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 Mosga.org!


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

NEHGS Offers FREE Access to All Online Databases on AmericanAncestors.org 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 AmericanAncestors.org—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 AmericanAncestors.org/July.
 
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 Mosga.org!


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 Mosga.org!

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 Mosga.org



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 mosga.org!

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.


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Do You Know Anyone Who Was an Orphan Train Rider?

Until the release of a 1993 documentary on PBS's The American Experience, the story of the orphan trains was not widely known.  Since that time books have been written and an effort to collect the personal stories has been underway.

Here are a few of the recent books, many of which are fiction:
A Last Survivor of the Orphan Trains: A Memoir (non-fiction, available Jul 11)
Orphan Train Rider: One Boy's True Story (non-fiction, 1998)
Riders on the Orphan Train: a novel (2012)
Orphan Train (2013)
Orphan Train Girl (2017)
The Orphan's Tale (2017)
The Chaperone (2012) This book is not about the orphan trains, but the main character was an orphan in Kansas and later in life she and her family hide the fact from society.

Courtesy of PBS.org
Between 1854 and 1929 over 250,000 orphans and unwanted children were taken out of New York City and given away at train stations across America. Originally organized by minister Charles Loring Brace to rid New York of homeless street children and provide them with an opportunity to find new homes in the developing Midwest, this nearly eighty year experiment in child migration is filled with horror stories and happy endings. The last train came to Sulphur Springs, Texas in 1929. The trains stopped in pre-selected towns where people interested in taking a child would assemble. Kansas was the destination for many of the orphans. See the Kansas State Historical Society for more information.

Beatrice Flanagan was born in New York City on April 25, 1921 to Josephine Flanagan, an Irish immigrant. She was left at Bellevue Hospital and then transferred to the New York Foundling Hospital. She was sent on a train by the Sisters to Sealy, TX in 1922 when she was fourteen months old and later adopted by Mary Polak in Wharton County, TX.

Beatrice is now 97. If anyone has any information on any other living Riders, please contact Alison Moore at ridersontheorphantrain@yahoo.com with any pertinent information.

Did Your Ancestor Hold a Patent? Check the National Archives!

From the National Archives Pieces of History Blog:

Just two weeks ago, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the 10 millionth utility patent on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. This is a historic milestone for the agency and for inventors in the United States. Did you know the National Archives holds 1,000,000 Utility Patent Drawings and 138,388 boxes of Patent Case Files






I have at least two ancestors with patents. How about you?

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
Prices

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?
DONATE THEM

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. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018 MoSGA Book Sale August 10-11, 2018




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

Prices
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?

DONATE THEM


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. 




Monday, May 21, 2018

Having Trouble with Your DNA Research? The MoSGA Conference Has the Answer!

DNA Research seems to be the hottest genealogy subject this year.  In fact it seems everybody is doing it! Have you been tested? Got your results? Not sure what they mean?

Come to the 2018 MoSGA Conference and learn about DNA from an expert!  We are pleased to announce that Patricia Hobbs, a Certified Genealogist and DNA expert will be giving a workshop and a seminar on DNA.



The Workshop, scheduled for Friday August 10, "An Overview of DNA Testing" will cover the basics of DNA testing: what tests are available, pros and cons of testing companies, and what the test results can tell you.

On Saturday a second session Ms. Hobbs will delve into test results and explore the testing companies' online tools.

If you want to find out more about DNA and about Patricia, check out her website at Quotidiangenealogy.com. Register for the MoSGA conference on our website here

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Don't Miss This: MoSGA Conference 10-11 August 2018!

We are so excited about our lineup this year! Our keynote speaker, Amy Johnson Crow will be sharing some tips and tricks to enliven your research. 



Amy will be joined by six excellent speakers who will share their knowledge of World War One research, the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, the changes for Missouri adoptees, the 1918 Influenza Epidemic and much more! Go to MoSGA.org for more details and to register for the conference.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

MoSGA Conference Registration is OPEN!

We are excited to announce that registration for the Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference to be held at Stoney Creek Conference Center in Columbia, MO on 10-11 August 2018 is now OPEN. Click here or visit MoSGA.org today for more details.