Friday, November 24, 2017

Clay County Archives

and Historical Library

Liberty, Missouri

Preserving the Past for the Present


Our Volunteers

With no paid staff, volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization.  The Archives has been fortunate since its founding to have incredibly dedicated volunteers who love history, Clay County, our ancestors and all the bits and pieces of information that helped make up their lives.  

Volunteers have given themselves to collect, preserve, organize, index, make available and present this information to the benefit of the Archives' loyal patrons.

So many projects  --  So few hands

The Clay County Archives has volunteer opportunities available.  Indexing and scanning photos; criminal court records; birth, death and marriage records; filing and data entry to name just a few.  If you have a few hours a month, the Archives could use your talents.  Bring a lunch and a few friends with you.  Choose a project and we'll train you.  Most are very easy to learn.

To volunteer, call the Archives at 816-781-3611, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  Or call Jane Shepherd (Volunteer Coordinator) at 816-781-0241.

Ann Golden

Ann was born in Liberty and attended public school in the district.  She then graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in nursing and had practiced nursing for amost 50 years.

She is currently working on preparing Circuit Court dockets for data entry into our index system.

Ann Henning

ann-henning-tAnn was born in Brookfield, Linn County, Missouri and grew up in nearby Laclede (boyhood home of General John J. Pershing).  She graduated from William Jewell College, married, had three children, who gave her five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

Read more: Ann Henning

Bob Corum

Bob is a Liberty native and has an extensive personal history in the area.  He spent his working career as an Air Traffic Controller and educator.

He is involved in the history of the Corum family, maintains the Corum family cemetery and is the current President of the William C Corum Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

He currently serves the Archives as one of the Properties Chairmen.

Carol Olson


Carol was born in Clinton, Henry County, Missouri.  She moved to Clay County in 1950 and attended Englewood and Davidson Elementary School.  She graduated from North Kansas City High School in 1960 and married Steve Olson in 1962.  

Read more: Carol Olson

Cheryl Diehl

Cheryl was born in Keosauqua (Van Buren County) Iowa, spent the major part of her life in Morrison Illinois and graduated from high school in Sedalia Missouri.  After that, she moved to Kansas City to further her education and begin her career in the medical field.  She retired from the University of Kansas Hospital after 31 years of service and she lived in Jackson County Missouri area for over 40 years until moving to Clay County.  She enjoys her two sons, three grandsons and two granddaughters.

She has a great interest in genealogy and local history and she spends her "free" time scapbooking, needleworking and making porcelain dolls.  

Donna Root

DonnaRoot-tDonna was born and educated in Liberty, culminating in graduation from William Jewell College.  She has two children, five grandchildren and a great-grandchild.  Among her hobbies are reading, genealogy and sewing.

Read more: Donna Root

Jane Shepherd

Jane was born in Hickory County near Quincy, Missouri.  She has one sister and three brothers.  After graduating from Weaubleau High School, she worked for AT&T before getting married.  Her husband was drafted into the Army and they lived in Germany for 18 months.  She has four children and seven grandchildren and she loves spending time with her family and attending many of her grandchildren's sports activities.

Read more: Jane Shepherd

Kenneth Neth

ken-neth-t0Ken was born in Clinton County and moved to Clay County in 1938.  He has remained here ever since except while a student at the University of Missouri, Columbia and in the U. S. Army (1951-1953).  He served as a special investigator for CIC.  

After graduating from MU, he started working for First Federal Savings and Loan as a loan officer, branch manager and special projects.  He retired in 1989 and kept busy with a temporary security job at Kansas City International Airport.  He became a gate supervisor and trainer and finally retired *again* after 14 years there.

Read more: Kenneth Neth

Marcia Grimes

Marcia, born in Kansas City, Missouri, became seriously interested her ancestors in July of 2009 and so began researching her family in earnest.  She visited the Clay County Archives in February 2010 to further her research and was asked whether she would like to volunteer.  

She had her doubts if she would be able to assist anyone in their research but was reassured that she probably knew more than she realized.  Marcia became a member that day and returned the next Monday to begin.  She started working on Abstracts.  She has enjoyed her work and membership tremendously and discovered that she was related to several of our volunteers!  She finds this very exciting and marvels at what a small world this is.

Nancy Boland

nancy-boland-2-tNancy was born in Minnesota then lived in Missouri, Arizona and then back to Missouri.  She began working on her family tree over 25 years ago.  During this process, she developed an interest in American History because of the innerconnection between her family history and that of our country.  Her family does not include any Clay County residents whereas most of her German ancestors settled in Saline and Lafayette counties in Missouri.

Read more: Nancy Boland

Nancy George

Nancy just retired after a long and glorious career working for Hallmark Cards.  She is now able to volunteer much more of her time to the Archives.

She represents the Alexander Doniphan Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution to our board and she works on various projects wherever she is needed.

Scott Cole

scott-cole-tScott is a native of Liberty and has a heritage in its history.  He is very knowledgeable about the people, places and events of Liberty and Clay County.  A former sailor, he now runs a telecomm services business and is quite busy.  We are fortunate to have as much of his time as we do.

Read more: Scott Cole

Shirley Fansher

shirley-fansher-t0Shirley was born at the Great Lakes Naval Base, outside of Chicago, Illinois.  Her family moved back to Clay County in 1953, after her father’s naval career.  They lived in Nashua until 1963 when they again moved to Clinton County.  She graduated from Plattsburgh High School and William Jewell College.  Shirley has worked in laboratory science at area hospitals since her graduation.


Read more: Shirley Fansher

Steve Hatcher

steve-hatcher-t0cSteve is originally from Independence, Missouri.  Growing up in Harry's home town and visiting family in the Washington, DC area sparked a love of history.  His passion for genealogy came from knowing his 102 year old great-great-grandmother and talking with his great aunt about ancestors and connections to Thomas Jefferson.

Read more: Steve Hatcher

Steve Olson

steve-olson-tSteve was born in Belton, Missouri and came to Clay County before he was one year old.  He lived in Claycomo and started school at Munger.  Later he moved to what would become Gladstone and began attending Englewood School starting in the second grade.  He graduated from North Kansas City High School.

Read more: Steve Olson

Stuart Elliott

stuart-elliott-tStuart was born and raised in North Kansas City, Missouri, graduating from North Kansas City High School.  He attended various colleges until he graduated from Park College (now University) in Parkville, Missouri.

Though not related to his degree, he has worked in the computer field and was employeed by Clay County Government for 20 years as a computer programmer.

Read more: Stuart Elliott

Tony Meyers

Tony-Meyers-tcTony was born in Iola, Kansas.  He moved with his family to Liberty, Missouri in 1968.  He graduated from Liberty High School.  He studied computer programming at Penn Valley Community College and graduated from Friends University of Wichita, Kansas with a degree in HR Management.  Tony’s career at Hallmark included various assignments in Information Technology and Product Development.  Soon after retiring, Tony joined the volunteer team at The Archives where he is currently working on Civil War related research projects.  Tony volunteers on Wednesdays.

Zach Thompson

Zach hails from Kearney, Missouri and has been volunteering since the summer of 2012.  He wears many hats here at the Archives but some of the important tasks he performs is to assist patrons with research and help organize our files.