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Thursday, May 26, 2011

ROCKMELT

Getting overwhelmed by your social media sites? Maybe you need Rockmelt, a free social media manager:

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THOUGHTBOX

Need to organize your thoughts, whether you’re managing people or an event, brainstorming ideas, keeping track of honey-dos, or just keeping an online journal? This free online app can help you get organized:

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CAPITALS OF THE CONFEDERACY

There were three of them—-can you name them all?

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BACK TO WILSON’S CREEK

We Missourians also have a big battle to commemorate this year. The Battle of Wilson’s Creek took place near Springfield, Missouri on August 10, 1861. On that date, the Confederate State Guard under Sterling Price and the Union Home Guards (with some Regular Army assistance) under Nathaniel Lyon slugged it out at close range for hours under a brutally hot August sun. When it ended, General Lyon lay dead on the field, and the Union Army retreated to Rolla, Missouri:

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NOTE: Price was unable to capitalize on his victory, and shortly thereafter would lead his army to relative safety in Arkansas.

BACK TO BULL RUN

Yes, I know, Southerners call it Manassas…

The battle of 1st Bull Run occurred 150 years ago, on July 21, 1861. They’re commemorating the anniversary with a plethora of special events that includes (of course) a large-scale re-enactment:

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

VIRGINIA REMEMBERS THE CIVIL WAR

Yes, I know—-you rebels like to call it the War of Northern Aggression, but we Yankees have a rule we like to call,

"You Win It, You Name It."

Virginia has a very impressive website where you can check on statewide events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. And why not—-more fighting took place there than in any other state:

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NOTE 1: It’s no great secret why so much fighting took place in the Old Dominion—-Richmond and Washington, DC are only about 100 miles apart as the crow flies. Why you rebels decided to situate your capital so close to your enemy’s capital, I’ll never know…

NOTE 2: Virginia had the most fighting, followed closely by Tennessee and-- yes, wait for it-- Missouri!

CIVIL WAR PRIMARY SOURCES

Whether you’re a student working on a paper, or just a history/Civil War buff with time on your hands, you’ll find something of interest on this page with links to numerous Civil War primary source documents:

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MISSOURI PHOTOSTREAM

Did you know that there’s a Missouri Photostream?

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NOTE: An Ozarks Photostream?

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THE CIVIL WAR IN IMAGES

The Civil War was the first major conflict to be extensively documented by photographers. Their images of the aftermaths of major battles brought the war home in a way that mere descriptions in the newspapers never could:

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NOTE: Planning to visit any major battlefields during the four-year Civil War Sesquicentennial (2011-2015)? This guide to taking better battlefield photos may come in handy:

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

STORYBOOK

Embedded in most family histories is at least one event so compelling (whether inspiring or horrific) that it practically cries out for dramatization. If you think your family history includes a story that might be the basis of a great short story or novel, Storybook might just be the app that allows you to make it happen. Not only that—-Storybook is a free app (Windows or Linux OS only):

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BARBETTES, BROGANS, AND BUMMERS

Every generation has its own slang, and the Civil War generation was no exception:

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RESEARCHING YOUR BRITISH SOLDIERS OR SAILORS

The Imperial War Museum offers free guides to researching ancestors who served in the British military:

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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA: THE LIFE, THE LEGEND

They sometimes say this or that person is larger than life—-Thomas Edward Lawrence really was (but didn't want to be):

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Friday, May 20, 2011

ME AND MY KINDLE

OK—I’ve finally taken the plunge and acquired a Kindle. This is a very big deal for me, because I’m a librarian and really love the printed word and the feel of real books. That said—I love my Kindle!

What’s a Kindle? It’s an ebook reader produced by Amazon.com. I bought one called the Kindle with Special Offers.

Kindle with Special Offers

Special Offers refers to sponsored screensavers that are resident on this Kindle. You save $25 if you agree to this special deal. I read a review of this Kindle in which the author noted how much he actually likes the sponsored screensavers, and I must agree: they’re really very attractive and quite appropriate for an eReader:

Review of Kindle with Special Offers

My Kindle has built-in WiFi that theoretically should allow me to download ebooks directly from Amazon.com. So far, I haven’t been able to connect to Amazon.com. You might think that’s a big problem, but no, it’s not.

I earlier downloaded the Kindle for PC application that Amazon.com offers for free on its website:

Kindle for PC

Kindle for PC installs on your desktop or laptop. I have not had any trouble downloading ebooks from Amazon.com and other sources into my Kindle for PC. I also have discovered that it’s a simple matter to transfer free ebooks via a mini-USB cable (furnished with my Kindle with Special Offers) from Kindle for PC to my Kindle handheld device.

I bought my handheld Kindle mainly because there are some classic works of literature and other public domain titles that I’ve been meaning to read, not because I have plans to sit in cyber cafes and download ebooks onto my handheld Kindle. Therefore, I don't mind acquiring ebooks via Kindle for PC and then downloading them to my Kindle handheld. Sure, I’ll work out the WiFi problem eventually, but I’m in no hurry to do so (although if you know an easy way to solve my WiFi dilemma, let me know).

Now, because I’m acquiring mainly classics of literature and other public domain books for my handheld, I haven’t actually bought an ebook as yet: they’ve all been free. You can easily access thousands on free ebooks via the Amazon.com website, but you can also find thousands of free Kindle titles (some illustrated) at Project Gutenberg:

Free Ebooks for Amazon.com Kindle

Another great source of free ebooks:

391 Places for Free Ebooks Online

The bottom line on my handheld Kindle:

1. the display is as good as they claim—-bright and easy to read, even in varying light sources.
2. controls are really easy to learn and use.
3. easy to increase/decrease font size.
4. holding handheld actually easier than holding a paperback.
5. my handheld can hold several thousand ebooks.

Disclaimer: Amazon.com is not paying me a single dime for this plug, although I would not turn down a gift certificate or free deluxe case for my Kindle…

ST. LOUIS CIVIL WAR GRAVES

Photos of the graves of Civil War notables in Bellefontaine Cemetery (St. Louis, Missouri):

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NOTE: He’s also got A LOT OF Flickr photo sets for major Civil War battlefields and historic sites:

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MISSOURI CIVIL WAR 150 PHOTOSTREAM

Missouri Civil War 150 also has a small but very nice Flickr Photostream with some great Wilson’s Creek images:

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MISSOURI CIVIL WAR 150

There’s a special website devoted to keeping track of Civil War Sesquicentennial observances in Missouri:

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NOTE: That’s how I found out that Traci Wilson-Kleekamp is doing a workshop on African-American Genealogy at Calloway County Public Library tomorrow at 10 AM:

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

INDIANA MORTALITY SCHEDULES INDEX

These folks have indexes for Indiana mortality schedules for 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 that they can check for you:

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CHROMEBOOK IS HERE!

What is Chromebook? Why, it’s only Google’s attempt to completely change the way we acquire and use computers. Could a Chromebook possibly be a good option for you? In the very near future, probably not. Six months to a year from now—-maybe so

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ERASERDROP

When you empty your Recycle Bin, you may think those files have disappeared—-have completely gone away. In a word, no—-someone with the right software can bring them back until your hard drive decides it needs that drive space and finally overwrites those files.

Now, you may not care if someone accesses most of the files you erase. But some files may contain birth dates and places, or Social Security numbers, or confidential financial or health information—-and you don’t want those files to fall into the wrong hands. So what do you do?

Well, an easy way to make sure those confidential files go away forever is to drag and drop them into Eraserdrop. Eraserdrop overwrites those files immediately. Just realize, however, that if you drag and drop a file into Eraserdrop, it really does disappear—-forever:

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

INDIANA BIOGRAPHY INDEX (PRIOR TO 1990)

This is the online version of the card file Indiana Biography Index located in the Great Hall on the second floor of the Indiana State Library. To search the database, type in the last name of the person you want to find. You will receive results that look like copies of the index cards, in the order they appear in the card file index. There are approximately 250,000 names in the index, each with a minimum of one citation to a book, magazine, or other printed source.

The cards are arranged alphabetically by the name of the person. Birth and death dates are included, whenever possible. Abbreviated citations to books and periodicals with biographical information about that person are listed on the card, with page numbers. Sometimes call numbers for the item are included as well. The list of sources contains complete titles and call numbers for the abbreviated citations found on the card file images.

If using the database within the Indiana State Library, call slips are needed to request the name of the book or periodical, the call number, and if it is a periodical, the volume and issue numbers. To request a copy of the item cited by mail, please contact the Indiana Division using our Ask A Librarian service, or call (317) 232-3670 during our regular business hours.

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DVD FLICK

Do you have video files on your laptop or desktop that you would rather watch on that humungous TV in your living room? Now you can—-and the program to do it with is free:

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STUCK ON MARK TWAIN

Well, on his scrapbooks, anyway. Twain was a very successful writer, but he was also an inventor—- a frustrated inventor. Why frustrated? Because most of his inventions lost money—some of them a lot of money. One made money, however—- his self-pasting scrapbook:

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SCANNING SANS SCANNER

As a genealogist, you probably spend lots of time in archives and courthouses. You want to copy documents you locate, but it’s a hassle dragging a flatbed scanner here, there, and everywhere. What to do? If they allow cameras, or you have a quality cell phone camera with the right apps added, you can get your copies that way:

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MoSGA 2011 CONFERENCE

A friendly reminder: the Missouri State Genealogical Association will be holding its Annual Conference on 5-6 August 2011 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:

Henry Z. "Hank" Jones Website

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

To see a conference schedule and/or to register, go here.

Nancy Waller Thomas
Conference Chair
Columbia, MO

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

THE STORY OF VIRGINIA: AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

This award-winning exhibition interprets 16,000 years of Virginia history from the earliest artifacts of Native Americans to Virginia at the beginning of the 21st century. In a 10,000-square-foot area, visitors can witness the cultural and historical transformations of the commonwealth as they travel from one gallery to another. This online version allows you to explore the galleries through a new virtual tour:

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INDIANA NEWSPAPERS, 1848-1888

The database is by no means complete or exhaustive, with 27,023 entries from 40 years of the newspapers. There are no entries for the Civil War, despite the almost daily coverage of battles, troop movements, and war-related events in the Indianapolis newspapers. It uses a fraction of the suggested subject headings mentioned below. There is good coverage of accidents, churches, crime, deaths, marriages, societies, and several other subject areas such as institutions and newspapers. Major events (murders, explosions, train wrecks, etc.) that happened outside Indianapolis are often included.

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DATABASE OF INDIANA WWII VETERANS

Indiana World War II Servicemen is an online database, based on a cardfile index created by Indiana Division librarians during World War II. From 1942 through early 1946, the librarians indexed the three major Indianapolis daily newspapers (News, Star, and Times) for notices of casualties, missing military personnel, prisoners, and decorations of Indiana servicemen and women. There are also notices of civilians taken prisoner overseas during the war. You may search by name (first and/or last, in any order) as well as by town or city.

While the librarians indexed only the Indianapolis newspapers, they included notices for people throughout the state. Fields in the database include name, date and location of the article, what happened to the person, his or her branch of military service, and hometown. Not all of this information was included on every card. Many cards list multiple names in these cases there may only be a short mention of the person indexed.

You can contact the Newspaper Section of the Indiana Division or use the Ask-A-Librarian service to request copies of articles for which there is a complete citation (included the name of the person, paper, date, and page and column number). Please note in your request that you found the information through the World War II Database.

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PRELINGER ARCHIVES

Amazing variety of non-commercial films: quite a few are in the public domain and are available for immediate viewing/download. Many films are on WWII and Cold War topics (Duck and Cover is a heavily downloaded title); several films on Korean War and Spanish Civil War are also available (check Browse by Subject/Keywords):

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Monday, May 16, 2011

HOW ST. LOUIS WAS WON

Article in the New York Times by Adam Arenson about the Camp Jackson affair (May 10, 1861):

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NOTE: See also this NYT article about Civil War profiteering:

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HOLOCAUST INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES

This Portal page serves as a navigational hub directing users to the search interface for finding aids and records available from each participating institution. The records are arranged and described according to each institution's policies and procedures. The descriptions are therefore in the national language of each institution (some are in English):

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THE GENEALOGIST'S GOOGLE TOOLBOX

From the website:

When it comes to tracing your family tree online, you need the right tools to get the job done! In The Genealogist's Google Toolbox, renowned genealogy podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke helps you stuff your genealogy toolbox with FREE state-of-the-art Internet tools that are built to search, translate, message, and span the globe. You'll travel outside the genealogy community and straight to the folks who dominate the online world: Google:

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NOTE: Not free, but may be of interest.

FGS EVENTS CALENDAR

You can post your society’s event here for free (must be an all-day or multi-day event):

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Thursday, May 12, 2011

CEDAR AND VERNON COUNTY (MO) GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER

They’ve changed their name (used to be Tri-County Genealogical Society), but they’re still producing a very nice newsletter:

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Note: They’ve also changed their e-mail address: Cedar.VernonCoMO@centurytel.net.

WILSON’S CREEK LIBRARY UPDATE

MOBIUS is pleased to announce the addition of the library collection from the John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield to the MOBIUS Union Catalog.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is located in Southwest Missouri in Republic, MO and is the site of the first major Civil War Battle fought west of the Mississippi River. This year marks their 150th anniversary.

According to the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield website, the Civil War Research Library offers these collections and services.

Holdings: The John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library was founded in 1985. A new library building was dedicated in April 2003. The core of the library collection was donated by Springfield attorney John K. Hulston and his wife Ruth. Currently the library contains approximately 6,500 volumes concentrating on the Civil War period and the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.

Public Use: All of the library's volumes are non-circulating, but are available for use by serious scholars.

Reference Services: Staff members are able to perform limited research for patrons by regular mail, e-mail, telephone or in person. Extensive research on a particular topic should be done in person.

Genealogy: The library owns microfilm copies of the National Archives Compiled Service Records for all Union and Confederate soldiers from Missouri, those from other states who fought at Wilson's Creek, and some additional soldiers. Copies can be requested free of charge from the Hulston Library or ordered for a fee from the National Archives. Forms to obtain copies of National Archives records are available at the Hulston Library, or National Archives forms can be downloaded and records ordered on-line by clicking here.

The library also has published rosters giving basic information on all Civil War soldiers, and will search for particular names on request.

Regimental Histories: The library contains many histories of individual Civil War regiments, especially Union units. In addition, many Northern state adjutant general's reports and other regimental materials are available. Limited information is available on Southern units.

The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System and other Internet databases: Those seeking ancestors via the Internet should also consult the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, a database that contains brief service histories (name, rank and unit) for most Civil War soldiers. To go to the CWSSS, click here. Those seeking information on Missouri soldiers should also consult the Missouri State Archives Soldier Database. To go to the State Archives database, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Hulston Library hours are currently Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. The library is located next to the Visitor Center.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

USING CAUTION WITH USB DRIVES

Cyber Security Tip ST08-001

USB drives are popular for storing and transporting data, but some of the characteristics that make them convenient also introduce security risks.

What security risks are associated with USB drives?

Because USB drives, sometimes known as thumb drives, are small, readily available, inexpensive, and extremely portable, they are popular for storing and transporting files from one computer to another. However, these same characteristics make them appealing to attackers.

One option is for attackers to use your USB drive to infect other computers. An attacker might infect a computer with malicious code, or malware, that can detect when a USB drive is plugged into a computer. The malware then downloads malicious code onto the drive. When the USB drive is plugged into another computer, the malware infects that computer.

Some attackers have also targeted electronic devices directly, infecting items such as electronic picture frames and USB drives during production. When users buy the infected products and plug them into their computers, malware is installed on their computers.

Attackers may also use their USB drives to steal information directly from a computer. If an attacker can physically access a computer, he or she can download sensitive information directly onto a USB drive. Even computers that have been turned off may be vulnerable, because a computer's memory is still active for several minutes without power. If an attacker can plug a USB drive into the computer during that time, he or she can quickly reboot the system from the USB drive and copy the computer's memory, including passwords, encryption keys, and other sensitive data, onto the drive. Victims may not even realize that their computers were attacked.

The most obvious security risk for USB drives, though, is that they are easily lost or stolen (see Protecting Portable Devices: Physical Security for more information). If the data was not backed up, the loss of a USB drive can mean hours of lost work and the potential that the information cannot be replicated. And if the information on the drive is not encrypted, anyone who has the USB drive can access all of the data on it.

How can you protect your data?

There are steps you can take to protect the data on your USB drive and on any computer that you might plug the drive into:

* Take advantage of security features - Use passwords and encryption on your USB drive to protect your data, and make sure that you have the information backed up in case your drive is lost.

* Keep personal and business USB drives separate - Do not use personal USB drives on computers owned by your organization, and do not plug USB drives containing corporate information into your personal computer.

* Use and maintain security software, and keep all software up to date - Use a firewall, anti-virus software, and anti-spyware software to make your computer less vulnerable to attacks, and make sure to keep the virus definitions current. Also, keep the software on your computer up to date by applying any necessary patches.

* Do not plug an unknown USB drive into your computer - If you find a USB drive, give it to the appropriate authorities (a location's security personnel, your organization's IT department, etc.). Do not plug it into your computer to view the contents or to try to identify the owner.

* Disable Autorun - The Autorun feature causes removable media such as CDs, DVDs, and USB drives to open automatically when they are inserted into a drive. By disabling Autorun, you can prevent malicious code on an infected USB drive from opening automatically. In How to Disable the Autorun Functionality in Windows, Microsoft has provided a wizard to disable Autorun. In the "More Information" section, look for the Microsoft Fix it icon under the heading "How to Disable or Enable All Autorun Features in Windows 7 and Other Operating Systems."

Author: Mindi McDowell

Produced 2008, 2011 by US-CERT, a government organization.

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

This document can also be found here. http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/STYY-XXX.html

STOLEN CAMERA FINDER

You can nowadays sometimes fairly easily retrieve a camera that has been stolen or lost. When a digital camera takes a photo, it typically includes the camera serial number as metadata. If you upload a photo from your computer that was taken with the stolen camera, Stolen Camera Finder will search for other photos taken with that camera:

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GETTING FRESH JUST GOT EASIER...

Hungering for fresher produce than you can get in the big box supermarkets, or just interested in more variety in your fruits and vegetables? Quickly find farmers markets near you with this online app from the USDA:

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MAKE FINDING A JOB LESS LIKE WORK

Need a resume in a hurry (or just think it’s time to update an outdated resume)? You can simply feed in your info and let pdfCV do the heavy lifting:

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Monday, May 09, 2011

MAXIMUM MAC

Love your Mac, but wish you could access some Windows apps not currently available for the Mac? Newer Macs can allow you to view various Windows documents- even though you don’t have a Windows OS (or any Windows apps) installed on your Mac. Buyers of newer Macs even have a built-in utility (Boot Camp) that allows them to install a Windows OS on their Mac (in a separate partition):

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WINDOWS 7 POWER USERS GUIDE

Title to the contrary, anyone from beginner to IT pro can find something of value in this 170 page illustrated guide. Oh, did I mention that it's a free download?

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GENIE EVENTS CALENDAR

NGS is making it easier to keep track of current genie events with an online calendar-- and NGS members can list their local society conferences and other events for free:

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Note: NGS has a separate calendar for family reunions:

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LAST WWI COMBAT VET HAS DIED

He was an English Royal Navy sailor who later emigrated to Australia and lived in a house on the beach with his wife of 76 years. He died recently at age 110, and leaves behind (among many others) an 84-year-old daughter:

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MoSGA NEEDS BOOKS!

Submit Your Slightly Used Books to the Missouri State Genealogical Association’s (MoSGA) Library Program

The MoSGA Library Program is seeking complimentary copies of recently published books on family histories, genealogies, local histories, and any other books relevant to genealogists. We'll happily accept recently published books in good condition that you have read and no longer need. Relevant books will be reviewed in the MoSGA Journal.

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

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

For more information contact Jean Foster Kelley, MoSGA Library Director, by email. Book donations may be mailed directly to MoSGA Library Director, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833. Thanks in advance!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

KINDLE LIBRARY LENDING AND OVERDRIVE

Should be of interest if your local library currently offers eBook loans:

Amazon and OverDrive have announced the Kindle Library Lending program, which will enable Kindle customers to borrow and enjoy eBooks from our library, school, and college partners in the United States. The program is scheduled for launch later this year, and will significantly increase the value of the investment libraries have made in OverDrive.

Here is a brief introduction to what can be expected when this launches:

* The Kindle Library Lending program will integrate into existing OverDrive-powered 'Virtual Branch' websites.

* Existing collections of downloadable eBooks will continue to be available to Kindle customers. As new eBooks are added to collections, those titles will also be available for lending to Kindle and Kindle reading apps. Libraries will NOT need to purchase any additional units or formats to have Kindle compatibility. This will work for existing eBook titles.

* Users will be able to browse for titles on any desktop or mobile operating system, check out titles with a library card, and then select Kindle as the delivery destination. The borrowed title can then be enjoyed using any Kindle device and all of Amazon's free Kindle reading apps.

* The Kindle eBook titles borrowed from a library will carry the same rules and policies as all other borrowed eBooks.

* The Kindle Library Lending program will support publishers' existing lending models.

* Library users' confidential information will be protected.

* The Kindle Library Lending program will only be available for libraries, schools, and colleges in the United States.

More information on the launch of the Kindle Library Lending program will be released when the program is officially launched.

COLORADO FAMILY HISTORY EXPO

June 24-25, 2011 in Loveland, Colorado.

I was stationed at Lowry AFB in Denver for several months of training during my days in the service, and I have very fond memories of Denver and of a day trip to Wyoming and back with my Uncle Bill in his convertible Triumph sports car! They’re holding this Expo at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center in Loveland, Colorado, and it promises to be tremendous fun for all concerned:

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SMITHSONIAN CIVIL WAR TOURS & LECTURES

If you’re a Civil War buff, and either live in the Washington, DC area or are going to be visiting DC in the near future, you can sign up for summer lectures by scholars like James Robertson, or summer tours led by Civil War tourism’s Grand Old Man, Ed Bearss:

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WORLD MEMORY PROJECT

Millions of Pages of Museum Archives to Be Indexed and Made Free to All

WASHINGTON, D.C./PROVO, Utah – May 3, 2011 - The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com today announced the launch of the World Memory Project which will recruit the public to help to build the world’s largest online resource for information on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. The project will dramatically expand the number of Museum documents relating to individual victims that can be searched online.

The Museum’s archives contain information on well over 17 million people targeted by Nazi racial and political policies, including Jews, Poles, Roma, Ukrainians, political prisoners, and many others. The Museum assists thousands of people worldwide every year that are searching for information about individuals in its collections. The World Memory Project will greatly expand the accessibility of the Museum’s archival collection and enable millions of people to search for their own answers online.

“The Nazis’ genocidal policies quickly turned millions of individual lives, filled with hopes and dreams, into massive statistics that are hard to comprehend. Through our partnership with Ancestry.com, we hope to remind the public that the Holocaust is not about numbers but about individuals just like us and to help families uncover histories they thought were lost,” says Sara J. Bloomfield, Director, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “The Museum’s vast archives contain documentation that may be the only remaining link to an individual life. Preserving these personal histories and making them available online is one of the most powerful ways we can learn from history and honor the victims.”

The World Memory Project will utilize proprietary software and project management donated by Ancestry.com, which hosts its own online archival project to expand its transcribed records collections. Once transcribed, the indices will be hosted exclusively on Ancestry.com and permanently free to search. The Museum will also provide copies of documents to survivors and their families at no cost. The original documentation will remain in the Museum’s archival collection.

Individuals from anywhere in the world can help in this unique effort to make collections from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum available online by registering to become a contributor. Since a beta launch in February 2011, Ancestry.com contributors have already indexed over 30,000 Museum archival documents that will soon be searchable at no cost by users around the globe. This figure will multiply as more people participate in the project.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to work with such a respected institution to provide people around the world access to these truly important collections,” said Tim Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com. “It is our hope that by making these collections easier to search, victims and their families will finally be able to answer difficult but significant questions about the fate of their loved ones, and in doing so, complete and preserve such significant family stories.”

To find out more about the World Memory Project or to learn how to become a contributor, go here.

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Federal support guarantees the Museum’s permanent place on the National Mall, and its far-reaching educational programs and global impact are made possible by generous donors. For more information, go here.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.6 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 24 million family trees containing over 2.4 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.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

ENTER THE LEGACY FAMILY TREE FACEBOOK CONTEST!

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2011


Win a Netbook or a Special Legacy Family Tree Software/Webinar Bundle

May 2, 2011 – Surprise, AZ. Legacy Family Tree from Millennia Corporation announces a contest at its new Facebook page where contestants could win one of five special Legacy Family Tree software/webinar bundles and even a new netbook computer!

Contest Rules

Between May 2 and May 6, 2011, simply visit the new Legacy Family Tree page on Facebook and click the Like button. That’s it! And if you’ve already clicked the Like button, you’re already entered in the contest! By liking the Legacy Family Tree page, you’ll automatically be entered in the contest. Winners will be drawn on May 7, 2011 from all those Facebook visitors who have hit the Like button for the Legacy Family Tree page. Winners will be notified via email or Facebook on Monday, May 9, 2011 and must claim their prize no later than Friday, May 13, 2011. See the Legacy Family Tree blog for complete contest rules.

Legacy Family Tree Expands Its Social Media Presence

You can now get the latest news about Legacy Family Tree software as well as its cutting-edge series of genealogy webinars, by following the Legacy Family Tree Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LegacyFamilyTree. In addition, check out the Legacy Family Tree blog.

About Legacy Family Tree

“The most powerful and easy-to-use family tree software," Legacy Family Tree helps you find your ancestors, organize your research, and publish beautiful charts, and more. Take a tour of Legacy Family Tree here.

About Millennia Corporation

Founded in 1984, Millennia Corporation publishes the award-winning Legacy Family Tree genealogy software program, with headquarters in Surprise, Arizona. More information can be found here.

MADISON COUNTY PUBLICATIONS ONLINE

Many publications of the Madison County (IL) Genealogical Society have been digitized and are available full-text online at the Illinois Digital Archives (including most issues of their quarterly, The Stalker):

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ROSTER OF THE ILLINOIS GAR (1896)

This item has been digitized, and is available online and fully searchable at the Illinois Digital Archives:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

My friend Dennis Northcott has sent notice of these updates to MHM’s fantastic Genealogy and Local History Index:

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index:

1. Constitution and By-Laws of the Saint Louis Musical Art Association, Organized February 22nd, A.D. 1870

2. Annual Regatta of the Southwestern Amateur Rowing Assn., Creve Coeur Lake, July 25th and 26th, 1903

3. Annual Regatta of the Southwestern Amateur Rowing Assn., Creve Coeur Lake, July 29th and 30th, 1916

4. Katy Employee’s Magazine, 1917, 1946-1957 (published by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Company)

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