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Thursday, January 30, 2014

EASY CASH MANAGER

What is Easy Cash Manager? It’s a bare-bones (free) accounting application that can be used to keep track of income and expenses for an individual, small business, or small organization. Why would you use it instead of Excel or a commercial finance application? Because it’s so easy to use:

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THE ILLINOIS NATIONAL GUARD ON THE MEXICAN BORDER

Illinois. Military and Naval Dept. Roster of the Illinois National Guard On the Mexican Border, 1916-1917. S.n.: Springfield, IL, 1928.

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RECORDS OF STERLING PRICE (1849-1857)

Finding aid for the gubernatorial records of this notable Missouri Governor and Confederate general:

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MoSGA OFFERS GRANT MONEY

MoSGA’s grant deadline is fast approaching. Does your local Missouri society, library or archive have a project in mind but no money to fund it? Perhaps a 21st Century Fund Grant of up to $1,000 would help. These grants are awarded yearly to promote the preservation and publication of Missouri’s vast genealogical data. Since 2009, MoSGA has funded projects for:

* Scott County Historical & Genealogy Society
* Butler County Archive
* Morgan County Historical Society
* Friends of Miami, Inc. (Miami, Mo)
* Phelps County Genealogical Society
* Holt County Historical Society

Visit www.mosga.org and click on the “21st Century Fund” link where you will find the application and guidelines. Also listed are past grant projects. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2014.

The 21st Century Fund is supported through the generosity of our members and other interested individuals. Thank you!

Martha Henderson, Chair
MoSGA 21st Century Fund

Monday, January 27, 2014

WARRANTS FOR LANDS IN SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina. Governor and Council. Warrants for Lands In South Carolina, 1672-1711. Columbia, S.C.: Printed for the Historical Commission of South Carolina by the State Co., 1910-1915.

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OZARKS LIVING LEGACY ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS

Finding aid for the 14 interviews in this collection:

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AN OLD KANSAS INDIAN TOWN ON THE MISSOURI

Remsburg, George J. An Old Kansas Indian Town On the Missouri [Doniphan]. Plymouth, Iowa: G. A. Chandler, 1919.

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SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI

Rader, Perry Scott. School History of the State of Missouri. Brunswick, Mo.: P. S. Rader, 1891.

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PAY DAY; LETTERS FROM VAN CLEVE BALL TO HIS SON IN COLLEGE

Proctor, David Milton. Pay Day; Letters From Van Cleve Ball: a Missouri Farmer, to His Son In College. Kansas City, Mo.: Brown Book Company, 1936.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

COUNTY BRAND BOOKS, 1836-1971

Finding aid for the livestock “brand books” maintained by Missouri counties until 1971 (since then the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture):

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OZARKS JEWISH ARCHIVES COLLECTION

Finding aid for a collection of documents pertaining to various Jewish organizations and individuals in the Springfield, MO area:

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STUDY OF THE RURAL SCHOOLS OF SALINE COUNTY, MISSOURI

Elliff, Joseph Doliver. A Study of the Rural Schools of Saline County, Missouri. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri, 1915.

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CENTURIES OF SERVICE AT NARA-KC

The National Archives at Kansas City offers one more workshop in January as a part of the four-part genealogy workshop series, Centuries of Service: Exploring Military Records for Genealogy. Below is information about the remaining workshop on Wednesday, January 29. The workshop will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at the National Archives at Kansas City, 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Centuries of Service: Exploring Military Records for Genealogy Workshop Description:

Wednesday, January 29 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. - A World Torn Apart: World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War

Though these wars were international in scope, the United States military created records during World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War that provide insight into the units and individuals who served. This class explores how to order service records, identify online resources, and understand privacy restrictions.

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

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public can access Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit www.archives.gov/kansas-city.

PROVING PARENTAGE WITH PROBATE RECORDS: NC INHERITANCE LAWS AND CUSTOMS

Free Viewing: 21-23 March 2014

New NCGS Webinar by Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), F.A.S.G.
PROVING PARENTAGE WITH PROBATE RECORDS: NORTH CAROLINA INHERITANCE LAWS AND CUSTOMS

In this webinar, Helen F. M. Leary, CG (Emeritus), FASG, details where to look for land records and why they are important. North Carolina inheritance law and probate are explained. Ms. Leary also discusses the process of land acquisition and transfer including the interpretation of deeds and grants. Analysis of the evidence found in these documents can yield clues to your ancestor’s prior location and familial relationships. These may be the solution you have been looking for to solve your genealogical brick wall.

After the 23rd of March, Proving Parentage With Probate Records: North Carolina Inheritance Laws and Customs will only be available on the website to NCGS members as a member benefit. It may also be purchased as a CD from the NCGS online bookstore. Handouts are included in the member section of the website and with the purchased CD. Handouts are not included with the free webinars.

Additional information on probate and land records can be found in chapters 2, 12, and 13, North Carolina Research--Genealogy and Local History, which is available in the NCGS online store.

Monday, January 20, 2014

ILLINOIS VOLUNTEERS WHO SERVED IN THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

Illinois. Military and Naval Dept. Adjutant General's Report Containing the Complete Muster-out Rolls of the Illinois Volunteers Who Served In the Spanish-American War, 1898 And 1899. Springfield, IL: Phillips Bros., State Printers, 1902-1904.

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MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY SUBJECT COLLECTIONS

Finding aids for subject collections maintained by Missouri State University Libraries.

Subject areas include:

• French Literature
• Labor Unions
• Minorities
• Military
• Missouri State University
• Missouri State University--Alumni
• Missouri State University--Staff and Faculty
• Ozarks Life and Culture
• Poetry
• Printing and Publishing
• Railroads
• Theatre

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WILL ROGERS, CADET

Hitch, A. M. B. Will Rogers, Cadet: a Record of His Two Years As a Cadet At the Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri. Boonville, Mo.: The Kemper Military School, 1935.

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FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY, CENTRAL WESLEYAN COLLEGE

Central Wesleyan College (Warrenton, Mo.). Commemorative Volume, Fiftieth Anniversary, Central Wesleyan College, Warrenton, Missouri, May-June, 1914. Warrenton, Mo.: Banner Publishing Company, 1914.

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CLAMWIN

If you need a great portable virus/spyware detection program (Windows only), you should check out Clamwin:

• High detection rates for viruses and spyware;
• Scanning Scheduler;
• Automatic downloads of regularly updated Virus Database.
• Standalone virus scanner and right-click menu integration to Microsoft Windows Explorer;
• Addin to Microsoft Outlook to remove virus-infected attachments automatically.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

A FOLLOW-UP STUDY OF WORLD WAR II PRISONERS OF WAR

Cohen, Bernard Milton. A Follow-up Study of World War II Prisoners of War. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1954-1955.

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MISSOURI STATE PENITENTIARY PHOTOGRAPHS COLLECTION

Finding aid for photographic prints and negatives relating to the Missouri State Penitentiary and related state correctional facilities ca. 1900-1991:

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MISSOURI HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS & SUPERINTENDENTS, 1914-1915

Missouri. Dept. of Education. List of High School Teachers, City And County Superintendents of Missouri, 1914-1915. S.n.: St. Louis, 1914.

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CAMEL CORPS

The U.S. Army used camels before and during the Civil War (at the urging of Jefferson Davis):

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UNCHECKY

If you’ve ever inadvertently downloaded a “free” program that included very much unwanted extras/add-ons, Unchecky can help you avoid downloading any “extras” you don’t want or need:

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Note: Unchecky also automatically checks for updated versions of programs you’ve previously downloaded.

TRANSACTIONS OF THE MISSOURI STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Transactions. Missouri State Medical Association : St. Louis (various years between 1867-1903).

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PROCEEDINGS OF THE ST. LOUIS MEDICAL SOCIETY OF MISSOURI

Proceedings of the St. Louis Medical Society of Missouri, vol. 2 (1879). St. Louis: J. H. Chambers & Co., 1879.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

DEATH NOTICES IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAZETTE, 1732-1775

Salley, A. S. Death Notices In the South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1775. Columbia S. C.: Printed for the Historical Commission of South Carolina by the State Company, 1917.

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WITNESS TO KATYN

A researcher at NARA in Washington, DC has uncovered testimony from a U.S. Army officer who, while a prisoner of war in 1943, was forced by the Nazis to watch as they exhumed the bodies of thousands of Polish officers killed by Russian troops on orders from Joseph Stalin:

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OPENZINE

Create your own free e-magazine or blog:

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THE CANADIAN ARMY 1855-1958

Dornbusch, C. E. The Canadian Army 1855-1958: Regimental Histories And a Guide to the Regiments. Cornwallville, N.Y.: Hope Farm Press, 1959.

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LETTERS OF A VOLUNTEER IN THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR

King, George G. Letters of a Volunteer In the Spanish-American War. Chicago: Hawkins & Loomis, 1929.

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SHANKS TO SHAKERS

Secretary of State Jason Kander has announced the rescheduled date for a program documenting life behind bars at the now-closed Missouri State Penitentiary. Hosted by the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office, historian and author Mark Schreiber will speak about his new book, Shanks to Shakers: Reflections of the Missouri State Penitentiary.

The public is invited to the program, which starts 7 p.m. Jan. 16, as Schreiber shares highlights from his book and stories from his years of work at Missouri’s most notable penitentiary.

Schreiber began his 42-year career in criminal justice in 1968 in Jefferson City as an employee with the Missouri State Penitentiary. Although professional opportunities took him away from the facility, he eventually returned to serve as the last deputy warden before it closed in 2004. Schreiber collected many stories and artifacts from the prison Time magazine once called "the bloodiest 47 acres in America." Shanks to Shakers examines rare historical artifacts associated with life behind the penitentiary’s walls, including photographs, postcards, books, prison-made weapons, paintings, woodcarvings and even salt and pepper shakers once sold in the prison gift shop.

The Missouri State Archives is the official repository for state documents of permanent historic value, and is located at 600 West Main Street in Jefferson City. All programs at the Archives are free of charge and open to the public, with seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program was previously scheduled to take place in September.

For more information on this and other programming at the Archives, contact Emily Luker at (573) 526-5296 or email her here.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

KHAN ACADEMY

Want to learn something for free (various subjects)? This site offers free tutorials (grade school to college level courses):

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WHAT BROWSER?

Is your current browser out-of-date (or are you just ready to try another one)? This site can help you either way:

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UPCOMING CLASSES AT SLPL

The following classes will be held at Central Library in downtown St. Louis:

SAT, JAN 18, 10:30 am-Noon
Squeezing Your Sources: Getting the Most from Local & County Histories

Tom Pearson shows genealogists how to get the most information possible from town and county histories. Training Room, 2nd Floor. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

SAT, FEB 8, 10:30 am-11:30 am
Heroes of the USCT (United States Colored Troops)

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on the struggles and triumphs of African American Civil War soldiers. Training Room, 2nd Floor. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

SAT, MAR 22, 10:30 am-Noon
The Price is Right: the Genealogist’s Guide to Free Stuff on the Internet

Tom Pearson shows genealogists sites where they can find free digitized books; newspapers; magazines; forms & charts; clip art; images & photographs; maps; music; and podcasts, plus sites they can use to create free blogs & websites. Training Room, 2nd Floor. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

The following classes are co-sponsored by St. Louis Public Library; locations vary:

THURS, FEB 6, 7:30 pm- 9 pm
St. Clair County Genealogical Society & St. Louis Public Library present:
The Price is Right: the Genealogist’s Guide to Free Stuff on the Internet

Tom Pearson shows genealogists sites where they can find free digitized books; newspapers; magazines; forms & charts; clip art; images & photographs; maps; music; and podcasts, plus sites they can use to create free blogs & websites. St. Luke Parish Center, North Church and East "C" Sts., Belleville, Illinois 62222. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

THURS, FEB 13, 7 pm-8:30 pm
Madison County Genealogical Society & St. Louis Public Library present:
The Price is Right: the Genealogist’s Guide to Free Stuff on the Internet

Tom Pearson shows genealogists sites where they can find free digitized books; newspapers; magazines; forms & charts; clip art; images & photographs; maps; music; and podcasts, plus sites they can use to create free blogs & websites. Edwardsville Public Library, 112 S. Kansas St., Edwardsville, IL 62025. To register/more information: tpearson@slpl.org.

NOTES: Feel free to copy this message for relatives/friends who may be interested.

In case of inclement weather, you can call 314-241-2288 to see if Central Library will be open that day. St. Clair County Genealogical Society and Madison County Genealogical Society cancel meetings if school is cancelled in those cities that day.

Want to be added to my class notification email list? Email me here (tpearson@slpl.org) with NOTIFY in the Subject line. It’s that simple!

THE INVISIBLE WAR AT NARA—KC

On Thursday, January 16 at 6:00 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City, in partnership with the American Association of University Women, will host a screening and discussion of the film, The Invisible War. A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede the lecture.

The Invisible War is an Academy Award© nominated documentary that recounts the experiences of veterans who have been sexually assaulted while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The film features interviews with the veterans who tell their stories surrounding their assaults. Their stories show many common themes, such as the lack of recourse to an impartial justice system, reprisals against survivors instead of against perpetrators, the absence of adequate emotional and physical care for survivors, the unhindered advancement of perpetrators' careers, and the forced expulsion of survivors from service.

Interspersed with first person testimonies are interviews with advocates, journalists, mental health professionals, active duty and retired generals, Department of Defense officials, and members of the military justice system. The film also includes footage, often shot by the veterans themselves, which documents their lives and continuing struggles in the aftermath of their assaults. The survivors and advocates featured in the film call for changes to the way the military handles sexual assault, such as shifting prosecution away from unit commanders.

The film was written and directed by Kirby Dick and produced by Amy Ziering and Tanner King Barklow. It premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the U.S. Documentary Audience Award. In addition the film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards©.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Following the screening a panel of speakers will answer questions related to the film topic. Speakers include Ann Beem, sexual assault response coordinator at Whiteman Air Force Base; Keith Bradley, prevention services coordinator from the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA); Lt. Col. Todd Pennington, staff judge advocate at Whiteman Air Force Base; Sandra Reddish, a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant who handled sexual assault cases in the Marine Corps legal department; and panel moderator Nicky Stanke, Kansas City AAUW chapter president.

The National Archives at Kansas City is one of 15 facilities nationwide where the public has access to Federal archival records. It is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or go here.

The American Association of University Women is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The organization has a nationwide network of 150,000 members, 1,500 branches, and 500 college and university partners. Its headquarters are in Washington, DC.

THE FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY CATALOG

The Family History Library Catalog has now become the FamilySearch Catalog. The difference is significant--the newer version contains entries from many of the FamilySearch Centers around the world. There is a link to view the content of the catalogs of the other Centers around the world in a drop-down menu. Likewise, when you view any catalog item, you can see if the item is available at any of the other Centers around the world that have been added to the catalog. In addition, there is a link if a digitized version of that item is available:

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

NARRATIVE HISTORY OF WESTMINSTER COLLEGE

Lamkin, Charles Fackler. A Great Small College: a Narrative History of Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, 1946. Saint Louis: Horace Barks Press, 1946.

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TERACOPY

From their website:

One of the most common complaints about newer versions of Windows is the slow copying speed, especially when transferring lots of files over the network. If you want to speed up your copying or if you regularly transfer large amounts of data and have to stop the process to perform some other disk-intensive task, this program may be just what you need.

TeraCopy is designed to copy and move files at the maximum possible speed. It skips bad files during the copying process, and then displays them at the end of the transfer so that you can see which ones need attention. TeraCopy can automatically check the copied files for errors by calculating their CRC checksum values. It also provides a lot more information about the files being copied than its Windows counterpart. TeraCopy integrates with Windows Explorer's right-click menu and can be set as the default copy handler.

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JOURNAL OF THE MISSOURI STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Journal of the Missouri State Medical Association. St. Louis: Missouri State Medical Association, 1912-1921.

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A GROUP OF DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS OF CHICAGO

Sperry, F. M. A Group of Distinguished Physicians And Surgeons of Chicago: a Collection of Biographical Sketches of Many of the Eminent Representatives, Past And Present, of the Medical Profession of Chicago. Chicago: J.H. Beers & Co., 1904.

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THE EIGHTY-SIXTH REGIMENT

Barnes, James A. The Eighty-Sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry: A Narrative of Its Services in the Civil War of 1861-1865. Crawfordsville, In.: The Journal Co., 1895.

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Sunday, January 05, 2014

WAR MEMORIAL ALBUM COLLECTION

Finding aid for a collection of photographs and biographies of 93 students/alums of Missouri State University who lost their lives during World War I; World War II, or the Korean War:

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MORMON WAR PAPERS, 1837-1841

Finding aid for papers relating to an inquiry into disturbances involving Mormon immigrants/travelers in Missouri:

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EARLY MEDICAL CHICAGO

Hyde, James Nevins. Early Medical Chicago: an Historical Sketch of the First Practitioners of Medicine, With the Present Faculties, And Graduates Since Their Organization, of the Medical Colleges of Chicago. Chicago: Fergus Printing Co, 1879.

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FREEBOOK SIFTER

Get thousands of free books for your Kindle device, sorted into categories for your convenience:

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Note: You don't need a Kindle device to read Kindle books (although I'm still in love with my bare-bones Kindle device). There's a free Kindle app for PC:

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NEVERENDING WAR

Unexploded WWII munitions are still killing people—-a bulldozer operator on a German construction project is the latest victim (along with numerous others injured but not killed):

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HARRY E. APPLEBY VETERANS’ ORAL HISTORY PROJECT

Finding aid for 136 interviews of World War II vets living in southwestern Missouri (most in DVD format, with accompanying paperwork and biographical material):

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SPECIAL CENSUS ENUMERATIONS, 1867-2004

Finding aid for special census enumerations taken to determine the populations of Missouri cities and towns when a substantial increase/decrease had occurred since the previous federal census. Files generally include papers relating to the commission and execution of the census; occasionally a copy of the actual census is enclosed:

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Note: Finding aid is not clear as to whether these "actual enumerations" are purely statistical in nature or include names of persons (I think the smart money would assume that they are purely statistical in nature). Still, one might be helpful if you or your society is writing a local history of a Missouri community.

SIMPLE WAYS TO DIGITIZE PAPER RECORDS AND PHOTOS

Ways to use a smartphone or camera to digitize paper items and photos quickly and (relatively) painlessly:

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NASTY, BRUTISH, AND (HOPEFULLY) SHORT…

The current snowfall/bitter cold isn’t the first time Missouri has experienced such brutal cold and snow. 1864 began in the same unpromising way:

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Thursday, January 02, 2014

PICTURESQUE FAYETTE AND ITS PEOPLE

Dyson, Verne. Picturesque Fayette And Its People: a Review of Fayette, Howard County, Missouri : Giving Something of the History And Progress, Present Advantages, Business Interests, Churches, Colleges, Schools, Residences, Near-by Country Homes, And Country Life.[Fayette, Mo.: Advertiser, 1905.

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THE SALT WARS

We take salt for granted, but the Union Navy didn’t. It conducted numerous raids on Confederate salt works:

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REPORT OF THE MEDICAL SOCIETY OF PHILADELPHIA ON EPIDEMIC CHOLERA

Philadelphia Medical Society. Report of the Committee of the Medical Society of Philadelphia On Epidemic Cholera. Philadelphia: Printed by Lydia R. Bailey, 1832.

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A HISTORY OF EPIDEMIC CHOLERA

Buckler, Thomas Hepburn. A History of Epidemic Cholera: As it Appeared at the Baltimore City And County Alms-House in the Summer of 1849 : With Some Remarks On the Medical Topography And Diseases of This Region. Baltimore: Printed by James Lucas, 1851.

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A PLAIN AND PRACTICAL TREATISE ON THE EPIDEMIC CHOLERA

Reese, David Meredith. A Plain And Practical Treatise On the Epidemic Cholera: As it Prevailed In the City of New York, In the Summer of 1832; Including Its Nature, Causes, Treatment And Prevention. Designed for Popular Instruction. To Which Is Added, by Way of Appendix, A Brief Essay On the Medical Use of Ardent Spirits; Being an Attempt to Show That Alcohol Is As Unnecessary And Mischievous In Sickness As In Health. New York: Conner & Cooke; Boston: Lilly, Wait, & Co., 1833.

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