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Sunday, December 30, 2012

DUCK-DUCK-GO

Tired of the Google-opoly? Try this instead:

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REPORT OF THE MISSOURI ADJUTANT GENERAL

Reports for 1862; 1864; and 1865 are available online:

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HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

Douglass, Robert Sidney. History of Southeast Missouri: a Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People And Its Principal Interests. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1912.

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HISTORY OF THE FIRST AND SECOND MISSOURI CONFEDERATE BRIGADES

Bevier, R. S. History of the First And Second Missouri Confederate Brigades. 1861-1865: From Wakarusa to Appomattox, a Military Anagraph. St. Louis: Bryan, Brand & co., 1879:

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

FREE SEARCHING ON ANCESTRY.COM

The 30 collections below on Ancestry.com can be searched for free between December 26-29th. This represents more than 300 million select records from collections added or updated in 2012. This has been a great year for content, and they want to give everyone an opportunity to search these records for free. The 1940 U.S. Census alone represents 134 million records that have been indexed and are now searchable on Ancestry.com (these census records will be free on Ancestry.com through 2013). Almost 9 out of 10 Americans have a relative in the 1940 Census, making this a great resource to start your family history journey.

To access these free records, visit Ancestry.com/2012.

1940 United States Federal Census
Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1954
Border Crossings: From Mexico to U.S., 1895-1957
California, Railroad Employment Records, 1862-1937
Canada, Nominal Rolls and Paylists for the Volunteer Militia, 1857-1922
Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980
Galveston, Texas, Jewish Immigration Records, 1901-1917
Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1911
Lancashire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1986
Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1936
London, England, School Admissions and Discharges, 1840-1911
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988
New South Wales, Australia, Convict Indents, 1788-1842
New South Wales, Australia, Police Gazettes, 1854-1930
New York, Naturalization Records, 1897-1944
New York, State Census, 1892
New Zealand, Maori Land Claims, 1858-1980
Pennsylvania, Church and Town Records, 1708-1985
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Immigration Records, Special Boards of Inquiry, 1893-1909
U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, 1798-1958
U.S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962
U.S., Buffalo Soldiers, Returns From Regular Army Cavalry Regiments, 1866-1916
U.S., Burial Registers, Military Posts and National Cemeteries, 1862-1960
U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
U.S., Records of Aliens Pre-Examined in Canada, 1922-1954
U.S., World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-1948
UK and Ireland, Masters and Mates Certificates, 1850-1927
United States, Atlantic Ports Passenger Lists, 1820-1873 and 1893-1959
War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815
Washington State Marriage Records, 1865-2004

MILITARY EXECUTIONS IN STONEWALL JACKSON’S COMMAND

Turns out “Old Blue Light” had no qualms about shooting cowards and deserters:

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DOCFETCHER

A free application that finds your computer files just like Google finds Internet sites:

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EARLY HISTORY OF GREATER KANSAS CITY: MISSOURI AND KANSAS

Deatherage, C. P. Early History of Greater Kansas City: Missouri And Kansas, the Prophetic City At the Mouth of the Kaw. Diamond Jubilee ed., 1928. Kansas City, Mo.: C. P. Deatherage, 1927:

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CAMPBELL’S GAZETTEER OF MISSOURI (1875)

Campbell, R. A. Campbell's Gazetteer of Missouri: From Articles Contributed by Prominent Gentlemen In Each County of the State, And Information Collected And Collated From Official And Other Authentic Sources. Rev. ed. / St. Louis: R.A. Campbell, 1875:

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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HISTORY OF MISSOURI (6 vols.)

Conard, Howard Louis. Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri: a Compendium of History And Biography for Ready Reference. 6 vols. New York: The Southern History Company, 1901:

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

NAVY MUSTER ROLLS ON FOLD3.COM

WWII Navy Muster Rolls are now being added to Fold3’s World War II Collection. With a full title of “Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, compiled 01/01/1939 - 01/01/1949,” these are reports of enlisted personnel formally attached to ships, stations, or other commands (known as “activities”). They are assembled every quarter from reports of status changes, and may also include records of passengers aboard a vessel.

A forwarding sheet accompanies each quarterly roll. It includes the name of the ship, number of pages in the report, the date, signatures of the executive and commanding officers, and from where the report was issued. Report of Changes forms, created monthly or whenever a major change in personnel took place, are an integral part of the muster roll. Men listed at the top of each form are referenced by the same number at the bottom where their circumstances are detailed and an explanation for the change is printed. In addition to duty transfer, a status could also include desertion, death, hospitalization, and change in rating. If passengers were aboard, they were identified in reports of Non-enlisted Passengers.

The Muster Roll of the Crew is a quarterly snapshot, identifying all personnel at a particular location, with full names listed alphabetically by surname. It provides service number, rating (rank), date of original enlistment, and when each person was received on board.

You can create memorial pages from any name listed on the WWII Navy Muster Rolls and the Pearl Harbor Muster Rolls. Move your cursor to the appropriate line on the document image, click on the box that appears, and then on the sailor’s name. This will take you to a page where you can leave a tribute, upload photos, or add details about that person’s life.

Explore the growing collection of WWII Navy Muster Rolls on Fold3:

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MAKING THE SWITCH

Should you switch to Windows 8? Not if you’re happy with Vista or 7:

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LOUISIANA IN THE WAR OF 1812

Casey, Powell A. Louisiana in the War of 1812. [Baton Rouge: La.], 1963:

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A VERY WARM WELCOME…

Why was Fredericksburg (December 13, 1862) such a disaster for the Union Army? Because Robert E. Lee (a trained combat engineer) literally had weeks to prepare for its arrival:

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

G.A.R. SPORTING GUIDE (1895)

“Sporting” didn’t have quite the same meaning for Gr-Gr-Grandpa that it does for us:

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THE ANGLO-AFRICAN MAGAZINE

Hamilton, Thomas. The Anglo-African Magazine. New York: Arno Press and the New York Times, 1968:

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FREE PHOTO ORGANIZERS

Kim Komando’s guide to free photo organizers (editor's note: I love Zoner Photo Studio--versatile and fairly easy to use):

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ISGS RAISES OVER $40,000 FOR WAR OF 1812 RECORDS CAMPAIGN

December 11, 2012 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) is proud to announce that it has completed its recently launched $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge with strong support from ISGS members as well as the genealogical community.

On June 18, 2012, the 200th anniversary of the declaration of the War of 1812, ISGS announced its $10,000 War of 1812 Pension Match Challenge. ISGS made a commitment to match any contribution (up to the first $10,000) made to the Preserve the Pensions project before December 31, 2012. In addition, Ancestry.com announced that it would also match all monies donated during the campaign, resulting in all contributions being quadrupled. A total of $40,000 to be donated to the Preserve the Pensions project will result in 88,888 additional pages of the War of 1812 Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files being digitized over the next few months.

The Preserve the Pensions campaign, sponsored by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with Ancestry.com, Fold3 and the National Archives, seeks to raise over $3.7 Million needed to digitize the War of 1812 pension files that are currently stored in the National Archives and make them freely available online. With over 180,000 Pension files in this historic record set and over 7.2 million pages, access to these records will benefit not only genealogists and family historians, but a variety of researchers. In addition, the digitization project will help preserve and halt further damage to these historical documents. The files are being digitized as funds become available and many files are already viewable.

ISGS President Jane Haldeman notes: “The ISGS board made a strong commitment to the preservation of the War of 1812 Pension Records when it issued the fundraising challenge earlier this year. ISGS thanks all who contributed, especially those members of the genealogy community who are not members of ISGS. Digitizing these records will benefit ALL genealogists and hopefully result in more people locating information about their ancestors.”

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Monday, December 10, 2012

BATTLES AND BIOGRAPHIES OF MISSOURIANS

Webb, W. L. Battles And Biographies of Missourians, Or, The Civil War Period of Our State. Kansas City, Mo.: Hudson-Kimberly Pub. Co., 1900:

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GENEAPRESS

GeneaPress is a clearing house for all press releases and news items from the genealogy community. Started in February 2011, GeneaPress carries a variety of items from Ancestry.com, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and much more.

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THE WAR GOES TO COLLEGE

Actually, the Civil War meant that many Southern colleges lost most of their students, who enlisted in the army, and many of the colleges became temporary hospitals for sick and wounded soldiers:

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THE SUPPRESSION OF THE AFRICAN SLAVE TRADE IN THE UNITED STATES

The classic work by W. E. B. Du Bois is available via Project Gutenberg:

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FREE DATABASES COURTESY OF ACPL

Allen County Public Library offers quite a few databases that anyone can use free of charge:

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Monday, December 03, 2012

BOOKS SHOULD BE FREE

Thousands of free ebooks and audiobooks:

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BOOTS ON THE DECK

It’s true (as former grunts love to remind the rest of us) that boots on the ground win wars, but the North could not have won the Civil War without the contributions of the Union Navy:

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OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN

Do you do a lot of repetitive typing/data entry on your computer? AutoHotKey makes it easy to set up macros to do the heavy lifting for you:

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OCEAN PORTAL

Need to entertain some bored kids during this holiday season? They’ll actually enjoy this Smithsonian Institution site—just don’t mention that it has an educational component:

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DO YOUNG PEOPLE USE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY?

Are young people using the public library? It may surprise you to learn that many do:

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