Friday, July 21, 2017

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) Launches New Society Management Webinar Series


The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) announced the launch of their Society Management webinar series. This series of free events will bring a much-needed aspect to the array of learning opportunities currently provided in the genealogical community; focusing solely on the leadership and management of non-profit societies.



The August session will feature David Rencher, CG, presenting on the best practices – and challenges – surrounding The Nominating Committee.

Each month thereafter will feature a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board. Registration will be necessary, and regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media. Webinars will occur every 3rd Thursday of the month.

Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vita Brevis

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!

MoSGS Conference Only Two Weeks Away!

We are very excited about the 2017 annual MoSGA conference to be held in Columbia,  MO at the Stoney Creek Conference Center on August 4-5. 




The lineup this year is stellar with our Keynote Speaker Kathleen Brandt offering several not to be missed lectures. Kathleen will be joined by some of the best speakers Missouri has to offer.

If you haven't had a chance to register you can do it here.  We will see you two weeks from today in Columbia!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pictures of Ellis Island Immigrants

While many of us have accessed an ancestor's records from his or her entry into the United States, few have ever had more than imagination to consider what our relatives were wearing when they arrived.

These photos from Ellis Island are truly amazing, adding rich detail to our imagination.  Check it out today!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

MoSGA Announces 2017 21st Century Grant

The Missouri State Genealogical Society (MoSGA) is pleased to announce a $1,000 grant to the Sullivan County Genealogy Library in Milan MO. The library will purchase microfilm of the Milan Standard newspaper for the years 1890-1899.



The check will be presented at MoSGA’s annual meeting during the MoSGA Conference, August 4-5, 2017 at Stoney Creek Conference Center, Columbia MO.

Since 2009, MoSGA has awarded a yearly 21st Century Fund Grant to Missouri genealogy societies, libraries and archives. The grants are awarded to help identify, compile and preserve Missouri’s non-public (non-governmental) records.  For more information on the grant program visit the MoSGA website.

Independence Day Genealogy Deals

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.

Authors: Send Us Your New Family History or Genealogy Book!

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is dedicated to enhancing the study of family history and the principles of sound genealogical research for its members and the general public. We have an active library program seeking books of value for review and placement in the circulating library collection of the Midwest Genealogy Center located in Independence, Missouri.

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.

Association of Professional Genealogists Hit By Scam - Lessons Learned

Last week the Association of Professional Genealogists announced it had been targeted by scam artists. The villains were able to impersonate the secretary's email and offered to pay APG members an hourly fee to lobby state legislatures regarding forensic genealogy.  In a further attempt, members received requests to "Support Diane's Brain Cancer Battle."  APG quickly quashed the scam by alerting members and asking them to report any such attempt at fundraising and asking that those affected to notify the organization.  

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

Executive Director

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Genealogy Resources in Kansas City

I had the great fortune to spend last week researching in Kansas City, Missouri.  I had such a great experience I thought I would share some of the sources I found so helpful. My week was filled with trips to 2 libraries, 2 city halls and 3 county courthouses!  I was researching the history of two buildings on Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.  I spent two full days in the Missouri Valley Special Collections Room at the Kansas City Public Library.  Melissa was a great help and a cheerful voice when I got bogged down.  If you have never been to the KC Library, GO NOW.  It is beautiful and a wondrous resource. Keep in mind the Special Collections have different hours from the rest of the library so check the links above before you visit. Also, there are many online resources found on the websites so check them out.



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!




Happy Father's Day! Here are a Few Genealogy Sales

Here are a few of the specials running through this weekend for genealogy.  If you are ready to test your DNA: 

  • 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 



If you need a little help navigating all the genealogy options out there:
  • FamilyTree is offering 50% off their on demand Webinars through June 20, 2017.
As always, happy hunting!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Friends of the Missouri State Archives To Hold Annual Meeting: June 10, 2017

The 2017 Friends of the Missouri State Archives annual meeting will be held Saturday, June 10, at the James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center (600 W. Main St.) in Jefferson City. The business portion will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon and program entitled, Route 66: The Highway and Its People, by nationally recognized author Susan Croce Kelly.

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 brian.rogers@sos.mo.gov 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.

MyHeritage Launches New Comprehensive DNA Ethnicity Analysis

My Heritage  today announced the launch of its new and improved Ethnicity Estimate. The new analysis, developed by the company’s science team, provides MyHeritage DNA customers with a percentage-based estimate of their ethnic origins covering 42 ethnic regions, many available only on MyHeritage, representing the most comprehensive report of its type available on the market.

The best part is that you can either order a DNA kit from MyHeritage or upload your own data from other site.



MyHeritage Announces New Collection Catalog

Earlier this month MyHeritage announced a new section on their website called the Collection Catalog, a listing the historical record collections indexed and available on MyHeritage SuperSearch™. The catalog is useful for beginners as well as professional users. It lists next to the name of each collection the number of records in it and the date in which it was added or last updated, and indicates with a special icon which collections are new or recently updated. Some people call this a “card catalog” in reference to the way libraries used to index their inventory on cards in the old days, but our Collection Catalog is digital; It is available online and includes many useful functions.



Try it out soon!

Sanborn Maps Now Available at the Library of Congress

This is one of the most exciting announcements from the Library of Congress (LOC) maps collection in several years! The LOC has digitized more than 25,000 pages of Sanborn maps.  I use these maps regularly for my preservation and historical research.  According to the LOC
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

Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society Records Offering

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.

NGS Releases Two Newly Revised Guide Books for Tennessee and North Carolina

NGS Releases Two Newly Revised Guide Books for Tennessee and North Carolina

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.


Spring Sales for DNA and Genealogical Research

With the spring holidays (Mother's Day, Father's Day and graduations) several companies are offering discounts for genealogists.  


MyHeritage is offering their best deal ever.  The Mother’s Day promo on their DNA tests – is just $69 thru May 15. 


  • 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.




Excitement Builds as Ground is Broken on the New Center for Missouri Studies

As the Spring semester ends at Mizzou, construction is slated to begin on the new Center for Missouri Studies at Sixth and Elm on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia. The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO) celebrated the culmination of its 10-year effort to create its Center for Missouri Studies in a ceremony on April 19, 2017.  
Ground Breaking Ceremony April 19, 2017
As well as acting as headquarters for SHSMO the new state-of-the-art facility will offer a lecture hall, art gallery, historical research center, conservation lab and meeting rooms.  SHSMO President Bob Priddy said, "This building reminds us that our history is not a bunch of papers and books to be stored in an attic. This building reminds us that our history is alive and it can guide us."  The new Center for Missouri Studies new Center for Missouri Studies will open in April 2019.  We can't wait!
Artist Rendering of the New Center for Missouri Studies


Thursday, May 04, 2017

New York Public Library Has Digitized 5,000 NYC Historical Maps

"An article in Hyperallergic caught my eye when I read, "The New York Public Library Has a 'Digital Time-Travel Service' for Its Historical Maps."  I had to check it out.  It seems the New York Public Library has a two year project to plot 5,000 digitized street maps across the five boroughs, organized by decade from 1850 to 1950.  

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!


NGS 2017 Family History Conference in Raleigh, NC, 10-13 May: Livestream & On Demand

Many genealogists soon will be flocking to North Carolina to attend the 2017 National Genealogical Society annual conference.  For those of us who cannot attend in person, still have an opportunity to see some of the many interesting lectures by premier American genealogists.




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!

Happy Hunting.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 25th Is National DNA Day

National DNA Day, organized by the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, is Tuesday, April 25, 2017.  The event commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003, and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953.  The website lists numerous events from Tuesday's Twitter Chat with  NASA Astronaut Kathleen Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, to discussions at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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!


Google Earth's New Release Offers Genealogists Updated Tools

Google Earth released an update that offers several great tools for genealogists.  The new search function has been updated with "knowledge cards" that provide encyclopedic details of locations. Users can orbit the world in 3D and utilize the new "Voyager" that incorporates BBC Earth and NASA.  There is a "wildcard" function that allows you to view random locations.  While some of these functions such as street view may not be available for small towns and villages, I was able to pinpoint the church where my 3x great-grandfather was baptized in a small town in Germany.  Happy hunting!


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.




As Halifax prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, the Municipal Archives is highlighting historical sources on how the communities of Halifax and Dartmouth responded to the tragedy, and how the city worked with the Halifax Relief Commission to rebuild. Visit 100years100stories.ca for information on commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion.  

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

American Ancestors Opens Probate Databases April 18-25

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

WWI at the National Archives

First, I would like to express my thanks for a reader Vicki Root/Carpenter-Runk/Patton Evans for pointing out that some of the links from the April 6th post were not working.  They are fixed now.

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.

Gun crew from Regimental Headquarters Company, 23rd Infantry, firing 37 mm gun during an advance on German entrenched positions. Courtesy of the National Archives.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Today is 100th Anniversary of the U.S. Entry into World War I - Links Repaired

Today is the 100 anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I.  I share some of the most profound coverage here.
The Washington Post has never before published photos here.
The Associated Press shares their coverage here.
Family Tree Magazine has a time line for other countries entry into the conflict here.
Watch the ceremony at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO on YouTube

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Fold3 Offering Free Access to Civil War Records Through April 15, 2017

Fold3 is opening its Civil War records collection through mid-April including the popular collections:  

  • Civil War “Widows’ Pensions” Files
  • Civil War Pensions Index
  • Soldier Service Records
  • Southern Claims Commission

Gen. Edwin V. Sumner and staff in Warrenton, Virginia, 
main eastern theater of the Civil War, Nov. 13, 1862
Photograph courtesy of Library of Congress, 
Prints & Photographs Division, [cwp 4a40037] 


I have found several of my Missouri ancestors' records on Fold3 and have added a memory page for some of my favorites.  Fold3 allows members to create a memorial page where records can be saved and a picture may be uploaded. For example, see my Great-Grandfather (x3) Carl C. Raiffeisen's page here.  He immigrated to mid-Missouri in 1849, married and lived in Morgan County for the rest of his life.  He served in the Benton County Home Guards during the Civil War.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

MoSGA Website Receives Mention on FamilyHistoryDaily.com

Family History Daily is a great source of information for genealogists providing articles on every aspect of the industry.   One of today's articles, "Absolutely Free Genealogy Research Sites for Every Single U.S. State." MoSGA is one of the two Missouri websites recognized. Specifically noted were the access to surname lists, digitized newsletters and the many valuable links provided. Happy hunting!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

March is Women's History Month

The first International Women's Day was celebrated on March 8, 1911.  In 1980, President Carter extended the event into National Women's History Week; by 1987 the popularity had grown to the extent that both houses of Congress passed a law to extend the event further into a month-long celebration of women.



Numerous online sources have offered tips in researching your female ancestors.  Here are are a few of my favorite:

1.  In first place is Maureen Taylor, the "Photo Detective."  In her blog for Family Tree Magazine, Taylor gives great advice especially regarding dating photographs by women's hairstyles, accessories (hats and jewelry) and clothing.  Beyond the individuals themselves, Taylor suggests you consider possible events (weddings, anniversaries, holidays) and the other elements of the picture such as backdrop and furniture.  Recently she blogged about clues regarding women's occupations.

2. Several news outlets have had articles on women's efforts in World War One including the New York Times, FirstWorldWar.com, the Imperial War Museum (UK), the BBC and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

3. Family Tree Magazine is highlighting a Woman of the Day each day during the month on their Facebook page.

4. Finally the National Archives has a series of patented items marketed to women.  Several of them are really funny!


Registration is Open for the 2017 MoSGA Conference





We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 MoSGA Conference to be held on 4-5 August 2017.  The event will be held at the Stoney Creek Conference Center in Columbia, MO.  Our keynote speaker will be Kathleen Brandt of A3Genealogy.com




Kathleen has been featured on television shows including NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Seasons (2010-2011), PBS's Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates (2012) and she appeared on the History Channel's How the States Got Their Shape (2012). 
Register today!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Did You Know Meyers Gazetteer Can Be Searched Online?

For those of you with German ancestors you are likely familiar with Gazetteers, the most common being Meyers.  What is a Gazetteer, you ask? 

FamilySearch Wiki explains: 
A gazetteer is a dictionary of place names. Gazetteers may describe towns and villages, parishes and counties, states and provinces, rivers and mountains, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published, but may reference name changes. The place names are usually listed in alphabetical order, similar to a dictionary. Common German words for gazetteers include "Ortsverzeichnis" (listing of places) and "Topographie" (usually more descriptive; may also contain historical information).
Meyer's Gazetteer (often referred to as Meyers Orts) lists the names of places as they existed in Germany from 1871 to 1912. It gives the name of the state or province where each town was located at that time. The gazetteer is written in Gothic print, which can be hard to read. 

This website allows for full search options of the Meyers Gazetteer.  Try it!

Ancestry.com Announces Family Tree Maker Transition Deadlines - Backup by MARCH 29!

Here is the latest update from Ancestry about the Family Tree Maker support: 

Last year, we announced the purchase of Family Tree Maker desktop software by Software MacKiev and because we wanted to make the transition to a new owner as smooth as possible, we committed at least a year of customer and product support.  The goal has always been to maintain the capability to share your family tree data between files on your computer with your personal Ancestry online trees. We’ve been hard at work co-developing a new Ancestry gateway with Software MacKiev to use in their Family Tree Maker 2017, which will be available soon We believe Software MacKiev continues to deliver the best value to users of Family Tree Maker with their focus and expertise in software solutions.   

What you should know:

·         TreeSync will be replaced by Software MacKiev’s FamilySync™.  In the new FamilySync, Ancestry’s search, merge, and Ancestry hints will all work as they do now for users who sync with their Ancestry trees and you can also look forward to more exciting new improvements.

·         FamilySync will be available only in Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker 2017 edition, which will be released on March 31, 2017.

The upgrade is free for all users who purchased a copy of a MacKiev Family Tree Maker edition since March 1, 2016. Those with previous Ancestry editions, or who got a free copy of Family Tree Maker 2014.1 or Mac 3.1, are eligible for discounted upgrades. The pre-order upgrade is $29.95 for those who sign up for Software MacKiev’s mailing list before March 29 and the upgrade will continue to be a discounted price ($39.95) for a limited time after March 29.

·         Between Wednesday, March 29 and Friday, March 31, there will be a short period where syncing functionality may be interrupted as Software MacKiev rolls out their new syncing technology.  

·         As of March 29, 2017, Ancestry will no longer be supporting TreeSync, given the introduction of Software MacKiev’s FamilySync™.  Software MacKiev will continue to handle all related customer questions for Family Tree Maker.  Visit Software MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker Support Center at support.familytreemaker.com if you have questions.


For additional information, news and discounted upgrade offers for Family Tree Maker, visit www.familytreemaker.com.

Finding Revolutionary War Soldiers Who Lived in Missouri

The organization called the Missouri Commandery of MOLLUS (Descendants of Federal Officers from the Civil War) has an online index of soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War and lived in Missouri.  In addition, the website provides links for a similar database for the Civil War and organizations with additional online information including Sons of the American Revolution, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Children of the American Revolution.

MOLLUS encourages corrections or additions to the list.

Genealogy Events - Conferences

I must apologize for my long absence. I have had a few road blocks arise personally and professionally in the last month that have gotten me off the path.

There is much to report beginning with upcoming conferences and events.

1. First and foremost is the MoSGA conference "Show Me the Way Around the Brick Wall," scheduled for August 4-5. We are very excited about this year's line up featuring Kathleen Brandt. Registration is now open!




2. Topeka Genealogical Society's 4th Annual Conference 
"Beyond Belief: The Wealth of Genealogy" co-hosted by the Kansas Historical Society on April 7-8, at KHS - 6425 SW 6th St., Topeka, KS, will feature Dr. Joshua Taylor.  Go here for additional information and to register.

3.  The 2017 National Genealogical Society Family History Conference is May 10-13 in Raleigh, NC.  Check the conference website for details.



4. The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), has two week-long course offerings this year: June 25-30 and July 16-21. Conference information can be found here.

5. 2017 Institute of Genealogy & Historical Research to be held at the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, Athens, GA, July 23-28. Details here.

6. 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference to convene at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel in Brooklyn Park, MN on July 28-30. Register or find out more information here.




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Newspapers Online - New Additions


Newspapers.com announced this month that they had added the Guardian (UK) to the expansive list of newspapers the website has digitized. The basic subscription includes the papers between 1821 to 1900; while the Publisher Extra adds 1901 to 2003.  The Guardian's sister publication, the Observer is also available.  

FindMyPast.com has added thirteen new British papers to its newspaper database, including the Haddingtonshire Courier, Linlithgowshire Gazette, Ross-shire Journal, Rothesay Chronicle, Kinross-shire Advertiser, Peeblesshire Advertiser and the Scottish Referee.

The Library of Congress's Chronicling America database is adding 70,000 new pages from Delaware newspapers printed between 1690 and 1922.

The State Historical Society of Iowa announced they are partnering with a Cedar Rapids firm, Advantage Companies, to preserve more than 12 million pages of newspapers in its collection. The company plans to photograph the pages onto microfilm and then digitally scan the microfilm; making them accessible to the public. There are no current plans to put them online but they are available at the Historical Society's Research Centers in Des Moines and Iowa City.

GRIP Conference Registration Opens Today







Here is another stellar genealogical learning opportunity!  The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is offering TWO week-long sessions in Pittsburgh in 2017.  Attendees may choose to attend one week, or the other, or both!  For the list of courses offered visit the conference website.  

Registration opens Noon (Eastern) on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, for courses held June 25-30, 2017.
Noon (Eastern) Wednesday, March 8, 2017, for courses held July 16-21, 2017.

TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" Returns March 5





March 5, 2017 will mark the beginning of season nine of The Learning Channel's "Who Do You Think You Are?"  Celebrities include film and TV stars Jessica Biel, Courteney Cox, Jennifer Grey, John Stamos, Liv Tyler, Noah Wyle, Julie Bowen and music icon Smokey Robinson.  The show will are at 9 p.m. CST on TLC.  The show can be viewed after it airs on the TLC website.

IGHR Conference (July 23-27, 2017) Registration Available




Registration for the 2017 Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) to be held on 23-27 July 2017, is now open!  IGHR provides an educational forum for the discovery, critical evaluation, and use of genealogical sources and methodology through a week of intensive study led by nationally prominent genealogical educators. Students choose one course that lasts throughout the week. Topics range from a course for beginners to a variety of courses on specialized topics. 

I attended last year's conference and found it a great way to expand genealogical knowledge and network.  The 2017 event has moved from its home in Birmingham, AL to Athens, GA and promises to be another great genealogical opportunity.  For more information check out the Georgia Genealogical Society website and register here.

Registration for 2017 MoSGA Conference is OPEN!!





We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 MoSGA Conference to be held on 4-5 August 2017.  The event will be held at the Stoney Creek Conference Center in Columbia, MO.  Our keynote speaker will be Kathleen Brandt of A3Genealogy.com




Kathleen has been featured on television shows including NBC's Who Do You Think You Are? Seasons (2010-2011), PBS's Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates (2012) and she appeared on the History Channel's How the States Got Their Shape (2012). 

Register today!