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Montgomery County Genealogical Society News

  • A Tribute to John and Marj Miller
  • About some of our members....
  • Where to Write for Church Records
  • Did You Know???
  • Books for Sale
  • How to Join the Montgomery County Genealogical Society

  • A Tribute to John and Marj Miller

    The genealogical community of Montgomery County, Missouri, would like to expess our love and gratitude to Mr. and Mrs. John ( Marj) Miller for their years of work and research.

    Marj was a charter member of the Montgomery County Historical Society, established in 1976, and currently serves as the curator. A member of the Montgomery Chapter of the DAR and member of MOSGA, she was instrumental in the formation of the Montgomery County Genealogical Society in May of 1996. She has worked tirelessly to get this organization off to a great start. Almost single-handedly she has answered letters and queries, doing research at the courthouse for those needing records for a number of years. She and her husband John have "run a taxi" for many seeking to find cemetery and homesteads. They have dropped what they are doing to open the Historical Society library for any who contacted them. A researcher from Belgium stayed at their home three times!

    Working closely with the State Historical Society of Missouri, Marj has seen that many priceless papers from Montgomery County's history have been preserved. She cataloged not only donated printed records and books to the Montgomery County Historical Society but also all items donated to the Museum. Establishing a filing system for family and church histories, obituaries, and town histories has made family research more accessible. A special project has been photo identification. Thanks to Marj, Montgomery County can boast a wonderful photo history.

    Marj and John Miller cataloged every cemetery in the county, both public and private, personally listing them on the computer so printouts by surname or entire cemetery might be easily searched.

    Next to their family, Montgomery County is their life!! Thank you, Marj and John. Montgomery County will remember you for generations to come.

    About some of our members....

    Kenneth Weant has published several indexes to the Montgomery and Callaway County newspapers. Kenneth has generously shared copies of these indexes with the Montgomery County Historical Society. For a price list and more details you may contact him at 3420 Viscount Drive, Arlington, TX 76016-2338.

    K. Wilham, Genealogical Research & Publishing (R. R. 1, Box 150, Shelbyville, MO 63469) has an extensive line of books pertaining to Missouri and the Civil War for sale. Contact her for a price list.

    DrewAnna King Schutte (Rt. 1, Box 334, New Florence, MO 63363) and Cheryl Oberhaus (221 Elliott Drive, Columbia, MO 65201) are local genealogical researchers for hire.

    Frances Quisenberry can usually be found hard at volunteer work at the Audrain County Genealogical Society. Her tireless efforts are a benefit to anyone who has roots in Audrain County.

    Marj Miller in Montgomery City can be credited with helping literally hundreds of people trace their roots through the Montgomery County records. You can contact her at the Montgomery County Historical Society, 112 West Second Street, Montgomery City, MO 63361, to purchase the 1870 Montgomery County Census compiled from microfilm by Jean Wheeler and donated to the historical society for sale. Also for sale are a compiled 1860 Montgomery Census, the pictorial history of Montgomery County and Atlas for 1878, 1897 and 1918. A donation to their expansion fund would be greatly appreciated. The grant they received did not cover the entire purchase amount or remodeling costs. They have done so much to preserve the history of our community, let's show our appreciation.

    Norman R. Peters (P. O. Box 21117, Washington, DC 20009-0617) wrote to let us know "on page three of the recent issue (Vol. 2, 2nd quarter), in the list of Civil War soldiers in 1890, is 'Theisson, (could be Theisman) Rudolph.' This name is correctly spelled Theissen. For those interested, one branch of this family moved to Howell County, Missouri, shortly after the Civil War. The West Plains Gazette (#26, Fall-Winter, 1984) published three articles that relate to this Theissen family, as well as to the families of Scholten, Boss, Eldringhoff, Peters, and von Elsberg. The third article, researched and written by me, details the history of the Scholten and von Elsberg families in Germany, back to ca. 1730."

    Where to Write for Church Records

    Thanks go to Betty Kneubuhler for these addresses!

    American Baptist Historical Society
    1100 South Goodman Street
    Rochester, NY 14620
    Historical Convention, Southern Baptist Convention
    127 Ninth Avenue
    Nashville, TN 37234
    Evangelical and Reform
    Eden Archives
    Eden Theological Seminary
    475 East Lockwood Avenue
    Webster Groves, MO 63119
    German Reform
    Phil Schaaf Memorial Library
    Lancaster, PA 17603
    Archives of Lutheran Church in America
    Lutheran School of Theology
    1110 East 55th Street
    Chicago, IL 60615
    Commission on Archives and History of United Methodist Church
    36 Madison Avenue
    Madison, NJ 07940
    Presbyterian Historical Society
    United Presbyterian Church United States
    P. O. Box 849
    Montreat, NC 28757
    Phone (704) 669-7061
    Dept. of History and Records Management Services
    425 Lombard Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516
    Phone (215) 627-1852
    United Church of Christ and Congregational
    Congregational Library
    14 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02108
    Theological Seminary
    Congregational Historical Records
    5757 University Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60637

    Did You Know???

    On many old tombstones you will find the wording, "Jane Doe, consort of John Doe." This indicates that John was still alive at the time Jane died. If the stone reads "Jane Doe, relict of John Doe," this indicates that Jane's husband was already deceased at the time she died.

    Books for Sale

    Montgomery County, Missouri, Newspaper Records - Deaths 1880-1899, 1994, 395 pages
    Montgomery County, Missouri, Newspaper Records - Marriages 1880-1899, 1993, 267 pages
    -- Set of these two books, softbound $50.00 postpaid/ hardbound $70.00 postpaid
    Send check payable to Alma J. Wheeler, P. O. Box 727, Tolland, CT 06084-0727

    Montgomery County, Missouri, Newspaper Records - Birth, Marriages, Deaths and Misc.
    -- 1900-1901 Softbound, 153 pages $22.00
    -- 1902 Softbound, 94 pages $22.00
    -- 1903 Softbound, 107 pages $22.00
    -- 1904 Softbound, 115 pages $22.00
    -- 1905 Softbound, 117 pages $22.00
    -- Only miscellaneous records for 1890-1899 Softbound $22.00
    $1.25 tax for MO residents. Send checks to K. Wilham Genealogical Research & Publishing, R. R. 1, Box 150, Shelbyville, MO 63469-9755

    How to Join the Montgomery County Genealogical Society

    Montgomery County Genealogical Society
    112 West Second Street
    Montgomery City, MO 63361

    The Montgomery County Genealogical Society began meeting in the early spring of 1996 and elected officers that summer. Dues are $10.00 per year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31), including a 12-page quarterly newsletter. Our library is open on Tuesday mornings from 9 to 12 except when the weather is bad. Meetings are on the second Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. (except for Jan. and Feb.; Mar. meeting as weather permits) at the Montgomery County Historical Society, 112 West Second Street, Montgomery City. Contact Harriett Worrell or Beverly Robinson

    This page is maintained by Joanna Ashmun, Montgomery County coordinator.
    Last updated 9 May 2004.
    © 1997-2004 by Joanna M. Ashmun.