All those boxes and volumes of records still in libraries, archives, historical societies, and courthouses do hold long-lost treasures. I advocate for ordering a box or volume and simply looking through the contents. NOT one specifically related to your family, but just for your own knowledge and experience. I spent years going through some files at the U.S. National Archives (NARA) and was shocked to find the proof of an adoption of a brother for one person. It was not what I was seeking at the time. I was able to present that proof in person and there were tears of joy. Share the knowledge of what you find so that records can be fully described, transferred to the appropriate repository, and hopefully be digitized so that others may find them.
A friend in the archival field often related stories of “found” records. Missing or overlooked old documents in places they should not be. An email from the U.S. National Archives today tells of one recent discovery made 221 years later.
Instagram Post Leads to Recovery of 1810 Census Rolls
“WASHINGTON, June 14, 2021 — Local 1810 census records from Massachusetts, long missing from the collection of census records of the time, are finally in Washington, DC, after a 221-year delay, thanks to a social media post.
A National Archives employee scrolling through Instagram saw a February post from the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) Library that connected archives, genealogy, and Black history, using the 1810 Essex County census record book.
Family researchers and history scholars can now view the digitized version through the National Archives Catalog. . . “
Read the full news from NARA: https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/1810-census-massachusetts
12 Native Hawaiian Programs Awarded $1.18 Million in Federal Grants
“Twelve Native Hawaiian programs based in Hawaiʻi have been awarded federal grants totaling $1,181,486 to help preserve the indigenous history, heritage and culture of Hawaiʻi, US representatives Ed Case (HI-01) and Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) announced today.
The grants are administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency, through its Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services program. The Institute’s mission is to advance, support and empower America’s museums, libraries and related organizations. The Institute is the primary source of federal support for the country’s libraries and museums. ”
Read more: https://mauinow.com/2021/06/10/12-native-hawaiian-programs-awarded-1-18-million-in-federal-grants/
My first blog post was on 2 June 2007. My life has been blessed with many freedoms and passions. Today I choose not to recap past blog posts, but to talk about something that still blows my mind. As many of you know, I have been involved in deep research in original records related to many Native American Tribes in the U.S. I have worked with Tribes, individuals, law firms, and in Tribal offices. I have spent many weeks at the National Archives in D.C and other locations and at many state archives uncovering materials long ignored. The information from many of these is heartbreaking to read. Today also marks a sad anniversary.
It was 2 June 1924 when the Snyder Act granted full U.S. citizenship to Native Americans born in the U.S. Absorb that for a few minutes. Native Americans born on the land where they had lived before others invaded their land, were granted citizenship on that land. Even though the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution gave all U.S. citizens the right to vote no matter their race, it didn’t apply to Native Americans. Even after 1924, not all states allowed Native Americans that granted right. Those are the basics of this. but please read more on these websites:
Here we are in 2021 and many Native Americans still struggle for the right to vote, access to voting, and to receive ballots. Stupid. Shameful. Awful. Illegal. Biased. Hateful. I will stop there, but there are many stronger words I have uttered.
Long ago, my paternal Aunt Dorothy (Stuart) Gustafson told me a story about her mother. My Grandma Olga Carlsen and her sisters helped distribute campaign literature for their father, Chris Carlsen. The girls rode bikes from place to place to help him. His full name was Nels Christian Carlsen, a proud Danish man, who settled in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota in 1881. He had seven daughters to help with his campaign. Dorothy had no further information on what year, what office, or the results.
As a new genealogist many years ago, I learned of an index at the then Minneapolis public library to The Minneapolis Journal newspaper. At the library, I checked all my Minnesota surnames in the index cards and didn’t find much. I was not sure if checking for the common name Carlsen or Carlson would yield any good results. Oh, was I wrong and learned a lesson about looking for every doggone name. I did find that Christian Carlsen ran for Ramsey County Commissioner. The newspaper ran the result of various political races. There was his name and the vote totals. He came in last. Last place.
I imagine there was some sadness in the Carlsen home on the east side of Saint Paul but that was nothing compared to sadness the next month. Three days before Christmas of the same year, daughter Clara, age seven, died. Chris, wife Betsy, and the other six daughters lived full lives.
The following are parts of that article from The Minneapolis Journal, 10 November 1906, page 7, column 4, from Chronicling America. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045366/1906-11-10/ed-1/seq-7/
It’s here! The new Minnesota Genealogical Society website in live! Check it out at https://mngs.org/
I have lived in Minnesota for all of my life except for one year. In the state, I have lived in four different cities and have lost track of how many abodes! Minnesota (or parts of what it is today) resided in many places, too. The home of the Native Americans who first populated the land has been under France, England, Spain, Northwest Territory, Michigan Territory, Illinois Territory, Wisconsin Territory, . . . but the land never moved. It was part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. In 1849 when Wisconsin became a state, the land now known as Minnesota became Minnesota Territory. The territory also included part of what is now South Dakota and North Dakota. Then came May 11, 1858 and statehood was granted by Congress.
If you only discovered the statehood date and learned history forward from that date, you would miss a considerable amount of history and some records that are found elsewhere. 87 counties today. Each has a story just like each current and past inhabitant.
Now I am going to make a note to find and remember the names of counties that no longer exist.
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The Irish American Research Association is offering a webinar presentation for members on Friday, May 14th, at 7:00 p.m. EDT. I am the presenter and my topic is “The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Government.” This U.S. federal government program produced much that still provides information for genealogists and historians. Audiences are surprised at how much of what they have seen in their research is a product of this program. The presentation that evening will have some special parts that affect those of us with Irish ancestry and also other parts that relate to just about every researcher with U.S. connections. The presentation is accompanied by a detailed handout. Not a member of TIARA? Why not join now! For more details: https://tiara.ie/event/tiara-meeting-may-2021/
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Every Friday, Findmypast releases new and additional records and collections. Their blog is a great place to keep informed: https://www.findmypast.com/blog/new
Ancestry’s frequently updated list of “Recently Added and Updated Collections” is something I frequently check. One caught my eye: Cook County, Illinois, U.S., Obituaries, 1970-1990. “This collection includes index and images of obituaries from various newspapers in southern Cook County, Illinois, as well as Hammond, Indiana. Cook County, Illinois, U.S., Obituaries, 1970-1990” I did find a few possibilities in this. https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/62018/
When I hear from some genealogical and historical organizations about doing a seminar or single talk for them, I get asked “what are your best topics?”
The best topics have to be judged by those who listen and hopefully learn from them. I can’t always judge that but I can tell which are my favorite presentations. Generally, these are ones that I get extra excited about sharing the information and that I continually research to add updates to the handouts and PowerPoint slides. Any website mentions need to be updated continually! Some of these topics do get some added or tweaked details and new record examples that apply more to the locality of the sponsoring organization.
- The WPA Era: Free Records Boon from the Government
- Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking
- Family History Gems in Century and Bicentennial Farms Programs
- The Farmer in the Dell . . . and in Many U.S. Records
- Genealogical and Historical Periodicals in Print and Online: Surprises Await
- Your Anytime Library: Success in the Virtual Stacks
- Researching Midwestern River People
- Sources and Methods for Researching Native American Ancestors
It’s almost like saying which is my favorite grandchild and that is impossible to choose. I do have other topics that are listed under the