Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cemetery photo requests now accepted

BillionGraves.com, the site that lets people add tombstone photos via iphone or droid apps, has added a new feature on its dashboard. 

The Request Board is now up and running!

If there is a cemetery you would like to see photographed and included on BillionGraves, add a request. Check for requests for cemeteries in your area, accept a request, and start taking pictures. We can all help each other!    
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Thursday, January 26, 2012

$10 for one day at Godfrey.org

Can you dedicate a whole day to genealogy research? 
I know I can.     :-)

You may want to take the Godrey Memorial Library up on its special offer of a $10 one-day pass to full access of their online repositories.

"See Newspaper Collections, Published Histories, Biographical Resources, Civil War Databases and our own Unique Resources (including Cemetery databases, church records, funeral/burial records and family bible collections); all these and more are here at Godfrey for you to discover!"

For more details visit:  One Day Pass Information

Then let the family know you will be 'away' for the day and immerse yourself in research. 
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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Revolutionary War Record for John Crouch

Below is a report on the Revolutionary War activities for John Crouch (son of John Crouch & Sarah; b.1756 VA) as found in his Revolutionary War Pension Application file at the National Archives. 

 His brother, (our ancestor) Jesse Crouch, also submitted a request but but his application for a Revolutionary war pension (No. R2531) was rejected.

Source: NARA's Revolutionary War Pension & Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files

Sunday, January 22, 2012

The 1872 Marriage record of Francois X. Turgeon to Celina Meunier

Below is the marriage record dated 6 August 1872 for our 2nd G-grandparents Francois Xavier Turgeon and  Celina Meunier that took place at St-Octave-de-Métis in Quebec.
(click to enlarge)

Source: Bibliotheque nationale du Quebec
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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Marriage record for Larry Casteel & Marilyn Janssen of Ohio

Below is the 1942 marriage license record for 
Clayton Lawrence (Larry) Casteel
son of Creed Casteel &  Rose Welcheck, 
to Marilyn Alice Janssen.

Although they were both from Ohio, Larry was stationed at Camp 
Robinson, Arkansas, at the time so their marraige license is 
recorded in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

(click image to enlarge)
available on FamilySearch.org 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Martin Luther King, Jr. - Just a Babe in the 1930 Census

Born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther King, Jr. is shown below in the 1930 U.S. Federal Census record with his parents, Reverend Martin Luther King, Sr and Alberta Williams King, and his older sister, Willie Christine King.       

 (click image to enlarge)
Image 38, District 63, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia

Sunday, January 15, 2012

1720 Marriage Record of Christian Casteel of Christ Church, Philadelphia

Seen on pg 43 of the publication is Christian Castill (sic), daughter of Edmund DuCastel and Christian Bom:

The complete alphabetized index to the Christ Church marriage records as published by the Pennsylvania Archives can be viewed on Google Books HERE

Thursday, January 12, 2012

NARA'S Tools & Tips for Genealogists

The National Archives (U.S.) has created a power point presentation on using the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) for genealogical research.  The ARC is the online catalog of NARA's nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries.
View here:  http://www.archives.gov/research/arc/topics/genealogy/arc-demo.pdf

They also offer a second presentation with case studies showing online research on two people using ARC and AAD.  The Access to Archival Databases (AAD) provides access to over 85 million historic electronic records created by more than 30 agencies of the U.S. federal government and from collections of donated historical materials. This collection is continually growing.
 View here: http://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research/arc-aad-case-studies.pdf

Below are the direct links to the databases discussed in the above power point presentations:
Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
This also has a Getting Started Guide for using the AAD
Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Captured in a Ledger

In "The American Historical Register"  Charles Henry Browning created the Philadelphia Business Directory of 1703.  Using the ledger entries of William Trent, he compiled a list of parties with whom Trent had opened accounts. Included below in the compilation is our ancestor, Edmund DuCasteel, who had three recorded transactions in Trent's ledger.

Published in 1895, "The American Historical Register" can be read online at openlibrary.org
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Friday, January 6, 2012

Food Traditions for the New Year

Many families have traditional foods that they prepare to bring luck for the New Year.
Epicurious has created a post that celebrates these traditions:
It provides the history and country(s) of origin for these annual culinary customs. For our family, with Austrian & Hungarian roots, pork on New Year's Day has always been an annual requirement. 
"The custom of eating pork on New Year's is based on the idea that pigs symbolize progress. The animal pushes forward, rooting itself in the ground before moving."

What should you avoid?  According to the Epicurious article:
Lobster is a bad idea because they move backwards and could therefore lead to setbacks. Chicken is also discouraged because the bird scratches backwards, which could cause regret or dwelling on the past. Another theory warns against eating any winged fowl because good luck could fly away.

Read More:  http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/holidays/newyearsday/luckyfoods#ixzz1ihZB7pJS
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Read Original Civil War News Articles

Read the original news articles on the Civil War as it unfolds on the pages of Harper's Weekly. A popular newspaper during the Civil War, it features in depth articles with elaborate illustrations on all the important people and events of the war.

Harper's Weekly Original Civil War Newspaper

This wonderful site has allows you to read the original newspapers from 1861 to 1865 with hot links embedded in the script to make researching easier.
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