Monday, January 18, 2021

Mondays with Myrt - 18 Jan 2021 - Honoring Dr. King



DearREADERS,
Today we honor the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Myrt shared her experience visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D. C. with this shot she captured that night. 

It brings tears to Ol' Myrt's eyes to speak of it.

First, you visit a large patio area with wall panels with Dr. King's famous quotes. In the middle, heading west, you see the backside of this statue, known as the Stone of Hope. To me it represents King's having passed mountains of challenges, shown behind him, and had yet to conquer several more. This is a type for the struggles all people of color are facing in the United States.



My three favorite quotes from Dr. King are:
  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that."
  • "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
  • "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

Saturday, January 16, 2021

52 THINGS: And BEARS, oh my!



DearREADERS,
Ol' Myrt here shares two stories from her father's experiences as a hunter in this mini-journal purposefully left with a plain cover. The mottled brown is reminiscent of the Formica Dad purchased sometime between the late 1960s and the early 1970s. He used it to cover the front door protecting it from the elements. Quite an unusual but innovative choice.

I've made the journal and recorded the stories via YouTube, so my children and grandchildren will know more about their family history. Since they cannot come explore the items in my old steamer trunk, they can now explore virtually.



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Friday, January 15, 2021

US Civil War Records Online



DearREADERS,
As always, researchers do as much work with online digital record sets before visiting the US National Archives for files concerning their Union Civil War soldiers and sailors.

Using the example of Laurie Desmarias's ancestor, we crowd sourced ideas for beginning online research for a Union Civil War research. We began by asking attendees where they would go to find information, and of course, Cyndi's List came up first. 

For a quick study of an ancestor's service unit see the National Park Service's Soldiers and Sailors Database (CWSS) located here: https://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm

Cousin Russ suggests discovering everything you can about a record set, why it was created, how inclusive it may or may not be. Most websites have some about this record  with brief explanations. We are looking for enlistment, service, carded medical records, soldiers' pensions, widows' pensions to begin with, though most are in textural format at National Archives 1 in Washington, DC. Morning reports, frequently found at a state archives for state units, indicate if an individual presented for duty, was detailed elsewhere, was sick or AWOL.

Army hospital records are at the National Archives tell more about a soldier's confinement. See DearMYRTLE's Military: Carded Medical Records and Original Hospital Registers posted 2 June 2012. Be sure to see Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL's notation about the arrangement of Regular Army versus Volunteer Army filing systems.

See also:


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SELECTED CHAT COMMENTS
00:29:19 BJ Swan: Cyndi List
00:29:21 Myra Lindgren: I google …….
00:29:29 Melanie Hinds: FamilySearch wiki
00:29:43 Melanie Hinds: FB genealogy group
00:29:47 Sheri Snodgrass: FamilySearch wiki; Google;
00:29:57 Susan Bleimehl: Internet Archive and PERSI
00:30:01 Lori Martin: Cyndi's List; FamilySearch Wiki
00:42:09 carencay bowen: He was married and the wife out lived him and collected pension both were living in Wisconsin when collecting pension Wife name is Annie E
00:44:35 Susan Bleimehl: I found my CW vet Marriage certificate in his pension file.
01:03:31 Myra Lindgren: Been to Stones River! Not like going to Gettysburg, but am glad I went there. It was a good intro into Civil War Battlefields.
01:05:04 Susan Bleimehl: A neat FaceBook page is the National Museum of Civil War Medicine: https://www.facebook.com/CivilWarMed/
01:08:19 Sheri Snodgrass: Hubby's Iowa great-grandfather was reported AWOL - lots of interesting reading including bounty hunter reports
01:16:42 Susan Bleimehl: Is it Company K 1st US etc....?
01:20:50 Susan Bleimehl: I've found my ancestors Morning reports in the 50th Regiment WI Volunteers for the Company D among a 5 volume set of records for the 50th Regiment. So at least some are there.
01:22:15 Susan Bleimehl: This is at NARA.
01:23:48 Susan Bleimehl: Hand written in my Volumes
01:25:28 Melanie Hinds: Just found a book at Hathi Trust which is a history of the 46th Illinois veteran volunteer Infantry - the infantry that my husband's ancestor served in during the Civil War. Very cool!
01:32:15 Cousin Russ: http://www.civilwardata.com/
01:38:44 Susan Bleimehl: The 50th Reg WI Volunteers went to Fort Rice Dakota Terr to replace that 1st infantry made up of those POW soldiers in late 1865. He was a blacksmith and worked with the Quartermaster during his year of service.
01:41:18 Flo Merritt: Thank you everyone
01:41:49 Myra Lindgren: Have a great rest of the week everyone!
01:41:51 Susan Bleimehl: Fun evening thanks!
01:42:12 Maria Capaldi: Thank you!

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Mini-Myrt: Taking a new look at WikiTree



DearREADERS,
This is the first of our 3-month, weekly Mini-Myrt meetings focusing on updating ancestral profiles on my part of the collaborative WikiTree. While Hilary is a major volunteer at the site. Everyone else had little to no experience with Wiki-Tree prior to this meeting. Here are the links I promised after the recording concluded.


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Myrt's Journal: Bree's Birthday Card



DearREADERS,
OK, so I had  drawn the line at crafting mini-journals, but then my granddaughter Bree's birthday is coming up. Now I've moved the line to include card making. I had always thought it would be too much work. But it was fun to craft and think about her while I made this today!


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FamilySearch: Indiana, Iowa, Montanta, Bavaria, Prussia, Peru and other new records

 NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received from our friends at FamilySearch.org.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--Search new United States records added this week at FamilySearch for Indiana WWII Draft Registrations 1940–1947Iowa Marriages 1941–1951Indiana Marriages 1811–2007, and Montana County Voting Records 1884–1992, plus Germany, Bavaria City Records 1700–1940, Prussia Census Lists 1770–1934, Peru Piura Civil Registrations 1874–1996 and expanded collections for Austria, Brazil, England, Peru, S. Africa, Spain, Sweden and the US (CA, MD, MS, MT, SD, WA, and WI). 

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Collection

Indexed Records

Digital Images

Comments

Argentina

Argentina, Salta, Civil Registration, 1880-2000

1,714

0

Expanded collection

Austria

Austria, Vienna, Jewish Registers of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1784-1911

19,936

0

Expanded collection

Brazil

Brazil, Minas Gerais, Civil Registration, 1879-1949

16,813

0

Expanded collection

Brazil

Brazil, Paraná, Civil Registration, 1852-1996

38,368

0

Expanded collection

Brazil

Brazil, Rio Grande do Sul, Civil Registration, 1860-2006

5,431

0

Expanded collection

Brazil

Brazil, Santa Catarina, Civil Registration, 1850-1999

1,998

0

Expanded collection

Canada

Nova Scotia Church Records, 1720-2001

553

0

Expanded collection

England

England, Essex Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1971

784

0

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England

England, Gloucestershire Non-Conformist Church Records, 1642-1996

16,585

0

Expanded collection

England

England, Herefordshire Bishop's Transcripts, 1583-1898

9,863

0

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England

England, Northumberland Non-Conformist Church Records, 1613-1920

4,759

0

Expanded collection

France

France, Saône-et-Loire, Parish and Civil Registration, 1530-1892

135

0

Expanded collection

Germany

Germany, Bavaria, Passau, Miscellaneous City Records, 1700-1940

53,070

0

Expanded collection

Germany

Germany, Prussia, Saxony, Census Lists, 1770-1934

41,511

0

Expanded collection

Kiribati

Kiribati, Vital Records, 1890-1991

85

0

Expanded collection

Micronesia

Micronesia, Civil Registration, 1883-1983

5,653

0

Expanded collection

Norway

Norway, Probate Index Cards, 1640-1903

5,483

0

Expanded collection

Paraguay

Paraguay, Catholic Church Records, 1754-2015

28

0

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Peru

Peru, Piura, Civil Registration, 1874-1996

46,978

0

Expanded collection

Peru

Peru, Prelature of Yauyos-Cañete-Huarochirí, Catholic Church Records, 1665-2018

9,251

0

Expanded collection

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico, Civil Registration, 1805-2001

4,693

0

Expanded collection

Samoa

Samoa, Vital Records, 1846-1996

4,313

0

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South Africa

South Africa, Church of the Province of South Africa, Parish Registers, 1801-2004

17

0

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South Africa

South Africa, Civil Death Registration, 1955-1966

33,655

0

Expanded collection

South Africa

South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970

19,327

0

Expanded collection

South Africa

South Africa, KwaZulu Natal, Vital Records, 1868-1976

10,800

0

Expanded collection

Spain

Spain, Province of La Coruña, Municipal Records, 1648-1941

17,168

0

Expanded collection

Sweden

Sweden, Örebro Church Records, 1613-1918; index 1635-1860

20,968

0

Expanded collection

Sweden

Sweden, Västerbotten Church Records, 1619-1896; index, 1688-1860

12,953

0

Expanded collection

United States

California, County Birth and Death Records, 1800-1994

158

0

Expanded collection

United States

California, Los Angeles, Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery/Crematory Records, 1884-2002

32,416

0

Expanded collection

United States

Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990

1

0

Expanded collection

United States

Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007

176,943

0

Expanded collection

United States

Indiana, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1940-1947

899,360

0

New collection 

United States

Iowa, Marriage Records, 1941-1951

249,115

0

New collection 

United States

Maryland, Allegany County, Tax and Voter Records, 1798-1948

106,545

0

Expanded collection

United States

Michigan, Saginaw County, Biographical Card File, ca. 1830-2000

16

0

Expanded collection

United States

Mississippi, County Marriages, 1858-1979

30,455

0

Expanded collection

United States

Montana, County Voting Records, 1884-1992

176,376

0

Expanded collection

United States

New Jersey, Death Index, 1901-1903; 1916-1929

634

0

Expanded collection

United States

South Dakota, County Naturalization Records, 1865-1972

52,986

0

Expanded collection

United States

Texas, Grimes County, Marriage Records, 1951-1966

428

0

Expanded collection

United States

United States, Cemetery Abstracts, 1949-1969

13

0

Expanded collection

United States

Virginia, Various Counties, Marriage Bonds, 1706-1901

18

0

Expanded collection

United States

Washington, County Birth Registers, 1873-1965

89,438

0

Expanded collection

United States

Washington, County Divorce Records, 1852-1950

78

0

Expanded collection

United States

Wisconsin, County Naturalization Records, 1807-1992

12,373

0

Expanded collection

Venezuela

Venezuela Civil Registration, 1873-2003

1,157

0

Expanded collection

Zambia

Zambia, Archdiocese of Lusaka, Church Records, 1950-2015

33

0

Expanded collection

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