Spring Flowering Catalog sale through mid-June only! Monday, May 26 2014 

10% off list price for assorted titles – including some brand new research resources. Visit our online catalog for specifics. Hurry, as these title discounts are only good for paid orders through June 15, 2014.

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Books by Charles F. Harris together in one place with new information Tuesday, Oct 22 2013 

New author page for Charles F. Harris, so you can shop all his books in one place. Not also, this page contains access to book indexes and other information previously not available at GCI online.

Annual Ozarks Conference Canceled Monday, Aug 26 2013 

Springfield ExhibitWe were sorry to learn last week that the Ozarks Genealogical Society of Springfield, Missouri has been forced to cancel this year’s annual conference. We always have a great time with them, learn lots and get re-energized. We look forward to their plans for next year. For more information, see their announcement.

FGS 2013 Irwin Author Signing Thursday, Aug 1 2013 

Join us in welcoming Dr. Lyndon N. Irwin, Ph.D. to booth #125 Friday, August 23 from 3:30-4:00 PM where he will be signing his books. We look forward to seeing many of you in Fort Wayne, Indiana this year.

Lyndon Irwin is an Agriculture Professor at Missouri State University. He is a member of the St. Louis World’s Fair Society and a popular speaker on World’s Fair topics. His writing about the Fair has been included in documentaries and public television programs. He is also the author of several literary works.

New genealogical and history publication Monday, Apr 1 2013 

We are happy to announce that we can take orders for the second great research and history resource by Sharolyn and Patrick McCoy:

MountainMcCoyFtCVRBig Mountain to Washburn Prairie, 1860 – The Sugar Creek Hills of Southwest Missouri, by Sharolyn S. and Patrick L. McCoy, 2013. 258 pages, 6×9″, hardboound book, ISBN 978-0-9762329-1-9. This book is written in the same format and tenor as the authors previous work, Elkhorn Tavern”. Carefully transcribed for the reader, it is fully indexed and source cited for accuracy and clarity. Working from copies of the 8th Federal Census of 1860 are the families who made their home in this area of southwest Missouri in the census year. Included are the communities of Mountain Township, Shells Mills and Looniesville, Post Office, located in the southeastern corner of McDonald County, Missouri, and to its east Sugar Creek Township, Washburn Prairie & Keetsville Post Office, Barry County, Missouri. Located along the Arkansas border, these townships contained at census time a total enumeration of 337 households comprised of some +/- 2,081 souls. Included in the Appendix is a complete name transcription of the 1865 Benton County, Arkansas Tax List. At war’s end, the Court Clerks Office in Benton County, Arkansas assessed a tax list, as had been done in the years prior to the Civil War. Coroner and Collector Alfred Dean certified the tax list indicating “deceased” of those known to have passed away. In the absence of an off-year census, it is a known period record of the residents subject to taxation, many of whom had or subsequently would live in either Barry or McDonald Counties (Missouri) or had direct or allied family lines across the border. AD2387-$84.95

January New Genealogy & History book round up Wednesday, Feb 13 2013 

New genealogy catalog listings have been rounded up for you below. Visit catalog additions for more general history, children, and scrapbook resources:

Civil War Records Volume 3: Missouri Home Guard Units, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2013. 126 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book. Missouri Home Guard and Missouri Six Month Militia Officers, indexed by Company and include rank and death date: 3891 names. AD2479-$28.00

Civil War Records Volume 2: Missouri Home Guard Units, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2013. 216 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book. Miscellaneous units indexed by Company and include rank and death date: 8073 names.AD2474-$28.00

Nannie Lee Burns Indian Pioneer History Interviews of Ottawa County, Oklahoma 1937-1938: complete set, by Fredrea Hermann-Gregath Cook, 2013. 726 pages, 8.5×11″, 4 softbound books. 4 volume set, deals wImageith early history and genealogy of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The reproduction of these oral histories provides a wonderful glimpse into the lives of those who came before. AD101-$80.00

Nannie Lee Burns Indian Pioneer History Interviews of Ottawa County, Oklahoma 1937-1938, Volume 1 Abrahams-Green, by Fredrea Hermann-Gregath Cook, 2013. 190 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book, ISBN 978-1-936091-25-6. This book is part of a 4 volume set, dealing with early history and genealogy of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The reproduction of these oral histories provides a wonderful glimpse into the lives of those who came before. AD102-$25.00

Nannie Lee Burns Indian Pioneer History Interviews of Ottawa County, Oklahoma 1937-1938 Volume 2 Hanna-McAlpin, by Fredrea Hermann-Gregath Cook, 2013. 176 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book, ISBN 978-1-936091-26-3. This book is part of a 4 volume set, dealing with early history and genealogy of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The reproduction of these oral histories provides a wonderful glimpse into the lives of those who came before. AD103-$25.00

Nannie Lee Burns Indian Pioneer History Interviews of Ottawa County, Oklahoma 1937-1938 Volume 3 McArdle-Robitaille, by Fredrea Hermann-Gregath Cook, 2013. 178 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book, ISBN 978-1-936091-27-0. This book is part of a 4 volume set, dealing with early history and genealogy of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The reproduction of these oral histories provides a wonderful glimpse into the lives of those who came before. AD104-$25.00

Nannie Lee Burns Indian Pioneer History Interviews of Ottawa County, Oklahoma 1937-1938 Volume 4 Shiffbauer-Zane, by Fredrea Hermann-Gregath Cook, 2013. 184 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book, ISBN 978-1-936091-28-7. This book is part of a 4 volume set, dealing with early history and genealogy of Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The reproduction of these oral histories provides a wonderful glimpse into the lives of those who came before.AD105-$25.00

Carroll County Missouri, Volume 1: Miscellaneous Carroll County Newspapers, by Kenneth E. Weant, 2012. 198 pages, 8.5×11″, softbound book. Deaths (3259 reported), Marriages (1176 reported) & Chronological Index to selected articles, covering January 1, 1864 to August 25, 1899. AD2467-$28.00

Family Diversity, The Huhn, Pestorf, and Steck Families, by Nancy Lee Waters. 8.5×11″, 182 pages, hardbound book, indexed, bibliography and end notes, 39 photos, includes over 200 surnames. documents the emigration of the Huhn family from Asbach, Germany, the Pestorf family from Germany, and the Steck family from Neckargerach, Germany. These families settled in Baltimore, Maryland, where many of their descendants still live today. AD2478-$19.99

Family Diversity, The Lauer, Borgmeiere, Bauer Families and the MacCubbin’s, by Nancy Lee Waters. 428 pages, hardbound book, indexed, photos, includes over 600 surnames. The ancestry of William Edward Lauer back to his 5th great grandfather, Nicolaus Lauer, born about 1665 in Stürzenhard, Germany. Nicolaus was the great grandfather of Simon Lauer, who immigrated to Baltimore, Maryland in 1852. The Borgmeier, Bauer, and Würz families are also documented back to their German homeland. The MacCubbin family is followed from the immigrant, John MacCubbin, through his son, William, to Mary Susanna MacCubbin Lauer. AD2476-$49.99

Family Diversity, The Oler Family of Maryland with Allied Families Colley, Kennedy, Mason and Smith, by Nancy Lee Waters. 468 pages, hardbound book, indexed, bibliography and end notes, photos, includes 640 surnames. The ancestry of Charles Edward Oler back to his great, great grandfather, Philip Oler as well as the history of his great grandmother, Charlotta Colley and her Welsh heritage. The Kennedy’s are documented from his grandmother, Catherine Kennedy. back to Ireland. His mother’s Smith and Mason families are also included.  AD2477-$49.99

Moundville, Missouri History book now available electronically Saturday, Jun 23 2012 

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Originally published in softbound edition, this historical publication is now available in multiple formats for electronic readers:

MOUNDVILLE, Missouri 1869-1910, by Lyndon Irwin, Ph.D., 2005, Click here for Smashwords Edition 2012.   Over 890 surnames, includes photos, illustrations and documents. The book is thoroughly researched and documented.  Illustrations by Barbara Jean Marlow Irwin. Dr. Irwin’s book is a comprehensive look at one of the older towns in  Vernon County, which pre-dates the Civil War.  This book, which took over 5 years to research, includes information on schools, churches, coal mines, people, and businesses which all added up to the successes of the town.  Read forgotten stories such as the “Whiskey Wars” and the Murder of Ella Wray, granddaughter of Noah Lafayette Caton.  The town fires and post office robberies are included.  Additionally, there are records from the Moundville Lutheran and Methodist Churches, Cooper College, and the pioneer Moundville Cemetery. Smashwords edition does not contain academic references or illustrations available in the softbound edition. $15.99

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.

May 2009, V8#5: Genealogy Wednesday, May 6 2009 

Recently the Missouri History Museum launched the Genealogy and Local
History Index — http://www.mohistory.org/genealogy — which includes
references to hundreds of thousands of our St. Louis ancestors. In this
index, you can search by personal name, business/corporate name, or
street address. (The latter search option is designed primarily for
those researching the history of their home and its former residents.)
You can also sign up for our email list to receive monthly announcements
of new sources that are added to the index.

BEFORE SEARCHING, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ THE IMPORTANT SEARCH TIPS!

Among the more than 225 sources in the Genealogy and Local History Index
are the following: more than 5,000 Civil War-era loyalty oaths signed by
St. Louisans; many high school and other school yearbooks from the first
half of the 20th century; local Who’s Who publications; company employee
magazines; a few mid-19th-century, nonfederal St. Louis-area censuses;
questionnaires filled out by World War I servicemen; records and
publications relating to Civil War veterans; and much more.

Please note that the Genealogy and Local History Index is an INDEX to
selected books, publications, documents, and photographs in the holdings
of the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. You cannot
view a digital image of the actual source online. If you find references
in the index that interest you, you can request a photocopy online.
(Copies will be mailed in 1-2 business days.)

Please also visit our new Family History–Get Started page —
http://www.mohistory.org/lrc/family-history/get-started — to learn
about additional catalogs, guides, and indexes.

Read more about the Genealogy and Local History Index in the current
edition of Voices, the online magazine of the Missouri History Museum:
http://www.mhmvoices.org/2008FallDept2.php

From the Librarians Serving Genealogists E-List
Submitted by Dennis Northcott, Associate Archivist for Reference, Missouri History Museum

February 2008, V7#2: Genealogy Wednesday, Jan 7 2009 

Pre-1946 Military Personnel Files Made Public

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis announced the release of all pre-1946 official military personnel files to researchers.

Documents found in a typical personnel file include assignments, evaluations, awards and decorations, training, demographic information, limited medical information and disciplinary actions.  Some files contain the soldier’s photograph.

To request a copy of a file, submit standard form 180 to NPRC, 9700 Page Ave., St. Louis, MO 63132.  The veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran may use eVetRecs at www.archives.gov.veterans/evetrecs.index.html.

Copies of the personnel files are $15 for 5 pages or less and $50.00 for over 6 pages.  Most files contain over 6 pages.  Files of “persons of exceptional prominence” are $.75 per page.

Files may be viewed at the NPRC Archival Research Room in St. Louis.  The research room is open Tues-Fri, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Call 314-801-0850 for a reservation.

Additional information concerning the opening of these records is found in the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) press release at http://www.archives.gov/press/press-releases/2008/nr08-14.html.

The National Personnel Records Center is the repository for the 20th century service records.  The files consist of personnel, health and medical records of discharged and deceased solders from all the services.  The repository holds over 57 million individual files.  Every year additional records will be released for public use.

Pre-World War I military records are available from the National Archives in Washington DC.  For further information, visit the NARA webpage at http://www.archives.gov/genealogy/military.

This information was taken from Paul Follett’s column Tree Tracers published in the Lawton Constitution on November 5, 2007.