Classes and Events
Wed, 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 email@example.com.
Tue, 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!
Tue, 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!
Tue, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue, 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!
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 email@example.com, or stop by in person to register for this FREE workshop.
Wed, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop.
OUT OF TOWN
Sat., 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.
Tues., 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
Oct 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.
Oct 28-30 NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO HOST VIRTUAL GENEALOGY FAIR starting daily at 7AM PDT.
10 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/
Sat., 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 email@example.com
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. Go to https://www.fgsconference.org/ to learn more about the joint FGS Conference.
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS
Genealogy 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
Radke, Marie W.
Hinkle, Anna L.
Miller, Jeris J.
Martin, Royann M.
Quilt 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.
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.
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.
It’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.
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.
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
Each 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
In 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.