Meeting Information


Our next meeting will be March 23 at 7 p.m., via Zoom. Join us for an interactive program, "Extracting the Most from an Estate File," presented by Bill Eddleman. In a few days, we will be providing access to a pdf file containing documents from an 1821 estate file, and a link to probate law in effect in Missouri in 1821. The meeting program will be going through the steps in probate, the associated documents generated by probate, and what you can glean from each document. Zoom should provide us the opportunity to interact, ask questions, and share insights into using estate files for genealogy!

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The document contains a link to the law in effect in Missouri for estate administration in the 1821 time period. You will have to click on the document at the link, then scroll down to find the "ADMINISTRATION" law. The remainder includes selected documents from the estate papers of John Whittenburgh, who died in 1821. No information on where or how he died, but he lived in Cape Girardeau County, and his estate was administered here. If you wish to do anything in advance of the meeting, look at the documents, and ask these questions: Who is mentioned in the document, signed it, and witnessed it? What is the document, and what is the role of each person mentioned in it? What does it tell you about the deceased and their family, if anything? When was the document transacted, and when was it signed (if the date differs)? The documents are NOT in date order, and you might notice how they fit in sequence. Where was the document transacted?



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The Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society was organized in May 1970, a non-profit organization, its primary purpose is education in the field of genealogy. Membership is open to individuals upon payment of the annual dues of $10, or a couple for $15, per year, beginning in May. Life membership is available for a one-time payment of $250.

CGCGS publishes a quarterly "The Collage of Cape County" in March, June, September, and December, sent free to members. All members are encouraged to submit articles for publication.


Cape Girardeau County Genealogical Society
PO Box 571, Jackson, MO 63755
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The CGCGS Library is located in the Research Room at the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington, Jackson, MO and is open during regular Archive Center hours. Our meetings are held at The Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, 112 East Washington in Jackson MO, by-monthly in January, March, May, July, September, and November on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., unless announced otherwise.


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