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Thursday, September 30, 2010

1946 BELLEVILLE TWP. HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK

The yearbook for this Illinois high school can be viewed online for free:

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DISCOVERING YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS

My buddy John Harris will be presenting "Discovering Civil War Ancestors" to the Phelps County Genealogical Society on Wednesday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the Eugene Northern Community Hall, 400 West 4th Street (next to the Rolla Fire Station), Rolla, MO.

Program will offer tips for persons researching Civil War ancestors, and John will discuss his search for information about William Henry Baker, his great-great grandfather, who served with the 7th Division Missouri State Guard, Coleman's Cavalry, and the 8th Missouri Infantry Battalion (Musser's).

I would try to go, but I’m already doing my own presentation elsewhere that evening!

NEWS FROM THE GEORGIA STATE ARCHIVES

From the home page of the Georgia State Archives as posted by director David Carmichael:

"Effective October 1, 2010 the hours available for public visitation to the Georgia Archives will change to Thursday through Saturday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. This is an unfortunate action we must take to meet the difficult budget environment facing all State Agencies.

With this reduction in public hours, the Archives staff will now be deployed to fulfill different functions on different days. When the Archives is open to the public, most or all employees will serve the public in the Reference Room. When the Archives is closed to the public, most or all of the employees will work with state agencies to bring records into the Archives, catalog them, and shelve them. To provide better and timelier service for research requests outside the core duties of the State Archives, i.e. genealogy requests, a list of other sources of information can be provided. In this way the Archives will maintain its critical functions with reduced staffing."

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KOBO BOOKS

If you like ebooks, but want to read them on your home computer, take a look at this free app:

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FILEKILLER

Completely delete files from your computer by overwriting them.

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Note: You can delete individual files or many files at once.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

INDIANA GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY FAIR

The Indiana State Library will host our second annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday October 23, 2010, in downtown Indianapolis from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Admission is free and the fair is open to the general public. Visit the tables in the "Midway" to collect information from genealogical and local history organizations and Indiana public libraries, and shop the commercial vendors.

Three free programs will be offered throughout the day. Each program is worth 1 LEU for librarians.

9:30 - 10:30 am Tracing Women among Immigrants and Pioneering Settlers Dr. Marianne S. Wokeck, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, IU School of Liberal Arts

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Indiana Land Records: Not for the Faint of Heart
Dani Pfaff, Research Manager, Indiana Historical Bureau

1:30 - 2:30 pm Access to Public Records Act Essentials
Andrew Kossack, Indiana Public Access Counselor

The Fair will be held at the Indiana State Library. Plan to use the main entrance at 315 West Ohio Street. Fair attendees can park in the parking garage at New York Street and Senate Avenue, across the street from the library, for $5.00 starting at 8:00 am that morning. On-street parking is free on Saturdays. Lunch will be on your own in the downtown Indy area; maps to local eateries will be available. There is a café/eating area inside the Library with snack and soft drink machines nearby.

For more information about the Genealogy and Local History Fair and our other informative program offerings during Family History Month in October, please visit our webpage at: http://www.in.gov/library/3843.htm.

ANCESTRY.COM INC. TO ACQUIRE IARCHIVES

PROVO, Utah, September 23, 2010 – Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iArchives, Inc. and its branded Web site, Footnote.com, a leading American History Web site, for approximately $27 million in a mix of Ancestry.com stock, cash and assumption of liabilities. This acquisition will provide the company with a complementary consumer brand, expanded content offerings, and enhanced digitization and image-viewing technologies.

iArchives digitizes and delivers high-quality images of American historical records of individuals involved in the Revolutionary War, Continental Congress, Civil War, and other US historical events to Footnote.com subscribers interested in early American roots. iArchives has digitized more than 65 million original source documents to date through its proprietary digitization process for paper, microfilm and microfiche collections.

“Footnote.com is highly complementary to Ancestry.com’s online family history offering,” said Tim Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “By promoting Footnote to our Ancestry audience, we hope to expand its reach among researchers who care about early American records. iArchives also brings outstanding image-viewing technology and content digitization capabilities that will improve our leadership position in bringing valuable historical records to the market. We welcome the iArchives team to the Ancestry.com family.”

Upon completion of the transaction, iArchives will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ancestry.com. As part of the transaction, Ancestry.com currently expects to issue approximately 1.0 million shares of common stock. The transaction is subject to various closing conditions and is expected to close early in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Ancestry.com also announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program of up to approximately $25 million of its common stock. Under the authorization, share repurchases may be made by the Company from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions depending on market conditions, share price and other factors and may include accelerated or forward or similar stock repurchases and/or Rule 10b5-1 plans. Part of the rationale for the repurchase is to offset dilution of equity resulting from the iArchives acquisition. No time limit was set for the completion of this program. The share repurchase program may be modified or discontinued at any time by the Board of Directors.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.3 million paying subscribers. More than 5 billion records have been added to the site in the past 13 years. Ancestry users have created more than 19 million family trees containing over 1.9 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

About iArchives

iArchives is a leading digitization service provider that also operates Footnote.com, a subscription Web site that features searchable original documents, providing over 35,000 paying subscribers with a view of the events, places and people that shaped the American nation and the world. At Footnote.com, all are invited to come share, discuss, and collaborate on their discoveries with friends, family, and colleagues. For more information, visit www.footnote.com.

CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS

A National Digital History Project for High School Students

The coming year, 2011, marks the 150th anniversary of president-elect Abraham Lincoln's inaugural train trip from Springfield, Illinois to Washington, DC and the presidency of a nation on the eve of civil war. Inspired by that anniversary, the National Park Service invites high schools classes to join in a national digital project on the broader theme of inaugurations / new beginnings.

The National Park Service invites students to create short digital narratives on one of three themes:

* My area in 1861 - using maps, photos, illustrations, census data, telling incidents from local newspapers, and (if available) national parks materials - students will create a portrait of where they live as it was just before Lincoln set off to Washington.
* A civil rights hero from my area one hundred years later, in 1961 -- by seeking out and interviewing a veteran of the struggle for equal rights, or finding existing oral histories, and/or maps, photos, illustrations, census data, and local news stories and national parks materials, students will tell the story of someone in their area who brought about change in the 1960s.
* The road ahead - students will define the changes they intend to
inaugurate in their adult lives.

Narratives will be gathered from schools throughout the nation and placed on a special National Park Service website. Participating students, their communities, and a broad national parks audience of all ages will then be able to use the site as window into key moments in our national life, as they were experienced locally, and as a virtual memorial for the momentous journey upon which President Lincoln embarked 150 years ago.

This project was developed by Dr. Marc Aronson in cooperation with Charles Forcey of Historicus, Inc. In the fall of 2010, the project team will provide a kit on the three themes, primary source samples and suggestions, as well as links to Common Core Standards. Materials will be submitted through online forms; technical and editorial support will be available all along the way. A suite of digital resources taken from the National Park Service and Library of Congress sources will be available for all participating schools.

Contact Dr. Aronson for more info: aronson.marc@gmail.com.

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MISSOURI ANNUAL MEETING

October 2, 2010—Columbia, MO

Morning Workshops: Lenoir Woods Senior Living Community Center, 3710 Lenoir Street, Columbia. Fee for one or both workshops is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Pastries, coffee, and tea available at 8:30 a.m.

Exploring Online Resources for Historical and Genealogical Research
9:00 a.m. with Gerald Hirsch

The quantity of research materials available online continues to grow at an exciting pace. Keeping up with what’s new and how each resource can aid your historical and genealogical research is a full-time job. This workshop will employ the online resources available from the Society and will explore how to navigate through our digital material, including the Missouri Historical Review, Missouri newspapers, photographs, art, and oral histories.

Get up to Speed on Grant Application and Foundation Support10:00 a.m. with Laura Wilson and Todd Christine

In this economic climate, historical societies, arts organizations, and cultural institutions are struggling to do more with less. Learn how to locate important and free information about funders, navigate various Web notice and application systems, and gather key data on foundation decisions to support specific projects with awarded amounts. Find out how to develop an application or letter of proposal for the best chance of winning needed funds.

Silent Auction, Membership Meeting, and Luncheon with Program:
Courtyard by Marriott, 3301 LeMone Industrial Boulevard, Columbia
Fee for the luncheon and program is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

Reservations are required and will be taken online or by calling (800) 747-6366. Payment should be made by September 24.

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The silent auction opens at 10:30 a.m. and will include the following items: an oil painting of the Missouri River by Byron Smith, a colorful carnival photograph by Notley Hawkins, reproductions of artwork and maps from the Society’s collections, a Mizzou football signed by Coach Gary Pinkel, two handmade teddy bears, jewelry, and much more. A wine raffle will also be part of the day’s events, made possible by gifts from many members of the Board of Trustees. Wine raffle tickets are $5 each or five tickets for $20.

More info: http://shs.umsystem.edu/annualmeeting/auction/

11:30 a.m. Annual Meeting of the Membership

Executive Director Gary R. Kremer will deliver the annual report and request a vote on proposed changes to the bylaws and election of nominated trustees. President Doug Crews and Dr. Kremer will present the Society’s annual thesis, dissertation, article, and book awards.

12:30 p.m. Luncheon

The luncheon menu is your choice of smoked beef brisket or vegetarian pasta. During and following the luncheon, the Distinguished Service Award will be made, National History Day winner Patrick Lawhon will give his award-winning performance, and auction and raffle winners will be announced.

1:00 p.m. Benton Pictures the World at War: Thomas Hart Benton and the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Speaker Henry Adams is a graduate of Harvard and Yale universities and has authored over 200 scholarly articles and numerous books covering American art from the 17th century to the present. His works include Thomas Hart Benton: An American Original and, most recently, Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollock. Adams will treat members and guests to a discussion of the significance of the Society’s collection of Benton artworks.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SUPPORT DETAILS

Need to quickly find out basic details about your computer, like operating system, browser version, IP address, screen resolution and browser size, and whether Javascript and cookies are enabled? Simply visit Support Details- it tells you instantly, and can even send you (or a person or tech support company you specify) an email that lists those details:

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MARRIAGES AT SEA: FACT OR FICTION?

Another free podcast from the National Archives (UK):

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OPEN OFFICE

Getting ready to shell out big bucks for Microsoft Word? A free alternative may do everything you need- and more:

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CINTANOTES

Are you often scrambling for paper and pen to jot down notes of various sorts? Do it easily on your computer with this free personal assistant application:

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USING CITY DIRECTORIES IN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

Example from the Genealogy Insider blog of an interesting case study from a Family Tree University class:

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USING YEARBOOKS FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH

The Ancestry.com Learning Center has numerous articles on using yearbooks/school records to find info on your ancestors:

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Click on Article Archives under the Welcome logo-- then put Yearbooks in the Search Topics box!

OKLAHOMA CELEBRATES FAMILY HISTORY MONTH

The OHS Research Center is offering a month of activities at the Oklahoma History Center including a book sale, workshop and Lunch & Learn Lectures!

BOOK SALE
September 30 to October 2

Don't miss our biggest book sale of the year! The sale includes books on a variety of topics including history, geology, education, genealogy, and more. Shop for rare and out of print books as well as microfilm, maps, photos, CDs, records and videos. The book sale runs 10am to 4:45pm Thursday & Friday; 10am to 3pm on Saturday.

OKLAHOMA! THE LAND WE BELONG TO IS GRAND!
Saturday, October 23 from 10:15 am to 3:45 pm. Early registration is $40; after October 1 registration is $45. Lunch is included. Pre-registration required.

SESSIONS:

Treaties & Allotment: The Opening of the Indian Territory 1830-1906

Explore the settlement of the Indian Territory, the occupants and the distribution of land by various means including laws, acts, treaties and allotments. Learn about finding the records and sources to help identify individuals who resided in the territory.

Boomers & Sooners: Those who opened the land by legal and not so legal means, including intruders in Oklahoma Territory.

Runners & Strippers: Land and towns that were opened by runs, including 1889 and 1893.

Lottery Winners & High Bidders: In 1901 over two million acres of surplus property belonging the Kiowa, Comanche and Apache tribes were distributed by lottery. In 1906 the Big Pasture, which had been set aside, was open for bid. Learn the mechanics of the lottery and the bidding and how to access records that identify the participants.

Lunch & Learn Lecture - Finding the Girls
Wednesday, October 6 from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
Pre-registration is required; $10, lunch included.

Back by popular demand! 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.

Lunch & Learn Lecture - Research in the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations: Indians, Intruders and Intermarriage
Tuesday, October 26 from 11:30am to 1pm.
Registration is $10, lunch included.

This program includes a history of Choctaw and Chickasaw removals, the first settlements, their participation in the Civil War and the formation of their governments. Learn about the role of intermarried citizens, intruders and other non-citizens and the vast resources available to researchers.

REGISTRATION

Pre-registration required for workshop and lunch & learns. To register by phone call 405-522-5225; please have your credit card ready. For more information visit www.okhistory.org/research and click "Calendar" in left-hand navigation bar, or call (405) 522-5225.

Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City OK 73105

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

NATURE SOUNDS FOR ME

If you're like me, you find the sound of crashing waves or falling rain relaxing:

Create your personal relaxing nature recording using this free online application:

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GPO’S COMIC BOOK

You may want to purchase one of these—it’s the first comic book ever created from scratch by the GPO (Government Printing Office):

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NOTE: What’s it about? It’s a history that shows the profound impact of printing on the dissemination of information worldwide.

FAMILY HISTORY ARCHIVES

An online collection of published genealogy and family history books. The archive includes histories of families, county and local histories, how-to books on genealogy, genealogy magazines and periodicals (including some international), medieval books (including histories and pedigrees), and gazetteers. It also includes some specialized collections such as the Filipino card collection and the “Liahona Elders Journal.”

Digitized books come from the collections of the Family History Library; the Allen County Public Library; the Houston Public Library – Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research; the Mid-Continent Public Library – Midwest Genealogy Center; the BYU Harold B. Lee Library; the BYU Hawaii Joseph F. Smith Library; and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library.

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AUSTRALIAN HISTORY PAPERS

If you’ve got Australian ancestors or relatives (or just want an esoteric topic for a term paper), you may wish to explore these papers on various aspects of Australian history:

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NOTE: For example—“The Limits of Sympathy: Australian Civilians Interned by the Japanese in World War II”:

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CD BURNER XP

If you're like me, you may find your current CD burner to be more complicated that it really needs to be. This one may therefore be of interest:

Need a free CD or DVD burner that’s fairly simple to install and use? Then check out CD BURNER XP:

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SWEET HOME ALABAMA

Letters home written by Confederate soldiers from Shelby County, Alabama:

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NITRO PDF READER

Ready to give Adobe Acrobat the boot? This free PDF program may be your dream come true:

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I CAN SEE IT IN YOUR EYES

Perhaps you've seen a device in a science fiction movie that scans a person’s retina to positively identify him or her? Well, guess what? They aren’t science fiction any more:

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CHASING THE GUNS

If you’re planning to visit the Wilson’s Creek, Pea Ridge, or Prairie Grove battlefields, this guide may be all you need to take with you:

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YOUR SOCIETY USED TO BE TAX-EXEMPT...

But won't be much longer, if it's on one of these lists...

Here is the IRS list of charities at risk of losing their tax-exempt status. These organizations have until October 15, 2010 to comply with IRS requirements. The list includes many Missouri historical societies and cemetery organizations.

Scroll down and click on either a pdf or excel option for state of interest:

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

UNC-CHAPEL HILL LIBRARY DIGITIZED TEXTS

Thousands of digitized texts from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Library collection are available full-text online via the Internet Archive:

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NOTE: Scroll down to find your American library of choice!

NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY DIGITIZED TEXTS

Thousands of digitized texts from the New York Public Library collection are available full-text online via the Internet Archive:

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NOTE: Scroll down to find your American library of choice!

SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION DIGITIZED TEXTS

Thousands of digitized texts from the Smithsonian Collection are available full-text online via the Internet Archive:

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NOTE: Scroll down to find your American library of choice!

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS DIGITIZED TEXTS

Thousands of digitized texts from the LC Collection are available full-text online via the Internet Archive:

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NOTE: Scroll down to find your American library of choice!

FAMILY TREE SOURCEBOOK

A new book that provides 752 pages of family history research guidance:

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NOTE: Order prior to publication (9-30-2010) and get a very nice discount!

BOMBS OVER BUCKS

Where did bombs (German and otherwise) fall on Buckinghamshire during World War II? This map shows you:

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NOTE: A comment to a mail list I subscribe to noted that this map confirmed the story a man's grandmother told about German bombs falling near her house in Buckinghamshire. He had always thought her story was a family tall tale!

ESCAPE AND EVASION REPORTS

A post on the NARA blog highlights WWII Escape and Evasion Reports. Highlighted report notes that an RAF man the reporter met in Paris was refusing to leave a French convent and make for the Spanish border because he had fallen in love with a woman he met in Paris:

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

OBITUARY COLLECTIONS

Need an obit? See if there’s coverage for that geographic area in Genealogy Buff’s List of Free Obituary Collections:

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CZECH ANCESTRY CLASS

O’Fallon Family History Center
255 Fairwood Hills Dr
O'Fallon, IL
Phone: 618-632-0210

Researching Czech Immigrants in the Greater St. Louis Area
Saturday, October 16, 2010
1-2:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public

The first permanent Czech (Bohemian) settlement in America was in St. Louis. The Czech immigrants in St. Louis formed two parallel sets of institutions: the Czech Catholic church and the Cesko-Slovanska Podporujici Spolku (Czech Benevolent Society). These two institutions formed the pattern for the American Czech national experience. This lecture will explore the Czech immigration process and the Czech immigrant split. The unique records created by the Czech immigrants and how to access them will be explored.

June M. Sommer holds a B.S. Degree in Genealogy from Brigham Young University and a M.A. Degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She is a Charter member of the Missouri State Genealogical Association and was awarded an Honorary Life Membership by the St. Louis Genealogical Society. June is a retired Branch Manager, St. Louis County Library. She is currently serving on the Local Planning Committee for the 2011 Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference to be held in St. Louis.

June's forthcoming article:

Sommer, June M. “Ss. Cyril and Methodius Parish in East St. Louis, Illinois,” Naše rodina “Our Family", v. 22, no. 4 (Winter 2010). This was the only Catholic church organized in East St. Louis specifically for the Czech immigrants.

Naše rodina “Our Family” is published quarterly by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) PO Box 16225, St. Paul, MN 55116-0225. Naše rodina promotes genealogy of the ethnic groups that comprised Czechoslovakia as it was formed in 1918. Back issues of Naše rodina “Our Family”, may be purchased for $5.00 either online or by sending a check in the mail. Order information is available at:

http://www.cgsi.org/publications.

1930 CENSUS OF MERCHANT SEAMEN

The 1930 Census began on 1 April 1930 (except in Alaska where it began on 1 October 1929 because of harsh weather conditions expected in April). For the first time in 1930, the U.S. Census Bureau enumerated merchant seamen serving on U.S. flag merchant vessels on a special Merchant Seamen schedule. Seamen who were to be enumerated on this special schedule were all persons aboard ship, except officers who had regular or fixed places of abode ashore. Information for these officers with fixed places of abode was to be obtained at their homes. Seamen and other persons claiming to be married or those who gave the names of their next of kin on the crew lists were to be included in the enumeration of the vessels on which they were employed or had secured employment on 1 April 1930, even though they may have maintained fixed places of abode on shore in the intervals between employment on different vessels.

Information found at the top of the Merchant Seamen schedules includes:

. Name and address of owner or operator of vessel
. Name of vessel
. Date of enumeration
. Name of enumerator, usually his signature and/or typewritten name
. The home port of the vessel (If the vessel did not have a regular home port then the name of the port in which the vessel was anchored on the census day or from which it sailed last prior to 1 April 1930 was to be listed)

The following questions were asked by enumerators regarding the men aboard
the vessel:

. Name of each person whose place of abode on 1 April 1930 was on board this ship
. Sex
. Color or race
. Age at last birthday
. Whether single, married, widowed, or divorced
. Whether able to read or write
. Place of birth (If born in the United States, give the state or territory. If of foreign birth, give the country of birth)
. Whether naturalized or alien
. Whether able to speak English
. Occupation - trade, profession, or particular kind of work done
. Whether a veteran of the U.S. military or naval forces mobilized for any war or expedition; if so, what war or expedition
. Address of wife or next of kin

The 1930 Census of Merchant Seamen database is available via Ancestry.com. The database includes nearly 62,000 records.

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FREE ONLINE GENEALOGY CLASSES

Family Search has partnered with Midwest Genealogy Center to offer some free online genealogy classes:

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY UPDATE

Although St. Louis Public Library’s Central Library closed on 12 June 2010 for a two-year renovation, researchers can once again request copies of newspaper death notices from the library. SLPL’s index for St. Louis Post-Dispatch death notices and burial permits can be found here:

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SLPL also has created an index for death notices in the St. Louis Argus (African American newspaper):

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Send requests for copies of death notices from either newspaper here:

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PREZI DOES PRESENTATIONS

A free alternative to PowerPoint that some of you may find to be of interest:

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HOW MANY WIKIPEDIANS DOES IT TAKE TO CHANGE A LIGHTBULB?

How many changes can happen to a Wikipedia article as it makes its way in the world? The article on “The Iraq War” has experienced 12,000 changes during the first five years of its life:

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HEY, BURGLARS- I’M NOT HOME THIS WEEK!

Using your Facebook account to let all your BFFs know your immediate plans may not be a good idea. Three burglars in New Hampshire used Facebook updates to discover homes whose occupants were out of town:

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Monday, September 13, 2010

WHAT’S A PODCAST?

If this whole podcast business mystifies you, you might want to check out the National Archives (UK) Podcast Help page:

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OPEN CONTACTS

Open Contacts is an advanced address book program for managing contact info of individuals and organizations with relationships. Distributed as freeware, the program was designed for people who need more beyond ordinary address book programs in order to improve dynamic interactions with contacts. In addition, with SyncML for Open Contacts, you may synchronize contact info with smart phone, PDA and Web address books etc.

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MOUSE JIGGLER

If you’re watching a movie or performing some other time-consuming task on your computer that doesn’t involve mouse input from you, Mouse Jiggler (free application) makes your computer think that the mouse is being used so that it doesn’t activate your screensaver:

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CREATING A TIME-LAPSE VIDEO

Want to create a time-lapse video, perhaps to highlight a construction or renovation project at work or at home? It’s not so hard to do:

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Friday, September 10, 2010

ALFA EBOOKS MANAGER

It’s not free ($29.95)—but if you like ebooks you may just want it anyway after you take a look at the screenshots available on their website:

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RECAP FEDERAL COURT DOCUMENTS PROJECT

Free access to thousands of federal court documents via the RECAP Project and the Internet Archive:

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ALLEN COUNTY LIBRARY DIGITIZED TEXTS

Thousands of print and microfilm source materials from the Allen County Library collection are available full-text online via the Internet Archive:

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DIGITIZED TEXTS FROM AMERICAN AND CANADIAN LIBRARIES

If you go to the following page on the Internet Archives website, you can easily search for genealogical type materials. In the Search box, type in terms like:

Iron County Missouri
Missouri regiment history
Johnson family

In the second box, select Texts and click GO.

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NOTE: You can view retrieved items in several formats, including Text and PDF.

MALWAREBYTES

Yes, it does—but this aptly named software can sometimes help you remove it when other anti-malware fails to do the job:

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NOTE: Freeware and pay versions available.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

PROCEEDINGS OF THE ENCAMPMENT, GAR DEPARTMENT OF LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI (1891)

Full-text online:

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MINUTES OF THE 44th ANNUAL REUNION, GEORGIA UCV (1937)

Full-text online:

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GETTING THE SKINNY ON A 19th CENTURY DOCTOR

If you are researching a 19th century doctor (or wish you knew the best way to do so), here’s a great article on just that subject:

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CTC SENTINEL

Latest issue (August 2010) of the CTC Sentinel has been posted online:

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NOTE: CTC Sentinel is the publication of the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.

POLICY TOOL

Need a formal policy that governs how your employees / society officers deal with the social media? PolicyTool.net allows you to quickly and easily generate such a policy- and it’s free:

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TETHERING

Tethering involves connecting a computer to the Internet via a cell phone. It’s now fairly simple to do, but you need to find out your cell phone company’s policies on tethering before doing so if you want to avoid unnecessary surprises on your next cell billing statement:

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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

TRACING 18th CENTURY MARRIAGES IN ENGLAND AND WALES

A free podcast courtesy of National Archives (UK):

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DISCOVERING THE CIVIL WAR

Article about an extensive new exhibit set to open at the National Archives in Washington, DC:

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SLAVE REPARATIONS

Everything old is new again-- there was an active movement in the late 19th century to pay pensions to ex-slaves. Here’s why that effort was unsuccessful:

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LEARNING TO LOVE LEAVENWORTH…

…or, more specifically, the federal prison that’s located there. If your ancestor did time there, you will find that there’s a wealth of documentation waiting to be discovered regarding your ancestor’s stay at the federal pen:

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NOTE: Realize, however, as the authors warn us, that you may be dismayed by some of the information that you uncover about a convict ancestor…

Friday, September 03, 2010

SAVE ON WINDOWS 7

Starting October 3rd, you can get three copies of Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $149.95:

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TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY

Avast, ye lubbers- Talk Like a Pirate Day be fast approaching:

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NOTE: September 19th, if'n ye've forgotten...

FREE ACCESS TO ANCESTRY.COM IMMIGRATION RECORDS

Free access through Labor Day only (also on Ancestry.ca). You must create a free account, but then you have access to the entire Immigration collections:

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TRI-COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

Hello:

The August 2010 Tri-County Genealogical Society Newsletter is now available on our website.

Please note that although the Nevada Library will be closed for remodeling Sep 20-Oct 4, our Sep. 21 meeting will be held in the Library Meeting Room -- enter through the doors on Walnut Street at the Bushwhacker Museum entrance. We will not have access to the Genealogy Department following the meeting.

Regards,

Nancy Thompson
Tri-County Genealogical Society
218 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO 64772
web: www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~motcogs/
email: tricountygenealogy@centurytel.net

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM CLASSES

Genealogy 101: Exploring Your Family Tree

Learn about the variety of Missouri History Museum resources--including census records, city directories, old newspapers, and government records--available to help you research your family's history. Dennis Northcott, a trained archivist and knowledgeable genealogist, will lead the class at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center.

When: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 9:30 am
Where: Library and Research Center (225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park)
How much: $10 per person; $5 for Missouri History Museum members
Reservations: To reserve a spot in this workshop, please call (314) 361-9017.

Researching Your Civil War Ancestors

Did your Civil War ancestor wear Union blue or Confederate gray? Or was your ancestor a civilian affected by the tumult of the war years? Missouri History Museum associate archivist Dennis Northcott will introduce you to the vast array of genealogical documents and publications that the war produced. Learn about service records and pension records, publications and records of veterans' organizations, letters and diaries, and more!

When: Tuesday, October 12, 6:30 pm
Where: AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room, Missouri History Museum (in Forest Park, at Lindell & DeBaliviere)
How much: Free
Reservations: Reservations are not required.
Parking: Please note that this lecture takes place at the same time as a Twilight Tuesdays concert. Please allow additional time for parking.

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 HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATES

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index. To search the index globally, visit the main page. To browse or search one of the individual sources below, click on the link for that source.

1. St. Louis, History of the Fourth City, 1763-1909, volume III

2. Several necrology scrapbooks (clippings of obituaries, death notices, and probate announcements), circa 1920s-1930s

3. History of the St. Louis Medical College (published in 1898)

4. Mercantile-Commerce News / Mercantile News, November 1947-November 1969 (published in the interest of the employees of Mercantile-Commerce Bank and Trust Company and later the Mercantile Trust Company)

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

Thursday, September 02, 2010

CIVIL WAR SYMPOSIUM

Washington, DC, October 30, 2010

0900 Doors open Navy Memorial Hall, 701 Pennsylvania Ave N.W. Washington, DC. Metro stop: Archives/Navy Memorial
0915 Welcome and introduction of first speaker: Len Riedel
0920-1020: The Constitutionality of Secession by Stephen Vladeck, Professor of Law, American University
1035-1135: State or Country, The Hard Choices of 1861 by Elizabeth Brown Pryor, winner of the 2008 Lincoln Prize for Reading the Man: A Portrait of Robert E. Lee through his Private Letters
11:40-12:10 Lunch for those who preregistered (included)
12:20-12:50: Digitizing the Papers of the Lincoln Administration by Karen Needles with Len Riedel
1:00-2:00: The Abolitionists, Fomenters of Discontent and Beacons of Morality by Michael Chesson, Founding Professor and Dean, The American College of History and Legal Studies
2:15-3:15: Lincoln and the Decision for War by Russell McClintock, Ph.D. St. John’s High School, author of the book by the same name.
3:30 until 4:15 PM: Panel Discussion

Participants will find much to stretch their intellect as this program unfolds. We won't fire a single gun and yet the fire will be obvious. It was a question of constitutionality and of morality. It was a test of character and of sectional identity. It was a defining moment in America’s history for all who were a part of it or influenced by it. It animates us even today.

Register and prepay by October 22nd, 2010 for a free lunch. Snacks and soda provided throughout the day for all. Walk ups welcome— same price but no lunch.

To register by mail, use our printable registration form.

Best regards,

Karen Needles, Director
Lincoln Archives Digital Project
240-462-9802

MILITARY HISTORY SITES OF NORTH AMERICA

I am happy to announce the completion of this long-term project.

The title of my book is The Point Finder for the Military History Sites of
North America
.

It is intended to be a comprehensive reference book for battle sites, forts/camps, museums, parks, ships, etc. of North America (Canada and US). It has a compilation of maps, various database entries, and State/Province listings for all of the sites I could find information about (about 5000 total sites in my master database). The intent was to reference historical locations (past battle sites or forts) but also to list any place where there is actually something to see today that would be of interest to a military historian or buff.

In my research, I found no single resource that tries to compile all of this
information in one place. I believe a reference work of this sort could be of great use to both the professional military history community and the casual tourist who likes to visit such sites.

I chose to organize and publish this book myself, and am selling this first edition directly from my little "home office." If you would like more information, feel free to email me. If you would like to order a copy, please send me a check for $40 and I will mail a copy to you.

While this book is obviously a labor of love (it is the product of 20 years of accumulated research), I would be interested in improving the product and in
establishing a professional relationship with an organization capable of managing this book/project in the long term and publicizing/selling it more widely. Please write to me if you represent such an organization and may have such an interest.

Thanks.

Gregory Banner
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (retired)
4 Old Jenckes Hill Rd
Lincoln, RI 02865

ALIEN FILES FIND NEW HOME AT NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Kansas City, (MO) For the first time, more than 300,000 case files on alien residents of the United States who were born 1909 and prior are now open to the public at the National Archives at Kansas City. These files, known as Alien Files (commonly referred to as A-Files) were transferred to the National Archives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and are only a small part of the millions of case files that will eventually be transferred and opened to the public.
The A-files are a key to unlocking the fascinating stories of millions of people who traveled to the United States in search of opportunity, including my own grandfather, said Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero. They include information such as photographs, personal correspondence, birth certificates, health records, interview transcripts, visas, applications and other information on all non-naturalized alien residents, both legal and illegal. The snapshot of American life that develops from each file can, in some cases, serve as a one-stop-shopping for researchers.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), the predecessor agency of USCIS, began issuing aliens Alien Registration numbers in 1940, and on April 1, 1944, began using this number to create the A-Files. A-Files document the famous, the infamous, the anonymous and the well-known, and are an historical and genealogical goldmine. These files contain an abundance of relatively modern immigration documents in one file, making them a rich source of biographical information.

A-Files are eligible for transfer to the National Archives when 100 years have passed since the birth date of the subject of a file. These transfers to the National Archives ensure that these records will be saved and made available to the public. The National Archives at Kansas City will maintain A-Files from all USCIS district offices except San Francisco, Honolulu, Reno, and Guam. These files will be housed at the National Archives at San Francisco because of the significant research use of related immigration files there. Files to be housed at the National Archives at San Francisco are currently being prepared for transfer.

A-Files may be viewed in person by appointment at the National Archives at Kansas City or copies of files may be ordered for a fee. For additional information on requesting A-Files, visit:

LINK

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. 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.

For more information about these records, contact Elizabeth Carrington, archivist, at 816-268-8093 or afiles.kansascity@nara.gov.

LIFE STORIES OF ELLIS ISLAND IMMIGRANTS AT ANCESTRY.COM

More than 1,700 first-hand audio recordings now available for free online

PROVO, Utah, September 1, 2010—Ancestry.com announced today it has launched a collection of more than 1,700 recorded oral histories from immigrants who arrived in the United States through Ellis Island. This is the first time this collection of poignant recordings has been available online. To celebrate the new addition, Ancestry.com is making its entire U.S. Immigration Collection free through Labor Day.

“As immigrants created new lives in the U.S., the stories of their homelands and their remarkable journeys to America were often lost,” said Christopher Tracy, senior vice president of global content for Ancestry.com. “We are thrilled to offer people the opportunity to hear the voices of their ancestors sharing stories of their lives.”

Ellis Island was the gateway for millions of immigrants between 1892 and 1954. The oral histories were captured by the National Park Service starting in the 1970s, and contain uniquely inspiring first-hand accounts recalling the lives these immigrants left behind, their reasons for leaving and their incredible and often-trying journeys to America. These recordings are housed at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and until now could be heard only by visitors to the Island itself. In addition to oral histories from immigrants, the collection also includes recordings from military personnel who were stationed on Ellis Island and former Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty workers.

“To our family it is important that we in the U.S. know the origin of the people who came to this country, settled here and made it what it is today. It makes us very proud to know that our mother was part of this,” said Yvonne Rumac, daughter of oral history participant Estelle Belford, who immigrated to the United States from Romania via Ellis Island in 1905.

Other Records Added to the Ancestry.com U.S. Immigration Collection:

The Ellis Island Oral Histories are the latest addition to Ancestry.com, which boasts the world’s largest online collection of U.S. immigration records. Comprised of more than 170 million records, the Ancestry.com U.S. Immigration Collection includes lists of passengers who immigrated by ship to America between 1820 and 1960, including those who came through Ellis Island; more than 7 million citizenship and naturalization records; border crossings, passport applications and more to help reconstruct our ancestors’ journeys and early lives in America.

Ancestry.com has also added nearly 2 million new U.S. naturalization record indexes, thanks to the many individuals who are part of the Ancestry.com World Archives Project –a community effort aimed at transcribing historical records. The indexes span 11 states (AK, CA, CT, HI, LA, ME, MT, NY, PA, TN, WA) and will provide Americans greater opportunity to learn more about their ancestors’ citizenship experience.

In addition, Ancestry.com has added nearly 2 million records documenting crew members on ships who arrived in the port of Boston. The records were added to an existing collection of over 3.8 million records from Boston Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1943.

To honor our nation’s immigrant heritage, Ancestry.com has opened up its entire U.S. Immigration Collection so that it can be searched free through Labor Day. The Ellis Island Oral History Collection will remain permanently free on Ancestry.com.

To begin exploring your family’s journey to America, go here:

www.ancestry.com/immigration.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL

Various photos, artworks, and documents are posted; numerous online exhibits including one currently available on the Australian attempts to control malaria during WWII:

LINK

PASTPORTS MAGAZINE

You can read current and past issues of this magazine (PDF files) produced by staff of St. Louis County Library Special Collections Department:

LINK

GOOREADER

GooReader is a free software application that allows you to search, download, and read books and magazines available on Google Reader:

LINK

TRAVELPOD

If you’re taking an interesting trip (genealogy-related or otherwise), you can share your experience with others by creating a free travel blog at TravelPod.com. You can upload unlimited photos/videos to your blog, and easily chart your journey on a map:

LINK