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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

HE HAD A BLAST…

A nuclear one, that is—-and this Navy vet volunteered to witness the detonation:

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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH DEATH INDEX (1975-1977)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Death Index (1975-1977) was compiled by the late Robert M. Doerr (MoSGA’s longtime Journal Editor). This index includes references to funeral notices, burial permit listings, obituaries, and news articles relating to area deaths that appeared in the Post-Dispatch for the period January 1975 through June 1977.

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You can request copies of Post-Dispatch death notices and obits from St. Louis Public Library. You can ask for up to 5 death notices or obits per request. Please include your mailing address with each request. We will bill you for copies made (25 cents per page plus $1.00 p & h).

LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES UPDATE

The Lindenwood University archives has digitized the school's yearbooks for the years 1905-1996. The website also includes digitized student newspapers (1898-2010) and alumni publications (1913-present). These various publications are browsable but not searchable.

In addition, Lindenwood University archivist Paul Huffmann has a database of over 40,000 names of students who attended Lindenwood, dating back to the mid-19th century. He also has a database of faculty and staff that dates back to the mid-19th century. These databases provide the years in which a student or faculty/staff member was at Lindenwood. Contact Paul to request a look-up in either of these databases.

For more information, visit the Lindenwood University archives home page.

IRON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY UPDATE

Received from John Abney:

Hi Tom,

I recently joined the 21st century and created a Facebook page for our local historical society (of which I am president). It’s the Iron County Historical Society, and here’s a link to that page.

I’ve been trying to add new content each week and, among other things, visitors to the page can take a virtual tour of our museum (via a link to our YouTube page and a video there) and can even view the last presentation that I did for our society on the great Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918–1920. Currently, I’m working on the creation of an on-line exhibition that will feature historic picture postcards of Iron County scenes and sites. I hope to have that done by the end of August.

I’ll let you all know once it’s been posted.

Thanks,
John Abney

UNPACKING MEMORIES

For more information: Contact Word Association Publishers or the author.

Unpacking Memories tells of a small town in northwest Missouri in the years 1952 to 1960. At the book’s center are stories of a country doctor who practiced medicine in rural Holt County. MoSGA member Deborah Sweaney was inspired to write after opening an old forgotten suitcase that had been packed away in the hot summer of 1960. It was full of get well cards sent to her father when he was in the hospital and sympathy cards sent to her mother after her father’s death, and many, many pictures and newspaper clippings. It was a time capsule.

Unpacking Memories evokes a world that no longer exists. You will return to a time of 4-H and country fairs. If you grew up during that era, the book may unpack your own memories of playing outside unsupervised, climbing trees, and creating your own games…

It paints a picture of medical care in that decade following World War II-–a world where the word POLIO caused fear. Frank Sweaney was a country doctor, but as an old timer said, “Doc Sweaney did not ride in a horse and buggy. Doc had an Oldsmobile.” He went on house calls, was sometimes paid by bushels of tomatoes, and made an incredible impact on his community. For Frank Sweaney, as his daughter’s book states, “Health care started with the word care.” For those of us who struggle with the medical issues of our time, her father’s approach to medicine will bring out issues of medical specialization, patient care, and surging costs. It also is a sad story of a man who was driven to help and cure others--but in the end could not help or cure himself.

The author will be at the Barnes & Noble at the Columbia (Mo) Mall on September 8, 2013 from 2 PM-4 PM to autograph copies of Unpacking Memories.

MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR RECORDS ON FOLD3.COM

Two of the newest titles on Fold3 expand our collection of Mexican-American War service records. Previously comprised of service records for Mississippi, the Mormon Battalion, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas, the newest titles include service records for Arkansas regiments plus the Mexican War Service Record Index.

A soldier’s compiled military service record (CMSR) is created from muster rolls, pay rolls, receipts, and other military documents created for each unit. Therefore, his file will contain information about how much he was paid, where he served, his rank, promotions, furloughs, casualties, and sometimes a physical description.

The Mexican War Service Record Index will tell you if a particular man served in the Mexican-American War. If so, it will lead you to the unit in which he enlisted. It contains over 220,000 cards indexing the compiled service records of volunteer soldiers who served in the war. They’re arranged alphabetically by state or territory, and then by soldier’s last name.

LINK TO SERVICE RECORD INDEX

You can learn more about the activities of a regiment by navigating to the browse menu where you’ll see Unit Information at the top of the “Surname Starts With” list. The cards detail the movement of troops, if they were in battle, and other events while on the march from one location to another. The reports furnished by the Arkansas regiments are rather uneventful, but the First Tennessee Infantry engaged in battle as evidenced by a Regimental Return which recorded participation “in the battle of Cerro Gordo on the 18 in which one Private was killed and 3 officers and 5 men wounded.”

The Mexican-American War ultimately determined the southwest border of the United States when peace was negotiated in 1848. As Fold3 continues to add to the Mexican-American War collection, you’ll discover more documents and learn the stories of the soldiers who served in battles south of the border in this oft-forgotten conflict.

LINK TO FOLD3.COM MAIN PAGE

Monday, July 29, 2013

BIBLIOGRAPHY OF SLAVERY AND CIVIL WAR IN MISSOURI

Sampson, F.A. Bibliography of Slavery And Civil War In Missouri. Columbia, Mo., 1908.

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HISTORY OF BATES COUNTY, MISSOURI

Atkeson, William Oscar. History of Bates County, Missouri. Topeka: Historical Publishing Company, 1918.

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HISTORY OF DUNKLIN COUNTY, MO., 1845-1895

Davis, Mary F. Smyth. History of Dunklin County, Mo., 1845-1895: Embracing an Historical Account of the Towns And Post-villages of Clarkton, Cotton Plant, Cardwell, Caruth ... [etc.] Including a Department Devoted to the Description of the Early Appearance, Settlement, Development, Resources ... With an Album of Its People And Homes, Profusely Illustrated. St. Louis: Nixon-Jones Printing Co., 1896.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A GAZETTEER OF TEXAS

Gannett, Henry, 1846-1914. A Gazetteer of Texas. (2d ed.) Washington, [D.C.]: Govt. Print. Off., 1904.

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ILLINOIS MILITARY UNITS IN THE CIVIL WAR

Civil War Centennial Commission. Illinois Military Units In the Civil War. Springfield: Civil War Centennial Commission of Illinois, 1962:

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A CENTURY OF MISSOURI AGRICULTURE

Mumford, F. B. 1868-1947. A Century of Missouri Agriculture.Colombia. Missouri: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1921.

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THE CIVIL WAR: A CATALOG OF BOOKS IN THE ARMY LIBRARY

Army Library (U.S.). The Civil War: a Catalog of Books In the Army Library Pertinent to the American Civil War. [Washington], 1961.

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THE SWINK FAMILY OF MISSOURI

Swink, Robert Augustus. Genealogy: the Swink Family of Missouri. Pasadena, Calif.: Press of the Star-News Publishing Co., 1940.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

LAST MEN STANDING

General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, but another large rebel army did not surrender until May 26th:

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AMERICAN NAMES: A GUIDE TO THE ORIGIN OF PLACE NAMES IN THE UNITED STATES

Gannett, Henry, 1846-1914. American Names: a Guide to the Origin of Place Names In the United States. [Washington]: Public Affairs Press, 1947.

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A COMPARISON OF PRICES DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND PRESENT WAR

United States. War Industries Board. Division of Planning and Statistics. Price Section. A Comparison of Prices During the Civil War And Present War. Washington: Govt. Print. Off., 1919.

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THE ELIOTS OF ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

Eliot, Edward Cranch, 1856-1928. The Family of William Greenleaf Eliot And Abby Adams Eliot of St. Louis, Missouri. 3d ed. [United States: privately published], 1943.

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THE LILLARDS OF MISSOURI, ILLINOIS, AND IOWA

Lillard, Gerald Francis. A Compilation of the Known Descendants of Thomas And Rhoda (Patterson) Lillard: a Pioneer Family of Missouri, Illinois, And Iowa. [Arlington, Va.: s.n.], 1950.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

EYES IN THE AUSSIE SKY

Australia said no thanks to unmanned U.S. built surveillance drones five years ago—now they’re suddenly interested in the offer:

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GEORGE AND GENGHIS: A VERY ODD COUPLE…

What did George Washington and Genghis Khan have in common? They were both talented spymasters, as this article about GK illustrates:

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ROSTER OF NORTH CAROLINA TROOPS, 1861-1865

The Historical Publications Section of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources has made available online a cumulative master index of the first 18 volumes of "North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster." This index of approximately 115,000 names of North Carolinians who served in the Civil War will be of great interest to historians, genealogists, and anyone with a Tar Heel ancestor who fought in that conflict.

Work on "North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865: A Roster" began in 1961 with the purpose of researching, compiling, and publishing service records for every North Carolinian who served in the Civil War. To date, 18 of a projected 22 volumes have been published.

The rosters in each volume are arranged numerically by regiment or battalion and alphabetically by company. Each roster is preceded by a unit history giving information about where it was raised and how it was designated. Officers and enlisted men are listed in separate sections alphabetically by surname. Each name is followed by a service record that includes information such as the soldier's county of birth and residence; his age and occupation at time of enlistment; promotions; whether he was wounded, captured or killed; and whether he deserted or died of disease.

This online cumulative index contains an entry for each man listed in the series. Each entry includes the volume number and page number where his service record is listed or where he is otherwise mentioned. It does not list company and regiment. Cross referencing of variant name spellings is available. The index database also contains entries for all the persons, places and military units mentioned in the histories.

Most public and academic libraries hold volumes of the "North Carolina Troops" series. Individual volumes and copies of individual pages from those volumes can be purchased from Historical Publications.

Digitization of the "North Carolina Troops" index is a joint project of Historical Publications and the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Information Technology Application team.

For additional information call (919) 733-7442, ext. 225. The Historical Publications Section within the Office of Archives and History is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

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I FIGHT MIT SIGEL

I will be giving my presentation, "I Fight Mit Sigel: Researching Your German-American Civil War Ancestors" to the Madison County Genealogical Society on Thursday, 8 August 2013 at 7:00 p.m. This group meets in the basement Community Room at Edwardsville Public Library, 112 South Kansas, Edwardsville, IL. 62025.

This program is co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library, and is free and open to the public.

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

GENEALOGY OF SHADRACK BARNES OF ROWAN COUNTY, NORTH CAROLINA

McElwee, Pinckney Glasgow. Genealogy of Shadrack Barnes of Rowan County, North Carolina, Who Was a Soldier In the Revolutionary War. Washington, D.C.: s.n., 1952.

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BIG TROUBLE IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA

A scene of potential conflict in the near future is the South China Sea. The unlikely combatants--China and the Philippines:

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BETTER LATE THAN NEVER…

A 90 year-old woman viewing an exhibit at the National World War II Museum discovered that the diary of a Marine casualty on display was all about her

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THE NEW MAN

Bruce, Henry Clay, 1836-1902. The New Man: Twenty-nine Years a Slave, Twenty-nine Years a Free Man. York, Pa.: P. Anstadt & Sons, 1895.

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HISTORY OF MONROE AND SHELBY COUNTIES

History of Monroe And Shelby Counties, Missouri. St. Louis: National Historical Company, 1884.

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Friday, July 12, 2013

BIG MAP BLOG

Are you (or is someone you know) crazy about maps? Then you need to visit the BIG Map Blog:

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MEMOIR OF GEN. NATHANIEL LYON

Woodward, Ashbel, 1804-1885. Memoir of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, of the First Brigade, Missouri Volunteers. Boston, MA: D. Clapp and Co., 1866.

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HISTORY OF CLAY AND PLATTE COUNTIES, MISSOURI

National Historical Company, St. Louis. History of Clay And Platte Counties, Missouri. St. Louis: National Historical Co., 1885.

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HISTORY OF SALINE COUNTY, MISSOURI

History of Saline County, Missouri: Carefully Written And Compiled From the Most Authentic Official And Private Sources, With a Condensed History of Missouri; the State Constitution; a Military Record of Its Volunteers In Either Army of the Great Civil War; and Biographical Sketches of Prominent Men. St. Louis: Missouri Historical Company, 1881:

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

HISTORY OF HARRISON AND MERCER COUNTIES, MISSOURI

History of Harrison And Mercer Counties, Missouri: From the Earliest Times to the Present : Together With Sundry Personal, Business, And Professional Sketches And Family Records : Besides a Condensed History of the State of Missouri, Etc. St. Louis: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1888.

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THE TRAIL BLAZERS

Hamot, Alice Turnidge. The Trail Blazers: Historical And Genealogical Record of Early Pioneer Families of Oregon, Missouri And the South. Portland, Or.: [s.n.], 1935.

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AN ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF WILSON'S CREEK

Holcombe, R. I. 1845-1916. An Account of the Battle of Wilson's Creek: Or Oak Hills, Fought Between the Union Troops, Commanded by Gen. N. Lyon And the Southern, Or Confederate Troops, Under Command of Gens. McCulloch And Price, On Saturday, August 10, 1861, In Greene County, Missouri. Springfield, Mo.: Dow & Adams, 1883.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

THE 21st MISSOURI REGIMENT

Holman, T. W.. The 21st Missouri Regiment Infantry Veteran Volunteers. Fort Madison, Ia.: Roberts & Roberts, printers, 1899.

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MHM UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Missouri History Museum Genealogy and Local History Index.

1. Souvenir program, Cherokee Business Association, 1923

2. American Furnace Company booklet, published after 1954

3. Maritz Team News, July 1963-March 1964

4. Lubrite News (newsletter of Socony-Vacuum Oil Company), 1951-1955

USCT SERVICE RECORDS DIGITIZATION PROJECT

Washington, DC: The National Archives announces the completion of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) Service Records Digitization Project, in partnership with Fold3. For the first time, this collection – nearly four million images of historic documents with detailed information on former slaves – is available online to anyone, anywhere.

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. These service records – including those of the men of the famed 54th Massachusetts Infantry featured in the movie Glory – are a treasure trove for genealogists and a rich source of documentation on the black experience in America during the Civil War.

Researchers may be surprised to find that the USCT military service records hold not only muster rolls but also a huge array of personal papers that can include enlistment papers, correspondence, orders, prisoner-of-war memorandums, casualty reports, and final statements. Starting in October 1863, slave owners could enlist their slaves and receive up to $300 upon filing a “manumission” or deed of ownership. Unique to some of the records of the USCT are these deeds of manumission and bills of sale. For genealogists, these records may offer the only source of documentation of an enslaved ancestor in the absence of other vital records.

For the first time, these valuable historical records are available online, thanks to Fold3, and to National Archives staff and volunteers who spent years preparing, preserving, microfilming, and digitizing them. The collection is available to Fold3.com subscribers, and can be accessed for free at any time on computers at National Archives research facilities nationwide (in addition, some public libraries offer their cardholders free access to Fold3.com).

In total, the USCT consisted of seven cavalry regiments; 13 artillery regiments plus one independent battery; 144 infantry units; two Brigade Bands; and other miscellaneous smaller units. Records are arranged by regiment and then alphabetically by surname of the soldier.

The USCT fought in 39 major engagements and more than 400 other ones. Sixteen African American soldiers received the Medal of Honor. The last USCT regiment was mustered out of Federal service in December 1867.

National Archives press release on the USCT Digitization Project