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    Missouri 1965 Death Certificates are UP!

    The scanning and indexing is complete, and the death certificates for 1965 from Missouri are ready! Happy hunting!

    NWMGS 2015 Genealogy Conference


    The Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society is holding its 2015 conference on July 25th this year.

    From the NWMGS site:

    July 25, 2015 is the date of our second annual Genealogy Conference at Remington Nature Center. We are pleased to announce that this year we will have four different speakers focusing on a wide array of topics. Those who register before June 30th will receive a $5 discount, and NWMGS members enjoy an additional $5 discount. At-the-door price is $50.

    The entire schedule and details can be found on the registration form.

    We hope to see you there!

    It’s not RAOGK, but . . .

    Besides “do you have anything on my Smith family,” one of the most frequently asked questions is “Do you know anyone who can do the research for me?” Usually, no. But you might be able to find someone at RootsBid.

    RootsBid is a new website, certified by FamilySearch, that can help you find someone to help you with that long-distance research task you’ve been sitting on. Registration is free, but getting your information probably won’t be. Other registered users bid on how much they’ll charge to complete your request. Of course, it’s always possible that the RAOGK refugees will throw in some bids for cost. But just reviewing some of the current requests, someone will be spending a lot of time on a few of them, so, naturally, those bids will probably be higher.

    The site is so new, there’s not much there yet. But as . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    Missouri State Penitentiary: 1836 – 1931

    Missouri Digital Heritage has launched the Missouri State Penitentiary database! This database is an index of the penitentiary records, and includes mug shots when available, but they weren’t taken as a matter of course until 1928. Unlike the death certificates project, PDFs of the records aren’t available online, but obtaining the records is easy and cheap: a buck and an envelope.

    I love the Missouri State Archives!

    The Pikes Peak NewsFinder

    The Pikes Peak Genealogical Society has been indexing the Colorado Springs Death Registers, and presents their work in the Pikes Peak NewsFinder.

    To check it out, I threw in my go-to surname: Pulley. What I found was quite exciting! Andrew J. Pulley, who died in 1903 at 35 years of age, is buried in Union Chapel Cemetery in DeKalb County, Missouri. Most of his life takes place during the void between the 1880 census and the 1900 census, and he died before Missouri maintained death certificates. There’s more interesting stuff about this guy, which I’ll probably write about later, but that is not what makes this find, as regards the Pikes Peak NewsFinder, so fabulous.

    Here’s the kewl part: The index entry includes a link to obtain the document. I clicked on it to find out how much it would cost. Nothing. They’ll email it to you. . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    ARGH! Strikes AGAIN!

    I’ve used HeritageQuest Online for years to access the U.S. census. It’s a service available through libraries which, unlike Library Edition, can be accessed from home using your library card number. Yes, the interface was a bit outdated and maybe not as pretty as some. You had to be a bit creative with your searches because of the way the indexing was presented, and while all available images for all years were there, not all years were indexed. The pages with the images themselves loaded relatively quickly, taking into account how large the files were, and there were several format options available for saving them.

    Enter, screwing things up again, a la RootsWeb and Find A Grave.

    I don’t know when HeritageQuest Online climbed into bed with, but some time in the last month or two, the website has been “updated.” At . . . [Yes! There’s more!]

    The Canadian Gravemarker Gallery

    Not everyone originally arrived through US ports. Some of them went to Canada first, and then migrated south — like geese. 🙂

    If you’re looking for some of these elusive ancestors, the Canadian Gravemarker Gallery might have information to help you. Be sure to note the special instructions for searching, based on the naming conventions used for the images.