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Saturday, October 31, 2009

GENEALOGYWISE.COM

Looks like Facebook.com has some competition when it comes to social networking for genealogists:

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TREASURE ISLAND

Sounds great for St. Louis area people with kids / grandkids:

Presented by St. Louis Shakespeare Company

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, November 6-8
Thursday-Sunday, November 12-15
Thursday: 6:00pm; Fridays & Saturdays: 8:00pm; Sundays: 2:00pm
WHERE: Missouri History Museum, Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri

Families will love St. Louis Shakespeare's performance of Robert Louis Stevenson's rip-roaring yarn about pirates, buried treasure and a young boy' adventure of a lifetime!

When an old sea captain's dark secret brings greedy pirates to his mother's inn, young Jim Hawkins discovers the captain's legacy, a famous buccaneer's treasure map! Soon Jim is aboard the ship Hispaniola on a course for Treasure Island--but can Long John Silver and the ship's crew be trusted? Loyalty, mutiny, avarice and honor all mix as the success or failure of the adventurous voyage comes to depend on Jim alone.

$25 for adults; $20 for students/seniors/veterans; $16 for MHM members and groups; $10 student rush. Suitable for children ages nine and up.

To purchase tickets call 314-361-9017 or visit http://www.mohistory.org.

POLICING BLACK ACTIVISM

WHERE: Missouri History Museum
Forest Park
St. Louis, Missouri
WHEN: Monday, November 16-- 7:00pm
FREE

Join us for a discussion of how black activism has been historically treated by the authorities. Watch selections from the acclaimed documentary Eyes on the Prize II: A Nation of Law? (1968-1971), followed by a panel discussion with Civil Rights activist Percy Green; newspaper columnist and community organizer Jamala Rogers; and Norman Seay, Civil Rights activist and founding member of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in St. Louis. Dr. Sowande' Mustakeem of Washington University will moderate.

This event is presented in conjunction with the Washington University Center for the Study of Ethics and Human Values and Olin Library.

This program is part of a series of events in preparation for the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, opening in January 2010. The Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with the St. Louis Beacon and KETC/Channel 9, presents these monthly programs addressing issues related to race in the region and nationwide.

More info, and more events: http://www.mohistory.org

Friday, October 30, 2009

THE RETURN OF THE GLOBE-DEMOCRAT!

The Globe-Democrat returns December 8, 2009

After a 23-year hiatus, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat will once again serve the people of St. Louis. The Globe-Democrat will provide St. Louis with a news and information portal unlike no other. It will utilize the latest technology to provide the best news experience utilizing all electronic formats.

In today's world, news has become abundant. You have many choices to discover what is happening in St. Louis. The new St. Louis Globe-Democrat will deliver your news with greater speed and depth. We pledge to be the number one digital source for breaking news and develop the reputation for being the first with the big stories.

We will provide you with the opportunity to contribute and add personality to our coverage utilizing the latest technologies to deliver your news the way you want it.

In addition to news, the new St. Louis Globe-Democrat will provide thought provoking analysis, conversation, community and trust. We will engage and inform you and stay with topics as they unfold. Our goal is to provide a portal to make your user experience richer to improve the quality of the content for the more casual reader.

To learn more about our launch, features and site design, sign up for our Alerts to receive more details about the people and technology that will be used to make the St. Louis Globe-Democrat the number one website in St. Louis for news and information.

http://www.globe-democrat.com/

ARKANSAS PRIOR BIRTH INDEX

Overstocked!! Half-Price Sale!!

Arkansas Genealogical Society is offering only 30 copies of Arkansas Prior Birth Index Volumes 1 & 2 for $30 each [regular price $60 each].

When completed, the Arkansas Prior Birth Index will index all Arkansas Birth Certificates issued beginning in 1942 to people born before February 1, 1914.

Volumes 1 & 2 index certificates filed in 1942 by people born before 1903. The include 54,000 names, with birth dates, counties of birth, mothers’ names and information necessary to order a copy of the original certificate.

This is a very important resource for nineteenth and twentieth century Arkansas research. If you haven’t started your Arkansas Prior Birth Index collection, this is a great way to start!

The Birth Certificates are still being indexed by volunteers from the Arkansas Genealogical Society.

Orders may sent to:

Arkansas Genealogical Society
PO Box 26374
Little Rock, AR 72221-6374

Or e-mailed to: Publications@agsgenealogy.org

Include $12.50 for shipping for the order. Arkansas customers must add local sales tax.

Please include an e-mail address. Only 30 copies of each book will be sold at this price!

NEW BOONE COUNTY HISTORY AND GENEALOGY ONLINE RESOURCE

The Boone County Historical Society has launched a new blog, the Boone County Historical Society's Online Archives:

http://boonehistory.blogspot.com/.

The site offers a growing selection of original documents, artifacts, photographs, newspaper articles and reviewed articles devoted to Boone County's rich history. David Sapp, editor of the blog and a MoSGA officer, indicates it will be of interest to the serious researcher, the genealogist and the just plain curious.

You can search for specific information of interest or just browse in different categories or time periods. If you're interested in Boone County, you should check it out!

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH OBITUARY SEARCH SHORTCUT

Copy and paste this into Google search box:

site:www.slpl.org/ zimmer 1909

Works for any year in which a Zimmer obit appears in the index. You can also omit the year and get complete listing of years where a Zimmer obit appears.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ULYSSES S. GRANT ASSOCIATION

Website includes information about the Association, their ongoing efforts to publish the collected papers of General Grant, plus links to info about Grant's military career, his presidency, his family, and his heroic struggle to finish his memoirs prior to his death from cancer in 1885:

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ST. LOUIS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY BOOK JAMBOREE

WHAT: St. Louis Genealogical Society Book Jamboree
WHERE: #4 Sunnen Drive, Suite 140, St. Louis, MO 63143 (off Big Bend, just south of Manchester Road)
WHEN: Sunday, December 6, 2009-- 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Here is a chance to meet local authors and representatives of local historical and genealogical societies. You can find a good book to read, get a good reference book for your genealogy and/or history interests, and even do some early holiday shopping. Authors will be autographing their books.

LOCAL HISTORY:

Jeff Fister - Counting Chickens: Tales of Raising 8 Kids (and 4 hens) in the City of St. Louis
NiNi Harris - Bohemian Hill, an American Story
Unyielding Spirit, the History of the Polish People in St. Louis
Kevin Kious - St. Louis Brews - 200 Years of Brewing in St. Louis, 1809-2009
Bill Lhotka - St. Louis Crime Chronicles
John Oldani - The Story of the Crown Candy Kitchen
Passing It On: Folklore of St. Louis
Greg Marecek - The St. Louis Football Cardinals
Carol Ferring Shepley - Movers and Shakers, Scalawags and Suffragettes: Tales of Bellefontaine Cemetery

MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS HISTORY:

Sue Blesi - History of Stanton
Where Dead Men Still Fight
Margaret Kimball Brown, PhD - The French Colony in the Mid-Mississippi Valley
History as They Lived It: A Social History of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois
Don Corrigan - Show Me...Nature's Wrath
Show Me...Natural Wonders
Anita Mallinckrodt, PhD - Why They Left: German Immigration from Prussia to Missouri
How They Came: German Immigration from Prussia to Missouri
Tom Pearson - The Missouri State Guard: A Selected, Annotated Unit Bibliography
Illinois Central: A Guide to Genealogical Research in Springfield, Illinois
Railroad Boys: The Story of the 89th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Dan Terry - Hermann Shadows

LOCAL GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETIES THAT WILL ALSO BE VENDORS THAT DAY:

Chesterfield Historical Commission
Four Rivers Genealogical Society
Historic Florissant
Jefferson County (MO) Genealogical Society
Landmark Association of St. Louis
St. Charles County (MO) Historical Society
St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society
Washington (MO) Historical Society

In addition, the Society's Photographer for Hire will be available.

Plus, there is always plenty of free parking at the Society!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

WONDERS OF THE INVISIBLE WORLD

The blog of St. Louis Public Library's History & Genealogy Department has posted a two-part article about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692:

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NIXON’S TRIDENT: NAVAL POWER IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

This new book available from the U.S. Government Printing Office focuses on naval air power during the final years of the Vietnam War (1968-1972). For much of this period, Navy aircraft sought to hamper the flow of supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, a huge investment in air power resources that ultimately proved fruitless. After North Vietnam's invasion of the South in 1972, however, Navy tactical aviation, as well as naval gunfire support, proved critical not only in blunting the offensive but also in persuading North Vietnam to accept a peace agreement in Paris in 1973:

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INTERNSHIPS AT ALPL

Do you know a college or graduate student who wants to work in a museum or archives? Here's a great opportunity for that student:

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum - Various, Seasonal Interns (Springfield,Illinois, U.S.)

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (ALPLM) is committed to providing challenging opportunities and career-enhancing experiences to college and graduate students. Whether working directly with the public or in administrative departments, interns contribute to the museum and library's mission. They work as part of a skilled team, assisting on significant projects as well as day-to-day operations.

The intern program operates through the ALPLM Education Department. Internships are available within a variety of departments in both the Library and Museum. An internship with the ALPLM benefits students by providing professional experience and an overview of the museum and library fields. Interns have the opportunity to gain useful skills, and the chance to build a strong professional network. References gained through work as an intern can be helpful in securing future employment and admission to further programs of study.

Eligibility: The ALPLM internship program is open to qualified college students, recent graduates or graduate students. Interns from all majors and interests are encouraged to apply.

Remuneration: ALPLM internships are unpaid. However, certain grant-funded projects may include stipends for interns.

Academic Credit: The ALPLM encourages interns to seek academic credit for their internship and will assist in any way to help the intern receive it. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's requirements.
Duration: Internships usually take place throughout the typical academic spring, summer or fall semester.

Deadlines: Spring (January-May) November 1; Summer (May-August) March 1; Fall (September-December) July 1

Mail or email to: Carol Manning, Adult Education Coordinator, ALPLM, 212 North Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62701

For more information visit: http://www.alplm.org/education/interns.html

HENRY FINNERN AND THE LEGACY OF THE FORTY-EIGHTERS

What: Legacy of 1848 - Finnern Conference
Where: Denison, Iowa
When: Oct 30 - Nov 1, 2009
Keynote speaker: Eric Braeden on German-American relations and the legacy of the Forty-Eighters

Emphasis of this conference is on the "Forty-eighters," a group of democratic revolutionary German immigrants who contributed much to their adopted homeland. Among them was a man named Henry Finnern:

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For more info, contact Dr. Reppmann.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

ARE WE PREPARED?

That is, is this country prepared for four different Weapons-of-Mass-Destruction scenarios examined in this new book available from the U.S. Government Printing Office:

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ANCESTRY.COM WEBINARS

Did you know that you can sign up for upcoming webinars, and view videos of past webinars for free?

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LOCATING YOUR ANCESTOR’S FINAL RESTING PLACE

Informative article at Ancestry Weekly Discovery about alternate ways to discover an ancestor's place of burial:

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ANCESTRY WEEKLY DISCOVERY

Free how-to and informational articles on genealogical topics of interest:

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For instance, September 2009 issues include articles about European immigration to New York City.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

Presentation -- "Digging Up the Graves: Exploring Death Records"

"Visitation of God; more probably intemperance; body found in an outhouse." Such was the fate of Joseph Harris in 1839, whose death was recorded in the inquest book of the St. Louis County coroner. Inquests are just one of many resources that can provide valuable information regarding our ancestors. Join Missouri History Museum Associate Archivist Dennis Northcott for a look at a variety of death records,
including newspaper obituaries, company employee magazines, military veterans' associations, funeral home records and much more.

When: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Where: Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum (Lindell & DeBaliviere, in Forest Park)
Price: Free

Recent Additions to the Genealogy and Local History Index

The following sources have recently been indexed and added to the Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index:

http://www.mohistory.org/genealogy

1. Lindenwood College yearbooks, 1927-1929

2. Washington University commencement program, 1934

3. The Handclasp Across the Sea, 1918-1919 (St. Louis Globe-Democrat composing room newsletters that include articles about St. Louis-area soldiers in World War I.)

4. Washington School (St. Louis) graduation program, 1909

5. St. Louis High School graduation program, 1886

Dennis Northcott
Associate Archivist for Reference
Missouri History Museum

CHINESE ANCESTRAL HALLS

Great article in the Wall Street Journal. Don’t miss the slideshow:

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NOTE 1: Given the ever-increasing cost of funerals, and the growing emphasis in the US on family history and genealogy, might ancestral halls for large American families be an idea whose time has come?

NOTE 2: Online newspaper articles are usually pulled from the website at some point, so check this article out sooner rather than later!

WEICK BROTHERS UNDERTAKING COMPANY RECORDS

The Missouri History Museum Archives holds a collection of records of the Weick Brothers Undertaking Company (St. Louis) that includes death records dated 1911-1950. The collection also contains "funeral bulletins" of decedents dated 1945-1968.

To request a look-up of a name in this collection, contact Dennis Northcott. Please provide the name of the decedent and the date of death.

I’M PRETTY SURE THEY’RE PHOTOS OF YOUR FAMILY…

We all like to collect family photos, but let’s face it-- some family photos are odd or-- err-- downright creepy:

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Friday, October 23, 2009

GIVING THE FLU THE COLD SHOULDER

The National Archives and the American Red Cross are teaming up to host a flu shot clinic. Shots are available for $25, payable by cash or check. No charge for Medicare Part B recipients. All Medicare paperwork will be completed by the American Red Cross. Appointments are not required.

While at the Archives, visitors are encouraged to visit the "Its Big" exhibit to learn more about the 1918 influenza epidemic.

Dates and Times

• Thursday, November 5-- 10:00 a.m. to Noon
• Saturday, November 7-- Noon to 2:00 p.m.
• Thursday, November 19-- 10:00 a.m. to Noon
• Saturday, November 21-- Noon to 2:00 p.m.

**Due to the unavailability of the influenza vaccine, the flu shot clinics scheduled for October 22 and 24 have been canceled.**

Call 816-268-8010 for more information.

*All clinics are held at the National Archives at 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO unless otherwise noted.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES- KANSAS CITY

*All events are held at the National Archives at 400 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO unless otherwise noted.*

For information about our upcoming events, please visit our website.

INDIAN STUDY GROUP: BEGINNING INDIAN RESEARCH

Genealogist Shirley Donaldson will conduct a workshop on where to begin Indian research.
Date: Friday, October 23
Time: 10:00 a.m.

FROM THE CURATOR: THE KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT

Join the staff for a special guided tour through "The Kansas Nebraska Act" exhibit.
Date: Saturday, October 24
Time: 1:00 p.m.

KNOW YOUR RECORDS LECTURE: CIVIL WAR MEDICINE

The National Archives at Kansas City and Washington, DC, will broadcast an interactive distance learning program about Civil War medicine.
Date: Tuesday, October 27
Time: 2:00 p.m.

AUTHOR EVENT FEATURING MARILYN IRVIN HOLT

Author Marilyn Irvin Holt will discuss and sign her book, The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America.
Date: Wednesday, October 28
Time: 6:00 p.m. reception, 6:30 p.m. lecture

BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES: CENSUS RECORDS

Join the staff for a recorded lecture on Census Records. Feel free to bring your lunch! Staff will be available to answer questions.
Date: Friday, October 30
Time: Noon

INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY

Staff will present an introduction to genealogy research and records housed at the National Archives. Topics will include Federal Censuses, military documents, and immigration and naturalization records.
Date: Tuesday, November 10
Time: 6:00 p.m

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING

The State Historical Society of Missouri will hold their annual meeting October 31, 2009, at the Tiger Hotel in downtown Columbia.

This day-long event will feature professional development workshops, a silent auction of valuable art, sports, and history items, research and publication awards, lunch in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom, and a one-woman play about the life of Jane Clemens, mother of Missouri’s most noted author, Mark Twain.

New to this year’s annual meeting will be a silent auction to include a watercolor landscape painting by Frank Stack, a Mizzou Tiger basketball autographed by head coach Mike Anderson, an original Thomas Hart Benton print, a reproduction of an 1836 map of Missouri, an assortment of wine, and Panera’s “Bread for a Year.”

Morning workshops will teach participants about preserving paper and three-dimensional objects in museums and historical societies throughout the state with three sessions: “Paper Preservation 101” with Claudia Powell, document conservation specialist at the University of Missouri-Columbia Western Historical Manuscript Collection; “Collections Preservation” led by Linda Eikmeier Endersby, assistant director of the Missouri State Museum and Jefferson Landing State Historic Site; and “In Storage and On Display” featuring Greig Thompson, the Society’s chief museum preparator.

Executive Director Gary R. Kremer and Society President Doug Crews will give the annual report at 11:30 a.m., highlighting accomplishments from the past year, defining future opportunities, and making awards to accomplished scholars in Missouri history.

A luncheon will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by MoHiP Theatre’s (Missouri History in Performance) production of Miz Jane, a one-woman play about the life of Jane Lampton Clemens, mother of writer and humorist Mark Twain. Talented mid-Missouri artists Jane Accurso and Dierik Leonhard will support the play with period music.
The general public is welcome and encouraged to attend The State Historical Society of Missouri’s Annual Meeting. The fee for the meeting, luncheon, and entertainment is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. The fee to participate in the workshops – in whole or part – is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Reservations will be taken through October 28, 2009 online or by calling (573) 882-7083.

Free parking is available in the Cherry Street Garage across from the Tiger Hotel, and the hotel is handicap accessible.

UNC PRESS FALL SALE

Looking for Christmas presents, but need to make your money stretch this year? The University of North Carolina Press is currently offering 300 of the books it publishes at 50% discounts. Sections on the Civil War and North Carolina history:

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

THE CIVIL WAR AND THE LIMITS OF DESTRUCTION

There's a fairly lively ongoing discussion about whether certain Civil War army commanders were overly zealous in their pursuit of victory. A book review on the Civil War Librarian blog examines a recent book on the subject:

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CALLING ALL VETERANS

If you’re a veteran, or if you work in an office or institution that serves veterans, you’ll be interested in the array of publications on veterans’ affairs available from the U.S. Government Printing Office:

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NOTE: You can also sign up to receive email notification when new publications on veterans affairs are issued by the US-GPO.

VICTORS, NOT VICTIMS: THE ROLE OF THE USCT IN THE CIVIL WAR

Info about the U.S. Colored Troops, including a video of a talk by Professor Hari Jones:

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FREE BEGINNING GENEALOGY LECTURES

Free Beginning Genealogy lectures will be presented:

A. GENEALOGY FOR BEGINNERS
Nov 17, 2009-- 1 p.m. at the Mascoutah Heritage Museum, 306 W. Main, Mascoutah, IL. Presented in conjunction with museum displays on immigrants.

B. TWO-PART WORKSHOP

Co-sponsored by St. Clair Co. Gen. Society and the Belleville Public Library Archives.

Location: Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL.

Dates:

12 December 2009-- DAY 1

Provides the tools and resources needed to begin your family tree. Sign up for either the 10:00 a.m. –Noon or 1:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m. session. Apply lessons learned using time remaining at the Library that day, or anytime before Day 2.

9 January 2010-- DAY 2

Bring the results of your research back to the library. One-on-one evaluation and further research suggestions will be provided by Society genealogists and Archives staff. Choose a time that is convenient for you.

Two-part workshop is geared to meet requirements for Boy Scouts of America Genealogy Merit Badge.

Pre-registration is necessary; seating limited. Please call the Belleville Public Library (618) 234-0441 ext. 22. Ask for Ms. Dana Prusacki, Archivist. Or, register by email: dana.prusacki@bellevillepubliclibrary.org

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

EVENTS AT THE MIDWEST GENEALOGY CENTER

Check out these wonderful family activities happening at the Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road, Independence, MO, 64055.

816-252-7228.

http://www.mcpl.lib.mo.us/programs/branch.cfm?id=GE

November 9, 2009, Monday at 2:00 PM

War Bonds: The Songs and Letters of World War II

EbzB Productions presents: WAR BONDS: The Songs and Letters of World War II -- a musical journey through a war that redefined the world. This multi-media living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the front and headline news of the period. The production is a warm reminiscence and a harrowing reminder of a time when the whole world seemed upside down.

November 13, 2009, Friday at 10:00 AM

Victor Borge: The Great Dane

Join us at the Midwest Genealogy Center for a very special exhibit highlighting the life of Victor Borge. Discover a remarkable musician and comic. You also will learn about Scandinavian genealogy resources available at the Midwest Genealogy Center. This exhibit is brought to us by the Scandinavian Women's Society and created by The Danish Immigrant Museum. The exhibit runs from November 13th-30th.

November 21, 2009, Saturday at 1:00 PM

Victor Borge Birthday Celebration

Enjoy cake and punch, look at the exhibit, materials, and talk to members of the Scandinavian Women's Society. Event runs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m..

November 30, 2009, Monday at 10:00 AM

Night Before Christmas Carol

Join Charles Dickens in his study for a very special night. On this evening in 1843, he creates his holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol". Renowned Dickens scholar, author, playwright and lecturer, Elliot Engel has crafted a work that allows David zum Brunnen to portray the 17 Christmas Carol characters and Charles Dickens himself. Recommended highly by the Dickens family, MCPL is privileged to offer this performance to continue its Dickens' tradition!

Angela McComas
Reference Assistant, Programming
amccomas@mcpl.lib.mo.us
Midwest Genealogy Center
Mid-Continent Public Library
3440 S Lee's Summit Road
Independence, MO 64055
http://mcpl.lib.mo.us
Phone (816) 252-7228
Fax: (816) 254-7146

GOOGLE LIKES EXPRESSO…

So much so that they’ve granted its maker, On Demand Books, access to the digital scans they’ve performed of two million books in the public domain:

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Note: I’m in favor of Google’s attempt to make all books ever published available online-- but I think we all knew that a price would need to paid at some point for Google’s Herculean efforts in that regard. If that price is fees paid by persons who desire a print copy of a public domain book that’s available full-text (and free) online, then I think it’s a small price to pay for value received.

EXPRESSO BOOK MACHINE

It can make a book on demand in a hurry, and this video shows you how:

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CIVIL WAR ANIMATED BATTLE MAPS

Currently, Franklin, Fredericksburg, Chantilly, Cedar Creek, and the first day at Chancellorsville:

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CHANGES TO NATIONWIDE GRAVESITE LOCATOR

WASHINGTON, Oct. 16-- Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has made the gravesites of more than 6.7 million Veterans easier to locate using handheld devices with Internet capability, such as "smart phones."

"This innovative program continues VA's commitment to use the latest technology to provide Veterans and their families with information they need," said Secretary Shinseki. "It will simplify and enhance the experience of many who visit our national cemeteries." The latest improvement builds upon a service begun in 2004, when VA introduced an online nationwide gravesite locator, linked to its electronic burial records, that helps people find the cemetery in which their loved one is buried. The grave locations of Veterans and eligible family members buried in national cemeteries, or whose graves are marked with a government headstone, can already be found with desktop computers and at national cemetery kiosks.

The original gravesite locator -- http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov-- online since April 2004, continues to help Veterans' families and others find the cemeteries where relatives, ancestors or friends are buried. The new Web site -http://m.va.gov/gravelocator -- is enhanced for viewing and browsing on "smart phone" devices.

Users enter a name to search and click "Locate" to find where the loved one is buried. Users can limit the search to a specific cemetery if that information is known.

The Web site will provide the name of the cemetery and a grave location, offer a link to a Google map and driving directions to the cemetery and, if the deceased is buried in a national cemetery or state Veterans cemetery, provide a link to a cemetery map to help find the section where the grave is located.

In addition to the more than 6.7 million records now available, VA continues to add approximately 1,000 new records to the database each day. In 2005, VA added to its database of national cemetery burial records the locations of 1.9 million veterans whose graves were marked with a government headstone since 1997. These are mostly private cemeteries. Burial records with cemetery maps available are for burials in VA national cemeteries, state Veterans cemeteries and Arlington National Cemetery if the burials occurred since 1999.

Veterans with a discharge issued under conditions other than dishonorable, their spouses and eligible dependent children can be buried in a VA national cemetery. Other burial benefits available for all eligible Veterans, regardless of whether they are buried in a national cemetery or a private cemetery, include a burial flag, a Presidential Memorial Certificate and a government headstone or marker. Families of eligible decedents may also order a memorial headstone or marker when remains are not available for interment.

In the midst of the largest expansion since the Civil War, VA operates 130 national cemeteries in 39 states and Puerto Rico and 33 soldiers' lots and monument sites. More than three million Americans, including Veterans of every war and conflict, are buried in VA's national cemeteries on more than 18,000 acres of land.

Information on VA burial benefits can be obtained from national cemetery offices, from the Internet at www.cem.va.gov <http://www.cem.va.gov/> or by calling VA regional offices toll-free at (800) 827-1000.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WHOLE LOTTA LINKS

Be careful-- you may spend hours exploring one new site after another once you’ve bookmarked this site that has thousands of links on hundreds of family history / genealogy topics:

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SCOTTISH GENEALOGY NEWS AND EVENTS

Another blog likely to interest persons with roots in Caledonia:

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SCOTGEN

Researching Scottish ancestors? Then you should add this blog to your reading list:

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PENNSYLVANIA HISTORY & GENEALOGY BLOG

If you’ve got Keystone State leaves on the family tree, this blog posts lots of photos and other info of interest:

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Monday, October 19, 2009

ROOTSWEB GUIDES

Rootsweb Guide to Foreign Military Records:

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Creating Worthwhile Guides for Our Families and Descendants:

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You can find dozens of other Rootsweb Guides here:

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DIGITAL BOOKS FROM YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY

Eager to read that new bestseller? You may want to check your local public library's website to see if it offers e-book downloads to its cardholders:

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WHERE TO FIND OBITS ONLINE

This blogger posts relatively infrequently, but posts are generally of great interest to many genealogists:

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ATLAS OF HISTORICAL COUNTY BOUNDARIES

Searchable online:

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Friday, October 16, 2009

CANADAGENEALOGY, OR “JANE’S YOUR AUNT”

If you’ve got Canadian kinfolk on your family tree, this blog may prove of interest:

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MICROSOFT TABLET

It was a secret, but now the horse is out of the barn:

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ROMANIA GENEALOGY FORUM

Got a question about ancestors from Romania? Post it here and wait for your answer:

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FREEZE FRAME

Over 20,000 photographs depicting British polar exploration:

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Note: Good-sized images are available to view online, or you may purchase enhanced images suitable for framing (so if there’s a North Pole / Antarctica nut on your Christmas list, look no further).

IF YOU GOTTA GO…

You might as well request that your ashes reside in a container that would make you smile if you weren’t-- err-- ashes:

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

COMPENDIUM OF THE CONFEDERATE ARMIES

If you're interested in Missouri Confederates, you should know that The Compendium of the Confederate Armies: Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, and the Indian Units by Stewart Sifakis is back in print. Sifakis' Compendium is the counterpart of Frederick Dyer's Compendium of the Union Armies:

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NOTE 1: All other books in the Confederate Compendium are also available from the same source.

NOTE 2: You may also be interested in my book, The Missouri State Guard: a Selected, Annotated Unit Bibliography:

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NOTE 3: Click on a book title to see an 11-page preview of that book!

JOHN BROWN ONLINE EXHIBIT

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry on October 16, 1859, West Virginia Archives and History has created a new online exhibit, "His Soul Goes Marching On: The Life and Legacy of John Brown." Through fourteen chapters, the online exhibit covers John Brown's life from his childhood through his execution in 1859 and beyond, looking at the immediate aftermath and the impact of his life in the decades since. The exhibit contains more than 200 photographs and illustrations, letters from John Brown, family, and associates, and numerous other documents. Also included are a series of lesson plans aimed at middle and high school students.

The new online exhibit draws primarily from materials in the Boyd B. Stutler Collection, housed at Archives and History. Stutler was a noted authority on John Brown who assembled one of the most important collections of John Brown materials in existence. A decade ago, Archives and History placed the John Brown portion of Boyd Stutler's collection online in a searchable database. A link to this database is included in the online exhibit.

"His Soul Goes Marching On: The Life and Legacy of John Brown" is available here.

Mary Johnson
West Virginia Archives and History
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East, Bldg. 9
Charleston, WV 25305-0300

Phone: (304) 558-0230
Fax: (304) 558-4193

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY 2010

Find out more about the theme and rules for this nationwide competition for schoolchildren:

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GOOGLE SCHOLAR

Genealogists who are researching specific historical events may wish to find out more about this versatile Google search tool:

About Google Scholar....

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Search using Google Scholar here:

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

USA vs. CSA

An interesting clause-by-clause comparison of the US and Confederate constitutions, with notes about any changes to a clause in the US document made by the CSA Constitution:

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BRITISH GENEALOGY NEWS

If you are fortunate enough to be traveling to England in the next few months, you might be able to take in one of these ongoing exhibits:

18 September 2009 to 24 January 2010
NATIONAL CONSERVATION CENTRE, Liverpool People by Stephen Shakeshaft.
Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 6HZ.

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To 3 January 2010
IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM NORTH
Captured: The Extraordinary Life of Prisoners of War.
The Quays, Trafford Wharf Road, Manchester M17 1TZ.

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To 28 February 2010
INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM Trafficked & Black Britannia
Thought-provoking exhibitions highlight continued issues in the realm of human and social injustice over 200 years since the abolition of the British slave trade.
International Slavery Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ.

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INDIANA SOLDIERS & SAILORS

An Indiana man now living in Manila, Philippine Islands, has made it his mission to photograph all the graves of Indiana soldiers and sailors buried at the American Cemetery in Manila. He’s also hoping to get photos of these graves to surviving family members in the U.S. He’s already succeeded in numerous cases:

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GENWEEKLY

Blog that provides tips for becoming a faster and smarter researcher:

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SONS OF CIVIL WAR VETS IN WWII

Civil War Fathers: Sons of the Civil War in World War II

Edited by Tim Pletkovich
ISBN 978-0-918339-69-0 | Hardcover | 288 pages, 6x9 | Illustrated | Acid Free Paper | Index | $24.95

Civil War Fathers is the amazing story of eight American families whose fathers fought in the Civil War and sons fought in World War II. It evolved from an interview project involving middle school children in Peoria, Illinois, into an amazing book encompassing almost 100 years of American history in two generations.

Based on interviews with the surviving WWII veterans, this absorbing book views the Civil War through the eyes of children listening to their father’s stories, and World War II through the eyes of the same children as grown up participants. It encompasses the broad span of social, cultural, and economic change over nine decades, and presents a rich and vibrant tapestry of often overlooked history.

So how did sons and daughters of Civil War veterans end up in World War II? The answers can be found in the history of America throughout the end of the 19th century and the beginning 20th century, a period of great growth and expansion, and a period where the impact of these changes on American culture is often overlooked. Civil War Fathers offers a rare glimpse into the heart of America during this period; and through the stories of these eight families recreates a very different time in America. A must for all Americana, Civil War, Depression Era and World War II collections.

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HERALDRY OF THE WORLD

Searching for your family’s coat of arms? This site boasts that it’s the largest heraldry site on the Internet:

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WHAT WON’T THEY STEAL?

Apparently thieves will steal anything that isn’t nailed down (and some stuff that is), including the grave markers of our loved ones. In this post, Dick Eastman reports on thieves who stole hundreds of bronze grave markers:

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NEWBERRY LIBRARY GENEALOGY NEWS

Honestly, is it really necessary for me to tell you what this blog is all about?

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VOTE FOR THE FAMILY TREE 40

Voting has started for the Family Tree Magazine 40 Best Genealogy Blogs, and we would certainly appreciate your vote (we’re in the Local/Society category):

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UNIVERSITY PRESS BLOGS

As we near the Christmas season, don’t forget that many university presses now extol the virtues of their latest releases on a blog. For instance, the University of Illinois Press has its own blog:

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

WOULD YOU LIKE FRIES WITH THAT POINT OF LIGHT?

This map represents every McDonald’s fast food restaurant in the 48 states as a little point of light. If you thought counting the stars in the sky was an impossible task, just try counting the points of light on this map (hint-- you’d better take that potty break before you start counting):

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ONLINE MILITARY INDEXES & ROSTERS

Looking for military records? Joe Beine has already done most of your work for you:

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THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

You’re a genealogist, so what’s not to like about a novel set in a graveyard whose characters are mainly residents of said graveyard?

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Note: If you don't usually like scary books, don't worry- you can handle this one by award-winner Neil Gaiman!

CRUISING WHILE TEXTING IS A NO-NO FOR THE FEDS

President Obama has signed an executive order that bans federal employees from texting while driving government vehicles. They also can’t text while driving their own vehicles, if using a phone paid for by the federal government:

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LIVING HISTORY DAY AT FORT FISHER

It’s very late notice, but I would have gone if I could. I love the Fort Fisher / Kure Beach area of North Carolina- I've been there several times:

From: Patterson, Betty [betty.patterson@ncdcr.gov]

KURE BEACH, N.C. -- Step back in time and experience life on the Confederate home front at Fort Fisher State Historic Site on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join costumed staff and volunteer interpreters as they demonstrate Civil War civilian activities in the fort's live oak grove overlooking the Cape Fear River. Learn how Fort Fisher's artillery protected the vital foreign trade routes running
through Wilmington with the firing of a 32-pound rifled and banded cannon at Shepherd's Battery at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Kids of all ages are encouraged to join in period games like hoops and graces, and a large scale townball game will be held on the site's grounds at 1 p.m. Period cooking demonstrations will be offered throughout the day, and visitors will take home recipes they can try themselves. Local musician John Golden will perform period music in the visitor center.

Visitors can also learn more about civilians on the home front through costumed tours and a talk by Brenda McKean, a member of Tar Heel Civilians. Costumed tours will leave the visitor center at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and focus on civilian involvement with Fort Fisher. At noon in the visitor center, Ms. McKean will delve into civilian shortages during the war. Contact the site for additional details. All activities are free.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

TRI-COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

Hello:

The Tri-County Genealogical Society's September 2009 Newsletter has been posted online:

www.rootsweb.com/~motcogs/

Regards,

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

web: www.rootsweb.com/~motcogs/
email: tricountygenealogy@centurytel.net

Friday, October 02, 2009

JOURNAL OF THE ILLINOIS STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Issues are available full-text online (1979-2006):

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ILLINOIS HISTORICAL DIGITIZATION PROJECTS

Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project:

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NOTE: A great example of the kind of material that’s available-- Illinois Civil War Newspapers:

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MORE ON BOB DOERR

Received from Bob's daughter, Christine, on behalf of the family:

ROBERT M. DOERR (1927-2009). Robert Martin (Bob) Doerr, 81, of Rolla passed away Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 due to complications from multiple myeloma. Bob spent his last days at home surrounded by his wife and four daughters, granddaughter, and two nephews.

Bob was born in St. Louis Mo., 05 Nov 1927, the older of two sons of the late Alfred J. and Emilie C. (Wangler) Doerr. On 31 Mar 1951, in St. Louis, he married and is survived by Vivian, daughter of the late Henry C. and Vivian O. (Dewes) Bokel. They had five daughters: Karen (John III) Hiatt of Columbia; Cheryl (Rob) Hoech of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; the late Margaret Mary ‘Peggy’ Doerr; Christine Doerr of Columbia; and Teresa (Timothy) Kassen of San Diego; 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife and four daughters, Robert is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and a genealogical tree that spans far and wide. Robert served in the Army Air Force during World Was II, earned a B.S. at St. Louis U. in 1950. In 1958, the Doerr family moved from St. Louis to Rolla Mo., where he was a metallurgy researcher at the US Bureau of Mines from 1958 to 1985 during which time he published many technical papers. In 1972, he earned a M.S. at UMR, where he was active in Sigma Xi. A devoted parishioner at St. Patrick Catholic Church, he was in the first group of lay Lectors and was a Eucharistic Minister.

He was a founding member and served two terms as president of the Missouri Chapter of Nature Conservancy. An avid float-fisherman, he once canoed the entire Gasconade River solo. In retirement, he wrote and published on gardening and genealogy. From 1992 through 2009, he edited a quarterly, the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal, and wrote a weekly newspaper column until 2004. He was active in the Knights of Columbus where he found great satisfaction helping with and heading M.R. ‘Tootsie Roll’ drives to benefit the handicapped.

Thanks in part to Robert, one of nature's noblemen, we may enjoy some beautiful wild areas in the Ozarks, the rivers run a little cleaner, and the seeds of knowledge and discovery will continue to propagate. His brother, Eugene J. (late Eve Highlander), died 15 May 2007 in Austin, Tx.

Family and friends will be received from 9 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, October 24 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Eulogy and Mass to follow. Interment: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Sect. E, Grave 1446. In lieu of flowers, a tribute account has been set up at Missouri Chapter of Nature Conservancy at Bob’s request. Donations can be sent to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Account 12058838, P.O. Box 6014, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or at www.Nature.org.

Respectfully,

Christine Doerr
on behalf on the Doerr Family: c/o bdoerr@rollanet.org

Thursday, October 01, 2009

NEW PUBLICATIONS FROM OGS

Ozarks Genealogical Society has announced several new Greene County (MO) publications:

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LAND RICH, DIRT POOR

Belleville (IL) Public Library has a nicely-done page on its website that touts my talk there on land records on 15 October 2009:

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ROOTBOUND IN THE HILLS

242 genealogy columns that ran in small Ozarks newspapers in the 1980s:

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