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Monday, July 21, 2014


The Veterans Wall of Honor is a computer driven video display located in the lobby of the Administration Center. The wall was created with private funds to honor all residents of Jefferson County who served the United States in the military. The Veterans Wall displays the name, rank and place of residence of each living or deceased veteran that completed honorable military service.

The Veterans Wall of Honor is designed to be a living memorial to which names may be added. A kiosk, located next to the Veterans Wall, allows visitors to search for the names of veterans listed in the database. In order to add a veteran's name to the Wall of Honor, down-load the form by accessing the link below or call the County Executive’s office at 636-797-5400 and request an Application for Recognition form. You may also call Tess Tenison at 636-677-8943 for additional information regarding the Veterans Wall of Honor.

In addition to the Wall of Honor, a bronze emblem honoring each branch of the Armed Forces of the United States is displayed on the south wall of the hallway as you enter the Administration Center.

Jefferson County government is proud of our County's many veterans and believes that their sacrifice should be remembered and honored.



The National Tribune Soldier's Handbook: Containing a Compilation of the Pension And Other Laws, And Rulings of the Departments, of Interest to Soldiers And Sailors And Their Heirs. Washington, D. C.: The National Tribune, 1898.



We are delighted to present J. Mark Lowe's live webinar on North Carolina tax lists September 19th at 3:00 pm EDT.

The North Carolina Genealogical Society presents:

J. Mark Lowe
NC Taxes: People, Places, Time, and Delinquency
LIVE Webinar 19 September 3:00 pm EDT, Free Viewing Period: 3-5 October 2014

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Discover the variety of North Carolina tax records, and how they can tell you more than the amount due. Learn where they are located, and when to look at alternate sources for information.

Taxation in the Americas began within the colonies for the crown. By the time, the constitution was written in 1787, all colonies were taxing citizens on property, capitation (head), livestock, and other properties. The constitution gave specific authority to the state to levy and collect taxes. For purposes of our discussion, we will focus on the levy on people (poll tax), property and other personalty.

The North Carolina General Assembly in 1715 defined taxable persons as free Males over sixteen years of age. Basically a tax list is a register of free males, land owners, and slave owners who, by nature of their age or ownership, are required to pay taxes to the governmental authority. But there is so much more to learn.

J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA was named the FGS Delegate of the Year in 2000. He is a full-time professional researcher and educator, who formerly served as President of APG, and as an officer for FGS. You can generally find him researching for clients including Who Do You Think You Are?, African American Lives or Biography Channel’s uneXplained. Otherwise with his love for teaching, you will see him at SLIG, IGHR, numerous webinars or at your local society.

Lowe is a professional researcher and educator, teaching at SLIG, IGHR & RIGS Alliance, researching for clients, and working on projects like "Who Do You Think You Are?"


Were your ancestors among the brave men who fought in WWI? How did they serve their country? Learn more about them by searching hundreds of thousands of WWI military records.

Enjoy FREE access to the following My Heritage WWI record collections from now through the end of July:

Silver War Badge Recipients, 1914 - 1918

British Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914 - 1919

The National Roll of the Great War, 1914 - 1918

Tennessee WWI Veterans

Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914 - 1918

Royal Navy and Royal Marine Casualties, 1914 - 1919

De Ruvigny's Roll Of Honour 1914-1924

Distinguished Conduct Medal Citations 1914 - 1920

British Officers Taken as Prisoners of War, 1914 - 1918

British Military Officers

Victoria Cross Recipients, 1854 - 2006

You can also search all our military collections in one go.

Discover the wartime roles your relatives played in our online record database of WWI military records. This free offer ends July 31, so hurry and start your search today!


Tuesday, July 15, 2014


MoSGA Members:

The Election for officers to serve on the MoSGA Board will close on July 25th. The ballot and space for write in candidates is available in our Summer Newsletter on page 11. Please make a copy of it or cut it out and mail to:

MoSGA Ballot
PO Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833

The Election results will be announced at the Saturday Luncheon of the conference on August 2, 2014.


If you missed some or all of last season’s episodes of the U.S. version of the Who Do You Think You Are? genealogy television program, you have an opportunity to view them later this month. TLC will rebroadcast all of Season 4′s episodes, one after another, on Sunday, July 20 and again on July 23. If you missed earlier episodes, you can watch them on July 20 or 23 or program your video recorder to capture the episodes for you.

In each episode, a celebrity explores his or her family tree in this seven-part profile series. In each episode, a star takes a globe-spanning journey of self-discovery to uncover the mysteries of his or her ancestral history. Their familial stories in turn shed light on events in American and world history.

Episodes that will be rebroadcast include:

Sun, Jul 20 – 1:00 PM – Actor Chris O’Donnell explores his father’s side of the family and its patriotic legacy.
Sun, Jul 20 – 2:00 PM – Model Cindy Crawford travels to the U.K. to investigate her family’s origins and possible links to royalty.
Sun, Jul 20 – 3:00 PM – Actress Zooey Deschanel investigates reports of abolitionists in her father’s Quaker family background.
Sun, Jul 20 – 4:00 PM – Singer Kelly Clarkson learns about an ancestor’s bravery in combat.
Sun, Jul 20 – 5:00 PM – Celebrity Chelsea Handler investigates her grandfather’s role in World War II.
Sun, Jul 20 – 6:00 PM – Actor Jim Parsons honors his father’s memory by investigating the paternal side of his family on a journey that includes stops in Louisiana and France.
Sun, Jul 20 – 7:00 PM – Actress Christina Applegate learns more about her paternal grandmother, a beloved family member neither she nor her father ever really knew.

All of the above times are listed in Eastern U.S. time. Check your local cable or satellite listings for the time and channel near you.

The entire series will be broadcast again on Wednesday, Jul 23, starting at 1:00 PM Eastern time.

In addition, the new Season 5 of Who Do You Think You Are? begins on July 23 when actress Cynthia Nixon explores the history of her father’s side of the family, which reveals an ancestral mystery of deceit and murder. Cynthia Nixon’s episode will be broadcast at 9 PM Eastern time on TLC.


Beck, Walter Herman. Lutheran Elementary Schools in the United States. St. Louis, Mo.: Concordia Publishing House, 1939.



Need posters for your home, workplace, classroom, or meeting place? The GPO can probably help, and at very reasonable prices:



Think you’ve got all the tech gear you’re likely to ever need? This article about new tech in the pipeline may change your mind:



Ongoing efforts to mark the graves of Civil War soldiers are bringing mixed results:


Sunday, July 13, 2014


Kansas City (Mo.). Board of Education. Report of the Superintendent of Schools of the School District of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City, Mo.: The Board, 1883-1898 (various years).



Missouri. Dept. of Education. Division of Public Schools. Office of State Superintendent of Public Schools. Report of the Public Schools of the State of Missouri. Jefferson City: Carter & Regan, State Printers and Binders, 1869-1922 (annual; most years available full-view):



Were guerrillas a problem in Civil War Missouri? Yes, indeed:


WHEN CELL DIDN”T MEAN PHONE… just released more than 130 years of New York prison records ranging from 1797 to 1931:

1. New York, Governor's Registers of Commitments to Prisons, 1842-1908

Contains prisoner records for 15 prisons in the state of New York.

2. New York, Discharges of Convicts, 1882-1915

Governors were required by law to keep registers of all applications for and grants of clemency. This collection includes images of the registers for recording discharges of convicts serving in state prisons who had their sentences commuted and were discharged.

3. New York, Executive Orders for Commutations, Pardons, Restorations and Respites, 1845-1931

Throughout much of the nineteenth century in New York, the right to vote was denied to anyone convicted of an “infamous crime,” but citizenship rights could be restored at the governor’s discretion. This collection includes eight volumes of restorations to citizenship that New York governors issued to convicted felons.

4. New York, Prisoners Received at Newgate State Prison, 1797-1810

Newgate Prison was New York’s first state penitentiary, opening in 1797 on the Hudson River. It was envisioned as a model prison for reforming those charged with serious crimes other than murder and arson (which were capital offenses). The prison closed in 1828, and the remaining prisoners were removed to Sing Sing Prison.


Welcome to this us Census Bureau E-Tutorial on How to Obtain a Copy of your Census Record.

• On occasion, an individual needs to track down or establish a birth record when the traditional or normal birth certificate is lost or destroyed. The U.S. Census bureau provides an "Age Search Service" that provides legally recognized source documents for obtaining a passport or court-required documents or records. Specific census records from your childhood can serve as proof of age or citizenship. The state department recognizes certified census records as an alternative to birth certificates for passport applications. This is helpful if your birth certificate was lost or destroyed.

• Other agencies and courts also accept census records as official documents. The law protects the confidentiality of census records, and they cannot be publicly released for 72 years. However, the law also provides an exemption that allows you to obtain an official copy of your own census information, records of your minor children, or as someone’s legal heir or representative.

• This tutorial will show you how to locate and submit a request to obtain your census record using the Census Bureau’s Age Search Service. If you cannot find what you are looking for after watching this tutorial, you can contact our call center at 1-800-923-8282.