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. Please stop by often!
Check out the Index of Library Resources to see a partial listing of what is available at the library. We are adding to this list every couple of weeks, so it is ever-changing. We have completed all of Buchanan County and are now working on the remaining counties in Missouri, alphabetically. We will then enter the Kansas counties, then all other states, then general history and international resources.
We welcome suggestions and contributions from members and non-members alike. What would make our site better for you? Please submit any ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the latest edition of our newsletter. Feel free to take a look at all the news and events happening with the NWMGS.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Judge Ron Taylor will regale us with stories of St. Joseph's legal past - the funny, the pitiful and the downright wonderous workings of some of the most colorful characters that ever trod the hallways of the court house.
This presentation is FREE and open to the public. FREE parking at the municipal lot across the street.
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00 PM and the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM.
The NWMGS is proud to welcome Jean Wilcox Hibben, PhD, MA, CGsm to northwest Missouri on July 19, 2014.
Jean is nationally known speaker who has been researching her family for over 30 years. She is the lead researcher on the PBS series, Genealogy Roadshow. Jean combines a love of music, history, folklore and genealogy into her presentations.
This one day conference will be held at the Remington Nature Center, 1502 MacArthur Drive, St. Joseph MO, on Saturday July 19th. The cost for NWMGS members is $40, and $45 for non-members, who register before the June 1 deadline. After June 1, the price will be $50. See the registration form below for the complete schedule.
Following are the topics for the day:
The Devil is in the Details: Missing Minutiae Can Lead to Genealogy Purgatory - There are many details hidden in genealogy records; a simple mark or added word can easily be overlooked, leading to confusion later on. Whether the passed over information is an address, occupation, unknown abbreviation, or other bit of data that is not caught at first, the researcher can find him/herself being misdirected and even researching the wrong family. Catch the “little things” before you find yourself lost in a forbidden forest of other people’s family trees. Intermediate level, but still helpful for beginners.
Historical Societies: Bridges Between People and History - We tend to focus on genealogical societies and on-line resources when desiring to network and find family connections, but what about the historical societies? These can have a wealth of information that is hidden from view because of a lack of means to make their collections public. Maps, artifacts, letters, military documents, newspaper archives, court records, house histories, property information, and so much more are tucked away for safe keeping in drawers, boxes, cabinets, and every conceivable storage location (not all archivally safe). Some have websites, but not all of them. Some have mailing lists and query columns. Many have newsletters and some have lists of their holdings. And all of them need support to be maintained. How to find them, contact them, and become part of them are all discussed here.
Shaking the Myth: Proving/Disproving Family Legends - Just because a story has been passed on for generations does not mean it is true; it may have elements of truth in it, or may be a figment of someone’s imagination. Applying theories of proving arguments to examples presented, this lecture discusses ways to prove or disprove family folklore. Audience involvement is encouraged in using provable evidence to substantiate (or refute) claims of accuracy of intergenerational legends. This presentation is applicable to all levels of genealogical research.
It's NOT about Zombies! Finding the Dead in Cemeteries - Learn some helpful hints about doing cemetery research, along with some practical suggestions for hiking in the less-traveled graveyards. Included are pointers about not taking everything written in stone to be as permanent as the marble monument.
We hope that you will join us for this unique opportunity in northwest Missouri!
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.
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!
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 $5. 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. See the bottom of the page for our mailing address.