Surname index has been updated

I apologize for this not getting done for two years.  But it is updated now and I will be updating it again after Nov. 1, 2017.  So if you would like to have your names included, please send your names to Karen Jackson at   You do need to be a member of the society.

To figure out which code you are – the letter is the first initial of your last name.  Look at some of the surnames that you would have entered and from there you should be able to figure out the number part.  Or email me at the address above and I’ll let you know what your code is.


Save the date – March 15, 2018 – Irish workshop

We are going to try something different for our Spring 2018 Workshop.  March 15, 2018 we will be presenting an Irish workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation from Ireland.  There will be 2 sessions.  There will be one session in the afternoon and the other in the evening.  The workshop will be held at The Thompson Center on the campus of University of Nebraska Omaha.

The Ulster Historical Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1956 to promote interest in Irish genealogy and history.  The Foundation is one of the leading genealogical research agencies in Ireland and a major publisher of historical, educational and genealogical source books.

Watch your newsletters and check the website and Facebook page for more information as we approach March of 2018.

October 6, Lock-in at W. Dale Clark Library 6:30 – 9:00

The times will be 6:30 to 9:00  Be sure to be here before the doors are locked at 6:30.

Join Library staff and Greater Omaha Genealogical Society volunteers after hours to find genealogical treasures online and in the Library’s collection. Snacks provided and door prizes awarded!

In addition, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a presentation of “Take All to Nebraska: How They Came,” by Gail Blankenau.

In this sesquicentennial of Nebraska statehood, Gail Blankenau examines the great migration into the heart of America, from Nebraska’s opening of settlement in 1854 into the 20th century. How did we get here? Gail tells the stories of different families, showing how their experiences were both unique and representative of the broader American narrative. Using these case studies, she examines a wide variety of sources and methods for incorporating family migration stories into our family histories.

Please be sure to register:

or call 402-444-4800

October 28, 2017 Workshop – Lisa Alzo

Crossing the Pond:
In Search of Eastern European & Immigrant Ancestors

 9:15-10:20 a.m. — Crossing the Pond:  Successful Strategies for Researching
Eastern European Ancestors.
A vast number of immigrants came to America from Eastern Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Border changes, language differences, political considerations, and exotic-sounding surnames often complicate the search for Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Rusyn, Slovak, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European ancestors. Traditional methods and online resources for tracking ancestors both in the U.S. and the old country will be discussed, as well as techniques for overcoming some of the most common obstacles and problems faced during the research process.

10:40-11:45 a.m. — Researching European Archives from Your Easy Chair. With more information coming online and greater access to records, there’s never been a better time to research your Eastern European ancestors. This session will cover:
-How to locate and access online archival records from Eastern and Western
Europe from the comfort of your home
-Overview of free, subscription, and “freemium” databases and websites
-Collections on FamilySearch and on individual archival sites from countries
such as Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia
-Additional databases published by genealogical societies and other
-Database search tips for finding elusive ancestors

1:00-2:05 p.m. — Immigrant Cluster Communities:  Past, Present, and Future.  There are a handful of “cluster” immigrant communities throughout the United States that blossomed during the immigration influx of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exploring “cluster genealogy”—the process of researching those relatives, friends, and neighbors who lived near an ancestor—can often break down brick walls in the search for individual family lines and help to place our ancestors’ lives in historical context. For those descendants who’ve moved away from such traditional immigrant enclaves, 21st-century technology can be used to rebuild “cluster communities” in the virtual world. This lecture will cover: How to identify chain migrations/cluster communities using key records; ways to share and collaborate with other researchers, and the benefits, pitfalls, and obstacles associated with a shift to “virtual” cluster communities; and how to use tools such as social networking sites, Wikis, etc. build online genealogical communities.

2:20-3:25 p.m. — Silent Voices:  Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors.  While most historical records have been created for and/or about men, making it more challenging to research and write about female ancestors, this session will demonstrate: effective ways to discover your female ancestors and how to document the important roles their lives played in culture/society, various methods for writing about your female ancestors (from short, informative bio-sketches or profiles, to writing a complete book), along with options for publishing your family history will be discussed.

To download the flyer:  GOGS fALL WORKSHOP 10-28-17

October 18 – back at Josie Harper

Our regular membership meeting will now be back at the Nebraska Methodist Nursing College  (The Josie Harper building) 87th and Burt.  We will still be meeting at 6:30.   Our October 18th meeting speaker will be Jeff Barnes.

Spring Class January – June 2018

Join us for our Free Spring Classes.  They run the third Saturday January – June.

We talk about the forms to use to help you keep track of the information you have.   What and where to find vital records, all the information you can find on the census and why you should use them.  We learn how to use and basic searching techniques to help you in all the websites you visit.  Plus we will go down to W. Dale Clark library for a tour of where to find all the tidbits of information you will need for your research needs.  We will have the class information here in December.

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:  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.