Events

Stay tuned for announcement of events in 2020!


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City Directories: & Sanborn Maps: A Genealogist’s Guide


Sanborn maps were the Google maps of their day, providing detailed information for cities and towns across the United States. When combined with city directories they can be a powerful tool to find your ancestor through their place of business, their home and more!

Newspapers & Genealogy: Getting the Most Out of Print Online.


Most genealogists know newspapers as a source for basic information about our ancestors: births, marriages and deaths. Online newspapers contain much more information to help us better grasp the rich details of their lives. This session provides tips on a range of print sources, including the big online databases and lesser-known ones. Learn how to use this technological source to your advantage!

Preserve Family Artifacts & Spark Family Interest in the Past


In today’s modern world many of us think that no one is interested in the possessions and memories that are so dear to us.  Michelle Spencer, a local genealogist who is passionate about the past, will talk about the importance of sharing our stories with future generations.  She has a few suggestions on how to engage our family members (yep, even those eye rollers).  Michelle will share tips on preserving memories and mementos and offer ideas about to whom you might leave your legacy.

Was Your Family Affected by LaGrippe?


The influenza outbreak came in waves that lasted almost 3 years from mid-1918 through early 1920.  My family was directly affected when my grandfather's first wife died on April 1, 1919, one hundred years ago today.  I will share with you the situation across the state of Missouri and in the Ozarks.  This presentation will place the pandemic in context of when, why and where it occurred. This context provides genealogists with the best tools to search for records. The presentation covers what records exist, where to find them and a few surprising sources of information.


In 1918 the influenza pandemic swept across the United States and killed an estimated 50 million people globally. Discover how World War I shaped the spread of the disease and the U.S. government response to it. The lecture can be seen on YouTube.

Grip, Grippe and the Spanish Lady: The 1918 Pandemic and Your Family Records


This session will provide an overview of the 1918 epidemic and provide tips for discovering how it affected your ancestors through military, vital and other records.