From Eastman's online genealogy newslwetter
February 22, 2006
Online Obituary Index in Pennsylvania
The Butler Area Public Library, Butler, PA is pleased to announce that their
Obituary Index of over 75,000 names from Butler County newspapers is now
searchable online (at no charge) at www.bcfls.org/butler
; click on the tombstones;
have fun. Instructions are included for basic and advanced searches, search
tips, the value of obituaries, and ordering copies. The inclusive dates are
1824-1960 and 1990-2000.
February 15, 2006
Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database
Fred Delap, in cooperation with the Illinois State Archives, has created an
excellent new database that allows people to search the names and personal
information of Illinois soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
The information in this database was always available in large, bulky ledger
books that could only be accessed at the state archives building in
Springfield, Illinois. The new online version allows everyone to see the same
information without the necessity of traveling to Springfield.
The state web site had an index of the names of the state's more than 285,000
Civil War soldiers, but it did not contain any personal information about
them. The new, searchable database contains the names of soldiers who fought with
Illinois units during the Civil War, as well as their ages, physical
descriptions, hometown, and service record.
The new database has several interesting search capabilities. As might be
expected, you can search by name. However, you can also search by unit, county,
township, or city. For instance, a sample search found that there were 467
soldiers listed as coming from Union County, which is located in the far southern
part of the state.
You can access the Illinois Civil War Muster and Descriptive Rolls Database
at no charge by pointing your web browser to http://www.ilsos.gov/genealogy