TSGS Cruiser Blog

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Research Tips

ENGINEER'S Report - Tech Info

Have you ever found what looked like a possible great site from another site? So, in great anticipation you click on the link and get that unwanted "HTTP 404 Not Found" error page! Now, what... you really wanted to see this page! Well here is one way to, hopefully, find your site!

This was an email pointing out that the Grayson County, KYGenWeb page had a bad link to "Millerstown and It's People" with my email response. After reading my hint, try it yourself!

From Patsy Andrews:

We have just discovered your site and found the link to “Millerstown and It’s People” has been broken. We are very interested in the Hornback, McCrady, Wooten & Logsden families of Millerstown. Is there another way to view this information?
Patsy Andrews
The site I’m referring to is : http://www.kygenweb.org/grayson/graysonlinks/index.html

This is my response:
Patsy, this link has apparently changed to http://www.mcclure-landis.com/millerstown/index.html Thanks for including the URL to the page where you found this bad link. Believe it or not 99% of people do not even list what general web site the bad link came from, not even the bad link!

This is the bad link: http://www.golocal.com/misc/genealogy/millerstown/index.html When I find a bad link, I first add or delete the "l" in "htm(l)" that is often where the error is found. If not, then I delete the html file name (in this case, "index.html") to see if I can get to the site page one-level back. Since that did not work, I removed "millerstown" and got an instant redirect to: http://www.mcclure-landis.com/ which had a new link to "Millerstown and It's People." If you have never done this before, try it out yourself... go back to the bad link, and work your way back. Sometimes people change servers and this may not work, but sometimes they will have a auto-redirect or a "Site has moved, click here" statement.

I gave you the new link and a hint to, hopefully, find the correct link when one has changed and gives you that dreaded "HTTP 404 Not Found" error. This query from you, prompted my TSGS Cruiser Blog article for today...check it out (second link below) ~ I give you credit for the idea to explain this Internet trick I learned from others on the Internet 12 years or so ago!

John G. West,
President, Tri-State Genealogical Society (TSGS)
Treasurer, Ohio Valley Chapter Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution (OVC INSSAR)
State Historian, Indiana Society Sons of the American Revolution (INSSAR)
State Fair 4-H Judge, Indiana State Fair (4-H Genealogy Project)

Tri-State Genealogical Society (TSGS) - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~intsgs/index.html
TSGS Cruiser Blog - http://tsgsblog.blogspot.com/
Ohio Valley Chapter INSSAR - http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~inovcsar/

Patsy Andrews prompted this article to be written as submitted by JGWest

Friday, March 6, 2009

"1893 Death & Burial Records"

In addition to news articles, the Evansville newspapers often contain vital statistics. The following death and burial records have been transcribed from the Evansville Sunday Courier, 21 May 1893.

Kittie Haynes, age 42, died of consumption, buried Locust Hill; Basil Hastings, buried Oak Hill; Hattie Mitchell, age 8, died of congestion of stomach, buried Oak Hill; Wm. H. Conant, age 61 years and 5 months, died of abscess of lungs, buried Oak Hill; Eliza Mills, age 29, died of epileptic fit, buried Richey Crossing, Ind.; Owen L. McCoy, age 24, died on pneumonia, buried Dahlgreen, Ill.; Albert H. Kabtofen, died of pneumonia, buried Locust Hill; Jacob Anslinger, age 2, died of measles, buried St. Joseph Cemetery; __ Buell, still born, buried Oak Hill; Michael Pfistner, age 49, died of Bright’s disease, buried St. Joseph Cemetery; John Freiling, age 55, died of bronchitis, buried Oak Hill.

Submitted by Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tombstone Thursday - Metal (Bronze) Markers

Last summer I found this metal grave marker, that I thought was unusual and I had never seen or heard of one like it. (Click on each photo to get a larger view of it.)

This marker is in Oak Hill Cemetery in Evansville, IN

This is what is on the base of the above marker.

This is one of the four panels (serving as a blank). The other three sides have information about the deceased buried here.

This is one of the three sides with information about the deceased - there are two listed on this panel.

This is a second one of this type of metal (bronze) marker found in the Selvin Cemetery in Selvin, IN (Warrick County).

This one has a panel missing and I discovered that it is a hollow shell bolted down inside! Has anyone else seen these before?

Photos taken and submitted by JGWest
[Tombstone Thursday is dedicated in memory of Donald G. West 1952-2000]

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

From the FIRST MATE's

My Great Uncle Ellis
"The Arthur Ellis Wood Family"
(Click on Photos to Enlarge)

The photo above reminds me of the "Ozzie & Harriett" TV show back in the 1950's, except Uncle Ellis and Aunt Pearl had 2 daughters instead of sons. (L to R): Betty Wood, Francis Wood, Aunt Pearl & seated is my Uncle Ellis. Betty graduated from Evansville College about 1950 and was an Art Teacher at Daniel Wertz Elementary School on the West Side of Evansville. Both daughters never married and both died somewhat young - Francis was 33 and Betty was 40 when they died... both are buried with their Mother in Alexander Memorial Park Cemetery. They were Methodist, while Uncle Ellis was Catholic and is buried in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery adjoining the cemetery where his wife and daughters are buried. Uncle Ellis was my mother's mother's (Grandma) brother. He began work at Mead Johnson at about age 17 and quickly rose to the position of Supervisor over the Pablum Baby Formula Department. He worked at Mead Johnson for over 40 years, his only place of employment, and was a supervisor for over 30 years! Aunt Pearl was the Democrat Precinct Committee person in Howell for many years. Uncle Ellis and his family lived in the Howell Neighborhood of the West Side of Evansville.

Here is one of my favorite pictures of Uncle Ellis at the Annual Mead Johnson Family Picnic. Since he did not drink beer, he was assigned in the beer hut. If you read yesterday's "Evansville Brewing History," you will note the Cook & Sterling labels on the beer cases. This photo was probably taken in the mid-1930's.

Photos & captions submitted by JGWest

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

“Evansville, Indiana Brewing History”

100 Years Ago (1909)
(This article quote from Courier and Press)

"'In less than five years, there will not be a legalized brewery or saloon in Vanderburgh County,' said William B. Holmes, a Tennessee evangelist and saloon fighter at the Y.M.C.A. big meeting in Evans Hall yesterday afternoon. The remark was received by loud and prolonged hand clapping.”
Here is a great web site with the history of Evansville's Brewing Industry: http://www.brewersofindianaguild.com/History/IndianaHistoryEvansville.html This history features the F.W. Cook, Sterling, Evansville Brewing and Wittekindt Breweries and a listing of other breweries in Evansville.

The Evansville Race Riot of 1903
by Kenneth P. McCutchan
Race Riot starts over a 5 cent glass of beer!

This information compiled and submitted by Don Counts

Monday, March 2, 2009

Marker/Plaque/Monument Monday

Civil War Union & Confederate Soldiers
Memorial Monuments
Oak Hill Cemetery ~ Evansville, Indiana

(Click on photo to enlarge - Photo taken by Don Counts)
The above monument was placed in the cemetery by the United States "In loving remembrance of our Confederate dead 1861-1865"

(Click on photo to enlarge - Photo taken by Don Counts)
"This tablet was placed on this monument by the United States to mark the burial place of twenty-four Confederate soldiers who, while prisoners of war, died at Evansville and were buried in this cemetery, where the individual graves cannot now be identified."
The names and their units are listed on this "tablet."

(Click on photo to enlarge - Photo taken by JGWest)
"Erected by the Woman's Relief Corps A.D. 1909 in memory of the comrades of Farragut Post No. 27 Department of Indiana Grand Army of the Republic 1861-1865."
The base has in large letters:
There are about two dozen graves in this section purchased by this Post No. 27.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


TSGS members should have gotten your copy of the March issue, by now, of our quarterly - The Tri-State Packet. Brenda Legate is doing an excellent job getting out a nicely done journal and ensuring that we get it on time. Send her a note of encouragement; but, even better, send her something to publish in the next issue and some encouragement. The deadline for material for the June Packet is April 15. As President, I wish to publically congratulate Brenda on getting the Packet out early and for doing a great job of typing and editing these last three issues!

Last Wednesday we posted a 1994 TSGS Seminar Photo from the First Mate's Photo Album and asked everyone how many people could they identify in that photo. I have not got any responses. Brenda Jerome, Mary Lou Bevers and I have tried to identify all of them, but we are still not sure who the man is in the last chair on the left by the wall and the lady seated across from him. Of course, one person is almost completely blocked by another, I sure recognize the hairdo, but can not remember who she is. We know the identity of the rest. This coming Wednesday, we will reveal the names of all the known ones... please let me know the names of the ones not yet identified, let me know if you know the others, too! Here is my email: John G. West (click on my name or copy & paste the following) jgw.mylines@gmail.com .

A follow-up on the ice storm at the West home. Last Friday, I took a vacation day and with a lot of great help from Chris Myers, we cut up and dragged the limbs to the sidewalk for later pick-up by the city trash contractors. The company sent out a special yard waste pick-up service this Friday to get bagged yard waste, plus limbs & sticks in barrels/trash containers. They picked up the 12 – 55 gallon trash bags and four containers of sticky pine limbs. Then in the afternoon the special crew came through and picked up the fifty feet of limbs we had stacked about 3.5 feet high and about 100 four foot long limbs about 2-4 inches in diameter. The 12 to 15 foot logs were cut up into about 4 cords of firewood that I am taking a pick-up load to work every day or so. Where I work, they have a fireplace in the main office and they are taking advantage of all of this firewood to heat up the office and reduce the fuel bills! It is so nice to look at our front & back yards and not see all of those limbs and plastic bags!!!

The regular TSGS Web Site is nearing 1000 unique hits according to our ClustrMaps Counter with visits from 23 countries including the USA. Ireland has 15 hits with the United Kingdom at 9 hits. We have 8 countries besides the USA with 2 or more hits. In the U.S., we still have not had any visitors from Hawaii, North Dakota, West Virginia, Maine & Vermont. If you know someone from one of these states, especially a genealogy friend, ask them to visit our web site! Our TSGS Web Site went over 56,000 hits a couple days ago! The TSGS Cruiser Blog just registered this morning 2,600 hits since 27 Dec 2008!

Karin Kirsch & Brenda Jerome have been working hard on the SIG's Committee (that is the possible formation of TSGS Special Interest Groups). We have had a Computer Interest Group for a long time and a Celtic group was being suggested by some members. The Long Range Planning Committee is hoping that SIG's might be of value to our members. Karin is preparing a simple, brief survey to pass out at this month's meeting (March 10). If you can not make it to the meeting and would like to fill out the survey let me know at the email addy I have listed earlier in this article. By the way, if anyone has any ideas that might improve TSGS' services to you and other members, please suggest it.

John G. West, TSGS President

PS: I am proud to say that today is my 62nd. Birthday & tomorrow Becky & I will celebrate our 40th. Wedding Anniversary!