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Thursday, July 31, 2014


JEFFERSON CITY — Secretary of State Jason Kander Friday announced that the Missouri State Archives, a division of his office, has five traveling exhibits available for schools, libraries, local governments, historical societies and other groups to reserve for free for 2015.

The traveling exhibits, which highlight Missouri’s unique history, include the Archives’ latest production, Blueprints for Democracy: Public Architecture in Missouri, as well as four others:

Divided Loyalties: Civil War Documents from the Missouri State Archives
A Legacy of Conservation: The 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Department of Conservation
Lewis and Clark Across Missouri: Mapping the Historic Landscape
Ozark Light: The Photographs of Charles Elliott Gill

The exhibits were produced by researchers at the Missouri State Archives and feature photographs and historic records in panel displays.

No special or formalized training is required to feature any of the displays. Past Archives partners have displayed the exhibits in atriums, lobbies and galleries with positive results.

Community groups may reserve the exhibits for one to three months at a time by calling Greg Olson at 573-522-2705.



Getting ready for a trip (to Salt Lake City or Fort Wayne, let's say), and want to get the best deal possible on airfare? Maybe you should try Google Flights—it’s easy to use, and even suggests simple ways to get a better deal:



Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield will observe the 153rd anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Wilson’s Creek the weekend of Aug. 9-10 with a variety of programs and activities.



This year it’s in O’Fallon, IL, so St. Louis area genealogists will have a great opportunity to attend and learn all about researching their Prairie State ancestors:



Missouri State Senator Paul LeVota (D-Independence) has proposed legislation that would redact Social Security numbers from online death certificates, even though the last Missouri death certificates available online date from 1963:


NOTE: As numerous people like Dick Eastman have noted, if banks/mortgage lenders/auto finance companies/etc would just check the Social Security Death Index like good genealogists do every day, identity theft of the sort suggested in the article would not be possible.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


$10 Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. A pass covers entrance and standard amenity fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free.

Senior Pass

$10 Lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over (if purchased at a National Park Service property). The cost of obtaining a Senior Pass through the mail is twenty dollars ($20)-- ten ($10) for the Senior Pass and ten ($10) for processing the application. Applicants must provide documentation of age and residency / citizenship. The Senior Pass may provide a 50 percent discount on some amenity fees charged for facilities and services such as camping, swimming, boat launch, and specialized interpretive services. The Senior Pass generally does NOT cover or reduce special recreation permit fees or fees charged by concessioners.

Senior Lifetime Pass


The Civil War in the Western Theater 1862 examines the campaigns and battles that occurred during 1862 in the vast region between the Appalachian Mountains in the east and the Mississippi River in the west, and from the Ohio River in the north to the Gulf of Mexico in the south. Notable battles discussed include Mill Springs, Kentucky; Forts Henry and Donelson, Tennessee; Shiloh, Tennessee; Perryville, Kentucky; Corinth and Iuka, Mississippi; and Stones River, Tennessee [CMH Pub 75-7].

2014; 76 pp; ill; $10.00 from GPO to U.S. addresses.



new genealogy-technology conference is different in every important way.

Quick Summary

New conference is not big & overwhelming, but small & intimate. Independent organisation. Not national, but international. Not in the USA, but in Europe. Not for genealogy technology users, but the technology creators. Conference fee includes all-attendee dinner.


Genealogy without technology has become unthinkable. Nowadays, every genealogy conference has presentations that use or mention technology used by genealogists, but until now, even the most technology-oriented genealogy conferences were squarely aimed at the users of that technology.


Gaenovium is a new kind of genealogy-related conference conceived and created by genealogy technologists Bob Coret & Tamura Jones, and it's different in every important way.

Gaenovium isn't a big overwhelming conference, but a small and intimate one. Gaenovium does not take place in the USA, but in Europe, the continent where modern genealogy has its roots.


Gaenovium is not another conference for genealogy technology users, but a new conference for the technology creators. The Gaenovium conference is an event organised exclusively for academics, developers and visionaries at the forefront of genealogy technology.


Gaenovium is an international event, where genealogy technologists from around the world get together. Gaenovium 2014, the inaugural Gaenovium conference, features in-depth geneatechnology presentations by domain experts from Canada, Germany, Ireland, and the Netherlands. Gaenovium 2014 takes place in Europe, and is sponsored by two leading genealogy technology companies from two other continents.


Gaenovium does not take place just anywhere in Europe. Gaenovium takes place in Leiden, an ancient Dutch city that is not only rich in history, historical buildings and fascinating museums of international renown, but also known to genealogist world-wide as the city of the Pilgrim Fathers.

Date & Pricing

Gaenovium 2014 takes place on Tuesday 7 October 2014. The modest registration fee of € 45 includes coffee, lunch and a closing dinner with all speakers and attendees.

Sign up

The venue for Gaenovium 2014 is a historic building, and attendance is limited to the capacity of the main room. Registering for Gaenovium 2014 is similar to registering for a Beta programme; you sign up to receive an invitation.


Gaenovium 2014 is sponsored by MyHeritage Ltd and RootsMagic Inc. RootsMagic CEO Bruce Buzbee is enthusiastic: “This brand new conference is an exciting initiative that we're proud to support as a sponsor.”.


More Information

Detailed information is available on the Gaenovium website: LINK
Illustrations are available here.

Follow @gaenovium on twitter.


From the vantage point of history, there is consensus: the Great War changed everything. World War I resulted in more than 37 million casualties. Empires were lost. An era of new roles for women and civic rights swept the globe. National boundaries were reshaped. Economies were devastated. The world was never the same.

And now, we commemorate 100 years since the Great War started. None of us are untouched by the changes that touch everyone.

The United States entered World War I in April of 1917 and more than 4 million Americans served their country around the world. Their courage, honor, sacrifice and valiant efforts led to the end of the world’s first global conflict just 20 months later on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month (Nov. 11, 1918).

Yet, their bravery remains largely unrecognized.

We are pleased today to announce a new partnership with the National World War I Museum. This new partnership will help the nation always remember and never forget.

We’re calling on you to help us.

• The National World War I Museum is making a historical collection of unique and identified images available on Fold3. View this unique collection here.

• Discover where your family fits in this story and share your ancestor's memories, photos, and stories to help us remember and honor those who fought for America. Click here to get started.

• Help others discover the story. Over the next four years, the National World War I Museum will educate 1,000,000 students about the Great War and its enduring impact during the Centennial. Remembrance begins with discovering. You can help the Museum reach students across the country. Your charitable gift ensures that children will never forget the heroic Americans who brought an end to World War I. We invite you to join with us and the National World War I Museum in reaching 1,000,000 students across the country. Start by clicking here.

Family stories eventually become our nation's stories. Through this project, we can remember the forgotten stories, which show us how we became who we are today. Be a part of honoring those who served in the war that forever changed the world. Help create remembrance you'll never forget.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


The Missouri Humanities Council has awarded a $2,500 grant to Southeast Missouri State University Press to support the printing of a new edition of "Thunder in Arcadia Valley: The Battle of Pilot Knob," to be available at the end of September. The new edition features added text, photos, and maps.

The release coincides with the Sesquicentennial of the battle at Pilot Knob's Fort Davidson (27 September 1864).



If you’re interested in getting a first-hand look at what life was like for American soldiers in Europe during World War I, try browsing through Fold3′s collection of Officer Experience Reports. More than simply giving summaries of the dates, places, and technical aspects of the men’s service, these reports by engineering officers of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) are personal narratives that allow us a very human view of situations and events in the war.

These AEF engineers engaged in variety of tasks overseas, like building and maintaining roads, running sawmills and lumber operations, operating narrow-gauge railways, and working on construction projects—just to name a few. Engineers often served near the front lines—as well as farther back—in the course of their duties, frequently while under fire from German artillery or while battling nature. Though individuals’ experiences varied widely, as did attitudes, many of the engineers were proud of their service.

Below are some selected Officer Experience Reports you may enjoy, though they are just the tip of the iceberg.

• 1st Lieutenant James Metzger’s account of his men’s “constant battle with mud and rain” while building a road in France. He felt his experience was “none of the spectacular, but plenty of hard work.”
• Captain O.B. Martin’s account of building and running a successful sawmill in France with men who, though inexperienced, rose to the occasion. Low on all supplies at first, including horses, they built a stable by hauling poles from a forest a mile away with “American soldiers hitched to borrowed French wagons.”
• Captain William Millard’s account of building, maintaining, and operating narrow-gauge railways in France to carry supplies to the British. He also recounts being shelled by the Germans and a battle in which several detachments of engineers took part out of necessity.
• 2nd Lieutenant J.E. Morelock’s account of being an inspector for the Engineer Purchasing Office. Denied a transfer to a combat regiment, Morelock finished his service disillusioned with his role in the war.
• 1st Lieutenant Lewis Edwards’ and 2nd Lieutenant August Barreau’s accounts of the Spanish flu epidemic, which hit the men on board their transport ships across the Atlantic.

These accounts are just the beginning. You can find many more in Fold3’s WWI Officer Experience Reports.



Wisconsin State Genealogical Society August Webinar
The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper

• Presenter: Cyndi Ingle
• Date: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
• Time: 7:00 PM CDT

• Webinar Description: When Google and traditional search engines don't return useful information, don't stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The "hidden web" lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into web sites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.

• Register at:

Webinar ID: 105-117-171

After registering, you will receive an email with information and a link to join us the night of the webinar and handout information. Please remember that this is a first come first serve webinar. Registering does not hold a spot for you. Those that log in first will be admitted to the webinar.


The Genealogical Society of Missouri (GSCM) announces the debut of the Insider’s Guide to Central Missouri Genealogy at the MoSGA Conference August 1-2. Patterned after similar Insider’s Guides, notably the Insider’s Guide to Illinois Genealogy, this is a handy reference guide for family historians and genealogists doing research on central Missouri ancestors.

Compiled by members of GSCM, the Insider’s Guide to Central Missouri Genealogy is four pages, 8.5 x 11” in size, printed in color on durable card stock. It contains:

• A Central Missouri Historical Timeline, including migration patterns and county formation dates
• A list of General Sites and Resources
• Over 100 links to websites covering more than 20 subject sections, including Census Records, Vital Records, Adoption, Marriage and Divorce, Cemetery Records, Pioneers, Wills and Probate Records, Obituaries, Court and Prison Records, Tax Records, Immigration and Naturalization, Land Records, African American, Military Records, Tools & Miscellaneous, Lineage Societies, Maps, Archives and Libraries, FamilySearch Centers, Books and Periodicals, Newspapers, Genealogical and Historical Societies, and City Directories

The Insider’s Guide to Central Missouri Genealogy will be specially priced at $5 at the MoSGA Conference.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Our 2014 Fall Seminar will be held on October 18, 2014, at the Hotel Mead located at 451 East Grant Avenue, Wisconsin Rapids.

Direct or Indirect Evidence: Sorting Out Your Genealogical Madness

Our Speaker will be Jay Fonkert, CG.



Dear St. Clair County researchers,


Today we were notified that the County Clerk’s office at the St. Clair County courthouse began renovations July 21, with completion expected on or about September 15, 2014. On site research visitors (births, marriages, deaths) will be directed to the Belleville Public Library during construction. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Please take this into consideration if you're planning a research trip.