Wednesday, September 02, 2015

REVOLUTIONARY WAR VETS OF MISSOURI

A list providing vet’s name and county of residence transcribed from, "Year Book of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of Missouri 1896" (Woodward &Tiernan Printing Company, St. Louis):

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GRIERSON’S RAID?

Why the question mark? Benjamin Grierson certainly led that most successful Civil War cavalry raid in 1863, but whose idea was it in the first place?

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QUICK GUIDE TO FEDERAL NATURALIZATION RECORDS AT NARA-KC

Just what it says:

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WILL COUNTY DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Here at the Plainfield Public Library I have recently revamped my genealogy pages to add a bunch of new digital content for Plainfield and Will county. Some of it is currently available, but much more is to come.

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We have also created a site which should be back up and running soon called Will County: Preserving History's Heritage which has Will County info including an index to all property transactions in Will County from 1836-1885. The same info is also available through the Illinois Digital Archives which is a free site that has resources for the entire state.

Tina Beaird
Reference Librarian
Plainfield Public Library

Saturday, August 29, 2015

ABOUT JIMMY CARTER…

What will they say about Jimmy Carter’s presidency? Well, let’s just say he won’t make the top 10...

What will they say about his ex-presidency? Well, let’s just say that President Obama would be a fool not to take a close look at what many historians are calling a model ex-presidency:

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, MISSOURI HISTORY & FAMILIES

Last Opportunity to Pre-Order
Jefferson County, Missouri History & Families Book

The deadline to pre-order this limited edition, 8 ? x 11, hardbound, indexed, heirloom quality book is September 30, 2015 for $54.95 (standard edition) or $89.95 (deluxe edition) + $6.50 for shipping for each book ordered.

Optional name embossing (up to 24 characters, including spaces) on either edition by *pre-order only* is only an additional $6.00 per book.

The book goes to the printer on October 1st. A limited number of *the standard editions will be available after the release date in December, 2015. However, the price will increase to $65.00 + $10.00 for shipping. Embossing will not be an option.

Please visit our website, www.jcgsmo.org, to download an order form. Don’t delay and miss getting this limited edition book for your family or organization.

Christine Merseal
Jefferson County Genealogical Society

MISSOURI MINES STATE HISTORIC SITE

Exhibits, presentations and free museum admission will highlight the Old Mine Open House at Missouri Mines State Historic Site in Park Hills. The open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12 at the museum.

Admission to the site and its mining and mineral museum will be free during the open house. The site’s museum contains exhibits on geology and mineral resources, a mineral collection, and pieces of restored underground mining equipment.

Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located in Park Hills on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass. For more information about the event, call the site at 573-431-6226.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT NARA-KC


- An author lecture on We Were Hanging by a Thread by Ann Brownfield and David Jackson on Wednesday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m.
- One day facility closure on Wednesday, September 16
- An author lecture on The Buffalo Soldiers: Their Epic Story and Major Campaigns by Dr. Debra Sheffer on Wednesday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.
- A new film series focusing on 20th Century Civil Rights and Liberties debuting Thursday, October 1 at 6:30 p.m.
- An evening lecture on Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower: Myths and Realities of the Civil Rights Struggle with Irwin F. Gellman on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 p.m.

More info: kansascity.educate@nara.gov

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT MGC

The Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of September. Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All activities are free, but registration is required, unless otherwise noted, call 816-252-7228.

Beginning Census Records, 7 p.m. Sept. 2. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more. This is a beginning level class.

Using FamilySearch, 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog, and more. This is a beginning level class.

Beginning Genealogy, 10 a.m. Sept. 12. Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. Topics: Organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.

Beginning Internet Genealogy, 10 a.m. Sept. 14. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.

KC Garment District: Piecing Together the Past, 7 p.m. Sept. 15. Local historian David W. Jackson presents insights into the fascinating industry that clothed America with stylish garments that were “Made in Kansas City, U.S.A.” The KC Garment District once represented the largest market of coats and suits in the U.S., second only to Chicago. Explore the history, and find out what is left of the industry and the district today.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 7 p.m. Sept. 16. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940 as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index, and much, much more.

Hidden Treasures at MGC, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. This detailed tour of little-known items in our collection will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem’s Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts, Calvert Papers, and we’ll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate level class, but more advanced genealogists will make some discoveries.

Using HeritageQuest, 10 a.m. Sept. 23. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books, the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, and much more. Heritage Quest Online features a new every-name Census index, improved navigation, and many exciting new features. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, and ethnicity. This is a beginning level class.

Walkabout at MGC, 2 p.m. Sept. 25. Learn about all the valuable resources available for genealogy and history research. Each department will be explored as we tour the building, displays, periodicals, microforms, rare books, maps, and more. This is a beginning level class.

Using InterLibrary Loan for Genealogy, 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Learn how to order microfilmed newspapers from across the country, books from other libraries, and films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This class covers Internet sources and archival research. This is a beginning level class.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

FIVE THINGS ONLY MIDDLE CHILDREN WILL UNDERSTAND

I was a middle child (older and younger brother), and completely agree with this list, except maybe No. 5:--on occasion during my childhood I did NOT feel lucky to have those brothers:

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FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS IN MILITARY RECORDS

I’m still feeling the afterglow from this year’s NGS conference (plus my Uncle Robert’s kids live in the area), so I’m wishing I could attend this workshop in Stockton, CA:

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A COSMIC THANK-YOU GIFT

Occasionally virtue is its own reward, as four musical Indiana GIs discovered in a very unexpected way:

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GRAFFITI BRIDGE

A U.S. airman in WWII England etched his name, hometown, and the date (August 24, 1943) in wet concrete, and English volunteers are now contacting his 100 year old wife (who just renewed her driver’s license) regarding this shout-out from the past:

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GOGGLE ADVANCED IMAGE SEARCH

It allows you to apply lots of delimiters, including searching for images that you can use without restrictions:

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

RESEARCH PLAN TEMPLATE

This very nice 6-page research plan template created by Angela McGhie is available for free download:

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