Showing posts from June, 2010

New Webpage & Blogs for Buffalo & Erie Co. Library

I love when I get emails about great new things to do with Buffalo genealogy.  Here is one from yesterday:

The Grosvenor and Rare Book Rooms of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library have new Web pages. Please visit to learn more about our local history, genealogy, and rare book collections. Mark Twain fans have a new page to consult: . Two new blogs are also associated with these Web sites. A Local History and Genealogy Blog: a Rare Book Room Blog:
Please pass this information onto potentially interested parties. If you should have any feedback or questions, please email me off list at the address below.

Fantastic Find Friday: Microsoft OneNote

I have a problem when it comes to my research log.  Well... logs...  I have started and stopped over a dozen research logs over the past couple years.  I will find this great form/excel sheet/word document set-up/family tree software idea, do it for a couple weeks or months and then stop.  I know I am not alone in this...

Needless to say I was thrilled to see How Do You Take Notes? On We Tree, by the amazing genealogist Amy Coffin (who is also a librarian:-))  Kelly, who's blogger profile is not yet activated, and Elyse Doerflinger, an amazing genealogist & blogger, both recommended Microsoft One Note.

Lucky for me, that is one of the programs I can download free from SU as an iSchool student.  Well, I downloaded it and the rest is history.  I am OBSESSED and use it for everything.  Sick of having a million little Word documents?  Make a new OneNote tab.  Forget to cite where you copied something from online?  No worries, OneNote does it AUTOMATICALLY when you paste something in…

Citation Listserv/Study Sessions Being Set Up

This went out on a lot of lists I am on.  I signed up, as someday I would love to be able to source things without my Legacy SourceWriter or thumbing wildly through EE.  Elizabeth Shown Mills even replied that she wants to be involved in case of questions that others can't answer.  Hope to see some of you there!

I've set up a restricted yahoo group called SourceCitations.  What I'm planning is a moderated study session group, restricted to those who don't have a high level of confidence in the writing of source citations.  It will not be like TheoryGen (which is completely wide open as to content and membership).  It won't be a place to debate the BCG or professionalism or anything along that line.
I think I'm well placed to moderate such a group because I have 25 years of experience with research methods, both historical and genealogical, and yet I have a strong interest in really taking a detailed look at source citations.  The idea would be a round table serie…

Footnote's Civil War Records Are Free Through June

Posted by Diane

Subscription genealogy site Footnote is making its Civil War records collection free through the month of June.

This is a great opportunity to begin researching your Civil War ancestor (right in time for next year's sesquicentennial of the war's first shots). Get started searching the collection at <>. You'll need to register for a free Footnote basic membership to gain access to the records.

Footnote’s Civil War records, digitized through a partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration, have information on both Union and Confederate soldiers. Among the records are:

Union and Confederate service records for many states (these records are being added as they’re digitized)
Widow’s pension files (records are being added as they’re digitized)
Emancipation documents and slave records
Confederate amnesty papers and citizens files
Lincoln assassination investigation and trial papers
Civil War photos and maps

A good first ste…

SNGF: Feeling lucky?

A fun Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from Randy at Genea-Musings

1) Go to and enter a search term and click on the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button.
2) Try your name, your local society, favorite genealogy terms, whatever you want. Do at least three, and as many as you want if you have time. Be creative! Have fun!

3) What did you learn from this exercise?

4) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, as a comment to this post, or as a Note or comment on Facebook.

Mine is through, as it is the default in Germany

"Amanda Acquard" - My Facebook page

Genealogy - (so weird)

"Amanda's Athenaeum" - (my friends post where I am listed on her blogroll.  Ironically, I gave her the idea for this post)

"amanda genealogy" - (looks like a nice site)

"acquard …

Surname Saturday: Tross

This is pretty much the same as last week, with my direct ancestors in red.  I really need to work on this line...

–1-Wenzel Tross d. Bef 1900|

+Maria Strassheim b. 18 May 1841, Eberstadt, Giessen, Oberhessen,|   Darmstadt, Germany, d. 18 Feb 1921, Buffalo, Erie, New York, USA

+-2-Balthasar Tross b. 19 May 1869, Eberstardt, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany|

–2-Elise Tross b. Abt 1876|

–2-Katharine Tross b. Abt 1877|

–2-Augusta M. Tross b. 6 Sep 1877, , , , Germany, d. 1 Jan 1939, Buffalo,|    Erie, New York, USA|

–2-Heinrich Tross b. Aug 1875, , , , Germany|

–2-Philip Tross b. Abt 1883, , , , Germany, bur. 30 Oct 1958, Cheektowaga,|    Erie, New York, USA

Old Buffalo church to be Reborn in an Atlanta Suburb

As many of you know, I am from Buffalo and over the years I have seen more and more things in the city close and heard stories of what it had been like there in the '40's when my grandmother was growing up compared to now.  I am unsure of my feelings by the news that people want to take "99-year-old St. Gerard's" out of Buffalo and move it to an Atlanta suburb, where it will become Mary Our Queen in Norcross.

So many Catholic churches have been closing over the past decade in Buffalo (as in all of western and central NY from what I have seen), so it is a nice idea to give the building new life again.  So many of the closed churches are just crumbling to the ground due to the rules the church has put on who can purchase them.  It is so sad to see the lifeless buildings, particularly those people want to purchase but are not allowed to.

The problem, however, is summed up in the following quote by Buffalo Council President David Franczyk, "You can't strip-min…

Wordless Wednesday: Rostock, Germany


Tombstone Tuesday: Marienkirche, Rostock, Germany Part 2

Here are more tombstones from Marienkirche.  I also posted some last week.

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Closeup of Skeleton

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