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The Daily Genealogist: Genealogical Collaboration

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked about royal connections. 4,137 people answered this survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:
 
30%, Yes, I have one or more royal descents.
26%, Yes, I have ancestors in common with members of royal families.
43%, I don't know if I have any royal descents or ancestors in common with members of royal families.
8%, No, I have no royal descents.
12%, No, I have no ancestors in common with members of royal families.
          
This week's survey asks about genealogical collaboration. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: St. Augustine Genealogical Society

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

St. Augustine Genealogical Society
 
St. Augustine is located in northeast Florida. It is the county seat of St. Johns County. The St. Augustine Genealogical Society, which was founded in 1989, has made a number of resources available on its website.
 
Cemeteries
The website contains a number of Florida cemetery transcription databases. You will find more than 30 databases for St. Johns County cemeteries and more than 25 for Putnam County, which is just west of St. Johns County. Click on the cemetery name link to open the database. The data fields in the "alphabetical by surname" files are last name, first name, birth date, death date, and notes. The notes field contains information such as spouse's names, age, parent's names, military service, and funeral home name. In many cases, directions to the cemetery are given. The gravestone icon next to the cemetery name link opens a photo of the cemetery. The cross icon indicates that the cemetery has been added to FindAGrave.com.  
 
There are also databases on this website for cemeteries in Illinois (Clay and Jasper Counties), Kentucky (Carter, Lewis, and Fleming Counties), and Ohio (Gallia County and Jackson Counties).  
 
Obituaries
Obituaries on the site, from about 2008 through 2012, are organized alphabetically by surname. Click on a letter and scroll down the page to browse through them. 
 
St. Johns County Records
You will find a brief history of the city of St. Augustine on the section's main page. In some cases St. Johns County-related records have been transcribed and uploaded to this section. For other records and topics you will find links to external sites.
 
Church Records: The databases provided here are indexes to records from the following St. Johns County churches: Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Ambrose Parish, St. Augustine Cathedral, St. Leopoldi Parish and Trinity Episcopal Church. The records include births, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and deaths, as well as lists of parishioners, deacons, elders, pastors, and trustees.
 
Miscellaneous Records: In this section you will find information extracted from railroad records, including those for River Railway; St. Augustine city directories; St. Augustine occupational licenses lists; and voter registration lists.
 
People of St. Johns County: Here you will find the Florida Biographical Index, which aids in searches for notable Florida residents and draws on a variety of publications. The index is in alphabetical order by surname. The source volumes are located in the St. Augustine Historical Society's Reference Library.
 
Vital Records:Here you will find indexes to death records from 1800 to 2011, and marriage licenses and bonds for 1800 through 1899. In addition, there are links to records transcribed from the St. Johns County Health Department records from 1890 to 1918, plus the mortality schedule for the 1885 Florida census.
 
Putnam County Records
Seven funeral home databases index Putnam County residents buried from selected funeral homes in Putnam, Duval, and St. Johns Counties. The data fields include birth date, cemetery name, death date, name of the deceased, and notes. The information in the notes field includes spouses' names and years of marriage, place of birth, and veteran status.

The Daily Genealogist: Royal Connections

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked if you have a Civil War ancestor. 4,828 people answered this survey. The results are:
 
61%, Yes, I have an ancestor who fought for the Union.                 
5%, Yes, I have an ancestor who fought for the Confederacy.                   
17%, Yes, I have at least one ancestor who fought for the Union and at least one ancestor who fought for the Confederacy.            
11%, No, none of my ancestors fought in the Civil War.                 
6%, I don't know if I had an ancestor who fought in the Civil War.   
          
This week's survey asks about your royal connections. Take the survey now!
  

The Daily Genealogist: Gloriana

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Genealogist

GLORIANA (f): In his book, American Given Names: Their Origin and History in the Context of the English Language (1979), George R. Stewart notes that this name, which means "glorious one [feminine]," was coined in the late sixteenth century by courtier poets to honor Queen Elizabeth I. The name was formed by adding the feminine adjective suffix "-ana" [of or pertaining to] to a base word, in this case "gloria" [glory]. Use of this name in colonial America generally bears strong Anglican connotations - Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603, Queen from 1558) was considered to have re-founded the Church of England after the reign of her Catholic sister Queen Mary I Tudor (1516-1558, Queen from 1553).

Gloriana (Treadwell) Pell (1731-1814), was buried in St. Paul's Churchyard in the Bronx, New York, with the following inscription on her tombstone: In / Memory of / Gloriana / Relict of Philip Pell / who departed this Life / the 10th of Septr 1814 Aged 83 / Years, 4 Months & 28 Days. (Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections on AmericanAncestors.org). She was named for a maternal aunt, Gloriana (Thomas) Stevenson, daughter (as was Mrs. Pell's mother, Margaret Thomas) of Rev. John Thomas, rector of St. George's Church, Hempstead, N.Y. (William A. Robbins, Descendants of Edward Tre(a)dwell through his Son John (New York: Tobias A. Wright Press, 1911), pp. 49-52, 74-75).
   
The best-known Gloriana is Gloriana (Folsom) Sterling, b. Stratford, Conn., 24 Dec. 1753 to Samuel and Anne (Bingham) Folsom, who had come from Ashford, Conn. to Stratford in 1743, so he could make the ironwork for Christ Church (Episcopal), Stratford. Like most Anglican/Episcopal families of the time, her parents did not record her birth with the town clerk, so it's not in the Barbour Collection. She married at Stratford, 10 March 1771, John "Sterling," said to be son of a baronet in Scotland. He was summoned home and the good people of Stratford assumed desertion, even as daughter Mary Glorianna "Sterling" was baptized in Dec. 1771. The town was amazed when in fact he did send a ship for Gloriana and took her home to Scotland, where they produced many more children (not in Scottish OPRs, which suggests they were Scottish Episcopalians) and corresponded for many years with Stratford relatives. The whole story is given in Rev. Samuel Orcutt, The History of the Town of Stratford and City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, 2 vols. (1886), 1:448-451. (The given-name term glorian* produced 33 hits -- the earliest 1787 -- in the index to pre-1855 births and baptisms at the Scottish government site, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; among them is Gloriana Folsom Lapslie, baptized at Campsie, Stirlingshire, 20 Nov. 1797 [OPR Births 475/00 0020 0297 Campsie]).
 

 


The Daily Genealogist: Various Resources: Wisconsin, Oregon, and Illinois

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Marshfield Public Library, Wisconsin
 
The city of Marshfield is located in central Wisconsin, primarily in Wood County, with a small portion of the city extending into Marathon County. The Marshfield Public Library has made the vital events database available on its website. You can access the Marshfield Public Library Online Genealogy Index from the E-Sources tab in the menu bar at the top of the homepage. Scroll down to the Marshfield Public Library Online Genealogy Index link and click on it to open a new page with a detailed description of the database. Click next on the orange title link in the middle of the page to open the search page. The index covers the periods from 1882 through 1927 and 1990 through 2007. It can be searched by first name and last name, or you can browse the records by clicking on the desired letter of the alphabet. Searches can be limited by type of record and date of publication. The data fields in the database are name, event, newspaper title, date, and notes. 
 
Wilsonville Public Library, Oregon
 
Wilsonville is a city in northwestern Oregon. Most of the city is located in Clackamas County, while the northern section is in Washington County. The Wilsonville Public Library has made the Northwest Heritage Index available on its website. The index containsmore than 16,000 obituaries, spanning more than 100 years, extracted from Canby, Oregon, newspapers by Canby Public Library volunteers. The obituaries are for individuals who lived in or had some connection with Clackamas County and / or northeast Marion County. Another 4,000 or so records from sources in the Wilsonville Public Library Heritage Collection have been indexed and added to the database.
 
The Library has provided the index in two file formats -- Microsoft Excel and PDF. Scroll down the page to view the Key to the Northwest Heritage Index. There is also a PDF file containing the key to the database. There are two data fields for each record; one contains vital information about the person and the other contains source information.
 
Cook County Clerk's Office, Illinois
 
Cook County, Illinois, is located on the southwestern end of Lake Michigan. Its county seat is Chicago. The Cook County Clerk's Office has made non-certified versions of vital records available through databases found on its Genealogy Unit website. There are more than six million birth, marriage, and death records for Chicago and Cook County in these databases. They date back to 1872. (The Chicago Fire destroyed all Cook County vital records prior to October 8, 1871.) Mandatory filing of vital records with the State of Illinois began January 1, 1916; records filed before 1916 were filed at the county level. In Illinois, vital records prior to the following dates are defined as genealogical vital records: birth records 75 years or older (1938); marriage records 50 years or older (1963); and death records that are 20 years or older (1993).
 
You must register to view the indexes (registration is free). You may begin your search once you have logged in. The databases may be searched by last name, middle initial, first name, and year range, or by year and file number. You must select a record type. The data fields in the search results include name, married to, record type, file number, and event date. Clicking on the name link will bring you to a page that allows you to order an electronic copy for $15.

The Daily Genealogist: The Student Name Index

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Richard P. Morgan
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The Student Name Index is an ongoing project directed by Richard P. Morgan of Mentor, Ohio, and hosted by the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Massachusetts. The Index is a database that currently contains over 400,000 names of trustees, administrators, board members, examiners, faculty, and students through 1877. The information in the database was compiled from 1,417 eighteenth and nineteenth-century printed catalogues from 128 colleges and schools from 12 states. For a listing of schools indexed, click here.
 
In addition to listing the names, the Index also uses "context keywords"-- subject words that denote such things as a person's sex, associated activity (e.g., trustee, professor, matron, principal, board of visitors, tutor, librarian, student), subjects taught (ranging from algebra to zoology), students' studies (e.g., law, medical), and class year. In addition, city, state, and country of residence are indexed, as well as degrees (e.g., LL.D, D.D., Esq., A.B., etc.) and honorifics (e.g., Rev., Hon., Gen.). 
 
To access the Index's search page, please click here. Many different types of search results can be found using this database. For instance, a researcher can find a specific person in a class, and also find all his classmates. Another search could reveal a person's progress through the educational system from student to tutor to professor to trustee. Students from Canada, Japan, Africa, India, and other countries can be identified and followed. The diversity of a school's students and administrators can be explored geographically, or by sex, class, studies, and other "context keywords." Names of students and administrators who died during a school year are noted by the term "deceased." Also noted are students who pursued specialized courses or who did not finish a course of study. Each result is linked to its citation so that the information can be verified in the printed sources.
 
The Student Name Index is constantly being updated as more catalogues are discovered and their contents added to the database. For questions or comments, please contact Richard P. Morgan at rich@morganohiolibrary.com
 

The Daily Genealogist: Is Family Legend about a Slave Ship True?

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Is Family Legend about a Slave Ship True?
Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and NEHGS Researcher Kyle Hurst answer a question about verifying a compelling family story from Georgia's Lowcountry.

The Daily Genealogist: Civil War Ancestors

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked about your use of Facebook and Twitter. 4,367 people responded to this survey. The results are:
 
56%, I use Facebook.
7%, I use Twitter.
11%, I use other social media sites.
41%, I don't use any social media websites.
 
This week's survey asks if you have a Civil War ancestor. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Preserving History, and Uncovering Secrets, at Green-Wood Cemetery

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Preserving History, and Uncovering Secrets, at Green-Wood Cemetery

Volunteers at Brooklyn's historic Green-Wood Cemetery are working through the first phase of a massive archive project, which is expected to be completed later this year with the creation of a searchable bibliographic database.

 


The Daily Genealogist: Facebook and Twitter Use

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked if you have visited any Revolutionary War sites and battlefields. 3,918 people responded to this survey. The results are

23%, No, I have not.
16%, Yes, I have visited one.
40%, Yes, I have visited two to four.
14%, Yes, I have visited five to nine.
7%, I have visited too many to count!
 
This week's survey asks about your use of Facebook and Twitter. Take the survey now!


The Daily Genealogist: Independence

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Genealogist

Independence (usually m): The exciting events of the Revolutionary War and the young Republic inspired many names such as Independence and Liberty, which descend from the "virtue" names (often unisex) bestowed by the Puritans a century earlier. Twin sons, Independence and Liberty Whipple, were born to Jonathan and Mary Whipple on October 31, 1777, in Douglas, Massachusetts (Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, on AmericanAncestors.org). Independence Pease, the daughter of Emory and Mary Pease, was born in Somers, Connecticut, on August 27, 1776 (Connecticut Vital Records to 1870 [The Barbour Collection], on AmericanAncestors.org).

The Daily Genealogist: Crawford County, Kansas Resources

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Crawford County, Kansas
 
Crawford County is located in the southeastern corner of Kansas on the Missouri border. The city of Girard is the county seat. The Crawford County Clerk's office has made several resources available on its website.
 
Birth and Death Records
Birth and death records for 1886 through 1911 are available, along with an online index and digitized images of the actual records. Click on the vital statistics database link to open the Birth and Death Records page. The index is divided into three alphabetical-by-surname sections. Click on the instructions link to interpret the abbreviations in the birth and death entries. Once you locate the volume and page information for an individual record, find the volume in the book list, click on the correct page range link, and scroll to the correct page. You may obtain a certified copy of a birth or death record for a pre-paid fee of $3. In addition, you can view two volumes containing the 1883 "Enrollment of Late Soldiers, Their Widows & Orphans in Kansas."
 
Tombstone Transcriptions
This database, provided by the Crawford County Genealogical Society, is an index of names from gravestone transcriptions from all Crawford County cemeteries, 1860-1976. Click on the tombstone transcription database link to access the index and links. The tombstone transcriptions index is divided into six alphabetical-by-surname sections. Instructions for reading the index are in the first section, A - C. Once you find the name you are seeking, click on the cemetery name to view the transcription. The cemetery volumes may also include the location of the cemetery, general directions, and a cemetery map.
 
Crawford County History
Click on the Crawford County History link to read a brief history of Crawford County and view videos on agriculture, arts and architecture, education, immigration, industry and economics, mining and labor, people, and social reform in Crawford County. 
 
Crawford County Maps Project
Click on the Maps Project Images link to open a page with links to the individual maps from 1862 through 1906.

The Daily Genealogist: Visiting Revolutionary War sites and battlefields

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked how many brick walls you are facing. 4,990 people responded to this survey. The results are:

 

<1%, none

9%, one

18%, two

20%, three

15%, tour

7%, five

17%, six to ten

3%, eleven to fifteen

10%, too many to count!

 

This week's survey asks about visiting Revolutionary War sites and battlefields.

Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Clarence

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Staff Genealogist

CLARENCE (m): This first name, often but not exclusively bestowed on male protagonists, has a fine aristocratic ring which echoes the name of George, Duke of Clarence (1449–1476), middle brother of Kings Edward IV and Richard III; Clarence's mysterious death has inspired literature, both greater (Shakespeare's Richard III) and lesser (The Last of the Barons [1843], by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, Lord Lytton). Beginning in the mid- and late eighteenth century, the name became popular for men actual and imaginary. Clarence Hervey, hero of Belinda (1811) by Maria Edgeworth (1768–1849), bears for good measure the family name of the earls and marquesses of Bristol. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, when the name was popular, the contemporary Duke of Clarence was George III's third son Prince William Henry (1765–1837), subsequently King William IV (1830–1837).

Here at NEHGS we see the name frequently in connection with the compiler of the massive bibliographic index, “New England Marriages Prior to 1700,” Clarence Almon Torrey (1869–1962). Torrey, born in Manchester, Iowa, was a descendant of an old New England family that had moved west. Another Clarence, Clarence M. Averill, the son of Moses (b. Olney, Maine) and Mary J. (b. New Sharon, Maine), was born July 28, 1840, in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts (Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, on AmericanAncestors.org).


The Daily Genealogist: Oxford County Library, Ontario, Canada

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Oxford County Library, Ontario, Canada

Oxford County is located in southwestern Ontario, Canada. Its regional seat is in Woodstock.

Newspaper Indexes
These databases provide indexes to birth, death, and marriage notices found in the Ingersoll Chronicle, 1854–1919 and the Ingersoll Tribune, 1897–1970. Each database can be searched by surname and given name. The data fields in the search results are source newspaper, date, page and column numbers, name, associated name, and note. If the text of the notice is short, it is transcribed in the search results. A third database, the Ingersoll Times, 1969–1970, can be accessed by using an alphabetical list of names which link to digitized images of the newspaper notices.

Vital Statistics
There are four vital records databases on the site. Three are Ingersoll vital statistics databases, containing official birth (1896–1909), death (1896–1934), and marriage (1896–1924) records. The fourth is the Oxford County Genealogy Records Database, which includes records from 1793 to 1858 collected from various sources, such as parish registers, local history books, marriage bonds, and wills.

Cemetery Records
The Ingersoll and Area Cemetery Index contains information on burials in Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Harris Street Cemetery, and Sacred Heart Cemetery. The data fields are cemetery name abbreviation, name, section, row, age, stone, death date, and epitaph. The cemetery database homepage provides links to PDF maps of the cemeteries. The Cemeteries in the County of Oxford database is an external website linking to databases for 102 Oxford County cemeteries. Click on the name of the town to access the individual cemetery indexes.

Census Records
Census record databases for Ingersoll are available for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, and 1901. Click on the year and either search or browse by surname. The data fields vary somewhat by year but generally include surname, Christian name, occupation, birthplace, age, sex, marital status, and the original census page number. A census database is also available for North Oxford Township, 1861. The database can be searched by name or browsed by surname. (Note that when you click on a surname it might not appear at the top of the list; the records have been transcribed in the order they appeared on the census page.)

Land Records
Land records were transcribed from microfilm in the Archives of Ontario for four Oxford County townships: East Nissouri, West Nissouri, North Oxford, and West Oxford. The data fields in the alphabetical listing are surname, Christian name, concession, lot, township, date of patent, and acres.

The website also contains local history books and indexes; directories, gazetteers, and voter lists; and resources related to the history of Ingersoll. Some of the links direct users to external sites such as Internet Archive and FamilySearch.


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