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Volume 6, Issue 2

May 1, 2003


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Shepherdstown: a Civil War Research Hub

Louise Marie Becker 1880-1968

Free Web Site on Immigration

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Louise Marie Becker


Louise was born December 18, 1880 in Columbus, Ohio to Joseph Leo Berger, Sr. and Louise Henrietta Schmidt. She was the second of ten children.

Louise met Jacob Koenig Becker b. February 20, 1875 at the turn of the century when they were both in a play at Marion Township High School.

The play was called “Mr. Go-A-Head” and in it, Jacob had to propose to Louise. He did so for real a few years later.

The thing Louise remembered most about their courtship was the night she stood up for Jacob’s sister at her wedding. When they got home, Jacob’s father said they should have made it a double wedding.

But they had their own wedding a year later on September 20, 1899.

Jacob must have approved of the marriage, because for years he served as the justice of the peace at the corner of Frank Rd and High St. marrying 1002 couples.

They had two daughters. Thelma Magdalena was born March 1, 1901 and Ursula Louise was born February 19, 1911.

Jacob died August 23, 1968 in the Monterey Nursing Home and Louise died November 30, 1974 in Millersport, Ohio. They are both buried in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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Shepherdstown: a Civil War

Research Hub

Two miles south of the Antietam Battlefield in West Virginia is a town on the Potomac River called Shepherdstown.

The actress Mary Tyler Moore descended from a family of German settlers named Schindler who, from 1815, owned one of the most substantial houses on German Street, Shepherdstown’s main drag.

The Schindlers sold the house to a church in 1867, just after the war. In 1995, the house came up for sale again, and Mary bought it for $200,00. She gave the house to nearby Shepherd College for the establishment of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War; the center is named for her father, a man with a passionate interest in history.

Its mission is scholarship and archival research. The center is compiling a data base that will not only identify Civil War soldiers and sailors by name and

unit, but, unlike the National parks Service’s, will include personal histories relating when and where each served and what each did.

The center also holds Civil War conferences, such as the one devoted to “The Music of the Civil War Era.”

This featured concert pianist Helen Beedle of

Spoleto Festival fame, a gifted lady who often performs in period costume and whose repertoire runs to such pop tunes of the 1860s as “The Wheatland Polka” “They Dying Poet,” “The Ericsson Schottisch,” “Lorena” and (as it was originally titled) “Dixie’s Land.” Her specialty is the “Galop,” an 1860s dance in two-four time.

Alson on hand was the Wildcat Regimental Band, a Pennsylvania Union Army reenactment ensemble adept at such tunes as “Captain Shepherd’s

Quick Step” and the “Astor House Polka.” 

As we cannot possibly imagine in this modern era of myriad forms of electronic entertainment, music played a tremendously important role in American life– and just as vital a one in the war that almost tore the country apart.

Maxwell, who served as keynote speaker at the conference, in part researches his movie scripts by listening to the music of the time. In the North, that was patriotic music on the order of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Maxwell said that to the southern songwriters, the South’s geographical bedrock was climate. Whenever the South was mentioned in song, it was invariably compared as sunny… in contrast with frigid northern snows, which in turn explain frigid northern hearts.

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Free Web Site on Immigration

Immigration and Naturalization Services records contain a lot of information for the researcher.

A vast amount of information is available through online subscription sites. However, there are also some free sites available to the researcher.

One such site is The Olive Tree Genealogy at olivetreegenealogy.com/ index.shtml. This site was developed in 1996 by Lorine McGinnes Schulze

and is dedicated to providing free genealogical records and information.

Information on ship passenger lists, family surnames, church records, military muster rolls, census records, land records and much more is available.

The site currently included more than 500 free databases and includes how-to tips, resource tools and help for finding elusive ancestors. Some of the information is in the form of indexes with information available on where to find the records on microfilm or the Internet.

Naturalization Records in the USA can be read about at naturalization   records.com/usa/.

To learn about Canadian Naturalization Records see naturalization  records.  com/canada/.

Schulze has also transcribed the almshouse records. These records, often overlooked by researchers, provide information not readily found otherwise.

 Immigrants who came to the United States in the 1800s were often poor. The port cities assumed the responsibility of caring for the newcomers. Almshouses were similar to the homeless shelters of today. They were a place where the tired and poor were able to find shelter, food and medical care.

Searching these records often provides a variety of information. The Almshouse Bond Registers 1819-1840 of New York City is one of the major databases on The Olive Tree site. The information includes the date of admission, the surname and given name of the immigrant, age, place of birth, vessel name and the port from which the vessel sailed. View the information at www. rootsweb. com/ ~ote /ships/ ny_alms 1855.htm ?sourceid =0030660 18877 8970 7861. (no spacing in web addresses)

Searching the database by surname provides additional information about the time and date of arrival, the port from which the immigrant sailed and the port of arrival.

Access the surname database by clicking on to the links at the bottom of the page at www. rootsweb. com/ ~ote /ships/ ny_alms 1855-a. htm? sourceid =00306601 885826 496864.

In addition to the passenger list records, Schultz has developed a USA Genealogy site that includes links to all states. Select a state from the list on this

page at www. roots web. com/  ~ote/ usa_ genealogy/? sourceid=  00306601 88582 6533 607.

The page information will include the date of statehood and will provide another link to click to access statewide databases. Searching at this point may be confusing because the site lists subscription databases as well as free databases. The Ancestry.com search engine is shown at the top of each page.

Ignore this, and scroll down the entire page before choosing a link. Read each entry; you will find links to Rootsweb and USGenWeb databases, as well as to homepages and information not easily found elsewhere. Search tips, books and CD entries, cemetery and census records are available, as well as a variety of other information.

Also available at The Olive Tree site is the USA Register of Passports from Nov. 14, 1834, to Nov. 14, 1843. This database is an index to the names of applicants.

The information on each person includes name and usually spouse name, age and date of application. Want some idea of what your ancestor looked like? This database also provides a physical description. These would certainly be interesting records to view. Surnames A through F are currently available, and more will be added as they are transcribed.


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Family Favorites

Potato Skins


6 large Baking potatoes, about 4-1/2 lbs

1-1/2 cups Onion flavored sour cream dip and

        dressing, 1 (16oz) cont.

2 Tbs. Chopped fresh parsley

2 Scallions, diagonally sliced, about 1/2 cup

1/4 tsp. Pepper


1 cup shredded Chedder cheese, 4 oz

6 slices Bacon

2 Tbs. Oil, preferably olive

1/2 tsp. Garlic powder

1/2 tsp. Salt

1/4 tsp. Paprika

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Prick potatoes with fork; place on baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Set aside until cool enough to handle, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in skillet over medium-high heat cook bacon until crisp, 6-8 minutes; drain on paper towels. Combine oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper and paprika. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop potato out of skins leaving 1/2” shell; reserve potato for another use. Cut each shell in half lengthwise; arrange skin side down on ungreased baking sheet. Brush tops with oil mixture. Bake 15 minutes. Crumble bacon. Sprinkle potatoes with cheese, then bacon. Bake until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Combine onion dip and parsley. Top each potato skin with 1 Tbs. Dip; sprinkle with scallions.

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Photo Questions

This picture was probably taken around 1920 at a playground in South Bend, Indiana. We are not sure if it was at a school or a reunion at a local park. It is a wonderful picture.

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