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Saturday, October 20
Big Shoal Cemetery Tour  (Local Event)
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Atkings-Johnson Farm and Museum, 4125 NE 64th St., Gladstone, M0 64119
From the Gladstone Dispatch of October 11th.  Eventgoers are welcome to enjoy the fall air and explore the historic Big Shoal Cemetery during this 1.5-hour walking tour.  The program includes a guided tour by costumed interpreters and fall-themed refreshments like spiced apple cider and pumpkin bread.
Volunteers will give voice to Clay County's earliest settlers, veterans and colorful characters.  Guests will learn about the hisgtory of the Big Shoal Baptist church and cemetery, both dating back to the early 1820s.  Attendees will hear stories of the area's earliest residents from the founder of Acme Springs to local veterans of theCivil War.
The tour concludes with the strange mourning customs of Victorians followed by refreshments.
Tickets are $10 per person and $8 for Friends of the Farm members.  Tickets can be purchased at the gate.
Comfortable walking shoes and a jacket are recommended.  In event of storms, the event will be cancelled and rescheduled if possible.

Tuesday, October 30
Missouri Secretary of State Genealogy Workshop Intermediate Level  (Regional Meetings)
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Midwest Genealogy Center, 3440 S. Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence, MO 64055

Missouri State Archives reference staff will provide instruction on how best to use lesser-known county records, state and federal naturalization records, appellate court records, state documents, professional registration records, military records, non-population census records and more! All offerings are free, open to the public and approximately seven hours in duration, including a one-hour lunch break. Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with maximum attendance at each determined by the size of the venue. 

These workshops are made possible through a State Board Programming Grant awarded to the Records Services Division of the secretary’s office and the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board (MHRAB) by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). 

To register for the free workshop, contact Jennifer Powers at (573) 751-9047 or

Saturday, November 3
Tips to Write Your Own Life Stories  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:59 am
North Kansas City Public Library, 2251 Howell St., NKC, MO 64116
Tips to Write Your Own Life Stories
Presenters:  Deb Kaiser & Jeanette Adams
Program Description:  This will be a totally open discussion and everyone will have an opportunity to share their ideas and strategies that have been successful when writing  their own stories. It will be led by Deb Kaiser and Jeanette Adams, who will share strategies that have worked for them.  You will learn some clever ways to get you started and hear about some unique ways of gathering information and using social media (such as FaceBook Groups) to gather and share stories.
An outline for this panel discussion topics:
            WHY (are you writing this?)
            WHO (is reading this?)
            DEADLINE (is there a time limit?)
            INCLUDED (what do you want to include?)
            ORGANIZE (Pictures, stories (include tragedy, funny, everyday, etc?)
Speakers’ Bios:  Deb Kaiser has been doing family history for 5 years and has been a Member of
NGS for a little over 3 years.  She has been involved in a lot of aspects of genealogy, including obtaining certification for her ancestor as Pioneer family under the MOSGA First Families Program.  She has also done research using Ancestry DNA test results for herself and her brother, as well as administering a FamilyTree y-DNA test for her brother.  Deb has been the NGS Membership Chair for the last 2 years and this year took on the role of Treasurer, as well.  She still considers herself a novice genealogist and has plans for a Genealogy re-do this year in order to use the tools and techniques she has been exposed to since stating with NGS in 2015. 

Saturday, January 5, 2019
The America of our 19th Century Ancestors  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:59 am
North Kansas City Public Library, 2251 Howell St., NKC, MO 64116

January 5th Meeting (2019)

The America of our 19th Century Ancestors
Presenter:  Robert Bee
This presentation will explore events that affected our ancestors who lived in the 1800s in America.  The topics include boundary changes that gradually eliminated the “frontier,” transportation, communication, wars, immigration, migration, land grants and industrialization.  Illustrations from the presenter’s collection of family letters and stories will personalize several of these events. 
Speaker’s Bio:
Robert Bee has been a member of the Northland Genealogy Society since 2008.  His grandfather piqued his interest in genealogy by talking about various family members.  When Alex Haley’s, Roots, appeared on television in 1977, he was fascinated and began searching for ancestors in earnest.  He has always been interested in history which was one of his college majors.  He has read biographies of the first seven U.S. presidents plus Lincoln in addition to other books on 19th Century America.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree.

Saturday, February 2, 2019
DNA match with no tree? no problem!  (Monthly Meeting)
10:00 am to 11:59 am
North Kansas City Public Library, 2251 Howell St., NKC, MO 64116
DNA match with no tree? no problem!Image result for Lisa Louise Cooke image
Have you been frustrated by finding a DNA match only to discover they have not linked their family tree? Their tree is probably not the only tree that includes their matching ancestor, and with some creative and persistent sleuthing, it can be found. Join us as we walk through the case study of a DNA match without a tree, and learn the techniques to not only find a tree, but then incorporate additional strategic techniques to possibly uncover the connection between you and the match. Google guru Lisa Louise Cooke will walk you through the process in this ground-breaking session.  This presentation will be brought to us through Skype.
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.   Her podcast brings genealogy news, research strategies, expert interviews and inspiration to genealogists in 75 countries around the world, and recently celebrated 2 million downloads!
Lisa is the author of a variety of multi-media materials including the Genealogy Gems Premium website subscription, and four books: The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox (Second Edition), Mobile Genealogy,  How to Find Your Family History in Newspapers,  and  Genealogy Gems: Ultimate Research Strategies, and the video series Google Earth for Genealogy.
In addition to Genealogy Gems, Lisa works closely with Family Tree Magazine as producer and host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, a regular article author for the magazine, and curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 through Saturday, May 11, 2019
National Genealogical Society  (Regional Meetings)
St. Charles, Missouri

Learn new strategies, resources, and techniques to sharpen your family history skills at the NGS 2019 Family History Conference.

The upcoming NGS 2019 Family History Conference will be held in St. Charles, Missouri, and will offer the best and most expansive series of lectures to advance your research. St. Charles is easily accessible with a small-town feel and an abundance of history.

The NGS Family History Conference, 8–11 May 2019 is your opportunity to choose from more than 150 lectures presented by many nationally recognized speakers, explore an exhibit hall filled with more than 80 exhibitors, and network with more than 2,000 genealogists. Every NGS conference has a different theme with a new program top to bottom—so there is always more to learn and discover. Register for the Family History Conference starting 1 December 2018.



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