Good day! I hope this finds you all doing super today!
Today’s post is a bit of a genealogy/family history mishmash, but I hope you will find the items of interest.
First has to be the opening of the 1940 U. S. Census. As everyone knows this was opened at 9 am on April 2nd and almost every access site was immediately crashed due to huge traffic. As the NARA said ‘we expected a flood and we got a tsunami.” They had some 1.9 million hits within the first hour. Amazing!
Now the good news … today MyHeritage.com announced they actually have begun the first INDEXED sections of the US Census! They are first and that is great news for us! Personally Enumeration Districts are not my favorite way to search! The following is their press release from yesterday:
“World’s largest family network steps up to meet massive demand amidst 1940 U.S. Census frenzy
PROVO, Utah & LONDON & TEL AVIV, Israel – April 3, 2012: MyHeritage, the most popular family network on the web, today announced the availability of the first indexed records from the 1940 US Census, searchable for free by names, facts and other criteria, on www.myheritage.com/1940census. In addition, MyHeritage has published two million images of the 1940 U.S. Federal Census out of the total 3.8 million, with complete availability of all images expected in less than 24 hours.
The highly anticipated searchable indexed records and images are amongst the very first to appear on the internet as millions of people rush to satisfy their curiosity and access one of the most significant and meaningful sets of historical records ever to be released. The first indexed records come from Bristol County in Rhode Island, with a deluge of additional records to be added by MyHeritage each day. The images currently available on MyHeritage.com cover all of New York, California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island, Missouri, Wyoming and Nevada. Images for additional states are added every hour.
“With a tidal wave of demand from the general public, MyHeritage is excited to be the first to provide a preliminary searchable index and more than half of the 1940 Census images, all for free. Now anyone can learn more about their loved ones, celebrities, and life in general in the USA in 1940.” said Chief Content Officer of MyHeritage, Russ Wilding. “We’ve been working hard for months and have built a huge new data center all in anticipation of enabling the masses to explore the 1940 U.S. Census on a rock-solid site. The overwhelming interest in the census is a great sign of the growing popularity of family history among mainstream audiences and we’re proud to be a part of this moment in history.”
ARE YOU ‘INTO’ CEMETERIES LIKE I AM?
If you are a lover of cemeteries as I am, then the following might also be of interest to you.
I recently discovered and joined the Association For Gravestone Studies. This organization focusing on research and study of gravestones and cemeteries. They have a wonderful section of preservation s well and an annual conference.
Also deep in their website you can find all of the past copies of their premier Journal, Markers. These Journals go back to the first volume in 1979 and come up to 2008. These are chock-a-block full of wonderful information about gravestones, meanings, cemeteries, and gravestone artists. Truly amazing and a terrific resource.
As my membership progresses, I will keep you informed of my perceived ROI on it, but already I feel I have received more than my dues back in learning!
A SAD LOSS TO REPORT FOR THOSE OF BOHEMIAN (CZECH) ANCESTRY:
Yesterfay the 127 year old historic Bohemian church, St. John Nepomucene Roman Catholic Church in Bohemia, Long Island, Suffolk County, New York
The following link takes you to the story and a short video as reported on the local NBC station.
What a sad and tragic loss for so many. I cannot imagine if it was in your community as well.
MEET Dr. KAREL D. BICHA
Again, if you are interested in Czech genealogy and Bohemia and our early immigrant communities, then you will most certainly find the works of Dr. Bicha as invaluable assets in your family history efforts.
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bicha, Professor Emeritus of History, Marquette University and let me tell you he is a phenomenal fount of knowledge on all things Bohemian and Czech when it comes to history and genealogy. He is that wonderful combination that understands that the two often go hand-in-hand.
Other truly exceptional articles written by Dr. Bicha include two of my personal favorites by Dr. Bicha: “Settling Accounts with an Old Adversary: The Decatholicization of Czech immigrants in America” found in the Carleton University, Social History, A Canadian Review, November 1971 and “Hunkies: Stereotyping the Slavic Immigrants, 1890-1920” found in the Journal of American Ethnic History, Vol 2, No 1 (Fall, 1982). They are absolutely among the best I have ever read.
In case you are wondering if Dr. Bicha is ‘the real deal’ or not …. he sold as to his efforts with the following quote from Chapter 9 “For Further Study” of The Czechs of Oklahoma,
“Readers who wish to pursue the subject of the Czechs in America or the Czechs in Oklahoma beyond the confines of this booklet will confront some annoying obstacles. There is little writing about the Czech Americans available in English. Furthermore, much of the material is difficult to obtain. The original writings appeared in limited editions and even large university libraries rarely have good collections. Public libraries have even less.”
Sad, but oh so true! Dr. Bicha makes me feel better as I become more and more frustrated over the lack of materials on this important, but often ignored community. So check out anything you find by Dr. Bicha, I doubt you will be disappointed!
I’ll stop for today and let you all get back to your 1940 hunting!
Onward To Our Past,