Online Records - Military Records - Records Destroyeds

The online records section has been established to provide a place for individuals to preserve and share their Kay County, Oklahoma family history records.

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Pioneer Woman Statue

Ponca City, OK – Bryant Baker, Sculptor – Dedicated April 22, 1930.

Marland Mansion

Ponca City, OK - Constructed 1928.

Ponca City Library

Ponca City, OK – Constructed 1935.

Standing Bear Museum & Education Center

Ponca City, OK - Dedicated September 29, 2007.

Kay County Courthouse

Newkirk, OK – Constructed 1926.

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Records Destroyed

 

According to a article in “The American Legion Magazine” – February 2007 issue, there has been several fires in our nation’s archives thru the years destroying millions of records.

A 1800 a fire at the War Department destroyed historical records of the nation’s first decade.
In 1836 a fire at the US Patent Office destroyed models and blueprints of inventions that formed the technological backbone of the nation.

In 1851 a fire at the US Capitol destroyed invaluable art & other relics.
In 1890 a fire at the Census Bureau destroyed the entire Decennial Census.
In July 1973 a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis destroyed an estimated 16-18 million personnel files, military life histories, enlistment & discharge records. This fire destroyed about 80% of the Army records for personnel discharged between November 1, 1912 and January 1, 1960. Also Army Air Force and Air Force personnel with surnames from Hubbard through Z discharged between September 25, 1947 and January 1, 1964. Officials have never determined what exactly was lost in the fire because there were no indices to the blocks of records.

Multiple safeguards in place in the nation’s archives including sprinkler systems and firewalls limit the loss to less then 300 cubic feet of records. With two fires in a Washington, DC center in the last ten years, the safeguards confined the loss to far fewer than 300 cubic feet.

The National Personnel Records Center will attempt to reconstruct a veteran’s records only if asked by the veteran or by the next of kin of a deceased veteran. [Mother, Father, Sister, Brother, Soon, Daughter, Husband or Wife] and given sufficient information.

Request for information may be submitted online at Veterans Records Archives
Or sent to:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Ave
St Louis, MO 63132-5100

Information that should be submitted include:
Full name used
Date of birth
Branch of service
Approximate dates of service
Service number
Place of entry into the service
Last unit of assignment
Place of discharge
If unknown some of the information may be available from the VA or state veterans service officer.

Discharge records are sometimes filed at the county courthouse where a veteran lived and will supply most if not all of the above information.

Contributed by Mildred Smith

 

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*May 14* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The Ultimate Family History Interview - Nicka Smith

*May 14* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Searching Databases on AmericanAncestors.org - Molly Rogers

*May 15* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE--DNA with Diahan - Diahan Southard

*May 19 & 20* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Discover the Holdings of German Archives - Teresa Steinkamp McMillin

*May 20* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Timesaving Apps for Busy Genealogists - Lisa Alzo

*May 20* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  The Packet Ships That Brought Them To America - Nancy Waters

*May 21* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Creating a Research Plan for Cluster Research - Lindsay Fulton

*May 22* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE--Legacy software with Geoff - Geoff Rasmussen

*May 22* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle - Curt DiCamillo

*May  26* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Enlightened Design with the MyHeritage Chart Creation Tool - Janet Hovorkas

*May 27* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Mistrust Transcriptions: And Here's Why - Dr. Bruce Durie

*May 29* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Fridays in May: Your Questions Answered LIVE--More Tech with Thomas MacEntee

*Jun 2 & 3* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Sources for Landed and Titled People - Paul Milner

*Jun 2 * - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Return to the Catskills - Phil Brown

*Jun 3* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  "What are the Odds?" An Online Tool That Can Help Solve DNA Puzzles - Jonny Perl

*Jun 5* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   The English Garden: Perfection on Earth - Curt DiCamillo

*Jun 9* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  How Members of the LDS Church Can Benefit from the FamilySearch/MyHeritage Partnership -  James Tanner

*Jun 10 & 11* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Using DNA to Answer Real Research Questions: Three Case Studies - Gail Blankenau

*Jun 16 & 17* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Genealogical Treasures in Irish Archives - David Ouimette

*Jun 16* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   "From Teeming Zion's Fertile Womb": The Curious Career of Judah Monis - Michael Hoberman

*Jun 17* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Bridging the Gap: Finding Ancestors in the United States between 1780 and 1840 - D. Joshua Taylor

*Jun 17* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  The Other Census - US State Censuses - Thomas MacEntee

*Jun 23* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Working with SuperSearch to Find the Correct Historical Record - Daniel Horowitz

*Jun 24* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Utilizing HathTrust Digital Library for Family History Research - Colleen Robledo Greene

*Jun 30* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The 1939 Register for Family Historians - Fiona Brooker

*Jun 30* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Jewish Life in Rural New England: How did the Jews get to Mars Hill, Maine & Other Stories From the Field - Michael Hoberman

*Jul 1* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  The 1939 Register for Family Historians - Fiona Brooker