Friday, January 30, 2015

THE STORY OF THE FIFTY-FIFTH REGIMENT ILLINOIS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY

United States. Army. Illinois Infantry Regiment, 55th (1861-1865). The Story of the Fifty-fifth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Clinton, Mass.: Printed by W.J. Coulter, 1887.

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COMING UP AT MGC

he Midwest Genealogy Center is offering the following activities for the month of February. Genealogy Center is located at 3440 S. Lee's Summit Road, Independence. All activities are free, but registration is required, call 816-252-7228.

Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.m. Feb. 4 or 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Find out the fundamentals of beginning your genealogical research project. We will discuss organization, census information, vital records, and where to look for information.

Hidden Treasures at MGC, 10 a.m. Feb. 5 or 2 p.m. Feb. 20. This detailed tour of the Center’s collection will uncover how to use their periodicals, city directories, microfilm, federal, state, and county records, maps, archives and more.

Census Records, a beginning level class, 10 a.m. Feb. 6 or 7 p.m. Feb. 18. Explore the Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Learn what the government considered important about our ancestors and how we can apply that information to our genealogy research.

Ancestry Library Edition, a beginning level class, 7 p.m. Feb. 9 or 2 p.m. Feb. 26. Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940, as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records. Explore city directories, Social Security Death Index and more.

Using FamilySearch, a beginning level class, 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Learn tips on searching records, using the research wiki, finding family trees, using the Family History catalog and more.

Walkabout at MGC, a beginning level class, 10 a.m. Feb. 12. Take a walk around the Center and learn about the resources available for genealogy and history research.

Internet Genealogy, a beginning level class, 2 p.m. Feb. 13 or 7 p.m. Feb. 24. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.

HeritageQuest Online, a beginning level class, 2 p.m. Feb. 14 or 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930.

New Madrid Earthquake: Uprooted Lives, 10 a.m. Feb. 21. Dateline: 1811, southeast Missouri. Learn the history of the New Madrid Earthquake and what records are available for genealogy research.

Falling in Love with Your African American Roots, 11 a.m. Feb. 28. If you have enjoy “Who Do You Think You Are?” or “Finding your Roots,” come join the Center and the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition for a special event featuring presentations by Kathleen Brandt and Reggie James.

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PRESERVING YOUR DIGITAL HERITAGE

The National Archives at Kansas City will offer one free genealogy workshop in February. Preserving Your Digital Heritage: Methods to Preserve Your Digitally Born Files will be held on at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Workshop Description:
Preserving Your Digital Heritage: Methods to Preserve Your Digitally Born Files
Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

In the past, your family’s photographic collection probably consisted of prints made with a single family camera. In the 21st century, we’ve gone digital with our phones, tablets, computers, and cameras. Technology has made it easier to capture memories, but has complicated the process of storing them. Keeping track of and preserving your digital files on multiple devices can be overwhelming. This session will show you how to organize, centralize, and protect your collections for yourself and those to come.

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 the workshop.

ALPL GOES DIGITAL

Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases has signed an agreement with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library to preserve in digital format a number of primary source collections relating to President Lincoln and the State of Illinois. Once the materials have been digitized and made fully searchable, they will be available to genealogists, scholars, students, and those studying historical issues of personal interest as new databases by Accessible Archives.

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FIRST SATURDAY

On Feb. 7, the Madison County Historical Society will host its inaugural “First Saturday” program, offering assistance to Madison County families interested in researching their family trees.

The Archival Library and Museum, located at 715 N. Main St. in Edwardsville, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month, February through June.

The staff at the Madison County Archival Library can help visitors begin their research or offer suggestions on getting past problems they haven’t been able to solve. The only cost is a nominal charge for copies.

Among the resources available are books, photos and photo albums, family histories, city directories, cemetery inventories, maps, newspaper clippings, and much more. While the MCHS collection focuses on Madison County, it also has information from many of the surrounding counties.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— AGRICULTURAL 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 agricultural periodicals:

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ST. LOUIS ZOO COLLECTION

A finding aid for this collection, which includes correspondence; files; reports; press releases; newsletters and miscellaneous publications; audiotapes, videotapes, and DVDs:

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NO FIT HOME FOR THE DISLOYAL

Boone County had its share of guerrilla activity during the Civil War—and Union authorities wanted to make the county “too hot” for such persons:

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NEW HISTORICAL MARKER ADDED TO U.S. GRANT TRAIL

Most people don't know about Ulysses S. Grant's brief stay in Cape Girardeau and the role his time here played in the outcome of the Civil War.

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WHO WILL BE NEWSLETTER EDITOR FOR 2015?

Received from GSSI:

I am retiring as Newsletter Editor for GSSI (Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois) with the current issue. Someone else needs to take the helm if members are to be kept up to date about GSSI activities in 2015. To date, no one has come forward to answer my previous appeal for someone with word-processing experience to take on the task. An Editor need not live in Southern Illinois if he or she has access to the internet to keep in touch with the Board and to use MailChimp, the program used for distributing the Newsletter. MailChimp is super easy to use; if I could do it, anyone can. It has built-in design templates, tools for basic text and photo editing, and an automated mailing list that sends all copies of the Newsletter with one click on the keyboard.. I will be happy to assist the new editor for several months during the transition. Who is willing to volunteer?

Ed O'Day, (618) 457-4002

Monday, January 26, 2015

THE CURRENT

Issues of UMSL’s student newspaper, The Current, are available now for online viewing (1976-1978):

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QUANTRILL’S RAID (1863)

William Quantrill’s raid on the Free-State town of Lawrence, Kansas (also known as the Lawrence Massacre) was a defining moment in the border conflict.

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BIG NEWS FOR IRISH RESEARCHERS

The National Library of Ireland will be giving free online access to their archive of Catholic Church records, dating back to the 1700’s. According to a press release from Ireland Reaching Out, “The records are considered the single most important source of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. They cover 1,091 parishes throughout Ireland and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records.”

Currently the Ireland National Library allows access to these records in their research rooms in Dublin; however, the library plans to have the records online by summer of 2015. For more information go here.

HOMESTEAD LAND RECORDS ON ANCESTRY.COM

Ancestry.com has made homestead land records available for numerous states:

Alabama
Arkansas
Florida
Louisiana
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Nebraska
Wisconsin

Access via SEARCH—CARD CATALOG—TITLE “homestead” (quotes not necessary):

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THE CIVIL WAR IN ILLINOIS

Thanks to high demand, extra printings have been ordered for a new, full-length book on Illinois in the Civil War covering a crucial period in the state’s history.

The Civil War in Illinois is a fully-documented, illustrated softcover work of 184 pages by historian Tom Emery of Carlinville — a contributor to multiple Illinois newspapers — who has lectured on his research to audiences statewide.

Initially printed in limited quantities in December 2014, demand for The Civil War in Illinois has far exceeded expectations, requiring more print runs to accommodate statewide demand.

Orders can be placed using PayPal or by mail by sending name, address, phone number, and check or money order for $23 to History in Print, 337 E. Second South, Carlinville, IL 62626. For more information, call 217-710-8392 or go here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

600,000 SILENT VOICES: WERE YOUR ANCESTORS THERE?

Event Type: History
Date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
Library: Midwest Genealogy Center

Description:

More than 620,000 men, women, and children died during the Civil War. Storyteller Jim "Two Crows" Wallen had 16 ancestors who served in the conflict. His program focuses on the people involved in the struggle.

Age(s): Children, Ages 10 and up

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MISSOURI STAR QUILT COMPANY

Located in Hamilton, Missouri, it’s just what my wife DOESN’T need—one more place to buy fabric!

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NATIONAL ARCHIVES GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The National Archives at Kansas City is offering a free genealogy workshop: Alien Case Files (A-Files) at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64108.

Workshop Descriptions:

Alien Case Files (A-Files)-Thursday, January 29 at 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Learn about the Alien Files (A-Files), a rich source of biographical information for family research. A-Files contain United States immigration documents generated since the mid-20th century with a wealth of data, including visas, photographs, applications, affidavits, correspondence, and more.

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

SUVCW TO DOCUMENT RECORDS OF THE GAR

The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War has begun an ambitious project to document the location of repositories of records of the Grand Army of the Republic.

More info

GAR Records Project website

SENTINELS ON THE PRAIRIE

On Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Debra Goodrich Bisel who will discuss her book Kansas Forts and Bases: Sentinels on the Prairie. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

The relationship between Kansas and the science of war is ingrained, consistent and evident, yet it seems antithetical to the quiet, conservative farmer who is the quintessential image of the state. It is not. The same values created both, and both created Kansas. From early exploration of America, Bleeding Kansas, the Civil War and the Plains Indian wars to the world wars and the modern era, the forts and bases of the Sunflower State have been central to America's defense. Beginning with Fort de Cavagnial in 1744 through to the defunct fields of Cold War missile silos, Sentinels on the Prairie provides a guide to the forts and posts throughout Kansas. Copies of Bisel’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the program.

To make a reservation for this free program call 816-268-8010 or email kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Speaker

Debra Goodrich Bisel is a regional author and speaker. She is co-host of Around Kansas, a weekly TV show and is the resident historian at Historic Topeka Cemetery. She grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. She has made various forays into publishing magazines, including the Kansas Journal of Military History. She has been a guest on C-SPAN, numerous radio talk shows, and has appeared in many documentaries on various history topics. Currently, she appears on The Gunslingers on the American Heroes Channel. She serves on the selection committee for the Kansas Hall of Fame at the Great Overland Station and is past president of the Shawnee County (KS) Historical Society and is a president of the Civil War Roundtable of Eastern Kansas. Her most recent book, Kansas Music: Stories of a Rich Tradition with The History Press was released in November.

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. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit www.archives.gov/kansas-city/.

National Archives at Kansas City
400 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

ST. LOUIS MANUSCRIPT COLLECTIONS

Links to finding aids for State Historical Society of Missouri’s extensive collection of St. Louis manuscripts:

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DR. R. MARLIN AND CAROL PERKINS PAPERS

The State Historical Society of Missouri acquired the Marlin Perkins Papers through a donation from Carol Perkins in August, 1990. The Marlin Perkins Papers is a very large and exciting collection which consists of the personal and professional papers of Dr. R. Marlin Perkins and Carol Perkins. A finding aid for this collection is available here:

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MISSOURI ARCHIVES, LIBRARIES & SOCIETIES

Very helpful list by the Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness crew:

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MISSOURI HISTORICAL MUSEUMS & SOCIETIES

Helpful list on the Missouri State Archives website:

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STILL KNOWN ONLY TO GOD

A young British soldier killed in Belgium during WWI is still listed as unknown, despite extensive efforts to identify him:

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Friday, January 16, 2015

GHOSTS OF BATTLE

Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots — all of which have not been well studied until now. These battleground remnants may shed new light on logistical support of German field armies and the impact of Allied bombings, researchers said in a new study.

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MISSING MEN

The Boone County Civil War Memorial fails to record the names of more than 100 black soldiers from Boone County:

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STL CRIME NEIGHBORHOOD BY NEIGHBORHOOD

You may have heard recently about how the St. Louis homicide rate is up. If you follow the local newspaper (especially the comments sections) it may lead you to believe that St. Louis is more dangerous than old Dodge City, with running gun battles on every street every day.

The truth, of course, is similar to the truth in most other big cities: your chances of becoming a crime victim vary, depending on a number of factors:

1. neighborhood you live in
2. basic precautions you take
3. lifestyle choices

In quite a few St. Louis neighborhoods, your chances of becoming a crime victim are similar to (if not lower than) your chances in many St. Louis County municipalities. Location really does matter. That said, however, you can do things to lower your chances of becoming a crime victim no matter where you live.

As far as basic precautions, do you lock the front door when you leave your house, even if you're just going to work in the back yard? Does your door have a deadbolt? Do you lock your windows? Do you keep hedges / bushes trimmed so that they're not great hiding places? Do you have a burglar alarm system? Can't afford one? Can you afford two signs from Home Depot that say you do? Do you have several lights on timers, so that if you're on vacation or just get home late there are lights on in the house?

What about your car? Do you routinely lock it, with windows rolled up? Do you have a club? Do you leave things like purses, tablets, cell phones, packages, spare change, etc. in plain view on car seats? Do you always drive to and from work using the same route at exactly the same times? While driving, are your doors locked and windows up enough that someone would have trouble grabbing / accosting you or other car occupants?

As far as lifestyle choices, do you belong to a gang or use any illegal drugs? Do you frequent bars or clubs, especially late nights? Consume alcohol to excess? Do you walk /jog alone, especially early morning or at night? Are you wearing headphones when you walk / jog?

One last point: as is the case with all other big city murder rates, what really scares most people are random murders, i.e., where the killer and victim didn't know each other and the victim was apparently chosen at random. However, in St. Louis as elsewhere, if you were to separate out gang shootings, drug related killings, and domestic violence incidents, it would leave relatively few random murders.

Therefore, treat big city violence statistics the same way you should treat other statistics you encounter in news articles: with your BS detector on full alert.

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FOLDER MARKER

Mark folders by priority (high, normal, low), project completeness (done, half-done, planned) project status (approved, rejected, pending) and type of information stored within (work, important, temp and private files).

Stay focused on work, rather than hunting for files.

Free and pro versions available.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

LISTS OF MISSOURI LIBRARIES

College & university libraries (lists address, phone, and URL)

Public libraries (lists address, phone, and URL)

HONORS FOR A HOMETOWN HERO

Note: The following info is also available (with some photos) on the Genealogy Room Blog.

Medal Presentation for ALVIN T. SMITH
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1 pm.
Soldiers Memorial
1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63103

Alvin T. Smith was one of 2,753 St. Louisans who made the supreme sacrifice in WWII. His name is in the Court of Honor at Soldiers Memorial. Alvin T. Smith's name is on the west wall, second panel from the south.

The nonprofit organization Purple Hearts Reunited will be presenting a military medal that belonged to PFC Alvin T. Smith to the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis, MO. On 17 January 2015, at 1:00pm, a ceremony, led by Purple Hearts Reunited founder Zachariah Fike, will honor PFC Smith’s service and sacrifice. The museum is located at 1315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63101, and the ceremony will be open to the public and media. Alvin T. Smith was born on 21 November 1921 in St. Louis, MO to Thomas and Virginia Smith. On 30 November 1942, he enlisted in the Army at Jefferson Barracks, MO. During World War II, Smith served in the Army with Company L, 168th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. The young soldier was killed in action during defensive operations at Anzio Beach Head, Italy on 02 May 1944. He was awarded a Purple Heart posthumously and is buried in Zion Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. PFC Smith’s additional decorations include the Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star, World War II Victory Medal, and Combat Infantry Badge.

PFC Smith’s Purple Heart medal was discovered in a recycling bin at a Sherman, TX apartment complex. Mrs. Juli Whittaker, a member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and the operator of Genealogy Safari was able to track down PFC Smith’s nephew, Mr. Jim Brueggenjohan. Whittaker submitted a report about the lost medal to Purple Hearts Reunited, and the organization contacted Brueggenjohan. Brueggenjohan explained that PFC Smith had a son, who adopted the name Alvin Thomas Brinkman, and had passed away in TX. Brueggenjohan and family requested that Purple Hearts Reunited find a home of honor for the medal in PFC Smith’s hometown of St. Louis, MO.

The Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis will accept and display PFC Smith’s medal. Dr. Lynnea Magnuson, Superintendent of the Museum, will receive the framed medal from Fike at the end of a public ceremony. Purple Hearts Reunited, founded by combat-wounded veteran Zachariah Fike, works to return lost or stolen military medals of valor in order to veterans or their families in order to honor their sacrifice to the nation. The organization is funded by donations and has returned medals to more than 100 military families and museums to date.

Monday, January 12, 2015

THE FALL OF FORT FISHER

On January 15, 1865, Fort Fisher (near Wilmington, North Carolina) fell after a three-day combined land-and-sea assault by Union troops. Its fall meant that the Confederacy was doomed--whether or not its leaders chose to acknowledge that fact:

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BOLLINGER COUNTY ARCHIVES & GENEALOGICAL CENTER

Bollinger County Archives & Genealogical Center holds thousands of records of interest to genealogists and local historians.

Hours: M-F—8 am-12 pm & 1 pm-4 pm
Closed Sat & Sun

Postal address:

302 High Street
Marble Hill, MO 63764

Call us: 573-238-3143

Email: bocoarchives@yahoo.com

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BENTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

From Ionia to Fristoe and Cole Camp to Warsaw, Benton County, Missouri is rich with history and people that contributed to the growth of Missouri and America. Our Society is dedicated to preserving that history so that present and future generations become aware of what the past produced and what the future may hold. Thank you for visiting our website. If you like what you see we hope you will visit our Museum at 1660 Hilltop Drive in Warsaw, MO and share what you learn and support our effort to preserve the rich history of Benton County, MO.

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2015 FGS EARLY REGISTRATION DISCOUNT ENDS SOON!

January 9, 2015 – Austin, TX. The early registration discount for the 2015 Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference ends January 23. Early registrants pay $159 for the full four days. The online registration price increases to $189 after January 23. The cost to add-on RootsTech remains $39. Register now to pay the lowest registration price.

The FGS 2015 conference will be held February 11–14, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah in conjunction with RootsTech. Visit www.FGSconference.org to learn how those two conferences will operate while sharing the Salt Palace Convention Center and to find out about sessions, speakers, luncheons, and special events. If you have already registered, log in to your account at FGSconference.org to purchase luncheon tickets.

Subscribe to the FGS Voice blog at www.voice.fgs.org and FGS social media channels (links available at www.FGSconference.org) to keep up with the latest news and announcements about the 2015 conference.

See you in Salt Lake City in February!

Friday, January 09, 2015

MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM UPDATE

The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center will be closed from January 9 through January 30, 2015, for recarpeting of the Reading Room.

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UNDERSTANDING SACRIFICE

Chester Lane was just 20 years old when he died in France from wounds suffered on Armistice Day in 1944.

Now, seven decades later, a Central Middle School history teacher is trying to find more information on the young soldier from Bartholomew County (Indiana).

Alan Birkemeier is one of 18 teachers in the country selected to participate in a National History Day project, which focuses on a central theme of “Understanding Sacrifice.”

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CREATION OF THE SEABEES

In the beginning, Seabees were recruited on a voluntary basis from over 60 construction trades and ranged in age from 18 to 50, with an average age of 37. But after December 1942, they were drafted via the Selective Service System, and the average age dropped. By the war’s end, about 325,000 men had served in the Seabees.

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BATES COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM

Send us postal mail:

Bates County Museum
802 Elks Drive
P. O. Box 164
Butler, MO 64730

Or call us: 660-679-0134 (voice/fax)

Or send us an email here.

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BARTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Send us postal mail:

Barton County Historical Society
P.O. Box 416
Lamar, MO 64759

Or call us: (417) 682-4141

Or send us an email here.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

ST. LOUIS PHOTO DATABASE

The State Historical Society of Missouri’s St. Louis Photo Database is now available online:

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Note: The Database currently contains records for more than 153,000 photographs, and scanned images for more than 33,000 of those photographs.

CHICAGO IN MAPS

Cartographer Dennis McClendon's "labor of love" is a website called Chicago in Maps that makes it easy to find a variety of maps of that city.

For example, there are direct links to over three dozen historic maps of Chicago, from 1834 to 1921. The thematic maps include Chicago railroad maps, transit maps and geological maps. The current maps include downtown Chicago in 2010 and a 2014 Chicago street guide. A click on the Sources and Links page provides links to guides to house numbers and street name changes, original surveyors maps and notes for Cook County and more! You can visit this helpful free website here.

ROBERT WOLFE (RIP)

Robert Wolfe, who for more than 30 years served as a specialist in Nazi Germany at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, has died. He was 93.

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WHO WAS RODNEY WEBBER?

Rodney Webber’s fate was sealed the day he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and took a ship to the United Kingdom to serve on a British bomber in World War II.

The crash that took his life – along with six other airmen – wasn’t a surprise to Chuck Tolley. The assistant archivist with the Canadian section of the 158 Squadron Association had known of the crash for years; how a German fighter downed the bomber one night over the Netherlands in 1943.

But as the Dutch government began to excavate the wreckage and repatriate the bodies in 2014, Tolley and Wolter Noordman, a Dutch historian, took to the record books to review the flight’s crew. They were surprised to find that Webber wasn’t Canadian, but rather an American born in Missoula.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

MAY COMPANY DEPARTMENT STORE RECORDS, 1883-2004

Finding aid for this collection, which includes about 20 years of the Famous-Barr newsletter, Store Chat:

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UMSL PHOTO DATABASE

Over 5,000 images have been digitized and are available now for online viewing:

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Note: Images are provided for reference use only; you must secure prior permission to make any other use of these images.

UMSL DIGITAL LIBRARY

The following UMSL yearbooks are available for free viewing:

• Landmark1962
• (no yearbook published in 1963)
• Landmark1964
• Landmark 1965
• Landmark 1966
• (end of Landmark yearbooks)
• New Student Record 1977
• Graduate Record 1977
• Graduate Record 1978
• Graduate Record 1979
• Graduate Record 1980
• UMSL 1981
• Reflections (Optometry School yearbook), 1987
• Reflections (Optometry School yearbook), 1988

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BARRY COUNTY MUSEUM

15858 State Highway 76
Cassville, MO 65625

We are located one mile south of Cassville, Missouri, on Hwy. 112/76/86, on the way to Roaring River State Park and Table Rock Lake:

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BARRY COUNTY GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The society will meet the third Monday of each month, the meeting place is the Barry County Museum. Business meetings will be every third month starting with January being the first for the year. On other months there will be miscellaneous genealogy endeavors, programs and field trips.

Please support our society as we make an effort to record county and family history!

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Thursday, January 01, 2015

A MOST CRUEL & UNJUST WAR: GUERRILLA ACTIONS ON THE MISSOURI-KANSAS BORDER

Lengthy article on this subject:

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SHADOW WAR: FEDERAL MILITARY AUTHORITY & LOYALTY OATHS IN MISSOURI

Lengthy article on this subject:

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CIVIL WAR WIDOWS

Civil War widows are not easily categorized, since they were of every social and economic stratum. Each widow was truly an island unto herself, and they differed in social pressures, age, parentage and location. Each widow’s story is unique, dictated by the events she encountered.

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LOCAL HEROES

Town Historian Jane Bouley of Branford, CT has many Civil War stories to tell:

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GENEALOGY ROADSHOW RETURNS TO ST. LOUIS

From descendants of the infamous pirate Blackbeard to heroes of the Holocaust, PBS' "Genealogy Roadshow" uncovers family secrets in the series' second season, which premieres Tuesday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., and airs every Tuesday through Feb. 24.

"Genealogy Roadshow" combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans. Two of this seasons' episodes were filmed in St. Louis.

Central Library - Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.

At St. Louis' historic Central Library, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri's famous gateway city. A mystery writer discovers her mother has hidden a life-changing secret; a woman finds out if she is descended from the infamous pirate Blackbeard; a mother and daughter seek connections to a famous author; and a young man seeks connection to the Mali tribe in Africa.

Union Station - Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

At St. Louis' historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a school teacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

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