Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Thus, I follow my favorite resources by signing up for their newsletters or following them on Facebook. This allows me to keep up to date when Archives or other large databases update their materials. Yesterday, the Archives "Today's Document" posted on Facebook was a link to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, MO as well as a link to Truman's presidential photo archive. The National Archives digital catalog is a great resource. Bookmark it today.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Saturday, August 13, 2016
The 35th Annual MoSGA Conference held on August 5-6 at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia, MO, was hailed as a success by all those who attended. Conference Keynote Speaker John Philip Colletta entertained and informed participants with his presentations on immigration that focused on passenger arrival records and using unusual source repositories to trace your ancestors.
MoSGA awarded several individuals and organizations for their contributions to genealogical research and advancement in the past year. Award recipients are listed below.
|Award Recipients, 2016 Luncheon|
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) recognizes individuals, groups and organizations that have put forth that extra effort to support genealogical research, activities, and publications in the Show-Me State.
Join us in recognizing the 2016 Award winners at the August 6th Awards Luncheon at our Annual Conference at Stoney Creek Conference Center, Columbia, MO.
Monday, August 01, 2016
A recent post by Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow offered an option for historical currency conversion that would assist a researcher in determining, "How Much Was That Back Then?" Amy suggests the site Wolfram Alpha. It got me thinking about other facts in our ancestors lives and how we can truly understand what their lives were like. I have used the site historicalstatistics.org a few times and have found it useful. The site is located in Sweden which means it has some great European resources, but it lists North American sources as well.
This site includes conversions such as measurements, calendar, clock, birthday, world population, foreign exchange rates and many more.
Sometimes understanding more about how our ancestors lived is only a matter of converting present day statistics and concepts back to a specific time or place.
We are really excited about this year's conference with our guest speaker John Philip Colletta. I saw Dr. Colletta in June at the IGHR in Birmingham and he said he was looking forward to coming back to Missouri.
Dr. Colletta is an excellent speaker and will assuredly provide insights into genealogy that beginners and experts will find useful and interesting.
We hope to see you Friday and Saturday, August 5-6 in Columbia! There is still time to register online at mosga.org.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
There are a various websites that have the books digitized and I find it useful to go between the sources for maximum search options, especially with older books that do not have an index. Ancestry has it here. Ancestry is focused on people so if you know a specific name you can look it up with the search function. That said, I don't find it easy to browse on Ancestry, instead I use Google books or Archive.org. Google is great because you can type in any search query and may find page numbers for town, maps or other details you seek. This set is on Google Books, but if you do not find a book there, you can go to Archive.com and download the full book via pdf, save it to your own computer and go directly to the pages you seek.
If you want a hard copy of one or all of these volumes reprints can be purchased on Amazon.com.
I thought I would share some of the great Canadian resources I have found useful. As in the United States, the Canadian Archives, divided by provinces, is an excellent place to begin or continue your research. The Ontario website is informative and gives access to numerous free online databases. From the English homepage you are given the option to explore several viable avenues listed under "Family History" and "What We Have." Both of these subheadings lead to the many databases and research guides the province has to offer, which includes, birth, death, immigration and marriage records, maps and photos, as well as detailed collections for World War I, the War of 1812, Patents and Black History records.
Some of the other provinces are not quite as easily accessible online as Ontario, however; each has a genealogy or archive website where you can learn the best avenues for your research.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Friday, July 08, 2016
The project and the results open a window to historians that shed light on numerous aspects of U.S. policy for which the War Department was responsible including Indian Affairs, Naval Affairs, Veterans Affairs, militia and regular Army. You can follow the progress of the project by reading the blog here.