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Monday, February 28, 2011

TUPPY.COM

Manage all your social network pages from one site:

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NOTE: Sites it can manage include Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Blogger, Flickr, and Youtube-- to name only some!

BIG DOINGS AT BURLINGTON

They’re hosting a 2011 Genealogy Workshop at Burlington Public Library. Special Guest is Michael John Neill, who’ll be speaking on:

Court Records
Organizing Online Database Searches
Brick Walls
I Found It—Now What?

Cost is only $10 per person (includes lunch if you register by April 1!).

Date and Time: Saturday, 9 April 2011 (Doors open at 8 am)
Place: Burlington Public Library, 210 Court Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Send your check ($10 per registrant) made out to Burlington Public Library to the above address.

Questions? 319-753-1647 or http://www.burlington.lib.ia.us.

TOPEKA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Their 39th conference features Barbara Vines Little. Her topics include:

Born in Virginia: How Do I Find Him?
Femme Covert or Femme Sole: Women and the Law
Chancery Records: the Secrets They Hold and the Families They Reveal
Taxes: Milk Them for All They’re Worth

When: Saturday, 30 April 2011
Where: Kansas State History Center, 6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS 66604

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LAST AMERICAN HERO

Frank Buckles, the last surviving American World War I vet, has died:

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NOTE: Mr. Buckles crossed paths with history several other times during his life:

1. He sailed to Europe aboard the Carpathia, the steamship that rescued survivors of the Titanic disaster (1912);
2. He chatted with General John J. Pershing when that luminary visited Oklahoma City after the war;
3. He was a civilian working in the Philippines when the Japanese invaded during WWII—he was captured, and remained a prisoner until February 1945.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

MILITARY HISTORY ONLINE

Interested in military history? Then this website may be of interest:

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MID-MISSOURI’S TOP SLAVEHOLDERS

A fascinating list in the Columbia Daily Tribune (20 February 2011) of Mid-Missouri’s top slaveholders in 1861:

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NOTE: Top slaveholder on the list was J.K. Ragland of Saline Twp., Cooper County, with 81 slaves. Close on his heels was John R. White of Franklin Twp., Howard County, with 76 slaves. Top female slaveholder was Jane Howard of Boonville, Cooper County, with 47 slaves.

CRIME FICTION ALPHABET: G IS FOR GENEALOGISTS

Blog post about some mystery series that feature genealogists:

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WHAT REMAINS

Fascinating article about artifacts left behind by visitors to a replica of the Vietnam Memorial exhibited in Blue Springs, Missouri in October 2010:

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FACES OF THE FALLEN

Do you have a photo of a serviceman or woman killed in Vietnam? This group has collected 10,000 such photos:

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

MoSGA BOOKSTORE

We've got our own Amazon.com storefront! If you're looking for gifts for the genealogist or amateur historian in your life (or just want to treat yourself for once), why not take a look?

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OFFICIAL LETTERS OF THE MILITARY AND NAVAL OFFICERS OF THE UNITED STATES DURING THE WAR WITH GREAT BRITAIN, 1812-1815

Free full-text online version of this Arno Press reprint:

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THE DIARY OF BENJAMIN F. PALMER, PRIVATEERSMAN

Free full-text online version of the book by a War of 1812 American privateer held captive by the British on prison ships:

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NOTE: What's a privateer? Really just a pirate whose government has given him the OK to prey...

MICROSOFT IS MY FRIEND...

OK--it may not be your friend, exactly, but Microsoft is offering you some very nifty free stuff:

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ONE APP TO RULE THEM ALL…

With one app from your buddies at Google, you can manage all your phones-- home, work, and cell:

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STEAMPUNK GADGETS & DESIGNS

What is steampunk? You might say it’s high tech done 19th century style:

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

PRISON SEARCH

Searching for info about an ancestor who did hard time/got his fool self hanged? Try here:

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FEUDIN’, FIGHTIN’, & KILLIN’ IN ST. FRANCOIS COUNTY

Who knew it was such a mayhem magnet?

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FGS ANNOUNCES SANDRA H. LUEBKING MEMORIAL

For Immediate Release
22 February 2011

Now Accepting Contributions to the War of 1812 Digitization Project
Austin, TX-- The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the establishment of the Sandra H. Luebking Memorial as a way of remembering the work and achievements of an influential leader in the genealogy community, the late Sandra Hargreaves Luebking.

With Sandra’s passing on 17 February 2011, we lost a teacher, a mentor, a colleague and a dear friend who made numerous contributions to the field of genealogy and family history.

Those who wish to remember Sandra and to help improve access to genealogy research records can now contribute to the Sandra H. Luebking Memorial to help make War of 1812 pension files available to researchers. As an active member of the FGS family and as Editor of FORUM from 1990 to 2010, Sandra was a huge supporter of the Preserve the Pensions project (http://www.fgs.org/1812/). This project was one of her personal choices as a memorial should anyone choose to honor her after her passing.

The Preserve the Pensions project is a national fund-raising initiative to raise $3.7 million to digitize of the War of 1812 pension files. The digitization process will enable online access by historians and family researchers to the memories and biographies of those who fought to protect our nation’s independence.

The pension records for the War of 1812 consist of more than 7.2 million documents in 180,000 files. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) receives more than three thousand requests per year for War of 1812 pensions, placing them among the most requested sets of records. Digitizing these valuable records will preserve the originals by removing them from continued heavy use. It will also make the images of the records much more widely available. NARA reports these important historical records already have been conserved and readied for digitization, so scanning could start as soon as funds are received. With the cost for digitizing and saving a single page from a pension file being fifty cents, supporters will see progress from the earliest days of the fund-raising initiative.

To make a contribution as a memorial to Sandra H. Luebking, visit the Preserve the Pensions donation page (https://www.fgs.org/1812/donation.php). The names of donors will appear in FORUM and a notice will be sent to Sandra's family.

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:

http://www.fgs.org.

GOOGLE TIPS AND TRICKS

Let's say you want to search Google for restaurants specializing in pizza-- how can you get great results in such a search? Well, you can try it this way:

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant

The operator, AROUND(2), tells Google you're looking for web pages where your keywords appear within two words of each other. Operator is all caps, with no space between (2) and operator.

Works even better if you do it this way for multiple word cities:

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant "St. Louis"

or this way for one word cities:

pizza AROUND(2) restaurant chicago

Now you're telling Google what locality to concentrate on (change "St. Louis" to whatever city you're in). Bon appetit!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

BADYEAR BLIMP

During World War I, the Germans bombed London several times using zeppelins. Yes, that’s right-- hot air blimps. Sounds kind of funny, I’ll admit-- but one blimp raid over London killed 22 persons, injured 87 more, and did half-a-million pounds worth of property damage:

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THE AFRICAN REPOSITORY AND COLONIAL JOURNAL, vol. 1-9 (1825-1834)

Free full-text online version of this publication of the American Colonization Society:

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THE OLD NORTHWEST GENEALOGICAL QUARTERLY, vol. 10 (1907)

Free full-text online version:

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STILL USING GOOGLE?

Maybe you should take another look at Bing:

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Monday, February 21, 2011

TWO GIRLS ON THE LAND

Two Girls on the Land: Wartime on a Dartmoor Farm by Olive Hockin (1918):

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NOTE: It's the story of two young ladies recruited to do farm work in England during the labot shortage created by terrific British losses during WWI.

MR. SARDONIC

Sardonic means “derisively mocking,” and that certainly describes much of the work of American author Ambrose Bierce, a newspaperman and Civil War soldier who wrote the classic “Tales of Soldiers and Civilians” and “The Devil’s Dictionary.” Now his 12-volume Collected Works is available full-text online (for free) thanks to the Hathi Trust:

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NOTE: Volume 1 includes writings on his own service in the Civil War, including his classic “The Crime at Pickett’s Mill”:

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IN MEMORIAM—SANDRA HARGREAVES LUEBKING

On Thursday, 17 February 2011:

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RESEARCHING AFRICAN AMERICAN ROOTS

NARA-KC is offering the following free Genealogical Workshop:

Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m.--Noon-- Researching African American Genealogy

Taught by researcher and author Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, author of Researching Slave Ancestry, this workshop will cover genealogy research strategies and resources to help those interested in exploring African American family history, including overcoming roadblocks caused by slavery. Using case studies and hands-on examples, participants will learn about using primary research documents such as the Federal census. Information will be shared on tools useful in discovering the untold history of generations of African Americans seeking to trace slave ancestry. Witherspoon will be available after the workshop to sign copies of her book, available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at the National Archives.

These workshops are free, but reservations are encouraged. To ensure your seat call 816-268-8010 or register by emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

Friday, February 18, 2011

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MILITARY HISTORY

Read everything on this list, and you’ll be extremely well read indeed:

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NORTHWEST CHICAGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Free access to back issues of their newsletter:

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PROFESSIONAL MILITARY READING LISTS

Recommendations from the Combined Arms Research Library:

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CHICAGO CEMETERY RECORDS

Chicago Genealogical Society is selling this record of burials at Chicago City Cemetery 1847-1863:

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KNOW YOUR ENEMY

If your enemy happens to be a militant Jihadist, it would behoove you to work your way through this reading list:

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

CHICAGO KEY GENEALOGY RESOURCES

Great links list for people researching Windy City ancestors:

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NEWBERRY LIBRARY GENEALOGY NEWS

News about genealogy events and activities of interest in the Chicago area:

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UTAH VITAL RECORDS CHANGES

Several changes in the laws affecting Utah vital records became effective on 11 February 2011:

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UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI LIBRARY SCIENCE INFORMATIONAL MEETING

We invite you to come and learn about the exciting opportunities available for graduates of our American Library Association (ALA) accredited master’s program at sessions being held at various locations from March 3-March 12:

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FGS 2012 CONFERENCE--CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline for Submissions is 1 June 2011

February 15, 2011 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Papers for the FGS 2012 Conference to be held 29 August – 1 September 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama. The deadline for submission of papers is Wednesday, 1 June 2011.

The annual FGS conference will be held beginning Wednesday, 29 August through Saturday, 1 September 2012 at the Birmingham Convention Center, Birmingham, Alabama. The Sheraton Hotel, conveniently located adjacent to the convention center will be the host hotel. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Alabama Genealogical Society as the local host society. Outstanding nearby research facilities and attractions will enhance the conference experience.

The program committee is accepting a wide range of lecture proposals from interested scholars and researchers for potential presentations at the conference. The format of this conference begins with an all-day “Focus on Societies” program for genealogical society officers, board members, volunteers and other interested parties. This is followed by a three-day genealogical conference in which a variety of topics will be considered, but priority will be given to the following:

·Fundamental

o Basic genealogical instruction
o Methodology and problem solving techniques
o Burned courthouse research

· Domain Expertise

o International and Ethnic research, particularly German, English, Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish, French, Italian, Swiss, Slavic African- American, Native American and Jewish
o Military
o Immigration
o Internet resources
o Genetics and family medical history

· Focus on Society Management

· Regional Interests

o Five civilized tribes
o Trail of Tears -- 1832
o Southern migration
o Early territorial research

Proposals for paid workshops will also be considered. Presentations may be co-presented or as part of a panel discussion if the topic seems appropriate for this method of presentation.

Speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of lectures presented. Each speaker is limited to presenting a maximum of four lectures, but may submit more proposals for consideration. Additional details about the financial package are available here.

Presentations will be one-hour long, which includes a ten-minute question/answer period. Interested speakers should submit their proposals by 1 June 2011. The following information should be included:

· Title of presentation with a detailed but concise, one-page outline
· Brochure summary (150 Characters for description)
· Audience skill level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced)
· Audio-Visual requirements (LCD projectors are not provided)
· Format of presentation (PowerPoint, overhead projection, other)
· Biographical data and resume of past lectures within the last three years. Those that have not presented at a regional or national conference before are encouraged to submit recording of a recent presentation.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to 2012proposals@fgs.org, or send two copies to:

Federation of Genealogical Societies
FGS/AGS 2012 Program Chair
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940 USA

The invitations to speakers will be mailed no later than 1 September 2011 and the deadline for syllabus materials for presenters is 31 May 2012.

If necessary, questions may be directed to Dean J. Hunter, AG. at .

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:

http://www.fgs.org.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

MISSOURI HOSPICE LAWS & REGULATIONS

Hopefully you or a loved one don’t currently require a hospice, but here is some info to get you up to speed in case you do one day:

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CROSSING THE RIVER TO TIE THE KNOT

Beginning June 1, 2011, Illinois will allow civil unions for same-sex couples. Officials in counties bordering Missouri (where such unions are not legal) are wondering how much cross-over business they will be getting from Show-Me State couples wishing to tie the knot:

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PUTATIVE FATHER REGISTRY

Didn’t know Missouri had one? Now you do:

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MISSOURI COUNTY OFFICIALS

Long list provides name, address, phone and fax numbers. Organized by county:

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PHOTO ID SOON REQUIRED FOR MISSOURI VITAL RECORD REQUESTS

Beginning March 1, 2011, you’ll need either a photo ID, or two alternate forms of ID. Story here:

Article in Columbia Missourian

Article in St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

REGISTERS OF MERCHANT SEAMEN

Registers kept 1918-1972 (now in the National Archives [UK]):

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BRAVERY ABOVE THE WAVES

Finding guide by the National Archives (UK) that discusses medals and honors awarded to merchant seamen:

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THE STORY HE NEVER WROTE

Did you know that J. D. Salinger, the author of “Catcher in the Rye,” was a bona-fide war hero?

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NOTE: He wrote next to nothing about his wartime experiences—-apparently because he seems to have suffered from what we would now call post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Monday, February 14, 2011

WORLD WAR II PLUS 55

Interesting look at daily events during the World War II period:

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TITANIC: THE OFFICIAL STORY

Podcast about the construction, launch, voyage, and last minutes of the “unsinkable” ocean liner:

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DAMAGED, DISTURBED, AND DISMEMBERED

Podcast about veterans disabled physically and mentally by 20th century wars:

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AFRICA THROUGH THE LENS

Thousands of photos posted online by the National Archives (UK):

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Saturday, February 12, 2011

YOUR MEMENTO

The National Archives (AUS) has launched a monthly e-magazine (free subscription available):

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SHAKE YOUR FAMILY TREE

February 25, 2011 is Shake Your Family Tree Day at regional branches of the National Archives (AUS):

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MISSOURI DEATH CERTIFICATES

The Missouri State Archives has added death certificates for 1960 to its website:

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Friday, February 11, 2011

WHEN VIRGINIA JOINED THE UNION

When Virginia Joined the Union: A Backward Look at the Powerful Prophecy of Men Who Foresaw in 1788 the Trend of Events in 1963 (Richmond: Virginia Commission on Constitutional Government, 1963), by James Jackson Kilpatrick (multiple formats at archive.org).

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JEFFERSON DAVIS: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Jefferson Davis's Place in History, As Revealed in His Letters, Papers, and Speeches (ca. 1923), by Dunbar Rowland, contrib. by Mississippi Department of Archives and History (multiple formats at archive.org):

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THEY PUT THE RED IN RED, WHITE, AND BLUE

Did you know there’s a DAR chapter in Moscow, Russia?

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FORGOTTEN PATRIOTS

Does the DAR Library include any materials of interest to African Americans or Native Americans? Yes, it certainly does:

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FREE WORKSHOPS AT NARA-KC

The following free genealogical workshops will be offered at the National Archives at Kansas City.

Friday, February 18, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. - Introduction to Alien Files

Alien files contain United States immigration documents generated and collected since the mid-20th century with a wealth of data, including visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence, and more. The National Archives at Kansas City houses alien file records prior to 1909 for immigrants who lived throughout the entire United States.

Saturday, February 26, 10:00 a.m. - Noon - Researching African American Genealogy

Taught by researcher and author Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, author of Researching Slave Ancestry, this workshop will cover genealogy research strategies and resources to help those interested in exploring African American family history, including overcoming roadblocks caused by slavery. Using case studies, and hands-on examples, participants will learn about using primary research documents such as the Federal census. Information will be shared on tools useful in discovering the untold history of generations of African Americans seeking to trace slave ancestry. Witherspoon will be available after the workshop to sign copies of her book, available for purchase at The Kansas City Store at the National Archives.

To make a reservation or for more information call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

A BATTLEFIELD IS REALLY JUST A CRIME SCENE…

At least, it is for an archaeologist trying to reconstruct the ebb and flow of a battle using artifacts left behind by participants:

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YOU MUST BE THIS TALL TO VIEW THE HANGING…

In one of the Gardner photos of the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators, there is a boy standing to the left, relatively close to the gallows. The boy appears to be in uniform. Who was he? The question apparently has been answered:

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KOOBITS

What is it? It can open lots of ebook formats, and allow you to read, organize, and manage your ebooks collection:

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MEDICAL INFORMATION BUREAU

I’ll bet you didn’t know that there is such a thing- or that you can request one free copy of their file on you annually:

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NOTE: They’ll only have a file if you have requested life, health, or disability insurance sometime during the past seven years.

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

YOUR SOLDIER ANCESTORS

Can the National Archives (US) help you research American soldier and sailor ancestors? It sure can:

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THE 1940 CENSUS WILL BE MANY THINGS…

But it won’t be available on microfilm:

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ST. LOUIS CHRONOLOGY

Interesting timeline of St. Louis historic events. Its creator, Professor Adam Arenson, notes that:

This is a highly selective chronology of events that piqued my interest while researching and writing The Great Heart of the Republic.

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WE DON”T LIKE TO TOOT OUR OWN HORN…

OK, we do like to-- but we think we’ve got good reason to do so. Professor Adam Arenson in his blog, The Cultural Civil War, lists MoSGA Messenger as one of the very best sources he utilized while writing his book, The Great Heart of the Republic:

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ANCESTRY.COM'S NEW iPAD APP FOR GENEALOGISTS

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com, the world's largest online family history resource, today announced the availability of its new iPad app called Ancestry.

Built specifically to deliver a compelling tablet experience, the new Ancestry app brings to life on iPad's large screen multi-generational family trees complete with images of original family records and photos, making iPad a powerful tool for users to display and share their trees with family and friends in an interactive, highly visual way.

A dynamic, intuitive user interface and integration with Ancestry.com makes it simple for users to record memories, edit vital information, document life events and organize photos, and also for use in conducting field research, collection, and documentation.

Introducing Ancestry.com onto this compelling platform takes the website one step closer to its mission of helping everyone discover, preserve and share their family history.

"Since I already use my iPhone to document my life, it's natural to use it to document my family tree," said Ancestry.com user Aaron Vaughn of San Francisco. "Being able to research and upload photos and information on-the-fly makes updating my Ancestry.com account a seamless part of my life. Now, with the new iPad app, I've got all the added benefits the larger format affords."

Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product for Ancestry.com, comments: "The new Ancestry iPad app makes it fun and easy to explore and share your family history research by allowing you and your family to tap and swipe your way through your family tree, old photos and records.

"Ancestry.com is committed to leveraging the latest technology to make what we offer on our website easily accessible, simple and enjoyable to use for family history novices and experts alike, at their desks or in the field."

The Ancestry.com app for iPad is now available for free at the iTunes App Store. A new version of the popular Ancestry.com iPhone app, which includes more features for navigating a family tree and viewing records already attached to a tree, is also available for free in the App Store.

To get started, just download the apps to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, log in to your Ancestry.com account and choose a family tree.

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About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

NOTE: "iTunes," "iPad," "iPod" and "iPhone" are all trademarks of Apple, Inc.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

KOMANDO’S ARCHIVE

Free access to an extensive archive of columns on computer security, maintenance, and use that Kim Komando has written for USA Today:

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NEWSLETTER DECISION

MoSGA is now offering members the option of accessing their newsletter electronically (PDF format) or physically (PRINT version to be mailed to you as in previous years). Persons who elect the PDF version will get access to their newsletter much more quickly (and can still print out a copy on their home computers if they so choose). The PDF version will also include live links for websites and emails mentioned in that newsletter. If you would like to receive the PRINT version, you will need to send an email to 89ilguy@gmail.com with PRINT in the Subject Line. You may also write to us at MoSGA, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833, attn. PRINT NWS. Members who prefer the PDF version need do nothing. Thanks for your interest in our publications, and thanks for your continuing membership in our organization!

MoSGA JOURNAL UPDATE

Our Journal Editor is interested in receiving articles on our Missouri Civil War ancestors, and about battles and skirmishes that occurred in Missouri. If you have written such an article, or would like to do so, you can contact her here:

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Monday, February 07, 2011

TODAY’S FRONT PAGES

This website displays front pages from 800 newspapers worldwide. The front pages are in their original, unedited form, and some may contain material that is deemed objectionable to some visitors. Discretion is advised. Anyone seeking permission to use a front page for personal reasons must contact the newspaper directly. U.S. copyright laws apply.

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FIRST THERE'S SNOW, THEN THERE'S A LAKE IN YOUR BASEMENT...

If you live along the Missouri or Mississippi Rivers, this precipitous winter may well be followed by a soggy spring:

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MISSOURI MISSILE CRISIS

Yup, we're having a missile crisis, all right, but the danger doesn't stem from Soviet missiles in Cuba-- no, the culprits are huge ice chunks falling off moving motor vehicles (often large trucks) and landing on the windshields of other moving vehicles (usually much smaller cars):

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ANCESTRY.COM MARKS BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Nearly 35 Million Americans Can Find an Ancestor in the World’s Largest Online Collection of African American Family History Records

PROVO, UTAH (February 1, 2011) – In honor of Black History Month, Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today launched more than 250,000 new historical records documenting early African American family history. The five new collections span more than a century and contain important details about the lives of African Americans who bravely fought in the U.S. Civil War, document the transportation of slaves to and from the prominent slave ports of New Orleans and Savannah, GA, and include poignant first-person accounts from former slaves.

Ancestry.com’s historical record collection now contains more than 3.2 million African American slave records. As 88 percent of the United States’ black population in 1850 was comprised of slaves, when extrapolated to its current population, nearly 35 million Americans may find a slave ancestor in Ancestry.com’s African American collections.

The Ancestry.com African American Historical Record Collection includes thousands of poignant stories that bring this part of American history to life. One story outlines how Solomon Northup was lured from New York to Washington, D.C with the promise of a job in a circus. Instead he was kidnapped, put on a boat to New Orleans and sold into slavery. His liberation in 1853 prompted him to write “Twelve Years a Slave, 1841-1853,” which became both a popular seller at the time and an important historical document. The ship record of his transfer to New Orleans, which also lists most of the cast of characters from his book, can be found in Ancestry.com’s Slave Ship Manifests from New Orleans, 1807-1860. (original record images available)

The five new collections form part of the 60 million records already included in Ancestry.com’s African American Historical Record collection—the largest online collection of African American family history records available. These new collections are:

· US Colored Troops Service Records, 1861-1867: Approximately 178,000 African American troops served the Union in the final two years of the US Civil War. Their compiled service records include enlistment papers, casualty sheets, death reports and correspondence.

· Slave Ship Manifests from Savannah, 1789-1859: Although the transatlantic slave trade was banned in 1807, the internal transportation of slaves remained, especially as the tobacco industry diminished in the North while the cotton industry boomed in the South. These port records document the arrival and departure of more than 10,000 slaves through the port of Savannah, GA.

· Slave Ship Manifests from New Orleans, 1807-1860: Another important Southern port, this collection includes records for more than 100,000 slaves who arrived or departed through the port of New Orleans.

· Freedmen’s Bureau Records, 1865-1878: The Freedmen’s Bureau was formed after the Civil War to aid in Reconstruction efforts. This collection contains hundreds of thousands of records relating to former slaves the Bureau helped find work, to establish schools, negotiate contracts, seek medical care, legalize marriages and more.

· Slave Narratives, 1936-1938 (updated): In the early 1930s, an effort began to document the life stories of 3,500 former slaves. The result is a series of moving, individual accounts of their lives, as told in their own words.

With collections such as these now online and searchable for the first time, exploring African American roots is becoming increasingly accessible and popular. For example, leading African American actress and singer Vanessa Williams’ own family journey will be showcased during the second-season premiere of the hit NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?”on Friday, February 4. Ancestry.com is the official sponsor for the NBC series and worked closely with the producers to provide the family history research for those celebrities featured. Lionel Richie’s family history will also be showcased this season, building on the compelling African American stories of Spike Lee and Emmitt Smith, who were featured last season.

“As we continue to expand our collection of African American family history records, more Americans than ever can make exciting breakthroughs when researching their early heritage,” said Josh Hanna, Ancestry.com Head of Global Marketing. “According to independent statistical analysis, one in nine Americans has early African roots and so may have ancestors just waiting to be discovered in our collections.”

These inspiring collections can help millions of African Americans uncover their own family stories. To search the African American Historical Record Collection, visit www.ancestry.com/aahistory. For further stories and updates related to African American family history research, you can also follow Ancestry.com on Facebook and Twitter.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with nearly 1.4 million paying subscribers. More than 6 billion records have been added to the site in the past 14 years. Ancestry users have created more than 20 million family trees containing over 2 billion profiles. Ancestry.com has local Web sites directed at nine countries that help people discover, preserve and share their family history, including its flagship Web site at www.ancestry.com.

Friday, February 04, 2011

CYNDI KNOWS THE NEWS

Did you know that Cyndi's List has a section that covers Magazines, Journals, Columns, and Newsletters?

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CYNDI KNOWS HARDWARE...

...and software:

Did you know that Cyndi's List has a section on Computers & Software?

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KOMANDO’S ARCHIVE

Free access to an extensive archive of columns on computer security, maintenance, and use that Kim Komando has written for USA Today:

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WINDOWS 7 TIPS & TRICKS

If you’re running Windows 7, these tips and tricks may prove useful:

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RECOVERING RECORDS AFTER THE FLOOD

What the National Archives of Australia is advising its long-suffering citizens to do in the wake of catastrophic flooding that has occurred there:

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NOTE: Let's not forget, folks-- historic snowfall totals now can mean moderate to severe flooding in the spring...

FREE TECHNOLOGY FOR TEACHERS

A guide to working with technology, and to locating suitable applications (free and otherwise) for your computer(s):

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011

MONUMENT TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD

My wife and I visited the bird sanctuary on Hwy 367, just across the river from Alton, Illinois last weekend. Didn't see any eagles, but did see seagulls and several pelicans.

While there, we stumbled across the Monument to Confederate soldiers and civilians who died at Alton Prison during the Civil War. Here are a number of photos of that monument:







SOME WEATHER, HUH?

Don't know about your neck of the woods, but most of the Show-Me State is currently under inches of sleet and/or snow. I've been off work for two days now, drat the luck!

Here are some photos of Missouri snow and ice:



Ice on the Missouri River near Alton, IL



View out my front door



Another view out my front door

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

Welcome to the January 2011 issue of Genealogy and House History News, a monthly update of additions to the Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index plus other genealogy and house history news.

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center holds a wealth of resources for researching your family history or the history of your house. The ever-growing Genealogy and Local History Index is a good place to start your research, but don't forget to consult our Family History--Get Started page for information about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes to our collections. Visit our Genealogy Links page for links to websites that may help you locate information on your St. Louis ancestors.

Get Started: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/get-started
Digital Content: http://contentdm.mohistory.org/
Genealogy Links: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/genealogy-links

For questions or comments about Genealogy and House History News, contact Dennis Northcott at dpn@mohistory.org.

For more frequent announcements of additions to the Genealogy and Local History Index, follow the Missouri History Museum on twitter@mohistorymuseum.

Recent Additions to the Genealogy and Local History Index:

http://genealogy.mohistory.org/

1. A Quarter of a Century: A Short History of Success, 1872-1897 (Hamilton-Brown Shoe Company history)

2. Southwestern Telephone News (St. Louis: Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.), 1917-1955

3. Old Friends in a New Home / by Jefferson-Gravois Bank, 1926

4. Commemorating the Opening of Our New Banking Home and Office Building, January 2, 1929 / by South Side National Bank of St. Louis

At-Home Access to Footnote.Com

Footnote.com contains millions of digitized documents of great value to genealogists, including St. Louis city directories (1863-1923) and Missouri Civil War Union and Confederate compiled service records.

Residents of the city of St. Louis, St. Louis County, and St. Charles County can access Footnote.com at home by logging on with a library card from the St. Charles City-County Library. Once you get a library card, visit the library's databases page to access Footnote.com.

St. Charles City/County Library: http://www.youranswerplace.org/home

St. Louis Online Cemetery Index

Records of burials at Gatewood Gardens Cemetery can be searched online. This cemetery was formerly known as Holy Ghost Evangelical and Reformed Cemetery, Independent Evangelical Protestant Cemetery, Old Picker's Cemetery, New Picker's Cemetery, and Memorial Gardens.

Important search tip: If you key a surname into the "Name of Buried Person" search box, click the "Go" button rather than hitting the "Enter" key on your keyboard.

Gatewood Gardens Cemetery Index: http://stlcin.missouri.org/cemetery/ggsearch.cfm

House History Workshop

Would you be interested in discovering the history of your house and its former residents? Get started at the Missouri History Museum's Library and Research Center!? Associate Archivist Dennis Northcott personally introduces you to our valuable holdings. Participants will have the opportunity to begin research immediately after the program.

When: Saturday, March 19, 2011, 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) 746-4510.

Visit the Library and Research Center

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center is free and open to the public. The Library and Research Center is located at 225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park. Our hours are Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 pm, and Saturday, 10 am-5 pm.

The Library and Research Center collections are non-circulating; items may not be checked out. The library staff can make photocopies for 25 cents per copy.

Library reference desk: 314-746-4500, library@mohistory.org
Archives reference desk: 314-746-4510, archives@mohistory.org

Library and Research Center website: http://www.mohistory.org/lrc-home/

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

TR-COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY UPDATE

Hello:

The Tri-County Genealogical Society January 2011 newsletter has been posted on our website.

Regards,

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

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

FGS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

For Immediate Release
February 2, 2011

“Pathways to the Heartland” - A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists


Registration for the 2011 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, scheduled for 7-10 September 2011 in beautiful Springfield, Illinois, is now open. This year’s conference theme is “Pathways to the Heartland,” and the local host is the Illinois State Genealogical Society.

This year's conference offers an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in researching their family history. Over 165 educational sessions and 13 luncheons are designed to balance the needs of genealogists at all levels, exploring a variety of records, strategies, and other tools available to those interested in researching their family history.

Session sponsors include FamilySearch (offering extensive Focus on Societies, Migration and Immigration, and Technology tracks), Ancestry.com, the National Archives and Records Administration, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Association of Professional Genealogists, Board for Certification of Genealogists, and others. In addition, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and ICAPGen will present their own tracks of sessions by their members that you won’t want to miss.

Conference Highlights

•Librarians Day: On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, ProQuest is sponsoring a full day of free sessions designed for librarians, archivists, and other information professionals serving family history researchers.

•Focus on Societies: On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, all new programs and focus group sessions to help improve the operations and effectiveness for genealogical societies’ officers, as well as their members and volunteers.

•Conference Sessions: A wide variety of genealogy-related lectures and workshops for all experience levels. Topics include Mid-Western research, migration and immigration, military, strategies and techniques, technology, and writing.

•Special Events: Include An Old Fashioned Prairie Social, the FGS 35th Anniversary Celebration, and Spotlight on Societies—all providing an excellent environment to meet and network with others interested in family history and genealogy. This exciting week of genealogy closes with a Farewell Brunch on Sunday.

•Exhibit Hall: Filled with a wide array of vendors and organizations, and a special Spotlight on Societies area will showcase local and regional genealogical and historical societies.

There are more activities and research opportunities too numerous to list. However, you can learn all about the 2011 FGS Conference and register for this exciting four-day event at http://www.fgs.org/2011conference. Be sure to also visit or subscribe to the FGS Conference Blog at http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org for more information and travel advice.

We look forward to seeing you in Springfield in September!

Learn More and Stay Connected


•Subscribe to Conference eUpdates: 2011Conference@fgs.org (place “Subscribe” in Subject line)

•Visit the Conference News Blog: http://www.fgsconferenceblog.org

•Follow the Conference on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fgs2011 and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fgs2011

•Discover Springfield: http://www.visit-springfieldillinois.com

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 http://www.fgs.org.

Contact

Federation of Genealogical Societies
PO Box 200940
Austin, TX 78720-0940

phone: +1 (888) 347-1500
fax: +1 (866) 347-1350

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

StLGS TRIVIA NIGHT

St. Louis Genealogical Society is hosting its second annual Trivia Night at the Maryland Heights Civic Center (March 18, 2011). I attended the first such event last year, and had a wonderful time! I'm on a team composed of pals from the library I work at again this year, and this time around we're looking to take no prisoners:

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MoSGA 2011 CONFERENCE

The Missouri State Genealogical Association is pleased to announce that its Annual Conference, August 5-6, 2011, will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Holiday Inn Executive Center

Our keynote speaker, Henry Z. “Hank” Jones, will be lecturing on “18th Century Emigration”; “When the Sources are Wrong”; and “Family Tradition: Separating Fact from Fiction”.

Hank has been a professional genealogist since 1965. He is a very entertaining genealogical lecturer, an accomplished writer, and a respected Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He is best known for his extensive work with Palatine genealogy and for his popular book, Psychic Roots. Hank also has a long career as an entertainer and screen actor. He will be available to autograph copies of his books and CDs at the conference. Find out more about Hank on his web site:

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We'll also have our usual great line-up of supporting speakers- it's looking to be one of our best conferences ever!

More info? http://mosga.org/

Nancy Waller Thomas
Conference Chairman
Columbia, MO

FGS CONFERENCE BLOG

Follow the latest news about the FGS 2011 Conference on their conference blog:

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PATHWAYS TO THE HEARTLAND

Are you looking forward to this conference? I certainly am!

Join the Federation of Genealogical Societies for Pathways to the Heartland, A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists, September 7-10, 2011 in Springfield, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.fgs.org.

Here's a shameless plug for the guidebook I've written to state, county, and local libraries, archives, and record repositories in Springfield, Illinois:

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ISGS WEBSITE'S NEW LOOK

Tom MacEntee has dropped me a note about the new Illinois State Genealogical Society website. I just took a look, and it looks great! Congrats to Tom and anybody else who contributed to the redesign!