Come join us…September 19, 2018

Wednesday night at 6:30 pm at the Josie Harper Methodist Nursing College at 87th & Burt.  Our program will be Shannon Lewis-Jackson on “Googling Your Genealogy”


10th Annual Genealogy Lock-in Oct. 5, 2018 6:30 – 9 pm

Come join us for an evening of fun at the W. Dale Clark Library.  We will have the whole place to ourselves for research in the book stacks or on the computer.  Our speaker will be Marcia Stewart, professional genealogist on “Your Ancestors and the Company They Kept.”   You will need to be there before 6:30 when the doors will be locked.  Snacks, coffee and water will be furnished.

Registration is required.  Visit or call 402.444.4800

Oct. 13, 2018 Fall Workshop

Join us on Saturday Oct. 13, 2018 for the Fall workshop.  Our speaker will be Jill Morelli, CG speaking on Scandinavian Research and Genealogical Proof Standards.

Jill Morelli, CG lectures and writes on genealogical topics that often transcend the more narrowly defined family history. She provides general genealogy services and house histories in the Puget Sound and national venues. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker who conveys genealogical concepts suitable to the level of the audience. She has been previously published in local, regional and national publications. Jill writes frequently at her blog ‘Genealogy Certification: A Personal Journey’ about her educational efforts to become a certified genealogist.

9:00 to 10:00 AM – The Genealogical Proof Standard for Everyone. Does the Genealogical Proof standard apply to my work? Yes, it does, but we will discuss how to apply it in a rational way whether you are a newbie, intermediate or advanced researcher and whether you are still on paper or have a database. It’s not as hard as you think! Really.
10:30 to 11:30 AM – Finding your Scandinavian Parish of Birth (covers Sweden, Denmark and Norway). Have a Scandinavian ancestor, but don’t know the parish of birth? We will explore the records in the United States which may reveal the birth parish, the key needed to unlock the original records of Denmark, Sweden and Norway. When that route does not reveal the parish, We will investigate country-wide indexes and illustrate how to use the newly-found information to enter the parish records.
12:45PM to 1:45 PM – Using the Records of Scandinavia Without Knowing the Language. Don’t let your lack of knowledge of your country of origin keep you from exploring the original records of your Scandinavian ancestors. We will look at the organization of the records in various parishes, how to access that first event and how to use censuses with the parish records to make the process easier.
2:15 to 3:15 PM – Road Trip! The Joys and Challenges of On Site Research. In 2016 Jill took a 6-week trip through the Midwest to 33 libraries, archives, courthouses and other repositories. She will discuss ways to make those onsite research trips fruitful, reveal some of her best finds, and confess some of her beginner mistakes, so hopefully you won’t make the same ones she did.

GOGS Fall 2018 registration Morelli

Click on the link above for a registration form.


Memorium for two of our past presidents.

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TippetsTerry R. Sep 3, 1946 – Apr 4, 2018 Survived by wife, Karen; children, Daniel, Shoshana Claes, Nathaniel (Anne), Sara Argyle (Kory), Miriam; 10 grandchildren; numerous siblings, nieces, nephews and host of friends. Terry was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Family will receive friends Monday, April 9, 5-7pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 14680 California Street. FUNERAL SERVICE is Tuesday, April 10, at 10am at the Church. Private Interment. Memorials may be directed to the family. HEAFEY-HOFFMANN-DWORAK- CUTLER, WEST CENTER CHAPEL 7805 W. Center Rd. 402-391-3900



Dec. 30, 1946 – Jun 11, 2018.  Preceded in death by her parents, John and Freya (Overby) Sutherlin: and brother, John Sutherlin.  Survived by her sons, Andrew (Margot Bachman) Green, and John Sutherlin Green.  Active member of Prospect Hill Cemetery, the Greater Omaha Genealogy Society and the Rotary Club.  Celebration of Life, Sunday, June 24, 2 pm at Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Chapel.  In Lieu of flowers, memorials requested to Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Korisko Larkin Staskiewicz Funeral Home
5108 F Street  402-731-1234

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