Friday, March 30, 2018

Genealogy Springfield to Hold 4th Annual Conference, 27-28 April 2018

Genealogy Springfield is a free conference for those interested in family history and the technology we use in family history to be held on April 27-28, 2018 at 1357 South Ingram Mill Road Springfield, Missouri at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ meeting house.

From an exciting keynote speaker, John Dougan the Missouri State Archivist, to our many breakout sessions, you will find something to love at our fourth annual seminar.

Missouri State Archivists and Analysts from the Missouri State Archives will be giving presentations on finding records in Missouri and so much more.

Seminar classes start Friday evening April 27, with a full day of workshops on Saturday, April 28. Please check out our wide variety classes and register early.

This is a free seminar; there is no charge to attend, but registration is required. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Become a REEL Supporter!

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Perhaps Mark Twain said it best, “News is history in its first and best form.” The SHSMO newspaper collection offers a first rough draft of Missouri's narrative, weaving an intricate tapestry from the fabric of weekly and daily dispatches on events across the state. 

Your story is Missouri's story. 

Whether you are a serious history scholar, just looking for an account of your own exploits, or tracking down even a brief mention of a shadowy ancestor, you can probably find it in the newspaper collection. The State Historical Society of Missouri has more than 54 MILLION pages of Missouri newspapers on microfilm, dating back to the first newspaper in St. Louis in 1808.


More than 57,000 reels hold the stories of our past, starting with the July 26, 1808, issue of the Missouri Gazette. SHSMO films all of the nearly 300 current newspaper titles it receives. In addition to microfilming present-day newspapers, the Society remains active in locating and preserving old papers, making these formerly unavailable resources accessible for local historical research.

Missouri Newspapers Online

A forgotten event, an obscure detail about a building, or the mention of a long-ago relative: these can be found in Missouri's newspapers. Your support has helped SHSMO digitize over 1.4 million newspaper pages that are now freely available to patrons worldwide.

With your help, SHSMO can digitize more than 180,000 pages of newspapers from eight Missouri counties that have no digitized newspaper content available—anywhere.

Become a REEL Supporter

The State Historical Society of Missouri cannot continue to collect, microfilm, and digitize newspapers without your help. Your donation is a statement about what matters—preserving Missouri's story—and it is a gift to your descendants a century from now who might want to discover you.
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Sunday, March 25, 2018

A Lesser-Known Website Provides Source for Genealogists

This week Amy Johnson Crow, MoSGA's 2018 Conference Keynote Speaker, provided details on a resource she uses for her genealogical research. Amy suggests Linkpendium.  In her blog, Amy explains: 

Linkpendium is a site with more than 10 million links to genealogy resources. It was created by Karen and Brian "Wolf" Leverich, the creators of RootsWeb — people who know about genealogy on the Internet. Those 10 million links include more than 1 million to U.S. resources, more than 9 million surname pages (worldwide), and about 10,000 UK links. 

Try it out here!  And come and see Amy at our Annual Conference.  Registration will open in early April on our website.

List of Sites for Translation and Reference Guides

Earlier this week I was reading a technical article about translation capabilities for websites.  The article by Wendell Santos, Managing Editor, at ProgrammableWeb is that it lists many of the websites and their capabilities. While many of you won't need all the capability offered from these sites, the list is a helpful one for genealogists who are seeking their international roots.  

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Searchable Database Created for Millions of UK World War I Veterans

The new War Memorials Register, published on the Imperial War Museums (IWM) website, contains around 1,025,000 names from the UK's War Memorials and Rolls of Honour with over 23,000 images of the memorials.

Photo Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum (Q 48871)

If you are planning a trip to the UK don't miss the Imperial War Museum.  Check the website for the online exhibits.  

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ancestry Offering DNA for $69 and Free Access to Irish Records This Weekend is all green this weekend.  To celebrate St. Patrick's Day the company is offering free access to all Irish records through Monday.  They also have their DNA test back to the sale price of $69, also through March 19th.  Check here to see which collections are included. Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Early Bird Discount for the NGS Conference Expires 20 March 2018

Time is running out for family historians to get a discount on registration for the National Genealogical Society (NGS) Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2-5 May 2018. After 20 March 2018, the price of registration for NGS members will increase from $215 to $250 for all four days. Non-members will pay $285, up from $250. Genealogists also will no longer be able to order a printed syllabus or flash drive version of the syllabus. To qualify for the early bird discount, your registration must be received online or postmarked by 20 March. 

Newberry Library to Offer Free Download of Photo Archives

Have you ever heard of the Newberry Library? Founded in 1887 in Chicago by Walter L. Newberry,  the Newberry has a vast collection of books, manuscripts, maps and other materials, many of which are available online.

The Library also has a genealogy blog that provides useful updates about holdings of interest to researchers.

Last month the Newberry announced it will allow open access to it's digital collections, no longer requiring licencing or re-use permission. That means when you find an awesome map showing detailed migration, you can not only download for your own use, you may use it in your family history book or blog without going through a lengthy process.

I recommend you check out the Newberry.  Look at their online catalog.  It is a great resource for your research.
Happy hunting!

Researching African American Ancestors from Maryland Just Got Easier

Maryland State Archives announced they have published a new guide to Researching African American Families at the Maryland State Archives. This publication was updated by Archives’ staff thanks to a generous grant by the Four Rivers Heritage Area and the Friends of the Maryland State Archives. Print copies are available in our public search room, and you can access a complete web enabled version online.

Maryland State Archives