Welcome to the home page for the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society!
Our new and improved site is here to provide you with the most up-to-date information about the Society. You can also find us on Facebook.
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Here is the latest edition of our newsletter. Feel free to take a look at all the news and events happening with the NWMGS.
Winter 2017 Newsletter
2017 Genealogy Conference
July 8, 2017 is the date of our fourth annual Genealogy Conference at Remington Nature Center. We are pleased to announce that John Philip Colletta will be our speaker this year. Those who register before June 16th will receive a $5 discount, and NWMGS members enjoy an additional $5 discount. After June 16th the price is $50 for both members and non-members.
The entire schedule and details can be found on the registration form.
We hope to see you there!
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining, he resides in Washington, D.C. For twenty years, while laying the foundation for his career in genealogy, he worked half-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.
Today Dr. Colletta lectures nationally, teaches at local schools, and conducts programs for the Smithsonian Institution’s Resident Associate Program. He is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (University of Georgia, Athens) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy.
He has also taught for Boston University’s Certificate in Family History program and three genealogy institutes where he created courses: the National Institute on Genealogical Research (Washington, DC), the Genealogical Institute of Texas (Dallas), and the Genealogical Institute of Mid-America (Springfield, Ill.).
Access to Members Only Section
Our members have online access to our newsletters, journals, publication indexes and more.
If you are a member who accessed these resources prior to the site re-design in July 2014, you'll need to register to continue to take advantage of this benefit.
We will be discontinuing the ability for members to register via the website, effective immediately. We are having to sift through hundreds of bogus registrations and delete them. Despite an abundance of caution, it's possible that actual members are being deleted.
Also, if you are registered but haven't accessed the site in over a year, you may be deleted or disabled from the users database. If this happens, just contact Kelly to renew your access.
If you are a member and desire access to the members only sections, please send an email to Kelly and include your membership information. She will add you to the users memberlist and send you a temporary password. It is very important you change this password as soon as possible to prevent anyone else from using your account and possibly getting YOU banned.
Just a reminder - the NWMGS Library will be closed from December 18, 2016 until March 1, 2017. We check the mail, email and phone messages on an irregular basis during this time, so please be patient if you are making an inquiry.
If you are traveling from out of town and would like to visit the library, please let us know. We'll do our best to accommodate your schedule if we can find a volunteer to come in.
The Pumpkin Song
The Pumpkin Song is a tradition handed down in the King family, presumably via their North Carolina roots. If you've ever heard this song, or a version of it, please let us know. If you are a registered member of the NWMGS you can read the story about this song in the Spring 2016 edition of The Journal.
Gentry County Book
We are compiling information for a Gentry County book, including historical photos and family histories. And we need your help!
If you have pictures of banks, churches, schools, businesses, etc. that can be included in the general history section of the book, we would greatly appreciate you sharing them with us. Please note that if the picture was taken after 1923, in order for us to publish the photo it must be one that YOU have taken, or know who did, so we can be sure that no copyright is violated.
Would you share the story of your Gentry County family? There is no charge to submit the history of an individual or family, up to 500 words. All the details can be found on the attached flyer, but if you have any questions, please feel free to email them to us!
Brochure with all the details
Headstone Flash Drive
Show your passion for genealogy with these unique headstone flash drives! Buy one for each surname and write directly on the soft surface for a permanent reminder of the contents of each drive. White-out not included - only shown for size reference. "RIP" is on one side, "Genealogist until the end" is on the other. 8GB is only $13!
World War II Veterans
The NWMGS is working to compile information on every soldier from northwest Missouri that served in World War II. The goal is to publish a book in late 2015, preserve the historical information, and share the results online for future generations of researchers.
In January of 1944 the St. Joseph News-Press published a list of nearly 7000 soldiers that were from Buchanan County. In that publication, they also included a call for any missed names, and published them in the subsequent weeks, and included those from the surrounding areas. These lists will serve as the basis of our project. We hope to document what happened to each and every one of them, and need your help.
If you would like to contribute information on the World War II veteran in your family, please fill out the form and send it in. We understand the list is far from complete, so there may be hundreds or thousands of other servicemen to be added.
Honor Roll, page 1
Honor Roll, pages 2 and 3
Can you help us spread the word at your place of worship, place of employment, business or with other groups? We would greatly appreciate ANY help!
World War II Flyer
WWII Veteran Information Form
State Hospital #2
The NWMGS receives many questions about the State Hospital #2, as there were literally thousands of people who passed through her doors as either patients or employees. We are happy to offer assistance to those researching in this particular area. There is a process by which some records can be obtained, and a wonderful booklet about the hospital itself, which was produced by the St. Joseph Museums, Inc. The booklet is an easy read, 24 pages, soft cover and just $8. You can pick one up at the NWMGS library during any of our open hours. Not in the immediate area? We'll be happy to mail one to you ~ just include an extra $1 for shipping & handling.
A complete list of the probate files available at the NWMGS for Buchanan County is now available. This list was several years in the making. Each of the boxes of files were gone through, one at a time, and our old index was updated. That process alone took almost 5 years. Then we began the task of retyping the entire list and adding all the new names we ran across, and verifying the spelling of many others. At last we have a finished product to be proud of - with over 43,000 names!! If you would like to take a peek at the contents of any one of these files, email us: email@example.com The file is 2.78MB so it may take a minute to load . . . be patient. Remember to check all possible spellings!
Probate Index for Buchanan County
Five Generation Photos
Do you have a five generation photo you'd like to share? If so, we would love to publish it in our Journal and share it with other members. Send the photo to firstname.lastname@example.org with each member clearly identified.