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Saturday, July 28, 2012

LASTPASS

Password manager that encrypts your passwords locally for extra security. Basic version is free--Last Pass Premium adds features you may want for $12:

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CIVIL WAR KIDS 150

Recently published book (by the Civil War Trust) that provides 50 age-appropriate activities to help interest 8-12 year-olds in the Civil War:

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DUOLINGO

Want to learn French, Spanish, or German for free? Try Duolingo:

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HOBZY

Share examples of your hobby artistry with other hobbyists:

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

THE LORD HELPS THEM WHAT HELPS THEIRSELVES

Slaves didn’t always wait for the passing Union Army to liberate them—sometimes they used the mere proximity of the Union Army to demand wages for work they had previously been doing without compensation:

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NORTHERN EXPOSURE

What was the northernmost incursion of the Confederate Army during the Civil War? That depends—do you mean uniformed Confederate soldiers, irregulars in civilian clothes, or guerrillas dressed in Union Army uniforms?

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AREN’T YOU THAT GUY WHO WET HIS PANTS?

Was being in the D-Day landing a scary experience? A guy who was there says he wet his pants—more than once, actually—and who can blame him?

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ARE KILLER DRONES ACTUALLY LIFESAVERS?

Are the predator drones the Obama administration uses to target terrorists actually saving the lives of many innocent civilians?

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

TABLETS COMPARISON

Comparison of the features of various tablets in easy-to-follow chart format:

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TOP TEN CIVIL WAR DESTINATIONS

The best places for modern-day travelers to experience our Civil War:

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WORTHMONKEY

What’s that older tech gadget worth? Worthmonkey knows:

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BIG DATA

What is Big Data-—is it our friend, or our enemy?

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SAVE THE ACS!

The decision of the House of Representatives to KO the ACS (American Community Survey) is short-sighted—and may cripple our chances for economic recovery:

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Friday, July 20, 2012

MoSGA'S ANNUAL AWARDS

Click "Annual Awards" in the left-hand column for info and photos about our Annual Awards to the Genealogical Community (special congrats to fellow long-time MoSGA Board member Rob Taylor, who truly earned his award):

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CONFEDERATE FUNNY MONEY

It was worthless when the war ended, but some of it is now worth much more than its face value:

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THE LINCOLN LOG

Day-by-day chronology of the life of our 16th president:

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MICROSOFT BASELINE SECURITY ANALYZER 2.2

How secure is your computer? Microsoft wants to help you keep your Windows OS up-to-date and problem-free—and it will analyze your situation for free:

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NARA-KC GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer the following genealogy workshop, Researching African American Genealogy, on Saturday, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:
Researching African American Genealogy

Saturday, July 21, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join researcher and author, Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, as she teaches about genealogy research strategies and resources to help explore African American family history. The class will examine online resources, case studies, and use hands-on examples. Beginners and experienced family historians are welcome. Participants will have an opportunity to share information, conduct independent research, and consult with specialists in African American genealogy. Dr. Witherspoon will sign copies of her book, Researching Slave Ancestry; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Books must be pre-ordered prior to the event.

Dr. Dorothy Witherspoon, a member of the National Genealogy Society and founding member of the Midwest African American Genealogy Interest Coalition (MAGIC), has conducted workshops for many organizations. In 1990, she published The Homecoming, a book about her family’s history, which is now in its second printing. Her second book, Researching Slave Ancestry, is designed to help African American families explore their roots, and develop an appreciation for the rich diversity of people’s lives.

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:

www.archives.gov/central-plains/kansas-city.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WUNDERLIST

Free and simple task manager, with versions available for Windows, Mac, and mobile:

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THE FTC AND ID THEFT

The FTC offers advice for preventing it—and recovering if it should happen:

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THE BOHEMIANS

Available full-text online:

Chase, Edith Fowler. The Bohemians: A Study of the "Land of the Cup and the Book." New York.: F. H. Revell Co., c. 1914.

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HISTORY OF THE 313th INFANTRY IN WORLD WAR II

Available full-text online:

Wood, Sterling A.. History of the 313th Infantry In World War II. Washington: Infantry Journal Press, 1947.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS ON THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM WEBSITE

The Missouri History Museum's Genealogy and Local History Index is a valuable resource for St. Louis family history research, but it's not the only place to look. Join associate archivist Dennis Northcott for an in-depth look at the many catalogs and guides on the Missouri History Museum website.

When: Saturday, August 25, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum in Forest Park
How much: This lecture is free. No reservations are required.

View the schedule of genealogy and house history workshops and lectures for 2012.

MANUALS ONLINE

Just what it says—more than 300,000 user manuals for more than 5,000 brands available for free online:

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CONFEDERATES’ SWAMP FOX

Article on Missouri Confederate M. Jeff Thompson:

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THE BULLETS HISSED LIKE A SEETHING SEA…

Certainly, that was how Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain recollected the experience of his regiment at the Battle of Fredericksburg:

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RESEARCH LINKS

Evie Bresette has been adding all kinds of ‘Research Links’ to the new MoSGA website. You will find the “Research Links” button in the left-hand navigation bar. Click it, then select a category in the “Research Links” drop down menu (there are 20 different categories). There are numerous links there for the whole U.S., plus some foreign links. Evie will be adding links on a continuous basis:

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Friday, July 13, 2012

FREE PRINTABLE STATIONERY

Yes, persons/corporations still need on occasion to write letters, and this website offers 279 different formats that can be downloaded, personalized, and printed:

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TOM’S SUPER SITES

Did you know that you can use Google Sites to easily and quickly create a web page that includes all your most frequently used websites? I've put one together that covers Missouri and Illinois genealogy websites that I use frequently. I modestly call it Tom's Super Sites:

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Did I mention that it's free?

DOWN WITH ABOLITION

It wasn’t universally embraced by Northerners:

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DAVID HUNTER’S CONTRABAND ARMY

Union Army General David Hunter was a devout abolitionist. When President Lincoln and Congress didn’t act as quickly as he would have liked on the matter of abolition, he took matters into his own hands:

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BRIGHT NEST

If you live in a house, this site can help you keep it in tip-top shape:

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A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS (1939)

Available full-text online:

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Saturday, July 07, 2012

STUFF ORGANIZER

Admit it: you’ve probably got stuff on your computer (movies, music, e-books, etc.) that you have trouble finding. Stuff Organizer is a free, open-source application intended to make all that stuff easy to find:

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MEMORIALS OF LONDON AND LONDON LIFE IN THE XIIITH, XIVTH, AND XVTH CENTURIES (1868)

Memorials of London and London life, in the XIIIth, XIVth, and XVth Centuries: Being a Series of Extracts, Local, Social, and Political, From the Early Archives of the City of London, A. D. 1276-1419 (London: Longmans, Green and co., 1868), by City of London (England) Corporation, ed. by Henry T. Riley (page images at HathiTrust):

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MONTEVIDEO MARU

On 1 July 1942 the Montevideo Maru, carrying more than 1000 prisoners of the Japanese (most of them Australian) was sunk by an Allied submarine.

The prisoners had been captured in January 1942 by Japanese forces in Rabaul on New Britain, in the former Australian territory of New Guinea, and they were being transferred to Hainan, off southern China.

The Montevideo Maru was torpedoed off Luzon by the USS Sturgeon, unaware that it was carrying Allied prisoners. All the prisoners on board died:

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ARE YOU INFECTED?

Almost 300,000 computers are—and they’ll lose Internet service Monday as a result--but it’s quick and easy to check and see if your computer is a carrier (and the check doesn’t involve downloading any software or making any changes whatsoever to your computer):

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE DATABASE

Information on the voyages of nearly 35,000 slave-trading vessels—and personal info on more than 90,000 slaves:

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EUROTAST

What is it? It involves European researchers using genetics to help pin down the origins of the transatlantic slave trade:

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FORCES WAR RECORDS

A new subscription website that might just prove essential for persons researching ancestors who served in the British military:

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BATTLE AT BELLEAU WOOD

At this point in 1918, U.S. Marines were involved in the month-long Battle of Belleau Wood. Many died—and two of the Navy medical officers assigned to care for them were awarded the Medal of Honor for their acts of courage and selflessness:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The June issue of Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and House History News includes this interesting and potentially useful note about city directories available on Fold3.com:

City directories are a valuable genealogical resource. City directories are similar in format to telephone directories, with the names of residents listed alphabetically. Entries usually include the individual's name, occupation, and address.

City directories for the following cities are available in digital form on the subscription database Fold3.com (formerly Footnote.com):

Baltimore, 1863-1923
Boston, 1789-1818 and 1820-1926
Brooklyn, 1862-1900 and 1902-1913
Buffalo, 1828 and 1861-1923
Chicago, 1843-1916 and 1923
Cincinnati, 1861-1923
Cleveland, 1861-1923
Dallas, 1878-1923
Des Moines, 1866-1886 and 1888-1913
Detroit, 1861-1923
Ft. Wayne, 1861-1879 and 1902-1923
Indianapolis, 1857-1923
Kansas City, 1865-1923
Los Angeles, 1873-1924
Louisville, 1861-1923
Milwaukee, 1861-1892
Minneapolis, 1865-1923
New Orleans, 1861-1923
New York, 1786-1922
Newark, 1861-1923
Philadelphia, 1785-1922
Pittsburgh, 1861-1923
Providence, 1861-1924
Rochester, 1861-1889
San Francisco, 1861-1923
St. Louis, 1863-1923
St. Paul, 1863-1924
Toledo, 1864-1923
Washington, D.C., 1822-1923

Please note that in many cases Fold3 does not include the directories for every year within the date ranges above. Please note also that these directories were rendered keyword searchable by optical character recognition (OCR) software, which translates scanned printed text into machine-readable (i.e., searchable) text. Sometimes, the OCR software misinterprets the typeset letters.

The Missouri History Museum Library has a subscription to Fold3 for on-site use only. The St. Louis County Library and the St. Charles City-County Library provide remote (i.e., at home) access to Fold3 for library cardholders. If you live outside the St. Louis area, check to see if a library near you subscribes to Fold3.

FREEDOM (FOR A LIMITED TIME)!

Free access to 65 million records of the original 13 colonies through July 8th:

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Sunday, July 01, 2012

250+ KILLER DIGITAL LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES

Just what it says, organized by state the resources focus upon:

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INTERNET ARCHIVE

Very interesting blog post by Dick Eastman on this amazing digital resource:

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GENEALOGY OF HENRY AND MARY BROSIUS

Genealogy of Henry and Mary Brosius, and Their Descendants; With Other Historical Matters Connected Therewith, Also Short Accounts of Other Families Bearing the Brosius Name (1928), by Lewis Walton Brosius (page images at HathiTrust):

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SAILING THE INLAND SEAS

On 26 June 1959, President Eisenhower, Queen Elizabeth II, and a flotilla consisting of twenty-eight naval vessels set out on a tour of the newly-opened Saint Lawrence Seaway:

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MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

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

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

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

3. Union Electric Company employee magazines, 1913-1969

SCCGS SUMMER SEMINAR

St. Clair County (IL) Genealogical Society’s all-day Summer Seminar, “American Family History AND German Genealogy,” will be held Saturday, July 14, at Our Lady of the Snows Conference Center, Belleville.

Of seven lectures geared for beginner to intermediate level genealogists, hobbyists, and family historians, four are designed to break down brick walls, organize data, and present information with style. Equally interesting are three lectures that pinpoint a German immigrant's town of birth and identify steps to take after that discovery.

Successful research on both sides of the Atlantic usually requires some familiarity with reading German language church records, so a lecture devoted to this topic is also covered. Both speakers hold credentials from the Board for Certification of Genealogists.

Lecture descriptions, speaker biographies, and registration form can be found here.

Fees include your selection of four of the seven sessions, continental breakfast, lunch, a seminar syllabus, and opportunity to collaborate with and learn from experienced researchers.