Saturday, March 31, 2012

Using the Library & Archives Canada Website to find Anna Stosz

Canadian Naturalization 1915-1951:

The Canadian Naturalization database contains references to people who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1951.  Here I found Anna Stosz listed with her husband and 2 sons.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Occupation: Draper

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1890: Thomas Cassingham, Draper, is listed in the Applications for Debtors Discharge.
Draper :   A dealer in cloth; one who is a wholesaler or retailer of cloth, mainly for clothing; or one who works in a draper's shop.  
Harding, Howell & Co., 1810. A fashionable draper’s shop at 89 Pall Mall, 1796–1820.  Reproduced in London: A Social History by Roy Porter.
The Draper's Shop
 Girls Own Paper 1894
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tech Tuesday: Family Search Indexing App

Available in both the Android & iPhone/iPad markets, this free Family Search app displays image snippets from historical documents that contains a name, date, place-name, or other relevant information. You simply transcribe what you see in the image, and the FamilySearch indexing system eventually adds it to the collection of free genealogy records available at

Go ahead - give it a try!

Warning: This app can be addicting.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Remembering Two Virgil Lee Casteel's of Tennessee

Virgil Lee Casteel, age 79, of Shelbyville, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at Middle Tennessee Medical Center. Memorial services will be 2 PM Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to service Sunday. Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
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Virgil Lee Casteel December 13, 1920 - September 16, 2009:  Casteel, Virgil Lee, 88, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at the Medical Center of Manchester and went home to be with the Lord after an extended illness. He was a life long farmer and producer for certified soybean seed. He was the son of the late W.E. (Ed) and Tillie A. Casteel. He was preceded in death by two brothers, General L. Casteel and Buford K. Casteel and one grandson, Ryan L. Casteel. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-five years, Mildred Newman Casteel and three sons, Kenny (Connie) Casteel, Eddie Casteel and Benny Casteel; five grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Gina, Nathan and Nicole; four great-grandchildren, Cade, Rebecca, Aliyah and Alayna; two sister-in-laws, Ollie Mae (General) Casteel of Hillsboro and and Chieko (Buford) Casteel of Nashville; nephew, Douglas (Dianne) Casteel of Monteagle; and niece, Kathy Casteel of Chicago, Illinois. He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church. Visitation with the family will be Friday from 5-9 PM and the funeral will be Saturday at 2 PM at the Manchester Funeral Home with Brother J.C. Carpenter officiating. Interment will be at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens. Manchester Funeral Home in charge of arrangements
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Documenting Ohioans' in the Civil War is a collaborative archive project that allows individuals to attach photos of tombstones, documents, and other images to soldiers.  

Name on stone: Elias Casteel     
Name on G.A.R. Marker: Elias C. Casteele    
 Born: February 26, 1835     
Died: December 11, 1885 
Hayesville/Vermillion Cemetery 

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

The DOVE Project - Documenting Desegregation in Education

Old Dominion University Libraries has formed a state wide organization, Desegregation Of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project, to identify, locate, and preserve records that document Virginia’s school desegregation process.
The project is a growing collection of records related to the desegregation of public and private schools in Virginia, grades K-12 and institutions of higher education covering the time span of the mid-1940s to mid-1980s. Papers, photographs, newspapers, audio-visual materials, and oral histories related to school desegregation are actively being documented for this collection.
ODU has a publicly available on-line catalog of surveys of repositories relevant to this project.
Searchable DOVE Catalog
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

On this Date: British Close Port of Boston

                        On this day in history, 7 March 1774, in response to the actions of the Boston Tea Party, King George III and Parliament passed an act that closed Boston Harbor to all commerce.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Once again amazes ...

Years ago I ordered the microfilmed church records for Oszlop, Veszprem, Hungary, from the Family History library and laboriously went through them trying to locate records related to our Bauman ancestors & associated family.
Now, much to my excitement, they are transcribing these microfilms making the information available at  Woohoo!

With 309 initial search results based just on Bauman's in the town of Oszlop, it looks like I have some fun times ahead!

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Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636-1895

Index of baptisms of the Roman Catholic Church in Hungary. Church records are the property of the state and are stored in the archives of the various Hungarian counties under direction of the National Archives of Hungary [Országos Leveltár] in Budapest. Included in this collection are some baptism records from localities which historically belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary, but because of changing political borders now belong to other countries. Records may appear in Hungarian, Latin and German.
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