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The Daily Genealogist: Colorado Resources

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Otero County Genealogy & History, Colorado
Otero County is located in southeastern Colorado. Its county seat is La Junta. The Otero County Genealogy & History website contains a number of resources. Click the Genealogy tab in the menu bar to open a new page with links.

Cemetery Records & Information
Click the Cemetery Records & Information link to access the cemeteries page, which provides descriptive and location information and burials databases for some Otero County cemeteries. Click the surname letter to access the burial indexes. In most cases you will also find links to photographs of the gravestones.

Census Records & Information
This section of the website contains transcribed indexes to the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses for Otero County. The database is an index to the names of the heads of household, and persons living in households with a different last name from that of the head. The data fields include name, age, birthplace, district, precinct, division, page, sheet, and notes.

School Records
This section contains transcriptions of yearbooks for La Junta High School from 1914 through 1920. The database includes a list of school faculty with the titles of courses they taught and the names and genders of students in the senior class.

Marriages Licenses, Ouray County, Colorado

Ouray County is located in southwestern Colorado. Its county seat is the city of Ouray. A marriage license database is available on the official website of Ouray County. Scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the index link. This chronological index contains nearly 4,000 records and covers 1877 through 2012. The data fields are the date of the license, groom's name, bride's name, and marriage date.

The Daily Genealogist: Your Genealogical Inspiration

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

Last week's survey asked about planning your online estate. 3,589 people answered the survey. The results are:

7%, Yes, I have designated someone to carry out my instructions about my online presence after my death.
58%, No, but I plan on making such arrangements.
35%, No, I do not intend to make plans regarding my future online presence.

This week's survey asks what activities or experiences have inspired your genealogical pursuits. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Rutland Historical Society, Vermont

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Rutland Historical Society, Vermont
The city of Rutland is located in central Vermont. It is the Rutland County seat. The Rutland Historical Society has made a number of resources available on its website; click the following links in the Menu to access them.

Historical Resources
This section provides links to Rutland Historical Society holdings as well as Internet Archive resources. Rutland Historical Society resources include Rutland Royals scrapbooks (1939-1941), Civil War resources (including lists of Rutland men liable to military duty and veterans buried in Rutland cemeteries), town reports, vital records (transcribed from the Rutland Herald), and voter lists. Internet Archive resources include Rutland directories (1872-1986), church records, town reports, and yearbooks.  

History of Rutland
Click the History of Rutland link for a summary of the city's history from the eighteenth century to the present. To read the full entry for each period, click the "continued" link at the end of the paragraph.

Image Gallery
The gallery contains a selection of images from the Rutland Historical Society's collection. Three individual collections are presented on the website. In addition the society posts a mystery photograph in hopes that website users will successfully identify the person in the photo.

The Daily Genealogist: Planning Your Online Estate

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

Last week's survey asked about using tax records. 3,813 people answered the survey. The results are:

53%, Yes, I have used tax records in my genealogical research.
12%, I do not recall if I have used tax records in my genealogical research.
35%, No, I haven't used tax records in my genealogical research.

This week's survey asks about planning your online estate. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Georgia Cemeteries

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Rose Hill Cemetery, Macon Georgia
In my search for cemetery databases this week I came across a blog related to a cemetery in Macon, Georgia. Macon is located in Bibb County in the central part of the state. Rose Hill Cemetery was established in 1840. Currently 170 of those interred in the cemetery have been profiled on the blog. Click one of the 136 surnames in the alphabetical list to open a new page with biographical information, obituaries, tombstone photographs, and other images. Click the Surnames tab to return to the alphabetical list.
For some surnames you will find multiple blog entries for a single individual. For other surnames there are entries for more than one individual with that surname who is buried in the cemetery. Among the notable individuals buried in the cemetery are two members of the Allman Brothers band--Duane Allman and Berry Oakley.
Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Georgia  
The city of Gainesville is located in northeastern Georgia in Hall County. It is the county seat. Gainesville has made the database for Alta Vista Cemetery available on its website. The cemetery comprises the original cemetery, established in 1872, a private cemetery, the old Woodlawn Cemetery, and at least one family cemetery. Those buried there include Revolutionary and Civil War veterans, two former Georgia governors, an astronaut, a rocket scientist, city officials, and a circus performer.
Click the Alta Vista Cemetery Search button to begin your search. You may search the database by last name, first name, date interred, section, and lot. There is also an AKA (also known as) search box, which searches the first, middle, last name, and AKA fields. The data fields in the search results are title, first name, middle name, last name, AKA, Jr/Sr, date of birth, date of death, date interred, section/block/lot/grave, and funeral home.

The Daily Genealogist: Tax Records

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

Last week's survey asked how many genealogy blogs you follow. More than one answer could be selected. 3,788 people answered the survey. The results are:
57%, 0
23%, 1-2
14%, 3-5
3%, 6-10
3%, More than 10
4%, I write a genealogy blog.
2%, I'm planning to start a genealogy blog.
1%, I used to write a genealogy blog.
This week's survey asks about using tax records. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Resources of the Nevada County Library, California

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Resources of the Nevada County Library, California

Nevada County is located in northeastern California. Its seat is Nevada City. The Nevada County Library system has made a number of online resources available through its Doris Foley Library for Historical Research. These resources include:

This chronological index to baptisms in the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Grass Valley from 1855 through 1871, contains just over 225 records. The data fields in the index are page, year, date, Christian name, surname, date of birth or age, parents' names, and rector's name.

The 35 Nevada County maps in this section are sorted chronologically from 1869 to 1927 and include a list of historical maps available at the Nevada County Recorder's Office. The database may be browsed or searched by keyword.

Mining Collection
The more than twenty files in this section include an alphabetical index to mining articles from local newspapers, maps, and mine operator records. The files may be browsed or searched by keyword.

An online archive of the Grass Valley Daily Union newspaper from 1865 through 1884 is available (there are no online images for 1878). Click a year link to open the search page for that year. Click on the individual newspaper issue link to open a PDF file containing the complete issue. The library has also provided a link to the California Digital Newspaper Collection.

The Daily Genealogist: The Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

In 1932, the Carnegie Institution of Washington and the American Geographical Society of New York published the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States by Charles O. Paullin. The preface describes the atlas as a composite work, the result of the efforts of many scholars who contributed to the project since it was conceived in 1903. The introduction claims it "is the first major historical atlas of the United States and probably the most comprehensive work of its kind that has yet been published for any country. Its aim is to illustrate cartographically, in manageable compass, and yet with considerable detail, essential facts of geography and of history that condition and explain the development of the United States."

The atlas, which can be found on the fifth floor of the NEHGS library, is indeed impressive. It contains 162 pages of explanatory text and nearly 700 maps that examine a variety of topics--explorers' routes, settlement, political maps, and plans of cities, to name a few. Anyone with an interest in history will be quickly drawn into the vast amount of information and thought-provoking detail. Genealogists will find some of the maps of particular interest, for instance: Colonial Grants, 1603−1732; a 1770 plan of Meredith, New Hampshire; Claims and Cessions of Western Lands, 1776−1802, by seven of the original states; Sources of Emigration to the United States; and multiple maps showing the concentrations of religious denominations and foreign-born populations.

Now an enhanced online version of the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States has been released by the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab. A recent New York Times article, "Trove of Information From the 1930s, Animated by the Internet," by Jennifer Schuessler, examines how the Atlas has been translated to an online platform. "The new site's digital enhancements bring that sense of movement to further life, allowing users to pull up the fine-grained data behind many maps (most of which have been georectified, or warped to align accurately with a modern digital map), or just sit back and watch as animation shows, say, the march of women's suffrage or other social reforms."

Whether you view the Atlas in book form or online, a treasure trove of information awaits you. Happy explorations!

The Daily Genealogist: Following Genealogy Blogs

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked about your genealogical resolutions. More than one answer could be selected. 3,924 people answered the survey. The results are:

66%, I will organize research papers and files that I have accumulated.    
48%, I will write up some of my family history.    
40%, I will share genealogy stories with my family.    
11%, I will join a new society.    
25%, I will attend a conference or other genealogical education program.    
22%, I will take a research trip to a distant repository I have been meaning to visit.    
32%, I will take a research trip to a location where my ancestors lived.    
14%, I will take a DNA test for genealogical purposes.    
22%, I have other genealogical resolutions not listed above.    
13%, I am not making any genealogical resolutions this year.    

This week's survey asks about your interest in genealogy blogs. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Spotlight Reflections

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Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

It's hard to believe that I began writing weekly articles for the NEHGS enewsletter ten years ago. Over that time there have been many changes. What was then the NEHGS eNews is now The Weekly Genealogist. The articles I wrote in the beginning covered both online and onsite genealogical resources. As more and more resources have become available online, the focus of my articles has turned exclusively to finding freely available online resources.

When I think about it, the numbers astound me. There are 52 weeks in each year, with an article written nearly every week over the course of ten years, which means that I've written more than 500 articles in ten years. And, believe it or not, there are a lot of resources still waiting to be discovered.

My Spotlight Resolution for 2014 is to continue to seek out and share online genealogical and family history resources with readers of The Weekly Genealogist. I welcome input from readers who know of sites that I've not found, and I am encouraged when I hear from readers about successful searches on sites about which I've written.

The Daily Genealogist: Genealogical New Year's Resolutions

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock

As I was thinking about genealogical New Year's resolutions, I looked back to see what editors of other newsletters wrote about this topic a few decades ago. What I turned up highlighted some changes in genealogical practices, but generally emphasized how much underlying principles have stayed the same. Below are three of those resolutions:

"Here's a New Year's resolution many should make and keep. Locate any old letters, scrapbooks, Bible records, etc. still existing in your family. Make a copy of the data in them and of your own genealogical research records and place it in a different location. Dozens of our readers are painstakingly reconstructing lost or destroyed family facts; this duplication of 'lost' data often takes years. We can't fool ourselves into thinking we're immune from disaster."--Rosemary E. Bachelor, The Batchelor Family News-Journal, Machias, Maine, January 1974

"Maybe a lot of us are remiss in not jotting down items which should be remembered and which our children would enjoy reading about. Maybe a good New Year's resolution would be to start writing our family history as well as looking up our ancestors." --Heart O' Wisconsin Genealogical Society Newsletter, 1978

"If I could put across one message to you it would be to make a New Year's resolution to contact that relative whom you think has some records or information you need to complete your Family History. We are inclined to put it off and then it becomes too late. Even if you have tried before, without much success, try again. Maybe try a little different technique, maybe a telephone call, and then a letter requesting one or two items. My experience is that you will get a generous response to your letters if you do not ask for too much at one time." --Wilfred R. Burrell, Genealogical Forum of Portland, Oregon, January 1981

In all of the resolutions I read, one phrase, from the Genealogical Forum of Portland excerpt above, stood out for me: Even if you have tried before, without much success, try again. That general directive could be applied to many areas of genealogical research: organizing files, collections, or photographs; breaking through a particular brick wall; writing a narrative; submitting an article; interviewing a relative; or tackling whatever you've been putting off or unable to accomplish. In 2014, it might be time to try again.

Best wishes for successful genealogical pursuits in the New Year!

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