Sunday, February 24, 2019

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Latest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website (USA) has been updated with links to the following items...

Arizona
- Arizona Death Certificates, 1870-1968; and Birth Certificates, 1855-1943 (update: year 1968 added to the death records and year 1943 added to the birth records)
- Arizona Obituaries (a collection of over 85,000 transcribed Arizona obituaries, c. 2006-recent)
- Gila County Cemetery Records, 1927-1994 (from FamilySearch; for Dudleyville, Ft. Grant, Mammoth, Superior, Ray, and Hayden cemeteries; coverage may vary by cemetery)
- Pinal County GenWeb (includes some cemetery burials; death index, 1887-1908, and other items)

California
- Fresno County: Sanger/Del Rey Cemetery District Gravesite Locator
- Fresno County: Selma Cemetery District Burial Search
- Fresno County Cemeteries (has burial lists for Veterans Liberty Cemetery, Potters Fields, and Memorial Mausoleum interments at Ararat Armenian Cemetery)
- Kern County: Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemeteries Gravesite Locator (in Bakersfield, California)
- Kern County Cemeteries
- Kern County: Bakersfield Californian Obituaries Indexes, 2001-2002
- Los Angeles: California County Birth and Death Records at FamilySearch (includes some digitized Los Angeles death certificates from c.1905-c.1963) See: Online Los Angeles, California Death Records and Indexes
- Sacramento Cemetery Records, 1900-1959 from FamilySearch
- Sacramento County: Sylvan Cemetery Burials Search (Citrus Heights, CA)
- San Francisco County Genealogy Records, 1824-1997 from FamilySearch (includes coroner's records, probate indexes, marriage licenses, and other items; coverage varies by type of record)

Colorado
- Boulder County: Longmont Genealogical Society Projects (includes Shaw Mortuary Burial Records, Longmont Ledger Newspaper Index (births, marriages, and deaths), some cemetery burials, and other items)
- Denver County Probate Case Files, 1900-1925 at FamilySearch; digitized images only
- El Paso County: Roman Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs Sacramental Records, 1800-1967 (at Ancestry/requires payment) includes baptism, marriage and burial records for parishes in Colorado Springs and nearby cities; coverage varies by parish

Connecticut
- Connecticut Vital Records Prior to 1850 (Barbour Index) from FamilySearch

Delaware
- Delaware Vital Records Indexes, 1650-1974 at FamilySearch (includes birth, marriage, death, bible, and cemetery indexes; coverage varies by place and type of record; includes images of the index cards)

Georgia
- Georgia Death Certificates, 1928-1942 Index and Images at FamilySearch (update: years 1941 and 1942 added)

Hawaii
- Hawaii, Kauai County Obituaries, 1982-2010 from FamilySearch

Idaho
- Idaho: County Birth and Death Records, 1883-1929 at FamilySearch (Includes digitized birth and death registers for Ada, Bannock, Bingham, Blaine, Bonner, Bonneville, Boundary, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Fremont, Kootenai, Latah, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Shoshone, Twin Falls and Washington counties. Coverage varies by county.)
- Idaho County Records from FamilySearch (for Butte, Cassia, Elmore, Gooding, Lemhi, Lincoln, Madison, Minidoka and Twin Falls Counties; some of these have probate records or coroner's records or other items of genealogical interest; some of the records may not yet be indexed)
- Bonneville County: Rose Hill Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 (Idaho Falls) from FamilySearch

Illinois
- Cook County: Southern Cook County Obituaries, ca. 1970-1990 from FamilySearch; compiled by the South Suburban Genealogical and Historical Society
- LaSalle County: Local Newspaper Indexes (includes indexes for some deaths and obituaries; from the Peru Public Library)
- Macon County: Decatur Public Library Collections, 1879-2007 from FamilySearch (includes obituary indexes, 1879-2007)
- Madison County: Collinsville Herald Assorted Obituaries (date range not given)
- Marion County: Elmwood Cemetery Transcriptions, 1853-2009 from FamilySearch (in Centralia, Illinois)
- Marion County: Elmwood Cemetery Grave Listing (in Centralia, Illinois)
- McHenry Plaindealer Obituary Indexes, August 1875 through April 1890 (ongoing project); and 1949-1984 (1950 is missing); from the McHenry Public Library District
- Stephenson County: Cedarville Cemetery Record Index from FamilySearch
- Stephenson County: Lena Park Cemetery Transcriptions, 1854-1983 from FamilySearch

Indiana
- Adams County: Adams Public Library: Index for the Decatur Daily Democrat (includes obituaries)
- Lake County: Crown Point Community Library Obituary Index
- Ripley County: Greendale Cemetery Records, 1861-2007 (Osgood, Indiana) from FamilySearch
- Steuben County Obituaries (assorted)

Iowa
- Allamakee County Historical Society Genealogy Indexes (includes indexes for wills/probates and coroner's inquests)
- Monroe County: Card Index of Births, Deaths and Marriages from Newspaper Clippings, 1898-2015 from FamilySearch

Kansas
- Leavenworth County Deaths, 1891-1911 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Kentucky
- Jefferson County: Louisville Cemetery Index Cards, 1840-1988 from FamilySearch
- Trimble County Obituaries, 1928-1989

Louisiana
- Louisiana Tombstone Inscriptions, 1812-1970 at FamilySearch (for assorted cemeteries in Louisiana; coverage varies by parish and cemetery)

Maine
- Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800-2007 at FamilySearch
- Maine, Tombstone Inscriptions, Surname Index, 1620-2014 at FamilySearch (for assorted cemeteries in Maine; has 129,000 entries)

Maryland
- Baltimore, Loudon Park Cemetery Records, 1853-1986 at FamilySearch

Michigan
- Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006 at FamilySearch (indexed collection of scanned obituaries from some public libraries in Michigan; has over 1 million images)
- Michigan Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 at FamilySearch

Minnesota
- Minnesota: County Deaths, 1850-2001 at FamilySearch (coverage varies by county; some counties have very few or no records) (update: images have now been indexed)
- Clay and Steele County Obituaries, 1865-2006 at FamilySearch
- Wright County, City of St. Michael and Frankfort Township, Birth and Death Records, 1900-1953 from FamilySearch (includes some entries prior to 1900)
- Yellow Medicine County Death Records, 1872-1910

Montana
- Montana Genealogy Records for Various Counties from FamilySearch (for Beaverhead, Big Horn, Cascade, Chouteau, Flathead, Granite, Judith Basin, Lake, Meagher, Pondera, Rosebud, Sanders, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, and Yellowstone Counties; some of these have death certificates or probate records and other items of genealogical interest; some of the records have not yet been indexed)
- Deer Lodge County: Anaconda, Cemetery Records, 1878-2005 from FamilySearch
- Mineral County Obituaries, 1870-2010 from FamilySearch

New Hampshire
- Hillsborough County: Manchester Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 from FamilySearch
- Hillsborough County, Manchester, Obituaries, 1800-2007 from FamilySearch
- Hillsborough County: Woodlawn and Edgewood Cemetery Search (Nashua, NH)
- Merrimack County: Concord Public Library Obituary Index, 1971-recent
- Rockingham County: Derry News Obituary Index, c. 1880-recent (from the Derry Public Library)
- Strafford County: Rochester Public Library Obituary Indexes (for the Rochester Courier, 1884-1993; the Rochester Times, 1993-2017; and Fosters Daily Democrat, 2015-ongoing)

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Records Indexes, May 1848-June 1899 from the NJ State Archives (update: July 1897-June 1899 added)
- Essex County: Bloomfield Public Library Obituaries Indexes, 1973-2015 (from the Independent Press and Bloomfield Life Newspapers; also has a PDF with "Bloomfield and Montclair Cemetery Inscriptions Before 1800")
- Hudson County: Holy Name Cemetery, Card Index of Interment, 1849-1984 from FamilySearch; Catholic Cemetery in Jersey City

New Mexico
- Grant County Catholic Church Records (and other records) (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)

New York State
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957 to 1968 (update: February to December 1968 added)
- New York State Death Index, 1880-1956 at Ancestry/requires payment (update: 1852-1944 added for the city of Buffalo)
- Chautauqua County Cemetery Indexes (also has newspaper indexes and census transcriptions)
- Jefferson County Vital Records, 1847-1849
- Tompkins County Cemeteries
- Yates County Cemeteries

North Carolina
- Duplin County Cemeteries

Ohio
- Carroll County Veteran Grave Registrations, 1817-1980 from FamilySearch
- Clark County: Ferncliff Cemetery Burials (in Springfield, Ohio)
- Clermont County: Mt. Moriah Cemetery Burials Search (in Union Township)
- Columbiana County: Salem News Obituaries Index 1936-2018, and Grandview Cemetery Association Burial Database (update: more years added to the obituaries index)
- Coshocton County: Coshocton Public Library Genealogy and Local History (includes Index of Estates, 1811-1960; and other items)
- Hamilton County, Ohio Morgue Records, 1887-1930
- Hamilton County: Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati Burials Database
- Hamilton County: Mt. Washington Cemetery Burials
- Hancock County Probate Court Search (includes estates and marriages)
- Licking County: Hartford (Croton) Township Records, 1881-1962 (Burial Records and Cemetery Deeds) from FamilySearch
- Lucas County: Toledo City Cemetery Records (includes Forest, Haughton, Stateline, Maplewood and Collingwood Cemeteries)
- Trumbull County: Bloomfield Township, Brownwood Cemetery Records, 1824-2012 from FamilySearch
- Washington County: Marietta Cemetery Records, 1788-2013 from FamilySearch

Oregon
- Deschutes County: Bend Bulletin Newspaper Indexes, 1903-1994 (update: more years added)
- Linn County Death Certificates, c.1903-1965 (indexed) includes digitized images of the death certificates (also has an index for obituaries and other items)
- Marion County: Oregon State Hospital List of Unclaimed Cremains
- Tillamook County Obituaries Index, 1871-recent (update: more years added)
- Umatilla County: Olney Cemetery Records (Pendleton, Oregon)

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes, 1906-1968 (update: year 1968 added)
- Schuylkill County: Schuylkill Haven, Funeral Home Obituary Cards, 1914-2007 at FamilySearch

Texas
- Bexar County Vital Records Index (Births and Deaths) (Date range not given, but it appears to cover c.1940s-c.2000s for births and c.1960s-c.2000s for deaths.)
- Bexar County Cemeteries (some with burial indexes)
- Bexar County: San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007 from FamilySearch (includes records from the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Old City Cemetery, and San Jose Burial Park)
- Comanche County Records, 1858-1955 from FamilySearch (includes digitized death records, c.1904 to 1982 (not yet indexed), and other items)
- Harris County: Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008 (Houston) from FamilySearch
- Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985 from FamilySearch (includes digitized death records, 1903-1985, and other genealogy records; many of the items are not indexed, but images of the records can be browsed)
- Swisher County Genealogy Records, 1879-2012 at FamilySearch (includes death records or registers, 1903-1989 with some years missing; an index to deaths, 1903-2012; and other items; coverage varies by type of record; not yet complete)

Utah
- Utah Death Certificates Index, 1905-1967 (update: year 1967 added)

Virginia
- Virginia Death Certificates, June 1912-1987 from FamilySearch
- Virginia Death Records Index, 1912-2014; and Death Certificates, 1912-1991 at Ancestry/requires payment (update: years 1988-1991 added to the digitized death certificates)
- Virginia, Jewish Cemetery Records Index, ca. 1800-1986 from FamilySearch
- Charlotte County Cemetery Indexes (also has other genealogy indexes; from the Charlotte County Historical and Genealogical Society)
- Fluvanna County: Colbert Funeral Home Records, 1929-1976 from FamilySearch
- Lynchburg: Diuguid Funeral Home records, 1820-1971 from FamilySearch (Index and images of records from Old City and Spring Hill Cemeteries, Lynchburg, Virginia)

Washington
- Washington (State) Death Certificates, 1907-1960 from FamilySearch (update: most entries now have images)
- Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)
- Washington Death Index, 1960-1964 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch; surnames are arranged by Soundex code)
- Clallam County Genealogical Society Obituaries Database

West Virginia
- West Virginia Death Index, 1853-1970 at FamilySearch; includes statewide death index for 1917-1956, and a county death index for 1853-1970 (appears to end c. 1973); coverage for the county death index varies by county; entries in this database link to images offsite
- West Virginia Death Records and Index, 1853-1968; coverage varies by county (update: year 1968 added)
- Ohio County: Mount Wood Cemetery Records (Wheeling, West Virginia)

Wisconsin
- Winnefox Vital Records Index (indexes vital records from newspapers in Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara, and Winnebago Counties; coverage varies by county)
- Manitowoc Genealogy and Local History Database (includes a death notice and obituary index, 2017-current, and other items; ongoing project)
- Manitowoc County: Cemetery Records of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
- Waupaca County Cemeteries and Obituaries

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Saturday, November 10, 2018

List of U.S. World War I Records and Indexes on the Internet - Latest Additions

The Online U.S. World War One Indexes and Records webpage has been updated with the following links...

World War I - New General Additions
- Burial Cards of World War I Soldiers -- Card Register of Burials of Deceased American Soldiers, 1917-1922 from the U.S. National Archives (NARA)
- Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940 from FamilySearch (Indexes World War I veterans who made (or whose heirs made) pension or benefits claims of the Veterans Administration from 1917 to 1940.)
- World War I American Expeditionary Forces Deaths, 1917-1919 from FamilySearch

World War I - New Additions for Individual States
- Connecticut: World War I Military Census of Nurses, 1917 from FamilySearch
- Delaware World War I Servicemen Records, 1917-1919 from FamilySearch
- Florida World War I Navy Card Roster, 1917-1920 from FamilySearch
- Georgia World War I Statement of Service Cards Index, 1920-1929 from FamilySearch
- Illinois Digital Archives: World War I Documents
- Maine State Archive Collections, 1718-1957 (from FamilySearch; includes a World War I Card Index to Soldiers by Town, 1917-1919)
- Maine State Archives, World War I (WWI) Grave Cards, 1914-1950 at FamilySearch
- Mississippi World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 from FamilySearch
- Missouri: World War I Biography and Service Records Index for Persons Who Enlisted in St. Louis City and County
- Oregon: World War I, Veteran State Aid Applications, 1921-1938 from FamilySearch
- Tennessee: Record of Ex-Soldiers in World War I, Tennessee Counties, 1917-1919
- Washington State - Spokane County War Committee, Veteran Service Record Cards, 1921-1922
- Wisconsin World War I Roster Database

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links to U.S. World War I records listed at: Online World War One Indexes and Records - WWI (USA)

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Newest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website (USA) has been updated with links to the following items...

Alaska
- Anchorage Newspapers Obituary Indexes, 1915 to October 1, 2001 (update: years 1915-1980 added)

Arizona
- Arizona Death Records Index 1870-1967 and Birth Index 1855-1942; includes PDF images (update: year 1967 added to the death records; 1942 added to the birth records)

Arkansas
- Sevier County Death Records, 1914-1923 at FamilySearch (indexed)
- Sevier County Death Records, 1914-2014; digitized microfilm (unindexed)

California
- Orange County Digitized Cemetery Records Index, 1802-1978 (for Magnolia Memorial Park, St. John's Lutheran sections I and II, El Toro, Holy Cross, San Juan Capistrano Mission, Yorba, Anaheim, and Santa Ana Cemeteries; coverage varies by cemetery)
- Santa Cruz County Registrar’s Burial Permits, 1860s-1930s (for people buried in cemeteries in northern Santa Cruz County; Excel file)
- Solano Cemetery District Burials Search; for Rockville Cemetery and Suisun Fairfield Cemetery (both in Fairfield, California)

Connecticut
- Connecticut Death Records Index, 1897-1968 (update: years 1967 and 1968 added)
- New Haven County: Center Street Cemetery Burials (in Wallingford, Connecticut)

District of Columbia
- District of Columbia, Glenwood Cemetery Records, 1854-2013 (browsable images from FamilySearch)

Georgia
- Fulton County Records from the Atlanta History Center, 1827-1955 (from FamilySearch; includes some cemetery records and obituary abstracts; not all items are indexed; coverage varies)

Idaho
- Idaho Death Records, 1890-1967 (at Ancestry/requires payment) (update: years 1931-1967 added) includes digitized copies of the death certificates

Illinois
- Cook County: Blue Island Sun Standard Obituaries Index, 1919-1969 (has name and year of death for each entry)
- McLean County Genealogical Society Indexes (includes Elmer E. Garst's Little Black Book, containing the names, births, and deaths of residents of Stanford, Illinois)
- White County Death Register, 1878-1915; Index, 1878-1912 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)

Indiana
- Hendricks County Archive Indexes (includes indexes for marriage licenses, wills and other items)
- Hendricks County: WPA Index to Deaths, 1882-1920
- Vigo County: City of Terre Haute Cemetery Burials (for Highland Lawn and Woodlawn Cemeteries)

Iowa
- Cerro Gordo County: Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery Burials Search (in Mason City, Iowa)
- Johnson County Local News Index, 1962-recent (indexes some obituaries from local newspapers; from the Iowa City Public Library)
- Tama County Cemeteries
- North Central Iowa Genealogy Society Obituary Database

Kansas
- Kansas Cemetery Abstracts at FamilySearch; includes some cemeteries in 60 Kansas counties (of 105)

Kentucky
- Kentucky Death Certificates and Records, 1852-1965; includes digitized Kentucky death certificates from 1911-1964 (at Ancestry/requires payment) update: year 1965 added to the death certificates
- Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965 at FamilySearch (update: years 1964 and 1965 added)

Louisiana
- Louisiana Death Records Index 1911-1967 (update: year 1967 added)
- Assorted Louisiana Cemetery Burial Lists; Includes some (mostly small) cemeteries in Acadia Parish (1); Allen Parish (4); Ascension Parish (1); Beauregard Parish (several); Evangeline Parish (1); and St. John the Baptist Parish (4).
- Orleans Parish: Archdiocese of New Orleans Catholic Burial Records Search
- Orleans Parish: Greenwood Cemetery Burials (in New Orleans)

Maryland
- Baltimore: Lock Funeral Home Records, 1936-2007 (at FamilySearch)

Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters Mortuary Records Index (Irish fraternal life insurance society; FamilySearch has digitized copies of the records online)

Michigan
- Gladwin County Library Obituary Index
- Gladwin County Death Index, 1875-2000
- Gladwin County: Transcriptions of Some Obituaries from the Gladwin County Record
- Wayne County: Dearborn Area Deaths (index), c. 1930s-1950s (also has indexes for 3 Dearborn cemeteries; from the Dearborn Genealogical Society)

Missouri
- Missouri Death Certificates Index and Images 1910-1967 (update: year 1967 added)
- Greene County Area Deaths (from the Ozarks Genealogical Society)
- Maries County Obituary Indexes, 1989-2015 (also indexes marriage and birth announcements; also has obituary indexes for Osage County)
- St. Louis: Annual Reports of the Coroner and the Superintendent of the Morgue of the City of St. Louis Index, 1879-1897
- St. Louis County Coroner's Records, Indexes to Natural Deaths, 1953-1962
- Wright County Cemeteries

For the St. Louis items see: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Index, 1901-2017 (with gaps) from Reclaim the Records (searchable from 2001-2017; browsable images from 1901-1903, 1920-1929, and 1949-2000; note: about half of 1920-1924 is missing)
- New Jersey Death Records Indexes, May 1848-June 1897 (update: May 1848-May 1878 and July 1896-June 1897 added)
- Mercer County: Princeton Cemetery of Nassau Presbyterian Church - Interment Records Search (in Princeton, New Jersey); Aaron Burr (of Hamilton fame) and Grover Cleveland are buried here.

New York
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957 to January 1968 (update Nov 1967-Jan 1968 added)

North Carolina
- Davidson County Vital Records, 1867-2006 (from FamilySearch; images only; includes birth certificates, marriage licenses and death records; coverage varies by type of record)
- Person County WPA Cemetery Survey Records scanned searchable book; compiled in 1937
- Person County Cemeteries
- Randolph County: Asheboro Courier and Courier-Tribune Newspapers - Obituaries Index, 1903-2005 (update: more years added)

Ohio
- Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004 at FamilySearch
- Huron County Cemetery Inscriptions
- Washington County Newspaper Obituaries, 1884-2013 at FamilySearch

Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Death Certificates 1906-1966 (at Ancestry/requires payment) (update: years 1965 and 1966 added)
- Pennsylvania Death Records Indexes 1906-1967 (update: year 1967 added)
- Pennsylvania Gravestone Photo Project
- Franklin County: Upper Path Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery Burials (in Spring Run, Pennsylvania)
- Indiana County: Oakland Cemetery Search (in Indiana, Pennsylvania)
- Lackawanna County: Washburn Street Cemetery Burials (in Hyde Park, Scranton, Pennsylvania)

Rhode Island
- Arnold’s Rhode Island Vital Records through 1850 (list of links to downloadable scanned volumes of the books)
- Providence Vital Records Indexes, 1851-1935 (list of links to PDFs of the books; includes deaths, 1851-1930)

South Carolina
- South Carolina Death Index 1915-1967 (update: years 1963-1967 added)
- South Carolina Probate Search for the following counties: Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Greenwood, Jasper, Kershaw, Marlboro, Newberry, Oconee, and Saluda (update: more counties added)

Tennessee
- Tennessee Death Records and Index 1914-1966 from FamilySearch (update: years 1956-1966 added)
- Hamilton County: Forest Hills Cemetery Burials (in Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Texas
- Bell County Cemeteries
- Cooke County Probate Records, 1849-1982 from FamilySearch
- Gonzales County Death Records, 1863-1970 from FamilySearch

Utah
- Utah Death Certificates Index 1905-1966; includes free downloadable images of the death certificates (update: year 1966 added)
- Box Elder County: Tremonton and Garland Obituaries, 1959-2013 from FamilySearch
- Salt Lake County Digital Archives: Records Online (includes: Salt Lake County Death Record Search, 1847-1949; Coroner's Record Book, 1858-1881; and more)

West Virginia
- West Virginia Death Records and Index 1853-1967; coverage varies by county (update: year 1967 added)

Wisconsin
- Washburn County: Spooner Cemetery Burials (does not include dates of death or burial)

Wyoming
- Albany County Obituary Index, 1958-1968

This is a list of the most recent additions and updates. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Online Military Records and Indexes Website (USA) - Latest Additions

Links to the items listed below have been added to the Online Military Indexes and Records Website (USA)...

Revolutionary War
- Massachusetts Revolutionary War Index Cards to Muster Rolls, 1775-1783 (from FamilySearch)
- North Carolina Troop Returns, 1747-1893

Civil War
- Alabama: Census of Confederate Veterans, 1907, 1921, 1927 (from FamilySearch)
- Georgia Confederate Muster Rolls
- Illinois: Register of Confederate Soldiers Who Died in Camp Douglas, 1862-65 and Lie Buried in Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Ills., 1892 (scanned book at Archive.org)
- Iowa Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1861-1949 (from FamilySearch)
- Maine Civil War Enlistment Papers, 1862-1865 (from FamilySearch)
- Pennsylvania: History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5 by Samuel P. Bates (scanned searchable books; 5 volumes)

World War I
- Alabama World War I Service Cards
- Kentucky: Fallen Kentucky Soldiers in WWI
- Kentucky: Kenton County World War I Records
- Louisiana World War I Service Records, 1917-1920 (from FamilySearch)
- Maine: Record of Deaths in World War I
- Massachusetts: World War I Soldier Photographs (has 8500 digitized photographs of WWI soldiers from Massachusetts)
- North Carolina World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919 (from FamilySearch)
- South Carolina: The Official Roster of South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18 (from the South Carolina State Library)

World War II
- Minnesota: Duluth War Casualties Index: WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War - Duluth Public Library
- Missouri: St. Louis Post-Dispatch WWI and WWII Casualty Lists
- North Carolina: Guilford County Men and Women Who Served in World War II Index
- Ohio: Muskingum County: Schneider WWII Veterans Archive (scanned service cards)

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more military records links at: Online Military Indexes and Records

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Christina Beine, the Girl They Left Behind

My great great grandparents, August and Christina Beine, came to America in 1880 with seven of their eight children. They had one more child, William, after they settled in Missouri. Their oldest child, named August after his father, is my great grandfather. Their second oldest child, named Christina after her mother, was left behind in Germany. She was eleven years old. She was apparently betrothed to someone, and I'm assuming she lived with relatives, possibly one of her father's siblings, until she married. Christina celebrated her 12th birthday in Germany a month after the rest of her family arrived by ship in Philadelphia.

August and Christina Beine

August Beine, my great great grandfather, was born in a German village called Grosseneder in 1839. At some point he moved to Katernberg, a suburb of Essen, Germany, where he became a coal miner. In 1865 he married my great great grandmother, Christina Walter, in nearby Essen-Stoppenberg. Christina was born in 1840 in Siddinghausen, a village about 60 kilometers from Grosseneder.

For a long time I didn't know much about Christina, the girl they left behind. But I did know she died before her father because August Beine's will from 1911 refers to her as "Christina Jakob deceased daughter." Her share of the Beine estate went to her children, who are named in the later probate record. In 2010 I contacted the pastor of the St. Nikolaus parish in Stoppenberg, where Christina was baptized, and asked if he could find a marriage record for her. But he was unable to find anything.

At that point I assumed I might never know more about Christina. Then on the day after Christmas in 2016, I received a fascinating email from a man in Germany named Peter Wieners, who told me he was descended from the girl they left behind. Peter had seen an online article I wrote in 2010 celebrating the 130th anniversary of my Beine immigrant family arriving in the USA. He later sent me all sorts of information about Christina, including a photograph of her and her husband with their two oldest children.

Christina (Beine) and Bernhard Jakob with their two oldest children, Pauline and Christine, circa 1889.

Christina married Bernhard Jakob in 1885 when she was 16 and he was 31. The marriage took place in the village of Grosseneder where Christina's father was born. She had six children and four of them died young. Two of her sons, Klemens and Johannes, served in World War I. Klemens died in 1915 while fighting on the Eastern Front. He was officially listed as missing in action. Johannes survived the war and died in 1964.

Marriage Record of Bernard Jakob and Christina Beine, Grosseneder, 1885 (item 3)

Christina's oldest daughter and namesake, Christine Jakob (1887-1967), married a man named Friedrich Wieners. They had one daughter, Josefa. Friedrich died in 1915 while fighting French and British forces in France during the war. His daughter was born two months after he died. In 1919, Friedrich's widow, Christine, married Friedrich's cousin, August. Peter Wieners, who sent me the email on the day after Christmas, is their grandson.

Christina (Beine) Jakob, the girl they left behind, died in Grosseneder at the age of 29, three weeks after giving birth to Johannes. She is my great great aunt. Her husband died in 1924 at the age of 70.

Two of my great uncles, Ollie and Frank Beine (brothers of my grandfather August), fought for America in World War I. Two of their first cousins, Klemens and Johannes Jakob, fought for the other side.

Sometimes we only have fragments of a person's life, a few old handwritten records, maybe some letters and photographs. It's especially difficult to put the fragments together into something that might resemble what the person was like, and how they lived, and what they thought, if we didn't know them or they lived before us. But we still put the fragments together and try to imagine what the world must have been like for them. And we have questions.

What did Christina think when she turned twelve, knowing her parents and siblings were in America beginning new lives without her? How did her mother feel about leaving her young daughter behind? And then losing her at the age of 29, after not seeing her for 18 years?

And what did Christina's mother think during the war, knowing four of her grandchildren were fighting on opposing sides? Maybe someday we can end wars and stop putting cousins against cousins, people against people...

Along with a traveling companion, I visited the St. Nikolaus Catholic Church in Essen, Germany in February 2018. The church was built in 1907. Its twin spires overlook a tram line and the Stoppenberg neighborhood. Just up the road is the coal mine in Katernberg where my great great grandfather worked. It is now a UNESCO world heritage site called the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex, and no longer a working mine.

Stiftskirche Maria in der Not, Essen-Stoppenberg

Up on a hill called Kapitelberg, 100 meters behind the St. Nikolaus Church, is a smaller church called Maria in der Not (Mary in Need) that is currently part of a small Carmelite Monastery. It was built a thousand years ago and still stands, still solid. Inside, it is serene and a little mysterious. This is where my great great grandparents, August and Christina, were married, and where their eight German-born children were baptized. They lived somewhere nearby. I even know the house number, Stoppenberg No. 86/2, but the old numbers don't correspond to modern street addresses. And the city was devastated from heavy bombing in World War II. The nearby houses looked maybe fifty years old.

Stiftskirche Maria in der Not Baptismal Font

Due to dwindling attendance, the 110-year-old St. Nikolaus church will close in 2020. A group of Iraqi Chaldean Catholics will begin using it, so the church will continue as a place of worship. The thousand-year-old church on the hill behind it will remain with the Carmelites.

Stiftskirche Maria in der Not Devotional Alcove

The kind parish priest, Father Linden, told us that we were probably the first Americans to visit this place. It's not exactly a tourist attraction. A pair of humble yet beautiful Catholic churches in a humble neighborhood in a medium sized German city. But for me this was sacred ground. This was where my ancestors worshipped and lived. And where they made the decision to come to America. And leave a child behind.

-Joe Beine, January and February, 2018



Three generations of Augusts and Christinas:

August Beine (1839-1913) my great great grandfather
August Beine (1866-1948) my great grandfather
August Beine (1893-1942) my grandfather

Christina Walter (1840-1925) my great great grandmother
Christina Beine (1868-1897) my great great aunt
Christine Jakob (1887-1967) my first cousin, twice removed

Children of Christina (Beine) Jakob and Bernhard Jakob:

Christine (1887-1967)
Pauline (1888-1915)
Bernhard (1890-1891)
Theodor (1892-1896)
Klemens (1894-1915)
Johannes (1897-1964)

Thank You:
Father Norbert Linden and the staff of the St. Nikolaus Parish in Essen-Stoppenberg
Jutta Vonrueden-Ferner of the Essen City Archive
Carmina Cerri, who went on the journey with me to Essen

This article is dedicated to Peter Wieners (1947-2017) and his great grandmother, Christina Beine (1868-1897). Thanks to Peter's wife, Beate.

Sources for this article can be found listed at: Sources for Christina Beine, the Girl They Left Behind

© 2018 Joe Beine. May not be reproduced without permission. Photographs of August and Christina, and the Jakob family provided by Peter Wieners. Essen-Stoppenberg photographs by Joe Beine



About the Author
Joe Beine likes to take pictures, write stories, and search for his ancestors. He especially enjoys solving the little mysteries that always seem to show up in his family tree. He lives in Denver with with his perpetual puppy, Raven.

Visit Swan Light Stories to read two of his stories and learn more about his novella Exchanging Van Goghs.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Online Indexes for Death Records, Cemeteries and Obituaries (USA) - Latest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Website (USA) has been updated with links to the following items...

Alaska
- Juneau: Evergreen Cemetery Grave Search

California
- Alameda County: Oakland Newspaper Record Collection, 1985-2011 from FamilySearch (includes obituaries, birth and wedding announcements, and anniversaries)
- Los Angeles County: Grand View Memorial Park Grave Search (in Glendale, California)
- Mendocino County Genealogy Indexes (includes indexes for deaths, cemetery burials, and other items)
- Stanislaus County Cemetery Indexes
- Tulare County: Visalia Cemetery Grave Locator

Florida
- Palm Beach County Genealogy Indexes (includes cemetery burials, death and obituary indexes, and more)
- Sarasota County Obituary Index, 2000-recent

Illinois
- Illinois Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880 at FamilySearch; lists of people who died June 1849 to May 1850, June 1859 to May 1860, June 1869 to May 1870, and June 1879 to May 1880
- Cook County: Indian Prairie Public Library Obituary Index, 1972-2016 (with gaps) for Burr Ridge, Darien and Willowbrook, Illinois
- Cook County: Melrose Park Local Death Notices Index
- Cook County Cemeteries, Compiled by Gertrude W. Lundberg (assorted burial listings for church cemeteries in towns outside of Chicago)
- Cook County: Chicago Fallen Police Officer Roll Call
- Kendall County Genealogy Indexes (includes cemetery burials; Kendall County Clerk Death Register, 1877-1903; and other items)
- Morgan County: City of Jacksonville Cemeteries (includes burial listings for Diamond Grove Cemetery and Jacksonville East Cemetery)
- Rock Island County Clerk's Office Genealogy Vital Records Index Search

For Cook County see: Online Chicago & Cook County, Illinois Death Records & Indexes

Indiana
- Dearborn County Death Index, 1882-1900
- Fountain County WPA Death Records Index, 1882-1920
- Fountain County Cemetery Inscriptions (at Ancestry/requires payment; scanned, searchable book)
- Ripley County Cemeteries

Iowa
- Hancock County Birth, Marriage, and Death Indexes (also has burial indexes and more)

Louisiana
- Louisiana Death Records Index 1911-1966 (update: year 1966 added)

Maryland
- Maryland Death Certificate Indexes, 1973-2014 (PDFs for each year; the years 1989 and 1996 are not included)
- Montgomery County: Judean Memorial Gardens and Norbeck Memorial Park Burials Search (in Olney, Maryland)

Michigan
- Bay County: Pinconning Press and Pinconning Journal Birth, Marriage, and Death Notices Index, 1906-2013
- Menominee County: Spies Public Library Genealogy Indexes (includes a Menominee County Journal Obituary Index, 1893-2016, and other items)
- Saginaw County Death Index, 1868-2015 (images of the death indexes only)

Minnesota
- Clearwater County: Burials in St. Joseph's and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Cemeteries (lists of names only, no dates)

Missouri
- Cedar County Cemetery Index, 1839-1970 (at Ancestry/requires payment)

Nevada
- Nevada: County Birth and Death Records, 1871-1992 from FamilySearch (includes images of the birth and death certificates or records; coverage may vary by county; for Douglas, Esmeralda, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander, Lyon, Nye, Ormsby, Storey, and White Pine Counties)

New Hampshire
- Strafford County: Foster's Daily Democrat Obituaries Index (Dover, NH)
- Strafford County: Lake Region Tombstone Inscriptions: Whiteface Intervale, Sandwich; Perkins Ground, New Durham; Further Memorials of Meredith

New Jersey
- New Jersey Death Records Index, June 1878-June 1896 (update: July 1895-June 1896 added)

New Mexico
See: New Mexico Death Records Indexes and Cemetery Burials - Latest Additions

New York
- New York State Death Index, 1880-1956 (at Ancestry/requires payment) searchable name index
- New York State Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957 to October 1967 (update: July-October 1967 added)
- Erie County: Buffalo Death Indexes, 1852-1944 at Archive.org/from Reclaim the Records; scanned images of the indexes
- Erie County: Dziennik Dla Wszystkich Death Notice Database, 1911-1957 (Polish language newspaper from Buffalo, New York)
- Westchester County: Greenwood Union Cemetery Interment Search (in Rye, New York)

North Carolina
- Iredell County Records Search (includes births, marriages, deaths and some cemetery burials)

Ohio
- Ohio Soldier Grave Registrations, 1804-1958 (at Ancestry/requires payment)
- Franklin County: Central Ohio Grave Search
- Ross County Genealogical Society Obituaries Index

Oklahoma
- Okmulgee County Genealogical Society Obituary and Death Notices Index, 1920-Present

Oregon
- Clatsop County: Ocean View Cemetery Grave Locator (Astoria, Oregon)
- Deschutes County: Bend Bulletin Newspaper Indexes, 1903-1972 (includes some listings for deaths)

Pennsylvania
- Jefferson County: Brockway Record Index indexes weddings, obituaries and other items

Texas
- Harris County: Death Extractions from Houston Newspapers 1899-1909 (also has a Harris County Veteran Pension Records Index, 1978-2001, and other items)
- Potter County: Amarillo Globe-News Obituaries, 9 December 1996 to 17 July 2007

Virginia
- Augusta County: Local Cemetery Records (from the Augusta County Historical Society)

Washington
- King County: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Burials (Civil War Cemetery in Seattle)

Wyoming
- Fremont County: Mount Hope Cemetery Burials (Lander, Wyoming)
- Lincoln County: Star Valley Independent Obituaries, 1901-2015 (Afton, Wyoming) from FamilySearch

This is a list of the most recent additions. There are many more links for death records indexes at: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries