Saturday, November 29, 2008


Listings for the Chiles Cemetery at Blue Mills Road and Perrin Road in Jackson County:



Volume 7, Issue 5
November 24, 2008

Y-DNA: Surnames and One-Name Studies

Y-DNA projects are organized around a surname and variants, and are therefore called Surname Projects.

For decades, long before DNA testing was available, many genealogists have been studying surnames. When you study a surname and its variants, it is called a One-Name Study.

A one-name study involves researching all occurrences of a surname and its variants, usually on a global basis, as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person) or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple). Due to the commitment required, most one-name studies are for rare or low frequency surnames.

An organization exists for those who are interested in one-name studies: the Guild of One-Name Studies. Founded in 1979 and headquartered in London, England, the Guild has over 2000 members around the globe, who are studying over 7,500 surnames.

The Guild of One-Name Studies offers two levels of membership. You can join without committing to a one-name study, and receive many benefits and educational opportunities. If you are interested in pursuing a one-name study, you can register your one-name study with the Guild. Only one person can register a surname. Registration of a surname involves several commitments, including committing to collect all occurrences of a surname world-wide. For this reason, most of the surnames studied are less frequent surnames

Those who get interested and pursue a one-name study often build up a large volume of data and information, which can help other genealogists with their family trees.

If a one-name study exists for any of the surnames in your family tree, contacting the researcher may benefit your research. The one-name study may have information about your tree or hold relevant documents. To find out if a one-name study exists for any surname in your family tree, visit the Guild web site linked at the end of this article and search the surnames of interest in the box on the home page.

A DNA Project is a natural companion to a one-name study, and many Guild members have started projects at Family Tree DNA. When you search a surname at Family Tree DNA, you will see on the search results page the Guild logo next to Surname Projects that are part of a one-name study. To display the Guild logo, the Surname Project administrator or co-administrator must be a Guild member, or the Guild member must be collaborating with the project administrators, and the surname must be registered. (Guild members can contact for further information.)

Family Tree DNA is pleased to display the Guild of One-Name Studies logo for Surname Projects that are part of a one-name study to recognize the significant contribution that Guild members provide to the genealogy community in their study of surnames.

Just as a DNA Project is a natural companion to a one-name study, an existing DNA Project can benefit from taking a one-name study approach. In many cases, Surname Projects are performing many of the tasks associated with a one-name study, and knowledge about one-name approaches may benefit the Surname Project.

An example of Surname Projects performing a task associated with a typical one-name study is collecting family trees for the surname. Many Surname Project Administrators have also extracted census entries for the surname to assist them in their efforts to help participants in their genealogy research.

A one-name study collects all occurrences of a surname world-wide. Often, this process starts with census or birth-marriage-death records. With the advent of online genealogy databases, it has become much easier to collect records like census records. For countries with centralized Civil Registration, such as England, building a database of these entries has become much easier as the indexes become available online.

Collecting census records is a very effective beginning, and will assist a Surname Project. Consider noting on the earliest census record for a country whether a descendent of that household has participated in DNA testing. This approach will enable you to determine your progress in finding participants to represent the various family trees.

Anyone with an interest in one-name studies can join the Guild of One-Name Studies, even if you aren't ready to undertake a one-name study. There are many benefits, especially their e-mail Forum where members help each other, and their quarterly award-winning Journal of educational articles. Those who decide to conduct a global one-name study can take the additional step of registering a surname. For more information see the web site address below. Be sure to search to see if a one-name study exists for any surname in your family tree. The researcher may hold records relating to your genealogy research and be able to supply information to assist you with your genealogy research:

For Group Administrators: Recruiting in the Ancestral Country

Recruiting participants in the ancestral country is a key element for helping Surname Project participants make the connection to their country of origin, and will result in additional discoveries about the surname, including information about the evolution and ramification of the surname.

Often, a participant will only know the ancestral country and have no idea of where to start in looking for a connection.

Recruiting in the ancestral country will in time lead to a match for participants and clues of where to begin their search for paper records regarding the immigrant ancestor.

The first step in recruiting in the ancestral country is to determine where the surname resides today, and, if the records are available, where the surname resided in the past. For high frequency surnames, such as Smith and Walker, you will find the surname in almost every location in the ancestral country.

For less frequent surnames, you may see clusters in one or more locations. For a high frequency surname, many participants from the ancestral country are required to find all the different Y-DNA results for the surname. The good news is that there is a large population from which to recruit, though it may take time for those in migration destination countries to find a match. One recruiting approach for a high frequency surname is to focus county by county in recruiting efforts. These recruiting efforts may include joining local societies, as well entering the surname in any websites that have national coverage. If your surname is found in a small number of areas, you want to focus your recruiting efforts on these areas, starting with joining any local genealogy societies. Often, these genealogy societies will have "member's interests" pages where you can list your surname interest and contact others, or wait for them to contact you.

Even if you have a low frequency surname, there is still value in joining any national organizations.

Direct mail is a tool to reach the households in the ancestral country. If the cost of postage is a problem, mail a small batch of letters each month. You can find addresses through online phone books and electoral rolls. The majority of your letter should focus on genealogy research first, and then introduce your Surname Project. It is important to minimize scientific terminology and explanation. Your goal is to get a response, so you can begin a dialogue to turn them into a participant. If your Surname Project is able to offer sponsored tests or to cover some of the cost, be sure to mention this in your letter. If the cost of testing is paid, you will achieve a higher response rate.

One key prerequisite of recruiting, regardless of where you are recruiting, is to have a project profile and project website that motivates potential participants to participate. You want your recruiting efforts to turn prospects into participants.

We recommend that you update your project profile and project website at least once per year. In the time since the last update, your knowledge level has increased, and you have received feedback from your recruiting efforts. You can apply this new knowledge, and improve your project profile and project website.

If you are about to embark on recruiting in the ancestral country, it is recommended that you update your project profile and project website first.

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OK-- maybe they know something, but too many Americans know WAY too little about how they are governed. Here’s your chance to find out how much YOU know about the American Way of Government:



Keep track of breaking news worldwide (like the terrorist attacks in India or political turmoil in Thailand) via the website of the Department of State:



Lifehacker readers have created a list of the 40 free software downloads /
applications for which they are most grateful:


Note: No. 1 on the list is "nobody else is even close" favorite…


Not your boss (although he probably deserves that title, too)— no, we're
talking about America's Thanksgiving feast guest of honor:



General Motors wasn't always an also-ran-- its founder was a seat-of-his-pants visionary who liked to take big risks, many of which paid off:


Friday, November 28, 2008


No, indeed-- he was in fact eaten like a pig!

On 9 September 2008, the Washington (Mo) Historical Society held a pig roast fundraiser. Turnout was good, and several local businesses donated items to help out. This rural Missouri luau was certainly successful-- they made a profit of almost $6,000!

More on this story in the Newsletter of the Washington Historical Society 14:4 (November 2008), including a pre-feasting, post-roasting photo of the guest of honor.

Note: The Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Mo receives periodicals mentioned in this blog- you can contact them for copies of articles of interest!


Got relatives from Washington State? You do? Then you, sir or madam, have 74 million reasons to check out this website:



Early Irish History and Antiquities, and the History of West Cork (first edition, 1916), by W. O'Halloran (HTML at


Note: Includes Cork Genealogies!


British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.”



Survey of London (ongoing series of volumes on the city's architecture and topography, begun in 1900) (partial serial archives- has listings for nearly 40 volumes):



Speech of Major Gen'l John A. Rawlins, Chief of Staff, U. S. A.: General Grant's Views in Harmony With Congress (1868), by John A. Rawlins (multiple formats at Internet Archive):



The Supreme Court and Dred Scott (1860), by Daniel W. Gooch (multiple formats at Internet Archive):



Dear SCGS Members and Genealogy Community,

This is the last letter that will be written on behalf of the Sangamon County (IL) Genealogical Society (SCGS). We have been in existence for forty years as of October 2008. However, due to declines in membership and publication sales, and lack of attendance at meetings, the board has decided to close up shop as of December 31, 2008.

Our final project will be the completion of the Cemetery Names and Locations Book. We will be conducting a pre-publication sale to determine the amount to be printed. People can contact the society at:

PO Box 1829, Springfield,
Illinois 62705-1829

or email us at

All of our publications will be sold at half price, through December 15, 2008, after which time the Decatur Genealogical Society will be selling the remaining publications, and reprinting when deemed appropriate.

The research materials in the society’s headquarters have been divided among the various libraries in Sangamon County. We have contacted the Sangamon Valley Collection to determine their preferences on materials they would like to add to their collection from our office library. The Auburn Public Library is now the home of the surname and obituary files which we have been collecting and organizing for the past several years. The Decatur Genealogical Society has agreed to take over ownership of our copyrighted materials starting December 15, 2008. Permission to publish any part of these publications online MUST be obtained through the Decatur Genealogical Society, on and after the date mentioned above. The proceeds remaining after expenses have been paid, from sales of our publications which are now half price, will be given to the Sangamon Valley Collection after all expenses owed by the society have been paid.

This has been an interesting and educational experience for everyone who has been a member of the society. The board wishes to thank everyone who has helped in any fashion in the past as well as those who are currently working on projects. We hope everyone will continue to add to their family histories, donating them to local libraries for future generations to view. If there are any further questions, please feel free to contact Dan Dixon.


President Dan Dixon and the SCGS Board

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


If you’ve got a good digital camera, have a nice backlog of photos of historic sites, battlefields, tourist destinations, etc., and wouldn’t mind a little spare income, you may wish to check out Clustershot. You can upload photos and sell copies of them online, letting Clustershot handle all the dreary details for you:



This blog’s post for 20 November 2008 has good advice on researching merchant mariner ancestors, including ones who died while overseas or in transit:



Are you a graduate of one of the world’s top 200 colleges & universities? I’m pleased to report that U. S. News & World Reports thinks that I am (no. 71):



We've been asked to mention this new finding aid on the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center (formerly Missouri Historical Society) website:

"Here's the link to our new Genealogy and Local History Index:

The index contains references to personal and corporate names (primarily St. Louisans and St. Louis businesses) that appear in selected library, archives, and photograph collections. If you find a reference in the index, you may request a photocopy of the item. Please note: This index does not direct you to a digital image of the indexed item."


Or has been, until now:

Opportunities for social networking abound on the Internet, but using a browser and search engine to comb the Web for information is still typically done solo, because browser displays and search procedures have traditionally been designed for a single user.

Now tools are being developed that enable people at different computers to perform a team search as they plan a family vacation, research a medical problem, or perform other such searches.

Meredith R. Morris, a computer scientist at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Wash., has created SearchTogether, a collaborative search tool that is now available in a test version as a free download (the program is designed to work with the Internet Explorer 7 browser).



May be just what you need for your family association / surname DNA project:

“GigaTribe has been launched in the U.S. market. A free software community, GigaTribe lets you share entire file folders of photos, videos, music, and other files with your "tribe" of friends, family, and coworkers in a private, encrypted peer to peer environment.

Sharing large files or sensitive documents with friends, clients, and coworkers shouldn't be as hard or as expensive as it is with other services, which can charge up to thousands of dollars a year. GigaTribe is entirely free, with the option of a GigaTribe "Ultimate" upgrade with more advanced features (such as faster downloads), priced at only $29.95/year. In addition, GigaTribe does not require any extra steps to share a file. Once you select which folders you want to share with your groups, those folders are instantly accessible to your friends. You can add new files to those folders or change those files at any time. There is no need for any additional steps, no uploading, no size limitations, and no security threat.”



Not very, according to HowStuffWorks-- in fact, sometimes the knowledge that voters can no longer hurt them really frees their inhibitions:


Note: You may have noticed that President Bush has begun the typical lame-duck last-minute ritual of granting pardons / commutations to "deserving" individuals...


Keep that Thanksgiving gathering a joyful event by not talking about topics sure to push somebody’s Now I’m Annoyed button:


Monday, November 24, 2008


“Keepaboo enables you to collect, preserve and share the precious moments of your child's life. Keepaboo provides you with a complete online documentation solution, replacing traditional baby books & scrapbooks. With Keepaboo you can run a parent diary, create picture galleries, record important developmental milestones, track your child's growth, save memorable quotes, and more.”


Note: They say that you will soon be able to order books created using the materials you have uploaded to your free Keepaboo site.


A new-- and fun-- way to search for books on



Did you know there are lots of armed services videos on YouTube?


Try any of the following searches:

U. S. Air Force
U. S. Army
U. S. Coast Guard
U. S. Marine Corps
U. S. Merchant Marine
U. S. Navy


Here's how to answer when you get questions that the person could have easily answered with a simple Google search:



If you’ve been looking for early American Indian ancestors, don’t forget that hundreds of them served in the U.S. military in the decades prior to the Civil War:



What we’re trying to say is this-- the latest issue of Prologue, the magazine of the National Archives (US), has been available online for the past month. It includes an article on the forgotten 1885 federal census:


Saturday, November 22, 2008


The Life Magazine Image Archive on Google includes a large number of photos of Missouri persons, cities, towns, and other places. The following search terms will call up hundreds of Missouri-related images:

Charles Lindbergh
Hannibal Missouri
Harry S. Truman
Kansas City
Louis Cardinals (use Louis to filter out photos of religious figures)
Mark Twain
Mississippi River
Missouri River
Route 66
Saint Louis
St. Louis
T. S. Eliot
Thomas Hart Benton
University of Missouri

These examples should give you an idea of the many possibilities available when it comes to searching this images treasure trove: Images in top row on screen).


Sure, we're all thinking about pumpkin pie and other treats our families traditionally create for Thanksgiving Day. You may want to consider serving another tasty traditional treat-- Indian pudding:



November is Native American Heritage Month, so if you’ve got American Indian blood, or know somebody who does, let them know about this site that showcases some of the treasures of leading Washington, D.C. institutions:



This battle for this Pacific island began on 20 November 1943, and lasted for three days. The butcher's bill for taking it from the Japanese was high indeed-- 990 Marines and 660 sailors:





Saturday, November 22, 2008

8-10pm -- The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy -
No other murder in history has produced as much speculation as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Forty years after he was fatally shot, more than 70 percent of polled Americans believe there was a conspiracy and that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. In this 2-hour special, ABC News Anchor Peter Jennings takes a fresh look at the assassination, the evidence, the various and many theories, and an exact computer simulation of the famous Abraham Zapruder film that offers surprising results.

10-12am -- Kennedys: The Curse of Power -
Traces the Kennedy clan's calamities that occurred on the rise to power--from immigration from Ireland up to John Kennedy Jr.'s tragic death in 1999. The first hour sees the loss of Joe Jr. in WWII and the assassinations of JFK and RFK. Hour two witnesses Ted's downfall and role as surrogate father to a fatherless generation.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

9-10pm -- Cities of the Underworld - Hitler's Trenches
World War I was the bloodiest war the world had ever seen. A young Adolf Hitler served in the trenches and tunnels of Belgium's Western Front. Join host Don Wildman as he explores the subterranean web where 24,000 Allied soldiers waited to ambush the enemy, to the indestructible fortress that endured thousands of bombs daily. Discover the underground that made World War I one of the most brutal wars in history... and turned Hitler into the terrifying madman of World War II.


Monday, November 24, 2008

9-10pm -- High Hitler -
Adolf Hitler dreamt of creating a master race, but achieved a Holocaust--the murder of millions of Jews and those deemed physical or mental defects. But the Führer, an appalling hypochondriac, abused laxatives and suffered from stomach cramps and embarrassing flatulence. And that was just the start! When he committed suicide in
1945, the great dictator was frail with tremors and a shuffling walk--a feeble condition concealed from the world. We explore the relationship between Hitler and his personal physician, Dr. Theodore Morell. How did amphetamine abuse, Parkinson's Disease, and tertiary syphilis impact on his state of mind?

10-12am -- The Hitler Conspiracy -
Was it an act of treason or patriotism? Bold in concept and challenging in execution, learn the real story behind the Valkyrie plot--a plan by a group of German officers to assassinate Adolph Hitler and take control of the government. The events leading up to July 20, 1944 are brought to life through interviews with survivors, relatives, firsthand witnesses and historians. Newsreel footage, archival photographs and re-creations are also included. Discover what the Valkyrie Legacy means to Germans and Germany, and what it says about the sometimes complex nature of heroism, and the legacy of the Resistance overall.


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

8-9pm -- Secret Access: Air Force One -
Viewers will go where only the most elite insiders from the highest levels of the US government are allowed--on board Air Force One. Discover what makes this uniquely modified Boeing 747 faster, more secure, more comfortable and more capable than any other comparable plane. Take a 20,000-mile voyage through the heart of Africa and join the crew and privileged passengers on one of Air Force One's most challenging missions.

9-10:30pm -- The White House: Behind Closed Doors -
The White House is at all times many different things. It's a museum where tourists come to see our country's history, a place of business where some of the greatest decisions of democracy have been made and, to the families of 41 Presidents, it has also been a home. The White House is perhaps the most photographed location in all of the United States of America but those images are mostly from the outside looking in. Now, President and Mrs. Bush invite viewers to join them on the first in-depth televised tour of this grand residence since Jacqueline Kennedy invited cameras inside in 1962. President and Mrs. Bush share their own personal insights and what it has been like to live in this historical house. In addition, special guests, brothers Leslie and Leigh Keno, well known from television's Antiques Roadshow, join Mrs. Bush to offer their insight and engaging curiosity to the journey.

10:30-11:30pm -- The History of Thanksgiving -
From the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, Lincoln's 1863 declaration naming it a national holiday, to turkey, Macy's parade, and football, we'll share the abundant feast of Thanksgiving history--including all the trimmings!


Saturday, November 29, 2008

7-8pm -- Rescuing the Star Spangled Banner -
An enormous American flag flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and inspired our national anthem. Follow the colorful history of one of America's most powerful symbols from its origins in a government contract, to its current home in the newly renovated National Museum of American History.

10-12am -- Sputnik Mania -
The launch of Sputnik spurred the U.S. into an arms and space race leading to the development of NASA and massive reforms in our education system. Many of today's consumer technologies; The Internet, cell phones and global positioning systems were developed through the Sputnik influence. Sputnik's launch also led to widespread panic--60% of Americans thought that nuclear war was imminent and that 50% of the American population would likely die. Join host Liev Schreiber as he narrates the story of Sputnik from America's point of view.


Sunday, November 30, 2008

7-8pm -- Modern Marvels - The Horse
Celebrate the animal that helped man change the world--the horse. Take a look behind-the-scenes at the thoroughbred racing industry in Lexington, Kentucky. Visit state-of-the-art veterinary clinics and breeding farms that provide everything from arthroscopic surgery to "bachelor-padded" breeding sheds. See how a Colorado prison proves that both wild horses and inmates change for the better when paired up as part of a Mustang protection program. Learn the different ways that cultures have used horses throughout the ages and finally, see why French Canadian connoisseurs think horse tenderloin means fine dining.

9-10pm -- Cities of the Underworld - Barbarians' Lair
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Europe was plunged into chaos for centuries, with vicious carnage and rampant disease regularly raging through the streets. However, below the streets was another world designed to keep the people alive and the enemy guessing. Join host Don Wildman as he uncovers immense quarries of a secret society, Templar torture chambers and the tunnels of medieval "ghost knights."

10-11pm -- Cities of the Underworld - Freemason Underground
Discover the fascinating and unknown history that lies below major cities around the world today. Explore these layers, which are often hundreds of feet deep. Discover everything form dank dungeons to underground shipwrecks that have been lost for centuries. Join host Eric Geller as he reveals the technological marvels that allowed the construction of one city upon another.

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USB drives are popular for storing and transporting data, but some of the characteristics that make them convenient also introduce security risks.

What security risks are associated with USB drives?

Because USB drives, sometimes known as thumb drives, are small, readily available, inexpensive, and extremely portable, they are popular for storing and transporting files from one computer to another. However, these same characteristics make them appealing to attackers.

One option is for attackers to use your USB drive to infect other computers. An attacker might infect a computer with malicious code, or malware, that can detect when a USB drive is plugged into a computer. The malware then downloads malicious code onto the drive. When the USB drive is plugged into another computer, the malware infects that computer.

Some attackers have also targeted electronic devices directly, infecting items such as electronic picture frames and USB drives during production. When users buy the infected products and plug them into their computers, malware is installed on their computers.

Attackers may also use their USB drives to steal information directly from a computer. If an attacker can physically access a computer, he or she can download sensitive information directly onto a USB drive. Even computers that have been turned off may be vulnerable, because a computer's memory is still active for several minutes without power. If an attacker can plug a USB drive into the computer during that time, he or she can quickly reboot the system from the USB drive and copy the computer's memory, including passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data, onto the drive. Victims may not even realize that their computers were attacked.

The most obvious security risk for USB drives, though, is that they are easily lost or stolen (see Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security for more information). If the data was not backed up, the loss of a USB drive can mean hours of lost work and the potential that the information cannot be replicated. And if the information on the drive is not encrypted, anyone who has the USB drive can access all of the data on it.

How can you protect your data?

There are steps you can take to protect the data on your USB drive and on any computer that you might plug the drive into:

* Take advantage of security features - Use passwords and encryption on your USB drive to protect your data, and make sure that you have the information backed up in case your drive is lost (see Protecting Portable Devices: Data Security for more information).

* Keep personal and business USB drives separate - Do not use personal USB drives on computers owned by your organization, and do not plug USB drives containing corporate information into your personal computer.

* Use and maintain security software, and keep all software up to date.

* Use a firewall, anti-virus software, and anti-spyware software to make your computer less vulnerable to attacks, and make sure to keep the virus definitions current (see Understanding Firewalls, Understanding Anti-Virus Software, and Recognizing and Avoiding Spyware for more information). Also, keep the software on your computer up to date by applying any necessary patches (see Understanding Patches for more information).

* Do not plug an unknown USB drive into your computer - If you find a USB drive, give it to the appropriate authorities (a location's security personnel, your organization's IT department, etc.). Do not plug it into your computer to view the contents or to try to identify the owner.


Author: Mindi McDowell

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Friday, November 21, 2008


Tel Aviv, Israel and Houston, Texas – November20, 2008 – MyHeritage, one of the world’s most popular family Web sites, today announced a partnership with FamilyTreeDNA, the company that pioneered DNA testing for genealogic research. In addition to MyHeritage’s innovative Smart Matching and Research technologies, members can now also use information contained in their DNA to find present-day relatives who share a common ancestor from many hundreds of years ago. FamilyTreeDNA users can take advantage of MyHeritage’s site to not only further research family history, but also stay connected with current family members around the world. “With close to 220,000 records, FamilyTreeDNA is the largest database of genealogic DNA information in the world. This provides the perfect complement to MyHeritage’s current research tools, giving our members another way to learn about where they come from,” said Gilad Japhet, founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “We help people around the world discover, connect and communicate with their extended family network and easily research their family history. Now, by working with FamilyTreeDNA, we can offer a solution when the paper trail runs out.”

Since its founding in 2000, FamilyTreeDNA has tested over 450,000 people, helping customers trace family history when no conventional records are available. The advanced DNA screening technology, among other things, can revealNative American, African or Jewish descent on paternal or maternal lines, as well as uncover ancestral information for those who were adopted. Through a range of tests, users can obtain information on recent and historicalorigins, including a migration map on both paternal and maternal lines. MyHeritage's 27 million users will have access to the following three tests:

• Y-DNA25 – a Y-chromosome test for males (US$129)
• mtDNA – a mitochondrial DNA test for males and females (US$129)
• Y-DNA25 + mtDNA – a combined Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA test for
males (US$219)

Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO of FamilyTreeDNA, said, “MyHeritage is an invaluable resource when researching family history online, which is a perfect complement for our DNA research. Our DNA research can show two people that they are related, and MyHeritage's Smart Matching technology can compare their family trees to show the connection. We are also excited to give our members, through MyHeritage, a way to stay connected with relatives all over the world.”

MyHeritage is a leading online destination for families. On the site, people can find relatives, research family history, and stay connected to family members across the globe. In addition, MyHeritage offers automatic photo tagging technology that makes it easier to label, organize and search for digital photos, giving families another fun way to stay in touch.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage was founded by a team of people who combine a passion for family history with the development of innovative technology. It is now one of the world’s leading online networks for families, and the second largest family history website. MyHeritage is available in 34 languages and home to more than 27 million family members and 280 million profiles. The company recently acquired Kindo, a family social network, and is based in Bnei Atarot, near Tel Aviv, Israel. For more information, visit

Find a video about MyHeritage's new photo tagging features here:

About Family Tree DNA

Founded in April 2000, Family Tree DNA ( was the first company to develop the commercial application of DNA testing for genealogical purposes: until then, testing had only been available for academic and scientific research. Since that time, the pioneering company has developed a breadth and depth of programs and services and created standards that have earned it international respect and made it the world's most popular DNA-testing service not only for genealogists but for anyone interested in delving beyond the surface into family roots. Today, Family Tree DNA's approaches 220,000 individual test records, making it the premier source for researching recent and distant family ties. Family Tree DNA has recently been featured in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times and on NBC-TV's "Today Show" and CBS-TV's "60 Minutes."

For more information contact:

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy and Translation Manager
Office: +972-3-9702614
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If you have Calkins relatives in your background, you may wish to mark your calendar for their fifth tri-annual reunion at Syracuse, NY. Dates are 30 April-2 May 2009. An invitation is extended to all descendents of Hugh and Ann Calkins, who landed in North America in 1638.

They are expecting 125+ attendees. There will be a Thursday night “get-acquainted” meeting with refreshments. Friday is an all-day bus tour of local sites, and Saturday includes a workshop, business meeting, and evening banquet that boasts as its speaker well-known genealogical researcher and archivist, Gary Boyd Roberts.

Need more info? Contact Minnie Frese at or 506.357.3841:

Minnie Frese
509 Rusagonis Rd
Rusagonis, New Brunswick,



This week we added to the U.S. City Directories database on We’ve had thousands of city directories on the site for some years now, but many of these databases contain no page images. This new release:

- Adds 50 million names in 1,100 city directories from 45 states and Washington, D.C.
- Includes directories concentrated around the year 1890, making them a great substitute for the 1890 US Federal Census.
- Has high-quality grayscale images that are much clearer than images in previous city directory collections.

We plan to add thousands more city directories to this collection over the next several months.

You can search the U.S. City Directories database at

Chris Lydiksen, US Content product manager for, blogs about the new city directories here:

Additional New Content
In addition to the city directories, we recently added the following U.S. military collections:

- U.S. Military and Naval Academy Registers, 1805–1908
- U.S. Navy Pensions Index, 1861–1910
- Index to General Correspondence of the Record and Pension Office

We’ve also recently released and/or updated the following international collections:
- Värmland, Sweden, Parish Records, 1661-1895 (in Swedish)
- UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919
- Veli Lošinj & Mali Lošinj, Croatia Christenings, 1821-1888
- Veli Lošinj & Mali Lošinj, Croatia Marriages, 1821-1890
- Veli Lošinj & Mali Lošinj, Croatia Deaths, 1822-1859

You can view the full list of recently added databases, extending back a couple of months, at




Do people ever lie about receiving military medals for bravery to pad their biographies? They sure do:



Lots of Americans are hoping to receive various electronic gadgets for Christmas this year-- and a fair number of them won’t be able to figure out how to use those gadgets without help:



If you’re a relative of President William McKinley, or just a fan, you’ll really like this Library of Congress guide to their materials about the Civil War veteran and 25th president of the United States:


Thursday, November 20, 2008


If you need a genealogy software program for a new computer, or if you’re sick and tired of whichever program you’re currently using, Dear Myrtle thinks it may be time to take a closer look at Family Historian 3:



If you’ve still got a bunch of home movies of family reunions, birthday parties, etc., on videotape, you may want to get them converted to digital format while it’s still fairly easy to do so:



Genealogists tend to think in terms of family history, but individuals also have histories, and some of them are willing to pay other people good money to record their stories:



Numerous links to sites with STL genie and history info:


Links to other STL topics of possible interest:



Need an easy way to access St. Louis Public Library indexes and bibliographies, including obit indexes? Look no further:



Google has made the Life Magazine Image Archive available to the public:

"Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google."

LINK (select Images in top line to get to Life Magazine Image Archive Search.)

Yes, they mean 1750s to today, because the Life Archive actually includes both photos and illustrations. If you search American Revolution, you will find images, and if you search Vietnam War, you will also find images. If you are a star-struck person, you'll love this image archive-- Marilyn Monroe fans will positively flip when they see the huge number of photos from various phases of her career.

A drawback- images are copyrighted, so permission would be needed to reuse in articles, books, websites, etc. But you can save images to use as wallpapers / screen savers / reference photos on your own computer, so give thanks to the people at Life Magazine and the Google poobahs for a real image treasure trove!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Did I get it from Aunt Marge or an overly friendly pigeon?

Learn the difference between seasonal, pandemic, and avian flu:



It’s starting to seem like Google can do everything but dress you in the morning-- now they’re using search activity and keyword use to monitor the spread of the flu in the U.S.:



If you’ve been planning to do any research at Nebraska State Historical Society headquarters at 1500 R. Street, you should be aware that a two-year renovation project begins in 2009. What that means for you is that the Reference Room is going to be closed at times- and during those times there will be NO access to research materials. To ensure that you have a happy and productive trip to Nebraska, be sure to check their website, email them, or give them a call before leaving for Lincoln.

Phone: 402-471-4771


The military banned access to YouTube for overseas American troops in May, but never fear-- American soldiers, sailors, and airmen overseas can now upload videos (and download videos from family / friends) on TroopTube, a version of YouTube for the troops that just might be an improvement on its namesake:


Note: TroopTube does have the drawback of official censorship. Each uploaded video is screened for vulgarity, copyright issues, and security breaches prior to posting-- although many people may view this “drawback” as a point in TroopTube’s favor!


Want to know a blog’s reading level? Input the blog URL into Readability Analyzer and find out:


Note No. 1: Readability Analyzer has confirmed what I’ve always suspected: readers of this blog are all geniuses!

Note No. 2: It follows logically, therefore, that this blog must also be written by a genius…


What is GenderAnalyzer? It tells you if a blog is likely written by a man or a woman:


Note: I knew you’d ask, so here’s the answer: GenderAnalyzer feels it to be 93% likely that MoSGA Messenger is written by a man- and it is, so hats off to you, GenderAnalyzer!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


New database on the website of Library & Archives Canada:


Note: They explain in the intro that few such lists survive, so you may want to keep your expectations low…


If you are a regular user of, you may wish to check out the new free toolbar that you can add to your internet browser:


For: Win2000, WinXP, Vista
Works with: Internet Explorer or Firefox browsers


If you’re a descendant of ancestors from The Auld Sod, you’ll want to take a look at


And speaking of the Auld Sod, if you’ve ever wished that you owned property in Ireland, here’s your chance to (sort of) make that dream come true. You can now buy a package of Irish dirt from-- of course-- The Official Irish Dirt Company:


The proprietors note that you can grow plants like shamrocks in your Official Irish Dirt, or you can toss your Official Irish Dirt on the grave of a loved one who would-- all things considered-- rather be in Dublin!

Note: If any readers of this blog are not based in Missouri, and have been pining for a (high-priced) bag of Official Show-Me State Soil, just let me know-- there’s dirt to spare in my St. Louis back yard…


You’re researching Irish ancestors, and have never heard of Eneclann? Time to visit their website:



In Facts and Findings, Frankfort Area (IL) Genealogical Society, 33:1 (Spring 2008): 14.

Sad News For the Kaiser When He Reads the Progress

Born July 9, 1918, to Mr. & Mrs. Amos Griffin of DuQuoin, twin baby boys weighing nine pounds each. Mother and boys doing fine.

Born Wednesday, July 10, 1918, to Mr. & Mrs. Ed Bray, twin baby boys weighing seven-and-one half pounds each. The family lives west of the Old North Mine.

When the Kaiser is shown this item, he will order out an extra regiment and cuss the Americans worse than ever!


The Civil War Preservation Trust has a page devoted to these topics:

“Interested in learning more about all that is going on in today's Civil War community? The number of quality websites devoted towards discussing, reviewing, debunking and debating issues related to the American Civil War continues to grow at a rapid clip. And while there's simply not enough room to showcase each great Civil War website, we do have a number of sites below that might help to expand your interest and perspective on this great subject.”


Saturday, November 15, 2008


An online index and finding aid for coroner’s inquest records for various Missouri counties:

“The Coroner’s Inquest Database is an abstract of records that have been indexed and are available for online research. The original records are available on microfilm at the Missouri State Archives. The database contains records from various counties, the City of St. Louis, and the St. Louis Medical Examiner.

Generally-accepted privacy guidelines advocate the release of records for public use seventy-two years after creation. Given the unusual visibility provided by the Internet, the Coroner’s Inquest Database follows this standard, and additional records will be added accordingly and automatically as they reach seventy-two years of age.

In Missouri, the coroner is a county official, usually elected, who investigates and creates records for deaths that occur under accidental, questionable, unusual, or suspicious circumstances. Coroner’s records contain unique information about the men and women who died in Missouri. Though initially produced for the purpose of studying a particular cause of death, the information recorded can be analyzed for genealogical facts. Use of the Coroner’s Inquest Database can provide specific information about an ancestor’s death, as well as interesting insights into Missouri’s past. Researchers can also use the database to locate original records for the study of such topics as public health, social violence, ethnic communities, and urban development.

In addition, details in the coroner’s records often point to records for additional genealogical and historiographic research. For instance, the inquest testimony and reports can imply relationships that are not otherwise specified. Friends and family often offered sworn statements. If the inquest interview is conducted with a translator, it could indicate immigrant status, leading to a search of naturalization records for citizenship status. If a criminal investigation is suggested or inquest verdict given, researchers may want to consult circuit court records or penitentiary/prison records for additional information.

The database search engine allows searches by county, name of deceased, cause of death, and/or year of death (or range of years). A keyword search function is also available. The database offers the following information abstracted from the original records:

· Case number
· Name of deceased
· Age or date of birth
· Race
· Gender
· Date of death
· Cause of death
· Location of death
· Microfilm reel number
· Box and file number for original record”


Note: You can search by Name of the Deceased, or Cause of Death. You may be surprised by the results of searching Cause of Death using these search terms:


And, lest you persist in believing that violent crime is a recent phenomenon, try using these search terms for Cause of Death:


Did they punish violent criminals? In some cases, certainly: try searching Cause of Death using this search term:

Execut (finds incidences of Executed or Execution)

If you search for Hanging as Cause of Death, returns will include (numerous) instances of suicide as well as Legal Executions.


Searches for obits / death notices / burial permits appearing in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper. For best results, input surname and the word obituary. For example:

Pearson obituary


There is also an obituary index at the St. Louis Public Library here.


State-by-state links:



So you’ve been drafted to prepare an award certificate, or brochure, or newsletter, or maybe just the annual family Christmas letter. You probably think you’ve got hours of work ahead of you…

And you do-- unless you turn to your old buddies at Microsoft for help. You probably know by now that the friendly folks at Microsoft only want what’s best for you, right?

Err, this time they ACTUALLY ARE looking out for you! If you go to the Microsoft Office Online website, you will find literally hundreds of free templates you can use to quickly pull together that award certificate, or brochure, or newsletter, or even the annual family Christmas letter:


As a person who puts together A LOT of PowerPoint presentations, I was also intrigued to learn that there is a big section of downloadable PowerPoint design slides:


Friday, November 14, 2008


If you despair of ever managing to “tame” your photo collection, you may be ready to try SnapAct. SnapAct is a free online photo manager that can help you organize and add metadata to those genie photos that you’ve been meaning to work on:


For: WinXP, Vista
Size: (of free downloadable SnapAct Photo Manager) 4m

NOTE: You should check any downloaded program with your computer security software before installing- better safe than sorry!


CaptureScreen is a free easy to use screen capture program with right-click contextual menu access. Move and size the window to the desired location, select the "Capture" command for a region capture of the screen, or the "Full Screen" command for a full capture of the screen. Save the capture with the "Save" command; png format (by default) gives a perfect result. For precision, the "Image Size" menu displays or sets the real size (pixels) of the capture. The "Clear" command erases the capture and enables the commands to set the size of the capture.

For: Win2K, WinXP, Vista
Size: 25 k


NOTE 1: There’s also a more full-featured shareware version (CaptureScreen 1.7) of this program.

NOTE 2: You should check any downloaded program with your computer security software before installing- better safe than sorry!


ViStart is a very small, but perfect free Start Menu replacement for your XP system. ViStart dramatically decreases the time taken to search for programs by indexing your program shortcuts. Then you can simply type part of the program into the start menu and ViStart will "instantly" find it. ViStart can now index all personal files and program files and give ACTUAL instant results that are 4 times faster then the real Vista start menu. ViStart includes a skin that looks exactly like the Windows Vista's start menu, and it also supports 3rd party skins.

For: WinXP
Size: 322 k


NOTE: You should check any downloaded program with your computer security software before installing-- better safe than sorry!


"GReader (pronounced Gee-Reader) is a free software application that can notify you of new emails in your inbox by using a personalized character. It sits on your system tray and constantly checks your Gmail account. If new emails are received a customizable 'Agent' or character will speak to you and inform you of the emails, including who they are from and their subject lines. It currently only supports Gmail accounts. "

For: Win2K, WinXP, Vista
Size: 6.4 m


NOTE: You should check any downloaded program with your computer security software before installing-- better safe than sorry!


Need a loan? Perhaps you're starting a small genie-related business? In these troubled economic times, you may well need some help. The good news: your Uncle Sam is there for you at



The Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service offers a wealth of farming / plant and soil science information and statistics for farmers and others with an ongoing need for such knowledge:


The site includes a list of their nationwide system of Cooperative Extension Offices:


If you're having trouble with kudzu or other invasive animal or plant species, they're ready to help:


Finally, genealogists will appreciate the fact that the site includes a section on Families, Youth, & Communities:


Thursday, November 13, 2008


This census included all veterans and widows of veterans living in Nebraska in 1893. Many listings for veterans of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri Civil War regiments:



A downloadable pdf file that provides the following info on pensioners:

Name; Spouse; Death Date; Pension Number; Application Number; and Microfilm Reel Number.


Copies of the pension records can be requested from the Oklahoma Historical Society ( or the Oklahoma Department of Libraries (


General and state-specific listings:



Fellow Civil War nuts may be interested in this series of studies of Civil War soldiers and veterans that was undertaken using pension records, Surgeons’ Certificates, and census records:


Wednesday, November 12, 2008


We tend to think of violent crime as a recent curse that only affects the modern world, but as Abel could tell us if Cain hadn’t done him in, it just isn’t so. The modern media makes us aware of violent crimes much more quickly than in the past, and we hear about violent crimes occurring in many places, not just our local area, so we tend to believe that more violent crimes are being committed nowadays than in the past.

A number of mass homicides committed in 1911 and 1912 (including one committed in Columbia, Missouri) should serve to dispel our illusions. On 17 December 1912, Mary J. Wilson and Georgia Ann Moore were found in the home they shared, each killed by the blow of an ax. The finger of suspicion quickly pointed at Henry Lee Moore, grandson and son respectively of the dead women, who had claimed to discover the bodies. His alibi for the time of the murders collapsed almost immediately, and it became clear that the serial womanizer had told several prospective conquests that he “stood to inherit a house from his mother shortly.” The 37-year-old was sentenced to life in prison, and served 38 years before being pardoned by the governor in 1949.

The story might have ended there, but Department of Justice Special Agent M. W. McClaughry suggested that Moore might have also committed five other mass homicides in Illinois, Kansas, and Iowa (these five incidents claimed the lives of 24 victims). All of the victims were killed with a blow from an ax, pipe, or other heavy object.

In the end, few persons believed that Moore had committed the other murders, for the simple reason that those crimes had been perpetrated by a clever killer or killers who left few clues and were never apprehended, while Moore’s crimes were so clumsily executed that the finger of suspicion pointed towards him almost immediately.

An article on the 1911-1912 ax murders appears in GSCM Reporter 27:4 (Jul-Aug 2008); you can also access a lengthier version of the article here:

(You’ll need to paste that URL into your browser address bar, not a search engine search box.)


From: [MO-STLOUIS-METRO] Belleville Diocese Church records are on line & free!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) have made the records of the Illinois diocese of Belleville available on line at no charge. For all St. Louisans, this is a gold mine because it is not available anywhere else. For people researching the Irish, search in St. Clair County and in the church of St. Mary for lots of old records.

Where would we genealogists be without the efforts of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints?

This is great resource. I saw a whole lot of Irish names in the records. Sadly, none of my McGOLDRICKS.;p=2;c=1388122;t=browsable

From: Diane Shaw (

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

EVERTON NEWSLINE (2 November 2008)

Everton NewsLine October 27, 2008 - Restarted Nov 2, 2008


The Online Edition of the Helper is now posted! This issue is without a doubt one of the most useful magazines we have ever produced. If you have German or Netherlands research, the issue is especially important, in that the Net Family History section of the magazine features online research in those areas. We've got more links to more websites where actual documents can be obtained than any other publication! To subscribe and/or view the issue, go to Costs are just $29 for a full year's subscription (with paper and ONLINE EDITION access), or $12 for a year of ONLINE EDITION access only. Subscribers now have access to three issues at the website: Jul/Aug; Sep/Oct; and Nov/Dec 2008!


Reminder - We are currently compiling the latest directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies and Libraries, to be published in the Jan-Feb and Mar-Apr issues of Evertons Genealogical Helper. We had earlier planned to run the directory in the Sep-Oct and Nov-Dec issues, but came to the realization that there were just too many changes to get it printed in those issues. Please send us any changes made in your society or genealogy physical library address, as well as mailing, phone, website, or email addresses. We attempt to locate change information ourselves, but your help insures that we don't miss your society address changes. The directory will be even more valuable now that we have an ONLINE EDITION, with website and email addresses directly hotlinked. Send additions and corrections to me at:


The Roots Cellar is the only online query database that is also published in magazine format. All queries posted at the website are also printed in Everton's Genealogical Helper. If you would like your FREE queries posted online - and also published in the Genealogical Helper, just click on the following link and submit your data today. Submit at:

This book by Carl Erik-Johansson has been considered the Bible of Swedish genealogical research for English-speaking genealogists for over 30 years. If you are doing Swedish research, you must have this book. It was reprinted in hard cover in 2002. Cost is just $32, plus $5 p&h. Order from Everton Publishers, PO Box 368, Logan, Utah 84323-0368 - or call Miste at 1-800-443-6325.


The Eleventh edition of the Handybook is the place to look if you want to find out what is available at the courthouse where you need to do research. Just look up the county of interest, and find information on available vital records, land records, court records and so forth. If you would like a copy of the new Eleventh edition, just call the office at 1-800-443-6325 or order online at: and Miste will ship one right out.


We are very proud of our Calendar, printed in every edition of The Genealogical Helper. It is the best, thanks to your help. If your society has an event coming up - conference, seminar, workshop, cruise or research tour, send the vital information to me at Place the words ON THE HORIZON in the subject line, please. Since magazines, including the Helper, work on deadlines that are months in advance, please note that I am now asking societies to get their ON THE HORIZON information to me by the following dates. If you do not have all the details in place, send the basic information anyway. We can update the item in the following issues. Note that the deadline for the Jan-Feb issue has passed. However, as I am still working on this issue, I can again extend that deadline until November 15 - and that really is it! So get your announcements in today!

May-Jun 2009 Issue February 01
Jul-Aug 2009 Issue April 01
Sep-Oct 2009 Issue June 01
Nov-Dec 2009 Issue August 01
Jan-Feb 2009 Issue October 01
Mar-Apr 2010 Issue December 01

Do you need a website designed? Or, perhaps, you need a new place to host your website? Contact Lee at 435-764-4733 or


EARLY REGISTRATION, AND THE DISCOUNTS THAT GO WITH IT WILL CLOSE ON OCTOBER 31. Reservations for the 24th annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour are now being taken. The tour will take place December 7 through 13, 2008. If you want to begin your 2008 Christmas holiday season with a lot of fun - as well as more ancestors found, plan on joining us this next year. See our website at http://www.saltlakechristmastour for more information. We have brochures and applications available by mail. For copies, mail us at Salt Lake Christmas Tour, PO Box 830, Bountiful, Utah 84011 or email me at


We post the six most recent back-issues of the NewsLine, so readers can go back and see what was written earlier. Readers have also informed me that they often forward this newsletter to friends, who would like subscriptions of their own. The Everton NewsLine is free. To subscribe, or read the back issues, go to:


Remember, to keep up with what is going on in genealogy, check out Evertons every day.

NOTE: We have been having all kinds of hosting problems with the blog the last month. We were down for weeks - then up for a few days - and as of this very moment, we're down again. Grrr... But I am sure we'll get it resolved. Keep your eyes open.
Until next time...

Leland K. Meitzler


Those of you with ancestors who answered the call of the Gold Rush may find this of interest:

Resting Place of California Pioneers

Adorned with beautiful statues, dramatic markers and lush gardens, Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is an outdoor museum recording California history from the Gold Rush Era through today.

Since its establishment in 1849, the City Cemetery has become the resting place of many remarkable Californians, demonstrating the diversity of California history and culture. Visitors will discover the burial sites of Sacramento mayors and California governors as well as memorials to Civil War Veterans, Volunteer Firemen and the victims of the 1850 Cholera Epidemic.

The City Cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in Sacramento. Keeping with the popular style of the times, it was designed to resemble a Victorian garden. Traversed by pathways and grand avenues, the cemetery provides a park-like setting for exploring history.”



“I Goes to Fight Mit Siegel:” Missouri’s Germans and the Civil War
November 13, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

"Missouri’s fertile valleys and wooded hills attracted thousands of German immigrants. They settled in St. Louis, smaller towns and villages, and on farms along the Missouri River. Eventually spreading throughout the state, the German immigrants transformed Missouri’s economics, politics, religion, and culture. One of the most important contributions these immigrants made was through their actions leading up to and during the Civil War. Although Missouri’s Germans were a group diverse in religion, dialect, and political ideals, most wanted to prove themselves loyal to their new nation. Consequently, when forces advocating secession from the Union threatened the state, many rallied to the Union cause. Dr. Ken Luebbering will explore the important role Missouri’s German immigrants played in the years prior to and including the Civil War. Luebbering is a writer whose published work has focused primarily on Missouri’s immigrant history. He is co-author with Robyn Burnett of three books on Missouri history and culture: German Settlement in Missouri: New Land, Old Ways, Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri, and Gospels in Glass: Stained Glass Windows in Missouri Churches."

Programming at the Missouri State Archives is free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact Emily Luker at (573) 526-5296 or


Friday, November 07, 2008


St. Louis Public Library
November-December 2008

All programs are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. All programs are held at Central Library, 1301 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 unless otherwise noted. All programs listed are free and open to the public (need not be a cardholder / member to attend). Registration for programs at Central Library is encouraged but not required. Parking in downtown St. Louis is free on Saturdays (meters are not checked), and Scott Trade Center Metro-Link stop is only four level-ground blocks away. Call 314-539-0381 to register or for more information.

November 15, 2008. 10 AM-Noon. Records of the Great War: Researching World War I Ancestors. Meeting Room 2. Join us as we discuss book, manuscript, and Internet sources of information about WWI soldier, sailor, marine, and airman ancestors.

December 13, 2008. 10 AM-Noon. Great Civil War Battles: Fredericksburg. Meeting Room 1. Join us as we discuss this winter battle in Virginia during which reluctant Union Army commander Ambrose Burnside was outwitted and outgunned at every turn by the Wiley Gray Fox, Robert E. Lee.

I can also add you to my Programs Notification List in you prefer! Just send an email with NOTIFY in the subject line to You’ll get a reminder of upcoming programs a week or so before each program takes place (don’t forget to tell me if your email address changes, and please tell your email client it’s OK to accept mail from me!).

Tom Pearson, Special Collections Department
314-539-0381 or


If any of you live in Northern Michigan, or will be going there sometime during November, you’re in luck-- they’re having their month-long C. S. Lewis Festival:


Note: Not familiar with C. S. Lewis? Think Narnia…


If you're trying to figure out which post was in a particular town:



Lengthy list of links to sites containing Grand Army of the Republic information:



Listings for Woodlawn Cemetery in Independence, Missouri (Jackson County):



Listings for Douglass Cemetery in Buckner, Missouri (Jackson County):



What should President-elect Obama do with regard to securing the federal government’s data networks? A commission already has suggestions:



At the Vigil 1914-1918 website:


Note: 68,000 Canadians lost their lives during World War I!

Thursday, November 06, 2008


No, it’s not genealogy, but some of you are going to thank me anyway:

“FictionFinder is a project of OCLC Research that provides access to 2.8 million works of fiction found in the OCLC WorldCat database.

With FictionFinder, you can search for books, eBooks, and audiobooks by titles, authors, ISBNs, and other information such as literary awards and book summaries.

You can also browse the FictionFinder database by genre, fictional character, imaginary place or setting, and subject.

When you discover an item you are interested in, FictionFinder can help you find a copy.

Please click on begin to start using FictionFinder.”


Note: You can, in fact, use “genealogy” as a search term to discover works of fiction that feature family history / genealogical research in their plots!


Received from Daniel Horowitz, Genealogy & Translation Manager of

“Currently, I'm the person in charge of communicating with genealogists, media and events coordinators regarding all MyHeritage genealogical activities and I'm very glad to have you in our list.

I'm contacting you today to let you know the great news about the launch of 9 additional languages on our website, bringing the total to 34. The new languages include Danish, Romanian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Malay, Arabic and Persian.

MyHeritage has approximately 260 million family trees with more than 25 million members around the world who connect and communicate with their extended family networks and easily research family history with our tools.”

You may want to take a look at their blog- posts are very interesting, and graphics look great!


Here’s a link to their parent site,



How do you find out how the passage of time affects various types of paper? You set up a test, of course-- and the Library of Congress did just that:



Need gifts for the genealogists / amateur historians on your Christmas list? Don’t forget the MoSGA Bookstore (link on our homepage) for all your book, movie, music, and software needs:


Wednesday, November 05, 2008


List of Kansas G.A.R. members who died during the year 1908:


Note: Includes many men who served in regiments raised in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, and Missouri.


If you’re going to be in the market for an OS in the near future, and have shied away from the free Ubuntu Linux OS in the past because of the Linux “for IT geeks only” aura, it may be time to take another look:



If you love your computer nearly as much as you love Mom, apple pie, or your faithful dog, Ruffy, you’ll like this blog that keeps you posted on new and updated genie software:



If you like to take your gadgets with you on the road, The Mobile Genealogist will help you keep up to date on what’s new on the gadgets horizon:


Monday, November 03, 2008


All these events will occur within fairly easy striking distance of Missouri genealogists, including our very own August 2009 Conference:

April 25, 2009 – Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana Genealogical Society

The Indiana Genealogical Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special 4-track conference at the Indianapolis Marriott East on Saturday, April 25, 2009 from 8 am to 5 pm. The conference theme will be "Honoring Our Warriors: Military Genealogy." Pamela K. Boyer, CG, CGL will be the featured speaker. She is Education and Publications Director at the National Genealogical Society and has been a lecturer at National Genealogical Society conferences since 1997 and at Federation of Genealogical Societies conferences since 1999. Other speakers will be: Dr. Jack Early, Curt B. Witcher, Bennie J. McRae, Dr. Alan January, Kevin Flanagan, Dona Stokes-Lucas and Ronald L. Darrah. Topics will include military records, African American research, and Internet sources.

For more information or to register, visit

May 1-2, 2009 – Nebraska, Scottsbluff, Nebraska State Genealogical Society

The 2009 NSGS Annual Meeting and Conference will be held at the Harms Advance Technology Center in Scottsbluff, Nebraska on May 1st & 2nd. The conference is being hosted by the West Nebraska Family Research & History Center. The featured speaker will be Julie Miller, CGSM.

For more information, visit

August 7-8, 2009 – Missouri, Jefferson City, Missouri State Genealogical Association

The Missouri State Genealogical Association will hold its 2009 Annual Conference on August 7 and 8, 2009 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, Missouri, with featured speaker Julie Miller, CGSM.

For more information, visit

September 2-5, 2009 – Arkansas, Little Rock, Federation of Genealogical Societies
FGS/AGS 2009 Conference. For information, visit

October 29-31, 2009 – Indiana, Fort Wayne, International Black Genealogy Summit

The International Black Genealogy Summit will be held October 29-31, 2009 at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. This momentous event signifies the first time that all of the black historical and genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean will come together to celebrate the joys and challenges of black genealogy. This conference is to include all AAHGS chapters, the SIGs (Special Interest Groups) of larger societies, the black groups that make up the West Coast Summit, as well as independent black genealogical and historical societies in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.

For more information, visit


ARLINGTON, VA, OCTOBER 28, 2008: The National Genealogical Society, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, announces a new educational course offering, Working With Deeds. This latest of NGS’s online courses teaches a researcher to recognize and understand various types of deeds and to analyze the information found in them. These skills help family historians sort out the mysteries of ancestral relationships and solve difficult brick-wall problems.

The NGS Special Topics Series courses, available as downloadable PDF files, are designed for those who want to complete a short course on a specific topic and put the resultant knowledge to work right away. The NGS Home Study Course, available on CD-ROM, is a comprehensive study course that takes longer to complete but provides an overall grounding in genealogical research.

NGS online courses offer the convenience of completing a genealogy study course at your own pace. They are reasonably priced, and a discount is offered to NGS members. For more information or to register for an online course or the NGS Home Study Course, visit the NGS website at and click on Learning Center.


Missouri State Genealogical Association
Board Meeting
Boone Electric Co-op
Columbia, Missouri
Saturday, November 8, 2008-- 10 AM

MoSGA members are always welcome to attend Board meetings- meetings normally last four hours (with a lunch break in the middle).

NEXT BOARD MEETING: February 7, 2009


The Oct 2008 newsletter (Cedar, St. Clair, & Vernon Counties) has been posted on our website at

The Society has another great program planned for Nov 8 in Nevada, and the Nov 9 Military Monument Dedication at Balltown will be the largest Veterans' event in Vernon County in years. Come out and show your Support for our Troops, Honor our Veterans, and help Dedicate the New Memorial-- bring a tribute to leave at the memorial.


Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 West Walnut St, Nevada, MO 64772
email: tricountygenealogy@centurytel.netwebsite:

P.S. Please vote on Nov. 4 for the candidates and propositions of your choice.


St. Clair County Genealogical Society
PO Box 431
Belleville, Illinois 62222-0431

Please join us next Thursday, November 6, 2008. Our Speaker (and Society Member), Pat Hamilton will present “Paper Conservation and Encapsulation”.

Our monthly meetings begin at 7:30 pm at the St. Luke's Parish Hall, 226 N. Church St. in downtown Belleville, Illinois. We are always looking for good speakers on genealogical topics. Let us know if you can recommend any speaker(s) from the St. Louis Metro Area, or if you can speak on a topic of interest to our Society.

For more information, program suggestions and inclement weather, please contact Nancy Pannier, 1st Vice President and Program Chair by e-mail to, or you may call (618) 235-7417. Visitors and Guests are always welcome!


Diane Auth
Membership Chairperson
St Clair County Genealogical Society

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Interested in WWI? Then you should be hanging out here:



Fantastic website for anyone interested in the subject, with many great photos:



A great introduction to the WWI UK draft-- who was eligible, and who wasn’t:



From: Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 56, October 31, 2008

Honoring Our Veterans
by Curt B. Witcher

"Every generation, the possibility . . ." Likely some of you have heard me use that phrase in relationship to the military engagements of this country and the records those engagements have generated. In a few days we will have another opportunity to take at least a few moments to honor our veterans, past and present. I would like to challenge you to "go tangible" this year in honoring our veterans. Truly honor our current veterans and our ancestors who were veterans by really doing something.

For veterans in your family today, take a few minutes to write them a note or a letter, or create a personal memento. In our technology-filled world of email, IM, text messaging, and social networks, hand-written letters or personally crafted mementos mean more than ever. And it certainly demonstrates you cared enough to take some time to do something out of the ordinary--it shows how deeply you care. Mementos can be as simple as taking a copy of an enlistment photograph or other personal document and mounting it on acid free scrapbook paper while "framing" it with red, white, and blue ribbon or sparkles--all things you can find in the scrapbooking section of discount stores, at online scrapbooking sites, and in scrapbooking outlet stores in nearly every community.

For those who do not have a living veteran in their immediate family, certainly you know someone in your neighborhood, at your church, or at work who has a veteran in their family. A note or card of thanks to them would mean more than you might think, as would a freshly baked pumpkin pie at their Thanksgiving dinner table. And the same kind of memento you could craft for a family member also might be crafted for a neighbor or friend's family member.

For those who may not yet know if they have an ancestor who served in the military but want to do something tangible, you can create a manageable preservation project that may only take an hour or so to do. Such a preservation project could be locating a small to modest-sized local cemetery. Grab your digital camera and walk through that cemetery taking a digital image of every military tombstone. It might be neat to take along a child or grandchild, pointing out the different wars, ranks, and other tombstone art and markers. It could be one of the most wonderful learning experiences of that young person's life. And in addition, you will have helped preserve that data for researchers to use.

Finally, as part of a plan to "go tangible," I am asking that everyone reading this ezine digitize a military document, a photograph of a soldier, or other military artifact in your collection and preserve it for future generations of researchers by sending a digital copy to our Genealogy Center to post on the "Our Military Heritage" website. Since we launched that website in February of this year, more than twenty thousand images have been made available in various formats for researchers to use. We'd like to see that number grow as we strive to provide the maximum amount of free, useful data to assist those doing military history research as a part of their family history projects.

Before you send us the image, practice the "reporter's trade" of answering the questions of who, what, when, and where. Example: Samuel B. Franklin, service record cards, Civil War, served from New York; or, Arthur Jenkins, photograph, 1944, Fort Benning, GA. Send that descriptive information to us as well. If the image and associated data is less than one megabyte, you can send it to me as an email attachment. If it is a larger file, send me a disk at ACPL Genealogy Center, Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN, 46801-2270. And if you've walked that small to modest-sized cemetery with your child or grandchild, go ahead and send us a CD of the images you've captured with permission to post them online. Your entire family will be proud of the tangible effort you've made to honor our military--those who are serving now and those who sacrificed before them.

This electronic newsletter is published by the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center, and is intended to enlighten readers about genealogical research methods as well as inform them about the vast resources of the Allen County Public Library. We welcome the wide distribution of this newsletter and encourage readers to forward it to their friends and societies. All precautions have been made to avoid errors. However, the publisher does not assume any liability to any party for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions, no matter the cause.

To subscribe to "Genealogy Gems," simply use your browser to go to the website: www.GenealogyCenter.Info. Scroll down toward the bottom of the first screen where it says, "Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to "Genealogy Gems." Enter your email address in the yellow box and click on "Subscribe." You will be notified with a confirmation email.

Steve Myers & Curt Witcher, co-editors


If you were planning a November trip to the Allen County/Ft. Wayne Genealogy Center, this may be important news, indeed:

Please note this important announcement: The entire Allen County
Public Library system-- including the Genealogy Center-- will be closed Friday, November 21, 2008 for a staff in-service day. We will be open Thursday evening, November 20, 2008 until 9 p.m. and then open again on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 9 a.m. Again, please note that the Genealogy Center will be closed on Friday, November 21, 2008.