July  2007



There will be no meetings for ENGS during July and August.

They will resume in September, and you will receive a monthly letter each month.  September meeting place has not been selected-Claire will be out of the country, so a  place will be announced in the September newsletter.

 We had a most interesting meeting in June - Our newest member Earl Underwood shared his items and thoughts in Civil War Pension records.  Many new items were called to the attention of our members who attended.  Most of you genie buffs realize that the price for Pension records increased - they are now $37 for the full Pension Application file, $14.75 for the Pension Documents Packet and for Bounty Land Warrant Application (prior to the Civil War Time) $17.25.

There is a special form for you to fill out when ordering your forms.  It was most interesting in how the full Pension records gave more information than the older records that you could previously receive.  Well worth the increase in cost.


It seems that the item on Free Ancestry was in error.  This is

the latest info on this site: "The website mentioned in the last Newsletter called 'Free on Ancestry' in which they identified the programs that were available without paying the fee to use the Ancestry databases, apparently was cancelled.  Seems  that they failed to get permission from Ancestry to establish the site and Ancestry considered it a hinderance to their business interests."


This is a new website called "Cinnamon Toast Genealogy" and it may be a place for exploring a random mention of one of your surnames or place names.  It is a very large search engine, and might include a database you have not yet tried. Go to www.cinnamontoast.net  it just might help you. This was supplied by Napa Valley GBS, April  2007.


You know, that most of the information on websites is found in our many exchange newsletters, especially the IGS (which is Immigrant Genealogy Society) from Burbank, CA. It maintains a great many items regarding Germany and other countries. It is a monthly newsletter.


There is also a website WorldVitalRecords.com recently adding 100 new databases to their website.  Many of these records come from books located in Everton's Library which have now been scanned.  They include data from Canada, England, Germany, Switzerland and the U.S.  This collection of records includes all copies of the Genealogical Helper which are now being indexed.

This website will be a huge collection of solld genealogical information to visit repeatedly as it grows.  From WAGS Newsletter, Apr 2007.


Immigrants arriving at the port of New York City landed at different places at different times.  Perhaps the following list will help you identify where to look for NY records.

Before 1855 people got off at whatever wharf the ship docked.  There was no processing center.  Beginning in 1820 persons were recorded on passenger lists.

   Before Aug 1855 immigrants arrived at wharves.

   Aug 1, 1855 - Apr 18, 1890 arrived at Castle Garden.

   Apr 19, 1890 - Dec 31, 1891 arrived at Barge Office.

   Jan 1, 1892 - Jun 13, 1897 arrived at Ellis Island.

   Jun 14, 1897 - Dec 16, 1900 arrived at Barge Office

   Dec 17, 1900 - 1924 they arrived at Ellis Island.

   from German Genealogy Group, Feb 06.


The Barge Office information was new to many of our members, maybe it will be of help to you with the dates explained.


The following books were donated by Claire Mares:

New Jersey Marriage Records  1665-1800 by William Nelson

Immigrants to America Appearing in English Records by   Frank Smith

Pennsylvania German Immigrants 1709-1786  Edited by Don Yoder

It seems the neighbor's boy just can't win.  He was kicked out of parochial school for swearing and out of public school for praying.

   From the Best of the Cockle Bur

Dodge County Nebraska Marriages

100 Years Ago July 1907 -  from Book 11


Wenzil J Muckendorfer to Emma Brokensky  on 02 Jul
Nash Vogel to Delilah S Thompson on 05 Jul
Olaf Swanson to Blenda Johnson on 06 Jul
Oscar Dixon to Clara M Griffith on 08 Jul
John A Monnich to Pauline A Peters on 08 Jul
Franklin G Hartung to Marie Meyer on 11 Jul
George W Curry to Mrs Margaret Daum on 13 Jul
Henry J Hink to Emma Rose Rexroth on 16 Jul
Jesse J Thomas to Edith Schumacker on 15 Jul
Anthony W Townsend to Mrs Theody Jane Smith on 23 Jul
Victor A Peterson to Signe W Anderson on 24 Jul
George H Metzinger to Rosa H Wolff on 26 Jul
William F Heffner to Mary Pechanec on 26 Jul
Frank A Schammahorn to Mrs Emma M Ayres on 27 Jul
James W Nelson to Grace Ellen Swihart on 30 Jul



  The marriage of Miss Grace G Swihart, daughter of Mr & Mrs S Swihart, to Rev J Ward Nelson of Oklahoma City, OK took place last Tuesday at the home of the bride's parents, 889 East Military avenue.  It was a quiet but exceedingly pretty little event.  In the presence of a company of twenty-five of their nearest relatives and friends the young couple took their places under a bower of grapevines in the parlor where the ceremony was performed by the Rev Dr J A Spyker.  The wedding march was played on stringed instruments by a quartette consisting of Messrs J W Swihart, Edwin Smails, Misses Flo Yakish and Vida Nation.

  Attractive decorations lent a pretty effect in the beautiful home.  The parlor was converted into a varitable bower of grapevines which were suspended from the door and window tops.  Bouquets of golden glow at frequent intervals gave a brightening effect.

  The out-of-town guests at the wedding were Miss Caroline Neff of Richmond Ill, Misses Alice and Libbie Lewis of Peotone, Ill, Miss Edith Fuller of Fairbury, NE and Dr Herbert T King of Omaha.

  A tempting wedding breakfast was served at twelve.  It was in three dainty courses.  The place cards were hand-painted by Harry Kremser, and were attractive little designs which formed the head of a bride with her veil.  The table decorations were sweet peas.

  Rev and Mrs Nelson left for Pearsall, Texas to make their future home.  There the former will enter upon his new charge as pastor of the Methodist church.  His bride is a lovely, cultured young woman whose graces will be a valued help to him in his work.  She is a graduate of the music department of Fremont college.  The past winter Miss Swihart spent several months with her brother who lives at Oklahoma City, and it was there the friendship between the two young people began.  The groom had been making that place his home, while he attended to the duties of a nearby charge.  Rev Mr Nelson is an earnest young man for whom the pulpit hold a bright future.

          found in the Fremont Tribune 3 Aug 1907  5:4


Two Fremont People of Mature Age Joined in Wedlock at the

St Patrick's church, George Washington Curry aged 66 yrs and Mrs Margaret Daum, aged 53, plighted their troth and vowed to love, cherish and obey to beat the band.

  The event was scarcely begun when the magic work of Father O'Sullivan  had been pronounced. Reception was  at the home of the bride 9th and Logan where delicious refreshments were served.

  The bride and groom were showered with compliments and also with good wishes.  They were made recipients of presents too, and were given to understand by their old-time friends that life before them was one of roses interspersed with a few thorns.

  It was a most happy occasion, and greatly enjoyed by all present, largely from the local GAR post and of the WRC ladies.

 Their conjugal plunge was given additional zest because of their mature years, but a happier bridal  pair cannot  be found

than Mr & Mrs George Washington Curry.

  (This was a long write-up, so part was reduced in size for need of space).

  Noted in the Fremont Herald 12 Jul 1907   


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