Monday, November 12, 2018

Homes for Unwed and Troubled Women 1869 – 1950

Where Are the Records?

 Seattle Advertisement for Florence Crittenton Home

Usually we find out by accident that Grandma was born in a home for unwed mothers. Sometimes, we figure it out, by the surname throughout her historical records, where a father is not listed, or the maternal family surname is the only one used. Sometime, we just deduce it correctly, when the family lived in rural America, yet, Grandma was born in a woman friendly town like Kansas City. Who was Grandma’s father will always be a family secret, or, the gossip of the hometown, but perhaps more information can be found in the records of the place of birth, especially if it was a home for unwed mothers.

History of Homes for Unwed Mothers
Florence Crittenton Home, Kansas City
Homes for unwed mothers and “troubled” women were becoming a common place by the early 1890’s. As early as 1869 the sisters of St. Vincent opened The House of Providence, a program for unwed mothers and their children, as did many other cities.

Charles Nelson Crittenton
By 1893 Charles Nelson Crittenton, grieving the death of his four year old daughter Florence who suffered from scarlet fever in 1882, founded Florence Night Mission. This Mission was designed to assist the prostitutes, troubled “lost and fallen women and wayward girls” of New York City.

By 1895 Dr. Kate Waller Barrett, an Episcopalian minister’s wife and mother of six, joined forces with Dr. Crittenton. Dr. Barrett’s primary interest was to assist unwed mothers. After completing her nursing course in 1894 at the Florence Nightingale Training School in London and her medical degree at the Women’s College of Georgia, in Atlanta, she and Crittenton partnered to establish up to 73 homes for unwed expectant mothers across America.[1] The National Florence Crittenton Mission became a well known safe-haven for unwed, troubled girls. Most of the homes served between 8-15 girls, but then there were the larger Florence Crittenton homes, like that in Kansas City.

Willows Maternity Home, KCMO
Other private homes for unwed mothers, or troubled women like “The House of Another Chance in Seattle which opened in 1926, assisted up to 150 women. And the The Willows Maternity Home, founded in 1905, in Kansas City was noted for its significant influence in adoptions. 

Homes for Colored Girls
Based on the times, the colored girls had their own homes for unwed mothers. In 1925 in Kansas City, there was the Florence Home for Colored Girls. Although named after the Critenton’s daughter, it was funded by the philanthropist William Volker. 

Kansas City – The Baby Hub of the US
According to statistics, Kansas City was the baby hub and a safe-place for unwed mothers. It was located in the middle of the US with convenient access to the railroad. A railroad map into Kansas City was featured on the Interesting Willows’ Statistics pamphlet printed in 1921 by Willows Maternity Home.

At that time, Kansas City also was the home of the Florence Crittenton Home, The St. Vincent’s Hospital, Eastside Maternity Hospital (aka Kansas City Cradle) and the Florence Home for Colored Girls.

Where are the Records?
Some of the workers kept diaries that have been preserved for these homes as the chronicles of the Florence Crittenton Home in Montana. The records for the Florence Crittenton Mission in Kansas City are held at the Missorui Valley Special Collections. The Florence Crittenton Home of Norfolk records are held in the Old Dominion University Libraries, Special Collections: Manuscripts. However, some records were destroyed, as those at the Willows Maternity Home, in Kansas City. These records were supposedly “piled in the backyard and burned.” 

Be sure to check with State Historical Societies and manuscripts for these records. 

Note on Adoptions: Although the homes mentioned in this post historically encouraged the women to keep their child, the same homes were used as adoption agencies.

[1] The New York Times, 17 Nov. 1909, Page 9;, online access 19 May 2010

Reprint of 19 May 2010, title of same name.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Which County in Ireland?

John Burns, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County, 1836 Probate Records
A Non-Stop Party
My older brother used to say “it ain’t nothing but a party.” While in college, his motto was "you don't go home until you are exhausted. Just because the party stopped, you don't stop. YOU are not exhausted. There were after parties, a friend’s house to play games, and meetups after the after-parties at IHOP. That was my brother Lance’s philosophy on life. I, on the other hand, am a genealogy nerd.

The Issue - Needle in a Haystack
The person I'm looking for is John Burns.  Well, at least that was his name in the USA - Wisconsin in 1836. I know he was born in Ireland, but without strong hints supported with solid research, finding the "correct" John Burns in Ireland is the proverbial looking for a needle in a haystack. He's there somewhere, but where? So I must exhaust my USA research. 

What’s Hidden in the Wills?
But, when we have projects like our Burns, Barnds, and Byrnes (yes, those are some of our B clients along with Britt, Burnett, and Brundage), we call it a party at a3Genealogy. We don’t stop until we’ve exhausted all of our party resources. Of course in this case, the party includes "all possible involved parties."  

Our researchers and clients are usually enrolled for the long haul.  We keep them informed of our progress, disappointments, and surprises along the way.  But sometimes they make us laugh. Like today, when a client asked, “why do you need to look at wills and probates to find the parents and origin of my John.” Here’s why!

Family Names
" sisters Catherine Burns, Bridget Burns and Aunty Burns and to Patrick Burns (a son of my brother John Burns by the widow Carrel...)

Year of Migration: 1831
..."when I left Ireland in the year A. D. 1831.
But, From Where In Ireland?
"That there may be no mistake I here give the Post Office address of my said sisters and brothers [sic] son when I left Ireland in the year A. D. 1831 as follows, to wit: Bonafair [?]* in the county of Kilkenny, Ireland, their residence prior to that time was at Lochland Bridge [Leighlinbridge?]in the county of Carlow, an adjoining county."
Worth it?
We have about a dozen more wills on the Burns of Wisconsin before coming to any conclusion. But did the client really want us to overlook this one?

Kathleen Brandt
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Notes: *Bonafair as written has not been located in County Kilkenny.  Perhaps Ballyfoyle, but this has not been proven. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Join Me 21 Aug - DNA Genetics & Medical Genealogy

Freshly home from a day at the Lincoln - Lancaster (NE) County Genealogical Society (LLCGS) Fall Annual Seminar! Now that was fun.  I presented 4 great topics to a wonderful group. I am sure to see you all again soon.
1) 10 Best Bets to Civil War Research
2) Finding Your Revolutionary War Soldier
3) Oral and Family History: sharing Our Ancestors
4) The Changing Surname - How to Trace It  (new offering). 
Thanks you LLCGS for hosting me, and a special thanks to Dennis Allen and Cris Nagla of Genealogical Treasures from Des Moines, IA for being so supportive.

DNA Series Genetic & Medical Genealogy
Now, to the upcoming excitement: DNA Series Genetic & Medical Genealogy hosted by the North Oak branch of Mid-Continent Public Library.

This is a class that will not disappoint! Genealogy test results have helped us find long lost relatives, assists investigators in uncovering criminals, and helps us identify medical risks, and genetic health ties to our ancestors.  Learn the tools, your medical risks,  and how to trace your genetic genealogy.  This is not a medical class. It's how to get the most out of your DNA test results and how to track more on your genealogy charts.  Yes, there's a standard for the charts.

Hope to see you Tues: 21 Aug 2018, 6:30 - 7:30.  Visit the Registration Link here.

Kathleen Brandt
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Sunday, August 5, 2018

How to Trace the Changing Surname

The Lincoln - Lancaster Genealogical Society (Nebraska) specifically asked for this presentation.  It's an eyeopener. We click, and click and click and never find that elusive ancestor.  I suggest you pull away from the redundant clicking and attack this issue with a plan. 

Women and Surnames
We know that in 1866 there was an article on Keeping Their Maiden Names in Addition to the Husbands Surname. Wow! Our ancestors were progressive.  You did it, didn't you? You just googled what actresses in 1866?  Then you realized, oh....stage!  

Norwegian Surnames
Well, surnames have always been a pain. This early writer attempted to make sense of Norwegian Names. 
 So when someone says to you...the records just don't exist.   Think about it! Our ancestors even had their names legally changed through the courts, or in the military.  
1917, Inquirer, PA, Vol 176, Issue 25, pg. 10
I mean really how did: 
  • Ber become Berkowicz (and many other variations)
  • Banham became King
  • Samuelsson became Tinberg
  • Sadorkiewicz become Weinstock
  • Whitaker became Bagshaw.  
  • And, where did Cuplin even come from? All of the close DNA matches were Copelands.   Yes, we have to pull out all the stops, including DNA to solve this surname changing issue! 
So Where Are the Records?
In all the usual spots, repositories, historical collections. But, we must have a keen eye on the documents. Here are a few: 
  • National Archives especially for 1) Native American Indian to Enrollee Names, 2) Prisoner aliases 3) Military Records
  • Court Records for alias prisoners
  • State Archives: especially for early Americans where name changes were noted in minutes
    1754, Pennsylvania Archives,
    • Prison Records: State prison records, and Attorney General Criminal Records (for some reason, duh, men and women criminals had lots of names). 
    • Naturalization and Declaration of Intent Records (be sure to study them and pair with ship manifest. 
    • Social Security Applications and Claims
    • Marriage Records
    That's where we start! Of course there are so many more resources we must scour to identify and verify!

    Kathleen Brandt
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    Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Penitentiary Records

    NY, Governor's Registers of Commitment to Prisons, 1842-1908
    12 State Prison  Research Treasures
    From Alaska to Arkansas, California to Connecticut or Maine to Montana every state in the Union has state prisons, sometimes called the State Penitentiary. California has 33! As “black sheeps” and criminals sprinkle every family tree (if you look hard enough), prison records are a gem to family genealogists and historical researchers.

    Find Your Blacksheep  
    Liberty Tribune, 1857
    Liberty Tribune, 1855

    Although your black sheep may have visited the city jail, county jail, or Federal Penitentiary, be sure to check the following resources for those held in state prisons or penitentiaries. Although census records may enumerate your ancestor as “resident” of the penitentiary, remember newspaper articles provide accounts of not only the crimes, but often the trial, and witness statements.  In addition the details of your ancestor’s crime can be uncovered in a series of the following state held documents.

    Top 12 Collections to Research
    Many of the following records can be found at State Archives or the State Historical Society, but we have also noted collections that may be found in university collections.

    1. Original court case. With a bit of legwork, researchers may find copies of an original court case in the county courthouse, the State courthouse or at the federal level.
    2. Warden Papers. Most states have an extensive collection of Warden Papers. Maryland Historical Society Warden Papers date from 1797-1851.
    3. Prison Escapes. Of course the newspapers announced escapees, but also official papers may be located in the Board of Inspectors Records. Excess escapes often led to investigations of the lessee’s management of the prison by the Penitentiary Board of Inspectors.
    4. Penitentiary Board of Inspectors Records. It’s not always clear how collections cross the states, but the Missouri Board of Inspectors Records 1843-1854 can be located at the University of Michigan, William L. Clements Library: Finding Aid for Mo. Penitentiary Board of Inspectors Records 1843-1854.
    5. Discipline Papers. Guards and Wardens recorded “official’ disciplinary actions and so did prisoner advocates. Researchers may find records, like the Journal of Prison Discipline and Philanthropy dated as early as 1845 from the Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons.
    6. Penitentiary Physician Collections. Physician reports can most likely be located at the State Archives.  The Texas State penitentiary from 1860 - 1880 is located at the Texas State Archives, 1846-1921.
    7. Pardon Papers. Although Pardon Papers may be extensive with explanation of decision, or may be as scant as a Certificate of Pardon, these collections are useful. Often pardons were initiated by community petitions. 
    8. Papers of Governors. As pardons were issued by the Governors, these papers are crucial in understanding a “missing” prisoner, a pardoned prison, or one note housed in the prison. Governor’s papers were often preserved and may be found at the State Archives as is the case for Missouri. Papers of Governor Meredith Miles Marmaduke have been salvaged from 9 Feb 1844 – 20 Nov 1944 and those of Governor Thomas Reynolds from 1840 to 19 Feb 1844 are available. 
    9. The Journal of the Senate. Names and events provided in the Senate Journal of the State provide delightful hints to prisoners and activities of the penitentiaries. A good example is the Journal of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1841).
    10. County Histories. County Histories are commonly found at local libraries, State Archives, and online. It’s a welcomed surprise to find one’s ancestors in these county history books.
    11. State Historical Reviews. The Missouri Historical Review held a wonderful article on Strangers to Domestic Virtues: Nineteenth-Century Women in the Missouri Prison by Gary R. Kremer that proffered a wealth of knowledge.
    12. Dissertations and Thesis. The study of Prisons and the culture of penitentiaries has long been a favorite for graduate studies. Be sure to read "A History of the Missouri State Penitentiary, 1833-1875" written by William Charles Nesheim, M. A. thesis, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1971).
    Other Tips & Hints to Prison Research

    Researchers will find that some documents will separate inmates by race and gender. The New York, Prisoners Received at Newgate State prison, 1797-1810 enumerates Black Women, Black Men and Foreigners separately.  This annual account of prisoners in the State Prison lists includes the crime.

    The following records have been digitized on  
    • New York, Prisoners Received at Newgate State Prison, 1797-1810
    • New York, Governor's Registers of Commitments to Prisons, 1842-1908
    • Alabama Convict Records (county and state), 1886-1952
    • Louisiana, State Penitentiary Records, 1866-1963
    Review Penitentiary Records: Part I Women in Prison

    And your military veteran may have served a few months in a county jail for being a "slacker" and not reporting to draft office on time.  More to come on this one later. 

      Kathleen Brandt
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      Wednesday, July 4, 2018

      Freedom, Rights, and Independence Day

      The African American 4th of July
      Today Americans of all colors, race and religion are free to join in the festivities of the 4th of July.  Not to dampen the spirit, but we can't forget that in 1776 slavery was a welcomed institution even while the words freedom and rights were widespread. Colonies fought against the British forces in the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783 for such freedoms and rights that were not extended to slaves for another 80 plus years. 

      African American Revolutionary Soldiers
      In some states, like North Carolina,  free-coloreds, like my ancestor Ned Griffin, were allowed to serve as soldiers, others as laborers.  Slaves, too, served as substitutes for white men.  In exchange they were most often promised their freedom, as my ancestor, Ned Griffin.  But they had to fight in the field, and then upon their return to their home state, had to fight in court, for the freedom promised to them. 

      Ned Griffin
      An Act for Enfranchising Ned Griffin, Late the Property of William Kitchen.

      [An Act for Enfranchising Ned Griffin, Late the Property of William Kitchen Colonial Records. Acts of the North Carolina General Assembly, 1784 April 19, 1784 - June 03, 1784
      ; Volume 24, Pages 543 - 649.]
      I. Whereas, Ned Griffin, late the property of William Kitchen, of Edgecomb county, was promised the full enjoyments of his liberty, on condition that he, the said Ned Griffin, should faithfully serve as a soldier in the continental line of this State for and during the term of twelve months; and whereas the said Ned Griffin did faithfully on his part perform the condition, and whereas it is just and reasonable that the said Ned Griffin should receive the reward promised for the services which he performed;
      II. Be it therefore Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, and it is hereby Enacted by the authority of the same, That the said Ned Griffin, late the property of William Kitchen, shall forever hereafter be in every respect declared to be a freeman; and he shall be, and he is hereby enfranchised and forever delivered and discharged from the yoke of slavery; any law, usage or custom to the contrary thereof in anywise notwithstanding.
      As many as 10% of the Continental Army soldiers were African Americans. Ancestor Ned Griffin, served in The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, March 15, 1781. The following history is available on the History from the National Park Service, Guilford Courthouse website.

      Ned Griffin, a “Man of mixed Blood,” served as William Kitchen’s substitute in the North Carolina Militia.  William Kitchen deserted the army prior to the battle of Guilford Courthouse and purchased Griffin to serve in his place.
      Hiring a substitute was a common practice for those who could afford it. In this case, Kitchen promised 
      Griffin his freedom upon return. Griffin fulfilled his service (it is believed to have been at the battle of 
      Guilford Courthouse), but Kitchen instead sold him back again into slavery [upon his return].
      In April 1784 
      Griffin petitioned the North Carolina General Assembly for his freedom based on Kitchen’s “promise.”  The assembly acted quickly and enacted legislation that freed and enfranchised Ned Griffin and declared him “forever delivered and discharged from the yoke of slavery.”

      The Slave and the Fourth of July
      If the 4th of July is a celebration of the birth of America's independence, and the works of the Continental Congress' adoption of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, filled with fireworks and cookouts, one must be reminded that it was not the birth of its citizens freedoms or independence.  

      In July 1852 Frederick Douglass, a former slave and a leader in the Abolitionist Movement was invited by the Ladies' Anti-Slavery Society of Rochester, New York to speak at the Independence Day celebration. Millions of Americans of African descent were yet trapped in the tyranny of slavery decades after the Revolutionary War. Douglass delivered his Meaning of July Fourth for the Negrospeech as planned. First paying tribute to the United States, to Jefferson, to the Founders, to the Declaration of Independence, he then shared his "What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?" famous oration. This excerpt well explains not only what Ned Griffin endured for years after serving in the Revolutionary War, but the pains of his fellow plantation mates, not yet free. Douglass speaks on the limited celebration of Independence Day:
      I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.
      Kathleen Brandt

      Tuesday, June 26, 2018

      Break Down a Brick Wall

      A Pro Genealogist's Approach
      Interview and Video by Amy Johnson Crow

      Yes, over 90% of our clients choose to add DNA kits as a vital tool to bring down their brickwalls.
      Join me in Lincoln, NE, at the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society 2018 Fall Conference, 18 Aug 2018.

      Kathleen Brandt

      Friday, June 15, 2018

      4 Places for Missouri Genealogy

      Tips from Kathleen Brandt
      By Amy Johnson Crow
      Original Posted:

      I will be giving the webinar “Within a 60-Mile Radius: Kansas City - The Midwest Gateway to Genealogical Resources” 25 Jun 2018 at 7:00pm CST for the Association of ProfessionalGenealogists.  This is one of four of the Pre-PMC Webinar.

      Kathleen Brandt

      Thursday, June 14, 2018

      A Few Missouri Resources for Jewish Family Research

      Where to Begin
      In 1900 there were 934 Hungary born persons captured in the Missouri census. This number increased to 11,141 by 1910. What would cause such a dramatic increase in the Hungarian population in 10 years? The 1910 census also records that almost 8500 of these Hungary born residents lived in St. Louis and over 400 of them were living in Kansas City, Missouri (Jackson County). Numeric studies like this using or may help you trace your ancestor’s migratory path.

      Since we were tracing a Hungarian Jewish family from Ohio to Kansas City, we repeated this analysis for Ohio which led me to the Western Reserve Historical Society at the Cleveland Jewish Archivefrom the Feinstein Jewish Center at Temple University  which held vertical files relevant to our client.

      Concentrate Your Research
      The idea is to narrow your search to the most likely city/town and repository that may hold documents on your ancestor. Of course this is of most importance when you are tracing a particular ethnicity or an ancestor from a specific religious sector (i.e. Jewish, Catholic, etc).

      Another key is to know the endonyms so you don’t overlook local or community based records (i.e. Magyar / Hungary)

      A Few Missouri Resources
      Kansas City does not hold a genealogical goldmine of Hungarian immigrant research archives or collections, but it is rich in local Jewish historical documents. So before perusing the website, focus your research locally.

      Here are a few of the helpful repositories: 

      If visiting Kansas City, you may also wish to add the Self Guided Automobile Tour of Contemporary and Historic Jewish Sites in Greater Kansas City.  

      Kathleen Brandt
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      Sunday, May 27, 2018

      Jamaica - Family Research

      “De more yu luk, de less yu si”
      Translation: The more you look, the less you will see.
      Explanation: It is impossible to know every single detail about any matter.
      Also, the more you find out, the less you know.

       I recently visited Westmoreland Parish, Jamaica (#5), and a small bit of St. Elizabeth Parish (#2). Like most I flew into Montego Bay which is in St. James Parish (#3).

      Jamaica is best known to tourists as having great sandy beaches, and beautiful turquoise water with spa resorts, and “ya mon” being share with the heartfelt “one love” attitude. But the culture, practices and historical residue is what kept me in the constant process of interviewing and digging a bit deeper.  As the proverb says, “De more yu luk, de less yu si.”

      So What is Commonly Known
      Typical tourists go to the spa resorts by assigned transport.  They see the small shanties for residence, large mansion styles in the hills, and food stands. There are the myriad of students and workers waiting on the road for “Route Taxi’s” to transport to school or work.  And of course, no one can miss the churches. They literally overshadow every community, roadside driveways, and poorly kept main roads.

      Most have a bit of the Spanish, French and British slave history of the island. We’ve even learned through songs the rebellions that lead to emancipation.  But as genealogists we need to dig a bit deeper to learn about our ancestors. We must understand the history to understand the records.

      Quick Genealogical Tips 

      1. Slave emancipation by the British was in 1838, leading to some records that may reveal your ancestor as a having a subsistence farm vs. working on plantations. Or being a free maroon - the maroons were Africans who escaped slavery (mostly run-aways) and set up communities of freemen in the mountains mostly in the eastern parishes.
      2. Your maroon family line may also reveal a connection to the indigenous Taino people as they joined to formed protected communities.  
      3. Your Jamaican ethnic origin may include that of ancestors of Chinese and Indian descent as by 1840 British used both as indentured servants on plantations.  
      4. Your Jamaican bloodline may include J1 or J2 Jewish Haplogroups on DNA results due to the European-expelled Jews who fled to Jamaica as early as 1510 but records may say “Portugals” as to not stir the wrath or mistreatment by the antisemetic. Good news is this information not only proffers your Jewish ancestry, but also perhaps their earlier homeland. But, remember this is just a hint. A totally different conversation is understanding the confusion of Sephardic vs Ashkenazic Jewish haplogroups.
      5. The facts and history of Jamaica settlement and slavery have been researched and recorded since the beginning of settlement, but the location of originals are not centralized.  A good place to start is in A History of Jamaica; From it’s discovery by Christopher Columbus to the Present TimeWm. James Gardner, 1873.
      Key Research Resources
      A Solved Case
      Slave Law of Jamaica, and other collections are quite useful in tracing your Jamaican ancestors. The a3Genealogy research team recently traced a Philadelphia free-colored descendant to his Jamaican slave ancestor emancipated in 1795 using the An Account of the Emancipation of the Slaves of Unity Valley Pen, in Jamaica, Barclay, 2nd edition, 1801 and of course other resources to include in-country sources.

      Kathleen Brandt
      Series, Jamaica 2018
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      Tuesday, March 20, 2018

      2018 Speaker Titles

      One Motivated Mama Inspirational "Where you are going" Canvas by Ana Brandt.  #inspiration #motivation #knowwhereyouaregoing #whereyoucamefrom #canvas #wallart #motivatedmama:
      Visit Ana Brandt's Site
      These are just a few titles offered by Kathleen Brandt as a conference Keynote Speaker or seminar Presenter. All are tailored to your conference theme or celebration. If you don't see what you want here, know I offer custom designed presentations and workshops. Know that all of the presentations are chocked full of actual images and many have real life short case studies. 

      I am now scheduling for 2017.  But remember, I am often called upon as a last minute substitute, because we can never plan for those unplanned "life" events

      Be sure to review the Experience/Qualifications page. 

      Kathleen Brandt
      Keynote Speaker/Presenter

      Presentation Titles for Your Conference

      Revolutionary War
      ·         Finding Your Revolutionary War Soldier
      ·         7 Best Revolutionary War Resources
      ·         Your Blacksheep: Courts-martial and Courts of inquiry records
      War of 1812
      ·         War of 1812 Records: 10 Places to Research
      ·         Researching Your War of 1812 Impressed Seamen
      Revolutionary War and War of 1812
      ·         African Americans Served Too – Finding Records
      Civil War
      ·         10 Best Bets for Civil War Research 
      ·         7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders
      ·         Finding Your Elusive Civil War Veteran
      ·         Claim It!  Southern Claims Commission Records and Slave Claims Commission Records
      ·         Researching Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) and other Association Records
      ·         Civil War POW Records
      Modern Wars (WWI - WWII
      ·         Military Records Were Destroyed? What to Do?
      ·         7 Easy Tips to WWI and WWII Research
      ·         Forgotten Records -  WWI and WWII

      Research Methodology
      ·         Leaping Over Brickwalls
      ·         The Changing Surname - How to Trace It?

      ·         DNA: Spit or Swab?  (Beginner)
      ·         DNA for Genealogists: Who? What?, When? Where? (Intermediate)
      ·         From History to Present: DNA Research (Case Studies)
      ·         DNA All Day Workshop (all levels)

      Research Tools
      ·         Tech Toys for Genealogists: It’s All Portable
      ·         Oral and Family History: Sharing Our Ancestors
      ·         The Cloud: Looking Forward to Backing Up
      ·         Technology Toolbox for Genealogists

      African American Research
      ·         7 Tips to Researching Slaves and Slaveholders (with MO. Case Study)
      ·         Researching the Road to Freedom (Prior to the Civil War)
      ·         7 Resources to Researching Missouri Ex-Slaves and Free-Coloreds.
      ·         Using Ship Manifests for Slave Research
      ·         African Americans Served Too: Finding Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Records

      International: Emigration - Immigration
      ·         When They Came to America Where Did They Go?
      ·         Blackbirding: Sugar, Cotton, and Slaves! Researching South Pacific Island Laborers
      ·         Did Your Ancestor Become a US Citizen? Where to find Records and Documents

      Local Topics and Custom Designed Presentations
      Have a unique topic?  Due to our vast client base and experience, presentation just for your local group can be customized. Of course actual images of documents and relevant research tips are shared and often accompanied by a case study.
      ·         “Delegation of Colored Men” 7 Resources to Researching Western-North Carolina Ex-Slaves and Free-Coloreds.
      ·         Pioneer Trail From Missouri to California: How to Trace Them?
      ·         Tracing My State Militia Records
      ·         Tracing Huguenots – From There to Here

      ·         Your Pioneer Ancestor and You!  How Our Ancestors Did It?
      ·         The Invisible Staircase: How Missouri Did It!

      Entrepreneur You
      ·         Make Money: Your Genealogy Empire

      Midwest and Missouri Specific
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      Midwest German Settlers
      ·         Researching Germans from Russia Ancestors
      ·         8 Tips to Researching Your Missouri Rhineland Ancestors

      Missouri Irish
      ·         Tips to Tracing Your MO. Irish Ancestor - From Immigration to Emigration

      Bohemian Settlements
      ·         5 Research Tips to MO. Bohemian Ancestors

      Friday, March 16, 2018

      Press Release - New Partnership

      DNA Analysis Is Important 
      a3Genealogy, of Kansas City, Mo, is pleased to announce that, effective immediately, we have entered into a definitive partnership with In-Genes, a provider of genealogical DNA analysis and founder of the “DNA Heritage Finder” database. A significant benefit of this partnership will be in the area of non-paternal event and adoptee research.

      The partnership with In-Genes, based in Los Angeles, further aligns and strengthens a3Genealogy’s position in the genealogical research industry and will create a more comprehensive infrastructure. In-Genes’ proprietary database “DNA Heritage Finder” and a3Genealogy’s longevity in the industry providing extensive genealogical expertise will expedite the process of DNA analysis and reporting and will result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase capacity.

      We have worked together for media and individual clients for over a year and our business values and philosophies align: the client being the focus, delivering the best possible product with an emphasis on honesty, integrity, and scientific rigor, as well as connecting the past and present.

      Please join us as we look forward to an exciting and prosperous future for a3Genealogy, our project partners, and our clients.

      Kathleen Brandt
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      Monday, March 5, 2018

      RootsTech 2018

      Hope, Love, Endurance, Unity and Family 

      Roots Tech never disappoints! I spent most of my time in the Media Hub again this year.  The lineup of speakers were awesome. There was Brandon Stanton, Scott Hamilton, Natalia Lafourcade, and Henry Lewis Gates.  If you missed Roots Tech this year, I say, these speakers alone were worth the registration fee.  I had the opportunity of interviewing each of them. Every year I’m impressed with the keynote speakers (and I’ve attended every RootsTech but one). If you decided not to come this year, these presentations were also live streamed, so I hope you got the message of hope, love, endurance, unity and family. 

      The issue with staying at home, is you have no idea what the energy is like or how easy it is to meet that smiling person across the room. I always think “there are no strangers here.” I see my Belgium friends, my Australian friends, my South African friends, once a year.  That’s a reason to be present.  Sure, we all connect on social media – facebookblog comments, Linkedin, Instagram, and of course Twitter (that’s my go to, when I need answers)-  but we catch up during this four day frenzy. Then we add another dozen or so more BFF’s to the list for next year. 

      If I had to encapsulate this year’s trends I would say “buy up, partner up.”  I’ve never seen the likes.  I attended 4 meetings just on business dealings between companies.  It’s all about aligning your business.  And of course, everyone is aligning with DNA experts and companies.  The a3Genealogy team will making their DNA partner announcement soon. We have been working for a year now, on the partnership, it’s going swimmingly, so we are ready to dive in. By the way, we connected at RootsTech 2017!  I look forward to telling you more about our media use of this exciting proprietary DNA database and the partnership that has helped us solve some exciting brickwall discoveries of non-paternal and adoption cases this past year.

      Oh and social media! If you aren’t partnering with a DNA kit company or a DNA analysis company - like a3Genealogy DNA, then you are partnering with a social media expert. As I said, “Buy up, Partner up.” 

      Hope to see you next year at RootsTech 2019. Save the date: 27 Feb - 2 March, 2019. Be sure to keep an eye on the RootsTech blog.

      Kathleen Brandt
      Accurate, accessible, answers