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The Daily Genealogist: Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, South Dakota

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research, South Dakota

Rapid City, located in southwestern South Dakota, is the county seat of Pennington County. The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research has made a number of resources available on its website in PDF format. Click the Records tab to access them.

Mortuary Records Index
Behrens' Mortuary records cover 1879 to 1971 (early records contain more information than later ones). The data fields are last name, first name, death date, age, where buried, and number. Additional data, drawn from the 1880 census, 1890 reconstructed census, the 1900 census, and Eka Parkinson's newspaper readings (1879 to 1923), are provided.

Pennington County, South Dakota Residents and Land Owners, 1890
The Rapid City Society for Genealogical Research searched local land records, tax lists, school records, mining records, newspapers, and a number of other sources to attempt to reconstruct the 1890 U.S. Federal Census for Pennington County. The results of their research were published in a book titled Pennington County Residents and Landowners--1890, indexed in this database.

Obituary Indexes
The obituaries in this alphabetical index are drawn from The Rapid City Journal from 1968 through 2012. The data fields include name, age, death, location, cemetery, and obituary date. The society will look up obituaries for individuals whose names appear in the database.

Cemetery Readings
This section of the website contains burial databases for seventeen cemeteries in various counties in South Dakota, including Pennington County. One cemetery is located in North Dakota.

Deceased Rapid City Classmates--1962
This database of students from the Rapid City High School class of 1962 who died between graduation and 2012 is compiled from a book titled Deceased Classmates, Rapid City High School Class of 1962 Cobblers, Gone But Not Forgotten. The data fields include name, date of birth, and date of death.


The Daily Genealogist: Mahoning County, Ohio Cemetery Resources

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Goshen Township Cemetery Databases, Ohio

Goshen Township is located in Mahoning County, in eastern Ohio. Its county seat is Youngstown. Goshen has made available on its website databases for Bunker Hill Cemetery, East Goshen Cemetery, and Lumberton Cemetery. Click the Cemeteries link in the contents list to access the databases, then click the cemetery links near the bottom of the page to open each database. The data fields may include lot number, lot position, owner, name of the deceased, burial date, veteran status, birth date, death date, age, purchase date and amount, funeral home, and notes.

Tod Homestead Cemetery, Ohio

Tod Homestead Cemetery is located in Youngstown, Ohio, the seat of Mahoning County. The cemetery was established in 1908. A second cemetery, the Rodef Sholom Cemetery, was relocated to the Tod Homestead Cemetery four years later. Youngstown Township Cemetery, a "potters field," was added in 1914. More than 35,000 burials are recorded in the database.

Click the "About Us" tab in the menu bar and select "Cemetery History" from the dropdown menu to learn more about the cemetery. Select "Cemetery Layout" for interactive and downloadable cemetery maps. Click "Find a Grave" on the menu bar to begin your search of the burial database. You can search the database by entering part of the first or last name. The data fields in the database are first name, last name, age, date of death, and section of the cemetery in which the deceased is buried.



The Daily Genealogist: Miller County Museum, Missouri

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Miller County Museum, Missouri

Miller County is located in central Missouri. Tuscumbia is the county seat. The Miller County Museum has made a number of resources available on its website.

The county map on the site's homepage contains links to brief histories of townships organized in 1837/8. The tabs on the drop-down menu bar link to a number of resources for Miller County.

The Yesterdays tab provides articles about people, commerce and industry, life during the Civil War, transportation, organizations, and historically significant events. The Cultural Resources tab includes articles about the county's history, churches, bridges, schools, homesteads, and cemeteries, as well as a variety of different farms, barns, and landmarks. The Communities tab provides articles (and, in some cases, maps and photographs) on sixteen communities within the county. The Publications tab contains many resources, including fourteen transcribed letters, and articles from several sources.

The Library tab includes the following sections:

Probate Records: This alphabetical index to Miller County probate records includes last name, first name, middle, probate date, DR number, additional info, and case number.

Guardianship Records: This alphabetical index to Miller County guardianships beginning in the 1830s includes last name, first name, date filed, and guardian's name.

Marriage Records: This section contains alphabetical brides and grooms indexes for Miller, Maries, and Osage Counties. For Miller and Maries Counties, the data fields are bride name, marriage date, groom name, and marriage place. For Osage County, the data fields are bride name, marriage date, groom name, and comments.

Obituaries Indexes: This section contains an alphabetical index and four volumes of transcribed obituaries. Click the arrow to the left of the database title to access these resources.

Cemeteries Location Index: This database is an index to the cemeteries of Miller County. Click the cemetery name to access U.S. Geological Survey location and features information.


The Daily Genealogist: Kansas Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Newton, Kansas, Cemeteries
The city of Newton, located in central Kansas, is the county seat of Harvey County. Established in 1872, Greenwood Cemetery has more than 15,000 occupied spaces. The city has made a burial and disinterment database for Greenwood and Restlawn cemeteries available on its website. The database may be searched by last name, first name, year of interment, and veteran status of the deceased, and by last and first name of the lot owner. Use the dropdown list to limit your search to a specific cemetery or to the disinterment records. The data fields in the search results are occupant name, owner name, location, and date of burial. Click the occupant name link to view the detailed record, which contains a number of additional fields.

Atchison Kansas Public Library
The city of Atchison, located in northeastern Kansas, is the county seat of Atchison County. The Atchison Public Library has made a cemetery database available on its website. Click the A-Z links to open files with alphabetical-by-surname lists. The data fields in the database include last name, first name, birth date, death date, age, and cemetery name. There is also a database of Cummings Cemetery headstone photos. Cummings Cemetery is located in Center Township, southeast of Cummings.

McPherson Cemetery
The city of McPherson, located in central Kansas, is the seat of McPherson County. The city has made a cemetery burial records database available on its website. The database can be searched by name or by burial location. Click "search by name" to open the burial record catalog. Select the first letter of the surname for which you are searching, then select the appropriate surname range. The data fields in the search results are name, male/female, year born, year died, marker, and grave location. Click the image of the cross in the marker field to view a photograph of the gravestone. Click the name of the deceased to open a detailed record. A search of the database by location will bring up a list of all burials in the selected block.


The Daily Genealogist: Columbus, Georgia Cemeteries

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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City of Columbus Public Works Department

The city of Columbus, located on Georgia's western border, is the county seat of Muscogee County. The city of Columbus owns and maintains four cemeteries. The Public Works department has made databases, directions, and maps for these cemeteries available on the city's website.
•    Linwood Cemetery was established in 1828. Among those buried there are John Pemberton, who originated the Coca-Cola formula, and Lizzie Rutherford, who promoted the observance of a national Memorial Day.
•    Porterdale Cemetery, established in 1836, was named after the first African American Sexton in Columbus.
•    Riverdale Cemetery was established in 1890. (The burial records for all four cemeteries are housed here.)
•    East Porterdale Cemetery, established in 1946, is the burial site of many African Americans, including civil rights advocate Primus King.

Click the Cemetery Records Database to access the search page for a consolidated burials database of all four cemeteries. Enter a name or a cemetery name in the search box to begin. The data fields in each record include cemetery name, name of the deceased, date of death/date of birth, father/mother, and burial location. Click the cemetery name to view a detailed record. The data fields in the detailed record are cemetery name, deceased's name, sex, date of death, burial location, cause of death, place of death, date of birth, age, place of birth, mother's name, father's name, vault, undertaker, and remarks. Information in the remarks includes the names of others buried with the deceased and existence of an obituary in the cemetery record.

More information on Linwood Cemetery may be found at linwoodcemetery.org, which provides a PDF map of the cemetery, lists of notable residents and points of interest, and two burial databases. The first database was drawn from official city records of burials, beginning in October 1866. The data fields for this database include section, lot, last name, first name, and interment. The second database is for Old Cemetery Burial Records (this database does not provide lot or section numbers).


The Daily Genealogist: Cemetery Databases: California, Iowa, and Pennsylvania

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Valerie Beaudrault
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St. Mary's Cemetery, California
The city of Ventura, founded as San Buenaventura, is located in southern California. The city is the county seat of Ventura County. The owners of the Restore St. Mary's Cemetery website have made an alphabetical burial database available on their website. The database was compiled from burial record books and cards on file in the office of the Ventura city clerk. The records are in PDF format. Click the range of letters in the alphabetical list to open a new page containing the index. Scroll down to view the records. The data fields in the database are burial date, religion, sex, name of the deceased, age (year, month, day), place of death, block, lot, and section.

Oakland Cemetery, Iowa  
Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa. It is the county seat of Johnson County. Iowa City has made a burials database for Oakland Cemetery available on its website. Click on the Map and Database link to access it. The database may be searched by the last name of the deceased or plot owner. Click "Create Report for Printing" to open a new page containing a list with all of relevant data fields displayed. The data fields in the search results include last name, first name, owner's last name and first name, section, block, lot, space, sex, birth date, death date, burial date, and age.

Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Pennsylvania
Mt. Vernon Cemetery is in McKeesport in southwestern Pennsylvania. McKeesport is located in Allegheny County. Click the "search cemetery data" link in the center of the homepage. The database can be searched by last name, first name, date interred, and section/lot. You can also run an AKA (also known as) search, which searches the first, middle, last name, and AKA fields. The data fields in the search results are title, first name, middle, last name, AKA, Jr/Sr, date of birth, date of death, date interred, section/block/lot/grave, funeral home, and place of death.


The Daily Genealogist: Colorado Resources

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Otero County Genealogy & History, Colorado
Otero County is located in southeastern Colorado. Its county seat is La Junta. The Otero County Genealogy & History website contains a number of resources. Click the Genealogy tab in the menu bar to open a new page with links.

Cemetery Records & Information
Click the Cemetery Records & Information link to access the cemeteries page, which provides descriptive and location information and burials databases for some Otero County cemeteries. Click the surname letter to access the burial indexes. In most cases you will also find links to photographs of the gravestones.

Census Records & Information
This section of the website contains transcribed indexes to the 1900, 1910, and 1920 censuses for Otero County. The database is an index to the names of the heads of household, and persons living in households with a different last name from that of the head. The data fields include name, age, birthplace, district, precinct, division, page, sheet, and notes.

School Records
This section contains transcriptions of yearbooks for La Junta High School from 1914 through 1920. The database includes a list of school faculty with the titles of courses they taught and the names and genders of students in the senior class.

Marriages Licenses, Ouray County, Colorado

Ouray County is located in southwestern Colorado. Its county seat is the city of Ouray. A marriage license database is available on the official website of Ouray County. Scroll to the bottom of the page to locate the index link. This chronological index contains nearly 4,000 records and covers 1877 through 2012. The data fields are the date of the license, groom's name, bride's name, and marriage date.


The Daily Genealogist: Rutland Historical Society, Vermont

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Valerie Beaudrault
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Rutland Historical Society, Vermont
The city of Rutland is located in central Vermont. It is the Rutland County seat. The Rutland Historical Society has made a number of resources available on its website; click the following links in the Menu to access them.

Historical Resources
This section provides links to Rutland Historical Society holdings as well as Internet Archive resources. Rutland Historical Society resources include Rutland Royals scrapbooks (1939-1941), Civil War resources (including lists of Rutland men liable to military duty and veterans buried in Rutland cemeteries), town reports, vital records (transcribed from the Rutland Herald), and voter lists. Internet Archive resources include Rutland directories (1872-1986), church records, town reports, and yearbooks.  

History of Rutland
Click the History of Rutland link for a summary of the city's history from the eighteenth century to the present. To read the full entry for each period, click the "continued" link at the end of the paragraph.

Image Gallery
The gallery contains a selection of images from the Rutland Historical Society's collection. Three individual collections are presented on the website. In addition the society posts a mystery photograph in hopes that website users will successfully identify the person in the photo.




The Daily Genealogist: Spotlight Reflections

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Valerie Beaudrault
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It's hard to believe that I began writing weekly articles for the NEHGS enewsletter ten years ago. Over that time there have been many changes. What was then the NEHGS eNews is now The Weekly Genealogist. The articles I wrote in the beginning covered both online and onsite genealogical resources. As more and more resources have become available online, the focus of my articles has turned exclusively to finding freely available online resources.

When I think about it, the numbers astound me. There are 52 weeks in each year, with an article written nearly every week over the course of ten years, which means that I've written more than 500 articles in ten years. And, believe it or not, there are a lot of resources still waiting to be discovered.

My Spotlight Resolution for 2014 is to continue to seek out and share online genealogical and family history resources with readers of The Weekly Genealogist. I welcome input from readers who know of sites that I've not found, and I am encouraged when I hear from readers about successful searches on sites about which I've written.


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