History of MoSGA

Founding Members & Elected Officers, 1979
President – Kermit B. Karns
Vice President – Betty Harvey Williams
Recording Secretary – Mary F. Ingman*
Corresponding Secretary – Dorothy A. Griffith
Treasurer – Joseph M. Menius
Publicity Chairman:  Lorraine Cates
 Board Members –
Marie Blackburn*
Geraldine Bailey*
J. Wayne Merrill 
Sharon Kliethermes

  • 1979 - The Missouri State Genealogical Association was founded and offered Charter Memberships at $10.  Within a year 437 had joined.
  • 1980 - The first issue of the association's newsletter, "SHOW ME" STATE Genealogical News was published in January of 1980 
  • 1981 - The first Annual Conference was held in Columbia
  • 1981 - The first issue of the Missouri State Genealogical Society Journal was published in February of 1981
  • 2004 - The 25th Anniversary of MoSGA's founding was celebrated at the Annual Conference in Columbia. Several founding members attended.
  • Publications included Volumes 1-10 of Four Generation Charts, submitted by members
  • Betty Harvey Williams offered MoSGA her inventory of 47 book titles on Missouri records compiled by herself and by Jacqueline Hogan Williams. The agreement stipulated MoSGA could retain the proceeds from sales of the donated inventory. These are for sale at our online MoSGA Store
  • Mary H. Ray donated copies and reproduction rights of five books she authored on Worth County, Missouri.

 In Memoriam - Betty Harvey Williams - Founding Member
Founding MoSGA board member, Betty Harvey Williams, passed away June 13, 2015.   A gifted researcher, author and mentor, Betty served as MoSGA president in 1984-1986 and was a Life Member. Throughout the 1960s & 70s, Betty and her sister-in-law, Jacqueline Hogan Williams, traveled throughout Missouri transcribing court records that they then published and sold privately. In 1982 Betty offered MoSGA her inventory of 47 book titles to sell. This agreement gave MoSGA a continuing source of income throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 2002 Betty published Soldiers of the War of 1812 with a Missouri Connection a work she spent many years researching and documenting.