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The Daily Genealogist: Tompkins County Public Library, New York

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Local History Resources, Tompkins County Public Library, New York

Tompkins County is located in central New York. Its county seat is the city of Ithaca. The Tompkins County Public Library has made a number of online resources available through its Local History section. Click the Digital Books & Directories link in the contents list to access them. A sampling of the resources follows.

Atlases & Maps
This section provides digitized atlases and maps, including Sanborn maps of Ithaca (1893, 1904, 1910, and 1919), a topographical atlas of Tompkins County (1866), and a Beers atlas of Tioga County (1869), which was reprinted in 1975.

Births, Deaths & Marriages
Indexes include: an alphabetical index to names found in Trumansburg newspapers from 1827-1940; a compiled index of obituaries and death notices published in The Ithaca Journal  from 1860-1876, 1900-1914, and 1980-1999; marriages from the Pastor's Hand Book, 1844-1887; an index to births (January 1915 to April 1918) and deaths (December 1854 to June 1874 and 1914-1920) from the Ithaca Journal and Ithaca Daily Journal; and a volume containing Tompkins County gravestone inscriptions for the towns of Caroline, Danby, Enfield, Ithaca, and Newfield.

Directories
Resources include an agricultural directory of Yates, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Seneca Counties (1914), nineteenth-century gazetteers and business directories for a number of different New York counties, a telephone guide to Ithaca and Cornell University (1907), and lists of enrolled voters of Tompkins County (1912 and 1913). Researchers will also find digitized Ithaca residential and business directories from 1864 through 1986.

Local Organizations
This section includes a number of fire company documents; school histories, catalogs, and yearbooks; church histories and, in some cases, church rolls and records; and a National Guard company history.

A number of local history resources have been digitized and appear under the following headers under in the Digital Books section: County History (Central NY), Ithaca & Tompkins County, Narratives & Memoirs, Native American History, New York State & CNY History, and Towns & Villages.



The Daily Genealogist: Ancestral Couples from Different Backgrounds

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked if any of your grandparents lived their entire lives in one state or province. 5,171 people answered the survey. The results are:
•    17%, All four of my grandparents each lived in only one state or province.    
•    13%, Three of my grandparents each lived in only one state or province.    
•    27%, Two of my grandparents each lived in only one state or province.    
•    17%, One of my grandparents lived in only one state or province.    
•    26%, None of my grandparents lived in only one state or province.    
•    1%, I don't know.     
 
This week's survey asks if any of your ancestral couples (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc.) came from significantly different backgrounds. Take the survey now!
 


Spotlight: Cemetery Databases: Minnesota

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Spotlight: Cemetery Databases: Minnesota

Maple Grove Cemetery, Kasson, Minnesota
The city of Kasson is in Dodge County in southeastern Minnesota, just west of the city of Rochester. Kasson has made a burial database for Maple Grove Cemetery available on its website. Click the City Departments link and choose Maple Grove Cemetery for a burial listing of approximately 2,500 records, and a cemetery map, both in PDF format. The fields in the database are name, location of plot, level, date of burial, type of burial, type of casket/vault, sexton, and death certificate number. Estimated date of burial is indicated by an X.

Roselawn Cemetery, Roseville, Minnesota
The city of Roseville is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota, in the Twin Cities area, just north of Saint Paul. The Roselawn Cemetery has made a burial database available on its website. Click the burial records icon to open the database homepage, and the Search Online link to search by name. The search may be limited by person type--the deceased (burials), or the plot owner. If there are more than 50 individuals with that surname, you will be asked to provide a given name. The data fields in the search results are last and first name of the deceased, owner's last and first name, grave location (section, block, lot, and space), birth date, death date, gender, and age. The location of the plot will be indicated on the accompanying cemetery map. Click the record to enlarge the map and see all of the spaces in the lot. The spaces containing graves are labeled with the names of the individuals buried in them. Click Create Report for Printing to save your results.

Union Cemetery, Maplewood, Minnesota
The city of Maplewood is located in Ramsey County, Minnesota,  just north of Saint Paul. Maplewood's Union Cemetery was founded in 1869. The Union Cemetery Association has made a burials database available on the cemetery's website. Click "Burial Search" and then "Search for burials" for a map of the cemetery and a searchable database. Enter a last name in the search box. If there are more than 50 individuals by that surname, you will be asked to provide a given name. The data fields in the search results are last and first name of the deceased, grave location (block, lot, and space), sex, date of birth, date of death, age, and place of death. The location of the plot will be indicated on the accompanying cemetery map. Click the record in the search results to enlarge the map and view the name labels on the graves. Create and print a report of your search results by clicking on the Create Report for Printing.


The Daily Genealogist: Did your grandparents move out of state?

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked how many genealogy blogs you follow. 3,441 people answered the survey. The results are:
•    53%, 0
•    25%, 1-2
•    15%, 3-5
•    4%, 6-10
•    3%, More than 10
 
This week's survey asks if any of your grandparents lived their entire lives in one state or province. Take the survey now!
 


The Daily Genealogist: Michigan Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault
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Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association, Michigan
The six cemeteries of the Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association are located in the Detroit metropolitan area in southeastern Michigan. The city and its suburbs are located in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties.

All Saints Cemetery and The Preserve are separate cemeteries located on Lake Maceday in Waterford. Guardian Angel Cemetery is in Rochester. Mt. Elliott Cemetery, in Detroit, was consecrated in 1841, and named for the architect Robert Elliott, one of the cemetery's founders, who died in a construction accident twelve days after the property was dedicated. Mt. Olivet Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Detroit, located on the city's east side, was established in 1888. Resurrection, which is located in Clinton Township, is one of the largest cemeteries in Michigan.

The Mt. Elliott Cemetery Association has made some of its burial records available on its website. Click the Genealogy tab in the menu bar to open the search page. The database may be searched by first, middle, and last name. You may search the entire database or limit your search by cemetery and years. The data fields in the search results are full name, date of interment, cemetery name, and location of the grave. There is also a form to request additional information regarding a family member buried in these cemeteries.

Holland, Michigan, Cemeteries
The city of Holland, in western Michigan, is located in Ottawa and Allegan Counties. The city of Holland has made burial records for Pilgrim Home and Graafschap Cemeteries available on its website. Scroll down the contents list on the right side of the webpage and click the Search Burial Records link to access the alphabetical-by-surname burial records database. Click the link at the bottom of the page to download the PDF file. The data fields in the record are name, residing plot, burial type, burial date, and funeral home. Cemetery maps are also available.  


The Daily Genealogist: Genealogical Blogs

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked how long you've been conducting genealogical research. The results are:

    1%, Less than 1 year
    7%, 1 to 5 years
    11%, 6 to 10 years
    13%, 11 to 15 years
    13%, 16 to 20 years
    11%, 21 to 25 years
    9%, 26 to 30 years
    9%, 31 to 35 years
    9%, 36 to 40 years
    6%, 41 to 45 years
    4%, 46 to 50 years
    7%, More than 50 years
     

This week's survey asks how many genealogy blogs you follow. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Length of time researching

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

The Weekly Genealogist Survey
Last week's survey asked about young people and genealogy. 3,944 people answered the survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:
•    21%, I became interested in genealogy when I was a child (up to 12 years old).    
•    29%, I became interested in genealogy when I was a teenager (between 13 and 19 years old).    
•    66%, I enjoyed listening to my relatives tell family stories when I was a child.    
•    66%, I enjoyed listening to my relatives tell family stories when I was a teenager.    
•    67%, I liked looking at family photographs when I was a child.    
•    69%, I liked looking at family photographs when I was a teenager.    
•    27%, I enjoyed visiting cemeteries when I was a child.    
•    34%, I enjoyed visiting cemeteries when I was a teenager.    
•    45%, I have introduced at least one child to genealogy.    
•    47%, I have introduced at least one teenager to genealogy.    
This week's survey asks how long you've been conducting genealogical research. Take the survey now!

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