Thursday, February 26, 2015


Basic photo editing just became extremely easy to do:



Many black Civil War soldiers hailed from Canada, not the U.S:



This newspaper column about genealogy has been going strong for 18 years and counting:



It’s taking place in NC—too bad it’s not somewhere in the Show-Me State!

The North Carolina Genealogical Society (NCGS) and the Friends of the Archives present an all-day event for anyone interested in learning to identify and preserve their family photographs. The workshop, "Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos", will feature Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, and will included sessions from the State Archives of North Carolina's Audio Visual Materials Archivist, Kim Andersen, and the Head of the Collections Management Branch, Jennifer Blomberg. Learn more about Maureen Taylor at her website.

"Deciphering and Preserving Vintage Photos, featuring Maureen Taylor" will be held Saturday, 21 March 2015 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the State Archives of North Carolina, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601. Admission is $35 for NCGS members and $45 for non-members; an optional box lunch is available for $10. Participants are encouraged to register before March 11 to be assured workshop materials.

Paper registration forms available at the State Archives of North Carolina or you can register and pay online on the NCGS website. For more information about the workshop, please contact Laurel Sanders, NCGS, at 336-676-2124.

Maureen Taylor sessions:

* "Photo Detecting 101: Identifying Family Photographs." An interactive lecture on discovering who's who in family pictures. Audience members will learn 10 easy steps for naming those unidentified pictures tucked away in shoeboxes.

* "Discovering Genealogical Clues in 19th-Century Photographs." A single photograph can unlock a family mystery. The details are in the photographic clues. Pictures document births, deaths, marriages, and more. Use an image as genealogical proof by understanding the language of family photographs.

* "Buns, Beards, Bodices, and Bustles: Understanding Ancestors Through Clothing." Ancestral fashions and the industry that produced them left behind a fascinating legacy of images and information.

* "Photo Organizing Practices." Do you suffer from photo overload-historic images and photographs on your devices? Follow these basic tips to tackle that image pile. Bring your questions to this session.

Lunchtime sessions:

* "Photograph Collections in the Archives" by Kim Andersen - Discover some of the gems "hidden" in the photograph collections. Learn what's available and how to find historic photos of people and places that can provide clues to your family history.

* "Preservation Techniques" by Jennifer Blomberg - Do you know the best ways to store and care for your old family photographs?

Don't miss this opportunity to join an engaging and interactive discussion on the care and identification of photographs! Visit here to register for the March 21 workshop.


Indexes for 2012, 2013, and 2014 have been added to the St. Louis Public Library online obituaries index:


Monday, February 23, 2015


You’re likely thinking about your credit history, now that it seems pretty clear that keeping your sensitive info totally secure is virtually impossible. Did you know that you can get one completely free, no strings attached credit report each year from each of the Big Three credit reporting services?


Note: How about this—get one free report every four months, and you will have OK (not great) continuous monitoring of your credit history.


The State of Indiana, through the Indiana Commission on Public Records (State Archives) has entered into a contract with to digitize and eventually post online more than 13 million birth certificates, death certificates, and marriage records for access by Hoosiers. These online historical records, those older than 75 years, will start to become available in 2015, with the completion date expected by the State’s Bicentennial in 2016. This will be the largest online collection of the State of Indiana’s materials ever digitized.

“As we head toward the 2016 Bicentennial and celebrate Indiana’s past, this initiative serves not only present-day Hoosiers by improving accessibility to records, but also future Hoosiers as they look back at state history,” Governor Pence said.

This partnership saves the State of Indiana more than $3.2 million—the cost to index, scan, and make accessible the materials, and would have taken the state more than a decade to complete. It also provides another mechanism to both access the records and preserve the remaining originals from excessive use and degradation, and provides an additional copy in case original copies are destroyed.

For the last two years, the Indiana Commission on Public Records has been working with the Indiana State Department of Health’s (ISDH) Vital Records office to achieve this partnership. Both the ISDH and State Archives will receive a copy of the digital images and indexes—ISDH will use its copy to improve service to Hoosiers by streamlining the process of accessing records and providing official copies to citizens, while State Archives will provide access to the records more than 75 years old at its facility. also will provide access to its members for the historical records when the project is completed.

The birth and death certificates date back to the early 1900s, and the State’s marriage records from 1958 through 2005.



The Moore’s Mill Battlefield in Calwood is one step closer to being listed on the National Register of Historic Places after the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation unanimously voted for nomination Friday.

Joseph Brent, a Kentucky-based historian, gave a presentation to the 12-member board inside the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Lewis and Clark Building. He reported a synopsis of the events that unfolded in late July 1862 during the Civil War.



How to reduce your online vulnerability vis-a-vis Adobe Flash Player:



The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is sponsoring Kathleen Brandt for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Brandt will explore slave and slaveholder records of the Little Dixie region and share seven resources to research: from Missouri migration to post Civil War Missouri records.

Kathleen Brandt is a Professional International Genealogist and Consultant and a published freelance writer for genealogy magazines and columns. She is the author of the a3Genealogy educational and skill building blog that explores various cultural and ethnic folklife, traditions, history and genealogy research tips. Most recently, Brandt compiled and authored Colored Marriages of Saline County, MO. 1865-1870, published April 2014.

The 2015 NGS conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri May 13-16, 2015.

The main mission of NGS is to "grow the genealogical community by providing education and training." One of the ways this is accomplished is through the annual conference. The NGS conference, long recognized as one of the premier genealogical conferences, has been held annually for thirty-seven years.

Register today on the NGS website at 7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders in Little Dixie - Missouri will be presented on May 15, 2015 at 8 A.M.

Friday, February 20, 2015


Guess what, MoSGA Messenger readers?

I just published this blog's 6,000th post.

Think about that for a moment: 6,000 is a lot of anything (too bad they haven't been paying me a dollar per post--or even a penny, for that matter).

The good news for you is that all those previous posts are archived and easily searchable by keyword, using the SEARCH BOX in the upper left corner on the blog, or by using the TAG CLOUD feature in the right-hand navigation column.

So thanks to all our long-time readers, and welcome aboard to anybody just now discovering MoSGA Messenger!


The National Archives at Kansas City will offer a free genealogy workshop on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri.

Workshop Description:

Township, Section, Range: Looking at Land Records
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Township 1, Range 43 West, Section 2. Does this make sense to you? Have you always been curious about the “secret language” of legal land descriptions? Learn about Federal land records and the difference between what you will discover at the National Archives versus county or state archives. Topics include locating information about bounty land warrants, homestead files, land tract books, and other land records.

To make a reservation for this free event, please call 816-268-8000 or email


Midwest Genealogy Center’s Spring Seminar

This year’s spring seminar on March 7th will feature internationally-known Paul Milner, expert in British Isles research! Join us from 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. to hear four of his fascinating lectures:

"Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website"
"Are You Lost? Using Maps, Gazetteers, and Directories for British Isles Research"
"Finding Your English Ancestors: The Big Four"
"Finding Your Scottish Ancestors: The Big Five"

Price is $55, catered lunch buffet included. Register via today, as registration is limited. You may pay with a credit card or register as a cash or check ticket and pay the day of the event.

For more information, see our website or call us at 816.252.7228.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Program: 6:30 p.m.
Kansas City’s Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
RSVP now!

With the end of the Civil War in sight as he delivered his second inaugural address in March 1865, Abraham Lincoln eloquently implored his divided countrymen "to bind up the nation's wounds" and "do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace."

But the chaos of war had not yet ended. The South was reeling from Sherman's destructive March to the Sea. Entire cities, including the Confederate capital of Richmond, were being overrun. Then, just forty-one days after being sworn in for a second term, Lincoln was felled by an assassin's bullet.

Terry Beckenbaugh of the U.S Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth discusses those tumultuous final months and examines the start of the Reconstruction of the South.


Industry Leader Talks Innovation and New Collections At Annual RootsTech Conference

(PROVO, Utah) – February 11, 2015 – Ancestry, the world's leading family history service, is ushering in the next generation of family history, with the debut of an updated story centric website, groundbreaking advancements in AncestryDNA that will revolutionize how people discover their ancestors, and the anticipated addition of nearly 1 billion new records to the largest collection of historical records online in 2015.

“We’re incredibly excited about all the amazing things we have in store for our members this year,” said Tim Sullivan, CEO of Ancestry. “In 2015, we’ll be launching some of the most innovative new features and services in our company’s history. We think these additions are going to make Ancestry an even more powerful resource for our existing users, while also making family history easier, more accessible, and more fun for those just getting started. We’re also proud of our commitment to continue investing in new content. Our 2015 content roadmap will be anchored by our expected fall release of more than 170 million Probate and Wills images, one of the most exciting, engaging, and interesting content collections we’ve ever published.”

Over the next year, Ancestry will introduce breakthrough features and compelling content – made possible by powerful advancements in science and technology – that will give you an easier, richer and more engaging way to discover and tell your family story, and make your family history journey easy and engaging, through a highly customized, relevant and historically rich experience rooted in discovery and storytelling.

Major Product Developments

A new and improved Ancestry website will make it easier for anyone to discover and tell the rich, unique story of their family, through new features and site enhancements that will reinvent the ways Ancestry members create and showcase their family story. The new site experience is currently in limited Beta and will be demonstrated at RootsTech On Friday, Feb. 13 at 1:00 pm MT (Room 151) as well as at the Ancestry booth. Visitors to the Ancestry booth will be able to opt in to participate in the Beta.

Ancestry mobile will introduce a full search feature in the iOS app that will empower users to access 15 billion historical records and hints anytime, anywhere in the native app environment. The intuitive interface will make both simple and advanced searches easier, while the presentation of search results will also help you quickly identify and prioritize the most important results, making search less complicated. The Ancestry mobile team will showcase version 1 search in the Ancestry booth and discuss search and other mobile features in length during an FGS class, “Ancestry’s Mobile World,” on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1:00 pm MT.

Ancestry will also remain committed to providing the best in educational resources with the launch of Ancestry Academy in April. The new resource will offer how-to tutorials and historical guidance to help experts and novices alike. Released as a limited Beta this week, Ancestry Academy will be showcased via demo in the Exhibit Hall on Friday, Feb 13 at 3 pm MT. Those interested in participating in this Beta should stop by the Ancestry booth for more information.

Continued Growth for AncestryDNA

With a database of over 700,000 genotyped members, AncestryDNA has generated over one billion cousin connections to date. In 2015, we project this database to grow to exceed well over one million genotyped members, resulting in even more and higher quality cousin matches.

Following the successful launch of AncestryDNA in the UK, we will soon be bringing the service to our members in Australia and Canada, and in doing so, will connect the major English-speaking migrations and globally connect families like never before.

Building on DNA Circles, in 2015 we will launch a new experience that will use the latest genetic technology to discover new ancestors without the customer having to search records or build a family tree. This new feature will transform how family history research is done by providing valuable hints to help experienced genealogist looking to break through brick walls, as well as open family history to a whole new segment of the population. Through this new experience, AncestryDNA customers will be able to discover new ancestors as far back as the 1700’s by connecting into existing DNA Circles.

Ancestry Around the World

Last winter, Ancestry expanded the availability of to users in the UK, and just last month in Australia and Canada.

Later this year, Ancestry will announce resources for users in Germany and Mexico. With more than 58 million Americans claiming sole or partial German heritage* and an estimated 34 million residents of Mexican origin** the new sites will give nearly 100 million people in the US alone, the ability to learn more about their family’s story.

New Record Collections

This fall Ancestry will release more than 170 million name-searchable images of million Probate and Wills records. The most comprehensive collections of its kind, these records will provide access to almost all wills probated in the United States from the mid 19th century to 2000– an unprecedented treasure trove of information to better inform familial narratives.

This spring, Ancestry will release the comprehensive service records collection for the Australian Imperial Forces – the main expeditionary force of the Australian Army during World War 1. Made available in time for Australia’s 100-year commemoration of its entrance into the war, the historical records will help honor the brave men and women that served.

Also in 2015, Ancestry will make available in the UK, a variety of content collections including WWI War Diaries, Parish Baptism Marriage and Burial Registers, and a collection of Francis Frith historic photos gathered from over 7,000 individual cities, towns, and villages across the UK from 1860-1960.

Professional Research, Award Winning Television and You

With more than 150 years of combined research experience, Ancestry’s professional research group, AncestryProGenealogists, has helped people trace their family trees and connect with the past for more than 15 years. The team has grown to become the largest service of its kind, supporting research for the Emmy Nominated Show “Who Do You Think You Are?.” AncestryProGenealogists will continue to grow and help solve family mysteries, break down brick walls, and discover the stories that tell you who you are and where you came from.

Ancestry will also continue showcasing family history around the world, through shows like Who Do You Think You Are? ; Genealogy Roadshow; Finding Your Roots; and Long Lost Family.

“Your family story is a universe that is always expanding,” said Sullivan. “With new products and even more records, Ancestry will provide the most unique, personable, and engaging family history experience on the planet.”


Learning about the history and what resources are available for the places your ancestor lived can give your research a solid boost. Our state research guide series includes historical background, a chronology, helpful information on census and vital record availability, highlighted collection for that place on, and links to important resources beyond


Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Too bad this talk is happening in Pennsylvania—sounds very interesting:



Some German far-right groups had claimed that as many as 500,000 Germans died in the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany, but careful research in local records now puts the real figure closer to 25,000 (still dreadful, of course, but nowhere near as horrifying as some of the previous claims):



The Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center holds a wealth of resources to help you research the history of your house and its former residents. Associate Archivist Dennis Northcott will show you numerous resources and how to use them.

When: Saturday, March 7, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center (225 South Skinker, across from Forest Park)
How much: $10 per person, $5 for MHM members.

Reservations required, call 314-361-9017.


RootsMOOC is a free, open, online course and a friendly introduction to family history research in the U.S. using commonly available sources. The staff at the State Library of North Carolina will help you learn about the most useful sources, tools, and techniques for getting your research off the ground. By the time you're finished with this course, you'll have a good start on your own genealogy research and you will know how and where to keep digging. Enrollment is now open and class starts March 23, 2015! Sign up now!

Participants in this course will have the opportunity to complete an ancestor chart, conduct interviews with family members, and share their own research progress with fellow participants. You'll be challenged to go beyond the sources that are available online, identify local genealogy societies and libraries in your area, and connect with experts who can help you wherever your search takes you. This project was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and was created by the State Library of North Carolina and Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library.

RootsMOOC will benefit greatly from a critical mass of knowledgeable genealogists, librarians, and archivists. If you know of anyone else who might be interested in helping, forward this email to them!

You can also encourage your patrons to sign up themselves. Feel free to share the course URL on your library's web site, in your social media streams, or in your monthly newsletters.

Course details here.

RootsMOOC will run from March 23 to June 1

Enrollment is free and capped at 5,000 participants

Topics covered include:

* Getting started with genealogy research
* Digging into the U.S. Census
* Working with state and local resources
* Online sources and strategies

Need more information?

Sunday, February 15, 2015


This war ended the Indian presence in Illinois (and marked the only time that Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis fought in the same army against a common enemy):



If you are interested in researching your family history, join the Cedar/Vernon County Genealogical Society for $10 a year. Monthly programs and knowledgeable members may be the assistance you need to get started on your own genealogy.

The next meeting is at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the El Dorado Springs Library meeting room. If you have questions, call (417) 876-2633 or (417) 667-2457.


In celebration of Black History Month, M.A.G.I.C. (the Midwest Afro-American Genealogical Interest Coalition) and the Midwest Genealogy Center will present a special event Saturday, February 28th. Join us for an inspirational and informative day all about researching African-American roots. There will be two presentations by nationally known speaker Kathleen Brandt, and a presentation by M.A.G.I.C. member Reggie James about growing your family tree starting with no information at all.

Kathleen’s presentations are:

Leaping Over Brickwalls: Using African American Research
Based on a successful model to build ancestors’ life stories, this workshop offers 10 tips to effectively fast forward genealogy research. Examples for this workshop will emphasize breakthroughs in African American research, but all family historians will walk away with the basics of effective genealogical research.

Missouri Slave Research Tips: Researching in the Black Belt
Explore slave and slaveholder records of Little Dixie Missouri using seven resources to research from Missouri migration to Post Civil War Missouri records. Using actual cases/documents, this workshop shares seven key research tips and resources to uncover the pasts of our Missouri slave and slaveholder ancestors.

Refreshments will be served, and interesting genealogical history will be exhibited. You just might fall in love with your African American roots! Registration is required. Get a seat now before they are gone!


Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society
Location: 513 Court Street, Fulton, Missouri 65251
Phone: (573)-642-0570

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 6073, Fulton, Missouri 65251-6073

Curator: Barbara Huddleston
Curator e-mail:

Museum Hours: 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Tuesday through Friday



For Immediate Release
February 13, 2015

Deadline for Submissions is 10 April 2015

February 13, 2015 – Austin, TX. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announces a Call for Presentation Proposals for the FGS 2016 Conference, “Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” to be held in Springfield, Illinois, Aug 31 – Sept 3, 2016. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are within walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center, the conference venue. The conference will be held in cooperation with the Illinois State Genealogical Society as local host. The deadline for submission of presentation proposals is Friday, 10 April 2015.

Time Travel: Centuries of Memories,” recognizes the vast array of people and resources whose paths into the United States brought them to, and through, the Midwest. Topics related to methodology and research skills are always welcomed, in addition to content-specific areas, such as:

Great Britain and the former British Empire: (England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India);
the British diaspora; records (civil and ecclesiastical); churches (Anglican, Quaker, Catholic, dissenter, non-conformist, Presbyterians); military records; city directories; trade directories; guilds; poll books; valuations and tax records.

Military: War of 1812, American Civil War, Indian Wars, World War I, World War II, European and Napoleonic Wars.

Migration: Europe to North America; naturalization records; passenger lists; ports of entry; to and through the Midwest; the Great Migration (northward from the sharecropping South); migration trails and routes (Mormon, Oregon, Santa Fe); refugee resettlement; modern economic migrants.

Ethnic Origins: The Baltic Basin (including Poland, Scandinavia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Denmark, Germany); Central Europe (including Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Czech Republic/Bohemia, Hungary); Romance Europe (including France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and the Papal States); the Mediterranean/Adriatic Basin (including Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Croatia, Cypress, Armenia); Latin American research.

Occupations & Work: Farmers, carpenters, brewers/distillers, boatmen, firefighters/police, railroaders, canal builders, laborers and factory hands; women in the workforce; unions, guilds and apprenticeships; coal miners; slaughterhouse workers; doctors, midwives and pharmacists; clerks and lawyers; pressmen and printers; trade directories; smugglers, bootleggers and other illicit trades.

Religions, Adherents and Records: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions and records; religious colonization’s and refugee movements; Pogrom and Holocaust survivors and research; the Underground Railroad; Mormon/LDS; utopian communities; peace churches, pacifists and conscientious objectors; convents, monasteries and cloistered communities.

Regional research: Research repositories in the Midwest; research in Illinois and nearby states—Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio; archival collections; college and university research collections; migration destinations from Illinois: the Great Plains, Texas, Oklahoma, and California; migration to Illinois from feeder states of the east and south.

Genetics & DNA: the basics of DNA research; autosomal studies and advanced analysis; testing procedures; ethical considerations; adoptions; forensic and expert work; case studies.

Skills, Abilities & General Knowledge: Beginning research techniques; evidence analysis; online resources and tools; wikis; collaboration techniques and etiquette; terminology; comparative analysis; units of measure, trade and currency; time, calendars and dates; writing a family history; publishing – print vs eBook; creating websites, blogs and vlogs; earning genealogical credentials.

The program committee specifically seeks new and dynamic proposals that will provide exceptional learning experiences for conference attendees. Proposals for workshops and sponsored talks are encouraged.

Multiple proposals (more than four) are welcome and encouraged, as most chosen to speak will be engaged for more than one presentation. There is no limit on the number of proposals a speaker may submit.

Submission Requirements

Speaker submissions and deadlines for the FGS 2016 Conference reflect the implementation of an online submission system. Interested parties must submit all presentation proposals using the online portal, which will open 20 February 2015. The Call for Presentation Proposals is now open and will close on Friday, 10 April 2015.

This deadline is for all proposal submissions including sponsored presentations.


Selected speakers receive an honorarium, travel compensation, and conference registration as well as per diem and hotel nights based on the number of presentations given. (Sponsored speakers only receive conference registration and syllabus materials. See more about sponsorships below.) Non-sponsored speakers receive compensation according to the FGS Conference Speaker Policy at

Sponsored Presentations

Societies and businesses are encouraged to submit proposals for sponsored talks by the stated deadline for proposal submission. The sponsoring organization will cover its speaker's costs to present the presentation. Sponsored speakers are expected to abide by all speaker deadlines and syllabus requirements. Sponsored speakers will receive complimentary FGS conference registration and electronic syllabus materials.

Additional Information

Invitations will be issued in October 2015. Syllabus format guidelines will be sent to speakers at that time. The deadline for acceptance and submission of signed speaker contracts is 1 November 2015.

Camera-ready handouts are required for each presentation or workshop presentation and will be compiled in a syllabus distributed to conference participants. The deadline for submissions of syllabus materials is Wednesday, 13 April 2016.

For more information, please visit us here.

Friday, February 13, 2015


Users of the HathiTrust website can put together lists of free full-text digitized books available via that website, like this list of publications about mine & mill equipment:



Article about the formation of a new chapter in this Pennsylvania community (it also includes lots of info about the DUVCW generally):



Here's your chance to help solve a mystery!

For years I have been told that my 2nd great-grandfather and mother (Henry C. Matthews and Mary Ann Davidson) are buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery in Adair County, Missouri. Henry was born in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky to Daniel and Rachel Matthews. Mary Ann Davidson, was born in Indiana or Missouri or Tennessee. (Three different records and three different locations.)

Recently I ventured to the Find a Grave website and SURPRISE!

Someone (not from my line) has stated that the graves I thought contained the mortal remains of my 2nd great-grandfather and mother belongs to a Henry C. Matthews, who was born in Indiana to John and Nancy Denny Matthews, and wife Mary Ann Taylor.

So I am now on a quest. Which Henry C. and Mary A. Matthews really are buried in the Bear Creek Cemetery? If these are not my ancestors, where are my 2nd great-grandparents buried?



This page provides links to numerous resources regarding the history and genealogy of the counties noted above:



It’s a non-profit corporation formed in 1973 for the purpose of preserving our historical and genealogical records, and for making those records available to persons researching their families in our area (which includes Butler County, Poplar Bluff and adjoining areas).

A private library of over 600 genealogy books has been obtained by the society and donated to the Poplar Bluff Public Library. The books are on the shelves for the public to use.

The society also has an inventory of books available for sale.



With the coming of the New Year, the Walters Boone Museum & Galleries is now free to the public on Thursday through Sunday, 12pm – 4:30pm.

Visit our 6,000 square foot history exhibit space and our 4,000 square foot art gallery for absolutely no charge (although donations are very much appreciated!)


Sunday, February 08, 2015


This author argues that abolitionism was mostly a failure, and finally succeeded mainly because southern fire-eaters panicked at a time when there was little just cause to do so:



A substantial portion of Kansas City’s business community operates where you would expect to find Morlocks and Mole People:


Note: Lots of great photos!


The ongoing anniversary of the Civil War sparked a lot of interest in Missouri Civil War-related state parks. In 2014, the Confederate Memorial State Historic Site near Higginsville showed a 187 percent increase in visitors. Attendance at the Battle of Pilot Knob State Historic Site was up 101 percent, while visitors to Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site increased 104 percent.



The Genealogical Society of Central Missouri is a non-profit organization founded in 1975. The objectives and purposes of the Society are educational. It is devoted to furthering genealogical research and promoting interest in family history in the central Missouri area. Persons interested in the Society and its objectives are welcome into membership. Members receive six issues of the GSCM REPORTER each year.



Warrensburg-–The West Central Missouri Genealogical Society and Johnson County Historical Society have united under one roof at the Mary Miller Smiser Heritage Library and Museum, 302 N. Main St.

Museum curator Lisa Irle said putting both groups together in one spot is good for the public.

“We’re calling this the Heritage Square,” she said Monday. “It increases traffic to both of our places and we’re open more of the time.”


Monday, February 02, 2015


FREEPORT — The Stephenson County (IL) Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the meeting room of the Freeport Public Library, 100 E. Douglas St.

Andrew Dvorak, Highland Community College history and political science instructor, will present a program with Q&A, “City Hall and the Carnegie Library, Freeport’s Past and Freeport’s Future.”



Know anyone interested in beginning to research his or her family tree? Please let them know about a meeting of the St. Louis Genealogical Society's African American Special Interest Group on Saturday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Training Room (located on the 2nd Floor of St. Louis Public Library’s beautiful Central Library). There will be a discussion on indexing Mississippi records and a roundtable discussion on breaking through the "brick walls" encountered in African American genealogical research. The meeting and both discussions are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.



Throughout the year, scam artists pose as legitimate entities—such as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), other government agencies, and financial institutions—in an attempt to defraud taxpayers. They employ sophisticated phishing campaigns to lure users to malicious sites or entice them to activate malware in infected email attachments. To protect sensitive data, credentials, and payment information, US-CERT and the IRS recommend taxpayers prepare for heightened risk this tax season and remain vigilant year-round:



As this blog post notes, The Illustrated Police News certainly ran the type of lurid stories about mayhem and the macabre that you might expect given the weekly magazine’s title. In addition, however, editors of TIPN seemed obsessed with the notion that animals were simply awful creatures—really, really awful:



Ever get the feeling that science moves faster than your poor, middle-aged brain does? This article on ancestral genome reconstruction will certainly reinforce that feeling:



The British Newspaper Collection on Findmypast continues to grow each and every month and we’re starting 2015 with another exciting update.

Since our last newspaper round-up, we’ve added over 2.5 million articles to this Aladdin’s cave of online family history and that includes 14 brand new titles!