31 October 2006

Gordon Gray contributes to first issue of Digital Genealogist

Gordon Gray, professional genealogist from Colorado Springs, has reviewed the genealogy software program Clooz 2 in the first issue of Digital Genealogist. Digital Genealogist is a new magazine edited by the former editor of Genealogical Computing, Liz Kelley Kerstens, CG. The bi-monthly magazine is delivered electronically in PDF format and is sent via e-mail or it can be downloaded from the Web site.

Some of the other articles included in the first issue are:

  • “A Sneak Peak at the Near Future,” by David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FUGA. An article about the changes that are coming to FamilySearch.org.
  • “Essential Technology for Genealogist,” by D. Joshua Taylor.
  • “Wiping Your Hard Drive,” by Goeffrey D. Rasmussen.
  • “Family Reunion Flyers – professional designs without professional software,” by Susan Zacharias.
  • “In Search of Genealogical Software,” by Bill Mumford.
  • “Cybrarian” column by Drew Smith.
  • “Mac genie” column by Laura Prescott.

If you would like to check this new magazine out, the first issue can be seen free of charge on the Web site at Digital Genealogist. The subscription rate for future issues is $20 annually.

Update: The Digital Genealogist site may be unavailable … try later if the link doesn’t work for you.

Colorado Cemeteries

It’s Halloween and what genealogist doesn’t like a nice visit to the cemetery. I recently initiated my grandsons, Jakob and John, in the joys of visiting a cemetery. We went on a hunt to find their 3rd great grandparents tombstones at the Stromsburg Cemetery in Polk County, Nebraska . My two children never appreciated these visits to cemeteries when they were small but my grandsons seemed to have a great time. Maybe the cemetery gene just skipped a generation.

If you can’t make it to a cemetery in person this Halloween, you may want to take a virtual cemetery trip through the Internet. Below are some Web sites with Colorado cemetery information.

US GenWeb Colorado Cemetery Transcription Project

US GenWeb Colorado Tombstone Photo Project

Interment.net (Colorado)

Cemetery Junction (Colorado)

Find A Grave (Colorado)

I Dream of Genealogy (Colorado)

Access Genealogy (Colorado)

The Political Graveyard (Colorado)

If an online trip doesn’t satisfy your cemetery addiction, you might consider helping with the Cemetery Location Project of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS). Volunteers for the project visit Colorado cemeteries, take the GPS reading, and confirm the cemetery’s name. CCGS has purchased several GPS systems for the project. Contact Duane Kniebes at dkniebes@localnet.com for more information and to volunteer.

Happy Halloween!

20 October 2006

Lou-Jean Rehn solves mystery for local author

Dick Kreck, author of the recently published book Anton Woode, The Boy Murderer, had a little help figuring out what happened to the “boy murderer” after he left Colorado. In the Acknowledgments of the book he writes:

    “My first and greatest thanks go to researcher Lou-Jean Holland Rehn, who used genealogy magic to track down the final days of Anton Woode. I spent a year and countless hours trying [to] find the elusive fellow, only to be stymied by his sudden disappearance from Menomonie, Wisconsin, in 1923. Without her tenacity and her skill mining public records, there literally would have been no satisfactory ending to the story.”

Lou-Jean, a certified genealogist, attributes her success to collateral family research. She says, “I solved the puzzle of what happened to him by following his wife’s family. The obit of her brother helped me to locate his whereabouts. Once I had a location that I could confirm, it wasn’t difficult to find their deaths, the cemetery, their obits etc. Basically, I used the collateral relatives to get to the person of interest.” A good lesson for all of us to remember.

The book is about Anton Woode, an eleven year old boy from near Brighton, who murdered a man for his pocket watch in 1892. The first sentence of the book really grabs your attention – “Anton Woode was at that awkward age – too old to set free, too young to hang.” It’s a little piece of Colorado history that you don’t often hear about.

Colorado State Penitentiary Index 1871 – 1973 Anton Woods, #3199 Colorado State Archives Correction Records

When I searched in the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection there were 88 hits for “Anton Woode.”

It seems that Anton Woode made the news not only in Colorado but elsewhere in the country, as well. I found an article in the The Evening News of Lincoln, Nebraska dated 24 April 1893 in the Ancestry Newspaper Collection titled “A murderer at eleven.” He was the subject of an article which accused him of being “without a moral nature.” [To access this article, you need to subscribe to Ancestry.com.]

Dick Kreck, Anton Woode: The Boy Murderer (Golden, Colorado: Fulcrum Publishing, Inc., 2006).

17 October 2006

Bonnie Yorgason inducted into FGS Volunteer Hall of Honor (Posthumous)

At the recent Federation of Genealogical Societies conference in Boston, Colorado’s Bonnie Yorgason was inducted into the Federation’s Posthumous Volunteer Hall of Honor. Bonnie was nominated by the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies. The award was initiated in 2003 by Ruth C. Bishop, and is given annually to members of genealogical societies “who, during [their lifetimes], made a significant contribution benefiting the genealogical community.”

At the 2005 Federation conference, another Coloradoan received the same honor — Marilyn Close. She had been nominated by the Colorado Genealogical Society.

13 October 2006

Fall Workshops At National Archives

The National Archives-Rocky Mountain Region will be offering six workshops on 30 & 31 October and 1 November 2006. The topics will be:

Genealogical Research Using Census Records
Non-Census Research at NARA’s Rocky Mountain Region
Anchors Aweigh! How to Sail through Immigration and Passenger Lists Microfilm at the National Archives
Something to Talk About: The Oral History Interview in Family History
Using Federal Land Records: How to Find Homestead and Other Land Entries
Fighting Your Past: Military Records at the National Archives

The workshops are 2 to 3 hours, and each costs $10.00. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call (303) 407-5740 or visit the website at Training and Workshops.