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Friday, June 28, 2013

THE WATKINS FAMILY OF VIRGINIA AND MISSOURI

Watkins, Marie Oliver, 1885-1959. Tearin' Through the Wilderness: Missouri Pioneer Episodes, 1822-1885, And Genealogy of the Watkins Family of Virginia and Missouri. Charleston, W. Va.: [s.n.], 1957.

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RESEARCHING YOUR ANCESTORS IN DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES

Last Saturday Marie Concannon of the University of Missouri's Ellis Library gave a talk at the Missouri History Museum titled "Researching Your Ancestors in Federal Depository Library Collections." Marie created a Genealogical Research in Government Documents website that provides information on using Federal Depository Library collections for genealogical research. In the lower right-hand portion of her website is a link to the extremely useful (downloadable) handout that Marie distributed at her presentation on Saturday.

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THE BATTLE OF LEXINGTON, MISSOURI

Lexington Historical Society, Lexington, Mo. The Battle of Lexington, Fought In And Around the City of Lexington, Missouri, On September 18th, 19th, and 20th, 1861: by Forces Under Command of Colonel James A. Mulligan, U.S.A. and General Sterling Price, M.S.G. [Lexington, Mo.]: Printed for the Lexington Historical Society, 1903.

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THREE YEARS IN THE SERVICE

McCall, D. Three Years in the Service: A Record of the Doings of the 11th Reg. Missouri Vols. Springfield: Baker & Phillips, 1864.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

THE WILMOT FAMILY OF NEW HAVEN, CT

The Wilmot Family of New Haven, Conn. Jacobus, Donald Lines, 1887-1970. Published: (1905).

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U.S. ARMY CENTER FOR MILITARY HISTORY

Interesting blog post about this agency:

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THE STORIES THAT BIND US

How do you build strong family ties? Researching your family’s history is a big step in the right direction:

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THE ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL

1. Bawden, Harry E. The Achievement of Rock Island Arsenal: World War II. [Limited ed.] Davenport, Iowa: Bawden Bros., 1948.

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2. Slattery, Thomas. The Spanish-American War: Its Impact On the Rock Island Arsenal, 1898-1902. Rock Island, Ill.: Rock Island Arsenal Museum, Rock Island Arsenal, 1996.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

RECOLLECTIONS OF THE 26TH MISSOURI INFANTRY

Dean, Benjamin D. Recollections of the 26th Missouri Infantry, In the War for the Union. Lamar, Mo.: Southwest Missourian office, 1892.

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HALE, HOUSE, AND RELATED FAMILIES

Jacobus, Donald Lines, 1887-1970. Hale, House, And Related Families: Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley. Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society, 1952.

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U.S. NAVY CRUISE BOOKS UPDATED ON FOLD3.COM

Navy Cruise Books, 1918-2009, has recently been updated on Fold3. Cruise books are akin to academic yearbooks—each one recounts the deployment of a ship and crew through photos, commentary, maps, and events. The books were created and published by a team on board and then purchased by, or given to, crew members. Although not official publications, the U.S. Navy encouraged the creation of cruise books. Many are archived in private collections and at the Navy Department Library, the latter being the provider of those now on Fold3.

Although cruise books were published in the early twentieth century, they became much more popular, and almost routine, after World War II. Reminiscences of a particular deployment from the perspective of those on board ship provide engaging inside glimpses of what it was like at sea and in port. Photo pages are grouped according to departments and divisions. Additional candid photos show sailors and officers working andrelaxing. They reveal duties and responsibilities aboard a vessel, as well as off-duty camaraderie at parties, in sports, and during holidays. Photos taken during shore leave in places like Hawaii, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, and ports around the world mirror the memories of those who served. Thehomecoming pages at the end of many of the books are especially poignant.

The Navy Department Library notes that “many sailors depart their ship or unit prior to the distribution of cruise books, and thus never receive them, or the books are lost due to fire and flood etc.” Fold3 recognizes the importance of making these books available online. Launch your exploration of Navy Cruise Books and we encourage you to contribute your memories and tributes if you find yourself or a shipmate within the pages.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

WHAT LIES BELOW

The hunt is on for First World War submarine wrecks in English coastal waters—they already know about 44 such vessels:

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS

Once the war ended, Union Army soldiers were given the chance to purchase their small arms—only a relatively small number did so, although many later came to regret their decision to pass on the opportunity:

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DESKTOP DISASTER

Does your desktop look like an icon bomb just detonated? There are ways to organize that on-screen clutter:

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RESEARCHING YOUR ANCESTORS IN FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARIES

Marie Concannon of the University of Missouri's Ellis Library will be giving a talk titled "Researching Your Ancestors in Federal Depository Library Collections" at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park) on Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. Here's a description of the presentation:

In 1813, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public would have access to its government's information. Today there are 1,200 depository libraries, including some in the St. Louis area which have publications dating back to the early 19th century. FDLP collections are not necessarily arranged with the genealogist in mind, so it is helpful to know where to look and how to access indexes. In this presentation, Marie Concannon gives strategies for researchers who would like to search FDLP collections for clues about ancestors. She will speak about state government publications for genealogical research as well.

The lecture is free. Reservations are not required.

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

Monday, June 17, 2013

TOLSTOY IS HARSHING MY MELLOW, DUDE

OK—-does reading great literature somehow make us better people, or does it mainly just make us feel sad?

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THE NAPOLEON OF SURGEONS

He was in the forefront of Civil War doctors laboring to catalog instances of what was termed “morbid anatomy”:

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THE JUG

It was an American WWII fighter aircraft that never got the credit it deserved for its role in winning the war in Europe:

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MISSOURI CIVIL WAR MUSEUM UPDATE

Story and video about the opening in the Mehlville-Oakville Patch:

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And a second story and video in STL Today says the opening date is June 29:

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

SEMPER FI?

It may sound sacrilegious, but do we really still need a Marine Corps, now that our armed forces haven’t undertaken a large-scale amphibious landing since 1950 (Inchon, on the Korean peninsula)?

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RED SANDS FORTS

Its silhouette is eerily reminiscent of an Imperial walker (Star Wars fans will know what I mean), but it’s actually a Red Sands Fort, one of several used to protect London from invasion during WWII:

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HIBRITEN GUARDS

Casualties for this company of the 26th North Carolina Infantry Regiment at Gettysburg were 100%:

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GENEALOGY OF THE STUKEY, REAM, GROVE, CLEM, AND DENNISTON FAMILIES

Genealogy of the Stukey, Ream, Grove, Clem, and Denniston Families (Harrisburg, PA: The author, 1939), by Elmer Leonidas Denniston (page images at HathiTrust):

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CIVIL WAR PHOTO CONTEST

If you are a shutterbug, and you’re planning to tour one or more Civil War battlefields this summer, you can enter the Civil War Preservation Trust’s Annual Photo Contest:

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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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THE HIGH TIDE OF THE CONFEDERACY?

Was it the third day at Gettysburg, as we’re so often told—or was it two months earlier, at the Battle of Chancellorsville?

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GUIDE TO PUBLIC VITAL STATISTICS RECORDS IN MISSOURI

Guide to Public Vital Statistics Records In Missouri. St. Louis, Mo.: The Missouri Historical Records Survey, 1941.

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CAMP THOMAS

This Spanish-American War training camp was located on the site of the Chickamauga battlefield:

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Monday, June 10, 2013

ILLINOIS IN THE WORLD WAR

Pease, Theodore Calvin, 1887-1948. Illinois In the World War. [Springfield, Ill.]: Illinois State Historical Library, 1921-23.

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DESCENDANTS OF GOVERNOR WILLIAM BRADFORD

Descendants of Governor William Bradford (Through the First Seven Generations) (1951), by Ruth Gardiner Hall (page images at HathiTrust):

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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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CIVIL WAR DAY AT MISSOURI STATE MUSEUM

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri State Museum will host a Civil War Day on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, this event is presented in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibit, “Civil War Missouri: A House Dividing” and the 150th anniversary of Missouri’s role in the Civil War.

Visitors will be able to discover Missouri’s Civil War history through period games, dress and artillery drills. Members of the Missouri Irish Brigade of Civil War Re-enactors will interact with visitors on the south lawn of the Capitol grounds. Museum staff will present the Civil War artillery program, “Ready, Aim, Fire.”

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

HISTORICAL SKETCH OF MACON COUNTY, MISSOURI

Historical Sketch of Macon County, Missouri. St. Louis, Mo.: The Missouri Historical Records Survey, 1941.

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EARLY MISSOURI ARCHIVES

Early Missouri Archives. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Records Survey, 1941-42.

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ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Arlington National Cemetery currently hosts 30 veteran burials per day—-at that rate, it will run out of burial spaces in 2025:

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BLOOMFIELD CIVIL WAR CEMETERY

If you are a Civil War buff, this historic site is a must see. The Bloomfield Civil War Cemetery is located on County Road 517 in beautiful Stoddard County, near Bloomfield, Missouri:

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

GREAT LAKES BOAT BUILDING SCHOOL

Students at this school located on the shores of Lake Huron are building seven whaleboats:

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FIREBASE RIPCORD

You’ve most likely never heard of it, at least in part because the Nixon administration did its best to prevent you from doing so:

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BLAME IT ON THE MOONLIGHT…

Astronomers have now explained how Confederate troops from North Carolina could have mistaken Stonewall Jackson and his entourage for enemy soldiers:

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RESEARCHING YOUR ANCESTORS IN FEDERAL DEPOSITORY LIBRARY COLLECTIONS

In 1813, the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was established by Congress to ensure that the American public would have access to its government’s information. Today there are 1,200 depository libraries, including some in the St. Louis area which have publications dating back to the early 19th century. FDLP collections are not necessarily arranged with the genealogist in mind, so it is helpful to know where to look and how to access indexes. In this presentation, Marie Concannon gives strategies for researchers who would like to search FDLP collections for clues about ancestors. She will speak about state government publications for genealogical research as well.

When: Saturday, June 22, 2013, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum (Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park)
How much: Free. Reservations are not required.

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. Alco Action, September 1945 (employee magazine of Alco Valve Company, St. Louis)
2. Souvenir program for Hugo Annual Concert, given by students of the Hugo Schools of Music, Municipal Auditorium, May 25, 1935

Monday, June 03, 2013

WORKSHOP AT NARA-KC

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer the following workshop, Military Service Records, on Thursday, June 6, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The workshop will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Description:
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.

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

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: www.archives.gov/kansas-city.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

MISSOURI REPUBLICAN DIGITIZED!

Great news for Missouri genealogists:

The Missouri Republican newspaper has been digitized for the years 1854-1876, and is accessible on the website of the State Historical Society of Missouri.

Click on the link for years of interest,, then click ADVANCED SEARCH-->SEARCH BY DATE.

1854-1860: LINK
1861-1869: LINK
1869-1873: LINK
1873-1876: LINK

These newspapers were scanned using optical character recognition (OCR) software (which means that text is searchable).

INTERESTING AND AMUSING DOCUMENTS AT MHM

Interesting and Amusing Documents in the Missouri History Museum Archives

Missouri History Museum associate archivist Dennis Northcott will take you on a walk through St. Louis history, as told by documents in the archives. Hear why one St. Louis resident described the atmosphere in Civil War St. Louis as being akin to the French Revolution; learn about the beautiful pond that once sat in what is now the heart of downtown; find out why a committee of public health shut down local breweries in 1849; and much more!

When: Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Daniel Boone Branch, St. Louis County Library (300 Clarkson Road, Ballwin, MO)
How much: Free, but reservations are required.

To make a reservation, visit the St. Louis County Library Events page.

ILLINOIS MILITARY CERTIFICATES

The Illinois State Genealogical Society currently has several Military Certificate projects in progress. The purpose of these projects is to recognize the sacrifices made by the veteran's valiant efforts and to record and preserve material submitted in support of the certificates so that it will be available for future generations of researchers. Certificates are available for persons whose ancestor served in an Illinois military unit/resided in Illinois at time of enlistment during the War of 1812; Black Hawk War; Civil War; World War I; and World War II.

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Saturday, June 01, 2013

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM NEWS

The Missouri History Museum announces Bob Cox, former senior vice president of Emerson, as interim president.

“Bob comes to us with vast experience in management and administration," said Romondous Stover, chairman of the Missouri History Museum Subdistrict Commission. "In addition to his professional experience, Bob is also deeply involved in a number of local and national charitable organizations."

Now retired, Bob Cox spent 36 years working for Emerson. Most recently, he served as a senior vice president of administration from 2005 to 2011. In this position, he had various executive and administrative responsibilities including community affairs and charitable giving.

Mr. Cox is a respected and well-known member of the St. Louis business and philanthropic communities. He is director and board chair of KidSmart, and director of Beyond Housing. He is also a board member of the Greater St. Louis United Way, and St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Cox has been a director of Reliance Bank since 2006.

In his role as interim president, Mr. Cox will function as the chief executive officer, overseeing the Museum’s leadership team. He will work to strengthen the governance and administration of the Museum, including refining internal operating policies, improving human resources practices, and assuring communication and compliance with the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District.

“Bob's 36 years of experience with Emerson, most recently as a senior VP in administration, will help provide great stability to the Museum during our search for a new President,” said John R. Roberts, chairman of the Missouri Historical Society Board of Trustees. “I look forward to working closely with him as he begins his new responsibilities.”

Missouri History Museum website