Monday, April 30, 2007

Friday, April 27, 2007

Death Record Finder - Finding an Ancestor in Death Records and Substitutes

Most genealogists search death records such as Cemetery records, Obituaries and Vital Stats (Death Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those death records, we're stuck! Where to search next? The ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.

What happens when a loved one dies? What events take place around the death of a family member? What kind of death record paper trail is created on the death of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of death records and hopefully end that brick-wall.

When an ancestor dies, many records of that death might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor death and those created after a death.

Was your ancestor ill before death? Look for records of your ancestor in health care records before death
* Hospital Records & Receipts
* Doctor's Bill & Receipts
* Druggist, Pharmacy and Store Bills & Receipts

Your Ancestor Dies - what happens now? Depending on the type of death (accident, suicide, murder) an inquest might be held. A coroner's report might be filed. There may be a newspaper account of the death. There will be a doctor certificate of death and possibly registration of the death.Look for death records in
* Coroner's inquest
* Court records
* Newspaper accounts
* Doctor's certificate of death
* Church Record of Death
* Death Registration in Vital Stats

Friends and relatives have to be notified so look for death records in
* Funeral Cards
* Obituary
* Death Notices

Continue reading this Deatch Recorder Finder article for more tips and suggestsions on finding Death Records for an ancestor

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

More Meath Ireland Data On Ancestors At Rest

I have added Bishops of the Diocese of Meath Ireland 1152 ~ 1897 to The Diocese of Meath was established in the year A.D. 552. It has remained an independent diocese in the Roman Catholic Church. In the Church of Ireland, it is part of the Diocese of Meath and Kildare.

Bishops of the Diocese of Meath Ireland 1152 ~ 1897

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Funeral Cards DE YONG 1916, 1917

These cards are for a mother and son:

Dirk De Yong, born Oct. 27, 1899 Died April 13, 1917, Age 17 yrs. 5 mos. 16 days

Mrs. Anthony De Yong born Jan. 15, 1881, died March 30, 1816 Age 35 yrs. 2 mos. 15 days.

On the backs of the photograph card #1 are written: Dirk De Young oldest son of Ione (Anthony?) & Lilly De Young

and on #2 card "Lilly de Yong"

Thursday, April 12, 2007

FREE Access to's Immigration Collection!

To celebrate the 100 anniversary of 1907 - the largest year of immigration through Ellis Island - Ancestry is giving all researchers FREE ACCESS to their Immigration Collection until April 30, 2007

Discover your ancestors in the largest collection of passenger lists available online. Search more than 100 million names from more than 100 U.S. ports.

See details and link to Ancestry's FREE Immigration Records Collection (Free Until April 30, 2007) Includes arrivals in New York (Castle Garden, Ellis Island), Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans and more

Monday, April 09, 2007

Seventy tombstones toppled at Delhi Cemetery Ontario

Cemetery vandalism 'just awful'

Seventy tombstones toppled at Delhi Cemetery; monument makers help fix damage for free


Wednesday April 04, 2007

"Is nothing sacred anymore?" asked Norfolk County OPP Constable Marc Perrier, as he surveyed the Delhi Cemetery last Thursday.

Perrier and Const. Dave Ongena were at the cemetery collecting fingerprints, footprints, paintballs and other evidence left behind after 70 headstones were toppled sometime during the early morning hours of March 29.

Fresh flowers scattered and trampled could be found littered around toppled headstones.

While all the headstones represent loved ones now resting in peace there were some that stirred emotions, like that of the late Linda Marlene Derer who was six at the time of her death.

"Look at this," said grave technician Orrie Ecker, who was at the cemetery assessing the damage, as he held up a piece of a porcelain broken off the wing of Derer's tombstone angel. "This was the angel her parents probably put on her gravestone to act as a guardian. Now it has a broken wing, what a shame."

Shaking their heads and trying to figure out why anyone would find pleasure in disrupting the dead, Ecker said this is a crime without any just cause.

"These people have done nothing to deserve this," he said. "It's a shame."

Ongena, the first officer at the scene, said he originally thought the act of vandalism was reserved to a few headstones near the centre of the cemetery, until he
continued to the north side of the cemetery where the majority of the damage was concentrated.

"People are obviously very upset by this," said Ongena, as random people entered the area to check on their loved one's headstones. "The problem with vandalism in a cemetery is that these headstones aren't just headstones, to the families and loved ones of these individuals these headstones represent their deceased loved ones. It's there [sic] memory that's been disrespected."

Ongena is hopeful that fingerprints from the monument surfaces and fresh footprints in the soil may help identify those responsible.

"My mothers and fathers headstone has been overturned," said Delhi Cemetery Company director George Kough, pointing in the direction of their plots. "I want to find out what joy anybody would get out of treating someone's late loved one this way. What did it accomplish?"

Although Kough had questioned how the estimated $5,000 in damage would be corrected, he speculated last Thursday the cost would likely be incurred through insurance or from the family's pockets.

But it was an offer from Jack Bradfield, of Bradfield Monuments, and Peter Mauthe, of J&M Memorial, that provided comfort.

"They were so disgusted by what happened they came forward and offered to fix the headstones free of charge," said cemetery board president Bert Hooftman. "This was a Godsend to us because (the DCC) is not a money-making outfit. We didn't know where we were going to come up with the money to fix all the damage done."

Bradfield said he closed his Simcoe location to bring his entire staff, while Mauthe said he left just his wife in their Simcoe office and brought the rest of his staff to Delhi.

"It's just awful what has been done here," said Bradfield. "These stones aren't light, which is why I can't for the life of me figure out how they managed to get so many of them off."

"If you've got to find a positive here, it's that at least there wasn't a lot of damage done to the headstones besides being push off their mounts," said Mauthe. "This is the worst case of cemetery vandalism I've seen, that's for sure."

As Bradfield, Mauthe and their crews worked to erect the monuments, many local residents were arriving at the cemetery to check the status of family headstones.

"My father's stone has been turned over, who do I talk to about putting it back up?" asked one gentleman, who declined to give his name.

"You don't have to worry about it," responded Bradfield. "We're here and we're going to take care of it."

"You are?" said the man. "Oh, thank you so much. I didn't know what I was going to do. Thank you."

The two simple words made the effort worth it for Bradfield and Mauthe.

"All I have to hear is thank you and I know I'm doing a good thing," said Mauthe.

Last weekend two Norfolk County youths contacted OPP about their involvement with the cemetery vandalism, which resulted in both being charged with mischief over $5,000

The first youth, a 14-year-old Delhi boy, contacted police and revealed his involvement on March 31, while the second youth, a 17-year-old male, came to OPP headquarters in Simcoe on April 1 and admitted his involvement with the incident.

The two are to appear in Provincial Court in Simcoe at a later date to answer to the charges.

Police believe other persons may be involved with the vandalism. Police are asking for those responsible to come forward. They are also encouraging anyone with knowledge on
this crime to come forward.

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Victoria Harbour Ontario, Honor Roll 1916

I put this data on line a while back but I think I forgot to add it to the blog.
This is a scan of the Victoria Harbour Honor Roll Feb 24, 1916. It was taken from The New Era Newspaper Feb 24 1916. The New Era was published in Victoria Harbour. It is a list of men from Victoria Harbour and vicinity who have enlisted for overseas service in World War One.
Honor Roll 1916

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Staunton Illinois Data Comming Soon

I have just purchased a fantastic Court Records book for Staunton Illinois. It has hundreds of names of people who were arrested or sued in Staunton Illinois in the 1930s 1940s and 1950s. I will be putting a list of names found in the book online in a few days.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

More Names Clear Spring, Washington County Maryland 1860s Store Ledger

I have had so many people requesting lookups in the Clear Spring, Washington County Maryland 1860s Store Ledger that I have made notes of any new surnames that I find in the book. The Clear Spring ledger is starts in September 1861 and ends in April 1874. The ledger contains 405 pages of great genealogical and historical information for this part of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

I have put the new list of names on line at Clear Spring Ledger.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Obituary James DRENAN, Vermont


Died at his residence in Woodbury, Sept 12, James DRENAN, aged 42.

For the last tenyears he was a worthy member of the M. E. church. He was a zealous and devoted Christian. A warm friend to the chruch, the slave and unconverted sinner—and for these he plead, with powers that few possess.

He had a peaceful and triumphat death. When drawing near the close of life he remarked ”that he longed to depart and be with Jesus.” He observed to his wife, “I love you and the dear children, but I love my Jesus more.” Thus he joyfully took his departure to the world of spirits, leaving a wife and six small children, together with a large circle of friends to mourn their loss, but comforted with the assurance, that their loss is his gain.

East Calais, Oct. 10, 1848

(No name of paper given. East Calais presumed Vermont. Pasted inside front cover of Bible.) Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible More obituaries to follow

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Obituary Jennie S. Haskell nee Lilley, Vermont & New Hampshire


Died in Acworth, N. H., November 7th, of typhoid fever Jennie S. HASKELL, daughter of Patrick and Clarissa LILLEY of Woodbury, Vermont., aged 36 years, 5 months and 4 days.

As a child she was known but to be loved, and as she advanced in years and he acquaintances extended, she commanded universal respect where known.

At the age of about twenty years she married Charlie E. HASKELL of Calais. In September, 1878, they went to Acworth, New Hampshire where they resided until her death and the high esteem in which she was held by the people where she lived, the following shows, having been written by a lady of that place:

”Of a quiet, unobtrusive nature, always in her proper place and industriously striving to do her whole duty in her home, she steadily gained the esteem and love of all who knew her.

Only three short years since she came among us a stranger, and today the
tearful eyes and tender words of her friends and neighbors, as they review
together their pleasant recollections of Jennie, prove how strongly she had become endeared to their hearts, and how kindly her memory will be

’She’s crossed the shining river
On waves of azure blue,
To weave with fragrant garlands
A home of rest for you.

You’ll cross the shining river,
You’ll clasp her to your heart,
Where love shall reign forever,
Where loved ones never part.’
South Acworth, N. H. , Nov. 8, ‘81”

The circumstances of her death in some respects were very afflicting. The sad news of her sickness reached her parents on Saturday evening, and on Monday morning her mother started to see her, arriving at her home two and one-half hours after her death, not having heard the sad news until she reached the door of the home.

The remains were brought to her former home where her funeral was attended by many of her friends and acquaintances.

Mr. and Mrs. LILLEY wish to say “that the people in Acworth have their highest esteem and most profound gratitude for their kindness to their child while in their midst.”

Transcribed by Ruth Barton, 11 March 2007. Her comments in ( )

See Drenan Family Bible More obituaries to follow