Melissa LeMaster Barker is a Certified Archives Manager currently working as the Houston County, Tennessee Archivist. She is also a Professional Genealogist and lectures, teaches and writes about researching in archives and records preservation. She writes a popular blog entitled A Genealogist in the Archives. She is the Reviews Editor for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) magazine FORUM. She writes a bi-weekly advice column entitled The Archive Lady that can be viewed at Abundant Genealogy. She writes a monthly column entitled The Archive Lady’s Corner in the In-Depth Genealogist Magazine. She writes a bi-weekly column for her local newspaper The Stewart-Houston Times called From the Archives. She is a regular contributor as The Archive Lady on Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast. She is married to her wonderful husband, Chris Barker and has one grown daughter and a brand new grandson.



18:37:34 From Fräulein Schmidt : WELCOME everyone!
19:00:47 From Deb Andrew : Good evening.
19:01:14 From JoAnn Lawrence : Good evening from New Jersey
19:01:28 From Melissa LeMaster Barker : Hello Everyone!
19:01:51 From Louise Smith : Good evening from just outside Vancouver, BC!

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19:03:14 From Cousin Russ : Family Tree Webinars – Melissa LeMaster Barker
19:03:42 From Cousin Russ : Melissa LeMaster Barker’s blog:
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19:03:58 From Cousin Russ : “The Archive Lady’s Corner” in the Going In-Depth digital genealogy magazine.

19:04:27 From Cousin Russ : The Archive Lady @ Abundant Genealogy
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19:04:48 From Cousin Russ : The Archive Lady on DearMYRTLE Playlist –
19:11:25 From Cousin Russ : ARCHIVE GRID
19:11:35 From Dave Robison : This month’s WMGS meeting is a “field trip” to the Museum of Springfield History and Archives. Records back to 1636. Members will be escorted “behind the wall!”

19:14:51 From Cousin Russ : African American History Museum (DC)

19:15:59 From Cousin Russ : Williamson County Archives & Museum

Church History Library
19:16:11 From Cousin Russ : LDS Church History Library (not FamilySearch)

Tennesseans in WWI

19:22:34 From Cousin Russ : Over Here, Over There: Tennesseans in the First World War

19:24:43 From Cousin Russ : Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives Exhibit

West Virginia
19:25:34 From Cousin Russ : West Virginia Division of Culture and History
19:26:49 From Dave Robison : WV State Archives is very interesting to me. One of my ggrandfathers may have been born there in the late 18th century
19:28:56 From Dave Robison : The problem at the Springfield Archive is help. They have mountains of donated material that needs evaluating, cataloging and storage.

19:31:56 From Deb Andrew : The grade school I went to became a muesum for our Franklin, Illinois. They were the first place I wrote to find out info on my family. They also had information for Williamson county, that had been part of Franklin county.

19:35:39 From Dave Robison : The Springfield [Massachusetts] Archives have been very cooperative with WMGS, allowing us to bring a group of our members in after hours.
19:36:52 From Deb Andrew : My guys went way beyond the call. They collected everything they had in the records and highlighted everything. They also have obituaries.

19:45:47 From Louise Smith : I think it’s terrific to encourage people to be prepared when they go to an archive, library, museum but I think it’s important to qualify that by saying don’t overthink it – don’t freeze and not go and ask your questions because you’re afraid you’re not prepared enough. I think the most important things to take with you to an archive, etc., is a smile, loads of patience, and a bucket full of thank yous. Think best effort, not perfect effort.

19:46:47 From Cousin Russ : SAA Society of American Archivists

19:46:49 From Cousin Russ : ARCHIVE GRID
19:47:21 From Cousin Russ : Church History Library [LDS] (not FamilySearch)
19:48:04 From Cousin Russ : Cumberland Presbyterian Church (branches)
19:49:22 From Cousin Russ : African American History Museum (DC)
19:49:45 From Shelley Murphy : Go Local!
19:57:42 From Cousin Russ : WHERE are DearMYRTLE’s Webinars archived? At MYRT’S MUSINGS

19:59:17 From Shelley Murphy : Good night all! Thanks Melissa
19:59:36 From Dave Robison : Thanks Melissa, Dear Myrt and Cousin Russ!
19:59:43 From Melissa LeMaster Barker : Thank You for coming Everyone!
19:59:55 From Dave Robison : And Fraulein!

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