Family History Research

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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