27 February 2015

Repositories-National Archives at Kansas City

National Archives at Kansas City
400 W. Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 268-8000
Email: kansascity.archives@nara.gov
Website: http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nationalarchiveskansascity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kcarchives

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.*
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and all Federal Holidays
*Hours subject to change. Call ahead.

Anyone who has cleaned out a family attic knows the importance of keeping family records. You may have military records from relatives who served in one of the World Wars—or even the Civil War. Or pictures of your great-great grandparents on the day they became American citizens. Now imagine the task of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)—record keepers for all historically valuable records created by agencies of your Federal Government. The National Archives at Kansas City is just one of many locations across the country that provides access to these records.

The National Archives at Kansas City has two public research areas available to you—the research room, for use of original documents from our holdings, and the computer search room for use of online and microfilmed materials. In our research room you can see original historical documents, photographs, maps, drawings and much more from nearly 100 Federal agencies located in the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Our holdings total nearly 80,000 cubic feet of material. By law, we preserve and provide access to permanently valuable, non-current Federal records with historical, legal, or fiscal value.

For genealogists, records of particular interest include naturalization records, alien case files,  Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary inmate case files, and various records from Bureau of Indian Affairs agencies.

If you wish to view original records, you must call or email ahead to schedule an appointment.

All researchers are issued a researcher card. Please bring identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or student ID so that we can issue you a researcher card.

Please plan on leaving your personal belongings in a locker. Laptop computers, digital cameras, and pre-approved flatbed scanners are permitted in the research room. Self-service copying or scanning of original records is dependent upon the condition of the documents. Staff will provide guidance about what is permissible.

A self-service copy machine is available in the research room to make paper copies for a fee. A limited number of camera stands are also available for researcher use.

Please visit our website for a list of rules and to understand what you are permitted and not permitted to bring into our research room at

The National Archives at Kansas City has free parking directly in front of our building. Our facility is within walking distance of numerous other attractions, including the National World War I Museum and Union Station. There are dozens of restaurants and several hotels close by.


26 February 2015

Repositories-Tulsa City County Library

Tulsa City County Library, Hardesty Branch

Genealogy Center,
Tulsa City County Library, Hardesty Branch
8316 E. 93rd St.
Tulsa, OK  74133

The Genealogy Center’s comprehensive research collection includes traditional resources like books and microfilm, as well as online databases and subscriptions like: AncestryLibraryEdition, Fold3.com, American Ancestors, and HistoryGeo.com

The center’s print collection contains many out of print books. The books are divided into sections by states, families, and general genealogy research.  Materials within the state sections include county records and histories, along with books highlighting military, church and cemetery records. The center also includes a large Native American collection on microfilm, in book form, and through online access. The collection is non-circulating.

The center’s website contains indexes to map collections, vertical files, and family file collections.  Links to the Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune death notices, useful websites, program handouts, and an American Indian research tutorial are also included. 

The library has a large parking lot with easy access from Memorial Drive in South Tulsa. There are several restaurants within a mile of the Hardesty Library. The Woodland Hills Mall is less than 5 miles away.  


25 February 2015

Exhibitor Profile-Daniel Boone Footsteps

Booth #110
America’s story is a westward moving tale with countless thousands following in the footsteps of Daniel Boone, America’s pioneer hero, who lived his last 20 years not far from St. Charles, Missouri. Generations more moved west after the American Revolution, with new freedoms won and with new opportunities enticing them forward.

“I can’t take you back in time, but I can take you to the places where history happened,” says award-winning author and storyteller Randell Jones. His non-fiction history books tell America’s story by putting the narrative on the landscape. His exciting and factual accounts anchor the histories to places where America’s story unfolds, where previous generations have erected markers and monuments. “This is where we meet our ancestors,” he says, “standing where they stood, where they farmed, where they fought. We see the landscape across which they passed. We hear the same streams tumbling toward the oceans. We feel the same wind against our faces. Following in their footsteps, we know a good bit more about our past.”

Randell’s books include:
In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone with the companion DVD On the Trail of Daniel Boone.
In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett
Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain
Trailing Daniel Boone—DAR marking Daniel Boone’s Trail, 1912-1915,  and more.

His books have received numerous awards. In 2014, he received the D.A.R. History Award Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his body of work. 

Daniel Boone Footsteps,1959 N. Peace Haven Rd., # 105  Winston-Salem, NC  27106, DBooneFootsteps@gmail.com, 336-407-3035.
Learn more at www.danielboonefootsteps.com.


24 February 2015

Local Attractions-St. Charles County

Photo courtesy of the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau

This is the first of a series of posts that will focus on Local Attractions. This series is for NGS attendees who want to explore on their own before, during, or after the conference. Each post will highlight a different area of St. Louis.

August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area 
South on Highway 94 from Highway 40/61. West 1.5 miles on Highway D.
This 6,987-acre area is home to the St. Louis regional office of the Missouri Department of Conservation.  It includes a visitor center, hiking trails, and numerous hunting and fishing opportunities

Daniel Boone Home & Historic Center

1868 Highway F, Defiance, Missouri 63341
Daniel Boone’s last home has been restored and represents life in the early 1800s.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Combined tour of home and village is $12.
Website includes list of nearby restaurants and wineries.

Katy Trail (a Missouri State Park)

The Katy Trail was built on the former corridor of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT or Katy) and is the longest developed rail-trail in the country.  It begins at Frontier Park in St. Charles and runs through Missouri’s wine country with trailheads at Defiance, Augusta, Dutzow, Washington, and Marthasville.
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Lewis & Clark Boathouse and Nature Center
1050 South Riverside Drive, St. Charles
Exhibits include dioramas illustrating highlights of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Native American displays, and various Missouri River habitats encountered during the journey.  The museum tour is self-guided. Visitors receive an informational brochure that includes activities for all ages.
Hours: Mon–Sat 10:00 am–5:00 p.m., Sun Noon–5:00 p.m. 
Entrance Fee: $5

Missouri’s First State Capital (Missouri State Park Historic and Interpretive Site)
200 South Main Street, St. Charles
Hours: Mon–Sat 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Sun Noon–4:00 p.m.

Missouri Wine Country

Missouri wine country is in Hermann and in Augusta but it's also anywhere there is a winery.   See the website for particular wineries.

Thanks to Viki Fagyal, Publicity Chair, Local Host Committee


23 February 2015

Speaker Profile-Daria Labinsky

Daria Labinsky
Daria Labinsky is an archivist at the National Archives at St. Louis, where she has worked since 2010. She has a master’s in library science from Emporia State University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. She is a Certified Archivist.

Friday, 11:00 a.m., F324–“The Sick and the Dead: Veterans Administration Claim Files and Burial Case Files.”

The records she will discuss are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis.

Burial Case Files
The Quartermaster General’s office created Burial Case Files between 1915 and 1939 to keep track of domestic and overseas military burials. Many of the records belong to veterans who died in Europe during World War I. They can provide details of their death and burial and often include letters from family members. If a deceased veteran’s mother or widow participated in a Gold Star Mothers pilgrimage, details about their trips may be included as well.

Deceased Veterans Claim Files
The Veterans Administration compiled Deceased Veterans Claim Files to track the benefits veterans received after death or discharge from service, including pensions, disability payments, life insurance, and bonus pay. NARA–St. Louis holds claim files closed from 1917 to 1945. While most date to the WWI era, many are for veterans of the Civil War and other pre-WWI service. The files may include pension applications, lists of beneficiaries, correspondence, affidavits, medical records, and death certificates. Many files contain documents in languages other than English.


20 February 2015

Societies-Sappington-Concord Historical Society

The Sappington-Concord Historical Society (SCHS) was founded in 1992 to bring together those people interested in history, and especially in the history of the Sappington and Concord areas of St. Louis County, Missouri. This area starts on the north at the intersection of Watson Road and the Grant's Trail (formerly the right-of-way for the Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks) and follows the trail to I-55, southwest to Meramec River, northwest to I-44, and northeast back to Watson Road to Grant's Trail.

The Society's major function is to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area: its exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and in war; its progress in population, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufactures, trade and transportation. Our historian who amassed local genealogical family information shared it with the St. Louis Genealogical Society. At this time the archives of the Society is not set up to be researched or viewed.

Although the Society does not have a permanent place to display their artifacts, the organization is very active. Quarterly membership meetings are held the fourth Wednesday of January, April, July, and October usually in the Anne Morrow Lindbergh Room on the campus of Lindbergh High School, 5000 S. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri. A short business meeting begins at 7 p.m. and is followed by an informative program.

An annual Memorial Day Ceremony, held at the intersection of Gravois, Sappington, and Denny roads in South County, is sponsored by SCHS as a patriotic observance honoring the veterans. Meet-at-the-Site tours and day bus trips organized by SCHS to various locations are enjoyed by many participants. In conjunction with the St. Louis County Library, SCHS holds interesting daytime presentations in the auditorium of the Tesson Ferry Library branch. Also, the Society utilizes the library's display case two times a year to display photos, documents and other memorabilia.

SCHS has worked closely with Lindbergh Schools.  This includes acquisition of a Don Wiegand sculptured bust of Charles A. Lindbergh for the high school; the restoration and display of the Concord School bell; presentation of Tombstone Tales, along with the Past and Present Partnership program, to give 5th grade students a sense of local history.

In 1999 SCHS published Sappington Concord: A History, a second printing followed, but the book is currently out of print.  SCHS also published Hometown Heroes, a collection of 140 stories told by area veterans or a family member of a veteran who served during the 20th century. This book will be available for purchase at the National Genealogical Society 2015 Conference.

SCHS membership dues are $10 for an individual, $15 for a husband/wife. The calendar year runs from January through December. Memberships are also available for businesses and organizations.  Membership forms can be downloaded from the Society's website http://www.SCHS.ws.  Membership includes the quarterly 16-page newsletter with its interesting and informative articles and photos. Join the SCHS and we'll make history together.

For more information about SCHS, visit http://www.SCHS.ws, or call the 2015 President Stephen Hanpeter at 314-918-1617.

19 February 2015

Conference Official Media Registration Now Open

NGS has opened the official media registration for the 2015 Family History Conference.

NGS invites interested press, social media writers, bloggers, radio show hosts, and other media to register for official media credentials at http://goo.gl/kzoX8z. Registration is open through 16 March 2015. NGS will notify registrants their acceptance by 23 March 2015.

NGS recognizes the importance of media who regularly draw attention to records, research methods, tools, software, events, and other genealogical topics. Individuals and organizations with official media designation play an important role in the success of the NGS Family History Conference by sharing in conference fun, spreading newfound knowledge, and increasing conference attendance and participation.

Official media will:
  • be permitted to use the official press and blogger logos
  • be granted use of the press table at the conference.
  • The NGS Family History Conference blog will link to all official blogs, social media pages, and website

  • NGS will award five $50 NGS 2016 Family History Conference registration credits to official media who provide the best coverage at this year’s conference
The NGS Social Media Policy can be found at http://goo.gl/Sigp7P.

If you would like to be included as part of the official media for the NGS 2015 Family History Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, 13–16 May 2015, go to http://goo.gl/kzoX8z.