Saturday, January 09, 2016

Blogmaster Resignation

We regret to announce that Tom Pearson has resigned as MoSGA's Blogmaster, a position he has held since the blog's inception in November 2007. We appreciate his dedication to the blog for the past eight years, with literally thousands of posts on a variety of genealogical topics.

If you are interested in serving as MoSGA's blogmaster, please send an email to MoSGA President Tim Dollens at president at mosga dot org. Other MoSGA board members can be reached as well, through the contacts page on our website: www.mosga.org. Use the "Contacts" link on the left.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

GET READY FOR FGS!

We had a national genealogical conference this year at St. Charles (Mo), and next year we get one at Springfield (Il)--and hotel reservations are now open:

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Note: FGS Conference is August 31-September 3, 2016.

WINDOWS THEMES

Note: What to say about these? Well, they look great, and they’re free…

From the Microsoft website: A theme is a combination of desktop background pictures, window colors, and sounds. You can preview each theme’s image collection by clicking Details. To get a theme, click Download, and then click Open. This saves the theme to your PC and puts it on your desktop.

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WINDOWS DEFENDER

If you install Windows 10, you are protected against hackers from the git-go by Windows Defender. You can then choose to keep Defender running, or you can download and install another anti-virus application like Avast, Avira, or Microsoft’s own Microsoft Security Essentials (I’m running that one as we speak).

From the Microsoft website: Windows 10 is safer and more secure thanks to Windows Defender and Windows Firewall.

When you start up Windows 10 for the first time, Windows Defender is on and working to protect your PC by scanning for malicious software. It will turn itself off if you install another antivirus app.

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GET STARTED WITH WINDOWS 10

If you’ve bit the bullet and decided to upgrade, this terrific online guide from Microsoft is a fast and easy way to familiarize yourself with 10’s many bells and whistles:

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UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10?

Should you upgrade to Windows 10? This FAQ on the Microsoft website may help you decide.

Your decision may also be influenced by the fact that you may well be eligible for a FREE upgrade to Windows 10. Yes, I said free—check the website for details:

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Friday, October 30, 2015

OPERATION RANCH HAND

The Department of Veterans Affairs has determined that a select group of Air Force and Air Force Reserve personnel were exposed to herbicides through regular and repeated duties as ground, flight or medical crew members on contaminated Operation Ranch Hand (ORH) C-123 aircraft that were used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam.

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RISING STAR

A chance discovery in the Irish military archives has for the first time resulted in a Wexford man being publicly acknowledged as having fought in the 1916 Rising:

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NELSON SMITH COLLECTION

Fans of our historic photo collection can rejoice! We’ve just completed the first phase of the Photographic Services Collection. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer, Lindsay Ploussard, we were able to create a finding aid that lists all of the sections of Nelson Smith’s original collection of Illinois State University photographic history that we currently hold.

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PVT. KELDER’S LONG ROAD HOME

It took relatives of this Illinois WWII POW a long time (and unceasing effort) to get back his mortal remains:

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DIGITAL FAMILY HISTORY AT MGC

November 7, 14, & 21 at 2:00pm-4:00 p.m.

Preserve and share your family story with a digital video of your history. This three-week workshop is aimed at adults who would like to tell the story of their family on video. Combining storytelling, family photos, and images of history, participants will use basic editing software to put together a three-minute video about their family that can be passed down for generations. Participants will get to keep a DVD of their final film as well as have a link to the film online.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE

You can view Table of Contents (and order a copy if interested) for issues dating back to 2005 here:

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NEW JERSEY ADOPTIONS

Researching them just got a little easier (or will be starting in 2017):

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OBITS ARE THE KEY

To unlocking many a family’s history:

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NEWS FROM JOE BEINE…

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items:

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