I took a similar trip with my mother in September. It was an exciting and very full trip, but I never posted about it. I took my Technical Writing Dantes on that trip, and my mom and I drove on to Springfield, Missouri, to attend the Osage Genealogical Society's annual genealogy conference. My family has some history in Springfield -- back in the mid 1800's -- so I was able to fit in some of my own research.
Remember the three Gray boys I discovered during my July trip? I was able to visit the cemetery where they were buried -- with their parents, aunts, and uncles -- and found a slew of relatives I didn't expect -- including my great, great, great, great grandparents John and Elizabeth McCluer. Pictures below.
Gray Uncles: Thaddius, Loneas, and Willie
The gravestone of my ancestors Dr. William Gale Gray and his wife Caroline McCluer -- the boys' parents. Also father and mother to Claude (my great, great grandfather), Zeke, and Ethel.
Field research in the shadow of John and Elizabeth McCluer's tombstone (Caroline's parents)
Close-ups of their inscriptions
WARNING: Do not use sidewalk chalk on tombstones. Use white, soft chalk, and do not do anything that is irreversible or will damage the stones. Always wash off any chalk you apply before leaving the cemetery.
These are just a few of the tombstone pictures my mom and I took. There were many more McCluer and Gray aunts, uncles, and cousins buried in the Hazelwood Cemetery of Springfield, Missouri.
We attended the genealogy conference that evening and most of the next day -- so informative. I feel like I learned so much about my hobby and job of genealogy. There were a few surprises there too. I expected to be the only person from my town at the conference -- after all, I was in a different state -- but I was wrong. Two members of my genealogy society were seated in the row directly in front of me during the opening session. Imagine my surprise on discovering two familiar faces in a roomful of strangers! It was very welcome to have some buddies during the many sessions, as my mother did not attend the conference itself.
My mom and I stopped by the Springfield/Greene County Library before heading home on Saturday. Among other things, I found William and Caroline Gray's marriage record on microfilm.
I was exhausted by the time we pulled out of Springfield and started back on the road home. I put everything I had into two days of nonstop action: an exam, a cemetery visit, two days of intense genealogy teaching, two library visits -- including eye straining microfilm viewing. Home had never looked so good by the time Mom and I settled into the car for the drive back.
And now -- if the weather stays okay and the roads are clear -- I plan to take another trip. We shall see. It is in the Lord's hands.