Wednesday, February 17, 2016 will be our next general meeting.
It starts at 6:30 at the Josie Harper Methodist Nursing
College at 87th & Burt. Our speaker will be Kira Gale on
her new book. “The Murder of Merriweather Lewis”
Every third Saturday of the month from January to June
Mormon Trail Center
3215 State Street, Omaha
9:15 to noon (doors won't open until 9:00)
Please register at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Merrily at
402) 706-1453 The classes are free, we just need to know
how many handouts to make.
January 16, 2016 Class #1
Getting started or re-motivated: If you are just
starting out, have hit a brick wall, or waiting for
something to get you re-motivated, then maybe getting
back to the basics will help. Missed the class? Here
is the handout: 2016 class 1
February 20, 2016 - Class #2
Part 1: Vital records for the vital events of their
lives. Vital records are some of the best and most
essential records for a well documented family history.
Part II: Substitutes for vital records. Where to go
when vital records aren't available.
March 19 - Class #3
Making sense of the census - Using U.S. & International
censuses to map a family's progress. Federal and state
censuses can fill in the gaps when vital records don't
exist, and show how your ancestors moved from place to
April 16 - Class #4
Part I: Familysearch.org and the Familysearch Family
Tree: becoming the world's go-to place for family history.
Learn how to use the vast materials of the LDS Family
Part II: Our favorite websites: We will go over some
of the websites that we use the most.
May 16 - Class #5 Hands on Genealogy Research in books
and film. This class will be held on the third floor at
the W. Dale Clark Library. 215 S. 15th Street. Learn
what is available in the downtown library. Not everything
is on the internet. We have almost 9,000 genealogy books
and lots of microfilm to do research in.
June 18 - Class #6 Hands on Computer Searching Techniques
The library's computer Lab to be determined later. We
will learn techniques on how to search for those elusive
To download a flyer: - 2016 GOGS Class flyer.
July is the beginning of a new year for the society, which means that access to the Members Only site has a new password as of today (6 Jul 2015). Members will want to renew their membership soon, as they will receive the new password upon renewal.
This can be done from home through Chronicling America! The index will go on our website (since we also have these newspapers on microfilm at the library). Contact Merrily at 402-706-1453 or email@example.com
We have finally added a facebook page. You can find it under “Greater Omaha Genealogy Society”.
Come check it out.
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.
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.