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Friday, April 27, 2012

MoSGA 2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

We are proud to announce

MoSGA’s 2012 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
July 13 and 14, 2012

STONEY CREEK INN
Columbia, Missouri

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL, has presented in more than thirty states. She is co-coordinator for two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy courses (Researching in Washington, D.C., Without Leaving Home and All About Land), coordinator for Samford University’s IGHR Techniques and Technology course, and former instructor in Boston University’s Genealogical Research Program. She co-authored Online Roots: How to Discover Your Family’s History and Heritage with the Power of the Internet (Nashville, Tenn.: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003) and Research in Missouri (Washington, D.C.: NGS, 1999, 2007), penned the FGS FORUM’s Digitools column for five years, and was editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly. Sayre was director of education and publications for the National Genealogical Society, and she served on the board of both NGS and FGS. Pam holds a Bachelor of University Studies with emphasis in English, Sociology, and History from Eastern New Mexico University, and completed some work toward a Masters in Computer Information Systems at Bentley College, Waltham, Massachusetts. She is a life member of the honorary society, Phi Kappa Phi. In her life before genealogy, Pam was a software documentation specialist and trainer, a personnel administrator, and a police detective.

Rick Sayre, CG, is a longtime researcher, lecturer and writer. His areas of interest include urban research methodology, mapping tools for genealogists, military records, immigration, the Ohio River Valley, and Western Pennsylvania, and he has lectured about these topics to genealogical societies across the United States. He is co-coordinator for two Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy courses (Researching in Washington, D.C., Without Leaving Home and All About Land), coordinator for Samford’s IGHR Land Mapping: Using Maps course, and he teaches in IGHR’s Advanced Methodology, Advanced Military, and Techniques and Technology courses. Rick is a member of the board of the Virginia Genealogical Society and a former vice president of the National Capital Area Chapter of APG. A retired military officer who served 31 years in the U.S. Army, he holds an M.A. in Management Information Systems from George Washington University. He has returned to government service working for the Defense Department as a civilian.

More info? Go here.

ATTENTION AUTHORS!

The MoSGA Library program is seeking complimentary copies of recently published family histories, local histories, county histories, and any other books relevant to genealogists. Every book will be reviewed in the MoSGA Journal, and a copy of the review will be sent to the author.

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

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

For more information contact Jean Foster Kelley, MoSGA Library Director, at jean@fosterkelley.com. Book donations may be mailed to MoSGA Library Director, P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833.

GERMAN GENEALOGY: A TWO DAY MINI-COURSE IS BACK!

The Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library is presenting its extremely popular two-day mini-course in German Genealogy on June 7 & 8, 2012, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. This workshop is an excellent introduction for researchers with little or no experience in German records, and covers basic sources and techniques that lead to success. Instructors John Beatty and Steve Myers will cover the following topics:

1. An Introduction to German Genealogical Research
2. Using German Church Records
3. Advancing Your Research with the “PERiodical Source Index" (PERSI)
4. German Maps, Gazetteers & Other Important Printed Sources
5. Swiss Genealogical Records
6. Palatines Along the Hudson: Researching 18th Century Settlers on Livingston Manor.

There will be a tour of The Genealogy Center and assisted research time on both days.

Space is limited, so register now to avoid disappointment!

Registration is $50 (Please make check payable to: "ACPL Foundation").
Cancellation after May 24, 2012 will incur a $20 administrative fee.

For more information and the registration packet, go here.

Monday, April 16, 2012

NARA-KC TO HOST JAMES SPAWN FOR CRIME IN THE 1930S

The National Archives at Kansas City will host James Spawn on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. for a lecture titled Running with Bonnie and Clyde: The Red Crown Affair. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event. Attendees are encouraged to view the “They’re Not Going to Get Me:” Crime in the 1930s exhibition prior to the lecture.

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, along with Buck and Blanche Barrow and young W. D. Jones were surrounded by a coalition of 13 local lawmen, yet the criminals found a way to escape. One lawman said "it sounded like 10 Fourths of July" when the bullets flew. This was the scene at the Red Crown Tavern and Tourist Camp on July 20, 1933, located near present day Kansas City International Airport at Cookingham Road and U.S. Interstate 29. Spawn will include documents and photographs that explain who participated and what really happened in Platte County in 1933.

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

James Spawn attended Brown Institute of Radio Broadcasting and Electronics in Minneapolis and after serving in the U.S. Air Force. Later he became involved in association management, which included publication of magazines. Currently, he is the editor of The Restorer magazine, the official publication of the Model-A Ford Club of America. He has won numerous awards from the International Automotive Media Awards, the Livestock Publications Council and other organizations; additionally he is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians. Spawn was awarded the Governor's Spotlight Award in 2008 from the Missouri Department of Tourism for his work in developing his Bonnie and Clyde lecture and events in conjunction with Midwest antique car enthusiasts. He also was awarded the 2010 Betty Soper Award by the Platte County Historical Society for his direction of erecting and dedicating the Red Crown Historical Marker that denotes the site of the shootout with the infamous Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

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.

THE MARINE CORPS IN WWI

Heavily illustrated guide to Marine Corps involvement in the War to End All Wars:

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AMERICAN VOLUNTEERS IN THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION, 1914-1917

Everything you could possibly wish to know about American volunteers in this French military organization:

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WORLD WIDE WEB--VIRTUAL LIBRARY: WORLD WAR I

Links, links, and more links on the War to End All Wars:

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SLAUGHTER OF THE SURRENDERED

Was the killing of men who had already thrown down their arms a common thing during World War I? A British general in his memoirs argued that it was, but a blogger writing about that book disagrees:

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Friday, April 13, 2012

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS

Their website includes online exhibits, news & events calendar, teacher resources, and online store with gifts for your ex-Marine/Marine wannabe:

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TEXAS MILITARY MUSEUM

Covering the history of Texas armed forces from 1823 to the present day:

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JEANNE d'ARC IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR

She didn’t actually participate in WWI, but you wouldn’t know it from all the images of the Maid of Orleans used to encourage the French populace to support the war effort:

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THE 1940 US CENSUS- TWO WEEKS LATER

Greetings!

Join us for the next episode of FGS Radio - My Society, an Internet radio show on Blog talk Radio presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

Saturday, 14 April 2012, 1 PM (CST)

This week's episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled The 1940 US Census- Two Weeks Later. Our guests will be Amy Johnson Crow, Genealogical Content Manager at Archives.com and D. Joshua Taylor, Business Development Manager, North America at FindMyPast. Together we will be talking about the impact of the release of the 1940 US Census, the status of the indexing project and the future of genealogical collaboration. We will also be featuring FGS member society, Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society, in our weekly Society Spotlight feature.

Tune in to FGS Radio - My Society each week to learn more about genealogy societies and join in a discussion of the issues impacting the genealogical community.

Click this link to set a reminder or to tune in:

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Thomas MacEntee, Marketing & Public Relations
Federation of Genealogical Societies

ALL WWII CONTENT FREE THRU APRIL 30 ON FOLD3.COM

In 1940, Americans were recovering from the Great Depression and on the brink of entering a world war. The recently released 1940 U.S. Census gives us data snapshots of people and families poised between two of the most devastating world-wide events of the 20th century.

After you locate someone in the 1940 Census (on Ancestry.com), use that information to find records on Fold3, especially within the World War II Collection.

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Then build their personal histories with images and other details you've discovered. .

Examples of what you might find include: .

• "Old Man's Draft" Registration Cards. Any man between the ages of 43 and 62 in 1940 would be required to register in 1942. It's called the "Old Man's" draft because it was a registration of an older generation with skills that would be useful on the home front, not in military action. (Hint: You can also use the addresses on these cards to help you search for people on the census before the index has been created.) .
• Missing Air Crew Reports recount riveting tales of planes shot down with and without survivors. Some of these reports include names and addresses of family members back home, as in this example for the men in this crash report. .
• War Diaries are official Navy accounts of command units' strategies and actions in battles on land, sea, and air, as well as between engagements. .
• European Theater Army Records. Shortly after the 1940 census, millions of Americans were serving in Great Britain and Europe. These records include virtually all administrative and strategic documents relating to U.S. operations in the European Theater during World War II. .

There are also many compelling records and images within WWII Photos, the Interactive USS Arizona Memorial, WWII Hero Pages, and Holocaust Records. Pair the people you find in the 1940 Census to their service in World War II through documents, pages, and photos in Fold3's World War II Collection.

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THE TITANIC DISASTER ON FOLD3.COM

The following info on some Titanic survivors is available on subscription service Fold3.com:

When the RMS Titanic sank on April 15, 1912, the disaster altered the world on many levels. Even now, 100 years later, the legacy of the Titanic still fascinates. The stories of those who survived and those who perished continue to be revealed. .

At least four male survivors of a certain age (15-35 years old in 1912) lived to 1942 when they were required to register for the "Old Man's Draft" in World War II. They completed and signed registration cards with their personal information: .

• Dickenson Bishop .
• Albert Francis Caldwell .
• George Achilles Harder.
• William Bertram Greenfield .

The last on the list, William Bertram Greenfield, accompanied his mother Blanche on the Titanic. They both survived and are enumerated with their family members and servants in the 1930 census. .

Millionaire Isidor Straus and his wife perished with the ship. Isidor, as a young man, is listed in the 1860 census in Georgia. He and his father reportedly ran blockades for the Confederacy in the Civil War with their dry goods business. In 1888, Straus became part owner of Macy's department store in New York City. .

Francis D. Millet, another Titanic victim, was a renowned sculptor. When only 17, he was a drummer for 100 days in the 16th Massachusetts Regiment. His father, Asa Millet, served briefly in 1861 as an Army surgeon but left due to ill health. While there are no documents on Fold3 for either service, Asa Millet's signature appears in the Civil War "Widows' Pensions" three times. Once in his role as a physician providing an affidavit, and twice witnessing signatures of widows Julia A. Saunders and Sarah B. Gould. .

Like his son, Asa appears to have traveled abroad as evidenced by two passport applications. One in 1855 and another in 1873, both with particulars of his physical features, including that he had no sight in his right eye. Francis' great grandfather, Thomas Millet, fought in the Revolutionary War. His pension file is on Fold3.

Although he perished aboard the Titanic, Francis left a legacy to U.S. military history. He designed the now obsolete Civil War Campaign Medal. It was issued to Union or Confederate soldiers and sailors for service during the war. .

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

THE BOER WAR: AUSTRALIANS AND THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA (1899-1902)

Available full-text online:

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FACTS AND FALSEHOODS CONCERNING THE WAR ON THE SOUTH, 1861-1865 (1904)

Available full-text online:

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DIGITAL CONTINUITY PLAN

National Archives (AUS) has worked out a Digital Continuity Plan for ensuring that government records in digital format remain available (and readable) in the future:

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ORGANIZED HELL

During the 20th century, approximately 50 million persons were killed in wars. Seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Then try comparing it to the figure of approximately 170 million persons deliberately murdered by their own governments during that same time period:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

GREATER STL BOOK FAIR

It's that time again, all you lovers of the printed word! :

Every book lover who lives in the greater St. Louis area should try to visit this book fair. There is always something for everyone: children's books; reference books; craft books; genre fiction; and often non-fiction items like county and local histories that would certainly interest genealogists. The prices are quite reasonable, too! :

Mark your calendars, and bring one or more sturdy bags to carry your loot home in—you’ll need them! :

The 2012 Greater St. Louis Book Fair is held at West County Center (intersection of I-270 and Manchester Road in Des Peres, MO). It opens at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 26th, and runs through Sunday, April 29th. For complete information, please check their web site: :

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CLARA BARTON’S SECRET WAR

What was she fighting? Crippling depression:

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What caused Ms. Barton’s depression? Heredity certainly played a role

MAROONS RETURN FROM EXILE

What was a maroon? An escaped slave who chose to live in hiding in the state where he escaped, rather than try to make it to Canada:

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CIVIL WAR COAST SURVEY MAPS

NOAA has made the Civil War Coast Survey maps available here:

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NOTE: Maps can be viewed online and/or downloaded.

Monday, April 09, 2012

SCRIBUS

A powerful (but free) open-source desktop publishing application:

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If you need a little help getting started, you can watch Scribus Video Tutorials:

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ANCESTRY.COM 1940 CENSUS UPDATE

We’re thrilled to announce that we just posted our first 1940 U.S. Census indexes online—two complete states, Nevada and Delaware.

This is only the start. You’ll also find every 1940 U.S Census image, all 3.8 million of them. And as we continue to update our collection, you’ll find more tools to help you make discoveries, including an enumeration-district finder and a FREE downloadable guide for locating your family in the 1940 U.S. Census images.

There’s plenty more to come in the coming weeks and months as we continue to add indexes for more states. So stay tuned and spread the word: Ancestry.com is the home of the 1940 U.S. Census!

Crista Cowan
Community Alliance Manager
Ancestry.com

A BURDEN TOO HEAVY TO BEAR

Did Confederate soldiers commit suicide more frequently than Union soldiers? One blogger thinks the answer is likely yes:

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WHITE PAGES NEIGHBORS

Want to know who your neighbors are? This useful (if you’re just a nosy neighbor) and scary (if you’re a stalker or other weirdo) site tells you!

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NOTE: I now know that the real first name of a man I’ve called Dan for 20 years is actually Jermaine (middle name Daniel)!

Friday, April 06, 2012

StLGS ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE

The St. Louis Genealogical Society's annual family history conference will take place Saturday, April 28, at the Maryland Heights Centre. The event will include presentations on getting started in genealogy, techniques for locating your ancestor's European origins, St. Louis court records, researching German ancestors, genealogical software programs, and more. The conference will also include many vendors.

Visit the St. Louis Genealogical Society's website for more details.

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM WORKSHOPS

PHOTO PRESERVATION

Learn how to identify, date, and preserve your historic family photographs. Techniques for organization and presentation will also be discussed.

When: Monday, April 30, 2012, 9:30 am

Where: Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center (225 S. Skinker, across from Forest Park)

How much: $10 per person; $5 for Museum members. Reservations required; call 314-746-4510.

GENEALOGY 101

Join associate archivist Dennis Northcott for an introduction to the genealogical resources available at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center.

When: Saturday, May 5, 2012, 9:30 am

Where: Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center (225 S. Skinker, across from Forest Park)

How much: $10 per person; $5 for Museum members. Reservations required; call 314-746-4510.

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

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

1. The Falstaff Shield, 1952-1969 (incomplete run)

2. Program for the Eleventh Annual Charity Ball given for the benefit of Mary Ryder Homes for Women and Girls, January 15, 1944

3. Annual Report of the Board of Police Commissioners of the City of St. Louis, 1872-1945 (incomplete run)

4. Directory, St. George's Church, Olive and Pendleton Aves., St. Louis, Mo., 1925

5. Portfolio of Breweries and Kindred Plants Designed & Erected by E. Jungenfeld & Co., circa 1892

6. Program of the Seventieth Anniversary of Polar Star Lodge Number 79, A.F. & A.M., 1916

THE YOUNG HOUSEWIFE’S COUNSELLOR AND FRIEND (1875)

Available full-text online; bills itself as “containing directions in every department of housekeeping, including the duties of wife and mother”:

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Thursday, April 05, 2012

1940 CENSUS NEWS FROM ANCESTRY.COM

I don’t know about you, but I personally haven’t been sleeping well. But this is a good thing—I’m up all night and bleary-eyed from scrolling through brand-new census pages and looking at enumeration maps. How about you? Who have you found so far?

There are a few things we really want to make sure you know are available:

YouTube

We have been doing live video demos all week to help people navigate the 1940 census. We archived those videos on our YouTube channel. We covered how to find an address for your family, how to use the enumeration district maps to determine the ED of that address, and how to browse directly to the images. Please feel free to share these videos when your friends ask questions.

Facebook

The 1940 census is attracting plenty of new genealogists to our ranks. That means our Facebook page is swarming with questions and comments from new users. Please help them feel welcome. Sometimes it may seem like we are answering the same questions over and over, but remember, for these people, this is brand-new information. Be welcoming! Be encouraging! (Plus, you never know when you may discover one of them is your cousin.)

Also, be sure to check the Events tab on our Facebook page so you can join us for additional Livestream broadcasts and Tweetchats in the coming weeks.

Sticky Notes

If you haven’t visited our Sticky Notes blog, we invite you to do so. We’ve posted some tips and tricks for navigating the census images. Our employees have also been posting stories about who they are looking for and who they have found in the 1940 Census. Now, we want to hear your stories and if you have pictures of the people or places you are looking for, please email them to 1940stories@ancestry.com so we can post them to our 1940 Stories section and possibly to our interactive map, too.

What’s Next

Once all images are uploaded, we’ll move the focus to creating a searchable index for all 132 million records. (FYI, this process has been underway since we picked up the images at 12:01 a.m. Monday) As soon as the first state is ready, we will let you know. In the meantime, we want to know what questions you have and what questions you are hearing from your friends and followers. Please submit them to ask@ancestry.com and put “1940 FAQ” in the subject line. Based on your questions, we will create a Frequently Asked Questions document that can be shared.

Thanks for joining us on this exciting 1940 census journey! Now, try to get some sleep.

Crista Cowan
Community Alliance Manager, Ancestry.com

PS: We should have every 1940 Census page, all 3.8 million of them, online on Ancestry.com sometime tomorrow (latest ETA is by 2 p.m. Eastern Friday – maybe sooner).

THE UNSUNG HERO OF SHILOH

He was from St. Joseph, Missouri, and by defying orders he prevented the total collapse of the Union line on the first day of the Battle of Shiloh:

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GRAMPS

Free, open-source genealogy software:

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Note: What can Gramps do for you? Find out here:

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MUNSEY’S

Frank Munsey published pulp fiction in the late 19th and early 20th century in this magazine—and many issues are now available full-text online:

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A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PERSONAL COMPUTER (2006)

Time doesn’t march these days—it sprints! This book list seems positively antique, and yet was first published only 6 years ago:

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NOTE: If you’re writing a history or researching the history of the personal computer, on the other hand, you’ll find it invaluable…

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

WOMEN OF THE WAR by BARBARA McLAREN (1917)

About British nursing and hospital care during WWI; available full-text online:

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

FROM BATTLEFIELDS RISING

Book Discussion and Signing with Randall Fuller
Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The Civil War's dramatic effect on American literature will be examined during a special program on Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. This Civil War Sesquicentennial presentation in the Museum's Union Theater is free and open to the public, but reservations must be made by calling (217) 558-8934. A book signing will follow.

The program will be presented by Randall Fuller, author of From Battlefields Rising: How The Civil War Transformed American Literature. Fuller's book and talk explore the profound impact of the war on writers including Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, and Frederick Douglass. Whitman was deeply affected by his years spent ministering to wounded soldiers, and his later works reflected it. Dickinson suffused the anguish of war in poems she wrote from afar. Meanwhile, Hawthorne temporarily ceased writing as he was overwhelmed by reading military reports and talking with soldiers. The Civil War forever changed America's early idealism, and consequently its literature, into something far different than it had been before the war.

THE BATTLE OF SHILOH

A Civil War Presentation with Dr. Mark DePue
Thursday, April 5, 2012


"The Battle of Shiloh”—third in a series of military history programs featuring the major battles of the Civil War, will be held Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Union Theater at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum (ALPLM) in Springfield. The program is part of Illinois’ observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Dr. Mark DePue, ALPLM historian, will offer a power point presentation on the Shiloh campaign that will feature quotes from Civil War veterans, maps, photographs and illustrations, with a question and answer session following the presentation. The program is free and open to the public, but advance reservations are requested and can be made by calling (217) 558-8934.

1940 CENSUS AVAILABLE FOR FREE ON ANCESTRY.COM

The National Archives and Records Administration opened the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2, 2012—the first time this collection has been made available to the public. As we receive the census, we will upload census images to our site so the public can browse them. Initially, this collection will be what we call a browse-only collection. This means a person can scroll through the pages of the census districts much like you would look at a microfilm or a book. At the same time, we will be working behind the scenes to create an index of the census that will eventually allow people to search for their family members by name as they currently can with all other censuses on Ancestry.com. Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on Ancestry.com.

By the way, two key questions people have are:

1. How long will the upload process take?
2. When will my state be ready?


Unfortunately, until we start the process we have no idea exactly how long it will be before all images or a specific state can be uploaded. We like to use this analogy: think about how long it takes to upload all the images on a memory card onto a home computer. Now imagine that memory card holds 3.8 million, very-high-definition images. You get the picture.

GETTING STARTED WORKSHOP AT ACPL

The Allen County Genealogical Society of Indiana is delighted to offer "Getting Started in Family History & Genealogy Research," on Saturday April 14, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, in Meeting Rooms A & B.

This three-hour workshop will be presented by Margery Graham, who continues to get rave reviews on her classes and seminars. She will demonstrate how to begin a family history search, how to gather and organize information to produce the best results, and how to employ basic research methods. The workshop will end with a tour of The Genealogy Center. The fee is $10 and pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain more information, contact Marge at 260-672-2585 or by email.

INTRODUCTION TO THE 1940 CENSUS AT ACPL

At last, the 1940 Census will be available online for free on Monday, April 2, at 9 a.m. from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website. Shortly after appearing on the NARA site, the 1940 census will be available at Archives.com, FamilySearch.org, and Ancestry.com. The indexing process will begin immediately, but it will be months before the entire 1940 census index is completed.

While you are waiting for the name indices, you will need to search page by page for your ancestors. The Genealogy Center is offering to assist you with this searching through our "Introduction to the 1940 Census" class being offered twice in the first week of April. The class will provide information and tips on narrowing your search. Sessions are available on Monday, April 2, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B and Saturday, April 7, 10:00- 11:00 a.m., in Meeting Rooms A & B. For more information, go here.

Please register for either of these classes by calling 260-421-1225 or email us here.

COMPREHENSIVE DATABASE OF THE 1940 CENSUS

University of Minnesota researchers will collaborate with Ancestry.com to create the most comprehensive database of the 1940 Census:

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (4/2/12) – A collaboration between the University of Minnesota and Ancestry.com will create the largest database of detailed information about people and their households ever made available for scientific research. The National Archives and Records Administration today released images of the enumeration manuscripts from the 1940 Census of Population. The Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota will leverage a substantial investment by Ancestry.com in digitizing information on the entire population of the United States.

The database will include all of the information collected on the 132 million Americans recorded in the Census of 1940. The project will involve transcription of 7.8 billion keystrokes of data describing the demographic and economic characteristics of all individuals, families, households, and group quarters present in the United States in 1940. This database will be an extraordinary new resource for economists, demographers, geographers, epidemiologists, other social science and health researchers, and the general public.

Ancestry.com has extensive experience in converting historical census records into a searchable format. The company will oversee the keying of the 1940 census records and expects the data indexed will help answer important questions related to population and health.

"This joint project represents the largest single collaboration ever conducted between the genealogy and academic research communities,” said Dan Jones, vice president of Global Content for Ancestry.com. “We are proud of our relationship with the University of Minnesota and the many federal agencies who are contributing to this effort. It is a privilege to make what will be the most complete index of the 1940 Census freely available to researchers throughout the country."

The 1940 census was far richer and more detailed than any previous census. Many of the core concepts of today’s American Community Survey—such as educational attainment, migrations status, labor force status, wage and salary income, hours worked per week, weeks worked last year, and veteran status—made their first appearance on the 1940 census. The critical timing of the 1940 Census at the end of the depression and beginning of World War II will make this database an important baseline for studies of social and economic change in the twentieth century.

Capturing 100 percent of the U.S. population recorded in the census, the 1940 database will be significantly larger than any other census datasets created for social science and health research. These datasets normally only include a 1-10 percent sample of the population, and many studies are hindered by these small samples. The new database will allow much richer studies of small populations in 1940, such as Dust Bowl migrants to California, Native Americans, and working mothers with young children.

Researchers will also be able to link recent economic and health surveys and mortality records to the 1940 database. These linkages will allow researchers to study the impact of early life conditions—including socioeconomic status, parental education, and family structure—on later health and mortality. In addition to individual and family information, the database will provide contextual information on childhood neighborhood characteristics, labor-market conditions, and environmental conditions.

“Existing research has shown a powerful relationship between family financial well-being in childhood and health in later life,” said Steven Ruggles, director of the Minnesota Population Center. “With the 1940 data linked to recent surveys, researchers will be better able to test and understand this relationship.”

The data will be intensively used by thousands of scholars, and will form a permanent and substantial element of the nation’s statistical infrastructure. The impact of the microdata will be especially profound in the areas of aging, health, and population. According to Ruggles, “The 1940 data have the potential to transform our understanding of the effects of early life conditions on health and well-being, multigenerational mobility, the spatial organization of human activity across multiple scales, and the dramatic shifts in American demographic and economic behavior since the mid-twentieth century.”

All numerically-coded fields in the database will be made freely available to the scientific community and the public. Data and documentation will be distributed through the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) data access system (www.ipums.org). The IPUMS data access system pioneered web-based distribution of large-scale datasets and the Minnesota Population Center continues to innovate at the cutting edge of information technology. The system offers capabilities for navigating database documentation, defining datasets, constructing customized variables that capitalize on the individual and household information in the census, and adding neighborhood information.

The project will be supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Aging and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute for Child Health and Human Development. The project also benefits from investments and support by the National Archives and Records Administration and the U.S. Census Bureau.

About the Minnesota Population Center

The Minnesota Population Center (MPC) is a University-wide interdisciplinary cooperative for demographic research. The MPC serves more than 80 faculty members and research scientists from eight colleges and institutes at the University of Minnesota. As a leading developer and disseminator of demographic data, MPC also serves a broader audience of some 50,000 demographic researchers worldwide.

About Ancestry.com

Ancestry.com Inc. (Nasdaq:ACOM) is the world's largest online family history resource, with more than 1.7 million paying subscribers. More than 8 billion records have been added to the site in the past 15 years. Ancestry users have created more than 33 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized websites designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family history.

Monday, April 02, 2012

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: MoSGA PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR

The MoSGA Nominating Committee seeks an individual to serve on the Board as the Association’s Public Relations Director. The Public Relations Director is responsible for promoting the Association’s objectives and goals through all available media, including print, sign, display, bulletin-board, broadcast and internet sources. See MoSGA Standing Rule No. 16 for more specific information.

The MoSGA Board meets in Columbia four times per year: February, May, November, and at the summer conference. Board members are expected to attend board meetings or send a report if unable to attend in person. Board members must belong to MoSGA, but need not live in the state of Missouri. The term of office is two years, beginning at this year’s July conference.

If you are interested in this position or would like to nominate someone, please contact Rob Taylor or Evie Bresette.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: MoSGA NOMINATING COMMITTEE

The MoSGA Nominating Committee seeks an individual to serve as the third member of the Association’s Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee is responsible for submitting a slate of candidates for specified elected Board positions that are to stand for election each year. The Committee consists of three members of the Association, each elected for a three year term on a staggered basis.

The MoSGA Board meets in Columbia four times per year: February, May, November, and at the summer conference. Board members are expected to attend board meetings or send a report if unable to attend in person. Board members must belong to MoSGA, but need not live in the state of Missouri. The term of office for the Nominating Committee is three years, beginning at this year’s July conference.

If you are interested in this position or would like to nominate someone, please contact Rob Taylor or Evie Bresette.

LULU.COM BOOK SALE

Lulu.com (an on-line self-publishing company) is offering buyers special discounts from now until April 6, 2012. No special coupon or code is required. Just add a book to your shopping cart to see what special discount you'll receive on that item. You will find many offerings on genealogy and local history. You can preview books of interest to help determine if you are really interested. You may cancel your order at any time prior to selection of payment method.

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PRESERVATION MATTERS

Have you collected or inherited valuable family papers, photographs, or heirlooms? Do you have questions about how to store and preserve these family treasures? If so, you’ll want to stop by the free, all day Preservation Matters event on Saturday, May 5, at the National Archives at Kansas City.

Professionals from the National Archives, University of Kansas Stannard Conservation Lab, and Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology will be available to answer your questions about how to preserve and record your family memories. Attendees will hear advice on a variety of preservation specialties, such as print photographs, scrapbooks, quilts, and other unique heirlooms. There will also be sessions on oral history techniques and tips on how to organize your genealogy research. Attendees are welcome to come and go as they please, so stop by for one presentation or all.

Space is limited: those interested in attending should register by phone at 816-268-8000 or should email us here.

DIVIDED LOYALTIES LECTURE SERIES

The following program will be offered during April in conjunction with the Divided Loyalties exhibition:

Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. – Missouri at War: The Battles of Boonville and Wilson’s Creek presented by Dr. Terry Beckenbaugh. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede the event.

To make a reservation for this free event, call 816-268-8010 or email us here.

WORKSHOPS AT NARA-KC

The National Archives at Kansas City will be offering three free genealogy workshops in April:

Introduction to the 1940 Census
Monday, April 2 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Monday, April 2 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

On April 2, 2012, the 1940 Census will celebrate its 72nd birthday and become available to researchers for the first time. Learn what questions were asked, what is new since the 1930 Census, and what you need to know in order to successfully search for your ancestors. Explore what your ancestors’ lives were like in 1940 by discovering this “new” record.

Introduction to Bureau of Indian Affairs Records
Friday, April 27 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The National Archives holds an amazing assortment of government-created records detailing the lives of a variety of American Indian tribes. Each tribe has a unique set of documents pertaining to its members. These records include: allotment, annuity, land, census, student case files, and more.

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