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Friday, November 29, 2013

THE NORTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER

Hathaway, J. R. B. The North Carolina Historical And Genealogical Register. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., vols. 1-3 (1900-1903):

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THE SOUTH CAROLINA HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL MAGAZINE

Carolina Historical Society. The South Carolina Historical And Genealogical Magazine. Charleston, S.C.: South Carolina Historical Society, vols. 1-23 (1900-1922):

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INDEX TO AMERICAN GENEALOGIES

Durrie, Daniel S. 1819-1892. Index to American Genealogies: And to Genealogical Material Contained In All Works Such As Town Histories. 5th ed. Albany, N. Y.: J. Munsell's Sons, 1900.

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GENEALOGY: A WEEKLY JOURNAL OF AMERICAN ANCESTRY

Weeks, Lyman Horace, and William Montgomery Clemens. Genealogy: a Weekly Journal of American Ancestry. New York, N.Y.: [William M. Clemens, Publisher], 1912-1921, 9 vols.

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Monday, November 25, 2013

DEFRAGGLER

Windows has a built-in disk defragmenter, but you may find that you like this free one even better:

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2012 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY

This statistical update from the U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to be released on 17 December 2013:

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DON’T BE A TOTAL LOSER

That is to say, take steps now to ensure that losing your purse or wallet (should that unfortunate event ever happen to you) causes the least amount of pain possible:

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VLC MEDIA PLAYER

Need a versatile, free media player? Look no further:

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THE OTHER LETTERMAN

This Letterman (Dr. Jonathan Letterman) was responsible for advances in treatment of the wounded that saved the lives of thousands of Civil War soldiers:

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

NATIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY QUARTERLY

Available full-text at Hathi Trust:

National Genealogical Society Quarterly. Washington, DC: National Genealogical Society, 1912-1920 (vols. 1-8).

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YIPPY!

Are you tired of racy/suggestive search results (or wish to shield your kids/grandkids from such results)? Yippy is a search engine designed with that in mind:

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IS ONE ENOUGH?

In this day and age, running one type of security software is probably not enough to keep your computer safe. Here’s a simple guide to the types of security software (most with good free versions) that you probably should be using:

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Monday, November 18, 2013

THE U.S.-MEXICAN WAR (1846-1848)

Loads of historical information provided courtesy of the Descendants of Mexican War Veterans:

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KEEP YOUR DRIVE ALIVE

Constantly getting “low disk space” messages from your computer? There are several easy, low-tech ways to free up drive space:

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ARMING THE FLEET

Trying to find a gift for that former Navy man (or woman) who has everything? This book about the Navy weapons research facility in the Mojave Desert (yes, the Mojave Desert) might be just the ticket:

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Friday, November 15, 2013

SPOOKY SPOTS

Does the Show Me State have ghosties and ghoulies? You betcha!

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PTSD IS NOTHING NEW

PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) has been around as long as men (and now women) have waged war--it just took a long time for doctors and the big brass to realize that it isn’t a synonym for cowardice or malingering:

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COUNTING EVERYONE

Counting Everyone: Using Federal Census Records to Find Your Ancestors

Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Everyone counts! The census documents people from all walks of life: immigrants and store clerks to celebrities and everyday people. This course will introduce beginning genealogists to the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, while providing direction on how and where to start researching your family history. Learn to discover clues, codes, and other telling details about your ancestors’ lives.

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

HANDLING DESTRUCTIVE MALWARE

These tips from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) are probably most useful for IT people/computer geeks, but I know some of you folks fall into those categories:

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BATTLE OF PEA RIDGE, ARKANSAS

On March 7-8, 1862, 26,000 soldiers fought here to decide the fate of Missouri and the West. Pea Ridge is not only one of the most pivotal Civil War battles—it is also the most intact Civil War battlefield in the United States:

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CIVIL WAR VETS BURIED IN WASHINGTON STATE

If you've lost track of a Civil War vet, maybe he moved to Washington State. You don't have to register to use this site, and you can search by surname only:

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

MISSOURI TORNADOES 1950-1995

Looking at this lengthy list of tornadoes that occurred in the Show Me State during the time period indicated, I find it surprising that the number of persons killed is so low:

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MISSOURI GHOST TOWNS

If your ancestor’s Missouri town appears to have been erased from present-day maps of the Show Me State, maybe you’ll find it here:

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THE GENEALOGICAL EXCHANGE

Available full-text at Hathi Trust:

Fernald, Natalie R. The Genealogical Exchange. Buffalo, N.Y.: [s.n.], 1904-1911 (vols. 1-7).

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THE EWING GENEALOGY WITH COGNATE BRANCHES

Available full-text at Hathi Trust:

Ewing, Presley Kittredge.The Ewing Genealogy With Cognate Branches. Houston: Hercules Ptg. & Book Co., 1919.

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EASY DUPLICATE FILE FINDER

Free application that helps you locate and remove duplicate files:

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NOTES: 1. If a file brought up during a search for duplicates looks like a Windows system file (or if you just aren't sure)--keep it!

2. Ignore the first Download buttons you see (they're for a paid advertiser)--use one of the buttons at the bottom of the page.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

IMAGES OF THE 1951 KANSAS CITY FLOOD

The 1951 flood was one of the most devastating natural events in the Kansas City area. The photographer of these 30 images is unknown:

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KANSAS CITY PARKS AND RECREATION

Did a relative work for the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department (or do you just have great memories of happy hours spent cavorting in one or more Kansas City parks)? The Parks and Recreation Department Archives makes historical material available for viewing including microfilm copies of Board of Parks Commissioners Minutes and related papers; Parks and Recreation Department scrapbooks (1892-1916, 1939-1962, 1965-1969); and other departmental documents. In addition, the archives holdings include photographs and an architectural drawing collection that chronicles the history of Kansas City Parks and Boulevards that may be viewed at the Archives.

The Archives are located at 4600 E. 63rd Street Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64130-4629. Hours are 9 a.m.--4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; closed on federal holidays. It is recommended that you call before you visit: 816-513-7643 for general archival inquiries or for architectural drawing information.

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IN LIVING COLOR

When we look at photos taken during wartime, up to and including World War II, we expect to see black-and-white photos. It’s therefore fairly disconcerting to see color photos of wartime scenes, like these World War I images:

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NEW: MY ANCESTOR ACTIVITY BOOKS

Announcing the "My Ancestor" Activity Books for Youth
Pre-Orders being taken now for Thanksgiving Delivery

Studies show that greater knowledge about family history especially strengthens and empowers youth by creating self-esteem, resilience and a greater sense of control over their lives. Studying the family's past also strengthens the relationships between living family members by creating a shared experience and core identity that no one else in the world can duplicate.

To help families achieve these great benefits, we've produced the new Zap The Grandma Gap "My Ancestor" Activity Books. These 52 page activity books are designed for children 6-14 years old to help create stronger bonds in modern families by encouraging the whole family to learn about their ancestors together. Young people can take the lead to accomplish the activities in this book with their family members. As it is filled out, the activity book becomes a new family keepsake to pass down to future generations. First in the series:

My British Ancestor Activity Book
My Civil War Ancestor Activity Book
My German Ancestor Activity Book
My Swedish Ancestor Activity Book

For more info or to order:

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JFK ASSASSINATION

The assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is an iconic tragedy seared into the consciousness of anyone living that day: November 22, 1963. Even those who weren't born yet, or were too young to remember the event, know the history, have seen the headlines, or have watched video footage of how an assassin's bullet shattered a man, his family, and a nation.

News spread quickly. Within hours, hurried accounts of the event were published in the papers.

A brief account here cannot adequately commemorate President Kennedy, describe the events of that day and the weeks that followed, nor describe the impact his assassination had on the country. This month, fifty years later, first-person accounts and moving tributes will fill our news feeds, make their way to television, and absorb our attention in private and public venues.

Fifty years later, we at Fold3 commemorate JFK's legacy beyond his tragic and untimely death. We join the world in paying tribute to the life and memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Visit John F. Kennedy's Fold3 Memorial Page.

Explore headline news from November 22, 1963, and the days that followed, on Newspapers.com via their blog (and be sure to check out reader comments--very interesting).

Saturday, November 09, 2013

MISSOURI DIGITAL NEWSPAPER PROJECT

The State Historical Society of Missouri is pleased to present a growing collection of digitized historic newspapers. These images are freely available to the public and are keyword-searchable.

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MISSOURI HISTORICAL REVIEW

Missouri Historical Review. Columbia, Mo.: State Historical Society of Missouri, 1906-1922, vol.1-16.

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LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY RESEARCH GUIDES

Dozens of guides created by librarians of The Kansas City Public Library:

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GOING GREEN!

The National Archives is going green. For the remainder of 2013, the Archives will only send out information regarding programs and workshops via email. If we don’t have your e-address on file, please send an email with your preferred email address to kansascity.educate@nara.gov or call 816-268-8000. By providing your e-address, you grant the National Archives at Kansas City permission to send you information about upcoming exhibitions, special events, and programs.

CASUALTIES FROM IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN CONFLICTS

Three new titles have been added to a Fold3 collection called Casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts. Named for three separate military operations, each title includes the names and related personal and service information for over six thousand men and women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

While the three record sets include “casualties” in their titles, they only contain records for those killed, not wounded. They include:

Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) Casualties "Operation Enduring Freedom" (OEF) is the operational codename given by the United States government to the War in Afghanistan which began in 2001 and is currently an ongoing conflict.

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) Casualties "Operation Iraqi Freedom" (OIF) is the operational codename given by the United States government to the conflict in Iraq from 2003-2010.

Operation New Dawn (OND) Casualties "Operation New Dawn" (OND) is the operational codename given by the United States government for U.S. involvement in Iraq after Operation Iraqi Freedom ended on August 31, 2010.

Every casualty links to a Memorial Page with a summary and personal details including full name, branch of service, pay grade and rank, unit, casualty location, date of death, age, residence, and more. In addition to searching for a name, you can also search on other details such as unit number, rank, date of death, or city of residence.

INTRODUCING THE HONOR WALL

Unveiled this week in honor of Veterans Day, the Fold3 Honor Wall pays tribute to millions of men and women who served our nation, from colonial days to the present.

We invite you to visit the Honor Wall and help us pay tribute to America's veterans by sharing your own memories, stories, and photos of a loved one. Whether you have family or friends serving now, or have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War or other conflicts in between, join us in commemorating them. With your help, the Honor Wall will keep their stories alive.

The Honor Wall hosts millions of names, yet it's just the beginning of a monumental tribute that will grow through your contributions. We've redesigned the Fold3 Memorial Pages to include representations of service, along with life events, photos, stories, documents, and connections to family members.

Search for those you know—ancestors, friends, fellow service members, family members, or perhaps you! If you find who you're looking for, add your own dedication. If you can't locate a Memorial Page for someone, create one of your own and add it to the Honor Wall. It's easy!

Just follow the prompts to choose the conflict in which someone served, then add more facts about the individual, including military service. The "Find more records" button will even give you links to possible matches to records on Fold3, Newspapers.com, and Ancestry.com.

Once you've contributed to the Honor Wall, let others know. Choose the "Share" link at the bottom of any Memorial Page. Spread the word, and help us commemorate all of America's heroes.

View sample Memorial Pages for ideas of how you can create or add to your family’s pages.

• Civil War: Robert E. Lee

• WWII: Jimmy Stewart

• Vietnam War: Larry Oakley

• Persian Gulf War: Ann Dunwoody

StLGS UPCOMING EVENTS

St. Louis Genealogical Society is sponsoring a number of upcoming events:

Dec1, 2013—StLGS Book Jamboree (Christmas gifts?)

Mar 7, 2014—StLGS Trivia Night (always a fun night—I’ll see you there!)

Apr 26, 2014—StLGS Annual Family History Fair (a great day attending classes, shopping the vendors, and meeting new people)

Saturday, November 02, 2013

LOCAL HISTORY INDEX

This valuable resource is an index to numerous articles in magazines, newsletters, newspapers, books, as well as factual entries on topics of interest to the Missouri Valley area and Kansas City specifically. It currently consists of more than 36,000 records. Entries are added daily by our librarians. To view most of these items, you can visit the Missouri Valley Room or (where applicable) write document@kclibrary.org to request a photocopy:

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CIVIL WAR ON THE WESTERN BORDER

This website engages Civil War buffs, scholars, students, and local residents in research and discussion on the Missouri-Kansas Border War that shook the region from 1854 to 1865. Through a collaborative effort among libraries, museums, and historical societies across the greater Kansas City region, the project provides free access to selected primary source materials and adds unique interactive features and a thematic layer of original scholarly essays and topical encyclopedia entries:

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FINDING YOUR YANKS (OR REBS)

Finding Your Civil War Ancestors

Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference at the Missouri History Museum, will show us the most effective ways to locate our Civil War ancestors. Mr. Northcott will explain what historical records are available, where to find them, and how to retrieve them for our family history research.

When: Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Genealogy and Local History Library, 401 State St., Alton, Illinois.
How much: Free. Register at 1-800-613-3163.

FINDING THEM AT MHM

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

Associate Archivist Dennis Northcott will describe the resources available at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center as well as the website, which may help you research your St. Louis-area family members.

When: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Kathryn Linnemann Branch, St. Charles City-County Library, 2323 Elm St., St. Charles, MO.
How much: Free. Registration is required.

Friday, November 01, 2013

FREE GENEALOGY WORKSHOPS AT NARA-KC

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer two free genealogy workshops in November. Both workshops will be held at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Workshop Descriptions:

Dawes Rolls Decoded: Understanding Records of the Five Civilized Tribes
Wednesday, November 6 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Dawes Records, created between 1898 and 1914, provide detailed information regarding tribal citizenship for members of the Five Civilized Indian Tribes: Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Choctaw, and Seminole. Learn about the history of these records, how to search for them, and how to avoid common assumptions and pitfalls.

Counting Everyone: Using Federal Census Records to Find Your Ancestors
Saturday, November 16 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Everyone counts! The Census documents people from all walks of life: immigrants and store clerks to celebrities and everyday people. This course will introduce beginning genealogists to the U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940, while providing direction on how and where to start researching your family history. Learn to discover clues, codes, and other telling details about your ancestors’ lives.

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