Saturday, March 30, 2013


Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings

Monday, 8 April
Italian SIG Meeting
at SLCL, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 13 April
German SIG Meeting
at SLPL, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, 23 April
Irish SIG Meeting
at SLCL, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, 27 April
African-American SIG Meeting
at SLPL, 11:00 a.m.


St. Louis County Library (SLCL)
Headquarters Auditorium
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131

St. Louis Public Library (SLPL)
Genealogy Room, 3rd Floor
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103


Rob and Kathy Brown came up with an idea more than a year ago, and their neighbors thought they were crazy ever since. After a lot of planning and research, the Browns sold their home, packed their kids into a motor home and started off around the country. They are traveling the US for 6-9 months homeschooling their 5 children (ages 18 months to 10 years) teaching them about their family history and how they fit into the American story.

When Rob told Ancestry about the journey they were taking, we asked if we could tag along. Now you can follow them in what they’ve dubbed as their Great Great Great Grand Adventure.

Nearly four months into the journey their motor home has broken down several times, they’ve met hundreds of great people and learned more about their family history than they thought possible. After all of the breakdowns, countless laundry mats and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Rob and Kathy are loving the family history adventure that is bringing their family closer together than ever before.

Follow the Browns as they take family history seriously by having a lot of fun. Visit to learn more about the Brown family and see what they’ve been learning this week.


Records of U.S. Army officers and soldiers killed or wounded in the Korean War are now available on Fold3. Korean War Casualties is available free to any visitors to the site.

One quarter of the nearly 110,000 records in Korean War Casualties connects to information about Army personnel who died during the war, 1950-1953, including those who died while a prisoner of war or missing in action. The remaining three quarters are for nonfatal Army casualties.

The Korean War Casualties database is from the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407), at the National Archives (NARA). It was compiled between 1950 and 1970, and covers the period from the earliest casualty (February 13, 1950) to the latest date in the date of disposition field, December 31, 1953.

The information on each casualty may include: name, service prefix and number, grade, Army branch, place and date of casualty, state and county of residence, type of casualty, detail/previous casualty type, casualty group, place and date of disposition, year of birth (for deceased casualties only), military occupational specialty, organization troop program sequence number, element sequence, unit number, race, component, and disposition of evacuations.

Launch your search within the records from the Korean War Casualties title page or use the browse option and highlight the Korean War category. Records are ordered alphabetically. (NARA also provides a list of fatal casualties by state on its website.)

When you find a soldier in the Korean War Casualties records, you’ll link directly to a memorial page for that soldier where we invite you to add stories, photos, documents, and other information relating to that individual. Examples of two pages to which newspaper articles were added include twice-wounded Purple Heart recipient Dwight L. Huston, of Mt. Vernon, IL; and Pittsfield, MA, native Arthur A. Boland.

When added to the memorial pages, your stories and photos help sustain the memories of United States heroes in the Korean War and allow others to connect with and honor them.



If you elect to use a photo or other illustration on your blog, website, or in a printed publication, better be sure you hold the copyright—or have permission of the copyright holder to use it:



The moving story about how a Ph.D student in Civil War history first got hooked on the Big Show:


Tuesday, March 26, 2013


Last Sunday (24 Mar 2013) in my neck of the woods (north St. Louis) involved a lot of snow...

Monday, March 25, 2013


What do we all know about World War I? Well, I think we can all agree that trench warfare was brutal and dangerous. Plus, front-line soldiers were often sick and poorly fed—or were they? Not Canadian front-line soldiers, apparently: the average Canuck on the front lines gained six pounds while serving there:



Four veterans of the 712th Tank Battalion talk about a really bad day they had during the Battle of the Bulge:



Going there? There are places on the battlefield you shouldn’t miss:



In many places, they still think it was “states’ rights”—but honestly, what states’ right was important enough to fight for--or die for?


Note: Say what you will about the author's "slant", the article does provide fairly concise histories of the UDC and UCV.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


From HoldTheFrontPage:

A regional publisher will open up thousands of historic newspapers pages to readers with the launch of an online archive this month.

The KM Group has created the free online archive which features tens of thousands of pages of The South Eastern Gazette, the forerunner of the Kent Messenger Series, which were published from 1852 to 1912.

This period covers arguably the greatest period of social and industrial revolution in British history and the newspapers have been digitised thanks to a Your Heritage grant and a group of dedicated volunteers.

The volunteers spent more than 1,000 hours cataloguing, cleaning and repairing the pages.

The archive will be accessed via the Messenger’s website which was recently named News Service of the Year at the Shepherd Neame Kent Media Awards.

In 2009, the KM Group launched an online archive of its wartime stories from the Second World War.


Dear Neighbors and Fellow Genealogists:

The Kentucky Genealogical Society is pleased to announce that the presenter at this year's KGS Seminar on 3 August 2013 will be J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. Mr. Lowe is an award-winning professional genealogist, instructor, author, blogger, and research consultant for several televised genealogical programs, including the popular “Who Do You Think You Are” series. He specializes in Kentucky and Tennessee research and shares his genealogical expertise – along with his southern style and sense of humor – with diverse audiences throughout the nation.

Details about Mr. Lowe, the seminar agenda, and seminar registration are available online.

I hope to see you at the seminar.

Fran Salyers
for KGS


May 18
Day Classrooms
10 a.m.

Indiana Historical Society, in partnership with Newspaper Archives, recently announced the availability of more than 2.5 million digitized Indiana newspaper pages, dated 1924 or earlier. Researchers can search newspaper pages by keyword or browse particular issues from more than 760 Indiana newspaper titles from across the state. Come learn more about this incredible project and how to use it in your family history research.

Suzanne Hahn is IHS's director of reference services at the William Henry Smith Memorial Library. She received her master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Library Science in 1996. Prior to joining the IHS Reference Staff in 2000, she worked at the Library of Congress and Center for Naval Analyses in Washington, D.C.

$10; $8 members
Includes parking and same-day admission to the Indiana Experience.
This class is eligible for 2 technology LEUs.

Register online. Call (317) 232-1882 for more information.

Saturday, March 16, 2013


Published in 1916:



Glatfelter, Charles Henry, 1924-. George Bortner of Codorus Township, York County, Pennsylvania, And His Descendants. Glen Rock, PA: [s.n.]:



Historical sketches and reminiscences of this North Carolina county:



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, March 16, 2013
2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

This week’s episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled Vanishing History: Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans. Our first guest this week will be Sandra Arnold, founder and principal developer of the Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans. The mission of the project, currently housed in the Department of African and African American Studies at Fordham University in New York City, is to identify, document and memorialize burial sites of the enslaved, most of which are abandoned or undocumented. We will also be kicking off our series on FGS 2013 Conference featured speakers by having a conversation with J. Mark Lowe. And we'll feature FGS member society the Hamilton County (Ohio) Genealogical Society in our weekly Society Spotlight segment.

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.


The National Archives at St. Louis National Personnel Records Center presents Through America’s Lens: Focusing on the Greatest Generation 1920-1945, an exhibit of famous historic photographs by some of America’s most famous photographers. The exhibit runs March 11, 2013 - September 27, 2013, open and free to the public Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays), 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. No RSVP is required.

• Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., SLU History Professor Flannery Burke will examine the career of photographer Dorothea Lange. Prior to Burke’s lecture, National Archives at St. Louis archivist (Todd Gilliom) will provide a brief update to the research public on Federal documents now available online through and other online research databases


• Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., UMSL professor Dan Younger will examine how historical photographs impact time and memory during the Great Depression.

• Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:30 p.m., a panel will discuss "Poverty In America" during the Great Depression. Panelist include: Dr. Margaret Garb (Washington University), Dr. Adela Patton (University of Missouri at St. Louis) and Dr. John McManus (Missouri University of Science and Technology) who will discuss military history as it pertains to poverty and photography during World War II.


For exhibit lectures please RSVP as a courtesy (not required) by e-mail or call 314-801-0847. Location: 1 Archives Drive off of Dunn Road (1829 Dunn Road), St. Louis, MO., 63138, next to Hazelwood East Middle School. All visitors are REQUIRED to show current photo identification and go though security screening. Parking is free.


Wanda Williams 314-801-9313 or 202-520-0160 cell

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Confessions of the leader of a slave revolt in rural Virginia:



On Tuesday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives will host James Rudy, Area Engineer from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Missouri River Area Office, for a discussion of The Engineered Missouri River System. An informal reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Rudy will lead a discussion of the Missouri River before and after construction of its public works, how public improvement projects have impacted river navigation and the region, and how the Missouri River Basin structure has shaped the river today. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is charged with maintaining support of the nation’s navigational waters with emphasis on the Missouri River. Included in the presentation will be images of the Corps’ work on improving navigation over the past 150 years.

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

About the Speaker:

James Rudy is an Area Engineer at the Missouri River Area Office, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Rudy is an engineering graduate from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for more than 20 years. During his tenure with the Corps he has worked in the Design, Construction and Operations Divisions on military and civil works projects. His office manages the Missouri River Bank Stabilization and Navigation Project from St. Louis, Missouri to Rulo, Nebraska. The Area Office consists of three offices located at Gasconade, Glasgow, and Napoleon, Missouri.

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 us here.


1. The following workshop is co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library and the St. Louis Genealogical Society German Special Interest Group, and is free and open to the public (and there is plenty of free parking on the County Library Headquarters parking lot):

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7 pm-9:00 pm—I Fight Mit Sigel: Researching Your German-American Civil War Ancestors. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on German-American ancestors who served in militia and state volunteer units.

St. Louis County Library Headquarters
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

2. The following workshop is free and open to the public (and there is plenty of free parking on the Buder Branch Library parking lot):

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 10 am-Noon—A Genealogy Workshop conducted by the O’Fallon Chapter of the DAR will include a discussion of genealogical research methods with an emphasis on Revolutionary War ancestors. Experienced researchers will then be available to help workshop attendees with research questions and genealogical “brick walls”. Please bring family group sheets, pedigree charts or other family history materials.

Buder Branch Library
4401 Hampton Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63109

Monday, March 11, 2013


A Korean War vet finally gets his Silver Star—60 years after the action that won it for him:



Planning a trip to a large city anywhere in the world? There’s probably a free Pocket Guide for that city:



If you’ve got a lot of free time on your hands, but not much money, you’ll like Open Library. They say they can offer you access to one million free ebooks:


Wednesday, March 06, 2013


Published in 1897:



What Wisconsin soldiers really thought about the war they were fighting:



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.

This week’s episode hosted by Randy Whited is entitled Kickstarter Funding for Your Genealogy Society Project. Our first guest this week will be Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy whose Kickstarter project is to fund the digitization and transcription of the ex-slave Marriages of Saline County, Missouri.

Our next guest will be Maureen Taylor, the “Photo Detective.” Maureen is using Kickstarter to produce “Revolutionary Voices”, a documentary of the 200 photographs of individuals who lived during the Revolutionary War. We will also be featuring FGS member society the Indiana Genealogical Society in our weekly Society Spotlight segment.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

2-3pm Eastern US
1-2pm Central US
12-1pm Mountain US
11am-12pm Pacific US

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.


On March 2, 1836, in the midst of a 13-day siege of the Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas, a delegation met in Washington-on-the-Brazos for a convention in which the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed, creating the Republic of Texas.

In the early morning darkness of March 6, the Alamo fell to a fierce assault as Mexican soldiers scaled the walls with superior numbers and killed nearly everyone inside. All the men defending the Alamo died—accounts vary from approximately 180 to 250—while some women, children, slaves, and civilians survived. Survivors’ accounts tell varying stories and much has spun into legend.

American heroes included Colonel William Barret Travis, commander of the soldiers at the Alamo. He was only 26 and placed in charge when Colonel James C. Neill left a month prior for much-needed supplies and reinforcements. Travis penned a letter at the beginning of the siege in which he wrote, "I shall never surrender or retreat," a self-fulfilled prophecy. (Travis' son, Charles E. Travis, became a cavalry soldier. In 1857, he wrote a letter to the Adjutant General, asking to be reinstated after a dishonorable discharge.)

Kentucky-born James Bowie had a fighter's reputation and was famous for the knife he used in many successful encounters, now known as the Bowie knife. He served in the War of 1812, later became a Mexican citizen, and was in charge of volunteers at the Alamo. He was confined to bed when he became ill and feverish. His sick bed ultimately became his death bed when Mexican soldiers killed him in his room during the battle.

Davy Crockett was born in Tennessee. He served under General Jackson in the Creek Indian War, but fought his last battle at the Alamo where he died at 49. He is remembered as a pioneer, politician, and soldier, and perhaps most famously known for his coonskin hat.

The infamous Antonio López de Santa Anna emerged as the Mexican victor. However, a month later, Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna and his troops at the Battle of San Jacinto where the famous cry, "Remember the Alamo" was first shouted by Texas soldiers during the battle.

The Battle of the Alamo was an historic event bathed in legend. The battle and the men who fought continue to be remembered as important to U.S. and Texas history. Alamo was the first of many deadly encounters that shaped Texas and defined its borders, even after independence was declared. Although Texas became a state in 1845, some of the land we recognize now as Texas territory was gained after the Mexican American War, 1846-48. Fold3 has published a growing collection of Mexican War Service Records.


Monday, March 04, 2013


It was an attempt to bring Florida under federal control that resulted in large numbers of dead and wounded African-American troops:



If you’re selling (or giving away) a computer, just deleting your old files isn’t good enough—they’re still there on your hard drive until the computer needs that space for something else. It doesn’t matter if your computer is going to someone you trust—should that person pick up the “right” virus, any of your confidential personal info/photos still on the hard drive will be “gone, baby, gone."

How do you protect yourself? Use a program like Eraser or Permanent Eraser to really wipe that computer clean before it leaves your possession:

Eraser (PC)

Permanent Eraser (Mac)


The FBI wants you to know who’s robbing banks, and where:



Saturday September 28th & Sunday, September 29th, Lindsborg, Kansas (Little Sweden) USA

Join us for a Swedish genealogy weekend in Lindsborg, led by genealogists from Sweden!

Members of the ‘SwedGen’ team will present informative sessions for both beginning and experienced researchers.

The presenters will also offer one-on-one consultations to the first 32 registrants who request it with their paid registrations.

Sessions include:

‘I Have Swedish Roots, Where Do I Start?’
‘Research in the Swedish Church Records’
‘CDs and Online Resources’
‘Benefits of Disbyt & Dispos Databases’
‘Swedish Probate Records & Estate Inventories’
‘Swedish Military Records’
‘Swedish Historical Maps’

The two day workshop also includes time for research on your own projects on Sunday. You will have access to numerous online and CD resources free of charge. Computer stations are available to everyone, along with help from experienced researchers.

Attend one or two days. Discount for Early Bird Registration post marked by August 1st. Lodging is available in Lindsborg and nearby McPherson and Salina. Also enjoy a free Welcome Reception for attendees arriving Friday evening. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore your Swedish heritage with experts from Sweden!


Friday, March 01, 2013


I will be teaching a house history workshop at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center (225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park) on Saturday, March 2, at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are required; call 314-361-9017. For more details, go here.

Learn how city directories, fire insurance maps, historic newspapers, census records and other sources at the Library and Research Center can help you find out more about the history of your house and its former residents.

Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference
Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center
225 South Skinker Blvd (across from Forest Park)
Tel: 314.746.4517 | Fax: 314.746.4548


In many ways, it’s a voice from beyond the grave: it’s a book about the 5th New York Zouaves, written by a man who died in 2005, which is being published for the first time here in 2013:



Chances are, your computer is filled with applications you didn’t ask for and never use—all they’re doing for you is scarfing up valuable memory on your digital best friend. This free app helps you figure out which apps you can ditch without a second glance:



You’ve probably searched for a book first published in (let’s say) 1909 on Google Books or a similar site, and discovered that they feature an edition published recently that only offers a preview and not a full view. The reason, supposedly: the book is “copyrighted” because that publisher has brought out that recently published edition.

The truth, however, is somewhat more complicated: yes, you would be taking a risk to make available to others copies of that recent edition of the 1909 book, because the publisher likely added special features like an introduction, commentary, appendices, etc., in order to justify its “copyright.”

However, if you have access to an edition of that book published in the United States prior to 1923, feel free to digitize it and make it available to others. Books published here prior to 1923 are now in the public domain, and saying that such a book is now under copyright does not make it so.

Note: Rules do differ from country to country—here is a nice list of copyright lengths by country: