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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

COUNTY ARCHIVES OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

Pease, Theodore Calvin, 1887-1948. The County Archives of the State of Illinois. Springfield, Ill.: The Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library, 1915.

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SURVEY OF THE ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Judd, Charles Hubbard, 1873-1946. Survey of the St. Louis Public Schools. Yonkers-on-Hudson, N.Y.: World Book Company, 1918.

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WAR WORK OF THE ST. LOUIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Board of Education of the City of St. Louis, Mo. War Work of the St. Louis Public Schools. St. Louis, Mo.: Board of Education, 1918.

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ANCESTRY.COM AND TLC TEAM UP FOR NEW SEASON OF "WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?"

World's Largest Online Family History Resource Sponsors TV Series with Personal Look Inside the Ancestry of Beloved Celebrities

PROVO, Utah, May 21, 2013– Ancestry.com, the world’s largest online family history resource, announces it has teamed up with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment as an integrated sponsor of the upcoming season of the “Who Do You Think You Are?” television series, premiering July 23.

“We are thrilled to be teaming up with TLC, Shed Media US and Is or Isn’t Entertainment to bring this entertaining and inspiring series back for another season,” said Rob Singer, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Ancestry.com. “Charting one’s family history helps each of us better understand who we are. Through the journeys of these celebrities, we hope millions of Americans will see just how life-changing and rewarding genealogy can be and begin researching their own family history to make discoveries that tell them who they are and where they came from.”

“Who Do You Think You Are?” explores the roots of celebrities who embark on an intense personal journey to discover their family’s past. Some of the celebrities to be featured in these all-new episodes include Christina Applegate, Cindy Crawford, and Zooey Deschanel. Each of the 8 hour-long episodes reveal the real person behind the celebrity as they come to understand the lives their ancestors lived that helped shape the person they are today. As part of the show sponsorship, Ancestry.com provides important family history research on each of the featured celebrities, which is used to build out the story of each episode.

Produced by Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, the show is based on an original format created by Wall to Wall Media. An earlier version of the series previously aired on NBC for three seasons.

Monday, May 27, 2013

TROOPSHIPS OF WWII

Charles, Roland Wilbur. Troopships of World War II. Washington, D. C.: Army Transportation Association, 1947.

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CIVIL WAR WIDOWS’ PENSIONS DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Fascinating five-minute video about volunteers working on this project:

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KATYN FOREST MASSACRE

Materials relating to the Katyn Forest Massacre in Poland during WWII have been declassified:

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THE STORY OF TRI-STATE MINING

It’s a documentary film about mining in the Tri-State area (MO-KS-ARK):

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Friday, May 24, 2013

HONORING YOUR HEROES

With the approach of Memorial Day, many remember loved ones they have lost, and reflect on heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Finding ways to express our love, admiration and respect for such remarkable individuals can be a challenge. The St. Louis Public Library Foundation's Tribute Fund offers a unique opportunity to honor and remember a loved one.

For a donation of $35 or more, a bookplate bearing the name of the honoree is placed in a new volume in the Library's collection. Gifts to the Tribute Fund are used to purchase new books and materials for the Library. For more information, visit slplfoundation.org.

FREE ACCESS TO ANCESTRY.COM MILITARY RECORDS

Ancestry.com is offering free access to 155 million military records this weekend only:

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THE 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE USCT

On May 22, 1863, the War Department issued General Orders 143, establishing a Bureau of Colored Troops in the Adjutant General’s Office to recruit and organize African American soldiers to fight for the Union Army. With this order, all African American regiments were designated as United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the USCT, and the National Archives is pleased to announce the completion of the USCT Service Records Digitization Project. In partnership with Fold3, the project provides online access to all service records—more than 3.8 million images—of Union volunteers in USCT units.

From May 22 to 31, the digital collection will be free on Fold3.com.

Note: All National Archives collections on Fold3.com can always be viewed for free at any National Archives facility nationwide.

OFFICIAL ROSTER OF OHIO SOLDIERS IN THE WAR WITH SPAIN

Ohio. Adjutant General's Department. The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers In the War With Spain, 1898-99. Columbus, O.,: E. T. Miller & Co., 1916.

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NARA COPY/REPRODUCTION SERVICE FEES

A handy list of NARA fees (eff. 1 Oct 2012):

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NAVY DECK LOGS DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Digitization of Navy, Coast Guard, and Revenue Cutter Service deck logs for pre-Civil War through WWII:

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RESEARCH ON THE RANGE

Family historians and genealogy researchers are invited to discover a wealth of information about institutional records and ethnic studies resources at "Research on the Range," the 2013 Genealogy Conference of the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies. The one-day event is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8, at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Hesston. The Harvey County Genealogical Society will co-host.

This unique and valuable conference includes the expertise of a variety of archivists, curators and directors of libraries, museums, archives and special collections throughout Kansas.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

DES MOINES: THE PIONEER OF MUNICIPAL PROGRESS

Brigham, Johnson, 1846-1936. Des Moines: the Pioneer of Municipal Progress And Reform of the Middle West, Together With the History of Polk County, Iowa, the Largest, Most Populous And Most Prosperous County In the State of Iowa. Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1911.

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MONROE COUNTY CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS

Some members of the Monroe County (IL) Genealogical Society led by my friend Mary Ellen Huetsch have photographed the tombstones of 262 Civil War soldiers buried in Monroe County, and have gathered additional information when available on these men. You can contact them for more information via their website:

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PULASKI COUNTY OBITS AND DEATH NOTICES

If you are researching ancestors in the Pulaski County (IL) area, this website should prove very useful to you:

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AMBUSH AT THE RADER FARM

Eighteen Union soldiers, including fifteen USCT soldiers, were massacred by Confederate guerrillas at this farm near Joplin in May 1863:

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

WHAT’S NEW AT THE SMITHSONIAN

If you’re going to be in Washington DC during the next few months, the Smithsonian Institution is sponsoring several programs of special interest to genealogists:

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ISGS 2013 FALL CONFERENCE

ISGS announces its 2013 Fall conference to be held on October 25 and 26 in Sandwich, Illinois, at the Timber Creek Inn & Suites and Convention Center. Click here for more information:

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THE BIG DIVIDE

Diane Eickhoff of Kansas City co-authored “The Big Divide” with her husband, former Star television critic Aaron Barnhart. The book is a guide to Civil War sites in the Missouri-Kansas border region. Eickhoff and Barnhart will speak and sign books at 3 p.m. Sunday (May 19, 2013) at 1855 Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore Ave:

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WAS SHERMAN’S MARCH A WAR CRIME?

Not by any reasonable definition of “war crime,” according to this blog author:

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

MISSOURI CIVIL WAR MUSEUM

It looks like the MCWM will finally get the money needed to open its doors:

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MARY MEACHUM FREEDOM CROSSING CELEBRATION

This Saturday (May 18) on the North St. Louis riverfront:

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WORLDCAT DATABASE REACHES 2 BILLION HOLDINGS

University of Alberta adds 2 billionth holding to world’s most comprehensive online library catalog WorldCat, the most comprehensive online database of resources available through libraries around the world, has reached another major milestone with the addition of its 2 billionth holding.

On Saturday, May 4, at 2:58 a.m. (MDT), the holding symbol for the University of Alberta Libraries, in Edmonton, was set through an automated process to the WorldCat record for the e-book, Evaluation of the City of Lakes Family Health Team Patient Portal Pilot Project: Final Report, published in 2012 by the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research. It was the 2 billionth holding set in WorldCat. The e-book catalog record was created by the Canadian Electronic Book Library, an e-book provider in Canada, and was enhanced through OCLC’s automated authority control processing system.

WorldCat is a database of bibliographic information created and continuously updated by some 25,000 OCLC member libraries around the world. WorldCat records describe specific works and contain a listing of institutions that own an item, referred to as “holdings.” Institutions use holdings information to create local catalogs, arrange interlibrary loans and conduct reference work.

WorldCat information is also syndicated through relationships with partners such as Google, Goodreads and EasyBib. When searching these and other popular online services, information seekers can connect to local libraries through WorldCat links and data services.

FOLD3.COM CELEBRATES ARMED FORCES DAY

Armed Forces Day was first celebrated on May 20, 1950. Since then, it has been recognized annually on the third Saturday in May. This year, activities to honor American forces will take place in communities around the country on May 18, with some celebrations lasting the weekend, while others are week-long events in recognition of Armed Forces Week.

The United States Armed Forces were unified under the Department of Defense after World War II. In 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of a unified Armed Forces Day to replace separate celebrations by the five U.S. service branches: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Day website, "President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country."

The original proclamation, issued by President Truman, read:

Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America's defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense.

A few of the many events in the nation this year include a week-long event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; concerts, parades, and exhibits in Torrance, California; tributes at the USS LST 393 Veterans Museum in Muskegon, Michigan; and VFW Post 2480's Armed Forces Day Rockin' Bluegrass Festival in Clinton, Ohio.

Fold3 is committed to preserving U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. While we pay tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces every day at Fold3, we invite you to join us in a nation-wide celebration of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MISSOURI QUARTERMASTER GENERAL'S ANNUAL REPORT

Missouri. Quartermaster General's Office. Annual Report. 1862/63, 1865.

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MISSING IN ACTION PROJECT

They scour funeral homes, looking for unclaimed cremated remains of veterans—and they’re finding plenty:

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HOW OUR ANCESTORS DIED

What were the principal causes of death for ancestors who lived during particular time periods? This new book has the answers:

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LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD

If you’re spending way too much time shifting through your inbox, these tips from Kim Komando should help lighten the load:

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

UPCOMING CLASSES AT NARA-KC

Military Service Records
Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War, the National Archives maintains service and pension records for the men and women of the armed forces. Learn where the records are located, what information is necessary to order the file, and how to place an order. This class will also address privacy and access.

Exploring Resources Related to African American Genealogy Research during the Civil War and Reconstruction Era with genealogist Lyle Gibson
Saturday, June 15 –at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

The consequences of the Civil War directly impacted former slaves and impoverished whites, destroying the South, and leaving many without homes and jobs. The U.S. Government established the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands (the Freedmen’s Bureau) to assist these individuals. Documents from this agency include: local censuses, marriage records, and medical records which provide freed people’s full names and former masters, and more. Join Gibson as he discusses records found in the Freedmen’s Bureau and other resources related to African American genealogy.

To make a reservation for these free workshops, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov.

COULDN’T ATTEND THE CONFERENCE?

You can still hear all about it…

If you weren’t able to attend the StLGS 2013 Family History Conference, Audio CDs of the classes will remain on sale until 1 September 2013. They cost $16.00 each (or the set of 13 for $195, which includes postage/handling):

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BANK RAID AT STE. GENEVIEVE

The recent re-enactment at Ste. Genevieve, Missouri was spirited and colorful, if not exactly historically accurate:

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THE WASHINGTON POST’S CIVIL WAR

The Washington Post is offering an ongoing series of columns on the Civil War:

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Thursday, May 09, 2013

CIVIL WAR TECH AT MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM

The War between North and South introduced technology that was a quantum leap beyond that used in any previous conflict. The machine gun, instantaneous communication, and even the first aircraft carrier all debuted during the Civil War. At a time when the nation was divided, Civil War technology revolutionized the way war was waged. This free program at Missouri History Museum explores Civil War Tech:

When: Tuesday, May 14 2013 at 12:00 pm
Where: AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room
How Much: Free

ACCLAIM PRESS

I noticed an ad for this Missouri company in the Illinois State Genealogical Society newsletter, and thought it might interest readers in other states as well:

Acclaim Press has become a leading publisher of collectors’ quality county and city histories.

Acclaim Press has published history books for several counties throughout Illinois such as Cass, Jasper, Richland, Schuyler Pictorial and White, and underway in Brown, Calhoun, Christian, Gallatin, Hardin, Johnson, Livingston, Massac, Pulaski, Putnam, Richland, Saline, Schuyler, Stark,and Whiteside Counties, as well as the Illinois Sesquicentennial Churches.

The books are usually published in cooperation with the local county historical or genealogical society.They contain the county, community, business, church, school, club/organization, and especially family histories and photos.

They are large, luxurious, coffee-table books, and many have already become collector’s items upon publication. Best of all, there is no cost to you to publish one. Inquiries welcome.

(1-877-427-2665)
Acclaim Press
PO Box 238
Morley, MO 63767

StLGS MONTHLY MEETINGS UPDATE

The next general meeting will be on Tuesday, the 14th of May. Bryan McGraw, from the National Archives-St. Louis will talk about "The National Archives at St. Louis: Military and Civilian Personnel Records." Bryan will discuss how to effectively use the research room at the archives and what records are available. We look forward to seeing you at St. Louis County Library, Headquarters, in the auditorium at 7 p.m. on 14 May.

The June 2013 general meeting will feature a talk called “Stop the Presses! How to Find Newspapers for Genealogical Research.” Joyce Loving of St. Louis County Library will show us which databases and websites have newspapers online, and point out successful strategies for finding the articles you want.

Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Place: St. Louis County Library (SLCL)
Headquarters Auditorium
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Meeting Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Monday, May 06, 2013

ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY OBITUARY INDEX

The St. Louis Public Library's Obituary Index recently added the year 1970. This extensive index to death notices, burial permits, and obituaries in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch includes the following years: 1880-1930, 1942-1945, 1960-1970, and 1992-2011.

We have also completed our index for 2012 death notices and obituaries in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. This index has not been added to our website as yet, but we can check it for you if you send an inquiry to webref@slpl.org (you can also call us at 314-241-2288).

We also have indexing for articles (but not classified death notices) in various St. Louis newspapers for the period 1975-1979. In addition, we have an articles index for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the period 1980-2012. This publication also does not index classified death notices from these newspapers (although our Obituary Index noted above does index classified death notices for the period 1992-2011).

Note: If our index does not cover a year of interest, you can also check Missouri Death Certificates on the Missouri State Archives website. Death certificates are available for the time period 1910-1962.

Lookups policy: We can copy up to 5 death notices, burial permits, obituaries, or newspaper articles per request for you. Just send deceased persons’ names, exact death dates or dates items appeared in newspaper, and your mailing address to webref@slpl.org (you can also call us at 314-241-2288). Do not send payment; we will include an invoice with your order (cost is 25 cents per copy plus $1.00 overall for postage & handling).

MAKE A WISH

The wish of this 15-year-old boy battling cancer was to visit the Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg battlefields:

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Note: This story makes me wish that I could wave my hand and let this kid trade places with one of the healthy backwards hat wearing, pants at half-mast boneheads I see nearly every day…

GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY INDEX UPDATE

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

1. Minnie Mueller Kraus autograph album, 1897
2. Anchor Line, July 1960 (employee magazine of Boatmen's National Bank of St. Louis)
3. Neben-Gesetze der Harmonie-Loge, No. 353, I.O.O.F., 1909
4. Souvenir booklet, Scottish Rite (Masonic order), Missouri Council No. 1 (St. Louis), 1903
5. "St. Louis School Buildings" (article in The Architectural Record, February 1908) 6. Festschrift, 1884-1909, zur Feier des Funfundzwanzig-jahrigen Bestehens, 30 October 1909 / by the Deutsch-oesterreichischer Unterstuzungs-verein (German-Austrian Assistance Society publication for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of its foundation)
7. Jahres-buch, Year Book, Tower Grove Turn-Verein, St. Louis, Missouri, 1907-1908
8. The Jewish Orphans' Home of Saint Louis: A Record of the Contribution of Jewish Womanhood of Saint Louis to the Care of Underprivileged Childhood (1929)
9. Roster of Officers and Members, St. Louis Chapter No. 8, Royal Arch Masons, January 1, 1913
10. Studenten-plan fur das Schuljahr, 1907-1908 [Students Plan for the School Year], Suedwest-Turnverein (St. Louis, Mo.)
11. Physician income statements, 1847-1849
12. Handbook and Record of the Second Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, Mo., March, 1887

SELECTIVE SERVICE RECORDS ON FOLD3.COM

The first military conscription in the United States occurred during the Civil War, but the military draft process we are familiar with today originated with the Selective Service Act of 1917, passed by Congress on May 18, 1917.

Six weeks earlier, the United States had declared war on Germany and it was soon apparent there were not enough men in the peacetime army (about 110,000) and not enough immediate volunteers. The Selective Service Act required that all men between ages 21 and 31 register for military service. In response, over ten million registered. Not everyone who registered was drafted as there were several exemptions based on dependents, economic hardship, and type of employment. And, as with any government-mandated conscription process, there were protests and rallies against it.

The biggest difference between the Civil War draft and the Selective Service Act of 1917 was that it did not allow for substitutes. Section 3 stated:

No person liable to military service shall hereafter be permitted or allowed to furnish a substitute for such service; nor shall any substitute be received, enlisted, or enrolled in the military service of the United States; and no such person shall be permitted to escape such service or to be discharged.

Ultimately, there were three registrations as a result of the act:

• June 5, 1917, for men 21 to 30 years old;
• June 5, 1918, for men who had turned 21 since the previous draft, also followed by a supplemental draft on August 24, 1918; and
• September 12, 1918, for men 18 to 45 years old.

When the armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, the need for a large army clearly diminished. By 1919, the role of a selective service agency was unnecessary, yet the system was resurrected over twenty years later through the Selective Training and Service Act (STSA) of 1940 as the United States stood on the brink of World War II.

Explore the World War I and World War II collections on Fold3, including WWII "Old Man’s Draft" Registration Cards.

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THE CIVIL WAR IN JASPER COUNTY

Over the next two weeks, in observance of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Joplin Globe will publish a series of stories written by area historians about events leading up to the attack on a foraging party of black soldiers at Rader’s farm in Jasper County on May 18, 1863, and the burning of Sherwood the next day by Union soldiers.

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

WOLFE'S HISTORY OF CLINTON COUNTY, IOWA

Wolfe, Patrick B. Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa. Indianapolis, Ind.: B. F. Bowen, 1911.

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HISTORY OF LUCAS COUNTY, IOWA

History of Lucas County, Iowa: Containing a History of the County, Its Cities, Towns, Etc. Des Moines: State Historical Company, 1881.

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CODE ACADEMY

If you would like to learn to do some computer programming, here’s a relatively painless (and free) way to get started:

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REENACTMENT AT STE. GENEVIEVE

Life as it was during the Civil War will be on exhibit this weekend as the Lt. Col. J. Felix St. James Camp No. 325 presents the Ste. Genevieve Civil War Camp on May 3 through May 5 at Moses Austin Park.

This year’s event, which takes place during the sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War, will include a field day for local students and the re-enactment of a bank raid.

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