February 3, 2018 Meeting
Capture History Now
As genealogists we zero in on finding the wonderful treasures of our past – as we should. However, we often neglect capturing the family history being created now, in the 21st Century. We forget that our current events are our children’s family history. Break open the can of “memory catcher” and learn how to save today for tomorrow.
Beth discovered her love of genealogy through her father, who built a 115-name family tree with every family member’s name he knew. While Beth continues to research her family, she shares her knowledge through lectures, articles, her blog, and one-on-one assistance. She particularly enjoys speaking at regional conferences.
March 3, 2018 Meeting
Telling Your Story Through the Story Center
This event will be held at the Woodneath Library
8900 NE Flintlock Road
Kansas City, MO 64157
This program will provide an overview of the services offered through the Story Center at Mid-Continent Public Library with a special focus on the Woodneath Press and the Espresso Book Machine (EBM). Woodneath Press Manager Dave Burns will discuss print and publishing requirements through the use of the EBM, as well as possible uses and benefits of this service for the genealogy community.
Additionally, the Woodneath Press is collaborating with the Midwest Genealogy Center to provide an upcoming writing course currently titled Writing Your Genealogy Research: From Past to Print. This course is due to be released in 2018, and further information will be provided during this program.
Dave Burns is the Woodneath Press Manager for Mid-Continent Public Library’s Story Center department located in the Woodneath Library Center. He has been in the writing/printing/publishing field since 2009, when he began writing professionally. Since that time he has published 7 books, as well as created a literature and arts magazine highlighting local authors, artists, and musicians. He founded The Ottawa Writers’ Guild, has taught numerous creative writing courses, and has had the opportunity to teach a 26-week course to a Duke of Edinburgh Award student in Ottawa, Ontario, CA via Skype. He has worked as a freelance self-publishing consultant, as well as a copyeditor and composition account manager for a printing/publishing house focused on scientific and STEM journalism.
April 14, 2018 Monthly Meeting
Note date change: This is the 2nd Saturday of April
Using Newspapers to Tell and Write a Life Story
by Mary Celeste
Mary Celeste remembers her paternal grandfather as a funny, bed-ridden invalid who died when she was six. Throughout her childhood there were suggestions that he was not as benign as the man she knew and she eventually learned that he had shot her grandmother, but her father, a young witness, refused to speak of the incident. Recently, through digitized, online copies of her hometown newspaper she uncovered the whole story, and much more about the tragedies of her grandfather’s life that led to a greater understanding of his behavior. Learn how newspapers may help you solve a family mystery, and tell their story in a written narrative, as well!
Mary Celeste holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from UM/C and is a retired branch librarian with Mid-Continent Public Library. She has served on the American Library Association’s Genealogy Committee and chaired the ALA Local History Committee, as well as similar positions with the Missouri Library Association. She is currently the Vice President of the Northland Genealogy Society and on the board of the Missouri State Genealogical Association (MoSGA). She has spoken at national, state and local conferences and events, but her greatest joy is discovering the stories of her own ancestors and sharing them with her children and grandchildren.
June 2nd Monthly Meeting
Social Media & A Search Engine: Genealogy Tools for the 21st Century
This presentation focuses on the way social media sites like Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn etc can aid in genealogy research and finding descendants of common ancestors, who may hold solutions to breaking down brick walls. Guests will also learn how to use their search engine to find lesser known websites, records, books, databases and personal memoirs unavailable through sites like Ancestry and FamilySearch.
Tracy Keeney's creative methods for researching her family tree (which had been deemed "practically impossible") and locating previously unknown records spawned the creation of the Armenian Genealogy Group on Facebook which now has over 8000 members worldwide. The demand from group members around the world resulted in the creation of the first ever Armenian Genealogy Conference, which she co-founded and directed. The initial conference was held in Boston in 2016, followed by Detroit in 2017 and the 3rd annual conference will be held in NYC this coming fall. Tracy is also in the process of formalizing the Armenian Genealogy Society.
Midwest Genealogy Center Event Calendar
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