Saturday, July 31, 2010

Posts Delayed

The August Calendar of Events and the 52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Mississippi posts will be delayed.

This past week has been the busiest yet this summer since mid-June when I attended Jamboree and then came home to prepare for a family wedding. I've been kept busy with helping several family members with paperwork for their job searches/preparation for school, as well as my various duties as 1st Vice President of my local genealogical society. Today, especially, was a long, but fun one as our society co-hosted the Walking With Ancestors tours, displays, classes and barbecue with the local cemetery association. You can see photos of this event on my Facebook account (if you're already my FB friend) and also at the EWGS blog here.

I'll get the posts up as soon as I have a chance to catch up on my rest! Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shape Collage

Funny how a random stroll through the Internet can turn up some of the most interesting toys! I got an e-mail earlier this week that Randy Gentry of Gentry Family Tree was following me on Twitter, so after following him back, I went to take a look at his blog. At the bottom, I noticed a neat family photo collage by Shape College, a "free automatic photo collage maker." I decided to give it a whirl, downloaded the program, added 26 ancestral photos and created a small heart-shaped collage for myself:

The great thing is, you can make text collages (think Family or Ancestors or your surname!), add colored borders to the photos, use any shape, or even customize it to make all those photos create another photo of their own (you'll need a lot of photos to that!). For $25, you can upgrade to a personal pro product which will remove the watermark, create and save templates, and give you the ability to rotate, move and reorder photos within a collage.

Doesn't this sound like fun? Now go on, get busy playing! And thanks, Randy!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: A Tribute to Robert David MIDKIFF (1965 - 1981)

Video tribute of Robert David Midkiff, youngest brother of my husband. Created and copyright held by Mary Duncan, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Skamania, Washington. 2010. Used with permission.

(Please turn on your speakers.)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

FamilySearch Record Search News: Millions of Historic Documents from Microfilms Emerging Digitally Online

FamilySearch’s microfilm conversion initiative is beginning to sail. Over 12 million digital images from thousands of microfilm, representing 8 countries, were published online for free viewing this month. FamilySearch’s online image viewer makes it easy for online patrons to view the newest digital images from Argentina, Costa Rica, France, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

This week the complete U.S. 1910 Federal Census name indexes for Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Missouri were also published online at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot (, click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot) and coming soon to

See the chart below for the complete list of all the newly added or improved collections.

FamilySearch plans on digitizing and publishing online the bulk of its 2.4 million rolls of microfilm—representing 132 countries. In addition, it is now capturing millions of new images each year digitally “at birth” from its 185 field camera teams worldwide. It all translates to a steady stream of new digital image collections for genealogy enthusiasts to anticipate and enjoy.

Digital Images
Indexed Records
Argentina, Buenos Aires, Province, Catholic Church Records, 1642–1931

New Images
Costa Rica, Church Records, 1595–1992

New Images
France, Coutances, Catholic Diocese, 1802–1907

Indexed Records Only
Luxembourg Civil Registration, 1793–1923

New Images
Mexico, Aguascalientes, Civil Registration, 1860–1950

New Images
México, Distrito Federal, Catholic Church Records, 1886–1933, Part 1

New Images
Mexico, Hidalgo, Catholic Church Records,1546-1963

New Images
Mexico, Tamaulipas, Church Records 1703-1964, Part 2

New Images
Netherlands, Noord-Holland Province Civil Registration 1811-1940

New Images
Netherlands, Noord-Holland, Amsterdam Civil Registration 1811-1940

New Images
Netherlands, Overijssel Civil Registration 1811-1952 -

New Images
Netherlands, Utrecht Province Civil Registration 1811-1950

New Images
Netherlands, Zeeland Civil Registration 1796-1940 -

New Images
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Leiden Civil Registration 1812-1882

New Images
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, Rotterdam Civil Registration 1811-1942

New Images
Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, 's-Gravenhage Civil Registration 1811-1882

New Images
Puerto Rico Civil Registration, 1836–2001

New Images
Spain, Alicante, 1762–1921, Part 1

New Images
Spain, Barcelona Civil Registration, 1886–1936

New Images
Spain, Cordoba, Civil Registration, 1841–1870

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo de la Diputacion de Sevilla, 1841–1882

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo Municipal de Carmona, 1841–1871

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo Municipal de Marchena, 1841–1870

New Images
Spain, Sevilla, Civil Registration, Archivo Municipal de Sevilla, 1841–1882

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Census, Archivo Municipal de Torrent, 1875–1912

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archivo Municipal de Corbera, 1825–1920

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archivo Municipal de Gandia, 1611–1935

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archivo Municipal de Sueca, 1797–1921

New Images
Spain, Valencia, Municipal Census, Archvio Municipal de Carcagente, 1847–1920

New Images
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Idaho

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Montana

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Nebraska

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, North Carolina

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910  Federal Census, Oklahoma

Indexed Records Only
U.S. 1910 Census, Missouri

Indexed Records Only

About FamilySearch
FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Grave of Mary Jane (Barber) York Curiston Keller Dunlap, Stiles Cemetery, Lapeer, Lapeer Co., Michigan. Photographed by Mary Jo Buchart, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Michigan and privately held by Miriam Robbins Midkiff, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Spokane,Washington. 2005.

Mary Jane was my father's maternal grandmother. You can see that she was married multiple times. My grandmother and her brother were not raised by their mother; when they were very young, they were kidnapped by their father, taken across Michigan and placed in Blodgett Home in Grand Rapids, from where they were each adopted by two families in Coopersville in Ottawa County. You can read more about Mary Jane's life here.

In tracing my family history and finding the birth family of my grandmother, which led to her subsequent reuniting with her mother's family, I am happy to say that she was able to visit her mother's grave here in Stiles Cemetery several years ago, before Alzheimer's took over her mind. Grandma was also able to visit her grandmother's grave--Mary Jane's mother was also named Mary Jane. I will feature Mary Jane (FREDENBURG) BARBER DARBY SMITH KELLER's grave in a future Tombstone Tuesday post.

Interestingly enough, Mary Jane DUNLAP's first husband, Howard Merkel YORK--my great-grandfather--is also buried in this cemetery, in an unmarked plot. I discovered this after finding his obituary and calling the funeral home mentioned therein. Unfortunately, there was a fire some 30 years ago in the township office, which destroyed the burial records of Stiles Cemetery, so to my knowledge, there is no way to determine where exactly Howard is buried.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

July 2010 Scanfest

52 Weeks of Online American Digital Archives and Databases: Minnesota

This is the 24th post in a weekly series of Online American Digital Archives and Databases found for free at state, county, municipal, college and university history, library, and archive websites, as well as public and private library and museum sites, and historical and genealogical society sites.

Minnesota Digital Library - - this is a collaborative effort with a mega-search engine for digital collections available from Minnesota universities, libraries, historical societies and museums

Minnesota Historical Society - - What's not to like? It's hard to find a page on this site that doesn't have some amazing information about your Minnesota ancestors. I recommend using the following tabs at the top of the page to start out your searches: Family History, People, Places, and Collections. Included in these are birth and death certificate indexes, state censuses indexes for 1865, 1875, 1885, 1895, and 1905, online maps, newspaper collections, veterans graves indexes, Minnesota History index, Governors of Minnesota, Christie Civil War Letters, Chinese-Americans, Building and House History, Author Biographies, Minnesota Photographers directory and much, much more!

Minnesota Official Marriage System - - county marriage indexes (dates vary - click here to find the dates for your county of interest)


CLIC Digital Collections - - a non-profit federation of the libraries of eight private colleges and universities in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota...The collections you find here are widely varied and continually growing, and include audio, visual, and textual resources." Includes Augsburg College, Bethel University, St. Catherine University, Concordia University, Hamline University, Macalester College, Northwestern College, and the University of St. Thomas.

College of Saint Benedict - Saint John's University Digital Archives - - books, lists, maps, photos, non-book publications, visual resources. Also check out Vivarium at, the online digital collections.

Concordia College Archives Online Databases - - The Concordian (1920 - 2006)

Gustavus Adolphus College - College and Lutheran Church Archives - - while there is not much data on this site (includes WWI posters and the Gustavian Weekly, 1979-2005), it is a necessary stop if you had Lutheran ancestors because of the finding aids, biographical index, and a microfilm index of church records.

Minnesota State University Mankato - University Archives and Southern Minnesota Historical Center - - of main interest are the digital collections (MSU photo collection) and the obituary index

Minnesota State University Moorhead - Livingston Lord Library Northwest Minnesota Historical Center - - along with Minnesota and Red River Valley history, this site provides exhibits and online guides to their many collections

St. Catherine University Digital Collections - - drawings, writings, fine art and photograph collections; also links to digital scans of their publications: The Catherine Wheel, Pot Pourri, The Magret, and Ariston.

St. Cloud State University - University Archives and Special Collections - Digital Exhibits and Historical Compilations - - timeline, history, college newspaper, yearbooks, slideshows, interviews

University of Minnesota Immigration History Research Center - - immigrant letters, biographies, and more

University of Minnesota Libraries - University Archives - -  images, text materials, university Bulletin

University of Minnesota Kautz Family YMCA Archives - - finding aids, photo archives

University of Minnesota University Libraries - Nathan and Theresa Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives - - photos, oral histories, institutional holdings of congreations and synagogues, organizational, regional, and personal holdings, Jewish Historical Socity of the Upper Midwest database

University of St. Thomas Libraries Digital Collections - - historic publications (student newspapers, course catalogs), photos, papers, stained glass collection, temperance tracts, Native American language materials, and holy cards

Anoka County Historical Society - - cemetery index, newsletters 

Bloomington Historical Society - - photos, history, oral histories

Brooklyn Historical Society - - photos, history, township landowner maps

Champlin Historical Society - - history, interactive map

City of Hibbing Cemetery Database -{6B0C0D02-6ADE-4828-9FD6-2EDF99F8189B}&DE={D188BFD4-7F20-4B7C-8021-912CEE6FE428}

Clay County Historical Society Genealogy/Research - - digitized History of Clay and Norman Counties, 1905 personal property tax list, city directories, plat books, atlases, ownership map, and resident lists

Clay County Recorder Death Record Index, 1872-1980 -

Dakota County Historical Society Online Data - - artifact database, church and cemetery records, census name search, Civil War newspaper items, mortality census, obits, city directory, Native American census, marriages, WWII newspaper items

Hennepin County Library Special Collections - - from this page, you can access the Minneapolis Collection (covers all aspects of the city’s history and includes books, photographs, high school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings - not all online) as well as Digital Resources (photos, oral history interviews, WWII Posters, the Seth Eastman Sketchbook) and a list of local historical societies

History Center of Olmsted County - - the Biographical, newspaper or subject index database searches the following: biographical index, cemetery records, county histories, funeral home records, guardianship records, maps, military resources, newspapers, obituaries, probate records, school annuals, town histories, births, marriages, and deaths, and wedding scrapbooks

History Museum of East Otter Tail County - - databases include newspapers, history books, births and deaths, and historical photos

Hopkins Historical Society - - photos and a transcription of an 1872 local farmer's diary.

Iron Range Research Center - - photos, historic manuscripts, government documents (records finding aids for townships, cities, and villages in the Iron Range!), cemetery index (with tombstone photos!), and oral history transcripts

Joint Archives of the Great Northern Railway Historical Society (GNRHS) and Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association (NPRHA) - - digital archives of station plats (all along the railroad, not just in Minnesota!), structure drawings, bridges, depots, photos, drawings, charts, and maps, rosters, and more! A must-visit site if you have railroad employee ancestors!

Minnetonka Historical Society - - history and photo archive

Norwegian-American Historical Association Archives - - digitized issues of Norwegian-American Studies, a list of Norwegian-American newspapers published in the U.S., images, maps, and the Hovland Index (used to identify Bydebøker in the Rolvaag Library)

Owatonna Public Library Dalby Database - - search for records for cemeteries, Civil War, censuses, city directories, births, marriages, newspaper articles, people in books, churches, obits, and more

Pennington County Historical Society - - digitized county histories, city and telephone directories, photos, maps, cemetery records and obituaries, landowner records, yearbooks, historical documents, society newsletters, and postcards

Rice County Historical Society Oral Histories - - on video

Sibley County Historical Society Grave Finder -

Scott County Historical Society - - surname index (obits, marriages, deaths, and significant events - over 30,000 records!), photo and object database, historic sites, county history and more

Wayzata Historical Society - - check out the timeline under the Photos tab! What a great educational resource! There are historical and "mystery" photos, an architectural survey, and newsletters.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

FamilySearch Indexing Update: Online Volunteers Index a Whopping 100 Million Records Already This Year

FamilySearch Indexing is excited to announce that our dedicated volunteers have completed 100 million records in the first half of 2010, and is on track to complete a targeted 200 million by the end of the year. Patrons can search the completed indexes and images at

More volunteers are always needed—particularly on international, non-English projects. New projects were added for Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, and Russia.

Interested volunteers can start helping any time by registering at and selecting a project.

New Projects in the Past Month
(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)

Recently Completed Projects

(Note: Recently completed projects have been removed from the available online indexing batches and will now go through a final completion check process. They will be published at in the near future.)
  • Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2A]
  • Jamaica—Civil Births, 1878–1899 [Part C]
  • Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part A]
  • U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part C]
  • U.S., Military—1920 Federal Census
  • U.S., New York—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., South Dakota—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Utah—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Utah—County Marriages, 1887–1966 [Part A]
  • U.S., West Virginia—1910 Federal Census
  • U.S., Wyoming—1910 Federal Census

Current FamilySearch Indexing Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
Argentina, Balvanera—Registros Parroquiales, 1833–1934 [Parte B]Spanish31%
Argentina, Cordoba—Registros Parroquiales, 1722–1924 [Parte B]Spanish29%
Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte A]Spanish22%
Argentina, Santa Fe—Registros Parroquiales, 1634–1926 [Parte B]Spanish37%
Brasil, Florianópolis—Registros da Igreja, 1751–1954 [Parte A]Portuguese(New)
Brasil, Pernambuco, Recife—Registro Civil, 1900–1920Portuguese1%
Brasil, Rio de Janeiro—Matrimonios, 1900–1910 [Piloto]Portuguese38%
Canada—Passenger Lists, 1881–1922English(New)
Canada, Ontario—Births, 1869–1912English22%
Canada, Ontario—Deaths, 1933–1937English72%
Canada, Ontario—Marriages, 1869–1927 [Part A]English20%
Canada, Québec, Montreal—Régistres Paroissiaux, 1800–1900French32%
Česká republika, Litoměřice—Matriky, 1552-1905 [část 1]
(Tschechien, Litomerice—Kirchenbücher [Teil 1])
Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 2B]Spanish22%
Colombia, Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649–1959Spanish8%
Colombia, Marinilla—Registros Parroquiales, 1815–1959Spanish37%
Deutschland, Baden, Achern—Kirchenbücher, 1810–1869 [Part C]German26%
Deutschland, Mecklenburg—Volkszählung, 1890 [Div 70–92]German56%
España, Avila, Navalmoral—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935Spanish88%
España, Lugo—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1930 [Parte 1]Spanish38%
España, Malaga—Registros Civiles, 1846–1870Spanish95%
France, Cherbourg—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907French23%
France, Coutances—Registres Paroissiaux 1802–1907French20%
France, Coutances, Paroisses de la Manche, 1792–1906French93%
France, Paris—Registres Protestants, 1612–1906 [Partie D]French52%
France, Saint-Lo—Registres Paroissiaux, 1802–1907French57%
Guatemala, Guatemala—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900Spanish2%
Guatemala, Huehuetenango y San Marcos—Registros Civiles, 1877–1900Spanish91%
Italia, Napoli, Castellammare di Stabia—Atti di Morte, 1809–1936 [Parte B]Italian45%
Italy, Trento—Baptisms, 1784–1924 [Part 2A]Italian18%
Jamaica—Civil Births, 1900–1930 [Part B]English(New)
Mexico, DF—Registros Parroquiales, 1855–1934 [Parte 4]Spanish65%
Mexico, San Luis Potosi—1930 Federal CensoSpanish(New)
Mexico, Zacatecas—1930 Federal CensoSpanish94%
New Zealand—Passenger Lists, 1871–1915 [Part 2A]English(New)
Norge —Tinglysningskort, 1640–1903Norwegian4%
Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1887–1921 [Parte A]Spanish28%
Portugal, Setúbal—Registros da Igreja, 1581–1910Portuguese16%
Russland, Sankt Petersburg—Kirchenbuchduplikat, 1833–1885German3%
South Africa, Cape Province—Church Records, 1660–1970Afrikaans, Dutch, English45%
Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish35%
Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish44%
Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]Swedish23%
U.K., Bristol—Non-Conformist Registers, Pre-1900 [Part A]English18%
U.K., Bristol—Parish Registers, 1837–1900 [Part D]English(New)
U.K., Essex—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part A]English6%
U.K., Isle of Man—Parish Registers, 1598–1850English/
Old English
U.K., Manchester—Parish Registers, 1813–1925 [Part A]English6%
U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1538–1900 [Part 2 Adv]English/
Old English
U.K., Warwickshire—Parish Registers, 1754–1900 [Part 1C]English66%
U.S., Alabama—County Marriages, 1809–1950 [Part A]English4%
U.S., Alaska—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [VIII]English34%
U.S., Arkansas—WWII Draft Registration, 1942English4%
U.S., California—County Marriages, 1850–1952 [Part A]English11%
U.S., District of Columbia—County Marriages, 1811–1950 [Part A]English2%
U.S., District of Columbia—Deaths, 1874–1959English7%
U.S., Hawaii—1920 Federal CensusEnglish94%
U.S., Idaho—County Marriages, 1864–1950English85%
U.S., Illinois—County Marriages, 1810–1934 [Part A]English9%
U.S., Indiana, De Kalb County—Marriages, 1811–1959English28%
U.S., Indiana, Dearborn County—Marriages, 1811–1959English25%
U.S., Indiana, Delaware County—Marriages, 1811–1959English58%
U.S., Iowa—1885 State CensusEnglish15%
U.S., Iowa—County Marriages, 1838–1992 [Part A]English3%
U.S., Louisiana—WWII Draft Registration, 1942English(New)
U.S., Military and Naval—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
U.S., Minnesota—1905 State CensusEnglish83%
U.S., Minnesota—County Marriages, 1860–1949 [Part A]English1%
U.S., New Jersey—County Marriages, 1682–1956 [Part 1]English8%
U.S., New York—1905 State Census [Part 2]English34%
U.S., New York—Marriage Licenses, 1908–1938 [Part A]English5%
U.S., New York—Marriages, 1908–1935 [Part A]English4%
U.S., North Carolina—County Marriages, 1762–1959 [Part A]English34%
U.S., North Carolina—Freedmen Letters, 1862–1870English1%
U.S., Oklahoma—County Marriages, 1891–1959 [Part A]English12%
U.S., Puerto Rico—1920 Censo FederalSpanish7%
U.S., Puerto Rico—Nacimientos Civiles, 1836–1930 [Parte A]Spanish44%
U.S., Rhode Island—1885 State CensusEnglish57%
U.S., Rhode Island—1935 State CensusEnglish78%
U.S., South Dakota—1945 State Census [Part C]English(New)
U.S., Tennessee—County Marriages, 1790–1950 [Part B]English16%
U.S., Texas—1910 Federal Census [Part 2]English(New)
U.S., Texas—Birth Records, 1903–1934English(New)
U.S., Texas—County Marriages, 1837–1977 [Part A]English15%
U.S., Wisconsin—1910 Federal CensusEnglish(New)
Venezuela, Mérida—Registros Parroquiales, 1654–1992 [Parte 2]Spanish13%
Österreich, Wiener Meldezettel, 1890–1925German26%
Россия, Самара—Метрические книги церкви, 1869–1917 (часть 1)Russian(New)
Украина, Киев—Метрические книги русской православной церкви, 1843–1845 [Часть А]Russian29%

Current FamilySearch Partner Projects, Record Language, and Percent Completion
Australia, Victoria—Probate Records, 1853–1989English92%
België—Burgerlijke Stand, 1851–1900 [Deel D]Dutch14%
Belgique—Registres Civile, 1851–1900 [Partie A]French36%
Brasil, Minas Gerais—Church Records, 1706-1952Portuguese(New)
Canada, Ontario, Toronto—Trust Cemeteries, 1826–1935English17%
Deutschland, Westfalen, Minden—Volkszählung, 1880–1900German7%
España, Avila, Madrigal y Garganta—Registros Parroquiales, 1530–1935Spanish64%
France, Quimper et Leon, St. Louis—Registres Paroissiaux, 1722–1909French37%
Norway—1875 Census [Part B]Norwegian24%
Philippines, Lingayen, Dagupan—Registros Parroquiales, 1615–1982Spanish26%
U.K., Norfolk—Parish Registers, 1538–1900English1%
U.S., Ohio—Tax Records, Post 1825 [Part 3]English39%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908English51%
U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Registers, 1848–1940English32%

About FamilySearch

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.