17 September 2007

Records for those working for the Post Office

Is it possible your ancestor worked for the post office? If so, it is possible that HistoryKat has digitized some records containing information on your ancestor.

The following is a list of the databases on HistoryKat that cover the United States Post Office.

  • Index to Names, Aliases, and Histories of Postal Offenders: A list of the names and aliases of postal-law violators on record with the Post Office Department.
  • Indexes to Rosters of Railway Postal Clerks, ca. 1883 - ca. 1902: Alphabetical lists of railway postal clerks and a list of the railway postal routes.
  • Journal of Hugh Finlay: This journal was kept by the Surveyor of the Post Offices and Post Roads on the Continent of North America during his 310-mile journey from September 1773 to June 1774.
  • Benjamin Franklin Ledger: This General Post Office account book was kept by Benjamin Franklin from 1770-1772 and shows some early monetary transactions of the Post Office.
  • Postal entries from A Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, 1829 and 1831: The entries are from the postal portion of the Register and include a list of postmasters as well as postal contractors.
  • Record of First Returns Received from Postmasters, 1789-1832: These documents include a list of postmasters, date of appointment, and, in some cases, the rate of pay.
  • Record Cards of Letter Carriers Separated from the Postal Service, 1863-1899: Images of 3x5 cards indicating the post office name, letter carrier's name, date of appointment, and date and cause of separation from employment.
  • Record of Appointment of Substitute Clerks in First- and Second-Class Post Offices, 1899-1905: Registers of substitute clerks including the date of appointment.
  • Record of Appointment of Substitute Mail Carriers in First- and Second-Class Post Offices, 1885-1903: Registers of mail carriers including the name, post office, and date of appointment.

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14 September 2007

American Revolutionary at Footnote and HistoryKat


One of the additions to the HistoryKat site is the Historical register of officers of the Continental Army during the war of the revolution, April 1775, to December, 1783 by Francis Heitman.
Part of the screen image from HistoryKat is shown in this post, along with the entry for Angus Rucker, a distant relative. This book is available as part of the HistoryKat collection and is searchable by name.

Of course, research never ends and I remembered that Footnote.com is also working on digitizing and indexing Revolutionary War Pensions as a part of their American Revolutionary War Collection

The Rucker pension is quite lengthy and can be downloaded completely from the Footnote.com website. The image shown in this post is but a small portion of Angus Rucker's pension file. Also note that the image from the pension shown here has been significantly reduced in size for webposting. The original image printed nicely on my printer--better than a microfilm copy usually does.

Using several websites in tandem with each other results in more raw data and more information about the desired family.

Subscriptions to HistoryKat or to Footnote.com are reasonably priced.

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1926 List of Postal Offenders


HistoryKat U.S. Postal Records includes a neat book that I had never seen before: Index to Names, Aliases, and Histories of Postal Offenders. It was originally printed by the United States Post Office Department in 1926.

The screen shot in this entry shows part of the title page of this book, which has been filmed and is also available online at Historykat.

The example taken from the introduction indicates the interpretation of one entry. Of course there may be additional records on this person if they were prosecuted, particularly court or newspaper records. And chances are, if they are on this list there was prosecution.

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12 September 2007

Is this George Trautvetter?


I've been having fun exploring the Illinois State Census for 1855 on HistoryKat. Some references I had seen years ago on microfilm and others I had never taken the time to search.
My search of the 1855 Illinois State Census for Rocky Run Township, Hancock County, Illinois did not locate an entry that was immediately determined to be that of George Trautvetter, my 3rd great-grandfather.
The image in this blog entry is one that I think is George. An upcoming column will discuss my attempt to "prove" this is George Trautvetter.

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07 September 2007

1865 Illinois Census

The 1865 Illinois State Census images are available online at HistoryKat. The currently unindexed images are fairly easy to navigate--I found the 1865 census reference for two of my ancestors in Hancock County, Illinois, relatively easily using the online images.

Keep in mind that the names are unindexed and are organized by township. Also keep in mind that the townships might not be listed in any particular order. The ones I used for Hancock County were not in alphabetical order or in geographic order. Using the images is very much like the microfilm, only much better. The zoom and magnification tools make the images much easier to see---easier than using microfilm.

I would suggest before using any of the censuses online that the researcher have a map of the county and the townships within the county. A google search for "blahblah county map" should bring up the desired result or the USGenWeb page for the county may have a link to a county map as well.

The image shows two of my third great-grandfathers James Rampley and William Newman living as neighbors in Walker Township, Hancock County, Illinois in 1865. They were not in-laws yet...James' son Riley would not marry William's daughter Nancy until a few years after his 1865 return home from the Civil War.

The enumerations for James raised a few questions which we'll discuss in a future post.

The headings for the 1865 census can be viewed clearly in this transcription from Hamilton County.

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06 September 2007

What is at HistoryKat?

We've gotten a partial list of the titles at HistoryKat for those who are interested:


HistoryKat
U.S. Military Records

A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion by Frederick H. Dyer
Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, 1903
Historical Register of Officers of the Continental Army during the War of the Revolution, April 1775, to December, 1783 by Francis B. Heitman. New, Revised, and Enlarged Edition. Washington: Rare Book Shop pub. Co., 1914
Returns of Killed and Wounded in Battles or Engagements with Indians and British and Mexican Troops, 1790-1848
War of 1812 Military Bounty Land Warrants, 1815-1858
HistoryKat State and Territorial Census Records
Colorado State Census, 1885
Illinois Territorial Census, 1810
Illinois Territorial Census, 1818
Illinois State Census, 1820
Illinois State Census, 1825
Illinois State Census, 1830
Illinois State Census, 1835
Illinois State Census, 1840
Illinois State Census, 1845
Illinois State Census, 1855
Illinois State Census, 1865
Oklahoma Territorial Census, 1890
Wisconsin Territorial Census, 1836
Wisconsin Territorial Census, 1838
Wisconsin Territorial Census, 1846
Wisconsin Territorial Census, 1847
HistoryKat U.S. Postal Records
Index to Names, Aliases, and Histories of Postal Offenders, 1926
Indexes to Rosters of Railway Postal Clerks, ca. 1883 - ca. 1902
Record of First Returns Received from Postmasters, October 1789-July 1818
Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1814-1824
Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1824-1828
Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1828-1832
Record of Appointment of Substitute Clerks in First- and Second-Class Post Offices, 1899-1905
Record of Appointment of Substitute Mail Carriers in First- and Second-Class Post Offices, 1885-1903
Record Cards of Letter Carriers Separated from the Postal Service, 1863-1899
HistoryKat U.S. Government Employee Records
A Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the 30th of September, 1829
A Register of Officers and Agents, Civil, Military, and Naval, in the Service of the United States, on the 30th of September, 1831
List of HistoryKat Data Sets

Membership in Historykat is currently around $25 a year. These datasets have complete digital images available---check individual databases to see which are indexed. A nice set of databases to add to an online genealogical collection.

Sample images are available on the Historykat site and we'll be posted some research suggestions from the content as time allows.

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HistoryKat

Matt Helm at HistoryKat has an interesting assortment of image databases not available on most other sites.

There is a variety of information, including some state census records (including Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), military officers from the 1820s-1830s, the Compendium of the War of the Rebellion, Postal Databases, and more. Not all are indexed, but images are browsable.

A complete list of HistoryKat's content can be seen here.

The price for an annual subscription is very reasonable---currently $24.95. Browse their content list to see what they have. I've known the owners for some time and their site fills a nice niche at a reasonable price.

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