JOPLIN, Mo. — Part of the fun of genealogy is visiting with others of similar interests, as well as learning about new techniques and resources. Many organizations offer workshops which allow researchers to do all three.
- The Missouri State Genealogical Association will hold its annual conference on August 2-3 at the Stoney Creek Inn at Columbia. The keynote speaker, Thomas W. Jones, will discuss immigrants, genealogy book websites, Civil War records, circuit court records, music and family history, memoir writing and Civil War music. For more information, check the website at www.mosga.org.
- The Ozarks Genealogical Society at Springfield holds several small workshops each month. To learn about those sessions, check the website at www.ozarksgs.org. When the site opens, click on "calendar" at the top of the screen.
On April 20, the St. Louis Genealogical Society will hold its one-day Annual Family History Conference at the Maryland Heights Centre at 2344 McKelvey Road.
The keynote speaker, Claire Bettag, will discuss "National Archives and Records Administration Records and Information at Your Fingertips," "Library of Congress Resources: Newspaper and Current Periodicals," "Assumptions: A Genealogical Slippery Slope" and "What's Your Plan? Mapping Your Research."
Other speakers are Ann Carter Fleming, "Organizing Your Family History Electronically," Pat Stamm, "Using Diverse Records to Step Outside Your Genealogical Box," and Bruce Buzbee, RootsMagic Genealogical Software.
The National Archives at Kansas City, which holds records from the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, often offers free genealogy workshops at 400 West Pershing Road.
On Friday, April 5, they will have the workshop "Broke, But Not Out of Luck: Exploring Bankruptcy Records" from 10-11:30 a.m. Another workshop "Federal Websites for Genealogists" will be held on Thursday, April 25 from 10-11 a.m. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or email email@example.com.
- On October 26-27, the Gregath Publishing Company of Wyandotte, Okla. will be holding its Bi-Annual Retreat in the Woods at the scenic Sky Ranch at Cave Springs west of Seneca. This year's theme is "Tools and Skills of an Effective Genealogist in the 21st Century." Registration is limited to 15 attendees. For more information, check www.gregathcompany.com/workshop/2013.
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