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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