January through April classes will be held at the Mormon Trail Center, 32nd and State, Omaha. May and June Classes will be at the W. Dale Clark Library, 14th & Douglas, Omaha. The W. Dale Clark Library opens at 10 am.
Class 1 – Jan. 19 – Getting started or re-motivated.
Class 2 – Feb. 16 – Vital Records & Substitutes.
Class 3 – Mar. 16 – Making Sense of the Census.
Class 4 – April 20 – Familysearch & Familysearch Family tree
Rest of classes at W. Dale Clark library
Class 5 – May 18 – Hands-on Genealogy Research in Books and Film
Class 6 – June 15 – Hands-on Computer Searching Techniques
Please register so we know how many handouts to prepare. Call Merrily Staats at 402-706-1453 or email at email@example.com
Our flyer: GOGS Spring classes 2019 FLYER
Come join us for our regular monthly meeting at the Josie Harper campus at 87th & Burt. The meeting starts at 6.30.
Our topic this month is:
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.
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.
Funeral pamphlet database 6-1-19
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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.
Now Available for Download
Society member Karen Tippets, whose microfilm extraction work is responsible for most of the almost 120,000 listings that appear on the Omaha Obits web site, has put together and made available for download, a colorful “Omaha Newspapers” chart. This horizontal bar chart is in PDF format, and lists all 48 newspapers that have been published in Omaha since 1852 to the present. The chart also shows the years that each of the 48 papers were in publication. (Trivia: Omaha’s first newspaper, the “Western Bugle”, was in business from 1852 to 1853.)
To view or download this chart, click .