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This past week here in Omaha, there were three of us extracting obituaries
from newspapers and marriages from the filmed licenses at the W. Dale Clark
library. We got a lot done, and more is yet to come with what has been
extracted, but not yet formatted for the web sites. Thanks go to Nancy and Michele
for all the help.
The marriage site has over 25,000 marriages now. It is an index, so there
is more information on the actual marriage application & license than is on
the site. There's two main reasons for this: 1. time it takes to extract
everything, and 2. space to post it all. For better or worse, we figured that
people would rather have more names to choose from, because it gives a better
chance of getting THEIR family posted than if we post everything and only got
1/10 of the information up. Sorry, if we're wrong about that. We've also
added some anniversaries printed in the newspaper that were pulled when we
extracted obits. _www.omahamarriages.wordpress.com_
Be aware that there are marriages for people who lived in Council Bluffs &
other places in IA, other places in Nebraska outside Douglas County, South
Dakota, Kansas, Illinois & points East, who chose (for whatever unknown reason)
to marry in Omaha/Douglas County. So if you can't find someone's marriage in
the home county where you expect them, at least check out the site in case
you recognize the name. One never knows. (We expect that the 25,000 names
is just the tiny tip of the ice burg...there are only a very few films done,
and over 200 to go through. Anybody want to help by doing reverse typing for
Coming soon at the obit site with the next upload will be obit references
from an Omaha paper called the American Citizen. This is an Italian language
paper. Nancy and her husband Frank are working on these for us. If you
recognize a name, you have to realize that getting a copy of the article is going
to give you something in Italian. We do not provide translation services,
nor does the library. (I do know somebody who speaks the language & just
returned from Italy working on her Master's degree, but don't know if she'd be
willing to, or have the time, to do translation for people. I will ask.) We
are discussing the possibility of extracting other material (marriages,
births, etc.) from the paper for a G.O.G.S. publication dedicated solely to
material indexed from this paper. Given the amount of data and years covered, it's
likely that it would only be an index. If you would be interested in
getting a copy of such, contact me off list so that I can present it to the board
when we discuss the possibilities. _www.omahaobits.wordpress.com_
There will also be references to "new" obits from 1910, 1954 & 1958, & 1977
that were collected this week. It was a profitable week for those of us who
extract data so that everyone can find more ancestors.
Happy ancestor hunting!
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Mary BRIGGS which was taken at the A. C.
Hull Studio in Fremont, Nebraska. The photograph appears to have been taken
in the 1870's with Mary likely in her 40's or 50's at the time. In addition
to her name, someone has written "Aunt" on the back of the photograph.
Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information
Mary A. NOYES b. 1813 in NY, married Asa Clark BRIGGS (b. 17 Sept 1812 in
NY) in 1835 in MI and together they had 6 children including, Asa; John;
Alba; James; Hannah; and Jane BRIGGS all born in MI between 1837 and 1848.
Mary NOYES BRIGGS d. in NE in 1902. Census information provides the
1870 census of Logan Creek, NE:
Asa C. BRIGGS, age 57, a Grocer, born VT
Mary Ann BRIGGS, age 57, born NH
Christ PETERSON, age 16, a Farm Laborer, born PA
I am hoping to locate someone from this BRIGGS Family so that this treasured
old photograph can be returned to its rightful place with family. If you
are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please
I have used _www.familysearchlabs.org_ (http://www.familysearchlabs.org)
several times with good success. It's part of the indexing project
(_www.familysearchindexing.org_ (http://www.familysearchindexing.org) ) that anyone with
internet access can do in about 1/2 hr to 2 hours per project. If you
haven't helped index, do, because every project is done by two people and if they
don't match, a third, more experienced person looks at the images. They're
trying to get the best possible images off of the microfilm. Many of the
indexes go to actual live images that will be available free, and downloadable.
Some, the original record holder is retaining rights, but even the indexes are
a big help. Anyway, here's what came across one of my other lists this
FamilySerachLabs has now gone live with the 1870 Federal Census.
I wrote about it at:
That site now has the 1850; 1860; 1870; 1880 and 1900 census indexed
and available online. These indexes are free.
I was using the various online census indexes to search for some of my
relatives. There was a dark blotch on the page and it was difficult to
make out the name. So, I went to the 1900 Census Index at
FamilySerachLabs and was very surprised to see that the same image on
this page was crystal clear - no blotch. Why - I asked? Answer -
FamilySerachLabs made the extra effort to create all new digital
images of the census pages.
The 1870 census is available in two formats:
Indexed and Searchable - search every name in the census for these States:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Dakota Territory, Delaware,
District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, Oregon and Utah.
Browsable - lets you look at the digital images of each page in the
census for All States except Kentucky, Vermont and Virginia.
FamilySearchLabs will be putting the rest of these census images &
indexes online shortly.
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