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Military registration, 1917-1918

Despite President Wilson’s efforts during his first term in office, and the initial restriction of German submarine warfare after the Lusitania,  in January 1917 Germany determined the U.S.A. would eventually enter the war and so offered Mexico funding if they would attack their neighbour, and re-engaged in unrestricted submarine attacks. The U.S.A. declared war in April, 1917. Continue reading “Military registration, 1917-1918”

MNGenWeb Bylaws

Recently the MNGenWeb Project has proposed Bylaws to its members. A committee had been struck and in due course presented its suggested wording to the exec committee, who considered their results and passed it on to the membership with a few edits. Apparently feathers were ruffled, and in short order the committee’s approved wording was also shared with the membership.

I personally was having a hard time finding the points of difference between the two versions, so I processed the texts, normalizing the line endings, markup, and using diff to precisely locate actual textual differences. Rows with green backgrounds have exactly the same text in both versions. Rows with a red background have text differences.

Text differences are underlined. Most of them are tiny; a word capitalized on one side, not on the other. The phrase “(to be chosen)” on one side, and omitted on the other (because the month was chosen.) Two paragraphs differ because one version uses “run-off”, the other uses “runoff”. Two paragraphs on one side and collapsed into a single paragraph on the other.

But a few, three, of the changes are more substantive.  An additional qualification for active status was added. A copyright status statement requirement was removed (although requirements for copyright compliance remain.) The wording for dispute resolution was changed to be more directive.

But see for yourself.

Rules Committee version Exec Committee version
MNGenWeb Policies and Procedures

I. General Introduction

The MNGenWeb Project is a member of the not-for-profit, volunteer genealogical organization called, The USGenWeb Project (http://www.usgenweb.org/). As such The MNGenWeb Project (currently located at http://www.mngenweb.net/) website and all associated county websites must conform to the established policy and procedures set forth by our parent organization. The guidelines that are described on the USGenWeb Volunteers Information page and the USGenWeb Project Bylaws which describe in great detail the organizational structure, election procedures, and general policies of this organization, form the foundation for each state project. All project members and those interested in becoming project members should carefully review the above websites before agreeing to participate in any MNGenWeb Project.

II. MNGenWeb Project Rules

The following rules and procedures are specific to our state project. All MNGenWeb Project members are required to read and understand the following information prior to their participation in this project.

III. Project Name

The name of our organization is “The MNGenWeb Project.” Please note that the correct name and spelling is in upper and lower case letters without any space breaks (correct: MNGenWeb, incorrect: MN GenWeb or MNGen Web or Minnesota GenWeb).

IV. Our Mission

MNGenWeb Policies and Procedures

I. General Introduction

The MNGenWeb Project is a member of the not-for-profit, volunteer genealogical organization called, The USGenWeb Project (http://www.usgenweb.org/). As such The MNGenWeb Project (currently located at http://www.mngenweb.net/) website and all associated county websites must conform to the established policy and procedures set forth by our parent organization. The guidelines that are described on the USGenWeb Volunteers Information page and the USGenWeb Project Bylaws which describe in great detail the organizational structure, election procedures, and general policies of this organization, form the foundation for each state project. All project members and those interested in becoming project members should carefully review the above websites before agreeing to participate in any MNGenWeb Project.

II. MNGenWeb Project Rules

The following rules and procedures are specific to our state project. All MNGenWeb Project members are required to read and understand the following information prior to their participation in this project.

III. Project Name

The name of our organization is “The MNGenWeb Project.” Please note that the correct name and spelling is in upper and lower case letters without any space breaks (correct: MNGenWeb, incorrect: MN GenWeb or MNGen Web or Minnesota GenWeb).

IV. Our Mission

The MNGenWeb Project is an organized group of volunteers working to create an online center for genealogical research by linking sites representing every county in the state of Minnesota. The purpose of this organization is to gather genealogical and historical information for free online access by researchers. The MNGenWeb Project is an organized group of volunteers working to create an online center for genealogical research by linking sites representing every county in the state of Minnesota. The purpose of this organization is to gather genealogical and historical information for free online access by researchers. This is accomplished by creating websites which are central repositories of historical and genealogical research data, donated either by the website coordinator or other contributors and kept at the local county level.
This is accomplished by creating websites which are central repositories of historical and genealogical research data, donated either by the website coordinator or other contributors and kept at the local county level.
V. Organizational Status

The MNGenWeb Project, as a group of volunteers participating in a not-for-profit organization, is considered to be an “Unincorporated Non-Profit Association.”

VI. Project Administration

The MNGenWeb Project is administered by a team of members including one or more State Coordinators [SC(s)], and one or more Assistant State Coordinators [ASC(s)].

VII. Responsibilities of Project Members

a. The State Coordinator (SC) is elected by the project membership and can serve an unlimited number of terms. Although the SC may serve in an unlimited capacity, he or she, must be re-elected by the project membership every two years (see election procedure below). Duties for the SC include recruiting and training new project volunteers, maintaining an internal mailing list, and creating and maintaining the state web site. The SC may appoint other members to serve in volunteer positions such as webmaster, archivist, welcome hostess, new member training coordinator, special projects coordinator, etc. These positions should be held by members in good standing and do not merit any special project authority or position other than meeting specific needs of the project.

b. An Assistant State Coordinator (ASC) is selected by the State Coordinator(s) based upon volunteer interest. An ASC is responsible for assisting the SC(s) in any special projects that the project may develop. They also serve as SC in the event that an elected SC resigns, becomes ill, is on extended vacation, or is unable to meet the SC position requirements. An ASC’s primary duty, other than assisting with state matters, is that of Quality Control Coordinator for county and special project websites. An ASC performs an annual check of all county and special project websites. These checks help ensure the smooth operation of the project, help maintain a consistent standard throughout the project, and identify any problems with links, navigation, or html coding.

c. The County Coordinator (CC) is selected by State Coordinator(s) based upon volunteer interest, residence in the county of interest is not required. The CC is responsible for creating and maintaining websites at the county level, and is required to include certain elements on the county website. The CC may select one (1) individual to serve as an Assistant County Coordinator (ACC) who will have equal rights to voting in any MNGenWeb or USGenWeb election. The ACC’s will be subject to the same criteria used for selecting CC’s, and must be approved by State Coordinator(s). Aside from providing the required elements, each county website should strive to include other elements suggested by the USGenWeb and MNGenWeb.

VIII. State Coordinator Election Procedures

V. Organizational Status

The MNGenWeb Project, as a group of volunteers participating in a not-for-profit organization, is considered to be an “Unincorporated Non-Profit Association.”

VI. Project Administration

The MNGenWeb Project is administered by a team of members including one or more State Coordinators [SC(s)], and one or more Assistant State Coordinators [ASC(s)].

VII. Responsibilities of Project Members

a. The State Coordinator (SC) is elected by the project membership and can serve an unlimited number of terms. Although the SC may serve in an unlimited capacity, he or she, must be re-elected by the project membership every two years (see election procedure below). Duties for the SC include recruiting and training new project volunteers, maintaining an internal mailing list, and creating and maintaining the state web site. The SC may appoint other members to serve in volunteer positions such as webmaster, archivist, welcome hostess, new member training coordinator, special projects coordinator, etc. These positions should be held by members in good standing and do not merit any special project authority or position other than meeting specific needs of the project.

b. An Assistant State Coordinator (ASC) is selected by the State Coordinator(s) based upon volunteer interest. An ASC is responsible for assisting the SC(s) in any special projects that the project may develop. They also serve as SC in the event that an elected SC resigns, becomes ill, is on extended vacation, or is unable to meet the SC position requirements. An ASC’s primary duty, other than assisting with state matters, is that of Quality Control Coordinator for county and special project websites. An ASC performs an annual check of all county and special project websites. These checks help ensure the smooth operation of the project, help maintain a consistent standard throughout the project, and identify any problems with links, navigation, or html coding.

c. The County Coordinator (CC) is selected by State Coordinator(s) based upon volunteer interest, residence in the county of interest is not required. The CC is responsible for creating and maintaining websites at the county level, and is required to include certain elements on the county website. The CC may select one (1) individual to serve as an Assistant County Coordinator (ACC) who will have equal rights to voting in any MNGenWeb or USGenWeb election. The ACC’s will be subject to the same criteria used for selecting CC’s, and must be approved by State Coordinator(s). Aside from providing the required elements, each county website should strive to include other elements suggested by the USGenWeb and MNGenWeb.

VIII. State Coordinator Election Procedures

Every two years there will be a State Coordinator election to be held in the month of May (*to be chosen). An election committee (EC) shall be convened and comprised of two county coordinators and the ASC(s). The EC shall set the date for the election and choose a method for casting votes (manually or electronically). All project members will be notified via email on how to cast their votes and when the voting period will begin and end. The Voting period should be scheduled to begin on or around May 1. Every two years there will be a State Coordinator election to be held in the month of May. An election committee (EC) shall be convened and comprised of two county coordinators and the ASC(s). The EC shall set the date for the election and choose a method for casting votes (manually or electronically). All project members will be notified via email on how to cast their votes and when the voting period will begin and end. The Voting period should be scheduled to begin on or around May 1.
Each County or Assistant County Coordinator may cast only one vote In the event a CC hosts more than one county, that CC will only be allowed one
vote.Any interested volunteers who would like to run for this position should make their intentions known to the project no later than September 1. Candidates must have been a CC in the state for the preceding 12 months to be eligible for the position of State Coordinator. The month of September may be used to announce candidates and for the promoting of campaign issues.
Each County or Assistant County Coordinator may cast only one vote In the event a CC hosts more than one county, that CC will only be allowed one
vote.Any interested volunteers who would like to run for this position should make their intentions known to the project no later than September 1. Candidates must have been a CC in the state for the preceding 12 months to be eligible for the position of State Coordinator. The month of September may be used to announce candidates and for the promoting of campaign issues.
The state coordinator will be elected by the project membership. Each County or Assistant County Coordinator may cast one vote only (no matter the number of counties hosted). The winner of the election will be the individual who receives a fraction over 50 percent of the votes cast, if no candidate receives at least a fraction over 50 percent of the vote then a run-off election will be held between the two individuals with the highest vote totals. The winner of the run-off will be the individual who receives at least a fraction over 50 percent of the vote caste. The state coordinator will be elected by the project membership. Each County or Assistant County Coordinator may cast one vote only (no matter the number of counties hosted). The winner of the election will be the individual who receives a fraction over 50 percent of the votes cast, if no candidate receives at least a fraction over 50 percent of the vote then a runoff election will be held between the two individuals with the highest vote totals. The winner of the runoff will be the individual who receives at least a fraction over 50 percent of the vote caste.
In the event of tie in the run-off vote, the position of State Coordinator will be held by both individuals as Co-SCs. One of the two SCs can resign at any time without a need for an additional election. In the event of tie in the the runoff vote, the position of State Coordinator will be held by both individuals as Co-SCs. One of the two SCs can resign at any time without a need for an additional election.

IX. Selection of County Coordinators

IX. Selection of County Coordinators

The position of county coordinator is selected by the SC. All interested persons should contact the SC to see if the county of interest is available. If it is available, the SC will determine qualifications for hosting the county (qualifications include but are not limited to: knowledge of the county’s history, ability to create and maintain a website, file transfer protocol (FTP), and desire to serve). The most important quality is a desire to serve as part of this project. If a person is interested and is knowledgeable in the county but is new to the internet or to website design, help is available from other project members. The county coordinator needs to be available to make updates to the website, answer researcher queries (no research is conducted), and generally provide assistance as needed. Time requirements for this position can range from 30 minutes per week to several hours. The amount of time given to each project is solely dependent on the volunteer but a minimum amount of upkeep is required to keep the website on active status within the project. New CCs are expected to have a site up and running within two weeks of appointment, and if this does not happen, the CC will be to have a site up and running within two weeks of appointment, and if this does not happen the CC will be replaced. The position of county coordinator is selected by the SC. All interested persons should contact the SC to see if the county of interest is available. If it is available, the SC will determine qualifications for hosting the county (qualifications include but are not limited to: knowledge of the county’s history, ability to create and maintain a website, file transfer protocol (FTP), and desire to serve). The most important quality is a desire to serve as part of this project. If a person is interested and is knowledgeable in the county but is new to the Internet or to website design, help is available from other project members. The county coordinator needs to be available to make updates to the website, answer researcher queries (no research is conducted), and generally provide assistance as needed. Time requirements for this position can range from 30 minutes per week to several hours. The amount of time given to each project is solely dependant on the volunteer but a minimum amount of upkeep is required to keep the website on active status within the project. New CCs are expected to have a site up and running within two weeks of appointment, and if this does not happen the CC will be to have a site up and running within two weeks of appointment, and if this does not happen the CC will be replaced.
A County Coordinator may solely host up to 5 counties within the state, and at the discretion of the SC. A County Coordinator may serve as an Assistant County Coordinator in as many counties as they have time to help with.

All County Coordinators will be subscribed and will remain subscribed to the Official MNGenWeb mailing list.

X. Active Status

It is imperative that all websites remain active once they are networked as part of this project. A website is considered active when regular updates and additions are made to the website. The Project Administrative team understands that not all volunteers have access to materials and are not able to transcribe volumes of information for use online. However, it is expected that every CC will maintain their sites to the best of their ability. Date stamps are required on all county websites and must be current within 6 months.

Regular website checks will be performed by the Leadership Team. Website checks will include all required elements and links, query board usage (or email page updated regularly), as well as general appearance and functionality of the site (link checks, etc.). Obvious errors in coding will be brought to the cc’s attention but choice of layout, design, colors, etc., are not part of the check process. However, if any background choice makes type elements practically illegible, this will be brought to the CC’s attention for modification.

A County Coordinator may solely host up to 5 counties within the state, and at the discretion of the SC. A County Coordinator may serve as an Assistant County Coordinator in as many counties as they have time to help with.

All County Coordinators will be subscribed and will remain subscribed to the Official MNGenWeb mailing list.

X. Active Status

It is imperative that all websites remain active once they are networked as part of this project. A website is considered active when regular updates and additions are made to the website. The Project Administrative team understands that not all volunteers have access to materials and are not able to transcribe volumes of information for use online. However, it is expected that every CC will maintain their sites to the best of their ability. Date stamps are required on all county websites and must be current within 6 months.

Regular website checks will be performed by the Leadership Team. Website checks will include all required elements and links, query board usage (or email page updated regularly), as well as general appearance and functionality of the site (link checks, etc.). Obvious errors in coding will be brought to the cc’s attention but choice of layout, design, colors, etc., are not part of the check process. However, if any background choice makes type elements practically illegible, this will be brought to the CC’s attention for modification.

Website checks will be conducted twice per year and email notification will be sent to each CC with a copy sent to the SC. Any websites that do not meet the project standards will be noted and the CC will have approximately two weeks to make corrections. If the CC doesn’t make corrections within the two week period(exceptions include vacations, illness, etc.) the website will be placed on an “inactive status” and the link may be removed from the county index. If after 30 days the website corrections have not been made and the CC is unresponsive to email requests the website will be removed from the project and a new host will be recruited to fill the county coordinator position. Website checks will be conducted twice per year and email notification will be sent to each CC with a copy sent to the SC. Any websites that do not meet the project standards will be noted and the CC will have approximately two weeks to make corrections. If the CC doesn’t make corrections within the two week period (exceptions include vacations, illness, etc.) the website will be placed on an “inactive status” and the link may be removed from the county index. If after 30 days the website corrections have not been made and the CC is unresponsive to email requests the website will be removed from the project and a new host will be recruited to fill the county coordinator position.
Mandatory roll calls will be held every 3 months and will run for the entire month (January, April, July, & October). Any CC’s not responding to a roll call will be sent a private message by the SC. Failure to respond within 2 weeks of that message will result in removal of the CC and the county(ies) will be made available for adoption.
A County Coordinator who unsubscribes from the Official MNGenWeb mailing list and remains unsubscribed for more than two (2) weeks will be considered as to have dropped out of the project and their county(ies) will be placed for adoption.

XI. Resignation of a Coordinator

In the event that a coordinator no longer wishes to volunteer with this project, notice must be given to the SC as soon as possible. The SC will announce to the mail list that the coordinator is stepping down and will offer the county up for adoption to the membership first.

If no existing County Coordinator is interested in adopting the orphaned county, a notice will be placed on the county index and a new host will be recruited to fill the vacancy. The outgoing coordinator may choose to remain with the project until a new coordinator is found or may choose to step down immediately. In the event a CC chooses to leave, they will agree to give the existing website back to the MNGenWeb Project for future reassignment. All contributed material will remain the copyright of the contributor.

A County Coordinator who unsubscribes from the Official MNGenWeb mailing list and remains unsubscribed for more than two (2) weeks will be considered as to have dropped out of the project and their county(ies) will be placed for adoption.

XI. Resignation of a Coordinator

In the event that a coordinator no longer wishes to volunteer with this project, notice must be given to the SC as soon as possible. The SC will announce to the mail list that the coordinator is stepping down and will offer the county up for adoption to the membership first.

If no existing County Coordinator is interested in adopting the orphaned county, a notice will be placed on the county index and a new host will be recruited to fill the vacancy. The outgoing coordinator may choose to remain with the project until a new coordinator is found or may choose to step down immediately. In the event a CC chooses to leave, they will agree to give the existing website back to the MNGenWeb Project for future reassignment. All contributed material will remain the copyright of the contributor.

If a state coordinator resigns, the ASC’s will serve out the remaining term. A new election will be held the following May (*to be determined) to elect a permanent SC. In the event that there are two SCs and one of the SCs resigns, the other SC will continue to serve in this capacity until the next election. If a state coordinator resigns, the ASC’s will serve out the remaining term. A new election will be held the following May to elect a permanent SC. In the event that there are two SCs and one of the SCs resigns, the other SC will continue to serve in this capacity until the next election.
XII. Removal of a Coordinator

Every coordinator is guaranteed due process in the MNGenWeb Project and is given 30 days to rectify any problems or issues within the project. However, certain behavior will not be tolerated and may be grounds for immediate removal of either an SC, ASC or CC. A coordinator that cannot be contacted for a period of 30 days either by e-mail, phone or letter will be replaced. The following are types of behavior that are considered days either by e-mail, phone or letter will be replaced. The following are types of behavior that are considered inappropriate for this project:

*use of foul, derogatory, abusive language on the state mail list

*derogatory, inflammatory, or abusive comments made towards any member of the project

*failure to correct flagrant copyright violation within a period of 30 days notification of said violation

*any CC profiting from third party advertisements placed on any pages of the county site

XIII. Arbitration, Grievance Procedures

XII. Removal of a Coordinator

Every coordinator is guaranteed due process in the MNGenWeb Project and is given 30 days to rectify any problems or issues within the project. However, certain behavior will not be tolerated and may be grounds for immediate removal of either an SC, ASC or CC. A coordinator that cannot be contacted for a period of 30 days either by e-mail, phone or letter will be replaced. The following are types of behavior that are considered days either by e-mail, phone or letter will be replaced. The following are types of behavior that are considered inappropriate for this project:

*use of foul, derogatory, abusive language on the state mail list

*derogatory, inflammatory, or abusive comments made towards any member of the project

*failure to correct flagrant copyright violation within a period of 30 days notification of said violation

*any CC profiting from third party advertisements placed on any pages of the county site

XIII. Arbitration, Grievance Procedures

All problems within the project will be resolved according to the following procedure. Issues between Coordinators should be handled privately and with discretion. If a resolution is not forthcoming the two parties should contact the state coordinator for assistance. The SC may include the ASC’s in any problem resolution issues and ask for guidance and suggestions. If a resolution cannot be reached that is satisfactory to the two parties, a neutral committee of two county coordinators (one from each region, eastern and western) shall be asked by the SC to arbitrate the grievance. Upon further discussion of the issues, the committee shall present its findings and a resolution to the SC. With the SC approval of the committee’s resolution, the parties shall be contacted and the outcome shall be considered final. All problems within the project will be resolved according to the following procedure. Issues between coordinators should be handled privately and with discretion. If a resolution is not forthcoming, a grievance notice should be filed with the state coordinator. The SC may include the ASC’s in any problem resolution issues and ask for guidance and suggestions. If a resolution cannot be reached that is satisfactory to the two parties, a neutral committee of two county coordinators (one from each region, eastern and western) shall be asked by the SC to arbitrate the grievance. Upon further discussion of the issues, the committee shall present its findings and a resolution to the SC. With the SC approval of the committee’s resolution, the parties shall be contacted and the outcome shall be considered final.
XIV. Website Guidelines

The following guidelines are to be in effect for all members of this project until further notice.

XIV. Website Guidelines

The following guidelines are to be in effect for all members of this project until further notice.

1. The MNGenWeb logo and return link must be placed on every county website. The USGenWeb Project requires every project to display the USGW logo and include a return link tohttp://www.usgenweb.org/.

2. Every county must maintain a query page. The coordinator may choose any method for maintaining queries so long as the page is current. Automated type systems are easiest and hosts are encouraged to use this method — as it seems to work best for everyone. However, the choice is up to the host.

1. The MNGenWeb logo and return link must be placed on every county website. The USGenWeb Project requires every project to display the USGW logo and include a return link to http://www.usgenweb.org/.

2. Every county must maintain a query page. The coordinator may choose any method for maintaining queries so long as the page is current. Automated type systems are easiest and hosts are encouraged to use this method — as it seems to work best for everyone. However, the choice is up to the host.

3. Every county must include a copyright notice on the main page of the county website. The following Copyright notice is an example only of common copyright statements used on the internet (you may choose your own wording). © Current Year. XXXXX County MNGebWeb Project. All Rights Reserved. 3. All website contents remain the property of the county website for future CC’s to use unless the contributor requests its removal. Any material that is copyrighted and published without permission from the author must be removed immediately.
4. All website contents remain the property of the county website for future CC’s to use unless the contributor requests its removal. Any material that is copyrighted and published without permission from the author must be removed immediately.
5. Each county coordinator may choose to host the county’s website anywhere on the internet. 4. County coordinators may host the county’s website anywhere they wish.
6. Date stamps must be on the main page of each county website and must be current within 6 months. 5. Date stamps must be on the main page of each county website and must be current within 6 months.
XV. In Conclusion XV. In Conclusion
All coordinators are required to keep fresh in their minds the mission of this project. Our goal is to help visiting researchers find useful resource and reference information online and assist them in tracing their family history. Our job is to be friendly, responsive, helpful, cordial and most of all available. The Project Administration team has worked hard to try and cover every possible scenario that may occur given the nature of internet genealogical projects. However, we cannot guarantee that your experience as part of our project will be perfect or stress free. We have created a working policy that will serve this project well so long as all members agree to participate fully and without any measure of distrust or dishonesty. All coordinators are required to keep fresh in their minds the mission of this project. Our goal is to help visiting researchers find useful resource and reference information online and assist them in tracing their family history. Our job is to be friendly, responsive, helpful, cordial, and most of all available. The Project Administration team has worked hard to try and cover every possible scenario that may occur given the nature of internet genealogical projects. However, we cannot guarantee that your experience as part of our project will be perfect or stress free. We have created a working policy that will serve this project well so long as all members agree to participate fully and without any measure of distrust or dishonesty.

Minor layout changes

Our index of obituaries is getting very large – well over 1,000 obituaries and death notices now. And a manual index is getting harder and harder to maintain.

But, while we await a better tool, it was time to break that very long list into many smaller lists. Now it recreates itself from 25 separate pages, and a click on the letter will bring you to that character’s sub-index, which is where future editing will take place.

For the volunteers, this is easier to find where to add the link. And over the next weeks we hope to move the remaining  obituaries over to blog articles, making them more findable in search engines.

Cemetery cleanup 2017

The other Rindahl cemetery gate.

In May I was back to help out at the annual Rindahl cemetery clean-up, held the first Saturday in May.

There were several new faces this year, and some shiny new hardware to help the work go quickly. We were done with the cleanup, seedlings planting, and burning the trimmings before noon, and sat down for coffee, lunch, and conversation pretty early! The talk is what I most enjoy about these annual working parties – getting to know people you do not often see, and learning more about your shared history.

Unfortunately, my time back was severely limited, less than 24 hours! and I had to race off to catch a plane. I will be driving through Marshall County in another week, though, and hope to get a chance to visit one or another of the cemeteries in need of an inventory.

Documenting

In August, 1932, a small toddler had a mishap which resulted in his death.

This is the kind of sad story which is extremely rare, in fact, but we remember them because most of us recall our own near-misses, or those of little ones near and dear to us. All of us, at some gut level, empathize.

But the brief snippet of a death notice story which we had about Lincoln John Horien‘s accident seemed, by modern sensibilities, somewhat cold and gruesome. It has verisimilitude with the time, but I went searching for the article in the sources I have and did not find it. So I looked for one of the local papers on Archive.org.

Achive is one of the glories of the internet, somewhere between a digital midden and the Library of Alexandria, only including music, movies, and software.

Holt Weekly News clipping for Lincoln John Horien death.

Anyway, several Holt papers are found in its collection. As are several Thief River Falls papers including the Forum, the News, the Northern Watch, the Press, the Review, the Times, the Tribune, and the Tri-County Forum – I had never known the region was so rich in journalism! I need to look for the other Marshall county papers and index them here somewhere…

Anyway, I located a report in the Holt Weekly News about young Horien’s death. It was a bit more sympathetic, so I included a digital clipping and transcribed it. Newspapers are excellent sources for genealogical information – I was also able to find Lincoln John’s birth announced in 1931, and no doubt if I went searching I might find the births of his siblings and possibly the announcement of his parent’s wedding. Add Archive.org to your quiver of tools to find articles about your relations.

 

Obituary pages

I think I am officially getting old; I am monitoring the obituary pages.

In my case it may be excused, since I am involved in the Marshall County Obituary Project here. But it was always a thing old people did when I was younger. I could never tell if they were hoping to see someone’s name there, or afraid to see one. But now I suspect it was because for the most part their generation was no longer in the news, except when they died.

Perusing old issues of Thief River Falls News or the Warren Sheaf I see some of my relations showing up steadily in their community news until they retired from public life. Then they might disappear for ten or twenty years, until a mention of a health issue, or a move to supported living, and then their obituary. It is a bit of an arc, and a little sad, until you find more about their lives from stories by their children in a different venue – Mom and Dad traveled in a camper to California, visited Norway and Sweden, made their way to see their grandchildren, became snowbirds coming north in summer and heading south to avoid the cold…

But me, I am looking for clues and stories to preserve of the residents of Marshall County cemeteries.

Traffic!

A week or two ago we began posting some obituaries as blog posts, filed under the Obituaries category, in an effort to get them more attention from search engines.

Well! This seems to have been an effective plan!

We have about doubled the number of visitors directed to the site from search engines. This may be because the search sites are just cataloguing more pages from our site, or maybe we are slowly becoming more known when it comes to Marshall County topics. It sure is not our Alexa rank, which might generously be described as abysmal.

Still, we are now regularly pulling in visitors from across the state of Minnesota and its neighbours, and a smattering of places further afield – particularly Norway and Sweden. We have a bit under a hundred hits a day from ‘real people,’ and maybe twice that from bots and spiders. Google has catalogued nearly 2000 pages, pretty much every page we have, and Bing has a couple hundred stored. These are not good numbers, but they show solid growth over the past couple of months. And for a rural county genealogy site I think we have a heckuva lot of traffic!