Saturday, June 28, 2014

CENTRAL NY ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Syracuse University







his is the fourth installment in my five-part series on online genealogy resources in Central New York. For a definition of “Central New York” see http://library.syr.edu/digital/guides/c/cny_local_hist.htm. Syracuse University is located in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

You can easily spend hours on the Syracuse University website.  Each time I explore it, I find something else. Here are some of my discoveries:

Syracuse University’s Digital Collections

The digital collections can be accessed at:  http://library.syr.edu/find/type/digilib.php. Not all of the links are accessible to people who are not students, staff or faculty. While there are many links to digital collections, I found the following to be the most relevant to the family historian/genealogist:

Oneida Community Collection Here you will find numerous links to information about this fascinating community that lived in Central New York during the 19th century.  Be sure to check out the References Page.

Syracuse University Archives
http://archives.syr.edu

The Syracuse University Archives has many sections. These are the ones I think might be helpful to the family historian/genealogist:



Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives.  Thirty-five Syracuse University students studying abroad were killed during this tragic event. (1)  There are live links to profiles about many of the victims. Hopefully, you will not have an ancestor who was on that flight. It will truly make you cry to read about the bright young students who perished.

Archives Exhibitions
There are numerous links here to the history of dances at Syracuse University, women students in the 19th century, sports history and Syracuse University publications. One I found of particular interest was "Changing Women's Fashion": A Look at Coeds' Clothing on SU's Campus from Pre-1900s-1950s
You will find photographs, dates and descriptions of what female students wore in years past.  This site might help you date an old photograph in your own collection.

Collections and Personal Papers:

Here you will find a number of live links containing biographical information on alumni, such as the
  
Chancellors Papers. Alexander Winchell, Erastus Haven, Charles Sims and James Roscoe Day have live links to biographical information. (2)

Many of these entries have live links to biographical information and/or dates and their academic department. See, for example, see the Huston Smith Papers.

There are live links here to two trustees:  John Dustin Archbold and Jesse Truesdell Peck. (3)


Special Collections Finding Aids

When I searched in this collection for “family papers” I got many hits, such as:

This site actually has links to family trees.

If you search for “genealogical” you will get:

While these are just finding aids, they still can give you valuable information for further research. A search for “family history” gave me 132 hits.  Experiment with searches and see what you find.

If something on the Syracuse University website is of interest, you may want to Ask the Archivist.

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



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Victorian Decorative Letters, 1999.

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) Syracuse University Pan Am Flight 103 / Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives, copyright 2010, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (http://archives.syr.edu/panam: accessed 19 Jun 2014).

(2) Chancellors Papers, Collections and Personal Papers, Syracuse University Archives, copyright 2010, Syracuse, University, Syracuse, New York (http://archives.syr.edu/collections/chancellors: accessed 10 Jun 2014).

(3) Collections and Personal Papers, Trustee Papers, Syracuse University Archives, copyright 2010, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York (http://archives.syr.edu/collections/trustee: accessed 19 Jun 2014).


Saturday, June 21, 2014

CENTRAL NY ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Utica College

This is the third part of my five-part series on online genealogical resources at colleges and universities in Central New York. This week I want to discuss the online collection at Utica College, which is located in Utica in Oneida County. Utica College has The Eugene Paul Nassar Ethnic Heritage Studies Center (http://www.utica.edu/academic/institutes/ethnic) with links to information on the following American ethnic groups:



These links give you information about the history and size of each ethnic group in Utica and recommended reading.

I found the online Welsh collection to be especially strong. See:


Utica College has a large and renowned collection of publications about the Welsh. See http://utica.libguides.com/content.php?pid=319743&sid=2616799.


Thank you, Utica College, for having so much valuable information available online.



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

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

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Advertising Cuts of the 20s and 30s, 2003.

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


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).



Saturday, June 7, 2014

CENTRAL NY ONLINE GENEALOGY RESOURCES: Hamilton College

Today, I am starting a five-part series on online genealogical resources for Central New York.  Many people passed through this locale on their way from New England to the Midwest. The famous Erie Canal, a means to migration, runs right through Central New York.  Sometimes people resided for a few years in New York and then moved on. Some made it their home.

We all look at census records, church records, immigration documents and vital documents, but after a while we can hit a brick wall.  It seems as if there is nowhere else to look.  We often forget about university and college collections. It isn’t always feasible to go to the institution and do research on site.  Therefore, I am presenting you with what I have found online for the stay-at-home genealogist. 

I started with a simple Google search “colleges and universities in Central New York,” but you can substitute your location of interest. Please note that college and university libraries often carry information about places and people around the country, not just where they are located.

This week I will be discussing Hamilton College, a beautiful college located in Clinton, Oneida County, New York.  For those of you old enough to remember the movie “The Sterile Cuckoo,” scenes from that movie were shot on the Hamilton campus. 

Hamilton College
Clinton, New York

Hamilton College has an exceptional Digital Collections page.   Items I found of interest were:
  • Communal Societies Collections. Here you will find links to several communal societies including the Shakers, the Israelite House of David, the Ruskin Commongood Society, the Snowhill Cloister and more. Unfortunately, I have not found any ancestors who lived in communal societies.
  • Civil War Collection.  In this collection I found information on the 97th, 116th, 117th, 123rd, 126th and other Regiments.  You will find images of letters, diaries, enlistment forms, ribbons and documents. In the 117th New York Infantry Regiment section, I discovered the enlistment form for Ira E. Miller, my 1st cousin 4x removed.  I learned that he was born in Westmoreland, New York, was 23 years when he enlisted, had black eyes, black hair, was 5’6”, was a carpenter, volunteered on 4 Aug 1862 and was sworn in at Rome, New York. (1) Unfortunately, Ira died in the Civil War on 27 Oct 1864. (2)


  • Samuel Kirkland Collection.  This collection contains letters and legal documents regarding Samuel Kirkland, the founder of the Hamilton-Oneida Academy, which later became Hamilton College. There are drop-down menus with names of correspondents, names of organizations, surnames and place names. You can also do a full-text search.  In this collection I found an Indenture between Ezra Dewey and Shubel Griffin. (3) My Dewey line migrated to Central New York from New England. I now want to research Ezra Dewey to see if he is connected to my line.  The old handwriting on the Indenture will also be a wonderful transcription exercise.
  • Record of Burials, Clinton, New York, 1802-1839 This 44-page book created by Asahel Strong Norton contains handwritten entries of burials.  The wonderful thing about this collection is that it covers a time period before civil death registration was required.  Many of the entries read “A child of XYZ,” “A Son of XYZ,” “The Wife of XYZ” or “The Widow of XYZ.” The date of burial is listed and sometimes the person’s age.  I recognized many of the early Central New York surnames, such as Loomis, Carpenter, Clark, Wilcox and Chapin.(4)
  • Record of marriages, Clinton, New York, 1801-1848 This 48-page book created by Asahel Strong Norton contains handwritten entries of marriages. The handwriting is surprisingly easy to decipher. Again, I recognized many names—Tuttle, Stillman, Wheeler, Niles, Bushnell and Stanton. (5) Some of the pages contain detailed information about the wedding couple’s occupations and ages. Sometimes witness names are listed. I was amazed that the brides’ occupations were mentioned.  Many women had jobs outside the home. This is valuable information that you may never find elsewhere.
  • Lucinda Dean Correspondence. This collection contains 160 letters regarding Lucinda (Morrison) Dean.  Numerous other names are mentioned. I noticed many letters that were sent from the Nebraska Territory, the Kansas Territory, Iowa, Illinois, the Colorado Territory as well as places in New York. (7)

  • Finding Aids There are also many finding aids with titles such as Campbell Coventry Graham Papers, Holgate Family Papers, Charles Edwin Wilbour family papers,  Edward Robinson Collection and Jethro Wood papers. Finding aids will give you detailed information about a particular collection. I noticed a number of them contained genealogical information. (8)
  • Hamilton College Archives - Alumni Review Index. If you have an ancestor who attended Hamilton College, you can search for their name in this database. I searched for Scripture and found two of my ancestors—Arthur M. Scripture and Parker F. Scripture. (9) You can also search for and order articles that have appeared in the Alumni Review. 
  • Complete Alumni Register, 1812-1932. Here I found my great grand uncle Arthur Marquis Scripture listed as an honorary graduate in 1888 and living in New Hartford in 1922. (10)
There’s much more!

If you find information on Hamilton's website that is potentially useful, you may want to contact Hamilton at http://www.hamilton.edu/library/askalibrarian.

Thank you, Hamilton College, for having so much valuable information available online!



ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Civil War Illustrations, 2003.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Victorian Goods and Merchandise, 2006.

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

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) Enlistment Form of Ira E. Miller, Civil War Collection, 117th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Enlistment Forms of the 117th New York State Infantry Regiment, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York. (http://elib.hamilton.edu/117th-forms: accessed 1 Jun 2014).

(2) Entry for Ira E. Miller, Find A Grave, Memorial #9045967 created by David M. Habben, Record added 5 Jul 2004 (www.findagrave.com: accessed 1 Jun 2014)

(3) Indenture between Ezra Dewey and Shubel Griffin, 8 Apr 1803, Samuel Kirkland Collection, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://elib.hamilton.edu/kirkland : accessed 1 Jun 2014).

(4) Records of burials, Clinton, New York, 1802-1839 by Asahel Strong Norton, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://contentdm6.hamilton.edu/cdm/ref/collection/spe-man/id/71 : accessed 1 Jun 2014).

(5) Records of marriages, Clinton, New York, 1801-1848 by Asahel Strong Norton, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://contentdm6.hamilton.edu/cdm/ref/collection/spe-man/id/120 : accessed 1 Jun 2014)

(6) Suzy Clemens Collection of Letters, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://elib.hamilton.edu/clemens : accessed 6 Jun 2014).

(7) Lucinda Dean Collection, a subcollection of letters from the Dean-Judson Family Papers held by the College Archives, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://elib.hamilton.edu/dean : accessed 6 Jun 2014).

(8) Finding Aids, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://elib.hamilton.edu/rbr-finding-aids : accessed 1 Jun 2014).

(9) Hamilton College Archives – Alumni Review Index, Copyright 2004, The Trustees of Hamilton College, Hamilton College Library, Special Collections & Archives, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://www.hamilton.edu/library/collections/collegearchives/alumnireviewindex : accessed 1 Jun 2014).

(10) Entry for Scripture, Arthur Marquis, Complete Alumni Register, 1812-1932, p. 147, Hamilton College Library Digital Collections, Hamilton College, Burke Library, Clinton, New York (http://contentdm6.hamilton.edu/cdm/ref/collection/arc-pub/id/2285 : accessed 1 Jun 2014)