Ancestry Daily News, 23 November 2004
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Your Daily Dose of Genealogy for 23 November 2004
** You can view this issue of the "Ancestry Daily News" online **
In this issue:
- U.S. Records Collection Updates
--- 37 City Directories:
Conn., Maine, Mass., and R.I.
- Today's Featured Map
--- Canada and Newfoundland: Early Twentieth-Century Boundaries
- Genealogy Goulash
--- "Packing List: Final Edition,"
by Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS (with the aid of many readers)
- Ancestry Quick Tip Jamboree
- Fast Fact
--- Help For Holiday Interviews
- Thought for Today
- Clipping of the Day
- Product Specials from the Shops @ Ancestry.com
--- "Celebrating the Family," from the editors of Ancestry.com
--- "The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers,"
by Charles Edward Banks
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U.S. RECORDS COLLECTION UPDATES
37 CITY DIRECTORIES:
CONNECTICUT, MAINE, MASSACHUSETTS, AND RHODE ISLAND
The following databases contain 37 city directories for various
locations and years. Images of all directory pages can be either
browsed or searched. Please see below for a list of the exact cities
and years included in this release.
Generally a city directory will contain an alphabetical list of its
citizens, listing the names of the heads of households, their
addresses, and occupational information. Sometimes the wife's name
will be listed in parentheses or italics following the husband's.
Often, dates of deaths of individuals listed in the previous year's
directory are listed as well as the names of partners of firms, and
when possible, the forwarding addresses or post offices of people who
moved to another town.
In addition to the alphabetical portion, a city directory may also
contain a business directory, street directory, governmental
directory, and listings of town officers, schools, societies,
churches, post offices, and other miscellaneous matters of general
and local interest. These directories were reproduced courtesy of the
New England Historic Genealogical Society (http://www.nehgs.org )
New London and Vicinity, Connecticut City Directories, 1929-1965
Hartford & Vicinity, Connecticut City Directories, 1913-1928
Central Oxford County, Maine Directories, 1915-1918
Northern Essex, Massachusetts City Directories, 1912-1925
Providence and Vicinity, Rhode Island City Directories, 1886-1939
TODAY'S FEATURED MAP
CANADA AND NEWFOUNDLAND: EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY BOUNDARIES
National map of Canada showing the provinces and territories of the
nation in the early 20th century.
To view this map, go to:
For best results viewing Ancestry.com maps, download the free MrSID
image viewer at:
"PACKING LIST: FINAL EDITION,"
by Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS (with the aid of many readers)
My work projects often take me on the road for more than a week at a
time. As I recently packed, I smiled because of "Ancestry Daily News"
readers. Thanks to the readers who shared research trip packing list
ideas during the last year, my own packing list has grown. To read
the previous columns on packing for a research trip "What's In Your
Suitcase" go to
With the holiday travel season upon us, I thought it would be a good
time for one last column based on the tips you shared. We have all
benefited from your generosity. (And the airlines may have benefited
from charges for overweight luggage.) I have visions of somewhere in
some training room Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
employees being forewarned about the suitcases of a genealogical
MEDICINES AND CONTACT INFORMATION
A reader shared, "I always take along a list of our prescriptions
with dosages plus a copy of the contents of our wallets (credit card
numbers, etc.) in case they get lost. Having telephone numbers of
your doctors, insurance, friends, and family will save you having to
contact Information if you need to make a call." Another reader
commented they don't carry the paper prescriptions because they use a
national chain drugstore that has access to their prescriptions via
computer. However, if you're going to visit a rural area, remember
that there are many small towns with only a local drugstore.
Here's another offering: "My 'office' is a compartmented child's
pencil case, 3 by 8 inches and 1 1/2 inches thick, see-through
plastic, with secure flip-open lids on both sides. It was $1.29 in
August when pencil cases are sold in the 'school supply' section. It
travels in checked luggage by air, but by auto, it is in my wheeled
computer case along with notebooks, envelopes, and other research
"On one side are three small compartments with paper clips, small
snap clips for large amounts of paper, and small sticky notepads. In
the long compartment I place eight freshly sharpened No. 2 pencils,
two pens, and a small plastic ruler.
"In the other side's different configuration are several sizes of
rubber bands, a pink-rubber eraser, two small magnifying glasses of
different-strengths, a miniature stapler and box of staples to fit,
large sticky notepads, personal address labels, postage stamps for
postcards/letters, and cut 1/2-inch segments of small sticky notepads
for page markers for copying (make sure that when you cut, you leave
sticky on each segment). A small pair of folding scissors is to be
added here. Also--there is still room!"
(Note: some libraries don't allow the use of the sticky notes as they
leave hidden residue on the book pages.)
One reader added as "absolutely essential" an old fashioned bottle of
smelling salts, obtainable only in England now, that "settles
stomachs when flying or ill, revives drooping nerves, and helps when
fainting or exhausted."
For car travel there were many suggestions including a picnic basket
with paper plates, cups, plastic ware, paper towels, box of crackers,
and a couple cans of tuna. (You can even buy easy open foil pouches
of tuna). Other suggestions included a first-aid kit and a water
cooler with lots of water. One reader even added a porta-potty and
tissue. I wonder if the kitchen sink gets to come along too.
Another person suggested that "when buying the elastic roll bandage,
buy it in a farm store in the horse section (Fleet Farm in MN). It is
made the same as the 3-M product in the drug store, but is available
at 1/4 the price and comes in more colors." I have to investigate
Continuing on this bent, another said, "While we were in D.C., a
friend hurt her ankle....Every night she put ice in a plastic bag
with a towel to wrap her ankle. Well from that moment on, I pack a
ice pack/water bottle."
EVEN IF GENEALOGISTS DON'T CLEAN HOUSES
One reader takes along a little "puffer" that came with a camera;
it's like a little bellows. It puffs away dust that can interfere
with reading old records. It would also come in handy to blow dust
off a microfilm reader.
Another found that a bottle of hair shampoo doubled as dishwashing
detergent, washing powder, and hand soap. "It wasn't as quite as good
in the clothes washing department but for a quick trip why pack all
One woman said she carries a Swiss Army knife. "You can buy one with
all kinds of gadgets on it. My knife has a small pair of scissors,
tweezers, flat head and Phillips screw drivers, a can opener, bottle
opener, and two knife blades. Of course, I have to remember to put it
into my checked luggage when I take a plane."
Another use for a small keychain flashlight is for "extra light in
history rooms (if allowed)."
HEADING TO THE BUGS AND THE ELEMENTS
When it was time for outdoor research, I received notes on packing a
headscarf, plastic head cover, and a rain coat or plastic poncho.
Several readers reminded us to take bug repellent and leather boots
(snake bite prevention). Others like the new mosquito repellent
wipes. Also, someone recommended an ace bandage in case of
rattlesnake bite, to be placed between the wound and the heart. "One
cemetery that I visited had a sign posted on the gate 'beware of
Another reminder that I received was, "When traveling by vehicle we
always have our old tool box filled with shovel, clippers, and other
garden tools that might help with cleaning up grave stones. Also
water jugs (old milk jugs) with water in them in case there is no
water at the cemeteries."
One woman commented: "For cemetery visits and photographing stones, I
am indebted to my husband for the gift of a professional
photographer's reflecting disc. This is a Mylar circle about 5 feet
wide, which folds into itself and stows in its own bag. I used to
drive around with a full-length mirror, but this is much better and
is packable for plane trips. Even on cloudy days it concentrates and
focuses the light to point out faded carving that looks unreadable
when seen full on. It requires another person to hold it unless there
is a headstone nearby to prop it on."
I had conversations with genealogy friends about what takes up much
of our packing space. (Contrary to what some men might say for women,
it is not the makeup case!) It is the electronic equipment and
accompanying chargers, batteries, cords, and surge protectors.
Readers echoed what we take: cell phone, flatbed scanner, cell phone,
small printer for computer, and PDA. One man takes a "laptop computer
with interface for cell phone (to check e-mail and go on line to
Ancestry.com for research." A woman mentioned her laptop, commenting,
"This is my fifth one, they keep getting lighter, smaller, and
better. Wish I could say the same!"
Another mentioned electronic item that was an inverter to power
computer and scanner inside the van or on an airplane.
I was reminded by one of my roommates to bring along my DVD player to
Salt Lake City, so we can watch movies after the library closes.
KEEP ON TRUCKIN'
One reader told me about her upcoming research trip: "I couldn't live
without my tote bag system into which I file work for various
repositories I plan to visit. About 4,000 miles by car--I have nine
tote bags and will visit 11 states."
Another said, "On our last trip, we paid a $25 fee for overweight
luggage, so all the more reason to lighten the load. Speaking of
that, we also take with us a couple of large, heavy-duty mailing
envelopes, addressed to our home, and heavy sealing tape. We use them
to mail home paperwork, books, etc., that we pick up on our trip, but
prefer not to pack--for fear of having more overweight luggage!"
A PERSONAL FAVORITE
I was told I should buy a dual-zone travel alarm clock. "It'll take
the place of your bulkier kitchen timer, will let you know what time
it is "back home," and is a backup to the hotel/motel wakeup call."
It's time to sign off and go shopping for this alarm clock and to the
farm-supply store for a new elastic bandage. See you on the road!
Paula Stuart-Warren, CGRS, is a professional genealogist, consultant,
writer, and lecturer. She has lectured all across the U.S. and
coordinates the Intermediate Course, American Records and Research at
the annual Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She is co-author of
"Your Guide to the Family History Library" and an author for
genealogical periodicals including "Ancestry" Magazine. She is a
resident of St. Paul, Minnesota, and spends many weeks each year at
the Family History Library and the U.S. National Archives. Her roots
include ancestors from seven different countries and researching them
has given her broad experience and an occasional headache or two.
Comments will reach her at mailto:PSWResearch@comcast.net . Paula is
unable to answer individual genealogical research inquiries due to
the volume of requests received.
ANCESTRY QUICK TIP JAMBOREE
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everyone who has sent in a Quick Tip. Please keep them coming so that
we can keep this tradition going. You can send your tips to:
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Have a great day!
MORE DIGITAL PHOTO LABELING TIPS
In response to Tom Aman's "Adding Text to Digital Images" Quick Tip,
in the 11/15/2004 ADN
I would like to add a few things:
--- Be sure to name the image (from a digital camera or scan) using
dates, name(s) of the people, and/or some sort of description. Most
software allows you to use long filenames.
--- Always make a copy of your original image before doing anything
to it. Simply adding a "2" or "_copy" to the name of the image
(before the extension) will allow you to do anything you wish to the
copy. This way, if you should make an irreversible mistake, you
always have the original to go back to. You may also compress the
copy (for the web), increase the sharpness (if necessary), change the
contrast and brightness (if necessary), etc. Be sure to note changes
you made. With the original still intact, you can then still have the
original to make other changes to, print and frame, etc. (Personally,
I always try to use the method Tom described in the second half of
the 2nd paragraph of his tip, saving the resultant image as a copy of
the original, rather than replacing the original.)
--- Using any of the methods described in the original article or
this one, you should be able to change the background color, font
style, and text color of your text "boxes" to match your image. Just
be sure to make the text readable. Too often, people use fancy fonts
and bad color combinations (dark blue on black or vice-versa, yellow
on white, etc.) which may work fine on their computer the way they
have it set up, but will not work on others people's computers. Keep
in mind all the "bad" website color combinations and font-styles you
have seen out there in Internet-land, and try to avoid them.
--- If you are scanning images, be sure to scan the back too, if
there is ANY writing on it. If you do so, save it using the same name
as the original with "_2back" or some such suffix on the filename
(again, before the extension period). You may want to change the name
of the original by adding a suffix of "_1front". The numbers help the
computer sort them in order (front then back) and the word helps you
remember which is which when all you see is the name. The writing on
the back was most likely written by a family member who knew who the
people were, or it may contain photo processing information, like the
name and address of the studio that processed the negative. NOTE that
the back does not need to scanned using the same resolution as the
front, but be sure to scan the whole back. Sometimes scanning brings
out faint printing that you may have missed, visually.
While all of this may increase your processing time at download or
scan-time, it will make it easier to find these images and use them
in the future.
About a year ago I had sent for some newspaper death notices for my
third great-grandfather's sister and her husband. Since they were so
far removed from my direct family, I had just stashed the newspapers
in the back of the box of sources I had acquired over time. I was
looking through the box today when I decided to pull out these
articles. They had sent me the whole page of the paper (rather then
just the article alone), so I decided to read the rest of the paper
to see what else was going on in the town in 1879. Lo and behold,
under "Marriages," was my great-grandfather's marriage to his third
wife! I had only recently discovered her maiden name, and now I have
a marriage date.
So, you see, if I taken the time to look at this a year ago, it would
of saved me a lot of time and trouble!
FAST FACT: HELP FOR HOLIDAY INTERVIEWS
With the holiday season upon us, many of us may be planning visits
with relatives. Whether the subject is you, someone you knew, or an
ancestor you are researching, ask yourself and your family members
the questions at:
THOUGHT FOR TODAY
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the
true measure of our thanksgiving."
--- W.T. Purkiser
CLIPPING OF THE DAY
From the "Daily Gazette" (Colorado Springs, Colorado), 29 November
1879, page 3:
CELEBRATING THE DAY
Company B's bullets and Ball
Church Services, Suppers and Songs
OBSERVANCES IN THIS CITY.
Thanksgiving Day dawned cloudy and cold, and the ground was covered
with snow, which had fallen during the night. There was not much
depth to the snow, but there was enough of it to give one a regular
old New England Thanksgiving Day feeling. The fresh morning air
seemed to bear the suggestive and fragrant odor of roast turkey and
everything took on a holiday appearance.
About 9 o'clock the bugles of Company B were heard, and soon
afterward the music of the band announced that the boys had formed
for the parade. The company marched through town in fine order and
then repaired to the shooting range across the Monument, and the
contest in skill began to secure the prizes which had been offered.
. . .
As the prizes were to be distributed at 9 o'clock p.m. after the
opening march of the ball, there was considerable anxiety to be
present when the result should be announced. As a consequence the
hall was crowded at the appointed hour by ladies and gentlemen, and
the march presented a very handsome appearance. . . .
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Have a great day!
Juliana Smith, Editor, "Ancestry Daily News"
Anastasia Sutherland, Online Editor
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