Misc. - Reconstruction of Veteran Records

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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Reconstruction of Veteran Records

 

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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Workshops - Training Opportunities - Meetings of Interest

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*Sept 1* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  What Do I Do Next: How to Unlock Your Genealogy Using Research Plans - Kim von Aspern-Parker

*Sept 5* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  What's Been Done: Using Someone Else's Genealogy Research - Thomas MacEntee

*Sept 7* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 6): Adding a Death Certificate - Geoff Rasmussen

*Sept 11 * - Internet - (Live) ISGS Webinar:   Researching Pre-Fire Chicago - Ginge Frere

*Sept 12* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Examining Migration & Researching Migrants in the British Isles - Julie Goucher

*Sept 14* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Slave Narratives: Telling the Story of Slavery and Families - Ann Staley

*Sept 18* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Using Lists to Find Proof - Cari Taplin

*Sept 19* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  25 Simple Research Hacks Every Genealogist Should Know - Lisa Alzo

*Sept 19* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  Preserving Family History in the Face of Disaster - Denise Levenick

*Sept 25* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Importance of Newspapers for Family Research - Daniel Horowitz

*Oct 3* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Remote Research in the Databases of the Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogical Research System - Rick Sayre

*Oct 6 * - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  The GPS, Document Analysis, and Citations, Oh My! - Sara Gredier

*Oct 9* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  On the Go: Using Your Mobile Device for Genealogy - MyHeritage Webinars

*Oct 9* - Internet - (Live) ISGS Webinar:   Chicago Rises from the Ashes: The Columbian Exposition Gives Perspective to the Family Historian - Jean Wilcox Hibben

*Oct 10* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  In Search of My Brother's Mother - An Adoption Story - Beth Foulk

*Oct 12* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Strategies for Using FamilySearch - Shannon Combs-Bennett

*Oct 16* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical Research - Julie P. Miller

*Oct 17* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Ho to California! The Draw of the Gold Rush - Peggy Clemens

*Oct 17 * - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  The YDNA Test Should BE Your Favorite - Diahan Southard

*Oct 23* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  True Stories of Families Reunited Thanks to Genetic Genealogy - MyHeritage Webinars

*Oct 24* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  10 Eastern European Genealogy Resources You Might be Missing - Lisa Alzo

*Oct 25* - Internet - (Live) NEHGS Webinar:   Database Volunteer Opportunities at AmericanAncestors.Org - Molly Rogers & Rachel Adams

*Oct 26* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Researching Your French and Indian War Ancestor - Craig R. Scott

*Oct 31* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Privacy Issues with Online Family Trees - E. Randol Schoenbert

*Nov 3* - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  Facebook For Genealogy (Even if You Hate Facebook) - Susan Rogers

*Nov 9* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Legacy 9 Unlocked (part 8) The Smoking Gun - Geoff Rasmussen

*Nov 6* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  City Directories: Much More than Ye Olde Phonebooks - MyHeritage Webinars

*Nov 7* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Using Voting and Election Records to Find Your Ancestor - Melissa Barker

*Nov 13* - Internet - (Live) ISGS Webinar:   1918: The Prairie State "Over There" - Lisa Oberg

*Nov 14* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Introduction to the Bayou State: Louisiana for Beginners - Rorey Cathcart

*Nov 20* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Every Day Life of Our Ancestors - Ann Staley

*Nov 21 * - Internet -(Live) SCGS Webinar:  You Located the Ancestral Village of Your Ancestor - Now What? - Nancy Lauer

*Nov 28* - Internet - (Live)  Legacy Webinar:  Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking - Paula Stuart-Warren