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.
Friday, May 12, 2017
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.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to thirty-two probate databases for one week, April 18-25. The databases contain some of the earliest records in the New England colonies.
Anyone can sign in as a guest member to gain access on AmericanAncestors.org. There is a free webinar on how to use probate records.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Second, I failed to mention the best source for U.S. records related to World War One are at the National Archives. In commemorating the war, the National Archives has created a special portal for the WWI holdings. This page provides a breadth of information on current programs, photographs, genealogical records and a mobile app that allows the user to build your own collection of memorabilia.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
- Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
- Civil War Pensions Index
- Soldier Service Records
- Southern Claims Commission
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Family History Daily is a great source of information for genealogists providing articles on every aspect of the industry. One of today's articles, "Absolutely Free Genealogy Research Sites for Every Single U.S. State." MoSGA is one of the two Missouri websites recognized. Specifically noted were the access to surname lists, digitized newsletters and the many valuable links provided. Happy hunting!
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Numerous online sources have offered tips in researching your female ancestors. Here are are a few of my favorite:
1. In first place is Maureen Taylor, the "Photo Detective." In her blog for Family Tree Magazine, Taylor gives great advice especially regarding dating photographs by women's hairstyles, accessories (hats and jewelry) and clothing. Beyond the individuals themselves, Taylor suggests you consider possible events (weddings, anniversaries, holidays) and the other elements of the picture such as backdrop and furniture. Recently she blogged about clues regarding women's occupations.
2. Several news outlets have had articles on women's efforts in World War One including the New York Times, FirstWorldWar.com, the Imperial War Museum (UK), the BBC and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
3. Family Tree Magazine is highlighting a Woman of the Day each day during the month on their Facebook page.
4. Finally the National Archives has a series of patented items marketed to women. Several of them are really funny!