Monday, March 30, 2015

WHO WAS FRANCIS SCOTT KEY?

You might recognize his name, and may even know what he’s famous for, but you probably don’t know anything else about him:

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IS THE PUBLIC DOMAIN GETTING A LOT LESS PUBLIC?

Documents created by the federal government (and its various employees) are in the public domain (that is, not copyrighted)—even though some publishers and subscription services are making brazen end runs on that concept:

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RING THOSE BELLS

Illinois' Catholic bishops are calling on schools and parishes across the state to ring their bells next month to mark the end of the Civil War.

Archdiocese of Chicago officials say the plan arose out of the denomination's annual meeting. The requested four-minute ringing of bells at 2:15 p.m. on April 9 would coincide with the very hour of the ceremony leading to the end of the four-year Civil War. It would also mark an end to slavery in the United States in 1865.

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Note: A nice sentiment, except that April 9th only marked the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia; President Johnston declared the war officially over on May 9th. The April 9th date also did not abruptly end slavery in every southern state; it continued in some for months afterwards.

SEEING GHOSTS

A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

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ANZACS ONLINE

In time for the Anzac Centenary, family history website Ancestry and the National Archives of Australia are on Monday making available more than 12 million Anzac military records online.
It will include the personal service dossiers for those who served during WWI in the Australian Imperial Force, Australian Flying Corps and Australian Army Nursing Service.
Ancestry content director Ben Mercer said previously there were 500,000 Australian WWI records on the website.

"This collection is our first significant Australian WWI collection," he said.

"It's the first of many significant collections we'll be taking to the community with the National Archives of Australia."

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Friday, March 20, 2015

FRE:AC

There’s an application that every music lover should have called fre:ac. It's a free audio converter and CD ripper that will convert your music to make it playable on all your gadgets (note: doesn’t work with some copy-protected music).

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MISSING IN MARGRATEN

Pfc. Lewis Price’s immediate family all died without ever finding out what really happened to him:

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UP IN SMOKE

What all did the 1973 fire destroy at NPRC? Here’s a rundown:

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1.4 MILLION

That’s how many record requests NPRC receives every year:

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FINDING CIVIL WAR PHOTOS

Looking for a photo of a Civil War soldier? This website can help:

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BOYS IN BLUE

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library has scanned thousands of Illinois Civil War soldier photos, and is in the process of making them available online:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— TRANSPORTATION 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 transportation periodicals:

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THE BATTLE OF MANILA

Seventy years later, survivors can’t forget Japanese atrocities or their joy upon being liberated by advancing American troops:

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"GRANTING" WISHES IN PACIFIC

Plans to promote tourism by identifying Civil War sites in Pacific were approved at the March 2 tourism commission meeting.

The commission approved the purchase of 25 U.S. Grant trail signs that will mark a driving tour of sites in the city that have a Civil War connection.

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BASIC TRAINING

Some things have changed since I “did my time” at Lackland AFB, but enough is the same to bring back LOTS of memories…

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LOST AT SEA

A South Carolina family searches for answers about a sailor killed during WWII:

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

ALL ABOUT THE WAC

Did you know that Fold3 has a huge number of documents from World War II about the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), including hundreds of photos? If you’re not already familiar with the WAC, you might be surprised to find out just how versatile this group was during the war:

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TIME TRAVEL: CENTURIES OF MEMORIES

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces that presentation proposals are now being received for its 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31–Sept 3, 2016.

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GSSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois 2015 Conference is a little over 5 months away on August 8th, and information is now available online.

We are excited to feature National Speaker, D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS. He is the President of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the Director of Family History for Findmypast.com, and a nationally known and recognized genealogical author, lecturer, and researcher. Joshua is the former Director of Education and Programs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. He has appeared on TV on several genealogical programs.

We had a full house last year, and we want to make sure you get a seat this year, so please register early. Conference information is now available online. To access an on-line registration form, you may directly go to our Web Store.

We thank you for your support of GSSI and hope you will be able to join us at our conference this year. We are happy that we can continue to bring National Speakers to the area for a reasonable registration fee. If you have any questions about the conference, please email us.

Thank you.
Diane Anderson, GSSI Treasurer

MoSGA ANNUAL AWARDS

Genealogical Friends:

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is asking genealogical and historical societies, libraries and archives in Missouri to assist in identifying candidates for special recognition. Visit our awards page for more information.

1. Award of Merit – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in Missouri genealogy and/or family history for which no compensation was received (i.e., on a “volunteer” basis).
2. Certificate of Appreciation – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution expressing thanks officially for compensated (i.e., “paid”) duties related to Missouri genealogy and/or family history performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner.



John Abney, a 2011 award winner

Examples of actions qualifying for the Award of Merit might include providing outstanding genealogy lectures, authoring or editing scholarly publications, compiling outstanding finding aids such as censuses or indexes, or rendering exemplary service as an officer in a genealogy/family history related organization. Some examples of actions qualifying for the Certificate of Appreciation might include hosting or coordinating a genealogy/family history related conference; providing significant assistance towards the preservation of genealogical records; or, an outstanding contribution to an institution made by a librarian, archivist, or administrator.

Neither submitters nor nominees need be members of MoSGA. As much as we would like to, MoSGA cannot reward every nominee. Therefore, we will gladly re-consider nominations for individuals or institutions previously recommended who have not received a MoSGA award. Please send your nomination(s) to the Awards Committee, care of MoSGA, at P.O. Box 833, Columbia, MO 65205-0833. The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 1, 2015. There is also an online form here.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and thank you for your assistance. We hope that you will be able to join us at MoSGA’s annual conference and awards banquet. MoSGA’s 2015 Annual Conference will be held August 7-8 at The Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, Missouri. Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist is our keynote speaker. Recipients need not be present at the banquet to receive an award.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

FAMILY HISTORIES AT SLPL

Use one or more of St. Louis Public Library's 3,000 family histories arranged by family name for your genealogical research, or Ask a Librarian to look something up.

UPCOMING CLASSES AT SLPL

Hello to all:

The following classes will be held at either Central Library in downtown St. Louis or at Buder Branch Library. Parking is free at Buder Branch. At Central Library, you can park at meters, on all-day parking lots, or you may park for free on the lot we own at 15th & Olive Streets (directly behind the Campbell House Museum).

More on the SLPL parking lot

SLPL Events Calendar

Note: In case of inclement weather, you can call 314-241-2288 to see if Library locations will be open for business that day.

THURS
MAR 19
2 pm-3:30 pm

Prairie Pedigrees: Researching Illinois Ancestors

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on ancestors who resided in the Prairie State. Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109. To register/more information, email us here.

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APR 25
10:30 am-Noon

Picture This: Finding, Editing, & Filing Images

Tom Pearson shows genealogists how to acquire, edit, and file photographs and other images. Central Library, Training Room, 2nd Floor. To register/more information, email us here.

THURS
JUN 11
2 pm-3:30 pm

He’s a Rebel: Researching Confederate Ancestors

Tom Pearson discusses book, manuscript, microfilm, and Internet sources of information on ancestors who served in the Confederate armed forces. Buder Branch Library, 4401 Hampton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63109. To register/more information, email us here.

FAMILY HISTORY CONFERENCE

The Third Annual GenealogyKC Family History and Technology conference is March 20-21 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) meetinghouse, 6751 N.E. 70th St., Kansas City, North.

Registration to the event is free. More than 60 classes are planned. Presenters include specialists from the National Archives in Kansas City, the Missouri State Archives and the Midwest Genealogical Center, as well as local family history specialists.

The keynote address, “Problem Solving with FANS — Family, Associates and Neighbors,” will be given by Beth Foulk, area genealogist and founder of GenealogyDecoded.com.

Classes are planned for all interests and skill levels and include Cloud Genealogy; Military Records; African-American Research; Missouri: The spoiled brats in genealogy; Following Your Family’s Trail with Google Earth; Cemetery Restoration; Building Your Genealogy Toolkit; BSA Genealogy Merit Badge class and many more.

A youth-only program, Genealogy for Youth, will be held Saturday afternoon followed by dinner and a dance in the evening.

For a complete schedule and to register go here. Email questions to info@genealogykc.org.

JOAN ON GENEALOGY

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library's Newspaper Collection has over 5,000 newspaper titles on almost 100,000 reels of microfilm:

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MOORE AT MARSHALL

Marshall Public Library is teaming up with the National Archives at Kansas City to bring two programs on genealogy to area citizens at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 19, in the library's meeting room. Jennifer Audsley Moore, archives technician and volunteer coordinator at the archives, will present "Introduction to Genealogy: Where to Begin?"

If you are interested in starting your family history research, but aren't sure where to begin, this program will teach you how to start. The program covers the basics of what you need, where you can find information, what resources are available to assist and how original records will help tell your family's story.

At 1 p.m. Moore will present "Why Can't I Find It?: Ways to Search More Effectively through Online Resources."

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

THE LOCATION OF MONUMENTS, MARKERS AND TABLETS AT GETTYSBURG

United States. Gettysburg National Military Park Commission. The Location of the Monuments, Markers And Tablets On the Battlefield of Gettysburg. S.l.: s.n., 1903.

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HATHITRUST COLLECTIONS— 19th CENTURY BRITISH PERIODICALS

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

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MGC NEWS

Are you subscribing to Midwest Genealogy Center’s free e-newsletter? It’s certainly easy to sign up:

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ONCE IS NEVER ENOUGH

During the Battle of the Bulge, he volunteered to advance under fire and shoot a bazooka at a tank. He did so successfully, and then managed to get back to American lines in one piece. He reported to an officer, who said “Great!” and then asked him to do it again…

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UNDER THE SEA

Actually, most served above the waves, but lots of British sailors during WWI were underage boys who lied about their age in order to enlist:

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GALENA GOES GAGA

No, not over a pop star—the celebration will commemorate Galena’s favorite son: Ulysses S. Grant:

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Sunday, March 01, 2015

HISTORY OF VETERAN HEALTH RECORD RETENTIONS

The VA’s past and current requirements for health record retention and destruction are described below. The retention and destruction requirements pertain to all veterans’ health records, whether paper or electronic:

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FRANKLIN COUNTY LOCAL HISTORY CLASSES

Anyone interested in learning more about the history of Franklin County will want to sign up for the 12th annual Local History Class at East Central College.

The class will be held on eight Thursday evenings in March and April from 7 to 9 p.m. in the one-story Regional Training Center on the Union campus. Tuition is $50 for the course or $10 per evening at the door, space permitting. There will be two presentations each evening.

To enroll, contact the continuing education department at 636-584-6529. For more information, contact Sue Blesi at 573-739-9201 or email them here.

There is a schedule of classes and topics here:

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GENEALOGY AND LOCAL HISTORY INDEX UPDATE

The following sources have recently been added to the Genealogy and Local History Index. To search the index globally, visit the main page.

1. Woman's Committee, Council of National Defense, Missouri Division, "War Records" [World War I]

2. Issues of the Maplewood Herald, Maplewood Journal, and Maplewood News, 1911-1913

3. Photographs of boys and girls who won coaster wagons in campaigns sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1923-1924

SPANISH FLU PANDEMIC BEGINS: MARCH 1918

In early March 1918, soldiers with the flu began reporting to the infirmary at Camp Funston, an army training camp in Kansas. Within three weeks, 1,100 men at that camp had also come down with the flu. It was the start of a pandemic that would kill as many as 100 million people worldwide:

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