Tuesday, June 29, 2010


A St. Louis man has given a rare photo of Tad Lincoln and two letters written by Tad’s father to the State of Illinois:



DATES: July 10 & 24; August 14 & 28; September 4
TIME: 1pm
PLACE: Missouri History Museum

Have you ever wondered about the foundations of faiths other than your own? Have you thought about researching them, but you delayed because you're not sure where to begin? Attend these informal, yet informative 45-minute discussions led by knowledgable facilitators to get some of your questions answered.

Presentations include:
* July 10 - Judaism
* July 24 - Catholicism
* Aug 14 - Hinduism
* Aug 28 - Islam
* Sept 4 - Quakerism

Presented in conjunction with Interfaith Partnership/Faith Beyond Walls and Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates.

Library reference desk: 314-746-4500, library@mohistory.org
Archives reference desk: 314-746-4510, archives@mohistory.org
Library and Research Center website: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc-home/

Missouri History Museum P.O. Box 11940 St. Louis, MO 63112-0040


Article about the Pennsylvania Division at Antietam and Fredericksburg in the Summer 2010 issue of Army History (full-text online):


NOTE: There’s also a complete list of back issues of Army History available for free download:


For instance, this issue has an article on Sgt. Alvin C. York, WWI Medal of Honor winner from the Volunteer State:


This issue has articles on female physicians in the Spanish-American War, and black soldiers in the Continental Army:



Classes listed are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library, and are free and open to the public. Please note that locations for classes vary.

NOTE: This list supersedes any previous class list you may have received.

Thurs August 26 -- 10 a.m.-Noon. Killed by the Cure: Civil War Medicine. Join us as we discuss the injuries and diseases that plagued Civil War soldiers, and the (sometimes fatal) methods Civil War doctors used to try and heal them. Buder Branch. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Thurs October 14 -- 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Greatest Generation: Researching WWII Ancestors. Join us as we discuss various ways that genealogists can find books, microfilms, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and Internet sites that offer information about WWII ancestors. Belleville Public Library, 121 E. Washington, Belleville, IL 62220. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Weds October 20 -- 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Researching Farmers & Other Rural Ancestors. Join us as we discuss various ways that genealogists can find books, microfilms, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and Internet sites that offer information about ancestors who owned / worked farms or other agricultural ventures. Hayner Public Library, 326 Belle Street, Alton, IL 62002. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat October 30 -- 10 a.m.-Noon. The Witches of Salem Village. Join us as we discuss witchcraft and witch trials in Europe and North America; the witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692; and ways to research ancestors who were accused as witches. Buder Branch. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Weds November 3 -- 7 p.m.-7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Research at the Illinois State Archives. Join us at this monthly meeting of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as we discuss the wealth of resources for the genealogist and military historian available at this Springfield, Illinois institution. PSOP Bldg, 201 N. Church Street, Belleville, IL 62220. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Thurs November 4 -- 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Thirteen Dollars a Month: Recruiting, Enlistment, Conscription, & Desertion in the American Civil War. Join us at this monthly meeting of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society as we discuss how they joined the army during the Civil War; what they got paid for doing so; and how some of them took the money and ran. St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 301 N. Church Street, Belleville, IL 62220. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Thurs November 18 -- 10 a.m.-Noon. Research at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Join us as we discuss the wealth of resources for the genealogist and historian available at this Springfield, Illinois institution. Buder Branch. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat November 20 -- Meeting starts 10 a.m.; talk at 10:30 a.m. Hoe! Hoe! Hoe! Researching Farmers & Other Rural Ancestors. Join us at this monthly meeting of the St. Louis Genealogical Society as we discuss various ways that genealogists can find books, microfilms, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and Internet sites that offer information about ancestors who owned / worked farms or other agricultural ventures. St. Louis County Library, 1640 S. Lindbergh, St. Louis, MO 63131. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat December 18 -- 10 a.m.-Noon. He’s a Rebel: Researching Confederate Ancestors. Join us as we discuss various ways that genealogists can find books, microfilms, manuscripts, photographs, newspapers, and Internet sites that offer information about Confederate soldier ancestors. Buder Branch. To register or for more information, email me at tpearson@slpl.org.

Buder Branch
4401 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

Pre-registration is recommended. To register or for more information, contact tpearson@slpl.org. Parking on the Buder Branch lot is always free.

It’s easy to add you to my programs notification list. Just email me at tpearson@slpl.org and use NOTIFY in the subject line- that’s all you need to do!

Monday, June 28, 2010


Newspapers from Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Oregon have been added to the digitized newspapers available on this Library of Congress website:



During the Civil War, treatments for injuries and sickness were sometimes more deadly than the ailments being treated:



What effects (if any) did the American Revolution have on alcohol production and consumption in the United States?



A guidon found by a burial detail on the Little Big Horn battlefield is being auctioned off by its current owner, the Detroit Institute of Arts:


Friday, June 25, 2010


Missouri students made the Show-Me State proud at the National History Day (NHD) event at the University of Maryland-College Park, June 13-17. Patrick Lawhon from Pembroke High School in Kansas City won first place for his Senior Individual Performance, “The Box that Made the World Smaller.” Lawhon’s topic on the invention of the shipping container demonstrated this year’s national theme, “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” Lawhon also won the Dr. William Stolz III Special Prize at the Missouri state contest held in Columbia on April 10.

Missouri students’ participation in all levels of the NHD program is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Missouri and the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia.

Two Missouri students received recognition for Outstanding State Entries: Matt Vallorani from Holy Infant School, Ballwin, for his Junior Web site entry, “Steam Engine: Powering the Industrial Revolution,” and Emily Duncan of Liberty Junior High School for her Senior Web site entry, “The Discovery of Insulin: A Medical Marvel for the Sugar Sickness.” Vallorani placed ninth nationally in his division and Duncan placed eighth. The highest-ranking Missouri participant for Junior Individual Performance was Justin Shock from Gideon Junior High School who placed ninth with “Out of Darkness,” an exploration of Louis Braille’s invention of the code that enabled the blind to read. Missouri teacher Melanie Tipton of the Risco R-2 School District was one of eight finalists for the Public Broadcasting System’s Teacher of Merit Award. Tipton was awarded Missouri’s Teacher of the Year Award at the state contest in April.

National History Day is a yearlong program dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of history in elementary and secondary schools. Each fall, more than 700,000 students nationwide begin the National History Day program, competing in a series of contests at local and state levels. The annual student competition is the nation’s oldest and the most highly regarded humanities contest for students in grades 6-12. NHD is open to all types of students-public, private, parochial, and home-school; urban, suburban and rural.

For more information about the State Historical Society of Missouri and Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia’s sponsorship of this important educational program, call (573) 882-7083 or (573) 882-0187.

The State Historical Society of Missouri
1020 Lowry Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone (573) 882-7083
Toll-free (800) 747-6366
Fax (573) 884-4950
Please visit us today at: http://shs.umsystem.edu


Louisville (KY) Genealogical Society's Annual Family History Seminar and Book Fair, Saturday, October 16, 2010. Speaker: Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak; plus free classes, silent auction, commercial vendors. More info?


Betty Darnell


Wilson’s Creek was Missouri’s major Civil War battle (10 August 1861), and now 75 educators from around the country are at the battlefield learning all about it:



SATURDAY, JULY 24: Narrated coach tour of Civil War St. Louis, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.. More details? Call (314) 368-8818, ext. 201, or send an email to Maureen.

NOTE: If interested, you must contact Maureen and reserve a seat by July 3rd-- tour will be cancelled if reservations fall short of the minimum required.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Do you belong to one of the "First Families of Polk County, Missouri"?

The First Families of Polk County, Missouri --The year 2010 marks the 175th anniversary of the creation of Polk County, Missouri. In honor of this event, PCGS is proud to sponsor Polk County's First Families. This program will recognize the families who have made Polk County their home sometime between 1835 and 1935. Individuals will trace their ancestors back to one of four periods:

· Founding Families 1835 - 1860
· Pioneer Families 1861 - 1879
· Settler Families 1880 - 1899
· Century Families 1900 - 1935.

More info: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mopolkgs/


Program: "The Springs at El Dorado Springs" by Ezell Goodwin
Date: 1 July 2010
Location: SE corner of courthouse square in Bolivar, MO
More info: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mopolkgs/


Received from an author (Steven Burgauer):

I wanted to bring to your attention a new book that you might find of interest. It is based on the diaries of a man who trained for war at Fort Leonard Wood.

The book is entitled: THE ROAD TO WAR: Duty & Drill, Courage & Capture. It is a first-person account of an infantryman in the 29th Division who landed at Normandy on D-Day, was later captured, and spent a year in Oflag 64, a German POW camp.

This new book is a valuable resource for understanding World War II and is already prominently mentioned on various D-Day websites, as well as those of the 29th Infantry Division and Oflag 64. The Omaha Beach Memorial and the National World War II Museum in New Orleans have the volume in their libraries and for sale in their bookstores.

A survivor of Iwo Jima who has read the book has suggested that it would be an excellent reference on the human dynamics of warfare, one that addresses the common characteristics of every war, i.e., courage under fire, leadership skills, mental and physical stress, sleep deprivation, lack of food, and a tenacious desire to defeat the enemy.

To help you in acquiring the book, I have included the Library of Congress number, as well as the ISBN number. It is available both in a paperback edition and a hardcover edition.

· ISBN: 978-1-4502-1880-1 (pp)
· ISBN: 978-1-4502-1882-5 (hc)
· L/C # 2010903734

NOTE: Book is available via Amazon.com. Just use Burgauer as your keyword.


Here’s your chance to help a grad student working on an interesting research project:

I'm beginning to gather references for a research project on the war experiences of boys and adolescents in Civil War navies. I want to study both enlisted and midshipmen ranks. Sources are slim so far. I'd appreciate any insights you may have.


Rene Tyree
Graduate Student, Military History

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


As if you don’t have enough to worry about with hackers trying to steal your computer info, now word is out that office photocopiers also record data, and can also be hacked:


NOTE: The good news: getting personal info from an office copier is not especially easy to do-- but it doesn’t require a rocket scientist, either. Machines made prior to 2002 are not a problem, and some copy companies take extra steps to safeguard their machines. Some companies don’t take any steps to safeguard their machines, though- and some don’t even realize this is a potential problem!


A list-serve I follow recently ran a list of recommendations by history professors of the best one-volume histories of WWII. I though it might interest some of our readers:

Gerhard L. Weinberg, A World at Arms: A Global History of World War II (10 recommendations)

Williamson Murray and Allen Millett, A War to be Won (5 recommendations)

Richard Overy, Why the Allies Won (4 recommendations)

H.P. Willmott, The Great Crusade: A New Complete History of the Second World War (3 recommendations)

Several posts mentioned that, while Weinberg's book is the best one-volume history of the War, its length (and expense) might make it a little daunting for undergraduates, and several suggested that Williamson and Murray or Overy might be more accessible. Williamson and Murray were also noted as offering a more operational account.

Ronald Spector, Eagle Against the Sun received four recommendations as a history of the Pacific War.

Also recommended were: Miller, Donald A., The Story of World War II- Revised, expanded, and updated from the original text by Henry Steele Commager; John Costello, The Pacific War, 1941–1945; Russell Weigley, Eisenhower's Lieutenants; Norman Davies, No Simple Victory; John Toland, The Rising Sun; Evan Mawdsley, World War II: A New History.


The answer is still no- but you do need to be careful about what you download from the Internet, and you do need to keep track of what’s happening in the real world, as it seems only a matter of time before somebody decides it's time to hack the Mac:


NOTE: If you would feel better if your Mac had virus protection software, the above post lists two good freeware AV apps for the Mac.


I.B.M. has created a computer that beat four of six Jeopardy champions it opposed:


Monday, June 21, 2010


If you do a lot of printing that involves a lot of switching from document to document, Print Conductor may be just what you’ve been looking for:



The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center is free and open to the public. The Library and Research Center is located at 225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park. Our hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.
The Library and Research Center collections are non-circulating; items may not be checked out. The library staff can make photocopies for 25 cents per copy.

Library reference desk: 314-746-4500, library@mohistory.org
Archives reference desk: 314-746-4510, archives@mohistory.org
Library and Research Center website: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc-home/

Missouri History Museum P.O. Box 11940 St. Louis, MO 63112-0040


Missouri State Genealogical Association
2010 Conference Schedule
Friday, August 13-Saturday August 14, 2010


9:30-11:30 Pre-conference Workshops (Additional $20 fee)
Workshop 1: If You Don’t Tell the Story, Who Will? With Marilyn Collins. The search for family ancestors is the primary focus of genealogists. This workshop comes into play after the charts are complete. Learn how to write the story of a family, town, church, people, or events.

Workshop 2: When the Records Didn’t’ Get It Right, with Mary Celeste, MLS. If your family consists of names, dates, and places only, you may have missed out on really getting to know some interesting characters. In this workshop you will be inspired to roll up your sleeves, dust off your resources, call your cousins, and get back into the research mode. This is an interactive program.

9:30-1:00 -- Registration

1:00-2:00-- Conference Begins

Keynote Presentation: Civil Records in Germany, Roger Minert

2:30-3:30-- Breakout sessions

Researching Your Missouri Czech (Bohemian) Immigrant, June Sommer, MLS

Searching High and Low: Using Cartographic Records in Genealogical Research, Patricia M. Luebbert

4:00-5:00-- Breakout sessions

Overcoming Brick Walls When Researching Our Family History, Gene Block

The Rope and the Open Square: Civil War Crime and Punishment, Tom Pearson, MLS

6:00-- Banquet: Self-Defeating Behaviors in German Family History Research, Roger Minert


8:00-9:00-- Registration

8:30-9:30-- Troubleshooting in Germanic Family History Research, Roger Minert

10:00-11:00-- Breakout sessions

History Through Genealogy—Researching “Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story,” Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager, CG, CGL [Book signing to follow]

St Louis At War, 1861-1865,Tom Pearson, MLS

11:30-1:00-- Luncheon and Annual Meeting

1:15-2:15-- Surname Changes in Northwestern Germany, Roger Minert

2:45-3:45-- Breakout sessions

Heritage Societies, Certificate Programs, and Lineage Research Projects, Mary Celeste, MLS

Ireland Here and There, Suzanne Vinduska and Maria Forsha

More info? Go here.

Friday, June 18, 2010


If you're going to visit the Allen County Public Library this summer (or happen to live in Fort Wayne, IN), these classes may prove of interest:

Basics of Scanning
by Kay Spears
Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This lecture will cover the essentials of organizing, scanning, and storing family (or other) photographs digitally, as well as provide suggestions on the equipment you may need (basic computer knowledge is helpful in getting the most from this presentation).

Preserving Your Family History
by Rebecca Schipper
Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Discover how to care for and store documents, photos, books, textiles and other precious family treasures.

Cataloging 3-D Items & Heirlooms
Dawne Slater-Putt
Monday, July 19, 2010

Many of the objects in our home are heirlooms - they were passed down to us from someone else. Others have a story or an anecdote associated with them that has become part of our family's oral history. As genealogists, we organize our paper files; but when we are gone who will know that the sugar bowl in the cupboard belonged to Great Grandma Mattie, or which child made the clay handprint in kindergarten? And who will know why a particular wine cork was saved? This talk will discuss ways of recording information about three-dimensional objects so that future generations can enjoy not just the objects, but the history and special stories that go along with them.

Being Creative with Your Family History
Cynthia Theusch
Thursday, July 29, 2010

You've spent a lot of time gathering information about your ancestors, but you’re not quite ready to write the family genealogy book. This program will highlight a variety of creative ways to present your family history and gift ideas for family members.

Please register via email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info or by phone at 260-421-1225.

All of the programs will be at the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library at 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN in one of the first floor meetings rooms.


It’s a program launcher for your desktop. Not sure what I mean? Take a look at the screenshot-- a picture really can be worth a thousand words sometimes:



Wikipedia article that explains what they are, what they can do, and how to access them- for free:



Their delicious (but pricey) coffee isn’t pulling them in like it used to, so Starbuck’s is poised to begin offering free WiFi as an added draw starting on July 1st at all its locations nationwide:



If you find that you bookmark a lot of sites, only to read them once and know you’ll never need them again, you should look into Read It Later. Bookmark it, go back to it when you’ve got some spare time, read it- and that temporary bookmark magically goes away, never to waste your precious time or clog up your computer’s valuable innards ever again:



An initial decision in 2007 to replace the aging original Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery set in motion a series of appeals by groups that preferred that the original Tomb be restored, not replaced. Then Senators Webb of VA and Akaka of HI signed on as supporters of restoration, and the U.S. Army and Arlington have suddenly decided that restoration is a better idea than replacement:


Wednesday, June 16, 2010


from Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 75, May 31, 2010

by John D. Beatty

Copyright © 2010 by Allen County Public Library. Used by permission.

Obituaries, as every researcher knows, are often goldmines of genealogical information. If they are collected for a particular place and indexed, they become much more accessible, especially when the original newspapers may no longer exist. One such valuable collection is the “Wisconsin Necrology,” gathered over many years by the Wisconsin Historical Society and available in the Genealogy Center on seven reels of microfilm under the title, “Wisconsin Deaths Taken from Assorted Wisconsin Newspapers.” The collection consists of 52 scrapbooks containing nearly 30,000 obituaries gleaned from various Wisconsin newspapers spanning the years 1846 to 1944.

The obituaries in the Necrology are recorded in various formats. Some are original clippings, mounted on paper with the newspaper name and date, and occasionally contain additional comments or annotations. Others are handwritten, evidently copied from a newspaper or intended for later publication. These also contain annotations, sometimes in the hand of Lyman Draper or other Wisconsin Historical Society librarians. While the volumes generally follow a chronological format, especially after 1892, some of the earlier volumes overlap in their dates of coverage. For example, volume two covers the years 1869 to 1889 while volume three spans from 1875 to 1891. Each of the 52 volumes in the collection opens with a typewritten index that references page numbers in that particular scrapbook. Researchers will find all of these entries included in the Wisconsin Historical Society’s “Wisconsin Genealogy Index.”


It is not immediately clear what criteria the society used to select obituaries for the Necrology. While the obituaries of prominent white men– pioneers, lawyers, judges, clergy, and business leaders– predominate in the earlier volumes, sometimes with accompanying newspaper portraits, those of women begin to appear with increasing frequency by the 1880s. In 1883, for example, we find the Milwaukee Sentinel obituary of a former slave, Mrs. Lucy Burel, reportedly aged 110. While the complete obituary was not clipped, the remnant states that she had served in bondage in Kentucky and Missouri and that she had ten children, of which only four reached maturity. Two have since died “and one has not been heard of since some time before the war. It may be possible that he is still alive, but Mrs. Carter, the sole remaining daughter, believes him dead.”

This source is valuable for anyone with Wisconsin connections and can be helpful in locating a place of death, if not already known.

Note: This electronic newsletter is published by the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center. We welcome the wide distribution of this newsletter and encourage readers to forward it to their friends and societies.

To subscribe to “Genealogy Gems,” simply use your browser to go to the website:


Scroll down toward the bottom of the first screen where it says, "Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to "Genealogy Gems." Enter your email address in the yellow box and click on "Subscribe." You will be notified with a confirmation email.

Steve Myers & Curt Witcher, co-editors


What’s the future of the Internet look like? The folks at the Pew Research Center have definite opinions:



World War II bombing is still causing casualties: three bomb technicians died in Germany last week while trying to defuse an unexploded WWII bomb. It’s estimated there are at least 100,000 unexploded bombs still awaiting discovery in Germany—- several hundred are defused each year! Part of the problem is the high quality of the British and American-made fuses used on many of the bombs:



A treasure trove of photos taken in Berlin in the days immediately following Germany’s surrender during World War II was recently discovered. Twenty of the photos can be viewed in an online gallery. There are scenes of horror and devastation, as you might expect, but also photos of life going on, including children playing in a bombed-out church, and a woman in a bathing suit watering plants on her balcony:


Monday, June 14, 2010


They mean it, too-- so if you’ve ever wanted to learn chess (or wanted to improve your game), here’s your chance to get started for free:



Have you got Indiana ancestors? Then this site will be of great interest:




We are planning a commemorative event for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fredericktown (October 21, 1861).

We are trying to locate descendents of soldiers who fought here. We do not have names of the soldiers, but do know the names of units in the battle on both sides.


1st Indiana Cavalry
11th Missouri
20th Illinois
21st Illinois
8th Wisconsin
33rd Illinois
17th Illinois


1st Cavalry
MO State Guard
3rd Cavalry
2nd Cavalry
Units under the command of Thompson, Lowe, Waugh, Farmer and Brown

We are planning a "Gathering" to take place on a portion of the actual battlefield on October 21, 2011.

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide us.

Carole Magnus
The Foundation for Historic Preservation
Fredericktown, MO


Guide to contents of back issues of the MHR:



Here are the outlined details regarding the Living History Special Event being sponsored by the Camden County Historical Society and Museum:

Friday, June 25, 2010
Civil War Camp Set Up
Square Dance & Ice Cream Social ($5.00)

Saturday, June 26, 2010
5K Run (see firecracker/Living History at http://gojim.tv)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Abailable
Civil War Re-Enactors Mounted Drill & Weapons Demonstration
Town & Country Market
Historical Demonstration - Blacksmithing, Prairie Doll Making, Spinning, Rug Making, Basket Weaving & Tool Demonstrations
Children's Activities
Civil War Camp Open for Visitors
1860's Music & Songs - evening

Sunday, June 27, 2010
Brush Arbor Services (11 AM)

Questions regarding the event, can be addressed to the Camden County Museum at 573-346-7191 or at www.camdencountymuseum.com. The Museum is located at Hwy 54 & V-Rd, in Linn Creek, Missouri.

I am planning on attending. Hope to see you there.


Friday, June 11, 2010


How to Do Family History Research at the National Archives of Australia:



Kansas City, (MO).On June 11, the National Archives at Kansas City will open a new exhibition, Mugged!: Facing Life at Leavenworth. At 2:00 p.m. a special curator led tour will be available for the public. This exhibition will take visitors on a behind-the-scenes journey through the halls of the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas. The exhibition features records of the men (and a few women) who served time at the prison from the 1890s - 1930s.

Drawing from the diverse inmate case files in the holdings of the National Archives at Kansas City, this exhibition offers a glimpse into prison life in the United States during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Who were the individuals who lived within Leavenworth's prison walls? What life experiences do records from these inmate case files show over 100 years later? Visitors to this exhibition will have the opportunity to create their own inmate case file as they journey through the exhibit learning about the prison intake process and day-to-day life behind bars at Leavenworth.

Mugged! features famous and not-so-famous inmates from Leavenworth, including Robert Stroud, known as "The Birdman of Alcatraz"; African-American heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson; 15-year-old arsonist Lizzie Cardish; and Prohibition-era gangster George "Machine Gun" Kelly.

"On an individual level these records provide more biographical data than almost any other federal documents. The stories of these people's lives really come through. Collectively they provide insight and context to the periods of history they come from that you can't get from reading a book. It's raw, unfiltered history and its effect is powerful," says Stephen Spence, Archives Specialist.

Located twenty-five miles north of Kansas City, Kansas, the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, opened its doors in 1895 as the nation's first Federal Penitentiary. Under Congressional Acts originally passed in 1870 and 1872, responsibility for Federal prisoners was transferred from the Department of Interior to the newly formed Department of Justice. By 1930 the Bureau of Prisons was established within the Justice Department and still serves as the governing entity over Federal penal and correctional institutions.

Mugged!: Facing Life at Leavenworth is organized by the National Archives at Kansas City.


Mugged!: Facing Life at Leavenworth is a free exhibition and will be open through August 7, 2010. The National Archives at Kansas City is open Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. for exhibits viewing and Tuesday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. for research. Free parking is available for National Archives visitors, with additional free parking available in the Union Station Parking Garage on the west side of Union Station.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 13 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to more than 50,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000.



Our summer Lunch & Learn Lectures are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Oklahoma History Center classrooms. The cost is $10 per person and lunch is included. To register contact the Oklahoma Historical Society Research Center at (405) 522-5225.

June 23 - Lunch & Learn-- Dating Old Photographs: Learn about you ancestors using clues found in old family photos. Chester Cowen, Oklahoma Historical Society Photographic Archivist, will share tips for dating historic photographs. Participants are welcome to bring family photos to the program. June 23, 2010 from 11:30am-1:00pm.

July 28 - Lunch & Learn-- The Freedmen Saga in the Dawes Commission: Explore the history of Freedmen and learn how to trace Freedmen in your family using the US Federal Census, records from the Dawes Commission and other historical documents. Our speaker will be Ron Graham, President of the Muscogee Creek Freedmen Band and President of the NAACP, Okmulgee, OK. Graham has been involved with genealogy and the history of the Freedmen for more than 20 years. July 28, 2010 from 11:30am-1:00pm.

August 25 - Lunch & Learn-- Finding the Girls: Persons researching their families for any length of time have encountered the problems with researching females. In our society, their names change with marriage. And in the past, females could not own property or enter into contracts, which makes locating them in legal records even more difficult. So, what's a researcher to do? Learn how to consider the times and some of the techniques for researching the females in your family with Research Division Librarian Debra Spindle, PhD. August 25, 2010 from 11:30am-1:00pm.

1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census and more! The Research Center has recently completed an index to the 1890 Oklahoma Territorial Census. This census is especially valuable to researchers and genealogists, as the majority of the 1890 US Federal Census was destroyed by fire. Search the index online now:


Now you can own the entire 1890 OT Census with 1890 Resources, a DVD containing the index to the 1890 Census, color images of more than 1,200 census pages scanned from the original documents, a newly-updated index to Smith's First Directory of Oklahoma Territory and color scans of the entire directory. The First Eight Months of Oklahoma City by Irving Geffs (aka Bunky.) The DVD is available for $45 plust $2 shipping and handling. To find out more, visit:


Oklahoma Historical Society | 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive | Oklahoma City | OK | 73105



Just heard about this opportunity sponsored by the National Archives (UK), and thought any teachers out there may be interested:

Applications are open for this new course. Download the application pack below, and submit your application by 19.00 on Monday 14 June.

The programme will be delivered with the University of Virginia, giving British history teachers the chance to work in partnership with American teachers through a virtual learning environment during the Autumn term of 2010. They will carry out their own research on the transatlantic slave trade and work towards creating original learning resources based on documents from the collections of The National Archives and the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington. Following approval by an editorial board, these resources will be published on the programme's website.

American and British teachers will carry out further collaborative work on a trip to the Caribbean (subject to a successful funding bid) in February half term 2011.

All of the participants' expenses for the Autumn term will be paid, including travel and accommodation for the two days at The National Archives, as well as the cost of a supply teacher to cover their teaching on the Friday. If the bid for funding for the trip to the Caribbean is successful, travel, accommodation and daily expenditure will also be paid.

The virtual classroom and virtual learning environment will be freely available to participants through the internet; no special equipment will be required.

Programme Activities

· Introductory meeting for all teachers delivered via the Virtual Classroom, beginning of September 2010 (outside school hours).
· Participation in the virtual learning environment, to get to know the other British and American teachers working on the programme.
· Four lectures, delivered via the virtual classroom or as webcasts. These will be made available to participants between 14 September and 8 October.
· Two days of seminars on Friday 8 October and Saturday 9 October at The National Archives, led by Ben Walsh, history education trainer and author. Teachers will work with original documents, reflecting on how to design classroom activities which draw on the content of the lessons.
· Teachers work in small groups with American partners through the VLE, to develop their own teaching resources from October to December.
· Resources will be submitted to the editorial board on Friday 10 December.
· A study tour to the Caribbean from 19 to 25 February 2011, where American and British teachers will work in partnership on creating further learning resources (subject to successful funding bid) is planned to take place in February half term.

Go to our web page for application form and supporting information:


Thursday, June 10, 2010


For any Twitterati out there:

For frequent announcements of additions to the Genealogy and Local History Index, and other news of interest, follow the Missouri History Museum here:



If you’ve got a relative on his or her way to (or currently serving in) Afghanistan, or if you’re just curious yourself, you may be interested in this GPO publication:

Contains information to enhance soldiers' knowledge of Afghanistan, including history, politics, country data and statistics, and the military operational environment. Concludes with an overview of the culture of Afghanistan, including religion, identity, behavior, communication and negotiation techniques, an overview of ethnic groups, a regional breakdown including each province, language guide, and cultural proverbs, expressions, and superstitions.



Re-enactment on the 154th anniversary of this Missouri battle:



Free access throughout June- you just need to register, which involves providing an email address and picking a password:


Wednesday, June 09, 2010


Planning to visit Allen County Public Library this summer? You might want to plan your trip with these classes in mind:

Remember our summer series will be in the evenings of the third Tuesdays of each month. On the third Tuesday of June, July, and August, the Genealogy Center will offer a research guidance lecture. Cynthia Theusch will offer information on doing "French Canadian Research at ACPL" on June 15, John Beatty will present "Researching Indiana Court Records" on July 20, and Dawne Slater-Putt will cap the series by telling us about "Cataloging 3-D Items & Heirlooms" on August 17.

All of these classes meet at 6:30 pm in Meeting Room A. Look for more information on our Website:


Remember to register soon via email to Genealogy@ACPL.Info or by phone at 260-421-1225. Plan to visit us in the evenings this summer!


Very nice group of high quality Civil War photos (various topics):



The May 2010 Tri-County Genealogical Society Newsletter has been posted on our website at: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~motcogs/

The Bushwhacker Museum has openings for for volunteers to serve as Museum docents. If you have one or two (or more) mornings or afternoons per month available, enjoy local history and meeting people, you will want to get more details about this volunteer opportunity by contacting the Bushwhacker Museum at (417) 667-9602. Docents will receive training.

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

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


The honest-- albeit less than completely satisfying-- answer: it all depends:


NOTE: The blog post above does offer some great tips for determining if the author signature in question is authentic!


Many such predictions are in fact very difficult to make- too many variables involved- but some are actually child’s play by comparison:



Like to order books online, but haven’t heard of ThriftBooks? You may want to take a look:


Friday, June 04, 2010


from Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library
No. 75, May 31, 2010

by Steven W. Myers

Copyright © 2010 by Allen County Public Library. Used by permission.

Genealogists, who may have come to the field with a popular view of the late twentieth century as the birthplace of most modern social ills, will be disabused of that notion by a simple stroll through colonial court records. Adultery, arson, beating, bestiality, counterfeiting, defamation, devil worship, divorce, executions, forgery, fornication, incest, murder, piracy, prison breaks, profanity, rape, riot, robbery, treason, vandalism, and witchcraft are all represented in surviving records of the 17th and 18th century courts. In short, people have been people for a very long time.

The recent publication of the “Colony of Connecticut, Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669-1711,” (974.6 UL44c) transcribed and indexed by Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG, makes one group of these early court records easily accessible. The detailed index includes names, places and many subjects save “common ones such as debt, land titles, or disputes over boundaries, hay, and timber.” Name entries indicate when a person’s estate is being referenced or if someone appears as a juror. Inclusive headings for Indian, Negro, Animals, Occupations and Weapons provide references for those individuals and subjects.

The Court of Assistants heard appeals from lower courts and had jurisdiction over divorce and murder. In 1673, the court convicted Daniel Bly of “notorious prophane cursing” and “scandalously defaming Mr. Handford & violently assaulting one of his Majesties officers.” Fined, but unable to pay, Bly was sentenced to servitude in the Barbadoes and to “be whipt once a week” if he returned. In 1706, the court dealt with a case concerning the charge that “Joseph Mallerie of the towne of Newhaven In the Countie of Newhaven Labourer…did willfully wickedly and Violently Assault Sarah the wife of Thomas Beech…with felonious Intent to Committ a Rape…” The religious sensibilities of the time are in evidence with the accused often described as “not having the fear of God” and acting “through the instigation of the Devill.” In one case, the minutes cite “their wickedness to the Great dishonor of the name of God and provocation of his Just wrath by such a crying sin…”

Similar early court records of ancestral disputes and criminal mischief would be worth investigation for anyone with colonial forebears. Relationships, occupations and other details unavailable in other records are the potential reward. Of course, many of these colonial court records have never been published or microfilmed, let alone digitized, so visits to state archives and a familiarity with the handwriting and flexible spelling of the day may be necessary.

Note: This electronic newsletter is published by the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center. We welcome the wide distribution of this newsletter and encourage readers to forward it to their friends and societies.

To subscribe to “Genealogy Gems,” simply use your browser to go to the website:


Scroll down toward the bottom of the first screen where it says, "Enter Your Email Address to Subscribe to "Genealogy Gems." Enter your email address in the yellow box and click on "Subscribe." You will be notified with a confirmation email.

Steve Myers & Curt Witcher, co-editors


Why do they need one? Because they publish a lot of books, of course:



Are you getting interested in ebooks, but wish there was a way to reconcile all the different formats they take? Maybe there is-- and it’s free:



Illinois has a new law concerning adoption records, and it's a BIG change...

"Now anyone adopted before 1946 can gain immediate access to their birth certificates by filing a written request with the vital records division of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Adults 21 and over who were born after Jan. 1, 1946 will be able to request the same information beginning late next year through the state's adoption registry."


NOTE: There’s a catch: one or both birth parents can opt to keep their identities secret, but all other info can be released regardless.

Thursday, June 03, 2010


Like Family Tree Maker 2005, 2006, or version 16, and wish all its features would work on your Windows Vista computer? This free patch can make it so:



Think that movie ratings aren’t specific enough to help you decide if your child should see a particular movie or not? Kids in Mind rates movies very specifically based on the following categories— 1. Sex & Nudity; 2. Violence; 3. Profanity:



Before you hit the SEND button, realize that messages you send via email simply cannot be considered private. Would you want your boss (or your mother) to read that message you're about to send? Read on:


Wednesday, June 02, 2010


The Library of Congress' Chronicling America website includes the digitized, keyword-searchable St. Louis Republic, 1900-1904. Under the "OR select newspaper(s)" heading, select "St. Louis Republic," then try some searches in the "Enter search" section.


Note to house historians: If you are researching a house that dates back to this time period (1900-1904), search for the street address of your home.

Please note: These digitized newspaper issues were rendered searchable by optical character recognition (OCR) software, which translates scanned printed text into machine-readable (i.e., searchable) text. Oftentimes, the OCR software misinterprets the typeset letters, so be prepared for more than a few “speed bumps” when searching / reading these items.

Click “Search Pages” in the “View Newspaper Pages” box.

These other Missouri newspapers are also currently viewable online (dates available vary by newspaper):

Daily Missourian (Columbia, MO)
Evening Missourian (Columbia, MO)
Hayti Herald
Jasper News
Kansas City Daily Journal
Kansas Ciy Journal
Missouri Herald (Hayti, MO)
St. Joseph Observer
St. Louis Republic
University Missourian (Columbia, MO)
Weekly Graphic (Kirksville, MO)


by Juliana Smith

From Ancestry Weekly Discovery (27 May 2010), a free newsletter published by Ancestry.com. Copyright © 2010 by Ancestry.com. Used by permission.

In April 1942, American industry was retooling and refocusing its energies on war production. The production of civilian automobiles was banned during the war and automotive plants instead turned out jeeps, tanks, and other military vehicles. Women donated their nylon hosiery to make parachutes and tow ropes. Americans were encouraged to salvage metal, rubber, rags, and newspapers for the war effort and sanitation trucks scheduled special collections to retrieve these materials which were in short supply. "Salvage for Victory" depots were also set up.

Food was being rationed and the 27 April 1942 Lima News (Lima, Ohio) noted that, "After a week from tomorrow no hairpin or bobbie pin manufacturer may make these articles longer than two inches."

New factories were being built, but workers were desperately needed to man them. On 27 April 1942, men who were born on or between 28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897 not already in the military were required to register for a draft--not for military service, but to help the government get a grasp on the industrial manpower capacity of the country. Known as the "Old Man's Draft," it was one of seven draft registrations during World War II, and is the only one that is currently available to the public.

Ancestry.com now has cards online for the following states:

New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York*
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
West Virginia

(An * indicates that coverage is incomplete for that state.)

Unfortunately, there are no cards available for the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Questions asked for the registration were:

Birth date
Employer Information
Name and address of person who would
always know the registrant's whereabouts
Physical description

Notes on This Collection:

The residence and name and address of person who would always know the registrant's whereabouts can help you place your ancestors in 1942, which can be very helpful during this period where census records are not yet available.

Because the range of birth dates for the registrants of this draft (28 April 1877 and 16 February 1897) overlaps the range of birth dates for the World War I draft registrations (11 Sept 1872 and 12 Sept 1900), you may find cards for these men in both drafts.

The cards for the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia were microfilmed at the National Archives in such a way that the back of one persons draft card appears in the same image as the front of the next individual's card. Thus, when viewing the scanned image of each person's original draft card you will see the correct front side of each person's draft card, but the back side of the previous persons card.

The draft cards for states other than Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia were microfilmed in a different manner so you just need to advance to the next image to view the back side of the card.

Sign up for your free subscription to Ancestry Weekly Discovery: http://learn.ancestry.com/LearnMore/WeeklyJournal.aspx.


Dear friends,

My last trip to the US was really exhausting: 16 days, 12 lectures, 9 planes, 5 cities and a lot of very nice people but I would gladly do it again:


In fact, I AM doing it again, and I'm ready to start on June 08. This time I will stay longer and will visit more cities:

June 08: Antelope Valley Genealogical Society, CA. How to Preserve Memories in a Digital Era

June 11 - 13: Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, Burbank, CA. MyHeritage Genealogy Super Search Engine; Family Tree Builder; Face Recognition and Photo Tagging for Genealogy Research

June 17: Napa Valley Biographical & Genealogical Society, CA. MyHeritage Genealogy Super Search Engine

June 19: Computer Genealogical Society San Diego, CA. MyHeritage SmartMatching Technology - Find relatives without searching

June 20: Jewish Genealogy Society San Diego, CA. Face Recognition and Photo Tagging for Genealogy Research

June 27: Jewish Genealogy Society Conejo Valley & Ventura, CA. Genealogical Resources in Latin America; MyHeritage Genealogy Super Search Engine

July 01: Jewish Genealogy Society of Oregon, Portland, OR. Lecture TBA

July 04 - 07: Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) Convention, Seattle, WA. Technology and Museums – An information retrieval success story

July 08: Eastside Genealogical Society, Seattle, WA. Face Recognition and Photo Tagging for Genealogy Research

July 11 - 16: 30th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Los Angeles, CA. Technology and Museums – An information retrieval success story; How to make your database searchable; MyHeritage Genealogy Super Search Engine; How we share and preserve memories in the digital era

July 16: San Fernando Valley Genealogical Society, CA. Planting a Family Tree on-line with MyHeritage.com

July 17: Santa Barbara Genealogical Society, CA. Face Recognition and Photo Tagging for Genealogy Research

Come to the closest venue, learn the latest technology developments in genealogy and receive a FREE copy of the software "Family Tree Builder"

You can still contact me to schedule a lecture for your group at Daniel@genealogy.org

You can print / download a copy of the schedule here:


Feel free to reprint / repost this notice in library /society blogs or publications.

Best regards and hope to see you soon,

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy and Translation Manager