27 September 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Martin & Catherine Walsh

Martin Welsh (originally Walsh)
1855 - 1933
his wife Catherine (nee O'Flaherty)
1880 - 1949
(granddaughter) Mary K Still
1940 - 1945.

buried in St. Mary's RC Cemetery
Phoenxville, Chester County, PA

NGS Announces Price Changes for Courses

The National Genealogical Society has announced that it will be adjusting the pricing for its American Genealogy Studies courses. Effective 1 October 2011, the price for each course will be $45 for members and $70 for non-members. The current pricing ranges between $35–$38 per course for NGS members and between $50–$53 per course for non-members.

The American Genealogical Studies courses include the following:
·         Introduction to Civil War Research
·         Introduction to Religious Records
·         Social Security Sleuthing
·         Special Federal Census Schedules
·         Working with Deeds
·         Transcribing, Extracting, and Abstracting in Genealogical Records

Courses can be ordered online through the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org or by calling the NGS office at (703) 525-0050 x225.

22 September 2011

Civil War Documentation Day

Today is Civil War Documentation Day at the Chester County Historical Society. The Society invites you to bring your Civil War artifacts, photos and documents to the Society today only between 1p.m. and 8 p.m. The Chester County Historical Society is located on the corner of High and Chestnut Streets in West Chester, with ample parking at the Chestnut Street garage.

20 September 2011

September 11th -- Remembering the Christiana Riots

September 11th was the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The nation remembered the images forever burned into our minds from that fateful day when the Twin Towers fell and planes crashed in Shenksville, PA and into the Pentegon. Another anniversary was noted quietly that day.

That day was also the 160th anniversary of the Christiana RiotsThis Saturday, September 24, The Coatesville Historical Commission will be hosting a lecture and book signing from 10am-12pm noon at Coatesville City Hall. The topic will be The Christiana Riots, with guest author and speaker Bud Rettew. The Christiana Riot is one of the better-known stories from the days of the Underground Railroad and runaway slave resistance.

Rettew is a member of the Christiana Historical Commission and served as an advisor on the research and contents at the Underground Railroad Center. He wrote the Center’s overview of the Resistance. He is the author of the new book, Treason at Christiana, published in 2006.

The Underground Railroad Center at Historic Zercher's Hotel in Christiana. Located at 11 Green Street in the Borough of Christiana in the former Zercher’s Hotel, the site is Lancaster County’s first, free, publicly accessible visitor center that describes this area’s role in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery activities within a building that is associated with this chapter in U.S. History.

The Center’s exhibits, according to a 2006 press release from the Afrolumens Project, explain the role of Zercher’s Hotel in the Resistance at Christiana and the strident Anti-slavery sentiments held by the larger community. This community sentiment created the backdrop for the fatal confrontation. For the first time in one exhibit, the homes and farms of 24 Underground Railroad Stationmasters, located in seven municipalities in two counties, are documented. Many of these stationmasters’ homes still exist and can be seen from public roads, but none is open to visitors. Several other historic sites in Lancaster and Chester counties also are featured. These include churches, cemeteries and some private buildings that have been documented as having played roles in the anti-slavery movement in the early to mid-19th century.

The building will continue to serve as the offices of the Charles Bond Company, a maker of industrial gears and gear boxes at the site since 1915. Manufacturing began at the site in about 1830 with the advent of the Philadelphia to Columbia Railroad, one of the first railroad lines in the nation. This heritage is believed to give the property the distinction of being the oldest continually operating manufacturing site in Lancaster County. The Center is located in one room within the building and is accessible directly from the outside. The Christiana Underground Railroad Center is a joint project of the Charles Bond Company, the owners of the site, and the Christiana Historical Society.

16 September 2011

1930 Mexico National Census

Ancestry.com, in honor of the Mexican Independence Day, has announced today that the 1930 Mexico National Census is now available to search on Ancestry.com for FREE.

06 September 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- Robert Aukamp & Esther Eckman Aukamp

Robert N. Aukamp   1 Dec. 1901 - 2 Oct. 1994
Esther Eckman, his wife   9 June 1903 - 25 Oct. 2002

Clearfield UM Church Cemetery
Providence Township, Lancaster County, PA

02 September 2011

Philadelphia Department of Records Wins 2011 Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Department of Records (DOR) and Azavea has announced that PhillyHistory.org, its online database of historic photograph and map collections has won an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards. The AASHL Leadership in History Awards, now in its 66th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH will confer fifty-nine national awards honoring people, projects, exhibits, books, and organizations. The winners represent the best in the field and provide leadership for the future of state and local history. Presentation of the awards will be made at a special banquet during the 2011 AASLH Annual Meeting in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday, September 16, 2011.

This is not the first award that the Philadelphia Department of Records has received for PhillyHistory.org. In 2007, the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) recognized the site as an 'Exemplary System in Government' and conferred on it a "Distinguished System" award. The same year, the website received a Philadelphia Magazine ‘Best of Philly’ award, followed in 2008 by a ‘Henry Magaziner Award’ from the AIA Philadelphia.

To date, five Philadelphia organizations - the Department of Records, the Philadelphia Water Department, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Office of the City Representative, and the Library Company of Philadelphia - have joined the PhillyHistory.org consortium and are contributing ten different collections, for a total of over 98,000 historic images and maps so far. Thanks to a geographic digital collection management system built by GIS software firm, Azavea, each collection can be managed separately and directly from the website. Each agency can upload assets to the site, edit metadata, geocode (assign latitude and longitude) their assets, retrieve usage information and sales, and receive collection-based error reports. Authorized users have access to only the collections from their institution, making the system ideal for a consortium of organizations that might not individually have the funding to build their own web-based digital collection. The collections are also available via a location-aware iPhone application, enabling users to compare historic images to their present location. Most recently, the Philadelphia Department of Records was awarded an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant to build a prototype augmented reality application in order to research the use of mobile augmented reality techniques for enhancing digital access to historical and cultural resources. The results of this research are available in a white paper free to download at http://www.azavea.com/augmented-reality.

With an average of 13,500 unique visitors per month and 8,000 registered users who can tag favorite assets, save searches, be notified when PhillyHistory.org adds new photos, share assets, and leave comments on images, the site is heavily used and has attracted the attention of historians, genealogists, researchers and history buffs in Philadelphia and around the world.

“We are thrilled for the Philadelphia Department of Records. The project started with 80 photos and has now reached 98,000 assets, making PhillyHistory.org one of the most important historical photographic resources in the nation and a learning tool that transcends the traditional classroom. The project is a true commitment from the City of Philadelphia, funders, and the public to make history freely accessible to all.” – Robert Cheetham, President and CEO, Azavea