28 March 2008
The workshop will be held at the Education Commons in Carthage at 641 Buchanan Street.
The topic will be "Free Genealogy Online" and I will be making the presentations.
More information is available on our website.
27 March 2008
Births, Marriages, and Deaths
Immigration and Emigration Records
Family and Local Histories (scroll down to browse the alphabet)
UK Census Collection
Bureau County Books at Ancestry.com
We'll be discussing more than just these databases, but this should help you move around.
While I am interested in my own genealogy, I have little interest in that of Obama, Clinton, or McCain. And while I find genealogy inordinately interesting, I wish the media would spend a little more time reporting on real problems and issues this country faces. Social security and medicare are ticking time bombs, health care is a disaster, and the price of gas is out of this world. And we are worried about who descends from Robert the Bruce? Methinks too many descend from Wodulf the Simpleton.
Frankly I'd be happy if I weren't related to any politicians. I'm not certain it is anything to brag about. I'd rather be related to people who were not constantly trying to spin everything and position themselves for the media.
I'm off my soapbox and back to genealogy.
26 March 2008
18 March 2008
Users of Footnote.com have been viewing the images and some have noted pages of marriages show in the newspaper, such as this one from 1880. The nice thing is that the newspapers have OCR search, so a full-text search is possible. Keep in mind that Footnote.com is still adding newspapers and that their collection is incomplete.
Of course, if one finds a marriage referenced in a newspaper, the actual civil and religious record (if applicable) should be searched. If the civil record indicates the officiant was a justice of the peace, then looking for a record of a religious ceremony is ill-advised.
I've been searching the Chicago Tribune for some of my wife's Frame family, but so far no luck. Part of the problem is that the last name "Frame" is more difficult to search for since many references are to frames, being framed, etc. But if anyone finds references in the paper to a Thomas or Elizabeth Frame, please forward them off to me.
Newspapers are a wonderful source and the more they are converted to digital format, the easier they will be to search.
17 March 2008
15), but we still have openings for registratants on our trip to Salt
Lake City's Family History Library.
We are in Salt Lake for a week, with plenty of time at the library and
Sunday off to recoup in between, or regroup, or just relax before
three more days at the library.
For more information about our trip, visit our website at:
or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is limited and more information is available on our website.
14 March 2008
Of course, I can make annotations for names and places, which I did. Comments can also be added. Site users can interact with uploaded images just like other Footnote.com content. Uploaded images can be viewed for free, even without an account. If you want to "interact" with user uploaded content, or upload your own, you'll need an account.
Those who want to see the Sargent-Landon marriage license on Footnote can do so here. It provides a nice overview of how one actually views and interacts with the site's content. And the nice thing is that if someone does a search for Asa Landon on the site, the image I loaded will be pulled up. If they are related to Asa, hopefully they will contact me.
Mary Sargent was the mother of an Ira Sargent (born. ca. 1845 in Canada). I am thinking this Ira Sargent may be the same as my Ira Sargent who first appears in Hancock County, Illinois, in 1880.
13 March 2008
The pedigree charts are online at:
Questions can be sent to me at email@example.com
I've posted a screen dump in this blog entry of the connection as shown (above) on my profile page at Footnote.com. Footnote.com members with a paid subscription can see the images using their account. Others will get a sign-in screen.
Footnote.com members who come across the muster roll for Elam will note that someone has made a connection with that page. This can be seen in the image of the roll, where to the right of the word "connect" you will notice the number 1, indicating one connection has been made. Neat.
12 March 2008
This copy of the marriage license was obtained from the Illinois Regional Archives Depository at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
The date agreed with the entry in the index. This was not a copy from book I, as referenced in the index, as that is the marriage register entry and this is the actual license.
Hiram Lake was a neighbor of Asa Landon. Lake purchased property in the same section as Asa Landon.
I'm still trying to connect Mary Sargent's son Ira, with my Ira who first appeared in the 1880 census in Hancock County, Illinois.
Those who are interested in the lookups are highly encouraged to follow the directions he has posted from the library on the website. The directions are clear and easy to follow and the librarians are offering this service on a voluntary basis. Do NOT send them a request for a search of "all Smiths" from 1900 until 1930.
I sent my request in Monday, as soon as I found out about the Onondaga Library's service. I was looking for Louis Demar, a Clinton County, New York native who after living in Chicago for 30 years, returned to Clinton County. I actually forgot about my request, but today in my inbox was the response:
"There seems to be a match in 1935 - here is the listing as it reads: Louis Demar 6 Oct 1935, Saranac, #60631This is a confirmation that there is a record. If you contact Saranac they should assist you with getting a copy! "
A BIG thanks to the library for providing this service. I appreciate it.
Now, I'm off to get a copy. We'll be posting updates as we get them.
11 March 2008
Our week has been set for 2009. Mark your calendars for 9-14 March 2009. We will announce topics later in the year as they are developed. Those interested in our program can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list or with suggestions for presentation ideas.
Our 2008 schedule can still be viewed at http://www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html. We will leave it posted until our 2009 schedule has been finalized. Thanks.
John's signature on the back of the letter is very difficult to read. There is no "real" postmark, rather the postmaster in Basco, Hancock County, Illinois, wrote the town and the date across the stamp.The "postmark" is clearly not John's writing as the "I" John uses in the address is not anywhere close to the "I" used in the postmark.
I'm working on getting the letters translated and we'll be posting an update.
10 March 2008
I've put off getting vitals on my wife's Clinton County, New York, relatives but might start now--particularly Louis Demar who lived in New York state for several years, moved to Chicago for approximately twenty years and apparently returned to Clinton County after the 1930 census.
09 March 2008
- Researching the Entire Family
- Beginning German Research
- Land Records
- Researching on a Tight Budget
07 March 2008
Hargrett Rare Maps Library
David Rumsey Map Collection
Perry Castaneda Map Collection
Railroad Maps at American Memory Collection at Library of Congress
04 March 2008
03 March 2008
· Using Footnote.com—Tuesday 4 March 2008
· RootsMagic---Wednesday 5 March 2008
· Family Tree Maker 2008—two days---6 and 7 March 2008
· Using Ancestry.com---Saturday 8 March 2008
For more information, visit our website www.rootdig.com/sandburg.html
Registration can be done onsite.