Thursday, June 28, 2012

FreeREG website for UK Parish record searches

FreeREG provides free Internet searches of baptism, marriage, and burial records, that have been transcribed from parish and non-conformist registers of the U.K.

The FreeREG database currently contains 3,376,277 Marriages, 9,460,271 Baptisms and 6,472,793 Burials.

A Baptism record search for our surname Cassingham in Kent yielded the following positive result:

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sears Catalog Modern Homes

The Magnolia
 1915-1920 ($5,140 to $5,972)
Sears Modern Homes were ready-to-assemble kit houses sold by mail order through the Sears catalog.  More than 70,000 of these homes were sold in North America between 1908 and 1940. Shipped via railcar these kits included all the materials needed to build a house.
Rose & Graham Funeral Home
Benson, NC
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: One Last Look Around

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Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1925.
 "No. 89 -- Cemetery picture -- No name."
 One last look around topside.
National Photo glass negative
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Obituary: John Martin Kollein of NJ > IL > FL

St. Petersburg Times (FL) - August 21, 1998 

KOLLEIN, JOHN MARTIN, 76, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday (Aug. 19, 1998)
at James A. Haley VA Medical Center, Tampa. Born in Deans, N.J., he came
here 13 years ago from Willow Springs, Ill. He was a retired construction
contractor and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10209, Spring Hill.
Survivors include a companion, Pauline Harry, Spring Hill.
Robert and Son Cremation Service, Spring Hill/Brooksville.
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Family Recipe Friday: Snickerdoodles!!!

'The Joy of Cooking claims that snickerdoodles are probably German in origin, and that the name is a corruption of the German word Schneckennudeln , a kind of pastry. A different author suggests that the word "snicker" comes from the German word Schnecke, which describes a snail shape.  Yet another hypothesis suggests that the name has no particular meaning or purpose and is simply a whimsically named cookie that originated from a New England tradition of fanciful cookie names.' (wikipedia)
 Betty Crocker's Snickerdoodles


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A New York City Street c.1900

Mulberry Street, New York City  c.1900
(Photochrom postcard picture)

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DescriptionMulberry Street, New York City. This image belongs to the Category:Photochrom pictures in their original state. This is an unprocessed image. Its purpose is to show the properties of a photochrom print. Please do not modify this image. Modifications will be reverted.
Dateca. 1900
SourceLibrary of Congress
AuthorDetroit Photograph Company

Monday, June 18, 2012

NARA Military Resources for the War of 1812

Military Resources: War of 1812
Genealogical Records of the War of 1812
An article on War of 1812 records in the National Archives, including discussion of Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Military Service Records, and Naval and Marine Corps Records. Written by Stuart L. Butler, and published in Prologue 23:4 (Winter 1991).
War of 1812 Discharge Certificates
NARA web page on discharge certificates and other records relating to the discharge of soldiers from the Regular Army, 1792-1815.
Genealogical fallout from the War of 1812
An article on Seamen's Protection Certificates written by Ruth Priest Dixon and published in Prologue 24:1 (Spring 1992).
Records about impressed seamen, 1793-1814
NARA web page on records about the repatriation of American citizens impressed by foreign powers from the end of the American Revolution to the conclusion of the War of 1812.

Index to the War of 1812 payrolls and muster rolls
Word or phrase search provided by the Library of Virginia.
Officers of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps in the War of 1812
List of all commissioned and warrant officers of the Navy and Marines on the Naval Historical Center website.
Star-Spangled Banner and the War of 1812
Smithsonian site on the star-spangled banner.
United States naval history: a biography
Naval Historical Center bibliography on naval history by period.
War of 1812
Frequently asked questions about the War of 1812 at the Naval Historical Center.
The War of 1812
Chapter 6 from American Military History, part of the Army Historical Series of the Office of the Chief of Military History, U.S. Army.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

John Martin Kollein - Charges filed then Dropped

11 Nov 1959

 Omaha World Herald
11 Nov 1959
Mason City Globe-Gazette

November 19, 1959
Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune

Saturday, June 16, 2012

World War II Draft Registration Card for Frank Becker

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This card has some valuable information that I did not have earlier such as a specific birth date and the place of birth complete with town.  Unfortunately I am not able to locate this town as it is named.
Transcribed it reads:  Nenet H. Peter  ?
Perhaps someone with experience in researching Hungarian records could help me define this place. 
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Perks of posting your Family Tree on Ancestry

One of the benefits of uploading your family tree on Ancestry's website is their emailed 'hints'.
I occasionally receive these emails from ancestry; Thankfully they do not fill your inbox with a barrage  of emails.  Sometimes the hints are irrelevant, or I have already located the item they are pointing to, but sometimes they lead to something I had not yet gathered.
Below is the email notice I received today:

I had not searched for the Becker family in the 1915 NY census yet.
I have to admit it is pretty nice to have it handed to me this way.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Help Preserve the Woodlawn Baptist Cemetery

NOW is the time to help – 
Woodlawn Baptist Church Cemetery located in the historic Mount Vernon district is threatened by a  Federal/Virginia/Fairfax Co.Highway Project.
NOW is the time ACT – make your voice heard Now – Please!  At a recent public comment session – Cemetery and historical preservationist voices were in the minority -  Comment period ends July 6, 2012 –

Voice your opinion to these email addresses or pages – include your name & contact information so you’re not considered anonymous – Out of area or state opinions count too! It’s a Federal Highway project.

1.)Federal government project team members and
2.)Andrew M. Kolaitis, Fairfax Co. Dept of Transportation -
3.) Virginia Senator David W. Marsden -
4.) All Fairfax County Board of Supervisor members - - especially Mount Vernon Supervisor — Gerald W. Hyland and Chairman, At-Large — Sharon Bulova
5.) your U.S. Senator and Congressional Representative MUST hear from you too!  Find yours here –
6.) send this information to all your friends and family, post on your social media pages, etc.– encourage everyone to pass this information on to all their contacts
The  Virginia Department of Historic Resources says – “Relocation of burials should be considered as a “last resort….”
For more information about this Highway project and other options please visit -US Route 1 widening

Posted on behalf of the Fairfax County Cemetery Preservation Association (FCCPA)   a place for learning about and helping preserve and protect Fairfax County, Virginia’s endangered cemeteries. Learn about our current projects, what our volunteers are doing, and how you can help.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Golf in Style

I love the description in this July 1958 ad.
(Cleveland Plain Dealer) 
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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday: 1940 NY census - Searchable by Name

My find for the day in the NY census records:
Maria (Kollain) Becker  - Mary with her husband Frank:
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Monday, June 4, 2012

Certificate of Arrival on the SS LaTouraine

Above is the Certificate of Arrival for our Great Aunt Becker who arrived in New York in August 1912 aboard the SS La Touraine.

Built in France, SS La Touraine was an ocean liner that sailed for the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique from the 1890s to the 1920s and was initially equipped with accommodations for 392 first-class, 98 second-class, and 600 third-class passengers. 

Westbound from Havre to New York, La Touraine was in wireless contact with Titanic during the afternoon and evening of April 12,1912, until about 9 p.m.. Around 8 p.m.,  La Touraine  transmitted ice warnings describing field ice and two large icebergs in the vicinity of 43° N., 42.8° W.

                SS La Touraine 
Length:536 feet (163.7 m)
Beam:56 feet (17.1 m)
Tonnage:9,047 gross tons
Engines:Steam triple expansion engines powering two propellers.
Service speed:19 knots

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hollywood Salad Bowl

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March 1950 
The Dallas Morning News 
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