You have arrived at the official Morse Society website, dedicated to families named Morse, Mors, Moss and variant spellings. Here, you’ll find an ever-growing source of genealogical data about your ancestors, their lives and times. Much interesting information about the Morses and related families is available for the casual visitor and a larger and much richer trove of data, dates and genealogical material can be accessed by our members.
Morse-Bragg Cemetery (Houston, TX)
The Morse-Bragg cemetery is located in present-day Houston, TX and is threatened by development. This article provides background information about early settlers to the area, including Agur Morse (1801-1865) and his brother, Rev. John Kell Morse (1808-1863), seventh generation descendants of Corporal John Moss. Details about the cemetery are included in the article. Click here for full article
Become a Member!
Information amassed by our dedicated researchers can be yours - as a member - for the surprisingly low cost of $20.00 per year (slightly more in Canada and overseas). All new members begin by completing a genealogy worksheet to outline the information that you have already identified about your Morse/Moss line. Our Research Team will review your worksheet and try to connect what you know to one of our identified lines. If your line can be easily identified, a member of our Research Team will provide your Ancestry Report containing the vital statistics and personal information that we have on each generation of your direct line. If your line cannot be readily established, we will make suggestions for where you might look for additional details, and we will do what we can to help you break through your brick wall.
Because we are a small society, we lack the resources necessary for providing extensive online research databases like those found on Ancestry and other major genealogy research websites. This is why we have a Research Team and each major Morse/Moss line has its own Line Shepherd.
Members receive access to the members-only area of our website, which includes:
- An online library containing articles about the first Morses to arrive on our shores, life stores of well-known descendants, military listings of Morses who served in various wars, and more.
- A surname research index which identifies the individuals, time periods, and geographic locations that other Morse Society members are researching. Perhaps you will find someone else who is working on the same brick wall!
- A member roster for cross-referencing with the surname research index.
- A library of rercent Morse/Moss deaths and obituaries.
- A members-only discussion forum.
- A photo gallery showing some key Morse/Moss locations and society members in action.
- Information on society operations, financial reports, board meetings, and bylaws.
The Study of Genealogy
The word “genealogy” is the word used to describe the study of one’s parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and forbears, reaching back in time as far as possible. “Family history” is an in-depth study of the lineage in a family including the life stories of individuals; like their education, occupations, medical conditions, military service, residences, etc.
Interest in one’s forbears reaches through the centuries. The lineage of the crowned heads of Europe and nobility elsewhere was of prime importance to the rich and powerful and people of every rank of society. However, interest in genealogy has increased immensely in the last 50 or so years, due to a number of factors, not the least of which was the huge popularity of the television miniseries “Roots” and more recent programs such as "Who Do You Think You Are?".
We are Members, too!
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