wednesday Evening Club 1877 Centennial – Centennial Celebration of the Wednesday Evening Club. Instituted June 21, 1777. Boston. Includes listing of Members back to 1777.

Boston Normal School of Gymnastics 1894-1895 Catalogue – Boston Normal School of Gymnastics, Fourth Annual Catalogue of the Instructors, Students and Graduates, with A Statement of the Course of Instruction, 1894-1895.

Bunker Hill Ladies’ Soldiers’ Relief Society 1864 Report – Annual Address and Reports read before the Bunker Hill Ladies’ Soldiers’ Relief Society, April 19, 1864. Includes listing of Officers and Honorary Members. Printed in Charlestown.

Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts 1889 Report – Seventh Annual Report of the Trustees of the Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, at Chelsea, for the Year ending July 25th, 1889. Includes listing of Officers and also Deaths During the Year.

MICHIGAN

Lincolnian 1927 – Published by Senior Class of Lincoln High School, Ferndale, Michigan.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Merrimack County Commissioners 1912 Report – Report of the County Commissioners of Merrimack County, Together with the Reports of County Treasurer, Superintendent of the County Farm and House of Correction, Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Jailor, Solicitor, Farm Physician, Chaplain and Auditors, from January 1, 1912, to January 1, 1913. Includes a listing of Inmates supported at the Almshouse, and Prisoners at the House of Correction.

Merrimack County Commissioners 1907 Report – Report of the County Commissioners of Merrimack County, Together with the Reports of County Treasurer, Superintendent of the County Farm and House of Correction, Clerk of Court, Sheriff, Jailor, Solicitor, Farm Physician, Chaplain and Auditors, from January 1, 1907, to January 1, 1908. Includes a listing of Inmates supported at the Almshouse, and Prisoners at the House of Correction.

Paquoig Lodge, No. 50, I.O.O.F. Members for 1929 – List of Officers and Members of Paquoig Lodge, No. 50, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Marlboro, New Hampshire. Instituted January 13, 1869.

NEW JERSEY

Summit Choral Society 1909-1910 Program – Summit Choral Society, First Season, 1909-1910, First Concert, Beechwood Music Hall, Summit, N. J., Tuesday Evening, February First. Mr. Arthur D. Woodruff, Conductor.

NEW YORK

Fairview Country Club 1925 Year Book – Fairview Country Club, Elmsford, New York, Year Book, 1925.

The Jewelers’ League 1898 Officers – The Jewelers’ League, No. 170 Broadway, New York, Board of Officers, 1898.

New York Philharmonic Society 1913-1914 Programe – Seventy Second Season, The Philharmonic Society of New York, founded 1842. Josef Stransky, Conductor. Programme, Carnegie Hall, New York, Thursday Evening, Nov. 13th, and Friday Afternoon, Nov. 14th, Sunday Afternoon, Nov. 16th. Felix F. Leifels, Manager.

Lawyers’ Club 1921 – Lawyers’ Club, 115 Broadway, New York, 1921.

Machinery Club of New York City 1928 Members – Constitution, Rules, Officers and Members of The Machinery Club of the City of New York, 1928. Club Rooms: Hudson Terminal, 50 Church Street. Organized April 4, 1907. Incorporated May 16, 1907.

OHIO

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1914 April – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 56, Number 4, April 1914. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Cincinnati First Orthodox Congregational Church 1856 Manual – Manual of the First Orthodox Congregational Church in Cincinnati. Adopted, 1847. Revised, 1855.

PENNSYLVANIA

French War Relief Committee of the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania 1914-1920 – The French War Relief Committee of the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania 1914-1920. Includes listing of Officers, Members, and Contributors [names only].

Linden Hall Seminary 1876-77 Catalogue – Catalogue and Circular of Linden Hall Seminary, A Moravian Boarding School for Young Ladies, at Lititz, Lancaster County, PA. Eighty-Third Year, 1876-77. Founded 1794.

Franklin and Marshall Academy 1912-1913 Catalogue – Franklin and Marshall Academy, A College Preparatory School for Boys, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded 1787. Catalogue, May, 1912.

Franklin and Marshall Academy 1911-1912 Catalogue – Franklin and Marshall Academy, A College Preparatory School for Boys, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded 1787. Catalogue, May, 1911.

Franklin and Marshall Academy 1910-1911 Catalogue – Franklin and Marshall Academy, A College Preparatory School for Boys, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Founded 1787. Catalogue, May, 1910.

Beaver Tribe, No. 62, I.O.R.M. 1899 By-Laws – Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of Order of Beaver Tribe, No. 62, Improved Order of Red Men, Norristown, PA. Includes a Roll of Members [names only].

Perkiomen Seminary 1910 Commencement – Programme and Class Roll of the Eighteenth Annual Commencement Exercises, Perkiomen Seminary, Wednesday, June 29, 1910 at 9 A. M., Pennsburg, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

RHODE ISLAND

Squantum Association 1915 Year Book – Squantum Association, Narragansett Bay, R. I. Includes listing of Officers and Members (by Year of Admission). Established 1871. [Also refers to themselves as Squantum Club]

Bristol First Congregational Church 1687-1872 Manual – Manual of the First Congregational Church, Bristol, R. I., 1687-1872, Containing Forms, Principles and Rules Adopted by the Church, The Distinctive Features of Congregationalism as held and practices by the Churches of our Order from the Days fo the Pilgrims to the Present Time, also, A Catalogue of teh Officers and Members. Compiled by J. P. Lane, Pastor.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Converse College 1890-91 Catalogue – Annual Catalogue of the Teachers, Officers and Students of Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, 1890-91.

TEXAS

North Texas Female College 1889-90 Catalogue – Catalogue of North Texas Female College and Conservatory of Music, Sherman, Texas. Term 1889-90. Next Session will begin September 3, 1890, and close June 8, 1891.

VIRGINIA

Independent Mutual Fire Insurrance Company 1907 Notice – Notice to Members, March 1, 1907, Independent Mutual Fire Insurrance Company of Fairfax County, Virginia. Includes listing of Directors and Fire Losses, 1906.

UNKNOWN PLACE

An International Dictionary of Authors – Little Blue Book No. 754, Edited by E. Haldeman-Julius.

FamilySearch Indexing Update

March 4, 2009: The FamilySearch indexing application is available in three new languages:

  • Italian,
  • Portuguese, and
  • Russian.

These languages are in addition to English, French, German, and Spanish. They have current indexing projects in all of these languages except Portuguese. They will be introducing a Portuguese project in the near future.

Volunteers can help with any of the projects of interest by registering or logging in at FamilySearchIndexing.org.

Recently Completed Projects
(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process in preparation for future publication.)

  • UK – Cheshire – Church Records
  • District of Columbia – 1920 US Census
  • Florida 1885 Census
  • Florida 1935 Census
  • Massachusetts 1865 State Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion:

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages – Part 3 – English – 59%
  • Michigan – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 8%
  • Minnesota 1895 State Census – English – 11%
  • New Jersey – 1920 US Federal Census – English – 18%
  • Rhode Island 1915 State Census – English – 2%

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Cordoba y San Luis – Spanish – 81%
  • Argentina Censo 1869 – Corrientes y Entre Rios – Spanish – 13%

BELGIUM

  • Belgium – Antwerp Foreigners Index – English – 21%

CANADA

  • New Brunswick 1871 Census – English – 27%
  • Nova Scotia 1871 Census – English – 21%
  • Ontario 1861 Census – English – 84%

FRANCE

  • France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche – French – 9%

GERMANY

  • Brandenburg Kirchenbücher – German – 40%

ITALY

  • Trento Italy Baptism Records, 1784-1924 – Italian – 50%

MEXICO

  • Nayarit – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – English – 76%
  • Sonora – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 26%
  • Tabasco – Censo de Mexico de 1930 – Spanish – 23%

NICARAGUA

  • Nicaragua, Managua Civil Records – Spanish – 10%

NORWAY

  • Norway 1875 Census part 1 – Norwegian – 6%

PERU

  • Perú Lima-Registros Civiles – Spanish – 5%

RUSSIA

  • St Petersburg Kirchenbuchduplikat 1833-1885 – German – 1%
  • Ukraine Kyiv 1840-1842 – Russian – 5%

SPAIN

  • España Lugo Registros Parroquiales [Part 1] – Spanish 15%
  • España Ávila Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 52%

UNITED KINGDOM

  • UK – Cheshire – Land Tax – English – 14%
  • UK – Cheshire – School Records – English – 17%
  • UK-Cheshire-Parish Records 01 – English – 3%

VENEZUELA

  • Venezuela Mérida Registros Parroquiales – Spanish – 1%

Current FamilySearch Affiliate Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion:

UNITED STATES

  • Arkansas Marriages IV – English – 37%
  • Indiana Marriages 1882-Apr 1905 – English – 73%
  • Ohio Tax Records – 2 of 4 – English – 68%
  • Vermont Militia Records – English – 23%

BELGIUM

  • Belgique – Registres Des Décès (Français) – French – 14%
  • België – Overlijdens Registers – In het Nederlands – Dutch, Flemish – 18%

CANADA

  • Nova Scotia Antigonish Church Records – English- 64%

GERMANY

  • Bremer Schifflisten – German – 32%

FLANDERS

  • Flanders Death Registration – French, Dutch, Flemish – 38%

Courtesy of Paul Nauta, Public Affairs Manager, FamilySearch

New at Family Tree Connection

The following small databases have been recently posted at Family Tree Connection.

CALIFORNIA

Mizpah Lodge No. 378, 1915 Roster – Mizpah Lodge No. 378 F. and A. M., Roster and By-Laws, 246 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, California.

Arcadia Lodge No. 547, 1929 Roster – Arcadia Lodge No. 547 F. and A. M., Masonic Temple, 135-E Huntington Drive, Arcadia, California. Officers and Members for 1929. Organized 1923.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1905 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. August, 15, 1905. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1898 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. October, 25, 1898. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1895 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. October, 19, 1895. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

District of Columbia Soldiers’ Home 1899 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Commissioners of the Soldiers’ Home, District of Columbia, And Report of the Annual Inspection of the Home by the Inspector-General of the Army. October, 21, 1899. Washington. Includes a Necrology.

FLORIDA

Bradenton Tourist Club 1927-28 Year Book – Bradenton Tourist Club Year Book, 1927-1928, Florida. Includes membership by state.

INDIANA

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1913 April – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 54, Number 4, April 1913. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Indianapolis, Ind.

MICHIGAN

Bethany Chapter, No. 92, OES 1925 By-Laws – By-Laws and List of Members of Bethany Chapter, No. 92, Order of the Eastern Star of Unionville, Michigan. [Lists names only]

MISSOURI

George Washington Lodge No. 9, 1909 Roster – Roster of George Washington Lodge No. 9, A. F. and A. M., St. Louis, Mo., Corinthian Hall, Masonic Temple. Chartered by the Grand Lodge of Missouri, 1849. July 15, 1909.

MONTANA

Montana State Orphans’ Home 1895 Report – Annual Report of the State Orphans’ Home of the State of Montana for the Year 1895. Twin Bridges, Montana, December 10th, 1895. Includes Names of Children Admitted and Employees.

NEW JERSEY

New Jersey Department of Health 1917 Report – Forty-First Annual Report of the Department of Health of the State of New Jersey, 1917. Includes list of Licensed Health Officers and Sanitary Inspectors.

NEW YORK

Univ. of Rochester 1897-8 Catalogue – Forty-Eighth Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1897-98. Rochester, N. Y.

Univ. of Rochester 1895-6 Catalogue – Forty-Sixth Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1895-96. Rochester, N. Y.

Univ. of Rochester 1893-4 Catalogue – Forty-Fourth Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1893-94. Rochester, N. Y.

Univ. of Rochester 1891-2 Catalogue – Forty-Second Annual Catalogue of the University of Rochester, 1891-92. Rochester, N. Y.

Fatherless Children of France 1917 Report – The Fatherless Children of France, Annual Report for Year Ending December 31, 1917. Executive Office, 665 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Includes list of Officers and Directors.

OHIO

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1916 April – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 60, Number 4, April 1916. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1916 January – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 60, Number 1, January 1916. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Homer Academy 1920-21 Catalogue – University of the State of New York, Homer Academy and Union School, One Hundred and First Year of Academy, Forty-Seventh Year of Union School. Annual Catalogue and Alumni Directory, 1920-1921, Homer, New York.

Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine 1914 August – Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen’s Magazine, Volume 57, Number 2, August 1914. Includes a detailed Statement of Death and Disability Claims. Columbus, Ohio.

Western Reserve Academy 1887-8 Catalogue – Catalogue of Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio, 1887-88, Under the Direction of Western Reserve University.

Western Reserve College 1854-5 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, for the Academical Year 1854-5.

Marietta College 1846-7 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students in Marietta College, 1846-7. Also includes listing for Marietta Academy.

OREGON

Oregon Soldiers’ Home 1909-10 Report – Ninth Biennial Report of the Oregon Soldiers’ Home for the Years 1909-1910. Twenty-Sixth Legislative Assembly, Regular Session, 1911. Roseburg, Oregon, Nov. 30, 1910.

PENNSYLVANIA

Columbus Lodge, No. 75 I.O.O.F. 1850 By-Laws – Constitution, By-Laws, &c., of Columbus Lodge No. 75, of the I. O. of O. F., Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Instituted March the 31st, 1842. Revised September, 1850.

Doylestown Township 1920 Enrollment List – Enrollment List of All the Male Persons Subject to do Military Duty Residing in Doylestown Township, Bucks County, PA. for the Year A. D. 1920. [Handwritten Document]

VIRGINIA

Blackstone Academy 1913 Catalogue – Catalogue of Blackstone Academy, Blackstone, Virginia, 1913.

WASHINGTON

Ionic Lodge No. 90, 1922 Roster – Roster and By-Laws of Ionic Lodge No. 90 F. and A. M., Instituted October 14, 1892. Masonic Temple, Pine Street and Harvard Avenue, Seattle, Washington, 1922.

UNKNOWN LOCATION

Asheboro St. School 1913 Photo of 4th Grade – 4th Grade 1913 Asheboro St. School. Miss Edna Gilliand, Teacher. This picture belongs to: Mr. A. A. Perkins. [Location of school unknown]

St. Nicholas League Prize Competitions (1916-1917) – Prize Competitions Nos. 201-206, extracted from St. Nicholas, An Illustrated Magazine for Boys and Girls, Volume XLIV, Part I, November, 1916, to April, 1917. The St. Nicholas League awards gold and silver badges each month for the best original poems, stories, drawings, photographs, puzzles and puzzle answers. Also, occasionally, cash prizes to Honor Members, when the contribution printed is of unusual merit.

Ionia County Genealogical Society Receives Award

Berlin Township, Ionia County, Michigan – It was a celebration of community at the annual Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce awards ceremony Thursday night at the West Berlin Wesleyan Church.

The event highlighted local businesses and community members in the Lakewood area.

Receiving the Outstanding Member Award was the Ionia County Genealogical Society.

“One thing the chamber looks for is how chamber members interact with other members,” Johnson said.

He said the group received this award for their outstanding communication skills in letting the community know what is going on.

Additionally, Bonnie Jackson received a U.S. congressional award for her work on the Ionia County World War II book

Read all about the awards ceremony at the annual Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce in the February 5, 2009 edition of the Ionia Sentinel-Standard.

More New Small Databases at Family Tree Connection

Again, more new databases have recently been added to the many other “small databases” located at Family Tree Connection. The following databases are now available to search:

ALABAMA

Ensley High School 1946 Graduation – Birmingham Public Schools, Graduation Exercises of the Ensley High School, Forty-Fifth Commencement, May Thirtieth, Nineteen Hundred Forty-Six.

COLORADO

Washington County High School 1914 Commencement – Washington County High School, Commencement Exercises, Friday Evening, May 22nd at eight o’clock, Clark Opera House. [Location not clearly specified. Washington County, Colorado based on 1910 U. S. Census]

CONNECTICUT

John Hancock Mutual Life Ins. Comp. 18?? Claims Paid #2 – Post card from The John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Boston, Mass. Prudential Insurance as Practise by the John Hancock Company. Lists a few Claims Lately Paid in Connecticut. [This item is undated]

GEORGIA

Emory University 1929 Graduating Exercises – Program of the Graduating Exercises of Emory University, University Auditorium, June the Second, Third, Fourth, Nineteen Hundred Twenty-Nine.

ILLINOIS

Illinois Society SAR 1924 Membship – Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Officers, Constitution and By-Laws, List of Members, General Information. Library and Office, Room 1333 Stock Exchange Building, 30 North LaSalle Street, Chicago. Nineteen Hundred Twnety-four.

INDIANA

Kendallville Lodge No. 109 K. of P. 1910 By-Laws – Constitution and By-Laws of Kendallville Lodge No. 109, Knights of Pythias, Kendallville, Indiana. Instituted July 24, 1883. Revised and Adopted November 22, 1910. Approved Jan. 30, 1911.

Leavenworth High School 1912 Commencement – Leavenworth High School, Commencement Exercises, Wednesday, May first, Nineteen hundred and twelve, at eight o’clock, Presbyterian Church. [Location not specified. Possibly Jennings, Indiana based on 1910 U. S. Census]

IOWA

Our Lady of Victory Academy 1900 Commencement – Twenty-Eighth Annual Commencement of Our Lady of Victory Academy at Brown’s Opera House, Friday Evening, June Twenty-Two, Nineteen Hundred. [Location not specified, East Waterloo, Iowa based on 1900 Census records]

Marion First Presbyterian Church 1918 Manual – Manual of the First Presbyterian Church, Marion, Iowa. Rev. Harry Glenn Finney, Pastor. Corner Twelfth Street and Eighth Avenue. November 10, 1918.

KENTUCKY

State Center School 1909 Souvenir – Souvenir for State Center School, District No. 75, 1909. Lists names of teacher and pupils. [Location not specified. Barton County, KY based on 1910 U. S. Census]

MAINE

Bucksport Lodge No. 14 A. O. U. W. Deaths – Assessment No. 233, Bucksport Lodge, No. 13, Ancient Order of United Workmen, Bucksport, Maine, March 1, 1900. Details include Age, State, Date and Cause of Death.

Bangor High School 1915-16 Catalog – Bangor High School, Catalog 1915-1916, Bangor, Maine.

MASSACHUSETTS

Mt. Holyoke College 1923-24 Directory – Directory of Mount Holyoke College, 1923-1924, South Hadley, Mass. Published by the Debating Society. Series 7, No. 1, December 1923.

MICHIGAN

Morley Public Schools 1901 Graduation – Graduating Exercises, Morley Public Schools, Class of 1901, at the M. E. Church, Wednesday, June 12, 1901, at eight o’clock. C. E. Manigold, Principal. [Location not specified, Michigan based on 1900 U. S. Census]

MINNESOTA

Minnesota Public School 1916 Souvenir – Souvenir for Public School, District No. 25, Minnesota, 1916. Lists names of teacher and pupils. [Location not clearly specified.]

MISSOURI

Lincoln Township Rural Schools 1910 Commencement – Third Annual Commencement of the Rural Schools of Lincoln Township at South Dale School House, Thursday, May 26, ’10, 1:30 O’clock P. M. [Location not clearly specified. Lincoln, MO based on 1910 U. S. Census]

NEW HAMPSHIRE

New Hampshire Conference Seminary 1901-02 Catalogue – Fifty-Seventh Annual Catalogue of the New Hampshire Conference Seminary and Female College, Tilton, N. H. 1901-1902.

NEW JERSEY

Scotch Plains Baptist Church 1922 Anniversary – The Scotch Plains Baptist Church, Scotch Plains, New Jersey, One Hundred Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the Organization of the Church (1747-1922), October Fifteenth to Twenty-second, 1922.

Vineland YMCA 1887 Calendar – 1887, July, August, September, Young Men’s Christian Association, Vineland, N. J., Rooms over the Post Office. Lists names associated with each weekly meeting.

South Eighth St. School 1915 Commencement – Commencement Exercises, South Eighth St. School, Friday Evening, Jan. 29th, 1915, At. 8 O’clock, W. B. Hoenemann, Principal. [Location not specified. Newark, N. J., based on 1910 U.S. Census]

NEW YORK

Milford Fish and Game Club 1904 Roster – Milford Fish and Game Club, Milford, N. Y. Organized and Incorporated 1904. Covering Milford, Middlefield, and Hartwick, Otsego Co., N. Y.

Brooklyn Central School 1890 Girls’ Department Commencement – Commencement Exercises, Girls’ Department, Brooklyn Central School, 1890, February Classes.

Telephone Society of New York 1909-1910 Annual – Annual of The Telephone Society of New York, Fourteenth Year, 1909-1910. March 1, 1910.

New England Society of NYC 1865 Report – Sixtieth Anniversary Celebration of the New England Society in the City of New York at Delmonico’s, Dec. 22, 1864. Constitution, By-Laws, Charities, List of Members, Etc., Etc.

St. Mary’s Guild 1925 Report – Annual Report, St. Mary’s Guild, Tuxedo Park, New York, Year Ending June 10th, 1925. List officers and Subscribers.

National Freedman’s Relief Association 1862 Organization – Organization of the National Freedman’s Relief Association, In the City of New York, February 22, 1862. Lists Officers and Members of the Association.

Naval Lodge, F. & A. M. 1928 Summons – Naval Lodge, Number Sixty Nine, Free and Accepted Masons, First Masonic District of Manhattan, Gothic Room, Masonic Hall, Twenty Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue, New York City, Wednesday Evening, April 11, 1928, Summons.

Grammar School 1912 Commencement – Grammar School Commencement, 1912. [Location not specified. Gloversville Ward, NY, based on 1910 U. S. Census] Includes names of students.

Portlandville Graded School 1888 Exhibition – Exhibition by the Pupils of Portlandville Graded School, Friday Evening, March 23, 1888. [Location not clearly specified. Possible Milford, N. Y. based on 1880 U. S. Census]

Division 3a, Girls’ High School, 1910 Daffodil Dance – Daffodil Dance of Division 3a of the Girls’ High School, Friday, April Fifteenth, nineteen hundred ten. [Location not specified. Possibly Brooklyn Ward 23, NY based on 1910 U. S. Census] Lists names of the class officers.

Elmira Business Men’s Association 1909 Banquet Menu – Fourth Annual Banquet of the Business Men’s Association of Elmira at the Hotel Rathbun, Thursday Evenine, January 21, 1909. Lists officers and speakers.

Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Society 1896 Directory – Names and Addresses of the Officers and Members of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, 12 West 31st Street, New York. July 1st, 1896.

OHIO

Glendale Lyceum 1886 Report – Annual Report of the Board of Directors of The Glendale Lyceum, of Glendale, Ohio, November 7, 1885, to December 31, 1886. Includes a list of Officers.

Lambda Deuteron Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, 1893 Report – Annual Report, Lambda Deuteron Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, Denison University, July 1, 1893. Lists personnel of the chapter by class.

Etna Rural High School 1916 Commencement – Annual Commencemnet, The Etna Rural High School, May 25, 1916, The M. E. Church. [Location not clearly specified. Etna, Ohio based on 1910 U. S. Census]

PENNSYLVANIA

Redner School Souvenir (Undated) – Souvenir for Redner School, District No. 1, Hector Twp., Potter Co., Pa. Includes names of teacher (with photo) and pupils.

PA Soldiers’ Orphan Schools 1903 Annual Report – Annual Report of the Pennsylvania Commission Soldiers’ Orphan Schools, for the year May 31, 1903. Includes a complete Roster of Children.

TEXAS

A. A. S. R. Galveston Flood Relief Notice 1900 – Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Office of Sol. Gr. Insp. Genl. in Texas, Galveston, November 5, 1900. Relates to ‘the great calamity that befell the City of Galveston, Texas, on September 8th.’ Includes listing of AASR members that died, or who lost family members.

VERMONT

Vermont State Normal Schools 1906-07 Catalogue – Catalogue for 1906-07, State Normal School at Johnson. Normal School Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 2, July, 1907.

History of the Baptist Church of Ira, Vt. – History of the Baptist Church of Ira, Vermont. A.D. 1783 – June 1925, Inclusive. Containing a Complete List of More Than 1000 Members who have belonged to this Church since its oganization in chronological orders as nearly as can be determined by the records of the times, giving the date and mannder of reception and dismission so far as recorded. Reputed to be the Third Oldest Baptist Church in the State of Vermont.

WEST VIRGINIA

Salem High School 1922 Commencement – Salem High School, Commencement Exercises, Thursday evening, May the twenty-fifth, Nineteen hundred twenty-two, at eight o’clock, College Auditorium. [Location not specified. Salem, West Virginia based on 1920 U. S. Census]

UNKNOWN LOCATION

U. S. C. E. 1900 Prayer-Meeting Topics – Christian Endeavor Prayer Meeting Topics For Christ and the Church. Copyrighted, 1899, by the United Society of Christian Endeavor [Location not specified] Lists names of Officers and Committees.

Philomath 1898 Banquet – Philomath, Fourth Annual Banquet, Baptist Church, Moravia, Friday Evening, February 18, 1898.

New at Footnote.com – Indian Census Rolls – City Directories – Civil War Widows’ Pensions – Arkansas Civil War Service Records

Footnote.comFootnote.com sent out an update today stating the new records that can be found at their site. The following items are new or updated for January. I added a listing of cities for which Footnote earlier posted city directories.

Indian Census Rolls, 1885 – 1940 57,865 images.

This title, NARA publication M595, consists of census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress. Most rolls include the English and/or Indian name of the person, roll number, age or date of birth, sex, and relationship to head of family. Beginning in 1930 the rolls also show the degree of Indian blood, marital status, ward status, place of residence, and sometimes other information. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls. There is not a census for every reservation or group of Indians for every year. Some tribes, particularly those in the East, were never under Federal jurisdiction and therefore not included in this publication.

Civil War Widows Pensions These images are being obtained by scanning the original paper documents held at the National Archives. There are currently 129,934 indexed images posted online.

The files are grouped under the soldier’s name, but the widow’s name and names of minor children are listed on the first page within the pension file. A pensioner’s name (typically the widow’s) is searchable, often giving her maiden name as well. Case files include where and when a man served, details of his service, his life before the war, and his family, including information about his widow, children, and sometimes his parents. These files are unfilmed textual records.

City Directories

  • San Francisco, California
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

These directories now join others from:

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Ft. Wayne, Indiana
  • New York, New York
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Misc…

Civil War Union Soldier Service Records – Arkansas – 30,560 images

Compiled service records typically contain card abstracts of a soldier’s original muster and hospital rolls, descriptive books, lists of deserters, returns, notational cards, and possibly enlistment papers, casualty sheets, death reports, prisoner of war papers, and correspondence.

Civil War Confederate Soldier Service Records – Arkansas – 19,522 images.

These records contain card abstracts of entries relating to each soldier as found in original muster rolls, returns, rosters, payrolls, appointment books, hospital registers, Union prison registers and rolls, parole rolls, and inspection reports. They may also contain the originals of any papers relating solely to a particular soldier. Browse by military unit, then name of soldier, or use the search box related to this title.

Now get on over to Footnote.com and find your ancestors!

The Livingston County Genealogical Society May Be Able to Help You

As with most genealogical societies, the Livingston County Genealogical Society in Michigan collects, preserves, and makes available to the public, information on people who have lived in Livingston County. The group also helps researchers searching ancestors in Livingston County, no matter where they live, as well as those who live there, but are researching in other places.

A recent project completed in conjunction with the Ingham County Genealogical Society put on microfilm Stockbridge newspapers from the 1890s to the 1970s. Some of the information covered the southwest corner of Livingston County.

“Over 58,000 sheets of newspaper were ironed flat in order to be microfilmed,” noted George. “We needed to do this because the old newspapers are disintegrating.”

The completed project is available at Howell Carnegie District Library.

LCGS meetings are open to the public and held the first Thursday each month from 7-9 p.m. at the Cultural Hall of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, across from Howell High School.

For more information, visit www.home.comcast.net/~milcgs.

Read more about the Livingston County Genealogical Society in the January 26, 2009 edition of LivingstonDaily.com.

More New Small Databases at Family Tree Connection

Again, more new databases have recently been added to the many other “small databases” located at Family Tree Connection. As you folks know, I highly recommend the Family Tree Connection website, as it’s one of the few places where new “small databases” are consistently posted week after week. As of today, there are over 1,458,000 names to be found there.

The following databases are now available to search:

CONNECTICUT

Rockville High School 1918-1919 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Rockville High School, Rockville, Connecticut, 1918-1919, February, 1919.

Charter Oak Aerie No. 406 F. O. E. 1921 By-Laws – By Laws of Charter Oak Aerie No. 406, Fraternal Order of Eagles of Hartford, Conn. Instituted on the 31st day of May, 1903. Adopted February 15, 1921. Includes a list of Officers and Past Worthy Presidents.

IDAHO

Treble Clef Club Univ. of Idaho 1917 Program – University of Idaho, Treble Clef Club, University Auditorium, Monday, March 26, 1917, 8:15 P. M. Moscow, Idaho.

INDIANA

Peru High School 1934 Commencement – Sixty-Fourth Annual Commencement, Peru High School, High School Auditorium, Monday evening, May 28th, Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Four, Eight o’clock.

Peru High School 1933 Commencement – Sixty-Third Annual Commencement, Peru High School, High School Auditorium, Thursday evening, May 25th, Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Three, Eight o’clock.

Peru High School 1932 Commencement – Sixty-Second Annual Commencement, Peru High School, High School Auditorium, Thursday evening, May 26th, Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Two, Seven forty-five o’clock.

MICHIGAN

University of Michigan 1927 Law School Catalogue – University of Michigan, Official Publication, Vol. XXIX, No. 44, April 28, 1928. Law School, Announcement 1928-1929 and Catalogue of Students 1927-1928. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

NEBRASKA

Covert Lodge, F. & A. M., 1924 Roster – Roster of the Officers and Members of Covert Lodge, No. 11, A. F. & A. M., Omaha, Nebraska. Revised September 15, 1924.

NEW JERSEY

College of New Jersey 1842-43 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the College of New Jersey, for 1842-1843, Princeton.

NEW YORK

Albion Lodge No. 58, I.O.O.F. 1934 Roster – Constitution, By-Laws and Rules of Order of Albion Lodge No. 58, I. O. O. F., Located at Albion, N. Y., Under the Jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of New York.

Syracuse Club 1896-97 Roster – The Syracuse Club of Syracuse, New York. Founded and Incorporated in 1890. Includes list of Officers, Resident and Non-Resident Members, 1896-97.

OHIO

Western Reserve College 1848-9 Catalogue – Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Western Reserve College, Hudson, Ohio, for the Academical Year 1848-9.

PENNSYLVANIA

Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Ass’n No. 13, 1900 Members – 1894, List of Members, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Ass’n, No. 13, Philadelphia, PA. Meets Monda Evenings at S. W. Cor. Delaware Ave. & Arch Sts.

Harrisburg Central High School 1924 Commencement – Fifty-second Commencement, Central High School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Orpheum Theatre, Wednesday, June 18, 1924, at Ten O’clock.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Newberry College 1925-26 Catalogue – Bulletin of Newberry College, Catalogue for the Sixty-Ninth Session, 1925-1926, and Announcements for 1926-27. Published by the College, Newberry, South Carolina. Volume X, Number 1, April, 1926.

VIRGINIA

Maryland Alumni Association Univ. of Virginia 1905 Members – Maryland Alumni Association of the University of Virginia, Membership and Officers, April 13, 1905.