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The Daily Genealogist: Ancestors Returning to Country of Origin

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked about whether you'd solved any photographic mysteries. 3,652 people answered this survey. The results are:   
  
• 62%, Yes, I have successfully solved at least one photographic mystery from my family photo collection.
• 30%, No, I have not yet been able to solve my photographic mystery/mysteries.
•  8%, No, I don't have any photographic mysteries in my family collection.     

This week's survey asks whether any of your immigrant ancestors returned to their countries of origin. Take the survey now!  

 
 
 

The Daily Genealogist: The Gathering & Return to Your Roots

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The idea of exploring an ancestral homeland is awfully compelling for many genealogists. Below are links to two sites that encourage making an ancestral pilgrimage.

 

The Gathering

 

"Throughout 2013, Ireland is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of friends and family from all over the world, calling them home to gatherings in villages, towns and cities." The Gathering Ireland 2013 is a series of events, held throughout the country, and anyone with Irish connections - or an interest in Ireland - is encouraged to visit. Special events and festivals are a major part of this effort, as are local gatherings.

 

Approximately seventy million people worldwide are part of the global Irish diaspora, and organizers hope many of them will make a trip to Ireland this year. The Gathering website features a genealogy page with links to resources and to Ireland Reaching Out, a "national reverse genealogy programme," which aims to connect people with their place of origin in Ireland.

  

Online articles and videos relate how The Gathering has drawn people to Ireland. Of particular interest are sixty "heritage and tracing your roots" stories, which offer lots of satisfying tales.


For more information, visit The Gathering website.

 

"Return to Your Roots"

 

The April 2013 issue of National Geographic Traveler features a "Return to Your Roots" theme, allowing readers to "Meet Five Travelers Who Explored Their Ancestry."  

 

Five different ancestral places are profiled:

 

Ireland

Taiwan

Sicily

Krakow

Angola


The Daily Genealogist Survey

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

 
 

Last week's survey asked about whether you'd written an autobiography. 3,448 people answered this survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:

 

22%, Yes, I've written a few pages.

6%, Yes, I've written a chapter-length account.

8%, Yes, I've written an account that contains several chapters.

2%, Yes, I've written a book-length account.

1%, Yes, I have published an account.

26%, No, but I plan to write an autobiographical account.

42%, No, I have no plans to write an autobiographical account.

 

This week's survey asks whether you have visited an ancestor's country of origin for genealogical purposes. Take the survey now!  


The Daily Genealogist: Wisconsin Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Crandon Public Library, Wisconsin

Crandon is located in Forest County, in northeastern Wisconsin. It is the county seat. The Crandon Public Library has made local history resources available on its website. The links to these collections are located in the Local History Holdings contents list on the right side of the webpage.

The library created and maintains the online Local History Obituary Database. The obituary data was extracted from the local newspaper, The Forest Republican. The database covers the following years: 1890–1925, 1992–1994, 2001–2003, and 2005– more recent years. Currently, there are 2,286 records in the database.

Scroll down to find the database search box, and enter a surname. The search results will appear below it. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, age, newspaper, date of publication, and page and column number. Click on the up or down arrow in the column header to change the sort order. Select the number of records per page from the Show Entries drop down list. You may order photocopies of obituaries from the library by mail for a fee.

The library also has a digital collection of Crandon High School yearbooks on its website. Click on the Yearbook Collection link to access them. The collection contains yearbooks for the following years: 1938, 1943, 1945–1948, 1950–1951, 1953, 1955, 1958–1961, and 1963–1964. Click on the thumbnail images to view the entire yearbook page by page.

Door County Library Newspaper Archive

Door County is located in eastern Wisconsin. Its county seat is Sturgeon Bay. The county lies entirely on the Door Peninsula, which separates the southern part of Green Bay from Lake Michigan. The Door County Library has digitized and uploaded to its website more than sixty years of local newspapers. There are more than 6,300 issues from twelve newspapers published between 1862 and 1923. Select the Click Here to Continue link to access the database.

You can view the collections by clicking on the newspaper title link under the Browse Collections tab or by selecting a title from the Browse Titles link. Next, click on the thumbnail image of an issue. This will open the image viewer that will allow you to read the newspaper page by page. Click on the Simple Search tab to open the search page. Enter a keyword in the search box and click the search button. You can limit your search to a specific newspaper by selecting a title from the dropdown list. You can increase the number of search boxes to three by clicking on the + sign. Remove them by clicking on the – sign. Again, you need to click on the thumbnail image of the issue to read it.


The Daily Genealogist: Your Autobiography

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week’s survey asked about your relationship to New York. More than one answer could be selected. 4,256 people answered this survey. The results are:

  • 12%, I was born in New York.
  • 18%, I used to live in New York.
  • 6%, I currently live in New York.
  • 66%, One or more of my ancestors was born in New York.
  • 73%, One or more of my ancestors lived in New York.
  • 15%, I have no New York ancestry.
  • 6%, I don't know if I have any New York ancestry.

This week’s survey asks whether you have written an autobiographical account of your life. Take the survey now!


The Daily Genealogist: McHenry County Genealogical Society, Illinois

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

McHenry County Genealogical Society, Illinois

McHenry County is located in northeast Illinois. Woodstock is the county seat. The McHenry County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the Search Ancestors tab and choose from the drop down list to access them.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Records
Volume 1 of the Early Records of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, which covers the years 1852 to 1868, contains records from the registers of baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials. In 1841 German immigrants organized the church in Johnsburg, Illinois. A permanent priest was not appointed until 1852, when official recordkeeping began. The registers have been translated from ecclesiastical Latin. Select the database from the drop down list and scroll through the records, which are in chronological order. There is also an online surname index. Click on the link to view it.

Newspaper Indexes

The Herald
The Herald newspaper began as the Nunda Herald and became the Crystal Lake Herald in 1908. There are two databases. The first is an index to death notices found in the newspaper from 1880 through 1979. (Issues from July 10, 1891, to July 14, 1893, and July 13, 1894, through July 4, 1895, are missing.) Clicking on the title link will allow you to access the records by selecting the first letter link of the deceased’s surname. This will open a new page with the alphabetical index. The fields in the database are name, age, death date, and information about the issue in which the notice was published. The second database is an index to marriage announcements for the same period; however, you must be a member of the McHenry County Genealogical Society to access the indexes after 1919. There are both brides and grooms indexes. Click on the title link to access the records by selecting the first letter link of the bride’s or groom’s surname.

Woodstock Sentinel
According to the website, the Woodstock Sentinel, which began publication in 1856, is the oldest newspaper being published in McHenry County. The database is an index to death notices that appeared in the newspaper between 1856 and 1894. Click on the first letter link of the deceased’s surname to open a new page with an alphabetical list. The data fields are surname, age, date of death, and date of issue.

Marengo Republican
This weekly newspaper began in 1867, then moved to Marengo a year later and took the name Marengo Republican. It ran until it was purchased in 1987. The index begins in 1872 and covers the remainder of the run. Click on the first letter link of the deceased’s surname to open a new page with an alphabetical list. The data fields are surname, age, date of death, and date of issue.

McHenry Plaindealer
The McHenry Plaindealer was first published in 1875. The database is an index to the death notices published from 1875 through 1880. A number of issues are missing between July 23, 1879 and May 12, 1880, and are not included in the index. Click on the first letter link of the deceased’s surname to open a new page with an alphabetical list. The data fields are surname, age, date of death, and date of issue.

You may purchase copies of the newspaper notices from the McHenry County Historical Society for a small fee.

In addition, the website includes other resources, such as every name indexes to the 1880 and 1930 federal censuses for McHenry County and names indexes to the MCIGS Connection Quarterly, the society’s publication.


The Daily Genealogist: London Research Destinations

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David C. Dearborn, FASG

David Curtis Dearborn
FASG

Are you ready to explore your British ancestry “across the pond”? Whether your ancestors arrived on the Mayflower or in early 20th-century steerage, London offers endless research opportunities. The Society of Genealogists and The National Archives will be the main focus of our upcoming NEHGS tour for good reason, and other nearby repositories also have a lot to offer.

The Society of Genealogists (SoG) is the largest genealogical library in the U.K. The SoG has an enormous collection of published, transcribed, and filmed parish registers and local and family histories. In addition, the SoG also has U.K. census records, city directories, poll lists, wills and probate records, and many specialized collections. Users have access to the SoG’s rich collection of microfilmed and fiched source materials, including English, Welsh, Scottish, and some Irish census returns and indexes, indexes to England and Wales births, marriages, and deaths from 1837 onwards, and Scotland indexes to births, marriages, and deaths (1855–1920), plus earlier births and marriages (1553–1854). The library also has the Document Collections of family history research and original documents. The SoG holds published and transcribed local history records, including parish registers and gravestone inscriptions, for every county in the U.K. and thousands of parishes. Also available are family histories and one-name studies, multi-county will indexes, marriage licenses, and much more.

The National Archives is located by the banks of the Thames just outside London in Kew. TNA’s holdings are vast, and include military records for all branches of the service (War Office and Admiralty) up to and including World War I, census schedules for England and Wales, wills and probate records (Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1383–1858), Death Duty registers, documents from the central courts of law from the 12th century onwards, including the Courts of Chancery, Exchequer, the Central Criminal Court and the Assizes, and records of the Home Office, Foreign Office and Colonial Office, plus much more.

Until some time later in 2013, the London Family History Centre operated by the LDS Church, is located temporarily at TNA while their building is being refurbished. The London FHC has the largest collection of microfilmed genealogical records in the U.K. (Note that all are also available at the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City.) Among the highlights of the microfilmed collection are parish records from more than 9,500 parishes, non-conformist records, parish chest and poor law records, post-1858 record copy wills, Prerogative Court of York record copy wills, and probate records from hundreds of ecclesiastical courts (pre-1858).

The London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is the place to go if you have ancestors who lived in or around London itself. With more than 70 km of shelves, the LMA holdings include parish registers, electoral registers, land tax records, parish poor relief and Boards of Guardians records, and workhouse records. The Archives also contains records of marriage licenses and wills from the Diocese of London and wills from the Archdeaconry of Surrey. In addition, the LMA has a collection of photographs and prints arranged topographically and by subject, as well as maps and plans including parish maps and bomb damage maps.

The British Library holds the India Office Records that include church records, wills and pension records of British and European residents of India between 1600 and 1947.

The Principal Probate Registry, located in First Avenue House, contains probate records for England and Wales from 1858 to the present. (Note that the Family History Library has microfilmed these records for the period 1858–1925.)

Of course, London has more repositories and resources than we can list here; this is just a sampling of London’s many genealogical offerings.

The NEHGS London Research Tour will be held from May 19 to 26. NEHGS experts David Dearborn and Christopher Child and their counterparts at the SoG and TNA will help participants navigate the vast resources available in London. Daily activities will include expert lectures and tours. Then, from May 27-31, we will travel to the county record offices of Essex, Norfolk, and Suffolk with local experts. Join us for one or both tours and explore records only available in the U.K.!


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