U.S., World War II Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files, 1942-194

This record collection in  Ancestry.com contains images of membership cards that provide details on women who joined the Cadet Nurse Corps created during World War II.   To address the urgent wartime need for additional nurses, Congress authorized the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943. The Corps paid tuition, fees, and stipends and provided uniforms to […]

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U.S., American Red Cross Nurse Files, 1916-1959

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Red Cross nurses have provided skilled care to persons caught up in both wars and natural disasters. Whether tending to miners during the influenza epidemic of 1918, teaching hygiene in impoverished communities, or helping soldiers and sailors overcome the wounds of wartime, dedicated nurses have long aided the American Red Cross in fulfilling its mission. One […]

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U.S., Photographs of Military Ships by the Bureau of Ships, 1914-1946  

The Bureau of Ships was established on June 20, 1940 by the Department of the Navy. This new bureau consolidated the Bureau of Engineering and the Bureau of Construction and Repair.   The Bureau of Ships was responsible for supervising the design, construction, conversion, procurement, maintenance, and repair of U.S. Navy vessels of varying sizes […]

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Digital Sanborn Maps

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The SLPL website provides Library cardholders access to various reference databases. One of these, ProQuest Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970, offers digital access to large-scale maps of various Missouri towns and cities. Digitized Sanborn Maps allow for greater flexibility of use and improved viewing possibilities compared to the earlier microfilm versions of these maps. […]

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Searching for Newspapers

There is a fairly easy way to search in WorldCat.org for newspapers associated with a particular American city or county.     To begin, select Advanced Search.   In the drop-down menu, change Keyword to Subject.   Enter your search terms in the following manner (depending on whether you are searching for newspapers affiliated with […]

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Where Do I Begin?

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One of the questions we receive most often in the Genealogy Room is: “How do I start researching my family history?” It’s possible that somebody has already done the job for you. You can go here to see if somebody has already written a book history of your family. If that doesn’t pan out (and it most […]

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U.S., Album of Criminals, 1906

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This record collection in Ancestry.com was created by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 1906. It includes information concerning more than 200 men and women who were involved in various brushes with the law. Most covered offenses appear to be crimes against property (i.e., burglars, pickpockets, safecrackers, forgers, and confidence men). Information for […]

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Vietnam War—U.S. Navy Photos

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One of the reference databases SLPL subscribes to is Fold3.com. Fold3.com concentrates on military records (although it also provides access to various non-military records). Fold3.com also provides access to photographs of World War II and the Vietnam War. One of its photo sets is the Vietnam War—Navy Photos. This photo set includes official photos of […]

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Project Blue Book—UFO Investigations

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One of the reference databases SLPL subscribes to is Fold3.com. Fold3.com concentrates on military records, although it also provides various non-military records. Fold3.com provides access to a hybrid category of sorts: the U.S. Air Force Project Blue Book Investigations. I call it a hybrid category in that military personnel were investigating incidents reported sometimes by […]

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U.S. Historical Postcards Collection

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This record collection in Ancestry.com contains over 115,000 historical postcards that illustrate various places in the United States. These postcards were taken at various times by staff photographers of the Mary Martin Company of Perryville, Maryland. This record collection also provides the city, county, and state depicted for most postcards, plus an estimated creation date […]

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