14 June 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes

Upfront Mini Bytes

Welcome to the tenth edition of our bi-weekly feature Upfront Mini Bytes.  In Upfront Mini Bytes we provide eight tasty bits of genealogy news that will help give you a deeper byte into your family history research. Each item is short and sweet.  We encourage you to check out the links to articles, blog posts, resources, and anything genealogical!

We hope you found the past editions helpful:

Do you have questions, suggestions for future posts, or comments?  Please post a comment or send an e-mail to [email protected].


UK magazine The Spectator launched its 180-year online archive. The Spectator is a weekly publication and one of the oldest continually published magazines in the English-speaking world, having first gone to print on 6 July 1828.
Though the 1950 US census will not be released until 2022, the Morse One-Step website is starting its preparations to have location tools created in advance (as was done for the 1940 census). Read more about this project and how you can help here. Thanks to Dick Eastman for letting us know about this exciting project.

Have ancestors or distant cousins who ended up “down under?”  You’ll be excited to check out the new online database for Queensland (Australia) vital records. You can search the index for free and then pay to acquire images of found documents.  Included are: Births 1829–1914, Deaths 1829–1983, and Marriages 1829–1938.

Cohabitation registers are so important to African American research!  They are some of the few records created right after the Civil War that reflect pre-emancipation unions.  The Library of Virginia has added Scott County and Washington County to its cohabitation register digitization project. Read more about this project.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember how much life has changed since the 1970s!  Two recent articles remind us of some of these significant changes. Ten things an Irish woman could not do in 1970 (and be prepared to cringe...) and then 10 Things That American Women Could Not Do Before the 1970s.

Anyone researching emigrant ancestors knows that oaths of allegiance can be powerful tools, whether connected to military service, naturalization paperwork, etc. Genealogy Decoded recently did a post about Pennsylvania Oaths of Allegiance 1727-1775 and the neat information they can contain and the availability of a digitized version of a published volume via Hathi Trust.

How often have you struggled to figure out all the ways a name might be spelled, a place name pronounced, etc.?  Understanding language helps us as we try to decipher the myriad spellings we stumble across.  After sharing this with my linguist daughter, I thought you might find it helpful also -- North American English Dialects, Based on Pronunciation Patterns.  Do check out the map!

Recognizing that many people we are researching died before vital records came into being, the Arkansas History Commission is doing something to help fill that void.  There is now a database In Remembrance: An Electronic Index of Arkansas Deaths, 1819-1920.  It provide researchers with the location of death records in early Arkansas, whether in church publications, cemetery records, mortality censuses, newspaper obituaries, or county and local records from the Arkansas History Commission’s extensive holdings.

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