Thursday, October 9, 2014

Stoddard County Genealogy Program - "Whoooo are Your Ancestors?"

"Whoooo are Your Ancestors?" The STODDARD County Genealogy Society will host a workshop on Saturday, October 18, at the Keller Public Library from 10:00 - 3:00. Cost is $10.00, which covers materials and lunch.

Speakers include BIll Eddleman, Publisher; Martha Carwile, "Women in the Revolutionary War"; Nancy Matthews from Paragould and Carolyn Cox from Sikeston. RSVP by October 1 by calling the library at 573-624-3764 or email

Friday, October 3, 2014

Genealogy Books at the Local Author Fair

An exciting part of the Library's first "Local Author Fair" is the opportunity to purchase local history books!  (There are a total of 23 authors, illustrators, etc., participating in this event.)

The Butler County Genealogy Society will have their books for sale, including their latest, Volume 3 of the Butler County History.

Robert H. Forister is the author of several local history books and will be showcasing his newest publication, "Wayne County Missouri History and Memories of my Childhood There".

Volumes 1 & 2 of "Butler County : a pictorial history" by John Stanard will be available to be purchased.

The library is just one of the many venues to be a part of the "Iron Horse Festival".  Stop by as you celebrate Poplar Bluff's railroad history and browse the works of many talented people from our community!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Butler County Genealogy Society Meetings Update

Just a reminder regarding the meetings of the Butler County Genealogy Society through the end of the year. (Is it really that close?!)

The September meeting has been scheduled a week early and will take place on the 18th (the 3rd Thursday) instead of the normal 4th Thursday (the 25th) due to a conflict with a conference members will be attending.

October's meeting will be held as normal on the 23rd.

November and December meetings will not be held as the 4th Thursday falls on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.  However, the Society members usually have a holiday get together in early December and that date is still pending.  Normal business meeting functions and reports are not conducted at that time.

The scheduled meetings will continue to be held at 1:30-2:30 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 500 N. Main St.  Don't forget to stop by the library before or after the meeting to do a little research!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Missouri Digital Heritage - Missouri Governors Records, 1837-1897

Sketch of the Governor’s Mansion, Jefferson City,
Missouri from the 
History of Jasper County, Missouri.
Have you taken a look at the Missouri Digital Heritage website fromt the Missouri State Archives lately?  If not, they've added great historical resources for 19th century Missouri providing insights into the governing of the state.  The latest is:  Missouri Governors Records, 1837-1897.  The following details show just what you'll find!

  The collection includes official records of 19th century Missouri governors. Missouri’s sixth governor, Lilburn Williams Boggs is the first for which the Missouri State Archives holds gubernatorial records.
  Missouri governors from the 19th century coped with tensions surrounding the expulsion of Mormons, slavery, violence along the Kansas border, guerilla bands, vigilantes and the outbreak of the Civil War. Other topics in the collection include emancipation, the ousting of elected officials, voter disenfranchisement, civil unrest, outlaws, veterans’ issues, inflation, economic worries, labor unrest, railroad construction and massive debts.
  Records of governors currently on-line include those for the years 1837-1893. Forthcoming additions to the collection include the years 1893-1897. The Missouri State Archives does not hold records for governors in office from 1821-1836.
  The records include correspondence, court records, advertisements, letters of recommendation, resignations, arrest warrants, extradition requisitions, pardons, rewards for capture, bills, invoices, receipts, oaths of loyalty and supporting materials, election notices, writs of election, and legal opinions by the Missouri Attorney General and the Supreme Court of Missouri. The collection also contains maps, memoranda, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, petitions, proclamations, reports, resolutions, statistics and telegrams.

Monday, August 18, 2014

8 Week Genealogy Class

University of Missouri Extensions’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute delivers courses designed to complement the interests, concerns and lifestyles of the over-50 adult.  New programs for Fall 2014 include Researching Your Family History which will run weekly from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays starting on September 9 and ending October 28. These classes are presented using interactive television (ITV) and will be held at the Poplar Bluff Municipal Library. The cost for each course is $90 which includes 8 sessions and handout materials.  For more information on the classes, or to register, call the extension office at 573-686-8064 or visit their website at

Researching Your Family History

[8 SESSIONS] -- 10–11:30 a.m., Tuesdays
Sept. 9, 16. 23, 30 and Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28

One of the world’s most popular hobbies is genealogy.  You may have dabbled a bit or have already been bitten by the genealogy bug. What starts as simple curiosity can quickly grow into an obsession. People decide to research their family’s history for different reasons, perhaps to understand a little more about themselves and their roots; to give their children a sense of family by providing them with information about their ancestors, where they came from and how they lived; to compile a family medical history; to qualify for a lineage society, such as the Daughters of the American Revolution or Sons of the American Revolution or other heritage societies; or to publish a family history book. Whatever your motivation, this class will examine the “hows” and “wheres” to research your family history. It is helpful if participants have begun the process and know how to complete pedigree charts and family group sheets, either on paper or a computer. Though not required, participants will find access to a computer of benefit since many sources of information are readily available online.

Instructor: Anna L. Martin, EdD, retired educator, has been researching her family tree for more than 30 years. After teaching high school history, it was a natural progression to researching her family history.  She previously taught a genealogy course at NCMC in Trenton, Mo., and two genealogy courses for Osher. She continues to write a monthly genealogy column for her hometown newspaper, the Republican Times in Trenton, and has written articles for the Missouri State Genealogy Society journal and the local Genealogy Society of Central Missouri newsletter. She is a member of the Genealogy Society of Central Missouri in Columbia and the Grundy County Genealogical Society.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Microfilm Genealogy Humor

Just a little humor for all the genealogists out there! Raise your hand if you can relate. Have a great weekend! May all your searches be successful searches.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jonesboro Public Library Genealogy Lock-in

Not sure where to look when researching Native American family members or what resources are available?

You're in luck then!  Join our friends at the library in Jonesboro, Arkansas on Saturday, July 19th, for an informative night with fellow genealogists to hear a guest speaker and take advantage of the chance to perform research "after hours".

For more information regarding this event, call 870-935-5133 or visit their website at:

Happy researching!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Thanks to all the fellow genealogists, friends, and researchers that have stopped by to check things out over the two and a half years.  Today, this blog had it's 10,000th page view!  And how appropriate is it to take place on Memorial Day?

Keep checking back as there is always more news!  We have several new items in the Genealogy Department to talk about, workshops taking place around the region, and maybe a surprise or two as well.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Butler County Genealogy Society Update

Belated New Year's greetings fellow genealogists!

The Butler County Genealogy Society asked I help spread the word regarding their monthly meetings.  They are no longer meeting at the Twin Towers at 2 PM on the fourth Thursday each month.  The Society has a new meeting place and time.  You will now find them holding their regular meetings at the First United Methodist Church, located at 500 N. Main St. here in Poplar Bluff at their new time 1:30 PM.  The dates still fall on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Also, if you haven't purchased a copy of "Butler County History Book, Volume 3", stop by the county archives 9-3 each Tuesday for a copy (barring additional inclement weather like we've received lately!).

Everyone stay safe and warm and look forward to more posts soon!