GenealogyBank.com is celebrating Memorial Day all month long. We have been highlighting the US Army Register and tonight begin to focus on the US Navy Register. The US Air Force Register will be featured on the GenealogyBank Blog next week. These core genealogy record groups are terrific examples of the resources found uniquely on GenealogyBank.com.
The US Navy Register is similar in style and format to the US Army Register. These detailed annual publications give genealogical information about the commissioned and warrant officers in the US Navy.
The first Navy Register was issued in 1814. The format and specific information has varied over the years – but generally the entries include the person’s name, rank, birthdate/place and details of their military service.
Over the next two weeks I will post the links to the earlier volumes and continue to post earlier decades of the US Army Register and begin posting the US Air Force Register.
Click on the links below to go directly to the annual volumes of the US Navy Register.
Earlier today I posted the list of recent Genealogist Obituaries. A sharp-eyed researcher asked if there was a typo in this obituary – noting that she could not find this obituary in the Dayton Daily News (OH) and pointing out that the dateline was tomorrow’s date. The answer is that GenealogyBank.com partners with newspapers and receives the obituaries directly from them as they are prepared. GenealogyBank is updated throughout the day so it is common for tomorrow’s obituaries to be available today in GenealogyBank. As soon as we receive it – we make it available to you! In this case Margaret Jean Jamieson’s obituary will appear in tomorrow’s Dayton Daily News (OH) – May 14, 2009 – but you may read it now on GenealogyBank. Click on the link to read the full obituary. GenealogyBank.com is the larget archive of obituaries on the planet – with over 130 million obituaries it is the most reliable online resource for genealogists.
It was six years ago that the Old Man of the Mountain fell.
His passing is as deeply felt today as when I heard the shocking news in 2003. It came across as a cable news bulletin. Hikers had heard the awful rumble in the early hours while it was still dark and when the sun came up they realized what had happened.
The next morning the quiet phone calls began … to my folks, my brothers – had they heard the news. They had.
We were all born and mostly raised in New Hampshire. Old “Sawyer” prints of the Old Man of the Mountain hang on the wall. He’s on the license plates – the NH edition of the quarter. He was a solid part of our lives. Familiar. Always there. A part of the family, our heritage.
Newspapers have been commenting on the impact of his image for centuries.
Samuel Adams Drake wrote “This gigantic silhouette which has been christened the Old Man of the Mountain is unquestionably the greatest curiosity of this or any other mountain region” (St. Alban’s Messenger (VT) 16 July 1881).
The Old Man was first “discovered” in 1805 by Luke Brooks and Francis Whitcomb who were charged by the town of Franconia, NH to survey the town. See NH Gazette 25 June 1805. One of the earliest descriptions of the Old Man was published in the Salem Gazette (MA) 22 Nov 1825.
By 1827 a new stage line had “purchased good horses and carriages … and procured a careful driver” and organized the “Plymouth and Franconia” stage line, with runs twice a week past the Old Man – “a very level and pleasant route”. (NH Patriot 15 Jan 1827).