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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