Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes (USA) - Latest Additions

Links to the items listed below have been added to: Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes or its supplementary state webpages.

 - Craighead County: Marriage and Divorce Records Indexes

 - California Birth Index 1905-1995
 - San Mateo County Marriages Index 1853-1965
 - Tulare County Marriage Indexes 1852-1909
See: Online California Vital Records Indexes

 - Douglas County Marriage Search 1874-current
 - Ouray County Marriage License Index 1877-2010
 - Pitkin County Marriage Records 1882-1930
See: Colorado Genealogy Records and Indexes on the Internet

 - Florida: Search Official Records (public records search for about 60 Florida counties; includes some marriages; coverage varies by county)
See: Online Florida Vital Records Indexes

 - Muscogee County, Georgia Marriage Database 1845-1905
 - Muscogee County Marriage Database 1845-1878 and Birth Register Database 1890-1900
 - Champaign County Historical and Genealogical Index (indexes some marriage licenses and other records)
 - Indiana Marriage Index 1993-2004 (update: 2 years added)
See: Online Indiana Vital Records Indexes

 - Scott County Genealogy Index; Davenport Area (indexes marriages, census records, obituaries and other items)
 - Sedgwick County Marriage Affidavits Index (9 May 1870 to 25 Nov. 1933)
 - Tangipahoa Parish: Clerk of Court - Marriages 1975-present

 - Maine Marriage Index 1892-2009, except 1967-1976 (update: more years added)

 - Charlevoix County: Marriage Records Search
 - Clinton County Marriage Record Search
 - Emmet County Marriage Record Search 1857-recent

 - Itawamba Historical Society Online Archives (includes marriage book abstracts 1837-1856, and other items)
 - Lauderdale County: Online Bookshelf (includes women's marriage records index 1838-1940)
 - Pike County Marriage License Search

 - Boone County Marriage License Search c.1980s-recent
 - Daviess County Marriage Index 1837-1898 and Divorce Index 1842-1896
 - Greene County Marriage Records Search
 - Howard County Marriage Records Indexes
 - McDonald County: Mariage Licenses Index, October 1865 to December 2009
See: Online Missouri Vital Records Indexes
New Jersey
 - New Jersey Marriage Records Indexes 1665-1799 and 1848-1878 (update: more years added)
New York
 - Monroe County: City of Rochester Historic Marriage Records Search 1876-1943 (update: more years added)
See: New York Vital Records Indexes & Genealogy Records on the Internet

North Carolina
 - Mecklenburg County Divorce Index 1846-1969
See: North Carolina Vital Records Indexes on the Internet

 - Cuyahoga County Birth Corrections (1873-1908), and Affidavits (1860-1897)
 - Hamilton County Probate Court - Archived Records Search (includes wills, estates, birth index books, marriages and other records)
 - Lake County Marriage Records Index 1840-1915
See: Online Ohio Vital Records Indexes

 - Creek County Marriage Index November 1907-March 1921
 - Oklahoma County Marriage Records Index 1889-1951
 - Philadelphia City Marriage Records Search (recent)

 - Nashville and Davidson County Records Online (inlcudes links to marriage indexes and many other items)
 - Knox County Marriage Records Index 1901-1950

 - Dallas County Marriage Records Search 1964-present
See: Online Texas Vital Records Indexes

 - Milwaukee County Marriage Certificates 1822-1876
See: Online Birth and Marriage Records Indexes

Friday, February 04, 2011

Online Indexes for Cemeteries, Obituaries and Death Records - Latest Additions

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

 - Santa Barbara County Cemeteries
 - Santa Clara County: Los Gatos Death Certificates 1868-1920

 - Denver County: Riverside Cemetery Block 12 Burials (identifies over 7000 graves in the potter's field section of Riverside Cemetery)
 - Denver County: Riverside Cemetery African-American Burials (over 5200 listings)
 - Colorado Cemetery Indexing Project: Individuals Interred in Small Colorado Burial Sites

 - Delaware Death Records and Index 1855-1955 at FamilySearch

 - Nassau County Cemeteries and Obituaries
 - Orange County: Carey Hand Funeral Home Records (Orlando and central Florida area)

 - Champaign County Historical and Genealogical Index (indexes some obituaries, death notices and other records)
 - DuPage County: Villa Park Argus Obituary Index 1931-recent

 - Carroll County Historical Museum Genealogy Databases (includes wills 1830-1991 and Zion Cemetery burials)
 - Cass County: Logansport City Cemeteries Burial Search
 - Elkhart County Genealogy Indexes (includes cemeteries, probate files and wills)
 - Howard County Memory Project (includes cemeteries, funeral notices and more)
 - Marshall County: Plymouth Pilot Obituary Index
 - St. Joseph County Genealogy Indexes (includes idexes for burial permits, coroner's records, cemetery inscriptions and more)
 - Starke County Family History: Deaths, Coroner's Reports and more
 - Switzerland County: Vevay Newspaper Index of births, marriages & deaths (update: more years added)

 - Jasper County: City of Newton - Union Cemetery Burials

 - Butler County Cemeteries (also has some obituaries and wills)

 - Barnstable County: Falmouth Genealogical Society Obituaries Index (1990-2009) and Cemetery Transcription Project
 - Worcester County: Evergreen Cemetery Burials (Leominster, Massachusetts)

 - Charlevoix County Death Index
 - Oakland County Genealogy Search: Marriage and Death Index 1941-recent

 - Blue Earth County Historical Society: Wills Index 1858-1973, and Cemetery Index

 - Neshoba County Cemeteries

 - Bates County Cemeteries
 - Jefferson County Newspaper Index 1866-1932 - includes birth, marriage and death notices (update: more years added)

New Jersey
 - New Jersey Death Records Index, June 1878-June 1886 (update: 2 years added)
New York City
 - Kings County, New York Estate Files Index 1866-1923 from FamilySearch
 - Queens County: Montefiore Springfield Jewish Cemetery Burials (Springfield Gardens, NY)

See: Online New York City Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

New York State
 - Cattaraugus County Cemeteries
 - Livingston County: Dansville Obituary Index 1960-present (update: more years added)
 - Rensselaer County: Troy, New York Genealogy Indexes (includes newspaper death notices, cemetery burials and more)
 - Suffolk County: New Montefiore Jewish Cemetery Burials (West Babylon, New York)
 - Westchester County: Larchmont and Mamaroneck Cemeteries

North Carolina
 - Wayne County Death Index 1995-2009

 - Columbiana County: Salem News Obituaries Index 1965-2010, and Grandview Cemetery Association Burial Database
 - Greene County Death Records 1869-1909, and Birth Records 1869-1909
 - Lake County: Index to Cemetery Inscriptions
 - Wayne County Genealogy Databases (includes Early Obituary Abstracts, Veteran's Home Death Records and other items)
 - Cuyahoga County: Cleveland City Cemetery Index (also has Cuyahoga Wills & Estates Index 1826-1904) See: Online Cleveland & Cuyahoga County, Ohio Death Records & Indexes

 - Beaver County: Beaver Cemetery Burials
 - Lehigh County: Morning Call Online Obituary Index 1895-1983 (some years not complete; from the Allentown Public Library)
 - Northampton County: Easton Area Public Library Obituary Indexes

South Carolina
 - Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina - Cemetery Burials

South Dakota
 - Minnehaha County: Sioux Valley Genealogical Society Obituaries Index

 - Scott County Death Indexes

 - Utah Death Certificates Index 1904-1959 (update: year 1959 added)
 - Utah County Obituary Index

 - Accomac County: Eastern Shore of Virginia Marriage and Death Notices 1881-1912

 - Grays Harbor County: City of Hoquiam Cemetery Burials
 - Eau Claire County: City of Eau Claire Cemetery Records Search (for Forest Hill and Lakeview Cemeteries)
 - Portage County: Cemetery Burials and Stevens Point Area Obituary Index 1864-recent

See: Online Death Records Indexes, Obituaries and Cemetery Burials

Monday, January 24, 2011

Naturalization Records and Indexes (USA) - New Additions

The Online Naturalization Records and Indexes Directory has been updated with the following links...

 - Contra Costa County Naturalization Records Index
 - Santa Barbara County Naturalizations Index
See: Online California Naturalization Records and Indexes
 - Larimer County Naturalization Index 1885-1958
 - Pitkin County Naturalization Records Index 1888-1908
 - Assorted Kansas U.S. District Court Naturalization Indexes
 - Carroll County Naturalization Records Indexes
 - Cook County Naturalization Database: Declarations of Intention Index, 1906-1929 (not yet complete)
 - Madison County: Naturalizations and Intentions of Madison County, Illinois, an Index 1816-1900
 - St. Clair County: Index to Declarations and Naturalizations, Circuit Court 1906-c.1945
See: Online Illinois Naturalization Records and Indexes
 - Iron Range Research Center - Genealogy Records Database (indexes some naturalization records and alien registration records for some Minnesota counties)

 - Assorted Missouri U.S. District Court Naturalization Indexes from the Kansas City National Archives Branch
 - Assorted Nebraska U.S. District Court Naturalization Indexes

New Jersey
 - Monmouth County: Naturalizations Index 1804-1906
 - Passaic County: Naturalization Records Search
New York
 - Cayuga County Naturalization Records Index 1799-1952 (PDF file)
See: Online New York Naturalization Records and Indexes
 - Hamilton County Ohio (Cincinnati) Citizenship Records, 1837-1916 (includes transcriptions of original and restored Declarations of Intention to Naturalize and Naturalization papers filed in Hamilton County between circa 1837 and 1916. While a great number of these records were lost, "a significant number survived and others were restored.")
 - Cambria County Naturalization Records Index 1835-1991
See: Online Pennsylvania Naturalization Records and Indexes

 - Knox County Naturalization Index 1792-1907 (includes Knoxville)
 - Shelby County Naturalization Records 1856-1906 (partial) -- includes Memphis
 - Index to Naturalization Papers, Federal Court, Western District of Tennessee at Memphis 1906-1967 (partial)
 - Travis County Naturalization Records Index (to c. Sept. 1906)
See: Online Searchable Naturalization Indexes and Records

Monday, January 03, 2011

Online Military Records and Indexes Website - Latest Updates

The Online Military Records, Indexes and Databases of Soldiers Directory has been updated with the following links...

Revolutionary War
 - General Section: Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Databases

Civil War
 - General Section: The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (searchable multi-volume scanned Civil War book series)
 - Colorado Territory Civil War Volunteer Records
 - Connecticut Civil War Manuscripts Project (from the Connecticut Historical Society Library)
 - Michigan: Department of Michigan, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (includes databases for graves and GAR records)
 - Missouri: State Historical Society of Missouri, the Civil War in Missouri
 - Missouri: Index to the List of Union Veterans Buried in and about St. Louis
 - New Jersey Civil War Treasury Vouchers, 1861-1865
 - North Carolina: Index of Confederate Section Burials at Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, NC
World War I
 - Hawaii World War I Service Records - Army and Navy
 - Kansas WWI and Military Indexes (includes Kansas World War I Bounty Claims Index and Kansas Soldiers of the Great War)
 - Michigan: Kalamazoo County World War One Veterans
 - Missouri History Museum: Genealogy Index (includes index of Casualties, European War, July 20, 1918-September 8, 1939; and index of Persons Who Enlisted in St. Louis City and County Who Died in Service)
 - Nebraska WWI Draft Registration Cards Database 1917-1918
 - New Jersey World War I Casualties Database (includes descriptive cards and photographs)

World War II
 - World War II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) Indexed for Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin at FamilySearch (includes digitized images)
 - Kansas WWII and Military Indexes (includes Kansas World War II Selective Service Index, Kansas World War II Army Casualties, Kansas World War II Oral Histories, Kansas Burials/Memorials at World War II Military Cemeteries Operated by the American Battle Monuments Commission)
 - Missouri: St. Louis in World War II Casualties, October 1941-March 1943, scrapbook index
 - International Section... Russia: Soviet Union WWII Prisoners of War Database
See: Military Indexes and Records

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Online Death Records, Indexes and Obituaries - Latest Additions and Updates

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

 - Jefferson County: Birmingham Area Newspapers Obituaries Index, 1929-1996 (update: more years added)
 - Jefferson County: Oak Hill Memorial Cemetery Interments (Birmingham)

 - Maricopa County: City of Mesa Cemetery Burials

 - Lawrence County Cemeteries

 - Los Angeles County (and nearby): Forest Lawn Cemetery Burials Database... search is available for the Glendale, Hollywood Hills, Cypress (Orange County), Covina Hills and Cathedral City (Riverside County) locations; See: Online Los Angeles, California Death Records & Indexes

 - Weld County: Linn Grove Cemetery Burials (Greeley)

 - Hillsborough County Cemeteries

 - Gordon County Obituaries

 - Canyon County, Idaho, Headstone Photos and Obituaries Project

 - Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths 1916-1947 from FamilySearch Beta
 - Ogle County (and nearby): Polo Area Cemetery Records of Ogle, Lee, Carroll and Whiteside Counties
 - Peoria County Cemeteries
 - St. Clair County: O'Fallon Progress Obituary and Marriage Index, Feb 1898-Dec 2007
 - Sangamon County: Village of Chatham Cemetery Search

 - Pre-1882 Indiana Deaths (partial; indexes various sources) from the Allen County Public Library
 - Tippecanoe County Area Genealogy Society Death and Obituaries Indexes (includes Lafayette Leader Obituary Index 1970-1990 and Tippecanoe County Death Records Index 1882-1920)
 - Vanderburgh County: Evansville Newspaper Index 1821 to 1860 (includes death notices)
 - Wabash County: Wabash Plain Dealer Obituary Index 2000-2008

 - Washington County: City of Washington Cemetery Burials

 - Carter County Cemeteries, Transcribed Records and Images (includes some death certificates and obituaries)

 - Maine Death Index 1960-2009 at the Maine State Archives (update: more years added)
 - York County: Biddeford Area Biographical Resource (includes some references to obituaries and death notices)
 - York County: South Berwick Cemetery Databases

 - Essex County: City of Gloucester Vital Records and Cemetery Indexes
 - Middlesex County: Wakefield Death Record Search 1873-1875 and 1913-2009
 - Middlesex County: Deaths in Waltham from City Directories 1912-1960

 - Muskegon County Genealogical Society Databases (includes cemeteries, obituaries and more)
 - Wayne County: Livonia Public Library Obituary Index

 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch Death Index (Obituaries, etc.), 1975-June 1977; See: Online St. Louis, Missouri Death Records, Indexes & Obituaries

New York
 - Essex County: Willsboro Heritage Society Cemetery Burial Lists
 - Monroe County: Mt. Hope & Riverside Cemetery Records Search (Rochester)

 - Cleveland: Jewish News Obituary Index; See: Online Cleveland & Cuyahoga County, Ohio Death Records & Indexes

 - Early Oregonians Database 1800-1860 (includes death information for some entries)

 - McKean County: Bradford Era Obituary Index 1935-1995

 - Tennessee Death Records Index 1914-1955 from FamilySearch Beta

 - Addison County: Starksboro Cemeteries

 - Petersburg: City of Petersburg Virginia - Blandford Cemetery Records
For links to the above items see: Online Searchable Death Records Indexes and Obituaries

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Monday, July 12, 2010

130 Years of the Beine Family in America

July 12, 1880 - July 12, 2010

Binn? Beim? Beine? Just how do you spell my last name? (If you want to know how to pronounce it, see Megan Smolenyak's book, Who Do You Think You Are, page 47). When I was looking for the ship passenger list for my immigrant Beine family, this is what I encountered:

Germans to America (Vol. 36, page 26) lists the family with the surname Binn. The Philadelphia passenger lists index (National Archives microfilm roll M360-7) lists the family members with the surname Beim. Well, they almost got it right. It was the Philadelphia index that actually led me to the passenger list, which I found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City in 2002. Here are the details...

Ship: SS Pennsylvania
Arrived: July 12, 1880 in Philadelphia from Liverpool
Ship's Captain: Harris
335 total passengers

The Beine family are on pages 1 and 2:

Augt. Beine, 40, male, labourer, Germany (August)
Mrs. Beine, 39, female, wife, Germany (Christina)
Augt., 11, male, child, Germany (August)
Elisabeth, 9, female, child, Germany
Anna, 7, female, child, Germany
Johannis, 5, male, child, Germany
Augt., 4, female, child, Germany (Augusta)
Anton, 2, male, child, Germany
Helen, -, female, infant, Germany

From: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at the Port of Philadelphia; FHL Microfilm Roll #419674 (National Archives Microfilm Roll #M425-100)

August and Mrs. (Christina) Beine are my great great grandparents. Their son, August, is my great grandfather. They left their oldest daughter, Christine, behind in Germany. You can read her story here: Christina Beine, the Girl They Left Behind. I only have three records that mention the youngest child, Helena - her German baptismal record, the family's German emigration record and the Philadelphia passenger list (above). After that she disappears. There's no indication she died on the voyage. I'm assuming she died while still an infant after the family settled in Missouri. But I've never been able to find a death or burial record for her.

August and Christine had one more child, William, after arriving in the United States. William's World War II draft registration card gives his place of birth as Silica, Missouri. That ended up being an important clue that showed the family first settled in Jefferson County, Missouri before moving to St. Louis.

My great great grandfather, August Beine, was a coal miner in Germany and became one in the U.S. as well. Once settled in St. Louis, he worked in coal mines across the Mississippi River in Illinois, where he eventually lived. The 1910 census shows August, Christine, William, and a grandson, Fred, living in Looking Glass Township/New Baden Village, Illinois. August died in 1913, Christine in 1925. They are buried in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery in St. Louis.

August Beine was born in 1839 in a small German village called Grosseneder. His wife, Christina Walter (born 1840), is from another small German village called Siddinghausen. I visited both villages in 1995. The couple was married in Stoppenberg, which was then a suburb and is now a part of, the German city of Essen. Their children (except William) were baptized at the St. Nikolaus Catholic Parish there.

So July 12, 2010 is the 130th anniversary of this Beine family's arrival in the United States. I propose a celebration involving German beer. Prost!

For more information on my Beine immigrant family see:
How I Found Some Genealogy Records for My German Ancestors

Sources used for this article - 130 Years of the Beine Family in America

This article was updated on 8 March 2018.