We put our ears to the ground this week and heard about a few databases recently online:The Pittsburgh Jewish Newspaper Project
Browse (by year) or search (by keyword) digitized versions of The Jewish Criterion
(1895 to 1962), The American Jewish Outlook
(1934 to 1962), and The Jewish Chronicle
(1962 to the present).
Search results show up as codes (rather than an article title or other clue to whether the match is relevant) consisting of an abbreviation for the newspaper name and the publication year. Click the code to see the article; click again for a larger one. The search uses Optical Character Recognition—a robot that scans articles for words resembling your search terms. Bad scans and stray ink spots can confuse the robot, so you might end up with odd results.Genealogical Forum of Oregon Indexes
This Portland-based genealogical society has been busy indexing its records. Find your ancestor, then order photocopies of the original records for $5 each.Multnomah County marriage records, 1855-1907
: Browse these records by choosing a year range, then the first surname on the page where your ancestor should appear. WWI Draft registrations
: Browse 176,862, names of Oregon registrants by surname. (Look for a guide to researching WWI ancestors in the November 2007 Family Tree Magazine).Oregon Obituaries
: Many in this growing index were born in the 1800s and early 1900s. Browse by surname; results show the newspaper title and publication date, plus the GFO’s filing information.Oregonians in the 1890 veterans schedule
: Information from this special census schedule can substitute for the burned 1890 US census.Little Rock National Cemetery
The webmaster of Arkansas Ties
photographed the entire cemetery, then posted (for burials through 2002) a surname index to the tombstone photos online. As a memorial tribute, images are available (five per person per week) free by mail.Boston Streets
This cool site has four sections: Moments
(100 years of street scenes); People
(city directories from 1845, 1855, 1865, 1870, 1872, 1875, 1885, 1905 and 1925); Places
(atlases from 1874, 1898 and 1928); and “Cowpaths
” (named for the cute but false story that Boston streets meander because they trace old bovine trails, this map-based tool plots information from the other databases).
You can search the contents of the first three sections separately. Or, plot the location of your ancestor’s city directory listing or a photograph on a Cowpaths map. You start in Cowpaths by assigning different search criteria to up to four map layers—the red Visual Materials layer is for photos—then view the layers together or individually.
I’m finding Cowpaths a bit tricky to use, so be sure to read the instructions you get by clicking Help. I never did get the source of the plotted information to show up in the information display area below the map—let me know if you're more successful.