National Genealogical Society Conference 2015

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The NGS conference is located in a different part of the country each year. Missourians will have a convenient drive to attend the 2015 conference in St. Charles, Missouri. You will learn a lot and be inspired to take your genealogical research to new levels. Click on the image above to register. Early registration discount if registering by March 30th.

OGS April 2015 Research Trip

Ozarks Genealogical Society Research Trip
Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN
April 13 – 18, 2015

The Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) is located at 403 7th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243, (615) 741-2764. Just a few of the records available in the Tennessee Records Room and the Microfilm room are (1) Bibliographies, (2) Birth and Death Records, (3) Census Records, (4) County and Municipal Records, (5) Early Legislative Records, Acts & Petitions, (6) Land Records, Maps and Place Names, (7) Manuscripts, (8) Military Records, (9) Native American Records, (10) Newspapers, and (11) Additional Resources. In the additional resources are Family Bible records, city directories, indexes to biographical sketches of over 30,000 Tennesseans and many other records. If you are interested in making the trip, I suggest that you check out Tennessee Secretary of State’s website at for more information on what is available for genealogical research.

We welcome all OGS members to join us on this adventure to Nashville. This year we are planning to travel together as a group riding in a 24-passenger bus provided by J. Howard Fisk Limousines, Inc. If you prefer to drive, we will meet you at the Hampton Inn & Suites, Nashville Airport, located at 583 Donelson Pike, Nashville. We have reserved 13 Double Suites. All prices are predicated on double occupancy. Hampton Inn provides a free hot breakfast served 6-10 a.m. Each room is non-smoking and has free high-speed internet access. Check out their website for more information on the hotel.

We will leave Monday, April 13, 2015 at 7:00 a.m. from the J. Howard Fisk Limousine lot at 2001 East Trafficway, Springfield, MO.  We will stop for lunch and have a couple of breaks during the drive. Travel time will be between 7-8 hours depending on how much time is spent at each break.

Each day we will be driven to and from TSLA. We will be given a tour on Tuesday morning, April 14, 2015, by Gordon Belt of the TSLA staff. Lunch and dinner are on your own except for Wednesday night, April 15, 2015, when we will eat as a group at Monell’s at the Manor Restaurant. They provide all-you-can-eat Southern fare, including fried chicken, served family-style in a historic mansion. Their website is located at

At this time, the price per person for transportation and hotel is $600.00. The limit of researchers we can take is 24. If we are unable to get 24, the price will go up because of transportation costs. Adjustments will be made when we have the final numbers. Deadline for hotel reservations is March 16, 2015. Interested OGS members should let us know if they are going by March 2, 2015. If we have not gotten the 24 reservations we need, reservations will be offered to other Genealogical Societies around Southern Missouri. Payment will be due on March 16, 2015. Payable to OGS Research Trip. Mail to: Ozarks Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 3945, Springfield, MO 65808-3945.

If you have any questions, contact Rita Wallace (859-441-1935) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registration forms will be available on the OGS website and at each of the OGS meetings during February and March.

All I Want for Christmas 2014

Free (mostly) Software:

Virus, spyware, and other malicious software protection:

Microsoft Security Essentials (Windows 7):

AVG AntiVirus FREE 2015:

*Avira Free Antivirus 2015:

Backup and/or sharing important files:

Dropbox Online Backup (2 gb):

Microsoft Onedrive (15 gb):


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A Treasure Trove of Information: What does the OGS Library have to offer?


Presenters:  Micki Dischinger, Librarian

Melba Rector, Education Chair & Book Acquisition Committee member

Doris Wilson, Library Volunteers Coordinator

OGS LIBRARY – Where is it? When is it open? Who can use it? What resources are there? How do I find the treasures?

 Library Rules

How do we acquire books?

Wi-Fi Available

 First visit? Ask for a tour!

Online Catalog

OGS Website/Blog offers much information

 How is it staffed? Volunteers

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MAY 5, 2014

Doris Wilson

Genealogy research requires us to be open to new & old resources. Networking is an integral part of helping find new directions or revisit places we have been. It is a wonderful time to do research with all the current technology and the constantly updated resources. Many of these sites may be accessed through Apple and Android Apps and through Facebook, in addition to the methods stated below.

WEBINARS/VIDEOS began asWeb conferencing refers to a service that allows conferencing events to be shared with remote locations.

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OGS Meeting on 9 April 2014

Bring finger food to share after the meeting.

Free Software 2013

Virus, spyware, and other malicious software protection:

Microsoft Security Essentials:
AVG AntiVirus FREE 2014:
Avira Free Antivirus 2014:

Backup and sharing important files:

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All I Want for Christmas 2013

These are the notes from our discussion about genealogy hardware and software on December 2. Ihavealsoincludedsomeexcellentfreesoftwarethatmaybeofinterest.

Computers: With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, people are looking at replacements. Now is an opportune time due to price reductions and the availability of Windows 7. Most moderately priced desktops will complete our common tasks: e-mails, genealogy research, browsing the web. Laptop considerations include battery life, durability (especially plastic cases) and screen size.

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E-Books for Genealogists

An electronic book (variously: e-book, eBook, digital book, or e-edition) is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, readable on computers or other electronic devices. (Wikipedia). It is not really a “book,” but rather a piece of software that you lease (not own). It is usually subject to Digital Rights Management, which further restricts your usage, i.e. you can’t sell or give it to someone else.

You need some sort of electronic device to “read” your book. These devices are usually tied to the company providing the e-book. The most common are Nook from Barnes and Noble and Kindle from Amazon. In addition to Nook and Kindle dedicated readers, there are also apps that can be used on a personal computer or mobile device. There is also specialized software such as Overdrive and Adobe Digital Editions that is used by libraries to lend books.

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New Member Orientation

There will be a new member orientation on October 24th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the OGS library on West Catalpa. You don't have to be a new member to come. Come learn about the library and resources available to members.