Monday, June 04, 2018

Has Your Genealogy Research Hit a Wall? Maybe You Need to Go Old-School and Hit the Books!

One of the most exciting aspects of MoSGA's annual conference is our book sale.  Each year we encourage historical societies, libraries or other organizations to donate books to our book sale that benefits our Association.  Our greatest benefactor is always Mid-continent Library in Kansas City, Missouri.  Their genealogical holdings are unsurpassed.  

The benefit of the book sale is that not only do you get to clean out your respective closets or get rid of multiples of old materials, those of us who are die-hard book-hounds (I am confessing here) get to go shopping.   

Last year I left with bags of books. Among my treasures I found the following: 
  • A listing of burials in a cemetery on my grandparents farm in Morgan County.  The gravestones are no longer legible and the family only remembers a few names. Now we have the list!
  • A South Carolina Genealogy book written in the early 1960s that included details on a client's family.
  • A History of Kansas City's early businessmen I have used in my research to list two Kansas City properties on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Early Deed Records of from Virginia.  I have a few ancestors whose surname is Adams, making this search very difficult.
The internet is a great resource, but sometimes nothing beats a book.  Whether you have books to give or research to support THIS is your chance!

2018 MoSGA Book Sale
Lewis & Clark Room
(Outside the Vendor Area at the 2018 MoSGA Conference)

Sale begins at 9 a.m. on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday

Friday:  Books 1 – 200 pages     = $ 2.00

               Books 201 – 500 pages = $ 5.00

               Books over 500 pages  = $10.00

Saturday:  As many books as you can fit into a plastic shopping bag (we provide the bag) for $5.00.

Got Genealogy Books Taking Up Valuable  Shelf Space?

Just bring them with you to the 2018 MoSGA Conference and drop them off at the MoSGA Book Sale after 9 a.m. on Friday and after 8 a.m. on Saturday.

All revenue generated by this sale goes to support MoSGA and its continuing mission to enhance the knowledge of its members and the public in the study of family history, genealogical records and the principles of sound genealogical research. 

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