SPECIAL REPORT: Using Ancestry database card catalog
Web sites available for almost every U.S. county
U.S. Genweb is really one of the great free resources to almost every county in the United States. The web site is at http://www.usgenweb.org/ and from there you can find a link to web sites for each state and on each state web site there are links to each county's site. To go straight to the Ohio Genweb page, the url is http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohgenweb/ Many of the web sites have their own databases of local information or link to files submitted to Rootsweb archives. The Ohio Genealogical Society web site also has links to each chapter's web site and also has databases available to OGS members The OGS site is at http://www.ogs.org/
Upload your gravestone photos
There is a nice web site where you can upload your tombstone photos.
Check it out at http://www.ohiogravestones.org.
Thanks to member Delores Mooney-Bartlett for passing along the information from another list.
The site actually covers other states, too. There are choices for entering a photo, viewing entries by cemetery name and so on. You also can do a quick search on a surname. The site is not meant to be any sort of complete gravestone source, but just a neat place to upload your tombstone photos. You can crop and edit photos after you upload them, but it is best to upload your jpeg file ready to go. Do not try to upload tiff files or large jpeg files because they will take too long to load. Your submissions are checked before they are put on the site.
LDS film loan fees increase
Fees for microfilm loans at the Family History Center will increase effective January 15. Loan fees for microfilm will change from $3.25 to $5.50. Microfiche fees will remain at 15¢ per fiche. All renewals, including films ordered at the $3.25 fee, will be renewed at the new rate of $5.50. This fee change, the first since February 1997, is needed to keep pace with increasing costs, LDS nounced. .Please note that the new fees still include return postage.
Stark obit indexes now on line
Stark County District Library at Canton has indexes of obituaries from Stark County newspapers for 1815-1899 online that can be searched. The information lists the name, date of the newspaper and page and location. There is a form for ordering the obituary. There also is an index for obituaries in the Canton Repostiroy from 1900 to the present. The earlier indexes are in eight Adobe Acrobat (pdf) files covering the periods 1815-1829, 1830-1839, 1840-1849, 1850-1859, 1860-1865, 1866-1870, 1871-1875 and 1876-1880. The link is:
NARA Accepts Online Orders for Records
All of the most frequently requested records in the National Archives can be ordered online. The National Archives and Records Administration has made all form requests available online at
The site requires that you register as a user and that you pay with a credit card. Using Order Online, you can order copies of passenger arrival records; copies of specific pages from the Federal census; copies of Eastern Cherokee applications; copies of Federal land entry files, Federal military pension files for the Revolutionary War through the Civil War; and military service records
for the Revolutionary War through the Spanish American War. The archives will continue to accept paper forms. Paper forms can be ordered by e-mail to Inquire@nara.gov or by calling the toll free number, 1-86-NARA-NARA (1-866-272-6272).
VA Offers On-Line Nationwide Gravesite Locator
The following is an announcement from the U.S. Veterans Administration:
More than 3 million records showing where veterans have been buried in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) national cemeteries are now available online. The innovation will make it easy for anyone with Internet access to search for the gravesite locations of deceased family members and friends. The nationwide grave locator contains more than three million records of veterans and dependents buried in VA's 120 cemeteries since the Civil War. It also has records of some burials in state veterans' cemeteries and burials in Arlington National Cemetery from 1999 to the present. The records date to the establishment of the first national cemeteries during the Civil War. The web site -- at www.cem.va.gov -- will be updated nightly with information on burials the previous day. he home page, "Burial and Memorial Benefits," allows the reader to select the Nationwide Gravesite Locator to begin a search.
Census images of rich and famous now on line
Michael Neill has posted census images from the "rich and famous." The main page is www.rootdig.com/1930census. Some of the many images linked are Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Mel Brooks, George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Walter Cronkite, Walt Disney, Amelia Earhart, Katharine Hepburn, John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, and Dr. Seuss. Thanks to Reunions Magazine, Volume 14, Number 2, October/November2003, PO. Box 11727, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211-0727.
Index to Cunningham Funeral Home Records
“Index to Cunningham and Cunningham-McCafferty Funeral Home Records 1906-1966" is for sale by Ima Gene Boyd, a member of the Summit County chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. The index covers 15 large volumes of records which were microfilmed and are now available at the Akron-Summit County Public Library. These records provide much information including place of birth and death, parents, names, cause of death and interment site. The old record books were in the attic of another funeral home and were given to Ima Gene. The records are filed by a page number or by an account number. Names are deciphered from handwritten originals. The index is available from Ima Gene Boyd, 370 E. Archwood Ave., Akron, OH 44301-2157 for $10 plus $1.25 postage or $11.25 total.
Provided by: SUMMIT COUNTYCHAPTER, OGS
Akron, OH 44309-2232
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