31 May 2011

Railroad Retirement Board Records Now in Atlanta


Records from the Railroad Retirement Board are now available at the National Archives, Southeast Region/Atlanta in Morrow.

The board was founded in 1936 and its records include applications that provide a retiree's career history, date and place of birth, parents, spouse and children. These records represent railroad retirees from all over the U.S., not just the Southeast, and were brought to Morrow from the Chicago headquarters of the board.

To have a file pulled for research, you must supply the person's full name, date of birth and, if possible, Social Security number…

Read the full article.

Learn more about the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Dick Eastman, EOGN, for bringing this to our attention.




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30 May 2011

Browsing the NGSQ Archives for Memorial Day

By Toby Webb

Today the people of the United States honor the memories of those who died in our nation’s wars. It is an appropriate tribute, but it is one that genealogists make every day as we work to keep those names and memories alive. Articles in past issues of the NGS Quarterly, available online to NGS members, have offered many tools to help us identify our military forebears.

Memorial Day (first known as “Decoration Day”) emerged in the late 1860s to acknowledge the fact that citizens around the country already had begun a practice of decorating the graves of Union and Confederate war dead from the Civil War. But there are Revolutionary War veterans to be remembered as well. Some Revolutionary War resources:
·        Kenneth Scott, "Captain Christopher Benson's First Independent Company of New York Rangers 1777-1782," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 73 (June 1985): 132-134.
·        "Revolutionary War Pension Application John (Widow Jane) Armstrong-North Carolina," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 75 (December 1987): 270.
·        "Missing Military Rolls: Revolution and War of 1812," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 87 (September 1999): 184.
·        Marie Varrelman Melchiori, "Descriptive List of Journals, Diaries, and Other Contemporary Record Books in Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land-Warrant Application Files," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 89 (June 2001): 136-138.
·        James W. Petty, "Military Pension Laws, 1776-1858, from the Journals of the Continental Congress and the United States Statutes-at-Large," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 90 (June 2002): 151-152.
·        Robert S. Davis, Jr., "When a Revolutionary War Pensioner's Claim Can't Be Found," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 77 (June 1989): 128-132.
·        Carmen J. A Finley, "Identifying the Revolutionary Soldier: James Downing of Lincoln County, Virginia (Kentucky)," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 77 (September 1989): 169-185.
           
The NGSQ’s book reviews often identify other resources for researchers. Several reviews have noted books on the Revolution:
·        Milton Rubincam, " Neagles, Summer Soldiers: A Survey & Index of Revolutionary War Courts-Martial," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 76 (December 1988): 306.
·        Alycon Trubey Pierce, "Fisher and Fisher. Soldiers, Sailors, and Patriots of the Revolutionary War-Vermont," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 81 (June 1993): 146-147.
·        Merrill Hill Mosher, "Babits and Howard. 'Fortitude and Forbearance': The North Carolina Continental Line in the American Revolution 1775-1783," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (June 2005): 151.
           
There may even be important family history in the stories of those who fought for the other side during the Revolution:
·        Clifford Neal Smith, "Deserters, Dischargees, and Prisoners of War from the British Fifteenth Regiment of Foot During the American Revolution," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 70 (March 1982): 15-17.
·        Clifford Neal Smith, "Deserters, Dischargees, and Prisoners of War from the British Tenth Regiment," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 71 (June 1983): 114-120.
·        Clifford Neal Smith, "Deserters, Dischargees, and Prisoners of War from the British Sixteenth Regiment of Foot (Bedfordshire or Buckinghamshire) During the American Revolution," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 74 (December 1986): 279-282.
·        "Some British Deserters in Georgia in 1768," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 72 (March 1984): 49.

American patriots served in the War of 1812 and other pre-Civil War engagements:
·        Kenneth Scott, "U.S. Seamen Imprisoned in England in 1814," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 71 (June 1983): 131-134.
·        Shirley M. De Boer, "Michigan's Early Military Forces: A Roster and History of Troops Activated Prior to the American Civil War," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 91 (September 2003): 232-233.
           
Then came the greatest military struggle on American soil. Many archived articles help us with Civil War research:
·        "The Last Civil War Widow's Pension?," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 84 (December 1996): 306.
·        "An Unindexed Union Civil War Pension File," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 85 (March 1997): 24.
·        Diane Ragan, "Gone But Not Forgotten: Civil War Veterans of Northeastern Pennsylvania," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 91 (September 2003): 231-232.
·        Dawne Slater-Putt, "Northcott. Indiana Civil War Veterans: Transcription of the Death Rolls of the Department of Indiana, Grand Army of the Republic, 1882-1948," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (December 2005): 313-314.
·        Eric G. Grundset, "Civil War Soldiers from Brunswick County, Virginia," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 90 (June 2002): 1540-55.
·        Ruth Ann Abels Hager and Ann Carter Fleming, "Slaves, Soldiers, and Citizens: Special Civil War Recruitment Lists," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 91 (June 2003): 139-143.
·        Craig Roberts Scott, "Naval-Records Research in the National Archives," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 79 (September 1991): 207-217.
·        Claire Prechetel-Kluskens, "Wagonmasters Serving the Union during the Civil War," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 85 (December 1997): 295-311.
·        Bryna C. O'Sullivan, "Dear "Master David": A Letter from an African American in the Confederate Service," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 96 (September 2008): 223-232.
·        "Some West Virginia Veterans' Death Notices," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 72 (March 1984): 33.
·        Vivian Luther-Schafer, "Harris. Civil War Records-"A Useful Tool": A Step-by-Step Guide to the Availability and Acquisition of Civil War Records.," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 79 (September 1991): 223-224.
·        Marie Varrelman Melchiori, " Rosteet and Miguez. Civil War Veterans of Old Imperial Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 84 (December 1996): 316.

Finally, a few articles and reviews lead us to unexpected military records of the later nineteenth century:
·        Gail Ghigna-Hallas, "Schubert and Schubert. On the Trail of the Buffalo Soldier II: New and Revised Biographies of African Americans in the U.S. Army, 1866-1917," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (March 2005): 65.
·        Donna Rachal Mills, "U.S. Military Marriage in Florida, Cuba, and the Canal Zone, 1894-1912," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 79 (September 1991): 218-220.
·        Jane-Rives Williams, "Sternberg, Sternberg, and May. I Will Uphold the Flag: The Life of Colonel Reuben May, 1815-1902," National Genealogical Society Quarterly 93 (December 2005): 308-309.

Whatever the conflict, brave men and women from our past stepped forward. We honor their memories by retelling their stories.




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27 May 2011

Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society -- July Classes


What:              
The Middle TN Genealogical Society presents Genealogy Classes to be taught by Virginia Gooch Watson, Genealogist and Past President of the MTGS. Topics to be covered:
·        Fraternal Organizations: Finding Records,
·        Confederate Death and Burial Records,
·        Organizing Your Records; Recording and retrieval using Old and New Technology,
·        Colonial visionaries, and the Great Wagon Raod into the South (Migration from Virginia to TN) 

Where:            
Nashville, TN, FiftyForward Knowles Senior Center, 174 Rains Ave., (Across from the State Fairgrounds) 

When:             
Thursday, 21 and 28 July, 2011,
  
Registration Fee: $15.00* for FiftyForward Members/ $25.00* for Nonmembers.
*Fee includes classes and lunch.  Contact: Deborah Stillwell at 615-743-3487 or dstillwell@fiftyforward.org  





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26 May 2011

NGS 2012 Family History Conference -- Cincinnati OH -- Put 9-12 May 2012 on Your Calendar!


Now that you’ve heard so many great things about the recently concluded NGS 2011 Family History Conference in Charleston (SC), it’s not too early to start planning for the 2012 edition which will be held 9-12 May 2012 at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference hotel is the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, 151 W. Fifth St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. 

Conference registration will open 1 December 2011.

Do check out the flyer for the 2012 conference!

We look forward to seeing you there!





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25 May 2011

Pikes Peak District Library’s Blevins Earns National Genealogical Society’s P. William Filby Award

Award Sponsor ProQuest presents $1000 prize to winning librarian 


ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 24, 2011 - The National Genealogical Society has presented Tim Blevins, Manager of Special Collections at Colorado’s Pikes Peak District Library with the 2011 National Genealogical Society Filby Award for Genealogical Librarianship for his significant work to support family history research. The award, which carries a $1,000 prize from award sponsor ProQuest, was presented May 13 during the Society’s annual conference in Charleston, South Carolina.

"This award is so valuable in showing the critical role librarians play connecting researchers with family history records and Tim is a most worthy recipient," said Chris Cowan, ProQuest Vice-President of Publishing. "His ability to identify important resources for his community is matched with his effectiveness in ensuring their accessibility. All of us at ProQuest are very proud to sponsor Tim’s award."

Mr. Blevins' achievements have significantly enhanced the ability of Colorado Springs-area residents to research their family histories. For example, he coordinated a preservation effort involving the Archdiocese of Durango, Mexico, the Universidad Juarez del Estado de Durango, the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricos de UJED, the Archivo Histórico del Estado de Durango, and the Rio Grande Historical Collections at New Mexico State University to acquire, preserve, and then open the genealogical and historical records of Mexican archives in Durango, Mexico. Closer to home, he negotiated with a local city-owned cemetery to obtain and microfilm the original ledgers of its death and interment registers from 1874 through the 1950s. He also spearheaded fast-track efforts to post online the area's recently digitized death registers.

In the library, Mr. Blevins expanded the genealogy collection by more than 1,500 titles and continues to add to its resources by indexing vital records and news items from local newspapers. Further, Mr. Blevins is the producer of the innovative Regional History Series of annual symposiums and is editor-in-chief of printed, audio, and electronic publications capturing and preserving the history of the Pikes Peak region.






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24 May 2011

How You Can Support NGS!

Did you know that there are several ways that you can support the mission of the NGS “To serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records.”?

And, for a few of these ways, it only takes a “click” of your mouse! 
·        Planning to make a purchase through Amazon.com – just click on the NGS link below and the society will get a percentage of your purchase! 
·        Are you or someone you know planning to join Ancestry.com or make a purchase through its store – just click on the NGS link below and the society will get a percentage!
·        Looking for some fashionable well-made genealogy apparel from Land’s End – again, just click on the link below, do your planned shopping and NGS will received a percentage of your purchase.

These and other ways to support NGS are listed: 
·        Shop Amazon (either by using this link or by clicking on publications we sometimes highlight in the blog)
·        Ancestry Affiliates (either by using this link or by clicking on Ancestry.com ads as they appear on the NGS web site)
·        Volunteer
·        Make a Donation
·        Planned Giving


Your support of NGS and its mission is very much appreciated!  NGS only survives through your donations of money and time! Please help keep NGS as the strong, viable and relevant society
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