Saturday, August 29, 2009
Note No. 1: By the way, American colonial witches were hanged and not burned because they were tried by civil authorities and punished in accord with civil statutes. European witches were generally tried by ecclesiastical tribunals, and were burned after having been adjudged heretics.
Note No. 2: If you had been a "real" witch, would you have stayed around long enough to be hanged or burned at the stake, or would you have used your "witchly powers" to get the heck out of that dire situation?
Note: There's also a discussion about the "Phone Booth in the Middle of Nowhere," which in a roundabout way became a shrine of sorts.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Examples: The Devil's Own Work: The Civil War Draft Riots and the Fight to Reconstruct America. Barnet Schecter, Historian.
Across the Elbe River with the Thunderbolt Division. Tony Vaccaro, WWII Veteran.
Tuskegee Airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group. Alexander Jefferson, WWII Veteran.
We are Soldiers Still: a Journey Back to the Battlefields of Vietnam. Joseph L. Galloway, Independent Scholar.
Note: Click “Exhibitions” for a look at their “World War II: Entering Germany” exhibit.
Note: Why the “Rails to Oblivion” post title? Because the lack of an efficient system of railroads is one of the six main reasons why the South lost the Civil War:
1. Weak federal government.
2. Lack of manufacturing capacity.
3. Inefficient railroads.
4. Tiny navy / little shipbuilding / ship repair capacity.
5. Unable to arm the largest Southern pool of potential soldiers:
male slaves ages 18-50 years old.
6. Poor coordination of the efforts of Southern armies.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Note: Interestingly, one Okinawa resident interviewed for the story notes that many bones of victims of the battle “still remain uncollected on the island.” I have to ask, therefore: if giving battle victims proper burials is such a priority, why not start with unburied bones on Okinawa that are still awaiting burial 64 years after the battle?
Note 1: If your family includes young children (or young-at-heart adults who are not creepy giant puppet fans), you may want to skip this museum…
Note 2: OK, it’s not a Missouri museum, but how many times do you think I will be able to run a post about creepy giant puppets?
Friday, August 21, 2009
These oral history interviews using the latest technology are excellent sources for scholarly research and student projects. Other historical materials and personal papers relating to the 376th HBG, World War II, and military history are also available at Ball State’s Archives and Special Collections at:
Dr. David J. Ulbrich organized this project through Ball State University with generous financial and administrative support from the 376th HBG Veterans Association and from Ball State's History Department, Military Science Department, University Teleplex, and Archives and Special Collections.
For more information, please contact:
Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections
Ball State University Libraries
Alexander M. Bracken Library
Muncie, IN 47306
David J. Ulbrich, Ph.D.
Note: Seems they think it's high time somebody acknowledged the service and sacrifice of our Vietnam vets!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The Tri-County Genealogical Society's July 2009 Newsletter has been posted online at www.rootsweb.com/~motcogs/
We hope you will take advantage of our research trip to Midwest Genealogy Center on Sep. 21.
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO 64772
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
In this web resource you will be able to take a closer look at details from a number of medieval manuscripts, and find out more about the lives of men and women as revealed by exciting original sources in the British Library.”
From their website: “Wink is a Tutorial and Presentation creation software, primarily aimed at creating tutorials on how to use software (like a tutor for MS-Word/Excel etc). Using Wink you can capture screenshots, add explanations boxes, buttons, titles etc and generate a highly effective tutorial for your users.”
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Note: Site includes a number of fascinating videos.
Note: The author freely admits that he’s really talking about fairly uncomplicated personal websites. Most businesses really do need a pay website-- but his advice will probably prove useful for businesspeople, too!
Friday, August 14, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
LINK No. 1
LINK No. 2
Attend the Lecture Series sponsored by the
Belleville Public Library, St. Louis Public Library, and St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society
Lecture 1: Friday, October 9th, 2009, 1:00 p.m.
Figuring Out Other Options to Get What you Want
Pat Stamm, CG, CGL, will provide ideas and strategies about what to do when you hit those “brick walls” while doing genealogy research.
Lecture 2: Thursday, October 15th, 2009, 2:00 p.m.
Land Rich, Dirt Poor: the Use of Land Records in Genealogical Research
Tom Pearson, Special Collections Librarian at the St. Louis Public Library, will discuss ways in which the genealogist and historian can make use of land records.
Lecture 3: Wednesday, October 21st, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
It Happened at the River Bend
John Dunphy, local author, will give a brief talk and book signing for his latest local history book, It Happened at the River Bend, which details the history from 1673 to the present of the segment of the Mighty Mississippi known as the River Bend.
All Lectures to be held at:
Belleville Public Library
Conference Room (Lower Level)
121 East Washington Street,
Attendance Is Free But You Must Pre-Register As Seating Is Limited
Please Call the Belleville Public Library
(618) 234-0441 ext. 22
Ask for Ms. Dana Prusacki, Archivist
Classes are free and open to the public. Please note that program locations vary!
August 13 7:00 p .m.- 9:00 p.m. Dirty Rebs & Damn Yankees: Researching Civil War Soldiers & Regiments. Join us as we discuss ways in which the genealogist and historian can research Illinois & Missouri Civil War soldiers & regiments using books, microfilm, manuscripts, and Internet resources. Edwardsville Public Library, Edwardsville, IL. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0381 or send an email to email@example.com.
August 22 10 a.m.-Noon. Stand by Your State: Missouri Militia Units in the Civil War. Join us as we discuss ways to find information on Show-Me State militia ancestors and the state organizations they served in. Central Library, Meeting Room 1. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0381 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 15 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Land Rich, Dirt Poor: the Use of Land Records in Genealogical Research. Join us as we discuss ways in which the genealogist and historian can make use of land records. Belleville Public Library, Belleville, IL. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0381 or send an email to email@example.com.
October 24 10 a.m.-Noon. Last Hurrah in the Show-Me State: Price's Raid, September- October 1864. Join us as we discuss this last-ditch attempt to capture the St. Louis Arsenal and bring Missouri under the sway of the Confederate States government. Buder Branch. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0381 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 14 10 a.m.-Noon. On Beyond Google: Internet Searching Tips & Tricks for the Genealogist. Join us as we discuss various ways that genealogists can search for information about ancestors on the Internet (some of them don't involve using Google). Buder Branch. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0381 or send an email to email@example.com .
November 19 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The Star of David and the Gold Star: Jewish American Military Service and Sacrifice. Sizable numbers of Jewish soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen were killed or wounded in action or died from disease while serving their country. This lecture includes a brief survey of the military service of American Jews from the American Revolution to the Spanish-American War, and then takes a closer look at Jewish service in World Wars I and II. St. Louis County Library. To register or for more information, call 314-539-0381 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
4401 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109
Pre-registration is recommended but not required. To register or for more information, please call 539-0381 or email me at email@example.com. Parking at Central Library is free on Saturdays (meters are not checked on weekends), and parking on the Buder Branch lot is always free.
It’s easy to add you to my programs notification list. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and use NOTIFY in the subject line- that’s all you need to do!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Note: Some of the ideas could also prove useful for genealogical and historical societies…
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Members of the MoSGA Awards Committee are Mark Stauter, Pat Kroeger, and Karen Scott, Chair. Requests for nominations were sent to 205 genealogy / history organizations and 235 libraries.
Eighteen nominations were received. One was eliminated from consideration because the nominee had already received an award in 2004. Another was dropped from consideration because no supporting information was provided for that nominee.
MoSGA’s awards solicitation announcement read as follows: "The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is asking your assistance in recognizing individuals or institutions in your area who have made significant contributions to the field of genealogy / family history or have rendered significant contributions, effort, or service to MoSGA. MoSGA's Awards Committee is seeking recommendations of individuals or institutions to be considered for an award in one of the two following categories:
1. Award of Merit - Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in genealogy and/or family history for which no compensation was received (i.e., on a "volunteer" basis).
2. Certificate of Appreciation - Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution expressing thanks officially for compensated (i.e., "paid") duties performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner."
The Awards Committee also chooses an exceptional nominee, if applicable, to receive the Directors' Award - given in recognition of distinguished service over an extended period of time in support of genealogy, for exceptional contributions to the field, and for extra effort to promote good will and improve service.
Awards were presented to the following persons or organizations at the MoSGA Annual Conference Banquet on Friday, 7 August 2009:
Certificate of Appreciation:
Dennis Northcott, Missouri History Museum (with President Darrell Jackson)
Awards of Merit --Northwest:
William W. (Bill) Williams – Morgan County
Sandra (Sandy) Gadberry – Putnam County (did not attend the ceremony)
Awards of Merit --Northeast:
Mary F. Berthold – St. Louis / County
Dave Lossos – St. Louis / County
Awards of Merit --Southwest:
John Nixon – Christian County (did not attend the ceremony)
Staff of Douglas County Museum – Douglas County (did not attend the ceremony)
Awards of Merit --Southeast:
James Mayo – Stoddard County
Shannon County Historical & Genealogical Society
Frances Moore – Stoddard County
Karen Scott, ChairpersonMoSGA Awards Committee
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Having trouble tracking down a female ancestor? This article may help you figure out how to locate newspaper articles that mention her:
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Note: Missouri’s is August 7-9, 2009 (clothing, computers, and school supplies- exempt amounts vary).
And here’s the text of the official Corps order banning such use:
Why the ruling? Concerns about vulnerability to hackers that use of social networking sites may enhance...
· There are currently 150 web addresses for EVERY PERSON ON EARTH.
· If you were to spend one minute reading each of the websites currently in existence, it would take you 31,000 YEARS to do it- and that’s without getting up from your chair for meals, potty breaks, or sleep… More mind-boggling facts here:
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
For Immediate Release – Time Sensitive
1 August 2009
It’s just one month till family historians convene in Little Rock!
The Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference is set to take place this September 2-5 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Based at the Statehouse Convention Center in the exciting Rivermarket District, this event is drawing genealogists, historians, librarians, and archivists from all over the United States and beyond. You can still join them for four full days of learning more about genealogy, finding cousins, seeing how much is online, seeing how much is not online, figuring out how to get the most out of records, determining what archives or libraries have the answers, helping your genealogy society, and spending some money in the large Exhibit Hall. There will be almost 200 educational sessions. Don’t let this event pass you by.
The Arkansas Genealogical Society is the host for this event that has previously been in Boston, Seattle, Phoenix, Fort Wayne, Davenport, Orlando, Philadelphia, Austin, St. Louis, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and places in-between. You will be hearing about this event for years to come and will feel sad if you weren’t a part of it. It’s a place to meet authors, lecturers, librarians, archivists, and bloggers whose names you will recognize.
August 26 is the last day to pre-register for the conference online or by mail. It is also the deadline to reserve your spot at the luncheons, gala banquet, or the special Night at the Ballpark. There may be only a few extra tickets available at the conference registration on Tuesday, September 1st for these events. <http://www.fgsconference.org>
Tuesday, September 1st is the first day pre-registrants may visit the FGS/AGS registration booths on the lower level of the Statehouse Convention Center to pick up your name tag, tote bag, CD syllabus of lecture handouts, miscellaneous goodies, 20 door prize tickets, and begin the networking. Not pre-registered? No problem. There will be a line for just that task. You may register for one day or the full conference. Registration opens at 2:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. on that day. It reopens at 7:00 a.m. on September 2d.
What will you find in this hall on Thursday-Saturday? Aisle after aisle of booths featuring books old, new, and rare; genealogy software and hardware and demonstrations; preservation supplies; genealogical and historical societies; ethnic organizations; libraries; archives; maps; gifts; genealogy professional organizations; DNA companies; popular magazines; scholarly journals; databases; continuing education opportunities; author book signings; publishers; hotels from Salt Lake City; and places to sit, rest, and network with other registrants. The Hall is also open to non-registrants.
Many of the vendors in the Exhibit Hall will be giving away conference door prizes. Each registrant will receive 20 door prize tickets with your conference name tag and syllabus CD at the registration booth. The ticket will ask for your name, mailing and e-mail addresses and phone number. Bring along some of those address labels you have sitting around or print some up before you leave home to save some writing. Each participating vendor will have a box labeled for door prizes. Each attendee chooses which door prize box to drop their tickets in depending on the door prize being given. Some will have more than one door prize drawing during the three Exhibit Hall days. The names of the winners will be posted on a bulletin board in the Exhibit Hall. If you are a winner, all you need to do to claim your prize is to revisit the specific vendor’s booth.
Conference sessions to be recorded
Many of the conference sessions will be audio recorded and available for purchase on CD. Listings of those sessions being recorded will be available at the conference. Jamb-Inc. will be doing the recording and will have a booth where you can make your on-site purchases. The CDs will also be available after the conference from Jamb-Inc. but mailing fees will be charged.
Last minute Conference Information
Be sure to read the Conference News Blog during August and even during Conference Week to learn last minute details, reminders, suggested things to bring along, types of clothing to wear, and detail on special items. <www.fgsconferenceblog.org>. Some exciting special announcements will be made in the next couple of weeks on the blog!
See you at the conference,
National Publicity Chair
2009 FGS/AGS Conference
So what, you say? What can one person do to prevent such a thing? That's why you're seeing this item on this blog, actually. Genealogists are (generally) good recordkeepers. If you have a telescope (or a really outstanding pair of binoculars and the eyesight of a hawk), you can help NASA keep an eye on big scary objects in the sky:
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Want to know how Dad / Grandpa spent their evenings before TV came along? They listened to old-time radio shows like Beyond Tomorrow, The Black Museum, Box 13, Dimension X, The Haunting Hour, My Favorite Husband, Voyage of the Scarlet Queen, and Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Now you can listen to them, too-- and for free:
Note: It will take you a while to exhaust their supply of free shows. They’ve got more than 12,000 episodes of 169 different radio shows…