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Name Origins: Zimri

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

ZIMRI (m): A son of Zerah, brother of ETHAN and HEMAN (1 Chron. 2:3). Samuel and Mary (Baker) Allen of Salisbury and Cornwall, Conn. took this verse literally. Three of their six sons — Ethan Allen, the hero of Ticonderoga; Zimri Allen; and Heman Allen — were named from this one verse.  

Research Recommendations: FamilySearch.org Problems

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

As part of moving content to the new FamilySearch.org website, the Family History Library Catalog was recently launched on the new site. While at the library teaching at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy a couple of weeks ago, we discovered a major problem with this new catalog. It is incomplete, a situation which the development team is working to address.

 

On the home page of the new FamilySearch.org is a link that says “Go to the previous site.” Click on that link and use the catalog on the old site for your searches. Unfortunately, that site is only being supported modestly, and will often run slowly and with problems. Despite those frustrations, it is better to use that catalog to ensure that you have the best knowledge of what is available through the library. Hopefully this problem will be fixed soon.


Volumes of Water, Not Damage

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

On Monday afternoon, extreme temperatures burst a pipe at the Boston Athenaeum that cased ankle-high flooding off the main hall. Fortunately the staff was on hand to deal with the emergency immediately, and damage was not as bad as it might have been. The Boston Globe has more on the story.

Flooding Damages Athenaeum Collections

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

The Boston Globe is reporting the temporary closure of the Boston Athenaeum after thousands of books as well as antiques and works of art were damaged from a water leak on the first floor.

Online Activities Survey

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Last week’s survey asked about your online activities. The results of that survey will be reported next week. This week’s survey asks about using online family trees. Take the survey now.

Canadian Obituary and Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia

 

The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, has made the Mountain View Cemetery database available on its website. Mountain View Cemetery, established in 1887, is one of the oldest cemeteries in the Vancouver metropolitan area. Click on the History link to read a detailed narrative of the cemetery’s founding and development over the years.

 

Click on the Genealogy Resources link in the contents list to access database. The database comprises an alphabetical list of burials. The list was transcribed from the official cemetery records. The data fields in the database include name of the deceased, date of death, date of burial, and location of the grave. Click on the Cemetery Maps link on the alphabetical listing page to view maps. By clicking on each section of the overview map you will be able to view more detailed maps so that you can locate a grave. An explanation on how to interpret the maps has been provided.

 

In addition to the alphabetical listing your will find the following burial databases for Mountain View Cemetery: mayors of Vancouver, Vancouver firefighters and police officers who died while on active duty, interesting citizens, WW1 and WW2 military burials, and Fraternal organizations at Mountain View. For many of the entries in these databases you will find links to biographical and photographs.

 

There are also stories of local disasters: Rogers Pass Slide Disaster of 1910, a slide in the pass killed 62 men, 30 of whom are buried at Mountain View; New Westminster Railway Disaster of 1909; the Lakeview Tram disaster of 1909, the worst transit accident in Vancouver's history, and a list of burials from the SS Sophia, which sank at Vanderbilt Reef Alaska in October 1918.

 

City of Edmonton Cemeteries Database, Edmonton, Alberta 

 

The City of Edmonton has made a searchable cemeteries database available on its website. The more than 60,000 burials listed in the database took place 25 or more years ago. The following cemeteries have been indexed: Beechmount, Clover Bar, Edmonton, Little Mountain, and Mount Pleasant. The burials for two cemeteries, Northern Lights and South Haven, have not been included.

 

First, click on the “How do I obtain the service?” link and then on the Cemetery Location Link to open the database search page. The database may be searched by first name and/or last name. You may search all of the cemeteries at one time or select a specific cemetery to search using the dropdown list. The data fields in the search results are last name, first name, burial date, cemetery name, section, block and plot.

 

Brochures for self-guided walking tours of three Edmonton cemeteries: Mt. Pleasant, Edmonton and Beechmount, have been provided. These files are in PDF file format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.


Virginia Textbooks Full of Errors

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

CNN reports on history textbooks with dozens of significant errors, including incorrect dates for the American Revolution and World War I, as well as creating a non-existent battle of the Civil War. The author’s excuse: “I found it online.”

Name Origins: Titus

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

TITUS (m): New Testament. Much used by the Hinmans of Woodbury, Conn.

Research Recommendations: The Cambridge Room

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

The Cambridge Room in the public library for Cambridge, Massachusetts, houses the library’s archival and rare book collection. The collections focus on Cambridge history and include reference books, public documents published by the City of Cambridge, manuscripts, and photographs.

 

The main library recently opened a major addition, and the Cambridge Room is temporarily closed to the public, but some of the collections are available online and in other areas of the library. The archivist also maintains The Cambridge Room, a wordpress blog, that talks about the collections and provides research assistance. Posts are made in several categories. You can search the site, or browse through the posts by category. Among the categories are:

 

  • "If This House Could Talk"
  • Baker Library
  • Cambridge Businesses
  • Cambridge Chronicle
  • Cambridge in the American Revolution
  • Cambridge Women’s History Day
  • Cambridgeport History Day
  • Famous Cantabrigians
  • On This Day in History
  • Preservation Tips
  • Tips for Researchers


The preservation tips includes a valuable link to a Smithsonian Institute Archives video demonstrating how to remove photographs from self-stick albums.

 

The research tips posts are very interesting. Browsing through them reveals book reviews, online resources, and events. One valuable resource profiled is the Zimmer Index. Compiled by Massachusetts State Librarians in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, it indexes current events of interest to citizens of the Commonwealth. Among the stories it indexes are obituaries, a valuable genealogical resource. Newspapers indexed include the Boston Advertiser, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, Boston Post, Boston Transcript, Cambridge Chronicle, Dorchester Beacon, New York Post, New York Times, Somerville Journal, Springfield Republican, and the Worcester Telegram

 

The Cambridge Room is very interesting and informative, and a blog worth checking in on.


NEHGS Education Survey Results

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Last week’s survey dealt with NEHGS education programs. The primary thing that respondents liked is the ability to research at leading repositories, with 75% indicating they enjoyed researching in leading respoitories. In a close second place with 72% are the consultations with expert staff. The piece that was enjoyed the least was group meals, with only 14% appreciating them. Full results are:

     

The ability to research at a leading repository, 75%

Consultations with expert staff, 72%

Lectures from experts in the field, 55%

Guest speakers/consultants who add to the expertise of NEHGS staff, 41%

Networking opportunities with fellow genealogists, 37%

Heritage aspects of a program that don't include research (local history tours, museums, etc.), 20%

Group Meals, 14%

 

This week’s survey asks about your online activities. Take the survey now!

Local History Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stout

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Menomonie, seat of Dunn County, is a city in the western part of state of Wisconsin. Menomonie is home to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. Through its library and archives, the university has made a number of resources available on its website.

 

Digital Collections

 

Knapp Diaries

This collection contains transcriptions of the diaries of John Holly Knapp, his wife Valeria, and his oldest son Henry. John Holly Knapp was a successful businessman in Menomonie. When he moved to the area in 1846 he purchased a half-interest in a sawmill, which grew to be one of the largest lumber companies in the world during the nineteenth century, Knapp, Stout & Co. The diaries are described as follows: “[They] cover the daily activities of his personal life as well as his participation in the management of the Knapp, Stout & Co., Company. Highlights include anything from fishing trips to his family's hasty evacuation from a hotel during the Great Chicago Fire.” The also discuss family members’ travels to Europe, the southern United States, and Asia. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the diaries.

 

Searchable Databases

 

ARC Newspaper Index

This database is an index to announcements of births, deaths, anniversaries, and probate notices from local newspapers in Dunn, Pepin, and Barron counties. It covers the period from 1862 through 1930. The index may be searched by name, last name followed by first name. The search may be narrowed by newspaper title chosen from a dropdown list. There are seventeen titles in the list. The data fields in the search results are name, publication, publication date, newspaper location, article title, notes, and cross-reference. It is not clear what the dates refer to in the newspaper location field. The information found in the notes field generally describes the type of record or event (i.e. birthday, death, probate notice, heirs of, etc.).

 

County Court Records Index

This database is an index to county records for Barron, Dunn and Pepin Counties for the period from about 1855 to 1955. The holdings indexed include circuit court records, county court records, probates, naturalizations and other county records, funeral records and indexes to biographies. The database may be searched by name. The search results are in the form of page images. Your information will be highlighted in bold on the page.

 

Cemetery Indexes

Dunn County Cemetery: This database contains information transcribed from headstones found in Dunn County cemeteries for the period from the 1850s to 1994. The database may be searched by last name, first name, and cemetery name. Please be advised that I did not find a comprehensive list of cemeteries on the website, which makes searching by cemetery name difficult. The data fields may include full name, death date, relationship (spouse of/child of), birth date, township, cemetery name, section, and notes.

 

 

Evergreen Cemetery: Evergreen Cemetery, located in Menomonie Township, is the largest in the county. Evergreen Cemetery was organized, in 1873, by Knapp, Stout & Co. The index contains all recorded burials from 1873 through 2003. The database may be searched by last name. The data fields may include any or all of the following: date of death, first name, last name, date of burial, cause of death, age at death, residency, marital status, place of birth, nation, mother’s name, father’s name, military status, where buried, final burial number, and book and page number.

 

Name Index from History of Dunn County

This database is a name index to the 1925 History of Dunn County. It was created by a University of Wisconsin-Stout student and placed on the web for local history researchers. You may search the database by last name, first name, and maiden name, which are the data fields in the search results. Click on the ‘Open Page?’ links that are in PDF format to view pages from the book that have been digitized and uploaded to the website.

Family History Traced in 6,000 Photographs

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

If the going rate on a picture still amounts to a thousand words, Mark McIlveen's collection of family images would produce a six-million-word tome that would make War and Peace look like a pocket novel. Read the full story in the Edmonton Journal.

Name Origins: Julian

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

JULIAN (m, sometimes f): A late derivative from an adjective describing the old Roman family, the Julii, which produced the first Caesars. In the Middle Ages St. Julian was patron saint of hunting.

Divers: 1811 Wreck of Perry Ship Discovered Off R.I.

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

The Boston Globe is reporting that a team of divers say they've discovered the remains of the USS Revenge, a ship commanded by U.S. Navy hero Oliver Hazard Perry and wrecked off Rhode Island in 1811.The divers, Charles Buffum, a brewery owner from Stonington, Conn., and Craig Harger, a carbon dioxide salesman from Colchester, Conn., say the wreck changed the course of history because Perry likely would not have been sent to Lake Erie otherwise.

Research Recommendations: New Year's Resolutions 2011

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

In last week’s survey we asked about your resolutions for the coming year involving your genealogy. Unsurprisingly, the majority of respondents indicated that they would spend time organizing their materials (see below for further details). I am not one to make many resolutions on New Year’s Eve, but I usually make one or two. This year I have decided to make resolutions to accomplish family history goals. Two things have prompted me to get to work and come up with some goals for the year.

 

First, I received an email in my inbox from an NEHGS member. She recently read an article I had published a few years ago in The American Genealogist and wanted to share with me some new family connections she thinks she may have discovered. As I read the email, I immediately felt the rush of new discovery, and the thrill of a chase about to begin. It reminded me of why I got into this field in the first place. I can’t wait to help her find any connections.

 

Second, in visiting CNN yesterday I saw an article reprinted from Oprah.com. Author Lian Dolan wrote an article entitled “How to Let ‘Er Rip in 2011.” Ms. Dolan’s article provides four basic tips for accomplishing your goals in 2011, which rings quite true for me. Her four tips are:

  1. Saying Yes is as Easy as Saying No
  2. Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You
  3. It’s Okay to Talk to Yourself
  4. Today is as Good a Time as Any

 Read her full article for a fuller explanation of the four steps. We are almost a full week into 2011. Have you made any progress on your resolutions? I’ll keep you posted on mine. Good luck!


New Year's Resolution Survey Results

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Last week’s survey discussed any New Year’s resolutions you were making for your genealogical research in the coming year. 69% of respondents resolved to organize their files and research papers. 50% of respondents resolved to write up some of their research in the coming year. 11% of respondents were not making any resolutions this year, and 2% were making resolutions, but none involving genealogy. Full results are:

 

I will organize files and papers full of research that have piled up, 69%
I will write up some of my family history, 50%
I will share genealogy stories with my family, 36%
I will take a research trip to a location where my ancestors lived, 35%
I will attend a conference or other genealogical education program, 26%
I will take a research trip to a distant repository I have been promising to go to, 21%
I have other genealogical resolutions not listed above, 21%
I am not making any resolutions this year, 11%
I will join a new society, 10%
I am making resolutions this year, but they do not include any around my genealogy research, 2%

 

This week’s survey asks about NEHGS education programs. Take the survey now!


New Revelations About Slaves and Slave Trade

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

Most students of American history understand that a dramatic re-peopling of North and South America began in the years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the New World. But they may not realize that it was Africa, not Europe, that formed the wellspring of this repopulation process.

 

In the 3¼ centuries between 1492 and about 1820, four enslaved Africans left the Old World for every European. During those years, Africans comprised the largest forced oceanic migration in the history of the world. Read the full story of the revelations in the Atlas of the Translatlantic Slave Trade on CNN.com.


Name Origins: Jincey

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

 JINCEY (f): Southern nickname for JANE. This name is seen in the ancestry of First Lady Laura (Welch) Bush. You can see her ancestry on Bill Reitwiesner's website.

California Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Valerie Beaudrault

Davis Cemetery District, Davis, California

Davis is the largest city in Yolo County, which is located in north central California. The Davis Cemetery District has made a burial database available on its website.

 

The Davis Cemetery has been in existence since at least 1855, the date of its earliest marker. The land on which the cemetery is located was originally purchased in 1850 by Colonel Joseph B. Chiles. Click on the History link in the site’s contents list to read a detailed history of the Davis Cemetery District.

 

Scroll down the page to the Burial Search With Mapping section and click on the Click Here link to access the search page. The search fields include last name, first name, date of interred with a dropdown list for a time range, section and lot, and AKA search. The AKA search field searches the first, middle, last and AKA (Also Known As) fields of the database. The data fields in the search results include title, first name, middle, last name, AKA, Jr./Sr., date of birth, date of death, date interred, section, block, lot, grave number, funeral home and place of death. Click on the map button to view a map of the cemetery. There are instructions for viewing maps of individual sections, but I did not have any luck with opening those PDF pages. There is also a print button at the top of the search results, which gives you a printer friendly view of those results.

 

Riverview Cemetery District, Brawley, California

Brawley is in Imperial County, which is one of the southernmost counties in California. Riverview Cemetery is a special district of Imperial County. It was formed in 1909. The Riverview Cemetery District has made a burial database available on its website.

 

To access the database you should first click on the Burials on the Web link in the site’s contents list to open a new page with instructions on searching the database. Click on the Burials on the Web link on this page and then on the Search Burials tab to access the search page. Enter part or all of the deceased’s name in the search box and click on ‘find people!’ to see the search results.

 

The search results are in the form of an alphabetical listing of burials. The data fields in this list include image, map, name, and date of death. Click on the image link to view a photograph of the gravestone and on the map image to view a cemetery map showing the location of the grave. Clicking on the name link will open the Person View page. The information found on this page includes full name, date of birth, if known, location of the grave, age, place of birth, gender, veteran, place of death, date of death, spouse name, father name, mother name, funeral director, date of service, and whether the individual was cremated. This information may be emailed or printed from this page. You may also browse through an alphabetical listing of burials, which may be found below the search box when you open the search page.


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