30 March 2007
Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde
Alexander Graham Bell
Busch Beer Family Hugh Brannum
William Jennings Bryan
George M. Cohan (one)
George M. Cohan (two)
Actress Joan Crawford
e e cummings
Baseball Great Lou Gehrig
Children's Author Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)
Ira and George Gershwin
Author O. Henry
Oliver Wendell Holmes
J. Edgar Hoover
H. L. Mencken
Edward R. Murrow
Norman Vincent Peale
J. C. Penney
Katherine Anne Porter
C W Post
Marjorie Merriweather Post
John D. Rockefeller
John Phillip Sousa
then President William Taft
President Harry Truman
Booker T. Washington
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Frank Lloyd Wright
N C Wyeth
Here is a listing of all the rich and famous census images on our site from 1900. Suggestions for additions can be sent to me at email@example.com
Susan B. Anthony
William Jennings Bryan
James (Jimmy) Cagney
Samuel Clemens--Mark Twain
Buffalo Bill Cody
Mary Baker Eddy
T. S. Eliot
J. Paul Getty
the Marx Brothers
H. L. Mencken
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Norman Vincent Peale
J. C. Penney
Katherine Anne Porter -- with her father
Katherine Anne Porter-- with her grandmother
C W Post
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
The 1920 United States Federal Census can be searched for your relative at Ancestry.com. Those who don't have a subscription can read our free-trial suggestions here.
WW2 Enlistment search at the National Archives
Genealogy in the United Kingdom and Ireland
28 March 2007
Ancestry.com announced the addition of more than 4 million names of individuals who crossed the U.S.-Canadian border between 1895 and 1956. These historical records are the latest addition to Ancestry.com’s Immigration Records Collection, which also includes more than 100 million names from the largest online collection of U.S. passenger lists, spanning 1820 to 1960.
Of course, there are no border crossing records for the time period I need them....1850s-1860s. I would love to know when William Ira Sargent crossed and when the family of Samuel Neill left New Brunswick. Oh well, some things will always remain mysteries.
Genealogists sometimes make the incorrect assumption that chains of migration only apply to non-English speaking immigrants. Nothing could be further from the truth. Of course, all of my German immigrants from 1860-1888 were parts of migration chains and this has been relatively easy to document. My wife has immigrants from Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, and Quebec from the same time period and every one was part of a larger migration chain which we were eventually able to document. Even my Irish Neills were part of a larger group that I only recently discovered.
But "natives" also moved in chains---and they can be discovered if one takes the time. My Newmans from Kentucky into Indiana, Illinois, and eventually Iowa were part of a group that moved over a fifty some year time period. Other families moved from Amherst County, Virginia to Bourbon County, Kentucky over a twenty year time period in the very early eighteenth century.
Take the time to look for your ancestor's chain of migration.
Those who want to read more about my search for Peter, Paul, and Margarete can do so here. And anyone who is related is more than welcome to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can search the 1910 United States Federal Census for your own relatives at Ancestry.com regardless of what color was involved with their employment. If you don't have a subscription to Ancestry.com, you can read our suggestions for a 14 day free trial here.
27 March 2007
My ancestor in 1880 is a head of household and her husband is listed as the last member in the household (on the next page, no less). It is a somewhat unusual situation.
Part of the entry for the family of Anna Fecht in Prairie Township, Hancock County, Illinois' 1880 census follows.
Anna Fecht, aged 65, [head], married
John Habben, aged 20, son, single
George Habben, aged 18, son, single
Anna Habben, aged 13, daughter, single
Mattie Halts, aged 10, granddaughter, single
George Fecht, aged 12, stepson, single
Henry Fecht, aged 65, no relationship stated, married
Part I of the article can be viewed here and part II has been posted on our site as well.
The IIB meant deferred in war production.
The IIIA meant deferred for dependency reasons (my grandmother and their two children).
The IVA meant deferred by reason of age.
Nothing shocking, but interesting nonetheless.
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26 March 2007
The day's schedule:
8:30 - 8:55 Registration
9:00 - 9:15 Welcome/announcements and introduction of speaker
9:15 - 10:15 "Online Genealogy Research: what to do, how to do it and how to keep organized"
10:15 - 10:55 Break/Door Prizes/Lobby Time
11:00 - 12:00 "Online Genealogy Research" continued
12:00 - 1:10 Lunch Break - Lunch provided for pre-registrants. (see form)
1:15 - 1:30 Welcome Back/ Door Prizes
1:30 - 2:30 "Effective Internet Searching - Get the most out of that website"
2:30 - 2:55 Break/Door Prizes
3:00 - 4:00 "Beginning Your German Research"
4:15 - 4:30 Closing
More information is on the Society's website.
If anyone is wanting to attend at the "last minute" the society's website has contact information for society officers.
Courthouse Lessons Learned
Where Did the Money Go?
I pay to watch a movie in a theatre, but there are ads before the movie. And in some movies if I watch closely, the people all drink one brand of pop. Any vending machines that happen to be shown in the background are for that same brand. That's not an accident either.
Frankly, the ads are just about like my "gmail" page where I pretty much ignore those as well.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of the leaders of the women's rights movement is listed as "keeping house" in 1870 as shown in the image in this post.
The family was living in Hackensack, New Jersey and their household included four servants.
You can search for your relative in the 1870 census, but chances are if your female relative was "keeping house" she didn't have four servants to help. Those who don't have a subscription can read our free-trial suggestions here.
23 March 2007
I love my flash drive that I got for Christmas...it makes taking a great deal of files with me extremely easy--genealogy files, presentations, etc.
The problem is that I am ALWAYS afraid I'm going to leave it somewhere, especially plugged into some laptop in a cybercafe like I'm in right now in Nashville. To reduce the chance of leaving it, I have the strap around my wrist as it is plugged in and as I'm typing. The strap is a constant reminder.
Now just to find a "trick" to not leave it in a machine when I'm making a presentation where I'm not "at" the machine constantly...
22 March 2007
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis is enumerated in the 1930 census--well sort of. Her father is listed in in NYC's Manhattan as shown here, but his wife and young daughter are listed without names. Based upon the complete enumeration and known information about the Bouvier family, it's pretty certain this is the right family.
The reason for the unusual entry is anyone's guess, but if it can happen to a future first lady, it could happen to your less well-known ancestors as well. If you can't find someone when searching a census index, make certain you have searched for every family member.
You can search of the 1930 census at Ancestry.com and see if your ancestors show up no names---maybe they were in the witness protection program!
21 March 2007
We called it Orphaned Papers.
The SSDI at Rootsweb can be searched for free. It can also be searched on our page which has more information about the SS-5 form, including how to obtain it. I usually only obtain SS-5 forms when I have a big "brick wall" or records created after the person's death are insufficient.
20 March 2007
My initial searches for Frederick Maytag brought no results with the correct age, but viewing the entry for Frederick Maytag (shown as a son in the neighboring household), I quickly saw the grandparents living next door.
Always consider someone being enumerated under their initials and always pay attention to the neighbors.
Those with an Ancestry.com account (either US or World) can access the Iowa State Censuses (and the images) at Ancestry.com as a part of their account. Those without an account can search the database as part of a free 14-day trial (read our free trial "suggestions" before signing up.)
In 1927 Katharine Hepburn returned to the United States on the Leviathan, sailing from France. The 20 year old was apparently travelling without family as no other Hepburns were listed. One may easily find American citizens on passenger manifests, not just the rich and famous.
His name is now associated with a company, but not one that makes wigs.
And if any makeup was spilled on his card, I didn't see it.
Max Factor indicates he is a wigmaker on his World War I Draft Card, as shown in the image included in this post. The founder of the cosmetics firm was a Russian native who was living in California at the time of the registration for the World War I Draft.
This card comes from the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 database at Ancestry.com where you can search for your own relatives who might have registered---who knows what their occupation might have been?
This card comes from the World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 database at Ancestry.com where you can search for your own relatives who might have registered.
19 March 2007
For more information visit our updated and corrected website.
Of course, for 1925, take full advantage of all those questions that were asked. The images of the search interface follow. Those with an Ancestry.com account (either US or World) can access the Iowa State Censuses (and the images) at Ancestry.com as a part of their account. Those without an account can search the database as part of a free 14-day trial (read our free trial "suggestions" before signing up.)
Michael's suggestions to getting a free trial at Ancestry.com .
I have Ancestry.com at home and like it and get a lot of use out of it. I've been known to use it on my lunch hour at work. These suggestions are based upon our experiences and the experiences of other users. Following the directions at the link below will allow you to get a free 14-day trial at Ancestry.com. Before getting the trial, remember to:
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6) If day thirteen is on a weekend, call the Friday before.
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The images have been reduced here to decrease load time, but one can easily zoom in the images. The larger image shown below is magnified at 100%.
The 1925 State Census for Iowa asks the following questions:
- Given Name.
- Relation. Relationship within the family.
- Color. When not "White", this information is listed under the title "Various" on the census page view (not on surname search results).
- Marital Status. S for Single, M for married, W for widowed, D for divorced.
- Own or Rent. This field applies to the head of household.
- Free or Mortgaged. For owned property, whether owned outright or mortgaged.
- Home Value. Value of property.
- Mortage Debt.
- Rent Amount.
- Insurance Amount.
- Foreign Born Status.
- Years Residing in the U.S.
- Years Residing in Iowa.
- Highest School Level. R=Rural, G=Grade, H=High School, C=College.
- Highest Grade Level.
- Number of Months Attending School. In past year.
- Whether Can Read.
- Whether Can Write.
- Place of Birth.
- Father's Surname.
- Father's Given Name.
- Father's Age.
- Mother's Surname.
- Mother's Given Name.
- Mother's Age.
- Parent's Place of Marriage.
- War Experience. Whether Veteran/Branch or Service in Which Served/State Enlisted or Drafted From. For Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I.
- Occupation. Agricultural, Professional Services, Domentic and Personal Services, Trade and Transportation, Manufacturing and Mechanical, or Laborer.
- Months Unemployed Due to Illness from Communicable Diseases.
- Lost Income Due to Above.
- Month's Unemployed in 1924.
- Comments. When present, this information is listed under the title "Various" on the census page view (not on surname search results).
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