Northwest Missouri

Genealogical Society

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Wise Words

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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

  • 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

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Journals - old and new

As a member of the NWMGS, you can access these documents, please send an email to with your name and membership number. Your username and password will be emailed to you (please allow one to three business days).

If you are not a member, and would like to be one, please download and return this Membership Application.

Each of The Journals has an index at the very end. These PDF files are not searchable, however, using the index should quickly and easily tell you if the surname you are researching is listed anywhere in that particular volume. Remember that the index refers to the page number within The Journal, not the page number within the file (they do not coincide).


Publications of the NWMGS are available to members at a 10% discount. The following INDEXES to those publications are provided so that you can preview them to see if the full publication might be of value to your research. For a full list of the publications we have available, please see the PUBLICATIONS on the menu bar to the left. An index is not available for all publications.


St. Joseph Veterinary College

The 1918 Yearbook from St. Joseph Veterinary College - each file is about 9 pages. The last two are just the ads that appeared in the book. For some reason, there was NO junior class listed. No pages of the book are missing. The book was graciously loaned to us for digital preservation by the St. Joseph Historical Society.

1918 SJ Veterinary College

For more images of the college, and a nice history of the school, please visit this KSU site.


Below are several maps of the area that can be very helpful in your genealogical research. While they are not plat maps that show land ownership, they do show geographical features, such as streams, rivers, roads, towns, schools and (in some cases) cemeteries.

While we are happy to provide these to you, we ask that you not copy them and repost them all over the internet. We try to make your membership valuable by adding these items where only Members can see them. Thanks!