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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

GERMAN SETTLEMENT SOCIETY

Bek, William G. The German Settlement Society of Philadelphia And Its Colony, Hermann, Missouri. Philadelphia, 1907.

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GENERAL REGISTER OF THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS (1902)

General Society of Colonial Wars (U.S.). General Register of the Society of Colonial Wars. New York: Published by authority of the General Assembly, 1902.

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CATALOG OF THE ILLINOIS STATE HISTORICAL LIBRARY (1914)

Illinois State Historical Library. A List of the Genealogical Works In the Illinois State Historical Library, Springfield, Illinois. Springfield, Ill.: Illinois State Journal Co., State Printers, 1914.

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BATTLES & BOOK REVIEWS

A blog of interest to persons who enjoy military history:

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Monday, August 18, 2014

GERMAN POWS IN MISSOURI

Photos of WWII German POWs at Camp Crowder (Neosho, MO)—-use the “prisoners of war” link in "How to Use This Collection”:

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MoSGA SURNAMES LIST

View a list of nearly 750 surnames being researched by MoSGA members. You can send an email to persons pursuing a family line of interest:

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HISTORY OF THE BAPTISTS IN MISSOURI

Duncan, R. S. A History of the Baptists In Missouri: Embracing an Account of the Organization And Growth of Baptist Churches And Associations; Biographical Sketches of Ministers of the Gospel And Other Prominent Members of the Denomination; the Founding of Baptist Institutions, Periodicals, &C.. St. Louis: Scammell & Company, Publishers, 1882.

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DIRECTORY OF THE ALUMNI

University of Missouri. A Directory of the Alumni: Containing the Names of All the Graduates of the University of Missouri (except the School of Mines, At Rolla) In an Alphabetical Register, Together With Their Present Addresses And Occupations. [Columbia]: University of Missouri, 1911.

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FINDING FEMALE ANCESTORS IN MILITARY RECORDS

Military records might not be the first placed you’d think to look for that elusive female ancestor you’re researching, but these records can actually be a valuable resource. Although women themselves didn’t formally serve in the military for much of America’s history, they sometimes had male relatives who did, and the military records of these men can contain varying amounts of information about the women in their lives.

One of the richest potential sources of information about women is Fold3′s pension or widows’ pension files from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War (as well as others, like Navy Widows’ Certificates, Navy Survivors Originals, and Mormon Battalion Pension Files). Pension files are a good source because applicants provided a vast range of information and documents during the process, including things like deeds, wills, diaries, journals, letters, marriage certificates and affidavits, and newspaper clippings—any of which might contain information about our female ancestors. Although widows’ pension files and those submitted by a living husband are especially promising sources for finding out about our female ancestors, the pension files of a woman’s father, brothers, sons, or other male relatives may also turn up unexpected information.

In fact, looking beyond a husband’s records and into those of other male relatives holds true for all the military records you search. For example, in the WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards, an unmarried man may have listed a mother, sister, or aunt as their contact “who will always know [their] address”—and that contact information may provide you with the clues you need to track down more information about the woman.

Some other Fold3 military records where you might find your female ancestors via their male relatives include the WWII Draft Registration Cards; New York 174th Regiment Service Cards; New York National Guard Personnel Jackets; WWII Missing Air Crew Reports; and WWII Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualty List.

Sometimes you can find documents and information about women in their own right (rather than via their male relatives) in military collections. On Fold3, these include the Civil War Subversion Investigations, Confederate Amnesty Papers, Confederate Citizens File, and Union Citizens File, as well as the WWII US Air Force Photos; the various Civil War photo collections; and the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps Vietnam War photos.

Remember, although many of Fold3′s records are indexed using OCR, it’s not true for all of them, especially older, handwritten documents. So if a search doesn’t turn up the names you’re looking for, it’s time to put on your detective’s hat and start browsing through the records for the information you want. If you want to learn more about finding female ancestors or searching military records, Ancestry.com has helpful videos on those topics, among many others. Happy hunting!

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ISGS FALL CONFERENCE 2014

Two days filled with genealogy education, nationally-known speakers, meals, and the opportunity to network with other genealogists and family historians! Featured speakers include:

J. Mark Lowe, CGSM, FUGA
Full-time professional researcher & educator, formerly APG President. You will find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography’s uneXplained.

Tony Burroughs, FUGA, Author
A founder and CEO of The Center for Black Genealogy. He is author of Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree and is Vice-President of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Patricia Walls Stamm, CGSM, CGLSM
Serves as NGS Education Manager and research trip leader for Washington, DC and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pat also teaches at St. Louis Community College and is an IGHR course coordinator. She lectures at various state and national conferences.

LaDonna Garner, M.A., CGSM
Consultant in Southeast Missouri. Her M.A. is in Historic Preservation focusing in nonprofits and cemetery preservation. Currently she is the African-American SIG Chair, St. Louis Genealogical Society; Small Conference Committee, Board for Certification of Genealogists, and Webmaster, Jefferson County Genealogical Society.

Gwyneth Podeschi, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Gwen Podeschi is a Reference Librarian in the Printed and Published Department of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. As well as the public service responsibilities associated with this position, she currently serves as Chair of the Library’s Book Discussion Committee and is currently the library’s liaison to the Board of the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

Conference Details

Program: Click here for full program details and Conference Brochure (PDF).

Dates: Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Location: Hilton Garden Inn St. Louis Shiloh/O’Fallon
360 Regency Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL, 62269
Telephone: 1 (888) 853-6895
Reservations: Available here.

Friday, August 15, 2014

MISSOURI HISTORICAL RECORDS SURVEY, 1935-1942

This WPA (1935-1942) survey had two purposes:

1. to list manuscripts, church records, and public records in county offices in a reference volume for the use of county officials and the general public, and

2. to locate, classify, and catalog all extant county and city records in order to make them more easily accessible to county officials, historians, and research workers:

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THERE’S A BOOK INSIDE EVERYBODY…

At least, Kim Komando thinks there is. It may not be the next great American novel (or even a work of fiction), but it doesn’t need to be in order to get published and make a little money for you:

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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: OFFICIAL MAP AND GUIDE

This publication of the GPO provides a brief history of slavery in America from 1450-1865. Also describes how slaves were brought to freedom through the Underground Railroad with a map of escape routes.

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THE CIVIL WAR DEFENSES OF WASHINGTON DC

How did they defend Washington, DC during the Civil War? This book from the GPO has all the answers:

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

THE AFTERMATH OF THE CIVIL WAR

Britton, Wiley. The Aftermath of the Civil War: Based on Investigation of War Claims. Kansas City, Mo.: Smith-Grieves Company, 1924.

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