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Thankful Thursday – Going to Missouri Again – Twice!

This has been a great year for me for travel. Have I gone any place exotic? Well we did take the boys on a cruise over spring break. We sailed on the Oasis of the Seas with Royal Caribbean. That was fun. The rest of the year though I have gone to Gary, IN for a client, twice; Springfield, MO to house sit for my parents and hang out with my baby niece; Jefferson City, MO for a client; Rolla, MO to see my best friend; and Springfield, IL – repeatedly for research and the FGS conference. In fact I just came back from a two day research trip in Springfield, IL last night.

I get to go back to Springfield, MO very soon for a short visit for my niece’s 1st birthday. On that trip I hope to meet up with a woman named Sharon who is a cousin of a close friend. We are going to talk about the genealogy research I have done for my friend, specifically about Civil War Pension Files. I am hoping to also meet a friend from Twitter who lives there.

Then in December I get to spend 10 days down there house sitting for my parents and babysitting my niece. If you know I have a house full of boys you understand that spending a week with my 1 year old niece will be heaven, even if I have to change diapers, which I will. LOL!

In December I hope to use the Ozarks Genealogical Society Library to do more research for my friend and visit the main branch of the Springfield library. They have a nice collection too.

It will be great! I am very excited to go. I’ll post about my research while I’m there. Maybe I’ll learn something new or find something great on my visit.

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Mystery Monday – James Edgar Shannon

I received an email from a woman named Suzanne who was going through some boxes her mother left her. She found a wedding announcement for a James Edgar Shannon. She found my blog and wondered if this was someone I was looking for. It is not.

The announcement is listed here. If you are researching this family, please contact me and I will put you in touch with Suzanne.

Lieut. Col. and Mrs. Eugene August Wink
announce the marriage of their daughter
Eva Marie
to
Mr. James Edgar Shannon
on Tuesday, the fourth of June
Nineteen hundred and forty-six
Gulfport, Mississippi

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Wisdom Wednesday – Attend a Schaumburg Library Genealogy Meeting

Are you new to genealogy research and live in the Chicagoland area? Are you an experienced researcher looking for great programming and speakers? Then you will want to check out the Genealogy Group at theĀ Schaumburg Township District Library

Last night a friend and I attended the Genealogy Group meeting for the first time. Neither of us are new to genealogy and we both have experience working with genealogy societies. What we witnessed was amazing! Tony, the librarian who runs the group, is a one man genealogy society in the library. He works approximately 9-10 hours a week and runs the Genealogy Group by himself, the way an entire society board would run a group.

You can read the full extent of what Tony does at Chicago Genealogy at Examiner.com.

What was really impressive is something I have never seen at genealogy society meetings. Tony provided all new attendees, regardless of how long they have been researching with a thick folder full of information. This folder even included a genealogy book. I have never seen a genealogy society provide new members with this much information. What did I receive last night?

  • A handout entitled “A Genealogy Intro” written by Dick Eastmann.
  • A book by a fellow colleague in DuPage County, Jeffrey Bockman, entitled “Give Your Family A Gift That Money Can’t Buy.”
  • Information on the upcoming National Genealogical Society conference with a note that says, “What you can expect to find at a national conference.”
  • Brochure of printed and online genealogy resources.
  • An information sheet about the Genealogy Group and resources online through the blog and library.
  • A huge packet called “Beginning Guide and Research Tips.” Tony’s business card is stapled to the front page so you can contact him with questions.
  • A copy of the Genealogy Group’s surname and locale research list. All new attendees are encouraged to complete this form so connections can be made with other researchers. Sharing information is not required though.
  • The Schaumburg Township District Library’s Genealogy Audiovisual Materials Guide.

I was so impressed with the meeting and the handouts that I encourage everyone to attend the next Genealogy Group meeting in Schaumburg. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. Meetings end by 9:30 p.m. and the library closes at 10:00 p.m.

 

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Tuesday’s Tip – Search Missouri County Histories Online!

Last week I visited the Missouri State Archives and a couple local libraries for client work. When I was finished I drove to Springfield, MO, to visit my sister and wait for my parents to bring my son home from vacation. I again stopped into the Springfield Public Library to look through a couple of county histories I looked at in Jefferson City. After locating a few more surnames related to this family I wanted to make sure I could check the books once more before I left town and had to inter-library loan them.

I wrote about the Springfield Public Library in May and their great genealogy/local history collection. Last night I spoke to a staff member when I could not locate two Missouri county history books I needed. They were held in the rare book collection in a separate storage space in the local history/genealogy section. The staff member was very helpful and then told me that these books are digitized on the Missouri State Archives Missouri Digital Heritage site. How nice! Now I can search any county online from home if I need to!

Visit the MDH website above and click on ‘Collections.’

Choose ‘Books, Pamphlets and Monographs.’

Scroll down to ‘Missouri County Histories’ and click that.

Then choose the county you want to read about and proceed to the digital copy!

I must admit this is an area of the website I had not utilized much but will focus on its contents much more so I am familiar with its resources. Take a look when you have some time!

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