Monday, November 28, 2016

Latest MoSGA Quarterly Newsletter Available

MoSGA's Winter 2016 newsletter is now available on the website here.

Catch up on all the latest happenings with the organization and Missouri genealogical interests!

NGS Has Released 2017 Conference Agenda

The 2017 National Genealogical Society has released details for the upcoming 2017 conference to be held in Raleigh, NC 10-13 May 2017. Check it out here.

Registration opens on December 1, 2016.

Great Genealogy Bargains on Cyber Monday

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I think I am still full from all the eating and fellowship.

Today there are some great bargains being offered for cyber Monday. Here are a few of my favorites"

Ancestry is offering 30% off their DNA testing. You can get it here.

Legacy Family Tree is offering 30% off on a year-long subscription to their webinars here. This is a great deal on over 400 different presentations on all aspects of genealogical research.

Family Tree Magazine has a deal offering 50% off plus an extra 10% off today site wide.

Flip-Pal mobile scanner also has a sale here.

Family Roots Publishing has a 20% off sale on all in stock items here.

Happy Hunting!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Happy Veterans Day!

Photo is titled: Group of Unidentified Military Personnel, no date, #59-1105,
courtesy of the Truman Library, Independence, MO

There are many great resources for those searching for the details of their family member's military service to our country. Missouri Digital Heritage has numerous electronic resources as well as guides for those databases not yet digitized and links to other Missouri sources such as the Truman Library in Independence. You can browse the collections as I did to find this picture or you can search with specific terms.

This picture is a great example of the treasures to be found.  It is an unidentified and undated photo from the Truman Library.  Yet there are many clues to its location and precise date.  First is the attire of the women in the picture.  The shoes speak volumes!  They are very likely from the 1940s.  The dresses echo that observation.

Most importantly however; is the flag in the naval officer's hand.  It says, "Welcome to Fulton, Truman and Churchill, March 5, 1946," thus signifying the photo was taken on the day of Winston S. Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.  How often does one get that lucky that a date and monumental event is printed neatly on the front of a photo?

Happy Veterans Day, may you have good luck in all your genealogical searches!

Add Your Events to MoSGA's 2017 Calendar!

Is your society, town, or county planning an event or having a significant anniversary next year? Share the details with MoSGA publications readers!  MoSGA is constantly updating its calendar of events and will share calls for publications, notices of planning meetings as well as the actual events.  If you need to get the word out, let us help!  We want to keep our readers informed about events in Missouri and neighboring states.

Send your information to  We look forward to hearing from you!

Have You Hit Your Ancestral Brick Wall? Do You Have a Great Story to Share? MoSGA Can Help!

Missouri State Genealogical Association

The Missouri State Genealogical Association was founded in 1979 with the goal of  supporting genealogical research and sharing knowledge of and with Missouri's richest resource - its citizens. Since that time the association has grown substantially as methods for finding your ancestors have advanced exponentially.  MoSGA assists those interested in Missouri genealogical research through the association's website and publications including this blog, the newsletter and journal.

How does all this help?  Anyone interested can submit articles, requests for information or details of an upcoming event for publication. Share with the wide readership of these sources your brick wall OR even the story of how you succeeded in breaking it down.  Do you have an ancestor you cannot seem to track who lived in a Missouri county where a courthouse was burned, or records lost? By sharing your story, you may find an answer or a new information source from a MoSGA member who has a similar experience.

Send your requests, stories, brick walls or favorite Missouri family photo to  Please include your contact information and name so we can share it with our readers.  Thanks!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

FindMyPast Offering Free Access to Military Records Nov 10-13 is opening it's vast collection of military records for four days in honor of Veterans Day.  The collection includes over 70 million spanning the globe from 1760 through the 20th century.

You can enter as little information as you ancestor's last name into the search engine on the front page. Don't miss access to this great collection today (November 10th) through Sunday (November  13).

Friday, November 04, 2016 is Now Mobile-Friendly

According to NARAations, the official blog of the National Archives, the NARA website has been updated to make it much more mobile-friendly.  Past versions of the site made it challenging to use effectively on a tablet or phone. The new website offers the same functionality within an easier to view framework.  In addition, America's founding documents including the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution are all easily accessible on mobile devices.

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Voting for the New Bicentennial License Plate Ends Dec 1, 2016

In celebration of Missouri's 200th anniversary of statehood in 2021, a new license plate is being designed.  You can view and vote on your favorite on the website. A design will be chosen after voting closes on December 1, 2016.

Option 3: Blue license plate with a ghost seal, three stars, the word Bicentennial on a curved red banner, and the years 1821-2021

Fold3: Free Access to Native American Records Through November 15 is offering free access to their Native American Records collection through November 15, 2016. If you are unfamiliar with Fold, Lisa Louise Cooke provides an excellent step-by-step guide to using the records. Also remember that Fold3 is now part of and thus if you have an membership or use your library's, you may already have access to these records.  Happy Hunting!

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