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In this episode of Genealogy Weekly, we covered a resource for Masons in Michigan, two resources for the Carlisle Indian School, and a database for the Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home.
Links and show notes are below the video.
Michigan Masons: Deaths
- From Transactions and Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Michigan
- Indexed by Kris Rzepczynski and available on his site as a PDF
- Includes entries from Transactions and Proceedings 1930-1938 (deaths 1929-1937). More years will be added
- Entries include name; date of death; lodge name, number, and location; and year of the Transactions
Carlisle Indian School (starts at 2:53)
- Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center at Dickinson College
- Student Files
- Lists & Rosters
- Other Resources
- Carlisle Indian School Students Database at Gettysburg College
- Downloadable Excel file with more than 12,000 entries from various Carlisle Indian School publications (newspapers, etc.)
Ohio Soldiers and Sailors Orphans Home (starts at 9:26)
- Compiled by the Greene County Public Library
- Abstracted from the Applications for Admission
- One or both parents might still have been alive, just unable to provide for the child
- Search by surname (rather than full name) to find siblings
You can find past episodes of Genealogy Weekly, along with all of the show notes and links, here.
In this episode of Genealogy Weekly, learn about an online Civil War roster for Ohio, state censuses from Michigan, and a huge database of obituaries from across the Midwest.
I’m changing things up a little bit with Genealogy Weekly. Beginning with this episode, I’ll be highlighting cool resources that might have flown under the research radar. Let me know what you think!
Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index
- The Evangelical Messenger Obituary Index, 1848-1946
- Hosted by the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
- More than 194,000 entries from the Evangelical Messenger, an English newspaper by the Evangelical Church
- Mostly Midwestern states
Ohio Civil War Roster (starts at 7:44)
- Ohio Civil War Roster
- Free database by the Ohio Genealogical Society
- Same data as the Ohio portion of the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System website, but much easier to use
Michigan State Census of 1884 and 1894 (starts at 12:48)
- Available at SeekingMichigan.org
- Click on the Discover tab and select State Censuses
- Search by surname or surname, first name
- Great resource to help fill in the gaps with the missing 1890 Federal census
You can see previous episodes of Genealogy Weekly here.