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 available 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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:
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.”
During the Holiday Luncheon, three beautiful baskets (Basket 1 is shown below) will be raffled off. Listed below are the contents of Basket 1:
Book: Egg Cups and Oil Wells, My Oklahoma Life
- Mousepad showing photo of new JCGL building
- Water bottle
- Umpqua bank photo frame
- Chess traveler with magnetic board
- Playing cards for seniors from Shoebox
- Decorative notepads
- 2014 pocket planner
- Earplugs and key chain
- Tape measure from Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)
- Ink pens and pencil
- Fresh tea from Steven Smith
- RVGS notepad and page markers
- Luggage tag and book labels
- 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You won’t want to miss this auction coming up just in time for Christmas. Items 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.
- Karen Asche
Gloria Charlaine Brittsan
Vicki Anne Bryden
Chuck & Colleen Eccleston
Horton Family Foundation
Alice & Larry Mullaly
Richard & Barbara MacMillen
Betty A. Miller
Jack & Andrea Patterson
Sallie K. Riehl
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:
|Dan & Jan Gregory|
|Jane N. Henry|
|Linda L. Merrill|
|William & Marion Collins|
|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
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
Our 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.
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 needed 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
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