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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NARA-KC FEBRUARY GENEALOGY WORKSHOPS

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer two free genealogy workshops this week. Both classes will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Becoming a U.S. Citizen: A Look at Naturalization Records
Thursday, February 28 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Throughout American history, immigration and naturalization laws have ebbed and flowed with the political climate. As a result, tracking down documentation and evidence of your ancestor’s path to citizenship can be a challenge. Come learn about the paperwork involved with the process and how naturalization encompassed a variety of individuals from immigrants even to the native born.

African American Census Research
Thursday, February 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 PM (rescheduled from last week.)

Tracking African American ancestors through the U.S. Federal Census can be challenging due to the heritage of slavery. Learn how to evaluate data on the Census to learn more about African American ancestors that were free and slaves.

To make a reservation for either or both of these free workshops, please call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

MOSGA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2013

Registration is now open for MoSGA’s Annual Conference on August 2-3, 2013. Looks like we've got ourselves a jimdandy main speaker, plus talks on the agenda by supporting speakers likely to please most everyone:

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POOR BILL TAYLOR

This South Carolina man displayed great personal bravery, then deserted his regiment, then manned up and came back to it—and then died when his musket accidentally fired while he was cleaning it:

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HISTORY PRESS

I’m not especially familiar with their publications as yet, but they publish lots of regional titles that certainly sound promising:

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MORGAN’S RAID

This Confederate raider invaded southern Indiana for six days during 1863:

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ANCIENT GREEKS ON GUN CONTROL

What did the ancient Greeks think about weapons in public places? They were a’gin it, is what:

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Friday, February 22, 2013

LOU BIRDS

Any of you with an interest in birds/birding may want to take a look at the LOU BIRDS blog I started recently. I've become interested in birds/bird photography, and have been amazed at the wide variety of birds to be viewed in the St. Louis metro area:

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SO, HOW WAS YOUR THURSDAY?

My Thursday (21 Feb 2013) involved snow, snow, snow--how did your day go?

















GET OUT OF JAIL FREE

How Monopoly games helped many British Aviators escape from German prisons during WWII:

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COPYRIGHT FOR LIBRARIANS

2012 handbook (free to download or read online) for librarians that should also interest authors, editors, bloggers, and webmasters:

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CAPTAIN JOHN HATFIELD: A GENEALOGY OF HIS DESCENDANTS

A loyalist who fought for the king with the 3rd New Jersey Regiment during the American Revolution, and later settled in Nova Scotia:

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OGS ONLINE BOOK SALE

Ozarks Genealogical Society is having an online books sale (you’ll need to pay with PayPal):

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ANCESTRY DNA TEST

PROVO, Utah) – February 21, 2013 –Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, today announced the public availability of its AncestryDNA test to U.S. residents. This easy-to-use, comprehensive test provides consumers with their genetic ethnicity and the unique opportunity to connect DNA results directly to any applicable Ancestry.com family trees, matching test takers with other close or distant family members. Combined, these features provide the most complete snapshot of one’s family history that has ever been available.

Interest in using DNA to explore family history is growing. In a 2012 Harris Interactive survey, 56 percent of Americans—more than 110 million people—stated they would be interested in taking a DNA genealogy test. This number is 14 percent higher than the previous year. For many, this interest in family history extends far beyond American soil. Nearly two out of three respondents told Harris that learning about their family’s roots outside the U.S. is one of the most important benefits of researching family history.

AncestryDNA picks up where the paper trail leaves off. Whereas older consumer DNA tests utilized only 46 DNA markers, this new test analyzes more than 700,000 DNA marker locations and cross-references them with its one-of-a-kind comprehensive worldwide catalogue of DNA samples. The combination of an individual’s DNA with more than 40 million family trees and 11 billion records on Ancestry.com can help people find specific ancestors as far back as the mid-17th century by connecting with living relatives. Additionally, AncestryDNA gives people their ethnic breakdown by percentage from 20 populations including the British Isles or Native American—automatically tracing their ethnicity and displaying the results in an interactive and simple way.

“AncestryDNA provides consumers with exciting insights into their ethnic background and helps them find relatives who may hold the keys to exciting new family history discoveries,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of Ancestry.com. “As a company, we are committed to helping people connect with their past and we are excited to be able to offer a unique, affordable, and easy way for people to learn even more about their personal history.”

AncestryDNA helps determine geographic and ethnic origins by comparing test-takers’ unique DNA signatures to the DNA of people from across the globe. In the initial beta release, users were matched with a significant number of living relatives, and more than two million fourth-cousin DNA matches have been found for customers potentially sharing an ancestor in the database. As more people take the test, the database will continue to grow, providing a richer experience and more clues. People who have already taken the test receive regular updates with the latest findings. Because these results include the users’ ethnicities, they may produce surprising findings that provide additional curiosities for future research. Since the launch, 7.7 million ancestors are now available to discover through family trees linked to DNA results.

“We believe that the cutting edge of DNA technology used in AncestryDNA will revolutionize the entire family history experience,” said Ken Chahine, Senior Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA. “We have already seen huge success with our beta launch as users discover new clues and living relatives passed down through DNA. As more people take the test, we look forward to seeing even greater results and more family history connections.”

Find out where you come from with an AncestryDNA test. You can learn even more about your family history by visiting Ancestry.com and signing up for a free 14-day trial.

Pricing and Availability

AncestryDNA is now available and tests start at $129 for Ancestry.com subscribers. Learn more here.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

CHAPMAN FAMILY ANNUAL CONVENTION

June 7 - 8, 2013

Holiday Inn Seattle / Seatac International Airport
17338 International Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98188
Hotel Reservations: 1 817-573-2822

E-Mail: reservations@hi-seatac.com

Come to CFA’s 13th Annual Convention!! We are planning a very interesting program, and you’ll want to schedule some extra time for some of the local attractions - here’s some of what is in store for us:

We hope you will come a few days early and enjoy the sights of Seattle. We’re wanting to visit the attractions at the Pike Place Market, climb to the top of the Space Needle (take the elevator, not walk) and Ride the Ducks of Seattle - a tour of Seattle by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft! You haven’t see Seattle until you’ve seen it from a Duck! Seattle has lots more to offer - come to the 2013 Chapman Family Association annual meeting in Seattle, Washington - You’ll be glad you did!!

For any of you wanting to do a little genealogical research - be sure to take time to visit the Seattle Genealogical Society Library. Since all residents have migrated west from other locations all over the country, they have lots of information to help locate your ancestors. We will have a presentation on finding information in the vast collection. Come early or stay late and do some family research of your own.

The Program - The program will consist of a variety of presentations and there will be a silent auction, hopefully some sessions at the Library, and a fantastic photo contest and display! Sessions will include sharing stories about our Chapmans On the Go!, and other historical and genealogical topics.

Join in the Fun - Here’s How:

1. Register Today - Fill out a registration form (on our website) and send it to Treasurer Lennae Seevers. Instructions and her address are on the form.

2. Silent Auction - Bring something for door prizes and for the silent auction. Suggested items are t-shirts, jewelry, mugs, food items, anything fun from your state.

3. “Chapmans On the Go!” Photo Display and Contest - Send Shelley Chapman, photo chairman, pictures of your Chapman Heroes. See details on the enclosed flyer. All photos received by May 25, 2013 will be displayed and entered in this year’s contest. In addition, all photos will become part of the Chapman Photo Project.

4. Absentee Ballot - If you doubt you will be able to attend this year, send your Ballot to CFA Secretary Pauline Chapman. Her address is on the form. You must be a current active member to vote.

The CFA website is here. Registration instructions are there as well as information about the conference and about our organization.

Final Note - If you have let your membership lapse, please reconsider. Renew your membership - send dues to Treasurer Lennae Seevers, and join in this year’s fun. We’ve missed you!

THE NATIONAL CYCLOPAEDIA OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY

The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography was a multi-decade series of volumes of biographies of Americans in every state, published by James T. White and Company. It contains more than 60,000 entries, mostly compiled from information provided by the subjects or their families, though sources are not usually credited. There is no overall order to the biographies, but indexes exist:

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EGYPT: A HANDBOOK FOR TRAVELERS

Two-volume Baedeker set first published 1885-1892:

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GENEALOGICAL BIOGRAPHIES

Check out their free biographies database. It is constantly growing! Enter a name or location to search for ancestors or check particular surnames, or click on the link below to see a list of all genealogy biographies in the database:

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

SHELDON FAMILY ASSOCIATION NEWS

The Sheldon Family Association announces the Annual Meeting and Reunion will occur August 2-4, 2013 in Oberlin, OH. Persons interested in Sheldon history and families are encouraged to join us. Deborah Mohler and the Rev Brian Wilbert are the hosts. More information about events and reservations at the Oberlin Inn are at the web site.

The Sheldon Family Association has chosen Oberlin OH as the site for the 74th Annual Meeting and Reunion of our membership and others interested in Sheldon history Aug 2-4 2013. In recognition of the effort by H O Sheldon of Oberlin College to collect Sheldon Family histories, we have enlisted the help of Brian Wilbert and Deborah Mohler as the hosts for this important event. The Association was incorporated in 1939 by Sheldon descendants of the five colonial Sheldon men of New England: Isaac of Windsor CT and Northampton MA, John of Providence and John of Kingston RI, Godfrey of Saco Maine and Richard Sheldon. Our Reunion Chairperson is Wendy Sheldon Black of Murphys, CA.

I am Jeanne Arnold Jeffries, President, of Walpole NH (Box 933, 03608, telephone 603 756 2933).

ARKANSAS TIES

Researching an Arkansas Civil War soldier or battle? If so, this website will likely prove helpful:

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NARA-KC FEBRUARY GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer, African American Census Research, on Thursday, February 21 at 1:00 p.m. This workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:

African American Census Research
Thursday, February 21 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Tracking African American ancestors through the U.S. Federal Census can be challenging due to the heritage of slavery. Learn how to evaluate data on the Census to learn more about African American ancestors that were free and slaves.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

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.

FLOWERS IN THE MINEFIELD

You’ve probably never heard of John Jarmain: he was a promising novelist and poet who was killed in France not long after the D-Day invasion:

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Saturday, February 09, 2013

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY OBITUARY INDEX

This post from their blog explains how to access the index and request copies of obits, death notices, and burial permit listings:

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THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY

This Chicago library's collection doesn't just include genealogy—although their genealogy collection is huge:

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FREE PHOTO SLIDESHOW

Want to put together a slideshow of photos of a family reunion/your grandchildren, but don’t have much money and/or technical expertise? With this free application, neither is necessary to put together great slideshows:

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CLAIMS COACH

Are you (or a family member) getting ready to file for veterans’ benefits? The free American Legion Claims Coach app may be just the thing for you:

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THE WONDER FROM DOWN UNDER

If you're researching any Australian ancestors (or Americans who lived there/were stationed there), and if you'll be in Fort Wayne in mid-March, this should prove of great interest:

The Genealogy Center of the Allen County (IN) Public Library is pleased to welcome Liz Pidgeon, Local and Family History Librarian at Yarra Plenty Regional Library, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, who will present Researching Australian Family History & Tips for Finding Americans in Australia on Friday March 15, 2013, from 2 PM to 3 PM in Meeting Room A. In this rare opportunity, Liz will provide an introduction to research in Australia and an overview of sources, including archives, genealogy and family history societies, convict research, military resources and libraries, including the National Library's Trove website.

To register for this free presentation, email Genealogy@ACPL.Info or call 260-421-1225. Don't miss this important event!

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

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

1. Store Chat (Famous-Barr Company employee magazine), 1943-1974

ANCESTRY APP

Description

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Features

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