Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ancestry Offering DNA for $69 and Free Access to Irish Records This Weekend is all green this weekend.  To celebrate St. Patrick's Day the company is offering free access to all Irish records through Monday.  They also have their DNA test back to the sale price of $69, also through March 19th.  Check here to see which collections are included. Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Early Bird Discount for the NGS Conference Expires 20 March 2018

Time is running out for family historians to get a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2-5 May 2018. After 20 March 2018, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $215 to $250 for all four days. Non-members will pay $285, up from $250. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 20 March. 

Newberry Library to Offer Free Download of Photo Archives

Have you ever heard of the Newberry Library? Founded in 1887 in Chicago by Walter L. Newberry,  the Newberry has a vast collection of books, manuscripts, maps and other materials, many of which are available online.

The Library also has a genealogy blog that provides useful updates about holdings of interest to researchers.

Last month the Newberry announced it will allow open access to it's digital collections, no longer requiring licencing or re-use permission. That means when you find an awesome map showing detailed migration, you can not only download for your own use, you may use it in your family history book or blog without going through a lengthy process.

I recommend you check out the Newberry.  Look at their online catalog.  It is a great resource for your research.
Happy hunting!

Researching African American Ancestors from Maryland Just Got Easier

Maryland State Archives announced they have published a new guide to Researching African American Families at the Maryland State Archives. This publication was updated by Archives’ staff thanks to a generous grant by the Four Rivers Heritage Area and the Friends of the Maryland State Archives. Print copies are available in our public search room, and you can access a complete web enabled version online.

Maryland State Archives

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Call for Applications: 21st Century Fund

MoSGA’s 21st Century Fund is a program that offers competitive grants of up to $1,000 each to Missouri historical and genealogical societies, libraries and archives to compile, index, preserve and or publish local records.

In August 2016 the St. Charles County Historical Society was awarded a grant of $990.00 from the Missouri State Genealogical Association to purchase a sheet-fed scanner to digitize St. Charles County records.

We are excited to share the results this grant with comments from Amy G. Haake, archivist of the St. Charles County Historical Society.

“Sometimes dreams do come true. Here at the St. Charles County Historical Society (SCCHS) Archives we’ve long talked about digitizing the wealth of genealogical information complied by our former county genealogical society but knew the process would be too time consuming using only the normal office supply store scanner.
With a generous grant from MoSGA, we have not only accomplished what was once a dream but are living in the fast (scanning) lane with our new Cannon multi feed scanner. One major project is completed, and we are ready to go onto the next, all the while being able to scan multiple pages of documents to fulfill member and patron requests as well as scanning and uploading workshop hand-outs online to the Society webpage.”

The MoSGA Board of Directors and the 21st Century Fund Committee congratulate the St. Charles County Historical Society on seeing their dream through to fruition. We are happy to be a part of a Missouri based preservation project.

With 2018 underway the 21st Century Fund will begin accepting applications for grants. To learn more about how your organization can apply for a grant, visit our grant fund page.

2018 MoSGA Annual Conference Date Change Announcement: To Be Held 10-11 August 2018

Join us for the Missouri State Genealogical Association's Annual Conference on Friday and Saturday August 10-11, 2018 in Columbia, Missouri at Stoney Creek Conference Center.  We are looking forward to this year's keynote speaker Amy Johnson Crow.  Mark your calendars! Registration will open soon.  Details can be found on our website here

DNA Tests on Sale for Valentine's Day

DNA testing has grown in popularity and thus bargain opportunities abound.  All sales are good though midnight February 14, 2018 unless otherwise noted.

Photo courtesy of Talacre Lighthouse by Mike Hardisty is licensed CC BY-NC 4.0

  • Family Tree is $59 and up, depending on the test you choose. 

Friday, February 02, 2018

Missouri State and Territorial Census Records Updated on FamilySearch

I always review the newly indexed records on Ancestry and FamilySearch when they release the lists at the end of each month. 

FamilySearch's January's list included an update to the Missouri state census records from 1732-1933.  

Take a look at it here. But don't forget FamilySearch requires you to login, but the results are free. Happy hunting!

Friday, January 12, 2018

60th Annual Missouri Conference on History to be held March 15-16, 2018

Help us honor the achievements of great scholars by submitting nominations for the 2018 Missouri Conference on History’s annual awards, including the Book Award ($500) and Lawrence O. Christensen Article Award ($250), by this Sunday.

The conference will be held March 15-16, 2018, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City.  For more details on the conference, check here.

Registration for the 2018 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research Opens Sat. Jan 13th

January 13, 2018 is registration day for the 2018 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), in its second year at the University of Georgia in Athens.  The event is scheduled for 2-7 June this year.

Registration links will be on the IGHR 2018 Courses page of the Georgia Genealogical Society IGHR website.

If you look at that page right now, on the right hand side of each course is a column for registration. Right now it says when registration opens. When registration actually opens for that course, a yellow button will appear and you can begin the registration process. Each course title on that page is a link to the full course description.

Registration opens for each course at the following times:
Opening at 7 a.m. PST8 a.m. MST9 a.m. CST10 a.m. EST:
Course 1 — Methods and Sources, coordinated by Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG
Course 5 — Advanced German Genealogy, coordinated by F. Warren Bittner, CG
Opening at 7:30 a.m. PST8:30 a.m. MST9:30 a.m. CST10:30 a.m. EST:
Course 2 — Intermediate Genealogy & Historical Studies, coordinated by Angela Packer McGhie, CG
Course 9 — Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents, coordinated by Benjamin B. Spratling III, J.D. and Patricia Walls Stamm, CG, CGL
Opening at 8 a.m. PST9 a.m. MST10 a.m. CST11 a.m. EST:
Course 3 — Advanced Methodology & Evidence Analysis, coordinated by Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
Opening at 8:30 a.m. PST9:30 a.m. MST10:30 a.m. CST11:30 a.m. EST:
Course 4 — Writing & Publishing for Genealogists, coordinated by Thomas W. Jones, Ph.D., CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, FUGA
Course 8 — Military Records I, coordinated by Michael L. Strauss, AG
Opening at 9 a.m. PST10 a.m. MST11 a.m. CSTnoon EST:
Course 6 — Research in the South: Trans-Mississippi South, coordinated by J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA
Opening at 9:30 a.m. PST10:30 a.m. MST11:30 a.m. CST12:30 p.m. EST:
Course 7 — Irish Genealogical Research, David E. Rencher, AG, CG, FIGRS, FUGA

A Hotel in Ireland Offers Genealogy Service

As many Americans spend time inside this weekend dreaming of warmer weather, vacations may be on our minds.  As a genealogist, ancestral lands always hold a fascination.  If Ireland is in your genes, this is the tip for you!

The Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin offers a unique service for it's guests: assistance with genealogical research. Employing one of Ireland's top accredited genealogists, the Shelbourne provides its guests a head start on their quest to walk in their ancestor's footsteps.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Genealogy Resolutions with Help for 2018

As with other aspects of our lives genealogists may be sitting around the fireside today considering their goals for 2018.  Several of our favorite sites are willing to help!

Courtesy of

  • MoSGA's 2018 Keynote Speaker Amy Johnson Crow is offering 52 weeks of prompts to assist you in writing about your ancestors.  Sign up here.
  • Family History Daily is offering 50% off their online courses through the end of today (Dec 31).  Just use the code 2018.
  • Thomas MacEntee is offering his popular Genealogy Do Over course offering a monthly to do list to rectify some past research sins.

Here is to a safe, peaceful and prosperous 2018 for everyone!

Family Search Schedule of Webinars for January 2018

 Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars for January 2018

Salt Lake City, Utah (27 December 2017), If your New Year's resolutions include free, how-to family history classes, then look no further than the array of webinars and classes offered by the Family History Library starting in January 2018. Participants can attend in person or online. The January schedule includes informative classes for IrelandPortugalGermanyUnited KingdomNorway, and United States research, using the FamilySearch Family Tree, learning how to use the FamilySearch tools more effectively, how to index, and other useful tips and instruction. Some classes are available in Spanish. See the full schedule below. Easily find and share this announcement directly from the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Online classes are noted on the schedule as webinars. Webinar attendees need to click the link next to the class title on the scheduled date and time to attend the class online. Those attending in person simply go to the room noted. Invite your family and friends. All class times are in mountain standard time. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget.
If you are unable to attend a class in person or watch it online at the time it is scheduled, you may be able to watch it later. Most sessions are recorded and can be viewed later online at your convenience. To view these recorded sessions, go to the archive for Family History Library classes and webinars.
Tuesday, January 2, 10:00 a.m. 
Overview of (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Saturday, January 6, 1:00 p.m. 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Monday, January 8, 10:00 a.m. 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 9, 10:00 a.m. 
Starting FamilyTree: Navigating, Adding and Editing, Standardization of Dates and Places (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Wednesday, January 10, 10:00 a.m. 
French Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Thursday, January 11, 1:00 p.m
British Case Study (Intermediate) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Thursday, January 11, 3:00 p.m
Using Social Media for Family History (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 16, 10:00 a.m
Tips and Tricks for Using the FamilySearch Historical Records Collection (Beginner)
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 16, 11:00 a.m
From America to Norway: A Beginner's Case Study (Beginner) 
Webinar | 2N Lab 
Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 a.m. 
Italian Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Thursday, January 18, 11:00 a.m. 
Pennsylvania Research (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main B 
Thursday, January 18, 1:00 p.m
What's New in British Research at (Intermediate
Webinar | Main B 
Saturday, January 20, 1:00 p.m
Establecimiento geográfico-eclesiástico de la Nueva España—México (Intermediate) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Monday, January 22, 10:00 a.m. 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 23, 10:00 a.m
What's New at (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 23, 11:00 a.m
How to Find Ancestors in Digitalarkivet of Norway (Beginner) 
Webinar | 2N Lab 
Tuesday, January 23, 1:00 p.m. 
Tracing Ancestry in Ireland's Estate Records (Advanced) 
Webinar | Main B 
Wednesday, January 24, 10:00 a.m. 
Portuguese Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | B2 Lab  
Thursday, January 25, 1:00 p.m
Your British and Irish Research Questions Answered (Intermediate) 
Webinar | B2 Lab  
Monday, January 29, 10:00 a.m. 
Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 30, 10:00 a.m
Starting FamilyTree: Attaching Sources (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
Tuesday, January 30, 1:00 p.m. 
FamilySearch's Collections of British Merchant Maritime Records (Intermediate) 
Webinar | Main B 
Tuesday, January 30, 2:00 p.m. 
Using German Civil Registration Records (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main A 
Wednesday, January 31, 10:00 a.m. 
Spanish Language Indexing (1.5 hrs) (Beginner) 
Webinar | Main Lab 
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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas with Goodwill to All!

It's that time of year again when we gather together with family and the stories begin to fly.  You can always spot the genealogist in the crowd because we are the ones scrambling for a napkin or scrap of paper or frantically trying to hit record on our phones so we don't miss the details of the moment.

After one such occurrence a few days ago I jumped on to try out my newly acquired data.  When I signed in I saw a genealogist's dream - a picture of extended family taken over 100 years ago with multiple generation identified.  Santa could not have done any better!

Merry Christmas to all and may you all have a little surprise waiting in (or under) your tree this year.

Kembel & Barnes Families (Laclede Couty, MO) c. 1910-1920s

With persons identified (tagged)

An interesting look at the progress of Google Maps

I just came upon this very interesting piece comparing Google Maps to Apple Maps and other competitors. Looking at the pictures, it is stunning to see how Google has come in showing details of structures.  The difference is stunning -from what our ancestors could see on a map to the detail we expect from the present.  

What a boon this is for genealogists! Happy hunting.

Map of Morgan County, Missouri c. 1880

Courthouse, Versailles, MO (no date)