June 27, 2004

Lost Faces -Old Photo Albums Found & Rescued

I've been busy setting up a new corner of Olive Tree Genealogy.I call it "Lost Faces -Old Photo Albums Found & Rescued"

One of my hobbies is going to flea markets and garage sales. Whenever I spot one of those old Photo Albums from the 1800s with family pictures, I have to buy it! I can't bear the thought that the album and photos will be lost or destroyed. Even though they aren't my ancestors, and they can be very expensive, I can't walk away without it.

What I'm doing with Lost Faces is putting online the list of all the albums I have saved, along with the list of photos and other documents (I have albums that contain funeral cards, memorial cards, obituaries, Christmas cards, and hand-written genealogies) and any research I've done on the family. I've also put up some of the photos

I hope that by putting this online, descendants will find a treasure.

http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/faces/ is the little intro to this new corner of OTG. Read to the bottom and then choose the "List of Family Photo Albums"

I only have a few online so far, but the locations are from England to USA to Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Have a look, I hope you like it and that you find an ancestor there.

June 14, 2004

Images of Ships Passenger Lists to LA, MD & NY online!

Olive Tree Genealogy has been putting actual images of passenger lists online for several months now. So far there are images of the passenger lists of ships to New York, New Orleans Lousiana and Baltimore Maryland.

These are graphics of the actual passenger lists - some are also transcribed, but some are not. The quality of the images varies from crystal clear to very faded, but that's always the fun of research. Reading someone else's transcript or index of a passenger list is okay, but seeing the original list for yourself is always best.

What a great opportunity to find out who else was travelling with great great grandma! I found my own great great grandmother's mother (and g-g-grandma's maiden name) on an image - her mother was travelling with her in 1831 as she made her way to New York City. I wouldn't have known she was her mother without seeing the original image.

Often there are comments about illness, deaths, stowaways, or other remarks. Occupations, places of birth and ages are often given. All these images and lists are free to researchers, as are all databases on Olive Tree Genealogy.

The index to images of ships passenger lists (the actual manifests) is at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ote/ships/