Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Social Security Death Index


"This index is a master index file of deaths reported to the Social Security Administration. It has been kept since 1962, when operations were computerized. The index includes about 50 percent of deceased persons from 1962 to 1971 and about 85 percent of the deceased persons from 1972 to 2005. It also includes a few deaths from 1937 to 1961. As of 2005, the index contained 76 million death records." See FamilySearch Wiki: United States Social Security Death Index  to learn more.

Book of the Week: Things to do....

Blacks in Gold Rush California, by Rudolph M. Lapp.  
Negro Trail Blazers of California by Delilah L. Beasley; original 1818; reprinted 1969.  

Tombstone Tuesday

Dear Ancestor
Your tombstone stands among the rest;
neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled
out on polished, marbled stone.

It reaches out to all who care
It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist
You died years before I was born.

Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our blood contracts
and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

The place you filled
One hundred years ago
Spreads out among
the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.

I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would
find your grave,
And come to visit you.

~ Author Unknown ~

Memorial Day ~ Kirk Family 2011

Hillcrest Memory Gardens 
at the corner of NE 50th Street and Hiwassee Road
4401 N Spencer Rd [office]
12700 NE 50 [cemetery]
Spencer, OK 73084
Pearl Kirk 
 Birth:  Dec. 29, 1930 Death:  Mar. 12, 2003
Plot: Lot 350 Sec B2

Memorial Day Facts:
  1. Memorial Day was first observed on 30 May 1868 with flowers placed on the soldiers' graves at Arlington National Cemetery.
  2. By 1890 Memorial Day was recognized by all of the northern states.

  1. After World War I, southerners joined in honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.
  2. The National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 - 363) officially recognized Memorial Day.
  3. Several southern states still have a separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennesse                                                       Social Security Death Index

First name:Pearl
middle name:Myrtle
last name:Kirk
name suffix:
birth date:29 December 1930
social security number:445-32-5055
place of issuance:Oklahoma
last residence:Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma
zip code of last residence:73105
death date:9 March 2003
estimated age at death:72
Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Arkansas : National Archives microfilm publications, pamphlet accompanying microcopy no. 317

National Archives and Records Service. General Services Administration

United States. National Archives and Records Service. General Services Administration (Main Author)
United States. War Department. Confederate Archives Division. (Added Author)

Title from the cover.
"On the 256 rolls of this microfilm publication are reproduced the compiled service records of Confederate soldiers belonging to units from the State of Arkansas. ... The compiled service records reproduced in this microcopy ... are part of the records in the National Archives designated as Record Group 109, War Department Collection of Confederate Records." -- p. 1-2.

United States - Archives and libraries - Inventories, registers, catalogs
Arkansas - Military records - Civil War, 1861-1865
Confederate States of America - History, Military

Call Number - Location - Status - High Density
973 J53m no. 317 -  FHL US/CAN Book -  Available - 



Washington [District of Columbia] : National Archives and Records Service. General Services Administration, 1961

12 p.

Subject Class
973 J53

(Related (rev) Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Arkansas
(With) Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Alabama

Film Notes
Note - Location [Film]

No film notes for this title.
© 2002 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved

Tulsa Genealogy

Civil War Rosters Arranged by State website: www.geocities.com/Area51/Lair/3680/cw/cw
Eales, Anne Bruner and Kvasnicka, Robert M. 'Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives of the United States.' Third Edition. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2000. (Gen. Ctr.)
U.S. War Department, comp. War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. 128 vols. Reprinted. Harrisburg, Pa.: The National Historical Society, 1985. (Gen. Ctr.)
Schweitzer, George Keene. Civil War Genealogy: A basic guide for tracing your Civil War ancestor, with detailed sources and precise instruction for obtaining information from them. Knoxville, TN: G. K. Schweitzer, 1988. (TGS Lib.)

Confederate Sources:


Confederate Pension Application Files (by State) Located in various state archives and libraries. (Some state files are on-line.)
Hewett, Janet B., ed. Roster of Confederate Soldiers 1861-1865. 16 vols. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1995-1996. (Gen. Ctr.)
Manarin, Louis H. Cumulative index, the Confederate Veteran Magazine, 1893 ' 1932. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1986. (Gen. Ctr.)
Mills, Gary B. Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994. (Gen. Ctr.)
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C. (NARA). Record Group 109, War Dept. Collection of Confederate Records. Indexes and Compiled Military Service Records of Confederate Army Volunteers.
NARA. Microfilmed consolidated indexes of Compiled Military Service Records of Confederate Army Volunteers. Microform M253. 535 microfilm rolls. (LDS)
NARA. Microfilmed Compiled Military Service Records of Confederate Army Volunteers. (Organized by state). (LDS)
Neagles, James C. Confederate Research Sources: A Guide to Archive Collections. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Publishing, 1986. (Gen. Ctr.)
Sifakis, Stewart. Compendium of the Confederate Armies. 10 vols. New York: Facts on File, 1992. (Gen. Ctr.)
The Confederate Veteran Magazine. Reprint edition. 40 vols. Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1988. (Gen. Ctr.)

NARA M346. Known as the "Citizens File," these original records pertain to goods furnished or services rendered to the   Confederate government by private individuals or business firms.  For a more complete description see The "Citizens File" of Confederate Papers.  This is a useful resource for documenting ancestors who lived in The Cofederate States of America or slave owners.

Another Great Link - Family Search Resource


United States Civil War,

 1861 to 1865

Confederate Soldier Homes

Many Southern states maintained soldier homes for needy Confederate veterans. Records of these homes available at the Family History Library include:


Arkansas Civil War Website: www.couchgenweb.com/civilwar
Allen, Desmond Walls. Index to Arkansas Confederate Soldiers. 3 vols. Conway, AR: Arkansas Research, 1990. (Gen. Ctr.)
___________. Index to Arkansas Confederate Pension Applications. Conway, AR: D. W. Allen, 1991. (Gen. Ctr. & TGS Lib.)
___________. Arkansas Union Soldiers Pension Application Index. Conway, AR: D. W. Allen, 1987. (Gen. Ctr.)
___________. Arkansas Damned Yankees: An Index to Union Soldiers in Arkansas Regiments. Conway, AR: D. W. Allen, 1987. (Gen. Ctr. & TGS Lib.)
Knight, Rena Marie. Additional Civil War Soldiers in Arkansas. 2 vols. Jacksonville, AR: RMK Publishing Company, 2004. (Gen. Ctr.)
McLane, Bobbie Jones. Arkansas 1911 Census of Confederate Veterans. 3 vols. Hot Springs National Park, AR: B. J. McLane & C. Glazner, 1977 ' 1981. (Gen. Ctr. & TGS Lib.)
____________. An Index to the Three Volumes, Arkansas 1911 Census of Confederate Veterans. Hot Springs, AR: Arkansas Ancestors, 1988. (Gen. Ctr. & TGS Lib.)
Pickett, Connie. Old Soldiers Home ' Arkansas Confederate Soldiers & Widows. St. Louis, MO: F. T. Ingmire, 1985. (ILL)

 Confederate Prisoner of War Records

Below is a set of 429 volumes naming Confederate-held prisoners:


Speer, Lonnie R., Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War, (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, c1997), contains the history of Union and Confederate prisons. FHL book 973 M2speOther libraries.
Federal Censuses
  • The Thirteenth Population Census of the United States, 1910. National Archives Microfilm Publication T624. (On 1,784 FHL films beginning with 1374014.) This census recorded whether an individual was a survivor of the Confederate Army (CA) or the Confederate Navy (CN). Some Southern states took special censuses of Confederate veterans. Those at the Family History Library include:

Arkansas: Desha, Drew, and Faulkner Counties [NARA T624 roll 49]FHL US/CAN Census Area

Amanda America Dickson
According to the Dickson family oral history, David Dickson doted on his mixed-race daughter, Amanda. Upon his death in 1885 he left her the bulk of his estate, property, and holdings estimated at $309,000.


Jonathan Bryant, "Race, Class, and Law in Bourbon Georgia: The Case of David Dickson's Will," Georgia Historical Quarterly 71 (summer 1987): 226-42.
Kent Anderson Leslie, "Amanda America Dickson: A Wealthy Lady of Color in Nineteenth-Century Georgia," in Georgia Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 1., ed. Ann Short Chirhart and Betty Wood (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009).
Kent Anderson Leslie, Woman of Color, Daughter of Privilege: Amanda America Dickson, 1849-1893 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1995).
Kent Anderson Leslie and Willard B. Gatewood Jr., "'This Father of Mine . . . a Sort of Mystery': Jean Toomer's Georgia Heritage," Georgia Historical Quarterly 77 (winter 1993): 789-809. 

Perusal of Shorpy.... Odd name... Great site!

Previous poster Joe Manning said:
"This is a beautiful photo. Look at the pride in the face of the teacher on the right. This was 1905, and most of these children would have been around 60 years old when the Brown vs. Board of Education decision was handed down, and another 10 years before the Public Accommodations and Voting Rights Acts were passed. For another sixty years after this photo was taken, this country still, by law, condemned these lovely young Americans to second-class citizenship. Think of what the potential talents of these children might have contributed to world in the 20th century, had we given them an equal chance."
I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment Manning expressed here, and appreciate you @ Shorpy for sharing this photo with those of us obsessive history buffs.

Good to Know.... Web/blogger

Good to know genealogists guide

Etymology of Genealogy
From the Greek with genea  meaning descent and logos meaning knowledge.

The Math of Genealogy:
You have 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 Great Grandparents, 16 GG-Grandparents, 32 G3-Grandparents

Hunting for pictures

How can I find photos of my ancestors?  Here are some places to look:

Family Members

  • Ask your family members.   You never know who in your family may have the passed-down photos of grandparents, great-grandparents or even further back, and never mentioned it because they thought no-one was interested.  Today, it is easy to make copies – you can go to their house and take a digital photograph of the photo or take your laptop and scanner to scan the photo.
Photo Archives

Images of America Series
The Images of American Series, available for many towns across the US, have photos generally culled from the town’s historical society.  While the book may not have close-ups of people, they generally have group shots of the townspeople.  I found an ancestor in a group shot of the local Volunteer Fire Department taken 140 years ago.  These books are available at local book stores, libraries, and at Amazon.com It’s worth a browse, but no guarantee you will find your ancestor.  You will, however, find some pretty good photos of your town as it used to be.  To find these books atAmazon.com, search for your county or town name with the words Images of America. Be sure to check out the years the book covers as some of these books have historical photos while some have contemporary photos.

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  • Download and run the BackupMyTree installer. BackupMyTree should start automatically after installation, and will appear in the Windows notification / system tray area.  
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When I first used BackupMyTree, it took quite a while (days) to sync all the files and gedcoms I had on my computer, even though it says on the website it only takes minutes.   It  uses minimal resources always working in the background to update the latest version of your genealogy program file, and I haven't noticed any slowdown when it is running.  There is no limit to the files it will backup and I was quite surprised to see how many files it found on my computer.  However, each file backed up is limited to 1 gigabyte in size. 

When I go to BackupMyTree, the website always opens up in Google Chrome, which is not my default browser, but I do have it installed on my computer.  I'm not sure, but the program might require a Google Chrome download.

Hint:  If you use FamilyTreeMaker, do a monthly backup (file - backup) within the program and be sure to tick the box called "include media files" .  This will save your data plus all photos and images to a .ftmb backup file which BackupmyTree will backup for you as long as your file is not larger than 1 gigabyte.   Great way to get photos and Ancestry.com record images backed up along with your genealogy database file.

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Learning and remembers Blacks as Contraband

In most cases, Brig. General Benjamin F. Butler is credited with coining the term "contraband." Stationed at Fortress Monroe in Virginia  in 1861, Butler was met with the question of what to do with escaping slaves when three men entered his line seeking refuge. Like other commanding officers, Butler, an attorney, had to decide if he would obey the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 , which clearly, under threat of arrest, directed anyone coming into contact with an escaped slave to return the fugitive to his or her master. The sharp-minded Butler, aware that blacks were being used by Confederates to build fortifications and reasoning that the property of disloyal Southerners could be claimed by the federal army as "contraband of war," so classfied African Americans coming within his line. In addition to Butler’s important decision, The Second Confiscation Act, would nearly ensure that African Americans who crossed Union lines would be offered sanctuary. 
Gen Writers
My daddy is my past.........My granddaughter is my future, Lord, give her length of days, and good success  (Joshua 1:9)
This is a useful site.....   It encourages me to write my family's stories... to pass them along. My family's history is my history...not to be lost or forgotten.

Genwriting provides inspiration, support, resources, and ideas to help you write your family history.

The author of GenWriters noted ...diaries and letters can help to add social history context to our written family histories. Don’t be concerned if you can’t find a diary written by or about one of your ancestors. Instead, search for diaries written by people who lived in the time and place of your ancestor. You will learn about the community and the social mores of the time. Allow yourself to be transported to your ancestor’s world.