Aurora Genealogy Society - Colorado

Aurora Genealogical Society - Colorado Aurora Genealogy Society - Colorado

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

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Volume XLI, Number 3

May-June 2021

General Meetings

Tuesday, 25 May 2021, 1:30 p.m., via Zoom No meetings in June, July or August

Aurora Central Library 14949 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 25 May 2021 @ 1:30 p.m. via Zoom Forensic Genealogy: The New Frontier Presented by Christine Cochran, Professional Genealogist

Forensic genealogy is a new buzz word these days, but what exactly is forensic genealogy? How is it applied? Is it effective? This talk will provide some real-world examples. Hold on to your hats because what you learn will open Pandora’s Box!

No program meetings in June, July and August. Tuesday, 28 Sep, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m.

Gleanings From My DNA Test, presented by

Sandy Carter-Duff, Experienced Genealogist.

Sandy has been a family history researcher since the 1970’s and started joining genealogical societies in the 1980’s to learn skills and discover resources. Her passion for the research is driven by being a nomadic Air Force brat with limited opportunities to be with extended family. It is also driven by her father’s out-of-wedlock birth and adoption. She became interested in DNA to gather scientific proof of her father’s birth lines.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor 14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Monday – Friday by appointment only

e-mail [email protected] for an appointment

During inclement weather, please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Our Library holdings can be found at www.librarything.com




Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732 Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] 

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety


ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman 

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus 

Recording Secretary Jeff Adams

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist/Historian Marion Baumann

CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

Librarian Alice Jablonski

[email protected]

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus 2021 Nominating Committee Alice Jablonski

Judy Keilman

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley



We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, and Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the 15th of December, February, April, June, August and October.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Membership

Message from the President

As AGS plans for our 2021-2022 meetings, we are working with speakers to accommodate their preference for ZOOM or in-person meetings. Also, we will work with Central Library as they determine when they might open the Conference Rooms.

Since we have been using Zoom, our attendance is the same and usually more than pre-pandemic numbers. Also, we haven’t had to cancel any meetings due to snow or heavy rain. We’ve also had speakers who live in Ohio or Arizona. I’ve had the opportunity to attend meetings in the Ohio societies I belong to. Who knew!

Please read through the recommended changes to the Bylaws and standing rules.

As always, as Newsletter Editor, I am interested in receiving articles, personnel genealogy success stories and websites from each of you.

Stay safe.

Gail

* * * * * * * * You can’t choose your ancestors, but that’s fair enough.

They probably wouldn’t have chosen you.

- - - from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by

Fonda D. Baselt


Membership as of 27 April 2021: 66



Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Check all websites for possible cancellations due to

COVID-19 restrictions

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. Classes are free but registration is required via the above website to access the class. You will be contacted with the Zoom meeting link. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 8 May and 12 Jun. Visit the website for more information.

NGS Family History Conference

conference.ngsgenealogy.org

17-21 May 2021 – NGS Family History Conference, Deep Roots of America, will be a full week of virtual events. More information at

<conference.ngsgenealogy.org>. Registration is open.

Save the Date:

The Colorado chapter of Palatines to America will host the National Conference, 16-18 June 2022. This will be held at the Doubletree Hotel in Denver. More information will be available as Conference time nears.

So many conferences and festivals I would normally advertise don’t have definitive 2021 plans, so have not been included.

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If you write about things, add the people you know best and discover your roots. Even if they are new roots,

fresh roots, they are better than no roots.

- - - Isaac B. Sikger

- - - from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by

Fonda D. Baselt


Websites Ohio Memory Project

https://ohiomemory.ohiohistory.org/collections

If you have Ohio ancestors, this is a great website for adding social context and history to their lives.

Ohio Memory is the collaborative statewide digital library program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio. On this free website, you can explore digital content from over 390 cultural heritage institutions representing all 88 of Ohio’s counties covering a wide range of topics from prehistory to present day.

What’s In a Name?

https://www.behindthename.com

The etymology and history of first names. Search a name for its meaning or popularity throughout history. Find namesakes, name days, and a glossary for Czech or Slovak names. There’s also a translator to see a name in other languages. A fun site!

Library of Congress Bibliographies and Guides

http://www.loc.gov/rr/genealogy/bib_guid/bibguide.html There are lists of published guides to the genealogy collections of the Library of Congress compiled by reference librarians and available in full text by selecting the desired

link.

Family History Fanatics

https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/

Discovering our family histories can be frustrating and challenging. We share simplified and applicable instructions, so you strengthen your family by enthusiastically learning from your genealogical past.

We help you understand your DNA, climb your family tree, and write your ancestors' stories along the way.

If family history isn't fun, you're doing it wrong.

Note: A lot is available, no doubt you’ll find something of interest.



From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The 9 April 2021 Council meeting was held via ZOOM with President Marilyn Roberts presiding.

There was a lengthy discussion about how Colorado’s genealogical societies have been affected by COVID-19 over the past 12 months. Some societies, such as the Swedish Society and JGSCO, have excelled during the pandemic with new members. Others, such as AGS, have possibly lost a few members but have adapted ZOOM technology. Likewise for the WISE delegation. Pueblo Chapter has done poorly since they won’t adapt to Zoom or other online technology. Attendance was down 20% in Longmont. There was a comment about how societies with 50 or less members have struggled, while some with over 250 members have been successful. Some commented that because of the pandemic and the use of ZOOM, they’ve had meetings involving genealogy partners/speakers from Europe, which of course,

would have never happened in person.

Finally, there was discussion about in a Post- COVID world like having both in-person meetings as well as ZOOM for personnel not ready or willing to attend in person.

All CCGS member societies have renewed. We have a new member, the Southwest Colorado Genealogical Society in Durango.

A Society Management Seminar has been scheduled for Sat, 2 Oct 2021 at the Calvary Baptist Church, Denver, CO. This will be an in- person Workshop.

The next CCGS meeting will be, 10 July, location TBD or via ZOOM.

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It is worthwhile for anyone to have behind him a few generations of honest, hard working ancestry.

- - - John Phillip Marquand

- - - from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by

Fonda D. Baselt


New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Chicago and Cook County: A Guide to Research, by Loretto Dennis Szucs, 1996.

Lewis, A History of the Island, by Donald Macdonald, 1990.

Huron County, Ohio, Marriages 1815-1900, Vols. 1-3, by Linda and Cynthia Scheuer, 1992.

Collecting Dead Relatives: An Irreverent Romp Through the Field of Genealogy, by Laverne Galeener-Moore, 1998.

Further Undertakings of a Dead Relative Collector, by Laverne Galeener-Moore, 1989.

Genealogical and Local History Books in Print Supplement, Part 2, by Bette R. Schreiner, 1992.

Obituaries for Aurora, Colorado, collected by Annabelle Dunning, 2020.

Appalachian Magazine, Spring in the Mountains, 2020.

American Surnames, by Elsdon Coles Smith, 2009.

A to ZAX, A Comprehensive Dictionary for Genealogists and Historians, by Barbara Jean Evans, 1995.

How to Trace Your Family Tree, A Complete & Easy-to-Understand Guide for the Beginner, by American Genealogy Institute, 1973.

The Lost City, Discovering the Forgotten Virtues of Community in the Chicago of the 1950s, by Alan Ehrenhalt, 1995.

I Knew Jesse James, by Rudy Turilli, 1967.

Aurora First Sun of Colorado, by Rebecca Dorward, 2002.


From the Librarian – RootsTech

submitted by Alice Jablonski

Until the pandemic hit the world, Rootstech was one of the largest genealogical gatherings in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people would gather to share techniques, ideas, and products to help us find our ancestors.

This year, 2021, Rootstech went completely online – for free! Over half a million people from around the world signed up to take advantage of the 18-page course offerings, all without leaving the comfort of their home. Not only were the attendees from around the world – the presenters were also! The courses were designed to take a maximum of 20 minutes each, so attending was not a large sacrifice of time. They also offered handouts available for printing, which I did.

I attended the virtual conference and signed up for half a dozen courses that I hoped might fill in some gaps and/or educate me on different things.

The first course I took was Why to Join A Local Genealogy Society. The bottom line was the idea that a gathering of like-minded people could answer your questions, brainstorm, give you ideas, whether it be in person or through their newsletter, their library, or the programs they offer. Joining a society also gives you an opportunity to give back and offer your expertise.

I listened to two courses on Finding Irish Ancestors, one in a lovely Irish lilt and the other in a British accent. One of the handouts I printed has 3 pages of websites for Irish research, which I will file in the library. Unfortunately, my poor Irish weavers did not leave much of a footprint until they arrived in Scotland.

The course, What Genealogists Should Know About the Laws of Slavery, was very short and disappointingly general information about slavery. However, the 8-page handout is full of information: websites for African-American research, different ways to find records for enslaved individuals, books and organizations to research. This information was well worth the printing and will also be in our library.


May Business Meeting

Elections for VP Programs & Publicity, Recording Secretary and Treasurer will take place at the 25 May meeting. Current holders of these positions, Judy Holtus, Jeff Adams, and Dick Kautt, have agreed to serve for another 2- year term. Nominations will also be accepted from the floor with the consent of the person being nominated.

Updated Bylaws and Standing Rules are being distributed for your review before the 25 May meeting. All recommended changes are in red. Changes are minimal and having to do with elections, electronic meetings, dues, and library hours.

If you have any questions, please contact Parliamentarian Judy Keilman before May at [email protected]

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Change in Genealogy Databases from Aurora Public Libraries

Ancestry.com library edition is no longer

available on the Aurora Library computers.

MyHeritage.com library edition is available on the Library computers and from home with an Aurora Library card. To access from home go to:

<https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/auror a_public_library>

Select Library Catalog

Select Research and More, then Databases A-Z In the right column select Genealogy

Select MyHeritage – Library Edition

Sign In using your Patron ID – your library card number on the back of your library card Watch the 3-minute tutorial.

START SEARCHING!



Another Donation from Peace Pipe chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

On 1 April 2021, Dianne Gray, Librarian for the Peace Pipe chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, again met with Alice Jablonski, our AGS Librarian, and myself to present a book to us in memory of DAR member Joyce Patterson. The Peace Pipe chapter has had a long tradition of memorializing its deceased members by donating a book to a library or other institution of special interest to the member.

A Pause for Patriots, identifies 59 patriot ancestors from Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and France. The women of the Fort Hand chapter worked hard to find the stories and trace the genealogy. Only so much information can be scraped from wills, county histories, and military records. Nevertheless, a picture emerges of patriots who were recent immigrants as well as others with connections as far back as the Mayflower. American independence inspired them all. So we pause for our patriots and take some time to learn about history and genealogy. These patriots show us where we came from. They are our people.

AGS can look forward to more donations from Peace Pipe chapter, NSDAR.

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Maryland Now Requires Licensing of any Forensic Genealogist Who Work With Police

- - - EOGN 26 Apr 2021

The Maryland Legislature passed HB 240 (http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/2021RS/bills/hb/hb 0240f.pdf) and is on its way to the governor’s desk for his signature. The bill is entitled: Criminal Procedure- Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis, Searching, Regulation and Oversight.

Included in the legislation is the requirement that laboratories performing SNP or other sequencing tests must be licensed by October 1, 2022 and that genetic genealogists must be licensed by October 1, 2024. It also stipulates that a laboratory using sequencing techniques using a direct-to-consumer or publicly available open data personal genomics database has to provide notice to its users and the public that law enforcement may use its service sites to investigate crimes or to identify unidentified human remains.

Judy Russell’s (The Legal Genealogist) excellent summary of the bill may be found at: https://www.legalgenealogist.com.2021.04/25/d na-day-2021/

Note: the bill ONLY addressed genealogists working with the police or on a police-related case.

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Happy 130th Birthday, Aurora!

From 36 residents and a 4-square-mile territory in 1891 to almost 390,000 residents and 160 square miles today, our city has come a long way. And with Aurora at 130 years, our community members are part of a bright future.

Aurora’s history began with its incorporation as the town of Fletcher on April 30, 1891, with its main area around current Galena Street and 16th Avenue. In this area, there are still nine remaining houses associated with the early development of Aurora, including the Centennial House - built in 1890 and owned by the city.

Visit the Aurora History Museum. It’s free. https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/aurora

_history_museum


Using DAR in your Genealogical Research

- - - submitted by AGS Member Flora McCarty

Did you know that you can access the DAR website even if you’re not a member? Did you know that there is much information that you can gather from there that might help in your research? Well – there just might be! Parts of the DAR website are completely open to the public, including many areas that have genealogical information. You might just find that little nugget that will tip the scales toward finding your relative!

Begin by going to www.DAR.org on your computer. At the top of the page you’ll see Genealogy, which is where you’re likely to find information that is most useful to you. From there (about mid-page) click on “Genealogy Research GRS”. The best searches are Ancestor and Descendant.

The DAR website can be difficult, but your most efficient search will be to put one of your gr- grandparent “pairs” into the Descendant Database. Be sure to use Advanced Search (located on the right). Put the male’s last name at the top, and the woman’s last name under spouse. Use only last names. There will be dates and places listed with the results, so you can sort out the ones that may be related to you. Then systematically put all of your grandparent pairs (usually beginning with gr- grandparents – grandparents may be blocked for privacy) into the search, to find all possible relatives.

Once you find a familiar match, click on the Ancestor number shown on the right, and you will be able to see a list of the names of his children that have been approved by the DAR (if a child isn’t listed, then he/she hasn’t been proved). Clicking on the little red “D” next to the member’s name will show you their “tree” which led to the Patriot. This is where you may find dates and places that will help your research! Many DAR members have more than one Patriot, so check out each one of the Patriots that seem to be affiliated with your family. Also, if you find a child of a Patriot that you recognize, check the lines of all the members who are affiliated with that child for additional information. Each member has a different connection with their Patriot.

You can also check to see if you have Patriots in your family by using the Ancestor tab in the same manner as you did the Descendant tab. (Again, be sure to use the Advanced Search, and you may even have to check Soundex.) This search will not pull up any names that are spelled differently, even by one letter, without using the Soundex. But the Soundex often generates too many results, so try your most familiar spellings first. By checking the dates and places of birth/death, you may find that you DO have a Patriot!

There are other searches on the DAR website that may be interesting. After you select Genealogy, there are links to information held by DAR for Bibles, the Rev War name Index, the Pension Index, and more. Look around for other areas which might interest you too, such as Minority Research and links to other sites. Don’t be afraid to “click around” and see what you can find – you won’t get “signed up” by accident! But if all of this has made you curious about DAR membership, then go to www.coloradodar.org for the easiest way to connect to a chapter and member near you.

Using the DAR website can give you hints about your genealogy searches and best of all, you know they have been checked by the DAR genealogists – not just copied from someone else’s tree, which we all know happens on the sites like Ancestry, etc. Happy Hunting!


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

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Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado PO Box 31732

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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

General Meetings

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 1:30 p.m. – via Zoom

Tuesday, 27 April 2021, 7:00 p.m. – via Zoom


Volume XLI Number 2 March-April 2021


Aurora Central Library 14949 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Tuesday, 23 March 2021 @ 1:30 p.m.

Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources - via Zoom

Presented by Jen Baldwin, Experienced Genealogist

The local college or university can be one of your best tools for family history research. What they offer, how they are interconnected and how you can access these materials will all be covered in this lecture, as well as examples of using some of the unexpected or untraditional genealogical resources.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021 @ 7:00 p.m.

Find A Grave - via Zoom

Presented by Vickie Smejkal, Experienced Genealogist

Findagrave.com is a free memorial site that may be used for the searching of loved ones and their relatives, and in turn, sharing their information with others. We will review the various features and functions of this site and the value it will provide in our genealogical research. There is more to this site than meets the eye.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By appointment only

Contact Librarian, Alice Jablonski via email at – [email protected]

to make an appointment.

During inclement weather, call ahead to ensure we are open.

Have you renewed your membership? If not, this will be your last newsletter


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732 Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] 

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Jeff Adams

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist/Historian Marion Baumann

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams

Librarian Alice Jablonski

[email protected]

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the 15th of December, February, April, June, August, and October,

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Message from the President

Happy 40th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society. Organized in 1981 with 54 Charter members, Beverly Thompson is still active. Thank you Bev for your continued interest and support!

At least through May our meetings will be held via Zoom. Come September it will depend on the Library and its decision for opening the Community Rooms.

Nine Denver Public Library branches will open for public use as of Tuesday, March 9, as part of a phased approach to reopening safely. Locations will open with limited hours to allow for cleaning and with limited capacity to allow for physical distancing. The re-opening plan for the Central Library and Blair Caldwell African American Research Library is still in development. Impacting those plans are the long-planned and much needed renovations of both buildings. In the meantime, the libraries continue to respond to requests via e-mail and telephone and look forward to seeing you as soon as possible.

If you haven’t paid your 2021 dues, please do so soon. Having an e-mail address is key to receiving Zoom meeting invites.

See you at the meetings.

Gail

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Nominating Committee

With annual elections coming up in May, AGS needs a nominating committee. Gail will be asking for committee volunteers at the March 23rd meeting. Elections will be for VP Programs and Publicity (currently Judy Holtus), Recording Secretary (currently Jeff Adams) and Treasurer (currently Dick Kautt). Please contact Gail for more information.


25 May 2021 Business Meeting

May of each year is the Aurora Genealogical Society’s annual business meeting. At this meeting we will hold elections for VP Programs & Publicity, Recording Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the Nominating Committee. We will also vote on any proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules.

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society

website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

This is a course for the beginner held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon via Zoom. Classes are free but registration is required via the above website to access the class and you are contacted with the Zoom meeting link. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 13 Mar, 10 Apr and 8 May. Visit the website for more information.

COPALAM Spring Seminar https://www.palam.org/colorado-palam- chapter.php

The Spring 2021 German Genealogical Seminar will be presented in two parts virtually via Zoom on Friday afternoon, April 9th, and Saturday afternoon, April 10th featuring Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. There will be a fee of $35.00/person for this two-day seminar. You will be sent an email confirmation when your registration and payment are received. Look for an email with the Zoom access details, along with the link enabling you to download the handouts. Refunds will not be permitted after the Zoom access and handout information has been sent. Email reminders will be sent out prior to both sessions.

CGS Spring Seminar

www.cogensoc.us/

Their Spring Seminars will be on Friday, April 23rd, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., and


Saturday, April 24th, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Both days are free but you must register separately for each day. Registration is open. The Speaker is Crista Cowan, who works for Ancestry.com and is known online as "The Barefoot Genealogist." Go to their website for topics and times.

Save The Date –

17-21 May 2021 – NGS Family History Conference, Deep Roots of America, will be a full week of virtual events. More information at

<conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

Registration is now open with Early Bird registration ending 15 March.

* * * * * * * * From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

---from AGS delegate, Jeff Adams The Council meeting was Saturday, 9 Jan 2021, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Conducting the meeting was newly elected President Marilyn

Edwards-Roberts.

Justice Cain volunteered to be the new Delegate-at-Large. She’s currently affiliated with CGS.

The guest speaker was Dr. Steven Beatty, Computer Sciences Chair at MSU Denver. He gave a presentation on some important information on cybersecurity issues and prevention. President Marilyn Roberts mentioned Dr. Beaty would return to give an update to his past presentation concerning several issues with fake e-mails and website issues with our member societies.

Harry Ross, Speakers Bureau, mentioned 29 Speakers have had their information updated on the CCGS website.

The Council is planning a fourth Society Management Workshop to be held in late summer or early fall this year either in person at a facility depending if the quarantine has been lifted or just on Zoom.

Carol Darrow, First Family Certificates, reported 6 new First Family, 7 new Territorial, and 14 new Centennial certificates granted in 2020.

Next meeting will be Saturday, 10 April via Zoom.



Aurora History Museum Reopening

- - - from City of Aurora Newsletter 28 Jan 2021 We are excited to announce that on February 2nd, we will be reopening our

doors!

On display, we have two temporary exhibits. In the exhibit “Powered by Science,” discover how mechanical wonders of the 19th and 20th century work and learn about the new and innovative industries operating in our back yard. The newly- opened exhibit “Religious Diversity in Aurora,” highlights the voices of Aurora citizens and religious leaders.

For the safety of visitors and staff, we ask that visitors make reservations online and wear a mask in the museum. You can reserve a time to learn more about our safety requirements by visiting https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545af ac2fa02-timed2

We can’t wait to see you!

* * * * * * * * New in the Library

Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Although we’ve received few donations in the past month, we still have a plethora of books to go through and the duplicate cart is full.

Please make an appointment with Librarian Alice to visit and browse. E-mail her at

<agsl[email protected]>

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Websites

Bureau of Land Management Records

www.glorecords.blm.gov

- - -from Speaker Carol Darrow at 1 26 2021 meeting Provides access to Federal Land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title Records issued between 1788 and the present. Also has images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record for the Public states. Search by Land Patents, Survey Plats and Field Notes, Land Status Records, Control Document Index Records,

Tract Books or Land Catalog. View and print original documents.

Monroe County New York Vital Records https://roccitylibrary.org/local-history-genealogy- resources/life-records

- - - from The Weekly Genealogist, Feb 17, 2021 The city of Rochester is located in western New York. It is the seat of Monroe County. The Rochester Public Library has made a vital records database, titled Life Records, available on its website. The index comprises birth, marriage, and death records extracted from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and the Times-Union. Currently, the indexes cover deaths from 1960 to 2016, births from 1977 to

October 10, 2014, and marriages from 1965 to 2009. The database is a work in progress. The indexes can be searched by name(s) and limited to a particular year. All of the search results include name(s), date of the vital event, newspaper title, and date of publication.

Norton County Kansas Records

nortongenealogy.com

- - - from The Weekly Genealogist, Dec 9. 2020 Norton County is located in northern Kansas on the Nebraska border. The city of Norton is its county seat. The Norton County Genealogical Society has made a number of resources available on its website. Click the links in the Resources contents list on the right side of the homepage to access them. The


resources include the following: early births, marriages, deaths and obituaries; Norton County maps (1878-1917); an index to landowners from the 1917 Standard Atlas of Norton County; and a number of local history volumes. There are several cemetery databases that researchers can access by going to the Cemeteries webpage. The genealogical society has also provided researchers with an annotated bibliography of Norton County resources.

* * * * * * * * Donation from Peace Pipe chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution

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On Tuesday, 12 Jan 2021, Dianne Gray, Librarian for the Peace Pipe chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, met with Alice Jablonski, our AGS Librarian, to present a book to us in memory of DAR and AGS member Nancy Jensen. The Peace Pipe chapter has had a long tradition of memorializing its deceased members by donating a book to a library or other institution of special interest to the member.

Your Country Needs You, Cadet Nurses of World War II, honors Nancy’s longtime nursing career. Nancy was a Past Regent of the Peace Pipe chapter, and a founding member of the Aurora Genealogical Society (AGS). She was also a past president of AGS.


Need Help? Contact AGS Experts

Various members who are happy, enthusiastic, and willing to help other members and share their knowledge came forward. This effort is to encourage members helping members who are stumped by a brick wall or by researching in a specific geographical area (US or international), a timeframe (1600s, 1800s, etc.), a War, Church records, genealogy programs, websites, and the list goes on.

Our initial list and contact information:

  • Vickie Smejkal - 1) getting people started with their Family History 2) can assist with the use of a stand-alone computer program called Ancestral Quest 3) teach the use of FamilySearch.org 4) assist with using findagrave.com and Billiongraves.com 5) lead and guide in the general field of Family History, however; no real expertise in any particular area, place, era. [email protected]

303-877-6251

  • Judy Holtus – Danish research Contact through AGS Librarian [email protected]
  • Dick Kautt – assistance with 1) German research; and 2) understanding legal terms and situations, e.g., probate, inheritance, etc. [email protected]

303-683-3468

  • Dorothy Bernay – assistance with Family Tree Maker, States: Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Texas. [email protected]

303-363-6290

  • Melanie Golden - generalist to help “flesh out” the family and document family/personal stories. Willing to help with searches.

[email protected] 303-931-7583

  • Gail Arnert – northern Ohio [email protected]
  • Sandy Syring – Cherokee & American Indian Tribes

[email protected]


The Old Letters

written by Wilhelm Müller, as a WWI chaplain, on the French front in 1915

I rummage through old letters that have slept for decades long, About to toss them to the flames, I realize that was wrong.

As I began to read of all that once had been, I knew, I couldn’t do it, couldn’t burn these words of men.

How those yellowed papers so warmly spoke to me, A soul shining through the page, I couldn’t let it be. Letters from a mother, seeped with her selfless heart, her endless care for children apparent from the start.

I read her loving words so loyal, kind and true.

Such good they did to me, my sense of safety grew.

And touching notes from children – forming letters wide-eyed,

Seeing their little faces shining with joy and pride and, the writing over

on paper, oh so fine, I see their bitter tears as well when missing a stroke or line.

Adoring letters of friendship from old romantic days, swearing to a lover to keep one’s heart ablaze.

How soon this passion fades away as time does take its course. This token of remembrance recalls the relationship’s source.

I cannot part with these letters, which speak to my very soul.

These letters are the hearts of men. To the flames, they shall not go.

Wilhelm was Katherine Schober’s (sktranslations.com) great great grandfather.

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Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code -

(Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

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E-mail Address(s):

Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

Membership Dues $ 20.00

Donation to AGS Library Fund $

Donation to National Archives Gift Fund $

Donation to AGS Speaker Expense Fund $ Total $


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

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Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society


Volume XLI Number 1 January-February 2021

General Meetings

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 1:30 p.m., via ZOOM

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 1:30 p.m., via ZOOM

Aurora Central Library 14949 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m. via

Zoom

Breathing Life into Your Ancestor

Presented by Carol Darrow, Professional

Genealogist

Information such as occupation, education,

even cause of death supplemented with

newspaper stories, county histories, maps,

journals and diaries can help you round out the

picture of your ancestor and the world he lived

in.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 @ 1:30 p.m. via

Zoom

Using Sanborn Maps and City Directories

Presented by Ed Storey, Professional

Genealogist

How to manage information from directories

and maps to locate a home in a city, even when

street names have been changed will be

presented. 
 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

By appointment only

Contact Librarian, Alice Jablonski via email at –

[email protected]

to make an appointment.

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Application on page 7

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732 Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] 

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Jeff Adams

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist/Historian Marion Baumann

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams

Librarian Alice Jablonski

[email protected]

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the 15th of December, February, April, June, August, and October

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


Message from the President

Happy New Year to all!

The AGS Festival of Wreaths entry, designed and decorated by member Judy Keilman, sold for $35.00. Great job Judy! This year's proceeds will provide assistance to the Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites. These funds will help ensure the continuation of exhibits, programs and preservation efforts that have been affected by COVID-19.

Judy Holtus has some great speakers scheduled for this year, but she’s always looking for speakers on the topics YOU want to hear about. Our membership meetings will continue using the Zoom platform through at least May 2021.

Please continue to utilize our genealogy library. Make an appointment with Librarian, Alice Jablonski. Although we advertise Wednesdays only, she will try to accommodate any time Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

As you renew your membership, please consider donating to the various funds listed on the application. In addition to the AGS Library Fund, please consider the National Archives Gift Fund and the AGS Speaker Expense fund. All donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Looking forward to a fun year and “seeing” you all at meetings.

Gail

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New Members

Brenda Brownlee, 

Total membership: 75



Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

This is a course for the beginner held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon via Zoom. Classes are free but registration is required via the above website to access the class and you are contacted with the Zoom meeting link. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 9 Jan, 13 Feb and 13 Mar. Visit the website for more information.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

25 Feb – 27 Feb 2021Introducing RootsTech Connect: A Free Online Conference Experience For the first time ever, the world’s largest family celebration event will be entirely virtual and completely free. Get ready to celebrate shared connections with people from around the world. Connect with friends, your family, your past, and your heritage and homelands—all from the comfort of your home and in your

browser.

COPALAM Spring Seminar https://www.palam.org/colorado-palam- chapter.php

The Spring 2021 German Genealogical Seminar will be presented in two parts virtually via Zoom on Friday afternoon, April 9th, and Saturday afternoon, April 10th featuring Teresa Steinkamp McMillin. There will be a fee of

$35.00/person for this two-day seminar. You will be sent an email confirmation when your registration and payment are received. Look for an email with the Zoom access details, along with the link enabling you to download the handouts. Refunds will not be permitted after the Zoom access and handout information has been sent. Email reminders will be sent out prior to both sessions.


Save The Date –

    • May 2021 – NGS Family History Conference, Deep Roots of America, will be held in Richmond, VA. Hotel reservation information is coming soon. Conference registration opens 6 Jan 2021. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

NGS hopes that COVID-19 will not be a factor in May 2021; however, contingency plans will be in place for any eventuality and to ensure the health and safety of registrants, sponsors, exhibitors and staff. NGS is confident that they will have a strong and enriching program for everyone interested in family history research.

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 9 Jan 2021, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Conducting the meeting will be newly elected President Marilyn Edwards-Roberts.

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Have You Made Your Genealogical Resolutions for 2021?

Here are some ideas:I will organize research papers, files and photographs that I have accumulated,

      • I will write up some of my family history,
      • I will publish a genealogy or family history book or article,
      • I will seek out new relatives,
      • I will attend a conference or other genealogical educational program,
      • I will take a DNA test for genealogical purposes.

I’m sure there are many more possible resolutions. Some of the above appear on my list every year and I usually partially complete several.



New in the Library

Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

A Childhood in Minnesota: Exploring the Lives of Ojibwe and Immigrant Families, 1880s- 1920s, by Helen L. Carlson, Linda LeGarde Grover, Daniel W. Anderson, 1994.

Special Aids to Genealogical Research in Northeastern and Central States, by National Genealogical Society, 1962.

How to Trace Your Family History: A Basic Guide to Genealogy, by Billy Royce Linder, 1979.

Shaking Your Family Tree, A Basic Guide to Tracing Your Family’s Genealogy. by Ralph Crandall, 1988.

Some Descendants of Patrick Murphy, by Elizabeth Sanders, 1993.

A Story of the Centennial State, by Dan Roberts, 1976.

Gordon Family Tree and Related Family Branches, by Ina Lanore Gordon Pryor, 2001.

Clay County [WV] Cemeteries, by Fannie I. & Gregg Moore and Lena Frame Ball, undated 2nd edition.

History of Clay County West Virginia, Vols. 1 & 2, by Clay County History Book Committee, 1989.

Annotated 1850 Census for Kanawha County [WV], by Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society, 1987.

The Omaha Tribe, Vols. 1 & 2, by Alice C. Fletcher, 1972.

Nicholas County West Virginia Cemeteries, by Helen Stinson, 1983.


Websites Scandinavian Research

www.nordicnames.de

---recommended by AGS member, Judy Holtus This is a comprehensive site on given names in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland,

Greenland and the Faroe Islands!

You will find information about more than 48,000 names, their meanings, origins and usage in the Nordic countries. Explore the name lists by country or origin. Or use the Name Finder for an individual selection.

Per Judy it is useful when you cannot read a name clearly in a document.

Family Search Webinars https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_L ibrary_Classes_and_Webinars

Need to learn more about almost any topic? Monthly Webinars are posted. Topics include General Family Search, European Research, British Isles Research, Asia Research, US and Canada Research and the list goes on. You could learn something new on a daily basis.

The History List Store https://www.thehistorylist.com

Launched in the Boston area in 2011, The History List is the platform historical societies, historic sites and other organizations use to attract and engage visitors and members. It offers gifts for history lovers, road trips to historic sites across America, insider guides to popular historic sites and much more. It has posters galore about all aspects of history. Of interest right now is the Mayflower, but you could spend lots of money and time here.

History Colorado https://www.historycolorado.org/story/stuff- history/2019/05/31/digitized-colorado-historic- newspapers-double

Since 2016, the Colorado Digital Newspaper Project (CDNP) has been digitizing historic newspapers from counties all across the state.

The Aurora Democrat, 1909-1955, is included in their collection.


10 Must Knows When Starting German Research
  • - - from the German Genealogy Group, St. Louis, MO

    • Always look at Church Book Records (at home and abroad)

    • There was no national census in the 18th or the 19th century in Germany

Germany was not unified until 1871 and there is no census like we know it. A few have been found but they are not indexed. Ancestry.com has a few for Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Lübeck city.


    • If your surname has an AE, OE, Or, Ue, it could mean your surname had an umlaut.

Mueller in U.S. – Müller in Germany Droege in U.S. – Dröge in Germany – Look for both.


    • Don’t expect names to be spelled the same every time – be flexible.

    • Only knowing the German state, such as Prussia, is not enough. You need to keep looking for a more specific area.

Google German maps in different time periods to see what areas your German state encompassed.


    • Graves are recycled every 20-30 years. Graveplots in Germany are leased to the family for 20-30 years. If not renewed

by the family, they can be leased to a new family.


    • If you have a hometown name, you must also know the state it is in and then find it on a map. There may be more than one town by the same name.

You need to know the state (Bavaria, Baden, Hessen, etc.) and a kreis (county) since there are many towns with the same name in Germany.


    • Everything is not online – you must use books, microfilm and gazetteers as well.

Go local. Contact the local genealogy or historical society in the town or county. Also contact local libraries

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What is Your Genealogical Expertise?

At an AGS Board meeting we discussed the various experts we have in our society and thought it would be helpful to have a list of the areas where these members have expertise. This information would be used primarily by the AGS Librarian and the Genealogist to assist any member who is stumped by a brick wall or by researching in a specific geographical area (US or international), a timeframe (1600s, 1800s, etc.), a War, Church records, genealogy programs, websites, and the list goes on.

If you are happy, enthusiastic, and willing to help someone and share your expertise, please let us know. Include name and how you prefer being contacted, phone or email, or via the Librarian or Genealogist.

We would make a list to share with the members with the various expertise, expert name and contact information.

Please provide your information to:

Alice Jablonski <agsl[email protected]> Gail Arnert <gai[email protected]>


100 Years Ago in Aurora

The following transcribed items for the months of January and February 1921 come from the Aurora Democrat newspaper. A notebook with all transcriptions from 22 December 1909 through 27 December 1929 is located in the AGS Library. They are also available through the Family History Library, Film #1870339, and the History Colorado digitized newspaper collection.

Friday, January 14, 1921 Vol. 12, No. 14

HOPPER Frederick Charles Hopper, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hopper, at 1:15 p.m., 1921[sic]. Frederick was two and a half years old. From a slight scratch he developed erysipelas and one complication after another set in. In spite of a marvelous struggle for life and all that human efforts could accomplish, the little fellow went to his eternal rest. He was named for his grandfather, who died a few days ago, and whose great favorite he was. Shall we not believe that when the little white soul reaches the devine[sic] haven, the first to great him will be his beloved grandfather - - a great comfort to them both.

The funeral will take place tomorrow Saturday, from Yeager’s chapel. at 2 o’clock.

THE TOWN NEWS

SLAUGHTER Aurora was greatly shocked to learn of the death of Wesley Slaughter, the rural carrier, of heart disease, Tuesday night, January 18, 1921. Scarcely anyone knew he was ill and he seemed in the best of health. However, a serious heart trouble developed a month ago and he was under treatment at the time of his death. Although he worked Monday, he was quite ill Tuesday, and while his wife was out of the room for a few minutes, he died.

He was a native of Kentucky, and had entered the U.S. railway mail service, being transferred later to the Aurora rural route. He had lived in Aurora about a year and a half. His funeral will take place tomorrow at 3 o’clock, from Olinger’s, and will be conducted by the Masonic order. He leaves a wife and infant daughter. The deep sympathy of the community is extended to them.

Friday, January 28, 1921 Vol. 12, No. 16

DIED

VALLELY It will be a great shock to the many friends of the Bensons in Aurora to learn of the death of Mrs. Pearl Vallely formerly Pearl Benson, Wednesday afternoon, January 26, 1921, at Mercy hospital, in Denver.

At the time of her death she was twenty years and two months of age. Pearl was raised in Aurora and was one of the first graduates of the Aurora high school. She also graduated from the State Teacher’s College in Greeley and afterwards became a teacher in the Walsenburg school. . . On March 17, 1920, she married Mr. Vallely of Walsenburg.

She became suddenly ill at Christmas and was taken to Mercy hospital. A son was born to her. He was named John Francis, and lived but nine days. From the birth of the little son, Pearl became desperately ill and not withstanding all that science could do, she died.

The funeral takes place tomorrow from the chapel of Hartford and Conaty at 2 o’clock, with interment at Fairmont. Rev. Fr, Smyth will conduct the services.

The deep sympathy of the people of Aurora is extended to the grief stricken parents and husband.

Friday, February 11, 1921 Vol. 12, No. 18

THE TOWN NEWS

WASHBURN We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Harriet Washburn, beloved wife of Jonas Washburn, and an old and highly respected resident of Aurora, Thursday, at 1 a.m., February 10, 1921. The funeral will take place at 2 o’clock Saturday, from Roger’s. A notice of death will be published next week.


Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code -

(Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:


Surnames being researched:


I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers) May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes o No o

E-mail Address(s):

Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

Membership Dues $ 20.00

Donation to AGS Library Fund $

Donation to National Archives Gift Fund $

Donation to AGS Speaker Expense Fund $ Total $


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

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Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XL Number 6 November-December 2020


General Meetings

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 1:30 pm No meeting in December

Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 1:30 pm

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


All Meetings are via Zoom until further notice
Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 @ 1:30 pm

A Rouse by Any Other Name is Still a Rose…(alternate Title: Debunking Name Mythology) VIRTUAL

Presented by Leah Klocek, Professional Genealogist

In genealogy, a name is often our firewall. It’s the first place of evidence we identify on any record potentially related to our families, as well as the starting point for building an emotional connection to our ancestors. But how important is a name, really? Join Leah Klocek for a debunking of some of the most enduring mythologies we’ve attached to our names, and a discussion of how to overcome those biases.

No meeting in December – Happy Holidays

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 @ 1:30 pm

Breathing Life into Your Ancestor via Zoom

Presented by Carol Darrow, Professional Genealogist

Information such as occupation, education, even cause of death supplemented with newspaper stories, county histories, maps, journals and diaries can help you round out the picture of your ancestor and the world he lived in.


Happy Thanksgiving

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

By appointment only

Contact Librarian, Alice Jablonski via email at – [email protected]

to make an appointment.

During inclement weather, call ahead to ensure we are open.



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732 Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Jeff Adams

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Marion Baumann

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams

Librarian Alice Jablonski [email protected]

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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If at first you don’t succeed, search, search again.

That is why we call it re-search!

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Message from the President

It’s time to renew your membership for 2021. An application is on page 43 of this newsletter. Please mail all renewals to the P. O. Box.

2020 has been a memorable year. Hope all of you kept notes about all the happenings from stay at home directives starting in mid-March to the protests and the elections.

I had barely heard of Zoom before March and now I’m attending 1-3 meetings each week and hosting a couple each month. This is the wave of the future. All of our meetings through May 2021 will be via Zoom. If you haven’t participated in a Zoom meeting, please give it a try. You can access meetings from your desktop or laptop computers, iPad devices, or a SmartPhone.

Enjoy the holidays. Listen to and record family stories being shared. Put genealogy related items on your wish list and maybe you’ll get lucky.

See you at the meetings.

Gail

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Aurora Festival of Wreaths

At the October board meeting we decided to participate in the Aurora History Museum’s 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths. Judy Keilman created the below wreath for us. Wreaths will be displayed only at the Aurora History Museum, 3 Nov – 11 Dec 2020. All bidding is online at <biddingowl.com/fowamf> on 3 Nov.

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AGS Meeting Programs Update

We’ve had a few program changes. Here are the latest through May 2021:

24 Nov 2020, 1:30 pm – A Rouse by Any Other Name is Still a Rose…(alternate Title: Debunking Name Mythology) via Zoom, presented by Leah Klocek, Professional Genealogist

26 January 2021, 1:30 pm – Breathing Life into Your Ancestor via Zoom presented by Carol Darrow, Professional Genealogist

23 Feb, 1:30 pm via Zoom – Using Sanborn Maps and City Directories presented by Ed Storey

23 Mar 1:30pm via Zoom – Go Back to School: Utilizing University Resources presented by Jen Baldwin

27 Apr 7:00 pm via Zoom – Find-a-grave and Billion Graves presented by Vickie Smejkal

May 25 – TBD

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society

website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm via Zoom. You need to register in advance to get a confirmation e-mail about joining the meeting. Registering will make sure you are contacted with the Zoom meeting link. Carol Darrow is the instructor. Upcoming classes are 14 Nov and 12 Dec. Visit the Website for more information.

Save The Date –

    • May 2021 – NGS Family History Conference, Deep Roots of America, will be

held in Richmond, VA. Hotel reservation information is coming soon. Conference registration opens 6 Jan 2021. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

NGS hopes that COVID-19 will not be a factor in May 2021; however, contingency plans will be in place for any eventuality and to ensure the health and safety of registrants, sponsors, exhibitors, and staff. NGS is confident that they will have a strong and enriching program for everyone interested in family history research.

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The Council fall meeting on 10 October 2020 was held via Zoom.

Glenn York, FGS delegate, discussed the final FGS conference in September. The conference originally scheduled for Kansas City became a virtual event. The NGS/FGS merger is now complete.

The 2021 budget was approved.

The Council will continue to purchase Zoom and GoToWebinar accounts for use by Council and its member societies.

James Jeffrey was named a recipient of the Birdie Holsclaw Monk Volunteer of the Year award.

The revamped Speakers Bureau is up and running at the CCGS website <cocouncil.org>

Elections were held and the following were voted in for a 2-year term:

President – Marilyn Roberts (CAPG, CGS, WISE)

Treasurer – Jerry Schaefer (CoPALAM)

2021 Nominating Committee – Robert Larson, Kim Rogers, and Shaun Boyd.

Next Council meeting will be Saturday, 9 Jan 2021 and more than likely via Zoom.

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New in the Library

Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenS ociety

NOTE: These are just some of the books we received from Nancy Jensen’s estate. Also included are several purchased items.

History of the Name Murphy, by J. D. Williams, 1993.

Families of the Pilgrims: Francis Cooke, by Hubert Kinney Shaw, 1955.

DAR Patriot Index, Volume 3, compiled by National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1986.

The Peace Chiefs of the Cheyennes, by Stan Hoig, 1990. [purchased]

The Arapahoes, Our People. Le. By Virginia Cole Trenholm, 1986. [purchased]

Tell Them We Are Going Home: The Odyssey of the Northern Cheyennes, by John H. Monnett, 2004. [purchased]

Kiowa County (Images of America), compiled by Eads High School Local History Project, 2010. [purchased]

The Search for Iowa (& We Don’t Grow Potatoes), by Dan Hunter, 1984.

West Virginia Newspapers Obituaries, 1822- 1899, Vols 1-6, compiled by Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society, 1997.

The 1787 Census of Virginia: Montgomery County, compiled by Nettie Schreiner-Yantis and Florene Love, 1987.

Headlines from History, by Rocky Mountain News, 1994.

Finding Lost & Missing Persons: A Guide to Using Relevant Sources at the Denver Public Library, compiled by Denver Public Library, 1999.


Websites

ARCHIVEGRID

https://researchworks.oclc.org/archivegrid/

- - - recommended by Dina Carson Our October speaker, Dina Carson,

recommended this website.

ArchiveGrid includes over 5 million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

It’s easy to search. You can do it by zip code, state, country (Australia, Canada, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, United Kingdom, and 26 other countries). Did you know about the Steelworks Center of the West in Pueblo, CO? This Website lists what is available in the Archives and contact information.

Archive.org https://archive.org

This is another website mentioned by Dina Carson.

Internet Archive (aka WaybackMachine) is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, Websites, and more. It advertises “search the history of over 486 billion web pages on the Internet”. I searched for Cayuga County [NY] and came up with 1,035 results.

Denver Public Library

https://digital.denverlibrary.org/

The Western History and Genealogy department has an extensive collection of Native American photographs. And for more great images to look at or purchase, visit their Digital Collections.



November is Native American Heritage Month

A few ways to celebrate include:



      • Read a book about American Indians.
      • Watch a film starring American Indians.
      • Try a native recipe.
      • This may not be the best representation of Indian History, but watch “The Lone Ranger” reruns on TV.
      • Check our AGS Library Indian section.

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A Search for Indigenous Heritage

- - - submitted by AGS member Sandy Syring In the search for my family's past, I start to understand why the Tribes of the U.S. are not too

big about Thanksgiving.

This is not about that story, but a different one for us to reflect on as we observe the Native American Month of November. These are my notes taken on a documentary about Native American boarding schools:

The indigenous peoples have been under attack since 1492. For 300 years the American Indians were dominated by the church. They were taught that their ways and their beliefs were uncivilized.

John Elliott decided, around 1651, to start "praying towns," where the people were put in towns far away from outsiders, in hopes of having focus on the English language. Within 20 years there were 14 of these towns. A Mohican was the first to write an Autobiography in English.

Between 1800 and 1870, Cherokee and Choctaw had their own schools that focused on their language and their culture. Mind you that the Cherokee had developed their own written language and over 80% were educated. It bothered the government that there were just too many Indians and tried to come up with ways to solve it: the military tried genocide and the government tried geographic removal, or just moving them to reservations.

In 1875 Captain Richard Henry Pratt was in charge of 75 Indian POWs. He put them to work around the prison, which gave him the idea of educating the Indians under a structured system. In 1879, Pratt was allowed to start a boarding school in Pennsylvania, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, teaching children trade work and domestic work. The first group were between the ages of nine and


15, and stripped of anything that had to do with their native culture. They were given Christian names and taught a new language and new religion. The school's mission was stated: Kill the Indian to save the man, meaning thoroughly indoctrinate them in Anglo-American culture, dress, and language.

The social dysfunctionality we find in tribes today, is traced back to the intergenerational trauma from the boarding schools. When the children died in the boarding school they were not sent home to their families but were buried in the Indian cemetery at Carlisle. The children attending the school were the ones who prepared the bodies and buried them. When the children had finished at the boarding school, it was hoped that they would go into the white man's world to find work.

Instead they went back to their families, only to learn that they were now strangers, and all the training they had was no good on the reservations. But this story has an interesting twist in the end. The students were able to take what they had learned and turned that power around and use it to preserve their culture. They were able to read the treaties that the government had made and did not keep. They were able to advocate for Native Rights. The Indian people started taking control of the boarding schools in the 1960s and 1970s and made them into the American Indian Institutions of today. Now there are 32 tribal colleges in the United States controlled and operated by Indian administrators.

All of this is explained in a Documentary called, Our Spirits Don't Speak English - Indian Boarding School.

https://aurorapl.kanopy.com/video/our-spirits-don-t- speak-english-indian-boarding-school

Around the year 2000, the Cherokees started reaching out to the relatives abroad and allowing us to learn the culture we were denied for so long. And it does my heart good to now be able to learn Tsalagi language and culture. I was even given my Cherokee name, Sunali.

So I guess we do have something to be thankful for in the end.

Wado,

Sunali


Two Articles From Our Librarian

- - - submitted by AGS Librarian Alice Jablonski

Nancy Jensen Donation -

As our newsletter reported last issue, one of our founding members, Nancy Jensen, passed away in late July. It was her wish that all of her genealogy material and research, which was quite extensive, be donated to the AGS library.

It took several visits to her home and her daughter’s home to collect all of the material, but it is all now in our library. There were many general books on genealogy that were duplicates of what we have in the library, so they are now on our duplicate cart available to you for a small donation. There were many forms that are handy for research and many blank multi- generation trees that have been put in our general file for your use.

Specific to Nancy’s research, we have now been able to expand our collections of books on Clay County, West Virginia, and Lincoln County, Colorado. Out of her 40+ notebooks of family research, I have created files in our Surname file drawer for the following names:

Allen Holcomb

Bucklen Hughes

Cook Jensen

Corey Kyle

Dawson Murphy

Foster Shufelt Given

All of the materials have been sorted through and now comes the job to catalog them into our computer system and find a place for them on the shelves or in the file cabinet. It appears that all of Nancy’s research was pre-Iinternet and computers, as all of it was typed or handwritten. Her research notebooks were very detailed, including correspondence, trees, and copies of pertinent books or articles, some of which we will file on our shelves. Her research went back to the Mayflower. Her passion for genealogy will be carried on by the growth of our library through her work.

Things I Have Learned when passing along your genealogical research to others:

Your passion for genealogy is truly that: yours. You cannot depend on anyone - family,


friend, or acquaintance - to share your joy and delight in acquiring new (dead) family members. How do you present or leave your material so that they are interested and will maybe hang onto your work?



      • Whittle your research down to a manageable size. Create a notebook, a file, or a book of the major family names.
      • Write a brief narrative of the major family: how they are related, where they came from, where their migration took them, stories that illustrate who they were. Place this at the beginning of whatever form of research you are leaving behind (notebook, file, etc.).
      • If there are photos of family members, label them!
      • Take time now to go through what you have already researched and created and view it with an impartial eye: Does it make sense? Could you follow the narrative or tree with little knowledge of genealogy and understand it? Are the supporting documents or research material easy to understand? Are the copies even legible?

If you know now that your hard, joyful work will not be appreciated or enjoyed by others, then take the time to sit down and re-enjoy it yourself. Take the time to read through all that you discovered and savor the dedication you put into your family research – just in case no one else does.

Happy Holidays



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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms, or via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room or via Zoom. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

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Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society 

Volume XL Number 5 

September-October 2020

General Membership Meetings

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 1:30 pm via Zoom

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 7:00 pm via Zoom

via Zoom Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 @ 1:30 pm

Four Essential Building Blocks to Organizing

Your Genealogy - via Zoom

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

Feeling unorganized and overwhelmed?

Incorporate these simple methods into your

existing organizing system or use them as the

foundation of a new system.

Tuesday, 27 October 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Hiding in Plain Database: Tips & Tricks for

Finding Exactly the Records You’re After -

via Zoom

Presented by Dina Carson,Experienced

Genealogist

You will learn how to narrow the results,

broaden the results, and use bread-crumbs for

navigation when searching databases for

information.

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Our library will reopen Wednesday,

2 Sep, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

By appointment only

Contact Librarian Alice via email at –

[email protected]

to make an appointment.

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.

AGS Library Holdings can be found at

www.librarything.com


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732 Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] 

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Jeff Adams

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

Historian Marion Baumann

Librarian Alice Jablonski

[email protected]

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website & Facebook Jennifer O’Bayley


We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the 15th of December, February, April, June, August and October.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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New Members

Audra & Joshua Schwartz – (Patton, Herman, Purdham, Dunmire, Schwartz, Manee, Stevens, & Kraft)

Total Membership: 74


Message from the President

Great news! Our Genealogy Library is reopening Wednesday, 2 Sep 2020 for “by appointment” only visits. See the Reopening Guidelines on page 32. If you haven’t visited our Library before, this would be a good time to browse our collection. Just make an appointment with Alice. The Central library is NOT crowded and the mask rule is enforced.

Currently the Aurora Central Library is open Monday through Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. It is closed Saturday and Sunday.

Our meetings and programs will be a little different through the end of 2020. They will be via Zoom with a notice coming out about 3-4 days before the meeting. The business portion will be short with the speaker being the major part.

Speaking of Zoom, is there someone among you who would be interested in being the host or cohost of our Zoom meetings? I’ll continue to schedule the meetings through the CCGS account, but am just looking for someone with more tech capability. Let me know. My e-mail is to your left under Newsletter Editor.

Even with COVID-19 changing so many things, Judy Holtus has some great programs lined up to include repeat presenters Julie Miller and Dina Carson.

Member Barb Walker has provided us with another great research article about her search for her ancestors. See page 34.

Looking forward to seeing/hearing you on Zoom at upcoming meetings.

Gail

* * * * * * * * * Walking, I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me.

Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.

- - - Linda Hogan, Native American writer


In Memory of Nancy Jensen

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8 Oct 1922 – 24 Jul 2000

One of our Founding members passed away this summer. Following are abstracts of her obituary as found at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/centen nial-co/nancy-jensen-9283663

Nancy was born in Limon, CO, 40 miles from her family’s Lincoln County homestead, on October 8, 1922. She attended Pride of the Prairie, a one room schoolhouse, near the family homestead through her 5th grade year. In the second semester of her 9th grade year, the family moved to Hugo, CO where Nancy was baptized into the Methodist Church at Hugo on Easter Sunday – April 17, 1938. She graduated from Hugo High School in May 1940. Among her classmates was the one who was to become her husband. Nancy applied to nursing school but was too young and instead worked as a nurse’s aide in Colorado Springs. She had been accepted into the September 1941 class of students at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Denver, CO when her fiancée received notice from the draft board that he would be inducted into the Army Air Corps. Nancy Jane Murphy and Eugene “Gene” Jens Jensen were married August 2, 1941 in Raton, NM. They did not announce their marriage because nursing students could not marry at that time. Nancy was dismissed from nursing school after the authorities were informed that she was married so she went to visit her husband who was scheduled to be shipped overseas. Gene’s unit went overseas without him, as he developed tonsillitis and required surgery. Nancy began attending the Seton School of Nursing in Colorado Springs, CO in April 1944. She became a Cadet Nurse out of Ft. Carson and the end of the war brought Nancy’s release from the corps. Nancy, Eugene and daughter Karen moved from Hugo to the Denver area in April 1947 and the family purchased their permanent residence in Aurora, CO in September 1950. Nancy’s long nursing career at St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, CO, began in January 1948. Nancy retired from St. Luke’s on August 27, 1976. Nancy’s passion for genealogy led her to become a charter member and past President of the Aurora Genealogical Society. Nancy was an active member of the Peace Pipe Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, holding many offices including two terms as Regent. She was a member of the National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America, a member of The Mayflower Society and a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames – Captain Miles Standish Chapter. Nancy was a loving, resourceful, organized woman who left a legacy of values, faith and character. Her life’s work reflected her devoted, honest, dependable and selfless side while her personal life showcased her creative, fun-loving, independent spirit. She was truly honored and loved by her family and friends.

Nancy will be buried next to her husband, Eugene, at Olinger Chapel Hill Mortuary & Cemetery – 6601

S. Colorado Blvd., Centennial, CO 80121.

Some responses received about Nancy’s death: “What a wonderful obituary of a lovely woman.

She had a terrific life. Bless you, Nancy.” “Sad news. Nancy had a long wonderful life.

What a great obituary. I’m glad I got to know her.” “Nancy was one of the first members I met when I

became a society member. She was truly a gracious lady and an outstanding genealogist. We all were privileged to have known her for so many years.”

“Nancy Jensen was a warm and wonderful lady. She was the first person that was in contact with me at my first meeting. What a legacy she leaves behind and it was a real pleasure to know her. She definitely was a gift!”

“How fortunate we all are to have known and cherished such an outstanding human being. Nancy's obituary says it all. She was one in million and will be sorely missed.”

“She was an awesome woman.”

“Such a good long life. She was the first person I met in the library room downstairs at Hoffman Heights library when there were only about a dozen books on the shelves. She convinced me I had to join and we have been such close friends ever since. She was a classy friendly lady to everyone she met. I will miss her always.”



AGS Library Reopens

Great News! Our Genealogy Library reopens for “by appointment only” visits on Wednesday,

2 September 2020. E-mail [email protected] for an appointment.

Initially we will only be open on Wednesdays as the Central Library is closed Saturdays and Sundays until further notice.

The following guidelines will be observed:

  • “By appointment only” visits up to 1 hour in length made via e-mail.
  • When visitors arrive at the library they need to indicate to library staff they will be visiting the Genealogy Library. If you know the way to Genealogy, please indicate or the staff will take you there.
  • When people arrive for their appointments:
    • In their email, they will have said what they are wanting to research and the volunteer will pull relevant books and have them on the table.
    • Visitors will need to bring their own pen/pencils (or we can give them an AGS pencil).
    • Volunteers and visitors will need to wear a mask.
    • Visitors will need to wash their hands upon entering.
    • Only the volunteer can use the computer and computer table.
    • After a patron leaves, the table will be sanitized.
    • The books will be left where they are until the next day we are open (Wed/Sat) and then re- shelved.
    • The volunteer will clean the computer and computer table, if it was used, before closing up the room.

This plan has been approved by the Aurora Library. As always, guidelines will be updated as required. Our goal is to keep library staff, volunteers and visitors safe.


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm via Zoom. You need to register in advance to get a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Register here for Beginning Class in September. Registering will make sure you are contacted with the Zoom meeting link. Carol Darrow is the instructor. Upcoming classes are 12 Sep and 10 Oct. Visit the website for more information.

COPALAM Fall Seminar

palam.org/Colorado-palam-chapter.php

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be presented in two parts virtually via Zoom on Friday, September 18th and Saturday, October 17th with featured speaker Kent Robinson. Part 1 is free, but one must pre-register in order to receive the handout. Part 2 Saturday’s cost is $35 per person. This includes a complete 100-page syllabus of all text of the Power Point presentation including an extensive bibliography, Registration forms are available at <cocouncil.org > and have been sent with this newsletter.

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Need American Indian Research Help or FamilyTreeMaker Help?

American Indian – please contact AGS member, Sandy Syring, our society specialist, via e-mail [email protected]

FamilyTreeMaker or general genealogy – contact Dorothy Bernay, the society Genealogist, [email protected]



From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)
  • - - submitted by Jeff Adams, Aurora’s CCGS delegate

The summer Council meeting was held 11 July 2020 via Zoom.

There were about 22 delegates and officers in attendance.

Patricia Carmody with the Colorado Historical Cemetery Association (CHCA) discussed volunteer opportunities for preservation of the documents associated with Colorado’s historic cemeteries. Specifically, Patricia is looking for persons with knowledge of cemeteries in Grand County, Colorado. CHCA’s overall goal is to digitize and find repositories for Colorado’s historic cemetery records. Grand County is sort of being used as a testbed to see what information and workload is needed for the whole state. For further inquiries, email Patricia at [email protected]

Harry Ross gave an update on the new format for the Speakers’ Bureau section on the CCGS website. Basically it gives the speaker’s the ability to have their information available to the public or password protected. The Council approved the changes.

On Sept 19, Terence Quirke will posthumously be awarded the David Vogels Award. His daughter Anne Enderby will receive the award on his behalf. It can be viewed via Zoom.

The 10 Oct meeting will be held via Zoom.

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One doctor tells his patient:

“Get plenty of exercise, stay away from alcohol and cigarettes, and pray that you’ve picked the right ancestors!”

- - - from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda B. Baselt


Aurora History Museum

The museum reopened Tuesday, August 18th! The museum will start by offering timed reservations for a limited number of visitors. Please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050545afac 2fa02-timed for the museum's safety protocols and to make reservations for your visit. The museum will be open Tuesday through Friday (9:00 am to 4:00 pm) and closed on the weekends until further notice.

Visit to see two brand new exhibits! This year the museum is helping to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment with a new exhibit, "Battle for the Ballot: Women's Suffrage in Colorado." You can also see "Powered by Science: Technologies of the Past and Future."

* * * * * * * * * A New, Free Online Resource of 360 Million United States Court Records

https://www.judyrecords.com

- - - extracted from EOGN, 24 Aug 2020 The site is completely free, no credit card, no advertising, no sign ups, etc., and has over 360 million US court records that are completely

free to search.

It has case types that are particularly important for genealogy research like marriage, divorces, probate/estates, name changes, and adoption records.


    • marriage – 4,369,504 cases
    • divorce – 6,979,501 cases
    • estate – 4,968,717 cases
    • probate – 5,580,719 cases
    • name change – 2,900,354 cases
    • adoption – 77,157 cases

About 10 to 15 million new court cases are being added every month.

The user interface is a bit basic, maybe best described as stark: “Just the facts ma’am, nothing but the facts.” In this case, I would say that is a good thing. No ads in your face, no begging for money.


What Happened to Uncle Edward?

- - - submitted by AGS Member Barb Walker

Genealogy and scrapbooking have always provided pleasant distractions during stressful times. In the past couple of months, I’ve worked on both, sometimes in unison. I’m currently researching a family for which I’ve acquired many old black and white photos from the 1940s to 1960s. Naturally there are some unsolved mysteries that involve these family members.

Two very old photos were also in the box. On the back of each someone had written “Hans Edvard Hanson.” The first photo is a young man in what I believe is a military uniform. The second photo appears to be the same man seated for a formal portrait. I remembered the family story about Uncle Edward who came to America from Norway. (At some time prior to leaving Norway he began using Edward as his first name.) The details of his life are sketchy at best. Family members who are now deceased told the story that he came to Door county, Wisconsin, and in later years left for Chicago and “disappeared.”

One thing I find especially interesting about Hans Edvard is the fact that he, the youngest of seven children, was the first to come to America in 1872. In the case of most of my ancestors, it was the oldest who led the departure from the homeland to America.

Edward’s older sister Anne Marie came to America with her husband and 7 children in 1881, nine years after Edward. His oldest brother

Johann came with his wife and three sons in 1883 and settled in Door county.

The formal portrait has the photographer’s name stamped on the back: “Henry Iverson, photographer, 117 Archer Avenue, Chicago.” This at least gave me a starting place. I did a search for “Chicago photographers 1900.” One book in particular looked like a good possibility: “Chicago photographers 1847 through 1900 as listed in Chicago City Directories.” I was able to download the book (free) and found the photographer. He was listed in Chicago at that address from 1872-1879. Now at least I had a starting point of when the photo was taken.

I went back to the Hanson family tree in Family Tree Maker and examined his family. Hans Edvard was born in 1842 in Norway. It occurred to me that I might find a family tree for him on Ancestry.com. I was lucky and found a tree with very little information about him. I contacted the owner of the tree, Jorunn Landmark, who lives in Norway and offered to

share the old photos with her. When I told her the family story of Edward coming to America she was surprised and replied, “No wonder I could find no information on him here in Norway.” Her great-great grandmother, Anne Marie Hanson, was Edward’s older sister, the one who followed him to America in 1881.

Jorunn found an 1865 Norwegian census which was helpful, but it wasn’t until later that I realized it told me when the photo of him in the military uniform was taken. When she sent me the census, I noticed that individuals were not listed by address as in a city census. This census was all men and they were in groups, rather than individual addresses. I questioned her about this, and she said it was perhaps a school or military group. That told us that in 1865 he was in the military and that was about the time that the photo was taken.

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=61753&h=222128&indiv=try

Jorunn next searched Norwegian Digital Records and made a couple of discoveries. She confirmed that he was the youngest of seven children and discovered that he had acted as sponsor at the baptism of several of his siblings’ children. Then she discovered a marriage record for him on January 21, 1872. His wife, Karen Bolette Arnesdatter, was 12 years older than he was. Further searching uncovered an emigration record for Edward and Karen leaving Oslo in November 1872. He was 30 and she was 42. Their destination was Chicago. This would fit the time frame of the photographer’s location. Perhaps he had the photo taken to send to his parents in Norway to let them know he had safely arrived in Chicago. I find it interesting, however, that he did not have a photo done of him and his wife. (We genealogists always want more.)

The next record I found for him was the 1880 census in Door county, Wisconsin, where his older brother Johann settled in 1883. Edward is listed with his wife, Karen, who is 12 years older than he is. He lists his occupation as carpenter.

Family legend states that he left Door county, Wisconsin, and moved to Chicago where he became a wealthy saloon owner. The 1890 census would have been very helpful.

Shortly after this, Jorunn made another discovery. She found a death certificate on FamilySearch.org that listed Edward Hanson with his exact birth date and parents’ names. (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6GYS-BSX) But why, we asked ourselves, was he living in Tacoma, Washington? After reexamining the family information, I recalled that after arriving in America in 1881, his older sister Anne Marie and her family moved across America to Nebraska for several years, finally settling in Seattle, Washington. Further searches in that area show Edward and a new wife, Dora, living in Tacoma, Washington on the 1900 and 1910 census. The above death certificate shows that he died in Tacoma in 1911.

There are at least two remaining questions: When did wife #1, Karen, die followed by when and where did he marry wife #2, Dora? So many ancestors, so little time.

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Genealogy Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.



Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XL, Number 4

July-August 2020

General Meetings

No Meetings in July and August

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 1:30 p.m., Virtual Meeting via Zoom

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.: Four Essential Building Blocks to Organizing Your Genealogy

VIRTUAL via Zoom

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

Feeling unorganized and overwhelmed? Incorporate these simple methods into your existing organizing system or use them as the foundation of a new system.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m.: Hiding in Plain Database: Tips & Tricks for Finding Exactly the Records You’re After VIRTUAL via Zoom

Presented by Dina Carson, Experienced

Genealogist

You will learn how to narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumbs for navigation when searching databases for information.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For Other Times/Appointments,

303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Library Closures

Library is closed until further notice.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Jeff Adams Treasurer Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Marion Baumann Genealogist Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams Librarian Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected] Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe, and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the 15th of December, February, April, June, August and October.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

Membership

Total members: 73


Message from the President

On Monday, 20 July, please pause in remembrance and to honor those whose lives were lost and the survivors of the Aurora Theater shootings in 2012. If you haven’t visited the 7/20 memorial, please do.

As you can see, our programs for September

and October will be via Zoom. If you haven’t already participated in a Zoom meeting, it’s really fairly easy. Before the meeting I will send you the meeting invite with a meeting code so you can log in and watch the meeting. We did this in May with our speaker Pam Heath and it went very well. You don’t have to be super tech savvy. Just need an electronic device such as a desktop or laptop computer, an iPad or something similar, or a smartphone. Please give it a try for our next meeting.

When will we meet again in person? A

question we don’t have a definitive answer for. Aurora Libraries are still closed except for curbside pickup for books on hold at several branches. AGS Librarian Alice Jablonski and I have decided NOT to open the AGS Library during July even if Aurora Libraries open.

What to do? Watch all those free webinars. Do those exhaustive searches on FamilySearch, Ancestry and the many other web sites.

Continue to stay at home and stay safe.

Gail

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New Recording Secretary

Please welcome member Jeff Adams to his newest AGS Board position. He has agreed to fill the remaining year of Barb Bickerton’s term as Recording Secretary. Barb has resigned her position but will continue to be an active member of AGS.



New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Dorset Pilgrims: The Story of West Country Pilgrims Who Went to New England in the 17th Century, by Frank Thistlethwaite, 1993.

Voyage to Freedom – A Story of the Atlantic

Crossing, David Gay, 1984.

History of Bridgewater [MA], by Old

Bridgewater Historical Society, 1986.

The Soldiery of West Virginia in the French and Indian War; Lord Dunmore’s War; the Revolution; the Later Indian Wars; the Whiskey Insurrection; the Second War with England; the War with Mexico. And Addenda Relating to West Virginians in the Civil War, by Virgil Anson Lewis, 2006.

West Virginians in the American Revolution, by

Ross B. Johnson, 1959.

From Viking Glory: Notes on the McCorkle Family in Scotland and America, by Rev. Louis McCorkle, 1982.

Early Kanawha County [WV] Marriages, Parts

1-3, by Kanawha Valley Genealogical Society,

undated.

The Reagan I Knew, by William F. Buckley Jr.,

2008.

The Appalachians: America’s First and Last

Frontier, by Mari-Lynn Evans, 2004.

Vital Records of the Towns of Barnstable and Sandwich [MA], by Col. Leonard H. Jr, and Norma Smith, 1992.

World War II and the People of Lincoln County

[CO], by Alice Potter, 1993.


LibraryThing.com

This is an update of an article published last year.

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can

access the catalog from anywhere – even on a mobile phone. Former AGS Member and a

previous AGS Librarian, Mary Trogg, started this project and we continue to add to our online

library.

To access our holdings at LibraryThing.com:

• Go to www.librarything.com,

• Put AuroraGenSociety in the “search site” box (top right corner of page),

• When the next page comes up, along the left side of the page, select “Members”

under Social,

• AuroraGenSociety comes up,

• Click on the AuroraGenSociety link,

• Next to Collections Click on “Your

Library”, then search

• On the right side you can “Search This

Library” using a full or partial title,

author or a keyword (such as yearbook, tax, land, Connecticut, Military, etc.),

• A list of the books we have will come up,

• If you wish to find books on a particular subject, such as Map, Computer,

Colorado, Scotland, Immigration, etc., along the top click on “Tags.” Up

comes a list of all the “Tags” we have created. Click on the tag of interest and

the list of books in that category will come up.

Most of our titles are in LibraryThing. If you are in our AGS library, on the computer desktop is an Excel document titled AGS Holdings. This document is a list of all our titles. This list is sorted by location (state, country, or subject such as Ohio, Wales, Guide, Immigration, Military, etc.), then by author and title. If you are looking for a specific book, ask a volunteer for assistance.



Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

In general most in-person events have been canceled and are being held virtually. Always check online to verify the status of any conference or meeting.

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

The next Beginning Genealogy Class will be

Saturday, 11 July 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon via Zoom. You will need to register in advance to get a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Register at the above website to attend and for more information.

W.I.S.E. English Research Seminar

https://wise-fhs.org

25 July 2020 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., via Zoom, featuring David Allen Lambert, Chief

Genealogist of the New England Historic

Genealogical Society. Materials fee is $40.

Registration is available online.

2 – 5 September 2020FGS National Conference. Theme is “Explore America’s Trail to the Western Frontier.” This is now a virtual conference. Registration and more information at <fgs.org/conferences>

2020 Swedish Genealogy Workshop

oldmillmuseum.org

The fall 2020 Swedish Genealogy Workshop

will be held 10-11 Oct 2020 in Lindsborg, KS. Multiple topics to include Using ArkivDigital, Swedish Church Records, Planning a Heritage Trip and more. Flyers with more information and registration are available at meetings, in our library, online or by calling (785) 227-3595.


Research Reminders

MyHeritage library edition is available in the Aurora libraries or from home using your Aurora Library card.

Check other sites available from the Aurora Public Library website. In the databases under History are History Colorado (7-day pass available) and New York Public Library Digital Collection.

Recheck all your favorites and other little used sites you have gone to over the years. They have probably added information and if you are lucky, it’s about your ancestor.

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From the Aurora Family History Center

The Family History Center is closed for now. Director Vickie Smejkal has offered a few tidbits and insights to share with you:

• Check out the Research Wiki – there has been a subtle change made to the left

side of the Research Wiki page – things have been compartmentalized.

• The Social Security Applications and Claims Index lists any name changes. This is a great way to find women's married names. One mystery was solved because a man had changed both his first and last names, and it was on the index.

• From a FamilySearch Blog – Untangling the Centimorgans on your DNA Test –

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/ce ntimorgan-chart-understanding-dna/

• View the many videos the Center has been sharing via their Face book site: www.facebook.com/AuroraColoradoFa milyHistoryCenter



Websites

Michigan Research

michiganology.org

If you once used seekingmichigan.org for

Michigan death certificates, the place to go is now michiganology.org. In addition to death records, you can find Rural Property Inventories, state census records, naturalization, and plenty of Michigan state history.

Best Genealogy Books per familytree readers https://www.familytreemagazine.com/resources/

books/best-genealogy-books- results/?trk_msg=K4EI5B2M8K7KBB815STA

8EAMCO&trk_contact=JH0M48VN738RVB5

AQTPEO26J28&trk_module=new&trk_sid=9P

OEVRVNOB92TSSH6C0NHKE75S&utm_sou rce=Listrak&utm_medium=Email&utm_term= The+10+Best+Genealogy+Books+According+t o+Our+Readers&utm_campaign=FT+Newslette r&utm_content=05-05-2020

Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1968 https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesmvc/deat hcertificates/

- - - recommended by AGS Member, Barb Walker This is a FREE searchable database for Missouri death records from 1910-1968. It contains copies of actual death certificates, which in most cases contain birth and death dates of the deceased person, names of spouse and parents as well parents’ birth places (if known). I found the cause of death for one individual especially interesting: Fracture of skull, laceration of brain due to plane crash with light pole on attempted landing, darkness. You can’t make this stuff up! The website gives

you the option to download and/or print them. For Missouri Birth & Death Records

Database, Pre-1910 try

https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesdb/Birth

Death/


New York Newspaper Databases http://pioneerlibrarysystem.advantage-preservation.com and

http://perrypubliclibrary.advantage-preservation.com

- - -from The Weekly Genealogist, 18 Dec 2019

Two public libraries systems in western New

York, Pioneer Library System and Perry Library System, have made newspaper databases available on their websites. To begin your search of either of the digital newspaper archives, enter your search terms in the search box. Choose the type of search you would like to run from the dropdown list and limit results by date or date range. The databases can also be browsed by title or by year. Click the newspaper title for a digital image of the page.

The digital library of the Pioneer Library System archive is drawn from Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.

The Perry Library System archive of

newspapers is from Wyoming County, with a focus on the town of Perry.

Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua, New York http://www.woodlawncemeterycca.org/index.html

- - -from The Weekly Genealogist, 20 May 2020

The city of Canandaigua is located in Ontario

County in western New York. It is the county

seat. The Board of Trustees of the Village of Canandaigua established Woodlawn Cemetery in 1884 on 28 acres. The cemetery currently covers 80 acres.

The Woodlawn Cemetery website provides a burials database. Click the "Burial Listings" link to browse nearly 14,000 records in the database. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, date of birth or age of the deceased, date of death, place of death, grave location (section/lot number), and date buried.

Click the "Maps" link for a cemetery map, maps of individual sections, and maps of cremation niches.



First Families of Colorado Certificate

Do you have a direct ancestor who lived in Colorado at least 100 years before July 2020? Can you prove it? Then you are eligible for a First Families of Colorado certificate. The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies provides certificates in three categories:

1) First Family - where the ancestor was born in, or settled in, the land area of what is now Colorado before 1861;

2) Territorial Family - where the ancestor was

born in, or settled in, a territory that is now

Colorado between 28 Feb 1861 and 1 Aug 1876;

3) Centennial Family - where the ancestor was born in or settled in Colorado at least 100 years prior to the date of the application.

The ancestor and/or family did not have to

continuously live in Colorado.

Each certificate is $20. For an application

packet, to view a list of Pioneers, and for more information, go to <cocouncil.org> and select First Families of Colorado Recognition Program from the main page.

Technique for Dealing with Hard to

Read Names or Places

---article by John M. Hoenig, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today author, Aug 2019

An extremely effective technique for dealing with hard to read names or places is to ask

several people to read the penmanship. I

struggled with a passenger manifest and the best

I could come up with was “Uncle Leonid Peller.” I showed it to two women at work who like genealogical challenges and they spent their lunch hour studying the name. They finally said “Uncle Moses F. Peller,” quite different from the given name Leonid! I then found the grave of Moses J. Peller and he turned out to be the person in the manifest. My friends got awfully close to the right name.


Pruning Our Trees

Not outside but our Genealogy trees. It's a great time to get online or into our software and look at duplicate people. The Barefoot Genealogist has an online Webinar on You Tube that can help. Go to - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdawS6hU Yws.

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Family History Library Classes and Webinars

Although the Library is closed, online Classes and Webinars are available to us - check out the Web Page and be sure to scroll through and click on any links you are interested in: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_ History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars

The webinars and classes are done via Zoom.

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You spend an eternity looking for your grandmother’s maiden name, and when you find it, your mother tells you she already knew that but you had never asked her.

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda D. Baselt

She’s descended from a long line her mother listened to.

- - - Gypsy Rose Lee

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy,

compiled by Fonda D. Baselt



Understanding Denver Streets’ Decimal; or Why the Intersection of Broadway and Ellsworth is so Important

- - - by Brian K, Trembath, Western History & Genealogy

News

Whether you've just moved to the Mile- High City or you've lived here your whole life, decoding Denver's street can be a real challenge. But the mystery of how the Denver street grid is laid out can be somewhat easily solved once you understand the importance of the intersection of Broadway and Ellsworth to the streets off the downtown grid.

While there are plenty of resources for helping decode Denver streets, we've found that local historian Phil Goodstein's encyclopedic work, Denver Streets: Names, Numbers and Logic (New Social Publication,

1994) provides the most succinct descriptions

and was the main source for this blog.

To better understand why Broadway and

Ellsworth is the nexus of Denver streets, you have to go back the late 1880's when Denver street names and naming conventions were something of a free-for-all. Street names were frequently assigned by land developers and little heed was given to the difference between streets and avenues. Though some attempts were taken to govern this mess, Goodstein points out that there was generally, "no correlation between an address and the location of the street."

In 1887, the city introduced a system that

allowed for addresses to consistently identify their distance from a central nexus, which turned out to be Broadway and Ellsworth. But why that intersection? To answer that question, you have to go back to 1886 when Denver had only seventeen numbered avenues which began at Seventeenth Avenue and counted down to First Avenue. "The road one block south of First Avenue, Ellsworth Avenue, was consequently defined as being the zero axis dividing the north- numbered from south numbered streets," Goodstein says.


The decimal system of 1887 codified a system in which Broadway is the dividing line between east and west avenues; and Ellsworth is the dividing line between north and south streets. There is one catch that Denver travelers should be aware of: streets that aren't specifically labeled "South" are always north of Ellsworth while avenues without the specification "west" are east of Broadway.

For the downtown grid, which is diagonal

mostly because it was laid out to follow the Platte River, a different decimal system is used. This one counts from the north using Broadway and Colfax as its nexus.

Each block was also assigned a number based on its proximity to the nexus. For example, Goodstein points out that Federal Boulevard is 30 blocks west of Broadway hence it is the 3000 west block.

But decimals weren't the only thing that

came out of the 1887 re-ordering. City planners also introduced some order into how buildings in Denver were numbered. Since

1887, buildings on the east or south side of

the street must have an even number. Buildings on the north or west side of the street must have an odd number. Though the origins of this system were rooted in Denver's earliest days, they weren't written into law until 1887.

Various other efforts to impose order on to Denver's unruly street grid, including the fabled Mahoney System, have been undertaken over the years with varying degrees of success. Every plan had to overcome major hurdles, such as the fact that "Denver" is something of a moving target that's composed of multiple, annexed municipalities that never considered they would one day be part of the Mile-High City. But with a basic knowledge of the decimal system, and an understanding of the importance of Broadway and Ellsworth, understanding Denver's Streets gets a whole lot easier.


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

http:// www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety/index.htm

Volume XL, Number 3

May-June 2020

General Meetings

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

No meetings in June or August

Workshop - Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 1 pm, Small Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Subject to cancellation due to COVID-19 restrictions

Tuesday, 26 May 2020 @ 1:30 pm This meeting will be held virtually.

FAN Research, What Does It Mean & How

Do You Do It?

Presented by Pam Heath, Education

Coordinator, Foothills Genealogy Society

FAN Research is looking at what we can

discover when we research those individuals who surrounded the lives of our ancestors. We will be talking about researching the Families, Associates and Neighbors of our ancestors.

Note: This is a two hour presentation.

Tuesday, 9 Jun, 2020 @ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.: 

Family Tree Maker Question and Answer Classes moderated by Aurora Genealogical Society Genealogist, Dorothy Bernay.

Having problems with the program Family

Tree Maker? If you have FTM on your laptop bring it (not required) and your questions for a class to address your issues. You may e-mail your questions ahead of the class to [email protected].


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other Times/Appointments, call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Our Library holdings can be found at www.librarything.com

Library Closures

The Genealogy Library is currently closed. We

will re-open when Aurora Libraries open.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety


ELECTED OFFICERS


President Gail Arnert 

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman 

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus 

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton 

Treasurer Dick Kautt 

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Marion Baumann 

CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams 

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay 

Librarian Alice Jablonski 

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Nominating Committee TBD Parliamentarian Judy Keilman Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, and

Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the 15th of December, February, April, June, August and October.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Membership

73 Members as of 30 April 2020.


Message from the President

With the COVID-19 Pandemic life as we have known it certainly has changed. We will adapt and we will stay safe.

I’m finding I could easily become a hermit.

I’m not going stir-crazy and when I feel the need to get out of the house I just do yard cleanup and pull weeds. The last time I gassed up the car was in mid March. I do start it and drive once a week based on advice from my mechanic son. Am also fortunate that my income hasn’t been affected. It pays to be a senior citizen and retired. My children in town are considered essential personnel for the City of Aurora. Son has to go in to work, but his wife can work from home. Of those in Florida my son can work from home and his wife just went back to work part-time until the restaurants fully reopen.

With all this extra time I thought I would be doing more genealogy research but find I’m doing mostly reading and binge watching TV on Hulu and Netflix.

With the cancellation of the Salt Lake City trip I have less input for the newsletter. Several of the people I have heard from continue to research and at times finding new websites. Others are organizing their piles of genealogy materials or attending webinars.

Hopefully we will be able to have our May meeting and June workshop. So much depends on what restrictions are in place and the druthers of the presenters. If possible, would you be interested in a meeting using ZOOM?

Stay safe.

Gail



Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Check all websites for possible cancellations due to

COVID-19 restrictions

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration

is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for

9 May. Visit the website for more information.

20-23 May 2020 – NGS Family History Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. This is now a Virtual Conference. More information at

<conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

W.I.S.E. English Research Seminar

https://wise-fhs.org

25 July 2020 – 9am-430pm, Denver Public Library, 10 West 14th Ave, featuring David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogist Society.

Materials fee is $40. Flyers with more information and registration are available at meetings, in our library and online.

2 – 5 September 2020 – FGS National Conference, Kansas City, MO. Theme is “Explore America’s Trail to the Western Frontier. Registration should be opening on- line in late April

More information at <fgs.org/conferences>

Discover Your Swedish Roots

oldmillmuseum.org

2020 Swedish Genealogy Workshop will be held 10-11 Oct 2020 in Lindsborg, KS. Multiple topics to include Using ArkivDigital, Swedish Church Records, Planning a Heritage Trip and more. Flyers with more information and registration are available at meetings, in our library, online or by calling (785) 227-3595.


Websites

Ontario (Canada) Community Newspapers

Portal

http://ourontario.ca/search

- -from Internet Genealogy-April/May 2020

Contains material covering 200 years from over 60 newspapers. It is recommended you start on the “Newspaper Holdings” page where you will find a list of included newspapers. Put in your search term and you can sort, select a specific contributor, media type, group, subjects, etc., and/or restrict to a certain year. You will see a snapshot of the newspaper item and the entire page.

Archives of Maryland

http:aomol.msa.maryland.gov/html/volumes.html

- - recommended by AGS Member Dorothy Bernay Looking for information on Maryland ancestors? The Archives of Maryland is a

wonderful source.

This site is searchable for names. You can use

first and last names.

If you have results, click on the document and

an OCR version of the document will appear. You can then click on “view PDF image” and the original image will come up. The pdf version can also be downloaded. Be sure to compare the OCR transcription to the book image, and check the dates to determine if this is your ancestor.

Illinois State Archives Databases cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home. html

- - from The Weekly Genealogist, 11 Mar 2020

The Illinois State Archives website provides databases from a number of Illinois repositories. Search an individual database or perform a global database search. Some notable resources are:

From the Illinois State Archives – Illinois

Servitude and Emancipation Records (1722-

1863), Public Domain Land Tract Sales, and Physicians who registered for licensure in Illinois (1877-1937).

Illinois Veterans Databases – Databases

related to a number of wars including the Black Hawk War, Civil War, Mexican War, Spanish American War, War of 1812, and more.



Illinois Statewide Vital Records – Statewide Indexes to Death (1916-1950), Pre-1916 Deaths, and Marriages (1783-1900).

And more databases from Eastern Illinois

University, Northeastern Illinois University, and the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Genealogy Podcasts

https://extremegenes.com

Extreme Genes, America’s Family History Show, is a weekly genealogy and history podcast hosted by Scott Fisher. Subjects range from the Midterm Elections during the 1918 Flu Epidemic, The FAN Club Principle, DNA discussions, Pension Records, and many more. There are over 300 episodes in the archives. The site also offers Fisher’s Top Tips and a free newsletter.

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From the Colorado Council of

Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The 11 April 2020 Council meeting was held via ZOOM, with President Bob Larson

presiding.

Gina Moore will fill the remainder of the

Treasurer’s term.

The 2020 budget was approved. The budget

includes GTM and ZOOM subscriptions for use by Council member societies.

There was discussion concerning the Speakers

Bureau directory located on the Council website

(cocouncil.org) Discussion included whether to charge speakers a nominal fee to be listed and whether the Speakers Bureau should be on the public or members only part of the website. Voting on this will be at the next meeting.

Delegate Glenn York of Larimer County

discussed an ongoing legal issue they were having in regards to a cartoon they printed in one of their newsletters a few years back. It was a reminder to double check your sources.

The next CCGS meeting will be, 11 July, location TBD or via ZOOM.


New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Volume Fifteen, Families of James Chilton and Richard More, 1997.

A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and

Hight Families, by David W. Hoyt, 1993.

The Mayflower and Her Passengers, by Caleb

H. Johnson, 2006.

German Immigration to Southern Illinois, 1800-

1860, by Flora M. Koch, 1911.

A History of the German Churches in Louisiana

(1823-1893), by J. Hanno Deiler, 1983.

Hickory & Lady Slippers: Life & Legacy of Clay County People, 1977-1982, by Clay County High School [WV], some issues.

The Journal of the Greenbrier Historical Society, 1963-1990, some issues, by the Greenbrier [WV] Historical Society.

Journal of the Braxton Historical Society; 1973-

1990, most issues, by the Braxton [WV] Historical Society.

A Handbook of Scandinavian Names, by Nancy

L. Coleman, 2010.

What Did They Do? In Danish, by John E. Herl,

2003.

The Last Will and Testament of George Washington and Schedule of His Property: To Which is Appended the Last Will and Testament of Martha Washington, Published 1992.

Some Known Descendants of Jeremiah and Rachel Walters Odell, by Neva Jane Stout Bryant, 1999.



Genealogy Related Shows on TV

New, reruns, and upcoming television shows currently available on TV.

New:

Roots Less Traveled, Tuesday, 1230pm, on

NBC. This program is produced by Ancestry.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Gates Jr.,

Saturday, 6pm, on PBS. A mix of new and repeat episodes.

The Gene: An Intimate History – documentary by Ken Burns. Check PBS for dates and times.

Reruns:

History Detectives, Monday-Thursday, 8am, PBS. Although primarily a History show the detectives really dig into Genealogy. The other day my 8th great-grandfather Resolved Waldron

was mentioned as an early and prominent settler of Harlem, NY.

Upcoming:

The Genetic Detective, debuting Tuesday, 19

May , 8pm, on ABC News. Check your local

listings. The series will follow investigative genetic genealogist CeCe Moore as she uses her unique research skills to transform the face of crime solving.

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If you can recite all the counties of a state that you’ve researched but where you’ve never lived – you might be a genealogist.

- - - Katherine Schober’s April Newsletter


In Memory

Judith Karlene Cassidy

12 August 1944 – 1 April 2020

Judith “Judy” Cassidy passed away on 1 April

2020 at the age of 75. Born in Auburn, NE to

Frederick and Iris (Jones) Cassidy. She was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where she graduated with a BS in Education in 1965. After graduation she moved to Great Falls, MT

where she met 2nd Lt. Jerry Lawrence Cassidy

and they married in 1967. Together they raised two daughters, Barbara and Tricia. Judy was an avid gardener, faithful volunteer to her church, and a peaceful kind living soul. She was a member of Aurora Genealogical Society since Feb 2011 and a library volunteer. A Memorial Celebration Open House will be held 15 Aug

2020, 2-5pm at Mountain View United Church,

10700 E. Evans Ave., Aurora CO 80014. Memorial contributions may be made to her church or the Denver Botanic Gardens.

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May Elections

The AGS board has decided to postpone our normal May elections to September. This is due to our meetings being cancelled in March and April and forgetting to organize a nominating committee.

Positions to be voted on are President, Vice- President Membership and Corresponding Secretary. Current holders of these positions, Gail Arnert, Judy Keilman and Marion Baumann have agreed to serve through our September meeting.

In September Nominations will be accepted from the floor, with the consent of the nominee. Each position will serve for two years. If you are interested in being an officer or on the nominating committee, please contact any member of the AGS Board.


Some Recommended Free Websites from the Aurora Genealogical Society www.familysearch.org - billions of records, both extracted and submitted by the public. Always verify the information you find. Create a free account, then click on “Search” for billions of indexed records, and in many cases images of these records. “Family Histories” may be found under Books and many are digitized.

http://www.worldcat.org - WordCat connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. You can search for books, periodicals and other materials. Provides a list of libraries where the material is available and the distance from your zip code to the library. Create a free account to create lists, bibliographies and reviews of library materials.

www.glorecords.blm.gov/ - provides access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. Also has images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States. Search by Land Patents. Survey Plats and Field Notes, Land Status Records, Control Document Index Records, Tract Books or Land Catalog. View and print original documents.

www.familytreedna.com/ - information on the various types of DNA testing, how to submit yours, how to interpret results, joining a family study, etc.

http://www.cyndislist.com/ - over 337,000 links for family history in more than 200 categories! Don’t know where to look? Start here!

www.findagrave.com - one of the best places to find dead people. Over 137 million grave inscriptions, multiple search possibilities, and you can request a photo of the marker.

www.fold3.com – Offers images of original government/military records from all American eras. Although basically a pay for site, some databases are free. If you have specific information to find you can sign-up for a 7- day free trial.

www.libertyellisfoundation.org - Search for ancestors who entered through New York City from 1820-1924. The collection encompasses entry through Castle Garden and Ellis Island.

www.thefhguide.com – The Family History Guide is a website that represents a best-in-class learning environment for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you're brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher - or somewhere in between - The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.

http://www.usgenweb.org - your gateway to research in every state and most counties in the U.S. A good place to find Genealogical Societies or Historical Societies in your area of interest.

http://www.archives.gov/index.html - entry point for the National Archives databases and ordering military records from pre-Revolution through current wars. For post WWI to present certain restrictions apply.

www.gengophers.com - free access to the most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than

80,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters. GenGophers.com is the only website that returns genealogy book results only.

genealogyintime.com – advertises itself as the largest free Ancestral Search Engine on the Internet. Has a lot of general information and three search engines; Genealogy, Family Tree and Rare Book.

archive.org and Google Books - Before buying an out-of-print book, it is worth checking these sites to see if a digital version of the book is available for free.



THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open

to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732




 

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XL, Number 2

March-April 2020

General Meetings

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 1:30 pm - Large Community Room

Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 7:00 pm - Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 @ 1:30 pm -

Finding Your Way Around Fold3

Presented by Ted Bainbridge, PhD & Experienced Genealogist

Fold3 is one of the best sites to search for military information primarily in the United

States, but some information from other countries is also included. This presentation

describes ways to access Fold3’s vast collection and will show examples of what might be found.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020 @ 7:00 pm

A Rouse by Any Other Name is Still a Rose… (Alternate Title: Debunking Name Mythology)

Presented by Leah Klocek, Professional

Genealogist

In genealogy, a name is often our firewall.

It’s the first piece of evidence we identify on any record potentially related to our families, as well as the starting point for building an emotional connection to our ancestors. But how important is a name, really? Join Leah Klocek for a debunking of some of the most enduring mythologies we’ve attached to our names, and a discussion of how to overcome those biases.


Our holdings are listed on

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

Call ahead to ensure we are open.

We close during inclement weather and some City events.

Have you renewed your membership? If not, this will be your last newsletter.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton Treasurer Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist/Historian Marion Baumann Genealogist Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate Jeff Adams Librarian Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora,

Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Message from the President

Happy 39th Birthday to the Aurora

Genealogical Society. Organized in 1981 with

54 Charter members, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active. Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!

We had our Members Sharing meeting last

month. Page 13 of this newsletter briefly reviews what was shared.

At the March Board meeting both vacancies on the board were filled – Jeff Adams as

Aurora’s delegate to the Colorado Council of

Genealogical Societies and Marion Baumann as

Historian.

Nancy Jensen has been donating some of her

books to our library. Check our new book shelves and the donation cart for duplicates that we received.

March 12th is the kick-off date for the 2020

Census. Starting on this date, an invitation to respond online to the 2020 Census will be mailed. Some households will also receive paper questionnaires. Print or make a copy of the information you provide for your own family’s history.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meetings.

Gail

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New Members

Barbara Barstow,  (Barstow, Huckstep, Self, Harris, Cross, Struckler, Cannon, Pipes)

Jacquelyn Benton,  (Jonson, Torrence. Kendrick)

Melanie Golden, 

Linda Moore, 

Wanda Murray,  (Conict and Harris)


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for

14 Mar, 11 Apr and 9 May. Visit the website for more information.

COPALAM Spring Seminar https://www.palam.org/palam_update/resources/co- palam-spring-2020-seminar-flyer.pdf

13 & 14 Mar 2020 – Denver Public Library, 14th

& Broadway. Times are: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

Friday lectures are FREE; 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Saturday presentations have a $35 materials fee. Keynote speaker is Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.

Friday talks include The Voyages of Our German Ancestors and James Jeffrey presenting Research Resources for German Genealogists in the Denver Public Library.

Saturday lectures are Boost Your German Research: Understand Historical Jurisdictions, He Took Her Name. Untangle the Web of German Websites and Get With the Times: German Newspaper Research.

Full schedule and registration are available

online and in the AGS library.

Discover Your Swedish Roots

oldmillmuseum.org

2020 Swedish Genealogy Workshops will be held 21-22 March 2020 and 10-11 Oct 2020 in Lindsborg, KS. Multiple topics to include Using ArkivDigital, Swedish Church Records, Planning a Heritage Trip and more. Flyers with more information and registration are available at meetings, in our library, online or by calling (785) 227-3595.


Colorado Jewish Genealogy Society

jgsco.org

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm, BMH-BJ Congregation, 580 S. Monaco Pkwy, Denver. Members are free; Non-Members $10.

Stephen P. Morse, creator of the One-Step

Webpages, is the presenter. Four one-hour lectures will be given to include Webpages: A Potpourri, A Case Study, History of New York City and Getting Ready for the 1950 Census.

Lunch is extra for all attendees. Register by

25 Mar at jgsco.com.

CGS Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/

18 April 2020 – CGS Spring Seminar featuring Angie Bush. Registration is open. The seminar will be at DPL, Lower Level Conference Center, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Materials fee is

$35. Angie will present four programs on

online family trees and DNA. There will also be a free event on Friday, 17 April. You may register online or by using the registration form available online or in our library.

20-23 May 2020NGS Family History Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Conference and Hotel reservations are now open. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

W.I.S.E. English Research Seminar

https://wise-fhs.org

25 July 2020 – Featuring David Allen Lambert at the Denver Central Public Library. More info to follow.

2 – 5 September 2020FGS National

Conference, Kansas City, MO.

More information at <fgs.org/conferences>



New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Your Genealogy, A Practical Guide, by Larry D. Schenk, 1989.

Vital Records of the Towns of Barnstable and Sandwich, by Col. Leonard H. Jr. and Norma H. Smith, 1992.

World War II and the People of Lincoln County

[CO], by Alice Potter, 1993.

History of Lincoln County, Colorado, by Laura

Solze Claggett, 1987.

Where the Wagons Rolled, A History of Lincoln County [CO] and Its People, by Lincoln County Historical Society, 1976.

The NEHGS Circulating Library Catalog, Vol.

1 Genealogies, Vol. 2 Histories and Research

Aids, by NEHGS.

Genealogist’s Handbook for New England

Research, 5th edition, by Michael Leclerc, 2012.

Unofficial Guide to FamilySearch.org, How to Find Your Family History on the Largest Free Genealogy Website, by Dana McCullough,

2015.

Richard Griffith and His Valuations of Ireland,

by James R. Reilly, 2000.

Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, 3rd edition, by

John Grenham, 2006.

Danish Dictionary, Danish-English, English- Danish, by Anna Garde, 1995.

Two Centuries of Pennsylvania History, Vol. II,

by Isaac Sharpless, 1900.

Daily Stories of Pennsylvania, by Frederic A. Godcharles, 1924.


Websites Chronicling America chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

This free US newspaper resource continues to

grow thanks to more than $2.7 million in new funding.

A selection of newspaper content will be digitized and placed on the site for Rhode

Island, Wyoming, and the US Virgin Islands, where it will join more than 15 million digitized

pages, published between 1789 and 1963 from

26 states and Puerto Rico.

Texas Research

--- from AGS Genealogist Dorothy Bernay If you are doing research in Texas, here are two websites that have copies of original

documents which you can download the PDF.

1 – Land grant records, including patents to

land, are maintained by the General Land Office (GLO). For information about land grants and searching the GLO’s online database, go to https://s3.glo.texas.gov/glo/history/archives/land

-grants/ondex.cfm. Searches may be by Patent

Number and Patentee Name.

2 – Name searches are provided as a service to researchers unable to visit the GLO in person. For information concerning their services, please contact the Archives and Records Division directly at https://www.glo.texas.gov/contact/email- us/index.html.

Utah Research

- - -from AGS VP Judy Holtus

http://historyresearch.utah.gov

Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History. Research manuscripts, photographs, books, maps, and online resources about Utah and the West. From Judy – Click on State Archives then Indexes. There, online are Utah births from 1905-1910. You can also search for more that are not indexed. The deaths are indexed from 1905-1967.



February 2020 Member Sharing

Meeting

In spite of the yucky weather on 25

February, 19 members showed for the meeting


9th


Gail Arnert brought in two books about her great grandmother Elizabeth (Fones)


and 13 brought something to share. In brief: Ellen Westbrook brought a World War II

Autograph/Buddy book. It had pictures, autographs, and tidbits about the men who

served with her relatives.

Gladys Hodges Civil War ancestor kept the

accounts for his Maryland regiment. She has the originals from the 1860s. Although at times difficult to read, the accounts were fascinating. It was recommended that she get archival sleeves for her treasure.

Judy Keilman brought an original painting

of Holy Cross Mountain. It was painted by her

16-year old uncle in 1929. He never painted

another picture.

Marion Baumann discussed the value of the

FamilyTree magazine to help with our research. It has so many tools available.

Tom Aguilar-Downing again brought his

“family tree” mobile for display. He also did a

PowerPoint presentation based on Downing family letters found in the National Archives of Ireland. They centered around the ship Great Eastern (1860-1888).

Alice Jablonski shared family photos and other items from her Lewis/Truax family. Via ancestry.com she found new 4th cousins and subsequent visited and researched in Indiana.

Vickie Smejkal posted a 1908 family picture on her ancestry.com account hoping to get names for the people she didn’t know. She not only got names, but another picture that added to her family.

Karen Campbell talked about her mother’s

Pomerian family and records that she previously thought didn’t exist. Using a familysearch tree she made contact with new family members who had located the missing records and were willing to share.

Sandra Syring through recently received

birth records, was able to prove she was related to Jesse James on both sides of her family.


Winthrop Feake Hallet (1610-c.1674). One

book was non-fiction and well sourced. The other was a novel where sources aren’t required. The novel and the non-fiction painted a very interesting and complete portrait of this early New England ancestor.

Melanie Golden brought in a couple

examples of family history books, a family recipe book and greeting cards she had created using family pictures. Her emphasis is to take genealogy beyond just dates and places. Include stories in your research. Also she’s big on digitizing and storing everything in archival sleeves or boxes.

Jeff Adams explained how important it is to

place queries and openly share family pictures and stories. He shared a story about his great- grandparents that started with an ancestry.com query.

Nancy Miller, using a World War I draft card that indicated her relative was blind, was able to embellish his story. Turns out he was blinded during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. With newspapers and maps found online she was able to piece more information together.

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From the Colorado Council of

Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The Council is still looking for a Treasurer. If you are interested and would like more information, please contact your delegate Gail Arnert at [email protected].

AGS Member Jeff Adams has showed interest in being Aurora’s Council delegate. He’ll start attending our board meetings and will attend the next Council meeting on Saturday, 11 Apr 2020,

10:00 am at DPL.



Aurora Newspaper Digitalization

Project

For the last few years our Society has contributed money via the Aurora Historical

Society to Colorado Historic Newspapers to

digitize the Aurora Democrat (1909-1955) and The Aurora Advocate (1949-1952). This project is now complete. Both newspapers are available online at coloradohistoricnewspapers.org.

The Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection currently includes over 350 newspaper titles published in Colorado from 1859 up to 1923 and beyond with publisher permission. Newspapers in this collection are from throughout the state, and include papers published in English, German, Spanish, Swedish and Japanese. Many of these titles are not available on other newspaper websites.

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10 Historical Figures Who Had

Incestuous Marriages

- - -EOGN, 19 Oct 2019

How would you like to map out the pedigrees and descendants of these people?

H. G. Wells

Claudius

Albert Einstein

Cleopatra

Edgar Allen Poe

James Watt

Atahualpa - the last Inca Emperor who

married his sister

Emperor Suinin – the 11th Emperor of Japan

who had two chief wives (empress), one of whom was his first cousin. He also had six consorts and he fathered 17 children.

Charles Darwin

Philip II of Spain

You can watch an interesting YouTube video hosted by Simon Whistler at: https://youtu.be/xFMmJMlyqnY. The video runs for almost 12 minutes.


Dates of Interest in March and April

March 3“Star Spangled Banner” made the US National Anthem (1931)

12 Girl Scouts of the USA founded

(1912)

17 St. Patrick’s Day

19 Iraq War began (2003)

20 Spring begins

29 National Vietnam War Veterans Day

(2017)

April 1 April Fools Day

5 Palm Sunday

8 Passover Begins

9 National Former POW Recognition

Day

10 Good Friday

11 Persian Gulf War Official Cease Fire

(1991)

12 Easter

15 Income Tax Day

19 Orthodox Easter

22 Administrative Professionals Day

Earth Day

24 Arbor Day

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A Verrrry Long Name!

Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagun gamaugg, a lake in Webster, Massachusetts.

- - - From The Sunny Side of Genealogy

NOTE: Per Wikipedia, the Lake’s name comes from Loup, an Algonquian language and is often said to mean “Fishing Place at the Boundaries- Neutral Meeting Grounds.” A more fitting translation is “lake divided by islands.” according to anthropologist Ives Goddard.



Census History

Destruction of the 1890 Census

- - - blognewspapers.com/destruction-of-the-1890-census/ Posted on October 14, 2019 by Jenny Ashcraft Genealogists and historians have lamented the loss of the 1890 census for more than a century. When researchers inquire about the 1890 census, their questions are quickly dismissed with the explanation that a fire destroyed the records. The truth, however, is more complicated. The 1890 census records did sustain extensive smoke and water damage in two different fires (1896 and 1921), but the damaged records sat languishing in a warehouse until the 1930s when Congress ordered their

destruction.

The 1890 census was unique for several

reasons. For the first time, officials decided to gather data on a separate schedule for each family. Families answered questions about race, immigration and naturalization, the number of children born and living, and questions relating to service in the Civil War. It was also the first census that used punch cards and an electrical tabulation system.

After enumerators finished the 1890 census, the Department of the Interior stored portions in Washington D.C. in the basement of Marini’s Hall. On March 22, 1896, a night watchman discovered the rear of the building was on fire and notified the fire department. Firefighters arrived to find dense smoke pouring from the basement. Though they extinguished the flames before sunrise, the fire damaged or destroyed the special schedules for mortality, crime, pauperism, benevolence, special classes (e.g., deaf, blind, insane) and portions of the transportation and insurance schedules. The general population schedules, however, were safe and stored in the basement of the Commerce Building.

The Washington Post, January 11, 1921

On the evening of January 10, 1921, an employee at the Commerce Building noticed smoke rising through the elevator shaft and sounded the fire alarm. For hours, firefighters soaked the building with water to quench the flames. When the smoke cleared, archivists found 25 percent of the 1890 census schedules


destroyed, while half of the rest sustained serious water damage. Government officials debated whether the burnt and waterlogged records could be salvaged.

This tragic fire spurred discussion about the

need for national archives to hold public records. While awaiting funding for an archive building, Census Director William Steuart warned the damaged records would continue to deteriorate. Not much is known about what happened to the census records between 1922-

1932, but in December 1932, the Chief Clerk of the Bureau of Census sent the Librarian of Congress a list of documents deemed no longer necessary and scheduled for destruction. Included in the list were the 1890 damaged census records. The Librarian approved the list and forwarded it to Congress who authorized it and the damaged records were destroyed. Ironically, just one day before Congress authorized the destruction of these records, President Herbert Hoover laid the cornerstone for the new National Archives Building.

In 1934, the National Archives Building opened in Washington, D.C. In 1942, officials found a damaged bundle of 1890 census records from Illinois that escaped destruction. In 1953, they also found fragments of records from Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and the District of Columbia. These rediscovered records comprise just a tiny fraction of the 1890 census, leaving 99.99 percent of the original records lost forever. Visit Ancestry.com to see the surviving 1890 census fragments, or search Newspapers.com to see more clippings about their destruction.


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open

to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space

permits.




Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XL, Number 1

January-February 2020

General Meetings

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 1:30 p.m., Large Community Room

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 1:30 p.m., Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m. Research Logs – A Plan for Success Presented by Carol Swensen, Accredited Genealogist

A research log is an important tool to help organize and track your research. It is a record

of what you are looking for, where you looked, and what you found. We will review different

formats that can help you stay organized.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.:

Member Sharing

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society

Members

Our February meeting will feature society

members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries. Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings can be found at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Application on page 7



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton Treasurer Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist/Historian Open Genealogist Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert Librarian Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora,

Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the last Friday of December, February, April, June, August, and October

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


Message from the President

Happy New Year to all!

The AGS Festival of Wreaths entry, designed and decorated by member Judy Keilman, sold for $35.00. Great job Judy! The Aurora History Museum raised $3,800 wjich will go towards rehabbing the original Gatrway to the Rockies sign.

Judy Holtus has some great speakers scheduled for this year, but she’s always looking for speakers on the topics YOU want to hear about. Let her, or any Board member, know what you’re interested in and she’ll do her best to find a speaker.

We have a great Genealogy Library, but it is underused by our members and the public. The signs posted on the main library doors when we are open have helped to increase visitors. Now we need some more enthusiastic volunteers. Alice provides excellent training. If you could commit to at least one 3-hour shift each month that would certainly help the current volunteers. Connect with our Librarian, Alice Jablonski, at the meetings.

As you renew your membership, please consider donating to the various funds listed on the application. In addition to the AGS Library Fund, please consider the National Archives Gift Fund, and the new AGS Speaker Expense fund. All donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Looking forward to a fun year and seeing you

all at meetings.

Gail


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New Members

Jeff & Tori Adams, 29336 E. LaSalle, Aurora, CO 80013

Total membership: 85


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25 February Member Sharing Meeting

One of my favorite meetings; this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families. Come prepared to share.



Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration

is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for

11 Jan, 8 Feb and 14 Mar. Visit the website for

more information.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

26 Feb – 29 Feb 2020 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration are now open. This is the largest genealogy conference held each year in North America. One of my favorite football players and Dancing With the Stars participants Emmitt Smith is the keynote speaker.

COPALAM Spring Seminar https://www.palam.org/palam_update/resources/co- palam-spring-2020-seminar-flyer.pdf

13 & 14 Mar 2020 – Denver Public Library, 14th

& Broadway. Times are: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Friday lectures are FREE; 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday presentations have a $35 materials fee. Keynote speaker is Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG.

Full schedule and registration are available online and in the AGS library.

CGS Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/

18 April 2020 – CGS Spring Seminar featuring Angie Bush. Registration is open. The seminar will be at DPL, Lower Level Conference Center, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Materials fee is

$35. Angie will present four programs on online family trees and DNA. There will also be a free event on Friday, 17 April. You may register online or by using the registration form available online or in our library.


20-23 May 2020 – NGS Family History Conference, Salt Lake City, UT. Conference and Hotel reservations are now open. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

W.I.S.E. English Research Seminar

https://wise-fhs.org

25 July 2020 – Featuring David Allen Lambert at the Denver Central Public Library. More info

to follow.

2 – 5 September 2020 – FGS National

Conference, Kansas City, MO.

More information at <fgs.org/conferences>

From the Colorado Council of Genealogical

Societies (CCGS)

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 11

Jan 2019, 10:00 a.m. at DPL.

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Have You Made Your Genealogical

Resolutions for 2020?

With the assistance of The Weekly Genealogist from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, here are some ideas:

• I will organize research papers, files &

photographs that I have accumulated,

• I will write up some of my family history,

• I will publish a genealogy or family history book or article,

• I will seek out new relatives,

• I will attend a conference or other genealogical educational program,

• I will take a research trip to a distant repository I have been meaning to visit,

• I will take a DNA test for genealogical purposes.

I’m sure there are many more possible resolutions. Some of the above appear on my list every year and I usually partially complete several.



New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Roses of the West (Images of America), by Ann

Seagrave, 2002.

Daily Stories of Pennsylvania, by Frederic A. Godcharles, 1924.

Danish Dictionary: Danish-English, English- Danish, by Anna Garde, 1995.

Our Heritage: Miller – Rose – Niemann – Hedges, by Rubinette Miller Niemann, 1981.

Two Centuries of Pennsylvania History, Vol. II,

by Isaac Sharpless, 1900.

St. Labre Indian School, 1884-2009, by Larry

Cunningham, 2009.

Wyoming, Frontier State, by Valerie Linford,

1947.

Lowry Air Force Base (Images of America), by

Jack Stokes Ballard, 2013.

Profiles of Maine, by Lynn Franklin, 1976.

Iowa Pride, by Duane Smith, 1996.

TIME: D-Day, 24 Hours That Saved the World, Pub. by the Editors of Time Magazine, 2004.

TIME: America, An Illustrated Early History,

1776-1900, Pub. by the Editors of Time

Magazine, 2007.

TIME Goes to War, Pub. by the Editors of Time

Magazine, 2002.

The Handwriting of English Documents, by L. C. Hector, 1980.

I Didn’t Know That About Wyoming, by Lavinia

Dobler, 1990.


From the Librarian

- - - submitted by AGS Librarian Alice Jablonski The November 2019 Colorado Genealogist, a quarterly publication that the AGS Library has many editions of back to 1976, has an in-depth article about the New Hope Baptist Church at Wetmore, Colorado, an unincorporated community about 30 miles west of Pueblo. The church was organized in 1871 and the building

completed in 1873.

This quarterly contains 14 pages of transcriptions of Church Minutes and records, naming members of the church, with additional information researched by Peggy Martin, the current caretaker for the historical church whose family has been in Wetmore for several generations.

If you have family in that area, it is valuable

reading!

In addition, there is an interesting book review

about Colorado’s Historic Churches by Linda Wommack, published in 2019. Not only is there information about individual churches, but also the communities around them. Certainly a worthwhile book to add into your Colorado research!

More! – For those people who are doing research on ancestors in Colorado, our AGS library continues to get updates and additions to our Colorado section from Gerald Sherard, who has previously donated many Colorado collections to us.

The newest ones include: Hinsdale County, CO, School Census Records 1891 - 1964; Custer County, CO, School Census Records

1893 - 1964; Kiowa County, CO, School

Census Records 1900 - 1964; Elbert County, CO, Teacher Lists 1922 - 1971; and Eagle County, CO, School Census Records 1882 -

1960.

While the introductory information about these records and how they are organized in the database has been printed into a notebook on the shelf, the actual record information has been left as a database in our AGS computer.

If you have an interest in looking at any of

these records, please see the volunteer in the library who can help you locate them under the "download" file on the computer.



Websites

Library of Congress Online Telephone Directory Collection https://www.loc.gov/collections/united-states-telephone- directory-collection/

---EOGN, 14 Nov 2019

The Library of Congress’ collection of telephone directories represents the following states and localities: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the city of Chicago. The dates of the directories span most of the 20th century. The Library’s United States telephone directory collection consists of 8,327 digitized reels of microfilm; of these, about 3,500 are presented in this collection. The remainder of the collection may be requested from the Microform Reader Services (LJ 139).

New York Adoptees

https://adopteerightslaw.com/new-york-obc/.

---EOGN, 27 Nov 2019

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed S3419 into law on November 14, 2019, making New York the tenth state in the country to secure or restore equal rights for adult adopted people. More information, including the full text of the New York’s newly “adopted” (pun intended) Public Health Law S4138 may be found in the Adoptee Rights Law web site above.

“OBC” is an abbreviation for “Original Birth

Certificate”


AGS Board Vacancies

We currently have two vacancies on our governing board. Both are appointed positions.

They are:

Historian – whose responsibility is to:

1) Collect and preserve all items of historical interest to the Society. Maintain copies based on the Records Retention and Disposition Policy, and

2) Bring items of genealogical interest to the members' attention.

The Historian also takes pictures at the meetings and maintains the History books.

CCGS Delegate – whose responsibility is to:

1) Attend the quarterly meetings of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. Three meetings are held at DPL and one outside the Denver area on

the 2nd Saturday of Jan, Apr, Jul, and Oct.

2) Represent Aurora Genealogical Society in all delegate votes.

3) Take meeting notes and distribute (via the newsletter) to the Aurora Genealogical Society.

This is a great opportunity to network with other societies throughout the state.

Since both positions are appointed by the President with the concurrence of the Board, please contact Gail if you are interested. Term length is 2-years or until successors are appointed and approved.

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Genealogy Databases Available at

Aurora Libraries

Ancestry.com library edition is available on all Aurora Library computers. You must be in the library to access.

MyHeritage.com library edition is also

available on the Library computers and from home with an Aurora Library card.



We’re Losing Generations of Family History

Because We Don’t Share Our Stories

- - -EOGN, 21 Nov 2019

Here is a quote from an article by Rachael

Rifkin in the Good Housekeeping web site:

“Most people don’t know much about their family history. This is because people usually don’t become interested in genealogy until they’re in their 50s and 60s, when they have more time to reflect on their family identity. The problem is that by that time, their grandparents and parents have often already passed away or are unable to recount their stories.

“Because of this, we’re losing generations of

stories, and all of the benefits that come with them. ‘Because our families are among the most important social groups we belong to and identify with, stories about our family tell us who we are in the world, and who we should be,’ says Robyn Fivush, Ph.D., one of the researchers behind the study The Power of Family History in Adolescent Identity and Well- Being. ‘Stories about our parents and grandparents provide models of both good and bad times, as well as models of overcoming challenges and sticking together.’

“The solution to this problem is to get people interested in their family histories when they’re still adolescents or young adults, when they can still hear directly from relatives. But how do we cultivate an interest in each other to begin with?”

You can find a number of answers in Rachael Rifkin’s article at https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/a29610

101/preserve-family-history-storytelling/.


United States Census 2020

---U.S. Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau Every household will have the option of

responding online, by mail, or by phone.

Nearly every household will receive an

invitation to participate in the 2020 Census from either a postal worker or a census worker.

What the Census Bureau will send in the mail:

On or between You’ll receive:

March 12-20 An invitation to respond online to the

2020 Census.

(Some households will also receive paper questionnaires.)

March 16-24 A reminder letter.

If you haven’t responded yet:

March 26 – April 3 A reminder postcard. April 8-16 A reminder letter and

paper questionnaire.

April 20-27 A final reminder postcard before we follow up in person.

Go to: https://www2.census.gov/programs- surveys/decennial/2020/technical- documentation/questionnaires-and- instructions/questionnaires/2020-informational- questionnaire.pdf

for an informational copy of the question. There are 4 questions about the household in general and 7 about each person.

Comments from Newsletter Editor:

From a genealogist perspective, there won’t be

much to gain from the census 72 years from now when it is released.

Print or make a copy of the information you provide for your own family’s history.


Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code - (Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers) May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes o No o

E-mail Address(s): Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

Membership Dues $ 20.00 Donation to AGS Library Fund $ Donation to National Archives Gift Fund $ Donation to AGS Speaker Expense Fund $ Total $


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXIX Number 6

November-December 2019

General Meetings

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 1:30 pm

No meeting in December

Tuesday, 28 January 2020, 1:30 pm

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm  

FAN Research, What Does It Mean & How Do You Do It?

Presented by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, Foothills Genealogy Society

FAN Research is looking at what we can discover when we research those individuals who surrounded the lives of our ancestors. We will be talking about researching the Families, Associates and Neighbors of our ancestors.

NOTE This is a two hour presentation

No meeting in December – Happy Holidays

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 1:30 pm Research Logs – A Plan for Success Presented by Carol Swensen, Accredited Genealogist

A research log is an important tool to help organize and track your research. It is a record of what you are looking for, where you looked, and what you found. We will review different formats that can help you stay organized.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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If at first you don’t succeed,

search, search again.

That is why we call it re-search!

Unknown

Message from the President

It’s time to renew your membership for 2020. An application is on page 43 of this newsletter. As mentioned at the last two meetings the Board voted to increase annual dues to $20 per year per household. This has been the first dues increase since 2012. This will help cover the increased cost of speakers, printing and supplies for the Society and our Library. Digitizing of historic Aurora newspapers has been completed so we have removed that line from our donations. We have added a Speakers Expense Fund for donations.

Enjoy the holidays. Listen to and record family stories being shared. Put genealogy related items on your wish list and maybe you’ll get lucky.

See you at the meetings.

Gail

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November is Native American Heritage Month

A few ways to celebrate include:

  • Read a book about American Indians.
  • Watch a film starring American Indians.
  • Try a native recipe.
  • This may not be the best representation of Indian History, but watch “The Lone Ranger” reruns on TV.
  • Check our AGS Library Indian section.

Aurora Festival of Wreaths

At the October board meeting we decided to again participate in the Aurora History Museum’s 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths. Judy Keilman created the below wreath for us. Wreaths will be displayed at the Aurora History Museum, the Aurora Municipal Center-2nd floor Mezzanine, the Stanley Marketplace and Town Center at Aurora, 5 Nov – 6 Dec 2019. All bidding is online at <biddingowl.com/fowamf> after 6 Nov.

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AGS Meeting Programs Update

We’ve had a few program changes. Here are the latest through May 2020:

26 Nov, 1:30 pm:

FAN Research, What Does It Mean & How Do You Do It? Presented by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, Foothills Genealogy Society

28 Jan, 1:30 pm: Research Logs – A Plan for Success. Presented by Carol Swensen, Accredited Genealogist

25 Feb, 1:30 pm: Member Sharing

24 Mar, 1:30 pm: Fold 3 Presented by Ted Bainbridge

28 April, 7:00 pm: What’s In A Name. Presented by Leah Klocek

26 May, 1:30 pm: TBD (possibly World War II Records presented by Sandy Ronayne) and Business Meeting

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The Council fall meeting on 12 October 2019 was held at the Denver Public Library.

Dina Carson presented an Archives Project report. The Colorado State Archives Probates Indexing Project was completed 30 Sep 2019. More than 1,250 boxes of probates, totaling more than 56,000 individual files, were indexed.

Glenn York, FGS delegate, presented highlights from the 2019 FGS Conference. The NGS/FGS merger should be complete by Oct 2020.

Council is still looking for a Treasurer to fulfill Laurie Ramos’ term. If interested, please contact your Aurora delegate, Gail Arnert.

Most of the time was spent reviewing the proposed bylaws update. Changes were recommended and voted on. The final version will be sent out for voting.

Elections were held and the following were voted in for a 2-year term:

Vice-President – Kelly Glenn (CGS)

Secretary – Pam Heath (Foothills Genealogy)

Next Council meeting will be Saturday, 11 Jan 2020 at DPL.

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. There is hands-on practice for 2 hours after the initial class hours. Classes are free and no registration is required. Classes are taught by Carol Darrow, CG. Classes through the end of 2019 are 9 Nov and 14 Dec. Visit the website for more information.

AGS/FHGS SLC Research Trip

The annual research trip is scheduled for 13-18 April 2020. Room reservations are made through Atlas Travel. Flight arrangements are on your own. More information is available in the AGS library or let me know ([email protected]) and I can e-mail you a form.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

18 April 2020 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Angie Bush. The seminar will be at DPL, Lower Level Conference Center. Details to follow.

Save These Dates –

20-23 May 2020 – 42nd NGS Family History Conference, Echoes of Our Ancestors, will be held in Salt Lake City, UT. Hotel reservations opened 15 Aug 2019 and Conference Registration opens 2 Dec 2019. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

2–5 September 2020 – FGS National Conference, Kansas City, Missouri. More information is at https://fgs.org/.

New in the Library

Check us out at www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

The Arkansas Family Historian, from the Arkansas Genealogical Society, 1993-1994 quarterly.

Wilbur and Orville, by Fred Howard, 1987.

The Damrosch Dynasty, America’s First Family of Music, by George Whitney Martin, 1983.

America’s Western Frontiers, the Story of Explorers and Settlers Who Opened Up the Trans-Mississippi West, by John A. Hawgood, 1967.

1876 Atlas for Randolph County, Missouri, by Cecille Taylor Rice, 1985.

Daughters of the Promised Land, by Page Smith, 1970.

Farewells, The Kingdom of Butler (Co.) [Missouri], Vol.4, by R. A. Clymer, 1986.

The Journal of the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Vol. 36, Barbados Museum and Historical Society, 1979.

Pushed Down the Mountain, Sold Down the River: Wyoming’s Search for Its Soul by Samuel Western, 2002.

I Didn’t Know That About Wyoming, by Lavinia Dobler, 1990.

The Handwriting of English Documents, by L. C. Hector, 1980.

Muskingum County, Ohio Hopewell Township, Linking Township & Muskingum Township Cemetery Book, from the Muskingum County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 1983.

History of Texas Land, by Jerry Sadler, undated.

Websites

Research Center for Utah State Archives and Utah State History

http://historyresearch.utah.gov

- - - recommended by Judy Holtus

Research manuscripts, photographs, books, maps, and online resources about Utah and the West. Enter Utah State History: Research historic state and local government records in Utah, from 1850 to today.

Under Archives & Records Service click on Indexes. There, online, are Utah births from 1905-1910 but you can also search for more that are not indexed. Sort of like Family Search. The deaths indexed are from 1905-1967.

Archives of Maryland Online

http://aomol.msa.maryland.gov/html/index.html

- - - recommended by Dorothy Bernay

The ongoing Maryland State Archives publication series, Archives of Maryland Online, currently provides access to over 471,000 historical documents that form the constitutional, legal, legislative, judicial, and administrative basis of Maryland's government. Online access enables users to research such topics as Maryland's constitutions and constitutional conventions' proceedings, session laws, proceedings of the General Assembly, governors' papers, and military records. This project allows the Archives to place into electronic form and preserve for future generations records that are scattered among a number of repositories that often exist only on rapidly disintegrating paper.

Searchable by name. Can use first and last name to limit responses. Open the PDF file for the original image.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina

https://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/

- - - recommended by Dorothy Bernay

The publication of twenty-six volumes of historical materials, with a four-volume master index. These books are for the years 1662-1790.

Searchable by name. Suggest using last name only.

You will receive a list of all the hits.

Spotlight on Catholic Records [in Ohio]

- - - By Brooke Anderson, The Muskingum

Quarterly, Vol. 42, Issue 2, May 2018-Jul 2018

When searching for records from Catholic churches in southeastern and central Ohio, a not-to-be-missed resource is the Bulletin of the Catholic Record Society, also known as The Barquilla de la Santa Maria.

The map shows the current boundaries of the Diocese of Columbus in green. The counties in gray are those that were part of the Diocese prior to 1944. The Bulletin includes histories of churches in those counties and most importantly, copies of early records of baptisms, marriages, and other rites.

Consulting the index for Muskingum County, I find records for Dresden, Mattingly Settlement

St. Mary, Norwich, Philo St. Ann, Saintfield St. Michael, St. Nicholas and St. Thomas. I also discovered that St. Thomas used to be called St. John the Evangelist and baptisms and marriages from as early as 1828 were printed in the Bulletin.

The Bulletin is bound in 3-year volumes. Each volume contains a name index at the end of the volume. There is also a red loose-leaf notebook with a subject index that I found on the Society’s webpage. You can look up the county and find listings for all of the churches in that county. Once you know what volume to look in, check the name index for that volume.

The Bulletin index also indexes names of prominent laity and their families. Happy Hunting!

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Never Stop Looking

- - - Submitted by Barb Walker

I’ve been trying to hurdle a “brick fence” (as opposed to a brick wall) in my search for my husband’s Walker family. His great-grandfather had two wives, as did many men in that time, due to the high female mortality rate connected with childbirth. Based on the birth date of her last child, I assume that she died during or shortly after giving birth. At that time her mother and sister were living with the family, so I assume they helped raise their five children until her husband remarried five years later.

The second wife has been the subject of my brick fence. I had seen mention of Lucelia/Lutetia Carrice/Carrico on various family trees on Ancestry.com. None of those trees, however, had a source for this information. So I continued digging. The source-less trees gave a marriage date as January 1863. One day I searched again on FamilySearch.org. Bingo! There it was, attached to someone’s family tree.

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V28S-52J?from=lynx1UIV8&treeref=9QNS-KMX

The page also included the information:

This record came from this set of images. You will need to look through several images to find this record. Browse the film.

When I clicked “Browse the film,” it showed me 600 images that I could scroll through. The dates of the film were 1839-1874. I knew the marriage was in 1863, so that narrowed it down just a little bit. So, I started scrolling and found the time period when the marriage occurred. Nothing. I spent the better part of three days scrolling and looking. I finally asked Vickie Smejkal [Aurora Family History Center

Director] for advice. She did some looking for me and found the record. The marriage dated January 27, 1863, was recorded SIX YEARS LATER, on February 14, 1869. The acting Justice of the Peace must have carried this marriage record around with him for six years before recording it with the county. The record supported Lutetia Carrico as her name.

So, I say again. Never give up and don’t be afraid to ask for help. That’s what our Brick Wall Bashers is about. We would love to help you find those missing records.

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Happy Holidays

Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code -

(Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers)

May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes o No o

E-mail Address(s):

Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

Membership Dues $ 20.00

Donation to AGS Library Fund $

Donation to National Archives Gift Fund $

Donation to AGS Speaker Expense Fund $

Total $

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May; Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $20.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXIX, Number 5

September-October 2019

General Membership Meetings

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 1:30 pm

Tuesday, 22 October 2019, 7:00 pm

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 @ 1:30 pm

Hiding in Plain Database: Tips & Tricks for

Finding Exactly the Records You’re After

Presented by Dina Carson, Experienced Genealogist

You will learn how to narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumbs for navigation when searching databases for information.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Time Management: Moving Yourself Forward

Presented by Jen Baldwin, Certified Genealogist

Most of us work on our genealogy in snippets, and keeping ourselves moving in the right direction can be tricky. Apply the right tools, mechanisms, and techniques to managing your research time effectively and ensure progress on your family story rather than standing still. 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other times or appointments,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.

AGS Library Holdings can be found at www.librarything.com



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

Historian Elaine Pankonin

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website & Facebook Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

Message from the President

It’s been a great, relatively meeting free summer.

Since our May meeting Patti Bateman, Director of Library & Cultural Services and Steve Wasiecko, Library Operations Manager have retired. Both were key in our move to Central Library and were consistently friends to our genealogy society. If you remember, all the genealogy books which were on the lower level were donated to us several years ago. We wish Patti and Steve a very enjoyable retirement.

We look forward to working with the new Director, Midori Clark.

Barb Walker, Alice Jablonski and I had fun with the Bashing Brick Walls Study sessions. No brick walls came tumbling down, but we did put a few chinks in the walls. See Barb’s article on page 35.

It feels good to be getting ready for our first meeting. As usual, Judy Holtus has some great programs lined up to include repeat presenters Jen Baldwin, Dina Carson, Ted Bainbridge and Carol Swensen. You can find the complete program list on page 34 of this newsletter.

There are all-day seminars, workshops and special meetings coming up this fall. I’m sure you can find one of interest to you.

Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings. Remember, all afternoon meetings start at 1:30 pm.

Gail

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We are who we are because they were who they were

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Carol Darrow is the instructor. Classes through the end of 2019 are 14 Sep, 12 Oct, 10 Nov & 14 Dec. Visit the website for more information.

5th Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

Larimer County Genealogical Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 28 September 2019, at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. Featured Speaker will be Judy Russell, aka The Legal Genealogist. She is a lawyer and certified genealogist. For more info and online registration, go to the Society’s website.

Visit Judy Russell’s website and blog at legalgenealist.com

COPALAM Fall Seminar

palam.org/Colorado-palam-chapter.php

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Friday & Saturday, 1-2 November 2019, in DPL’s B2 Conference Room, with featured speaker Dr. Roger P. Minert. Friday’s events and lectures are free. Saturday’s cost is $35 per person. Lecture topics include Conducting Family History Research in Europe, German Training and Research Materials Found on FamilySearch, German Immigrants in American Church Records-An Update, German Census Records 1816-1915, German Residential Registration Records, and Surnames in German-Language Regions of Europe. Details are available on the website and in our Library.

Biennial Heritage Festival

The Black Genealogy Search Group presents “Each One …Teach One: An African American Proverb”. Speaker will be Angela Walton-Raji, presenting topics on Documenting African-American Ancestors from the Great Migration, Transportation Records from the Freedman’s Bureau, and Unique African-American Collections in Large Databases. The Heritage Festival will be held in DPL’s B2 Conference Room, Saturday, 26 October 2019, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. The event is FREE. Bring your lunch or visit a nearby restaurant.

AGS/FHGS SLC Research Trip

Early planning has started for the annual research trip. It is scheduled for 13-18 April 2020. Room and transportation is included in the cost. Flight arrangements are on your own. More information is available in the AGS library. Let me know ([email protected]) and I can send you a form.

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The summer Council meeting, hosted by the Parker Genealogical Society, was held 13 July 2018 at the Parker Public Library. The Parker members did a wonderful job hosting the meeting, and invited us to stay for their afternoon meeting.

There were about 15 delegates and officers present with another 7 on GoToMeeting.

Sandy Ronayne gave a brief overview of the successful Society Management Workshop held last May. The Council plans to host another workshop in late summer/early fall of 2021.

Laurie Ramos, the current Council Treasurer, has resigned. If you are interested in this position, please contact your delegate, Gail Arnert, and she will pass the info on to the Council Board.

A discussion was held about future Council speakers.

A discussion was held about possibly moving the location of Council meetings. No decision was made.

No report from the Nominating Committee.

Our speaker was Leslie Ross, a Genetic Counselor with UC Health.

The 12 Oct meeting will be held at Denver Public Library.

Family History Center

Premium Websites

The following websites are available for free at our Aurora Family History Center, or any other Family History Center, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

  • 19th Century British Library Digital Archives – news articles, obits, marriage records, death records, military records, etc.
  • Alexander Street Press-The Civil War – information on soldiers, battles, photographs, and more
  • ArkivDigital – Swedish records
  • FamNet – New Zealand roots
  • Fold3 – military records; Crews/Ship registers; Civil War Pension records; American Indian records
  • Kinpoint – find problems in your family tree, create stories, memories
  • newspapers.com – one of the largest online collections of newspapers
  • Paper Trail – 19th century westward American migration documents, mostly information of the Oregon Trail
  • Puzzilla.org – colored coded family tree; research opportunities
  • AmericanAncestors.org – records spanning 22 countries, covering the US, the British Isles, continental Europe, and more
  • ancestry.com – records, state and federal censuses, news articles, military records, travel records, marriage records, books, and more
  • FindMyPast.com – millions of records, most comprehensive archive of British military records
  • Geneanet.org – genealogy records published by researchers, genealogy societies, commercial companies, etc.; focus on French and European records and research
  • MyHeritage.com – easy to use family history research site

Family History Library in Salt Lake City Expands Daily Schedule

Starting this past June, the library is now open for full-service research from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday-Saturday. In addition, the library now offers limited access on Sundays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm to the main floor of the library. This is where the interactive Discovery Experiences are.

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Book Recommendations

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, by Dani Shapiro. It is available at the Aurora Library and is cataloged under non-fiction.

The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook, by Thomas MacEntee, 2015. It’s a small, readable book with a somewhat scary concept – putting everything aside and starting over again. There’s also a chapter on “A Genealogy Go-Over Instead of a Do-Over”. Available online – just Google the title.

Stop by the AGS Library and read the most recent editions of local and national newsletters, magazines and scholarly quarterlies. Never know what you may find.

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Lost & Found

---By Sue Lisk, Your Genealogy Today

And Internet Genealogy author

To find missing relatives, you sometimes need to know they're lost. Don't depend on census records and tombstones to alert you to missing family members. Not all the children of a couple necessarily appear with their parents in the censuses and might have been interred far from the family burial plot. Newspaper articles may suggest the existence of siblings or children you may not have known existed. Use clues included there to seek out other sources to confirm your suspicions.

New in the Library

Check us out at www.librarything.com

The Matter of Wales, Epic Views of a Small Country, by Jan Morris, 1984.

An Arizona Chronology, Statehood 1913-1936, by Douglas D. Martin, 1966.

Taverns and Stagecoaches of New England, Vol. 1 & 2, by Allan Forbes, 1953.

Other Indian Events of New England, by Allen Forbes, 1941.

The Hartford[CT] State House of 1796, Newton C. Brainard, 1964.

Oklahoma Black Cherokees, by Ty Wilson, 2017.

African Cherokees in Indian Territory, Framo Chattel to Citizens, by Celia E. Naylor, 2008.

Index to Civil War Service Records – Watie’s Cherokee Regiments, transcribed by Marybelle W. Chase, 2008.

History of Burlington and Mercer Counties, New Jersey with Biographical Sketches of Many of their Pioneers and Prominent Men, by Major E. M. Woodward & John F. Hageman, 1883.

New Jersey, A History in 5 volumes including Biographies, by The American Historical Society, 1930.

From the Grave, A Roadside Guide to Colorado Pioneer Cemeteries, by Linda Wommack, 1998.

The Last Best Place, A Montana Anthology, edited by William & Annick Smith, 1988.

The War of 1812, by David S. Heidler, 2002.

Websites

SeekingMichigan.org is Moving

- - -EOGN,·August 2, 2019

The SeekingMichigan.org web site is a huge resource for anyone researching Michigan families. Now the web site is moving to a new URL. On 1 September 2019, the digital collections currently available on SeekingMichigan.org will move to Michiganology.org.

There will be some impact to links in many other web sites that presently link to the old SeekingMichigan.org web site. However, the benefits of using the new address of Michiganology.org should make the transition worthwhile.

Ontario’s Vernon Directories

- - - EOGN, 29 July 2019

Ontario Ancestors, along with Family Search International and Library & Archives Canada, is undertaking the digitization of all available editions of the Vernon Directories. These digital copies are fully searchable and, best of all, they are freely available to all. The first of these directories are now available. As of 29 Aug, 6 volumes are online at familysearch.org.

The Vernon Directories were published yearly, by city, from the 1890s to 2014, except 2010, when the company’s ownership changed. They cover most of Ontario, including the province’s capital city of Toronto.

The project plans to digitize the historical Vernon directories for the province of Ontario and the directories are to be freely searchable online for family historians, researchers, and Canadians. When completed, the initiative will encompass an estimated 1,875 directories.

Champaign County, Ohio Newspapers

champaigncounty.advantage-preservation.com/

- - - recommended by AGS member Barb Walker

For those of you researching in or around Champaign County, OH (located in western Ohio about half way between Lake Erie and the Ohio River) this site has newspapers online from 1822-2015.

North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

http://www.digitalnc.org

I’ve previously mentioned this web site but if you have North Carolina ancestors, it’s a site to be visited again.

Over 120 genealogical collections from Surry County have been digitized and added to DigitalNC, courtesy of Surry Community College. These collections represent a huge variety of information about different families and their descendants living in Surry County. Many of the collections include documents, papers, newspaper clippings, and personal letters. Also included are various family records and family tree diagrams, complete with indexes, to determine where a given family member is located in the tree.

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FGS/NGS Intent to Merge

On 21 August 2019 at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) national conference in Washington DC, FGS announced it’s intent to merge with the National Genelogical Society (NGS).

The intended merger with NGS will enhance the ability to support societies and offer services that will help strengthen them and help them to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing, technology-driven, volunteer-challenged environment.

FGS will still hold it’s 2020 national conference in Kansas City, MO. Starting in 2021 the combined organizations will hold one national conference.

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Upcoming Programs

Here’s a quick look at the meeting programs Judy Holtus, VP Programs & Publicity, has planned through May 2020:

24 Sep, 1:30 pm: Hiding in Plain Database: Tips & Tricks for Finding Exactly the Records You’re After. Presented by Dina Carson, Experienced Genealogist

22 Oct, 7:00 pm: Time Management: Moving Yourself Forward. Presented by Jen Baldwin, Certified Genealogist

26 Nov, 1:30 pm: AGS Library: Genealogy Immersion. Presented by Alice Jablonski, AGS Librarian

28 Jan, 1:30 pm: Research Logs – A Plan for Success. Presented by Carol Swensen, Accredited Genealogist

25 Feb, 1:30 pm: Member Sharing

24 Mar, 1:30 pm: TBD (possibly Fold 3 Presented by Ted Bainbridge)

28 April, 7:00 pm: What’s In A Name. Presented by Leah Klocek

26 May, 1:30 pm: TBD (possibly World War II Records presented by Sandy Ronayne) and Business Meeting

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Some family trees have beautiful leaves, but some just have a bunch of nuts. Remember it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.

--- Unknown

Brick Wall Bashers Recap

- - - submitted by Barb Walker

Gail Arnert, Alice Jablonski and I have worked with five AGS members whose brick walls needed bashing. While each brick wall was different, there were similarities:

  • Location where an ancestor died and/or is buried
  • Unknown parent(s) of an ancestor
  • Unknown birthplace and immigration place/date of an ancestor
  • Confirm this person is truly your ancestor

Each of us did some pre-search prior to meeting with our candidates. Here are some sources that have proven helpful. You might want to give them a try on your brick wall.

  1. Create a Timeline - Family Tree Maker has an option to print an individual’s timeline. Click Publish, Person Reports (on far left side of screen), Timeline Report. There are many options for facts and details to include in the report. Seeing just the facts and dates makes it easier to discover what information is missing. Also, you can create a Timeline using Excel or a Word table.
  2. Maps - One of our students had an ancestor who was very mobile for the time period (1830-1890). It was helpful to lay out a map of the area and attach labels with the date of the event, the city/state, and the document that confirmed the event, i.e.,
    --1847 Lowell, Massachusetts marriage (Ancestry.com)
    --1850 Census, Windsor, Connecticut, birth of 2 children (Ancestry.com)
    --1860 Census, Not found on 1860 census (Ancestry.com)
    --1865 New York State Census (Ancestry.com) – Confirms move from Connecticut to New York
    --1870 Census (Ancestry.com) – Moved again, this time to Horicon, New York, working as a hotel keeper
    --U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists 1862-1918 (Ancestry.com) – confirms residence and occupation
    --1880 Census (Ancestry.com) – moved back to Hartford, Connecticut, farmer
    --1882 FindAGrave – buried at Hartford, Connecticut

Other available maps include Google Maps, Animap, maps in our library.

  1. In the olden days, tombstones usually gave the date of death and the number of years, months and days the person lived. You can calculate a birth date from this site:
    http://www.searchforancestors.com/utility/birthday.html
  2. Did an ancestor die during the year before a census? The U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885 (Ancestry.com) lists the deceased’s name, sex, age, color, whether widowed or not, place of birth, month of death, occupation, and cause of death.
    https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/usmortality/
  3. Ancestry.com Family Trees and FamilySearch.org Family Trees – These family trees may contain clues to your research. However, they should only be used as clues. If you find a piece of information that’s missing from your tree, do the research to either prove or disprove the fact BEFORE adding it to your tree. Some researchers aren’t as careful about their “facts” and this could lead you on a wild goose chase or negate the accuracy of your tree.
  4. Newspapers.com is a valuable source of information. I have found many obituaries which have given me maiden names, names of spouses and children, birth places and names of other family members. Of course, these “facts” must be verified through the appropriate records, but they are a source of genealogy gold. If you do not have a subscription, Newspapers.com is available on the computer in our genealogy library as well as local Family History Centers.

Gail, Alice and I look forward to working with our next “Brick Waller.” If you have not previously signed up to be part of this group, e-mail me ([email protected]) and I will send you the one-page form to help you get started. We will work with your schedule to arrange a time to meet in our genealogy library to help you find answers to your questions. Not all brick walls are impenetrable.


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May; Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXIX, Number 4

July-August 2019

General Meetings

Tuesday, 23 July 2019, 1:30 pm

No Meeting in August

Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 1:30 pm

Large Community Room, Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway. Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 23 July 2019 @ 1:30 pm

Immigration and Naturalization Records

Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist

Please note: Due to bad weather in January, this is a rescheduled program.

Immigration to America started as early as 1608 with 100-200 people a year, and by 1900 reached a flood of one million immigrants per year from countries around the world. Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen of the new homeland. Not everyone got naturalized and it was not always an easy process. Finding immigration and naturalization records can be a challenging task for any researcher.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019 @ 1:30 pm

Hiding in Plain Database: Tips & Tricks for

Finding Exactly the Records You’re After

Presented by Dina Carson, Experienced Genealogist

You will learn how to narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumbs for navigation when searching databases for information.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For Other Times/Appointments,

303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Library Closures

Saturday, 17 August,

due to Global Fest on the Great Lawn


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe, and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

New Members

Brian & Elizabeth Hahle,  (Eyserbeck, Ueberuck, Pond, Lord, Howd, deWelles, Bartholomew, Curtiss, Slattery)

Suzanne Vondruska & Mack T. Duffy,  (Uhlauer, Cary)

Total members: 81

Message from the President

Thank you for re-electing Judy Holtus, Dick Kautt and Barbara Bickerton for the offices of VP Programs & Publicity, Treasurer and Recording Secretary. They and the rest of the Board enjoy serving AGS.

It’s Women’s World Cup time again and I’m hooked. I still find myself pulling out my Atlas to verify where some of the countries are.

AGS Genealogist Dorothy Bernay did two FamilyTreeMaker classes in June. Attendance was good and discussion was lively. Thank you Dorothy.

On Saturday, 20 July, please pause in remembrance and to honor those whose lives were lost and survivors of the Aurora Theater shootings in 2012. If you haven’t visited the 7/20 memorial, please do.

After 41 years with the Aurora Library System, Patti Bateman, Director of the Library and Cultural Services, has retired. A couple of us attended a retirement party in her honor on 19 June. The new Director, Midori Clark, started on 24 June. When you interface with library staff, always thank them for supporting AGS.

Gail

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In Memorium

Longtime AGS member Margaret Louise Stephens, age 94 of Aurora, passed away peacefully at home on 24 May 2019. Marge was born 14 June 1924 in Buffalo, NY to Stewart and Florida (Bast) Newton who preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband of 70 years, William; two children William (Mona) Stephens of Longmont, CO and Sharon (Mark) Clements of Adrian, MI; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Marge was an avid genealogist, a member of Eastern Star, the Peace Pipe chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and the Capt. Miles Standish chapter of Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. A celebration of her life was held at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver on 14 June (her 95th birthday).

New in the Library

History of the Acadians, by Bona Arsenault, 1978.

Acadian Descendants, Vols. 1, 2, & 4, by Janet B. Jehn.

Search, A Handbook for Adoptees and Birth Parents, 2nd ed., by Jayne Askin with Molly Davis, 1992.

Orphan Trains & Their Precious Cargo, The Life’s Work of Rev. H, D, Clarke, by Clark Kidder, 2001.

Alabama Records, Vol. 23, Talladega County, by Pauline Jones Gandrud, 1934.

Capetown to Chicken, Alaska, by R. S. (Bob) McCombe, 1977.

Tracing Your Ancestry: African American Research, by Diane L. Richard.

Historical Maps on File, by Marti Greenwald Associates.

Daily Life During the American Revolution. Dorothy & James Volo.

Colonial Caroline; A History of Caroline County, Virginia, by T. E. Campbell.

A Brief History of the Caribbean, by Jan Rogozinski.

The Barber of Natchez, by Edwin Adams Davis.

Biographies of Alaska-Yukon Pioneers, 1850-1950, by Ed Ferrell.

Alaska Censuses & Substitute Name Lists, 1732-1999, by William Dollarhide.

In Their Words: A Genealogist’s Translation Guide to Latin Documents, by William F. Hoffman & Jonathan Shea.

LibraryThing.com

This is a repeat of an article published last year.

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access the catalog from anywhere – even on a mobile phone. Former AGS Member and a previous Librarian, Mary Trogg, started this project and we continue to add to our online library.

To access our holdings at LibraryThing.com:

  • Go to www.librarything.com,
  • Put AuroraGenSociety in the “search site” box (top right corner of page),
  • When the next page comes up, along the left side of the page, select “Members” under Social,
  • AuroraGenSociety comes up,
  • Click on the AuroraGenSociety link,
  • Next to Collections Click on “Your Library”,
  • On the right side you can “Search” (highlighted in yellow) using a full or partial title, author or a keyword (such as yearbook, tax, land, Connecticut, Military, etc.),
  • A list of the books we have will come up,
  • If you wish to find books on a particular subject, such as Map, Computer, Colorado, Scotland, Immigration, etc., along the top click on “Tags.” Up comes a list of all the “Tags” we have created. Click on the tag of interest and the list of books in that category will come up.

Most of our titles are now in LibraryThing. If you are in our AGS library, on the computer desktop is an Excel document titled AGS Holdings. This document is a list of all our titles. This list is sorted by location (state, country, or subject such as Ohio, Wales, Guide, Immigration, Military…) then by author and title. If you are looking for a specific book, ask a volunteer for assistance.

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Irish Festival

12-14 July 2019 – 25th Colorado Irish Festival, 7306 Bowles Avenue (Clement Park) Littleton, http://coloradoirishfestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Scottish Games

3-4 August 2019 – 56th Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Citizens Park, 5420 W. 24th Ave., Edgewater, CO; information at www.scottishgames.org

2019 Swedish Genealogy Workshop

oldmillmuseum.org

28-29 Sep 2019 – Discover Your Swedish Roots! at the Swedish Genealogy Workshop in Lindsborg, KS.

Sponsored by ArkivDigital, the leader in Swedish online records and hosted by the Old Mill Museum. More information is available at the above website or by calling 785-727-3595. Flyers and registration information is also available in the AGS Library. I can also email you the flyer.

5th Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

Larimer County Genealogical Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 28 September 2019, at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, CO. Featured Speaker will be Judy Russell, aka The Legal Genealogist. She is a lawyer & certified genealogist. For more info and online registration, go to the Society’s website.

Visit Judy Russell’s website and blog at legalgenealist.com

Aurora Family History Center Classes

950 Laredo Street, Aurora, CO 80011

303-367-0570

Classes are at 7:00 pm, usually every 1st Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month.

July 14, 2019: presented by Vickie Smejkal Censuses – Those wacky, unusual, and possibly unheard types.

August 1 & 11 Finding Elusive Records at Family Search, Video presentation by Robert Kehrer. RootsTech 2018

September 5 & 8, 2019 Using the FamilySearch Family Tree’s Birth by Counties and Research Helps Fan Charts, presented by Vickie Smejkal

October 3, 2019 Using the FamilySearch Family Tree’s Descendancy View, presented by Vickie Smejkal

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Research Reminders

Ancestry.com library edition is available in all Aurora and Denver libraries.

MyHeritage library edition is available in the Aurora libraries or from home using your Aurora Library card.

Check other sites available from the Aurora Public Library website. In the databases under History are History Colorado (7-day pass available) and New York Public Library Digital Collection.

Recheck all your favorites and other little used sites you have gone to over the years. They have probably added information and if you are lucky it’s about your ancestor.

Print the Golden Rules of Genealogy found in this issue and follow them.

Copyright & Fair Use Guidelines

- - -George G. Morgan, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today author

One of the most misunderstood issues among researchers is that of copyright and fair use. Small portions of copyrighted matter materials may be copied or quoted so long as they are properly cited giving credit to the owner/author. Some things may be copied or quoted for personal use in small quantities. It is important that the owner of the copyright not be deprived of his or her intellectual property, nor should he or she be deprived of any income from the copyrighted material’s use. Genealogical researchers therefore should not be photocopying entire books or large portions of them, as an example, thereby depriving the author of potential income from the sale of a copy of a book. Stanford University’s Web site provides a great deal of information on this topic.

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New York Adoptees Research News

-----from the NYG&B eNews, 25 Jun 2019

“We are delighted to share the exciting news from the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition (NYARC) regarding the passage of S3419/A5494.

Once signed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, this new law will allow adult adoptees (or direct descendants of deceased adoptees) to request and obtain a certified copy of their “original long form line by line, vault copy birth certificate.” This groundbreaking legislation also addresses original birth certificates for adoptees on file at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and at other registers including Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers.

The law is scheduled to become effective 15 January 2020.

NYG&B will share more details as they become available. In the meantime, to learn more, visit nyadopteerights.org/we-did-it.”

Websites

Swedish Newspapers

http://tidningar.kb.se

---suggested by Judy Holtus

- - - from Internet Genealogy, Dec/Jan 2019

If you have Swedish ancestors, you will want to check out this resource. When visiting you will be asked about translating the page you opted for and a very easy to understand English-language version of the website appears. This database includes digitized newspapers from over 400 titles between the years 1645 and today.

County Lines on Google Maps

www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html

---suggested by Judy Holtus

- - - from Internet Genealogy, Dec/Jan 2019

As Randy Majors is doing his genealogical research, he uses Google Maps quite a bit to give him context on where a water body is located, the nearest big town, to check out what historical churches may have been in the area, and more. His biggest complaint has always been that for all the details he can see, he never knew where the county (and state) lines were located in the vicinity of his target locale.

He has created a simple to use and free tool so you see all county lines on Google Maps anywhere in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland.

Enter a place of interest (i.e., street addresses, cities and counties) and a pin goes to that location and then you can see the county borders clearly mapped.

Lineage Societies

www.hereditary.us/list_a.htm

Ever consider joining a lineage society? Included at this website are the known names, addresses, websites, founding dates, descriptions and membership guidelines for active hereditary societies of the United States of America. Hundreds of societies are listed starting with the Alamo Defenders’ Descendants Association and ending with Women Descendants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company

First Families of Colorado Certificate

Do you have a direct ancestor who lived in Colorado at least 100 years before July 1919? Can you prove it? Then you are eligible for a First Families of Colorado certificate. The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies provides certificates in three categories:

1) First Family where the ancestor was born in, or settled in, the land area of what is now Colorado before 1861;

2) Territorial Family where the ancestor was born in, or settled in, a territory that is now Colorado between 28 Feb 1861 and 1 Aug 1876;

3) Centennial Family where the ancestor was born in or settled in Colorado at least 100 years prior to the date of the application.

The ancestor and/or family did not have to continuously live in Colorado.

Each certificate is $20. For an application packet, to view a list of Pioneers, and for more information, go to <cocouncil.org> and select First Families of Colorado Recognition Program from the main page.

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Find a 2020 US Census Complete Count Committee in Your Community

- - - EOGN, 19 June 2019

Would you like to improve the accuracy of the 2020 US census? If you do, I am sure future genealogists will appreciate your efforts.

The U.S. Census Bureau has announced the launch of the Complete Count Committees Map. The Complete Count Committees (CCC) program is key to creating awareness in communities all across the country and this map is another way the Census Bureau will engage with the Bureau’s partners and stakeholders. The CCC Map is an interactive Tableau data visualization that will be regularly updated.

Details may be found in the US Census Bureau’s website at: http://bit.ly/2WNZu9S.

NOTE: Both the cities of Denver and Aurora have committees.

A New Idea for Your Brick Walls

---article by Debi Clark. reprinted from the Columbine Genealogical & Historical Society Newsletter

We all have them. That one person on your tree that has you completely stuck and frustrated. You’ve tried searching everywhere you can think of, or just can’t access a book or record in some distant State. A couple of years ago, I joined a “closed” Facebook group for Delaware genealogy. I posted a question about a record and information needed from a cemetery, and within two hours, someone read the posting and sent me answers.

A much broader Facebook group is YOUR GENEALOGY BRICK WALLS. This is also a “closed” group. From your Facebook page use the search field to type in – Your Genealogy Brick Walls. Open the site, and ask to join. (You will be given a set of three questions to answer; this insures you are not a ‘bot’ or scammer). The administration of the site will then send you an invitation. When you enter the site, you will see that they have a great set of Rules. I especially like the very first rule – “Be respectful and kind.”

The rules explain the guidelines of using the site. When you are ready to post a question, you are expected to include, in the initial post, what you already know about your brick wall family, and how you know it (giving full names, dates, places – as much as you have – and LINKS to census records and your tree on Ancestry if you have one). The more information you provide the more likely you are to connect with someone who has an answer. Administrators will review your question and give approval before it appears on Facebook. Answers come through the Facebook page site. Lots of effort for security!

This is a great resource to share your brick wall with others. The group’s purpose is to help you find documentation or resources for genealogy research only. Chatting, venting, or discussion about non-related topics just won’t appear here.



THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXIX, Number 2

March-April 2019

General Meetings

Tuesday, 26 March 2019, 1:30 pm - Large Community Room

Tuesday, 23 April 2019, 7:00 pm - Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 26 March 2019 @ 1:30 pm -

I Can’t Find That on a Map: Finding Aids, Search Methods, Gazetteers, Multiple Languages, and Overcoming Problems -

Presented by Ted Bainbridge, Experienced Genealogist

Have you ever felt frustrated because you couldn’t find some place on a map? Ted will share his secrets for locating hard-to-find towns, geographic features, effective Internet search strategies, favorite web sites, foreign language problems and erroneous or confusing information.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 @ 7:00 pm

World War I Records - Presented by Sandy Ronayne, Experienced Genealogist

World War I began in August, 1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918 with the United States declaring war on Germany on April 6, 1917. This program will focus on how to find and obtain US WWI records from draft registration cards through discharge papers. The information in these records can add to your family’s history and help tell the stories of those who served.

Attendees are invited to bring WWI heirlooms (pictures, diaries, etc.) to display.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

http://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety


ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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State of Mind & Brick Wall Bashing

These two ideas for small study groups were discussed at the February meeting. I’ve included a flyer with this newsletter. We would like to generate more interest and possibly start the study groups in June. If you are interested in leading or participating in a group, please contact Barb Walker at [email protected] or Gail Arnert at [email protected]

Message from the President

Happy 38th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society. Organized in 1981 with 54 Charter members, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active. Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!

We had our Members Sharing meeting last month. Page 13 of this newsletter briefly reviews what was shared.

At the request of the Aurora History Museum, AGS created the below display for the case in the main lobby. Using the theme “From Whence They Came,” it will be in place through March. Thanks to Judy Holtus and Alice Jablonski for pulling it together.

Barb Walker has continued her family saga in this issue. Thanks Barb.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meetings.

Gail

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 9 Mar, 13 Apr and 11 May. Visit the website for more information.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

30 March 2019 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Paul Woodbury. Registration is open. The seminar will be at DPL, Lower Level Conference Center, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Materials fee is $35. Paul will present four programs on genetic genealogy, DNA Testing Plans, Autosomal DNA Coverage, Evaluating Shared DNA, and DNA Case Studies. You may register online or by using the registration form available online or in our library.

Discover Your Swedish Roots

[email protected]

23-24 March 2019 and 28-29 Sep 2019 – Genealogy Workshops Using ArkivDigital in Lindsborg, Kansas. Attend 1 or 2 days. Sessions are for beginners and experienced researchers. Hands-on computer time included. Receive assistance from experts. Topics include Swedish Church Records, Emigration & Ship Records, Estate & Military Records and more.

Registration flyers are available in our library or at oldmillmuseum.org or by calling (785) 227-3595.

Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies

Society Management Workshop

cocouncil.org

4 May 2019, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Calvary Baptist Church, 6500 E. Girard Ave., Denver, CO 80224. Keynote speaker will be Patricia Jordan Roberts. Topics for every Society, focusing on successful society management and growth. Online registration opens March 15th.

Planning Ahead – Save These Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, mark your 2019 calendars for these events:

8-11 May 2019 – 41st NGS Family History Conference, St. Charles, MO. Hotel reservations are being accepted. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

21 - 24 August 2019 – FGS National Conference, Washington, DC. Conference hotel reservations are open. More information at <https://fgs.org/conference-lodging/

In Memory

Former member and President of the AGS, Linda Jenarie (Clift) Curtis, passed away 18 Jan 2019 in Boulder, CO. She was 77. She was born 4 Jun 1941 in Bend, OR. She is survived by children, step-children, 3 siblings, and many loving step-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband Roger Ward Curtis and a sister.

Linda was AGS President 1988-1989, Vice President of CCGS for one term, and an AGS Library Volunteer for at least 5 years, if not more. She was on the steering committee to publish Ancestral Data, a book of ancestors being researched by AGS members in 1990. She donated many of her books to the AGS Library.

She was interred 3 February 2019 at Olinger Crown Hill Cemetery. Donations in her memory may be made to the Denver Dumb Friends League.

New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

We’ve had a large influx of books to our library, both through donations and purchases. Local genealogist and author Gerald Sherard is downsizing and has donated over 40 books to us focusing primarily on Colorado and Nebraska history. Many of these have to do with mining and miners in Colorado to include mining disasters. Many are Indexes. I will list a few of these in this and future issues.

Also, Librarian Alice Jablonski has purchased many books in an attempt to fill-in those states and counties where we have few. Thank you all for your generosity to the Library Fund.

Purchased:

Six Women of Salem, The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials, by. Marilynne K. Roach, 2013.

The Beginner’s Guide to Using Tax Lists, by Cornelius Carroll, 1996.

Child Apprentices in America from Christ’s Hospital, London, 1617-1778, by Peter Wilson Coldham, 1990.

Family Maps of Madison County, Alabama, compiled by Gregory A. Boyd & Pauline Jones Gandrud, 1996.

From Mr. Sherard:

Colorado Mining Accidents, May 1895 to May 1900.

Researching an Ancestor’s Mining Accidents, pub 2006.

Colorado State Reformatory Prisoner Records, 1887 through 1939, pub 1995.

Colorado Physician License Applications, 1881-1967, pub. 1997

Railway Employee Records for Colorado, 3 Volumes.

Websites

Finding Your Dutch Ancestors Online

www.wiewaswie.nl

WieWasWie [Who Was Who] is the largest genealogical website in the Netherlands. When searching you can only find exact matches. I found this out with my Dyckman family. In Dutch it is spelled Dijckman. I went from 0 matches to 611. The site has records back to the 1600’s and includes many from New Amsterdam. When you first visit the website click on EN along the top. This changes the page from Dutch to English. This is both a free and subscription data base. For free you can search and see many transciptions. Under Subscriptions you can sign up for a free registration. This gives you some image access. Paid subscriptions are by month or year. I still have 5690 items to go through on my Arnout surname!

YouTube Genealogy

https://www.youtube.com/user/RFtree

This comes to us from Jason Weekley. In his email he states, “Hi! I'm looking to get the word out about my YouTube genealogy channel; I've been doing this stuff for a decade now, and the channel for 4½ years... I post updates once a month now, and the ‘Cherokee’ video has been of particular interest to the masses lately.”

With the above link I watched all or parts of several videos on his channel. Also once on YouTube I searched for RF Tree Genealogy and found many more videos to include the “Cherokee” ones. He doesn’t limit his channel to Cherokee, but covers many elements of the genealogy quest to include DNA.

Greenlawn Cemetery, Berthoud, CO

https://www.berthoud.org/departments/administration/town-clerk/greenlawn-cemetery

The town of Berthoud is located in Larimer County Colorado. The first burial in Greenlawn Cemetery took place in 1884. Berthoud assumed ownership of the cemetery in 1905.

Go to the above website for the cemetery index of 2,800 burials. The list begins on page 22 of the document. Data fields include grave location, deceased’s name, lot owner’s name, birth and death dates. A cemetery map is available.

February 2019 Member Sharing Meeting

Eleven members and guests brought something to share. In brief:

Nancy Miller started with her grandmother’s picture album. From the album she followed leads to the family in Norway. On a trip to SLC she worked with a young library volunteer who spoke and read Norwegian. They were able to find family records to include census records and a book of family history.

JoAnn LaGuardia brought in a notebook with all the information she had gathered on her Confederate Civil War ancestor. From his pension file she learned he had been at Gettysburg and was also a prisoner for many years.

Doris Livingston had a history of the grade school she and her ancestors had attended for 3 generations. She had several lists of the students. This was in Christian Co., IL. The school closed around 1946-1947 and no longer exists.

Gail Arnert brought in a silverware chest she has had for many years, but not sure where it came from. She also found a letter addressed to her grandmother from a first cousin’s wife. This led to the origin of the contents as being from the estate of a spinster first cousin of her grandmother.

Janet Parsons brought in one of her wonderful display boards. Starting with a 3 generation picture and results of the Green-Parsons family DNA with associated correspondence, she was able to identify people in the picture and an interesting story associated with ancestor Harley.

Marion Baumann led us through the 20+ years of breaking down a brick wall. She has been seeking the father of her 5th great grandmother Judith. Using the FAN (Family, Associates, Neighbors) method she’s fairly certain she has found Judith’s father. While in SLC in April her searching will center in Westchester Co., NY and the family of Jonathon Purdy, seeking the final proof.

Elaine Pankonin brought in a World War I United States flag purchased by her grandparents during the war. Of course there were only 48 stars.

Tom Aguilar-Downing brought in a wonderful mobile displaying at least 5 generations of his family with pictures. This is a wonderful idea and so creative.

Walter Engels, a visitor, whose ancestor was William Donahe[sic], a law partner of Grover Cleveland. He brought several newspaper clippings to share. One was about the Mexicans pouring over the border in 1872 and creating immigration concerns. History repeats itself!

Flora McCarty talked about her saga to find proof that ancestor Benjamin Ellsworth Jr. was the son of Benjamin Ellsworth Sr. Although there was circumstantial evidence, nothing would satisfy the DAR genealogist. She finally did DNA. Although that showed a relationship she still needed documentation. Working with a cousin she finally had a package ready to send off to DAR when her cousin asked if a newspaper legal notice to clear a title mentioning both men would help. Of course it did. Flora had not found it earlier because the notice appeared 40 years after the event. It was found at newspaper.com just by searching for Benjamin Ellsworth. Of course after she had mailed off the info to DAR, in separate correspondence, it was recommended she check church blessing records. Of course all required info and more was found.

Alice Jablonski shared family photos and the process she went through to identify the individuals.

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Reschedule of Cancelled January Program

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.: Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist, will speak on Immigration and Naturalization Records.

Did You Accomplish Your Genealogy Goals for 2018?

In our last newsletter, with the assistance of The Weekly Genealogist from NEHGS, I suggested some 2019 genealogy related resolutions. The Newsletter then published the results of a survey asking if you accomplished your genealogy goals for 2018. The results are:

  • 10%, Yes.
  • 54%, I was partially successful.
  • 15%, No.
  • 21%, I did not set any genealogical goals to accomplish in 2018

I was one of those who was partially successful.

Member Research

Flora McCarty is researching Hendrick/Jones in Missouri; Musick in Missouri; and Little in Ohio.

Vickie Smejkal is currently researching the surname Wooster. The family is in Vermont.

Ellen Westbrook is researching Fowler in Baltimore, MD, Washington, KY and Blandensville, IL.

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FamilyTreeMaker Workshops

Tuesdays, June 4 and June 11, 2019 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm in the Large Community room meet for Family Tree Maker Question and Answer Classes moderated by the AGS Genealogist, Dorothy Bernay.

Having problems with FTM? If you have FTM on your laptop bring it (not required) and your questions for Dorothy to address your issues. You may send questions ahead of time to [email protected].

New Members

Tom & Kathy Aguilar-Downing, 2915 S. Killarney Way, Aurora, CO 80013-9742 (Downing, Aguilar)

Joyce Jackman, 22171 E. Euclid Place, Aurora, CO 80016

Gene Johnson, 4033 S. Carson St., #D, Aurora, CO 80014-6187

William & Martha Miller, 16040 E. Milan Drive, Aurora, CO 80013

(Miller, Ziemba)

Karol Shupe, 1470 S. Havana #506, Aurora, CO 80012

(Flinn, Ralston)

Karen Spence, 4517 S. Atchison Way, Aurora, CO

From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

As mentioned under Upcoming Events the Council will again host a Society Management Workshop. This is a free event for all member societies. Aurora is a member.

Aurora’s delegate to the Council, Gail Arnert, is looking for a replacement. For more information, please contact her at [email protected] or 303-755-1179.

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 13 Apr 2019, 10:00 am at DPL.


The Irish/American Connection

submitted by AGS Member Barb Walker

My great aunt Lizzie Chesney, whom you met in my previous article about the DNA solution to my family mystery, came to America in 1885, two months before her 18th birthday. How could her parents let her leave home and travel to a distant country on her own? Her granddaughters had heard the family legend that she came as an indentured servant. How did that happen and who made the arrangements?

Lizzie was the oldest of 13 children, two of whom died in infancy. At the time she left Ireland she had nine siblings. Three more were born in the four years after she left. Twenty years later she sent a ticket to the sister who was born the year she left so this sister, Lucy, could join her in America. Three times Lizzie’s mother tore up the ticket and said Lucy could not leave. The fourth time Lizzie sent the ticket to a neighbor and asked him to get the ticket to Lucy, which he did. Lucy ran away in the middle of the night leaving a note on her pillow which said, “Gone to America.”

Lucy’s daughter, who lived in Denver, was an amateur genealogist and wrote letters to my mother as well as two of her nieces. She mentioned in one of her letters that Lizzie came to America with a “Mr. Dixon.” I scoured the ship’s passenger list for Lizzie’s arrival and found no mention of a Mr. Dixon. One day while looking through my documentation for Lizzie I noticed something on her marriage certificate that hadn’t caught my eye previously. All the information on the certificate was in the same handwriting so the spelling of names was left to the person who recorded the information. I looked at the bottom of the page and noticed in the list of witnesses the name “Andrew Dickson.” Dickson – Dixon. Hmmmm, this could be my missing link. Was this the person who sponsored Lizzie’s trip to America?

I began researching Andrew Dixon to see if there were any loose threads that would connect him and his family to Lizzie Chesney. As I built his background, I learned that he was born in Ireland in 1842, just before the Great Potato Famine (1845-1849). Of course, I wanted to prove whether he was born in the same area as Lizzie, but that information has been elusive. He arrived in New York City in April 1863 (during the Civil War) at the age of 21. His obituary states that he came to the home of his uncle in Whitewater, Wisconsin, and remained there for two or three years. He married Gertrude L. McIntyre on November 12, 1874, in Rock county, Wisconsin, (the county next to Walworth county, where Whitewater is located). The Dixons had four children, three sons and one daughter. As I built their family from various censuses, I took note of the names of their children. Their first son, Clarence Frank Dixon, was born in 1876 and Luella Maud Dixon was born in 1878. Ralph Harvey Dixon was born in 1881 and Blaine Andrew Dixon was born in 1884, one year before Lizzie came to America.

Lizzie Chesney and John D. Earle were married in Whitewater in April 1887. They left Whitewater, Wisconsin, and settled on the land John Earle had homesteaded in South Dakota in 1880. Their first child, Clarence Dixon Earle, was born one year later. Maude Marie Earle was born in 1889, Harvey Robert Earle was born in 1891. A daughter Gertrude Marian Earle was born in 1905.

The 1885 Wisconsin State Census lists the name of the homeowner and asks for the number of males and females in the household. The individuals are not listed individually. Andrew Dixon states that there are five males and three females living in the household. This accounts for Andrew and his three sons plus one extra male. It also accounts for Gertrude, his wife, and Maud, his daughter, plus one extra female. If I were a person who jumped to conclusions (only occasionally) I could assume that the extra female must be Lizzie. To further complicate the matter, there are columns to indicate country of birth for the members of the household. Andrew has indicated that all 8 residents are from the US, including himself! Others on the page have indicated Ireland as the country of nativity for some of their household members.

So, I will never know if Lizzie was a resident in the household of Andrew Dixon two months after her arrival in America, but it’s a strong possibility. Maybe someday new records will be published that might prove or disprove this legend. Until then I’m going to assume that she was an indentured servant in the home of Andrew and Gertrude Dixon.

Genealogy is so much more than names, dates and places. Genealogy is giving life to those ancestors who are no longer here to tell us their stories. Sometimes it takes a lot of work and imagination to discover those stories, and sometimes our assumptions aren’t always right, but for me, it makes their stories come alive.

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXIX, Number 1

January-February 2019

General Meetings

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 1:30 p.m., Large Community Room

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 1:30 p.m., Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

Immigration and Naturalization Records Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist

Immigration to America started as early as 1608 with 100-200 people a year, and by 1900 reached a flood of one million immigrants per year from countries around the world.

Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen of the new homeland. Not everyone got naturalized and it was not always an easy process. Finding immigration and naturalization records can be a challenging task for any researcher.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 @ 1:30 p.m., Large Community Room – NOTE TIME CHANGE

Member Sharing

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society members

Our February meeting will feature society members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries. Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings can be found at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Application on page 7


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado 2 January-February 2019


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Message from the President

Happy New Year to all!

The AGS Festival of Wreaths entry, designed and decorated by member Judy Keilman, sold for $35.00. Great job Judy! Proceeds from wreath sales benefit the Aurora History Museum.

Judy Holtus has some great speakers scheduled for this year, but she’s always looking for speakers on the topics YOU want to hear about. Let her, or any Board member, know what you’re interested in and she’ll do her best to find a speaker.

We have a great Genealogy Library, but it is underused by our members and the public. The signs posted on the main library doors when we are open have helped to increase visitors. Now we need some more enthusiastic volunteers. Alice provides excellent training. If you could commit to at least one 3-hour shift each month that would certainly help the current volunteers. Connect with our Librarian, Alice Jablonski, at the meetings.

As you renew your membership, please consider donating to the various funds listed on the application. In addition to the AGS Library Fund, please consider the National Archives Gift Fund, and the Historic Aurora Newspapers digitalization project. All donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

After our recent board meeting we’ll be asking for your input on some potential study groups at the membership meeting.

Looking forward to a fun year and seeing you all at meetings.

Gail

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26 February Member Sharing Meeting

One of my favorite meetings, this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families. Come prepared to share.


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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 12 Jan, 9 Feb and 9 Mar. Visit the website for more information.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

27 Feb – 2 Mar 2019 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration are now open. This is the largest genealogy conference held each year in North America.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or

http://www.cigcolorado.org

30 March 2019 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Paul Woodbury. Registration is open. The seminar will be at DPL, Lower Level Conference Center, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Materials fee is $35. Paul will present four programs on genetic genealogy, DNA Testing Plans, Autosomal DNA Coverage, Evaluating Shared DNA, and DAN Case Studies. You may register online or by using the registration form available online or in our library.

Save These Dates –

8-11 May 2019 – 41st NGS Family History

Conference, St. Charles, MO. Hotel

reservations are being accepted. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

21 - 24 August 2019 – FGS National Conference, Washington, DC. Conference hotel reservations are open. More information at <https://fgs.org/conference-lodging/


From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 12 Jan 2019, 10:00 a.m. at DPL.

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Have You Made Your Genealogical

Resolutions for 2019?

With the assistance of The Weekly Genealogist from the New England Historic Genealogical Society, here are some ideas:

  • I will organize research papers, files & photographs that I have accumulated
  • I will write up some of my family history
  • I will share genealogical information with other members of my family
  • I will investigate new online resources
  • I will take a research trip to a location where my ancestors lived
  • I will take a research trip to a distant repository I have been meaning to visit
  • I will take a DNA test for genealogical purposes.

I’m sure there are many more possible resolutions. Some of the above appear on my list every year and I usually partially complete several.

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I can’t imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once.

- - - C. S. Lewis


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New in the Library

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Emigration from the United Kingdom to America, Lists of Passengers Arriving at U.S. Ports, Volume 11, July 1875-February 1877, edited by Ira A. Glazier, 2011.

Donated by member, Sandy Syring – Cherokee Trail Diaries, Vol. I - 1849 A New Route to the California Gold Fields and Vol. II – 1850 Another New Route to the California Gold Fields, by Patricia K. A. Fletcher, Dr. Jack Fletcher and Lee Whiteley.

Donated by member, Sandy Syring – The Cherokee Trail, Bent’s Old Fort to Fort Bridger, The 1999 Merrill Mattes Brand Book, by Lee Whiteley, pub. 1999.

Massacre on the Lordsburg Road, A Tragedy of the Apache War, by Marc Simmons, pub 1997.

Tracing Your West Indian Ancestor, Sources in the Public Record Office, by Guy Grannum, pub. 1995.

DNA & Your Genealogy, 31 March 2018 issue.

Westerner: Denver West High School, 1957, 1958 & 1959 Yearbooks.

A History of Hungary, by Peter F. Sugar, pub.

1977.

Donated by member - Gail Arnert From

Deference to Defiance, Charlestown,

Massachusetts, 1629-1692, by Roger Thompson, pub. 2012.

Historic Black Landmarks, A Traveler’s Guide, by George Cantor, pub 1991.

Earth Eyes Destinations: Arapahoe County, Colorado, by Johnathan Black, undated - post 2000.

Isle of Cranes, by Elizabeth Shown Mills, 2006.


Websites

T-Shirts and Other Genealogy Related Items

www.redbubble.com

---submitted by AGS member Alice Jablonski

In searching for funny genealogy T-shirts (inspired by Gail), I found this website. Not only do they have funny t-shirts (I finally settled on two) and genealogy accessories, but they also have family-unique items! Besides shirts and trees of distinct families, they also have lots of old photos of specific people and newspaper pages for sale. Set aside lots of time to view this website – it's fun. Just put the word Genealogy into the search box. Enjoy!

Florida Digital Newspaper Library

http://ufdc.ufl.edu/newspapers

The Florida Digital Newspaper Library is part of the digital collections of the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The collections include current Florida newspapers (2005 to present), historic Florida newspapers, and the Historic News Accounts of Florida.

Click "text search" at the top of the page, and enter a keyword. Your results will appear as thumbnails and text with the search term highlighted. Results can be sorted by rank, title, or date.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the Historic News Accounts of Florida. This collection draws from newspapers published outside of Florida and contains information on Florida events between 1762 and 1885, when local press was very limited. Enter a search term to begin, and use the drop-down list to search the full citation, full text, newspaper title, or location.

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“Every man is a quotation from all

ancestors”

- - - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1859


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DNA Solves the Mystery

---submitted by Barb Walker, Genealogy Junkie and AGS member

My great uncle by marriage, John Duncan Earle (Arrell in Ireland) arrived in America in April 1874 at the age of 14, accompanied by his father, Henry Earle. An article in my hometown newspaper a year later states:

Whitewater Register

April 22, 1875

Mr. Henry Earle has lately arrived from Ireland where he was called on account of illness in his family who remain in their native land. We learn that he has resumed his former position on this section of the railroad.

That illness was actually the deaths of two of his children, one day apart, in June 1874, three months after John and Henry’s arrival in America. It probably took several months for Henry to receive mail from home telling him of the deaths of his son and daughter. The article also tells me that John and Henry both worked on the railroad in Wisconsin at that time.

Land records show that John and Henry homesteaded land in the Dakota Territory in 1880.

There’s a gap in John’s timeline between homesteading in 1880 and the birth of a son in Paw Paw, Van Buren County, Michigan, to John D. Earle and Carrie E. Walker in May 1885. I found this birth record on Ancestry.com but only had the father’s name, John D. Earle, as a possible connection to my great uncle. The birth record stated that the father was born in Ireland but there was no other identifying information to prove this was MY John D. Earle. I have never found a marriage record for John D. Earle and Carrie E. Walker. I have communicated with an Ancestry.com member who has a family tree for John D. Earle and Carrie E. Walker, but she had no idea of John’s history before the baby, Grant Earle, was born. Fourteen months after Grant was born, Carrie E. (Walker) Earle passed away from “brain fever.” After Carrie’s death, her parents raised their grandson and changed his name to Grant Earle Walker.

For years I’ve argued with myself whether this could possibly be MY John D. Earle. The few things

I’ve been able to prove were:

  1. John and his father, Henry, lived in Whitewater, Wisconsin, in 1875.
  2. John and Henry homesteaded in Dakota Territory in 1880.
  3. A baby was born in Michigan to John D. Earle and Carrie Walker in 1885.
  4. John Duncan Earle married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Chesney (my great aunt by birth) in Whitewater, Wisconsin, on March 9, 1887.
  5. They moved to the land John homesteaded in South Dakota in 1887 and raised 11 children together.

The only thing that makes all these widely separated locations possible is the railroad. Whitewater, Wisconsin, is in the southeast corner of Wisconsin. Paw Paw, Michigan, is in the southwest corner of Michigan, a distance of 229 miles.


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John is not my direct ancestor, his wife Lizzie is, so I asked his granddaughter if she would be willing to take a DNA test. I have been researching her family for many years and she was thrilled to take the test to prove/disprove John D. Earle’s connection to Carrie E. Walker. We used Ancestry.com’s DNA test and ordered it in December while it was on sale ($59 instead of $99). We patiently waited several weeks and one day we had our answer.

The answer was YES! John D. Earle’s DNA matches the DNA submitted by a descendant of John D.

Earle and Carrie E. Walker.

And now, the rest of the story (with apologies to Paul Harvey): John D. Earle’s son, Grant Earle Walker, married Mattie Hall on Jun 15, 1904, in Van Buren County, Michigan. They had two daughters, Lucille, born Oct 28, 1904, four months after her parents’ wedding, and Rhea, born Apr 14, 1909, eight months AFTER her father married Lillian Markham in Polk County, Texas, on Aug. 20, 1908. There is no divorce record for Grant and Mattie and the 1910 census indicates that Grant and Lillian claim this is a first marriage for them both.

Honestly, I can’t make this stuff up!


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Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code -

(Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers)

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E-mail Address(s):

Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month. Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May and begin at 1:30 p.m. Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr and begin at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVIII, Number 6

November-December 2018

General Meetings

Tuesday, 27 November 2018, 1:30 pm

No meeting in December

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 1:30 pm

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m.

So You Have Family in Canada, “Eh” Presented by Carol Cofrank Swensen, Accredited Genealogist

Our northern neighbor, Canada, provides many sources to enhance your ancestral quests. Learn about online websites and resources that will help tell your story.

No meeting in December – Happy Holidays

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 1:30 p.m.

Immigration and Naturalization Records Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist

Immigration to America started as early as 1608 with 100-200 people a year, and by 1900 reached a flood of one million immigrants per year from countries around the world. Naturalization is the process of becoming a citizen of the new homeland. Not everyone got naturalized and it was not always an easy process. Finding immigration and naturalization records can be a challenging task for any researcher.


Happy Thanksgiving

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are listed at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Holiday Closures

Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018


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Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

  • They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.
  • They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.
  • If not your original work, sources must be cited.
  • If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Genealogy is not fatal . . .

but it is a grave disease.


Message from the President

It’s time to renew your membership for 2019. An application is on page 43 of this newsletter. Several organizations continue to work together to digitize historic Aurora newspapers. You can help by donating money when renewing your AGS membership.

At the October board meeting we decided to again participate in the Aurora History Museum’s Festival of Wreaths. Judy Keilman will create the wreath for us. Wreaths go on display at the Aurora History Museum, the Aurora Municipal Center-2nd floor Mezzanine and the Stanley Marketplace, 6 Nov – 7 Dec 2018 with bidding starting after 6 Nov at biddingowl.com/fowamf

At the November board meeting we discussed a State of Mind Research Groups proposal put forth by member Barbara Walker. Basically, each group would be limited to 6-8 people meeting in the AGS library to discuss research in a specific state. One person would guide the session to generate and share information about researching the particular state. The board is very enthusiastic about this proposal and will be requesting input from our members.

Enjoy the holidays. Listen and record family stories that are shared. Put genealogy related items on your wish list and maybe you’ll get lucky.

If you have one, wear a genealogy related t-shirt or sweatshirt to the November meeting.

See you at the meetings.

Gail

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New Members

JoAnn LaGuardia – 7024 S. Oneida Cir., Centennial, CO 80112

Sandra Syring – 11051 E. Sixth Pl., Aurora, CO 80010 (Taul, Eslick, Haley, Field/s and Cherokee lineage)

Gary Wright – 13303 E. 4th Ave., Aurora, CO 80011 (Howell, Wright)

Total Membership: 72


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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. There is hands-on practice for 2 hours after the initial class hours. Classes are free and no registration is required. Classes are taught by Carol Darrow, CG. Classes through the end of 2018 are 10 Nov and 8 Dec. Visit the website for more information.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

27 Feb –2 Mar 2019 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration are now open. This is the largest genealogy conference held each year in North America.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or

http://www.cigcolorado.org

30 March 2019 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Paul Woodbury. Registration is now open. The seminar will be at DPL, Lower Level Conference Center, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Materials fee is $35. Paul will present four programs on genetic genealogy, DNA Testing Plans, Autosomal DNA Coverage, Evaluating Shared DNA and DNA Case Studies. You may register on-line or by using the registration form.

Research Week in Salt Lake City

8 – 13 April 2019 – Foothills Genealogy Group research week in Salt Lake City. Reservation information is available in our AGS library. As we did last year, hotel reservations were made as a group and flight reservations are on your own.


Save These Dates –

8-11 May 2019 – 41st NGS Family History

Conference, St. Charles, MO. Hotel reservations being accepted. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

21 - 24 August 2019 – FGS National

Conference, Washington, DC. Conference hotels reservations opening January 2019. More information is at https://fgs.org/conference-lodging/.

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The Council meeting on 6 October 2018 was held at the Denver Public Library.

Items of business included the following:

Elections were held and the following were

voted in for a 2-year term:

President – Robert Larson (Larimer Co. GS)

Treasurer – Laurie Ramos (W.I.S.E)

Planning has started for a Society Management Workshop to be held in 2019.

Next Council meeting will be Saturday, 12 Jan 2019 at DPL.

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In Memory of

Annabelle Marie Dunning

Annabelle Marie (Holick) Dunning, former AGS member and society President from 1998-2003, passed away 28 Sep 2018 in Loveland, CO. She was 86 years old. She was born in Greeley, CO 25 Feb 1932 to Bus and Helen (Kruse) Holick. She was preceded in death by husband Harold Dunning.

She was very active in genealogy and history to include the Aurora Historical Society and the Aurora Historical Commission in addition to AGS.

She also served in the Colorado House of Representatives representing District 36. Over the years she received many rewards relating to her civic activities. She will be missed by family and friends.


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New in the Library

Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

1001 Kansas Place Names, by Sondra Van Meter McCoy, 1989.

How the States Got Their Shapes Too: The People Behind the Borderlines, by Mark Stein, 2011.

Adams County, Crossroads of the West, Vol. 1, by Albin Wagner, 1977.

Angel Island, Gateway to Gold Mountain, by Russell Freedman, 2016.

Nellingen auf den Filden [in German], by Dr.

Otto Schuster, 1948.

Nellingen [in German], by Otto Borst, 1971.

A Pictorial History of Durango, by Duane A.

Smith, 1988.

Tombstones of the Irish Born, Cemetery of the Holy Cross, Flatbush, Brooklyn, by Joseph M. Silinonte, 2006.

We the People of Winnebago County [WI], by C. Hal Nelson, 1975.

History of Clarke County, Virginia, by Thomas D. Gold, 2009.

Abigail Adams – A Biography, by Phyllis Lee Levin, 2001.

First Mothers, The Women Who Shaped the Presidents, by Bonnie Angelo, 2001.

Webster’s American Biographies, Charles Lincoln Van Doren, 1974.

Aspen’s Early Days, A Walking Tour, by Heather and Shuldener Hopton, 1978.

Irish Denver (Images of America series), by Dennis Gallagher, 2012.


Websites

Christian History Institute

http://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/issues

  • - - recommended by Judy Holtus

Want to learn more about your ancestor’s religion or just religion in general? Check out this website.

Christian History is a non-profit organization that provides Christian history resources and self-study material at low or no cost. Based out of Worcester, PA, it was founded in 1982 by Dr. A. Kenneth Curtis to share the lively history of the faith.

Judy was impressed by what she found in the Quaker issue and I was equally impressed with an issue on the Methodist Church. All issues can be read on-line for free and there is a search function.

Roots Web

https://www.rootsweb.com

Remember rootsweb.com of old? It was one of my favorite places to view user submitted family trees via the WorldConnectProject. Then, due to website technical problems, it went away. Now it’s back. You can search Family Trees, Mailing Lists, Message Boards and more.

Black History Research

The following websites come from the Aurora Family History Center’s November Newsletter.

• Finding family after slavery:

http://informationwanted.org/

  • Six keys to successful African American research: https://www.familytreemagazine.com/ar-ticles/genealogy-websites/free-genealogydatabases/6-keys-to-success-for-african-american-genealogy-research/
  • Slave Voyages: http://slavevoyages.org/

Great New Mexico Pedigree Database

www.hgrc-nm.org

- - - recommended by member Alice Jablonski

Sponsored by the Hispanic Genealogy Research Center of New Mexico encourages people with NM ties to search their database and contribute. It’s free.


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November is Native American Heritage Month

A few ways to celebrate include:

  • Read a book about American Indian History. One suggestion is 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The book delves into science, history and archaeology to uncover the true history of this country.
  • Attend a Lacrosse game - Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stick ball games being played by American Indians at the time of European contact. Lacrosse may have developed as early as the 12th century in the Americas, and played a significant role in tribal community and spiritual life. Originally these games, many of which lasted for days and included as many as 100 people rotating to play on each team, were said to have been played to give thanks to the Creator. Check with high schools or colleges for their

schedules. Denver has two professional Lacrosse teams, the Denver Outlaws who play at Mile High Stadium and the Colorado Mammoth who play at the Pepsi Center.

  • Watch a film starring American Indians.
  • Try a native recipe.
  • Learn the real story of the first Thanksgiving.

Websites of interest –

https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/about

http://www.ncai.org/initiatives/native-american-heritage-month

https://hmhinthenews.com/national-american-indian-heritage-month-2/


Erie County, New York Cemeteries

https://www.forest-lawn.com/genealogy

---the NEHGS Weekly Genealogist, 17 Oct 2018

Erie County is located in western New York, bordering Lake Erie. The city of Buffalo is its county seat. The Forest Lawn Cemetery Group operates Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg, St. Matthew's Cemetery in West Seneca, Williamsville Cemetery in Williamsville, and Buffalo Cremation.

The Forest Lawn Cemetery Group's website provides a variety of historical resources. Go to the above website, scroll down to "Locate a Loved One" and click "More Information" to begin your search. The database can be searched by first and/or last name and limited by cemetery. The data fields in the search results are full name of the deceased, cemetery name, date of death, and grave location information. There are links to PDFs of related cemetery documents, such as burial permits and lot and death registers. There is also a link to share your own stories.

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Another Tool from FamilySearch.org

https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/

Personally, I just discovered the FamilySearch Blog and am finding it fascinating reading. You can access the blog at the above url. Then you can subscribe to it by submitting your email address.

Recent posts include The 1940 United States Census, FamilySearch Recognizes and Honors the World War I Armistice Day Centennial, Italian Dual Citizenship: What You Need to Know and the list goes on.

You can also search the blog.


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Member Research

This is a new column in our newsletter. Each month I want to feature five or six of our members and what surname and location their research is currently centered on. Who knows, you may find a distant cousin within our society.

Please submit your information, using the

below general format, to me at [email protected], for future publication.

Gail Arnert is currently researching the surname Grover. The family came from Chesham, England to Massachusetts, and

descendants were in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Cayuga Co., New York and Huron Co., Ohio.

Marion Baumann is researching Sarles in New York and Ohio.

Dorothy Bernay is currently researching the surname Ramey in various counties in Kentucky and Virginia.

Judy Holtus is currently researching the surname Hackney. The family lived in Fayette County, Pennsylvania.

Alice Jablonski is currently researching the Fielding Lewis family who settled in Woodford Co., Kentucky. (A trip is planned to Kentucky in April 2019.)

Judy Keilman is researching the surname Johnstone in Michigan, Colorado, Scotland and Canada.

Elaine Pankonin is researching the surname Sides in Pennsylvania and Ohio.


Germanic Genealogical Society of

Colorado

AGS member Karen Campbell has let us know that the Germanic society will cease to exist as an organization as of 31 Dec 2018 due to declining membership and difficulty finding members to serve as officers

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If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

--- George Bernard Shaw

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Happy Holidays


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Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code -

(Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers)

May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes o No o

E-mail Address(s):

Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May; Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732 All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVIII, Number 5

September-October 2018

General Membership Meetings Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:30 pm Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 7:00 pm

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 @ 1:30 pm Sources or Clues: Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

Is it okay to use published genealogies and online trees in the search for our ancestors?

Published genealogies and online trees are abundant, they are found in many places and in

many different forms. But what happens when we just copy and use what is in published

genealogies and online trees? This case study illustrates the confusion and the problems that

may result.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 @ 7:00 pm

FamilySearch.org…What’s New?!

Presented by Vickie Smejkal, Director of the Aurora History Center and Experienced Genealogist

The ever-evolving free genealogy website,

FamilySearch, will be explored with all its new features and updates.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other times or appointments, call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather, call ahead to ensure we are open.

AGS Library Holdings are being added to

www.librarything.com



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton Treasurer Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert Genealogist Dorothy Bernay Historian Elaine Pankonin Librarian Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected] Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.


Message from the President

It’s been a great, relatively meeting free summer.

As usual, no brick walls came tumbling down

over the summer and very few chinks in the walls occurred. I’m still sorting through boxes of stuff and ended up labeling quite a few pictures. Also was able to clean up several of my genealogy notebooks. It’s surprising how many copies I have of the same piece of information.

It feels good to be getting ready for our first

meeting. As usual, Judy Holtus has some great programs lined up to include repeat presenters Julie Miller, Carol Darrow, Ted Bainbridge and Sandy Ronanye. You can find the complete program list on page 34 of this newsletter.

There are some great all-day seminars,

workshops and meetings coming up this fall. I’m sure you can find one of interest to you.

Looking forward to seeing you at upcoming meetings. Remember, all afternoon meetings

start at 1:30pm

Gail

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To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.


This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Carol Darrow is the instructor. Classes through the end of 2018 are 8 Sep, 13 Oct, 10 Nov & 8

Dec. Visit the website for more information.

Scottish Research https://www.wise-fhs.org/product/scottish- research-seminar-september-15-2018/

On Saturday, 15 Sep 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

at DPL, Lower Level Conference Room W.I.S.E. presents Scottish Research. Lunch is on your own. Material fee is $40. Speaker Christine Woodstock is a genealogy educator. Topics include Breaking Through Brick Walls in Your Scottish Research, Genealogy Gems in the Scottish Libraries, Archives, and Family History Societies, Historical Events that Led to the Scots Leaving Scotland, and Preparing for a Genealogy Research Trip to Scotland.

Register online at the above url.

Citations, OY VEY

jgsco.org

The Sunday, 16 Sep 2018, Jewish Genealogy Society program will be Citations, OY VEY with Jill Morelli, C.G. The program is from 9:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), 6825 E. Alameda Ave., Denver, CO. Cost is free for JGSCO members and $10 for nonmembers. Go to jgsco.org to purchase tickets.

We will discover some easy places to get pre- made citations, some other secrets to make citation building easier, and discuss strategies for going forward.


4th Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

Larimer County Genealogical Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 13

October 2018, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, at the

Medical Center of the Rockies community room

in Loveland, CO. Cost is $50. Featured Speaker will be Thomas W. Jones. For more info, go to the Society’s website to register online or download a registration form.

COPALAM Fall Seminar

palam.org/Colorado-palam-chapter.php

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Saturday, 20

October 2018, 9:30 am-4:30 pm, in DPL’s B2

Conference Room, with featured speaker Paula

Stuart-Warren. Cost is $35 per person. Lecture topics include WWI Era US Alien Registrations, German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Records, Major Midwestern Databases and Indexes, and They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections. Details are available on the website.

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Aurora Family History Center Classes

950 Laredo Street, Aurora, CO 80011

303-367-0570

Classes are at 7:00 pm, usually every 1st

Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month.

September 6 & 9, 2018, presented by Vickie Smejkal - FamilySearch: Memories/Photo Gallery. Come learn how to add photos, documents, and stories to your family tree. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! What a way to share information about your ancestors.

October 4 & 14, 2018, presented by Shauna Mariska - How to Write an Interesting and Effective Life History – We all have a story to tell. What’s yours?

Planning Ahead – Save these dates:

2019 – Foothills & Aurora Genealogy societies

Salt Lake City research trip.



MyHeritage Library Edition

The Aurora Public Library has brought us another wonderful tool for the family historian

to use. MyHeritage Library Edition is now

available from home using your Aurora Library card.

Go to auroralibrary.org

Select Research and More

Select Genealogy

Select MyHeritage Library Edition

For the login use your Aurora Library

Card number on the back of your card

Click on MyHeritage Library Edition

Search page comes up

Start searching

Note: I use a Mac as my home computer. The

primary browser is Safari. The above doesn’t work. However, it worked perfectly when I used the Firefox or Chrome browsers.

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From the Colorado Council of

Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The summer Council meeting, hosted by the

Longmont Genealogical Society, was held 14

July 2018 at the Longmont Library. Mick Mikelson and other Longmont members did a wonderful job hosting the meeting, tour of the genealogy and history section and lunch at Sample’s Restaurant. Also found a great bookstore – Used Book Emporium on Main Street.

There were about 15 delegates and officers

present with another 7 on GoToMeeting.

Dina Carson updated us on the Colorado State

Archives Probates Indexing Project. It’s approximately 80% complete. An info sheet is available in our Library.

Membership VP Randy Ronayne reported the

Council has 27 member societies.

The SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses,

Opportunities and Threats) recommendations were reviewed and approved for implementation.


It was recommended to start the process for the 2019 Society Management Workshop. We are looking for a chairperson.

No report from the Nominating Committee.

The 6 Oct (first Saturday) meeting will be held at Denver Public Library. Meeting starts at

10:00 am. Patti Apple will speak on the

Colorado Chapter of the Association of

Professional Genealogists.

AGS Library News

We have a new section in the Library – Famous People. Librarian Alice Jablonski says,

“Many people may not be related to famous people, but you may have ancestors who worked

for them, lived next door to them, or rubbed elbows with them on social occasions! Our

section on Famous People has started with a few books that names collateral people that were

important enough in those lives to be mentioned in publications. Did your ancestor explore the

backwoods of Kentucky with Daniel Boone? He took many volunteers with him!”

After many years of work we have finally completed inputting our library holdings in

librarything.com. Librarian Mary Trogg got us involved with the website in 2008. Since then,

as we’ve inventoried our holdings, we’ve entered them in the database. Now we just have

to add new acquisitions. There are 3210 titles in our library. This equates to about 9000+ items

taking into consideration multiple volume sets of books and multiple issues of many of our

national publications like NGS, NEHGS, and

Connecticut Nutmegger quarterlies.

If you are in the library, there is also a searchable Xcel spreadsheet on the computer desktop titled Library Holdings. This has all the librarything.com items plus state maps and a few other items.



New in the Library

Check us out at www.librarything.com

How to Trace Your Irish Ancestors, by Ian

Maxwell.

Magna Carta: The Birth of Liberty, by Dan

Jones.

Winston Churchill, A Biography, by Piers

Brandon.

Royal Blood, Richard III and the Mystery of the

Princes, by Bertram Fields.

Frederick the Great, by G. P. Gooch.

Bulwark of the Republic; a Biography of the Constitution, Bulwark of the Republic; a Biography of the Constitution, by Burton J. Hendrick.

Jesse James, Last Rebel of the Civil War, by T. J. Stiles

Basic Heraldry, by Stephen Friar & John

Ferguson.

Ellis Island, Gateway to the American Dream,

by Pamela Reeves.

Old New York in Early Photographs, by Mary

Black.

Orange County, New York Genealogical Society Newsletters, 2010-2015, as published by the Orange County Genealogical Society with annual indexes.

Early Raleigh [NC] Neighborhoods and

Buildings, pub. by Raleigh City Council.

The Drake Family: Extracted from the History and Genealogies of Ancient Windsor, by H. R. Stiles, pub. 1859.

Modern Wales: A Concise History, by Gareth

Elwyn Jones


Websites

Finding Elusive Records at FamilySearch

www.rootstech.org/video/finding-elusive- records-at-familysearch

This is an outstanding video that was taped

at 2018 Roots Tech. It is Robert Kehrer’s presentation of skills and techniques used by experts and will expose hidden record identification tools and features of the FamilySearch website. The video is 57 minutes and well worth the time.

American Battle Monuments Commission

www.abmc.gov/home.php

American Battle Monuments Commission is an agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government. Established by Congress in

1923, the American Battle Monument

Commission (ABMC) commemorates the service, achievements and sacrifice of U.S. armed forces who are permanently interred in an American military cemetery on foreign soil.

Search under the About Us tab to History and then to the search bar. Search names of the men and women buried or memorialized at ABMC sites.

There is also a downloadable 25 page booklet of all the cemeteries and their history.

Maine Memory Network

https://www.mainememory.net

The Maine Memory Network, a project of the Maine Historical Society, provides access to thousands of historical items belonging to over

260 organizations from across Maine.

The site is free, although it recommends

registration for additional privileges.

I don’t have an ancestor in Maine that I know of, but this site was fun to browse.



My Genealogy Hound

http://mygenealogyhound.com

A free website generated by Hearthstone

Legacy Publications with early family biographies concentrated in the Midwest. A real gem is the 16 state maps: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Indian Territory, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In addition there are 7 country maps: England/Wales, France, Germany/Prussia, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland and Sweden/Norway. Hearthstone also offers books. Worth a look.

South Carolina Revolutionary War Records

http://www.archivesindex.sc.gov/

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH) is pleased to announce that the records series, “Accounts Audited of Claims Growing out of the Revolution in South Carolina 1775-1856,” is now active and images are available on the Online Records Index. This record consists of 11,170 documents presented by citizens to the treasury in support of claims for military service, supplies, and other contributions rendered during the latter part of the Revolutionary War. Most of the files contain an auditor’s cover paper, which includes the name of claimant, a brief description of their service provided, and the amount of their claim and its adjusted value. Additionally, if an indent was issued, its number and the claimant’s signature verifying its receipt were also included as well as receipts and affidavits to the validity of the claim.

To view the record series, please visit the Online Records Index at the above website. Enter the Index, use the Advanced Search option, choose the Record Group “Combined Index to Records Series, 1675-1929” and the Series “S108092: Accounts Audited of Claims Growing Out of the Revolution.” For questions about this series, please contact us at 803-896-

0339 or [email protected].

I couldn’t find the advanced search option and

so just played around. The website has all kinds of information and images.


Upcoming Programs

Here’s a quick look at the meeting programs

Judy Holtus has planned through May 2019:

25 Sep, 1:30 pm: Sources or Clues: Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees. Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

23 Oct, 7:00 pm: FamilySearch.org…What’s New?!, presented by Vickie Smejkal, Director of the Aurora History Center and Experienced Genealogist

27 Nov, 1:30 pm: So You Have Family in Canada, “Eh”, presented by Carol Cofrank Swensen, Accredited Genealogist

26 Jan, 1:30 pm: Immigration and Naturalization Records, presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist

26 Feb, 1:30 pm: Member Sharing

26 Mar, 1:30 pm: I Can’t Find That On a Map .

. . , presented by Dr. Ted Bainbridge

23 April, 7:00 pm: World Ward I, presented by

Sandy Ronanye, Experienced Genealogist

28 May, 1:30 pm: DNA presented by Tammie

Gregori and Business Meeting

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Some family trees have beautiful leaves, but some just have a bunch of nuts. Remember it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking.

--- Unknown

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Why do Siblings with the exact same biological parents have a different genetic makeup?

--familytree magazine, Jul/Aug 2018, Diahan Southard You and your siblings each received exactly half of your DNA from your mother and half from your father. But which half of each

parent’s DNA you got is completely different.

Think about your DNA in terms of genealogical records. You might have a binder with birth certificates, marriage licenses, wills and other records, neatly arranged by surnames or record type. We all carry a similar genetic record of our ancestors in our chromosomes.

But when the genetic history is passed to the next generation, it’s not in nicely tabulated binders. Instead, before creating you, your mom popped open the rings on her genetic binder, dumped all the documents into a big garbage bag, and shook it up. Then she closed her eyes and dipped into that mixed-up bag, pulled out half the documents, copied them, and put them in a binder for you. Your dad then completed your binder with half of his own DNA documents, randomly chosen.

This same process happens for each offspring.

So while you might get the 1900 Tennessee census and your maternal great-grandparents’ marriage record, your sister received the 1912 passenger list for the ship Elizabeth and your paternal grandparents’ listing in the 1940 census. But maybe you both inherited your grandmother’s christening record and the WWI draft registration card for your grandfather. Chances are you and your sister have about half of the same records, and the other half of your records is different. Your siblings are genetically half the same as you are. Just half!

When you and your partner go through the process of mixing up each of your records and randomly giving half to your children, each child will end up with about a quarter of the same records as each grandparent.

This is one reason genetic genealogists test multiple family members. They are trying to collect as much of the genetic record as possible to essentially reconstruct ancestors’ “DNA binders” from each relative’s assortment of passed-down records.


Final 2 of 6 Google Search Tricks

These are the final two of six Google search tips.

5. Search a Date Range

This is one of the best and most underused Google search tips for genealogists. This trick lets you search multiple dates at one time without having to enter them individually. This is hugely helpful if you are looking for birth, marriage or death records but don’t know the exact date of an event. Just add DATE..DATE to your search box to accomplish this (two periods in between the dates like this

1900..1910). For instance, we know that James

Wilcox was most likely born between 1835 and

1839 based on the information we have, so we could search for “Wilcox, James” 1835..1839. This will bring up only pages that include one or all of the dates 1835, 1836, 1837, 1838 and 1839. It will not exclude pages that include other dates (which we usually would not want to do). But if we did want to do that, we could exclude any date by typing - DATE, such as -1840 after our other terms.

6. Search for Terms Near Each Other

One of the most frustrating things about searching for ancestors in Google is that, while the engine will search an entire page for your terms, your terms may not have any association to each other. This can cause major problems for genealogists since many pages include long lists of dates and names. It is entirely possible, for example, to find the exact names, dates and other details you’re looking for — but not in relation to each other in any way. For instance, our searches for James Wilcox and 1837 turned up pages that include James Wilcox and the date 1837, but that date was often applied to other people on the page.

However, there is a way to ask Google to find terms

near each other! Enter AROUND(1) between terms to do this. An example would be: “James Wilcox” AROUND(10) 1837. That means we want Google to look for pages where the exact name James Wilcox appears within 10 words of the date 1837. You can change the modifying number to anything you want (“James Wilcox” AROUND(3) 1837 or “James Wilcox AROUND(1) Mahala) a lower number means a closer association and thus, usually, fewer results. We can also apply this to multiple terms (Example: “Wilcox, James” AROUND(10) Mahala AROUND(5) 1837). You will be impressed by how much this helps you find more.


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, Afternoon meetings are in Sep, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar and May; Evening meetings are in Oct and Apr. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the

Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society


Volume XXXVIII, Number 4

July-August 2018



General Meetings

No Meetings July & August

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:30 pm

Tuesday, 23 October 2018, 7:00 pm

Large Community Room, Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway. Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO



Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 @ 1:30 pm

Sources or Clues: Pitfalls of Using Published

Genealogies and Online Trees

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

Is it okay to use published genealogies and online trees in the search for our ancestors? Published genealogies and online trees are abundant, they are found in many places and in many different forms. But what happens when we just copy and use what is in published genealogies and online trees? This case study illustrates the confusion and the problems that may result.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 @ 7:00 pm

FamilySearch.org…What’s New?!

Presented by Vickie Smejkal, Director of the Aurora History Center and Experienced Genealogist

The ever-evolving free genealogy website, FamilySearch, will be explored with all its new features and updates.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For Other Times/Appointments,

303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Library Closures

Saturdays, 4 and 18 August,

due to Great Lawn Event



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe, and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

New Members

Myers, Dale E., Aurora, CO

Current Membership – 68

Message from the President

Thank you for re-electing Gail Arnert, Judy Keilman and Marion Baumann for the offices of President, VP Membership, and Corresponding Secretary. They and the rest of the Board enjoy serving AGS.

Boy, it’s been hot lately – perfect for hibernating and watching the World Cup and/or updating your genealogy. During the first World Cup games I found myself pulling out my Atlas to verify where some of the countries were. Also, I find I need a new Atlas. Serbia wasn’t an independent country in the one I have.

On Wednesday, 20 July, please pause in remembrance and to honor those whose lives were lost and survivors of the Aurora Theater shootings in 2012.

Enjoy your summer. Please visit libraries, ours or others, in the area in pursuit of those elusive ancestors.

Gail

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In Memory of Beverly Eisaman

Former AGS member and a charter member of the Society, Beverly Ann Slade Eisaman died 29 April 2018 in Aurora. She was 85. Bev was born 18 Jan 1933 near Covington, OH, the oldest of five children of Dale Robert Slade and Dorothy Rhea Lacey. She married Melvin Charley Eisaman at Nellis AFB, NV in 1954. He was an Air Force pilot and they were stationed in NV, GA, OH, Japan, IL, UT, VA, TX, and CO. She was an active volunteer and in her spare time pursued genealogy, gardening, travel, camping, hiking, sewing and cross-stitch. She was known for her dry sense of humor and her beautiful handwriting and calligraphy.

New in the Library

North Carolina, The Final Battles, A Journal of the American Civil War, Managing Editor, Mark A. Snell, Vol. VI, No. 1.

The Genealogist, published by The American Society of Genealogists, Volume 32, No. 1, Spring 2018.

The Oxford Book of Ireland, edited by Patricia Craig, 1998.

How the Irish Saved Civilization, The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe, by Thomas Cahill, 1995.

Penn Pal – Newsletter, Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter, Palatines to America, Volumes 1-29, Sep 1980 – Jul 2009. Donated by Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America. CD.

Military Service Records, Awards & Unit Histories: A Guide to Locating Sources, by Nese F. Debruyne & Barbara Torreon.

The Cherokee Removal, 1836-1839, published by National Archives and Records Administration.

Tomkinson’s Tunisia, Michael Tomkinson.

Genealogies and Sketches of Some Old [Virginia] Families, by Benjamin Franklin VanMeter.

Organizing & Preserving Your Heirloom Documents, by Katherine Scott Sturdevant.

1965 Borealis, Aurora Central High School yearbook.

LibraryThing.com

This is a repeat of an article published last year.

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access the catalog from anywhere – even on a mobile phone. AGS Member and a previous AGS Librarian, Mary Trogg, started this project and we continue to add to our online library.

To access our holdings at LibraryThing.com:

  • Go to www.librarything.com
  • Put AuroraGenSociety in the “search site” box (top right corner of page)
  • When the next page comes up, along the left side of the page, select “Members” under Social
  • AuroraGenSociety comes up
  • Click on the AuroraGenSociety link
  • Next to Collections Click on “Your Library”
  • On the right side you can “Search” (highlighted in yellow) using a full or partial title, author or a keyword (such as yearbook, tax, land, Connecticut, Military, etc.)
  • A list of the books we have will come up
  • If you wish to find books on a particular subject, such as Map, Computer, Colorado, Scotland, Immigration, etc., along the top click on “Tags.” Up comes a list of all the “Tags” we have created. Click on the tag of interest and the list of books in that category will come up.

We are still diligently working to input our titles into LibraryThing. If you are in our AGS library, on the computer desktop, is an Excel document titled AGS Holdings. This document is a list of all our titles. This list is sorted by location (state, country, or subject such as Ohio, Wales, Guide, Immigration, Military…) then by author and title. If you are looking for a specific book, ask a volunteer for assistance.

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Southeastern Colorado Annual Seminar

secogensoc.org

7 July 2018 – Genealogy/DNA Seminar. The Southeastern Colorado Genealogy Society present Greg Liverman and Pat Roberts at this Genealogy/DNA Seminar. Location is the Rawlings Public Library, 100 E. Abriendo, Pueblo CO, Ryals’ Room, 4th floor. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Fee is $20. Lunch is on your own.

Colorado Irish Festival

13-15 July 2018 - Colorado Irish Festival, 7306 Bowles Avenue (Clement Park) Littleton, http://coloradoirishfestival.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Scottish Games

4-5 August 2018 – 55th Colorado Scottish Festival & Rocky Mountain Highland Games, Edgewater, CO; information at www.scottishgames.org

4th Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

Larimer County Genealogical Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 13 October 2018, in Loveland, CO. Featured Speaker will be Hank Jones. For more info, go to the Society’s website.

COPALAM Fall Seminar

palam.org/Colorado-palam-chapter.php

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Saturday, 20 October 2018 with featured speaker Paula Styart-Warren. Lecture topics include WWI Era US Alien Registrations, German Research Gem: Back Issues of Genealogical and Historical Records, Major Midwestern Databases and Indexes, and They Joined, They Wrote, They Associated: Finding Records of Germanic Organizations and Other Collections. Details to follow when available.

Aurora Family History Center Classes

950 Laredo Street, Aurora, CO 80011

303-367-0570

Classes are at 7:00 pm, usually every 1st Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month.

July 5 & 8, 2018, presented by Roy Thomas –Merging – It’s not as scary as it seems. Learn how to merge duplicate family files in FamilySearch. Roy Thomas uses a ‘time line’ as a tool, a tool that can guide you through the process – it is wonderful!

August 2, 2018 only, presented by Leanna Geist – FamilySearch Catalog – Learn what this feature can do for you as Leanna covers the features of this sometimes overlooked tool.

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Aurora Family History Center Hours

as of 20 May 2018

Mondays 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesdays 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

& 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturdays 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

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New From Steve Morse

In Jan 2018 Barry Halpern spoke to us about Steve Morse’s One-Step Webpages. Steve has recently expanded his voter records to include New Jersey. Besides containing juicy information on your neighbors, like their party affiliation and whether they voted in the most recent election, the voter records also contain useful genealogical information such as dates of birth. And they contain addresses, making it useful as a people-locator tool.

New Jersey:

 http://stevemorse.org/njvoters/njvoters.html

NewYork:

 http://stevemorse.org/nysvoters/nysvoters.html

Alternatives When You Can’t Order Film from the Family History Library

-abstracted from OGS News Fall 2017

  • Wait – wait and hope the microfilmed records you need become available digitally, sooner rather than later. Check back frequently.
  • Check with your Local Family History Center – it may have films that are on long-term loan from the Family History Library.
  • Check another “big name” site – it’s possible that Ancestry, Findmypast or MyHeritage will have the record digitally. If you don’t have a subscription, check with your library.
  • Check a county website – start at usgenweb.org. Find your county. Many counties sites will include records, or at least indexes and more.
  • Check a state website – many state libraries and archives are adding digital records to their websites. A good example is West Virginia Archives and History at www.wvculture.org.
  • Plan a trip – go to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or go to the locale you are researching and visit the courthouse or local repository.
  • Ask for help! – hire someone to search for you or benefit from the local genealogical community who may do lookups for you.

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If men could see the epitaphs their friends write they would believe they had got into the wrong grave.

- - - American proverb

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Website

West Virginia Archives and History

http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx

This site features primary and secondary source documents, photographs, and databases; lists collections and other materials available in the State Archives; and provides research guides and assistance for genealogists.

From the main page, click on Births, Death and Marriages and follow the directions. Input name and other information, and click SEARCH. Up comes a list of possibilities. Click on the name and a printed record is displayed. Click on the Image Size and a digital image of the record comes up.

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First Families of Colorado Certificate

Do you have a direct ancestor who lived in Colorado before July 1918? Can you prove it? Then you are eligible for a First Families of Colorado certificate. The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies provides certificates in three categories:

1) First Family where the ancestor was born in, or settled in, the land area of what is now Colorado before 1861;

2) Territorial Family where the ancestor was born in, or settled in, a territory that is now Colorado between 28 Feb 1861 and 1 Aug 1876;

3) Centennial Family where the ancestor was born in or settled in Colorado at least 100 years prior to the date of the application.

The ancestor and/or family did not have to continuously live in Colorado.

Each certificate is $20. For an application packet, to view a list of Pioneers, and for more information, go to cocouncil.org and select First Families of Colorado Recognition Program from the main page.


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:30 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732



 

 

 

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety/index.htm

 

 

Volume XXXVIII, Number 3

May-June 2018

 

 

General Meetings

Tuesday, 22 May 2018, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

No meetings in June, July or August

Tuesday, 25 September 2018, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 


Upcoming Meetings

 

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 @ 1:30 pm

The Empire State and the Big Apple: Online Resources for New York Genealogists Presented by Jen Baldwin, Certified Genealogist

Those  with  family  connections  to  New  York

are lucky; there are copious online resources to investigate.    We  will  discuss  everything  from the  “must  utilize”  to  the  “hidden  gems”  across this historically vital territory.

A brief Business Meeting, to include election and   installation   of   Officers,   will   follow   the program.

 

NO MEETINGS IN JUNE, JULY OR AUGUST

 

Tuesday, 25 September 2018 @ 1:30 pm Sources or Clues : Pitfalls of Using Published Genealogies and Online Trees

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

Is  it  okay  to  use  published  genealogies  and online  trees  in  the  search  for  our  ancestors? Published   genealogies   and   online   trees   are abundant, they are found in many places and in many different forms.   But what happens when we  just  copy  and  use  what  is  in  published genealogies  and  online  trees?   This  case  study illustrates  the  confusion  and  the  problems  that may result.


 

 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other Times/Appointments, call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Our Library holdings can be found at www.librarything.com

 

Library Closure

Sat., 9 June, due to Great Lawn Event


 


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                             Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President                    Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity      Judy Holtus Recording Secretary                                 Barbara Bickerton Treasurer                                                    Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary                          Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                    Elaine Pankonin CCGS Delegate                                         Gail Arnert Genealogist                                                Dorothy Bernay Librarian                                                    Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor                                      Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee                            Dick Kautt

Alice Jablonski Parliamentarian                                         Judy Keilman Website                                                      Jennifer O’Bayley

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on  research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,   preferably   Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

E-mail   articles   to   [email protected]   or   to   any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This   Newsletter   is   distributed   to   libraries   and   genealogical societies throughout the United States.   This publication is also indexed  in  the  Periodical  Source  Index  (PERSI)  published  by the  Allen  County  Public  Library  Foundation,  Box  2270,  Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

 

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Message from the President

Maybe the word is getting out.  Visitors to the

Genealogy Library have significantly picked up

over  the  last  month.   We  were  able  to  help  a couple  of  Aurora  elementary  school  teachers find  early  Aurora  information  on  the  schools they  currently  work  in  for  a  graduate  course they were in.

Barb  Bickerton  has  presented  a  proposal  to

your Board with ideas on how to interest young people  in  genealogy/family  history.   If  you  are interested  in  helping,  please  contact  myself  or Barb directly.  Maybe we can do some planning meetings this summer.

At  the  last  meeting  I  showed  off  a  Family

Word-Art  Throw.   The  website  to  see  more  of these gift items is <GiftsForYouNow.com>.

 

 

 

 

Gail

 

 

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Nominating Committee Report

The  Nominating  Committee,  Dick  Kautt  and

Alice Jablonski, presented the following slate of Officers for the May election at the April Board meeting:

President – Gail Arnert

VP Membership – Judy Keilman Corresponding Secretary – Marion Baumann Nominations will be accepted from the floor,

with  the  consent  of  the  nominee,  at  the  May

meeting.  Each position will serve for two years. If you are interested in being an officer, please

contact Dick or Alice soon.


 


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner  Genealogy  Classes  are  held  on  the second  Saturday  of  each  month,  10:00  am  -

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration

is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for

12 May and 9 June.   Visit the website for more

information.

 

 

 

Flag Day Ceremony

The   Peace   Pipe   Chapter   of   the   National Society  Daughters  of  the  American  Revolution and  the  City  and  County  of  Denver  and  its Mountain   Parks   District   will   host   the   107th

annual Flag Day Ceremony on Thursday, 14 Jun

2018, 11:00 am at the Genesee Mountain Park.

Please  come  for  the  ceremony  and  bring  your own picnic lunch to the Genesee Park Shelter.

More  information  is  available  in  the  AGS Library.

 

 

 

4th  Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

Larimer     County     Genealogical     Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 13

October   2018,   in   Loveland,   CO.     Featured

Speaker will be Hank Jones.   For more info, go to the Society’s website.


Aurora Family History Center Classes

950 Laredo Street, Aurora, CO 80011

303-877-6251 (Call / Text)

Classes  are  at  7:00  p.m.,  usually  every  1st

Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month.

 

May    20,    presented    by    Anne    Ottlinger    – Indexing  –  Indexing  can  be  entertaining  and fun!   Learn  how  you  can  contribute  to  making records  available  on  FamilySearch.    Index  at your  own  pace,  for  as  long  or  as  little  as  you like.

 

June 7 & 10, 2018, presented by Geri Barrus – Ancestral   Quest   –   Ancestral   Quest   is   a computer program for you to store your Family History; to keep your notes; and, it will search

24 hours a day through four other genealogical sites  for  record  hints  that  you  would  otherwise spend your waking hours doing.

 

July 5 & 8, 2018, presented by Roy Thomas – Merging – It’s not as scary as it seems.   Learn how    to    merge    duplicate    family    files    in FamilySearch.   Roy  Thomas  uses  a  ‘time  line’ as a tool, a tool that can guide you through the process – it is wonderful!

 

August 2, 2018 only, presented by Leanna Geist

–  FamilySearch  Catalog  –  Learn  what  this

feature  can  do  for  you  as  Leanna  covers  the features of this sometimes overlooked tool.

 

 

Planning Ahead -

20   Oct   2018   -   COPALAM   Fall   Seminar

featuring Paula Stewart Warren.


 


Discover Your Swedish Roots www.oldmillmuseum.org

2018   Swedish   Genealogy   Workshops   with

ArkivDigital,  29  &  30  Sep  2018,  Lindsborg,


 

 

 

 

Why Is It?


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KS.   Hosted by the Old Mill Museum.   One or

two   days   of   concentrated   Swedish   research

workshops    for    the    beginner    to    advanced researcher.    Info  is  available  in  our  library  or online.


The person next to you has all the luck and you can’t find a thing?


 


Websites

 

Danish National Archive Website:

https://www.sa.dk/en/

The Danish National Archives provides access

to   a   variety   of   records   that   we   use   for genealogy.  The site is free and does not require registration.  Go to the website at: https://www.sa.dk/en/.

 

Illinois & Indiana Obituary Indexes Park Ridge Public Library https://www.parkridgelibrary.org/obituaries/

Park Ridge, a suburb of Chicago, is located in Cook   County,   in   northeastern   Illinois.     The Public   Library   has   made   an   obituary   index available  on  its  website.    The  nearly  30,000 searchable    records    are    drawn    from    items published   between   1929   and   2000   in   area newspapers,  including  the  Park  Ridge  Herald, Pine  Ridge  Advocate,  and  Park  Ridge  Herald Advocate.

 

Lake County Public Library http://engagedpatrons.org/database/LakeCountyObits/ Lake   County   is   located   in   northwestern

Indiana.   Its  county  seat  is  Crown  Point.   The

Public    Library    has    provided    a    searchable

database of obituaries in the Post Tribune/Gary Post Tribune (1921-present) and marriages and deaths  (1857-1938)  and  birth  announcements (1931-1938  in  the  Lake  County  Register  and Star.


Canadian Adoption Records

-- EOGN, 3 Apr 2018

The  following  announcement  was  posted  to the IAJGS Public Records Access Alert mailing list:

The  Canadian  Province  of  New  Brunswick has  opened  sealed  adoption  records  to  adult adoptees  and  birth  parents.   Effective  April  1,

2018, adult adoptees and their birth parents may apply for access to the identifying information.

Only  adoptees  that  have  reached  the  age  of majority may obtain the records.   In addition to

the   adult   adoptees,   the   following   may   also access the records:

- Birth parents of adoptees;

- Adult children of deceased adult adoptee;

- Adult children of a deceased birth parent whose child was placed for adoption.

There are records that span over 100 years.

For          more          information,          contact:

[email protected]

Prince  Edward  Island  government  is  looking

at  the  possibility  of  opening  adoption  records. While    British    Columbia    opened    adoption records in 1995, thus far there does not appear to  be  any  movement  toward  opening  adoption records in either Nova Scotia or Quebec.

For   information   on   adoption   records   by

Canadian province, see Origins Canada at: https://www.originscanada.org/adoption- records/by-province/

 

 

 

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To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.  For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven

into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?

- - - Cicero

- - - as found by Judy H.


Cherokee Family Research Center to Host a

Conference

-- EOGN, 17 Apr 2018

The Five Tribes Ancestry Conference will be presented  June  7-9  at  the  Chickasaw  Cultural Center  in  Sulphur,  Oklahoma.   The  conference is  the  first  of  its  kind  and  is  endorsed  by  the Inter-Tribal   Council   of   the   Five   Civilized Tribes,  whose  mission  is  to  unite  the  tribal governments    of    the    Cherokee,    Chickasaw, Choctaw,    Muscogee    Creek    and    Seminole nations.

Details may be found in the NewsOK website

at: http://bit.ly/2JV0J1G.


 

 

 


 

2 of 6 Google Search Tricks

 

These are the second two of six Google search tips.  The final two tips will follow in upcoming newsletters.

 

3. Get Site Specific Results

Would you like to get search results only for a

specific  website,  such  as  FamilySearch?    Use

‘site:SITEURL’  before  a  term  or  terms  to  do

this.    Example:  site:familysearch.org  “wilcox, james”  –  note  that  we  didn’t  place  a  space between  ‘site:’  and  the  url  and  that  we  didn’t include the ‘http://www’ part either.

 

4. Search Only Page Titles

When looking for a specific ancestor it can be very helpful to have the pages you turn up only be ones that focus on that individual alone.  Or, when  searching  for  a  surname,  to  find  articles centered around that specific last name.  Making sure  a  search  term  appears  in  the  title  of  the page is a good way to do this.  This isn’t always true  of  course,  and  you’ll  miss  a  lot  of  results this   way,   but   when   looking   for   discussions about a person, biographies or in-depth data, it can be a very helpful trick.  To search only web page  titles  use  ‘allintitle:’   Example:  allintitle: “Wilcox, James.”  You can also search only the text, and exclude the titles, by using ‘allintext:’

 

 

 

 

 

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Annual Research Trip to the Family

History Library in Salt Lake City

From      19-24      March      2018,      fourteen genealogists   from   the   Foothills   Genealogical

Society,       Aurora       Genealogical       Society, Columbine  Genealogical  &  Historical  Society,

Iowa   and   California,   traveled   to   SLC   for concentrated   research   at   the   Family   History

Library.  From Aurora were Gail Arnert, Marion

Baumann, Dorothy Bernay, Judy Holtus, Sandra

Leake and Madelyn Wiedeman.

The weather was great for March.

Here’s   input   from   the   ladies   about   their experiences:

 

Gail   –   I   again   concentrated   on   my   Grover family who arrived in MA in 1642.  Although I gathered  a  lot  more  information,  I’m  still  not sure I’ve resolved my lineage issues.  Too many men named John and Stephen, of which several married  an  Abigail  or  Alice.   Hard  to  separate the siblings and cousins.

I   did   some   research   for   DAR   prospective members,   primarily   copying   early   American wills  and  marriage  records  where  images  were not available online.

 

Marion  –  Once  again  this  was  another  great trip.    I  found  original  sources  such  as  church records   for   baptism/births   and   marriages   in Norway.   In the United States I made copies of many    documents    from    court    records    of marriages,  wills,  and  deeds  plus  some  county histories for additional information.  Read films that  are  now  digitized  on  Familysearch.org  but can   only   be   viewed   at   the   Family   History Library in Salt Lake City.  I pulled lots of films for   information   as   films   can   no   longer   be ordered in to our local Family History Centers. There  are  so  many  books  I  didn't  have  time  to look at as the week goes by so fast.  If you want documents  for  proof  of  your  genealogy,  this  is the place to go.


 


Dorothy – I was able to get my list of items I

needed.

One  question  I  get  is  why  go  to  Salt  Lake when  there  is  so  much  on  the  Internet.   There are several major reasons to go.

The  Family  History  has  a  number  of  books

that are not available elsewhere.

There are a number of books online available

only at Salt Lake.

Early  documents  are  not  very  easy  to  read.

You  can  load  the  film  on  their  computers  and adjust it so you can read the entire document.

Maybe you’ll want to consider joining us next year.

 

Judy – We always find changes have occurred when we return to the Family History Library in Salt  Lake  City,  UT.   This  year  the  five  floors were  redecorated  using  a  color  palette.    From purple   to   gold   we   used   film,   books   and computers to research for five days.

I   went   with   the   goal   of   extending   my

collateral New England lines.   Using the many databases  available,  I  succeeded  in  finding  a couple  of  Revolutionary  War  ancestors  as  well as my 8th  great grandmother who was tried as a

witch in Salem.

I also worked on AGS member David Heflin’s French/German    forbearers.       As    you    may remember,  David  is  the  gentleman  who  Alice Jablonski and I started helping last year with his biological family.  Another friend of mine asked me to help her get started with her New Mexico family  and  with  what  I  located  she  should  be able to continue.  Lastly, I attended an excellent class on how to use the Danish National Archive Website that was revamped last year.

Ever  evolving,  this  library  is  packed  with genealogy knowledge and resources which they so generously offer to the public for FREE.

 

Sandra  –  Found  out  my  Great  Grandfather Scholl  had  a  brother  and  a  sister  born  before him ... he was the last of 3 children.   Found his parents  were  not  the  ones  I  had  listed  from previous  years  research  ...  found  the  father's


birth and death and their marriage date and his parent’s  names.   Also  found  his  wife's  maiden name   and   the   name   of   her   father   and   his occupation.   They  were  all  living  in  the  same little  village  in  Hessen-Nassau,  Prussia.   These were  on  my  mother's  father's  side  of  the  tree. Also   found   my   mother's   mother's   relatives, (Grothe) in Germany ... Saxony, Prussia.   Now have to correct my tree and figure out a simpler way to add all this to Family Tree Maker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Notations written by doctors on Death

Certificates:

“A Mother died in infancy”

“Deceased had never been fatally sick”

“Died suddenly, nothing serious” “Died suddenly at the age of 103”

“Went to bed feeling well, but woke up dead” “Kicked by horse shod on left kidney”

“Pulmonary hemorrhage, sudden death.

Duration four years”

“Deceased died from blood poison, caused by

a broken ankle, which is remarkable, as

the automobile struck him between the lamp and the radiator.”

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda D. Baselt

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Librarian


 

 

Submitted by AGS Member Barbara Bickerton


 

 

"Is Alice here?"  This is a question volunteers in the AGS library often hear.  If the answer is "No," the next question is, "When will she be here?" They are referring to our librarian, Alice Jablonski.  Why do visitors want to see Alice?  She's friendly, welcoming, patient, attentive, helpful, and knowledgeable.  These are some of the adjectives that describe her.

Alice grew up in southeast Denver and now lives in Centennial with her husband.  Her grown daughter will soon move back in for awhile after a one- year break from college living abroad.  Alice had various full and part time jobs while focusing on raising her daughter.  For ten years prior to joining AGS, she was an elementary orchestra teacher in Cherry Creek School District.

Alice had been researching her family for at least fifteen years when she met some AGS members at her D.A.R. Chapter.   She found them to be so nice and fun that she decided to join the Aurora Genealogical Society.   At that time, President Gail Arnert was remarkably doing the work of four officers.  Shortly after joining, Alice heard Gail ask at a meeting whether anyone was  interested  in  filling  the  vacant  position  of  Librarian.    Alice  has  fond  memories  of  her  twelfth summer as a volunteer at Denver's Eugene Field Library.  With her love of books and of genealogy, she thought this was an ideal position for her.  She volunteered to be the AGS Librarian and has been there since January 2016.  Her love and passion are clear to visitors to the library.

Aurora Public Library donated their collection of Genealogical books to the AGS Library.  The

transition took place over a few months.  Workers moved several boxes at a time from the basement to the AGS library.   Alice culled the duplicates then asked herself, "Where will all these books fit?"   The shelves looked full already!  She set about assembling three donated bookcases and reorganizing books to make room for the additions.   Alice helped Gail catalog the final 1/3 of the donated books on the website LibraryThing.  People continue to donate books to the library and Alice painstakingly organizes and adds them to the shelves as she catalogs them.

One of Alice's most memorable genealogical successes was concluding a fifteen-year search for a great aunt.   She had just about given up when something popped up in Ancestry that showed similar information about a woman who had lived in Los Angeles.  With an upcoming vacation planned to LA, Alice added family research to her vacation agenda.   Her visit to a local cemetery confirmed that this was indeed Aunt Ethel.

Alice has more goals for the future of the library.   Her number one goal is encouraging more

members to join the group of volunteers for the library.  It isn't a hard task and no experience is required. Just be your friendly self.   Check with Alice for the schedule of times the library is open and pick a three-hour shift you are available to meet there with a current volunteer.  Volunteers greet visitors with the  same  warm  welcome  they  wish  to  receive.   Find  out  whether  they  are  beginners  or  have  some experience.  For those just starting or wanting to learn about genealogy, our genealogist Dorothy Bernay has put together a wonderful "Getting Started" packet to give to those who want it.   Visitors may need help  finding  the  right  section  of  books  they  want.    Volunteers  are  not  there  to  do  the  research  for visitors, but point them in the right direction.  Sometimes volunteers do help visitors with research, but it is at the volunteer's discretion as to how much to help.


 

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.  Meetings are the  4th  Tuesday  of  the  month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.   Afternoon  meetings  begin  at  1:00  p.m.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms.  Meetings are open to the

public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO  80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVIII, Number 2

March-April 2018

General Meetings

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 1:30 pm - Large Community Room

Tuesday, 24 April 2018, 7:00 pm - Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 @ 1:30 pm - Our Ladies in Waiting: Finding Your Female Ancestors - Presented by Dina Carson, Experienced Genealogist

Every one of our surname lines end when a daughter marries into another family. The farther back we go, the more difficult discovering a female ancestor’s maiden name may be. Researching female ancestors has one further challenge: locating evidence of the things she did during her life both before she married and after. Rest assured, there are ways to find them and thanks to the growing number of search tools available to us, the wait may be over.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Censuses…Those Wacky, Unusual and Possibly Unheard of Types - Presented by Vickie Smejkal, Experienced Genealogist

Not finding what you want in the State & Federal censuses? How about some of those wacky ones we may have never heard of, or perchance did, but don’t know where to find them or understand how they work? We will cover 26 varieties of these unheard of censuses that may be just the ticket for breaking down yet another wall.

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

Call ahead to ensure we are open.

We close during inclement weather and some City events.

Our holdings are being listed on www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Have you renewed your membership?

If not, this will be your last newsletter.


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee Dick Kautt

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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The only thing new in the world is the history we don’t know.

- - - Harry Truman

Message from the President

Happy 37th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society. Organized in 1981 with 54 Charter members, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active members. Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!

We had our Members Sharing meeting last month. Page 12 of the newsletter briefly reviews what was shared.

At the request of the Aurora History Museum, AGS created the below display for the case in the main lobby. Using the theme “From Whence They Came,” it will be in place through March. Thanks to Judy Holtus, Jennifer O’Bayley and Alice Jablonski for pulling it together.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meetings. Gail

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for 10 Mar, 14 Apr and 12 May. Visit the website for more information.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

14 April 2018 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Diahan Southard. Registration opened Nov 2017. At the seminar, Diahan will present four programs on genetic genealogy, Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing, Making Y-DNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History, Three Powerful Ways to Find Your Best Matches, and A Day Out With Your DNA.

Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America

Spring Seminar and Book Fair

Saturday, 21 Apr 2018, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm in the Denver Public Library, Lower Level Conference Room, 14th & Broadway, Denver, CO. Materials fee is $40 (add $5 if registration is postmarked after 14 Apr). Lunch is on your own. Seminar Speaker Dr. Michael Lacopo will speak on How to Overcome Brick Walls in Pennsylvania Research, How to Overcome Brick Walls in German-American Research, The “Forgotten” Immigrants: The Swiss to America and Incorporating Social History into German-American Research.

Registration forms at cocouncil.org or in the AGS Library or at meetings.

Planning Ahead – Save These Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, mark your 2018 calendars for these events:

2-6 May 2018 – 40th NGS Family History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

22 Aug – 25 Aug 2018 – FGS National Conference, Fort Wayne, IN. Conference hotels are the Hilton Fort Wayne and Courtyard. Info available at fgs.org.

14 Oct 2018 – Larimer County Genealogical Society 4th Annual Conference for a Cause, featuring Hank Jones.

20 Oct 2018 - COPALAM Fall Seminar, featuring Paula Stewart Warren.

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Ever Have Computer Problems?

It’s a PICNIC!

Problem In Chair, Not In Computer

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New Members

Hicks, Susan – 258 Lansing St., Aurora, CO 80010 (Hicks, Rogers, Cox, Ellison, Butz, Butts, Cooper)

Manchester, Linda – 2841 S. Genoa St., Aurora, CO 80013 (Jensen, Leaf, Polak, Manchester)

Mitchell, Mary – 2295 S. Kenton St., Aurora, CO 80014 (Mitchell, Divine, Jordan, Gallant, Biggers)

February 2018 Member Sharing Meeting

Nine of us brought something to share. In brief:

Barb Walker brought one of her wonderful family scrapbooks. In addition to the pictures you normally find in her albums she had included heirloom family jewelry items.

Gail talked about her great aunt Dora Arnert and had a picture of her in her WWI Army nurses uniform.

Vicki Smejkal provided an updated url for her Riverside Cemetery projects <RiversideCemeteryDenver.com>

So easy to navigate and so much information.

Dotty Hunt shared an Anderson Family History book she had been seeking for years and how the family name had changed from McAndrew to Anderson.

Janet Parsons talked about one of her Civil War ancestors and showed a stencil he had used to mark his clothing and other items.

Alice Jablonski brought in two books she had written about her family. One being geared towards children, she had used blurb.com to publish. When you’re ready to write your book, small or large, check out the site.

Karen Campbell brought some postcards and school report cards that helped her determine where she could find her ancestor, and subsequently be able to order his military records.

Judy Keilman brought in her great-great-grandmother’s tatted collar, and some family jewelry.

Scott Beadle, using 3-sided picture holders, created mini-historical vignettes about his ancestors to include which presidents he was related to, other famous people and timelines. He places them on the porch so when relatives or friends visit they can share stories about the people and events.

Not only is it fun to share items and stories that have spanned the generations, but the conversations that get started are wonderful and help us all learn about family history.

22 May 2018 Business Meeting

May of each year is the Aurora Genealogical Society’s annual business meeting. At this meeting we will hold elections for President, Membership VP, and Corresponding Secretary. If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the Nominating Committee. We will also vote on any proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules.

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Council News

The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies meeting was held 13 Jan 2018 in the 5th Floor Conference Room at DPL. It was conducted by President Robert Larson.

Items of interest included –

  • Summary of the Society Management Workshop held Sep 2017 by Bobbi King.
  • Membership renewals are due.
  • John Putnam did a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) Summary Report based on a survey he had sent to delegates last year. We then split into 4 roundtables to discuss, elaborate, and offer suggestions to help the Council.

The Germanic Group now has a website https://germanicgensocco.wordpress.com/

  • Vogels Award – 2 presented this year – Kay Riley Merrill (CGS) and Betty Kathleen McCullough Summers (LCGS/PPGS)
  • Birdie Awards
  • 2 IGHR scholarships – James Thornhill of TX and Dina Carson of CO
  • 2 Volunteer of the Year – Dennis Jenkins (Mesa County) and Mary McRoberts (Boulder)
  • The 2018 NGS sponsored speaker will be Mark Lowe

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 7 April 2018 at DPL.

New in the Library

Visit www.librarything.com to view more of our holdings (currently about 60% of our collection is online). Note: AGS recently received a Fiver Award from librarything.com for being a website user for five years. Thank you Mary Trogg for getting this started.

South Carolina in the American Revolution, A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians, by Eric G. Grundset, 2013.

National Geographic Guide to the Civil War National Battlefield Parks, by Wilson Greene & Gary W. Gallagher, pub. 1992.

The Heart of Everything That Is, The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend, by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin, pub. 2013.

From Scratch: A History of Jefferson County, Colorado, by Members of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, printed 1981.

The Douglas Letters, Selections from the Private Papers of Justice William O. Douglas, edited by Melvin I. Urofsky, 1987.

How the Irish Won the West, by Myles Dungan, 2011.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, An American Slave, 2010 edition.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates, The Forgotten War that Changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, 2016.

Women Wartime Spies, by Ann Kramer, 2011.

Exploring Jewish Colorado, by Phil Goodstein, 1992.

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts, the Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland, by Bryan Sykes, 2006.

Websites

More Maps Online

www.davidrumsey.com

Following up on the excellent presentation by Ted Bainbridge, another online map resource recently reported in the DAR Magazine is this one having an archive of maps and related information available since 1996!

The David Rumsey Map Center is at Stanford University and is home to a collection of 67,000 maps spanning five centuries of cartography. There are varied computer functions available with some of the maps and you can learn more about the collection and their knowledgeable staff at

http:/library.stanford.edu/collections/david-rumsey-map-collection.

Buffalo NY Death Index 1852-1944

https://archive.org/details/buffalodeathindex?sort=titleSorter&mc_cid=348bdb911b&mc_eid=0b398e0a30

- - - EOGN, 21 Dec 2017

Reclaim The Records has some great new records to share with everyone, obtained through a New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request. We’re happy to announce that we’ve obtained and published the first-ever public copies of the death index for Buffalo, New York, for the years 1852-1944 - almost a full century of data!

There’s an estimated 640,000 names listed in these records. These records have never been online before, nor were they on FamilySearch microfilm. They were only available if you physically sat in the Buffalo Inactive Records center. If you wish to access these records, you need to first read “Things you should know about the Buffalo death index” and a lot of other background information at: https://www.reclaimtherecords.org/records-request/14.

The Buffalo NY Death Index 1852-1944 may be found on Archive.org by starting at: http://bit.ly/2kAyc6i.

Swedish National Archive

https://sok.riksarkivet.se/om-soktjansten?infosida=fri-tillgang

The Swedish National Archives has made an announcement that will please many Swedish descendants: Digital collections are now free!

As of 1 February 2018, all digital collections at the Swedish National Archives are free to search and view. You will find more than 100 million digitized archival records in the Digital Research Room. When you first visit the website, click on “Other languages” and select English (unless of course you can read Swedish) to learn about the site.

New York State Slavery Records

https://nyslavery.commons.gc.cuny.edu/.

The New York Slavery Index, created by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York (CUNY) provides records dating back to the year 1525 all the way through the American Civil War. The database includes records, documents, narratives and other sources that identify individual enslaved people and their owners.

Visitors to the free public database can search 35,000 records related to New York State, including the names of the slave-owning senators and records of people who escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad. The goal is to deepen the understanding of slavery in New York by bringing together information that until now has been largely disconnected and difficult to access. This allows for searches that combine records from all indexed sources based on parameters such as the name of an owner, a place name, and date ranges.

An Ancestry.com Tip from Dotty

AGS member Dotty Hunt wants to pass along a tip she just learned when searching in Ancestry.com. When you type in a name or location and the autocomplete comes up, DO NOT use it, continue entering what or who you are searching for. When autocomplete is used it takes you right back to where you were searching before. Go figure! No wonder it’s sometimes hard to find something on Ancestry.

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Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, 4th edition

- - EOGN, Dick Eastman, 20 Nov 2017

Val D. Greenwood is one of the best-known and most respected genealogy authors of our time. His book, the Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy, is one of the best “how to” manuals for beginning genealogists and advanced researchers alike. It is the text of choice in colleges and universities or wherever courses in American genealogy are taught.

The Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy identifies the various classes of records employed in that research, groups them in convenient tables and charts, gives their location, explains their uses, and evaluates each of them in the context of the research process.

“The challenge I give to the genealogist is to reach beyond the vital statistics to a new world of understanding, both of his ancestors and of himself. . . . Someone has said that there is little point in digging up an ancestor if you are not going to make him live”– Val D. Greenwood

Val has updated his classic work and the 4th edition of the Researcher’s Guide to American Genealogy is now available from the publisher, Genealogical Publishing Company.

2 of 6 Google Search Tricks

These are the first two of six Google search tips. The rest will follow in upcoming newsletters.

1. Apply Quotation Marks

Also known as a string search, this is one of the best, and most obvious ways, to limit search results in Google. When you type in a name like James Wilcox, Google will search the entire title and text of pages for those terms. They do not need to be related to each other – so you may turn up a page with James and Wilcox, but not necessarily a page where these terms appear together. Use “James Wilcox” or “Wilcox, James” to limit results (remember that many genealogy related sites place the last name first). Also apply quotations around terms like “obituary” to make them exact — otherwise Google will substitute other words like ‘death’ or ‘died.’ This can be helpful in some situations, but for others it can be a big hassle and turn up many unwanted results.

2. Use the Minus Sign

Oftentimes when we are searching for ancestors, especially those with common names, we may find that a certain person or location we’re NOT looking for turns up again and again, clouding our results. For instance, a James Wilcox who lived in Somerset keeps coming up for us. He’s definitely not our guy, so we’ll exclude the term Somerset. Place a minus sign before a term to exclude these unwanted results (Example: “wilcox, james” 1837 mahala -somerset). The minus sign can be placed in front of many terms to further refine results (-dunbar -somerset -1907) or term strings (-“Wilcox, James Robinson”). Just make sure that the minus sign is placed directly before the term with no space in between. This works to exclude specific sites as well (-rootsweb).

Aurora’s Historic Newspaper Digitization Project

AGS first asked for donations to the Aurora Historic Newspaper Project on our dues form in Nov-Dec 2015. The project headed up by the Aurora Historical Society is going strong.

To access the collection, go to <coloradohistoricnewspapers.org>

1312 issues of the Aurora Democrat are available online from 22 December 1909 – 29 Jan 1943.

Also visit the Aurora Historical Society website http://auroracohistoricalsociety.org to learn more about historic Aurora and links to other history minded sites in Aurora and Colorado. A link to our AGS website is included.

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To be ignorant of what occurred

before you were born is to remain

always a child. For what is the worth

of human life, unless it is woven

into the life of our ancestors

by the records of history?

- - - Cicero


THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVIII, Number 1

January-February 2018

General Meetings

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

Tuesday, 27 February 2018, 7:00 pm, Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 23 January 2018 @ 1:30 pm, Large

Community Room

Stephen P. Morse One-Step Webpages: An

In-depth Discussion

Presented by Barry Halpern, experienced genealogist

Stephen P. Morse is the creator of the “One

Step” website. Ten years in the making, it is a

portal or window into many genealogy related websites. It provides additional tools and pathways in and around the world of genealogical research that can be helpful to all of us.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 @ 7:00 pm, Large

Community Room

Member Sharing

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society

members

Our February meeting will feature society

members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries. Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are being listed on

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Time to Renew Your Membership

Application on page 7



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS


Message from the President

Happy New Year to all!

[[PASTING TABLES IS NOT SUPPORTED]] The AGS Festival of Wreaths entry, designed and decorated by member Judy Keilman, sold for $55.00. Great job Judy! Proceeds from wreath sales benefit the Aurora History Museum.



APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin Genealogist Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert Librarian Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora,

Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


what you’re interested in and she’ll do her best to find a speaker.

We have a great Genealogy Library, but it is

underused by our members and the public. The signs posted on the main library doors when we are open has helped to increase visitors. Now we need some more enthusiastic volunteers. Alice provides excellent training. If you could commit to at least one 3-hour shift each month that would certainly help the current volunteers. Connect with our Librarian, Alice Jablonski, at the meetings.

As you renew your membership, please

consider donating to the various funds listed on the application. In addition to the AGS Library Fund, please consider the National Archives Gift Fund, and the Historic Aurora Newspapers digitalization project. All donations are tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Looking forward to a fun year and seeing you all at meetings.

Gail

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27 February Member Sharing Meeting


One of my favorite meetings, this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families. Come prepared to share.



Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Upcoming classes are scheduled for

13 Jan, 10 Feb and 10 Mar. Visit the website for more information.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

28 Feb – 3 Mar 2018 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration are now open. This is the largest genealogy conference held each year in North America.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

13 & 14 April 2018 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring

Seminar featuring Diahan Southard. Registration opened Nov 2017. On 13 Apr, 2:00

– 4:30 pm at DPL, Diahan will present a special workshop Connecting Your DNA Matches. At

the 14 April seminar, Diahan will present four programs on genetic genealogy, Five Tips to

Make Sense of Your DNA Testing, Making Y- DNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History,

Three Powerful Ways to Find Your Best

Matches, and A Day Out With Your DNA.

Save These Dates –

2-6 May 2018 – 40th NGS Family History

Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. Hotel

reservations are being accepted. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

22 - 25 August 2018 – FGS National Conference, Fort Wayne, IN. Conference hotels, the Hilton Fort Wayne and Courtyard


Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, are now accepting Reservations. More information at <fgs.org>.

And if you are really planning ahead – FGS Conferences,

21-24 Aug 2019, Washington, DC

2-5 Sep 2020, Kansas City, MO

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical

Societies (CCGS)

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 13

Jan 2018, 10:00 am at DPL.

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Guild of One-Name Studies

Check out The Guild of One-Name Studies website at https://one-name.org to determine if someone has begun a project to study a specific surname in your family or a variant spelling. The Guild was established in 1979 to provide “its members with the means to share, exchange and publish information about one-name studies as well as encouraging and assisting all those interested in one-name studies by means of conferences, seminars, projects and other activities.” There are 2,475 surname studies registered by members who are compiling information about single surnames and possible variants. There are also almost 6,300 variant names included. You can contact the member managing the study to learn more or share information that you have. You may even want to join and begin a surname study of your own. Membership is affordable and includes a subscription to the quarterly journal and access to a variety of helpful online resources.



New in the Library

Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Fountain Shelton May, A History of A Civil

Solider, by AGS member Flora McCarty, 2017.

Arapahoe High School [Littleton, CO]

Yearbooks, Volumes 31-24, 1994-1997.

Morrison’s Annals of Western New York, A Comprehensive History Embracing Every County, City, Town, Village & Locality, published by W. E. Morrison & Co., 1975.

Western Yesterdays, Volumes II & III, by Forest

Crossen, 1964 & 1965.

Cripple Creek Colorado, Commemorative

Centennial Program, 1992.

Do People Grow on Family Trees, Genealogy for Kids + Other Beginners, by Ira Wolfman,

1991.

All Our Yesterdays, A Narrative History of Traverse City [MI] & the Region, by Lawrence Wakefield, 1977.

American Indians of Oklahoma, NGS Research in the States Series, by Kathy Huber, 2017.

Mississippi, NGS Research in the States Series,

by Lori Thornton, 2017.

Migration, Emigration, Immigration, Principally to the United States and in the United States, Olga K. Miller, 1974.

Locating Your Roots, Discover Your Ancestors

Using Land Records, by Patricia Law Hatcher,

2003. Recommended by Pam Heath, our

September speaker.

Swedish American Genealogist, A Journal Devoted to Swedish American Biography, Genealogy, and Personal History, Volumes XXV-XXXV, Sep 2005-Dec2015.


From the AGS Librarian

- submitted by Alice Jablonski

Here are a few websites that may be new to you:

turnerpublishing.com is a small publishing

company with a variety of books available. If you search for "history" one area that will come up is books on particular military units during the World Wars. They do feature a small genealogy section. Try a search for "family" or "genealogy". They publish regular and e-books. theindepthgenealogist.com is a female owned genealogy book business. I have just ordered a pamphlet for our library on how to use school records in your search. They are a small, yet personable company and would like your

support!

One website that has been a treasure to me is trove.nla.gov.au. It is the newspaper section of the Library of Australia. If you have any searches that take place down under, use this website to see if your ancestor was in the newspaper for any reason! Also making a request of the library will result in positive replies.

Need a quiet place to escape to work on your genealogy or gain inspiration for your next project? Please visit our library and see our new acquisitions and donations. There is something new every week!

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Newberry Library Research Guides

Got Chicago ancestors? If you answered yes, you need to know about the Newberry Library. “The Newberry has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887.” Of special interest to both Chicago researchers and other family historians is their Research Guides. These Research Guides https://www.newberry.org/genealogy-and-local- history cover general researching in specific areas like Alabama and Arkansas, to specific tips for genealogists, like Catalog Search Strategies for Genealogists. Specific Chicago Guides include Chicago Genealogy, Chicago History, and Chicago Neighborhood Guide.



Websites

Mount Vernon Genealogical Society

https://mvgenealogy.org/cpage.php?pt=30

---submitted by AGS member Judy Holtus This Alexandria, VA genealogical society has an excellent website. Of special interest is the Research Center where you can find the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) guides on African Americans, Immigration, Early Congressional Private

Claims, Lands and more.

Genealogy Programs Reviewed

http://www.gensoftreviews.com

This site is for users of genealogy software to be able to rate and review what it is that they like or don’t like about the programs they use or have tried. This information should be able to assist other users to see if it might be a program they would want to use.

Currently there are 993 programs in total.

Archives of Maryland Online

http://aomol.msa.maryland.gov/html/volumes.html

---submitted by AGS member Dorothy Bernay If you have ancestors in Maryland, this is a very good resource for documents. There are hundreds of documents listed, from “Volume 1 - Proceedings and Acts of the Assembly, January

1637/8 – September 1664” to “Volume 865 – A

History of Maryland’s Electoral College Meetings, 1789-2016”. Once you have found a document and clicked on the initial image, click on “View pdf image” to see the original document.

Founders Online

https://founders.archives.gov

---submitted by AGS member Dorothy Bernay Correspondence and Other Writings of Six Major Shapers of the United States: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. There are over

178,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects.


Steve Morse Creates a New Online “Applying 2016-2018 Tax Brackets” Calculator https://stevemorse.org/taxplan/taxplan.html

-- Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter,

18 Dec 2017

Steve Morse created his “One Step Genealogy” web pages that have since become standard reference pages for millions of genealogists.

The tax reform bill has been passed by Congress and signed by the President. It is complex and has many, many changes. Some taxes will be lowered while others will be raised. Steve apparently decided to help simplify the information.

The new online “Applying 2016-2018 Tax Brackets in One Step” uses the tax brackets for various years to compute the federal tax for any income up to one million dollars. The years covered are 2016, 2017, and 2018. There are two 2018 calculations — one is based on the tax brackets under the old tax plan and the other is based on the tax brackets under the new tax plan.

Using the “Applying 2016-2018 Tax Brackets

in One Step” web page is simple:

Select your Filing Status: (Single, Married

filing jointly, Married filing separately, or Head of household) and then enter your expected taxable income (after deductions). The “Applying 2016-2018 Tax Brackets” Calculator will then display your expected Federal Income Tax for:

• 2016 (old plan):

• 2017 (old plan):

• 2018 (old plan):

• 2018 (new plan):

These calculations give the tax before any credits are applied.

You can find the new “Applying 2016-2018

Tax Brackets in One Step” at

https://stevemorse.org/taxplan/taxplan.html



Looking for an Aurora Obituary?

Whether working as a volunteer in the AGS Library and answering a call about an obituary or receiving a request via our website, helping someone finding an obituary for someone who lived or died in Aurora can be a challenge.

Aurora, at a population of over 325,000 and the third largest city in Colorado, does not have a daily newspaper. And the weekly newspaper publishes an obituary about every couple of months or so.

However, we do have some sources in the

AGS Library. They are:

1) Genealogical Data Compiled from the pages

of the “Aurora Democrat” Newspaper from 22

Dec 1909 to 29 Dec 1929. This is a

transcription. This newspaper is being digitized under the Historic Aurora Newspapers digitalization project and is available at the Colorado Historic Newspapers website.

2) Three volumes of Ohio to Colorado, Abstracts of Obituaries of Ohio Natives Published in Colorado Newspapers covers the years 1987-1994, 1995-1996, and 1997-1998. Additionally, in support of this project, we have two notebooks of the obituary copies for 1999-

2000 and 2001-2002. The obituaries are filed alphabetically in each notebook.

3) Four notebooks of Aurora Obituaries, Obituaries Published in Denver and Aurora

Newspapers Relating to Aurora Residents.

These four notebooks cover 1990 & 2002, 2010,

2011 and 2012.

One of the best overall resources for obituaries in the Denver Metro area is the Denver Obituary Project,

<https://history.denverlibrary.org/research-

tool/denver-obituary-project> an index of obituaries and funeral notices published in the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post 1922-

2014. With the publication date you can contact

the reference desk to obtain a hard copy or email copy. Phone number is 720.865.1821.


Just a few places to find newspapers online:

- newspaperachives.com

- The Library of Congress –

https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

- GenealogyBank.com

- Colorado Historic Newspapers – this is

where you will find the Aurora Democrat and the Aurora Advocate among many other Colorado newspapers https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org

- ancestry.com

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Record the Location as It Was Then

- George G. Morgan, Internet Genealogy

And Your Genealogy Today author Geopolitical boundaries changed over time and place names also may have changed. It is important when entering events in your genealogy database to make sure to record the

location as it was when the event occurred.

By recording events with their date and the geopolitical jurisdiction at the time, you can more easily see where other documentary evidence may be sought. The FamilySearch Wiki at https://familysearch.org/wiki/en is an excellent source for identifying the history of a location and its parent and child counties, parishes, and country changes.


Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code - (Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers) May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes o No o

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

Newsletter

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Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVII, Number 6

November-December 2017



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety


General Meetings

Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 1:30 pm

No meeting in December

Tuesday, 23 January 2018, 1:30 pm

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 @ 1:30 p.m. Finding Old Maps on the Internet, presented by Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D., experienced genealogist.

Many genealogical situations are easier to understand if you have a suitable map. The possibilities are almost unlimited if you consider subject, scale, date and ambiguous place names. Search diligently for what you want.

No meeting in December – Happy Holidays

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 1:30 p.m. Stephen P. Morse One-Step Webpages: An In-depth Discussion, presented by Barry Halpern, experienced genealogist.

Stephen P. Morse is the creator of the “One Step” website. Ten years in the making, it is a portal or window into many genealogy related websites. It provides additional tools and pathways in and around the world of genealogical research that can be helpful to all of us.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are being listed on www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Holiday Closures

Saturday, 11 Nov 2017, Veterans Day

Wednesday, 22 Nov 2017





ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert

Librarian Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian Judy Keilman

Website Jennifer O’Bayley



We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Message from the President

November already?!

It’s time to renew your membership for 2018. An application is on page 43 of this newsletter. Several organizations continue to work together to digitize historic Aurora newspapers. You can help by donating money when renewing your AGS membership.

At the October meeting we decided to again participate in the Aurora History Museum’s Festival of Wreaths. Judy Keilman again agreed to create the wreath for us. Wreaths go on display 14 Nov – 8 Dec 2017 with bidding starting on 14 Nov. Go to <https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/aurora_history_museum/exhibits/festival_of_wreaths/ > for more information and to bid.

Enjoy the holidays. Put genealogy related items on your wish list and maybe you’ll get lucky.

See you at the November and January meetings.

Gail

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Happy Holidays

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration is required. Classes through the end of 2017 are 18 Nov (3rd Saturday due to DPL closure on 11 Nov) & 9 Dec. Visit the website for more information. Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

28 Feb – 3 Mar 2018 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration are now open. This is the largest genealogy conference held each year in North America. If you go, keep your registration receipt. CCGS holds a drawing at the April 2018 Council Meeting for reimbursement of the registration fee.

Research Week in Salt Lake City

19-24 Mar 2018 – Foothills Genealogy Group research week in Salt Lake City. Reservation information will be available soon.

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

13 & 14 April 2018 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Diahan Southard. Registration will open 18 Nov 2017. On 13 Apr, 2:00 – 4:30 pm at DPL, Diahan will present a special workshop Connecting Your DNA Matches. At the 14 Apr seminar Diahan will present four programs on genetic genealogy, Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing, Making Y-DNA and mtDNA Part of Your Family History, Three Powerful Ways to Find Your Best Matches, and A Day Out With Your DNA.

Save These Dates –

2-6 May 2018 – 40th NGS Family History Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. Hotel reservations being accepted. More information at <conference.ngsgenealogy.org>.

22 - 25 August 2018 – FGS National Conference, Fort Wayne, IN. Conference hotels, the Hilton Fort Wayne and Courtyard Fort Wayne at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, are now accepting Reservations. More information at <fgs.org>.

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The Council meeting on 7 October 2017 was held at the Denver Public Library.

Items of business included the following:

Elections were held and the following were voted in:

Vice-President Membership – Sandy Ronayne (Aurora GS & others)

Secretary – Judy Keilman (Aurora & Southeastern Genealogical Societies.

After a successful Society Management Workshop on 30 Sep 2017, it was decided that the next workshop would be held in May 2019.

Next Council meeting will be Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 at DPL.

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AGS Support to the CCGS Society Management Workshop

A big “Thank you” to all the AGS members who supported the CCGS Workshop. Judy Holtus and Gail Arnert worked the registration table, Sandy Ronanye was in charge of the workshop facilitators and door prize drawings, Jennifer O’Bayley, Judy Keilman and Sandy were facilitators for a variety of workshops, and Jennifer also assisted at the registration table. Members Vince Donnelley and Karen Campbell attended the workshops and both won door prizes!

New in the Library

Check us out at www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Featured State – New Hampshire

Vital Records of Londonderry, New Hampshire, by Daniel Gage Annis, pub. 1914.

New Hampshire Family Records Vols. I & II, by William Copley, pub. 1994.

Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States Taken in the Year 1790, New Hampshire.

An Index to the 1800 Federal Census of Cheshire Co., State of New Hampshire, compiled by James V. Gill.

Notices from the New Hampshire Gazette, 1765-1800, by Otis G. Hammond.

New Hampshire 1732 Census, by Jay Mack Holbrook.

New Hampshire 1776 Census, by Jay Mack Holbrook.

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Noyes, Sybil, Charles Thorton Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis, 1972 reprint.

New Hampshire Marriage Licenses and Intentions 1709-1961, by Pauline Johnson Oesterlin.

The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660, pub. 1965 [filed in Maine], by Charles Henry Pope.

Fritz Wetherbee's New Hampshire, pub. 2005

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Websites

Papers of the War Department, 1784 to 1800

http://wardepartmentpapers.org

---submitted by AGS member Dorothy Bernay

Fire destroyed the War Department office in 1800. For decades historians believed that its files, and the window they provide into early federal government, had been lost forever. This collection unites copies of the lost files in a digital archive that reconstitutes this invaluable historical resource.

I used the BROWSE function and selected PEOPLE, selected “B” and found three documents for a William Barton. Interesting gentleman, but not a relative of mine. His documents referred to his actions in the Revolutionary War.

CSI: Dixie

https://csidixie.org/

---submitted by AGS member Gale Nash

Coroners’ inquests are some of the richest records we have of life and death in the 19th century South. As mortals, we all die, but we do not die equally. Race, place, gender, profession, behavior, and good and back luck play large roles in determining how we go out of the world. Collecting extant coroners’ inquests for the state of South Carolina between 1800 and 1900, “CSI: Dixie” provides rare glimpses into Victorian-era suicide, homicide, infanticide, abortion, child abuse, spousal abuse, master-slave murder, and slave on slave violence. This is a project of the Center for Virtual History at the University of Georgia.

Colonial and State Records of North Carolina

http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/

---submitted by AGS member Dorothy Bernay

The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina is an extraordinary resource for students of North Carolina's history. The series includes documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina's settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

History Colorado Now Offers Historic African American Newspapers

---Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter, 27 Oct 2017

History Colorado recently digitized and added Denver African-American newspapers, the Statesman (1905-1912), and The Denver Star (1912-1918).

The Statesman was first published by Joseph D. D. River in 1889. In 1912, The Denver Star began to bill itself as “The paper formerly known as the Statesman.” In 1913, it was noted that “the papers formerly known as The Statesman and The Independent, have been merged into The Denver Star.” While these papers covered news from African-American communities in “Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and the West”, they also covered local news from Denver’s Five Points district. Five Points, sometimes referred to as the “Harlem of the West,” is one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. These newspapers offer researchers a vast amount of information on Denver’s African American culture and community, including its residents, businesses and aspects of everyday life.

Access these newspapers via https://www.coloradohistoricnewspapers.org/

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Was the First Thanksgiving Held in Florida?

---from Eastman’s Online Newsletter, 15 Nov 2015

Did the first Thanksgiving held in the New World happen in St. Augustine, Florida on September 8, 1565? One person with significant credentials in history claims Thanksgiving started decades before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

“The first Thanksgiving that involved a feast and lots of local food and inviting the local people, the Timacuan Indians here in St. Augustine to be part of it, and that’s our Thanksgiving,” says Kathleen Deagan, Ph.D.,

the distinguished research curator emerita at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. “Most of us associate our early history and our founders of the English colonies of Jamestown and of Plymouth, and really the first settlement was here in St. Augustine in 1565.”

Dr. Deagan continues, “It never ceases to astonish people the first thanksgiving meal was smoked meat and fish, ham, garbanzo beans, red wine, olives and olive oil. There wasn’t any corn as far as we know, no turkeys, no mashed potatoes, no pecan pie for sure!”

After Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the peninsula, named it La Florida (“Land of Flowers”) and claimed it for Spain in 1513, King Philip II named Spanish Adm. Pedro Menendez de Aviles governor of Florida and commissioned him to establish a permanent settlement and gain control of the territory. Menendez landed in Florida on September 4, 1565. He named his landing spot San Agustin (St. Augustine) in honor of the saint upon whose feast day, Aug. 28, he had first sighted land near Cape Canaveral.

Menendez was accompanied by several hundred soldiers, sailors and civilians. One man in the group was a secular priest named Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, who not only was the fleet’s spiritual leader, but also kept a log describing the historic passage and landing.

“On Saturday the 8th, the general landed with many banners spread, to the sounds of trumpets and salutes of artillery,” according to a translation of what Father Lopez wrote. “As I had gone ashore the evening before, I took a cross and went to meet him, singing the hymn ‘Te Deum Laudamus.’ The general, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of Indians watched these proceedings and imitated all they saw done.”

Afterward, Menendez held the first Thanksgiving feast.


Find-A-Grave Will Change

submitted by Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D.

Findagrave.com has announced that the web site soon will change. Some changes are cosmetic, while others are functional. A map feature has been added.

The home page, formerly just a list of over thirty choices, will become a photograph with a few menu selections across the top. That page will be dominated by the search panel, which will function largely as it has in the past and with the same options for every search box except those related to location.

The current search panel specifies location via pull-down lists for country, state, and county. The new search panel offers a single box for location, in which you are supposed to type the name of a place. As you begin to type a city, county, state, or country that box auto-fills with suggested place names which you can select with a mouse click. Use the American English equivalent of a country name; Germany works but Deutschland doesn’t.

The new home page’s menu bar goes across the top of the screen. Clicking CEMETERIES takes you to a page that lets you hunt cemeteries in either of two ways. Near the top left of the page is a search box where you can type a cemetery name. This auto-fill box works as above. When you select a name, you see a hit list of cemeteries with that name. Each entry on the hit list displays some facts about that cemetery, and a link to its information page. That page contains a search box that you can use to hunt for a person’s name.

Instead of using that cemetery-name search box, you can use the cemetery-place search box to its right. Clicking a place name produces a map of cemeteries near that place. You can zoom the map in or out, and can pan it in any direction. (If the map doesn’t display any marker pins, zoom in.) After a name is in that search box, clicking Search leads to a hit list of cemeteries near that place. Use this hit list the same way you use the other cemetery search box.

To see and experiment with all the planned changes, go to https://findagrave.com/ and then click preview now near the top center of the screen.



Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code -

(Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: o beginner o intermediate o advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes o No o (training is provided for new volunteers)

May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes o No o

E-mail Address(s):

Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you: o

Membership Dues $ 15.00

Donation to AGS Library Fund $

Donation to National Archives Gift Fund $

Donation to Historic Aurora Newspapers digitalization

Project $

Total $

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

 

Volume XXXVII, Number 5

September-October 2017

General Meetings

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 7:00 pm

 

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

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Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

 

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

 

 

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                            Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                 Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity     Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                             Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                            Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                      Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

CCGS Delegate                                    Gail Arnert

Genealogist                                          Dorothy Bernay

Historian                                              Elaine Pankonin

Librarian                                              Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                 Gail Arnert

                                                            [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                             Lori Holtus

Parliamentarian                                    Judy Keilman

Website                                                Jennifer O’Bayley

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

Message from the President

 

   It’s been a great, relatively meeting free summer.

   No brick walls came tumbling down over the summer and very few chinks in the walls occurred.  I did start sorting through boxes of stuff and ended up labeling quite a few pictures.  Also was able to clean up several of my genealogy notebooks.  It’s surprising how many copies I have of the same piece of information.

   It feels good to be getting ready for our first meeting.  As usual, Judy Holtus has some great programs lined up to include Other Census Records, Identifying Ancestors with Common Surnames, Finding Female Ancestors and Researching in New York.  You can find the complete program list on page 34 of this newsletter.

   There are some great all-day seminars and workshops coming up this fall.  I’m sure you can find one of interest to you.

   Looking forward to seeing you at the meetings.

 

                                                Gail

 

 

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Why is it?

The only overturned, face-down gravestone in the cemetery is your grandfather’s?

 

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The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.---Thoreau

--- both from The Sunny Side of Genealogy,

compiled by Fonda D. Baselt

 

 

 Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

   BeginnerGenealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.

Carol Darrow is the instructor.  Classes through the end of 2017 are 9 Sep, 14 Oct, 11 Nov & 9 Dec.  Visit the website for more information.

 

Aurora Family History Center Classes

   Classes are at 7:00 p.m. every 1st Thursday and 2nd Sunday of the month at the Aurora Family History Center, 950 Laredo St., Aurora, 80011.

   Upcoming classes are:

   September 7 & 10, Intro to Ancestry.com, presented by Paul Magee.

   October 5 & 8, Ancestry.com II – more to Ancestry.com than just the search features, presented by Paul Magee.

 

CCGS Society Management Workshop

cocouncil.org

   The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS) will again host a FREE Society Management Workshop on Saturday, 30 Sep 2017, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, at the Denver Public Library in the B2 Conference Center and other conference rooms throughout the Library.  If you are a current Society officer, interested in becoming an officer OR becoming more active in your society, this is a must attend event.

   Online registration is available at cocouncil.org.  Forms are also available at our meetings and in the AGS Library.

 

Larimer County Genealogical Society

Conference for a Cause

www.lcgsco.org

   Larimer County Genealogical Society’s 3rd annual Conference for a Cause will be held 14 Oct 2017, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm, Medical Center of the Rockies Community Room, Loveland, CO, $50/person  Featured Speaker will be Blaine T. Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist and DNA Specialist.  Information and Registration at LCGSCO.org.

 

Jewish Genealogy Annual All-Day Seminar

jgsco.org

   Sunday, 15 Oct 2017, 8:00 am Registration & Breakfast, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm Seminar, at JCC, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver.  Cost is $20 for members.  Non-members is $35.  Presenter Lisa Cooke will speak on How to Organize all this Genealogy Stuff, Google Search and Google Books, Time Travel and Google Earth, and Future Technology and Genealogy – 5 Strategies You Need.  Online registration only and it’s currently available.

 

Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter

   COPALAMs Fall Seminar will be Friday, 21 October, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, and Saturday, 22 Oct 2017, 9:30 am – 4:15 pm in the Denver Public Library, 14th & Broadway, Lower Level Conference Room.  The seminar will be free this year, but Registration is Required, as seating is limited.  Featured speaker will be James M. Beidler, an author, columnist and teacher.  Topics include Searching for a Pennsylvania German Ancestor, German Immigrant Waves: Contrasts and Sources, Your Immigrant’s Germany: Microstates and Microbreweries, and Online German Church Registers, Duplicates and Substitutes.

   More information and registration form available in the AGS Library and at meetings.

 

 

Planning Ahead – Save these dates:

19-24 March 2018 – Foothills & Aurora Genealogy societies Salt Lake City research trip.

 

14 April 2018 – CGS/CIG Joint Spring Seminar featuring Diahan Southard.  She will present four programs on genetic genealogy.

 

  

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

 

   The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) has announced its fall lineup of new television programs.  Of interest to genealogists, “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr.,” is returning Tuesday, 3 Oct.  Celebrities who will learn about their ancestors include Scarlett Johansson, Aziz Ansari, Bryant Gumbel, and Garrison Keillor.

    Check your local PBS listings for channel and time as the date approaches.

 

 

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

   The summer Council meeting, hosted by the Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society, was held 8 July 2017 at the Penrose Library in Colorado Springs, CO.  John Putnam and other PPGS members did a wonderful job hosting the meeting, tour and lunch.

   There were about 12 delegates and officers present with another 7 on GoToMeeting.

   Megan Munroe, Records Coordinator & Fraud Prevention Specialist with the State of Colorado Office of the State Registrar of Vital Statistics, presented an overview of accessing Colorado’s Vital Records.  Colorado is considered a “Closed Records State”.  Birth records over 100 years old, death records over 75 years old and marriage and dissolution verifications over 75 years old are open to the public.  Prior to that timeframe the records are restricted to eligible applicants or family only.  A copy of her detailed presentation is available in the AGS library.

   The 7 Oct (first Saturday) meeting will be held at Denver Public Library.  Meeting starts at 10:00 am.

  

 

New in the AGS Library

Check us out at www.librarything.com

 

Alaska’s History, The People, Lands and Events of the North Country, by Harry Ritter, 1993.

 

A Concise History of the Hawaiian Islands, by Dr. Phil Barnes, 2001.

 

“Green Hills…” An Album of Iowa State Memories, by Laura C. Dailey, pub. by the Iowa State University Alumni Association, 1975.

 

White Columns in Georgia, by Medora Ruth Perkerson, 1952.

 

Weld County Genealogical Society, Colorado Quarterly, May 2017.

 

Virginia County Road Map Atlas, published by the Virginia Department of Transportation.  Donated by Barbara Bickerton.

 

City Research Guides, published by Family Tree Magazine.

 

Kutztown State Teachers College Yearbooks for 1946 & 1949.

 

Centennial History, Kutztown, Pennsylvania, 1815-1915, published by the Kutztown Centennial Association.

 

Stanley and Allied Families, Volume 2, Descendants of William 3, by Alvin L. Anderson.

 

Following the Paper Trail: A Multilingual Translation Guide, by Jonathan D. Shea & William F. Hoffman, 1994.

 

Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000, by the U S Census Bureau, April 2002.

 

Kith and Kin of Eastern Carteret County [NC], by Simpson and Sanders, 1983.

 

  

Websites

 

Atlas Obscura

atlasobscura.com

   This website has nothing to do specifically with genealogy, but it’s really fun to browse through.  According to the “About Us” page it is the definitive guide to the world's wondrous and curious places.

   In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world.  If you're searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you'll find them.

   Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project.  We depend on our far-flung community of explorers (like you!) to help us discover amazing, hidden spots, and share them with the world.  If you know of a curious place that's not already in the Atlas, let us know.

   There is plenty out there to discover, so let's start looking!

 

Finding Your Dutch Ancestors Online

www.wiewaswie.nl

   WieWasWie [Who Was Who] is the largest genealogical website in the Netherlands.  When searching you can only find exact matches.  I found this out with my Dyckman family.  In Dutch it is spelled Dijckman.  I went from 0 matches to 611.  The site has records back to the 1600s and includes many from New Amsterdam.  When you first visit the website click on EN along the top.  This changes the page from Dutch to English.  This is both a free and subscription data base.  For free you can search and see many transciptions.  Under Subscriptions you can sign up for a free registration.  This gives you some image access.  Paid subscriptions are by month or year.  I still have 5690 items to go through on my Arnout surname!

 

 Internet Archives

https://archive.org/details/genealogy

   The Internet Archives has always been one of my favorite sites to find books.  Now you can limit your search to genealogy books by using the above URL.

    The Internet Archive now has a dedicated section just for genealogy, family history and local history books.  Go to the above website and find the box labeled “Search this Collection” and perform a search for a surname or place name.  Search results will reflect all the books that are either 1) books about the surname or 2) genealogy or local history books that had your surname someplace within the book.

   I searched for “Norwalk” (my hometown in Ohio) and there were 68 results.  Many from OH and CT, as well as an author named Norwalk.

 

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Written in Stone

---from Family Tree Magazine

   These initials might wind up on your ancestor’s tombstones.

AAONMS:      Ancient Arabic Order or Nobles                                and the Mystic Shrine (Masonic)

AASR:            Ancient and Accepted Scottish                                  Rite (Masonic)

AOH:              Ancient Order of Hibernians

AOUW:           Ancient Order of United

                        Workmen

BPOE:             Benevolent and Protective Order                               of Elks

FOE:               Fraternal Order of Eagles

G                     (with a compass and square):

                        Masonic

GAR:              Grand Army of the Republic

IHC, HIS:        the first three letters of Jesus’                                               name in Greek

IOOF:              Independent Order of Odd

                        Fellows

KOFC:            Knights of Columbus

SCV:               Sons of Confederate Veterans

WOW:             Woodsmen of the World

Note: Of course there are many other abbreviations.  The above is a representative sample.

 

Upcoming Programs

 

   Here’s a quick look at the meeting programs Judy Holtus has planned through May 2018:

 

26 Sep, 1:30 pm:  Researching Land Records, presented by Pam Heath.

 

24 Oct, 7:00 pm:  Identifying Ancestors with Common Surnames, presented by Carol Darrow.

 

22 Nov, 1:30 pm:  Finding Old Maps on the Internet, presented by Dr. Ted Bainbridge.

 

23 Jan, 1:30 pm:  Steve P. Morse, One-Step Webpages:  An In-depth Discussion, presented by Barry Halpern.

 

27 Feb, 7:00 pm:  Member Sharing

 

27 Mar, 1:30 pm:  Discovering Your Female Ancestors, presented by Dina Carson.

 

24 April, 7:00 pm:  Censuses: Other than State and Federal, presented by Vickie Smejkal.

 

22 May, 1:30 pm:  The Empire State and the Big Apple: Online Resources for New York Genealogists, presented by Jen Baldwin, followed by the Business Meeting.

 

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New Database at Family History Centers

 

   A newer database available at Family History Centers is Geneanet.  With 3 billion referenced individuals and 600,000 trees online, Geneanet is the first site dedicated to genealogy in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany.  The Geneanet community has 2 million members who exchange genealogical information.

   Check it out at the Aurora Family History Center located at 950 Laredo (just north of 6th Avenue), Aurora, CO.  Phone number is 303-367- 0570.

 

 

 

Using DNA in Family History

--abstracted from an NEHGS Webinar, June 2017

 

What DNA can do:

·       Test a hypotheses,

·       Confirm a matrilineal or patrilineal origin,

·       Provide possibilities of recent non-paternity events,

·       Open up a can of worms.

What DNA can’t do:

·       Solve a brick wall ancestor without any genealogical research,

·       Determine Native American tribe,

·       Be proof positive of a suspected distant kinship.

 

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Entertainment and Genealogy

abstracted from EOGN, 22 May 2017

 

   How many of us remember going to the circus growing up?  Following is the end of an article about the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Dick Eastman points out two things:

1. Let’s take note in our family histories of the entertainment our ancestors enjoyed.

2. We now know that entertainment does not last forever.  Vaudeville died years ago.  The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shut down after 146 years of entertainment.  What will replace our present interest in movies, television, or even the Internet?   How will our descendants be entertained?

 

 

Where Discovery Starts – an Aurora Genealogical Society Library Journey

--- submitted by AGS Member, Judy Holtus

           

            One Saturday in early 2017 while volunteering the morning shift at our library, in came a jaunty 90 year old man with an unusual request.  He had seen our article in the HUB and wanted help in finding his biological mother.  He knew she was long dead but was inquiring to see if he could find more information regarding his adoption in 1926.  I hesitated and told him we really did not research people’s family histories but rather directed and helped them to find their ancestors themselves.  Well, after he told me about a previous paid attempt in 1995 with really no results, and his inability to use the computer, I relented and said I would try on my own time.  After looking briefly and finding a good possibility, he approached me with a more pressing predicament.  His adopted son needed to find his biological parents due to his severe medical ailments.  So, I put his mother on the shelf and delved into this order of business.  Fortunately, the son was born in Denver and he could obtain his original birth certificate with a minimal amount of money and paperwork.  When he received this critical document and brought it in, I was surprised to find his father’s name, age, place of birth, occupation and place of employment.  His mother’s name, including maiden and married surname, address, age and place of birth were also listed.  By this time, Alice Jablonski, wanted to help and together we found his entire family by using FamilySearch, Ancestry, Find-a-Grave and Genealogy Bank.  It only took us 6 days and probably 10 hours each.

 

            Now it becomes difficult to find living relatives.  We wrote letters to addresses from years ago to those we thought could be half-siblings to the son but only one nibble, who does not respond to phone calls, arrived.  It is up to father and son to conclude this journey.

 

            I have not finished the original request as I am waiting for the now 91 year old father to send for his original birth certificate from Missouri.  Then I will know if I found his mother or need to start over.

 

            Both Alice and I never intended for this to evolve as it has, but what a warm and rewarding feeling to help such an endearing man, who at his age volunteers at the Aurora History Museum every Saturday.  He has become a regular visitor on Saturday mornings before his shift across the lawn.  His son’s health is still unsettling but we only hope both find those ancestors they so want to meet.

 

 

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Genealogy Trivia:

 

If you figure there’s 25 years

between each generation,

500 years ago there were

1,048,576 people involved

in creating YOU!

YOU are special!

                                                                                                         - submitted by AGS Member Dotty Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.  Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings.  Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm.  Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms.  Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.  Annual membership starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

                    Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.



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Volume XXXVII, Number 4

July-August 2017

General Meetings

No Meetings July & August

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 7:00 pm

 

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Researching Land Records

Presented by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, Foothills Genealogical Society

   Why are land records so important to genealogy research?  This presentation will discuss where to locate various types of land records and how to read them using examples of actual documents.  The differences between metes and bounds and platted land descriptions will be discussed along with maps, atlases and gazetteers.

 

 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Identifying Ancestors with Common Surnames

Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist

   Are you stumped by the Jones, Williams and Smith families and the many John and Mary couples?  Learn how to separate and identify these confusing people by establishing specific dates and locations for their births, marriages and deaths.



Aurora Genealogical Society Library


Aurora Central Library, Main Floor


14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012


303-739-6686


Open to the Public


Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm


For Other Times/Appointments,


303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179


During inclement weather,


please call ahead to ensure we are open.


Library Closure


Sat., 19 Aug, due to Great Lawn Event


 


 


Happy Birthday


 



 


USA – 4 July


Colorado - 1 August



Newsletter

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Volume XXXVII, Number 3

May-June 2017



General Meetings

Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

Workshop – Monday, 5 June 2017, 11:30 am, Small Community Room

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm, Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 1:30 pm

How to Plan Your Digital Afterlife

Presented by Julie Miller, Certified Genealogist

   Your digital presence has grown at a rapid speed.  After you’re gone, what will happen to   your electronic information and photos?  Learn how to take control of your digital afterlife. 

   Brief Business Meeting, to include election and installation of Officers will follow the program.

 

NO MEETINGS IN JUNE, JULY OR AUGUST

Workshop

Tuesday, 5 June 2017 @ 11:30 am

Family Tree Maker - Led by Dorothy Bernay, experienced genealogist

 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 1:30 pm

Researching Land Records

Presented by Pam Heath, Education Coordinator, Foothills Genealogical Society

   Why are land records so important to genealogy research?  This presentation will discuss where to locate various types of land records and how to read them using examples of actual documents.  The differences between metes and bounds and platted land descriptions will be discussed along with maps, atlases and gazetteers.



Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other Times/Appointments,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Our Library holdings can be found at www.librarything.com

 

Library Closure

Sat., 10 June, due to Great Lawn Event

 

 


 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                            Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                 Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity     Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                             Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                            Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                      Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                              Elaine Pankonin

CCGS Delegate                                    Gail Arnert

Genealogist                                          Dorothy Bernay

Librarian                                              Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                 Gail Arnert

                                                            [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                             Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee                        Elaine Pankonin

                                                            Dorothy Bernay

Parliamentarian                                    Judy Keilman

Website                                                Jennifer O’Bayley

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

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Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 

 

 

Message from the President

   We had a great show and tell meeting in April.   Members shared items and stories about their family history.  This included finding first car purchase records from 1932 and 1949, a notebook about a father featuring his Masonic and Shriner days and a passion for restoring cars, a miner’s pewter plate, pictures, letters and stories about a WWI grandfather and his brothers, a tale about a Masonic ring and its survival, postcards from the past, a picture of a 1 year old and her dress in a frame, hand knitted dresses, an 1821 sampler with associated family history, and an oil painting by Mom.  A fun meeting.

   Take the City of Aurora Libraries online survey either at one of the libraries or from home.  Although the Genealogy Library is not specifically mentioned, there are opportunities to plug it in the “Other” sections.

   Come to the May meeting and the June workshop.  Look forward to seeing you then.

 

                       Gail

 

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Nominating Committee Report

   The Nominating Committee, Elaine Pankonin and Dorothy Bernay, presented the following slate of Officers for the May election at the April Board meeting:

   VP Programs & Publicity – Judy Holtus

   Treasurer – Richard Kautt

   Recording Secretary – Barbara Bickerton

   Nominations will be accepted from the floor, with the consent of the nominee, at the May meeting.  Each position will serve for two years.

   If you are interested in being an officer, please contact Elaine or Dorothy soon.

 

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One Book 4 Colorado

   Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley is this year’s One Book 4 Colorado.  Take a 4-year old to one of the libraries and pick up a free copy.

 

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

   Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for 13 May and 10 June.  Visit the website for more information.  Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

 

 

Flag Day Ceremony

   The Peace Pipe Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the City and County of Denver and its Mountain Parks District will host the 106th annual Flag Day Ceremony on Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017, 11:00 am at the Genesee Mountain Park.  Please come for the ceremony and bring your own picnic lunch to the Genesee Park Shelter.

   More information is available in the AGS Library.

 

 

3rd Annual Conference for a Cause

LCGSCO.org

   Larimer County Genealogical Society’s annual Conference for a Cause will be held 14 October 2017, in Loveland, CO.  Featured Speaker will be Blaine T. Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist and DNA Specialist.  For more info go to Society’s website.

 

Planning Ahead -

10-13 May 2017 – NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC

 

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – FGS National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Oct 2017 - COPALAM Fall Seminar

 

 

Websites

Online Pennsylvania State Archives

http://www.phmc.pa.gov/archives/pages/default.aspx

 

   If you have ancestors in Pennsylvania and have not visited the State Archives website recently you really need to.  It’s been significantly updated and offers many more digital images, especially in the Maps section.  Research Online topics include Aerial Photographs, Audio Recordings, Birth Indices, Death Indices, Land Records, Maps, Military Records, and several more topics.

   The Pennsylvania State Library, across the street from the Archives has an extensive newspaper collection.

 

Some Colorado Cemeteries

   Linn Grove Cemetery, Greeley, CO http://greeleygov.com/services/linn-grove, was established in 1874.  The cemetery is owned and operated by the city of Greeley, the seat of Weld County.

   Click the Search Burials link.  Search results include name of the deceased, birth date, birth city, deceased date, grave location, and gravestone image.  Pins on the cemetery map mark the locations of the graves.  If the gravestone image is not provided, you can submit an image request form and a volunteer will photograph the headstone.

 

   Fowler Cemetery, Fowler, Otero Co., CO http://www.fowlercolorado.com.  Fowler Cemetery was established in 1897 and has been owned by the town since 1920.

   Click the “Online Cemetery Records” link in the center of the page to access the search page. Click the search button.  Refine your search by entering a keyword or a location.  Use the "Which cemetery?" dropdown list to narrow your search to a specific section.  The data fields in the search results are cemetery, grave location, interred name, purchaser name, date interred, date purchased, birth date, death date, place of birth, veteran status, years served, what service and rank, spouse, undertaker, and cause of death.  Click the View link for a detailed record.

New in the Library

Donations and Purchases

 

The Great Migration Newsletter, Volumes 16-20, by Robert Charles Anderson, 2012, Purchased.

 

Mothers of Achievement in American History, 1776-1976, by the American Mothers Committee, Inc., Bi-Centennial Project, pub, 1976, Purchased.

 

Kentucky Archives, Johnson County, Vital Statistics, 1843-1904. by Charles C. Wells, 1993, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

Annals of Floyd County, Kentucky, 1800-1826, by Charles C. Wells, 1995, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia, 1748-1920, by William C. Pendleton, 1989 reprint, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

The Founding of Harman’s Station with an account of the Indian Captivity of Mrs. Jennie Wiley and the Exploration of the Big Sandy Valley in the Virginias and Kentucky, by William Elsey Connelley, 1988 reprint, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

Kentucky’s Last Frontier, by Henry P. Scalf, 2000 reprint, donated by Toll Creek Chapter, NSDAR.

 

Colorado’s Historic Hotels, by Alexander Walker Clark, 2011.

 

 

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The Library Corner

- from AGS Librarian, Alice Jablonski

   If you are looking for a new place to search for genealogical books, maybe one of these websites will help you:

 

ancestorstuff.com

   Much of their catalog is print-on-demand and they now offer 9,400 ebooks.  This business was recently purchased from the previous owners, so there are some hiccups on the website as the new owner figures things out.

mountainpress.com
   Located in Signal Mountain, TN, Mountain Press was formed for the purpose of presenting primary research material for the historian and genealogist.  Most of the information is for the southeastern states from PA to TX.

   Surnames listed on our site are searchable.  A free monthly newsletter discusses a different topic with each issue.

arcadiapublishing.com
   Local and regional history books from all parts of the country.

genealogical.com
  The Genealogical Publishing Company has been around a long time - many of the books in the AGS library were published by them.

Any County Historical Societies
   As you are researching, remember to check out the historical society of the county your ancestors lived in.  Many of the societies maintain a small bookstore that you can order from and they may feature self-published books of local history, architecture, and biographies.

 

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Browsing the AGS Shelves

- from AGS Library Volunteer, Gail Arnert

   During one of my volunteer shifts I was browsing our Indiana collection, although I don’t have any ancestors yet in that state.  After finding Pioneer Pickens compiled by Horace Heffren, I wish I had ancestors in Washington County.  This collection of articles appeared in the Salem Democrat from Dec. 1875 to May 1881.  According to tradition, Mr. Heffren interviewed pioneer settlers personally, then wrote articles about the facts he was told in the interview.  There are many articles and facts about Washington County and its early days which are not to be found anywhere else except in Pioneer Pickens.

From the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

www.cocouncil.org

   The Council meeting was held 1 April 2017 via GoToMeeting.  Your delegate, Gail Arnert, was not able to attend.  Council Secretary and Southeastern delegate Judy Keilman filled in for Aurora also.  The meeting was conducted by Sandy Ronayne, VP Membership in President Bob Larson’s absence.

   The meeting began with a speaker, which will be an every meeting occurrence.  The weather prevented speaker Megan Munroe with the Colorado State Vital Records Office to attend. John Putnam, from Pikes Peak Genealogy Society, spoke on Managing Risk for Your Genealogy Society.

   New Delegate-at-Large, John Putnam, talked about a SWOT Report he will pursue.  Strength – Weaknesses – Opportunity – Threats.  He will send out this survey shortly and present at the next meeting.

   The CCGS Workshop is planned to be held in September.  There are some positions available for volunteering and chairpersons.

   There was a discussion on changes to the Procedural Manual sections for Delegate, FGS Delegate, and Speakers Bureau.  The Procedural Manual will be sent back for further revisions.

   Still looking for a location outside the Denver metro area to have the next CCGS meeting in July.  Potential locations are Longmont and Colorado Springs.

   Since the meeting in April, Judy Keilman has received notification that the 8 July Council meeting will be hosted by the Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society in Colorado Springs, CO.

 

   Check out the CCGS website <cocouncil.org> to view a beginning genealogy video.  On the main page scroll down to Videos On Genealogy.  Click to watch a 3 ½ minute Video with speaker Carol Darrow.

 

 

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Never Let What You Do Not Know Unravel What You Do Know

- - submitted by Judy Holtus

 

   If you have done really good research...really followed the steps to define a problem, look for an answer to that problem, evaluate the evidence you find, and then and only then add that information into your family tree....then do not let some new undocumented bit of information that you might stumble upon in your web surfing unravel what you already know....what you have already studied out and feel fairly confident to be correct.

   Let's plan to do genealogy and not general-ology.

 

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Annual Research Trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City

   From 10-15 April 2017, eighteen genealogists from the Foothills Genealogical Society, Aurora Genealogical Society, Iowa and California, traveled to SLC for concentrated research at the Family History Library.  From Aurora were Gail Arnert, Marion Baumann, Dorothy Bernay, Judy Holtus, and Alice Jablonski.

   The weather was perfect and the flowers in Temple Square were gorgeous.

   Here’s input from the ladies about their experiences:

 

Gail – I concentrated on my Grover family who arrived in MA in 1642.  Although I gathered a lot of information, I’m still not sure I’ve resolved my lineage issues.  Too many men named John, of which several married an Abigail.  Then the families moved to Cayuga Co., NY in the 1790s and records are almost non-existent!  One interesting paper I found in Cayuga Co., was a Sept. Term 1799 Court Record showing my 5th great-grandfather John Grover as one of the Justices and my 4th great-grandfather Joseph Hadley as a member of the Grand Jury.  These two families obviously knew each other.

 

Marion – Once again it was a great trip.  I made copies of actual wills for several ancestors.  I found many little bits and pieces to fill in gaps. Some of those clues lead me to more records to look for and more information to add to families.  My big find was an actual county court record in Ohio of a death record. Printing in books and transcriptions of that record told of his parents, so before I went on the trip and then at the library, I really searched for those parents. When I looked at the actual death record on film, I discovered an error.  The record covered the left and right side pages and in filling in the page across from the name, date of death, and age, the information about cause of death and parents was down a line from where it should have been.  The next person's information they entered on the right hand page was copied on his line.  Confusing to explain but by studying it I saw the problem.  Because he was so old his parents were actually unknown.  The young person listed next had parents named but because they ended up on his line, I was looking for parents that didn't exist.  So I may never know his parents, but I can now give up on those names.  I considered that proof a great find.  End of his line, maybe, but we all can get back only so far in old records.

 

Dorothy – As always a wonderful trip. Everyone in the group gives suggestions to help find your family.  Very helpful.  I found additional information on my Whitehurst line and started a new family. I also found original baptismal records in England on my family.

 

Judy – Once again our Salt Lake City research trip proved to be both enlightening and frustrating at the same time.

   Since I have been delving into my Danish ancestors for many years, my unfinished brick wall issues were at the forefront of my itinerary.

   With new research techniques learned and online databases explored, I inched my way forward and slowly filled in some of those vital facts I so wanted to find.

   It is always a pleasure to diligently work in an environment of like-minded individuals who expand their knowledge of a complex hobby and ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

 

Alice – I had no expectations in preparing for my first trip with AGS to Salt Lake City, but I feel it was very successful and my four brick wall files that I took came back crumbled! Everyone measures success differently, but to have positive verification that no records exist for my county in Ireland means that I can move on to other family lines.  Success meant having a lovely Polish lady offer to translate a research request into Polish for me!  And success was finally finding a “long lost” family under a different name in the census – right where they should be. J

   Add to those items the nice weather, lovely gardens, an unexpected concert, and getting to know new friends much better made it a successful and enjoyable trip all around!


 

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of the

Aurora Genealogical Society


Volume XXXVII, Number 2

March-April 2017



Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 @ 1:30 pm

Women in the Civil War – Soldiers, Spies, Saints and Sinners (Large Room)

Presented by Sandy Ronayne, Experienced Genealogist

   Women played a significant role in the Civil War.  Both Union and Confederate armies greatly benefitted from the many avenues of service these brave women offered.  Some of these impressive women, along with their records, will be explored in this presentation.

 

 

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 @ 7:00 pm

Member Sharing (Small Room)

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society members

   Our April meeting will feature society members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries.  Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths.

 

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Have you renewed your membership?


 


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.


Our holdings are being listed on www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety





Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

e-mail – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety


ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                                Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                    Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity       Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                                Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                 Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                         Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                 Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist                                             Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate                                       Gail Arnert

Librarian                                                  Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                    Gail Arnert

                                                                [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee                           Elaine Pankonin

                                                                Dorothy Bernay

Parliamentarian                                        Judy Keilman

Website                                                   Jennifer O’Bayley

 

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

E-mail articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

 Message from the President

 

   Happy 36th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society.  Organized in 1981 with 54 Charter members, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active members.  Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!

   Who Do Think You Are? has started it’s 7th season.  Tune in Sunday nights at 8:00 pm on TLC.

   It’s springtime in the Rockies and this means some great seminars and genealogy fairs coming up in April and May.  You can get details in our Library.  AGS will be supporting the Aurora Family History Center Genealogy Fair on Saturday, 6 May.  It’s free, with displays and classes galore.

   Please plan ahead for our Member Sharing meeting in April.  It’s one of my favorite meetings.  Bring and talk about some story or item important to your Family History.

   Elections are coming up in May.  If you are interested in serving as VP Programs/Publicity, Treasurer or Recording Secretary, please contact the Nominating Committee – Dorothy Bernay or Elaine Pankonin.

   I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meetings and in our library.

 

                                                Gail

 

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New Members

 

Kado, Debbie –14650 E. Hampton Place, Aurora, CO 80014 (Heinze, Olps, Luecken, Stark. Baumann)

McNutt, Jon – 2424 S. Lima Way, Aurora, CO 80014 (McNutt & others)

Michals, Susan – 3311 S. Telluride St., Aurora, CO 80013

Sauve, Becky – 16733 E. Ithaca Place, Aurora, CO 80013 (Sauve, Lagandere, Enlow)

 

 

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

   Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for 11 Mar, 8 Apr and 13 May.  Visit the website for more information.  Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

 

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar

http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

   Saturday, 8 April 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Lower Level Conference Room, Denver Public Library, 14th & Broadway, Denver.  Materials fee is $35.  Featured speaker will be David Allen Lambert, NEHGS staff member and Chief Genealogist.  Register before 1 Feb to be eligible for the drawing to have lunch with David the day of the seminar.  Seminar topics include Town and Vital Records, Land Records, and Court Records.

   Free Special Program - Friday, 7 April 2017 - David Allen Lambert - The Great Migration Study Project.  David will present a free program on the NEHGS Great Migration Study Project the afternoon of 7 April 2017, Denver Public Library.  Since 1988, the goal of The Great Migration Study Project has been to create accounts of immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640.

Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America

Spring Seminar and Book Fair

   Saturday, 6 May 2017, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm in the Denver Public Library, Lower Level Conference Room, 14th & Broadway, Denver, CO.  Materials fee is $35 (add $5 if registration is postmarked after 29 Apr).  Lunch is on your own.  Seminar Speaker Fritz Juengling, PhD, AG will cover German Names: Their Origins, Meanings, & Distribution; Germans from Russia; German Guild Records; and Beyond the

 

 

Obvious Reasons: Practical and Social Decisions for Emigration to America. Registration forms are available in our library, at AGS meetings or online at cocouncil.org (click on Member Societies’ Seminars and Registration Forms towards the bottom of the page).

 

Planning Ahead – Save These Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, mark your 2017 calendars for these events:

 

10-13 May 2017 – NGS Family History Conference, Raleigh, NC

 

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – FGS National Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Oct 2017 - COPALAM Fall Seminar

 

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Library Treasures

submitted by Judy Holtus

   While volunteering one Saturday at our genealogy library, I encountered a very nice 90 year old gentleman.  He wanted help finding his biological mother.  He knew she would be dead by now but wanted help in finding her anyway.  He could not obtain his birth certificate from Missouri when he tried five years prior.  He did have some information which proved helpful to me.  He had her surname, age, occupation and his place of birth and year.  In Google I found great information on the maternity residence of his birth.  It gave many leads as to his mother’s station in life (a 5 star rating).  I then looked in the 1930 census and found a young woman the correct age, name and occupation living in Indiana.  I further searched and found quite a bit about this particular person but still did not know if she was his mother.

   I told him he would have to search for people in this area of Indiana with that surname and maybe find more information/descendents and try DNA testing.  He agreed it was a long shot at best.

   Well, the next day I happen to be reading my December issue of Family Tree Magazine.  On page 22 I read with heightened interest a tip about adoption records.  I knew Colorado had opened records last year but did not know of other states.  This snippet gave a website (www.americanadoptioncongress.org) which lists every state and their adoption records laws.  I checked and there was Missouri having opened their records in the past year.  I immediately e-mailed this gentleman with the news.  He called me the next day and was elated at the prospect of getting this birth record at last.

   As we all know, this will take some time but he promised to let me know if it is the young lady I found.  I saved all my research papers just in case.

   AGS has a subscription to Family Tree Magazine and it is housed on the rack near the printer.  If you do not have a subscription, it is always there for you to peruse.  Back issues are kept for years and many pertinent articles and tips can be found among the pages.

 

 

25 April 2017 Member Sharing Meeting

 

   One of my favorite meetings, this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families.  Come prepared to share.

 

 

23 May 2017 Business Meeting

 

   May of each year is the Aurora Genealogical Society’s annual business meeting.  At this meeting we will hold elections for VP Programs/Publicity, Treasurer and Recording Secretary.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the Nominating Committee Elaine Pankonin or Dorothy Bernay.  We will also vote on any proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules.

  


Council News

   The Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies meeting was held 14 Jan 2017 in the 4th Floor Conference Room at DPL.  It was conducted by President Robert Larson.

   Items of interest included –

·         Post meeting, by e-mail voting, Sandy Ronanye was elected VP Membership to fill out President Bob Larson’s term. John Putnam (PPGS) was elected Delegate-at-Large for 2017.  This is a one-year term.

·         The vote on amendments to the 2017 Council budget was delayed until the next meeting.

·         Bob headed a discussion about cyber security providing a couple of handouts.  Some of our member societies were victims of a spam attempting to get monies from the societies.

  

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 1 April 2017 at DPL.

 

AGS Member Recognized by DAR

 

   At the 7 January 2017 meeting of the Peace Pipe Chapter, NSDAR, AGS member Vickie Smejkal was presented the Women in American History award.  She was recognized for her work with the Historic Riverside Cemetery in Denver, CO.  In 2008, Vickie learned of the 3,885 babies buried in the pauper site known as Block 12 and went about identifying the majority of these children over a span of eight years.  Vickie, in her project Military Veterans of Riverside, also documented ALL the over 1,300 veterans interred at Riverside Cemetery.  Results of her dedication to the souls buried at Riverside can be found at Block12Riverside.com.  Thank you Vickie, for your significant contributions to the history and genealogical communities.


New In the Library

 

Visit www.librarything.com to view more of our holdings (currently about 60% of our collection is online).

 

A History of the Town of Duxbury, Massachusetts with Genealogical Registers, by Justin Winsor, 1849 reprint.

 

The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers, Who Came to Plymouth on the “Mayflower” in 1620, the “Fortune” in 1621, and the “Anne” and the “Little James” in 1623, by Charles Edward Banks, 1929 reprint.

 

Western Massachusetts Families in 1790, Volume 2, edited by Helen Schatvet, 2016.

 

University of Colorado, Coloradan Year Books for 1954, 1955 and 1956.

 

California, A History, by Andrew F. Rolle, 1967.

 

O Albany![NY], by William Kennedy, 1983.

 

Some Watkins Families of Virginia and Their Kin: Abbott, Anderson, Bass, Clay, Cox, Farrar, Hancock, Hundley, Montague, Moseley, Randolph, Walthall, Woolridge, by John Hale Stutesman, 1989.

 

Hidden History, African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia, by Lynn Rainville, 2014.

 

American Slavery, 1619-1877, by Peter Kolchin, 1993.

 

New Hampshire, by Fritz Wetherbee, 2005.

 

 

Library Chatter

from AGS Librarian Alice Jablonski

   Thank you to all of our volunteers who help out in the library!  Due to Judy' Holtus’ article in the Your Hub section of the Denver Post, we have seen more interested patrons stop by.  This is very exciting.

   As spring rolls around and you think of cleaning or you are helping your parents to downsize, keep the AGS Library in mind for those books that could use a new home.  We will gladly take in any genealogy books, of course, but we also have sections for US history, maps, and high school or college yearbooks!

   Thank you for talking us up, as we look for more ways to let people know about our library!

 

 

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Oklahoma Birth and Death Record Indexes Online

- Dick Eastman, EOGN, 10 Jan 2017

https://okexplore.health.ok.gov.

   Ok2Explore is a free searchable index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma.  Included is limited information on births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than 5 years ago.  Visitors to the site may search the index using any combination of the subject’s name, date of event (birth or death), county of event, and sex of the subject.

   The web site is available to everyone free of charge.  However, keep in mind the site contains INDEXES, not all the information from these records.  Once you have determined that a record of interest is on file, you are welcome to apply for a certified copy of that file. The certified copies cost money but do include all available information from the original records.

 

 

Websites

 

Door County, WI Newspapers

http://pubinfo.co.door.wi.us:8080/jsp/RcWebSimpleSearch.jsp

recommended by member Barb Walker

   If you are searching in Door County WI this site might be helpful.  You’ll find old newspapers for Door county from 1862 – 1970.  Barb says she has found many articles about her ancestors and the site is very easy to use.

 

 

Archive Finder

archivegrid.org

   ArchiveGrid puts you in contact with archives, libraries, and historical institutions worldwide. ArchiveGrid includes over four million records describing archival materials, bringing together information about historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and more. With over 1,000 different archival institutions represented, ArchiveGrid helps researchers looking for primary source materials held in archives, libraries, museums and historical societies.

   I did a test search by first selecting Ohio, then the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center.  I then selected “Search the Collections”.  In the “List View” I browsed until I found:

Connecticut miscellaneous papers, 1676-1943.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

3 linear ft.

Papers of the Woodruff family, of Litchfield, Conn., especially George C. Woodruff (1805-1885); political correspondence (1864-1896); letters from literary figures; and papers of other Connecticut families.  Includes material on Connecticut history, land holdings, wills, indentures, and genealogy.

 

   With this information I can either call the library for further assistance, find a researcher in the area or visit the Presidential Center next time I’m in Ohio visiting my Woodruff cousins.

 

  

Riverside Cemetery, Hamilton, MT

http://www.cityofhamilton.net/city_government/departments/cemetery.html

   The city of Hamilton is located in the southwestern part of Montana.  It is the seat of Ravalli County.  The city has provided an alphabetical database for burials at Riverside Cemetery (established 1892).  Click the interments link to begin your search.  The data fields in the index are last name, first name, interment date, page number, and block/lot/space numbers.  There is also a link to a cemetery map on the web page.

 

 

Some Places to Find Online Genealogy Books

extracted from Dick Eastman’s Online Newsletter

2 Feb 2017

Genealogy Gophers:

https://www.gengophers.com

 

Family History Library: familysearch.org underSearch” use both Books and Catalog

 

Allen County (IN) Public Library‘s Genealogy Center:

http://www.genealogycenter.org

 

Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library: https://lib.byu.edu

 

Houston Public Library:

http://houstonlibrary.org/find-it/e-books-more

 

Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center:

http://www.mymcpl.org/genealogy

 

British History Online: http://www.british-history.ac.uk is a digital library of primary and secondary sources on medieval and modern history of Great Britain.  It was created and is managed, as a cooperative venture by the Institute of Historical Research, the University of London and the History of Parliament Trust.

 

 


Finding the Fannings

                                                                                    submitted by AGS Member Barbara Walker

 

   Recently I’ve spent a considerable amount of time cleaning up my Chesney family tree so I can post it, with accurate and numerous sources, on Ancestry.com.  John Milford Chesney and Nancy Agnes Fullerton had 13 children.  Two died in infancy, five came to America, two went to New Zealand and four remained, unmarried, on the family farm.  My great-grandfather, Alexander Chesney, was the second of these 13 children.  He came to America in 1889, following in the footsteps of his older sister, Elizabeth Agnes Chesney, who came as a 17-year-old in 1885.

   Tom Chesney, the seventh child, arrived in 1899, and following his older brother Alex, and settled in the same small town in Wisconsin where I was born and grew up.  He married Bridget Agnes Fanning in 1904.  They had two sons, Tom and Francis, and in 1950 Tom murdered two of his Fanning uncles and stole what little money they had in the house.  He was caught the next day after buying a car and taking his bloody clothes to the cleaners. But that’s another story.

   While cleaning up the Chesneys facts and sources I also started looking closely at the Fannings.  I began with parents Michael Fanning and Bridget Holland.  (There were a lot of Bridgets in Ireland in those days.)  When I first started researching them I had the names of six children, probably copied from someone’s tree on Ancestry. As I continued my research I found a huge discrepancy in birth dates for these children so I decided to do some serious research using all the sources I could think of.  This included records on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, and most recently, NewspaperArchive.com.  I decided the two-week free trial of NewspaperArchive.com was a “necessity.”  After many successes, the one-year subscription was an easy decision to make ($49.95 for six months).

   Let’s go back to the beginning.  As I mentioned, when I started I had the names of six children with random (unsourced) birth dates.  I had no marriage date or place for Michael and Bridget.  When I checked the 1900 census I discovered that neither of them could read or write.  They gave a year of their birth but the month was “unknown.”  This helped put some things in perspective.  That census also revealed that Bridget had 11 children and 10 were living.  I’m not sure that if I had 11 children I would be able to accurately remember all their birth dates either, especially if I couldn’t write them down.  Theirs was a difficult life and surviving was probably their only goal.

   Further research uncovered the ship’s passenger list from 1886 that included the names and ages of eight children.  I still can’t wrap my mind around how they managed to pay the fare for 10 people to come to America. I’m sure that question will remain unanswered.  I used the names and ages of these children to begin supplementing their family information on Family Tree Maker.  This helped fill in the names of the children, but the ages didn’t exactly match the birth dates I was working with from the information I had accumulated thus far.

   FamilySearch.org was extremely helpful in locating birth records in Ireland (Ireland Births and Baptisms 1620-1881).  I was also able to find a marriage record for Michael and Bridget (March 4, 1862) (Ireland Marriages 1619-1898).  Ancestry.com also provided records in their “Catholic Parish Registers” database.

   At this point I had the names of 10 children, when, according to the 1900 census, I should have 11. NewspaperArchive.com helped me locate the obituary of Michael Fanning, the father of these 11 children.  It listed five sons and five daughters.  From this I determined that William, the youngest child when they immigrated, was the son who must have died, since he was not one of the five sons mentioned in the obituary.

   The problem with the identity of the five daughters was that their first names were not given.  Instead they were identified as “Mrs. Wm. Brown,” “Mrs. Stephen Brown,” (probably sisters married brothers), “Mrs. John Sullivan,” “Mrs. Chas. McKuen,” and Agnes Chesney (the mother of the murderer).

   Once again NewspaperArchive.com came to the rescue.  I searched for the husbands’ names and after much looking, I found the marriage announcements of each couple.  That’s how I finally stumbled on the name of the unknown daughter.  I searched for her husband, William Brown, and after many attempts, found his marriage to Mary Fanning in 1897.  Now I knew why I hadn’t found this child on the 1900 census with the rest of the family – she was already married.  I still don’t know why she didn’t appear on the ship’s passenger list with the rest of the family.  I found her on the 1900 census using her married name, there she was, with her husband William, and a two-year-old son William P. Brown.  She indicated that she immigrated in 1888, two years after the rest of the family, when she was 18 years old.  That’s my remaining mystery. Perhaps someday I will hit the jackpot and unlock this one last detail.

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.  Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings.  Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm.  Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms.  Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.  Annual membership starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

                         Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS.

Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.


 

                                                                                                 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

 

Volume XXXVII, Number 1

January-February 2017

 

 

General Meetings

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 1:30 pm, Small Community Room

Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 7:00 pm, Large Community Room

 

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 

 

  

Upcoming Meetings

 

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 @ 1:30 pm, Small

Community Room

Extra! Extra! Read All About It, presented by

Carol Swensen, AG

Learn  how  to  locate  newspapers  that  are

online that can help you discover history about your family.   Not only can you find births, marriages and deaths, but also social events in their lives.   You will also learn how to locate newspapers that are not online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 @ 7:00 pm, Large

Community Room

Pledging  Brotherhood:  An  Introduction  to

Fraternal, Benevolent and Secret Societies, Presented    by    Jen    Baldwin,    Professional Genealogist

During the 1800’s, one in every seven people

in the U.S. was a member of a fraternal society. Explore the various types of organizations, how they differ from each other and how to access their records.


 

 

 

 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are being listed on

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or by Appointment,

call 303-740-8440 or 303-755-1179

 

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Time to Renew Your Membership

Application on page 7


 

 


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

 

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

Email – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                             Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President                     Judy Keilman Program Vice-President  & Publicity      Judy Holtus Recording Secretary                                 Barbara Bickerton Treasurer                                                    Dick Kautt Corresponding  Secretary                          Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS


Message from the President

 

Happy New Year to all!

 

Over Christmas my son and daughter-in-law from  Orlando  were  visiting.    She  was  a  tad disappointed at our lack of snow in the metro area.   No snow angels this year!   We did talk about family and family traditions.  It’s always interesting to hear her talk about Thai traditions. Although      raised      Buddhist,      she      has enthusiastically embraced everything Christmas. Judy    Holtus    has    some    great    speakers scheduled for this year, but she’s always looking for speakers on the topics YOU want to hear. 

 As   you   renew   your   membership,   please  Fund,  please  consider  the  National  Archives digitalization  project.    All  donations  are  tax deductible as charitable contributions.

Looking forward to a fun year and seeing you all at meetings.

 

Gail

 


 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,    preferably    Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)  If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

Email   articles   to  [email protected]  or  to  any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication  deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This  Newsletter   is  distributed   to  libraries   and  genealogical societies throughout  the United States.   This publication  is also

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The Reader’s Bill of Rights


1.       The right to not read

2.       The right to skip pages

3.       The right to not finish

4.       The right to re-read

5.       The right to read anything

6.       The right to escapism

7.       The right to read anywhere

8.       The right to browse

9.       The right to read aloud

10.   The right to not defend your tastes

- from Better Than Life


 

 


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second  Saturday  of  each  month,  10:00  am  –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration

is required.  Upcoming classes are scheduled for

14 Jan, 11 Feb and 11 Mar.   Visit the website

for more information.  Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

 

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

8-11 Feb 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT.  Event and hotel registration is open.  If you go, keep your registration receipt.   CCGS holds a drawing at the April 2017 Council Meeting for reimbursement of the registration fee.

 

CGS & CIG Joint Spring Seminar http://www.cogensoc.us/ or http://www.cigcolorado.org

Saturday, 8 April 2017, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Lower Level Conference Room, Denver Public Library, 14th  & Broadway, Denver.   Materials fee  is  $35.    Featured  speaker  will  be  David Allen Lambert, NEHGS staff member and Chief Genealogist.     Register  before  1  Feb  to  be eligible  for  the  drawing  to  have  lunch  with David the day of the seminar.   Seminar topics

include Town and Vital Records, Land Records, and Court Records.

Free Special Program - Friday, 7 April 2017 - David  Allen  Lambert  -  The  Great  Migration

Study  Project.     David  will  present  a  free program on the NEHGS Great Migration Study

Project the afternoon of 7 April 2017, Denver

Public Library.   Since 1988, the goal of The

Great  Migration  Study  Project  has  been  to create accounts of immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640.


 

 

Save These Dates –

10-13   May   2017   –   NGS   Family   History

Conference, Raleigh, NC

 

30   Aug   –   2   Sep   2017   –   FGS   National

Conference, Pittsburgh, PA

 

And if you are really planning ahead – FGS Conferences,

21-24 Aug 2019, Washington, DC

2-5 Sep 2020, Kansas City, MO

 

 

 

 

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From the Colorado Council of Genealogical

Societies (CCGS)

 

The next Council meeting will be Saturday, 14

Jan 2017, 10:00 am at DPL.

 

 

 

 

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New Hours for Aurora Family History Center

 

The Aurora Family History Center is located at  950  Laredo  (just  north  of  6th    Avenue), Aurora, CO.  Phone number - 303-367- 0570

New hours are:

Monday – 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wednesday – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Thursday – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (starting 12

Jan 2017)

Saturday – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

 

 

 

 

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Websites

 

 

Rhode Island Records http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial- justice-gallery/

The   Rhode   Island   Historical   Society   has

launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice: Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court Records.”

From a single online location, users can now access selected 1729-1812 records from the courts of Providence County, Kent County, and what was known as Kings County (now Washington County).  The online archive is free and open to the public.

 

South Dakota Records

http://history.sd.gov/Archives/

From the main page select from the right column your area of interest.  For example, SD Digital Archives, For Genealogists, Naturalization  Records,  Newspaper,  etc,  etc, etc.    If  you  select  SD  Digital  Archives,  then select “Browse All” and you can narrow your choices  to  Manuscript  Collection,  GLO  Land Survey Field Notes, Government Collections or Photo Collection.   Looks like a site you could spend many hours on.

 

Our Timelines

http://ourtimelines.com

Here’s a fun family enhancements to come along in a long time.   Click on TIMELINE on the left side of the page.  Put in Your Name or one of your ancestors and a birth year and death year.   Click on Generate Timeline and the timeline is generated.  To personalize it you can add events unique to your ancestor.  It’s fun.


Providence (RI) Public Library opens a large

Genealogical Collection to the Public

Dick Eastman · November 28, 2016

The Providence Public Library has opened a

large compilation of Rhode Island genealogical material to researchers.  The library acquired the James N. Arnold Collection in November 2015 and   archivists   have   finished   processing   it. James N. Arnold published an eight-volume set of southern Rhode Island’s history and the first comprehensive set of vital records for the state. When he died, the collection of research, publications, personal papers, and personal library  was  given  to  the  Knight  Memorial Library in Providence.

NOTE:   You’ll need to go to Rhode Island to see this collection as it’s not available online.

 

 

 

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Expansion of Washington State Library’s

Online Newspaper Collection

Dick Eastman · December 5, 2016

Nearly  50,000  newly  digitized  pages  from

historic newspapers based in Centralia, Eatonville,  Tacoma  and  Spokane  are  being added to the Washington State Library’s online newspaper collection this year.

The latest titles are the Centralia Daily Hub (1914-16), The Eatonville Dispatch (1916-61) and Den Danske Kronike (1916-17), a Danish- English publication based in Spokane and the Tacoma Evening Telegraph (1886-87).

All the digitized historic newspapers can be found on the State Library’s Washington Digital Newspapers website at: https://newspapers.sos.wa.gov/

 

 

 

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In 7 generations, you have 65,536 relatives; in

17 generations, you have 67,108,864

relatives (info from 2013 Roots Tech).

That's a lot of relatives!


 

 

U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 as found on Ancestry.com

written and submitted by AGS member Dotty Sharp Hunt


A fire may have destroyed most of the 1890

U. S. Census, but the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment

Lists, 1862-1918, can give you some of the information found on that missing census.  The Internal Revenue Act was passed by Congress 1

July 1862 for the purpose to pay interest on the

debt.   In 1862 this primarily consisted of war expenses.   The Assessment Lists can give you the name of the head of the household and the location where that person lived for all of the years they are listed on the tax lists.  This may be the most important thing found on these lists. It can also give you an idea of your ancestor’s income.   An example of what I found on my ancestor, James Sharp, in Peru, Miami County, Indiana, on the IRS 1862-1866 Tax Lists.   In

1864 he paid tax on his income of $450.00 in the amount of $2.50.   In 1865 Mr. Sharp paid tax on a carriage worth $262.00 in the amount of $1.00.   Other items taxed were clocks, watches, and pianos.  The basic reason for this tax was to pay the interest on the Civil War debt.

As with all data bases on Ancestory.com, it is

vital that you scroll down to “About the U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918” on the page.   The information contained in this area tells you when the Act was passed in Congress and what you can find on the lists.  Also listed in this portion are the dates each state has these Tax Assessments available.   Many don’t have

1862-1918  but  then  again,  many  do  include

those dates.  I can’t count the number of times I have searched a database over and over and over again just sure my ancestor had to be in there to learn they never were.  Never could have been because, for example, that database didn’t include Indiana or Iowa or any of the states I am researching in.   Guess I owe Ancestry an apology.

I had the mistaken idea IRS Tax was relatively new.  Was I wrong!  The easiest way for me to find this Tax is to search in the Card Catalog.  In


Fact, I use the Card Catalog often.   When searching in the Card Catalog it brings up all forms of research for a particular subject.  The important thing about Card Catalog is to keep it very simple.   Go to “SEARCH” at the top of your home page.  On the drop down menu select “Card Catalog”.   Click on that and when Card Catalog  comes  up  using  “keyword(s)”  simply put in “tax”.  Don’t put in any filters as it will eliminate databases you may want to look at. You  may  find  taxes  in  different  locations  or even different types of taxes you are not familiar with.  Initially when searching for Mr. Sharp, I needed to find the “collection district.”  Once I found this I could go back to it year after year. When entering James Sharp, Peru, Miami County, Indiana, I did get a few other James Sharps that were not mine.  To eliminate those and to find my Sharp, the easiest way was to look  at  the  second  column  on  the  form  that gives the location.   I knew from that I had the correct ancestor.  On the search page if you look to the right there is a section where you can “browse” the collection by state.  Give this a try too.   The lists are in alphabetical order so you could look pages ahead and pages behind to find other family members and neighbors.   Any questions, please feel free to contact me.  Happy Hunting.

 

 

 

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Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

 

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

 

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

 

New                    or Renewal                                                Date of Application:                                  

 

Name(s):                                                                                                                                              

 

Telephone:                                                                                                                                           

 

Address:                                                                                                                                              

 

City                                                                            State                   Zip Code                         -         (Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

 

Level of Genealogical Experience:   beginner    intermediate   advanced

 

I need help with:                                                                                                                                   

 

 

 

Surnames being researched:                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes     No   (training is provided for new volunteers) May we publish your information in the newsletter and membership directory?  Yes     No

E-mail Address(s):                                                                                                                                  Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you:

 

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO  meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.   Meetings are the 4th  Tuesday  of the month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.    Afternoon  meetings  begin  at 1:00  pm.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community  Rooms.   Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership  starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO  80041-0732

Newsletter

of the

Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 6

November-December 2016

General Meetings

Tuesday, 22 November 2016, 1:00 pm in Large Community Room

No meeting in December

Tuesday, 24 January 2017, 1:30 pm in Small Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Case Study: Wileys in Indiana, presented by

Barb Walker, Experienced Genealogist

A Case Study where sources and methods are

revealed in the quest of “digging up” ancestors is the basis of this program. After discovering various major clues while searching the Wiley family, our speaker will explain her journey and leave the audience with new ideas for expanding any research.

No meeting in December – Happy Holidays

Tuesday, 24 January 2017 @ 1:30 pm, Small

Community Room

Extra! Extra! Read All About It, presented by

Carol Swensen, AG

Learn how to locate newspapers that are

online that can help you discover history about your family. Not only can you find births, marriages and deaths, but also social events in their lives. You will also learn how to locate newspapers that are not online.


Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

Our holdings are being listed on

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm or by Appointment, call 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

Holiday Closures

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016

Saturday, 26 Nov 2016

Saturday, 24 Dec 2016

Saturday, 31 Dec 2016



Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

email – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

ELECTED OFFICERS

President Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President Judy Keilman Program Vice-President & Publicity Judy Holtus Recording Secretary Barbara Bickerton Treasurer Dick Kautt Corresponding Secretary Marion Baumann

APPOINTED POSITIONS

Archivist Elaine Pankonin Genealogist Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate Gail Arnert Librarian Gail Arnert Newsletter Editor Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support Lori Holtus Parliamentarian Judy Keilman Website Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1) They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2) They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora,

Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3) If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4) If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.


Message from the President

It’s hard to believe that we’re having this great weather in November. Enjoy it while we can.

Several organizations continue to work

together to digitize historic Aurora newspapers. You can help by donating money when renewing your AGS membership. It is time to renew your membership for 2017. An application is on page 43 of this newsletter.

Enjoy the holidays. Put genealogy related

items on your wish list and maybe you’ll get lucky.

See you at the meeting in January. Note that this meeting is in the Small Community Room

and starts at 1:30 pm.

Gail

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Let’s face it: We’re all wimps compared to our ancestors.


Email articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer. The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted. Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States. This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


---Megan Smolenyak

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Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

Colorado Genealogical Society

www.cogensoc.us/

Beginner Genealogy Classes are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am –

12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th

Floor, DPL. Classes are free and no registration

is required. Classes through the end of 2016 are

12 Nov & 10 Dec. Visit the website for more

information. Info sheets are available at the meeting and in the library.

RootsTech

www.rootstech.org

8-11 Feb 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT. Event and hotel registration is now open. If you go, keep your registration receipt. CCGS holds a drawing at the April 2017 Council Meeting for reimbursement of the registration fee.


From the Colorado Council of Genealogical

Societies (CCGS)

The Council meeting on 8 October 2016 was held in the Denver Public Library.

Items of business included the following:

Elections were held and the following were voted in:

President Robert Larson (Larimer Co.) Treasurer Laurie Ramos (W.I.S.E.)

2017 Nominating Committee – Pattie Apple

(outgoing CCGS Pres.), Cathy Summers

(Parker), and Megan Koepsell (Highlands

Ranch).

Robert Lawson resigned as VP Membership and is looking for someone to complete his term. This would be for the calendar year 2017. If interested, please contact Bob Larson at [email protected] or your CCGS delegate at [email protected] for responsibilities.

A 2017 budget was adopted and request for


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Featured speaker will be David Allen Lambert,

NEHGS staff member and Chief Genealogist.

Research Week in Salt Lake City

10-15 April 2017 – Foothills Genealogy Group research week in Salt Lake City. Reservation and deposit by 1 Nov 2016. Form available in the AGS Library or from Gail Arnert at [email protected]

Save These Dates –

10-13 May 2017 – NGS Family History

Conference, Raleigh, NC

30 Aug – 2 Sep 2017 – FGS National

Conference, Pittsburgh, PA


will again chair the Workshop Committee.

Next Council meeting will be Saturday, 14 Jan

2017.

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The Kings Mountain Herald [NC] Newspaper

http://www.digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers/

Dick Eastman · September 16, 2016

If your ancestors lived in the Kings Mountain, North Carolina area, you undoubtedly will want to check out the latest addition to digitalnc. Issues of the paper from December 1937- December 1954 have now been added.

The website, digitalnc.org, has over 100 North

Carolina newspapers digitized. Other digital collections include yearbooks, memorabilia, and city directories.



Ohio Obituary Indexes Online

1) The Blade Obituary Index http://obits.toledolibrary.org/obits/This

Toledo Public Library index has more than

650,000 records from 1837-2015. The Library will scan and email obits to you free of charge.

2) Rutherford B. Hayes Obituary Index http://index.rbhayes.org.hayes/index/ has over 3

million entries from the 1810s from over 60 participating libraries throughout northern and

mid-Ohio counties. The Library is physically located at the Hayes Presidential Center in

Fremont, OH and is an excellent research library for Sandusky, Erie, Seneca, and surrounding

counties.

3) Mid-Ohio Library Organization (MOLO)

Obituary Index http://www.ohiofamilysearch.org. This index covers the counties or cities of Coshocton, Holmes, Loudonville, Massillon, and Uhrichsville.

For more Ohio obituaries online, see the Ohio

Genealogy News (OGN), Vol. 47, No. 3, Fall

2016 in our AGS Library.

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New York Public Library Digitizes 137

Years of New York City Directories

Dick Eastman · October 10, 2016

The New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch - 1849/50 through 1923 - have already been scanned, and the 1786-1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months and can be found at: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2016/09/21/new-

york-city-directories-free-online


New in the Library Donations and Purchases Check us out at

www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety NOTE: We have received the entire Genealogy Collection from the Aurora Public Library. As a result, many books will be available on the Duplicate Cart for a donation.

New Donations and Purchases:

NGS Research in the States Series for:

Pennsylvania, 3rd edition

Little Books About Big Things: Freemasons, by

Bob Bailey Mucker, pub. 2013.

Memories of the Land, Place Names of San Luis

Obispo County [CA], by Mark P. Hall-Patton,

1994.

Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties Indiana, Vol. 1, reprint of 1898 publication.

Ohio Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 56, Nos. 1-3, 2016.

English Origins of New England Families: From the New England Historic and Genealogical Register, Second Series in 3

Volumes, by Gary Boyd Roberts, pub. 1985.

Wisconsin, A History, by Robert C. Nesbit, ©

1973.

Blecha’s Colorado Place Names, A Genealogical & Historical Guide to Colorado Sites, by Arvid D. Blecha, © 2003.

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“When you sell a man a book you don’t sell him

12 ounces of paper and ink and glue – you sell him a whole new life.”

--- Christopher Morley



Websites Genealogy Books Online www.gengophers.com

This family history website provides precise and free access to the industry’s most effective online search tools and a growing library of more than 40,000 downloadable family and personal histories, local histories, and genealogy newsletters.

GenGophers.com is the only website that

returns genealogy book results only.

The Family History Guide

thefhcguide.com

The Family History Guide is a website that

represents a best-in-class learning environment

for family history. Its scope is broad, but its focus is narrow enough to help you achieve your goals, step by step. Whether you're brand new to family history or a seasoned researcher - or somewhere in between - The Family History Guide can be your difference maker.

Take the tour, check out the learning videos, learn how to set your goals, find resources, and much, much more.

Dictionary of Slang

https://greensdictofslang.com

Find a word or phrase in an old document that you do not understand? If it is slang, you

probably can find the meaning in the free,

online Green’s Dictionary of Slang. The dictionary contains nearly 100,000 words supported by over 400,000 citations that go all the way back to the middle ages.

North Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive

http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/ngnewspapers.

The North Georgia Historic Newspapers

Archive now provides access to fifteen newspaper titles published in nine North Georgia cities (Canton, Cassville, Cedartown, Clayton, Cleveland, Dahlonega, Dalton, Gainesville, and Rome) from 1850 to 1928. Consisting of over 63,000 newspaper pages, the archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.


Libguides

http://community.libguides.com/

from Internet Genealogy Today Research Tips, Vol 4 #22, 28 Sep 2016

Libguides are guides to resources and topics

written by librarians for the public. You can

find guides for the collections of a specific library or just a topic that you are researching. And, yes there are guides for genealogy as well. Make sure to also look for guides having to do with historical newspapers, periodicals, and historical events. Some Libguides to check out include the History & Genealogy guides from the Connecticut State Library, and various historical topics by the librarians at Brigham Young University Library.

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Family History Center Premium Sites

All of the below websites are available and free at all Family History Centers:

• 19th Century British Library Newspaper

Digital Archive

• Access Newspaper Archive

• Alexander Street Press - The Civil War

• ancestry.com

• Geneanet

• Find My Past

• Fold3.com

• Paper Trail

• Kinpoint

• MyHeritage

• ProQuest Obituary Listings

• Puzzilla.org

Aurora Family History Center classes, hours of operations and location are also available in the AGS Library. Of course you can always contact them at 303-877-6251 or [email protected]

Current Aurora FHC hours are: Mondays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Upcoming Programs


Here’s a quick look at the meeting programs

Judy Holtus has planned for 2017:

24 Jan, 1:30 pm: Extra, Extra Read All About

It, presented by Carol Swensen

28 Feb, 7:00 pm: Pledging Brotherhood: An Introduction to Fraternal, Benevolent & Secret Societies, presented by Jen Baldwin

28 Mar, 1:30 pm: Women of the Civil War, presented by Sandy Ronayne

25 April, 7:00 pm: Member Sharing

23 May, 1:00 pm: How to Plan Your Digital Afterlife, presented by Julie Miller, followed by the Business Meeting.

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I Knew There Was a Word for That from the Sep/Oct 2014 Family Chronicle magazine, David A. Norris contributor

Rest assured the English language has a word for it. A few examples follow:

Dittography: accidental doubling of letters in writing.

Double dating: the peculiar way some pre-1752 dates are written. Until Great Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752, New Year’s Day was variously considered to be either January 1 or March 25. It was debatable what year days between January 1 and March 25 fell into, so we see dates written in a style such as “March 2, 1720/21.”

Gadzookery: the use of archaic expressions. Egad, I shall commence adhering to the practice forthwith!


Happy Thanksgiving

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Aurora Genealogical Society

P.O. Box 31732, Aurora CO 80041-0732

Send check or money order made payable to AGS and this form to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

New or Renewal Date:

Name(s):

Telephone:

Address:

City State Zip Code - (Include your 4-digit ZIP code extension)

Level of Genealogical Experience: beginner intermediate advanced

I need help with:

Surnames being researched:

I will volunteer in the AGS library Yes No (training is provided for new volunteers) May we publish your information in the newsletter or a membership directory? Yes No

E-mail Address(s): Check here if you would like the newsletter e-mailed to you:

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THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO meets monthly except in June, July, August and December. Meetings are the 4th Tuesday of the month, alternating between afternoon and evening meetings. Afternoon meetings begin at 1:00 pm. Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community Rooms. Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room. Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address. Annual membership starts January of each year. If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year. Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732


Newsletter of the Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 5

 

September-October 2016

 

 

 

 

 

General Meetings Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 1:00 pm Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 7:00 pm

 

 

 

Large Community Room

 

Aurora Central Library

 

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

 

Aurora, CO 80012

 

 Upcoming Meetings

 

 Tuesday, 27 September 2016 @ 1:00 pm Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data     Presented  by  Ted  Bainbridge,  Ph.D., experienced genealogist

Studying census records along with contemporary maps can reveal information not contained in either source alone, and not accessible by any other means.  Demonstration of three longstanding research puzzles: what maps and census records were used, methods of analysis, and what was discovered.

 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 @ 7:00 pm

 

Courthouse Records

 

Presented by Dick Kautt, lawyer and experienced genealogist

 

Many new and some not-quite-so   new genealogical  researchers  believe  that  the  only

 

courthouse records available for research have been placed on the Internet.   Dick will dispel

 

that   notion   by   taking   us   on   a   “tour”   of courthouse records and discuss ways and means

 

of accessing and examining this valuable source to  gain  the  best  results  for  our  genealogical

 

research.

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

 

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

 

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

 

303-739-6686

 

 

 

Open to the Public

 

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

or by Appointment, call 303-755-1179

 

During inclement weather, call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

 

 

AGS Library Holdings are being added to

 

www.librarything.com

Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

 

 

 

P.O. Box 31732

 

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

 

303-739-6686

email – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

Facebook -

 

https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 

 Message from the President

 

It’s been a great, relatively meeting free summer.

 

In June I spent a week in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island in the Puget Sound on a Road Scholar trip.  The islands are gorgeous and the weather  was  perfect  all  week.     We  visited several of the islands seeing a goat farm, a salmon hatchery, a lavender farm, and several museums  including  a  whale  museum.     The

We welcome articles for publication provided:

 

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

 

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,    preferably    Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

 

3)  If not your original work, sources must be cited.

 

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

 

 

Email   articles   to  [email protected]  or  to  any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication  deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

 

 

This  Newsletter   is  distributed   to  libraries   and  genealogical societies throughout  the United States.   This publication  is also indexed  in the  Periodical  Source  Index  (PERSI)  published  by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.


“family tree” of the resident Orcas whales.  Also found out how they collect whale DNA to help create the family tree.  Unfortunately there were no whale sightings during our visit.

 

Judy Keilman and I went to Greeley, CO for

 

the  CCGS  July  meeting.    The  meeting  was hosted by the Weld County Genealogical Society.

 

It feels good to be getting ready for our first

 

meeting.  As usual, Judy Holtus has some great programs lined up to include Using Census Records to Overcome Brick Walls, Courthouse Records, and a Case Study of the Wiley Family of Indiana.

 

Looking   forward   to   seeing   you   at   the

 

meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Gail

 

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Take notes on the spot, a note is worth a cart- load of recollections.

 

---Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda D. Baselt


Upcoming Events

 

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

 

 

Colorado Genealogical Society www.cogensoc.us/

 

Beginner Genealogy Classes have resumed. Classes are held on the second Saturday, 10:00

 

am  –  12:00  noon  in  the  Gates  Conference Room, 5th Floor, DPL.  Classes are free and no registration is required.  Classes through the end of 2016 are 10 Sep, 8 Oct, 12 Nov & 10 Dec.

 

Visit the website for more information.

 

 

 

Special Interest Classes:

 

Saturday,  24  Sep  2016,  10:00  am  –  12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th  Floor, DPL.    Presenter is Greg Liverman, PhD, speaking on 23andMe: DNA Testing for Genealogy and Genetic Analysis.

 

Saturday,  22  Oct  2016,  10:00  am  –  12:00 noon in the Gates Conference Room, 5th  Floor, DPL.    Speaker  is  Deena  Coutant  discussing DNA Third Party Tools.

 

 

 

Larimer County Genealogical Society Conference for a Cause www.lcgsco.org

 

Saturday, 15 October, 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00

 

pm, Medical Center of the Rockies Community Room, Loveland, CO. Materials fee: $45. Featured Speaker is Curt Witcher, Director of the Genealogy Center at Allen County [IN] Public Library.    Topics include Historical Research Methodology, Doing Effective Genealogical Research in Libraries and more.

 

Registration forms available online and in our

 

Genealogy Library.

 

 

 

Palatines to America, Colorado Chapter

 

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Saturday, 22

 

Oct 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm in the Denver Public Library, 14th  & Broadway, Lower Level Conference Room.    Materials fee is $45. Featured speaker will be Marianne S. Wokek,

 

PhD, a History professor at Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis.  Topics include Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns,


To   Move   or   Not   to   Move:   Transatlantic

 

Relocation in the Age of Sail, and more.

 

 

 

Jewish Genealogy Annual Full-Day Seminar

 

jgsco.org

 

Sunday, 30 Oct 2016, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, at JCC, 350 Dahlia St., Denver.  Cost is $5.00 for members.   Non-members may join for $30. Presenters will be David Laskin and Jean Unger. More info on the website.   Online registration only.

 

 

 

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 Plan to Leave Your Digital Assets in Your Will

 

from EOGN, August 18, 2016

 

Our personal lives are far more complicated in the digital age than those of our ancestors. Genealogists may read their ancestors’ wills but sometimes forget about their own estates, especially digital goods.  From bank accounts to Facebook, PayPal and more, a good chunk of our personal and financial lives are online.   If you fail to account for those digital assets in your estate plan, you risk burying your family or friends in red tape as they try to get access to and  deal  with  your  online  accounts  that  may have sentimental, practical or monetary value.

 

The good news is that a growing number of states  are  enacting  laws  that  help  clarify  the rules for how executors and others can access and  manage  the  online  accounts  of  someone who has died.

 

The  revised  Uniform  Fiduciary  Access  to

 

Digital Assets Act — which has been adopted in

 

18 states and introduced in at least 12 others —

 

lays out the rules under which an executor can manage a decedent’s digital accounts.

 

You can read more in an article by Andrea

 

Coombes   in   the   MarketWatch   website   at http://goo.gl/lDdbjj.


From the Colorado Council of

 

Genealogical Societies (CCGS)

The summer Council meeting, hosted by the

 

Weld County Genealogical Society, was held 9

 

July 2016 at the James Michener Library on the

 

UNC campus in Greeley, CO.

 

There were about 12 delegates and officers present with another 7 on GoToMeeting.

We have two new CCGS member societies;

 

the  American  Historical  Society  for  Germans

 

from  Russia  and  Castle  Rock  Genealogical

 

Society.

 

RPAC Chair, David Coward, recommended that the new State Archivist be invited to one of our meetings.

 

The Speakers Bureau is current as of 1 July

 

2016 per chair Harry Ross.

 

The   Society   Management   Workshop   was

 

deemed a success with 25 societies represented and 99 individuals registered.   The Program Guide and Syllabus is available in the Members Only section on the CCGS website

 

Harry Ross, Nominating Committee Chair, did not have a slate of proposed officers to present at this time.  He will get the slate for President, Treasurer and 2017 Nominating Committee out to the delegates prior to the October meeting when voting occurs.

 

The 8 October meeting will be held at Denver Public  Library.    Meeting  starts  at  10:00  am. The  meeting  adjourned  for  a  tour  of  the Michener  Library  and  Archives  followed  by lunch at a local restaurant.   Martha VanDriel and   other   Weld   County   members   did   a wonderful  job  hosting  the  meeting,  tour  and

 

lunch.

 

 

 

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Family History Center Update

 

Great News!  The Family History Library and

 

Centers  “Premium  Family  History  Websites”

 

now includes American Ancestors by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.   If you have ancestors in New England and New York this  is  a  must  visit.     Many  of  the  records available on the site expand beyond New England.


New in the AGS Library

 

Check us out at www.librarything.com

 

 

 

Oklahoma, A History by H. Wayne Morgan & Anne Hodges Morgan, pub. 1984.

 

 

 

American Evangelical Protestantism and European Immigration, 1800-1924, pub. 2011, by William J. Phalen.

 

 

 

The American Census Handbook, pub. 2001, by

 

Thomas J. Kerry.

 

 

 

Some Early Tax Digests of Georgia, pub. 1926, by Ruth Blair.

 

 

 

The New Orleans French, 1726-1733: A Collection of Marriage Records Relating to the First Colonists of the Louisiana Province, pub.

 

1973, by William DeVille.

 

 

 

British Roots of Maryland Families, pub. 1999, by Robert William Barnes.

 

 

 

Maryland Records: Colonial, Revolutionary, County, and Church, from Original Sources, Vols. I & II, pub. 1985, by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh.

 

 

 

Kerr County, Texas Death Records, 1903-1960,

 

pub. 1988, compiled by Gloria Clifton Dozier.

 

 

 

Memorial & Genealogical Record of Texas (East): Containing Biographical Histories & Genealogical Records of Many Leading Men & Prominent Families, originally pub. 1895, by Goodspeed Publishing Co.

 

 

 

Polish Marriage Applicants, St. Joseph County, Indiana, 1905-1915, by Gene Szymarek & G. Lucky Ladewski.

 

 

 

The Wuerttemberg Emigration Index, Vols. 1-6,

 

by Trudy Schenk, Ruth Froelke, and Inge Bork.

 

 

 

Scandinavian Immigrants in New York, 1630-

 

1674, by John O. Evjen.


 


Websites

 

 

 

 

 

Small Town Papers smalltownpapers.com recommended by Judy Holtus

 

This website provides free access to more than

 

250 small town newspapers in the United States. Click a newspaper title in the alphabetical list for the latest issue.  The archives mostly consist of issues from 2008 to present, but there will be some issues  from  the  19th  and  20th  centuries. Because the newspapers are under copyright restriction, information on citing the content is

 

provided.


Missouri Adoption Records

 

from EOGN, August 30, 2016

 

Adoptees in Missouri born prior to 1941 now are able to access records that previously were not available to them.   Younger adoptees are still locked out.   However, that will change on January 2, 2018, when adoptees born after 1940 and who are at least 18 years old will be able to request their original birth certificates.

 

For years, the Missouri Adoptee Rights movement has been lobbying for more lenient laws on adoption privacy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montana Historical Society

 

http://mhs.mt.gov/research/online

 

Located in west central Montana, Helena is the state capital and county seat of Lewis and Clark County.   Online resources include more than 375,000 digitized pages from 47 newspapers.      The  database  is  full-text searchable and covers 1885 to 2014.   There is also  a  digitized  collection  including photographs,   documents,   books,   maps,   and audio resources.  You will also find community cookbooks, diaries, high school yearbooks, and radio interviews of locals.   Other resources include Montana Military Enlistment databases for 1890-1918, World War I, and World War II; and Montana State Prison Records from 1869 to

 

1974.    This  latter  database  includes  prisoner

 

description sheets with mug shots and descriptions of criminal histories and arrest records.

 

 

 

US Geological Survey (USGS) Maps http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads. This website puts every US Geological Survey

 

(USGS) topographical map from across the United States on one easy-to-navigate site and makes them easy to print out at home.

 

The  printable  PDF  you  get  from  National

 

Geographic is broken down into 5 pages.

 

Page 1 is an overview map showing the Quad in context

 

Pages 2 through 5 are the standard USGS Quads cut in quarters to fit on standard printers.


 

 

Completion of Fundraising for Preserve the 1812 Pensions Project

 

from EOGN, 1 September 2016

 

The   Federation   of   Genealogical   Societies

 

(FGS)  announced  the  receipt  of  a  historic

 

$500,000 anonymous contribution to the War of

 

1812 Preserve the Pensions fundraising project.

 

The unprecedented donation, which came from outside of the genealogical community, will be matched by Ancestry.com, and in total provide

 

$1 million to the project.   Those funds, along

 

with crowdsourced funds from the genealogical community, have provided more than $3 million dollars  to  the  project.    With  these  donations, FGS officially has announced the completion of fundraising for “Preserve the Pensions,” the landmark community fundraising project.

 

For the last several years the Aurora Genealogical Society has contributed to this fund.  According to fold3.com the pension files are 65% complete as of 5 Sep 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please

 

---Mark Twain

 

---from The Sunny Side of Genealogy, compiled by Fonda D. Baselt


 

 

 

 

 

 

90 Years Ago in Aurora

 

The following transcribed items for the months of September and October 1926 come from the Aurora

 

Democrat newspaper.  A notebook with all transcriptions from 22 December 1909 through 27 December

 

1929 is located in the AGS Library.   It is also available through the Family History Library, Film

 

#1870339.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 3, 1926                             AURORA SOCIETY

 

NEW              Mr. and Mrs. J. New are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby son, born Aug. 27th.

 

 

 

 

 

YOUNG         Mrs. Merle Young and new baby son have returned home from the General Hospital and are getting along fine.

 

 

 

NEWS AROUND TOWN

 

CHRISTOPHER        John C. Christopher, of 1560 Clinton Street, died at Fitzsimmons Hospital, and his wife left Tuesday afternoon for Red Oak, Iowa, where funeral services and interment were held.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, September 10, 1926                    NEWS AROUND TOWN

 

LLEWELLEN                      One of the most unusual and distressing accidents occurred in Aurora Monday when the five-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lew Llewellen was accidently kicked in the stomach by a playmate.  He was removed to Mercy hospital and his condition was not reguarded[sic] as serious.  However, he suddenly became very much worse and it was found that his diaphragm had been ruptured and he died Wednesday afternoon from internal hemorriages[sic].   The deep sympathy of Aurora is extended to the bereaved family who have just moved here.

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 1, 1926                                           DIED

 

BARGER          Mrs. Carrie Barger, beloved wife of William Barger, died at her late residence, 1901

 

Florence, after a lingering illness, Saturday evening, September 25, 1926.

 

The family had lived here several years, coming from Oregon.   Mrs. Barger was a

 

member of the Aurora Christian church and of the order of Maccabees, a devoted wife and mother, a splendid neighbor, an earnest Christian, and one who made a host of friends who deeply feel her loss.

 

She leaves besides her husband, four children, Veta, Virgil, Loren, and Alice and also a

 

brother and sister.

 

The funeral was held from the Aurora Mortuary, the Rev. Isom Roberts officiating.

 

The chapel was filled with friends and the casket was covered with beautiful flowers. The interment was in Fairmount.

 

The deep sympathy of Aurora is extended to the sorrowing family.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 8, 1926                                 AURORA SOCIETY

 

GRATKE          Fred I. Gratke, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Gratke, of 1214 Clinton St., was united in KENNEY       marriage Sunday, October 3, 1926 to Miss Helen Kenney of 1350 South Pearl St., Denver.   The bride’s pastor performed the ceremony, only immediate relatives being

 

present.

 

The bride is a popular young girl and is employed as librarian in a branch of the Denver

 

city library while the groom is a veteran of the World War and is in the electrical business with his father and brother in Aurora.

 

The young couple left for a honeymoon in the mountains and will be at home in Denver later, where they have purchased a house.  The many Aurora friends extend to the young

 

couple their best wishes.

 

 

 

MARINACE     A very quiet wedding was celebrated Saturday, October 2nd, when John J. Marinace, COLLETTE   youngest brother of the late Mars Marinace, was united in marriage to Miss Mildred

 

Collette, sister of Mrs. Mars Marinace.  The young couple are both from New York City, but for the present will make their home in Aurora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 15, 1926                         NEWS AROUND TOWN

 

O’BRIEN       Born to Mr. and Mrs. John O’Brien, a 10 pound son Wednesday, October 13th, at Mercy

 

Hospital.  Mrs. O’Brien was Miss Mayme Culley.

 

 

 

Friday, October 29, 1926                                    SOCIETY

 

OLMSTEAD     Among the recent births reported is a son to Mr. and Mrs. Olmstead of Denver.  Mrs.

 

Olmstead is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Smith.

 

The many friends of Dr. and Mrs. E. D. Starbird will be pleased to hear that a son has

 

been born to their daughter Tertiam, and the grandparents are filled with joy.

 

 

 

HARDIN        Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Hardin, Dayton Sr[St]., are the proud parents of a son which was born

 

Tuesday.

 

 

 

DIED

 

CAWLEY         Emma L. beloved wife of D. L. Cawley and one of the oldest residents of Aurora, died in a Denver hospital the first of this week.

 

Mrs. Cawley had been in failing health for the past two years and had been a great sufferer.

 

She was a member of the Community church, a splendid neighbor, a faithful wife and loving mother.

 

Funeral services were conducted from Thompson’s chapel Thursday afternoon, Dr. Smiley officiating.

 

Besides her husband she leaves three daughters, Mrs. Geo. W. Speck and Mrs. Irwin

 

Washburn, both of Aurora; and Mrs. Robt. Reading, of Los Angeles, Calif. and three sons, Joseph, Stanley and Tommy.

 

The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved family.


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO  meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.   Meetings are the 4th  Tuesday  of the month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.    Afternoon  meetings  begin  at 1:00  pm.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community  Rooms.   Meetings are open to the

 

public.

 

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

 

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

 

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership  starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

 

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

 

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter of the Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 4

July-August 2016

  

General Meetings

No Meetings July & August

Tuesday, 27 September 2016, 1:00 pm

Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 7:00 pm

 

Large Community Room

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 @ 1:00 pm Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data

Presented     by     Ted     Bainbridge,     Ph.D.,

Experienced Genealogist

Studying     census     records     along     with

contemporary maps can reveal information not contained in either source alone, and not accessible by any other means.  Demonstration of three longstanding research puzzles: what maps and census records were used, methods of analysis, and what was discovered.

 Tuesday, 25 October 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Courthouse Records

Presented    by    Dick    Kautt,    Lawyer    and

Experienced Genealogist

Many new and some not-quite-so new genealogical researchers believe that the only courthouse records available for research have been placed on the Internet.   Dick will dispel that   notion   by   taking   us   on   a   “tour”   of courthouse records and discuss ways and means of accessing and examining this valuable source to gain the best results for our genealogical research.


 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For other Times/Appointments, call 303-755-1179.

During inclement weather,

please call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

  Happy Birthday

 

 

 

Colorado

140 on 1 August


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

email – [email protected] https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                             Gail Arnert Membership Vice-President                     Judy Keilman Program Vice-President  & Publicity      Judy Holtus Recording Secretary                                 Barbara Bickerton Treasurer                                                    Dick Kautt Corresponding  Secretary                          Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                    Elaine Pankonin Genealogist                                                Dorothy Bernay CCGS Delegate                                         Gail Arnert Librarian                                                    Alice Jablonski Newsletter Editor                                      Gail Arnert

[email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus Parliamentarian                                         Judy Keilman Website                                                      Jennifer O’Bayley

 

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They  have  a  general  interest  to  furthering  our  members’ research,  i.e.,  websites,  articles  on research  facilities  near  and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They   have   a   Colorado   connection,    preferably    Aurora, Arapahoe, and Adams counties.

3)  If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If   a   copyright   is   involved,   you   must   include   written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

Email   articles   to  [email protected]   or  to  any   elected officer.    The  editor  reserves  the  right  to  accept  or  reject  any material submitted.   Publication  deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This  Newsletter   is  distributed   to  libraries   and  genealogical societies throughout  the United States.   This publication  is also indexed  in the  Periodical  Source  Index  (PERSI)  published  by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

 

 

 

New Members


 

Message from the President

 

Thank you for re-electing myself, Judy Keilman and Marion Baumann for the offices of President, VP Membership and Corresponding Secretary.  We really enjoy serving AGS.

There  are  a  few  seminars  scheduled  for

October, a lineage workshop in July, and a couple of Festivals in July and August.   Pick one to fit your interests and make your plans now.   Information is under Upcoming Events and some of the registration forms can be found on the main page of www.cocouncil.org under “Member Society Seminar Registration Forms” or in our AGS Library.

As usual, our sharing meeting was fun and informative.  We had vital records from England and Scotland, pictures of a doll crib made from an orange crate used by four generations of a family, letters, journals and stories from and about fathers and grandfathers, newspaper research that helped with a brick wall, and women’s clothing from the 1800 and 1900’s.

I took a Roads Scholar trip to the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound and learned amongst other things how genealogy and DNA are used in tracking the whale pods native to the Sound.

On Wednesday, 20 July please pause in remembrance to honor those whose lives were lost and survivors of the Aurora Theater shootings in 2012.

Enjoy your summer.  Please visit the library,

ours or others in the area.

 

 

Gail

 

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Vincent Donnelly, 15808 E. Ford Place, Aurora, CO 80017-3017 (Donnelly, Morrissey)


 New in the Library

 

CORRECTION:    In the May-June 2016 newsletter I listed that the Library had Vol. 5 of the  Mayflower  Families  series.    We  actually have Vol. 3 in the series.   This volume covers the family of George Soule.

 

We have received all the genealogy collection that was formerly in the lower level of the main Library.  The total came to over 500 items.

We also received a large genealogy donation

from  Linda  Curtis,  former  AGS  member  and one time AGS President.  She had many Quaker items and many duplicates of other items that are available on the Duplicate cart.

 

New items include:

Ouray County Cemeteries, by the Ouray County

Genealogical Society.

 

The Surnames of Wales for Family Historians and Others, by John & Sheila Rowlands, pub.

1996.

 

The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-

1700, by John C. Hotten, 1983.

 

A  Genealogical  and  Heraldic  History  of  the

Colonial Gentry, by Sir Bernard Burke, 1970.

 

NGS Research in the State Series, pub 2016, for

Texas, and

Florida

 

Wethersfield   [CT]   Inscriptions,   by   Edward

Tillotson, 1988.

 

German Census Records 1816-1916, by Roger

P. Minert, 2016.  Purchased by AGS.

 

Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources, Vols.  I  &  II,  edited  by  Milton  Rubincam  & Kenn Stryker-Rodda, 1980 & 1983, donated by Dorothy Bernay.

 

Images   of   America,   Rappahannock   County [VA], by Kathryn Lynch, 2007, donated by Sandra Leake.


From Linda Curtis:

The   American   Genealogist   [Quarterly],   12 volumes from 1997, 2011-2015.

 

Quaker Records of Southern Maryland, 1658-

1800, by Henry C. Peden, 1992.

 

Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 1716-

1800, by Henry C. Peden, 1993.

 

Births, Deaths and Marriages of the Nottingham

Quakers, 1680-1889, by Alice Beard, 1989.

 

Back Creek Friends Cemetery Burial Records,

by Ralph Kirkpatrick, 1995.

 

Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Wills,

1865-1785,   by   the   Historical   Society   of

Pennsylvania, 1995.

 

Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land

Records,  1684-1723,  by  Charlotte  Meldrum,

1995.

 

A   Retrospect   of   Early   Quakerism,   Being Extracts from the Records of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, by Ezra Michener, 1860 reprint.

 

Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records of the 17th  & 18th  Centuries, Vols. 2-3, by Anna Watring & F. Edward Miller, 1994.

 

Applied Genealogy, by Eugene Stratton, 1988.

 

North   Carolina   Genealogical   Research,   by

George K. Schweitzer, 1984.

 

Early   New   Englanders   and   Kin,   by   Roy

Burgess, 1992.

 

The  Early  Settlement  of  Stamford,  CT,  1641-

1700, by Jeanne Majdalany, 1991.

 

Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, 1682-1800,

by John T. Humphrey, 1993.

 

Quaker Genealogies: A Selected Lists of Books,

by Willard Heiss & Thomas D. Hamm, 1985.


 


Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

8-10 July, Colorado Irish Festival, 7306 Bowles Avenue (Clement Park) Littleton; www.coloradoirishfestival.org

 

Multi Lineage Society Workshop Wednesday, 13 July 2016, DPL 5th Floor, 10:00 am  –  2:00  pm.    Representatives  from  eleven lineage  societies  will  be  available  to  discuss requirements for their society and review any lineage  documents  you  may  bring.     Please RSVP to Wendy Becker by Friday, 8 July at [email protected].        Flyers    are available in our library.

 

5-7 August, Colorado Scottish Festival, Snowmass, CO; www.scottishgames.org

 

COPALAM Fall Seminar

COPALAM Fall Seminar will be Saturday, 22

Oct 2016, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm in the Denver Public Library, 14th  & Broadway. Featured speaker  will  be  Marianne  S.  Wokeck,  Ph.D. Her four topics will be Follow the Pioneers: Importance of Transatlantic Networks for Settlement Patterns, To Move or Not to Move: Transatlantic  Relocation  in  the  Age  of  Sail,

Advantages and Disadvantages of Starting Life as  Redemptioners,  and  Ethnic  Identity  in  the

18th Century.

Registration forms will soon be available in

the AGS Library and online at cocouncil.org (click on Member Societies Seminars and Registration Forms).

 

Jewish Genealogy Seminar

jgsco.org

Sunday, 30 Oct 2016, annual all day seminar with  David  Laskin  and  Jean  Unger.     The seminar   theme   will   be   Documenting   Your Family  Story.    Please  check  the  website  for more detailed information.


Websites

National Library of Scotland http://digital.nls.uk/histories-of-scottish- families/pageturner.cfm?id=93506071

- - -from Dick Eastman · June 8, 2016

The National Library of Scotland has recently digitized a selection of almost 400 printed items

relating to the histories of Scottish families, and you can read them all in the Library’s Digital

Gallery.   You can search the text of the books for particular words or phrases.   All areas of

Scotland   are   included,   from   Dumfries   to

Shetland,   and   many   different   families   and

places are represented – in fact many more than the titles might suggest, as a keyword search by place or name will reveal.   Many of the books cover multiple families, so even if your family name is not listed in a book’s title, it’s worth performing an electronic search for that name anyway.    I  found  a  Munro  Clan  history  that really helped with my research.

 

 

New Hampshire State Papers

sos.nh.gov/Papers.aspx

At this New Hampshire State website you can find an index to forty volumes of Provincial and State Papers of New Hampshire.   All volumes are downloadable and the index covers all forty volumes.  I looked at three volumes and found Revolutionary War records and pension lists, Town Charters, and Probate records.  Volume 1 has Provincial records dating from 1623.  If you have ancestors from New Hampshire, this is an invaluable source.

 


Colonial and State Records of North Carolina

http://docsouth.unc.edu/csr/

The   Colonial   and   State   Records   of   North

Carolina is an extraordinary resource for North Carolina's history.  Included are documents and materials from throughout the country and from several European repositories covering the earliest days of North Carolina's settlement by Europeans through the ratification of the United States Constitution.

 

Facebook Genealogy Lists

By Gena Philibert-Ortega, Internet Genealogy and Your Genealogy Today author Did  you know that there are nearly 6,000 genealogy groups on Facebook?  These groups cover  topics  as  diverse  as  regional  areas  of interest, topics, surnames, and how-to’s.  Find a Facebook group to help your genealogy research by consulting the Genealogy on Facebook list http://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on- facebook-list/      curated      by      professional genealogist  Katherine  R  Wilson.    For  those concentrating  on  Canadian  genealogy,  consult Gail Dever’s Facebook for Canadian Genealogy

list http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?p=7656.

 

  

Rhode Island Court Records, 1729-1812 http://www.rihs.org/connect/online-exhibits/colonial- justice-gallery/.

The   Rhode   Island   Historical   Society   has

launched the digital archive “Colonial Justice:

Preserving and Digitizing Early Rhode Island Court  Records.”     These  specific  collections were selected by RIHS curators for digitization based on their rarity, as well as their unique documentation of the colonial justice system in Rhode Island.

The earliest documents are those from 1729-

1741 for the Providence County Justice Court at

Warwick and those from 1730-1739 for the Kings County Court Records.    The latest documents are the Providence County Justice Court Dockets from 1809 to 1812.

 

  

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Enumeration District Maps for US 1950

Census are Going Online

- from EOGN, 14 Jun 2016

The public will not be able to view the 1950

US   Census   until   2022,   but   about   8,000

Enumeration  District  Maps  are  being  placed

online now by the US National Archives and Records Administration.   The new additions include all county maps and any map that includes five or more enumeration districts.

You can learn more in NARA’s web site at https://goo.gl/4YPIjq

 

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AGS Survey Results

Thanks to the 21 people who filled out this year’s survey.  A synopsis of the results follow.

No one is researching in AL, AK or MS.  The top six states being researched in are IL, MO,

NY, OH, PA, and VA.   The top five countries being   research   in   are   Germany,   England,

Ireland, Scotland and Norway.

The 1600’s through the 1900’s seem to be the

primary focus of our research.

Most  of  us  (15)  are  using  the  Family  Tree

Maker software program.

As to “Programs Interested In” those checked by 10 or more people were ancestry.com. Cemetery Research, Church Records, Court Records,  DNA,  Immigration,  Land/Tax Records, Maps, and Newspaper Research.   A write-in was Brick Walls.

For “Level of Experience” most were Intermediate  (9)  with  Beginner  and  Advance tied at 4 each.

We have people who consider their area of

expertise as Scotland, Ohio, Nebraska, the New England   states,   Norway,   Sweden,   Western Land, and “digging deep to find everything possible on each person.”

Three people said “Yes” or “Maybe” to doing a program or workshop.

Thanks again for completing the Survey.  This really helps our Program VP Judy Holtus to plan

programs and find speakers.


  

Census  Records  with  Maps  to  Identify  the  Parents  of  a  Person  Born  in  1803

submitted by Ted  Bainbridge,  Ph.D., member of Pike’s Peak Genealogical Society

 

William English raised his family in the West Branch Valley of the Susquehanna River in north-central Pennsylvania.  Hundreds of his descendants were documented, but none of his ancestors were known until now.

 

William’s  Birth

William’s obituary, published in Renovo on 19 May 1882, said he was born near Benezette and died at

the age of 79 years.  That indicates he was born in 1802 or 1803.  Censuses from 1850 through 1880 report ages that indicate he was born in 1803 or 1804.  We conclude that he was born in 1803.

 

Census  Results

William, with correct names for his wife and children, is positively and uniquely identified in the censuses of 1880, 1870, 1860, and 1850.  He is similarly identified in the 1840 and 1830 censuses with the correct number of children, each of exactly the right age.

 

Proven birth dates of William’s children make it unlikely that he was married in 1820.  That year’s census does not include a William English household with an adult couple of the correct ages.  Neither does it include a William English household without children.

 

Therefore the 1820 census was searched for households that might include William as a child.  That census includes a category for males aged 16 to 18, indicating calculated birth years of 1802 through

1804, or at most 1801 through 1805.  Searching the 1820 Pennsylvania census for surnames of English or Inglish or any similar spellings or sounds discovered four households that contained males in the

desired age group.  Those households are plotted on the following map.

 

 Map  Results

On the above map the diamond is in the West Branch Valley.  It is in the same township that William English lived in for the last 32 to 42 years of his life. The circles are 114, 171, and 177 miles away.  The household marked by the diamond is William’s parents’ household.


 The  Household

The 1820 United States Federal [Decennial] Census of Chapman Township, Lycoming County [now in Clinton County], Pennsylvania contains the following entry for the household represented by the diamond on the above map:

 

 

William Inglish

1 male

2 males

age 16-18 age 16-26

 

1 male

1 female

age 26-45

age 16-26

 

1 female

age 26-45

 

 

one person engaged in agriculture

 

 

Most probably (but not with absolute certainty) that information allows us to describe the household as follows:

 

husband

age 26-45

born 1775-1794

or 1785 ±

10

William Inglish

wife

age 26-45

born 1775-1794

or 1785 ±

10

 

son

age 19-26

born 1794-1801

or 1798 ±

4

 

daughter

age 16-26

born 1794-1804

or 1799 ±

5

 

son

age 16-18

born 1802-1804

or 1803 ±

1

William English

 

Results

The father of William English (born 1803) was William Inglish (born 1775-1794).  Most probably

William English’s mother, brother, and sister have been found with their approximate birth years.  That household lived in exactly the right place.

 

Using census records with maps revealed new information not contained in either source alone.

 

THE AURORA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY of COLORADO  meets monthly except in June, July, August and December.   Meetings are the 4th  Tuesday  of the month,  alternating  between  afternoon  and  evening  meetings.    Afternoon  meetings  begin  at 1:00  pm.   Evening meetings begin at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Aurora Central Branch Library in the Community  Rooms.   Meetings are open to the public.

Board of Directors meetings are held at 1:00 pm the first Monday of each month (unless otherwise noted) except June, July, August and

December, in the AGS Library Room.  Meetings are open to the membership.

Individuals/Families may join the Society upon paying annual dues of $15.00 per mailing address.   Annual membership  starts January of each year.  If you join September through December of any year, the membership includes the following year.  Send your remittance along with a membership application, or your name, address and telephone number to:

Membership Vice President, Aurora Genealogical Society, PO Box 31732, Aurora, CO 80041-0732

All members will receive newsletters, electronically or via USPS. Queries will be accepted for publication as space permits.

 

 Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

PO Box 31732

 

Aurora, CO  80041-0732

Newsletter of the Aurora Genealogical Society

Volume XXXVI, Number 2

March-April 2016

General Meetings

Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 1:30 pmSmall Community Room

Tuesday, 26 April 2016, 7:00 pm - Large Community Room

 

Aurora Central Library

14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora, CO 80012

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AuroraGenealogicalSocietyCO

 


Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 22 March 2016 @ 1:30 pm

Brick Wall or Picket Fence?

Presented by Carol Darrow, Certified Genealogist.

   Sometimes we build our own brick walls.  Learning about available records and what information they contain can reveal that we have only a picket fence to get over.  Carol will also talk about real brick walls and strategies to overcome those roadblocks.

 

 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 @ 7:00 pm

Member Sharing

Presented by Aurora Genealogy Society members.

   Our April meeting will feature society members participating in a show and tell of artifacts and discoveries.  Bring a favorite item or story and share its significance with your fellow sleuths. 

 

Meeting Etiquette Reminders:

1)  No food or beverage in the meeting room.

2)  Turn off or mute cell phones.

3)  Don’t talk or whisper when the speaker is presenting.

Thank You

 

Aurora Genealogical Society Library

Aurora Central Library, Main Floor

14949 E. Alameda Pkwy., Aurora, CO 80012

303-739-6686

 

Open to the Public

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

or by Appointment, call 303-755-1179

During inclement weather,

call ahead to ensure we are open.

 

Our holdings are being listed on www.librarything.com/profile/AuroraGenSociety

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 Have you renewed your membership?

  If not, this will be your last newsletter.  

Renewal Form on page 15

 


Aurora Genealogical Society of Colorado

P.O. Box 31732

Aurora, CO 80041-0732

303-739-6686

email – [email protected]

https://www.freewebs.com/auroragenealogysociety

 

ELECTED OFFICERS

 

President                                                Gail Arnert

Membership Vice-President                   Judy Keilman

Program Vice-President & Publicity       Judy Holtus

Recording Secretary                               Barbara Bickerton

Treasurer                                                 Dick Kautt

Corresponding Secretary                        Marion Baumann

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS

 

Archivist                                                 Elaine Pankonin

Genealogist                                            Dorothy Bernay

CCGS Delegate                                      Gail Arnert

Librarian                                                  Alice Jablonski

Newsletter Editor                                    Gail Arnert

                                                                [email protected]

Newsletter Technical Support                 Lori Holtus

Nominating Committee Chair                  Judy Holtus

Parliamentarian                                       Judy Keilman

Website                                                   Jennifer O’Bayley

We welcome articles for publication provided:

1)  They have a general interest to furthering our members’ research, i.e., websites, articles on research facilities near and far, your research trips, etc.

2)  They have a Colorado connection, preferably Aurora, Arapahoe and Adams counties.

3)   If not your original work, sources must be cited.

4)  If a copyright is involved, you must include written permission from the owner of the copyright.

 

Email articles to [email protected] or to any elected officer.  The editor reserves the right to accept or reject any material submitted.  Publication deadlines are the first Friday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

 

This Newsletter is distributed to libraries and genealogical societies throughout the United States.  This publication is also indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) published by the Allen County Public Library Foundation, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

  

Message from the President

 

   Happy 35th Birthday to the Aurora Genealogical Society.  Our Society’s organizational meeting was held 24 February 1981 at the North Branch (Hoffman Heights) Library with 45 people in attendance.  We were incorporated in March 1981 with 54 Charter members.  Of these 54, Nancy Jensen and Beverly Thompson are still active members.  Thank you ladies for your continued interest and support!  Initially, meetings were held at North Branch Library, Gateway Christian Church, and South Branch (Mission Viejo) Library.  From 1982-1984 meetings were at Central Library and by October 1984 we became permanent fixtures at Hoffman Heights (except during it’s remodeling when we met at Fire Station No. 2) until its closure in Jan 2009.  Because of our close relationship with the Aurora Public Library system, we were able to move our meetings and library to Central in 2009.  Check out the AGS History books in our library to see a record of the happenings over the last 35 years.

   With the perfect weather we’ve been having lately we’d all rather be outside than in a library researching our ancestors.  However, visiting our AGS library can be fun.  We have a lot of windows so you can enjoy the view.  We have a lot of new donations from the Aurora Library System, and we have some great duplicates that are available for a donation.  I was recently researching my Hadley family in New York and Massachusetts and found a great family tree online with many sources.  I always verify what I find online and during that process found many of the referenced sources were available in our library!

   I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meetings and in our library.

 

                                                Gail

 

New Members

 

Nancy M. Miller, 3085 S. Killarney Way, Aurora, CO 80013-9043 (Parks, Stubo, Benzunas/Bendziunas, Inman, Martin, Miller, Hansen, Wachendorfer, Aydelott)

 

Susan Redmond, 13018 E. Colorado Ave., Aurora, CO 80012

 

Barbara Urnick, 2663 S. Carson Way, Aurora, CO 80014-2303

Current Membership:  82

 

 

Upcoming Events

(For more information, come by the AGS Library or go to the sponsoring Society website.)

 

Beginning Genealogy Classes

www.cogensoc.us/

   Beginner Genealogy Classes - Classes are held monthly on the second Saturday from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm in the Gates Conference Room on the 5th Floor of the Denver Public Library.  The library doors open at 9:00 am.  Advance registration and reservations are not required.  The classes are free and open to the public.  Most classes are presented by Lou-Jean Rehn.  Upcoming classes are 12 Mar and 9 Apr.

 

Colorado Chapter, Palatines to America

Spring Seminar and Book Fair

   Saturday, 30 April 2016, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in the Denver Public Library, Lower Level Conference Room, 14th & Broadway, Denver, CO.  Materials fee is $35 (add $5 if registration is postmarked after 23 Apr).  Lunch is on your own.  F. Warren Bittner, CGSM will cover How German History Makes a Difference in Your Family Research, Big City Research in the 19th Century, Bads, Bergs, Burgs, and Bachs, German Research and the Law.  Registration forms are available in our library, at AGS meetings or online at cocouncil.org (click on Member Societies’ Seminars and Registration Forms towards the bottom of the page).

 

 

Planning Ahead – Save These Dates

For those who like to plan ahead, mark your 2016 calendars for these events:

 

   4-7 May        NGS conference in

                        Ft. Lauderdale, FL

   31 Aug -       FGS National Conference,

   3 Sep            Springfield, IL

   Oct               COPALAM Fall Seminar

 

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New Ohio Law Allows Individuals to Copy Ohio Vital Records

from “Ohio Genealogy News”, Fall 2015 via

Huron County Kinologist, Vol. 31, No. 1, 2016

 

     A line item in HB 64. Sec. 3705.231 recently signed by Gov. Kasich reads: “A local registrar shall allow an individual to photograph or otherwise copy a birth or death record.”

     If an individual has a camera or iPhone with which to take a picture, he or she should be able to get a non-certified copy of an Ohio Birth or Death Certificate from a city or county health department free of charge after October 1, 2015.  Hand held scanners and wands may be used at the discretion of the local registrar.  Ohio birth records after 1908 are available at any county registrar’s office.  Ohio death records after 1908 are not centralized at this time and are available at the county level only.

     

   

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DPL Summer Used Book Sale

      It's time to start making room on your shelves - the Summer Used Book Sale is coming in June!  Due to the increasing cost of tents and the unpredictable Colorado weather, we're moving the sale indoors this year, and we're looking forward to a cool, dry sale with LOTS of books.

Wednesday, June 22, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Friday, June 24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday, June 25, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Aurora Family History Center

from Vickie Smejkal, Director & AGS Member

   The Aurora Family History Center now has a Face Book site up and running. "Like Us" at: https://www.facebook.com/AuroraColoradoFamilyHistoryCenter

   We hope that through this Facebook site you will find helpful and interesting items that will benefit your Family History Research experience.  Here we will also post our classes, and, we also hope to post last minute closure notices should the need arise.

   Classes for the month of March are on the 3rd and 13th of March at 7:00 p.m. at the Family History Center on 950 Laredo St.  We will present:  How to use your tablet / smartphone as a genealogical tool.

   For April, on the 7th and 10th of April at 7:00 p.m. at the Family History Center on 950 Laredo St., we will present:  Memories & Photos – How to add, name, and organize photos in your family files within FamilySearch.org.

 

 

26 April 2016 Member Sharing Meeting

 

   One of my favorite meetings, this meeting is when our members share genealogical information and artifacts relating to their families.  Come prepared to share.

 

 

24 May 2016 Business Meeting

 

   May of each year is the Aurora Genealogical Society’s annual business meeting.  At this meeting we will hold elections for President, VP Membership and Corresponding Secretary.  If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Judy Holtus.  We will also vote on any proposed changes to the By-Laws and Standing Rules.

  

New In the Library

 

Visit www.librarything.com to view more of our holdings (currently about 40% of our collection is online).

 

Maryland Marriages, 1634-1777 and Maryland Marriages, 1778-1800, compiled by Robert Barnes.

 

Maine Families in 1790, editor Ruth Gray.

 

English Origins of New England Families, editor Gary Boyd Roberts.

 

Several Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore and the Port of New York, editor Michael Tepper.

 

Rhode Island 1782 Census, by Jay Mack Holbrook.

 

Inhabitants of New York [New York City and boroughs], 1774-1776, by Thomas B. Wilson.

 

Migration from the Russian Empire, Lists of Passengers Arriving at the Port of New Yor