Midwest Genealogy Offers Great Help for Ancestry Search
April 11, 2013
On a recent daytrip to Jamesport, MO we ventured over to Trenton, MO to see the Crowder State Park. This is supposedly named after a distant relative of mine, Enoch Crowder, who was a Major General in the U.S. Army. He was instrumental in developing the Selective Service Act during World War 1 and was also an ambassador to Cuba.
After I returned home, I decided to do some research and find out exactly how he was related to me. I searched the government census reports from the Internet and the MCPL Genealogy databases. Inside the Library, you can use Ancestry.com and continue more research. From the genealogy databases, you can search birth and death records. I found from the Newsbank Database that this Missouri-born Major General was buried in Arlington National Cemetery in 1932.
Using the genealogy databases and the census information can be very informative, but at the same time, it can be very tedious and time consuming. Sometimes it seems you almost have to know who you are looking for in order to find them in the census. I had a rather hard time trying to find this particular person's genealogy beyond that of his parents. But if you are committed to finding your ancestors, MCPL has many books, microfilm, and newspapers that may help you in your research.
The Midwest Genealogy Center Library Assistants will be very helpful in your search. I emailed them, and they found a reference book for me on Enoch Crowder. The first few pages had a bit more of his ancestry, although I still had a hard time finding them in the census and did not find any connection to my father's family. It was fun to try to find a connection, and I hope to further this search when I have time.