U.S., War Department, Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945

Did your ancestor’s war story make the papers? This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) consists of press releases created by the U.S. Army’s Ground Special Information Section and sent to newspapers for publication in the United States. Many press releases tell stories of meritorious service by individual soldiers, while a lesser number…
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The Name Game

You have likely met persons with first names that you would consider exotic or unusual. Well, I can do you one better. While researching a patron question earlier this week, I ran across this name: Murder Johnson That’s right—first name Murder, last name Johnson. So, who names their child Murder, you may well ask? As…
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U.S. Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002

This record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) is a compilation of U.S. phone directories from 1993-2002. Telephone directories can be useful as locators of adults in a specific time and place, and are especially useful for twentieth-century family research. You can also use this record collection to search for living cousins with unusual…
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U.S. Southern Claims Commission Master Index, 1871-1880

In 1871 the U.S. government created the Southern Claims Commission, an organization via which Southerners could file claims for reimbursement of personal property losses experienced during the Civil War. Claims could be filed by residents of these states: Alabama Arkansas Florida Georgia Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia West Virginia (part of…
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Searching Early St. Louis Records for Deaths by Drowning

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) covers nearly all deaths recorded in the Death Registry Books for St. Louis during the period August 1850 through December 1902: St. Louis, Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1902 Statewide registration of deaths was not required in Missouri until 1910, only about 60 percent of St. Louis…
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State Hospital Cemeteries

While it can be very difficult (because of privacy concerns) to secure medical records of persons who were confined to state hospitals due to mental illnesses, it is often possible to locate a burial record for a person who died while a resident at a state hospital. Numerous records of state hospital cemeteries in many…
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Searching Early St. Louis Death Records for African American Deaths

The following record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) covers nearly all deaths recorded in the Death Registry Books for St. Louis during the period August 1850 through December 1902: St. Louis, Missouri, Death Records, 1850-1902 Note: Statewide registration of deaths was not required in Missouri until 1910, so only about 60 percent of…
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U.S. Military Academy Cemeteries

The recent death of Senator John McCain is helping to publicize the fact that several of our nation’s military academies have cemeteries on their grounds. As it happens, you can search for burials in these military academy cemeteries in this Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) record collection: U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current Records are…
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Howard High School

There is an interesting record collection in Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) that includes various publications of 19th and early 20th century schools (most high school level):. U.S., High School Student Lists, 1821-1923 A majority of these publications date from the 19th century. They cover 35 states and Washington, D.C., plus a few volumes for…
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