Scholarship to attend Oct. 10 Conference

The Great Plains Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) is pleased to announce the creation of a scholarship for a first-time attendee at the Fall 2020 Greater Omaha Genealogical Society (GOGS) Conference featuring Dr. Michael Lacopo, DVM.   This scholarship will be awarded to one genealogist who has never attended a GOGS Conference. The scholarship will cover the 1-day virtual registration fee and GOGS membership fee.

A copy of the application form is available online at:

Virtual Fall Conference – Oct. 10, 2020

Flyer:  LacopoFlyer2020 final 6-29-2020

Virtual (Online) Conference

9:00 AM to 3:15 PM

Michael Lacopo, DVM

OTHER SOURCES:   Land ownership was important to our ancestors, and as a result they tend to be the most reliable county record source genealogists utilize. It just requires a simple trip to the Recorder’s Office, right? Wrong! There are many, many resources to use to locate your ancestor’s land! In the digital age, we forget how much information is
still lying untouched in the county courthouse.  Follow along as we visit each courthouse office in a typical Pennsylvania county seat and reveal what kind of records you can find.  (2 hours)

Finding Treasures In the Hoosier Courthouse  There is far more than meets the eye in the Indiana courthouse! Go beyond the vital records and the deeds and dig deeper to find your ancestor in the “Crossroads of America”. Again, courthouse records discussed will
help you with your onsite courthouse work in all states!

“She Came From Nowhere”  This lecture illustrates the joys and pitfalls of Virginia
research as well as employing a problem-solving approach utilizing social history, female research and family analysis to identify the parents of Elizabeth Stith, the ancestor “from nowhere.” One need not have Virginia ancestors to see the Genealogical Proof Standard at work.


No meetings

NOTICE:  The GOGS Board of Directors has decided to cancel all GOGS activities until further notice.   This includes the following:
    Member meetings will be held on Zoom
     All Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings
     Saturday training classes at the Mormon Trail Center


Are you interested in joining the society?

Click on the downloads tab at the right for a membership form with meeting information included.


Funeral Pamphlets

We have a little project going with the library.  We have started collecting funeral pamphlets and they will be available in the file cabinet in the genealogy room.  Here is a listing of what is available so far.  This is a .pdf file.

Funeral pamphlet database 6-1-19

If you have funeral pamphlets that you would like to donate, you can bring them to a meeting or send them to:

ATTN: Karen Jackson
P.O. Box 4011
Omaha, NE 68104-0011

If you live out of town, please email me at and let me know who you are interested in. I have scanned all of the ones on the database and will email them to you for no charge. Check often because I will be updating the list periodically.

See us on Facebook!

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

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 view or download this chart, click  Small green HERE.