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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY PROGRAMS SCHEDULE

These programs are free and open to the public. All are sponsored or co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library. Parking meters are not checked in downtown St. Louis on Saturday, or on weekdays after 7 PM.

Saturday, February 9, 2013, 10 am-11:30 am—Military Ancestor Research. Carnegie Room, 3rd Floor, Central Library. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on ancestors who served in the American military. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Tues, February 12, 2013. 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm—Abe Lincoln, Mark Twain, and the Civil War. Lower Level Auditorium, Central Library. Discover how a Union president and a Confederate deserter fought against slavery & racism during the Civil War. Join us as veteran performer Dave Ehlert portrays Lincoln and Twain in this live theatrical production of historical drama, humor and education. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7 pm-8:30 pm—I Fights Mit Sigel: Researching Your German-American Civil War Ancestors. St. Louis County Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 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.

The St. Louis Genealogical Society Annual Family History Fair is scheduled for April 20, 2013 at the Maryland Heights Community Center. Come see us at our table there!

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10 am-11:30 am—Land Rich, Dirt Poor: Use of Land Records in Genealogical Research. 2nd Floor Training Room, Central Library. Join us as Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on records of land acquisition and transfers. Pre-registration recommended but not required. To register or for more info, email us at tpearson@slpl.org.

Central Library
Genealogy Room, 3rd Floor
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-241-2288
webref@slpl.org

Hours: M-Th--10 AM-9 PM; Fri-Sat--10 AM-6 PM.

HAVEN'T RENEWED YET?

You say you haven't renewed your MoSGA membership yet? It's definitely time to do so:

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BUT DON"T FORGET US!

Remember, MoSGA's Annual Conference this year is once again at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia (August 2-3, 2013):

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Note: Our keynoter is Thomas W. Jones (a man with lots of confetti after his name), who can help you with your research in most states east of the mighty Mississippi and most countries in Western Europe, although his specialties are Georgia, Virginia, and those pesky brick walls that we all encounter at some point in our genealogical research!

STLGS ANNUAL FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE

Research, Records, and Repositories
Date: Saturday, 20 April 2013
Place: Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road, Maryland Heights, MO 63043

This year's 43rd Annual Family History Conference will feature nationally known researcher, author, and lecturer Claire Bettag (CG, FUGA). Ms. Bettag's specialty is researching in international and American repositories. She will present four talks:

• National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) Records & Information at Your Fingertips
• Library of Congress Resources: Newspaper & Current Periodicals Collection
• Assumptions: A Genealogical Slippery Slope
• What's Your Plan? Mapping Your Research

In addition, the all-day event includes genealogy software developer, Bruce Buzbee, president of RootsMagic. Mr. Buzbee will talk about "What's New in RootsMagic 6?" and "Publishing a Complete Family History with RootsMagic."

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Some of your favorite local speakers; lots of vendors; our always-popular raffle; prizes and more:

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NGS CONFERENCE 2013

The NGS 2013 Family History Conference will be held at The LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendars for 8–11 May 2013.

The hotel and conference center are under one roof. The LVH is adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, ten minutes from McCarran International Airport, and convenient to I-15 and I-515. Self-parking is free. Valet parking is free but tip is expected. The Las Vegas Monorail begins at The LVH and carries passengers to six major Strip resorts.

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FGS CONFERENCE 2013

The Federation sponsors a national conference each year for genealogists of all levels of experience. Anyone with an interest in family history is invited and FGS conferences draw people from all over the U.S. and from other countries:

2013 Conference — Fort Wayne, Indiana — 21 - 24 August 2013

The conference spotlight:

• Genealogical lectures by nationally recognized speakers and regional experts.
• Exhibitors providing access to genealogical materials and supplies.
• "Focus on Societies" for organizational leadership training.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

HATHI TRUST AGRICULTURE COLLECTION

Hathi Trust Agriculture Collection:

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THE CHURCH IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES

The Church in the Confederate States: a History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States by Joseph Blount Cheshire. Published 1912 by Longmans, Green, and Co. in New York.

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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE DESTRUCTION OF CHURCHES IN THE DIOCESE OF SOUTH CAROLINA DURING THE LATE WAR

Report of the Committee on the Destruction of Churches in the Diocese of South Carolina During the Late War presented to the Protestant Episcopal Convention, May, 1868. Published 1868 by J. Walker, printer in Charleston.

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FOLD3.COM PHOTO COLLECTIONS UPDATE

Fold3 is known for its unique collections of military records and historical documents, yet there are a vast number of photographs on the site as well. They are filed within more than a dozen photographic collections, as well as within some of the document collections. The most recent updates to digitized photographs include those from the Civil War and others from within the WWII Navy Muster Rolls.

The Civil War Photos are separate from the Brady Civil War Photos, yet share a common bond through a renowned team of photographers. The main distinction on Fold3 is that they come from different sources. While both sets of photos—with thousands of images in each—were taken by the Mathew Brady team of photographers during the Civil War era, the “Brady Civil War Photos” are from National Archives publication T252, “Mathew Brady Photographs of Civil War-Era Personalities and Scenes,” while the similarly named “Civil War Photos” are from the Library of Congress collection of Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints. Although presented under two titles, they both support the rich Civil War Collection and are free to view on Fold3.

If you’re a fan of the WWII Navy Muster Rolls—a new title featured in last month’s content update email and Fold3 Blog post—you may have noticed photographs of ships and personnel distributed within these record images, as well. The photo categories are not included with every ship, so the easiest way to locate them is to type the word “photos” in the search box on the WWII Navy Muster Rolls title page and view the resulting matches. Using the filmstrip at the bottom of the Fold3 viewer, you can browse to see the wide range of offerings for each ship. Examples include a view of the USS Coral Sea underway in 1986, Doolittle raiders aboard the USS Hornet, and Rear Admiral Moffett on the USS Langley.

These photographs are rich in historical content and complement the document images on Fold3. Using them in tandem provides an enhanced perspective of U.S. military history.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

HATHI TRUST CCC COLLECTION

Hathi Trust Civilian Conservation Corps Collection:

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MHM ARCHIVAL FINDING AIDS

The following archival finding aids have been posted to the Archives Collection Guides page on the Missouri History Museum website:

Goebel Family Papers, 1917-1952

Morrison-Steen-Little Family Papers, 1837-1887

Charles Edward Pearce Record Book of the St. Louis National Guard, 1872-1902 (bulk 1872-1878)

THE ANGLO-SAXON REVIEW

The Anglo-Saxon Review was a "quarterly miscellany", edited by Lady Randolph Spencer Churchill, which was published in London, and included numerous stories and articles by prominent authors of the day. It published its first quarterly volume in 1899, and its last in 1901.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

SEND THEM YOUR COMPANY EMPLOYEE MAGAZINES!

Received from the Missouri History Museum:

In the past few years, we've been dedicating a lot of time to indexing the names that appear in various St. Louis company employee magazines into our online Genealogy and Local History Index. These magazines are a fantastic genealogical resource, often including articles regarding employees’ hobbies and military service; birth, death, and marriage announcements; photographs of employees' children; announcements of promotions and retirements; and photographs of employee sports teams.

The Missouri History Museum Library holds dozens of titles of St. Louis company employee magazines. In some cases, we hold nearly complete runs of employee magazines; in other cases we hold only scattered issues. And surely there are many of these magazines that were published that we don't hold in our library.

Our library would love to expand our collection of these magazines, and perhaps you can help! Do you have any of these magazines from the company you worked for, or perhaps from the company one of your parents or grandparents worked for? If so, would you be interested in donating these to our library?

Here are some examples of titles of St. Louis company employee magazines:

"Airscoop" (McDonnell-Douglas)
"Boilermaker" (John Nooter Boiler Works Company)
"Budcaster" (Anheuser-Busch)
"Checkerlinks" (Ralston Purina Company)
"Cotton Belt News" (St. Louis Southwestern Railway Co.)
"The Falstaff Shield" (Falstaff Brewing Corporation)
"P-D Notebook" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
"The Pet Milk Magazine" (Pet Milk Company)
"Southwestern Telephone News" (Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.)
"Transit News" (St. Louis Public Service Company)
"Union Electric Magazine"
"United Railways Bulletin"
"Valley Trust Magazine" (Mississippi Valley Trust Co.)
"The Wagner Electric Inner Circle"

If you would like to donate employee magazines to the Missouri History Museum Library, contact Dennis Northcott at dpn@mohistory.org or 314-746-4517.

Thanks!

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF LITTLE CROW

A six-part series on the 1862 U.S-Dakota War:

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AN INFAMOUS PROCLAMATION

How Davis felt captured African American Union soldiers (and their white officers) should be treated:

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THE LIVES OF JOHNNY REB AND BILLY YANK

You’re a Civil War buff, but never heard of Bell Irvin Wiley? Here’s a nice bio:

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Monday, January 14, 2013

HATHI TRUST ANCESTRY & GENEALOGY COLLECTION

Hathi Trust Ancestry and Genealogy Collection includes more than 2,700 full-text items:

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STONES RIVER 150

This ferocious Tennessee Civil War battle took place 150 years ago:

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SURVIVING THE SNEAK ATTACK

Navy doctors and other naval medical personnel acquitted themselves admirably at Pearl Harbor:

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STARTING YOUR GENIE JOURNEY

Great article in Southeast Missourian about the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society and Archive Center:

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Friday, January 11, 2013

UPDATES TO THE GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY INDEX

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index. To search the index globally, visit the main page.

1. Roster of Fifth Army Organized Reserve Corps Summer Camp, 1949

2. Central West End Association House Tour, 1977

3. Central West End Association 15th Annual House and Garden Tour, 1987

4. Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, The Mansions of Lindell Blvd., 1990

5. Central West End 25th Anniversary House Tour, Westmoreland Place Mansions, 1994

6. 1995 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, The Mansions of Portland Place

7. 1997 Central West End House & Garden Tour, Homes of Lindell

8. Publication of the Silver Jubilee and Carnival Given by the Rock Spring Turn Verein, 1916

WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE…

Some sculptural “tributes” to Civil War luminaries should not have proceeded beyond the preliminary sketches:

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HERE COMES A V-12

No, V-12 wasn’t a terrifying Nazi rocket-building program:

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SOMETIMES HISTORY BITES

Did mosquitoes play a significant role in the history of Caribbean nations? You bet:

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BYPASSED BY GREATNESS

On Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Mark Hull for a lecture titled Bypassed by Greatness: The Warren Harding Years. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede this event.

Warren G. Harding (1921-23) was an unlikely President in so many ways and, until being eclipsed by President Richard Nixon and Watergate, his administration was most often associated with what is perhaps the worst national corruption scandal, Teapot Dome. Harding's death in office in 1923 likely saved him from even more damaging public revelations about his personal life. Harding rose from relative obscurity and was the perennial compromise candidate. He grew to political maturity in the "Gilded Age" of party bosses and widespread graft even as these practices were losing to the new tide of progressivism. Harding inherited a United States in conflict. America was one of the victorious Allied nations in World War I, yet it was burdened by pressing domestic issues: civil rights, women's rights, Prohibition, and with an economic collapse just over the horizon. Although his abbreviated administration had a few notable successes, many historians consider Harding the worst president in the history of the Republic. To make a reservation for this free event, call 816-268-8010 or email us here.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

PRINT FRIENDLY

A free application that allows you to print any website as a PDF (sans ads, pop-ups, and other ink wasters):

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MHM UPCOMING CLASSES

Research Your Home's History

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center holds a wealth of resources to help you learn about the history of your house and its former inhabitants. These resources include city directories, census records, neighborhood histories, photographs, maps, and much more. Associate archivist Dennis Northcott will show examples of these resources and provide instruction on how to get started researching the history of your house.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2013, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Where: The Heights, Richmond Heights Community Center (8001 Dale Ave.)
How much: Free. Reservations requested; call 314-645-1476.

Finding Your Ancestors at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center holds a wealth of resources that tell the stories of our St. Louis ancestors. City directories, military records, company newsletters, school yearbooks, historic photographs, and newspapers are just some of the sources that may hold the secrets to your family's history. Join Missouri History Museum associate archivist Dennis Northcott for an entertaining and informative look at the genealogical treasures stored at the Library and Research Center.

When: Wednesday, February 6, 2013, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Where: Kirkwood Public Library (140 East Jefferson Ave.)
How much: Free. Reservations requested; call 314-821-5770.

HISTORY AND GENEALOGY OF A BRANCH OF THE WEAVER FAMILY

Weaver, Lucius E. b. 1846. History And Genealogy of a Branch of the Weaver Family. Rochester, N.Y.: DuBois Press, 1928:

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ANCESTRY DAY IN BLUE SPRINGS

Join Ancestry.com and the Midwest Genealogy Center [MGC] for an informative workshop on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri. Ancestry Day will feature sessions taught by Ancestry.com staff members Lou Szuchs and Anne “Ancestry Anne” Mitchell. The day will end with a panel discussion made up of Ancestry.com and MGC staff members on various research resources to help find your family story. The advanced registration price for this exciting event is $30.

Additional free classes will be held at the Midwest Genealogy Center on Thursday, March 14, Friday, March 15, and Sunday, March 17. Ancestry Day attendees are also invited to attend a special free reception at MGC on Friday evening, March 15, 2013, from 6-7:30 p.m. to meet and network with the Ancestry Day speakers.

To find out more information and see the list of classes, go here.

Saturday, January 05, 2013

PROPERTY OWNING PROPERTY…

In the period prior to the Civil War, many slaves—who were themselves considered property—figured out how to own property of their own:

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THUNDERBIRD

A free email client from the Firefox people:

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AM-DEADLINK

A free application that helps you weed out your invalid bookmarks:

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SNAPFISH

Use your photos to print cards, calendars, mugs, T-shirts, and more:

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Thursday, January 03, 2013

LIBREOFFICE

A free application that rivals Microsoft Office Suite:

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IXQUICK

A search engine that helps keeps your search private:

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ORGANIZATION AND STATUS OF MISSOURI TROOPS

United States. Record and Pension Office. Organization And Status of Missouri Troops, Union And Confederate, In Service During the Civil War. Washington: Gov't. Print., Off., 1902:

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COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY OF LINN COUNTY, MISSOURI

Compendium of History And Biography of Linn County, Missouri. Chicago: H. Taylor & Co, 1912:

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