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Thursday, May 29, 2014

MANGO LANGUAGES

Does your library offer Mango Languages to its patrons? If not, maybe it should:

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OBITUARY LINKS PAGE—MISSOURI

County-by-county links to newspapers and other resources that provide access to obituaries:

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DICTIONARY OF PERIOD RUSSIAN NAMES

An extensive list of such names:

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ORDER IN THE COURT

The National Archives at Kansas City is pleased to announce free online interactive webinars. To participate, you will need internet and telephone access on the day of the presentation. Specific directions for access will be sent the week of the presentation via email. Reserve your “seat” early, as space is limited. All webinars will take place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Below is information on upcoming webinars. Reservations are required for these free webinars, call 816-268-8000 or email us here.

June 11 - 1:00-2:30 p.m. - Order in the Court: Finding Your Family in Federal Court Records

Did your ancestor file for bankruptcy? Get tied up in a Federal civil suit? Were they a defendant in a criminal case? Federal court documents help to provide a snapshot of an individual or family at a particular juncture in life. Depending upon the type of case, documents can include lists of property, family members, testimony, and other insightful glimpses at events that may not be documented elsewhere. Come learn about the types of cases you can find at the National Archives and how to begin your research.

BAMM!

The National Archives will offer one free genealogy workshop in June at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Workshop Description:

BAMM! Business, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Mortality Census Schedules
Wednesday, June 4 from 10:00 – 11: 30 a.m.

Add “explosive” details to your genealogy by utilizing non-population census schedules of Business, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Mortality. Authorized by Congress, these records cover very specific time periods and locations during the 19th and early 20th centuries and provide unique insight into the communities where our ancestors lived and worked. Learn about the information available and how to access these documents. For a class schedule, go here.

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

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

COLLECTIONS OF THE ILLINOIS STATE HISTORICAL LIBRARY

Illinois State Historical Library. Collections of the Illinois State Historical Library. Vols. 1-12 (1903-1915). Springfield: The Trustees of the Illinois State Historical Library.

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REGISTER OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION

Aubin, Joshua Harris. Register of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Boston: Pub. under the auspices of the Commandery of the State of Massachusetts, 1906.

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LIBRARY OF THE ILLINOIS COMMANDERY

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Commandery of the State of Illinois. Library. Catalogue of the Library of the Commandery of the State of Illinois, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States. Jan. 1909. Chicago, 1909.

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MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS

The Medal of Honor is the U.S. military's highest award for valor. Discover more about this nation's bravest heroes by exploring Fold3's Medal of Honor Recipients.

Compiled by congressional committee and originally spanning the years 1863 to 1978, Medal of Honor Recipients was recently expanded to include additional names from 1979 to 2013 for more than 3,400 entries on those who received the Medal of Honor.

The first volume (1863–1978) contains an in-depth history of the Medal of Honor. For instance, did you know that in 1917, 910 names were removed from the Medal of Honor Roll because the Board ruled their actions didn't merit the award? 864 of them were from the same regiment. This first volume also lists recipients by conflict, recipients by state, foreign-born recipients, recipients in alphabetical order, and other (non-recipient) names mentioned in the citations.

The 1979–2013 addendum encompasses additions and changes to the earlier volume. It includes information on recent recipients, as well as information on those retroactively given the Medal of Honor (including 22 Asian Americans and 7 African Americans from World War II).

Information included—when available—for each Medal of Honor recipient is name and rank, organization (e.g., company and division), the date and place of their Medal of Honor action, their date and place of birth, and the citation text. Recipients come from all branches of service, and although early citations are often shorter, more descriptive citations are available from about World War I on.

Within the pages of Medal of Honor Recipients, each name preceding a citation is selectable. Selecting the name will bring up a box containing basic information pulled from the citation and the Honor Wall. Selecting the person's name at the top of this box will take you to the person's Honor Wall page, which you can explore or expand, depending on your preference.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

GSSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014

News from the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois:

Our June 14 meeting, which will feature the topic “Italian Immigration in Southern Illinois,” will be held at the Herrin Public Library. Then, as usual, the Annual GSSI Conference and Book Fair will take place at the John A. Logan College Conference Center. Feature speaker for this all-day event on Saturday, August 9 will be Thomas MacEntee of Chicago, a genealogist who specializes in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogical research.

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OPEN EDUCATION CONSORTIUM

Nearly 25,000 free college-level (non-credit) courses available in two dozen languages (including English).

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KENTUCKY SOLDIERS OF THE WAR OF 1812

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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BIBLIOGRAPHY OF STATE PARTICIPATION IN THE CIVIL WAR

United States. War Department Library. Bibliography of State Participation In the Civil War 1861-1866. [3d ed.] Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1913.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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

Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879. 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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THE WAR DEPARTMENT LIBRARY

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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USING ARCHIVES: A GUIDE FOR THE INEXPERIENCED

These pages are designed to help anyone who wants to find out more about finding and using archives in their research.

They are aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students in particular, but we hope they answer many questions that anyone new to using archives may find helpful.

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RESEARCH SKILLS FOR HISTORIANS

Whether you are a budding academic, or just an average Joe or Jane who wants to improve his/her research skills, this guide (courtesy of the University of Nottingham) can help:

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POWYS COUNTY ARCHIVES OFFICE

Powys Archives is located in Llandrindod Wells, and serves as the official repository for the records of the county of Powys and the three former counties of Breconshire, Montgomeryshire and Radnorshire.

We are responsible for collecting and preserving documents relating to all aspects of the history of Powys. Our collections date from the fourteenth century and can be used for all types of research.

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WEST SUSSEX RECORD OFFICE

The West Sussex Record Office collects and preserves the documentary and recorded heritage of the County of West Sussex.

The collections include records of local government from the sixteenth century, the Diocese of Chichester and its parishes and those of businesses, families, estates, societies and schools. The Record Office also hold records of West Sussex hospitals, the West Sussex Constabulary and The Royal Sussex Regiment.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

BOOK DONATIONS

Like many people, you don’t want to throw books away. You feel that someone will want to read them. And you think that the best place for your books is the public library.

St. Louis Public Library in fact gets offered numerous book donations. So many, in fact, that we simply cannot take them all. This does not mean we don’t think your books are valuable. Of course we do. We are a library! We truly want to help you find a home for your books. A number of organizations in the St. Louis area accept book donations. Some of them can be found here.

As the St. Louis Public Library, we are interested in preserving the history of St. Louis; in building collections that document its history. So we are interested in getting materials about or related to the St. Louis region. An example - we get many requests for St. Louis City high school yearbooks. We have many for various City high schools (past & present) but we have gaps. We would love for people to contact us to see if they have just the ones we need to fill these gaps.

Do you have other St. Louis books or materials? St. Louis neighborhood material, books by local authors, works on St. Louis businesses are other categories that we look for. If you have St. Louis books or materials, check with us.

We also know that some of you may have collected on specific subjects for years, carefully compiling a collection that cannot be found elsewhere. The Library will also consider donations of such unique collections that can complement items we already have. Examples are African-American materials, sheet music, architectural subjects, and family histories.

To find out if you can help us – or if we can help you - call our Collection Development Department (314-539-0330) or Special Collections (314-539-0399).

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NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES (AU)

The National Archives has partnered with Ancestry.com.au to digitise passenger lists in our collection.

The Fremantle Passenger Lists now available through Ancestry contain more than 3.5 million records, covering immigration to Australia from 1897 to 1963.

Post-war immigrants from Britain became known as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ because they paid just ten pounds for their voyage. Among them were youngsters who became celebrated musicians including the future Bee Gees, who arrived aboard the Fairsea in 1958, as did Skyhooks guitarist Red Symons.

Local celebrities such as Kylie Minogue, Hugh Jackman and Noni Hazlehurst had parents who arrived as immigrants and who feature in the Fremantle Passenger Lists.

David Fricker, the Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, welcomes key partnerships such as this, to allow our nation's stories to be told to the wider community.

Monday, May 12, 2014

THE CASTLE AND REGIMENTAL MUSEUM, MONMOUTH

The Castle and Regimental Museum, Monmouth, is a small volunteer-run museum, which tells the story of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia). This Regiment has its origins in the Monmouthshire Militia in the sixteenth century; it has survived through a number of changes of name and of role, to the present day. Now an engineer regiment, it is the senior unit of the reserve army. Throughout its long and unbroken history, it has always been a reserve force, composed of men with ordinary occupations who were brought together at intervals for training, and were called upon for active service at times of need.

The museum displays a wide range of artifacts relating to the Regiment and to the early defenses of Monmouth, and also holds a number of archives, in particular the archive of the Regiment itself. This covers the period 1786 to 1976, although there are large gaps in the series of records - partly a reflection of the nature and history of the Regiment, which has at some periods been inactive, but also as a result of the lack of survival of records. The archive includes records relating to the officers and men who served in the regiment, statistical returns and regimental order books, among other items. Material in the collection will be of interest not only to military historians, but those researching family, local and social history.

Other records in the museum include collected research notes; diaries and recollections of former members of the Regiment; and various miscellaneous collections. These have not yet been catalogued--only the 'official' archive of the Regiment has so far been catalogued.

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GLIMPSES OF CHICKAMAUGA

Disbrow, Albert. Glimpses of Chickamauga: A Complete Guide to All Points of Interest On This Historic Battle-field. Chicago: Donohue & Henneberry, 1895.

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HISTORY OF THE MICHIGAN ORGANIZATIONS AT CHICKAMAUGA

Belknap, Charles Eugene. History of the Michigan Organizations At Chickamauga, Chattanooga And Missionary Ridge, 1863. 2d ed., Lansing, Mich.: R. Smith Printing Co., 1899.

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ROSTER OF THE LIVING MEMBERS OF THE 2D ILLINOIS CAVALRY

United States. Army. Illinois Cavalry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1865). Roster of the Living Members of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry. Champaign, Ill. [etc.],

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THE SECOND RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEERS AT THE SIEGE OF PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA

Rhodes, Elisha Hunt. The Second Rhode Island Volunteers At the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia. Providence: The Society, 1915.

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

GSSI UPDATE

The Summer meeting of the Genealogical Society of Southern Illinois will be June 14; 2:00 PM at Herrin (IL) Public Library hosted by the Herrin Area Historical Society (GSSI recently switched from a monthly to a quarterly meeting schedule).

Herrin's early beginning and population was noted for a large Italian immigration. This meeting will feature a panel discussion of the rich Italian heritage. The program will be moderated by Italian descendant, Herrin resident, and newspaper columnist, Cheryl Ranchino Trench.

Herrin City Library, 120 N. 13th St, Herrin, IL 62948

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MAAGI 2014

After an incredible inaugural year, The Midwestern African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI) is looking ahead to this year's Institute! MAAGI 2014 will provide an educational training for the learning methods and strategies of exploring African American family history. The classes at MAAGI will be lead by faculty members who have already demonstrated their knowledge in a number of subject areas, and their leadership in the exploration of African American family history research.

During this second year of MAAGI, participants will find that MAAGI can provide personal training and guidance needed to expand their skills. Like before, participants in the 2014 institute will choose from several tracks in which they will immerse themselves for several days.

MAAGI will begin on Tuesday July 8th and will conclude on Thursday July 10th.

We hope to see you in St. Louis!

FGS 2014 CONFERENCE AMBASSADORS

April 28, 2014 – Austin, TX. Genealogy bloggers, societies, writers and editors are invited to participate in the Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference by becoming FGS 2014 Ambassadors. Ambassadors help to spread information about the FGS 2014 Conference in San Antonio, Texas, August 27-30, 2014, through social media to their friends, colleagues, and everyone interested in genealogy.

FGS 2014 Ambassadors will be:

 Writing about the conference on their blog.
 Using the hashtag #FGS2014 on Twitter.
 Mentioning FGS 2014 on Facebook, Google Plus, and other social networks.
 Letting their local historical and genealogical societies know about the conference.

Go here to register as an FGS 2014 Ambassador and to find the FGS 2014 Ambassador badge to add to your blog or other social media account.

Benefits to FGS 2014 Ambassadors:

 Ambassador badge logo to display on your website.
 Giveaways for active ambassadors, including conference registrations and discounts, special event tickets, and more.
 Potential to be guest blogger on FGS Conference Blog.
 Link to your blog or website on the FGS Conference blog’s Ambassador Page
 Part of Twitter list of FGS 2014 Ambassadors.
 Ambassador badge ribbon at the conference.

The FGS 2014 Conference Committee looks forward to working with the FGS 2014 Ambassadors to make this conference a success. See you in San Antonio in August!

Learn More about FGS 2014 and Stay Connected

 Visit the conference website.
 Find the latest news on the conference blog.
 Like the conference on Facebook.
 Follow the conference on Twitter.

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 strengthen and grow through resources available online, FGS Forum magazine (filled with articles pertaining to society management and genealogical news), and Society Strategy Series papers, covering topics about effectively operating a genealogical society. FGS also links the genealogical community through its annual conference -- four days of excellent lectures, including one full day devoted to society management topics. To learn more visit us here.

Monday, May 05, 2014

THE FIVE ESSENTIALS

If you’re involved in the operation or management of a genealogical society, church, or small business, these five applications could prove (if not essential) useful indeed:

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VETERANS HOMES IN MO & IL

Need more info on current-day veterans homes in Missouri or Illinois? Go here:

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HAPPENINGS IN HENDERSON

Henderson, Kentucky, that is—they’re having their Artisan’s Market on the riverfront on May 31st:

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SMILEBOX

Into digital scrapbooking, or want to get started? SmileBox is a free application that offers tons of options for cards, invitations, collages, and slideshows that can be emailed, posted to Facebook, or printed:

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OLD SALTS AT SLPL

HISTORIC ST. LOUIS MAPS FOR GENEALOGISTS

There’s much more to maps than finding directions. Historic maps that depict former boundaries and landmarks can help you understand your ancestor’s experience more fully. Specialized types of maps, including plats and fire insurance maps, can help you locate new facts about your family history. Librarian Emily Jaycox will present a slide talk illustrated with examples from the Missouri History Museum's map collections.

When: Saturday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park)
How much: Free

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ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY OFFERS HUNDREDS OF ONLINE COURSES

If you're a St. Louis Public library cardholder, this may prove of interest:

The St. Louis Public Library is pleased to announce a program that makes it easy for you to take high-quality, noncredit online courses no matter where you are located. Through a partnership with Gale Courses, the Library offers more than 400 online courses on a variety of subjects:

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Thursday, May 01, 2014

ARCHIVAL RESEARCH 101

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer the following free genealogy workshop on Friday, May 2, from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Workshop Description:

Archival Research 101 on Friday, May 2 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Genealogy research involves utilizing resources available at multiple archival institutions.

However, very few people have had interactions with archives. Do you know the differences between researching at a library and an archive? Do you know the best time of day to visit an archive? Do you know how to interact with archivists to get the information you are seeking? If you are unable to visit an archive in person, do you know how to write a request for records? This workshop will focus on how to interact with archival institutions in order to have a successful visit in person or through email, phone, or mail correspondence. This is a research methodology course.

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

ARE YOU PROTECTED?

Maybe you’ve taken some steps to protect your computer—but is it enough? There are free (and safe) ways to test your defenses:

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STILL USING INTERNET EXPLORER?

Hackers love it—so maybe you shouldn’t:

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ZONEALARM

ZoneAlarm is a free security suite (for individuals and non-profit charitable institutions) that provides you with a firewall plus virus and malware protection. You can also add enhanced security features (for a reasonable fee):

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RECORDS THOUGHT LOST IN “THE TROUBLES” PUT ONLINE

Records thought lost in the Irish Civil War are being put online. Researchers will have access to 630,000 records of 12 million thought lost:

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