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Monday, October 27, 2014

WORLD WAR I HONOR HALL

Share Your Stories and Photos Today

The National World War I Museum, AncestryK12 and Fold3 are collaborating to help the nation preserve and remember the courage, honor, sacrifice and valiant efforts that led to the end of the world's first global conflict.

However, we need your help.

We’re asking you to help create the nation’s largest repository of free information about the heroes from the Great War. We want you to share your photos, your stories and your memories of those who bravely fought in the world’s first global conflict.

You can help preserve the legacy of our nation’s World War I heroes by visiting Fold3. Then, search for your Great War veteran. When you find their name, add their stories, photos and your memories. If your local community has a memorial with their name included or a memorial to their regiment, please add that as well. If they’re not listed, you can add them to the Honor Wall.

BATTLE OF THE BLUE

One hundred fifty years ago, Topeka militiamen hustled from their homes to fight invaders they feared would kill Kansans, plunder property and burn the state capital, as they had only a year earlier in Lawrence.

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SECOND BATTLE OF NEWTONIA

The 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Newtonia will be commemorated Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the small Civil War community of Newtonia. This is the same date as the actual battle, which was the second important battle fought at Newtonia, in eastern Newton County.

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CRAZY BRAVE

A war hero who received the Victoria Cross for his conduct in France during World War I may owe his bravery to his psychiatric condition, a Perth historian says.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

THOSE VIKINGS REALLY GOT AROUND…

A hoard of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant.

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CAMP DOUGLAS RECEIVES FORMAL RECOGNITION

The former site of a Civil War training and prisoner of war camp on the South Side of Chicago has received formal recognition:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— AGRICULTURAL COUNTY SURVEYS OF GREAT BRITAIN (1793-1817)

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of Agricultural County Surveys of Great Britain (1793-1817):

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS (1861-1865)

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of Confederate Imprints (1861-1865):

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FGS ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTION RESULTS

October 23, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2014, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2015.

With the recent election results, re-elected FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, "I am honored to serve with such a dedicated board, and look forward to working with those elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the next two years.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following directors were re-elected to their positions: • Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt, CGSM (Massachusetts) — Director
• Randy W. Whited (Texas) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected to their positions: • Melissa Tennant (Indiana) — Vice President of Administration
• Linda McCauley* (Kentucky) — Secretary
• David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) — Director
• Cherie Bush (Utah) — Director

*McCauley was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2014 to fill a vacant position and elected Secretary in this recent election.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook and on the FGS Voice blog.

Monday, October 20, 2014

NOT FADE AWAY

A French soldier’s room is still maintained exactly as it was on the day he died 96 years ago:

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WORLD BULLETIN

Have you ever wondered if that American news source you tend to rely on is downplaying/ignoring news from other parts of the world? Short answer—yes, it is! News really does happen in countries other than the U.S., and a good source for that news is WorldBulletin.net:

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NOTE: Yes, I realize this site is somewhat slanted towards Turkey and the Muslim world—so read articles of interest here like you should be reading any news article from any source: with your BS/sloppy reporting detector activated!

WHAT HAPPENED TO TOM CURRY?

Was it merely a horrible accident, or was it murder?

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IT’S IN YOUR GENES…

Are you very tall (or very short)? The answer is mostly in your genes:

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THE FAMILYSEARCH BLUES…

Having problems with FamilySearch.org lately? Join the club:

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THE LARGEST FAMILY REUNION IN HISTORY

October 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Global Family Reunion announced today their partnership for the largest family reunion in history to be held June 6, 2015 on the site of the legendary 1964 New York’s World Fair to benefit Alzheimer’s research, education, and training.

FGS will facilitate the organization of Global Family Reunion branch parties at many of its member societies across the United States and around the world.

“As a leader in the family history community, FGS is delighted to be working with the Global Family Reunion,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “As genealogy increases in popularity, events like the Global Family Reunion give our member societies the chance to show the world the best of the best. We couldn't be happier to join Mr. Jacobs and his search for cousins across the world to benefit such a worthy cause."

Brainchild of best-selling author and three-time TED talk speaker, A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion will host the event in New York. It will include talks, family history exhibits, the world’s largest family photo, other family reunion activities as well as live-streaming to branch parties located all over the world.

“I'm thrilled the Global Family Reunion and the Federation of Genealogical Societies have formed a partnership. I can't wait to work with FGS and its wonderful member societies on this project to spread the word to all members of the human family about how fun and fascinating genealogy is,” said Global Family Reunion Founder A.J. Jacobs. “Plus, I'm very, very distant cousins with everyone on the FGS team, so it's all in the family.”

The talks and presentations will feature a wide range of fascinating experts and entertainers including Academy Award-nominated director of Supersize Me Morgan Spurlock, the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (via video), Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon, leading population geneticist and director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project Spencer Wells, and Federation of Genealogical Societies President D. Joshua Taylor.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy, and on the FGS Voice blog.

About Global Family Reunion

The Global Family Reunion is an event conceived by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs. It will include presentations by celebrities, genealogists, and famous scientists, music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food. Jacobs became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several genealogy websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. "Once we realize we're all related," he says, "we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer's". He is using the event to collect donations, which will be distributed to Cure Alzheimer's Fund and the Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter. The Global Family Reunion will be the topic of Jacobs' next book and the subject of a documentary by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me). Among those participating are actor Daniel Radcliffe, President George H.W. Bush and comedian Nick Kroll. The event has already been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, NPR and Good Morning America. If you are interested in attending, please see the event website for more information.