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January 7, 2019 By: Jim Miller
Searching Specific Record Sets
A North Florida Genealogical Conference Brick Wall Client's has a passport application that identifies her g-grandfather as Alexander Meadow born in Michigan and her grandfather as born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1870.
I go the the Family Search Wiki for Cincinnati, Ohio and find:
  • Birth Records 1863 - 1908
  • Birth Registrations and Corrections 1941 - 1994
Verifying there should be a birth record, in addition to a possible 1870 census record, he was born in early July so if enumeration was in late July or August he should have been enumerated.

First I searche 1870 Ohio census for her g-grandfather, using given and surname, assuming he was present for his son's birth.  I get nothing.

So I go to Family search and double click on Search, ignoring the drop down box.  I scroll down the page to Browse all published collections - Research By Location an click on USA on the map image.  In the selection box that pops up I scroll down to Ohio select it, to get


Welcome to our Ohio research page. We've brought together tools to help you with your research in Ohio.

I scroll down until I get to; Filter by Collection: where I click on Show All 92 {Sources}.
I scroll through the sources, selecting:
  • Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962
  • Ohio, County Births, 1841 - 2003
  • United States Births and Christenings 1867 - 1931
  • United States Census 1870
I scroll back to the top and fill in First/Last Names, Birthplace {Cincinniti} and Birth Year (Range) {1869 - 1871}

Then scroll down to Search and click on it.
Getting zilch
I go to the left panel and delete First Name and Birthplace then Update search

Yeilding 461 Meadows who gave birth or were in the census in the state of Ohio.  I can Export  Results to MS Excel in 75 record chuncks and search for g-grandfather Alexander at my leisure, and have the results as files, or combined into one spreadsheet on my computer.
If I fail to find Alexander I have at least began to meet meet the 1st Element of the Genealogical Proof Standard, to be completely researched I would want to go investigate city/county records.

There are five elements to the Genealogical Proof Standard:

  1. Reasonably exhaustive research has been conducted.
  2. Each statement of fact has a complete and accurate source citation.
  3. The evidence is reliable and has been skillfully correlated and interpreted.
  4. Any contradictory evidence has been resolved.
  5. The conclusion has been soundly reasoned and coherently written.
For this article I left out repeating the process for Meadows, assuming it would be a common enumeration error.

March 10, 2018 By: Jim Miller
Was a relative employed by US Government
If one of you ancestors was employed by the US Government between 1816 and 1959 then you want to know about the Official Register of the United States.

The Scope of the Official Register

On April 27, 1816, Congress authorized publication of the Official Register of the United States. Produced every two years in conjunction with the sitting of each new Congress, the Official Register (initially referred to as the Biennial Register or the Blue Book) contained comprehensive listings of all civilian, military, and naval employees, officers, and agents of the federal government. The lists were arranged by department and thereunder by agency, bureau, or office. Congress also required the secretary of the navy to provide the names, force, and condition of all ships and vessels belonging to the United States, including when and where they were built. The legislation approved five hundred copies of the Register to be printed by the last day of September during each publication year. Copies of the Register were supplied to members of Congress, the President, the Vice President, and the head of each executive department. Ten extra copies went to the secretary of the senate and the clerk of the house of representatives, and another twenty-five copies to the Library of Congress. The remaining volumes were left for Congress to distribute as it saw fit.

The first issue of the Official Register was modest in size, containing 176 pages with 6,327 names. Subsequent acts of Congress, however, expanded the scope of the Register's content. An act of July 14, 1832, directed the Official Register to include the names of all government printers, a statement of monetary allowances to mail contractors from the postmaster general, as well as correct lists of all presidents, cashiers, and directors of the Bank of the United States and its branches. Other departments, agencies, and bureaus were added to the Register as they were created.

A few later congressional statutes added special stipulations to the Official Register. On March 3, 1893, Congress required the Register to include a statement of the number of officers and employees by department in the executive branch, the Government Printing Office, and the offices of the government of the District of Columbia, as well as the aggregate amount of their salaries and other compensation. A 1902 statute specifically added employees of the comptroller of the currency, including bank examiners, receivers, attorneys for receivers, and clerks.

Selected years are available online via FDsys. 

GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides free online access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. Through FDsys, you are able to:

Search for documents and publications — FDsys provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to refine and narrow your search for quick access to the information you need.

Browse for documents and publications — FDsys offers browsing by collection, Congressional committee, date, and Government author.

FDsys Tutorials are available online. 

For example I did a search (ctrl-f) on the 1921 volume and found 9 federal employees in Fernandina.  Note, I found the highlighting of the hits to be out of sync with the text, so when you see the highlighting look up the page a bit and you will find your search string.

March 3, 2018 By: Jim Miller
So. Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive
While researching for a client at North Florida Genealogical Conference's Brickwall Help Desk I came across South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive.  I have added to our Link page.

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive provides online access to newspaper titles published in south Georgia cities from 1845 to 1922. The archive provides historical images that are both full-text searchable and can be browsed by date.

The archive includes the following south Georgia newspaper titles:

  • Albany Herald (1892-1893, 1900-1901, 1906)
  • Albany News (1870-1883)
  • Albany Patriot (1845-1866)
  • Americus Times Recorder (1881-1921)
  • Bainbridge Democrat (1872-1909)
  • Bainbridge Search Light/Post-Search Light (1901-1922)
  • Brunswick Advertiser/Advertiser and Appeal (1875-1889)
  • Cuthbert Appeal (1866-1886)
  • Sumter Republican (1870-1885)
  • Thomasville Times Enterprise (1873-1922)
  • Valdosta Times (1908-1912)
  • Vienna News (1902-1918)
  • Vienna Progress (1893-1904)
  • Waycross Headlight (1884-1887)
  • Waycross Herald (1892-1914)
  • Waycross Journal (1901-1914)

The South Georgia Historic Newspapers Archive is a project of the Digital Library of Georgia as part of the Georgia HomePLACE initiative. The project is supported with federal LSTA funds administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

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