FindMyPast.com is offering free access to all birth, marriage, census and death records on the site through January 15, 2017.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Sunday, January 08, 2017
RootsTech is February 8–11, 2017 in Salt Lake City, UT. Register for the live or web events here.
National Genealogical Society (NGS) 2017 Family History Conference will be held 10-13 May 2017 in Raleigh, NC. Registration is now open!
NGS 2018 Conference - Call for Proposals for call for proposals for the 2018 Family History Conference, Paths to Your Past to be held 2-5 May 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. All proposals must be submitted electronically by 1 April 2017.
Ozarks Genealogical Society is hosting an event called, "Genetic Genealogy: Identifying and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Testing," on 11 March 2017. Register or get more details here.
Sunday, January 01, 2017
When a new year begins we often make resolutions to organize our genealogy, start new projects or finally break down that brick wall. In the spirit of new beginnings here are a couple of great FREE resources to help you in your quest.
Family History Daily has created a genealogy-specific search engine that looks through free sites. Called doGenealogy, the website offers the ability to search by location, subject or record type. The project is new so check in regularly for new resources.
The other new resource for organizing your research is to follow the blog Do As I Am Doing, which describes in detail a method for organizing into binders.
Most importantly, mark your calendars for the 2017 MoSGA Annual Conference on Aug 4-5, 2017 in Columbia, MO. See you there!
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Flip-Pal mobile scanner is a handy little tool. The small hand-held scanner has software that allows you to "stitch" together scans, which gives one the option of scanning a large picture or document. It is very easy to use! On the website Flip-Pal gives useful advice. It also has a program called StoryScans with which you can make a video mixing pictures and audio to put the story behind the picture together.
If you are unsure of what to ask your forebears, here is a list of 50 questions to ask your family member to garner the details of their lives. If 50 seems a bit daunting, Family Tree Magazine has this list of 20 questions. Lastly, if you are a died in the wool genealogist and your family expects you to interrupt Christmas dinner with questions about relatives past lives, here is a list of 150 questions!
Sunday, December 11, 2016
I have had some success locating some smaller and limited run Missouri newspapers at Chronicling America. The Sedalia Bazoo was the most exciting find. The paper ran as a daily 1886-1881, and a weekly thereafter through 1904. The October 22, 1889 Sedalia Weekly Bazoo carried the story of my great great uncle's death with details I had yet to find anywhere else.
Chronicling America is a great resource, not only of digitized pages but also of determining where current copies of newspapers might be found on microfilm and original hard copy. Here is the Sedalia Bazoo page that shows locations and the approximate date ranges for the paper.
Monday, November 28, 2016
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I think I am still full from all the eating and fellowship.
Today there are some great bargains being offered for cyber Monday. Here are a few of my favorites"
Ancestry is offering 30% off their DNA testing. You can get it here.
Legacy Family Tree is offering 30% off on a year-long subscription to their webinars here. This is a great deal on over 400 different presentations on all aspects of genealogical research.
Family Tree Magazine has a deal offering 50% off plus an extra 10% off today site wide.
Flip-Pal mobile scanner also has a sale here.
Family Roots Publishing has a 20% off sale on all in stock items here.
Friday, November 11, 2016
|Photo is titled: Group of Unidentified Military Personnel, no date, #59-1105, |
courtesy of the Truman Library, Independence, MO
There are many great resources for those searching for the details of their family member's military service to our country. Missouri Digital Heritage has numerous electronic resources as well as guides for those databases not yet digitized and links to other Missouri sources such as the Truman Library in Independence. You can browse the collections as I did to find this picture or you can search with specific terms.
This picture is a great example of the treasures to be found. It is an unidentified and undated photo from the Truman Library. Yet there are many clues to its location and precise date. First is the attire of the women in the picture. The shoes speak volumes! They are very likely from the 1940s. The dresses echo that observation.
Most importantly however; is the flag in the naval officer's hand. It says, "Welcome to Fulton, Truman and Churchill, March 5, 1946," thus signifying the photo was taken on the day of Winston S. Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. How often does one get that lucky that a date and monumental event is printed neatly on the front of a photo?
Happy Veterans Day, may you have good luck in all your genealogical searches!
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
FindMyPast.com is opening it's vast collection of military records for four days in honor of Veterans Day. The collection includes over 70 million spanning the globe from 1760 through the 20th century.
You can enter as little information as you ancestor's last name into the search engine on the front page. Don't miss access to this great collection today (November 10th) through Sunday (November 13).