Family History Research

Wisdom Wednesday – Read Your Genealogical Journals

A few months ago I joined the Missouri State Genealogical Association because I started doing work there for some friends. Last week I received their Journal and browsed through it quickly and set it aside.

Today I decided to take a few hours and try to catch up on some of my reading. Good thing I did because in one of the articles were two names of individuals that are in the family tree of my latest client! This same client I am doing work for in Missouri next week on these families!

Don’t let your journals pile up. Start reading them. You never know what you will find, just when you need it.

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Wisdom Wednesday – Saturday FGS Conference Sessions

And finally, the last day of the conference. These are the sessions I plan to attend.

Don’t Get Burned: Getting Around the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 (I may change this if I can hear Tony speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

Successful Cemetery Stalking

Discovering the Goldmine of Knowledge in Court Records

The Place of Place in Your Family History Narrative: Anchoring Your Family History in Its Setting

Discovering Midwestern Repositories (I may change this if I can hear Lou speak at the 2012 DuPage County Genealogical Society Conference).

The 1940 Census – I am so excited for this to be released in April 2012! Are you?

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Tuesday’s Tip – Visit the Springfield, Missouri Library

Do you have southwest Missouri roots? Have you checked out the Springfield, Missouri, main branch of their library system? The library has a huge room full of genealogy materials for not only Missouri but other states. There are shelves of family histories and Missouri county histories and resources.

I visited the library a week ago and while I had limited time, was able to locate a lot of good information. The Genealogy and Local History section is a large open room with plenty of tables with lamps and electrical outlets for researchers. Research librarians were available to answer questions and the Ozarks Genealogical Society had a section of information.

Check them out the next time you are in Greene County, Missouri and need to do some Missouri research.

 

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Tuesday’s Tip – Visit the Webster County Historical Society

A week and a half ago I drove to Springfield, Missouri, to help my sister with her kids while my parents traveled. I stopped in Marshfield, Missouri, on my way down and spent most of a day at the Webster County Library and Webster County Historical Society and Research Center.

I started at the library and began going through the genealogy room which is small but contained a lot of area county books. Many cemetery transcriptions, obituaries and family histories.

After lunch I stopped at the historical society which is the former Marshfield public library. I practically grew up there because my mom worked there for years. I could not believe how “small” it felt. Funny how you grow up and everything seems smaller, more compact than when you were a kid. They even have an old band uniform that we wore when I was in school. Blast from the past!

A wonderful historical society volunteer, Jo Slingerland, who also happens to be a Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness volunteer, took me next door to the research center to work. I spent a couple of hours there looking through books and files and sharing stories with two other volunteers.

My work there was not done and I returned last week to look into more files after a phone call with a man I am helping with his research. This time I went downstairs in the historical society/old library to look at old Marshfield High School class rosters and photos. I found what I was looking for but barely touched what was there. Unfortunately I won’t have time to go back before I head home but maybe the next trip down.

For those with southwest Missouri roots, if you are in the area you should stop and take a look at both repositories.

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