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 to view or download the Workshop Flyer for details and a registration form.
Save $10—register by March 31!
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!
to view or download the flyer.
Introduction to family history: When I’ve recorded the ones I know, then what?
Part I: Vital Records for the vital events of their lives
Part II: Substitutes for vital records
Making Sense of the Census: Using US & International censuses to map a family’s progress.
-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.
-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.
-What’s in the Court House besides vital Records?
-Breaking Down Brick Walls.
The password has now been changed on the “Members Only” page. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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 email@example.com, or Bob Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 scroll down to the blue download box in the right sidebar. 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.