The Missouri State Archives is sponsoring a statewide contest called Great Missouri Treasure Hunt. It is an opportunity for Missourians to share what they have found in doing historical research. There are three categories: Family History, Civil War History, and Missouri History. Participants may submit photographs, stories, and videos.
Digital Jackson County and Kansas City Plat Books, 1886-1925
A library’s collection is usually considered to be the books in the library, and patrons have to visit the library to see that collection. In this 21st century, however, the library is now able to share the resources we have in our branches digitally through the Internet.
The Midwest Genealogy Center has many resources for researching your American Indian ancestors. For instance, Cecelia Svinth Carpenter describes in her book, How to Research American Indian Blood Lines, where Native American information can be found, including libraries, courts, the National Archives, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
Many genealogists trace names, dates, and places. Others want to know the stories beyond the facts. The only way they can learn those stories is if someone preserved them. The act of writing your story is an act of love, and your children, grandchildren, and descendants want to know who you are.
Family research has been a passion of mine for many years. I started looking for genealogy records on my grandparents and their ancestors in the early 1980’s. I worked feverishly for several years, traveling backward in time, collecting information on my family. I spent many hours at the North Independence Branch going through countless old books and microfilm rolls in search of census records; birth, marriage and death records; etc. I have talked with numerous family members to c
Ever wished you had a special family member’s memories recorded? MCPL can help. It’s very easy to do and fun too.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview three long-time residents of Edgerton during the Edgerton Pioneer Days festival. It was very interesting to learn how the town has changed over the years, and why those changes happened. Each person’s story was so unique and shed light on how seemingly every day events can change history and impact us all today.
Maryville, Missouri, 1899: what was going on in this small town in northwest Missouri? Intrigued by a gap in a diary left to her by her great-aunt, author Linda Ellis Benedetti set out to find the story of Caleb Guthrie (C. G.) Jesse, the great-grandfather that nobody talked about. Using old records and newspaper accounts, the author pieced together a tale of a family man driven not only to commit murder, but to do so in broad daylight on a Saturday morning in downtown Maryville.
I have a passion for researching my Irish ancestors, which actually led me to take the trip of my lifetime this year ― to Ireland. Normally when looking for records in Ireland, we would start with the Family History Library catalog holdings.