Family History Research

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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Follow Friday – Springfield Public Library

I am back in Missouri! Ok, I have been here since Sunday doing client work for a few days, then to visit my niece.

I spent some time at the Springfield Public Library again last night. This time I took a little time to just walk up and down the aisles of books in the entire section. One of my client’s has families in Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, and has some verified and non-verified Revolutionary War participation.

Walking the aisles I was amazed at the vast resources for not only Missouri but others states, including the ones I was working with. I browsed through several books checking indexes for surnames and then stumbled upon two from Virginia that I had to sit and go through. I literally had to tear myself away from the library because it was getting late and I was starving.

I may have to go spend a little time there later today when I’m not watching my niece. Not necessarily to do any client work but maybe to just walk the aisles and make a list of books that I should look at not only for this client but others in the future.

What a fantastic resource, the local history/genealogy section of the Springfield Public Library. Visit them if you are in the area.

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Wisdom Wednesday – Thursday FGS Conference Sessions

Last week I shared with you the sessions I am taking on Wednesday at the FGS Conference. Today I would like to share my Thursday sessions. I hope to gain a lot of wisdom from these.

Opening Session and Keynote Address

Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns

Building a House History

Iowa History and Resources

Researching Your World War I Ancestor

I wish the conference was this month! There are several of those sessions I could use today. Oh well, at least I am one week closer to the conference date.

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Wisdom Wednesday – FGS 2011 Conference Sessions

As you know, I’m one of the Official Bloggers for FGS 2011. You can read more about that on my Generations site. I was reading blog posts the other day and came across one by Laura at It’s All Relative called FGS 2011 Registration.

Laura wrote about some of the sessions she is planning to attend. I will be in a couple of those myself! I thought I would share the sessions I chose for Wednesday. I will talk about other sessions in future posts.

Wednesday, September 7

Plenary Session: How Will Our Society Survive? Do We Alter, Mutate, Modify, Shift or Switch?

But It’s My Family: Copyright Issues for Genealogists

21st Century Marketing Techniques for Genealogists/Genealogical Societies

Effective Editing and Writing

RPAC Session on saving genealogical records in archives for societies

Designing a Publication

Wednesday will be filled with sessions to help me grow as a professional genealogist and grow my business. Having already published one book, To Soar with the Tigers and several tip sheets, all found in my store, this day will really provide an education. I am already planning to write two new tip sheets this summer on OneNote and Using Maps in Chicago Research and have two book ideas in the works.

Stay tuned for more conference updates here and on my Generations page. You can also follow me on Twitter @jencoffeelover.

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