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The Daily Genealogist: Boston Voices Remember The March On Washington

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Boston Voices Remember The March On Washington
Boston public radio station WBUR interviewed local residents who participated in the 1963 March on Washington.

The Daily Genealogist: Genealogical DNA Testing Companies

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

26%    Yes; I've had my mitochondrial DNA analyzed.
28%    Yes; I've had my Y-DNA analyzed or I've had the Y-DNA of a male relative analyzed.
25%    Yes; I've done an autosomal test (continental origins, relative finder, family finder, etc.)
15%    Yes; I've participated in a DNA study group.
52%    No, I have not had my DNA tested.
    
This week's survey asks about genealogical DNA testing companies. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Victory

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Julie Helen Otto

Julie Helen Otto
Genealogist

VICTORY (usually m): This name was usually bestowed to honor or celebrate a particular event, especially the successful outcome of a recent battle or larger armed struggle. Occasionally it might be used in a spiritual sense. The Indo-European root behind the word is weik "to fight, conquer" (Calvert Watkins, The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo-European Roots, 2nd ed. [Boston/New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000], p. 97).

Victorius Smith, b. Bellingham, Mass., 22 Jan. 1746/7, son of James and Sarah (VRs, p. 61), may have been named due to his parents' elation at a military victory in one of the colonial wars. Victory Sikes Tousley/Towsley, b. Litchfield, Conn., 14 Nov 1751, was the son of Samuel and Agnes Tousley/Towsley. Victory Ralph Adams, b. Thetford, Vermont, 8 April 1921, was the son of Leon Henry and Nellie (Anderson) Adams.


The Daily Genealogist: Larimer County Genealogical Society, Colorado

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Larimer County Genealogical Society, Colorado
 
Larimer County is located in northern Colorado, along the Wyoming border. Its county seat is Fort Collins.
 
1885 State Census, Larimer County, Colorado
When the 1885 state census was taken, Larimer County, which was created in 1861, included what is now Jackson County. Jackson County was created in 1909, from a section of Larimer County known as North Park. The information recorded in the census includes line number, dwelling number, surname, given name, color, sex, age, relationship, marital status, occupation, birthplace, father's birthplace, and mother's birthplace.
 
General Index - 1862-1872
This database contains records of land transfers in Larimer County between 1862 and 1872, transcribed from the original Larimer County Courthouse General Index books. The transfers are organized alphabetically by grantor and grantee. Data fields include grantee, grantor, nature of instrument, time of reception, volume, and page number(s).
 
Marriage Index Volume 1, 1858-1910
The records in this database were extracted from Larimer County marriage indexes from 1858 to 1910. The database includes marriages for both Larimer County and Jackson County. There is a brides index and a grooms index, both organized alphabetically by surname. The data fields in the indexes are book/page, bride's name, groom's name, date married, and date filed. The marriage database files are in PDF format.
 
Fort Collins Coloradoan Obituaries
The genealogical society has begun a project to digitize obituaries published in Larimer County publications. This database indexes digital images of obituaries from the Fort Collins Coloradoan from March 1988 to August 2002. The database is organized alphabetically by last name. The index includes last name, first name, and date on which the obituary appeared in the newspaper. The Coloradoan newspaper has a general online archive covering January 16, 2003, to the present. The archive may be searched for free, but there is a charge to access articles.
 
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The Daily Genealogist: Discovering Your Family History, One Vital Record at a Time

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Discovering Your Family History, One Vital Record at a Time
Vermont Public Radio's Vermont Edition recently featured a program with Ed McGuire of the Vermont Genealogy Library and Scott Reilly of the Vermont State Archives "about the fascinating stories that come alive when people go digging for details about their ancestors."

The Daily Genealogist: DNA testing for genealogy

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked how you found our website. 3,455 people answered this survey. The results are:
 
17% Online search engine (i.e. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc.)
4% Genealogy blog
12% Link from another website
1% Facebook
2% In the news
12% From an NEHGS member
52% Directly from NEHGS (i.e., a publication, signage in the library, or a lecture)
          
This week's survey asks about DNA testing for genealogy. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Cemeteries in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Philadelphia, which is located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania, is the largest city in the Commonwealth.

Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Jay Smith, a Quaker and librarian, founded Laurel Hill in 1836. This garden cemetery was not only a place for burying the city's dead, but also a place to be enjoyed by the living. It is located in the north section of Philadelphia and is divided into three sections -- the North, Central, and South portions of the cemetery. Laurel Hill was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1998. A number of prominent people are buried there, including Philadelphia's industrial magnates, forty Civil War-era generals, and six Titanic passengers.

To access the burial records search page, click the Research tab and then the Records tab at the top of the page. Click the Search link to begin. Enter a first name and/or last name in the search boxes. The basic results returned include the name of the deceased and the burial plot location information. If there is a photograph of the gravestone it will also appear. Click on the More Information/Condolences link to view dates of birth and death and any additional information. You can click the gravestone image to enlarge it. Click the Visit tab in the contents list to open a new page with a link to a map of the cemetery.

Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The land on which this burial ground is located was willed to American Quakers in 1691, by Quakerism founder George Fox, for many purposes -- a meetinghouse, school, burying ground, children's playground, and a garden. The meetinghouse with a burial ground was established in 1703. The burial ground was likely in use through 1795. The land was then leased to tenant farmers. In 1817, it came under the care of Green Street Monthly Meeting. In 1842, the current Fair Hill Burial Ground was established and the first burial took place in 1843.

Click the History tab in the contents bar and choose an option from the drop-down list. You will find a brief history of the Fair Hill Burial Ground, a page with links to biographies of historical figures buried there, and databases of interment records and obituaries.

Historical Figures
The list found here includes the names of twenty-two well-known individuals buried in the cemetery. The link includes the person's name, plot location information, and birth and death dates. Many of those included in the list are prominent abolitionists.

Interment Records and Obituaries
The interment records for Fair Hill Burial Ground are housed at the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. The database is in Microsoft Excel format. Click the link to download the file. There are more than 3,500 records in the database. The data fields include date of interment, last name, first name, cause of death, age, lot and plot information, member/non-member status, district, and remarks. The remarks field contains information such as relationship of the deceased to others, removals, undertaker, number of people in a grave (i.e. two children, spouses), and occupation.

Click on the second link to download obituaries that appeared in the Friends Intelligencer between the years 1854 and 1960. There are about 1,200 obituaries in the file, which is in PDF format. The obituaries were transcribed and compiled into a typescript, which has been digitized and uploaded to the website. Source information is included at the end of each obituary.



The Daily Genealogist: Ask a Genealogist

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Rhonda R. McClure

Rhonda R. McClure
Genealogist

We occasionally feature "Ask a Genealogist" questions posed to our staff genealogists and their answers. For more about Ask a Genealogist, click here. - Editor. 
 
Question: I am trying to collect documentation to apply to a lineage society. I need more information on several ancestors, especially a father who was born in Plymouth, Mass., in 1767 and died in 1848 in Paris, Maine, and his son, who was born in Paris in 1796 and died in North Bridgton, Maine, in 1846. Currently I only have secondary information from books. I am not sure where to look next, and I need help in connecting these ancestors to previous generations and figuring out where to find land records and local church records.
 
Answer by Genealogist Rhonda R. McClure: When applying to lineage societies, you are generally required to supply copies of as many original documents as possible. Vital records, church records, and probate records establish dates and also prove the connections from one generation to another.
 
Plymouth vital records were part of the published series of Massachusetts vital records and members and registered users can search those records for free at AmericanAncestors.org. You should also look at the probate records for Plymouth County to see if they mention your ancestor.
 
Many of the records that you need are on microfilm and accessible through FamilySearch.org. The land records for all of the counties in Massachusetts have been digitized and made available online at FamilySearch.org, though they have not been indexed. This means you must "browse" the images. In addition, the probate records for Plymouth County are available online in a browse images format.
 
Paris is in Oxford County, and North Bridgton is a village in Bridgton, in Cumberland County. Neither Paris nor Bridgton submitted copies of their vital records to the state's pre-1892 collection of VRs. Therefore, you will need to turn your attention to the original town records. These are available on microfilm through FamilySearch.org and can be ordered to be sent to your local FamilySearch Center for viewing. You will need the vital records to verify the dates of birth and death that you mentioned above. These records may not indicate parents' names in all instances, especially the death records.
 
Some of what you will need to gather for your application will not be found online, but could be available on microfilm. In some instances, you may need to write directly to the town clerk for a vital record.
 
Church records, often used as a vital record alternative, may also be on microfilm. If you cannot find them online through FamilySearch, you may need to do some research into the area's earliest churches and determine whether they are still in operation. If not, you may need to contact an archive for the appropriate denomination to see where the records have been deposited.

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The Daily Genealogist: An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades after the Holocaust

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

An Unexpected Family Reunion, Seven Decades after the Holocaust
"My husband's grandmother's family was decimated by the Nazis. But at 95, she discovered relatives she never knew."

The Daily Genealogist: WWI Tourism: Looking for Your Family Hero

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

WWI Tourism: Looking for Your Family Hero
"As the 100th anniversary of WWI approaches, growing numbers are tracing their genealogy back to Europe's battlefields. Matthew Davis went to Ramicourt in France to find the spot where his great-grandfather won the Victoria Cross."

The Daily Genealogist: Newly Released Historical Census Data Offers Genealogists a Rare Glimpse into 1920s Canada

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Newly Released Historical Census Data Offers Genealogists a Rare Glimpse into 1920s Canada
"The hand-written 1921 Census of Canada was made available on Ancestry.ca last week and includes survey data alongside the full names, addresses, and place of birth of the people who provided the information."

The Daily Genealogist: How did you discover AmericanAncestors.org?

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked if you have attended a family reunion. 4,084 people answered this survey. The results are:
 
24% Yes, I have attended a family reunion.
29% Yes, I have attended 2 to 5 reunions.
8% Yes, I have attended 6 to 10 reunions.
12% Yes, I have attended over 10 reunions.
1% No, but I am planning on attending a reunion within the next year.
26% No, I have never attended a family reunion.
          
This week's survey asks how you discovered AmericanAncestors.org. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Harvey County Genealogical Society, Kansas

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Harvey County Genealogical Society, Kansas  
 
Harvey County is located in south central Kansas. Its county seat is Newton. The Harvey County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click on the title links on the homepage to access the databases.
 
Obituaries
The website contains a database of obituaries for residents and former residents of Harvey County. The data fields in the index are last name, maiden name, given name, birth date, birthplace, date of death, and death place. Click on the "view" link to open a new page containing the text of the obituary. Other information may include age and burial location, as well as the source (title of the newspaper in which the obituary appeared) and date of publication.
 
Cemeteries
Here you will find databases for more than thirty Harvey County cemeteries. Click on the cemetery name link to view alphabetical lists of individuals buried in that cemetery. The data fields are last name, given name, birth date, date of death, and burial location information (section, row, stone). Click on the "view" link to open a new page containing a photograph of the tombstone. (In a few cases, the cemetery transcriptions are offline.)
 
Military
This section includes four databases. The veterans' databases consist of alphabetical lists of Civil War veterans buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, and Confederate and Union Civil War veterans buried in Harvey County cemeteries. The highlighted names indicate residence or burial in Harvey County. An alphabetical index to World War I draft registrations lists last, first, and middle names, and birth date. The final database is an index to World War II Casualties from Harvey County, which was transcribed from the World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Kansas War Department, June 1946.

Churches
Click on this link to read brief histories of Harvey County churches. The descriptions have been organized alphabetically by denomination and then by town.
 
Schools and Teachers
This section contains alphabetical lists of graduates from two high schools: Burrton High School (1886-1978) and Newton High School (1886-1901); a list of students from Henry M. Rudecill Music and Art Studio (1890-1935); and a list of schools in Harvey County with links to histories and photographs.
 
Townships and Towns
This section contains general information and short histories of the county's towns and townships.
 
Census Indexes
There are two census indexes on the website, compiled by members of the Harvey County Genealogical Society. One is an alphabetical index to the 1875 Kansas state census for Harvey County. The data fields are name, township, page number, line number, birthplace, and birth year. The second indexes Harvey County residents in the 1880 federal census. The data fields in this index are residence, last name, first name, birth year, and birthplace. 


The Daily Genealogist: Old Connecticut Path Update

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Managing Editor

Readers may remember the Old Connecticut Path website featured in the January 23rd issue of The Weekly Genealogist. Jason Newton, the site’s creator, recently launched an Old Connecticut Path Tours webpage.

Many requests led to the creation of these free driving tours. Jason Newton writes, “Old Connecticut Path Driving Tours are designed to provide a way to guide visitors to routes along quieter roads that link historic places along the Old Connecticut Path. Visitors to Massachusetts and Connecticut who would like to rediscover parts of the Old Connecticut Path for themselves will find that the tours lead through small towns, scenic vistas, historic sites, and forest greenways. The pace of travel is slower, allowing time to enjoy the beauty of the land. Links to places where you can get out and walk along the Old Connecticut Path are also provided for those who wish to get a taste of the world the early pioneers traveled through.”

The first tours posted follow country roads that parallel the Path over the following routes: Webster, Mass., to Woodstock, Conn.; Woodstock to Eastford, Conn.; Eastford to Westford, Conn.; and Westford to the Willimantic River. Coming soon will be Tolland to Windsor, Conn.

More tours, maps, pictures, and videos will be added over time.


The Daily Genealogist: Unsealed Birth Records Give Adoptees Peek at Past

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Unsealed Birth Records Give Adoptees Peek at Past
"Since a handful of states . . . have unsealed birth certificates, thousands of adoptees have claimed them and learned about their beginnings."

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