Saturday, June 17, 2017
I also made a trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center. No longer living in Missouri, this is a real treat for me. As usual I found what I needed with the expert assistance of the staff - even on a Sunday.
I also was amazed at the courteous and helpful staff at the Jackson County Courthouses (Independence and Kansas City) where I conducted deed and property research. Before I left for the airport I squeezed in a final and most personal search - I was able to locate my maternal grandparents marriage certificate at the Wyndotte County, KS courthouse. It couldn't have been a more perfect end to a great research trip!
I hope everyone gets to spend some quality family time this weekend!
- Ancestry DNA is $79 through Sunday, June 18, 2017.
- 23andMe is $79 for Ancestry service and $179 for Health + Ancestry Service through Sunday, June 18th.
- Family Tree DNA is $69 for the Family Finder Test and $139 for the YDNA Test.
- MyHeritage is $69 for the DNA test through June 19, 2017.
- To make sure you are getting the best deal for you, check out Genealogy Bargains. They maintain a running list of coupon codes and discounts.
|DNA Image from the University of Michigan Medical School|
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
This event is open to the public, but there is a cost of $25 per person. Contact Brian Rogers by Friday, June 2, at (573) 526-1981 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. Payment should be mailed to the Friends of the Missouri State Archives at P.O. Box 242, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
The best part is that you can either order a DNA kit from MyHeritage or upload your own data from other site.
Try it out soon!
The Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories as well as fire walls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.The maps are easy to use, once you understand the key. It is explained here.
If you know where your ancestor lived you might just find his house on a Sanborn map. There are limitations - not every city was mapped and like census takers some maps provide more detail than others. Currently over 3,000 cities across the US are online with more being added monthly through 2020. Missouri is in the first release so go check!
|Springfield, MO map, April 1884, p 1, |
Library of Congress, Sanborn Map Collection
Other areas in the first release include: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, SD, TX, VA, VT, WY and Canada, Mexico, Cuba sugar warehouses, and U.S. whiskey warehouses.
But as Missourians we are doubly blessed because the University of Missouri Library has an extensive Sanborn Map collection. The University of Missouri--Columbia MU Libraries have documented 390 Missouri towns totaling 6,798 of the maps from 1880 to 1922.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Today i would like to highlight one of Missouri's regional societies and some of the historical records available there. The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society has many records available online. Volunteers are indexing and adding digital copies of cemetery records, obituaries, death notices from local newspapers- just to name a few. For example, deaths are recorded from 1890-1909, when death certificates became legally required by the state. More years are being added so check now and check again later if you have ancestors in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nowaday and Worth counties.
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced this week the publication of two newly revised books in its Research in the States series. These guides are two of 26 books that provide information about genealogical repositories and resources in specific states to aid individuals who are researching their family histories. The latest editions are Research in Tennessee, 3rd Edition and Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition. The books are available in pdf and hard copy from the NGS online store.
- MyHeritage DNA Tests - 30% Off- Just $69 Thru May 15- Free Shipping on 3 or More
- Ancestry.com is offering 25% off memberships for Mother's Day.
- Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems is offering 25% of annual membership using the code SAVE25NGS
- Genealogy Bank is offering 2 months free with an annual subscription.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The article states that the "New York Public Library’s new NYC Space/Time Directory is imagined as a 'digital time-travel service,' a two-year project engaging the library’s collections of maps and geospatial data through interactive tools." The first tool, Maps by Decade, was launched this month.
“The goal of the Space/Time project is to connect the library’s collections through space and time,” Bert Spaan, NYPL’s Space/Time Directory engineer, told Hyperallergic. Now that is pretty cool. If your ancestor came through Ellis Island they may have lived in NYC for a time. If you are really lucky, you might just be able to view the exact location "real time." Happy hunting!
You can now live stream select sessions from the Conference—and watch them again and again for three months from the end of the Conference (until 13 August). You can watch one track (5-sessions on DNA and/or BCG Skillbuilding) or both tracks (10-sessions) as they happen live, and then replay them anytime.
Personally, I think I will listen to the DNA sessions. I have tested my DNA along with several family members but I have yet utilize the information to its fullest. I look forward to hearing some great lectures on the subject!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Several organizations are offering deals on DNA-related products to celebrate the occasion. Here are a few of the bargains:
1. Lisa Louise Cook is offering 27% off a Genetic Genealogy Bundle. Additionally, Lisa's website is offering a coupon code DNADAY to save 15% on all single DNA guides, print or digital.
2. Ancestry.com is offering 20% off AncestryDNA kits.
3. Family Tree DNA has several options on sale.
4. Two DNA workshops will be offered at the 2017 FGS National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 30-September 2. Both DNA workshops are sponsored by Ancestry ProGenealogists and require pre-registration in order to attend. Check here for more details.
5. The MoSGA conference will offer two DNA-related from Eric Wells, the first will be a DNA introduction for beginners while the second will detail a case study that offers insights into how to use DNA results with your other genealogical research. Join us on August 4-5 in Columbia!
Halifax, Nova Scotia Releases Photographs of the Harbor as the Centennial of Halifax Explosion Nears
On December 6, 1917, a French cargo ship, the SS Mont-Blanc, fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Halifax harbor. A resulting fire on board the French ship ignited the cargo and caused an explosion that devastated the Richmond District of Halifax. It was the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured.