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The Daily Genealogist: Windham Historical Society, Maine

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Windham Historical Society, Maine

The town of Windham is in Cumberland County, in southern Maine. The Windham County Historical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click "Links" in the menu bar for items including the following:
 
Windham, Maine Cemeteries
This section contains burial databases with mostly alphabetical listings for more than twenty-five Windham cemeteries, as well as cemetery information, location, and condition.

The "Windham, Maine selected Historical Records" link includes the following:

The Moses Little Judicial Papers Collection
Little was a Justice of the Peace. His papers date from 1791 to 1844. The majority of the items are Writs of Summons and/or Attachments, plus some Executions of payment to settle the debts for which papers were filed. The collection includes files with chronological lists containing brief summaries of the various cases. You will also find alphabetical indexes to each case type.

Vital Records
In this section you will find Windham vital records drawn from a number of different sources. There are marriages from 1906-1944, indexed by bride and by groom; death records from 1906-1974, extracted from the Annual Reports of Town Officers; Friends marriage, birth, and death records; and birth, marriage, and death records compiled around the turn of the twentieth century. In addition, researchers will find "Family Records" written by Samuel Dole in 1897.

Windham Deeds & Probate Records
There are three databases in this section. "Deeds, Bonds, Leases, Etc." and "More Deeds, Bonds, Leases, Etc.," contain data extracted from original and photocopied documents in the collections of the Windham Historical Society. Both databases are arranged chronologically from 1761 through 1928. The third database, "More Windham, Maine Deeds," contains extractions of additional Windham deeds from the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds. They are arranged chronologically from 1819 through 1953.
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The Daily Genealogist: University of New Hampshire Library

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Digital Collections, University of New Hampshire Library

The Digital Collections of the University of New Hampshire Library provides a number of resources of interest to family history researchers. Click an item on the left side of the page to view results for that category. An overview of the resources in four categories follows.

Local History & Genealogy
The Local History & Genealogy section's 131 digitized items include twenty-seven issues of The Coos Guardian newspaper (1934) and six volumes of The New Hampshire Genealogical Record (1904-1909). Click the Date links to see these and other resources. You will find a large number of town histories, beginning with The History of Gilmanton (1845) and ending with the History Boscawen-Webster: Fifty Years 1883-1933 (1933).

Maps & Atlases
In this section is the Atlas Accompanying the Report on the Geology of New Hampshire (1878) and the Gazetteer of the State of New Hampshire in Three Parts (1817). The latter volume includes descriptions of locales and landmarks throughout the state.

N.H. Cities & Towns
This digital collection contains nearly 16,000 volumes of annual reports for more than 175 cities and towns. The range of dates spans 1836 to 2013; the date range available for each locale varies. The annual reports for Fitzwilliam cover 1845 through 2008. The reports generally cover the year prior to the date of publication. Vital statistics may be found in most towns' reports. In some cases the reports include lists of births, marriages, and deaths to nearly the present day. Annual town reports often include school reports (including lists of teachers, students with perfect attendance, and the like), property transactions, and property valuation lists.

Civil War
This section includes digital copies of the Report of the Adjutant General for 1865, 1866, and 1867; letters, journals and reports; reminiscences; regimental rosters; unit histories; and more.



The Daily Genealogist: Tompkins County Public Library, New York

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Local History Resources, Tompkins County Public Library, New York

Tompkins County is located in central New York. Its county seat is the city of Ithaca. The Tompkins County Public Library has made a number of online resources available through its Local History section. Click the Digital Books & Directories link in the contents list to access them. A sampling of the resources follows.

Atlases & Maps
This section provides digitized atlases and maps, including Sanborn maps of Ithaca (1893, 1904, 1910, and 1919), a topographical atlas of Tompkins County (1866), and a Beers atlas of Tioga County (1869), which was reprinted in 1975.

Births, Deaths & Marriages
Indexes include: an alphabetical index to names found in Trumansburg newspapers from 1827-1940; a compiled index of obituaries and death notices published in The Ithaca Journal  from 1860-1876, 1900-1914, and 1980-1999; marriages from the Pastor's Hand Book, 1844-1887; an index to births (January 1915 to April 1918) and deaths (December 1854 to June 1874 and 1914-1920) from the Ithaca Journal and Ithaca Daily Journal; and a volume containing Tompkins County gravestone inscriptions for the towns of Caroline, Danby, Enfield, Ithaca, and Newfield.

Directories
Resources include an agricultural directory of Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Seneca Counties (1914), nineteenth-century gazetteers and business directories for a number of different New York counties, a telephone guide to Ithaca and Cornell University (1907), and lists of enrolled voters of Tompkins County (1912 and 1913). Researchers will also find digitized Ithaca residential and business directories from 1864 through 1986.

Local Organizations
This section includes a number of fire company documents; school histories, catalogs, and yearbooks; church histories and, in some cases, church rolls and records; and a National Guard company history.

A number of local history resources have been digitized and appear under the following headers under in the Digital Books section: County History (Central NY), Ithaca & Tompkins County, Narratives & Memoirs, Native American History, New York State & CNY History, and Towns & Villages.



Spotlight: Cemetery Databases: Minnesota

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Spotlight: Cemetery Databases: Minnesota

Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, Minnesota
The city of Kasson is in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota, just west of the city of Rochester. Kasson has made a burial database for Maple Grove Cemetery available on its website. Click the City Departments link and choose Maple Grove Cemetery for a burial listing of approximately 2,500 records, and a cemetery map, both in PDF format. The fields in the database are name, location of plot, level, date of burial, type of burial, type of casket/vault, sexton, and death certificate number. Estimated date of burial is indicated by an X.

Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Minnesota
The city of Roseville is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota, in the Twin Cities area, just north of Saint Paul. The Roselawn Cemetery has made a burial database available on its website. Click the burial records icon to open the database homepage, and the Search Online link to search by name. The search may be limited by person type--the deceased (burials), or the plot owner. If there are more than 50 individuals with that surname, you will be asked to provide a given name. The data fields in the search results are last and first name of the deceased, owner's last and first name, grave location (section, block, lot, and space), birth date, death date, gender, and age. The location of the plot will be indicated on the accompanying cemetery map. Click the record to enlarge the map and see all of the spaces in the lot. The spaces containing graves are labeled with the names of the individuals buried in them. Click Create Report for Printing to save your results.

Union Cemetery, Maplewood, Minnesota
The city of Maplewood is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota,  just north of Saint Paul. Maplewood's Union Cemetery was founded in 1869. The Union Cemetery Association has made a burials database available on the cemetery's website. Click "Burial Search" and then "Search for burials" for a map of the cemetery and a searchable database. Enter a last name in the search box. If there are more than 50 individuals by that surname, you will be asked to provide a given name. The data fields in the search results are last and first name of the deceased, grave location (block, lot, and space), sex, date of birth, date of death, age, and place of death. The location of the plot will be indicated on the accompanying cemetery map. Click the record in the search results to enlarge the map and view the name labels on the graves. Create and print a report of your search results by clicking on the Create Report for Printing.


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

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

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

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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