Genealogical Customer Service Kudos

I had to order a copy of a Missouri birth certificate on short notice recently.  I ordered it through VitalChek.   Now the trick is not  to order birth certificates from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in Jefferson City, which is the main repository.  Instead, order them from Kansas City or St Louis, which both have statewide records.  …Continue reading →

Shades of the Departed Magazine Earns Kudos

Tamura Jones has given the Best Looking Magazine award to Shades of the Departed Magazine!  It’s part of his 2009 GeneaBlog Awards over at Modern Software Experience. He says the November debut issue “looks better than any other genealogy related magazine I’ve seen.” I’m privilieged to be part of  footnoteMaven’s band of merry contributors at Shades the Magazine–and even so, …Continue reading →

I Try to Kiss & Make Up with Caddo’s Clerk

Awhile ago, in a fit of technologically self-righteous pique, I vented my spleen over the process to access Caddo Parish, Louisiana, records online.  Perhaps I was too harsh. Less than a week ago, I sent to Caddo Parish by snail mail a request for some certified copies of certain records.  Today, I have the records in my hands and have …Continue reading →


Once again, in our Credit-where-Credit-is-Due Department: 1. Congratulations to Missouri, whose State Archives has now added images for the year 1935 to its Death Records project. This project is rapidly closing its gaps! 2. Thanks to the Local History Department of the Corpus Christi Public Libraries, which outdid its usual great service by responding to my request for a scanned …Continue reading →

Thanks Again, Missouri

I really believe in giving credit where credit is due. On May 20, 2007, I wrote to the Missouri State Archives to request copies of the original log of death certificates concerning Eliza Jane Long (died 1885) and Pauline Long (died 1886). My requests were received on May 24, 2007. On June 4, 2007, I received a notice from the …Continue reading →

Kudos: Milam County (Tex.) Clerk’s Office

I like to recognize good service by those who support our research and without whom, our work would be infinitely more difficult, if not impossible. Today’s honors go to the Milam County Clerk’s Office in Cameron, Texas. I requested copies of two probate files. The files arrived promptly and in great condition (they are over ninety years old). The clerk …Continue reading →

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