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The Daily Genealogist: Kitchen Time Machine: A Culinary Romp through Soviet History

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Kitchen Time Machine: A Culinary Romp through Soviet History
St. Louis Public Radio presents an audio interview and article about a new memoir by Russian American writer Anya von Bremzen, Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. "Though it contains recipes, this is not a cookbook but rather, a history of a family and of Soviet Russia."

The Daily Genealogist: Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec

Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec. It is located on the Island of Montreal in on the St. Lawrence River.

Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery was established in 1854 and has been owned and operated by the building council of Notre-Dame parish, Montreal, from its establishment. It is the largest cemetery in Canada. The cemetery has made a burial database available on its website.

To begin your search of the database, first click on the Locate a Deceased Person link in the menu bar. If you choose not to watch the video, you can close the cemetery video screen by clicking on the X. Next click the Locate a Deceased Person panel and then on the Locate a Deceased button. Enter a name in the search box. Click on the individual's name in the results returned to access the detailed record which includes the deceased's name, burial date, location of the grave, and spouse's name, if available. Click on the Show on Map link to view the route from the cemetery entrance to the location of the grave.

Click on the Famous Figures panel to download Repertory of Famous, Historical, and Notorious Personalities, which provides names, birth and death dates, reason for fame or notoriety, and locations of graves.

To learn more about the cemetery click on The Cemetery link in the menu bar and select the History and Ceremonial Way link. Click on the News and "Dialogue" link to access 20 issues of the cemetery's Dialogue newsletter. Seven issues detail the history of the cemetery; click  "Tale of Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Parts 1 - VII," from 2000 and 2001.


The Daily Genealogist: Visiting Childhood Homes

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked how you improve your research skills. More than one answer could be selected. 3,549 people answered this survey. The results are:

38%, Attend in-person educational programs
42%, Attend genealogy conferences (local, regional, or national)
28%, Participate in webinars (online seminars)
25%, Watch how-to videos
64%, Read online articles/wikis
75%, Read genealogy magazines/journals
31%, Follow genealogy blogs
13%, Participate in online discussion forums
49%, Belong to clubs and associations
11%, I am not actively improving my research skills but would like to.
2%, I am not interested in improving my research skills.
       
This week's survey asks about visiting childhood homes.Take the survey now!


The Daily Genealogist: Long Ago, Vt. Took Care of Indigent on Local Poor Farms

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Long Ago, Vt. Took Care of Indigent on Local Poor Farms
An article and video tell the story of Vermont poor farms and what two women, Dot Monfette, 86, and Ruth Austin, 99, remember of the Newport, Vermont, City Farm in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Daily Genealogist: Ancestors on the English-Scottish Border

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David C. Dearborn, FASG

David C. Dearborn
Senior Genealogist

We occasionally feature "Ask a Genealogist" questions posed to our staff genealogists and their answers. - Editor.

Question:

In the 1855 Massachusetts state census I found my great-great-grandfather George Armstrong (b. 1808) living in Newburyport, with his wife Lucy (b. 1807) and their daughters Charlotte (b. 1831) and Elizabeth (b. 1832). All of them were supposedly born in England and yet I can't find any of them in an English record. Is it possible that all of them were born in Scotland borders area and they just referred to that region as England?

Answer by Senior Genealogist David C. Dearborn: 

While it is true that the Armstrong surname is prevalent on both sides of the English-Scottish border, the heaviest concentration is to be found on the English side, especially in the counties of Northumberland and Cumberland. If the records for George consistently list his birthplace as England, then that is almost certainly where he was born. There is no reason why he would intentionally list his birthplace incorrectly.

The fact that you have been unable to locate his birth record (and those of his wife and daughters) is not surprising, since birth records were not civilly recorded in England until 1 July 1837. Prior to that date, baptisms were recorded in churches and these sometimes, but not always, include the date of birth. The majority of the population still adhered to the Church of England, but by the early 1800s it was not uncommon for individuals and families to belong to so-called Nonconformist churches, such as the Baptists, Methodists, Congregationalists, etc. Keep in mind that even if a record of George's baptism exists, it might not be indexed or available online.

It would be helpful for you to check whether George ever became a U.S. citizen. It is not uncommon for naturalization records in Massachusetts to show the subject's place of birth. NEHGS has a copy of the naturalization index for Massachusetts, from 1791 to 1906, on microfilm, and copies of the naturalization records themselves may be found at the National Archives branch on Trapelo Road in Waltham, Massachusetts. 


The Daily Genealogist: Kentucky Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Lexington Cemetery

Lexington is a consolidated city-county, officially known as Lexington-Fayette Urban County. It is located in central Kentucky.

Lexington Cemetery was established in 1849. Click the Events and Education link in the menu bar and select Cemetery History from the drop-down list to learn about the cemetery's history. Next click the History Book link to access the full text of A History of The Lexington Cemetery by Burton Milward. Under the Cemetery History link you will find a link to a list of Notable People buried there. Click the name link to read a brief biography of the individual and find where he or she is buried. There is also a burials database on the website. Click the Genealogy link to begin your search. The database can be searched by first and last name. Select the record you would like to view and click on the name link. The data fields in the search results include name, city/state, date of birth, date of death, age at death, burial date, disposition number, funeral director, cremation date and number, and interment location.

Oak Grove Cemetery


Oak Grove Cemetery is located in the city of Paducah, in the western part of Kentucky. It is the county seat of McCracken County. The city of Paducah has made the Oak Grove Cemetery resources available on its website.

In 1847 the town of Paducah's trustees purchased 36 acres what became Oak Grove Cemetery. The cemetery is divided into four "additions": Old, New, Mausoleum, and Rushing. Scroll down the page to locate links to three map-related resources. There is the Oak Grove Cemetery general map, a detailed hand-drawn map, and a GIS mapping database. You will also find the link to the burial records database here.

The burial records database comprises a number of PDF documents with burials listed in alphabetical order by last name. One set covers 1800 through 1999; the other covers 2000 to the present. The earliest legible headstone bears an 1811 death date. It is believed that the individual was originally interred in the city's first burial ground. The database was last updated August 15, 2013. The data fields in the databases are addition, section, lot, grave, headstone, outer container, last name of deceased, first name, middle name, maiden name, title, age of death, date of death, last residence, cause of death, next of kin, funeral director, date of birth, place of birth, and sex.

The History section provides links to a typescript containing a cemetery history and obituaries of some prominent residents of Paducah who are buried there.



The Daily Genealogist: Improving Research Skills

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked about researching at public libraries. 3,852 people answered this survey. The results are:
 
6%, Weekly
13%, Monthly
23%, Quarterly
29%, Yearly
29%, Never
 
This week's survey asks about improving research skills. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Growing Up Genomic: What Happens When You Know All a Baby's Genes?

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Growing Up Genomic: What Happens When You Know All a Baby's Genes?


"Boston-based researchers have just announced that they will be seeking subjects for a $6-million study called BabySeq that involves sequencing more than 200 babies' full sets of genes at birth, then following them to see how that genetic knowledge affects their lives and medical care."


The Daily Genealogist: Davis Cemetery, Alabama

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Davis Cemetery, Alabama

Davis Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in the city of Dora, Walker County, Alabama. Walker County is located in north central Alabama. Jasper is its county seat.

According to the Davis Cemetery website, it is the oldest known cemetery in eastern Walker County. A number of resources have been provided on the website. To learn more about the cemetery's history, click on the History link. There is also a Pictures link, which will take you to a page of links to images of gravestones.

Click on the People Buried at Davis Cemetery link to view the alphabetical burial database. It covers the period from the establishment of the cemetery through 2012. The data fields in the index are name, date of birth and date of death. In some cases you will find a link to an image of the grave marker or even a photograph, obituary, or family history for the person buried there. The information in the name field may include parents' names, military service, and spouse's name.



The Daily Genealogist: Public Libraries

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked if you have used school records as part of your genealogical research. More than one answer could be selected. 3,850 people answered this survey. The results are:
 
19%, Yes, I have used report cards. 
46%, Yes, I have used yearbooks.    
33%, Yes, I have used class photos. 
27%, Yes, I have used alumni directories or class books.    
21%, Yes, I have used school censuses or lists of students.
10%, Yes, I have used administrative records.         
11%, Yes, I have used other types of school records.          
14%, Yes, I have used school newspapers and newsletters.
7%, Yes, I have used school artifacts, such as trophies and award plaques.           
35%, No, I have not used any school records.
 
This week's survey asks about researching at public libraries. Take the survey now!

The Daily Genealogist: Various Library Databases: Obituaries and Birth Notices

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Altoona Public Library, Pennsylvania
The city of Altoona is located in central Pennsylvania in Blair County. Its county seat is Hollidaysburg. The Altoona Public Library's Digital Library contains two databases of interest to family history researchers. Scroll down to the Databases section and click the Our Databases tab.
 
The Obituary database is an index to obituaries that appeared in the Altoona Mirror between 1929 and the present. The index can be searched by last name, maiden name, or first name. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, maiden name, descriptor, date of publication, and page number. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library for a nominal fee.
 
The Birth Notices database is an index to birth announcements found in the Altoona Mirror. The database may be searched by the child's first and last name and date of birth; mother's first, maiden, or married name; and father's first and last name. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, father's first name, father's last name, mother's first name, mother's last name, mother's maiden name, date of birth, and date the announcement appeared in the paper.
 
Lincoln Public Library, Massachusetts
The town of Lincoln is located in Middlesex County in eastern Massachusetts. The Lincoln Public Library has made an obituary database available on its website. Click the Digital Collections link and choose Obituary Database from the drop down list. The information was extracted from three local newspapers: The Fence Viewer (9/17/1959-12/26/1974), The Concord Journal (7/11/1974 - 12/31/1984), and the Lincoln Journal (1/1/1985 on). The database can be searched by name or date. The data fields in the database are last name, first name, date of death, and obituary. The information in the obituary field is newspaper title, date of publication, and page number. The results returned are in alphabetical order by surname. Click on the See Next (#) to move through the list of records found.
 
Elkhart Public Library, Indiana  
The city of Elkhart is located in northern Indiana in Elkhart County. Goshen is its county seat. The Elkhart Public Library has made an obituary database available on its website. Click the Genealogy & Local History link and select it from the drop down list. The Obituary database is an index to obituaries that appeared in the Elkhart Truth from 1921 to the present. The database is a work in progress with new obituaries being added on a regular basis. The index can be searched by first and/or last name and maiden name. Searches can be limited by date. The data fields in the search results are name, obituary date, location (section/page), date of death, and date of birth. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library for a small fee.
 

The Daily Genealogist: Readers Respond to Benoni

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's Name Origins article on the given name Benoni prompted a number of reader emails. Below are three responses:

Susan Hathaway of San Diego, California: My relative Benoni was the last child born to Benjamin Hathaway (b. 1699 Mass.-d. 1762 N.J.) and his unnamed wife. Benoni Hathaway was born 6 Nov 1743 in Morristown, New Jersey. His father remarried widow Elizabeth (Mehurin) Crossman 17 Mar 1743/44 in Morristown, indicating his first wife died between Benoni's birth and the remarriage. Given the connotations of the name Benoni, Benoni's mother probably died soon after his birth. (Trying to identify Benoni's mother is my biggest brick wall. There has been speculation that her surname was Clemens, since the first child born of Benjamin's second marriage was named Clemens.)

Niki Cotton of Alexandria, Virginia: I read with interest your column concerning the name Benoni. I looked through the 100 names and, remembering several of my ancestors with that name, decided to do a little digging of my own. I found four relatives named Benoni: 1.) Benoni Clark was identified by Grace Pittman in her article. Benoni Sr. died before his son Benoni was born. 2.) Benoni David Stout was born in 1831 in Spiceland, Indiana, to Ephraim and Mary Stout -- and died the day he was born. 3.) Benoni Dewey was born in 1750 in Lebanon, Connecticut, to Simeon and Anna Dewey. Simeon died four months before Benoni was born. 4.) Benoni Stebbins was born in 1655 in Springfield, Massachusetts, to John and Mary Stebbins. Four siblings died before Benoni's birth and his mother died shortly after he was born. This column sparked an interest in looking at names a little more closely.

Christie Higginbottom of Rochdale, Massachusetts: There is an apple called "Benoni" which originated in Dedham, Massachusetts, according to the citation in Beach's Apples of New York (1905). Beach credits a Mr. E.M. Richards for introducing the variety to the market in 1832 and says it is "a fine dessert apple, very attractive in appearance and excellent in quality but not large enough to be a good market variety." Apple historian Tom Burford includes the Benoni apple in his Apples: A Catalog of International Varieties (1998), noting that it was also called "Fail Me Never." More information about the Benoni apple is available at http://applejournal.com/var004.htm. Since fruit names usually promote the variety or identify its origin, it is curious that a name with so many negative connotations was chosen for this apple.

 


The Weekly Genealogist Survey: School Records

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Betlock Lynn

Lynn Betlock
Editor

Last week's survey asked what company(ies) you have used for genealogical DNA testing. 2,855 people answered this survey. More than one answer could be selected. The results are:
 
16%, 23andme
1%, African Ancestry
43%, Ancestry
50%, FamilyTreeDNA     
18%, National Geographic
2%, OxfordAncestors
4%, The company I used is no longer in business.
5%, Other
5%, I don't know.
           
This week's survey asks if you have used school records as part of your genealogical research. Take the survey now!

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