Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017
Territorial Certificates – Ancestors proven to have resided in Missouri on or before statehood, 10 August 1821.
Pioneer Certificates – Ancestors proven to have resided in Missouri at any time between and including 11 August 1821 and 31 December 1860.
Civil War Service Certificates – Ancestors proven to have served in a Missouri military unit during the Civil War; those ancestors in other military units who saw service in Missouri during the Civil War; and those ancestors who were Civil War veterans and died and/or were buried in Missouri.
Please welcome our newest first families!
Category: Civil War
Ancestor: Johann Nicholas Friedrich
Name of Person Requesting: Carol J. Norman
Category: Civil War
Ancestor: Martin Ballew
Name of Person Requesting: Marilyn L Taylor
Ancestor: Charles Skinner
Name of Person Requesting: Anna Lou Martin
Ancestor: William Jones Kelly
Name of Person Requesting: Judith Lee Frisch
Would you like to see your ancestor's name on a certificate? Your application and accompanying documentation will make a significant contribution to the record of our state’s heritage and your family’s participation in that heritage.
In order to comply with genealogical standards of evidence, we ask that all applications include a complete set of the supporting documentation for all generations from yourself to the ancestor you are honoring. Please send only photocopies of the documents. The application may be shared with other genealogists; however, information on living persons and those born within the past 100 years will be withheld.
For more information check the MoSGA website.
1. Thomas McEntee blogged about a great reference for disaster planning that is currently FREE at Legacy Family Tree.
Melissa Barker, aka The Archive Lady, knows all too well what can happen to important papers and artifacts as well as data when a disaster hits. Whether it is fire, flood or simply a computer failure, Melissa has created a guide at Legacy Family Tree entitled Disaster Planning for the Genealogist.2. Melissa Barker also recommends a free document from the New York State Archives that is available for free here. It is a bit dated but the 58-page document is worth a read.
3. Lisa Louise Cooke provides a three-step process on her website. She also has a podcast about disaster planning here.
4. Family Tree Magazine provides additional advice here. Maureen Taylor has tips for protecting photos here, while Diane Hadad gives four pointers for protecting keepsakes here.
5. Finally, I got a Flip Pal Mobile Scanner at the recent MoSGA annual conference. It is my new best friend. I immediately went to my Aunt Mary's and proceeded to run through a set of batteries scanning photos. Flip Pal has a great blog here.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Royal Commonwealth Society Collection at Cambridge University Library has digitized the archives of two Second World War civilian internment camps established by the Japanese at Singapore, generously funded by a Research Resources Award from the Wellcome Trust. The records are of immense interest to the families of internees and a wide range of researchers, since few survivors ever spoke of their traumatic ordeal. The survival of this unique archive is largely due to the vision of Hugh Bryson, a career member of the Malayan Civil Service, who himself was interned. While Secretary of the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore from 1952 to 1967, he collected original documents, diaries and correspondence of historical interest from members, and encouraged them to write their memoirs. When the association disbanded in 1977, its archive was deposited with the Royal Commonwealth Society, and it came to Cambridge in 1993 when the University acquired its library.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, British colonial civil servants remained at their posts and civilians running businesses overseas stayed to support the war effort. In this respect Malaya’s rubber and tin industries were particularly important. There were plans to evacuate women and children from Malaya, but the speed of the Japanese invasion in December 1941 caught many by surprise. There was an exodus of refugees to Singapore as the Japanese advance continued. Memoirs in the collection record the final battle for Singapore: aerial bombardment, shelling, blazing petrol stores in the harbour and the acrid smoke of burning fuel.
The mission of the Missouri Gravestone Project is "to capture digital images of every gravestone in Missouri, and preserve these images and the information they provide for researchers and future generations. This invaluable historical information, especially the older gravestones from before the middle of the last century are in danger of being lost forever, and many are already gone. We are volunteers and this project is a "Not For Profit" organization."
|photo credit: Michelle Spencer|
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the organization here.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
|Kathleen Bradt with her family history quilt|
Director’s Award - For distinguished service over an extended period of time in support of genealogy and exceptional contributions to the field with extra effort to promote goodwill and improve service. Awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee. The 2017 recipient is Lana Smith of Stanberry, Missouri.
Certificate of Appreciation – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution, expressing thanks officially for compensated duties related to Missouri genealogy and/or family history performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner. The 2017 recipient is Dan Lilienkamp of St. Louis, Missouri.
Award of Merit – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in Missouri genealogy and/or family history for which no compensation was received. The 2017 recipient is Paul Barker of Springfield, Missouri. (Mr. Barker was not present at the luncheon)
Sunday, July 30, 2017
|Courtesy of anoblesavage.com|
With prices beginning at $2.00 and none higher than $10.00, everyone can walk away with some treasured finds. The doors will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday. On Friday, books up to 200 pages will sell for $2 each; those with 201-500 pages will sell for $5 each; and those over 500 pages will sell for $10. Starting Saturday, prices drop to all you can fit into a plastic shopping bag (we provide the bags) for $5.00.
See you in the Lewis & Clark Room, just outside the Vendor Area at this year’s conference!
- Where Did You Come From, Missouri Settlers: Beth Foulk
- Applied DNA – A Case Study Using DNA to Break Down Brick Walls: Eric Wells
- Grandpa “Stole Chickens in the Nighttime”: What Penitentiary Records Can Tell You About Your Family: Mary Stansfield, CA
- Grand Army of the Republic, Loyal Legion, and other Civil War Union Veterans’ Associations: Dennis Northcott
- Introduction to Public [Federal] Land Records
- Accessing European Church Records
Friday, July 21, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Once in a while I like to recommend a blog or website. I have been reading Vita Brevis, the blog associated with AmericanAncestors.org, the website for the New England Genealogical Society for the last few months. The blog is informative and tells some great stories. Part of the reason for the success is that several people contribute to the blog, which keeps it fresh and entertaining. Even if you don't have ancestors from New England you will enjoy this blog as the stories are rich in American history and the examples given often have a wide application. Try it out today!