Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where in the world is Myrt? Topeka this Saturday

DearREADERS,
Mr. Myrt has just returned from getting the F150 serviced in prep for our trip to Topeka, Kansas for the Topeka Genealogical Society's annual conference where I'll be speaking on Saturday. The event is open to the public.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka, KS 
 
My topics are:
  • The Winter of Our Discontent:  3 Months to Better Organization
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists
  • Where to Look Next
  • Medical Practices of the US Revolutionary and Civil Wars 
Though I've reworked "medical practices" since the early 1990s, Ol' Myrt's presentation has been spiffed up with recent discoveries from my work using NARA's Carded Medical Records (not yet digitized) and the original hospital registers from which the carded medical records were created. I'll be bringing about 20 reference books for browsing, and have added images from our recent trip to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. A BIG thanks to Marie Melchiori for assisting me in finding The medical and surgical history of the war of the rebellion (1861-65) in NARA's library. Only one of this multi-volume set is fully viewable at Google Books.

FOR FURTHER READING
Medical Service Records at the National Archives (US) (.PDF)

Plante, Trevor K. An Overview of Records at the National Archives Relating to Military Service, Prologue Magazine Fall 2002, Vol. 34, No. 3. Available online and includes a paragraph about carded medical records, Record Group (RG) 94, Records of the Adjutant General's Office 1780-1917, entry 534.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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