Members Only page

The password has now been changed on the “Members Only” page. Please email gogsworkshop@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Pottawattamie County Oral History Project needs volunteers

The PCGS is embarking on a joint project with the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County:  Oral History interviews of Pott. Co. veterans, in compliance with the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.  Volunteers will also conduct oral history interviews of older Pott. Co. residents who were not in the military. Interview training will be provided.  Just think—besides preserving our elders’ important historical recollections, this experience can help you collect information from your own family members.  If you’re interested, contact Merrily at 402-706-1453 or genclass@aol.com, or Bob Anderson at omahabob@cox.net.

Indexing help needed for Omaha Bee

This can be done from home through Chronicling America!  The index will go on our website (since we also have these newspapers on microfilm at the library). Contact Merrily at 402-706-1453 or genclass@aol.com

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!

 New Writers Group!!
Sundays, 1:30pm—W. Dale Clark Library (Room 1)
Writing Family Stories. Join others to learn how to present your family’s story and get ideas from others. Contact: Tricia Piatt at 402-991-0412 or tlpiatt@cox.net.

Researching Native American Ancestry —Janice Schultz.
Sat., Nov. 8, 2:30-3:45pm—W. Dale Clark Library (Rms 2 & 3).
Many people have a family tradition that Native Americans lurk in their ancestral background. Janice Schultz, former manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center, will help you begin your quest to discover your Native American ancestors! Even if you don’t have that heritage, you will find the historical background interesting.

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.

FamilySearch.org Tech Tips

What does the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society have in common with FamilySearch.org? Their TechTips web site has published an article writtne by our newsletter editor and computer guru, Terry Tippets. The article, titled “Going Digital At The Cemetery”, gives pointers and advice on how to shorten the time it takes for groups or genealogy societies to read a cemetery and get that information onto a data base. According to the TechTips staff, the article has generated “a lot of positive feedback” from readers. The article is an expanded and updated verson of the one that appears on this website. If your group or society is planning a cemetery reading project, this article will help you shorten the time of the project. Click on the following link to read the article:

https://www.familysearch.org/techtips/2011/07/going-digital-at-the-cemetery