27 March 2015

Exhibitor Profile-No Waste Publishing

Booth #316
No Waste Publishing™ is a subsidiary of Creative Imaging, Inc., which is one of the largest “print-on-demand” suppliers in St. Louis since 1985.

Our mission is to provide the best value in book printing for a genealogy author.

It is our belief that great customer service begins and ends with personal attention. You will be assigned a dedicated customer service representative who will assist you throughout the entire self-publishing process. Her name is Lisa Fox. She has been working with genealogy authors for ten years.  She also works closely with the local St. Louis Genealogical Society and has created books for several of the members.

We want to make it easy for you to create your book. There are no complicated publishing “packages” or contracts. You will never pay for anything that you don’t need or want. By keeping everything simple, we keep everything affordable, but without any compromises on quality or service.

We don’t just take orders; we help shape them.

We offer a variety of bindings including true, library hard case binding, full color hard case binding, and soft cover bindings.

We’ve built our business on honesty, integrity, and customer satisfaction. Every precaution is taken to ensure that you get the best final result with no chance of any unpleasant surprises. And after more than twenty years in business, you can be sure we’ll be here tomorrow to serve your needs.

Come by Booth #316 to learn more. Check out our website at http://www.nowastepublishing.com.


26 March 2015

Speaker Profile-Steve Ehlmann

Steve Ehlmann
Friday, 9:30 a.m., F317, “Virginia Gentry Confront German Kulture: The Experiences of Three St. Charles County Families”

This lecture traces the history of three of the leading families of St. Charles County before the Civil War. By 1850, these Virginia gentry found themselves living in a county where nearly half of the inhabitants were German speaking immigrants who did not share their values on a number of issues, the most important of which was slavery. When Civil War came, some Virginia families sent their sons to fight for the Confederacy. While other Virginia families opposed secession with varying degrees of enthusiasm, almost all opposed the abolition of slavery.  Most of the German immigrants supported the Union and abolition, creating disagreements within the pro-Union forces over the use of martial law in the county and state. Hard feelings continued after the Civil War as the German-speaking population continued to grow, and those with southern roots became the minority in St. Charles County. As this group lost political influence, each family and each family member had to deal with the new reality.  Some stayed, but many left St. Charles County to seek opportunities elsewhere. Their experiences during the war and its aftermath continued to influence those who remained and those who moved on.

Steve is the author of a comprehensive history of St. Charles County, where he has served as county executive the last eight years. He is a director of the Missouri Historical Society and the State Historical Society of Missouri.


25 March 2015

Exhibitor Profile-Missouri State Genealogical Association

Booth #212

The Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA) is excited to have the NGS 2015 Annual Conference in the Show Me State at the Crossroads of America.

MoSGA is proud to celebrate 35 years of providing resources, education, and published materials to those researching Missouri ancestors. Please visit us at Booth #212 to join in our celebration and help spread the MoSGA love with a small token of our appreciation. We also ask that you participate in our “Pin Your Missouri Ancestor” life-size pin board.

Our sponsored speaker is Kathleen Brandt of a3Genealogy, http://www.a3Genealogy.com. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Brandt will explore slave and slaveholder records of Little Dixie - Missouri and share seven resources to research−from Missouri migration to Post Civil War Missouri records. Kathleen is speaking Friday, 8 a.m., session F307, "7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders in Little Dixie−Missouri."

Stop by Booth #212 and let us show you how you can honor your Missouri ancestor, stay informed about Missouri genealogy research opportunities, and participate in Missouri genealogical and historical events with MoSGA. Find out more at http://www.mosga.org.

24 March 2015

Speaker Profile-Mary Stansfield

Friday, 2:30 p.m., F347, “Grandpa “Stole Chickens in the Nighttime:” What Penitentiary Records Can Tell About Your Family”

Did you ever wonder why no one talked about what Uncle Albert was doing during the Great Depression? Have you heard the phrase “pretty wild when he was younger, but a good guy” used to describe someone in your family? If so, you might want to take a look in penitentiary records. 

This session will focus on the Missouri State Penitentiary, but will give researchers an idea of common types of penitentiary records. Penitentiary records can offer a wealth of information on hard to find family members. You can discover big things like a date of death or parents’ names, or smaller details like what kind of tattoos great-great grandpa had.

A brief history of the Missouri State Penitentiary will be included, descriptions of what types of records have survived, the information you can learn about inmates, and practical tips for doing research. There will also be riots, gangsters, daring escapes, and stories about grandpa stealing chickens and grandma running a bawdy house.    

Mary Stansfield, MA, CA
Missouri State Archives
600 W. Main St.
Jefferson City, MO 65102

23 March 2015

Special Thursday Evening Lecture

Bryan McGraw
Thursday, 5:30 p.m., T261, "Personnel Records of the National Archives at St. Louis"

Did you know that the National Archives at St. Louis is the nation's central depository of genealogically-rich personal data series records of the late 19th and 20th Century? The National Archives at St. Louis is home to hundreds of millions of personal data series records including the official military and civilian personnel folders, many of which are open to the public for research. These are the most requested records in the National Archives system.

Attendees to this session will be given insight into not only the records available for genealogical research, but will also have a chance to learn how one of the largest and most modern archives in our nation was constructed and what is being done to preserve these records for future generations.They will also be provided a virtual tour of the facility and be given insight into what they need to do to perform on-site research and how to obtain copies of records if they are off-site. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

The session will be presented by Bryan McGRaw, acting Access Coordinator - St. Louis & Midwest.

National Archives and Records Administration
1 Archives Drive, Room 340F
St. Louis, MO 63138


22 March 2015

Exhibitor Profile-JustaJoy

Booth #511

2015 has brought many exciting changes to JustaJoy.com Family Heirloom Exchange and many more are underway, awaiting revelation as the year proceeds. We are four years old now and can truthfully bill ourselves as the “World’s Largest Source of Indexed Family Heirlooms.” But there is still a lot to do.

In January we initiated our monthly newsletter, The Heritage Room which has proved to be an efficient way to communicate with the JustaJoy community.

We are thankful that Missouri member and genealogist, Kathy Wieland, has chosen JustaJoy to feature her gigantic collection of identified and researched photos. Exciting matches have already occurred and will continue as the year progresses.

We are also proud of the increased activity by Society members such as Clan MacBean who are using JustaJoy to match the dozens of items donated to their Society by well-meaning individuals. One of their first listings, an 1860’s photo album, was happily reunited with a Colorado JustaJoy member who, in turn, began listing, which in turn, created another exciting match!

We are also in the process of developing a larger international presence to procure more dealers like Martyn Downer (MyFamilySilver.com) and David Madelena (Madelena Antiques), both of whom are from London, England and who have brought class to JustaJoy with their offers of heraldic silver and 18th century needlework samplers.

Every JustaJoy member is important. The more members–the more surnames–the more items–the more matches! Come see us in Booth #511 in the Exhibit Hall.

21 March 2015

Speaker Profile-Carol Whitton

Carol Whitton, CG*
Being able to read both U.S. and German records is one of the essential first skills of any genealogist. You can’t understand or interpret the content, if you can’t read it! Have you encountered difficulties reading records?

To obtain pointers and improve your skills, plan to attend Carol Whitton’s handwriting lectures:
Thursday, 4:00 p.m., T253, “Reading Handwritten German Church Records,”
Friday, 9:30 a.m., F312, “You Can Read Early American Handwriting”

Come prepared to be an elementary student again and learn to read and write. When all the records you need are handwritten by someone else, learning to write enhances your reading skill. You too can read any record if you learn what to look for, how it is typically organized, and how to work around the problems!

Certified since 2008, Carol has spent more than thirty years gathering expertise on German and American ancestors.

 *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.