Monday, December 29, 2014

AUDRAIN COUNTY AREA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Located in the basement of the Audrain Public Library in Mexico, MO, our society has a large collection of books, publications, newspapers, microfilm, original tax books, etc.

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AUDRAIN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Audrain County Historical Society is located within the 11-acre Robert S. Green Park in central Mexico, Missouri. There, visitors will find the ante-bellum Graceland Museum (1857), (listed on the National Registry of Historical Places), the American Saddlebred Horse Museum (established 1970), Country School, and the Country Church.

Today nine of Graceland's rooms house displays that allow visitors to experience the Victorian elegance of the past as well as the rich history of the country. Books, maps, photos, etc. on local subjects are available in the library for use by historians and genealogists.

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THE NINETEENTH ILLINOIS

Haynie, James Henry. The Nineteenth Illinois: a Memoir of a Regiment of Volunteer Infantry Famous in the Civil War of Fifty Years Ago for Its Drill, Bravery, and Distinguished Services. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912.

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HISTORY OF THE NINETY-SIXTH REGIMENT

Partridge, Charles A. B. History of the Ninety-sixth Regiment: Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Chicago: Brown, Pettibone, Printers, 1887.

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FAMILY HISTORY SOURCES AT NARA-ATLANTA

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southeast Region. Family History Sources. Rev. 2010. Morrow, GA: National Archives, Southeast Region, 2010.

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ARE YOU READY FOR AncestryDNA?

AncestryDNA brings cutting-edge science to family history by looking at the record that has been preserved inside of you. AncestryDNA examines more than 700,000 markers on your genome to match you with genetic cousins who have also taken the AncestryDNA test and help you make new discoveries about your family story.

Our latest additions to AncestryDNA are new, highly accurate DNA matching results and an early beta of DNA Circles™, a revolutionary new experience that combines DNA matching with the data from online family trees to make connections that haven’t been possible until now.

Are you ready to learn more about what AncestryDNA can do for you?

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

NORTHWEST MISSOURI GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY WWII PROJECT

The NWMGS is working to compile information on every soldier from northwest Missouri that served in World War II. The goal is to publish a book in late 2015, preserve the historical information, and share the results online for future generations of researchers.

In January of 1944 the St. Joseph News-Press published a list of nearly 7000 soldiers that were from Buchanan County. In that publication, they also included a call for any missed names, and published them in the subsequent weeks, and included those from the surrounding areas. These lists will serve as the basis of our project. We hope to document what happened to each and every one of them, and need your help.

If you would like to contribute information on the World War II veteran in your family, please fill out the form and send it in. We understand the list is far from complete, so there may be hundreds or thousands of other servicemen to be added.

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NORTHWEST MISSOURI GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society serves the counties of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth in Missouri plus several counties in Kansas.

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ANDREW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM

IN PERSON:

* The Genealogy Department is open from 10-4 on Thursdays and Fridays and by appointment.
* Copying of Records is allowed by our volunteers.
* Probate and Will records are $1.00 per page, and are reduced to 8x11 sheets.
* Microfilm copies are 50 cents per page.
* Copies from books and/or files are 20 cents per page.
* Research donation is $10 per hour, plus copying and mailing.

SNAIL MAIL:

For specific details on copying costs and genealogy research questions, contact the Genealogy Department by snail mail at:

ACM&HS
Box 12
Savannah, MO 64485
Attention: Jean Smith

Requests for research by snail mail should include a SASE and specific names and dates so research can be done.

EMAIL (acmuseum@stjoelive.com):

If an e-mail address is provided I will personally:

* answer the request,
* estimate how long it will take to do the research.
* suggest a price

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ADAIR COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Adair County Historical Society was founded in 1976.

The Society is fulfilling its mission "to collect and preserve history of Adair County."

The Adair County Historical Society has collections of Adair County history artifacts, documents, narratives, and photographs. Feel free to ask us about research, educational programs, and tours.

Located at 211 South Elson Street, Kirksville, Missouri 63501-3466.
Phone: 1-660-665-6502

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Monday, December 22, 2014

THE MILITARY HISTORY OF WISCONSIN

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Quiner, E. B. The Military History of Wisconsin: a Record of the Civil And Military Patriotism of the State, In the War for the Union, With a History of the Campaigns in Which Wisconsin Soldiers Have Been Conspicuous--Regimental Histories--sketches of Distinguished Officers--the Roll of the Illustrious Dead--Movements of the Legislature And State Officers, Etc. Chicago: Clarke & Co., 1866.

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MARSHALL COUNTY IN THE WORLD WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Whitacre, Joseph A. Marshall County In the World War, 1917-1918: a Pictorial History of the Community's Participation in All Wartime Activities With a Complete Roster of Soldiers And Sailors In Service. Marshalltown, Ia: J.A. Whitacre and W.J. Moore, 1919.

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ILLINOIS MONUMENTS AT GETTYSBURG

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Beveridge, John L. Illinois Monuments at Gettysburg. Springfield, Ill.: H. W. Rokker, State Printer and Binder, 1892.

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RECORDS OF THE ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE

Pendell, Lucille (Hunt), Elizabeth Bethel, and National Archives (U.S.). Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Adjutant General's Office. Washington, 1949.

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ARMY & NAVY PENSION LAWS

United States. Laws of the United States Governing the Granting of Army and Navy Pensions, Together With Regulations Relating Thereto. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1919.

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GLENN E. MARTIN GENEALOGY LIBRARY

201 West Main Street, Princeton, Kentucky

The Glenn Martin Genealogy Library has over 1400 family files, Caldwell County Circuit Court Records dating back to 1780, Periodicals, Collections by Sis Baker, Jack Granstaff, Sam Stegar, William Wilson, Caldwell County Marriage Index, Wills, Church records, Microfilm, Newspapers, Maps, Veteran lists, Early Kentucky Settlers, and many more including a Trail of Tears room.

Note: They’re currently involved in an effort to gather info about area men and women who served during WWII.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— 19th CENTURY WOMEN’S PERIODICALS

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of 19th century women’s periodicals:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS—ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of books about Abraham Lincoln:

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HISTORY OF THE MISSOURI NATIONAL GUARD

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

History of the Missouri National Guard. Published by the authority of the Military Council, Missouri National Guard (1934).

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GENEALOGIST’S GUIDE TO THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA

"A Genealogist’s Guide to the Washington, D.C. Area” is available now as a PDF download ($4.99) from The In-Depth Genealogist Store:

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Note: Research facility links are clickable from the ebook.

PRICE’S MISSOURI EXPEDITION

Article on his 1864 raid into Missouri:

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CIVIL WAR STORIES UNFOLD FOR TENNESSEE FAMILIES…

Now 150 years removed from the war, many families still have untold stories to uncover. The historical record is growing, with discoveries of new material and technological advances that make it all easier to explore.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

RECORDS AT NARA MID-ATLANTIC REGION

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives at Philadelphia: Federal Records of the Mid-Atlantic Region from Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, & West Virginia. Rev. 2010. Philadelphia, PA.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010.

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FAMILY HISTORY SOURCES AT NARA-SE REGION

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Southeast Region. Family History Sources. Rev. 2010. Morrow, GA: National Archives, Southeast Region, 2010.

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HIRAM’S HONOR

Max R. Terman has written an historical novel based on life of his Civil War relative, Hiram Terman, and has furnished details about what daily life might have been for this veteran of Ohio's 82nd Infantry Regiment during his years as a soldier.

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FINDING GERMAN MILITARY RECORDS

Lind Street Research Publishes a New Guide for finding German Military Records for the former Kingdom of Hanover

INVERNESS, ILLINOIS, August 1, 2014--Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, Certified Genealogist and German research expert, is proud to announce the publication of Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866 on Microfilm at the Family History Library. Military records for the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany can include a soldier's date and place of birth, his father's name, and widows' pensions. This publication is the only English-language guide to this gold mine of information for genealogists. With this guide, a researcher can quickly determine all available records for a regiment and time period and know where to find them in the Family History Library's (FHL) microfilm holdings in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The records in this collection span 130 rolls of FHL microfilm and go beyond simply listing names of soldiers. In addition to the typical details in the muster rolls, transfers to and from other companies provide clues to additional muster rolls to review. The many other types of records in this collection include regimental journals, pension data, marriage consents, field church books, and even horse muster rolls, including physical descriptions of the horses and the names of the soldiers who rode them, and much, much more.

Easy to use, this guide is organized chronologically and includes brief historical overviews at the beginning of each major section. The book explains the history of the former Kingdom of Hanover and includes a detailed explanation of how to use this guide, demonstrated with examples. This guide book is a must-have for anyone researching ancestors from the former Kingdom of Hanover in Germany.

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG has had a life-long passion for genealogy. In 2006, Teresa founded Lind Street Research, a company dedicated to helping clients trace their German ancestry. Since then, she has helped many people discover their family history. Teresa also writes family history books and is a popular speaker for local and national genealogical societies, sharing her knowledge with the genealogical community.

Visit www.hanovermilitary.com

Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CG

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ROSTER OF COMMISSIONED OFFICERS IN THE US MISSOURI VOLUNTEERS

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

Roster of commissioned officers in the United States Missouri volunteers: who were mustered into the United States service under the first and second calls of the President of the United States / Gov. Lon V. Stephens, Commander-in-chief. M. Fred Bell, Adjutant-General.

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FILLING IN THE GAPS

Before 1865, passenger lists for ships arriving at ports in Canada did not have to be archived. It is therefore a challenging time period in which to find such lists.

The good news is that there are alternate records such as shipping agent records, emigration agent ledger books, and newspaper extracts, to name just a few. These records may record your ancestor’s name and arrival date.

Finding these alternate records is not necessarily an easy task, however. A new ebook has gathered together all known resources for those pre-1865 passenger lists. Each item in this ebook provides a brief overview of what is in each record set and where those records can be located. If it is online, links are included.

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GPO 2014-2015 WINTER CATALOG

You can now view / download their new Print & Digital Winter 2014-2015 Catalog (free shipping worldwide for print items):

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300 FREE MICROSOFT EBOOKS!

Received from our pals at Microsoft:

FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many more since then).

Given the amount my readers enjoy these posts and these free resources, I am sharing another post this year with over 130 more FREE eBooks, Step-By-Steps, Resource Guides, etc., for your enjoyment. Plus I’m also including links to the free eBooks I shared in the past so you have all of them here in one single post, making this my single largest collection EVER (almost 300 total)! Please enjoy these FREE eBooks and resources, and be sure to pass this along to your friends, colleagues, peers, and others who you think would benefit from and enjoy them.

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Monday, December 08, 2014

THE LOYALTY AND DEVOTION OF COLORED AMERICANS IN THE REVOLUTION AND WAR OF 1812

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Garrison, William Lloyd. The Loyalty and Devotion of Colored Americans in the Revolution and War of 1812. New York City: New York Age Press, 1918.

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case books printed in the Confederate states between 1861 and 1865:

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ANNUAL REUNION OF MISSOURI DIVISION, UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

Official proceedings of annual reunion of Missouri Division, United Confederate Veterans (1906).

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THIRTY-THIRD REGIMENT ILLINOIS INFANTRY IN THE CIVIL WAR

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

The Thirty-third Regiment Illinois Infantry in the Civil War, 1861-1865; prepared by Capt. J.H. Burnham (1912).

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TWENTIETH REGIMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

The Twentieth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, 1861-1865, by Brevet Lt.-Col. George A. Bruce (1906)

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KERMIT KARNS

We have learned that Kermit Karns, MoSGA's founding President, died on Sunday, November 30th. Kermit died in Imperial, Nebraska at the age of 97.

Kermit worked tirelessly to create a statewide genealogical association in Missouri. In 2004, when we celebrated MoSGA's 25th Anniversary, he returned to Missouri with his daughter and granddaughter to attend the celebration.

His obituary is available here.

Thursday, December 04, 2014

NATIONAL MILITARY HERITAGE MUSEUM

Bring your family and friends and come discover St. Joseph's only military history museum.

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OUR MILITARY HERITAGE

The Allen County Public Library makes this resource available. Includes various information about each American war: biographical sketches; photos; posters; rosters; timelines etc.

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MAINE GENEALOGY

Digital collection of 42 full-view items available via Hathitrust:

Books dealing with Maine families / county records:

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FIRST DIVISION MUSEUM DIGITIZATION PROJECT

The First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois, announced the completion of the first phase of a massive digitization project that now enables convenient access to historic records from World War II housed in the museum's Robert R. McCormick Research Center.

The project involved digitizing part of the research center's extensive microfilm reel collection of the 1st Infantry Division's WWII battle documents. Researchers, students and the general public now have remote access to WWII-era records of the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division concerning D-Day and other historic battles. There is no charge to view the digital collection, which may be accessed from the home page of the museum's website.

More info on The Project

THE POLAR BEAR EXPEDITION

Digital collection of 73 full-view items available via Hathitrust:

American intervention in northern Russia, 1918-1920:

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LIST OF CSA OFFICERS, REGIMENTS AND BATTALIONS

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

List of field officers, regiments and battalions in the Confederate States army, 1861-1865.

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SYNONYMS OF ORGANIZATIONS IN THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

List of synonyms of organizations in the volunteer service of the United States during the years 1861, '62, '63, '64, and '65. Comp. under the direction of Brigadier General Richard C. Drum, Adjutant General United States Army, by John T. Fallon

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

KENTUCKY SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1812

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Kentucky. Adjutant-General's Office. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Kentucky: Soldiers of the War of 1812. Frankfort, Ky.: E. P. Johnson, Public Printer, 1891.

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THE CIVIL WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Robertson, James I. The Civil War. Washington: U. S. Civil War Centennial Commission, 1963.

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THE 21ST MISSOURI REGIMENT INFANTRY VETERAN VOLUNTEERS

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

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

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ALL WARS MUSEUM

QUINCY, Ill. — A new display about the Vietnam War will be added to a war museum in western Illinois.

The All Wars Museum is located on the campus of the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Museum curator Bob Craig tells The Quincy Herald-Whig the new display will include a three-dimensional model of the infamous Viet Cong tunnel system of Cu Chi.

The museum is scheduled to be closed for renovations from Dec. 7 through the end of February. Craig says new display cases and a new mural about the Civil War are among the planned improvements.

The museum has acquired a World War II Sherman tank that will be added to its collection of thousands of items from the Revolutionary War through the war on terror.

Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig

Friday, November 28, 2014

FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WAR HISTORY, 1832-1919

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Baird, S. Sylvester. Franklin County, Illinois, War History, 1832-1919: Containing a Brief Review of the World War--Complete History of Franklin County's Activities--Photographs and Service Records of Franklin County's Soldiers, Sailors and Marines--Industrial and Biographical Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible. Benton: Pub. by H. W. Trovillion for the Franklin County War History Society, 1920.

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DISCOVERING ANZACS

The Discovering Anzacs website brings together photos, official documents and memorabilia from WWI and the Boer War.

It is a joint project by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) and Archives New Zealand featuring the digitised service dossiers of every Australian and New Zealander who served in the great war.

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: WORLD’S FAIRS AND EXPOSITIONS

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case world’s fairs and expositions held between 1851 and the present day:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: RECORDS OF THE AMERICAN COLONIES

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case the 13 original colonies:

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Monday, November 24, 2014

SMALL SOLDIERS

A Colorado man got hooked on collecting military miniatures—-and the collection just grew and grew:

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GATEWAY FAMILY HISTORIAN

The latest issue of Gateway Family Historian ("Civil War Crime and Punishment")is now available online:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: THE U.S. CONGRESSIONAL SERIAL SET

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of full-text digital books on a particular subject, in this case the U.S. Congressional Serial Set:

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FOLD3.COM ADDS CIVIL WAR SERVICE RECORDS

The Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) are one of the best places to look for information on the military careers of your Civil War ancestors. Compiled by the National Archives starting in the 1890s, the Civil War CMSRs contain basic military service information for soldiers in the volunteer armies (and in a few cases for women attached to the armies, often via hospital service as matrons, laundresses, etc.).

The information in a soldier’s CMSR was originally consolidated from a variety of sources and summarized on card abstracts, which were then filed using a system of envelopes, with one envelope per soldier per regiment. The sources for the card abstracts included muster rolls, regimental returns, pay vouchers, hospital rolls, and other such records. In addition to the cards, some CMSRs also contain personal papers such as casualty sheets, discharge certificates, enlistment papers, inventories of personal effects, medical records, or even photos, newspaper articles, and letters.

Although Fold3 already has many of these CMSRs, our collection is still growing! Whereas previously for some states, Fold3 had index cards rather than the full CMSRs, we’re now adding (or planning to add) the complete documents for Union soldiers from California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Washington DC. We’ve also already added full CMSRs for the U.S. Colored Troops.

The new CMSRs are being scanned directly from the original papers at the National Archives (rather than from microfilm), which means that this the first time these records will be available digitally. However, it also means that the process may be lengthy, since the records have to be carefully scanned page by page.

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DNA CIRCLES

Good morning,

The time has come. This morning, we have launched our new, enhanced DNA matching and the beta for DNA Circles:

All AncestryDNA customers who had their results prior to today will have their updated DNA matches available on the site. We are in the process of emailing everyone to notify them of the update.

DNA Circles is the name for what we previously shared as DNA match groups. This is being launched in beta as the technology is still in its early days. The help section of DNA Circles has lots of information on how this works, we’ll also be posting an overview for everyone to read.

More info on their blog

You can download your “old" DNA matches via the settings tab on the DNA homepage. This is only available to people who had results prior to today. From today forward, people only have the “new” matching results.

What really makes our new matching algorithms powerful is how we have improved the process of phasing with having the database size to cross compare and take a deeper dive into the new discoveries we are making. Check out the white paper for more of the details. It’s available in the help area for DNA matches, click the question mark.

We are very excited to share this new feature and to see the discoveries that can be made.

Thanks,

Matthew Deighton
Sr. Public Relations Specialist
Ancestry.com

Thursday, November 20, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS: WORLD WAR II NARRATIVES

Users of the HathiTrust website can compile lists of books on a particular subject, in this case books about World War II military units:

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THE HUNT FOR A HERO

A search for unmarked Spanish Civil War graves has begun in southern Spain and officials hope it may reveal the burial site of acclaimed poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who's believed to have been executed and buried in the area.

Andalusia's regional government said Wednesday work had begun to clear 300 square meters (3,230 square feet) of a forest outside the village of Alfacar to bring it back to pre-war levels. Archeologists will then begin soundings to try to detect bone remains. If any are detected, a court will decide the next step.

The project, expected to last 10 days, aims to discover any war victims' remains, not just Lorca's. A two-month dig in a nearby area in 2009 yielded no results.

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BLEEDING KANSAS

The conflict over slavery in Kansas Territory and the Civil War needs to be remembered for many reasons, and one of the most important is as a lesson concerning the negative effects of abandoning the framework of American life that is embodied in the United States Constitution.

The framers of the United States Constitution created more than a system of government, they created a philosophical framework for American society that provides a means for Americans to live and work together in peace despite having dramatically opposing beliefs and life philosophies. Bleeding Kansas and the Civil War point out the severely dangerous results when Americans set aside the principles of the United States Constitution in government and social actions.

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FARMINGTON WELCOMES THE WAR

Saturday marked the first day for the “A State Divided - The Civil War in Missouri” museum to be open. Located at 3 N. Jefferson St. in Farmington, the exhibit looks at Missouri’s presence in the war that divided a nation.

Hosted by the Farmington Public Library and working in conjunction with the Missouri History Museum and the Missouri Humanities Council, the traveling exhibit will be in town through Jan. 11. The exhibit has been traveling around the state since 2012. It tells the stories of Missourians during the defining conflict of the country.

Although the exhibit is designed to be mobile, it is no small undertaking for the library to supervise. The display divides the war into four major categories: “Introduction and Traditional War,” “Divided Loyalties,” “Slavery in Missouri” and “War of No Quarter.” Part of the exhibit includes the sharing of information regarding local Civil War history.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS—AFRICAN AMERICAN PERIODICALS

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of 19th & early 20th century African American periodicals:

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MIDWEST GENEALOGY CENTER eNEWSLETTER

A KC friend has alerted me to the fact that the Midwest Genealogy Center is publishing a monthly eNewsletter. Free subscription available here (the link is in the right-hand navigation bar):

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ID THEFT MYTHS

What you THINK you know about ID theft can REALLY hurt you:

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THE WAR IN GIANT CITY

Southern Illinois is surrounded by history, much of that history dates back to the Civil War.

Reminders of the war can be found etched in the rocks at Giant City State Park, which was dedicated in 1927 and has 4,000 acres of land in the Shawnee National Forest.

Before becoming a state park, many cliffs and canyons were used as havens by both Confederate and Union soldiers, according to the park website.

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MISSING MEDALS

Have you lost your military medals—or don’t remember what all you are entitled to? All a veteran needs to find out what medals he or she has been awarded is a copy of his or her DD214.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

OHIO SOLDIERS OF THE GREAT WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Ohio. Adjutant-General's Dept. The Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-18. Columbus: The F. J. Heer Printing Co., 1926-29, vols. 1-23.

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UNLOVABLE PUPS

These PUPs are not adorable little furballs: these PUPs infest your computer if you don’t take a few simple steps to keep them out:

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ALL ABOUT VETERANS

Note: Statistics (from the U.S. Census Bureau) are all for 2013.

HOW MANY SERVED

19.6 million: Number of military veterans in the United States.

1.6 million: Number of female veterans in the United States.

79.3: Percentage of white military veterans in the United States.

11.3: Percentage of African American military veterans in the United States.

6.0: Percentage of Hispanic military veterans in the United States.

1.4: Percentage of Asian American military veterans in the United States.

9.3 million: Number of veterans 65 years and older.

1.6: Number of veterans 35 years and younger

WHEN THEY SERVED

7.0 million: Number of Vietnam-era veterans.

5.2 million: Number of Gulf War era veterans.

2.1 million: Number of Korean War veterans.

1.3 million: Number of World War II veterans.

4.7 million: Number of peacetime only veterans.

MULTI-WAR VETERANS

58,445: Number of living veterans who served during the Vietnam Era and both periods of the Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001 and September 2001 or later).

39,890: Number of living veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

1,006,501: Number of living veterans who served during served during the First Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and Second Gulf War (September 2001 or later).

294,251: Number of living veterans who served during the First Gulf War (August 1990 to August 2001) and the Vietnam Era.

175,676: Number of living veterans who served during the Korean War and the Vietnam Era.

92,670: Number of living veterans who served during World War II and the Korean War.

Downloadable PDF is available here.

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— ILLINOIS DIGITAL MAGAZINE & YEARBOOK COLLECTION

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of Illinois magazines & yearbooks:

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SAVING BOSNIA’S HISTORICAL ARCHIVES

A group of Balkan experts have launched a high-tech project to digitise Bosnia's historical archives which were partly destroyed during its three wars last century and are still under threat from neglect and a lack of funding.

The project promises to make available online a host of records and papers detailing Bosnia's turbulent past, most notably the events and atmosphere surrounding the 1914 Sarajevo assassination that triggered World War One.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

DADDY SAW THE ELEPHANT

Fred Upham’s father was a Civil War soldier who actually shook hands with President Lincoln—and Fred is still alive (12 Nov 2014) and collects a monthly pension based on his dad’s service:

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Note: Civil War soldiers called their first experience of combat “seeing the elephant” (since seeing an elephant anyplace other than a child's school primer was such an unusual experience in those days before movies, tv, and even the routine printing of photographs in books, magazines, and newspapers).

THE STRUGGLE AFTER THE WAR

You may wonder why Civil War soldiers didn’t suffer from PTSD like some present-day soldiers do. The plain and simple answer: some Civil War soldiers did:

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TIPS & RESOURCES FOR GENETIC TESTING

One tip: DNA test results can include (unwelcome) surprises:

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BEST LEAST-USED RECORDS AT NARA-KC

Workshop Description:

The Best National Archives in Kansas City Records Genealogists Aren’t Using
Wednesday, November 19, from 10:00 -11:30 a.m.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to many different types of records that are valuable for genealogists. Every day staff help researchers locate census records, naturalization records, immigration records, prison files, and more. However, our holdings also include numerous records containing valuable information for genealogists that are seldom used. This workshop will take a look at these underutilized collections, which include records from the Farmers Home Administration, Bureau of Land Management, Veterans Administration, and U.S. District Courts.

To make a reservation for this free workshop, please call 816-268-8000 or email kansascity.archives@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City 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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

ADAMS COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Are you researching ancestors from Adams County, Nebraska? If so, this could be your lucky day:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— ANCESTRY & GENEALOGY

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this huge list of publications that deal with genealogical topics:

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FAMILYSEARCH ADDS WWI COLLECTIONS

FamilySearch.org has announced the addition of three free World War I collections containing information on the millions of American and British citizens who served and registered for military service between 1914 and 1920. These vital genealogical resources were made available in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC, The National Archives in Kew, Surrey, England, and findmypast.com.

These resources include the free United States World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918. This collection "acts like a national census," notes FamilySearch collection manager Ken Nelson, "because it includes over 24 million records representing almost half of the male population of the United States at the time." Out of those who registered, approximately 4.8 million served and 2.8 million were drafted.

FamilySearch has also made two additional significant WWI collections available online for free with the help of The National Archives in Surrey, England, and findmypast.com. These resources include the United Kingdom WWI Service Records 1914-1920 collection and the United Kingdom WWI Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records 1917-1920 collection. These two collections combined add more than 43 million images to FamilySearch's growing military databases while allowing users a unique glimpse into their connection to The War to End All Wars.

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BROKEN BOMBER, BROKEN LEG…

And that was how one man’s war ended at Stalag III:

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Monday, November 10, 2014

WESTPORT AFTER-ACTION REPORTS

The Battle of Westport, Mo,, on Oct. 23, 1864, has been called the "Gettysburg of the West" because like the Battle of Gettysburg in July of 1863, in south central Pennsylvania, the Union victory stopped a major Confederate campaign very deep in "Northern" territory. The Union victory at Westport prevented the Confederate capture of Kansas City and probably an attack on Fort Leavenworth and caused Confederate Major General Sterling to turn his army south into Kansas to raise as much havoc and devastation in Kansas on its return to friendly territory in southwest Missouri and northern Arkansas:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS—WPA AMERICAN GUIDEBOOKS

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of WPA American guidebooks:

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SO WE'VE HAD A FEW WARS, EH?

TORONTO, ONTARIO-- Remembrance Day is right around the corner and, while many Canadians will remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a recent survey from Ancestry, the world's largest online family history resource, reveals that 36% of Canadians don't know if they had ancestors who fought in either the First or Second World War.

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BIG CHANGE FOR UK WAR WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS

Rules which denied about 4,000 war widows and widowers a military pension are to be changed next year. From April 2015, those who "remarry, cohabit or form a civil partnership" would be entitled to the pension for life, the Ministry of Defence said.

Under current rules some have to surrender their survivor's pension.

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Saturday, November 08, 2014

ANCESTRY.COM FREE WEEKEND

Ancestry.com is also having a free weekend (military records):

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FINDMYPAST FREE WEEKEND

To properly commemorate Veterans Day, Findmypast will be making their global records available for FREE this weekend to make it easy for people to discover the heroes in their own families. They are making their collection of family history records from around the world (including the most comprehensive collection of Irish records available online) available for FREE from Friday 7th November to Monday 10th November.

Paul Nixon, military history expert at Findmypast, explained: “Our records reveal the bravery of all those who have fought for their country on home soil and on foreign, as well as the stories of many thousands of ordinary, unsung heroes. We want to help more people discover the history of their own families, understand the lives that they lived and what experiences they faced. Veterans’ Day is one of the few days in the year when everyone reflects on the sacrifices of military personnel, and we want to help people make their past more personal by having the opportunity to discover their own family history for free.”

www.findmypast.co.uk

KC UNDERGROUND

John Lennon, Elizabeth Taylor, Salvador Dali, David Niven ... all have a Kansas City area connection. What could link a famous musician, actors and a surrealist artist to this town?

It’s their immigration records.

All are stored underground at the National Records Center, part of the Department of Homeland Security, at the Space Center Inc. location in northern Lee’s Summit.

The facility last week celebrated its 15th year of operations, offering a rare glimpse of its secured interior to dignitaries invited to take tours.

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PEELERS IN THE WAR

The Brampton Library (Ontario) will donate an important set of records created during the Second World War to the Archives at PAMA (Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives).

The Peel War Board Records is a set of more than 2,800 index cards created for the men and women of Peel who served during the Second World War.

The cards contain biographical and genealogical details, employment history, education, religious affiliation, military service and honours. While the official service records of these men and women are protected, the information on the cards will be available at the archives.

An index to the cards will be available at pama.peelregion.ca.

THE CIVIL WAR IN ILLINOIS

"The Civil War in Illinois" is an illustrated softcover work of 184 pages by Mr. Tom Emery, who lives in Carlinville. He is a contributor to multiple Illinois newspapers, and he has lectured on his research to audiences statewide, including many in the Quad-Cities.

His current release is a compilation of the biweekly newspaper column on Illinois in the Civil War that he wrote from August 2011 to May 2014. The columns, which are presented in chronological format in the book, cover all of the leading topics of the Civil War in Illinois, including the top leaders, regiments and issues, the state’s participation in key battles, and life on the homefront.

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Thursday, November 06, 2014

THE IRISH WAR MEMORIAL RECORDS

A project to establish exactly how many Irish men died in World War One has begun in the Republic of Ireland.

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HOW TO TRACE CIVIL WAR-ERA GENEALOGY

Here’s a possible speaker for genie societies in northern Illinois / southern Wisconsin:

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, the Sycamore History Museum will host a rare workshop on research. Victoria Bryant Stewart, who studies U.S. legal history at Northern Illinois University, will present “Finding Your Civil War Ancestor: Research with Federal and County Records.” She will explain how best to conduct genealogical and historical searches.

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AMERICAN INDIAN ANCESTRY @ ANCESTRY.COM

To help people with Indian blood trace their roots, Utah-based genealogy website Ancestry.com has partnered with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add more than 3.2 million American Indian historical records and images to its website.

With the new trove, the website will have more than 10 million American Indian historical records, making it the largest online collection of its kind.

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YOU CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT IT WAS LIKE

Two Jewish teenage girls whose tragic circumstances will eventually bring them to Kansas City as young women — and bond them as lifelong friends — struggle to live amidst chaos and sorrow.

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WHATEVER IS KEPT IN MEMORY ENDURES

The mission of making sure that eight men who answered the call to patriotism and service of the United States was not forgotten Saturday as a crowd braved temperatures in the low 30s to celebrate their memories and legacy.

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

BRITISH COMMEMORATION OF INDIA’S ROLE IN WWI

The British High Commission commemorated India’s contribution to the World War I effort by organising a reception in Delhi on October 30. The event was a grand affair, organised in the way only the British can.

Their defence minister Michael Fallon, who was also present, paid generous tributes to Indian soldiers: to their fighting qualities and sacrifices. He presented the Indian government with memorials to honour the six Indian soldiers who won Victoria Crosses during the war (another three VCs were won by soldiers hailing from areas now in Pakistan and two by Nepalese serving with the Indian Army).

Britain is working closely with the United Service Institution (USI) on the commemorative programme for the World War. A guide has been funded by the UK government to help people wanting to visit the battlefields of the Indian Corps in France and Belgium. They have also financed a coffee table book giving a pictorial overview of the war. Both are available through the USI. In addition, war diaries of Indian regiments that fought in the same campaign have been digitised and will soon be made available.

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FAMOUS FIRSTS OF ST. LOUIS

Famous Firsts of St. Louis: Presentation and book signing
Tuesday, November 11
10:30am
FREE
St. Louis captures its share of the spotlight with its lengthy list of introductions and number one boasts. Author Diane Rademacher presents a fully illustrated compilation of over 150 St. Louis firsts that are sure to generate civic pride as the city celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 746-4599

UTOPIA: REVISITING A GERMAN STATE IN AMERICA

Hello!

November will be such an exciting month in Saint Louis as the Utopia--Revisiting a German State in America exhibition opens. It was a year ago, on November 1, 2013 that the exhibit opened in Giessen Germany to rave reviews. After traveling across Germany to Bremen, and the Atlantic to Washington, D.C. it will be opening on November 22, 2014 at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell in St. Louis. Many exciting programs, lectures, tours, films and books will a wonderful addition to this exhibit by The Traveling Summer Republic until it closes on April 19, 2015.

The Container that has carried the exhibit all this way will arrive on Thursday, November 13. On November 22, 2014 the exhibit will open and a full day of special German events is planned for November 23rd.

Save the Date-On November 23, 2014 a full day of events is planned:

11:00am – 3:00pm (starting hourly – 11, 12, 1 and 2) In the Gallery: Guided tours in the Gallery by artistic directors Oliver Behnecke and exhibition designer Hendrik Weiner.

1:00 – 3:00pm – Schnucks Classroom: Children’s Craft Activity

12:00 - 12:30pm – Grand Hall --St. Louis German Männerchor (Men’s Choir)

10:00am – 4:00pm – In the Gallery “Muss I denn” (Must I leave?) Esther Steinbrecher

11:00am – 12:00pm – ATT Room Lecture--Presentation and Book Signing by Dorris Keeven-Franke “Utopia-Revisiting a German State in America”

12:00 – 2:00pm – Lee Auditorium “Looking back to Utopia”. Artistic director Peter Roloff talks about the development of the Utopia project.

3:00 – 5:00pm – Lee Auditorium Documentary: Utopia: Revisiting a German State in America FREE Screening

For more complete information visit the Missouri History Museum website.

For those that are descendants of the Giessen Emigration Society don't forget there are special events planned as well on December 13, 2014.

Please feel free to forward and share this information with your friends and family!

Dorris Keeven-Franke, Executive Director
Missouri Germans Consortium

BATTLE OF FRANKLIN

The Battle of Franklin, on November 30, 1864, was the second engagement in two days between troops of John Bell Hood and John M. Schofield, the first being the Battle of Spring Hill on the 29th.

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DEDICATION OF THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWNS

On November 11, 1921, President Harding presided over the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknowns, also commonly called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which originally honored fallen American servicemen from World War I whose remains had not been identified.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

NO CHARGE FOR THAT IQ BUMP…

Need a free textbook for a college-level class (or know someone who does)? MIT Open Courseware may be able to help:

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FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS IN COMPANY MAGAZINES

Finding Your Ancestors in Company Employee and Trade Magazines
Saturday, November 8
10:30am
FREE

Company employee magazines and trade magazines are packed with interesting facts about our ancestors. This genealogy presentation, led by archivist Dennis Northcott, offers many examples of content from these magazines and tips for locating them.

Missouri History Museum
Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park
5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 746-4599

BYRAM’S FORD

One man’s obsession with preserving the past has yielded a stunning collection of relics of a Civil War battle in Missouri in 1864:

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A HUGE EXPLOSION

Price’s Raid (1864) was a last attempt to capture Missouri for the Confederacy and (just maybe) win the war. Instead it made it very clear that the Confederacy was indeed a Lost Cause:

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FGS 2017 CONFERENCE

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and local co-host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society (WPGS) announce the FGS 2017 National Conference will be held August 30—September 2 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t be happier to be visiting Pittsburgh for the 2017 FGS Conference,” says FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “The city’s unique history and rich genealogical resources promise to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience to the FGS Community.”

Pittsburgh will provide a historical backdrop for this four day genealogy event which includes three days of family history sessions for all skill levels, one full day dedicated to genealogy society management, the popular Society Showcase, and a full exhibit hall.

“The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is excited to be the local co-host for the 2017 FGS Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” says WPGS President Debbie Kapp. “Our region is rich with genealogical information and this conference will be a remarkable opportunity for genealogical societies. Leaders and volunteers will find plenty of practical knowledge and inspiration for reaching out to their members. Individual researchers can connect with fellow genealogists while learning from top-notch teachers. We can't wait to showcase our city and extend hospitality to genealogists from across the U.S. and beyond.”

This announcement rounds out the upcoming FGS conferences through 2018 which include:

• FGS 2015 National Conference in Salt Lake City, UT
• FGS 2015 Alaska Cruise
• FGS 2015 Regional Conference in conjunction with the New York Family History Conference in Syracuse, NY
• FGS 2016 National Conference 40th Anniversary in Springfield, IL
• FGS 2018 National Conference in Ft. Wayne, IN

Currently, registration is open for the FGS 2015 National Conference “Connect.Explore.Refresh,” to be held concurrently with Rootstech February 11-14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Register here. FGS is also booking cabins for its upcoming Alaska Cruise scheduled to set sail August 28, 2015

Monday, October 27, 2014

WORLD WAR I HONOR HALL

Share Your Stories and Photos Today

The National World War I Museum, AncestryK12 and Fold3 are collaborating to help the nation preserve and remember the courage, honor, sacrifice and valiant efforts that led to the end of the world's first global conflict.

However, we need your help.

We’re asking you to help create the nation’s largest repository of free information about the heroes from the Great War. We want you to share your photos, your stories and your memories of those who bravely fought in the world’s first global conflict.

You can help preserve the legacy of our nation’s World War I heroes by visiting Fold3. Then, search for your Great War veteran. When you find their name, add their stories, photos and your memories. If your local community has a memorial with their name included or a memorial to their regiment, please add that as well. If they’re not listed, you can add them to the Honor Wall.

BATTLE OF THE BLUE

One hundred fifty years ago, Topeka militiamen hustled from their homes to fight invaders they feared would kill Kansans, plunder property and burn the state capital, as they had only a year earlier in Lawrence.

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SECOND BATTLE OF NEWTONIA

The 150th anniversary of the Second Battle of Newtonia will be commemorated Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the small Civil War community of Newtonia. This is the same date as the actual battle, which was the second important battle fought at Newtonia, in eastern Newton County.

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CRAZY BRAVE

A war hero who received the Victoria Cross for his conduct in France during World War I may owe his bravery to his psychiatric condition, a Perth historian says.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

THOSE VIKINGS REALLY GOT AROUND…

A hoard of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant.

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CAMP DOUGLAS RECEIVES FORMAL RECOGNITION

The former site of a Civil War training and prisoner of war camp on the South Side of Chicago has received formal recognition:

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— AGRICULTURAL COUNTY SURVEYS OF GREAT BRITAIN (1793-1817)

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of Agricultural County Surveys of Great Britain (1793-1817):

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— CONFEDERATE IMPRINTS (1861-1865)

Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of Confederate Imprints (1861-1865):

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FGS ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTION RESULTS

October 23, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces results of its recent election for FGS board members and directors. The election was conducted online September 1 – 30, 2014, with all FGS delegates eligible to vote. Office terms for those elected will begin on January 1, 2015.

With the recent election results, re-elected FGS President D. Joshua Taylor states, "I am honored to serve with such a dedicated board, and look forward to working with those elected to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee over the next two years.”

Re-Elected FGS Board Members

The following directors were re-elected to their positions: • Polly Fitzgerald Kimmitt, CGSM (Massachusetts) — Director
• Randy W. Whited (Texas) — Director

New FGS Board Members

The following board members and directors were newly elected to their positions: • Melissa Tennant (Indiana) — Vice President of Administration
• Linda McCauley* (Kentucky) — Secretary
• David E. Rencher, AG, CGSM, FIGRS, FUGA (Utah) — Director
• Cherie Bush (Utah) — Director

*McCauley was first appointed to the FGS board as a Director in early 2014 to fill a vacant position and elected Secretary in this recent election.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook and on the FGS Voice blog.

Monday, October 20, 2014

NOT FADE AWAY

A French soldier’s room is still maintained exactly as it was on the day he died 96 years ago:

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WORLD BULLETIN

Have you ever wondered if that American news source you tend to rely on is downplaying/ignoring news from other parts of the world? Short answer—yes, it is! News really does happen in countries other than the U.S., and a good source for that news is WorldBulletin.net:

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NOTE: Yes, I realize this site is somewhat slanted towards Turkey and the Muslim world—so read articles of interest here like you should be reading any news article from any source: with your BS/sloppy reporting detector activated!

WHAT HAPPENED TO TOM CURRY?

Was it merely a horrible accident, or was it murder?

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IT’S IN YOUR GENES…

Are you very tall (or very short)? The answer is mostly in your genes:

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THE FAMILYSEARCH BLUES…

Having problems with FamilySearch.org lately? Join the club:

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THE LARGEST FAMILY REUNION IN HISTORY

October 17, 2014 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the Global Family Reunion announced today their partnership for the largest family reunion in history to be held June 6, 2015 on the site of the legendary 1964 New York’s World Fair to benefit Alzheimer’s research, education, and training.

FGS will facilitate the organization of Global Family Reunion branch parties at many of its member societies across the United States and around the world.

“As a leader in the family history community, FGS is delighted to be working with the Global Family Reunion,” said FGS President D. Joshua Taylor. “As genealogy increases in popularity, events like the Global Family Reunion give our member societies the chance to show the world the best of the best. We couldn't be happier to join Mr. Jacobs and his search for cousins across the world to benefit such a worthy cause."

Brainchild of best-selling author and three-time TED talk speaker, A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion will host the event in New York. It will include talks, family history exhibits, the world’s largest family photo, other family reunion activities as well as live-streaming to branch parties located all over the world.

“I'm thrilled the Global Family Reunion and the Federation of Genealogical Societies have formed a partnership. I can't wait to work with FGS and its wonderful member societies on this project to spread the word to all members of the human family about how fun and fascinating genealogy is,” said Global Family Reunion Founder A.J. Jacobs. “Plus, I'm very, very distant cousins with everyone on the FGS team, so it's all in the family.”

The talks and presentations will feature a wide range of fascinating experts and entertainers including Academy Award-nominated director of Supersize Me Morgan Spurlock, the 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (via video), Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon, leading population geneticist and director of National Geographic’s Genographic Project Spencer Wells, and Federation of Genealogical Societies President D. Joshua Taylor.

About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies. FGS links the genealogical community by helping genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit fgs.org. To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Salt Lake City, UT, visit fgsconference.org. Also, find FGS on Facebook, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy, and on the FGS Voice blog.

About Global Family Reunion

The Global Family Reunion is an event conceived by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs. It will include presentations by celebrities, genealogists, and famous scientists, music, comedy, games, interactive exhibits and food. Jacobs became fascinated with the idea that every person on Earth is related to every other after entering his name in several genealogy websites and finding he was connected to people all over the globe. "Once we realize we're all related," he says, "we can solve the big problems, like Alzheimer's". He is using the event to collect donations, which will be distributed to Cure Alzheimer's Fund and the Alzheimer's Association NYC Chapter. The Global Family Reunion will be the topic of Jacobs' next book and the subject of a documentary by Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me). Among those participating are actor Daniel Radcliffe, President George H.W. Bush and comedian Nick Kroll. The event has already been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, NPR and Good Morning America. If you are interested in attending, please see the event website for more information.

Friday, October 17, 2014

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

Having trouble with a computer or other electronic device? There are several simple fixes you can try before you call your tech-savvy relative, or actually pay a techie to fix it:

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SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY FRUGAL GENEALOGISTS

Free PDF courtesy of Thomas MacEntee:

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IMAGES OF KIRKSVILLE

Using local resources, including the Kirksville Daily Express, combined with family archives, Erika Woehlk has aimed to assemble a collection of images that capture Kirksville and its people.

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CONNECTICUT STATE LIBRARY SEEKS TO DIGITIZE WORLD WAR I HISTORY

Beginning later this month, state library officials will hold a series of community events at which local residents are urged to bring in family letters, photographs, diaries, recorded stories and other objects from the World War I period:

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OFFICIAL ARMY REGISTER

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

United States. War Dept. Official Army Register of the Volunteer Force of the United States Army for the Years 1861, '62, '63, '64, '65. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1865.

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THE PATRIOTISM OF WILL COUNTY

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Woodruff, George H. Fifteen Years Ago: or, The Patriotism of Will County, Designed to Preserve the Names And Memory of Will County Soldiers, Both Officers And Privates - Both Living And Dead: to Tell Something of What They Did, And of What They Suffered, In the Great Struggle to Preserve Our Nationality. Joliet: published for the author by J. Goodspeed, 1876.

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THE PATRIOTISM OF ILLINOIS

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Eddy, T. M. The Patriotism of Illinois: A Record of the Civil And Military History of the State In the War for the Union, With a History of the Campaigns In Which Illinois Soldiers Have Been Conspicuous, Sketches of Distinguished Officers, the Roll of the Illustrious Dead, Movements of the Sanitary And Christian Commissions. Chicago, 1865, 2 vols.

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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF THE NETHERLANDS NEWS

Leiden, Netherlands, 9 October 2014—The National Library of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), has entered into an agreement with OCLC to add four important collections of digitized resources from Dutch-speaking countries to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide.

The extensive and historically significant data comprise large numbers of digitized books, journals, newspapers and parliamentary papers, aggregated from libraries across the Netherlands. The agreement is the latest development in a productive and long-standing partnership between OCLC and the National Library.

The arrangement directs users searching WorldCat to more than 2 million pages from some 11,000 books published in the Dutch-speaking world from 1781–1800, 80 journals from 1840–1940, parliamentary papers from 1814–1995, and more than 6 million digitized newspaper pages. The content originates from the Netherlands, the Dutch East Indies, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and the United States.

WorldCat searchers can get to full-text content made available by the National Library through its Delpher service.

"We entered into this agreement to make this information as widely available as possible," explains Bas Savenije, Director of the National Library. "We feel it is very important to make this highly-prized Dutch content accessible on the Web. WorldCat is an important mechanism for achieving that."

"The National Library has put an enormous effort into digitizing these important collections of cultural heritage. We are very excited that we can provide valuable exposure through WorldCat to these resources and promote further usage of the Delpher service," said Eric van Lubeek, OCLC Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA.

About KB

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) is the National Library of the Netherlands, established in 1798. Its mission is to bring people and information together. The KB offers access to the national memory of printed and digital publications, with emphasis on the history and culture of the Netherlands and on the Dutch society. The KB also coordinates important large-scale national digitization programmes of text corpora for study and research in the humanities. More information is available on the KB website; for digitized Dutch text visit Delpher.

Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Worldcat.org

Monday, October 13, 2014

MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Plante, Trevor K. Military Service Records at the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2007.

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VISITOR’S GUIDE: THE NARA EXPERIENCE

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Visitor's Guide: the National Archives Experience, Washington, DC. Rev. 2010. Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 2010.

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KENTUCKY BUREAU OF REFUGEES, FREEDMEN, AND ABANDONED LANDS

United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Records of the Field Offices for the State of Kentucky, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1872. Washington, DC: U.S. Congress and National Archives and Records Administration, 2003.

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AMERICAN CIVIL WAR COLLECTION

The GPO publishes lots of Civil War-related materials, with prices starting at $1.50. You can also sign up to be notified when the GPO releases new Civil War materials, or has special offers on existing publications:

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WWII DIARIES AT FOLD3.COM

If you’ve spent any time looking through Fold3’s WWII War Diaries, you probably know it as a huge collection of action reports and day-to-day activity records submitted by Navy and Marine Corps units. But if you dig a little deeper into the collection, you’ll find that it also has more than 800 pages of personal interviews with Navy officers—many of them submarine commanders—as well as a few Marines about their experiences in World War II. Each interview has an introductory page that gives a short summary of the narrative’s highlights, helping you more easily determine if the content would interest you or not.

All the interviews are worth a read, but listed below are some that stand out for the quality of their information and for their readability or humor:

• An interview with Lt. Commander Landon L. Davis, Jr., of the USS Pampanito (submarine) about rescuing Allied prisoners of war from the water after the Japanese ship they were on was sunk.
• An interview with Captain Arthur Lawrence Maher, gunnery officer on the USS Houston (heavy cruiser), about the sinking of the Houston in the Battle of Sunda Strait, his subsequent capture by the Japanese, and life in prison camps.
• An interview with Commander Chester C. Smith of the USS Swordfish (submarine) about evacuating Philippine dignitaries and other occurrences on the sub’s patrols.
• An interview with A. H. Stegall, chief radioman on the USS Silversides (submarine), about an emergency appendectomy performed (with no experience) on board, as well as an account of the sub getting bombed by a plane.
• An interview with Captain E. C. Stephan, commander of the USS Grayback (submarine), about another emergency appendectomy (also performed with no experience) and some of the highlights of the Grayback’s fifth war patrol, including a “lighthouse” mission and the rescue of downed airmen.
• An interview with Commander Kemp Tolley of the USS Lanikai (yacht) about the Japanese air raid on Cavite Navy Yard in the Philippines and the schooner’s escape to Australia via the Dutch East Indies.

Interested in reading more? Find additional personal interviews from the WWII War Diaries here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

RECORD OF SERVICES OF ILLINOIS SOLDIERS IN THE BLACK HAWK WAR AND THE MEXICAN WAR

Illinois. Adjutant General's Office. Record of the Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-32, And In the Mexican War, 1946-8, Containing a Complete Roster of Commissioned Officers And Enlisted Men of Both Wars, Taken from the Official Rolls on File In the War Department, Washington, D.C. with an Appendix, Giving a Record of the Services of the Illinois Militia, Rangers And Riflemen, in Protecting the Frontier from the Ravages of the Indians from 1810 to 1813. Springfield, Ill.: H.W. Rokker, State Printer, 1882.

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REGISTER OF THE SOCIETY OF COLONIAL WARS IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

General Society of Colonial Wars (U.S.). Missouri. Register of the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Missouri, 1900-1903. St. Louis, Mo.: Woodward & Tiernan Print. Co., 1903.

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THE WAR DEPARTMENT LIBRARY

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

United States. War Department Library. Military Literature In the War Department Library: Relating to the Participation of the Individual States In the War for the Union. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1897.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, IN THE WORLD WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Baird, S. Sylvester. Williamson County, Illinois, in the World War: Containing a Brief Review of the World War--Complete History of Williamson County's Activities--Photographs And Service Records of Williamson County's Soldiers, Sailors And Marines--Industrial Review of Business and Professional Firms Who Have Made This History Possible. Marion, Ill.: Williamson County War History Society, 1919.

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FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS IN COMPANY EMPLOYEE MAGAZINES

Company employee magazines and trade magazines are packed with interesting facts about our ancestors. This presentation offers many examples of content from these magazines and tips for locating them.

When: Saturday, November 8, 10:30 a.m.

Where: AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room, Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park)

How much: Free—reservations are not required.

DAR LIBRARY USAGE FEE

After many decades of having an entrance fee, the DAR Library in Washington, D. C. has dropped the fee effective immediately. We want to encourage usage by more people who were sometimes deterred by having to pay a fee to use the library.

By the way, the DAR Library will be closed on Saturday, October 18. The DAR Headquarters building, Museum, Americana Collection and Seimes Technology Center will be open.

Please let your readers know if you can.

Thanks,

Eric G. Grundset
Library Director
DAR Library
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D Street, N. W.
Washington, D. C. 20006-5303
202.879-3313

DAR Library Publications

Saturday, October 04, 2014

NORTH CAROLINA LAND GRANTS IN TENNESSEE

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Cartwright, Betty Goff Cook. North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, 1778-1791. Memphis, 1958.

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THE FARMER AND THE WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

The Farmer and the War. Jefferson City, Mo.: Missouri State Board of Agriculture, 1918.

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INDELIBLE PHOTOGRAPHS

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Home. Indelible Photographs. Quincy [Ill.], 1894.

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LINCOLN: THE CONSTITUTION AND THE CIVIL WAR

MU is hosting a traveling exhibit by the American Library Association called “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” through Oct. 31.

The exhibit opened Sept. 24 and is free and open to the public Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the MU Law Library.

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THE SIEGE OF YORKTOWN

On October 19, 1781, after almost 2 weeks of being under siege, the British troops at Yorktown, Virginia, surrendered to combined American and French forces, effectively signaling the beginning of the end of the Revolutionary War.

Find out more about the Siege of Yorktown and other people and events of the war in Fold3′s Revolutionary War collection.

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THE RAID ON ST. ALBANS

On October 19, 1864, a small force of Confederates launched a raid from Canada on St. Albans, Vermont, just 15 miles from the border, in the northernmost engagement of the Civil War.

Start exploring Fold3.com’s Civil War Collection:

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ILLINOIS SOLDIERS' AND SAILORS' CHILDREN'S SCHOOL

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Illinois Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's School. Annual Report and Report of Advisory Committee. Normal, [Ill.]: The School, 1868-1916 (various years).

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THE CAMPAIGN OF TRENTON, 1776-77

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Drake, Samuel Adams. The Campaign of Trenton, 1776-77. Boston: Lee & Shepard, 1895.

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WISCONSIN IN THE WAR OF THE REBELLION

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Love, William De Loss. Wisconsin In the War of the Rebellion: a History of All Regiments And Batteries the State Has Sent to the Field, And Deeds of Her Citizens, Governors And Other Military Officers, And State And National Legislators to Suppress the Rebellion. Chicago [etc.]: Church and Goodman, 1866.

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R.I.P. PAUL G. KASH

Kash (who was only 54 years old) lived in Webb City but worked at Innovative Industries in Carthage for 30 years. In his spare time, he was dedicated to learning the history of the Civil War era in Missouri and passing that story along to others.

He volunteered every week at the Carthage Civil War Museum for approximately the past 15 years, taking visitors through the exhibits and telling them in detail about Civil War happenings in this area.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS BURIED IN ILLINOIS

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Walker, Harriett J. Revolutionary Soldiers Buried in Illinois. Los Angeles, Cal.: The Standard Printing Company, 1917.

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RICHARDSON'S SOUTHERN GUIDE

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Richardson, F. H. Richardson's Southern Guide: a Complete Handbook to the Beauty Spots, Historical Places, Noted Battlefields, Famous Resorts, Principal Industries And Chief Points of Interest of the South. Chicago: Monarch Book Company, 1905.

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WAR TALKS IN KANSAS

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Kansas Commandery. War Talks In Kansas: a Series of Papers Read Before the Kansas Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Kansas City, Mo.: Press of the F. Hudson Publishing Company, 1906.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH

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Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. The Spirit of the South toward Northern Freemen and Soldiers Defending the American Flag against Traitors of the Deepest Dye. Boston: R. F. Wallcut, 1861.

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E-HALL EMERGENCY: THE 1954 MISSOURI STATE PRISON RIOT

The biggest riot in Missouri State Penitentiary’s 168-years of operation kicked off shortly after 6 the evening of September 22, 1954, and what would follow was hours of chaos and 50 years of recovery.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

WAS GENERAL THOMAS SLOW AT NASHVILLE?

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Boynton, Henry V. 1835-1905. Was General Thomas Slow At Nashville? New York: F.P. Harper, 1896.

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Note: Given the magnitude of Thomas’s victory at Nashville (December 1864), I certainly find it difficult to criticize his performance at that battle!

CREATING A SOCIAL MEDIA PLAN FOR YOUR SOCIETY

Thomas MacEntee explains why you need one on the FGS Voice Blog:

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ALASKA GENEALOGY CRUISE

If you’ve got a bit of cash to spare, and love to combine travel with your favorite hobby, this 2015 FGS sponsored cruise may just be your dream vacation:

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EMPORIA’S VIEW OF THE WAR

What citizens of Emporia (KS) thought about the Civil War during its first few weeks:

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Monday, September 22, 2014

ST. CHARLES COUNTY'S PARTICIPATION IN THE WORLD WAR

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

Honor Roll Association of St. Charles County. St. Charles County's Participation in the World War: a Record of the Men in Military and Naval Service; a History of War Activities At Home and a Brief Chronology of the Great War. St. Charles, Mo.: s.n., 1919.

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A SOLDIER'S STORY

Note: I offer the following biographical sketch as an example of what can be done to make what could have been merely a dry recitation of dates into something that is (hopefully) much more interesting!

SERGEANT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN ELLIS
CO. A, 47th ILLINOIS INFANTRY REGIMENT

Benjamin Franklin Ellis was the son of Levi Ellis and Anna Johnson. He was born in Hampshire County, Virginia (later West Virginia) on December 17, 1846. The family moved to Stark County, Illinois (near Peoria) by 1854.

B. F. Ellis enlisted in the 47th Illinois Infantry Regiment, Company A, at Peoria on August 16, 1861. His brother, George Washington Ellis, also enlisted in the 47th Illinois Infantry, Co. K, on September 17, 1861. George died of disease (measles) while stationed at Jefferson City, Missouri on November 28, 1861, and was buried in the National Cemetery there. Several other brothers also served: Levi T. Ellis was a private in the 33rd Illinois Infantry Regiment, Co. H, and Thomas Jefferson Ellis served as a private in the 2nd Illinois Artillery Regiment, Battery A.

The 47th Illinois was initially sent to St. Louis, where it was equipped and received basic military instruction at Benton Barracks. It performed garrison duty at Jefferson City and later Otterville, Missouri, then was moved to Tennessee in mid-April 1862, shortly after the Battle of Shiloh. The 47th participated in the offensive against Corinth, Mississippi, in May-October 1862. Colonel William Thrush and Captain David De Wolf of the regiment were killed in action during the Battle of Corinth on October 3-4, 1862, while Captain Harmon Andrews was badly wounded and taken prisoner. The regiment lost 30 killed and 100 wounded in this engagement.

The 47th next took part in the Vicksburg campaign and siege. The men stood guard duty, loaded and unloaded steamers, and worked for a time on Grant's ill-fated canal. The regiment lost 12 men killed in a charge on the rebel works on May 22, 1863. After the fall of Vicksburg on July 3, 1863, the men were moved to Tennessee, where they guarded railroads and took part in operations against Nathan Bedford Forrest's cavalry.

The regiment was next part of the Red River campaign in Arkansas, losing 11 men in an engagement with General Marmaduke at Lake Chicot in June 1864. In July 1864, members of the regiment were given the option of receiving their discharge or re-enlisting in the Army. Enough regiment members did so (around one hundred of them) that they were allowed to form the 47th Consolidated Illinois Infantry Regiment. Men re-enlisting received $402 and a 30-day furlough. After a trip back to Stark County, B. F. Ellis took his place as a Corporal in Company A of the 47th Consolidated Illinois Infantry Regiment in August 1864.

Corporal Ellis was captured in September 1864 outside Memphis, Tennessee by Bedford Forrest's cavalry while the regiment was moving to Missouri via Tennessee and Arkansas to help repel Sterling Price's invasion of that state. During his capture, he received an injury to his left eye that resulted in the loss of sight in that eye.

He was sent to Cahaba Prison in Alabama, where he was confined until spring 1865. Cahaba Prison was located at Selma, Alabama, near the confluence of the Cahaba and Alabama Rivers. Prisoners were kept in buildings in which no bedding had been provided, so they slept on the cold stone floors. In mid-February 1865 the Alabama River overflowed its banks, and prisoners stood in waist-high icy water for four days. 3,000-5,000 prisoners were confined at Cahaba during its two years of operation. Each man was allotted about six square feet of space, at a time when not especially generous U.S. Army regulations required at least 42 square feet per man. While confined at Cahaba, B. F. Ellis contracted scurvy, which (along with continuous exposure to the elements) caused him problems for the rest of his life.

B. F. Ellis can be considered one of the luckier members of the 47th Illinois Infantry, however, in spite of his injury, prison experiences, and later health problems. The regiment lost five officers and 58 enlisted men killed and mortally wounded, and three officers and 184 enlisted men by disease (including B. F.'s brother, George), for a total of 250 men who never came home.

After a brief period of hospitalization, B. F. Ellis (who was promoted to Sergeant shortly after his return from Cahaba) was discharged from the Army on May 30, 1865, at Springfield, Illinois. He returned to Stark County, remaining there until 1868, when he moved to DePue, Illinois (Bureau County). He worked as a laborer for the railroad, and later as a janitor at the public school in DePue.

B. F. applied for a disability pension on March 4, 1887, basing his claim on the injury to his eye that occurred during his capture, and on the debilitating effects of the scurvy contracted and exposure suffered at Cahaba Prison. He was awarded a pension of eight dollars per month, which was increased several times before his death.

In spite of his health problems, B. F. lived a long life, dying finally at the age of 92 on December 3, 1939 at Hines Veterans Hospital near Chicago. He is buried just outside DePue, Illinois, at the village cemetery in Selby Township. As a boy I picked blackberries with my parents many times in the area near the cemetery.



Grave of Benjamin Franklin Ellis

I am descended from B. F.'s son, George Franklin Ellis. George died before I was born, but his wife, Louisa Giesey Ellis, my great-grandmother, lived until 1965, and I visited her numerous times at the nursing home she lived in at Princeton, Illinois. I never did ask her any questions about her father-in-law, B. F. Ellis, though, because I was eleven years old when she died, and at that point I knew little and cared less about my family history. I certainly wish now that I'd shown more interest.

Tom Pearson

RECORDS OF THE STATE ARCHIVES OF BERN

St. Louis County Library is excited to announce the recent acquisition of church and other records from Canton Bern, Switzerland. The German and French records, on 847 rolls of high-quality microfilm, feature birth, marriage, and death information from the 16th to 19th centuries. The microfilm can be viewed in the History and Genealogy Department at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters located at 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.

The original records, held by the State Archives of Bern, offer information difficult to obtain in the U.S. Researchers are free to view the records and print copies as needed. The History and Genealogy department also offers a knowledgeable staff that can assist researchers in using the microfilm set. Microfilm rolls and their contents are listed in the St. Louis County Library catalog. A finding aid to the collection is available in the History and Genealogy Department.

Purchase of the microfilm set was made possible with funds from the William C.E. and Bessie K. Becker Collection, established in 2014. Mr. Becker, a civil engineer, is remembered for designing the Jewel Box in Forest Park. The couple's surviving children and grandchildren made the donation specifically to enhance the library's genealogical holdings. The Swiss microfilms join other Becker Collection sources for researching German and Irish ancestry.

The St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department is home to the National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection, the St. Louis Genealogical Society Collection, and the Julius K. Hunter and Friends African American Research Collection. The department, with more than 85,000 books, including 16,000 family histories, and 25,000 reels of microfilm, is an important center for genealogical research in the Midwest.

For more information, contact the St. Louis County Library History and Genealogy Department at 314-994-3300, ext. 2070, by email here, or see the library's website.

Scott Holl
Manager, History & Genealogy Department
1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. | St. Louis, MO 63131
tel 314.994.3300 ext. 2074

BECOME AN FGS AMBASSADOR

September 18, 2014-–Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) is pleased to announce an invitation for FGS Ambassadors. If you are a blogger, social media enthusiast, writer, editor, or in any way interested in spreading the word about the FGS 2015 Conference, FGS is looking for you.

The 2015 FGS Conference scheduled for February 11–14 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be a one-time special event with RootsTech. FGS Ambassadors will blog, share, like, +1, and tweet to spread the news about this unique FGS conference to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

Benefits to FGS Ambassadors include:

• Link to your blog, website, Twitter, or other social media accounts on the FGS 2015 Conference Ambassadors Page.
• Potential to be a guest blogger on the FGS Voice Blog.
• Direct contact with the FGS 2015 Marketing Committee.
• Advance notice of press releases and other important updates from the Conference Committee.
• Participation in the FGS Ambassadors Facebook Group.
• Meet up with other Ambassadors at FGS 2015 - group photo for publicity.
• Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference.

Having a genealogy blog or planning to attend the FGS 2015 conference are not requirements for participating.

Visit FGS Ambassadors to review the full guidelines for participating and to register as an FGS Ambassador. Please register by October 8, 2014.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTIONS

Finding aid to their various photo collections:

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MISSOURI MEMORIES: A HISTORY IN PHOTOGRAPHS

Online exhibit of 63 photos from the large Missouri State Archives photographs collection:

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OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE UNION AND CONFEDERATE NAVIES

One of Fold3’s newest titles is the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies. Like its name suggests, this collection contains the two navies’ official reports, orders, and correspondence from the Civil War. If you’re interested in the Civil War, this is the go-to title for contemporary, first-hand information about the Northern and Southern navies. Originally compiled by the Navy Department, the Official Records of the Navies are organized into two series: Series I, with 27 individual volumes, and Series II, with 3 volumes and an index. Series I documents all wartime operations of the two navies, while Series II deals with statistical data of Union and Confederate ships, letters of marque and reprisal, Confederate departmental investigations, Navy and State department correspondence, proclamations and appointments of President Davis, and more.

It took about 40 years for the Navy Department to finish compiling the records, with work officially beginning in 1884 and the final volume of Series II being published in 1922 (and the index in 1927). Because of the massive number of pages contained in the Official Records, Fold3 is still working on getting all of it up on our site. At last check, the project was three-fourths complete (but at least you won’t have to wait 40 years!).

A few interesting finds in the Official Records of the Navies include the following:

• A Union account of the Battle of Gloucester Point, the earliest engagement between the Union Navy and the Confederates
• A Confederate report on the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle of ironclad ships
• A letter from a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy detailing the death of a fellow lieutenant during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the battle in which the Confederacy lost its last seaport

Beyond historical information, the Official Records of the Navies can be a good place to look for any of your ancestors who served in either navy during the war. Take a look through the extensive 457-page index, and you’ll get an idea of just how many thousands of names are mentioned in the records. Even if you don’t find your specific ancestors, you’re almost guaranteed to find information about their commanding officers or the ships they served on, helping you to round out your general knowledge of what those ancestors’ lives were like. Get started browsing through the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies here, or do a search instead.

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Note: Fold3.com has certainly done a nice job digitizing this set, but you can also access it here for free:

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NARA-KC IS GOING UNDER, PART II

More about their underground storage space:

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HAPPY 40th, DCGS!

Davis County (IA) Genealogical Society is celebrating by hosting a 40th year free open house Oct. 4, 2014.

The event is to celebrate the local society’s 40 years of providing promotion of the study of genealogy, preservation of records and assistance to researchers.

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