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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

New Mexico Death Records Indexes and Cemetery Burials - Latest Additions

Links to the items listed below were recently added to the: Online New Mexico Death Records Indexes directory...

New Mexico Death Indexes - Newest Additions
- New Mexico Death Certificates, 1927-1945; scanned microfilm from FamilySearch
- New Mexico Certificate and Record of Death, 1889-1942; scanned microfilm (with gaps) from FamilySearch
- New Mexico Tombstone Transcription Project
- Bernalillo County: San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church Records, Albuquerque -- includes deaths 1727-1956 (plus some baptisms and marriages); scanned microfilm from FamilySearch; some records are indexed
- Dona Ana County Clerk Online Documents Search (includes probate records, marriage licenses, and other items)
- Otero County Probate Search (c. 1970s-recent)
- Santa Fe County: Archdiocese of Santa Fe Catholic Cemetery Association Burials Database (for Rosario Cemetery, Mt. Calvary Cemetery, and Gate of Heaven Cemetery)
- Santa Fe Catholic Cathedral of San Francisco de Asis: Deaths, 1852-1956 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch; some years missing; not indexed)
- Sierra County Clerk Probate Search (recent)
- Socorro County Death Certificates Index, 1936-1938
- Socorro County Death Certificates Index for 1948 (list of names by date)
- Socorro County: San Miguel Catholic Church Records, 1821-1956 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)
- Valencia County Register of Deaths, 1907-1928 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)
- Valencia County: Nuestra Senora de Belen Catholic Church Records, 1793-1956 (digitized microfilm from FamilySearch)

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