The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 2, 2012

Frankie Meyer: Annual convention offers plenty for family researchers

By Frankie Meyer
Globe Staff Writer

JOPLIN, Mo. — This is the time of year to mark your calendar so that you don’t miss the annual conference of the Missouri State Genealogical Society. This year, the conference will be held on July 13-14 at the Stoney Creek Inn at 2601 S. Providence Road. The hotel is located a few minutes south of the University of Missouri-Columbia campus.

Check with your local genealogy society to learn of others who plan to attend. Researchers often ride together and split the cost of transportation. Many share rooms to cut the cost of the hotel, too.

Keynote speakers are certified researchers Richard Sayre and Pam Boyer Sayre. Pre-conference events start with registration at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. One of the first sessions is “Using the BLM General Land Office Website.”

Another choice is “Making the Most of Your Cemetery Visit.”  As part of that session, attendees will visit the nearby, historic Jewel Cemetery.

The first afternoon session is “Understanding Federal Land Records.” That program is followed by “Updating Your Skills at” The last sessions are “The Best Tools For Beginning Genealogy Success” and “Putting the Power of Google Earth to Work for You.”

That night there is a buffet supper, followed by a free ice cream social (with musical entertainment).

Saturday sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. Topics include: “Telling the Tales -- Writing the Family Narrative,” “Assessing the 1940 Census Through the Internet,” “Understanding State Land Records -- Metes and Bounds,” “Finding and Using Land Ownership Maps,” “Finding Family Information in School District Records” and “Up Close and Personal with Civil War Women.”  

During the day, there is also a luncheon buffet, awards presentation, door prize drawings and an annual meeting. On both days, there will be a vendor area where organizations and individuals sell books, CDs, maps, and a variety of other items.

Stoney Creek has set aside a block of rooms at a special rate for attendees. Breakfast is included with the hotel stay.

For more info about the conference fee and other costs, contact Nancy W. Thomas, 5623 Bower Ln., Columbia, MO 65201. Also, call 573-443-6052 or e-mail The society’s web site is Registrations after July 9 include an additional $10 charge.

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