Sunday, April 25, 2010

New York Genealogy Records and Resources Online

Here are some places to find New York City and State Genealogy Information, Records, Indexes and Resources on the Internet...

Birth, Marriage and Death Records

Census Records

Immigration Records

New York Newspapers

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Online Death Indexes and Records - Latest Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items...

- Alaska Probate Index 1884-1959

- Boulder Genealogical Society - Cemeteries and Obituaries - Updated (includes: Boulder Daily Camera Obituary Index 1970-1974; burial indexes for the following cemeteries: Columbia Cemetery, Green Mountain Cemetery, Hygiene Cemetery, Lyons Cemetery, "Roadside" Cemetery, Rowley Cemetery, Weisner Cemetery; and more)
- Pitkin County: Cemetery Records for Red Butte, Aspen Grove, Ute and Basalt Cemeteries

- Flagler County Genealogy Indexes (includes some obituaries and cemetery records)

- DeKalb County Cemeteries and Genealogy Indexes
- DuPage County: Obituary Index, 1972-2009 for Burr Ridge, Darien and Willowbrook, Illinois

- Marion County Wills Index
- Sullivan County Obituaries Indexes (for obituaries 1929-present, and obituaries and death notices 1870-1905; also has indexes for wills and marriages)
- Union County Genealogy Indexes (includes cemetery records, obituaries index and more)

- Clay County Rural Cemeteries
- Clay County: Greenwood Cemetery Burials (Clay Center, KS)
- Russell County Cemeteries
- Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Obituaries Index 1906-1935 and 1971-present with a few from 1936-1970 (update: more years added)

- Edmonson County: Mammoth Cave National Park Cemetery Database

- Garrett County: Ruth Enlow Library Obituary Database, March 1877-1904

- Middlesex County: Lowell Vital Records Indexes (Birth, Marriage, Death) from Local Newspapers
- Middlesex County Cemetery Projects
- Middlesex County: Lowell Cemetery Veterans Burial List
- Worcester County: Southborough Rural Cemetery Burials, and Southborough Vital Records 1727-1849

- Monroe County: Monroe Evening News Obituaries Index (from the Monroe County Historical Commission Archives)
- Tuscola County: Cass City Cemetery Records and Digitized Newspapers

- Scott County Historical Society Newspaper Index - Marriages and Obituaries

Missouri (St. Louis)
- Gatewood Gardens Cemetery Burial Database (St. Louis)
- St. Louis City Wills Index, Volumes M-X, 1877-1894 (downloadable PDF file)
- Index to Names in the Annual Reports of the Coroner of Saint Louis, Missouri, for the Years 1894, 1895, 1896, and 1897

- See: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

- Cass County Cemetery Burials and other Genealogy Indexes

New Hampshire
- Belknap County: Town of Belmont Genealogy Indexes (includes death index 1887-2008 and other indexes)
- Hillsborough County: Amherst Historical Society Genealogy Indexes (includes death index 1884-1989 and other items)

New Mexico
- New Mexico Death Records Index 1889-1945 from FamilySearch Record Search (Pilot)

New York
- Dutchess County: Interments in Dutchess County Cemeteries before 1880
- Monroe County: Village of Churchville Cemetery Records Search

North Carolina
- Mecklenburg County: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Genealogy Indexes (includes some cemetery burials & early death notices)
- Wake County: Historic Oakwood Cemetery Burials (in Raleigh, NC)
- Wake County: Raleigh City Cemeteries Burial Databases (for City Cemetery and O'Rorke Cemetery)
- Wake County Wills Index 1771-1802

- Fulton County Death Register Book 1 (1868-1886) transcriptions and images
- Wood County Cemetery Search

- Oklahoma Cemeteries (a collection of cemetery transcriptions and photographs; coverage varies by county)
- Kingfisher County Cemeteries
- Muskogee Death and Newspaper Obituary Indexes 1916-2009 (update: more years added)

- Allegheny County: Index of Death Notices and Obituaries that Appeared in Pittsburgh Area Newspapers (ongoing project)

- Dallas County Probate Court - Search Case Records (recent)
- South Texas Area: Catholic Cemeteries of The Victoria Diocese (the Victoria Diocese comprises the counties of Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria, Wharton and Fayette County west of the Colorado River)
- Tarrant County: Death Notices and Miscellaneous News Items from the Arlington Journal and Arlington Citizen 1897-1940 (does not include all years)
- Tarrant County: Arlington Cemetery Burials

- Richmond: Burial Records of Jewish Cemeteries in Central Virginia

- Walla Walla County: City of Walla Walla Burial Search - for Mountain View Cemetery
- Wenatchee Area Obituary Index 1880-2008 (update: more years added)

- Outagamie County: Kaukauna Newspaper Index (for births, obituaries, weddings)
- Rock County Cemeteries
- Rock County: Janesville Gazette Obituaries Index, January 1981-May 1983; and January 1993-present (update: more years added)

See: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

Friday, February 05, 2010

Online Genealogy Records Directories - Moving

Some of my online directories of genealogy indexes and records are moving to new URLs. Here is a list of some of the most popular, along with their new URLs. Please update any links you may have to these webpages. Thank you! -Joe

Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes for the USA
was at:

is now at:

What Passenger Lists Are Online?
Internet Sources for Transcribed Passenger Records and Indexes
was at:

is now at:

Online Searchable Naturalization Indexes and Records (USA)
was at:

is now at:

Finding U.S. Naturalization Records - a Genealogy Guide
was at:

is now at:

Online Military Indexes and Databases - USA
was at:

was expanded into a separate website (in 2004):

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
was at:

was expanded into a separate website (in 2003):

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The German Roots (wee-monster) Website is Moving

If you have any links to my German Roots website, please update them - the old website will be going away soon. It was located at:

German Roots: German Genealogy Resources

It has moved to:

If you are linking to an interior webpage such as:

What Passenger Lists Are Online?

Please change the URL to:

Please change any other links to the old "wee-monster" website you may have.

Thank you kindly! :)

-Joe Beine

Sunday, January 10, 2010

How I Found Some Genealogy Records for My German Ancestors

Last year I obtained a marriage record from a church in Germany that was not available at the Family History Library. I thought this might be a helpful example of how you can sometimes find genealogy records by writing to churches or archives in Germany.

My immigrant ancestors, August and Christine (Walter) Beine came to the US in 1880 with 7 of their children. August Beine was originally from a small German village called Grosseneder and Christine Walter came from another village called Siddinghausen. I have already researched their family lines in each of the villages, but I was not able to find their marriage record in either place. But I have a photocopy of a family document that gives the birth and baptismal dates of their German born children from the St. Nikolaus Catholic Parish in Stoppenberg, Germany. Stoppenberg was then a suburb and is now a neighborhood of the city of Essen. I always assumed the couple was married in Stoppenberg and recently I decided to pursue obtaining a copy of their marriage record.

The LDS Family History Library does not have microfilmed records for the St. Nikolaus Parish. So I needed to determine where the church's records, if available, were located. Essen is a Catholic diocese ("Bistum" in German), and using Google, I found the Essen diocese has a website: From the website's contact link I sent an email asking where the St. Nikolaus parish records were today. I received a response saying the records were still at the St. Nikolaus church and was given an email address for the parish priest.

St. Nikolaus Catholic Church in Essen-Stoppenberg

I emailed the parish priest, asking if I could obtain the marriage record of August Beine and Christine Walter, and the baptismal record of their son, also named August, who is my great grandfather. Three weeks later I received a response saying he had found the records I wanted and was sending copies. A few days later the photocopies arrived in the mail.

I had inquired about a fee in my email to the church, and the response was: "We don't get a fee for this service, but it would be nice if you can give a donation to a project of the Roman-Catholic parish in your town." So I made a donation to a local parish.

I have a family document that gave me the name of the town and parish in Germany. But you may not have something like this. Here's a list of other places where you might find the name of your ancestral village in Germany:

Tips for Finding Your German Immigrant Ancestor's Hometown in Germany

This article may help if you already know the name of the village or town:
Tips for Finding German Genealogy Records for your German-American Ancestor

The above photograph of the St. Nikolaus Catholic Church in Essen-Stoppenberg by Joe Beine, February, 2018

This article was updated on 8 March 2018

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Online Death Records and Indexes - New Additions and Updates

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items...

- Madison County: City of Huntsville Cemetery Burials Search

- Carroll County Historical and Genealogical Society - Cemetery Grave Marker Index
- Yell County Cemetery Records

- Fairfield County Cemeteries

- Broward County: Jewish Cemeteries (ongoing project) presently has Jewish burials in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale (Excel file)

- Georgia Non-Indexed Death Certificates, 1928-1930

- Canyon County: City of Nampa Cemetery Interment Database

- Clark County Cemeteries

- Cherokee County Obituary Index 2000-2007

- Essex County: Spring Grove Cemetery Burials (Andover, MA)

- Ogemaw County Death Records Index
- Saint Clair County: Lakeside Cemetery Records Search (Port Huron, Michigan)

- Hennepin County: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery - Burial Search
- Mower County Cemeteries
- Pennington County: Historic St. Pauli Church, Thief River Falls, Minnesota (includes baptisms, funerals and other listings)

- Adams County: Natchez Jewish Cemetery List

- Gentry and Worth Counties: Cemetery Transcriptions (PDF files)
- Saint Louis County: Cold Water Cemetery Burials (DAR Cemetery in Florissant, MO); See: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

- Adams County: Hastings Regional Center Cemetery Records, 1889-1959

New Hampshire
- Hillsborough County: Cemeteries of Bedford, NH
- Hillsborough County: Pelham Historical Society Genealogy On-Line Library (includes early town clerk vital records, cemetery inscriptions and more)

New Mexico
- Bernalillo County Cemeteries
- Chaves County Cemeteries
- Dona Ana County Cemeteries and Funeral Home Records
- Lincoln County Cemeteries and Deaths 1913-1919
- Lincoln County: Catholic Funeral Records from St. Rita Parish, Carrizozo, Nov 1897-April 1956
- Socorro County Cemeteries

New York
- Erie County Lodge Cemetery Records (Jewish Cemetery in Buffalo, NY)
- Rockland County Cemetery Records Search

- Ohio Obituaries Index 1810s-present from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center; for selected counties (update: 300,000 more entries added; now has 1.5 million entries)
- Hamilton County Ohio Wills Index, 1791-1901 (PDF files)
- Hamilton County Probate Court: Probate Case and Archived Records Search (includes births, marriages, wills, naturalizations and more; some unindexed)
- For the above two see: Online Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Ohio Death Records & Indexes

South Carolina
- South Carolina Death Index 1915-1958 (update: year 1958 added)

- Tennessee Death Index 1914-1930 (update: years 1929 and 1930 added)
- Knox County Death Records and Obituaries Indexes (includes: Index of Obituaries Published in The Hickory Daily Record, 1915-1989; Funeral Records from Shuford Funeral Home, 1908-1957; Knox County, TN Death Records, 1914-1925)

- Franklin County News Archive 1870-Sept 1875 (includes some obituaries)
- Lamar County Death and Cemetery Records Database

- Utah Death Certificates Index 1904-1958 (update: more years added)

West Virginia
- Cabell County: Huntington, West Virginia Newspapers Obituary Indexes (PDF files)
- Mercer County: Walnut Grove Cemetery Burials (in Bluefield, West Virginia)

- Douglas County Cemeteries
- Shawano County Genealogy Indexes (includes cemetery burials, obituaries and more)

See: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries