Genealogy Blogging Beat – Wednesday, 1 April 2015

April Fools’ Day seems to have begun in France in 1564. Apr 1 used to be New Year’s Day, but the New Year was changed to Jan 1 that year. People who insisted on celebrating the “old” New Year became known as April fools, and it became common to play jokes and tricks on them. The general concept of a feast of fools is, however, an ancient one. The Romans had such a day, and medieval monasteries also had days when the abbot or bishop was replaced for a day by a common monk, who would order his superiors to do the most menial or ridiculous tasks. According to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria (1812): “The joke of the day is to deceive persons by sending them upon frivolous and nonsensical errands; to pretend they are wanted when they are not, or, in fact, any way to betray them into some supposed ludicrous situation, so as to enable you to call them ‘An April Fool.’”

April Fools’ Day seems to have begun in France in 1564. Apr 1 used to be New Year’s Day, but the New Year was changed to Jan 1 that year. People who insisted on celebrating the “old” New Year became known as April fools, and it became common to play jokes and tricks on them. The general concept of a feast of fools is, however, an ancient one. The Romans had such a day, and medieval monasteries also had days when the abbot or bishop was replaced for a day by a common monk, who would order his superiors to do the most menial or ridiculous tasks. According to Brady’s Clavis Calendaria (1812): “The joke of the day is to deceive persons by sending them upon frivolous and nonsensical errands; to pretend they are wanted when they are not, or, in fact, any way to betray them into some supposed ludicrous situation, so as to enable you to call them ‘An April Fool.’”


Today is Wednesday, 1 April 2015, and here is what’s available in terms of Daily Blogging Prompts and other related events in the genealogy blogosphere:

Items of Note

  • Today: April Fools’ Day, Child Abuse Prevention Month begins, Cigarette Advertising Banned – 45th Anniversary, Confederate History Month, Data Backup Day, Grange Month, Jazz Appreciation Month and National Fun at Work Day.

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Brick Wall Buster: New Online Newspapers via MyHeritage

Thanks to the new historical newspapers available via MyHeritage, I was able to break down a long standing brick wall involving my Slattery line!

For several years I’ve struggled to locate more information on how my 2nd great-grandparents Martin Slattery and Margaret Leehive died in or around Kingston, New York about 1895.

As genealogists we frequently call them “brick walls” and at times they are simply road blocks of our own construction due to a lack of knowledge about existing records.  And sometimes they are barriers created due to a lack of records availability,

Well, last night I decided to check on some recent updates at MyHeritage and I was given the best sledgehammer ever in the form of digitized historical newspapers.

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In the past, I’ve subscribed to NewspaperArchive.com, but I wasn’t using the service and I was dissatisfied with some of the company’s issues involving subscription renewal. So I plodded on with newspapers via Ancestry.com or used free newspaper websites.

When I signed up for MyHeritage, I then realized that I also had access to over 139 million US newspaper pages at NewspaperArchive.com right from the MyHeritage website.  SWEET!

So last night I noted that there were some recent updates to newspapers in the Hudson Valley area of New York where my ancestors had lived. I knew that by 1900 both Martin Slattery and his wife Margaret Leehive were either dead or had abandoned their six children; the 1900 Federal census showed them living in Rosendale, New York with their uncle (Margaret’s brother) Michael Leehive.

A few years ago, while at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, I also found copies of the guardianship records for the Slattery children, confirming that their parents where dead. But there was no information on how Martin Slattery died, where he died and when he died. I didn’t have much more for Margaret either.

So imagine my excitement when I see this short article, all three lines of it, in the January 29, 1895 issue of the Daily Argus from Middletown, New York:

“Martin Slattery, a quarryman, killed near Kingston, yesterday, by a rock falling on him. He leaves a widow and six children, the oldest only eleven years of age.”

Source: “Live Local Topics,” Daily Argus (Middletown, New York), 29 January 1895, electronic newspaper, archived, (http://www.myheritage.com: accessed 30 March 2015), p. 5, col. 2, para. 5. Death of Martin Slattery in accident on 28 January 1895 in Kingston, New York.

While I still need more substantive proof that this is my Martin Slattery, the fact that he was killed in Kingston and also left six children within the same age range make him a good candidate to be the Martin Slattery. I’m looking forward to more research at MyHeritage to help solve this mystery!

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I’ve had several people ask me about MyHeritage and if I could get them a special deal. I asked, and now everyone can receive . . get MyHeritage for 50% off! This offer is good through Wednesday April 1st so act quickly!

One of my toughest brick walls broken tonight? YES! Several of my genealogy friends have said they were impressed with the newspaper results at MyHeritage for their surnames – many items they hadn’t seen before. I’ve been very busy lately and wasn’t keeping up on my Record Matches (this is where MyHeritage alerts you of new records that match someone in your tree). It seems that NewspaperArchive.com (one of the MyHeritage partners) added new newspapers – like the Middletown (NY) Daily Argus. So tonite, FINALLY I’ve discovered when, where and how my 2nd great grandfather Martin SLATTERY died!

“Martin Slattery, a quarryman, killed near Kingston, yesterday, by a rock falling on him. He leaves a widow and six children, the oldest only eleven years of age.”

Source: “Live Local Topics,” Daily Argus (Middletown, New York), 29 January 1895, electronic newspaper, archived, (http://www.newspaperarchive.com: accessed 30 March 2015), p. 5, col. 2, para. 5. Death of Martin Slattery in accident on 28 January 1895 in Kingston, New York.

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Now I am off to see how his wife Margaret LEEHIVE died shortly after Martin SLATTERY! In order to save 50% you MUST use this link below:

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