13 December 2013

Upfront Mini Bytes – American Indian, TN, Canadian, Polish & Irish Records, WWII Slang, Maps and a “Best of” list ...

Welcome to our newest 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!

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Tennessee Union Provost Marshal records are now online via Tennessee State Library and Archives. The provost marshals were the Union’s military police. They hunted and arrested deserters, spies, and civilians suspected of disloyalty; confined prisoners; maintained records of paroles and oaths of allegiance; controlled the passage of civilians in military zones and those using Government transportation; and investigated the theft of Government property.

There is a neat page on the Library of Congress website: American Indian Constitutions. It discusses the addition of 428 Native American documents containing constitutions, charters, and acts from the years 1830 to 1960 to Law.gov.   The collection contains two types of material: constitutions from the 1800s produced by the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Creek; and constitutions and charters drafted after the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act.
Did you have Polish/Galician/Ruthenian ancestors from Rzeszow area like I did?  If yes, you’ll enjoy this website as much as I did, Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie.  While on the site, you can also search on the archives for other Polish communities to see what online holdings they may each have.
“Best of” websites are nice since they give us a chance to review what resources we might be overlooking and confirm those that we are already using.  Check out Family Tree Magazine and its list of 75 Best State Genealogy Websites in 2013.

Maps, maps, maps!  Just discovered another historic map collection: Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library (University of Georgia), Historical Maps. What’s your favorite Historic Map collection?

Continues to be nice to see more and more Irish resources becoming available.  Whether you have Irish ancestry or not, you might find this fun to check out: The top 100 Irish last names explained.

Thanks to John D. Tew and his Filiopietism Prism Blog for pointing out Some Choice Bits of Slang From American Soldiers Serving in WWII.  Who ever knew that “Egg in your beer” meant “Too much of a good thing?”

Did your ancestors settle (either permanently or temporarily) in what is now Ontario, Canada before 1865?  If so, check out Free Online Searchable Land Records 1763-1865. This website discusses an online database and how to use it. The database contains more than 82,000 individuals who arrived in present-day Ontario, Canada, between 1783 and 1865.  Note that some of these were Loyalists who originally settled in the U.S.

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