Wednesday, April 30, 2008


A great opportunity for family fun, no matter where your ancestors came from:


Take a trip around the world! The International Folkfest comes to life on Saturday, May 3, from 10 AM-5 PM when St. Louis Public Library's Central Library goes international! For 15 years, the International Institute and hundreds of local ethnic groups celebrated St. Louis’ rich and diverse cultural heritage through the Folkfest in Forest Park and other locales. Although the original Folkfest is no more, this new event will give you and your family the opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the original in the grand surroundings of Central Library.

The St. Louis Public Library and the International Institute will join in for a daylong celebration of cultural diversity, full of fun and learning for the entire family. You can tap your toes or swing your partner by the Music Stage in the Events Pavilion (2nd Floor). Outstanding local bands will play world music, while others will give us a taste of “ethnic disco” usually found only in ethnic neighborhoods.

And that’s not all. Some of the area’s finest folk dance troupes will perform in the Great Hall (2nd Floor), while small musical ensembles and storytellers will be featured in Culver Gallery (3rd Floor). Scattered throughout the building will be masters of traditional crafts demonstrating those proud traditions. In Youth Services (1st Floor), children will have their very own storytellers and crafts demonstrators.

But wait, there's more! You can also begin tracing your family tree or finding your family’s coat of arms in our History & Genealogy Department (2nd Floor). Our Fine Arts Department (2nd Floor) has books on collectibles, art, music, and dance from around the world, while our Humanities Department (2nd Floor) is the place to go if you’re interested in learning a foreign language. Our Special Collections Department (1st Floor) is featuring an exhibit of Ethiopian religious materials, and has a fine collection of 1904 World’s Fair books, periodicals, and ephemera. The Library also has cookbooks if you’re interested in ethnic cuisines, and travel guides if the Folkfest has you raring to visit one or more foreign countries!

Consider this free event a delightful way to introduce your family to all the wonderful things you’ll find at the Festival of Nations on August 23-24 in Tower Grove Park. So plan to be here at Central on Saturday, May 3, where a wonderful time will be had by all!

Central Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Saturday, May 3, 2008
10 AM-5 PM

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


The verdict: the 1811-1812 quakes were huge, and would have caused massive property damage and loss of life had they occurred after the area involved was more heavily settled:

From their website:

"On the basis of the large area of damage (600,000 square kilometers), the widespread area of perceptibility (5,000,000 square kilometers), and the complex physiographic changes that occurred, the Mississippi River valley earthquakes of 1811-1812 rank as some of the largest in the United States since its settlement by Europeans. The area of strong shaking associated with these shocks is two to three times larger than that of the 1964 Alaska earthquake and 10 times larger than that of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake."



Just in from my friend Nancy at Tri-County Genealogical Society:

The April 2008 newsletter (Cedar, St. Clair, & Vernon Counties) has been posted online at It is the first item under “What’s new and updates.”

Please let me know if you have articles for the newsletter or interesting old stories from any of our area newspapers that can be included in the newsletter.

Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 West Walnut St, Nevada, MO 64772


Nicely digitized versions of the Missouri statewide map and the individual county maps, with an Index to Missouri Cities & Towns (1895):


Monday, April 28, 2008


What would Europe have looked like if the Nazis had won WWII? Here's a map of Neuropa (New Europe):


BTW, notice also the comments section, where commentors praise / critique the map and list other "Europe Under the Nazis" maps.


Then take a look at the Eye on DNA blog-- interesting posts and great graphics:



Did any Jewish ancestors emigrate to Australia? Then you'll want to take this virtual tour of all things Jewish in the Land Down Under:



Interested in Military History, or know a college or high school student who is? Then these Ohio State University Military History Core and Supplemental Reading Lists may be of interest:



Lengthy article on the Lieber Code, the U.S. Army code of conduct for dealing with rebel insurgents-- during the American Civil War:


BTW, Lieber, the man who wrote the Code at the request of Union General Henry W. Halleck, was a legal scholar who immigrated to South Carolina from Prussia. He later moved to NYC, where he was living and teaching when he wrote the Code. He had three sons-- one served in the Confederate Army, and was killed in 1861; a second served in the Union Army, and was badly wounded in 1862.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


Thanks to you, the MoSGA Messenger reader, we've reached another milestone- 7,500 visitors to this blog! Thanks for your continued support, and additional thanks to all our readers who are members of MoSGA!


It's most likely not what you were thinking, I'll wager-- this blog post on Blog Them Out of the Stone Age is actually about equipping U.S. warplanes to carry an absolute monster of a bunker-buster bomb:


BTW, this monster bomb appears likely to have been designed with potential Iranian enemies in mind...


If you're researching any Jewish ancestors, you'll want to know about this free database:


Other databases are also available on the site.

[NOTE: New users need to register (required info doesn't appear too invasive, but see for yourself).]


[NOTE: This is the first post in a series that will list databases and finding aids available at the various state archives.]

These databases contain actual records, or images of records.

Civil War Service Database
1867 Voter Registration Database
World War I Gold Star Database
Photo Database

The databases listed below are finding aids to various collections. They DO NOT contain actual records or images of records, but they will tell the researcher if the records may be found among collections at the Archives.

Local Government Records Microfilm Database

Newspapers (check both databases):
Hardbound Newspapers Database
Newspapers on Microfilm Database

Map Database

ADAH Main Page:


ADAH Family History & Genealogy Guides:


ADAH Vertical Files, including Alabamians at War File:


Saturday, April 26, 2008


A diary kept by a young lady in Louisiana during the Civil War (first published in 1913):




Columbia Daily Tribune Obituaries, 1980-2000

This CD is an all-name index to obituaries appearing in the Columbia Daily Tribune from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1999. Included are name of person in obituary, date of obituary,residence, date and place of death, burial location, date born, father, mother, date of marriage(s), person(s) married, relatives names including relationship and residence.

There are over 145,000 names on this CD! The CD is fully searchable and Mac/PC compatible.

The price for the CD is $10.00 + $3.00 shipping/handling. A very special thanks to Dave Swaney for making this CD available to GSCM!

Complete GSCM Publications list:



General Overview and Unexpected Finds in Unexpected Places

The meeting for May will be held in the new meeting room at the State Historical Society's library located on the eastside of Ellis Library. Senior Reference Specialist Ara Kaye will be giving a presentation on the library. She will present a general overview of the holdings of the library as well as tell us about less-used and less-known, but still very useful, resources.


Parking can be very difficult at the library. For information on where to park, visit the Missouri State Historical Society Library's website.



A woman in Southern California has used the Social Security Master Death Index to commit ID theft on a major scale. Authorities there have charged her in a 15-count indictment with assuming the identities of recently deceased persons in order to gain access to credit cards and bank accounts. The case is refueling debate over what records should be available online, and which records ought to be kept confidential…



The best advice is still pretty much what you’d expect regardless of the subject being discussed: if it sounds too good to be true, RUN-- don’t walk-- away from the person making the offer!


Friday, April 25, 2008


Google’s planning to scan all 50-100 million of them:


THE STARS & STRIPES, vol. 1, no. 1

First issue printed for the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in Europe (February 18, 1918):



Written by Daniel Collins, one of two survivors:

Narrative of the shipwreck of the brig Betsey, of Wiscasset, Maine, and murder of five of her crew, by pirates, on the coast of Cuba, Dec. 1824.



Digitized illustrated book (1868) for those with a little Irish in their blood:



No wonder he became famous- this Scottish sleuth was apparently a lean, mean writing machine!

Thirty years a detective : a thorough and comprehensive exposé of criminal practices of all grades and classes, containing numerous episodes of personal experience in the detection of criminals, and covering a period of thirty years' active detective life (1884)

Author: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
Usage Rights: See Terms
Book Contributor: University of California Libraries
Language: English


Criminal reminiscences and detective sketches (1879)

Author: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
Usage Rights: See Terms
Book Contributor: University of California Libraries
Language: English


The detective and the somnambulist. The murderer and the fortune teller (1877)

Author: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
Usage Rights: See Terms
Book Contributor: Robarts - University of Toronto
Language: English


The model town and the detectives : Bryon as a detective ; [The hard life of the detective] (1876)

Author: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
Usage Rights: See Terms
Book Contributor: University of California Libraries
Language: English


The spiritualists and the detectives (1889)

Author: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
Usage Rights: See Terms
Book Contributor: University of California Libraries
Language: English


The spy of the rebellion : being a true history of the spy system of the United States Army during the late rebellion, revealing many secrets of the war hitherto not made public (1886)

Author: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Digitizing Sponsor: Yahoo!
Book Contributor: University of California Libraries
Language: English


NOTE: According to Wikipedia, it's likely most, if not all, of the Pinkerton books were written by ghostwriters, although Pinkerton likely contributed personal recollections, plot ideas, and gave his full approval to finished projects appearing during his lifetime:


By the way, Pinkerton died after biting his tongue during a nasty fall. He didn’t see a doctor about the bite, and later died due to complications from it. Truth really is stranger than fiction!


Cyndi's List: U.S. Military-- Spanish-American War

Illinois State Archives Roll of Honor

Illinois State Archives Spanish-American War Veterans Database

Military Links Collection: Spanish-American War

Missouri State Archives Soldiers Database

National Archives: Microfilm Publications Pertaining to Spanish-American Service

National Archives: Online Documents Pertaining to Veterans

Nationwide Gravesite Locator

Online Spanish-American War Indexes & Records

Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of the Spanish-American War, Part I (Prologue article)

Sons of Spanish-American War Veterans- Nelson A. Miles Camp #610

Spanish-American War: a Selected, Annotated Bibliography

Spanish-American War: Maps in the Library of Congress

Spanish-American War Centennial Website: Chronology

Spanish-American War Centennial Website: List of Veterans Buried in Illinois

Spanish-American War Centennial Website: List of Veterans Buried in Missouri

Spanish-American War Centennial Website: Researching a Spanish-American War Veteran

Spanish-American War Centennial Website: Unit Profiles, Rosters, and Photos

Spanish-American War Centennial Website: U.S. Order of Battle

St. Louis Public Library: Online Indexes & Bibliographies

U.S. Army Military History Institute: Finding Aids- War with Spain

The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War- an Introduction

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Osprey Newsletter

April 2008
New Books: Now Available

- Immortal Fire: Greek, Persian and Macedonian (Field of Glory 3)
- Liberation of Paris 1944:Patton's race for the Seine (Campaign 194)
- Tudor Warships (1): Henry VIII's Navy (New Vanguard 142)
- Griffon Spitfire Aces (Aircraft of the Aces 81)
- Native American Code Talker in World War II (Warrior 127)
- World War II Desert Tactics (Elite 162)
- The US Army in the Vietnam War 1965?73 (Battle Orders 33)
- Brushes and Bayonets: Cartoons, sketches and paintings of World War I
- Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare
- Tools of Violence: Guns, Tanks and Dirty Bombs

To view these new books plus all new books published over the last 12 months, click here:

Future Releases - Available in May 2008

- Syracuse 415?413 BC: Destruction of the Athenian Imperial Fleet (Campaign 195)
- Gazala 1942: Rommel's greatest victory (Campaign 196)
- Swords and Scimitars: The Crusades (Field of Glory 4)
- The Confederate Army 1861?65 (6): Missouri, Kentucky &Maryland (Men-at-Arms 446)
- The Forts of Judaea 168 BC?AD 73: From the Maccabees to the Fall of Masada (Fortress 65)
- The Forts of New France in Northeast America 1600?1763 (Fortress 75)
- Victory vs Redoutable : Ships of the line at Trafalgar 1805 (Duel 9)
- M3 Medium Tank vs Panzer III: Kasserine Pass 1943 (Duel 10)
- Soviet MiG-15 Aces of the Korean War (Aircraft of the Aces 82)
- Jagdverband 44: Squadron of Experten (Aviation Elite Units 27)
- Hell in the Pacific: The Battle for Iwo Jima
- The Enemy Within: A History of Spies, Spymasters and Espionage

To view these future titles and more titles up to 4 months ahead, click here:

New Osprey blog

Recent posts:
- Killing Rommel
- Triumph &Tragedy, Pulp Era Wargaming
- Salute ? Here we come!
- MERTs in Afghanistan
- The Greatest Generation
- First Female MV-22 Osprey Pilot - U.S.

To read these posts and more visit the Osprey Blog:

Essential Pearl Harbor

Osprey have updated the Essential Pearl Harbor website.
The site includes first-hand accounts, maps, video clips and more.

Quick Reference Catalogue

Don't forget, you can also view a complete list of all our titles sorted by period or by series with our 'quick guide' online catalogue:

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Just received from Evendon's Military Books Online:

We have just placed the list of Pensioners in 1813 (including their rank and pension amount) and Teddy Roosevelt's History of Naval Operations in the War 1812 on our site:

You can search all the Pre-Civil War books at once by making the corresponding selection in the Search Pull-Down Menu in the left frame near the top.

Click on HOME at the top of the left frame to display the entry links for all the sections.

We hope you find good stuff there. Everything on our site is free and permanent.


NOTE: Most listings cover the War of 1812 through WWII period.


Pre Civil War

1794 Western Pennsylvania in the Whiskey Insurrection (NEW)
1812-1839 History of Philadelphia (NEW)
1812 T Roosevelt - Naval Operations (NEW)
1813 Pensioners (NEW)
1776 New Jersey Volunteers (Loyalists) in the Revolutionary War (NEW)
1775-1848 Connecticut Military Record (NEW)
1789-1853 Officers in the US Army & Militia (NEW)
1832-1848 Illinois Volunteers (NEW)
1812 Kentucky Volunteers (NEW)
1848 US Volunteers in the Mexican War (NEW)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Join your neighbors to learn about tools to explore the history of your neighborhood, and how to use that history to strengthen your community. Local experts will share their experiences in using neighborhood history to promote involvement and investment in St. Louis communities. The workshop will include a discussion of successful history projects developed by St. Louis area communities, resources available to research your neighborhood's history, and government programs and incentives to encourage preservation. Neighborhood history workshops will be offered on two dates, with slightly different information targeted towards residents of St. Louis City and St. Louis County. These workshops are free and open to the public.

For more information, call (314) 516-4748 or e-mail
Pre-registration is not required, but the group would appreciate a call or note so they have a general idea of who plans to attend.

To download a flyer visit

St. Louis City
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
6:30-9:00 p.m.
St. Louis Public Library Carpenter Branch (3309 S. Grand Ave.)

St. Louis County
Thursday, May 8, 2008
126 J.C. Penney Conference Center, University of Missouri--St. Louis (One University Blvd.)

Neighborhood History Workshops are sponsored by the Community Partnership Project of UM--St. Louis, working in cooperation with University of Missouri Extension, and by Landmarks Association of St. Louis Inc. This project is funded, in part, by the Urban Extension Program, a joint project of the University of Missouri Extension and the University of Missouri--St. Louis.

Presenters include Esley Hamilton, Kris Zapalac, Andrew Hurley, Lynn Josse, Andrew Weil and Michael Allen.


More than 132,000 vital statistics derived from the Belleville (Ill.) Daily Advocate 1927 - 1954 constitute this database. It is an extremely valuable resource for ancestral material after the 1930 census.


NOTE: The database was donated to St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society by Mrs. Nancy Giles of Georgetown, Kentucky. SCCGS wishes also to recognize Joy Fisher, Los Angeles, California, for her expertise and generosity in converting Mrs. Giles' information into a searchable online database.


Large collections of free fonts, backgrounds, buttons, navigation bars, logos, sound effects, and web graphics:



From the University of Missouri Digital Library website:

The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire insurance industry to assess the risk of insuring a particular property. The maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch, offering detailed information on the use made of commercial and industrial buildings, their size, shape and construction material. Some residential areas are also mapped. The maps show location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants. They are color-coded to identify the structure (adobe, frame, brick, stone, iron) of each building.

Between 1955 and 1978, the Library of Congress withdrew duplicate sheets and atlases from their collection and offered them to selected libraries. Maps for Missouri towns and cities were given to the MU Libraries. Documenting the layout of 390 Missouri cities from 1883 to 1951, the University of Missouri-Columbia Ellis Library Special Collections Department has digitized 6,798 of the maps for Missouri cities from 1880 to 1922


Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Book lovers living in or near St. Louis, take note:

The Waldenbooks store in Crestwood Mall on Watson Road is closing its doors on Friday, 25 April 2008. You can take 40% off all hardcover or paperback books left in the store. Selection was still considerable in fiction, literature, mystery, romance, young adult, and children's areas as of last night (Monday, 21 April 2008). Category non-fiction and Science Fiction/Fantasy have been fairly well picked-over, but there was still enough stuff in those areas to interest lovers of those categories. Local history area still had quite a few items of possible interest to genealogists.


From their website:

Welcome to the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative website. Missouri’s cultural heritage is unique and diverse, with many of the state’s crucial historical events playing key roles in the history of the nation.

Through the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative, the Missouri State Archives and the Missouri State Library, in partnership with the State Historical Society of Missouri, are assisting institutions across the state in digitizing their records and placing them online for easy access. We invite you to explore our website and to join with us in celebrating our collective past.

What kind of subjects are covered?


Agriculture: Records about farming, ranching, cultivating crops and raising livestock

Archives and Manuscripts Collection Guides: Resources, such as finding aids, guides and indexes, that provide descriptions of specific groups of Missouri records

Art, Architecture, Literature, Music, and Theater: Documents related to artists, composers, musicians, authors, playwrights, architects and their works

Books, Pamphlets, and Monographs: Books and diaries related to Missouri

Business, Commerce, Industry, and Manufacturing: Collections that demonstrate the diversity of Missouri’s economic activities

County and Municipal Records: Records created by and related to local governments

Cultures and Communities: Documents regarding Native Americans, African Americans, immigrant groups and urban and rural neighborhoods

Exploration and Settlement: Documents referring to French and Spanish settlers, fur traders, native tribes, explorers, land speculators, miners and other early residents

Family and Faith: Genealogical resources that include birth, marriage, death, church and cemetery records and family papers

Government and Political Records: Territorial, state and federal records from the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government

Maps: Topographic, highway, railroad, insurance, demographic and historical maps

Medicine, Science, Technology, and Nature: Collections that reflect the variety of Missouri's scientific pursuits

Military Records and Resources: Military records of Missourians who served in domestic and foreign wars

Newspapers: Missouri Newspapers

Photographs and Images: Original photographs, postcards, drawings, posters, engravings, paintings and political cartoons

Sports and Recreation: Records on athletes, athletic events, hunting, fishing, tourism and tourist attractions

Transportation: Documents concerning automobiles, aviation, railroads, river traffic, bridges and highways

Women: Collections that focus on the lives and activities of women in Missouri

Email comments or suggestions to



A list of special issues of NARA’s Prologue Magazine available online:


Topics of Special Issues:

African-Americans in Federal Records at NARA:


Civil War Army Records at NARA:


Civil War Navy Records at NARA:


Spanish-American War Records at NARA:


An index of previous issues, 1973-2008:


GENEALOGY NOTES by topic (provides reference[s] to Prologue article[s] on that topic):

African-American History
American Indians
Boxer Rebellion
Civil War
Civilian Service
Court Records
Disabled Veterans Homes
Immigration and Naturalization
Korean and Vietnam Wars
Local History
Mexican Punitive Expedition
Military Service Overview
Panama Canal
Philippine Insurrection
Pre–Civil War
Private Claims
Spanish-American War
World War I
World War II


Sunday, April 20, 2008


Want to keep your hard drive in tip-top condition, but don't feel comfortable using any complicated, techie type software? If so, freeware program Simple Cleaner will definitely be of interest:


BTW, you should check any download for malware, spyware, and viruses before installing on your computer. Better safe than sorry!


You can't stop it all, but you can really cut down on the amount you have to deal with:


BTW, you should check any download for malware, spyware, and viruses before installing on your computer. Better safe than sorry!

NOTE: My Gmail account has a very nice spam filter that drastically cuts down the amount of spam I need to deal with-- and Gmail accounts are free!


Some free, some not: all highly rated by PC Magazine:


BTW, you should check any download for malware, spyware, and viruses before installing on your computer. Better safe than sorry!

Saturday, April 19, 2008


From their website:

MobaPhoto is a freeware program that allows you to create some professional looking photo galleries for your webpage.

MobaPhoto also is a nice freeware program for managing your digital photos. MobaPhoto allows you to resize, crop, correct red-eyes of all your pictures very easily in "batch-mode". It allows you to create automatically some beautiful photo galleries and upload them on your website without having any knowledge of website creation.

·Batch photo processing
·Photo galleries compatible with every known web browser
·You can use the right-click menu for an easy and fast start
·Program without installation that you can start from an USB stick
·A clear and easy to use interface
·Light and portable application, packaged in a single executable of 1.3 MB only

Size: 1.36 MB
Release Date: 2008-03-20
Submit Date: 2008-04-10
OS: Win 98/ME/NT/2K/XP/2K3


BTW, you should check any download for malware, spyware, and viruses before installing on your computer. Better safe than sorry!


Are you researching a Confederate soldier from South Carolina? Then you really need to read this "what we've got" post by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History:


They’ve also put together a how-to for the genealogist with South Carolina ancestors:


You might also find something of interest in their list of publications for sale:



Even if you don't have a subscription to, you should probably take a look- as in, some databases can be accessed for free whether or not you subscribe to (the following list contains both free and subscription databases):

American Colonization Society [FREE]

Correspondence and other documents relating to the American Colonization Society, 1792-1964, an organization best known for its role in founding Liberia. [collection 100% complete]

Brady Civil War Photos [FREE]

NARA T252. Mathew B Brady coordinated a team of photographers to help him document the Civil War, resulting in over 5,600 portraits, landscapes, and battle scenes.
[collection 92% complete]

Civil War Pensions Index [UPDATED]

NARA T289. Pension applications for service in the US Army between 1861 and 1917, grouped according to the units in which the veterans served. [collection 100% complete]

Confederate Amnesty Papers [UPDATED]

NARA M1003. Applications for pardon submitted to President Andrew Johnson, 1865-67, by former Confederates excluded from earlier amnesty proclamations.
[collection 99% complete]

Confederate Soldiers - AL

NARA M311. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Alabama units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier. [collection 93% complete]

Confederate Soldiers - NC [UPDATED]

NARA M270. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from North Carolina units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier. [collection 100% complete]

Confederate Soldiers - TX

NARA M323. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Texas units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier. [collection 99% complete]

Confederate Soldiers - VA

NARA M324. Compiled service records of Confederate soldiers from Virginia units, labeled with each soldier's name, rank, and unit, with links to revealing documents about each soldier. [collection 100% complete]

Japanese Air Target Analyses [FREE]

NARA M1653. World War II Japanese air target analyses, objectives, and aerial photographs, 1942-45, from the records of the US Strategic Bombing Survey. [collection 96% complete]

Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII

NARA M1380. Over 16,000 case files of Missing Air Crew Reports (MACRs) and related records of the US Army Air Forces, 1942-1947. [collection 100% complete]

Naturalization Index - WWI Soldiers

NARA M1952. Index cards for locating naturalization records for soldiers serving in the US Armed Forces during World War I, specifically the year 1918. [collection 99% complete]

Pennsylvania Archives [FREE]

The Pennsylvania State Archives published 10 series of historical records in 138 volumes, covering the initial colonial settlement through the Civil War. [collection 100% complete]

The following link takes you to an alphabetical list of all databases:


Friday, April 18, 2008


Was your ancestor a 19th / early 20th century baseball player? Or are you just a baseball nut, pure and simple? Either way, you’ll want to take a look at this great collection of photos:

Albert G. Spaulding Collection of Early Baseball Photographs

Over 500 photographs, prints, drawings, caricatures, and printed illustrations from the personal collection of materials related to baseball and other sports gathered by the early baseball player and sporting-goods tycoon A. G. Spalding. This collection includes 19th-century studio portraits of players and teams of the day, rare images, photographs, and original drawings.



Of possible interest for references to laws and revisions of laws that may impact genealogists and historians:

Online version of Daily Journals for 1996-present:



Title: Strikers, communists, tramps and detectives
Creator: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Publisher: New York G.W. Carleton
Date: 1878
Language: eng
Possible Copyright Status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Copyright Region: US


Title: History and evidence of the passage of Abraham Lincoln--: from Harrisburg, Pa. to Washington, D.C., on the twenty-second and twenty-third of February, eighteen hundred and sixty-one
Creator:Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n., 1906?]
Language: eng
Possible Copyright Status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Contributor: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Title: Criminal reminiscences and detective sketches
Creator: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Publisher: New York : G.W. Carleton & Co. ; London : S. Low, Son & Co.
Date: 1879
Possible Copyright Status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT


Title: Mississippi outlaws and the detectives. Don Pedro and the detectives. Poisoner and the detectives
Creator: Pinkerton, Allan, 1819-1884
Publisher: New York : G.W. Carleton & Co.; [etc., etc.]
Date: 1882, c1879
Language: eng
Possible Copyright Status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Copyright Region: US



Washington, DC… The National Archives announces publication of the sixth and final volume in its distinguished series of guides titled The Trans-Mississippi West, 1804–1912: A Guide to Federal Records for the Territorial Period compiled by staff archivist Robert M. Kvasnicka. Winner of the Society of American Archivists’ C.F.W. Coker Prize for Innovative Archival Description and the Thomas Jefferson Prize for Finding Aids awarded by the Society for History in the Federal Government, the collection describes records in the National Archives of the United States that are associated with the American West.

Published in two volumes, Part IV: A Guide to Records of the Department of the Interior for the Territorial Period, Section 3 highlights records of the General Land Office, the Federal agency responsible from 1812 to 1946 for supervising the surveying, management, and disposition of the public domain the execution of all laws relating to public lands.

The textual, cartographic, and photographic documents described in this essential guide show the manner in which the General Land Office accomplished its mission and the impact of Federal Government policies on the people and lands of the contiguous states between the Mississippi River and the Pacific Ocean.

Included are descriptions of records pertaining to land-grant railroads, Indian and forest reserves, mining claims, and private land claims in areas acquired by the Louisiana Purchase and the Mexican War, as well as the land entry papers documenting the thousands of individual transactions transferring the public lands to private ownership. These records are an invaluable source of information for environmental and family historians as well as the historians of our Nation’s westward expansion.
Other titles available in The Trans-Mississippi West series are:

·Part I: A Guide to Records of the Department of State for the Territorial Period
·Part II: A Guide to Records of the Department of Justice for the Territorial Period
·Part III: A Guide to Records of the Department of Agriculture for the Territorial Period
·Part IV: A Guide to Records of the Department of the Interior for the Territorial Period- Section 1, Records of the Offices of the Secretary of the Interior and the Commissioner of Railroads
·Part IV: A Guide to Records of the Department of the Interior for the Territorial Period- Section 2, Records of Select Agencies

The 1,130-page two-volume set is available in soft cover for $49 (plus shipping and handling) from the National Archives Trust Fund, 1-800-234-8861. The volumes can also be purchased online from the National Archives e-Store.


Thursday, April 17, 2008


A Special Invitation from Gone West Publications
to MoSGA Messenger Readers

Gone West Publications is pleased to announce that all eleven volumes of Howard, Boone and Randolph Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts are now available on CD as well as in book form! The new CD format allows independent researchers a more affordable resource with easy, every-word search capabilities that could launch their research into whole new family lines in seconds!

But, before you invest, investigate Gone West Publications' on-line indices! If you have ancestors in central Missouri, don't miss this opportunity to browse through the indices for all 11 volumes now available on-line. Nearly 80,000 Missourians are listed in these PDF's and the indices are yours to view as you please! To do so, go to the following link and click on the book or books that interest you most.

Here's a look at what you can expect from these books:

Randolph Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 1:
Thursday, October 17, 1889
Pg. #3: Everett Fullington, the 11-year-old son of John Fullington of this vicinity, took a notion four or five weeks ago that he would strike out for himself and boarded the train at this point for NE. Not being able to find employment in that State, he crossed over into KS, where he secured work, but the labor was heavy, the fare light and wages low, and on Saturday last he returned to old Randolph co, thoroughly disgusted with life in the West, and satisfied to spend his future in grand old MO, the land of plenty.

Boone Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 1:
Thursday, June 28, 1888
Pg. #3: Long lost Ike Crisman has returned home. Some two months ago, he drew $500 from the bank, stating that he was going down the river to buy hogs, but would be back in a day or two. Mrs. Crisman had given him up as dead and employed a man to run the farm near here while she looked after the growing crop on Gallinipper Island. After six weeks, she received a postal card from Kansas City, stating that he was domiciled in the work house in that city, working out a fine. She paid his fine and brought him home. Ike states that some four weeks ago, he was arrested for carrying concealed weapons and was fined $50. Having no money, he was placed in the workhouse to work it out at the rate of 50 cents per day and board.

Boone Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 6:
Friday, March 23, 1906
Pg. #1: We have received from our friend, Mrs. Mary Bysfield, one of the oldest residents of Rocheport, the St. Louis Republican, dated May 3, 1883. In it is an account, telegraphed from Columbia, of the trial of Mike Shroyer, who murdered his wife near Sturgeon, Boone co, in October 1876. After the crime Shroyer disappeared and his whereabouts was not known until six years later, when he was found near Joplin, MO, working as a grader on a railroad. He was found guilty and sent to the penitentiary for ten years, but died before the expiration of his term. Terry Bradley, a native of Rocheport, and father of Brooks Bradley of the Democrat staff, was one of the jurors. The defendant would likely have been hanged, but got a light sentence largely owing to the immoral character of the woman he slew. In the fall of 1876, Shroyer, with his wife and three children, left Marshall, KS, for Miami co, IN, to collect money coming to her from her first husband's estate. In passing through Boone co they stopped at the home of Mr. Gulick, near Sturgeon, to get feed for their team The woman in the wagon said then that her husband had threatened to kill her that very night. The following February some woodchoppers found the mutilated remains of a human being, and it was very easy to trace the crime to Mr. Shroyer.

Howard Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 1:
Thursday, Jan 8, 1885
Pg. #7: Mrs. Green of Macon City, MO, widow of the late Col. Clark H. Green, formerly of Glasgow, died suddenly of heart disease at Joseph, MO, Dec 30th, aged 56 years. She had been visiting friends in that city and started to the depot to go to Dakota on a visit to her son, William Green. Burial at the cemetery of St. Joseph. She once lived in Fayette and was a daughter of Dr. Snelson, who for many years resided here. Hall K. Green, who has been living at Cape Girardeau for several years, is a son of the deceased. Mrs. Green was born May 3, 1825 in Louisa co, VA and came to MO with her parents when a child. On Feb 22, 1853, she was married to Col. Green at Fayette. On Jun 17, 1865, the family moved to Macon City where the Col. died in Sep 1871. [An informative letter from the Dr. to Mary Green is included.]

Howard Co, MO Newspaper Abstracts, Vol. 4:
Thursday, Jul 12, 1906
Pg. #1: Fred Jones, son of Sanford Jones, and Emma Jones, daughter of William Jones, both of near Lisbon were first cousins, but that did not prevent them from falling in love. They wanted to marry, but the laws of Missouri prevented such, so they eloped to Oswego, KS, where they were made husband and wife Jul 5th. They then came back to Clinton, MO.

As you may have noted, these volumes are more than just a powerful genealogical tool. They also offer the reader a peek into the social values and cultural aspects relevant to their ancestors' time period. The historical significance of the articles found in these newspapers is a great learning tool for the armchair sociologist and the genealogist who has hit a brick wall. I hope that you will find them useful.

Kind Regards,

Sherry Raleigh-Adams
Gone West Publications
28018 Deer Trails
Jonesburg, MO 63351
Tel: (636) 488-5230


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Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Jefferson County, Missouri is attempting to put together a computer-driven video Wall of Honor that will be housed in the Jefferson County Administration Center in Hillsboro, Missouri. The intent is to recognize the service of all Jefferson County veterans who have served honorably in any of America’s wars from July 4, 1776 to the present. The Wall will honor members of any armed service, as well as those who served in the Merchant Marine during WWII.

If interested, you can make a donation or receive a Veteran Nomination Form by contacting:

Jefferson County Wall of Honor
P.O. Box 265
Festus, MO 63028-0265

You can also call Tess Tenison at 636-677-8943.


Fascinating article on interpreting passenger list notations:



From their website:

"The Chancery Records Index (CRI) is a result of archival processing and indexing projects overseen by the Library of Virginia (LVA) and funded, in part, by the Virginia Circuit Court Records Preservation Program (CCRP). Each of Virginia's circuit courts created chancery records that contain considerable historical and genealogical information. The pre-1913 chancery records are particularly important as they contain vital statistics for periods when the state did not regularly collect them. Much of the genealogical information in chancery records heard after 1913 can be found in the records of the Department of Health's Office of Vital Records."



Discovered on a list:

Message Board Post:

If you go to, the graves at Boone Creek are posted. I am slowly adding pictures of the tombstones there. In fact, I have already posted more than 6,000 tombstone photos from Texas County, MO cemeteries.

Linda Mondy

Linda has in fact contributed 6,547 photos to Find-a-Grave…

On the Find-a-Grave site Linda notes:

I am compiling a book about the people of Licking, MO, and would love your contributions. I especially want pictures of the people I have listed here. I am taking pictures of all the tombstones in my area. I want to create a page for each person with pictures and biographical information. Visit my webpage to learn more about my book project. My DAR webpage is at

This young lady was found among the Boone Creek Cemetery listings:

Shirley Ann Prier Adams
Birth: Jun. 7, 1940
Death: Jul. 4, 1946
Burial: Boone Creek Cemetery
Licking, Texas County, Missouri, USA

Record added: Jan 23 2007
By: Linda

Shirley's headstone notes that she was "Our Little Lamb," and you just know that her parents dearly loved and missed her…

Tuesday, April 15, 2008


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From their website:

“Featuring nine quilts made in Missouri, this beautiful exhibition complements Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection. Missouri Made Quilts focuses on work created from the mid-19th century through the first revival of quilt making in the early 20th, and it shows the continuing influences of technology. The styles of quilts produced during this period also reflect social, economic, and political changes.”


On display currently through 1 June 2008.


The numerous letters written by a conscripted English soldier, Pvt. Harry H.B. Lamin, from the front are being added to a blog, letter by letter:


Includes numerous photos of Pvt. Harry and his family members.


It does most of what people want from Microsoft WORD-- oh, and it’s free! The article also includes a list of other free Microsoft WORD competitors:


Monday, April 14, 2008


The easiest way to describe it to an American genealogist probably is to call it a "Cyndi's List" for Australian genealogical resources. Cora herself calls it:

"An Australian Gateway Site for Tracing your Family History."



Need a thorough guide to genealogical resources throughout Australia? Read on:

Lengthy list of Australian government libraries, public libraries, historical and genealogical societies, college special collections departments, church and hospital archives, business archives, and museums:



From their website:

"Researching family history is a favourite hobby for many people. The National Archives of Australia holds many records in which you might find information about your ancestors. This is the place to come if your family members served in the Australian armed forces or if they migrated to Australia during the 20th century.

You can view original archival records in one of our reading rooms around the country. We are also providing access to more and more information and records online, so you can both prepare and undertake research from home.

You can begin your family journey into the National Archives right now. Have a look at the information, case studies, resources, and preservation sections listed below."



From the National Archives of Australia website:

"Records of men and women who served with the Australian army in World War I are preserved in the National Archives. In a three-year preservation project, we have digitised 376,000 of these service records.

As a gift to the nation, these records are all available online.

Due to high demand for this service, you may experience a delay in retrieval."



New on the National Archives of Australia website:

"This album contains 41 views of Anzac Beach and the surrounding hills and gullies. Taken in 1915, the photographs it contains capture Gallipoli through the eyes of the digger.

There are images of sandbags and barbed wire, hospital tents and supply depots, captured Turkish soldiers, diggers in trenches, Lord Kitchener with his generals, crosses in the cemetery and imposing landmarks such as 'The Sphinx'. Together these photographs make the album a powerful record of the Australian soldier at Gallipoli."


Sunday, April 13, 2008


Digitized document on display on the National Archives (US) website:

"Conference committee report on the Missouri Compromise, March 1, 1820"



Backing up once a year whether you need to or not? Then you need to read this article ASAP:



Need to convert a file in a format you can't access to a format you can work with? Before you give up and delete the file, or spend good money to buy a program that may or may not be able to make the conversion, try Zamzar. It's an online file conversion service (free for low-volume users) that might be all you need to make the conversion and keep on truckin':


TIP: Windows user, having trouble opening a document? Use OPEN WITH and select Notepad, then save the resulting Notepad document as TXT or DOC. You may need to do some reformatting, but you haven't lost the document completely.


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Think of a letters/numbers combination (4 characters or more) that will start each of your passwords. Then use the like number of starting characters from the name of that site to create your password.


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Friday, April 11, 2008


Going to be in our nation’s capitol on 23 April 2008? Lucky you!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008-- 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Research Center (Enter on Pennsylvania Avenue)

The National Archives presents its fourth annual genealogy fair! This year's program will include three tracks: general genealogy, World War I, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Speakers will encourage family historians to research their families using the records held by the National Archives. This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Session topics will include:

Introduction to genealogy
Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
Land records
Civil War pension files
Finding place of birth in Federal records
World War I Gold Star Mothers
Maritime records
Passport applications, 1795-1925
Archival Research Catalog (ARC)
Immigration and naturalization records of World War I soldiers
World War I draft registration records
Civilian Conservation Corps records
Federal Emergency Relief Act records
The Basics of DNA testing
WPA state guides
Freedmen's Bureau marriage records
Publications on the WPA
Virginia Slave Births Index

Demonstrations and ongoing exhibits will include:

Beginning genealogy tutorial
How to use a digital camera in research
Preserving your important papers and photographs
Demonstrations of databases, including the Archival Research Catalog (ARC) and
Access to Archival Databases (AAD)
Help! I'm Stuck: Getting Started
NARA Library
Information on genealogical institutions



Well, not now-- in 1943, actually:

Smoke Signals (Dec 2007) continues its list of men and women in the service taken from the Maryville Daily Forum:

Wayne Lininger of Quitman was stationed at Fort Fisher, NC (I’ve been there-- it’s right on the Atlantic Ocean at the tip of the Cape Fear Peninsula-- if you've got to be in the Army, not a bad deal...).

Tech. Sgt. Edwin S. Bolin was stationed with a gunnery training squadron in Las Vegas (that might seem like great duty, too-- until you remember that they didn’t have air conditioning-- or the casinos-- in those days!).

If you've got WWII vets in the family, and they lived in fairly small towns or counties, it’s likely the local newspaper ran short news items about their war service, too! We even see it happening in the St. Louis newspapers, so check out your town's paper!


And this:

Theakiki 38:1 (Feb 2008) reprints an article from the Kankakee (IL) Gazette dated 20 Sept 1883. It notes that a local doctor was called out to examine a woman who’d taken sick about 7 PM on Sunday night. When the doctor got there at 11 PM, she had already collapsed into unconsciousness. By 5 AM Monday morning, she was dead. The doctor noted that “her symptoms were of genuine cholera.”


While we’re on the subject:

Fayette Facts 36:4 (Dec 2007) includes these death notices extracted from the Vandalia Union newspaper:

Laurel Earl Baker, 16, died when a shotgun he was transporting from the family’s old house to its new home went off in the family car. He was struck in the stomach and died shortly thereafter (27 Oct 1932).

Alfred Cowgill, 64, died when he fell from the seat onto the tongue of the wagon he was driving-- his neck was broken in the fall. His death was discovered after the animals decided it was time to go home for supper and walked back to the barn with Cowgill’s body still hanging on the wagon tongue (3 Nov 1932).

Laura Cress (age not given) was killed when thieves entered the home she shared with her husband, Ernest Cress. Her husband answered a knock on the door, and discovered one of three thieves pointing a shotgun at him. Cress dove out a window and ran to summon help. When he got back home with help, however, he found his wife’s body riddled with shotgun slugs (1 Dec 1932).

Mary Ford (age not given) died from a heart attack two days after the death of her son, John Wilkes Ford (20 Nov 1932).

William Beverly Hopkins (age 16 months) died after eating a handful of unpopped kernels grabbed from a bowl of popcorn held by his 7-year-old sister, Catherine. He died while en route to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis (24 Nov 1932).


I would be reluctant to confess the following to non-genealogists but, let’s face it, you and I are people for whom a stroll through a cemetery is a real hoot-- like how mundanes (non-genealogists) feel on a visit to the ballpark, casino, or boat show.

So here it is: I enjoy reading obits and death notices extracted from 19th and early 20th century newspapers. Now, don’t get me wrong-- I know these stories are about real people who died in some cases horrible, excruciating deaths, and I realize that someday somebody will read my obit, but still-- I love reading them (and suspect you do, too).

And, while I read them because I find them to be a source of entertainment and sometimes amusement, they can in fact be a wonderful tool for finding out what it must have been like for relatives living in that community. Noting occupations, club memberships, locations of surviving relatives, and causes of death can tell you both about how they lived and how they died.

So don’t apologize when somebody notices you smiling as you read those obits and death notices-- we’re family historians, after all, and reading obits and death notices is how we “crack the books.”

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I'm sending out a big thank-you to MoSGA Journal Editor Bob Doerr, who's been sending me a steady stream of potential posts for MoSGA Messenger. His efforts have been making my job that much easier, and that's always a good thing!

BTW, if you would like to help make my job that much easier (and who doesn't?), send me news of your genealogical or historical society's events and publications here. News of societies in Missouri and neighboring states especially welcome!


From their website:

A Welcome Letter from The German Ambassador

With the launch of the Web site, the German Information Center USA, the German National Tourist Office and all their partners now make it more exciting than ever before to discover America's German heritage.

German-Americans comprise the largest ethnic group in the United States: More than 42 million Americans, almost 15 percent of the population, claim German ancestry. As America celebrates the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement, we remember that Germans were among the first courageous pioneers to arrive in 1608.

Today, extends an invitation to Americans from all walks of life to come visit and learn about the contribution Americans of German ancestry have made to the social fabric, culture and economy of the United States - and to discover Germany "as it was… and is today."

Klaus Scharioth
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany



My archivist buddy, Dennis Northcott, has been quietly and steadily producing a great series of reference books:

Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska Civil War Veterans: Compilation of the Death Rolls of the Departments of Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, Grand Army of the Republic, 1883-1948 by Dennis Northcott (2007) (ISBN-13: 978-0-9728344-2-1; ISBN-10: 0-9728344-2-7; soft cover, 658 pages).

Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948 by Dennis Northcott (2005) (ISBN 0-9728344-1-9, soft cover, 416 pages).

Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois: Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947 by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks (2003) (ISBN 0-9728344-0-0, soft cover, 548 pages).

Purchase info is available on Dennis’s website. If the price seems a bit steep for your budget, ask your local librarian to buy one or more titles for your local library. You’ll be doing your community a favor, and you’ll be encouraging Dennis to continue this great series!


BTW, I own the Illinois title, and I'm planning to pick up the IA-KS-NB volume soon!


If your relative served as a commissioned officer (the Army’s equivalent of a minister) in the Salvation Army, you can request a copy of his or her record. The record will likely contain birth date and place and death date and place, a short biography, and may contain info on spouse (also likely to be a Salvation Army officer, as they have to marry fellow officers or leave the service), children, and funeral of that officer. They have records for commissioned officers only, so don’t bother asking for personnel records for civilian employees, volunteers, or clients. Send your e-mail request to Susan Mitchem, National SA Archivist. An answer via e-mail won’t cost you a dime-- if paper copies are necessary, you’ll be expected to pay for those (was 25 cents per copy).

You can also ask the Salvation Army to help find a long lost relative anywhere in the world. The service won’t cost you a dime, since it’s considered part of the Army’s ministry (although in the event of a successful search, a properly grateful person would certainly make a generous donation). To get help, contact the Salvation Army branch nearest you (no matter where you live or where you suspect the missing person might be living). They’ll give you a form to fill out that provides basic info on the missing person- they will then forward copies of that info to other relevant Army branch offices. BTW-- if they find your missing person, they’ll tell you if he or she has died-- but if that person is alive and wants to stay “missing,” they won’t tell you his or her whereabouts.

Want more on this subject? There’s a very helpful article by Donna Murray in the Sept/Oct 2007 issue of Family Chronicle.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


StLGS Monthly Meetings, April-August 2008

Date: Saturday, 12 April 2008
Meeting Time: 8:00 a.m.
Presentation: 8:30 a.m.
Topic: 38th Annual Family History Conference – Maryland Heights Centre
Speaker: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG

[NOTE: See the StLGS website for details about the Annual Conference.]

Date: Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:30 p.m
Topic: Unveiling the Secrets of the City of St Louis Recorder's Archive Dept
Speaker: Dusty Reese and Ann Grisham

Date: Wednesday, 11 June 2008
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:30 p.m
Topic: Sharing with Others Online: E-Mail, Mailing Lists, Blogs, Newsletters, & Message Boards
Speaker: Ilene Murray

Date: Tuesday, 08 July 2008
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:30 p.m
Topic: Exploring Family and National History Events through Newspapers
Speaker: Keith Zimmer and Tom Pearson

Date: Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:30 p.m
Topic: Family History Resources in the 19th Century Missouri Court Records
Speaker: Mike Everman

Monthly meetings are held at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, which is located at 1640 South Lindbergh Blvd across from Plaza Frontenac. REMINDER: HIGHWAY 40 (I-64) IS CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS BETWEEN BALLAS AND I-170.

Regular Monthly Meeting is always free and open to the public.

More information?


Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Probate Division
Patrick Connaghan, Commissioner - (314) 622-4304

You may obtain Probate case information by mailing or faxing a request to
(314) 622-4498.

If you have any questions or need assistance please call 622-4301.

As part of the Courts' continuing effort and commitment to increase the quality of the service provided, the Missouri 22nd Judicial Circuit Probate Division has implemented a web page. This on line service will allow you to access public forms, case information, and provide you with other helpful numbers and information.

For your convenience a number of forms are now available at:

Also, for your convenience, we've included a link to the state web site, which enables you to view case information:

Hours of operation:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Probate Division is located:
Civil Courts Building, 10th Floor
10 N. Tucker Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63101

Helpful Probate Numbers:
Information: 622-4301
Commissioner/Clerk: 622-4304
Cashier: 622-4305
Copy Clerk: 622-4227
File room: 622-4301
Inventory/Settlement Clerk: 622-4309
Office Manager: 622-4226

The building is ADA compliant. If you require an interpreter for court proceedings call 622-4226. There is a TDD line available through the Court Administrators Office the number is 622-3477.

Probate Division Functions:
In addition to administering decedents' estates, a probate division has general supervisory jurisdiction over the estates of minors and those adults whom the court finds to be disable or incapacitated. This, if individual cannot handle their own affairs, either because they are under age or in some way disabled, the probate division may then step in (upon proper application, hearing and determination) and appoint a conservator to look after these matters for them. In a similar manner, the probate division may appoint a guardian for the care and custody of a minor or of an incapacitated adult unable to care for himself or herself. To obtain a complete copy of the Probate Law Resource Guide you may contact our office at (314) 622-4301 or you can contact the Missouri Bar Public Information Department at (573) 635-4128 or the Missouri Bar web site:

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Need to do occasional photo editing, but don’t want to plunk down big money for software you only use every so often? Or would you like to take the venerable Photoshop for a “test drive” before you spend big bucks to get that program? In either case, you can edit photos on the web for free using Photoshop Express, a limited features incarnation of Photoshop. Easy to use, the price can’t be beaten, and they even offer you a free 2 GB online photo gallery you can use to show off your photos to relatives / friends / total strangers with plenty of time on their hands!



I’d like to recommend two daily e-newsletters to you. They’re both the brain-children of a lady with a really cool name-- Kim Komando. They are “Cool Site of the Day” and “Tip of the Day.” They're not specifically genealogical in nature, but some tips are of interest to genealogists. I don’t find every tip or every site to be valuable, of course, but she serves up real winners often enough that I do recommend that you sign up and glance at one or both newsletters for a week or two to see if they are of interest to you. Oh, did I mention that they’re free?


TIP: If you have a Gmail account, have all your e-newsletters sent there. That way, they don’t clog up your personal / work account if you’re away on vacation / at a conference, and they're easy to check no matter what computer you're using.


Are you currently using Windows MovieMaker or some other home movie or video production software? If you are, and could use a great source of free sound clips and loops, have I got a site to recommend to you:



MoSGA Board member Mary E. Celeste has offered us some tips on getting the most out of our NGS Conference experience in May 2008. This is the final installment of her very informative guide. Thank you, Mary!

NOTE: Mary is not an official NGS spokesperson- these tips are based are her own past attendance at national genealogical conferences.


12. SPECIAL TIPS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS. If you have special needs, don’t be shy. For food allergies or dietary restrictions, be sure to make a note on your registration form and make a photocopy to bring with you to the conference. If a waiter at a meal event brings you something that you can’t have, let them know that you have special needs. If they say they can’t do anything about it, go find an officer of the organization sponsoring the meal and show them your photocopy.

If you have severe allergies, to peanuts, for example, I suggest that you have a traveling companion who can speak for you in the event you are unable to speak for yourself. If there is no one attending with you, be sure to mention it to your table mates. This is a little tricky, as you don’t want to sound like you’re just looking for attention. I would mention it casually, say you just wanted someone to be aware of your conditions, and then change the conversation to something related to the conference or genealogy. Also, be sure to wear “medic alert” jewelry.

I have a number of health issues, so I always carry a list of my various conditions, the name and phone number of the corresponding specialists who are treating me, and a list of all the medications and dosages I take, my personal medical history and my family medical history. I keep that in a special pocket in my purse and tell at least one person where it is. That way, if I’m not able to communicate, the list can be handed to paramedics and they will know what to do. I also carry a much shorter list for my husband’s meds and health issues. I worry that if something happens to him, I won’t be able to give the necessary information correctly.

If you have difficulty walking, wear your most comfortable shoes, regardless how old and battered they look. I’d also strongly recommend buying, renting, or borrowing one of those walkers with a seat (which will allow you to push your bag without carrying it) or the canes with the small round seat. Don’t worry about what people will think-– it’ll be a whole lot less embarrassing than collapsing on the floor! You can probably use the cane all the way to your seat on the plane and then ask the flight attendant to check it at the door. They’ll bring it back to you at the end of the flight. The walker may not fit in some airplane aisles, so you may need to check it at the door and use the seat backs as “crutches” to get to your assigned seat. You might also call the airlines in advance and see if you can get one of the front seats if you’re not able to do it yourself online. You’ll need to reserve your flight as early as possible. You should be able to board the plane before the regular passengers.

Get to know other people who are having similar difficulties. Chances are, if you want to go out somewhere, your more able-bodied friends will prefer to walk if it’s not too far. If you have some other friends who find it difficult to walk, you can share a cab. It’s more convenient, safe, economical, and fun that way.

13. BLOG YOUR WAY TO A GREAT CONFERENCE! This year, we have an outstanding blog (short for “web log”) that tells you all sorts of details about the conference. It is updated frequently and will answer questions faster than you can think them up. Take some time to read all that’s on the blog now and then keep up with the additions as there new ones appear. Here a link to the blog:

SOME FINAL THOUGHTS As you’ve probably guessed by now, one of the secrets to having a great conference is to plan well in advance. If you’ve paid for your registration, social events, and other expenses long before the conference, you won’t feel such a financial pinch when you’re in the vendor hall. All in all, conferences are a pretty expensive investment. However, if you plan to get the most out of the experience, you may well find that that investment can pay itself off many times over.

So gather up your positive thoughts, your questions, and your courage and go with the intension of learning a great deal, meeting many new friends, making contacts which will help you in your research, and having a great time! See you in May!

Mary E. Celeste
Kansas City, MO

Monday, April 07, 2008


If you happen to be planning a trip across the Pond in the near future, this just received from Greater Manchester County Record Office:

New family history records available!

Following the closure of the Family Records Centre in London on 15th March, we are delighted to announce that Greater Manchester County Record Office will be making several important family history resources available in the North West for the first time. The Record Office is one of just five centres to offer this new service, the others being in Birmingham, Bridgend, Plymouth and at the National Archives in London.

The Record Office now offers the full range of General Register Office indexes on microfiche, including:

Birth, Marriage and Death indexes from 1837 to 2006
Provisional Data for Births and Deaths for 2007. This is provisional, unchecked data, available for consultation prior to the release of the official indexes. Provisional data is released for Births and Deaths only, not Marriages.
Civil Partnerships Index 2005 to 2007
Overseas Index Births, Deaths & Marriages from 1761 to 2006
Adopted Children Index 1927 to 2007

These resources (all on microfiche) will be available for consultation in the Record Office search room from 1 April 2008. A fiche viewer can be booked in advance by telephoning the search room on 0161 832 5284, but some machines are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Drop-in session with staff from the Family Records Centre

On Thursday 3 April, from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm, staff from the Family Records
Centre will be available at the Record Office to answer your questions and provide guidance on how to use these new resources. No appointment needed, but
you may wish to book a fiche viewer to start your research.

Greater Manchester County Record Office
56 Marshall Street, New Cross
Manchester M4 5FU
Tel: 0161 832 5284


What is Roots Central? It’s a webpage where non-profit genie groups can advertise events, new publications, or projects being undertaken by their societies.

From the Roots Central website:

ROOTS CENTRAL --- Latest events, schedules and news

If you want your event, brick wall, speaking schedule, or anything else of genealogical interest announced on Roots Central, email a PowerPoint slide or JPEG to this address:

Sunday, April 06, 2008


MoSGA Board member Mary E. Celeste has offered us some tips on getting the most out of our NGS Conference experience in May 2008. Her guide is fairly lengthy, so I will be posting it over several days. Enjoy!

NOTE: Mary is not an official NGS spokesperson- these tips are based on her own past attendance at national genealogical conferences.


10. ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKE FOR A DISAPPOINTING CONFERENCE! All conferences have several social functions, which are meant to be fun. They often include an awards ceremony, ho hum - you're not getting anything and you don't know any of these people. But wait, pay attention and you'll be amazed at the accomplishments of the honorees. They may even inspire you to do more for the cause. And, just because you don't know them now, try to get a chance to congratulate them later. 99% of the folks who win these awards are real "people persons". They could be an ally who can help you someday. Fortunately, everyone at a conference wears a nametag, so remember the names, and if you pass them in the hall, tell them "congrats!"

The food is usually good, but the two best things about the banquets and luncheon are the people you meet at your table and the speaker. Unlike the educational presentations you'll hear at sessions throughout the day, the speakers at meal events are either very humorous or very inspirational, and they are all true entertainers! You'll be glad you went.

Many of the luncheons are sponsored by various genealogy organizations. If you don't know what the initials stand for, look them up. I recommend making your choices by the organization of which you are a member or that you are considering joining rather than the speaker. Many of the organizations scatter their officers and committee chairs throughout the room at different tables, so everyone will have a chance to ask questions and get to know at least one representative of the organization.

So what's the catch? You have to register way in advance. Meals are planned very strictly down to the exact number of registrants and guests. However, there is one possibility for latecomers. Sometimes people purchase meals in advance and then can't go. Ask at the information desk where you can contact these people to purchase their tickets. I've never heard of a scalper at a genealogy conference, so just be prepared to pay the advertised price. Sometime, the ticket owner is willing to just give the ticket away!

Other social opportunities are tours or receptions at historical or research sites, or city tours of multiple sites. Frequently, but not always, transportation is provided. Sometimes it's free, sometimes not. Again, you often have to indicate your intentions in advance, although not always. If you can, these events offer an excellent chance to see what various research facilities have to offer you if you ever need to do research in this locality. And you have yet another opportunity to network with other genealogists. Take your business cards with you and don't be shy. If you see someone wearing a nametag of a speaker you have heard, an author whose books or articles you've read, or someone with a surname or from a place you are researching, introduce yourself. After all, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Take a SMALL camera. You don't want to be carrying a large, heavy camera bag around, so, unless you've been contracted to take professional photos, just have fun shooting candid shots to remember the wonderful people you are going to meet and places you will see. They now make disposable cameras with flash, video, underwater, or whatever feature you think you'll need.

Know yourself. If you have limited stamina or health issues, you might need to skip these events and get to bed early so you are refreshed for the next day's adventure. You are missing out on a lot of fun, but you don't want to wear yourself down so that you get little out of the conference, or worse yet, get ill. Being sick in a hotel room is pretty miserable, I know!

11. FOOD FOR THOUGHT. Don't ruin your health or your attention because you're hungry -- and don't distract the others around you because your stomach is growling so loudly! First of all, sign up for the meal events. You're going to get all you need of the basic nutritional requirements and then some! Most major hotels will have a formal restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast often features a breakfast bar which is especially convenient if you overslept! However, don't expect any bargains in these restaurants.

Most hotels or convention centers also have a snack bar, coffee shop, grille, etc. where you can pick up something in a hurry. They are also not cheap, but usually not as expensive as the sit-down restaurant.

Many times, the hotel is located in an urban area where there are neighboring fast food restaurants or coffee shops which really are a bargain. You'll probably need to exit the hotel and walk a block or two. Ask at the concierge or front desk for recommendations.

Finally, if you're from the area and are driving in, fill up that cooler with fruit, yogurt, and other quick breakfast snacks. You might want to bring microwaveable packaged meals if there's a microwave in your room. Again, check ahead and plan how much you are willing to spend on food and act accordingly.

I usually bring some snacks, like nuts and candy, and a soft drink that I can use as a pick-me-up in the mid-afternoon when I get really sleepy-- ZZZZZZZzzzzzzz. I don't know why, but the temperature always seems to rise when my stomach is full and content. If you've had this same experience, I recommend sitting at the back of the room. Most hotels will provide water in the back of the session rooms. Take your own or go get a glass. Chew gum or suck on some hard candy. Remove as many outer wraps as is decent. Sit up straight. Excuse yourself to walk outside to get a breath of fresh air and then go right back. Do whatever you can to avoid snoring in the middle of an otherwise excellent program! This does NOT make a good impression!

Mary E. Celeste
Kansas City, MO


From their website:

"The US Army Corps of Engineers' (USACE) Digital Visual Library is an evolving collection of visual products covering every major USACE program, project, and activity. The library consists of photographs, illustrations, artwork, clipart, logos/registered trademarks, and maps. The images are submitted by all USACE commands and are available, free, to all internal and external public audiences. This is the Corps' main source for publication quality images and graphics. To further assist you, contact information is provided with each image.

The items contained in this library may be downloaded for free, however, where appropriate please give credit to the US Army Corps of Engineers".



Know enough German to be somewhat dangerous? Then you might find this list of mailing lists (auf Deutsch, naturlich!) to be of interest:


Unten finden Sie eine Aufstellung aller öffentlichen Mailinglisten auf dem Server Klicken Sie auf den Namen einer Liste um mehr über diese zu erfahren oder um sie zu abonnieren, zu kündigen oder die Optionen Ihres Abonnements anzupassen.Um die Informationsseite einer nicht öffentlichen Liste zu besuchen, benutzen Sie eine URL ähnlicher dieser, aber mit einem '/' und dem Listennamen angehängt.

Für Administratoren der Listen gibt es die Seite Übersichtsseite für Listenadministratoren zur Verwaltung der eigenen Liste.

Bei Fragen und Kommentaren senden Sie bitte an"

NOTE: Of course, reading (or trying to read) the above may have forcefully reminded you why German is not considered one of the "Romance" languages...


This post seems peculiarly relevant for genealogists, who often serve as the long-term memory of their families:

We’ve all done things we regret-- that much is certain. But have you apologized for all the wrongs you’ve ever done to others, whether your miscues were intentional or inadvertent? If not, you can now make amends, and doing so will be as nearless painless as admitting you’ve done wrong can ever be.

The Bureau of Communication web site has introduced its free Formal Apology E-mail Service, which you can now use to send apologies to those you've wronged with all the efficiency and impersonality of a much-maligned (in so many cases deservedly) elected official.

Simply check a few boxes, fill in a few blanks, and e-mail your attempt at mending fences straight off to coworkers, bosses, friends, relatives, and poorly treated spouses or significant others. Before you can say "pathetic substitute for an actual note or face-to-face I’m sorry," you'll (likely) have things patched up and good as new.

NOTE: If you've SERIOUSLY wronged somebody, of course, it's still probably all for the best if you screw up your courage and say "I'm sorry" (and possibly do some earnest-looking groveling) in the old-fashioned way...

Saturday, April 05, 2008


St. Clair County Genealogical Society's Funeral Card Project is up and running. Go here to find info about donating cards to the Project or obtaining images of cards already in the collection:

"The St. Clair County Genealogical Society begins a new project in 2008 to collect, preserve, and make available for genealogical purposes, Funeral Cards for any person whose birth or death occurred in the county.

The Collection will be indexed as it grows. The index will appear on this webpage and in the Society Quarterly, at which time copies may be requested as outlined below."

Funeral Card Project Main Page:


The index for already donated funeral cards is here:

"Life events from Funeral Cards for any person whose birth or death occurred in St. Clair County appear on this page. We encourage anyone with funeral cards meeting the submission criteria to share them with SCCGS for this project. See details on the Funeral Card Main page, and to order paper or digital copies of a Funeral Card noted below."

Funeral Card Project Index (includes dates of birth and death):



MoSGA Board member Mary E. Celeste has offered us some tips on getting the most out of our NGS Conference experience in May 2008. Her guide is fairly lengthy, so I will be posting it over several days. Enjoy!

NOTE: Mary is not an official NGS spokesperson- these tips are based on her own past attendance at national genealogical conferences.


6. BE KIND TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. Follow these tips to save trees and prevent pollution.

a. Save a tree – choose the CD version of the syllabus
b. Write a large note to the housekeepers to simply make your bed but not change the linens
c. Write a large note to the housekeepers to leave the towels. Be sure to hang them neatly rather than leave them on the floor.

If you are a “true believer”, make up a couple of these signs and laminate them. Store them in your luggage so you always have them with you when you travel.

7. BE KIND TO THOSE WHO NEED YOUR HELP. Since it won’t make any difference in the hotel fee whether you use the sample size personal grooming products, take a plastic bag to bring home each day’s supply. You can:

a. put them in small plastic sandwich bags, add a coupon to a fast food restaurant, and give them out to panhandlers.
b. package them with new socks and underwear and donate them to the local veteran’s hospital.
c. ditto for homeless shelters, refuges for abused women and children, and similar facilities.
d. support mission or international relief organizations abroad
e. make small attractive cloth bags from colors that go with your bathroom and tie with a pretty ribbon for your own guests.
f. put them in plastic bags for your family when they go camping or travel.

One request we have had from the VA is to NOT include mouthwash or anything with alcohol content–- the alcoholics drink it! This is probably good information for several of the suggestions above.

8. WHAT SHOULD I BRING? When you’re attending a local conference and have a room at the Conference Hotel, you can bring just about anything you’d like. When you’re traveling out of town, you have to be a little more frugal about what you pack.

One thing that you should bring is a sturdy brief case or tote bag that will accommodate a notepad, pencils and pens, and all the literature you’ll be collecting each day. Ideally, get one with a zippered pocket where ladies can keep wallets, cell phones, your room key, etc. This will save you from having to carry a purse.

Be sure to empty your tote each evening. Sadly, about two-thirds of the handouts you get will, on studying them more closely, be irrelevant and will go directly into the trash can. You do NOT want to carry around yesterday’s stuff-– you’ll accumulate just too much! Make notes on the ones that you keep. Do you want to revisit that booth with more questions? Do you want to look at that website? Do you want to purchase that book? You also want to take time to review your notes. If you’ve brought a laptop, it’s a good idea to transcribe your notes while they’re still fresh in your mind. You may remember things that you didn’t note and you’re more likely to recall those comments you made in your own form of shorthand.

Speaking of laptops, some people carry them around all day and use them for note taking during meetings and sessions. If you plan to do so, bring lots of batteries or you’ll need to get to the room early enough to stake out a seat near an outlet. You’ll need your power cord, which presents several problems. Running it across an aisle presents a tripping hazard; moving your chair against the wall so as not to have the cord run across a walkway may present an exit blockage in the case of a fire or other emergency which requires evacuation. Other problems with laptops are that their weight grows in direct relationship to the number of hours you spend at the conference. Also, unless the session is a workshop, you seldom have a table, so you need to balance it on your lap. I find it better to take notes manually and then transcribe them in the evening.

You will definitely want one of those rolling shopping bags for the vendor area. They fold up so they don’t take up much space until you need it. If you plan to purchase any books, this is a must. You can also use a small rolling suitcase, but they are a nuisance to open and close Look for the rolling, fold-up shopping bags that are open at the top in the luggage department of department stores, the airport shops, or the hotel gift shop.

I used to pack one suitcase inside another so I would have an extra one to use to pack all my purchases to bring home. It would inevitably be overweight and I would have to pay extra to take it on the plane. However, most major conferences now have an area where you can purchase boxes, fill then, and mail them home. It saves a big hassle and is a lot cheaper. Be sure to check early for information on when they are closing, which is sometimes the day before the last one of the conference. This is a wonderful service. You can check with the vendors and see if anyone has an extra box or two. You’ll want to check with the vendors that are selling books or other fairly heavy items-- you don’t want to send books in a box that was intended to carry light products! Also, some vendors will mail the item for you, saving you the cost of postage. This usually is only for larger purchases, but be sure to check.

Another nice service often found at conferences is a “coat check” where you can also check your purchases so you don’t have to carry them to sessions. Just don’t forget to pick them up before you go back to your room or car. Be sure to learn their hours of operation before leaving your items.

I went to a library conference once where they had a large area of vibrating chairs and were giving face, neck and shoulder, and foot massages. What a great idea! The problem was that most librarians are too poor to afford the services, and since genealogists are not usually in a higher income category, I don’t expect to see anything like that, but wouldn’t it be nice?

9. SHOPPING: Ahhhh! The vendor area is like Heaven to a genealogist! You can buy books, maps, CDs, clothing, jewelry, gift items, learn about genealogy related organizations and database vendors, and just about everything except the proverbial kitchen sink! Before the conference, create an alphabetical list of the titles of books and CDs that you own and carry it with you to the vendor area or make a wish list of those subjects you really need more for your own personal library.. You’d much rather purchase something additional for your collection than duplicate what you already have.

Be sure to carry business cards (make some up, even if you’re not a “professional genealogist”) and a couple of sheets of stick-on name/address labels. There are many drawings for door prizes and the address labels save you a lot of writing. Other situations call for a business card. Be sure you have included your email address and your website, if you have one. You can jot notes on the backside and hand it to people you meet who have the same surname or live in a community/county where you are searching. Conversely, if you accept a business card from someone, make a note on the back to remind you of the significance of this contact. If the individual doesn’t have a business card, be sure to record their name, contact information, and a reminder of the reason you want to correspond with them. For this, you’ll want a small notebook that you can put in your pocket or purse. Be sure to tie a pen or pencil to the notebook….they have a bad habit of running away!

Study the vendor list before you go and plan which booths you are most anxious to visit. To check out who is coming to the 2008 NGS Conference in Kansas City, go to In the column on the left, click on “Exhibitors” and then, again in the left column. click on “Exhibitor List”. You can look for particular vendors by selecting the first letter in their company name or you can browse the entire list alphabetically. Click on the underlined name of any exhibitor that interests you and you’ll get all sorts of information about them. Add the names and booth numbers of the ones you want to visit first to your Conference Planner (described above). Once you’ve had a chance to stop by those booths, then plan a strategy to visit all the others. Visiting the vendor area is as important as attending the presentations, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Most exhibitors will accept credit cards, but it’s a good idea to carry cash as well. Decide before you go what your budget will be and then discipline yourself not to go overboard. Usually, you’ll get some sort of discount, but it you have a wish list of titles, check them out online before you go, so you know whether or not you’re getting a bargain.

Don’t be afraid to talk to vendors if you have questions about their product. All the major online database vendors and organizations, such as, ProQuest/HeritageQuest, Footnote, NewsBank, Family History Library/Family Search, New England Historic Genealogical Society/New England Ancestors, National Archives, etc. will be represented by employees who are experienced researchers. Start writing down you questions now and take your list with you.

Mary E. Celeste
Kansas City, MO