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Grave Task: Society Documents Martin Dead

Sharon Wernlund has an article in the Palm Beach Post (Florida), Grave task: Society documents Martin dead, about Walt Bruetsch and the Martin County Genealogical Society‘s efforts to document cemeteries in the area and make the information available to other genealogists.

Excerpt from the article:

For two years, the retired Pratt & Whitney engineer has led a cemetery research project for the Martin County Genealogical Society, whose goal is to build a database of the deceased — whether they’re 6 feet under or have cremated remains — to help researchers, both local and worldwide, with their family trees.

Bruetsch is passionate about genealogy. He has traced his European ancestors to the 15th century and walked their footsteps from a Montana homestead to the towns of Ramsen and Frutigen in Switzerland.

“I’ve been researching my own family for years and it’s such a thrill when you find them and make that connection,” said Bruetsch, 69, of Stuart. “You just feel so at peace.”

Since 1996, the genealogical society has surveyed 10 of Martin County’s 14 cemeteries and one of four known columbaria of cremated remains for an online alphabetical listing of some 10,000 dead.

There’s also an evolving index of Martin County obituaries dating to 1913.

Martin County Genealogical Society

Following Footsteps

There is an article, Following footsteps, on icNorthWales, by Steve Stratford, covering a group of Americans who are traveling to North Wales in order to do genealogy research and to see where their families came from. I’ve read that because of the amount of genealogy information that is being made available on the internet, that it is reducing the amount of travel genealogists do, and while that maybe true to an extent, I think for a lot of people, nothing beats actually seeing a place in person.

Excerpt from the article:

Members of the Wynne Genealogy Club from the States will visit relatives and see the original homes of their ancestors at the invitation of the mayor of Caerwys, Phillip Parry.

There is an important historical connection between Caerwys and Philadelphia in the USA. Thomas Wynne, a local surgeon, sailed on The Welcome in 1682 with William Penn.

Study Those Surrounding Families!

Continuing on the census trail, George G. Morgan’s “Along Those Lines” column from last week, concerned the importance of documenting and studying past census information (as well as other related documents). Specifically – study the families around the person(s) you are researching, as at some point there maybe a chance they’ll be connected in some way (among other reasons, which George notes).


One of the cardinal rules that most new genealogists are given when working with census records is, “Make note of surrounding families on the census population schedules.” While you may have been told to note a different number of families on either side of your family, such as two, four, six, or some other number, I heartily agree with this strategy. And while you’re at it, obtain a printed copy of the population schedule if you can for future reference. You will find yourself going back to the record again and again to reexamine some aspect of it. In “Along Those Lines …” today, I want to list some reasons why you want to make note of surrounding families, and not just in census schedules.

Via Legacy News

Canadians, Become Part of History Through Census

Kate Trotter has an article in the Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Become part of history through census, that discusses the ongoing debate in Canada over allowing people to hold back their 2006 Census information from future generations. To be more precise, Canadians can opt out of having their census information released in 2098 (the normal 92 year cycle), and genealogists are working to insure that they realize the impact this would have.

Just say yes, and you can become part of history.

That’s the message Gordon Watts and other genealogists want to get out before May 16, Census Day.
If each person’s “yes” box is marked, the information in the census can be released in 92 years.
“If they say ‘no’ or neglect to answer the question, their response will be considered to be no. Then, for all intents and purposes, when the 2006 census records are released in 2098, those people will have ceased to exist,” Watts said.

Up to this year, information gathered by census-takers was released after 92 years. But as of this census, the information will be sealed from public view unless permission is given this year, and for each successive census.

New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Magazine – Ancestors

Roxanne Moore Saucier has a good article in the Bangor Daily News (Maine), Ancestors magazine a rich resource, that covers many of the resources available through a membership in the New England Historic Genealogical Society, especially their publication, New England Ancestors.

Excerpt from the article:

Let’s not overlook the society’s publications, including the popular magazine New England Ancestors. I always find something useful in the New England Online column by David Allen Lambert.

The spring issue points out the National Soldiers Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Togus, telling us that microfilm records for 1866-1934 are available at the National Archives branch in Waltham, Mass. Records may also be rented through Family History Centers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, such as the center on Grandview Avenue and Essex Street in Bangor. (The Family History Library catalog is online at

If you’ve been considering a membership in the NEHGS, this might push you to do it.