November, 2009

Black Catholic History Month:Catholic Slaves in Maryland

Michael Hait picks up the story at the Examiner:


Resources Announcements from Digital Library of Georgia

I received two announcements from the Digital Library of Georgia yesterday. The first concerned their collection of newspapers: The Digital Library of Georgia is pleased to announce the free online availability of three historic Georgia newspapers: the Macon Telegraph Archive, the Columbus Enquirer Archive, and the Milledgeville Historic Newspapers Archive.  Each extensive archive provides historic newspaper page images that are …Continue reading →


Two Quick Bits about Internet Research

Green Light (meaning “good”!):  I don’t know how I missed this one, but you can now order SS-5’s online from the Government using a credit card!  Go to the Social Security Administration’s “Electronic Freedom of Information Act” page at: The records requested will be mailed in hard copy to you.  This is a step in the right direction! Yellow …Continue reading →


Black Catholic History Month: The First African-American Priest

In recognition of Black Catholic Hisotry Month, we reprise a popular post from 2008. Originally Published at GeneaBlogie on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. Who was the first African-American Catholic Priest? The answer is . . . it depends on who you ask. And sometimes the same person will give two different answers! The contenders are Father James Healy (1830-1900), ordained …Continue reading →


A Thought: Could the 1890 Population Schedules Be Re-created?

I really enjoy learning about the Census Bureau and its processes.  So I’ve been especially fond of Michael Hait’s “anatomy” series and his other articles about the census.  After reading his latest census oriented post, I started musing about the 1890 census.  The population schedules for the 1890 census were mostly destroyed in a fire that occurred in the Commerce …Continue reading →


News: Archivist Confirmed by Senate

From the National Archives and Records Administration, 6 Nov 2009 The Senate has confirmed David Ferriero as the 10th Archivist of the United States. Mr. Ferriero  previously was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Among his …Continue reading →


Shades Web Magazine Debuts Today

For sometime now, footnoteMaven has been tantalizing her readers at Shades of the Departed with intrigue of “something” about to happen.  This morning, it happened.   Shades of the Departed magazine took its bow on the blogsphere stage.   It is a magnificent achievement and display all of fM’s creativity and tenacity.  It’s her greatest gift to the community ever. I’m pleased …Continue reading →


Black Catholic History Month: Gunsmoke & Catholic Genealogy

Originally appeared on Monday, November 13, 2006 at GeneaBlogie Updated: photo added; some dates corrected An almost sinful obsession of mine after genealogy is watching Gunsmoke [TVLand, most weekends; also early mornings during the week; check local listings (Update~11/04/09: Gunsmoke is not currently running on TVLand)]. Some weekends, it seems as if the time passes and little gets done except …Continue reading →


Black Catholic History Month

I’ll admit that I had forgotten that November is Black Catholic History Month!  A reminder from Miriam on her monthly events calendar got my attention.  Which goes to show the value of a diverse genea-blogger community: as I recall, Miriam grew up in a Salvation Army household. And to make matters more embarrassing for me, today, November 3, is the …Continue reading →

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