Tuesday, June 30, 2015

HOOSIER STATE CHRONICLES

Hoosier State Chronicles is operated by the Indiana State Library and funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. We seek to provide free, online access to high quality digital images of Indiana's historic newspapers by digitizing our collection, and assisting other organizations in making their collections digitally available.

This collection currently (as of April 2015) contains 32,505 issues comprising 236315 pages:

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DON’T FORGET THE LADIES!

Memorial Day 2015 has come and gone, but before the holiday is too far in the past, we should also honor the many women who served and died. Women entered the military in large numbers during World War II. Certainly, women — including Jewish women — also served in combat zones prior to WWII:

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A WAKE-UP CALL TO REMEMBER…

You might not think there's an inventor in your family tree, but people applied for patents on all kinds of innovations, from an alarm clock that hangs above the sleeper and falls on his face if he doesn't wake up (Patent No. 256,265, April 11, 1882) to a screen attachment for ladies' bicycles to hide their feet and ankles from view (Patent No. 557,488, March 31, 1896).

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FUNDING THE FUTURE..

Every ten years, Missourians vote to reauthorize our state’s one-tenth cent sales tax, which funds soil and water conservation and state parks. In 2016, the tax is up for renewal. By voting for the continuation of the state parks sales tax, citizens will ensure that Missouri remains a state of discovery, and rediscovery, for future generations:

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JUST A NUDGE WAS NEEDED

Some Californians wanted the Golden State to side with the South—and worked behind the scenes to try and make it happen:

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SANDY BONNYMAN IS COMING HOME

The remains of this Marine Corps Medal of Honor winner have been discovered on Tarawa in the South Pacific:

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

SPEAKING OF FIREWORKS...

By the way, is anybody else REALLY annoyed by municipalities that say that fireworks are illegal, yet seem to do NOTHING AT ALL to enforce such ordinances?

LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT ON A CLAY COUNTY PATRIOT’S FARM

Each year we celebrate our independence with spectacular fireworks displays and family gatherings. For the past 4 1/2 decades, one of our more prominent celebrations has taken place in Clay County at Worlds of Fun.

Here is a little-known fact that I hope will better connect you to Independence Day: the area where Worlds of Fun shoots off fireworks was the farmland of one of our Clay County Revolutionary War veterans, James Crowley.

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HOW MANY WERE “OUT” DURING THE RISING?

The Irish Military Pensions Archive has published a list of all those who were involved in the Easter Week Rising (1916).

After almost 100 years we may at last have the definitive answer to an age-old question - how many were “out” in 1916?

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HOW FAR IS TOO FAR (PART II)?

The Apple Store has removed apps that feature the Confederate flag, including battle simulations. Are Apple and various other corporations acting responsibly, or are they attempting to engineer a Stalinist revision of history in which events they disapprove of are simply erased from the historical record?

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HOW FAR IS TOO FAR?

Should Confederate symbols be removed from all public places and government facilities?

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SIX AND COUNTING…

Have Hoosier ancestors, but don’t belong to the Indiana Genealogical Society? Might be time to sign up:

The Indiana Genealogical Society website now has at least 6 databases for each of Indiana's 92 counties!

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Mc HENRY COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY CONFERENCE

Genealogists and family historians will learn about using cemeteries, maps and court records at a conference in July.

The McHenry County Illinois Genealogical Society is sponsoring the event from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 11 at McHenry County College Conference Center, 8900 Route 14, Crystal Lake.

The conference is designed for all genealogists and family historians regardless of experience.

This year’s speakers include Debbie Parker Wayne, speaking on DNA; Thomas MacEntee on technology and genealogy; Greg Phelps on cemeteries; Jane Haldeman on Family Tree Maker; Craig Pfannkuche on using maps in genealogy; and Ray Johnson on often overlooked sources for genealogy and Cook County court records.

There will be a number of vendors present, and door prizes are being offered by Ancestry.com, Crystal Inn Hotel in Salt Lake City, My Heritage, Swedish American Genealogists and Newspapers.com.

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CLARE ROOTS SOCIETY CONFERENCE

You certainly can’t beat the location of this upcoming conference:

The third International family history conference “Diaspora of the Wild Atlantic Way” will take place in Ennis on the 24th to 25th September 2016.

Hosted by the Clare Roots Society, who are celebrating their 10th year in 2016, the keynote speaker will be renowned author and genealogy blogger Dick Eastman from the USA, who is making his first trip to Ireland. Dick is the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter which is published daily. He has been involved in genealogy for over 30 years.

Another significant speaker will be the famous Scottish genealogist and author of over 30 books, Dr. Bruce Durie who is currently a Fulbright scholar in the USA researching migration. He will speak on Irish emigration to Scotland.

Dr. Durie is Honorary Fellow in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies within the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Author and genealogist John Grenham will also be a guest speaker at this two day event. He has researched, written and lectured on genealogy in Ireland for over thirty years. His book, Tracing your Irish Ancestors, now in its 4th edition, has been the bible for genealogists worldwide tracing their Irish roots.

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CANNONBALLS ON CAMPUS

The Civil War apparently isn’t over at the University of Alabama, where workers discovered ten cannonballs under a sidewalk near the college library:

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