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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Follow Friday July 8, 2011 FHR

In the last several months I have expanded my Generations business research into Missouri. I posted several times about the Shannon and Galbraith families and the research I was working on.

I have also tried to post several articles by Dr. Bill, a fellow genealogy blogger and Examiner.com writer. This is another great post by him for Examiner.com called Chronologies of our ancestors can inspire Springfield family history researchers.

If you do not follow Dr. Bill you should!

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Thankful Thursday – Happy One Year Blogiversary!

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I have been so busy that I missed the first Blogiversary of two of my blogs this month!

Happy Blogiversary to Family History Research! It turned one on June 5! Look at that cake! Are those giant M&Ms on the top or what?

So many things have happened in my genealogy world since last June it makes my head spin!

First, I started two blogs. This one and Chicago Family History.  Chicago Family History celebrated its first Blogiversary on June 25. Second, I started a professional genealogy business, Generations. Third, I wrote and published a book To Soar with the Tigers, about my cousin Robert Brouk. There are a few signed hardcover copies left. You can find them on my Generations website. Not only did I write a book but I have had several articles published in various society magazines and journals this year. Fourth, I started lecturing as part of my business. Fifth, I added house histories as a part of my business. My client base has slowly grown and I have lectures booked for early 2012.

While the business aspect has been exciting, the social networking side of it has been fabulous! I have met many people online through blogs, FaceBook and Twitter, who are interested in the same things I am. Genealogy became a less solitary pursuit. Many of these people I have met in person or will meet very soon. The Geneablogger community is very friendly and willing to help each other out in so many ways.

This blog was also one of the nominees for Family Tree Maker’s Best Blogs of 2010. Even though I didn’t make the final list it was still very exciting to be nominated!

I am very blessed to be a part of this great community and plan to continue blogging for many years to come.

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