Archive for the ‘Genealogy/Historic News’ Category

Online Death Certs

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The LDS has got several states death records and/or certs online (not the image as far as I can tell, but fully transcribed)

Be sure to read the description to see what is and isnt included in each collection

Ohio 1908-1953
Texas 1890-1976
Utah 1904-195
Washington 1904-1960
Georgia 1919-1927
Ontario 1869-1947
West Virginia 1853-1970

they also have the social security death index

you have to register to be able to use the search

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Tombstone found on boat a mystery

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

What do you do when you find a century-old tombstone aboard your houseboat?

Robert Payne had to answer that question last weekend when a cleaning person called him to Charleston City Marina after finding an 1894 baby’s marble tombstone in a cabinet on his rental boat.

The marker, which is about 14 inches tall and weighs about 75 pounds, bears the inscription:

Infant son of R.W. & E.J. Hypes

Born Nov. 2, 1894 Died Nov. 29 1894.

story continued here

Would you like to know anything from the descendant of the boy in the iron coffin?

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

I have just been notified by Deborah, from the Smithosonian, that Linda Dwyer has agreed to send me a picture to post on the website, she has given Linda my email address and I’m *hoping* that she wont mind answering a few questions so I can conclude my story!!!

If there is anything you’d especially like to know from her let me know and I will try to ask her. I already plan on trying to cover the…”Were you interested in genealogy before this” kind of questions.

heh….Im so excited!!!

if there is anything you’d like to know from Ms. Dwyer, please login and post your question here    Putting a face on William White

Pike County Ga Gen Web page has a new home!!

Friday, March 28th, 2008

I am extremely happy and pleased to announce that the first county to move their county page to Ancestrally Challenged is Pike County Ga!!!!!

Barbara and her volunteers have worked very very hard to get loads of information up to help researchers and I couldnt more honored that they chose this site as their new home!!!!

Visit them at Pike County, GA Gen Web page

Ancestrally Challenged is offering space for Genweb sites to move to

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

I thought I would put this out there, in case anyone here either runs a genweb site or knows someone that does.

I am offering space for free on my server to genweb sites that would like to move to their “own space”. The first one, for Pike County Ga is being loaded up now.

This space is being offered for free BUT, yes there are a few buts, I have a few rules about it.

1. We all know how I feel about those crappy genweb sites that dont look like they really care about themselves, the ones full of dead links, nothing BUT links and the ones that really have no information. So to move to my server for free, they must be an active site that strives to have material and files actually on the site, in other words its run by a co-ordinator that gives a crap what their page has to offer others.

2. All I ask is that the page put a link to this site on it

3. The person that manages the website must be able to design/upload files via an FTP program, because of security on the server it is not possible to ftp via the internet

Anyone interested can send me a link to the existing site and I will look at it…I know Im sounding a tad picky, but if I’m going to host it I think I have the right to require a “quality” county site smile.gif

I will have access of course to the county page, but I will in no way up or download anything to it (unless asked by the page owner) and information will not be “copied” here without the express permission of the page owner (I dont want anyone thinking Im out to steal files lol)

If there are questions please ask on the forum here

Civil War soldier’s diary going home

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

Let this be a lesson to all those who throw up family bibles on ebay for profit and may God bless Mr. Hammontree for his perseverance

Friday, March 21, 2008
By Dean Baker, Columbian staff writer

While sorting through his late aunt’s effects in Downey, Calif., Mitch Hammontree found a leather-bound book, which he was amazed to discover was the diary of a Confederate soldier.

Now, after a lot of research, Hammontree and his wife, Cindy, have decided to take the diary back to where it was written in Savannah, Ga., more than 140 years ago. Next week, they will hand the little book over to the descendants of the soldier, A.S. Quarterman.

The Washougal couple found the relatives using the Internet and the telephone.

“They have treated us like family,” said Hammontree, 53, a businessman who plans to open a Quiznos sandwich shop at The Crossing, the new development in Washougal, in May.

He also found among his aunt’s effects some letters from his father, who served with Gen. George S. Patton in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge.

But, he said, the greatest prize was the Confederate soldier’s record.

“It’s really fascinating when you can touch something like this and say, gosh, that’s part of my family history and the history of the country as a whole,” said Hammontree, an avid genealogical researcher.

Rest of story here

Missouri Death Certificates online 1910-1957

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008

The Missouri Death Certificate Database containing over 2.1 million death certificates was placed online one year before its scheduled completion, according to Secretary of State Robin Carnahan’s office.

Researchers have immediate, free access to online images of Missouri death certificates over 50 years old, including those of famous Missourians like author Laura Ingalls Wilder, musician and composer John William “Blind” Boone, outlaw Frank James and political boss Tom Pendergast. Family historians, biographers, and other researchers can use these death certificates to discover key information about an ancestor or important historical figure, including occupation, burial site, birthplace, and the names of an individual’s parents and spouse.

Over 600 students and volunteers from across the United States and other countries spent 32,810 hours preparing certificates for scanning and entering data into the index.

This is FANTASTIC news!! To see a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s death cert… Go Here

Frozen remains of WWII airman identified

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

Frozen remains of WWII airman identified

The U.S. military has identified frozen remains found atop a California glacier as those of a World War II era airman who vanished more than half a century ago.

Ernest G. Munn had been missing since his training flight disappeared over the Sierra Nevada mountain range on November 18, 1942, the U.S. military said Monday. He was 23 at the time.

Last year, two hikers found the frozen remains of a man with blond, wavy hair in a remote area of Kings Canyon, east of Fresno, California. A tattered sweater still clung to the body, and an unopened parachute lay nearby, said Peter Sketel, one of the hikers who made the discovery.

DNA analysis confirmed that the remains were Munn’s, the Department of Defense said Monday. The military has notified his family in St. Clairsville, Ohio.

“You don’t often have an opportunity in life to provide people with the answers to questions that they have always wanted to know the answer to,” Sketel told CNN Tuesday. “Having the ability to supply that information just makes me really happy.”

Munn was one of three cadets who, along with their lieutenant, took off from Mather Field in California on a routine training flight nearly 66 years ago. The AT-7 Navigator aircraft carried about five hours of fuel but never returned to base, the U.S. Department of Defense said.

Authorities searched for the men for a month — without success.

Five years later, in 1947, hikers on Darwin Glacier in the Sierra Nevada mountain range discovered plane wreckage but found no bodies.

Then, in October 2005, backpackers discovered frozen human remains of a crew member, later identified as Leo M. Mustonen.

Two years later, in 2007, Sketel and a friend were in the area researching a book that Sketel is writing about the ill-fated flight.

About 100 feet from where Mustonen’s body was found, Sketel discovered the remains of a second man emerging from a melting glacier.

At first he thought it was a tree, Sketel said.

“And as I got closer and closer, I noticed what turned out to be a gold ring on his left ring finger,” he said.

DNA retrieved from Munn’s family matched samples from the remains.

With two of the missing airmen now identified, authorities continue their search for the others.

Munn was the oldest of four children. He did well in school and watched over his three little sisters, his family told CNN in 2005.

“He was my idol,” one of his sisters told CNN. “He was tall and good-looking. And when he walked in, they said, ‘Here comes the blond bomber.’ And I would say, ‘That’s my brother.’”

At 23, he enlisted in the Army, kissed his sisters goodbye and told his mother never to cut her long hair.

Authorities have notified his sisters, now in their 80s, about the match. Munn is expected to be buried in May in Colerain, Ohio.

His mother lived to be 102, never cut her hair and died awaiting word on his fate

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National Archives and memory sticks

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Now, I dont know about all locations, but at the SE regional archives here in georgia, you can now take your usb memory sticks with you and instead of having to print out microfilm records on paper, you can pdf them to your stick!!!

No more paying for the copies you made, just plug the memory stick in and scan from the microfilm reader straight into a pdf file that you can print out later at your leisure,

If you’re planning on visiting a regional national archvies near you…call them up and ask them if they are doing this like the one here is. I cant tell you how much easier this is. I now have military records I needed for my family tree program in electronic form without the hassel of scanning them from a paper copy (and we all know how crappy those usually turn out)

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Rare Helen Keller pic with doll discovered

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Story as posted on CNN

BOSTON, Massachusetts (AP) — Researchers have uncovered a rare photograph of a young Helen Keller with her teacher Anne Sullivan, nearly 120 years after it was taken on Cape Cod and tucked inside a family album.

The photograph, shot in July 1888 in Brewster, shows an 8-year-old Helen sitting outside in a light-colored dress, holding Sullivan’s hand and cradling one of her beloved dolls.

Experts on Keller’s life believe it could be the earliest photo of the two women together and the only one showing the blind and deaf child with a doll — the first word Keller spelled for Sullivan after they met in 1887 — according to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, which now has the photo.

“It’s really one of the best images I’ve seen in a long, long time,” said Helen Selsdon, an archivist at the American Federation for the Blind, where Keller worked for more than 40 years. “This is just a huge visual addition to the history of Helen and Annie.”

For more than a century, though, the photograph was hidden in an album that belonged to the family of Thaxter Spencer, an 87-year-old man in Waltham.

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