Thursday, July 30, 2015

FINDING YOUR WAY IN IRELAND

Know the Irish county of origin, but not the parish? Here’s some good advice:

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BIG AND BRIGHT

Researching Texas ancestors? This blog post will help:

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FRANKIE MEYER ON THE JOY OF GENEALOGY

She writes a regular column for the Joplin Globe:

Recently, a lady named Sally told me that she had paid to join a genealogy website and within a week had traced her family history back to the 1600s, printed it and put it in a notebook.

Hopefully, Sally will maintain her enthusiasm, become more curious about her ancestors and will learn that a family history includes more than dates, places and names, and that it must be documented.

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CANADA’S KOREAN WAR VETS

Canada’s Korean War veterans had to keep fighting for 60 years after the war’s end to receive the full-fledged recognition they deserved.

On Monday, Korean War Veterans Day paid tribute to the efforts of the Canadians who fought – and the 516 of them who died – while supporting the fight for freedom on the Korean Peninsula during the 1950s.

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LANDSCAPES OF MEMORY

Clay County's "landscapes of memory" are revealed to new generations in a book to be released Aug. 3. "Images of America: West Point and Clay County, Mississippi" is a recent addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images series, which chronicles the history of small towns across the country.

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VIRGINIA’S YOUTH CC

While many teens were enjoying a summer off, some are hard at work improving the quality of Virginia's state parks, and just so you know, they all voluntarily accepted their positions.

The Virginia Youth Conservation Corps is made up of boys and girls ages 14-17 from all across Virginia, some even come from out of state. They were scheduled to work through the summer and experience things program leaders said they could never experience working at the neighborhood ice-cream joint.

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PLACE NAMES IN PHELPS COUNTY

It has been said that behind every name there is a story. In Phelps County, the stories of how its towns got their names are as colorful and interesting as the people who reside in them.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GETTING READY TO DITCH YOUR LANDLINE?

You should probably read this before you do:

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HANNIBAL’S OTHER ATTRACTION

Hannibal will be forever linked to a man known for his writing, rather than his participation in the Civil War. Hannibal’s connection to the “war between the states” will be better known in the future, thanks to the City Council’s recent decision to partner with the Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation.

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A BEAR CUB AND A MUSIC MACHINE

Eighty years ago this month, 20 solitary miles beyond Magdalena on the Plains of San Agustín, a large camp began to take shape.

Populated by lonely young men far from home, this remote outpost was known as DG-42-N. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a home base for their area project, a big part of which was to protect and improve an important New Mexico asset: the Magdalena Stock Driveway.

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IBEW MAGAZINES

Tip courtesy of the Missouri History Museum:

Magazines of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are available on the IBEW website for the years 1893 to present. These issues are not keyword searchable; rather, you can select a year and browse through individual issues.

ELECTRONIC RECORDS GRANT TO MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander Monday announced the Records Services Division of his office was awarded an electronic records grant of $31,690 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

IS THAT PERIODICAL IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN?

The confusing answer is maybe:

Many books published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963 are actually in the public domain, since the author/publisher neglected to renew the item’s copyright protection, and such renewals were not automatic. It’s also relatively easy to determine if copyright on such an item was renewed or not.

A periodical published between 1923 and 1963, however, is a different story. Why? Because it’s not just the publisher of the periodical who can renew copyright: authors of articles in the periodical may have renewed copyright on their own individual contributions:

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THE SHRINKING PUBLIC DOMAIN

Mega-colossal companies with a stake in copyright ownership keep pushing for longer and longer periods of copyright protection, to the financial detriment of poor schlubs like you and me:

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WAS YOUR FAMILY NAME CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND?

Please, people: let’s put this hoary old chestnut out of its misery once and for all: the answer is NO.

Clerks at Ellis Island did not record names of arriving passengers: they in fact matched passengers to a ship manifest prepared in the old country by shipping company employees. Look closely at some manifests—you can often actually see the checkmarks made by Ellis Island clerks as they matched an arrival to the manifest.

You will also sometimes see names lined out on the manifest—such persons either failed to board the ship in the old country, or died on the way to America and were (generally) buried at sea:

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