News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 6, 2013

Genalogy: A place to go for those researching Missouri relatives

Tamie Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — The Missouri Secretary of State website has some interesting databases for those who are researching a Missouri relative or ancestor. It is located at

From this home page, the user can do a search that covers the Missouri Digital Heritage; it includes collections from the Missouri State Archives, the Missouri State Library and other Missouri sources. The user can search all collections at once, search specific collections or browse the collections to find out what looks interesting.

By clicking on “Browse Collections by Topic,” you can access the “Genealogy” collection. This includes military information: 1812, Civil War, World War I, and the Missouri Veteran’s Home Inmate Register; African American resources; land information, including plat maps, French and Spanish Land Grants (1790-1803) and United States Land Sales (1818-1903 land patents); the pre-1910 birth and death records; the 1910-1962 death records; county atlases and county histories; the Territorial and State Supreme Court Files (1790-1880); the Sanborn fire insurance maps; the Missouri Coroner’s Inquest Database; Index to Selected Missouri Newspapers; Naturalization Records 1816-1955; and more.

If you don’t have a specific connection to Missouri, visit to view information on President Harry Truman, the outlaw Jesse James, writer and humorist Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), or view the death record of Laura Ingalls Wilder (“Little House on the Prairie”).

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Genealogy Roadshow, a PBS series fashioned after the popular Antiques Roadshow, takes genealogy on the road to four cities this season — Nashville, Detroit, San Francisco, and Austin — to answer the genealogy questions of regular people (non-celebrities). Professional genealogists Kenyatta Berry, president of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and Joshua Taylor, president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, answer the pre-submitted questions posed by the participants. The show can be seen on Mondays at 9 p.m. on PBS. The next two episodes will be aired on Oct. 7 and 14. All episodes will be re-broadcast by PBS at various times.

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The Indiana Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Vincennes University Technology Building, 1200 N. Chestnut St. The meeting will spotlight presentations on various cemetery topics and will include tours of some of the oldest cemeteries in Indiana. Free and open to the public. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Thursday by calling 317-234-1268 or emailing

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The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society is sponsoring a free educational forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Vigo County Public Library. The presentation will consist of a live webinar titled "Seven Habits of Highly Effective Genealogists.” It will be offered by Pat Richley-Erickson, who is known to many as “Dear Myrtle” on her popular genealogy blog. Audience participants will be able to interact with Richley-Erickson and ask questions in real time. The forum is free and open to the public. Come and hear the discussion, gain some new tools for your genealogy toolbox and share the evening with fellow genealogists.

Contact Mike Lewman, Publicity Chairman for WVGS, at 765-569-5935, or email if you have