Aurora Genealogy Society - Colorado

Aurora Genealogical Society - Colorado Aurora Genealogy Society - Colorado


Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society




Volume XXXVII, Number 4

July-August 2017

General Meetings

No Meetings July & August

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 7:00 pm

 

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Researching Land Records

Presented by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, Foothills Genealogical Society

   Why are land records so important to genealogy research?  This presentation will discuss where to locate various types of land records and how to read them using examples of actual documents.  The differences between metes and bounds and platted land descriptions will be discussed along with maps, atlases and gazetteers.

 

 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Identifying Ancestors with Common Surnames

Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist

   Are you stumped by the Jones, Williams and Smith families and the many John and Mary couples?  Learn how to separate and identify these confusing people by establishing specific dates and locations for their births, marriages and deaths.



Aurora Genealogical Society Library


Aurora Central Library, Main Floor


14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012


303-739-6686


Open to the Public


Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


For Other Times/Appointments,


303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179


During inclement weather,


please call ahead to ensure we are open.


Library Closure


Sat., 19 Aug, due to Great Lawn Event


 


 


Happy Birthday


 



 


USA – 4 July


Colorado - 1 August



Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVII, Number 3

May-June 2017



General Meetings

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

Workshop – Monday, 5 June 2017, 11:30 am, Small Community Room

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

How to Plan Your Digital Afterlife

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

   Your digital presence has grown at a rapid speed.  After you’re gone, what will happen to   your electronic information and photos?  Learn how to take control of your digital afterlife. 

   Brief Business Meeting, to include election and installation of Officers will follow the program.

 

NO MEETINGS IN JUNE, JULY OR AUGUST

Workshop

Tuesday, 5 June 2017 @ 11:30 am

Family Tree Maker - Led by Dorothy Bernay, experienced genealogist

 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Researching Land Records

Presented by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, Foothills Genealogical Society

   Why are land records so important to genealogy research?  This presentation will discuss where to locate various types of land records and how to read them using examples of actual documents.  The differences between metes and bounds and platted land descriptions will be discussed along with maps, atlases and gazetteers.



Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other Times/Appointments,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Our Library holdings can be found at www.librarything.com

 

Library Closure

Sat., 10 June, due to Great Lawn Event

 

 


 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                            Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                 Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity     Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                             Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                            Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                      Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                              Elaine Pankonin

CCGS Delegate                                    Gail Arnert

Genealogist                                          Dorothy Bernay

Librarian                                              Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                 Gail Arnert

                                                            [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                             Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee                        Elaine Pankonin

                                                            Dorothy Bernay

Parliamentarian                                    Judy Keilman

Website                                                Jennifer O’Bayley

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 

 

 

Message from the President

   We had a great show and tell meeting in April.   Members shared items and stories about their family history.  This included finding first car purchase records from 1932 and 1949, a notebook about a father featuring his Masonic and Shriner days and a passion for restoring cars, a miner’s pewter plate, pictures, letters and stories about a WWI grandfather and his brothers, a tale about a Masonic ring and its survival, postcards from the past, a picture of a 1 year old and her dress in a frame, hand knitted dresses, an 1821 sampler with associated family history, and an oil painting by Mom.  A fun meeting.

   Take the City of Aurora Libraries online survey either at one of the libraries or from home.  Although the Genealogy Library is not specifically mentioned, there are opportunities to plug it in the “Other” sections.

   Come to the May meeting and the June workshop.  Look forward to seeing you then.

 

                       Gail

 

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Nominating Committee Report

   The Nominating Committee, Elaine Pankonin and Dorothy Bernay, presented the following slate of Officers for the May election at the April Board meeting:

   VP Programs & Publicity – Judy Holtus

   Treasurer – Richard Kautt

   Recording Secretary – Barbara Bickerton

   Nominations will be accepted from the floor, with the consent of the nominee, at the May meeting.  Each position will serve for two years.

   If you are interested in being an officer, please contact Elaine or Dorothy soon.

 

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One Book 4 Colorado

   Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley is this year’s One Book 4 Colorado.  Take a 4-year old to one of the libraries and pick up a free copy.

 

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

   Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for 13 May and 10 June.  Visit the website for more information.  Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

 

 

Flag Day Ceremony

   The Peace Pipe Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the City and County of Denver and its Mountain Parks District will host the 106th annual Flag Day Ceremony on Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017, 11:00 am at the Genesee Mountain Park.  Please come for the ceremony and bring your own picnic lunch to the Genesee Park Shelter.

   More information is available in the AGS Library.

 

 

3rd Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

   Larimer County Genealogical Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 14 October 2017, in Loveland, CO.  Featured Speaker will be Blaine T. Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist and DNA Specialist.  For more info go to Society’s website.

 

Planning Ahead -

10-13 May 2017 – NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC

 

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – FGS National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Oct 2017 - COPALAM Fall Seminar

 

 

Websites

Online Pennsylvania State Archives

http://www.phmc.pa.gov/archives/pages/default.aspx

 

   If you have ancestors in Pennsylvania and have not visited the State Archives website recently you really need to.  It’s been significantly updated and offers many more digital images, especially in the Maps section.  Research Online topics include Aerial Photographs, Audio Recordings, Birth Indices, Death Indices, Land Records, Maps, Military Records, and several more topics.

   The Pennsylvania State Library, across the street from the Archives has an extensive newspaper collection.

 

Some Colorado Cemeteries

   Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, CO http://greeleygov.com/services/linn-grove, was established in 1874.  The cemetery is owned and operated by the city of Greeley, the seat of Weld County.

   Click the Search Burials link.  Search results include name of the deceased, birth date, birth city, deceased date, grave location, and gravestone image.  Pins on the cemetery map mark the locations of the graves.  If the gravestone image is not provided, you can submit an image request form and a volunteer will photograph the headstone.

 

   Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Otero Co., CO http://www.fowlercolorado.com.  Fowler Cemetery was established in 1897 and has been owned by the town since 1920.

   Click the “Online Cemetery Records” link in the center of the page to access the search page. Click the search button.  Refine your search by entering a keyword or a location.  Use the "Which cemetery?" dropdown list to narrow your search to a specific section.  The data fields in the search results are cemetery, grave location, interred name, purchaser name, date interred, date purchased, birth date, death date, place of birth, veteran status, years served, what service and rank, spouse, undertaker, and cause of death.  Click the View link for a detailed record.

New in the Library

Donations and Purchases

 

The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 16-20, by Robert Charles Anderson, 2012, Purchased.

 

Mothers of Achievement in American History, 1776-1976, by the American Mothers Committee, Inc., Bi-Centennial Project, pub, 1976, Purchased.

 

Kentucky Archives, Johnson County, Vital Statistics, 1843-1904. by Charles C. Wells, 1993, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

Annals of Floyd County, Kentucky, 1800-1826, by Charles C. Wells, 1995, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920, by William C. Pendleton, 1989 reprint, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

The Founding of Harman’s Station with an account of the Indian Captivity of Mrs. Jennie Wiley and the Exploration of the Big Sandy Valley in the Virginias and Kentucky, by William Elsey Connelley, 1988 reprint, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

Kentucky’s Last Frontier, by Henry P. Scalf, 2000 reprint, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

Colorado’s Historic Hotels, by Alexander Walker Clark, 2011.

 

 

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The Library Corner

- from AGS Librarian, Alice Jablonski

   If you are looking for a new place to search for genealogical books, maybe one of these websites will help you:

 

ancestorstuff.com

   Much of their catalog is print-on-demand and they now offer 9,400 ebooks.  This business was recently purchased from the previous owners, so there are some hiccups on the website as the new owner figures things out.

mountainpress.com
   Located in Signal Mountain, TN, Mountain Press was formed for the purpose of presenting primary research material for the historian and genealogist.  Most of the information is for the southeastern states from PA to TX.

   Surnames listed on our site are searchable.  A free monthly newsletter discusses a different topic with each issue.

arcadiapublishing.com
   Local and regional history books from all parts of the country.

genealogical.com
  The Genealogical Publishing Company has been around a long time - many of the books in the AGS library were published by them.

Any County Historical Societies
   As you are researching, remember to check out the historical society of the county your ancestors lived in.  Many of the societies maintain a small bookstore that you can order from and they may feature self-published books of local history, architecture, and biographies.

 

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Browsing the AGS Shelves

- from AGS Library Volunteer, Gail Arnert

   During one of my volunteer shifts I was browsing our Indiana collection, although I don’t have any ancestors yet in that state.  After finding Pioneer Pickens compiled by Horace Heffren, I wish I had ancestors in Washington County.  This collection of articles appeared in the Salem Democrat from Dec. 1875 to May 1881.  According to tradition, Mr. Heffren interviewed pioneer settlers personally, then wrote articles about the facts he was told in the interview.  There are many articles and facts about Washington County and its early days which are not to be found anywhere else except in Pioneer Pickens.

From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

www.cocouncil.org

   The Council meeting was held 1 April 2017 via GoToMeeting.  Your delegate, Gail Arnert, was not able to attend.  Council Secretary and Southeastern delegate Judy Keilman filled in for Aurora also.  The meeting was conducted by Sandy Ronayne, VP Membership in President Bob Larson’s absence.

   The meeting began with a speaker, which will be an every meeting occurrence.  The weather prevented speaker Megan Munroe with the Colorado State Vital Records Office to attend. John Putnam, from Pikes Peak Genealogy Society, spoke on Managing Risk for Your Genealogy Society.

   New Delegate-at-Large, John Putnam, talked about a SWOT Report he will pursue.  Strength – Weaknesses – Opportunity – Threats.  He will send out this survey shortly and present at the next meeting.

   The CCGS Workshop is planned to be held in September.  There are some positions available for volunteering and chairpersons.

   There was a discussion on changes to the Procedural Manual sections for Delegate, FGS Delegate, and Speakers Bureau.  The Procedural Manual will be sent back for further revisions.

   Still looking for a location outside the Denver metro area to have the next CCGS meeting in July.  Potential locations are Longmont and Colorado Springs.

   Since the meeting in April, Judy Keilman has received notification that the 8 July Council meeting will be hosted by the Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

   Check out the CCGS website <cocouncil.org> to view a beginning genealogy video.  On the main page scroll down to Videos On Genealogy.  Click to watch a 3 ½ minute Video with speaker Carol Darrow.

 

 

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Never Let What You Do Not Know Unravel What You Do Know

- - submitted by Judy Holtus

 

   If you have done really good research...really followed the steps to define a problem, look for an answer to that problem, evaluate the evidence you find, and then and only then add that information into your family tree....then do not let some new undocumented bit of information that you might stumble upon in your web surfing unravel what you already know....what you have already studied out and feel fairly confident to be correct.

   Let's plan to do genealogy and not general-ology.

 

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Annual Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City

   From 10-15 April 2017, eighteen genealogists from the Foothills Genealogical Society, Aurora Genealogical Society, Iowa and California, traveled to SLC for concentrated research at the Family History Library.  From Aurora were Gail Arnert, Marion Baumann, Dorothy Bernay, Judy Holtus, and Alice Jablonski.

   The weather was perfect and the flowers in Temple Square were gorgeous.

   Here’s input from the ladies about their experiences:

 

Gail – I concentrated on my Grover family who arrived in MA in 1642.  Although I gathered a lot of information, I’m still not sure I’ve resolved my lineage issues.  Too many men named John, of which several married an Abigail.  Then the families moved to Cayuga Co., NY in the 1790s and records are almost non-existent!  One interesting paper I found in Cayuga Co., was a Sept. Term 1799 Court Record showing my 5th great-grandfather John Grover as one of the Justices and my 4th great-grandfather Joseph Hadley as a member of the Grand Jury.  These two families obviously knew each other.

 

Marion – Once again it was a great trip.  I made copies of actual wills for several ancestors.  I found many little bits and pieces to fill in gaps. Some of those clues lead me to more records to look for and more information to add to families.  My big find was an actual county court record in Ohio of a death record. Printing in books and transcriptions of that record told of his parents, so before I went on the trip and then at the library, I really searched for those parents. When I looked at the actual death record on film, I discovered an error.  The record covered the left and right side pages and in filling in the page across from the name, date of death, and age, the information about cause of death and parents was down a line from where it should have been.  The next person's information they entered on the right hand page was copied on his line.  Confusing to explain but by studying it I saw the problem.  Because he was so old his parents were actually unknown.  The young person listed next had parents named but because they ended up on his line, I was looking for parents that didn't exist.  So I may never know his parents, but I can now give up on those names.  I considered that proof a great find.  End of his line, maybe, but we all can get back only so far in old records.

 

Dorothy – As always a wonderful trip. Everyone in the group gives suggestions to help find your family.  Very helpful.  I found additional information on my Whitehurst line and started a new family. I also found original baptismal records in England on my family.

 

Judy – Once again our Salt Lake City research trip proved to be both enlightening and frustrating at the same time.

   Since I have been delving into my Danish ancestors for many years, my unfinished brick wall issues were at the forefront of my itinerary.

   With new research techniques learned and online databases explored, I inched my way forward and slowly filled in some of those vital facts I so wanted to find.

   It is always a pleasure to diligently work in an environment of like-minded individuals who expand their knowledge of a complex hobby and ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

 

Alice – I had no expectations in preparing for my first trip with AGS to Salt Lake City, but I feel it was very successful and my four brick wall files that I took came back crumbled! Everyone measures success differently, but to have positive verification that no records exist for my county in Ireland means that I can move on to other family lines.  Success meant having a lovely Polish lady offer to translate a research request into Polish for me!  And success was finally finding a “long lost” family under a different name in the census – right where they should be. J

   Add to those items the nice weather, lovely gardens, an unexpected concert, and getting to know new friends much better made it a successful and enjoyable trip all around!


 

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society


Volume XXXVII, Number 2

March-April 2017



Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 @ 1:30 pm

Women in the Civil War – Soldiers, Spies, Saints and Sinners (Large Room)

Presented by Sandy Ronayne, Experienced Genealogist

   Women played a significant role in the Civil War.  Both Union and Confederate armies greatly benefitted from the many avenues of service these brave women offered.  Some of these impressive women, along with their records, will be explored in this presentation.

 

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Member Sharing (Small Room)

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society members

   Our April meeting will feature society members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries.  Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths.

 

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Have you renewed your membership?


 


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.


Our holdings are being listed on www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety





Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety


ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                                Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                    Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity       Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                                Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                 Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                         Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                 Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist                                             Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate                                       Gail Arnert

Librarian                                                  Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                    Gail Arnert

                                                                [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee                           Elaine Pankonin

                                                                Dorothy Bernay

Parliamentarian                                        Judy Keilman

Website                                                   Jennifer O’Bayley

 

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

 Message from the President

 

   Happy 36th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society.  Organized in 1981 with 54 Charter members, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active members.  Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!

   Who Do Think You Are? has started it’s 7th season.  Tune in Sunday nights at 8:00 pm on TLC.

   It’s springtime in the Rockies and this means some great seminars and genealogy fairs coming up in April and May.  You can get details in our Library.  AGS will be supporting the Aurora Family History Center Genealogy Fair on Saturday, 6 May.  It’s free, with displays and classes galore.

   Please plan ahead for our Member Sharing meeting in April.  It’s one of my favorite meetings.  Bring and talk about some story or item important to your Family History.

   Elections are coming up in May.  If you are interested in serving as VP Programs/Publicity, Treasurer or Recording Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee – Dorothy Bernay or Elaine Pankonin.

   I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meetings and in our library.

 

                                                Gail

 

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New Members

 

Kado, Debbie –14650 E. Hampton Place, Aurora, CO 80014 (Heinze, Olps, Luecken, Stark. Baumann)

McNutt, Jon – 2424 S. Lima Way, Aurora, CO 80014 (McNutt & others)

Michals, Susan – 3311 S. Telluride St., Aurora, CO 80013

Sauve, Becky – 16733 E. Ithaca Place, Aurora, CO 80013 (Sauve, Lagandere, Enlow)

 

 

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

   Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for 11 Mar, 8 Apr and 13 May.  Visit the website for more information.  Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

 

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

   Saturday, 8 April 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Lower Level Conference Room, Denver Public Library, 14th & Broadway, Denver.  Materials fee is $35.  Featured speaker will be David Allen Lambert, NEHGS staff member and Chief Genealogist.  Register before 1 Feb to be eligible for the drawing to have lunch with David the day of the seminar.  Seminar topics include Town and Vital Records, Land Records, and Court Records.

   Free Special Program - Friday, 7 April 2017 - David Allen Lambert - The Great Migration Study Project.  David will present a free program on the NEHGS Great Migration Study Project the afternoon of 7 April 2017, Denver Public Library.  Since 1988, the goal of The Great Migration Study Project has been to create accounts of immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640.

Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America

Spring Seminar and Book Fair

   Saturday, 6 May 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm in the Denver Public Library, Lower Level Conference Room, 14th & Broadway, Denver, CO.  Materials fee is $35 (add $5 if registration is postmarked after 29 Apr).  Lunch is on your own.  Seminar Speaker Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG will cover German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, & Distribution; Germans from Russia; German Guild Records; and Beyond the

 

 

Obvious Reasons: Practical and Social Decisions for Emigration to America. Registration forms are available in our library, at AGS meetings or online at cocouncil.org (click on Member Societies’ Seminars and Registration Forms towards the bottom of the page).

 

Planning Ahead – Save These Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, mark your 2017 calendars for these events:

 

10-13 May 2017 – NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC

 

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – FGS National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Oct 2017 - COPALAM Fall Seminar

 

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Library Treasures

submitted by Judy Holtus

   While volunteering one Saturday at our genealogy library, I encountered a very nice 90 year old gentleman.  He wanted help finding his biological mother.  He knew she would be dead by now but wanted help in finding her anyway.  He could not obtain his birth certificate from Missouri when he tried five years prior.  He did have some information which proved helpful to me.  He had her surname, age, occupation and his place of birth and year.  In Google I found great information on the maternity residence of his birth.  It gave many leads as to his mother’s station in life (a 5 star rating).  I then looked in the 1930 census and found a young woman the correct age, name and occupation living in Indiana.  I further searched and found quite a bit about this particular person but still did not know if she was his mother.

   I told him he would have to search for people in this area of Indiana with that surname and maybe find more information/descendents and try DNA testing.  He agreed it was a long shot at best.

   Well, the next day I happen to be reading my December issue of Family Tree Magazine.  On page 22 I read with heightened interest a tip about adoption records.  I knew Colorado had opened records last year but did not know of other states.  This snippet gave a website (www.americanadoptioncongress.org) which lists every state and their adoption records laws.  I checked and there was Missouri having opened their records in the past year.  I immediately e-mailed this gentleman with the news.  He called me the next day and was elated at the prospect of getting this birth record at last.

   As we all know, this will take some time but he promised to let me know if it is the young lady I found.  I saved all my research papers just in case.

   AGS has a subscription to Family Tree Magazine and it is housed on the rack near the printer.  If you do not have a subscription, it is always there for you to peruse.  Back issues are kept for years and many pertinent articles and tips can be found among the pages.

 

 

25 April 2017 Member Sharing Meeting

 

   One of my favorite meetings, this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families.  Come prepared to share.

 

 

23 May 2017 Business Meeting

 

   May of each year is the Aurora Genealogical Society’s annual business meeting.  At this meeting we will hold elections for VP Programs/Publicity, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the Nominating Committee Elaine Pankonin or Dorothy Bernay.  We will also vote on any proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules.

  


Council News

   The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies meeting was held 14 Jan 2017 in the 4th Floor Conference Room at DPL.  It was conducted by President Robert Larson.

   Items of interest included –

·         Post meeting, by e-mail voting, Sandy Ronanye was elected VP Membership to fill out President Bob Larson’s term. John Putnam (PPGS) was elected Delegate-at-Large for 2017.  This is a one-year term.

·         The vote on amendments to the 2017 Council budget was delayed until the next meeting.

·         Bob headed a discussion about cyber security providing a couple of handouts.  Some of our member societies were victims of a spam attempting to get monies from the societies.

  

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 1 April 2017 at DPL.

 

AGS Member Recognized by DAR

 

   At the 7 January 2017 meeting of the Peace Pipe Chapter, NSDAR, AGS member Vickie Smejkal was presented the Women in American History award.  She was recognized for her work with the Historic Riverside Cemetery in Denver, CO.  In 2008, Vickie learned of the 3,885 babies buried in the pauper site known as Block 12 and went about identifying the majority of these children over a span of eight years.  Vickie, in her project Military Veterans of Riverside, also documented ALL the over 1,300 veterans interred at Riverside Cemetery.  Results of her dedication to the souls buried at Riverside can be found at Block12Riverside.com.  Thank you Vickie, for your significant contributions to the history and genealogical communities.


New In the Library

 

Visit www.librarything.com to view more of our holdings (currently about 60% of our collection is online).

 

A History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts with Genealogical Registers, by Justin Winsor, 1849 reprint.

 

The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers, Who Came to Plymouth on the “Mayflower” in 1620, the “Fortune” in 1621, and the “Anne” and the “Little James” in 1623, by Charles Edward Banks, 1929 reprint.

 

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Volume 2, edited by Helen Schatvet, 2016.

 

University of Colorado, Coloradan Year Books for 1954, 1955 and 1956.

 

California, A History, by Andrew F. Rolle, 1967.

 

O Albany![NY], by William Kennedy, 1983.

 

Some Watkins Families of Virginia and Their Kin: Abbott, Anderson, Bass, Clay, Cox, Farrar, Hancock, Hundley, Montague, Moseley, Randolph, Walthall, Woolridge, by John Hale Stutesman, 1989.

 

Hidden History, African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia, by Lynn Rainville, 2014.

 

American Slavery, 1619-1877, by Peter Kolchin, 1993.

 

New Hampshire, by Fritz Wetherbee, 2005.

 

 

Library Chatter

from AGS Librarian Alice Jablonski

   Thank you to all of our volunteers who help out in the library!  Due to Judy' Holtus’ article in the Your Hub section of the Denver Post, we have seen more interested patrons stop by.  This is very exciting.

   As spring rolls around and you think of cleaning or you are helping your parents to downsize, keep the AGS Library in mind for those books that could use a new home.  We will gladly take in any genealogy books, of course, but we also have sections for US history, maps, and high school or college yearbooks!

   Thank you for talking us up, as we look for more ways to let people know about our library!

 

 

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Oklahoma Birth and Death Record Indexes Online

- Dick Eastman, EOGN, 10 Jan 2017

https://okexplore.health.ok.gov.

   Ok2Explore is a free searchable index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma.  Included is limited information on births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than 5 years ago.  Visitors to the site may search the index using any combination of the subject’s name, date of event (birth or death), county of event, and sex of the subject.

   The web site is available to everyone free of charge.  However, keep in mind the site contains INDEXES, not all the information from these records.  Once you have determined that a record of interest is on file, you are welcome to apply for a certified copy of that file. The certified copies cost money but do include all available information from the original records.

 

 

Websites

 

Door County, WI Newspapers

http://pubinfo.co.door.wi.us:8080/jsp/RcWebSimpleSearch.jsp

recommended by member Barb Walker

   If you are searching in Door County WI this site might be helpful.  You’ll find old newspapers for Door county from 1862 – 1970.  Barb says she has found many articles about her ancestors and the site is very easy to use.

 

 

Archive Finder

archivegrid.org

   ArchiveGrid puts you in contact with archives, libraries, and historical institutions worldwide. ArchiveGrid includes over four million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

   I did a test search by first selecting Ohio, then the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.  I then selected “Search the Collections”.  In the “List View” I browsed until I found:

Connecticut miscellaneous papers, 1676-1943.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

3 linear ft.

Papers of the Woodruff family, of Litchfield, Conn., especially George C. Woodruff (1805-1885); political correspondence (1864-1896); letters from literary figures; and papers of other Connecticut families.  Includes material on Connecticut history, land holdings, wills, indentures, and genealogy.

 

   With this information I can either call the library for further assistance, find a researcher in the area or visit the Presidential Center next time I’m in Ohio visiting my Woodruff cousins.

 

  

Riverside Cemetery, Hamilton, MT

http://www.cityofhamilton.net/city_government/departments/cemetery.html

   The city of Hamilton is located in the southwestern part of Montana.  It is the seat of Ravalli County.  The city has provided an alphabetical database for burials at Riverside Cemetery (established 1892).  Click the interments link to begin your search.  The data fields in the index are last name, first name, interment date, page number, and block/lot/space numbers.  There is also a link to a cemetery map on the web page.

 

 

Some Places to Find Online Genealogy Books

extracted from Dick Eastman’s Online Newsletter

2 Feb 2017

Genealogy Gophers:

https://www.gengophers.com

 

Family History Library: familysearch.org underSearch” use both Books and Catalog

 

Allen County (IN) Public Library‘s Genealogy Center:

http://www.genealogycenter.org

 

Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library: https://lib.byu.edu

 

Houston Public Library:

http://houstonlibrary.org/find-it/e-books-more

 

Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center:

http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy

 

British History Online: http://www.british-history.ac.uk is a digital library of primary and secondary sources on medieval and modern history of Great Britain.  It was created and is managed, as a cooperative venture by the Institute of Historical Research, the University of London and the History of Parliament Trust.

 

 


Finding the Fannings

                                                                                    submitted by AGS Member Barbara Walker

 

   Recently I’ve spent a considerable amount of time cleaning up my Chesney family tree so I can post it, with accurate and numerous sources, on Ancestry.com.  John Milford Chesney and Nancy Agnes Fullerton had 13 children.  Two died in infancy, five came to America, two went to New Zealand and four remained, unmarried, on the family farm.  My great-grandfather, Alexander Chesney, was the second of these 13 children.  He came to America in 1889, following in the footsteps of his older sister, Elizabeth Agnes Chesney, who came as a 17-year-old in 1885.

   Tom Chesney, the seventh child, arrived in 1899, and following his older brother Alex, and settled in the same small town in Wisconsin where I was born and grew up.  He married Bridget Agnes Fanning in 1904.  They had two sons, Tom and Francis, and in 1950 Tom murdered two of his Fanning uncles and stole what little money they had in the house.  He was caught the next day after buying a car and taking his bloody clothes to the cleaners. But that’s another story.

   While cleaning up the Chesneys facts and sources I also started looking closely at the Fannings.  I began with parents Michael Fanning and Bridget Holland.  (There were a lot of Bridgets in Ireland in those days.)  When I first started researching them I had the names of six children, probably copied from someone’s tree on Ancestry. As I continued my research I found a huge discrepancy in birth dates for these children so I decided to do some serious research using all the sources I could think of.  This included records on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and most recently, NewspaperArchive.com.  I decided the two-week free trial of NewspaperArchive.com was a “necessity.”  After many successes, the one-year subscription was an easy decision to make ($49.95 for six months).

   Let’s go back to the beginning.  As I mentioned, when I started I had the names of six children with random (unsourced) birth dates.  I had no marriage date or place for Michael and Bridget.  When I checked the 1900 census I discovered that neither of them could read or write.  They gave a year of their birth but the month was “unknown.”  This helped put some things in perspective.  That census also revealed that Bridget had 11 children and 10 were living.  I’m not sure that if I had 11 children I would be able to accurately remember all their birth dates either, especially if I couldn’t write them down.  Theirs was a difficult life and surviving was probably their only goal.

   Further research uncovered the ship’s passenger list from 1886 that included the names and ages of eight children.  I still can’t wrap my mind around how they managed to pay the fare for 10 people to come to America. I’m sure that question will remain unanswered.  I used the names and ages of these children to begin supplementing their family information on Family Tree Maker.  This helped fill in the names of the children, but the ages didn’t exactly match the birth dates I was working with from the information I had accumulated thus far.

   FamilySearch.org was extremely helpful in locating birth records in Ireland (Ireland Births and Baptisms 1620-1881).  I was also able to find a marriage record for Michael and Bridget (March 4, 1862) (Ireland Marriages 1619-1898).  Ancestry.com also provided records in their “Catholic Parish Registers” database.

   At this point I had the names of 10 children, when, according to the 1900 census, I should have 11. NewspaperArchive.com helped me locate the obituary of Michael Fanning, the father of these 11 children.  It listed five sons and five daughters.  From this I determined that William, the youngest child when they immigrated, was the son who must have died, since he was not one of the five sons mentioned in the obituary.

   The problem with the identity of the five daughters was that their first names were not given.  Instead they were identified as “Mrs. Wm. Brown,” “Mrs. Stephen Brown,” (probably sisters married brothers), “Mrs. John Sullivan,” “Mrs. Chas. McKuen,” and Agnes Chesney (the mother of the murderer).

   Once again NewspaperArchive.com came to the rescue.  I searched for the husbands’ names and after much looking, I found the marriage announcements of each couple.  That’s how I finally stumbled on the name of the unknown daughter.  I searched for her husband, William Brown, and after many attempts, found his marriage to Mary Fanning in 1897.  Now I knew why I hadn’t found this child on the 1900 census with the rest of the family – she was already married.  I still don’t know why she didn’t appear on the ship’s passenger list with the rest of the family.  I found her on the 1900 census using her married name, there she was, with her husband William, and a two-year-old son William P. Brown.  She indicated that she immigrated in 1888, two years after the rest of the family, when she was 18 years old.  That’s my remaining mystery. Perhaps someday I will hit the jackpot and unlock this one last detail.

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.  Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings.  Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm.  Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms.  Meetings are open to the public.

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Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.  Annual membership starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

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All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

 

Volume XXXVII, Number 1

January-February 2017

 

 

General Meetings

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 1:30 pm, Small Community Room

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 7:00 pm, Large Community Room

 

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 

 

  

Upcoming Meetings

 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 @ 1:30 pm, Small

Community Room

Extra! Extra! Read All About It, presented by

Carol Swensen, AG

Learn  how  to  locate  newspapers  that  are

online that can help you discover history about your family.   Not only can you find births, marriages and deaths, but also social events in their lives.   You will also learn how to locate newspapers that are not online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 @ 7:00 pm, Large

Community Room

Pledging  Brotherhood:  An  Introduction  to

Fraternal, Benevolent and Secret Societies, Presented    by    Jen    Baldwin,    Professional Genealogist

During the 1800’s, one in every seven people

in the U.S. was a member of a fraternal society. Explore the various types of organizations, how they differ from each other and how to access their records.


 

 

 

 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are being listed on

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

 

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Application on page 7


 

 


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

 

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

Email – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                             Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President                     Judy Keilman Program Vice-President  & Publicity      Judy Holtus Recording Secretary                                 Barbara Bickerton Treasurer                                                    Dick Kautt Corresponding  Secretary                          Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS


Message from the President

 

Happy New Year to all!

 

Over Christmas my son and daughter-in-law from  Orlando  were  visiting.    She  was  a  tad disappointed at our lack of snow in the metro area.   No snow angels this year!   We did talk about family and family traditions.  It’s always interesting to hear her talk about Thai traditions. Although      raised      Buddhist,      she      has enthusiastically embraced everything Christmas. Judy    Holtus    has    some    great    speakers scheduled for this year, but she’s always looking for speakers on the topics YOU want to hear. 

 As   you   renew   your   membership,   please  Fund,  please  consider  the  National  Archives digitalization  project.    All  donations  are  tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Looking forward to a fun year and seeing you all at meetings.

 

Gail

 


 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,    preferably    Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)  If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

Email   articles   to  [email protected]  or  to  any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication  deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This  Newsletter   is  distributed   to  libraries   and  genealogical societies throughout  the United States.   This publication  is also

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The Reader’s Bill of Rights


1.       The right to not read

2.       The right to skip pages

3.       The right to not finish

4.       The right to re-read

5.       The right to read anything

6.       The right to escapism

7.       The right to read anywhere

8.       The right to browse

9.       The right to read aloud

10.   The right to not defend your tastes

- from Better Than Life


 

 


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second  Saturday  of  each  month,  10:00  am  –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration

is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for

14 Jan, 11 Feb and 11 Mar.   Visit the website

for more information.  Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

 

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

8-11 Feb 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT.  Event and hotel registration is open.  If you go, keep your registration receipt.   CCGS holds a drawing at the April 2017 Council Meeting for reimbursement of the registration fee.

 

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Lower Level Conference Room, Denver Public Library, 14th  & Broadway, Denver.   Materials fee  is  $35.    Featured  speaker  will  be  David Allen Lambert, NEHGS staff member and Chief Genealogist.     Register  before  1  Feb  to  be eligible  for  the  drawing  to  have  lunch  with David the day of the seminar.   Seminar topics

include Town and Vital Records, Land Records, and Court Records.

Free Special Program - Friday, 7 April 2017 - David  Allen  Lambert  -  The  Great  Migration

Study  Project.     David  will  present  a  free program on the NEHGS Great Migration Study

Project the afternoon of 7 April 2017, Denver

Public Library.   Since 1988, the goal of The

Great  Migration  Study  Project  has  been  to create accounts of immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640.


 

 

Save These Dates –

10-13   May   2017   –   NGS   Family   History

Conference, Raleigh, NC

 

30   Aug   –   2   Sep   2017   –   FGS   National

Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

 

And if you are really planning ahead – FGS Conferences,

21-24 Aug 2019, Washington, DC

2-5 Sep 2020, Kansas City, MO

 

 

 

 

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical

Societies (CCGS)

 

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 14

Jan 2017, 10:00 am at DPL.

 

 

 

 

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New Hours for Aurora Family History Center

 

The Aurora Family History Center is located at  950  Laredo  (just  north  of  6th    Avenue), Aurora, CO.  Phone number - 303-367- 0570

New hours are:

Monday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (starting 12

Jan 2017)

Saturday – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

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Websites

 

 

Rhode Island Records http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial- justice-gallery/

The   Rhode   Island   Historical   Society   has

launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.”

From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County).  The online archive is free and open to the public.

 

South Dakota Records

http://history.sd.gov/Archives/

From the main page select from the right column your area of interest.  For example, SD Digital Archives, For Genealogists, Naturalization  Records,  Newspaper,  etc,  etc, etc.    If  you  select  SD  Digital  Archives,  then select “Browse All” and you can narrow your choices  to  Manuscript  Collection,  GLO  Land Survey Field Notes, Government Collections or Photo Collection.   Looks like a site you could spend many hours on.

 

Our Timelines

http://ourtimelines.com

Here’s a fun family enhancements to come along in a long time.   Click on TIMELINE on the left side of the page.  Put in Your Name or one of your ancestors and a birth year and death year.   Click on Generate Timeline and the timeline is generated.  To personalize it you can add events unique to your ancestor.  It’s fun.


Providence (RI) Public Library opens a large

Genealogical Collection to the Public

Dick Eastman · November 28, 2016

The Providence Public Library has opened a

large compilation of Rhode Island genealogical material to researchers.  The library acquired the James N. Arnold Collection in November 2015 and   archivists   have   finished   processing   it. James N. Arnold published an eight-volume set of southern Rhode Island’s history and the first comprehensive set of vital records for the state. When he died, the collection of research, publications, personal papers, and personal library  was  given  to  the  Knight  Memorial Library in Providence.

NOTE:   You’ll need to go to Rhode Island to see this collection as it’s not available online.

 

 

 

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Expansion of Washington State Library’s

Online Newspaper Collection

Dick Eastman · December 5, 2016

Nearly  50,000  newly  digitized  pages  from

historic newspapers based in Centralia, Eatonville,  Tacoma  and  Spokane  are  being added to the Washington State Library’s online newspaper collection this year.

The latest titles are the Centralia Daily Hub (1914-16), The Eatonville Dispatch (1916-61) and Den Danske Kronike (1916-17), a Danish- English publication based in Spokane and the Tacoma Evening Telegraph (1886-87).

All the digitized historic newspapers can be found on the State Library’s Washington Digital Newspapers website at: https://newspapers.sos.wa.gov/

 

 

 

***************** Did You Know?

In 7 generations, you have 65,536 relatives; in

17 generations, you have 67,108,864

relatives (info from 2013 Roots Tech).

That's a lot of relatives!


 

 

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 as found on Ancestry.com

written and submitted by AGS member Dotty Sharp Hunt


A fire may have destroyed most of the 1890

U. S. Census, but the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment

Lists, 1862-1918, can give you some of the information found on that missing census.  The Internal Revenue Act was passed by Congress 1

July 1862 for the purpose to pay interest on the

debt.   In 1862 this primarily consisted of war expenses.   The Assessment Lists can give you the name of the head of the household and the location where that person lived for all of the years they are listed on the tax lists.  This may be the most important thing found on these lists. It can also give you an idea of your ancestor’s income.   An example of what I found on my ancestor, James Sharp, in Peru, Miami County, Indiana, on the IRS 1862-1866 Tax Lists.   In

1864 he paid tax on his income of $450.00 in the amount of $2.50.   In 1865 Mr. Sharp paid tax on a carriage worth $262.00 in the amount of $1.00.   Other items taxed were clocks, watches, and pianos.  The basic reason for this tax was to pay the interest on the Civil War debt.

As with all data bases on Ancestory.com, it is

vital that you scroll down to “About the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918” on the page.   The information contained in this area tells you when the Act was passed in Congress and what you can find on the lists.  Also listed in this portion are the dates each state has these Tax Assessments available.   Many don’t have

1862-1918  but  then  again,  many  do  include

those dates.  I can’t count the number of times I have searched a database over and over and over again just sure my ancestor had to be in there to learn they never were.  Never could have been because, for example, that database didn’t include Indiana or Iowa or any of the states I am researching in.   Guess I owe Ancestry an apology.

I had the mistaken idea IRS Tax was relatively new.  Was I wrong!  The easiest way for me to find this Tax is to search in the Card Catalog.  In


Fact, I use the Card Catalog often.   When searching in the Card Catalog it brings up all forms of research for a particular subject.  The important thing about Card Catalog is to keep it very simple.   Go to “SEARCH” at the top of your home page.  On the drop down menu select “Card Catalog”.   Click on that and when Card Catalog  comes  up  using  “keyword(s)”  simply put in “tax”.  Don’t put in any filters as it will eliminate databases you may want to look at. You  may  find  taxes  in  different  locations  or even different types of taxes you are not familiar with.  Initially when searching for Mr. Sharp, I needed to find the “collection district.”  Once I found this I could go back to it year after year. When entering James Sharp, Peru, Miami County, Indiana, I did get a few other James Sharps that were not mine.  To eliminate those and to find my Sharp, the easiest way was to look  at  the  second  column  on  the  form  that gives the location.   I knew from that I had the correct ancestor.  On the search page if you look to the right there is a section where you can “browse” the collection by state.  Give this a try too.   The lists are in alphabetical order so you could look pages ahead and pages behind to find other family members and neighbors.   Any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Happy Hunting.

 

 

 

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Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

 

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

 

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO  meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.   Meetings are the 4th  Tuesday  of the month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.    Afternoon  meetings  begin  at 1:00  pm.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community  Rooms.   Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership  starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO  80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 6

November-December 2016

General Meetings

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:00 pm in Large Community Room

No meeting in December

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 1:30 pm in Small Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Case Study: Wileys in Indiana, presented by

Barb Walker, Experienced Genealogist

A Case Study where sources and methods are

revealed in the quest of “digging up” ancestors is the basis of this program. After discovering various major clues while searching the Wiley family, our speaker will explain her journey and leave the audience with new ideas for expanding any research.

No meeting in December – Happy Holidays

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 @ 1:30 pm, Small

Community Room

Extra! Extra! Read All About It, presented by

Carol Swensen, AG

Learn how to locate newspapers that are

online that can help you discover history about your family. Not only can you find births, marriages and deaths, but also social events in their lives. You will also learn how to locate newspapers that are not online.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are being listed on

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Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or by Appointment, call 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Holiday Closures

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

Saturday, 26 Nov 2016

Saturday, 24 Dec 2016

Saturday, 31 Dec 2016



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

email – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton Treasurer Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin Genealogist Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert Librarian Gail Arnert Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora,

Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.


Message from the President

It’s hard to believe that we’re having this great weather in November. Enjoy it while we can.

Several organizations continue to work

together to digitize historic Aurora newspapers. You can help by donating money when renewing your AGS membership. It is time to renew your membership for 2017. An application is on page 43 of this newsletter.

Enjoy the holidays. Put genealogy related

items on your wish list and maybe you’ll get lucky.

See you at the meeting in January. Note that this meeting is in the Small Community Room

and starts at 1:30 pm.

Gail

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Let’s face it: We’re all wimps compared to our ancestors.


Email articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


---Megan Smolenyak

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration

is required. Classes through the end of 2016 are

12 Nov & 10 Dec. Visit the website for more

information. Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

8-11 Feb 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration is now open. If you go, keep your registration receipt. CCGS holds a drawing at the April 2017 Council Meeting for reimbursement of the registration fee.


From the Colorado Council of Genealogical

Societies (CCGS)

The Council meeting on 8 October 2016 was held in the Denver Public Library.

Items of business included the following:

Elections were held and the following were voted in:

President Robert Larson (Larimer Co.) Treasurer Laurie Ramos (W.I.S.E.)

2017 Nominating Committee – Pattie Apple

(outgoing CCGS Pres.), Cathy Summers

(Parker), and Megan Koepsell (Highlands

Ranch).

Robert Lawson resigned as VP Membership and is looking for someone to complete his term. This would be for the calendar year 2017. If interested, please contact Bob Larson at [email protected] or your CCGS delegate at [email protected] for responsibilities.

A 2017 budget was adopted and request for


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Featured speaker will be David Allen Lambert,

NEHGS staff member and Chief Genealogist.

Research Week in Salt Lake City

10-15 April 2017 – Foothills Genealogy Group research week in Salt Lake City. Reservation and deposit by 1 Nov 2016. Form available in the AGS Library or from Gail Arnert at [email protected]

Save These Dates –

10-13 May 2017 – NGS Family History

Conference, Raleigh, NC

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – FGS National

Conference, Pittsburgh, PA


will again chair the Workshop Committee.

Next Council meeting will be Saturday, 14 Jan

2017.

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The Kings Mountain Herald [NC] Newspaper

http://www.digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers/

Dick Eastman · September 16, 2016

If your ancestors lived in the Kings Mountain, North Carolina area, you undoubtedly will want to check out the latest addition to digitalnc. Issues of the paper from December 1937- December 1954 have now been added.

The website, digitalnc.org, has over 100 North

Carolina newspapers digitized. Other digital collections include yearbooks, memorabilia, and city directories.



Ohio Obituary Indexes Online

1) The Blade Obituary Index http://obits.toledolibrary.org/obits/This

Toledo Public Library index has more than

650,000 records from 1837-2015. The Library will scan and email obits to you free of charge.

2) Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index http://index.rbhayes.org.hayes/index/ has over 3

million entries from the 1810s from over 60 participating libraries throughout northern and

mid-Ohio counties. The Library is physically located at the Hayes Presidential Center in

Fremont, OH and is an excellent research library for Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, and surrounding

counties.

3) Mid-Ohio Library Organization (MOLO)

Obituary Index http://www.ohiofamilysearch.org. This index covers the counties or cities of Coshocton, Holmes, Loudonville, Massillon, and Uhrichsville.

For more Ohio obituaries online, see the Ohio

Genealogy News (OGN), Vol. 47, No. 3, Fall

2016 in our AGS Library.

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New York Public Library Digitizes 137

Years of New York City Directories

Dick Eastman · October 10, 2016

The New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch - 1849/50 through 1923 - have already been scanned, and the 1786-1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months and can be found at: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2016/09/21/new-

york-city-directories-free-online


New in the Library Donations and Purchases Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety NOTE: We have received the entire Genealogy Collection from the Aurora Public Library. As a result, many books will be available on the Duplicate Cart for a donation.

New Donations and Purchases:

NGS Research in the States Series for:

Pennsylvania, 3rd edition

Little Books About Big Things: Freemasons, by

Bob Bailey Mucker, pub. 2013.

Memories of the Land, Place Names of San Luis

Obispo County [CA], by Mark P. Hall-Patton,

1994.

Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties Indiana, Vol. 1, reprint of 1898 publication.

Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 56, Nos. 1-3, 2016.

English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, Second Series in 3

Volumes, by Gary Boyd Roberts, pub. 1985.

Wisconsin, A History, by Robert C. Nesbit, ©

1973.

Blecha’s Colorado Place Names, A Genealogical & Historical Guide to Colorado Sites, by Arvid D. Blecha, © 2003.

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“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him

12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”

--- Christopher Morley



Websites Genealogy Books Online www.gengophers.com

This family history website provides precise and free access to the industry’s most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than 40,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters.

GenGophers.com is the only website that

returns genealogy book results only.

The Family History Guide

thefhcguide.com

The Family History Guide is a website that

represents a best-in-class learning environment

for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you're brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher - or somewhere in between - The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.

Take the tour, check out the learning videos, learn how to set your goals, find resources, and much, much more.

Dictionary of Slang

https://greensdictofslang.com

Find a word or phrase in an old document that you do not understand? If it is slang, you

probably can find the meaning in the free,

online Green’s Dictionary of Slang. The dictionary contains nearly 100,000 words supported by over 400,000 citations that go all the way back to the middle ages.

North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ngnewspapers.

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers

Archive now provides access to fifteen newspaper titles published in nine North Georgia cities (Canton, Cassville, Cedartown, Clayton, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1928. Consisting of over 63,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.


Libguides

http://community.libguides.com/

from Internet Genealogy Today Research Tips, Vol 4 #22, 28 Sep 2016

Libguides are guides to resources and topics

written by librarians for the public. You can

find guides for the collections of a specific library or just a topic that you are researching. And, yes there are guides for genealogy as well. Make sure to also look for guides having to do with historical newspapers, periodicals, and historical events. Some Libguides to check out include the History & Genealogy guides from the Connecticut State Library, and various historical topics by the librarians at Brigham Young University Library.

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Family History Center Premium Sites

All of the below websites are available and free at all Family History Centers:

• 19th Century British Library Newspaper

Digital Archive

• Access Newspaper Archive

• Alexander Street Press - The Civil War

• ancestry.com

• Geneanet

• Find My Past

• Fold3.com

• Paper Trail

• Kinpoint

• MyHeritage

• ProQuest Obituary Listings

• Puzzilla.org

Aurora Family History Center classes, hours of operations and location are also available in the AGS Library. Of course you can always contact them at 303-877-6251 or [email protected]

Current Aurora FHC hours are: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Upcoming Programs


Here’s a quick look at the meeting programs

Judy Holtus has planned for 2017:

24 Jan, 1:30 pm: Extra, Extra Read All About

It, presented by Carol Swensen

28 Feb, 7:00 pm: Pledging Brotherhood: An Introduction to Fraternal, Benevolent & Secret Societies, presented by Jen Baldwin

28 Mar, 1:30 pm: Women of the Civil War, presented by Sandy Ronayne

25 April, 7:00 pm: Member Sharing

23 May, 1:00 pm: How to Plan Your Digital Afterlife, presented by Julie Miller, followed by the Business Meeting.

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I Knew There Was a Word for That from the Sep/Oct 2014 Family Chronicle magazine, David A. Norris contributor

Rest assured the English language has a word for it. A few examples follow:

Dittography: accidental doubling of letters in writing.

Double dating: the peculiar way some pre-1752 dates are written. Until Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, New Year’s Day was variously considered to be either January 1 or March 25. It was debatable what year days between January 1 and March 25 fell into, so we see dates written in a style such as “March 2, 1720/21.”

Gadzookery: the use of archaic expressions. Egad, I shall commence adhering to the practice forthwith!


Happy Thanksgiving

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

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Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

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All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

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PO Box 31732

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Newsletter of the Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 5

 

September-October 2016

 

 

 

 

 

General Meetings Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 1:00 pm Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 7:00 pm

 

 

 

Large Community Room

 

Aurora Central Library

 

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

 

Aurora, CO 80012

 

 Upcoming Meetings

 

 Tuesday, 27 September 2016 @ 1:00 pm Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data     Presented  by  Ted  Bainbridge,  Ph.D., experienced genealogist

Studying census records along with contemporary maps can reveal information not contained in either source alone, and not accessible by any other means.  Demonstration of three longstanding research puzzles: what maps and census records were used, methods of analysis, and what was discovered.

 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 @ 7:00 pm

 

Courthouse Records

 

Presented by Dick Kautt, lawyer and experienced genealogist

 

Many new and some not-quite-so   new genealogical  researchers  believe  that  the  only

 

courthouse records available for research have been placed on the Internet.   Dick will dispel

 

that   notion   by   taking   us   on   a   “tour”   of courthouse records and discuss ways and means

 

of accessing and examining this valuable source to  gain  the  best  results  for  our  genealogical

 

research.

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

 

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

 

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

 

303-739-6686

 

 

 

Open to the Public

 

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

or by Appointment, call 303-755-1179

 

During inclement weather, call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

 

 

AGS Library Holdings are being added to

 

www.librarything.com

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

 

 

 

P.O. Box 31732

 

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

 

303-739-6686

email – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

Facebook -

 

https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 

 Message from the President

 

It’s been a great, relatively meeting free summer.

 

In June I spent a week in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound on a Road Scholar trip.  The islands are gorgeous and the weather  was  perfect  all  week.     We  visited several of the islands seeing a goat farm, a salmon hatchery, a lavender farm, and several museums  including  a  whale  museum.     The

We welcome articles for publication provided:

 

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

 

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,    preferably    Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

 

3)  If not your original work, sources must be cited.

 

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

 

 

Email   articles   to  [email protected]  or  to  any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication  deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

 

 

This  Newsletter   is  distributed   to  libraries   and  genealogical societies throughout  the United States.   This publication  is also indexed  in the  Periodical  Source  Index  (PERSI)  published  by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


“family tree” of the resident Orcas whales.  Also found out how they collect whale DNA to help create the family tree.  Unfortunately there were no whale sightings during our visit.

 

Judy Keilman and I went to Greeley, CO for

 

the  CCGS  July  meeting.    The  meeting  was hosted by the Weld County Genealogical Society.

 

It feels good to be getting ready for our first

 

meeting.  As usual, Judy Holtus has some great programs lined up to include Using Census Records to Overcome Brick Walls, Courthouse Records, and a Case Study of the Wiley Family of Indiana.

 

Looking   forward   to   seeing   you   at   the

 

meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail

 

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Take notes on the spot, a note is worth a cart- load of recollections.

 

---Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda D. Baselt


Upcoming Events

 

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

 

 

Colorado Genealogical Society www.cogensoc.us/

 

Beginner Genealogy Classes have resumed. Classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00

 

am  –  12:00  noon  in  the  Gates  Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.  Classes through the end of 2016 are 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov & 10 Dec.

 

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

Special Interest Classes:

 

Saturday,  24  Sep  2016,  10:00  am  –  12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th  Floor, DPL.    Presenter is Greg Liverman, PhD, speaking on 23andMe: DNA Testing for Genealogy and Genetic Analysis.

 

Saturday,  22  Oct  2016,  10:00  am  –  12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th  Floor, DPL.    Speaker  is  Deena  Coutant  discussing DNA Third Party Tools.

 

 

 

Larimer County Genealogical Society Conference for a Cause www.lcgsco.org

 

Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00

 

pm, Medical Center of the Rockies Community Room, Loveland, CO. Materials fee: $45. Featured Speaker is Curt Witcher, Director of the Genealogy Center at Allen County [IN] Public Library.    Topics include Historical Research Methodology, Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries and more.

 

Registration forms available online and in our

 

Genealogy Library.

 

 

 

Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter

 

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Saturday, 22

 

Oct 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Denver Public Library, 14th  & Broadway, Lower Level Conference Room.    Materials fee is $45. Featured speaker will be Marianne S. Wokek,

 

PhD, a History professor at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis.  Topics include Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns,


To   Move   or   Not   to   Move:   Transatlantic

 

Relocation in the Age of Sail, and more.

 

 

 

Jewish Genealogy Annual Full-Day Seminar

 

jgsco.org

 

Sunday, 30 Oct 2016, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, at JCC, 350 Dahlia St., Denver.  Cost is $5.00 for members.   Non-members may join for $30. Presenters will be David Laskin and Jean Unger. More info on the website.   Online registration only.

 

 

 

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 Plan to Leave Your Digital Assets in Your Will

 

from EOGN, August 18, 2016

 

Our personal lives are far more complicated in the digital age than those of our ancestors. Genealogists may read their ancestors’ wills but sometimes forget about their own estates, especially digital goods.  From bank accounts to Facebook, PayPal and more, a good chunk of our personal and financial lives are online.   If you fail to account for those digital assets in your estate plan, you risk burying your family or friends in red tape as they try to get access to and  deal  with  your  online  accounts  that  may have sentimental, practical or monetary value.

 

The good news is that a growing number of states  are  enacting  laws  that  help  clarify  the rules for how executors and others can access and  manage  the  online  accounts  of  someone who has died.

 

The  revised  Uniform  Fiduciary  Access  to

 

Digital Assets Act — which has been adopted in

 

18 states and introduced in at least 12 others —

 

lays out the rules under which an executor can manage a decedent’s digital accounts.

 

You can read more in an article by Andrea

 

Coombes   in   the   MarketWatch   website   at http://goo.gl/lDdbjj.


From the Colorado Council of

 

Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The summer Council meeting, hosted by the

 

Weld County Genealogical Society, was held 9

 

July 2016 at the James Michener Library on the

 

UNC campus in Greeley, CO.

 

There were about 12 delegates and officers present with another 7 on GoToMeeting.

We have two new CCGS member societies;

 

the  American  Historical  Society  for  Germans

 

from  Russia  and  Castle  Rock  Genealogical

 

Society.

 

RPAC Chair, David Coward, recommended that the new State Archivist be invited to one of our meetings.

 

The Speakers Bureau is current as of 1 July

 

2016 per chair Harry Ross.

 

The   Society   Management   Workshop   was

 

deemed a success with 25 societies represented and 99 individuals registered.   The Program Guide and Syllabus is available in the Members Only section on the CCGS website

 

Harry Ross, Nominating Committee Chair, did not have a slate of proposed officers to present at this time.  He will get the slate for President, Treasurer and 2017 Nominating Committee out to the delegates prior to the October meeting when voting occurs.

 

The 8 October meeting will be held at Denver Public  Library.    Meeting  starts  at  10:00  am. The  meeting  adjourned  for  a  tour  of  the Michener  Library  and  Archives  followed  by lunch at a local restaurant.   Martha VanDriel and   other   Weld   County   members   did   a wonderful  job  hosting  the  meeting,  tour  and

 

lunch.

 

 

 

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Family History Center Update

 

Great News!  The Family History Library and

 

Centers  “Premium  Family  History  Websites”

 

now includes American Ancestors by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.   If you have ancestors in New England and New York this  is  a  must  visit.     Many  of  the  records available on the site expand beyond New England.


New in the AGS Library

 

Check us out at www.librarything.com

 

 

 

Oklahoma, A History by H. Wayne Morgan & Anne Hodges Morgan, pub. 1984.

 

 

 

American Evangelical Protestantism and European Immigration, 1800-1924, pub. 2011, by William J. Phalen.

 

 

 

The American Census Handbook, pub. 2001, by

 

Thomas J. Kerry.

 

 

 

Some Early Tax Digests of Georgia, pub. 1926, by Ruth Blair.

 

 

 

The New Orleans French, 1726-1733: A Collection of Marriage Records Relating to the First Colonists of the Louisiana Province, pub.

 

1973, by William DeVille.

 

 

 

British Roots of Maryland Families, pub. 1999, by Robert William Barnes.

 

 

 

Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church, from Original Sources, Vols. I & II, pub. 1985, by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh.

 

 

 

Kerr County, Texas Death Records, 1903-1960,

 

pub. 1988, compiled by Gloria Clifton Dozier.

 

 

 

Memorial & Genealogical Record of Texas (East): Containing Biographical Histories & Genealogical Records of Many Leading Men & Prominent Families, originally pub. 1895, by Goodspeed Publishing Co.

 

 

 

Polish Marriage Applicants, St. Joseph County, Indiana, 1905-1915, by Gene Szymarek & G. Lucky Ladewski.

 

 

 

The Wuerttemberg Emigration Index, Vols. 1-6,

 

by Trudy Schenk, Ruth Froelke, and Inge Bork.

 

 

 

Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-

 

1674, by John O. Evjen.


 


Websites

 

 

 

 

 

Small Town Papers smalltownpapers.com recommended by Judy Holtus

 

This website provides free access to more than

 

250 small town newspapers in the United States. Click a newspaper title in the alphabetical list for the latest issue.  The archives mostly consist of issues from 2008 to present, but there will be some issues  from  the  19th  and  20th  centuries. Because the newspapers are under copyright restriction, information on citing the content is

 

provided.


Missouri Adoption Records

 

from EOGN, August 30, 2016

 

Adoptees in Missouri born prior to 1941 now are able to access records that previously were not available to them.   Younger adoptees are still locked out.   However, that will change on January 2, 2018, when adoptees born after 1940 and who are at least 18 years old will be able to request their original birth certificates.

 

For years, the Missouri Adoptee Rights movement has been lobbying for more lenient laws on adoption privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montana Historical Society

 

http://mhs.mt.gov/research/online

 

Located in west central Montana, Helena is the state capital and county seat of Lewis and Clark County.   Online resources include more than 375,000 digitized pages from 47 newspapers.      The  database  is  full-text searchable and covers 1885 to 2014.   There is also  a  digitized  collection  including photographs,   documents,   books,   maps,   and audio resources.  You will also find community cookbooks, diaries, high school yearbooks, and radio interviews of locals.   Other resources include Montana Military Enlistment databases for 1890-1918, World War I, and World War II; and Montana State Prison Records from 1869 to

 

1974.    This  latter  database  includes  prisoner

 

description sheets with mug shots and descriptions of criminal histories and arrest records.

 

 

 

US Geological Survey (USGS) Maps http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads. This website puts every US Geological Survey

 

(USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and makes them easy to print out at home.

 

The  printable  PDF  you  get  from  National

 

Geographic is broken down into 5 pages.

 

Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context

 

Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers.


 

 

Completion of Fundraising for Preserve the 1812 Pensions Project

 

from EOGN, 1 September 2016

 

The   Federation   of   Genealogical   Societies

 

(FGS)  announced  the  receipt  of  a  historic

 

$500,000 anonymous contribution to the War of

 

1812 Preserve the Pensions fundraising project.

 

The unprecedented donation, which came from outside of the genealogical community, will be matched by Ancestry.com, and in total provide

 

$1 million to the project.   Those funds, along

 

with crowdsourced funds from the genealogical community, have provided more than $3 million dollars  to  the  project.    With  these  donations, FGS officially has announced the completion of fundraising for “Preserve the Pensions,” the landmark community fundraising project.

 

For the last several years the Aurora Genealogical Society has contributed to this fund.  According to fold3.com the pension files are 65% complete as of 5 Sep 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please

 

---Mark Twain

 

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda D. Baselt


 

 

 

 

 

 

90 Years Ago in Aurora

 

The following transcribed items for the months of September and October 1926 come from the Aurora

 

Democrat newspaper.  A notebook with all transcriptions from 22 December 1909 through 27 December

 

1929 is located in the AGS Library.   It is also available through the Family History Library, Film

 

#1870339.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 3, 1926                             AURORA SOCIETY

 

NEW              Mr. and Mrs. J. New are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby son, born Aug. 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

YOUNG         Mrs. Merle Young and new baby son have returned home from the General Hospital and are getting along fine.

 

 

 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

 

CHRISTOPHER        John C. Christopher, of 1560 Clinton Street, died at Fitzsimmons Hospital, and his wife left Tuesday afternoon for Red Oak, Iowa, where funeral services and interment were held.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 10, 1926                    NEWS AROUND TOWN

 

LLEWELLEN                      One of the most unusual and distressing accidents occurred in Aurora Monday when the five-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lew Llewellen was accidently kicked in the stomach by a playmate.  He was removed to Mercy hospital and his condition was not reguarded[sic] as serious.  However, he suddenly became very much worse and it was found that his diaphragm had been ruptured and he died Wednesday afternoon from internal hemorriages[sic].   The deep sympathy of Aurora is extended to the bereaved family who have just moved here.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 1, 1926                                           DIED

 

BARGER          Mrs. Carrie Barger, beloved wife of William Barger, died at her late residence, 1901

 

Florence, after a lingering illness, Saturday evening, September 25, 1926.

 

The family had lived here several years, coming from Oregon.   Mrs. Barger was a

 

member of the Aurora Christian church and of the order of Maccabees, a devoted wife and mother, a splendid neighbor, an earnest Christian, and one who made a host of friends who deeply feel her loss.

 

She leaves besides her husband, four children, Veta, Virgil, Loren, and Alice and also a

 

brother and sister.

 

The funeral was held from the Aurora Mortuary, the Rev. Isom Roberts officiating.

 

The chapel was filled with friends and the casket was covered with beautiful flowers. The interment was in Fairmount.

 

The deep sympathy of Aurora is extended to the sorrowing family.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 8, 1926                                 AURORA SOCIETY

 

GRATKE          Fred I. Gratke, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Gratke, of 1214 Clinton St., was united in KENNEY       marriage Sunday, October 3, 1926 to Miss Helen Kenney of 1350 South Pearl St., Denver.   The bride’s pastor performed the ceremony, only immediate relatives being

 

present.

 

The bride is a popular young girl and is employed as librarian in a branch of the Denver

 

city library while the groom is a veteran of the World War and is in the electrical business with his father and brother in Aurora.

 

The young couple left for a honeymoon in the mountains and will be at home in Denver later, where they have purchased a house.  The many Aurora friends extend to the young

 

couple their best wishes.

 

 

 

MARINACE     A very quiet wedding was celebrated Saturday, October 2nd, when John J. Marinace, COLLETTE   youngest brother of the late Mars Marinace, was united in marriage to Miss Mildred

 

Collette, sister of Mrs. Mars Marinace.  The young couple are both from New York City, but for the present will make their home in Aurora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 15, 1926                         NEWS AROUND TOWN

 

O’BRIEN       Born to Mr. and Mrs. John O’Brien, a 10 pound son Wednesday, October 13th, at Mercy

 

Hospital.  Mrs. O’Brien was Miss Mayme Culley.

 

 

 

Friday, October 29, 1926                                    SOCIETY

 

OLMSTEAD     Among the recent births reported is a son to Mr. and Mrs. Olmstead of Denver.  Mrs.

 

Olmstead is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Smith.

 

The many friends of Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Starbird will be pleased to hear that a son has

 

been born to their daughter Tertiam, and the grandparents are filled with joy.

 

 

 

HARDIN        Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Hardin, Dayton Sr[St]., are the proud parents of a son which was born

 

Tuesday.

 

 

 

DIED

 

CAWLEY         Emma L. beloved wife of D. L. Cawley and one of the oldest residents of Aurora, died in a Denver hospital the first of this week.

 

Mrs. Cawley had been in failing health for the past two years and had been a great sufferer.

 

She was a member of the Community church, a splendid neighbor, a faithful wife and loving mother.

 

Funeral services were conducted from Thompson’s chapel Thursday afternoon, Dr. Smiley officiating.

 

Besides her husband she leaves three daughters, Mrs. Geo. W. Speck and Mrs. Irwin

 

Washburn, both of Aurora; and Mrs. Robt. Reading, of Los Angeles, Calif. and three sons, Joseph, Stanley and Tommy.

 

The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO  meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.   Meetings are the 4th  Tuesday  of the month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.    Afternoon  meetings  begin  at 1:00  pm.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community  Rooms.   Meetings are open to the

 

public.

 

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

 

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

 

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership  starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

 

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

 

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter of the Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 4

July-August 2016

  

General Meetings

No Meetings July & August

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 1:00 pm

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 7:00 pm

 

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 @ 1:00 pm Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data

Presented     by     Ted     Bainbridge,     Ph.D.,

Experienced Genealogist

Studying     census     records     along     with

contemporary maps can reveal information not contained in either source alone, and not accessible by any other means.  Demonstration of three longstanding research puzzles: what maps and census records were used, methods of analysis, and what was discovered.

 Tuesday, 25 October 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Courthouse Records

Presented    by    Dick    Kautt,    Lawyer    and

Experienced Genealogist

Many new and some not-quite-so new genealogical researchers believe that the only courthouse records available for research have been placed on the Internet.   Dick will dispel that   notion   by   taking   us   on   a   “tour”   of courthouse records and discuss ways and means of accessing and examining this valuable source to gain the best results for our genealogical research.


 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other Times/Appointments, call 303-755-1179.

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

  Happy Birthday

 

 

 

Colorado

140 on 1 August


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

email – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                             Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President                     Judy Keilman Program Vice-President  & Publicity      Judy Holtus Recording Secretary                                 Barbara Bickerton Treasurer                                                    Dick Kautt Corresponding  Secretary                          Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                    Elaine Pankonin Genealogist                                                Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate                                         Gail Arnert Librarian                                                    Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor                                      Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus Parliamentarian                                         Judy Keilman Website                                                      Jennifer O’Bayley

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,    preferably    Aurora, Arapahoe, and Adams counties.

3)  If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

Email   articles   to  [email protected]   or  to  any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication  deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This  Newsletter   is  distributed   to  libraries   and  genealogical societies throughout  the United States.   This publication  is also indexed  in the  Periodical  Source  Index  (PERSI)  published  by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

 

 

New Members


 

Message from the President

 

Thank you for re-electing myself, Judy Keilman and Marion Baumann for the offices of President, VP Membership and Corresponding Secretary.  We really enjoy serving AGS.

There  are  a  few  seminars  scheduled  for

October, a lineage workshop in July, and a couple of Festivals in July and August.   Pick one to fit your interests and make your plans now.   Information is under Upcoming Events and some of the registration forms can be found on the main page of www.cocouncil.org under “Member Society Seminar Registration Forms” or in our AGS Library.

As usual, our sharing meeting was fun and informative.  We had vital records from England and Scotland, pictures of a doll crib made from an orange crate used by four generations of a family, letters, journals and stories from and about fathers and grandfathers, newspaper research that helped with a brick wall, and women’s clothing from the 1800 and 1900’s.

I took a Roads Scholar trip to the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound and learned amongst other things how genealogy and DNA are used in tracking the whale pods native to the Sound.

On Wednesday, 20 July please pause in remembrance to honor those whose lives were lost and survivors of the Aurora Theater shootings in 2012.

Enjoy your summer.  Please visit the library,

ours or others in the area.

 

 

Gail

 

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Vincent Donnelly, 15808 E. Ford Place, Aurora, CO 80017-3017 (Donnelly, Morrissey)


 New in the Library

 

CORRECTION:    In the May-June 2016 newsletter I listed that the Library had Vol. 5 of the  Mayflower  Families  series.    We  actually have Vol. 3 in the series.   This volume covers the family of George Soule.

 

We have received all the genealogy collection that was formerly in the lower level of the main Library.  The total came to over 500 items.

We also received a large genealogy donation

from  Linda  Curtis,  former  AGS  member  and one time AGS President.  She had many Quaker items and many duplicates of other items that are available on the Duplicate cart.

 

New items include:

Ouray County Cemeteries, by the Ouray County

Genealogical Society.

 

The Surnames of Wales for Family Historians and Others, by John & Sheila Rowlands, pub.

1996.

 

The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-

1700, by John C. Hotten, 1983.

 

A  Genealogical  and  Heraldic  History  of  the

Colonial Gentry, by Sir Bernard Burke, 1970.

 

NGS Research in the State Series, pub 2016, for

Texas, and

Florida

 

Wethersfield   [CT]   Inscriptions,   by   Edward

Tillotson, 1988.

 

German Census Records 1816-1916, by Roger

P. Minert, 2016.  Purchased by AGS.

 

Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources, Vols.  I  &  II,  edited  by  Milton  Rubincam  & Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1980 & 1983, donated by Dorothy Bernay.

 

Images   of   America,   Rappahannock   County [VA], by Kathryn Lynch, 2007, donated by Sandra Leake.


From Linda Curtis:

The   American   Genealogist   [Quarterly],   12 volumes from 1997, 2011-2015.

 

Quaker Records of Southern Maryland, 1658-

1800, by Henry C. Peden, 1992.

 

Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 1716-

1800, by Henry C. Peden, 1993.

 

Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham

Quakers, 1680-1889, by Alice Beard, 1989.

 

Back Creek Friends Cemetery Burial Records,

by Ralph Kirkpatrick, 1995.

 

Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Wills,

1865-1785,   by   the   Historical   Society   of

Pennsylvania, 1995.

 

Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land

Records,  1684-1723,  by  Charlotte  Meldrum,

1995.

 

A   Retrospect   of   Early   Quakerism,   Being Extracts from the Records of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, by Ezra Michener, 1860 reprint.

 

Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 17th  & 18th  Centuries, Vols. 2-3, by Anna Watring & F. Edward Miller, 1994.

 

Applied Genealogy, by Eugene Stratton, 1988.

 

North   Carolina   Genealogical   Research,   by

George K. Schweitzer, 1984.

 

Early   New   Englanders   and   Kin,   by   Roy

Burgess, 1992.

 

The  Early  Settlement  of  Stamford,  CT,  1641-

1700, by Jeanne Majdalany, 1991.

 

Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, 1682-1800,

by John T. Humphrey, 1993.

 

Quaker Genealogies: A Selected Lists of Books,

by Willard Heiss & Thomas D. Hamm, 1985.


 


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

8-10 July, Colorado Irish Festival, 7306 Bowles Avenue (Clement Park) Littleton; www.coloradoirishfestival.org

 

Multi Lineage Society Workshop Wednesday, 13 July 2016, DPL 5th Floor, 10:00 am  –  2:00  pm.    Representatives  from  eleven lineage  societies  will  be  available  to  discuss requirements for their society and review any lineage  documents  you  may  bring.     Please RSVP to Wendy Becker by Friday, 8 July at [email protected].        Flyers    are available in our library.

 

5-7 August, Colorado Scottish Festival, Snowmass, CO; www.scottishgames.org

 

COPALAM Fall Seminar

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Saturday, 22

Oct 2016, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm in the Denver Public Library, 14th  & Broadway. Featured speaker  will  be  Marianne  S.  Wokeck,  Ph.D. Her four topics will be Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns, To Move or Not to Move: Transatlantic  Relocation  in  the  Age  of  Sail,

Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting Life as  Redemptioners,  and  Ethnic  Identity  in  the

18th Century.

Registration forms will soon be available in

the AGS Library and online at cocouncil.org (click on Member Societies Seminars and Registration Forms).

 

Jewish Genealogy Seminar

jgsco.org

Sunday, 30 Oct 2016, annual all day seminar with  David  Laskin  and  Jean  Unger.     The seminar   theme   will   be   Documenting   Your Family  Story.    Please  check  the  website  for more detailed information.


Websites

National Library of Scotland http://digital.nls.uk/histories-of-scottish- families/pageturner.cfm?id=93506071

- - -from Dick Eastman · June 8, 2016

The National Library of Scotland has recently digitized a selection of almost 400 printed items

relating to the histories of Scottish families, and you can read them all in the Library’s Digital

Gallery.   You can search the text of the books for particular words or phrases.   All areas of

Scotland   are   included,   from   Dumfries   to

Shetland,   and   many   different   families   and

places are represented – in fact many more than the titles might suggest, as a keyword search by place or name will reveal.   Many of the books cover multiple families, so even if your family name is not listed in a book’s title, it’s worth performing an electronic search for that name anyway.    I  found  a  Munro  Clan  history  that really helped with my research.

 

 

New Hampshire State Papers

sos.nh.gov/Papers.aspx

At this New Hampshire State website you can find an index to forty volumes of Provincial and State Papers of New Hampshire.   All volumes are downloadable and the index covers all forty volumes.  I looked at three volumes and found Revolutionary War records and pension lists, Town Charters, and Probate records.  Volume 1 has Provincial records dating from 1623.  If you have ancestors from New Hampshire, this is an invaluable source.

 


Colonial and State Records of North Carolina

http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/

The   Colonial   and   State   Records   of   North

Carolina is an extraordinary resource for North Carolina's history.  Included are documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina's settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

 

Facebook Genealogy Lists

By Gena Philibert-Ortega, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today author Did  you know that there are nearly 6,000 genealogy groups on Facebook?  These groups cover  topics  as  diverse  as  regional  areas  of interest, topics, surnames, and how-to’s.  Find a Facebook group to help your genealogy research by consulting the Genealogy on Facebook list http://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on- facebook-list/      curated      by      professional genealogist  Katherine  R  Wilson.    For  those concentrating  on  Canadian  genealogy,  consult Gail Dever’s Facebook for Canadian Genealogy

list http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?p=7656.

 

  

Rhode Island Court Records, 1729-1812 http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial- justice-gallery/.

The   Rhode   Island   Historical   Society   has

launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice:

Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court  Records.”     These  specific  collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island.

The earliest documents are those from 1729-

1741 for the Providence County Justice Court at

Warwick and those from 1730-1739 for the Kings County Court Records.    The latest documents are the Providence County Justice Court Dockets from 1809 to 1812.

 

  

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Enumeration District Maps for US 1950

Census are Going Online

- from EOGN, 14 Jun 2016

The public will not be able to view the 1950

US   Census   until   2022,   but   about   8,000

Enumeration  District  Maps  are  being  placed

online now by the US National Archives and Records Administration.   The new additions include all county maps and any map that includes five or more enumeration districts.

You can learn more in NARA’s web site at https://goo.gl/4YPIjq

 

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AGS Survey Results

Thanks to the 21 people who filled out this year’s survey.  A synopsis of the results follow.

No one is researching in AL, AK or MS.  The top six states being researched in are IL, MO,

NY, OH, PA, and VA.   The top five countries being   research   in   are   Germany,   England,

Ireland, Scotland and Norway.

The 1600’s through the 1900’s seem to be the

primary focus of our research.

Most  of  us  (15)  are  using  the  Family  Tree

Maker software program.

As to “Programs Interested In” those checked by 10 or more people were ancestry.com. Cemetery Research, Church Records, Court Records,  DNA,  Immigration,  Land/Tax Records, Maps, and Newspaper Research.   A write-in was Brick Walls.

For “Level of Experience” most were Intermediate  (9)  with  Beginner  and  Advance tied at 4 each.

We have people who consider their area of

expertise as Scotland, Ohio, Nebraska, the New England   states,   Norway,   Sweden,   Western Land, and “digging deep to find everything possible on each person.”

Three people said “Yes” or “Maybe” to doing a program or workshop.

Thanks again for completing the Survey.  This really helps our Program VP Judy Holtus to plan

programs and find speakers.


  

Census  Records  with  Maps  to  Identify  the  Parents  of  a  Person  Born  in  1803

submitted by Ted  Bainbridge,  Ph.D., member of Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society

 

William English raised his family in the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna River in north-central Pennsylvania.  Hundreds of his descendants were documented, but none of his ancestors were known until now.

 

William’s  Birth

William’s obituary, published in Renovo on 19 May 1882, said he was born near Benezette and died at

the age of 79 years.  That indicates he was born in 1802 or 1803.  Censuses from 1850 through 1880 report ages that indicate he was born in 1803 or 1804.  We conclude that he was born in 1803.

 

Census  Results

William, with correct names for his wife and children, is positively and uniquely identified in the censuses of 1880, 1870, 1860, and 1850.  He is similarly identified in the 1840 and 1830 censuses with the correct number of children, each of exactly the right age.

 

Proven birth dates of William’s children make it unlikely that he was married in 1820.  That year’s census does not include a William English household with an adult couple of the correct ages.  Neither does it include a William English household without children.

 

Therefore the 1820 census was searched for households that might include William as a child.  That census includes a category for males aged 16 to 18, indicating calculated birth years of 1802 through

1804, or at most 1801 through 1805.  Searching the 1820 Pennsylvania census for surnames of English or Inglish or any similar spellings or sounds discovered four households that contained males in the

desired age group.  Those households are plotted on the following map.

 

 Map  Results

On the above map the diamond is in the West Branch Valley.  It is in the same township that William English lived in for the last 32 to 42 years of his life. The circles are 114, 171, and 177 miles away.  The household marked by the diamond is William’s parents’ household.


 The  Household

The 1820 United States Federal [Decennial] Census of Chapman Township, Lycoming County [now in Clinton County], Pennsylvania contains the following entry for the household represented by the diamond on the above map:

 

 

William Inglish

1 male

2 males

age 16-18 age 16-26

 

1 male

1 female

age 26-45

age 16-26

 

1 female

age 26-45

 

 

one person engaged in agriculture

 

 

Most probably (but not with absolute certainty) that information allows us to describe the household as follows:

 

husband

age 26-45

born 1775-1794

or 1785 ±

10

William Inglish

wife

age 26-45

born 1775-1794

or 1785 ±

10

 

son

age 19-26

born 1794-1801

or 1798 ±

4

 

daughter

age 16-26

born 1794-1804

or 1799 ±

5

 

son

age 16-18

born 1802-1804

or 1803 ±

1

William English

 

Results

The father of William English (born 1803) was William Inglish (born 1775-1794).  Most probably

William English’s mother, brother, and sister have been found with their approximate birth years.  That household lived in exactly the right place.

 

Using census records with maps revealed new information not contained in either source alone.

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO  meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.   Meetings are the 4th  Tuesday  of the month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.    Afternoon  meetings  begin  at 1:00  pm.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community  Rooms.   Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership  starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

 

Aurora, CO  80041-0732

Newsletter of the Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 2

March-April 2016

General Meetings

Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 1:30 pmSmall Community Room

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 7:00 pm - Large Community Room

 

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 @ 1:30 pm

Brick Wall or Picket Fence?

Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist.

   Sometimes we build our own brick walls.  Learning about available records and what information they contain can reveal that we have only a picket fence to get over.  Carol will also talk about real brick walls and strategies to overcome those roadblocks.

 

 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Member Sharing

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society members.

   Our April meeting will feature society members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries.  Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths. 

 

Meeting Etiquette Reminders:

1)  No food or beverage in the meeting room.

2)  Turn off or mute cell phones.

3)  Don’t talk or whisper when the speaker is presenting.

Thank You

 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

or by Appointment, call 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Our holdings are being listed on www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

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Renewal Form on page 15

 


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

email – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                                Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                   Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity       Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                               Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                 Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                        Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                 Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist                                            Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate                                      Gail Arnert

Librarian                                                  Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                    Gail Arnert

                                                                [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee Chair                  Judy Holtus

Parliamentarian                                       Judy Keilman

Website                                                   Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

Email articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

  

Message from the President

 

   Happy 35th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society.  Our Society’s organizational meeting was held 24 February 1981 at the North Branch (Hoffman Heights) Library with 45 people in attendance.  We were incorporated in March 1981 with 54 Charter members.  Of these 54, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active members.  Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!  Initially, meetings were held at North Branch Library, Gateway Christian Church, and South Branch (Mission Viejo) Library.  From 1982-1984 meetings were at Central Library and by October 1984 we became permanent fixtures at Hoffman Heights (except during it’s remodeling when we met at Fire Station No. 2) until its closure in Jan 2009.  Because of our close relationship with the Aurora Public Library system, we were able to move our meetings and library to Central in 2009.  Check out the AGS History books in our library to see a record of the happenings over the last 35 years.

   With the perfect weather we’ve been having lately we’d all rather be outside than in a library researching our ancestors.  However, visiting our AGS library can be fun.  We have a lot of windows so you can enjoy the view.  We have a lot of new donations from the Aurora Library System, and we have some great duplicates that are available for a donation.  I was recently researching my Hadley family in New York and Massachusetts and found a great family tree online with many sources.  I always verify what I find online and during that process found many of the referenced sources were available in our library!

   I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meetings and in our library.

 

                                                Gail

 

New Members

 

Nancy M. Miller, 3085 S. Killarney Way, Aurora, CO 80013-9043 (Parks, Stubo, Benzunas/Bendziunas, Inman, Martin, Miller, Hansen, Wachendorfer, Aydelott)

 

Susan Redmond, 13018 E. Colorado Ave., Aurora, CO 80012

 

Barbara Urnick, 2663 S. Carson Way, Aurora, CO 80014-2303

Current Membership:  82

 

 

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

   Beginner Genealogy Classes - Classes are held monthly on the second Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th Floor of the Denver Public Library.  The library doors open at 9:00 am.  Advance registration and reservations are not required.  The classes are free and open to the public.  Most classes are presented by Lou-Jean Rehn.  Upcoming classes are 12 Mar and 9 Apr.

 

Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America

Spring Seminar and Book Fair

   Saturday, 30 April 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Denver Public Library, Lower Level Conference Room, 14th & Broadway, Denver, CO.  Materials fee is $35 (add $5 if registration is postmarked after 23 Apr).  Lunch is on your own.  F. Warren Bittner, CGSM will cover How German History Makes a Difference in Your Family Research, Big City Research in the 19th Century, Bads, Bergs, Burgs, and Bachs, German Research and the Law.  Registration forms are available in our library, at AGS meetings or online at cocouncil.org (click on Member Societies’ Seminars and Registration Forms towards the bottom of the page).

 

 

Planning Ahead – Save These Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, mark your 2016 calendars for these events:

 

   4-7 May        NGS conference in

                        Ft. Lauderdale, FL

   31 Aug -       FGS National Conference,

   3 Sep            Springfield, IL

   Oct               COPALAM Fall Seminar

 

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New Ohio Law Allows Individuals to Copy Ohio Vital Records

from “Ohio Genealogy News”, Fall 2015 via

Huron County Kinologist, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2016

 

     A line item in HB 64. Sec. 3705.231 recently signed by Gov. Kasich reads: “A local registrar shall allow an individual to photograph or otherwise copy a birth or death record.”

     If an individual has a camera or iPhone with which to take a picture, he or she should be able to get a non-certified copy of an Ohio Birth or Death Certificate from a city or county health department free of charge after October 1, 2015.  Hand held scanners and wands may be used at the discretion of the local registrar.  Ohio birth records after 1908 are available at any county registrar’s office.  Ohio death records after 1908 are not centralized at this time and are available at the county level only.

     

   

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DPL Summer Used Book Sale

      It's time to start making room on your shelves - the Summer Used Book Sale is coming in June!  Due to the increasing cost of tents and the unpredictable Colorado weather, we're moving the sale indoors this year, and we're looking forward to a cool, dry sale with LOTS of books.

Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday, June 24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Aurora Family History Center

from Vickie Smejkal, Director & AGS Member

   The Aurora Family History Center now has a Face Book site up and running. "Like Us" at: https://www.facebook.com/AuroraColoradoFamilyHistoryCenter

   We hope that through this Facebook site you will find helpful and interesting items that will benefit your Family History Research experience.  Here we will also post our classes, and, we also hope to post last minute closure notices should the need arise.

   Classes for the month of March are on the 3rd and 13th of March at 7:00 p.m. at the Family History Center on 950 Laredo St.  We will present:  How to use your tablet / smartphone as a genealogical tool.

   For April, on the 7th and 10th of April at 7:00 p.m. at the Family History Center on 950 Laredo St., we will present:  Memories & Photos – How to add, name, and organize photos in your family files within FamilySearch.org.

 

 

26 April 2016 Member Sharing Meeting

 

   One of my favorite meetings, this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families.  Come prepared to share.

 

 

24 May 2016 Business Meeting

 

   May of each year is the Aurora Genealogical Society’s annual business meeting.  At this meeting we will hold elections for President, VP Membership and Corresponding Secretary.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Judy Holtus.  We will also vote on any proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules.

  

New In the Library

 

Visit www.librarything.com to view more of our holdings (currently about 40% of our collection is online).

 

Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777 and Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800, compiled by Robert Barnes.

 

Maine Families in 1790, editor Ruth Gray.

 

English Origins of New England Families, editor Gary Boyd Roberts.

 

Several Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore and the Port of New York, editor Michael Tepper.

 

Rhode Island 1782 Census, by Jay Mack Holbrook.

 

Inhabitants of New York [New York City and boroughs], 1774-1776, by Thomas B. Wilson.

 

Migration from the Russian Empire, Lists of Passengers Arriving at the Port of New York, Vols. 1-4, Ira A. Glazier, editor.

 

Index to Georgia Wills, by Jeannette Holland Austin.

 

Compendium of Early Mohawk Valley Families, Vols. 1 & 2, by Maryly B. Penrose.

 

Immigration of the Irish Quakers into Pennsylvania, 1682-1750, with their Early History in Ireland, by Albert Cook Myers.

 

The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660, by Charles Henry Pope.

 

Fauquier County, Virginia Deeds, 1759-1778, by John L. Gott.

 

Marriages of Rutherford Co., North Carolina, 1779-1868, by Brent H. Holcomb.

  

Websites

 

Finding Elusive Records on Family Search

https://www.rootstech.org/video2/4741844756001

recommended by member Vickie Smejkal

   Presented by Robert Kehrer, this is a must see video.  Looking for that elusive record for an ancestor?  About 70% of the records are digitized but not indexed, so now what?  This video will walk you through various approaches in finding those records.  So when you have a quiet moment, pull up your easy chair.  Don't forget to take notes as you go along.  This really is a must see video!

   Also, for those who could not attend Roots Tech 2016, this same website hosts many of their presentations.  Lots of learning and information here.

 

Chronicling America

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/

   If you have not visited this Library of Congress website in a while it’s time to do so.  The Library announces that the website now offers more than 10 million pages from more than 1,900 newspapers in 38 states and territories, and the District of Columbia.  The site provides free and open access to historic American newspapers published between 1836 and 1922.

 

Dutchess County, New York Ancient Document Search

http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/CountyGov/Departments/CountyClerk/26868.htm

   This County Clerk system allows you to search and view digital images of 12,000 pages of 18th-century legal documents.  From the Dutchess County Ancient Documents Collection, these records comprise the oldest surviving manuscripts from the Dutchess County Court of Common  Pleas and General Sessions, which began operation in 1721.  These documents detail daily life in Dutchess County as seen through both civil and criminal cases that came before the judges and justices of the peace.  These documents were digitally imaged with support from the New York State Archives Local Government Records Management Improvement Fund Grant.

   The search portal enables customers to examine this collection through Keyword searches, Party (which includes individual names and party identifiers), Record type, Offense type, Primary location of the incident (defaults to Poughkeepsie unless otherwise specified), Year in which the document was created.  Although I didn’t find the site very intuitive for searching, the resultant documents were wonderful.

 

 

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Council News

   The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies meeting was held 9 Jan 2016 in the 4th Floor Conference Room at DPL.  It was conducted by President Pattie Apple.

   Items of interest included –

·         First Families of Colorado – Carol Darrow – for the 4th quarter 2015 she issued 5 Centennial Certificates and one Territorial.  Total income for 2015 was $320 (for 16 Certificates).  She encouraged all of us to continue to advertise the program.

·         Vogel Awards – Gail Arnert for Lou Jean Rehn – Mary Margaret Davis, formerly with the Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society, was the 2015 recipient.  The award will be presented to the family at the next Council meeting, 9 April 2015.

·         Delegate-at-Large election did not occur and will be postponed to the April Council meeting.

·         The July Council meeting will be hosted by Weld County Genealogical Society and held in Greeley.

·         Treasurer Bobbie King talked about vimeo.com, a site that hosts videos.  She has subscribed CCGS to this service.  She plans to upload training videos and other requested videos via the member only section of the website,

   The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 9 April 2016 at DPL.

 


(Another) Family Mystery Solved

 submitted by AGS member Barb Walker

 

      I’ve had the below photo of my dad’s confirmation class on my “unsolved mysteries” pile for a long time.  The mystery revolved around where the photo was taken.  Dad, Francis Albert Olsen, was born in Grundy County, Illinois, on April 15, 1921.  According to the 1930 census, his family was living in Dwight Township, Livingston County, Illinois.  The 1940 census placed them in Cold Spring Township, Jefferson County, Wisconsin.

      Thank goodness the 1940 census asked where the family lived in 1935.  My grandfather answered that the family was living in the same location, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, in 1935, so that narrowed down where the photo might have been taken.  Dad would have been 14 in 1935, and I don’t know exactly when they moved from Livingston County, Illinois, to Jefferson County, Wisconsin.

      About a year ago I began writing to churches in the Dwight area, asking if they had photos of pastors who had served the church in that time period.  None of them had any records that matched.  It recently occurred to me that perhaps Dad had been confirmed in a church in Whitewater, Wisconsin, where I grew up.  My parents were married at the First English Lutheran Church in Whitewater, Wisconsin, in 1945 while Dad was on leave from the Merchant Marines during WW II.

      I recently e-mailed that church asking if they had photos of pastors who had served the church about that time.  The church historian replied to my e-mail saying he would compare the photo I e-mailed him with their photo collection of pastors.

      This morning I received the reply every genealogist hopes and prays for.  Yes!  They did have a photo in their collection of the pastor who served the congregation from 1932-1937 and he was the same pastor as the one in my photo.

      I may never know exactly when they made the move from Illinois to Wisconsin, or why they moved, but now I know they were living in Wisconsin by 1935 and that they were attending the church that became my “home church” growing up.

      Ah, so many ancestors, so little time…..

      

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.  Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings.  Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm.  Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms.  Meetings are open to the public.

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PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO  80041-0732

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