FamilySearch Update: 1905 South Dakota Census and German Church Books Added

FamilySearch added the 1905 South Dakota State Census and German church books to its pilot Record Search collection online. The total number of names available for searching on the pilot site is now 478,034,410. The entire collection can be searched for free directly online at http://pilot.familysearch.org.

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1905 South Dakota State Census

472,575

472,575

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Germany, Brandenburg, Church Books

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248,852

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Germany, Posen, Church Books

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35,240

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Postcard from Sophie ALMLIE to Randi LERFALD, 2 Aug 1908

Here is the third and last of the 1908 postcards I found I had scanned out of date order.


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Source: The Westaby-Lerfald Postcard Collection. Privately held by Troy Midkiff, Vancouver, Washington.

I’ve been puzzled by this postcard ever since I read it. Dated 2 August 1908 from Baltic, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, it is written by Sophie ALMLIE to her cousin Miss Randi LERFALD of Baldwin, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin, care of “S. LOKKE.” It appears to have been postmarked 3 August 1908, but Rena has written “Aug 8,” probably misreading the 3. Originally, the postcard was addressed to Woodville, also in St. Croix County, but as you can see, the city name was crossed out and Baldwin written instead. In fact, it appears that “Baldwin” and “c/o S. Lokke” were written by a different person than Sophie, as if it had been mailed to Woodville and someone there (the postmaster, a relative?) had readdressed it. The card reads:

Dear cousin,

Its a long time since I sent you a picture but I havent herd any about it so you must write tell me. we are all well from,

Sophie Almlie

I simply have no idea who Sophie nor Randi are, nor why Rena had this postcard in her possession. Rena did not have any siblings named Randi, and I cannot find any of her cousins with that name, although it is entirely possible, since the information on her family tree is incomplete enough that I could be missing many relatives. Rena did have an older sister named Sophia, but she married an Alpha LINE, so ALMLIE was not her last name. I can’t find any cousins with the name Sophie or Sophia, either, and no one with the last name LOKKE. You’ll notice the English grammar and punctuation aren’t very good, so it’s possible that Sophie was a native speaker of Norwegian. I’ll have to do some digging in the census records to see if I can uncover some answers, and perhaps future postcards will reveal more clues to help me solve this little mystery! The next group featured will be from the year 1909.

Postcard from Sophie ALMLIE to Randi LERFALD, 2 Aug 1908

Here is the third and last of the 1908 postcards I found I had scanned out of date order.


(front)


(back)

Source: The Westaby-Lerfald Postcard Collection. Privately held by Troy Midkiff, Vancouver, Washington.

I’ve been puzzled by this postcard ever since I read it. Dated 2 August 1908 from Baltic, Minnehaha Co., South Dakota, it is written by Sophie ALMLIE to her cousin Miss Randi LERFALD of Baldwin, St. Croix Co., Wisconsin, care of “S. LOKKE.” It appears to have been postmarked 3 August 1908, but Rena has written “Aug 8,” probably misreading the 3. Originally, the postcard was addressed to Woodville, also in St. Croix County, but as you can see, the city name was crossed out and Baldwin written instead. In fact, it appears that “Baldwin” and “c/o S. Lokke” were written by a different person than Sophie, as if it had been mailed to Woodville and someone there (the postmaster, a relative?) had readdressed it. The card reads:

Dear cousin,

Its a long time since I sent you a picture but I havent herd any about it so you must write tell me. we are all well from,

Sophie Almlie

I simply have no idea who Sophie nor Randi are, nor why Rena had this postcard in her possession. Rena did not have any siblings named Randi, and I cannot find any of her cousins with that name, although it is entirely possible, since the information on her family tree is incomplete enough that I could be missing many relatives. Rena did have an older sister named Sophia, but she married an Alpha LINE, so ALMLIE was not her last name. I can’t find any cousins with the name Sophie or Sophia, either, and no one with the last name LOKKE. You’ll notice the English grammar and punctuation aren’t very good, so it’s possible that Sophie was a native speaker of Norwegian. I’ll have to do some digging in the census records to see if I can uncover some answers, and perhaps future postcards will reveal more clues to help me solve this little mystery! The next group featured will be from the year 1909.

New Genealogy-Related Websites

Interesting new (or new-to-me) websites I’ve discovered during the past week:

  • *South Dakota State Archives has started databases of Civil War veterans (both Union and Confederate) listed in Dakota Territory’s special Veterans Census of 1885 (hat tip to Leland Meitzler of Genealogy Blog). Also at this archive website, I discovered the South Dakota Newspaper Vital Records Index, spanning 1781 – present. Joe! You need to add this one to your website!
  • *Southern California Genealogical Society’s Virtual Surname Wall is now searchable. You can also add your own surnames.

New Genealogy-Related Websites

Interesting new (or new-to-me) websites I’ve discovered during the past week:

  • *South Dakota State Archives has started databases of Civil War veterans (both Union and Confederate) listed in Dakota Territory’s special Veterans Census of 1885 (hat tip to Leland Meitzler of Genealogy Blog). Also at this archive website, I discovered the South Dakota Newspaper Vital Records Index, spanning 1781 – present. Joe! You need to add this one to your website!
  • *Southern California Genealogical Society’s Virtual Surname Wall is now searchable. You can also add your own surnames.