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Come join us…November 21, 2018

Wednesday night at 6:30 pm at the Josie Harper Methodist Nursing College at 87th & Burt.  Our speaker will be Jim James.

Presentation:  Twists, Turns, Breakthroughs and Surprises!
DNA – A Case Study
The Vessel – James Relationship
For Better or Worse……Welcome to the Family

This PowerPoint presentation takes you on a journey from first seeing a DNA Match on Ancestry and then taking it through to the surprising and enlightening conclusion. Watch and learn the techniques and methodology used as leads are explored and expanded upon using standard genealogical research, as well as some maybe not so common tricks.  Watch and learn how one can go from a match to a conclusion, and in this case an eye-opening revelation for someone who never knew many of those that had come before her.

Jim James Bio

Jim James lives in the Loess Hills south of Council Bluffs, IA. He and his wife Sally moved there in 2011 from Omaha where they both were born and raised.  Jim and Sally have been married for 46 years and have one son.  Jim retired in 2002 after a 30 year career as an investigator in the Douglas County Attorney’s Office.  Jim became interested in researching his family’s roots after sitting down with his late father in the mid-1970s and listening to stories which he recorded and later turned into a book about his father’s life as an early 1900s hustler and gambler. Interspersed in those amazing stories were snippets of his father’s early life, and from time to time mentions of relatives Jim never knew.  Like most genealogists who started years ago, Jim found his way to the local LDS Family History Center where microfilm was ordered and shipped from Utah for viewing locally.  This was time consuming and a tedious way of doing what is now instantly available through many of the on-line providers.  As a result, genealogy has seen a rebirth and renewed interest and many more people are delving into their past and discovering amazing things about amazing people.  Jim joined The Center’s Genealogy Group in Council Bluffs a few years ago. He has done 4 presentations for the group over those years, sharing with them some of the Genealogical Journeys he has embarked upon.

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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 http://www.heafeyheafey.com

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SUTHERLIN, Kristin L.

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
www.klsfuneralhome.com

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:  http://www.earlylds.com  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:

GOGS
ATTN: Karen Jackson
P.O. Box 4011
Omaha, NE 68104-0011

If you live out of town, please email me at gogsworkshop@radiks.net 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 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.

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.