Friday, February 29, 2008


While it doesn't seem likely that many of you had an ancestor who was killed or wounded in the Crimean War, this database may prove useful to those of you who do:

“This database contains details of the men of the 30th Foot (Cambridgeshire) Regiment who were casualties during the Crimean War. The SURNAME is mandatory, the rest of the search fields optional. Those mentioned here may not necessarily have had Cambridgeshire connections- they are here because they served with the 30th Foot. This is purely an index but the reference can be looked up in archive copies of the London Gazette (marked LG in the results).”

Results provide rank, status (killed or wounded), date killed or wounded, action at which killed or wounded, and date notice appeared in London Gazette.


Note: Not familiar with the Crimean War? You probably have heard of the Charge of the Light Brigade...


There was at one time, anyway...

If you had an English ancestor who sought his fortune in the gold fields of Australia, this database (includes men and women’s names) will be worth a look:


Note: Information provided is limited, but does include year of birth…


Researching ancestors from England and / or Wales, and think online access to English and Welsh directories could prove useful? The University of Leicester has put together a site you're really going to like...

From their website:

"Historical Directories is produced and owned by the University of Leicester. It is a digital library of local and trade directories for England and Wales, from 1750 to 1919. Within the digital library you'll find high quality reproductions of comparatively rare books, essential tools for research into local and genealogical history.

Project Aims

At its most basic level, the project seeks to provide at least one directory, for each segment on depicted on the geographical map, for each of the following decades:

* 1850s
* 1890s
* 1910s

Why focus initially on these decades?

* In the 1850s directories began to be published more widely, also providing information at parish level.
* The final decade of the nineteenth century, the 1890s, is fascinating in itself. It also leads up to the 1901 census, which has been published online by the Public Record Office.
* Immediately after the 1901 census, the 1910s also provide for potentially large audiences due to the current and intense interest in World War I.

Additionally, the Historical Directories project is committed to publishing sample directories from a wider range of dates, for each geographical segment on our map. These include:

* pre-1850s, a small selection of directories published between 1750 up to 1849
* 1860s
* 1870s
* 1880s
* 1900s

Since the project is based at the University of Leicester, special in-depth coverage is given to Leicestershire. We have also given substantial coverage to London and Wales.

What we don't cover!

The Historical Directories project does not attempt to publish every directory available between 1750 and 1919. Under our funding scheme, the project focuses upon England and Wales only.



Genealogists with Scottish ancestors may be interested in the Capital Collections of the Edinburgh City Libraries:

"Welcome to Capital Collections - a choice of images from the collections of Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services. Whether you are researching your family tree or doing a school project, you can discover the historical and cultural life of Edinburgh, Scotland and the Scots through this growing image library which includes a wonderful selection of photographs, drawings, watercolours and engravings.

Copies of many of the images are available for purchase. Look at Order Images for more information. Online ordering will be available soon.


Use the Search box at the top right of the screen or the A-Z to find images. Use Help for searching tips. When your search is complete you will be able to select from a gallery of images, each with accompanying information.


On-line exhibitions feature selected images from the collections. Some of the exhibitions are highlighted on the right of this page and a complete listing is available from the menu choice Exhibitions.

Use of the website

Images from this site can be downloaded for personal and educational purposes. Please read the Terms and Conditions and the section on copyright for more information."


Thursday, February 28, 2008


The following message from the list manager was recently posted on a genealogy list-serve that my wife subscribes to. The important thing isn't the name of the list, or the identity of the list manager- the important and interesting thing is the opinion expressed in the message. The list manager believes that people you help on the Web owe you something, even if that something is a simple thank-you, and even if the help you extended doesn't help solve the problem. What do YOU think? Do you have a right to expect a thank-you from people you help? Is the act of offering help its own reward, or should you expect more? Even more important- should you start compiling an "enemies list" of persons who have not said thank-you when offered help? What do YOU think?


Although the activity on our list has been pretty much non-existent- I wish to address a subject that really needs improvement among researchers.

The whole theory of the mailing list for genealogical research depends greatly on the give-and-take trading methods of the persons on the list. Most all of the answers given or information found is done so on a voluntary basis.

For the most part this works as it should. There are, however, a few that spoil things for the many.

For the benefit of new list members (and in the long run, for the old members):

There is a term called "Netiquette" used to describe the common courtesies extended to others on the internet. These actions are no more than what you would extend to someone in person.

The really simple and basic rule of researching on the mailing list is-

If people voluntarily take the time to do research for you and thereby do you the favor of giving you more information-


Even if the information that they send you IS NOT what you were looking for.

The lookup person still invested the time trying to do that work for you.

They deserve a common courtesy for this act.

I myself spent several hours not long ago looking through census records, marriage records, birth and death records for a person. I sent them about 7 emails with a total of 5 census pages and data on marriages and migrations found as well as information on other family members.

Although during the time I was sending emails inquiring as to the correct information needed, they wrote back "real quick and in a hurry". This was BEFORE I sent them the information.

Since I sent it, I have heard NOTHING, ZIP, NADA.

This, unfortunately, is not the first time this has happened. I have access to a vast amount of information, and I don't mind assisting people-

Yet it would be nice if some form of acknowledgement were sent. I keep telling myself that I should stop answering requests for help, but that simply makes
everyone suffer.

I maintain the data on the website for others and do my own research, and besides that I do have a life. I am not asking for profuse outpourings of gratitude, but a simple thank you.

I am left with one alternative so as to not affect the ones who are appreciative and do extend thanks:

If you have asked for assistance in the past and have received it, but not acknowledged it, then please do not ask for it again.

I am now keeping a list of those persons, and I will not be used again in this manner.

To keep others from being used, I would suggest that you all consider something along the same lines in your record keeping.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008


Step 1: Go to and search for an item of interest.

Step 2. Notice that one of the choices next to “Citations” in the left-hand column is “Cite this item.” Click that choice.

Step 3: This provides a list of citations in the most commonly-used citation styles.

Step 4: Block in and copy the citation in MLA (Modern Language Association) style.

Step 5. Paste the citation into your bibliography in Microsoft Word (or other word-processing program).

Step 6: Repeat steps with additional items until bibliography is complete.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008


Do you have ancestors who served in the U.S. Army? Yes? Then you really should take a look at the website of the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC). The U.S. Army Military History Institute branch of the AHEC includes much material of interest to genealogists:

“- The U.S. Army Military History Institute (USAMHI) is an institute of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
- Our mission is to preserve the Army's history and ensure access to historical research materials. We serve as the primary facility where researchers study Army history.
- USAMHI holdings include books, manuscripts, photos, and maps.
- Both official and unofficial (or public) patrons are welcome. We give highest priority to Army users. There is no fee to enter the Institute. A fee-for-service is charged for providing copies of holdings to unofficial patrons.”



From the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library website:

"Almost 3,000,000 soldiers served during the Civil War. Over 285,000 of them were Illinois soldiers who fought for the Union. In the 1860s, photography was becoming a popular way for average families to capture their images for posterity. Soldiers often had a "likeness" taken before they marched off to war — or they sent one home later, to a sweetheart or parent.

As part of its extensive photographic holdings, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library owns around 7000 images of Illinois "Boys in Blue." As part of a grant that the Library received, information about these images (and several hundred more that belong to other libraries and museums across the state) was entered into a database. This database lists the soldier's name, regiment, town of residence, and other information. At this point, the photos themselves are not available on the web. If you would like to see an image, contact the institution that is listed as the owner."

Click "Boys in Blue Database” in the right-hand navigation bar.

Monday, February 25, 2008


BTW, Nebraska State Historical Society also has photos- lots of photos:

From their website:

“The Nebraska State Historical Society has collected photographic images since its founding, and today its photo collections are reknowned in the nation and the world. Numbering over 1/2 million images, our photographic holdings represent nearly every aspect of life in Nebraska and the Great Plains from the later 1800s to the near present. The formats included run the spectrum of photographic technology, from daguerreotypes and tintypes to studio portraits, glass plate negatives to slides, "circuit" panorama photos to snapshots and albums. While countless people, places and subjects are captured in these images, the collections are particularly rich in portraits, town scenes, shots of buildings, and images of Native Americans and Prairie life.”



Don’t forget, Nebraska State Historical Society’s collection consists of more than just government records:

From their website:

“The Nebraska State Historical Society houses over 15,000 feet of archival material gathered from private sources -- anything other than a government agency -- and these we call "manuscript collections." There are over 2,500 separate manuscript collections representing the records of businesses, organizations, associations, churches, private educational institutions, and the personal papers of individuals and families. These collections contain business ledgers, legal records, minutes of meetings, letters, reports, diaries, scrapbooks, original literary works, estate papers, publications, and genealogical research -- documents that help tell the story of those who created them. Some of these collections are quite large, and others contain only a few documents. But no matter the size, each collection tells a unique story about life in Nebraska.”



Researching Nebraska ancestors? Yes? Then you’ll want to check out the databases available on the website of the Nebraska State Historical Society:

“Learn the many ways to search for your information in the Library and Archives.

Archival Collection search
The Archival Collection Database provides access to basic information on the Society's collections of manuscripts (papers of families and individuals, and records of businesses and organizations), photographs, moving images, and sound recordings.

Library Catalog search
The library collection (books, maps, serials, and newspapers) includes over 50,000 titles of which over 40,000 are represented in this online catalog.

Gazetteer Index, 1890 and 1911
A statewide place/name directory. Includes communities, businessess, and farmers directory.

Nebraska Atlases / Plat Books
The NSHS library has a collection of over 500 county atlases or plat books and about 150 have been microfilmed. The approximate time period of these atlases and plat books is 1885 to the present. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of atlases/plat books for their years of interest.

Nebraska Atlases / Plat Books Name Index
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the various Nebraska county atlases that are on microfilm.

Nebraska City / County Directories
The NSHS library collects all available city/county directories for all communities and counties in the state. The coverage is from territorial days to within the last two years. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of these directories for town/county and years of interest.

Nebraska Civil War Veterans
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the Civil War Veterans Indexes. The researcher may input a Last Name, First Name, Unit Served, GAR Unit Number, GAR Unit City, and/or GAR Unit County and will be given a listing of all the matching name index entries.

Nebraska Department of Public Instruction Reports, 1861-1960
This database allows researchers to locate references within the reports.

Nebraska History Index Search

Nebraska: Name Index to Cancelled, Regected, and Relinquished Land Entry Files (National Archives website)
The National Archives' Central Plains Region (Kansas City) has a variety of guides, reference information papers, lists, and other finding aids. Those available online for Nebraska are listed.

Nebraska Newspaper Indexes
Most of these newspaper indexes are card indexes or privately produced volumes at the Society Library. This database has grown to include indexes found in published material, other libraries within the state, as well as the worldwide web. It is an index of indexes. You can NOT look up a family name here.

Nebraska . . . Our Towns (University of Nebraska database)
Historic information for over 600 Nebraska cities. Compiled by Jane Graff.

Nebraska Government Records
By law, government records are public records. This database indexes federal, state, county, municipal, and special district records held in the Society Archives.

Nebraska Prison Records, 1870-1990
This database allows researchers to locate name references within the Prison Records.

Nebraska Public Documents
Launched in October 2007, this website includes reports from 1891 to 1929 and is a keyword searchable collection of digitized historic reports of Nebraska constitutional officers and state agencies.

Nebraska State Newspaper Project
This database has over 200,000 names indexed from Nebraska newspapers and is available at NEGenWeb website.

Nebraska Telephone Directories
The NSHS library is the only library in the state that collects old phonebooks from towns, cities, or regions in Nebraska. The coverage is from the early 1900s to near the present. This database gives an accurate account of our holdings and helps researchers verify the existence of phonebooks for towns/cities and years of interest.

Nebraska U.S. General Land Office Tract Books
Search homestead applications, proofs, final certificates, and supplemental information.

Nebraska Statewide Cemetery Registry
This database needs your help! Your assistance will enhance this valuable tool. It has not gone online due to limited funding.

Sherard's Nebraska Place Names
Find Nebraska Place Names researched by Jerry Sherard. From more than 25 sources and contains more than 3500 entries.

WWI Draft Registration Cards: 1917-1918, Nebraska
Over 276,000 records, arranged by county


Saturday, February 23, 2008


Interesting collection- includes a lengthy list of sites for the Show-Me State!

From their website: - Consolidating the vast amount of 'Strange Stuff' out there into one easy to use place. Haunted buildings, places, urban legends, cemeteries, weird places, cool places, ghost towns, and anything else that is worth your time to visit.”


Thanks to my friend Cathy for the link to this site!


Twenty-eight volumes of the Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, available full-text online:


Note: Illustrations are not available for some articles due to copyright issues.

Thanks to my friend Cathy for the link to this site!


Need a free screen capture program? You may want to take a look at this one:

Publisher's Description

"101 is the only screen capture program to include its own organizer as well as an editor:

The organizer:

1. Pre names single window shots with the window caption.
2. Pre names full screen shots with the current time.
3. Lets you change the pre naming
4. Provides a preview of your shots as the mouse moves over them.
5. Saves as JPEG, GIF or BMP while retaining your original shots in an editable format.
6. Sends shots to the clipboard in two formats. Plain graphic or Outlook Express format.
7. Lets you arrange shots in groups, highlight them or sort them alphabetically by name.
8. Includes a built in backup system.

The Graphics editor:

1. Annotates and illustrates with text and clip art.
2. Combines two or more screen shots.
3. Crops any number of rectangular areas from a screen shot.
4. Reduces a screen shot with anti-aliasing. (Retains fine line detail)
5. Adds graphics from files to your screen shots.
6. Creates graphics and clip art from scratch. (Including transparent GIFs)"

OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3/Vista
SIZE: 2.17 MB


BTW, you should always check downloads with your anti-virus / anti-malware software before installing on your computer-- better safe than sorry!


This freeware program sounds like a natural for photo-loving genealogists:

From the website:

"RichMosaic allows users to scan their many digital photos to create a mosaic of their favorite image. It has a very easy to use interface that allows users to quickly obtain results."


1. Output can either be in color, black and white or sepia.
2. Final output is in most common paper sizes. Ideal for printing and for the web.
3. Easy to use point and click interface.
4. Online instructions and FAQs.
5. Automatic updates (if enabled in menu).
6. Fully adjustable output. From size of thumbnails to paper size.

OS: Windows XP/Vista
SIZE: 1.31 MB


BTW, you should always check downloads with your anti-virus / anti-malware software before installing on your computer-- better safe than sorry!

MoSGA JOURNAL (2008, no. 1)

Dear Subscriber:

Below, as requested, is the Table of Contents for the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, Vol. XXVIII, No.1, Feb 2008.

This issue of the Journal just went to the printer and should be distributed in April.

The next issue is scheduled to go to the printer in May, 2008.

You can see all of the Tables of Contents for the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, for Vol. 1, No. 1, 1981 to the present issue, here.

Questions, comments: please see the web site of the Missouri State Genealogical Association.

Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, Vol. XXVIII, No.1, Feb 2008


Officers And Directors
President's Message, "Show Me The Nation's Records"
The Brick Wall And The Junk Yard
Family Reunion [Powell]
Daniel Boone's Religion
A Pioneer Gone - James C. Burns, Jr.
Bethlehem (St. John's) Evangelical Lutheran Church, Boeschenville, Benton Co., Mo., Baptisms (1/4)
Appalling Disaster
Death Of Lycurgus Lafon
Obituary [Lycurgus Lafon]
Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church Of Pilot Knob, Missouri, Births And Baptisms, 1866-1880 (1/4)
The Cass County Massacre
Veterans Attending 1896 GAR Reunion In Neosho, Mo. (1/4)
Fourteen Found Homes [Orphan Train]
Charged With Murder [Messenger]
The "Bowshelder" Name Myth (1/2)
Eldad Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Huntsville, Randolph Co., Missouri, ca.1832-1932 (1/2)
A Deadly Duel - Wade vs. Mason
Deaths, Silver Lake, Perry County Missouri, 1895-1910; St. Rose Of Lima Catholic Parish
Confederate Soldiers [Marion County] [in five articles]
Her Death Expected [Mrs. W.E. Berry]
Mrs. Berry Dead
Notebook Of Mrs. Adolphous Washington Wheatley (Theodosia Ernest Cooper)
Extracts, Excelsior Springs (Clay Co., Mo.) Newspapers, 1891-1895
Death Of Mrs. Laird
Death Of K.A. Laird
Ste. Genevieve County Marriage Returns 1856-1863 (1/4)
The Talbotts [also John W. Patterson]
Book Reviews [by Angela McComas]
Queries [edited by Juanita Mallory]
Inside back cover: Database/Library Catalog Search Terms That Can Help Uncover Lesser-Known County Records

Friday, February 22, 2008


As noted in a previous post, these folks:

1. Have lots of Arkansas Civil War soldier records and
2. Won't do your research for you.

From their website:

1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you conduct research for the public? No. The Arkansas History Commission is intended as a place for individuals to engage in research. Our staff does not undertake research requests. Please use forms only to order copies of specific military records for which you can provide complete citation.



1. Index to compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from Arkansas
2. Index to Arkansas Confederate service records (Herndon's)
Confederate pension records, Arkansas
3. Ex-Confederate pension records, State Auditor's warrant books, Arkansas
4. Unfiled papers of Confederate soldiers, all states
5. Index to Confederate soldiers in units raised directly by the Confederate Government
6. Service records of Confederate General & Staff Officers, etc.
7. Confederate casualty lists & narrative battle reports, 1861-1865
8. Ex-Confederate amnesty papers, Arkansas
9. Confederate service records, Arkansas
10. History of Arkansas Confederate units
11. Confederate pension book index, Arkansas
12. Confederate miscellaneous pension records, Arkansas 1911 questionnaires, Confederate veterans
13. Consolidated index to compiled service records of Confederate soldiers
14. Inmates in the Arkansas Confederate Home
15. Service records: Confederate soldiers raised directly by the Confederate Government
16. Records of Confederate Naval & Marine personnel, all states


17. Index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from Arkansas
18. Index to U. S. Civil War pension records, Arkansas
19. Letters received by Sec. of Navy from Squadron commanders, Mississippi Squadron, 1861-1865
20. History of Arkansas Union Civil War units 1-4th Cavalry & 1-4th Infantry (also Alabama & Arizona units)
21. Union service records, Arkansas
22. Index to Arkansas Union service records (Herndon's)
23. General index to U. S. military pensions, 1861-1934
24. Index to Black Civil War soldiers, U. S. C. T.
25. Service records of U. S. Colored Troops, Arkansas
26. 1890 Special census schedules, Civil War Union veterans & their widows: Kentucky-Wyoming


Explore Canadian military history: War of 1812; Uprisings of 1837 & 1838; Northwest Campaign; South African War; World War I; and World War II:



From their website:

"The Canadian Naturalization databases contain references to about 200,000 people who applied for and received status as naturalized Canadians from 1915 to 1932. During that period, the Government of Canada published the lists of names of those naturalized subjects in the annual reports of the Secretary of State (Sessional Papers) and in the Canada Gazette. These two databases, produced by the Jewish Genealogical Societies of Montreal and Ottawa, make it possible to search those annual lists by name."


If you're not familiar with the Canadian Genealogy Centre, here's a great starting point:


Thursday, February 21, 2008


Everton's Genealogical Helper 62:1 (Jan-Feb 2008) features the first of a series of articles by Kathy J. Stickney, "Reading Old German Church Records- Part 1: Marriage Records."

Everton Publishers


Was your ancestor a North Carolina soldier, or did his regiment serve at some point in North Carolina? This UNC-Chapel Hill online exhibit may be of interest:

"Images in the North Carolina Collection depicting the war are from woodcuts, engravings, lithographs, and photographs. The overwhelming majority of these were made by persons accompanying Union forces or were made from sketches and other information they provided."

If you find any images of special interest, you can get a high-quality photo print of those images:

"Low resolution digital images included with the Civil War Portfolio are provided for reference purposes only. Information on obtaining copies and conditions for using them is available from the North Carolina Collection's Photographic Archivist. Black-and-white photographic prints in sizes from 5 x 7 inches to 20 x 24 inches may be purchased as well as high resolution digital copies and color transparencies."

Interested? Go here: LINK


Can't find your Missouri Confederate soldier in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Index? Try the index on The War for Southern Independence in Missouri:


Indexes to Confederate soldiers are also available for the following states:

North Carolina
South Carolina


Actually, they failed to pay a guy, Daniel Smoote, who sued them after they stole his horse following a bank robbery in Daviess County, Missouri in 1869. During the robbery, Jesse shot and killed the bank owner, John Sheets, whom he misidentified as Samuel Cox, the man who led the force that killed "Bloody Bill" Anderson in 1864. Smoote sued Frank and Jesse for $223.50, the price of his horse, bridle, and saddle. Frank and Jesse denied having been in Daviess County on the day of the robbery, but lost the suit when they failed to appear in court. Smoote, however, apparently never received payment from the James boys, who in this case at least felt no need to give to the poor-- or rather, the poor man whose horse and equippage they stole.

The papers documenting this law suit were recently sent by Daviess County Circuit Clerk Sue Bird to the Missouri State Archives for preservation and microfilming.


Are you researching an Arkansas soldier? Yes? Then you need to know two things:

1. The Arkansas History Commission has lots and lots of Arkansas soldier records.
2. They're not going to do your research for you.

From their website:

1 Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you conduct research for the public? No. The Arkansas History Commission is intended as a place for individuals to engage in research. Our staff does not undertake research requests. Please use forms only to order copies of specific military records for which you can provide complete citation.



Registers of enlistments in U. S. Army, 1798-1884
Records, HQ, Army of the S. W. Frontier, 1835-1853
Organization index to pension files of veterans who served between 1861 & 1900, Arkansas
Index to compiled service records of U. S. volunteer soldiers, 1784-1811
Returns of U. S. military posts and bases in Arkansas, 1800-1916
General correspondence of Record & Pension Office, 1889-1920
Index to U. S. pensions, 1815-1860: "Old War"
General index to U. S. military pensions, 1861-1934


Index to compiled service records, all states
Index to compiled military service records of Revolutionary War naval personnel, A-Y
Index to compiled service records, North Carolina

WAR OF 1812:

Index to compiled service records, all states
Index and muster rolls, Tennessee
Military bounty land warrants, 1815-1858, Arkansas, Missouri, & Illinois
Index to compiled service records, Louisiana & North Carolina
Index to War of 1812 pension application files


Index to service records (1815-1858), all states
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during Cherokee disturbance & removal in organizations from North Carolina
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during Creek war from Alabama
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers from Louisiana in war of 1837-1838 (2nd Seminole War)
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during Cherokee removal in organizations from Alabama
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served during Florida war in organizations from Alabama
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers from Louisiana in Florida war


Index to soldiers, all states
Index to Arkansas servicemen, A-Y (Herndon's)
Compiled service records, Texas


Index to Arkansas service records (Herndon's)
Index to compiled service records of volunteer soldiers from Louisiana in war with Spain


World War I draft registration records, Arkansas
World War I discharge records, Arkansas
World War I nurses, Arkansas
World War I Navy discharge records, Arkansas
World War I Marine discharge records, Arkansas

NOTE: We'll list their Civil War records tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

FGS FORUM 19:4 (Winter 2007)

FGS Forum 19:4 (Winter 2007) includes several articles of interest. The first concerns the FGS "Footprints of Family History Conference" to be held 3-6 September 2008 in Philadelphia, PA. Most of the conference will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Arch Street. Topics include Mid-Atlantic states research, genetic genealogy, area ethnic groups research, African-American research, military records, and genealogical society management workshops. Need more info?

FGS Conference website

FGS Forum website

A second article notes that NARA and the Genealogical Society of Utah have announced a plan to digitize the pension records of widows of Civil War soldiers. An initial effort will involve the digitization of the first 3,150 of these files; then GSU intends to digitize all 1,280,000 pension files in the series. You will be able to view the pension records for free at Family History Centers and, and at the National Archives and its regional branches. The pension records will also be available on

A third article reveals that 275,000 Georgia death certificates (1919-1927) can be viewed online for free at The digitization of these records was a joint project of the Georgia Archives, the Georgia State Office of Vital Records, and

A fourth article by Curt Witcher discusses the Family History Archive. The Archive is planning to digitize 100,000 family and local histories and make them available on the Family History Archive website. The Archive is a cooperative project of Brigham Young University, the Family History Library, and Allen County (IN) Public Library.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


Chicago Genealogist 40:2 (Winter 2007) includes an article by Mary Penner on "Using Coroner's Records." The article notes that rules governing deaths and the handling of corpses in various European countries were sometimes exceedingly complex, and fines for rule-breaking so large, that villagers would sometimes drag the bodies of strangers who died expectedly to nearby villages so as to avoid contact with the coroner and his onerous rules.

The coroner system currently in place in the U.S. varies from state to state. Some states require coroners to have medical training, others do not. Coroners who are not doctors can hire a physician as needed to perform autopsies. You can find summaries of each state's system here:

Centers for Disease Control


Central Illinois Genealogical Society Quarterly 43 (Winter 2007) features an article about Decatur's experiences in the 1918-1919 flu epidemic. A quarantine order was issued by Commissioner John F. Mattes on October 12, 1918, that closed "schools, theaters, billiard rooms, and dance halls." Church services were suspended, and parents were instructed to keep their children at home. A newspaper article noted that 1,000 of 6,600 children were absent because of illness prior to the quarantine.

A vacant house was commandeered, hurriedly cleaned, and pressed into service as an emergency hospital / morgue. There were usually at least 255 patients on hand, with more in the morgue awaiting burial. The emergency hospital depended heavily on volunteers, but volunteers became harder and harder to enlist as more people became sick or feared becoming sick due to close contact with flu victims.


INDIANA LAND ENTRIES. Volume 1: Cincinnati District, 1801-1840
by Margaret R. Waters

The area covered in these earliest tract records comprises all of the present counties of Ohio, Dearborn, Union, and Wayne; most of Switzerland, Fayette, Franklin, and Randolph; and a tiny section of Jay. The records give the names of about 10,000 purchasers as well as the specific location of their land and the date of the record. These records also serve as a substitute for censuses prior to 1820, the year of Indiana's first census.

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INDIANA LAND ENTRIES. Volume 2, Part 1: Vincennes District, 1807-1877
By Margaret R. Waters

Although described as "Part 1," this volume of Vincennes District land records is apparently all that was published. It covers approximately the central third of the Vincennes District, comprising all of the present counties of Daviess, Gibson, Knox, Martin, and Pike; and over half of Monroe and Lawrence. The records give the names of about 12,000 purchasers as well as the specific location of their land and the date of the record. These records also serve as a partial index to the 1820-1880 Indiana censuses.

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Monday, February 18, 2008


Prairie Pioneer 27:4 (Oct-Nov-Dec 2007) includes an annotated bibliography by Thomas Best of books about Civil War films. Civil War buffs will enjoy this list of eight books, which will send them I’m sure off to the video store to see if a favorite is on the shelf. Of special interest is a book called The Reel Civil War: Mythmaking in American Film by Bruce Chadwick, that I think I'll need to read...

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Belleville Public Library is participating in a project to capture the memories of St. Clair County (IL) WWII vets of their wartime service. Local high schoolers will interview the vets, and the interviews will be archived at BPL.


This would be a great project for other libraries / genealogical societies to emulate-- let’s capture what WWII memories we can, while we can still get some stories from the horse’s mouth…


The newly redesigned website of Belleville Public Library (IL) includes a section that details its genealogical holdings (extensive for St. Clair County, IL). There’s also a downloadable finding aid for genealogists.


A good Samaritan on the England-Manchester Rootsweb list has been posting newspaper snippets of interest from the Manchester Evening News. Here's an unsolved mystery:

The "In Touch" section of the Manchester Evening News in November (2007) has a picture of Florrie, Rita and Nellie, surname unknown-- I'd say the ages are between 6 and 12, I'm assuming they are sisters as they look very much alike. They were evacuated during the war from Salford to Pilling. It doesn't say which war, but I think we can assume WWII. The family the girls went to stay with would like to know more about them. If anyone knows who the girls are or has them in their tree, contact me for the address of the family they stayed with.


Sunday, February 17, 2008


Pocket Guides were booklets issued to WWII American servicemen when they first arrived in foreign countries. The following Pocket Guides are available as PDF downloads on the Internet Archive:

Note: In the Search box, type "Pocket Guide to" without the quotes.

Pocket guide to China - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given to GIs stationed there in World War II
Keywords: World War II; China
Downloads: 103

Pocket guide to Egypt - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given out to US soldiers in World War II
Keywords: World War II; Egypt
Downloads: 76

Pocket guide to Hawaii - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given to US troops during World War II
Keywords: World War II; Hawaii
Downloads: 70

Pocket guide to Germany - Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, United States Army
Published for GIs who would soon be occupying the country.
Keywords: World War II; Germany; nazism
Downloads: 108

Pocket guide to Iran - Special Service Division, Army Service Forces, United States Army
Written for US troops in World War II
Keywords: World War II; Iran
Downloads: 10

Pocket guide to West Africa - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given to US troops during World War II
Keywords: World War II; West Africa
Downloads: 53

Pocket guide to New Zealand - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given to American GIs during World War II
Keywords: world war II; New Zealand
Downloads: 21

Pocket guide to New Caledonia - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given to GIs during World War II
Keywords: World War II; New Caledonia
Downloads: 34

Pocket guide to North Africa - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Given to US soldiers during World War II
Keywords: World War II; North Africa
Downloads: 64

Pocket guide to Italian cities - Army Information Branch, Information and Education Division, A.S.F., United States Army
Given to US soldiers during World War II
Keywords: World War II; Italy; fascism
Downloads: 75

Pocket guide to the cities of Norway - Army Information Branch, Information and Education Division, A.S.F., United States Army
Given to US servicemen during World War II
Keywords: World War II; Norway
Downloads: 16

Pocket guide to the cities of Denmark - Army Information Branch, Information and Education Division, A.S.F., United States Army
Given out to US soldiers in World War II
Keywords: World War II; Denmark
Downloads: 42

A pocket Guide to Northern Ireland - United States. Army Service Forces. Special Service Division.
Published for Us GIs during World War II
Keywords: world war II; Northern Ireland
Downloads: 70

Pocket guide to the cities of Belgium and Luxembourg
given to US soldiers during World War II
Keywords: World War II; Belgium; Luxembourg
Downloads: 10

Pocket guide to the cities of the Netherlands
Given to US servicemen during World War II
Keywords: World War II; Netherlands
Downloads: 12

Pocket guide to the cities of Southern France - Army Information Branch, Information and Education Division, A.S.F., United States Army
Given to US soldiers in World War II
Keywords: World War II; France
Downloads: 53

Pocket guide to Paris and the cities of northern France - Army Information Branch, Information and Education Division, A.S.F., United States Army
Published for US soldiers in World War II
Keywords: World War II; France; Paris; Normandy
Downloads: 76


GSCM Reporter 27:1 (Jan-Feb 2008) includes a transcription of articles that first appeared in the Columbia Daily Tribune 15-16 October 1937. The articles by William R. Gentry, grandson of Colonel Richard Gentry, describe the exploits of the First Regiment of Missouri Volunteers in the Seminole War (1837). Colonel Gentry signed notes to help many of the men in his regiment buy horses (men in the mounted regiment had to furnish their own horses). Sickness had greatly reduced the regiment's numbers (and that of its horses) by the time the regiment reached Florida. Once in Florida, the regiment marched fruitlessly with its brigade through about 150 miles of swamp before finally encountering a large number of Seminoles on a raised hammock in a swamp. The Colonel in charge, future President Zachary Taylor, called a conference of his officers. Colonel Gentry advised that the force go around the swamp and then confront the Seminoles, but Taylor overruled him. The bone-tired men then made the charge, and Colonel Gentry was wounded twice- first in the chest and then in the abdomen. He lived long enough to be "treated" by army doctors, who "cleansed" his belly wound by pushing a silk handkerchief tied to a ramrod all the way through his wound from front to back. Needless to say, this "treatment" hastened Gentry's death.

By the way, Colonel Gentry's widow was liable for all the notes he had signed to help some of his men buy horses, so she was left essentially penniless. An appeal to politicians on her behalf resulted in an appointment as postmistress, which allowed her to house, feed, and clothe herself and her children.


Connections: the Hoosier Genealogist 47:2 (Fall/Winter 2007) features an article about the 95-page diary of young Lucius S. Keaton of Shelby County, Indiana. He began the diary on January 1, 1864, when he was 13 years old. He faithfully made daily entries in the diary until July 26, 1865, the day he died from the ravages of diphtheria, a disease characterized by difficulty breathing or even an inability to breathe due to a false or pseudo-membrane formed in the throat. In the last diary entry Lucius made, he noted that:

"My Suffering was Very grate,"

and so it must have been. His father told him that the doctor had said the diphtheria was going to kill him soon, and Lucius noted in his diary:

"I called Father and Mother to Bed and gave Them my parting hand and They gave me a parting Kiss and my Brothers and Sisters Done the Same. Fare Well."

Shortly thereafter, Lucius died. The last entry in the diary is by Lucius's father:

"He Departed this life July the 26 AD 1865 A fue minets after 9 oclock PM."

Saturday, February 16, 2008


St. Joseph, Missouri has a number of claims to fame, but one is a rather morbid reminder of Missouri’s outlaw days. It’s a bullet hole—- the one made by the bullet that killed Jesse James. It was said to have traveled through Jesse’s head and then smacked into a wall. For a long time they let visitors touch the hole, a short-sighted decision that so enlarged the hole that it now looks “as if Jesse James had been shot with a potato.”

There’s a twist to the story, of course. When they dug up Jesse’s body in 1995 to verify that it was Jesse and not some imposter in that particular hole, they found that, yes, it was Jesse, but no, there was no exit hole in his skull- so the bullet that killed him couldn’t have hit the wall. So where’d the potato-hole bullet come from? Seems likely Bob Ford’s brother also took a pot shot at Jesse at the same time that Bob did, but Bob was the better shot by far...



Footprints in Marion County (IL) 32:2 (Fall 2007) features transcripts of letters from 1st Sgt. William A. Smith, Co. F, 7th Illinois Cavalry, to his wife, Mary, back home in Marion County. Sgt. Smith was in service from August 16, 1861-December 5, 1862, when he was killed in action near Coffeyville, Mississippi. His letters (the last one is dated November 28, 1862) are being reprinted in six consecutive Marion County quarterlies. This issue (number two in the series) features letters dated October 25, 1861-December 5, 1861.

Sgt. Smith's letters provide insights into life in camp at Camp Butler (Springfield, IL), including his company's ongoing war with a pesky fox squirrel. They are also peppered with Smith's pleas to his wife to write more often, and to not worry about boring him-- little details about life at home are what he really wanted. He also tells her more than once to nag relatives / friends to write more often, and to send newspapers from home when possible. He also talks about what he's planning to do once he gets home-- sadly, though, we're only too well aware that Sgt. Smith will never go home...

Marion County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 342, Salem, IL 62881


Monroe County (IL) Genealogical Society meets on the third Thursday of each month except December in the Morrison Talbott Library in Waterloo, IL. Monroe County borders the Mississippi River and is close to St. Louis. President Jan Wenk notes that the Society is currently in the midst of two big projects: a history of Monroe County veterans with photos and bios, and a county-wide cemeteries database. The existing cemetery card index, available at the Morrison Talbott Library, has 31,225 names at present.


Mailing address: MCGS, P.O. Box 381, Columbia, IL 62236.


“Cook County Clerk David Orr’s “Sweet Home Cook County” book is now available to download as a PDF.

The book, which accompanied the September exhibit in the County Building lobby at 118 N. Clark St., features biographies of over 130 notable people born in Cook County.”



St. Louis County Library’s Special Collections Department is sponsoring a workshop on Saturday, March 29, 2008. The workshop is free and open to the public. Classes are as follows:

10 AM-11 AM. It’s Not in the Cards: Using the Online Catalog. Joyce Loving, Manager of Special Collections, Instructor.

11:15 AM-12:15 AM. Special Collections CDs Pay a High Rate of Return. Larry Franke, Reference Librarian, Special Collections Department, Instructor.

Workshop will be held at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. (two blocks south of Hwy 40). For more information or for directions, call 314-994-3300, and ask for Special Collections.


“This web-site has a collection of old maps that will be an aid to Genealogists and Local Historians. The maps are scanned from various Baedeker Guidebooks that were published before 1939.

Published in the times before the automobile was commonplace, the maps appearing on this web-site give a view of parts of Europe and America before the urban sprawl of the 20th century. Each town map shows details such as major buildings, major roads, streets (some named), and railways. The environs maps show less detail.”

Currently available:

Great Britain, 1910
London and its Environs, 1905
Spain and Portugal, 1901
The United States, 1909



Extensive links to numerous online passenger lists:



Part of World War I took place in tunnels near No Man’s Land, where men and officers could plan and rest in relative safety. Now historians and archaeologists are rediscovering these tunnels-- that is, after they pump out thousands of gallons of water that has accumulated in some of them in the ninety years since WWI ended:


If you don't get the Morlock reference in this post title, rent the George Pal film The Time Machine (1960) starring Rod Taylor and (yowsa!) Yvette Mimieux. Eye-popping color, great sets, plus it's a very faithful adaptation of the classic novel by H. G. Wells.

If you would actually like to read the Wells novel (and novels by Wells, Dickens, or Kipling are excellent cold winter's evening reading), you can get it for free as an etext or audio book at Project Gutenberg.


This blog post lists all the databases to which free access is available on


To give you some idea of the variety available:

Pennsylvania State Archives-- 117,831 (records in database)
Project Blue Book - UFO Investigations-- 129,658 (records in database)
Lincoln Assassination Papers-- 12,004 (records in database)
Papers of the Continental Congress-- 171,519 (records in database)
Misc. Papers of the Continental Congress-- 6,939 (records in database)
George Washington Correspondence-- 1,030 (records in database)

Check out the blog post to see the complete list!

Friday, February 15, 2008


The UK remembers its WWI dead in an online database:

“90 years ago a whole generation had their lives, loves, hopes and dreams annihilated on the battlefields of the First World War. Lost Generation offers an opportunity to turn those long lists of names of the fallen back into real people with real desires and potential, to understand their world and celebrate their astonishing stories.”


Lost Generation is part of what appears to be a growing international movement to try and put flesh and bones on the skeletons of soldiers who died in various wars while wearing the uniforms of various countries. Grieving for our war dead involves both the sorrow that comes with knowing we will never see that person again in this life, and the sadness we feel when we think about all the good times (and bad) that we won't be able to share with the father / mother / son / daughter / sister / brother / best friend who was killed. Visiting a grave on Memorial Day, or leaving a Teddy bear or letter on the sidewalk in front of the Wall in Washington, DC appears to be a way to say, "Hello, I miss you. I haven't forgotten you, and I never will."


Did one or more of your UK ancestors die in one of His or Her Majesty’s wars? Yes? Then you’ll want to take a look at the UK Inventory of War Memorials:



Abraham Lincoln was certainly a politician and statesman, and yes, he was most definitely an American president. But he began his rocket-ride to immortality as an lowly attorney riding the circuit, and lawyers even in the good old days could generate vast piles of court documents, including many handwritten and/or signed by Old Abe himself. In the past seven years, researchers have discovered 11,000 such documents in Lincoln’s hand in various courthouses and other repositories, and they think there are most likely many thousands more waiting to be discovered…



by Jeannette Holland Austin

This list was copied from headstones and markers in 600 cemeteries located in nearly 100 Georgia counties. Arranged alphabetically by surname, entries include some or all of the following information: birth and death dates, names of parents and/or spouse, county, name of cemetery, and miscellaneous remarks such as armed forces affiliation. The location of the cemeteries at the time the transcriptions were made is also provided. While the work does not cover all Georgia cemeteries--major city cemeteries were largely ignored--this work is a major contribution to Georgia genealogy.

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by Marie De Lamar & Elisabeth Rothstein

The compilers extracted data found in wills, deeds, tax digests, court minutes, voters' lists, newspapers, and other contemporary records--records roughly contemporaneous with the 1790 census--and they have identified about 15,000 Georgians who were living at the time of the 1790 census, thus creating a "reconstructed" census from substitute records. Counties covered include all of those formed before 1790, i.e. Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Franklin, Glynn, Greene, Liberty, Richmond, Washington, and Wilkes. Also covered are Columbia and Elbert counties, which were formed just after the census was taken. Indexed.

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Harry S. Truman, portrayed by Niel Johnson, will be on hand to welcome NGS conference attendees at the Tuesday evening, May 13,Wine and Cheese Reception sponsored by the Missouri State Genealogical Association [MoSGA].

Niel M. Johnson as Harry S. Truman

Niel M. Johnson is a retired archivist and historian at the Truman Presidential Library & Museum and a Truman re-enactor. He has re-released his book "Power, Money and Women: Words to the Wise from Harry S. Truman," published by Leathers Publishing.

Niel began portraying Truman following his retirement in 1993. Since then he has portrayed Harry S. Truman for service organizations, and veterans, church, school and social groups. In 1994 Niel portrayed Truman at a re-enactment of the Democratic convention of 1944 in Chicago and in 1996 he participated at a banquet preceding the christening of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman at the Newport News shipyard in Virginia.

Make plans now to attend the MoSGA Wine & Cheese Reception where you can speak with 'Harry Truman' and learn his views on women in politics and how he might view the current political arena. You can register for the reception at

Thursday, February 14, 2008


If you’ve always been curious about the home of one of the largest genealogy collections in the U.S., and are packing enough bandwidth to run videos on your digital significant other, enjoy:

"If you've never been to the Allen County Public Library, are planning a research trip there, or simply want to learn more about it, you can now watch a two-part video tour of the facility and learn more about its resources on YouTube:"

Allen County Library Video Tour, Part 1

Allen County Library Video Tour, Part 2


If you’ve got Canadian branches on your family tree, you’ll want to take at look at the Library and Archives Canada website:



If you can brag about medieval ancestors you've added to your family tree, you’ll be interested in this story on the BBC website about the opening of the world’s largest Center for Medieval Studies:



Michael John Neill’s Genealogy A-Z checklist:



If so, your ship may have just come in. has just put two extremely important databases on line that you’ll definitely want to check out:

“, the world’s largest online family history resource, today expanded the largest online repository of African-American family history records with two new collections that provide unique insights into African-American family history: Freedman’s Marriage Records and Southern Claims Commission Records.”

Full story on 24/7 Family History Circle blog:



Tracking any 20th century Californians? just added 30 million reasons to check their site:

“PROVO, UTAH – January 31, 2008 –, the largest online resource for family history, today announced the launch of California Voter Registration Lists documenting more than 30 million names of Californians who registered to vote between 1900 and 1944.”

Full story on the 24/7 Family History Circle blog:


MISSOURI STATE CENSUSES ON ANCESTRY.COM has added Missouri state censuses. It’s a shame these censuses no longer exist for some counties in some years, but the year and county YOU need may be available:

·1844: Callaway
·1856: Audrain
·1857-1858: St. Louis
·1868-1869: Cape Girardeau, Franklin
·1873: Cole (Jefferson City)
·1876: Atchison, Benton, Butler, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cass, Christian, Daviess, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Holt, Howard, Madison, McDonald, Moniteau, Montgomery, Osage, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, St Francois, Stone, Texas, Webster, Worth
·1880: Cass (Big Creek, Pleasant Hill, City of Pleasant Hill)
·1881: Reynolds (these records are actually land list assessment records)

For more info, read the full story:


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Ouimette, David S. Finding Your Irish Ancestors: a Beginner’s Guide. Ancestry Publishing, 2005, $14.95. ISBN-1-59331-293-8

Did you know that:

You can become an Irish citizen if either of your parents or any one of your grandparents were born in Ireland? (p.ix)

If you have an uncommon Irish surname, your ancestors may have lived mainly in one Irish county, or even in a single parish? (p.16)

For most of the 19th century, more than half of the entire Irish population went by just 12 given names? (p.18)

If you encounter a middle name that sounds suspiciously like a surname, it probably is the maiden name of that person’s mother? (p.20)

Irish towns that end in “ford” are nearly always Viking in origin? (p.21)

The largest collection of Irish newspapers in the world is located at the British Library in London? (p.107)

If these facts whet your appetite for more Irish family research tips, you will want to find yourself a copy of Finding Your Irish Ancestors. It covers most everything you’ll need to know to conduct a thorough search of records available in this country and in Ireland, and does it in easy-to-read, logically organized chapters. You’ll find out how to get started, with introductions to Irish history, surnames, and place names. You’ll learn about major record types: vital records, church records, censuses, land and property records, and wills and administrations. You’ll also discover how to leave no (blarney) stones unturned, with chapters on gravestone inscriptions, newspapers, commercial and social registers, school registers, and occupation records. You’ll also learn where to find these records: the Family History Library, Irish Heritage Centres, archives and libraries, and the Internet. And, if you’ve got the wherewithal to actually visit the Auld Sod, there’s even a chapter on planning your research trip to the Emerald Isle. Finally, there’s a glossary, bibliography, and an index.

So, if this review has served “to get your Irish up,” it’s time you get a copy of Finding Your Irish Ancestors and start researching!

Available on for $10.17.

Find in a library near you.


Place: 2856 South 11th Street
Springfield, IL
Time: 9 AM-1 PM
Date: Saturday, 12 April 2008

Come join our ancestor hunt and search with your friends and neighbors through our treasure trove of genealogical and historical resources, including census, birth, death, and marriage microfilm, and microfilm of numerous local newspapers. You’ll also be able look through Society publications, obituary, surname, and vertical files, plus miscellaneous Illinois county publications. Society members will be available to assist you with your research questions, and will have advice for breaking through any “brick walls” you may have encountered in your research. Questions? Call us at 217-529-0542 or email us at


This reprint of a 1990 publication has 107 pages and is indexed. It’s got 33% more names than the 1850 federal census of Sangamon County, so it may have the answers you’ve been seeking. They’re selling for $8.00 each postpaid. Send your check or money order payable to:

Sangamon County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1829
Springfield, IL 62705-1829

Please include an email address in case there is any question about your order. Thanks!


If you keep anything on your computer that you don’t want hackers / ID thieves / family members to see / read, freeware program may be of interest:

“Under Lock and Key is a password and discreet information manager, it can be used to store passwords, account information, or anything else that you would like to keep secured in an encrypted file.”

author: Eric Smith (AryxSoft)
required: Win2K, WinXP, Vista+.NET
size: 1.3 m
added: 04-Feb-2008

Available from FreeWare Home: LINK

BTW, always check downloads for viruses / malware before installing on your computer- better safe than sorry!


Ever wanted to print what you had on your screen, but couldn’t figure out how to do it? Now it’s a snap with PrintDeskTop:

“PrintDeskTop is an extremely easy to use utility, that lets you print the exact contents of your screen with a single click of a mouse or the shortcut key of your choice. You dont have to capture your screen image before printing it, just click the new icon, that is added to the "Start" menu and everything will happen automatically - there is no configuration or learning curve.”

author: PrintDeskTop
required: Windows, Vista
size: 772 k
added: 06-Feb-2008

Available from FreeWare Home: LINK

BTW, always check downloads for viruses / malware before installing on your computer- better safe than sorry!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


The Lincoln Library is presenting a free lecture by noted speaker and jurist Guy Fraker on March 10, 2008.

Title: Abraham Lincoln and the Eighth Judicial Circuit
Place: Lincoln Library (326 S. 7th Street, Springfield, IL 62701)
Date: Monday, March 10, 2008
Time: 7 PM

Sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholar's Speakers Program and the Sangamon County Genealogical Society.


Make plans now to attend the 31st annual Nebraska State Genealogical Conference on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2008.

New speakers and refreshing ideas!

Dates: May 2-3, 2008
Place: SCC Continuing Education Center, Lincoln, NE
Contact: Kelly Morgan, 402-228-8244 or


Are genealogical records written in Latin all Greek to you? Take a free tutorial in beginner's genealogical Latin:



The National Archives (UK) has numerous beginner guides on numerous family history research subjects. Curious? Go here:



Need maps of British history and geography? National Archives (UK) has a nice guide to British maps, with helpful links:



Need a speaker for your Oklahoma-Arkansas- Missouri-Kansas genealogical conference / workshop? If so, this may prove of interest:

"The Gregath Publishing Company is pleased to present some of its professional staff members as lecture, seminar or workshop speakers. While our founding goal was to be able to offer our speaking and event services to any and all requests free of charge, the proliferation of interest in genealogy and the nation's changing travel habits (including the current upturn of gasoline costs) have made this impossible. Where we might have gotten one or two out-of-state requests in 1980, the number of nationwide (and worldwide) requests has grown, grown, grown…

If you would be interested in one or more speakers from The Gregath Publishing Company for your genealogical or historical event, please contact us with as much information about your genealogy or history seminar/workshop as possible (date, place, length, etc.) and what type of speaking needs you have. We will be happy to reply as to whether we can accommodate your needs and to the fees and costs. Many times our company can offer more than one speaker, with different areas of expertise, for nearly the same travel expenses as a single speaker. For those who are interested in "more bang for their buck", Gregath can also arrange to set up exhibitor/vendor space at an event for no extra charge.


Monday, February 11, 2008


The National Archives (UK) offers an ongoing series of free podcasts on family history research topics. Go here for a list:


The list includes podcasts like these:

FINDING RECORDS OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS: An introduction to using the various sources for tracing records of births, marriages and deaths at the Family Records Centre and elsewhere. Ideal for beginners or those who want to refresh their knowledge of these crucial sources.

LIVING THE POOR LIFE-- POVERTY AND THE WORKHOUSE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY: Paul Carter's talk explores the poor life in 19th-century England and Wales. Using records from The National Archives, he presents allegations of cruelty to paupers, accounts of political and Chartist activities and much more.

RECORDS OF ARMY DEATHS, MARRIAGES AND BIRTHS, 1761-1913: Many family trees fall at the hurdle of locating the death of a British soldier, his marriage or the birth of his children. The records available are woefully incomplete, scattered and often not fully indexed. In this presentation, Chris Watts examines the material available for tracing these events, for a pre-First World War British soldier, and guides the researcher in its use; material available on fiche, film or the Internet is highlighted.

SEARCH UK OUTWARD BOUND PASSENGER LISTS, 1940-1949 have added the 1940 to 1949 decade to the UK Outbound Passenger Lists. Passengers in this decade included 'Home Children' to Australia and war brides to North America. Records now include 20 million names within 137,000 passenger lists spanning 1890 to 1949. Searching is free-- you only pay for downloads.

Search the passenger lists now: LINK


The Women's Royal Air Force (WRAF) was formed in 1918 to free up men for active service. Some women served as drivers and mechanics. Hundreds of women served in France and Germany. Searching is free-- you only pay for downloads.

Find your WRAF ancestor: LINK

Sunday, February 10, 2008


Project Gutenberg offers online full-text access to thousands of books in the public domain. “Public domain” generally means books published prior to 1923, but to genealogists age is often a plus:


If you like audio books, or know someone who has vision problems, some of these online books also are available as audio books, some read by human actors and some using computer-generated speech:



NC-AFRICAAMER -- This is a mailing list for anyone with an interest in African-American genealogy in North Carolina.

For information and an index to the more than 30,000 RootsWeb-hosted genealogy Mailing Lists and for easy subscribing (joining) options go here.


Washington, DC... Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein announced today that the National Archives will restore its evening and weekend hours in its Washington, DC and College Park, MD, research rooms. Effective the week of April 14, 2008, the extended hours will be 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Saturday. Hours on Monday and Tuesday will continue to be 9 A.M to 5 P.M.


Saturday, February 09, 2008


African-American Genealogy: Putting Together the Pieces of Your Past
A Five-Part Series with Traci L. Wilson-Kleekamp

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, Missouri State Archives Family History Research Consultant, explores the resources available online and in local, state and national historical repositories that help family historians discover more about their African-American heritage. This five-part series provides helpful tips on accessing the best websites, which records are most beneficial, and how to get the most out of original records. Together, "What's Out There?;" "What's Your Story?: Finding It on the Web;" "How Do I Find Out More?;" "What Happened During the Wars?;" and "How Do I Put All the Information Together?" teach researchers to use all the pieces they find to gain a better understanding of those who came before them.


Friday, February 08, 2008


A reminder about the St. Louis Genealogical Society's full day conference on April 12, 2008, at the Maryland Heights (MO) Centre: "Growing Your Family Tree" featuring Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. The day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 pm.

Current prices are: Members: $45.00 Non-members: $65.00. After March 1, the prices go UP to Members: $60.00; Non-members: $80.00. On-site registration is also possible the day of the event.

For more information on speakers and their lecture topics, location, and registration, contact the society at 314-647-8547 or visit the website at


It's fashionable to state that Europeans introduced a host of ills such as syphilis, gonorrhea, and smallpox to the otherwise pristinely healthy inhabitants of the New World, but it turns out that lice were here before Columbus-- LONG before Columbus, in fact:

"The two laboratories' DNA test results were identical, the researchers said. They showed that people in the 11th-century Americas already had the prevalent type A strain of lice."

Read the whole story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:


BTW: Wouldn't it be interesting (and VERY MUCH ironic) if research discovers that route of transmittal of some infectious diseases was NEW WORLD-->OLD WORLD and not vice versa?


"The baptism and marriage records of the Roman Catholic Church are iterative records in that an individual’s baptism register also includes confirmation, marriage, religious vows and holy orders. Marriage records include subsequent annulment information. Canon 535 currently requires each parish to keep the baptism, confirmation, marriage and death registers. The Statutes of the Archdiocese of St. Louis require that the parish maintain a register for First Communion. The Archives updates the registers of closed parishes and issues current certificates to the individuals named in the registers of the closed parishes. Currently the Archives maintain sacramental records of 98 closed parishes. All sacramental records are transferred to the Archives including Baptism, Marriage, First Communion, Confirmation, sick call registers, and death and burial records, prenuptial information and the parish seal. Archives staff members issue certificates for sacramental and official reasons. No access is granted to records after 1930 without written consent to anyone other than the person named in the record or his/her guardian, except for official church purposes. After the passage of time, however, the restriction is lifted and the records are made available to the public for genealogical purposes. Records created in 1930 and prior are available without the requirement of authorization from the individual noted in the record. A nominal $10 fee is charged for these records.”

The Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri

Thursday, February 07, 2008


The Diversity Committee of the St. Louis Public Library cordially invites you to hear the distinguished Harvard University professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates as he delivers the keynote address for the Library's celebration of Black History Month 2008. The event takes place at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 on Sunday, February 10, 2008, at 2 p.m. No tickets or registration required. The program is FREE with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. A book signing follows the event with books available for purchase courtesy of Left Bank Books.

NOTE: Program has been cancelled due to illness of Dr. Gates.


The Franklin County Historical Society will again present a Local History Class in conjunction with East Central College. Several presentations relate to crime, bank robberies, lynchings, hangings, and related topics that should capture your interest! Others cover the history of towns -- information that has not been presented before -- covering Pacific, Gray Summit, Labadie. One presentation features an early church and two are on railroad-related topics. Read through the list and I'm sure there will be plenty to grab your attention!

The classes will run from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings beginning March 11 and running through April 29. Sue Blesi is again facilitating the class. Tuition for the class will be $35. To enroll, contact Sharon Witte at 636-583-5193, ext. 2410. Anyone wishing to attend a single class will be able to do so by making a $7 payment directly to the Franklin County Historical Society at the class.

Classes are held in the Regional Training Center, the one-story building that stands off to the left from the main campus. Access to the building does not involve stairs and there is parking in front.

The schedule follows but, as usual, is subject to the possibility of change.

March 11: Sandra Gurnow will present her research on Labadie, including the old Labadie Academy and other schools in the area, the Bethel Church and Cemetery, the Labadie Cave, Bowles and St. Albans. She has worked on this material for many years but this will be her first comprehensive presentation on the subjects.

March 18: David Menke on Train Disasters in the New Haven Area, including the Gasconade Railroad Disaster.

March 18: Sue Blesi will tell us about The Missouri Kid, who grew up at Stanton. Along with a companion, he robbed the Bank of Union and, a few days later, killed a Pinkerton detective who had discovered their hideout. A nationwide manhunt ensued and both men were eventually hanged at Union.

March 25 Spring Break

April 1: Marc Houseman will present “Twenty Murder Victims in Twenty Years -- mostly neighbors and relatives of the murderess.” This is the story of Bertha Gifford, one of the most prolific serial killers in history and at one time, a resident of Franklin County! The seldom-told story will be presented by Marc Houseman of the Washington Historical Society. Gifford’s life, from her birth in Jefferson County to her death in a mental institution, will be shared in detail. Lists of her victims, including their ages and burial places, will be shared with those in attendance.

April 1: George Bocklage and Bob Doerr give a presentation on the history of St. Francis Borgia parish. The Washington Historical Society collaborated in 2007 with St. Francis Borgia parish in Washington to find all existing photographs and other images of the parish buildings. Drawn from the archives of both institutions as well as the Midwest Jesuit Archives in St. Louis, Washington State University library at Pullman, Washington and private collections, this PowerPoint presentation will cover more than 165 years of history. It was first shown last year at the dedication of the freshly renovated Jesuit Hall. You will see an 1840 drawing of the first log church, an engraved image of the second church built in 1844, bricklayers at work on the present church structure in the late 1860s and church interiors throughout the years, as well as old and contemporary photos of the parish schools and convents.

April 8: Sheriff Toelke will discuss the history of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

April 8: Sue Blesi will present the story of the St. Clair Bank Robbery of 1921, a story that is funnier than The Apple Dumpling Gang, as the blundering safe blowers attempt to avoid capture.

April 15: Janet Daniels will share her research on the Gray Summit community. She has been collecting material for many years and this will be the first time she has presented it at East Central.

April 15: Pacific – Ruth Mueller, possibly with the help of Sue Reed, will present the history of Pacific.

April 22: George Bocklage and Bob Doerr will present their updated research on Rogerstown - Shawnee Indians in Franklin County, Missouri. It will be a PowerPoint presentation concerning what some historians have called the first town in Franklin county. Located near the fork of the Meramec and Bourbeuse rivers, this Indian village existed long before the county was organized in 1818. Shawnee Indians had moved to the Louisiana Territory in Spanish times and located in several villages in the general vicinity of white settlements on the Mississippi. Rogerstown was the northernmost of these villages. Through the use of maps, documents, illustrations and contemporary photographs this presentation will show you the evidence of the village's existence, their immigration from the East and their ultimate resettlement on a reservation in Eastern Kansas.

April 22: Pauline Masson will present her research on the 1922 Railroad Shopman’s Strike. It was the last big national railroad strike and she will discuss the impact of the strike on Pacific and other small towns in the nation.

April 29: Linda Mahon will tell us all about the lynchings that have taken place in Franklin County.

April 29: Franklin County Recorder of Deeds Sharon Birkman will share her horrific experience relating to the Courthouse Bombing and Bank Robbery by the Pardue Brothers.

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Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General. RG 92

Burial Registers for Military Posts, Camps, and Stations, 1768-1921.
M2014. 1 roll.

War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. RG 93

Indexes to Compiled Service Records

General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers. M860. 58 rolls. 16mm.

Index to Compiled Service Records of American Naval Personnel Who Served During the Revolutionary War. M879. 1 roll.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers Who Served With the American Army in Connecticut Military Organizations. M920. 25 rolls.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Revolutionary War Soldiers Who Served With the American Army in Georgia Military Organizations. M1051. 1 roll.

Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Revolutionary War in Organizations from the State of North Carolina. M257.
2 rolls. 16mm.

Compiled Service Records

Compiled Service Records of American Naval Personnel and Members of the Departments of the Quartermaster General and the Commissary General of Military Stores Who Served During the Revolutionary War. M880. 4 rolls.

Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the
Revolutionary War. M881. 1,096 rolls.

Other Records

Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783. M246. 138 rolls.

Special Index to Numbered Records in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1783. M847. 39 rolls.

Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. M853. 41 rolls.

Miscellaneous Numbered Records (The Manuscript File) in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, 1775-1790s. M859. 125 rolls.

Personnel Returns of the 6th Massachusetts Battalion, 1779-1780, and Returns and Accounts of Military Stores for the 8th and 9th Massachusetts Regiments, 1779-1782. M913. 1 roll. D

Orders, Returns, Morning Reports, and Accounts of British Troops, 1776-1781.
M922. 1 roll.

Letters, Returns, Accounts, and Estimates of the Quartermaster General's Department, 1776-1783, in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records. M926. 1 roll.

General Orders Kept by Gen. William Heath, May 23, 1777-Oct. 20, 1778. T42.
1 roll.

Historical Information Relating to Military Posts and Other Installations,
"ca." 1700-1900. M661. 8 rolls.

Lists of the Adjutant General's Office for Carded Records of Military Organizations: Revolutionary War through Philippine Insurrection ("The
Ainsworth List"). T817. 112 rolls.

Publications of the Office of Military History, U.S. Army, American Forces in Action. T1107. 3 rolls.

Publications of the Office of Military History, U.S. Army, Department of the Army Pamphlets. T1108. 7 rolls.

Records of the Office of the Secretary of War. RG 107

Card Index to Pictures Collected by the George Washington Bicentennial Commission. T271. 1 roll.

Final Revolutionary War Pension Payment Vouchers: Georgia.
M1746. 6 rolls.

Register of Audits of "Miscellaneous Treasury Accounts" (First Auditor's Office). T899. 1 roll.

Records of the Supreme Court of the United States. RG 267

The Revolutionary War Prize Cases: Records of the Court of Appeal in Cases of Capture, 1776-1787. M162. 15 rolls.

Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention. RG 360

Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. M247. 204 rolls.

Miscellaneous Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789. M332. 10 rolls.

Records of the Constitutional Convention of 1787. M866. 1 roll.

RG 39 and 53

Central Treasury Records of the Continental and Confederation Governments Relating to Foreign Affairs, 1775-1787. M1004. 3 rolls.

RG 39, 53, and 217

Central Treasury Records of the Continental and Confederation Governments, 1775-1789. M1014. 23 rolls.

Central Treasury Records of the Continental and Confederation Governments Relating to Military Affairs, 1775-1789. M1015. 7 rolls.

RG 92, 93, and 94

Letters, Orders for Pay, Accounts, Receipts, and Other Supply Records Concerning Weapons and Military Stores, 1776-1801. M927. 1 roll.


David Vernon writes in to say that:

"I have updated my St. Louis City Directories webpage to now include the pages showing cemeteries, churches, hospitals and asylums for the years 1872, 1875, 1889 and 1898."

David Vernon in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


If you are interested in the records of one or more counties in Kansas, read on:

Local Records on Microfilm

The Kansas Historical Society has thousands of reels of microfilm from local government offices. Most of this film has come to KSHS through a cooperative arrangement with the Genealogical Society of Utah. If the link below isn't highlighted, we don't have any microfilm for that county. Please ask the reference staff for help finding other possible sources of information.

Access restrictions: Access to public records may be closed by state statute; access to military discharge records is restricted in some cases. See the website for details. Questions: please contact the KSHS Reference Staff at 785-272-8681, extension 117, or by e-mail using the ask a research question form.

Kansas Historical Society has NO microfilmed records for counties in ALL CAPS: