Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 MoSGA Book Sale August 10-11, 2018

2018 MoSGA Book Sale
Lewis & Clark Room
(Outside the Vendor Area at the 2018 MoSGA Conference)
Sale begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday

Friday:  Books 1 – 200 pages     = $ 2.00
               Books 201 – 500 pages = $ 5.00
               Books over 500 pages  = $10.00

Saturday:  As many books as you can fit into a plastic shopping bag (we provide the bag) for $5.00

Got Genealogy Books Taking Up Valuable  Shelf Space?


Just bring them with you to the 2018 MoSGA Conference and drop them off at the MoSGA Book Sale after 9 a.m. on Friday and after 8 a.m. on Saturday.

All revenue generated by this sale goes to support MoSGA and its continuing mission to enhance the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Having Trouble with Your DNA Research? The MoSGA Conference Has the Answer!

DNA Research seems to be the hottest genealogy subject this year.  In fact it seems everybody is doing it! Have you been tested? Got your results? Not sure what they mean?

Come to the 2018 MoSGA Conference and learn about DNA from an expert!  We are pleased to announce that Patricia Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist and DNA expert will be giving a workshop and a seminar on DNA.

The Workshop, scheduled for Friday August 10, "An Overview of DNA Testing" will cover the basics of DNA testing: what tests are available, pros and cons of testing companies, and what the test results can tell you.

On Saturday a second session Ms. Hobbs will delve into test results and explore the testing companies' online tools.

If you want to find out more about DNA and about Patricia, check out her website at Quotidiangenealogy.com. Register for the MoSGA conference on our website here

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Don't Miss This: MoSGA Conference 10-11 August 2018!

We are so excited about our lineup this year! Our keynote speaker, Amy Johnson Crow will be sharing some tips and tricks to enliven your research. 

Amy will be joined by six excellent speakers who will share their knowledge of World War One research, the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, the changes for Missouri adoptees, the 1918 Influenza Epidemic and much more! Go to MoSGA.org for more details and to register for the conference.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

MoSGA Conference Registration is OPEN!

We are excited to announce that registration for the Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference to be held at Stoney Creek Conference Center in Columbia, MO on 10-11 August 2018 is now OPEN. Click here or visit MoSGA.org today for more details.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pre-Registration for NGS Conference Ends April 20, 2018!

Registration for all meals, social events, and pre-conference tours also closes on 20 April. Ticket purchases will not be available on-site at the conference for meals, social events, or tours. Only a few spots remain for the Grand Rapids City Tour and the Civil War Tour. Seats are still available for meal events including the WMGS Host Event at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and the NGS Banquet with guest speaker Ric Mixter who will share riveting stories about famous storms and shipwrecks on the Great Lakes. The pre-conference research excursion to the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan is sold out.

Be sure to make your reservations now at https://conference.ngsgenealogy.org/register/. To add to your current registration, log on at https://www.ngsgenealogy.org, click on My Account, select My Events, and then click to Add Sessions.

Click Here to Register for the NGS 2018 Family History Conference
The conference program, Paths to Your Past, features more than 175 lectures from basic to advanced genealogical research, including four days of the Board for the Certification of Genealogists (BCG) Skillbuilding lectures. The DNA track will include twenty presentations on DNA discoveries, science, and methodology. Friday and Saturday will feature lectures on African American, Native American, Jewish, and other ethnic groups. Other tracks will include resources in Michigan, New York, midwestern states, Canada, and some European countries. With more than twenty tracks, there is a wide of variety of lectures from which to choose. You do not want to miss this year’s exciting conference program. Register today!

Genealogy Bargain Offer TODAY Only! Voice Software on Sale

Today Thomas McEntee posted the following offer from GENEALOGY BARGAINS to get up to 64% Off Dragon Naturally Speaking Software at Amazon!

This sale doesn't happen very often on the world’s most popular dictation program for your computer! I couldn’t get half as much research and work done if I didn’t have Dragon Naturally Speaking. I love how it recognizes my voice and “builds” a vocabulary of words and terms that I frequently use. Plus, I draft all my books with Dragon using Microsoft Word . . . I can state commands like “Next line” or “semicolon” and it knows what I mean!
Some advice: the Home version is really all you need and it is available in a download version (no shipping fee) or with a CD installation.  
Don’t miss this sale! Regular price is $99.99 USD, now pay just $35.99 USD! Visit Genealogy Bargains HERE to save!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Fold3 Offers Free Access to Civil War Records 1-15 April

Free Access to Fold3’s Civil War Collection, April 1–15

To commemorate the beginning of the Civil War in 1861, Fold3 is providing free access (with registration) to our Civil War Collection from April 1–15. This collection currently has 50 titles, with more than 91 million records, so if you’re looking for information on the Civil War veterans in your family tree—or doing other Civil War-era research—now is the perfect time to explore these records on Fold3.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Genealogy Springfield to Hold 4th Annual Conference, 27-28 April 2018

Genealogy Springfield is a free conference for those interested in family history and the technology we use in family history to be held on April 27-28, 2018 at 1357 South Ingram Mill Road Springfield, Missouri at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ meeting house.

From an exciting keynote speaker, John Dougan the Missouri State Archivist, to our many breakout sessions, you will find something to love at our fourth annual seminar.

Missouri State Archivists and Analysts from the Missouri State Archives will be giving presentations on finding records in Missouri and so much more.

Seminar classes start Friday evening April 27, with a full day of workshops on Saturday, April 28. Please check out our wide variety classes and register early.

This is a free seminar; there is no charge to attend, but registration is required. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Become a REEL Supporter!

The premier center for the study of Missouri history and culture
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Who will tell
Missouri's story?

Perhaps Mark Twain said it best, “News is history in its first and best form.” The SHSMO newspaper collection offers a first rough draft of Missouri's narrative, weaving an intricate tapestry from the fabric of weekly and daily dispatches on events across the state. 

Your story is Missouri's story. 

Whether you are a serious history scholar, just looking for an account of your own exploits, or tracking down even a brief mention of a shadowy ancestor, you can probably find it in the newspaper collection. The State Historical Society of Missouri has more than 54 MILLION pages of Missouri newspapers on microfilm, dating back to the first newspaper in St. Louis in 1808.


More than 57,000 reels hold the stories of our past, starting with the July 26, 1808, issue of the Missouri Gazette. SHSMO films all of the nearly 300 current newspaper titles it receives. In addition to microfilming present-day newspapers, the Society remains active in locating and preserving old papers, making these formerly unavailable resources accessible for local historical research.

Missouri Newspapers Online

A forgotten event, an obscure detail about a building, or the mention of a long-ago relative: these can be found in Missouri's newspapers. Your support has helped SHSMO digitize over 1.4 million newspaper pages that are now freely available to patrons worldwide.

With your help, SHSMO can digitize more than 180,000 pages of newspapers from eight Missouri counties that have no digitized newspaper content available—anywhere.

Become a REEL Supporter

The State Historical Society of Missouri cannot continue to collect, microfilm, and digitize newspapers without your help. Your donation is a statement about what matters—preserving Missouri's story—and it is a gift to your descendants a century from now who might want to discover you.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Lesser-Known Website Provides Source for Genealogists

This week Amy Johnson Crow, MoSGA's 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker, provided details on a resource she uses for her genealogical research. Amy suggests Linkpendium.  In her blog, Amy explains: 

Linkpendium is a site with more than 10 million links to genealogy resources. It was created by Karen and Brian "Wolf" Leverich, the creators of RootsWeb — people who know about genealogy on the Internet. Those 10 million links include more than 1 million to U.S. resources, more than 9 million surname pages (worldwide), and about 10,000 UK links. 

Try it out here!  And come and see Amy at our Annual Conference.  Registration will open in early April on our website.

List of Sites for Translation and Reference Guides

Earlier this week I was reading a technical article about translation capabilities for websites.  The article by Wendell Santos, Managing Editor, at ProgrammableWeb is that it lists many of the websites and their capabilities. While many of you won't need all the capability offered from these sites, the list is a helpful one for genealogists who are seeking their international roots.  

 Photo courtesy of www.1and1.com

Searchable Database Created for Millions of UK World War I Veterans

The new War Memorials Register, published on the Imperial War Museums (IWM) website, contains around 1,025,000 names from the UK's War Memorials and Rolls of Honour with over 23,000 images of the memorials.

Photo Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum (Q 48871)

If you are planning a trip to the UK don't miss the Imperial War Museum.  Check the website for the online exhibits.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ancestry Offering DNA for $69 and Free Access to Irish Records This Weekend

Ancestry.com 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!