Tonight’s August Social – Change

Instead of going to the Channel 7 Burlington station, we will be going to the Joslyn Castle.  Our own member, Roger Fitch will be giving the tours.  We will still be doing the Root beer floats and sundaes.  It will be Wednesday Aug. 17, 2016 at 6:30.  The address for the Joslyn Castle is:  3902 Davenport Street.  1 Block North of Dodge on 40th street.   It’s been 12 years since we’ve been there.  I’m sure they have made some changes.

ATG Seminar – August 27, 2016

Germanic Genealogy Day – August 27

Devote a day to genealogy research in the German-speaking countries! Co-sponsored by the Greater Omaha Genealogical Society, All Things German Group, and the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society Germanic Interest Group, this event is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other Germanic genealogy researchers, learn some new skills, and do some hands-on research in the W. Dale Clark Library Genealogy Room.  August 27 at W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St., Omaha; 10:30 to 2  with opportunity to research in the Genealogy Room in the afternoon.

The program includes:

  • “Find Your Roots in German Farm Histories,” presented by Gail Blankenau. Finding your Germanic farming ancestors can be a challenge. Whether they were Vollbauers (full farmers) or Kötters (cottagers), the farm history is a powerful research tool – a timeline that reveals who farmed a specific piece of land. These histories are compiled from original documents, like land records, tax lists, marriage contracts, and probates.
  • “Using the Meyers Orts Gazetteer and Hansen’s Map Guides to German Parish Records for Genealogical Research,” presented by Brenda Boyd. Finding that ancestral village or farm can be a challenge, especially in Germany, where administrative boundaries and place names have changed many times over the last centuries. Learn how to use two of the main research aids for German genealogy to solve those mysteries of place.

A light lunch will be provided, with time to connect with other researchers, as well as an opportunity to research in the Genealogy Room, assisted by staff and volunteers.  Pre-registration is required at

Plus a special offer!  Skilled members of the LLCGS Germanic Interest Group will try to provide German translation assistance at the event to registered participants who have submitted documents by email in advance.  If you need help identifying, deciphering, or translating a document in German (up to one page in length), please send a digital copy as an email attachment to before August 24 for review.  Only a limited number of documents can be accepted.


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

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

See us on Facebook!

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

PAL: A New Tool for Genealogists

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.