Sunday, December 30, 2012

DUCK-DUCK-GO

Tired of the Google-opoly? Try this instead:

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REPORT OF THE MISSOURI ADJUTANT GENERAL

Reports for 1862; 1864; and 1865 are available online:

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HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Douglass, Robert Sidney. History of Southeast Missouri: a Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People And Its Principal Interests. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.

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HISTORY OF THE FIRST AND SECOND MISSOURI CONFEDERATE BRIGADES

Bevier, R. S. History of the First And Second Missouri Confederate Brigades. 1861-1865: From Wakarusa to Appomattox, a Military Anagraph. St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & co., 1879:

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

FREE SEARCHING ON ANCESTRY.COM

The 30 collections below on Ancestry.com can be searched for free between December 26-29th. This represents more than 300 million select records from collections added or updated in 2012. This has been a great year for content, and they want to give everyone an opportunity to search these records for free. The 1940 U.S. Census alone represents 134 million records that have been indexed and are now searchable on Ancestry.com (these census records will be free on Ancestry.com through 2013). Almost 9 out of 10 Americans have a relative in the 1940 Census, making this a great resource to start your family history journey.

To access these free records, visit Ancestry.com/2012.

1940 United States Federal Census
Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954
Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957
California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1937
Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980
Galveston, Texas, Jewish Immigration Records, 1901-1917
Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911
Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986
Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936
London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
New York, Naturalization Records, 1897-1944
New York, State Census, 1892
New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909
U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958
U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962
U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns From Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1866-1916
U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960
U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
U.S., Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1922-1954
U.S., World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948
UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927
United States, Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959
War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815
Washington State Marriage Records, 1865-2004

MILITARY EXECUTIONS IN STONEWALL JACKSON’S COMMAND

Turns out “Old Blue Light” had no qualms about shooting cowards and deserters:

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DOCFETCHER

A free application that finds your computer files just like Google finds Internet sites:

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EARLY HISTORY OF GREATER KANSAS CITY: MISSOURI AND KANSAS

Deatherage, C. P. Early History of Greater Kansas City: Missouri And Kansas, the Prophetic City At the Mouth of the Kaw. Diamond Jubilee ed., 1928. Kansas City, Mo.: C. P. Deatherage, 1927:

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CAMPBELL’S GAZETTEER OF MISSOURI (1875)

Campbell, R. A. Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri: From Articles Contributed by Prominent Gentlemen In Each County of the State, And Information Collected And Collated From Official And Other Authentic Sources. Rev. ed. / St. Louis: R.A. Campbell, 1875:

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HISTORY OF MISSOURI (6 vols.)

Conard, Howard Louis. Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: a Compendium of History And Biography for Ready Reference. 6 vols. New York: The Southern History Company, 1901:

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NAVY MUSTER ROLLS ON FOLD3.COM

WWII Navy Muster Rolls are now being added to Fold3’s World War II Collection. With a full title of “Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, compiled 01/01/1939 - 01/01/1949,” these are reports of enlisted personnel formally attached to ships, stations, or other commands (known as “activities”). They are assembled every quarter from reports of status changes, and may also include records of passengers aboard a vessel.

A forwarding sheet accompanies each quarterly roll. It includes the name of the ship, number of pages in the report, the date, signatures of the executive and commanding officers, and from where the report was issued. Report of Changes forms, created monthly or whenever a major change in personnel took place, are an integral part of the muster roll. Men listed at the top of each form are referenced by the same number at the bottom where their circumstances are detailed and an explanation for the change is printed. In addition to duty transfer, a status could also include desertion, death, hospitalization, and change in rating. If passengers were aboard, they were identified in reports of Non-enlisted Passengers.

The Muster Roll of the Crew is a quarterly snapshot, identifying all personnel at a particular location, with full names listed alphabetically by surname. It provides service number, rating (rank), date of original enlistment, and when each person was received on board.

You can create memorial pages from any name listed on the WWII Navy Muster Rolls and the Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls. Move your cursor to the appropriate line on the document image, click on the box that appears, and then on the sailor’s name. This will take you to a page where you can leave a tribute, upload photos, or add details about that person’s life.

Explore the growing collection of WWII Navy Muster Rolls on Fold3:

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MAKING THE SWITCH

Should you switch to Windows 8? Not if you’re happy with Vista or 7:

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LOUISIANA IN THE WAR OF 1812

Casey, Powell A. Louisiana in the War of 1812. [Baton Rouge: La.], 1963:

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A VERY WARM WELCOME…

Why was Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862) such a disaster for the Union Army? Because Robert E. Lee (a trained combat engineer) literally had weeks to prepare for its arrival:

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

G.A.R. SPORTING GUIDE (1895)

“Sporting” didn’t have quite the same meaning for Gr-Gr-Grandpa that it does for us:

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THE ANGLO-AFRICAN MAGAZINE

Hamilton, Thomas. The Anglo-African Magazine. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1968:

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FREE PHOTO ORGANIZERS

Kim Komando’s guide to free photo organizers (editor's note: I love Zoner Photo Studio--versatile and fairly easy to use):

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ISGS RAISES OVER $40,000 FOR WAR OF 1812 RECORDS CAMPAIGN

December 11, 2012 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is proud to announce that it has completed its recently launched $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge with strong support from ISGS members as well as the genealogical community.

On June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS made a commitment to match any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. In addition, Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in all contributions being quadrupled. A total of $40,000 to be donated to the Preserve the Pensions project will result in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months.

The Preserve the Pensions campaign, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, seeks to raise over $3.7 Million needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension files that are currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online. With over 180,000 Pension files in this historic record set and over 7.2 million pages, access to these records will benefit not only genealogists and family historians, but a variety of researchers. In addition, the digitization project will help preserve and halt further damage to these historical documents. The files are being digitized as funds become available and many files are already viewable.

ISGS President Jane Haldeman notes: “The ISGS board made a strong commitment to the preservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records when it issued the fundraising challenge earlier this year. ISGS thanks all who contributed, especially those members of the genealogy community who are not members of ISGS. Digitizing these records will benefit ALL genealogists and hopefully result in more people locating information about their ancestors.”

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Monday, December 10, 2012

BATTLES AND BIOGRAPHIES OF MISSOURIANS

Webb, W. L. Battles And Biographies of Missourians, Or, The Civil War Period of Our State. Kansas City, Mo.: Hudson-Kimberly Pub. Co., 1900:

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GENEAPRESS

GeneaPress is a clearing house for all press releases and news items from the genealogy community. Started in February 2011, GeneaPress carries a variety of items from Ancestry.com, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and much more.

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THE WAR GOES TO COLLEGE

Actually, the Civil War meant that many Southern colleges lost most of their students, who enlisted in the army, and many of the colleges became temporary hospitals for sick and wounded soldiers:

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THE SUPPRESSION OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES

The classic work by W. E. B. Du Bois is available via Project Gutenberg:

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FREE DATABASES COURTESY OF ACPL

Allen County Public Library offers quite a few databases that anyone can use free of charge:

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Monday, December 03, 2012

BOOKS SHOULD BE FREE

Thousands of free ebooks and audiobooks:

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BOOTS ON THE DECK

It’s true (as former grunts love to remind the rest of us) that boots on the ground win wars, but the North could not have won the Civil War without the contributions of the Union Navy:

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OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Do you do a lot of repetitive typing/data entry on your computer? AutoHotKey makes it easy to set up macros to do the heavy lifting for you:

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OCEAN PORTAL

Need to entertain some bored kids during this holiday season? They’ll actually enjoy this Smithsonian Institution site—just don’t mention that it has an educational component:

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DO YOUNG PEOPLE USE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY?

Are young people using the public library? It may surprise you to learn that many do:

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Friday, November 30, 2012

MEDICAL QUALITY CONTROL

Doctors in Civil War volunteer regiments weren’t always as skilled (or qualified) as Regular Army doctors—and there was a good reason for that:

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CAMERA MEMORY CARDS

Buying a camera as a Christmas gift (or for your own use)? Then it would behoove you to know something about memory cards:

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THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY

It isn’t just genealogy—although their genealogy collection is huge:

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CHICAGO ANCESTORS

ChicagoAncestors helps genealogists and local historians discover and share historical information about Chicago. Interested in historic Chicago neighborhoods, churches, buildings or events? ChicagoAncestors allows users to browse by address, intersection, or keyword. Additionally, researchers can contribute their own family information, historical research, queries and photographs to the site, and contact other users with similar interests. This interactive digital resource has data that includes locations for synagogues, Roman Catholic and Lutheran churches, along with information on where to access the records and bibliographies for each of Chicago’s 77 community areas, and more:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATES

The following sources have recently been added to Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index.

1. Souvenir Program of "Shenandoah," presented by the First Regiment of Infantry, National Guard of Missouri, 1911

2. Souvenir Program: The First Regiment of Infantry N.G.M. Presents the Clever English Military Comedy in Three Acts "Ours," 1911

3. Page from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, February 10, 1924, showing portraits of 45 of St. Louis' eligible bachelors

4. Page from the Pictures section of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch titled "Washington University Now 90 Years Old," March 7, 1943

5. Souvenir Program: Third Session of the International Stereotypers and Electrotypers Union, Saint Louis, Missouri, 1904

6. 50th Anniversary Souvenir, Wrought Iron Range Company, Saint Louis, Mo., [1914]

7. Four Score Years Through Peace and War, 1864-1964, by the Wrought Iron Range Company

The following archival finding aids have been posted to the Archives Collection Guides page on the Missouri History Museum website:

Arnold Family Papers, 1849-1919
Groot Family Papers, 1836-1886
Penniman Family Papers, 1898, no date
Eugene Oberly Sanguinet Papers, 1875-1943

Monday, November 26, 2012

NORWEGIAN MIGRATION TO AMERICA

Blegen, Theodore Christian, 1891-1969, and Norwegian-American Historical Association. Norwegian Migration to America. Northfield, Minn.: The Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1931:

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WHOSE FATHER WAS HE?

He died at Gettysburg—and the only identification he carried was a photograph of his three children:

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THE TRIAL OF JOHN PETER ZENGER OF NEW YORK, PRINTER (1738)

Free ebook at Internet Archive:

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LANCASHIRE IDYLLS by MARSHALL MATHER

Free ebook at Project Gutenberg:

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CUSTOMIZING FIREFOX TOOLBARS

How do I customize my Firefox toolbars?

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

NEW ON ANCESTRY.COM

Ancestry.com has released two new collections of likely interest:

U.S. Headstone Applications, 1925–1963

U.S. Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862–1960

ALTO MAIL

A promising new email manager being developed by AOL. Currently in private beta, but you can ask for an invite:

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DEADLY DUDS

Are unexploded WWII munitions still a problem in Germany? Yes—each year bomb disposal squads defuse or detonate 5,000 Allied bombs:

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SOLDIER’S REST

A soldier killed at Antietam gets buried—147 years after his death:

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A SAILOR’S BEST FRIEND…

Is a president who is interested in the Navy and attempts to make it more powerful and better-equipped. Which three American presidents were the Navy’s greatest friends—and which three didn’t appear to realize that the U.S. had a Navy:

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FIREFOX BASICS

Tutorial available at Mozilla Support:

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CONFERENCE KEEPER

Jen Baldwin of Ancestral Journeys runs the Conference Keeper site, which tracks all upcoming genealogy conferences. Lots of features are available, including the latest Call for Papers:

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Friday, November 16, 2012

NONVISUAL DESKTOP ACCESS

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person. Major features include support for over 35 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation:

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KILLED BY THE CURE

It was best not to get injured or sick during the Civil War, because treatments were sometimes more lethal than your ailment:

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GENEALOGY GEMS

Not getting Allen County Public Library’s “Genealogy Gems” ezine? It’s free, features some great articles and news about doings at Allen County PL:

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MAKING THE SWITCH

Should you switch to Windows 8? Probably not--if you’re happy with Vista or 7:

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NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR MEDICINE

Never seen their site? Lots of interesting stuff there:

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

HISTORY AND FAMILIES OF HOWARD COUNTY, MISSOURI

The Howard County, Missouri Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that they will be selling {in time for the upcoming Christmas season} a book entitled History and Families of Howard County, Missouri: “The Mother of Counties”.

This book was compiled by the members of the Society, and contains over 50 family histories as well as a condensed History of Howard County, a History of the Society. It is dedicated to Louise Coutts, a founding member who recently passed away and did so much to preserve the history of Howard County. The book will be approximately 250 pages, soft-cover, and will contain approximately 75 to 100 photos.

The genealogy society has compiled this book to commemorate its 20th year of operations.

People may order this book prior to printing by sending a check in the amount of $22.50 for each copy, payable to the Howard County Genealogical Society, to 201 South Main Street, Fayette MO 65248. If the book is to be shipped the cost per book to do this is $4.00 per book. Once they are printed, they will be available for delivery at the Howard County Library basement on Friday afternoons.

Please indicate your name, shipping address and number of book(s) ordered with each check.

The goal is to have these books printed in early December 2012.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT: THE COMPLETE AMERICAN AT NARA-KC

About the event

The National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Alexander Bielakowski on Thursday, November 15 6:30 p.m. for a discussion titled Theodore Roosevelt: The Complete American. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

Theodore Roosevelt was more than just a politician. At various times in his life, he was an author, big game hunter, civil service reformer, historian, lecturer, naturalist, New York City Police Commissioner, soldier, and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Roosevelt was also the only man to ever receive both the Medal of Honor for military valor and the Nobel Peace Prize. While his various positions and professions often seemed contradictory, he always managed to make them work together. Bielakowski will discuss how Roosevelt serves as the greatest example of a complete American, a man who never allowed himself to be stereotyped and was always more than he seemed at first glance.

This lecture is part of the One of 44 Lecture Series being offered in conjunction with the School House to White House exhibit currently on display at the National Archives through February 23, 2013. School House to White House focuses on the education of the Presidents.

For more information or to make a reservation for this free event call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov.

About the speaker

Alexander M. Bielakowski, Ph.D., has published on such diverse topics as Polish Americans in the Civil War; the final years of the U.S. horse cavalry in the 1920s-30s; General Dwight D. Eisenhower as the first commander of NATO; and Vietnam War movies. He has produced three monographs including U.S. Cavalryman, 1891-1920; African American Troops in World War II; and Buffalo Soldiers: African American Troops in the US Forces, 1866-1945, which was co-authored with Ron Field.

Bielakowski served as editor for the forthcoming Ethnic and Racial Minorities in the U.S. Military: An Encyclopedia. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Military History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000, email kansascity.educate@nara.gov or visit www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city.

RECORDS OF THE 63RD INFANTRY AND THE 500TH BOMB GROUP

Available now on Fold3.com:

The Contributed Military Group Records of the 63rd Infantry and the 500th Bomb Group are now available on Fold3. They take us close up and deep into World War II history and remind us of the sacrifices made by those who served within these units in Germany and the South Pacific.

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BEST FREE LINUX APPLICATIONS

If you’re a Linux user (I know some of you are out there), you’ll love this list of best free Linux applications:

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HULU PLUS

What TV shows are available on Hulu Plus (a subscription service)? A simpler question might be, which shows aren’t available:

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Friday, November 09, 2012

OLD RADIO WORLD

If you like shows from the Golden Age of Radio, you’ll love this source of free MP3s of many shows in many genres:

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For instance, if you're a Superman fan, there are 63 episodes of that radio show available for download...

CIVIL WAR COLLECTIONS AT MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Civil War Collections at Michigan State University:

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LIBRARIES OF GREATER NEW YORK

New York Library Club, Charles A Nelson, Arthur E. Bostwick, and George Watson Cole. Libraries of Greater New York: Manual And Historical Sketch of the New York Library Club. New York: [s.n.], 1902:

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PACKED CHESS

Learn to play; play against the computer, or face online challenges from other players:

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

THE EMIGRANT’S MANUAL

Burton, John Hill. The Emigrants' Manual [Edinburgh, 1848]:

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LIBRARIES OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO

Chicago Library Club. Libraries of the City of Chicago: With an Historical Sketch of the Chicago Library Club. [Chicago: The Chicago Library Club, 1905]:

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TRUE TALES OF THE WEIRD: A RECORD OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF THE SUPERNATURAL

Dickinson, Sidney. True Tales of the Weird: a Record of Personal Experiences of the Supernatural. New York: Duffield and Company, 1920:

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THE AMERICAN INFLUENZA EPIDEMIC, 1918-1919: A DIGITAL ENCYCLOPEDIA

Tells the epidemic story of 50 American cities, including St. Louis and Kansas City: LINK

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

HISTORICAL SKETCH OF GRACELAND CEMETERY, CHICAGO

Graceland Cemetery Company and Crematorium. Historical Sketch of Graceland Cemetery, Chicago. [Chicago, 1962]:

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THE BOOK-HUNTER

Burton, John Hill, 1809-1881. The Book-hunter. [New York: Worthington, 1887]:

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TRAVEL POSTERS AND ART

Items from the collection of the National Archives (UK):

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EXPAND YOUR TREE FOR FREE!

Kim Komando’s guide to some free genealogical resources:

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I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE

An Englishwoman surfing the web late one night discovered a photo of her husband’s great-grandfather, F.D. Tucker. She also discovered that F.D. had served in a Connecticut regiment at Antietam, then deserted after witnessing the horrors in the Otto cornfield. F.D. didn’t go home, though: he boarded a steamer for England—and stayed there (in Liverpool) the rest of his life:

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

REBELLION IN MISSOURI, 1861: NATHANIEL LYON AND HIS ARMY OF THE WEST

Adamson, Hans Christian. Rebellion In Missouri, 1861: Nathaniel Lyon And His Army of the West; the Rise of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, USA, Who Saved Missouri From Secession In the Civil War. [1st ed.] Philadelphia: Chilton Co., Book Division, 1961:

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WAR ART AND PROPAGANDA

Wartime posters from the collection of the National Archives (UK):

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HISTORY OF THE O’DALYS

Daly, Edmund Emmet. History of the O'Dalys: the Story of the Ancient Irish Sept; the Race of Dalach of Corca Adaimh. New Haven, Conn.: Printed by the Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor company, 1937:

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ANTIETAM: STORIES OF CONNECTICUT’S DEAD

The remarkable results of a Civil War buff’s heroic (it’s not too strong a word for it) quest to find out more about the fates of Connecticut men who died or were mortally wounded at Antietam:

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WEEKENDS ONLY: FACES OF RE-ENACTORS

Striking b & w photos of the faces of re-enactors, with some information about each man. One New England man who portrays a rebel says he does so because he was born in southern New Hampshire:

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LAST RIGHTS…

Rights in this case referring to the right to photograph a tombstone and post that image online. It turns out that cemetery owners can (depending on state/provincial law) restrict your right to post a photograph of a tombstone on the Internet—or to even take those photographs in the first place:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

THE HISTORY OF JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI

The History of Jackson County, Missouri: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, Etc., Biographical Sketches of Its Citizens, Jackson County In the Late War... History of Missouri, Map of Jackson County ... Kansas City, Mo.: Union Historical Company, 1881:

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OLD TRAVERSE DES SIOUX

Hughes, Thomas, and W. C Brown. Old Traverse Des Sioux. St. Peter, Minn.: Herald Publishing Company, 1929:

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BI-POLAR BRAGG?

I think Civil War buffs blue and gray can all agree, as one historian has noted, that Confederate General Braxton Bragg was a ‘complicated’ man. Another historian believes that historical accounts of Bragg appear to describe a man suffering from bi-polar disorder:

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MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

Here are 99 clever ways (some computer-related, some not) to make your life easier:

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

CONFEDERATE VETERANS OF MISSISSIPPI (1892)

Proceedings of the Second Annual Grand Camp, Confederate Veterans of Mississippi, at Natchez, October 7-8, 1891 (Jackson, MS: Clarion Printing Establishment, 1892), by United Confederate Veterans Mississippi Division:

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THE UNION CAUSE IN ST. LOUIS IN 1861: AN HISTORICAL SKETCH

Rombauer, Robert J. The Union Cause In St. Louis In 1861: an Historical Sketch. [St. Louis: Press of Nixon-Jones prtg. co.], 1909:

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FOLD3 SURPASSES 100 MILLION IMAGES

Earlier this month, we reached a major milestone when the counter on the Fold3 home page spun to and exceeded 100,000,000 record images. Our digital partners—the National Archives (NARA), Allen County Public Library, FamilySearch, and others—helped Fold3 attain this significant event. We thank them and you, our members and fans, for your support and enthusiasm over the last six years

In January 2007, Footnote.com (Fold3’s predecessor) launched with an initial 4 million images. Many of the Fold3 Team members have been around since those early days, watching the titles roll and the images multiply at an increasingly steady pace, assuring that our visitors can access an impressive range of original military records online.

The first sets of documents on the site proved very popular and continue to be some of Fold3’s biggest hits today. They include:

• Revolutionary War Pensions
• Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index
• Missing Air Crew Reports
• Brady Civil War Photos

Since those early days, Fold3 has added many more popular titles, including:

• Civil War "Widows' Pensions"
• Civil War Service Records: Union, Confederate, USCT
• War of 1812 Service Records and Pension Files
• WWII "Old Man's Draft" Registration Cards
• Vietnam Veterans Memorial
• View the most recent list of new and updated titles

Here we are, one hundred million images strong, looking eagerly toward the next hundred million. At the pace our team is digitizing and scanning, it will certainly happen sooner than we think. You can catch up on all of Fold3’s significant achievements on our Blog.

WHAT YOU (MAY) NEED

If you’re going to need a laptop soon, and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, buy a lot of extra software, or worry about viruses/hackers, a Google Chromebook may be just what you need:

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ROBERT COLGATE, THE IMMIGRANT: A GENEALOGY OF THE NEW YORK COLGATES

Abbe, Truman, and Hubert Abbe Howson. Robert Colgate, the Immigrant: a Genealogy of the New York Colgates And Some Associated Lines. New Haven, Conn.: The Tuttle, Moorehouse & Taylor company, 1941. New Haven, Conn.: The Tuttle, Moorehouse & Taylor Company, 1941:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE MISSOURI ENGINEER AND THE 25TH INFANTRY REGIMENTS

Neal, W. A. An Illustrated History of the Missouri Engineer And the 25th Infantry Regiments: Together With a Roster of Both Regiments And the Last Known Address of All That Could Be Obtained ... Chicago: Donohue and Henneberry, printers, 1889:

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AGRICULTURE IN ANTEBELLUM ST. LOUIS

Sanfilippo, Pamela K. Agriculture In Antebellum St. Louis: a Special History Study. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Dept. of the Interior, National Park Service, 2000:

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HISTORY OF RAY COUNTY, MISSOURI

History of Ray County, Mo.. St. Louis, Mo.: Missouri Historical Co., 1881:

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CIVIL WAR SYMPHONY

The 150th anniversary of Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War is the inspiration for a new composition by Barbara Harbach, professor of music at UMSL.

Missouri was the site of more than 1,000 battles during the Civil War, trailing only Virginia and Tennessee.

That staggering fact often surprises many people not familiar with the state’s pivotal role in the conflict. The 150th anniversary of Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War was the inspiration for a new composition by Barbara Harbach, professor of music at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

The premiere performance of “A State Divided – Missouri Symphony for Orchestra” will happen at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Lee Auditorium at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park. The premiere will be performed by the University Orchestra, under the direction of Robert Howard, conductor at UMSL. The performance is free and open to the public.

The University Orchestra will also perform the symphony during its 2012 Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov.1 in the E. Desmond and Mary Ann Lee Theater at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at UMSL. That show is also free and open to the public.

“I enjoyed reading about the history of the Civil War in Missouri and transferring my thoughts and feelings into a music score,” Harbach said. “In a small way, this project is refocusing the historical lens on the pivotal role Missouri played in the Civil War, making Missourians aware of its history.”

The symphony will play out in three movements, each representing a major chapter in the history of Missouri’s involvement in the Civil War. Each movement will be prefaced by a narration by Louis Gerteis, professor of history at UMSL, placing the movement in the context of the Civil War.

Gerteis specializes in the history of the Civil War era. He’s authored four books. The most recent “The Civil War in Missouri: A Military History,” was published this year.

Harbach’s new composition expands her musical work based on St. Louis and Missouri landmarks including “Freedom Suite for String Orchestra,” inspired by the Dred and Harriet Scott legal struggle for their freedom, and “Harriet’s Story for Soprano, Violin, and Piano,” inspired by Harriet Scott and Harriet Tubman.

Harbach has a large catalog of works, including: symphonies, operas, string orchestras, musicals, works for chamber ensembles, film scores, modern ballets, pieces for organ, harpsichord and piano; choral anthems; and many arrangements for brass and organ of various Baroque works.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

CIVIL WAR 150 LEGACY PROJECT

The Library of Virginia is attempting to locate and digitize important primary source materials relating to the Civil War and Emancipation that are in the collections of residents of that state:

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SSDI SNAFU

The unfortunate changes to the posting of SSDI info made to help curtail identity theft have had the opposite effect:

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GRAVE ERROR?

A Facebook protest has caused the cancellation of one of those “Our Town” type events at an Oklahoma cemetery. At such events, actors dressed in period clothes portray deceased persons of note buried in that cemetery. The Facebook protestors apparently objected to persons walking on the graves of their relatives, and to making a commercial use of the sacred ground.

Personally, I not only have no objection to fundraising events of this sort staged by non-profits, I think it helps increase knowledge of local history and focuses awareness on the need for cemetery preservation and protection. What’s your take on such events?

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Friday, October 12, 2012

MAPPING THE BRITISH ISLES

Stunning digitized maps from the collection of the National Archives (UK):

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DOCUMENTING THE CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE IN GEORGIA

The University of Georgia Libraries are partners in an effort to digitize more than 80,000 items that document Civil War events in Georgia, especially Sherman’s Georgia campaign and the blockade of the Georgia coast:

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ELDREDGE GENEALOGY (1896)

Available full-text online: Eldredge Genealogy: A Record of Some of the Descendants of William Eldredge of Yarmouth (Boston: Printed for private distribution by D. Clapp, 1896), by Zoeth Skinner Eldredge:

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HEROISM OF THE RANK AND FILE (1868)

Address by Colonel A.J.H. Duganne to members of two GAR posts:

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

SHELFARI

A community-powered encyclopedia for book lovers, sponsored by Amazon.com:

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BRITISH ARMY HANDBOOK, 1914-1918

This book just might prove indispensible for persons researching Britain’s army during World War I:

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LOCALIZATION

How do people get local news and other local information? It all depends…

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ANTIETAM IN MOTION

Animated Antietam battle map:

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS HAS A NEW FREE ONLINE MAGAZINE

Did you know that the Library of Congress has a new "e-zine" available online? The Library of Congress Magazine is published bi-monthly and the September/October 2012 issue can be downloaded in PDF (it is almost a 15MB download and you will need the free Adobe Reader program to open the file). The first issue focuses on the War of 1812 and how the Library of Congress collection emerged from the ashes of the burning of Washington, DC.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

THE FORGOTTEN FRONT, 1914-1918

Many people don’t know that East Africa was the scene of military action during World War I:

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LIST OF FUGITIVES FROM JUSTICE, 1895-1908

New finding aid on the Missouri History Museum website—lists fugitives returned to St. Louis Police Department from other cities, or delivered by SLPD to other cities:

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ASIAN-AMERICANS IN THE CIVIL WAR

Yes, there were some, and they fought on both sides—although very few wore the gray:

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SPECCY

Need detailed info about the inner workings of your Windows computer? Speccy is a free and easy way to get answers to your questions:

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FINDING YOUR ST. LOUIS JEWISH ANCESTORS

Archivist Diane Everman presents ways of finding Jewish ancestors based on the collections in the St. Louis Jewish Community Archives.

When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum in Forest Park
How much: Free. Reservations are not required.

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/

Monday, October 01, 2012

GENEALOGY OF THE WITHERSPOON FAMILY (1910)

Available full-text online:

Genealogy of the Witherspoon Family: With Some Account of Other Families With Which It Is Connected (Yorkville, SC: Printed at the Enquirer Office, 1910), ed. by Jos. G. Wardlaw:

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RAINLENDAR

It’s a desktop calendar for your computer. Rainlendar Lite is free; Rainlendar Pro costs $10, but adds extra features that may interest you:

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CIVIL WAR PHOTOS

Over 1,000 images:

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GROWS ON YOU

Not a genealogy post, true--but I've chatted with more than one of you at genie conferences about what's in the garden:

Online gardening community—upload garden photos, get plant information, ask and answer questions from fellow gardeners:

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

DOCUMENTING THE CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE IN GEORGIA

The University of Georgia Libraries are partners in an effort to digitize more than 80,000 items that document Civil War events in Georgia, especially Sherman’s Georgia campaign and the blockade of the Georgia coast:

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GRAND CAMP CONFEDERATE VETERANS, DEPARTMENT OF VIRGINIA (1899-1924)

Proceedings of the Annual Meetings of the Grand Camp Confederate Veterans, Department of Virginia, by United Confederate Veterans Virginia Division (1899-1924):

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WITHOUT THEM THERE WOULD BE NO COUNTRY…

Histories of our American wars often focus on battles and generals—but without the foot soldiers, there would be no United States…

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NOT A PROSE MASTERPIECE, BUT IT DID THE JOB…

Lincoln could be an elegant prose stylist—when it was called for…

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

ANNOUNCING GENEABLOGGERS E-NEWS

News from Thomas MacEntee:

I’ve come to realize that folks in the genealogy community receive information via various “channels” and that not everyone is using social media. In addition, some people would rather receive an email alert periodically as to helpful genealogy news and information.

So I’m here to announce the new GeneaBloggers E-News! Sign up and you’ll receive periodic e-mail alerts filled with my latest finds. I know that there are many genealogy newsletters and e-news alerts out there, but you should know:

• GeneaBloggers E-News is not just for members of GeneaBloggers or for bloggers or “techies.” Everyone in the genealogy community will find something they can use to help with their own research.

• You can unsubscribe at any time. GeneaBloggers E-News will be using MailChimp and its strict procedures in building an e-mail list that conforms with standard blast e-mail practices.

• You won’t get bombarded with emails every day! There will be a regular monthly newsletter as well as periodic emails about time-sensitive offers and issues, such as saving public access to theGeorgia State Archives

. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the GeneaBloggers E-News by emailing me at geneabloggers@gmail.com.

Sign Up and You Could Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

As a special incentive, I’m holding a contest to give away a $100 Amazon Gift Card if you sign up for GeneaBloggers E-News before October 1, 2012. All you have to do is visit http://bit.ly/geneabloggers-enews and sign up and stay signed up through October 1, 2012.

On Monday, October 1, 2012, I will draw one winner and electronically send them a $100 Amazon Gift Card. This contest is open to everyone and not limited to just United States residents. For complete rules please seeGeneaBloggers E-News Contest Rules.

Thomas MacEntee

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

SKETCHES OF VIRGINIA

Available full-text online: Sketches of Virginia: Historical and Biographical (2 series, originally published 1850, 1855, with annotations), by William Henry Foote:

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LOOKING BACK: THE CIVIL WAR IN TENNESSEE

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is actively seeking out items to digitize that pertain to Civil War events in the Volunteer State or to Tennessee veterans of that conflict:

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THE KATYN FOREST DECLASSIFIED

Thousands of Polish Army officers and intellectuals were murdered by the Soviet Army in the Katyn Forest in 1940. Newly declassified documents may reveal if the U.S. helped conceal the atrocity in order to protect its WWII alliance with the Soviet Union:

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KEEPING ITS OWN ALIVE

September is the U.S. Army’s Suicide Prevention Month, and not a moment too soon—August saw 38 suspected suicides, an all-time record for the armed service:

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES, FROM THEIR FIRST SETTLEMENT AS COLONIES TO THE PEACE WITH MEXICO (1852)

Available full-text via Hathi Trust:

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THE FUTURE OF SMART SYSTEMS

What’s a smart system? It’s a (mostly) self-regulating house:

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THE ARMISTEAD FAMILY, 1635-1910

The Armistead Family, 1635-1910 (Richmond: Whittet and Shepperson, 1910), by Virginia Armistead Garber:

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LACKAWANNA NOT FOUND LACKING…

Students in a University of Scranton class on The Civil War and Reconstruction recently discovered 62 un-cataloged primary sources at the Lackawanna Historical Society that document some aspect of the Civil War in Pennsylvania. These items have now been digitized and are available for viewing:

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COMMONWEALTH RECORDS ABOUT THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

If you have relatives in Australia, or just an interest in Australian history and genealogy, this free online book by Ted Ling (2011) may prove of interest:

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

THE BACKWASH OF WAR: THE HUMAN WRECKAGE OF THE BATTLEFIELD

The Backwash of War: The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse (New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1916), by Ellen Newbold La Motte:

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A SIGN OF THE TIMES FROM GEORGIA

ATLANTA, GA -- Official statement:

"The Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has instructed the Office of the Secretary of State to further reduce its budget for AFY13 and FY14 by 3% ($732,626). As it has been for the past two years, these cuts do not eliminate excess in the agency, but require the agency to further reduce services to the citizens of Georgia. As an agency that returns over three times what is appropriated back to the general fund, budget cuts present very challenging decisions. We have tried to protect the services that the agency provides in support of putting people to work, starting small businesses, and providing public safety.

To meet the required cuts, it is with great remorse that I have to announce, effective November 1, 2012, the Georgia State Archives located in Morrow, GA will be closed to the public. The decision to reduce public access to the historical records of this state was not arrived at without great consternation. To my knowledge, Georgia will be the only state in the country that will not have a central location in which the public can visit to research and review the historical records of their government and state. The staff that currently works to catalog, restore, and provide reference to the state of Georgia’s permanent historical records will be reduced. The employees that will be let go through this process are assets to the state of Georgia and will be missed. After November 1st, the public will only be allowed to access the building by appointment; however, the number of appointments could be limited based on the schedule of the remaining employees.

Since FY08, the Office of the Secretary of State has been required to absorb many budget reductions, often above the minimum, while being responsible for more work. I believe that transparency and open access to records are necessary for the public to educate themselves on the issues of our government. I will fight during this legislative session to have this cut restored so the people will have a place to meet, research, and review the historical records of Georgia."

Dusty Snipes Gres, Director
Ohoopee Regional Library System
610 Jackson Street
Vidalia, GA 30474
PH: 912.537.9283
FAX: 912.537.3735

EASTMAN ON WORLDCAT.ORG

Dick Eastman has put up an extremely helpful post on using WorldCat.org, and people who’ve attended one of my classes know what a big WorldCat.org booster I am:

“WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It is an online library catalog that lets you look up items in libraries around the world. The items available include books, electronic documents, journals, microform, and audio and video recordings.

Best of all, WorldCat is available to everyone free of charge. WorldCat libraries provide access to their catalogs on the Web, where most people start their search for information. By using the WorldCat.org catalog, you can search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.

Please keep in mind that these are catalogs of available books, not the text of the books. WorldCat is useful in at least three situations:

1. You know which item you want, but you don't know which libraries have it
2. You want to know what items exist on a particular subject (or by a particular author)
3. You need more information about an item (for instance, to get information for a proper citation in your bibliography)

WorldCat identifies the book's title, author, publisher, and more and then shows the participating libraries where the book is available. “

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WWII DRAFT REGISTRATIONS ON FOLD3

"The first draft registration under the 1940 Selective Training and Service Act required all males ages 21-36 to register on October 16, 1940, to serve in what would ultimately be WWII. Between 1941 and 1943, there were five more registrations, and the ages changed to 18-44 (registrations from the "Old Man's Draft" are also on Fold3). Registration cards show name, residence, age, place of birth, employer, physical characteristics, and other information. Currently only the North Carolina registrations for younger men have been added to Fold3.com:"

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NEWS FROM LOHMAN, MISSOURI

Received from MoSGA member Darrell Jackson:

“On October 1 of this year, Darrell Jackson of Lohman, Missouri will begin a four year term as Director at Large on the Board of Directors of the National Genealogical Society. Darrell served as President of MoSGA from 2008 to 2010 and as 1st and 2nd Vice President prior to that. “

Congratulations, Darrell!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

KEEP RECIPES

Everybody’s got to eat—and most of us don’t want to eat the same old things all day every day. KeepRecipes can be your personalized online cookbook:

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MP3 TAG

Editing metadata for your MP3 collection made simple (and free):

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FAMILY HISTORY BOOKS

Dozens of Texas and Missouri local histories added to this site (along with hundreds of other items of possible interest):

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ROSTER OF THE TROUP ARTILLERY

Organized Athens, Georgia on 24 April 1861:

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GERMAN RESEARCH WITH DR. ROGER MINERT

Johnson County Genealogical Society 2012 Annual Seminar

Saturday October 27, 2012
8:15 a.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Ritz Charles Event Center
9000 West 137th Street, Overland Park, KS 66221
(913) 685-2600 ‎

Schedule:

8:15-9:00 Check-in, coffee and pastries, register for door prizes
9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introduction of speaker
9:15-10:15 Civil Records in Germany
10:15-10:45 Break, visit vendors

10:45-12:00 Communicating with Agencies and Individuals in Europe

12:00-1:00 Hot lunch is served! Choice of two entrees, green salad, starch, vegetable, fruit, dessert
1:00-1:15 Door prize drawings

1:15-2:25 Church Records in Germany
2:25-2:40 Break
2:40-2:55 Door prize drawings
2:55-4:00 Marriage and Courtship in Germany 1500 to 1800

Registration Fee:

$45 for members (late registration $55)
$55 for non-members (late registration $65)
Registrations must be postmarked no later than October 20 to avoid the late registration fee.

For further information contact our program chair, Lora Fitzgerald.

NARA-KC SECOND ANNUAL FALL GENEALOGY SYMPOSIUM

The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering, What is Old is New: Rediscovering Records for Genealogy Research, its second annual fall genealogy symposium on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The symposium features five different presentations: Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin with Archives Staff Member, Jennifer Audsley-Moore; Googling Your Genealogy and Navigating Ancestry.com with Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar; Maneuvering the New Search on Fold3.com with Certified Genealogist, Evie Bresette; and Military Records Were Destroyed? What to do? Steps to Reconstructing Your Veteran’s File with Professional International Genealogist and Consultant, Kathleen Brandt.

Familiar resources once found only on microfilm are becoming widely available via a variety of websites. Genealogists should keep current on how to use and access these tools as this shift occurs. National Achives Staff and guest lecturers will offer workshops that reintroduce both new and long-time genealogists to resources. Learn new search techniques, understand information organization on popular websites, and re-examine resources in ways you may not have considered. Look for clues in records you may have missed years ago.

Participants are welcome to attend one or all of these free workshops held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108. Seating is limited, reserve your space today by submitting your RSVP to 816-268-8000 or via email. Free WiFi access will be available to attendees.

Workshop Descriptions:

Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin?
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. with National Archives Staff Member, Jennifer Audsley Moore Interested in starting your family history research? Not sure where to begin? Come learn the basics of what you need in order to start, where you can find information, what resources are available to assist, and how original records help tell your family’s story.

Googling Your Genealogy
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. with National Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar Searching online can be a powerful tool for any researcher. Many historical documents and resources have been placed online, and one of the biggest challenges for genealogists is knowing how and where to start looking for them. Learn to harness the power of the internet through the use of simple tools and tricks for effectively finding websites and useful resources for genealogy research.

Navigating Ancestry.com
11:30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. with National Archives Staff Member, Jessica Edgar Subscription-based genealogy website, Ancestry.com, contains a wealth of information, but unless you understand the structure and depth of the website, your search results and success will be limited. Come learn about the different databases and effective search strategies to uncover more about your ancestors! Patrons are encouraged to bring WiFi enabled device to follow along in class.

Maneuvering the New Search on Fold3.com
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. with Certified Genealogist, Evie Bresette What's old is new again! Genealogy websites change their format from time to time to enhance search capabilities. Specializing in military records, Fold3.com recently unveiled a radically new search tool. New and experienced genealogists alike will benefit from learning how to utilize this resource effectively to find or rediscover your ancestors.

Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do? Steps to Reconstructing Your Veteran’s File
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. with Professional International Genealogist and Consultant, Kathleen Brandt Between 16 to 18 million military service files, many from WWI and WWII, were destroyed by the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri. However, this loss should not discourage researchers from uncovering an ancestor's military experience.

To make a reservation for these free events, please call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us here.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

MISSOURI VETERANS HOME INMATE REGISTERS

Registers of the Federal Soldiers Home at St. James, Missouri:

Volume 1 contains the original admission registers for 396 residents from June 25, 1897 through August 11, 1903. Information given in the register may include name, admission date and number, friends or near kin, service record, date and place of birth, age on admission, amount of pension, nature of disability, occupation, marital status, literacy, church and lodge memberships. Additional remarks may also include biographical data, limited family history, addresses of relatives, date of death, and place of burial. Additional volumes will be added to the collection as they become available.

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FRIENDSHIP IS FRIENDSHIP, BUT WAR IS HELL, MY FRIEND…

When a former West Point classmate asked William Tecumseh Sherman to help him get his slaves back, Sherman patiently explained to him why a man who had eagerly embraced the new Confederate constitution should not expect to benefit from the protections bestowed by the Constitution of the United States:

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A BRIEFE AND TRUE REPORT OF THE NEW FOUND LAND OF VIRGINIA

A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (based on the 1590 edition), by Thomas Harriot, illustrated by Theodor de Bry:

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SOLDIERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION BURIED IN OHIO

Official Roster of the Soldiers of the American Revolution Buried in Ohio (1929):

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ARCHON

Illinois Secretary of State and State Archivist Jesse White (D) has announced that a new online database describing the documents and records maintained at the Illinois State Archives is now available.

The database, called Archon, is a searchable finding aid for use in locating important historical information.

“As state archivist, it is my mission to make Illinois records available and as easily accessible as possible,” White said. “With the use of the Internet, individuals can easily search for records held at the Illinois State Archives. I am proud to make these important historical documents easily accessible with the use of this advanced technology.”

Archon is an open source archival management system that was developed by archivists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now used in more than 50 institutions across the country. It provides both a way for staff to record descriptive information about collections and a means for the public to view, search and browse that information in a fully-functional website.

Archon’s public interface shows the most current information that is available to researchers because it is updated automatically once records are received by the Archives. Once information has been entered, it is instantly accessible, searchable and browseable. The new electronic database can be found here.

This new electronic database replaces a printed guide called “Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the State of Illinois.”

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

NARA-KC SEPTEMBER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer the following free genealogy workshop, Order in the Court: Finding Your Family in Federal Court Records, on Friday, September 14, 2012 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:
Order in the Court: Finding Your Family in Federal Court Records
Friday, September 14, 2012 from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m

Did your ancestor file for bankruptcy? Get tied up in a federal civil suit? Were they a defendant in a criminal case? Federal court documents are an underutilized set of records that help provide a snapshot of an individual or family at a particular juncture in life. Depending upon the type of case, documents can include lists of property, family members, testimony, and other insightful glimpses at events that may not be documented elsewhere. Come learn about the types of cases you can find at the National Archives and how to begin your research.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us here.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

eBOOKSREAD

What is eBooksRead.com? It’s a source for hundreds of thousands of free ebooks, searchable by author or title:

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THE MOST SECRET WAR

The Most Secret War: Army Signals Intelligence in Vietnam (Fort Belvoir, VA: Military History Office, US Army Intelligence and Security Command, 2003), by James L. Gilbert:

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FIRST RECORD BOOK OF THE "OLD DUTCH CHURCH OF SLEEPY HOLLOW"

First Record Book of the "Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow", Organized in 1697 and Now the First Reformed Church of Tarrytown, N.Y. (Yonkers, NY: Yonkers Historical and Library Association, 1901), by First Reformed Church of Tarrytown, N.Y., ed. by David Cole:

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HISTORY OF ADDISON COUNTY, VERMONT

History of Addison County, Vermont; With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers (Syracuse, NY: D. Mason and Co., 1886), ed. by H. P. Smith:

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Monday, September 10, 2012

TABLET BUYING GUIDE

Looking to buy a tablet? Kim Komando’s Tablet Buying Guide will help you make an informed decision:

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THE DADS ARMY

80,000 men served in the Durham Home Guards, a militia unit that protected England’s County Durham during the Second World War (1939-1945). The records of this so-called Dads Army (most of the Home Guards were men too old to be drafted) are housed at the National Archives (UK):

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ST. LOUIS AREA CIVIL WAR DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Twenty-five institutions contributed documents for digitization that illustrate Civil War events in the St. Louis area:

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CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTS PROJECT AT SEMO

They’re ready to begin the digitization part of this promising project:

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HISTORIC CEMETERIES OF ILLINOIS

The Madison County Genealogical Society will host Dawn Cobb, Human Skeletal Remains Protection Act Coordinator from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, and Hall Hasson, an archaeologist with the state's Department of Natural Resources, at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Sept. 13, at the Edwardsville Public Library's Community Room, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville, IL 62025. The pair will give a presentation on the state's historic cemeteries and laws that protect burial grounds. Call (618) 656-2299 or write the society at P.O. Box 631, Edwardsville, IL 62025.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

RECORD OF THE CONFEDERATE SAILOR (1925)

Record of the Confederate Sailor (vol. 1 no. 1— January 1925)--apparently only one issue was ever published:

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BLACK TEXAS CONFEDERATES

A Texas graduate student claims he has “documented with 100% irrefutable primary sources” the service of black Texans "who served in the Confederate Army." As is the norm with claims of this sort, he’s counting slaves forced to serve as teamsters, laborers, and personal servants as men “who served in the Confederate Army”:

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Note: This graduate student also counted as “primary sources” historical markers erected by various Texas county historical societies during the 1960s. Is anyone else troubled by the fact that a graduate student in a history program thinks that such markers are primary sources?

1862 HOMESTEAD ACT: BLESSING OR BANE?

Providing settlers with the opportunity to “purchase” 160 acres of land with sweat equity alone was obviously a blessing for millions of Americans—but what about ex-Confederates, who were barred by statute from making Homestead Land claims, or American Indians, whose (often illegally acquired) land was being given away to the invaders from the East:

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SUCCESS WAS NOT AN OPTION…

This Maryland community college professor thinks that General George McClellan was “set up” by Radical Republicans anxious to prevent a popular general of the Democratic persuasion from becoming president in 1864:

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BEST FREE WINDOWS APPS

This list has been recently updated by the friendly folks at Gizmo’s Freeware:

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EASTMAN ON THE NEW KINDLE FIRE TABLETS

Dick explains why Amazon is practically giving these techno marvels away:

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CARNAHAN ANNOUNCES GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR PRESERVATION OF MISSOURI HISTORY

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced today that the Missouri State Archives will make $61,576 available for historical records preservation and access projects throughout the state. The funding, which will be awarded to local institutions through a competitive grant process, is part of a $70,000 grant awarded to the Missouri State Archives by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

In 2010, the Missouri Historical Records Grant Program (MHRGP) awarded funding to a variety of institutions across the state, including local historical societies, public universities, city governments and regional museums. These grants helped to preserve many unique collections, including an assortment of rare architectural drawings from the St. Joseph area, records documenting the early history of the City of Columbia, historical correspondence from Taney County, and rare photographs from the National Churchill Museum in Fulton.

All of the state's public and private records repositories that care for documents of significant historical value are eligible for the MHRGP. This includes historical, ethnic, and religious societies; museums; libraries; colleges and universities; and local government entities. MHRGP funds may be used for projects that preserve and provide access to historical records, including hiring consultants, purchasing archival supplies and equipment, surveying and describing collections, and utilizing conservation services.

The MHRGP is administered by the State Archives on behalf of the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB). The MHRAB is the central advisory board for projects relating to historic records that are developed and carried out within Missouri. The secretary of state serves as state coordinator and chairs the board, with the assistance of the state archivist, who serves as deputy coordinator. Since creating the MHRGP, the MHRAB has provided over $673,000 to Missouri's historical records repositories. This year, the MHRAB is encouraging applicants to submit grant proposals related to traditionally under documented collections, including: vanishing Missouri businesses and institutions, post-World War II immigrant communities, and small and non-affiliated religious organizations.

Applications are due November 1, 2012. To learn more about the MHRGP and download an application, please visit www.sos.mo.gov/archives/mhrab/guidelines.asp. For additional information, contact Shelly Croteau at (573) 751-4303 or mhrgp@sos.mo.gov.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

FAMILY HISTORY FAIR AT JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY

Jefferson County Genealogical Society and the Jefferson County Library, Northwest Branch will host a Family History Fair on Saturday October 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Library, located at 5680 State Road PP, High Ridge, Missouri. This is a great opportunity to learn how you can start your family history project or get great tips on advancing your research!

Presentations will be given throughout the day. Attendees can choose between “Basic Genealogy for Beginners” or “St. Louis: Cradle of the Czech Catholic Experience in America” from 10-11a.m.; followed by “Finding Your German Roots” or “Finding Genealogical Clues in Probate Records & Wills” from 11:30 -12:30 p.m.

Afternoon programs include: “The Special Collection at the Northwest Branch of the Jefferson County Library: More Than Just Local History” from 1:00 -2:00 p.m.; and National Personnel Records Center from 2:30 -3:30 p.m.

Several genealogical and historical organizations will be present to talk with and answer questions, plus the Library will offer free access to its online genealogy databases Ancestry, Heritage Quest and Fold3. This will be a perfect time to locate yourself or your parents in the 1940 Federal Census. Volunteers will be available for assistance.

There will also be door prizes and a grand prize, a $20 gift certificate to Applebees.

Lunches can be purchased in the library café.

The program is free and open to anyone interested in family history. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Christine Merseal or Mindy Hudson at 636-677-8186.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

RESEARCHING THE MIDWEST AND BEYOND

Date: 14-15 Sept 2012
Place: Howard Johnson Hotel, Springfield, MO
Cost: $45 (members); $50 (non-members)
Keynoter: Paula Stuart-Warren

Fri, Sept 14, 7 PM—8:30 PM—Friday Evening Session with Ms. Stuart-Warren

Major Midwest Archives and Their Records

Saturday, Sept 15, 8 AM-9 PM—Mini-Sessions (pick one)

Beginning Genealogy
Footprints in Time

Saturday, Sept 15, 11 AM-Noon—Mid-Morning Sessions (pick one)

Read Between the Lines
Google and Your Genealogy

Sat, Sept 15, 9 AM—4 PM—Talks by Ms. Stuart-Warren

New Englanders in the Midwest
A World of Records: Using the Family History Library and Family History Center
Where Are Those Records They Told Me to Check?

For more info, or to register online: http://www.ozarksgs.org/
Email: conference@ozarksgs.org

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM: AMERICANS AT WAR

Online exhibit on the website of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History:

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WALL TO WALL GETTYSBURG

If you’re a Civil War nut, one of these free Gettysburg wallpapers is just what your desktop or laptop needs:

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EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION ON DISPLAY

Emancipation Proclamation
On display September 5, 2012 through January 21, 2013

One hundred fifty years ago, on September 22, 1862, buoyed by the recent Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, President Abraham Lincoln announced his intention to issue an Emancipation Proclamation, which he did on New Year’s Day 1863. To commemorate this momentous anniversary, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum is putting its signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, plus two new artifacts, on display in the Museum’s Treasures Gallery starting Wednesday, September 5. The items will remain on display through January 21, 2013.

“Every year in our country, the legal and social equality of all races continues to come closer to our ideal,” said James M. Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Presidential Library and Museum. “The great break with the past, the seminal event, the leap forward, began with Lincoln's pen in September 1862. People at the time - black or white, American or European, North or South - knew this, and their experience tells us to celebrate this document and its anniversary.”

The Emancipation Proclamation is one of the officially printed commemorative copies that Lincoln signed in full, along with Secretary of State William Seward and Lincoln’s private secretary, John G. Nicolay. The President signed the original Emancipation Proclamation in private with only a few witnesses at his side--no photo opportunity, as we like to say today.

It is fortunate that the commemorative printing was ordered, because Lincoln’s original manuscript was lost in the Chicago Fire of 1871. The Proclamation measures approximately 27 by 20 inches. It was most recently displayed during a five-day special viewing around his birthday in 2012, and during the 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial.

Next to it will be two artifacts never before displayed. One, created in the 1870s, is a bronze statue of Lincoln breaking the shackles of a slave. The sculptor was probably a Frenchman, Léon Falconnier. It was inspired by a giant Washington, D.C., statue by Thomas Ball for which Frederick Douglass gave the dedication speech in 1876. Falconnier may have wanted to capitalize on Ball's work, which, though less popular today, was commissioned and paid for by freedmen and helped solidify the image of Lincoln as the liberator of a race. Lincoln in fact had urged freedmen to show their gratitude to God and not to him, since freedom is a human right.

Visitors will be asked to give their thoughts about the sculpture as part of an interactive experience about this trio of historic objects.

The other item on view for the first time will be an 1864 notice of a slave sale in Louisville, Kentucky. This sale, held nearly two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, shows that the Proclamation did not apply to the border states during the Civil War, thus keeping these slave-holding states in the Union. The next year, Lincoln and Congress voted to change the U.S. Constitution with the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the entire United States.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

ARIZONA STATE AGENCIES ARCHIVES COLLECTION

This collection consists of content collected from the websites of Arizona state government agencies, boards, and commissions:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

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

To receive monthly updates of new indexes added to the Genealogy and Local History Index, sign up to receive the monthly e-newsletter "Genealogy and House History News." To sign up, send an email to dpn@mohistory.org with the word "subscribe" in the subject line of your email and your name in the body of the email.

1. Grand Army of the Republic scrapbook, circa 1925-1943

2. St. Louis Junior League Follies program, 1936

3. Celebration Publication Upon the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the St. Louis Supporting Society for Schwabians, 1931

4. Historical Pageant, Golden Jubilee, 1875-1925, Concordia Turnverein

5. Union Electric Company employee magazines, 1913-1969

6. The Pet Milk Magazine (1952-1967) and Profile (1966-1967)

7. Souvenir Program of the 21st Anniversary "Y" Circus, May 6-7, 1955

8. 25th Anniversary, Progress Club, International Shoe Company, 1917-1942

9. Roster of Occidental Lodge No. 163, A.F. & A.M. (1903)

10. Manual of the First Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, 1888

11. Roster, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Valley of St. Louis (1946)

Dennis Northcott
Associate Archivist for Reference
Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center
225 South Skinker Blvd, across from Forest Park
Tel: 314.746.4517 | Fax: 314.746.4548

THUNDER

Thunder is a free screen reader application for blind and visually impaired computer users. It can enlarge text and icons for the visually impaired, or tell blind users what’s on their computer screens:

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SOFTWARE ALTERNATIVES

If it’s time to buy software, it’s possible that a free application will work just as well for you:

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Saturday, September 01, 2012

UNDERSTANDING VIETNAM

Understanding the Vietnam War, and learning lessons from it that can be applied to other conflicts in other parts of the globe, must necessarily involve gaining an understanding of the motivations, internal dynamics, and foreign relations of our enemy in that conflict:

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NARA-KC SEPTEMBER GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer the following free genealogy workshop on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:

Township, Section Range: Looking at Land Records
Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Township 1, Range 43 West, Section 2. Does this make sense to you? Have you always been curious about the “secret language” of land records? Come learn about Federal land records and the difference between what you will discover at the National Archives versus the county or state archives. Topics include locating information about bounty land warrants, homestead files, land tract books, and other great land resources.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

ANCESTRY.COM FREE CENSUS SEARCHING

Good morning,

We are still excited about the 1940 US Census here at Ancestry.com. As you all know, the 1940 Census is available for free on Ancestry.com through 2013, but we wanted to share our excitement even more. We will be opening up 25 more databases from today through September 3rd to allow everyone access to Ancestry’s 713 million U.S. Federal Census Records. Below you’ll see a list of the 25 databases that are now searchable for free at Ancestry.com/census.

• 1790-1940 United States Federal Census collections
• 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules
• 1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules
• 1890 Veterans Schedules
• Non-Population Schedules 1850-1880
• U.S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940
• U.S. Federal Census – 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes
• U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
• U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918
• U.S., Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940

Part of our celebration includes what we are calling The Ancestry.com Time Machine. This interactive experience allows you to see what a typical day would be like back in 1940. You can customize the experience by inputting a few of your interests, and it will create a video of what you may have experienced back in 1940. You can then share that video with your friends and family.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Matthew Deighton
Specialist, Public Relations
Ancestry.com

THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF YOUR GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Is your genealogical society struggling—membership down, attendance at monthly meetings sagging? It’s probably time to shake things up a bit:

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DAVID RUMSEY MAP COLLECTION

The David Rumsey Map Collection is one of the world's most comprehensive caches of rare and historic maps. There are more than 150,000 maps in the collection, some dating as early as 1700.

There are 33,000 digitized maps available to view at the David Rumsey Map Collection online. You can view them side-by-side in high resolution, or see them using Google Earth, Google Maps, Second Life and other online viewing tools:

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BE A GOOGLE POWER SEARCHER

The Google Gang will teach you how to be a Google Power Searcher—for free:

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MAGIC CATALOG

29,000 Project Gutenberg free e-books available in Kindle-compatible formats:

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WADE HALL & GREG SWEMM AMERICAN QUILTS COLLECTION

Online exhibit highlighting materials from the University of Alabama Libraries Collection:

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THERE ARE NO UNWOUNDED SOLDIERS

Soldiers from the very beginning have paid a psychological price for doing what they do and seeing what they see: for some of them, the price is too high:

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FGS ANNOUNCES NEW WEBSITE

For Immediate Release
August 29, 2012

More Than a New Look . . . An Engaging New Site for FGS Members and the Genealogy Community

August 29, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the debut of its newly revamped website to better serve FGS member societies and the genealogical community. The new site is ready in time for the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference in Birmingham, Alabama August 29 – September 1, 2012.

Based on the EasyNetSites platform, the new website ensures that FGS will be able to deliver timely and relevant content to its FGS member society leaders related to society management and trends in the genealogy industry.

Features include:

• Content organized based upon the FGS tagline “Learn, Connect, Succeed.”
• Members-Only content including back issues of FGS FORUM and Discussion Boards for genealogy society leaders to ask questions and exchange ideas about a variety of society management issues.
• Access various members-only review programs to review society by-laws, websites and newsletters.
• Free downloads including the FGS Voice archives as well as the Society Strategy Papers in PDF format.

In addition, FGS will implement a new on-line voting system later this year via its new website for the FGS Annual Elections.

FGS President Pat Oxley, in reviewing the improvements and added features, states: “There is an emphasis on providing more features for our members in the Members-Only Area. This includes the ability to submit events to the FGS Events Calendar and using the new Discussion Boards to exchange ideas on how to improve genealogy societies. I know that our members will be happy with not only the new layout and organization of the site, but the access to content and programs that FGS has always been known for in relation to genealogy society management.”

FGS members and the public are encouraged to visit and explore the new FGS website.

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
office@fgs.org

Sunday, August 26, 2012

THE C.S.S. ALABAMA DIGITAL COLLECTION

Digital versions of documents and images associated with the C.S.S. raiding ship Alabama:

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GOGS FALL GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

Greater Omaha Genealogical Society is sponsoring a Fall 2012 Workshop. Keynoter is John P. Colletta, Ph.D.

Place: Nebraska Methodist College, N. 87th & Burt Streets, Omaha, NB
Date: Saturday, 27 October 2012
Time: 9 AM-4:30 PM

Registration before September 28th gets an Early Bird Discount. For registration details, call 402-397-6555 or email them here.

Classes:

9:15-10:15—Immigration to America, Colonial Times to Post-World War II: Where Do Your Ancestors Fit In?

10:45-11:45—Passenger Arrival Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

12:00-1:15—Lunch break (Sandwich and a side, $4.00, with additional sides, snacks, and soft drinks available, or numerous restaurants nearby)

1:30-2:30—Naturalization Records, Colonial Times to Mid-20th Century

3:00-4:00—Turning Biographical Facts into Real Life Events: How to Build Historical Context

Between classes, registrants can ask Dr. Colletta questions, visit the Book Room or Bake Sale, or enter various raffle drawings.

BYLAWS WORKBOOK: A HANDBOOK FOR NEW & ESTABLISHED SOCIETIES, 2ND EDITION

August 22, 2012 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces the publication of the second edition of Bylaws Workbook: A Handbook for New & Established Societies, compiled by Marcia S. Lindley and revised by Roberta “Bobbi” King.

This workbook is designed to help societies create successful bylaws that prevent confusion, dissension, and disagreement. Whether large or small, new or established, societies can use this guide in planning, drafting, and implementing bylaws that guarantee a smooth-running organization. Whether a society realizes it or not, the most important document for its members is the bylaws. It is the only document that tells the members how the society is supposed to function.

The authors draw from their extensive experience in bylaws reviews and revisions to provide step-by-step guidance on all aspects of bylaws development, including detailed examples. They show genealogical societies as well as historical societies and family associations how to:

• Construct a solid bylaws plan
• Select the most appropriate bylaws language and format
• Utilize new technology for voting and board meetings
• Develop policy and procedure manuals
• Handle disciplinary actions quickly and competently
• Research considerations for incorporating

The book is available for purchase at Amazon.com ($4.99 + s/h). Copies of the book will be on display at the upcoming FGS 2012 Conference, Indians, Squatters, Settlers and Soldiers in the "Old Southwest" – to be held in Birmingham, Alabama 29 August to 1 September, 2012. Learn more at http://www.fgs.org.

About the Authors

Marcia S. Lindley, an active member of the Arizona State Genealogical Society, has served a variety of positions including president, vice president, director and member of the Editorial Board. She was responsible for leading a group of society members in an extensive review of their bylaws. She is a staff attorney with the Court of Appeals of the State of Arizona and holds degrees in history and law.

Roberta "Bobbi" King was for several years a member of the FGS board of directors as well as serving as Vice-President of Administration and parliamentarian. King is a member of the bylaws committee and the bylaws review committee, for which she has reviewed dozens of society bylaws. She is associated with several Colorado genealogical societies, as well as a member of the National Genealogical Society and the Association of Professional Genealogists. She was recipient of the APGQ Award of Excellence in 2008.

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.

STLGS NEWS FLASH

St. Louis Genealogical Society has an official blog (as of 7 June 2012):

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You can send them news of interest to StLGS members at publications@stlgs.org.

Friday, August 24, 2012

LEARNING TO LOVE MICROSOFT

Yes, they’re a giant corporation, and yes, they would really like to sell you stuff, but they also provide a lot of (fairly useful) free stuff:

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ENSLAVING THE FREE

This case concerning a Union Army colonel’s free servant who was captured by the Confederate Army and sold into slavery became a cause celebre in the North:

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SAM BASS, THE TRAIN ROBBER (1944)

Available full-text online: Sam Bass, the Train Robber: The Life of Texas' Most Popular Bandit (published under "Harvey N. Castleman" pseudonym; Girard, KS: Haldeman-Julius Publications, c1944), by Vance Randolph:

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TABBLES

You can “tag” music files with info like artist, album, composer, date, and genre. Why can’t you tag other types of files? Well, now you can!

Tabbles is a free download that tags files according to category, group, date – you name it. Every file can have multiple categories and tags.

This means, of course, that you will see the same document listed in multiple groups even though you have only one copy of that document on your hard drive. You can even share your "tabbles" online and over networks—did I mention that this is a free download?

Take a look:

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

THE HUNT FOR A HERO

Witold Pilecki was a genuine Polish hero: he volunteered to be sent to Auschwitz so that he could chronicle conditions there, managed to escape, and fought with the Polish underground until he was recaptured. He somehow managed to survive the war, but resisted the Soviet occupation and was arrested, killed, and buried in an unmarked grave by order of Josef Stalin. Now the hunt is on for Pilecki’s final resting place, so that he can be given the honors due to a Polish patriot:

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LEGIONS OF ROME: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY

The title is no exaggeration: if you are interested in the Roman Army (or know somebody who is), you are going to NEED this book:

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JEFFERSON COUNTY LIBRARY PLACES HISTORICAL PHOTOGRAPHS ONLINE

The Jefferson County Library seeks to spark interest in Jefferson County history by sharing its historical photographs on Flickr, a popular photo-sharing service. The wide range of photographs offer a compelling look at how county residents lived and worked in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Currently, the collection features over 300 photographs. They are arranged in sixty-eight sets. The images showcase the rich legacy of Jefferson County towns, schools, churches, organizations, and agricultural heritage.

“People enjoy viewing historical photos of their home town,” explained Christine Merseal, Genealogy Library Specialist of the Northwest Branch, who went on to say ”Individuals have donated these photographs over the years to the library. Local historian, Della Lang, has been a major contributor. She has donated wonderful images of the past. The library has also obtained photos from patrons who have one or two pictures of their ancestor in front of a one-room school house or a photograph of their family farm.”

The Special Collection at the Northwest Branch is seeking additional photographs to add to their online collection, on Flickr. A signed release of any photograph donated is required. Please contact Christine Merseal here or at 636-677-8186.

Currently, the Jefferson County Historical Photo Collection can be found here and also linked to the Jefferson County Library website.

Christine Merseal, CG
Library Specialist I --- Genealogy
Jefferson County Library
5680 State Rd. PP
High Ridge, MO 63049

Certified Genealogist and CG are proprietary service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board's associates.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

FREE KINDLE BOOKS ORG

Just what it says: a list of thousands of e-books available for free via Project Gutenberg (most classics/public domain, but much of it really great stuff). Clicking on an author takes you to a list of his/her titles available via Project Gutenberg—then click on a title, and you can immediately download a copy without switching to the Project Gutenberg site!

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ILLINOIS BLOG

If you live in Illinois, were born there, or visit there often, the Illinois Blog will be of special interest—it highlights places to go and things to do in the Land of Lincoln:

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