Fold3 [formerly called Footnote] has given our class free access to try their web site. Print this page and follow the directions below. To save time, you can write the username and password on your printed copy.
page was revised 12/1/12
Assignment No. 5
|Click on the Fold3 image above to get started. When the home page opens, click "Sign-in" in the upper RIGHT corner which opens the boxes for the username (email) and password. Put a check mark in the "Keep me signed in" box and click Sign-in. Add the Fold3 sign-in page to your favorites or bookmarks so you can get back to the page easily and you will be recognized as a student using the "myclass" account and not have to log-in each time.|
For genealogy research Fold3 has the 1860 and 1930 U.S. Census, Civil War pension records, naturalizations,
major city directories, newspapers, and much more. Many documents, never before
seen on the Internet, are now available through Fold3's unique partnership
with The National Archives. This Web site continues to grow with some extraordinary new material. They have also taken the
time to make the images clear and readable - quality over massive content.
Pay special attention to the spelling when doing the examples below. I chose names that will bring up minimal results so you won't have to sort through long lists - most of time the one you need will be near the top of the results list. You can open Fold3 pages faster if you RIGHT CLICK the links and choose "Open In New Window". If you cannot see the filmstrip at the bottom, click on the words, "Open Filmstrip".
- Search Fold3 for the words George W. (First Name Box) and Lybarger (Last Name Box). In the list of results on the right side, you will find a Civil War Veterans Pension Index. Click the small thumbnail image, and you will see his widow applied for his pension in 1912. This may or may not be the same Lybarger from our previous assignment, but the application and certificate numbers can be used for ordering his entire pension record file from NARA, which would certainly identify him further. The "Old Man's Draft Registration Card" is also interesting to view. Click on the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the words H. D. (First Name Box) and Middlekaupf (Last Name Box) and click on the thumbnail image. When the filmstrip at the bottom opens, go to page 3 of his service record and you learn he was a 31-year-old harness maker. Note: There is an option to pin the filmstrip so it stays open. Repeat the process and try Benjamin M. Parkam and then view page 7 of his Confederate service record. He received a Parole of Honor for U.S. Prisoners of War and at the very bottom of the page (scroll down) he was "given permission to go to his home in Warrenton, NC". Next try Robert M. Nimmo. Page 7 of his Confederate service record says he resigned because he was "dismounted and unable to purchase a horse". Note that this is his original hand written letter - what a great find if this was your ancestor. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the words Frasher Heckard, and you will find a Revolutionary War Pension Application. This is actually the record for a person named Frederick Frasher. There really is no one named Frasher Heckard, the two words just appear somewhere on the same page (page 4). Note: Heckard was the Probate Judge. Click the small thumbnail and navigate to page 4 of 15 of the record; then hover (without clicking) and move your mouse over the document and you will see boxes appear around the other names. This demonstrates why your search found this document. Navigate back a page to page 3 and hover (without clicking) and you'll find many more family names, dates, places, and events. Just a quick glance through these pages shows the content is really extraordinary - there is so much explained about this family in this Pension Application. This is what many of us dream about finding. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the words Isaac Merzbacher and you should find over 40 results. Click the thumbnail image to view the results from the Philadelphia City Directory for 1884. This is the only record that actually has the words Isaac Merzbacher together. You can close the left information pane by using the small arrows which gives you more space for the listing in the City Directory. If this is the first time you have ever seen a city directory, spend some time looking over the page and you will see the value of using them in your research - names, addresses and occupations along with abbreviations like "wid" for a widow and "h" for home.. City Directories will place a person in a certain location at a certain time and should be used when that person can't be found in the census. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the words Merzbacher Meyer and then scroll down the results list and click the thumbnail image page 1294 of the Philadelphia City Directory for the year 1890. It appears they were produce dealers, and the address gives a clue that they are probably related to Isaac in the previous example. Click the tab called City Directories on the line called "you are viewing" and you will see there are city directories available in 22 states. Choose a state and you'll get a list of cities - choose a city and you'll get a list of years. Browsing like this allows you to navigate through all the databases by title and category. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the words Henry Moyer. You will find too many (17,000+) results to sort through, so on the left, change the tab called Categories to Titles and then select Census - US Federal 1860. This dramatically reduces the results. Next filter it down further by clicking on Modify Search. In the Keyword box type two new keywords: Montgomery and Franconia and click Search. This reduces it still further to about a dozen results—most in the 1860 Census. I'm amazed that there were six Henry Moyer's all living in Franconia Township in Montgomery County, PA in 1860, but the name was very common in that part of Pennsylvania. From the list, click on the thumbnail for the one on page 27, and you will find my g-g-grandfather's family on lines 11-16. Float or hover your mouse over line 15 on the census page and then click on the little pop-up box for More Info.... You will see I added an image. Anyone can add images or comments, which really makes Fold3 interactive and quite unique. Clicking the center of his photo and on the + sign will also make it larger and a list of other images I uploaded will appear along the bottom. The other images are actually in my "personal account" gallery and not in the "myclass" gallery. That's another way Fold3 inter-links content between users - with total interaction on the web site. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the string of all the keywords Henry Moyer Montgomery Franconia in either the First or Last Name box and you should get the same result. That's the fastest way to use this web site. Using the BACK button or adding keywords one at a time can be frustrating experience. I prefer using a string of words the first time I search. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- Search Fold3 for the string of keywords (all in the same search query box with quotes around the name) Philadelphia 1930 "William H. Schwalbe" and you will find him in the Eastern Penitentiary working as a clerk in the print shop on LIne 64. View the original census sheet by clicking on the thumbnail image. The census can be a wonderful tool for finding lost ancestors. In the Assignment for Lesson 11 you will have to opportunity to learn more about Mr. Schwalbe (aka "the thrill bandit") by finding newspaper articles about his exploits. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- It's also useful to just browse through the Fold3 collections. Click the Records, then Browse Records on the toolbar. Explore the collections by clicking on the links under Category. Of notable interest under Non-military Records are Naturalizations, Newspapers and City Directories. Under the Native American Collection category click on Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940, then North Carolina (under Jurisdiction) and then Eastern Cherokee (under Tribe), then 1898-1914 (under Year), click on Page 4 and you will see names like Wilson Featherhead, Nancy Beardevil and Mary Bearmeat along with their family groups. Note the columns for both English Names and Indian Names. Let's see if we can find anything else about Mary Bearmeat. Click Home the very top and do a search for Mary Bearmeat. You will find links for her name under Eastern Cherokee Applications 10 pages. Click on any one and you will see her application is ten pages long. Click Open Filmstrip at the bottom (you can pin the filmstrip to stay open - just click the push pin). Of particular interest to me are pages 6 and 7. What a goldmine of family information - much more than just the census. Click the Home link at the top of the page to continue.
- In the upper right corner, click on the word Myclass then click on Your Gallery. On the left side of the Your Gallery screen click the words Ed2go Class and then click on the thumbnail image for the Confederate Soldier Muster Record. This is a Confederate Soldier's muster record consisting of 20 pages. Open the filmstrip and "pin" it to stay open while you look through the pages. He was from Wilkes County, NC and served in Company K, 42nd Regiment of the North Carolina Infantry. This NARA record holds some additional clues to his true identity:
Pages 1, 2 and 3 have his name spelled three different ways
Pages 11, 12, 13 and 17 show him as a musician
Page 17 shows he was a drummer
Page 18 shows he was from Elkville, NC
Page 19 shows he was a POW for only 3 months
Page 20 shows he took the Oath of Allegiance, was released and returned home
So who was this man? Three years after the Civil War (1868), and after two trials, he was convicted and hung. Be the first to post a correct answer in Discussion Area 5. There are other ways to come up the answer and it's not on Fold3 or even related to genealogy. Several students in each class usually come up with the answer - will you be next? Post your answer in our discussion area.
In Lesson 11 we will use a newspaper search and look for the original article that describes in detail what happened.
Fold3's Image Viewer
is one of the best I have seen on the Internet. Try zooming in and out with the
plus (+) or minus (-) signs or moving the entire page around with your mouse or
expanding to Fullscreen. The tools are simple to learn and the image
quality is excellent.
When using city directories, newspapers, books, or similar printed text scanned as OCR, you do not have to search just for names. You can also search for an address like 974 Randolph or an occupation like watchmaker or blacksmith or any word or combination of words that might be printed as text.
With our student account, you may save or print any document you find or add a few comments. Everyone in our class has full use of this web site, so please abide by Fold3's guidelines for use. Have fun, look around, and save anything important you might find about your family. I would be interested in hearing your comments about Fold3 in our Discussion Area.
If you want to subscribe and have your own membership please use http://www.fold3.com/choose-a-plan/ and make sure you are NOT signed in under the class account.