31 January 2014

Upfront Mini Bytes – Federal Reserve, RI, Austrian Newspapers, South GA, Mordecai School (NC), New Netherland Ships Passengers, Guinness Archive, and Northeastern AL

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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Whether your ancestors worked for the Federal Reserve or you have handled US currency, you might be interested to learn more about the 1913 establishment of the Federal Reserve, its purpose, and how it functioned.

Is there Rhode Island (RI) ancestry in your family tree? Check out the RI online digital archive here.  This article (Boston.com) provides a nice overview. 

How neat that a bunch of Austrian newspapers are online at the Austrian National Library website. Here is a list of the currently available newspapers (and magazines).  Remember that the Austrian empire and its borders changed quite a bit through time.  You may also want to read about the Austrian Empire and Austria-Hungary.  Many of us with Polish, Galician, Ruthenian, Czechoslovakian, Ukrainian, and other eastern European ancestors will find that they lived within the borders of Austria-Hungary at the time of their emigration to the US, Canada, etc. You can currently search the editions from 1700-1872. The website is in German, though Google translate easily made it accessible to this non-German speaker. The native language of each newspaper is stated.

If you are researching South Georgia, make sure to check out The Digital Library of Georgia.  It recently added the Vienna News to the South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive. The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive now provides access to sixteen newspaper titles published in ten south Georgia cities (AlbanyAmericus, Bainbridge, Brunswick, Cuthbert, Thomasville, Tifton, ValdostaVienna, and Waycross) from 1845 to 1922.

Do you have an early 19th century prominent North Carolina family in your lineage?  Were there any daughters of school age c. 1809-1818?  If so, maybe they attended the Mordecai school in WarrentonNorth Carolina --a girls' school that was in operation from 1809-1818. About 500 women born roughly between 1795 and 1805 attended the school for at least one half-year term. The blog, The Mordecai Female Academy, looks into those who attended.  It presents the attendees alphabetically and is currently up to the Ds.

Olive Tree has reconstructed ships' passenger lists to New Netherland (present day New York) covering 1624-1664 from various sources.

If I really wanted to get my husband interested in genealogy, I might just introduce him to The Guinness Archive which preserves the historical records of the Guinness Brewery at St. James's Gate in Dublin from 1759 to the present.

Here’s a great resource for those researching family who lived in Northeastern Alabama. The staff and volunteers of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system have created an obituary index.  Current coverage starts in 1819 and comes forward to about 2005.

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