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V. 1 #41: What's New on Olive Tree
Salt Lake City Update
I had a great time in Salt Lake City. If you haven't gone to the
Family History Library there, you really should try to do it some
time. It was impressive, and I had great success with my lines.
Anyone who has access to a local FHC will want to check out the books
(films circulate). I've never seen so many in one room! I live 5
hours round trip from a FHC so for me, films or books were both
worthwhile. I immediately headed for the Main Floor books (USA &
CANADA) and spent a few happy hours there.
Next came second floor microfilm (USA & CANADA) where I was able to
use the new machine to copy direct from microfilm to a CD ROM. At
$1.50 per CD ROM (not per item copied) this is an incredible savings
over 23 cents/page for the reader-printers if you are doing lots of
copies. To use the new machine you will need a little experience with
scanners and saving your files, and it's a bit fidgety, but the
helpful volunteers are eager to assist.
For a lunch break, I headed through Temple Square (which is
absolutely beautiful this time of year, decorated with so many
Christmas lights you feel like you are in a fairy tale land) to the
Crossroads Mall for a turkey sandwhich and coffee - a must to stay
awake during those long hours at the microfilm readers.
Take some time and take a horse drawn carriage ride around the
downtown core - the drivers give a great tour and you can relax and
enjoy the beauty of Salt Lake City.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip!
I've already begun putting the first of my finds from SLC online -
more on that below in the section on Bond Registers of the New York
Bond Registers of the New York Almshouse
I have just transcribed and uploaded 119 names of people living in
New York who applied for bonds to the Alms House in 1819, 1820 and
1821. The wonderful thing about this set of records is that it
includes the name of the ship the individual took to come to N.
There are 2 pages for each name in this ledger. I have only
transcribed part of the left hand page. (It's a BIG job!) This
includes Date of Admission; Foreigner (Surname);Foreigner (First
Name); Age; Place of Birth; Vessel Name; Where From (Departure
There is more information in the ledgers, including Captain's Name,
Owner's Name, Date of Bond, Sureties, Date Discharged, Death Date (if
the person died), Remarks, Bonded, Commuted & Total. While I'd love
to help further by doing lookups I don't have access to the originals
anymore. The records are not indexed so I can't look ahead in the
years I haven't transcribed yet (1822-1840). I want to focus on
getting them transcribed and online.
I have not had time to track down the exact arrival date of each of
the ships named, (and had trouble reading some of the ship names, so
corrections are welcome!) Researchers could use the clues (admission
date, captain's name, owner's name, etc) as well as census records,
to narrow the time frame of arrival. Families with children born in
one country such as England and then in New York will find it much
easier to narrow the time frame of immigration.
I would like to add exact dates of sailing for each ship so if anyone
finds a date, please let me know.
The following places of Birth for individuals are listed: Amsterdam,
Boston, England, France, Germany, Holland,Ireland, Scotland, Wales,
Ships sailed from the following ports: Amsterdam, Belfast,Boston,
Bristol England, Halifax Nova Scotia, Havre, Hull,Liverpool, London,
Londonderry, Newfoundland, Newry,Sligo,
St. Johns and Westport Ireland
Ship arrivals with passenger names before Oct. 1819 were: Ann,
Caroline, Cleatham, Cossack, Dublin Packet, Ellerd, Emulation, Felix
or Phoenix, Iris, John Dickinson, Little Bill, Margaret, Nancy,
Ontario, Phoenix, Prudence,Rosella, The Otis, Visitor
Ship arrivals with passenger names before 1820 were: Hannibal
[faded], Anos [?], Belle Savage, Bette, Canton, Catherine,
Cincinnatus, Copack, Cossack, Crane [?], Dawn, Elizabeth, Evergreen,
Fair Cambrian, Five Friends, Grand Turck, Grey Hound, Herron,
Independence, John Dickensen, Lorenzo, Margaret, Martha, Mechanic,
Ocean, Ohio, Otis, Rapid, Richmond, Solen, Stetton, Ten Sisters,
Visitor, Wm. Stowland
Ship arrivals with passenger names before 1821 were: Alexander,
Alice & Mansfield, Boston Packet, Cincinnatus, Courier, Ellen,
Prince, Shotlen & Mansfied, Spartan, Venus
I'm really excited about this find and will try to get the rest of
the years (1822-1840) transcribed and on Olive Tree Genealogy as fast
as I can. It's a really big job though, as the writing is small,
sometimes the ink is faded, and I have to keep stopping to peer
through my trusty magnifying glass to make out letters! So please be
patient, and keep checking back to see what new years I have put
New letters on my Past Voices: Letters Home site at
Letter from Malcolm Francis Mcleod to his sister in 1919
Letter from Lance Corporal G. B. Finnigan, of St. Andrews,formerly of
Freeport, Nova Scotia, Sept. 1915
Letter from Private Harold (Herald) V. Delaney of 24thBattalion, Sec,
C. E. F. Sandling Camp, England Dec. 1915
Letter from James William Voyce, B Coy Canadian Pioneers,1916
Be sure to drop by - you might find an ancestor or two! I am always
happy to have more letters to publish online. Be sure to click on
SHARE YOUR LETTERS if you would like to have your ancestor's letter
online with a chance to make connections with others searching the
And my first success letter arrived today from a visitor to Past
Voices: Letters Home!!
"I found a letter on your site from my maternal grandfather to my
grandmother. I was thrilled. Sincerely, Carolyn"
Charlotte Maness has shared her "Pearls" (extracts from Missouri
newspapers) on the ROOTS-L Mailing List over the last few months.
With her permission, they are being placed online on my USA Genealogy
site for all researchers to use and enjoy freely. They begin in
January 1866 and go to Dec. 1896. Charlotte is still sharing more
which will also be added to the archived files at
It's almost Christmas, so I had to find more free genealogy goodies
for you. I've mentioned Ancestry.com's 3 free trial subscriptions
(Census, Ireland-UK, and USA databases) and Genealogy.com's free
trial subscription to their Passenger & Immigration Databases, but I
Genealogy.com has added 3 more free trials:
Family & Local Histories Collection14 day free trial
US Census Collection14 Day Free Trial Subscription
Genealogy Library Free Trial Subscription
To take advantage of any of the 7 free trials to these pay-to-view
databases (and access to hundreds of thousands of names) go to
I've also started a new section on Olive Tree Genealogy
called "FREEBIES" I have listed several free or almost free genealogy
items of interest. It is at
There's a nice Family Story Generator that is free, and it's great to
fill out and send to a favorite grandchild or two.
Well, that's it for this newsletter. It's a bit lengthy but I had so
much to tell everyone about Salt Lake City. Enjoy, and best wishes
for a Happy Holiday Season!
Please feel free to forward any parts of this message to any person
or list you feel would be interested.