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28 July 2015

Travelin' Tuesday: Road Trip Review of the Truman Presidential Museum

Been cleaning out the boxes of accumulated papers from years of road trips and decided to highlight some of the best stops here.

(Used with permission from the Truman Library)

Address: 500 W. US Hwy. 24, Independence MO 64050
truman.library@nara.gov; Phone: 816-268-8200 or 1-800-833-1225; Fax: 816-268-8295.
 
The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is one of thirteen Presidential Libraries
administered by the National Archives and Records Administration


In 1966 my 8th grade class from Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, decided to take our class trip to the Truman Presidential Museum.  48 years later I revisited the library and was excited to learn how large the archives and library have grown!

For those interested in Harry Truman's family history, many resources have been put online.  Need a surname list for Truman's genealogy?  You'll find the list of 260 surnames here from William Allison to Doug Zimmerman.

The library's website also contains an essay on Truman's family history: "Mr. Truman's family roots may not have been presidential or royal, but his Anglo-Saxon ancestry was typical of the Missouri family farmers of his time: a class of energetic, sturdy farmers and agrarians whom Thomas Jefferson described as the backbone of America."

I thought the presidential library would only have things related to that specific president, but, the library encompasses everything about the lifetime of the president as well.  One of the big exhibits they are currently working on is a collection of World War I maps.

The brochure I received at the library gives an overview of what to expect at any of the presidential libraries:
  • "Laura Ingalls Wilder's original manuscripts of Little House on the Prairie and other works documenting life in the Midwest, Hoover Library"
  • "The personal paers, manuscripts, and objects of Ernest Hemingway, Kennedy Library".
  • "The original sketches and manuscript of 'The Lorax' by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Johnson Library."
"Today, the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum houses more than:
  • 15,000,000 pages of manuscript materials, of which approximately 6,500,000 are White House files
  • 100,000 still pictures
  • 500+ hours of disc and tape recordings
  • 400 motion pictures
  • Approximately 500 oral histories
  • 75 hours of videotape recordings
  • 30,000 books
  • 10,000 periodicals
  • 1,400 microfilm copies of printed materials
Together, these historic materials document the remarkable life and legacy of President Truman, and some of the most dramatic chapters from our American story."

If you're in Independence, Missouri anyway, be sure and stop by Harry Truman's home as well as the Midwest Genealogy Library.

27 July 2015

Military Monday Part 2: Military Records Available at Midwest Genealogy Center

Today's Military Monday will be a double header!  Last year when I retired I took a little genealogy road trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center, part of the Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri.  To prepare for a visit to the Midwest Genealogy Center, be sure and check out the many guides they offer.  This is the guide to their military resources (it downloads a pdf) as well as their guide to Military Records on Microfilm (also downloads a pdf).

Don't assume they records they have are only for the Midwest.

Here is an example of microfilmed records:

"REVOLUTIONARY WAR
M881 Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the
American Army during the Revolutionary War Film Cabinet 1-15
*Also on Ancestry.com

M860 General Index to Compiled Military Service Records of
Revolutionary War Soldiers Storage Cabinet #10
*To borrow this item from Mid-Continent Library on Interlibrary
Loan, request by the soldier’s name
*Also on Ancestry.com

M804 Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant
Application Files, 1800-1900 Film Cabinets 15-29
*Also on Fold3.com

M246 Revolutionary War, 1775-1783
(Muster Rolls, Payrolls, Strength Returns, and Other
Miscellaneous Personnel Pay and Supply Records) Film Cabinets 29
*Also on Ancestry.com"


They also have many records for Missouri and Iowa:
"BLACK HAWK WAR
S915 Black Hawk War, 1832: Enrollment Cards for Missouri (R-Z);
War Department Report of Foreign States: Enrollment Cards Film Cabinet 91
*Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/

SEMINOLE WAR
S914 Mexican War Enrollment Cards for Missouri: Lt. Co. AR
Easton; Seminole War, 1837: Enrollment Cards for Missouri,
Col. Gentry Regt.; Black Hawk War, 1832: Enrollment Cards
for Missouri (A-Q) Film Cabinet 91
*Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/

OSAGE WAR
S744 Osage War, 1837: Index Cards for Missouri (A-Z); Mormon
War, 1838: Index Cards for Missouri: Abbott, George – Hymer,
Isaac Film Cabinet 91
*Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/

MORMON WAR
S744 Osage War, 1837: Index Cards for Missouri (A-Z); Mormon
War, 1838: Index Cards for Missouri: Abbott, George – Hymer,
Isaac Film Cabinet 90
*Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/
S745 Mormon Wars, 1838: Index Cards for Missouri: Ingram, John
H. – Yource, James; Mormon War payment accounts index
cards for Missouri *Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/ Film Cabinet 91
S746 Miscellaneous Missouri Military, 1838-1839; Iowa War, 1839:
Index Cards for Missouri: A – Triplett, G.M. Film Cabinet 91
*Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/

IOWA WAR
S746 Miscellaneous Missouri Military, 1838-1839; Iowa War, 1839:
Index Cards for Missouri: A – Triplett, G.M. Film Cabinet 91
*Service cards located on http://sos.mo.gov/"

If you ever find yourself anywhere near Independence, Missouri, the library is a must-stop research center.  The people are extremely helpful and the resources overwhelming!

Midwest Genealogy Center
3440 S. Lee’s Summit Road
Independence, Missouri

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (Chester T HANLON)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.

This one is for Chester T Hanlon who was living in Talmage, Union County, Iowa.  He was inducted at Creston, Iowa on the 6th of September 1918.  He was born in Carrolton, Kentucky.

There is a FindAGrave Page for a Chester T Hanlon in Iowa that might be the same
Chester Hanlon as this.
Camp Dodge Registration card for Chester T Hanlon



20 July 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (Arthur E HANLON)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.
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This one is for Arthur E Hanlon who lived at 107-13th St in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa.  He enlisted in the Regular Army at Ft. Logan, Colorado the 29th of October 1917.  He was born in Sioux City, Iowa.

There is a FindAGrave Page for an Arthur Eugene Hanlon that might be the same Arthru Hanlon as this.

Camp Dodge Iowa Military Registration Card for Arthur E Hanlon



13 July 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (Albert T HANLON)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.

This card is for Albert T Hanlon who resided at 312 - 7th Street, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.
He enlisted in the National Guard the 14th of July 1917.  He was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

There is a FindAGrave page for an Albert Thomas Hanlon, that may be this Albert Hanlon.
Military Card for Albert T Hanlon, born in Oskaloosa, Iowa.



11 July 2015

Military Monday: "The Great War": Military Registration Cards from Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa (Robert L Brady born in Prairieburg, Iowa)

During a visit to the Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Polk County, Iowa, I found their library had thousands of registration cards from World War I.  I scanned about 30 of them for names in my family tree (not necessarily related).  I have not found these in any database, anywhere online.

So, for about the next year, I will be presenting them here.

This card is for Robert L. Brady.  He states he was born in "Prayerburg, Iowa" but since there is no such town, I believe they meant Prairieburg, Linn County, Iowa (right next to Jones County, where he was living).  Robert was 22 years old when he was inducted at Anamosa, Iowa on the 9th of May 1918.

I believe this to be the FindAGrave Page for this Robert L Brady.

Camp Dodge Registration card for Robert L Brady

Thee Buddy Poppy, image used with permission of VFW 13 July 2015