Saturday, May 30, 2015

THE CENSUS ON MOCAVO

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DOES YOUR LIBRARY NEED FOLD3.COM?

If it can possibly afford it, the short but sweet answer is yes…

ProQuest continues to enhance its genealogical offerings by adding to its impressive line of family history products. Exclusively available from ProQuest, Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry, is a premier collection of historical U.S. military records and unique military content. Libraries can now offer their patrons this invaluable resource that brings to life the details of America's military veterans with stories, photos and personal documents. Historians, genealogists and military enthusiasts can access more than 440 million records beginning with the Revolutionary War. The new user interface makes it easy to search historical documents from diverse sources including the War of 1812 Pension Applications and Service Records, Civil War Widows' Pensions, and records of the United States Colored Troops, and, unique non-military sources such as Native American records, FBI Case Files, and Holocaust records.

The new library edition also provides access to personalization tools. Library patrons may choose to create a personal user account to build memorial pages, submit annotations to any image, or leave comments. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

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ProQuest provides libraries with the greatest scope of genealogical resources and historical databases, encompassing both primary and secondary sources. Specialized content like Fold3 Library Edition combined with Ancestry Library Edition, the new HeritageQuest Online powered by Ancestry, and ProQuest Historical Newspapers, provide family history enthusiasts and historical researchers access to essential resources to jump-start, delve deep, and streamline their research.

"Genealogists and researchers across disciplines need access to a variety of resources to be successful in their scientific and exploratory work. As a result, libraries are continuously looking for distinct, diverse and rich content sources to meet the needs of their patrons," said Andon Baltakov, vice president, product management, ProQuest. "With the addition of Fold3 Library Edition, ProQuest upholds its commitment to providing our customers with authoritative history resources for researchers, political science experts, genealogists and biographers."

UNDER THE TALL GRASS

A cemetery restoration project by a Sons of Confederate Veterans camp in OK has discovered the previously unrecorded graves of 15 Confederate and 2 Union soldiers:

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EXPLORING THE CENTURIES: FOOTPRINTS IN TIME

ARLINGTON, VA, 27 MAY 2015: The 2016 NGS Family History Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,4-7 May, is one year away, but it is not too soon to think about hotel reservations. Attendees have a choice of three different hotels in the area with a variety of room rates. The conference, which will be held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, will be well attended, so plan to make your reservations early.

The three conference hotels are the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina (Conference Hotel), Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, and Fort Lauderdale Embassy Suites. They will apply the special conference rates for three days before and after the conference. Each hotel offers a variety of amenities and dining options, so choose the one that best fits your needs. You may book your hotel rooms beginning 27 May 2015 through the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB). Reservations must be made through the CVB to receive the NGS rate. Visit the NGS Accommodations page to begin booking your hotel reservation.

The conference theme, Exploring the Centuries: Footprints in Time, will delve into the records and history that define the ethnic diversity of Florida, as well as the records that have been created because of the migrations into, within, and out of the state.

The four-day conference will include more than 150 lectures by nationally recognized experts on topics including the history, records, repositories, and ethnic and religious groups in Florida and the neighboring areas of the Caribbean, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The program will also feature broader genealogical categories including military and other federal records, the law as it relates to genealogy, methodology, analysis, problem solving, and technology.

An Exhibit Hall with more than 100 vendors will be free and open to the public from Wednesday through Saturday at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, directly across from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel. Exhibitors will include genealogy database and software providers, booksellers, genealogy societies, providers of genetic testing, and much more.

Sign up for the NGS Conference Blog so you do not miss any of the conference news or announcements. Conference registration opens 1 December 2015.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

KIRKSVILLE HONORS FIVE CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS

The Friends of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee honored five Civil War veterans with a headstone dedication ceremony at the cemetery. Dozens of family members and friends of the war veterans joined local elected officials, city staff and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to honor the local heroes:

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LET OUR NAMES BE KNOWN

It took 148 years, but a marker listing the names of 173 black soldiers who died during an 1866 cholera epidemic has finally been placed next to an obelisk at Jefferson Barracks that noted their passing but mentioned no names:

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OIL AND WATER

Fuel oil that covered the remains of many sailors and Marines killed on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor may help us identify them at long last:

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THE PASSING OF THE CHEROKEE

Two groups of Cherokee camped at Waynesville, MO during the Great Removal of the 1830s:

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FULL WIPE

NOTE: As with any eraser application, be sure that you've saved any necessary files to another storage unit before using Full Wipe, because once you do so those files are gone forever...

Wipe all data from your memory cards, USB stick, removeable HDDs, HDDs.

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Monday, May 25, 2015

MISSOURI PENITENTIARY RECORDS

A new website is available to check records of inmates who spent time in the Missouri State Penitentiary between 1836 and 1931.

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CUCKOO FOR CAVES

If you love the idea of crawling through cold, dark, spooky, bat-filled caverns, these folks want to hear from you:

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FINALLY AT REST IN SANTA FE

Cpl. Abie Apodaca finally came home after years in an unmarked grave in North Korea:

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WE STAND ALONE

Leslie Sabo was born in Austria after his Hungarian family fled the invading Russians after WWII. The family managed to move to America when Leslie was 2. He was a so-so student who dropped out of college in 1969. He was drafted shortly thereafter, and by April 1970 his unit (nicknamed the Currahees—Cherokee for “We stand alone”) was in Cambodia, attempting to disrupt the NVA’s staging area there:

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KENNY’S CHOICE

Moving tribute to a kid who enlisted and lost his wager with fate:

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GOLD STAR ROLL OF HONOR

In the months after the close of WWI, Indiana attempted to document the lives of its sons and daughters killed during the war:

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EVERY 3 ½ MINUTES

That’s how often somebody (soldier or civilian) was killed during the Civil War. And why not, in a war where units of the opposing armies clashed on average twice during every 24 hour period:

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Friday, May 22, 2015

FAUX VALOR

As we learn more and more about documenting military service, it’s becoming more and more difficult (thankfully) for wannabes to claim that they are war heroes:

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KNOW WHERE YOU COME FROM

Karla Henderlong and Madeline Yanov met at the Contra Costa County Genealogy Society and became friends. When they brainstormed ideas for a new career that would combine flexibility and passion, genealogy quickly emerged. Together they founded My Genealogy Services, where they use their talents and endless patience for research to uncover the layers of data that reveal unique family histories, from the humble to the amazing.

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THE BATTLE OF MONDAY'S HOLLOW

Experience history as it comes to life May 30-31 with two reenactments of the Battle of Monday's Hollow at a Living History and Civil War Reenactment Weekend, held at the Missouri Trapshooters Association Grounds located at 51 Trapshooters Road off of State Road A near Linn Creek.

This event, sponsored by the Camden County Historical Society & Museum, will feature a full-scale, historically accurate reenactment of the battle on both Saturday and Sunday to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, 1861-1865.

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REMEMBERING THE LATE UNPLEASANTNESS IN NODAWAY COUNTY

In addition to the traditional Memorial Day ceremony Monday on the west lawn of the Nodaway County Courthouse, the upcoming holiday weekend will also include a round of cemetery commemorations on Sunday as well as a Saturday program focusing on the gravesites of local Civil War Veterans hosted by the Nodaway County Historical Society.

The Civil War presentation will take place at 2 p.m. at the society’s museum, located at 110 N. Walnut Street.

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ANCESTRY.COM MILITARY RECORDS FREE WEEKEND

Start documenting your family's military valor this weekend--for free:

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

BELLEVILLE POST UND ZEITUNG

Students in Belleville East High School who are studying German under their teacher, Andrew Gaa, are learning a practical application of their language skills by translating the obituaries of German residents from the area who died between 1892-1898. The Belleville newspaper, Post und Zeitung, posted obituaries every week, written in German. These obituaries are especially helpful to genealogists because they usually mention the town that the person came from.

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The St. Clair County Genealogical Society is making that data available online.

DAR IN THE CLASSROOM

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is proud to announce a new collaboration with the AncestryK12 program to help bring family history resources to classrooms. Working together, AncestryK12 and DAR will provide educators with greater access and visibility to detailed information about participants in the American Revolution and their descendants using the DAR’s Genealogical Research System (GRS).

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THEY LIKE US--THEY REALLY, REALLY LIKE US...

Glowing article in the Joplin Globe by someone who really likes MoSGA’s annual conferences:

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QUEBEC FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY ANNUAL CONVENTION

Registration is on for their three-day June convention:

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CATCHING A BREAK IN CALAIS

James Noble wanted to join the SAR, but was having trouble proving a patriot ancestor—then the phone rang:

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THERE'S STILL TIME...

..To register for MoSGA's Annual Conference at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri:

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Note: Keynoter Judy Russell really knows her subjects, and is a crackerjack speaker to boot!

Monday, May 18, 2015

DENYING THE PAST DOES NOT “MAKE IT GO AWAY”

Dozens of citizens rallied to protest against removing of exhibits on Japanese atrocities in WWII in Peace Osaka, a museum that reopened on Thursday after six months' redecoration.

The museum, dedicated to exhibiting historical records about wars so as to promote peace, used to exhibit photos and archives on the United States' air raid of Osaka in 1945, as well as Japan' s invasion of other countries and regions such as China, Korea and southeast Asia in WWII.

In the reopened museum, photos and historical records on Japanese atrocities such as the Nanjing Massacre have been removed, and Japan's invasion of other countries are scarcely mentioned. Instead, sufferings of people in Osaka from the United States' air raid in 1945 are stressed.

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THE WORLD FELL IN ON ME

The world fell in on Vice President Harry Truman on April 12, 1945, the day that President Franklin D. Roosevelt died.

Earlier that day, Truman dictated a friendly letter to his sister-in-law mentioning he’d gained some weight and was very busy. After Roosevelt’s death he added the handwritten note: “This was dictated before the world fell in on me.”

The letter is one of 93 items in “ Till We Meet Again,” a new exhibit commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and the beginning of Truman’s presidency. Many of the artifacts have never been on display at the Truman Presidential Library before.

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BRINGING THEM HOME

The bodies of 8,000 U.S. casualties of the Korean War were never recovered—now the U.S. and South Korea have launched a massive effort to locate their remains and bring them home:

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STAND UP AND FIGHT

Exhibition featuring artifacts from Limerick’s military history from the Wild Geese to Gallipoli:

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PRESIDENT DIES?

This man’s great-grandmother said, “They bury him,” which, while technically correct, wasn’t the answer the immigration judge was looking for:

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NGS 2015 CONFERENCE

I haven't posted for a while, but I've got a very good reason for not doing so--I was able to attend all four days of classes at NGS 2015 in St. Charles, Missouri! Was it a great time? Well, let's see--four days of classes, jam-packed exhibit hall, lots of time to chat with old friends and meet new ones--heck, yes, it was fun!

If you weren't able to attend, some sessions were recorded, so there's still a chance to soak up some of the knowledge that filled the air at this conference and those in previous years:

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NOTE: By the way, I heard several talks by Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, MoSGA's keynoter at this year's conference--and she's a terrifically entertaining speaker!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WORKSHOP AT NEW RIVER

The New River (VA) Historical Society will present its annual genealogy workshop, “Researching Our Family History,” on Saturday, May 16, at the Wilderness Road Regional Museum. Registration is at 9 a.m. and workshop sessions begin at 9:30 a.m. Sessions for the day will focus on how to do genealogical research and how to present that research in innovative ways.

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NEW HQ FOR SHSM?

A bill awaiting Gov. Jay Nixon's signature would allocate $35 million for a new headquarters for the State Historical Society of Missouri.

The historical society, currently located in MU's Ellis Library, would be moved to a new building on Elm and Sixth streets. The preliminary plan is to construct the building in the current parking lot next to the Heinkel Building in downtown Columbia.

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HAVE YOU GOT YOUR DD-214?

If you don’t have the original or a copy, it can delay any request by you or your survivors for veterans’ benefits for weeks (or months):

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MISSOURI’S CIVIL WAR TRAILS

The Missouri Division of Tourism and Missouri’s Civil War Heritage Foundation have made the Foundation’s Missouri’s Civil War Trails™ maps available at the nine Official Missouri Welcome Centers located across the state in Kansas City, Conway, Eagleville, Hannibal, Hayti, Joplin, Rock Port and St. Louis.

These maps feature the Gray Ghosts Trail in central Missouri and both the northeast and southeast segments of the U.S. Grant Trail, which includes the cities of St. Louis, Pilot Knob and Cape Girardeau. A limited quantity of maps is available; travelers who are interested should visit an Official Missouri Welcome Center while supplies last.

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THE BRUNETTE LIEUTENANT

The World War II murder of a pretty Army lieutenant is one of only two unsolved murders on the books in Sioux Falls, South Dakota:

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

StLGS NEWS

There is no general meeting in May; we look forward to seeing many of you in St. Charles for the NGS Family History Conference mid-month.

The June general meeting will be Tuesday, 9 June. Research librarian, Larry Franke, from the History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, will present "Using WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan," at St. Louis County Library Headquarters, in the auditorium, at 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there. Note that we are back to our warm weather evening schedule.

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AS THE SAYING GOES…

If these explanations of expressions like “Saved by the bell,” “Chewing the fat,” and “Upper crust” aren’t true, they ought to be:

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REMEMBERING THE DEAD IN NORTH CAROLINA

Tom Reece is on a mission—document the grave sites of all North Carolina military personnel who were killed or went missing in Vietnam:

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OH CANADA

7,600 Canadians died while helping to liberate the Netherlands during WWII—and one of them has just now been afforded the honors due to a hero:

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

SMASHING THROUGH A STYROFOAM WALL

Sometimes “brick walls” aren’t that hard to break through:

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TOUCHED BY FIRE

If your military records were destroyed in the July 1973 fire at NPRC, don’t give up hope:

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GETTING RECORDS FROM NPRC

How to request your own military service or federal civilian employment record:

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ROSTER OF LIVING MEMBERS OF THE SECOND ILLINOIS CAVALRY

Available full-view via Hathitrust:

Roster of the living members of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry (1890).

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THE LIBRARY OF THE COMMANDERY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS

Available for free viewing/download via HathiTrust:

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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Saturday, May 02, 2015

MOOSE DUNG AND ANCESTRAL GRAVES

This blog post proves that serendipity moves in extremely mysterious ways:

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1964 ADDED TO MISSOURI DEATH CERTIFICATES DB

The Missouri State Archives has added the 1964 death certificates to the online Missouri Death Certificates database, which now spans the years 1910-1964. Please note that the original death certificates are often handwritten, which increases the likelihood of transcription errors in the online database. So if your search doesn't turn up a result for ancestor who you think should appear in the database, try the various search options on the Advanced Search page.



AN OPEN LETTER TO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES

I don't know what particular society or societies you belong to, but does any of this sound familiar?

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Note: In my experience, the "same small clique of board members run the show" refrain is not always a valid complaint. In some societies I've belonged to, most people won't run for office even if you put a gun to their heads, so the same small group serves ad infinitum because they are the only persons willing to...

BLOODY 47

The Missouri State Penitentiary was the first state penal institution west of the Mississippi River. It opened its doors in 1836 and operated continuously until 2004. The Missouri State Penitentiary, also called MSP or the Walls, was a notoriously brutal prison. In 1967, Time Magazine named it “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.”

This site includes penitentiary records for 1836-1931.


FREE ACCESS TO THE WORLD WAR II COLLECTION

This May 8 marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day in 1945. If you have family members who served in World War II, or are just interested in the time period, take a look at Fold3's World War II Collection, which you can access for free from May 1st to 15th.

The WWII Collection, currently with over 72 million records, has a diverse array of resources to mine, whether you're interested in historical aspects of the war or are searching for specific individuals who fought in it. A few of the most popular titles in this collection are:

• Missing Air Crew Reports, WWII
• WWII US Air Force Photos
• WWII “Old Man’s Draft” Registration Cards
• WWII War Diaries

If it's been a while since you've taken a look at our WWII Collection, you might be unfamiliar with its new and updated titles, which include:

• Headstone Applications, 1925-1963
• WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files
• 307th Bomb Group Records
• 497th Bomb Group Records
• Ardelia Hall Collection: Munich Property Cards

If you're interested in learning more about VE Day, simply search for "VE Day" on Fold3 to find thousands of matches. Some interesting VE Day finds in the World War II collection include:

• A photo of US airmen in England attending a VE Day ceremony
• A photo of US soldiers at the front lines on Okinawa listening to news of Germany’s surrender by radio
• An account of how US Atlantic Fleet Bombing Squadron 127 celebrated VE day
• An account of Allied servicemen participating in VE Day celebrations in Bermuda
• The VE Day issue of the newspaper of the XIII Air Force Service Command Asiatic Press

Ready to explore the World War II Collection? Get started here.