Tuesday, September 05, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017
Territorial Certificates – Ancestors proven to have resided in Missouri on or before statehood, 10 August 1821.
Pioneer Certificates – Ancestors proven to have resided in Missouri at any time between and including 11 August 1821 and 31 December 1860.
Civil War Service Certificates – Ancestors proven to have served in a Missouri military unit during the Civil War; those ancestors in other military units who saw service in Missouri during the Civil War; and those ancestors who were Civil War veterans and died and/or were buried in Missouri.
Please welcome our newest first families!
Category: Civil War
Ancestor: Johann Nicholas Friedrich
Name of Person Requesting: Carol J. Norman
Category: Civil War
Ancestor: Martin Ballew
Name of Person Requesting: Marilyn L Taylor
Ancestor: Charles Skinner
Name of Person Requesting: Anna Lou Martin
Ancestor: William Jones Kelly
Name of Person Requesting: Judith Lee Frisch
Would you like to see your ancestor's name on a certificate? Your application and accompanying documentation will make a significant contribution to the record of our state’s heritage and your family’s participation in that heritage.
In order to comply with genealogical standards of evidence, we ask that all applications include a complete set of the supporting documentation for all generations from yourself to the ancestor you are honoring. Please send only photocopies of the documents. The application may be shared with other genealogists; however, information on living persons and those born within the past 100 years will be withheld.
For more information check the MoSGA website.
1. Thomas McEntee blogged about a great reference for disaster planning that is currently FREE at Legacy Family Tree.
Melissa Barker, aka The Archive Lady, knows all too well what can happen to important papers and artifacts as well as data when a disaster hits. Whether it is fire, flood or simply a computer failure, Melissa has created a guide at Legacy Family Tree entitled Disaster Planning for the Genealogist.2. Melissa Barker also recommends a free document from the New York State Archives that is available for free here. It is a bit dated but the 58-page document is worth a read.
3. Lisa Louise Cooke provides a three-step process on her website. She also has a podcast about disaster planning here.
4. Family Tree Magazine provides additional advice here. Maureen Taylor has tips for protecting photos here, while Diane Hadad gives four pointers for protecting keepsakes here.
5. Finally, I got a Flip Pal Mobile Scanner at the recent MoSGA annual conference. It is my new best friend. I immediately went to my Aunt Mary's and proceeded to run through a set of batteries scanning photos. Flip Pal has a great blog here.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
The Royal Commonwealth Society Collection at Cambridge University Library has digitized the archives of two Second World War civilian internment camps established by the Japanese at Singapore, generously funded by a Research Resources Award from the Wellcome Trust. The records are of immense interest to the families of internees and a wide range of researchers, since few survivors ever spoke of their traumatic ordeal. The survival of this unique archive is largely due to the vision of Hugh Bryson, a career member of the Malayan Civil Service, who himself was interned. While Secretary of the British Association of Malaysia and Singapore from 1952 to 1967, he collected original documents, diaries and correspondence of historical interest from members, and encouraged them to write their memoirs. When the association disbanded in 1977, its archive was deposited with the Royal Commonwealth Society, and it came to Cambridge in 1993 when the University acquired its library.
With the outbreak of the Second World War, British colonial civil servants remained at their posts and civilians running businesses overseas stayed to support the war effort. In this respect Malaya’s rubber and tin industries were particularly important. There were plans to evacuate women and children from Malaya, but the speed of the Japanese invasion in December 1941 caught many by surprise. There was an exodus of refugees to Singapore as the Japanese advance continued. Memoirs in the collection record the final battle for Singapore: aerial bombardment, shelling, blazing petrol stores in the harbour and the acrid smoke of burning fuel.
The mission of the Missouri Gravestone Project is "to capture digital images of every gravestone in Missouri, and preserve these images and the information they provide for researchers and future generations. This invaluable historical information, especially the older gravestones from before the middle of the last century are in danger of being lost forever, and many are already gone. We are volunteers and this project is a "Not For Profit" organization."
|photo credit: Michelle Spencer|
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the organization here.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
|Kathleen Bradt with her family history quilt|
Director’s Award - For distinguished service over an extended period of time in support of genealogy and exceptional contributions to the field with extra effort to promote goodwill and improve service. Awarded at the discretion of the Awards Committee. The 2017 recipient is Lana Smith of Stanberry, Missouri.
Certificate of Appreciation – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution, expressing thanks officially for compensated duties related to Missouri genealogy and/or family history performed in an exemplary and outstanding manner. The 2017 recipient is Dan Lilienkamp of St. Louis, Missouri.
Award of Merit – Presented to an individual, group, organization or institution in recognition of meritorious service or distinguished work in Missouri genealogy and/or family history for which no compensation was received. The 2017 recipient is Paul Barker of Springfield, Missouri. (Mr. Barker was not present at the luncheon)
Sunday, July 30, 2017
|Courtesy of anoblesavage.com|
With prices beginning at $2.00 and none higher than $10.00, everyone can walk away with some treasured finds. The doors will open at 9 a.m. on Friday, and at 8 a.m. on Saturday. On Friday, books up to 200 pages will sell for $2 each; those with 201-500 pages will sell for $5 each; and those over 500 pages will sell for $10. Starting Saturday, prices drop to all you can fit into a plastic shopping bag (we provide the bags) for $5.00.
See you in the Lewis & Clark Room, just outside the Vendor Area at this year’s conference!
- Where Did You Come From, Missouri Settlers: Beth Foulk
- Applied DNA – A Case Study Using DNA to Break Down Brick Walls: Eric Wells
- Grandpa “Stole Chickens in the Nighttime”: What Penitentiary Records Can Tell You About Your Family: Mary Stansfield, CA
- Grand Army of the Republic, Loyal Legion, and other Civil War Union Veterans’ Associations: Dennis Northcott
- Introduction to Public [Federal] Land Records
- Accessing European Church Records
Friday, July 21, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Once in a while I like to recommend a blog or website. I have been reading Vita Brevis, the blog associated with AmericanAncestors.org, the website for the New England Genealogical Society for the last few months. The blog is informative and tells some great stories. Part of the reason for the success is that several people contribute to the blog, which keeps it fresh and entertaining. Even if you don't have ancestors from New England you will enjoy this blog as the stories are rich in American history and the examples given often have a wide application. Try it out today!
Monday, July 17, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Here are two great deals if you want to spend part of your weekend conducting research.
1. Ancestry.com is offering free access until midnight July 4.
2. The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to their records from Thursday to Thursday, June 29-July 6, 2017.
We invite your members to donate copies of recently published family histories or historical works for review in the MoSGA Journal. Once books are reviewed, they are donated to the Midwest Genealogy Center of the Mid-Continent Public Library for placement in the circulating collection. This collection is available for public use in the library and nationwide through the interlibrary loan program. Look here for a link to the card catalog.
Books may be mailed fourth-class book rate to:
MoSGA Library Director
P.O. Box 833
Columbia, MO 65205-0833
For each book please include the following information: price, postage and handling charges, any applicable sales tax, and contact information for the author or publisher.
I have some professional knowledge of cyber security and I have been the target of email cloning and twice had my credit card accounts hacked. I, therefore, would like to offer a few cautions of my own.
1. Source. Be cautious of any solicitation via email or social media, especially Facebook. We have all heard about fake news on social media, yet it is hard not to click on that story about the baby with cancer. Look carefully - is it a story supposedly about someone in a small Missouri town but the link takes you to a website that is not linked to any local, regional or state news source? Don't be taken in just because it is a sad story or even a happy one!
2. Context. Does the email read like a normal / regular communication you receive from an organization? Often databases are hacked by groups in foreign countries then they are sold to individual criminals or organizations. If you closely read the fake email there will be grammatical mistakes or colloquialisms that don't fit. For example, did a New England genealogical society end their request with "see y'all in the spring!" when you know their annual conference is in the fall and no self-respecting Bostonian would say y'all like we do in the south? Sometimes it isn't that simple, but if you look you will often see things that just do not fit the norm.
3. Legitimacy. If any legitimate organization is soliciting funding, take a minute to think about the source and what they are asking. Would an organization such as APG solicit funding through their work emails for an individual? The answer is never. Most companies and non-profit organizations have rules about using their official communication sources for private funding.
4. Check it out. At the national level any non-profit must register and are held accountable by federal law. You can check out charity ratings at Charity Watch. For an organization such as a genealogical society, go to their website for information about events and solicitations. If an organization is undertaking a fundraising campaign, you bet it will be front and center on their website. Also, you can contact them via phone or mail, but use only phone numbers that you find officially linked to the organization not one provided in the suspect email.
5. Be familiar with the typical scam. You can check this US government website that lists common fraud types: https://www.usa.gov/stop-scams-frauds#item-35157.
According to an IBM report, the global cost of cybercrime will reach $2 trillion by 2019, a threefold increase from the 2015 estimate of $500 billion. Small, regional and even local organizations are not immune. The IBM report explains, "a staggering 50 percent of small and mid-sized organizations reported suffering at least one cyberattack in the last 12 months."
Your best bet is to be aware, be vigilant of your own finances and social media presence and most importantly when and if you are ready to give to a worthy cause, take the time to do the research and get your hard-earned dollars in needy hands, not those of criminal organizations.
Kathleen W. Hinckley, CG
Saturday, June 17, 2017
I also made a trip to the Midwest Genealogy Center. No longer living in Missouri, this is a real treat for me. As usual I found what I needed with the expert assistance of the staff - even on a Sunday.
I also was amazed at the courteous and helpful staff at the Jackson County Courthouses (Independence and Kansas City) where I conducted deed and property research. Before I left for the airport I squeezed in a final and most personal search - I was able to locate my maternal grandparents marriage certificate at the Wyndotte County, KS courthouse. It couldn't have been a more perfect end to a great research trip!
I hope everyone gets to spend some quality family time this weekend!
- Ancestry DNA is $79 through Sunday, June 18, 2017.
- 23andMe is $79 for Ancestry service and $179 for Health + Ancestry Service through Sunday, June 18th.
- Family Tree DNA is $69 for the Family Finder Test and $139 for the YDNA Test.
- MyHeritage is $69 for the DNA test through June 19, 2017.
- To make sure you are getting the best deal for you, check out Genealogy Bargains. They maintain a running list of coupon codes and discounts.
|DNA Image from the University of Michigan Medical School|
- FamilyTree is offering 50% off their on demand Webinars through June 20, 2017.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
This event is open to the public, but there is a cost of $25 per person. Contact Brian Rogers by Friday, June 2, at (573) 526-1981 or firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place. Payment should be mailed to the Friends of the Missouri State Archives at P.O. Box 242, Jefferson City, MO 65102.
The best part is that you can either order a DNA kit from MyHeritage or upload your own data from other site.
Try it out soon!
The Sanborn map collection consists of a uniform series of large-scale maps, dating from 1867 to the present and depicting the commercial, industrial, and residential sections of some twelve thousand cities and towns in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The maps were designed to assist fire insurance agents in determining the degree of hazard associated with a particular property and therefore show the size, shape, and construction of dwellings, commercial buildings, and factories as well as fire walls, locations of windows and doors, sprinkler systems, and types of roofs. The maps also indicate widths and names of streets, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.The maps are easy to use, once you understand the key. It is explained here.
If you know where your ancestor lived you might just find his house on a Sanborn map. There are limitations - not every city was mapped and like census takers some maps provide more detail than others. Currently over 3,000 cities across the US are online with more being added monthly through 2020. Missouri is in the first release so go check!
|Springfield, MO map, April 1884, p 1, |
Library of Congress, Sanborn Map Collection
Other areas in the first release include: AK, AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, PA, SD, TX, VA, VT, WY and Canada, Mexico, Cuba sugar warehouses, and U.S. whiskey warehouses.
But as Missourians we are doubly blessed because the University of Missouri Library has an extensive Sanborn Map collection. The University of Missouri--Columbia MU Libraries have documented 390 Missouri towns totaling 6,798 of the maps from 1880 to 1922.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Today i would like to highlight one of Missouri's regional societies and some of the historical records available there. The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society has many records available online. Volunteers are indexing and adding digital copies of cemetery records, obituaries, death notices from local newspapers- just to name a few. For example, deaths are recorded from 1890-1909, when death certificates became legally required by the state. More years are being added so check now and check again later if you have ancestors in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nowaday and Worth counties.
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announced this week the publication of two newly revised books in its Research in the States series. These guides are two of 26 books that provide information about genealogical repositories and resources in specific states to aid individuals who are researching their family histories. The latest editions are Research in Tennessee, 3rd Edition and Research in North Carolina, 2nd Edition. The books are available in pdf and hard copy from the NGS online store.
- MyHeritage DNA Tests - 30% Off- Just $69 Thru May 15- Free Shipping on 3 or More
- Ancestry.com is offering 25% off memberships for Mother's Day.
- Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems is offering 25% of annual membership using the code SAVE25NGS
- Genealogy Bank is offering 2 months free with an annual subscription.
Thursday, May 04, 2017
The article states that the "New York Public Library’s new NYC Space/Time Directory is imagined as a 'digital time-travel service,' a two-year project engaging the library’s collections of maps and geospatial data through interactive tools." The first tool, Maps by Decade, was launched this month.
“The goal of the Space/Time project is to connect the library’s collections through space and time,” Bert Spaan, NYPL’s Space/Time Directory engineer, told Hyperallergic. Now that is pretty cool. If your ancestor came through Ellis Island they may have lived in NYC for a time. If you are really lucky, you might just be able to view the exact location "real time." Happy hunting!
You can now live stream select sessions from the Conference—and watch them again and again for three months from the end of the Conference (until 13 August). You can watch one track (5-sessions on DNA and/or BCG Skillbuilding) or both tracks (10-sessions) as they happen live, and then replay them anytime.
Personally, I think I will listen to the DNA sessions. I have tested my DNA along with several family members but I have yet utilize the information to its fullest. I look forward to hearing some great lectures on the subject!
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Several organizations are offering deals on DNA-related products to celebrate the occasion. Here are a few of the bargains:
1. Lisa Louise Cook is offering 27% off a Genetic Genealogy Bundle. Additionally, Lisa's website is offering a coupon code DNADAY to save 15% on all single DNA guides, print or digital.
2. Ancestry.com is offering 20% off AncestryDNA kits.
3. Family Tree DNA has several options on sale.
4. Two DNA workshops will be offered at the 2017 FGS National Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on August 30-September 2. Both DNA workshops are sponsored by Ancestry ProGenealogists and require pre-registration in order to attend. Check here for more details.
5. The MoSGA conference will offer two DNA-related from Eric Wells, the first will be a DNA introduction for beginners while the second will detail a case study that offers insights into how to use DNA results with your other genealogical research. Join us on August 4-5 in Columbia!
Halifax, Nova Scotia Releases Photographs of the Harbor as the Centennial of Halifax Explosion Nears
On December 6, 1917, a French cargo ship, the SS Mont-Blanc, fully loaded with wartime explosives, collided with the Norwegian vessel SS Imo in the Halifax harbor. A resulting fire on board the French ship ignited the cargo and caused an explosion that devastated the Richmond District of Halifax. It was the largest man-made explosion prior to the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. Approximately 2,000 people were killed by debris, fires, and collapsed buildings, and an estimated 9,000 others were injured.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is offering free access to thirty-two probate databases for one week, April 18-25. The databases contain some of the earliest records in the New England colonies.
Anyone can sign in as a guest member to gain access on AmericanAncestors.org. There is a free webinar on how to use probate records.
Monday, April 10, 2017
Second, I failed to mention the best source for U.S. records related to World War One are at the National Archives. In commemorating the war, the National Archives has created a special portal for the WWI holdings. This page provides a breadth of information on current programs, photographs, genealogical records and a mobile app that allows the user to build your own collection of memorabilia.