Northwest Missouri

Genealogical Society

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Wise Words

  • In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness.
    Alex Haley, Roots

  • We've uncovered some embarrassing ancestors in the not-too-distant past. Some horse thieves, and some people killed on Saturday nights. One of my relatives, unfortunately, was even in the newspaper business.
    Jimmy Carter
    Former U.S. President

  • He who has no fools, knaves, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
    English Proverb

  • Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.

  • Why waste your money looking up your family tree? Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.
    Mark Twain

  • We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children - one is roots, and the other, wings.
    Hodding S. Carter

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Zimmie's Story

Many, many thanks to Mary Turek for sharing this wonderful story of her ancestor, and his journey on the orphan train that took him so far away from his family. We hope you enjoy, but please remember this is copyrighted material.

Zimmie An Orphan Train Rider

©Mary E. Turek April 1998

Great Native American Pictures

Here is a link to a really neat page on Facebook that has tons of great Native American pictures. If you get a chance, check it out!!

Facebook - Native American Pictures

Perpetual Calendar

Ever wonder what day of the week you were born? What day someone died on? What day of the week a historic event took place? Here is a quick and easy site to take a look at - perpetual calendar. And while you are there, take a look at the other stuff on the list at the left - it's a great resource for all kinds of good information!

Remington Nature Center and Genealogy?

Who would have thought that an item of genealogical significance would be found at a nature center?

While visiting the Remington Nature Center recently, a display of old Peace Medals came to my attention. Peace Medals were given by agents of the U.S. Government to the chiefs of Native American tribes as a display of their honorable intentions when negotiating. Each president had their own unique design. In the display case there is an example of a George Washington Peace Medal. Accompanying it is a letter from the Smithsonian, authenticating the medal in 1907. What caught my eye was that the letter was addressed to one J. F. Quinn ~ and I knew at once this was the grandfather of our very own NWMGS member, based on previous research that we had completed on this family! The museum has been most gracious in assisting with information regarding the artifact. It just goes to show there is genealogical information in the least likely of places!

Visit Remington Nature Center website for more information on their wonderful programs!

Clint Eastwood

Actor Clint Eastwood has family ties to the Buchanan County area. His great-great grandparents are buried in Agency cemetery.

GGreat Grandfather: James Howard McClanahan b: 1819 GGreat Grandmother: Virginia Lafayette White b: 1824 d. 1913

Great Grandfather: James William McClanahan b: 1850 Great Grandmother: Matilda Belle Boyle b: 1860

Grandfather: Waldo Erroll Runner b: 17 FEB 1882 in Colorado Grandmother: Virginia May McClanahan b: 10 AUG 1886 in Missouri

Father: Clinton Eastwood b: 11 JUN 1906 in California Mother: Margaret Ruth Runner b: 1 SEP 1909 in California


# Suffix: JR.

# Sex: M

# Birth: 31 MAY 1930 in San Francisco, San Francisco Co., CA