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  • 1. Online GenealogyResearchAdam Oster
  • 2. Where to start… Put together an autobiography of yourself  Basic facts: Immediate family makeup, occupation, residence, personal activities, important dates, etc. Interview living relatives Collect family photographs Look for genealogical records at home:  Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records  Obituaries/Newspaper clippings  Funeral/Memory Cards  Family Bibles
  • 3. Photographs Show family resemblances that have been passed on from generation to generation. Demonstrate the context and environment an ancestor was living in as well as show further details of their life.  Occupation  Interests  Living arrangements
  • 4. Photographs - Example Petoskey High School Junior Class – 1922 Edna and Grace Kuberski
  • 5. Obituaries and Newspaper Articles Birth/Death information Religious beliefs Organization affiliations Military service Interests Family information Occupation Living arrangements Jacob Kuberski Obituary - 1880
  • 6. Records to use…
  • 7. Federal and State Census Federal Census conducted every 10 years since 1790 1790 – 1930 Census manuscripts are available to the public (except 1890 Census – mostly destroyed due to a fire in 1921) Census records and data specific to individual respondents are not available to the public until 72 years after a given census was taken 1940 Federal Census will be available April 2, 2012 State Censuses were typically conducted between the years of the Federal Census Michigan State Census records are available (but not complete) for: 1837, 1845, 1854, 1864, 1874, 1884, 1894
  • 8. Federal and State Census, cont. Example:  1930 US Federal Census  Orris Family – Detroit, MI Back: Herb, David, Wilbur and Vernon Middle: Warren, Helen, Lucile, Mary and Nancy Front: Wilma (Jean), Dorothy, Bob, Ralph and Pearl
  • 9. Federal and State Census, cont. Individual’sHousehold occupation Individual’s personal Individual’smembers description birth location (sex, race, age and and parents’ marital status) and birth location education 1930 US Federal Census – Michigan, Wayne Co., Detroit
  • 10. Vital Records Forms  Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce Record contents  Full name, birth/death year, birth/death location, spouse/parents names, gender, burial location, occupation. Where to get records – varies between states  Michigan - County clerks and Michigan Department of Community Health (State only has birth/death records) Birth, Death and Marriage records can also be found through county indexes
  • 11. Vital Records, cont. Cause of deathName andpersonalinformation Carrie HillockParents Burial location Carrie Hillock – Certificate of Death Ridgelawn Cemetery Breckenridge, MI
  • 12. Vital Records – County Indexes James and Carrie Hillock Gratiot County Marriage Returns
  • 13. Vital Records – CountyIndexes, cont. Names, ages Birth locations Couple’s fathers and race of and occupations couple Witnesses and individual who Couple’s Date and location performed the mothers of marriage marriage
  • 14. Immigration Records Main ports of entry:  New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadel phia, New Orleans, San Francisco Immigration records are online for Castle Garden (1855 – 1890) and Ellis Island (1892 – 1924), main entry facilities of immigrants coming to the United States on the east coast Jannetje (Van Duijn) Elferink
  • 15. Immigration Records, cont. S.S. Nieuw Amsterdam Rotterdam November 22, 1913 Age, sex and Occupation Nationality, race and lastFull name marital status and education Nieuw Amsterdam permanent residence
  • 16. Draft Registration World War I and World War II Draft Registration cards Example: Harrison Oster Front: Bernice Hillock, Marjorie Oster, Merle Oster Back: Glenn Hillock, Viva Oster, Carol Oster, Harrison Oster Year: 1922
  • 17. Draft Registration, cont.Name andbirth Physicalinformation descriptionOccupation Harrison Oster – WWI Draft Registration
  • 18. Draft Registration, cont.Name andAddress Birth Information Occupation Harrison Oster – WWII Draft Registration
  • 19. Draft Registration, cont. Physical description Harrison Oster – WWII Draft Registration
  • 20. Gravestones Birth/Death Information Religious beliefs Organization affiliations Military service
  • 21. Online Resources
  • 22. Searching Tips – Names The names of individuals and how their names are spelled can change over the course of their lives Example 1: McCrillis Pride  McCrillus – 1870 Census  McRillas – 1880 Census  M.C. – 1900 Census  MoorCrillus – 1910 Census  McCrillis – 1910 Census
  • 23. Searching Tips – Browsing Methods Antonia Kruskie Antonia Kruskie and Belle Kuberski gravestone Seeking  Search Terms  Death Year: 1917  Death City: Cross Village  Results  14 Records“Anatonia Graseky” Certificate of Death  “Anatonia Graseky”
  • 24. Resources HeritageQuest Online Seeking Michigan Find-A-Grave
  • 25. World’s largest online resource for family history Contains over 7 billion records Available through personal subscription or via Library Edition at subscribing libraries Price for personal subscription: Monthly 3-Month 6-Month US Records $22.95/mo. $17.95/mo. $12.95/mo. World Records $34.95/mo. $29.95/mo. $24.95/mo.
  • 26. Heritage Quest Genealogy database produced by ProQuest Available free of charge to all Michigan residents through the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) and Kent District Library website Key source for searching a complete index of the 1790 – 1930 US Federal Census (except 1890)
  • 27. Family History web application created by the LDS Church (Mormon) Compilation of numerous online databases Digital scans of documents from the Family History Library’s microfilm collection Free access for anyone (no subscription required)
  • 28. Seeking Michigan Seeking Michigan – Online digital collection of historical and genealogical materials from the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan Includes Library of Michigan collection of statewide death records between 1897 and 1920
  • 29. Find-A-Grave Alphabetical and geographical listing of the final resting places of both celebrities and not-so- famous individuals around the world Contains over 74 million grave records Records provided by public contribution Can search by individual name or cemetery name
  • 30. Additional Tips…
  • 31. Local Genealogical Collections Kalamazoo Public Library Portage District Library Grand Rapids Public Library Library of Michigan/Archives of Michigan  Features one of the 10 largest genealogy collections in the United States Western Michigan University - Archives and Regional History Collection  Has collections of Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society Central Michigan University - Clarke Historical Library
  • 32. Information Storage Digital Software  Examples: Family Tree Maker, Personal Ancestral File (free online through Family Search) Paper Format  Pedigree charts  Family group sheets
  • 33. Pedigree Chart - Example*Chart from:
  • 34. Family Group Sheet – Example*Chart from:
  • 35. Questions &Comments