Saturday, March 31, 2007

Robert P. Mason, Genealogy Librarian Passes

Patriot-News, The (Harrisburg, PA) - March 28, 2007, page B5
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Robert P. Mason, (Bob Mason) of Harrisburg, PA, passed away peacefully at home on March 23, 2007, with his wife at his side, following his valiant two-year battle with cancer.

A resident of Harrisburg, PA, he entered this world on January 23, 1950, to the late Emily A. and James N. Law. Bob Mason graduated from William Penn High School in 1969 as the captain and all-star offensive and defensive lineman (#74) for the Tigers.

Retiring from the State Library of Pennsylvania after 27 years of dedicated service, he will be fondly remembered as an avid history buff, whose friendly good-natured, down to earth manner captivated a wealth of patrons seeking news and genealogical research.

This loving, devoted husband is survived by his dedicated, faithful wife of eight years, Mrs. Barbara J. Mason; his beautiful children, Tracy Mason-Hickson, Kimberly Mason, Rasool Mason, Kyuati Bethea, Rondu Bethea, Darek Jagiela; his caring sisters, Lauren Hurd and Charlotte Nelson; 35 grandchildren, 1 nephew, 6 nieces, a host of grand-nephews and nieces and 1 great grand-niece on her way. During his lifetime he has collected a multitude of loyal friends too numerous to mention.

Services will be held Friday, March 30, 2007 at 3: 15 p.m., at Goodwin Memorial Baptist Church, 2447 Green Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, in the Family Life Center.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to his family, Barbara J. Mason, c/o M&T Bank, 2600 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110.
Arrangements by Auer Memorial Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Harrisburg.

Muskogee (OK) Public Lilbrary Opens New Genealogy Room

Congratulations to Wally Waits, retired Genealogy Librarian of the Muskogee Public Library, on the opening of the new genealogy room at the Muskogee (OK) Public Library.

There is an excellent article about the opening of the new room and the use the genealogy collection is getting. (Muskogee Phoenix 22 Mar 2007).

Longtime Genealogy Librarian Wally Waits retired from the Muskogee Public Library as of March 1st, just a few weeks ago.

Wally is still active in the work and even has his own blog: Muskogee History and Genealogy
Congratulations again to Wally Waits; Head Librarian Jan Bryant; reference specialists Sue Tolbert & Jere Harris; Treasa Wolf and the entire Muskogee Public Library team on the opening of their new genealogy room.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Illinois - New Genealogy Content

Keeping Current

Journal articles of Interest

Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly. Spring 2007 (vol. 39, no. 1)

Table of Contents - List of articles
Slavin, Timothy A. Archives of the Archdiocese of Chicago. pp. 6-9
Lowe, Jeanie. Legislative Forum. pp. 10-13
Weible, Cherie L. Illinois sources, 1840 State and Federal census returns. pp. 15-20.
Kapustiak, Margaret M. More information from cemetery records: resources for filling in the details of your family's history. pp. 21-25.
Schuetz, Marian Richter. Carroll and Ogle County obituary album. Part 1. pp. 28-34, 37-39.

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Algonquin Countryside (IL). 1/9/1997-11/15/2006

Algonquin Countryside with News of Lake in the Hills (IL). 11/23/2006-Current

Antioch Review (IL). 5/21/1998-Current

Arlington Heights Post (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Barrington Courier-Review (IL). 2/22/1996-Current

Beacon News, The (Aurora, IL). 1/1/1997-Current

Belleville News Democrat. 1/02/1901-12/10/1918

Belleville News-Democrat (IL). 10/17/2000-Current

Booster (Lake View-North Center-Roscoe Village-Avondale, IL). 1/11/2006-Current

Booster (Wicker Park-Bucktown-Ukranian Village, IL). 1/11/2006-Current

Breeze Courier (Taylorville, IL). 7/3/2000 -Current

Buffalo Grove Countryside (IL). 1/2/1997-Current

Cary-Grove Countryside (IL). 8/27/1998-Current

Chicago Sun-Times (IL). 1/1/1986-Current

Chicago Tribune (IL). 1/1/1985-Current
Chicago Tribune RedEye Edition (IL). 10/30/2002-Current

Courier News (Elgin, IL). 7/4/1998-Current

Courier, The (Lincoln, IL). 1/29/2000-Current

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL). 3/7/1995-Current

Daily Southtown (Chicago, IL). 7/31/2004-Current,

Deerfield Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Des Plaines Times (IL). 12/12/1996-Current

Doings, The (Burr Ridge - Darien - Willowbrook, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Doings, The (Clarendon Hills, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Doings, The (Elmhurst, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Doings, The (Hinsdale, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Doings, The (La Grange - LaGrange Park - LaGrange Highlands, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Doings, The (Oak Brook - Oakbrook Terrace, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Doings, The (Western Springs - Indian Head Park, IL). 4/28/2005-Current

Edgebrook Times Review (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Edison-Norwood Times Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Edwardsville Intelligencer (IL). 7/4/2000-Current

Edwardsville Spectator. 5/29/1819-10/20/1826

Elk Grove Times (IL). 3/19/1998-Current

Elm Leaves (Elmwood Park, IL). 1/1/1997-Current

Evanston Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Forest Leaves (River Forest, IL). 1/1/1997-Current

Franklin Park Herald-Journal (IL). 1/1/1997-11/8/2006

Franklin Park Herald-Journal with News of North Lake (IL). 11/15/2006-Current

Glencoe News (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Glenview Announcements (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Grayslake Review (IL). 2/13/1997-Current

Gurnee Review (IL). 2/13/1997-Current

Herald & Review (Decatur, IL). 10/1/1990-Current

Herald News, The (Joliet, IL). 1/2/1997-Current

Highland Park News (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Hoffman Estates Review (IL). 1/1/1998-Current

Inter Ocean. Variant titles: Chicago Inter Ocean; Daily Inter Ocean. 8/23/1878-6/04/1893

Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL). 4/13/2004-Current

Lake Forester (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Lake in the Hills Countryside (IL). 7/10/2003-11/9/2006

Lake Villa Review (IL). 2/13/1997-Current

Lake Zurich Courier (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Libertyville Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Lincolnshire Review (IL). 6/29/2000-Current

Lincolnwood Review (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Maywood Herald (IL). 1/1/1997-11/8/2006

Melrose Park Herald (IL). 1/1/1997-11/8/2006

Morris Daily Herald (IL). 3/08/2006-Current

Morton Grove Champion (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Mount Prospect Times (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Mundelein Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Naperville Sun, The (IL). 1/1/1997-Current

News Sun, The (Waukegan, IL). 1/1/1997-Current

News-Gazette, The (Champaign-Urbana, IL). 6/2/1997-Current

News-Star (Edgewater, IL). 11/16/2005-Current

Niles Herald-Spectator (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Norridge News (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Northbrook Star (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Northlake Herald-Journal (IL). 1/1/1997-10/18/2006

Oak Leaves (Oak Park, IL). 1/1/1997-Current

Palatine Countryside (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL). 1/1/1989-Current

Park Ridge Herald-Advocate (IL). 1/23/1997-Current

Peoria Journal Star, The (IL). 7/15/1991-Current

Proviso Herald (Maywood-Melrose Park-West Proviso-Westchester, IL). 11/15/2006-Current

River Grove Messenger (IL). 1/1/1997-Current

Rockford Register Star (IL). 1/1/1999-Current

Rolling Meadows Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Schaumburg Review (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Skokie Review (IL). 1/16/1997-Current

Skyline (Chicago, IL). 12/8/2005-Current

State Journal-Register, The (Springfield, IL). 7/5/1985-Current

Sun, The: 60504 Fox Valley (IL). 10/21/2002-Current

Sun, The: Batavia (IL). 9/4/2002-Current

Sun, The: Bolingbrook (IL). 9/6/2002-Current

Sun, The: Downers Grove (IL). 9/5/2002-Current

Sun, The: Homer Township - Lockport - Lemont (IL). 9/4/2002-Current

Sun, The: Lincoln Way (IL). 12/4/2002-Current

Sun, The: Lisle (IL). 9/13/2002-Current

Sun, The: Plainfield (IL). 9/13/2002-Current

Sun, The: St. Charles (IL). 8/18/2003-Current

Sun, The: Wheaton (IL). 9/6/2002-Current

Times, The (Harlem-Irving, IL). 11/4/2004-Current

Times, The (Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Belmont Cragin, IL). 11/4/2004-Current

Times-Courier (Charleston, IL). 4/13/2004-Current

Vernon Hills Review (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Wauconda Courier (IL). 4/15/2004-Current

West Proviso Herald (IL). 1/1/1997-11/8/2006

Westchester Herald (IL). 1/1/1997-9/13/2006

Wheeling Countryside (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Wilmette Life (IL). 1/9/1997-Current

Winnetka Talk (IL). 3/20/1997-Current

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New content added to

It's a great day for genealogy!

Summary Totals
Historical Newspapers
(1690-1977) Over 1,300 titles; 81.3 Million articles - updated monthly
America 's Obituaries (1977-Current) Over 23.5 Million Obituaries; 821 newspapers - updated daily
Historical Books (1801-1900) More than 11,600 items - updated monthly
Historical Documents (1759 - 1980) Over 114,000 items; Now digitizing July 1910 - updated monthly
SSDI (1930 to Current) 79.2 Million death records. Only SSDI site to be updated weekly!

Newspapers Added this month

San Francisco Bulletin. San Francisco, CA. Mar 26, 1856 to June 30 1888

Miami Herald Record. Miami, FL. Dec 1, 1921 to Dec 31, 1922

Columbus Daily Enquirer. Columbus, GA. Oct 14, 1909 to May 26, 1920
Macon Weekly Telegraph. Macon, GA. Mar 18, 1918 to Dec 31, 1922

Idaho Statesman, Boise, ID. July 1, 1900 to Sept 30, 1900
Idaho Statesman. Boise, ID. April 1, 1901 to Dec 31, 1909

Inter Ocean. Chicago, IL. June 15, 1877 to March 27, 1893

Olathe News. Olathe, KS. December 22, 2006 to Current

Lexington Herald. Lexington, KY. Jan 1, 1919 to Mar 31, 1922

Sun. Baltimore, MD. June 7, 1850 to Dec 13, 1900

Amesbury News, Amesbury, MA: April 14, 2006 to Current
Bolton Common, The, Bolton, MA December 23, 2005 to Current
Cambridge TAB, Cambridge, MA March 1, 2007 to Current
Dover-Sherborn Press, Dover, MA April 13, 2006 to Current
Easton Journal, Easton, MA February 17, 2006 to Current
Framingham TAB, Framingham, MA June 16, 2006 to Current
Georgetown Record, Georgetown, MA May 11, 2006 to Current
Harvard Post, Harvard, MA January 5, 2006 to Current
Villager, The, Northborough-Southborough, MA June 9, 2006 - Current
Wakefield Observer, Wakefield, MA April 13, 2006 to Current
Watertown TAB & Press, Watertown, MA August 25, 2006 to Current
Wellesley Townsman, Wellesley, MA July 6, 2006 to Current
Weston Town Crier, The, Weston, MA December 22, 2005 to Current
Westwood Press, The, Westwood, MA December 8, 2005 to Current

Duluth News-Tribune. Duluth, MN. June 1, 1909 to June 30, 1909
Minneapolis Journal. Minneapolis, MN. Jan 1, 1895 to Sep 29, 1900

Kansas City Star. Kansas, MO. April 21, 1893 to October 10, 1893
Kansas City Star. Kansas City, MO. Dec 26, 1903 to Dec 10, 1911

Helena Independent. Helena, MT. May 1, 1898 to Dec 13, 1898

Omaha World Herald. Omaha, NE. Jan 1, 1895 to April 30, 1899

North Dakota
Bismarck Tribune. Bismarck, ND. Jan 1, 1896 to Dec 31, 1896
Grand Forks Herald. Grand Forks, ND. Feb 11, 1915 to Nov 15, 1922

Wilkes-Barre Times. Wilkes-Barre, PA. June 11, 1910 to Dec 31, 1922

South Dakota
Aberdeen American. Aberdeen, SD. June 11, 1907 to Oct 28, 1916
Aberdeen Daily News. Aberdeen, SD. Aug 10, 1907 to Dec 31, 1915

Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Fort Worth, TX. April 16, 1914 to Sep 9, 1922

Bellingham Herald. Bellingham, WA. May 1, 1913 to April 30, 1921
Morning Olympian. Olympia, WA. Sep 6, 1905 to Sep 12, 1912
Olympia Record. Olympia, WA. Mar 11, 1910 to Dec 5, 1912

Copley News Service, National (US) January 26, 2007 to Current

Monday, March 26, 2007

Shanghai Library Creates Massive Chinese Genealogy Index

Today's Shanghai Daily reports that the Shanghai Library has created a master index to its massive genealogy collection. It houses the largest genealogy collection in China. The index includes millions of names and will be published in a series of books this year. Planning is already underway to put the index online and make it searchable from anywhere in the world.

In May 2000 I had the opportunity to attend the first genealogy conference held in China since 1945. The impressive Shanghai Library contains over 50 million items. The current library building opened in 1993.

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Maine - New Genealogy Content

Keeping Current

Journal articles of Interest

The Maine Genealogist. February 2007 (vol. 29, no. 1)
Table of Contents - List of articles

Owen, Brent M. The parentage of Nathaniel (5) Phinney of Sandwich, Massachusetts, and Machias, Maine. pp. 3-18
Sanders, Barbara Brett. John (1) Sanders of Ipswich, Massachusetts; Hampton and Exeter, New Hampshire; and Cap Porpose, Maine: Part I. pp. 19-23
Sanders, Leslie D. Bible & Family Records: Coombs Family Bible Record. pp. 24-25.
Payne, Ed. Llewellyn Maddocks, a postscript. pp. 26-35
Marriage Records of Sumner, Maine (1799-1853). pp. 36-46 (to be continued)

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American Advocate. Variant titles: American Advocate and Kennebec Advertiser; 8/23/1809-12/30/1820. Historical Newspapers
Bangor Daily News (ME). 12/14/1992-Current. America's Obituaries
Cumberland Gazette. 7/20/1786-12/26/1791. Historical Newspapers
Eagle. 11/14/1809-3/19/1812. Historical Newspapers
Eagle of Maine. 7/01/1802-9/30/1802. Historical Newspapers
Eastern Argus. 9/08/1803-12/28/1871. Historical Newspapers
Eastern Herald. Variant titles: Russell & George's Eastern Herald & Maine Gazette; The Eastern Herald & Maine Gazette; The Eastern Herald and Gazette of Maine; The Eastern Herald and Maine Gazette; 1/02/1792-12/31/1804. Historical Newspapers
Falmouth Gazette. Variant titles: The Falmouth Gazette and Weekly Advertiser; 1/01/1785-3/30/1786. Historical Newspapers
Freeman's Friend. 8/21/1805-8/15/1807. Historical Newspapers
Freemans's Friend. 9/19/1807-6/09/1810. Historical Newspapers
Gazette. Variant titles: Jenks' Portland Gazette; Jenks' Portland Gazette; Jenks' Portland Gazette. Maine Advertiser; Portland Gazette; Portland Gazette and, Maine Advertiser; Portland Gazette, & Maine Advertiser; Portland Gazette, and Maine Advertiser; Portland Gazette, and Maine Advertiser; The Gazette; The Portland Gazette; 4/16/1798-1/01/1820. Historical Newspapers
Hallowell Gazette. 1/01/1818-12/29/1819. Historical Newspapers
Hancock Gazette. Variant titles: Hancock Gazette and Penobscot Patriot; 7/06/1820-12/28/1820. Historical Newspapers
Herald of Gospel Liberty. 4/27/1810-6/21/1811. Historical Newspapers
Kennebec Gazette. Variant titles: Edes' Kennebec Gazette; The Kennebec Gazette; The Kennebec Gazette; 11/14/1800-7/31/1805. Historical Newspapers
Kennebec Journal (Augusta, ME). 11/14/2003-Current. America's Obituaries
Lincoln Intelligencer. 11/01/1821-10/24/1822. Historical Newspapers
Lincoln Telegraph. 2/15/1821-10/24/1822. Historical Newspapers
Maine Gazette. 12/08/1820-12/29/1820. Historical Newspapers
Maine Intelligencer. 9/23/1820-12/29/1820. Historical Newspapers
Maine Sunday Telegram (Portland,ME). 3/6/1994-Current. America's Obituaries
Morning Sentinel (Waterville, ME). 11/14/2003-Current. America's Obituaries
Oriental Trumpet. Variant titles: Oriental Trumpet. Or, The Town and Country Gazette; Oriental Trumpet: Or, Town and Country Gazette; 12/15/1796-11/05/1800. Historical Newspapers
Portland Press Herald (ME). 3/1/1994-Current. America's Obituaries
Waldo Patriot. 12/30/1837-12/21/1838. Historical Newspapers
Weekly Visitor. 6/24/1809-12/29/1810. Historical Newspapers
Wiscasset Argus. 12/30/1797-1/13/1798. Historical Newspapers
Wiscasset Telegraph. Variant titles: The Wiscasset Telegraph; The Wiscasset Telegraph; Wiscasset Telegraph; 12/03/1796-3/09/1799. Historical Newspapers