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.

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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

June 2009, V8#6: Genealogy Friday, May 29 2009 

Newspapers Reveal Towns And Ancestors’ Past

The hometown newspaper offers valuable and unique insight into the life of a community.  Within its pages, the story of the town and its citizens is revealed.  The citizens are our ancestors.

Details of an ancestor’s life are often found only in the newspaper.  Besides obituaries, birth and marriage announcements, peruse the gossip columns, society and lodge news, letters to the editor, legal notices and sports page.

Small towns and weekly newspapers are often the best.  They contain more personal local news and less state and national.  This is great for the genealogist.

Newspapers are also an excellent source for local history.  Sometimes, they are the only source.  Editors tend to have “their ear to the ground” and know what is happening.  Their articles on local events, politics and news may be the only record available or maybe the articles will suggest avenues for further research.

The Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) maintains the largest collection of Oklahoma newspapers.  The collection is not only the largest but also the most complete collection in the state.  It is estimated that they own over 90% of all newspapers published in Oklahoma.  The collection consists of over 4,000 different newspapers.  The newspapers are on 35,000 rolls of microfilm.

To learn if the society owns a particular newspaper consult the newspaper database found on the society’s web site —http://www.okhistory.org/research/collections/newspapers.html.

In 1998 a paper listing of the collection was published.  Titled Index of Oklahoma Newspapers, the newspapers are alphabetized by title and by county.  The Family History Room at the Lawton Public Library owns a copy of this index.  These newspapers are not available through interlibrary loan.

Copies of articles from the newspaper collection are available.  The fee is $10 for Oklahoma residents.  OHS members receive a 10% discount of copy costs.  To order, the “Newspaper Order Form” must be completed and submitted.  Download the form at www.okhistory.org/research/forms/newspaperform.html.

(This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on May 19, 2008.)