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Monday, September 01, 2014


Washington, Reginald. Black Family Research: Records of Post-Civil War Federal Agencies at the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010.



United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Central Plains Region. National Archives At Kansas City: Federal Records of the Central Plains Region From Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota. Kansas City, MO: National Archives at Kansas City, Central Plains Region, 2010.



Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Management Survey of Activities of the Veterans Administration by the Firm of Booz-Allen-Hamilton. Washington: U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1952.



Two New York City teenagers have been arrested after they were allegedly caught defacing a Civil War monument on the Upper West Side early Thursday, police say.

Two NYPD officers were patrolling near the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Monument on Riverside Drive and West 89th Street before 3:30 a.m. when they got a report of graffiti vandals there, according to police.



Jefferson City, Mo. — Secretary of State Jason Kander today announced there have been more than 500 million visits to the Missouri Digital Heritage website since its inception in 2007. Missouri Digital Heritage is an online resource of digitized state and local records managed by the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office. The site can be accessed here.

"The success of Missouri Digital Heritage is a reflection of Missourians’ strong commitment to the preservation of Missouri history and genealogy resources," Kander said. "I’m proud of the work staff and volunteers have done over countless hours to provide greater access to our state’s rich history."

Popular collections and topics hosted on Missouri Digital Heritage include military service records from the War of 1812 through World War II, court records and photograph collections from around the state, as well as hundreds of other collections.

Missouri Digital Heritage is a collaborative effort among the Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Library and the State Historical Society of Missouri. Thanks to the efforts of this partnership, Missourians now have online access to over 9 million records documenting Missouri’s history as institutions across the state have been able to digitize their records.

Missourians can support Missouri Digital Heritage by becoming a volunteer. There are numerous projects for volunteers to join, such as the marriage indexing program, which makes the state’s marriage records available to researchers around the world. Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Missouri State Archives volunteer coordinator here or at (573) 751-3280.


The National Archives at Kansas City will offer one free genealogy workshop in September. The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Workshop Description

Exploring on Saturday, September 6 from 10:00 -11:30 a.m. is a subscription-based website that provides digital access to select military records held in the National Archives. Learn what resources are available for various military engagements and how to search them.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email us here. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us here.

Friday, August 29, 2014


This online collection of 845 photographs contains aerial and general views of all phases of the Bagnell Dam construction project. It also documents workers; buildings erected for housing and other needs; and views of areas around the dam site. The collection is located at the Missouri State Archives.



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What records does the Missouri State Archives have on microfilm for each Show Me State county? Now you know:



An interactive exhibit, “A State Divided: The Civil War in Missouri,” will open at the William S. Harney Mansion in Sullivan this Saturday, Aug. 30, and remain on display through Oct. 26.

Hours for Saturday are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the day.



The Board for Certification of Genealogists believes in education and would like to share with the public some of the expertise represented in BCG through a series of webinars.

Open to everyone who wants to improve their skills, these live webinars are set for 8 pm Eastern for the following dates:

Monday, September 22, Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, will present “Fine Wine in a New Bottle: Guidelines for Effective Research and Family Histories.” Updated, retitled, and reorganized, genealogy standards first published in 2000 are now available in a new edition. The webinar will describe the changes and what they mean for all family historians. Dr. Jones teaches at three genealogy institutes, co-edits the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, and is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof.

To register for the September 22 webinar, please use this link.

On Wednesday, October 15, Judy G. Russell, J.D., CG, CGL, will explain “Kinship Determination: From Generation to Generation.” Requirement 7 of the BCG certification application asks for a Kinship Determination Project in which the applicant writes a three-generation narrative and explains how the relationships are documented. All genealogists do this regularly while placing relatives with their appropriate connections in the family tree. A familiar speaker at conferences across the country, Judy will coordinate the Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis course at the Institute for Genealogy and Historical Research in 2015.

To register for the October 15 webinar, please use this link.

Look for future announcements on other upcoming webinars on their blog. You may sign up on the sidebar for email notifications when a new post is written.


Registration is now open for the FGS 2015 National Conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah. This highly anticipated genealogy event puts the FGS and RootsTech conferences under one roof at the Salt Palace Convention Center (SPCC).

Registration opens with a special early bird price of $139 for a full FGS conference registration. That pricing is available through September 12, 2014. Attend only FGS or add-on a full RootsTech pass for an additional $39. Register now here.

FGS President, D. Joshua Taylor, shares "FGS 2015 will undoubtedly be part of the largest family history event in North America. We are delighted to partner with RootsTech to bring the best of tradition and innovation to the family history community."

Conference Highlights

• Conference Sessions: The program features lectures for genealogists of all experience levels. Attendees will learn from a variety of tracks including Tried and True Methods, The Most Useful Records Hidden in Plain Sight, Compiling Singular Records into Lively Stories, A Retro Look at Organizing and Planning, and Modern Access to Vintage Resources. See the full program and list of speakers at
• General Sessions: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings will kick off with a joint general session for all FGS and RootsTech attendees.
• Expo Hall: Both conferences will share an expo hall covering more than 120,000 square feet, which will offer at least 240 booth spaces and a Demo Theater featuring special vendor presentations.
• Research Opportunity: The Family History Library is the reason that Salt Lake City is the dream destination of genealogists everywhere. The library is a located in walking distance of the Salt Palace Convention Center and the four conference hotels.
• Focus on Societies: Sessions on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 will give society leaders and volunteers ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, increase membership, and develop sources of revenue.
• Librarians’ Day: On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, ProQuest will sponsor a full pre-conference day of sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

Visit the FGS conference website for additional details including links to the conference hotels. Watch for future announcements about general session speakers, special activities and more on the FGS Voice Blog and through FGS social media channels (links available on the conference website).

Monday, August 25, 2014


It played a big role in 19th century American history, and these awesome photos help explain why this was so:




The Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library is a special library within the St. Louis Mercantile Library, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which is one of America's great historical research libraries, serving St. Louis and the nation since 1846. The Mercantile Library was founded by a group of businessmen who possessed a deep interest in the close relationship to the nation's inland rivers, particularly the Mississippi. Throughout its history, individuals active in waterways businesses have been associated with the Library. In 1985, the Mercantile Library built upon this long heritage of association with the rivers by greatly expanding its waterways-related holdings, and establishing the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library.

The Collection

Collection focuses on America's inland rivers and some coastal waters both as natural resources and as developed waterways for transportation and other uses.



Established in 1984 as a special collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library stands today as one of North America’s largest and finest railroad history collections. Named after noted 20th century railroad executive, John W. Barriger III (1899-1976), whose collection forms its heart, the Library has grown to become a major resource for the history of railroad business and technology as well as the study of railroading’s multidimensional influence on the American economy, society, and culture.