TSGS Cruiser Blog

Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Interactive U.S. Census - Footnote.com"




-Finding Ancestors and distant relatives can be as easy as clicking a single button-
Lindon, UT - March 11, 2010 – In order to encourage more people to find their ancestors and connect with family,
Footnote.com, the web’s premier interactive history site, is opening all of their U.S. census documents for free to the public for a limited time.
Unlike any other historical collection on the web, the
Interactive Census Collection has the unique ability to connect people related to ancestors found on the historical documents. Simply by clicking the “I’m Related” button for a name on the document will identify you as a descendent and also list others that have done the same. Never before has it been as easy to connect with distant relatives through historical documents. To learn how to get started with the Interactive Census, visit: http://go.footnote.com/discover.

This was recently released by Footnote.com of which I found on Eastman's Online Newsletter on Friday. I was not impressed when I saw what they had online with the Census:

1860 US Census 100% complete
1900 US Census 5% complete
1910 US Census 3% complete
1920 US Census 3% complete
1930 US Census 98% complete

Not all US Censuses are complete. We are always adding more records every month. Watch a Census year to see when we update it.

I suspect it will be another nice tool once they get more complete census online (and hopefully the 1870 & 1880!).

- Submitted by JGWest

Friday, March 12, 2010

"Crispus Attucks Story"


Wasn't it ~ "The shot that was heard around the World!"

You will need to click on this image to read it. The story is about Crispus Attucks, the man best remembered for being the first to die in the Revolutionary War!

- Submitted by Don Counts [From Native Circles Spring 2010 edition.]

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tombstone Thursday - Beanard

Dorothy Helm Beanard

John, this is called an anthropomorphic sandstone marker or human-effigy shaped gravestone. This one is in Old Home Cemetery, Pope Co IL marking the grave of Dorothy Helm Beanard [b. ca 1766] died April 5, 1846, she was the wife of Frederick A. Beanard. And that's the rest of the story!
- Photo taken & submitted by Judy Foreman Lee as a birthday present to me on 01 Mar 2010!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

From the FIRST MATE's

Beautiful Sun Rise!!!

Signs that spring is just around the corner!
[Click on image to enlage the photo]

Last night TSGS had a very nice meeting with a Boonville High School classmate becoming our newest member! This sun rise makes me think about genealogy and what is available for us today. The TV series back in the 1970's got many new genealogy researchers jumping into finding their "roots." Today we have had two TV series "Faces of America" on PBS & "Who Do You Think You Are?" on NBC that should increase the interest in family history for a whole new generation of genealogical researchers. Many, many genealogical books have been published along with microfilm & CD's. The Internet has the USGenWeb Project, Cemeteries Online, paid subscription services such as Ancestry.com & Heritage Quest. Libraries have so much more available for genealogists. Y-DNA is affordable and a great new tool to help piece together relationships when the paper trail is not as strong. Email, mailing lists, bulletin/query boards, MyFamily.com, Facebook, Blogs and more from the Internet makes it easier to find common researchers for your family and data including documents & photos.

We also have a great web sites: Cyndi's List, the Browning Genealogical Database and the Evansville City Cemeteries.

It is a wonderful time to wake up, see such a beautiful sun rise and to get going on your family history.

- Photo taken and submitted by Jennifer Lantaff Catt (Copyright 2009).
- Article written by JGWest

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


TSGS Meeting tonight!

09 Mar 2010
Willard Library

6:30 p.m. IndividualResearch Assistance
Bring your Information

7:30 p.m. Regular Meeting
Discussion Groups (choose one): A) Court Cases, led by Brenda Jerome, B) Posey County Research, led by Connie Conrad, C) Vital Records, led by Mary Lou Bevers.

Everyone is invited, you do not need to be a member to attend! However, membership dues help us to acquire research materials (books, CD's, microfilm, etc.).

John G. West, TSGS President

Sunday, March 7, 2010



Today is one of those rare days when there is two blogs for one day!

Just like our wide-eyed frog seems to be saying, "Oh my, I almost forgot our March TSGS Meeting is coming up this Tuesday night at 7:30 PM at Willard Library!"

I hope none of you forget. Spring is almost here and it is time to get out and enjoy some better weather with some warm sunshine. Yesterday on Facebook several of my friends were running out to take photos in cemeteries for Find-A-Grave... Vannetta McDowell, Christopher Myers & Cheri Baumberger. My West Y-DNA cousins were fine-tuning a time line of some information that we plan to research in depth to dig out new leads for our common ancestor (yet to be discovered). My earlier post today was about the 2010 National Genealogical Society Conference. Yesterday I posted my preview of the new NBC TV series called "Who Do You Think You Are?" with a link to watch it online if you missed it. Spring always brings out a new flurry of genealogical activity as it does bringing out leaves, flowers and wildlife.

So, why not attend this month's TSGS meeting? After a brief business meeting, we will break-up into 3 groups for general discussions on the following topics: Discussion Groups (choose one) A) Court Cases, led by Brenda Jerome, B) Posey County Research, led by Connie Conrad, C) Vital Records, led by Mary Lou Bevers.

John G. West, TSGS President

From My Email Box - "2010 NGS Family History Conference"


The 2010 NGS Family History Conference...
will be in Salt Lake City from April 28 – May 1.

As you know, the National Genealogical Society (NGS) is a non-profit organization that has been providing education and resources for genealogists and family history enthusiasts for over 100 years. Each year, NGS holds a national conference to share the latest ideas, trends, and information.

This year’s conference will be particularly unique and exciting in many ways. Some of the special activities include:
• Free one-on-one research consultations with accredited genealogists
• Extended Family History Library hours and extra staffing
• Free same-day access to millions of rolls of microfilm from over 100 countries
• Dozens of special international presentations and hands-on workshops
• Free admission to an evening celebration of family history featuring special speakers and a concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
• Free access to over 250 genealogy and technology exhibiters—the largest-ever gathering under one roof

Please share this information with friends and society members who may be interested in attending this year’s conference. You may also want to include it in your newsletter. More details about the conference can be found online at www.familysearch.org/ngs2010.

- From FamilySearch Support Team