Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Show Me the Nation's Records -- A Great Success

Can you believe it? NGS 2008 - Show Me the Nation's Records is over already. The conference was a great success with interesting sessions, the latest genealogical products on display at the vendor booths and stimulating speakers at the luncheons and banquet. The Mid-Continent Genealogy Center and Ancestry both hosted wonderful receptions too.

There were approximately 1600 attendees, hundreds of vendor exhibits and sessions covering topics such as researching your German ancestors, using maps in genealogical research, various sessions on military research, an entire day on using DNA in genealogy and a Board for Certification of Genealogists Skillbuilding track that covered citing sources, preparing kinship determinations, making research plans, indexing, writing, abstracting records and applying genealogical standards.

We hope everyone made it home safely and that you are already making plans to attend next year's NGS Conference which will be held in Raleigh, NC. The dates for next year's conference are May 13-16.

Thanks to all who made the 2008 NGS Conference a GREAT SUCCESS!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Last Blog --- Conference Starts Tomorrow!!

It is finally here -----Hope to see you at the 2008 NGS Conference in Kansas City: Show Me the Nation's Records!!

Have a safe trip.

Have fun.

Learn lots.

Visit with old friends and make new ones!!

Signing off for 2008!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Conference Tip #5: Bring some cash for odds and ends

Carry plenty of $1 bills. It’s customary to tip the baggage handlers at the airport, the taxi or shuttle bus driver, the doorman, and the bellman – and that’s all before you get to your room!

Also remember to bring some smaller currency for purchases at vendor exhibits. They may not be able or willing to use all their extra currency to make change for smaller purchases. If you are planning to do research while in Kansas City you will also want to bring coins and small bills for making photocopies.

If you plan to make purchases make sure to have room in luggage to take it home with you. An extra suitcase or tote bag may come in handy.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Conference Tip #4: Leave itinerary and contact information with family / friends

Prepare an itinerary with contact numbers and major locations where you will be staying to leave with your family or loved ones. They may need to get in touch with you for some reason.

Conference Tip #3: Bring an umbrella and light jacket

This spring in Kansas City has been cool and wet. It would be a good idea to bring a small umbrella. Hopefully you won’t need it, but if you don’t have one, it’s a “sure thing” it will rain.

Also, a lightweight jacket is advisable if you plan to be going out in the evenings.

Conference Attendees to be Welcomed by Special Guest

Harry S. Truman, portrayed by local re-enactor Niel Johnson, will welcome the nation's genealogists at a Wine and Cheese Reception Tuesday evening, May 13, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center. Open to the public, the reception is from 5:00-7:00pm and costs $15.00 per person.

"Show Me Missouri Wines" is sponsored by the Missouri State Genealogical Association and precedes the opening of the National Genealogical Society's Conference in the States and Family History Fair at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center, May 14-17. Genealogists and family historians from across the nation will gather in Kansas City for four days of lectures, workshops and networking opportunities.
Truman impersonator Niel Johnson is a retired archivist and historian at the Truman Presidential Library & Museum. He began portraying Truman following his retirement in 1993. Johnson has portrayed Truman for service organizations, veterans and school groups. In 1994 he portrayed Truman at a re-enactment of the Democratic convention of 1944 in Chicago and in 1996 he participated at a banquet preceding the christening of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.
For information about attending please contact David Sapp dsapp88@mchsi.com.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Speaker Spotlight: Victor S. Dunn, CG℠

Victor S. “Vic” Dunn, CG, is a full time professional genealogist researching Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland families. Vic specializes in land records and platting and brick-wall problem resolution. He is currently serving as the treasurer of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) and is the immediate past vice-president of the Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society. Vic is a contributor to numerous publications including feature articles in NGS Quarterly plus Magazine of Virginia Genealogy, NGS News Magazine, Northern Virginia Genealogy, and the Virginia Genealogical Society Newsletter.

Speaker Spotlight: Paula Stuart-Warren, CG℠

Paula is an internationally known popular lecturer, writer, and researcher who works full-time in genealogy. She is a graduate of the National Institute of Genealogical Research held at the U.S. National Archives. She is certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists and is a firm believer in continuing education in genealogy. She is comfortable with her audiences and enjoys discussing genealogy with participants. Her seminar presentations have taken her to most states in the U.S. and to Canada. Since 1997 she has been a Course Coordinator for the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy's American Genealogy Records and Resources intermediate course.

She is a columnist for Ancestry Weekly Journal and has written articles for many genealogical publications including, NGS NewsMagazine, NGS Quarterly, NewEnglandAncestors.org, FGS Forum and Ancestry Magazine. She co-authored Your Guide to the Family History Library. Paula has been a national officer of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a board member of the Minnesota Genealogical Society, and an active volunteer for both NGS and FGS.

Her ancestors represent eight different countries. These ancestors, descendants, and the cousins resided in many Midwestern and Western states and in several Canadian provinces. She has also researched her children’s paternal southern ancestors. Her other specialties include the U.S. National Archives, other major repositories, American Indians, problem solving, railroads, and the WPA.

Day Trips from Kansas City

While you are in the area why not stay an extra day or two and visit some of the other interesting places in close proximity to Kansas City. The links below will give you more information about sites of interest that are easily traveled to within a day.

Atchison, KS -- Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum - http://www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org/
Kansas City, MO – Airline History Museum -- http://www.airlinehistorymuseum.com/
Topeka, KS – Combat Air Museum -- http://www.combatairmuseum.org/

Black History
Kansas City, MO – Negro Leagues Baseball Museum -- http://www.nlbm.com/
Kansas City, MO – Black Archives of Mid-America -- http://www.blackarchives.org/
Kansas City, MO – American Jazz Museum -- http://www.americanjazzmuseum.com/

Ethnic Destinations
Kansas City, KS – Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center http://www.strawberryhillmuseum.org/html/exhibits.html
Kansas City, KS – Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site -- http://www.kshs.org/places/shawnee/
Kansas City, MO – Black Archives of Mid-America -- http://www.blackarchives.org/
Kansas City, MO – Irish Museum and Cultural Center - http://www.irishmuseum.org/

Harry S. Truman
Independence, MO - Truman Presidential Museum & Library -- http://www.trumanlibrary.org/
Independence, MO – Harry S. Truman Home -- http://harrystruman.areaparks.com/

Kansas City, MO – American Jazz Museum -- http://www.americanjazzmuseum.com/

Frontier and Pioneer Life
Bonner Springs, KS – National Agricultural Hall of Fame -- http://www.aghalloffame.com/
Kansas City, MO - Arabia Steamboat Museum -- http://www.1856.com/
Independence, MO – National Frontier Trails Museum -- http://www.ci.independence.mo.us/NFTM/
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City Rail Experience @ Union Station - http://www.unionstation.org/exhibitDetail.cfm?listingID=150
Leavenworth, KS – National Fred Harvey Museum -- http://www.firstcitymuseums.org/1harvey.html
St. Joseph, MO - Pony Express National Museum -- http://www.ponyexpress.org/
Kansas City, KS – Grintner Place State Historic Site -- http://www.kshs.org/places/grinter/index.htm
Lawson, MO – Watkins Woolen Mill State Park and State Historic Site -- http://www.mostateparks.com/wwmill/
Independence, MO - Bingham-Waggoner Estate - http://www.bwestate.org/
Kansas City, MO - Garment District Museum - http://www.visitkc.com/visitor_info/art_basic.cfm?ID=32935
Beatrice, NE – National Homestead Museum - http://www.beatricene.com/homestead/infopage.html
Beatrice, NE – Homestead National Monument of America - http://www.nps.gov/home/
Edgerton, KS – Lanesfield School Historic Site - http://www.jocomuseum.org/lanesfield.htm

Kansas City, MO - Hallmark Visitor’s Center – http://www.hallmarkvisitorscenter.com/findUs/index.htm
Shawnee, KS - 1950s All Electric House - http://www.jocomuseum.org/electrichouse.htm
Kansas City, MO - Kansas City Fire Museum -
Kansas City, MO - Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City - http://www.umkc.edu/tmm/

Mormon Sites
Independence, MO – Independence Visitors’ Center - http://www.lds.org/placestovisit/location/0,10634,1812-1-1-1,00.html
Far West, MO - http://www.lds.org/placestovisit/location/0,10634,1808-1-1-1,00.html
Liberty, MO – Liberty Jail Historic Site
Omaha, NE – Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters - http://www.lds.org/placestovisit/location/0,10634,1837-1-1-1,00.html

Native Americans
Kansas City, KS – Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site -- http://www.kshs.org/places/shawnee/
Lawrence, KS – Haskell Indian Nations University Cultural Center & Museum -- http://www.haskell.edu/archive/haskell_archive.htm

Wild, Wild West
Multiple – Jesse James sites in Missouri -- http://www.legendsofamerica.com/WE-JesseJames9.html

Check this out – there’s even more to do in Kansas City!
History/Education - http://www.jchs.org/education/jacomo_bookmark.htm

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Conference Tip #2

Be sure to bring clothes that are comfortable and professional. Don't forget to bring a good pair of walking shoes too. There is often a lot of walking at conferences!

Speaker Spotlight: Traci Wilson-Kleekamp

Traci Wilson-Kleekamp, Family History Research Consultant, explores the resources available online and in local, state and national historical repositories that help family historians discover more about their African-American heritage. She is currently featured on the Missouri State Archives website African-American Genealogy: Putting Together the Pieces of Your Past: A Five-Part Series with Traci L. Wilson-Kleekamp.

This five-part series provides helpful tips on accessing the best websites, which records are most beneficial, and how to get the most out of original records. Together, “What’s Out There?;” “What’s Your Story?: Finding It on the Web;” “How Do I Find Out More?;” “What Happened During the Wars?;” and “How Do I Put All the Information Together?” teach researchers to use all the pieces they find to gain a better understanding of those who came before them.
Wilson-Kleekamp is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, Public Relations. She is the web-mistress of African Americans in MO.
Contact information:
573/441-0043 (home)
573/441-0221 (fax)
and 573/239-0858 (cell) twilsonklee@earthlink.net

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Speaker Spotlight: Bruce Buzbee

Bruce Buzbee is the founder and president of RootsMagic, Inc., and the author of RootsMagic genealogy software. For over 18 years Bruce has been writing genealogy software, having originally written the very popular Family Origins genealogy software. Bruce has taught thousands of users the ins and outs of RootsMagic, from the basics for beginners to advanced topics for the genealogy professional. Bruce is also the webmaster of Family-Reunion.com, the world's most popular family reunion planning site, as well as the author of Family Reunion Organizer software.

Conference Tip #1

The NGS Conference 2008 is just days away. The conference opens next Wednesday, May 14 and runs through May 17. A conference tip from members of the Heartland Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists will be posted over the next week to give you hints to make your conference experience enjoyable.

Tip #1: If you’re planning to take any electronics (cell phones, laptops, etc) don’t forget to bring your chargers, backup batteries, and other paraphernalia to keep everything going.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Speaker Spotlight: Kenneth W. Heger

Kenneth W. Heger is the Chief of the Archives I Research Support Branch at the National Archives and Records Administration, where he manages NARA's Family History Program. He has published on a broad range of historical and genealogical topics in state, local and national periodicals. He has also made presentations at the annual conferences of the National Genealogical Society and Federation of Genealogical Society, and is a regular speaker at the National Institute on Genealogical Research. He has a doctorate in history from the University of Maryland.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Exhibitor Spotlight: Wolf's Head Books, Inc.

About Us: "A real class act with some vintage treasures and books covering most subject areas. The books are nicely displayed, attractively priced..." Quote from - The Used Book Lovers Guide to the South Atlantic States, p.58.

Wolf's Head Books, Inc., ABAA is a General Antiquarian Bookseller with an emphasis on the following:
• Americana
• Military
• Juvenile Series
• Signed fiction
• Floridiana
• Genealogy
• Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
• Marjory Stoneman Douglas
• Clair Bee
• Hendrik Willem Van Loon (for all "Loony" collectors)
• Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

Books & Ephemera in most other fields:
• Appraisals
• Book Search
• Collection Development

Corporate History:
As happens to so many people who eventually become booksellers, we began collecting books and then buying so many more that our house began to lean! It was so much fun being book wholesalers that we decided to open our store.

Barbara left her teaching career to become a fulltime bookseller. Our first location was in the basement of the water department building right next to the post office in downtown Morgantown, WV. We opened our doors in 1980, knowing of course, that in a few months we would have the whole two floors when the water company moved. Harvey continued to teach at WVU.

We always knew that we wanted to live near a warm water ocean, and while on vacation to Florida we found the perfect location and building in St. Augustine. One month later Barbara had up-and-moved here and in October 1988 our second store opened. Harvey continued to profess at WVU. It was pretty rough having two stores 850 miles apart, so in 1992 we sold the Morgantown store.

Harvey retired early from WVU in 1995 and we now devote our time to the St. Augustine store, walking the beach and swimming in the ocean when the water temperature reaches eighty degrees. Like we said, we wanted a warm water ocean!

Our principle staff person is Michael Theeke, a native of Adrian, Michigan. In fact, he was an early supporter of our dream, as he help paint the store and organize books just before we opened in Morgantown, WV. The hour before we had our grand opening, he handed us a sign for the wall after the book titled: "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash". Mike's special knowledge areas are Russia and Eastern European history. However, after seven years as our assistant, he's pretty well-versed in most of the subjects we carry.

We really love being booksellers in St. Augustine, as we've made some wonderful book-friends in the area. In addition, lots of tourists take their annual vacations in St. Augustine. And not to be left out are the book friends we've made over the internet who someday we'd like to meet in person.

• ABAA: Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America.
• ILAB: International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
• FABA: Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.
• ADASTA: Antique Dealers of St. Augustine.
• UACC: Universal Autograph Collectors Club.
• ACDA: Antiques and Collectables Dealer Association.

Wolf's Head Books, Inc. is owned & operated by Dr. Barbara Nailler and Dr. Harvey J. Wolf.

Harvey Wolf has been a book collector since his teens. Two years of his early adulthood were spent at West Point. For many years he was a physicist in the aerospace industry; then started second and third careers as a professor of Public Administration, and antiquarian bookseller.
As a young girl, Barbara E. Nailler got hooked on books by her grandmother, Bernice Furbush, who started her reading Gene Stratton-Porter and Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth. Barbara was a junior high school teacher in Michigan and Professor of Educational Psychology in West Virginia prior to becoming an antiquarian bookseller.
11am - 7pm, Monday - Friday
11am - 5pm, Saturday
12.30pm - 5pm, Sunday
Other hours by appointment or chance. Find us here.

Wolf's Head Books, Inc. ABAA
67-B San Marco Ave.
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-9357
(904) 824-2212 (fax)
Fax: (904) 824-2212


Speaker Spotlight: Lyle Gibson


  • History Professor; Metropolitan Community College—Penn Valley
  • Adjunct Professor for the Social Science department at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 1998-present
  • Master’s Degree in History from the University of Missouri Kansas City, 1999
  • Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, 1996
  • National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
  • Midwest Afro American Genealogical Interest Coalition
  • Eye of Ra—African Fraternity & Sorority
  • Kansas Institute for African American and Native American Family History
  • Co-Advisor for the Black Student Association; MCC-Penn Valley
  • Co-Advisor for the Advocates of Better Government; MCC-Penn Valley


  • U.S. Air Force 1986-1990
  • Texas—Strategic Air Command (SAC)
  • Greece—NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)


  • Selected as one of the influential faculty members of the Metropolitan Community Colleges—Penn Valley, 2006
  • Inducted into the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution—first African American in the Kansas Delaware Crossing Chapter
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; 2006, 2005 and 2002
  • Academy for Leadership and Development; 2002 & 2003
  • Fulbright Hays GPA Scholar; 1999, Senegal, West Africa
  • Minority Master’s Fellowship; 1997 & 1998 University of Missouri Kansas City
Publications: Recent
  • We Are the American People: Our Nation’s History Through Its Documents (2005) used as a text at the Metropolitan Community Colleges
  • Black Tie White Tie: Chronicle of an American Family 1739-1940 (2003; Revised Edition 2006) used as a text at the Metropolitan Community Colleges-Penn Valley


  • Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad Participant Summer 1999
  • Senegal, West Africa (Mauritania) 1999
  • Greece; Crete; Zachintos; Patras; Achaia; Athens; Olympia; Delphi 1988-1990
  • History
  • Genealogy
  • Travel
  • Music
  • Family time

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Exhibitor Spotlight: Fun Stuff For Genealogists, Inc.

Fun Stuff for Genealogists, Inc. began ten years ago by Bev Petersen, a genealogist, of Mishawaka, Indiana in 1998 selling charts out of the back of her car and the rest was history. Realizing there were a lot of genealogists out there who needed (and wanted!) her items, she started selling at genealogy seminars and on the internet at her site http://www.FunStuffForGenealogists.com . Today, Bev has hundreds of fun and useful items including T-shirts, embroidered shirts and bags, mugs, bumper stickers, jewelry, pedigree charts, magnifiers, the new "Tag-Alongs" and the famous "Cite Your Sources", clip-art, maps, scrapbooking items, rubber stamps, counted cross stitch and quilt patterns and books and a lot of smaller novelty items. Bev refers to her booth as the candy at the check out counter!

Visit Bev's Fun Stuff for Genealogists, Inc. web site to get your list ready for the show or order on her secured web site today!