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!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Here are two great deals if you want to spend part of your weekend conducting research.
1. Ancestry.com is offering free access until midnight July 4.
2. The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to their records from Thursday to Thursday, June 29-July 6, 2017.
We invite your members to donate copies of recently published family histories or historical works for review in the MoSGA Journal. Once books are reviewed, they are donated to the Midwest Genealogy Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library for placement in the circulating collection. This collection is available for public use in the library and nationwide through the interlibrary loan program. Look here for a link to the card catalog.
Books may be mailed fourth-class book rate to:
MoSGA Library Director
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
For each book please include the following information: price, postage and handling charges, any applicable sales tax, and contact information for the author or publisher.
I have some professional knowledge of cyber security and I have been the target of email cloning and twice had my credit card accounts hacked. I, therefore, would like to offer a few cautions of my own.
1. Source. Be cautious of any solicitation via email or social media, especially Facebook. We have all heard about fake news on social media, yet it is hard not to click on that story about the baby with cancer. Look carefully - is it a story supposedly about someone in a small Missouri town but the link takes you to a website that is not linked to any local, regional or state news source? Don't be taken in just because it is a sad story or even a happy one!
2. Context. Does the email read like a normal / regular communication you receive from an organization? Often databases are hacked by groups in foreign countries then they are sold to individual criminals or organizations. If you closely read the fake email there will be grammatical mistakes or colloquialisms that don't fit. For example, did a New England genealogical society end their request with "see y'all in the spring!" when you know their annual conference is in the fall and no self-respecting Bostonian would say y'all like we do in the south? Sometimes it isn't that simple, but if you look you will often see things that just do not fit the norm.
3. Legitimacy. If any legitimate organization is soliciting funding, take a minute to think about the source and what they are asking. Would an organization such as APG solicit funding through their work emails for an individual? The answer is never. Most companies and non-profit organizations have rules about using their official communication sources for private funding.
4. Check it out. At the national level any non-profit must register and are held accountable by federal law. You can check out charity ratings at Charity Watch. For an organization such as a genealogical society, go to their website for information about events and solicitations. If an organization is undertaking a fundraising campaign, you bet it will be front and center on their website. Also, you can contact them via phone or mail, but use only phone numbers that you find officially linked to the organization not one provided in the suspect email.
5. Be familiar with the typical scam. You can check this US government website that lists common fraud types: https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds#item-35157.
According to an IBM report, the global cost of cybercrime will reach $2 trillion by 2019, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion. Small, regional and even local organizations are not immune. The IBM report explains, "a staggering 50 percent of small and mid-sized organizations reported suffering at least one cyberattack in the last 12 months."
Your best bet is to be aware, be vigilant of your own finances and social media presence and most importantly when and if you are ready to give to a worthy cause, take the time to do the research and get your hard-earned dollars in needy hands, not those of criminal organizations.
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
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|
- FamilyTree is offering 50% off their on demand Webinars through June 20, 2017.
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 email@example.com 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.