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

Midwest Family History Expo—Sep. 12-13

Kearney, Nebraska—Holiday Inn & Convention Center  Lots of presenters and a variety of topics, including Scandinavian and New England research, Family Search, technology, military records, and many more!  Save $20 by registering before the event.  For more information, call 801-829-3295, email info@fhexpos.com, or visit https://www.familyhistoryexpos.com/viewevent/index/72.


Our Roots Make Us Stronger – Sat. Sept. 13

The Center, 714 S. Main St., Council Bluffs—8am-3:30pm
• “Finding Females in Your Family Tree,” by Martha Grenzeback,
Omaha Public Library Genealogy Department
• “Genealogy 101,” by Beverly Repouille, Council Bluffs Family History Center
• “Tracing Family Trees: Techniques and Technology,” by Terry
Latey, Mormon Trail Center
• “The Family Tree Detectives,” by Dennis & Tammy Bell,
long-time family historians, teachers, and cemetery indexers.
Pre-registration is $20; at the door is $25. For information and forms, call 712-323-5995, ext. 226, or email PSgenealogy@aol.com .
Download a flyer from the download box below.

Save the date Friday, September 26, 2014

Library Lock-in — Friday, September 26, 6:30-9:00 pm
The 6th Annual Library Lock-in at the W. Dale Clark Library downtown will feature a class by Robbi Ryan, a local professional genealogist. She will talk about organizing your research—useful for beginners and experienced family historians. The Lock-in is held after regular library hours so participants can use all the library’s computers for Ancestry Library Edition and other research, and get help from experienced researchers in using the thousands of references in the genealogy book room and microfilm room. There will also be a talk/tour of the book room in case you’re not familiar with all of its goodies. And refreshments will be served.
Because the library will be closed to non-participants, you must register with the library so your name will be on the admission list, and you must arrive by 6:30 p.m. to be admitted! The doors will be locked after everyone is admitted (you can leave whenever you want, but you will not be able to re-enter the building).
To register, go to the library website (www.omahalibrary.org) event calendar or call 402 444 4826. This is a fun event—who knows, you may connect with someone who is researching the same family, and even discover a cousin!     http://host2.evanced.info/omaha/evanced/eventcalendar.asp


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!

 Exploring FamilySearch—Martha Grenzeback.
Learn how to use the leading free genealogy website to explore your roots! This is a hands-on introduction to searching records and using the FamilySearch catalog. There are two identical sessions, on Saturday, August 23 (2:00-3:15), and Wednesday, August 27 (6:00-7:15). Both are at the W. Dale Clark Library downtown and parking will be free at both times. Classes are in the computer training lab so spaces are limited! Register early! You can bring your own Wi-Fi enabled laptop if you prefer – the Library’s Wi-Fi is available. To register, call 402.444.4826, or click the link and select the August 23 or August 27 date: http://host2.evanced.info/omaha/evanced/eventcalendar.asp.

Finding Family History Online—Bill Hall.     Saturday, Sep. 6, 11:00am-Noon—W. Dale Clark Library (computer lab).  Discover your roots online! Join this tour of international, national, and local websites and databases, and learn how to make them work for you.  [Wi-Fi enabled personal laptops welcome.]  http://host2.evanced.info/omaha/evanced/eventcalendar.asp
Finding Your Ancestral Germanic Village—Gail Blankenau.    Sunday, Sep. 14, 2:00-3:15pm—W. Dale Clark Library (Rms 2 & 3).  Whether your Germanic ancestors were recent immigrants or came to the colonies, sooner or later you will want to “cross the pond” to progress in your genealogy. We will discuss various sources and techniques to help you over your historical hurdles and discover your ancestral village of origin.  NOTE: Many of these techniques would also apply to locating origins in other countries!  http://host2.evanced.info/omaha/evanced/eventcalendar.asp