Archive for December, 2007

AK: Trial Court Index

December 31, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight comes to us from Alaska.

Alaska Trial Court Cases – Provides access to non confidential civil and criminal trial records back to about 1990. Database is searchable by personal name, business name or case number.

From the website, “Types of cases included: Both CourtView and the Name Index provide civil and criminal case information. CourtView also provides information about traffic cases and other minor offenses. Neither database includes confidential cases. ”

Here is a sample record:

Location: Kenai      Name: SMITH, JOHN
DOB: 04/24/1965     Case #: 3KN-95-00015CR
Case Type: State     Case Title:ST V SMITH,JOHN
Attorney 1:     Date Filed: 01/04/1995
Attorney 2:     Type Person: Defendant
Criminal – Offense: NO VALID OL    Criminal – Statute: AS28.15.011(B) (Driving with no valid operator’s license)
Criminal – Dispo: No Contest Plea    Criminal – Date Dispo: 03/23/1995
Criminal – Felony/Misdemeanor: Misdemeanor    Criminal – SIS Date Dispo:

The Alaska page of the State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Sheri Somerville.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

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AL: 1867 Voter Registration Database

December 29, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is from Alabama:

1867 Voter Registration Database – A database being created from the entries in the 131 volumes of the 1867 Voter Registration Records, which was one of the first statewide government documents that record African-American males living in Alabama. Currently the database includes all entries for Wilcox, Winston, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Tallapoosa, Talladega, Sumter, St. Clair, Shelby, Russell and Pike Counties.

The Alabama page of State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States is maintained by Valerie Glenn.

For more databases from more states, please see State Agency Databases Across the Fifty States.

AZ: Gone in 60 Seconds!

December 22, 2007

Today’s state agency database highlight comes to us from Arizona:

Stolen Car database – TheftAZ can tell you if a car has been reported stolen by entering either a license plate number or the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This database is updated twice daily.

The state agency database page for Arizona is maintained by Daniel Cornwall of the Alaska State Library.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry

CO: Cost Burdened Renter Households

December 21, 2007

Today’s state agency database highlight is from Colorado:

Cost Burdened Renter Households – A database of renter costs of all counties in the state. View information by income and % of income paid in rent, or by HUD income limits. Data can be downloaded into an Excel spreadsheet.

Here is a sample record:

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2007 Cost Burdened Renter Households
by Income Group and Percent of Income Paid in Rent

Area Selected: Adams

Income Less than $10,000:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 91
20 to 24% 108
25 to 29% 181
30 to 34% 163
35% or more 2,473
Not computed 0

Income $10,000 to $19,999:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 267
20 to 24% 142
25 to 29% 224
30 to 34% 439
35% or more 3,930
Not computed 172

Income $20,000 to $34,999:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 847
20 to 24% 1,584
25 to 29% 2,150
30 to 34% 1,770
35% or more 3,162
Not computed 221

Income $35,000 to $49,999:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 2,275
20 to 24% 2,053
25 to 29% 1,246
30 to 34% 590
35% or more 410
Not computed 148

Income $50,000 to $74,999:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 4,472
20 to 24% 1,192
25 to 29% 482
30 to 34% 88
35% or more 21
Not computed 86

Income $75,000 to $99,999:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 2,630
20 to 24% 294
25 to 29% 103
30 to 34% 0
35% or more 0
Not computed 55

Income $100,000 or more:
Percent Paid in Rent Households
Less than 20% 2,033
20 to 24% 21
25 to 29% 0
30 to 34% 0
35% or more 0
Not computed 42

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The Colorado state agency database page is maintained by Samantha Hager, a Library Consultant at the Colorado State Publications Library.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry

CO: Historic Newspaper Collection: 1859-1923

December 19, 2007

Today’s state agency database highlight is from Colorado:

Colorado’s Historic Newspaper Collection – A digitized collection of Colorado newspapers from 1859 to 1923. Keyword searching is available by title, by region, or for the whole collection. Limits can be set for articles, photos, or ads. The collection is a joint endeavor of the Colorado State Library, the Colorado Historical Society, and the Collaborative Digitization Program (CDP)

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry

MO: Coroners’ Inquest Records

December 17, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database highlight is from Missouri:

Coroner’s Inquest Database – The database contains records from various counties, the City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Medical Examiner. It is an abstract of records that have been indexed and are available for online research. The original records are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives. These inquests are not made available until 72 years after creation. The database search engine allows searches by county, name of deceased, cause of death, and/or year of death (or range of years). A keyword search function is also available. Some records go back to 1866.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry.

PA: Historical Markers

December 16, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is from Pennsylvania:

Historic Markers – Since 1946, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has administered a program of historical markers to capture the memory of people, places, and events that have affected the lives of Pennsylvanians over the centuries since William Penn founded his Commonwealth. Search for historic markers by Title, County, Keyword or Category.

Here is a sample record:

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Marker Name: Wilt Chamberlain’s Scoring Record
County: Dauphin
Date Dedicated: 2002/3/2
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: 100 Hersheypark Dr. (Hersheypark Arena), Hershey
Category: African American, Sports, Basketball

Marker Text:

In a basketball game played here on March 2, 1962, Philadelphia Warriors center Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points against the New York Knicks– a record for points scored by a single player in any National Basketball Association game, 169-147, in front of 4,124 fans. During that season, Chamberlain set other records by averaging 50.4 points per game and by scoring more that 50 points in each of 45 games.
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For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry

50-State Agency Registry Launches Historical Materials

December 15, 2007

The 50-State Agency Databases Registry, which I coordinate, has launched a new set of subject-focused database collections under the heading of history:

* Biographical Databases – Databases that provide biographical sketches of authors, state officials, famous state residents, etc.
http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Biographical_Databases

* Historical Media Databases – Databases that provide online access to photographs, video, or audio.
http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Historical_Media_Databases

* Historical Newspaper and Magazine Indexes – Databases that index articles in older newspapers, journals and magazine that contain historical information. These databases will usually lead one to microfilmed items that may be obtainable through Interlibrary Loan.
http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Historical_Newspaper_and_Magazine

* Museum Collection Databases – Catalogs of state museum holdings which often have historical notes. Museums listed here are either run by a state or by one of the state’s political subdivisions
http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Museum_Collection_Databases

* Official Records Databases – vital records, (birth, death, etc), war pensions, etc.
http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/Official_Records_Databases

These pages just launched, so they are a little light on content. The Registry volunteers will be adding to these pages in the next few weeks.

If you are registered with the ALA GODORT wiki and would like to help the effort along, please browse the state pages or search for words from the historical categories and copy and paste databases from the state pages to the appropriate subject page.

Why these topics? Because after making solicitations here, on govdoc-l and on Facebook, more people wanted subject pages for historical materials than anything else. It’s my personal hope that when these annotated historical materials pages are filled out, they will be of special value to historians and to schoolchildren stuck with “I need to do a report on the State of _____.” It will help them go beyond state symbols and the like.

Hope you enjoy them!

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry

South Carolina: School Directory

December 14, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database highlight is from South Carolina:

School Directory – gives information on locating schools of all levels in a city, district, or county. The “LookUp Tool” allows one to choose a district and then decide on the type of information desired, such as school address, district information, or district staff. There are also links for a printable directory in pdf, for lists of private schools and for homeschool organizations, and educational organizations.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry.

Ohio: Veterans Home Cemetary

December 12, 2007

Today’s State Agency Database Highlight is from Ohio:

OVH Cemetery – Search the alphabetic list of veterans buried in the Ohio Veterans Home Cemetery at Sandusky. The date of death is included. Click on view detail for the exact grave location and an image of the headstone. Database can be searched by date of death and by last and first names by using the “advanced find” feature.

For more databases from more states, please see the 50-State Agency Database Registry.