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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

EDIT ME

Would you like to start a website, but don’t know HTML or CSS and don’t really want to learn? EditMe may be your answer: using this site, you really can create a website without knowing any HTML or CSS:

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NOTE: It does help to be somewhat familiar with Microsoft WORD, and Edit Me is not free, although you do get a free 30 day trial (you don’t need to provide a credit card number until the trial period ends, at which time you simply walk away if not satisfied). If you like the site, and want to continue after the trial period, basic site fee is $4.95/month.

VICTIMS AND HEROES OF 9/11

Photos and biographical sketches of victims, and photos and interviews with survivors / heroes:

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PROJECT 10 TO THE HUNDRETH

Have an idea that could change the world, and don’t mind being very well paid to share your idea with others? Then enter this contest sponsored by Google, and get your share of the $10 million in prize money:

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ARREST THAT MAN! HE’S THINKING ABOUT POSSIBLY COMMITTING A CRIME!

Don’t laugh-- Homeland Security thinks they have a device that can tell them just that:

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AMERICAN MEMORY

If you’re not familiar with the Library of Congress’ American Memory website, this post by Carolyn Barkley will prove extremely informative:

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

PHOTOSHOP QUALITY-- FOR FREE!

Well, maybe it doesn’t have every single one of Photoshop’s capabilities, but it comes close, and the price is certainly right- $0.00:

Artweaver

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

NEED AN INEXPENSIVE LAPTOP?

Then read Kim Komando’s good advice on the subject:

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LIVE ROOTS

It’s supposed to be a sort of Cyndi’s List on steroids that will supercharge your genie searches-- but Live Roots doesn’t debut until October 10th:

Blog post on Genealogy Insider about Live Roots:

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Live Roots website (remember, Live Roots isn’t alive until October 10th)

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SMALL BUSINESS SAVVY

Starting a small genie business (or want to make an established small genie business more efficient / profitable)? The Small Business Administration offers help in the form of free online courses:

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FREE ONLINE COURSES

From the University of Washington-- and several are history-related:

· The American Civil War
· Energy, Diet and Weight
· Greek Mythology
· Gulliver's Travels
· Hamlet
· HTML Basics
· History of Jazz: New Orleans
· The American Revolution
· Shakespeare's Comedies
· Heroic Fantasy: Tolkien
· World War II


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FAMILY HISTORY MONTH AT BELLEVILLE (IL) PUBLIC LIBRARY

Sponsored by:

Belleville Public Library, St. Clair County Genealogical Society, and St. Louis Public Library

Celebrate Family History Month - Attend the Lecture Series

Lecture 1: Saturday, October 4th, 2008, 1:00pm

Discover How to Research Your Family History

As with most pursuits, there is a "right way" and many "wrong ways" to conduct genealogical research. A member of the St. Louis Genealogical Society will de liver a lecture presentation on how to get started researching your family history.

Lecture 2: Friday, October 10th, 2008, 2:00pm

Primary Sources from the Library of Congress

Amy Wilkinson from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville will discuss the wide range of digitized primary sources accessible on the Library of Congress' website.

Lecture 3: Saturday, October 18th, 2008, 1:00pm

Publishing Grandma's Story

Jill Wagenblast tape-recorded her grandmother's account of her own life, edited the first person narrative and printed copies for family members. Now she's at work on a similar book about her late father. She'll provide an overview of her processes, especially the format for publication, and ideas about gathering family informa tion.

Lecture 4: Thursday, October 23rd, 2008, 2:00pm

Not Just for Obits Anymore: Mining Newspapers for Genealogical Nuggets

Tom Pearson, Special Collections Librarian at the St. Louis Public Library, will show how to extract every possible bit of genealogical information from newspapers. Find out wh at to look for in newspapers of different time periods and types, and how to discover newspapers of interest online and in libraries and archives.

All Lectures Held at the Belleville Public Library Conference Room (Lower Level)
121 East Washington Street, Belleville, Illinois
(Elevator Access)

Attendance Is Free But You Must Pre-Register As Seating Is Limited

To Register:
Please call the Belleville Public Library
(618) 234-0441 ext. 22
Ask for Ms. Dana Prusacki, Archivist

Friday, September 26, 2008

SCOTUS BLOG

What's the SCOTUS Blog, you ask? Why, a blog that reports on decisions made by The Supreme Court of the United States, that's what:

SCOTUS BLOG

MUST HAVE RUBBED IT THE WRONG WAY…

Or maybe not-- it might be illegal to rub it ANY WAY in that particular cemetery. I’m talking about gravestone rubbings, of course (what did you think I was talking about?)-- and before you make a rubbing of that gravestone, better ascertain if doing so is permitted by the laws of that state / locality:

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STORE, TAG, AND PRINT

ReadWriteWeb reports on 10 photosharing services:

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CLOUDTRIP.COM-- A WEB APPS BAEDEKER

A tour guide to established and emerging online applications- many of them free:

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SCRAPBLOG.COM

Combine photos, videos, audio, and text to create visually compelling online scrapbooks:

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

FGS CONFERENCE BLOG POST BY CAROLYN BARKLEY

Informative post is available on the Genealogy and Family History blog:

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NEW AT ANCESTRY.COM

From: Anastasia Tyler
Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2008 4:31 PM
Subject: Ancestry.com Content and Features Update - September 23, 2008

Hello!

Ancestry.com has added a number of databases during September. The highlight of the new databases is Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, which contains more than 7.2 million names.

We’ve also added and or updated the following on Ancestry.com:

Canadian City and Area Directories, 1819-1899
Washington Deaths, 1891-1907
1828 New South Wales, Australia Census
1841 New South Wales, Australia, Census
Missouri Birth Records, 1851-1910
Missouri Death Records, 1834-1931


You can view the full list of recently added databases, extending back a couple of months, here: http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/recent.aspx

I send this email highlighting new Ancestry.com content, announcements and features on a regular basis. I’d love your feedback on helpful information that I could add to this update. Please feel free to email me with your suggestions, and I’ll add them where possible.

As always, please let me know if I can answer any questions!

Best,

Anastasia Tyler
PR Manager
Ancestry.com

JOOCE.COM

If you’re tired of lugging that ball-and-chain laptop everywhere you go, maybe you don’t have to. Upload your genie files to Jooce.com, and you can then access them from any Internet-enabled computer. It’s a free service-- and currently there is no limit on size of file uploads!

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NOTE: You may wish to “vet” files before uploading in order to remove any sensitive info like birth dates of living persons.

D-DAY CONFERENCE

If you live in VA, will be there on vacation in early June 2009, or happen to be a noted WWII scholar, the author sessions and vet remembrance sessions at this conference sound most intriguing!

From: Dr. David L. Snead
Date: 9/25/08
Subject: D-Day Conference

The Liberty University History Department and the National D-Day Memorial Foundation announce a call for papers on topics related to the preparation for, the execution of, and the impact of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The conference organizers welcome a wide array of paper topics and/or panel proposals and aim to create a forum for collegial discourse with scholars from various perspectives and academic disciplines. Graduate students are welcome to submit proposals as well. The conference will feature addresses by Dr. Gerhard Weinberg, author of A World at Arms, and Alex Kershaw, author of The Bedford Boys. Additionally, there will be separate sessions where D-Day veterans will present their remembrances.

The conference will be held at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia on Thursday and Friday, June 4-5, 2009. A commemorative celebration honoring the 65th Anniversary of D-Day will be held at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA on Saturday, June 6.

Scholars interested in presenting papers should electronically submit a title, brief abstract and a brief vita here. Those interested in forming a panel should submit a title of the proposed panel along with each presenter’s paper title/abstract and vita. Please include the name and vita of a chair and/or paper commenter as well. All proposals should be received no later than December 15, 2008. The conference organizers will notify of participation status by January 15, 2009.


Dr. David L. Snead
Department of History
Liberty University
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24502
434-592-4366
Email: ddayconference@liberty.edu

COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE BLOG

From: Kuehn, John Dr.
Date: Thursday, September 25, 2008 8:47:03 AM
Subject: Command and General Staff College Blog

One of my esteemed colleagues has recommended that I bring to your attention the blog for my parent organization, the Command and General Staff College Department of Military History. Here it is:

http://usacac.leavenworth.army.mil/BLOG/blogs/hist/default.aspx

It is .mil but I have been informed the public should be able to access it. [Ed. Note: The public can access it.] Not much there as yet. [Ed. Note: Looks promising, though, and has post about military history classes offered by Mid-Continent Public Library & CGSC History Department.] It explains itself... mostly. However, the rest of the story is that our current Commandant, Lt. General William Caldwell (of Daily Show fame), is encouraging blogging on a wide scale. So....

Best,

John T. Kuehn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Military History
Curriculum Developer, Department of Military History
U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

ANOTHER MILESTONE!

Thank you, MoSGA Messenger readers- you've put us over the top, and in just eleven months! We just reached 20,000 visitors to this blog and counting- and we owe it all to you! So thanks, and keep reading!

TACKLING THE AHNENTAFEL

Dick Eastman explains what the heck these Ahnentafel thing-a-ma-bobs are for the uninitiated:

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NEBRASKA HOMESTEAD RECORDS AT FOOTNOTE.COM

39,741 of them, to be exact:

“Documents within the homestead records state the value of the owner's property; the amount, description, and value of crops grown; and the dimensions of his house, barn, or corncrib. They are arranged by township, range, section, then by owner's last name. Files consist of the final certificate, the application with land description, an affidavit showing proof of citizenship, register and receiver receipts, a notice and final proof, and testimony of witnesses.”

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FREEDOM TO ROAM WITH CHROME

ThinkGenealogy takes a close-up look at Chrome, Google’s new web browser:

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You can also read Google’s take on their new browser, in a comic by Scott McCloud and the Google Chrome Team:

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WEB 2.0 BAEDEKER

Fascinating guide to Web 2.0 applications, many of which you haven’t heard of yet (but you WILL):

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HER DAUGHTER GAVE BIRTH TO A MONSTER…

Now available at Project Gutenberg:

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

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NOTE: Mary Wollstonecraft was the mother of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, author of “Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

FAMILY TREE MAKER 2009

Thinking about buying it, with or without an upgrade from FTM 2008? Then you should read this article about FTM 2009 on the Ancestry.com Blog:

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GRABBING FOR THE JURASSIC GUSTO…

Beer lovers, take note-- using 25 million year old yeast gives beer a unique taste:

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A NEANDERTHAL TALE?

Did Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals, or didn’t they-- mate on occasion, that is? Some well-respected scientists believe that they did:

LINK

CRUISIN’ WITH JULES

Jules Verne is another famous guy who didn’t just write science fiction- here’s a free ebook at Project Gutenberg by Le Grande Jules on 19th explorers and their travels:

“Celebrated Travels and Travelers” by Jules Verne

BIG BOYS AND THEIR TOYS…

H. G. Wells didn’t just write science fiction-- he and his club pals played a game they called “Little Wars.” They built little forts and other structures, and blasted away at each other’s armies with working miniature cannons:

Little Wars by H. G. Wells

HE’S REFERRING TO THE PROBLEMS, NOT THE HISTORIANS…

How can you possibly resist glancing at this recent ebook addition at Project Gutenberg:

“Nuts for Future Historians to Crack” by Horace Smith and John Cadwalader

NGS CONFERENCE IN THE STATES 2009

Program Preview for NGS Conference in the States, Raleigh, North Carolina, 13-16 May 2009

The program for the NGS Conference in the States to be held in Raleigh, 13–16 May 2009, has as its theme, Building a Nation: From Roanoke Island to the West. Many of you were in Richmond in 2007 and learned about the movement into Virginia from its beginning at Jamestown to the flood of individuals who moved down the Shenandoah Valley. Others attended Kansas City where many of the speakers provided information on tracking individuals in their move westward. North Carolina is the bridge between the two. You'll learn about the economic forces that drove our ancestors to migrate, sessions will focus specifically on the Germans, Scots, Irish and Scotch-Irish as well as Presbyterians, Moravians and other religious sects. You'll learn about the Carolina and Wagon roads as well as Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road, visit the West Indies and travel with the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears. There will be presentations on the states that people came from and went to, on 19th and 20th century immigration and on new ways to collaborate using Wikis and other resources. New on-line resources, the latest in DNA and the traditional records and methodology will round out the program. Whether your ancestor arrived in 1720 or 1920, lived in on the coast, in the Appalachians or the city, there will be something for everyone. See you in Raleigh.

2009 NGS Conference in the States

The 2009 Conference in the States in Raleigh will take place in the brand new Raleigh Convention Center. Hotel accommodations are in the adjoining new Marriott Hotel, or nearby at the Sheraton hotel.

Online registration will open December 1, 2008. Exhibit sales will open October 1, 2008.

For more information visit http://ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/2009/

Saturday, September 20, 2008

THE DEADLY VIRUS

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918:

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MY FAVORITE ANCESTRY.COM DATABASES

Several 24/7 Family Circle columnists reveal their favorite Ancestry.com databases:

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GOOD ADVICE ON TINTYPES

Kim Komando has some advice for people who need to preserve / copy tintypes:

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IKE DOES GOOD

Hurricane Ike certainly left destruction and a number of deaths in his wake, but he also uncovered the wreck of what appears to be a two-masted Civil War blockade runner in Mobile Bay, Alabama:

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THE MOSAIC TEMPLARS

Never heard of them? They were a black fraternal organization that was founded shortly after the Civil War. Their headquarters was in Little Rock, Arkansas. Everybody thought the group had faded from view, until they realized that a thriving chapter still existed-- in sunny Barbados:

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CHENEY AT CHICKAMAUGA

Vice-President Dick Cheney's Ohio officer ancestor was present at the north Georgia battle that took place on September 19-20, 1863:

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Transcript of VP Cheney's remarks at 145th anniversary observance of the Chickamauga battle:

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Friday, September 19, 2008

ISGS CONFERENCE

Illinois State Genealogical Society
October 18, 2008
Elgin, Illinois

We are celebrating our 40th anniversary!

Extra!• Extra!

• Chicago Vital Records program added to our All Star line-up!

During lunch Timothy Dever, Director of the Cook County Bureau of Vital Records, will present: Piecing Together the Past: Cook County Genealogy Online.

This summer, Cook County Clerk David Orr launched an online database of historical Cook County vital records. About eight million genealogy records can now be searched and downloaded at CookCountyGenealogy.com. Indexes of birth certificates 75 years or older, marriage licenses 50 years or older and death certificates 20 years or older are available at this new site. During the presentation Mr. Dever will introduce the Web site and give tips for searching successfully! For the remainder of the afternoon, Mr. Dever will occupy a research table, execute sample searches and answer questions.

Register today! Get the Early Bird rate!

Register online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, a PayPal account or print a registration form: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilsgs/

Any questions: isgsconference@sbcglobal.net

CAN’T FIND GREAT-UNCLE GUIDO’S PASSPORT APPLICATION?

This tip may help:

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PREVENTING AND RESPONDING TO IDENTITY THEFT

Cyber Security Tip ST05-019
Preventing and Responding to Identity Theft

Identity theft, or identity fraud, is a crime that can have substantial financial and emotional consequences. Take precautions with personal information; and if you become a victim, act immediately to minimize the damage.

Is identity theft just a problem for people who submit information online?

You can be a victim of identity theft even if you never use a computer. Malicious people may be able to obtain personal information (such as credit card numbers, phone numbers, account numbers, and addresses) by stealing your wallet, overhearing a phone conversation, rummaging through your trash (a practice known as dumpster diving), or picking up a receipt at a restaurant that has your account number on it. If a thief has enough information, he or she may be able to impersonate you to purchase items, open new accounts, or apply for loans.

The Internet has made it easier for thieves to obtain personal and financial data. Most companies and other institutions store information about their clients in databases; if a thief can access that database, he or she can obtain information about many people at once rather than focus on one person at a time. The internet has also made it easier for thieves to sell or trade the information, making it more difficult for law enforcement to identify and apprehend the criminals.

How are victims of online identity theft chosen?

Identity theft is usually a crime of opportunity, so you may be victimized simply because your information is available. Thieves may target customers of certain companies for a variety of reasons: a company database is easily accessible, the demographics of the customers are appealing, there is a market for specific information, etc. If your information is stored in a database that is compromised, you may become a victim of identity theft.

Are there ways to avoid being a victim?

Unfortunately, there is no way to guarantee that you will not be a victim of online identity theft. However, there are ways to minimize your risk:

* Do business with reputable companies-- Before providing any personal or financial information, make sure that you are interacting with a reputable, established company. Some attackers may try to trick you by creating malicious web sites that appear to be legitimate, so you should verify the legitimacy before supplying any information (see “Avoiding Social Engineering” and “Phishing Attacks” and “Understanding Web Site Certificates” for more information).
* Take advantage of security features - Passwords and other security features add layers of protection if used appropriately (see “Choosing and Protecting Passwords” and “Supplementing Passwords” for more information).
* Check privacy policies- Take precautions when providing information, and make sure to check published privacy policies to see how a company will use or distribute your information (see “Protecting Your Privacy” and “How Anonymous Are You?” for more information). Many companies allow customers to request that their information not be shared with other companies; you should be able to locate the details in your account literature or by contacting the company directly.
* Be careful what information you publicize - Attackers may be able to piece together information from a variety of sources. Avoid posting personal data in public forums (see “Guidelines for Publishing Information Online” for more information).
* Use and maintain anti-virus software and a firewall – Protect yourself against viruses and Trojan horses that may steal or modify the data on your own computer and leave you vulnerable by using anti-virus software and a firewall (see “Understanding Anti-Virus Software” and “Understanding Firewalls” for more
information). Make sure to keep your virus definitions up to date.
* Be aware of your account activity- Pay attention to your statements, and request copies of your credit reports from the main credit reporting companies on a yearly basis.

How do you know if your identity has been stolen?

Companies have different policies for notifying customers when they discover that someone has accessed a customer database. However, you should be aware of changes in your normal account activity. The following are examples of changes that could indicate that someone has accessed your information:

* unusual or unexplainable charges on your bills
* phone calls or bills for accounts, products, or services that you do not have
* failure to receive regular bills or mail
* new, strange accounts appearing on your credit report
* unexpected denial of your credit card

What can you do if you think, or know, that your identity has been stolen?

Recovering from identity theft can be a long, stressful, and potentially costly process. Many credit card companies have adopted policies that try to minimize the amount of money you are liable for, but the implications can extend beyond your existing accounts. To minimize the extent of the damage, take action as soon as possible:

* Contact companies, including banks, where you have accounts- Inform the companies where you have accounts that someone may be using your identity, and find out if there have been any unauthorized transactions. Close accounts so that future charges are denied. In addition to calling the company, send a letter so there is a record of the problem.
* Contact the main credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion)- Check your credit report to see if there has been unexpected or unauthorized activity. Have fraud alerts placed on your credit reports to prevent new accounts being opened without verification.
* File a report - File a report with the local police so there is an official record of the incident. You can also file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
* Consider other information that may be at risk - Depending what information was stolen, you may need to contact other agencies; for example, if a thief has access to your Social Security number, contact the Social Security Administration. You should also contact the Department of Motor Vehicles if your driver's license or car registration have been stolen.

The following sites offer additional information and guidance for recovering from identity theft:

* Federal Trade Commission -
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/credit/idtheft.htm
* United States Department of Justice -
http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/idtheft.html
* Social Security Administration -
http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/idtheft.htm
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AUTHORS AT ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY

St. Louis Public Library Presents
Authors @ Your Library

MARTIN SANDLER

§ October 8, 2008-- 7 PM.
§ Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103.

This event celebrates the opening of the exhibit, Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln’s Journey to Emancipation. Sandler is our Keynote Speaker for the exhibit. Sandler discusses Lincoln Through the Lens: How Photography Revealed and Shaped an Extraordinary Life. With more than 100 images, this visual journey provides a fresh take on Lincoln from the only confirmed existing picture of Lincoln before the Gettysburg Address to his second inauguration. Two of Sandler’s books have been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has taught American history and American studies at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College. The program be in an interview format with Laurna Godwin, Vector Communications, as host and interviewer.

Books available for purchase & signing from Left Bank Books.

JULIUS HUNTER

§ October 15, 2008-- 7 PM.
§ Central Library, 1301 Olive St., St. Louis, MO 63103.

Hunter discusses Julius Hunter: TV One On One, a journey through the journalist’s award-winning career. Hunter has presented interviews with some of the biggest newsmakers in modern history such as Milton Berle, Art Buchwald, Jimmy Hoffa, Sophia Loren, Oprah Winfrey, and Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Carter, Clinton, Ford, and Reagan. Hunter puts the reader next to him as he chats with luminaries.

Books available for purchase & signing from Big River Distribution.

GARY ECELBARGER

§ October 22, 2008-- 7 PM
§ Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109.

The Great Comeback: How Abraham Lincoln Beat The Odds To Win The 1860 Republican Nomination narrates the turnaround in the political fortunes of Abraham Lincoln from the aftermath of his Senate loss to Stephen A. Douglas to his victory in the Republican National Convention. Ecelbarger is the author / co-author of seven books. He earned an M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Books available for purchase & signing from Left Bank Books.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

NATIONAL ISSUES FORUMS

They’re holding a series of National Issues Forums this fall at various Presidential Libraries:

LINK

NEW AT ANCESTRY.COM (week of 12 September 2008)

What's new at Engulf & Devour:

LINK

THE BIG PICTURE

They call it The Big Picture for a very good reason:

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WORRIED ABOUT IDENTITY THEFT?

You should be (to some extent, anyway). Kim Komando has an informative article on how to keep track of your credit history without spending a fortune to do so:

LINK

ARMED FORCES CASUALTY SERVICE CENTERS

Did you know that each branch of the armed forces has its own Casualty Services Office?

Air Force Casualty Services

Army Casualty Website

Coast Guard Casualty Assistance Guide

Marine Corps Casualty Assistance

Navy Casualty Assistance

NOTE: These offices are intended as sources of up-to-date information for the families of men and women who died while in uniform. They aren’t likely to be of much help with questions about soldiers and sailors who died during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

NEED HURRICANE INFO FAST?

If you live in Hurricane Alley, or have friends or loved ones who do, USA.gov has got your six, my friend:

LINK

OSS PERSONNEL FILES 1942-1945

Was your Dad (or Mom) a WWII spook? Here’s your chance to find out:

LINK

NOTE: Type “OSS personnel files 1942” into the search box (without parentheses).

WALNUT HILL CEMETERY PROJECT

Ambitious ongoing project to put headstone data and photos online for a large cemetery in Belleville, IL (St. Clair County):

LINK

GENEALOGY POINTERS

Genealogy Pointers is the free e-newsletter of Genealogical.com. You can sign up to receive this newsletter, and you can view their newsletter archives here:

LINK

NOTE: Click on “9/16/2008” to read an informative article by William Dollarhide on the U.S. Census and the days on which it was enumerated.

SLIDESHARE.NET

Where to go to share your PowerPoint presentations, or to find PowerPoint presentations uploaded by others that are (usually) available for free downloading:

LINK

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

THE REAL LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE…

Laura Ingalls Wilder wasn’t kidding when she called it a little house- it measured just 12 ft. by 12 ft.:

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NOT THE BLISS EITHER GUY WAS HOPING FOR…

First pedestrian to be killed by an automobile in North America was named-- you guessed it-- Bliss:

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I’M NOT SURE MOST WANTED IS THE RIGHT WAY TO PHRASE IT, GUYS

USA.gov calls them America’s most wanted, but trust me when I say that nobody but various federal law enforcement agencies wants THESE guys:

LINK

GENETIC TESTING IS GOING TO GET CHEAPER-- MUCH CHEAPER…

This article will also tell you how genetic testing can help some persons avoid drug reactions that can include hemolytic anemia and-- in some cases-- death:

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FREE GENETICS TESTING

Well, sort of… The Sorenson Molecular Genetics Foundation people don’t send you the results, but you get the satisfaction of helping to solve the riddle of our ultimate origins…

LINK

MEMORY HOGS AND HOW TO UPROOT THEM

Is your Windows computer running slow, or do you KNOW you’ve got too many unused programs in your system? WinDirStat can show you who the memory hogs on your system are, and help you delete them if they aren’t necessary programs…

LINK

NOTE: You should always check downloaded programs with your security software before installing on your computer. Better safe than sorry!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

IF IT’S FREE E-BOOKS YOU WANT...

Then this site that lists 20 great places to get them is going to be your new best friend, at least for a while:

LINK

GI BILL WEBSITE

If you or a loved one is entitled to GI Bill Educational benefits, you should visit the Department of Veterans Affairs official GI Bill Website:

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FAMILY DAY

This special day for families (fourth Monday in September) should certainly be of interest to family historians…

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THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN BLOG

The ALB is reporting that some famous Lincoln sites in Springfield, IL will again be open seven days a week during Old Abe’s bicentennial year, 2009:

LINK

Thursday, September 11, 2008

COME HEAR THE BEAUTIFUL MUSIC OF WALES!

If you’ve got Welsh ancestors, you will be interested in this announcement:

The Welsh Heritage Choir of Greater St. Louis is proud to present Amy Camie, well-known harpist, as guest artist at its 2nd Annual Concert.

Date and time: 2 November 2008, 2 PM
Place: St. Paul United Church of Christ, 3510 Giles Street, St. Louis, MO 63116

Concert is free and open to the public (a free will offering will be taken).

Need more info? Contact Marsha Pearson here.

GOOGLE CHROME

Possibly more than anybody but an IT geek will want to know about the new Google Chrome browser:

LINK

WINDOWS PATCHES

If you’re running a Windows operating system, you’d better visit Microsoft HQ and check for recent patches that fix gaping holes in your OS:

Microsoft Security Bulletin (Sept 2008): LINK

Article on the OS patches in The Register: LINK

JOURNAL OF AN AMERICAN PRISONER IN THE WAR OF 1812

Available for free download at Project Gutenberg:

Reynolds, James. Journal of an American Prisoner at Fort Malden and Quebec in the War of 1812.

LINK

THE HUGUENOTS IN FRANCE

Available for free download at Project Gutenberg:

Smiles, Samuel (1812-1904). The Huguenots in France.

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STORY OF A COMMON SOLDIER

Available for free download at Project Gutenberg:

Stillwell, Leander (1843-1934). The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865 (61st Illinois Infantry Regiment).

LINK

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

U.S. ARMY IN POST-WAR JAPAN, 1945-1952

Story in video format of the post-war occupation and demilitarization of Japan:

LINK

GET SMART(ER) IN SPRINGFIELD!

Received from Doris Wilson of OGS:

Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc.
534 West Catalpa, PO Box 3945, Springfield, Missouri 65808
417-831-2773 www.ozarksgs.org

For Immediate Release
Contact: 417-890-7528; e-mail: rootshunter@gmail.com

The Ozarks Genealogical Society will host its 28th Annual Fall Conference September 12-13 at University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, Missouri.

Lloyd de Witt Bockstruck, noted author and columnist for the Dallas Morning News is the featured speaker. His discussion will focus on useful research tips and twists discovered through his in-depth studies and research. The conference begins Friday evening September 12 and continues throughout the day Saturday, September 13.

Bockstruck is well-known among genealogists. He heads the Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library, Dallas, Texas. He has authored books with topics on colonial soldiers, bounty land grants, naval pensioners, and more. His publications include:

Virginia's Colonial Soldiers
Bounty and Donation Land Grants in British Colonial America
Denizations and Naturalizations in the British Colonies in America, 1607-1775
Revolutionary War Bounty Land Grants Awarded by State Governments
Research in Texas


The conference also includes mini-sessions on genealogical topics for guiding beginners and seasoned researchers on their quest for knowledge. A vendor showcase will also be available.

The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Inc. (OGS) was formally organized in September 1969 by a group of individuals brought together by their common interest in researching family history. OGS was chartered in 1979 as a not-for-profit organization in the State of Missouri. The goals of the Society are to encourage the research and preservation of family history, foster solid genealogical research practices, and preserve records of historical and genealogical interest.

The conference is open to the public. Pre-registration not necessary; however, registration fees and other information including additional conference details are available online at www.ozarksgs.org or by calling 417-885-9009.

LONDON GOES DIGITAL

Well, 500 years of its history, anyway (to be placed on Ancestry.co.uk, according to Dick Eastman):

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SAFE SURFING (AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT!)

If you want to stay safe while surfing the digital ocean, but don’t have lots of spare cash to spend on security software, Kim Komando has some good advice and links to security freeware that’s VERY easy on the pocketbook:

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NOTE: You should always check ANY downloaded program with your computer security software before installing. Better safe than sorry!

PHAROS TEACHING & TUTORING

Lengthy list of online courses (fees involved) in US, British, & Caribbean genealogy:

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES (UK) DOCUMENTS ONLINE

A nice list of all documents they make available on their website:

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GOOGLE NEWSPAPER ARCHIVE

First it started a campaign to digitize all the world’s books-- now it’s set its sights on newspapers:

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

ANIMASHER

A free online application for making simple animations that appears to be potentially useful for genealogists:

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DICK EASTMAN IS NOT A HAPPY CAMPER…

He thinks the FGS 2008 Conference organizers and conference hotel employees should have worn ski masks…

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GREMLINS STRIKE StLGS!

Received from St. Louis Genealogical Society:

“* If you sent an e-mail to the StLGS office in August and did not hear back from anyone, please contact us again at <technology@stlgs.org>. Chances are that your original message never got to us.

* If you attempted to purchase something from StLGS online and did not get an acknowledgement, please contact us at the same address to be sure that your transaction went through. Our web-based commerce is dependent on our e-mail system.

The Society apologizes for any inconvenience these problems have caused our members and friends and we thank you for bearing with us as we continue to recover from this experience.”

23ANDME AND ANCESTRY.COM FORM PARTNERSHIP

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and PROVO, Utah – September 9, 2008 – 23andMe, Inc., the industry leader in personal genetics, and Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource with nearly 3 million active users and 875,000 subscribers, have teamed up to provide improved genetic information to Ancestry.com’s DNA customers. The partnership furthers the shared vision of 23andMe and Ancestry.com of enriching the lives of individuals by providing access to novel ancestral information through DNA analysis.

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ provides unprecedented, individual access to genetic information, including deep ancestry analysis developed by the 23andMe science team. Users of the Ancestry.com DNA service will now have access to the same ancestral content available through the 23andMe website, designed to give people a deeper understanding of their past. 23andMe’s ancestry analysis allows users to trace their genetic lineage and discover the role that their ancestral origins have played in human history.

Ancestry.com DNA testing combines science with a robust database of more than 7 billion names in 26,000 databases and more than 7 million user-submitted family trees to create an incredible asset for users to make connections, trace their roots and connect with distant cousins. 23andMe utilizes the latest advances in DNA analysis and Web-based technology to provide its customers with a detailed genetic profile and interactive tools to explore their family lineage and health traits. 23andMe population geneticists have developed an unrivaled compilation of genetic content related to ancestry. As leaders in online ancestry and population genetics tools, Ancestry.com and 23andMe will continue to collaborate to provide Ancestry.com DNA customers with new and valuable information about their forebears.

“23andMe and Ancestry.com share the goal of empowering people and families through the sharing of ancestry and genetic information,” said Dr. Joanna Mountain, Senior Director of research at 23andMe and former professor of anthropology genetics at Stanford University. “By partnering with Ancestry.com, we welcome users of the Ancestry.com DNA service into our community to help them further understand their origins.”

“DNA testing is a powerful tool for people to discover new family connections and learn more about their ancient lineage,” said Brett Folkman, Vice President of Ancestry.com DNA. “By combining DNA analysis with historical records, Ancestry.com DNA offers users an unprecedented tool for researching family heritage. 23andMe’s extensive ancestry content will further enrich our customer experience.”

About 23andMe

23andMe, Inc. is the leading personal genetics company dedicated to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools. The company's Personal Genome Service™ enables individuals to gain deeper insights into their ancestry and inherited traits. 23andMe, Inc., was founded by Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki in 2006, and the company is advised by a group of renowned experts in the fields of human genetics, bioinformatics and computer science. Its Series A investors include Genentech, Inc., Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) and New Enterprise Associates. More information is available at www.23andme.com.

About Ancestry.com

With 26,000 searchable databases and titles and nearly 3 million active users, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including http://www.myfamily.com/, http://www.rootsweb.com/, http://www.genealogy.com/ and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive nearly 7.2 million unique visitors worldwide. (© comScore Media Metrix, July 2008). To easily begin researching your family history, visit http://www.ancestry.com/.

IT’S NOT HOW YOU SAY IT, IT’S WHAT YOU SAY

If you’re Abraham Lincoln, that is, and the speech you’re giving is the Gettysburg Address:

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Saturday, September 06, 2008

MoSGA JOURNAL DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Since 1981, the Missouri State Genealogical Association has published a quarterly Journal filled with information regarding Missouri genealogy. Each of the 106 issues is about 65 pages of family histories, newspaper extractions, obituaries, vital statistics, cemetery studies, data from Missouri court, land, and census records, etc.

The MoSGA Board is currently studying the feasibility of uploading a digital copy of each quarterly issue published 1981-2000 to our website in order to make this important body of Missouri genealogical information available to the world.

The MoSGA Board has been investigating the technical challenges associated with this project. We can create an exact copy and upload it onto our website as a computer file in “pdf format.” Each quarterly issue file could then be read by using Adobe Reader and would be fully searchable using the reader’s search capability. We have uploaded the first issue. Volume I, Winter 1981, Number 1 (I:1):

The following articles are included in this PDF file:

TITLE PAGE
Articles of Incorporation 1
Certificate of Incorporation 5
By-Laws of the Missouri State Genealogical Association 6
Clay County, Missouri, Registry of Free Negroes 1836-1856 12
Auburn Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri 13
Brown Family Cemetery, Saline County, Missouri 20
Tax List of 1820, Franklin County, Missouri Territory 21
Cochran Cemetery, Lincoln County, Missouri 26
Mortality Census of Camden County, Missouri, 1870 27
Gregory Family Bible, Cole County, Missouri 28
Union Monthly Meeting of Friends Membership Roll 29
Taney County News, Taney County, Missouri (Feb 17 - Nov 24, 1887) 36
U.S. Census of Ripley County, Missouri - 1880 43
Family Bible of William B. Lloyd, Putnam County, Missouri 48

We are still working on a system that would make ALL issues searchable in a single search effort. If you do not have an “Adobe Reader” program, it can be downloaded free of charge at www.adobe.com.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The MoSGA Board is actively soliciting the support of all the authors that have so generously contributed to the Journal over its long period of publication.

The Board recognizes that there may be authors who would prefer not to have their contributions uploaded onto the Association’s website. After much discussion, the Board has agreed to honor all such preference by deleting the identified articles from the scanning process.

If there are any contributors to the Journal during this 27-year period who would prefer not to have their material included in this database, please contact us by email at mosga@mosga.org or by writing us at MoSGA, PO Box 833, Columbia, Missouri 65205-0833. The preferences may relate to specified articles or the author’s entire body of work submitted for publication in the Journal. MoSGA will make every effort to honor these preferences

GENIE EVENTS SEPTEMBER 2008

12-13 September 2008
Springfield MO - "Paths To The Past," the Ozarks Genealogical Society's 28th annual Fall Conference, will be held at University Plaza, Springfield Mo. Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck will be the featured speaker. Mini sessions, vendors, lunch, and a source book are included. Early registration and member discount. For more informatio, visit www.ozarksgs.org.

12-13 September 2008
Cleveland OH - The Fall Genealogy Conference, sponsored by the African-American Genealogical Society, Cleveland, will be held at the Cleveland Public Library, Main Branch, Downtown. The conference will feature nationally known presenters such as J. Mark Lowe (researcher for PBS series "African-American Lives 2"), Tim Pinnick, and Jana Sloan Broglin, and will also include workshops and research time at the Cleveland Public Library. Friday workshops by AAGS members are 1:00-5:00pm. From 6:00-7:30pm is "Five Ways to Jump Start Your Genealogical Research" presented by J. Mark Lowe. Saturday sessions are 9:00am-4:00pm. For details, see the AAGS web site at www.aagsclev.org or e-mail Mary Brothers-Johnson at robmary17@yahoo.com.

12-13 September 2008
Salt Lake City UT - The 2008 UGA Fall Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, September 12th and 13th at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is a great year to come to the UGA Fall Conference! For this year only, the conference, Solving Family Mysteries, will be at the world famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and it will be FREE! For more information and registration, please visit www.infouga.org.

12-14 September 2008
Salt Lake City UT - MENSA Colloquium 2008: "Tracking Granny's Granny," presents speakers Christine Rose, CG, CGL, FASG; Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, CG; Colleen Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.; Stephen P. Morse, Ph.D.; and James W. Warren. Contact Jill Beckham at jillb@americanmensa.org or visit http://colloq08.us.mensa.org

13 September 2008
Richmond VA - The Genealogical Research Institute of Virginia (GRIVA) sponsors their annual event, the “Gems of Genealogical Research” all-day seminar, featuring well-known genealogical researcher, author, and lecturer, Pamela K Boyer, CG, CGL, at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Boyer is the co-author (with Amy Johnson Crow, CG) of Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet. With a background in corporate computer training and software documentation, she uses everyday language to explain how computers can help genealogists research, record their findings, and then analyze the results. Ms. Boyer is president of Memory Lane, Inc. at www.memorylanegenealogy.com. The four sessions are "Investigating Your Ancestors," describing criminal investigation techniques to search for and identify ancestors, record evidence, analyze and draw accurate conclusions, and write comprehensive but concise reports; "Some Real Research Sites on the Internet," examples of reputable, reliable for real research on the Internet, including available information at the National Archives, Library of Congress, and regional state archives; "Rogues & Rascals: Divorced, Litigious, Criminal Relatives," exploring the possibility that unsavory characters add spice to our family stew and actually should be referred to as savory characters; and "Mapping Workshop for Genealogists," practical applications for a variety of mapping tools (both on-line and software).

The cost of the all-day event, which includes a box lunch and drink, is $50 ($40 for GRIVA members). One can join GRIVA for the 2008-2009 year (and take advantage of other membership benefits, such as the nationally-acclaimed newsletter News & Notes and discounts on research trips) by including $15 ($20 for a family) with their registration. Registration opens at 9 am with the program beginning at 9:30. Vendors of genealogical products will be present all day. The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard. To register or for more information, contact Dolly Pakurar at 804-639-4454 or apak00@comcast.net or go to www.griva.org.

19-20 September 2008
St. Paul MN - Minnesota Northstar Genealogy Conference -- Minnesota History Center, St. Paul (www.mngs.org). Featured speakers are Christine Rose, CG, CGL, and Paula Stuart-Warren, CG.

20 September 2008
Brentwood TN - The Middle TN Genealogical Society features Mr. Charles A. Sherrill, Director of the Brentwood Public Library in a Hands-On Workshop, "Using Original Court Records." Join us to eliminate the fear and confusion of researching court records by learning how to identify record types and understanding their research value. Mr. Sherrill is a librarian, archivist, genealogist, former Director of Public Resources at the TN State Library and Archives, and author of 22 genealogical books. Attendees will receive a 30-page handout packet for further study and reference. The event is at the Brentwood Public Library at 1:00 pm and is open to the public. To reserve your place, call Brenta Davis at 615-661-9775 or email bdavis66@comcast.net

20 September 2008
Middlesboro KY - The Tri-State Genealogical Workshop Group, consisting of Bell County Historical Society, Bell County Genealogical Society, Campbell County Historical Society, and the Local Kentucky path of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is sponsoring an all-day seminar at the First Baptist Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky on 20 September. The First Baptist Church is at 2300 Cumberland Avenue, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965. The speaker is J. Mark Lowe, Certified Genealogist. Pre-registration is required by September 10th. For the registration form and more information, please visit our website www.bellcountyhistory.com and click on the Tri-State link.

25 September 2008
Nashville TN - The Middle TN Genealogical Society Meeting takes place at the FiftyForward Knowles Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville, from 10:30am--12:00 noon. Featured speaker is Ms. Waneta Strickert, Herb Expert. Ms. Strickert has many herb gardens with hundreds of different harbs and is the 2008 Nominee for the "Outstanding Volunteer Service Award" by the TN Master Gardener's Association for her restoration of the Croft Home Heirloom Gardens at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. Admission is free to Knowles and other FiftyForward Centers, $5.00 fee to non-members.

27 September 2008
Portsmouth OH - Free Workshop: Introductory German Genealogy from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Ohio Public Library. Robert Rau will present Introductory German Genealogy and Reading German Church and Civil
Records. No registration is necessary. Sponsored by the Ohio Chapter, Palatines to America at http://www.oh-palam.org/

"Originally published in UpFront with NGS, The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society (Volume 9, Number 9-1 September 2008)."

EARLY SPANISH & MEXICAN LAND GRANT HOLDERS

If an ancestor was a Spanish or Mexican land grant holder, DearMYRTLE has some news that may be of interest:

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DIGITIZATION OF NAZI SLAVE LABOR CAMP DOCUMENTS

Nearly 7 million documents from the Bad Arolsen Nazi slave labor camps archive have been digitized:

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PREVENT RESTORE

If you are planning to sell / otherwise dispose of a used computer, you may not realize that all those files you have deleted may not really be lost and gone forever. All deleting really does is remove the file name- that file is still there, available for retrieval with the right software, until your computer either needs that space for new files, or you purposely overwrite that disk sector with a free program like Prevent Restore:

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NOTE: You should always check ANY downloaded program with your computer security software before installing. Better safe than sorry!

TRI-COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER

Hello:

The August 2008 newsletter has been posted on our website at www.rootsweb.com/~motcogs/

Regards,
Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 West Walnut St, Nevada, MO 64772
website: http://www.rootsweb.com/~motcogs/

FREE (NO, REALLY!) CREDIT REPORT

A lot of sites offer a free credit report as a come-on to get you interested, but there are almost always strings attached (i.e., hold on tight to your purse, wallet, and /or personal information). This site is the real deal, however-- every individual can get one free credit report per year, NO strings attached, from EACH of the big three credit monitoring agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion:

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NOTES: Each spouse should order a free credit report in his/her own name- results can differ from spouse to spouse!

This important security notice on the website helps to protect you from "mimic" sites that ocasionally spring up:

"Please be aware of how you arrived at this site. To ensure that you are visiting the legitimate site, type https://www.annualcreditreport.com directly into the address bar on your browser. You will never receive an email directly from the Annual Credit Report Request Service."

Friday, September 05, 2008

WWI & ARMY OF OCCUPATION DIARIES

British Army diaries (1914-1922) available for download on the National Archives (UK) website:

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RECORDS OF ROYAL NAVY OFFICERS

You can search them online at the National Archives (UK) website. Coverage for the 1840 to 1931 (Warrant Officers) or 1917 (Commissioned Officers).

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AVG FREE EDITION

If you need a good anti-virus program (and everybody does), but your purse or wallet is not overflowing with disposable cash, Dick Eastman recommends that you consider AVG Free Edition:

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NOTE: You should always check ANY downloaded program with your computer security software before installing. Better safe than sorry!

ST. CLAIR COUNTY (IL) FREE BOOKS FOR DOWNLOAD

The St. Clair County USGenWeb site is now listing free books about St. Clair County history & genealogy that are available for download. They ask that you notify them about any books you are aware of that aren’t listed:

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GOT MINNESOTANS, EH?

Then you’ll be interested in this note from Mary Bakeman of Park Genealogical Books:

“Our research note for September focuses on adoptions, one of the brick walls faced by many family historians. It reviews the legal issues, as well as some of the other resources that may be of use.

It can be found at http://www.parkbooks.com/Html/res_adpt.html

The set of monthly notes can be found at http://www.parkbooks.com/Html/research.html

You can sign up at the latter page for automatic notification of the monthly notes.

Happy searching!”

Mary Bakeman
Park Genealogical Books
Specialists in Minnesota and the surrounding area

ST. LOUIS HISTORY & HERITAGE

If you’ve got St. Louis ancestors, you’ll like the St. Louis History & Heritage website:

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WHAT’S NEW IN OLD NORTH

A blog about St. Louis’ Old North neighborhood (just north of downtown St. Louis), with lots of informative posts and great photos of Old North people and places:

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Plus- there’s even more Old North news and photos on the Old North St. Louis website:

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

IRISH SAYINGS

There’s no denying that the Irish have a way with words. Irish Sayings is a site that highlights some time-honored Irish witticisms, such as:

An Irishman has an abiding sense of tragedy that sustains him through temporary periods of joy.

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CANADIAN ARMED FORCES WAR DEAD, 1939-1945

Database of nearly 45,000 Canadian World War II casualties, now available on the website of Library and Archives Canada:

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GOOGLE CHROME

Unhappy with your current web browser, or just ready for a change? Google Chrome may be just what you’ve been looking for:

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NOTE: You should always check ANY downloaded program with your computer security software before installing. Better safe than sorry!

WORLD ARCHIVES PROJECT

Ancestry.com Introduces the World Archives Project to Preserve and Provide Online Access to Historical Records:

Philadelphia – Sept. 4, 2008 – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today launched the World Archives Project, a global public indexing initiative designed to give individuals everywhere the opportunity to help preserve historical records. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is the first organization to partner with Ancestry.com during this beta phase of this new venture, enlisting genealogists and family history enthusiasts to help test the software and prepare it for a more public release.

Now in public beta, the World Archives Project allows individuals to transcribe information from images of original historical records and to create indexes that will remain accessible for free on Ancestry.com and on Ancestry’s localized sites in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Sweden, and Italy. Active contributors* will soon be able to access all original images that are part of the World Archives Project. Organizations can also partner with the World Archives Project and sponsor indexing projects. Ancestry.com will donate a digital copy of the sponsored index and images back to partnering organizations.

“As a global society, we are falling further and further behind when it comes to digitizing historical records,” said Tim Sullivan, president and CEO of The Generations Network, parent company of Ancestry.com. “The World Archives Project allows us to work collectively as a community to preserve and to digitize records that will otherwise surely be lost to the wear and tear of time. By providing free access to these indexes on the world’s most popular family history website, we will provide millions of people with access to records that might help them unlock new clues about their ancestors.”

Already, several thousand individuals have joined the World Archives Project private beta, indexing Wisconsin Mortality Schedules and Nebraska State Censuses. Participants provided feedback and recommendations for this public beta release.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this cause and to help spread the world about this new initiative,” said Wendy Elliott-Scheinberg, president of FGS. “The World Archives Project is a great way for enthusiasts and genealogical societies to directly impact and further family history research.”

“FGS has been enormously helpful in the development of our vision for the World Archives Project,” said Sullivan. “The 500+ genealogy societies that FGS represents are absolutely critical to the continued health and growth of genealogical research. We’ve been searching for years for the right way to partner with genealogy societies, and we think this project will allow us to help them attract new members by leveraging the popularity of Ancestry.com. We appreciate the encouragement and support FGS provides and look forward to continuing our relationship as this project marches forward.”

For more information about the World Archives Project or to get involved, visit www.ancestry.com/worldarchivesproject.

*Specific guidelines must be met to be considered an active contributor. For more information, visit http://landing.ancestry.com/wap/learnmore.aspx.

About Ancestry.com
With 26,000 searchable databases and titles and nearly 3 million active users, Ancestry.com is the No. 1 online source for family history information. Since its launch in 1997, Ancestry.com has been the premier resource for family history, simplifying genealogical research for millions of people by providing them with many easy-to-use tools and resources to build their own unique family trees. Ancestry.com is part of The Generations Network, Inc., a leading network of family-focused interactive properties, including www.myfamily.com, www.rootsweb.com, www.genealogy.com and Family Tree Maker. In total, The Generations Network properties receive nearly 7.5 million unique visitors worldwide (© comScore Media Metrix, July 2008). To easily begin researching your family history, visit www.ancestry.com.

About FGS
The Federation of Genealogical Societies links the genealogical community by serving the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshaling the resources of its member organizations. FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of more than 500 genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow. To do this, FGS publishes FORUM magazine, filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news. FGS also publishes an extensive series of Society Strategy Papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I’m traveling this week, but I will be looking at e-mails throughout during the day.

Thanks,

Mike Ward
Public Relations Director
Ancestry.com (part of The Generations Network)
801-705-7099

JACK THE RIPPER

It’s been 120 years since Jack began his horrifying murder spree, but the case of Leather Apron is one that the public can't seem to forget:

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LOOKING FOR SOMEONE?

Then let CVGadget do the heavy lifting for you:

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NOTE: You should always check ANY downloaded program with your computer security software before installing. Better safe than sorry!

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

MAKING OF AMERICA ONLINE RESOURCE

Ms. Barkley has also produced an informative post on the wonderful Making of America online resource:

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PRESIDENTIAL RESEARCH- LINEAGES & LIBRARIES

Informative post by Carolyn Barkley on the GenealogyandFamilyHistory blog:

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DAZZO’S WALLPAPER CHANGER

Wallpaper- it’s the background picture on your computer’s start screen. If you, like me, are easily bored and like to change wallpaper frequently, why not let a free program (for Windows) change it for you automatically (at whatever time interval you specify)? You can select images from one folder, or you can select random images from all image files on your computer:

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NOTE: You should always check ANY downloaded program with your computer security software before installing. Better safe than sorry!

BLACK EUROPEANS

We give a lot of thought to black Americans, and their struggle for freedom and recognition in this country, but what about black Europeans? Is anybody telling their stories? Funny you should ask…

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SPRINGFIELD (IL) RACE RIOT OF 1908

Violent mobs lynched two innocent black men before armed soldiers were able to regain control of the city:

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FREE GREAT WEB TOOLS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

If you take genealogy seriously, it’s kind of like being in college, right? These Web tools might, therefore, be useful to you, too:

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HAS YOUR TOWN GOT ONE?

A motto, that is? Peculiar, Missouri does: “Where the odds are with you.” Check here to find out if your Missouri city or town has one:

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