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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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