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== University Libraries ==
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=== Records of the Department of Treasury (RG 56) Relating to Claims ===
  
=== University of Alberta  ===
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==== Southern Claims Commission ====
  
Rutherford Library, located west of Hub Mall with entrances on the main floor at the east and west and via Hub Mall.  
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Following the Civil War, pro-Union Southerners petitioned the federal government for restitution of damages allegedly cause by the Union armies. On 3 March 1871, Congress created the Southern Claims Commission, a three-man board responsible for reviewing submitted evidence, taking additional testimony, and reaching a judgment as to the loyalty of the claimant.  
  
'''Humanities and Social Sciences Library'''
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The Commission also determined the amount of damages that were warranted. Claims were to be accepted from applicants that met the following criteria:
  
:[http://guides.library.ualberta.ca/rutherford Rutherford North, University of Alberta]
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*held American citizenship <br>
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*resided in a state that seceded <br>
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*could document loyalty to the federal government throughout the conflict <br>
  
:Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E1
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The records of the Southern Claims Commission are within federal Record Group 56: General Records of the Department of the Treasury.<br>
  
:Telephone: (780) 492-5791
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As Gary Mills explained in his comprehensive work, ''Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission:<ref>Gary B. Mills, ''Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission'' (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994)</ref>'' <br>
  
:Email: [mailto:hssteam@mail.library.ualberta.ca hssteam@mail.library.ualberta.ca]
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="600" border="1"
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Within the extant case files, the materials submitted by the claimants (and by heirs in cases where an original property-owner died before the claim was settled) cover a wide range of resources. These include:  
  
The Humanities and Social Services Library in both Rutherford North and Rutherford South contains works of history, geography, languages, biographies, etc. The library is open to the public and borrowing privileges can be obtained through the purchase of a library card. Contact the circulation desk for details.
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*Ÿpersonal accounts of how the loss occurred and attending events Ÿ <br>
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*military records for claimants or male relatives Ÿ <br>
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*family letters and/or Bible records Ÿ personal descriptions Ÿ <br>
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*property inventories Ÿ <br>
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*travelogs Ÿ <br>
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*wills and probate records
  
Rutherford North is entered on the second floor, west, which houses the circulation desk and the reference room.
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==== '''Reference Resources'''  ====
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<br>We must not overlook these valuable records when we have Southern ancestors—Confederate or Yankee loyalists. We would like to think that all of our ancestors were honest, but when a monetary award was possible some stretched the truth a bit or just plain lied. Since money was involved some individuals loyal to the Confederacy also applied for claims.
  
*encyclopedia
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Case files of claims allowed by the Southern Claims Commission are among the records of the Accounting Offices of the Department of the Treasury, RG 217. Case files of disallowed claims are among the records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233.
*periodical index
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*Who’s Who
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*bibliographies
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*Burke’s Peerage
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*archives/libraries and their holdings
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*telephone directories
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:'''Rutherford Library South'''
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==== Division of Captured Property, Claims, and Lands, 1855-1900  ====
:Telephone: (780) 492-5791
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:Hours: as listed
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The Humanities and Social Services collection from '''A-BD''' are housed in Rutherford South. On the second floor are current issues of periodicals and government documents. Earlier periodicals are bound and inter-filed on the shelves of the regular collection.  
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The Division of the Treasury originated in the Secretary’s Office during the Civil War. The division officially became the Division of Captured and Abandoned Property, 1869; the Division of Captured and Abandoned Property and Lands, 1881; and the Division of Captured Property, Claims, and Lands, 1885. The division was abolished in 1887 and its functions were assigned to the newly established Miscellaneous Division in 1887.  
  
Periodicals are filed alphabetically: there is a limited collection relating to genealogy.
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This set of records includes:  
  
*French Canadian and Acadian Genealogical Review (1968-1981)  
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*letters (sent and received); <br>
*Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, Bulletin (1970-1988)
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*registers and indexes; <br>
*The Ontario Register (1968-1983)
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*some records of the Southern Claims Commission; <br>
*Genealogy (Indiana Historical Society) (1977-1986)
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*reports on claims sent to Congress; and <br>
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*registers of cases <br>
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*Maps: Captured and abandoned lands and plantations along the lower Mississippi River in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi; published General Land Office maps of Louisiana and Florida; and sketch maps of Louisiana and Mississippi; and government farms for freedmen in southeastern Virginia.
  
The Government Publication Library contains publications from the federal governments of Canada, Great Britain and the United States, in addition to some publications from provincial governments (particularly Alberta), Alberta cities and major Canadian cities.
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'''Microfilm Publications'''
  
==== Micro-Materials Reading Room Holding  ====
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="600" border="1"
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| M685
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| Records Relating to Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. RG 75. 12 reels.
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| M502
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| Registers of Letters Relating to Claims Received in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1864-1887. RG 56. 2 reels.
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| M503
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| Letters Relating to Claims Received in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1864-1887. RG 56. 91 reels.
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(Rutherford North, second floor)
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===== Related Records =====
  
*Allan Lines shipping records (which brought immigrants from Europe, especially the Balkans
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RG 217-Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (1775-1927):
*Canadian city directories Ÿ
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*biographical scrapbook (Toronto Central Library) (1911-1967) Ÿ
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*English parish registers Ÿ
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*Canadian newspapers, some dating to 1800 Ÿ
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*Alberta newspapers Ÿ
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*American newspapers (Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York, etc.) Ÿ
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*microfiche copies of items listed in Bruce Peel’s ''Bibliography of the Prairies Provinces''
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==== Bruce Peal Collection ====
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*settled accounts and claims, 1817-1897 <br>
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*settled accounts of Indian agents (1894-1923) <br>
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*settled Indian claims (1907-1923) <br>
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*settled case files for claims approved by the Southern Claims Commission (ca. 1871-1880)
  
:'''Bruce Peel Special Collection Library'''
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=== U.S. House of Representatives Private Claims  ===
  
:(Rutherford South basement)
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Ancestry.com provides three volumes of the U.S. House of Representative Private Claims.<ref>Ancestry.com. ''U.S. House of Representative Private Claims, Vol. 1-3'' (databases online). Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: House of Representatives. ''Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims Which Have Been Presented to the House of Representatives, Vol. 1-3''. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1853.</ref><sup></sup> Ancestry.com describes their database as “a collection of claims to the House of Representatives in the early nineteenth century. It contains a variety of claims, including applications for pension benefits, compensation for services provided to the government, land, and change in pension benefits. Each entry provides the claimant’s name, nature of the claim, and what action was taken by the House.” It is our responsibility to use the database wisely. As with any “index” we need to use the data provided as a road map to our destination of getting closer to the original document. Let’s take as an example the information provided in volume 3 (free access to this volume at Ancestry.com) of the U.S. House of Representative Private Claims.
  
:Telephone: (780) 492-5998
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{| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="450" border="0" align="center"
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| Name:  
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| Daniel Woodward
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| Nature of Claim:  
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| Pension
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| Congress:
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| 24
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| Session:
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| 2
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| Manner Brought: <br>
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| Petition
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| Journal Page: <br>
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| 207
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| Referred to Committee:&nbsp;
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| Rev. Pensions
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| House Disposed: <br>
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| Discharged; laid on table
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The Bruce Peel Collection specializes in Western Canadiana and English literature. The history segment, of interest to genealogists, includes private papers, local histories, and photographs.
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==== What do we do next? ====
  
*Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection—first hand accounts of pioneers and older community histories
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First of all, we need to ask ourselves if it is remotely possible that this is “my Daniel Woodward?” Obviously if our Daniel was born after 1770 then the likelihood that he received a Revolutionary pension is highly suspect. If our Daniel is known to have received a pension, it is less likely that he is petitioning Congress to grant him a pension. But for purposes of this example, let’s assume that family tradition indicates that our Daniel Woodward fought in the Revolution and we have not located a Revolutionary pension for him-we need to look at this record!
*rare books Ÿ
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*all University of Alberta theses, catalogued separately
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==== '''D.E. Cameron Library'''  ====
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Our next step is to examine this volume of U.S. Congressional Claims. Since this is a federal government publication we will undoubtedly find it in a Federal Depository Library. To find the nearest Federal Depository Library, we can go to the [http://catalog.gpo.gov/fdlpdir/FDLPdir.jsp U.S. Government Printing Office] website.
  
:[http://www.library.ualberta.ca/scitech/ D.E. Cameron Library]
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In this instance we need to find the volume relating to the 24th Congress, 2nd Session, page 207 and carefully record the entry.
:University of Alberta:Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J8
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:Telephone: (780) 492-8440
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:Email:[mailto:sciref@library.ualberta.ca sciref@library.ualberta.ca]
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:Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-10:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm; call for summer hours
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The collection of material related to the physical sciences has little interest to genealogists. However, the extensive University Map Collection is located on the main floor. It’s the largest collection of maps in Canada and is worldwide in scope.  
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The next step is to check the National Archives Congressional papers at the Center for Legislative Archives. If any of the original documents, such as the communication addressed to Congress still exists, we’ll want to obtain copies of those documents.  
  
*historical maps
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=== U.S. Courts in Indian Territory  ===
*land survey maps
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*large scale maps
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*city maps
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*North American
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*British Isles
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*Continental Europe
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*Russia and former USSR, especially Ukraine
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Please note that the staff are willing to assist as time permits. Patrons are requested to have all details of their request on hand and to be prepared to search on their own.
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These textual records are located at the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas (formerly known as National Archives Southwest Region), and include:
  
=== University of Calgary  ===
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Records of the Northern District (Muskogee), including minute books, 1898-1907; dockets, 1889-1913; case files, 1889-1909; incorporation records, 1901-7; records relating to equity, law, and criminal cases, 1889-1910; and records relating to naturalization, 1889-1906, and to probate matters, 1889-1909.
  
:'''MacKimmie Library'''
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*Records of the Central District (South McAlester Division), including “common law” record books, 1890-1907, with index; dockets, 1890-1907; case files, 1898-1908; records relating to law, equity, and criminal cases, 1890-1907; and records relating to bankruptcy, 1898-1907, and to naturalization, 1890-1907.
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*Records of the Central District (Wilburton Division), including a minute book, 1906-7; dockets, 1893-1907; and records relating to law, equity, and criminal cases, 1904-8. Records of the Southern District (Ardmore), including journals, 1890-1907; dockets, 1890-1907; law and equity case files, 1892-1904; records relating to law, equity, and criminal cases, 1890-1907; records relating to naturalization, 1896-1906, and to probate matters, 1891-1907; and records of U.S. Commissioners, 1890-1907.
  
:2500 University Drive North West<br>
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=== References  ===
:Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 <br>
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:Telephone: (403) 220-5972 &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;
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:Email: [mailto:archives@ucalgary.ca archives@ucalgary.ca]
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The MacKimmie Library on the [http://asc.ucalcary.ca/ University of Calgary] campus is open to the public and contains a wealth of information. To borrow circulating material, it is necessary to have a valid University Library card; check with Circulation for information. For assistance in locating or using material, ask at the Reference desk on the 2nd floor, Library Block. Most usage for genealogical works will be on floors two through six of the Tower and floor two of the Block.
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==== Resources  ====
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*published family histories
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Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course {{US Court Records Course}} offered by [http://www.genealogicalstudies.com The National Institute for Genealogical Studies]. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website. We can be contacted at [mailto:wiki@genealogicalstudies.com wiki@genealogicalstudies.com] <br>
*handbooks and guides for doing genealogy, including bibliographic sources
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*official records information held by local, national, and international institutions specific manuscripts dealing with births, marriages, deaths, passenger listings, etc. associated with specific time periods and world areas
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We welcome updates and additions to this Wiki page.  
*printed directories, gazetteers, atlases and indexes for obtaining background information about locations, social events or societies
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*government publications
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*genealogy and family history periodicals
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*an extensive collection of maps, current and historical, for areas around the world
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==== Book Collections  ====
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There are major collections of local histories relating to Canada located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Library Tower. Other subjects with substantial holdings include the American Revolution, United Empire Loyalists, American Civil War, Germans from Russia, Mennonites and military history. Numerous biographical dictionaries, new and old, by place or profession, are also held in the library.
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==== Map Library (2nd floor Library Block)  ====
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*Ordnance Survey maps for countries such as Great Britain (early 19th and later 20th century)
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*homestead and county land maps for the Prairies, especially Alberta
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*historical maps and atlases showing boundary changes, migration patterns, original churches, post offices and other items of interest
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*gazetteers for nearly every country
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==== Periodicals (2nd floor Library Block)  ====
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Many articles of use to genealogists are published in periodicals such as Alberta History, New York History or Publications of the Dorset Record Society. While some of these magazines have their own indexes, most are indexed in such lists as Canadian Periodical Index, America: History and Life or Historical Abstracts. Often, a careful check of these indexes, will result in the discovery of an article on the history of a family, town, early settlement, former occupation or other information.
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==== Microforms (3rd floor, Library Tower)  ====
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The library holds numerous titles of interest to the genealogist.
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*Canadian Institute of Historical Micro-reproduction (microfiche)
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*Books and serials published in or about Canada prior to 1900 and includes local and family histories, directories, biographies and even such unusual items as printed funeral memorials, annual reports of schools and churches, special items celebrating local events, etc.
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*Peel Bibliography (microfiche)
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*Collection of books and pamphlets dealing with the three prairie provinces from earliest times to 1950. Many small local histories of towns, schools and churches are in this collections as are settlers’ accounts, immigration literature and directories.
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*Victoria History of the Counties of England (5th floor, Library Tower)
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*This project began during the reign of Queen Victoria and still continues! Each county in England is discussed in great detail, often in 12 to 15 volumes, covering such topics as archaeology, church history, local history, education, etc. Since the project is not yet complete, some counties are better documented than others, but all the work is scholarly and very helpful to English research. While some volumes are in print, many are on fiche.
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*Canadian Newspapers on Microfilm
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*Local newspapers, up to the 1900s with some dating back to the 18th century, largely from the Maritime Provinces, Ontario and Québec, with some more recent ones from Alberta. Microforms has a listing of these by geographic region. Films can circulate through interlibrary loan.
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==== Library Archives(12th floor Library Tower)  ====
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The Library Archives’ mandate is to acquire, make accessible for research and preserve archival material documenting Canadian creativity in the personal papers and business records of Canadian writers, publishers, composers, musicians and artists. Holdings also contain collections relating to law, history, journalism and religion. Some fonds such as the Diocesan records of the Anglican Church of Canada Calgary Diocese are on permanent loan. The various fonds include personal and business correspondence, research materials, manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, audio-visual materials and artifacts.
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==== Special Collections  ====
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Rare and special editions as well as individual collections. Many Alberta and prairie local histories and early exploration accounts are held here. This material is non-circulating.
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:[http://asc.ucalgary.ca Website]
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:Email: [mailto:archives@ucalgary.ca archives@ucalgary.ca]
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Finding aids: ''Mapping the Territory: A guide to Archival Holdings, Special Collections, University of Calgary Library.'' Published inventories to 19 literary collections finding aids to other collections. Holdings are also described in the Archives Network of Alberta Database.
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=== University Of Lethbridge Library ===
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:[http://www.uleth.ca/lib/ University of Lethbridge Library]&nbsp;
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:4401 University Drive West&nbsp;
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:Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4&nbsp;
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:Telephone: (403) 329-2263&nbsp;
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:Email: [mailto:gsd.library@uleth.ca gsd.library@uleth.ca]
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:Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am-11:00 pm; Friday until 6:00 pm; Saturday 11:00 am-6:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 am-9:00 pm; note that hours change during the year depending on students schedules
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The library is open for public use and books can be borrowed by purchasing a “community borrower’s card” fora fee.
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*atlases, maps
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*some Lethbridge Directories
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*1948
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*1970-1977
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*1979-current
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*Bruce Peel Collection on microfiche (original collection at University of Alberta) Ÿ
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*Canadian Institute for Historical Microproductions has over 70,000 books and periodicals of a historical nature including voting registers, directories, biographies, atlases and gazetteers, church histories, genealogies, school registers, regimental histories. Mostly of material published before 1900 so little of Alberta (also available at University of Alberta, University of Calgary)Ÿ
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*Woodworth collection—newspapers on microfilm, mostly from southern Alberta communities, dating back to as early as 1885.
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*Calgary
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*Cardston
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*High River
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*Lethbridge
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*Macleod
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*Medicine Hat
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*Nanton
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*Pincher Creek
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*Standoff
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*Globe and Mail (Toronto)
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*Great Falls
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*Le Devoir (Montréal)
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*New York Times
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*Saskatchewan Herald
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*The Daily Colonist
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*The Times (London)
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*Winnipeg Free Press
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*local histories
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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in November 2013. It is an excerpt from their course US Court Records  by C. Ann Staley, CG. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Contents

Records of the Department of Treasury (RG 56) Relating to Claims

Southern Claims Commission

Following the Civil War, pro-Union Southerners petitioned the federal government for restitution of damages allegedly cause by the Union armies. On 3 March 1871, Congress created the Southern Claims Commission, a three-man board responsible for reviewing submitted evidence, taking additional testimony, and reaching a judgment as to the loyalty of the claimant.

The Commission also determined the amount of damages that were warranted. Claims were to be accepted from applicants that met the following criteria:

  • held American citizenship
  • resided in a state that seceded
  • could document loyalty to the federal government throughout the conflict

The records of the Southern Claims Commission are within federal Record Group 56: General Records of the Department of the Treasury.

As Gary Mills explained in his comprehensive work, Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission:[1]

Within the extant case files, the materials submitted by the claimants (and by heirs in cases where an original property-owner died before the claim was settled) cover a wide range of resources. These include:

  • Ÿpersonal accounts of how the loss occurred and attending events Ÿ
  • military records for claimants or male relatives Ÿ
  • family letters and/or Bible records Ÿ personal descriptions Ÿ
  • property inventories Ÿ
  • travelogs Ÿ
  • wills and probate records


We must not overlook these valuable records when we have Southern ancestors—Confederate or Yankee loyalists. We would like to think that all of our ancestors were honest, but when a monetary award was possible some stretched the truth a bit or just plain lied. Since money was involved some individuals loyal to the Confederacy also applied for claims.

Case files of claims allowed by the Southern Claims Commission are among the records of the Accounting Offices of the Department of the Treasury, RG 217. Case files of disallowed claims are among the records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233.

Division of Captured Property, Claims, and Lands, 1855-1900

The Division of the Treasury originated in the Secretary’s Office during the Civil War. The division officially became the Division of Captured and Abandoned Property, 1869; the Division of Captured and Abandoned Property and Lands, 1881; and the Division of Captured Property, Claims, and Lands, 1885. The division was abolished in 1887 and its functions were assigned to the newly established Miscellaneous Division in 1887.

This set of records includes:

  • letters (sent and received);
  • registers and indexes;
  • some records of the Southern Claims Commission;
  • reports on claims sent to Congress; and
  • registers of cases
  • Maps: Captured and abandoned lands and plantations along the lower Mississippi River in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi; published General Land Office maps of Louisiana and Florida; and sketch maps of Louisiana and Mississippi; and government farms for freedmen in southeastern Virginia.

Microfilm Publications

M685 Records Relating to Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller, 1908-1910. RG 75. 12 reels.
M502 Registers of Letters Relating to Claims Received in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1864-1887. RG 56. 2 reels.
M503 Letters Relating to Claims Received in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury, 1864-1887. RG 56. 91 reels.
Related Records

RG 217-Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury (1775-1927):

  • settled accounts and claims, 1817-1897
  • settled accounts of Indian agents (1894-1923)
  • settled Indian claims (1907-1923)
  • settled case files for claims approved by the Southern Claims Commission (ca. 1871-1880)

U.S. House of Representatives Private Claims

Ancestry.com provides three volumes of the U.S. House of Representative Private Claims.[2] Ancestry.com describes their database as “a collection of claims to the House of Representatives in the early nineteenth century. It contains a variety of claims, including applications for pension benefits, compensation for services provided to the government, land, and change in pension benefits. Each entry provides the claimant’s name, nature of the claim, and what action was taken by the House.” It is our responsibility to use the database wisely. As with any “index” we need to use the data provided as a road map to our destination of getting closer to the original document. Let’s take as an example the information provided in volume 3 (free access to this volume at Ancestry.com) of the U.S. House of Representative Private Claims.

Name: Daniel Woodward
Nature of Claim: Pension
Congress: 24
Session: 2
Manner Brought:
Petition
Journal Page:
207
Referred to Committee:  Rev. Pensions
House Disposed:
Discharged; laid on table

What do we do next?

First of all, we need to ask ourselves if it is remotely possible that this is “my Daniel Woodward?” Obviously if our Daniel was born after 1770 then the likelihood that he received a Revolutionary pension is highly suspect. If our Daniel is known to have received a pension, it is less likely that he is petitioning Congress to grant him a pension. But for purposes of this example, let’s assume that family tradition indicates that our Daniel Woodward fought in the Revolution and we have not located a Revolutionary pension for him-we need to look at this record!

Our next step is to examine this volume of U.S. Congressional Claims. Since this is a federal government publication we will undoubtedly find it in a Federal Depository Library. To find the nearest Federal Depository Library, we can go to the U.S. Government Printing Office website.

In this instance we need to find the volume relating to the 24th Congress, 2nd Session, page 207 and carefully record the entry.

The next step is to check the National Archives Congressional papers at the Center for Legislative Archives. If any of the original documents, such as the communication addressed to Congress still exists, we’ll want to obtain copies of those documents.

U.S. Courts in Indian Territory

These textual records are located at the National Archives at Fort Worth, Texas (formerly known as National Archives Southwest Region), and include:

Records of the Northern District (Muskogee), including minute books, 1898-1907; dockets, 1889-1913; case files, 1889-1909; incorporation records, 1901-7; records relating to equity, law, and criminal cases, 1889-1910; and records relating to naturalization, 1889-1906, and to probate matters, 1889-1909.

  • Records of the Central District (South McAlester Division), including “common law” record books, 1890-1907, with index; dockets, 1890-1907; case files, 1898-1908; records relating to law, equity, and criminal cases, 1890-1907; and records relating to bankruptcy, 1898-1907, and to naturalization, 1890-1907.
  • Records of the Central District (Wilburton Division), including a minute book, 1906-7; dockets, 1893-1907; and records relating to law, equity, and criminal cases, 1904-8. Records of the Southern District (Ardmore), including journals, 1890-1907; dockets, 1890-1907; law and equity case files, 1892-1904; records relating to law, equity, and criminal cases, 1890-1907; records relating to naturalization, 1896-1906, and to probate matters, 1891-1907; and records of U.S. Commissioners, 1890-1907.

References

  1. Gary B. Mills, Southern Loyalists in the Civil War: The Southern Claims Commission (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1994)
  2. Ancestry.com. U.S. House of Representative Private Claims, Vol. 1-3 (databases online). Orem, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: House of Representatives. Digested Summary and Alphabetical List of Private Claims Which Have Been Presented to the House of Representatives, Vol. 1-3. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1853.


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