Friday, June 13, 2014

CENTRAL NY ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Colgate University










his is the second part of my five-part series on online genealogical resources for Central New York. Today I want to share with you some of the useful and fascinating material I have found on the Colgate University Libraries Digital Collections page and the Special Collections and University Archives page.  Colgate University is located in Hamilton, Madison County, New York.  I have numerous ancestors from this area. However, there is material on Colgate’s website that would be helpful even if you have no one from this area.  So, here is my list:
  • First Baptist Church of Hamilton, New York  On the website you will find two digital files containing records pertaining to the First Baptist Church of Hamilton:
    The Record Book of the First Baptist Church in Hamilton Organized November 16, 1796. This handwritten document is 81 pages. For those of you out there in need of practice reading old handwriting, here is your chance! The website is very well designed, and it is easy to navigate within the book and to enlarge the pages. There are many names mentioned throughout the book. I have many Baptists in my tree from Madison County, so I need to read this book carefully.
  • A History of Colgate University 1819-1969. This scanned book discusses the history of Colgate University as well as many of the early settlers to Central New York.  It is especially interesting because it mentions the previous locations of the people who came to this area. (1) Understanding migration patterns can be very helpful when you are trying to trace your ancestors back in time.

  • Local and Regional Newspapers. This contains scans of the “Hamilton Republican” from the years 1917 to 1919. This was the time of the influenza outbreak in that area. (2)  I searched for Crandall, one of my surnames, and got 31 results.  On one of my searches I found an article entitled “Madison County’s Draft List: Complete List of 566 Men to Report at Wampsville.” (3) The year was 1917. There are many issues that mention the soldiers sent off to fight in World War I.  
  • Postcards at Colgate. If you want to visualize what the area looked like many years ago, then check out the postcard collection of the Colgate campus and surrounding area in the early 20th century.
There are also numerous findings aids for letter collections, such as the Hamilton Theological Seminary Letters and the Madison University letters.  Again, there are many surnames mentioned in these findings aids.



Do you have ancestors who were associated with the railroad? Check out the “Inventory & Finding Aid to the Winfield W. Robinson Railroad Collections. This contains 31 pages of information on files about railroads. If you are looking for the name of a railroad line, you just might find it here.  There are also a number of references to train wrecks. (4) Was one of your ancestors hurt or killed in a train accident? 

Selected Web Sites in US History. Colgate University very kindly gives us a long list of links to historical websites that discuss witchcraft, slavery, civil rights, the women’s movement, New York history and much more.

If you find information on the Colgate website that is potentially useful, you may want to contact Colgate. See http://exlibris.colgate.edu/services/reference.html

Thank you, Colgate University, for having so much valuable information available online!



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1200 Ornamental Letters, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1100 Pictorial Symbols, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1268 Old-Time Cuts and Ornaments, 2006.

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) Williams, Howard D., A History of Colgate University 1819-1969, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1969, pp. 4-5, Colgate University Libraries Digital Collections, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York (http://diglib.colgate.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p101901coll8/id/3184: accessed 2 Jun 2014).

(2) “About this collection,” Local and Regional Newspapers, Colgate University Libraries Digital Collections, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York (http://diglib.colgate.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/ColgateNP02 : accessed 2 Jun 2014). 

(3) “Madison County’s Draft List: Complete List of 566 Men to Report at Wampsville,” The Hamilton Republican, August 2, 1917, pp. 1 and 8, Local and Regional Newspapers, Colgate University Libraries Digital Collections, Hamilton, New York (http://diglib.colgate.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ColgateNP02/id/71: accessed 2 Jun 2014).

(4) “Inventory & Finding Aid to the Winfield W. Robinson Railroad Collections,” Case Library, Special Collections and University Archives Finding Aids, Copyright 2009-2014, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York (http://exlibris.colgate.edu/speccoll/findaids/pdf/Robinson_Railroad.pdf: accessed 2 Jun 2014).



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