January 4, 2014 Meeting
Digitizing at the Midwest Genealogy Center: Our Partnership with Familysearch.org
The Midwest Genealogy Center is one of eight partner institutions in the United States who are digitizing books in our collections to share with genealogists and historians. Over 100,000 family histories, county histories, genealogy magazines, how-to books, and gazetteers have been made freely available to researchers through this partnership. Ms. Lang will share details on the process as well as provide information on exciting new digitizing projects.
Cheryl Lang, MLS is the Manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center branch of Mid-Continent Public Library in Independence, Missouri. She was previously employed as the digital collections Librarian, and these positions have fueled the genealogy bug she acquired more than 30 years ago. Her previous library experience includes 13 years as a rural library director. Ms. Lang obtained her master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University Emporia, Kansas and bachelor degrees in both management and computers from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri.
The 2014 dues for the Northland Genealogy Society are now due. You may send your check to our treasurer: Northland Genealogy Society, P.O. Box 14121, Parkville, MO 64152. Dues for an individual are $15 and for a family are $25. You may pay them at our January meeting as well.
February 1, 2014 Meeting
Building Your Genealogy Toolbox
by Jessica Hopkins of the National Archives
This fast-paced class provides a quick introduction to the National Archives’ Online Public Access (OPA), Access to Archival Databases (AAD), and the National Archives website (www.archives.gov). Participants will gain familiarity with these tools and the resources they provide. Staff will explain the best ways to refine your searches and turn your search results into record requests.
Jessica Hopkins, a graduate in History and Education from William Jewell College, has been with the National Archives at Kansas City since 2007. As an Archives Specialist, her roles include: providing reference services to genealogists, historians, and scholars; assisting with databases related to the region’s records; and co-coordinating the National Archives at Kansas City genealogy program.
In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, and training for triathlons. Some of her favorite travel destinations include: Canyonlands National Park; Puerto Rico; Glacier National Park; and Washington, DC. Jessica lived in Wichita, Kansas, before moving to Kansas City, Missouri.
March 1, 2014 Meeting
"Volunteer Opportunities at te Midwest Genealogy Center"
by Michelle Cotton.
April 5, 2014
Immigration Records: More Than Just Passenger Arrival Lists National Archives in Kansas City
The breadth of immigration records available online and in archives can seem overwhelming. Come learn what original records you can find at the National Archives and what you can discover online. Records range from passport applications, naturalization documents, ship passenger lists, and more!
by Jennifer Audsley Moore, National Archives Technician & Volunteer Coordinator
Jennifer, a native Kansas Citian, has a B.A. in History from Avila University and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. As an archives technician, her duties include reference service, holdings maintenance, co-coordinating the genealogy and volunteer programs, and a variety of other tasks as needed.
May 3, 2013 Meeting
"Researching Your American Revolutionary Patriot"
The War of Independence changed history; our history; our families’ history. It’s a story about which we want to know more. Did my ancestor help? …even a little? There’s much to be learned about our ancestors’ roles in this moment in history. In this class, we’ll discover where to start, what the best resources are, and how to tackle the research. So, let’s go in search of answers using the soldiers’ service and pension records and unit narratives.
Beth Foulk has been a frequent speaker at the Northland Genealogy Society. Her wit, enthusiasm and well-prepared presentations make for an interesting morning.
Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences.
Beth is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the New England Historic Genealogic Society and the National Genealogy Society as well as being a frequent speaker at the Midwest Genealogy Center.
At each of our meetings we offer an opportunity for members to "brag" about some genealogical find, for example, a long searched for grave, a missing family member, an ancestor in a ship's passenger list and the like. For bragging, you contribute $1. This fund will be accumulated and then when we have enough funds, we will have a drawing and use the money to give a member a subscription to an on-line service or a book or something else the genealogist desires. This method gives us a way to tap into all the vast experience and knowledge among our members.