Thursday, September 13, 2018

AncestryDNA Updates Estimates

If you have had your DNA tested by AncestryDNA you may or may not have found the results useful or seemingly accurate.  Ancestry has updated individual results this week, matching them against thousands of new results they have obtained during the last year.  Its worth your time to check.  My estimates changed dramatically!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Three $1,000 21st Century Fund Grants Awarded

Jenna Mills, Awards Committee chair, presented $1,000 grants to the following groups:

Bill Sheehy accepts the grant on behalf of Iron County Historical Society. 

 Rhonda Simpleman accepts the grant on behalf of the Carrollton Public Library.
Linda Brink & Estella Morrison accept the grant on behalf of the Excelsior Springs Genealogical Society.

Congratulations to all our grant recipients!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

2018 MoSGA Award Recipients

AWARDS presented at the 2018 Conference

MoSGA Awards Committee Chairman Jenna Mills with Harold Kerr.

  • Harold Kerr II received the Award of Merit. He was nominated by the Howard County Genealogical Society. 
  • A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to Mike Bridwell of the St. Louis County Public Library.  
  • Debbie Furnell received the President's Award.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Prize Winners from the 2018 Conference

Did you know that our vendors offer door prizes at the annual conference?  This year prizes included an DNA test, 1 year membership in a county genealogical association, books, and lots of other goodies!

2018 MoSGA Conference Award Winners

Sunday, August 19, 2018

In Case You Missed It...

We had a great MoSGA conference last weekend! Everyone enjoyed hearing Amy Johnson Crow. She was informative and a lot of fun. Stay tuned here for more pictures of this year's event as well as details for things to come in 2019!

Thanks Amy and all our presenters!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Think You Know Someone Who Died During the 1918 Influenza Pandemic? (Hint: We all do!)

Beginning in the spring of 1918 influenza crawled across the globe. In three waves the virus touched every continent and virtually every family on earth between early 1918 and the summer of 1920. Scientists now believe that at least 50 million people died, including 675,000 Americans. 

The question for genealogists is aside from death certificates, how do we know if our family was affected?

I have a personal interest in the pandemic and have studied it for more than ten years. In a session on Friday, August 10 at the MoSGA conference in Columbia, MO, I will talk about influenza and how to search a wide range of records available to researchers.  Influenza killed more people than WWI, WWII, Korea and the Vietnam Wars combined.  It is an important part of our history that is often overlooked.  

Don't miss out! Register for the conference at

Friday, July 27, 2018

Need Help Finding Your Ancestors? Come to the MoSGA Conference to Learn New Strategies!

We all have those ancestors that frustrate us, tease us with a little bit of a trail, then seemingly disappearing in front of our eyes.  Sound familiar?

Join us 10-11 August in Columbia, MO with our keynote speaker Amy Johnson Crow. She will be sharing several "alternate routes" to finding those who came before us in sessions that might just spark a light to a new avenue through timelines, local websites, occupational records as well as how to take a second (third or fourth) look at the sources you have found for additional clues. 

Its not too late to register at so do it today and join us in the fun!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Have You Researched Online Newspaper Databases Lately?

If you haven't already, be sure to add Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers at the Library of Congress to the research list.

With the ever-growing options to search digitized newspapers from home, the Library of Congress (LC) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have joined efforts to digitize and preserve newspaper history through their National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

Courtesy of Library of Congress

The Chronicling America collection is an ongoing database of American newspapers digitized primarily from microfilm by NDNP participating institutions. Spanning from 1690 to the present, the collection currently comprises nearly 154,800 digitized newspapers across the United States, American Samoa, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The Missouri database currently encompasses 88 newspapers within a date range of 1839 through 1922.

The online search engine offers several options to browse newspapers by title, state, date range, keyword, ethnicity, or by language. An advanced search further allows for searches of keywords and phrases.

No subscription or login is required to access ChroniclingAmerica.

Thanks to LaDonna Gardner for this blog post!

Don't forget to register for the MoSGA Conference at our homepage!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

NEHGS Offers FREE Access to All Online Databases on July 10–17

For One Week, Family Historians May Search NEHGS’s Early New England Collections—Including the World’s LargestMayflower Database, 
As Well As the Archdiocese of Boston’s Historic Catholic Records—FREE
July 10, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts—American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are offering FREE access to some of the most popular, new online databases in the world of family history and genealogy during a one-week, summer promotion now underway. FREE Access is being granted to all databases on—the award-winning website of NEHGS—from 12:01 a.m. EDST on Tuesday, July 10, through 11:59 p.m. EDST on Tuesday, July 17. This free access is granted to anyone registering as a FREE Guest Member of NEHGS at
Included in this limited-time promotion is free access to NEHGS’s new, recently-released database “Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880”—created through a partnership with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), with meticulous documentation on the Mayflower passengers who arrived in 1620 and left descendants. It is the largest online database of authenticated Pilgrim genealogies, with more than half a million searchable names.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

International Institute of St. Louis Festival of Nations August 25 – 26, 2018

Embrace cultural heritage at the upcoming Festival of Nations sponsored by the International Institute of St. Louis. The two-day free event will entertain the public with dance, music, informative displays, and activities focused on world cultures. The festival will also host 40-plus ethnic food booths and a 30-booth bazaar for ethnic related shopping.

Festival of Nations will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25th, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 26th, at Tower Grove Park. Parking shuttle service by bus will be provided.

Visit Festival of Nations for the festival schedule, participating businesses, organizations, and supporters.

Thanks to LaDonna Gardner for this blog post!

Don't forget to register for the MoSGA Conference at our homepage!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The National World War I Museum and Memorial Research Archives

We are pleased to announce that Jonathan Casey will be presenting at the 2018 MoSGA Conference in August this year.  Mr. Casey is Director of Archives and the Edward Jones Research Center at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. He has been with the Museum since April 2001 and was integral in the Museum re-opening to the public in 2002. Jonathan also was vital to the planning, developing and opening the Museum’s core exhibition and research center that opened in 2006. He manages the Museum’s two-dimensional collection of approximately 100,000 items and the Edward Jones Research Center library of approximately 10,000 titles. 

Want to learn more about the digital and archives at the Museum? Come and hear about the rich resources at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO.

Don't forget to register for the MoSGA Conference, 
August 10-11, 2018 at!

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

2018 MoSGA Conference Update: Stoney Creek Hotel Conference Price Extended to July 20!

We are gearing up for a great annual conference in Columbia, MO on 10-11 August.  Our incredible venue Stoney Creek has extended the deadline for our conference special price! Rooms are just $99 per night, but book soon as reservations are filling up fast. Call the hotel and request the MoSGA rate today. 

For details and to register for the conference check out

4th of July Holiday Sales and Deals

Several websites are offering deals for the holiday week.  Here are a few of the genealogy bargains available:

Have a happy and healthy Fourth!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Do You Have an Adoption in Your Family Tree?

MoSGA is proud to announce that Heather Dodd will present "The Missouri Adoptee Rights Act and Adoption Records Search" at the Annual MoSGA conference on August 10-11, 2018.   

Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement

Heather is the founder of the Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement, the Missouri representative for G’s Adoption Registry, and the owner of Genected (a genetic genealogy service that helps people find family connections through DNA). 

She is the daughter of Jennifer Holt, an adoptee who was separated from her siblings by adoption at the age of 6.  In 1994, they began their 13 year search for Jennifer’s long lost family.  The successful search led Heather to volunteer as a search angel and as a result, Heather became instrumental in working with the Missouri legislature seeing the passage of the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act. This historical bill became law in 2016 allowing Missouri-born adoptees to apply for their original birth certificates for the first time in 75 years!

If you have an adoptee in your tree, you won't want to miss this!  Have you registered for the upcoming conference? Do it today at!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Do You Know Where You Will Be in 6 Weeks?

Join Us in Columbia for the Annual Conference on 10-11 August 2018!  If you haven't already registered you can do it here.

We have a great line-up this year with keynote Amy Johnson Crow as well as sessions on DNA, Missouri research including the new adoption law, the National WWI Museum and Research Center, the 1918 Influenza Epidemic, using social media, and cemetery research at Jefferson Barracks.