Monday, June 10, 2019

Did Your Ancestor Walk the Golden Lane?

On April 5, 1919, women in Missouri were guaranteed the right to vote...for the President of the United States.  Two months before the U.S. Congress passed the women's suffrage bill, the Missouri legislature passed the "Presidential Suffrage Bill" clearing the path for the women of Missouri to vote in the presidential election.  The Missouri Women's Suffrage Association (later known as the League of Women Voters) had worked tirelessly to gain the vote since its founding in 1867.  

One of the hallmarks of the movement in Missouri was the Golden Lane that occurred during the 1916 Democratic National Convention in St. Louis.  Nearly 2,000 women lined St. Louis streets wearing white dresses with yellow sashes and carrying yellow parasols.  The men attending  the convention couldn’t help but notice the women as they walked from their hotel to the Coliseum.




One of the speakers at this year's MoSGA conference is Margot McMillen, author of The Golden Lane.  Ms. McMillen will discuss the "walkless, talkless parade" that showed  delegates that after 75 years of argument, women had made their point and carried the burdens of modern society just as men did. They deserved to vote. Women from every state and many foreign countries participated in suffrage demonstrations. 




Did you have an ancestor who came to St. Louis for the event? Or someone who worked for or against women's suffrage? Bring your stories to the August conference, or e-mail them to conference@mosga.org and Margot will try to work them into her talk.  

The MoSGA Conference will be 2-3 August.  Don't forget to register at mosga.org.  See you there!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Missouri Gold...a Preview of the Conference

Missouri Gold: Digging Deep 
into our Sources & Culture

2019 MoSGA Conference, August 3-4, Columbia, MO

This year the conference format will be different than past years - we will have two full days of events beginning at 10 AM on Friday, August 2 and running through mid-afternoon on Saturday.  We thought it was time to change things up!  We will still have great speakers with fresh ideas along with a few twists.  Stay tuned to this blog and our Facebook page for details.  We will have some exciting surprises in store for participants so join us in Columbia on August 2nd and 3rd! Register on MoSGA's website.  


One new event will be our Networking Desserts on Friday night after the buffet.  This fun networking opportunity will be held in a Salon filled with ephemera that is sure to spark conversation, memories and perhaps plant ideas for new avenues of discovery in your family tree.  We hope you will join us for the conference and especially this chance to network with like-minded ancestry-seekers.  For all the conference details and to register go to mosga.org.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Registration for 2019 MoSGA Conference is OPEN!

Missouri Gold: Digging Deep into Our Sources and Culture 

   2019 MoSGA Conference, August 2-3, Columbia, MO




 We are excited to announce that registration is open for our annual conference that will be held at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO on August 2-3, 2019.   This year we are focusing on honing our skills and getting up-to-date advice on online and technology-based tools.  We have invited some of the top genealogical experts Missouri has to offer from St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, Cape Girardeau and all points in between.  
Join us in August to hear about…
  • The NEW Center for Missouri Studies that opens one week after our conference
  • New collections at the State Archives and Missouri History Museum
  • Tips for Missouri First Families and Lineage Societies
  • How to get the most out of Ancestry.com,  FamilySearch and FindMyPast
  • How to Find our Female Ancestors
  • How to find our family members in land records, manuscripts and online newspapers
  •  A fresh look at immigration and census records
  • A great book sale with many hard-to-find treasures
  • And much more!!!
We will have some fun, too.  On Friday evening join us for dinner and stay for Networking Desserts where we will display some old items to jog memories and invite stories to be told.  Bring your best ideas and prepare to share!  We want everyone to leave the conference will new ideas for their research, new friends and a renewed feeling they can break down any brick wall or get one step closer to the cherished past.  See the full agenda and REGISTER online on our website.  You can also print the brochure and mail in your registration.

For hotel registration, contact Stoney Creek directly.  See brochure for more details.  Stay tuned for more announcements on this blog and MoSGA's Facebook page.

See You in August!

Friday, March 15, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!!! MoSGA Conference will be August 3-4, 2019


Missouri Gold: Digging Deep into the Past with Modern Tools
2019 MoSGA Conference, August 3-4, Columbia, MO


We are very excited about our annual conference that will be held at Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO on August 3-4, 2019.  We are offering a different format this year that will focus on how to best utilize the ever changing technology tools, access Missouri’s rich state resources, and get a refresher on where to find those pesky relatives that prefer to hide behind brick walls.  We have invited some of the top genealogical experts Missouri has to offer from St. Louis, Kansas City, Cape Girardeau and all points in between.  

Included this year:
  • Updates to Ancestry.com and FamilySearch – they have some great new tools!
  • Missouri Resources such as the amazing new Center for Missouri Studies that opens in August
  • Tips for Missouri First Families and Lineage Societies
  • Finding Records for Migration to Missouri from Germany, Virginia and Kentucky
  • How to Find our Female Ancestors
  • How to find our family members in land records, manuscripts and online newspapers
  • A fresh look at immigration and census records
  • A great book sale with many hard-to-find treasures
  • And much more!!!


We will have some fun, too.  On Friday evening join us for dinner and stay for Networking Desserts where we will display some old items to jog memories and invite stories to be told.  Bring your best ideas and prepare to share!  We want everyone to leave the conference will new ideas for their research, new friends and a renewed feeling she AND he can break down any brick wall or get one step closer to the cherished past.  Watch for updates on the MoSGA website, our Facebook page and this blog.  We will announce the full agenda and let you know when registration is open.  


See Y’all in August!
Michelle Spencer
2019 Conference Chair

Monday, January 28, 2019

Library of Congress Virtual Card Catalog for Copyrights

Library of Congress Card Catalog


Last week the Library of Congress blogged about the U.S. Copyright Card Catalog. Check it out here.
It provides an index to copyright registrations and other public records pertaining to ownership of copyrighted works. The catalog enables users to identify original copyright registration records and other U.S. Copyright Office records from 1870 through 1977. The information in these records typically includes: author(s), title of work, copyright registration number, and effective date of registration. These records do not include the full registration records or copies of deposited works registered with the Copyright Office. The card catalog also contains entries for transfers of ownership, generally one card for each title, assignee, and assignor.
Over the decades, with changes in the rules of cataloging copyright registrations, the U.S. Copyright Office has organized these records into several chronological periods or indexes. The indexes available in this Proof of Concept are the latest sections of the card catalog, interfiled alphabetically, covering registrations from 1955 through December 31, 1977, the last day on which works were registered under the 1909 copyright law.

THE PURPOSE OF THE VIRTUAL CARD CATALOG
The Proof of Concept card catalog represents a small sample set of card records, displayed in JPEG images, from the U.S. Copyright Card Catalog collection. It is not a final version of the planned Virtual Card Catalog (VCC). The images are presented in a similar filing order as found in the physical card catalog and may contain filing errors and corrupt images. In addition, the enhanced browse capabilities are limited due to the use of raw OCR data. We are working to update and improve the overall functionality.
The purpose of this Proof of Concept is to provide the public with a glimpse of the digitized card catalog and to solicit feedback that will provide valuable information for the future digital transformation of the U.S. Copyright Office physical historical records.
Browse through it today!