Saturday, January 20, 2018

Book Of The Week: A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Thomas Cushing
Genealogical Publishing Company, 1889 - Biography & Autobiography - 786 pages

"Allegheny County in southwestern Pennsylvania was for many years a staging area of westward migration. Thousands of early pioneers passed through it and thousands more stayed. Representatives of many of these early settlers, perhaps the majority, are immortalized in this work in genealogical and biographical sketches. The sketches, numbering approximately 2,250 and naming a total of 50,000 related persons, generally treat subjects who were born in the early nineteenth century, with reference to immediate forebears of the late eighteenth century. The sketches typically mention the date and place of birth and marriage of the principal subject, the place of birth of his parents and often grandparents, sometimes the name of the first ancestor in America, and details of religion, education, military service, occupation, home, and residence"

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Video Of The Week: Basic Series: Part 3 - Beginning Descendancy Research - James Tanner

We watch a lot of videos in the Cave. Webinars, instructional videos, continuing education videos, you name it! If it helps with our genealogical pursuit we are all over it!

Each week we thought we'd share one we've enjoyed.

Hope you enjoy it too!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Finding Faulkner: The Progeny | Daniel W Corwin {Gen 4}

It started, as good quests always do, with a family tale.

Daniel W Corwin (Catherine Houston, Sarah, James, William) was born in Middletown, Orange Co, New York, June 19th 1825, to parents Catherine Houston and David Corwin.

Daniel married Mary Land January 13th 1852 in Wapello Co, Iowa.

The couple had at least two children:

  • Edwin M Corwin b. abt 1854 d. 24 Jan 1900 m. Elizabeth Meyer
  • Fred Land Corwin b. 8 Aug 1856 d. 29 May 1919 m. Frances H Smith

Not much is known about Daniel W Corwin. He was born in Orange Co, New York and at some point before 1852 made his way to Iowa. His father David was in Iowa about this same time. When Daniel died his probate packet contained 108 pages of mostly receipts and monies owed. (You can view it on with a subscription) I'm unclear as to who all of the debt belonged to. There were many pages that referred to David Corwin, deceased, I suspect Daniel took over his father's debt.  At any rate, there does not seem to be a will. Daniel W Corwin died about 1861 in Eddyville, Mahaska Co, Iowa. He was 36 years old.

Mary Land Corwin died several years later, about 1867. Mary was also 36 years old at the time of her death.

The couple is buried in Highland Cemetery in Eddyville with Daniel's father David.

Much of this family remains a mystery.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Book Of The Week: Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana ...

Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana ...

Lewis, 1899 - Fayette County (Ind.)

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Tools For The Dig: State Focused Research | Wisconsin

State Focused Research | Wisconsin

Some of my favorite research sites are slightly off-radar by today's definition.

First I'd like to talk about Genealogy Trails. From their homepage: "Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers. We are all about adding data for you to use in researching your family lines!!! We know that what you're looking for is data -- and we have LOTS of it right here.
Our hosts work continuously to bring you fresh, interesting and NEW data (well.... as new as hundred year old data can be!!!)" Pretty much everything you need to know to begin your Wisconsin research is contained within the pages of  Wisconsin Genealogy Trails. This is a thorough, well thought out site - and they are always looking for volunteers!

Companion Yahoo! Group: Genealogy Trails/UpperMidwest

Next up, RAOGK. Another volunteer site. A treasure trove of links, well organized and easy to understand. From this site you can request look-ups from a team of Wisconsin volunteers. Or add you name to the volunteer list if Wisconsin is your home-base.

WIGenWeb is an oldie but a goody! Volunteer based also, this database was founded in 1996! From their home page: "WIGenWeb isn’t an ordinary genealogy website. Ordinary websites are those where text and sometimes pretty pictures are present, but trying to get in touch with a real person to help you with your research… impossible. The strength of WIGenWeb is its many volunteers, some of whom have spent over a decade assisting others with their Wisconsin research. Using our county page visit the Wisconsin county your ancestors lived in and first try and find any information the county may freely provide on their pages (most have some sort of search built in). If the particular fact isn’t available online, then reach out to the county coordinator (cc) and they will try and assist you as best they can. Most county coordinators have their email address available on their website, though some will use contact forms."

Linkpendium is another all around resource hub. So What is Linkpendium, Anyway? "Linkpendium is a 10,000,000+ resource directory to everything on the Web about families worldwide and genealogically-relevant information about U.S. states and counties. We cover both free and subscription sites, with a strong emphasis upon free resources provided by libraries, other government agencies, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals. We are particularly proud of our unique indexes to online biographies."

Cyndi's List Wisconsin page.

Wisconsin State Wiki
Wisconsin State Catalog
Wisconsin Online Genealogy Records

State societies and archives include:
Wisconsin State Genealogical Society
Wisconsin Historical Society
Digital State Archives/Wisconsin

A comprehensive list of newspapers can be found at The Ancestor Hunt's Wisconsin page.

For social context look at LOC Wisconsin Collection and State of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

As I discover more resources I'll update this post. Do you have any Wisconsin favorites that I've missed? Please share!

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