Saturday, May 30, 2015

THE CENSUS ON MOCAVO

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DOES YOUR LIBRARY NEED FOLD3.COM?

If it can possibly afford it, the short but sweet answer is yes…

ProQuest continues to enhance its genealogical offerings by adding to its impressive line of family history products. Exclusively available from ProQuest, Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry, is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content. Libraries can now offer their patrons this invaluable resource that brings to life the details of America's military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents. Historians, genealogists and military enthusiasts can access more than 440 million records beginning with the Revolutionary War. The new user interface makes it easy to search historical documents from diverse sources including the War of 1812 Pension Applications and Service Records, Civil War Widows' Pensions, and records of the United States Colored Troops, and, unique non-military sources such as Native American records, FBI Case Files, and Holocaust records.

The new library edition also provides access to personalization tools. Library patrons may choose to create a personal user account to build memorial pages, submit annotations to any image, or leave comments. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

Check out the list of world-class archives for this continually-growing compilation containing nearly 450 collections, of which many are only available on Fold3.

ProQuest provides libraries with the greatest scope of genealogical resources and historical databases, encompassing both primary and secondary sources. Specialized content like Fold3 Library Edition combined with Ancestry Library Edition, the new HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers, provide family history enthusiasts and historical researchers access to essential resources to jump-start, delve deep, and streamline their research.

"Genealogists and researchers across disciplines need access to a variety of resources to be successful in their scientific and exploratory work. As a result, libraries are continuously looking for distinct, diverse and rich content sources to meet the needs of their patrons," said Andon Baltakov, vice president, product management, ProQuest. "With the addition of Fold3 Library Edition, ProQuest upholds its commitment to providing our customers with authoritative history resources for researchers, political science experts, genealogists and biographers."

UNDER THE TALL GRASS

A cemetery restoration project by a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp in OK has discovered the previously unrecorded graves of 15 Confederate and 2 Union soldiers:

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EXPLORING THE CENTURIES: FOOTPRINTS IN TIME

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 MAY 2015: The 2016 NGS Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,4-7 May, is one year away, but it is not too soon to think about hotel reservations. Attendees have a choice of three different hotels in the area with a variety of room rates. The conference, which will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, will be well attended, so plan to make your reservations early.

The three conference hotels are the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (Conference Hotel), Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, and Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. They will apply the special conference rates for three days before and after the conference. Each hotel offers a variety of amenities and dining options, so choose the one that best fits your needs. You may book your hotel rooms beginning 27 May 2015 through the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Reservations must be made through the CVB to receive the NGS rate. Visit the NGS Accommodations page to begin booking your hotel reservation.

The conference theme, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will delve into the records and history that define the ethnic diversity of Florida, as well as the records that have been created because of the migrations into, within, and out of the state.

The four-day conference will include more than 150 lectures by nationally recognized experts on topics including the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups in Florida and the neighboring areas of the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The program will also feature broader genealogical categories including military and other federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, problem solving, and technology.

An Exhibit Hall with more than 100 vendors will be free and open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, directly across from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you do not miss any of the conference news or announcements. Conference registration opens 1 December 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

KIRKSVILLE HONORS FIVE CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS

The Friends of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee honored five Civil War veterans with a headstone dedication ceremony at the cemetery. Dozens of family members and friends of the war veterans joined local elected officials, city staff and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to honor the local heroes:

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LET OUR NAMES BE KNOWN

It took 148 years, but a marker listing the names of 173 black soldiers who died during an 1866 cholera epidemic has finally been placed next to an obelisk at Jefferson Barracks that noted their passing but mentioned no names:

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OIL AND WATER

Fuel oil that covered the remains of many sailors and Marines killed on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor may help us identify them at long last:

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THE PASSING OF THE CHEROKEE

Two groups of Cherokee camped at Waynesville, MO during the Great Removal of the 1830s:

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FULL WIPE

NOTE: As with any eraser application, be sure that you've saved any necessary files to another storage unit before using Full Wipe, because once you do so those files are gone forever...

Wipe all data from your memory cards, USB stick, removeable HDDs, HDDs.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

MISSOURI PENITENTIARY RECORDS

A new website is available to check records of inmates who spent time in the Missouri State Penitentiary between 1836 and 1931.

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CUCKOO FOR CAVES

If you love the idea of crawling through cold, dark, spooky, bat-filled caverns, these folks want to hear from you:

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FINALLY AT REST IN SANTA FE

Cpl. Abie Apodaca finally came home after years in an unmarked grave in North Korea:

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WE STAND ALONE

Leslie Sabo was born in Austria after his Hungarian family fled the invading Russians after WWII. The family managed to move to America when Leslie was 2. He was a so-so student who dropped out of college in 1969. He was drafted shortly thereafter, and by April 1970 his unit (nicknamed the Currahees—Cherokee for “We stand alone”) was in Cambodia, attempting to disrupt the NVA’s staging area there:

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KENNY’S CHOICE

Moving tribute to a kid who enlisted and lost his wager with fate:

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GOLD STAR ROLL OF HONOR

In the months after the close of WWI, Indiana attempted to document the lives of its sons and daughters killed during the war:

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