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Cedar & Vernon County, MO Genealogical Society

218 West Walnut Street, Nevada, MO 64772






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Cedar & Vernon County, MO Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 10 a.m.

El Dorado Springs Library Meeting Room

808 S. Main Street, El Dorado Springs, MO


Orphan Trains to Missouri

More than 100,000 orphaned, abandoned, or neglected children were sent on 'orphan trains' from New York and Boston to the farming communities of the mid-west between 1853 and 1930.  The dream was that America's Christian farmers would welcome the homeless children, give them work, and treat them as new sons and new daughters.  This would remove the children from the streets and orphanages of the large cities.  Many came on orphan trains to Missouri.  The children were given to families, and no formal adoption was required.  Many were taken in by good, kind and caring families; some children were not as fortunate.  The program guest speaker will be Kathy Dains, who worked twenty eight years at the State Historical Society of Missouri as a research assistant, associate editor of the Missouri Historical Review, and associate director of the State Historical Society.


Following  the April 18 program, a DNA mini-seminar will explore considerations when contacting DNA matches in your research.  Anyone requiring assistance in creating or uploading a GEDCOM family tree file to a DNA website or other help with their DNA test results is welcome to bring their laptop.


Support your local society with your presence at meetings and with your annual membership.  The Nevada Library Genealogy Department is open to researchers during all regular Library hours.  Wi-fi is available for those who bring a personal device.  Two computers in the Genealogy Dept. are available exclusively for genealogy research.  A $25 12-month library card can be obtained at the circulation desk if you live outside of Nevada, or a free limited guest pass can be obtained each month. 



The Society is headquartered at the Nevada Public Library and meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 10 a.m. with a brief business meeting followed by a program pertaining to some aspect of genealogy research or history.  Meetings are alternately held at:

-- Nevada Public Library Meeting Room, 212 W. Walnut Street, Nevada, MO.

-- Cedar County Library Meeting Room, 808 S. Main Street, El Dorado Springs, MO.


Unless otherwise noted in the meeting notice above or monthly newsletter, the locations of the monthly meetings are:

Jan. - Nevada, MO - The History of the W.F. Norman Corp & W.F. Norman, my 1st Cousin 3x Removed

Feb. - El Dorado Springs, MO - Timelines

Mar. - Nevada, MO - Tax Records

Apr. - El Dorado Springs, MO

May - Nevada, MO

Jun. - El Dorado Springs, MO

Jul. - Nevada, MO

Aug. - El Dorado Springs, MO

Sep. - Nevada, MO

Oct. - El Dorado Springs, MO

Nov. - Nevada, MO

Dec. - El Dorado Springs, MO, Christmas Luncheon & program



Remember our Veterans

The book Remember our Veterans, is available for purchase.  It contains over seventy Vernon County and local veteran stories and pictures, and about 300 veterans' record of service compiled from obituary files. The proceeds from the book will go to the Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon, Missouri.

The price is $35 with $5 added if to be mailed.  Checks should be made to: Veteran Book/Neoma Foreman and mailed to 14695 S C Hwy, Walker, MO 64790



The Walker Herald

Walker, Missouri

Extant Issues Transcribed

1892-1923, 1924-1926, and 1927-1931


In 1882 S. J. Preston began publishing the Walker Herald, a weekly journal sold by subscription, and continued its publication until two weeks before his death in 1931. Neoma Foreman was given permission by Preston's family to transcribe the extant issues of the newspaper and publish those transcriptions in three volumes. Each of the three volumes is fully indexed.  A “21st Century Award” from the Missouri State Genealogical Association helped fund in part the publication of the books.  The 3-vol. set can be purchased for $50.00 (includes Media Mail shipping/handling) by mailing check or company purchase order to the Cedar & Vernon Co MO Genealogical Society at the above address.  Comb bound cardstock covers, 8 1/2 x 11 format.  Sample page at this link.  

   1892-1923 - 190 pages includes index

   1924-1926 - 178 pages includes index

   1927-1931 - 216 pages includes index

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