Save the Date – March 10, 2018 – Family Discovery Day – Free

Family Discovery Day will be held on March 10, 2018.  This one will be held at 12009 S. 84th St., Papillion.  From 8:30 to 12:00

Classes and more information to be announced later.  Streaming replays of Rootstech sessions available at



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.

Class descriptions:

Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research

This presentation provides a broad overview of Scots-Irish and Irish research and sets the program up for the day, covering a range of topics which include: the geographical divisions of Ireland which are so invaluable in Irish genealogy, such as townlands, parishes and baronies; the 1922 fire and how it affects what can be found in Irish records; the importance of doing your homework on North American sources before starting your Irish research; as well as and exploring some of the major collections of records and how to access them, which will not be covered in the other presentations, such as census records and civil records of births, marriages and deaths.

 Understanding Irish Townlands

Understanding the importance of Irish townlands and land divisions and sense of place to local people in rural Ireland (irrespective of location) are crucial to success in Irish genealogy. This presentation explores the different administrative divisions: e.g. townland, barony, parish, County, Poor Law Union, etc, their origins, how they relate to each other, and their relevance and usage in the historical records.

Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland

This presentation will look at the church records available for main Christian denominations in Ireland: Church of Ireland (Anglican), Presbyterian and Roman Catholic and how their varied histories have affected the types of records which exist for each one. An understanding of the differences between the many Protestant denominations is provided. We will then examine the main categories of church records available for genealogical research, including the lesser known but no less useful sources such as vestry minute books and examine the value of annotations found in Catholic church records which can be of great benefit to the family historian. Finally we will focus on where these church records are held and how to access them.

Using Land Records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and Estate records

Land records are an extremely important part of genealogical research in Ireland due to the destruction of the majority of nineteenth century census records. We will look at the main valuation records – the tithe books from the 1820s and 1830s and Griffith’s Valuation which covers the period 1848 to 1864, and the valuation revision books up to c. 1930, as well as looking at estate papers which can help take our family history back to the 1700s and 1600s.

Census substitutes and other important sources for the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: strategies for success

This presentation highlights census substitutes and other lesser known sources for the early nineteenth and eighteenth century, including: school records, Old Age Pensions search forms, the agricultural censuses of 1803, the 1796 flaxgrowers’ list, 1775 dissenter petitions, the convert rolls, the 1766 and other religious ‘census’ returns, , 1766 religious census, the 1740 ‘Protestant Householders’ List and other miscellaneous material for the period which can provide invaluable information on families.

An Introduction to Archives in Ireland and Their Websites

This presentation will provide an overview of the principal sources of archival data in Ireland, ranging from major repositories, such as the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the National Archives of Ireland, to local archives. The talk will also look at libraries in Ireland, especially those with collections of genealogical interest.

Spring Class January – June 2018

GOGS Spring classes 2018 FLYER

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.  Please pre-register so we will have enough handouts.

Class #1  Saturday Jan. 20, 2018 – Getting started or re-motivated.
Handout: karens-class-1-handout

Class #2 Saturday  Feb. 17, 2018 – Vital Records for the vital events of their lives. Part II: Substitutes for vital records.  Feb Class Handout VITAL RECORDS 2018

Class #3 Saturday Mar. 17, 2018 – Making sense of the census.
Part II: On line trees, fact or fiction.

Class #4 Saturday Apr. 21, 2018 – and Family Tree.

Class #5 Saturday  May 19, 2018 – Hands on genealogy research in books and film.

Class #6 Saturday  June 16, 2018 – Hands on computer searching techniques.

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.

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 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.

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