Let's Get Digital

Ben Divin, Springfield-Greene County's Digital Imaging Specialist presented an informative program on digitizing our personal collections. 

Click here to download the handout. 

Museum Field Trips

Four museums have been selected for these summer field trips. OGS Members and Non
Members are welcome to participate.
Springfield is a city of history as John Rutherford has explained in both his programs:
*From Prairie to what we are today: Springfield’s unique leaders.
*Springfield in the 1950s highlighting key government decisions, new forms of entertainment, recruitment of manufacturers and famous visitors
Mark your calendar and plan to join us for an opportunity to learn more about the history of Springfield and Greene County. These will be scheduled the second Thursday each month
History Museum on the Square
14 July 2016
Parking is free but limited. There are a couple of parking lots north of the square. You will need
to walk a couple of blocks to the main entrance.
9:00 AM meet at the OGS Library on Catalpa. Those who prefer can carpool downtown.
9:15 AM depart for the museum on the square – driving north on Campbell to Olive. Turn right
and continue to the parking lots at the corner of Olive and Boonville.
9:30 AM meet in the lobby of the History Museum. There will be an admissions charge of $5.
We will tour their current exhibit, watch the videos and as time permits, we can walk
around Park Central to visit a couple of historical markers.
11:30 AM for those interested we can walk to either a restaurant or coffee shop for
If you are unable to attend, call Gail's landline 417-883-0692.
If you have your blue OGS membership pin, remember to wear it.
If you don’t have one, you may want to purchase one at the next OGS Meeting.
The next Museum will be at the Frisco Railway Museum August 11, 2016
Located at Grant Beach Park. There is plenty of parking so we can meet at the Museum and
enjoy a delightful tour inside the train which is filled with artifacts and history of the Frisco
Historical marker #12 is a World War I monument is in Grant Beach Park listing the names of
those who died in the war.

OGS Workshop -- The What, Where, and How of Finding your Ancestors in Military Records

The second intensive workshop offered by OGS will be offered 11 June 2016, 1-4 p.m. at the Ozarks Genealogical Society Library at 534 West Catalpa, Springfield, MO. 

The What, Where and How of Finding your Ancestors
in Military Records 
Presented by Margaret Maulin
Ozarks Genealogical Library
11 June 2016, 1-4 p.m.
Enhance your family history with stories of your ancestor’s service in the defense of our country. Learn what records are available, where to find them, and how to obtain copies. Class is free but pre-registration is required. Register early, seating is limited to 40 participants. Click here to register.


OGS Annual Conference 2016

Save the date! We are pleased to announce that Michael J. Leclerc, CG® will be our speaker for the annual conference September 9 & 10, 2016 at the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center.

Michael will be presenting The New England News: Colonial New England and its Migrations

OGS Workshop -- Tracking Your Ancestors through Multiple Records

OGS will be offering more intensive educational opportunities three or four times a year. We are excited to offer the first on March 12, 2016 at the OGS Library, 534 W. Catalpa, Springfield, MO. 

Tracking Your Ancestors through Multiple Records:
An overview of the genealogical process
Patti Hobbs, CG®
Ozarks Genealogical Library
Saturday, 12 Mar 2016, 1-5 p.m.

This three-part series presents the big picture of genealogical research. Understand strategies for locating information you require to solve your genealogical problems.

Introduction. We will discuss factors to consider before beginning such as discovering resources you may already have and record keeping whether paper of software.
Part 1. An overview of the genealogical process: Create the skeleton of your family tree and then establish and flesh it out with records for specific locations and times.
Part 2. Records by Location: Your ancestors will create most records in the places in which they lived. What kinds of records exist and how do you locate resources for ancestral locations?
Part 3. Records in Time: Some valuable records were created for specific purposes for limited time periods. An understanding of history and records available will help determine which of your ancestors were likely to have created which records.

The class is free, but registration is required. Register by contacting us here. State in the message that you wish to sign up for Tracking Your Ancestors and include your phone number. 

If you wish to sign up by mail, you can print this article, or just send a letter stating you wish to sign up for Tracking Your Ancestors. Give your name, phone number, and/or email address. Mail to Ozarks Genealogical Society, PO Box 3945, Springfield, MO 65808-3945.


OGS Spring Dinner

Our annual spring dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the
Chub O’Reilly Cancer Center Auditorium, 2115 S. Fremont, and Springfield, MO. The
buffet dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. The price for the dinner is $11.00 and you must
have a reservation. John Sellers, executive director of the History Museum on the
Mr. Sellers is a native of Springfield. He majored in history at Southwest Missouri State
College. He was one of the first volunteers at the history museum when it was
established as a bicentennial museum in 1976 and has worked mainly with the
photographic archives. He left Springfield in 1989 and spent most of his career as a
marketing director in the soft drink industry before retiring in 2004. John’s wife Jane is a
retired teacher. They have five children and seven grand-children. He became
Executive Director of the History Museum on the Square in 2005. He is a popular
speaker and presenter of historical programs to all types of groups in the Ozarks.
The deadline for your reservation is March 1, 2016. Send a check for $11 per person with either note enclosed or notation on the check that it is for the Spring Dinner to Ozarks Genealogical Society, PO Box 3945 Springfield, Missouri, 65808. 

For further information, phone Jane
Sanders at 417-881-3066.

OGS Research Trip

The destination for this year's OGS Research trip is St. Louis. Details are being finalized. The repositories available are

Missouri State Archives- St. Louis

St. Louis County Library which houses the National Genealogical Society book loan collection,

National Personnel Records Center - for military records  and for civilian employment.

If you are interested in this OGS Research Trip, please contact Rita Wallace or call any of the OGS officers by March 15, 2016. Include your room requirements and any other comments. More information will be available at OGS workshops and on the OGS website.

Membership Survey

In October 2015, OGS surveyed our members concerning their participation and recommendations for workshops and meetings. The survey was e-mailed as well as paper copies available at a workshop. Thank you to the people who responded; your input is critical as OGS moves forward.

You can downoad a detailed report including all comments by clicking here.

Show Me Military Records: What you can find in your state's Adjutant General Records by John Dougan

Handout from presentation given by Missouri state archivist John Dougan:


Brief History of the National Guard

  • Local/State Militias (Massachusetts had the earliest local, 1607 and statewide, 1636, militias) provided most military support with only a small standing federal army during peacetime
  • Militia Act of 1792— Raised questions related to State vs. Federal control which caused some militias to refuse to serve outside their state’s borders
  • US Volunteers were used extensively in the Mexican-American War, Civil War and Spanish-American War to circumvent state control issues
  • The Militia Act of 1862—Allowed persons of African descent to serve
  • The Militia Act of 1903
    • Codified when state troops could be federalized
    • Provided federal funds for equipment, training and summer encampments
    • Organized units with the same structure as federal troops
  • National Defense Act of 1916
    • Mandated the term “National Guard”
    • Increased drills from 24 to 48 annually and annual training from 5 to 15 days
    • Payment for drills was instituted
  • National Guard Mobilization Act of 1933—Established the National Guard as part of the Army
  • National Defense Act of 1947—Established the Air National Guard

The history of National Guard troops from each state reflects this outline.  They have protected citizens in threats ranging from natural disasters to local political flashpoints and global warfare.  The Missouri State Archives holds millions of pages of records created by the Missouri Office of the Adjutant General and similar records are held in the state archives and adjutants general offices of all other states and four territories (PR, DC, GU and VI).

Read more: Show Me Military Records: What you can find in your state's Adjutant General Records by John Dougan

Historical Treasure Hunt

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Join Ozarks Genealogical Society, OGS, members and others for a Historical Treasure Hunt. The object of the hunt is to find certain local historical sites in Springfield, Missouri. No Civil War sites are included.

Here is the plan:

• Each entrant will donate $5 or more to OGS.

• Each participant will meet and register with members of their team at the Library Center, TLC, 4653 South Campbell Ave. at 3:30 p.m.

• Each team (one car load) will receive identical clues to find the sites and start searching at 4:00p.m.

The first team to find all the sites and return with the identifying tokens to TLC will win a monetary prize (1/2 of the total entry fees of all participants)!
Invite Your Friends.
The more persons involved the bigger the prize!
This will be an opportunity to learn more about local historical locations, add some much needed funds to the OGS budget and meet new friends.

For more information: Linda Chesebro, 417- 844-2210