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Limerick (Ireland) Trade directories, 1769-1976 now available. You can search by trade, directory, time period, surname, address etc. I have one known collateral ancestor, John Walker Nelson, who lived in
Limerick working as a
Watch Maker for a few years before marrying and moving. He is listed in the 1877-1884 directories on Westland Street.
Searching for someone who might have been involved in a court case, 1881-1980 in
Seattle, ? If so, consider submitting a query to the
Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS – free for members and a fee for nonmembers)
for a search in the King County Court Cases Index,
1881-1980. Cases pertaining to
Divorces, probate, name changes, guardianship, bankruptcies, commitments and
Looking for the final resting place for a Civil War Veteran? Check out the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Grave Database. The database includes both
Confederate soldiers and tells from what state they served in, what branch of
service, and where the cemetery is located.
When you click on an individuals name, a detailed information card comes
up which will give death date, possibly birth date, may have information on
cause and location of death and information on the cemetery.
Over 90,000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross during WWI. Did one of your family members volunteer? Names are being added in alphabetical order so if you don’t see a surname of interest, it may mean that the project hasn’t yet gotten to that letter of the alphabet.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched a Historical Topographic Map Explorer, allowing one to easily pore through the agency's expansive collection of more than 178,000 of the USGS's maps dating back to 1884. When you enter a city, you then click on the map and a timeline of available historical maps is revealed. Select a map and you can then see if overlaid on the original map (you can adjust the transparency) and even download the map. Very cool!
Official Minnesota documents, from the Office of the Secretary of State, covering 1900-1990 are now digitized and online. “Older, print-only official documents from the early 1900s to 1990, along with index cards used to retrieve them, have been secure in cabinets and boxes at the Office, but now they are available to anyone online.”
Editor's Note: 15 Nov 2014, Corrected date range for King County Court Cases Index item.
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