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).

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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

Missouri State Genealogical Association's Conference 7-8 August 2016

Plan to attend the Missouri State Genealogical Association conference featuring dynamic speaker Judy Russell on 7-8 August 2016 in Columbia. Judy is one of the best speakers on the national circuit, and if you've not heard her, you're in for a treat. Not only does she speak well, but is incredibly knowledgeable particularly about matters at the intersection of genealogy and the law. She's a Certified Genealogist and lawyer.


Missouri State Genealogical Association CONFERENCE

50 Searches Every Genealogist Should Know: A Barry Ewell Webinar

50 Searches Every Genealogist Should Know

A Barry Ewell** Webinar*

Published on Feb 25, 2014

OGS Computer Workshop

1 June 2015

What’s New in Google Search in 2015

Search Operators Changes:  

OLD: Plus sign (+)  

NEW: Quotation Marks (“ “)  Put the word or phrase in quotation marks to ensure every result will

include it.  Example: “John Jones” “Minneapolis” MN  

OLD: Tilde (~) This used to be a synonym search.  

Read more: 50 Searches Every Genealogist Should Know: A Barry Ewell Webinar

Mastering RootsMagic


Background. RootsMagic genealogy software has been available since 2003 and is currently in Version 7. The program is available in both paid and free (RootsMagic Essentials) versions.

RootsMagic To-Go: Allows you to copy the RootsMagic program and your data onto any simple USB flash drive or removable drive. Take the drive to a computer, plug it in, and run RootsMagic directly from it.

Learning Center: Free webinars (30-90 minutes) and YouTube videos (under 10 minutes) to learn various aspects of RootsMagic. (Help -> Learning Center).

Read more: Mastering RootsMagic

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):


Read more: All I Want for Christmas 2014

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

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





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.

Lectures, many different topics, are not as