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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

MoSGA NEWSLETTERS ONLINE

All four of our newsletters for 2010, and the first three newsletters for 2011, are now available for viewing online:

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Even if you get a print copy of the newsletter, you may want to take a look, since links in the PDFs to websites and email addresses are live and clickable. There's also a membership application on the last page of each newsletter, just in case you aren't a member as yet of our very worthwhile organization!

HAMSTRUNG BY TIMELINE

Facebook’s new TimeLine feature will make it easier for users to ferret out any sensitive/embarrassing material you may have ever posted on your Facebook page. If you've ever posted spring break/drunken office party photos/etc., you may wish to “sanitize” your account before a prospective employer realizes what a party animal you are/were:

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MICROSOFT HEALTHVAULT

Microsoft wants you to have a secure place on line where you can store all your health information. They also offer tools to help you get organized and stay healthy--and it’s all free:

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NOTE: Sure, they have an interest in keeping you healthy—-you can then live a long life and buy many more Microsoft products. But it’s a really positive gesture on their part, just the same. Just remember to read the terms of service before posting any info on line—-like you should with any cloud computing service!

GOOGLE’S PRIVACY POLICY

They’re rolling out a new one soon. If you use Gmail or any of their other online services, it should be of interest to you:

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Monday, January 30, 2012

ONLINE DEATH RECORDS, INDEXES, AND OBITUARIES

Joe Beine has updated the links on his extremely useful website:

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THE REMAINS OF THE DAY

The Greenwich Village neighborhood in NYC, which is centered upon Washington Square Park, has always been a hotbed of creativity. Washington Square Park, however, was originally a potter’s field—and upwards of 20,000 indigent New Yorkers still lie buried beneath it:

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HELLUVA TOWN

Ever wondered why so many NYC place names incorporate the name of Satan’s own domicile? This blog post discusses Hell Gate, Hell’s Kitchen, and Hell’s Hundred Acres:

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

BREAKING THROUGH BRICK WALLS

How do you break through brick walls while researching your illustrious forebears? Among other things, get organized—-and don’t give up:

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THE GREAT OBITUARY HUNT

Helpful article on finding obits of interest by staffer Carmen Nigro of the New York Public Library:

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WILL THEY RETALIATE?

When the first slaves were freed by advancing Union forces, there was some fear on both sides that those slaves would be hungry to revenge themselves upon their former masters and upon white persons generally. In fact, as this blog post explains, former slaves generally were “just glad to be finally free”:

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AUTEUR, AUTEUR

Are you ready to try a video project like a reunion or vacation? Kim Komando has some tips for buying the right camcorder:

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Thursday, January 05, 2012

CARRY IT WITH YOU

Need portable apps you can add to a thumb drive or other portable device? Wikipedia offers a long list (last updated 22 Dec 2011):

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GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, 2012

Randy Seaver’s lengthy list of genealogical goals and objectives:

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MAY A MAN MARRY HIS DECEASED WIFE'S SISTER?

It must have been legal; I've encountered numerous examples in researching 19th century ancestors!

Full text at Hathi Trust:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

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

1. Catalogue of the Names and Residences of the Members of the North Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, Mo., January 1870
2. Manual of the North Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Mo., 1906
3. Directory: North Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Mo., 1915
4. Medical Scrapbooks, 1910s-1960s
5. One Hundredth Anniversary of Old Trinity Lutheran Church, 1839-1939
6. Yearbook of the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church (1897-1898)
7. A Brief Chronicle of the Rise and Progress of Baptist Development in St. Louis Association from 1800-1922
8. Yearbook of the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church (1901-1902)
9. Yearbook of the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church (1907)
10. Weick Brothers Undertaking Company Records, 1911-1968

THE DEADLIEST CIVIL WAR PRISONS

Which Civil War prisons had the highest mortality rates?

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HOW MANY PEOPLE DIED DURING THE CIVIL WAR?

New estimates raise the estimate quite a bit higher than was previously thought:

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NOTE: The new estimates also raise the estimates of numbers of widows and orphans created by this bloody war.

A NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION

Make this the year you publish that family history/local history/regimental history you’ve been working on:

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