29 May 2006

Colorado veterans in grave registration databases

For researchers looking for veterans who served in Colorado units, or those who have lived or died in Colorado, here are some helpful Web sites:

Colorado State Archives: Colorado Veterans Grave Registrations, 1869-1949 (Index)

  • This index is the result of the Colorado Graves Registration project of the 1930s, which involved the American Legion and Works Project Administration, and was financially supported by the Colorado legislature.
  • Search by finding the appropriate alphabetic section on this page, which includes an explanation of the index.
  • Here is a sample of the results, showing the entry for Stephen S. Horton:
  • Stephen Horton entry

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) National Grave Registration Database

  • As of Memorial Day 2006, this database contains details about 5,204 veterans who have been buried in Colorado. Most of them served from other states. It also includes 836 veterans who served in Colorado units during the Civil War, though 445 of those are buried outside Colorado.
  • According to the site’s About Project page, the project was begun in 1996 and went online in 2005. Hundreds of members and non-members of SUVCW have contributed information, and anyone can apply for an account to submit additional information.
  • Search by filling out this form.
  • Although the SUVCW data is not complete, it is more detailed than the data in the VA Nationwide Gravesite Locator below.
  • Here is a sample of the results, showing the entry for the same Stephen Horton as above. There is some additional information not included in the Colorado State Archives index:
  • Stephen Horton entry

U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Nationwide Gravesite Locator

[1] Amos Burtnett record [link], 8th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry, National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. Internet <http://www.civilwar.nps.gov/cwss/>.
[2] Eddy Burtnett entry [link], Report of the Board of Trustees of the Institution for the Education of the Deaf and the Blind of the State of Colorado for the Biennial Term, Ending Nov. 30, 1890 (Denver: Collier & Cleaveland Lith. Co., State Printers, 1890).
[3] Amos Burtnett entry, 1890 U.S. census, Special Schedule Enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Cass County, Nebraska, E.D. 118, entry 25; National Archives microfilm M123, roll 38. [Link to Ancestry.com image]
[4] 1900 U.S. census, Pueblo County, Colorado, E.D. 98, sheet 11B (99 back), dwelling & family numbers unspecified, lines 75-76 (Lucy Burtnett household); National Archives microfilm T623, roll 128. [link to Ancestry.com image, indexed as Bruntnell]
[5] 1900 U.S. census, Seward County, Nebraska, Precinct O, E.D. 154, sheet 8A (144 front), dwelling 160, family 165 (Soldiers and Sailors Home, with inmate Amos “Burtrell”); National Archives microfilm T623, roll 940. [link to Ancestry.com image]

28 May 2006

SiteFinder available with Google Maps

The Gold Bug, developers of the popular AniMap software, have made their SiteFinder database available online in a “mashup”* with the Google Maps service. This can be useful to genealogists for quickly visualizing locations of geographical or manmade features. For instance, you can search for a place by name (the following will show four locations):

Place name contains the word(s): Niwot
State: Colorado

Or search for places by type — the following finds the locations of twelve cemeteries:

County: Boulder
Type: Cemetery
State: Colorado

Here is a piece of the map generated by the above Boulder County cemetery query:

Boulder County cemeteries

Thanks to Genealogy Websites I Don’t Hate for this tip.

* Originally a term for mixing tracks from different musical recordings, a mashup can also be a “website or web application that combines content from more than one source.” — Wikipedia

24 May 2006

Amache Internment Camp Designated National Landmark

Amache Internment camp was designated a National Landmark by the National Park Service on 20 May 2006. Camp Amache, located near Granada in Prowers County, Colorado, was an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

The National Archives and Records Administation (NARA) has posted an electronic database Records About Japanese-Americans Relocated During World War II. These records contain personal information about the Japanese-Americans evacuated from the states of Washington, Oregon, and California to ten relocation centers, including Camp Amache. Information such as name, year of birth, birthplace, birthplace of parents, occupation of father, education, foreign residence, military service, and numerous other items, can be found in these records.

A search of the NARA records can be performed using one or more of eight data fields. These data fields are: last name, first name, middle initial, relocation project, assembly center, last permanent address, individual number and year of birth. When I did a search using just Camp Amache (Granada), I found 6,919 records in the database.

Recently legislation was introduced to expand the site and designate it as a National Historic Site. The bill was introduced by Rep. Marilyn Musgrave in the House and by Sen. Wayne Allard and Sen. Ken Salazar in the Senate (editorial in the Pueblo Chieftain).

More information about Camp Amache:

Lamar Daily News article from 18 May 2006 Amache Internment Camp earns National Landmark Status May 20

Colorado State Archives has photographs and other information WWII Internment Camp.

20 May 2006

Aurora Genealogical Society celebrates 25 th anniversary

On Tuesday May 23rd at 1:00 pm, Aurora Genealogical Society will celebrate 25 years as a society at the regular monthly meeting. The charter members have been invited to join the group for this special celebration and the event is open to the public. Members of the Society are proud that they have been able to serve the community for the past 25 years and look forward to another 25.

14 May 2006

May Genealogy Column

Julie Miller’s monthly column is in the 13 May 2006 edition of the Broomfield Enterprise. The topic for May is
Enlistment records key to ancestor’s WWII service. The article looks at the World War II Enlistment records which are posted on the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website.