GOGS Spring Workshop—Saturday, April 11

Following Your Midwestern Ancestors to Iowa & Nebraska

The Spring Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 11, from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  There will be no Friday seminar this time.  Our workshop speaker will be Rev. David McDonald.  Topics will explore migration to the Midwest and how to research those ancestors on their journey and at their arrival.

 Illinois Migration & Settlement Patterns [3 different regions of Illinois]
 Iowa Research & Repositories [who came, and where to find out about them]
 Lutherpalians & Presbygationalists:  Where Did Grandma’s Church Go?
 The Other Side of the Courthouse:  Criminal & Civil Court Records

Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase, along with books and genealogical goodies.  There will be several raffle items (books, software, and a variety of other things).
Click Small green HERE to view or download the Workshop Flyer for details and a registration form.

Save $10—register by March 31!

* 2015 Spring Genealogy Classes *

To sign up, call: 402-706-1453  -or-  email: GenClass@AOL.com
Classes are held at the Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St. Omaha.
Doors open at 9:00 am.  All classes are free!
Click HERE (green) to view or download the flyer.
Jan 17
Introduction to family history: When I’ve recorded the ones I know, then what?
Feb 21
Part I: Vital Records for the vital events of their lives
Part II: Substitutes for vital records
Mar 21
Making Sense of the Census: Using US & International censuses to map a family’s progress.
Apr 18
-Family Search & Family Tree: becoming the world’s go-to place for family history.
-Uncle Sam wants you: finding & using US military records, with clues to such other things as land acquisitions.
May 16
-Web sites: Just a few of our favorites before you start Googling your ancestors.
-What’s Black & White & Read all over?  Finding & using historic newspapers.
Jun 20
-What’s in the Court House besides vital Records?
-Breaking Down Brick Walls.

Members Only page

The password has now been changed on the “Members Only” page. Please email gogsworkshop@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Pottawattamie County Oral History Project needs volunteers

The PCGS is embarking on a joint project with the Historical Society of Pottawattamie County:  Oral History interviews of Pott. Co. veterans, in compliance with the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.  Volunteers will also conduct oral history interviews of older Pott. Co. residents who were not in the military. Interview training will be provided.  Just think—besides preserving our elders’ important historical recollections, this experience can help you collect information from your own family members.  If you’re interested, contact Merrily at 402-706-1453 or genclass@aol.com, or Bob Anderson at omahabob@cox.net.

Indexing help needed for Omaha Bee

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 genclass@aol.com

See us on Facebook!

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

Upcoming Classes at the OPL Libraries

Registration is required for all classes: call 402-444-4826 or go to http://www.Omahalibrary.org. Go to the calendar under “Events & Programs.” Check the calendar for more information and updates! New classes are added all the time. To log into an OPL computer, attendees must have an OPL library card and know their PIN.
First Fridays, 9-11am—Millard Branch—G.O.G.S. helpers.
Second Fridays, 10-noon—Abrahams Branch—G.O.G.S. helpers.
Genealogy Work Groups: Join genealogy enthusiasts to work on your personal research and exchange tips with others. Experienced G.O.G.S. helpers will be on hand to offer help as you explore your family roots!

 New Writers Group!!
Sundays, 1:30pm—W. Dale Clark Library (Room 1)
Writing Family Stories. Join others to learn how to present your family’s story and get ideas from others. Contact: Tricia Piatt at 402-991-0412 or tlpiatt@cox.net.

Databases for Genealogists—a 4-month series:  Sundays, 2:00-3:00pm—W. Dale Clark Library (Room 1)                                                Feb 22—Ancestry.com       Mar 29—HeritageQuest.  Apr 26—WorldCat.           May 31—Omaha World Herald historical archives and Newsbank.               Martha Grenzeback will help you learn how to get the most out of Omaha Public Library’s genealogy databases!  Sign up for one or all.