Friday, February 5, 2016

MICHIGAN DEATH RECORD IMAGES FOR 1940 NOW ONLINE! Here’s how I found my family’s certificates


The website seekingmichigan.org has many wonderful records & historical information for Michigan researchers. 
Certainly the one I’ve used the most is their death index and images. The images for records from 1897-1920 have been online for a while now.

The images for 1921-1952 are being released as the 75 year restriction rolls around.  As of today, they have uploaded the images up to and including 1940.

So, today, I’m going to use my Legacy search function and see how many, if any, of my ancestors have deaths in Michigan in 1940.

To accomplish this I will go to the “Search” tab and then “Find.”
I want two criteria in my search:
  • Place of death = Michigan
  • Date of death = 1940
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 1940 yr of death search

And, here is my list

1940 yr of death search list

Let’s go over to seekingmichigan.org and see how many of those four certificates I can locate.

NOTE:  As you know, uploading and indexing are not perfect sciences.  So, just because we hear that records are available, doesn’t mean they ALL will be.

How many of these death certificate images did I find?

FOUR OUT OF FOUR!!!

BUSH_William W_death cert_5 Mar 1940_DetroitWayneMichigan
DEATH CERT FOR WILLIAM W. BUSH
GOULD_Willard B_death cert-2_6 Jun 1940_Saginaw_SaginawCo_Michigan
DEATH CERT FOR WILLARD B. GOULD
ERB_Minnie nee Hartwey_death cert_15 Jan 1940_DetroitWayneMichigan
DEATH CERT FOR MINNIE ERB
FORSYTH_Katherine_death cert_24 Sep 1940_DetroitWayneMichigan
DEATH CERT FOR KATHERINE MARTZ FORSYTH

Wonderful!  I’ve downloaded each of them, cropped and corrected them and now I can add them to Legacy and source them.  That’s what I call 15 minutes well spent online.

TIP:  I do not like the look of images as they appear in our downloads.  I don’t like the black surrounding them and I don’t like them to be crooked or too grey.  I fix all of this before I ever save the digital image to my computer.  I takes about one minute to perform the task and makes your images look so much better in any report or if you upload them online.  See my “Other Posts” below for a post I wrote about this process.

Time to go work on those records.  Please let me know how many new records you find in this collection.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

MICHIGAN DEATH RECORDS ONLINE - Where can you find them?

Legacy 8 - THE SEARCH FUNCTION - What Can You Find?

EASY DOCUMENT EDITING - How to Straighten & Correct Images

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

ANCESTRY HINTS ~ Do you take advantage of this resource?

AllHints

Maybe it’s only me, but sometimes I get in a rut with my research.  I sit down at my computer, look at my Legacy database, and try to decide who I’m going to work on today.  Or, maybe there was some note I wrote yesterday that’s on my desk that I need to go back to.

What would give me a fresh look and a new direction?  How about looking at my hints on Ancestry?

Do you look at your hints on Ancestry? 
Do you go through all of them?

Here’s what I am in the habit of doing.  I will see a new number up by the “shaky leaf” at the top right of the screen.  I’ll click on that to see what names pop up.  Generally, it’s people in a group I have recently worked on.  I may or may not look at the hint.  I rarely scroll through the hints list or use the other options available to us.  

My habit is to look at the hints, from the Facts page, for whichever ancestor I am currently working on. 

Here is what showed up for me today in the way of current hints.

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Ancestry current hints

I do see two people on that list that I was working with yesterday.  Mary Johnston and Addison Boggs.

Next, I clicked on “See all recent hints in” and selected my primary tree on Ancestry.

That brought up this screen.

Ancestry hints - 2-circle on number

WOW!  That’s 13,905 hints total. 
I have 3,535 people in this tree.  NOTE:  I use my Ancestry trees for connections & sharing with cousins, gathering hints and for my DNA.  My primary records are all in Legacy, on my computer.  Any record I find on Ancestry is downloaded to my computer, saved in the appropriate digital folder and added & sourced in my Legacy program.  Ancestry is simply a tool for me.
I have to admit that I don’t do a lot of fiddling with the hints page.  However, maybe I should.
 
You can sort by
  • Most recent
  • Last name
  • First name
Or you can filter by name.

These are all very helpful ways of focusing on a particular ancestor.
 
I love working with and finding photos for my ancestors. I see from the hints page that I have 1730 PHOTO hints.  Let’s take a look at those.  I didn’t sort these in any order, however, you do have that option.

In looking at the first 10 pages of 87 pages of photo hints, most of them were familiar.  They were images that have been added by me and then saved to other trees, or added by cousins.  By the time I got to page 15 I was seeing some new items.
 
It was actually very difficult to not stop and take a look at those items instead of finishing this post.  Guess where I’ll be going back to when this is published?

What about STORIES?  I have 119 story hints.  Those might be interesting to take a look at.

I see lots of interesting items here.  Everything from abstracts of war pensions to lineage to divorce packets to an entry that says “attacked by Indians.”  Certainly many of those are worth looking at.
 
The bottom line is, I don’t take enough advantage of the options offered to us on this website.  Do you?

I’m off to investigate some of those stories and other hints right now.  Please share with me what your experience is and whether or not you use all the options on this website.

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

OCCUPATION FILES ON ANCESTRY - 1600-1995 - What are they?  Have you seen these?

ADDING A RECORD TO LEGACY FROM ANCESTRY - A Step by Step Guide

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HAPPY 179th BIRTHDAY TO MICHIGAN ~ The 26th state in our United States


My home state!



CLICK HERE TO LEARN 50 FACTS ABOUT MICHIGAN

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

NEW YORK NEWSPAPER LINKS ONLINE

NY_Syracuse news NY_Times Newspaper headline image
New York!  I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of ancestors in both mine and my husband’s family, that have roots in New York.

It makes perfect sense because of all the immigrants that came in through the port of New York via Ellis Island.  That, of course, wasn’t the only port for our immigrant ancestors, but certainly an important one.  New York also being an early settlement, means many of our trails will lead back to that state.

There was a post recently on Facebook from Kenneth R. Marks who writes The Ancestor Hunt website and blog and has his Facebook site by the same name, click here for the link.

On January 15th he posted an article listing all the sites to find newspaper articles from New York.  There are over 1,000 FREE links for the state of New York.  Yes, FREE.

Here’s the link to that list New York Online Newspaper Summary

I’ve used the first collection, Old Fulton New York Postcards-Hidden Gems, extensively and wrote a blog post about using that particular site.  I’ve found dozens are newspaper articles and obituaries for my family.  However, I wasn’t aware of the many other sites to find my New York ancestors in newspapers.

As an example, using The Ancestor Hunt website, I selected Erie Buffalo NY Courier 1888-1926 to search for my husband’s family, the Finks or Dollers.  When I clicked on the link this is what I found.

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Buffalo courier

I selected the very first icon for the 1888 edition.  What I see next is this.

Buffalo courier-2

It appears, as I click on each of these icons, that this is the complete scanned version of this newspaper, page by page.  The third PDF icon led me to page 1 of the August 26, 1888 edition.  I used CNTRL F to try a search on the page and found out these images have been OCR’d.  Therefore, a search is possible.

It is certainly a slow process, if you are going to search each and every page of a particular edition.  Sometimes this may be necessary.  However, using the methods I displayed in my blog post, going directly to the Old Fulton Postcard website directly, is much more efficient.  In doing a search directly on that site this morning, I located a death notice for my husband’s great grandmother from 1950.

DOLLER_Bertha_death notice_BuffaloNYCourierExpress_11 Oct 1950_pg 10_annotated

Here’s a close up of Bertha’s name.  This shows us the month, the date and the place of her death.  Oct. 6, in Alden.

DOLLER_Bertha_death notice_BuffaloNYCourierExpress_11 Oct 1950_pg 10_close up

As you can see and probably already know, newspapers are one of our best sources for finding information on our ancestors.  Whether it’s the date & place of their death, their marriage, a business they may have owned, a lawsuit they were involved in, an accident or the birth of a child, newspapers were the social media of the day.

I’d love to hear about how newspapers have assisted you with your ancestor’s stories.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY ~ Library Collections

SDSU header

My husband’s father’s family came to San Diego, California between 1910 and 1917. His father, Gordon, was the third child born to Charles & Daisy Bright Hall.  The two older children were born in Pennsylvania.
 
My husband has always said that his father was a cheerleader for the San Diego State Aztecs.  Those were the days when cheerleaders were men and not the girls we see today.

I’ve always wanted to find an SDSU yearbook to try and locate a picture of Gordon during his time in college.

I looked in the yearbook collection on Ancestry.com and didn’t find anything.  However, today I was re reading Gordon’s funeral notice and I read that he was a member of Phi Lambda XI while he attended the university.  AH HA!!

That is information I don’t remember seeing before.  It’s always amazing to me what stands out when I go back over records. 
I decided to conduct a web search for Phi Lambda XI.  I used Google and saw that the second link on the page looked promising.

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SDSU Phi lambda

Once I clicked on that I was taken to the San Diego State Library Digital Collections page.  OH BOY!  What can I find here?

SDSU Phi lambda-2

I clicked on “Collections” and found that this digital library is jam packed with information.  However, the one item I was looking for were the yearbooks.  I scrolled down the page and THERE THEY WERE!

What does that say underneath the image?
  
"San Diego State yearbooks from 1902 to the last published in 1984."

SDSU Phi lambda-3

And there they were.  All layed out on the page with the cover of each edition and the year. 

SDSU Phi lambda-4

You are able to select the edition you’re interested in and view it or download it.  You can look at each individual page or use the dropdown menu in the upper left corner to advance any number of pages.

SDSU Phi lambda-5

I was not able to locate Gordon Hall’s picture in the class photos for 1932, 1933, 1934 or 1935.  In order to find out if he appeared elsewhere in any of the books I will have to go through page by page as there isn’t a table of contents or an index in the editions I looked at.

According to his son, Gordon did not graduate.  I wonder what took him away from his studies?

If you have ancestors from San Diego, who attended San Diego State, this is a wonderful resource.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

COUNTING NAMES ~ How many of your immediate family given names are in your tree?


Family names.  Of my immediate family, parents, siblings and me, how many others in my family tree have the same given names that we do?

My parents – Harry & Patricia

My siblings & me – Diane, Harry, Norlaine, Virginia & John

In order to create this list I used the Search tab in my Legacy 8 program.  Then I used Find, Detailed Search and entered my criteria.  I didn’t use any middle names when creating my lists because I used the criteria “contains,” which will find both first and middle names.

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Please refer to my blog post about using the Legacy 8 search feature for more details. This will give you step by step details on searching.
Legacy 8 - The Search Function - What Can You Find?

Here are the lists created by searching my family names.


JOHN































HARRY






























PATRICIA










VIRGINIA









DIANE









NORLAINE





My oldest sister, Norlaine, was named combining my father’s middle name, Norman and his wife, Elaine.  I have never found anyone else with her given name.

By the numbers, here’s what I found.
John – 203
Harry – 20
Patricia – 7
Virginia – 6
Diane – 5
Norlaine – 1

No big surprise that John was the most numerous name.

Have you ever run this kind of report on your family names?  If so, what did you find?

OTHER POSTS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

Name Lists - How to use them in your research

Birth records with incorrect names - What would you think?

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

HAPPY 6th BLOGIVERSARY TO ME ~ 2010-2016

Hard to believe it's been six years since I began.  I wrote a few posts those first 3 yrs, but only got "really" serious in the fall of 2013.  Since then I've had so much fun.

  • Blogging has made me a better researcher
  • I've gotten to know some wonderful people in the blogging world
  • I've had cousins contact me, who otherwise may never have found me
  • I've discovered a love for writing that I didn't know I had
What could be better than all of that?

THANK YOU READERS

THANK YOU FELLOW BLOGGERS FOR SHARING MY POSTS

Here's to another year of discoveries and connections.

HERE'S A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF MY FIRST FEW POSTS 




Cheers,
Michigan Girl

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