NEW ONLINE DATABASES AND OTHER IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
JULY 20, 2014
ARIZONA BEGINS DIGITIZING HOMESTEAD RECORDS HELD AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES: Homestead records contain valuable information on the land improvements as well as the building materials used in the home, its size, number of wells, orchards, forests, types of crops, amount of land cleared, fences built and in some cases may include military service, evidence of naturalization and much more. The Archives contains and protects these records from the 30 homestead states as described in The Homestead Act of 1862. It lasted for 123 years.
The National Park Service branch of the Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska will place these online and be available free at www.nps.gov/home/index.htm, or from one of the Family Search Centers. They will also be available by subscription through Fold3.com and Ancestry.com.
JULY LEGACY USER GROUP DAY CHANGES: Just for the month of July, the Legacy User Group meeting is changed to the fifth Tuesday, the July 29, due to this one-time summer change. It meets from 1:30-3:30 in the meeting room downstairs in the Genealogy Center. Those needing individual help meet from 3:30-5 p.m. The usual day is the fourth Tuesday at the times noted above. It is free and open to those using Legacy Family Tree genealogy program.
NEW YORK DIGITIZING PRISON ARCHIVES: Previously only available at the Archives in Albany, these are going online over the next few months. Already in digital format, the New York Times identifies the following: “Newgate in Greenwich Village (1797-1810), the first New York State penitentiary and the inspiration for the phrase “up the river”; Clinton (1851-1866, 1926-1939); and Sing Sing (1865-1939), will be available free to New York residents from Ancestry.com later this month.” For more, go to www.ancestry.com/cs/ContentServer to find the article Ancestry.com Learning Center.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON CEMETERIES ONLINE: With the influx of pioneers to Oregon in the mid-1800s, family cemeteries began to appear across the county. The care of these became that of the churches or cemetery associations after the families died off or moved on. Over the years, these became neglected or forgotten until the legislature mandated public care of the remaining 13 cemeteries in Multnomah County between 1949 and 1960. Lone Fir is on the National Register of Historic Places and Jones Cemetery has been a county cemetery since 1872. In 1994, these cemeteries transferred all its cemeteries to Metro, now responsible for the care. These are now online and searchable at www.oregonmetro.gov/historic-cemeteries/history-metros-pioneer-cemeteries.
1956 PLANO STAR COURIER ABSTRACTED: The Plano paper is being abstracted from 1956 and appears monthly in the Genealogy Friends Newsletter online. It appears under Flashback: Tracing Our Collin County Roots, by this author. Currently, the June issue is dated April 12, 1956. In it are many names of locals, companies, etc., of that period. Also in the same June issue of The Newsletter is an article on The Lavon State Bank by Joy Gough. If you are searching Collin County or just want to take a trip down memory lane, you should give this a look. Go to www.genealogyfriends.org/newsletter-archives.html and select the Newsletter for that month.
BOUND MAGAZINES AND JOURNALS IN GENEALOGY CENTER: The Genealogy Center has many bound magazines and journals of local county or county historical societies on their shelves that just might help you solve one of those roadblocks we run into from time to time. They are located at the end of the state or county reference sections with the spine label, GEN PER (Genealogy Periodical). These contain valuable information. Don’t forget to check this out the next time you are in the library. All new bound books received in the library are on the New Books shelves. Genealogy Friends just donated a large number recently. Any unbound books are sent to the bindery before going on the library shelves.
DON’T USE A HAMMER ON YOUR COMPUTER: On August 16, 2013, Daniel Scurlock will discuss caring for your computer without using a hammer, from 10:30-12:30 p.m., in the Program Room of the Haggard Library, located between Park and Parker on Coit Road. His information is always professional and truly beneficial to researchers. For information see the website at www.genealogyfriends.org, or email email@example.com. All Saturday Seminars are free to those interested in genealogical research and a great opportunity for networking with other genealogists. Afterwards, attendees are invited to continue networking during lunch at TGI-Friday’s on Preston Road, between Park and Parker.
Brenda Kellow has a bachelor's degree in history, teaches, and lectures on genealogy. Before retiring to publish her family’s histories in 2007, Brenda held certification as a Certified Genealogist and as a Certified Genealogical Instructor. Send reunion announcements, books to review, and genealogy queries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.