25 April 2015

Exhibitor Profile-Ancestral Systems LLC

Booth #709
Ancestral Systems LLC was formed in January, 2012, when we received the rights to develop Clooz Version 3 and beyond from Ancestor Detective LLC.  We are genealogists and Clooz users ourselves, dedicated to continuous improvement of our document-based genealogy research and development program. We are proud to have received a GenSoftReviews Users Choice Award for each of the 3 years that we have been in business.

We are a pioneer in 'Document Based' genealogy research. Our approach dictates that each source document or image is the basic building block of any serious family tree generation. We differ from most genealogy products in that each document/image is examined in detail, with specific details linked to each individual mentioned using a template for each document and detail sheets for each individual. A unique capability results from this approach in what we call the 'Composite View'. This view of the data allows the user to immediately find, identify and view every document associated with a specific individual. Through our specialized hierarchical structure, relationships between the individuals appearing in those documents become visible. The tree structure then allows delving deeper through the 5 levels of the Composite View tree. Use Clooz as a repository for the information you collect prior to inserting people into your family tree.

Please visit us at Booth #709, or see our website at http://www.clooz.com for more information.

Our latest version, Clooz 3.3 will be offered to conference attendees at a 25% discount.

24 April 2015

Speaker Profile-Dorris Keeven-Franke

Dorris Keeven-Franke

Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., W123–“Gottfried Duden”

Friday, 4:00 p.m., F357–“The Giessen Emigration Society”

Dorris’ lifelong passion for history was sparked when her great-grandfather shared research of the family tree when she was only nine. She has written countless articles on local history; consulted with film and television producers; traced heirs for law firms; and been an archivist for the St. Charles County Historical Society. Dorris travels giving talks on local history and German emigration. She teaches genealogy for the local Adult Education classes. Besides blogging, writing, and collaborating on five books, she is director for the Missouri Germans Consortium, and editor of their quarterly e-journal Der Anzeiger.
Since 2009, Dorris has worked on the international project Utopia–Revisiting a German State in America, as a team member of the Traveling Summer Republic and their U.S. contact. The bilingual project shares the story of one of the largest most organized emigration societies to come to the United States. In 1834, Friedrich Muench and Paul Follenius followed Gottfried Duden’s advice laid out in his “A Report on a Journey to the Western States of North America” and founded the Giessen Emigration Society.

With this group of archivists, writers, film makers, photographers, and artists in Germany intrigued with this nearly forgotten piece of history, they have produced a huge traveling exhibit, book, and documentary film. The exhibit was funded in Germany and traveled from Giessen, after opening on 1 November 2013, to the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. Dorris is looking forward to sharing her passion at the National Genealogical Society Conference.

Utopia exhibit - opening night - St Louis - November 21, 2014 - photo Peter Roloff-3665


Exhibitor Profile-Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy

Booth #717
The Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy (CAFG) is a professional association dedicated to advancing public awareness and understanding of the Forensic Genealogy profession.

Established in 2011, CAFG is dedicated to the advancement of forensic genealogy, which is genealogical research, analysis, and reporting in cases with legal implications. CAFG promotes high standards of professional and ethical conduct, provides education and training opportunities, and assists in professional development through mentorship, membership levels, credentialing, and awarding of fellowships.

CAFG’s Volunteer Initiative Program (VIP) offers members the opportunity to work on real-world cases gaining valuable experience while also giving back to local communities. Participants of past VIP projects have located living descendants of former land owners in order to clear title on an abandoned property, found the next-of-kin of deceased military veterans to return lost or missing Purple Heart medals, and identified over thirty living relatives of a child aging out of the foster care system. Throughout these projects, mentors guide each volunteer and provide thoughtful and constructive feedback on their work product.

Each year, the educational arm of CAFG also holds the Forensic Genealogy Institute (FGI) in Dallas, Texas, offering students the opportunity to learn from leading experts in forensic genealogy. In March 2015, CAFG featured two brand-new courses – the Forensic Genealogy Master Practicum and Advanced Genetic Genealogy and Unknown-Parentage Cases. Details for 2016 FGI will be released later this year. Learn more at http://www.forensicgenealogists.org.


23 April 2015

Speaker Profile-Melinda Daffin Henningfield, MS, CG

Melinda Daffin Henningfield, MS, CG*
Thursday, 11:00 a.m., T226–"From Missouri to Oregon by Way of the Applegate Trail"
Beginning in 1843, most pioneers traveling west to Oregon left from their jumping off place in Missouri or Iowa and traveled on the Oregon Trail. A southern route to the Willamette Valley of Oregon seemed preferrable to the dangerous northern route down the Columbia River. In 1846, Jesse Applegate and others convinced about one hundred wagons to use the new southern route, now called the Applegate Trail. In this lecture, learn of the hardships and dangers that the pioneers faced. Many types of original documents will be illustrated to show how they can be used to flesh out a pioneer family.

Ezra Meeker, "Line of Original Emigration to the Pacific Northwest Commonly Known as the Old Oregon Trail," map, The Ox Team or the Old Oregon Trail 1852–1906, 4th ed., (New York: Ezra Meeker, 1907): 250–51; Wikimedia Commons (http://www.commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oregontrail_1907.jpg : accessed 31 January 2015).

Saturday, 8:00 a.m., S401–"Investigate the Neighborhood to Advance Your Research"
Have you reached a brick wall in your research? In this lecture, learn how expanding your research to include the relatives, friends, neighbors, and associates of your ancestor can help you break through your brick wall. Case studies will illustrate some step-by-step methods you can use in your own research.

 *CG or Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.


Exhibitor Profile-Missouri State Archives

Booth #311
Located at 600 W. Main St. in Jefferson City, the Missouri State Archives is the main repository for state records of permanent historical value. Our holdings date from 1770 and include records from all branches of state government. Of greatest interest to the genealogical community are our birth, marriage, death, land, military, court, naturalization, and penitentiary records.

Genealogists researching state records online are likely aware that many of these are available through our Online Research Room and the Missouri Digital Heritage website. These records, however, are only a small portion of the more than 336 million pages of paper records; 770,000 photographs; 9,000 maps; 63,000 reels of microfilm; and 560 cubic feet of published state documents in the collection of the Missouri State Archives.

Our reference staff is happy to accept research requests both by email (archref@sos.mo.gov) and postal mail (PO Box 1747, Jefferson City, MO 65102), while in-person access is available through our research room (open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday).

Come by Booth #311 and share your research with Missouri State Archives’ staff. They may be able to help you add a missing limb to your family tree!


Speaker Profile-Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FVGS

Barbara Vines Little, CG,* FNGS, FVGS
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m., W121–“But I’ve Looked Everywhere,” BCG Skillbuilding Track
A hound dog looking for a trail, runs in ever-widening circles until he finally finds the scent. In the process of finding that scent, he collects and analyzes a tremendous amount of data. If asked, he could tell you that two rabbits ate clover near the path yesterday, a squirrel climbed the oak tree this morning, and what the crow that just flew overhead ate yesterday. As family researchers, we need to learn to do the same. Collecting data is important, but learning to look at that data for clues to even more data, and eventually the answer to our question, is the key. Looking everywhere, may mean re-examining a document—not for answers to questions, but for clues to other sources, changing the area or time frame of a search, broadening the search to different types of records or looking for different types of information to provide the answer. Establishing an approximate birth or death date, when no vital statistics were kept, no bible record can be found, the religion did not practice infant baptism and no tombstone, obituary, or probate can be located is difficult, but we can usually create a date range through the use of multiple other sources or even sometimes, find the actual date. We’ll explore how to find those sources, whether we’re researching in Colonial Virginia, the Deep South, the Mid-or far West, or even the currently (February) frozen North.

 *CG or Certified Genealogist is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, used under license by Board-certified genealogists after periodic competency evaluation, and the board name is registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office.


22 April 2015

Speaker Profile-Cheryl Lang, M.L.S.

Cheryl Lang, M.L.S.
Thursday, 8:00 a.m.,T208–"Researching at the Midwest Genealogy Center "

An introduction to the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri, and its resources including microforms, periodicals, databases, and books.

As a patron of the Mid-Continent Public Library genealogy section, beginning her own family history search in 1980, Cheryl Lang was bitten by the genealogy bug. Now, 35 years later and as manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center, she is still just as excited to use and share the family history resources at this library.

Cheryl obtained her master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas, and a bachelor degrees in both management and computers from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. Adding genealogy to her library interests, working at the Midwest Genealogy Center has become her dream job. 

Cheryl currently serves as 1st vice president of the Missouri State Genealogical Association and belongs to several local genealogy societies. She is a member of the History Section and the Genealogy Committee of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association.

Having shared her genealogy and oral history expertise at genealogy conferences and many smaller society meetings, Cheryl is very excited to be speaking at NGS for the first time!

Cheryl Lang, M.L.S.