Friday, October 30, 2015

OPERATION RANCH HAND

The Department of Veterans Affairs has determined that a select group of Air Force and Air Force Reserve personnel were exposed to herbicides through regular and repeated duties as ground, flight or medical crew members on contaminated Operation Ranch Hand (ORH) C-123 aircraft that were used to spray Agent Orange in Vietnam.

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RISING STAR

A chance discovery in the Irish military archives has for the first time resulted in a Wexford man being publicly acknowledged as having fought in the 1916 Rising:

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NELSON SMITH COLLECTION

Fans of our historic photo collection can rejoice! We’ve just completed the first phase of the Photographic Services Collection. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteer, Lindsay Ploussard, we were able to create a finding aid that lists all of the sections of Nelson Smith’s original collection of Illinois State University photographic history that we currently hold.

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PVT. KELDER’S LONG ROAD HOME

It took relatives of this Illinois WWII POW a long time (and unceasing effort) to get back his mortal remains:

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DIGITAL FAMILY HISTORY AT MGC

November 7, 14, & 21 at 2:00pm-4:00 p.m.

Preserve and share your family story with a digital video of your history. This three-week workshop is aimed at adults who would like to tell the story of their family on video. Combining storytelling, family photos, and images of history, participants will use basic editing software to put together a three-minute video about their family that can be passed down for generations. Participants will get to keep a DVD of their final film as well as have a link to the film online.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE

You can view Table of Contents (and order a copy if interested) for issues dating back to 2005 here:

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NEW JERSEY ADOPTIONS

Researching them just got a little easier (or will be starting in 2017):

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OBITS ARE THE KEY

To unlocking many a family’s history:

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NEWS FROM JOE BEINE…

The Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records Directory has been updated with links to the following items:

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KOREAN WAR UNKNOWN SOLDIER IDENTIFIED

Washington, DC--(ENEWSPF)--October 23, 2015. The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, will be buried Oct. 26, in Arlington National Cemetery. Meyers, assigned to Company A, 2nd Engineer Combat Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, was declared missing in action, Dec. 1, 1950, after his unit was involved in combat operations in the vicinity of Sonchu, North Korea. The U.S. Army declared Meyers deceased March 2, 1954.

In 1954, United Nations and communist forces exchanged the remains of war dead in what came to be called “Operation Glory.” All remains recovered in Operation Glory were turned over to the Army’s Central Identification Unit for analysis. The remains they were unable to identify were interred as unknowns at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii, known as the “Punchbowl.”

In 2012, due to advances in technology, the Department of Defense began to re-examine records and concluded that the possibility of identification for some of these unknowns now existed.

To identify Meyers’ remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory used circumstantial evidence, dental analysis, and chest radiographs, which matched Meyers’ records.
Today, more than 7,800 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War. Using advances in technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously returned by North Korean officials or recovered by American teams.

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Monday, October 19, 2015

A SURPRISE FOR DR. BILL!


Eddleman was one of three individuals to win a 2015 Award of Merit from the Missouri State Genealogical Society in August, but he had been unaware of his nomination.

"I didn't know I was nominated until I got notified that I was getting the award. ... It's a nice endorsement that I am doing decent work," he says.

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ST. LOUIS DOCTORS & DENTISTS

The Missouri History Museum Archives holds a collection of records of the St. Louis city register. Among the items in this collection is a bound volume that comprises a roll of registered St. Louis physicians and surgeons, dated 1874-1883. Entries in this volume usually include the doctor's signature, date of registration, date of diploma, and the name and location of the school or university that granted the diploma. The back of the volume includes pages for registered dental surgeons, dated 1883-1897.

To request a lookup in this volume, contact Dennis Northcott.

OVER THERE: MISSOURI & THE GREAT WAR

Over There: Missouri & the Great War is a statewide collaborative digitization project to document Missouri’s role in World War I. The project is a digital collection of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other primary source material from museums, archives, libraries, and private collections from across Missouri.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

TIME FOR A CHANGE?

Getting a new computer, or simply tired of your current browser? Mozilla Firefox is stable, secure, updated frequently, has tons of free add ons, and—ta da—is free:

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Note: I’ve been using it for years, and love it!

READY TO BOOK A FLIGHT?

The day of the week you purchase your ticket and the day of the week you depart can have a dramatic effect on the price you pay:

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THE CCC IS ALIVE!

California Conservation Corps, that is (and more states probably need something quite like it):

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PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES

This writer suggests that (if practicable) you include a presidential library on your vacation itinerary:

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Monday, October 12, 2015

ST. LOUIS COUNTY VOTER REGISTRATION BOOKS, 1924-1936

The Missouri History Museum Archives holds a collection of 608 voter registration books for St. Louis County, dated 1924-1936. This collection consists of four sets of precinct-level voter registration books for each of the county's five townships: Bonhomme, Carondelet, Central, Meramec, and St. Ferdinand. The four sets of books are dated January-October 1924; 1924-1928; 1928-1932; and 1932-1936. Within each book, the voters' names are listed alphabetically.

If you know the street address where an ancestor was living in St. Louis County (perhaps from a St. Louis County directory or the federal census), you can determine which precinct the individual resided in by consulting two green binders at the Archives Reference Desk in the Reading Room of the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. In these green binders, consult the precinct maps to determine which registration book to request.

Entries in these voter registration books usually contain the following information: name; street address; state or country of birth; race; age; signature of voter; and number of years resident of the county and the state.

Please note that these books do not cover the city of St. Louis.

To request a look-up in these volumes, contact associate archivist Dennis Northcott. Please provide the person's name, street address, and the approximate time frame in which the individual resided at that address.

NEW FOLD3.COM VIEWER

We are excited to announce the release of our new and improved Fold3 Viewer! Don't let the new, clutter free interface fool you, this new viewer is faster and more feature rich than our old viewer.

Here are some highlights of our new viewer:

• More intuitive user interface
• Faster image browsing
• Easily save images to your Bookmarks folder and Gallery
• Improved Annotation tools
• Save in high resolution JPG or as PDF with source information
• Save to your Ancestry Tree
• Advanced keyboard shortcuts for power users
• And much, much more.

In addition to these features, the new Viewer uses the latest HTML 5 technology. This means that you no longer need the Flash plugin installed. It is also designed to be very mobile friendly, so if you are using Fold3 on your phone or tablet browser, you will have all the same great features that you enjoy on your desktop.

When you launch the new Viewer for the first time, it will take you to a brief guided tour to familiarize you with the new design. You can revisit the tour information at any time by clicking on the Help icon on the Viewer toolbar.

We have also revamped our Fold3 Training Center to help you acclimate to our new viewer. Help topics include:

• Viewing Documents
• Print & Download
• Annotating Documents
• Bookmarks
• Save to Ancestry
• Save Location

If you haven't had a chance to try out our viewer, go kick the tires and let us know what you think by selecting the Feedback icon at the bottom right. Also, keep an eye on the Viewer because we aren't done yet! We will be adding more exciting functionality over the next few weeks.

GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY OF BOONE COUNTY AND CENTRAL MISSOURI

Our society recently changed its name from Genealogical Society of Central Missouri. Our new name more clearly reflects the main focus of our records and library holdings.

We also just celebrated our 40th anniversary!

Thank you!

Nancy Waller Thomas, webmanager
Genealogical Society of Boone County and Central Missouri

Monday, October 05, 2015

FLAGS AT THE MISSOURI STATE MUSEUM

As curator of the 445 flags in the collections of the Missouri State Museum, Katherine Owens has seen firsthand the emotions connected to the sometimes torn and tattered pieces of fabric.
The collection includes various flags dating from the Seminole War (1837) to Afghanistan (2003):

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OCTOBER EVENTS AT MGC

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

Charles Clancy and Union Station, 7 p.m. Oct. 6. Union Station in Kansas City opened its doors at 2 p.m. Oct. 30, 1914. Charles Clancy, who had worked at the old Union Depot, was hired as assistant station master. He would eventually become the stationmaster until his retirement in August 1955. Jim "Two Crows" Wallen, portraying Charles Clancy, will share stories of the fascinating 100 years of history of the station, including construction, the wrestling of a steer in Grand Hall, the Union Station Massacre, and many other exciting tales.

Beginning Genealogy, 2 p.m. Oct. 6. 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, 2 p.m. Oct. 8. This detailed tour will demonstrate how to utilize our archives, search for articles in our periodical section, the Swem's Virginia Historical Index, and the Filby lists. We will also showcase microfilm records from the Family History Library, Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Pinkerton's National Detective Agency, Corbin Manuscripts, Draper Manuscripts, Calvert Papers, and we'll explore city directories in several different formats. This class is an intermediate level class, but advanced genealogists will make some amazing discoveries.

Beginning Census Records, 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Learn to search thousands of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1940. Census records can be searched by name, place of birth, age, ethnicity, and more.

German Research Discussion Group, 2 p.m. Oct. 17. The German Research Discussion Group presents and preserves genealogical information about the German regions, traces German ancestors, and fosters a better understanding of the lives they led. This group will allow the exchange of information and help keep members abreast of issues and updates. The group relies on each individual to participate and discuss the subject matter they know best. Meetings are held quarterly. All skill levels are welcome.

Revenge, Retaliation and Retribution, 7 p.m. Oct. 20. Learn about the reality of the Brigade of Jayhawkers led by Gen. James Henry Lane and the campaign of destruction and devastation they caused across western Missouri in 1861. It was a time of retaliation for the destruction during the epoch of Bleeding Kansas. Nothing was safe, homes, barns, outbuildings, fencing, and businesses. All were passionately destroyed by fire and very little survived.

Beginning Internet Genealogy, 7 p.m. Oct. 21. This class focuses on evaluating websites and will introduce some of the best genealogy sites on the web.

Beginning Ancestry Library Edition, 2 p.m. Oct. 22. 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.

MISSOURI’S CIVIL WAR

Though many people visualize Virginia or Georgia when they think of famous Civil War battles, Dr. Jeremy Neely, history instructor at Missouri State University, wants to shed light on the significance of Missouri during the last war on American soil. His new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Missouri’s Civil War, begins Oct. 19. Neely’s free course will address military, political and social history, and focus on Missouri due to the number of engagements that took place within the state. Missouri is a particularly interesting study, noted Neely, because of the political and military division within the state.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

DO YOU NEED WINDOWS 10?

The answer, not surprisingly, is maybe:

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THE CCC PAVILION AT CROWLEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK

Most of the Arkansas Delta ranks among the lesser scenic regions of the Natural State.

But the monotony of the flat landscapes inland from the Mississippi River is broken by the distinctive geological intrusion of Crowley's Ridge.

Varying from 1 to 12 miles wide, the ridge rises 250 feet above the flood plain. Along its crest runs a National Scenic Byway, so designated in 1998. Crowley's Ridge Parkway extends 218 miles north from Helena-West Helena, with the last 10 miles going into Missouri. It shifts among more than a dozen federal, state and county roads on its way through eight Arkansas counties.

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HONORING THE CCC AT EAGLE RIVER

Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps endured extreme conditions for very little pay during the Great Depression. Those hard working men of the CCC were honored at Eagle River (WI) with the dedication of a life-size bronze statue of a CCC worker. As of Sunday, there are 64 of these statues across the county. Three of them are in Wisconsin.

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CIVIL WAR FINANCING AND LEGISLATION

Extensive timeline:

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CIVIL WAR MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Congressional firebrands, 1850-1880:

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