Sunday, July 31, 2005

CenMatch Ancestry census matching aid

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1871 Isle of Man Census
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Ancestry Daily News

Revolutionary Pictures

In 1864, Reverend Elias Brewster Hillard, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, set out to immortalize the lives of the remaining living patriots of the American Revolution in his book
The Last Men of the Revolution
(1864 reprint Barre Publishers, 1968).
Amazing as it might seem, as of 1864—81 years after the eight-year war ended—there were still men collecting pensions for their Revolutionary War service. Of course most of them were over 100 years old!

Inspired by Hillard, I am trying to locate photographic evidence of Revolutionary War patriots who lived between the advent of photography (1839) to when Hillard began his project (1864). David Lambert, a librarian at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is assisting in this endeavor.
According to the 1840 Census of Pensioners, hundreds of Revolutionary War soldiers lived into that time period. Now all we have to do is try to find these "missing" images.

Many photographs still exist in museums, historical societies, and family collections. It's possible you have a photograph of a Revolutionary War patriot and don't realize it. Help us preserve this part of the past by re-examining your family pictures. If one of your photographs fits the following criteria you might have a picture of an eighteenth century ancestor.

Maureen A. Taylor

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Google Search: ad helvede til

Google Search: ad helvede til

from my email
Today we say ad helvede til, men det er helvedes varmt.

Well my 6mb line is really slow still

shuttle launch live in about 5 minutes
(fingers crossed)

Ancestry Classic Dataabse - Search London and Country Directory, 1811

This database contains all three volumes of Holden's Annual London and Country Directory for 1811. The first volume contains an alphabetical directory of London's businesses and private residents. The private residents portion of the directory provides the names of the heads of households and their addresses.
selected according to income and social status

The business portion of the directory lists the names of those who are employed and their profession or trade.

Volume II is a directory of the manufacturing and commercial towns in the United Kingdom and Wales.

Volume III contains a directory, listing the names of heads of households along with their occupational information, of about three hundred towns.

Please look at the first couple of pages of the images online for an alphabetical index of what towns are included in this directory.

Source Information:
"London and Country Directory, 1811" [database online].
Provo, UT:, Inc., 2004.

Original data: "Holden's Annual London and Country Directory, of the United Kingdoms, and Wales, in Three Volumes, for the Year 1811."

Volumes I-III. London:
W. Holden, 1811

from - Ancestry Daily News, 26 July 2005:

Saturday, July 23, 2005

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

The Norman-Stramler Homepage

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God Bless America

Don't Forget Our Military:

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Name Pipe Major Merton Cummins-Meade, A. Hist. (Scot.) MBA, M.Ec, Ph.D, D.Ed.,FSA (Scot), QB, ATP, CFII-A, IPS
Location Leesburg, Virginia and Morayshire, Scotland
Marital Status Married
Hobbies & Interests Cigars, fountain pens, aviation, piping, and heavy-calibre double rifles
Favourite Gadgets My 1946 Taylorcraft BC-12D and my silver and ivory Grainger & Campbell bagpipe
Occupation More or less retired
Personal Quote Nemo me impune lacessit - 1880 United States Federal Census - 1880 United States Federal Census: "1880 United States Federal Census
Viewing records 1-25 of 1,367 matches for: Lapham " - 1880 United States Federal Census

The 1880 census began on 1 June 1880 for the general population of the United States. The enumeration was to be completed within thirty days, or two weeks for communities with populations of 10,000 or more. Regardless of when an individual was contacted, all responses were to reflect the status of the individual as of 1 June 1880, the official Census Day.
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Free Correspondence Record

A correspondence form is the best way to record important people you have corresponded with, the reasons for writing, and whether or not you have already received an answer. The correspondence chart also provides you with a genealogical address book by ancestor. While it was originally designed as a method to keep track of letter writing, you can also use it to keep track of emails!

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Once recorded, you can easily review the log and determine whether you've written a letter/email about an individual to a specific place/person, whether you received a response, whether you need to follow up, and the disposition results of your inquiry.

Your personal style may vary, and you may use the log sheets in different ways. For instance, you may have one correspondence log for an entire surname or for a surname in a particular geographic area. You may have a separate log for a specific individual for whom you are conducting extensive research and writing many letters.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

XO - Phone Service, Internet Access, Web Hosting and Private Data Networking for Businesses

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Friday, July 08, 2005

Tips for Photographing Cemetery Markers

I think most genealogists agree that cemeteries are attractive places to spend time. We make any number of visits to cemeteries each year. This includes cemeteries in which the remains of our ancestors and families are located, and often cemeteries of particular interest. The bumper sticker, “I Brake for Cemeteries,” may seem strange to non-genealogists but it certainly is a serious statement to genealogists following a car with such a bumper sticker down a highway or back road!

It is natural to want to take photographs of family tombstones. The clarity of the image may be very important for the purpose of recording the engraved information or for documentary evidence. The disappointment of getting a poor image and unreadable text can be overwhelming.

In "Along Those Lines . . ." this week, I want to discuss several methods of obtaining better photographic images from your cemetery visits.

Absolute Don'ts!
There are any number of methods that have been used by people to get photographs and other images of graves, tombs, mausoleums, columbaria, and other markers over the years. Let's first define some of the “no-no's” before we go to the positive approaches.

First, be sure that you are allowed to enter a cemetery. Some cemeteries are private, and you should therefore look for signs that say so.

Next, look for signs that may state that photographing, applying anything to a marker, attempting to clean a marker, or making rubbings may be prohibited. When in doubt, seek out the cemetery administrator, if there is one available, or use extreme common sense. I heard from a woman in Ohio a few years ago who ignored the “no rubbings” warning and, as she was working, a policeman walked up and arrested her. She was taken to the courthouse where she ended up paying a $400.00 fine for ignoring posted warnings and for the desecration of a gravesite!

Second, remember that some markers, especially older ones that have been exposed to the elements and perhaps to acid rain, may have become fragile. Run your hand over the surface of a marker and, if it is gritty or if sandy-type granules easily are dislodged and rub off, the stone has deteriorated and may not take any pressure whatsoever. Treat them with care. Don't apply any pressure to the marker, and explain to any children visiting the cemetery with you are warned to be exceeding careful!

Don't try to “clean” a tombstone. The discoloration is natural, and moss or lichen will attach themselves to the stone's surface. Applying bleach, scraping with a brush, or using any type of abrasive tool may permanently damage the marker.

Finally, don't ever apply anything to a marker that contains any chemicals. Bleach is certainly one of these chemicals, as are muriatic acid and similar chemicals. This also includes shaving cream! Shaving creams contain chemical ingredients such as stearic acid and palmitic acid, both of which can damage stone markers. The residue of anything chemical will permeate into the porous surface of the marker and continue to further its disintegration long after you have driven away.

Safe Things to Do
Cemetery marker companies are usually experts in cleaning tombstones made of different types of stones. The cost of such cleaning is quite reasonable; you just need to get on the company's schedule. This may not help you, especially if you are making an impromptu visit to a family plot and live some distance away.

Marble stones (not others) have a particular consistency caused by their metamorphic origin. HydroClean Restoration Cleaning Systems, a division of Hydrochemical Techniques, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut, makes a product called HT-777 Marble Poultice. It is a biodegradable product that, when mixed with water, forms a creamy, non- acidic paste that will remove both organic and inorganic stains from polished marble. Data sheets for this and other products manufactured by this company can be found on their website ( These are professional, architectural cleaning products and should be used with extreme care in accordance to the manufacturer's instructions.

A much easier and safer approach to improving the contrast between a marker's surface and the engraving or stone carving on it is to use cornstarch. I've used this many, many times and have achieved great success with it. I take a small handful of the dry cornstarch and toss it into the engraving, one small area at a time.

When I've completed this step, I use a very soft 1” or 2” paintbrush to whisk away the excess cornstarch on the surface of the stone. A paintbrush works well because you can use the broadness to cover large areas and the narrow side to get in between carved letters and numbers. For really fine work, I also take a cosmetic blush-applicator brush.

Once the cornstarch is applied, you will find it creates an excellent contrast for photography or videography. When you are finished, use water to wash as much of the cornstarch off of the stone as possible. The beauty of cornstarch is does not become a doughy blob when you apply the water, and it also is 100% biodegradable. There are no harmful chemicals and so your work is ecologically safe and also chemical-free.

Sunlight or other artificial light sources are necessary for some of the best photographs. Some of the markers we want to photograph, though, are in a shadowy area, perhaps by a wall or under a tree. Achieving good contrast between the marker's surface and the engraving can be difficult. Flash photography can help in some cases, but in others you have to be very careful to take the picture at a slight angle. A polished stone will act as a mirror, and the engraving will be partially or totally illegible.

Another way to approach shaded areas or markers which are unlit by direct sunlight is to introduce indirect lighting. There are two simple ways that I do this.

First, if the sun is behind a stone or at another angle and the stone is not being lit, I use a light reflector. Mine is a large, polished aluminum cookie sheet. I can set it up at an angle to reflect light onto the marker's face, always setting it to the side in order to reduce any glare. To hold it in place, I can use sticks or twigs in the area, another adjacent marker, or can use a couple of screwdrivers from my automobile emergency kit. A tire iron will also work. Arrange the reflector, aim it at the marker, and take your picture.

In the event that the marker is in complete shade, I can use the same reflector method but use a high powered flashlight as my light source.

Digital Photographs
Not everyone has invested in a digital camera yet. However, if you already own one, you still may have the challenge of getting clear and legible cemetery marker images. The tiny LCD preview display makes it difficult to really see the details of what you will or did get on the photograph. I always take two or more pictures of the marker from different angles. There is no cost for wasted film or prints, and I can choose the best image when I get home and download the images to my computer.

In addition, there are many graphics software programs on the market that can be used to edit the photographs you take. They are powerful editors, but by far the simplest commands to achieve better images are “contrast” and “brightness.” However, with some study of the features and a little trial-and-error experimentation on copies of the image you want to preserve, you can hone your skills to make your digital photographs sharper.

'Tis the Season
Summertime is the ideal season to visit cemeteries, especially when traveling or attending a family reunion. Be sure to take your cellular phone, insect repellent, a hat or sun visor, and lots of sunscreen. Wear comfortable, flat shoes, and loose-fitting long sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks to protect you from briars and nettles. A good pair of cotton or lightweight leather work gloves is also advisable. And don't forget to take lots of bottled water to keep hydrated.

Happy Photographing!

George is president and a proud member of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. Visit the ISFHWE website
for more information about that organization. Visit George's website
for information about speaking engagements.

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Use “Find” Tool for Locating Surnames on Long Pages

I am thrilled with all the cemeteries that are being indexed and posted online free, but it is time-consuming to look through these lists for ancestors.

I go to "Edit" on my toolbar and then "Find (on this page)" [a window pops up center screen] and then type in the name/last name that I am seeking. Then when I am finished typing the name, I click on "Find Next" and it takes me right to the first occurrence of that name and highlights it if it is in the document. Then I can click on "Find Next" a second and third time, etc., to find any others with the same name in that document. This is a most valuable, time-saving feature. So if you are not utilizing this tool, try it to save time.

Sylvia H. Sonneborn
York, PA

Friday, July 01, 2005


"The Ohio Repository" (Canton, Ohio), 27 June 1828, page 3:

At a meeting of the committee of Arrangement, for celebrating the 4th of July, 1828, in Stark county, the following was agreed on as the arrangements for the day:

1. At sunrise, a national Salute of 24 guns will be fired at Canton.

2. It is expected that the day will be celebrated by every citizen who chooses to attend--and Citizens and Strangers are generally invited to partake freely and without cost, of a Cold Dinner, which will be provided by each furnishing as a free will offering, something for the purpose.

3. Every person who feels disposed to assist, is respectfully invited to bring to the ground (cooked and ready for the table) such refreshments either to eat or drink, as they may wish to give, to render the day pleasant and agreeable to all.

4. No distinction will be made between those who give and those who do not; but all who attend will have an equal right to partake of what may be furnished.
5. It is expected dinner will be ready by 1 o'clock, P.M.

6. Soldiers of the Revolution are particularly invited to attend--they will be our most honored guests, and the committee will spare no pains to make the day agreeable to them.

7. The Declaration of Independence will be read at 10 o'clock, at the Court House, by Wm. Raynolds.

8. An oration will then be delivered by Wm. Fogle, Jr.

9. Capt. Dunbar's Infantry, and all other volunteer Companies in the county, are respectfully invited to attend.

9.[sic] Col. Geo. Cribs, col. Adam Fogle, mr. John Buckius and Dr. H. Stidger, are appointed Marshals of the day, and will be respected as such.

10. George Dunbar and Samuel Coulter, Esqrs. are appointed Presidents of the day.

GEO. H. CAKE, Chairman

Of the committee of Arrangement