“The Center” workshop Sept. 30

The Center Genealogy Group
The Fourth Annual Fall Conference
Saturday, September 30, 2017
9:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M.
The Center
714 South Main St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Cost: $15 Center Members, $25 Non Members, $30 at the Door
For more information: Call: 712-323-5995, ext. 226
Or e-mail: gen51503cen@gmail.com
Lunch Included
“Family Search: Search the Records” by Martha Grenzeback
“Preserving Your Personal Archives” by Amy Schindler
“Tracking Down Native American Ancestors in the National Archives” by Joan Barnes
“Honor Your Ancestors Share Your Family Tree” by Phyllis Ericson


Lincoln Lancaster workshop

September 16, 2017
All Day Workshop Speaker</strong>
J u l i e M i l l e r

They Came West
Examining the Western Migration of Our Ancestors

Julie Miller, CG, CGL, FNGS,
is a board certified genealogist and genealogical lecturer. She is a full
time researcher, lecturer, and writer. Julie speaks on a
wide variety of genealogy subjects both locally and
nationally. Her articles have appeared in
the NGSQ,  NGS Magazine, and she was the genealogy
columnist for the Broomfield Enterprise from 2001 – 2011.
Julie is chair of the NGS conference committee,
was chair of the 2010 and 2012 NGS conferences,
is a fellow of the National Genealogical
Society, and has been a volunteer at NARA Denver  for
twenty years

Using Emigrant Guides for Genealogical
Emigrant guides provided essential information and
practical advice to our ancestors about travel routes,
weather, opportunities, and much more. Learn how
to use emigrant guides for insight into the how’s and
why’s of an ancestor’s preparation and journey across
an ocean or the country.

Westward Migration: New England to the
Western migration is one of the most
important events in American history. What
motivated our ancestors to leave hearth and home to
move westward into the open frontier that would
become the Midwest? This lecture focuses on when
and why New Englanders relocated to this new land in
order to start their new lives.

Becoming an American: Naturalization Records
The naturalization process in the United States has
evolved over two hundred years into what it is today.
This lecture will examine the naturalization process
through this evolution. It will discuss the records that
were generated from the naturalization process and
how to locate those records.

Eddie Wench: The Case of a Little Lost Boy
Eddie Wench was a forgotten child. His story was a
mystery for many years until research exposed an
error made over twenty years ago and uncovered the
hidden past of a well known landmark. The lecture is
about the importance of using original records and
historical context, and about following our instincts
when things don’t seem right.


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

August Social. Sept. 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.  The meeting in August will be our off site social.  More information will be posted later.  Our September meeting speaker will be Carrie Meyers from the Durham Museum.

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 familysearch.org 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:  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 and A thru K are listed.  Funeral pamphlet database
Funeral pamphlet L – R
Funeral pamphlet S – Z

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 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.