April 2014 eNews

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The March issue of The Rogue Digger, the genealogical periodical published by RVGS, can be read by clicking on this link,  The Rogue Digger or you can go to www.rvgsociety.org and click on News to read current and past issues of The Rogue Digger.

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & COMING EVENTS

Classes and Workshops are held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501.  To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

April 3rd, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM:  8 week  Writing Workshop,  Week 5“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories” Joan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the fifth week of the series.

Roots'n'LeavesThe “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week.  The group does out-of -class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques.  The group also does in-class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session.  Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full.  If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library, 541-512-2340, and we will put your name on a contact list.

April 5th, Saturday, 10:30–12:30PM   Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion

brick%20wallDo you have an elusive ancestor you have searched for?  Or ancestors you can trace just so far and have hit the “brick wall”.  Attend the roundtable to present your brick wall and receive suggestions for researching and locating some of that missing information. Donations are welcome. Please pre-register for this FREE workshop.  Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

April 6th to 13th    Salt Lake City Trip – Family History Library

Family History Library SLCRVGS members are traveling to Salt Lake City to visit the best genealogy library in the world.   If you can’t make it this year, start planning now for next year and let’s wish everyone a safe and enjoyable trip. You are welcome to join us this year If you can make your own travel and hotel arrangements.  We are scheduled to be at the Family History Library April 7-11.  Call the library, 541-512-2340 Thursday or Friday of next week (April 3rd and 4th) or email mailto:millerba1@gmail.com, and Betty Miller can give you more information.  You do not have to be an RVGS member to join the group in ancestral search.

April 9th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group

ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group.  Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun! Bring your questions, let’s find answers together.  Please pre-register for this FREE workshop.  Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or reception@rvgslibrary.org.

April 15th –3rd TUESDAY Public Program and Member Meeting   1:30- 3:30PM

Naumes-SueSue Naumes, president of the Naumes Foundation,  presents a program titled “History of the Pear Industry in Southern Oregon”.  Sue discusses the families in the industry, the locations of the packing houses past and present and displays some of the colorful fruit crate labels from her vast collection.  She is retired from Naumes, Inc. where she worked for 30 years.  During the Member Meeting, Charlotte Henry will be honored for her many contributions to RVGS. Members and visitors are welcome. This event is free, and there is no need to pre-register.

This event is immediately followed by:

Diggin’ In the Dark… when the library remains open the 3rd Tuesday each month until 9 PM! 

digginTake advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., with helpful librarians available to assist you.  Come use one of our eleven computer stations to explore several subscribed online websites or bring your laptop and connect to our Wi-Fi.  The library also features a huge database and book collection.  Bring your dinner or chip in for a pizza.  Leave blurry-eyed at 9 PM!  Please pre-register for this FREE workshop by telephone (541)512-2340, in person at JCGL, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

 April 17th, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM                     8 week Writing Workshop, Week 6

“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories”

writingJoan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the sixth week of the series.   Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.  The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week.  The group does out of class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques.  The group also does in class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session.  Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full.  If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library and we will put your name on a contact list.

April 22nd, Tuesday, 1:00–2:00PM Quilts and Genealogy Talks: Table Rock Quilt FeaturedQuilt-Table Rock

“How a Rare Red Bell Helped to Preserve Historic Jacksonville,” presented by Larry Smith. 

Larry Smith, director of the Jacksonville Woodlands Association, shares how the Gentner family of Medford identified Jacksonville’s signature flower as a new plant species and how one of the rarest plants in Oregon has helped preserve Historic Jacksonville. The Fritillaria gentneri, one of Oregon’s rarest plants, is found only in isolated populations in Southern Oregon.  The greatest concentration of this rare and showy red bell is found in the native woodlands immediately surrounding Historic Jacksonville, Oregon.   Please register for this free event…  Please pre-register for this event by calling (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

 

April 24th, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM           8 week Writing Workshop, Week 7

“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories”

Joan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the seventh week of the series.  The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week.  The group does out of class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques.  The group also does in class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session.  Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full.  If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library, 541-512-2340, and we will put your name on a contact list.

April 28th, Monday, 10:30AM – 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker IV  ”Using Maps” presented by Charleen Brown.

Each time you enter a place name for a fact or event, FTM adds this location to a “master list” of locations.  You can use this master list to view maps and satellite images of locations which can be attached to individuals in your tree. Come join Charleen for this powerful class. Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

May 1st, Thursday, 10:30 – 1:00PM                 8 week Writing Workshop, Week 8

“Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories”

Roots'n'LeavesJoan Hill teaches this writing workshop – this is the eighth week of the series and the final class.  The “Finding Your Way Home” writing workshop series is well underway with 11 participants sharing their writings in class each week.  The group does out of class writings and four participants read their writings to the group each week and are given oral and written critiques.  The group also does in class writing exercises on a theme given by Joan Hill, the instructor, during the session.  Participants are writing family histories, memoirs or themed stories about their experiences and their families. This workshop series is full.  If you are interested in knowing about any future writing workshops, please call our library, 541-512-2340, and we will put your name on a contact list.

May 6th, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM                            Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group

This informal group usually meets the first or second Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues.  It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun!   Please register for this FREE workshop by phone (541)512-2340, in person at JCGL, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

May 9th, Friday, 10:00 – NOON:  Jackson County Genealogy Research 

billeterAnne Billeter, JCGL Library Director, explains how to find information about Jackson County people at the Jackson County Genealogy Library and the Southern Oregon Historical Society Research Library and their websites…and where else you should look.  This class is free to JCGL librarians, JCLS staff, and SOHS library volunteers, $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, dropping by the library to reserve a space, or emailing reception@rvgslibrary.org.

May 10th, Saturday, 10:30 – 12:30 PM: How to Start Your Genealogy Project

Charleen 226-241Charleen Brown teaches the paper and pencil basics of gathering information to start your family tree.  What you should know and do before you begin researching on the computer. You will learn:

  • How to fill out and use an ancestor chart,
  • How to find information at home,
  • Uses of the family group sheet,
  • How to continue your project,
  • The types of documentation and why it is important
  •  Simple ways to organize information.

Please register for this FREE class. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, dropping  by JCGL to reserve a space, or emailing  reception@rvgslibrary.org.

May 17th, Saturday, 9:30 – 4:30 PM : Spring Seminar

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1st Session: 9:00- 10:30 AM Getting the Most from Family Search and Family Tree by Barbara Basden

2nd Session:  10:45-12:15 PM Finding Great-Grandma and Grandpa Too, and Are They Really Your Ancestors by Melinda Henningfield, CG

3rd Session: 1:15-2:45 PM How to Manage and Organize your Genealogical Photos and Documents by Bill Strickland.

4th Session: 3:00-4:30 PM Using Paper Trail, A Guide to Overland Pioneer Names and Documents Created by the Oregon-California Trails Association, by Jim and Sallie Riehl.

To learn more about each session please click the following link, May Seminar.  Cost: Members full day $35 or $10 each session; Non-members full day $70 or $20 each session.  Pre-paid registration deadline is May 12th. Please pre-register for this class by calling (541)512-2340, dropping by the library to reserve a space, or emailing  reception@rvgslibrary.org.

OUT OF TOWN

April 5, Bend Spring Seminar featuring Denise Levenick, the Family Curator.  Denise’s topics include “Preserving and Archiving the Past,” “The Paper-Less Genealogist,” “Secrets in the Attic: Breaking down Brick Walls with Home Sources,” “ Dirty Pictures: Save Your Family Photos from Ruin.”  Click this link,  Bend Seminar -Registration Form to access more information and the registration form.

May 7-10, “Virginia: The First Frontier,” the Annual Convention of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA.  Click this link to learn more.

August 2,”Summer Genealogy Fest,” conference in Eugene OR presented by the Genealogical Conference of Oregon(GCO) and Oregon Association of Professional Genealogists (OR APG).  The featured speaker is Tom Jones, Pack your genealogy passport and plan to repack your genealogical toolbox!  For more information, click this link. GCO 2014 Flyers[Editors Note: Lots of RVGS members are planning to attend and JCGL will host a table during the event. Come join us!]

 ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

A Tribute to Charlotte Henry

THANK YOU, CHARLOTTE

By Charleen Brown, Past-President of RVGS

RVGS is honoring Charlotte Henry for serving on the Board of Directors from 2002 to 2013.  Charlotte Henry and her husband Gene moved to Medford after retiring as educators in Eugene, OR.  They joined RVGS in January, 1997.  Since RVGS is always looking for volunteers, it wasn’t long before I notice that they were in the library quite frequently.   So, I approached them to become volunteers.  They said they were just getting started in RVGS and just wanted to research.  Not being one to take “no” for an answer, Emillee Brazill (the library manager in 1997) and I continued to beg, plead, cajole and pressure them until finally they both relented, probably just to get us off their backs.

Charlotte agreed to work on the Newspaper Project and was soon spending many hours photocopying the newspaper clippings of obituaries, births and weddings that were published in the local newspapers.  These pages were later bound and are currently on the shelves of our Jackson County Genealogy Library.  Gene began accessioning our new books, and we knew we had them hooked.  This was also a very special time in RVGS history because it was when we made the big move from 133 S. Central in Medford to 95 Houston Road in Phoenix.  They both spent many hours helping to pack and unpack the books to set up the library in the new location.

Charlotte was elected Vice-President and served from 2002 – 2003, but her higher priority interest was in gardening and she took over the landscaping at the new building.  She was appointed Maintenance Director and served from 2004 until 2007.  In 2007 we needed a Membership Director so she volunteered to accept that position which she held until 2013.  She helped reorganize and implement the membership tracking system that is still used today.

Both Charlotte and Gene have devoted many hours of volunteer service to RVGS.  When the neCharlotte & Genew bookshelves were delivered, they were there to help install the shelves and move the books. Charlotte and her grandsons spent many Sunday afternoons after church shifting books to alleviate overcrowding.  Gene was elected to Honorary Life Membership in 2004 and Charlotte became a Life Member in 2012.  Even though both have had to cut back on volunteering due to health, Charlotte still volunteers to help out as our very capable cashier.

 

It is because of the dedication of members like Charlotte that our Library is a better place: So thank you for being a volunteer,

We’re privileged to work with you.

We want you to know how appreciated you are,

Not just for today, but for what you have meant to RVGS and JCGL

Not only in the past but also for the future.

THE 5/60 CLUB

The 5/60 Club needs members to renew their commitment to the mortgage payments.  A donation of $5 per month or $60 for the year really helps make that payment each month.  Orange 2014 stickers are available at the reception desk when you make your 5/60 Club donation.

Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club for Jan-Mar. 2014: Colista Bailey; Al & Carolyn Beron; Anne Billeter; Wayne Cabler; Carolyn Craig; Chuck Eccleston; Colleen Eccleston; Terry Fischer; Marie Fulbright; Cheryl Haas; Charlotte Henry; Gene Henry; David Hodson; Jacqueline Jump; Steve Kious;  Norb Leiberg; Barbara MacMillen; Dick MacMillen; Bruce McGarvey; Betty Miller; Connie Miller; Stephen Seaton; Barbara Shrewsberry; Vanya Sloan; April Thomas; Helen Wolgamott

LEAVE A LEGACY

Legacy CropDonations to Leave A Legacy reduce the mortgage balance on the JCGL building. Our goal for 2014 is to reduce the mortgage balance to $80,000; with your help we can reach this goal. When making a donation, please indicate it is to “Leave A Legacy.”  Donations may be made online via either website (the Donate button on the home page of each website) , by mail addressed to 3405 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, or in person at JCGL.

We would like to thank the following people for contributing to Leave A Legacy:

Katherine  Alsing; Mary L. Amaro; Vern & Marti Arnold; Karen Asche; Anne Billeter; Gloria Charlaine Brittsan; Jennifer Bryan; Vicki Anne Bryden; Mary Ann Byrne; Ken Clarke; Carolyn Craig; Richard Croly; Carita Culmer; Chuck & Colleen Eccleston; John Ferrell; Joyce Hailicka; Bob Hawk; Charlotte Henry; Horton Family Foundation; Larry & Ann Horton; Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor; Carolee Jones; Sheila Kimball; Virginia King; Linda Lipkind; Richard & Barbara MacMillen; Judith Mallchok; Alan Marion; Bruce McGarvey; Barbara Middaugh; Betty A. Miller; Connie Miller; Alice & Larry Mulally; Kathie Ordall; Jack & Andrea Patterson; People’s Bank; Dixie Pollard; Sallie K. Riehl; Stephen Seaton; Carl Shauger; Chloe Sternola

In Memory of… Mary Jo Owens, member #1495, she was a member since 1999, b. 26 Oct 1935, d. 11 Jan 2014

BUY STUFF FROM AMAZON!  When you purchase stuff from Amazon using the link provided on the rvgslibrary.org website (about 1/4  down the home page), a portion of the dollars you spend (about 2%) is donated to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.  So far in 2014,  RVGS received $66.10  from such purchases (as compared to $126 for all of 2013.)    Another way to access Amazon so that RVGS receives a percentage of your purchase is to create a link to Amazon on the desktop of your computer.   Click on this link, Amazon Affiliate Link  to bring up a PDF file telling you how to accomplish this.

Genealogy Success Story: We welcome your stories. Please submit success stories to rvgslibrary@gmail.com.

 A Success Story in Atlantic Research

By Dr. Stephen Lee Seaton

Inspired by Sue’s story, I thought this success story might be suitable.  Lee Seaton  Last month’s success story prompted me to write down my discovery this past summer of the details surrounding the 18th century shipwreck of one of three Seaton brothers.  These Jacobite brothers fled Scotland to Ireland around 1715.  Their stories are told in part by Oren Andrew Seaton in his The Seaton Family, published in 1906. Oren recounts how the brothers separately emigrated from Ireland to the New England colonies starting in 1727.  The first two, James and John, settled in Massachusetts’ Essex County.  The third, Andrew, for a time, kept a public house, likely the still-operating “Tullyhogue Arms” in Tellehoague, County Tyrone.   He became a wealthy man and was said to have given each of his children “their weight in gold” before his departure from Ireland to join his brothers in 1740.

Andrew loaded his vessel with a valuable stock of merchandise before it sailed into the North Atlantic.  The voyage ended in a shipwreck on the “Isle of Sable” with the Andrew’s family suffering multiple injuries.  The youngest daughter was first thought lost, then found and resuscitated; the mother soon died, while the father suffered a broken jaw.  After nine days, the survivors were rescued and taken to the “Island of Cancer.”  Eventually the surviving Seatons made their way to Boxford, Massachusetts, and reunion with Andrew’s brothers and their families.

The key detail missing from this account is the name of the ship on which Andrew left Ireland for there is no online record of a 1740 shipwreck on the Isle of Sable.  There are many websites sharing information about shipwrecks around the world.  There also many on-line passenger lists, some naming other early Seatons coming to the colonies.  However, even after I located the shipwreck location as probably Nova Scotia’s Sable Island, possibly the world’s leading site for 18th century shipwrecks, there was no shipwreck in 1740.  I came to accept that the mystery of the ship might be one of those not solved without a trip to Ireland.

The actual trip of discovery started in New York City aboard the Emerald Princess in the fall of 2013.  Marilyn and I were sailing with her sister and husband to celebrate his birthday and the colors of New England and Canada.  Among the ports of call on this voyage was the city of Halifax, the home of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Instead of taking the excursion to the graveyard of the Titanic, we walked to the museum.  There was a very large map displaying shipwreck sites, including Sable Island and the sea town of Canso on the Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia.  There was not time to inquire but I promised myself to check out the museum website when we got home.

The museum’s website provided extensive information about current and historical aspects of the western north Atlantic.  Fortunately, it also had an “ask a curator” email feature.  The reply can from an assistant curator suggesting several possible matches and resources.  Bingo!  From those links, it was clear that the ship was the “Snow Catherine”. Snow CatherineThe ship sailed from Portrush, Antrim, Ireland on June 4, 1737 with 202 passengers to run aground on Sunday, July 17, 1737.  The “Boston Evening Post” newspaper of August 18, 1737 carried a passenger’s account of the wreck and rescue; this article was reprinted in “The Pennsylvania Gazette” on September 8, 1737.  It appears that this reprint is the direct source for The Seaton Family text.

A “snow” is a type of frigate.   Almost half of the passengers perished in the wreck.  Andrew remarried and later moved to Amherst, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, where he died.

 

WELCOME NEW AND RENEWING RVGS MEMBERS FOR FEBRUARY AND MARCH 2014:

McEwan, George
Hayden, Gould Dwight
Hailicka, Joyce
Mendez, Anita
Hauser, Charla
Lau, Mardell
Seulean, Anita
Burke, Cheryl l.
Charles, Sharon
Barnes, Curtis
Dock, Julia
Hunter, Judy L. & Phil
Sontag, Ollie
Ross, Steve & Barbara
Page, Ruthanne
Bowers, Bob

 

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS

2014 Grants Awarded – Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) has $23,850 Available for a Scanning and Digitizing Project to Enhance the Collection at JCGL.

OR state parksOregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department awarded $9050 in a matching grant, $1800 awarded by Jackson County Cultural Coalition with RVGS matching $2800.00 from its technology fund and $10,200 in volunteer hours.  The project is to scan and digitize late 19th and early 20th Century Jackson County court records and survey maps to make them available to the public.

While visiting JCGL, you may have noticed the old ledgers with 19th and early 20thledgers century Jackson County historical court records.  These ledgers are cumbersome and fragile and need to be protected from frequent handling.  Also, Roger Roberts an RVGS member has a private collection of 2500 – 3000 historical Jackson County survey maps, some too large and too fragile to house and have open access.

Barbara MacMillen, RVGS Finance Director submitted the grant applications to acquire the equipment and means to scan and digitize all these maps and ledgers making them available to the public via the JCGL website (www.rvgslibrary.org). RVGS Project Director, Chloe Sternola has already organized volunteers and the project is underway expecting to be finished in early 2015.

Roger Roberts with Chloe Sternola and scanning team

Roger Roberts with Chloe Sternola and scanning team

Great thanks go to Jackson County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Heritage, part of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for these generous grants.  The award of both these grants enables RVGS to fulfill its mission of preservation for years to come.  Visit the website to access records, order research and check our progress on this digitization project.

 

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION AT JCGL Please click on the following link, March 2014 Additions, to access the list of recent additions to the library collection.

WEBSITE MENU REVISED;  WEBSITE MENU AND EMAIL HELP AVAILABLE The website menu on Patron Computers at JCGL has been revamped to make it easier for you to navigate to various helpful websites.  The menu now has two pages, a page for paid sites including Ancestry, Fold3 and others; and a second page for free sites including Family Search, RootsWeb, and others.  To navigate from one page to the other, click on the large brown arrow labeled NEXT  in the lower right hand corner of each page.   If you want to return to the Website Menu after having explored a site, click on the home icon toward the upper right corner of each page.

From each of the patron computers you now have access to a file labeled “Website Menu Help” available from a link on the desktop.  That file describes the content of each site on the Website Menu and also tells you how to login to that site, if login information is needed. An additional link on the desktop takes you to a file that tells you how to access the gmail account for JCGL patrons.  That link is labeled “Email Help.”

NEW WEBSITE ADDED TO THE PAID WEBSITES MENU

archivesAccording to the Top Ten Reviewers on the internet, the four most highly rated sites for genealogy are e (1) Ancestry.com, (2) Archives.com, (3) Family Search, and (4) World Vital Records.  JCGL now offers quick access to all four of these “megasites” from the revised Website Menu.  Some features of Archives.com that may be unfamiliar to you are that this site  helps you acquire certificates, e.g., marriage, birth, death, from county courthouses, and it permits connecting to social media sites (e.g., Facebook)  and their records.    Archives.com is rated as very easy to use and is rapidly adding to its collection of records.

DO YOU STILL NEED A DESKTOP PROGRAM FOR YOUR GENEALOGY? CAN’T IT ALL BE DONE ON THE INTERNET? Say you have input all the information you have on your family into Family Search Family Tree or into Ancestry Public Member Trees, do you still need Family Tree Maker or Legacy or RootsMagic or any other software on your computer to continue your research? The answer may surprise you,  click this link to  read an article by Genealogist Renee Zamora for an in-depth discussion of this issue.

CONFUSED BY COPYRIGHT LAW?  

Copyright  Law and Genealogy

By David Devin

At the February Meeting of the LGS, the program was “Genealogy & Copyright Laws.” The take away of the presentation was that you should always be careful of what you copy and use in your published genealogies. While the “Fair Use” clause of the Copyright Law allows you to use copyrighted material for research and educational purposes,  the catch is what constitutes “Fair Use” is rather vague. It boils down to if a copyright holder decides you are violating his copyright, it may take a lot of time and money to defend your “Fair Use” of his material. Best practice is to keep any direct transcriptions, photographs, or scanned documents in your published genealogies to just the little bit needed to support your evidence.

On the bright side, anything published before 1923 is in the public domain and you may use transcriptions and copied pages in your research.

No matter the publication date, facts cannot be copyrighted. You may use information found in copyrighted material as long as you use only the facts. For example, you can use birth, marriage, and death dates found in a copyrighted document, but you cannot use an exact transcription or photocopy of the material in your published genealogy. Anything published by the United States government is in the public domain and you may use that material. Check with individual states to find out if their published material is in the public domain or copyrighted.

Finally, all works published after 1923 are automatically copyrighted. That means, your family history manuscript is copyrighted, whether you register the copyright or not. Other people or organizations cannot use it for any purpose without your permission. However, it may take a lot of time and money to protect your copyright.

If you have doubts about using copyrighted material, your best practice is to ask the author or publisher if you can use the material, and get their permission in writing.

You may want to consult a copyright lawyer for the specific information.
This article originally appeared in the March 2014 issue of Heritage Newsletter published by the Linn Genealogical Society, Albany Oregon.  Used with written permission of David Devin.

REVITALIZED RECYCLING PROGRAM IN PLACE AT JCGL A revitalized recycling program became effective at JCGL on March 25, 2014.  While folks have been doing a great job of separating library recyclables from garbage, the program has been upgraded to a new level to get those recyclables to the recycling center.  Nancy Roberts, master recycler and JCGL member, has been working over the past few weeks with Alan Marion and Chuck Eccleston to develop this program for the Library.

recyclingOn a weekly basis, Nancy will pick up and recycle material that has been placed in several bins identified as “Recycle” containers.   She will move the recycle material to the new co-mingle recycle bin located on the patio and transported by Nancy for final disposition and repurposing.

An informational and educational binder has been placed at the front desk.  It is labeled JCGL Recycle Program.  Additional recycling updates for the newsletter will be provided.  If you have questions, comments and/or suggestions, please e-mail Nancy at nkroberts556@gmail.com.

 

INFORMATION ABOUT WORLDCAT AND FAMILYSEARCH  CATALOG COOPERATION

  • Genealogists can now find FamilySearch and WorldCat records through both online resources
  • Researchers can find libraries that hold needed information no matter where they start their search

DUBLIN, Ohio, March 4, 2014—OCLC and FamilySearch International are working together to share data between WorldCat and the FamilySearch Catalog to provide more resources for improved genealogy research. More than 1 million FamilySearch genealogical records are now discoverable in WorldCat, the world’s largest database of records representing resources in libraries worldwide. Links to WorldCat are now available on FamilySearch.org.

 Many FamilySearch records added to WorldCat represent large collections of vital information, such as birth and death records from localities all over the world. If digitized, these records link back to FamilySearch.org where they can be viewed online. If on film, these records can be requested from FamilySearch to a satellite or affiliate FamilySearch Family History Center. FamilySearch records with a corresponding WorldCat record will indicate a library or libraries that hold the item.

“Many of the books in the FamilySearch library collection are also in other collections of other public and academic libraries and appear in WorldCat,” said Steve Fox, Product Manager for FamilySearch. “This means genealogists using the FamilySearch Catalog may now be able to find additional copies of books and other sources at libraries closer to them. Many additional materials related to their research that are not in the FamilySearch collection will also be discoverable in the collections of other libraries that include their holdings in WorldCat.”

“The FamilySearch Catalog and WorldCat have been tremendous resources for genealogy research for many years,” said Chip Nilges, Vice President of Business Development, OCLC. “OCLC and FamilySearch are bringing these great resources together through our data sharing partnership. We will continue to update these resources through our ongoing partnership to continue to improve and enhance the tools available for genealogy researchers around the world.”

Those who start their research by using the FamilySearch Catalog now have access to unique and freely available sources that libraries can offer, including:

·         Local histories of counties, cities and regions

·         Maps, photos and other images

·         Local biographies and profiles of prominent citizens

·         City directories, catalogs, inventories and original manuscript materials.

FamilySearch has been a pioneer in the use of technology and processes for image capture, digital conversion, preservation, online indexing and online access and adds over 400 million new digital images each year to FamilySearch.org. Those who start their research by using WorldCat will have access to collections from FamilySearch that include historic documents of genealogical value such as:

·         Civil registration records

·         Church records

·         Probate, census, land and tax records

·         Military records

·         Family histories

·         Clan and lineage genealogies

·         Oral pedigrees

·         Local histories

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February-March 2014 JCGL/RVGS News and Events

You can read current and back issues of the eNews on our blog, http://rvgslib.wordpress.com/. You can also access the blog from either our library website, www.rvgslibrary.org, or our society website, www.rvgsociety.org.

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & COMING EVENTS

DON’T MISS RECORDED SESSIONS FROM ROOTSTECH 2014.  The first video on the list is a terrific talk by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.  Ree even sings to her basset hound at the end of this fabulous talk.  There are a total of 17 videos on various topics of interest to genealogists such as DNA, cloud computing, Getting the Most out of Ancestry.  Here is the link, https://rootstech.org/about/videos/ .  Ancestry has also provided a You Tube video describing the highlights of RootsTech 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izjFahvqIkc.

Classes and Workshops are held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501.  

ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467February 12,Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group. Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group.  Please register for this FREE workshop. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

 

Tuesday, February 18,  1:30 – 3:00 PM: 3rd TUESDAY PROGRAM FOR FEBRUARYLearn The Secrets of the Libraries, in a presentation by Anne Billeter, Director of the Jackson County Genealogy Library and Manager of the Southern Oregon Historical Society Library.  Anne shares her secrets for finding resources available at each library often overlooked by genealogists and historians.   Come learn how these resources can complement each other to uncover the answers you need for your genealogy and history projects.

digginFebruary, 18, 3:00 –9:00PM Diggin’ in the Dark
Hang around after the 3rd Tuesday Public Program when the library remains open until 9 PM! Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy with helpful librarians available to assist you. Explore our databases and book collection. Bring your dinner or join us for pizza. Leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Please register for this FREE event!  To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

February 24, Monday,10:30 AM- 12:00 PM.  Family Tree Maker 2012 (2014) Part II. Charleen Brown teaches “Managing Your Tree, Adding Facts and Documenting Sources.” Prerequisite:  your own laptop with Family Tree Maker 2012(2014) for PC installed.  Class description:  As you continue your family tree, your focus will turn to your ancestral lines, grandparents, etc.  You will learn how to expand your tree by adding details, facts, sources, stories, histories and more.  Cost is:  $10 for members, $20 for non-members.  Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Gin Lin DragonFebruary 25, Tuesday, 1 PM to 2 PM.  Quilts and Genealogy Talk. Gin Lin Dragon Quilt featuring Chinese of the Rogue Valley.  The title of the talk is “Scaring the Devils Away: 150,000 Firecrackers in Ashland in the Year of the Horse 1890″  by Victoria Law – Emigrants from China came to the Rogue Valley as gold miners and stayed as part of railroad construction crews.  Victoria will share how some continued to live here long after the railroad was completed.  The Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) recently accepted the gift of quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Guild.  Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history.  Please pre-register for this FREE event. Call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Please click on the following link to read about other family connections discovered through quilts, http://onlineathens.com/features/2014-01-04/quilt-helps-woman-find-her-family-history.

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown

March 1, Saturday – 12:30PM How to Start Your Genealogy Project
Charleen Brown teaches the paper and pencil basics of gathering information to start your family tree. What you should know and do before you begin researching on the computer. You will learn:
• How to fill out and use an ancestor chart • How to find information at home
• The types of documentation and why it is important • The uses of the family group sheet
• Simple ways to organize information • How to continue your project
Please register for this FREE class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Thursday, March 6, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM:  Writing Workshop Series with Joan Hill, Part I. “Finding Your Way Home: Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories.” This eight-week writing workshop allows participants hands on in-class writing experiences, sharing, and discussions.  Joan also instructs on the ‘How To’ of incorporating photos, letters, diaries, and other old documents as part of your writing.  Subjects such as publishing and printing resources and utilizing computer based or local printers will also be discussed. Joan Hill authors the popular blog, Roots’n’Leaves.

Roots'n'Leaves

The remaining dates are March 13, 20, 27, April 3, (no class April 10), beginning again April 17, 24, and May 1.  To allow adequate time for sharing and critiquing, the class size is limited to between 5 and 15 participants.  Bring a notebook, pen and pencil or a laptop for in-class writing.  You must pre-register for this class. Fee: $75 for members, $125 for non-members. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

FTM 2014March 11, Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:30 PM: Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal, casual group usually meets on one Tuesday each month as long as interest continues.  Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues.  It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun!  Please pre-register for this FREE Group. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

March 12, Wednesday, 10 AM to 11:30 AM: Family Tree Maker User Group (Mac computers). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group discussing FTM, Genealogy and Mac computers.  Please pre-register for this FREE Group. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

March 13, Thursday,  10:30 AM to 1:00 PM:  Writing Workshop Series with Joan Hill, Part II. “Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories” See March 6th for more details. You must pre-register for this workshop.

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FTM Logo

March 17, Monday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM: Family Tree Maker 2012 (2014) Basics, Part III.  Charleen Brown teaches “Bring Your Ancestors to Life with Media.” Learn to use FTM to illustrate your family history with pictures, important documents, and possibly video and sound clips. Link media items to specific individuals; record important notes about the items. Come join Charleen for this powerful class.  Cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

ben truweMarch 18, Tuesday,  1:30 PM to 3:00 PM: 3rd TUESDAY PROGRAM for March: Ben Truwe, Southern Oregon historian, presents a program on Vance (Pinto) Colvig epinto2ntitled “Pinto-the Early Years”.  Mr. Truwe will include a silent film as well as many pictures of this Jacksonville’s native early life and work on silent films, as an animator, writer, and voice over actor.  (Pinto was the voice of Walt Disney’s Goofy, among others.)  Join us to learn about this accomplished Oregonian and animation pioneer. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event.

March 18, Tuesday, 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM:  Diggin’ in the Dark. Hang around after the 3rd Tuesday Public Program when the library remains open until 9 PM! Take advantage of this opportunity to research you genealogy with helpful librarians available to assist you. Explore our databases and book collection. Bring your dinner or join us for pizza. Leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Please register for this FREE event! To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

March 20, Thursday, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Writing Workshop Series with Joan Hill, Part III. “Finding Your Way Home; Writing Memoirs, Family History, and Sharing Memories” See March 6th for details. You must pre-register for this workshop.

Ginger Rogers Crazy QuiltXMarch 25, Tuesday, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Ginger Rogers’ Crazy Quilt.
“Ginger Rogers of the Rogue River Valley” by Paul Becker and Sue Waldron – Paul  will share some of his many conversations with Ginger about her work in the World War II war bond campaigns and her support of the soldiers at Camp White.  Sue will reveal some of the facts she has discovered about Ginger’s family history. The Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) recently accepted the gift of quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Guild.  Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history. Program is free to all.  Please pre-register for this class. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

April 1,  Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal, casual group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month as long as interest continues.  Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues.  It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun!  Please pre-register for this FREE workshop. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

April 3, Thursday, 10:30AM to 1:00 PM Writing Workshop, V.  See March 6th for details. You must pre-register for this workshop.  To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Abroken-brick-wallpril 5, Saturday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion.  Do you have an elusive ancestor for whom you have been searching?  Or ancestors you can trace back only so far and then hit a “brick wall?”  Attend the roundtable and receive suggestions for finding that missing information.  Please register for this FREE. To register please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

BUSApril 6 – April 13, Genealogy  “Workshop on Wheels.”  RVGS members will travel together to Salt Lake City.  Research together with friends at the Family History Library.  Meet new friends, socialize over lunch and dinner, and get help with your genealogy problems. You do not need to be an expert to profit from this tour.  Please click on the following link, 2014 SLC Trip,  for more details about the trip and to access the Registration Form.

OUT OF TOWN

Missing in AmericaFebruary 11,  Tuesday at 1:30 PM at the LDS Church, Relief Society Room, 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass OR. John Hull of the Missing inAmerica Project will speak about this program to locate, identify and inter unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans. There is some genealogy work involved in the process, and our members may wish to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. Further information is available at www.miap.us. Free program.

April 5, Saturday 9:00 AM to 4 PM.  Bend Genealogical Society Spring Seminar.  The featured speaker is Denise Levenick, The Family Curator.  For more information and to access the registration form, click the following link, 2014 Bend Seminar Flyer-Registration Form.

May 7-10, “Virginia: The First Frontier,” the Annual Convention of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA.  Click this link to learn more.

August 2, Saturday, “Summer Genealogy Fest,” conference in Eugene OR presented by the Genealogical Conference of Oregon(GCO) and Oregon Association of Professional Genealogists (OR APG).  The featured speaker is Tom Jones, Pack your genealogy passport and plan to repack your genealogical toolbox!  For more information, click this link. GCO 2014 Flyers. 

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

Publication by RVGS Member, Melinda Henningfield. Melinda Henningfield, RVGS member, had a Case Study printed in the CROSSROADS magazine published by the Utah Genealogical Association, Winter 2014, VOL. 9, #1. It was entitled “Susannah or Mary: Who was the Mother of Robert White Gray (1858-1935) of Hickman County, Kentucky?”  The identification of the mother of Robert White Gray points out the value of using many records to reach a sound conclusion. It is an excellent example of why genealogists must find all records that relate to a genealogical question. Want to learn about source citations? Melinda cites over 61 documentation sources for this article. She has also authored two articles and two cover essays in the NGS (National Genealogy Society) Quarterly.

This article is available at the JCGL for your perusal. Melinda Daffin Henningfield, a Board Certified Genealogist, lives in the Rogue Valley. She has a BA in History and an MSN. She is a retired Nurse Practitioner and previous RVGS Board member. In 2014 Melinda, a member since 2004,  will serve as RVGS Liaison to the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

weaver at boardVern Weaver at January Board Meeting.  On January 13,  Vern Weaver described the scope and value of the Cemetery Project to the new RVGS board.   In conclusion, Vern mentioned that the file on the library website, www.rvgslibrary.org, now contains over 82, 000 names of persons who died in Jackson County and that many names have accompanying headstone photos.   The picture above shows Vern addressing the board, Vern is at the center on the right.

OREGON STATE LIBRARY RECORDS ACCESS UNDER THREAT

The upcoming budget for the State Legislature threatens public access to State Library and Archives Records by the public.   Please read this article, Oregon State Library , provided in the winter issue of the Northwest Trails Newsletter of the Northwest Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association.  Please contact your legislator, link provided in this article,  to have an impact on these decisions.

Chris_Walker_official_photoChris Walker Addresses RVGS Members.  Chris Walker, Jackson County Clerk, gave an informative and interactive public program at our monthly meeting on Jan. 21st.  Chris told us that various documents and public records are housed in the county archives.  Public records are those that have gone through county government such as marriage records, divorce records, birth records, land records, county survey and budgets, brand books, foreclosure records, mining records on BLM (but not on private land), to name a few. To access these records, you must request them in writing.  The requested records will be brought from the archive to her office for you to use there. She provided JCGL with a packet of information including the forms to request records.

Chris responded to our many and varied questions with wit and enthusiasm and the vast knowledge she gained from over 14 years of work at the county.  She told us of newer restrictions on access to some of the records such as coroner’s inquests and recorded military discharge papers.

Chris also displayed several artifacts from her work including an ear marker for cattle, an original document seal, incorporation papers for the Medford Chamber of Commerce, as well as an early marriage record book.

Chris added that the archive consists of 16,000 cubic feet of documents which are now with Access Record Express.  Jackson County’s contract with Access Record Express was renewed for three years back in November.  Access Record Express brings documents to Chris’ office for the public use.

THE 5/60 CLUB

It’s a new year!  The 5/60 Club for 2014 is up and running and needs members to renew their commitment to the mortgage payments.  A donation of $5 per month or $60 for the year really helps make that payment each month.  Our Leave A Legacy program has significantly reduced the mortgage principal so now our monthly payment is also helping to reduce the principal, not just paying interest!  Orange 2014 stickers are available at the reception desk when you make your 5/60 Club donation.

Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club for Jan. 2014: Wayne Cabler-Carolyn Craig-Chuck Eccleston-Colleen Eccleston-Terry Fischer-Cheryl Haas-Charlotte Henry-Gene Henry-David Hodson-Norb Leiberg-Barbara MacMillen-Dick MacMillen-Betty Miller-Connie Miller-Vanya Sloan-April Thomas-Helen Wolgamott

LEAVE A LEGACY

Leave A Legacy  ThermometerThe “Leave A Legacy” donation program brought in more than $24,000 in 2013, helping to bring the mortgage principal down to $137,483. Thank you to all who donated!  Your contributions have made a real difference.  Our monthly payment now not only pays monthly interest but also in excess of $200 on the principal.  Our goal for 2014 is to reduce the mortgage balance to $80,000; with your help we can reach this goal. If you’re contemplating giving this year, the earlier in the year you make a donation, the more interest it saves the society.  Monthly donations are welcome too!  When making a donation, please indicate it is to “Leave A Legacy.”  Donations may be made online via either website, by mail addressed to 3405 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, or in person at JCGL.

Donors to Leave A Legacy include the following: Katherine Alsing-Mary L. Amaro-Vern & Marti Arnold- Karen Asche-Gloria Charlaine Brittsan-Jennifer Bryan-Vicki Anne Bryden-Mary Ann Byrne- Ken Clarke-Carolyn Craig-Carita Culmer-Chuck & Colleen Eccleston-John Ferrell-Joyce Hailicka-Bob Hawk-Charlotte Henry-Horton Family Foundation-Larry & Ann Horton-Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor-Carolee Jones-Linda Lipkind-Richard & Barbara MacMillen-Judith Mallchok-Alan Marion-Barbara Middaugh-Betty A. Miller-Connie Miller-Alice & Larry Mulally-Kathie Ordall-Jack & Andrea Patterson-People’s Bank-Dixie Pollard- Sallie K. Riehl-Carl Shauger- Chloe Sternola

Note: Donations made online are processed by PayPal, but you are not required to have a personal PayPal account to have payments processed by PayPal.

BUY STUFF FROM AMAZON!  When you purchase stuff from Amazon using the link provided on the rvgslibrary.org website (scroll down to bottom of the home page), a portion of the dollars you spend (about 2%) is donated to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.  In 2013, RVGS received $126.72 from such purchases.   Another way to access Amazon so that RVGS receives a percentage of your purchase is to create a link to Amazon on the desktop of your computer.  To bring up a PDF file telling you how to accomplish this, please click on the following link, Amazon Desktop Affiliate Link.

Welcome New LIFE Members of RVGS.  The price of a Life Membership is $500 with $200 going to the Endowment Fund to help ensure the future of the society.

  1. BMACILLENBarbara MacMillen:  Barbara and her husband, Richard, retired to the Rogue Valley in 1996.  After their youngest son went off to college in 2001, she attended Southern Oregon University to complete a B.S. degree in Geography.  She has volunteered for the Southern Oregon chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2004. After Barbara’s cousin visited them to scan family photos, and a previously unknown cousin of Dick’s got in touch with them by phone, she became interested in their family history.  At the time their neighbor and RVGS member, Carl Shauger, encouraged them to visit JCGL and soon after joined RVGS in 2009 shortly after visiting the library.   Visits to JCGL were sporadic until 2011 when Barbara trained as a librarian, deciding this would be the best way to learn what the library had and how to use it for research.  She became co-chair of the Education Committee in 2012, but soon after took the Finance Director position, where she still serves.  Her husband Dick recognized her devotion to the Society and with the help of Chuck Eccleston and Andrea Patterson, was able to surprise her this past Christmas with a Lifetime Membership.  The surprise was made possible only by hiding the paperwork from Barbara in her role as Finance Director.
  2. 1962 Yearbook PictureScott Phillips was born, educated and raised in Glens Falls NY, in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. He came to the Rogue Valley about 1974 via the California Bay Area and Cave Junction. Most of Scott’s working life was in electronics with a short stint as an accountant; he is now retired.   Scott is currently married to Linda Louise (Koster) Phillips who is a descendant of a miner born on Foots Creek, Gold Hill.  Scott has two children by previous marriage, one grand-daughter and one great-grand-daughter.  He got interested in family history research at a very young age, following his mother’s research and her search for her real mother.  He never lost interest or stopped looking.  Over the years, he had many surprises and found hidden gems.  Scott found the RVGS library not long after he came to OR,  when it was on South Central in Medford.  He says that his experiences with the volunteers at the library have always been great, from day one.   Scott took out a Life Membership because of his belief in the organization, the library, and ancestral history in general. He is interested in cemetery sleuthing, photographs, military and traveling to ancestral locations.

Genealogy Success Story: We welcome your stories. Please submit success stories to rvgslibrary@gmail.com.

A Moving Moment at Long Last from Sweden

Submitted by Andrea Patterson

My maternal grandfather, Andrew Olson, for whom I am named, immigrated to the USA in 1886 from Malmo, Sweden. His final settling place was in Polk County, Minnesota where he married my maternal grandmother, Lovisa, also a Swedish immigrant working as a servant.  My mother knew her father, Andrew, kept in contact via letters and money sent to his parents and two sisters in Fladie, a small village in southern Sweden. Andrew died when I was a teenager, so I missed so many stories and memories and now the people he did discuss his life with are gone also.

Within the past 15 years I have been able to locate his Railroad Benefit Records which provided his Swedish place of residence. Internet research was just beginning to catch on, but letters were still the best way to obtain information. I contacted several Minnesota and Swedish Genealogy Societies and armed with at least the names of his sisters, I obtained names of Andrew’s two sisters’ marriages and places they moved from the “in and out” clerical records. I wrote many letters. None of the letters were returned, but none were answered.

Last year, I acquired a new Swedish friend from Karlstad. He is a genealogist and we skyped for several months. He located great-grandchildren of my grandfather’s two sisters and their addresses. I immediately wrote to three of them. None of the letters returned, but none were answered.

This past summer I visited Sweden. My maternal grandmother was the oldest daughter with 14 siblings, so there are many relatives.  This provided me with an opportunity to introduce my daughter to her Swedish “cousins” and to visit again with the older generation and many second cousins. My cousin Anna-Karin translated my previous English letters to Swedish and re-sent them to the various descendants of my grandfather’s sister’s family now living around Helsingborg.

On Nov. 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM I received an email from Britt-Marie, a woman in her 50s who said she was a descendant of Maria, her great-grandmother.  Maria was a young mother when she died and left little or no history of their family. She, Britt-Marie, “would be interested to correspond through one of her three daughter’s email addresses. I had no idea I had family in America,” says Britt-Marie.
I am that family member in America. I have many pictures back to the great-grandmother she never knew. I can tell her about Grandpa Andrew’s family in America. We are going to be great friends. It took perseverance. Don’t any of you give up. Your family is waiting.

WELCOME NEW AND RENEWING RVGS MEMBERS:

Rick Black~ Sheila Couey~ Alyson Dalponte~ Judith Everett~ Cindy Furrow

Danny Gregory~ Marita LaGrott~ Joan Long~ Vicky I. McGee~ Billie S. Nix

Bill Strickland~ Victor & Gloria Wigginton~ Cindy Wilson

 INKJET CARTRIDGES DONATED TO RVGS

A friend of RVGS has donated ink cartridges to the society.  The number on the HP ink cartridge is 02.  Some are Costco refills and others are new, unopened packages.  Call (541)512-2340 if you have some use for these cartridges.  We do not have printers at JCGL that use this cartridge number.

IN MEMORIUM

Elmer Glenn Bailey b. 26 May 1920, d.22 Jan 2014 age 93; husband of Colista Bailey, RVGS treasurer.

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS

The JCGL Collection Report,                                                                                            Submitted by Anne Billeter, Library Director

Collection Numbers as of December 2013:

15,218  books, bulletins, CDs and videos

     304 microfilm (rolls)

  1,590 microfiche (sheets)

       61 maps

17,178 Total Cataloged Items in JCGL

We added 375 cataloged items to the JCGL collection in 2013, thanks to our cataloger, Sharon Freeburne. We conducted our annual inventory of the collection in December.  It took the following people a total of 84 ¾ hours to conduct the inventory, listed in order of the number of volunteer hours they contributed to the inventory effort: Anne Billeter, Betty Miller, Marie Fulbright, Char Henry, Maggi Rackley, Rusty Kleine, Rhonda Rockwell, Carolyn Craig, Linda Lund, Janie Stewart, April Thomas, Connie Miller, Terry Fischer, and Sharon Freeburne.   Please see Maggi Rackley’s story below, which resulted from her help during the inventory.

Good Things Come to Those Who Volunteer

Submitted by Maggi Todd Rackley

Good things do come to those who volunteer. I learned this the other day while helping Anne Billeter with library inventory. I was comparing book names and numbers that Anne was calling out when she said, Directory of Deceased American Physicians 1804 – 1929. I wondered if my great-grandfather R. H. Todd were listed, thus proving he was a doctor. He was! As was his brother Joel Howard Todd, also a physician. I couldn’t wait for Anne to go to her meeting so I could check this book out.

From the information in the book, I discovered where they both received their education, where they practiced and when they graduated. Richard Henry Todd graduated from The Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville KY in 1887 as an Allopath, practiced in Iowa in 1895. This proved his physician status.

Loaded with this information I then went to the computer and Googled “University of Louisville,” found their digital library, did a search of the Kentucky School of Medicine graduating class of 1887.  Will wonders never cease? I found a photo of the 1887 class along with the individual pictures of the graduates. There was even a picture of my great-grandfather at the age of 27!

All of this resulted from curiosity about a book right here in the JCGL.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION AT JCGL
Please click on the following link, 2014-1-29 New Additions to Library, to access the list of recent additions to the library collection.

FOR SALE $1.00 In the Book Sale Alcove in the JCGL Reading Room
(turn right after entering the Reading Room)

  • Genealogy books (older editions and extra copies)
  • Rogue Digger back issues
  • Fiction –paperbacks and hardcovers
  • Nonfiction – on any and every subject you can think of!

Patron Printers at JCGL 

JCGL now has two printers available for patron use in the main area of the library.   One printer, as before, prints from each of the 11 patron computers.  The new printer, same model as the old printer and located north of the reception area, can be used to print from your laptop or from your mobile device (tablet or smartphone).   To print from your laptop, install the printer (Brother HL-2270DW) on your laptop, then select that printer when you need to print.   To print from a mobile device, install the Brother iPrint&Scan App on your mobile device.  (It’s more efficient to do this before coming to the library.) Librarians or tech helpers at JCGL can help you with these procedures.

FindMyPast Website Credits

FINDMYPASTThe FindMyPast website can be accessed through the menu on all patron computers.  The JCGL subscription to FindMyPast operates differently than other subscription sites.  The society pays in advance for any records you might find on the site.  When you find a record you want to print, view, or save just click on the Confirm button, indication that you want to spend 5 credits for that record.  RVGS is charged for the expense, not you personally.  FindMyPast is rich in British, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Australian, and some US records.

Important New Stuff on the JCGL Website: Jackson and Josephine County

  • We’re excited to announce that a complete set of obituaries from the Mail Tribune for the 15-year period from 1956 through 1970 are now available through the JCGL website.  The direct link is http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Obituaries.html.  Scroll down the page to find the set of obituaries titled, Scanned from Microfilm Images from the Medford Mail Tribune.  Although the books of obituaries on the shelves at the library contain a hit-and-miss collection of obituaries for this time period, these of digital images provide a complete collection for that time period.   We are grateful to Cheryl Haas and Linda Kestner for scanning the microfilm and indexing these records and more recently to Leo Kimm and Rene Forncrook for re-casting the indexes to make them more user-friendly.  Either digital copies or printed copies of these are obituaries can be ordered for $10/obituary JCGL website.  Printed copies can be obtained in person at the JCGL Reception Desk for $5/obituary.
  • Did you know?  The JCGL website has a growing collection of indexes to records for Josephine County.  Here is a direct link , http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Josephine.html.  We have obituaries from the Grants Pass Courier for the years: 1972-1973, 1980, and 1988-2012.  We have recently started adding some births, marriages, and divorces.  If you have Josephine County family don’t forget to check our indexes. Either digital copies or printed copies of these are obituaries can be ordered for $10/obituary JCGL website.  Printed copies can be obtained in person at the JCGL Reception Desk for $5/obituary.
  • Website Re-Design. The JCGL website, rvgslibrary.org, has an additional row of navigation tools:  Search (you should be browse our indexes, in addition to searching them with Google), RVGS, JCGL Catalog; How to Order Records; and Social Media including Facebook and Twitter.  “Like” us on Facebook as long as you’re looking!
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January 2014 News and Events

CLASSES, WORKSHOPS & COMING EVENTS

FEATURED THIS MONTH: DON’T MISS 3rd TUESDAY PROGRAMS:  Each program includes a free “Genealogy Program for the Public” followed by “Diggin’ in the Dark.” Visitors are welcome to both events held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway.  The program begins at 1:30 PM and is followed by refreshments and a brief business meeting of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. After the business meeting stay and dig for your ancestors from 3 PM to 9 PM.  For the 3rd Tuesday in January see January 21st, for subsequent 3rd Tuesday programs see Coming Events.

Classes and Workshops are held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501.  Please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space in these classes, or email  reception@rvgslibrary.org. Donations are always appreciated

ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467January 8, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group. A new version, Mac3, has just been released and is currently available for $29.99 on Ancestry.com.  Please register for this FREE workshop.

January 11, Saturday, 10:30AM – 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker 2012 (2014) Basics
Charleen Brown teaches this introduction to FTM 2012 (2014) providing the basic skills and information to open the program and explore the software. The first step is to understand its unique interface and tools. There are many familiar features in FTM but there are also unique toolbars, menus and windows you will want to learn how to navigate. Once you understand the software’s basic structure, you can confidently begin building your tree.  Prerequisite: your own laptop with Family Tree Maker 2012(2014) for PC installed. Contact the Jackson County Genealogy Library for help with installation, (541-512-2340). This class is FREE to members; cost is $20.00 for non-members.
Follow up classes: $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Follow up classes will be offered and scheduled when a minimum of 5 students sign up for a particular class each of which will cover a different workspace.

January 14, Tuesday, 2:00 – 3:30 PM Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
Connie Miller is the facilitator of this informal group. Both 2012 and 2014 FTM – PC
Please register for this FREE workshop.

Chris_Walker_official_photoJanuary 21, Tuesday, 1:30 — 3:00 PM 3rd TUESDAY PROGRAM FOR THE PUBLIC: Chris Walker—Jackson County Clerk will share some of the history, holdings and secrets of the Clerk’s office. Chris Walker was appointed as Jackson County Clerk on February 1, 2008.  On November 4, 2008, she was elected by the voters to serve as Jackson County Clerk.  Chris was re-elected as County Clerk on November 2, 2010 for a term of 4 years. The County Clerk’s department conducts elections and oversees official records including deeds and property recordings, marriage licensing, domestic partnership registry, and other miscellaneous records. The County Clerk serves as the Board of Property Tax Appeals clerk accepting petitions, scheduling hearings and performing general administrative duties as prescribed by law.

digginJanuary 21 –Tuesday, 3:00 –9:00PM Diggin’ in the Dark
Hang around after the 3rd Tuesday Public Program with Chris Walker…
When the library remains open until 9 PM! Take advantage of this opportunity to research you genealogy with helpful librarians available to assist you. Explore our databases and book collection. Bring your dinner or join us for pizza. Leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Please register for this FREE event!

January 27, Monday, 10:30 – 12:30PM How to Start Your Genealogy Project
Charleen Brown teaches the paper and pencil basics of gathering information to start your family tree. What you should know and do before you begin researching on the computer. You will learn:
• How to fill out and use an ancestor chart • How to find information at home
• The types of documentation and why it is important • The uses of the family group sheet
• Simple ways to organize information • How to continue your project
Please register for this FREE class.

Maryum'sYellowRoseQuiltJanuary 28, Tuesday, 1:00–2:00PM Quilts and Genealogy Talks: Maryum’s Yellow Rose
“Maryum’s Yellow Rose” a talk by Anne Billeter – The story of the McKee family, told through a quilt designed by a descendant and expanded through genealogical research, enhances our understanding of early Rogue Valley days and brings us lasting memories.
Most people would not think to connect genealogy and quilting. The Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) recently accepted the gift of quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters. Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history.  For the full schedule of Quilts and Genealogy Talks, go to http://www.msquilters.com/, the website of the Mountain Stars Quilting Group. Jacksonville Museum Quilters is a member of that group and display their quilts at shows sponsored by that organization. Learn more about the group on their website.
Please register for this FREE event.

broken-brick-wallFebruary 1, Saturday, 1:00–2:00PM Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion
Do you have an elusive ancestor you have searched for? Or ancestors you can trace just so far and have hit the “brick wall”. Attend the Roundtable to present your brick wall and receive suggestions for researching and locating some of that missing information.
Please register for this FREE workshop, donations encouraged.

FTM 2014February 4, Tuesday, 10:30 — 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
Connie Miller is the facilitator of this informal group. Both 2012 and 2014 FTM – PC
Please register for this FREE workshop.

COMING EVENTS AT JCGL— SAVE THE DATE!

3rd TUESDAY PROGRAMS for February and March: FEBRUARY 18: Learn the secrets of the libraries this month as told by Anne Billeter,  Jackson County Genealogy Library Director and Southern Oregon Historical Society Library Manager.MARCH 18:  Ben Truwe, Southern Oregon historian, presents a program on Vance (Pinto) Colvig entitled “Pinto-the Early Years”. 

Joan Hill will present an 8-week workshop: “Finding Your Way Home, Writing Memoirs, Family History and Sharing Memories” beginning in March of 2014. The dates are March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, (no class April 10), beginning again April 17, 24, and May 1. Each class will being at 10:30 AM and end at 1:00 PM. Joan Roots'n'LeavesHill authors the popular blog, Roots’n’Leaves.  In her workshop, Joan will allow participants hands-on in-class writing experiences. She also instructs on the “How To” of incorporating photos, letters, diaries, and other old documents as part of written document. To register in advance please call (541)512-2340, drop by the library to reserve a space in these classes, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org. Fee: $75 for members, $125 for non-members.

BUSRVGS members will travel together to Salt Lake City as the “Workshop of Wheels” for a week  (April 6th through April 13th) at the Family History Library. Join fellow RVGS members and board members to visit the best genealogy library in the world. Meet new friends, socialize over lunch and dinner, and get help with your genealogy problems. You do not need to be an expert to profit from this tour. Please contact Betty Miller, mailto:millerba1@hotmail.com, for any questions about the Workshop on Wheels.

OUT OF TOWN
GPGSJanuary 14, 2014, 1:30 PM at the LDS Church, Relief Society Room, 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass OR. Jan Edwards will speak on “Social Media in Family History.” Sponsored by the Grants Pass Genealogical Society.
Jan served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints training missionaries how to do online Family History and helped many people find their answers. She loves to teach and since moving to Grants Pass has taught many genealogy-related classes including a Roots Magic class last summer. Jan taught the Social Media class at the October Seminar in Grants Pass. Her topic was so popular the class was moved to a larger room to accommodate all who wanted to take it.

February 6-8, 2014 the 4th Annual RootsTech Conference at the Salt Lake Palace in Salt Lake City, UT (near the Family History Library) This is the biggest and most-exciting conference for tech-oriented genealogists. Click this link to learn more.

May 7-10, “Virginia: The First Frontier,” the Annual Convention of the National Genealogical Society in Richmond, VA.  Click this link to learn more.

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

NEW RVGS BOARD DIRECTORS APPOINTED

In December, new officers were installed at the Christmas luncheon. New board members will join with those officers this coming year.  Three of the new board members are Alan Marion, Maintenance Director; Marilyn Ayres, Education Director; Rhonda Rockwell, Publicity Director. You can read brief biographies of the new officers and of the three new board directors by going to Board Biographies.

2013 ANNUAL REPORT OF THE ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 
Charleen Brown, Outgoing President has completed her Annual Report for 2013 which evaluates the position of the society with regard to the Five-Year Plan adopted in 2009.  Please read her detailed report at 2013 Annual Report.

THE 5/60 CLUB

It’s a new year, but we still have mortgage payments, so it’s time to join the 5/60 Club for 2014.  New ’14 stickers will be available for 5/60 Club donors at the Library.  About 20% of our payments were made with help from this fund in 2013.  Keep up the good work!

LEAVE A LEGACY

Legacy CropWe would like to thank the following people for their generosity to our Society.  Donations to this drive are making a huge difference on our mortgage balance, as it is reduced each month.  As of 30 December. the balance is under $140,000, saving us $100/month in interest!    

Katherine  Alsing —Vern & Marti Arnold—Karen Asche—Gloria Charlaine Brittsan–Charleen Brown—Jennifer Bryan—Vicki Anne Bryden—Mary Ann Byrne—Carolyn Craig Carita Culmer—Chuck & Colleen Eccleston—Joyce Hailicka—Bob Hawk—Charlotte Henry—Horton Family Foundation—Larry & Ann Horton—Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor Richard & Barbara MacMillen—Judith Mallchok—Alan Marion—Betty A. Miller         Alice & Larry Mullaly—Kathie Ordall—Jack & Andrea Patterson—People’s Bank Dixie Pollard—Sallie K. Riehl—Carl Shauger—Chloe Sternola

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON
by Andrea Patterson, Incoming President of RVGS

IMG_0229The annual Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society was held at the Jackson County Genealogy Library on the 14th of December.  The luncheon honored volunteers who throughout the year provided library services and completed projects. Chuck Eccleston reported that over 16,782 hours were documented by volunteers in this ALL-VOLUNTEER IMG_0226organization in 2013. Over 8,000 of those hours were “logged” by the 12 RVGS Board members. A total of 75 people attended the luncheon despite the terrible snow storm the previous day. The new officers of the society were installed and the directors were introduced. Charleen Brown, retiring president, was acknowledged with a personal historical chronology presented by Vern Arnold. (Please see Charleen’s “Outline of a Presidency” later in this newsletter.) Charleen expressed her grateful appreciation for the work done by everyone to support the library and society during her years as President. She will remain on the board lending support as Past President.

Andrea Patterson, incoming President and former Board Secretary, provided a brief vision of 2014. She discussed a talk given by Curt Witcher, the manager at the genealogical section of the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His topic was societies past and present and the struggle of many once-thriving genealogy societies. He listed many suggestions for these societies and Andrea concluded that 80% of his suggestions were being implemented by RVGS and the reason WE are among the successful.  In Andrea’s words, “We will focus on technology improvement for our patrons, but not overlook the most extensive and valued genealogy collection between Sacramento and Portland.”  Both Charleen and Andrea agreed that we can look forward to a very good year in 2014. Pictures, top to bottom: Charleen Brown passing gavel to Andrea Patterson; Charleen holds loft the medallion she received as a gift from the RVGS Board; New officers are installed. IMG_0224

HISTORY OF A PRESIDENCY
Charleen Brown, Outgoing President of RVGS details her leadership in the development of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society beginning in 1998 when she became Acting President to her resignation from the Presidency in 2013.  Please click CharleenBrownTenure to read her full account of the happenings during that period of the Society’s history.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS OF RVGS:

Debra & Robert Herriott
Rob Ledgerwood
Stephanie Abbott

Linda Janieson
Peter Loncarevich

IN MEMORIAM:

Helen Imogene Vincent. b. 10 December 1922 Mound City, KS, d.12 November 2013 Medford, OR. She enjoyed genealogy and was a long-time active RVGS member (Member Number #18) serving on the board as treasurer in 1979-1980.

Evan D. Pruitt:  Died 12-18-13   Age 87. Long-time active RVGS member.

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS

A SUCCESS STORY IN IRISH RESEARCH
By Sue Griffin Bicknell
[Editor's note: Sue told this story directly to Tom Sayre, our email research guru at JCGL. Thanks Sue and Tom for sharing.]
I want to share my latest and greatest discovery, and it has to do with the Costellos from Corinth/Hadley. I was listening to Rick Steve’s radio program on NPR about 6 weeks ago, and the topic was genealogy tourism. He was chatting with a couple of tour guides/genealogists from Ireland, so I was paying attention. One of them mentioned a website that was new to me: http://www.irishgenealogy.ie/en/.  I searched the church records and found marriage records for the parents, Martin Costelloe (original spelling) and Ellen Lynch, and baptismal records for 6 children, including my great-great-grandfather, Martin. Only the four youngest children emigrated: John, Martin, Dennis, and Margaret. The two eldest children have not shown up in any other records that I can be certain of, so perhaps they died during the famine, stayed behind, or followed later.

So, it was pretty exciting! I learned that they came from the townland of Bromore West in Co. Kerry, and that my g-g-g grandmother’s maiden name was Lynch. Quite a haul after 20 years of brick walls! I feel lucky  because the only records included in the church record database so far are from Dublin, Kerry, and northwest Cork.

There’s a really neat effort in Ireland now called “Ireland Reaching Out” or “IrelandXO“, that consists of local genealogy groups who are trying to find the descendants of those who emigrated during the Diaspora. They’re working from their end to find people like me who are trying to find links to Ireland from the US, Australia, New Zealand, etc. I suppose it began as a scheme to encourage genealogical tourism, but it has had some great results. They have numerous Facebook groups based on counties or towns in Ireland, and I’ve joined the Kerry (county) and Listowel (regional) groups. I haven’t found any cousins yet, but the folks involved are friendly and fun.

[Please submit YOUR success stories to rvgslibrary@gmail.com for inclusion in the eNews.]

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE COLLECTION AT JCGL
Please click on the following link to access the list of recent additions to the library collection.

JCGL WISH LIST FOR 2014

The RVGS board has compiled a list of items that are particularly needed at the Jackson County Genealogy Library.  We gladly accept used equipment and furniture and an outright gift would also be welcome.   In 2012 we had 25 items on our “wish list”. In January 2014, we have narrowed that to 10 very much-needed items, as follows:

SiteAccordion/acoustical room dividers. An account has been established to accumulate funds for these much-needed door dividers to separate our meeting room to allow us to hold  two classes at the same time.

  1. Bathroom floors/Walls/Doors. Both the women and men’s  bathrooms are in need of a “face lift.” Volunteer labor is available.
  2. Wall projector screen – Reading Room. We would hold two classes at a time with a projector screen.
  3. Replace Reading Room window. This is a large window with a broken panel. A double pane window would be easier to install.
  4. Fans…three ceiling fans without lights. For air circulation in the classroom area.
  5. Office wall cabinets. To increase storage space in offices.
  6. Store Front/Glass Doors (new).  Glass doors are welcoming.
  7. Commercial rugs for entrance doors.computer desk
  8. Parking lot modifications. Resurfacing is estimated at  $25,000.
  9. Computer Desks…Need 7.  To  replace the tables we use now.  We need      keyboard pullouts and areas for computer storage other than table tops.

ONLINE HELP THROUGH NEHGS

nehgs(American Ancestors website is operated by the New England Historical and Genealogical Society [NEHGS].  The American Ancestors website, which can be accessed through the Website Menu on patron computers at JCGL,  is particularly strong in New England records and has recently expanded to include records for more of the United States. Note that you do not need to be a member of NEHGS to take advantage of these opportunities. ) Even if you don’t live in the Boston area, you can access the expertise and resources at New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) from home. Learn about their online educational opportunities, digital collections and resources, services, and support at the forthcoming webinar:

Get the Most from NEHGS . . .   from home!
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 3 p.m. EST (2:00 CST; 1:00 MST; 12:00 PST)
Presented by: Jean Maguire, Library Director; Level: All levels; Audience:   NEHGS members and guest users.

The webinars fill up quickly–sign up today!

Make the most of  NEHGS in 2014! Their growing Online Learning Center offers educational resources for both guest users and NEHGS members:

*    Attend live webinars and online courses
*    Watch how-to videos, lectures, and archived webinars
*    Read key articles and subject guides developed by the experts at NEHGS
*    Download charts, organizational templates, and more

LINKS TO INTERESTING SITES ON THE INTERNET

Here are two links to interesting genealogical information on the internet, the first is to the true story of Bobby Dunbar’s disappearance reported on Wikipedia.  This story is about a case of mistaken identity later solved through DNA testing; the second is to a site that offers miscellaneous genealogy-related stuff, e.g., scrap-booking supplies, genealogy kits for kids, and suggested gifts for genealogists.  Have fun!

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December 2013 News and Events

This issue of the eNews has a new masthead showing Crater Lake and the full title of our newsletter, Between Us Diggers.   You can read current and back issues of the eNews on our blog, http://rvgslib.wordpress.com/. You can also access the blog on the home page of the society website, www.rvgsociety.org.

The December issue of our genealogical periodical, The Rogue Digger, is available for you to read at 2013-Dec-Rogue Digger . You can read the December issue and previous issues of The Rogue Digger by going to the society website, www.rvgsociety.org/News.html.

The December issue of The Rogue Digger will be the last one sorryavailable in print. Volunteer preparation time, printing costs and increased postage expenses prohibit printing paper copies. GOOD NEWS! Future issues and back issues are available FREE on our website at http://rvgsociety.org  under the News link.

Coming Events at JCGL

Dec. 3, Tuesday, 2 PM. Family Tree Maker Users Group (PC computers). will meet at Jackson County Genealogy Library.  Connie Miller is the facilitator of this informal group. Please call (541)512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop.

Dec. 11, Wednesday, 10 AM, Family Tree Maker User Group (Mac computers). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group. Please call (541)512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop.

Dec. 14, Saturday, JCGL CLOSED

Dec. 14, Saturday, Holiday Luncheon and Officer Installation.  Volunteers and members and their companion(s) are invited to attend the annual holiday luncheon.  Click on this link to bring up the invitation.  Please bring in the printed invitation or call (541)512-2340 to reserve a seat(s) or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.  We must know your name and name(s) of guests no later than December 9th as indicated on the invitation. Gift Baskets will be raffled off during the luncheon, please see details below.

Dec. 17, Tuesday, 3-9 PM, Diggin’ in the Dark.  Yes, even though there is not a program for the public or membership meeting, we will be open to the public for free research.  Bring your lunch/dinner, your genealogy information, and a flash drive to save your findings! Donation suggested.

Dec. 23 – 29 JCGL CLOSED

Jan. 1, Wednesday, JCGL CLOSED

Jan. 4, Saturday, 10:30 – 12:30.  Brick Wall Roundtable. Do you have an elusive ancestor for whom you have searched?  Or ancestors you can trace just so far and have hit the ‘brick wall?’   Andrea Patterson and others will be available to offer suggestions for researching and locating some of that missing information. Fee:  Donation suggested.

This event has been postponed to Feb. 1.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Jan. 7, Tuesday, 2:00-3:30.  Family Tree Maker Users Group (PC computers)will meet at Jackson County Genealogy Library.  Connie Miller is the facilitator of this informal group. Please call (541)512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop.

OUT OF TOWN!  May 7-10 National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference.  Registration just opened so act now to get a hotel room and sign up for the classes you want to attend.  Several RVGS members will be traveling to Richmond, VA to attend this year’s conference so let us know if you are planning to go, email rvgslibary@gmail.com to connect with others who will be attending.  Click here, RegistrationBrochureFinalRev3, to read all about this year’s conference.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society News

Incoming Officers of RVGS for 2014 Officers will be President, Andrea Patterson; Vice President, Karen Asche; Secretary, Sheila Kimball; Treasurer, Connie Miller; Trustee, Betty Miller, as shown below from left to right:

2014 Board

Andrea Patterson is a native Oregonian and graduate of the University of Oregon in Sociology and Business. Her career path was in the sociology field.  She was employed by Jackson County and the State of Oregon as a Juvenile Counselor and Jackson County Child Protection Supervisor and she held other positions for combined service of 32 years. A Permanent Planning job description and Adoptions for the State provided enormous research experience working with the local legal establishment and court system.  Retired 13 years, Andrea has been focused on genealogy research and has been a RVGS member since 1997. She has served 10 years on the RVGS Board and as a class instructor. She moved to the Rogue Valley in 1967 and resides in Medford with her husband Jack, also an RVGS member and a member of the Maintenance Committee.

Karen Asche has had a career as a Senior Paralegal performing substantive legal work in the areas of probate, estate planning and real estate in Nebraska.  She has a B.A. from the University of Nebraska with a History major, Political Science and English minors. She completed additional graduate course work in the M.B.A. program in the Department of History.  After retirement she was a board member of the Lincoln, Nebraska Community Playhouse and volunteered with the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra and Senior Center. Karen has been involved with RVGS since 2003 previously serving on the Board as Financial Director.  She and her husband reside in Medford.

Sheila Kimball was raised in Banks, Oregon and is a third generation Oregonian. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Education and taught school in California for a time before returning to Portland with her husband, Roy. Sheila reports, “In 1972, we moved to Medford with our two children. I worked as office manager for Roy in the early years of his CPA business. I then moved on to community service by being active in the League of Women Voters, serving on the State Board for two terms. My next volunteer job was two terms on The Board of Directors of the Carpenter Foundation.  In the past 15 years, I have served as a grant evaluation volunteer for the Oregon Community Foundation. Now I have raised my hand again – please be patient – the job of Secretary is a new area for me to experience.”

Connie Miller incoming secretary was born, educated, and was married to Greg Miller in Medford.  Their three children and six of their eight grandchildren were born here.   Connie spent 10 years working in banking and about 20 years managing Greg Miller’s satellite dental office in the Rogue Valley Manor.  Connie became a member of RVGS in 1998 and a Life Benefactor in 2012.  She has previously served as Secretary and then Vice President of RVGS.  Connie adds, “when I am not busy with grandkiddos, I also enjoy being a Librarian, Research Chairman, Book Committee member and doing in-house binding projects, plus being available for “Diggin’ in the Dark” nights.  I look forward to continuing my volunteer positions with JCGL!”

Betty Miller has served as a librarian at JCGL since 2004 and joined the RVGS Board in 2009. She has worked as a member of the book selection and book binding committees and is Chairperson for the Cemetery Program. Betty came to Oregon in 2001 after living in California where she served 43 years with the U.S. Navy as an Aeronautical Engineer (Aircraft Structures). She is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Betty Miller is a Life Benefactor member and resides outside of Medford “on a hill side and enjoys the sunrise each morning over Roxy Ann.”  She adds that she “is looking forward to her new board position as Trustee.”

Raffle Baskets.

During the Holiday Luncheon, three beautiful baskets (Basket 1 is shown below) will be raffled off.  Listed below are the contents of Basket 1:

  1. Book: Egg Cups and Oil Wells, My Oklahoma LifeBasket 1
  2. Grandmothers Book
  3. Mousepad showing photo of new JCGL building
  4. Water bottle
  5. Umpqua bank photo frame
  6. Chess traveler with magnetic board
  7. Playing cards for seniors from Shoebox
  8. Decorative notepads
  9. 2014 pocket planner
  10. Earplugs and key chain
  11. Tape measure from Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
  12. Ink pens and pencil
  13. Fresh tea from Steven Smith
  14. RVGS notepad and page markers
  15. Luggage tag and book labels
  16. Sudoku CD for games

Plus Gift Certificates: Harry & David $25; Applebees $25; Subway $15; Home Depot $24; The following require a minimum purchase of $10 or less: BadAss Coffee $5; Bobbio’s Pizza $10; Morton’s $10;Baci’s Pizza $10; Arbor House $10; Avalon Bar & Grill $10.  Baskets 2 and 3 have similar contents, and the total retail value is somewhat less.

You can purchase raffle tickets in person or by mail or online.  The tickets cost only $1 each or $10 for the full page of tickets.  A sample ticket is shown at the right:Raffle ticket

If you are purchasing tickets by mail or in person, bring or mail your check and the printed and completed tickets to Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford OR 97504 OR.  To print a full page of ten tickets click on this link; you can type in your name and telephone number on each raffle ticket. Then save the file containing the raffle tickets to your computer and then print the file.    You can also purchase tickets online by making a donation on the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society website, rvgsociety.org, by clicking on the Donate button (specify the cause, i.e., raffle baskets).  Here is the link to the raffle tickets.  You can type in your name and telephone number on each ticket, then save the file on your computer.  Email the tickets to us in an email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Silent Auction

You won’t want to miss this auction coming up just in time for Christmas.  Items Corner chair include an antique corner chair, a crocheted afghan, several beautiful coffee table books, ceramic figurines, bowls, vases and many one of a kind items that must be seen to appreciate.  The raffle will be open for bidding until December 13th .   Be sure to stop by and post your bid.  Winners will be notified and items may be picked up any time until December 21st.  Remember the Library will be closed Christmas week so you will want to pick up your items by December 21st to have them in time for Christmas.  …Submitted by Charleen Brown, RVGS President.

Leave a Legacy Donors

We would like to thank the following people for their generosity to our society.  Donations to this drive are making a huge difference on our mortgage balance, as we see it reduced each month; $153,222.84 as of the end of October. Click here, Leave a Legacy, to read more about this program.

  • Katherine  Alsing
  • Karen Asche
  • Gloria Charlaine Brittsan
  • Jennifer Bryan
  • Vicki Anne Bryden
  • Carolyn Craig
  • Carita Culmer
  • Chuck & Colleen Eccleston
  • Joyce Hailicka
  • Horton Family Foundation
  • Alice & Larry Mullaly
  • Richard & Barbara MacMillen
  • Judith Mallchok
  • Alan Marion
  • Betty A. Miller
  • Kathie Ordall
  • Jack & Andrea Patterson
  • Dixie Pollard
  • Sallie K. Riehl
  • Chloe Sternola

Where Does Your Money Go?

When donations are made to charitable organizations, one seldom knows exactly how that money will be spent.  Are there paid executive directors and staff?  How much of the donations actually go for the cause you want to support?  Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is an all volunteer organization, 100% of your money goes directly toward supporting our mission statement.  Our income is derived from membership dues, class and research fees, and donations.  Our expenses are the mortgage on the building (until we get it paid off), utilities, subscriptions to websites, insurance, maintenance of our building and equipment, and supplies.  You can even specify where you want your donation to go:

  •             5/60 Club, $5/month or $60/year, to make the mortgage payment
  •             Annual Fund, to cover our operating expenses
  •             Leave a Legacy drive, all donations go toward the principal on the mortgage

When you donate to RVGS you know where your money goes; you can see it every time you come into the library.   We are a 501(c)3 organization and all of your donation is a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes.  If you make a subsequent matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust, you will be eligible to claim a 100% tax credit up to $500 for individuals or $1000 for couples when you file your Oregon tax return.  Your donation to OCT supports cultural and heritage programs in Oregon and Jackson County!

In Remembrance Eleanor L. Maharry D:  10-25-2013  at age 92.  B. 1-24-1921.

New and Rejoining Members for November 2013.   Please welcome the following new and returning members of RVGS:

Joan Brown
Leah Bird
Rob Gomoluh
Dan & Jan Gregory
Helen M.Christopherson
Jane N. Henry
Linda L. Merrill
Susan Farrell
Lynn Ransford
William & Marion Collins
Kathleen Motter
Dave & Dorothy Bowen

RVGS Awarded $1800 Grant

Jackson County Cultural Coalition of the Oregon Cultural Trust has awarded $1800 to RVGS to help support scanning and digitizing of late 19th and early 20th Century Jackson County court records and maps to make them available to the public.  These monies will allow us to have some of our old court record books scanned and available through our online court record index.  These are large, 100-year-old cumbersome books that are difficult to move around and scan. The books will remain in our collection, but will not have to be manhandled make copies of records.  We will also be able to scan some of Roger Robert’s old Jackson County survey maps, index them, and have them available through our library website, rvgslibrary.org.

 Tintypes and Genealogical Research… A Story by David Hodson

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My name is Dave Hodson, I’m a member and volunteer at the Jackson County Genealogy Library. In mid-August, I was driving on South Highway 99 in Phoenix, and saw a yard sale sign. I decided to stop and check it out. I walked by a table and spotted about five 5” x 8” Tintype* photos. I went to ask how much, and heard a person behind me yell out, “What do you want for these?.” The lady said, “Five dollars!” I turned around and the other guy already had the Tintypes in his hand. After he left, I told the lady that Tintypes were what I wanted too. She said she had a lot more, so I asked if I could see them. She said they were in her storage unit, and that she would have them out in three weeks at her next sale. I was at her next sale at 8 am, and asked about the Tintypes. She said she had saved them for me in the house. She brought them out.  She had about 33 Tintypes and some assorted pictures. I asked how much, and she said, “Oh, ten bucks.”

I bought them and was about to leave and then she added that there were two old photo albums. I asked to see them.  Some were pictures of the people in the Tintypes. Again I asked how much she wanted and she said, “Oh, ten bucks each.”  I bought them and thanked her and as I was about to leave, she mentioned that she had two old Bibles that went with the photo albums. Of course I asked to see them and she brought them out. I immediately opened the Bibles to the center section to check on the family history section.  I found about four pages of family information filled out in each Bible. My next find was that the names in one Bible were also listed under marriages in the other Bible.  WOW! One Bible was dated 1846 and the other was 1870.  Both were in great shape for being 140 to 160 years old.

I asked her how much she wanted for the Bibles. She said that they were, “just old Bibles, and not worth much.”  She said maybe 20 dollars each!  I countered with 15 each, and she agreed to my price. I was thrilled. I asked where she got them, and she said her husband cleans out storage units that are in default. The owners of the storage units don’t remember when or where the items came from.

A week later I started putting the names on Ancestry.com, and let Ancestry find the family members with the Hints or found matches. I now have almost 200 names in that line, but no one local.  In the last week I have sent out six messages to other members that are researching the same family. I hope to hear back soon. I hope to soon return these items to the family.

*From Wikipedia:    A Tintype is a photograph made by creating a direct positive on a sheet of iron metal that is blackened by painting, lacquering or enamelling and is used as a support for a collodion photographic emulsion. The process was patented in 1856.

Photographers usually worked outside at fairs, carnivals etc. and as the support of the tintype (there is no actual tin used) is resilient and does not need drying, photographs can be produced only a few minutes after the picture is taken.

 Jackson County Genealogy Library News

treeOur Gift to You for This Holiday Season… Not a Black Friday special nor a Cyber Monday blowout, instead, a link to all sorts of good free stuff for genealogists.  Just click on this link to enjoy these free forms and charts, http://www.genealogysearch.org/free/forms.html.

New Additions to the JCGL Collection

A large number of books and other items have been added to the JCGL Collection in October and November of 2013.  Click this link to read the list or print the list and bring it to the library with you.

Ancestry Videos on You Tube

Since Nov. 1st Ancestry has published several new videos on You Tube.  The newest titles are “Researching Your Relatives from the Lone Star State, “How Laws Affect the Records Created about Your Ancestors,” and  “It’s Family History Not Personal History. ”  To subscribe go to You Tube, go to http://www.youtube.com/user/AncestryCom/videos.

Learn-a-Palooza

On October 19 JCGL participated in the Jackson County Library Services 2nd annual Literacy Fair, Learn-a-Palooza.  Over 250 visitors came to the “Literacy Resources” room, where JCGL and 15 other local organizations staffed booths, while fun and informative activities for children and adults happened all over the Medford Library.  Here’s Betty Miller’s description of the afternoon:

“Great time at the Medford Public Library Saturday.  Had lots of people stop and get their entry stamped for a chance to win a prize. I would say 40% were interested only in the stamp; 30% talked with us and heard our spiel; 20% were really interested; and 10% said they would come to the library and check us out. We gave out balloons to kids who wondered why we had them.  The banner was up, computers set up, forms ready to pass out, and lots of our tri-fold brochures went home to our visitors.  A big group of people mentioned they had seen our new facility on Hwy. 99 [3405 S. Pacific Highway.]  And a few even mentioned 95 Houston Road [our former location in Phoenix.]  So we are getting our name out there.  Kathy [Edwards] even found one of my relatives on Find-A-Grave.  I had not looked for her grave and was not even sure of the death date, but she found it.  WOW!!”

Thanks to Betty Miller and Kathy Edwards for volunteering their time and enthusiasm!

… Submitted by Anne Billeter, JCGL Director

The Doors at 3405 S. Pacific Highway

The South door of the JCGL building was recently replace, hooray!   A replacement was Paint Ladiesneeded because the previous door  had no emergency exit option  (i.e,  a panic door) and was in poor condition.  The new door was donated by a patron who will be acknowledged at the Holiday Luncheon on December 14th.   The donor donated enough to add the security window.   The door was recently painted by Connie Miller and Marie Fulbright, please see picture on the right.

There are five other doors at JCGL that need updating…the front  double doors, the North meeting room door, the two patio exit doors,  and a door with a window for the society office so that we can have one private office.  Barbara MacMillen has worked on grant proposals to purchase these doors and has had estimates done.

Our goal for 2014 is to add one new door per quarter.

………Submitted by Andrea Patterson, Incoming RVGS President

Bulletin Reviews

Redwood Researcher is a quarterly covering Humboldt County, California, published by The Redwood Genealogical Society, Inc. in Fortuna.  The latest issue  (vol. 46 #1, August 2013) is available in the Reading Room, and the 4 issues of vol. 45 have been bound together and are available for checkout.  JCGL has the complete run of the Redwood Researcher, beginning with vol. 1 (1968), shelved in the library at Circ 979.412 P273 Red.  The “Circ” in the call number means this bulletin may be checked out by RVGS members (up to 4 items at a time may be checked out for 2 weeks, and may be renewed once.) Recent issues contain brief genealogical tidbits such as extracts from The Arcata Union (newspaper) from 1938, obituaries from the 1990s and later, photocopies of 1912 Index to Precinct Registers, 4-generation ancestor charts and  descendancy charts for society members, cemetery burials, and more.  There are also several ongoing-through-many issues lists, including Humboldt County Burials, 1905-1924, Early Humboldt Marriages (mostly 1850’s and 1860’s but a few into the early 1900’s), and Humboldt County Births Before 1900. The Redwood Researcher is indexed in PERSI.

The American Society of Genealogists publishes a substantial semi-annual bulletin entitled The Genealogist, which is full of well-researched and documented articles.  JCGL has a current subscription to this magazine, with holdings from 1997 (vol. 11) to the present, shelved in the library at 929.05 Gen. This is one of the few JCGL bulletins which cannot be checked out, but must be read in the library.

The Fall 2013 issue (vol. 27, no. 2) includes the following substantial articles:

  • McCombs of Milledgeville, Georgia:  Descendants of Robert McComb
  • The Livingston Ancestry of the Duncanson Sisters of New Netherland:  Part II of III, Identifying their maternal great-grandmother Margaret Forrester
  • Paternity of John Warren Ellis of Jasper County, Texas
  • The Family of Joseph Burris[s] of Maryland and Madison County, Ohio:  Discovering an Unrecorded Marriage
  • The Panels of Arms at Kilworthy:  The Manaton Family of South Hill in Cornwall 1260-1600
  • Descendants of James and Lydia (Guyton) Waters of Harford County, Maryland:  Ohio River Valley Families

The Genealogist is indexed in PERSI, which is available through Heritage Quest (available online at the Jackson County Library’s website:  www.jcls.org with your Jackson County Library card number for the password or via the Website Menu on patron computers at JCGL.)  Have you checked PERSI for possible articles about your elusive ancestors…or for more information concerning ancestors about whom you know little?  You may find an informative or even a breakthrough article in one of the many bulletins in the JCGL collection.  Happy hunting!……………………………Submitted by Anne Billeter, JCGL DirectorLegacy

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Family Tree Maker Class

Dec. 3, Tuesday, 2 PM. Family Tree Maker Users Group (PC computers). will meet at Jackson County Genealogy Library. Connie Miller is the facilitator of this informal group. Please call (541)512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop.

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November 2013 eBUD: Classes and Events, Library and Society News

Editor’s Note: This is the November 2013 issue of the eBUD,  the electronic version of the Between Us Diggers newsletter of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.  The newsletter is also published on our blog, http://rvgslib.wordpress.com/ where past issues can be accessed.  To ensure that your receive our news, please subscribe to the blog or sign up to receive the newsletter by visiting the News link on the Society website, http://www.rvgsociety.org/News.html.  The companion publication of RVGS is the quarterly genealogical periodical, The Rogue Digger.  The September 2013 issue of this publication can be read by clicking this link, http://www.rvgsociety.org/RD/RD1309.pdf , or by visiting http://www.rvgsociety.org/News.html. Please visit our Facebook page, Friends of Jackson County Genealogy Library, https://www.facebook.com/RVGS.JCGL, where I recently posted a link to some great genealogy cartoons on the Kentucky Genealogical Society website.  “Like” us while you are there. –Barbara H. Basden, ePublications Director and eBUD editor.

Classes

NOVEMBER 2 Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm  OLLI Class*: Beginning US Internet Navigation.

Andrea Patterson, Instructor. Genealogists view the Internet as a “tool” and this class will cover ways of communicating with other researchers, search techniques and strategies beyond surnames. We will explore websites and directories for specific areas of interest. Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

NOVEMBER 9 Saturday 10:30am -12:30pm  OLLI Class*: Accessing Genealogy Internet Sites at JCGL.

Barbara Basden, Instructor. Types of information available and search techniques will be shared for Ancestry, Genealogy Bank, American Ancestors, World Vital Records, Fold3, Heritage Quest, & Family Search. Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

NOVEMBER 15  Friday 9:30-11:30am  OLLI Class*: Paper and Computer Organization.

Colleen Eccleston and Andrea Patterson are the instructors for this last class in the OLLI series.  They will explain how to organize your research to fit your style. Paper options and electronic methods keep your family history organized. Genealogy software will be demonstrated. Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

*OLLI Classes provide an introduction to genealogy for the beginner or advanced beginner.  The series of classes runs five weeks and is offered exclusively to Olli members on one day of each week and to RVGS members and non-members on alternate day each week. Shown above are the dates of classes for members and non-members. 

November 16,  10:30-12:30  -  BRICK WALL ROUNDTABLE

Do you have an elusive ancestor you have searched for?  Or ancestors you can trace just so far and have hit the “brick wall?”   RVGS Board members  and others will be available to offer suggestions for researching and locating some of that missing information. Fee:  Donation suggested. Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

Events

November 11,  9:30AM-12:30PM  -   RVGS Board Meeting

Open to RVGS members.

November 19,   1:30PM  - PUBLIC  PROGRAM – “Tragedy at the Tunnel”  Speaker:  Scott Mangold.  safe_image

They brought dynamite, guns and a getaway car.  On October 11, 1923, at the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern Oregon, three young men held up a passenger train with disastrous consequences.  Scott’s new book draws on interviews, in-depth research, and previously unpublished maps and photographs to document the events at Tunnel 13.   Refreshments and a brief business meeting will follow the program.  Members and Non-Members welcome.

November 19,  3:00-9:00PM  -  DIGGIN’  IN THE DARK

Tuesday after the Program for the Public, JCGL will remain open between 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Join the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society staff and members for a free, full evening of family history fun.    No previous genealogy experience is necessary.  Bring your known family information, a USB flash drive for saving what we find and your supper.  Please register by phone 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org or in person at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford. Free.

November 26, 1 -2 p.m.  “Life in Ashland’s Railroad District” by Sue Waldron.  One of the Quilts and Genealogy Lectures.  This series will continue into 2014.  

Ashland Railroad District

Sights familiar to people in the Ashland Railroad District 100 years ago, are

 
Ashland Railroad District

represented on the Ashland Railroad Centennial Quilt.  This program reminds us to look beyond the “facts’ and round out the lives of the people and
places in your genealogy. Fee:  $5.00 member; $10.00 non-member.

Society News

THANK YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS!

Legacy Crop

It’s your library, make it your legacy! Our Leave A Legacy drive is off and running.  We have received over $5,000 and our mortgage principal is going down.  What a wonderful feeling it is to hear our Treasurer say our mortgage balance is $157,000 instead of $325,000; our goal is to reduce the balance to $130,000 by the end of this year!  You can help by donating at the library, by mail to 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97504, or online at rvgsociety.org.  Historically, families worked hard to pay off the mortgage so they weren’t paying interest and owned their homes free and clear.  Well we’re pretty historical at the library and we want to be free and clear of this mortgage.

Thank you to those who have contributed to Leave A Legacy:

Jennifer Bryan
Carita Culmer
Barbara Hagen
Horton Family Foundation
Betty Miller
Kathie Ordal
Dixie Pollard
Margaret Shrader
Chloe Sternola

Thank you to Audrey Berry, Terry Fischer, Sharon J. Pietik, and Ruth Wade for donations to our 5/60 Club.  Become a member by pledging to donate $5 per month for a yearly donation of $60.   Donate in person, online, or by postal mail.

Thank you Patricia Healy for your contribution to our Annual Fund drive! The Annual Fund Drive supports our facility and its programs.

RVGS BOARD TRAINING

On Oct. 19th three new RVGS Board members and three current members attended an all- day board training session offered by the Southern Oregon Center for Nonprofit Stewardship. The training addressed organizational structure,  financial issues and accountability, how to have checks and balances for your membership, IRS and ORS statute compliances, writing policies and the responsibilities of a board. Each board member paid their own workshop fee. The 6 members met to discuss what they learned in each of the workshops attended and planned how they would share this with the entire board at a retreat scheduled for November. There will be several board changes this next year and this was an excellent opportunity to strategize and get to know each other.

SLATE OF OFFICERS

Officers for 2014

At the General Meeting October 15, 2013, Nominations Committee Chair, Colleen Eccleston submitted the slate of Officers for 2014. They are;

President————Andrea Patterson
Vice President——Karen Asche
Secretary————Sheila Kimball
Treasurer————Connie Miller
Trustee—————Betty Miller
The election will be held at the November 19, 2013 General Meeting.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!
Anderson, Glen
Biesanz, Heather
Bridgers, Trudy
Culver, Catherine
Doyle, Tom
Ellison, Gayle
Johns, Debbie
Kleine, Rusty
Luckinbill, Wayne
Lynch, Karyn
Nelson, Carl E.
Nelson, Graig Sr.
Orr, Elizabeth
Paiken, Lori
Power, Mary Pat
Ranger, Susan B.
Scallon, Diane
Terrell, Virginia
Williams, James
Wood, Gary

WELCOME RENEWING MEMBERS!
Brewer, Pat
Bryan, Jennifer
Edwards, Kathy
Engelhorn, Lin
Erikson, Martha
Francis, Jean
Galligan, Chris
Gilley, Thomas E.
Greenwell, Bonnie
LaChat, Suzanne
Lyon, Stanley W.
Medrala, Tad
Mitchell, Jr., Stanley D.
Pruitt, Evan & Dorothy
Rowlett, James
Stirling, Mary
Tull, Robert (Bob)

TOM DOYLE, NEW LIFE MEMBER OF RVGS

Tom Doyle Photo

TOM DOYLE’S ROGUE VALLEY FAMILY TIES

by Steve Kious

Tom Doyle’s interest in genealogy recently brought him to the Rogue Valley to conduct research at the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL).  This marked the fourth visit here since 2006 for Doyle, a retired college professor from San Diego.  He also has cousins who live here.

Doyle has connections to the Rogue Valley on his maternal line.  On his mother’s 96th birthday in 2008  she talked about her great-grandfather, Charles Harrison Hughes, who lived in Glen Cove, Coleman County, Texas at one time.  Doyle e-mailed the library there to see if there were any books on the history of the town.  They mailed him several pages from a 2-volume work called:  “The History of Coleman County and Its People.”  There were several references about Charles Harrison Hughes, including that he was a confederate officer during the Civil War and that he was the first Justice-of-the-Peace in Glen Cove.  In 2007 Doyle had traveled to Texas to meet with his cousin, Vena Bob Gates, who had a copy of Charles’ oath of allegiance to the United States after the Civil War ended.

Charles and his family came to Jackson County in December 1893.  Doyle found an article in the Medford Mail dated January 19, 1894, noting this event.  Charles settled in Phoenix, where he lived and worked on the C.T. (Champion Turpin) Payne ranch.  Payne and Hughes roads are located east of Phoenix. Charles died in 1895 as the result of a fall.  He is buried at the Eastwood Cemetery in Medford along with his wife and three of his sons.

Doyle said his great-aunt and great-uncle raised pears here and were one of the first suppliers to Harry and David.

He has other family ties here in addition to the Hughes family.  His maternal great-grandfather, Darby (a nickname for Jeremiah) O’Toole was the Southern Pacific section foreman in Phoenix.  The station was located next to the former JCGL building on Houston Road.  O’Toole was born in Galway Bay, Ireland.  He is buried in Ashland and his wife, Catherine, is buried in Portland.

Doyle is also researching his paternal line.  His father, James “Jack” William Doyle was born outside Chicago in River Forest, which was originally called the Village of Harlem.  The same man who built Harlem in New York also built River Forest.  Hugh Doyle, his paternal grandfather, immigrated to the U.S. circa 1880 from Ireland and married Anna Carr in 1894.

On a recent trip to River Forest, Doyle was researching mortuary records and found the death records of his father’s two younger siblings, one who died in 1902 and was one day old, and another who was stillborn in 1906.  Their father’s name was listed as U. Doyle.

“You have to think outside the box,” Doyle advises.  He realized that because of his grandfather’s Irish accent, when he spoke his name it sounded like “U” instead of Hugh.  He also cautions not to believe other people’s family trees.

“We tend to do it the quick way,” he said, by copying other people’s trees and not verifying information.

One example was the birth certificate for his uncle, Ed Doyle.  His midwife filled out the certificate six months after his birth and it contained several errors.  She had his name listed as “Hugh Rutherford Doyle” instead of “Edward Rutherford Doyle” and had his grandmother listed as “Emma” instead of “Anna.”

Besides the Rogue Valley and River Forest, Doyle has traveled to Portland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Roseville to conduct research.  His next research trip will take him to Newton County, Mississippi, where Charles Harrison Hughes was married the first and second times before he moved to Texas.  Charles was born in 1840 in Rowan County, North Carolina and moved to Mississippi around 1850.

Doyle, who recently became a lifetime member of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, wrote an article for the March 2012 edition of “The Rogue Digger” regarding the family history of Charles Harrison Hughes and his involvement in the Civil War.   

Thank you Tom for becoming a Life Member of RVGS…

Library News

LIBRARY ADDITIONS  September – October 2013

929.2 Bert — Bert, John T From the Netherlands to the Mississippi.

929.2 Davidson –Booth, Richard A. Davidsons of Missouri Flat

976 M381 Fel– Feldman, Lawrence H. Anglo-Americans in Spanish Archives:  Lists of Anglo-American Settlers in the Spanish Colonies of America; a Finding Aid

976.88 G242 Edw– Edwards, Olga Jones “Connection” in East Tennessee

976.8885 H388 Bur– Burns, Inez E. History of Blount County, Tennessee, from War Trail to Landing Strip, 1795-1955, Revised

976.9835 H388 Tin– Tinsley, Harry D. History of No Creek, Ohio County, Kentucky with a Genealogy and Biographical Section

977.116 B378 Pro– Probate Birth Records, Wood County, Ohio  Volume I, 1867-1880 Volume II, 1880 – 1887  Volume III, 1888 – 1895

977.116 D218 Pro– Probate Death Records, Wood County, Ohio  Volume I, 1867-1887 Volume II, 1888-1901  Volume III, Dec. 1901-Dec. 1908

977.3 C248 Ill– Illinois Census Returns 1820

977.755 H388 His– History of Marshall County, Iowa

977.8 M381 Edd v.4 Eddlemon, Sherida K. Missouri Genealogical Records and Abstracts, volume 4, 1741-1839 [JCGL also owns volume 3, 1787-1839]

979.421 S227 Iek 1962– Ieka 1962 [Yearbook of Yreka Union High School, California]

979.421 S227 Whi –White and Gold [Yearbook of the Siskiyou Union High School District (Mount Shasta, Weed, Yreka, Dorris, Fort Jones, Happy Camp, and McCloud high schools)] [1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1954, 1958, 1959, 1960]

979.421 S227 Whi– White and Gold [Yearbook of the Siskiyou Union High School District (Weed, Butte Valley, Fort Jones, Happy Camp, McCloud, and Mount Shasta high schools.)] [1970, 1971, 1977, 1980]

979.525 S227 Tok –Toka of Grants Pass High School [Annual yearbook] [1993, 1994, 1995,1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002]  [JCGL already owned 1929, 1930, 1931]

SOME INTERNET SEARCH TIPS

Quotation Marks Reduce Google Search Results

When you are doing a Google search, it is frustrating to get thousands of results or “hits.”  If you are searching for more than one word, use quotation marks around the words to reduce the number of hits:

Lindsay Applegate (3,840,000 hits)

“Lindsay Applegate” (17,000 hits)

“Lindsay Applegate” Oregon (9,580 hits)

“Lindsay Applegate” Jackson (4,380 hits)

Site-Specific Google Search

One of the search strategies that can save you time is a “site-specific Google search.”  When you find a website with lots of lists or indexes, if you do a Google search JUST of that website, the results of your search (sometimes called “hits”) will ONLY come from that website.

For example, if you have Jackson County Oregon ancestors, and you want to search ALL indexes to Jackson County information on the JCGL website (www.rvgslibrary.org), do a site-specific Google search:

Place your cursor in a Google search box.  If your search is more than one word and you REALLY want to limit your search, put your search in quotation marks: “Applegate, Lindsay” Then leave one space

  1. Then type the word “site” and a colon
  2. Then type the website address

Your search would look like this:
“Applegate, Lindsay” site:rvgslibrary.org (47 hits)

You should also do the search again, reversing the names:

“Lindsay Applegate” site:rvgslibrary.org (1 hit)

Try the surname alone:

Applegate site:rvgslibrary.org (282 hits)

Try a site-specific search on a Genweb page for a specific county where your ancestors lived. For example: daley site:cook.illinoisgenweb.org (14 hits)

Another example: “lincoln, abraham” site:sangamon.illinoisgenweb.org

Search Multiple Sites Simultaneously

SOHS website contains the following page that allows you to search SOHS, JCGL, SOU and other resources for Southern Oregon genealogical and historical information.  Here is the direct link to that search, http://sohistory.org/content/search-multiple-sites-0

Thanks to Anne Billeter for sharing these search tips

SOME ATTENDANCE FIGURES

During genealogy week,  the  number of people attending classes totaled 257.   The number of new and renewing memberships was much greater than usual, with 5 people taking out new memberships on Sept. 30th, the first day of Genealogy Week, and 20 people taking out new memberships during the month of October.

A total of 117 people signed in at the 1st Anniversary Party in September. Many did not sign in.  Estimated attendance was approximately 200.

HANDICAPPED BATHROOM COMPLETED

The handicapped bathroom remodel project has been completed and is accessible through the kitchen.  In a previous publication we reported that RVGS had received a $1000 grant from the Horton Family Foundation Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation which would be used to complete this project.  We are pleased to report that in-kind donations and the fixtures were donated by members.  Therefore, the grant funds were applied to our mortgage reduction.

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Research Tips and Family Search Wiki

Ancestry recently issued a document providing 5 Tips to jumpstart your research; click here to read these tips.

The Family Search Wiki, which provides research guidance, has reached an important milestone.  There are now 75,000 “How To” articles on the Wiki.  (Family Search Wiki is the “Wikipedia” for genealogists.).  Click here to read more about what you can find on the Wiki.

Ancestry and Family Search have agreed to collaborate over a five-year period to digitize and index microfilmed millions of records now stored by Family Search.  The records will be available free on Family Search when completed.

 

 

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October 2013: News and Events at the Jackson County Genealogy Library

Editor’s Note: This is the October 2013 issue of the eBUD,  the electronic newsletter of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.  The newsletter is also published on our blog, http://rvgslib.wordpress.com/ where past issues can be accessed.  To ensure that your receive our news, please subscribe to the blog or sign up to receive the newsletter by visiting the News link on the Society website, http://www.rvgsociety.org/News.html.  The companion publication of RVGS is the quarterly genealogical periodical, The Rogue Digger.  The September 2013 issue of this publication can be read by clicking this link, http://www.rvgsociety.org/RD/RD1309.pdf , or by visiting http://www.rvgsociety.org/News.html.

Classes and Events

GENEALOGY  WEEK  2013     Monday, September 30 – Saturday, October 5  This series of free mini-classes  will help you start or continue with your genealogy projects.  There will be free research time between classes. Each class is free.  Please call 541-512-2340, email mailto:info@rvgslibrary.org or visit JCGL in person to sign up in advance for these classes. 

SEPTEMBER 30

  • 10:30-11:30am Beginning Genealogy  by Charleen Brown  Charleen will start Genealogy Week with this class which is for anyone who wants to begin to learn about getting started in genealogy
  • 1:00-2:00pm Using the Library Effectively  by Anne Billeter  Anne will show you how to use the library resources and the online library catalog.

OCTOBER 1

  • 10:30-11:30am Accessing Genealogy Sites at JCGL  by Barbara Basden  Barbara will describe how to quickly access major and minor genealogy websites at JCGL as well as how to conduct effective searches and print records from major sites.
  • 1:00-2:00pm Using the New Family Search Website by Barbara Basden  Barbara will explain  how to navigate the new Family Search website and then explain how to make use of Family Tree including how to search for your family and find (and add) photos and stories.  She will also show you how to access the digital records collection on Family Search, including the as yet un-indexed records.

OCTOBER 2

  • 10:30-11:30am   If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Charleen Brown In the morning Charleen will provide you with guidelines in writing your family history stories.
  • 1:00-2:00pm  Memory Books by Charleen Brown  Charleen will discuss inexpensive self-publishing of your own simple “Memory Books” using your own photos, stories and/or recipes to create a lasting memory.

OCTOBER 3

  • 10:30-11:30am  Civil War Prisons and Genealogy  by Andrea Patterson  Andrea will provide a PowerPoint presentation reviewing brief Civil War history with a focus on Northern and Southern prisons, the conditions and locations, and why these prisons can be valuable to genealogy researchers.  Learn where to obtain records and get a glimpse of the lives of your ancestors during this period in our history.  Website addresses will be provided.
  • 1:00-2:00pm  Finding and Using Newspapers to Augment Your Genealogy Research by Chloe Sternola  Serving as daily, weekly or monthly dairies of local communities and their inhabitants, newspapers are excellent sources of family history.  They can be a wonderful, often untapped resource for genealogists providing accounts of events not recorded elsewhere.  The expected birth and death announcements can be found along with anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor and social columns filled with local news of a more personal nature.  Newspapers can open new windows into the lives of your ancestors.                                   

OCTOBER 4 

  • 10:30-11:30am Avoiding Tunnel Vision by Betty Miller  Betty  will discuss using the census records to prove your genealogy work, how to really “read” census and the clues that it can provide to lead you to other research.
  • 1:00-2:00pm  Preserve Your Family History in Cloth by Diana Rasmussen  Diana will demonstrate how to turn your memories or historical photographs into a genealogy quilt.  She will show you how to transfer photos to cloth and design a quilt, wall hanging or pillow for your family.

OCTOBER 5

  • 10:30-11:30am Where Haven’t You Looked Yet?  by Andrea Patterson  Andrea will provide a PowerPoint presentation with over 50 research ideas you may not have thought about.  Website addresses accompany most items.  Let the class trigger a new direction to kick start your family research. 
  • 1:00-2:00pm   Genealogy II by Andrea Patterson Andrea’s afternoon class is a follow up to Genealogy I and will add to the basic information needed for people who want help in getting started on their genealogy projects.

OCTOBER 8 10:30am-12:30pm.  Family Tree Maker User Group

This informal, casual group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month as long as interest continues (Oct is 2nd Tuesday due to Genealogy Week). Everyone is encouraged to bring problems or concerns, etc. and as a group we try and resolve these issues. It is a great way to keep connected and share information, too. Free and Fun!

OCTOBER 12 Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm Family Tree Maker Session X: Creating Smart Stories and Family History Books

Reports are the mainstays of family histories.  FTM includes a number of reports to help you organize and understand all the information you have entered in your tree.  You can create detailed reports about a single family unit, such as the family group sheet; relationship reports; bibliographies and source usage reports and more.  Each report can be customized- options differ by report.  FTM also gives you access to two publishing tools that will help you create a quality family history book.  The desktop book-building feature is built into the FTM software.  It’s a great way to assemble a traditional genealogy using the images, facts, charts, and reports you’ve already created.  You can use the text-editing features to add stories and additional information.  Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email: mailto:info@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

OCTOBER 15 1:30 – 3:30pm  Public Program: Solving a Mystery 

Sue Waldron will tell you who is in the cemetery and why you might want to know that information.  She will provide a practical example of the wealth of information and clues available to you through cemetery searches. After the program refreshments will be served.  A brief business meeting of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will take place after refreshments.  All events are free,  and the public is welcome to attend. 

OCTOBER 15 3:00 – 9:00pm Diggin’ in the Dark  Join the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society staff and members for a free full evening of family history fun. No previous genealogy experience is necessary. Bring your known family information, a USB flash drive for saving what we find and your supper. Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:info@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

OCTOBER 17 Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm  OLLI Class*: Introduction to Genealogy. Anne Billeter and Betty Miller are the instructors for this first class in the five-week series.  They will present the basics of genealogy; how to start, forms to use, documentation, researching in libraries, courthouses, and cemeteries.  Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email info@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

OCTOBER 22 Tuesday 1:00-2:00pm Quilts and Genealogy Class: The Search for Artist Carl Strand The Medford Train Centennial Quilt will be featured in this talk by Nell Mathern – This quilt was a dream of the Jacksonville Museum Quilters. After the quilt was completed, a hand-drawn sketch was found with the name Carl Strand. Who was he? The search was on and with access to Jackson County Genealogy Library an answer was found. Members $5, Non-members $10.  Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:info@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

Medford Train

Medford Train

For the full schedule of Quilts and Genealogy Talks, go to http://www.msquilters.com/, the website of the Mountain Stars Quilting Group.  Jacksonville Museum Quilters is a member of that group and display their quilts at shows sponsored by that organization.  Learn more about the group on their website. 

OCTOBER 24 Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm  OLLI Class*: Record Groups and Evidence Analysis.* Melinda Henningfield  will tell you about the records where you can find information about your ancestors. You will want to consult original records, if possible. The following record groups will be discussed: census, land, court, military, immigration/naturalization, church, newspaper/directories/business, and vital records. .  Members $10,  Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:info@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

NOVEMBER 2 Saturday 10:30am-12:30pm  OLLI Class*: Beginning US Internet Navigation. Andrea Patterson, Instructor. Genealogists view the Internet as a “tool” and this class will cover ways of communicating with other researchers, search techniques and strategies beyond surnames. We will explore websites and directories for specific areas of interest. Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:info@rvgslibrary.org to register or register in person at JCGL.

NOVEMBER 9 Saturday 10:30am -12:30pm  OLLI Class*: Accessing Genealogy Internet Sites at JCGL. Barbara Basden, Instructor. Types of information available and search techniques will be shared for Ancestry, Genealogy Bank, American Ancestors, World Vital Records, Fold3, Heritage Quest, & Family Search. Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or mailto:info@rvgslibrary.orgto register or register in person at JCGL.

NOVEMBER 15  Friday 9:30-11:30am  OLLI Class*: Paper and Computer Organization. Colleen Eccleston and Andrea Patterson are the instructors for this last class in the OLLI series.  They will explain how to organize your research to fit your style. Paper options and electronic methods keep your family history organized. Genealogy software will be demonstrated. Members $10, Non-members $20.  Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:info@rvgslibrary.orgto register or register in person at JCGL.

*OLLI Classes provide an introduction to genealogy for the beginner or advanced beginner.  The series of classes runs five weeks and is offered exclusively to Olli members on one day of each week and to RVGS members and non-members on alternate day each week. Shown above are the dates of classes for members and non-members. 

OUT-OF-TOWN

Fam Hist Seminar 101213 Flyersm

OCTOBER 12 Day-Long Free Genealogy Seminar in Grants Pass

Event Schedule

9:00 a.m.  Invited Address: “ Sarah Ann: A Jackson County Mystery”  There are no names on her gravestone in the Jacksonville Cemetery, just the single word: “Mother.”  Who was she? What was her story? How was her mystery solved?  by Invited Speaker Anne Billeter, JCGL Library Director

10:00 a.m.

•             Over There, World War I & II Draft Registrations by LaVona Ness: What are these valuable documents? Where can they be found. How to read the information contained.

•             Personal Computer Genealogy Programs Overview by Shannon Agee: Choosing between the several good personal genealogy programs, especially the ones that interact with FamilySearch. Programs like Legacy, RootsMagic, Ancestral Quest and others.

•             Overview of FamilySearch by Jan Edwards: Broad look at this awesome FREE website, its different parts and how to access what you want.

•             Pathways to the Past: Family History for Beginners by Beverly Wellington: This class will give the ABC’s of beginning genealogy and research.

 11:00 a.m.

•             Writing Your Life Story, Part I  by Judy Hoppe: Judy will open the doors to your memory and show you ways to unlock your story writing abilities. Learn to add pictures and short stories together to preserve your family history. This class should be followed with Writing Your Life Story, Part II for the best performance.

•             Google Gold Mine Awaits, Google Your Family History by Shannon Agee: Using Google to open doors to your own personal family history on the internet.

•             FamilySearch Portal by Jan Edwards: The portal is the part of FamilySearch that can only be accessed in a family history center. The sites in the portal are subscription sites but are free at your local FHC.

•             They are out there, Research on the Net by Wendy Swanson: Wendy is author of two books about genealogy research. This class goes beyond Google in searching your roots.

 12:00: Lunch. Bring a sack lunch, dessert and water will be provided.

 12:45 p.m.

•             Writing Your Life Story, Part II (I and II should be taken together) by Judy Hoppe: Don’t wait until “Later when there may be more time.” Start organizing and writing those stories now. Take together with Writing Your Life Story, Part I.

•             Utilizing the National Archives by Celeste Guillory: The National Archives is a valuable source of genealogical information. Celeste can show you how to tap into this resource.

•             FamilySearch for Research (includes Wiki)  by Jan Edwards: The Family Search Wiki is the most comprehensive site on the internet to learn all you want to know about where and how to look for your ancestors. This is a growing and dynamic website. Learn how to navigate within it.

•             Blogs and Family History by Caitlin Guerra: Blogs are growing in popularity. They can be private or public. Learn what they are and how to begin one.

1:45 p.m.

•             Organize Your Photos by Valerie Brown: Valerie is an expert on photos. She has mastered her own. Let her share some of her knowledge and expertise so you can also organize and find your photos when you want them.

•             Especially for Youth (12-18) by Heide Conrad: This class is to teach our youth how much fun family history can be. Heide is an enthusiastic and fun person and relates well to teens having several of her own.

•             Getting the Most of Ancestry.com by Jan Edwards: Jan will show you how to use Ancestry.com (the FREE and pay for site) for your best benefit. She is an expert with the site.

•             FamilySearch Family Tree by Beverly Wellington: Family Tree is a new addition to FamilySearch. This class will explain how to sign in, how to start your tree and how to do research within the tree.

 2:45 p.m.

•             Add Photos and Stories to Your FamilySearch Family Tree by Valerie Brown: Stories and photos are a very new addition to FS Family Tree. Learn how to scan into your computer and transfer photos plus stories to this great site. FamilySearch announced one million photos uploaded in less than 6 months. Learn how to preserve your photos forever.

•             Computer Tips & Tricks for Beginners by Sean Malloy: Sean is a professional computer technician who can help you learn some of the terminology and skills of using a personal computer.

•             Social Media in Family History (includes Twitter, FaceBook, Skype & Snipping Tool) by Jan Edwards: Social media is growing and here to stay but can be confusing. Jan is an expert in using various media.

•             The Joys of Indexing by Sharon Wilson: Indexing makes family history easier for the rest of us to find. If it were not for the indexers we would be browsing collections instead of going directly to the name we are seeking. Learn how you can become an indexer and give to genealogy so others can find their records more easily.

3:45 p.m. Drawing for Prizes

Go to fhsgp.weebly.com for more registration information.  The seminar will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1969 Williams Highway (corner of Williams Hwy. and Harbeck Rd.), Grants Pass, Oregon.       

Library and Society News

JCGL Reproduction Civil War Soldier’s Quilt Raffle

During the American Civil War, women made quilts for their men who joined the Union and Confederate armies.  Many were donated to the U.S. Sanitary Commission; the utility quilts were issued to Union soldiers and the special quilts were used as fundraisers.  Many of these soldiers’ quilts were long and narrow to fit army cots and bedrolls, and were made from scraps and old clothes.  Only fifteen of these quilts are known to exist today, primarily due to wear and tear of military life and the fact that fallen soldiers were often buried with their quilts.

Today we have reproduction fabrics available to recreate quilts from the Civil War era.  This “Railroad Crossing” soldier’s quilt was donated to the Jackson County Genealogy Library to be used as a fundraiser in promoting the care and display of historic quilts.

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Railroad Crossing pattern, replica Civil War Soldier’s Quilt 48”x84”Pieced by Nell Mathern; machine quilted by Country Quilts of Jacksonville

The drawing will be on June 24, 2014 at the Quilts and Genealogy Program.  Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Purchase tickets at the Jackson County Genealogy Library.

First Anniversary Party

 Jackson County Genealogy Library celebrated its first anniversary in its new building at 3405 S. Pacific Highway on Tuesday, Sept 17th.   President Charleen Brown recounted the history of the society, and Nell Mathern described each of the quilts the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Society has gifted to the Library as those quilts were displayed to nearly 200 visitors to the library.  After the program, guests enjoyed refreshments including a cake showing the new building.  Thanks everyone for coming and especially those who donated to the building fund.  Charleen expressed the hope that the mortgage on the new building by retired by 2016, the 50th anniversary of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.  For more pictures of the event, go to the Friends of Jackson County Genealogy Library Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RVGS.JCGL.

Building Cake

Building Cake

Nell Mathern

Nell Mathern

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown

   

Quilts and Genealogy Talks

Jackson County Genealogy Library and the Jacksonville Museum Quilters will present a series of eight talks about Quilts and Genealogy in 2013-2014.   Most people would not think to connect genealogy and quilting.  The Board of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) recently accepted the gift of historic quilts from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters.  Each quilt depicts an event or group of people from early Jackson County history.  Please join us at 1:00 pm  on October 22 for the first of these one-hour talks and learn about how these quilts can be connected to genealogy.  Shown below is perhaps the most valuable of quilts, Indian Jenny.  The quilt was created as from a photo of Indian Jenny in full regalia.  The Indian Jenny quilt is stored in an archival box and is displayed only on special occasions, including one of the talks in this series.  Click here to access a complete list of the eight talks.

Indian Jenny

Indian Jenny

 

Ancestry.com on You Tube

 Click here to see a great Ancestry ad on You Tube.  More seriously, Ancestry.com  provides users with lots of help through their collection of You Tube videos.  Just navigate to You Tube and search for Ancestry.  Here’s a link to a recent one designed to help you trace colonial ancestors, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN5hRyndVlQ&list=PL2F65E97B57EF8279.  This video is part of the Ancestry Desktop Education Series that are listed on the right of the screen.

New Additions to the JCGL Collection

ATLAS 912 Rea  Reader’s Digest Wide World Atlas.  [1979]

929.2 Dobson Pruitt, Ida Dobson. Marvin & Verlie Coop Dobson, 1900-1993 

976.9 G242 Ken v. III Kentucky Genealogy And Biography : Volume III : sketches from Butler, McLean, Muhlenburge and Ohio Counties [JCGL already owned v. I, which has sketches from Hancock, La Rue, Hardin, Edmonson, Hart, Breckinridge, Grayson, and Meade Counties.  These sketches are reprinted from various editions of Kentucky: a history of the state, by W. H. Perrin, J. H. Battle, and G. K. Kniffin.]

979.4 H388 Jam  James, Cheewa. Modoc, the tribe that wouldn’t die

979.51 H388 Mac MacDonald, Joseph F. MacDonald’s Stage Coaches and Stations, Western Oregon, 1850-1920

979.525 H388 Mom Momsen, Joan. Images of America, Grants Pass

979.525 H388 Sha Shampine, Irene. Williams Memories [Josephine County, Oregon]

979.527 C338 Bru Brubaker, Mary Buckner. Century of faith: Trinity Episcopal Church, 1895 to 1995, Ashland, Oregon

Recent additions to the library collection can also be found on the JCGL website, rvgslibrary.org under the link “About Us;” here is the direct link, http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Library_Resources.html.  Once you have opened the page click on the quarter (Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter) to show the additions made to the library during that period of time.

 Ways you can help support Rogue Valley Genealogical Society:

 The 5/60 Club is a $5 donation monthly or $60 yearly that goes into a fund to pay the interest only mortgage.  When we took on a new mortgage, it raised our operating expenses considerably and we started this fund to help make our monthly payment.

 The Annual Fund drive puts money into our operating expenses which includes utilities, insurance, subscription websites like Ancestry.com, copy machine rental, and office supplies just to mention a few.

 “Leave A Legacy” is the new campaign to pay off the $162,000 mortgage on the new building with all contributions going toward the principal.  The 50th anniversary of RVGS in 2016 is a target goal to be mortgage free and celebrate by burning the mortgage.  We encourage members to make a pledge for these next 4 years.  If each member contributed $250 it would be paid off.

Legacy Flyer

Flyer Designed by Cara Davis-Jacobsen 

Donations may be made in person, by mail to 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, and online via our website:  www.rvgsociety.org.  Please indicate which fund is to be credited.   

This is an opportunity for you to give something that will continue to give to our membership, community, and beyond for generations to come, leave a legacy, and get a tax deduction.

Website News

 Pioneer Family Files

Thanks to Dorothy Cotton, the Pioneer Family Files have recently been updated and the index has been renovated.  The Pioneer Family contain the records of families who settled in Jackson County before 1900. Some of the names in the files may be familiar to you, for example, Applegate, Barneburg, Hanley, Pankey, Beekman.  If you are interested in obtaining copies of these files, they can be ordered online from the forms on the JCGL website or they can be examined in person at JCGL.   The Pioneer Files are family files so the indexes are accessed by clicking on the Family Records link on the JCGL website. Click here to see the new index to those records.

Ordering Records Online

When ordering records online, you can either use the Postal Request Form and mail the form along with a check to the library or you can pay through PayPal using your PayPal account or a credit card.  When using the PayPal system, your request is delivered by email and your document is attached to a return email.  Please keep in mind that when you request records through the PayPal request form you MUST fill in the text boxes with the name of the person for whom you are requesting records.  You must also provide the location of the file, e.g., the year and page of the book containing the record.  Instructions are provided with each Buy Now request form.  If you are uncertain about how to use these forms contact the Reference librarian by email  to librarian@rvgslibrary.org.

New Collection of Scanned Obituaries Available on the JCGL Website

Shown below is a sample obituary from the new collection scanned from the Mail Tribune. This obit was published in 1956 and provides ample family information about Charles Knutsen.

Obituary from March 1956

Obituary from March 1956

 Cheryl Haas and Linda Kestner have been hard at work on the microfilm scanner for several years putting together a complete collection of scanned images of obituaries published in the Mail Tribune between 1955 and 1970.  The microfilms were generously loaned to Jackson County Genealogy Library by the Jackson County Library system. Cheryl and Linda have also indexed the entire set of images. More recently, Leo Kimm and Rene Forncrook have added image numbers to the indexes to make it easier for the reference librarian (usually Tom Sayre) to find the image containing the obituary of a given individual.  Dave and Barbara Basden have reorganized the images to make it quick and easy for Tom to access the correct digital image in response to a request.  We are in the process now of completing these projects and Dave Basden, JCGL Webmaster,  has begun posting the new indexes online.  In contrast with our previous spotty collection of obituaries for this time period(the clippings collection for 1953-1970), the person receiving one of these obituaries will know for certain the name of the newspaper that contained the obituary and will be provided with the date of publication along with a copy of the scanned image.   As of September 30, 2103 the years for which obituaries are available are 1956, 1957 and 1961, 1962.   Dave expects to add 2-4 years  to the collection each week until indexes to the entire collection of scanned images is available online.  To access the indexes go to the Jackson County Genealogy Library website, then click on Obituaries, then find “Scanned from Microfilm Images from the Mail Tribune.”  If the index is available for a given year there will be an active hyperlink to that index.  The direct link to 1956 is http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Obituaries/MTObitScans/MTObitScan1956.html.  Be certain you thank Cheryl and Linda for all of their hours of hard work at the scanner and on Excel.

Other Society and Library News

Chamber of Commerce Meetings

RVGS was represented at the joint Talent-Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Greeters Meeting Sept. 18. Andrea Patterson said the Talent City Hall at 110 E. Main was a beautiful building in which to hold the meeting. Genealogy Week and Patron Classes were announced. RVGS will continue their memberships with the Medford, Phoenix and Ashland Chambers as well as host some in 2014.

Mailing Address Change and Microfilm Ordering

Mail can now be received and sent out at our street address: 3405 So. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR  97501. We will keep our post office box for several months as there are many changes that will have to be made.

Microfilm from the Family History Library can be ordered and delivered to JCGL.  In the recent past, patrons have been unable to receive microfilm at JCGL because microfilm must be delivered to a physical address rather than a post office box.  We regret the inconvenience patrons have experienced because of this problem and are happy to announce that this service is again available to them. 

 Welcome People Who Joined or Rejoined RVGS in September

Alan deBoer

Jeff Monosoff

Jill Sophie

Judith Stevens

Genealogy Success Stories

Please submit stories describing your successes (small or large) as a genealogists.  Share you successes with fellow genealogists.  Submit stories to rvgslibrary@gmail.com.

My Trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana

By Sharon Butcher

Fort Wayne, Indiana is the home of the second largest genealogy library in the United States, the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. If you are wondering, the largest genealogy library in the US is the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Sharon Butcher, an RVGS member who lives in Weed, CA submitted this story about her trip to Fort Wayne.– Editor’s Note

After leaving the Medford airport, I had a layover in Denver Colorado – since the layover was about two hours there was enough time to grab a bite to eat and visit the Rocky Mountain Chocolate candy store. Even though I don’t eat chocolate, I have plenty of friends who do. Then I was off to Chicago with another two-hour layover following by a short flight to Ft. Wayne.

What was really nice was that the Marriott hotel had the shuttle waiting for me when I arrived at the Fort Wayne airport. A scenic back-roads trip took me to downtown Ft. Wayne. I was utterly amazed at what the city had done to improve the area.  Most of the old downtown was completely torn down and rebuilt. A large ball-field near the Marriott hotel had fireworks every night.

The Marriott hotel was within walking distance of the Allen County Public Library, a square block of nothing but books. The two-story building accommodates a music library, a history library, the arts library and upstairs is the genealogy section. As you enter the foyer of the upstairs building, to your left is a minimum of 35,000 family history books, books written by fellow genealogists about their families. On your left is the ‘state’ section with the history of each state and the vital records that are available. The Genealogy Center is very much like the Family History Library (FHL) in that you purchase a card that can be used to make copies. Copies are 10 cents per page and microfilm copies are free. The nice thing about the microfilm copies (unlike the FHL) is that the images are shown on the computer monitor, and you can print the copy as if it were on your own computer. No carrying the microfilm back and forth to make copies. [Editor’s note: The FHL has a few stations that permit printing copies directly from the microfilm reader. Unfortunately, when the FHL is crowded, those stations are occupied and microfilm must be carried from the readers to the printers as Sharon mentioned above.]  I was amazed at the organization of the library. The week I was there I did not find one book misplaced or misfiled, and the ladies at the front desk were polite, pleasant and very helpful.

I was very impressed the ‘Western States’ section – each of states were on book shelves that literally moved on the floor – you simply push a button to access the row of books you want to see and the shelves move automatically.

Another nice thing about the library is that when you wanted to take a break,  you could go downstairs and have a cup of tea or coffee at the Dunkin Donuts café. The weather was amazing so it was nice to sit outside and just relax and review your notes or information you had gathered.

One of the highlights of the trip was Cindy’s Diner where they “Feed the world, 15 at a time.” {Cindy’s was restored to its original ‘50s diner glory and reopened in 1990 and is now a downtown landmark.} The food certainly wasn’t amazing but the people were!! Everyone was so friendly and interested in the research and telling me where the courthouse was and how to get there and where cemeteries were and how to get to DeKalb County – which was only about 20 minutes away.

Cindy's Diner

Cindy’s Diner

 As I was doing my research I came across the following page in the farmer’s directory:

Cpw Pedigree

Cpw Pedigree

 

My initial reaction was OMG – even the cows are doing genealogy!!!!

All in all the experience in Ft. Wayne was wonderful and I did find a lot of information. I highly recommend a visit to the library and while you’re there visit the botanical gardens next door to the hotel – it too is a real experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

                                               

 

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Genealogy Roadshow on PBS

Don’t miss Genealogy Roadshow on PBS starting Sept. 23rd right after Antiques Roadshow. Follow this link to view a preview, http://video.pbs.org/video/2365066727/.

I recognized Josh Taylor in person and by his laughter; he’s a real genealogy star player!

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