Friday, March 14, 2008


Show-Me Genealogy: Tips for Researching Your Family
Missouri State Genealogical Association

Date: 23 August 2008
Place: Boone County Electric Cooperative
1413 Rangeline Street
Columbia, Missouri 65205

Workshop is free, but seating is limited, so pre-registration is essential to guarantee a seat! Watch for more info and pre-registration details on this blog and on the MoSGA web site!

9:00-9:30 Registration
Check out the bargains available at our Used Book Sale going on today!

9:30 -10:30 Show-Me How to Get Started
This course will prepare the participant to begin a genealogical project. Topics will include finding records and keeping everything in order. Janice Schultz is the Branch Librarian at the new Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center. She has been working in the genealogy field through the library system, starting as a page in the newly formed Genealogy Department at Mid-Continent North Independence Branch. She has served o the MoSGA Board for a number of years, in several positions and is a frequent lecturer in the state of Missouri and elsewhere.

10:30-11:00 Break
Check out the Used Book Sale.

11:00-12:00 Show-Me Land Records
No other genealogical record source includes more people than land records. Missouri is usually listed as a public land state in genealogical reference books, but the story is actually more complex than that. Learn about French and Spanish Land grants, the ins and outs of the land confirmation process and how to find your ancestor in these records--as well as the U. S. Public Land system and how to research public land records. Dr. Bill Eddleman is Professor and Chair of Biology at Southeast Missouri State University, and is an ornithologist by profession. He is President of the Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society, Chairman of the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission, and is a former MoSGA Board member.

12:00-1:30 Lunch
Enjoy one of our local restaurants.

1:30-2:30 MoSGA Membership Meeting and Awards Ceremony

2:30-3:30 Show-Me Missouri Civil War Soldiers
Join us as Tom Pearson demonstrates how to thoroughly research Missouri Civil War ancestors (Union and Confederate) using government records, reference books, regimental and county histories, newspapers, and websites. Tom is Special Collections Librarian at St. Louis Public Library, and edits Gateway Family Historian for the Library. He is MoSGA Newsletter Editor and Blogmaster, Secretary and Webmaster for Colonel Hecker Camp #443 Sons of Union Veterans, and is a frequent lecturer on genealogy and military history topics in the St. Louis metro area.

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