Friday, December 18, 2009


The Missouri State Genealogical Association recently awarded two grants from its 21st Century Fund. Established in 2005, the fund offers grants up to $1,000 to Missouri societies, libraries and/or archives to promote preservation and publication of Missouri genealogical data.

Butler County Archive in Poplar Bluff, Missouri received a grant to purchase acid free pamphlet files and associated supplies to organize the growing number of donated genealogical materials. Local volunteers will assist in organizing family histories, genealogy magazines, research books and pamphlets. Once processed, these materials will be available to researchers.

Scott County Historical and Genealogy Society in Benton, Missouri received a grant to support the research and preparation for a publication on county landmarks. The book will cover the period from 1822, when the county was established, to the present. The Society plans to interview senior citizens, search local newspapers and probate records for pertinent documentation on the estimated 75 county landmarks.

January 1, 2010 begins a new grant cycle. Grant applications and guidelines are available on MoSGAs Web site Application deadline is April 30, 2010 with grants awarded prior to July 1, 2010.

The 21st Century Fund is supported by generous donations from the genealogical community. If you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution, please send it to MoSGA, 21st Century Fund, PO Box 833, Columbia MO 65205-0833. Thank you for your continuing support.

Martha L. Henderson, Chair
21st Century Fund Committee
Missouri State Genealogical Association

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