October 2014 News and Events at RVGS/JCGL

Classes and Events

excelWed, October 15, 3pm – 6pm Word Processing & Spreadsheet Workshop  A members-only, three-hour word processing and spreadsheet workshop led by Rick Black, Joan Hill, Rich Miles, and Bill Strickland. Come get answers to your tech and self-publishing questions, as well as tutoring and direction for your projects. Requirements: a working knowledge of word processing and/or spreadsheet programs. Bring your laptop with power cord (and network cable if not wireless.) Fee: $10. The workshop is limited to the first 20 prepaid enrollees, Sign up at the library, by telephone (541)512-2340, or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

OSFTue, October 21, 1:30pm – 3:00pm 3rd TUESDAY Public Programs and Members Meeting: “The Other Bowmer: Gertrude Bowmer, Daughter of the Valley” Debra Griffith, the Records and Reference Archivist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, presents “The Other Bowmer: Gertrude Bowmer, Daughter of the Valley” . She talks about how recently digitized items in the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Archives can be used in family research. She will bring items from the Bowmer Family personal papers and will show early films from the Festival when it involved many local residents in cast and crew. Included is footage from the 1934 Diamond Jubilee parade and pageant, “Oyer-Un-Gon!” Come spot your relatives!

digginTue, October 21, 3pm – 9pm DIGGIN’ IN THE DARK: Genealogy after Hours How’s your Family History? Do you have missing puzzle pieces? Come join the fantastic volunteers who will help you when the library remains open after hours. Show up until 9 PM and use our computers with subscriptions to all the best genealogy research sites or our world-wide book collection. Come join us for an evening of family history FUN! Bring your known family information, a USB flash drive for saving what we find, your dinner, and leave blurry-eyed at 9 PM!

Table Rock WildflowersTue, October 28, 1:30pm – 2:30pm QUILTS AND GENEALOGY TALKS: “Table Rock Wildflowers: A Legacy of Beauty and Diversity” “Table Rock Wildflowers: A Legacy of Beauty and Diversity” by Molly Morison and Marcia Wineteer – Over 200 species of wildflowers grow at the Table Rocks making these iconic landmarks one of the best spots for viewing spring blossoms in the valley. Molly and Marcia will stitch together wildflower stories and relate how the amazing botanical fabric inspires. This is a one-hour talk, come and learn about how these quilts can be connected to genealogy. Attendance is free to all. Sign up today in person, call: 541-512-2340 or email: reception@rvgslibrary.org

FTM 2014Tue, November 4, 2:00pm – 3:30pm 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!

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown

Sat, November 8, 10:30am-12pm How to Start Your Genealogy Project. Charleen Brown, RVGS Past President presents: “How to Start Your Genealogy Project”, covering what to do to get started with your research. You will learn: (1) How to fill out and use an ancestor chart, (2) How to find information at home, (3) Uses of the family group sheet, (4) How to continue your project, (5) The types of documentation and why it is important, and (6) Simple ways to organize information. Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this FREE workshop.

FTM-MACWed, November 12, 10:00am – 11:30am Family Tree Maker MAC User Group.  Family Tree Maker User Group (Mac computers). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group discussing FTM, Genealogy and Mac computers. 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

Grants Pass

FH SeminarSat., Oct 11 8AM to 4 PM Family History Seminar. This free annual full day public event is jointly sponsored by the Family History Center and Grants Pass Genealogical Society. LDS Church 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass. Registration and signups begin at 8 AM. The first presentation will begin at 9 AM and will be a program put on by the Josephine County Historical Society’s Living History Players. A great lineup of instructors will begin teaching classes at 10 AM. There will be an opportunity to purchase a lunch for $3.00, or you may bring your own. Detailed information and registration will be available at the website http://www.fhsgp.weebly.com. Advance registration is encouraged for planning purposes, but no one will be turned away at the door for failing to register beforehand.  You can access the GPGS Oct 2014 here.

dnaTues., Oct 14 1:30 PM     GPGS Meeting : Using DNA As a Tool in Family History Research. Celeste Guillory, GPGS President, will explain how DNA testing resulted in her meeting a close family member in Rogue River. At 1:30 PM in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass

Bend, OR

Bend GSOct 21 Bend Genealogical Society meeting, 10:00 AM at Williamson Hall, 2200 NE. Highway 20, Bend, Oregon. New Enhancements to FamilySearch.org.
Read the BGS Flyer about other genealogy events in Bend.

Online

Oct 28-30 NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO HOST VIRTUAL GENEALOGY FAIR starting daily at 7AM PDT.

NARA picture10 a.m. EDT. The National Archives will host a live, three-day, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. The free program offers family history research tools for all skill levels on Federal records including census, American Indian, military, naturalization, and immigration. Other topics include overviews of online genealogy resources and guidance on preserving personal records. For complete schedule and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair at http://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/know-your-records/genealogy-fair/

Portland, OR

GFOSat., Oct 25 and Sun., Oct. 26. The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is pleased to announce that Judy G. Russell JD will be speaking at our Fall Seminar on Saturday, 25 Oct 2014. This event is followed on Sunday, 26 Oct 2014 with a workshop limited to 40 attendees. The subjects for each day as well as fees, registration form and sites can be found at http://www.gfo.org. Please click  GFO Flyer to view information. Syllabus distributed by email with confirmation of registration. Payment can be made by check or through Paypal. Questions? Email them to seminar@gfo.org

Salt Lake City, UT

sligJanuary 12-16, 2015   Utah Genealogical Association sponsored  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Each year the Institute offers twelve tracks, each presenting twenty hours of in-depth genealogical instruction over a five-day period.  Coordinators and instructors represent some of the best educators the field has to offer.   SLIG is dedicated to offering a variety of tracks – from country-focused to technology-based to records rich. Christy Fillerup, SLIG Director, has worked for the past four years to assure that SLIG remains in the forefront of education on methodology and emerging technologies.  Go to http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42 to learn more.

RootsTechFebruary 11-14, 2015, Combined RootsTech and FGS Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center. Registration is open and early bird pricing is available now.  Workshops and luncheons fill rapidly.   Hotels are filling fast, don’t delay your reservation. Go to https://rootstech.org/?lang=eng to learn more about this huge conference. Go to https://www.fgsconference.org/ to learn more about the joint FGS Conference.

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

Family History Tree MTGenealogy Week 2014  The Society received an official Proclamation for RVGS’s Genealogy Week signed by the three County Commissioners. Genealogy Week was a great success with over 235 people attending 11 free classes and a Brick Wall Panel. Several people took more than one class during the week, leaving with their heads spinning, but with enthusiasm and excitement to get started locating their ancestors. Many were already members and other new individuals found this wonderful library and resources for the first time.

The raffle winners were drawn from those who attended the sessions, and the winners were:

  • MEMBERSHIP for one year, Valued at $30……..Jude Forler
  • Choice of Service; Valued at $15.00……….Mary Robsman
  • Choice of Service; Valued at $15.00……….Kathleen Kirkchen
  • Choice of Service; Valued at $15.00………Ed Seaver

Services include mentoring, photo scanning, book scanning, etc.

The winner of the membership, Jude Forler was very excited. She had attended every class during Genealogy Week. Jude is so thrilled about our library that she is telling everyone about it plus posting info on Facebook.  Jude can’t wait to come in and start her membership.   Jude purchased a membership for her sister and brother-in-law as a gift and they are excited too. Mary Robsman is a current member and winner of a RVGS Special Service Award and is one ecstatic winner (her words). Mary can’t wait to use the mentoring service. Ed Seaver, won an RVGS Special Service Award. He and his wife Noreen attended almost every class during Genealogy Week and learned so much they both joined RVGS on Saturday.  They were thrilled to win a prize.

RVGS New and Returning Members for Sept. 2014

Leonard, Dan

Swenson, Shane

Schuld, Julie

Radke, Marie W.

Hinkle, Anna L.

Miller, Jeris J.

Martin, Royann M.

1790 quiltQuilt Documentation Progress After examining a 1790 quilt at a quilt documentation session, Chuck Eccleston writes, “Now this is truly history dating back to our immigrant ancestors! It was fun to see so much excitement with the sharing and documentation of so many great old historic quilts. Even Colleen Eccleston’s elusive brother Morris and wife Donna came for the first time to share one of their special family quilts. Thank you to fellow RVGS volunteers for their hard work and for helping establish the JCGL Quilt Program. It is fast becoming a key dimension to the strength of the library collection.”

50th Anniversary Celebration Commemorative Quilt for Members Only

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016.  To commemorate that event, The Quilt Committee will create a quilt for RVGS and its members.  As a member you are a part of RVGS history, and you can take part in the 50th Anniversary Quilt which represents our history from 1966 to today.  RVGS members may purchase a Book Name (any full name of your choice–an ancestor or yourself) as the title on the spine of a book for $50.  Only 110 Books will be depicted so don’t miss your opportunity to be represented on the Quilt which commemorates 50 years of growth and success.  See the mockup of a portion of the quilt, shown below.

Book Name Quilt

RVGS “50th Anniversary Quilt” Book Name Applications are available at the library (JCGL) or call 541-512-2340 to have one mailed to you. To purchase your Book Name please contact RVGS in person at JCGL or call 541-512-2340.  The price of each Book Name is $50.

Financial News

What a Difference a Year Makes. A year ago we kicked off our Leave A Legacy drive to pay off our mortgage of $162,000 by the 50th anniversary of RVGS in 2016. As of September, our balance is $110,000. Can we get that balance down to UNDER $100,000, from six figures to five, by the end of the year? You bet we can!! If we all do our part, it will happen. If you haven’t contributed to Leave A Legacy this year, now is the time to do it and get that tax deduction for 2014. Contributions can be mailed to 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501 or can be made online by going to our website at www.rvgslibrary.org. Click on “Donate” and specify Leave a Legacy and the amount.   Look for the new Leave a Legacy banner on the front of the JCGL building and click Leave a Legacy Flyer to see the new flyer.

Irish BedspreadIt’s a Raffle! RVGS is raffling a beautiful Irish Tapestries King-size Bedspread, circa 1970’s, made of off-white wool woven in the Republic of Ireland. The raffle is in conjunction with our Irish Seminar, featuring speakers Fintan Mullin and Gillian Hunt of the Ulster Historical Foundation, Ulster, Ireland coming in March 2015…You could be the proud winner! Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. View the bedspread at JCGL near the Reception Desk. Buy your tickets at the library.

 

Member Sharing: A Genealogy Success Story

Where’s Wolfie? by Lori Paiken

I started this scrapbook project almost a year ago for my older brother Tom. He had inherited what was left of our grandfather’s scrapbook of his professional golf career when our dad died in 2009. It was a disintegrating stack of newspaper articles mostly, and a few old photos and other golf-related paraphernalia sandwiched between the original front and back covers which were no longer attached. I used the covers on this book to give it an original feel.

I had always wondered about my grandfather’s family back in Scotland. He had seven siblings and only he and his older brother Mike immigrated to the US. They came over, Mike first, with the dream of becoming professional golfers. They had learned to play in their native Hawick and were caddies at St. Andrews. Uncle Mike won the amateur championship of the south of Scotland in 1906 and without defending his championship in 1907 departed for Liverpool and from there sailed to America.

A seed had been sown by their buddy Arthur McNee who returned to Scotland with glowing tales of America. Arthur had made a substantial profit in the sheep-raising business in Wyoming in 1905. This lucrative promise lured Mike to follow.

Finally arriving in Wyoming, he landed a job through a friend who had preceded him. Although a greenhorn, for six years he lived on the back of a horse with his four-legged friends his only companions for sometimes months at a time. In 1912 my grandfather Jack joined his brother Mike. Then they migrated to Montana. They spent three months mostly in the saddle. They journeyed through Yellowstone Park, Livingston, Montana and parts of Idaho before settling into golf careers in Omaha, Nebraska and Sioux City, Iowa.     The more I researched the scrapbook, the more I yearned to connect with these Scottish relatives.

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Uncle Mike

I found myself wishing I had known my grandfather better. By the time I was old enough to remember my grandparents they were in their seventies. I can still recall his charming Scottish accent and his kind demeanor. Even though golf was a part of our childhood…my dad built golf courses like his dad and played the game and my brothers golf and I spent time on golf courses as a kid, I was still unaware of the importance the game had in my grandparents’ lives.

I had been loosely planning a trip to Ireland and Scotland for two years but set the plans in stone and went this summer. Besides having a really strong desire to meet some family there, I wanted to find a treasure to add to this book before sending it off to my brother. I hired a forensic genealogist to do a search for my relatives and she located my cousin Thomas who is the grandson of my grandfather’s brother Thomas. She contacted him and he was “keen” to meet me. We communicated through email and talked on the phone once before we left on our trip.

We used the GPS in our rental car and we showed up on his doorstep as planned in Glenrothes, Scotland. He looked a bit surprised that I actually made it! He was very accommodating and knew I was on a genealogy mission, so he pulled out all the photo albums and a diary that his grandmother Queenie had kept. He introduced me to his sister Ursula on Skype who lives in England and we had a nice chat. We spent part of the afternoon and evening visiting his sister Anne and her wonderful family who live nearby. It’s amazing how perfect strangers can feel an instant connection.

The albums were interesting but unfortunately there were no photos of my grandfather as a youngster so I took up reading the diary. He graciously let me take it to our hotel that evening. I came across a paragraph about Uncle Mike and Grandpa Jack and their sheepherding days. It read; “Out on the ranch they had had a great deal of trouble losing lambs and could not catch the great wolf who ravaged the flocks. They called in the Sioux Indians who eventually caught the wolf plus two big wildcats. Michael who said “one could always trust the Sioux Indians,” contracted with them to have their women cure the hides. Mike sent the hides to their mother in Scotland. They were still in Queenie’s family in 1983 and in good condition.

I couldn’t believe what I was reading…there was an actual memento, a tangible connection to those sheepherding days? Something created by the Sioux while they were still roaming somewhat free over 100 years ago? Not to mention my passion for Native American art!!!

I said to my husband, “wouldn’t it be amazing to see these hides or even hear a story about them?” I could barely sleep from the excitement and I couldn’t wait to ask Thomas what he knew.

The next day back at Thomas’ apartment I asked if he had ever heard of a wolf hide that came from America and he said he had seen it maybe once but didn’t know its story or where it was. Then I asked if he knew of two big cats. An “ah ha” moment came over his face and he said “come into my bedroom”. My heart was leaping with excitement as we followed him. There on the floor on either side of the bed lay the big cats! One was a mountain lion and the other a bobcat. There were the hides sewn to ornately cut black and yellow felt. Quite the work of art!!! I knelt down beside the cougar to get a closer look and realized how fragile they were and dusty (my cousin being the bachelor that he is). I felt anxious about their condition, so I turned to Thomas and said “these are a piece of American history, of our ancestor’s history…would you promise me you will put them on the wall under glass?”

Since Thomas hadn’t read the diary he wasn’t aware of their origin. He had inherited them when his father died. He said to me, “Why don’t you take them home? You really like them and they mean more to you.”

I felt like a kid in a candy store. I placed them carefully in a plastic bag, dust and all, and brought them home.

I feel such gratitude for Thomas’ generosity in giving me such an incredible gift and to be the catalyst in bringing this piece of history full circle…from Scotland back to America over one hundred years later. Who would have thought that this would be the treasure I would find!!!

Feeling all this satisfaction I still can’t help but wonder what happened to the wolf hide. I emailed Thomas’ aunt in England and asked if she knew anything of the wolf. She wrote back and said “you mean Wolfie? My parents (Thomas and Queenie) kept him on their bed for years and I used to snuggle with him at nap time”. Unfortunately she doesn’t know where he is. I still have hopes of finding Wolfie. Someone must know what happened to him. I won’t give up my search yet…he belongs with the big cats!

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY & INTERNET NEWS

New Additions to JCGL September, 2014

Circ 746.4 Hal; Hall, Carrie A. Romance of the patchwork quilt in America; in three parts: pt. I. History and quilt patches. pt. II. Quilts, antique and modern, by Carrie A. Hall. pt. III. Quilting and quilting designs, by Rose G. Kretsinger.

929.05;  The Genealogist, v. 28 #1, Spring 2014

929.2 Garrison; Power, Paul Edwin Garrison and Allied Families

 929.2 Gorton; Gorton, Thomas Arthur Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island and his descendants; combined edition volumes I and II

MAP 943 M168 Hoy; Topographische Karte 3210. Hoya [Hoya is in Hannover, Prussia, Germany]

MAP 974.3 M168 Vermont [in Map Drawer 2]; Vermont, 1796

MAP 974.5 M168 Rhode [in Map Drawer 2]; Map of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, 1636-1740

974.8 H388 Lin; Linn, John Blair Annals of Buffalo County, Pennsylvania, 1755-1855

974.815 T191 Haw; Hawbaker, Gary T. A New Index: Lancaster County Pennsylvania before the Federal Census, volume 5 : Index to the 1770 Tax Records of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

974.848 C242 Lon; Lontz, Mary Belle Tombstone Inscriptions of Union County, Pennsylvania

974.848 H388 Bar; Barsch, Vincent E. New Berlin, PA 1792-1992

974.875 H388 Bul; Bullard, Helen Cumberland County’s First Hundred Years

978 H388 Mat; Mattes, Merrill J. Great Platte River Road: the covered wagon mainline via Fort Kearny to Fort Laramie

 979.5 P273 OHQ Index ;Oregon Historical Quarterly 1900-1939, 1940-1960, 1961-1980

CD-ROM 979.52 H388 Pow; Powers, Dennis M. Past & Present: What You Might Not Know (But Want To) About Southern Oregon History

Ref & Circ 979.527 C242 Mil; Miller, William M. Silent City on the Hill: Jacksonville, Oregon’s Historic Cemetery

979.527 H388 Swa; Swan, Nancy Where Did They Go? Following the Mail Trail of the DPOs of Jackson County, OR; copy of a philatelic exhibit researched and presented by Nancy L. Swan [This is the second edition of a book first published with the title Discontinued Post Offices of Jackson County. The first edition is now available for checkout.]

979.527 L166 SOHS Maps; Southern Oregon Historical Society [SOHS] Research Library Maps, Posters,….Holdings ; Classified Directory of Maps, Plans, Posters, etc. [by Geographic Location, Date, Subject and/or Format]

979.527 L166 SOHS News; Southern Oregon Historical Society [SOHS] Research Library Newspaper Holdings; Geographical and Chronological Directories

979.527 S227 Fer; Fern Valley School, District 99, Jackson County, Oregon, Established in 1912; A History Compiled in 2013 by Karen Carr

979.527 S227 Tornadia 1980; Tornadia 1980 [yearbook of Medford Senior High School, Medford, OR]

RECENTLY RECEIVED AT JCGL

JCGL receives a number of genealogy periodicals (aka bulletins) on a regular basis. They are cataloged and shelved with the library collection, in the appropriate subject area. The latest issues of these bulletins are shelved on wire racks the end of the book stacks near the 929.2 Family Histories and the 971 Canada books. Almost all genealogy magazines may be checked out by RVGS members for 2 weeks. These have “Circ” at the beginning of their call number.   Call numbers are provided below, for ease in locating previous issues of each title. Here are some recently received issues, with a sampling of articles of interest:

Colorado Genealogist, v.75, #3, August 2014 [Circ 978.8 P273 Col] “Michigan Civil War Soldiers Who Were Members of the Colorado & Wyoming GAR (Part 2).” [Part 1 is in their May issue, v. 75, #2, which can be found at 978.8/P273/Col/v.75#2.]

Heir-Lines, v.38, #4, July 26, 2014 [Circ 979.421 P273 Hei] (published by the Genealogical Society of Siskiyou County California, Yreka, CA). This issue includes, “The Barron Family and Mountain House,” a 7- page article with photos.

Redwood Researcher, v.47, August, 2014 [Circ 979.412 P273 Red]. (Humboldt County; published by the Redwood Genealogical Society, Fortuna, CA.)

“Petticoat Profiles” and “Pantaloon Profiles” are full obituaries from 1986, 1987 and 1988. Abstracts from 1952 issues of the “Humboldt Standard,” Eureka CA are a regular feature of this magazine.

American Ancestors: New England, New York & Beyond, v.15, #3, Summer, 2014 [Circ 974 P273 AA] (published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.) “Warnings Out and Notifications. New England towns were very careful about who they recognized as inhabitants since towns were responsible for taking care of residents unable to care for themselves. See the article, “Robert Love Walks the Streets of Boston & Warns Strangers.”

Family Tree Magazine, v.14, #5, September 2013 [Circ 929.05 FT]. This issue includes the following stories, “Discovering Scandinavian Roots” and “The Paperless Chase: Digitize your family history photos and documents with the top 10 genealogy scanning tips from experts.”

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, v. 101, #2, June 2013 [Circ 929.05 NGSQ] “Jethro Potter’s Secret: Confusion to Conclusion in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan:” A younger sister telling tales supplies solutions to one family’s abrupt western migration and the true parentage of a little boy who wasn’t where he should be in 1880, by Harold Henderson, CG, p. 103-112.

 INTERNET NEWS

FREE MAGAZINE FOR RVGS MEMBERS

Irish Roots magazine is dedicated entirely to Irish ancestral research.  We are delighted to share with you and your society members a free digital issue to introduce you to Irish Roots magazine. Please click on the link to access your free sample issue. https://gumroad.com/l/Kdls/Back%20copy%20offer%2090.

FIND MY PAST FRIDAYS AND NEWS ABOUT PERSI

FINDMYPASTEach Friday, Find My Past launches new record sets to fill your free time on weekends. Click this link to see the offerings for Friday, October 3.

PERSI (Periodical Source Index) that helps genealogists find genealogical and historical bulletins from throughout the US has been moved to Find My Past.   Find My Past has partnered with Allen County Public Library (the originator of PERSI) to update PERSI to include improved surname searching and to include digitized images of publications. To learn more about these changes, go to the Find My Past press release that includes a listing of all periodicals for which images are available.   Next time you are at JCGL, take a look at what PERSI has to offer you. Keep in mind that JCGL has its own sizable collection of genealogical bulletins. If digital images are not online yet, check our collection on the JCGL online library catalog. You can also access the catalog from the JCGL website.

FAMILY SEARCH AND GENEALOGY BANK JOIN FORCES TO DIGITIZE OBITUARIES

familysearchIn celebration of Family History Month, FamilySearch International (FamilySearch.org) and GenealogyBank (GenealogyBank.com) today announced an agreement to make over a billion records from historical obituaries searchable online. It will be the largest—and perhaps most significant—online US historic records access initiative yet. It will take tens of thousands of online volunteers to make GenealogyBank’s vast U.S. obituary collection more discoverable online. Find out more at FamilySearch.org/Campaign/Obituaries.

The tremendous undertaking will make a billion records from over 100 million US newspaper obituaries readily searchable online. The newspapers are from all 50 states and cover the period 1730 to present. The completed online index will be fairly comprehensive, including 85% of U.S. deaths from the last decade alone. The death collection will easily become one of the most popular online genealogy databases ever, detailing names, dates, relationships, locations of the deceased, and multi-generational family members.

Obituaries can solve family puzzles, tell stories, dispel myths, and provide tremendous help with family history research. A single obituary can include the names and relationships of dozens of family members. For example, Alice E. Cummings’ obituary (See above) sheds light on where she lived during her lifespan, her personal history, and it provides information connecting five generations of ancestors and descendants in her family tree—14 people in all.

Here’s a link to digitized obituaries currently available on Family Search, https://familysearch.org/collection/list?filter=obit. You can search through Genealogy Bank at JCGL patron computers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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September 2014 eNews: News and Events of JCGL and RVGS

CLASSES AND EVENTS

All events are located at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR 97501. Find us on the web: http://rvgslibrary.org (Jackson County Genealogy Library) and http://rvgsociety.org (Rogue Valley Genealogical Society).

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September 2nd, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group

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This informal group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring FTM challenges 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 call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

September 3rd , Wednesday, 10:30 am – 12:30 Family Tree Maker – Using Maps
As you record information, you will also record the locations where these events took place. Each time a place name is entered for a fact or event, FTM (Family Tree Maker) 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.
Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Please call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this workshop.

ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467September 10th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
Everyone is encouraged to bring FTM 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 call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

September 16th, Tuesday, 1:30- 3:30PM 3rd TUESDAY Public Program and Member Meeting RVGS presents a “Member Fair: It’s All About You”
sheet cakeSix of our RVGS members share evidence found, clues to unsolved mysteries, stories and successes uncovered in genealogy sleuthing, and a surprise or two. Cake too!

 

  • Barb Hull will show a shadow box honoring her father and his service in the 91st division at Camp White during WW2.
  • Alice Thomsen will discuss using DAR and SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) as well as family stories to investigate an ancestor who stepped up to protect a Tory.
  • Dave Hodson will talk about his discovery of the G. Hodson’s in Southern Oregon.
  • Sara Weber will do a PowerPoint presentation on finding Jewish records for Eastern Europe and her recent Jewish conference results in Salt Lake City. Answers were found or almost found through Polish language and historical sources, the awesome JewishGen databases, and Google-luck.  All will be revealed!
  • Sybil Russell will present a crossword puzzle of genealogy.
  • Barbara Northrup will describe the research method she used to find information on Dr. Pickel for the pioneer file.

Remember, it’s all about you at the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. Please register for this free event… 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org.
September 16th, Tuesday, 3:00 – 9:00 PM Diggin’ In the Dark…Genealogy after Hours     How’s your Family History? Do you have missing puzzle pieces?
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The fantastic volunteer staff and members of Rogue Valley Genealogical Society are here to assist you in your research…       Jackson County Genealogy Library has computers with paid subscriptions to the best genealogy research websites.  Our database keeps expanding and so does our worldwide book collection.  Come join us for an evening of family history fun; no previous genealogy experience is necessary. Bring your known family information and a USB flash drive for saving what you find.  Bring your dinner and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM!    Please call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

September 17th , Wednesday, 10:30AM — 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker – Creating Family Tree Charts and Reports
After you have gathered your family’s history, it’s time to show off your hard work. FTM (Family Tree Maker) offers a wide variety of family tree charts to help you. You can add your own personal touches by customizing the charts with backgrounds, colors, photos, fonts and more. FTM also includes a number of reports to help you organize and understand all the information you have entered in your tree. Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Please call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this workshop.

September 23rd, Tuesday, 1:30PM — 2:30 PM Quilts and Genealogy Talks: “Pioneer Families,”  featuring the Sutton-Turner Double Wedding Ring quilt. Access Sutton-Turner Quiltthe full schedule by clicking here,  2014-15 Quilt Talk Schedule.
An Oregon Trail diary, an elopement, a newspaper family, a sheriff, and “the best musician in southern Oregon;” Stories woven into the fabric of the quilt as told by Anne Billeter, JCGL Library Director and SOHS Special Projects Librarian. Please register for this free event… 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org.

September 24th, Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker – Creating Smart Stories and Family History Books
FTM 2014
Using the facts, notes, and photos you have included in your tree you can easily publish stories and books. FTM (Family Tree Maker) gives you access to two publishing tools that will help you create a quality family history book. The first tool is a desktop book building feature built into the FTM software. The second tool is MyCanvas, a web-based publishing service. MyCanvas is provided by Ancestry.com online so you must be an Ancestry.com member and have uploaded your tree to Ancestry.com to use this feature. Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Please call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this workshop.

Genealogy Week 9 /29/2014 – 10/4/2014

freeGiveaway Drawing on October 4th! Win an RVGS membership ($30 value), RVGS super services (mentoring, research, photo and/or large format scanning projects: $15 value). Each day’s schedule includes free time for lunch and for assisted research.

September 29th, Monday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM “How to Start Your Genealogy Project”   Charleen Brown, Past President presents: “How to Start Your Genealogy Project”, covering the basics of ancestry charts, trees, what to do before getting started with your research.

September 29th, Monday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM “Finding Hidden Treasures at Jackson County Genealogy Library” Anne Billeter, Library Director presents “Finding Hidden Treasures at Jackson County Genealogy Library”. Anne is showing what’s where at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, hidden treasures, and how to use the library’s online catalog.

September 30th , Tuesday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM “Federal and State Census Records”   Karen Asche, Vice President, presents “Federal and State Census Records”, the importance of Federal and State census records, where to find them and what they can and cannot tell you about your ancestors.

September 30th, Tuesday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM “Heritage Quest”  Andrea Patterson, Heritage QuestPresident, discusses Heritage Quest, a free website easily accessed from home. A great website for researching the Revolutionary War, Freedmen’s Bureau, and PERSI, (Periodical Resource Index), censuses, books, and the US Serial Set.

 

October 1st, Wednesday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM “Organizing Your Genealogy Research Papers”       In celebration of Genealogy Week, Colleen Eccleston, long-time genealogical researcher, discusses “Organizing Your Genealogy Research Papers.” Unless your genealogy papers are organized, your research really cannot progress effectively. This class emphasizes basic ideas that give you the ability to choose a system that is simple to set up, maintain, and has flexibility.

October 1st, Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM “Electronic Organization in Genealogy”    Andrea Patterson, President, presents “Electronic Organization in Genealogy”, using computers and technology methods to record, copy and save your research are demonstrated along with Genealogy Software options.

October 2nd, Thursday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM “How to Use DAR Records to Build Your Family Tree” Pam Olsen presents information on the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and how to use DAR records to build your family tree.

October 2nd, Thursday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM “Exploring Military Records on Fold3 & Newspaper Records on Subscription Sites at JCGL” Barbara Basden, fold3e-Publications Director, explains how to search for Military Records (Fold3), and Newspaper Records (multiple sites). Use Fold3 to find original military records from wars prior to the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War. In addition to Genealogy Bank and Newspapers.com, other subscription sites at JCGL provide access to newspaper records. Learn how to search those records.

October 3rd, Friday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM “Where Haven’t You Looked? Finding Family Treasures under Your Nose” Andrea Patterson, President, presents “Where Haven’t You Looked?” Some family treasure, undiscovered data, photo or artifact might be right under your nose. Over 50 ideas you might not have thought about will be discussed. Website addresses accompany most of the items.

October 3rd, Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM “Keeping Up with Changes on the FREE Family Search Website” Barbara Basden, ePublications Director, presents “Getting the Most from the Family Search Website”. This overview will explain how to access information in Family Tree, in Photos and Memories, and in the extensive record collection. Learn how to access aids on this website that will make you a better genealogist.

findmypast-logoOctober 4th, Saturday, 10:30 – 11:30 AM “Using Subscription Sites: World Vital Records; Find My Past, and Genealogy Today on JCGL Patron Computers” Barbara Basden, ePublications Director: Learn about some less-visited subscription sites at JCGL. This session is an overview of World Vital Records, containing U. S. and International Records, Find My Past, a rich source of records for the United Kingdom, and Genealogy Today, containing less well-known resources not found on other websites.

October 4th, Saturday, 1:00 – 2:00 PM “Discussing Ways to Find That Long-Lost Ancestor” Rhonda Rockwell, Publicity Director, Edith Carlson, long-time researcher, and Connie Miller, Treasurer, are the scheduled “Brick Wall” panelists. Bring your questions and problems for discussion. Find ways to break through the brick walls in your genealogy research to find that long-lost ancestor.

Out of Town

Jacksonville, OR:

September 13, Saturday, 12 – 4 PM Travel in the Victorian Age.

Via horseback, stagecoach, sailing ship, steamship, railway, and “horseless carriage,” Americans were on the move during the second half of the 19th Century! View antique cars and learn about the rapid changes in transportation during the late 1800s when the Rogue Valley A’s join Historic Jacksonville at the Cornelius C. Beekman House, 452 East California St.

Beekman houseTours of the Beekman House will be offered at regular intervals with costumed docents sharing information about the Beekmans’ many trips and the modes of transportation available to them, while pointing out family souvenirs. Vintage vehicles including Model T’s, Model A’s, and a 1910 REO will be displayed on the lawn in a mini “Show and Shine” courtesy of the Rogue Valley A’s Chapter of the Ford Model A Club of America. House tours are $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students. Lawn activities are free.

Grants Pass, OR:

GPGSSeptember 9, Tuesday, 1:30 PM “Using Facebook with Family History Research” presented by the Grants Pass Genealogical Society Facebook Manager, Cindy Suda. Meetings are held at 1969 Williams Hwy. Grants Pass, OR.

September 18, Thursday, 6:30 – 8:00 PM Genealogy Workshop for the Public sponsored by Grants Pass Genealogical Society. The class features a classroom introduction to the world of genealogy as well as an orientation to the Family History Center. 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the LDS Church, Relief Society Room, 1969 Williams Hwy, Grants Pass OR.

October 11, Saturday, Full Day            Family History Seminar. Annual public event jointly sponsored by the Family History Center and Grants Pass Genealogical Society. FREE. 1969 Williams Hwy, Grants Pass OR.

Klamath Falls, OR

KBGS

September 17-19 The Klamath Basin Genealogical Society (KBGS) celebrates Genealogy Week. Free evening presentations at Klamath County Library, 126 S. Third Street, as follows:

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 6:00-7:30 pm

“Citing Your Sources” by Karen Kunz

  • Thursday, September 18, 2014 6:00-7:30 pm

“Uploading Your Family Tree to the Internet” by Clark Pederson

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 6:00-7:30 pm

“Fabulous & Free – FamilySearch.org” by JoAnne Haugen, AG

Saturday September 20, 10AM – 4PM Day-Long Seminar presented by JoAnne Haugen, AG. Topics include: 1) Finding death data on the internet: sources for joanne-haugendeath indexes, obituaries, cemetery and funeral home records and death certificates; 2) Mistaken identity: how to ensure you’ve found the correct family member; 3) Evidence analysis and the Genealogical Proof Standard: keeping track of the research process by developing a focused research plan; and 4) Wagons West: major migration trails of the western United States. Registration required for seminar, fee: Members $20, Non Members $30

For class, seminar details, and registration form please view their website at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~orkbgs or read about this exciting week from a brochure at the Jackson County Genealogy Library.

Berkeley CA

September 13, 9 AM to 8PM     NEHGS Comes West: Navigating New England and New York Resources. Location: Hotel Shattuck Plaza; 2086 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704 510-845-7300, Toll Free 866-466-9199

nehgsJoin the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society as we partner to offer a one-day seminar on exploring your New England and New York roots. NEHGS genealogists Chris Child and Alice Kane will present resources and tips for navigating the records of New England and New York. Special emphasis will be placed on resources available online. Useful genealogy and history books will be available for sale by both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society, and CGS will also offer a used books sale and silent auction. Here’s the link to the information page, http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=30470; and here is the Registration Form, add link to registration form.

Salt Lake City, UT

January 12-16, 2015   Utah Genealogical Association sponsored  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
sligEach year the Institute offers twelve tracks, each presenting twenty hours of in-depth genealogical instruction over a five-day period.  Coordinators and instructors represent some of the best educators the field has to offer.   SLIG is dedicated to offering a variety of tracks – from country-focused to technology-based to records rich. Christy Fillerup, SLIG Director, has worked for the past four years to assure that SLIG remains in the forefront of education on methodology and emerging technologies.  Go to http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42 to learn more.

February 11-14, 2015, Combined RootsTech and FGS Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center.
RootsTechRegistration is open and early bird pricing is available now.  Workshops and luncheons fill rapidly.   Hotels are filling fast, don’t delay your reservation. Go to https://rootstech.org/?lang=eng to learn more about this huge conference.

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

Quilts and Genealogy Once upon a time . . . the very talented quilters from the quiltJacksonville Museum Quilters Guild set out to make unique quilts, each with a story to tell about the inhabitants and early history of the Rogue Valley. Many years later the collection found itself without a home. Ultimately, the historical quilt collection was donated to the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) where the quilts are displayed in the reading room at the Library.

One of the objectives of the JCGL Quilt Committee is to focus on the relationship of quilts to family history and genealogy. Toward that end, we will continue the series of “Quilts and Genealogy” talks from September 2014 to June 2015. These talks are given on the fourth Tuesday each month (except for December) at 1:30 pm at JCGL. Click on this link,  2014-15 Quilt Talk Schedule , to bring up a printable schedule. The first in this series of talks will be held on Sept. 23rd with Anne Billeter presenting. See Classes and Events earlier in this newsletter.

Welcome New and Returning RVGS Members

Mary C. MitchellHeather GroveWarren CroucherSuzi CollinsLynn BlackMark LavisJanet (Jan) GleavesCarol Heisel

Zellah M. Swartsley

Gita Shanks

 

In Memoriam: Audrey Bradshaw

In June 2014, Audrey Bradshaw passed away and Rogue Valley Genealogical Society and Jackson County Genealogy Library lost a Friend, Charter Member, Past President, Honorary Life Member and dedicated supporter of 46 years. Audrey was born 6 – 21-1922 and died 6 – 17 – 2014.

Audrey Bradshaw2Audrey became a member of RVGS in 1968. The pedigree charts of a friend impressed her so much she asked how she could learn to trace her ancestors. The friend told her, “go to the RVGS meetings and they will show you how.” Audrey went to the next meeting and was hooked. She became a determined researcher and a dedicated RVGS member much to the benefit of the Society. The rest is history.

1971

Wasting no time, Audrey was elected and installed as president of RVGS in January, 1971. Her goals included continuing the projects of collecting local vital records and increasing the bulletin exchange program with other societies. Other projects included coordinating records RVGS members owned on various areas they were researching so that they would be of help to others just starting research in those counties, states, and time periods. Commenting that many members owned books and records that could be of help to others, she said she hoped to see that a registry was made so that people could know where these items might be accessed.

Another project she advocated was the formation of groups within the society composed of those working in the same areas or of the same interests so they could learn together. Today we call them special interests groups.

She also envisioned what she called a “Genie Group,” a veteran researcher helping a novice or a small group of novices in starting their family research. They would be guided in learning to do research, how to keep records, and how to record the information they found. This was the beginning of our current Mentoring Program.

Notable Events in 1971 – 72

RVGS held a workshop-convention in May, 1971.   The speaker was G.B. Everton, Jr., managing editor and publisher of the Genealogical Helper. An article published in the July 1971 issue of the “Helper” featured pictures of RVGS officers and attendees.

The “Name the Bulletin” contest winner was Mrs LeVerne (Eric) de Place, and the winning name was “The Rogue Digger.” Her prize was the new edition of the HandyBook for Genealogists published by Everton Publishers. Today we still publish “The Rogue Digger” online and have the newest edition of the HandyBook on our Library shelves.

Taking a few years off for research, Audrey was elected President for a second time in 1983. Again she wasted no time getting things started. As early as January 3rd, she and a Committee began working to develop the Accession Book and a Card Catalog File for the books that made up the Library. The Accession Book continues today but the Card Catalog has been uploaded to an online catalog for easier patron access.

The second major project was known as the “Book Binding Project”. The hundreds of bulletins from genealogical societies all over the United States had been accumulating for years. They were stored on shelves in boxes and paper bags. They were taken down, cleaned, sorted, sized, stapled, glued, covered, and color coordinated with binding tape before their placement on the Library shelves. This project was a lot of hard work that took several months to complete. It was a rewarding project that when completed as the result of hours of volunteer effort can still be found on JCGL shelves today.

Notable Events in 1983

Besides the projects mentioned above, the acquisition of the DAR Scrapbooks and Indexes were a great addition to the library. With these additions the collection grew to 3000 publications.

Elected again in 1984, the following press release was submitted for publication.

President Audrey Eileen (Price) Bradshaw. It is the good fortune of RVGS to have Audrey Bradshaw for our 1984 President. Audrey was elected President, in 1971, 1983 and again in 1984. Reliable sources consider Audrey a most knowledgeable genealogist and she is an outstanding teacher. She is a very modest person and we hear little of her many accomplishments. Under her expert guidance RVGS has grown and prospered in many ways. Research sources have been greatly increased, new and improved programs have been initiated. Members may anticipate many new projects in 1984 that will be of benefit to individual members and the Society as a whole.

Submitted by Charleen Brown, RVGS Past-President

In Memoriam: Jackie Jump

Jackie was born February 12, 1936 in Spokane, Washington and died July 18, 2014 at her home in Phoenix, OR. Her father was Errol C. Jump b. Ohio and mother Elarian M. Morand b. Canada. She spent her early years in Montana where he father worked for the US Postal Service as a railroad postal clerk. Jackie was buried next to her brother in the Conrad Cemetery in Kalispell, MT.  Jackie’s chosen career field was Chemical Engineering with several positions throughout California before retiring in Medford in 1996. She joined RVGS in 1999.

Submitted by Chuck Eccleston, RVGS Volunteer Coordinator

 

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY AND INTERNET NEWS

Indexes to Obituaries Added to JCGL Website

Mail tribuneObituaries for 1951-1955 scanned from microfilms of the Medford Mail Tribune have been added to the collection at the Jackson County Genealogy Library. Indexes to these obituaries are available online by clicking the Obituaries link at http://rvgslibrary.org.   If you are local and are interested in seeing any of these obituaries, ask the librarian at the reception area to access digital copies of these obituaries for you from the reception computer. Our thanks to volunteers Cheryl Haas, Linda Kestner, and Leo Kimm for their work on these images and indexes.

Microfilmed Divorce Records Added to Collection

On permanent loan from the Family History Library, we have Divorce Case Files for Jackson County Oregon, 1861-1914. An index to those divorce files can be accessed from the JCGL website. Go to http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Divorce.html and select Volume 1. Divorces after 1915 are also available on the JCGL website at http://www.rvgslibrary.org/JudgmentRolls.html.

New Doors Are Installed

doorJCGL now has four new doors installed thanks to a very generous donation, volunteer help for all trim installation and painting inside and out and coordination efforts with SOS Alarm.  These improvements will definitely help to lower heating and cooling expenses and make the two emergency exits safer. Thanks again to those volunteers who continue to help with all our library improvements.

 

New Additions to JCGL, August 2014

Click the link to download a printable copy of the list of  New Additions to JCGL 2014 Aug.

INTERNET RESOURCES

Who Do You Think You Are

WDYTYACatch up on WDYTYA by going to this url: http://www.ancestry.com/cs/who-do-you-think-you-are?o_xid=61849&o_lid=61849&o_sch=Email to watch current and past episodes online. Minnie Driver was featured in the last episode.

Everyday Genealogy

genealogy todayEveryday Genealogy is a column which delves into the historical side of genealogy, focusing on family history, long-lost occupations, historical misconceptions, profiles of top genealogical libraries, and how beginning genealogists can use history to their advantage. Look here for informative articles on subjects of interest to everyday — grassroots — genealogists like yourselves. Here’s the link: http://www.genealogytoday.com/columns/everyday/. FREE help.

Online Learning Center for NEHGS (New England Historical and Genealogical Society)

Civil War cannonWebinar available free online, click the link to watch the video: Find Your Union Civil War Ancestor at NEHGS. (1:04:50, presented live August 21, 2014, by David Allen Lambert)
Learn strategies and tips for researching Union Civil War veterans.

The NEHGS Online Learning Center contains subject guides on a variety of genealogical topics, informative videos, webinars, online courses, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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eNews “Between Us Diggers” for RVGS/JCGL August 2014

Classes and Events

All events are held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR 97501. web: http://rvgslibrary.org  or http://rvgsociety.org
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August 5th, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM     Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This is an informal group that usually meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring FTM challenges and as a group we try and solve these problems.  Participating in the group is a great way to keep connected and share information.   Please call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org  to register for this FREE workshop.

August  6th, Wednesday, 10:30 am – 12:30FTM II  Managing Your Tree – Adding Facts and Documenting Sources

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown

Come join Charleen Brown as she teaches the second of a six class Family Tree Maker Training Series.Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.
As you continue with Family Tree Maker, you will want to expand your tree by adding details, facts, sources, stories, histories and more.  One of the most important aspects in managing your tree will be adding facts and documenting your sources.  Each time you add information to your tree, you will want to create a source and source citation that details where you found the information.  Please call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

brick%20wallAugust 9th  Saturday, 10:30–12:30PM    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.  Please call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this workshop.

August 13th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM     Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
MAC Users, everyone is encouraged to bring FTM 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 call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

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August 19th, Tuesday, Noon – 9:00 PM  Diggin’ In the Dark…
When the library remains open the 3rd Tuesday each month until 9 PM!  Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy 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 and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM!  Please call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

August  20th, Wednesday, 10:30 am – 12:30    FTM III  Including Media Items
Come join Charleen Brown as she teaches the third of a six class Family Tree Maker Training Series. Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.
Names, dates, and facts tell only part of your family’s story.  In order to really bring your ancestors to life, you’ll want to illustrate your family history with pictures and important documents.  FTM will help you organize your media items all in one central location.  You can link media items to specific individuals and use the images in selected trees, reports, charts and much more.  Please call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

September 2nd, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM     Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring FTM challenges 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 call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

September 3rd, Wednesday, 10:30 am – 12:30        FTM IV  Using Maps
Come join Charleen Brown as she teaches the fourth of a six class Family Tree Maker Training Series Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.
As you record information, you will also be recording locations where these events took place.  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.  Please call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

September 10th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM     Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
MAC Users, everyone is encouraged to bring FTM 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 call 541-512-2340 or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register for this FREE workshop.

Future Events at JCGL:

Genealogy Week Schedule of Classes
[All Classes Are Free; Library Use is Free!]

Save these Dates!

Monday, September 29, 2014
10:30 am – 11:30 am:  Charleen Brown, Past President, will present  How to Start Your Genealogy Project, covering the basics of ancestry charts, trees, what to do before getting started with your research.

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1 pm – 2 m:  Anne Billeter, Library Director, will tell you What’s Where at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, hidden treasures, and how to use the library’s online catalog.

 

 

 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
10:30 – 11:30 am:  Karen Asche, Vice President, will discuss The Importance of Federal and State Census Records, where to find them and what they can and cannot tell you about your ancestors.

Andi 242-2811 pm – 2 pm:  Andrea Patterson, President, will discuss Heritage Quest, a website you can find and access from home.  This is a great website for researching the Revolutionary War, Freedman’s Bureau, and PERSI, (Periodical Resource Index), censuses, books, and US Serial Set.

 

 

 

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
10:30 am – 11:30 am:  Colleen Eccleston, long time genealogical researcher, will discuss Paper Organization.  “Unless your genealogy papers are organized, your research really cannot progress effectively.”  From Legacy, Aug. 2006.  This class will emphasize basic ideas that will give you the ability to choose a system which will be simple to set up and simple to maintain and be flexible.

1pm – 2 pm:  Andrea Patterson, President, will discuss Organizing on Computers.  Computer and technology methods to record, copy and save will be demonstrated along with Genealogy Software options.

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
10:30 – 11:30 am:  Pam Olsen:  will present information on DAR,  The Daughters of the American Revolution and How to use DAR Records to build your family tree.

1 pm – 2 pm:  Barbara Basden, ePublications Director, will explain Military Records (Fold3), and Newspaper Records (multiple sites).  Use Fold3 to find original military records from wars prior to the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.  In addition to Genealogy Bank and Newspapers.com, other subscription sites at JCGL provide access to newspaper records.  Learn how to search those records.

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
10:30 – 11:30:  Andrea Patterson, President, will discuss, “Where Haven’t You Looked?” Some family treasure, undiscovered data, photo or artifact might be right under your nose.  Over 50 ideas you might not have thought about.  Website addresses accompany most of the items.

1 pm – 2 pm:  Barbara Basden, ePublications Director, will present, “Getting the Most from the Family Search Website.”   An overview will explain how to access information in Family Tree, in Photos and Memories, and in the extensive record collection.  Learn how to access aids on this website that will make you a better genealogist.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014
10:30 am – 11:30 am:  Barbara Basden, ePublications director:  “Learn about Some Less-Visited Subscription Sites at JCGL.”  This session is an overview of World Vital Records, containing U. S. and International Records; Find My Past, a rich source of records for the United Kingdom; and Genealogy Today, containing less well-known resources not found on other websites.

1 pm – 2 pm:  Brick Wall Roundtable:  Rhonda Rockwell, Publicity Director, Edith Carlson, long time researcher, and Connie Miller, Treasurer, are the scheduled panelists.  Bring your questions and problems for discussion and ways to break through your brick walls in your research and find that long lost ancestor.

National Conferences

FGSAugust 27-30, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference, “Gone to Texas.”  Four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. Our local co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Click this link to learn more about this big event, https://www.fgsconference.org.

September 13, 9 AM to 8PM     NEHGS Comes West: Navigating New England and New York Resources
Location: Hotel Shattuck Plaza; 2086 Allston Way; Berkeley, CA 94704 510-845-7300, Toll Free 866-466-9199
Join the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society as we partner to offer a one-day seminar on exploring your New England and New York roots. NEHGS genealogists Chris Child and Alice Kane will present resources and tips for navigating the records of New England and New York. Special emphasis will be placed on resources available online.

Useful genealogy and history books will be available for sale by both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society, and CGS will also offer a used books sale and silent auction. Here’s the link to the information page, http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=30470; and to the Registration Form. RVGS/JCGL will have a table with brochures to tell everyone about our library!

sligJanuary 12-16, 2014   Utah Genealogical Association sponsored  Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy
Each year the Institute offers twelve tracks, each presenting twenty hours of in-depth genealogical instruction over a five-day period.  Coordinators and instructors represent some of the best educators the field has to offer.   SLIG is dedicated to offering a variety of tracks – from country-focused to technology-based to records rich. Christy Fillerup, SLIG Director, has worked for the past four years to assure that SLIG remains in the forefront of education on methodology and emerging technologies.  Go to http://www.infouga.org/cpage.php?pt=42 to learn more.

RootsTechFebruary 11-14, 2015, Combined RootsTech and FGS Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center.
Registration opens late August.   Reduced rates are available at the following hotels for February 9-17, The Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake Plaza Hotel, Hilton Salt Lake City Center, and Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown.  Hotels are filling fast, don’t delay your reservation. Each hotel is conveniently located near the Salt Palace Convention Center.  Go to https://rootstech.org/?lang=eng to learn more about this huge conference.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society News

Catching Up with Tom Jones
TomJonesIf you didn’t attend GCO’s Summer Genealogy Fest on August 2, 2014, you may not know that the featured speaker, Tom Jones presented four talks during the day, one of which, “Debunking Misleading Records” was broadcast live as Legacy Family Tree Webinar. Course description: Genealogical sources of all kinds contain errors, both accidental and intentional, that mislead. Standard tests expose the errors, helping researchers make correct conclusions. To see this seminar, register on this site, http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php.  The webinar will be available for free for seven days after the presentation on August 2  It’s almost as good as being there!
RVGS/JCGL was represented by Chuck Eccleston and others at a table in the display area at GCO, showing pictures of the remodeling of the building at 3405 S. Pacific Highway, handing out library and membership brochures, and hobnobbing with other genealogy enthusiasts.

More Online Resources Featuring Tom Jones
One is “Inferential Genealogy.” It’s a two-hour intermediate-level course that provides guidance in extracting evidence (reading between the lines) and then combining it with other evidence. From Connie Lenzen, GCO organizer: “I once saw Tom take a small marriage record with about 30 words and pull out 20 different “facts.” That’s the type of thing he does with this class. https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/inferential-genealogy/251
The other class is “Using ‘Correlation’ to Reveal Facts that No Record States.” In this class, he explains five ways we can correlate evidence. You may already be doing one or two of these; this is an opportunity to add additional strategies to your work. https://familysearch.org/learningcenter/lesson/using-correlation-to-reveal-facts-that-no-record-states/589

Tom’s recent book, Mastering Genealogical Proof, is a “must read” for people who want to apply the Genealogical Proof Standard to their own work.

New Members for June and July 2014
Welcome new and renewing members of RVGS!
Greidanas, Kathy
Hawkins, Loys
Henderson, David
Oage, Murilla
Paradise, Jeri
Peterson, Harnel & Ballard, Juliana
Shelton, Shirley
Snider, Sherri
Steele, Sally
Taylor, Billie J.
Thomsen, Alice M.
Timberman, June
Viani, Joseph

NORWEGIAN translation needed!  JCGL has received the donation of three volumes in Norwegian, in Gothic script.  We would like help translating the titles and subtitles of these books.  If you can help, please email:  annebilleteroregon@gmail.com.

In Memoriam
Austin Hegarty, 89, passed away June 23, 2014 at the Providence Medical Center.  Austin joined RVGS in 1969.

Valley Lift
Stan Littrell, EW worker, podcaster and blind genealogist has been featured by Valley Lifts.  Stan gets to and from JCGL with the help of Valley Lift, watch this video to watch the process and hear Stan’s comments, http://vimeo.com/102076088

Financial News

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Annual Fund: Our goal this year is $20,000 and we have received over $10,000 so far.  These funds cover our everyday operating expenses.  Please consider donating today!  Remember that all donations to JCGL are tax deductible.

The Leave A Legacy drive continues to reduce the mortgage balance. Our goal for July was to get the balance down to $110,000 and your contributions did just that!  Our next goal will be to reduce the balance to $100,000 by October. With your help we can do it!  Donations may be made online via either website (the Donate button on the home page of each website, http://rvgslibrary.org or http://rvgsociety.org), by mail addressed to 3405 S Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501, or in person at JCGL.
A big thank you to the following people who have contributed 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, Lillian & Christine Fullerton, Celeste Guillory, Joyce Hailicka, Bob Hawk, Charlotte Henry, Alice Herzberg, Steven Hoolko, Horton Family Foundation, Larry & Ann Horton, Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor. Carolee Jones, Sheila & Ray Kimball, Virginia King, Linda Lipkind, Richard & Barbara MacMillen, Judith Mallchok, Alan Marion, Bruce McGarvey, Barbara Middaugh, Betty A. Miller, Connie Miller, Alice & Larry Mullaly, Kathie Ordall, Jack & Andrea Patterson, People’s Bank, Dixie Pollard, Sallie K. Riehl, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Kathleen Simonsen, William Smith, Margaret & Darrell Stafford, Chloe Sternola, Gene Wolf.

The 5/60 Club continues to support making the payments on our mortgage.  Joining the club requires making a commitment to donate $5/month (or $60/year) toward the reduction of mortgage payments on the building at 3405 S Pacific Highway.  Now each monthly club payment reduces the principal balance by about $300 as well as paying interest. Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club in 2014: Colista Bailey, Al Beron, Carolyn Beron, Anne Billeter, Charleen Brown, Warren Brown, Wayne Cabler, Carolyn Craig, Chuck Eccleston, Colleen Eccleston, Terry Fischer, Marie Fulbright, Cheryl Haas, Charlotte Henry, Gene Henry, David Hodson, Jacqueline Jump, Sheila Kimball, Ray Kimball, Steve Kious, Norb Leiberg, Barbara MacMillen, Dick MacMillen, Bruce McGarvey, Betty Miller, Connie Miller, Shirley Rhodes, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Barbara Shrewsberry, Vanya Sloan, Janie Stewart, John Stewart, April Thomas, Sue Waldron, Helen Wolgamott

Genealogy Success Story

A Slice from the Life of Ada Ruth (Brock) Pattison

[These are reminiscences that were written up and passed down to her daughter, Wilma Pattison. Don’t forget to ask your parents or grandparents for their reminiscences to flesh out your family history. Thank you, Wilma, for sharing with RVGS members. ]

Ada was born March 21, 1894 in Nebraska and moved with her family to the village of Viola, Oregon.  Here are some of her childhood recollections:
One evening after school mama was hoeing in the garden when a couple school girls, Christina and Maggie Hamilton came along and I had to climb on the fence to watch them go by.  They said, “We’re taking Ada home for supper.” For supper they had honey in the comb, a new treat for me. After supper dishes they brought me home carrying me on her shoulder.
One evening mom and dad were standing, talking by the fence that looked out over the cattle lot. I went out on an errand and a young heifer of her first calf didn’t like me presence there and started for me.  My dad dashed out there, Thank god, and the cow scratched my arm with her horn about the time Dad got there.  Of course I thought I was badly hurt, but not really.
One day I stepped on a nail.  Mom had to get help to pull it out.  No harm done.
Dad bought some virgin land that had never been used except by Indians.   He had to clear off the land to build a house and woodshed and dig a well and build a barn, chicken house and potatoe house with double walls and upstairs where apples for all winter were stored.  Then after we were moved in he had to clear land, bought two colts to raise beside the older horse we already had.  Colts were Bunker and Dan.  We (she and her sister) found some Indian arrows.
Across the road from us lived grandma Hickman.  They always had two Jersey cows from which they sold butter (homemade).  Bees with lots of honey, chickens and sold eggs,  and a big garden.  In the springs and early summers there were plenty jobs to help such as hoeing corn or potatoes for days, or when they were dug by hand Emma and I picked them up.  Sometimes when Dad had cut hay I helped pile, shock it into shocks; and grain too.  When he hauled hay I could help by pitching it where it belonged.  I really enjoyed all this.  Helped to churn butter, pick berries, and many other jobs.

Jackson County Genealogy Library News

Summer Seminar Held at JCGL
dnaRobert E. Givens, author, educator, and Family Search expert presented two classes at the Jackson County Genealogy Library  one at 7 PM on July 14th and other at 10:30 AM on July 15.  In his Monday evening class, Mr. Givens described the four main types of DNA tests that are of interest to genealogists.  The first two types are from the sex chromosomes. 1. Y DNA testing follows the male line and remains unchanged.  Y DNA is a convenient way to track distant relationships.  2. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is passed on only by the mother but is transmitted to both female and male children.  Distant relations are more difficult to track.. 3. Autosomal DNA (Family Finder) is not from the sex chromosomes.  Autosomal DNA is used to trace deep ancestry and comes from both parents.  4.  Chromosome Mapping is the newest rage in DNA testing.  This test allows you to identify parts of the chromosome associated with a given ancestor by comparing your autosomal DNA with that of your relatives.
Givens at mikeOn Tuesday, July 15 Mr. Givens introduced us to the Help Center on Family Search that includes the Getting Started page, a Learning Center with hundreds of online videos and the Wiki that contains links to records and information about resources from throughout the web arranged into categories for you.
Mr. Givens also toured our library and proclaimed it the best north of Sacramento with the exception of Sutro library in San Francisco.  Those who hung around after his lectures received additional help and information from both Robert and his wife Barbara.  Education Director Marilyn Ayres reported not only that RVGS made a profit of approximately $400  but also  that the classes won accolades from those who attended.

Update on Map and Court Record Digitization Project
People in Room repairing maps digitization projectDo you remember the map viewing that Roger Roberts held at our previous building at 95 Houston Road in Phoenix after we moved to 3405 S. Pacific Highway?  Roger has generously made about 2000 maps available to JCGL to be digitized.  Last December we were awarded a grant of $1800 from Jackson County Cultural Coalition (JCCC) and in February, a grant from The Heritage Grant program of Oregon Parks and Recreation for digitizing these maps and historical Jackson County court record books. These grants cover purchases of an overhead scanner, a new server computer and backup external hard drive, a media safe for storing data, a battery backup system to protect the server from power outages, and scanning services for large documents.  A group of volunteers has been meeting on sporadic Wednesday evenings to label and repair the maps so they may be scanned; the larger ones by Medford Builder’s Exchange and the smaller ones using an overhead scanner purchased with grant funds.  The next step will be to take information from the maps, such as names and places and put them into spreadsheets. After the information is input, the files will be stored and backed up on the new server and external hard drive.  Barbara and Dave Basden will upload the index and images to our website, making them available to the public. Every hour of volunteer time spent on this project counts toward the matching funds RVGS contributes to the Heritage Grant. Roger Roberts, Chuck Eccleston, Chloe Sternola, Dick and Barbara MacMillen, Marilyn and Al Ayres, Jerry Reichstein, Bud Gleim, Betty Lanfear, Alan Marion, James Williams, Rick Black, Rhonda Rockwell, Tom Sayre, Terry Fischer, and Colista Bailey collectively have contributed over 285 hours equaling almost $3,000 in matching funds.  Over 800 maps are ready for scanning, still more to be prepared, and lots of data input is needed.  If you would like to volunteer to be part of this exciting project, contact Chuck Eccleston, cgecc@juno.com.

Who Do You Think You Are (WDYTYA) Returns

WDYTYA
WDYTYA, popular genealogy TV show sponsored by Ancestry.com moved from NBC to TLC this season.  The first two episodes aired on July 23rd and 30th. Cynthia Nixon’s genealogy was covered in the first episode.  One of Cynthia’s ancestors had a criminal record.  Click the following link to access Ancestry’s video showing you how to find the Black Sheep in your family tree, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8YyJu2jYyk&list=TLJicF7-6qhXKTV5bMyV0AStUvZBm8JaI_. You can catch earlier shows online through Ancestry if you have been missing out or if you don’t receive TLC on your TV, http://www.ancestry.com/cs/who-do-you-think-you-are?o_xid=61849&o_lid=61849&o_sch=Email.

Internet Resources:

World War I                                                                                                      2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, an excellent reason to research WWI family records for you family.  Here’s a link to resources containing records of World War I, http://www.militaryindexes.com/worldwarone/index.html — including free resources.  For those interested in British records try, http://www.greatwar.co.uk/research/family-history/trace-ww1-british-soldier.htm.  Of course, at JCGL you can find military records on our subscription sites including: Fold3 (records from all wars from NARA), Ancestry, Family Search, Archives.com, and World Vital Records.

Find My Past
FINDMYPASTNew Records on FindMyPast Website (check it out from the Website Menu at JCGL)
100 in 100 features Newspaper Archives with over 100 million pages added.  Go to Newspapers in Find My Past. http://100in100.findmypast.com/?sisearchengine=1068&siproduct=Email&utm_source=fmpint_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=104407

Using Google Alerts
google-logoGoogle Alerts is like having your own virtual research assistant! When you key in your favorite searches, Google Alerts will automatically email you when there are new Google results for your search terms.
How to set up your Google Alerts:
1. Go to www.google.com/alerts.
2. Sign in to your Google account (or create one).
3. The first time you create an alert, click where it says, “You don’t have any Google Alerts. Try creating one.” Fill in the screen that pops up.
4. Type in your search query. In the example above, I’ve entered my specific search: “Larson” “Winthrop” Minnesota
5. Make selections to further refine your search alert:

Google Alerts Dialog Box
•    The type of content you’re looking for: news, blogs, videos, discussions, books or everything.
•    How often you want to receive the alerts by email.
•    The type of results you want to get. You may want to receive all results, not just the best results which will give you an opportunity to see how your search does. You can always change settings later.
6. Your search results will be returned to you via your Google Account containing hotlinks to the requested information.

New Additions to the JCGL Collection

929.2 Brownlee
Tovar, Carole (Smith)
Brownlee and Smith and Related Families : Copple, Eichholtz, Hiltibidal, Imbrie and Yocum

Circ 929.2 McPherson
Hill, Joan G.
My Uncle Ralph Never Wrote to Me…the Ralph McPherson family history as told through his letters to two sisters

929.2 Peckham
Peckham, Charles Wesley, Sr.
Peckham Family
[Also separately published index]

929.2 Rinehart
Lewis and Elizabeth Rinehart and Descendants : A Family History

929.3 Ame v. III – v. XIII
American Ancestry : giving the name and descent, in the male line, of Americans whose ancestors settled in the United States previous to the Declaration of Independence, A.D. 1776 / v.III-v.XII, embracing lineages from the whole of the United States, 1888-1899
[JCGL already owns v. I and v. II]

975.537 H388 Sco
Scott, W. W.
History of Orange County, Virginia, from its formation in 1734 (O.S.) to the end of Reconstruction in 1870…

976.8 H388 His v. 1
History of Tennessee

977.333 B352 Por
Portrait and Biographical Album of Stephenson County, Ill.

977.333 C242 Cem
Cemetery Inscriptions, Stephenson County, Illinois, vol. 4 : Dakota, Lancaster, Rock Run, Rock Grove Townships

977.333 G242 In
In the Foot-prints of the Pioneers of Stephenson County, Illinois : a Genealogical Record

977.422 M177 Mar
Marriage Records of Calhoun County, Michigan, 1835-1890
977.845 H388 His
History of Lafayette County, MO., carefully written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources…

976.847 L142 Mur
Murray, Joyce Martin
Sumner County, Tennessee, deed abstracts, 1793-1805

976.91 H388 Cou
County of Todd, Kentucky:  historical and biographical

976.974 L142 Mur
Murray, Joyce Martin
Deed Abstracts of Warren County, Kentucky, 1812-1821: deed books F-6, G-7, H-8, I-9

977.81 C242 Chr v.1
977.81 C242 Chr v.2
Christiansen, E. J.
Bates County, Missouri, Cemeteries, 1980

977.847 H388 His
History of Saline County, Missouri : carefully written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources…

977.8455 H388 His
History of Johnson County, Missouri : including a reliable history of the townships, cities, and towns, together with a map of the county…

977.848 H388 His
History of Pettis County, Missouri : including an authentic history of Sedalia, other towns…

Circ 979.5 H388 Jo
Jo-Brew
Oregon’s Main Street : U.S. Highway 99, the stories

979.527 S227 Picaro 1977
979.527 S227 Picaro 1978
Picaro, The. Annual publication by Medford Mid-High School

979.529 H388 Pio v.6 [August 1973]
979.529 H388 Pio v.18 [August 1985]
Pioneer Days in the South Umpqua Valley

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Who Do You Think You Are Starts New Season

http://www.ancestry.com/cs/who-do-you-think-you-are?o_xid=61376&o_lid=61376&o_sch=Email

 

Ancestry announces new season with previews available on this link…  Enjoy!

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eNews Between Us Diggers for RVGS/JCGL July 2014

Classes and Meetings at JCGL for July 2014

All events are located at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy. Medford, OR 97501. Phone 541-512-2340, web: http://rvgslibrary.org   e-mail: reception@rvgslibrary.org

FTM 2014July 1st, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM        Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
This informal group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring FTM challenges 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!

ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467July 10th, Wednesday, 10 – 11:30 AM    Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
MAC Users, everyone is encouraged to bring FTM 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 call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this FREE workshop.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society presents a two session Summer Seminar July 14 and 15, 2014, with Robert Givens educator, administrator and genealogy researcher.

DNA Poster

July 14th, Monday, 7:00 – 8:30PM    “DNA-The Genealogist’s Newest Tool” lecture by Robert Givens.
This presentation provides a short DNA for Dummies-type overview of what DNA is and how it applies to genealogy.  Items covered are: Three main types of genealogical DNA tests; what these tests do and don’t tell us and how we can benefit from them.  Results from some DNA tests are shown and also a handout with a list of the major companies offering DNA tests. Cost:  RVGS members $10.00 and non-members $15.00 each session.  Seats are limited!  Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this lecture.

July 15th, Tuesday, 10:30 AM – Noon    “Become a Better Genealogist with FamilySearch.org” lecture by Robert Givens.  
What’s in the FamilySearch.org unique Help Center? This lecture teaches you to successfully use all the Help, Research Wiki and Free Education resources to make you a much more productive researcher. Cost:  RVGS members $10.00 and non-members $15.00 each session.  Seats are limited!  Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this lecture.

digginJuly 15th, Tuesday, 3 – 9:00 PM  Diggin’ In the Dark… when the library remains open the 3rd Tuesday each month until 9 PM!  Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy with helpful librarians available to assist you.  Come use one of our 12 computer stations to explore several subscribed online websites or bring your laptop and connect to our WiFi.  The library also features a huge database and book collection.  Bring your dinner and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this FREE workshop.

July 22nd , Tuesday, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM        How to Start Your Genealogy Project

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown

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, Uses of the family group sheet, How to continue your project, The types of documentation and why it is important, and Simple ways to organize information. Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this FREE workshop.

July 23rd, Wednesday, 10:30 – 12:30 AM    Family Tree Maker (FTM) 2012 / 2014 ~ Starting A Tree
ChartCome join Charleen Brown as she teaches the first of a six class Family Tree Maker Training Series. First Class FREE to RVGS Members, cost is $20.00 for non-members.
Charleen teaches this introduction to FTM 2012 (2014) providing the basic skills and knowledge you need to begin your tree.  Most of your time in FTM will be spent in the PEOPLE Workspace entering names, dates, and events about your family.  Charleen shows you how to use FTM to fill in missing information. Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this workshop.

July 28th, 2014 – Monday, 10:30AM – 12:30PM – Family Tree Maker VII ances_logo“Creating Smart Stories and Family History Books” , the last class in this training series.
Come join Charleen Brown as she teaches “Creating Smart Stories and Family History Books. “Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members
FTM can automatically generate a Smart Stories (SS) for an individual or family in your tree or you can create your own SS by starting with a blank page and adding your own text and images.  FTM also gives you access to two publishing tools that will help you create a quality family history book.  The first tool is a desktop book building feature built into the FTM software.  The second tool is MyCanvas, a Web-based publishing service.  MyCanvas is provided by Ancestry.com online so you must be an Ancestry.com member and have uploaded your tree to Ancestry.com to use this feature. Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this workshop.

August 5th, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM        Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group

This informal group usually meets the first Tuesday of each month. Everyone is encouraged to bring FTM challenges 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 call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this FREE workshop.

August 6th, Wednesday, 10:30 am – 12:30    FTM II  Managing Your Tree – Adding Facts and Documenting Sources
keep calmCome join Charleen Brown as she teaches the second of a six class Family Tree Maker Training Series.Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members.
As you continue with Family Tree Maker, you will want to expand your tree by adding details, facts, sources, stories, histories and more.  One of the most important aspects in managing your tree will be adding facts and documenting your sources.  Each time you add information to your tree, you will want to create a source and source citation that details where you found the information.  Please call 541-512-2340, email reception@rvgslibrary.org, or stop by in person to register for this workshop.

September Program for the Public
Genealogy-charts-3The September Program for the Public will be a Member Fair and YOU are invited to participate.   On Tueday, Sept. 16th at 1:30 PM, you will be given the opportunity to share your research experiences with others.  Take this opportunity to explain to other members what you have discovered and where you have looked.   Perhaps you visited your home town, your ancestor’s birth village, interviewed one of your older relatives.  You can set up a display table and you will be given 7 minutes to tell the group about your research, family, or a special story that emerged from your genealogy quest or memoir writing. We are looking for a variety of subjects, e.g., Camp White and WWII, memories of a trip to Salt Lake City or a particular State Archive, the Civil War, pioneers, immigration, Germany, Ireland, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Great Britain, Canada, First People’s regions, using Jewish records, DAR, your early life, a personal breakthrough.  What is presented will be what you make it. Register early; the deadline is August 15th. The sign-up sheet is in the class binder at JCGL.  Please provide your name, a sentence or two about the subject you will be presenting, your phone number or email to contact you.  Feel free to contact Marilyn Ayres, Education Director, aayres@aol.com, for more information.

Quilts and Genealogy
quilt winner smOnce upon a time . . . the very talented quilters from the Jacksonville Museum Quilters Guild set out to make unique quilts, each with a story to tell about the inhabitants and early history of the Rogue Valley.  Many years later the collection found itself without a home.  Ultimately, the historical quilt collection was donated to the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) where the quilts are displayed in the reading room at the Library.

One of the objectives of the JCGL Quilt Committee is to focus on the relationship of quilts to family history and genealogy.  Toward that end, we will continue the series of “Quilts and Genealogy” talks from September 2014 to June 2015.  These talks are given on the fourth Tuesday each month (except for December) at 1:30 pm at JCGL.  A complete schedule of the topics, presenters and pictures of the featured quilts will be available later this summer.

Local Event
Saturday, July 12, 12-4 PM                                              Victorian Medical Practices
Victorian MedicineLocation: Jacksonville’s 1873 Beekman House.  Costumed docents will lead house tours focusing on Victorian health care, Beekman health issues and “cures,” and sanitation measures the family adopted.  Lawn displays include a Civil War medical tent, medical artifacts from local archaeology digs; phrenology (skull reading); and Chinese medical practices.  Admission: $5, adults; $3, seniors/students.  For more information contact 541-245-3650 or info@historicjacksonville.org.

Regional/National Events

GCOAugust 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!]

FGSAugust 27-30, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference, “Gone to Texas.”  Four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. Our local co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Click this link to learn more about this big event, https://www.fgsconference.org.

The University of Oregon’s Knight Library is the newspaper microfilm repository for Oregon, and the library is in Eugene, the site of the GCO conference. What this means is, if you have Oregon ancestors, you can read microfilm that takes you back to the days when your ancestors lived and put them into their historical context.The Knight Library is located on the west side of the University of Oregon campus at 1501 Kincaid. If you want to spend Friday before the conference at the library, it is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is also open on Sunday. The website with the list of newspapers on microfilm is at http://library.uoregon.edu/govdocs/micro/titles.html . [This tip provided by Connie Lenzen of GCO]

September 13, 9 AM to 8PM     NEHGS Comes West: Navigating New England and New York Resources
Location: Hotel Shattuck Plaza; 2086 Allston Way;Berkeley, CA 94704 510-845-7300,Toll Free 866-466-9199

nehgsJoin the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society as we partner to offer a one-day seminar on exploring your New England and New York roots. NEHGS genealogists Chris Child and Alice Kane will present resources and tips for navigating the records of New England and New York. Special emphasis will be placed on resources available online.

Useful genealogy and history books will be available for sale by both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the California Genealogical Society, and CGS will also offer a used books sale and silent auction. Here’s the link to the information page, http://www.americanancestors.org/Event.aspx?id=30470; and to the Registration Form.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society News

A Word from the President………..
Your Society, Your Money, Your Library
Andi 242-281Six months into this budget year we are “on target” with our projected income and expenditures. With the generous support of our members we have been able to apply additional funds towards the mortgage principal each month.  Our elected Treasurer, Connie Miller, is out on medical leave and improving weekly and we hope to have her back soon. Our Interim Treasurer, Colista Bailey, pays the bills each month and reports to the Board.  Her detailed financial reports are posted at the library each month and can be made available from our Board Minutes, provided by Sheila Kimball, for review at any time.

We have just completed a 5 Year Strategic Plan for RVGS under the leadership of Karen Asche, Vice President.  The RVGS Board is gathering information for the budget element of this plan.
The Directors are financially conservative and look to achieve a balance in covering expenses as well as keeping up with new materials and technology, which keep patrons coming through our doors to experience our valuable collection, attend classes and seminars and use our 12 patron computers. We have established an account to save for acoustical doors to divide our two meeting rooms, which would allow us to have two classes or meetings simultaneously.

Our Finance Director, Barbara MacMillen, has applied for and received two grants totaling $23,500 for digitizing and indexing historical records and maps. The matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation Heritage Grant program has enabled us to purchase a server that will allow us to centralize our administrative and digital files on one computer. A Strategy Group, made up of interested local members, meets periodically to consult and offer other advice for paying off the mortgage and insure we are using our members’ money responsibly.

Library Activity, Publicity, Projects and Updates…
Our Membership Director, Marie Fulbright, reports we now have over 630 members. In addition to providing statistics and processing new members, she keeps our members alerted to their renewal dates. Our new address and great signage has helped increase our visibility and therefore more interest and more members.  New librarians are constantly being trained by Library Director, Anne Billeter, and she has worked endlessly on keeping the Librarian’s Manual current. New events and classes are being scheduled by Marilyn Ayres, Education Director.  Many projects are in the works under the direction of  Chloe Sternola.  Chloe has the daunting task of assigning and tracking all projects, the majority focusing on Jackson County Records. We have many volunteers working as librarians and doing projects… most having been recruited by Chuck Eccleston, our Volunteer Coordinator. Our Webmaster, Dave Basden, and ePublications Director, Barbara Basden, keep quite busy with updates, additions, and corrections to the website, technology equipment purchases and maintenance and the eNewsletter just to name a few tasks.  You are probably seeing our events publicized in many places.  Rhonda Rockwell, Publicity Director, has two people assisting her [Amy Spieler & Gary Woods] and could use more help.  Rhonda’s team focuses on the free publication options, the eNews, brochure distribution, and our membership in the Medford, Ashland and Phoenix-Talent Chambers of Commerce  to get the word out about our classes and events.  RVGS has joined the Federation of Genealogical Societies and continues its membership in the Genealogical Council of Oregon. Betty Miller, Trustee, advised the Board of the May statistics which included 273 volunteers in the library, 265 researchers, 27 guests, 49 attending paid classes and 45 attending the free classes offered. During the month, volunteers responded to 19 research requests  from 7 states.

We are also busy updating our records and all the file cabinets. Yes, we are genealogists and have a habit of saving just about everything! Charleen Brown is leading the charge for updating our Organizational Manual and the membership just voted and passed By-Laws updates under her leadership.

Our new facility has been wonderful and it is being well cared for under the supervision of Alan Marion, Maintenance Director. He also chairs the Data Management Group, a new committee this year. We will continue to make progress on projects to enhance the building, such as new exterior doors. It is not possible to name everyone who contributes their time and support. More classes and more seminars are planned. I encourage all of you to attend our monthly programs and other events or just drop by and research or say hello.

Andrea Patterson, President
June 19, 2014

June Program for the Public: GRANDMA
gmw1June Public Program featured Dennis Funk who provided a historical perspective of the Mennonites and their various geographical locations around the world. Research is difficult because Russia, used as an example, did not collect census information. Church records become the most helpful and data on 1.1 million names are contained in the GRANDMA database. Mr. Funk has offered to provide JCGL access to this database through the patron computers.

Klamath Falls Genealogy Society Visits JCGL/RVGS
klamath basinSix guests received a tour of the library and attended the Program for the Public on Mennonite History and the database GRANDMA. They shared lunch with several Board members and exchanged ideas. Several stayed into the afternoon and Diggin’ in the Dark and did personal research. RVGS plans to share their program and events with our membership through the eNews.

Genealogy Success Story: “A Fruitful Visit” by Anne Billeter, Library Director

When Sherri Snider was invited to the Blue Family Reunion in Jackson County in June 2007, she had no idea what her trip from Portland would bring.  The Blues are connected to the Bowens and the McKees.   John Bowen and his first wife had daughters Sarah Elizabeth, who married Amos Blue, and Maryum, who married John McKee.  John Bowen and his second wife, Roxy Ann (Hutchinson) Hughes, for whom Roxy Ann Peak is named, had Martha, who married Edward Bellinger.  Sherri is a descendant of Martha (Bowen) Bellinger.  Sherri met many relatives (John Bowen and his first wife had 6 children; Roxy Ann and her first husband, Henry Hughes, had 4 children; John Bowen and Roxy Ann had 4 children.)   Sherri was given a cutting of the yellow rose that was planted at the Logtown Cemetery, which she now has in her back yard in Portland.  Sherri met and talked to the speaker, Anne Billeter, who had been invited to speak about Roxy Ann, as many of the Blue descendants did not know much about Roxy Ann since they were descended through John Bowen’s first wife.  Anne and Sherri emailed back and forth a few times, and then let their correspondence lapse.

Fast forward to June 20, 2014, seven years later.  Sherri’s husband has a business meeting in Medford, so the couple traveled from Portland on Thursday, and while Sherri’s husband attended his meeting Friday, Sherri took a taxi to JCGL, arriving as the doors were unlocked at 10 a.m. (and leaving only when her husband picked her up as the doors were locked at 3 p.m!)

Sherri was given the Pioneer Files for Bowen and Bellinger, and began copying and researching, learning about the site-specific Google search, a shortcut to quickly finding Jackson (and some Josephine) County indexed material at JCGL.  She was told that someone knowledgeable about Roxy Ann would be arriving at 1 p.m.  It was a lucky coincidence that Anne Billeter was scheduled to work as librarian that afternoon.  Sherri and Anne reminded each other of the Blue Family Reunion and their earlier correspondence…and more information was found and copied by Sherri.

Maryum's Yellow Rose with Sherri Snider1Coincidentally, the very first Quilt Documentation Day was underway in the JCGL Meeting Room.  Anne asked Nell Mathern, JCGL quilt expert, if it would be possible to show the “Maryum’s Yellow Rose” quilt to a Roxy Ann descendant!  Nell hung “Maryum’s Yellow Rose” on the portable quilt frame (which was up and being used for Quilt Documentation Day), and took a photograph of Sherri and the quilt, shown here.   The quilt tells the story of Maryum Bowen and her husband John McKee.  Maryum and Roxy Ann, her step-mother, nurtured the yellow rose on their journey across the plains on the Oregon Trail in 1852 and 1853 (they wintered in eastern Oregon.)  Now Sherri has that same rose in her back yard, and a photograph with her and the quilt which tells the story of the rose and the family which loved it…her
family!

A nice welcome for Sherri, who is now a member of RVGS and most appreciative of our library and society.

Book Publication
Roots'n'LeavesJoan G. Hill and Roots’n’Leaves Publications announce the publication of My Uncle Ralph Never Wrote to Me…  .  This history of the extended family of Ralph McPherson, as told through the letters to two sisters, allows the reader a bird’s-eye view of a unique slice of Americana during the first 40 years of the 20th Century. Memories of his German immigrant grandparents and his boyhood in Wisconsin and Minnesota show the simple family pleasures and day to day activities, and the effects of the rapidly changing technology of the era. Joan Hill lives in Ashland, authors a blog titled Roots’n’Leaves, and recently taught a series of writer’s workshops at JCGL.She donated a copy of her book to JCGL.  The book is available for checkout by RVGS members.  You can find it on the New Book Shelf: Circ/929.2/McPherson.

In Memoriam

Long-time member and Honorary Life Member Audrey Bradshaw passed away June 17,2014 at Horton Plaza.  Audrey joined RVGS in 1969 and was President 1984-1986.

Katherine “Kay” Conlee Atwood,  RVGS member, was born Dec. 14, 1942 died May 24, 2014.  Age 71.

Mystery Photos

Please help us identify the two photos shown here.

The photo of the building has a sign that says S-F Convention – probably for Swedish-Mystery Building S-F Convention Swedish or Swiss FinnishFinnish Convention – the person found them in an old family album with other pictures of the Swedish-Finnish Convention. The owner of the album believes the S-F Convention was in Northern California or Southern Oregon.

Mystery Statue - says LINNEThe Monument has the word “LINNE” on the front and no names for the people.

 

 

Quilt Raffle Winner
On June 24, Chuck Eccleston gave an informative and very entertaining Quilts and Genealogy talk about the experiences of his pioneer ancestors on the Applegate and Oregon Trails wagon trains.  This was the last talk in the 2013-2014 series and the end of the quilt raffle.  Marilyn Ayres is now the proud owner of the quilt, photographed here with the quilt maker, Nell Mathern.

quilt raffle winner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Financial News

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Annual Fund
Our goal this year is $20,000 and we have received over $10,000 so far.  These funds cover our everyday operating expenses.  Please consider donating today!  Remember that all donations to JCGL are tax deductible.
Leave A Legacy
The Leave A Legacy drive is continuing to reduce the mortgage balance, which is now below $117,000.  Let’s see if we can get that below $110,000 in July!  With your help we can do it!  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. A big thank you to the following people who have contributed 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, Lillian & Christine Fullerton, Celeste Guillory, Joyce Hailicka, Bob Hawk, Charlotte Henry, Alice Herzberg, Horton Family Foundation, Larry & Ann Horton, Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor, Carolee Jones, Sheila & Ray Kimball, Virginia King, Linda Lipkind, Richard & Barbara MacMillen, Judith Mallchok, Alan Marion, Bruce McGarvey, Barbara Middaugh, Betty A. Miller, Connie Miller, Alice & Larry Mullaly, Kathie Ordall, Jack & Andrea Patterson, People’s Bank, Dixie Pollard, Sallie K. Riehl, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Kathleen Simonsen, William Smith, Margaret & Darrell Stafford, Chloe Sternola, Gene Wolf.
The 5/60 Club
The 5/60 Club continues to support making the payments on our mortgage.  Now each monthly payment is paying about $300 toward the principal balance as well as interest. Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club in 2014: Colista Bailey, Al Beron, Carolyn Beron, Anne Billeter, Charleen Brown, Warren Brown, Wayne Cabler, Carolyn Craig, Chuck Eccleston, Colleen Eccleston, Terry Fischer, Marie Fulbright, Cheryl Haas, Charlotte Henry, Gene Henry, David Hodson, Jacqueline Jump, Sheila Kimball, Ray Kimball, Steve Kious, Norb Leiberg, Barbara MacMillen, Dick MacMillen, Bruce McGarvey, Betty Miller, Connie Miller, Shirley Rhodes, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Barbara Shrewsberry, Vanya Sloan, Janie Stewart, John Stewart, April Thomas, Sue Waldron, Helen Wolgamott.

Bed Turning
012 Nine PatchRVGS member Nell Mathern used quilts like the one shown here as part of a “Bed Turning” at the Beekman House Jacksonville on Saturday, June 14 at 2 pm., and then again another Bed Turning at the Mountain Stars Quilter Guild Quilt Show on June 27, 28 & 29 at the Medford Armory. At both Bed Turnings Nell promoted  Quilt Documentation by the JCGL Quilt Registry Project. Do you have a quilt that needs documentation?  Please contact Karen Asche, kfasche@gmail.com.   Nell later reported that the Quilt Show was wonderful and that she had lots of opportunity to promote JCGL Quilt Documentation Days and the Quilts & Genealogy Talks at JCGL during her Bed Turning presentations.

Jackson County Genealogy Library News

AwardJackson County Genealogy Library Receives 2014 Best of Medford Award
MEDFORD June 7, 2014 — Jackson County Genealogy Library has been selected for the 2014 Best of Medford Award in the Libraries category by the Medford Award Program.
Each year, the Medford Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Medford area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Medford Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Medford Award Program and data provided by third parties.

New Additions
New books and microfilm have been added to the JCGL collection during the past month.  Please click here to access a complete list of new additions.

Newly Posted on the JCGL Website
goldminer sepiaIn June, thousands of new names and headstone photos were posted on the Cemetery pages of the JCGL Website (http://rvgslibrary.org). The Cemetery pages contain burial and/or death information for all persons who died in Jackson County Oregon.  Over 84,000 names are listed and over 58,000 of those listed have headstone photos that can be viewed online. Information provided on the website includes the full name of the individual, birth year, death year, cemetery where buried, and headstone photo.  An additional column lists the source of our information, as follows: D= death certificate, O= obituary, W= walk through, and S= sexton records.  Further information is available for most persons listed.   Contact  librariand on duty at JCGL to learn how to access that information.

Our collection of indexes to Josephine County records continues to expand.  In June, we added the complete index to obituaries published during 2013 in the Grants Pass Courier newspaper.

Free Access to Ancestry until July 6th
ancestryFor just a few days you will be able to access all resources on Ancestry.com on your home computer in celebration of the 4th of July.  Act quickly to take advantage of this offer.

Don’t Miss Out…………..Genealogy Today Website
genealogy todayGenealogy Today is a subscription website available for your use at JCGL. Below are examples of just a few of the newest additions to this website.

 

  • “Texaco Quarter Century Club 1951 Award Dinner”, [TEXAS]  Over 100 surnames
  • “Sioux Falls Zion Lutheran Church 1927 Directory,” Year Book and Directory, Zion Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls, S. Dak., 1927.
  • “American Medical Association of Vienna 1911 Membership” The American Medical Association of Vienna, 1911.  A list of the physicians who became life members of the Association since Dec. 1st 1909, together with older members still present in Vienna.

Take a look at GENEALOGY TODAY website for the categories and regions of data offered.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars
LFTWLegacy Family Tree Webinars provide terrific help for researchers at no cost!  If you watch the video on or within one week of the initial presentation date, the cost to you is $0.   (You must pay to view archived webinars.) A sample of upcoming presentations for the next few months include the following: On July 16th, Judith Walton-Raji will present “When Freedom Came – Documenting the Family’s Freedom Story”; On July 23rd, Thomas MacEntee will present “Researching Your Illinois Ancestors”; On August 6th, J. Mark Lowe will present “Researching Your Tennessee Ancestors.”  Don’t miss out on these opportunities to learn from the best.  Go to http://www.familytreewebinars.com/upcoming-webinars.php or view the schedule in Adobe Reader, FamilyTreeWebinars.

Ancestry.com Shutdown by Hackers
hacker(Reuters) – The genealogy website Ancestry.com said its websites were recovering on Wednesday, June 18th, after hackers temporarily shut them down this week in a distributed denial of service attack, but it said no consumer data was compromised.  The Provo, Utah-based company said Ancestry.com and its sister site, Findagrave.com, were targeted on Monday in the attack that flooded servers with traffic and caused them to crash. In a post on Ancestry’s Facebook page on Wednesday, the company said some features had been disabled as a precaution and asked users for patience while the service was completely restored. No consumer data or information was compromised during the attack, Scott Sorensen, the company’s chief technology officer, said in a separate statement. The company’s staff are working to prevent future hacking incidents, he added.  JCGL apologizes for this interruption in service…not our fault!

101 Ways to Research Your Family Tree for Free!
aboutcomFrom Kimberly Powell at About.com:  Is free genealogy a thing of the past? With the constant addition of subscription genealogy databases on the Internet, people often wonder if there will soon be an end to free genealogy research via the Web. For those of you with this concern, take heart – free genealogy databases aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Web sites from all over the world contain free genealogy information of use to family tree researchers which has been contributed by individuals, companies and even governments. Birth records, marriage records, military records, ships passenger lists, surnames, census records, immigration records, wills, photos and much, much more are available on the Internet for FREE if you just know where to look. These 100 free genealogy sites, in no particular order, should keep you busy searching for weeks! Here’s the link to her list, http://genealogy.about.com/cs/free_genealogy/a/free_sites.htm.

Speaking of Free Genealogy…Don’t Forget Mocavo;
Mocavo Acquired by FindMyPast

MocavoMocavo has been acquired by Findmypast/DC Thomson Family History. This is a groundbreaking development for the industry and a major turning point in Mocavo’s quest to bring all the world’s historical information online for free. Mocavo launched their Free Forever revolution last October.  Everything turned around for them when they took a stand for free genealogy (and now Mocavo is growing rapidly, putting more than 1,000 free databases online every single day and more users discovering them than ever).

One of the immediate benefits of the acquisition is that Mocavo is putting the complete US Census index online for free (forever!), making them the first commercial provider in history to ever do this. Search the United States Federal Census Now.  You can access Mocavo from the Bookmarks bar when you open the Firefox internet browser on the patron computers at JCGL.

Get Genealogy Tips on Pinterest
pinterestPinterest is more than just for food, fashion, and fads. Genealogists are using Pinterest to create boards for surnames, ancestral towns, recipes, family photos and documents, old letters, favorite genealogy books and resources. For example, check out the “Genealogy Tip Jar”. Set up by Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers.com, this popular Pinterest board currently has more than 250 pins of useful genealogy and family history resources and tips, and over 2,600 followers. (This tip was provided by the staff at Internet Genealogy magazine via their newsletter to subscribers.)

Origins.net Purchased by Findmypast
originsOrigins has been purchased by Findmypast. Genealogy is all about family and we’ve now become part of a larger one, which means great things for both you as an Origins customer and for family history!
All of the records currently on Origins will over time be made available on Findmypast and we’d like to reassure you that you will still be able to enjoy researching your family history with Origins. Findmypast is one of the subscription sites featured on the Website Menu at JCGL.   What does Origins.net offer?
Unusual, hard-to-find, older records to take the family tree back further.Over 500 years of Wills indexes to locate a will no matter where proved Original probate documents available to purchase and view online
Key Irish records for overcoming obstacles in Irish research Specialist British and London records.

Family Histories and the Library of Congress
LibraryofCongressThe Library of Congress can help you find books about writing and publishing your family history. For example, how-to guidebooks that will help you organize your family history and resources on how to find a publisher can be identified in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. We invite you to seek guidance from our reference librarians through Ask a Librarian. For assistance with resources that may be found in your local area, consult your public or nearby university library to search other library catalogs. Local genealogical societies and historical societies are also great resources for additional guidance.
When you write your family history, you may only be doing so for your relatives. However, we also invite you to consider sending a copy to the Library of Congress. Compiled genealogies and U.S. local histories are very important to the international research clientele who frequent the institution. The Library seeks to collect all published and self-published works available on these important topics. Through generations of such gifts, the Library has assembled the leading book collection of genealogy and local history information in the world. And who knows, perhaps not yet discovered relatives will be led back to your family line through your sharing of your family story!

About This Publication

Between Us Diggers is published monthly by the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.   If you have comments, ideas, or genealogy success stories to share with RVGS members please send your email to:  rvgslibrary@gmail.com.   Thanks for reading  Between Us Diggers.

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eNews June 2014

Coming Events:

June 3rd, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM            Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group
FTM 2014
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. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

June 7th, Saturday, 10:30–12:30PM   Brick Wall Roundtable Discussion
brickwallDo 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. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

June 11th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
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Barbara 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 register for this FREE workshop. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

June 17th 3rd TUESDAY Public Program and Member Meeting ~ 1:30- 3:30PM
“Genealogy Research with GRANDMA.” Presenter Denis Funk, an educational professional, provides a brief historical perspective as well as a demonstration of the GRANDMA database and the information it can provide. This presentation provides information, services and techniques for those doing Genealogical research on recent immigrants.
gmw1The California Mennonite Historical Society, an inter-Mennonite historical organization, has put together a compilation of all their research into church and family archives to put together a database of over 1.1 million Mennonites. The Genealogical Registry And Database of Mennonite Ancestry (GRANDMA) contains the vital information on over a million people. Based on Brother’s Keeper software, this database is available from the California Mennonite Historical Society on their website at http://calmenno.org.

FREE: Public program and RVGS Members meeting. Please register for this free event. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

This event is followed by:

Diggin’ In the Dark… when the library remains open the 3rd Tuesday each month until 9 PM!  Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy from diggin3 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 and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM!  Please register for this FREE workshop! Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

 June 23rd, Monday, 10:30 – 12:30 AM                   Family Tree Maker VI “Creating Family Tree Charts and Reports”

Come join Charleen Brown as she teaches “Charts and Reports” Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

ChartAfter you’ve gathered your family’s history, it’s time to show off your hard work. FTM offers a wide variety of family tree charts to help you. You can add your own personal touches by customizing the charts with backgrounds, colors, photos, fonts and more.

You will want to experiment with various formatting options, print out different versions and see which ones you like best. You can quickly view relationships, hang a framed family tree in your home, print out multiple copies to share or email charts to distant relatives..

June 24, Tuesday, 1:00–2:00PM               Quilts and Genealogy Talks: Applegate Trail Centennial Quilt Featured
“QUILTS: Pioneer History and Genealogy” by Chuck Eccleston
This talk illustrates the challenges and rewards of wagon train travel on Oregon Trails in the 1850’s including the Applegate Trail. The Applegate Trail Quilt acknowledges the achievements of the pioneer wagon people settling the Oregon Territory.

Quilt-Applegate Wagon TrailThe program will include the display of large framed photographs of members of three different families crossing the plains in covered wagons during the peak migration in 1852. Unknown to each other at the time, their lives came together as the families grew and travelled throughout the Territory. Genealogy research of the history and lifetimes of these pioneers have produced records of hundreds of today’s wagon train descendants.

One hour talk and learn about how these quilts can be connected to genealogy. Attendance is free to all. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

ALSO on June 24th — JCGL Reproduction Civil War Soldier’s Quilt Raffle -
Railroad Crossing pattern, replica Civil War Soldier’s Quilt 48”x84”
Pieced by Nell Mathern; machine quilted by Country Quilts of Jacksonville

Raffle QuiltThis “Railroad Crossing” soldier’s quilt was donated to the JCGL to be used as a fundraiser in promoting the care and display of historic quilts. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Purchase tickets at JCGL.

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.

July 1st, Tuesday, 2:00 — 3:30 PM                Family Tree Maker (PC) User Group

This inFTM Logoformal 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. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

 

July 9th, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM  Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group
Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group, everyone is encouraged to ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467bring 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 register for this FREE workshop. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

July 14th, 2014 – Monday – 7:00 – 8:30pm – Special Engagement Speaker – Robert Givens “DNA-The Genealogist’s Newest Tool”

dnaRobert Givens recently completed a multi-year assignment at the the Family History Library working on Family Search Family Tree.  He has agreed to travel from his home in Fresno, CA to share the information everyone is trying to understand. This presentation provides a short DNA for Dummies-type overview of what DNA is and how it applies to genealogy. Items covered are: The three main types of genealogical DNA tests plus, what these tests tell us and don’t tell us, and how we can benefit from them. Results from some DNA tests are shown as part of the presentation. This lecture includes a handout with a list of the major companies offering DNA tests.  Cost: RVGS members $10. non-members $15. Seats are limited, so make your reservation early. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.


July 15th, 2014 – Tuesday – 10:30am – Noon
– Become a Better Genealogist with FamilySearch.org

familysearchRobert Givens’ second presentation first takes you into the FamilySearch.org unique help center, also showing you ways to obtain live help in your research and partake of hundreds of FREE prerecorded classes on genealogy research. Then you will explore the Research Wiki and learn how to use this tool to unlock a wealth of information for your benefit and guidance. Learning how to use these resources successfully can make you a much more productive researcher. Cost: members $10. non-members $15. Seats are limited, so make your reservation early. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

FamilySearch.org is a major player in the genealogical arena with its Family Tree and Records collection, but this website can also help train you to become a better genealogist. Resources are provided there to educate and inform you on how to be a successful researcher.

 Coming July 23rd – Wednesday – 10:30am – 12:30pm New Session of Family Tree Maker 2012 – 2014. A total of six sessions – July 23rd, Aug. 6th, 20th, Sep 3rd, 17th and 24th
FTM 2014
Sign up now to reserve your space. The first session is FREE to RVGS members – $20.00 for non-members, all other sessions $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Sign up today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Out of Town Events

June 10, 2014 1:30 PM-3:30PM Grants Pass Genealogical Society Meeting. GPGSGenealogy: Chasing Your Own Tales, Part II.  by Judy Leipold. Judy will share her genealogical journey to obtain an engraved headstone for her great grand-father, a Civil War Veteran.  Members will share their search for family stories.  Meetings are held in the Relief Society Room of the LDS ward building at 1969 Williams Highway in Grants Pass, OR.

August 2,“Summer Genealogy Fest,” conference in Eugene OR presented by GCOthe 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!]

August 27-30, Federation of Genealogical Societies 2014 Conference, “Gone to FGSTexas.”  Four days of genealogical learning, networking, and discovery, deep in the heart of Texas. Our local co-hosts for 2014 are the Texas State Genealogical Society and the San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society. Click this link to learn more about this big event, https://www.fgsconference.org.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society News

The JCGL Quilt Registry Project Needs Helpers

The purpose of our Quilt Registry Project is to share, document and preserve information about quilts and quilt makers for future generations.  On June 20, 2014, we will hold our first documentation day at JCGL and the Quilt Committee encourages you to participate in any number of roles on the documentation team.

We need greeters, clerks at the registration, photography, and checkout stations, and liaisons to travel with a quilt and its owner through the stations. If you are a quilter who could help evaluate the quilts (details about fabric, pattern, batting, binding, color identification and approximate age), your expertise would aid in more quilts being documented. We also welcome assistance in genealogical research for novice quilt owners.

Please let us know if you want to join the documentation team and the hours you are available. We guarantee you will have fun!

Volunteer today in person, or by telephone, 541-512-2340 or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Genealogy Program for the Public, May 21

ben truweDue to a bicycle accident, Tom Sayre’s Public Program  scheduled for May 21, 2014 will be presented at a future date. Ben Truwe, local historian, stepped in on short notice to present a slide show of never-before-seen glass slide photographs of Medford in the early 1900’s.  Slides included many pictures of Front and Main Streets, parade floats pulled by horses, the ascension  of a balloon with a man on a trapeze  who then parachuted to the ground, houses being moved  to make room for a growing community, and building of the first skyscraper—4 stories tall.  The pictures included those of carts selling popcorn and ice cream. The carts were outlawed in 1911 because they were a “blot” on the city.  Today the carts are used to sell food and are popular.  Mr. Truwe delighted us with stories of the people who populated the city during those early years. The slide show was followed by film clips of the work of Vance DeBar Colvig (Pinto).  Thank you, Ben!

Welcome New and Returning RVGS Members!

Glen     Allison
Ronald B.     Atkins
Christy     Austermann
Charles & Ruth     Beck
Michael     Benke
Sandy & Judy     Bennett
Vivian F.     Davidson
Priscilla “Sam”     Farrel
Pat     Harper
Carole     Kehrig
Lois & Suzanne     Kulick
Sam     McCrary
Warren     Merz
Tim      Reuwsaat

Get Well Wishes
From all of us to RVGS Volunteer and Research Mentor, Tom Sayre, who suffered a concussion as a result of a bicycle accident on May 20th.  Hope you are back with us soon, Tom.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Annual Fund letters went out the end of April and your responses have been rolling in. Our membership fees along with other sources of income cover about 53% of our operating budget and the remaining 47% comes from the Annual Fund drive. Our goal this year is $20,000 and we have received over $6,000 so far. A special thank you goes to April Thomas and Dick MacMillen who helped with preparing the materials for mailing.

Legacy CropThe Leave A Legacy drive is continuing to reduce the mortgage balance, now below $120,000. Let’s see if we can get that below $110,000 by July! With your help we can do it! 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.  A big thank you to the following people who have contributed 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, Lillian & Christine Fullerton, Celeste Guillory, Joyce Hailicka, Bob Hawk, Charlotte Henry, Alice Herzberg,Horton Family Foundation, Larry & Ann Horton, Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor. Carolee Jones, Sheila & Ray Kimball, Virginia King, Linda Lipkind, Richard & Barbara MacMillen, Judith Mallchok, Alan Marion, Bruce McGarvey, Barbara Middaugh, Betty A. Miller, Connie Miller, Alice & Larry Mullaly, Kathie Ordall, Jack & Andrea Patterson, People’s Bank, Dixie  Pollard, Sallie K. Riehl, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Margaret & Darrell Stafford, Chloe Sternola, Gene Wolf.

THE 5/60 CLUB The 5/60 Club continues to support making the payments on our mortgage. Now each monthly payment is paying about $300 toward the principal balance as well as interest. Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club in 2014: Colista Bailey, Al Beron, Carolyn Beron, Anne Billeter, Charleen Brown, Warren Brown, Wayne Cabler, Carolyn Craig, Chuck Eccleston, Colleen Eccleston, Terry Fischer, Marie Fulbright, Cheryl Haas, Charlotte Henry, Gene Henry, David Hodson, Jacqueline Jump, Sheila Kimball, Ray Kimball, Steve Kious, Norb Leiberg, Barbara MacMillen, Dick MacMillen, Bruce McGarvey, Betty Miller, Connie Miller, Shirley Rhodes, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Barbara Shrewsberry, Vanya Sloan, Janie Stewart, John Stewart, April Thomas, Sue Waldron, Helen Wolgamott

Remember Our Genealogy Puzzle from the May eNews? 

IMG_7190Well, it turns out that Dennis M. Powers is alive and well, note the absence of a death date  on his headstone shown at the left.   Damaris Fish sent us the following information about this local celebrity and author:

Dennis M. Powers was a business law attorney with different real estate and business ventures before teaching as a full professor and later professor emeritus at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado (b.a.), the University of Denver Law School (j.d.), and Harvard Business School (m.b.a.). He loves researching history.  Powers is the author of 18 books, including five about the sea, a long-time interest.  The Raging Sea(2005) is about the crushing 1964 Crescent City tsunami; Treasure Ship (2006): the discovery of a gold-bearing, 1865 paddle-wheeler that sank off Northern California; Sentinel Of The Seas (2007): the most remote, dangerous, and expensive lighthouse in the country; Taking The Sea (2009): the tales of the old ship salvagers; andTales Of The Seven Seas (2010): the stories of a charismatic, adventurous sea captain. Powers resides in Ashland, Oregon.

Thanks Damaris Fish and Pamela Olsen for clearing up our mystery.

Genealogy Success Story

Bitten by the Genealogy Bug at JCGL

by Diane Tibbitts

When people ask what I’ve been doing and I tell them (among other things) that I’ve been involved in genealogy research, they either quickly change the subject, begin not-so- surreptitiously looking around for someone else to talk to, or ask how I became interested in genealogy. My enthusiasm for all I’ve learned may make some of them sorry they asked! TMI! (Too Much Information!) My interest started with a simple document preservation project.

Gladys in Her Wedding Dress

Gladys in Her Wedding Dress

My maternal grandmother, Gladys Lavery, came to live with my mother in 1969. My father had died suddenly in 1967, just as I was starting college 250 miles away, and my mother had my two little brothers, ages ten and six, to raise on her own. Her father, Grover Lavery, died the following year, leaving my grandmother also living on her own in Oklahoma. My mother, youngest of the Lavery children, had always been close to Gladys, and so my mother went to Oklahoma and moved Gladys in with her. Since my mother was working full-time at the potash mill 25 miles out of town, it was a mutually beneficial arrangement. Gladys was happier and less lonely, and she helped my mother by being at home and looking after my brothers.
Gladys brought with her the family photos and papers, including many she had inherited from her mother, Ella Roach, some dating back to 1870. Most were loose, some were in albums or folders, and only a few were identified. About 1977 my mother and I went through the photos with my grandmother to try and identify them, but by that time my grandmother’s memory was failing. Only a few photos were identified before Gladys died in 1979.
In 1990 my mother and I made a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma to see my mother’s eldest sister, Katie, who was then 77 years old and in assisted living. Before the trip I printed out a family genealogy booklet and the three of us spent a few hours one afternoon trying to fill in the booklet. It sat in a file gathering dust for years after that trip. Although incomplete, it was to prove invaluable to me later on when I wanted to expand my research.
In 2000 I attempted to convince my mother to allow me to take the old deteriorating documents and photos home with me so I could have them restored digitally and copied for myself and my brothers. She ended up refusing, unable to overcome her hoarding instincts and anxieties about letting go of things. She did give me an old spiral-bound notebook of Gladys’, into which she had copied her favorite recipes, most of them written in pencil during the 1920’s and 30’s. The majority of the recipes were for light luncheon dishes she could serve to her weekly card group. The paper was yellowed and brittle, literally disintegrating into pieces as I copied it.

This became my first preservation project, not completed until 2005. I dutifully scanned and made copies, put those into page protectors and then into binders, made a CD, and sent copies to my mother, my brothers, and one of my cousins. I have made nearly all the recipes, many of which involve lemon jello! With the newer access to making books online, a future project of mine is to use the CD to make a properly bound book that will be easier to use and store.

Gladys Roach

I inherited all the photos and memorabilia of four generations of the Lavery side of our family when my mother died in 2008. One of my cousins, Bill Lavery, came out for the funeral and he and I were able to identify a few more of the historical photos. As executor of the estate, it took most of my free time until 2010 to completely settle everything. For those two years I had the project I wanted to do in mind as soon as I had the time for it: organize, preserve, and try to date and identify the old family photos.
Finally, in January 2011, when I cut the hours of my very busy job down to half-time, I Googled “genealogy library” and found the Jackson County Genealogy Library website. I started my project by taking the How to Start Your Genealogy Project class taught by Charleen Brown. The class was held in a crowded room without enough chairs in the former small facility, and it was exactly what I needed to get going. I began with a simple paper ancestor chart given in class, entering as much information as I had in the little booklet my mother and my aunt had helped me fill out so many years earlier. Then I began sorting through the photos and other documents. It was a monumental task, in the end requiring 15 regular photo boxes and several over-sized ones. I quickly realized that it was going to take years of work to complete it.
I didn’t go back to the genealogy library for another two years, spending the winter months sorting through everything and organizing it all by twelve family groups. During that time I purchased a digital photo program, and started scanning and repairing some of the oldest and most damaged photos. Then I realized I needed more information in order to accurately date them, so I went back to the genealogy library to discover additional details about our family history. The new building had just opened a few months earlier, and I became a member on my first visit in January 2013. I was fully retired now and able to spend more time researching.
Attending a Brick Wall session gave me very useful tips for getting past some of the ‘stuck’ points I reached as I tried to figure out the confusing array of available sites and resources. I began rediscovering my love for research. Solving puzzles has always interested me, so the hunt for documentation appealed to the part of me that likes to ‘fill in the blanks’.
Help was offered by several of the library volunteers, and it was gratefully accepted. Charleen Brown had me sit with her at the front counter for several hours one afternoon. She was checking people in and answering the phone, all the while helping me look for elusive information about my paternal grandmother’s family. Watching and listening to Charleen weave a story as she navigated various websites for bits and pieces of documentation was mesmerizing. I was hooked—the genealogy bug had bitten!
I’ve discovered so much I didn’t know. Our family, like most, had its secrets and shame, things not said or talked about. My paternal grandfather was married, had a son, and divorced his first wife, Catherine, before he married my grandmother, Helen. I discovered that in looking at 1920 census records. His grandfather owned a plantation and slaves in Laurens, North Carolina and he was NOT a federal judge appointed by Ulysses S. Grant after the Civil War as my grandfather claimed. Another of my great-great-grandfathers had a general store and taxidermy shop in Pennsylvania. My maternal grandfather traveled across the country in 1916 to consult with doctors from the Mayo Clinic about his digestive problems, which he continued to have for the rest of his life. My father was hospitalized in the Veteran’s Hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma for about six weeks at the end of 1945, the result of serious injuries he obtained in a drunken dockside brawl in Japan involving sailors from two U.S. ships. There is a record in a ship manifest of one of my great-great grandfathers, Peter Haas, emigrating from Germany. The photo of a man in a World War I uniform that my grandmother identified as Arthur Lavery, one of my grandfather’s brothers, is actually Charles—Arthur died before WWI began. There were tender love letters from Grover to Gladys from 1916 and 1917, and similar ones from my father to my mother from 1945, 1957, and 1962. And on and on—fascinating!
In January 2014, I started using the new version of Family Tree Maker and input the information I had gathered: birth dates, marriage dates, death dates, places. All of the photos and documents were then dated and identified as accurately as possible, nearly 3000 of them altogether. (This number does not include any photos of my own family—that is a project for next year—and the year after—and maybe—well, you all know how that goes.) Once again I was at the genealogy library expanding on my research and taking another couple of useful classes from Charleen Brown on using the Family Tree Maker Program. Family Group Sheets were incorporated into my photo books so my family now has the research I finished. Then I saw the class being offered on Writing Memoirs by Joan Hill, and began yet another amazing adventure into history-land.
This winter I finished three historical photo books online and had them printed: one for each of our grandchildren with photos from my and my husband’s family dating back to 1840, one for my Lavery cousins with the Lavery historical photos and letters dating back to 1870, and one for myself and my brothers which includes both the Lavery and Gary photos and documents.
Organizing and preserving our family photographs and documents is one of the most satisfying things I’ve ever done, and the resources available at JCGL, as well as the generous people there who volunteer their time and expertise, made it possible. Sincerest thanks to all of you from me and from the many people in my family tree who have been delighted with the results of our efforts.

RVGS By-Laws 2014 Revision

We will be voting on the new revision of our by-laws on June 17, 2014 at the General Membership Meeting.  We are pleased with the online suggestions and corrections we received from members.  This was the first time we posted the revision online and asked for your help.  It seemed to work very well and I would like to thank all who took time to participate.~    Charleen Brown,  Past President – Parliamentarian

Most of the changes to the By-Laws were cosmetic to clean up or clarify language but there were a few important changes as listed below:

1. The Mission statement was reworded to make the statement of what we do more member friendly. The Mission of RVGS is:To inspire interest in genealogy, inform the public and maintain a growing, sustainable library with a strong online presence.

2. Clarified  what constitutes a quorum for both the Board and General Membership Meetings, as follows:

  •     A quorum is a majority of the members of the Board.
  •     A quorum for any regular or special meeting of the Society shall consist of 15  active members in attendance including not less than three (3) members of the Board.  For this purpose, active members are members eligible to vote; that is, all honorary members plus all individual members whose dues are paid to date.  All persons attending the meeting shall sign the attendance register, indicating whether they are members or guests.

3. Provides a procedure to fill an empty elected Board position.
In the event an officer, excluding the President who is covered by the Vice-President, is temporarily unable to serve in their elected position, the President with the approval of the Board, may appoint an interim officer to fill the position.

4. Expanded the Board by adding three new Director positions:

  • ePublication Director – oversees electronic publications including the eNews and The Rogue Digger, oversees websites
  • Projects Director – oversees the many projects volunteers are working on.
  • Volunteer Coordinator Director – recruits volunteers to work for RVGS

5. Added a new Data Management Committee to oversee the technology equipment in the Library.

6. Shortened the timeline necessary to revise or amend the by-laws. In previous by-laws, amendments and revisions had to be posted for two months before they could be voted on in the 3rd month.  This made it three months before a needed revision or amendment could be enacted.  The 2014 By-Laws shorten the timeline to 1 month posting for amendment or revision with voting in the 2nd month. This timeline makes it possible to enact necessary changes in a shorter period of time.

You can read the complete text of the by-laws revision on the Officers page of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society website or by clicking this link, By-Laws Revision 2014.

 Jackson County Genealogy Library New

NGS 2015

National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference News 2014 and 2015
Wrapup for 2014: The NGS  Family History Conference was held in May in Richmond, Virginia with 2,600 attending including speakers, exhibitors, and volunteers. There were over 190 different classes offered during the 4 days and it was almost impossible to make a selection!  There is no way your research and analytical skills are not enhanced by attending classes with some of the best genealogical lecturers in the world 8-5!  NGS offered special sessions for librarians and evening programs and local tours in Richmond. The Library of Virginia opened special hours to conference attendees.

NGS 2015

Looking forward to 2015: Our own Melinda Henningfield, CG, was notified that she was selected to be a presenter at the 2015 NGS Conference.  Melinda’s topic (title unknown at this point) is migration to the great state of Oregon and will highlight records of JCGL.  This is a great opportunity for RVGS/JCGL  to have exposure with such an interested and captive audience of researchers. Please add to your calendar May 13-16th 2015 the NGS Conference to be held in St. Charles, Missouri, next door to St. Louis.  Check the NGS brochure for details. While each person must register and make his/her own arrangements, we will have lunches and evening meals together as a group as well as a journey to the St. Louis Library.  I would be happy to help with cost estimates, hotel recommendations and other travel inquiries. …. Andrea Patterson, RVGS President. Email Andrea at info@rvgslibrary.org.

Earnings Report from Amazon.com and Comparison with Amazon Smile
amazon smileSo far this year, RVGS/JCGL received $143.97 from Amazon.com as a result of orders placed through the Amazon link on the JCGL website.  If you forget to place your order using that link, you can still have funds donated through the Amazon Smile program.  The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is eligible to receive donations through that program and you will be given the option to donate to RVGS through  Amazon Smile before you check out.  Amazon Smile results in a payment to RVGS/JCGL of 0.5% of the amount of each purchase.

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 5%) is donated to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society.  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.

Please pass this information on to friends and family!   This is “free money,” for RVGS, i.e., it doesn’t come from our own members’ pockets.

Free Mobile App from Ancestry

Ancestry appTo obtain this new app, click the following link, Mobile App.  Ancestry also offers a free mobile app for FindaGrave.

 

 

 

 

 

New Additions to the JCGL Collection

May, 2014

Atlas 912 Ran 1949
Rand McNally – Cosmopolitan World Atlas

Circ 929.1 Cha
Chater, Kathy
How to Trace Your Family Tree in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales: The Complete Practical Handbook for All Detectives of Family History

Circ 929.1 Pfe
Pfeiffer, Laura Szucs
Hidden Sources: Family History in Unlikely Places

929.2 Ankrom
Ankrom, Donsel
Ankrom Genealogy U.S.A. 1659 to 1988

929.2 Burdick
Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island

Atlas 974.819 A841 Cou
County Atlas of Lebanon, Pennsylvania from Recent and Actual Surveys of Records under the Superintendence of F.W. Beers [c.1875]

Atlas 974.84 A841 Atl
Atlas of Union & Snyder Counties Pennsylvania from actual Surveys under the direction of D.G. Beers [c.1868]

Atlas 975.5 A841 Dor
Doran, Michael F.
Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895

Atlas 975.5 A841 Vir
[Virginia] County Road Map Atlas

Atlas 975.7 A841 Lan
Land Grant Maps
[Cover parts of Chester, Fairfield, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Spartanburg and Union Counties in South Carolina]

975.741 H388 Uni
Union County [South Carolina] History, 1981
Microfilm 976.982 C597 HopC
Court Orders, 1807-1904 [Hopkins County, Kentucky]

Microfilm 976.982 M177 HopM
Marriage Licenses, 1827-1840; indexes [Hopkins County, Kentucky]

Microfilm 976.982 T191 HopT
Tax Books, 1807-1875 [Hopkins County, Kentucky][4 microfilm reels]

Microfilm 976.9895 L142 Liv
Deeds, 1829-1836, CC-DD [Livingston County, Kentucky]

Atlas 977.169 A841 Atl
Atlas of Jefferson Co., Ohio from actual surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers…[c.1871]

Atlas 977.169 A841 AtlI
Index: Atlas of Jefferson Co., Ohio from actual surveys by and under the direction of F.W. Beers…

Atlas 977.333 A841 Com
Combined 1871 Combination Atlas Map of Stephenson County, Illinois, 1913 Standard Atlas, and 1894 Plot Book

979.527 V381 Dea Index
Jackson County Death Records, 1906-1926, Index
979.547 M177 Col

979.547 M177 Col
Columbia County, Oregon, Marriages, 1855-1897

Circ 979.59 F544 Han
Hanley, Michael F.
Owyhee Graffiti, volume 1 [Owyhee Mountains Region, Idaho and Oregon]

979.593 M177 Lak
Lake County, Oregon Marriage Records, 1882-1895

979.772 B352 Ska
Skagit County, Washington and Its People
v.1 A-K
v.2 L-Z

 

 

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eNews May 2014

Classes and Events

FTM 2014May 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 in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

billeterMay 9th, Friday, 10:00 – NOON: “Jackson County Genealogy Research at JCGL.” Anne Billeter tells you how to find information about Jackson County people at the Jackson County Genealogy Library and website…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. Register for this workshop in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

May 10th, Saturday, 10:30 – 12:30 PM: How to Start Your Genealogy Project Charleen Brown provides you with the paper and pencil basics of gathering information to start your family tree, as follows: What you should know and do before you begin researching on the computer; 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; and Simple ways to organize information. Please register for this FREE class in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

springMay 17th, Saturday, 9:00–4:30PM: Spring 2014 Seminar. Featuring four sessions to acquaint you with the tools, methods, procedures and ideas for building your knowledge of genealogy. In addition, you may hear interesting clues to your ancestor’s travels. Featured Speakers are Barbara Basden, Melinda Henningfield, Bill Strickland and Jim and Sallie Riehl.  For a full description of each session and more information about the presenters please click this link, Session Schedule.  The cost for members is full day $35 or $10 each session; for non-members full day $70 or $20 each session. Prepaid Registration Deadline: May 12th, 2014.  Limited Seating available, make your reservations early! Register in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

  • 1st Session:      9:00 – 10:30 am What’s Happening on Family Search? Presented by Barbara Basden
  • 2nd Session:      10:45 – 12:15 pm Finding Great-Grandma and Grandpa, too, and Are They Really Your Ancestors? Presented by Melinda Henningfield, CG

Lunch:      12:15 – 1:15 pm Fast food nearby or bring a sack lunch

  • 3rd Session:      1:15 – 2:45 pm How to Organize and Manage your Genealogical Photos and Documents. Presented 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. Presented by Jim and Sallie Riehl

May 19th, Monday, 10:30 – 12:30 AM:  Family Tree Maker V “Researching Your Tree Online.” Come join Charleen Brown as she teaches “Researching Your Tree Online.” Cost – $10.00 for members, $20.00 for non-members. As you enter family facts and stories into FTM, you will probably notice that some information is missing. FTM can help you fill in these gaps when you connect to the internet. Charlene will show how to add information from family history resources like Ancestry.com, RootsWeb.com, Genealogy.com, or any of your favorite websites.  Register in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

AyersMay 20th –3rd TUESDAY Public Program and Member Meeting ~ 1:30- 3:30PM: “Ayers, Oregon: Rediscovering a Forgotten Community,”presented by Tom Sayre and Roger Roberts.The Research Department of the Jackson County Genealogy Library uncovers Ayers, Oregon a vital yet forgotten working community near Ashland. Ayers thrived during the first half of the 20th century.  This project started when a research request to find a person’s great-grandmother led to much more information than was expected. Collateral research generated additional questions than were answered regarding this place. The presentation is intended to be interactive, allowing an opportunity for you to contribute. A family story-line as well as interesting visuals of times past will be featured. In addition to our program on Ayers, Oregon, we are pleased that Ben Truwe will join us to present 25 minutes of fantastic film clips on Pinto Colvig. You are guaranteed to smile. Public program and RVGS Members meeting. FREE!

This event followed by:

digginDiggin’ In the Dark… when the library remains open the 3rd Tuesday each month until 9 PM!  Take advantage of this opportunity to research your genealogy from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m., with helpful librarians available to assist you.  Come use access our genealogy subscription sites on one of our eleven computer stations or bring your laptop and connect to our WiFi. 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 register for this FREE workshop in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

May 21st, Wednesday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM:  Family Tree Maker (Mac) User Group.  Barbara 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 register for this FREE workshop in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Rogue Valley Native Americans IJMay 27th, Tuesday, 1:00–2:00PM Quilts and Genealogy Talks: Indian Jenny Quilt Featured. “Rogue Valley Native Americans,” by Patricia Harper. Peter Britt’s portraits of an Indian woman wearing the magnificent robe she created have inspired artists since at least 1893. Although the portraits raise questions that may never be answered, Pat Harper will explore the elusive history of the woman referred to as Indian Jennie, Lady Oscharwasha, Jennie George, Chetco Jennie and even Indian Mary. Ms. Harper will attempt to separate fact from fiction as she presents what is known about Jennie in the context of the history of Rogue River Indians in the 1800s.  Pat Harper has managed the Southern Oregon Historical Society Library since 2010. Her prior career included 11 years as the Siskiyou County Library Director and many years prior to that as a reference librarian. Click Quilt Program Schedule to access a complete list of the eight talks about quilts.   Please register for this free event in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

June 3rd, 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 in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org.

brickwallJune 7th, Saturday, 10:30–12:30PM: 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 in person at the library, by phone by calling 541-512-2340, or by email addressed to reception@rvgslibrary.org. Donations appreciated.

Out of Town

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

GCOAugust 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!]

August 27-30th, “Gone to Texas,” conference in San Antonio TX presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS).  Click this link to learn more.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society News

By-Laws Revision.  The governing board for RVGS is in the process of revising the by-laws of the society.  Please go to the Officers page, http://www.rvgsociety.org/Officers.html, on the RVGS website to access the revised by-laws  and to read about the revision process.  The revision will be presented to the membership on May 20th during the business meeting and a final vote will be taken during the business meeting on June 17th.  You must be present on June 17th to vote. We welcome your comments on the by-laws, follow the directions provided on the RVGS website to submit your ideas.  

MarionMysterious Postcard. The postcard’s message is brief, written along its edge in fading pencil: “Arrived in Portland at 8 o’clock. Having a fine time. Be home sometime Sat. — Blanche.”  The postcard bears a 1¢ stamp and was mailed from San Francisco at 12:30 PM on Feb. 20th, 1940.  The postcard was addressed to Florence Marion, the great-grandmother of RVGS Governing Board member Alan Marion in 1940.  It was hand-delivered to Alan Marion on April 14, 2014  by RVGS past-president Charleen Brown.   Charleen, who lives in Butte Falls,  was able to connect Alan Marion with Florence because Alan had mentioned that his family had lived in Butte Falls.  It was later determined that the woman sending the postcard was Blanche Tungate from a family who had lived in Butte Falls for some time and was near neighbor of Florence Marion.  Florence had taught school in Butte Falls.  The story, written up first by Ryan Pfeil of the Medford Mail Tribune was picked up later by ABC News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Daily Mail in the UK, and by the Bend Bulletin among others.

peanutsPeanut Contest!  Library visitors have had fun guessing (for free!) the number of peanuts in a bowl.  We’re happy to announce a winner of the $25 prize donated by RVGS President Andrea Patterson:  Liz Koester of Medford guessed 515.  The actual count was 532.  Congratulations Liz!

Phoenix-Talent Chamber of Commerce Meeting. RVGS hosted the Phoenix-Talent Chamber of Commerce Greeters April 16th at the library. A continental breakfast was provided and information of our upcoming events and other news was shared with those in attendance.

Genealogy Success Story

Gypsy?

By Anne Billeter

gypsyWhen I invited a friend to give me something to research while I was in Salt Lake City, I received an unusual request. She said she wasn’t interested in the genealogy (I’m still not sure how she defines “genealogy”), but she would like to know if there’s any truth to the family story that there is some “gypsy blood.” She gave me what little she knew (a single page) about Sarah Wood, the line she hadn’t been able to push back…perhaps Sarah was the source of gypsy blood? After a day and a half trying to push Sarah back, unsuccessfully, I went to lunch. I highly recommend taking a break from research, and this time it worked. As I walked back to the Family History Library, I thought: “I haven’t looked for her death certificate. I’ve been assuming my friend’s family would be aware of any facts on the death certificate, but I should verify.”

Sarah was born in 1857 and living in Michigan in 1940. Find-a-Grave shows Sarah’s gravestone in Michigan, adjacent to her husband’s, who died in 1930, but without her death year filled in (19__). I didn’t know whether or not she died in Michigan, but it was worth a try since she lived there all but the first 2 or 3 years of her life. I used the Family History Library (FHL) online catalog, searched for Michigan, selected the subheading “Vital Records-Indexes” and after trying several unsuccessful sources, selected “Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952.” This took me to an online index … and I found that Sarah died in 1943 in Detroit. Sarah’s death certificate gave her parents’ full names, including her mother’s maiden name!  With these two names I was able to identify not only Sarah’s parents and siblings, but also all four grandparents, all born in Pennsylvania in the first decade of the 1800s…not likely gypsies! I also discovered that Sarah’s father, Peter West, was a Civil War soldier, serving from Michigan. Not a gypsy, but a Civil War ancestor!

Once again I am reminded that with genealogy research it really is a truism: start with the present and work your way back…I would have saved some research time (but I had a lot of fun!)

 My friend is very pleased and says her family will be, too.

Got Quilts? Do you have a quilt that has been in your family for a while? Does it have names on it or do you know the family history associated with the quilt?  RVGS now has a Quilt Committee that would like to hear from you.   The Quilt Committee not only oversees the quilts donated to JCGL, but also seeks quilts to begin a documentation project. Ideally the quilt’s history will be known and can be tied to family genealogy. If you attended the quilt talk on Maryum’s Yellow Rose, you saw how that quilt told the history of the McKee family in Jackson County. We know our members probably have some interesting quilts, so please send us a brief description of your quilts  and once we have a number of quilts available, we will set up a documentation date. Send the information by mail to Quilt Committee, RVGS, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501 or by email to quilts4us@yahoo.com.   If you are a quilter and would be interested in participating in the documentation process, please contact the Quilt Committee at quilts4us@yahoo.com.

Raffle QuiltGet Your Raffle Tickets!   Reproduction Civil War Soldier’s Quilt Raffle
This “Railroad Crossing” soldier’s quilt was donated to RVGS to be used as a fundraiser in promoting the care and display of historic quilts.  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 the 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. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Purchase tickets at JCGL or call 541-512-2340 to place your order by telephone.  You can pay by check or via PayPal using the Donate button on either of our websites. The raffle will take place at JCGL on June 24th.

IMG_7190A Genealogy Puzzle Submitted by a Reader.  Does anyone know anything about the person whose gravestone is shown at the left?   He was buried in Rock Point Cemetery.  His gravestone inscription, and the size of the stone, suggest he was “somebody.”  Does anyone know who? Please send your thoughts and any findings to rvgslibrary@gmail.com to have the answer included in a future eNews.

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THE 5/60 CLUB. The 5/60 Club continues to support making the payments on our mortgage. Now each monthly payment is paying about $300 toward the principal balance in addition to paying the current interest.

Thank you to the following people for donating to the 5/60 Club for 2014: Colista Bailey, Al Beron, Carolyn Beron, Anne Billeter, Charleen Brown, Warren Brown, Wayne Cabler, Carolyn Craig, Chuck Eccleston, Colleen Eccleston, Terry Fischer, Marie Fulbright, Cheryl Haas, Charlotte Henry, Gene Henry, David Hodson, Jacqueline Jump, Sheila Kimball, Ray Kimball, Steve Kious, Norb Leiberg, Barbara MacMillen, Dick MacMillen, Bruce McGarvey, Betty Miller, Connie Miller, Shirley Rhodes, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Barbara Shrewsberry, Vanya Sloan, Janie Stewart, John Stewart, April Thomas, Helen Wolgamott

Legacy CropLeave A Legacy. It’s working! We are whittling away at the balance on the mortgage, which is now below $123,000. Send a donation and get your name on this premier list!

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, Lillian & Christine Fullerton, Celeste Guillory, Joyce Hailicka, Bob Hawk, Charlotte Henry, Alice Herzberg,Horton Family Foundation, Larry & Ann Horton, Billy Hogue & Joan Taylor. Carolee Jones, Sheila & Ray Kimball, Virginia King, Linda Lipkind, Richard & Barbara MacMillen, Judith Mallchok, Alan Marion, Bruce McGarvey, Barbara Middaugh, Betty A. Miller, Connie Miller, Alice & Larry Mullaly, Kathie Ordall, Jack & Andrea Patterson, People’s Bank, Dixie  Pollard, Sallie K. Riehl, Stephen Seaton, Carl Shauger, Margaret & Darrell Stafford, Chloe Sternola

Welcome New and Returning RVGS Members for April 2014:

Adalian, Rosemary
Hancock, Joan C.
Hiatt, Lawrence
Holthusen, Cheryl
Jackson, G. Lee
Kirkpatrick, Douglas & Terrie
Levingston, Dianne
Loveland, Shane
Lukens, Len G.
McMann, Donna
Miles, Richard
Monroe, P. J.

Jackson County Genealogy Library News

New Additions to the Library Collection.  Click  New Additions to JCGL 2014 Apr  to access the latest list of additions to the library collection.  This month’s new additions include 9 reels of microfilm containing Jackson County Oregon Divorce Files from 1861 through 1914.  The reels are now in the Microfilm Cabinet under 979.527 C597 OreD. If you attended either of Jan Wright’s “Windows in Time” presentations April 2 and 9, you know these divorces took place during the time when the law required proof of adultery, abandonment, or abuse…or the divorce might not be granted. These files are often tough to read, but they provide amazing details. If you have Jackson County ancestors, you may find some research nuggets in these files. These microfilm reels are on indefinite loan (rental) from the Family History Library. The originals are in the Oregon State Archives in Salem.

googleGoogle Grant Awarded to Jackson County Genealogy Library.  Through the assistance of RVGS member Kathy Jones and her son, Michael Jones, a Google employee, JCGL recently received a grant through the Benevity program administered by Google.  Michael donated $500 and Google matched his donation to enable JCGL to purchase a scanner capable of digitizing family photos and slides.   The new scanner, an Epson V750-M Pro is capable of producing high quality digital copies of slides, negatives, and prints.  The scanner has been installed in the Society office.   JCGL plans to provide photo scanning services for members who are interested in these services.  Please contact Tom Sayre at librarian@rvgslibrary.org if you have photos you would like us to scan.  Thank you to Kathy Jones, Michael Jones, and Google!

2014 Plastic Round-UpPlastic Roundup for Recycling. Friday and Saturday, May 16 -17 from 9:00 AM -4:00 PM at the Jackson County Expo. This event is the Jackson County Plastic Round-up.  Please bring your clean and sorted plastic items to Jackson County Expo,  $5/household.

Please read this flyer for more information, RECYCLING NEWS for JCGL.

 

 

From a JCGL website and Blog Reader:  (This email was sent to the eNews editor via rvgslibrary@gmail.com.)

Although I am not a member of RVGS, I was browsing your website, calendar and blog at 9PM one evening.  I came across a posting by Sue Griffin Bicknell (Editor’s note: One of our success story authors) suggesting use of the IrelandXO site for researching Irish roots.

I accessed the page and signed up.  I posted information on my search for my grandfather’s family .  This AM, to my delight and surprise, I received a message providing further details on a brother and sister who stayed behind and of the Uncle who took them in after the deaths of their parents.  The responding person also provided information on the sister’s marriage and gave details on how to obtain pertinent documents.

Such a chance encounter with such amazing results!  Thank you Ms. Bicknell.  Thank you indeed.

Priscilla Farrel, Medford

INFO ABOUT OUR SUBSCRIPTION WEBSITES AND OTHER RESOURCES ON THE WEB

Subscription websites send out periodic updates about changes in their offerings.   For April of 2014, the following notices may be of interest to you:

The Genealogy News provided by the Genealogy Today website.  There are many helpful hints in here to help you move your research forward.

FINDMYPASTFindMyPast will be releasing and showcasing 100 new record sets over the next 100 days. One of the featured record sets in April are parish records from Shropshire County in England.   Just announced by FindMyPast for May:  “Explore 19th century Irish census records for free! In partnership with the National Archives of Ireland and FamilySearch, FindMyPast is delighted to release new Irish census records, available online for the first time and completely free to search and view. Most of Ireland’s 19th century census records were destroyed, making these fascinating surviving fragments vital to family historians tracing their Irish roots in the 1800s.” Here’s the direct link: Discover Irish census records

“The records include the remaining returns from Ireland’s censuses 1821-1851 as well as census search forms from the 1841 and 1851 censuses, containing rich detail on your Irish ancestors.We are bringing you these exciting new records as part of our 100in100 campaign. What’s more, you can view them now for free! We look forward to seeing you on the site soon.”

ancestryAncestry publishes helpful videos on YouTube from time to time. Same Name-Different Man was published on Apr 23, 2014.  Just because your ancestor may have a unique name does not make him the only person in the world with that name. He might not even be the only one in his town with that name. Join Crista Cowan for some quick tips about how to know if the John Smith you are tracking is YOUR John Smith.  Here’s the link to that video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6-4Y6O5bbQ&feature=em-subs_digest.  The video for May 2014 lists new resources made available along with tips on using the Ancestry site, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrrShKhoo7s&list=TLCKFzc2nLa0DalHDxiDrm7lZREGwFUbJT

American Ancestors publishes a weekly newsletter filled with helpful hints and information about changes in their collection.  Click here to read past and present newsletters.

OTHER RESOURCES

MocavoMocavo Blog.  Mocavo provides a search engine for genealogists that is tailored to our interests, preferring ancestors/descendants to products you might purchase.  Mocavo’s blog is free and can be accessed from http://blog.mocavo.com/.  A recent blog post contained a Summer Research Guide, click here to access that file, Mocavo-Summer-Genealogy-Research-Guide-Final. The guide can be saved to your computer and accessed at your leisure.

Genealogy RefDesk.com Here’s an offbeat site that provides links to a variety of resources on the internet, including the etymology of names, the Mayflower Passenger list, etc.   This is NOT a subscription (fee-based) service,  Genealogy RefDesk.com.

 

 

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April 2014 eNews

You can also access the blog from either of our websites, www.rvgsociety.org or www.rvgslibrary.org.

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.

FTM Logo

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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