Ottawa County Genealogical Society to Host Carrie Ann Cook as Speaker Friday, Apr 29 2011 

The Ottawa County Genealogical Society will meet Monday, May 16, 2011, in the Community Room of the First National Bank, 1749 North Main Street, Miami. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. The public is invited to attend this free event. 

Presenting the program will be Carrie Ann Cook of the Twin Bridges area. Topic for the evening will be “Valuating & Evaluating Your Sources”. The basic debate is which standard is golden when researching family history. This lecture will explain the value and use of both the newer Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and the older Preponderance of Evidence, as integrated into a thriving research plan. 

Carrie Ann Cook is a published author, illustrator and free-lance photographer. She holds an AA and BS in Elementary Education. Having certified for teaching in several states, she has taught elementary classes as well as genealogy, writing and computer classes at the Northeast Technology Center, Afton, Oklahoma, as well as briefly serving the Miami Public Library as the Genealogy Department. Miss Cook has served in library and archival capacities for many years and participated in numerous ProQuest and Genealogical Library workshops and seminars. Her company continues to present professional workshops and seminars in library, archival, genealogical and historical areas. She has been lecturing across the country on genealogical and historical topics for nearly two decades. Currently, she serves as president of the Gregath Company, Inc. Carrie has been active in various professional, service and lineal organizations throughout the years, including the Association of Professional Genealogists, National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies and Genealogical Speakers Guild.

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New Jasper Co., MO Research Book Friday, Aug 7 2009 

Additions to Tombstone Inscriptions of Jasper County, Missouri
Volume 2
by John Schehrer
Copyright 2009
Go to Revisited 2008 book

Additions to Tombstone Inscriptions of Jasper County, Missouri Volume 2, by John Schehrer has now been published. Continuing his valuable service to the genealogy and family history community, Schehrer goes beyond the original published work that inspired this ongoing project. With publishing his book, Additions to Tombstone Inscriptions of Jasper County, Missouri Revisited, 2008, he began enriching the amount of genealogical information available, in print, for the researching public of Jasper County, Missouri. Schehrer’s inspiration was an earlier book series was compiled by Colleen Webb Belk and Jack Belk throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. His newest book includes additions since the Belk’s groundbreaking work as well as alternate information to the cemeteries of Saginaw and Wild Rose Cemeteries. However, most of the material published in this volume contain burials not previously published in the Belk series.

To make this work more comprehensive, the author has included data from the funeral home records from Hurlbut, Sevier and Knell. Some of this information was also cross checked with death certificates to provide the reader with more information. No original material from the Belk series has been included. Though researchers will find a few similar entries, Schehrer has included only the information he has witnessed and researched. Beginning genealogists may not recognize that recording differences from transcription errors, changes in records, and human interpretation of documents and stones are standard occurrences.

Schehrer traveled to many cemeteries in Jasper County, Missouri, including several graveyards that border the current county lines, surveying them for burials not included in the original Belk volumes. They include: Baptist, Cave Springs, Cedar Hill, Dudenville, Dudman, Friends, Green Lawn, Hackney, Mitchell, Mound, Oronogo, Saginaw, and Wild Rose.

This new publication measurers 8.5×11” and has a soft comb binding. Its’ 116 pages include an introduction by the author, table of contents, an author brief on each property, individual transcriptions by cemetery, and a surname index by cemetery. For more information, contact the Gregath Publishing Company at 918-542-4148, or visit them online.