Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tuesday's Tip - Check Out Digitized Genealogy and Family History Books

This week's Tuesday's Tip is to check out digitized genealogy and family history books to find books or articles about your ancestors.

There are a number of websites that have digitized genealogy and family history books, such as compiled surname genealogies, locality history and records, etc.:

1)  Google Books (https://books.google.com) - has over 30 million digitized books free to access.

2)  Internet Archive (https://archive.org/) - has over 10 million digitized books free to access.

3)  HathiTrust Digital Library (https://www.hathitrust.org/) - has over 14 million digitized books free to access.

4)  MyHeritage Books and Publications (https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-8020/books-publications) - has over 447,000 genealogy-related digitized books free to access.


5)  FamilySearch Books (https://books.familysearch.org/) - has over 280,000 genealogy-related digitized books and manuscripts free to access:


6)  Genealogy Gophers (https://www.gengophers.com/#/) - has over 80,000 genealogy-related digitized books free to access.


7)  Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com) - has over 23,000 digitized genealogy-related books, not free to access).

8)  GenealogyBank (http://www.genealogybank.com) - has over 14,000 digitized genealogy-related books, not free to access).

Each site has a different set of search fields and search options (e.g., wild cards, exact matches, included words, excluded words).

There are other digitized books websites with significant genealogy and family history hol;dings - which ones should I add to this list?

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Treasure Chest Tuesday -- 1920 U.S. Census for the A.H. Leland Household in Spring Coulee, Okanagan County, Washington

This week's Tuesday Treasure is the 1920 United States Federal Census record for the A.H. Leland  household in Spring Coulee, Okanagan County, Washington:



The A. H. Leland household information:



The extracted information for the A.H. Leland household is:

*  A.H. Leland - head, rents home, male, white, age 29, married, born Wisconsin, parents born Norway/Norway, a farmer, works on general farm, works on own account
*  Vinie M. Leland - wife, female, white, age 26, married, born Idaho, parents born US/Nebraska
*  Robert H. Leland - son, male, white, age 6, single, born Washington, parents born Wisconsin/Idaho
*  Beverly A. Leland - daughter, female, white, age 3, single, born Washington, parents born Wisconsin/Idaho

*  T.S. Leland - father, male, white, age 69, widowed, immigrated in 1856, naturalized in 1876, born Norway, parents born Norway/Norway, works on son's farm w... ..... specially for him

The source citation for this record is:

1920 United States Federal Census, Okanagan County, Washington, population schedule, Spring Coulee, ED 97, Page 2A, dwelling #30, family #30, A.H. Leland household, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 25 March 2015); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T625, Roll 1934.

Arthur Henry Leland was the youngest son of Torger and Anna (Natvig) Leland, and in the 1920 United States census the family resided in Spring Coulee, Okanagan County, Washington.  Arthur's wife was Malvina (Whitley) Leland, and they had two sons by 1920.  T.S. Leland is Torger Sjursen Leland, Arthur's father, now widowed and moved west to be with his family.

Torger Sjursen Leland is my wife's great-grandfather, through his eldest son Severt Oliver Leland (1878-1940).

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Censuswhacking Historical Names in the 1940 Census

I'm always intrigued by the census records that have historical given names and historical given-last name combinations.  I used the 1940 United States census on Ancestry.com to find:

1)  LENIN -- 86 matches for given name Lenin:


There is a Lenin Romanoff residing in Spokane, Washington.

There are 124 matches for the surname of Lenin.

2)  STALIN -- There are 26 matches for given name Stalin

There are 113 matches for the surname Stalin, including a Joseph Stalin in King County, Washington, and another in Tazewell County, Illinois.

3)  MUSSOLINI -- There are 4 matches for given name Mussolini.

There are 24 matches for the surname Mussolini.

4)  WINSTON CHURCHILL -- There are 36 persons named Winston Churchill.

5)  KING GEORGE -- There are 16 persons named King George.

6)  FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT -- There are 6 persons named Franklin Roosevelt.

7)  THEODORE ROOSEVELT -- There are 18 persons named Theodore Roosevelt.

8)  HERBERT HOOVER -- There are 201 persons named Herbert Hoover.

9)  DONALD DUCK -- there are 12 persons named Donald Duck.

10)   QUEEN VICTORIA -- there are two persons named Queen Victoria.

What famous names do you suggest for the 1940 U.S. census?

NOTE:  I stole this idea from Kirsty Gray (see http://family-wise.co.uk/world-war-naming-patterns/), and expanded it a bit.  Thanks, Kirsty!

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CVGS Program on 28 September is "Stump the Chumps" Panel

 WEDNESDAY, September 28th, PROGRAM MEETING
from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

At Chula Vista Civic Center Branch Library 
(365 F Street in Chula Vista) in the Auditorium

Program:  “Stump the Chumps" Panel


(from last year's panel program - Ceasar, Randy, John and Shirley)

Our September 28th General Meeting will feature three of our CVGS “expert researchers” – Shirley Becker, Ceasar Castro, and Randy Seaver.   Jane Strawn will moderate the program.

The panel will answer general research questions submitted by CVGS members.  One example is: “How do I obtain military/pension records from the War of 1812?”  Another: “Where would I find death records from New York?”

The panel will not be researching specific individuals or families this year.  Each question submitted has been assigned to one of the panelists for a response, and the other panelists may provide support or additional information.

The panel should be able to answer 8 to 12 questions in the 60 minute program.  There may be time for questions from the audience.

There will be a short business meeting after the program, and refreshments will be served after the business meeting.  All CVGS monthly programs are free for anyone interested in genealogy to attend.

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Added or Updated Record Collections at FamilySearch.org - Week of 18 to 24 September 2016

I'm trying to keep up with the new and updated record collections at FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list).  

As of 25 September 2016, there were 2,142 record collections on FamilySearch (an increase of 1 from last week):


The added or updated collections are:

*  Dominican Republic, Catholic Church Records, 1590-1955; Browse Images only, no record index, Updated 23 Sep 2016

*  New York, New York City, Police Census, 1890; 1,479,855 indexed records without record images, ADDED 23 Sep 2016

*  Spain, Diocese of Santander, Catholic Church Records, 1538-1985; Browse Images only, no record index, Updated 23 Sep 2016

*  New York State Census, 1905; 7,513,232 indexed records with record images, Updated 22 Sep 2016

*  England, Warwickshire, Parish Registers, 1535-1984; 1,196,651 indexed records with record images, Updated 22 Sep 2016

*  Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899-1912; 69,290 indexed records with record images, Updated 22 Sep 2016

*  United States Revolutionary War Pension Payment Ledgers, 1818-1872; 156,667 indexed records with record images, Updated 22 Sep 2016

*  Australia Cemetery Inscriptions, 1802-2005; 352,527 indexed records with record images, Updated 21 Sep 2016

*  District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1961; 437,136 indexed records with record images, Updated 21 Sep 2016

*  United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; 24,872,176 indexed records with record images, Updated 20 Sep 2016

*  Find A Grave Index; 153,047,023 indexed records with record images, Updated 19 Sep 2016

My friend, Marshall, has come up with a way to determine which collections are ADDED, DELETED or UPDATED.  Thanks to Marshall for helping me out here! 

In order to select a specific collection, go to https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list and use the "Filter by collection name" feature in the upper left-hand corner.

Each one of the collections listed above has a Research Wiki page (use the "Learn more" link).  It would be very useful if the Wiki page for each collection listed the dates for when the collection was added as a new collection and the dates for major updates also.

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Amanuensis Monday - 1911 Petition for Certificate of Title for Anna T. Leland (1853-1911) of Deerfield, Wisconsin

The subject today for Amanuensis Monday is the petition for certificate of title for Anna T. Leland (1853-1911) of Deerfield, Dane County, Wisconsin in the count probate records:




The transcription of this petition for certificate of title is (with handwritten portions in italics, and form blank spaces underlined):


[image 1671 of 1741]

Petition for Certificate of Title – R.S. Sec. 2276
State of Wisconsin, Dane County---ss.

In the matter of the Descent of the Realty of }
Anna T. Leland Deceased                               }

To A.G. Zimmerman, County Judge of Dane County, aforesaid:

The petition of T.S. Leland & Frank Leland of the Town
of Deerfield in the county of Dane and state of
Wisconsin respectfully represents and shows to said Judge that
Anna T. Leland late, and up to the time of her death, as hereinafter
stated, a resident of the Town of Deerfield county of Dane
and state of Wisconsin , died on the 26th day of October A.D. 19 11
intestate.

That at the time of her death the said Anna T. Leland owned and was
seized in fee simple of certain real estate situated in the county of Dane, and state of Wisconsin, des-
cribed as follows, to-wit:
Beginning at a point thirty five (35) rods north
and one and one half (1-½ ) rods west from the south east corner
of the South West Quarter (¼) of the North East Quarter (¼) of Section
No. Twenty five (25) of Township No. Seven (7), north of Range No. Twelve
(12)_ East thence west eight (8) rods, thence south Ten (10) rods, thence
east Eight (8) rods, thence north Ten (10) rods to the place
of beginning containing in all one half (½) acre of land.

That the fair market value of said real estate is the sum of $ 1800.00

That your petitioners are interested in such real estate as follows: the said T.S. Leland as
the husband of said deceased and by virtue thereof tenant by the curtesy
and the said Frank Leland as son of said deceased and
her heir at law by virtue thereof.

That the names and residence of the heirs at law of said Anna T. Leland
who is now deceased, are as follows: T.S. Leland, husband. Frank Leland,
Arthur Leland, sons, Mabel Leland and Ruth Leland,
daughters all residing in Town of Deerfield Dane Co. Wis.
Edwin Leland, son of Peck, Idaho. Severt Leland, son,
of Spokane, Wash. & Theodore Leland, son, of
Gardener, Montana.

That the interest of said heirs in the above described premises was and is an undivided one
seventh (1/7) thereof to each of said Frank Leland, Arthur
Leland, Mabel Leland, Ruth Leland, Edwin Leland, Severt Leland,
and Theodore Leland, said children and heirs-at-law
of said deceased subject to the life estate therein of
T.S. Leland husband of said deceased as tenant thereof
by the curtesy.

[image 1672 of 1741]

WHEREFORE your petitioner prays your honor to issue under your hand and the seal of the County
Court of the county of Dane, aforesaid, a certificate setting forth the names of the heirs at law of said
Anna T. Leland deceased, and the interest of each of said heirs
in said premises as above described, and what the said deceased owned and was seized at the time of
his death, together with a full and complete description thereof, and as in duty bound your petitioner
will ever pray.
Dated this 27th day of November A.D. 19 11.
                                                                                    T.S. Leland Petitioner
                                                                                    Frank Leland

STATE OF WISCONSIN }
DANE COUNTY } ss.

T.S. Leland & Frank Leland the above named petitioner, being ^each duly sworn, on oath says,
that he heard read the foregoing petition, and knows the contents thereof and that the same is
true to his own knowledge, except as to those matters as therein stated on information and belief,
and as to those matters he believes it to be true.
Subscribed and sworn to before me, this 27th day }           T.S. Leland
of November , 19 11                                               }           Frank Leland
                                                       Wm. Nelson

                                         Justice of the Peace, Dane County, Wisconsin

The source citation for this record is:

Dane County, Wisconsin, Dane County Probate Records, Dane > Box 372, Knox-W - Box 374, A-Mathison," images 1671-1672 of 1741, Estate of Elling Erickson Natvig, images 1091-1093, will of Elling Erickson Natvig, 1895; in "Wisconsin, Wills and Probates, 1800-1987," digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 10 September 2015).  

In this petition for certificate of title for land owned by Anna T. Leland, her husband and son provide her death date, the location of her land, and the names and current residence of the living children.  Anna (Natvig) Leland was married to Torger Sjursen Leland (1850-1933) and they resided, at least until Anna died, on the land of Torger's father, Sjur Torgersen Leland (1804-1889).  Anna and Torger Leland had 10 children, but only seven of them were alive in 1911.  

My best guess is that this half acre may have been land that Anna was bequeathed by her father, or was bought with money inherited from her father, Elling Eriksen Natvig (1820-1896).  In Elling Natvig's estates (see Amanuensis Monday - 1895 Will of Elling Erickson Natvig (1820-1896) of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin).  She received $300 from the remainder of his estate.  

This one-half acre of land in Section 25 of Township 7, Range 12 East was just south of the town of London in Deerfield township.  The plat map for 1899, 1904 and 1911 for this Section indicates that most of the southeast quarter of Section 25 was owned by Angus McVicar.  

Anna (Natvig) Leland is the great-grandmother of my wife, Linda (Leland) Seaver through her son Severt Oliver Leland (1878-1940).

I need to find land records in Dane County, Wisconsin for these Leland ancestors of my wife.

NOTE:  Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the excellent  TransylvanianDutch blog) started a Monday blog theme years ago called "Amanuensis Monday."  John offers this definition for "amanuensis:" 

"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Added or Updated Databases at Ancestry.com - Week of 18 to 24 September 2016

The following databases were added or updated on Ancestry.com during the period from 18 to 24  September 2016:


The databases added or updated include:


*  Arizona, Birth Records, 1880-1935; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/23/2016

*  Rhineland, Prussia, Lutheran Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1533-1950; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/23/2016

*  Kansas, Naturalization Abstracts, 1864-1972; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/23/2016

*  Kraków, Poland, ID Card Applications for Jews During WWII, 1940-1941 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 9/23/2016

*  Huánuco, Peru, Civil Registration, 1889-1997; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/21/2016

*  Perth and Kinross, Scotland, Electoral Registers, 1832-1961; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/21/2016

*  Hamburg Passenger Lists, 1850-1934; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/21/2016

*  North Carolina, Civil Action Court Papers, 1712-1970; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/21/2016

*  Dorset, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/20/2016

*  Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/20/2016

*  Friesland Province, Netherlands, Civil Registration, 1811-1950; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/20/2016

*  Dorset, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2010; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/20/2016

*  Dorset, England, Poor Law and Church of England Parish Records, 1511-1997; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/20/2016

*  England, Select Dorset Church of England Parish Registers, 1538-1999; indexed records without record images, Updated 9/20/2016

*  Dorset, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/20/2016

*  Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Miscellaneous Records (Civil Registration), 1748-1998; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/19/2016

*  Lancashire, England, Church of England Confirmations, 1838-1922; indexed records with record images, Updated 9/19/2016

*  Czechoslovakia, Selected Jewish Holocaust Records, 1939-1941 (USHMM); indexed records without record images, Updated 9/19/2016

*  Palermo, Italy, Termini Imerese Civil Registration (Tribunale), 1862-1910; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/19/2016

*  Guam, Land Records, 1898-1964; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/19/2016

*  Puerto Rico, Records of Foreign Residents, 1815-1845; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/19/2016

*  Netherlands, Limburg Province, Certificates of Nationality, 1860-1913; indexed records with record images, ADDED 9/19/2016

The recently added and updated page on Ancestry.com is at http://www.ancestry.com/cs/recent-collections.

The complete Ancestry.com Card Catalog is at  http://search.ancestry.com/search/CardCatalog.aspx. 
 

By my count above there were 5 NEW databases ADDED this past week, per the list above.  There are now 32,720 databases available as of 25 September, an increase of 5 from last week. 




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Best of the Genea-Blogs - 18 to 24 September 2016

Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.


My criteria for "Best of ..." are pretty simple - I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don't list posts destined for daily blog prompts or meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.

Here are my picks for great reads from the genealogy blogs for this past week:


*  How Many Widows Do You Leave Stranded? by Michael John Neill on the Rootdig.com blog.  Good question!

*  Lewis's Death Record Finally Rises by Devon Noel Lee on The Patient Genealogy blog.  Devon's patience and resourcefulness pay off.

*  New 23andMe Experience -- In a Word, Disappointing by Roberta J. Estes on the DNAeXplained - Genetic Genealogy blog.  Roberta walks us through the new 23andMe website.  I agree with her conclusion!

*  Go Vertical by Larry Naukam on The In-Depth Genealogist blog.  Larry describes how vertical files can aid your research.

*  Vertical Files vs. Manuscript Collections: How Are They Different? by Melissa Barker on the A Genealogist in the Archives blog.  Melissa shares her insights on this topic.

*  Reaping What We Sow - Part I by Tony Proctor on the Parallax View blog.  Tony discusses the state of the genealogy art and how we got there.

*  Research Plans, Mind Maps and a Case Study by Sue on the Kindred Past blog.  I love the Mind Map and the case study example.

*  Productivity Counts: Making the Best Use of Your Family History Time by Diana Elder on the Family Locket blog.  Diana shares some of her productivity tools as she works on her AG.

*  How to use PERSI to find out information about your ancestor's death by Alexandra Edmondson on the Findmypast Blog.  This should be very helpful.

*  Finding Joy by Dave Dowell on the Dr. D. Digs Up Ancestors blog.  Dr. D. describes a successful finding  family challenge for a friend.

*  Record Hints vs. Manual Searching: Which Wins?  by James Tanner on the Genealogy's Star blog.  I think we all do!

Here are pick posts by other geneabloggers this week:

 Friday Fossicking 23rd September 2016 by Crissouli on That Moment in Time blog.


 Recommended Reads by Linda Stufflebean on the Empty Branches on the Family Tree blog.

*  Follow Friday - 7 Days of Genealogy Blogs by Melissa on Jessica and Gracie's Tree blog.

*  Friday Finds - Week 38 by Martin Roe on the Norwegian Genealogy and then some blog.

  Friday Finds 23 Sept 2016 by Nichelle Barra on the Copper Leaf Genealogy blog.


 Favorite Reads of the Week: 24 September 2016 by Nicole Dyer on the Family Locket blog.

 This Week's Creme de la Creme -- September 24, 2016 by Gail Dever on the Genealogy a la Carte blog. 

*  Saturday Serendipity (September 24, 2016) by John D. Tew on the Filiopietism Prism blog.

*  Weekly Genealogy Picks and Calendar by John Newmark on the TransylvanianDutch blog.

Readers are encouraged to go to the blogs listed above and read their articles, and add their blogs to your Favorites, Feedly, another RSS feed, or email if you like what you read. Please make a comment to them also - all bloggers appreciate feedback on what they write.

Did I miss a great genealogy blog post? Tell me! I am currently reading posts from over 1600 genealogy bloggers using Feedly, but I still miss quite a few it seems.


Read past Best of the Genea-Blogs posts here.



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