Oct. 12, 2019 – Michael J. Leclerc, CG

Fl yer:  2019 Fall Workshop – Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc, CG

Finding Your Family in Canada – Discover how to find records in Canada for you ancestors who came from there, or traveled to the U.S. and/or other countries through Canada.

New England Town Records – Unlike much of the rest of the country, towns in New England create a large number of records valuable to genealogists.  Discover the variety of materials that can shed light on your ancestor’s lives.

New England Repositories and Key Collections – There are countless repositories of different sizes throughout New England to assist you in your research.  Learn about some of these repositories and how to access their holdings from near or far.

Sources for New England Research – The six New England states have a different structure from most of the rest of the United States.  Understanding those differences and the records it created is important to finding your ancestors in the northeast corner of the US.

 

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Save the Date -Oct. 25, 2019 -Lock-in

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Regular Meeting – Oct. 16, 2019

Oct. 16, 2019 – Shannon Lewis – “Beyond Words – Reading Grave Markers”

Nov. 20, 2019 – 99 Barns of Iowa – Karlene Kingery

Dec. 11 or 18, 2019 – Annual Holiday Gathering  (to be announced)

Jan. 15, 2020 –  “Who gets What”  Dennis Kingery

 

Virtual Tour Projects

The Mormon Church invites you to see their Virtual Tour Projects available on the web and mobile Devices.  The tours are:  “Crossroads to the West”  “Less They Be Forgotten”  “Mormon Battalion Trail” “Willie Handcart Trail”  The WEB for Personal Computers:  http://www.earlylds.com  and for Mobile, Phone and Tablet  – Search for Map-N-Tour/MapNTour in the Google Play or App Store – Install the app, download the tour.

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:

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

If you live out of town, please email me at gogsworkshop@radiks.net 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.

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 click on the “downloads” link at the top of this page.   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.