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Saturday, September 20, 2014

MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTIONS

Finding aid to their various photo collections:

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MISSOURI MEMORIES: A HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS

Online exhibit of 63 photos from the large Missouri State Archives photographs collection:

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OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE NAVIES

One of Fold3’s newest titles is the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies. Like its name suggests, this collection contains the two navies’ official reports, orders, and correspondence from the Civil War. If you’re interested in the Civil War, this is the go-to title for contemporary, first-hand information about the Northern and Southern navies. Originally compiled by the Navy Department, the Official Records of the Navies are organized into two series: Series I, with 27 individual volumes, and Series II, with 3 volumes and an index. Series I documents all wartime operations of the two navies, while Series II deals with statistical data of Union and Confederate ships, letters of marque and reprisal, Confederate departmental investigations, Navy and State department correspondence, proclamations and appointments of President Davis, and more.

It took about 40 years for the Navy Department to finish compiling the records, with work officially beginning in 1884 and the final volume of Series II being published in 1922 (and the index in 1927). Because of the massive number of pages contained in the Official Records, Fold3 is still working on getting all of it up on our site. At last check, the project was three-fourths complete (but at least you won’t have to wait 40 years!).

A few interesting finds in the Official Records of the Navies include the following:

• A Union account of the Battle of Gloucester Point, the earliest engagement between the Union Navy and the Confederates
• A Confederate report on the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle of ironclad ships
• A letter from a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy detailing the death of a fellow lieutenant during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the battle in which the Confederacy lost its last seaport

Beyond historical information, the Official Records of the Navies can be a good place to look for any of your ancestors who served in either navy during the war. Take a look through the extensive 457-page index, and you’ll get an idea of just how many thousands of names are mentioned in the records. Even if you don’t find your specific ancestors, you’re almost guaranteed to find information about their commanding officers or the ships they served on, helping you to round out your general knowledge of what those ancestors’ lives were like. Get started browsing through the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies here, or do a search instead.

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Note: Fold3.com has certainly done a nice job digitizing this set, but you can also access it here for free:

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NARA-KC IS GOING UNDER, PART II

More about their underground storage space:

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HAPPY 40th, DCGS!

Davis County (IA) Genealogical Society is celebrating by hosting a 40th year free open house Oct. 4, 2014.

The event is to celebrate the local society’s 40 years of providing promotion of the study of genealogy, preservation of records and assistance to researchers.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

USING NARA CIVILIAN RECORDS

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Using Civilian Records for Genealogical Research in the National Archives Washington, DC, Area. Rev. 2009. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2009.

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HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF VETERANS' BENEFITS IN THE U.S.

United States. President's Commission on Veterans' Pensions. The Historical Development of Veterans' Benefits in the United States: a Report on Veterans Benefits in the United States. Washington: U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1956.

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THIRTEENTH REGIMENT OF ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

Military History And Reminiscences of the Thirteenth Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War in the United States, 1861-1865. Chicago: Woman's Temperance Publishing Association, 1892.

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THE STORY OF THE FORTY-EIGHTH

Gould, Joseph. The Story of the Forty-eighth: a Record of the Campaigns of the Forty-eighth Regiment Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteer Infantry during the Four Eventful Years of Its Service in the War for the Preservation of the Union. Philadelphia: Arranged by F. H. Taylor; printed by Alfred M. Slocum Co., 1908.

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NARA-KC IS GOING UNDER, PART I

Underground, that is—NARA-KC has agreed to increase its operating space at Hunt Midwest SubTropolis by 112,000 square feet:

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

MORMON PIONEER NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL

Kimball, Stanley Buchholz. Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 1991.

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THE FORTY-THIRD REGIMENT, ACTIVE MILITIA OF CANADA

Chambers, Ernest J. A Regimental History of the Forty-third Regiment, Active Militia of Canada. Ottawa: E.L. Ruddy, 1903.

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THE RECORD OF A REGIMENT OF THE LINE

Jacson, Mainwaring George. The Record of a Regiment of the Line: Being a Regimental History of the 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment during the Boer War, 1899-1902. London, England: Hutchinson and Co., 1908.

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THE AMERICAN WAR OF SECESSION, 1863

Dalbiac, Philip Hugh. The American War of Secession, 1863: Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. London: S. Sonnenschien & Co. Ltd., 1911.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GOVERNORS OF THE STATES, 1900-1958

Library of Congress. Legislative Reference Service. The Governors of the States, 1900-1958: a Compilation Showing for Each State the Name, Term, Party, And Place of Residence Arranged for Convenient Reference. Chicago: Council of State Governments, 1957.

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