Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Doing research that involves a lot of Latin words and phrases? Then this list of Latin words frequently encountered in genealogical documents should save you lots of time:



If you don’t know which side he served on, this article from the Ancestry Learning Center can help you make an educated guess:



Do you work with lots of WORD documents, and do you sometimes have trouble finding a document you know is in there somewhere? Nemo Documents may be the document location application you’ve been looking for:


NOTE: It’s free, but only works with Windows XP, Vista, or 7.


If you’ve got a Kindle but not much cash, you should know that has a Free Ebooks for Kindle Store:


NOTE: I know we’ve got Nook owners out there because of a previous post on this blog, and guess what-- there’s also a Free Nook Books site:


Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Persistent online archive of back issues from 1892-1922:



Do you send out a newsletter or other publication to fairly large numbers of people? Groupmail Free Edition allows you to send to 125 persons or less at no charge:


NOTE: Several paid versions allow you to send to unlimited numbers of people, and add features not available in the free version.


Lecture 1: Friday, October 7th, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
Bringing Salt Lake to Your Door

Pat Stamm, CG, CGL, will give researchers tips for making the most out of their visit to the Family History Library and Family History Centers. She will talk about advance planning, looking for the unusual resources, and assembling the material when you get home.

Lecture 2: Saturday, October 15th, 2011, 1:00 p.m.
How to Do German Research

Fred Held, Librarian at the St. Louis North Family History Center, will give tips on locating ancestral villages, deciphering old German handwriting, and what types of records are available for those researching German ancestors.

Lecture 3: Tuesday, October 25th, 2011, 2:00 p.m.
Research at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Tom Pearson, Special Collections Librarian at the St. Louis Public Library, will discuss print, microfilm, manuscript, and Internet sources of info on ancestors available via ALPL (located in Springfield, IL).

All lectures are held at the Belleville Public Library in the meeting room, 121 E. Washington St., Belleville, IL 62220.

Attendance is free but you are encouraged to pre-register as seating is limited. To register, call the library at 618-234-0441 and ask for Dana, or email her here.


Dana L. Prusacki, Archivist


The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for September 29-30, 2011. A dinner will take place on Thursday evening at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum with the history sessions taking place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield. The conference is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. This is the thirteenth year of the conference, which is sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

The conference will feature topics that include politics, architecture, community studies, Abraham Lincoln, African American history, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics.

Information and Tickets


The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library will update its popular Illinois Answers the Call: Boys in Blue- Civil War 150th anniversary exhibit in January 2012, and citizens are being asked to come forward with any original items from Illinois African American soldiers that could be loaned for the exhibit.

The Presidential Library is seeking images, letters, diaries, or artifacts pertaining to any African American Civil War soldier or unit from Illinois, particularly the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry, the largest such unit from this state. Those interested in loaning the material should call (217) 524-7219 or (217) 785-7955. These materials will be needed by September 30, 2011 and will be returned by January 15, 2013.

Monday, August 29, 2011


Our August 2011 newsletter has been posted on our website.

NOTE: There is a technical problem with the website, and I will be unable to edit/update it for a couple of weeks.


Nancy Thompson
Cedar & Vernon Co, MO Genealogical Society
218 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO 64772



PROVO, UTAH – (August 29, 2011) –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced an entire week of free access to its popular U.S. and International Immigration and Naturalization records. The free access week begins August 29th and runs through the Labor Day holiday ending September 5th. During this time, all visitors to will be able to search for free the indices and images of new and updated U.S. immigration records as well as selected international immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden and Mexico. Millions of Americans can trace their family history to other countries, and these collections provide valuable information about the travels and journeys that brought them to America or other countries around the world.’s extensive collection of immigration, naturalization and travel records offer an important resource for discovering and celebrating family history. As part of this promotion, the company is adding to its collection of U.S. and international records for tracing relatives from their homeland to other countries around the world. These records include ships passenger and crew lists, declarations of intent, petitions for naturalization, witness affidavits, border crossings, certificates and other records generated by the naturalization process, which is the act and procedure of becoming a new citizen of a country. Because the process has changed significantly over time and varies from country to country, different records are available from a wide variety of state, federal and international sources.

Newly added U.S. collections include Florida Petitions for Naturalization, 1913-1991; Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959 and Utah Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1850-1960. Noteworthy updated U.S. and international collections include U.S. Naturalization and Passport applications, 1795-1972; UK Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960; Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956; New South Wales, Australia, Unassisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1826-1922; Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957; New York State, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1917-1973; Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959.

“One of the most common elements of the American experience is our respect and interest in our native heritage. Almost all Americans have international roots, and many take great pride and even feel patriotic toward the countries from which their ancestors originated,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President. “That’s why we continue to build and enrich our collection of immigration and naturalization records and why we are providing free access to anyone who wants to search these records to discover their family’s international history.”

Many families have already made important discoveries in’s immigration and naturalization collection. Each of the following stories offers an example of the exciting and often emotional discoveries made by some users.

David A. Bader – Atlanta, GA: Bader traced his mother’s immigration from birth in Vienna, Austria, in 1934, during the Holocaust, through a KinderTransport to England (1939-1941), and eventually her immigration into the U.S. He’s also traced her parents’ journeys through concentration camps and other paths that lead to the United States, where the family came back together after their separate journeys of luck and fate.

Kristine Plotinski – Romeo, MI: Plotinski recently found the ship manifest of when her grandparents and three aunts immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 1947. She shared this document with her aunts and they were deeply touched when they saw their names on the manifest. One of her aunts remarked that she had been unable to find her immigration records on a visit to Ellis Island and recounted that seeing the document from brought back many memories. Her aunt very clearly remembers the day in 1947 when her ship arrived in New York. She was awed by the lights of New York and the snow and wore a pink coat made with rabbit fur, which her grandmother had made for each of Kristine’s aunts.

Jackie Wells– Annapolis, MD: Although her father died of cancer, Wells was fortunate to spend considerable time with him before he passed. Many of their talks focused on his family history. He did not know much about his mother, who died from a fire when he was three, or about her background. His father remarried and supported a blended family, but did not talk about his background. Since those discussions, Wells has traced her father’s side back to the original immigrants, finding early colonial settlers of New England, a sea captain defending New York’s harbor under George Washington in 1776, early residents of the new capital Washington, hard-working mid-1800's immigrants, Civil War soldiers, sports legends and many poignant personal stories. So far, for two of the immigrants Wells located, she has traveled to and photographed their birth villages, in Italy and in Germany. Wells’ family history research has helped her find and be welcomed by hundreds of newfound relatives who have provided many memories and a much deeper understanding her father’s family history.

To start researching the immigration and naturalization records for free, please visit


The National Archives at Kansas City will host historian Dr. Delia Cook Gillis on Tuesday, August 30 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of her book Black America: Kansas City. Gillis will be available to sign copies of her book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. This program is presented in partnership with the Black Archives of Mid-America.

Since 1803, when York, a slave in the Lewis and Clark expedition, stood on the bluffs overlooking Kansas City, African Americans have contributed to the city’s rich history. Men and women like Tom Bass, Emily Fisher, Sam Sheperd, and Hiram Young aided in developing the region. Musicians such as Julie Lee, Bennie Moten, Joe Turner, and Count Basie turned Kansas City into a jazz mecca in the 1920s and 1930s. The professional class made their voice heard with the establishment of the Kansas City Monarchs baseball team, the Kansas City Call newspaper, and election of the city’s first black mayor, Emmanuel Cleaver, II. With over 200 vintage images, Gillis recreates this beautiful mosaic of the African American community.

About the author

Dr. Delia Cook Gillis is a professor of history and director of the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Central Missouri. Gillis holds a doctorate in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia; a masters of arts in history from the University of Central Missouri, and a bachelor of science degree in business and management from the University of Maryland. She is the author of numerous scholarly publications including a photographic history entitled Kansas City from Arcadia Publishing's Black America Series. Her essays, articles, and reviews appear in The Public Historian, Public History Resource Center, Jackson County Historical Society Journal, and the Encyclopedia of African American Business. Gillis is the recipient of the Lorenzo J. Greene Scholar's Award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). She currently serves on the boards of the Black Archives of Mid-America, the Missouri Humanities Council, and is the 2011-2012 president of the Kansas City Book Lovers Club established in 1904.

Copies of Black America: Kansas City will be available for purchase via the Kansas City Store onsite. For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email

The Black Archives of Mid-America collects and preserves for public access documents, photographs and other materials related to the history and culture of African Americans in the Central United States, with particular emphasis on the Kansas City area. The Black Archives is located at 1722 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108. For more information, go here.

The National Archives at Kansas City 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 available for public access. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for research, with the exhibits open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit:


Tickets Currently On Sale

Mary Surratt was hanged on July 7th, 1865 for conspiring to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. 146 years later, she'll finally get a new trial. On September 23rd at Chicago's Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library and on October 3rd at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will team with the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to give Mary Surratt a new trial. Ms. Surratt will be tried using modern rules of evidence as a dramatically presented court proceeding rather than the original 1865 military tribunal that used procedures that limited the scope of Mary Surratt's defense. At the end of the arguments by the prosecution and defense, audience members will determine her guilt or innocence.

Tickets to the event at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield were priced at $25 each and were sold out within 72 hours of going on sale August 1. A total of 150 limited access seats in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library have been made available and will allow live, video viewing of the event as it unfolds starting at 6:30 p.m. in the nearby Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The seats for remote viewing in the Library are $10 each and may be purchased by calling (217) 558-8934.

Tickets for the Chicago event on September 23rd are still available by calling (312) 554-2057.

Go here for an interesting blog post on the event.

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Do you have email accounts with several different providers (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Juno, NetZero, etc.)? If so, you know that it can be a pain keeping up with each one. POP Peeper simplifies things—you can check all those accounts at once, and can read, reply, print, and delete in any account from that central access point. POP Peeper is free (enhanced version available for a fee), and works with Windows 95 and later:



Juxtaposing old photos with the current day location:


WARNING: Reading captions may cause sniffles/watery eyes/tugging at heartstrings...


Hello to all,

As you may know, the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is holding their annual conference in Springfield, Illinois on September 7-10 2011.

I just found out that St Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society will be featured on the FGS blog radio show this Saturday, August 27, 2011 about 1:00 pm (Central Time) during the weekly radio show–-FGS Radio–My Society:

For more conference information, visit:

FGS homepage:

Diane Walsh, President
St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society


Washington, D.C.—The highest elevated point of Washington, D.C., the "Gloria in Excelsis" central tower of Washington National Cathedral, sustained significant damage in the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Tuesday afternoon. Mason Foreman Joe Alonso is currently assessing the damage to the Cathedral building with the help of other Cathedral stonemasons and structural engineers.

Three of four pinnacles (corner spires) on the central tower have been damaged. Specifically, three "finials" (capstones shaped like fleurs-de-lys) have fallen from them, with more significant damage to two of the pinnacles. Similar decorative elements on the Cathedral's exterior also appear to be damaged. Cracks have appeared in the flying buttresses around the apse at the Cathedral's east end, the first portion of the building to be constructed, but the buttresses supporting the central tower seem to be sound.

No individuals were injured either within the Cathedral or on its grounds. Despite some cracks on upper floors in the interior, no damage to the stained-glass windows has been reported. The building has been closed to visitors until further notice.

"The Cathedral structure was damaged in today's earthquake," said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, "but we are thankful that no injuries have occurred. Our prayers go out now for all those up and down the East Coast who have been similarly affected by this rare event. The National Cathedral cannot be more grateful now for the National Cathedral Association (NCA), the nationwide network of supporters that raised funds to build this edifice beginning in the 1890s. We urge all friends of this spiritual home for the nation to visit our website,, to learn more about the damage and upcoming efforts to make repairs."

The central tower was completed in the 1960s and benefited from a restoration in the 1990s after repeatedly sustaining lightning damage. Constructed in fourteenth-century English "perpendicular" Gothic style, Washington National Cathedral is the sixth-largest Cathedral in the world and the second-largest such church in the United States. It was constructed between 1907 and 1990. Erected on Mount St. Alban, the most commanding hill in the District of Columbia, Washington National Cathedral rises to a greater height than the Washington Monument.

About Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral is said to be the spiritual home for our nation. It seeks to be a catalyst for spiritual harmony in our nation, renewal in the churches, reconciliation among faiths, and compassion in our world.

Learn more at

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Scottish & British Family History Research
Date: Saturday, 15 October 2011
Time: 9 am-4:30 pm
Place: Nebraska Methodist College, N. 87th & Burt Sts., Omaha, NB

Featured speaker is Paul Milner, who has 30 years of specialized experience researching ancestors from the British Isles. Talks include:

Scottish Emigration to North America: Before, During, and After the Rebellion
Finding Your English Ancestors: the Big Four (civil registrations, census records, church records, and probate records)
Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: the Big Five (the four above plus land records)
Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest

Cost: Members--$30.00 (if registered by 5 October 2011)
Non-members--$40.00 (if registered by 5 October 2011)
Late registrations: Add $5 to above prices

Lunch is $4 extra; there will also be sides, snacks, drinks, and desserts available for ala carte purchase.

More info: GOGS website.
Email here.


PROVO, UTAH – August 24, 2011 –, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced a massive expansion of the world’s most extensive searchable collection of U.S. school yearbooks online. The company has added nearly 25,000 new yearbooks to the collection, which now totals over 35,000 and carries 155 million records encompassing the years 1884 to 2009. The U.S. Yearbook Collection includes close to seven million images from thousands of U.S. high schools, junior highs, academies, colleges and universities.

The U.S. Yearbook Collection provides candid photos and insight into a relative’s appearance and extracurricular activities during their formative school years. The information and images contained in the collection also reveal insightful historical and cultural trends about fashion, style, politics, sports and social beliefs over the past 125 years of U.S. history. With the addition of the new records, family historians can more easily find what their current family members and ancestors looked like as youngsters and discover the types of activities in which they were involved. This collection can help tell a more complete story by offering rich details and providing context about the time their family members were in school.

"Our school years are often some of the most memorable times of our lives,” said Josh Hanna, Executive Vice President. “With the additions we’ve made to our U.S. School Yearbook collection, millions of Americans can experience their family members’ school years vicariously through the photos and records contained in this important collection. The details they include are often difficult to find, and while you’re searching, you might just find a famous classmate.”

For anyone interested in discovering their ancestors in the online yearbook collection, go here to search the full collection.


This article in the New York Times asks several interesting questions:

1. Can you respect and support our men and women in uniform, yet hate and express your opposition to the wars they’ve been called on to fight?
2. Who exactly deserves to be called a hero?

The author thinks that you can, in fact, respect our soldiers and sailors while hating the wars they’ve been asked to fight. He also thinks that the word hero has been so overused of late that it means very little anymore:


NOTE: A local newsman here in St. Louis tends to call most of the people he does stories about heroes, whether they’re children raising money for a good cause, persons living with illnesses of varying degrees of severity, or soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. I think he’s missing the point: if everybody is a hero, then being a hero is nothing special...


Yesterday MoSGA was able to present an Award of Merit to Wanda Blackwell of Phelps County Genealogical Society. Mark C. Stauter of the Awards Committee made the presentation.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Stick it in a plastic bag and leave it in the freezer overnight. Then hook it up the following morning—if it works, transfer data to CDs, a flash drive, or another hard drive ASAP:


NOTE: Best advice: copy that data NOW, while this is not a problem…


The Indiana State Library will host our third annual Indiana Genealogy and Local History Fair on Saturday October 22, 2011, 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.

Arrangements have been made for parking in the Senate Avenue garage directly north of the library. The entrance and exit to the garage are off of New York Street. Parking is available for the event for $5.00 per car. Parking is also available on the street in metered spaces.

Three FREE programs will be offered throughout the day. Librarians can earn one (1) LEU per program for attendance. Our speakers will include:

What's New with Family Search--Deborah Engleking, Assistant Director of the Indianapolis Indiana Stake Family History Center
A Dozen Ways to Jump Start Your Family History Project--Loretto Dennis Szucs, Nationally known author and editor of Genealogical materials; Executive Editor and Vice-President of Community Relations for
Hidden Sources--Loretto Dennis Szucs

The Fair will be held in the Indiana State Library. Lunch will be on your own in the downtown Indy area; maps to local eateries will be available. There is an 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 programs being offered during Family History Month in October, please visit our webpage.

If you are interested in being an exhibitor or vendor at the fair, please complete and mail the form at this link: Exhibitor and Vendor Registration Form. Only vendors and exhibitors need to register.


Those of you who write for or edit publications will be interested in this article. The author rates five online proof-readers, and comes up with a clear winner:



This Army base hospital (consisting mostly of medical personnel recruited from the Detroit, Michigan area) arrived in France on 15 November 1917, and served sick and wounded soldiers during World War I:


Friday, August 19, 2011


Holy cow! What a great online gallery this is, and an incredible variety of images to boot:



Admiral Rindskopf died recently (Sep 27, 1917 - Jul 27, 2011). Who was he? He was the U.S. Navy's youngest sub commander during WWII--his sub, the U.S.S. Drum, sank at least 15 Japanese vessels.


NOTE: Admiral Rindskopf was cremated, and his ashes scattered in the Pacific Ocean: a fitting finale, don't you think, for this American hero?


So, you don't know who The White Mouse (Nancy Grace) was? The Gestapo surely did--they put a five million franc bounty on her head:



NOTE: Why all the fuss? For a start, the D-Day invasion would quite possibly have failed if not for her efforts...


What were the factors that motivated generally loyal Germans to actively resist Hitler and the Nazis? Given, his regime was brutal, and his henchmen routinely committed acts that would have sent them to the guillotine had they not been wearing the Nazi uniform. It was still a BIG step, however, to actively resist the Nazis. Some conspirators were ambivalent about their resistance efforts, however, because they knew that their actions would probably mean death for many Germans who did not support Hitler and the Nazis.

The following online dissertion by Mother Mary Alice Gallin explores these and other aspects of the German resistance to Hitler:


NOTE: Yes, Hitler’s regime used the guillotine to execute common criminals. Political prisoners were shot or hanged until 1943, when official policy changed and most of those unfortunates also lost their heads. Hitler didn’t pioneer the use of the guillotine in Germany, however: it had been in use in various German principalities for several centuries prior to Hitler's rise to power:



If your home should be destroyed by

A. Fire
B. Tornado
C. Hurricane
D. Flood
E. Rampaging horde
F. House-sized meterorite

or other natural disaster, having an online inventory of possessions will mean that you will have an up-to-date document that you can use to prove your losses to insurance agents and tax examiners even if your computer is also destroyed:


Thursday, August 18, 2011


Both uniformed soldiers and civilian war workers are pictured in stunning color photos:



It’s the new Mac operating system. It’s got 250 new features. Before you plop down your money, though, see if your existing Mac can handle Lion—-some Macs can’t:



PROVO, UTAH (August 17, 2011)-, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced that both the images and indexes to the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be made free to search, browse, and explore in the United States when this important collection commences streaming onto the website in mid-April 2012.

When complete, more than 3.8 million original document images containing 130 million plus records will be available to search by more than 45 fields, including name, gender, race, street address, county and state, and parents’ places of birth. It will be’s most comprehensively indexed set of historical records to date. is committing to make the 1940 Census free from release through to the end of 2013, and by doing so hopes to help more people get started exploring their family history. As this census will be the most recent to be made publicly available, it represents the best chance for those new to family history to make that all-important first discovery.

“The release of the 1940 U.S. Census will be an exciting event for any American interested in learning more about their family history,” said CEO Tim Sullivan. “By making this hugely important collection free to the public for an extended period, we hope to inspire a whole new generation of Americans to start researching their family history.”

“ is working to make the 1940 Census a truly unique interactive search well as the starting point to help new users easily get started on the world’s leading online family history resource. After finding that first family connection in the 1940 Census, we believe new users will be able to make amazing discoveries by searching our 7 billion digitized historical records, exploring the 26 million family trees created on Ancestry, and collaborating with our nearly 1.7 million subscribing members. We think that 2012 is going to be a great year of discovery for all family historians.”

About Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 26 million family trees containing over 2.6 billion profiles. has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site.

FOOTNOTE IS NOW FOLD3 Announces New Focus on Historical U.S. Military Records and Changes Name to Fold3

New Brand Will Honor and Remember Those Who Have Served

LINDON, UTAH -- (August 18, 2011) –, a premier destination for discovering family history records, today announced it will now focus primarily on offering the finest and most comprehensive collection of U.S. Military records available on the internet. The site gathers the most valuable U.S. military records, photos and stories to help family historians and others discover and share the memories of those who served.

As part of this new focus, the name of the site will change from Footnote to Fold3. The Fold3 name is derived from the third fold in a traditional military flag folding ceremony which “is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of his or her life for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.”

Fold3 is the web’s premier collection and destination for original U.S. military records, helping people find and share more than 74 million images of historical documents and photos. These records include valuable collections from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World Wars I and II and America’s more recent engagements in Vietnam and elsewhere. Specializing in digitization of paper, microfilm and microfiche collections, Fold3 brings many never-before-seen historic documents to the web through patented processes and unique partnerships with The National Archives and other institutions. This combination of innovative technology and access to strategic partners provides subscribers with an easy way to search original documents and discover stories about the people, places and events in the conflicts that shaped America and the world.

“We have already begun expanding Fold3’s robust military collection to include new pension application files and draft cards,” said Brian Hansen, General Manager of Fold3. “It’s truly gratifying to help researchers easily discover at home what they previously could find only by traveling to an archive.”

Fold3’s significant collections illuminate history that was once hidden. For example, Fold3’s World War II photos, Missing Air Crew Reports and JAG case files include detailed information about the ordeal of Louis Zamperini, subject of the New York Times Best Seller, Unbroken. Similar stories about millions of service men and women lie undiscovered within the records available on Fold3.

Fold3 will continue to operate as a subsidiary of, the world's largest online family history resource, which acquired Fold3 as part of its purchase of iArchives in 2010. In addition to connecting more closely to its military collection, the rebranding helps distinguish Fold3’s value as a highly complementary brand to Many family historians and genealogists may use to find an ancestor who served in the military and then use Fold3 to discover the details of their service.

To begin searching for your family’s military history, go here.

About Fold3

Fold3 offers the web’s premier collection of original military records, gathering the best U.S. military records, photos and stories to help customers discover and share the stories of those who served. With more than 74 million historical record images already online and more being added every day, Fold3 brings the details of America’s military service to life.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


My guess is yes, especially if it’s free—70,000 students have registered for this free Stanford University online course on artificial intelligence that begins in October:


Go here to register for the class.

NOTE: Colleges and universities: looks like the best way to “hook” online learners on your distance learning program may be to offer a free online class or two every semester…


Do you have Australian ancestors, or just an interest in Australian history? National Archives (AUS) has digitized 281,000 images that you can examine online:



TITLE: Cemetery Research for Your New England Ancestors

DATE: August 17, 2011
TIMES: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PDT
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM MDT
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM EDT

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: PC-based attendees--Windows 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh-based attendees--Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Join us for this FREE webinar sponsored by the Southern California Genealogical Society.

Locating the gravestones of your New England can help propel your genealogical research. You may find new information on the gravestones or discover unknown ancestors buried nearby. Researching gravestones in New England can be a little different than other parts of the United States.

Marian Pierre-Louis is a House Historian and Genealogical Lecturer who specializes in southern New England research. She frequently speaks at conferences, societies and libraries on New England topics ranging from house history research, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics.

Register for this free webinar here.


Visit the Midwest Genealogy Center’s Roots of a Nation exhibit from July 9-August 21, 2011. These are unique, rarely seen artifacts from the birth of our nation. For more information on this free exhibit:


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


From Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 89, July 31, 2011

Missouri Military Discharges
by Delia Bourne

Twentieth century military records are in great demand by researchers, but that demand far exceeds the current availability of those records. Although service records for veterans of the last century’s conflicts are difficult to obtain, many counties throughout the country do have discharge records of local soldiers. For example, The Genealogy Center holds a collection of military discharges from fifty-nine counties in Missouri on 161 reels of microfilm (cabinet 75). They are organized by county, and the dates covered vary.

To determine the time periods covered by discharges for a specific county, as well as to identify the reel numbers you need, go to the Microtext Catalog on our website’s Free Databases list. Select “States” and then select “Missouri.” Scroll to the county, or click on “Missouri County Military Records” in the list of statewide Missouri sources, to learn the complete contents of each reel. Many of the microfilms also include other types of records. These vary by county, but include deeds, mortgages, real estate and circuit court records, declarations of intent and naturalizations, inquests, and federal liens, as well as enlistments, soldiers’ biographies, and military support petitions from the Civil War. The soldiers’ biographies may include information similar to that found on a discharge record, as well as parents’ names, occupation and battles in which the soldier fought.

Preceding each county’s discharge books is a chronological index, arranged by first letter of the last name, which includes address, branch of service, date of discharge, when and where it was recorded and a citation for book and page. Information in discharge records varies. Those from the World War I era provide name, rank and regiment, birth date and place, age, occupation, marital status, physical description at the time of enlistment, qualifications (for example, marksmanship), battles and physical condition when discharged. World War II discharges include discharge date and place, rank and regiment, citations, enlistment record with physical description and age, but no birth date and birthplace. By the Vietnam War era, service and Social Security numbers are included, as well as dates and places of birth and enlistment, home address, rank, medals and awards, and blood type.

These Missouri records are an excellent example of what may be available in other states and counties. When calling or visiting a county office to inquire about the availability of discharge records, consider asking to speak to an experienced employee who may be more likely to know what office or court has jurisdiction for these records in that specific county.

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Note: You can also search for Missouri discharge papers at the Missouri State Archives Local Records Inventory Database.

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For Immediate Release
August 15, 2011

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) debuts new mobile app; offers easy access to FGS services including radio, blog and webinars

August 15, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies announces the debut of its free mobile application for the iPhone®, iPod Touch® and iPad®. With the new FGS App, FGS resources and services such as FGS Radio, Voice – the FGS blog and webinars are now available to a wider audience.

The FGS App is the perfect place to stay current with all the events and offerings at FGS. Whether you want to read news at the Voice, listen to the FGS Radio show or learn new tips and tricks from the FGS Webinars, the FGS App allows you to do all of that in one program. You can also get the latest news on the FGS 2011 conference coming up September 7-10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois as well as the Preserve the Pensions project to digitize millions of War of 1812 pension files.

In terms of social media, the FGS App enables users to interact with each other through comments, posts and sharing content via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. The new app also includes Society Hall, a directory of all the FGS Members and their locations.

According to D. Joshua Taylor, FGS Vice-President for Administration and nationally-known genealogy expert, “In an age where technology plays such an important role in family history, the FGS App serves as a tool for genealogists and FGS member societies, leading the way for genealogical organizations to harness mobile technologies to promote themselves within this digital climate. This is an exciting beginning of many innovations yet to come."

To access the new FGS App, visit the Apple Store or use this iTunes site to download the FGS App.

Technical and Developer Information

• The FGS App has been developed by A.C. Ivory of Find My Ancestor specifically to meet the needs of FGS members and the genealogy community.
• The FGS App is compatible with the iPhone® (3GS and later models), iPod Touch®, and iPad® and requires iOS 4.0 or later.
• The FGS App may not work with older 3G iPhone® models – this is a decision on the part of Apple as they get ready to roll out the new iPhone® 5 later this year.
• FGS plans to make the FGS App available to Android and Windows Mobile users in the near future.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more, visit our website.

Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940
phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350


Date: Saturday, 22 October 2011
Place: Lenexa Community Center, 13240 Oak Street, Lenexa, KS
Time: Registration starts 7:45 am.

Featured speaker is Paula Stuart-Warren, who will be talking on these topics:

Newspaper Research: Dailies, Weeklies, and Beyond
Though They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records
Finding Ancestral Places of Origin
A Baker’s Dozen: Easy Ways to Begin Writing Your Family History

Registration prior to October 16th is $30 (members); $35 (non-members).

More info: Lora Fitzgerald at 913-894-9689 or

JCGS Conference website

Monday, August 15, 2011


We sometimes forget that there are some living witnesses to Civil War battles: trees! Trees, of course, can’t tell us about the battles they witnessed—or can they?

A witness tree on Culp’s Hill at Gettysburg National Battlefield Park recently succumbed to old age. Workers chopping it into smaller pieces discovered bullets fired during the battle embedded in the trunk. Sections with bullets are being preserved, and will be displayed in the museum at the battlefield:



Search for those Aussie ancestors by name and type of record:



Do you want your census info available to others in the future? Australians have to answer that question:



Ways to check and see if a file is malicious before installing it:


NOTE: You may need to scroll down a bit to find the article--I do when using my work computer.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) Awards Summary
Holiday Inn Select Executive Center
Columbia, Missouri
August 5, 2011

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) presents two types of awards for outstanding contributions to the field of Missouri genealogy and/or family history – Certificates of Appreciation and Awards of Merit – at its Annual Conference Awards Banquet. Certificates of Appreciation are presented to an individual, group, organization, or institution expressing thanks officially for compensated, i.e. paid, duties related to Missouri genealogy and/or family history performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner. Awards of Merit are given to an individual, group, organization, or institution in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in Missouri genealogy and/or family history for which no compensation was received, i.e. on a volunteer basis.

The following awards were presented this year at the MoSGA 2011 Annual Conference Awards Banquet held August 5 at the Holiday Inn Select Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri (Note: Awards photos are available in a previous post to this blog).

1. Certificates of Appreciation:

a. Gasconade County Historical Society Archives and Record Center, Gasconade County. Nominated by Historic Hermann, Inc., the Archives and Record Center serves as the repository of Gasconade County records, private collections, and provides personal assistance to individuals doing family history and genealogical study. The award was accepted for the Center by Lois Puchta, Director (Volunteer) of the Gasconade County Historical Society Archives & Records Center.

b. Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager, Reference Specialist, Special Collections Department, St. Louis County Library, St. Louis. Nominated by John Dougan of the Missouri State Archives. Mr. Dougan wrote “Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager and the St. Louis County Library should be recognized for the publication of ‘Dred and Harriet Scott: Their Family Story’. This volume is one of the finest examples of family history recently published. Well researched, readable, comprehensive, and profusely illustrated with the original resources being discussed, this volume not only provides previously unknown information on the subject of one of America’s most significant court cases, but it also creates a model work that can be used by anyone willing to create a first-rate history of their family.”

2. Awards of Merit:

a. Barbara Sheehan. Nominated by both Sandra Gadberry, President of the Putnam County Historical Society, and Maribeth DeHaven, Secretary of the Putnam County Genealogical Society, Sheehan “has been the driving force behind reading, recording, and taking photos of all stones in the Unionville Cemetery.” Many hours were spent in brushy, overgrown cemeteries and interviewing farmers and neighbors in areas where cemeteries or burials were known to have been located. Sheehan did all the computer preparation for the Unionville Cemetery Book and the recently published East End Cemetery Book. Despite health problems, Sheehan started work on a third cemetery book – the West End Cemetery Book -- in the summer of 2010. She has also served as the past Vice President and President of the Putnam County Genealogical Society.

b. Barbara Duemler. Duemler “has provided leadership to modernize many of the aspects of the Four Rivers Genealogical Society in Franklin County. She has contributed thousands of hours of her time to these efforts” according to her nominator, Steven Claggett, President of the Four Rivers Genealogical Society. Duemler has been a member of the Four Rivers Genealogical Society for 8 years; contributed to the Society’s newsletter; initiated a project to upgrade the Society’s web site; served as the Society’s Corresponding Secretary, Vice President, and President; completely reorganized the Society’s library; computerized the library catalog; served as monitor for the library; and initiated a Program Series of speakers on genealogical and historical topics. In addition, she is a 6-year member of the volunteer State Archives Team to microfilm Franklin County Probate records, has served as Vice President for the Franklin County Historical Society, and presented several programs for a local history series.

c. Tanit J. Langley, despite a medical disability, has “tirelessly devoted hours and hours to the Old Mines Area Historical Society” in Washington County. Langley was nominated by Pat Moore of the Old Mines Area Historical Society for being “such as asset to our organization and the volunteer in our group who has donated the most volunteer hours”. Langley established a database of the early inhabitants of Washington County which has grown to list over 13,000 names and includes birth and death certificates, marriages, baptisms, and census records. She has scanned hundreds of old photographs and newspapers; compiled family information for the Society’s archives; and secured records and resources for the Society. In addition, Langley maintains the Old Mines Area Historical Society’s membership records, collects membership dues, and donates handmade craft items for the Society’s biggest annual fundraiser.

d. Jennifer Ruth Baker was nominated by David Baker because “she cares about preserving historical places and records”. In addition to serving as President of the Perry County Historical Society, Baker gives tours of, does the scheduling for, and makes sure the Faherty House, the oldest house in Perry County, is kept in good repair. She is also a member of the Perry County Lutheran Historical Society and the Foundation of the Restoration of Saint Genevieve, Missouri. Baker does historical research for patrons at the Perry County Court House on a volunteer basis and raised money to place a monument for those buried in an unmarked graveyard at the Perry County Poor Farm. By reading through hundreds of death certificates, she recreated 538 of about 800 burial records for the cemetery at State Hospital #1 in Fulton, Missouri, after discovering that their plot map was lost in a fire in 1956 and created a list of 100 burials at the Calloway County Poor Farm.

e. John Abney is “an invaluable member of both the Iron County Genealogy Society and the Iron County Historical Society, serving in any capacity needed, presenting thoroughly researched programs, and taking a major role in community activities”. Nominated by Wilma Cofer, President of the Iron County Genealogy Society, Abney helped organize several events to celebrate the County’s 150th Anniversary and produced DVDs on “Early Iron County History” and “Early Settlers of Iron County”. He was instrumental in preparations by the Iron County Historical Society for the three Courthouse Sesquicentennial ceremonies. This included building a replica of the Courthouse for a Christmas Parade float, organizing a Courthouse Sesquicentennial Student Art Contest, and serving as Master of Ceremonies for the final event. Abney organized the photographic files of the Iron County Historical Society and set up an ongoing Virtual Museum on the Society’s web site. In addition he has researched, compiled, and presented numerous historical and genealogical programs and taught a beginning genealogy workshop. His publications include the 1890 Personal Assessment of Iron County, Missouri, and Witnesses to History – Stories from Park View Cemetery. The latter publication traces the history of the cemetery and two of the men buried there – Solomon and Moses Lax. Moses Lax is regarded as one of the founders of Lincoln University. Park View Cemetery is the main site of burials of African-Americans in Iron County since the Civil War. Abney researched and created a list of 296 burials in the cemetery (which has few surviving grave stones) and well as a list of 42 burials for African-Americans in other Iron County cemeteries.

f. Wanda Blackwell was nominated by the Phelps County Genealogical Society for her contributions to the Phelps County Genealogy Society and the Maries County Historical Society. Blackwell transcribed the 1860, 1870, and 1900 through 1930 Federal censuses for Phelps County from hand written microfilm records into print ready manuscripts. She did the same thing for the 1860, 1870, 1900, 1910, and 1930 Federal censuses for Maries County. Blackwell’s other transcriptions include Phelps County absentee ballots for the military in 1944; Maries County registers of births and deaths, assessments, WW1 draft registrations, agricultural census, muster roll of Captain Hutchison for November 1861 and the index to the 1880 County census. She is currently working on a transcription of Phelps County Marriages from 1910 to 1945.

3. The MoSGA Directors’ Award is presented to an individual, organization, or institution for distinguished service over an extended period of time in support of Missouri genealogy, for exceptional contribution to the field and extra effort to promote good will and improve service.

The recipient of the MoSGA 2011 Directors’ Award, Isabella Feltmann, was nominated by the President of the Four Rivers Genealogical Society, Steven Claggett. He said, “Izzy (as she is known) has been one of those most responsible for the success and progress of the Four Rivers Genealogical Society in Franklin County. The number of hours contributed over the last 25 years easily exceeds 20,000.” Feltmann’s achievements include being one of the founders, a charter member, and a life member of the Four Rivers Genealogical Society and serving in various offices and board positions with 15 years as Society Treasurer. She has consistently supported the organization financially, contributed her time to research and indexing projects including indexing and publishing newspaper articles from 1875-1925 and preserving and indexing obituaries of Franklin County citizens. Feltmann has also served as monitor for the Society’s research library assisting members and visitors research their families.

MoSGA Awards Committee

Karen Scott (Chair--2011)
Debbie Furnell (Chair--2012)
Patricia Kroeger
Mark C. Stauter


Here is the table of contents for the second issue of the MoSGA Journal for 2011 (sent to the printer August 4):

Sergeant John Goodrich Driver by Janis Minor Forté
Lesser-known National Archives Microfilm Sets of Interest to Revolutionary War Researchers by Tom Pearson
To Preserve Memories, J.W. Morris, Missourian, His Travel in California 1849-1854 by S.A. Mendenhall
Spring Cleaning Your Computer: Computer Maintenance Tips & Tricks for the Befuddled Genealogist by Tom Pearson
Climbing the Family Tree by Deborah Sweaney
Mrs. L.A. Duncan of Vernon County and Her Descendants submitted by Kenneth E. Weant
The Manhattan Project: A Selected, Annotated Bibliography by Tom Pearson
Higbee (Mo) News Extracts, 1904 (Part 2 of 4) transcribed by Kathy Bowlin
Ethel Simpson Obituary (1896) submitted by Laura E. Mullins
World War I Gold Star Mothers by Tom Pearson
Judge Benjamin Young Dead (1851) submitted by Kenneth E. Weant
Battlefield Burials: Did You Know? by Tom Pearson
Letter Written by Mexican Veteran William Patterson to Mrs. Esther Burt (1847) submitted by Kenneth E. Weant
Book Reviews by Jean Foster Kelley


Here is the table of contents for the first issue of the MoSGA Journal 2011 (published June 2011):

The Birds of Northwest Missouri: Revs. Jacob and Jesse Bird by Catherine Bird Rudnick
Old News – Milan submitted by Juanita Hall
Philatelic Genealogy: Writing Home to Missouri in World War I by James R. “Jim” Miller
The Battle of Wilson’s Creek, 10 August 1861 by Tom Pearson
Some Confederate Dead; Co. K, 2nd Infantry submitted by Juanita Hall
Higbee (Mo) News Extracts, 1904 (part 1 of 4) transcribed by Kathy Bowlin
The Gateway City Goes to War, 1941-1945: a Selected, Annotated Bibliography of St. Louis Imprints in the Collection of St. Louis Public Library by Tom Pearson
Monroe County, Missouri Old Settlers Association (1885) transcribed by Robert W. Taylor
J.P. Dumont Dead (1923) transcribed by Kathy Bowlin
Willie Coulter Death (1930) submitted by Maggie Osborn and transcribed by Janice Schultz
Slave Ancestors: a Guide to the North American Slave Trade for Genealogists by Tom Pearson
A Visit to Danville submitted submitted by Kenneth E. Weant
Private Relief Act for Frances A. Robinson as Found in the U.S. Serial Set by Janice Schultz
Who Was the First Settler in What is Now Randolph County? Transcribed by Kathy Bowlin
John Coats a Daring Soldier submitted by Kenneth E. Weant
Applications for MoSGA’s Missouri First Families Certificates: John Nichols Seely, Missouri Territorial Resident Honored by Descendants by Jane Honse, Pauline G. Wagner, Janice Branson, and Sharlene K. Miller, CG
In Memoriam – Paul C. Nagel by Janice Schultz
In Memoriam – Buddy Samuels by Martha Henderson

Friday, August 12, 2011


From Genealogy Gems: News from the Fort Wayne Library No. 89, July 31, 2011

National Black Genealogy Summit

The National Black Genealogy Summit will take place in Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 20-22, 2011, at the Allen County Public Library and the Grand Wayne Convention Center. It quite likely will be the best event for those interested in exploring African American family history since a similar summit took place in Fort Wayne in October of 2009. An information-rich website, continually being updated with the very latest information about the event, can be found here.

Hosted by the Allen County Public Library and its Foundation, as well as the African American Genealogical Society of Fort Wayne, this event has so many outstanding features that it simply begs one to participate.

October 20th is the pre-conference day, and is open to all at no charge. The programs on this day will focus on the foundations of genealogical research, family health history, and a librarians’ track. If you’re new to genealogical research, you really will want to take advantage of this free day. If you’re a more experienced researcher, you may find great value in learning different approaches, discovering new sources, and networking with those working in the same geographic area and time period as you.

Friday and Saturday, October 21st and 22nd, some of the very best presenters and researchers of African American genealogy will give engaging, information-rich lectures on timely topics. Tony Burroughs will be speaking on the use of land records and genealogy in the electronic age; Tim Pinnick will present four sessions over the two days including African Americans in the GAR, studying the family history of an African American community, and a couple on “tips and strategies;” and Angela Walton-Raji will offer sessions on finding Native Americans in African American families, using the records of secret societies, documenting soldiers and those still enslaved during the Civil War, and reconstruction era research. And those are just three of the presenters! We will highlight another group of presenters in next month’s ezine, but you can see all the speakers and all the sessions here.

The plenary sessions, on Friday and Saturday of the Summit, are definitely events you do not want to miss. Friday’s plenary session, sponsored by ProQuest, Inc. (the creators of “Heritage Quest Online” and “African American Heritage”), features Carla Peterson, author of the award-winning book “Black Gotham, A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.” Her talk, “What’s Under the Dust? Recovering Family History from the Archives,” will emphasize the importance of not just collecting the names, dates, and places relating to our ancestors but really getting the stories of their lives. Ms. Peterson is an engaging speaker, as well as a brilliant writer. Saturday’s plenary session, sponsored by the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, features an amazing artist, Michele Wood, sharing “Not To Be Forgotten: One Artist’s Journey of ‘Going Back Home.’” Ms. Wood has won numerous awards for her illustrations of children’s books. Her work will immediately draw you in with its color, life, and symbolism. A large number of her best pieces will be on display during the Summit in the library’s Jeffrey R. Krull gallery. Her presentation is a must-hear; her exhibit is a must-see.

All three days of the Summit will feature health screenings and opportunities to do research in The Genealogy Center. Register today, and bring a friend with you. The registration form is here.


While he was away, the Union Army found a number of uses for Arlington, Robert E. Lee’s Virginia mansion:



If all the talk about social media, smart phones, and cloud computing leaves you shaking your head, cheer up. Search and email are still the most popular online activities by a wide margin:



There’ll be shooting, all right—-but casualties should be a lot lower this time around than they were in 1861, since this time the boys in blue and gray will be shooting blanks. You can get all the info you need about the big anniversary reenactment this weekend (August 12-14, 2011) on the Wilson’s Creek 150 website:



Hello! Our monthly newsletter has been posted online here.


Nancy Thompson
Cedar & Vernon Co, MO Genealogical Society
218 W. Walnut St., Nevada, MO 64772


Thursday, August 11, 2011


Booth, John. The Battle of Waterloo : containing the accounts published by authority, British and foreign, and other relative documents, with circumstantial details, previous and after the battle, from a variety of authentic and original sources : to which is added an alphabetical list of the officers killed and wounded, from 15th to 26th June, 1815, and the total loss of each regiment (1815):



Did an ancestor work for the London Metropolitan Police? This National Archives (UK) podcast explains what records of that organization still exist:



These clever guides serve as intros to various services provided by the National Archives (UK):



The Evacuation and Relocation of Persons of Japanese Ancestry during World War II: A Historical Study of the Manzanar War Relocation Center (2 volumes; 1996), by Harlan D. Unrau (page images at Hathi Trust):


Wednesday, August 10, 2011


This blog post suggests that the Kindle will be dead in 4 years, more or less, and that won't shed any tears about it: the important thing in their eyes all along was the Kindle app, not the Kindle device:


NOTE: I in fact use and like the Kindle for PC app:



An invaluable resource for those with English ancestors, created by order of William the Conqueror. Why was it created? So that he would know who owned what, and how much they could be taxed for it, of course:



Low enough to steal the identities of recently deceased persons, that’s how low:



I’ll admit that I’d never really given it much thought before, but ordinary crimes continued as before while the Nazis were in charge in Germany, including serial murder. One such killer was attacking and often killing women on the S-Bahn Railway during nightly blackouts. To complicate matters, however, the killer threw his victims on the train tracks, and in the blackout conditions the trains often ran over those unfortunates. So the police first had to figure out if a corpse was that of an accident victim (accidents were common during the blackouts), or if that person had been dead when her body first hit the tracks:


Monday, August 08, 2011


Several photos of the MoSGA Board Meeting held after the MoSGA Conference Banquet on Friday, August 5, 2011:


A 21st Century Fund grant of $960.37 was awarded to Friends of Miami, Inc. (Saline County) for the purchase of archival supplies to help preserve town records. Martha Henderson, 21st Century Fund Chair, presents the award to Jane Beal, Historian, and Elizabeth Elston, President, of the Friends of Miami, Inc.


Here are photos of MoSGA Conference 2011 award winners:

Debbie Furnell, MoSGA Nominating Committee member, presenting an Award of Merit to Barbara Duemler, Four Rivers Genealogical Society (Franklin County).

Lois Puchta with Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Gasconade County Historical Society.

Ruth Ann (Abels) Hager of St. Louis County Library received an Award of Merit.

Barbara Sheehan, Putnam County Historical Society, with her Award of Merit.

Jennifer Ruth Baker, Perry County Historical Society, with her Award of Merit.

John Abney, Iron County Historical Society, with his Award of Merit.

Tom Pearson, MoSGA Messenger editor, with his President's Award.

A shot of all award winners who were in attendance. Awards of Merit winners not in attendance were:

Tanit J. Langley, Old Mines Area Historical Society, Inc. (Washington County)

Wanda Blackwell, Phelps County Genealogical Society


Here are some photos of our featured speaker, Henry "Hank" Z. Jones, Jr.:

Hank did a great job--he's a very knowledgeable, entertaining speaker!

Wednesday, August 03, 2011


Yup, it's this coming weekend. Here's all the info from the Missouri DOR:


Note: Page includes a lengthy list of Missouri municipalities that have opted out of the sales tax holiday, so you may wish to check it before buying that computer or other big-ticket item...


Titles up to 70% off for a limited time only:



Lengthy list of Civil War battles and skirmishes that occurred in Missouri:



Sesquicentennial links of interest:



If you’re not thrilled with whatever incarnation of Windows Media Player you are currently using, you should know that there are great free alternatives out there:



Ready to publish your family history? Abbott Press is a good option for self-publishers:


NOTE: I currently use and am well-satisfied with

Monday, August 01, 2011


It causes me great sorrow to announce the death of my friend and co-worker, Keith B. Zimmer. Keith was the guy who by himself created the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Obits Index that has benefited so many Missouri genealogists. He spent almost twenty years working on this index, and by himself indexed almost 100 years of obits, death notices, and burial permits in this major newspaper.

Even more, however, Keith was a great friend and very nice guy. Work won't be the same without him--heck, life won't be the same without him. So long for now, big guy, and God bless,

Tom Pearson

Zimmer, Keith B. Baptized in the Hope of Christ's Resurrection, Saturday, July 30, 2011. Beloved son of the late Bernard and LaVern Zimmer; loving brother of Janet (Kevin) Kozemczak and the late Carl Zimmer; dearest uncle of Kim (Chris) Solomon; our dear relative and friend. Services: Memorial visitation at KUTIS CITY CHAPEL 2906 Gravois, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 til service at 7 p.m. Private interment later. Memorials to the charity of your choice appreciated.