Trenton, New Jersey Police Website
I very much enjoyed your article about police ancestors in the Ancestry Weekly Journal. For an example of a really well-crafted historical police department website, go to:
This is the website of the Trenton, N.J., online police museum. For historical information, I click on the period 1900-1919, when my great-grandfather was a patrolman. As I read, the site plays ragtime music of the era! I learned that my ancestor’s salary was $950 per year. For people with roots in Trenton, it’s an amazing site.
Thanks for calling attention to this important segment of the population.
Include Family Name on Letters to Cousins
While writing a letter to an unknown cousin, I included the family name on the envelope with my return address. When the cousin responded to me she said, “What a surprise to see the family name with your return address.”
In this crazy world of fear and scams, I am going to add this small but important piece of family information from now on. It might be the difference between the recipient opening and reading the letter, or tossing it away unopened and unread.
Indiana or Iowa
As a follow-up to last week’s newsletter tip titled “Use Care with Birthplace on Census”–one census taker abbreviated Indiana as “IA” the current postal abbreviation for Iowa)– which easily could lead researchers astray.
AWJ Editorâ€™s Note: Great point! Ia. was actually the abbreviation for Indiana for a time.
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