I have attended many genealogy conferences throughout the years, and I always find them helpful. They are a great place to network with other researchers as well as learn about a variety of genealogy topics and gain new research skills. 

The annual Missouri State Genealogical Association Conference at Columbia is the best one held in the Midwest. As usual, this year’s roster of speakers is extraordinary.

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, will be the keynote speaker. She will give advice on how to find federal and state court records.

Russell has a law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark, and she is also a certified genealogist who teaches classes at several genealogy institutes. Her keynote presentation is “Liars, Laws and Brick Walls.”

Erika Woehlk, who works at Missouri State Archives at Jefferson City, will give advice on using the archives’ online databases.

Another speaker, Sharlene Miller, is chairperson of MoSGA’s program called Missouri First Families. Her presentation is about that program.

Cheryl Lang, who is manager of Midwest Genealogy Center at Independence, Missouri, will give a presentation on beginning genealogy.

Another presenter is Marilyn H. Collins, author of several books about writing. She will offer advice on marketing a book.

Another speaker is Rob Taylor, past president of the Genealogy Society of Central Missouri.

His program will be about the newspaper collection at the State Historical Society at Columbia and how the newspapers can be searched for obituaries.

Preston Washington specializes in African American and Native American ancestry.

His presentation will be about the records of the Five Civilized Tribes.

Those tribes are the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muskogee) and Seminole.

Patti Hobbs, who works at the Springfield-Greene County Library in Springfield, will have a presentation on DNA testing.

She will describe the differences between YDNA and Autosomal DNA tests, and the advantages of each.

The conference will be held on August 7-8 at Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center at Columbia.

The hotel is located at 2601 S. Providence Road, south of the University of Missouri campus. MoSGA has arranged for special hotel rates for those attending the conference.

Reserve your room as soon as possible because the rooms usually fill up.

To learn more about the conference, registration for the event and hotel registration, check the society’s website at www.mosga.org.


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