Recently received by MoSGA:
Dear Missouri State Genealogical Association,
I am writing to let you know about a wonderful thing that my wife has done, for which I would like to nominate her for an award.
While doing research for a Perry County Poor Farm project, Jennifer Ruth Baker found that some of the residents from that institution had been transferred to the State Mental Hospital #1 in Fulton, MO. As she learned more about the hospital, she discovered that a cemetery was located on the grounds.
Jennifer then found out that an estimated 800 people are buried there, but State Hospital officials only know a few names from head stones because a fire in 1956 destroyed their cemetery list and plot map.
Jennifer was given permission by the hospital to try and reconstruct a cemetery list. She primarily used the Missouri State Archive’s Death Records database to do this project.
After 400 hours of reading death certificates, she compiled a list of 553 people who had been buried in this cemetery. On March 19, 2008, she turned over her research and findings to State Hospital #1 in Fulton Mo.
Jennifer because of her hard work and dedication has restored a part of history that had been lost for 52 years due to a terrible fire. Please consider her for an award because she has done such a wonderful job on this very interesting and worthwhile project.
Thank you for your time,
NOTE: We had to inform Mr. Baker that MoSGA is not conducting a formal awards program this year because we are not holding an Annual Conference. Instead, we are encouraging our members to attend the National Genealogical Society's Conference in Kansas City May 14-17, 2008.
In place of an annual conference, MoSGA is holding a one day free workshop in Columbia, MO on Saturday, 23 August 2008. During the workshop, we are presenting three awards that, due to a mix-up, were not presented at our 2007 Annual Conference.
Mr. Baker’s note has been forwarded to our Awards Committee, however, and everyone on the MoSGA Board of Directors wishes to extend to Mrs. Baker our thanks for her selflessness and dedication. Bravo!