Family History Research

Mappy Monday – Another Missouri Research Trip

I am so excited that not only do I get to visit Springfield, Missouri again for a few days at the end of the month, but I get to do a few days of research before I get there!

One of my clients has work that needs to be done at the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City and in a neighboring town. I plan to spend a few hours at the Jefferson City Library, a whole day at the MO State Archives and a day in the neighboring town. I hope to discover a lot of great information on this family. I am SO excited!

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Wisdom Wednesday – Visit Ozarks Genealogical Society Library

Last week I spent some time at the Ozarks Genealogical Society Library.  While the building does not look large, it is packed with information. I was only there about an hour and a half but barely touched the collection.

The library has many county history books for not only Missouri but other states. There are many cemetery and obituary transcription books and rows of filing cabinets that I did not have a chance to look through.

I hope to get back there tomorrow or Thursday but we’ll see how this stormy southwest Missouri weather shakes out. Not sure I want to be caught out in a tornado around here especially after what happened in Joplin yesterday.

To find out how you can help the tornado struck city or find out about loved ones, visit the KY3 news website to learn more.

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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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