Julie’s start in genealogy came at the insistence of a friend. Julie accompanied her one day to our old location on 24 Highway. This friend showed Julie how to use the Soundex. The Soundex is the method used to index the Federal Census for the years 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920. As a note, there are some variations in Soundex coverage for these years. These days, you can find the census indexed on several different websites. Julie remembers the bag of dimes this friend always carried with her so she would have change for microfilm copies. Julie said, "It was so thrilling to find my family names. I was hooked from that day."
One of Julie’s most exciting finds was discovering the Civil War unit and regiment for her great, great-grandfather. Looking through the periodical, Tap Roots from Lee County, Alabama, Julie found a list of veterans from the ancestor’s town in Alabama. When she found his name, all the other pieces to his puzzle just fell into place.
Julie is still working on the burial place of her great-grandfather. He was from the same town as this Civil War ancestor, Opelika, Alabama. Julie has a photo of him. She has his wife’s information but has not been able to find a record of his burial, even though Julie has a map of the cemetery drawn by her father. Julie intends to write to the genealogical society in that area to see if they can help.
When asked what her favorite resource is here at the Midwest Genealogy Center, there was a long pause as Julie contemplated her answer. "Definitely The Handy Book for Genealogists because it gives more information than many other sources. I also like the periodicals, especially after I found my Confederate veteran in a periodical. People do not think to use periodicals and we have such a great collection here."
After listing Ancestry Library Edition as one MCPL database she uses on a regular basis, Julie said she also likes the American Civil War Research Database. Julie also uses the website Missouri Digital Heritage; it has plat books and more resources than just the Missouri death records.
Charlotte M. & Julie F.
Midwest Genealogy Center