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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

SEAMEN’S PROTECTION CERTIFICATES, 1792-1868

A subscription database on Ancestry.com of possible interest to those with War of 1812 ancestors:

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Britain routinely removed British sailors who were found on American ships--but those removals sometimes included men who had become naturalized American citizens. The practice, known as impressment, became one of the central causes of the War of 1812.

In an effort to protect American seamen from impressment, Congress authorized the issuance of Seamen’s Protection Certificates, which identified seamen as American citizens. Since citizenship was a requirement, you’ll typically find the place of birth listed and could find naturalization details for immigrants.

For identification purposes, the records also include physical descriptions. Typically age, height, complexion, eye and hair color is given as well as scars and other distinctive physical features.

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NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM EXHIBITS & COLLECTIONS

Quite a few online exhibits, including one on naval airships and balloons:

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An “Aircraft on Display” section offers a photo of each aircraft plus some technical data on that vehicle:

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Need a Christmas gift for a former Navy or Marine aviator? The Museum shop offers dozens of gift possibilities:

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There’s a Clearance Page with some T-shirts that might make a great gift for that blasé teen on your list:

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If you should feel the need to give a stranger a gift, I’ll take any of the biplanes or tri-planes in their Model collection:

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BRITISH NEWSPAPERS 1800-1900

A subscription service, although there is some free content available:

This site contains:

Millions of articles from 49 London, national and regional newspaper (1800 - 1900) titles.
Over two million pages - all fully text searchable with keywords in context visible in the results list.
1000's of illustrations, maps, tables and photographs.

Use this website to:

Search and find results by newspaper, title, and article type.
Find people, property, legal notices, and advertisements.
Print, email, download, and save articles and page images.
Explore bonus content: biographies, publication histories, timelines and more.

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NEW ANCESTRY.COM APP FOR iPHONE, iPAD AND iPOD TOUCH

New ‘Ancestry.com Mobile’ iOS App Gives Users the Ability to Access Billions of Historical Records to Build Their Family Tree

PROVO, UTAH (November 29, 2011) – Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the availability of a new, upgraded version of its Ancestry.com Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with features designed to enable more rewarding discoveries as users build, update and share their family trees. The Ancestry.com mobile app, which to-date has been downloaded more than 1.7 million times, is now available for free from the Apple App Store.

This upgrade adds three new features to Ancestry.com’s existing family history app:

In-app purchasing,” which allows non-Ancestry.com subscribers to view, then buy fascinating historical records about their ancestors – such as World War I draft cards, Census records, birth/death certificates, and school yearbook photos, from among billions of historical documents in the Ancestry.com database

A “Shaky Leaf” hinting feature that employs predictive analytics to suggest possible new connections between a user’s family tree and undiscovered documents in the world’s largest family history database

A new merge feature, which automatically identifies and extracts information about family members from historical records so users can quickly and easily update their family tree

“Our goal with the new Ancestry.com mobile app is to enable more people to discover their family history through our billions of historic records, and allow them to share their findings easily with others,” said Eric Shoup, Senior Vice President of Product at Ancestry.com. “Our ‘Shaky Leaf’ hinting feature has resulted in tens of millions of successful family history discoveries online and it’s now accessible to our growing mobile user base.”

For users new to Ancestry.com, the latest iOS app provides an easy way to get started by giving access to relevant historical documents on the site without a subscription. For existing Ancestry.com members, the new app gives them the ability to grow their tree using Ancestry.com records and share them with others while on-the-go.

The Ancestry.com mobile app offers many of the most popular features available in the online version of Ancestry.com’s industry-leading family history website, including the ability to add and edit family information, view and share documents and photos, take and attach photos and create and navigate multi-generational family trees.

To get started, download the free Ancestry.com mobile app to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and either register for a new, or log in to an existing Ancestry.com account and choose a family tree. Ancestry.com subscribers can download family history records in the app free of charge. Non-subscribers pay a special introductory price starting at $0.99 for each record purchased through the Mobile app’s “in-app purchase” feature.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with approximately 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 28 million family trees containing over 2.8 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers localized Web sites designed for nine countries that empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Monday, November 28, 2011

DON’T BE A CHUMP

This GPO blog post concerns avoiding Ponzi schemes during the holiday season:

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NOTE: What to do to avoid being scammed at any time? Four tips for you:

1. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Run (don’t walk) away!
2. If something about a business deal gives you pause, do some more fact-finding before signing on the dotted line—the angel on your shoulder is likely screaming a warning in your ear!
3. If one company’s offer is astoundingly better than its competitors, chances are there’s a deal-breaking catch—very carefully read the fine print!
4. If you get an email or phone message purportedly from a company or government agency you do business with that suddenly needs to have your Social Security number, date of birth, and account number verified, don’t respond directly to the email or caller (it’s almost certainly a scam). Look up the company or agency’s phone number in a source you trust (don’t use a phone number furnished in the email or by the caller) and ask if they have contacted you recently with a question about your account.

PDF CV

Looking for that first job (or looking to upgrade your employment situation)? pdfCV makes it easy to quickly create a really great-looking resume:

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WHY DO AMERICANS USE SOCIAL MEDIA?

It’s kind of a duh! question with kind of a duh! answer (To keep in contact with friends/relatives, and to resume contact with misplaced friends/relatives), but this Pew Internet report is pretty interesting anyway:

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

NEWSPAPERS FINDING AID

The American Antiquarian Society maintains a list of newspapers microfilmed by the United States Newspaper Program:

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HOME (MORE OR LESS) FOR THE HOLIDAYS

So you thought that the whole clan couldn’t be together for the holidays? Maybe they can, after all—at least in virtual form:

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CLASSICAL MUSIC ON CLASSICAL ARCHIVES

If there’s a classical music lover on your gift list, this online (subscription) archive offers access to thousands of classical music performances:

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43 FREE DATABASES AT FOLD3.COM

Nice list of 43 databases that can be accessed without a subscription:

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WHISTLER’S BROTHER

The famous American artist had a not-so-famous brother who served as a surgeon in the Confederate Army:

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Monday, November 21, 2011

PROJECT GUTENBERG’S GIFTS TO YOU

Pro G must be feeling that holiday spirit: it currently offers 36,000 free ebooks in various genres:

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NOTE: The number of free ebooks available is actually over 100,000 if you count Pro G’s Partners & Affiliates:

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GRAVES, TOMBS, AND CEMETERIES

You are a genealogist, right? So it goes without saying that you love tramping through graveyards—-you never know when you’ll find a relative! Well, you can now do some of your tramping from the comfort of your own home: the Flickr photo-sharing site has a Graves, Tombs, and Cemeteries group whose members have (thus far) uploaded nearly 200,000 photos:

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NOTE: Is it just me, or is funerary statuary often really, really cool?

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CIVIL WAR PHOTO GALLERY

More than 1200 photos and illustrations in 36 categories:

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

THE OTHER HEROES

180,000 black men served in the Union Army—38,000 of them died while in uniform:

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OPEN LP

What is it? It’s a great free software application that allows your church services to go digital:

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SOUTHERN CULTURES BOOK REVIEWS

Eleven years worth of book reviews that you can read for free online:

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FREE EMAIL SERVICES

What’s the best free email service? Kim Komando weighs in here:

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BRITISH NURSING RECORDS

If a relative served in the British Nursing Service during World War I, these recently released records may be just what you’ve been waiting for:

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VOICES OF THE ARMISTICE

National Archives (UK) is providing a series of podcasts created using official reports, unit records, and private diaries created during World War I:

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

MOVIE MONSTERS

Other factors were involved, certainly, but an ironclad grip on the German film industry without question helped Hitler and his henchmen control the German populace:

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WORDLE

Easily create beautiful tag clouds using text that you provide:

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CIVIL WAR TRAVELLER

This website provides podcasts that discuss Civil War battles in various states. It also provides a downloadable driving/walking tour map for each battlefield:

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CIVIL WAR IN VIRGINIA—WALK IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS

Was your ancestor’s regiment (Union or Confederate) involved in military engagements in Virginia during the Civil War? This neat website allows you to see on a modern map where the regiment took part in military actions. The site also provides an historical sketch for highlighted regiments.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OUR TAG CLOUD

If you're new to this blog (or just like shortcuts), you can quickly view prior posts on various subjects by using the TAG CLOUD feature in the right-hand navigation bar on this blog. Just left-click the subject of interest!

DAY ZERO PROJECT

Are there things you would like to accomplish that never seem to get done? Are there things your genie society would like to accomplish, but never seem to get done? Maybe the Day Zero Project can help:

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U.S. AIR FORCE MUSEUM PHOTO GALLERIES

Fascinating photo galleries on these subjects:

Early Years Gallery
World War II Gallery
Korean War Gallery
Southeast Asia War Gallery
Cold War Gallery
Missile & Space Gallery
Presidential Gallery
R&D Gallery
Air Park
Memorial Park
Restoration Projects


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NOTE: I visited the USAF Museum once while returning from a visit to the Gettysburg battlefield. Highly recommended (bias note: I'm a USAF vet), although they make taking photos more difficult by lowering the illumination in many areas.

A GIFT FOR YOUR CIVIL WAR NUT SPOUSE

If your spouse is a Civil War nut who seems to have every possible Civil War-related gift item already, here's a possibility. NARA-KC on its website is offering several Civil War games for the PC. I've got my eye on this one:

CHICKAMAUGA CAMPAIGN

It was at Chickamauga that Confederate General Braxton Bragg launched his counteroffensive to retake the vital rail junction city of Chattanooga from Union General Rosecrans. And it was at Chickamauga that the Confederacy had one of its last chances to win the American Civil War. Among other things, it was here that General George Thomas won the nickname “Rock of Chickamauga” for this valiant stand.

Chickamauga Features

* 170 stand alone scenarios and 80 campaign scenarios
* 4 different campaigns for a varied campaign experience, each also has a "weather variant" to choose from.
* Scenarios include: Perryville, Stones River, Frankfort, Nashville, Chickamauga, Greater Mill Springs and Chattanooga
* Large maps and inclusive orders of battle offer unlimited possibilities for user-created scenarios.

Engine changes include:

* Added new Mounted Cavalry Skirmisher Optional Rule.
* Added new Artillery Prolong Optional Rule.
* Added new Disrupted Movement Optional Rule.
* Added new Alternate Terrain Graphics scenario option.
* Change so that artillery cannot be spiked the same turn it is captured.

Scenario and Campaign editors are included to allow the player to create their own situations to play out. Play modes include A/I, Hot Seat, PBEM, LAN & Internet play.

Minimum Requirements

* Pentium-based 200mhz+ PC with 32 megabytes of RAM. - 250 megabytes of hard drive space
* Windows 98/ME/XP operating system.
* DirectX 9+ is required and will install if not already present and not superceded. Win95 is no longer supported.

Chickamauga Campaign

Also of interest for your Civil War nut:

Gettysburg Campaign (Windows 98/ME/XP operating system.)

Chancellorsville Campaign (Windows 98/ME/XP/Vista operating system.)

War & Conflict CD-Rom (Windows 98/ME/XP operating system.)

NOTE: I've got an older game for PC (Robert E. Lee, Civil War General) that I love, but it's getting harder to use as I change PCs and operating systems. Maybe Chickamauga Campaign can fill the void that loss of Bobby Lee would create!

THE BATTLE OF MINE CREEK

Author Jeffrey Stalnaker to Discuss The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign at the National Archives

The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Jeffrey Stalnaker on Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his book The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign. Stalnaker will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

In 1864 Union troops controlled much of the South, Sherman’s men marched with impunity through Georgia, and defeat at Gettysburg was a painful and distant memory. The Confederacy needed to stem the tide. Confederate Major General Sterling Price led an army of twelve thousand troops on a desperate charge through Missouri to deliver the state to the Confederacy and dash President Lincoln’s hopes for re-election. This daring campaign culminated with the Battle of Mine Creek. A severely outnumbered Union force crushed the Confederate forces in one of the war’s largest and most audacious cavalry charges. In this account Stalnaker provides detail about the Union troopers as they destroyed all hope for rebel victory in the Trans-Mississippi.

Copies of The Battle of Mine Creek: The Crushing End of the Missouri Campaign 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 kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the author

Jeffrey Stalnaker is a graduate of the University of Kansas. After college graduation, he spent eight years in marketing with Adidas. Stalnaker is now a freelance sales and marketing consultant. He has pursued an interest as a living historian/re-enactor for several decades and is a member of several local heritage and historic organizations.

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: www.archives.gov/central-plains.

Monday, November 14, 2011

CAMBODIAN MINE ACTION CENTRE

One way to figure out where unexploded land mines lie buried—-create a database that logs the location of unexploded mine “incidents”:

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NOTE: Yes, “incident” involves some poor unfortunate’s loss of one or both legs—and that unfortunate is too often a child…

FACEBOOK, BUT FOR FAMILIES

Chattertree is in some ways like Facebook, but designed to serve as a nexus for exchange of family info, not a place where teens/college kids can tell their BFFs how bored they are or how lame they think something/someone is:

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SLIMCOMPUTER

If your computer seems to be booting up/running more slowly than it used to (or if you suspect that your brand new computer has unnecessary crapware pre-installed), SlimComputer can help make your machine as sleek and swift as it was designed to be:

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A UNION ARMY CAPTAIN FORSEES HIS DEATH

Actually, it’s not entirely clear if he foresaw his own death, or just sensed death on the horizon for thousands of young men as the Civil War really heated up:

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NOTE: Scroll down to the post for October 30, 2011.

GENEALOGY & MILITARY HISTORY PROGRAMS OCT 2011-MAR 2012

Here's the latest list of upcoming programs sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. All are free and open to the public.

Sat, Nov 19, 2011, 10 AM-Noon--Squeezing Your Sources: Extracting All the Info You Can From Civil War Service and Pension Records. Join us as Tom Pearson describes ways to extract all the info that you possibly can from compiled military service records and pension records. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Sat, Dec 17, 2011, 10 AM-Noon--Take Your Best Shot: Civil War Artillery! Join us as Tom Pearson discusses Civil War cannon and cannoneers. Buder Branch. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info: tpearson@slpl.org.

Saturday, January 23, 2012, 10 am-Noon—Cavalry Raids: Secret Weapons or Flashy Sideshows? Buder Branch. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses Civil War cavalry weapons, equipment, and tactics. Was the cavalry raid a legitimate military tactic, or was it a waste of essential resources? Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 10 am-Noon—Civil War 24/7: Researching Civil War Soldiers & Regiments on the Internet. Buder Branch. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses ways to thoroughly research Civil War soldiers and military units using the Internet (free and subscription sources discussed). Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Free parking is available on Buder Branch parking lot.

More info here on SLPL branch library locations and hours of operation.

Tom Pearson, Reference Librarian
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP…

The photos that accompany this blog post on the Spotsylvania battlefield reveal a little discussed aspect of well-preserved battlefields: careful examination of a battlefield can reveal scenes of great beauty:

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CEDAR & VERNON COUNTY UPDATE

Their October 2011 newsletter is now posted online:

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PWNED LIST

Has your email address been hacked? You can check on this list (it’s OK--they don’t ask for your password, only the account username). Receiving a clean bill of email health is not a 100% guarantee that your account is safe, of course-- but these folks deserve credit for providing an impressive database of compromised email account usernames. The site also serves as a good reminder that it’s probably best to change your email password every so often as a routine precaution:

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NOTE: Pwn (past tense pwned) is hacker slang for controlling or compromising a computer or web server. It means controlling other persons the way pawns are controlled in a chess game.

SSDI NEWS

The Social Security Death Index is now somewhat smaller--but this blogger feels that most genealogists probably won't notice the difference:

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LOC ILLUSTRATED TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR

I own their previous Civil War Desk Reference publication—it’s a truly fabulous book!

To mark the sesquicentennial of the bloodiest conflict on American soil, the nation’s library, in collaboration with Little, Brown and Company, has published The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War by Margaret E. Wagner, with an introduction by historian Gary W. Gallagher.

Drawn from rare source material in the unparalleled Civil War collections of the world’s largest library, The Library of Congress Illustrated Timeline of the Civil War is an authoritative and engaging chronological narrative of the conflict that raged across the United States from 1861-1865. Quotes from figures—both well-known and unsung—provide testaments to the war’s broad scope and complexity, and to the determination and valor that characterized the people on both sides of the conflict.

Among its panoply of illustrations—including some materials rarely seen and never- before published—readers will encounter manuscripts in Lincoln’s own hand, onsite drawings made by a Civil War combat artist, maps, color lithographs, political cartoons, posters, period photographs, and much more. Illustrations and text together reveal dimensions of this pivotal conflict not covered in standard Civil War histories.

The 240-page, hardcover volume, with more than 350 color illustrations, is available for $35 in bookstores nationwide and at the Library of Congress Shop, Washington, D.C., 20540-4985. Credit-card orders are taken at (888) 682-3557, or shop on the Internet at www.loc.gov/shop/.

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NOTE: Also available in print from Amazon.com ($21.72) and BarnesandNoble.com ($22.29); or as a Kindle ebook ($16.99) or Nook ebook ($16.99) from those same sources.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

KINGS OF CUT-RATE

The National Archives at Kansas City will host author Brian Burnes on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of his book The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz. Burnes will be available to sign copies of his book after the discussion. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Burnes tells the story of Isaac and Michael Katz, who changed forever our definition of the drug store. Sons of immigrants, they started with a fruit stand in Kansas City’s West Bottoms. In 1914 they acquired two cigar stands downtown and turned them into drug stores. But that was just the beginning. Isaac, who walked with a limp and quit school at age 14 to sell newspapers on the railroad, hardly had a moment when he was not innovating. They expanded to two stores, four, then eight. Other druggists filled prescriptions, but Katz began stocking cameras, cosmetics, clocks, shirts, pets and the best selection of discounted smokes, beer and whiskey in town. They treated customers like kings. By 1970 they had 65 stores throughout the Midwest and annual sales of more than $100 million. “Let’s go to Katz” had become a refrain.

Copies of The Kings of Cut-Rate: The Very American Story of Isaac and Michael Katz 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 us here.

About the author
Brian Burnes is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and received his bachelors in journalism from the University of Missouri, and master’s degree from the University of Kansas. He has been a reporter at The Kansas City Star since 1978 and was named history reporter in 1993. He is the author of several books including Harry S. Truman: His Life and Times; Walt Disney's Missouri; and Great Plains Originals.

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 us here.

WHEN LOYALTY WAS NOT A VIRTUE

Jefferson Davis didn’t have lots of close friends—and his loyalty to the ones he had was a real impediment to Confederate victory in the Western Theater:

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SECRETARIES OF WAR AND SECRETARIES OF THE ARMY

The GPO announces a new book that would make a great gift for the public library or archive of your choice:

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CRUELTY AND KINDNESS

Teens online tend to experience both at the hands of peers and strangers—and not always in equal measure:

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

AN AUSPICIOUS UNDERTAKING

Did you know there’s a National Museum of Funeral History?

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TURKEYS WHO MADE THE CUT

Actually, they're turkeys who didn't make the cut, so to speak...

A Presidential pardon from the man who made Thanksgiving a national holiday has spared this turkey, which can now be purchased at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Store.

The soft, plush turkey, about the size of a softball, comes complete with a reproduction note from President Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863 proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving holiday. The note in Lincoln's handwriting reads:

"This turkey is pardoned by order of the President. A. Lincoln."

Lincoln is known to have pardoned a White House turkey with a note at the request of his son Tad, but that original note no longer exists.

The pardoned turkey may be purchased for $9.99 in the ALPL Museum Store, or on-line. On-line orders will also be charged shipping and handling.

The Museum Store will donate a portion of any "leftover" turkeys to the Toys for Tots holiday gift campaign after Thanksgiving.

GURULIB

If you’re like me, you own lots of books, CDs, and DVDs—and so are not always sure when you’re at the store if you own that sale item already or not. GuruLib can help you catalog your collection—you can enter items using a barcode scanner or barcode app for your mobile device:

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NARA-KC TO OFFER FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOPS IN NOVEMBER

The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering the following free Genealogy Workshops during November.

Saturday, November 12–10:00–11:30 a.m.–Military Records at the National Archives, presented by Archives Director Lori Cox-Paul – Military records, such as compiled service records and pension files, can provide valuable information to genealogists. During this workshop participants will be provided an overview of the different types of military service records available for research, where they are located, and how to request copies.

Tuesday, November 15–10:00–11:30 a.m.–Introduction to Genealogy, presented by Archives Specialist Jessica Edgar – Unsure where or how to begin researching your family history at the National Archives? Join Archives Specialist Jessica Edgar as she demonstrates how to navigate the United States Federal Census on Ancestry.com. Participants are invited to stay after class to use the public access computers in the genealogy research room to start their research.

Wednesday, November 30–10:00–11:30 a.m.–Introduction to Genealogy, presented by Archives Specialist Jessica Edgar – This workshop is a repeat of the above.

These workshops are free, but reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation for these workshops call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

Additional information about the presenters:

Lori Cox-Paul is the Archives Director for the National Archives at Kansas City. In this capacity she plans, develops, and executes long- and short-range plans of the archival program for the Central Plains Region, including accessioning, arrangement, description, publication, reference, preservation, and public and educational outreach programs.

Jessica Edgar graduated from William Jewell College with degrees in Secondary Education and History. She started with the National Archives at Kansas City in January 2007. As an archives specialist, she answers reference requests, assists in marketing and public programming, and works with data management within the Archives record tracking systems.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to more than 55,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by nearly 100 Federal agencies. Serving the Central Plains Region, the archives holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The facility is located at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, MO 64108. It is open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 8:00 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 us here.

Monday, November 07, 2011

REMEMBERING THE BIG ONE

Hello,

As you know, 2011 and 2012 mark the 200th anniversary of the mightiest earthquake ever recorded in North America, i.e., the New Madrid Earthquakes.

This year and next, a series of events will occur in the New Madrid area commemorating these quakes. Interest is always high in these epic quakes their impact on historic New Madrid, which was once destined to be the capital of New Spain. With the bicentennial of these quakes, awareness is at an all-time high.

This year's events will occur in New Madrid on the evenings of December 9, 10, and 16 (the exact dates of the first big quake and its major aftershocks). I am a descendant of at least two survivors of the big quakes, and will be at the New Madrid Historical Museum on Main Street signing my book about New Madrid. For information on all the happenings, contact the museum at 573 748-5944.

In 2009, the Southeast Missouri State University Press published my 328-page, Gateway Edition book, New Madrid: a Mississippi River Town in History and Legend. This book has been very popular and is now in its third printing. Your members or patrons would love reading this book, especially those with an interest in earthquakes, those whose ancestors made the westward trek, were American Indians, slaves, slave owners, participants in the Civil War; the Lewis and Clark Expedition, floods, or those simply interested in how life played out in mid-America in the 19th century.

Books are available @ $19 from the publisher, or you can order direct from Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. An autographed copy is available from the author. Contact me here. Thank you for your interest, and for spreading the news about the New Madrid Earthquake Bicentennial and my book. As you know, New Madrid was one of the original five Spanish districts in Louisiana, and ancestors of many Missourians once lived in the New Madrid area.

Mary Sue Anton, 281 474-3373; author of New Madrid: A Mississippi River Town in History and Legend.

DO PDF

If you ever need to convert WORD, EXCEL, or POWERPOINT files to PDFs, doPDF makes it simple—and it’s free:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

I will be giving a lecture titled "Researching Your Civil War Ancestors" at the Missouri History Museum (in Forest Park), Tuesday, November 8, 6pm.

More info here.

Dennis Northcott
Associate Archivist for Reference
Missouri History Museum

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

Reminder!

Members: your 2011 membership expires on December 31, 2011.

Membership types, cost per year, and benefits of each:

INDIVIDUAL---$20/yr; 4 Journals, 4 Newsletters; One vote, one Conference discount.

INSTITUTION---$20/yr; For libraries, societies. Same as individual. One vote that can be assigned to a representative.

FAMILY---$30/yr; 4 Journals, 4 Newsletters; Two votes, two Conference discounts.

CONTRIBUTING---$40/yr; Same as individual; donation advantages.

PATRON---$100/yr; Same as individual; plus 20% discount on publications [not to be used for resale]; and 20% discount on Annual Conference. Donation advantages.

LIFE---$400 one time. Same as individual; Retains active membership status for Life. Never needs renewing. Non-assignable.

FOREIGN---$40/yr. Same as individual.

Please indicate whether you prefer your newsletter to be e-mailed in PDF format or sent as a paper copy via U.S. mail. Circle the format you prefer:

E-mail or US mail

Your Journal is sent as a paper copy via U.S. mail (no PDF option at this point).

NAME ______________________________________________________________
ADDRESS ___________________________________________________________
CITY ___________________________ STATE ______ ZIP CODE __________
PHONE _____________________________________________________________
E-MAIL ____________________________________________________________

Include a check payable to: MOSGA

Mail to: Missouri State Genealogical Association, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833.

Thanks for your prompt attention to this matter, and happy holidays!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

OPENING WEEKEND
The Civil War in Missouri
November 11 – 13

Historical authors offer presentations based on their books that tell the complex and heart-wrenching stories of what Missourians, and the armies of both sides, endured during the Civil War. Books will be available for purchase and authors will sign their works after their programs.

OPENING WEEKEND
Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age
November 25 & 26

Join us for opening weekend activities throughout the Museum, including Theatre in the Museum, family films, documentary screenings, and make-and-take activities for kids.

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BAD LUCK PRIVATE

Who was he? He enlisted in the Confederate army right after Fort Sumter and made it through four dangerous years of war only to be killed in action on 8 April 1865—the day before Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse:

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BIG NEED, EMPTY POCKETS

If you need a fairly expensive piece of software, but the economy has left your wallet or purse sad and lonely, there may be a free equivalent that will do the job nicely:

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WORLD MEMORY PROJECT UPDATE

Information on Holocaust survivors and victims of Nazi persecution available online at no cost through efforts of World Memory Project

WASHINGTON, D.C./PROVO, Utah, November 2, 2011 – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Ancestry.com announced that material from four Museum collections containing information on more than 30,000 victims of Nazi persecution is now available online at Ancestry.com and can be searched at no cost. The collections contain information on thousands of individuals including displaced Jewish orphans; Czech Jews deported to the Terezin concentration camp and camps in occupied Poland; and French victims of Nazi persecution.

The collections are being made available through the World Memory Project, launched in May 2011. The project is recruiting the public to help build the world’s largest online resource on Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of non-Jews who were targeted for persecution by Nazi Germany and its collaborators, allowing victims’ families and survivors themselves to discover missing chapters of their history, learn the truth about the fate of their relatives and honor those who were lost.

World Memory Project contributors are continuously keying information that will form new searchable databases of historical collections when complete. To date, more than 2,100 contributors from around the world have indexed almost 650,000 records. Anyone, anywhere can contribute to the project by simply typing information from historical records into the online database.

“World Memory Project contributors are helping Holocaust survivors and their families learn the truth about what happened to loved ones,” says Lisa Yavnai, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum WMP project leader. “It is an incredible gift that anyone can give to those who survived the horrors of Nazi Germany. In a few months, the contributors’ efforts have resulted in more online searchable records than the Museum alone could have produced in many years.”

The World Memory Project utilizes proprietary software and project management donated by Ancestry.com, which hosts its own online archival project to transcribe historical records. Once Museum records are transcribed, the indices are hosted exclusively on Ancestry.com and are permanently free to search. The Museum provides copies of documents upon request at no cost. The original documentation remains in the Museum’s archival collection.

“We’ve been inspired by the steadfast efforts of the thousands of contributors who have in some cases spent hundreds of hours transcribing this important material,” remarked Tim Sullivan, CEO, Ancestry.com. “These early results would likely have taken years without the dedication of the many individuals who have embraced the mission of the World Memory Project.”

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

What World Memory Project contributors are saying:

“I chose to try to make available to the public a few documents from Poland during WWII. I found it to be a very emotional and most privileged moment in my life.” ─ Valentina, Australia

“I feel privileged and honored to bring historical accuracy and facts to the many families out there today who may not have known, until now, what became of their family members. It was extremely important to me to key in these documents with the utmost care.” – Donna, United States

“…It brought home to me the fact that each of these names had been a person who probably once reached out with their hands to others for help, and for many of them, that help never came… Ultimately, though, I took comfort in the idea that, while he might have been among those who were taken from the world through bigotry and hatred, at least I was helping in a little way to make sure he and others like him were not forgotten.” ─ Kerri, United States

About the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq: ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 7 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 28 million family trees containing over 2.8 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.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2011

CARONDELET THEN AND NOW

James Buchanan Eads built many of his ironclads in Carondelet, Missouri (just a few miles south of downtown St. Louis). There’s little evidence of that major Civil War industry remaining:

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EVENTFUL

You may want to check and see if Eventful covers events happening in your area—it definitely covers St. Louis and Kansas City metro areas, and I also found listings for Columbia and Kirksville:

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ROOTSTECH 2012

There’s still time (deadline 30 November 2011) to get a big discount on attendance at RootsTech 2012:

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MILITARY RECORDS WEBINAR

Free online video class from Ancestry.com:

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