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Your Daily Dose of Genealogy for 17 December 2004
** You can view this issue of the "Ancestry Daily News" online **
In this issue:
- Immigration Collection Updates
--- Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1892-48
(Images and index currently covers 1899-1948;
Update adding 1899-1902)
--- New York Passenger Lists (Re-release)
- Today's Featured Map
--- U.S. Westward Development, 1790-1900
- Along Those Lines...
--- "Giving Back to Your Genealogical Society," by George G. Morgan
- Ancestry Quick Tip
- Fast Fact
- Thought for Today
- Clipping of the Day
- Product Specials from the Shops @ Ancestry.com
--- "Becoming An Accredited Genealogist--Plus 100 Tips to Ensure Your
Success," by Karen Clifford, AG
--- "The BCG Genealogical Standards Manual,"
by the Board for Certification of Genealogists
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IMMIGRATION COLLECTION UPDATES
BALTIMORE PASSENGER LISTS, 1892-48
(Images and index currently covers 1899-1948;
Update adding 1899-1902)
This database is an index to the passenger lists of ships arriving
from foreign ports at the port of Baltimore, Maryland and will
eventually cover the years 1892-1948. In addition, the names found in
the index are linked to actual images of the passenger lists, copied
from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
microfilm, M844, rolls 1-150. This database also contains a few
records of immigrants who entered the U.S. at other ports or border
crossings and were later asked, when they were living in Baltimore,
to fill out immigrant arrival information on passenger lists.
Therefore, you may find individuals in this database whose port of
arrivals are, for example, St. Albans, Vermont; Portal, North Dakota;
Port Huron, Michigan; Tampa, Florida; and others.
Information contained in the index includes given name, surname, age,
gender, ethnicity, nationality or last country of permanent
residence, destination, arrival date, port of arrival, port of
departure, ship name, and microfilm roll and page number. If a name
of a friend or relative whom the individual was going to join with,
or a place of nativity was provided, that information is included in
the index as well. Many of these items may be used to search the
index in the search template.
The microcopies of the passenger lists found at NARA are arranged
chronologically by arrival date of vessel. If you do not wish to
search this database using the search template, the images may be
browsed following the chronological arrangement. To browse the images
first select the "Year" in which you would like to search, followed
by the "Month", and finally the "Ship Name."
Ancestry.com subscribers with access to the Immigration Collection
can view this database at:
NEW YORK PASSENGER LISTS
(Re-release with database fixes making more names searchable)
Copied from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
microfilm, M237 (rolls 95-580), this index includes the immigrant's
name, arrival date, age, gender, port of departure, destination,
country of origin, and ship name. All of these fields are available
in the search template as well, allowing for greater flexibility in
searching. After locating an ancestor, you can view all the
passengers on his ship by leaving out the surname, searching by ship
name, year of arrival, and date (in this case: 15 May) in the keyword
space. This is a great way to look for other family members and
acquaintances that may have traveled with your ancestor.
Source Information: Ancestry.com. "New York Passenger Lists"
[database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2003. Original
data: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm,
M237, rolls 95-580.
Ancestry.com Immigration Collection subscribers can search this
TODAY'S FEATURED MAP
U.S. WESTWARD DEVELOPMENT, 1790-1900
National map of the United States showing the demographics of the
westward expansion from 1790 through 1900, including principal routes
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ALONG THOSE LINES...
"GIVING BACK TO YOUR GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY," by George G. Morgan
Genealogical societies are a great value for the money. If you belong
to a local society, you already know how much fun it is to get
together with other members. After all, your family probably isn't as
receptive to your chattering away about Aunt Penelope, Cousin Elmer,
and all the cemeteries that you've visited. Your friends and
acquaintances at the local society are all open to listening to you
and helping bring down your brick walls.
Distant genealogy societies are valuable too. If you're researching
ancestors in other states or countries, it's rewarding to receive
their journals and newsletters, visit their websites, learn about
their publications, and maybe even ask for some look-up assistance.
It takes time and money to run a genealogy society, as well as the
talents of people who are willing to give of themselves to take on
some tasks. Your society dues are minimal when you consider all you
get for your money. You can help your society by volunteering a
little time and energy to help give back some of what you receive. I
stay pretty busy myself, but I make time to volunteer to serve as
president of the International Society of Family History Writers and
Editors (ISFHWE), as a director on the board of the Genealogical
Speakers Guild (GSG), and on the board of the Florida Genealogical
Society (which is local to the Tampa area). It takes a little time,
but the rewards are priceless! And so, in "Along Those Lines..." this
week, I'd like to make some suggestions for how YOU can give back to
your own society or societies to which you belong.
VOLUNTEER AT MEETINGS
While it would be great if you offered to serve as an officer or as a
member of the board of a society, you don't have to make that kind of
commitment in order to help. I attend scores of society meetings each
year and see individuals doing specific tasks, all of which add to
the camaraderie and the functionality of the group. These include:
--- Setting up and taking down chairs and tables for the meeting
--- Bringing cookies, chips, snacks, soft drinks, and other
--- Staffing the welcome table at the door, asking people to sign in,
and distributing name badges
--- Distributing agendas and handout copies
--- Helping a presenter get set up
--- Setting out free literature and books or gift items for sale, and
acting as a cashier
--- Organizing the society's library materials and other holdings
--- Doing look-ups for out-of-town members
--- Applying mailing labels and postage to envelopes and newsletters
--- Making copies at the local office supply store
--- Taking mailings to the post office and picking up mail
--- Taking copies of materials distributed at meetings to people who
are ill or shut-in and cannot attend
--- Spreading the word about the society and what it has to offer
VOLUNTEERING ON PROJECTS
Being a genealogist often means being an archivist and
preservationist. There are plenty of projects that cannot be done
without the help of volunteers, and even a few hours' help can be
very beneficial. Here are some projects you might consider.
--- Canvassing a cemetery and transcribing tombstones
--- Typing and/or indexing results of a cemetery canvass
--- Proofing someone else's typing
--- Making photocopies or doing some binding
--- Clipping obituaries and helping maintain a file for the society
or the library
--- Organize the society's library, create an index, and label the
--- Volunteer at the local public library to help organize
genealogical or historical materials in the vertical file cabinets
--- Offer to photocopy newsprint materials and other non-archival
--- Transcribe records at a courthouse or produce a much-needed index
--- Offer to speak to civic groups about the society
--- Offer to carpool for a group trip to a library in another town
with a genealogical collection
PRESENTING A PROGRAM
You are probably an expert in some aspect of genealogy by now. That
may include how to effectively organize your genealogical materials,
how to work with a particular type of record, or how to use a
particular genealogy database program. Everyone has something to
You can contribute to your society and to the members' knowledge by
offering to present some short program at a meeting. At one society
to which I belong, one member always talks about a different library
in the state and the types of materials it holds. She also talks
about her own research experiences in these places, such as a recent
talk she gave about using Revolutionary War pension file microfilm.
You don't need slides or a PowerPoint presentation. All you need is a
few notes, a few minutes, and the desire to share something that
others may not know.
Few genealogical societies that I know about are endowed with the
financial means to expand their library and collections of other
materials. Membership dues also don't provide a great deal of
funding. You can help your own genealogical society by donating any
number of items.
--- Bookshelves and filing cabinets
--- Tables and chairs
--- Microfilm and microfiche reader/printer units
--- Microfilm and microfiche
--- Older computer equipment and printers may be upgradeable
--- Copies of genealogical magazines, journals, and newsletters
--- Maps, atlases, gazetteers, and almanacs
--- Previous editions of reference books you have replaced
--- Foreign language dictionaries
--- New books donated in memory of a deceased member
--- Empty binders
--- Office supplies such as printer paper, envelopes, stapler and
staples, paper clips, mailing labels, and postage stamps
We all have a vested interest in the success and continued operation
of our genealogical and historical societies. You don't have to
commit to being elected to a long-term position on the board of
directors. An occasional stint as a volunteer will make you feel good
about being involved and may inspire others to join in too. It can be
an enjoyable experience unequalled anywhere else.
In this season of giving, I hope you will consider volunteering some
time, energy, and materials to YOUR society or societies in the
George is president and a proud member of the International Society
of Family History Writers and Editors. Visit the ISFHWE Web site at
Visit George's Web site at http://ahaseminars.com/atl for information
about speaking engagements.
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ANCESTRY QUICK TIP
BRING PHOTOS TO FAMILY GATHERINGS
I took an old picture of an ancestor to a family reunion. Our Aunt
Kate recognized the ancestor and began telling family stories. As a
result of her story telling, my husband learned of a half sister he
had never known about. Without the picture, Aunt Kate would never
have remembered this half sister. With a little questioning Aunt Kate
remembered the girl's name and where she came from. Now we have a new
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THOUGHT FOR TODAY
"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes
the heart too big for the body."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson
CLIPPING OF THE DAY
From "The Landmark" (Statesville, North Carolina), 18 December 1903,
LEAVE OFF BATHING AND BE HEALTHY
"When people leave off bathing there will be little or nothing for
the doctors to do. Pneumonia, colds and a hundred other ills result
from the foolish habit of washing the body. To bathe is to be dirty,
for you thereby make a sewer of the skin. Blood attracted by the skin
gives up products that should be left to seek a natural outlet, and
soils the skin."
The foregoing declaration, made by Prof John Dill Robertson at the
annual meeting of the Chicago Eclectic and Surgical Society at the
Auditorium, has aroused considerable interest here.
Professor Robertson asserted that the theory that the closing of the
pores of the skin would result in death is false. He said that all
physiologies which made such an assertion were wrong. The habit of
taking "dry" baths was also denounced. The rubbing of rough towel
over the skin, according to Dr. Robertson, removes the natural scales
of the skin, or the "false skin." This, he said, conduces to the
growth of bacteria on the skin.
The doctor cited the case of an Eskimo brought from Greenland to
Boston, who had never been ill in his life. He was given a bath,
contracted pneumonia and died in two days.
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