Annual Ozarks Conference Canceled Monday, Aug 26 2013 

Springfield ExhibitWe were sorry to learn last week that the Ozarks Genealogical Society of Springfield, Missouri has been forced to cancel this year’s annual conference. We always have a great time with them, learn lots and get re-energized. We look forward to their plans for next year. For more information, see their announcement.

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FGS 2013 Irwin Author Signing Thursday, Aug 1 2013 

Join us in welcoming Dr. Lyndon N. Irwin, Ph.D. to booth #125 Friday, August 23 from 3:30-4:00 PM where he will be signing his books. We look forward to seeing many of you in Fort Wayne, Indiana this year.

Lyndon Irwin is an Agriculture Professor at Missouri State University. He is a member of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society and a popular speaker on World’s Fair topics. His writing about the Fair has been included in documentaries and public television programs. He is also the author of several literary works.

New genealogical and history publication Monday, Apr 1 2013 

We are happy to announce that we can take orders for the second great research and history resource by Sharolyn and Patrick McCoy:

MountainMcCoyFtCVRBig Mountain to Washburn Prairie, 1860 – The Sugar Creek Hills of Southwest Missouri, by Sharolyn S. and Patrick L. McCoy, 2013. 258 pages, 6×9″, hardboound book, ISBN 978-0-9762329-1-9. This book is written in the same format and tenor as the authors previous work, Elkhorn Tavern”. Carefully transcribed for the reader, it is fully indexed and source cited for accuracy and clarity. Working from copies of the 8th Federal Census of 1860 are the families who made their home in this area of southwest Missouri in the census year. Included are the communities of Mountain Township, Shells Mills and Looniesville, Post Office, located in the southeastern corner of McDonald County, Missouri, and to its east Sugar Creek Township, Washburn Prairie & Keetsville Post Office, Barry County, Missouri. Located along the Arkansas border, these townships contained at census time a total enumeration of 337 households comprised of some +/- 2,081 souls. Included in the Appendix is a complete name transcription of the 1865 Benton County, Arkansas Tax List. At war’s end, the Court Clerks Office in Benton County, Arkansas assessed a tax list, as had been done in the years prior to the Civil War. Coroner and Collector Alfred Dean certified the tax list indicating “deceased” of those known to have passed away. In the absence of an off-year census, it is a known period record of the residents subject to taxation, many of whom had or subsequently would live in either Barry or McDonald Counties (Missouri) or had direct or allied family lines across the border. AD2387-$84.95

Moundville, Missouri History book now available electronically Saturday, Jun 23 2012 

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Originally published in softbound edition, this historical publication is now available in multiple formats for electronic readers:

MOUNDVILLE, Missouri 1869-1910, by Lyndon Irwin, Ph.D., 2005, Click here for Smashwords Edition 2012.   Over 890 surnames, includes photos, illustrations and documents. The book is thoroughly researched and documented.  Illustrations by Barbara Jean Marlow Irwin. Dr. Irwin’s book is a comprehensive look at one of the older towns in  Vernon County, which pre-dates the Civil War.  This book, which took over 5 years to research, includes information on schools, churches, coal mines, people, and businesses which all added up to the successes of the town.  Read forgotten stories such as the “Whiskey Wars” and the Murder of Ella Wray, granddaughter of Noah Lafayette Caton.  The town fires and post office robberies are included.  Additionally, there are records from the Moundville Lutheran and Methodist Churches, Cooper College, and the pioneer Moundville Cemetery. Smashwords edition does not contain academic references or illustrations available in the softbound edition. $15.99

May 2009, V8#5: Genealogy Wednesday, May 6 2009 

Recently the Missouri History Museum launched the Genealogy and Local
History Index — http://www.mohistory.org/genealogy — which includes
references to hundreds of thousands of our St. Louis ancestors. In this
index, you can search by personal name, business/corporate name, or
street address. (The latter search option is designed primarily for
those researching the history of their home and its former residents.)
You can also sign up for our email list to receive monthly announcements
of new sources that are added to the index.

BEFORE SEARCHING, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THE IMPORTANT SEARCH TIPS!

Among the more than 225 sources in the Genealogy and Local History Index
are the following: more than 5,000 Civil War-era loyalty oaths signed by
St. Louisans; many high school and other school yearbooks from the first
half of the 20th century; local Who’s Who publications; company employee
magazines; a few mid-19th-century, nonfederal St. Louis-area censuses;
questionnaires filled out by World War I servicemen; records and
publications relating to Civil War veterans; and much more.

Please note that the Genealogy and Local History Index is an INDEX to
selected books, publications, documents, and photographs in the holdings
of the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. You cannot
view a digital image of the actual source online. If you find references
in the index that interest you, you can request a photocopy online.
(Copies will be mailed in 1-2 business days.)

Please also visit our new Family History–Get Started page —
http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/get-started — to learn
about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes.

Read more about the Genealogy and Local History Index in the current
edition of Voices, the online magazine of the Missouri History Museum:
http://www.mhmvoices.org/2008FallDept2.php

From the Librarians Serving Genealogists E-List
Submitted by Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference, Missouri History Museum

February 2008, V7#2: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

Pre-1946 Military Personnel Files Made Public

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis announced the release of all pre-1946 official military personnel files to researchers.

Documents found in a typical personnel file include assignments, evaluations, awards and decorations, training, demographic information, limited medical information and disciplinary actions.  Some files contain the soldier’s photograph.

To request a copy of a file, submit standard form 180 to NPRC, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132.  The veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran may use eVetRecs at www.archives.gov.veterans/evetrecs.index.html.

Copies of the personnel files are $15 for 5 pages or less and $50.00 for over 6 pages.  Most files contain over 6 pages.  Files of “persons of exceptional prominence” are $.75 per page.

Files may be viewed at the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis.  The research room is open Tues-Fri, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Call 314-801-0850 for a reservation.

Additional information concerning the opening of these records is found in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) press release at http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2008/nr08-14.html.

The National Personnel Records Center is the repository for the 20th century service records.  The files consist of personnel, health and medical records of discharged and deceased solders from all the services.  The repository holds over 57 million individual files.  Every year additional records will be released for public use.

Pre-World War I military records are available from the National Archives in Washington DC.  For further information, visit the NARA webpage at http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/military.

This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on November 5, 2007.