Tag Archives: Research

November Meeting: The History of Your Home and the People Who’ve Lived There

Houses are full of mysteries (and maybe even a ghost or two). Every building and piece of land has a story. Whether you’re researching your own property or searching for places to hide clues in your latest mystery, understanding how to research homes, businesses, and land can be a fascinating hobby and helpful skill.

The Register of Deeds will become your friend.

In this fun and information-filled program, Diana Staresinic-Deane will walk you through how to use deeds, maps (Diana loves maps!), newspapers, photographs, legal documents, and anything else you can find online and on the hard-to-reach shelves of your local archives to build a narrative for your house and the people who called it home.

Although many of the examples will hail from Franklin County, Kansas, researchers will find similar documents available for properties anywhere in Kansas or Missouri.

Diana Staresinic-Deane is a writer, local history junkie, cemetery tourist, guinea pig fanatic, former library assistant, and county museum manager. She is the author of Shadow on the Hill: The True Story of a 1925 Kansas Murder and blogs about Kansas history and Kansas places.  Her own love for house history began when she and her husband discovered their Emporia home had once been owned by Marty and Lorna Anderson of Emporia’s famous Bird/Anderson murders. She is a member of the Border Crimes chapter of Sisters in Crime.

Join us Saturday, November 4, 11 a.m.! This program is free and open to the public. This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.


April Meeting: Adapting Research to Different Types of Writing

Whether we’re writing mysteries, true crime, memoirs, or non-fiction, our writing always requires some level of research. During our May meeting, author Priscilla H. Wilson will discuss adapting our research skills to our projects.

Priscilla H. Wilson grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas, and now lives in the Kansas City area. Her writing credits cover a variety non-fiction genres, including short stories, instruction, memoir, and biography. Her titles include The Facilitative Way: Leadership That Makes a DifferenceA Pioneer Love Story: The Letters of Minnie HobartEveryday Wonder: From Kansas to Kenya from Ecuador to Ethiopia, and Zero Meridian, Five Degrees North.

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Join us on Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. for this program, which is free and open to the public! This meeting will be held at the Antioch Branch of the Johnson County Library, 8700 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Merriam, Kansas.