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The Daily Genealogist: Williamson County Public Library, Tennessee

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

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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The Daily Genealogist: NEHGS Study Projects

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked the least number of generations you have successfully traced in an ancestral line. 3,639 people answered the survey. The results are:
 
1%, One (you)    
1%, Two (you and a parent)    
10%, Three (you, a parent, and a grandparent)    
34%, Four    
30%, Five    
11%, Six    
3%, Seven    
2%, Eight    
1%, Nine    
5%, Ten or higher    
2%, I don't know.    

This week's survey asks if you've found information on your ancestors as a result of two NEHGS initiatives, The Great Migration Study Project, which aims to treat all immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640, and the Early New England Families, 1641-1700, Study Project, which focuses on individuals who immigrated in 1641 or later. Take the survey now!




The Daily Genealogist: Tracing Ancestral Lines II

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked the greatest number of generations you have successfully traced in an ancestral line. 4,075 people answered the survey. The results are:

1%, One (you)    
1%, Two (you and a parent)    
1%, Three (you, a parent, and a grandparent)    
2%, Four    
4%, Five    
4%, Six    
4%, Seven    
4%, Eight    
4%, Nine    
7%, Ten    
6%, Eleven    
10%, Twelve    
7%, Thirteen    
7%, Fourteen    
6%, Fifteen    
31%, Sixteen or more    
1%, I don't know    

This week's survey asks about the least number of generations you have successfully traced in an ancestral line. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Indexes of Georgia and Kansas

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Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Alta Vista Cemetery, Gainesville, Georgia
 
The city of Gainesville, in northeastern Georgia, is the county seat of Hall County. The city has made the burial database for Alta Vista Cemetery available on its website. Alta Vista Cemetery was established in 1872 but, since graves from other cemeteries were moved to Alta Vista when it opened, the database includes individuals who died as early as 1828.

Click the Alta Vista Cemetery search link to access the burial database. The search fields are last name, first name, date interred, and section and lot, as well as AKA ("Also Known As" -- usually the deceased's nickname). The search results are title, first name, middle, last name, AKA, Jr/Sr, date of birth, data of death, interred (date), complete grave location, funeral home, and place of death.

Fairview Cemetery, Phillipsburg, Kansas
 
The city of Phillipsburg, in northwestern Kansas, is the county seat of Phillips County. The city has made the burial database for Fairview Cemetery available on its website. The database may be searched by last name (required) and first name. Search results include full name, age at death, date of birth, date of death, place of birth, last known residence, date buried, and complete grave information.

Mount Auburn Cemetery, Topeka, Kansas
 
The city of Topeka, in northeastern Kansas, is the state capital and the county seat of Shawnee County. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library has made the Mount Auburn Cemetery Files available on its website. Click the Mount Auburn Cemetery Files link to download an Excel spreadsheet of burials beginning in 1888. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, date of birth, date of death, miscellaneous information, complete grave location, and notes.


The Daily Genealogist: Tracing Ancestral Lines

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked how many genealogical conferences or all-day programs you plan to attend in 2014. 3,108 people answered the survey. The results are:

44%,  0    
18%,  1    
18%,  2-3    
4%,  4-5    
2%,  6 or more    
14%,  I don't know.    

This week's survey asks the greatest number of generations you have successfully traced in an ancestral line. Take the survey now

The Daily Genealogist: Upcoming Genealogical Conferences

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The following genealogical conferences will include expert NEHGS speakers and an NEHGS exhibit booth:

The National Genealogical Society 2014 Conference will be held May 7-10, in Richmond, Virginia. Register editor Henry B. Hoff will speak on "How to Progress from Notes to a Draft Article" (Friday, May 9) and "Research Strategies for Upstate New York" (Saturday, May 10). Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press Christopher C. Child will give talks on "Westward Migration out of New England" and "Migrations of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries" on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will present lectures on "Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors at NEHGS" and "Making Midwest Connections at NEHGS." Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert will give Saturday's NEHGS luncheon talk, "After Appomattox: Researching Confederate Veterans in Post-Civil War America."

The 45rd annual Southern California Genealogy Jamboree will take place June 6-8, in Burbank, California. Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure will present "Following the Crumbs: Tracing Family History through Land Records" on June 6 and "Tracing Your Italian Ancestry to the Old Country" on June 7. She will also tell "Tales of an NEHGS Genealogist" at the NEHGS breakfast on June 8.    

The Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Seminar
will be held on Saturday, July 26, in Mansfield, Massachusetts. Genealogist Alice Kane will speak on "Genealogy Fundamentals" and Archivist Judy Lucey will give a talk on "Discovering Your Irish Ancestry in Print and Online Sources."

At the Federation of Genealogical Societies
2014 Conference, August 27-30, in San Antonio, Texas, Christopher C. Child will present the Saturday NEHGS luncheon talk, "Publications at NEHGS, from 1847 to Today."



The Daily Genealogist: Vital Records Indexes, Louisiana State Archives

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Vital Records Indexes, Louisiana State Archives

The Louisiana State Archives are located in Baton Rouge, the capital city of Louisiana. The Archives have made vital records indexes available online. Click the Online Public Vital Records Index link to access the databases.

Louisiana Death Records
This index primarily covers 1911 through 1962; however, it does contain older records for some parishes. Certified copies of microfilmed death certificates from 1911 and later are available for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name, parish, age, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the deceased's last name. The data fields in the search results include year of death, age, month, day, name, parish, page and volume number, and a link to order a copy of the certificate.

Louisiana Birth Records
The birth records index covers 1819 to 1912, plus records for births as early as 1790 in Orleans County. It should be noted that the law in many parishes did not require the keeping of birth records until 1918; therefore, the index is not comprehensive. Certified copies of microfilmed birth certificates from 1819 to 1912 only may be ordered for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name of the child, mother and father, parish, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the child's last name. The data fields in the search results are year, month, day, baby name, mother's name, father's name, parish, page and volume number, and ordering link.

Orleans Parish Marriage Records
The Orleans Parish marriages index covers 1831 through 1962. Certified copies of microfilmed marriage certificates from 1870 to 1962 only may be ordered for a small fee. The basic search is by name; advanced search options include last name, first/middle name of the bride or groom, parish, month, day, and year. Search results are sorted alphabetically by the groom's last name. The data fields in the index are year, month, bride's name, groom's name, parish, page and volume number, and ordering link.



The Daily Genealogist: Influenza Epidemic Survey

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked if any of your ancestors lived in what is now New York City. 4,032 people answered the survey. The results are:
•    54%, Yes, at least one of my ancestors lived in what is now New York City.
•    35%, No, none of my ancestors lived in what is now New York City.
•    11%, I am not sure.

This week's survey asks if your family was affected by the Influenza Epidemic of 1918-19. Take the survey now!


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