Meet the Staff - Introducing Ellen M.
April 15, 2013
Ellen’s interest in genealogy began when she started her career at MCPL. She joined our staff in 2006, when we were still in the "old building." She was a big help in our move to the Midwest Genealogy Center in 2008.
Finding an ancestor who was the first U.S. Marshall sworn in, in what was then Oklahoma Territory, has been a high point in Ellen’s research. She ran across his name while searching the surname Degges. There could only be one Cookman Degges, and sure enough, she was able to connect him with her family.
The brick wall that Ellen continues to try to scale is finding that elusive ancestor who followed the adage, "Go West, Young Man!" She thinks the path was from Oklahoma, then on to Texas. "I know my ancestors who moved from Oklahoma into Texas at some time migrated from the Virginia and Washington, D.C. corridor. The one(s) who made that westward journey, I have not yet found, but there are still a WHOLE BUNCH of Degges' out in that area."
The microfilm collection here at the Midwest Genealogy Center is one of Ellen’s favorite resources. She uses the census records on microfilm extensively. Ellen also finds books on coroner’s reports in our MGC collection very interesting.
Ancestry, Library Edition is an online resource Ellen uses the most. Whether she is using it for her personal research or helping patrons, Ellen appreciates that MCPL subscribes to this database, making it available for patrons to use when they come into our libraries.
The Missouri Digital Heritage: Death Records Certificates is a website Ellen recommends using for those Missouri ancestors.
Ellen has developed several unique classes that may be of interest to our customers. Please check our events page for a list of those classes.
Charlotte M. & Ellen M.
Midwest Genealogy Center