Northwest Missouri

Genealogical Society

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Wise Words

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

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

  • Life is lived forwards, but understood backwards.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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Family History

Have you finished your family tree? Why not share it with all to see? We would love to have a copy of your family tree or published book. The NWMGS has hundreds of surnames and is always looking for more. Even if you started it and put it aside, it is a starting place for someone else and may prove to be of use. Please consider sharing what you have accomplished with us!

Series of Fortunate Events

Recently it came to light, through a series of rather fortunate events, that the New York City Public Library has a pristine copy of the 1865-66 St. Joseph Missouri City Directory!

The man who stumbled across it told somebody here, who told somebody else, who managed to obtain a copy from the NYC library, and so we now have a copy at the NWMGS.

We appreciate anybody who keeps an eye out for such wonderful things!

Attention All Treasure Seekers!

Do you love to comb through garage sales? Does your heart skip a beat when you see that little sign that says "Estate Sale"? As any committed bargain hunter will tell you, some of the best treasures are found in these unexpected places!

Cleaning out the kids' room after they've left for college? Downsizing and need to get rid of some old memorabilia? Grandparents moving to a retirement community? These can all be a treasure trove for old items of interest.

So it is with genealogical treasures! What to do with old yearbooks? Old church directories? Hmmm . . . that burning desire to NOT throw them away but to do SOMEthing with them keeping you awake at night? Which pile to put them is a quandary we all face.

Here is your solution! These old books may no longer hold any value to you but they will for someone else. And they don't have to be old! Even current year items will be old and useful at some time in the future. We'll be glad to hold on to it until it IS old!!!

Please consider donating them to the NWMGS!

Going Green!

We have two new initiatives at the NWMGS, both are aimed at helping defray costs as well as helping our planet.

The first involves recycling metal cans. If you are in the area and would like to drop off your cans to us, we will be happy to combine them with those of others and take them to the recycling center. The money we raise will be used to purchase new materials for the library, such as books and microfilm.

The second involves ink cartridges from your printer. We can recycle these as well and receive money towards our office supplies.

We hope you will help us, and Mother Earth, at the same time! These items can be dropped off during our regular open hours. The small ink cartridges will fit through the mail slot on the front door, if you'd like to drop them off at your convenience.