Monday, July 31, 2006

roane co tn district chart - tool for census work

roane county, tennessee district chart
genealogy tool for census work

links to rootsweb, usgenweb, and personal pages with
free roane co, tn census | here | [on my own rootweb site]

Old District Number New District Number
1 - 1st 3 - 3rd
2 - 2nd 3 - 3rd
3 - 3rd 2 - 2nd
4 - 4th 2 - 2nd
5 - 5th 2 - 2nd
6 - 6th 5 - 5th
7 - 7th 4 - 4th
8 - 8th 4 - 4th
9 - 9th 4 - 4th
10 - 10th 4 - 4th
11 - 11th 4 - 4th
12 - 12th 5 - 5th
13 - 13th 5 - 5th
14 - 14th 2 - 2nd
15 - 15th 2 - 2nd
16 - 16th 1 - 1st
17 - 17th 4 - 4th

1st - First District............ Harriman
2nd - Second District.........Oliver Springs
3rd - Third District.......... Kingston
4th - Fourth District......... Fairview, Midway, & Paint Rock
5th - Fifth District........... Rockwood

source: author unknown. extracted from unattributed wall chart in the rockwood city library genealogy room,
rockwood, roane co, tn., aug 2004

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

update to roane county tennessee obituary links page

roane county tennessee obituary page

the roane county, tennessee area obituary links page here in genielinks - "obsessed with the dead" - is mostly still current. a couple of the links are outdated, however, so you'll want to update your bookmarks for the following:

  • current obituaries in the daily post athenian (online - mc minn & meigs counties) are | here |

  • the crossville chronicle obituary archives can be searched | here |

    the chronicles obituary archives link has changed and is now | here |

Thursday, July 13, 2006

the look of the day your ancestor died - the u.s. navy just might help you

"Pa said he was shooting at some pigs"... from the court testimony of frank ellis, 11 year-old son of charles d. ellis
Photo copyright 2006 D Giles Loiselle

the u.s. naval observatory has several interactive tools online, some of which can be handy, if not imperative, for genealogists. one of my personal favorites is the rise/set/transit/twilight data calculator | here |. using it, i am able to get a sense of how much light the might have been left when my great-grandfather, charles david ellis, was shot and killed in an altercation over pigs in a cornfield.

because trial papers tell me it was near 6 p.m. and because i know the location of his death, i am able use the calculator to determine that he likely died a little more than half an hour before sunset that early september evening in arkansas.

if i were more astronomically savvy, i could also use the sun or moon altitude/azimtuth tables to get a better picture of the lighting at the edge of the cornfield. but exactly what does it mean that the sun was 7.7 and had an azimuth of 273.5 east of north at 6 p.m.? (see the same page | here |.) is it possible that a low sun was in his eyes? i know he fell with his head to the west.

so, hey, if you can help me better visualize what happened with the help of the altitude and azimuth information, why don't you let me hear from you, okay?

charles ellis' family data is | here |.