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GENEALOGY IN THE NEWS - MAY 2004

  • Wyoming resident preserves its history
    Plenty of people have questions about the city of Wyoming - the history of certain houses, details of the area's first settlers, or how to find their grandparents' old homestead. Most know where to get the answers: Annie Lou Helmsderfer. Cincinnati Enquirer (OH), May 31, 2004.

  • Family finds Civil War soldier's true grave site
    A caring doctor doing his work in the 1860s was unaware his records would one day help unravel a mystery for a former Winter Haven man whose ancestor was buried in the wrong grave after the Civil War. News Chief (FL), May 31, 2004.

  • Out of Africa? Americans search for ancestry
    Tina Dunkley is using genetics to trace her family's African roots. CNN.com (USA), May 28, 2004.

  • Discovering local history
    There are people in our communities, who, like Sherlock Holmes, do detective work, to find out more about what happened, when it occurred and who to. ABC West Coast SA (Australia), May 28, 2004.

  • Call goes out for family histories
    The Grayson County Historical Society (Kentucky) is planning a revision and reprinting of 'Historical Sketches and Family Histories of Grayson County' and is asking current and former county residents to send in family histories. Grayson County News Gazette (KY), May 26, 2004.

  • Newspaper good source for expanding research
    Once you have found out which towns your ancestors lived in, you will want to find out what the environment was like in that locality. Pittsburg Morning Sun (KS), May 23, 2004.

  • Clymer History Hits Cyberspace
    James Hetrick is the creator of Clymer Borough's new Web site. Indiana County (Pennsylvania) historian John Busovicki has contributed a number of photos to the site. The Indiana Gazette (PA), May 20, 2004.

  • £115,000 US study to look at isles life
    The neighbouring Orknay islands of Westray and Papa Westray first attracted the attention of James Wood and his wife Pat Johnson four years ago, when they went there as tourists. Later this month they will begin a more detailed journey, making their way through 300 years of the communitiesí past. The Scotsman (UK), May 17, 2004.

  • Ancestorís gravesite turns up after 5-year search
    Charles Roth is the great-great grandfather of Betty Burdanís husband, David Burdan. Until recently, the final resting place of Charles Roth has always been a family mystery. The Mercury (PA), May 17, 2004.

  • Missionaries responsible for settlements in OK, KS, and MO
    It is often due to the selfless dedication of missionaries that settlements are made in remote places and records are left for us to glean some of our genealogy records from. Pittsburg Morning Sun (KS), May 16, 2004.

  • Genealogy Goes High Tech
    Though making plans for their own graduations, six Penn State Worthington Scranton students are helping a non-profit revolutionize Northeastern Pennsylvania genealogy. Scranton Times (PA), May 16, 2004.

  • New book focuses on history of ĎThe Magic City'
    Looking over all the information on the history of Bogalusa, Louisiana that Willie E. Ginn had collected over a 26-year period, Albert C. Williams instinctively knew it had to be printed. Daily News (LA), May 14, 2004.

  • New books at archive center detail court records
    Joseph McFerron, the first court clerk in Cape Girardeau County, had something of a handwriting flaw, but Bob and Ann Parkinson painstakingly decoded McFerron's unusual cursive and have helped make court records from 1805 to 1812 available to anyone who can read typed copy. Southeast Missourian (MO).

  • County drops funding for historical societies
    The presidents of the three historical societies in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota have met twice about the issue of zero county funding this year and are now making their feelings known publicly. Princeton Union Eagle (MN), May 13, 2004.

  • Colin Powell proud to be a Scot
    Colin Powell, the four-star general who led 28 nations to victory as the architect of operation Desert Storm in the first Gulf War, is laying a claim to Scottish ancestry. The Scotsman (UK), May 11, 2004.

  • Library of Michigan, MSU Libraries partner to offer combined collections catalog to patrons, students
    The Library of Michigan and Michigan State University Libraries announce a partnership designed to maximize service for patrons over the next five years. MSU Press Release (MI), May 10, 2004.

  • Library funding cuts end some Web access
    Patrons of the Butler County (PA) Library who use Heritage Quest, a comprehensive genealogical Web site, were surprised a few weeks ago when access was abruptly denied. Pittsburgh Post Gazette (PA), May 9, 2004.

  • Genealogy includes finding living relatives
    While most of our genealogical activists are concerned with finding deceased relatives, it also brings the pleasure of finding living relatives with whom we were not previously acquainted or just had not been able to meet in person. Pittsburg Morning Sun (KS), May 9, 2004.

  • Cemetery database boon for researchers
    A College professor with Williamstown roots and his students have presented the Williamstown House of Local History (Mass.) and the town with a database that was hailed at its presentation as a boon to genealogists. iBerkshires.com (MA), May 5, 2004.

  • Meet the ancestors
    We Welsh have always had a keen interest in genealogy. The family tree is a totem pole around which we've danced for centuries. The Western Mail (Wales), May 1, 2004.

  • Reference books can be useful in genealogy
    One of the factors that makes genealogy research more manageable is a good collection of research books such as dictionaries and encyclopedias. Pittsburg Morning Sun (KS), May 2, 2004.



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