WorldVitalRecords.com, an online family history resource, and Footnote.com, the premier history website for original content, today announced a joint partnership enabling family historians, academic researchers and others free online search access to comprehensive indexes of the 1860 and 1930 United States Federal Census records.”We are committed to enhance our search capabilities while expanding online databases available to those searching the Internet for family history,” said Jim Ericson, WorldVitalRecords.com vice president of marketing. “This partnership allows people to thoroughly research the massive indexes of these two US Federal Census collections in just moments.”Researchers who identify possible relatives in the indexes may subscribe to Footnote.com and access additional content on its interactive 1860 and 1930 Census records. They can also create a unique interactive experience by contributing their own family photos, documents and stories and attaching them to the names on the census.The 1860 US Census includes individuals enumerated in the 1860 United States Federal Census, the ninth census of the United States. Details include names, age at last birthday, sex, color, birthplace, occupation, and more. However, relationships between members of a household are not included.The 1930 US Census includes names of approximately 123 million Americans. It is the largest and most recent census available for public access. Details include information about a household’s family members and occupants including birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service.”Users of WorldVitalRecords.com and its databases will be a tremendous asset in furthering the social aspect of Footnote,” said Russ Wilding, Footnote CEO. “Our companies both support a community of people who are passionate about a variety of topics relating to family history, so it is a great fit.FamilyLink.com, Inc. restores online access to PaperofRecord.com, a popular database of historical newspaper content, through a subscription product offered exclusively to academic institutionsFamilyLink.com has returned a popular database of historical newspaper content in its entirety to the Internet. Paper of Record (POR), removed from the Internet earlier this year when the database’s ownership changed and its content was updated, is now back online as Paper of Record Institutional Subscription, available to universities, colleges, libraries and other academic research groups.The treasured POR collection includes 523 newspapers, the earliest of which goes back to 1778, and images from approximately 4.5 million periodical issues. 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The Sporting News historical archive has spawned over 30 books on the history of baseball and helped academics reach information in a timely and orderly manner.Annual cost of institutional subscriptions will vary depending on the size of the purchasing institution. To learn more or to purchase a Paper of Record Institutional Subscription, call our toll free number at 1-888-377-0588.Individuals can purchase an online subscription to select Paper of Record resources through World Vital Records. To learn more about subscribing to individual access and to view an alphabetized list of POR newspapers included, visit WorldVitalRecords.comGenealogical Publishing CompanyGenealogical.com publishes genealogy books and CDs. Whether you are just beginning to explore your family tree or are an experienced researcher looking for in-depth genealogy data, Genealogical.com can provide you with the resources you need. We publish over 2,000 genealogy books and compact discs featuring colonial genealogy, Irish genealogy, immigration, royal ancestry, family history, and genealogy methods and sources. Genealogical.com is the online home of Genealogical Publishing Company, Clearfield Company, and Gateway Press. Search our genealogy books by title, author or keyword phrase or browse our genealogy book sale.Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia (available 9/23/2009)Land records comprise one of the most important sources for early American genealogical research, since sometimes they are the only records that can place an individual in a particular place at a particular time. For this reason, Sims Index to Land Grants in West Virginia is an essential resource for anyone researching their early Virginia/West Virginia ancestors. A comprehensive guide to pre-1900 land records in West Virginia (which until 1863 was part of the Commonwealth of Virginia), the Sims Index lists land grants that were made by Lord Fairfax prior to the creation of the Virginia Land Office in 1779, as well as those issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia for land now located in West Virginia, and by the State of West Virginia under its first Constitution.The information contained in this exhaustive compilation was compiled by Edgar Sims, the State Auditor of West Virginia, from copies of land grants filed in his office. More than 50,000 entries are included, each containing the name of the grantee, amount of acreage, location and date of grant, and the grant book and page numbers. Sims meticulously examined each record to ensure that the spellings of the names of grantees, location, and descriptions of tracts were accurate, and that any variations of spellings of grantees’ names were also indexed or noted. Records are listed for Barbour, Berkeley, Boone, Braxton, Brooke, Cabell, Calhoun, Clay, Doddridge, Fayette, Gilmer, Grant, Greenbrier, Hampshire, Hancock, Hardy, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Kanawha, Lewis, Logan, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDowell, Mercer, Monongalia, Monroe, Morgan, Nicholas, Ohio, Pendleton, Pleasants, Pocahontas, Preston, Putnam, Raleigh, Randolph, Ritchie, Roane, Taylor, Tucker, Tyler, Uphur, Wayne, Webster, Wetzel, Wirt, Wood, and Wyoming counties, West Virginia, as well as for the portions of Augusta, Bath, Botetourt, Frederick, Montgomery, Russell, Tazewell, and Wythe counties, Virginia, that were used in the formation of West Virginia.In a great many cases the land grants indexed here pre-date the earliest extant census records or supplement existing census records, and are thus indispensable for finding individuals who lived in the area that later became West VirginiaSketches of Prominent Tennesseans (available 9/23/2009) Free for Ten Days!”I had a native ambition to rise from obscurity and make myself useful in the world, to shine and be distinguished.” So said the Hon. Neil S. Brown, one of the 259 prominent 19th-century Tennesseans profiled in this extraordinary book. It is this kind of unique first-hand biographical information that makes Sketches of Prominent Tennesseans unequaled in the canon of Tennessee genealogical literature. Not only did compiler William S. Speer have the unparalleled opportunity to interview a number of the featured Tennesseans himself, he also was able to garner–and include in this book–thousands and thousands of names of their family members, friends, and colleagues.The biographical sketches include numerous details about the lives of the subjects and their families. In addition, the compiler offers insight into the personal, professional, and sometimes even physical characteristics that made each of these men a success. 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Volume 2 (available 9/23/2009)Anne (Marbury) Hutchinson, declared among some in her seventeenth-century world as a religious “heretic,” defied many of the most powerful men in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, including Governor Thomas Dudley, in defense of her strong beliefs. She endured a “trial by fire,” without benefit of a jury of her peers, in a highly charged court where these men challenged and mocked her views on religion. Her banishment from Salem and Boston drove her to a new colony called Rhode Island, which her mentor and friend Roger Williams co-founded. Thousands of Americans can claim the Marbury family’s lineal connections to their royal and noble ancestry, from William the Conqueror through Edward I. These ancestors include John, King of England, who signed the Magna Carta in 1215 at Runnymede, as well as many of the barons who witnessed his signature on that famous document. All later kinds of Spain, Holy Roman and Austrian emperors, most later English and French kinds, all kings of Prussia and Russian czars, beginning with Alexander I, are distant cousins as well.This volume is the second in a projected multi-volume series dealing with Americans of royal and noble ancestry. Taking the colonial period as a point of departure, it focuses on two of Reverend Francis Marbury’s daughters, Anne and Katherine, who immigrated with their husbands to the New World in the 1630s. It covers the first five generations of their descendants, carrying the various lines up to and beyond the Revolutionary War, into the sixth generation. The generational layout of the work follows a modified format of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, with citations for all five generations based exclusively on vital records and approved family histories.In addition, the author appended a “Lineage Society Index” with names of eligible ancestors in a number of hereditary societies, including the Colonial Clergy, Colonial Governors, Mayflower Descendants, and Revolutionary War Patriots.Subscribe today to access these and the 12,000 databases that WorldVitalRecords offers. You can subscribe through our website at www.worldvitalrecords.com or by calling us at 1-888-377-0588.
Archive for September, 2009
Ancestry magazine - Sep 24, 2009
Undoubtedly, the new frontier for genealogy can be summed up in three letters: DNA. Genealogists today can already determine their ethnic origins with a …
Book View Ancestry magazine
The Many Faces of Family History Ancestry magazine
Past Perfected, Future Envisioned Ancestry magazine
Ancestry magazine - - Sep 24, 2009
I think the main reason is that on top of our genetic connection, we have a common interest in DNA genealogy. We feed each other’s interest and help each …
Mormon Times - - Sep 24, 2009
According to Ugo Perego, senior researcher at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, the nucleus of the human cell contains about 3.2 billion pieces of …
Mother’s Eternal Influence Ancestry magazine
Grab Your Cotton Swab Ancestry magazine
Ancestry magazine - - Sep 24, 2009
Enter DNA. Chris Haley and I were at the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ annual conference a couple of years ago when Ancestry.com introduced its new …
When Everyone Knows Your Family Story Ancestry magazine
Examiner.com - Sep 6, 2009
There are several companies out there that advertise “DNA genealogy.” For around $120 (US) you can buy a kit with four cheek swaps that they analyze and …
Ancestry magazine - - Sep 24, 2009
But thanks to a DNA test, Jeff found out that his joke answer might be right. With blue eyes, straight, light brown hair, freckles, and light skin, …
Ancestry magazine - - Sep 24, 2009
“Social networking and genealogy are working hand in hand. When you look for your ancestors using DNA, the DNA found in the databases does not belong to …
Ancestry magazine - - Sep 24, 2009
Most of us who have participated in genetic genealogy testing have looked at their sex-related heritage: either the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) passed from …
Ancestry magazine - - Sep 25, 2009
Interested in all things family history, Monty donated a blood sample and a four-generation family tree to the genealogical DNA database. …
Ancestry magazine - Sep 24, 2009
It may also be a good time to have your DNA profile taken for genealogical reasons. A few years ago I started a file of comments and accolades where I place …
Social Networking for Genealogists by Drew Smith is more fun to read than you’d think from the title. With examples and tasks, it’s almost as interactive as the web, and really fun to read.
The author is well-qualified to guide you through the maze of RSS feeds, virtual worlds and genealogy-specific social networks. Drew Smith, MLS, is an academic librarian with the University of South Florida in Tampa. An expert in digital genealogy, with a lifelong interest in family history research, he is Director of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and President of the Florida Genealogical Society of Tampa. He is also a regular contributor to Digital Genealogist magazine and is co-host of the weeklyGenealogy Guys Podcast.
The best part of online genealogy has always been the interaction with other family historians, professional and amateur, that you find online. Prior to this decade, that meant mainly message boards and mailing lists. Now, blogs, wikis, podcasts, and even genealogy-specific social networks add depth and breadth to the experience of collaborating with genealogists all over the world.
Smith defines and describes all the social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. Then, at the end of each chapter, he gives you specific steps to get involved with such services to help you launch yourself into the realms of cyberspace without getting hopelessly lost.
I have long admired Thomas Jay Kemp MLS for his scholarship and expertise. His book, The American Census Handbook, is just one example of his outstanding contributions to the field of genealogy. A well-known librarian and archivist, he is the Chair of the Genealogy Committee of the American Library Association (ALA) and a past chair of the ALA history section. He is a member of the board of directors of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the editor of the Local History & Genealogy Librarian andLocal History & Genealogy Librarian News. Tom has been working on his genealogy for the past 44 years. Kemp is the author of more than 30 books and is the Director of Genealogy at NewsBank and he writes a blog at http://Blog.GenealogyBank.com.In this handbook, Mr. Kemp has gathered all the information you need to get birth, death and marriage information from around the world. As he points out in the introduction, although sometimes the certified copies of such documents may be restricted due to privacy and anti-theft laws, some governments allow an informational copy with the pertinent data to be issued instead. He gives some good procedures for finding the right person to ask, especially in non-U.S. countries.So, for each state, and many countries, one will find instructions, fees, mailing addresses and the actual official form to use. In addition, many online, searchable databases are included.The forms are reproducible, but the binding makes that difficult. Although it is already priced at about $50 at the publisher’s website, and I know this suggestion would add to the cost, I think it would be more usable for the average, hobbyist genealogist if it were spiral, comb or even notebook bound. This would make using this excellent resource much easier.I do think this is a must have for any library with a genealogy section, and I can imagine that a certified professional genealogist might use this almost daily.You can buy this book at the link above, or at the publisher’s, Genealogical Publishing Company.
County Courthouse Book, 3rd Edition by Elizabeth Petty Bentley is an excellent resource for the genealogist. As the author points out, counties often have land, naturalization, vital and probate records that genealogists can use to find ancestors at a certain place and time. Also, counties and states often have intertwined histories; finding out when a county was created, and how, can often be a clue to breaking down brick walls. And also consider that in Virginia, cities are independent of their surrounding counties. Given all these factors, it is very handy to have the contact information for each county at your fingertips!Each entry has a short history, the name of the clerk and probate office, mailing address, phone number, email and web site as available, as well as what that organization charges for searches and copies. When possible, Bentley has also included the name a person to contact, a very valuable bit of data.A good book to have on your genealogy bookshelf, this volume sells for about $36 on Amazon (free shipping) and sells for $49.95 at the publisher’s site, www.genealogical.com
WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, which was observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). America celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090226/CENSUSLOGO) Population 46.9 million The estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2008, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 15 percent of the nation’s total population. In addition, there are approximately 4 million residents of Puerto Rico. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html and http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013049.html More than 1 …of every two people added to the nation’s population between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008, was Hispanic. There were 1.5 million Hispanics added to the population during the period. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html 3.2% Percentage increase in the Hispanic population between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008, making Hispanics the fastest-growing minority group. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html 132.8 million The projected Hispanic population of the United States on July 1, 2050. According to this projection, Hispanics will constitute 30 percent of the nation’s population by that date. Source: Population projections http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/012496.html 22.4 million The nation’s Hispanic population during the 1990 Census — less than half the current total. Source: The Hispanic Population: 2000 http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/c2kbr01-3.pdf 2nd Ranking of the size of the U.S. Hispanic population worldwide, as of 2008. Only Mexico (110 million) had a larger Hispanic population than the United States (46.9 million). Source: International Data Base http://www.census.gov/ipc/www/idb/ and population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html 64% The percentage of Hispanic-origin people in the United States who were of Mexican background in 2007. Another 9 percent were of Puerto Rican background, with 3.5 percent Cuban, 3.1 percent Salvadoran and 2.7 percent Dominican. The remainder were of some other Central American, South American or other Hispanic or Latino origin. Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm About 45 percent of the nation’s Dominicans lived in New York City in 2007 and about half of the nation’s Cubans in Miami-Dade County, Fla. Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm 25% Percentage of children younger than 5 who were Hispanic in 2008. All in all, Hispanics comprised 22 percent of children younger than 18. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html 27.7 years Median age of the Hispanic population in 2008. This compared with 36.8 years for the population as a whole. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html 107 Number of Hispanic males in 2008 per every 100 Hispanic females. This was in sharp contrast to the overall population, which had 97 males per every 100 females. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013733.html States and Counties 48% The percentage of the Hispanic-origin population that lived in California or Texas in 2008. California was home to 13.5 million Hispanics, and Texas was home to 8.9 million. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 16 The number of states with at least a half-million Hispanic residents — Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 45% The percentage of New Mexico’s population that was Hispanic in 2008, the highest of any state. Hispanics also made up at least one fifth of the population in California and Texas, at 37 percent each, Arizona (30 percent), Nevada (26 percent), Florida (21 percent) and Colorado (20 percent). New Mexico had 891,000 Hispanics. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html The Carolinas The states with the highest percentage increases in Hispanic population between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008. South Carolina’s increase was 7.7 percent and North Carolina’s was 7.4 percent. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 4.7 million The Hispanic population of Los Angeles County, Calif., in 2008 — the largest of any county in the nation. Los Angeles County also had the biggest numerical increase in the Hispanic population (67,000) since July 2007. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 97% Proportion of the population of Starr County, Texas, that was Hispanic as of 2008, which led the nation. All of the top 10 counties in this category were in Texas. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 48 Number of the nation’s 3,142 counties that are majority-Hispanic. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 15% Percent increase in the Hispanic population in Luzerne County, Pa., from July 1, 2007, to July 1, 2008. Among all counties with 2007 Hispanic populations of at least 10,000, Luzerne topped the nation in this category. Luzerne’s county seat is Wilkes-Barre. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 313,000 The increase in California’s Hispanic population between July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008, which led all states. Texas (305,000) and Florida (111,000) also recorded large increases. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html 20 Number of states in which Hispanics are the largest minority group. These states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Source: Population estimates http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/013734.html Businesses Source for statements in this section: Hispanic-owned Firms: 2002http://www.census.gov/csd/sbo/hispanic2002.htm 1.6 million The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2002. — Nearly 43 percent of Hispanic-owned firms operated in construction; administrative and support, and waste management and remediation services; and other services, such as personal services, and repair and maintenance. Retail and wholesale trade accounted for nearly 36 percent of Hispanic-owned business revenue. — Counties with the highest number of Hispanic-owned firms were Los Angeles County (188,422); Miami-Dade County (163,187); and Harris County, Texas (61,934). Triple The rate of growth of Hispanic-owned businesses between 1997 and 2002 (31 percent) compared with the national average (10 percent) for all businesses. $222 billion Revenue generated by Hispanic-owned businesses in 2002, up 19 percent from 1997. 44.6% …of all Hispanic-owned firms were owned by people of Mexican origin (Mexican, Mexican-American or Chicano). 29,168 Number of Hispanic-owned firms with receipts of $1 million or more. Families and Children 10.4 million The number of Hispanic family households in the United States in 2008. Of these households, 62 percent included children younger than 18. Source: Families and Living Arrangements http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/013378.html 66% The percentage of Hispanic family households consisting of a married couple. Source: Families and Living Arrangements http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/013378.html 43% The percentage of Hispanic family households consisting of a married couple with children younger than 18. Source: Families and Living Arrangements http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/013378.html 70% Percentage of Hispanic children living with two parents. Source: Families and Living Arrangements http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/families_households/013378.html Spanish Language 35 million The number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2007. Those who hablan espanol constituted 12 percent of U.S. residents. More than half of these Spanish speakers spoke English “very well.” Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm 4 Number of states where at least one-in-five residents spoke Spanish at home in 2007 — Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/american_community_survey_acs/012634.html 78% Percentage of Hispanics 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2007. Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm Income, Poverty and Health Insurance $38,679 The median income of Hispanic households in 2007, statistically unchanged from the previous year after adjusting for inflation. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/012528.html 21.5% The poverty rate among Hispanics in 2007, up from 20.6 percent in 2006. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/012528.html 32.1% The percentage of Hispanics who lacked health insurance in 2007, down from 34.1 percent in 2006. Source: Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/income_wealth/012528.html Education 53% The percentage of Hispanic 4-year-olds enrolled in nursery school in 2007, up from 43 percent in 1997 and 21 percent in 1987. Source: School Enrollment — Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013391.html 62% The percentage of Hispanics 25 and older who had at least a high school education in 2008. Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013618.html 13% The percentage of the Hispanic population 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2008. Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013618.html 3.6 million The number of Hispanics 18 and older who had at least a bachelor’s degree in 2008. Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013618.html 1 million Number of Hispanics 25 and older with advanced degrees in 2008 (e.g., master’s, professional, doctorate). Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2008 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013618.html 12% Percentage of full-time college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) in October 2007 who were Hispanic, up from 10 percent in 2006. Source: School Enrollment — Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013391.html 20% Percentage of elementary and high school students combined who were Hispanic. Source: School Enrollment — Social and Economic Characteristics of Students: October 2007 http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/education/013618.html Names 4 The number of Hispanic surnames ranked among the 15 most common in 2000. It was the first time that a Hispanic surname reached the top 15 during a census. Garcia was the most frequent Hispanic surname, occurring 858,289 times and placing eighth on the list — up from 18th in 1990. Rodriguez (ninth), Martinez (11th) and Hernandez (15th) were the next most common Hispanic surnames. Source: Census 2000 Genealogy http://www.census.gov/genealogy/www/freqnames2k.html Jobs 67% Percentage of Hispanics 16 and older who were in the civilian labor force in 2007. Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm 18% The percentage of Hispanics 16 or older who worked in management, professional and related occupations in 2007. The same percentage worked in production, transportation and material moving occupations. Another 16 percent worked in construction, extraction, maintenance and repair occupations. Approximately 24 percent of Hispanics 16 or older worked in service occupations; 21 percent in sales and office occupations; and 2 percent in farming, fishing and forestry occupations. Source: 2007 American Community Survey http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Products/users_guide/index.htm 79,400 Number of Hispanic chief executives. In addition, 50,866 physicians and surgeons; 48,720 postsecondary teachers; 38,532 lawyers; and 2,726 news analysts, reporters and correspondents are Hispanic. Source: Upcoming Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2010, Table 603 http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/ Voting 5.6 million The number of Hispanic citizens who reported voting in the 2006 congressional elections. The percentage of Hispanic citizens voting — about 32 percent — did not change statistically from four years earlier. Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2006http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/voting/012234.html Serving our Country 1.1 million The number of Hispanic veterans of the U.S. armed forces. Source: 2007 American Community Survey
If nine is your lucky number, this is your day!
Today in History – Sept. 9
Today is Wednesday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2009. There are 113 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 9, 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term “United States” official, replacing “United Colonies.”
On this date:
In 1830, Charles Durant flew a balloon from New York City across the Hudson River to Perth Amboy, N.J.
In 1850, California became the 31st state of the union.
In 1893, Frances Cleveland, wife of President Grover Cleveland, gave birth to a daughter, Esther, in the White House; it was the first time a president’s child was born in the executive mansion.
In 1926, the National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) was incorporated by the Radio Corp. of America.
In 1948, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was declared.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction.
In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, N.Y., beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.
In 1976, Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82.
A friend recently wrote:
Libbi — I have a quick question for you. My friend Janice was visiting this evening, and she started sharing with me some issues concerning her father’s parents. To give you an idea of how old her grandparents would be, Janice is 63. Anyway, Janice’s grandmother shot her grandfather when Janice’s father was very young. She doesn’t know whether her grandfather lived or died from the gunshot wound, and she doesn’t know whether her grandmother was incarcerated or put in some sort of asylum, etc. She’s going to give me their names and any other information she can come up with, i.e., birthdates, birthplaces, etc. Armed with that info, where could I look online for records about them? I believe they were from Alabama.Thanks for any advice you can offer. — Abigail
Abigail: My first thought is court records. Surely there was an investigation. If she was committed, it had to be in court. If she was jailed, that should be in the county records, too.
My second thought is the many newspaper archives out there, many of which local libraries subscribe to. Surely there was at least a “police roundup” article. Ancestry.com would be one place to start. If your local library doesn’t have a sub, try your nearest Mormon Church’s Family History Center. Also, my local library has a subscription to America’s Newspapers and Heritage Quest Online.
Here’s a link to some free AL info : http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/Alabama.htm. This lists what court holds which records, and that can help narrow your search.
If you have the ancestors in a specific town in a census year, find their address and perhaps contact that town’s historical society/club. Surely such a story is a local legend!
Finally, when you know what county in AL, go to http://www.algenweb.us/. The chair of that county will have more ideas.
Readers: This is a wonderful way to “give back” to the Internet! Please participate in FamilySearch IndexingHistoric Arkansas Marriage Records OnlineHundreds of Thousands of Certificates Digitized and IndexedLITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS—Where genealogists gather, records are uncovered. The adage is certainly true this week as hundreds of genealogists descend on the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center in Arkansas as part of the 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies annual conference. In anticipation of this conference, many volunteers have donated thousands of hours online to create a free online database to hundreds of thousands of historic Arkansas marriage records. The records date from 1837 to 1957. The online database includes a searchable index linked to digital images of the original marriage certificates. The volunteer project is 26 percent complete. The first fruits of the effort can be searched at FamilySearch.org (click Search Records, and then click Record Search pilot).The free online collection currently includes 442,058 records linked to 199,431 digital images of the original marriage certificates. The records represent the counties of Ashley, Baxter, Boone, Chicot, Clay, Crittenden, Desha, Drew, Fulton, Jackson, Johnson, Lee, Logan, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Nevada, Perry, and Pike.FamilySearch partnered with the Arkansas Genealogical Society (AGS) to create indexes to county marriages registered in Arkansas between 1837 and 1957. Jan Davenport, 1st vice president of AGS, worked closely with FamilySearch to create the project and help solicit volunteers to index the digital images using FamilySearch’s online indexing program. To date, 20,559 volunteers have helped produce the first sets of indexed data and images now available online.FamilySearch is the global leader of online indexing. It launched its online indexing program in 2008, and tens of thousands of volunteers donate time online helping to index historic records like the Arkansas marriages collection. FamilySearch currently has 65 online indexing projects underway.For this project, FamilySearch is creating digital images of the county marriage records and online volunteers worldwide then use FamilySearch’s Web-based indexing tool to view the digital images and extract the desired information from the image. That data is then processed and published online in free searchable indexes linked to the digital images.Volunteers need only Internet access to contribute to this historic effort. A unique quality-control process ensures a highly accurate, finished index. Each document is transcribed by two different online indexers. Any discrepancies in their two extractions are then forwarded to a third volunteer—an arbitrator—who makes any needed corrections between the two interpretations. A typical downloaded “batch” (group of records) will take a volunteer about 30 to 40 minutes to complete. The indexing utility has built-in tutorials and helps. Anyone interested in volunteering to help complete the Arkansas project can do so at indexing.familysearch.org.August was a banner month for FamilySearch Indexing. Twenty five (25) projects were completed and 19 new projects were added, including 10 international. A Swedish interface was also added to accommodate new Sweden church records projects. Completed projects will published at FamilySearch’s Record Search pilot for online viewing.New Projects Added in August
- · Argentina, Mendoza, San Juan—Censo 1869
- · Canada, British Columbia—Deaths, 1872–1986
- · Chile, Concepción—Registros Civiles, 1885–1903 [Parte 1]
- · Mexico, DF—Registros Parroquiales, 1898–1933 [Parte 2]
- · Mexico, Hidalgo—1930 Federal Censo· Mexico, Jalisco—1930 Federal Censo· Nicaragua, Managua—Registros Civiles, 1879–1984 [Parte 1]
- · Sverige, Södermanland—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]
- · Sverige, Uppsala—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]
- · Sverige, Örebro—Kyrkoböcker, till 1860 [Del 1]
- · U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [VII]
- · U.S., Indiana, Benton County—Marriages, 1811–1959
- · U.S., Indiana, Ohio County—Marriages, 1811–1959
- · U.S., Iowa—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Ohio—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Texas—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Birth Registers, 1890–1908
- · U.S., West Virginia—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Wisconsin—1920 Federal Census(See the chart below for a complete list and current status of all indexing projects.)
<p>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 in preparation for future publication.)
- · Argentina, Jujuy, Salta, Tucuman—1869 Censo
- · Australia, NSW—Bounty Immigrants, 1828–1842
- · Australia, Sydney—Cemetery Inscriptions, 1800–1960
- · Belgique, Charleroi—Registres des Décès, 1851-1900
- · Canadian 1861 Census
- · Mexico, DF—Registros Parroquiales, 1886–1933 [Parte 1]
- · Mexico, Yucatan—1930 Federal Censo
- · Nicaragua, Managua—Registros Civiles, 1879–Present
- · Perú, Lima—Registros Civiles, 1910–1930 [Parte 1]
- · U.S.—Freedmen Marriages, 1861–1869
- · U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [IV]
- · U.S., Arkansas—County Marriages, 1837–1957 [VI]
- · U.S., Delaware—Birth Records, 1861–1922
- · U.S., Georgia—Deaths, 1930
- · U.S., Indiana, Adams County—Marriages, 1811–1959
- · U.S., Minnesota—1885 State Census· U.S., Oklahoma—1920 Federal Census· U.S., Oregon—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Pennsylvania—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Tennessee—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Utah, Salt Lake County—Death Certificates, 1940
- · U.S., Virginia—1920 Federal Census
- · U.S., Washington—1920 Federal Census· U.S., Washington—County Marriages, 1858–1950
- · U.S., Wyoming—1920 Federal Census
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