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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Vital Records Database, Winneconne Public Library, Wisconsin


Winneconne is located in Winnebago County, in east central Wisconsin. The Winneconne Public Library has made a vital records database available on its website. Scroll down on the library’s homepage to find the Winneconne, Wisconsin, Vital Records index. The index includes births, marriages, and obituaries from all surviving issues of Winneconne newspapers from 1871 through 2009. The records were found in the Winneconne Globe, Winneconne Item, Winneconne Local, Winneconne News and Winneconne Weekly Item. The database can be searched by last name and first name. Searches may be limited by date, including before, after, or between particular dates. Click on the search tips link to learn more about how to search this database. The search results returned are in alphabetical order and include all variations of the name you enter. The data fields include last name, first name, event, newspaper, date, and page. Maiden names will also be included in the searches. Photocopies of the notices may be requested from the library. A link from the library database to Winneconne Historical Society’s cemetery database is included on the search page.


Online Historical Collections, Acton Memorial Library, Massachusetts


Acton, a small town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, is located about twenty miles west-northwest of Boston. The Acton Memorial Library has made two historical collections available on its website. Click on the Online Historical Collections link in the site’s contents list to access them.


Early Town Records

This collection contains the Town of Acton's official records from its founding in 1735 up to 1764. The records include Acton’s earliest town meeting records and selectman's minutes, plus financial accounting and surveys of roadways and town boundaries. You will find digital images of the pages, original records that are part of a single bound volume covering the period from 1735 to 1797. The image is paired with a transcription of the page. There is an alphabetical Name Index with links to the page images and transcriptions. While the spellings of names in the Name Index have been standardized, they have not been standardized in the transcriptions. The database may be searched and the table of contents browsed. Click on the Enter link to read the records from page one.


Civil War Records

As noted on the website, the Acton Memorial Library was founded in 1890 as a memorial to Acton citizens who fought in the Civil War. In 2008 the library opened a permanent exhibit of historical documents and artifacts related to the Civil War, entitled "Not Afraid To Go." They have also developed an online Civil War archives. The archives includes an index to soldiers and sailors, regimental histories, United States Navy, pension files, Isaac Davis Post No. 138 Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), obituaries, burial records, documents and manuscripts, photographs, the Memorial Library and Soldiers' Tablets, and a bibliography. Researchers may search the archives or browse through the records.


Cemetery Database, Spirit Lake Public Library, Iowa


Spirit Lake, located in northern Iowa, is the seat of Dickinson County. The Spirit Lake Public Library has made sixteen separate cemetery records databases available on its website. First click on the Cemetery Records tab to open the database page. To view an alphabetical by surname list of the individuals buried in them, click on the cemetery name. The data fields include cemetery abbreviation, lot number, last name, first name, date of birth (month and day), year of birth, date of death (month and day), and other. Maps of all but two of the cemeteries have been provided. In addition, a ‘cover page’ with photographs of the entrance to the cemetery and the address of the cemetery has been provided. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the map and cover page. The cemetery records for the sixteen cemeteries have also been merged into two alphabetical databases. The data fields for the merged database include cemetery abbreviation, last name and first name.

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