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The Daily Genealogist: Kansas Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Newton, Kansas, Cemeteries
The city of Newton, located in central Kansas, is the county seat of Harvey County. Established in 1872, Greenwood Cemetery has more than 15,000 occupied spaces. The city has made a burial and disinterment database for Greenwood and Restlawn cemeteries available on its website. The database may be searched by last name, first name, year of interment, and veteran status of the deceased, and by last and first name of the lot owner. Use the dropdown list to limit your search to a specific cemetery or to the disinterment records. The data fields in the search results are occupant name, owner name, location, and date of burial. Click the occupant name link to view the detailed record, which contains a number of additional fields.

Atchison Kansas Public Library
The city of Atchison, located in northeastern Kansas, is the county seat of Atchison County. The Atchison Public Library has made a cemetery database available on its website. Click the A-Z links to open files with alphabetical-by-surname lists. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, birth date, death date, age, and cemetery name. There is also a database of Cummings Cemetery headstone photos. Cummings Cemetery is located in Center Township, southeast of Cummings.

McPherson Cemetery
The city of McPherson, located in central Kansas, is the seat of McPherson County. The city has made a cemetery burial records database available on its website. The database can be searched by name or by burial location. Click "search by name" to open the burial record catalog. Select the first letter of the surname for which you are searching, then select the appropriate surname range. The data fields in the search results are name, male/female, year born, year died, marker, and grave location. Click the image of the cross in the marker field to view a photograph of the gravestone. Click the name of the deceased to open a detailed record. A search of the database by location will bring up a list of all burials in the selected block.


The Daily Genealogist: Publishing Your Family History

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked how many marriages your most-wed ancestor had. 3,329 people answered the survey. The results are:

4%, One    
15%, Two    
37%, Three    
24%, Four    
9%, Five    
2%, Six    
1%, Seven    
1%, Eight    
1%, Nine    
1%, Ten or more    
5%, I don't know        

This week's survey asks about publishing your family history. Take the survey now!


The Daily Genealogist: Not Even Past & 15 Minute History

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

I recently discovered two engaging online history resources--a website and a podcast series--produced by the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).

Not Even Past
is a website representing a wide variety of historical issues, produced by the History Department at UT-Austin. The site offers book and movie reviews, audio interviews and sound clips, and commentary on historic images and texts, as well as some Texas-themed content.

Some interesting features include:
•    Braided History  
•    A Medieval Nun, Writing
•    Black Loyalists and "The Book of Negroes"
•    Sounds of the Past: Cylinder Recordings of Popular American Songs

15 Minute History is billed as a podcast for educators, students, and history buffs. The podcasts are conducted by faculty and graduate students at UT−Austin. The series is devoted to short, accessible discussions of important world and U.S. history topics. While the podcasts are meant to be a resource for teachers and students, they can be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in history. Each podcast is accompanied by illustrations and, sometimes, documents and readings related to the topic.

Forty-two episodes have been produced to date. The diverse topics span the globe and cross the centuries. Here is a sampling:
•    Episode 5: Mapping Perspectives of the Mexican-American War
•    Episode 28: "Demonic Possession" in Early Modern Europe  
•    Episode 39: The Royal Proclamation of 1763 

The Daily Genealogist: Columbus, Georgia Cemeteries

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

City of Columbus Public Works Department

The city of Columbus, located on Georgia's western border, is the county seat of Muscogee County. The city of Columbus owns and maintains four cemeteries. The Public Works department has made databases, directions, and maps for these cemeteries available on the city's website.
•    Linwood Cemetery was established in 1828. Among those buried there are John Pemberton, who originated the Coca-Cola formula, and Lizzie Rutherford, who promoted the observance of a national Memorial Day.
•    Porterdale Cemetery, established in 1836, was named after the first African American Sexton in Columbus.
•    Riverdale Cemetery was established in 1890. (The burial records for all four cemeteries are housed here.)
•    East Porterdale Cemetery, established in 1946, is the burial site of many African Americans, including civil rights advocate Primus King.

Click the Cemetery Records Database to access the search page for a consolidated burials database of all four cemeteries. Enter a name or a cemetery name in the search box to begin. The data fields in each record include cemetery name, name of the deceased, date of death/date of birth, father/mother, and burial location. Click the cemetery name to view a detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record are cemetery name, deceased's name, sex, date of death, burial location, cause of death, place of death, date of birth, age, place of birth, mother's name, father's name, vault, undertaker, and remarks. Information in the remarks includes the names of others buried with the deceased and existence of an obituary in the cemetery record.

More information on Linwood Cemetery may be found at linwoodcemetery.org, which provides a PDF map of the cemetery, lists of notable residents and points of interest, and two burial databases. The first database was drawn from official city records of burials, beginning in October 1866. The data fields for this database include section, lot, last name, first name, and interment. The second database is for Old Cemetery Burial Records (this database does not provide lot or section numbers).


The Daily Genealogist: Your Most-Wed Ancestor

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked about the longest marriage in your ancestry. 3,269 people answered the survey. The results are:
•    1%, Less than 20 years    
•    1%, Between 20 and 30 years    
•    2%, Between 30 and 40 years    
•    7%, Between 40 and 50 years    
•    15%, Between 50 and 55 years    
•    19%, Between 55 and 60 years    
•    22%, Between 60 and 65 years    
•    14%, Between 65 and 70 years    
•    6%, Between 70 and 75 years    
•    2%, More than 75 years    
•    11%, I don't know    

This week's survey asks about your most-wed ancestor. Take the survey now!


The Daily Genealogist: The Longest Marriage in Your Ancestry

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked how many different ethnicities/nationalities there are in your ancestry. 4,668 people answered the survey. The results are:
•    5%, One    
•    11%, Two    
•    18%, Three    
•    21%, Four    
•    15%, Five    
•    11%, Six    
•    6%,  Seven    
•    4%, Eight    
•    1%, Nine    
•    1%, Ten    
•    1%, Eleven    
•    1%, Twelve    
•    2%, More than twelve    
•    3%, I don't know    

This week's survey asks about the longest marriage in your ancestry. Take the survey now!



The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Databases: California, Iowa, and Pennsylvania

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valerie

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

St. Mary's Cemetery, California
The city of Ventura, founded as San Buenaventura, is located in southern California. The city is the county seat of Ventura County. The owners of the Restore St. Mary's Cemetery website have made an alphabetical burial database available on their website. The database was compiled from burial record books and cards on file in the office of the Ventura city clerk. The records are in PDF format. Click the range of letters in the alphabetical list to open a new page containing the index. Scroll down to view the records. The data fields in the database are burial date, religion, sex, name of the deceased, age (year, month, day), place of death, block, lot, and section.

Oakland Cemetery, Iowa  
Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa. It is the county seat of Johnson County. Iowa City has made a burials database for Oakland Cemetery available on its website. Click on the Map and Database link to access it. The database may be searched by the last name of the deceased or plot owner. Click "Create Report for Printing" to open a new page containing a list with all of relevant data fields displayed. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, owner's last name and first name, section, block, lot, space, sex, birth date, death date, burial date, and age.

Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pennsylvania
Mt. Vernon Cemetery is in McKeesport in southwestern Pennsylvania. McKeesport is located in Allegheny County. Click the "search cemetery data" link in the center of the homepage. The database can be searched by last name, first name, date interred, and section/lot. You can also run an AKA (also known as) search, which searches the first, middle, last name, and AKA fields. The data fields in the search results are title, first name, middle, last name, AKA, Jr/Sr, date of birth, date of death, date interred, section/block/lot/grave, funeral home, and place of death.


The Daily Genealogist: Ethnicities/Nationalities Among Your Immigrant Ancestors

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked what activities or experiences have particularly inspired your genealogical pursuits. 4,193 people answered the survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:
•    76%, Listening to family stories told by (or about) relatives    
•    57%, Reading letters, historical accounts, or autobiographies written by (or about) family members    
•    42%, Reading an account in a newspaper or local history that provided details of an ancestor's life    
•    59%, Examining family papers or research notes compiled by an earlier relative    
•    76%, Looking at family photographs    
•    56%, Finding/communicating with/meeting a distant cousin or relative    
•    40%, Discovering a genealogical relationship with a historical figure or with someone who participated in a major historical event    
•    28%, Attending a family history program, talk, or conference    
•    35%, Watching a television program like Who Do You Think You Are? or Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.    
•    21%, Discussing family history with a genealogist, teacher, or librarian    
•    9%, Taking part in a consultation with a professional genealogist    
•    60%, Visiting a site (a house, a town, etc.) connected with an ancestor    
•    35%, Reading an article in a genealogical journal or magazine    
•    12%, Living through the Bicentennial or another commemorative event    
•    20%, Feeling a personal lack of family history or having a sense of rootlessness    
•    5%, Walking past NEHGS or another historical institution, research facility, or library    
•    15%, The birth of a child, grandchild, or other relative    
•    35%, The death of a parent, grandparent, or other relative    
•    21%,  I was inspired by an activity or experience not mentioned above.  
 
This week's survey asks how many different ethnicities/nationalities there are among your immigrant ancestors. Take the survey now!


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