Thursday, July 30, 2015

FINDING YOUR WAY IN IRELAND

Know the Irish county of origin, but not the parish? Here’s some good advice:

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BIG AND BRIGHT

Researching Texas ancestors? This blog post will help:

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FRANKIE MEYER ON THE JOY OF GENEALOGY

She writes a regular column for the Joplin Globe:

Recently, a lady named Sally told me that she had paid to join a genealogy website and within a week had traced her family history back to the 1600s, printed it and put it in a notebook.

Hopefully, Sally will maintain her enthusiasm, become more curious about her ancestors and will learn that a family history includes more than dates, places and names, and that it must be documented.

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CANADA’S KOREAN WAR VETS

Canada’s Korean War veterans had to keep fighting for 60 years after the war’s end to receive the full-fledged recognition they deserved.

On Monday, Korean War Veterans Day paid tribute to the efforts of the Canadians who fought – and the 516 of them who died – while supporting the fight for freedom on the Korean Peninsula during the 1950s.

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LANDSCAPES OF MEMORY

Clay County's "landscapes of memory" are revealed to new generations in a book to be released Aug. 3. "Images of America: West Point and Clay County, Mississippi" is a recent addition to Arcadia Publishing's Images series, which chronicles the history of small towns across the country.

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VIRGINIA’S YOUTH CC

While many teens were enjoying a summer off, some are hard at work improving the quality of Virginia's state parks, and just so you know, they all voluntarily accepted their positions.

The Virginia Youth Conservation Corps is made up of boys and girls ages 14-17 from all across Virginia, some even come from out of state. They were scheduled to work through the summer and experience things program leaders said they could never experience working at the neighborhood ice-cream joint.

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PLACE NAMES IN PHELPS COUNTY

It has been said that behind every name there is a story. In Phelps County, the stories of how its towns got their names are as colorful and interesting as the people who reside in them.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

GETTING READY TO DITCH YOUR LANDLINE?

You should probably read this before you do:

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HANNIBAL’S OTHER ATTRACTION

Hannibal will be forever linked to a man known for his writing, rather than his participation in the Civil War. Hannibal’s connection to the “war between the states” will be better known in the future, thanks to the City Council’s recent decision to partner with the Missouri Civil War Heritage Foundation.

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A BEAR CUB AND A MUSIC MACHINE

Eighty years ago this month, 20 solitary miles beyond Magdalena on the Plains of San Agustín, a large camp began to take shape.

Populated by lonely young men far from home, this remote outpost was known as DG-42-N. It was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a home base for their area project, a big part of which was to protect and improve an important New Mexico asset: the Magdalena Stock Driveway.

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IBEW MAGAZINES

Tip courtesy of the Missouri History Museum:

Magazines of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) are available on the IBEW website for the years 1893 to present. These issues are not keyword searchable; rather, you can select a year and browse through individual issues.

ELECTRONIC RECORDS GRANT TO MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander Monday announced the Records Services Division of his office was awarded an electronic records grant of $31,690 by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making affiliate of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

IS THAT PERIODICAL IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN?

The confusing answer is maybe:

Many books published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963 are actually in the public domain, since the author/publisher neglected to renew the item’s copyright protection, and such renewals were not automatic. It’s also relatively easy to determine if copyright on such an item was renewed or not.

A periodical published between 1923 and 1963, however, is a different story. Why? Because it’s not just the publisher of the periodical who can renew copyright: authors of articles in the periodical may have renewed copyright on their own individual contributions:

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THE SHRINKING PUBLIC DOMAIN

Mega-colossal companies with a stake in copyright ownership keep pushing for longer and longer periods of copyright protection, to the financial detriment of poor schlubs like you and me:

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WAS YOUR FAMILY NAME CHANGED AT ELLIS ISLAND?

Please, people: let’s put this hoary old chestnut out of its misery once and for all: the answer is NO.

Clerks at Ellis Island did not record names of arriving passengers: they in fact matched passengers to a ship manifest prepared in the old country by shipping company employees. Look closely at some manifests—you can often actually see the checkmarks made by Ellis Island clerks as they matched an arrival to the manifest.

You will also sometimes see names lined out on the manifest—such persons either failed to board the ship in the old country, or died on the way to America and were (generally) buried at sea:

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DON’T MESS WITH THE DEAD!

Doing some cemetery recons as part of your summer vacation? Read this list of do’s and don’ts first:

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HEMP BALES HUBBUB

The Missouri State Guard flag has been removed from the state historic site at Lexington, Mo.:

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THE STATUS OF CONFEDERATE VETS

There’s some controversy about a 1958 law that granted a federal pension to 1,000 widows of Confederate veterans:

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Friday, July 24, 2015

A PENSION FOR A DESERTER

The strange odyssey of Union Army Pvt. James Early White:

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WWII FOR LOC

Preserving the stories of remaining WWII vets for the Library of Congress, one story at a time:

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GALLANTS AT GALLIPOLI

Ancestors of some well-known Australian actors served honorably in Anzac forces during WWI:

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A MODEL ARCHIVE

Illinois State University grad student Tammy Hansen’s master’s thesis is a well-written, thorough, and candid look at the history of university archives in Illinois and what changes we can all make to better collect and preserve our institutional history.

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LINCOLN AND THE JEWS

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is introducing an exhibit showcasing Lincoln’s relationships with the Jewish population during the Civil War-era.

The exhibit is called “With Firmness in the Right: Lincoln and the Jews.” It focuses on Lincoln’s role in advocating for acceptance and inclusion for Jews in America. The exhibit also examines how Jewish friends and colleagues of Lincoln affected his life. Several sources, such as the Library of Congress and the Chicago Historical Society, contributed documents, photographs, letters and other artifacts to the exhibit.

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MISSOURI STATE ARCHIVES: THE DRED SCOTT CASE

In its 1857 decision that stunned the nation, the United States Supreme Court upheld slavery in United States territories, denied the legality of black citizenship in America, and declared the Missouri Compromise to be unconstitutional. All of this was the result of an April 1846 action when Dred Scott innocently made his mark with an "X," signing his petition in a pro forma freedom suit, initiated under Missouri law, to sue for freedom in the St. Louis Circuit Court. Desiring freedom, his case instead became the lightning rod for sectional bitterness and hostility that was only resolved by war.

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PRAIRIE CHAPTER NSDAR

The first meeting of the 2015-2016 year for the Prairie Chapter NSDAR will be held Aug. 29 at Places Restaurant in John Knox Village (Lee’s Summit, Mo), beginning at 10 a.m.

For further information or to inquire about membership criteria, contact Lucille Lamb at prairieregistrar@kc.rr.com.

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NUMBERED RECORD BOOKS

Do you have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War? Try looking for them in the Numbered Record Books from Fold3’s Revolutionary War Collection.

The 199-volume Numbered Record Books collection, from microfilm at the National Archives, contains miscellaneous records from the Revolutionary War, falling into three main categories: military operations and service, pay and settlement of accounts, and supplies.

The records in these books were originally compiled by the War Department from a wide variety of sources over time and then arbitrarily bound into volumes and numbered. Since the volume numbers don’t indicate any preexisting relationship between the books, Fold3 has arranged them by subject matter rather than consecutive volume numbers, similar to the organization devised by the National Archives.

Because the Numbered Record Books are grouped together by subject, the easiest way to find ancestors mentioned in them is by searching the collection for the person’s name rather than manually browsing. For a much more in depth discussion of the background and content of the Numbered Record Books and how to use them, read the National Archives pamphlet for the collection.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

MGC’S TELL ME A STORY


We all have precious memories of our family history in the form of pictures, documents, and heirlooms, but what about the stories? Stories are what really connect us and paint a complete picture of the lives of our ancestors. The Midwest Genealogy Center’s “Tell Me a Story” oral history program can help you record your loved ones’ stories before they are lost forever. Simply call MGC to make an appointment, and one of our trained staff will record your stories using either our downloadable sample questions or your own interview questions. We have a comfortable study room dedicated to this program, and with your written consent, your stories can be added to our archive so that everyone may benefit. Or, you may choose to check out our kit which has everything you need to record your stories at home. Simply bring the kit back to us and we will burn the audio to disc and send you a copy! This program is free of charge and is a wonderful addition to your genealogy research!

Check out the following link for more information!

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U.S. GRANT SYMPOSIUM II SET FOR MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM

Full Day Event Falls on the 130th Anniversary of the General's Death

ST. LOUIS, MO. July 15, 2015. The second annual U. S. Grant Symposium will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at the AT&T Foundation Multipurpose Room at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.

The event is presented by the Missouri History Museum in cooperation with the U. S. Grant Trail initiative of Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, with additional funding by the Missouri Humanities Council. The Missouri Civil War Museum at Jefferson Barracks, Bellefontaine Cemetery, the Campbell House Museum and the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in Affton are co-sponsors of the event. Speaker lodging is provided by the Westin St. Louis Hotel.

"This is the only event in the nation this year to honor Ulysses Grant on the day of Grant's death in 1885," according to Greg Wolk, Executive Director of Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, and one of the presenters on July 23. This year's event is a continuation of Missouri's efforts to highlight Grant's deep roots in Missouri, Wolk added.

Speakers also include Tim Good, Superintendent of the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site, and Andy Hahn, Executive Director of the Campbell House Museum in downtown St. Louis. The Symposium features a theatrical performance by Pete Grady of Marshalltown, Iowa, The performance, which begins at 1:00 p.m., is called "Unconditional Surrender: An Afternoon with President Grant," and is a production of the Marshalltown Community Theater. Pete Grady has toured Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota with his one-man show. The July 23 event will mark his first performance in Missouri.

A full description of events can be found at mohistory.org/node/56797 or at mocivilwar.org/symposium2015/.

ANCESTRY.COM LAUNCHES ANCESTRYHEALTH

Dr. Cathy Petti Joins as Chief Health Officer to Spearhead Company’s Global Health Initiatives

AncestryDNA Database Surpasses One Million People Genotyped


(PROVO, Utah) - July 16, 2015 – Ancestry, the leader in family history and consumer genetics, today announced the launch of AncestryHealth, a new entity and resource to empower consumers with important health insights to help promote wellness, prevent illness and support healthier living. The company also announced appointment of Cathy A. Petti, MD, as AncestryHealth’s Chief Health Officer. At the same time, AncestryDNA announced the accomplishment of surpassing one million people tested in its database.

AncestryHealth’s first offering is a free service, currently in beta, that gives consumers the ability to compile their family health history information with the help of their Ancestry family tree.
Family health history is unique to every person. According to the Surgeon General’s office, family health history is one of the most effective screening tools in health today. Because certain health conditions like breast cancer, heart disease and cystic fibrosis can run in families and be traced, knowing important information about one’s family’s health history can help individuals and their physicians be more aware of potential health problems and take the necessary steps to reduce and prevent risks.

“Ancestry fundamentally believes family history is a powerful tool that not only can educate individuals about their past and where they came from, but can inform their future,” stated Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry. “This new service leverages expert research and delivers customized information to consumers about the risks and prevention measures to help empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices. Combined with the breadth and scale of Ancestry data, we expect AncestryHealth to be a key piece of the puzzle as we look to understand how health is passed down through generations, and we are excited to have Dr. Petti lead this effort.”

AncestryHealth integrates health information with expertise in genealogy to help consumers trace health conditions along family lines and understand what it means to individuals and their families, while recording this valuable information to share with their physicians and future generations. The company also plans to work with institutions to integrate family health history data into electronic medical records to better help physicians use family health history as a screening tool.

AncestryHealth is committed to being a partner in health by providing individuals with meaningful information and relevant research to help them make choices that could lead to longer, healthier lives. Dr. Petti joins Ancestry’s strong and growing leadership team to help focus AncestryHealth’s global health initiatives on empowering consumers to take charge of their health.

“We’re very excited to not only launch AncestryHealth but to also have Dr. Petti join us as its Chief Health Officer,” said Dr. Ken Chahine, Executive Vice President and General Manager of AncestryDNA and AncestryHealth. “This cements our commitment to bring our customers compelling, innovative and actionable health experiences. Dr. Petti brings tremendous knowledge and experience in individualized and global health, with expertise in clinical, regulatory and healthcare diagnostics. This is invaluable as we set out to create health offerings for our community that integrate with, and leverage the successes of, Ancestry and AncestryDNA.”

In her role, Dr. Petti will work alongside the genomics, bioinformatics, privacy and security teams to lead a health-focused strategy and create a valuable consumer health experience, starting with AncestryHealth’s family health history offering. Dr. Petti will also lead medical and regulatory affairs.

A scientific leader, Dr. Petti is internationally recognized for her expertise in clinical diagnostics and global health. Most recently, she was founder and president of HealthSpring Global, Inc., a concierge IVD consulting company supporting biotechnology companies, investors and academic researchers on the entire life cycle of advanced technologies. Dr. Petti has served as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at TriCore Reference Laboratories; held the position of Global Head of Medical, Scientific and Clinical Affairs for Novartis Diagnostics; and was Medical Director of ARUP Laboratories. She has held appointments at leading academic institutions as a Professor of Medicine and Pathology, authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, and received multiple scientific awards and honors. Dr. Petti is board certified in both internal medicine and pathology subspecialties, and received an AB from Harvard University and MD from Duke University.

Ancestry is scaling rapidly from being the largest family history database to AncestryDNA now surpassing one million genotyped customers in just three years, making it one of the fastest growing consumer genetic networks today. Now armed with the combination of family history and DNA data, Ancestry is positioned to take a lead in giving consumers a glimpse into future possibilities. The company is also laser focused on bringing together the brightest talent, developing and designing a robust, easy-to-use platform and continuing to evolve in the health ecosystem.

To learn more about the AncestryHealth experience, visit www.ancestryhealth.com.

2015 MoSGA AWARD RECIPIENTS

Each year the MoSGA Awards Committee reaches out to Missouri genealogy and historical societies, libraries, archives and museums with an offer to help reward your hard working volunteers. We also want to hear about those employees that go above and beyond as well. The first of June is the deadline for submission each year and awards are presented at the MoSGA Annual Conference each August.


2015 MoSGA Award Recipients

President’s Award
To Be Announced By MoSGA President, Tim Dollens, at the Annual Conference.

Directors Award--Lula Durham
Nominated by Platte County Historical Society

At age 95, Lula, Lu, is one of the few surviving charter members of the Platte County Historical and Genealogical Society (PCHGS), organized in 1945. Lu has served PCHGS in several capacities, including several three-year terms as a member of the Board of Directors, until retiring in 2009. Additionally Lu served as a docent at the Society’s Ben Ferrel Platte County Museum in Platte City.

It is Lu’s ability to assemble and organize written historical and genealogical materials pertaining to Platte County that has perhaps benefited the Society the most. Lu established the Archives Room in the lower level of the Ben Ferrel Museum, and for many years Lu maintained the archives. This earned Lu the title of Museum Records Archivist. Thanks to Lu’s efforts, research in the Archives is made easy, efficient and productive for visitors who research topics related to Platte County History.

Lu Durham is a native of Platte County, born in Edgerton. After retiring from a career in teaching, she became interested in her Buchanan and Duncan family histories, both lines settling in Platte County in 1943-44. Her mother inherited several trunks of old family letters and Lu became bitten by the genie bug when it fell to her to do something with the family history material.

Award of Merit--William Eddleman
Nominated by The State Historical Society of Missouri

Dr. William “Bill” Eddleman has devoted hundreds of hours transcribing and indexing deed records, land patents and other historical materials from the antebellum period in Cape Girardeau County as well as surrounding counties.

Bill served as President of the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society for a total of 14 years during the period of 2002-2014. He has been editor of the Collage of Cape County, the Society’s quarterly publication since 1997. Bill has authored and/or transcribed multiple resources for the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society publication.

Additionally, Bill has authored the following publications, outside of Cape Girardeau County: Original Land Patentees of Perry Co., MO, Abstracts of Perry Co., MO Deed Books 1-4 (1821-1844), Abstracts of Haywood Co., NC Deed Books A-C (1807-1838) and Coventry, RI Historical Cemeteries.

Dr. Eddleman is Provost of Southeast Missouri State University and Professor of Biology.

Award of Merit--Garrett Gabel
Nominated by Phelps County Genealogical Society

Garrett Gabel has worked tirelessly to preserve the history of the Southern Phelps/N.W. Dent counties of Missouri. Garrett has worked to gain military records, cemetery caretaker’s and descendant’s approvals in order to comply with Veterans Administration regulations to acquire a set of government issued military monuments for 11 Civil War soldiers.

Garrett has personally financed the purchase and set small headstones for three Civil War soldiers whose military records could not be found as per V.A. requirements. In addition Garrett purchased small headstones for eight additional individuals from Phelps County Missouri. Mr. Gabel has cleaned, repaired and transcribed headstones that were under soil in nine cemeteries in Phelps and Dent counties, that were nearly all forgotten.

Mr. Gabel co-authored “History of Yancy Mills, Mo” and authored “Days of Yore: A History of Southern Phelps Co. Mo., 1861-1921.”

Award of Merit--Cricket Russom
Nominated by Audrain County Area Genealogical Society

Cricket Russom is the Vice-President as well as filling the role of Office Manager for the Audrain County Area Genealogical Society, Cricket directly supports and promotes the mission of the society. Cricket is tasked with making sure the necessary supplies are available and keeps track of all materials for the society.

With Cricket’s help visitors are able to find and access materials necessary for their research goals. She also assists new genealogists in their genealogical research activities providing advice and suggestions.

Certificate of Appreciation--Larry Franke
Nominated by St. Louis County Library

Larry Franke has made many contributions to the genealogical community. Larry teaches classes on beginning genealogy and electronic databases and gives presentations on a variety of subjects to genealogical societies and other groups.

Mr. Franke has been responsible for building the St. Louis County Library’s History & Genealogy collection of sources for French and French Canadian research and manages the library’s collection of genealogical publications. He uses his fluent knowledge of French and Spanish to help researchers navigate historical records in those languages.

Larry has written numerous articles for PastPorts, the department newsletter, to help readers learn about and use materials in the department.


Thank you to all the volunteers that work to expand and improve genealogical research in Missouri. Your efforts are not going unnoticed.

Jenna Mills - Awards Committee Chair
Karen Scott - Awards Committee Member
Mark Stauter - Awards Committee Member

MGC GOES DIGITAL

A grant from Missouri Secretary of State’s office will allow the Mid-Continent Public Library to update its microfilm readers at the Midwest Genealogy Center, allowing patrons to save any microfilm and microfiche information in digital form for personal use.

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TIER 4 WEEKENDS


St. Louis County Library's History & Genealogy department will open its staff-only area to the public the third weekend of each month beginning Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19.

The area is located on Tier 4 of Library Headquarters at 1640 S. Lindbergh. The staff-only area houses more than 13,000 family histories, school yearbooks and information about many states west of the Mississippi. Researchers are encouraged to browse and use the materials during the "Explore Tier 4" weekends. History and genealogy staff will also offer tours on third Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Usually, items from Tier 4 are available only upon request and are retrieved by a librarian for use in the library. "Explore Tier 4" weekends will allow researchers and genealogists to access this area and browse its holdings independently. Library headquarters is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday; and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call the history and genealogy department at 994-3300, ext. 2070.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

THE SURPRISE INSIDE

A forgotten chapter of Tennessee's history sat tucked away in a bedroom closet for decades.

About 400 letters, stuffed inside an old Corn Flakes box, recall the experiences of some of the tens of thousands of prisoners of war who were sent to Tennessee during World War II.

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D. JOSHUA TAYLOR AT CARTERVILLE

D. Joshua Taylor, president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, will be the featured speaker at the Family History Conference sponsored by the Genealogy Society of Southern Illinois.

Taylor has been the featured genealogist on the hit PBS show, “Genealogy Roadshow” and NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?"

The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Ray Hancock Conference Center at John A. Logan College in Carterville (IL).

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ILLINOIS PRISON CAMPS

DECATUR - The Macon County History Museum is inviting central Illinois residents to attend a special presentation on Illinois prison camps during the Civil War on July 18.

Museum officials say the presentation, titled "A Look at Civil War Camps: Illinois Prison Camps," will feature guest speaker Don Chamberlain. During the presentation, Chamberlain will discuss stories and artifacts from Civil War prison camps in Illinois, which help to understand prison camp life during that era.

The presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m. at 5580 North Folk Road in Decatur. Admission is set at $2 per person. For more information, call (217) 422-4919.

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MISSOURI REVISED STATUTES

Curious about the laws we Missouri residents are governed by? Have a look:

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GRIFFIS ON GENEALOGY

Joan Griffis writes a regular column on genealogy for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette:

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ERR, WHO’S THE VILLAIN IN THIS TALE?

OK—a 90 year old Navy veteran is forcibly evicted from the home he lived in for 60 years. Sounds like one more icy-veined bank foreclosure, right? Not so fast—there’s more to the story:

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? SEASON 6

It’s back. New stars—new surprises!

If you’re tired of summer reruns, we’ve got some Sunday night relief with 6 new episodes of Who Do You Think You Are? Want to know who’s looking to discover their family story this time? Watch the season premiere Sunday, July 26 at 9/8c on TLC.

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CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS FOR VETERANS

Are you a veteran (or married to a veteran)? Then why aren’t you getting the special veteran’s discount on your cell phone service?

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NEW AT MHM

The following sources have recently been added to Missouri History Museum’s Genealogy and Local History Index.

1. Program titled "Adeline Rotty Presents a Recital of Dance," April 4, 1924

2. Program for McKinley High School graduation exercises, June 1944

3. Missouri Pacific Lines Magazine, 1943-1965 (incomplete run)

RESEARCHING YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS

Did your Civil War ancestor wear Union blue or Confederate gray? Or was your ancestor a civilian affected by the tumult of the war years? Missouri History Museum associate archivist Dennis Northcott will introduce you to the vast array of genealogical documents and publications that the war produced. Learn about service records and pension records, publications and records of veterans' organizations, letters and diaries, and more.

When: Tuesday, August 11, 7 p.m.
Where: St. Louis Genealogical Society general meeting, held at the St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 South Lindbergh Blvd., across the street from Frontenac Plaza)
How much: Free

SILENT CAL’S UNDERSTATED ARCHIVE

Leave it to Calvin Coolidge to have an understated presidential library:

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SINGING THE PRAISES OF ACPL

When it comes to places for family historians, there's nothing better east of the Mississippi than the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

The Genealogy Center is the nation's No. 2 family history repository with nearly 400,000 books, about two-thirds of a million microtexts, more than 50,000 city directories and the world's largest collection of genealogical periodicals.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

NAMING THE NAMELESS

Attaching names to Revolutionary War unknowns:

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SGT. McLAUGHLIN COMES HOME

Marine Sgt. John McLaughlin was killed during a firefight at the Choisin Reservoir in North Korea. It took 64 years, but his remains are finally at rest in a cemetery near his Pittsburgh home:

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THE PAST TAKES OFFENSE

Seems we’re not alone vis a vis the Confederate flag controversy; Russia is also discovering that history appears to actively resist attempts to rewrite/sanitize it:

Russia's state archive service has published a secret memo by Stalin-era prosecutors arguing that legends of heroism attributed to a group of soldiers credited with having heroically halted Nazi tanks headed for Moscow before perishing together on the battlefield were in fact a product of shoddy news reporting.

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BE THE FAMILY SHERLOCK

The Ozarks Genealogical Society, Springfield Missouri announces its Fall Conference, “Be the Family Sherlock.” Featured speaker will be Lisa Louise Cooke, owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company. She is producer and host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast and the author of four books relating to genealogy research.

She is a much sought after international genealogy speaker. Her podcasts bring genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 1.5 million downloads!

The conference will be September 11-12, 2015 at the University Plaza Hotel, 333 S John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri. The conference will include vendor exhibits, mini seminars, door prizes, early registration discount and more.

Additional information is available at http://www.ozarksgs.org; e-mail: conference@ozarksgs.org; or call 417-861-7503. Vendors should call 417-865-4945 to reserve space.

More specifics will be announced closer to the event. Stay tuned!

HISTORICAL TREASURE HUNT

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Join OGS members and others for a Historical Treasure Hunt. The object of the hunt is to find certain local historical sites in Springfield, Missouri.

Here is the plan: Each entrant will donate $5 or more to Ozarks Genealogical Society, OGS. Each participant will meet and register with members of their team at The Library Center, TLC, 4653 South Campbell Ave at 3:30 p.m. Each team (one car load) will receive identical clues to find the sites. The first team to find all the sites and return with the identifying tokens to TLC will win a monetary prize.

Tell your friends. The more persons involved the bigger the prize! This will be an opportunity to learn more about local historical locations, add some much needed funds to the OGS budget, and meet new friends.

Additional information is available by calling 417-861-7503.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

PORTAL TO TEXAS HISTORY

The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you'll return often to discover our latest additions.

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KNOWING ALL WE CAN ABOUT OUR BOYS

That stone column in the park that you drive by every day—have you ever stopped to take a good look at it? Chances are it honors someone like Eben Bradbury, a Massachusetts boy who died in France on June 12, 1918:

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THE QUEEN MUST PAY!

King Goodwill Zwelithini says he wants the British royal family to compensate the Zulu kingdom for destroying his great-grandfather King Cetshwayo’s Ondini Palace more than a century ago.
He said on Tuesday the British army set the Zulu king’s main homestead in Ulundi on fire on July 4, 1879, in retaliation for defeat by Cetshwayo’s regiments at Isandlwana earlier that year:

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RIP WILLIAM CONRAD GIBBONS

William Conrad Gibbons, a Library of Congress researcher whose multi-volume “The U.S. Government and the Vietnam War” is regarded as one of the most comprehensive histories of that divisive conflict, died July 4 at his farm in Monroe, Va. He was 88.

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RIP MILDRED LANGENBACH MILLER

She was a genealogist from Audrain County:

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Monday, July 06, 2015

SAVING TENNESSEE’S LAND RECORDS

Land records dating back to the Revolutionary War era can tell researchers much about Tennessee's early history - as a part of North Carolina, later as a territory and finally as the country's 16th state. The trouble is that time hasn't treated those important documents particularly well, and many require extensive restoration work before they are ready to be made available to the public.

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PERTLE SPRINGS CCC CAMP

Warrensburg-–A graduate research project by University of Central Missouri graduate Kevin Courtwright, Warrensburg, and his Eagle Scout son, Trent Courtwright, designates a community landmark.
Kevin Courtwright completed a project at the site of the former Civilian Conservation Corps camp at Pertle Springs, the recreation area now owned by UCM.

The Courtwrights’ work focused on the CCC’s part of the property’s history. From 1934 to 1939 – during the Great Depression, when many businesses closed and jobs became scarce – the Civilian Conservation Corps camp housed an average of 150 World War I and Spanish-American War veterans. The U.S. government employed them to complete public works projects as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal.

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GERTEIS WEIGHS IN

St. Louis Public Radio asked UMSL Professor Louis Gerteis if there’s a substantive difference between the Confederate flag and the Confederate monument in Forest Park:

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A GAME YOUNG MAN

Capt. Clifton D. Holtzclaw, who defiantly taunted Union troops after the June 17, 1861, Battle of Boonville and became a terror to Radical Unionists in Central Missouri in 1864, ended his war when he surrendered with two followers:

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Friday, July 03, 2015

A DAY AT THE PARK

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander launched the statewide photo contest for the 2015-2016 Official Manual, State of Missouri (Blue Book) on Thursday, July 2. The theme for this year’s contest is "A Day at the Park," celebrating all types of Missouri parks.

Kander encourages Missouri residents to celebrate all types of Missouri parks by sharing their photos of favorite locations and memories. Outstanding photographs will be chosen from each of the following three categories, and will be published in the upcoming Blue Book:

1. State and Local Parks
2. Sports and Theme Parks
3. State Historical Sites

Entry forms and contest rules are available on the secretary of state’s website.

Entries may be submitted by email: publications@sos.mo.gov or by mail:

Official Manual Photo Contest
Office of the Secretary of State Division of Publications
PO Box 1767 Jefferson City, MO 65102-1767

Missouri residents of all ages are invited to participate in the photo contest. Participants may submit any number of photographs, but each photo must be accompanied by its own entry form. All entries must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 7th.

Photo contest winners will be chosen through a combination of online voting and selection by a committee within the Secretary of State’s office. The winning photos in each category will be published in the 2015-2016 edition of the Blue Book. All entries become the property of the Office of the Secretary of State and may be used in subsequent publications, with full credit given to the photographer. All submitted photographs will be added to the permanent collection of the Missouri State Archives, a division of Kander’s office.

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THE 64th MISSOURI EMM INFANTRY REGIMENT

The Missouri Secretary of State’s office recently sent conservators to Perryville to treat historical documents from the Civil War era. The 1864 military roster of Captain Nicholas Guth, company C of the 64th regiment of enrolled militia of Missouri is currently housed and on display at the Perry County Military History Museum.

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EVEN THEN THEY WANTED IT IN TRIPLICATE…

The Milner Library Special Collections and Rare Books Room at Illinois State University is excited to announce the acquisition of Civil War documents written by Union Army paymaster Jesse Fell.

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FREEDMEN’S BUREAU RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH

The National Archives, in cooperation with with FamilySearch International, a subsidiary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Smithsonian Institution, is releasing 1.5 million digitized images that contain the names of up to 4 million former slaves collected by agents of the Freedman’s Bureau at the end of the Civil War.

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NEW YORK CIVIL WAR MUSTER ROLL ABSTRACTS

Do you have New York ancestors? If so, take some time to explore Fold3’s new collection of New York Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts.

Like its title suggests, this collection, from microfilm at the New York State Archives, is made up of abstracts compiled from original muster rolls for New York volunteer units (mostly infantry but also some cavalry, artillery, engineers, and USCT) from the Civil War. In addition to information on individual soldiers, the collection also may contain regiment information—including lists of officers—and the occasional unit history. The information in the collection is organized by regiment, then soldier surname.

Information on the abstract forms may include the soldier’s name, date of enlistment, age, place of enlistment, grade, company, regiment, reason for leaving, promotions, participation in engagements, wounds, and physical appearance. Miscellaneous documents related to the soldier’s service are also occasionally included with their abstract, such as enlistment papers, certificates of discharge, reversals of desertion charges, grade adjustments, name clarifications, mustering out notifications, and many others.

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21ST CENTURY FUND AWARDS

Press Release: 1 July 2015

21st Century Fund Awards

MoSGA’s 21st Century Fund Awards for 2015 will be awarded to three Missouri organizations.

The Arnold Historical Society will receive a $500 grant toward the publication of a book on the Richardson Cemetery located in Arnold MO. For the past two years society members have located, researched and documented the 254 known graves in the pioneer cemetery. Many of the individuals buried in the cemetery settled in the area before statehood.

The Cedar and Vernon County Genealogical Society, located in Nevada MO, will receive a grant of $500 to help fund the publication of three books containing transcriptions of surviving Walker (MO) Herald newspapers for the years 1882-1931. The volumes chronicle small town life at the turn of the century. Each volume will contain an every-name index.

The Will Mayfield Heritage Foundation, located in Marble Hill MO will receive a grant of $500 for archival supplies to preserve the historical collection found at the Will Mayfield College in Marble Hill. The collection includes photographs of student signatures found on the walls during the restoration of Mayfield Hall. Discovered under layers of wallpaper and paint, the signatures belong to students from the late 1880’s into the early 1900’s. Check out their Facebook page at the Mayfield Cultural Center.

The awards will be presented at the MoSGA Annual Luncheon, Saturday, August 8th, during the Association’s Annual Conference, August 7-8 in Columbia MO. Information on the conference is available on our website.

The 21st Century Fund was established in 2005 during MoSGA’s 25th Anniversary. Grants of up to $1,000 are offered to Missouri societies, libraries and/or archives to promote the preservation and publication of Missouri genealogical data.

July 1, 2015 starts the 2016 grant cycle. The 2016 grant application and guidelines will be available on MoSGA’s website after July 1st.

The 21st Century Fund is supported by generous donations from the genealogical community. If you wish to make a tax deductible contribution, please send it to MoSGA, 21st Century Fund, PO Box 833, Columbia MO 65205-0833. Thank You!

Martha L. Henderson, Chair
21st Century Fund Committee

Thursday, July 02, 2015

THE FAKE FROGMAN

An 89 year old who claimed to have been an officer in the UDT (Underwater Demolition Teams--precursors of the Navy SEALs) has been revealed as an imposter:

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CLEVELAND HS YEARBOOKS

The Cleveland High School yearbooks (1916-2014) have been digitized and can be viewed on the St. Louis Public Schools website:

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Note: Click on the blue decade of interest, then on the year of interest to see a PDF of that yearbook.

THE COLONIES ARE FREE! (PART 2)

St. Louis Public Library provides free access to Ancestry.com every day at Central Library and our branches, but you can have free access from home this holiday weekend only to Ancestry.com’s collection of records for our original 13 colonies! Search more than 160 million birth, marriage, death, and divorce records—plus their just-released Virginia collection!

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THE COLONIES ARE FREE! (PART 1)

Free Access to the Revolutionary War Collection

As we celebrate America’s independence this month, learn more about the people who made it possible by exploring Fold3’s Revolutionary War Collection for free July 1st to 15th.

Some of our popular titles for finding Revolutionary War ancestors include:
• Revolutionary War Pensions
• Revolutionary War Service Records
• Revolutionary War Rolls
• Final Payment Vouchers Index for Military Pensions, 1818–1864

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MORE THAN PINS AND RIBBONS

As we remember our Independence, D. Joshua Taylor reminds us why every American owes a debt of gratitude to the Daughters of the American Revolution:

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

VIRGINIA IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: A SOURCE GUIDE FOR GENEALOGISTS AND HISTORIANS

Everyone,

I am very pleased to announce the publication of my latest book in the DAR Library's source guide series for the original thirteen states. This massive volume is Virginia in the American Revolution: A Source Guide for Genealogists and Historians. At over 1,300 pages, this guide covers not only the modern Commonwealth of Virginia, but also the State of West Virginia, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the area of the Old Northwest during the period of the Revolutionary War. It is chock full of descriptions of records, articles, books, theses, dissertations, manuscripts, etc., and provides the locations of unique materials. [This book weighs more than either of my granddaughters did when they were born - 8 lbs. We'll see if granddaughter no. 3 weighs more in just a couple of weeks!!! :) ]

If interested, please use this link to find out the ordering details from the DAR Store. And, yes, they do accept purchase orders from libraries!!!

The previous volumes for New York, South Carolina, Georgia, and Rhode Island as also available. All source guides may be purchased in either printed form or as a PDF for easy searching. Both versions include the printed index.

Massachusetts with Maine is well underway for publication later this year. Then we do North Carolina and the remaining states.


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
Library Publications website

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