From the Blogs, November 2

02 Nov 2012

Following is a summary of recent posts from genealogy blogs that I have found interesting and informative, and I want to share them with you.

Randy Seaver had a holiday-appropriate post this week. Hallowe’en Name Whacking is an update to last year’s post of Hallowe’en Names in the WorldConnect Database. Randy searched for dozens of surnames that had some sort of connection to Halloween. Among the surnames he found were Ghoul, Spook, Scary, Skull, and Dracula. While he found 297 entries for people named Lantern, he could not find anyone named Jack O. Lantern.

The Native Heritage Project is “an ongoing effort to document the Native American people as they obtained surnames and entered recorded history in the United States. A recent post discussed a three-year project to document an Indian settlement off the North Carolina coast. Using original land grants and deeds, the settlement was mapped. You can read more in Mapping Indian Town on Hatteras Island.

Empress of Ireland

Christine Woodcock writes the Scottish Genealogy Tips, Tricks, and Tidbits blog. This week she wrote about the ill-fated Empress of Ireland. Built in Glasgow shipyards, she plied the seas between the U.K. and Canada, delivering immigrants to their new home in North America. In 1914 a collision sent her to the bottom in less than 15 minutes, costing more than 1,000 lives.

Genealogist William Dollarhide has written extensively on various records for genealogy, especially census records. This week he wrote an interesting for Leland Meitzler’s GenealogyBlog on Early U.S. Census Records. He corrects a common misconception that the British destroyed early census records when they burned Washington, D.C., in 1814 and properly lays the blame for the loss at the hands of federal district court clerks. A handy chart shows which censuses between 1790 and 1820 are extant, and which are missing.

Dick Eastman found an interesting story in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy this week. In addition to the toll on the living, there was quite a toll on the dead as well. A single fallen tree on New Haven Green has revealed remains that are quite old. Read more, and go to the original story, in Hurricane Sandy: Skeleton Believed from Colonial Times Found Under Uprooted Tree.