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Monday, January 26, 2015

THE CURRENT

Issues of UMSL’s student newspaper, The Current, are available now for online viewing (1976-1978):

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QUANTRILL’S RAID (1863)

William Quantrill’s raid on the Free-State town of Lawrence, Kansas (also known as the Lawrence Massacre) was a defining moment in the border conflict.

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BIG NEWS FOR IRISH RESEARCHERS

The National Library of Ireland will be giving free online access to their archive of Catholic Church records, dating back to the 1700’s. According to a press release from Ireland Reaching Out, “The records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. They cover 1,091 parishes throughout Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.”

Currently the Ireland National Library allows access to these records in their research rooms in Dublin; however, the library plans to have the records online by summer of 2015. For more information go here.

HOMESTEAD LAND RECORDS ON ANCESTRY.COM

Ancestry.com has made homestead land records available for numerous states:

Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Louisiana
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Nebraska
Wisconsin

Access via SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE “homestead” (quotes not necessary):

Ancestry.com

THE CIVIL WAR IN ILLINOIS

Thanks to high demand, extra printings have been ordered for a new, full-length book on Illinois in the Civil War covering a crucial period in the state’s history.

The Civil War in Illinois is a fully-documented, illustrated softcover work of 184 pages by historian Tom Emery of Carlinville — a contributor to multiple Illinois newspapers — who has lectured on his research to audiences statewide.

Initially printed in limited quantities in December 2014, demand for The Civil War in Illinois has far exceeded expectations, requiring more print runs to accommodate statewide demand.

Orders can be placed using PayPal or by mail by sending name, address, phone number, and check or money order for $23 to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626. For more information, call 217-710-8392 or go here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

600,000 SILENT VOICES: WERE YOUR ANCESTORS THERE?

Event Type: History
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Midwest Genealogy Center

Description:

More than 620,000 men, women, and children died during the Civil War. Storyteller Jim "Two Crows" Wallen had 16 ancestors who served in the conflict. His program focuses on the people involved in the struggle.

Age(s): Children, Ages 10 and up

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MISSOURI STAR QUILT COMPANY

Located in Hamilton, Missouri, it’s just what my wife DOESN’T need—one more place to buy fabric!

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The National Archives at Kansas City is offering a free genealogy workshop: Alien Case Files (A-Files) at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Alien Case Files (A-Files)-Thursday, January 29 at 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Learn about the Alien Files (A-Files), a rich source of biographical information for family research. A-Files contain United States immigration documents generated since the mid-20th century with a wealth of data, including visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence, and more.

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.

SUVCW TO DOCUMENT RECORDS OF THE GAR

The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War has begun an ambitious project to document the location of repositories of records of the Grand Army of the Republic.

More info

GAR Records Project website

SENTINELS ON THE PRAIRIE

On Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Debra Goodrich Bisel who will discuss her book Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

The relationship between Kansas and the science of war is ingrained, consistent and evident, yet it seems antithetical to the quiet, conservative farmer who is the quintessential image of the state. It is not. The same values created both, and both created Kansas. From early exploration of America, Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian wars to the world wars and the modern era, the forts and bases of the Sunflower State have been central to America's defense. Beginning with Fort de Cavagnial in 1744 through to the defunct fields of Cold War missile silos, Sentinels on the Prairie provides a guide to the forts and posts throughout Kansas. Copies of Bisel’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Debra Goodrich Bisel is a regional author and speaker. She is co-host of Around Kansas, a weekly TV show and is the resident historian at Historic Topeka Cemetery. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. She has made various forays into publishing magazines, including the Kansas Journal of Military History. She has been a guest on C-SPAN, numerous radio talk shows, and has appeared in many documentaries on various history topics. Currently, she appears on The Gunslingers on the American Heroes Channel. She serves on the selection committee for the Kansas Hall of Fame at the Great Overland Station and is past president of the Shawnee County (KS) Historical Society and is a president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas. Her most recent book, Kansas Music: Stories of a Rich Tradition with The History Press was released in November.

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 www.archives.gov/kansas-city/.

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ST. LOUIS MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

Links to finding aids for State Historical Society of Missouri’s extensive collection of St. Louis manuscripts:

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DR. R. MARLIN AND CAROL PERKINS PAPERS

The State Historical Society of Missouri acquired the Marlin Perkins Papers through a donation from Carol Perkins in August, 1990. The Marlin Perkins Papers is a very large and exciting collection which consists of the personal and professional papers of Dr. R. Marlin Perkins and Carol Perkins. A finding aid for this collection is available here:

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MISSOURI ARCHIVES, LIBRARIES & SOCIETIES

Very helpful list by the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness crew:

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MISSOURI HISTORICAL MUSEUMS & SOCIETIES

Helpful list on the Missouri State Archives website:

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STILL KNOWN ONLY TO GOD

A young British soldier killed in Belgium during WWI is still listed as unknown, despite extensive efforts to identify him:

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