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Friday, April 30, 2010

RIVERMONTE MEMORIAL GARDENS

Interment.net has added listings for Rivermonte Memorial Gardens in Greene County, Missouri:

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EASTLAWN CEMETERY

Interment.net has added listings for Eastlawn Cemetery in Greene County, Missouri:

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THE FLOPPY GOES KER-PLOPPY

Still using 3.5 diskettes? Better buy more while you still can:

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RENEW FOOTNOTE TODAY!

Renew your Footnote subscription today (30 April 2010) and get a big discount on the annual rate:

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NOTE: Err— offer ends today, so don’t delay…

Thursday, April 29, 2010

ATTENTION AUTHORS

Submit Your Book to the Missouri State Genealogical Association's (MoSGA) Library Program.

The MoSGA Library Program is seeking complimentary copies of recently published family histories, genealogies, local histories, and any other books relevant to genealogists. Every book will be reviewed in the MoSGA Journal, and a copy of the review will be sent to the author.

A bookplate naming the donor will be placed in the book and the book will be placed in the circulating collection at the Midwest Genealogy Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, Missouri. This collection is available for use at the library, and more importantly, available for interlibrary loan, reaching genealogy patrons across the United States.

Please include with the book the following information: title, author(s)/ editor(s)/ compiler(s), place of publication, publisher/self-published, year of publication, contact/ordering information, including price and shipping.

For more information contact Jean Foster Kelley, MoSGA Library Director, by email at jean@fosterkelley.com. Book donations may be mailed to MoSGA Library Director, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833.

NOTE: We are perfectly willing to accept other donations of family histories, Missouri local and county histories, Missouri school and college yearbooks, and other books of interest to Missouri genealogists-- even if you are not the author! Please send them to the address above. Thanks!

GREATER ST. LOUIS BOOK FAIR

It’s this weekend at West County Mall here in St. Louis:

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NOTE No. 1: If you live close to St. Louis and have never went to the Fair, you should go—you never know what you’ll find!

NOTE No. 2: I have seen county histories / city directories / yearbooks there, but not in great quantities and not every time I go...

AFRICAN-AMERICANS TO LIBERIA, 1820-1904

This new website helps tell the stories of more than 15,000 African-Americans who emigrated to Liberia in search of the freedom and equality that wasn't available to them in 19th century America:

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NOTE: Includes a database of persons who emigrated— you’ll have to register first to use it (non-invasive, just pick a user name and password).

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

This Friday (30 April 2010) Spike Lee discovers his roots:

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

MoSGA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2010

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

FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 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

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14, 2010

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 / to register: http://www.mosga.org/conference2010.html

GIVE YOUR POOR HEAD A REST…

Since it sounds like you may have butted it up against that genealogical brick wall once too often! This post on the Genealogy Insider blog may help knock down the wall (and give your poor head some well-deserved rest):

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USING YOUR LOCAL FHL BRANCH

Planning to make a run to your local Family History Library branch? These tips can help save you time and effort:

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LOW-END DVD PLAYERS

Good quality at great prices:

Need a new DVD player, but don’t want to (or in this economy just plain can’t) spend a fortune on it? One of these two players may be just what you’ve been looking for:

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FAMILY TREE UNIVERSITY

Want to be a better genealogist? These folks will help you-- for a fee:

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

ARE YOUR BOOTS MADE FOR WALKING?

Because that’s just what they should do… Let’s face it-- many genealogists are over 50, and many are of the female persuasion. New research shows that just two or three hours spent walking per week can lower a woman’s risk of stroke by almost half:

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NOTE: And yes, I already know-- two or three hours of walking per week won’t hurt the gentlemen out there, either

WE REBUILT THIS CITY…

How the American military helped San Francisco cope with devastation after its 1906 earthquake and subsequent fire:

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THE NATIONAL HOME FOR DISABLED VOLUNTEER SOLDIERS

Prologue article that provides a history of and overview of records available for these homes for Civil War and later veterans:

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THEY ALSO SERVED…

Women served as soldiers on both sides during the Civil War. Numbers are somewhat vague, but there are enough documented cases that we know it to be true. The fact that these women managed to pass their pre-enlistment physical exams tells us in no uncertain terms just how grossly inadequate those “exams” generally were:

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FRANKLIN CIVIL WAR DAYS

PLACE: Harlinsdale Park, Franklin, TN
DATES: October 15-17, 2010
MORE INFO: www.franklincivilwar.com

A word from the sponsors:

Hundreds of Civil War re-enactors will convene at Harlinsdale Park for a weekend of troop movements and skirmishes, living history displays, a parade, concerts by period bands and more, all on the site of one of the largest cavalry engagements of the American Civil War.

Friday, April 23, 2010

SHOW ME MO MONEY

If you’re a Missouri resident (or work in/do business in Missouri), you may want to search the following website-- the State of Missouri may owe you some money. It probably doesn’t owe you very much money, however, so don’t get your hopes up too high:

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Yes, MO owes me money, too-- but I'm not packing for Disney World, either...

By the way, site URL tells us the site above is actually a MO state government site and not some scam site.

I originally found the above info about myself searching a site called Pipl:

http://pipl.com/

You may also want to search Pipl for yourself and a few friends/relatives. Some results are not relevant, of course, and some are sponsored (pay) results, but some are relevant and many are free. Interestingly, each of the searches I did included some results very likely to interest genealogists.

AVG RESCUE CD

The unthinkable happens-- a hardcore virus gains a foothold in your computer, in spite of the commendable precautions you’ve taken to prevent such an event. What can you do?

Well, one thing you can do now (before the above event happens) is download AVG Rescue CD (it's free). You can choose between a version for CD and a version for a thumb drive. Then, should disaster strike, you can insert the CD or thumb drive and (most likely) take back your PC.

For this scenario to work, however, you need to download AVG Rescue CD right now, and keep it somewhere that you can easily access it. Oh, and you’ll need to update it on a frequent basis, of course, because hackers never seem to sleep. But we all knew that eternal vigilance is the price of Web freedom, right?

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DOWNLOADED PROGRAMS NOTE: By the way, always SAVE programs to be downloaded rather than clicking INSTALL. Then SCAN the downloaded program with your computer security software before installing-- regardless of the source of that program. Better safe than sorry!

ENDING THE SLAVERY BLAME GAME

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in an op-ed piece in the New York Times points out that the United States wasn’t the only country that profited from the U.S. slave trade. Many European countries did, too-- and the U.S. slave trade would not even have been possible without the eager participation of the leaders of a number of African nations:

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

GUTENBERG’S BIBLE

Find out how he printed the Bible, and view a Gutenberg Bible owned by the Ransom Center (University of Texas-Austin):

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HOMEBASE

If you own a home-based bookselling business (or just own a ton of books), you may wish to look at this (free) bookseller’s inventory management application:

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NATIONAL PARKS FREE WEEK

Get into all 392 National Parks free-- if you can go this week:

To make it easier to experience America's Great Outdoors, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees, so visitors can enjoy all 392 national parks for free April 17-25.

In addition, many national park concessionaires are offering special promotions that are certain to add to your fun.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

THE SHOEMAKER AND THE FISHMONGER

April 15th marked the 90th anniversary of a crime committed in Braintree, Massachusetts that ultimately led to the execution of Italian immigrants Sacco and Vanzetti:

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ENGLISH SEAMEN IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY (1893)

If you hail from a proud line of sea-faring men (or a long line of pirates, which you may or may not be as eager to boast about in your family history), this online book may prove of interest:

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MAKING IDEAS REAL

Do you have a great idea, but don’t know how to make it happen in the real world? This excerpt from a book on brainstorming may help:

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GENIE TRIPPING ON THE CHEAP

Planning a research trip in the near future, but want to pay as little as possible for airfare? These tips from Lifehacker.com could save you a bundle:

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

MICROSOFT FIX-IT CENTER

Got a Windows problem (7, Vista, or XP)? Your buddies at Microsoft want to help:

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TO GNOME HIM IS TO LOVE HIM…

Somewhere in Iowa stands a 15-foot tall garden gnome. While I can certainly applaud the willingness of the sculptor to think outside the box, I was under the impression that garden gnomes were all little guys who make lawn jockeys look like NBA players:

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NYC’S SEWER GATOR

If you’re like me, you’re probably glad you weren’t there that day in 1935 when a real, live alligator crawled out of a New York manhole. Public-spirited New Yorkers showed their fabled hospitality by promptly beating the poor immigrant to death:

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO CELEBRATE JEWISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

For Immediate Release:

April 15, 2010

Panel to discuss the Jewish experience during the Civil War

Washington, DC. On Thursday, May 27, at 7 PM, the National Archives will celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month with a special program entitled: The Jewish Experience During the Civil War. This event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

To commemorate fourth annual Jewish American Heritage Month, a panel will discuss the contributions of the Jewish men and women during the Civil War. The discussion will focus on documents and events including General Grant's Order 11, which called for the expulsion of all Jews in his military districts. Dr. Gary P. Zola, executive director of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, will moderate a panel including Eli Evans, former president of the Revson Foundation and author of Judah P. Benjamin: The Jewish Confederate; and Dr. Pamela S. Nadell, director of the Jewish Studies Program at American University and co-editor of Women and American Judaism: Historical Perspectives.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please email public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event to ensure proper arrangements are secured. Spring/Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 10 AM-7 PM daily.

TAKING INVENTORY

Since every volcano on Earth seems to be blowing its top, and every fault line on Earth seems to be doing the old slip-and-slide, it may be a good time to do an inventory of your worldly possessions. That way you’ll be ready when the insurance company says, “Prove it!” as your western Missouri home slides into the Pacific Ocean:

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DIGITAL DECLUTTERIZATION

OK, declutterization probably isn’t a real word, but you really can tame your digital domain with these Lifehacker.com tips:

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

SONGBIRD

If you like to listen to music online, or while you’re using your computer for offline chores, you should take a look at Songbird. It will organize and play your music files. It looks a lot like and works in similar fashion to iTunes- but it’s free:

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OPEN CITY

Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family, 1900-1950
April 22, 2010, 7:00 pm
Missouri State Archives, 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City

Open City: True Story of the KC Crime Family details an historical account of the birth and growth of organized crime in Kansas City during the first 50 years of the 20th century. William Ouseley, a retired supervsor of the Organized Crime Squad, Kansas City Field Division, waged a 21-year battle against the modern day Kansas City "crime family." Ouseley's FBI experience makes possible an in-depth analysis of the historical materials that make up this book. Ouseley shares the story of a captive city, unbridled politicians, powerful and colorful mob bosses, gangland murders, racket activities and courageous police officers and reformers.

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IF TWEETS ARE WHAT YOU SEEK…

Then the Library of Congress is going to be the place you want to be. They’re planning to archive a copy of every Tweet sent since Twitter’s inception:

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NOTE: They’re already aware that all Tweets are not created equal. They are planning to highlight "historically significant" Tweets (as opposed to the countless “I’ll think I’ll go get a burrito” type Tweets that will also be part of the archive).

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

DITTO

Ditto is a clipboard manager. The built-in clipboard on Windows allows you to copy and paste one item at a time. Ditto goes the extra mile for you, however: it allows you to save clipped items and paste them again at some later date:

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MAKE IT ONE

Use a lot of audio files? Then stop worrying about file types by using freeware application Make It One:

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KAFAFA

What is Kafafa? Read on:

“It's easy to create your own website using Kafafa. It's packed with all the stuff you need to make any sort of site you want. Whether it’s a full-fledged site for your start-up business or a simple blog for your cat, all it takes is a couple of clicks to get it up and published. In a world where people use the Internet for pretty much everything except the dishes, there’s never been a better time to show the world what you have to offer.”

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

“CO. AYTCH”: MAURY GRAYS, 1ST TENNESSEE REGIMENT, or, A SIDE SHOW OF THE BIG SHOW (1900)

Well-known book by Confederate soldier Sam Watkins now available full-text online at Project Gutenberg:

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MISSOURI CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMISSION

Governor Jay Nixon recently signed an executive order at Jefferson Barracks that established the Commission:

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TRIPLE-D SCHEDULES NOW ON ANCESTRY.COM

Ancestry.com now has the triple-D schedules for 1880 for these states:

California, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington Territory


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NOTE: What are the triple-D schedules? They’re the so-called 1880 “defective, dependent, & delinquent” schedules.

SOCIETY OF GENEALOGISTS

Received from this distinguished organization:

To whom it may concern,

I am writing to you on behalf of the UK’s Society of Genealogists. The Society is a registered charity with over 12,000 members, 350 of whom are based in the U.S.A. We are very much interested in increasing our American membership.

The Society publishes a quarterly magazine that has a circulation of 12,500. This magazine benefits from articles written for us by some of the most experienced and well-known genealogists in this country. We also publish many books designed to help persons researching UK ancestors (and offer a substantial discount on these books to our members).

Thank you, and I hope that you will take a moment to view our website and learn if you might be interested in joining our Society.

Yours sincerely,

Alisa O'Malley
Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings
Goswell Road
London
EC1M 7BA

Tel: +44 (0)20 7251 8799
Email: fundraiser@sog.org.uk
Web: http://www.sog.org.uk/

Saturday, April 10, 2010

AUSSIES IN THE BOER WAR

Great guide to Australian participation in the Boer War (1899-1902) by the National Archives (AUS), including materials on the courts-martial and execution of Harry (Breaker) Morant:

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THE REAL DOWN UNDER

Australia is called The Land Down Under, but Antarctica is the REAL Land Down Under, don’t you agree?

National Archives (AUS) research guide to records and papers concerning Australian exploration and research in Antarctica:

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GETTING YOUNGER DOWN UNDER

Guide to records concerning the migration of parentless children (to age 14) and youths (15-19) from Britain to Australia during the mid-20th century:

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HOW NOT TO GET EATEN BY A CROCODILE

No, it’s not a Monty Python skit: it’s real advice on how not to become saltwater croc chow while visiting Australia’s Northern Territory:

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NOTE: Staying out of the water is one rule, of course, although I would not need to be told twice to stay out of the water in a region where fifteen-foot salties are known to rule the roost!

SPARE THE SNAKE, PUNISH THE RODENTS

The Missouri Department of Conservation wants you to know that sparing a snake’s life means that there will be LOTS fewer rats and mice in this world, and to my mind that’s reason enough to provide that snake with safe passage:

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Thursday, April 08, 2010

WEB BROWSERS

Cyber Security Tip ST04-022
Understanding Your Computer: Web Browsers

Web browsers allow you to navigate the Internet. There are a variety of options available, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.

How do web browsers work?

A web browser is an application that finds and displays web pages. It coordinates communication between your computer and the web server where a particular website "lives."

When you open your browser and type in a web address (URL) for a website, the browser submits a request to the server, or servers, that provide the content for that page. The browser then processes the code from the server (written in a language such as HTML, JavaScript, or XML) and loads any other elements (such as Flash, Java, or ActiveX) that are necessary to generate content for the page. After the browser has gathered and processed all of the components, it displays the complete, formatted web page. Every time you perform an action on the page, such as clicking buttons and following links, the browser continues the process of requesting, processing, and presenting content.

How many browsers are there?

There are many different browsers. Most users are familiar with graphical browsers, which display both text and graphics and may also display multimedia elements such as sound or video clips. However, there are also text-based browsers. The following are some well-known browsers:

* Internet Explorer
* Firefox
* AOL
* Opera
* Safari - a browser specifically designed for Macintosh computers (but a version is now available for Windows computers)
* Lynx - a text-based browser desirable for vision-impaired users because of the availability of special devices that read the text

How do you choose a browser?

A browser is usually included with the installation of your operating system, but you are not restricted to that choice. Some of the factors to consider when deciding which browser best suits your needs include

* compatibility- Does the browser work with your operating system?
* security- Do you feel that your browser offers you the level of security you want?
* ease of use- Are the menus and options easy to understand and use?
* functionality- Does the browser interpret web content correctly? If you need to install other plug-ins or devices to translate certain types of content, do they work?
* appeal- Do you find the interface and way the browser interprets web content visually appealing?

Can you have more than one browser installed at the same time?

If you decide to change your browser or add another one, you don't have to uninstall the browser that's currently on your computer: you can have more than one browser on your computer at once. However, you will be prompted to choose one as your default browser. Anytime you follow a link in an email message or document, or you double-click a shortcut to a web page on your desktop, the page will open using your default browser. You can manually open the page in another browser.

Most vendors give you the option to download their browsers directly from their websites. Make sure to verify the authenticity of the site before downloading any files. To further minimize risk, follow other good security practices, like using a firewall and keeping anti-virus software up to date (see Understanding Firewalls, Understanding Anti-Virus Software, and other US-CERT Cyber Security Tips for more information).

Author: Mindi McDowell

Produced 2004 by US-CERT, a government organization.
Note: This tip was previously published and is being re-distributed to increase awareness.

Terms of use: http://www.us-cert.gov/legal.html
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HOME GROWN KIN

Interesting blog by a Missouri-based blogger:

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WINDOWS UTILITIES

Did you know that Microsoft offers some free utilities to users of its operating systems (most are for XP, Vista, and 7):

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NOTE: Most, however, seem to be aimed at "power users," i.e., people who know more about their computers than you and I do!

CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPHS

I thought this note from a list-serve I follow might interest some of you:

Library of Congress Civil War Photographs

The online Civil War Photographs provides access to about 7,000 different images made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and in its immediate aftermath. The images were scanned from the Prints and Photographs Division's collection of original glass plate negatives. In addition, this online offering includes copy negatives made from many of the photographic prints the Division holds. The images were acquired from various sources.

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/cwp/

Thanks,

R.A. Harris

TRI-COUNTY GENIE NEWS

The Tri-County Genealogical Society's March 2010 newsletter has been published on our website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~motcogs/

Of note to those who live in this region is the April 18, 1:30 p.m. Summers Cemetery search for buried gravestones. This is the final resting place of the Summers brothers and their families who were the first Vernon County settlers. The last known burial was in 1932. There are as many as 98 known burials in the cemetery, but stones have been found for only a few of the burials. We have several rods (and my husband is making more) that we use to find stones which fell over years ago and are now covered with 2-4 inches of soil and debris. And I'll bring my "cemetery bucket," camera, etc. If the weather is pleasant, bring some water and a snack and join the adventure. Directions: 1-1/4 mile east of Metz on Dalton Road/School House Road, about 1/2 mile south on 1150 Road (the road sign is gone from that corner, but we will put something there on the 18th), past one house and continue straight south on dirt road the last 1/4 mile. You can see the cemetery on Google Maps when you zoom in. We will have tick spray available, if needed; but all brush, briars, etc., are gone! We hope you can be there.

The genealogy tour of the Train Depot and School building on Tuesday, Apr 20, will be interesting...hope to see you there.

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

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

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY IN MISSOURI

The National History Day in Missouri state contest will take place Saturday, April 10, on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. National History Day (NHD) is an educational outreach program of The State Historical Society of Missouri and the Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia. The Missouri state contest judging begins at 9 a.m. with award ceremonies for both Junior and Senior Divisions scheduled for 4 p.m. in Jesse Hall Auditorium. The first and second place winners will qualify for the National History Day event, June 13-17, 2010, at the University of Maryland-College Park. Prizes are awarded at all levels, including college scholarships for national winners.

Thousands of students participated in regional contests throughout Missouri hoping for a chance to compete at the state level. This year’s theme is “Innovation in History: Impact and Change.” After research and exploration of the topic, students choose from several formats for their finished product, including research papers, dramatic performances, multimedia documentaries, museum-type exhibits, and Web site design. Students compete as individuals or in small groups in either the Junior Division (grades 6-8) or Senior Division (grades 9-12). This year’s theme encouraged students to examine the historical significance and impact of a new idea, invention, creation, or discovery in any period of history. Students responded with projects that investigate the impact of Pyrex Glass, inventions displayed at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Egypt’s Amarna Revolution.

NHD 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 program, competing in a series of history contests in their local districts and state. The NHD annual student competition is the nation’s oldest and most highly regarded humanities contest for students in grades 6-12. NHD is open to all students-public, private, parochial, and home-school; urban, suburban and rural.

The State Historical Society of Missouri was established in 1898 and is located on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. The Western Historical Manuscript Collection (WHMC) is a joint collection of the University of Missouri and the State Historical Society. The mission of the joint collection is to collect, preserve, and make available primary source materials that illuminate the history of Missouri and the region.

ULTRADEFRAG

Looking for an alternative to your built-in Windows defrag tool? Take a look at Ultradefrag:

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A GUIDE TO ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI NATURALIZATION RECORDS

A nice guide to finding St. Louis naturalization records before and after 1906 by Joe Beine:

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HISTORY’S TIME PORTAL TO OLD ST. LOUIS

Fascinating site with many photos of St. Louis past:

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TONE MATRIX

Maybe you don’t know a single musical note, yet have always yearned to be able to create simple melodies. Well, Tone Matrix doesn’t care if you’re an accomplished musician or a newbie who doesn’t know an F Sharp from a B Flat:

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Saturday, April 03, 2010

STONEWALL JACKSON: HIS CAMPAIGNS AND BATTLES (1910)

Book by James H. Wood available full-text online at Documenting the American South:

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THE KOREAN WAR

Whether you are researching the Korean War service of a father or uncle, or are remembering your own service in that conflict, you’ll be interested to know that the U.S. Government Printing Office includes a lot of Korean War titles in its online catalog:

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NOTE: Scroll down a bit to find Korean War titles.

NETBOOK

A freeware program that can be used to discover, download, and make use of free ebooks and Audiobooks:

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QUICK GUIDES FROM NATIONAL ARCHIVES (UK)

National Archives (UK) has added quick animated guides to help researchers not familiar with records held and access procedures:

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GNUCASH

Recently I told you about a free finance management program called Easy Cash Manager. ECM is very easy to use, but helpful mainly if your financial accounting needs are relatively uncomplicated. If your finances are somewhat more complicated, you may be able to take care of business with GnuCash, a more full-featured freeware finance management program:

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YAHOO FINANCE PAGE

Been waiting till the last minute to figure out your taxes? Well, it’s time to get cracking! Some of the advice here just might help you save some money when it comes time to write those annual checks to Uncle Sammy and Uncle Mo:

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NOTE: You're getting big refunds from state and federal? You realize that refunds are merely interest-free loans of your own money that you've generously made to your ravenous uncles, right? If you consistently get large refunds from both state and federal, it's probably time to adjust the amounts you withhold for each taxing authority from each of your paychecks!

Friday, April 02, 2010

ST. LOUIS IRISH LINKS PAGE

Just what it says:

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ST. LOUIS RECORDS

This page of the St. Louis Genealogical Society website includes links to pages on their site that provide various name lists of St. Lousians:

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DATA CROW

Need to catalog CDs, DVDs, books, photos, or other collectibles, but never worked up the courage to just get started? Maybe you need Data Crow:

Data Crow is the ultimate media cataloger and media organiser. Always wanted to manage all your collections in one product? You want a product you can customize to your needs? Your search ends here! Using Data Crow allows you to create a huge database containing all your collected items. You can use the excellent online services to retrieve the information instead of typing all the information yourself.

Start using the ultimate cataloger today!

 Platform independent and completely portable
 Highly customizable and feature rich.
 Audio, software, book, movie and photo collection cataloger
 Retrieve information from services like Amazon.com, Imdb.com, Softpedia etc.
 Optional internal web server and web GUI.
 Import file information (mp3, divx, xvid, ..)
 Loan registration.
 PDF and HTML reporting.
 Create new modules to, for example, maintain your stamp collection.
 Available translations: Italian, German, Dutch, English, Spanish and French.

Data Crow is 100% free and 100% free of ads, viruses and spyware.

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DOWNLOADED PROGRAMS NOTE: By the way, always SAVE programs to be downloaded rather than clicking INSTALL. Then SCAN the downloaded program with your computer security software before installing-- regardless of the source of that download. Better safe than sorry!

ST. LOUIS FBI PRESS ROOM

Did you know that the St. Louis FBI Office maintains a Press Room that posts information on federal indictments and convictions in Missouri for offenses like bank robbery, mail fraud, and child pornography:

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THE WAR THAT NEVER WAS

Wikipedia provides a nice list of fictional books and movies set during World War II:

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Note: Wikipedia also provides a very good article on alternate histories, which are fictional works set in alternate realities where a crucial event in world history had a very different outcome, thus altering all events that occur after the divergence:

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It also provides a very fine list of alternate histories:

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Thursday, April 01, 2010

OPEN OFFICE

Need word processing power, but the economy has wreaked havoc on your checkbook? Try Open Office—- it’s similar in many ways to WORD, but it’s free:

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AN UNWILLING MAID (1897) by JEANIE GOULD LINCOLN

This online book most likely has negligible genealogical content, but the title certainly has grabbed my attention:

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NOTE: Given this book's publication date, I think it's a safe bet that the maid is happier, healthier, and wealthier at book's end than she was at the beginning!

REKINDLE YOUR INTEREST IN READING WITHOUT BUYING A KINDLE

Somewhat intrigued by Amazon.com’s ebook reader, but can’t (or don’t want to) shell out the money for a Kindle? Now you can download a free app that puts a Kindle on your computer (XP, Vista, or 7, with a Mac version in the pipeline):

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NOTE: There are some free book downloads available, but many of the titles Amazon.com carries (are you really surprised?) will cost you. On the plus side-- they download effortlessly using Amazon’s free app!

VERNON COUNTY CEMETERY DIRECTORY

Hello:

We are excited to announce that the much-anticipated NEW Vernon County, Missouri Cemetery Directory 2010 is presently at the printers! Copies are expected on or about April 14. This is a limited first printing of only 50 copies. To obtain a copy of this fantastic new resource for researching Vernon Co, MO, please send your pre-order today. Additional details and order form are on our website:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~motcogs/

This is a 985-page, 2-vol. set which includes death/burial information on more than 51,000 persons connected to Vernon County. The directory has an every-name index of burials with women's maiden names cross-referenced, plus numerous additional features. It is softbound with cardstock covers and comb binding.

The Vernon County, Missouri Cemetery Directory 2010 is priced to enable researchers to obtain a copy for their personal libraries -- only $30 for the 2-vol. set, plus $8 if by mail order. Order today to guarantee receiving a copy of the directory.

Local residents can bring their order to the Nevada Library Circulation Desk (sealed envelope with check; no cash please) and ask the librarian to place it in the Genealogy Society's mail box. You will be notified when you can pick up your copy.

Many volunteers worked thousands of hours over the last six years to create a directory of this magnitude, and we know you will be thrilled with the publication.

Please email me if you have any questions at all about the new directory.

Regards,

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

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