Topics in This Post:
- Upcoming Classes, Workshops, Conferences, and Events
- Society and Library News
- News about the Library Building
- Fund Raising
- Lost Cemetery Found
- What’s New Online
Upcoming Classes, Workshops, and Conferences
What: Write “Stories from our Past”
· Leave your family’s history for future generations.
· Share your talent with others and have FUN!
· Write an engaging story that everyone will enjoy, based on good, sound research.
When: Submissions are due after July 1 and before September 1, 2012
Click this link, Writing Contest, to read the entrance requirements and to access the entry form.
Note: Betty Henagin, an Experience Works employee at Jackson County Genealogy Library has offered to help those who are uncertain of their writing skills. Betty is at the library 3-4 days each week.
What: Connie Lenzen teaches, “Artifacts and Your Genealogy”
Artifacts are a window into a person’s past. They are a vital source of information about our ancestors. When we go to the next level and research those artifacts, we often uncover hidden clues that lead us to a new understanding about our ancestor. Sometimes we even find relatives.
When: 9:30 AM, Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Cost: Fee is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
What: Connie Lenzen teaches,”I Know They Existed, But I Can’t Find Them: Twentieth Century Research”
Genealogists have one, two, or three generations of ancestors to track through the 20th century; a century marked by an emphasis on privacy and the closure of records. What do you do if grandpa and grandma did not leave information about the family’s birthplace? Or, what do you do if you don’t even know grandpa and grandma’s names? Where do you turn after you have exhausted your home records, your relatives have told you everything they know, and those elusive folks didn’t leave tracks on the Internet?
When: 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Cost: Fee is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:email@example.com to reserve a space.
Genealogy Program for the Public
What: Connie Lenzen teaches, “Location, Location, Location”
Many of your research questions can be answered when you place your people on the land. That’s easier said than done. How do you figure out where they lived, and how do you find a map? If this is something you want to do, this lecture is just what you need.
When: 1:30 PM Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Cost: This program is free!
Who Is Connie Lenzen?
Connie Lenzen is a Board-certified genealogist. “CG” and “Certified Genealogist” are service marks of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and are used by authorized associates following periodic, peer-reviewed competency evaluations. A Board-certified genealogist is proficient in all areas of genealogical research.
Association of Professional Genealogists: Trustee, 1992–1994; Oregon Chapter APG President, 2004–2005
Board for Certification of Genealogists: Trustee, 2004 to 2010; President, 2005–2008; List Administrator BCG ACTION group, 2009 to present
Genealogical Council of Oregon: Conference Program Chair, 2002–2004; Conference Chair, 2008, 2010, and 2012
Genealogical Forum of Oregon: 1st VP 1995–1996; President 1996–1998; Education Chair 1998–2001; Volunteer coordinator, 2001–2004, Education Chair, 2011
National Genealogical Society: Conference author 1991; Award of Excellence 1995; 2001 Conference Local Arrangements Co-chair; Board of Directors 2004–2010; Editor of the revised NGS Home Study Course
ProGen: Mentor for ProGen 10, 2010-present
Grand Opening of the New Jackson County Genealogy Library!
When: 3 PM, September 21, 2012
Where: 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR
A picture of the newly painted building is shown at the right.
Genealogy Program for the Public
What: Bonnie Yates teaches, “Mothers and Daughters: Tracing the Maternal Line in Genealogy” My intention is to explain/explore the mitochondrial DNA line and connect the science of genetics (very light) with the art of genealogical inquiry and throw in some interesting stories of finding lineages of “First Daughters,” who are first generation offspring of veterans of the American Revolutionary soldiers. This will also involve hints on finding leads and documents on female ancestors.
When: 1:30 PM Tuesday, October 16,2012
Cost: This program is free!
Out of Town
Grants Pass Workshop
What: Family History Research For Beginners
When: August 7 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Where: 1969 Williams Hwy Grants Pass – LDS Church Building
Advance Reservations Suggested
Call 541 471-1944 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
GFO Genealogy Conference
When: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Where: Milwaukie Elks, Milwaukie OR
Our Fall seminar will be held October 27, 2012.
The presenter will be Craig Roberts Scott, CG,
* Pension Research: You Stopped Too Soon
* Treasury Records: Follow the Money
* Basic Military Research
* Finding Aids in the National Archives
The presentations will include information about the importance of historical context when doing genealogical research.
See the flyer and registration form, http://www.gfo.org/seminar/craig-roberts-scott.pdf
For information on this seminar, send e-mail to mailto:email@example.com
Upcoming Events Involving RVGS Board and Members (August-September 2012)
Please join RVGS board members and regulars by volunteering to help or by attending the following upcoming event:
SOACC Antique Show
What: Two days of great antique shopping. RVGS will have a booth to promote the Society and the Jackson County Genealogy Library.
When: Saturday, Sept.29 (9 AM to 6 PM) and Sunday, Sept 30th (10 AM to 4 PM).
Call 541-512-2340 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to help out.
Society & Library News
In preparation for our move into the new building, Finance Director Barbara MacMillen has arranged for everyone to take a survey indicating when and what types of programs and classes you would like to have at the new building. Please click on this link, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZY99FR3, to take the survey. We want to hear from YOU!
Dear Myrt has launched a website, GeneaWebinars.com, to provide a way for you to keep track of webinars that might be of interest to you as a genealogist. Myrt kept hearing about genealogy webinars held here, there and everywhere on the Internet. Thankfully, GeneaWebinars provides a single place to find out about upcoming events. Imagine, one calendar, and links to information on each webinar presentation in a single, centralized spot on the web!
Relative Roots is a Florida-based genealogy consulting and education company, owned and operated by Elise Friedman. Elise became a Family Tree DNA customer in 2005 while working on her own genealogy brick walls. She quickly became a proponent of genetic genealogy as a tool for genealogists, and today she’s a volunteer administrator for several surname, geographical and haplogroup projects at Family Tree DNA. Over the years, she has given presentations on genetic genealogy at a variety of genealogy society meetings and genealogy conferences. Then earlier this year, Elise took her presentations online and began offering genetic genealogy webinars through her company, Relative Roots. Family Tree DNA is very pleased to now have Elise as our education partner so we can offer this new educational opportunity to our customers.
Introduction to Genetic Genealogy – FREE!
Demystified series is – $10 each, or 3 for $25
Starting and Managing an FTDNA DNA Project is $10
Family Tree DNA Discount
Webinar attendees will receive a limited-time discount on select new tests and upgrades to help offset the cost of attending the webinar. A coupon code will be provided at the end of each live webinar and will also be available to those who view the on-demand recordings.
Our core webinars are currently repeated every month. Following is the webinar schedule for August:
Aug 5 – Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA
Aug 9 – Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 1: Y-DNA
Aug 14 – Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 2: mtDNA
Aug 21 – Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 3: Family Finder
Aug 23 - Starting and Managing a Family Tree DNA Project
For registration, more details about each of the webinars and schedule updates, please visit: http://www.relativeroots.net/webinars/ftdna/
How it Works
Attend our live or on-demand webinars (web-based seminars) from the comfort of your own home! You’ll view the presentation using your own computer and listen to the presenter using your computer speakers or telephone. Attendees of our live webinars are able to ask questions just as if you were attending a presentation in-person. Registrants of our on-demand webinars can access a recording of our live webinars at a time that is convenient for you. Each webinar session lasts 60-90 minutes.
We’re launching our webinars with four topics:
Beginner: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy at Family Tree DNA
- Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 1: Y-DNA
- Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 2: mtDNA
- Genetic Genealogy Demystified: Reading and Understanding Your Family Tree DNA Results, Part 3: Family Finder
Stay tuned for more topics to be added to the schedule in the coming months!
Chloe Sternola has accepted the position of Education Director for the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. She replaces Suzanne Dunford who is stepping down due to health reasons. Thank you Suzanne for a job well done. Thank you Chloe for accepting the position.
RVGS participated in two local events in July. One was the Children’s Storytelling Festival held in Jacksonville. Connie Miller submitted the following story for the eNews:
For the last three years Rogue Valley Genealogy Society/Jackson County Genealogy Library has collaborated with Southern Oregon Historical Society to have a History/Genealogy booth at the annual Children’s Festival. This was the 46th Annual Children’s Festival and is held each summer, usually in July, on the Britt grounds in Jacksonville. There were approximately 30 different booths offering a wide variety of activities for children to enjoy! This festival is presented by the Storytelling Guild with nearly 2,000 volunteers making it all happen! This year we set everything up on Saturday morning, July 7th. First session was that afternoon from 4:30 to 8:30. Another session was Sunday afternoon 4:30 to 8:30 and the final session was Monday morning from 10 to 1:30. Our booth has an activity where the children can write their family’s names on multi-colored leaves and glue these leaves on to their Family Tree. SOHS brings old fashioned toys (imagine no batteries or electricity needed!). It is an amazing event and lots of fun! Consider being a volunteer in our booth next year! See picture at the right.
RVGS also traveled to Eugene to attend the GCO Genealogy Fest. See picture of the display that was presented there. Melinda Henningfield was one of the presenters at the genealogy fest. Others representing our society were Chuck and Colllen Eccleston, Wayne Henningfield, Chloe Sternola, and Betty Miller.
Subscription Sites at JCGL
Did you know? You can easily access major genealogy sites from the website menu on the patron computers at the library. Currently the list includes: Jackson County Genealogy Library, Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, Family Search, Ancestry, Heritage Quest, Fold3, American Ancestors, Genealogy Bank, World Vital Records, and FindMyPast. You can always re-access the website menu by clicking on the home button.
World Vital Records
We recently learned that our institutional membership in World Vital Records was not operating properly at the Jackson County Genealogy Library. The symptom, that you may have experienced, was that when you clicked on a record of interest, the page would continually attempt to reload and never succeed. To give you another chance to make use of Susan LeBlanc’s handout, the link is again provided in this issue of the eNews. Susan LeBlancprovided a handout that can be viewed by clicking this link, Worldvitalrecords.pdf.
Dick Eastman’s blog announced FindMyPast’s entry into the U.S. marketplace. He predicts that FindMyPast will become a competitor of Ancestry.com and several other U.S.-based genealogy web sites. FindMyPast seeks to become the go-to site for Americans of British and Irish ancestries.
FindMyPast is the world’s second largest genealogy company and is taking on its biggest rival (Ancestry), with the help of 1,000 unique record collections and 75% annual growth. Try out this new website at the library!
Additions to the JCGL website
Remodeling the JCGL website continues resulting in a cleaner, simpler look for each page. Take a look! We’ve added new indexes to the collection: Under the Josephine County link we have added several more indexes to obituaries in the Grants Pass Courier (1997,2010,2011). Under the obituaries link, we have added the index to obituaries from the Medford Mail Tribune (2011, Volume 45, Part II). Under the Pioneer Records link, we have added indexes to vital records photographed from books stored at the First United Methodist Church in Medford. The methodist church records date back to 1861.
Reported by Vice-President, Connie Miller
- Research income for January thru June 2012 was $2,197.00 to support our Library.
(comparison: first 6 months of 2011 research income was $2,055.00)
- We received 190 requests from 29 states, Canada & Sweden.
- We provided 199 records – Obituaries s were the most requested record (80) followed by Marriage Certificates (38) & Death Certificates (31).
- We received 31 requests by mail and 159 requests through email via PayPal.
Income from Amazon.com
Purchases made by accessing Amazon.com through our website result in income to the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society. RVGS became an Amazon Associates company approximately six months ago. We received our first check for $10.88 in July (4% of sales at Amazon originating from the link on our website.) Please initiate your purchases on Amazon.com by going to our website to access theirs. The link is now on the home page, www.rvgslibrary.org.
Where Can You Find News of the Society and Library?
Check our online calendar, http://rvgsociety.org/Calendar.html, to find out about upcoming events. The eNews is sent out on or about the 1st of each month except March, June, September, and December. The Between Us Diggers newsletter is posted on the RVG Society Website under the News link, http://www.rvgsociety.org/News.html on or about the 1st of the months of March, June, September, and December. Bookmark these sites so that you can return to them when you need them. If you delete your copy of the eNews, you can access it on our blog, http://rvgslib.wordpress.com. You might also want to bookmark that site or subscribe to the blog online. Cara Davis-Jacobson edits Between Us Diggers; Barbara Basden edits the eNews.
New Library Building
Update on New Library Building Aug 1, 2012
Submitted by Carolyn Beron, Public Relations Director
Inside work came to a grinding stop last month. We applied for a building permit and paid the fee to put in the new beam in the meeting room five weeks ago. The county approved the permit, but would not release the permit or do an electrical inspection, until a change of use of the building from a restaurant to a library was completed. The delay in being able to get an electrical inspection and to close in the walls stalled the interior work. Al Beron with the help of Connie Miller, Chloe Sternola painted the outside and the window trim, and Jack Patterson and others did clean up, the exterior is now fully painted. Barb MacMillen and Marilyn Ayers did round one on the front door and it now is finished and looks great. Some touch up may still be needed. *Sherwin Williams donated 1/2 of the paint a $450 value.
The work crew did all it could, but until we got the official building change of use, work slowed. They installed drywall as they could. The electrician, Ralph Cluff, worked three days putting in new electrical in the offices and lunch room, but he could not proceed without the permit issued. Ted Baumer’s crew is putting in new vents for the heating and air.
Medford County finally issued the change of use and the permits were issued. Al Beron rented the concrete saw and cut the openings for the new beam supports. We need to be happy about the decision to remove/replace the beam, as the roof supports are not good and they needed to be redone anyway for safety. Al is busy lining out the beam “stuff”. He had the first inspection on the beam project; the inspector was very pleased and ok’d it to go to the next step.
Al Beron contacted *Knife River and they donated the cement to fill in the holes he and Chuck Eccleston opened to pour the supports for the new beam between the meeting room and the reading room. We fumigated the building with carbon monoxide at the same time!
*Bullet Rentals donated the majority of the rental fee for the floor grinder and Chuck Eccleston and Al Beron leveled the floors as much as they could. Now the final prep on the floor needs to be done.
*Chad Fitzgerald Owner/Master Fitter of Fitzgerald Gas Services donated his time to come check the hot water tank at 3405 S. Pacific Hwy. He said the tank was in great condition and if we insulate it, we should be able to use for a long time. He and Al bled the line, and fired it up. It lit right up and is working great. So we needed to decide if we want to leave it and have a 75-gallon hot water tank with the pilot on all the time to wash our hands and rinse our cups out at the sink. The decision was made to wire for point of use tanks to be installed in the future. We also can hope someone donates the point of use tanks. They are much cheaper to use than the big 75-gallon tank.
Todd Brooks the Jackson County Construction Inspector finally signed off on our plans. We got the electrical inspection and now we are able to go forward with the drywall (taping, mudding, and sanding) and then painting the walls in the kitchen and offices. Then we can install the cabinets in the kitchen, counter tops, sink etc.
Bob Seibert came out and looked at the beam project, agreed with Al and assured everyone that the current beam was safely holding up the roof.
Jack Patterson cut down the volunteer tree from back edge of parking lot and used blower to tidy area up! He worked doing some drywall, too.
Chuck Eccleston reports that the highway overhead 3405 address signs were installed. The Board votes received to date favored using the same font and dark brown color for the adjacent GENEALOGY LIBRARY signs. The order for these next two signs will be made by the end of the week. You can really see the numbers from quite a distance. See picture to the right of the signs in action.
The Grand Opening committee, Andrea Patterson, Marie Fulbright, Connie Miller and Carolyn Beron are working on plans to have a great Grand Opening on September 21, 2012. Barbara Basden and Carolyn are creating an online invitation for all of the email addresses we have, so watch for your invitation in your in-box! Non email invitations have been perfected by Andrea Patterson and will be mailed in the regular mail.
The raffle prizes keep growing and the response is great. Sign out the ticket book and sell those tickets! Remember there is a contest to see who sells the most tickets.
NOTE from Carolyn Beron
Any special people you might want to invite to the Grand Opening send Andrea Patterson the name and address so they get an invitation. If it is an email address, send the information to Barbara Basden (email@example.com) for an evite. (Our members, the county, and city govt. officials are on the list already.)
So anyone who has any skills, time and energy in the next few weeks, please check with Chuck Eccleston on scheduling and what you can do to help finish the interior of our new building. Drop by at 3405 and sign up for various projects.
We still need to get volunteers to help finish this project. We need someone to water the plants outside with the hot weather. Others to drywall the new walls, screw in the drywall every 12 inches, tape and texture, paint the interior, redo the desks and counter, build the columns for the wiring, install the lunch room cupboards and counters. PLENTY OF VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! Please stop by at 3405 South Pacific Highway weekdays between 9 and 4 to sign up for volunteer activities.
*PLEASE NOTE: THE MERCHANTS THAT WERE KIND ENOUGH TO DONATE THEIR TIME, GOODS, AND SERVICES NEED OUR SUPPORT. BE SURE AND USE THESE COMPANIES AND TELL THEM THANKS FOR SUPPORTING RVGS.
HYDRAULIC LIFT TRUCK NEEDED FOR MOVE
We need the use of a truck with a hydraulic lift to move our library (in late August or early September.) Please contact Chuck Eccleston (541-776-0778) or Anne Billeter (541-944-3802).
RVGS is Selling the Current Library Building
The current Jackson County Genealogy Library building is listed with Coldwell Banker Commercial, Tom Fischer, Broker. Call 541-779-4466. Please get the word out that the old building is available at a very reasonable price.
Scrambled Names Word Search Fund Raiser
Order your scrambled Genealogy picture today—Ready to frame! See example at the right.
Send your words or names to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to have your words randomized into a beautiful piece of artwork.
All profits to go to the building fund to remodel the new building.
$25.00 for 8×10 with white or ivory background
$35.00 for black background
$45.00 for 11×14 white background
$55.00 for 11×14 black background.
July 2012 Contributors to the Building Fund
Submitted by Colista Bailey, RVGS Treasurer
Donors to the Building Fund Donors of $0-49 are listed in the Silver Club; of $50-99 in the Gold Club; $100-999 in the Century Club; and $1000 up in the Diamond Club. New Life Members and Life Benefactor Members who have chosen to donate to the Building Fund will be featured in the September issue of the Between Us Diggers. Below is a list of people who have generously donated to the Building Fund during the month of July. All donors will be honored in the “Tree of Honor” display in the new building.
To Sum Up the Ways to Support RVGS:
* Donate to the Building Fund
* Donate to the Annual Fund Drive
* Volunteer for remodeling the new building, packing library contents, moving, unpacking, cleaning
* Purchase scrambled names genealogy picture
* Become a member or upgrade your membership to Life Member or Life Benefactor Member
* Spread the word that our current building is for sale
* Contribute items for the Grand Opening raffle
* Purchase a Memorial Memories Page ( http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Memorials.html) or JCGL Obituary Page for you ancestor
* Sell raffle tickets
* Contribute fund-raising ideas
* Attend programs and classes
Al and Carolyn Beron, Jack and Andrea Patterson, Wayne and Melinda Henningfield, Connie Miller, Barbara MacMillen, Chuck Eccleston, Chuck Carter, Roger Roberts, Al and Marilyn Ayres, Barbara Spencer, Rene and Lane Forncrook, Roanne Lyell, Alan Marion, Vern Weaver, Tom Sayre, Ivend Holen, Stan Bartell, Jim Markham, Betty Henagin, Bob Pocan
Support: Bob Seibert, Anne Billeter, Dave and Barbara Basden, Colista Bailey, Charleen Brown, Bob Nelson, Otis Blankenship.
Lost Cemetery Found
Lake Creek Cemetery
Submitted by Carl Shauger
On Friday June 1st 2012, I had the privilege to tag along with Chuck Eccleston and Roger Roberts to a cemetery site in the Lake Creek area of Jackson County with the purpose of surveying a cemetery that was first laid out in the early 1900’s on private land. For purposes of this story we will call it the Lake Creek cemetery although this name is not a certainty.
I call this a privilege because I was rather impressed with what both Roger and Chuck have been doing for the past few years in discovering lost cemeteries in Jackson County through word of mouth, research and follow up visits. Assuredly, they have had many other volunteers to help, including members of the cemetery committee, but from my perspective they have been the driving force, with Chuck coordinating the work and Roger handling the land research records and using his surveying skills.
Briefly, before I begin the story of our day at the Lake Creek cemetery there had been some preliminary coordination for the work. Chuck was asked to help with some of the goals for the cemetery that the Lake Creek Historical Society had first brought to their Board to restore the cemetery from its neglected condition over the past years. The Society under the direction of Marilyn Maloney set the cleanup of the cemetery as a special project for the year. After some setbacks by the Society’s requesting funds for the work it was decided to ask for volunteers to perform the fieldwork. A Mr. Gregg Grissom came forward and with a team of eight men and one woman came to do the removal of brush, weeds and … ugh! poison oak on May 12, 2012.
With that fieldwork completed, Chuck, Roger and I arrived at 9:00am on Friday June 1, 2012. Upon our arrival we found Dirk and Lee Siedlecki, volunteers from the Jacksonville cemetery, already diligently at work, utilizing their skills in resetting two headstones. Chuck, of course, had coordinated an agreement with them to lend their volunteer services.
After our hellos, Roger toured the wooded grounds (About ½ acre) and selected a site to place his surveying equipment. It is rather unbelievable, that Roger’s next step was to begin scanning the grounds for possible sites that had no headstones. It will not be discussed here how he did that, but suffice it to say when the earth’s profile from years past has been disturbed there definitely is a discontinuity that can be detected. Simply put, when you dig a six-foot deep trench and then have it refilled it can be detected from the original land formation by using instruments. While Roger is doing that, Chuck is marking the found burial sites with small colored flags fastened on wire. I stand by and marvel at this procedure. Apparently Chuck and Roger have performed this ritual throughout Jackson County at many cemeteries.
Word of mouth resulted in visitors. Marilyn came by to admire the work being done and took pictures. Neighbor Frank Brown chatted with us all and spoke of his awareness of the cemetery. He mentioned that he had dug a gravesite for Charles Edler in 1962. Joining us that day were also my acquaintances Ralph and Lisa Anna Wyant accompanied by the sister of Stewart Nussbaum who grew up on the property. The sister was visiting from Japan. The Wyants live nearby and have communicated with me about Ralph’s family descendants that are buried at both the Dunkard and Stearns cemeteries near Talent, Oregon.
Around noon the Siedlecki brothers, with their work completed, left for the day. Soon after that, we three decided to take a break and drove north to the Lake Creek center of town some five miles away for lunch. I mention this lunch break as it added to my day’s learning experience. On our way, Roger spoke of his surveying experiences at the large Cascade Ranch off to our right. Some years ago he was to find lost survey points in and around the ranch property and used aerial photography to reduce some of the footwork.
We arrived at the Lake Creek General Store & Café at 1:00 and found the Siedlecki brothers there, also having lunch. We joined them and the group shared information on the work going on around Jackson County. Marilyn volunteers at the museum in Pioneer Hall with scheduled days and times for visitors. Plan a trip to Lake Creek and drop by to view the work at the museum and say hello to Marilyn.
We returned to the work site at the cemetery and Roger began his survey of the cemetery boundaries. With Chuck acting as the target for Roger’s shots through the telescope and me writing down his 360-degree readings, he plotted the survey points. Other reference points were located using trees and a building. The experience of watching all this calculated surveying brought a new awareness of how surveying techniques work. Roger will produce a computer-generated outline shown on a map of his findings to share with those interested in the cemetery’s history. Please see the map on the right.
With that last paragraph written it brings me to add that Chuck and Roger have in the last few years gone out and conducted the same set of activities throughout Jackson County. In July 2011, Chuck summarized for the Cemetery Committees information about their activities by listing some 13 cemetery sites where they have conducted their work. It is now a year later, and other sites have been visited and been worked including the current work on the Lake Creek cemetery.
So, in conclusion, if anyone has some doubts of Chuck and Roger’s hours and days dedicated to their leadership in preserving cemetery history and heritage just ask their wives the next time you meet them at one of the Rogue Valley Genealogy Society’s ongoing functions.
The tag-a-long, Carl Shauger
What’s New Online?
1940 Census Progress
The 1940 Census is available online on a number of websites, including FamilySearch.org, Ancestry.com, Archives.com, FindMyPast.com and others. Indexing is moving forward rapidly. As of 1 August 2012, Ancestry has all 50 state fully searchable states. Indexing is over 99% complete on Family Search. To access the map of states and the status of indexing in each state at Family Search go to https://familysearch.org/1940census/ at Ancestry.com go to http://www.ancestry.com/1940-census. Access to the 1940 census is free on both Ancestry and Family Search.
Hidden Gems on Ancestry
Ancestry has a number of smaller collections, e.g., marriages in Peoria, that may get hidden in a global search of all their resources. Follow this link, http://www.ancestry.com/cs/Satellite?c=Learning_C&childpagename=USLearningCenter%2FLearning_C%2FPageDefault&pagename=LearningWrapper&cid=1265126583886&o_xid=51561&o_lid=51561&o_sch=Email, to see how to search for these Hidden Gems.