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Monday, November 24, 2014

SMALL SOLDIERS

A Colorado man got hooked on collecting military miniatures—-and the collection just grew and grew:

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GATEWAY FAMILY HISTORIAN

The latest issue of Gateway Family Historian ("Civil War Crime and Punishment")is now available online:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: THE U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SERIAL SET

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case the U.S. Congressional Serial Set:

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FOLD3.COM ADDS CIVIL WAR SERVICE RECORDS

The Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) are one of the best places to look for information on the military careers of your Civil War ancestors. Compiled by the National Archives starting in the 1890s, the Civil War CMSRs contain basic military service information for soldiers in the volunteer armies (and in a few cases for women attached to the armies, often via hospital service as matrons, laundresses, etc.).

The information in a soldier’s CMSR was originally consolidated from a variety of sources and summarized on card abstracts, which were then filed using a system of envelopes, with one envelope per soldier per regiment. The sources for the card abstracts included muster rolls, regimental returns, pay vouchers, hospital rolls, and other such records. In addition to the cards, some CMSRs also contain personal papers such as casualty sheets, discharge certificates, enlistment papers, inventories of personal effects, medical records, or even photos, newspaper articles, and letters.

Although Fold3 already has many of these CMSRs, our collection is still growing! Whereas previously for some states, Fold3 had index cards rather than the full CMSRs, we’re now adding (or planning to add) the complete documents for Union soldiers from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington DC. We’ve also already added full CMSRs for the U.S. Colored Troops.

The new CMSRs are being scanned directly from the original papers at the National Archives (rather than from microfilm), which means that this the first time these records will be available digitally. However, it also means that the process may be lengthy, since the records have to be carefully scanned page by page.

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DNA CIRCLES

Good morning,

The time has come. This morning, we have launched our new, enhanced DNA matching and the beta for DNA Circles:

All AncestryDNA customers who had their results prior to today will have their updated DNA matches available on the site. We are in the process of emailing everyone to notify them of the update.

DNA Circles is the name for what we previously shared as DNA match groups. This is being launched in beta as the technology is still in its early days. The help section of DNA Circles has lots of information on how this works, we’ll also be posting an overview for everyone to read.

More info on their blog

You can download your “old" DNA matches via the settings tab on the DNA homepage. This is only available to people who had results prior to today. From today forward, people only have the “new” matching results.

What really makes our new matching algorithms powerful is how we have improved the process of phasing with having the database size to cross compare and take a deeper dive into the new discoveries we are making. Check out the white paper for more of the details. It’s available in the help area for DNA matches, click the question mark.

We are very excited to share this new feature and to see the discoveries that can be made.

Thanks,

Matthew Deighton
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Ancestry.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: WORLD WAR II NARRATIVES

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of books on a particular subject, in this case books about World War II military units:

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THE HUNT FOR A HERO

A search for unmarked Spanish Civil War graves has begun in southern Spain and officials hope it may reveal the burial site of acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who's believed to have been executed and buried in the area.

Andalusia's regional government said Wednesday work had begun to clear 300 square meters (3,230 square feet) of a forest outside the village of Alfacar to bring it back to pre-war levels. Archeologists will then begin soundings to try to detect bone remains. If any are detected, a court will decide the next step.

The project, expected to last 10 days, aims to discover any war victims' remains, not just Lorca's. A two-month dig in a nearby area in 2009 yielded no results.

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BLEEDING KANSAS

The conflict over slavery in Kansas Territory and the Civil War needs to be remembered for many reasons, and one of the most important is as a lesson concerning the negative effects of abandoning the framework of American life that is embodied in the United States Constitution.

The framers of the United States Constitution created more than a system of government, they created a philosophical framework for American society that provides a means for Americans to live and work together in peace despite having dramatically opposing beliefs and life philosophies. Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War point out the severely dangerous results when Americans set aside the principles of the United States Constitution in government and social actions.

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FARMINGTON WELCOMES THE WAR

Saturday marked the first day for the “A State Divided - The Civil War in Missouri” museum to be open. Located at 3 N. Jefferson St. in Farmington, the exhibit looks at Missouri’s presence in the war that divided a nation.

Hosted by the Farmington Public Library and working in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council, the traveling exhibit will be in town through Jan. 11. The exhibit has been traveling around the state since 2012. It tells the stories of Missourians during the defining conflict of the country.

Although the exhibit is designed to be mobile, it is no small undertaking for the library to supervise. The display divides the war into four major categories: “Introduction and Traditional War,” “Divided Loyalties,” “Slavery in Missouri” and “War of No Quarter.” Part of the exhibit includes the sharing of information regarding local Civil War history.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS—AFRICAN AMERICAN PERIODICALS

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of 19th & early 20th century African American periodicals:

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MIDWEST GENEALOGY CENTER eNEWSLETTER

A KC friend has alerted me to the fact that the Midwest Genealogy Center is publishing a monthly eNewsletter. Free subscription available here (the link is in the right-hand navigation bar):

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ID THEFT MYTHS

What you THINK you know about ID theft can REALLY hurt you:

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THE WAR IN GIANT CITY

Southern Illinois is surrounded by history, much of that history dates back to the Civil War.

Reminders of the war can be found etched in the rocks at Giant City State Park, which was dedicated in 1927 and has 4,000 acres of land in the Shawnee National Forest.

Before becoming a state park, many cliffs and canyons were used as havens by both Confederate and Union soldiers, according to the park website.

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MISSING MEDALS

Have you lost your military medals—or don’t remember what all you are entitled to? All a veteran needs to find out what medals he or she has been awarded is a copy of his or her DD214.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

OHIO SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Ohio. Adjutant-General's Dept. The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18. Columbus: The F. J. Heer Printing Co., 1926-29, vols. 1-23.

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