THE NOVEMBER 15th
Garvey will tell us all
about the “Men in funny
hats: the Pilgrims, Social Historians and the Declension of America’s
Learn how modern historians view Colonial America, which includes the
Chesapeake area, Southern Colonies, Spanish Florida, French
Louisiana-Caribbean; all on an equal footing with New England.
is a historian, librarian, instructional designer and owns Tree Trax, a
genealogical services company. She is a graduate of the Salt Lake City
Institute of Genealogy and was the 2009 Richard S. Lackey Scholar of the
National Institute of Genealogical Research.
choice – Chicken Cacciatore with Pasta OR Vegetable Lasagna. Both served with
a side salad and Pumpkin Cake for dessert.
JUST IN CASE
genealogist Chris Child reports that Lady Gaga and Madonna
are ninth cousins, once removed. They had common ancestors, a farming couple,
who moved from France to Quebec in the 1600s
information in the Social Security Death Index for people who died prior to
1962 is sketchy, since SSA's death information was not automated before that
an online archive of genealogy records from newspaper obituaries, city
directories, census records, ship lists, school yearbooks, military records,
and more. It contains links to more than 6 million genealogy records from over
1,500 sources online. It is free but some of the links it references may
charge a fee. Surf to:
Census took eight years to hand count. Fortunately, New York statistician
Herman Hollerith invented a new approach – Punched Card equipment -
specifically for the 1890 Census Bureau, making this the first census to take
advantage of the new device. It cut the counting-time for the 1890 census to
only one year.
to the 1800's, funeral cards (also sometimes called mass, mourning or
remembrance cards) are an excellent source of information for genealogists.
There is a free searchable database of them, at
CENSUSFINDER.COM is a
directory website aimed at linking users to all available online census
records, subscription-based or free, in the U.S. and abroad. The site also
provides many census-related resources and is free to search, but does link to
Weekly Buzz, 08/Jun/2011)
site is a comprehensive list of locations for the ship arrivals from Europe,
estimated 40 percent of today’s Americans are descended from foreigners who
passed through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954. Check out your
http://www.ellisisland.org/. It’s free!
Geneticists have revealed that, according to archaeological DNA evidence, 50
per cent of Britons have a German heritage. Tribes from northern Europe
invaded Britain after the Romans left around 410 AD.
Many people are interested
in finding their ancestors' Masonic records. The information may be useful,
especially when other records are scarce. The amount of information may vary,
depending on the Lodge and its record-keeping practices.
There is no central
repository for Masonic membership information. Local Lodges functioned
independently; so, writing to the local Lodge (or the Grand Lodge of that
jurisdiction) may be the best way to find information on a particular
individual. Surf to
addresses of Lodges worldwide.
Answers at GenealogyToday, 7/8/2011
is a quarterly journal devoted to
Swedish American biography, genealogy, and personal history. This online
collection is free to the public and contains issues published as recently as
2007. Surf to:
PAF HELP, CONTACT:Bill
FOR ROOTS MAGIC HELP, CONTACT:
Beth Clarke, at
“I don’t want to have my DNA
taken because it might prove I am not me.
YOU MAY NEED TO KNOW
1. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar
If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air,
the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air, the
person died because of wounds received in battle. If the horse has all four
legs on the ground, the rider died of natural causes.
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include it in your check for the November luncheon. Please do it now,
so you won’t risk missing announcements of future meetings or forgo a single
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like the smell of musty records, the feel of heavy deed books, and the
irritated look on the clerk's face when you say you're a genealogist."
Genealogy is not just a pastime;It’s
Thanks to the
Regional Library, Footnote is now among several genealogy databases
available, for FREE, that you can access from your home
(Ancestry is available only
in the Library’s Genealogy Room.)
Footnote preserves historic
materials through digitization. Its partnership with the National Archives,
Library of Congress and others, makes available important collections online,
such as: Civil War Widow's Pension files; War of 1812 Pension Application
files; The Holocaust Collection; Black History Collection; and the full text
Newspapers Archives, to name a few.
provides a search feature, and allows you to browse document collections
within a historic period. The site's interactive “Census“and “Pages” features
offer a variety of ways to explore and view ancestor data.You can access
Footnote, and the other databases at home, by going to HCPLC.org, ,
clicking on Learning and Research, then on “Genealogy” and
select the database of your choice and enter your Hillsborough County
Library Card Number.
have an AKC-registered dog, you have the papers to show its respected
background. For those of us whose dogs have a more questionable heritage, you
can now buy a “Canine Genealogy Kit.” For $65, you get a cotton swab to rub
inside your dog’s check. Assuming it doesn’t bite you in the attempt, you send
the swab off to a professional lab, which will tell you which of the 63 major
breeds make up its heritage, and what each breed’s dominant traits have been
passed on to your pet.
should complete your “Family History.”
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has a website
that may help if you are searching for Revolutionary War patriot soldiers.
The key word is "patriot." If you are looking for loyalist information,
you will not find it there. Surf to:
Archives is seeking industry input on a plan to create a searchable database
of 1940 U.S. census information when it becomes publicly available in 2012. By
law, all census information must become public 72 years after it is collected.
This time, instead of simply making images of the census available for
checkout on microfilm, the Archives plans to also make scans of the census
schedules and maps searchable online and available for download.
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