Tuesday, June 30, 2009


Note: I attended the NGS Conference in Kansas City in 2008, and I can confirm for you that these national genealogical conferences really can be a genealogist’s bonanza!

The 2009 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference 2-5 September 2009, Little Rock, Arkansas

A genealogist's bonanza in one great location. Four days to learn more about the
Internet, databases, records in courthouses, archives, and libraries that are not online, how to locate missing records and relatives, write your family history, and break through tough problems. The presenters are from all over the U.S. and from Canada and represent many of the top experts in the field. Wish you could be a child again and attend summer camp? This is your chance, but the conference hotels are much nicer than tents and cabins.

Almost 200 lectures, workshops, special events, and meals offered during this four day event that are by and of interest to genealogists, writers, editors, professional genealogists, lecturers, librarians, archivists, historians, columnists, booksellers, bloggers, and others.

A huge Exhibit Hall filled with booth after booth of vendors and exhibitors of genealogical software, books (new, old, rare), charts, maps, databases, CDs, DVDs, gadgets, services, memberships, research assistance, and more. A special Society Corner will feature details on FGS Member societies. Some booths are still available.

Wednesday offers many sessions designed to help genealogy society volunteers with different aspects of running a genealogical society, seminars, publications, websites, and board meetings. A special luncheon includes an open forum for discussing society issues.

Luncheons and breakfasts sponsored by well-known genealogical and historical
organizations. These feature speakers that will educate and entertain you.

A gala banquet that features a special speaker and showcases some of the best volunteers and organizations in the area of genealogy.

Other social events include a free Ice Cream Social, Night at the Ballpark, Networking Luncheon, door prizes, and the Peabody Ducks. Need more? Lots of free wireless Internet access, two pre-conference extended sessions on Tuesday, great places for research, a Presidential Library, riverfront views, neat restaurants, historic sites, and being surrounded by others who speak the same language of genealogy.

A special hint: If you register by July 1st, 2009 (postmark date or online) you can save $50.00 ($175.00 fee vs. $225.00 after that date). That pays for four full days of lectures and some special events.

The Federation of Genealogical Societies and this year's local host, the Arkansas Genealogical Society, invite you to the "Passages through Time" conference that takes place this 2-5 September 2009 in vibrant Little Rock, Arkansas. For the full and varied program and registration details check the Conference website or the frequently updated Conference Blog that will tell you about the Ducks, Exhibit Hall, Parking, Travel, Hotels, last minute details, and dozens of other things.

The Conference Committee hopes you are able to join us for this great learning experience.


The real truth is this: some counties in the North did not support the Union war effort, and some counties in the South did not support the Confederate war effort. Jones County in Mississippi did not support the rebel war effort, as this excerpt from a new book by Sally Jenkins and John Stauffer points out:



Leading Family History Web Site Spotlights Members Who Have Discovered Family Connections in Five National Television Ads

PROVO, UTAH – June 29, 2009 – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online resource for family history, will showcase the stories of five Americans who have made amazing family history discoveries through its Web site in My Story, a new advertising campaign launching today. Tapping into the powerful tradition of storytelling, the new campaign seeks to convey the possibilities of discovering yourself through family history and inspire Americans everywhere to dig deeper into their own heritage.

The new campaign will run for at least the next 12 months. The five 15, 30 and 60 second television ads will spotlight Ancestry.com members from across the country and their heartwarming family history connections, including a New Yorker who found answers about a father he wanted to better understand and a woman from Chicago who is opening up a restaurant with a cousin after exploring how far the cooking talent extended in her family tree. The TV spots will appear on popular cable networks and channels such as AMC, CNN, Fox News, History Channel, Lifetime Movie Network and Hallmark, among others.

Each member’s story and TV commercial will be available at Ancestry.com beginning today, and an online campaign featuring a variety of “Who Will You Discover?” banner ads will begin on June 29.

“What is truly amazing is that these miraculous discoveries are happening every day,” said Cheyenne Richards, vice president of marketing, Ancestry.com. “We literally went through thousands of incredible member-submitted stories before we chose these five. That’s the inspiration behind our new My Story campaign – to convey how life-changing a family history discovery can be.”

The new My Story campaign was designed to resonate with all adults, particularly those ages 45 and older. “One’s motivation to discover their heritage tends to grow over time, but curiosity about family history is a basic human desire,” continued Richards. “We expect these new ad spots will inspire people of all ages to learn more about their heritage. It’s very important to us to help people understand how easy it can be to have such a meaningful experience.”

My Story Television Spots

Ancestry.com Creative Director Shawn Perkins worked closely with Director Jeffrey DeChausse at Boxer Films (Los Angeles) to create the five spots. The new television spots feature the following stories:

·A New Yorker Finds Answers about His Father – Alton Woodman (White Plains, N.Y.) never knew much about his dad, who passed away when Alton was just 14 years old. Turning to Ancestry.com, Alton found his father in a 1920 census record as a 14-year-old himself, and discovered that he was attending an orphanage. To help connect the dots, Alton got in touch with a representative from the orphanage and received a package that offered a more complete picture of his father’s childhood.
·One Man Discovers His Great Grandfather was a War Hero – Cary Christopher (Pittsburgh and San Diego) always wondered about his German great grandfather, who disappeared after a short-lived marriage to Cary’s great grandmother ended in divorce. After 40 years of futile searching, Cary discovered his great grandfather in a World War I draft registration card on Ancestry.com. It turned out his great grandfather had immigrated to the United States before World War I, became a U.S. citizen and rose to the rank of Captain in the U.S. Merchant Marines, where he was killed by a torpedo fired by a German submarine during World War II.
·South Florida Man Connects Father to His Own Mother – Jim Lane’s (Key Biscayne, Fla.) father never knew his mother, who died when he was an infant. Through historical records and member connection services on Ancestry.com, Jim discovered relatives who sent him pictures of his grandmother, and for the first time, Jim’s father was able to see a photograph of his mother.
·Chicago Cook Meets Like-Minded Cousin – When caterer Peggy McDowell (Chicago) began researching the cooking talent in her family tree, she had no idea she would end up going into business with a long-lost cousin. Through searching records on Ancestry.com, she connected with her cousin, who also shares her passion for cooking. Together, they’re opening a soul food restaurant in Chicago’s Hyde Park.
·Washington Woman Confirms Father’s Passing – Cathryn Darling (Olympia, Wash.) had many unanswered questions about her father, who had disappeared when she was eight years old after her parent’s divorce. After searching obituary records on Ancestry.com, Cathryn learned her father died as a fisherman while at sea in Oregon in 1970, and she recently held a memorial service in his honor.

Ancestry.com recently announced that its members have added more than 1 billion people to more than 10 million user-generated family trees on the site since the tree-building and -sharing tools debuted in July 2006. For more information, or to build your family tree, visit www.ancestry.com/.

Ancestry.com and The Generations Network Web sites:


Friday, June 26, 2009


Please note that the Sunday, June 28, work at Balltown Cemetery has been cancelled because of our continued extremely hot weather.

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


This site provides numerous links to online digital collections of academic libraries and government repositories:



A website of the Kansas City Public Library:



Are you planning a trip overseas, or have you finally decided to learn the language of your ancestors? LiveMocha offers free online lessons in 11 different languages (more on the way). Interested? Go here:


Thursday, June 25, 2009


From: UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society (Volume 9, Number 6-1; June 2009)

July 2009

17 July 2009

Nashville, TN - Middle TN Genealogical Society Meeting is at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. at FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville (near the Fairgrounds). Program: "Family History Labs" featuring Liz and Tom Allman, Directors of the Family History Center in Franklin, TN. This will be held in the computer lab, so registration is limited. The LDS Church is developing a group of
online records that will rival Ancestry.com but will be free. Call 743-3400.

18 July 2009

Waltham, MA - The Massachusetts Genealogical Council Annual Meeting and Seminar will be held 18 July 2009 at Bentley College in Waltham. The program features Paula Stuart-Warren, CG. Paula’s topics for the day will include:

_ Using the Resources of the Family History Library
_ What Next? Developing Step-by-Step Research Plans
_ Why Do I Descend from THESE Families?
_ American Indian Research (Panel Discussion)
_ Becoming a Professional Genealogist (Panel Discussion)

Other topics will include:

_ DNA and Genealogy
_ Using NewEnglandAncestors.org
_ Irish Research
_ Internet Research
_ Massachusetts Legislation Update

Early Registration Fee is $59 for MGC Members. Walk-ins and Non-Members: $70 (includes continental breakfast and lunch buffet). Contact Michael Brophy at mbrophy@brophygen.com for more details. To view the complete schedule or to register, visit:


18 July 2009

Nashville, TN - Middle TN Genealogical Society Meeting is at 1:00 p.m. at FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave., Nashville. Program: "Ya'll Come and See Us: A virtual visit to Nashville Metro Archives and Tennessee State Library and Archives" features speakers Ken Fieth, Archivist, Nashville Metro Archives and Laine Sutherland, Director of Public Services at the Tennessee State Library. A PowerPoint presentation will transport those who attend to various places in the Archives and Library. Interested in Genealogy? You're invited. No charge. Refreshments served.

27 July 2009

Ridgewood, NJ - The Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ, presents Daniel Horowitz, genealogical researcher, lecturer, author and IAJGS board member, who will speak on the latest technology tools to help genealogists with their research. He will discuss the popular web site MyHeritage.com - with Smart Research and Smart Match tools to build family trees online and on your computer - as well as its unique Genealogy Search Engine. He will also address how today's fascinating face recognition technology is applied to genealogy research.
Location: Ridgewood Public Library Auditorium, 125 N. Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ. Time 7-9 p.m. Meetings are open to the public with light refreshments. For additional information, see:


To add your event to this calendar, please send an announcement to:



This collection highlights the short life and numerous achievements of Lloyd L. Gaines, a black man from Mississippi whose family moved to Missouri when he was a child. A hard worker and stellar student, he was valedictorian of his Vashon High School graduating class, and an honor student at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. When he applied to the University of Missouri Law School, however, he was denied admittance solely on account of his race. He sued, and his case went all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court:

NOTE: Yes, I did say short life. Gaines mysteriously vanished at age 28, three months after the Supreme Court decided his case…


From their website:


During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Indiana Governor Oliver P. Morton's staff recorded thousands of the governor's incoming and outgoing telegrams in small, bound books. The governor and his staff communicated by telegraph with President Lincoln, Cabinet members, U. S. Senators and Representatives, other Northern state governors, and generals commanding in all the theaters of operations. These volumes may be the best documentation of an important Northern governor during the Civil War to survive. The physical books are located at the Indiana State Archives, which collaborated with IUPUI University Library to make this digitization project possible.

Uses of the Telegraph Books

Researchers will find many uses of these messages. Biographers, local historians, and genealogists will all learn much from consulting these records.


You may also wish to examine their online collection of 14 digitized Indianapolis city directories:


Wednesday, June 24, 2009


The friendly folks at Engulf & Devour-- err-- Ancestry.com provide a very helpful Learning Center on their website-- and you can use it whether or not you’re an Ancestry subscriber:



About.com also offers a free online course, Introduction to Genealogy:



Cyndi’s List offers a lengthy list of online genealogy educational opportunities (some free, some not) on her Education page:



I wasn’t aware of this Arkansas company, but their catalog includes over 25,000 publications covering various states, countries, and other genealogical research topics:


Note: They stock a large number of Arkansas-related publications, of course, but try doing this Search:


I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


It’s a free online course offered by Brigham Young University (flash and non-flash versions available):


They also offer various online courses in ethnic genealogy:

Family History/Genealogy - Regional and Ethnic

FHFRA 71 - France: Immigrant Origins
FHFRA 72 - France: Vital Records
FHFRA 73 - France: Reading French Handwriting
FHFRA 74 - France: Genealogical Organizations and Periodicals
FHFRA 75 - France: The Internet and French Genealogy
FHFRA 76 - French Research: Paris
FHFRA 77 - French Research: Alsace-Lorraine
FHGER 71 - Germany: Immigrant Origins
FHGER 72 - Germany: U.S. Sources and Surname Changes
FHGER 73 - Germany: Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps
FHGER 74 - Germany: Reading German Handwriting
FHGER 75 - Germany: Calendars and Feast Days
FHGER 76 - Germany: Vital Records
FHHUG 71 - Huguenot Research
FHSCA 73 - Scandinavia: Jurisdictions, Gazetteers, and Maps
FHSCA 74 - Scandinavia: Reading Gothic Script
FHSCA 75 - Scandinavia: Church Records and Feast Days
FHSCA 76 - Scandinavia: Census Records
FHSCA 77 - Scandinavia: Probate and Other Records


Selected writings of Abraham Lincoln:


Note: Be sure to read the lengthy autobiographical sketch by Lincoln on the website start page-- fascinating! It’s a real tragedy that he wasn’t able to write a full-length autobiography after finishing out his second term as president!


Dick Eastman’s report on the Chronicling of America website (Library of Congress' digitized newspapers section):


Saturday, June 20, 2009


A family tree, that is—- even fictional characters:

Star Wars Family Tree: These movies were all about genealogy, after all (I am your father, Luke!):


Donald Duck’s Family Tree: Do you know the names of Donald’s mother, father, and sister? I didn’t:


Disney Family Trees: Did you think that only ducks have family trees? No, indeed-- even Jiminy Cricket’s got one (he’s descended from nobility, and he’s got a brother and a sister):


Barbie’s Family Tree: It lists her relatives-- sisters, brother, and cousins, and her many friends. Yes, I’m curious, too-- how do the anatomically incorrect manage to reproduce?


Dracula’s Family Tree: Actually, this family tree begins with Vlad the Impaler, the very scary, very real person upon whom Bram Stoker based his most famous creation-- Dracula. By the way, don’t ask how Vlad came by his most unusual nickname if you are a squeamish sort of person:



Let’s say that you want to start buying or selling merchandise on eBay, but you don’t want to make unnecessary mistakes. Is there an easy and free way to learn the ins and out of eBay? Yes, there is-- it’s called eBay University, and it’s offered by the friendly folks at eBay:



Don’t forget- MoSGA’s annual conference is coming up fast:

August 7 and 8, 2009
Capitol Plaza Hotel
Jefferson City, Missouri

Featured Speaker
Julie Miller, CGSM

Julie Miller, CG, is a professional genealogy researcher, lecturer, and writer. She is the President of the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a member of the National Genealogical Society Board of Directors, a member of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Board of Directors, and has been a volunteer at the National Archives, Rocky Mountain Region for eleven years. Julie is an award-winning genealogy columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise and co-author of Colorado Genealogy Blog http://www.cogenblog.com/. Her three topics will be:

Google's Not the Only Game in Town

Most people use the same search engine day after day. Unfortunately, the results are also the same. This lecture will cover the different types of search engines, how to select the right search engine for your needs, and the use of multiple search engines to increase your chances for successful researching.

When Grandpa Went Off To War: U.S. Military Records

Wars have been a part of American life from the earliest colonial wars up to the present War in Iraq. It is probable that some of your male ancestors participated in one of these wars. This lecture will discuss the military records that are available and how to locate and obtain the records.

Becoming an American: Naturalization Records

The naturalization process in the United States has evolved over two hundred years into what it is today. This lecture will examine the naturalization process through this evolution. It will discuss the records that were generated from the naturalization process, and how to locate those records.

More info at: http://www.mosga.org/conference2009.html

Friday, June 19, 2009


Two upcoming events presented by the St. Louis Genealogical Society are:

Google Your Family Tree by Daniel M. Lynch August 15, 2009 at the Viking Conference Center in Sunset Hills, MO His topics will be:

Basic Facts about Using Search Engines
Special Symbols for Effective Filtering
Search Strategies; Conducting Queries for Names and Places
Searching Google Books

Fees: $45.00 member/$55 non-member includes lunch, prices increase after August 1.

Virginia: The Old Dominion State by Barbara Vines Little, CG October 24, 2009 at the Viking Conference Center in Sunset Hills, MO. Her topics will be:

County Records: The Nuts and Bolts of Virginia Research
Patents and Grants: Virginia's Land Records
Virginia's Tax Records: A Gold Mine of Information
Virginia's Military Records: Colonial Militia through the Civil War

Fees: $45.00 member/$55.00 non-member includes lunch, prices increase after October 9.

Please see the STLGS website for more information.


From: UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society (Volume 9, Number 6-1; June 2009)

-- Tennessee is Now Available in the Research in the States Series

At the recent 2009 Family History Conference in Raleigh, North
Carolina, NGS released the 38-page Research in the States for
, which has been revised and updated by Chuck Sherrill.

The following states are available from the National Genealogical
Society, Research in the States Series at the NGS website:


* Genealogical Research in Arkansas by Lynda Childers Suffridge, 2008
* Genealogical Research in Illinois by Diane Renner Walsh, 2007
* Genealogical Research in Maryland by Patricia O'Brien, 2007
* Genealogical Research in Michigan by Shirley M. DeBoer, 2008
* Genealogical Research in Missouri by Pamela Boyer Porter and Ann
Carter Fleming, 2007
* Genealogical Research in North Carolina by Jeffrey L. Haines, 2008,
* Genealogical Research in Ohio by Diane Vanskiver Gagel, 2008
* Genealogical Research in Oregon by Connie Miller Lenzen, 2007
* Genealogical Research in Pennsylvania by Kay Haviland Freilich, 2007
* Genealogical Research in Tennessee by Chuck Sherrill, 2009
* Genealogical Research in Virginia by Eric G. Grundset, 2007
* Genealogical Research in West Virginia by Barbara Vine Little, 2007

Each publication is 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches, slightly larger than our previous Research in the States publications. The average length is 42 pages, but it varies by state. These publications are available in print for $14.50 for NGS members and $17.50 for non-members. The price includes shipping.

Alternatively, each book can be purchased as a PDF file, an "e-book" that you can download from the NGS web site and then either read on your computer or print. E-books are $8 for NGS members and $10 for non-members. Both the print and PDF version can be found on the NGS website:


Click on Store, and you will find both the print and PDF versions of Research in the States.

Each publication includes a section on archives, libraries, societies, and other research facilities in the respective state, as well as a discussion of the major family history resources available, such as maps, cemetery records, census, city directories, newspapers, military records, tax records and vital records. In addition, for each state you will find a discussion of which records are available at the local, county, and state level.

NGS plans to add a few new states each year, so check the NGS website periodically for new releases at:



The 630-foot Gateway Arch dominates the St. Louis skyline, and images documenting its construction will cover the walls of the State Historical Society’s Main Gallery for members and guests to see when Under Construction: Images of the Gateway Arch by Art Witman opens on June 20, 2009.

By its completion in 1965, the Gateway Arch had been 30 years in the making. President Franklin Roosevelt named the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial the first site under the Historic Sites Act in 1935, but it was not until 1947 that architect Eero Saarinen won a design contest to construct the memorial, and work on the Arch did not begin until 1963. St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer Art Witman joined workers high above the city and took breathtaking shots of the monument’s various stages of creation. The resulting mural-sized, full-color photographs were donated by Witman to the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-St. Louis in 1984.

Under Construction will be on display through September 5, 2009. The State Historical Society of Missouri is located in Ellis Library at the intersection of Hitt Street and Lowry Mall on the University of Missouri campus, with parking available in three nearby garages.

The State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone (573) 882-7083
Fax (573) 884-4950
Please visit us today at: http://shs.umsystem.edu


Have you got Irish ancestors who settled in (or spent a considerable amount of time in) St. Louis? You do! If you go to Google Books and do the following search, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised:

Irish surnames St. Louis Missouri

Some of the books listed are Full View, meaning the book is there online and full-text for you to enjoy. Limited Preview means a fairly generous sampling of pages is available online for you to make use of. Snippet View means just what you probably think it does-- very little of the book is available online.

Note: It’s probably already occurred to you, but I’ll mention it anyway-- this Google Books search tip also works for other nationalities. For example:

German surnames St. Louis Missouri

French surnames St. Louis Missouri

As you probably also guessed, it also works with other localities. For example:

German surnames Chicago Illinois

Irish surnames Chicago Illinois

Happy hunting!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Catholic St. Louis
Thursday, 25 June at 2:00 p.m.
St. Louis County Library Headquarters

Historian Father Barnaby Faherty, S.J. will speak on the topic of "Catholic St. Louis: A Pictorial History." For many genealogists who seek area Catholic Church records there will be certainly be information in the rich text and accompanying photography that will provide valuable background information about your Catholic ancestry. And, who knows, perhaps there will be some specific clues to help further your research.

Here are the details:

Date and Time: Thursday, 25 June at 2:00 p.m.
Note: Seating will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the main auditorium.

Place: St. Louis County Library Headquarters; 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.;
St. Louis, MO 63131 (main auditorium)

Note: This event is expected to be about 90 minutes in length.

Admission is free! And this event seems the perfect primer for G-SIG’s gathering on 16 September when Christy Hughes will talk about “Catholic Church Records.”

John Wittenberg, G-SIG leader

G-SIG is a cooperative effort of the St. Louis Genealogical Society and the German American Heritage Society of St. Louis. For G-SIG members who may be unfamiliar with our sponsoring organizations, we encourage you to learn more about them by visiting their Web sites:

StLGS: www.stlgs.org
GAHS: www.gahs-stlouis.org/


If you live in or near Springfield, Missouri, you have convenient access to a genealogical resource you may have overlooked: the John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library at Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield:



Ask and ye shall receive. The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War organization currently has 21 members whose fathers were Civil War veterans. One of them is a lady from Columbia, MO: Mary Hayes Carroll. There’s also a list of 21 real daughters who have passed away during the last six years:


Note: If she is still up to the challenge, somebody should interview Mrs. Carroll (and record it!) while there's still time to do so!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


That’s what a group I belong to, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, calls living men who are sons of veterans of the Union Army and Navy. Yes, such men still exist (at last count, at least 52 of them). The Tulsa World newspaper has just published a story about one of them, Charles Cox of Pawnee, Oklahoma:


Note: Charles’ father served in the 127th Illinois Infantry Regiment, and was a prisoner at Andersonville. The article notes that the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization has identified at least 100 real sons of Confederate soldiers, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy organization has identified at least 150 real daughters of Confederate soldiers. Does anyone out there have a figure for real daughters of Union Army and Navy veterans?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Louisville Genealogical Society's Family History Seminar and Book Fair will be on Saturday, October 17, 2009, at Beargrass Christian Church, Louisville KY. George G. Morgan is the main speaker; there will also be 8 free classes, and commercial vendors will be displaying books, maps, and other genealogical goodies. Check the website for directions and further details:


Submitted by Betty R. Darnell


From: UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society (Volume 9, Number 6-1; June 2009)

-- “Paths to Your Past,” A New Book for Beginners

NGS is pleased to offer a new publication for beginning genealogists, “Paths to Your Past,” edited by Pam Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL and NGS Director of Education and Publications with contributions from Marty Hiatt, CG, and Sharon Moody, CG. The new 57-page, soft-cover book replaces an earlier NGS publication entitled “Instructions for Beginners in Genealogy,” which was last updated in 2001.

Because the Internet has drastically changed the way we search for our ancestors, the new publication has been rewritten and reorganized to help beginners get started in the search for their ancestors. It tells how to collect information from family, libraries, government agencies at all levels, and the Internet; how to record facts; and how to write citations for sources so that they or anyone else can find them again in the future if need be. You will also find suggestions for learning more about genealogy. The book also includes a glossary for often-used family research terms.

Paths to Your Past” would make an excellent addition to your library, teaching tool, or gift for friends or relatives new to genealogy. It is available in print at:


Click on Store, and search for “Paths to Your Past.” The cost, which includes shipping, is $18 for members and $21 for non-members. If you teach
family history research courses and would like to purchase multiple copies, a discount is available for purchases of 12 or more copies by contacting:



From: US-CERT Security Tips
Cyber Security Tip ST06-003
Staying Safe on Social Network Sites

The popularity of social networking sites continues to increase, especially among teenagers and young adults. The nature of these sites introduces security risks, so you should take certain precautions.

What are social networking sites?

Social networking sites, sometimes referred to as "friend-of-a-friend" sites, build upon the concept of traditional social networks where you are connected to new people through people you already know. The purpose of some networking sites may be purely social, allowing users to establish friendships or romantic relationships, while others may focus on establishing business connections.

Although the features of social networking sites differ, they all allow you to provide information about yourself and offer some type of communication mechanism (forums, chat rooms, email, instant messenger) that enables you to connect with other users. On some sites, you can browse for people based on certain criteria, while other sites require that you be "introduced" to new people through a connection you share. Many of the sites have communities or subgroups that may be based on a particular interest.

What security implications do these sites present?

Social networking sites rely on connections and communication, so they encourage you to provide a certain amount of personal information. When deciding how much information to reveal, people may not exercise the same amount of caution as they would when meeting someone in person because

* the internet provides a sense of anonymity
* the lack of physical interaction provides a false sense of security
* they tailor the information for their friends to read, forgetting that strangers can also see it
* they want to offer insights to impress potential friends or associates

While the majority of people using these sites do not pose a threat, malicious people may be drawn to them because of the accessibility and amount of personal information that's available. The more information malicious people have about you, the easier it is for them to take advantage of you. Predators may form relationships online and then convince unsuspecting individuals to meet them in person. That could lead to a dangerous situation. The personal information can also be used to conduct a social engineering attack (see Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks for more information). Using information that you provide about your location, hobbies, interests, and friends, a malicious person could impersonate a trusted friend or convince you that they have the authority to access other personal or financial data.

Additionally, because of the popularity of these sites, attackers may use them to distribute malicious code. Sites that offer applications developed by third parties are particularly susceptible. Attackers may be able to create customized applications that appear to be innocent while infecting your computer without your knowledge.

How can you protect yourself?

* Limit the amount of personal information you post-- Do not post information that would make you vulnerable, such as your address or information about your schedule or routine. If your connections post information about you, make sure the combined information is not more than you would be comfortable with strangers knowing. Also be considerate when posting information, including photos, about your connections.

* Remember that the internet is a public resource-- Only post information you are comfortable with anyone seeing. This includes information and photos in your profile and in blogs and other forums. Also, once you post information online, you can't retract it. Even if you remove the information from a site, saved or cached versions may still exist on other people's machines (see Guidelines for Publishing Information Online for more information).

* Be wary of strangers-- The internet makes it easy for people to misrepresent their identities and motives (see Using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms Safely for more information). Consider limiting the people who are allowed to contact you on these sites. If you interact with people you do not know, be cautious about the amount of information you reveal or agreeing to meet them in person.

* Be skeptical-- Don't believe everything you read online. People may post false or misleading information about various topics, including their own identities. This is not necessarily done with malicious intent; it could be unintentional, an exaggeration, or a joke. Take appropriate precautions, though, and try to verify the authenticity of any information before taking any action.

* Evaluate your settings-- Take advantage of a site's privacy settings. The default settings for some sites may allow anyone to see your profile. You can customize your settings to restrict access to only certain people. However, there is a risk that even this private information could be exposed, so don't post anything that you wouldn't want the public to see. Also, be cautious when deciding which applications to enable, and check your settings to see what information the applications will be able to access.

* Use strong passwords - Protect your account with passwords that cannot easily be guessed (see Choosing and Protecting Passwords for more information). If your password is compromised, someone else may be able to access your account and pretend to be you.

* Check privacy policies - Some sites may share information such as email addresses or user preferences with other companies. This may lead to an increase in spam (see Reducing Spam for more information). Also, try to locate the policy for handling referrals to make sure that you do not unintentionally sign your friends up for spam. Some sites will continue to send email messages to anyone you refer until they join.

* Use and maintain anti-virus software - Anti-virus software recognizes most known viruses and protects your computer against them, so you may be able to detect and remove the virus before it can do any damage (see Understanding Anti-Virus Software for more information). Because attackers are continually writing new viruses, it is important to keep your definitions up to date.

Children are especially susceptible to the threats that social networking sites present. Although many of these sites have age restrictions, children may misrepresent their ages so that they can join. By teaching children about internet safety, being aware of their online habits, and guiding them to appropriate sites, parents can make sure that the children become safe and responsible users (see Keeping Children Safe Online for more information).


Author: Mindi McDowell

Produced 2006 by US-CERT, a government organization.

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This website may help you better understand your Mom and Dad (or may well help some of you recall your own rebellious youth):


The official website of the famous clarinetist and bandleader:



Received from the Government Printing Office:

We’re very pleased to announce that Library Journal, “the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field,” has selected 14 of the books we sell as “Notable Federal Government Documents for 2008." To find out more about these publications, please go to:


Note: Go ahead and take a look: some very interesting items!

Saturday, June 13, 2009


From: UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society(Volume 9, Number 6-1; June 2009)

Lectures on CD ROM from the 2009 NGS Family History Conference available shortly

CD-ROMS from the previous lectures are available now and the CD-ROMS from 2009 Raleigh Conference will be available shortly. If you were unable to attend the 2009 NGS conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 13-16 May, you will be pleased to know that over 100 lectures were recorded and can be purchased on CD ROM for $12 each plus shipping. Lectures are available via a link on the NGS website:


Click on Conferences & Events, then Annual Conference, then Lectures on CD ROM from previous conference. This link will take you to the JAMB-INC.com website, the recording company for the Raleigh conference. Once you are on the JAMB-Inc. website, click on Genealogy and look for the 2009 NGS Family History Conference or our two previous conferences in Kansas City 2008 and Richmond 2007. The CD ROMs provide you with an opportunity to hear genealogical experts discuss topics that will help you in your family research. Listed on the website is each speaker by last name, as well
as the lecture track and title of each talk.


Got California ancestors? Here’s a free collection of digitized newspapers for various CA cities that covers (so far) the period 1849-1911:



If you haven’t spent some time on this Library of Congress website recently, it’s probably time for a second look:



Digitized book by Augustin Cochin (first published 1863):



Now available at newsstands and as a digital download on their website:



Special Help
There's more to the census than those every-10-years counts. These "extra" censuses of select populations may have just the ancestor answers you need.
By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Switching Gears
Think tracing your tree back in time is the only way to go? Think again. We got some unconventional researchers to share their reverse genealogy secrets.
By Maureen A. Taylor

Meeting Your Match
Longing for the perfect mate to help you record, organize and share your genealogy findings? Don't make a blind date—our beginner's guide to genealogy software explains how to find the right program for you.
By Lauren Gamber

Tracing Slave Ancestors
Don't stop your family history search at the Emancipation Proclamation. Use these techniques to discover African-American roots obscured by slavery.
By Kenyatta D. Berry

Reunion Riches
Gold-digging at a family get-together is generally frowned upon. But mining for genealogical treasures can build a priceless family legacy.
By Sunny McClellan Morton


Branching Out
What's new in discovering, preserving and celebrating your family history:
• the Norway Project
• genealogy news roundup
• the Cologne, Germany, city archive's collapse
By Diane Haddad

Web Guides
Learn to master family history Web sites: Whether you're a beginner or a power user, our pullout guides show you how to make the most of popular online destinations, with how-to advice, navigation hints, screen-by-screen search techniques and cheat sheets of quick links and shortcuts.

In this issue: Footnote.com

The Toolkit
Reviews and roundups of the latest, greatest family history resources:
• Web site building tips
• quick guide to online family and local history books
• Irish Family History Foundation Web site
• review of RootsMagic 4 software for Windows
• The Book Report
Edited by Allison Stacy

Out on a Limb
Here today, gone tomorrow?
By Allison Stacy

Making ConnectionsReaders respond to Family Tree Magazine.
History Matters
Swimming pools of the past.
By David A. Fryxell

Now What?
Our experts answer your questions about Italian vital records, the 1890 census and subscription Web sites.

Preserving Memories
Tips for saving vintage toys.
Edited by Grace Dobush

Everything's RelativeTales from the lighter side of family history.

Photo Detective
Pinpointing places in pictures.
By Maureen A. Taylor

Test your genealogy IQ on Walt Disney's family tree.
By Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Note: You can also sign up while on that page to receive their free email newsletter.

Friday, June 12, 2009


Got Kiwi ancestors or relatives? Then you should take a look at this 6-volume history of the land down under Australia:



You can now browse / search the 1995-present editions of this behemoth online:



A few days late, perhaps, but there's never a bad time to remember the brave men who secured the Normandy beachhead:

Video on the Stars & Stripes website:



Dear friends,

I would like to let you know about the latest MyHeritage.com features:

All photo-related utilities are now improved and much easier for everyone to upload, tag and share with family.

If you need more information about any of the new features, please contact me.

Best regards
Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy and Translation Manager

MyHeritage Ltd.
Bnei Atarot 60991, Israel
Tel: 972-3-9702614
Fax: 972-3-9772473
Email: Daniel@MyHeritage.com
Website: www.MyHeritage.com


Learned about these folks yesterday, and wanted to be sure other people knew about them. And, to answer the question at least one of you will ask-- I have no connection of any sort with the company.

"Borderlands Book Store promotes awareness about the history of the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, the Mexican Republic, the United States Borderlands, and the genealogies of Hispanic settlers and colonizers of these areas. Hispanic genealogy is a small but growing market and more and more patrons are seeking materials in public and private libraries-- in particular about persons with ancestors from Northern Mexico."

We periodically offer special listings on our website, in a bi-annual catalog, and in circulars. We also make available rare one-of-a-kind books, special purchases, new books, CDs, and other publications. Books offered in English and Spanish.”

Borderlands Book Store, Inc. P.O. Box 28497 San Antonio, TX 78228
Tel: 210-647-7535 Fax: 210-432-0482
Email: gfarias@satx.rr.com
Web: www.borderlandsbooks.com

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Online exhibit from the Hagley Museum and Library:



If you’re interested in death row offenders past and present, or federal and state laws concerning the death penalty, or need lists of or statistics about executed persons, look no further:



Online exhibit from the Library of Congress:



The MoSGA Nominating Committee announces that a candidate for the vacant position of Education Director has been identified. The candidate, Carla Anders, was identified after the official MoSGA Ballot was printed and mailed in the Summer issue of the MoSGA newsletter.

Candidate Anders has agreed to have her name entered as a ‘Write In’ candidate on the 2009 MoSGA Ballot. Accordingly, this e-mail notice is being sent to MoSGA members for whom we have e-mail addresses. If you have not already voted, please consider writing in the following candidate for the Education Director Position:

Education Director– Carla Anders, Milo, Iowa. Carla is Vice-President of the Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society (WCGS) in charge of educational programs. She is a speaker for her local society and surrounding societies. Carla also writes a column in the WCGS newsletter about genealogy websites. Carla was born and raised in Missouri. Several of her Missouri ancestors arrived in Missouri prior to statehood.

This message sent by Rob Taylor, MoSGA Membership Chair on behalf of Darrell
Jackson, MoSGA President.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Guess who has really embraced this whole Web 2.0 thing? Why, the State of Utah, that’s who:



Millvina Dean died on 31 May 2009. She was aboard the Titanic when it sank on 15 April 1912. Asking her for her personal recollections of the tragedy wouldn’t have produced a very good story, though-- she was two months old at the time:


Note: Another survivor, Barbara Dainton, died on 16 October 2007:



This American WWII veteran died on 23 May 2009. You’ve most likely never heard of him, but he witnessed the bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945:


Tuesday, June 09, 2009


From: UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society (Volume 9, Number 6-1; June 2009) <upfront@ngsgenealogy.org>

2010 Family History Conference in Salt Lake City

Even if you have been to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City to do research, you’ll not want to miss the 2010 Family History Conference. NGS will be combining international lectures with hands-on research labs at the Family History Library. We also plan to offer “ask the experts” research sessions. Please note the 2010 conference is earlier, 28 April – 1 May 2010. Keep checking the NGS conference website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org and click on 2010 conference for additional information about the conference.


From: UpFront with NGS: The Online Newsletter of the National Genealogical Society (Volume 9, Number 6-1; June 2009) <upfront@ngsgenealogy.org>

-- Lectures on CD ROM Available from the 2009 NGS Family History
Conference available shortly

CD-ROMS from the previous lectures are available now and the CD-ROMS from 2009 Raleigh Conference will be available shortly. If you were unable to attend the 2009 NGS conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, 13-16 May, you will be pleased to know that over 100 lectures were recorded and can be purchased on CD ROM for $12 each plus shipping.

Lectures are available via a link on the NGS website:


click on Conferences & Events, then Annual Conference, then Lectures on CD ROM from previous conference. This link will take you to the JAMB-INC.com website, the recording company for the Raleigh conference. Once you are on the JAMB-Inc. website, click on Genealogy and look for the 2009 NGS Family History Conference or our two previous conferences in Kansas City 2008 and Richmond 2007. The CD ROMs provide you with an opportunity to hear genealogical experts discuss topics that will help you in your family research. Listed on the website is each speaker by last name, as well as the lecture track and title of each talk.


Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 63, May 31, 2009
Steve Myers & Curt Witcher, co-editors

“The Liberator”: A Source for Researching Abolitionist and Fugitive Slave Ancestors by John D. Beatty

One of the most divisive national issues in the antebellum period was slavery. The question of whether enslaved African Americans should be freed not only divided large sections of the North from the South, but also created fissures within many northern communities. Some northerners were willing to leave slavery alone in the interest of national unity. Some advocated its continuance in the South, but opposed its extension to new western territories. Many others opposed slavery in principle, but were divided over how slaves should be manumitted, and once freed, whether they should be allowed to live in the North or colonized in Africa.

William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), a newspaper editor, was uncompromising in his demand for the complete and immediate emancipation of all slaves, and in doing so became one of the most visible and outspoken leaders of the abolitionist movement. On January 1, 1831, he began publishing “The Liberator,” a weekly newspaper printed in Boston that garnered a national circulation. In the inaugural issue, he pledged: “I am aware that many object to the severity of my language, but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice.”

While the newspaper stressed non-violence and passive resistance, it became a catalyst for abolitionist activity because of the news and editorials it circulated. Garrison published letters from many sympathizers. He also issued commentaries, reprinted sermons, reported on court cases involving fugitive slaves, and published anti-slavery constitutions and other resolutions that were frequently signed by local abolitionist leaders. “The Liberator” also printed accounts of anti-slavery activities, speeches, and events held in various towns across the nation.

For example, in July, 1835, S. G. Wilson reported on his efforts to give an abolitionist speech at a Methodist church in Sandusky, Ohio, listing the names of several supporters and opponents that he encountered. Other issues contained copies of wills and other documents that either supported or helped stoke the fires of the anti-slavery cause. Garrison continued to publish until December 31, 1865, well after the conclusion of the Civil War.

The greatest value for the genealogist is this newspaper’s record of names and local accounts. If you have ancestors who belonged to abolitionist congregations, especially Quakers, Universalists, and Presbyterians, or if they were “free blacks” living in the North, you might find a reference in “The Liberator.” The Genealogy Center has a complete set of the newspaper on microfilm (cabinet 102-B-8). Some academic libraries subscribe to a fully digitized, online version of the newspaper, which can be searched through Gale’s “19th Century U.S. Newspapers” collection, but regrettably, the database is not available free on the Internet and the Allen County Public Library is not a subscriber.

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.

Editor's Note: You can search Worldcat.org to find other libraries that own The Liberator, or own one of the book compilations of articles from The Liberator.


People still ask the question, “Why did the North win the Civil War?” A fairly good one-word answer to the question: Railroads!


Saturday, June 06, 2009


I recently self-published two books via Lulu.com. My books are now available from Amazon.com:

Illinois Central: a Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois

The Missouri State Guard: a Selected, Annotated Unit Bibliography

Both books sell for $19.95 per copy. An 11-page preview of each book is available for viewing on the Lulu.com website. Amazon.com is asking $3.99 per book for shipping and handling, although if your order totals $25.00 or more you qualify for free Supersaver Shipping.




St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly 41:4 (Winter 2008) includes an article entitled “1927 Tornado Deaths.” The article includes a list of the dead reprinted from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (30 September 1927). As an experiment of sorts, however, the author selected three of the tornado victims at random (Susan Hartgraves, Faro Pizzo, and Zena Schneider), and gathered as much information about each person as he could during a two-hour time period. You may be surprised by the amount of information discovered about each of the three individuals in the short time allowed. For instance, Susan Hartgraves and her sister, Elizabeth Williams, were both killed by the tornado (at different locations!). Zena Schneider was a 17-year old orphan who was killed along with four other schoolgirls when part of Central High School collapsed during the twister. Faro Pizzo was a Sicilian immigrant who worked for Union Electric at the time of his death.

Periodicals mentioned on this blog are part of the collection of the Midwest Genealogy Center. They can also be searched on Worldcat.org to see if there is a location near you.


Remembering Galesburg by Tom Wilson.

Galesburg, Illinois has made quite a name for itself since its first settlers arrived in 1836. It has witnessed the visits of 15 U.S. presidents, listened to jazz virtuoso Louis Armstrong, seen the birth of an elephant, served as home for the man who introduced the dandelion to America, and played host to one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Lifetime Galesburg resident Tom Wilson captures the true spirit of this town in this charming collection of articles from his column, “Tracking History.” Stories about an amazing variety of subjects make Remembering Galesburg a sparkling depiction of this Illinois Town’s personality.

Tom Wilson writes a tri-weekly column for the Galesburg News Register. He served at one time as Galesburg City Treasurer, and is a board member of the Knox County Historic Sites Association.

$19.99 (ISBN 978-1-59629-673-2) paperback, illustrated, 128 pages. History Press, Inc., 2009. http://www.historypress.net

Note to prospective authors: History Press (a real publisher, not a vanity press) is actively seeking books about other Illinois communities. Get more information here in the For Authors section of their website.


Illinois Archival Depositories Directory

The listing for each depository provides mailing address, phone number, fax number, email address, website URL, and a brief description of the collection. You can search the directory by repository name, region, county, or city.

Interested? Go here:



You can now access several immigration databases of great interest on the NARA website (in the Access to Archival Databases section). Included are the following:

Russians to America Passenger Data File, 1834 – 1897 (500,000+ records)
Famine Irish Passenger Record Data File, 1846-1851 (600,000+ records)
Germans to America Passenger Data File, 1850 – 1897 (4,000,000+ records)
Italians to America Passenger Data File, 1855 – 1900 (848,000+ records)

Information provided can include name, age, country of origin, city of last residence, occupation, destination, and manifest ID number (but some info may be unknown for passengers you search for). The manifest date file provides name of ship, port of departure, and arrival date.

Interested? Go here:



Chicago Cemetery Records, 1847-1863. Included are sexton’s reports and certificates; treasurer receipts and deeds; and undertaker’s reports. The hardcover book sells for $50.00 plus $5.00 postage and handling. Interested? Go here for ordering info:


Friday, June 05, 2009


From Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 62, April 30, 2009

Genealogy Center Mini-Course: Family History 101

Our very popular mini-course, “Family History 101,” will be offered July 10 - 11, 2009. The classes, with instructors Margery Graham, CG and Steve Myers, MLS, provide an excellent way for the beginner to get started, for newer researchers to review important concepts and sources, and for seasoned researchers to refresh their skills. “Family History 101” will cover the following topics:

Session 1: Getting Started on Your Family History--Start your family history adventure off on the right foot. Learn about important first
steps, home sources, interviewing, organizing what you collect, standard forms, using computer catalogs, and more!

Session 2: Basic Research Methods--Learn how to plan a successful search, gather evidence, and record and document what you find.

Session 3: Census Records - A Cornerstone Source--Learn how federal population schedules, state census records, as well as auxiliary schedules and census substitutes can all help advance your research.

Session 4: Vital Records - Birth, Marriage & Death--Learn how to use published and online sources for vital records, how to contact record offices, and how newspaper and cemetery records can fill in the gaps.

Session 5: Published Local History & Family History Sources--Learn about the wealth of information available in local history publications, how to track down obscure sources, and how to find out what others have already done on your families.

Session 6: Directories, Maps & Gazetteers--Learn about the many features of directories, maps and place name dictionaries that can help you pin down exactly where your ancestors lived and what they were doing there.

The registration fee for the “Family History 101” mini-course is $50. Checks should be made payable to “ACPL Foundation” and mailed to: Genealogy Center, Allen County Public Library, P.O. Box 2270, Fort Wayne, IN 46801-2270. Mini-course attendance will be limited, so register early to avoid disappointment. Additional information and a workshop schedule are posted on our Web site:


Note: Margery Graham and Steve Myers are already scheduled to offer “Family
History: Beyond the Basics
,” covering more advanced sources and
problem solving, on Friday and Saturday, September 18-19, 2009.


New at the The State Historical Society of Missouri:

COLUMBIA, MO—The artistry and social commentary of Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Daniel Fitzpatrick will be on display in the North-South Gallery of The State Historical Society of Missouri beginning on June 6, 2009, in “Wall Street and Main Street: Editorial Cartoons on the Economic Crisis of the 1930s" from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The exhibit demonstrates Fitzpatrick’s talents and the continued relevance of his work through more than 40 cartoons documenting political and social milestones of the depression era.

Born in Superior, Wisconsin, at the turn of the twentieth century, Daniel “Fitz” Fitzpatrick was a classically trained artist who was not afraid to use his lithographic crayon against any person, place, or event that he saw trampling the average American. Fitz ridiculed presidents and other politicians, took aim at Nazis, pressed for equal rights, and during the 1930s reflected the truth of the Great Depression for readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He depicted the “Hooverville” shantytowns that plagued St. Louis and the rest of the country, and viewers could read in the faces of his characters the economic hardships brought to bear on both financial elites and “main street” America.

“In his dark, brooding drawings, [Fitz] made the pain felt by so many people almost palpable—- the psychological, the sociological, and the economic pain,” said fellow former Post-Dispatch editorial cartoonist Tom Engelhardt, who took inspiration from Fitzpatrick’s work as a young man. “It was this sensitivity and honesty that infused his works and led to his being called ‘the dean of American editorial cartoonists,’ a title he carried for many years. It was his visual commentaries that added to the [Post’s] reputation as a powerful force working on behalf of the poor and downtrodden.”

“Wall Street and Main Street” will be on display through October 3, 2009. The State Historical Society of Missouri is located in Ellis Library at the intersection of Hitt Street and Lowry Mall on the University of Missouri campus, with parking available in three nearby garages.

About The State Historical Society of Missouri

Founded in 1898 by the Missouri Press Association and a trustee of the state since 1899, the Society is the preeminent research facility for the study of the Show Me State’s heritage and a leader in programming designed to share that heritage with the public. Through educational outreach, such as the Missouri History Speakers’ Bureau and genealogy workshops, or the performing arts, like MoHiP Theatre, the Society not only brings Missouri history to the state’s citizens, but also gives Missourians the tools to uncover the history in their own lives.


The State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone (573) 882-7083
Fax (573) 884-4950


The aftermath of a Civil War battle was a horrific scene involving human and animal casualties of the fray:


Note: Included photos are not recommended for the squeamish!


Weapons do in fact kill people, and Civil War-era weapons did a bang-up job of it-- especially the single-shot muzzleloading rifle-muskets that were the workhorses of both armies during that conflict:



A Yale history professor gives his views on what the upcoming observance of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War should really mean for all Americans:


Wednesday, June 03, 2009


If you are researching 20th century Army, Army Air Corps, and Air Force ancestors, morning reports and unit rosters in the collection of the National Personnel Records Center in Overland, Missouri may be able to answer some of your questions:

Morning Reports: 1912-1974 (Army, 1912-1974; Army Air Corps, 1912-1947; Air Force 1947-1966).

Unit Rosters: 1912-1974 (Army, 1912-1974; Army Air Corps, 1912-1947).




The May 2009 society newsletter is now available on our website at:


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


If you’re running Windows XP or Vista, and would like an easy (and free) way to help protect your computer from adware, malware, spyware, and viruses, you may wish to consider downloading Windows Steady State from Microsoft. Windows Steady State allows you to change the computer back to the way it was before the last user used the computer (you simply restart the computer to make the unwanted changes go away). You can also create an account for each user of your computer, and restrict what programs and Internet addresses each user of your computer can access. Interested? Go here:


Note: You should always check a downloaded program from any source with your Internet security software prior to installing it on your computer.

Note No. 2: You should probably think of Windows Steady State as a “back-up” defense against the Internet’s hazards-- I would continue to use the Internet security software you’ve been using all along if I were you!

Tuesday, June 02, 2009


Acetaminophen and statins can apparently help prevent / reduce the severity of strokes:



The NPS homepage has an interactive map that you can use to find national parks, national historic sites, national battlefields, and national scenic waterways in all 50 states and U.S. territories:




1. All-Star Memorabilia on display June 20-August 3. Visit us to see
All-Star memorabilia on loan courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum!

This display is FREE and features items from all four previous All-Star games played in St. Louis including:

* Pair of cleats worn by Terry Moore, ca. 1940
* 1948 Enos Slaughter home jersey
* All-Star plaque presented to Red Shoendiest
* A special section featuring Stan Musial

And so much more!

2. Commemorate Juneteenth with Afriky Lolo Dance! Afriky Lolo Dance performance featuring Diadie Bathily.

Sunday, June 14
2:00 PM

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and celebrates African American achievement through education. Katherine Dunham's teachings and influence have become an integral part of dance expression. Her movements developed from African Dance show the cultural heritage and mark passages through life's transitions. Therefore it is fitting that we observe Juneteenth with a performance by choreographer Diadie Bathily and his dance troupe, Afriky Lolo, as they demonstrate the beauty of West African Dance.


3. Morsels of Mischief
Sunday, June 7

Authors Tom and Chris McClarren have compiled Tom's true experiences growing up in an orphanage into a candid, witty memoir.

4. Discover St. Louis' Irish History!
The Campbell Quest: A Saga of Family and Fortune
Book signing and lecture

Saturday, June 13
2:00 pm

Join the author, Patrick Campbell MacCulloch, for a discussion of his new book, published by the Missouri History Museum. MacCulloch unearthed more than 200 family letters and diaries from archives in America and Europe in a quest to discover his families' ties to Irish immigrant Robert Campbell, who amassed a fortune as a fur trapper and trader in St. Louis in the 19th century. Get insight into the true story of the wealth that caused a close and loving Irish family to descend into discord and personal violence.

5. Houses of Missouri, 1870-1940
Tuesday, June 23

Cydney Millstein and Carol Grove bring to life the fortunes and aspirations of their wealthy house-owners in this book containing nearly 300 archival photos, drawings and original floor plans.

6. Black Magic: Religion and the African-American Conjuring Tradition
Sunday, June 28

Dr. Yvonne P. Chireau focuses on the relationship between Conjure and Christianity and shows how the seemingly contradictory traditions work together.

Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
(314) 746-4599
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 11940, St. Louis, MO 63112



The documentary I am hosting/producing on Higher Education Channel, "St. Louis: Immigration Destination, Then & Now," will air Wednesday, June 3, at 8:00 p.m. CST. It can be seen on:

--HEC-TV; (Charter Cable Channel 26 in St. Louis County).
--AT&T U-Verse channel 99.
--video streaming on hectv.org.

"St. Louis: Immigration Destination, Then & Now," will also air at the same time EACH WEDNESDAY in June, and similarly in the month of July.

For July scheduling details, consult hectv.org.

Thank you.

Alex Fees