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Name Origins: Amelia

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
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AMELIA (f): Derived from the Germanic root amal-, which is of uncertain meaning, this name became popular at about the same time as the similar-sounding EMILY, which is derived probably via French EMILIE, from Latin AEMILIA, feminine of a Roman family name. (The French equivalent of AMELIA is AMÉLIE.) Amelias abounded in many German royal families, including that of Hanover, a reason for much of the name's popularity in English-speaking countries. The name may well have gained further currency due to the character of Amelia in Henry Fielding's novel (1751) of that name; the virtuous heroine is said to have been modeled on the author's wife, Charlotte Cradock.

Amelia Potter, daughter of Stephen Potter, of Coventry, Rhode Island, married Chandler Holmes of Woodstock, Connecticut, in Woodstock on January 4, 1787 (Woodstock, Ct., Vital Records, 1686-1854 on AmericanAncestors.org). On May 21, 1856, Pascal B. Simons of Manchester, N.H., married Amelia Henry of Goffstown, N.H., in Goffstown. (Goffstown, N.H., Town Records, on AmericanAncestors.org).


The Daily Genealogist: Midwestern Historical and Genealogical Society Resources

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Iron County Historical Society, Missouri

Iron County is located in southeast Missouri. Ironton is the largest city and county seat. The primary resources on the historical society's website are the 1946 Ironton-Arcadia Telephone Directory, which has been digitized and uploaded, and a transcription of the tax list from the January 20 and 27, 1898 issues of the Iron County Register newspaper. The data fields in the tax list are surname, given name, and total assessed dollar value. In addition you will find school enumeration records for 1870–1906, a list of schools, teachers, and clerks for 1911–1912, and old photographs. These resources may be found under the Reference Material contents list on the left side of the homepage.

Washington County Genealogical Society, Nebraska

Washington County is located in the eastern part of the state on the Nebraska-Iowa border. Blair is its county seat. The Washington County Genealogical Society has made two databases available on its website.

Obituaries
The 6,670 transcribed obituaries on the site are from the Washington County Genealogical Society archive in the Blair Public Library. The obituaries are arranged alphabetically. Click on the name link to view the transcription. The data fields in the index are date of death, name of the deceased, and available online. There may be multiple records from different sources for a single death.

Marriages
This database is an index to marriages from the deed books at the Washington County Courthouse from 1856 through the end of 2009. There are more than 16,400 records. The database is sorted alphabetically by groom's surname. The data fields are date of marriage, groom's full name, bride's full name, deed book number, and page number.

Cedar Falls Historical Society, Iowa

The city of Cedar Falls is located in Black Hawk County, Iowa. The Cedar Falls Historical Society has made a few resources available on its website. Click on the Archives and Library link under the Research tab to access them. These include transcriptions of the 1850 federal census and the 1852 state census for Cedar Falls Township. The data fields in the 1850 census include dwelling, surname, first name, age, sex, and place of birth. The data fields in the transcription of the state census are heads of family, number of males, number of females, number of voters, number of militia, and the total compared to the 1850 census. Other resources include a transcription of the 1874 Cedar Falls city directory and a Civil War roster for Company “B” of the 31st Infantry Regiment. The data fields for the roster database are last name, first name, photo (yes/no), and notes, which contains biographical information about the soldier.


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