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The Daily Genealogist: Resources at the Geauga County Public Library, Ohio

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Genealogy and Local History Resources, Geauga County Public Library, Ohio

Geauga County is located in northeastern Ohio. Chardon is the county seat. The Geauga County Public Library has made a number of genealogy and local history resources available on its website.

Birth, Death and Marriage Records
The alphabetical indexes in PDF format were compiled from microfilm of original ledgers in the collections of the Chardon branch of the Geauga County Public Library. The links will bring you to the Geauga County Genealogical Society of Ohio website where the indexes reside for this collaborative effort. (The original ledgers are not accessible to the public.) An abbreviations key is available at the end of the page.

The birth and death records databases cover 1867 through 1908. There are more than 6,000 records in the deaths index. The data fields are name of the deceased, sex, date died, marital status, age, volume/page/record number, death place, birthplace, occupation, father, mother, cause of death, residence, and remarks. The births index contains more than 8,000 records. The data fields are birth name, sex, date born, birthplace, volume/page/record number, name of father, name of mother, residence, and remarks.

There are two marriage records databases, covering about 1806 through 1919. One database is sorted by bride's maiden name, and the other by groom's surname. There are more than 20,000 records, with separate records for the marriage license and the marriage record. The data fields are bride's name (maiden name), groom's name, date of license application, marriage date, volume/page/record number, groom's father name, groom's mother's names, bride's father, bride's mother, and comments. Because the county's boundaries changed during this period, some of the marriage records are for locales outside the current boundaries of Geauga County. A link to the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries page on the Newberry Library website is provided.

Cemetery Records
Under this link you will find alphabetical indexes to all but two of the cemeteries in Geauga County. The databases are current through 2011 or 2012. Links to the websites for the two remaining cemeteries have been provided.

Court Records
There are two court records databases. The first is the Estate (Probate) Packets database, which covers 1805 through 1917. The data fields in the alphabetical index are person's name, file number, case type, year, and LDS call number. An abbreviations key is provided. There is also a link to probate databases on the Geauga County GenWeb site.


The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Databases: Washington, Illinois, and Missouri

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Valerie Beaudrault
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Camas Cemetery, Camas, Washington
The city of Camas is located in Clark County, Washington, right on the Washington-Oregon border. The Camas cemetery has been owned and operated by the city since 2007. City staff have compiled, preserved, and verified burial records from the cemetery's more than 100 years of operation. The resulting alphabetical database is available in PDF format under the "Cemetery database" link on the city's website. The data fields in the database are surname, first name, lot/block, date of birth, place of birth, date of death, and place of death. There is also a cemetery map on the website.

Galva Cemetery, Galva, Illinois

The city of Galva is located in Henry County, Illinois, in the central northwestern part of the state. The city has made the burial database for Galva Cemetery available on its website. Click the "cemetery database" link to open the login page. Next click "Login as Guest" and then the "Internment [sic] Records" link to open the alphabetical database. You can browse through the list or perform a search. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, interment date, cost of interment, grave location, undertaker name, city and state, number of the interment, page and book number, sexton name, funeral home, and comments. Click on the "View" link to access a more consolidated view of the record. You will also find cemetery maps on the site.

Old Lorimier Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
The city of Cape Girardeau is located in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, in the southeastern part of the state. The city has made a burial database for Old Lorimier Cemetery available on its website. The cemetery, which is believed to have more than 6,500 burials, was established in 1808. You will find a detailed history of the cemetery on the site's main page. Click "Burials A - Z" to access the alphabetical list of burials. The data fields are name of the deceased, date of birth, date of death, section, and grave.


The Daily Genealogist: Provincetown History Preservation Project

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Valerie Beaudrault
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Provincetown History Preservation Project, Massachusetts

Provincetown is located in Barnstable County, Massachusetts, at the very tip of Cape Cod. The Provincetown History Project was "conceived by Town Hall staff and concerned citizens . . .  to preserve important historical documents in the Town's care through the process of digitization, thereby assuring greater access to the information." The project initially focused its preservation efforts on documents and images that were part of the Provincetown Heritage Museum, which closed its doors in 1999.

View the project's extensive collections by browsing or performing a search. Click the Browse link to view the alphabetical list of collections, including Annual Town Reports, Moving Picture & Oral History, Municipal Collection, School Collection, and Stand Alone Documents.

Annual Town Reports: This collection covers the period from 1870 through 1979. These reports include vital records information, in addition to information related to the town's schools, politics and government, and Board of Selectmen.

Moving Picture & Oral History Collection: In collaboration with Provincetown Community Television (PTV), home movies and oral histories have been made available through this project. The items vary in length and may take a long time to load.

Municipal Collection: This digital collection is a sampling of the historical materials in the Municipal Collection in the Town Clerk's Office. Many of the items were found in the basement storage area in Provincetown Town Hall in 2007. This digital collection includes a number of photography collections, Records of Drowning at Sea, 1906 Schooner Records, Burial Location of War Veterans, Provincetown-Truro Boundary Letter (1714), Vessels/Companies and their tonnage 1884, Merchant Sailing and Motor Vessels 1918 & 1920, Winthrop Street Cemetery epitaphs, and the Provincetown High School Yearbook of 1907.

School Collection: This collection comprises materials related to the Provincetown School system. It includes digitized high school yearbooks and commencement programs from 1924 through 2013, when Provincetown High School was closed.

Stand Alone Documents: Items in this collection include Provincetown directories, a whaling log, cemetery records, list of Civil War Soldiers and Sailors (1861-1865), list of fishermen lost at sea between 1879 and 1984, photographs, postcards, maps, and memoirs.


The Daily Genealogist: Obituary Databases: Idaho and Texas

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Obituary Index, Boise Public Library, Idaho
The city of Boise, located in southwestern Idaho, is the county seat of Ada County. The Boise Public Library has made an obituary index available on its website. Enter the name of the deceased individual in the search box in last name, first name order. The data in the search results includes the full name of the deceased, newspaper title, date of publication, and page on which the obituary or death notice appears. In most cases the page number is followed by "DN" to indicate that it is a death notice or "O" or "OB" to indicate an obituary. You will find an Obituary Request Form on the search page that may be used  to order copies from the library for a fee.

Genealogy Index, Fort Bend County Libraries
Fort Bend County is located in southeastern Texas. Richmond is its county seat. The Genealogy and Local History Department of Fort Bend County Libraries has made a Genealogy Database with burial records information available on its website. A growing number of records contain digitized images of obituaries published in the Fort Bend Herald since August 1, 2007, as well as some earlier obituaries. Click the Online Database link to open the search page. Enter the name of the deceased in the search box in last name, first name order. Click the Name and Dates link in the search results to view the detailed record. For later records click View Obituary for a JPG image. In the Notes field you may find details about the deceased such as the inscription on the tombstone, cemetery name and burial information (section, lot, etc.), names of parents, spouse's name, and more.

Obituary Index, Burnet County Genealogical Society, Texas

Burnet County is located in central Texas. Burnet is its county seat. The Burnet County Genealogical Society has made an obituary index for the period from 1876 through 1910 available on its website. Click the index links in the navigation box to open the alphabetical files. The data fields are name (age is sometimes also included), city of residence, newspaper title, and date of issue.


The Daily Genealogist: Williamson County Public Library, Tennessee

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Valerie Beaudrault
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Online Resources, Williamson County Public Library, Tennessee

Williamson County is located in central Tennessee. Its county seat is Franklin. The Williamson County Public Library has made some digital genealogy resources available online. Click the Special Collections link and then the Digital Genealogy link to access individual database links.

Special Collections Genealogy and Local History Database
The Special Collections database comprises a number of different indexes. Of particular interest to family history researchers are an index to newspaper birth announcements, a local news index, and a veterans index. Select a database from the list and either browse through the entries in the alphabetical list or begin a search. Click the link in the Details column to view the detailed record. The data fields in the birth announcements include surname, parents' given name(s), child's name, birth date, community, newspaper title, and date. For the local history news index the data fields are article, date, and newspaper title. The detailed record includes a full transcription of the article. Most of the articles are from 1997 to present. The data fields in the veteran's index are last name, first name, rank, headline, newspaper title, date, and page number.

Williamson County Obituaries Database
This alphabetical database indexes more than 50,000 Williamson County obituaries from 1920 through the present. Browse or search the database by surname or perform an advanced search. The data fields in the index include last name, first name, year/month/day, newspaper title, location of the resource, obituary, full name, and newspaper date. Click the View Obituary link to access a transcription of the obituary, if available.

eBooks
This section contains links to transcriptions of two local histories and the index to another. Click the title link to access the volumes.

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The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Indexes of Georgia and Kansas

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Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Georgia
 
The city of Gainesville, in northeastern Georgia, is the county seat of Hall County. The city has made the burial database for Alta Vista Cemetery available on its website. Alta Vista Cemetery was established in 1872 but, since graves from other cemeteries were moved to Alta Vista when it opened, the database includes individuals who died as early as 1828.

Click the Alta Vista Cemetery search link to access the burial database. The search fields are last name, first name, date interred, and section and lot, as well as AKA ("Also Known As" -- usually the deceased's nickname). The search results are title, first name, middle, last name, AKA, Jr/Sr, date of birth, data of death, interred (date), complete grave location, funeral home, and place of death.

Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg, Kansas
 
The city of Phillipsburg, in northwestern Kansas, is the county seat of Phillips County. The city has made the burial database for Fairview Cemetery available on its website. The database may be searched by last name (required) and first name. Search results include full name, age at death, date of birth, date of death, place of birth, last known residence, date buried, and complete grave information.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas
 
The city of Topeka, in northeastern Kansas, is the state capital and the county seat of Shawnee County. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has made the Mount Auburn Cemetery Files available on its website. Click the Mount Auburn Cemetery Files link to download an Excel spreadsheet of burials beginning in 1888. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, date of birth, date of death, miscellaneous information, complete grave location, and notes.


The Daily Genealogist: Vital Records Indexes, Louisiana State Archives

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Valerie Beaudrault
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Vital Records Indexes, Louisiana State Archives

The Louisiana State Archives are located in Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana. The Archives have made vital records indexes available online. Click the Online Public Vital Records Index link to access the databases.

Louisiana Death Records
This index primarily covers 1911 through 1962; however, it does contain older records for some parishes. Certified copies of microfilmed death certificates from 1911 and later are available for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name, parish, age, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the deceased's last name. The data fields in the search results include year of death, age, month, day, name, parish, page and volume number, and a link to order a copy of the certificate.

Louisiana Birth Records
The birth records index covers 1819 to 1912, plus records for births as early as 1790 in Orleans County. It should be noted that the law in many parishes did not require the keeping of birth records until 1918; therefore, the index is not comprehensive. Certified copies of microfilmed birth certificates from 1819 to 1912 only may be ordered for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name of the child, mother and father, parish, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the child's last name. The data fields in the search results are year, month, day, baby name, mother's name, father's name, parish, page and volume number, and ordering link.

Orleans Parish Marriage Records
The Orleans Parish marriages index covers 1831 through 1962. Certified copies of microfilmed marriage certificates from 1870 to 1962 only may be ordered for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name of the bride or groom, parish, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the groom's last name. The data fields in the index are year, month, bride's name, groom's name, parish, page and volume number, and ordering link.



The Daily Genealogist: Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, South Dakota

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Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, South Dakota

Rapid City, located in southwestern South Dakota, is the county seat of Pennington County. The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research has made a number of resources available on its website in PDF format. Click the Records tab to access them.

Mortuary Records Index
Behrens' Mortuary records cover 1879 to 1971 (early records contain more information than later ones). The data fields are last name, first name, death date, age, where buried, and number. Additional data, drawn from the 1880 census, 1890 reconstructed census, the 1900 census, and Eka Parkinson's newspaper readings (1879 to 1923), are provided.

Pennington County, South Dakota Residents and Land Owners, 1890
The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research searched local land records, tax lists, school records, mining records, newspapers, and a number of other sources to attempt to reconstruct the 1890 U.S. Federal Census for Pennington County. The results of their research were published in a book titled Pennington County Residents and Landowners--1890, indexed in this database.

Obituary Indexes
The obituaries in this alphabetical index are drawn from The Rapid City Journal from 1968 through 2012. The data fields include name, age, death, location, cemetery, and obituary date. The society will look up obituaries for individuals whose names appear in the database.

Cemetery Readings
This section of the website contains burial databases for seventeen cemeteries in various counties in South Dakota, including Pennington County. One cemetery is located in North Dakota.

Deceased Rapid City Classmates--1962
This database of students from the Rapid City High School class of 1962 who died between graduation and 2012 is compiled from a book titled Deceased Classmates, Rapid City High School Class of 1962 Cobblers, Gone But Not Forgotten. The data fields include name, date of birth, and date of death.


The Daily Genealogist: Mahoning County, Ohio Cemetery Resources

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Goshen Township Cemetery Databases, Ohio

Goshen Township is located in Mahoning County, in eastern Ohio. Its county seat is Youngstown. Goshen has made available on its website databases for Bunker Hill Cemetery, East Goshen Cemetery, and Lumberton Cemetery. Click the Cemeteries link in the contents list to access the databases, then click the cemetery links near the bottom of the page to open each database. The data fields may include lot number, lot position, owner, name of the deceased, burial date, veteran status, birth date, death date, age, purchase date and amount, funeral home, and notes.

Tod Homestead Cemetery, Ohio

Tod Homestead Cemetery is located in Youngstown, Ohio, the seat of Mahoning County. The cemetery was established in 1908. A second cemetery, the Rodef Sholom Cemetery, was relocated to the Tod Homestead Cemetery four years later. Youngstown Township Cemetery, a "potters field," was added in 1914. More than 35,000 burials are recorded in the database.

Click the "About Us" tab in the menu bar and select "Cemetery History" from the dropdown menu to learn more about the cemetery. Select "Cemetery Layout" for interactive and downloadable cemetery maps. Click "Find a Grave" on the menu bar to begin your search of the burial database. You can search the database by entering part of the first or last name. The data fields in the database are first name, last name, age, date of death, and section of the cemetery in which the deceased is buried.



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