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

Announcing: Faster Access to this Web Site

Instead of typing “gogsmembers.wordpress.com” which has always been a handful (pun intended), to access this site, you now only have to type “gogsmembers.com”.  This shortened web address will be easier for new members, potential members, or other interested persons to remember.

Lost and Found

We have found an original document at the W. Dale Clark Library. The person’s name is Mike Jaber. Please contact Karen at gogsworkshop@radiks.net to claim.

Your heritage might be among the attractions

Where did I come from? Who are my people? What are my roots?
The need to know your history is strong whether your family came to this continent millennia ago or you arrived last week.
Here we offer a sampling of Nebraska and Iowa ethnic museums that may give you insight.
To read the rest of the story from the Omaha World Herald: [click here]

NARA “Request Pertaining to Military Records” form

NARA standard form 180, “Request Pertaining to Military Records”, is available for downloading on this site. Go to the blue download box in the right-hand side bar.

Colorful “Omaha Newspapers” Chart

Now Available for Download

Society member Karen Tippets, whose microfilm extraction work is responsible for most of the almost 120,000 listings that appear on the Omaha Obits  web site, has put together and made available for download, a colorful “Omaha Newspapers” chart. This horizontal bar chart is in PDF format, and lists all 48 newspapers that have been published in Omaha since 1852 to the present. The chart also shows the years that each of the 48 papers were in publication. (Trivia: Omaha’s first newspaper, the “Western Bugle”, was in business from 1852 to 1853.)

To download this chart, go to the blue download box at the bottom of the sidebar on this page.

New Addition to Omaha Obits site

Thanks to society member Mike Warne, the Omaha Obits site has a new feature: Omaha Funeral Homes. This listing covers every funeral home in Omaha from 1866 to the present. This list shows Firm Name, Address, From-To (years of business), and Former Firm Name (if any).  Omaha was officially incorporated by the state legislature on February 2, 1857, and the first funeral home made its appearance 9 years after that.