April 16, 2014, Wednesday, Regular Meeting

Sister Latey from the Mormon Trail Center will be speaking on:  “Tracing Trees with Trending Techniques and Technologies: RootsTECH 2014″

Surname directory

The surname directory has been updated.

Scandinavian Ancestors & Internet Genealogy

Spring Seminar—Fri. April 25 / Spring Workshop—Sat. April 26
Our Friday afternoon seminar, Genealogy on the Internet, with Gary M. Smith, will begin at 4pm with “It’s Not Your Father’s Internet—Where Are We Now?”, followed at 5:15 by “Effective Use of Your Time—Let Search Engines Do the Heavy Lifting.” No food will be served at the Seminar. Early bird cost is $10 for members, and you get a $5 discount if you attend both the Friday Seminar and the Saturday Workshop.

Our Saturday Workshop, Researching Your Scandinavian Ancestors, features Diana Crisman Smith. Sessions include:
 Beyond the Sea: An Overview of Scandinavian Migration to America
 Basic Scandinavian Research
 Niels, Ole, and Sven: Understanding Scandinavian Patronymics and More
 Remote Scandinavian Research: Finding Records Online
Member’s early bird cost for the workshop is $35, and the early bird registration deadline is March 26. Remember, you will get a $5 discount if you attend both the seminar and the workshop! The discount is taken on the Seminar registration form.
Download forms (in the box at lower right on screen), or email gogsworkshop@radiks.net to have a form mailed.
Our presenters will be Diana Crisman Smith and her husband, Gary M. Smith, both nationally known genealogy speakers, writers, and researchers (see the flyers for details). Among many other articles, Diana also wrote “Chapter 4: Scandinavia” in The Family Tree Guidebook to Europe: Your Essential Guide to Trace Your Genealogy in Europe (2013).

Free Genealogy Classes starting January 18

The Spring classes will be starting up again.  3rd Saturday, January – June, from 9:15 to Noon.  Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State Street, Omaha.  Classes are free, but pre-registration is requested;  call 402.706.1453 or email genclass@aol.com


12 Apr 2014This date is changed due to Easter.  
                        Part 1: Searching the world’s records without leaving
                        Omaha  (or wherever your home is).  Using the vast materials
                        of the LDS family History Library – in local centers, or in your own
                        home on the internet.
                       Part 2:  The name Game: figuring out naming patterns &
                        customs to get clues about the previous generation.
17 May 2014 & 21 Jun 2014:  Attendees of the first class will get to choose from a list of classes what will fit their needs the best.

See us on Facebook!

We have finally added a facebook page. You can find it under “Greater Omaha Genealogy Society”.
Come check it out.

Upcoming Classes at the OPL Libraries

Registration is required for all classes: call 402-444-4826 or go to http://www.Omahalibrary.org. Go to the calendar under “Events & Programs.” Check the calendar for more information and updates! New classes are added all the time. To log into an OPL computer, attendees must have an OPL library card and know their PIN.
First Fridays, 9-11am—Millard Branch—G.O.G.S. helpers.
Second Fridays, 10-noon—Abrahams Branch—G.O.G.S. helpers.
Genealogy Work Groups: Join genealogy enthusiasts to work on your personal research and exchange tips with others. Experienced G.O.G.S. helpers will be on hand to offer help as you explore your family roots!


Sat June 21, 11am – Publish or Perish? Sharing your Family History – by Susan Petersen.
If the idea of compiling a family history book overwhelms you, learn about some alternatives for sharing your genealogy information.

Sat July 19, 11 am – Rich resources for Poor Ancestors  by Gail Blankenau  Were your ancestors nobodies?  Explore special record sets that will help you to track our impoverished ancestors, including poorhouse records, tax lists, warnings our, court records and more.

PAL: A New Tool for Genealogists

When researching for ancestors, what do you do when you come across a name you think may be an ancestor, but are not certain? Do you add it to your genealogy data base anyway? Do you write it down in a note book? Do you just pass it by?

Terry, our society “techie”, has developed a handy Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, formatted especially for situations like that. Now you can keep all your “maybe/maybe-not” names in one place, without cluttering up your genealogy database or keeping a list of them in a note book. Functional and attractive, the spreadsheet is very simple to use. In it you list the name of the suspected ancestor, pertinent information such as birth, marriage, and death date, and who in your genealogy database you suspect this person might be related to. The database also accepts whatever notes you may wish to enter about the suspected ancestor. The system is named PAL, short for Potential Ancestors List. Each potential ancestor you enter into your PAL database will have a “PAL number”. In your genealogy database, you will keep track  of which of your ancestors might possibly be related to someone in your PAL database by indicating the PAL #  (or the PAL # and the name of the suspected ancestor), in the notes section of that ancestor in your genealogy database. This essentially ties the two databases together. You can list all your “possibles” in PAL, keeping your main genealogy database clutter-free. And if you do prove a suspected link, the information is right at hand in PAL and easily transferred to your main genealogy database.

PAL has room for 2,000 name entries. Instructions for using PAL–should you need any–are located on the same Excel worksheet to the right of where you enter information about possible ancestors.

PAL is a FREE download from this website–just scroll down to the blue download box in the right sidebar.  There are two versions of PAL—one for Microsoft Excel 2007-2010, and one for earlier Excel versions.  All the column headings, etc. in PAL are protected so that you can’t change any of them by accident. However, if you are knowledgeable in Excel and think you’d like to tweak PAL to suit your own needs, the “unprotect sheet” command does not require a password, so have at it.