Sunday, July 23, 2017

Genealogical Research

Some sites you may want to explore to find your roots:
New England Historical Genealogical Society: www.americanancestors.org/index.aspx

National Archives: www.archives.gov

Some of these may be pay sites. Even so most offer a 2 week free trial. Also, the Marion County Library System does have access to some paid sites that you can use for free. Take your laptop and save/copy what you want. You can also bring a "thumb drive", use their computers (they are "time" shares) and copy the information to your thumb drive.

If you search either of these indexes, you should get numerous leads. Scan down several of them and perhaps you will find one that is free.

Some books that may open a door for you are:
Discovering Your Immigrant and Ethnic Ancestors, by Carmack

Coming to America, by Daniels

The Atlantic Migration, 1607 – 1860, by Hansen

The Huddled Masses, by Kraut

Strangers at the Door, by Novotny

We Who built America, by Wittke

The Swedish Settlements in Delaware, 1638-1664, by Amandus Johnson

The Founding of New Arcadia, by Carl Brasseaux

Passenger and Immigration List Index, by P. William Filby

Again, the library may be a source for some of these.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Ship's Lists

Click HERE to open a link to finding arrival records online. This site will offer a number of opportunities to search ships records and more. Additional updates will be added over the next week.

Friday, June 30, 2017

July Meeting Update

On July 21st the program is devoted to Searching for your ancestors in Passenger Lists. We have a video that takes about 1/2 hour and then there will be discussion highlighting member successes using these lists.

Many people do not know that Ellis Island is not the only source for immigrant information. Before it there was Castle Garden, also in New York harbor, plus hundreds of individual ship's lists dating back to the 1700's for ports along the full length of our coast. You never know what you might find so come learn how to do it!

Our meetings are open to all Oak Run residents who wish to visit prior to joining this growing club. We meet in the Card Room at 9:30AM the third Friday of each month. We have interesting programs that include video classes and member experiences.

Submitted by Jim Waddell

Saturday, May 27, 2017

June Meeting Update

This month (June 16) three of our members will present interesting stories, facts, historical perspectives and other information about their own family, often dating decades ago. Laurie Stamm, Bob Buckius and Bob Nettles will be the presenters. These programs have been very well attended and received so be sure to get there early.

As usual our meetings are open to all Oak Run residents who wish to visit prior to joining this club that has had consistent growth in membership for the last few years.

Submitted by Jim Waddell