My mom, circa 1970. Lost her 10 years ago today, but it feels like yesterday.
I just missed Tombstone Tuesday with this…
This week finds us at the McNamee Cemetery behind the Stadium Drive Garage. Not many people know about this spot, which looks pretty innocuous to the innocent passerby. While there is no record or rumor of paranormal encounters occurring here, who knows what the McNamee family gets up to when there’s no one around?
The cemetery contains the remains of several members of the McNamee family, who sold this part of campus to the university in 1938. We are pretty sure we know at least two of the people buried there. One of the deceased was a child named Albert McNamee. He was the son of Charles and Elizabeth McNamee. Albert was born in 1904 and unfortunately…
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Recently, I attended WebSearch University in Washington, D.C. The conference is geared toward research professionals of all ilks. I attended pre-conference workshops on public records and finding business information in the “deep web” (those sites that aren’t indexed/searchable by services like Google). I learned about how to search without leaving a trace. There were sessions on Big Data, MOOCs, multimedia searches and other online resources. I was attending on behalf of the engineering company that I work for full-time, but a list of tools that I could put to use as a genealogist came to light as well. Here’s just some of what I learned:
Death Indexes Online — divided by state; online searchable death indexes and records. (Interesting side note: I found out about this resource in a session taught by a Department of Justice researcher who LOVES to use FindaGrave to search for next of kin in cases where there are assets to disperse.)
Western States — have an ancestor who lived in The West? This BYU-established resource may have marriage information for them.
GenWed — marriage records arranged by states
VitalRec.com — comprehensive database providing access to birth, marriage and death records.
Geonames.usgs.gov — this place name repository provided by the USGS can help you identify the county in which a place your ancestor lived in or frequented is located
NETROnline — find what public records are available online for a particular location
Public Records Search Directory — another resource divvied up by state and topic
Google tip — search for your ancestor by searching for “lastname firstname” AND “firstname lastname” to make sure you are finding all records (a good tip for other databases too)
Another Google note: I learned that Google disabled the use of the tilda (~) for searching back in June when it did away with almost 70 different services. At an earlier genealogy conference, I had learned to add ‘~genealogy’ to search terms on Google to help narrow results to only those that would be relevant to genealogy. According to Google, their built-in synonymizer should provide the same function, but you lose control over the search by turning it over to them. Just a word of caution.
Black Book Online — a site geared towards private investigators that may also prove useful to forensic genealogists and others trying to find living relatives
Below are photos of this year’s archaeological dig on The Hill in Easton, part of an effort to prove The Hill is the oldest community in the nation established by free blacks. This year’s dig is taking place on the property of the Women’s Club of Talbot County (18 Talbot Lane). Residents of The Hill are believed to have lived and worked on the property and the archaeology students from the University of Maryland and Morgan State University are looking for evidence of their presence during the dig. The dig will continue through Friday, July 26, and the public is welcome during the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each weekday.
The students also had a washing station where they were rinsing finds from another dig in Talbot County. Following are photos of those artifacts:
Funds for the dig were raised by Historic Easton. You can learn more about The Hill on the Historic Easton web site. If you would like to help support future digs, please click the ‘Donate’ button on the Historic Easton homepage.
Hope my local readers can join us today!
More coverage of the archaeological dig happening in Easton at the link above!
I hope everyone in the area can come and be a part of the archaeological dig on The Hill here in Easton. See the link above for more information.