Gen Web Project
part of the USGenWeb Project
Aug 15, 2007
Many thanks to Evans Newstrom
(Formerly of Amberg) for this
great UP-TO-DATE listing of the Amberg
Cemetery in Marinette County. Civil records for this
cemetery are sketchy at best so this is the most complete
listing there is -- and Mr. Newstrom will be continuing to
update this on a yearly basis. Again, this is a great
asset to researchers and since many of the Florence County
residents have Amberg roots, we have posted it the Florence
INDEXING ONLINE - SIMPLE & EASY!!
(And yes, you can
even do this at home in your fluffy slippers!)
Occasionally I get emails
asking "HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER WHEN I LIVE OUTSIDE OF WISCONSIN???" -- here's an
exciting new project that is ALL DONE ONLINE and is available to ANYONE!! -- you
work at your own pace -- and this will be a great asset for all genealogists and
researchers world-wide. The
-- there are different projects they are working on, the largest being the 1900
Federal Census, and you can pick the state -- and yes, Wisconsin is available!
It's a very simple and straight-forward project. You download a sheet at a
time and work at your own pace. When you get it finished, you click upload
and it is sent in. Then you are ready for your next page... and
eventually, the 1900 census will be done, one sheet at a time! Several
years ago, I worked on the 1880 Federal Census and it was all done by hand and
microfilm reader -- this is not anything like it! THIS IS ACTUALLY FUN!!!!
The free software is easily and quickly installed and you are off and running in
about 10 minutes. The census sheets are viewable at the top of the page
and the entrees are highlighted as you work them across the page -- you can't
get lost! And there is a magnifier on the page tool bar that allows you to
make the page LARGE so even tired, older eyes can do this. The
fill-in-the-blank area is similar to Excel, meaning that you type the first
letter in and it completes the entry from memory. Super easy to use and
once the project is completed, it will be available on the familysearch.org site
FREE for everyone, just like the 1880 census is... If you have ANY questions,
and I'll try to answer them!
How long does a
census sheet take to do? I just did two of them this evening and they take
about 30 - 35 minutes and I am not the world's fastest typist! The program
makes this so simple and easy!!!
Is this project
open to ANYONE? Yes, ANYONE can be a volunteer to help with this
project -- you do not need to be a member of any organization, etc.
10 July 2007
Pat & Bob Sweet, Wisconsin
Rapids sent in a marvelous photo of
FLORENCE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING CLASS
1927 or 1928 -- they have identified their father,
Fred Peerenboom but there
are 9 more faces to identify! Take a look at the pic and
if you know the names, let me know!
And, we've added the
1905 Wisconsin State
Hope your summer is going
great -- and stay cool!
27 May 2007
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
While the official start of summer and Opening Day with the BBQ Grill is
important and let's not forget the Indy 500, let's take a few minutes to
remember the real reason for Memorial Day. Memorial Day was
originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the
nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. I just wanted
to post a few good links to help bring Memorial Day back into this three day
Kathy Patrick sent in
two photos -- CAMPBELL'S ARMY was
taken about 1908 in Florence, nine boys and their dog -- very
cute picture! And the second photo is of Ellen Derosier
Godin and her children taken about 1930.
Added more obituaries to the
Have a SAFE Memorial Day!
27 APRIL 2007
Added more obituaries to the
Added additional maps to the
1925 Plat Map Pages...
Added to the
Florence County Surname List:
YOUNGELL --- Immigrated from Finland and lived in Commonwealth
2 MARCH 2007
THANKS to Dorothy (Nichols) Rasmussen for
sending in information she has written/compiled on the
NICHOLS FAMILY in Tipler.
Also, there are two great newspaper items about the devastating
Tipler Fire. And check out the picture of the
TIPLER GRADE SCHOOL in our photo
section -- many thanks, Dorothy!
Created an SSDI page
-- lists about 1300 names, including birth and death dates of
deceased individuals who's LAST RESIDENCE is listed with Social
Security as in Florence County.
The Last Residence is the place where the
person was last known to be living when the benefit was applied
for. The list is as of
The Social Security Administration has a
microfilmed copy of every individual's original Social Security
application (known as the SS-5), as well as claims files. These
documents contain additional information not available in the
SSDI such as birth place, maiden name, and parentsí names.
More specifically, The application form
(SS-5) contains the following information:
- Full name
- Full name at birth (including maiden
- Present mailing address
- Age at last birthday
- Date of birth
- Place of birth (city, county, state)
- Father's full name "regardless of
whether living or dead"
- Mother's full name, including maiden
name, "regardless of whether living or dead"
- Sex and race
- Ever applied for SS number/Railroad
Retirement before? Yes/No
- Current employer's name and address
- Date signed
- Applicant's signature
For help with obtaining copies of the applicant's ORIGINAL SS-5
22 February 2007
WELCOME TO THE WHAT'S
NEW PAGE -- I host another Wisconsin Gen Web Project and
the WHAT'S NEW PAGE is a popular feature as it saves you time
scrolling from page to page to see the LATEST UPDATES.. and we
are ALWAYS looking for additional items to post to make FLORENCE
GENWEB a success -- so if you have pictures, postcards,
newspaper items, school items, church booklets, etc. we'll be
happy to post them!! And they can all be transmitted via
- PRE-1907 BIRTH,
DEATH & MARRIAGE INDEX online and complete
PLAT MAPS for Florence County is an ongoing project -- I
have about 4 up and running.. will be adding more as I get
PLAT MAPS are maps of a county, divided into
townships that show property ownership, the locations of
schools, cemeteries, churches and town halls, etc. Each
TOWNSHIP is assigned a TOWNSHIP and RANGE number, i.e. T.39N
R.16E. Each 36-square-mile parcel identified by a township
and range number is further divided into 36 SECTIONS, each
section theoretically being 1 square mile, or 640 acres. The
cells are numbered "boustrophedonically", or "as the cow
plows", which means that the numbers wrap around in an "s"
shape. Such a numbering system was easier for the surveyors to
use when they were doing the original surveying.
And what if I find my ancestor's name
on the plat map? Since plat maps are lists of LAND
OWNERSHIP, you then know that your ancestor OWNED PROPERTY in
Florence County. There will be a record of the DEED filed at
the courthouse when the property was purchased, possibly a
mortgage was filed when acquiring the property, records when
the property was sold and if the ancestor died while owning
the property, there will be a will or probate record
explaining how the property was disposed of following his/her
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