"Land of Free Genealogy", a new banner

The mailbag was full this morning with interesting reads. Here are a few of my picks from the mailbag. The LAGenWeb mailing list posted that there is a proposal and discussion about several new banners going up on RootsWeb USGenWeb sites. [Read the thread] The customized banner, which is still being discussed, has the words “Land of Free Genealogy” and USGenWeb on the top of the banner. Shouldn’t this be “The Land of Free Genealogy”? I would prefer the font color Black over the grey, too, but that’s just my opinion. Here is a preview of the proposed new banner. [http://www.usgenweb.com/images/rootswebbanner/custom.jpg] You may read more about this at the mailing list thread listed above.

St. James Parish, Louisiana, popped up in my mailbag with a letter from Connecticut. In LA-CEMETERIES Digest, Vol 3, Issue 9 it is interesting to note that after a couple died of cholera in St. James Parish, their four minor children were sent Rhode Island as their father was from Rhode Island. The thread begins like this:

Looking for any information on the following:
ROBERT SPENCER CHADSEY and MARY (SARAH) ANN SISSON.

ROBERT SPENCER CHADSEY, b. North Kingstown, Rhode
Island, 22 Aug 1806. d. St. James Parish, Louisiana 16
Oct 1850.

MARY (SARAH) ANN SISSON, b. ?Fall River?,
Massachusetts, circa 1810 ? d. St. James Parish,
Louisiana, 1854.

ROBERT S. CHADSEY owned property in the City of
Lafayette, Jefferson Parish (now New Orleans), and in
St. James Parish, LA. circa 1838 – 1850. He was a
Carpenter.

They are both listed in the Federal Census of 1850
(St. James Parish, LA) along with there 4 children:

Robert, Jr. 10
George 8
William 6
Sarah 4

Arlene H. Eakle’s Genealogy blog
The Scots-Irish were Presbyterians by Covenant and by Law
http://www.arleneeakle.com/wordpress/2008/03/04/the-scots-irish-were-presbyterians-by-covenant-and-by-law/

“As savvy researchers, you already know that the term Scots-Irish (Scotch-Irish used by many people) is an American designation. Before they arrived here, they were called Ulster Irish and before that Ulster-Scots. And indeed, many of the more than 250,000 who emigrated to America between 1717 and 1790, considered themselves to be Irish. And called themselves Irish in their first records in America.

The January-February issue of ancestry is a special research issue featuring “12 Superheroes to the Rescue!” The article on the Scots-Irish discusses common misconceptions:..”

She cites a University of Louisiana Lafayette Index to THE BELFAST NEWSLETTER INDEX, 1737-1800, Compiled by John C. Greene:

http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/bnl/

“…The Belfast Newsletter, an Irish newspaper that began publication in Belfast in 1737 and continues in business until this day, has good claim to being the oldest continually-published English-language newspaper. This is the first such index to be completed for an Irish newspaper. The Belfast Newsletter was published thrice-weekly during the 18th century, in issues of four pages each. During its time, the Newsletter was seldom equalled in the breadth and quality of its coverage of local and international events.

Every significant word and date in the 20,000 surviving pages of the newspaper was indexed, but not all of the newspapers are still available. In fact, only about one-quarter of the newspapers for the years from 1737 to 1750 have survived, although the run of newspapers is nearly complete from 1750 through 1800 (Click here for a list of surviving newspapers). The final database of information contains nearly 300,000 items of news and advertisements…”

Here are a few more reads.

A Gravers Journal
http://agraversjournal.com/?p=61
First Iberville Parish Graving Trip

“On Saturday, March 1, my boyfriend and I set out to get some information on cemeteries in and around the parish seat of Plaquemine, Louisiana. I was able to borrow a GPS receiver from my mother, and after packing up my camera, a notebook and pens, I plotted out my course….”

DAR and opinions on citations and sources
How to reference DAR papers – 4 opinions
http://groups.google.com/group/soc.genealogy.methods/browse_thread/thread/170c3aa24db63293?hl=en

A Gracious Home by Sally on
A Mississippi Girl blogger, Jennifer R.
http://agracioushome.com/?p=1393

“…Actually, both daddy and mama’s families have lived in Mississippi for at least 8 generations. My husband’s family has also lived in Mississippi since 1788…”

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About Louisiana Genealogy Admin

I manage several RootsWeb mailing lists and message boards, support Louisiana Cemetery Preservation, am a former Louisiana and Mississippi librarian, have been researching genealogy of my family since 1988, and write and promote several blogs supporting either Louisiana genealogy or Louisiana cemeteries.
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