Northland Genealogical Society
Northland Genealogy Society


June 2020 Meeting (via webinar)

Family Research Gold in Real Estate Records
Kathleen Bird, JD, a hobby genealogist and historian, will give an overview of how real estate transactions and the records created document the adventure of western expansion from colonial times to the present.  She will draw on her legal knowledge to discuss the variety of ownership schemes and the types of records that are most useful in family research. 


May 2020 Meeting (via webinar)

                                         When They Came to America, Where Did They Go?
by Kathleen Brandt

Lecture Summary

Have you ever wondered where your ancestor moved to and why? Learn your immigrant ancestor’s path across America by understanding the social, political and religious influences that impacted their choices. We will look at immigrant movement across America and helpful tips and tools to tracing your ancestors. This can be the key to finding that elusive ancestor. This lecture reviews actual cases.

Lecture Outline

I.                This workshop offers seven (7) steps to ferreting out your newly arrived immigrant.

II.              Review underused online and state/federal and private collections and resources to uncover documents and records

 III.            Case studies using actual documents and scenarios.

MoSGA First Families Program
Sharlene Miller
Do you have ancestors who lived in Missouri in the 1800s?  If so, you may be eligible to apply for a Missouri First Families Certificate to honor your ancestor.   MoSGA would like to encourage you to participate in this program before the Missouri Bicentennial Celebration for Missouri’s statehood.  If your application is accepted prior to June 30, 2021 your ancestor will be honored in the MoSGA Bicentennial display.
Sharlene Miller is the Missouri First Families chairperson for the Missouri State Genealogical Association and has served on the Board of Directors for 10 years.  She is a professional genealogist for over 20 years and was a certified genealogist with the Board for Certification of Genealogists for 15 years.  Sharlene  will explain the First Families program and will discuss the types of certificates offered and the requirements for each.


March  2020

Divorce Records
by Lauri Jean Swett
If 50% of all marriages end in divorce, we will likely find them on our family trees. Learn to recognize the clues that point to a likely divorce, how to prove one happened and how to find the records.  Online and off-line resources will be discussed.
Lauri Jean is a professional genealogist.  She is a presenter, researcher, writer and volunteer.  She is a graduate of ProGen and has a certificate in Written Storytelling.  She volunteers at the Platte City Family History Center and is program chairman for the Heartland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  Her ancestors have provided 40 years of research experience in the Midwest and Southern United States, Canada and Scandinavia.
January 2020
DAR and Lineage Societies
by Jerre Robertson

Roslyn Heights, an elegant Queen Anne style mansion, located in Boonville, Missouri, serves as the Missouri State Society’ Daughters of the American Revolution headquarters. The home, built by Wilbur T. and Rhoda Stephens Johnson in 1895, was purchased by the Missouri State Society DAR in 1983, and was featured in the November 2012 issue of  Missouri Life  magazine, as one of the last of the “Main Street Mansions.”

Jerre Robertson, who serves as one of several docents at Roslyn Heights Annual Christmas Open House, will present the history of the beautiful mansion, discuss the historic restoration of the home and tell about how today's Missouri Daughters celebrate events and have established their own annual traditions at the historic property. 

Jerre Robertson joined NSDAR in 2009 as a member of the Columbian Chapter NSDAR, Columbia, MO.  After moving to Platte County, MO in 2010, Jerre transferred her membership to the Alexander Doniphan Chapter NSDAR, Liberty, MO.  She has served her chapter as Regent, Treasurer and chairman of various committee.

 Jerre is currently serving as State Organizing Secretary, MSSDAR. She is also a member of both the Missouri Society Sons of the American Revolution Auxiliary and William C. Corum Chapter NSSAR Auxiliary, currently serving as chapter President.


November 2019

Researching Your WWII Veteran
Presented by Nichole Schlagel from Midcontient Public Library
Piece together your WWII veteran's military experience using web resources, Midwest Genealogy Center resources, and outside sources. Learn what records still exist and how to locate them.
Nicole graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in History. After graduation, she worked for the University of Missouri at the Assessment Resource Center.
Nicole earned her graduate degree from Louisiana State University’s Library and Information Science program. Her specialization within this program was Archives Management.
Nicole worked at the Midwest Genealogy Center as the Librarian I/Archivist from 2012-2017. In November 2017, she became the Assistant Manager in charge of collection management at MGC. Nicole feels very lucky to be able to combine her love of history, family history, and libraries in one job. Working at MGC allows Nicole to help people achieve their own genealogy goals and discover new research possibilities.
October 2019
Social Media Tools for Genealogy
by Claire Brisson-Banks
Social Media provides a way to share, learn, find and record both your living and ancestral families.  Learn how to use Blogs, Wikis, YouTube, Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest  and more to advance your genealogical research skills, knowledge and family lines. Learn how to extend your family lines with these tools and more!
Born in Rhode Island, Claire has lived in a variety of locations throughout the world with Missouri currently being her home.
After raising a large family, she returned to education and completed her BS, MLIS and two AGs to further her career as an academic educator and an in depth genealogical researcher.
Besides running Timeless Genealogies, she is a professor for the Family History program at BYU-Idaho and provides technical support for the award winning family tree software, Ancestral Quest. She lectures at various conferences throughout the world, has done webinars and hang-outs that are available online. She devotes much of her time in the fields of genealogy, family history, forensics, librarianship and education in a multiplicity of avenues while staying on top of the latest advances in each field.
August 2019
In Search of My Brother's Mother--An Adoption Story
by Beth Foulk
I always knew my brother was adopted. It wasn't a big deal within our little family.. So when our Mother passed, and the adoption files were uncovered after more than 50 years in the back of a closet, I couldn't have imagined the journey we'd embark on. Pull up a chair. I'll tell you the story....genealogy research and all.  Beth shared a fascinating story of how she located his birth mother with tips that all researches can use in their pursuit of family history.
June 2019
How to Research "Out of the Box" Genealogy Resources
by Lisa Lisson
On-site genealogy research can be some of your most rewarding research. Are you prepared to make the most out of your limited time? Are you missing out on vital information pertaining to your ancestors? Whether researching at a local repository or on an extended road trip, don’t miss out.  Explore strategies, tips and even “out of the box” genealogy resources to get the most out of your next genealogy research trip.
May 2019
Beyond the Draft Card:  Researching Your Great War Ancestor
by Danni Altman-Newell
The draft card is one of the most well-known resources available for researching Great War ancestors. But once you’ve located your ancestor’s draft card (or haven’t located it!) where do you look next?  The centennial of the Great War has brought with it increased interest in the soldiers who served and those who supported them. Danni will discuss both military personnel and civilian resources. Resources highlighted will vary from those available online to some lesser-known repositories and museums that you may find helpful.
April 2019
Medical and Genetic Genealogy
When you have a chronic illness, or autoimmune disease there's always the question if other family members and ancestors suffered. Is there a hidden thread to our ancestors?

Kathleen Brandt, entered genealogy thanks to being a rare disease, autoimmune sufferer. As a former member of the KU Hospital Genealogy Advisor team for a Surgeon General grant, she coaches groups to be their own health advocate and to chart their family's medical genealogy. Note: this is a not a medical presentation, but one more phase toward gathering family and ancestral data. For the beginner to the advanced.
March 2019
Where Are They Buried?
Presenters: Elna Cox and Michelle Cook
Program Description: Are you having problems finding where your relatives are interred? We’ll look at alternative methods and review a real life example.  Methods were explained for finding unmarked graves and out-of-the-way cemeteries.
February 2019
DNA Match with No Tree?  No Problem!
Lisa Louise Cooke walked us through a case study of a DNA match without a tree and showed us the techniques to find the tree and then to use other techniques to possibly uncover the connection between you and the match.
Lisa Louise Cooke is the owner of Genealogy Gems, a genealogy and family history multi-media company.  She is Producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, the popular online genealogy audio show available at, in iTunes, and through the Genealogy Gems app.  
January 2019
The America of our 19th Century Ancestors
Presenter:  Robert Bee
The presenter covered the events in the 19th Century that would have affected many of our ancestors.  He covered two wars:  the War of 1812 and the Civil War.  He spoke about communication, especially the postal system and how it affected and changed the way people communicated in this century.  Also covered was the telegraph and Pony Express.  Immigration was a major event in this century.  He described New York's Castle Garden and then Ellis Island.  Other ports of entry were New Orleans, Galveston, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore as well as routes from Canada.  Migration routes in the U.S. were illustrated by his ancestors' movements across the country.  The PowerPoint presentation is available in the members section.
November 2018
Tips to Write Your Own Life Stories
By Deb Kaiser and Jeanette Adams
As we look at all of the information we have collected on our ancestors (photos, documents, stories, timelines, immigration records, etc.), who would want all of those miscellaneous files after we die?  More importantly, how can what we have collected be of interest to family today?  Stories are one way to make that information come alive.  The hardest part of writing a story is getting started.  Some strategies that were suggested this morning include picking events from your life and writing on them, for example, cars that I have owned, a favorite vacation, a description of our parents.  One person gathered all of her family’s Christmas letters and put them in a three-ring binder.  Another strategy is to write about one of your grandparents.  Scanning photos, letters, cards, and documents will allow you to insert them into your document along with the text.  What you know about yourself and your immediate ancestors is a treasure that can be shared for generations to come.  For more about this subject, see our handout under Presentations in our Members section.
October 2018
The Records Are Always Right, Right?
by Mary Celeste
The answer is a resounding “no” which is also unsettling.  A source that was created at the time of the event is likely to be more reliable than someone’s memory 70 years later.  If something you have recorded seems odd or in conflict with other information, you will want to explore further and gather other pieces of information that can point to the same event.  Perhaps there was something in the newspaper at the time.  There might have been a letter to a family member that mentioned the event.  When you get to secondary sources, such as, transcripts, errors can creep in more easily.  You will want to find the original if possible.  Our presenter gave extensive information on this process which you can see in her handout in our Members section. 
August 2018
Working with Photographs and Slides for Genealogy
John Kuhns presented a slideshow of his presentation which is available in the Members section of this website.  He covered tintypes which present unique problems.  When working with color photos they can be manipulated by changing hue, contrast, brightness and focus to mention a few.  He said newspaper photos are the worst to work with because of poor quality.  He also talked about repairing damage.  He suggested scanning at the highest resolution possible when working with slides and to leave the scanner lid open when scanning them.  Enlarging photos may give you some detail in terms of date or occupation, but also crop to include just the people.  He also mentioned the formats in which the photo is stored, such as, BMP and JPEG.  The Adobe Photoshop software has a wealth of tools but is expensive.  Many in the group suggested Photoshop Elements which has the tools we are most likely to use.  Be sure to see the whole presentation for additional information.
June 2018
Social Media & A Search Engine: Genealogy Tools for the 21st Century
Tracy Keeney took us on a fascinating journey hunting for scarce and sometimes non-existent records of her Armenian family history.  At the beginning of World War I, the Russians and the Turks were enemies.  The Armenians were looked on with suspicion the by Turkish government.  That was followed by wholesale massacre of able bodied men and the forced march through the desert of their women, children and elderly.  The traditional searches through Ancestry and Family Search revealed little.  So Tracy started using social media to find living relatives.  She would search white pages to find names that were Armenian and contacted them.  She did the same searching on Facebook and used Messenger to contact individuals.  She gradually got a national group started on Facebook and received even more information.  Eventually, she was able to identify the people in a family photo her mother had and even found one source that had a hand drawn map of her ancient village labeled with the family name of those that lived in the various homes.  Her handout in the members section gives the social media she used plus some tips for effective searching and communication.