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My g-grandfather, Joseph Ringer, lived in McGregor in 1860. He enlisted in the Civil War there, and was sent to 2nd Kansas Cavalry. If you are researching the 1860 Clayton Co. Census, and see his name listed with a head of household, please let me know. I don't think he had his own place, but lived with, and worked for someone else. Thank you.
From: Robert W. Marlin
To: All Genealogical & Historical Societies, Libraries & Research
Facilities,Family Research Associations and All Other
Subject: Bride Index Project-Phase2
Although Phase 1 of my search for bride indexes ended in March, additional
information continues to trickle in. For genealogical purposes, I am now
defining a Bride Index as ANY marriage record indexes which can be accessed by
the MAIDEN name of the bride. The results of Phase 1 are now posted on my web
site. You may visit this site simply by clicking the blue colored link to My
Sixteen at the end of this message. The good news is that to date, I have
been informed of the existence of bride indexes in more than 70 locations in
45 states, plus the District of Columbia. The response as to the importance of
this type of information has been 100% positive.
What is so important about a bride index? How about this scenario? I can
quote many others. You have tried, unsuccessfully, to discover the date you
grandfather arrived in America in order to search for his passenger arrival
records. You know that he came to America as a boy, along with his older
sisters. The children were separated upon arrival, placed with different
relatives and he lost contact with his sisters. The sisters later married and
moved to other areas. No one any longer remembers the names of the men they
married. Case closed? No! With the aid of a bride index you might be able to
locate a marriage license which would provide the name of the groom. This in
turn could help you in tracing the grooms naturalization papers which after
1906 usually listed the name of the wife and in some cases, the date and the
name of the ship that she arrived on. Voila! This would tell you where to
find the passenger list for your grandfather. Nothing is guaranteed, but it
is at least a lead.
The less than good news is that in most cases, contributors have not been able
to supply much more than the fact that an index exists somewhere within a
state. In a few cases, they knew the county within the state. Very little
information has been supplied as to the years recorded, the present location
of these records, or what form the records are in (film, micofiche, cards
etc). Up to now, there has been no attempt on my part to verify or seek any
additional information. As a matter of fact, the information I have posted on
my web site is, in most cases, copied verbatim from the E-mail I received in
order to prevent anything being lost in translation.
My research has indicated that most of the indexes I will be seeking seem to
be located at the county or city level, as only a few state governments seem
to have knowledge of them. The exception is older records which have been
transferred to state archives or state historical organizations. Searching at
the county level in a state like Delaware, is easy, as this state has only
three counties. The State of Texas has 254 counties.
Phase 2 of this project will involve contacting 3,998 county governments, 50
state archives and an undetermined number of cities. I am prepared to
undertake this project and currently estimate that it will take a year of my
spare time to complete. I will also need all the help I can get from
individual genealogical researchers, genealogical societies, state archives,
libraries and all other interested parties. It is my plan to update this web
page as often as my time permits, when new information comes in. You can help
in several ways: 1. Simply spread the word about this project to everyone
and anyone who will listen. 2. Please feel free to copy, forward or post
this message to any news groups, bulletin boards and genealogical forums which
you think is appropriate. 3. You can volunteer to help by supplying as much
information as possible about any indexes which exist in your own county, or
in any counties adjacent to where you live. If only 1,000 genealogists
nationwide supplied information about 4 counties, this portion of Phase2 would
be complete a lot sooner. The information should include the years covered in
the index, if the index is on film, cards, microfiche or can be accessed by
computer. Also included should be any information which you feel would be
pertinent to other genealogists. Many people have already volunteered to help
and those who contribute will be updated periodically by E-mail as I progress.
This is without a doubt the most challenging project I have ever undertaken
and I am looking forward to getting the rest of the project underway. If you
have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Robert W. Marlin
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Hi Bob.....Just now reading your message. Have been on vacation.(Visiting and
trying to do some research in PA)
I got copies of naturalization papers at the courthouse in Elkader (Clayton
county). I did my own research....which took me maybe 20 minutes and they
charged me .50 a copy.
At that rate, I doubt their fees would be too high. I've gotten old marriage
and death records here in Dakota county, MN, did my own research and was
>I spent a hour writing down marriage, and birth records from the years 1912 -
>1960. The sheets of information are single sheets and not in any book form. I
>did not check to see what the earlies years were on record because my family
>came from Ohio in 1910.
>My understanding from the priest was he was retiring this summer. The priest
>at St. Mary's also serves mass at Monona, Iowa about 12 miles from McGregor.
>The church does not have a secretary due to the expense.
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I want to thank both Charlene and Cathy for their responses to my previous
post, and would like to ask Cathy a further question. What records were you
able to locate during your visit. Baptisms? Marriages? Also, what time
period did the records cover that you were able to look over while you sat
at his table?
I talked to the priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church. This priest will retire
this summer. The church records are in mess. I sat at the kitchen table and
copied some of the information I was looking for for my research. The priest
told me he is not interested in genealogy and doesn't have a secretary. The
church is small and the funds are not available.
If I visit again this summer I will ask about someone doing the transcribtion.
John, as a lookup person for Clayton County, I have run into the same
problem at St. Mary's Church that your mother did. After talking to the
priest at St. Mary's he told me that all the records had burned. So I wrote
to the Archdiocese in Dubuque also,,,, and they told me that the records
should be at St. Mary's...This is a problem for genealogist, as well as
those trying to find their family's records. As to what to do, I haven't a
clue,, but would hope that in the future someone from the parish would copy
those records to be made available to the public....or maybe in the future
a new priest will be more cordial to his guests.
I would like to see records like these placed in a safe place, where people
may view them..... but this is something that will take further study.
"memories from the past, treasures for the future"
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A couple of years ago, my mother paid a visit to the above church looking
for the usual records on her ancestors that lived in McGregor ca.1855-1875.
As was mentioned in another e-mail a few months ago, the priest at St.
Mary's was not really interested in genealogy, and like the previous
writer, let her look through a transcribed book of the church's baptismal
records. I believe his quote was "Leave the dead in peace." He said that
all other records, including original baptisms, marriages, and I assume
burials had been sent to the diocese offices in Dubuque. Anyway, she was
able to find a couple of baptisms, one for her grandmother, and another for
one of her grandmother's sisters.
My mother was traveling to Minneapolis at the time of her visit, so was
unable to visit the Dubuque area until just last week. When she went to the
diocese offices in Dubuque, they said they have no records from St. Mary's
AT ALL. NONE! The clerk also said that the records should still be at St.
Mary's. The clerk was able to provide information from a book that gave a
brief history of St. Mary's, that included information that leads me to
believe that my gg grandparents were the first couple to be married at that
Ok, so now my question. What gives? Is anyone familiar with the records
from that church? Where are they? Are the original records still there, and
if so, what do they have? It is my understanding that the church started
keeping records in 1857, and there are a lot of baptisms that we are unable
Any information will be helpful and maybe mom can find more the next time
she get back to Iowa.
Sorry if Duplicate........
Francis BURNS b July 10, 1839 Ireland d April 29, 1916, Buchanan Co., IA
m Elizabeth KELLY b July 12, 1836 Edinderry, Ireland d December 20,
1920, Buchana Co., IA
Mary E. BURNS b 2/21/1862 PA m Frank HAYES and William RECKHEMMER in IA
John BURNS b 1863 PA
Faye Anna BURNS b 1869 in Buchanan Co., Iowa m Mr. HEFLIN
James BURNS b 1870 Buchanan Co., Iowa
Rose Lo BURNS b 1874 married Phillip RECKHEMMER in IA
Frank BURNS b 1875 in Buchanan Co., Iowa
Dave BURNS b 1878 in Buchanan Co., Iowa
Lillian BURNS b 1881 Buchanan Co., Iowa m Mr. FARNHAM
Where did all those BURNS children go? Who did they marry? I do know
that Faye HEFLIN was a Doctor. Can anyone look in Iowa for her?
Thanks so much.
I Have a listing of the cemeteries around Garber, I got it from the Garber
history published by Mrs. Vorwald in Garber, and I think she got it from the
cemetery associations, Would you like these copies? Rick
I have been slowed up by windows 98 eating my machine, should be back on line
soon and putting into my sections of the census ... sorry, Lap tops are not
as fast, Have to
download CART again too.... Bye for now Rick