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Park Proposed for Ohio Civil War Morgan’s Raid Battle Site

The following teaser is from the February 17, 2015 edition of The Columbus Dispatch: CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — Officials hoping to boost tourism in an eastern Ohio county are seeking a U.S. National Park Service grant to help create a park commemorating a raid by Confederate Brig. Gen. John Hunt Morgan. Carroll County officials envision […]

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More on the Indiana State Library “#Genealogy” Cut

Last week, I, and others blogged about the proposed elemination of the genealogy department of the Indiana State Library. Since about that time, folks have created quite an uproar. The following is just a teaser from a good article by Frank Phillips, a Times reporter, posted in the Feb. 10, 2015 edition of the Brazil […]

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Registration Launch on Wed., 11 Feb 2015, for the FGS 2015 Regional Conf. in Syracuse, NY

The following is from FGS. Note that registration opens on Wednesday! The second New York State Family History Conference will take place in Syracuse, NY, September 17–19, 2015 and bring together hundreds of researchers from across the country who want to learn about their New York roots. NEW YORK, NY, February 11 — The Central […]

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1915 SS Eastland Disaster Film Footage Surfaces

The following excerpt is from the February 8, 2015 edition of the Chicago Tribune: For years, Ted Wachholz had all the evidence he needed to believe that film footage of the 1915 SS Eastland disaster on the Chicago River existed, except maybe for the film itself. The chief historian of a group dedicated to the […]

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Last Weekend’s Records Warehouse Fire in Brooklyn Could Have Been Worse

This last weekend, a seven-alarm warehouse fire in Brooklyn put many public records in danger. It’s now been determined that losses may not have been as bad as were initially feared. The following is from an article by Anemona Hartocollis, published in the February 5, 2015 edition of the New York Times website. New York […]

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Records of Weddings and Funerals, 1963 through 2002, Donated to Milan, Michigan Public Library

MILAN [Michigan]- The Milan Public Library received some informative materials on Jan. 30 when Milan historian, Martha Churchill, and retired pastor of People’s Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Vern Campbell, presented two large volumes of printed materials collected by Campbell for more than 31 years. Personal records of weddings and funerals performed by Campbell were written […]

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Donation to Conserve & Digitize Documents From the 1911 New York Capital Fire

In the very early morning hours of March 29, 1911, a fire got started in the 3rd floor Assembly Library of the New York Capital Building. The fire quickly spread throughout the third floor, then on to the fourth floor and both towers. Many thousands of manuscripts and books went up in flames. However, there […]

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FamilySearch Adds Over 37.9 Million Indexed Records & Images to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, & the USA

The following is from FamilySearch: FamilySearch adds more than 37.9 million indexed records and images to Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 24,405,544 indexed records and 1,244,622 images from the US, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980–2014 collection; the 801,893 images from the Belgium, Limburg, Civil […]

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New Orleans’ Oldest Cemetery to Be Closed to the General Public Due to Vandalism

The following excerpt is from the January 27, 2015 edition of Reuters.com: Reuters – New Orleans’ oldest cemetery will soon be closed to visitors without an official escort or familial ties to the deceased, the result of a spate of vandalism that has included the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau. Vandalism is not a […]

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Recovery of Confederate Munitions Expected in a Clean-up of the Congaree River

The following teaser is from an article posted in the January 21, 2015 edition of archaeology.org: COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA — A planned environmental clean-up of the Congaree River in South Carolina could recover Confederate munitions that Union troops, under the command of General William T. Sherman, captured in 1865. Sherman’s army burned a third of […]

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Remains of the Confederate Ironclad CSS Georgia to Be Raised

It’s planned that salvage crews will work through next September in the process of raising what remains of armored Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia. The ironclad has been deteriorating 30 feet below the surface of the Savannah River for over 150 years. The Army Corps of Engineers has begun recovery efforts to bring up the remains […]

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PBS Series Genealogy RoadShow Features New Orleans Feb. 3

The following excerpt is from the January 30, 2014 website of the Philadelphia Tribune: The PBS series “Genealogy Roadshow,” now in its second season, continues at 8 p.m., Feb. 3 on WHYY, with an engrossing episode emanating from the New Orleans Board of Trade. “Genealogy Roadshow” stars genealogists Kenyatta D. Berry, Joshua Taylor and Mary […]

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Thoughts on the Elimination of the Indiana State Library #Genealogy Department

I posted a blog about the elimination of the genealogy department at the Indiana state archives earlier, but didn’t comment much on it. In reading further, it looks to me like the money is available to save the library budget – it’s just going to be used for other stuff – like 55 million bucks […]

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Philyaw Family Bible Donated to the Onslow County Museum

More than a century ago, near Comfort, John Robert Philyaw wrote his name in his Bible. He added his second wife’s name, Susan Jones Philyaw, and as they were born, the names of their 15 children. Today, the 98 grandchildren, at least 108 great-grandchildren and countless other relatives who claim John Robert Philyaw as their […]

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Bill Belichick & Pete Carroll Both Have Croatian Roots

A few million of us are awaiting this weekend’s Superbowl with anticipation – myself included. Being a die-hard Seahawks fan for several decades has been hard at times. Life has been good lately. I ran across an interesting tidbit about New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. It seems that Patriots […]

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