Saturday, November 28, 2009


You can now access complete digitized issues of Life Magazine (1936-1972) via Google Books:



Self-publishing isn't limited to just books:

If youve got a digital camera, and have taken good quality photos of reunions, tombstones, family artifacts, or other genie-themed subjects, you can fairly easily create a family calendar that you can give to family and friends (or offer for sale):

LINK offers easy templates for producing calendars from your digital photos:



Finally ready to publish your family history or other book? Before you pay some company lots of money to publish it for you, find out whether you can do what you want for little or no expense via online self-publishing firms like


I use (and no, I am not a paid spokesperson for them), and am very happy with the results I have achieved:



A small Arkansas cemetery (Montgomery County)-- surnames of interred persons include Basinger, Davis, Johnson, and Sherfield:



Start your online genie research with this very nice list of free online resources:


Friday, November 27, 2009


I don't live in that area, but would happily sign-up if I did!

Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 7 a.m.

Civil War expert Ed Bearss leads this tour studying the end of Gettysburg, following the route of the Confederate wagon train carrying the wounded, and the successful evacuation of the Falling Waters and Williamsport bridgehead.



Possibly too pricey for many of us to add to our personal libraries, but a good book to suggest to your local librarian:

Description: This remarkable book tells the stories of sacrifice made by the military medical personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan for their fellow comrades in arms, risking and even losing their own lives.

Year/Pages: 2009: hardcover; 460 p. ; ill.
Stock #: 008-000-01015-3
U.S. Price: $81.00
International Price: $113.40



Follow along as this blogger does a page-by-page analysis of her ancestor’s military pension file:



This blogger provides a great list of places to find free digitized genealogy books:



Are you researching ancestors from Georgia? Then you’ll want to know about this effort to digitized historic Georgia newspapers:


Thursday, November 19, 2009


You can access these records for free on now through the end of this year:



After nearly a decade of scanning, indexing, and other behind-the-scenes work by DAR members and employees, the Daughters of the American Revolution is pleased to announce the availability of the DAR Genealogical Research System (GRS) on our public website. Here is the direct link:

The GRS is a growing collection of databases that provide access to many materials collected by the DAR over the past 119 years. Included in this collection of databases is the GRC National Index which has been available to researchers for the past few years. There are still some kinks we're working out here and there, so let us know if you encounter any problems.

When you go to the link above, you will find several tabs that will enable searching in the various databases:

Ancestor - established DAR Revolutionary War Ancestors and basic information about them with listings of the applications submitted by descendants who joined the DAR [updated daily]

Member - limited access to information on deceased/former DAR members - not current members.

Descendants - index of generations in applications between the DAR member and the Revolutionary War ancestor. There is much eighteenth and nineteenth-century information here. [ongoing indexing project]

GRC - everyname index to 20,000 typescript volumes (some still being indexed) of genealogical records such as cemeteries, Bibles, etc. This index is not limited to the period of the American Revolution at all.

Resources [In particular, the digitized DAR Library Revolutionary Pension Extract Card Index and the Analytical Index Cards]. Other information sources will be coming in the near future, mostly relating to Revolutionary War service, bibliographies, Forgotten Patriots (updates), etc. Read the introductions to these to learn why these are both important genealogical indexes. For example, the Rev. War pension index includes the names of people mentioned in those pensions that were abstracted (not just the pensioner or widow)!!!!]

Library Catalog - our book, periodical, and manuscript holdings

Each of these has interrelated content, and a description of each is given more fully on the website. You will notice restricted information in many search results. This is the result of a concerted effort to protect the identity of our members while providing historical genealogical information to researchers.

The national numbers of members (without the names of living members) given in the search results are needed to order copies of applications and supplemental applications. They do not lead online researchers to any other information about the member.

Please pass this information on to your researchers.

Eric G. Grundset
Library Director
DAR Library
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D Street, N. W.
Washington, DC 20006-5303


Missouri State Genealogical Association
World War II Interviews Project
Interviewer’s Workbook

Preserving the experiences of average Americans in WWII

To many older Americans, "The Good War" represents a defining moment of shared purpose and sacrifice. Many older Americans are happy to tell their individual stories as part of a conscious effort to connect the events of their lives to those of the generations that follow.

We would like to help to preserve the experiences of men and women who served our country during WWII. Following is a list of possible questions that interviewers can ask WWII veterans (or that you can use as guidelines in creating an autobiographical essay if you are a WWII veteran). They are provided as a reference-- feel free to tailor questions asked to the experiences of the veteran to be interviewed. These questions can also be used to interview veterans of other 20th century conflicts if minor modifications are made to the list.

We welcome the submission of transcripts of interviews with Missouri WWII veterans of the armed forces or the Merchant Marine, and would be pleased to publish some of them in our Journal. Send transcripts of interviews to

Entry into the Armed Forces:

What was your situation just before you joined the armed forces?
Student? Working?
Single? Married? Children?
How old were you?
Were you drafted or did you enlist?

Questions for draftees:

What was your initial reaction upon learning that you had been drafted?
What was the reaction of your immediate family members?
What was the reaction of your friends?
Where did you go for your induction physical?
Which armed service were you drafted into?

Questions for enlistees:

Why did you join the armed forces?
What branch of the service were you in?
Why did you choose that branch?
What was the reaction of your immediate family to your decision to enlist?
What was the reaction of your friends to your decision to enlist?

Questions for all veterans:

Where did you go for basic training?
What kind of training did you receive? What was the most helpful part of your training? The least helpful part?
What was the specific unit that you were assigned to after basic?
What was the mission of your unit?
What was your rank and your job?
What are some of the things about your military unit that stand out in your memory?
What was a typical day like in your life as a soldier? How much money did a soldier make, and how did you spend it?
Did you ever run afoul of your commanding officers? How were you punished?
Did you serve overseas during the war? Where? How did the locals react to the presence of GIs in their community?

Home Front:

How did you feel about leaving home?
How did you communicate with loved ones on the home front?
What was different when you got back?

Questions for Frontline Soldiers:

Describe your living conditions while on the frontlines.
Can you describe your feelings during a battle?
How did you cope with the fear of battle?
What was your division/platoon’s job during battle?
What was your job during a battle?
Were you ever wounded?
Were you ever held prisoner by the enemy?

Impact of the War on the Rest of Your Life:

What is your happiest memory of the war?
What is your saddest memory of the war?
What was your biggest fear during the war?
What do you think your biggest accomplishment was during the war?
What were you most proud of during your military service?
Did you do anything you regret while in the military service?
What impact did your unit have on the outcome of the war?
How did your experiences in WWII affect the rest of your life?

Pearl Harbor:

How did you hear about Pearl Harbor?
Where were you when it happened?
What was your reaction?
What was the reaction of your immediate family members?
What happened in the days that followed?

D-Day Invasion Only:

How were you trained for the invasion?
How did you get to the Normandy beaches?
What was your job on D-Day?
What were your experiences in the first hours of the invasion?
Did your unit achieve its objectives? How?
What is your most vivid memory about the invasion?

Hiroshima & Nagasaki:

How did you hear about the bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki?
How did you react to the news?
How did your buddies react to the news?


How did you find out about the surrender of Germany?
What did you do on V-E Day?
How did you find out about the surrender of Japan?
What did you do on V-J Day?
What happened on the day you came home?
What were Thanksgiving and Christmas like for you in 1945?
What were your hopes for the future when you got out of the service?
Tell me about any enduring friendships you made during the war.

Personal Opinion Questions:

Did you ever doubt that the Allies would win the war?
At what point did you become certain that the Allies would win?
What mistakes do you think the US military made, if any, during the war?
What’s the most important thing you want people to know about this time in history?
What would you change about your war experience if you could change one thing?
What happened during the war that has affected you for the rest of your life?
What important question have I forgotten to ask you?

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Interesting article on project by Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library to digitize local Sanborn maps. Article explains what Sanborns are and how to use them:



Brit telecoms will be required by law to keep track of phone calls made, web sites visited, and emails and text messages sent. Such records will be kept for one year. It’s part of the Brit effort to track terror suspects:



NARA guide to these fascinating Civil War records:



Viewable (and downloadable) maps of Ireland during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I:


Friday, November 13, 2009


Running into a persistent roadblock with an elusive ancestor? Create a personal timeline for him or her: it may well suggest research options you may not have attempted to pursue as yet-- and will help you keep track of what you've already done:



This page includes a link to a nicely-done video (8 minutes) on the genesis of this Midwestern treasure:



Gone West Publications is pleased to announce new volumes of genealogical newspaper abstracts for Randolph and Pike counties in Missouri.

Genealogical Abstracts from Pike County, MO Newspapers, Vol. 2, is now finished and available for purchase! Abstracted by Sherry Raleigh-Adams, this volume includes abstracts of items of genealogical merit found in Bowling Green papers from 1883 to 1885. It includes not only obituaries, marriage and birth notices, but also notices of family reunions, visits from relatives long lost to the West or to foreign lands, and many stories of pioneers of the area. It is stapled and soft-bound with archival tape. Fully indexed. 174 Pages. $20.00.

Genealogical Abstracts from Randolph County, MO Newspapers, Vol. 3, is also available for purchase now. This volume features the Huntsville Herald from 1896 to 1898. Fully indexed. 179 Pages. $20.00.

Like all my books, I include a PDF image of the index on my website at You are invited to take advantage of this free tool to see if anyone of interest to you may be included in these books.

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

Kind Regards,

Sherry Raleigh-Adams


Received from NPRC:

US veterans and servicemen or women may now order their discharge paperwork (DD 214) via the online interface set up by the NPRC in St. Louis.

Family members of deceased veterans may also use this new feature. The new feature is an enhancement of the long-standing ability to order personnel records, unit summaries and awards from NPRC NARA.

The time to receive record requests has dramatically dropped, averaging about 8 weeks. Replacement awards delivery has also improved over previous decades: some of our visitors report only a couple of months lag time for receipt of the requested awards.

NOTE: We suggest using the EVet Records version to help speed the process.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Received via email:

I work with the Sullivan County Genealogy Library in Milan, MO. We are interested in forming a genealogical society for this county, and would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in joining such a society.

We do not currently have any funding, but will probably be able to hold meetings in the Historical Museum Building at the Genealogy Library.




Received from MUA:

We are pleased to announce the opening of a new online exhibit on the MUA (Museum of Underwater Archaeology) website.

The students and faculty in East Carolina University's 2008 Maritime Studies Fall field school have produced an exhibit based on their research on a selection of shipwrecks and abandoned watercraft within the vicinity of St. George's Harbor, in Bermuda's East End. Videos, slide shows, maps, photographs, and zoom-able images tell the story of how these students explored this incredible collection of submerged cultural resources.

We hope you enjoy this latest edition to the MUA. To view the exhibit, click on the "ECU's Shipwrecks in Bermuda" link on our homepage:

Best regards,

T. Kurt Knoerl, Director


Think your ancestor didn’t do time?

You might want to search this collection of more than 10,000 prison records anyway, as you’d be surprised what could get you incarcerated. We found some people arrested for “destroying a mailbox,” “selling liquor to soldiers” and “joy riding.“

On the other hand, if you know your ancestor had a sketchy past you’ll definitely want to check out this collection. Atlanta’s is the largest of the four federal prisons, and many criminals who didn’t end up in Atlanta were sent there before being routed elsewhere.

Or you may just enjoy searching the records for famous criminals, since Atlanta has held some of the country’s most notorious ones, including train robbers, mob bosses and financial schemers. (Hint: Try a search for Carlo Ponzi--listed in prison records as Charles P. Ponci-- of “Ponzi scheme” fame.)


Site Celebrates Veterans Day with Free Access to Entire U.S. Military Records Collection

PROVO, UT (Nov. 11, 2009) – today added more than 600 Navy cruise books to its online collection of military records to commemorate Veterans Day. This historic effort is the result of an agreement between, the world’s largest online resource for family history, and the United States Navy. As part of the agreement, set up scanners on location at the Navy Department Library in Washington, DC, and has spent several months digitizing the cruise books for this occasion.

The collection of Navy cruise books, available exclusively online at, represents nearly 40 years of cruises following World War II (1950-1988) and chronicles an estimated 450,000 servicemen deployed at sea during that time. Styled after yearbooks, the cruise books include the names and photographs of individuals who served aboard the ship and highlight not only significant milestones that took place during the cruise, but also the day-to-day life on board ship. While not every Navy cruise was documented in a cruise book, the Navy Department Library has on file an estimated 3,500 cruise books, which plans to digitize and add to this collection over time.

“When approached the Navy about digitizing these cruise books for online access, we were thrilled,” said Captain Charles Todd Creekman, Jr., USN (Ret.) Executive Director of the Naval Historical Foundation. “A cruise book offers an insider’s perspective into what these sailors experienced, and the strong camaraderie they established, while serving their country at sea.”

The Navy cruise books are part of’s U.S. Military Collection, which includes 100 million names that span more than three centuries of American military service.

“When you have a family member who has served in the Armed Forces, you can’t help but be proud,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of “This Veterans Day, we’re celebrating America’s military heroes of yesterday and today and invite every American with military roots to see if they can learn something new about their family member on”

In honor of America’s military heroes, the entire U.S. Military Collection on can be searched free through Nov. 13. To begin exploring your family’s military heritage, visit:

About Inc. is an online resource for family history and has digitized and put online over 4 billion records over the past twelve years. Ancestry users have created over twelve million family trees containing over 1.25 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship website at

Monday, November 09, 2009


Registration is Now Open

Mark your Calendar for the 2010 Family History Conference, “Follow Your Ancestral Trail”, which will be held 28 April—1 May 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Whether your family helped settle the nation, migrated across the country, stayed in the same place, or recently arrived in America, this conference has much to offer. A few examples of the Family History Conference’s diverse program offerings include the International Workshops which will focus on researching the cultural records of other countries through lectures, research, and problem solving; the Evening Celebration of Family History, which will incorporate a multimedia tribute to family history, a special guest speaker, and a mini-concert by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and Ask An Expert, where the Utah Genealogical Association will sponsor twenty minute family history consultations to registered attendees.

Registration for the 2010 NGS Family History Conference to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, is now open. View the online conference program here:

For more information visit

If you have trouble logging on or registering, please e-mail Erin Wood or call her at (703) 525-0050, ext. 112. To receive a conference brochure, you may also email Erin Wood.


For Immediate Release
November 6, 2009

David Ferriero Confirmed by U.S. Senate as 10th Archivist of the United States

Washington, DC: Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm David Ferriero as the 10th Archivist of the United States. Mr. Ferriero was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries and is a leader in the field of library science. Mr. Ferriero, who was nominated by President Obama on July 28, 2009, will succeed Professor Allen Weinstein who resigned as Archivist in December 2008 for health reasons. Deputy Archivist Adrienne Thomas is serving as the Acting Archivist until Mr. Ferriero assumes his duties.

As the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries (NYPL), Mr. Ferriero was part of the leadership team responsible for integrating the four research libraries and 87 branch libraries into one seamless service for users, creating the largest public library system in the United States and one of the largest research libraries in the world. Mr. Ferriero was in charge of collection strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibitions.

Among his responsibilities at the NYPL was the development of the library's digital strategy, which currently encompasses partnerships with Google and Microsoft, a web site that reaches more than 25 million unique users annually, and a digital library of more than 750,000 images that may be accessed free of charge by any user around the world.

Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Mr. Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation's major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a reengineering of printing and publications.

Mr. Ferriero earned bachelor's and master's degrees in English literature from Northeastern University in Boston and a master's degree from the Simmons College of Library and Information Science, also in Boston. After serving in the Navy during the Vietnam War, he started in the humanities library at MIT, where he worked for 31 years, rising to associate director for public services and acting co-director of libraries.

In 1996, Mr. Ferriero moved to Duke University, where he served as University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs until 2004. At Duke, he raised more than $50 million to expand and renovate the university's library and was responsible for instructional technology initiatives, including overseeing Duke's Center for Instructional Technology.

As Archivist of the United States, Mr. Ferriero will oversee the National Archives and Records Administration, an independent Federal agency created by statute in 1934. The National Archives safeguards and preserves the records of the U.S. Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to records that document the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience.

Its 44 facilities include the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, the National Archives at College Park, 13 Presidential libraries, and 14 regional archives nationwide. The National Archives also publishes the Federal Register, administers the Information Security Oversight Office, the Office of Government Information Services, makes grants of historical documentation through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Among the National Archives' approximately 9 billion pages of materials that are open to the public for research nationwide are millions of photographs, maps, and documents, thousands of motion pictures and audio recordings, and millions of electronic records. Every subject relating to American history is covered in the records of the National Archives: Revolutionary War pension files, landmark Supreme Court cases, international treaties, legislative records, executive orders, public laws, records relating to all U.S. Presidents and the papers of Presidents Hoover through George W. Bush.

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For more information, the press may contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at 202-357-5300.


Fascinating article from Ancestry Weekly Discovery about the visits of these mothers of WWI soldiers to the graves of their sons in France:



MoSGA’s current capable and hard-working webmaster, Carolyn Branch, has indicated that she will no longer be able to serve in that position when her term ends in August 2010. It might seem a bit early to begin searching for her replacement, but our recent experience replacing long-time Journal Editor Bob Doerr suggests that there’s no time like the present. We’re certain that it would also be helpful to our new webmaster if he or she were able to work with Carolyn for several months prior to assuming all the webmaster duties.

So, if you are an experienced webmaster with some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and databases, we would love to hear from you. Send a note with some information about yourself, your genealogical interests, and your webmaster qualifications to our President, Darrell Jackson. This is a volunteer position, with reimbursement possible for expenses related to performance of webmaster duties. You don't need to live in Missouri to be considered for this position, but you do need to be a MoSGA member, or will need to become a member once appointed to this position.

Friday, November 06, 2009


Is your given name Andrew, Andrea, or some variant of Andrew? It is? Then Homecoming Scotland wants to give you and a significant other a free trip to Scotland! Details here:



There will be a big Civil War Show & Sale at Nashville, Tennessee on 5-6 December 2009. A variety of items will be on display and offered for sale, including weapons, uniforms, dug relics, documents, prints, bottles, books, and other memorabilia. For more info, go here:

23rd Annual Middle Tennessee Civil War Show & Sale


A Veterans’ Day observance will be held at Jefferson Barracks on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 at 11 AM. There will be a Veterans’ Day observance and parade in downtown St. Louis on 7 November 2009 at 10 AM.

Ceremonies at National Cemeteries-- National List

STL Area Veterans’ Day Events Calendar

Also, the annual Militaria Swap Meet will be held at the U.S. Grant Shelter at Jefferson Barracks on Sunday, 27 February 2010. Need more info?

Militaria Swap Meet

Thursday, November 05, 2009


No, her name was Dorothy Gay Howard. She was a young murder victim in Colorado who was listed on a headstone in a local cemetery as Jane Doe for 50 years. She has finally been identified through DNA testing brought about mainly by the unceasing efforts of a local historian:


Note: Police officials are fairly certain that she was a victim of Harvey Glatman, a notorious serial killer of the 1950s who was put to death by California in 1959.


The General James McBride Camp SCV of Springfield, Missouri is currently attempting to erect a monument to honor its namesake, a Missouri Confederate general from Texas County:



The restaurant, not the card game-- the Kirkwood, Missouri Uno Restaurant (Lindbergh just north of Hwy 44) has posted this notice:

For those men and women who have supported America in service to our country, we try to show our appreciation wherever we can.

This Veteran's Day, 11/11/2009, Uno invites all members of the military, both veterans and active duty, to join us for a free entrée or individual pizza (with an entrée or pizza purchase of equal or greater value).

There's no coupon necessary, just show up in uniform, or with a picture of you in uniform, or with a military or veteran's ID – just show up! It will be our pleasure to serve you.

Help us spread the word. If you know someone who would appreciate this offer, please pass this information along to them.

Apparently the offer stands at all their locations nationwide:


Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Guide to online resources of this institution named for British explorer Robert Falcon Scott:



The many contributions of Northern women to the war effort are detailed in this review of an interesting new book:



Review of a new biography of the woman behind Little Women:


Monday, November 02, 2009

FOOTNOTE.COM NOW AVAILABLE VIA LIBRARIES can now be made available to library patrons via Ebsco Publishing:



Ancestry Weekly Discovery has a very interesting article on U.S ports other than New York. Among other interesting facts revealed-- learn why Jews escaping Russian pogroms may have entered the U.S. at Galveston, Texas:



Remembering the Cherry Mine Disaster

Join us for an evening of reflection as five authors provide their interpretations of the Cherry Mine Disaster.


Karen Tintori, author of Trapped: The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster

Dean and Lorena (Galletti) Cotton, authors of Oneness: Angiolina, The 1909 Cherry Mine Disaster

Steve Stout, author of Black Damp: The Story of the Cherry Mining Disaster

Ronald Bluemer, author of Fire Below!

Event also includes a special musical performance by Ray Tutaj, Jr.

WHEN: Saturday, November 7, 2009--6 pm
WHERE: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, Illinois

Event is free to the public. Reservations: (217) 558-8934

After the program the exhibit will be open for viewing.


Now through March 31, 2010

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library opened our latest exhibit on November 1, 2009 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Mine Disaster.

On November 13, 1909, a fire broke out at the St. Paul Coal Mine in Cherry, Illinois that claimed the lives of 259 men and boys.

The exhibit is free and open to the public.

HOURS: Monday–Friday—9am-5 pm
WHERE: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, Springfield, Illinois