State Historical Society of Missouri Releases Free Online Genealogy Series – Newstalk KZRG

COLOMBIA, Missouri – The State Historical Society of Missouri has released a series of 12 workshop videos aimed at teaching basic genealogy skills.

Hosted by Bill Eddleman, professional genealogist and associate director of the SHSMO Cape Girardeau Research Center, each episode explores a different resource used to locate ancestor information and trace family history.

Earlier this year, the U.S. National Archives released the last legally authorized census records—those from 1950. Census records are an important tool in family history research, and Eddleman discusses the census , its history and its use in genealogy.

“The census is really the workhorse of many genealogists,” Eddleman says in Part Three of the series. “We learn a lot from the census, and it’s usually quite accessible.”

Free and available online, Basic genealogy explains how to use land, court, probate, and vital records to find and track an ancestor’s life chronicles. Eddleman also details a variety of popular online services and discusses the impact of DNA testing on genealogy research. Additionally, Eddleman delves into the use of diaries and manuscripts to develop a person’s story and illustrate life beyond the archive.

“We get a sense of the past and what it looked like from manuscript collections,” Eddleman explains in Part 10 of the series. “You could get some insight into your ancestor, what he did, where he was, and even what kind of person he was if it’s a really good handwritten source.”

The series concludes with a discussion of how to organize and preserve collected research. Find the 12 episodes online for free on

Eddleman returns later this year with a series of specialized genealogy topics. The first takes place virtually at 1 p.m. CDT on September 15, when Eddleman will discuss the search for Civil War ancestors and highlight critical resources to explore.

Registration is now open for this free workshop:

Recordings of each specialty presentation will also join the Basic genealogy series on SHSMO on request.

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