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Received a letter today from National Archives...

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Postby kinnakeet » Mon Jan 03, 2005 3:02 pm


A while back I had emailed the National Archives regarding lighthouse service records. Today I heard back from Mark C. Mollan. Can't say enough nice things about this man. So informative and didn't seem to mind lending his time and efforts to help in this search. What he sent was priceless.
He sent a copy of a letter that was dated 1933 Jan 25. It was from the Dept. of Commerce Lighthouse Service and signed H.L. Beck, Superintendent of Lighthouses. The subject was the payment of salary due my Great Grandfather at the time of his death. The amount of $20.00 was sent to my Great Grandmother. What a step back in time. There are other records that he will send as soon as I write him back for the amount of fees for this service. I just can't wait to see the other records. I'm so thankful for the National Archives. What a great service they offer historians and those researching genealogy.
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Postby plebetkin » Mon Jan 03, 2005 5:22 pm


what fantastic news for you. Hope the rest is as exciting.
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Postby Larry » Mon Jan 03, 2005 6:52 pm


kinnakeet wrote:...as soon as I write him back for the amount of fees for this service.


I can only imagine that for this sort of information, no fee is too high.

Good luck on the rest of your quest.
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Postby Hersh » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:31 pm


I am a historian for my department, and I know how excited I am when I find information relating to my Grandfather's service, this must be incredibly exciting for you!!!!

Congratulations on the success of your research and kudos to Mr. Mollan.
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Postby cawteener » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:50 pm


I have been researching my genealogy for the past couple of years. So far, no keepers, but a lot of interesting information none the less. I think I have exhausted my resources of living relatives and will now have to begin digging deeper -- ie actually going places and searching.

I know how you feel when you find such interesting information about your past. Congratulations on finding a match with the National Archives and good luck in your search for more details about your family history!
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Jan 03, 2005 8:59 pm


That is great that you were able to find such wonderful information about your families past!
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Postby plebetkin » Tue Jan 04, 2005 7:18 am


My aunt was born in London, England in the early years of the 20th century. The destruction of WWII wiped out all records of her birth and early years. She never knew her own birth date and year of birth. Her parents did not speak English; they had stopped briefly in London upon leaving the Polish/Russian border. They also had no idea of her birth date/year. It cost my aunt countless dollars to try to discover her past. It was also very difficult when it became time for her to retire and collect social security (the government wanted her to prove that she was 65).

So I am greatly pleased for anyone who can learn of their ancestors and their own heritage.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Tue Jan 04, 2005 8:43 am


Last spring I completed a rendering of the original 1812 Cape Lookout Lighthouse. Had it not been for the National Archives I wouldn't have had a clue as to go about drawing it since there are no known photos or drawings of the light. All I had to go by was a short document hand written by the Army Captain (?) who ended up building it. [A copy of that document was e-mailed to me]
The document explained how he would go about building it as well as some of the specifications and dimensions. It was enough information, however, to come up with a fairly accurate drawing, IMHO. To my knowledge there were never any architectural plans created, of the original light.
In talking with one of the research "hunters" last fall it was their "guess" that of all the information concerning U.S. lighthouses on the internet... it only represents about 30-40% of the existing information contained in the National Archives. Now, whether that is true or not remains to be seen, however there is no doubt that the NA is a wealth of information still waiting to be tapped!

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Postby plebetkin » Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:36 am


I keep reading that section 36 of the NA is where most of these records are. Supposedly, there is a record for every American lighthouse including architectural drawings for those that had them. It sounds like a wealth of information.
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Postby kinnakeet » Tue Jan 04, 2005 4:21 pm


Man, I wish I lived near DC !! I have had the most amazing last couple of days. Spent the day with my father going over some more information only to come home and find a letter from a lady who saw a post I had made on rootsweb.com ( genealogy site). Guess the post had amused her so she did some research on her own. Guess lighthouses are addictive ! I read all the post on here and am in awe of how the members of this group spend countless hours visiting and researching different lights. Anyways, the lady sent a copy of a letter via the email. Seems like there is a ghost in the Captain Charlie 2 ( old keeper's quarters my ggrandfather stayed in). They call him "Old man Jennette". Even visitors have stated that they've had experiences where they've seen someone. Don't know if it's true or not but does it ever make me want to go find out for myself. The National Archives is being of such great service. Wrote them regarding his personal employment records. Already got a reply. Seems there are more than one places to look. I wouldn't even know where to begin. Do any of know of a researcher for hire ? I can't make it to DC anytime soon and it seems like hiring someone is my only option at this point.
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Jan 04, 2005 5:28 pm


Dawn,

I'm getting excited for you ... and I am just reading about it.

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