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Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column - Week 40
(This appears here courtesy of The Moultrie Observer)

We'll finish the sad, but true, story of what happened to the 1890 census this week.
Just one day before Congress authorized the destruction of the census, President Herbert Hoover laid the cornerstone of the permanent National Archives building.
Some of the original schedule, miraculously, still exists.
In 1942, during the move to the new building, a bundle of the Illinois schedules appeared during a shipment. In 1953, more fragments were discovered including those from Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and the District of Columbia.
Those remains of the 1890 census have been filmed and are available through many sources. There are only three rolls of microfilm containing the records. There are only about 6,000 names on these bits of our past that were saved.
Just a few weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of making a speech at a seminar down in Alachua County, Florida. The Clerk of the Court for Alachua County (Gainesville) was a speaker on the program too. I was delighted to hear of all of the conservation steps that are being taken there to preserve all of the records of that county.
I ran across something very interesting in the Immigrant Genealogical Society Newsletter (Write them: IGS, PO Box 7639, Burbank, CA 91510) about the Nidaros Cathedral! It is a lesson in patience.
It seems that after 930 years of construction, the giant Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway, is finished! About half a million visitors from around the world have visited the cathedral each year in recent times. The article said that the reason for the delays in completion were "numerous fires."
If you have family from the McDonough, Georgia area, you might be interested in the new book, 20th Century Henry County, Georgia People and Events.
Proceeds of the book will go to establish a Henry County Museum. The hardcover, 513 page book, 6 x 9, has 43 pages of first and last name index. Information comes from the Henry County newspapers, beginning in 1900.
If you wish to get complete information on this book, contact Heritage Park Museum, PO Box 1974, 1617 Highway 81-East, McDonough, GA 30252-3031.
Through the efforts of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society - New England Chapter, the Northeast Regional Branch of the National Archives in Massachusetts has a critical genealogical tool for the Afro-American researcher.
Available are 741 rolls of microfilm of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands (Record Group 105).
This bureau was created by an Act of Congress in 1865 and assigned the responsibilities that included control of all subjects relating to refugees and freedmen from rebel states or from any district.
A large part of the duties involved helping former slaves make the transition to citizenship.
Activities of the Bureau including legalizing marriages, issuing rations and clothing to destitute freedmen and refugees, leasing land and assisting with other life events.
Records relate to freedmen, white citizens, military employees, Union servicemen who needed help filing and collecting bounties and many other activities.
Here's something delicious gleaned from the Nesbitt/Nesbet Society newsletter! Henrietta Nesbitt was the "First Housekeeper" for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She served Roosevelt for twelve years and Harry Truman for one year.
This is her White Fruitcake recipe. Mrs. Nesbitt wrote that this was FDR's favorite and was always service on his birthday.
To make: 1 pound butter, 1 pound granulated sugar, 1 pound candied fruit peel, 1 pound sultana raisins, 9 eggs, 1 1/4 pounds flour, 1/4 pound crystallized cherries, 1 tsp vanilla flavoring and a little grated lemon rind.
Cream butter and sugar together. Beat whole eggs light, then add some of the creamed butter and beat very light. Sift flour twice and add about 1/3; repeat until all are mixed. Pour into brick form pans. Set in water and bake in 375 degree oven for 1 1/2 hours. This makes 2-3 pound cakes.

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