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The Morse Society
Welcome to the Morse Society

You have arrived at the official Morse Society website, dedicated to families named Morse, Mors, Moss and their variations. 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

Board Nominations Underway

The Morse Society will hold its biennial Board election in December of this year, electing four Officers and five At-Large Directors for a two-year term which begins on Jan 1, 2015.
Officers are expected to attend board meetings and assist with the daily management of the society. At-large Directors are expected to attend board meetings and actively serve on a committee. Board meetings are held via teleconference several times each year. The election does NOT include Committee Chairs, as they are appointed by the President with affirmation by the Board.
Interested members are encouraged to consider stepping into a leadership role. Over the past several years, our board has reaffirmed genealogy research as the society’s primary mission, launched a new online presence, adopted a process for online payment of dues, attracted new members through social media, and extracted key articles from newsletters into an online library for easier member access. The work we can accomplish each year is limited by the skills and free time of our board members, as the society is 100% dependent on volunteers.
Any member in good standing may submit a nominating form by Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. As has been done in the past, a single slate will be prepared by the nominating committee for affirmation by member ballots. The election will be held online with the deadline for ballot submission on Monday, Dec. 29. Any questions can be directed to our secretary.                 

Become a Member!

Access to information amassed by hundreds of dedicated researchers over the years can be yours - as a member - for the surprisingly low cost of $20.00 per year. Such information as:
  • In-depth profiles of the first Morses to arrive on our shores
  • Descriptions of the land, the Native peoples and the conditions that they encountered
  • The life stories of these brave and hardy newcomers
  • Vital statistics: birth dates, siblings, marriages, education, military service, deaths, etc.
  • Interesting stories from years of the Society’s popular Newsletters
  • Access to the our frequently-updated Facebook pages
We ask all new members to begin by working with our Research Team, who will review what you know about your Morse/Morss/Moss line and try to connect what you know to our identified lines. We will then provide all the information we have on each generation of your direct line.
Because we are a small society, we lack the resources necessary for providing online research databases like those found on major genealogy research websites.

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!

The Morse Society is a proud member of: