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).
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 email@example.com 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:firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this workshop.
September 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:email@example.com 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”
Six 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:firstname.lastname@example.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?
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:email@example.com 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:firstname.lastname@example.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 the 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:email@example.com.
September 24th, Wednesday, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM Family Tree Maker – Creating Smart Stories and Family History Books
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:firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this workshop.
Genealogy Week 9 /29/2014 – 10/4/2014
Giveaway 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, President, 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, e-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.
October 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
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.
Tours 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:
September 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
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 death 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.
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 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
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.
February 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.
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS
Quilts and Genealogy Once 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. 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
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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 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.
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
Obituaries 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
JCGL 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.
Who Do You Think You Are
Catch 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 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)
Webinar 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.