Spring Seminar Changes and Addition

shamrockRegistration for the Spring Seminar on March 30th is closed!

We could not accommodate the number of people who attempted to register for the Spring Seminar, “Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots”  on March 30th.   To meet demand, we have added a half-day seminar on March 31, 8:30-noon.  Fintan Mullan and Gillian Hunt will present the following topics:

  • Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish family research,
  • Using land records,
  • The Ulster Plantation,
  • Sources for 17th century families in Ireland (not just Ulster),
  • Solving your brick walls.

The price is $30 for members, $35 for non-members.  Limited to the first 70 prepaid registrants.  Go to the library website, http://rvgslibrary.org to learn more about the seminar and to submit your registration. You can also click on this link, Registration Form, to mail in your registration.  Print the form and mail it with your check to the address provided in that form.

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Coming events and website news

Events

Tuesday March 10 at 1:30 PM
GPGSWRITING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Presented by BEVERLEY WELLINGTON
Beverley is director of the Grants Pass Family History Center and is an excellent teacher.   This meeting of the Grants Pass Genealogical Society will take place at the Grants Pass Family History Center, 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass.

 

Wednesday March 18th at 6:00 PM PDT

icon-jamboree-handshake-logoFREE WEBINAR from SCGS
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Lisa Louise Cooke:

“Get the Scoop on Your Family History with Newspapers”

While a fraction of newspapers are currently digitized online, your computer is always your starting point. Discover cool new tech tools that make locating newspapers easier than ever whether they are online or in an archive.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/275744684959794177

New Additions to the JCGL Website

[Obituaries can be ordered from our website via postal mail or electronically.]

Medford Mail Tribune Obits

Mail TribuneOur excellent volunteers, Cheryl Haas and Linda Kestner, have scanned additional years of obituaries from microfilmed copies of the Medford Mail Tribune.  We now have added indexes to 1944-1950 to our website, http://www.rvgslibrary.org/Obituaries.html.  Cheryl and Linda have completed work on years 1940-1943 which should be available shortly.  Once those are uploaded we will have a complete collection of Medford Mail Tribune obituaries for the years 1940-1970.   Volunteers have clipped obituaries from the Medford Mail Tribune for all of the years after 1970.   Indexes to those obituaries are online as well, including the recently added index to 2014 obituaries.

Grants Pass Courier Obits

GPCCharleen Brown, past-president of RVGS has collected obituaries from the Grants Pass Courier.  We now have a collection of obituaries collected by her for the years 2009-2014.  Indexes to books of obituaries from our library collection include the following years: 1972-1974, 1980,1984-1985, 1988-2008.   Go to http://www.rvgslibrary.org/GPC_Obits.html to view these indexes.

Changes to Heritage Quest

Heritage QuestJackson County residents holding a library card can access Heritage Quest from their homes.   Don’t pass up this opportunity to do research in you jammies!

Beginning March 4th, several changes have occurred in HQ offerings.  HeritageQuest Online is now powered by Ancestry.com, providing exciting new content, new search pages, and new tools previously unavailable in HeritageQuest Online.

  • New Content:
    • Now available for searching is the entire U.S. Federal Census collection from Ancestry.com including supplements (e.g., 1940 Enumeration District Maps) and several schedules (e.g., non-population schedules) previously not included for searching.
    • 20,000 city directories have been added to the existing city directories in the Book collection, increasing the size of the Books collection to more than 45,000 titles!
    • Expanded content in our Revolutionary War Collection! The entirety of the NARA Series M804 is now included here, providing access not only to the previously available “Selected Records” (Series M805) but now also to the “Non-Selected” records of each file. Learn more in the Content > Revolutionary War section of this guide!
  • New Search & Results Pages: Four of the six collections (Census, Books, Revolutionary War records, and Freedman’s Bank records) have brand new search pages with limits, exact matching options, and additional fields for searching.
  • New Tools: We have partnered with Ancestry.com not only to upgrade the search interface and add new content, but to bring you additional tools for making the search experience easier. You will now have access to Ancestry.com’s:
    • Ancestry.com’s Interactive Image Viewer when using the Census, Books, Revolutionary War, and Freedman’s Bank collections
    • The Research Aids resources for learning opportunities for novice, intermediate, and advanced searchers.
    • Access to Ancestry.com’s Discoveries Page!

[This content taken from: http://proquest.libguides.com/heritagequestonline]

 

 

 

 

 

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JCGL/RVGS News March 2015

shamrockThis month’s issue has lots of references to things Irish in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and in honor of our Irish/Scots-Irish Seminar scheduled for March 30th.   Note the following:

  1. March 18th Webinar on Irish Research
  2. March 30th Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots
  3.  A total of 10 new books added to out collection dealing with the Irish and doing Irish research
  4.  Oregon Historical Quarterly article announcing the upcoming release of Irish parish records.

I’ve put these items in green font to help you find them!

Classes and Events at JCGL — Out of Town Events — TV Offerings — Webinars

Sat, March 7, 10:30am – 12:30pm: Citing Sources in FTM

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown

Charleen Brown teaches a class in the Family Tree Maker series: Documenting Your Research by citing sources. Each time you add information to your tree, you’ll want to create a source and source citation that describes where you found the information. Learn the proper way to cite different types of sources. Fee for members $10, non-members $20. Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or drop by.

 

Wed, March 11, 10:00am – 11:30am: FTM Mac Users Group

Barbara MacMillenFamily Tree Maker User Group (Mac computers). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group discussing FTM, Genealogy and Mac computers.  Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or drop by.

 

Fri, March 13, 10:30am – 12:00pm: Getting the Most from the Patron Computers at JCGL

snipping toolBarbara Basden teaches how to access thousands of genealogy websites, navigate our website menu, take screen shots, email documents and images, and convert your documents to .pdf files. $10  for members, $20 for non-members.  Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or drop by.

Sat, March 14, 10:30am – 12:00pm: How to Start Your Genealogy Project

family group sheetCharleen Brown teaches what to do to get started on your research, 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 your information. Free.

 

Tue, March 17, 10am – 12pm: Scandinavian Research Interest Group Meeting

scandinavian flagThis is the second meeting for our new Scandinavian genealogy interest group. 32 people attended the first meeting on Feb. 3rd so come and join us to share and learn more about Scandinavian resources. Free.

 

Tue, March 17, 1:30pm – 3:00pm: 3rd TUESDAY General Program and RVGS Meeting

applegate trailMelinda Henningfield will present: “From Missouri to Oregon by Way of the Applegate Trail.” Her talk tells of the thousands of pioneers who left their homes on a long and difficult journey for the west. The pioneers first traveled along the Oregon Trail. Some left the Oregon Trail and followed the Applegate Trail which went through the Rogue Valley. The records they left tell of their hardship and joys. Join us for this most informative presentation.

Tue, March 17, 3:00 – 9:00pm: 3rd TUESDAY, Diggin’ In the Dark

shovelHow’s your family history? Do you have missing puzzle pieces? Come join the fantastic volunteers who are here to assist you when the library remains open until 9 PM! Show up anytime and use our computers with subscriptions to all the best genealogy research sites or our worldwide 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, and your dinner and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or drop by.

Fri, March 20, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: PhotoShop Elements 101

adobe pseRick Black, our network specialist, will introduce you to Adobe’s inexpensive version of its Photoshop program. His talk will include the following topics:  tools and how they are used, tool variations, layers, file size and resolution, file formats, and saving projects. He will not include Organizer, a separate function to sort and organize photos on the computer. Google “Photoshop Elements Organizer,” to read about it on your own. You are encouraged to bring your laptop to the sessions since your version may look slightly different than the Elements 6 Macintosh version he will be using to demonstrate in the class. This is a free class for members only and will be taught on March 20 with a second session on April 10. Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or drop by.

Tue, March 24, 1:30pm – 2:30pm: QUILTS AND GENEALOGY TALKS: “Traveling with the Applegates”

Quilt-Applegate Wagon Trail“Traveling with the Applegates” by Sue Waldron – Three brothers came to Oregon in 1843 bringing the first wagons over the Oregon Trail. In 1846 two of the brothers located the South Road or Applegate Trail which passed through present day Jackson County. Between the three brothers they had 42 children. Who were Charles, Lindsey and Jesse Applegate? What brought them to Oregon? This is a one hour talk, come and learn about how these quilts can be connected to genealogy. Attendance is free to all.

 

 

March 30, 8am – 5pm: Finding Your Irish and Scots-Irish Roots:  Spring Seminar

vector_ship_blueFintan Mullan, Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF), in Belfast, Ireland, and Gilliam Hunt, Research Officer from UHF, will present a full day seminar from 8:30 a. m. to 5 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2015 at the Jackson County Genealogy Library. Early bird registration (before March 15): $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers.  After March 15, 2015 is $55 for members and $65 for non-members. Available spaces are filling fast; attendance is limited. The registration form and schedule for the day is available on the society website, www.rvgsociety.org and also at JCGL.

 

Sat, April 4, 10:30am – 12:30pm: Brick Wall Roundtable

broken-brick-wallThis month’s Brick Wall Roundtable will be facilitated by Ruth Wade. Bring your questions and get help with suggestions to break through your brick walls and find those relatives!!  Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or drop by.

Tue, April 7, 1:30pm – 3:00pm: Family Tree Maker PC User Group

FTM 2014This informal, casual group  meets the first 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!  Contact the library to register in advance by telephone 541-512-2340, by email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or drop by.

TV OFFERINGS

Who Do You Think You Are

wdytya“Who Do You Think You Are?” follows the journeys of some of the most well-known names in American popular culture. Watch as celebrities discover unknown details about themselves and their families while researching their ancestry with the help of historians and genealogical experts.

Tune into “Who Do You Think You Are?” starting Sunday, March 8.  Celebrities featured this season include Julie Chen, Angie Harmon, Sean Hayes and Bill Paxton.

Follow the link to view a video describing what’s coming up on this season of WDYTYA: click here.

OUT OF TOWN

Providence, RI

April 15–18—Navigating the Past: Sailing into the Future. The 13th New England Regional Genealogical Conference in Providence, RI. Features Lisa Louise Cook and Judy G. Russell. Website: http://www.nergc.org/

Milwaukie, OR

GFOApril 25, 2015 — GFO Spring Seminar. The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is holding its Spring Seminar with Laura G. Prescott on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge. This seminar will focus on Finding Your Family Beyond Vital Records. The topics for this seminar are:

• Treasures Within the Ivory Tower – Finding Family in Academic Archives
• The Rest of the Story – Using Manuscripts to Create a Family History
• loc.gov – Using Our Nations Library Online
• Turning Fiction into Fact

The flyer with more information and registration information is posted on our website at http://gfo.org/seminar/laura-prescott.pdf

Bend, OR

Bend logoSat, Apr 25, all day. Bend Genealogical Society Spring Seminar at the Bend Golf and Country Club here in Bend, Oregon. Our guest speaker this year is Thomas MacEntee from HighDefinition Genealogy. He is a genealogy blogger at GeneaBloggers and a presenter through webinars and at local, state and national conferences.  Thomas is both very knowledgeable but also very entertaining. We are looking forward to a very fun and productive day. Please plan to join us.  Click this link for more information.

St. Charles, Missouri

NGSMay 13-16. National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: Crossroads of America.  As people traveled the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the East while others traveled directly from abroad. Some migrated via east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then made their way up the Mississippi River to reach points north and west. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America. Explore these migration records at the 2015 NGS Conference.   RVGS/JCGL will be represented by professional genealogist member Melinda Henningfield, who will discuss migration via the Oregon Trail.   Please click on this link, NGS 2015, to bring up the conference brochure. Registration opens in December, 2014. Hotels are filling fast!

Burbank, California

icon-jamboree-handshake-logoJune 5 – 7, 2015, Friday thru Sunday Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree: Genealogy FANfare at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank, Burbank, CA.

100 + Lectures
Workshops | Exhibit Hall
Free Sessions Friday AM
Speakers include Craig Scott, Judy Russell, Tom Jones
2015 Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! Thursday, June 4, 2014 from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Go to http://genealogyjamboree.com/ for registration and more information.

 

Syracuse, NY

September 17–19, 2015. The New York State Family History Conference in Syracuse, NY. For more information website is: http://www.nysfhc.org/index.html

Genealogy Webinars

dear myrtleFor a complete listing of free webinars, Dear Myrtle provides a website listing ALL genealogy webinars available on the internet.  To access the calendar go to http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/calendar.html  and check back frequently for topics of interest to you.  You can add the geneawebinars calendar to your personal calendar to avoid missing classes of interest to you.  I’ve listed some March 2015 webinars of interest below:

Sat, March 7, 10am – 11am: Fish and Chips Genealogy: Finding your Common English Ancestors. Learn about basic English genealogy resources – civil registration, censuses and parish church records, and learn basic strategies to work back before 1800 using wills, tax and other records. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4073817387490097666

Wed, March 11, 6:00pm – 7:30pm: Crafting Ancestor Profiles from Start to Finish by Lisa Alzo Starting one ancestor at a time is often the best way to get going with writing your family history. Learn how to craft compelling ancestor profiles from start to finish and how to effectively weave them into a larger narrative. Attendees are invited to submit a draft of a 500 word profile to Lisa ahead of time (lisa.alzo@gmail.com). Three will be randomly selected for critique by Lisa during the live webinar. http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com

Wed, March 18, 11:00am – 12:30pm: Irish Genealogical Records in the 17th-19th Centuries by Judy Wight. Ireland research expert, Judy Wight, will teach about 17th-19th century genealogy records using different case studies in this day-after-St. Patrick’s Day webinar.  http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com

Thu, March 19, 5pm – 6pm: Attacking Brick Walls Using Technology and Traditional Methods by Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG®. Inevitably there are brick walls in genealogy. These situations take extra time, effort and money to solve, giving up isn’t the answer. Unusual and little known resources can make all the difference. We will use step-by-step processes using various substitutes and thinking out of the box to facilitate assistance in breaking through difficult brick walls. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/753254888718473729

Wed, March 25, 11:00am – 12:30pm: Where Does It Say That? Learning to Love Indirect Evidence by Chris Staats. Direct evidence, the sort of evidence that completely answers a research question by itself, is often scarce. Without any documents telling us exactly what we want to know, how do we identify relationships that might not be stated explicitly, resolve conflicts between records, and arrive at sound genealogical conclusions? By collecting, analyzing, and correlating indirect evidence of course! The Henry McGinnis family of 19th century rural Pennsylvania provides a good example of using mostly indirect evidence to reconstruct a family which left precious little for descendants to work with.  http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com

Wed, April 1, 11:00am – 12:30pm: Genealogy 101, a 3-Session Course in Beginning Genealogy – Part 1 by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen. We all have an aunt or a grandmother that has a shoebox full of obituaries, funeral cards, or other old documents that sit on a dresser or closet shelf. Or, perhaps we are that person with the shoebox. These beginning genealogy sessions will show how to take what you know and what you have access to, and teach the steps involved in getting it organized and compiled into a useful genealogy that can benefit future generations. Session 1 – Getting Started on the Right Foot. All of us know at least a bit of information about our family. It may be something we have heard, or something we have and don’t know how it can help us. We will start out learning about information from an obituary, and entering the facts into the Legacy Family Tree software.  http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society News

 Welcome New and Returning Members

miner logoRosemary Adalian,  Dwight Barber, Maureen Battistella, Ron & Marilyn Bolstad,  Dale & Art Borland,  Alan Buchta,  Patty Busse, Karen  Callahan, Rosalie Caffrey, William & Mary Carlson, A.W. & Darlene Casteel, Karen Chapman, Mary Chipman, Carolan & Liden DeSalvo, Cathy   Eagleton, Yvonne Earnest, Judy Evans, Jean Farouche, Cynthia Fuerst Lizabeth  Gibbons, Elizabeth (Beth) Gilmore, Ronald Hager, Susan Hartley-Andrews Katie Haugse, G.D. & Sherry L. Hayden, Don & Linda Herbert, Faye Heighton, David Hodson Judi Howlett, Barbara Hull, Judy & Phil Hunter, Bob & Dawn Hulse, G. Lee Jackson, Rada Jackson, Janet Joyer, Elizabeth Keene, Judith Kloetzel, Carol & Karen Knapp, Christine Lambert, Lynn Lamoree, Cynthia LeBaron, Lynn Leissler, Wayne and Mary Lynn Lewallen, Stan Littrell, Shane Loveland, Roanne Lyall, Jim Martin, Vicky McGee, Curtis Mekemson, Janet Mess,  Susan Milburn, Roberta Boddie Miles, Yvonne Miller, Michael Morgan, Melody Oppegaard, Ros Owens, Ruthanne Page, Rollie Pean, Victoria Perlson, Roberta Phillips, Wanda Perdue, Gerald & Janet Reichstein, Sallie Riehl, Robert & Nancy Roberts, Leslie Rooney, Carl Shauger, Linda Sindt, Vicki Skinner, Verna Strickland, Jan Stutts, Kay Teeters, Mary Thorpe, Yvonne Turpin, Toni Van DeWeghe, Estelle Voeller Patty Ware, Janet Wehren, Kathleen West

Message from Our President

In February, three of us [Andrea Patterson, Dave & Barbara Basden] attended the combination conference of Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and RootsTech in Salt Lake City. RVGS has been a member of FGS for two years.  The first two days were about libraries and societies, followed by genealogy classes and workshops and the largest exhibit hall of genealogy- related booths in the world focusing primarily on technology. This conference discussed where we are headed in this field and future interests of researchers. Our society is definitely on track with classes and programs and offering new tech tools to researchers in addition to our library collection. There were over 22,000 in attendance, making this the largest genealogy conference in the world. That number demonstrates that new researchers are tech-oriented and that their needs require attention from societies. The picture at the left shows left to right: Barbara Basden, David Basden, Andrea Patterson, and SusieRootsTech Photo JAck Jos Grohs at dinner together in Salt Lake City.

I give a lot of credit to the Basdens for their commitment to keeping us relevant and for adding tech tools for patrons.  Since we’ve added computers, subscriptions and our two websites (as well as social media), we have captured a new breed of researcher in addition to traditional genealogists. We added a group of tech gurus to help with classes, maintenance and projects. We have attracted many volunteers doing projects for our website. Can these new researchers locate everything they need to find their family on the Internet? No. They just don’t know that yet. But, as newbies acquire more information from internet resources they will learn to value microfilm, books, and our valuable library collection. Our society website provides the activities calendar and information about our society, and the library provides access to our library catalog and indexes which allow people to order records online that in turn provide RVGS/JCGL  with income. We do need to drive more traffic to our websites and plans are “in the works” to do that.

Bill Gates was interviewed in Switzerland recently and his message, in addition to his support of education worldwide, was our entrance to the mobile app and smartphone age. Our society is getting ready for them as we have some of the mobile accessories [i.e., printing from your devices] at the library.   Both of our websites are mobile friendly.

Classes were excellent with the top US lecturers. New genealogical resources are becoming available. “Preserve the Pensions” is raising millions to continue scanning the 1812 pensions which will be offered to us for free! If you would like to donate to this project, contact me.

Support of these national projects is important. Genealogists’ activism and FGS kept the SSDI [Social Security Death Index] alive and available with limited access as opposed to closed!

Here are some statistics about US societies.  Every state except West Virginia has FGS memberships [over 600 societies].  33% of participating societies have a membership of over 100, most have less. 10% have 500-600 members. RVGS has 685 members equal to the membership of St. Paul, Minnesota Genealogy Society.

·         In 2011 35% of societies reported a decrease in membership

·         In 2011 29% of societies reported an increase.

·         In 2014 17% reported a decrease in membership

·         In 2014 38% reported an increase.

What is attracting new members?  Events…conferences, programs & classes/publicity

1.       Word of mouth

2.       Website attraction

3.       Email

4.       Social Media

 

What is the number 1 method of attraction?  SOCIAL MEDIA! Social media was defined as Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, & Pinterest. “Facebook is revolutionizing genealogy” says Kris Rzepczynski.  (And you think you have a surname spelling challenge!)

How do societies communicate with their members?

  • Email
  • Blogs
  • Conferences
  • Facebook and Twitter

How do societies engage with members?

  • Programs
  • Face to face interactions
  • Events
  • Fun Activities

We let everyone we talked with know about our fabulous library and that we were the largest genealogy library between Sacramento, CA and Portland, OR.  Barbara had also made and taken brochures. During a luncheon, Barbara asked a gentleman what he thought RVGS stood for. He replied, Recreational Vehicle Genealogy Society!

I want to encourage all of you to attend conferences, seminars and classes whether here, Salt Lake, Missouri, Klamath Falls,  or Grants Pass. It keeps all of us abreast of what is happening in the genealogy scene. It is exciting to talk with other genealogists………they tend to be interested and listen to our latest finds!

Cartoon of the Month

not facebook

How Can Children Be Born in Such Diverse Places? by Anne Billeter

The 1900 United States, Census of Alaska shows the Henry B. Fitts family in Sitka, Alaska:

Fitts, Henry B. 39 Virginia

Alice B. 29 New York

George B 11 Penn

Nadja  9 Alaska

Margaret W.  6 Arkansas

Chandler R. 1 New Hampshire

Henry is a Surgeon.  In 1910 they are living in Indianapolis and have added a daughter Virginia, born in Alaska in 1901.  Wife Alice has died, and Henry is listed as Physician, Navy.  A photo of the nine ship’s officers of the U.S.S. Pinta, in 1889 in Alaska, including Henry Fitts, may be found on Find a Grave, where the death of Dr. Henry Bird Fitts in Lima, Peru on 23 March 1930 is noted.

 Quilting and Genealogy

  •  S.O.P.S. Friendship Quilt and the People Post Offices  of Jackson County: postal quiltA report about the January 27, 2015  “Quilts and Genealogy Program” by Nancy Swan.Leading off with a quilt showing blocks designed by members of the Southern Oregon Philatelic Society and made by Evelyn Bryan in 1972, Nancy Swan told how the stamp club’s Post Office Study Team got her family involved in collecting mail from and researching Jackson County postal history. The Power Point presentation focused on nine of the county’s 45 post offices named after people. Maps and pictures featured the families and post offices of: Barron, Colestin, Deter, Leeds, Peyton, Applegate, Kubli, Ruch and Provolt.  Only Applegate, now a rural station of Jacksonville, still has a post office.  Nancy’s talk nicely illustrates the connection between quilts and genealogy.
  • Local Presentation by JCGL Library Director, Quilt– “Maryum’s Yellow Maryum'sYellowRoseQuiltRose.”“Maryum’s Yellow Rose,” the quilt and the story of the pioneer McKee family, was shared by JCGL Library Director Anne Billeter with 55 members of the Eagle Point Women’s Club during their monthly meeting and luncheon at the Rogue Valley Country Club.  The quilt is one of the permanent collection of quilts which depict aspects of Jackson County’s history owned by RVGS, through the generosity of the Jacksonville Museum Quilters.

A Brief Report about the Mentoring Program

Tom SayreTom Sayre, RVGS Mentoring Director, reports: Barbara Freeman Hagen seems to be quite energized by connecting with young Evan Shay from Gloucester, MA and they are exchanging family information. From what I’ve seen, Evan is a very capable researcher. At 91 years young, Barbara is remarkable to be as interested and astute as she is. I hope she connects with members of her generation through this effort. I know they are out there!

Here is a copy of Barbara’s email to Tom Sayre:

Dear Tom:

I’m having such an exciting time with e-mails from Evan.  He is a student at Salem (not sure if it is a Community College or not).  He has sent me photos of Gloucester in the snow and they are unbelievable.

And he is thinking of going to San Francisco for graduate school.

It is due to your cleverness in using Ancestry.  I seem to be very busy with my volunteer jobs and my two classes at OLLI.  I hope to have more time soon to spend at the Library.

Thanks so much for making this connection possible.

Barbara Hagen

Jackson County Genealogy Library & Internet News

New Front Doors at JCGL

IMG_0397We are pleased to add new entrance doors to our library this year. They are “welcoming” and energy efficient and patrons and RVGS volunteers love them. We are always looking at ways to cut our utility bills and improve our facility. Bill’s Glass was the installer and in order to not pay the price of custom sizes, they had to cut out a little brick on each side of the entrance and about 10” from the header area for these double glass/metal doors to fit! The cost was $3,600 with $2,000 donated by RVGS members. Thank you Charlotte Henry and Betty Miller! Finish work, trim, painting, and patching were done by Jack Patterson, member and maintenance volunteer.  Insert picture

Do You Have Famous Relatives?

1486045http://www.deseretnews.com/article/print/865621752/BYUs-Relative-Finder-a-website-that-helps-find-famous-ancestors.html.  A BYU-developed website called “Relative Finder” enables users to find out how closely related they are not only to historical figures but also friends, neighbors, spouses, or even the mail carrier. “This website allows you, in three minutes of time and effort, to discover how you are related to all these people,” said computer science professor Tom Sederberg, a leader of the project. “It is fun and informative, and can stimulate interest in family history work.”  You must have a Family Search account to use this website, but you should have one already!

New Additions to JCGL February, 2015

Genealogy How-to
929.192 Jen
Jensen, Cecile Wendt
Sto Lat : a modern guide to Polish genealogy

Circ 929.192 Moo
Mooney, Thomas G.
Exploring Your Cherokee Ancestry

929.192 Rad
Radford, Dwight A.
A Genealogist’s Guide to discovering your Irish Ancestors : how to find and record your unique heritage

Mayflower
929.3 May
[various authors, some new]
Mayflower Families through Five Generations
[Newer editions of each of these volumes have been provided by the local chapter of the Mayflower Society]
v.4 Family of Edward Fuller
v.5 Families:  Edward Winslow, John Billington
v.7 Family:  Peter Brown
v.8 Family of Degory Priest
v.11, Part 1 Family of Edward Doty
v.13 Family of William White
v.14 Family of Miles Standish
v.18, Part I Family of Richard Warren
v.18, Part II Family of Richard Warren
v.19 Family of Thomas Rogers
v.21 Family of John Billington

929.3 May v.23, pt.2
Lainhart, Ann Smith
Mayflower Families through Five Generations, vol. 23, pt. 2, Family of John Howland

929.3 May v.23, pt.3
Lainhart, Ann Smith
Mayflower Families through Five Generations, vol. 23, pt. 3, Family of John Howland

Ireland
Circ 941.5 B352 Ell

Ellis, Peter Berresford
Erin’s Blood Royal : the Gaelic Noble Dynasties of Ireland

Circ 941.5 H388 MacL
MacLysaght, Edward
Irish Life in the Seventeenth Century

Circ 941.5 H388 Roy
Roy, James Charles
Fields of Athenry : a journey through Irish history

941.5 W344 Cla
Clare, Wallace, editor
Guide to Copies and Abstracts of Irish Wills

941.531 N120 MacL
MacLysaght, Edward
Irish Families:  Their Names, Arms and Origins

941.531 N120 MacL
MacLysaght, Edward
More Irish Families:  Their Names, Arms and Origins

941.531 N120 MacL
MacLysaght, Edward
Supplement to Irish Families:  Their Names, Arms and Origins

Circ 941.531 N120 O’L
O’Laughlin, Michael C.
Book of Irish Families Great and Small, volume I

Cherokee
970.004 G242 McC
McClure, Tony Mack
Cherokee Proud:  A Guide for Tracing and Honoring Your Cherokee Ancestors, 2d ed.

Circ 970.004 H388 Sta
Starr, Emmet
Cherokee Biographies : from “History of the Cherokee Indians and their legends and folk lore”

New York
974.7 N298 Iri
Irish Relatives and Friends, from “Information Wanted” ads in the ‘Irish-American,’ 1850-1871

Oregon – Jackson County
979.527 N298 Pho
Phoenix, Oregon Newspaper Articles, 1854-1900

979.527 R233 Jac
Jackson County Oregon Brands and Marks
[Collected by RVGS volunteers from varied sources, some undocumented]

979.527 S518 Coo
Cook, Virginia
History of Reames Chapter No. 66, Order of the Eastern Star, 1900-1968

Oregon – Linn County
979.535 C597 Ore
Oregon, Linn County, Widows Pension, 1923-1937

979.535 D218 Ore
Oregon, Linn County, Coroner’s Reports

979.535 N189 Ore
Oregon, Linn County, Naturalizations

Oregon – Marion County
979.537 C242 Asy
Asylum Cemetery, 1883-1913, Salem, Marion County, Oregon

979.537 C242 Cox
Oregon Marion County Cox Cemetery 1849-1988

979.537 C242 Fri
Marion Friends Cemetery, 1893-1991, Marion, Marion County, Oregon ; Rosedale Friends Cemetery, 1894-1991, Rosedale, Marion County, Oregon

979.537 C242 Hay
Hayesville Cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, 1858-1999

979.537 C242 Loo
Looney Cemetery, 1850-1992, Jefferson, Marion County, Oregon

979.537 C242 St.B
Oregon, Marion County, St. Barbara’s Cemetery, Salem, Oregon

979.537 C242 Sti
Century and a Half of Stipp Memorial Cemetery, Macleay, Marion County, Oregon, 1849-1999

979.537 C248 1905 v.1
Oregon, Marion County, 1905 Census Book 1

979.537 D218 Ore
Oregon Marion County Death Index 1903-1920

979.537 D372 Sal
Salem Directory for 1871:  embracing a general directory of residents and a business directory

979.537 N298 Ore
Oregon, Excerpts from “The Oregon Statesman” published every Friday morning by Asahel Bush, Oregon City, Salem, O.T.
volume 1, March 1851-January 1854
volume 2, February 1854-December 1859

979.537 F952 Ter
Oregon, Salem, Marion County, Terwilliger Fumeral Home Records,
volume 1, including Cottage Undertaking Parlor Records; Abstracts of Record Books A-E, May 1909-October 1925
volume 2 (including Terwilliger-Edwards Funeral Home Records); Abstracts of Record Books F-I, October 1925-August 1940. –

979.537 T541 Cap
Capital Monumental Works, Salem, Oregon
volume I, Contracts 1918-1947
volume II, Contracts 1948-March 1961

Oregon – Clatsop County
979.546 B352 Ore
Oregon, Clatsop County, WPA Interviews

Oregon – Crook County
979.583 M343 Ore
Oregon, Crook County, Military Rolls 1886-1887-1888-1889

Washington
979.786 H388 The
“The Columbian” presents Clark County, the Early Years, 1850-1949

Magazines Recently Received. The most recent issue is shelved in the wire rack at the end of the 929.2 book stack. [Partial contents listed]

  • “Colorado Genealogist,” v.76 #1, February 2015 (Circ 978.8 P273 Col)
  • Cripple Creek Jackpot” [researching Mary/Minnie/Marie (Fromenwiler) and Charles Dutt]
  • “Colorado Civil War Veterans Who Were Members of the Grand Army of the Republic,Department of California”
  • Internet Genealogy, v.9 #2, June-July 2014 (Circ 929.1 Int) Partial contents:“Analyze Your Writing with StoryToolz” [a useful set of online tools]
  • “The Dust Bowl Migration of the 1930s”
  • “Hidden Treasure:  Washington State Digital Archives”
  • “Online State Land Grant Databases”“The St. Lawrence Steamboat Company Records” [Canadian passenger records]
  • “NGS Magazine,” v.41 #1, January-March 2015 (Circ 929.05 NGSM)
  • “Educational Opportunities in Genealogy Part 2”“Using FamilySearch to Solve Genealogical Problems:  15 Tips”
  • “Shootout at the Rhododendron Lodge: Reconstructing Life-Changing Events”
  • “Confederate Court-Martial Records: An Alternate Research Strategy for Missing Case Files”
  • “Who Changed Our Ancestors’ Names?”
  • “Finding Free African American Ancestors from the Antebellum Period”
  • “Oregon Historical Quarterly,” v. 115 #4, Winter 2014 (Circ 979.5 P273 OHQ)
  • “Planning for a Productive Paradise:  Tom McCall and the Conservationist Taleof Oregon Land-Use Policy”
  • “Union for the Sake of the Union”:  The Selection of Joseph Lane as ActingPresident of the United States, 1861
  • “A History of Science and Society in Oregon”:  Oregon State University’sExtension and Experiment Station Publications”
  • “Klamath Armory and Auditorium”:  Klamath County Museum’s ‘Biggest and Most Important Artifact

Internet and Computer News

ancestryRecent Video on Ancestry:  Index only Records : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTx82fbAzcc&feature=em-subs_digest

Published on Feb 10, 2015. There are millions of new records being put online every single week. Some of these records are what we call, “Index Only.” Join Crista Cowan for a discussion about what exactly these records are, what they do and do not tell you and what to do next to continue climbing your family tree.

Updates to Patron Computers

·         Additional Patron Computers.   Additional patron computers have been added in the Main Room of the library.   They are located to the left of the Reception Desk as you enter the library.

·         Additional Software on Patron Computers.   All patron computers, open officeincluding the newly added ones, now have IrfanView (image-handling software), Open Office, and CutePDF.   Open Office allows you to open Microsoft Office files, e.g, Word and Excel , and to create documents that will work on your home computer in Microsoft Office.   CutePDF allows you to save images and documents as PDF files by “printing” to the Cute PDF Writer listed as a printer.  [These utilities will be discussed in the class on March 13th.]

·         Genealogy Software on Patron Computers.  Newly added patron RM7computers and eventually all patron computers will have software you can use at the library to connect with subscription sites on library computers.   We are adding Legacy 8,  RootsMagic 7,  Ancestral Quest 14, and the 2014 version of Family Tree Maker.

 

Free Records on Findmypast this Weekend Mar 6-9) on Your Home Computer

FINDMYPASTClick this link to go to Findmypast this weekend, March 6-9.  http://www.findmypast.com/freeweekend?utm_source=fmp_email&utm_content=308402&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news

Findmypast features British Records, UK records including Australia and Canada as well as a growing collection of US records.   From their website:  “We offer more than 1.7 billion international family history records from the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and beyond with records going back to 1200. New collections are added every month, so why not explore Findmypast to add depth to your family tree?”

Discount of 30% on Ancestry World Subscriptions for AARP members (from Tom MacEntee of Geneabloggers):

AARPThis is the latest information, dated Tuesday 3 March 2015, from Ancestry.com concerning the AARP discount allowing savings of 30% on a World subscription. Recently there was some confusion as to when the discount expired, whether it would be renewed, and how the discount could be used for existing Ancestry.com members.  Please read the important information below:

AARP Agreement with Ancestry.com

·         The original agreement with AARP was for one-year and we are working to renew that contract now

·         The current agreement with AARP will expire March 31st but we are almost certain we will have the new contact signed by then so members will see no lapse in opportunity to sign up for the discount

·         The contract with AARP does not affect Ancestry’s agreement with our members in offering the discount. Even if the agreement was not renewed with AARP, we will still be offering the discount to our members who already signed up for the time agreed upon

 Personal Use of the AARP Discount

·         You can only use the AARP discount of 30% one time (the discount only works for World Explorer)

·         Regardless of what duration of membership you have, the discount will last up to 1-year

·         After receiving a year of the discount, you will be billed at the normal rate

·         If you are already an Ancestry member, simply call into our customer support line no more than 1 month before the end of your contract and we can migrate you over to the AARP discount (if you are monthly we can change you over at any time)

 You can move over at any point but you will lose the remainder of your current subscription…so better to just wait until it runs out.

50 Free Genealogy Sites to Search Today

Posted by Family History Daily/ February 19, 2015

fhdLooking for a list of free genealogy sites to search? Here are 50 no-cost family history resources where you will find birth, marriage and death records, obituaries, cemetery listings, newspaper articles, biographies, research tips and so much more.

We had a lot of fun compiling this list of excellent websites. Remember, most free genealogy sites have been made available by the hard work and dedication of many volunteers! Don’t forget to thank them and give back when you can. Enjoy the search!

50 Free Genealogy Sites:  http://familyhistorydaily.com/genealogy-resources/50-free-genealogy-sites/

RootsTechLink to Videos from RootsTech 2015.   Learn from experts who presented at the biggest genealogy conference in the US: Dennis Brimhall and Ron Tanner on Family Search; Josh Taylor on 30 essential tech tools; Thomas MacEntee: Building a Research Toolbox; Peter Drinkwater: Finding Your Family on Newspapers.com.  Crista Cowan and Juliana Szucs: Getting the Most Out of Ancestry.com.   http://rootstech.org/video/4054729365001

From the Oregon Genealogical Society Newsletter:

OHS Irish Parish Records Planned for Free Online Access
The Catholic Church and the National Library of Ireland have partnered to make almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms available online for free. The digital images are expected to be available on a dedicated website, which will be
launched in summer 2015.

The National Library of Ireland calls the records the single most important source
of information on Irish family history prior to the 1901 census. Dating from the
1740s to the 1880s, they cover nearly 1,100 parishes throughout the island of Ireland
and consist primarily of baptismal and marriage records. Most census records from
this period were destroyed in the Four Courts fire of 1922, so these parish registers
are the most comprehensive surviving source of information on Irish families in the
1700s and 1800s.

The information in the parish records typically includes the dates of the baptisms
or marriages and the names of the key people involved, including godparents or
witnesses. The microfilms have been available to visitors to the National Library of Ireland
since the 1970s. However, this project means that, for the first time, anyone will be able
to access these registers without having to travel to Dublin.
http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1404970.htm.

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Ancestry Free!

Ancestry is free to all users, Friday Feb 6 through Sunday Feb 8th.   Have fun!

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JCGL/RVGS News for February 2015

Classes and Events at Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) — 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501

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Users Group: Family Tree Maker (PC)
Tue, February 3, 1:30pm – 3:00pm. 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!

 

 

scandInterest Group: Scandinavian Research
Tues, Feb 3, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  The long awaited SCANDINAVIAN USERS GROUP is in the works! At the library there is a sign up for this group in the class book. We have over 20 interested at this time. We will meet first to determine the focus of the group….what do we want to know, what will be available [new] at the library, webinars, brick walls …and really helping each other. We plan to have a webinar on Scandinavian Research at 6 PM.  WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: Researching the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) is very different from researching in the US. Learn about the patronymics, language, and more.
o Overview of the influence of history and geography
o Patronymics
o Alphabets of each language – extra letters and search techniques
o Use of dates and calendar basics
o Hints for keeping on track and searching efficiently
o Resources for each country
If you would like to be included please sign up with your name and email address by telephone, 541-512-2340, or by email, reception.JCGL@gmail.com  or at the library.  You will receive an email confirming the first meeting and then the group can choose the best time to hold subsequent meetings.  See you there, Andrea Patterson and Betty Miller.  Free.

Class: Introduction to Photo Editing
IrfanviewThurs, Feb. 5, 10:30 – 11:30 am.  Rick Black will introduce you to free software available on patron computers editing your photos.  While many may want to learn more advanced skills and use software such as Adobe Photoshop, this class will first give you the basics to start working on those photos. This is a free class for members only.   Windows or Macintosh Users welcome.  Call the library at 541 512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or stop by to register for this class.

broken-brick-wallRoundtable Discussion:  Breaking Down Brick Walls
Sat, Feb.7, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.  The roundtable will be facilitated by Steve Kious.  Bring your questions and get suggestions and answers to your brick wall problems and find that ancestor!  Free.  Call the library at 541- 512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or stop by to register for this class.

FTM-MACUsers Group: Family Tree Maker (Mac)
Wed, February 11, 10:00am – 11:30am. Family Tree Maker User Group (Mac). Barbara MacMillen is the facilitator of this informal group discussing FTM, Genealogy and Mac computers. Please call (541)512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or drop by at JCGL to sign up in advance for this free workshop.

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Class: Family Tree Maker Software
Sat, February 14, 10:30 am – 12:30 PM. This FTM Beginning Class will cover “The People Workspace”, starting and working with family trees.  This class, taught by Charleen Brown, is for PC users. Laptops may be used, but are not required. Cost is $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members.  Future classes in the series will be scheduled as requested. Please call (541)512-2340, email  reception.JCGL@gmail.com or drop by JCGL to sign up in advance for this free class.

3rd TUESDAY Public Program and Members Meeting

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Gladys in Her Wedding Dress

Tue, February 17, 1:30pm – 3:00pm. “Bitten by the Genealogy Bug” by Diane Tibbets. Drawing on her brief 45-year history of genealogical research Diane shows how to incorporate genealogical research into computer-generated photo books. After Diane’s talk, Kristen Olsen of Scrappycraft/The Artist’s Attic in Phoenix will provide tips on using papers and other tools to enhance your offline photo albums and family history scrapbooks.

Diggin’ In The Dark: Genealogy after Hours
Tue, February 17, 3pm – 9pm.  How’s your Family History? Do you have missing puzzle pieces? Come join the fantastic volunteers who will be there to assist you when JCGL remains open until 9 PM! Show up anytime and access our world-wide book collection or use our computers with subscriptions to all the best genealogy research sites. Come join us for an evening of family history FUN! Bring your known family information, a USB flash drive for saving what we find, and your dinner.  Leave blurry-eyed at 9 PM!

recordWorkshop: Genealogy Record Keeping
Fri, February 20, 10:30am – 12:00pm. Karen Asche provides ideas on how to organize your genealogy research based on your objectives. She will clarify the process so that you can continue your project efficiently. Bring your paperwork and questions, and your laptop if you have one. This is a follow up on the class,  “ How To Start Your Genealogy Project.” Call JCGL at 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or stop by to register for this class.

ginlincaptureQUILTS AND GENEALOGY TALKS: “Gin Lin, No Ordinary Gold Miner”
Tue, February 24, 1:30pm – 2:30pm. “Gin Lin, No Ordinary Gold Miner” by Larry Smith – Gin Lin came to America to find gold. By 1881 he had claims on Palmer Creek and along Flume and China gulches in the Applegate Valley. Who was this gold miner? What is hydraulic mining? Did he really have one million dollars in gold dust in a Jacksonville bank? This is a one hour talk, come and learn about how these quilts can be connected to genealogy. Attendance is free to all. Call JCGL at 541- 512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or stop by to register for this talk.

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Users Group: Family Tree Maker (PC)
Tue, March 3, 1:30pm – 3:00pm. 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!

 

 

LOOKING AHEAD

applegate trail3rd TUESDAY Public Programs and Members Meeting
Tue, March 17, 1015, 1:30 p.m. Melinda Henningfield will present, “From Missouri to Oregon by Way of the Applegate Trail.”  Her talk will tell of the thousands of pioneers who left their homes for the west. The journey was long and difficult.  The pioneers first traveled along the Oregon Trail.  Some left the Oregon Trail and followed the Applegate Trail which went through the Rogue Valley.  The records they left tell of their hardship and joys.  Join us for this most informative presentation.

In her talk, Melinda will describe records available at JCGL.  She will present this same talk at the upcoming National Genealogical Society (NGS) Conference in St. Charles, Missouri on May 13-16.  [See description of the NGS conference below.] Several members of the RVGS board will represent RVGS/JCGL at this meeting.  Great exposure for RVGS/JCGL!

vector_ship_blueSpring Seminar: Researching Your Irish Family History
Mon, March 30,  8:30 am – 5 pm. Full-day seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish Research presented by Fintan Mullan, the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Early bird registration (by March 15, 2015): for Members: $45, non-members: $55. Standard registration, (after March 15, 2015) for Members: $55, non-members: $65. Follow the links to the Registration Form  and Finding Irish and Scots-Irish Roots Brochure.

Register by mail or in person at JCGL.

OUT OF TOWN EVENTS

Salt Lake City, UT

RootsTechCombined RootsTech and FGS Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center
February 11-14 “Connect.Explore.Refresh” is a one-of-a-kind special family history event being held concurrently with Rootstech. The 2015 FGS Conference is a “Don’t Miss Event!” FGS and Rootstech will be sharing the same venue and each offering a diverse selection of presentations from leading genealogy experts and organizations. Plus, the world’s largest collection of family history materials will be just minutes away. Register now for FGS 2015. Go to https://www.fgsconference.org/ to learn more about the joint FGS Conference. RootsTech is the largest genealogical convention in the US with the attendance expected to exceed 14,000 this year.  Visit their website to register and attend or stay at home and  stream live conferences including a presentation by Laura Bush.  Here’s the link, RootsTech2015

Milwaukie, OR

GFOGFO Spring Seminar
April 25, 2015. The Genealogical Forum of Oregon is holding its Spring Seminar with Laura G. Prescott on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Milwaukie Elks Lodge. This seminar will focus on Finding Your Family Beyond Vital Records. The topics for this seminar are:
• Treasures Within the Ivory Tower – Finding Family in Academic Archives
• The Rest of the Story – Using Manuscripts to Create a Family History
• loc.gov – Using Our Nations Library Online
• Turning Fiction into Fact
The flyer with more information and registration information is posted on their website at http://gfo.org/seminar/laura-prescott.pdf

Redding, CA

HFHeritage Faire
Sat, Feb. 28, 8:30 am – 3 pm.

·         Beginning Genealogy by Lena Harmon: The most common question people ask when starting is “Where do I start?” Lena will answer the where and how to start.
·         1850-1940 Census Records by Marti Roe:You Can’t Do Genealogy Research Without Them OR Making Sense of Census Records.
·         Creating Family Stories from Research by Marian Kile:  If we don’t have the details of our ancestor’s lives, we still can develop meaningful stories to capture what they might have seen or done.
·         DNA – Roundtable Discussion of DNA Testing and Experiences by Mike Witesman: Anyone who has had their DNA tested or is considering being tested can benefit from the experiences of others.
·         FamilySearch FamilyTree Memories by Lena Harmon: Lena will show you how to use the Memories portion of FamilySearch.org FamilyTree.
·         FamilySearch FamilyTree Partnerships by Lena Harmon: This class is for LDS members only.  This class will show you how to create your partner accounts for Ancestry, Find My Past, and My Heritage.
·         Organizing Your Family History by Vicky Anderson: This 2 hour class will teach you how to organize all your information and documentation into an easy to manage, working, expandable organizing system.
·         Start Writing Personal Family Stories by Marian Kile:  This class will help both the non-writer and the experienced writer develop short stories that capture the essence of special family members or events.
·         Survey Your Family Members in 2015 by Marian Kile: There is no census information collected until 2020 but we can set up our own survey for 2015.
·         Understanding Autosomal (at) DNA – (or Do I Have That Many Sixth Cousins?) by Mike Witesman: If you have a Autosomal DNA test or are considering being tested this class will target the questions you should ask.
·         Using Maps and Genealogy by Melinda Kashuba This session introduces you to the variety of maps available for family history research and how to locate them.
·         USGenweb.org, Worldgenweb.org, & Rootsweb.com by Marti Roe: If you are new to family history, you may not be aware of these three free and older genealogy websites.
Go to http://www.reddingfamilyhistorycenter.org/page05.html for more information.

St. Charles, Missouri

NGS2015National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: Crossroads of America.
May 13-16. As people traveled the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the East while others traveled directly from abroad. Some migrated via east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then made their way up the Mississippi River to reach points north and west. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America. Explore these migration records at the 2015 NGS Conference.   RVGS/JCGL will be represented by professional genealogist member Melinda Henningfield, who will discuss migration via the Oregon Trail.   Please click on this link, NGA-2015-StL-Brochure, to bring up the conference brochure. Registration opened in December, 2014. Hotels are filling fast!

Burbank, California

icon-jamboree-handshake-logoSouthern California Genealogical Society Jamboree: Genealogy FANfare
June 5 – 7 Friday thru Sunday at Los Angeles Marriott Burbank, Burbank, CA.

·         100 + Lectures
·         Workshops | Exhibit Hall
·         Free Sessions Friday AM
·         Speakers include Craig Scott, Judy Russell, Tom Jones
·         2015 Genetic Genealogy: DNA Day Plus! Thursday, June 4, 2014 from 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
Go to http://genealogyjamboree.com/ for registration and more information.

 CLOUD-BASED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

NGSThe National Genealogical Society Course: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. Developed by military records expert Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, the new course expands on NGS’s offerings for teaching military research strategies, and helps achieve NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to the genealogical community. In this eight‐module cloud‐based course, Scott introduces numerous U.S. based records related to those who fought for independence, including compiled service records, prisoner of war records, and pension files. He will also teach strategies to identify and locate information about ancestors who lived at the time of the Revolution.

Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors is available to NGS members for $45.00 and to non-members for $70.00. For additional information or to purchase the course, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/researching_your_revolutionary_war_ancestors.

Two other cloud-based NGS courses are also available:   Introduction to Civil War Research and Genetic Genealogy, The Basics

 

GeneaWebinars
geneawebinarsDear Myrt has set up a website listing ALL genealogy webinars available on the internet.  To access the calendar go to http://blog.geneawebinars.com/p/calendar.html  and check back frequently for topics of interest to you.  You can add the geneawebinars calendar to your personal calendar to avoid missing classes of interest to you.
For Feburary 2015 some highlights include the following:
·         Step-by-Step – Finding Confederate Soldiers and Their Records by Mark Lowe on Feb. 6 at 2 PM http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com
·         Zigzagging through German Church Records by Jim Beidler Wed, February 11, 9:00pm – 10:30pm http://www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com
·         Barefoot Genealogist – Ancestry.com Tue, February 17, 1:00pm – 1:30pm
·          6 Steps to Choreograph Your Research across the Internet Wed, February 18, 10pm – 11pm. https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6772891934395132673. HOSTED by Southern California Genealogical Society

TV OFFERINGS

genealogy roadshowGenealogy Roadshow in February
Premieres, February 10,  at 8:00 p.m.  At St. Louis’ historic Union Station, a team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family stories from Missouri. A musician hopes to find connections to a famous St. Louis jazz composer; two sisters explore links to a survivor of the legendary Donner party; an Italian-American woman finds out if she is related to Italian royalty; and a schoolteacher who has all the answers for her students has very few about her own past.

Philadelphia – Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Premieres, February 17,  at 8:00 p.m. A team of genealogists uncovers fascinating family histories at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. One woman’s ancestor may have sparked historic labor laws; a pastor may have an outlaw in her family tree; a woman learns about slave genealogy and, with the help of DNA testing, gets the answer she has waited for; and another woman learns her ancestor may have helped others escape the Holocaust.

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) News

Welcome New and Returning RVGS Members

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Lost In The Library!

Lost in the library: one bright blue, see-thru, plastic folder.  The folder had a collection of Swedish research materials.   The folder was to help me with my research on my mother.  If anyone knows where it ended up or by mistake at the end of the day gathered it up and took it home, please return it to JCGL.  Leave it with a librarian at the reception desk.  No problem.  I need this information to get my mother’s line going.  Thanks and good luck with your research.  Betty Miller, RVGS Trustee.

New Life Member

byrnesmMary Ann Byrne, RVGS member since 1996, was born and raised in Des Moines, IA. She has participated in 11 genealogy bus trips to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City with RVGS. Mary Ann is married to Richard Byrne, university professor and dean. She received her Master’s degree in library science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she owned a children’s bookshop. Later she worked as Adult Services and Reference Librarian in Los Angeles County when her husband was at USC.

As Travel Coordinator for the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, she traveled extensively in Asia and a total 71 countries. Mary Ann has twin daughters, Megan and Heather. Mary Ann moved to Jacksonville in 1993. Active in the Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, she has served as board member on several Rogue Valley and Jackson County organizations.   Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, and North Carolina are her areas of research.

Help Earn Donations to RVGS at No Cost to Yourself

  1. New Program: RVGS now participates in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards FredMeyerProgram. If you link your card to that program via RVGS, a portion of what you spend will be donated to RVGS with no reduction in the individual rewards you receive. To link your Fred Meyer card go to their website, fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. Use the Non-Profit Organization number for RVGS, 91873, to locate our organization.   Please click on link, Fred Meyer Community Rewards, to learn more about this program.
  2. Existing Program: Shop at Amazon through the Amazon Smile program designating amazon smileRVGS as the recipient of donations made by Amazon.   To sign up go to amazon.com and select Rogue Valley Genealogical Society as your favorite non-profit. Last year, donations to RVGS through the Amazon Smile Program and through purchases made by accessing Amazon through the link on our websites equaled $392.18! For the first month in 2015, the monthly payment was $54.26.

Financial News

Leave a LegacyYear-end figures for 2014: The JCGL mortgage balance was $92,089.27. At the beginning of 2014 the balance was $137,482.98, a reduction of $45,393.71. Thank you to Leave A Legacy and 5/60 Club donors for your help in reducing the balance. The 5/60 Club brought in $2,570. New ’15 stickers are at the reception desk. Please renew and donate for 2015. We have one year left prior to RVGS’s 50th Anniversary to reduce the mortgage to $0.

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 March 30, 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. You can buy your tickets at the library or you can mail your check to JCGL. If you mail your check, specify the number of tickets you are purchasing and include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we can return the raffle ticket stubs to you.

Your Opportunity to Honor a Past President or a Rogue Valley Pioneer: 50TH Anniversary Celebration Commemorative Quilt. The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2016.  To commemorate that event, The Quilt Committee will create an Anniversary Quilt for RVGS and its supporters.  As a supporter you are a part of RVGS history, and your name or a name of your choice can appear in the 50th Anniversary Quilt which will represent RVGS history from 1966 to today.  If your family is descended from Rogue Valley Pioneers or you have an ancestor to honor, you may want to include their names. We encourage you to select names important in the history of RVGS, for example, past presidents and officers.

Honor a Past President

You can honor a past president as a Book Name in the Anniversary Quilt. Shown below is a list of past presidents. A green marker on a name indicates that president has already been selected. Please choose one or more of the remaining presidents.

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The name or names of persons you choose to honor will be embroidered on a fabric patch cut to represent a book spine, so that the person’s name is the “Book Name” (title) of the book. The “Books” will be arranged on “Book Shelves,” similar to the example of a portion of the quilt shown below:

Book Name Quilt

In turn, the “Book Shelves” will be incorporated into a quilt that will depict objects important in the history of the Rogue Valley and the society, e.g., train engine, gold pan, covered wagon, pear blossoms, wigwam burner, bundle of letters, box of books, picture of our library. The objects will be appliqued onto the book shelves.

Only 110 Books will be depicted so don’t miss your opportunity to select a person to be honored in the Quilt. The price of each Book Name is $50. Mail the Book Name Application along with your check to JCGL, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501 or drop it off at the library. You can also purchase Book Names online by making a donation to RVGS using the Donate Button on the RVGSociety Website. Send a copy of the Book Name Application to RVGS, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford OR 97501, specifying that you donated online.   Click here Book Name Form to obtain a printable copy of the application.

End of Year Reports

 If you would like to read an end of year report for RVGS as a whole please click here, Annual Report 2014 .   For an end of year report from the Finance Committee, please click here, 2014 Financial End of Year Report .

In Memoriam Alveriah (Al) Dreiszus

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 YOU ARE VALUED! Member Survey

If you are a member of RVGS, you should have received a copy of the 2015 Member Survey via email.   Please fill in your answers to the survey and mail or email it to us.   We need to know what kinds of classes and events you would like RVGS to present and what days and times work best for you. Thank You.

Jackson County Genealogy Library News & Tech Resources for Genealogists

Book Available For Purchase:  Oregon Burial Site Guide

The publisher for the Oregon State Library is losing its warehouse space the end of July. As a result, you can purchase the Oregon Burial Site Guide, Compiled by Dean Byrd, Stanley Clarke, & Janice M. Healy free. They will send a hardback copy to everyone for the cost of shipping and handling. The full price is $20 post-marked not later than 1 July 2015. These books originally sold for $125 each. This book is about where the cemeteries of Oregon are located and does not list those who are buried in them. Names are listed only for the small sites on private property with 12 or less burials.

Listings are fully alphabetical by county and site, each county is indexed with a state-wide index in the back. This is a must for those researching Oregon using death certificates. OSL tried to pick up all the also known as names to the sites. There are about 2500 burial sites in the 36 counties of Oregon. This material is updated and corrected, not like the material from the old ODOT book that has been put up on the web. So no this is not on the web. [JCGL owns a copy of the book, call number 979.5 C242 Ore]

Make checks out to: Stoney Way LLC; PO Box 5414;Aloha, OR 97006-0414

 TECH NEWS

 Website Of Interest

mapsofusRVGS Member Barbara MacMillen recommends the website, www.mapsofus.org. This site allows you to click on a state and then on different years to see how counties were formed.  It has maps before the census began so is useful to see where to look for information before the 1st census. Records of our often moved from county to county or even state to state as a function of boundary changes. You can track those changes on this site.

Videos From Mocavo
MocavoMocavo, the search engine designed for genealogists and website with wide-ranging records has made available a series of videos created at Federation of Genealogical Society (FGS) conferences. Speakers include Dick Eastman, Judy Reynolds, Blaine Bettinger (DNA), etc.   Click this link to access their library of free videos.

Mobile App Of The Year For Genealogists: Heirloom
HeirloomCaptureHave you got albums full of print photographs gathering dust? A shoebox of pictorial memories just crying out for attention, but no way to share them without gathering far-flung family members in one room? Heirloom (available for iOS and Android) is an app that will make those photos live again using your smartphone’s camera.

Heirloom provides a quick, convenient way to capture photos and documents without using a scanner. Here’s how it works: Find a print photo, open the app, and snap a picture of it. Heirloom is clever enough to recognizes the edges, remove everything around it, and even compensate for distortion created by odd angles or perspectives. [Editor’s question, how often have you taken photos of documents and ended up with images wider at the top than at the bottom and often with the text distorted within your photo?] With Heirloom, you’re left with an almost exact copy of your print picture (perfectly rectangular, with no distortion), and all in just a few seconds, with nothing more than the tap of a button. There’s no need to place the picture in a special environment, align it perfectly, or ensure you remain motionless for minutes at a time while it captures an image. It’s no different to taking any other picture with your phone. Featured recently added to Heirloom include the ability to save Heirloom photos to DropBox and add date, place, and subject descriptions to photos.

NEWS FROM OUR LIBRARY

 News About Our Collection From The Library Director

billeterThe JCGL collection now has 17,930 cataloged items, as of the December 2014 annual inventory. This includes 14,935 books, magazines, CDs, and videos; 3,341 microfilm rolls, 1,584 microfiche, and 70 maps. In 2013 the total was 17,178.

The library collection is in the process of being shifted. It is being expanded onto the 9 sections of shelving in the north hall, built by Warren Brown for that purpose. This provides needed space for donated (and a few purchased) books and other materials.

The most recent issue of other genealogy societies’ newsletters, primarily from Oregon genealogy societies, will be shelved on the wire racks at the end of the second range of stacks. Back issues will not be kept.

Volunteer Opportunities

1. Bindery
Once or twice each year, books need to be sent to a bindery. Responsible, detail-oriented volunteer is wanted to take charge of this responsibility. The job includes careful record-keeping, plus packaging and shipping the books. If you are interested in this behind-the-scenes occasional task, please contact Anne Billeter by email: annebilleteroregon@gmail.com

2. Magazines
Genealogical and a few historical magazines arrive at JCGL by mail and even more often through donations. A detail-oriented volunteer is needed to take care of processing magazines for the library collection. Includes careful record-keeping, looking up titles in the JCGL online catalog, and typing labels on an IBM selectric typewriter (Yes, really). Willingness to write an occasional description of a magazine for the eNews is desirable, but not required. If interested in this behind-the-scenes occasional task, please contact Anne Billeter by email: annebilleteroregon@gmail.com

What’s Available On JCGL Patron Computers?
A recent addition to patron computers is IrfanView, image handling software comparable to Adobe Photoshop Elements that can be used to edit images, e.g., add captions (source information), resize, straighten or sharpen images of documents captured from the web.   Irfan View is free software that can be installed on your home computer, follow this link,< http://www.irfanview.com/&gt;, to download this software.   IrfanView can be accessed from the “red creature” icon located on the desktops of patron computers. Full instructions are provided this useful software.

Patron computers at JCGL provide a Website Menu that provides quick access to paid genealogy websites including Ancestry, Fold3 (military records), American Ancestors, and other sites. (If you were to pay for access to these sites from your own pocket the cost would be approximately $850!) The Website Menu also provides quick access to free sites that help you find genealogy resources on the web, e.g., Cyndis List, and free sites with extensive record collections, e.g., Family Search.

snipping toolOther utilities readily available on the patron computers include Snipping Tool (shown at left), to perform screen captures of documents, Word Pad, to enable you to take notes on your findings, and a Gmail account (patron.JCGL@gmail.com) to email your findings at JCGL to your home email address.

February Featured Paid Website at JCGL: GenealogyBank
genbankFor a genealogy search service that takes you beyond the basic vital statistics of your ancestors, look to GenealogyBank. This site comes from the NewsBank, inc., so much of the GenealogyBank data is from newspapers. A recent plus is that GenealogyBank has partnered with FamilySearch to provide access to obituaries. Over a billion records from historical obituaries will become 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.

GenealogyBank offers access to the Social Security Death Index dating back to 1937, and you can glean birth, marriage and death dates from the site’s other records, which include newspaper content dating back to 1690, historical books and historical documents. However, we think the real value in this genealogy search site is in the information you can gather beyond the dates. This is a lovely place online to discover lesser-known facts about your ancestors.

Newspapers have been chronicling the daily life of communities for generations, and this genealogy search site can help you get a glimpse of that life. Perhaps your ancestor was in a play or performed in a concert. They may have been involved in local government. And almost every family will post an obituary in the local paper when a loved one passes on. Obituaries can offer a lot more information about someone’s life than the average census information, for example.

This genealogy search site is a solid resource for information about ancestors who lived in any of the 50 states; there are more than 5,800 newspapers collected there. They include prized genealogy finds like photos as well as lots of information about your ancestors’ time and place through articles and advertisements. The content is scanned in, so you get to see all of the original look and feel of the source material. The GenealogyBank collection also includes local histories, funeral sermons, biographies, directories and other books, as well as historical documents such as casualty lists, war pension requests, widow’s claims, orphan petitions, land grants and more.

This genealogy search site is organized very logically, and we found it easy to use. Just type in the name of an ancestor to start your search. The Help tab offers a useful and succinct FAQs page, and GenealogyBank staffers are reachable by phone or by email. The Ask The Genealogist page will also be helpful to many. On it, author Tom Kemp fields anonymous questions from registered users.

New Additions to the JCGL Collection, January 2015

Biographies
920 You
Young, Maureen
Tapestry of Heroes:  Appleton, Armistead, Baylor, Donnel, Faris, Hughes, Hunter, Kerr

Family Histories
929.2 Bogardus
Anneke Jans Bogardus and her New Amsterdam Estate, past and present ; romance of a Dutch maiden and its present day New World sequel ; historical, legal, genealogical

929.192 Sch
Schmal, John
Mexican-American Genealogical Research : following the Paper Trail to Mexico

929.2 Lewis
Lewis, Frank Pardee
Randall Lewis of Hopkinton, Rhode Island and Delaware County, New York and some of his descendants ; a Biographical and Genealogical Record

929.2 Porter
Martin, Henry G.
Pickin Up the Porters

Scotland
941.1 c721 Reg
Register of the Rev. John Macmillan, being a record of marriages and baptisms solemnized by him among the Cameronian Societies

Mexico
972 G242 Rys
Finding your Mexican Ancestors : a beginners guide

Massachusetts
974.44 v381 Bir
Births, Marriages and Deaths in the town of Malden, Massachusetts, 1649-1850

974.465 T595 Rec
Records of the Town of Braintree, 1640 to 1793

New York
974.72 D372 Bur
Burghers of New Amsterdam and the Freemen of New York, 1675-1866

Pennsylvania
974.811 B352 Qua
Quaker Biographical Sketches of Ministers and Elders, and other concerned members of the Yearly Meeting of Philadelphia [1682-1800]

974.815 C721 Fie
Fields, S. Helen
Register of marriages and baptisms performed by Rev. John Cuthbertson, Covenanter Minister, 1751-1791, with index to locations and persons visited

974.848 H388 Sny
Snyder, Charles M.
Union County Pennsylvania : a bicentennial history

New Jersey
974.9 H388 Bar
Barber, John Warner
Historical Collections of the State of New Jersey ; containing a general collection of the most interesting facts, traditions, biographical sketches, anecdotes…

974.9 M343 Str
Stryker, William S.
Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War
Part 1; Part 2

North Carolina
MAP 975.666 M168 Yad
Yadkin County North Carolina, Historical Documentation; no. 8 [map]

Kansas
978.186 D218 Cer
Certificates of Death for Wichita, Kansas, 1887-1899

Utah
Circ 979.2 H388 Car
Carter, Kate B.
Treasures of Pioneer History, vol. 5

California
974.4 G192 Gud
Gudde, Erwin G.
California Place Names:  The origin and etymology of current geographical names

979.412 H388 Joh
Johnson, Clare
Humboldt Memorabilia

Oregon – Josephine County
979.525 M177 Fra
Fraitekh, Linda
Marriages, Josephine County [Oregon] January 1, 1921 thru December 31, 1940

Oregon – Jackson County
979.527 D317 And
Anderson, Charles T.
1882-1886 Diary of Charles T. Anderson, A Foots Creek Placer Miner; with foreword, copious notes, illustrations and index by Leo & Michael Oaks

Magazines Recently Received at JCGL

The most recent issue is shelved in the wire racks at the end of the 929.2 book stacks.

Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, v.59, #4, Dec 2014 [Circ 976.6 P273 OGS]

[JCGL has v. 12-46, 48-current]

“Keeping Vital Records on the Frontier”

“Portraits of Oklahoma Pioneers” [from The Standard History of Oklahoma, vol. IV, 1916]

Friends of the Talent Church of the Brethren Cemetery, v. 1#4, Jan 1, 2015 [979.527 C242 Tal N]

[JCGL has all issues of this newsletter of local interest]

“Nina Branson Crum – 1866 – 1895”
“Thomas E. and Cora L. Lamb”

Oregon Historical Quarterly [979.5 P273 OHQ]

JCGL recently received a massive donation of early back issues of the Oregon Historical Quarterly, doubling the size of our holdings, which now include:

v. 10 – 66 [1909-1965] which do not circulate, due to their age and fragile condition
v. 67 – current [1966- 2014 and continuing] which may be checked out

THREE INDEXES were also donated, making the holdings ever more valuable:
Oregon Historical Quarterly Index, volumes 1-40 [1900 – 1939]
Oregon Historical Quarterly Index, volumes 40-60 [1939-1959]
Oregon Historical Quarterly Index, volumes 61-80 [1960-1979]

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Transition from 2014 to 2015

Get a Fresh Start on Genealogy in 2015

(Reblogged from Dear Myrt)

Beginning Genealogy Study Group begins Wed, 7 January 2015
It’s an empowering 20-week genealogy class, using online syllabus materials, with sample documents from each record group discussed.

Noon Eastern US (New York)
11am Central US (Chicago)
10am Mountain US (Denver, Salt Lake City)
9am Pacific US (Los Angeles)

If you need a time zone converter, here’s one DearMYRTLE recommends:
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Post COMMENTS before, during and after the Hangout on Air here:
http://bit.ly/MyrtsNext

We open the “green room” 15 minutes early if you’d like to test out your microphone and webcam. Consider JOINing the panel when we “scramble” to mix up the conversation a bit with new panelists.

Best and Worst of 2014

Go to http://www.tamurajones.net/GeneAwards2014.xhtml to read more, including a worst product award to Family Tree Maker 2014!

2015-01-01 GeneAwards 2014
Best of 2014
GeneAwards 2014

Geneaward2014Gold

The Master Genealogist 2014: discontinued, Ancestry.com 2014; discontinued and Genealogy 2014; events & trends provide an overview of the year’s technologies, events, companies, products and services that shaped the year in genealogy, and highlight some industry trends.
There is no Best New Genealogy Product category this year, there are three other categories instead; Best New Genealogy App, Best New Genealogy Utility and Best New Genealogy Add-on.

GeneAward Best Product 2014
Best Genealogy Product of 2014: RootsMagic 7

RootsMagic continues to expand to multiple platforms. In February, RootsMagic introduced the RootsMagic app for Android, and in September, they introduced MacBridge for RootsMagic 6, a relatively cheap custom edition of CodeWeavers CrossOver for running RootsMagic 6 on MacOS.
In November, RootsMagic released RootsMagic 7. RootsMagic 7 is a Windows-only application, with RootsMagic for Mac still in development, but RootsMagic does provide free upgrades from MacBridge for RootsMagic 6 to MacBridge for RootsMagic 7. That may be a bit disappointing, but a premature release would be considerably more disappointing.

Last year, RootsMagic was quick to respond to FamilySearch’s “announcement” (actually: decade-delayed admission) that they abandoned PAF with an upgrade offer and a RootsMagic for PAF Users quick start guide. This year, they were quick to respond to Wholly Genes’ discontinuation of The Master Genealogist (TMG) with an upgrade offer and a Moving Data from TMG to RootsMagic guide, after adding direct import from TMG in RootsMagic 6.3.3.

Late in 2014, several MyHeritage announcements informed us of multiple third parties integrating MyHeritage matching into their product. Not only was RootsMagic 7 the first product to deliver on these announcements, RootsMagic 7 actually integrated both MyHeritage and FamilySearch matching.
honourable mention: Chronoplex My Family Tree

Chronoplex My Family Tree 1.0 wasn’t very exciting, but ever since that first release, Chronoplex has been producing a steady stream of new releases with new features, improvements and fixes. My Family Tree still can’t import very large GEDCOM files, even the 64-bit edition reliably crashes when I try to import mine. Perhaps that’s because they’re trying to showing all individuals graphically, their GEDCOM Validator has no trouble reading the file.
Still, they keep steadily been improving their application in many small ways, and all those changes add up to an interesting application.
There’s multimedia support, a to-do list, plenty of reports including a discrepancies report (consistency & plausibility checks), a find & replace that support wildcards, a Statistics page, and more. The public release of their localisation toolkit seems to have worked out well for them, with My Family Tree now supporting well over a dozen languages.
Continual improvement has made Chronoplex My Family Tree an application worth checking out.
GeneAward Best New Product 2014
Best New Genealogy App of 2014: Heirloom

Heirloom isn’t just for genealogists, but there’s no doubt though that Heirloom is the scanning app that genealogists always wanted.
Heirloom uses your smartphone’s camera as a smart scanner; snap a picture of an photo, and it will recognise the edges, and compensate for perspective distortion. Within a second, it creates a nicely aligned, cropped and perspective-corrected image.
Heirloom says the quality of images made with a 5MP camera or better exceed those made with a scanner. Heirloom is free, but the full-resolution images are kept on Heirloom’s server (heirloom.net), you need to sign up. I’d pay for a Pro edition that works offline and saves to my device or a cloud service of my choosing.

 

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January 2015 eNews for Jackson County Genealogy Library & Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

Classes and Events at Jackson County Genealogy Library

FTM 2014Tues, Jan. 6, 1:30 – 3 pm. User Group: Family Tree Maker for PC. This informal, casual group usually meets the first 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! 

 ftm_mac-650x650_tcm23-159467Wed, Jan. 14, 10 am to 12:00 pm. User Group: Family Tree Maker for Mac.
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.JCGL@gmail.com or drop by the library to sign up in advance for this free workshop.

Charleen 226-241Sat, Jan. 17, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.  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.  Free class.  To register, call 541-512-2340 or email reception.JCGL@gmail.com  or register in person at the library.

sasquatchTues, Jan. 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  3rd Tuesday General Meeting and Program for the Public.  “Sasquatch!” Doug Devine will present a program which will include a screening of an unreleased five-minute film of Sasquatch which was filmed by a youth group.  Hear what else Doug may share perhaps on others such as Big Foot and Yeti.  Free.

Tues, Jan. 20, 3:00 – 9:00 pm. Diggin’ in the Dark. How’s your Family History? Do you have missing puzzle pieces? Come join the fantastic volunteers who are here to assist you when the library remains open until 9 PM! Show up anytime and use our computers with subscriptions to all the best genealogy research sites or our worldwide 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, and your dinner and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Free!  To register, call 541-512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or register in person at the library.

FTM 2014Wed, Jan. 21, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Class: Introduction to Family Tree Maker Software. Charleen Brown will present Introduction to Family Tree Maker, for versions 12 and 14.  Learn how to open and use the program and learn to use the software effectively. Free to members, $20 for nonmembers.  To register, call 541-512-2340 or email reception.JCGL@gmail.com or register in person at the library.

postal quiltTues, Jan. 27, 1:30 to 2:30 pm.  Quilts and Genealogy Presentation: Post Offices in Jackson County. Nancy Swan will discuss the quilt, “Post Offices in Jackson County” – A gift from the Southern Oregon Philatelic Society.  The quilt shares local postal history. Learn about Jackson County Post Offices, the ones you have never heard of and those named for local families or leaders – their postmark on the land!  This quilt is a reminder of the significance of postal history to your family research.  Come and learn about how quilts can be connected to genealogy. Attendance is free to all. Sign up today, call: 541-512-2340, email: reception.JCGL@gmail.com  or visit the library in person.

scandinavian flagTues, Feb 3, 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Users Group: Scandinavian Research.  The long awaited SCANDINAVIAN USERS GROUP is in the works! At the library there is a sign up for this group in the class book. We have 11 interested at this time. We will meet first to determine the focus of the group….what do we want to know, what will be available [new] at the library, webinars, brick walls …and really helping each other. We plan to have a webinar on Scandinavian Research at 6 PM.  WEBINAR DESCRIPTION: Researching the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Denmark, and Sweden) is very different from researching in the US. Learn about the patronymics, language, and more.
o Overview of the influence of history and geography
o Patronymics
o Alphabets of each language – extra letters and search techniques
o Use of dates and calendar basics
o Hints for keeping on track and searching efficiently
o Resources for each country
If you would like to be included please sign up with your name and email address by telephone, 541-512-2340, or by email, reception.JCGL@gmail.com  or at the library.  You will receive an email confirming the first meeting and then the group can choose the best time to hold subsequent meetings.  See you there, Andrea Patterson and Betty Miller.  Free.

CANCELLED Thu, Feb 5 – Mar 26, 10 am -1 pm 2015 MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP  Joan Hill, published author of the genealogy blog, Root’n’Leaves, will present an eight-week memoir and family history writing workshop beginning February 5. 

photo editorThurs, Feb. 5, 10:30 – 11:30 am.  Class: Introduction to Photo Editing. Rick Black will teach this class designed to introduce you to free software that is available for editing your photos.  While many may want to learn more advanced skills and use software such as Adobe Photoshop, this class will first give you the basics to start working on those photos. This is a free class for members only.   Windows or Macintosh Users welcome.  Call the library at 541 512-2340, email reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or stop by to register for this class.

broken brick wallSat, Feb.7, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. Roundtable Discussion: Breaking Down Brick Walls.  The roundtable will be facilitated by Steve Kious.  Bring your questions and get suggestions and answers to your brick wall problems and find that ancestor!  Free.  Call the library at 541 512-2340, email  reception.JCGL@gmail.com, or stop by to register for this class.

vector_ship_blueMon, March 30, 2015, 8:30 am – 5 pm. SAVE THE DATE: SPRING SEMINAR: RESEARCHING YOUR IRISH FAMILY HISTORY. Full-day seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish Research presented by Fintan Mullan, the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Early bird registration (by March 15, 2015): for Members: $45, non-members: $55. Standard registration, (after March 15, 2015) for Members: $55, non-members: $65. Follow the links to the SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM and RegistrationBrochure.  Register by mail or in person at JCGL.

OUT OF TOWN EVENTS

Grants Pass, OR

GPGSGrants Pass Genealogical Society Program and General Meeting.  Tue, January 13, 1:30 PM. Presentation by Celeste Guillory on Ellis Island and Castle Garden ports of entry begins at 1:30 PM. 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass. Free.

Salt Lake City, UT

sligSalt Lake Institute of Genealogy. January 12-16.  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.

FGSCombined RootsTech and FGS Conference at the Salt Lake Palace Convention Center. February 11-14. Registration is open.  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.

Redding, CA

Heritage Faire. Sat, Feb. 28, 8:30 am – 3 pm.

Heritage Faire

Click on the link to see a  full descriptions of classes, http://www.reddingfamilyhistorycenter.org/page05.html.

St. Charles, Missouri

NGS2015National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: Crossroads of America. May 13-16. As people traveled the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the East while others traveled directly from abroad. Some migrated via east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then made their way up the Mississippi River to reach points north and west. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America. Explore these migration records at the 2015 NGS Conference.   RVGS/JCGL will be represented by professional genealogist member Melinda Henningfield, who will discuss migration via the Oregon Trail.   Please click on this link, RegistrationBrochure, to bring up the conference brochure. Registration opens in December, 2014. Hotels are filling fast!

NGSCloud-Based Courses Through National Genealogical Society.  The National Genealogical Society recently announced  the release of its newest Continuing Genealogical Studies (CGS) course: Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors. Developed by military records expert Craig Roberts Scott, CG, FUGA, the new course expands on NGS’s offerings for teaching military research strategies, and helps achieve NGS’s goal of providing quality educational opportunities to the genealogical community.

In addition to his role as CEO and President of Heritage Books, Inc., Craig Scott has spent decades honing his military research expertise and teaching these skills within the genealogical community. He has coordinated military courses at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research in Birmingham, Alabama. His books include Understanding Revolutionary War and Invalid Pension Ledgers 1818‐1872 and Pension Payment Vouchers They Represent, and The “Lost” Pensions: Settled Accounts of the Act of 6 April 1838.

In this eight‐module cloud‐based course, Scott introduces numerous U.S. based records related to those who fought for independence, including compiled service records, prisoner of war records, and pension files. He will also teach strategies to identify and locate information about ancestors who lived at the time of the Revolution.

Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors is available to NGS members for $45.00 and to non-members for $70.00. For additional information or to purchase the course, visit the NGS website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/researching_your_revolutionary_war_ancestors.

The NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies courses are designed for both beginners and established genealogists who wish to focus on a specific topic and put their ensuing knowledge to work quickly. The courses allow individuals to complete genealogical coursework at their own pace and from the convenience of their own homes.

Two other cloud-based CGS courses are also offered:

Introduction to Civil War Research
Genetic Genealogy, The Basics

Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) News

Welcome New and Returning  RVGS Members: New Members: Tina Anatra,  Teri Copley,  Tim Flury,  Genevieve Hamlin,  Sharon Maier, Carolyn Ramsey,  Bruce Reckling,  William & JoAnn Stringfellow,  CathyThompson.  Returning Members:  Sheila Baker,  Gloria Bartlett,  ArletaBrovelli,  Patrick Calkins,  Karen Carr,  Robert Pearson

Donate to RVGS at No Cost to Yourself

FredMeyer1.       New Program: RVGS has been accepted as a non-profit qualified to participate in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program.  If you link your card to that program via RVGS, a portion of what you spend will be donated to RVGS with no reduction in the individual rewards you receive.  To link your Fred Meyer card go to their website, www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.  Use the Non-Profit Organization number for RVGS, 91873, to locate our organization.   Please click on link, Fred Myer Community Rewards, to learn more about this program.

amazon smile2.       Existing Program: Shop at Amazon through the Amazon Smile program designating RVGS as the recipient of donations made by Amazon.   To sign up go to smile.amazon.com and select Rogue Valley Genealogical Society as your favorite non-profit.  Last year, donations to RVGS through the Amazon Smile Program and through purchases made by accessing Amazon through the link on our websites equaled $392.18!

Holiday Festivities at JCGL                                                                                        Submitted by Andrea Patterson, RVGS President

The Holiday Luncheon for RVGS Volunteers was held Saturday, Dec.13th at JCGL. There were about 75 guests in attendance with a buffet line for delicious food and beverages. The program included Anne Billeter discussing a “mystery quilt” she purchased which was on display, and more details about the 2016 Anniversary Quilt with names of ancestors or of RVGS members embroidered on the spine of a book for $50 each name. Tom Sayre provided information about the Mentoring Program [more details in this issue] and Chloe Sternola, Projects Director, described the first year for this position and her approach to gathering all the project details for tracking.  Chloe reported 91 project volunteers working to increase data from Jackson County for our website, and pointed out many of these volunteers work behind the scenes.

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                  Left to right: Vern Arnold, Colista Bailey, Andrea Patterson, Karen Asche, Sheila Kimball, Betty Miller

Andrea Patterson opened a short business meeting that included installation of the RVGS Officers for 2015 by Vern Arnold.  Those officers are as follows: Andrea Patterson, President; Karen Asche, VP; Colista Bailey, Treasurer; Sheila Kimball Secretary; and Betty Miller, Trustee. Also a new program in 2014 was Spotlight for Excellence.  Each quarter two individuals who epitomize the work of a Librarian Volunteer and a Projects Volunteer are selected by the board. For January those selected were Janie Stewart and Tom Sayre. More details follow in this issue.

Andrea again announced that the two watchwords for 2015 are the “2 M’s”….Mortgage [Get it paid off] and Mentoring [our goal is to retain new members with services that are defined broadly with many volunteers helping others.]

The winners of the raffle were Julie Hoskins, who won a one-year RVGS membership; Terry Fischer, who won 2 hours of mentoring; and Dave Hodson, who won 2 hours of scanning.

Mentoring by RVGS Volunteers                                                                                Submitted by Tom Sayre, Mentoring Program Director

MentorGenealogical mentoring at the Jackson County Genealogy Library is designed to assist members in learning and utilizing methodologies for accomplishing their research. This service is offered on-site at the Society’s Library or, depending on need, at the homes of members. The Mentoring Program provides current and new members up to three hours of “learned” advice and demonstrations of how to accomplish genealogical research. An important aspect of the research itself is demonstrating the assembly and compilation of t

Other programs are offered and may very well be considered Mentoring. These services are provided daily by member-volunteers. They begin with a library and on-site resources overview and continue with many specific programs such as User Group Classes and Forums, our very popular “Diggin’ In The Dark” program, our publication program and much, much more.

When members request our mentoring service, we try to accommodate their needs by assigning mentors with specific knowledge of the member’s needs. As an example these might include research specific to Jackson County, Oregon; British Isles and Eastern European research; Military records and histories; understanding the US Census, and many topics and areas.

Another area  for mentoring is to help people understand how to easily and accurately compile and index collected lineage facts, photographs, and documents. Many folks have these items in unindexed folders or binders or drawers making easy access difficult. We can help you get organized.

The over-arching goal for mentoring for 2015 is to assist current members in their efforts to begin, expand or complete their family legacy. Need assistance? Please just ask one of our librarians who will provide you necessary information.

Barbara MacMillen, Finance Director Retires                                                Submitted by Andrea Patterson, RVGS President

Barbara MacMillen, an RVGS member since 2009, has served on the Board of Directors for several years in the position of FINANCE DIRECTOR and retired at the end of December.  She has done an excellent job insuring that our society remains a financially healthy non-profit organization. She has had good success with writing grants, serving on the Tech Committee and continually offered good ideas for our agendas in general. She will remain as a committee member for this Finance Committee.  Thank you Barbara for your service.

Deciphering Old Script: What about the New?                                                                 Submitted by Andrea Patterson, RVGS President

Carol Richey is a freelance writer and avid genealogist who wrote an article for Internet Genealogy Magazine, Oct. 2014. She discusses the challenges for the genealogist trying to read what was written in the old documents. “In addition to unfamiliar language, obscure vocabulary, variant spellings, strange abbreviations and confusing letters are the idiosyncrasies of the writer.” She offers many solutions to help, including websites with script tutorials.  How many of us get frustrated with the handwriting of the federal and state census records let alone those for German, Italian or Scandinavian Gothic script?

But, if you were to ask the US Postal Service if it is a problem in reading current penmanship of mail senders, what would they say? “Each year automatic post sorters fail to read about 2.4 billion pieces of mail—all because of messy and unreadable handwriting. In Salt Lake City there are 700 special clerks based to crack the code of chicken scratch of which most are deciphered in 3 seconds.” *

“Each year, 200 million letters remain baffling and are handed to peek-and-poke clerks, a dying breed of postal worker who sorts mail by hand. Still not able to be read? The remaining letters are headed to the nixie clerks. If at last resort they are not decoded, the mail ends up in Atlanta’s dead letter office, where it heads to the big shredder in the sky.” *

I feel better now reading census records with poor, often illegible handwriting. I forgive them.

*Article taken from Mental Floss Magazine, Sept. 2014, pg.42.

Spotlight for Excellence

Janie Stewart2Outstanding Librarian:  Janie Potts Stewart has been awarded the Spotlight for Excellence by the RVGS Board for the 1st quarter of 2015.  Janie is a retired Phoenix-Talent School Librarian, and former SOHS office volunteer.  She brought a wealth of library experience when she came on duty over 10 years ago. Her broad librarian skills are very useful in answering patron collection and research-related questions and particularly during the annual collection inventory.  In addition to her many librarian skills Janie accepted the busy position of Office Manager 8 years ago.  As Office Manager Janie handles the society’s “snail mail” and email while purchasing and storing the many varied library materials. She also coordinates the constant job of keeping the supply of printer cartridges available. Her pleasant voice greets after hours callers on our telephone answering equipment.  Both John and Janie are Society Life Members and loyal supporters. In their spare time they make trips to Ireland tracing her elusive Columbus McGee ancestors as well as John’s Mayflower ancestor John Alden.     You Are Valued!

Tom SayreOutstanding Volunteer: Tom Sayre, known as “Mr. Gentleman”, brings over 40 years research experience to his current position as Mentoring Program Coordinator. Tom began volunteering at JCGL in 2008 after retiring from a long and successful career with the US Forest Service. His passion is assisting patrons (and anyone he encounters) in finding their family history. Prior to his mentoring assignment Tom volunteered for library duty and managed the busy email research request program. His carpentry skills have been useful in various projects, none so importantly as his cabinetry skills in helping build the storage cabinets in the Reading Room. His friendly demeanor and open willingness to help anyone, including making house calls to patrons’ homes, makes Tom a valued asset to the Society and Library.  Tom also volunteers for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, maintaining visiting actor housing units.  His current interest and excitement is for the successful SOU Athletic Program administered by his son the Director of Athletics. Go Raiders!!!!  Thank you Tom, you are appreciated!

In Memoriam

Marie B. (Aiken) Trautman (past member of RVGS)

Marie B. (Aiken) Trautman, passed away December 1, 2014 in Medford, Ore. She was born April 26, 1924 in Applegate, Mich. to Douglas and Jessie Aiken. Marie and Marvin Trautman were married September 18, 1943.

Marie worked as a credit secretary, Crater Lake Machinery, and Pape Cat. She was a member of S.O. Philatelic Society. Marie was an avid crocheter and made many wonderful gifts for her loved ones. She also had a great interest in genealogy. Her family was her greatest joy and she spent many hours with her loved ones.

Marie is survived by Dale and Shirley Trautman, Alan and Judy Trautman, and the children of Alan and Judy, Adam and Jacob Trautman. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin F. Trautman, November 5, 1997.

Alveriah (Al) Dreiszus

Al joined RVGS in 1992 and served as a volunteer and as a librarian for the society.   She was seen as recently as mid-December working on her genealogy. Al possessed a keen wit and a delightful personality and will be missed by all.   Al passed away late in December 2014.

What’s Happening Here?                                                                                                         Submitted by Tom Sayre

[Readers: Please submit short items explaining a photo or document in your collection and send them to the eNews Editor, email rvgslibrary@gmail.com.]

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My 3rd great grandfather Ezra Sayre was born on Oct. 21, 1800 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. There was always the family story about Ezra’s initial trade being that of a “hatter.” What I found recently proved it so, albeit in a somewhat humorous vein. I was perusing www.genealogybank.com, one of the websites offered at JCGL, and was startled to find the following flyer or “broadside.” Young Ezra was indentured as a Hatter’s apprentice and obviously did not care for the food, working conditions or Mr. Wm. Rankin so decided to split! One can only think that he overcame the “downcast, surly appearance” and avoided capture by becoming a circuit rider and preacher for the Methodist Episcopalian Church in Albany County, NY where he met and married my 3rd great grandmother Sophia Westfall in 1822.

Financial News                                                                                                                 Submitted by Barbara MacMillen, RVGS Finance Director

Thank YouThanks to our members, 2014 proved to be a good year for RVGS.  We reduced the balance on the mortgage by more than $40,000, had many well-attended classes, grew our membership to over 670 members, and added many items to our library collection.

The focus in 2015 will be to increase our membership and pay off the mortgage.  These really go hand in hand, as the more members we have, the greater the base for support.  Do you have a friend who might like to join?  Tell your friends about our all-volunteer organization that provides opportunities for family research, an invaluable activity that would benefit their whole family and the community.

We appreciate those members who have given so generously in 2014 and ask that you continue to support our efforts in 2015.  Our goal is to have the mortgage completely paid off by the 50th anniversary in 2016; that gives us 20 months to pay off $95,000, which is feasible with your help.  Every dollar donated to Leave A Legacy goes toward the principal on the mortgage, saving interest daily, and contributing to collecting and preserving historical records for generations to come.  It’s your library, make it your legacy.

Jackson County Genealogy Library and Internet News

find a graveNew Ancestry Videos:   Find A Grave: Linking Families at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWFO_gzpDtI&list=TLEBQdSC6Dnx4.  AncestryDNA Reconstructs Partial Genome of Person Living 200 Years Ago, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiApcdRuWsM&list=TLEBQdSC6Dnx4&index=2

 New Season of Genealogy Roadshow on PBS Starts on Jan. 13th at 8PM, 7 Central.  Check you local schedule! Here’s a video trailer:  http://video.pbs.org/video/2365390499/

From the Search Engine Roundtable:  Google News Archives Is Again Available!   Great news–we’ve re-enabled archives search! Our team listened to all your feedback you left here in the forum, and was hard at work to bring you an even better archive experience. From all the posts we received, we heard loud and clear how important these archives are to our users. You can now go digging back in time to 2003. Search on :)

The feature went away over time, starting around August 2011 when Google dropped the home page for the Google News archive. The ability to search it completely went offline not too long after.

Now, Google has brought it back via the search tools filter. Here is how to use it:

google news archives

Oh, today would be the 19th anniversary of the day AltaVista launched, which is why I used them as an example here.

Resources at the Oregon State Library:   This information was taken from the Willamette Valley Genealogical Society (WVGS) newsletter: In the process of WVGS’s move from the Oregon State Library to the Salem Public Library, they discovered two ledgers.  The ledgers were Warden Joseph J. Janes personal ledger of inmates sentenced to the Oregon State Penitentiary from the early 1900s.  The first ledger records prisoner’s number, name, date, sentence, charge, county, date of discharge.  The second ledger lists name and one or more relatives.

The first page of the first ledger lists:
4106  Allen, H. E.    5-2-1899   10 yrs    Arson   Josephine Co.

The second ledger lists: Allen, H. E.; Chas. Bacon, Grants Pass, OR (father-in-law); J. A. Hale, Grants Pass, Oregon

Some but not all of the names are the same in the two ledgers.  WVGS donated the ledgers to the Oregon State Library, which has scanned them an made them available at:

http://library.state.or.us/repository/2014/201411101056421/  and

http://library.state.or.us/repository/2014/201411130918274/

MAGAZINES RECENTLY RECEIVED AT JCGL
The most recent issue is shelved in the wire racks at the end of the 929.2 and 971 book stacks.
American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society, v.15, #4, Fall 2014
[Circ 974 P273 AA]
* Cover story:  “An Inside Look at ‘Finding Your Roots’ with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.”;
* “Salem End:  The Diaspora That Followed the 1692 Witchcraft Crisis”
* “Where was Giles Corey Pressed to Death?”
* “The Attack on the Rowlandson Garrison, Lancaster, Massachusetts”
* “An Invented Life:  Lilla (Hawkins) Wunderlich of Massachusetts, New York,                    Shanghai, and Germany”
* “Bringing an ‘Obscure Family’ to Light:  Doris Buffett’s Published Genealogy”
Colorado Genealogist, v.75, #4, November 2014 [Circ 978.8 P273 Col]

JCGL holdings of Colorado Genealogist begin with v. 44 and continue to this latest issue.
* “Bible Records in the DPL [Denver Public Library] Manuscript Collection.”  Surnames in this issue include:  Baxter, Niehus, Fox, and Kempkes
* “Index of Records of Interments, Burial Register, Riverside Cemetery, Denver.”  Each issue of Colorado Genealogist continues the burial list alphabetically, currently in the midst of Andersons, but with an offer to look up a name later in the alphabet.
* “Pioneer Obituary Clipping File.”  Another list continuing from one issue to the next.  This issue goes from Loew to Maiwald.
* “Annual Index of Surnames.”  This index includes first names, and which page the name appeared on.  Pages are numbered continuously for the year, through the four quarterly issues.
Douglas County Pioneer, v. 28, #4, December 2014 [Circ 979.529 P273 Dou]  JCGL holdings include v. 2 through this latest issue.  Some of the articles for our county to the north:
* “Descendants of William Atherton and Yokum Family of Canyonville and Riddle” accompanied by pedigree charts
* “Afro-Americans in Douglas County”
* “Douglas County, Oregon Master Index to Inquests, 1890-1959 [with some partial later years].  This issue begins the index with the surname “Abel” and ends with “Bachman.”  To be continued in subsequent issues.

Mennonite Family History, v. 33, #1, January 2014 [Circ 974.8 P273 MFH]  JCGL holdings of
Mennonite Family History include: Vol. 1-7, 17, 18#1, and this latest issue, v. 33, #1.  9 in-depth articles, well-documented and illustrated, ranging from:
* “Finding Mast Connections in Texas”
* “John ‘Hannes’ and Magdalena Miller—Our First Positively Known Miller Family in America.”
* Schuylerite, v. 43, #2, Summer 2014 [Circ 977.3475 P273 Sch]  JCGL holdings include:  v. 1-5, 7, 37-40, and the currently received issue.  Primarily composed of abstracts from Schuyler County, Illinois newspapers, from 1859 to 1914 to 1923, of genealogical interest.

books & more booksNEW ADDITIONS TO THE JCGL COLLECTION
December, 2014

CLIP ART
Circ 741.6 Mat
Matthews, Tony
Paper Trees:  Genealogical Clip Art

WRITING
808 D’Au
D’Aulicino, Emily D.
“Memoing” My Memories:  A Simple Technique for Writing Your Family Stories

GENEALOGY HOW-TO
929.1 Ped
Pedersen, Tana L.
Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker 2012

Circ 929.1 Ras
Rasmussen, Geoffrey D.
Digital Imaging Essentials:  Techniques and Tips for Genealogists and Family Historians

FAMILY HISTORIES
929.2 Ross
Lutzvick, Margaret Sherman
Silent Windmills:  Ancestry of Neva Viola Ross:  Ross, Stone, Estes, Fudge, Miller, Lynd, Pancake, Tipton, Sumner and Smith

IRELAND
941.5 N120 Mat
Matheson, Robert E.
Birth Index of Ireland:  Showing the Locations of Surnames in Ireland by County.  These locations are generally considered accurate for the years 1800-1900

941.6 D372 Dir
Directory of Irish Family History Research:  Subscriber’s Interest List
[5 books, for the years 1998-2002]

941.6 H388 Tow
Townlands in Ulster:  Local History Studies

941.81 C248 Lea
Leahy, David
County Longford and its People:  an index to the 1901 census for County Longford

UNITED STATES
Map 973 M168 Gen
Genealogical Map of the United States of America [in color]

PENNSYLVANIA
974.8 A713 Pen Guide
Eddy, Henry Howard
Guide to the Published Archives of Pennsylvania, covering the 138 volumes of Colonial Records and Pennsylvania Archives, Series I-IX.

974.8 A713 Pen 2nd Ser.
Pennsylvania Archives Second Series
* vol.I:  Papers relating to the War of the Revolution.
* vol.V: Papers relating to the colonies of the Delaware, 1614-1682.
* vol.VI: Papers relating to the French occupation in Western Pennsylvania, 1631-1764.
* vol.VIII: Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, vol. 1.
* vol. IX:   Record of Pennsylvania Marriages Prior to 1810, vol. 2.
* vol. XII:  Muster Rolls of the Pennsylvania Volunteers in the War of 1812-1814.

974.8 A713 Pen 3rd Ser.
Pennsylvania Archives Third Series
* vol. V, VI, VII:  State of Accounts of the County Lieutenants during the War of the
Revolution 1777-1789.
* vol. X:  Commissions issued by the province of Pennsylvania with official proclamations
* vol. XIV:  Proprietary, supply, and state tax lists of the city and county of Philadelphia
for the years 1769, 1774, and 1779.
* vol. XV:  Provincial Papers:  supply and state tax lists of the city and county of
Philadelphia for the years 1779, 1780, and 1781.
* vol. XVII:  Provincial Papers:  Proprietary and State Tax Lists of the County of
Lancaster for the years 1771, 1772, 1773, 1779 and 1782.
* vol. XVIII:  Provincial Papers:  Proprietary and State Tax Lists of the County of Berks
for the years 1767, 1768, 1779, 1780, 1781, 1784, 1785.
* vol. XXIII:  Muster Rolls of the Navy and Line, Militia and Rangers, 1775-1783.

974.8 A713 Pen 7th Ser.
Pennsylvania Archives Seventh Series:  Index to the Sixth Series, vol. I-V:  [alphabetical index:  vol. I begins with A; vol. V ends with “Zwernss.”]

SOUTHERN OREGON
Circ DVD 979.52 H388 Gra
Grace’s Visit to the Rogue River Valley  [a 1915  44-minute silent movie plus a 1965 television broadcast of Grace’s visit with live commentary by A. C. Allen and Grace Fiero.]

979.52 H388 Ham
Hamilton, Ezra M.
Memoir of the Indian War:  The Reminiscences of Ezra M. Hamilton

979.52 H388 All
Alley, Bill
Images of America, Aviation in Southern Oregon

OREGON – JACKSON COUNTY
Microfilm 979.527 C597 Ore
Oregon. County Court, Jackson County
Record of wills, Jackson County, Oregon, 1905-1927
[v. 3-4 on two rolls of microfilm; JCGL has v.1-2 in digital form]

Microfilm 979.527 C597 Ore
Oregon. County Court, Jackson County
Declaration of intention, loose papers, Adams-Shihab, 1852-1906
[on microfilm roll with v. 4 Record of Wills]

Microfilm 979.527 C597 Ore
Oregon. County Court. Jackson County
Probate Case Files, no. 106-134
[JCGL already has Probate case files index, 1853-1920; un-numbered case files; and case files #1-105 on microfilm]

979.527 H388 Kea
Keating, Kevin
Images of America, Medford

979.527 H388 LaP
LaPlante, Margaret
Images of America, Jacksonville

979.527 H388 Pet
Peterson, Joe
Images of America, Ashland

979.527 H388 Pow
Powers, Dennis
Images of America, Gold Hill

979.527 S227 Tal 1942
Talent, 1942 [Yearbook of Talent High School, Talent, Oregon]

WASHINGTON
979.799 S227 Gol 1947-8
Golden “C” 1947-1948 [Yearbook of Clallam Bay High School, Clallam Bay, Washington]

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December 2014 eNews: News and Events at RVGS/JCGL

December Classes and Events at JCGL

FTM 2014FAMILY TREE MAKER PC USER GROUP

Tue, December 2, 1:30 – 3:00pm. This informal group meets the first 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!

brick%20wallBRICKWALL ROUNDTABLE

Sat, December 6, 10:30am – 12:30pm. Shane Loveland, Steve Kious and Ruth Wade are the facilitators at this brick wall session. Bring your questions and get help with suggestions to break through your brick walls and find those relatives! Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org. Donations welcome.

FAMILY TREE MAKER MAC USER GROUP

Wed, December 10, 10:00am – 11:30am. 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. Free!

excelEXCEL SPREADSHEET WORKSHOP

Thur, Dec. 11, 10am-12:00pm. Members Only Workshop: Excel Tips and Tricks. Rick Black and Rich Miles will help you learn to use Excel more effectively in this workshop. Please bring your personal laptop for this session, $10. Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

Christmas OrnamentsANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON

Sat, December 13, 12:00 – 3pm. Join RVGS volunteers and members for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. Please go to the section on RVGS News  to read more about this luncheon.

 

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES Sat, Dec. 13th

Diggin' for DataDIGGIN’ IN THE DARK

Tue, December 16, 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 are here to assist you when the library remains open until 9 PM! Show up anytime and use our computers with subscriptions to all the best genealogy research sites and peruse our world-wide book collection. Come join us for an evening of family history FUN! Bring your known family information, your USB flash drive for saving what we find, your dinner, and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org. Free.

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY

Mon, December 22- Sun, December 28th

LIBRARY CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY, Thu. Jan 1st

FTM 2014FAMILY TREE MAKER PC USERS GROUP

Tue, January 6, 2015, 1:30pm – 3:00pm. This informal group meets the first 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!

2015 MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP

Roots'n'LeavesThu, Feb 5 – Mar 26, 10 am -1 pm Joan Hill, published author of the genealogy blog, Root’n’Leaves, will present an eight-week memoir and family history writing workshop beginning February 5.  The workshop sessions will be Thursdays, 10 am to 1 pm, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19 and 26.  Cost for the series is $75 for members and $95 for non-members.  Class size is limited to between 6 and 10. Register early to insure your place.  Last year’s workshop series was well attended. Each attendee can schedule one or two written pieces for class presentation and critique: length, 700-1000 words. There will be in-class writing exercises and discussions. Topics will include themes, fleshing out the bones of those snippets of family stories; using photographs, letters, old documents and diaries as part of your writing; publishing and self-publishing resources; and why belong to a writing group.  Stop by, call the library 541-512-2340, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org to register.

vector_ship_blueSAVE THE DATE: SPRING SEMINAR: RESEARCHING YOUR IRISH FAMILY HISTORY

Mon, March 30, 2015, 8:30 am – 5 pm. Full-day seminar on Irish and Scots-Irish Research presented by Fintan Mullan, the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Early bird registration (by March 15, 2015): for Members: $45, non-members: $55. Standard registration, (after March 15, 2015) for Members: $55, non-members: $65. Follow the links to the Registration Form and Conference Brochure.

Register by mail or in person at JCGL.

OUT OF TOWN

Ellis IslandGRANTS PASS GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY PROGRAM AND GENERAL MEETING

Tue, January 13, 2015, 1:30 PM. Presentation by Celeste Guillory on Ellis Island and Castle Garden ports of entry begins at 1:30 PM. 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass. Free.

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.

St. CHARLES, MO

NGS 2015

NGS 2015

May 13-16, National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: Crossroads of America. As people traveled the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the East while others traveled directly from abroad. Some migrated via east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then made their way up the Mississippi River to reach points north and west. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America. Explore these migration records at the 2015 NGS Conference.   RVGS/JCGL will be represented by professional genealogist member Melinda Henningfield, who will discuss migration via the Oregon Trail.   Please click on this link, NGS 2015, to bring up the conference brochure. Registration opens in December, 2014. Hotels are filling fast!

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

WELCOME NEW AND RETURNING MEMBERS

Cano, Frances
Corbin, Larry G.
Cosler, Dorice
Johns, Bobbie
Kirchen, Kathy
McNamee, Tom & Sandra
Norris, David
Portschy, Kyra
Schulman, Nancy
Scott, Cathy
Shontz, Darlene R.
Smith, Douglas
Spence, Karen S.
Walker, Bill

 ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES – 2014

Christmas OrnamentsMembers are invited to join us for the Annual Christmas Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Installation of RVGS 2015 Officers. This is our way of saying “Thank You” to our volunteers for their hours of dedicated service to our Library and Society. The Luncheon is free to volunteers, members and guests. The Luncheon will be held December 13th, at our Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford at 12:00 Noon.

We have raffle tickets for sale for Super Services of your choice. In the event that you will be unable to attend, you can still help us say “Thank You” to the volunteers by purchasing raffle tickets. You do not have to be present to win. This year we will raffle some of the special services provided at our Library:

  • 1 year free membership, value $30.00. Can be used for a future year’s membership for yourself or used as a gift.
  • 2 hours of special scanning, value $30.00.  Bring your priceless documents (even large format documents) or pictures and we will scan them to your flash drive or to the cloud to preserve them for you.
  • 2 hours of mentoring, value $30.00.  Do you have a particular ancestor who is difficult or just need help with what to do next in your research? This is for you. You will be assigned a qualified researcher to help you over the hump.

Click here, Raffle Tickets, to access a page of the raffle tickets. Print the tickets, fill them out, and mail or bring them to JCGL at 3405 S. Pacific Hwy; Medford, OR 97501 with your check.   We hope you will help us honor our volunteers by purchasing these raffle tickets. All proceeds from the raffle will be used to cover expenses for the Christmas Luncheon.

We will also have a money tree at the luncheon with proceeds going to the Leave A Legacy fundraiser. All tree donations (your check is your receipt) are tax deductible and will be applied to our mortgage which we are pleased to say is NOW under $96,000.   Those not attending may still participate in this end-of-the-year fundraiser by mailing your check to the address above or by making a donation using the Donate button on the RVGS website.

If you plan to attend, it is imperative that you RSVP either by mailing in the reservation form, by bringing it to the library, by emailing reception@rvgslibrary.org, or by calling 541-512-2340. If you are responding by mail or in person print the reservation form, fill it in, and mail or bring it to the address on the form. Click here, reservation form, to access the reservation form.     PLEASE LET US KNOW NO LATER THAN December 8, 2014. We had a wonderful turn-out last year so we need to know the number attending this year to provide the amount of food needed.

WHAT’S HAPPENING HERE?

Upcoming issues of the eNews will feature short pieces that will allow you to share a photo, artifact (e.g., purse or glove), or document (e.g., birth announcement) about your family.   What’s Happening Here (WHH) will replace the longer stories highlighting member successes that have appeared in past issues of the eNews. Please send longer pieces for publication in The Rogue Digger edited by Cara Davis-Jacobsen, caradavisjacobson@gmail.com.

To get the ball rolling with WHH series, I’m sharing a picture taken in 1946 of a man leading a Holstein cow in a parade as shown below:

holstein

The man is my dad, Al Holz, who is shown in 1946 with one of many such cows he led during the annual parade in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. The city parade accompanied the annual county fair in Kootenai County. My dad’s cows won the “Dairy Queen” award for Kootenai County for many consecutive years. The Dairy Queen was a cow who produced the greatest volume of milk in the county/ per year. My dad grew up in the dairying region near Lynden, Washington and had a keen eye for bovine ladies.

Please search your albums or shoeboxes to share your memories with fellow RVGS members. Please send your submissions to rvgslibrary@gmail.com and attach your photo, document, or photo of artifact to your email describing What’s Happening Here.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION MEDAL OF DAR IS PRESENTED TO CHARLEEN BROWN

Charleens DAR photoThe Historic Preservation Medal of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution has been awarded to Rogue Valley Genealogical Society member and Past President, Charleen Brown.

This honor recognizes a person who has done extraordinary volunteer work over a long period of time at the community level, and who has promoted and shown dedication to historic preservation. The medal has been awarded to only 30 people in the US.

Charleen Brown was sponsored by the Crater Lake Chapter of DAR. Three essays capturing her many contributions as a 13-year President of the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society were completed by three non-DAR society members.

In addition to the office of society leadership, she is a published author and indexer of the 1930 Jackson County Census records. Her involvement and support in the society and community activities are too numerous to name. She continues to work on many cemetery projects, teach genealogy classes and serve as Past President on the Board.   Charleen was instrumental in the society’s most current move to a larger facility at 3405 S. Pacific Hwy., Medford to house the genealogy collection of Jackson County and records and books from all 50 states and abroad. JCGL is the largest genealogy library between Sacramento and Portland. The society began in 1966 as a grass roots DAR organization and was granted non-profit status in 1978. It is now an all-volunteer genealogical society with 650 members who sponsor and support the Jackson County Genealogy Library.

Pam Olson of Crater Lake DAR presented the medal to Charleen at a public meeting of RVGS on Oct. 21st, 2014. Many members of the Crater Lake branch attended.

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 2014 END OF YEAR REPORT  ………………..Submitted by RVGS President Andrea Patterson

RVGS Governing Board

RVGS Governing Board

We look forward to seeing all our dedicated volunteers at the Volunteer Luncheon this December. They represent many categories of service in our society. Most of you get to know the librarians, who help with the computers, give tours, direct you to the book collection and make sure you sign in, but there are so many individuals in the background. The 15 member Board meets each month. Most all officers, directors and special appointed groups conduct committee meetings and issue reports. A new 5 year Long Range Plan was devised. Chuck Eccleston and Betty Miller are our statistic gatherers. Here are some impressive numbers for 10+ months of 2014:

Between Jan. 1 and Oct. 31st we have documented 14,842 volunteer hours. This includes librarians, board members, indexers & proof-readers, and maintenance among the many jobs and projects being done. If we conservatively estimated 1,200 hours for November and 1,200 more hours for December we would have over 17,000 hours being completed by volunteer “staff” for 2014. For the first 10 months in 2014, we have had 3,312 researchers in our library, 186 Experience Works assignees and 2,604 volunteers sign in. That is a total of 6,102 coming through our doors!

We have worked this year on organizing our projects, the goals, assignments and the results that eventually make their way to our Jackson County Genealogy Library website and often are bound. Researchers from around the world have found our websites and we get revenue from providing records per their requests. The requests came from every State except 10. Worldwide requests came from England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. The “leading” request was for obituaries, but other records are popular such as birth, marriages, deaths, divorces, pioneers & newspaper clippings. Further, our newsletter [eNews] is delivered to 1,576 subscribers through email, our blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ accounts.

The RVGS Board just completed their annual retreat to pull together ideas. Topics included how to better assist our editor with The Rogue Digger, [our genealogical publication], getting more RVGS members involved, fine-tuning new services such as scanning documents and photos for patrons. We evaluated our current organization memberships for three Chambers of Commerce, local and national affiliations. Suggestions for improved technological equipment at the library for classes, programs and patrons were discussed. We adopted improved procedures for our Speaker’s Bureau, Mentoring Program and how to best serve our patrons. How can we improve on programs and classes for beginners and advanced genealogists and reach other societies and organizations encouraging them to visit our library? And, of course we are always discussing the balance between paying off the mortgage and budgeting conservatively for services and fixed expenditures during the year.

Our Financial Review Committee advised that our records were in order. The membership can remain confident that we are financially sound. Your continued financial support is needed and appreciated.

Next year we will focus on the Two “M’s”……Mortgage ……Reduce it significantly and Membership Retention……..making our members feel welcome and connected.

We are also bringing back the “Suggestion Box”. We are interested in your ideas and feedback.

The current RVGS Officers will remain in 2015.   There will be some Board member changes. We know you appreciate being part of this grass-roots developed organization that has proven successful. We are all proud of our role in preserving genealogical records for our community with the establishment of a sound, enthusiastic society and valuable and unique library. Thank you for your continued membership participation, your volunteer service and all those interested in genealogy. We have had a good year!   Andrea

Connie's Memorial

Connie’s Memorial

CONNIE MILLER’S MEMORIAL SERVICE

RVGS Vice-President Connie Miller’s memorial service was well-attended. For the future RVGS will establish a fund in Connie’s honor. The purpose of the fund will be to provide help to JCGL patrons, a purpose highly-valued by Connie according to her husband Greg, who has already contributed generously to this new fund. We’ll have more information about this fund as the program develops.

 

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Thank YouAnnual Fund Drive 2014. We would like to thank the following people for their contributions to the Annual Fund this year. These funds are used to cover our operating costs, including the mortgage payment, insurance, utilities, genealogy website subscriptions, office supplies, and facility maintenance. Without your support we wouldn’t have our wonderful library. Contributions this year total $12,155.

Katherine Alsing, David & Karen Asche, Ronald Atkins, Al & Marilyn Ayres, Colista Bailey, Carolyn Beron, Lucille Bigelow, Anne Billeter, Rickard & Dana Black, Leona Blankenship, Ellen Brannick, Donna Brewer, Anne Brockway, Charleen Brown, Jennifer Bryan, Vicki Bryden, Alan Buchta, George Busby, Charles & Edith Carlson, Linda Carr, Darlene Casteel, Kendall Clarke, William & Marion Collins, Mike & Carol Coy, Carolyn & Robert Craig, Carita Culmer, Catherine Culver, Pam D’Allura, Cara Davis-Jacobson, Judith Drais, Julie Drengson, Suzanne Dunford, Chuck & Colleen Eccleston, Gayle Ellison, Sarah Forbes, Doug Foster, Sharon Freeburne, Marie Fulbright, Lillian Fullerton, Sharon Funk, Kari Gries, Cheryl Haas, Robert Hawk, Sharon Hawley-Crum, Patricia Healy, Melinda Henningfield, Gene & Charlotte Henry, Alice Herzberg, Linda Hildreth, Ann & Larry Horton, Horton Family Foundation, Linda Kestner, Sheila Kimball, Elizabeth Koester, Suzanne LaChat, Norb Leiberg, Lynn Leissler, Wayne Luckinbill, Judith Mallchok, George McEwan, Barbara Middaugh, Susan Milburn, Connie Miller, Jeff Monosoff, Ginger Montes, Alice Mullaly, Duane & Margaret Murray, Helaine Noble, Marjorie O’Harra, Janice Parret, Andrea Patterson, Karen Pendergast, Wanda Perdue, Dorothy Pruitt, Rhoda Ralston, Charlotte Redfield, Leon & Jean Richardson, Roger & Nancy Roberts, E. Diane Ross, Sybil Russell, Deanna Russell, Dee & Barbara Selby, Judy Simpson, Lynn & Doris Sjolund, Diane Smallback, Sherri Snider, Judith Stevens, John & Janie Stewart, April Thomas, Donald Thomas, Kim Thurman, Myrna Wagler, Vern Weaver, Evelyn Williams, Leona Wobbe.

Leave a LegacyLEAVE A LEGACY: YOU DID IT! Last month we asked for your help to reduce the balance on the mortgage to $100,000, and you did! Our balance is under $96,000. The $13,000 that was applied to the balance this last month will save us almost $800 in interest in 2015. Now, let’s see how fast we can reduce the balance and save even more in interest.

If each member contributed $120, along with pledged donations, we could pay off the mortgage the beginning of 2015, saving us more than $5,000 in interest in 2015. Not everyone can contribute that amount, but every dollar helps reduce the balance and saves us interest. Please contribute what you can.

We are a 501(c)3 organization and your donation is a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Make your contribution in person at the library, by mail with a check, or at www.rvgsociety.org. If you make a subsequent matching gift to the Oregon Cultural Trust (www.culturaltrust.org), you will be eligible to claim a 100% tax credit up to $500 for individuals or $1000 for couples when you file your Oregon tax return. Your donation to OCT supports cultural and heritage programs in Oregon and Jackson County.

Thank you for your support!

IT’S A RAFFLE!

Irish BedspreadRVGS 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 Mullan 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. You can buy your tickets at the library or you can mail your check to JCGL. If you mail your check, specify (1) the number of tickets you are purchasing, (2) your name and telephone number, and include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that we can return your raffle ticket stubs to you.

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 an Anniversary Quilt for RVGS and its members.  As a member you are a part of RVGS history, and a name of your choice can appear in the 50th Anniversary Quilt which will represent RVGS history from 1966 to today.  If you participate, the Book Name you select, i.e., the name of the person you choose to honor, will be embroidered on a fabric patch cut to represent a book spine, so that the person’s name is the Title of the book. The “Books” will be arranged on “Book Shelves,” as shown below in a blown-up view of a portion of the quilt.

Book Shelf

Book Shelf

In turn, the “Book Shelves” will be incorporated into a quilt that will depict objects important in the history of the society, e.g., train engine, gold pan, covered wagon, pear blossoms, wigwam burner, bundle of letters, suitcase with books, pictures of our library over the years, pictures of society presidents over the years. A mockup sketch of the completed quilt is shown below:

Mockup of Quilt

Mockup of Quilt

 

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 select a person to be honored in the Quilt.   Book Name Applications are available at the library (JCGL) or you can print the application by clicking on this link, Book Name Application. Mail the Book Name Application along with your check to JCGL, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501. The price of each Book Name is $50. You can also purchase a Book Name online by donating $50 to RVGS using the Donate Button on the RVGSociety Website, then email a copy of the Book Name Application to reception@rvgslibrary.org and specify that you donated $50 via the Donate Button.

 JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS

 VIETNAM VIRTUAL WALL

 [Editor’s Note: Information submitted by RVGS member Claudia MacMillan, thanks Claudia! Please, if you know of new sites or new additions to existing sites let us know… email rvgslibrary@gmail.com]

Claudia says,

“I am a new member as a result of the recent OLLI [Osher Lifelong Learning Institute] classes, so the JCGL volunteers who taught the OLLI “Introduction to Genealogy” course will realize how they embedded their enthusiasm and desire to get out and search all sources!”  Click on the image below to open this site:

Vietnam Virtual Wall

First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It could show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals, and even a stone rubbing of the name from the wall.

I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.

This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it. Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.

A QUICK NOTE FROM PRESIDENT ANDREA PATTERSON

AARPThis may be of interest to our members:   if you are an AARP member, you can save 30% on an Ancestry.com membership, follow this link to get your savings.  If you are already an Ancestry member you can receive a discount as well. Andi also mentioned that she enjoyed working on Find My Past for Ireland this past weekend. If you have Irish, British, Wales, Australian etc. ancestors, don’t forget to check Find My Past for records.

 New Additions to JCGL: November, 2014

610.3 D318 Lon Longley, Elias

Student’s Pocket Medical Lexicon Giving the correct Pronunciation and Definition of all words and terms in general use in medicine and the collateral sciences, the pronunciation being plainly represented in the American phonetic alphabet with an appendix, containing a list of all poisons and their antidotes, abbreviations used in prescriptions, and a metric scale of doses. [Reprinted from 1889]

929.2 Cameron Cameron, C. E.

Family Hierarchy in Canada and the United States of America, 1619-1971 : Cameron, allied Kinze and Warth Families including many other allied families with proved ancestral lines of this Cameron House from their arrival at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 on the first ship “Mayflower”

929.2 Patton Munday, H. A., compiler

Record of the Family of John Patton ; the 1900 edition updated to the present time

941.73 G932 Smi Smith, Brian

Guide to Tracing Your Mayo Ancestors

974 E432 Mary & John v.27 Spear, Burton W.

Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, volume 27, New Ancestral Discoveries, Part 3

974.465 V381 Vit

Vital Records of Bellingham, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850

974.744 M177 Mar

Marriage Record of Schenectady Reformed Church, 1694-1852, Schenectady, New York

974.883 C242 Cem

Cemetery Records of Greene County, Pennsylvania, volume 3, 1975, Cumberland Township

975.6 G242 Bui  Buie, Scott

North Carolina Scottish Genealogy;   volume 1, volume 2

976.4212 L142 Red

Red River County Deed Abstracts : Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico), vol. 1

976.4245 L142 Was

Washington County, Texas, deed abstracts, 1834-1841 : Republic of Texas and State of Coahuila and Texas (Mexico)

976.4252 L142 Aus

Austin County, Texas, deed abstracts, 1837-1852 : Republic of Texas and State of Texas

976.4554 C242 Com v.IV

Comanche County Gravestone Inscriptions, Volume IV

977.354 C242 Taz

Tazewell County, Illinois, Cemeteries, Volume V : Little Mackinaw and Mackinaw Townships

977.5 N298 Oeh Oehlerts, Donald E., compiler

Guide to Wisconsin Newspapers, 1833-1957

978 H388 Tow Townley, John M.                                                                                                       Trail West : a bibliography-index to Western American Trails, 1841-1869

979.3 H388 Smi Smith, Philip Dodd, Jr.                                                                          Sagebrush Soldiers : Nevada’s Volunteers in the Civil War

Atlas Case 979.527 H388 Bon,  Bondinell, Carl                                                                         Continuing History of Jackson County [Oregon] : a Special Supplement to the Morning News

994 I443 Mel,  Melton, Jim

Ships’ Deserters 1852-1900 including Stragglers, Strays and Absentees from H.M. Ships [Australia]

RECENTLY RECEIVED MAGAZINES

Oregon Historical Quarterly, v.115,#3, Fall 2014 [Circ 979.5 P273 OHQ] Special Issue: “Death and the Settling and Unsettling of Oregon.”

National Genealogical Society Quarterly, v.101,#3, September 2013 [Circ 292.05 NGSQ] “Overcoming Common-Name Barriers to Identify Parents: James Johnson of Amelia, Essex, Lunenburg, and Pittsylvania Counties, Virginia;” “Dead Men Do Not Sell Timber: The Sinking of the Snow Owen and Captain Plato Denney’s Two Deaths” are two of the articles in this issue.

NEW MAGAZINE TITLE:

Argyll Colony Plus: Journal of the North Carolina Scottish Heritage Society, v.1,#1-v.7#1, April 1986-April 1993. [Circ 975.6 P273 Arg] This magazine includes photos, maps, and detailed information about specific places, events, and people in Scotland and North Carolina.

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“FINDING YOUR ROOTS” ENDS SEASON

FindingYourRootsGo to http://www.ancestry.com/cs/finding-your-roots?o_xid=63061&o_lid=63061&o_sch=Email to find the full season of shows from the TV series, “Finding Your Roots.” The final show of the season featured using DNA to solve genealogical puzzles.   As a companion to the show, Ancestry published a flyer about using DNA in genealogy and how to participate in Ancestry’s DNA program. Click here, Ancestry DNA 101, for a copy of Ancestry’s brochure.

WOW! A TECH BREAKTHROUGH FOR GENEALOGISTS: ROOTSMAGIC + MY HERITAGE AND FAMILY SEARCH

This is a real tech breakthrough for those of us who build our family trees on our home computers using genealogy software, in this case Roots Magic. If you have created a family tree using Roots Magic genealogy software Version 7, your tree can be searched for matches in family trees on My Heritage and in Family Tree on the Family Search website.   Sources from either site can/will be suggested for people in your family tree in Roots Magic, and you are not obligated to add your information to either of those online trees. Here’s a quote from the blog, Granite Genealogy:

 I am a dedicated user of RootsMagic software. The announcement of a new version 7 provides me a direct link to those “source hints” that are located in both MyHeritage and also in FamilySearch sources.

By selecting the “light bulb” icon next to a person’s name as seen here,

 light bulb

you will then see this pop-up:

 pop up with hints


As I click on the pending “number” of possible sources or matches, the applicable web page opens and displays the source/match. When I confirm or reject them the numbers will change and be added to the confirmed or rejected columns. If I want to save the MyHeritage source to RootsMagic, I have to create a source for each fact/event. Yes, it would be great if it automatically saved to my file! But, hopefully, that may be a feature in the future. However, the link to those hints stay in my database behind the little “light bulb” icon on each person in my database.

My Heritage family trees can be accessed through the World Vital Records website from the Website Menu on all patron computers at JCGL.   My Heritage Family Trees now contain 1.5 billion names in 21 million family trees. However, to use this matching function through Roots Magic, you must have a personal account with My Heritage.   You can build a family tree with My Heritage Family Builder for free as long as your file is not large.   Here is the link to download a free copy of their software which in turn provides access to their online trees.    RootsMagic software is free unless you want deluxe features, here is a link to download the RootsMagic software.

 

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Free Military Records on Fold3 until November 30th

Go to www.Fold3.com  to access WWII records free!  This offer occurs in conjunction with Veteran’s Day, 2014 and continues to Nov. 30th, 2014.   Hop on board!

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November 2014 News and Events

CLASSES AND EVENTS

HOW TO START YOUR GENEALOGY PROJECT
Sat, November 8, 10:30am – 12:30pm

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: 1. How to fill out and use an ancestor chart; 2. How to find information at home; 3. The uses of the family group sheet; 4. The types of documentation and why it is important; 5. Simple ways to organize information; and 6. How to continue your project.  Attendance is FREE!!! Please register at the library, call 541-512-2340, or email reception@rvgslibrary.org.  Donations appreciated.

 

FAMILY TREE MAKER ~ MAC USER GROUP
Wed, November 12, 10:00am – 11:30am

FTM 2014Family 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.

 

 

3RD TUESDAY PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND MEMBERS MEETING: “THE HOLLY AND THE PHOENIX – THE RESTORATION OF THE HOLLY THEATRE”
Tue, November 18, 1:30pm – 3:00pm

holly theatre“The Holly and the Phoenix – The Restoration of the Holly Theatre” by Randy McKay, Executive Director, Jefferson Live! and manager of the historic Holly & Cascade Theatres. Randy McKay presents an update on the Holly Theatre Restoration Project, focusing on the Holly’s history, future and the timeline for the current restoration project. He also highlights the project’s expected impact on downtown Medford and the economic development of the area. Randy is the Executive Director of Jefferson Live!, the JPR Foundation subsidiary tasked with management of the Cascade Theatre (Redding, CA) and renovation of the Holly Theatre (Medford, OR). With a background in show management from rock music to theater and ballet to symphony, his credits include San Francisco Opera, Tony Award-winning companies American Conservatory Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Emmy Award-nominated Ballet San Jose, four Broadway shows and numerous rock concert tours for acts large and small. The Holly Theatre is his third historic theater restoration project. This is a FREE public program and is followed by a brief RVGS Members meeting.

DIGGIN’ IN THE DARK: GENEALOGY AFTER HOURS
Tue, November 18, 3pm – 9pm

grave-dancers-digging-graveHow’s your Family History? Do you have missing puzzle pieces? Come join the fantastic volunteers who are here to assist you when the library remains open until 9 PM! Show up anytime 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, and your dinner and leave blurry eyed at 9 PM! FREE! Register by emailing reception@rvgslibrary.org or calling 541-512-2340.

QUILTS AND GENEALOGY TALKS: “GROWING UP TAKELMA”
Tue, November 25, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Takelma

“Growing Up Takelma” by Pat Harper – The Takelma people were hunter-gatherers who lived along the banks of the Rogue River and its tributaries for many generations before Europeans came to Jackson County. Can research tell us about the life of a Takelma child, and the child’s expectations for life as an adult? Do we know enough to speculate about food, clothing, games and ceremonies?  The quilts illustrating this talk were pieced by Dora Scheidecker, based on drawings of Takelma domestic life.  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, email:reception@rvgslibrary.org or call: 541-512-2340.

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING
Thanksgiving: Thu-Sat November 27-29

FAMILY TREE MAKER PC USER GROUP
Tue, December 2, 1:30 – 3:00pm

FTM 2014This 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!

 

EXCEL TIPS AND TRICKS
Thu, December 11, 10am-12:00pm

excelRick Black and Rich Miles will help you learn to use Excel more effectively in this workshop.  Please bring your personal laptop for this session.  Participation limited to members only, $10   Sign up soon, class size  is limited to 10 people.  Sign up at the library, by telephone 541-512-2340, or by email reception@rvgslibrary.org.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Sat, December 13, 12:00 – 3pm

christmas treeJoin RVGS volunteers and members for the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.  Please go to Christmas Luncheon in the RVGS News section to read more about this luncheon.

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
Sat, Dec. 13th

LIBRARY CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY
Mon, December 22—Sun, December 28

SAVE THE DATE FOR SPRING SEMINAR:  RESEARCHING YOUR IRISH AND SCOTS-IRISH FAMILY HISTORY
Mon, March 30, 2015, 9:30 am – 6 pm

fintan mullanThe Rogue Valley Genealogical Society is pleased to offer a full day seminar presented by Fintan Mullan, the Executive Director of the Ulster Historical Foundation and Gillian Hunt, Research Officer with the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The seminar will be held at Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, Oregon.

The topics include:  Introduction to Irish and Scots-Irish Family History Research; Records Related to the Different Churches in Ireland; Using land records: Griffith’s Valuation, Tithe and estate records; Immigration from the north of Ireland to North America and the sources for its study; The Ulster Plantation: Sources for 17th Century Families in Ireland, (not just Ulster), and Scaling your Brick Walls.

Early bird registration (by March 15, 2015): for Members:  $45; non-members: $55.  Standard registration, (after March 15, 2015) for Members:  $55; non-members:  $65.  Click here, SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM, to register by mail.  You can also register in person at the library.

OUT OF TOWN

Grants Pass, OR

familysearchNovember 18.  Jan Edwards will present, “Why Use FamilySearch Research Wiki?”  Her talk will take place at the monthly meeting of GPGS.   Meetings are held at 1:30 PM in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church 1969 Williams Highway, Grants Pass.  Free.

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.

St. Charles, MO

May 13-16, National Genealogical Society Family History Conference: Crossroads of America.

NGS2015As people traveled the waterways, trails, and eventually railroads in search of new homes, the Midwest became the crossroads of the nation. Some settlers arrived from their first American homes in the East while others traveled directly from abroad. Some migrated via east coast ports while others sailed to New Orleans then made their way up the Mississippi River to reach points north and west. All traveled with their families, their hopes and dreams, customs, occupations, and religious beliefs. Regardless of their final destinations, those early travelers left many footprints along the way as they crossed America. Explore these migration records at the 2015 NGS Conference.   RVGS/JCGL will be represented by professional genealogist member, Melinda Henningfield, who will discuss travel via the Oregon Trail.   Please click on this link, NGS 2015, to bring up the conference brochure.  Registration opens in December, 2014.

ON TELEVISION

FindingYourRoots

DON’T FORGET TO WATCH “FINDING YOUR ROOTS” EACH TUESDAY NIGHT ON PBS!

ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NEWS

WELCOME!  NEW MEMBERS FOR OCTOBER 2014

Davis, Virginia “Ginny”
Meyers, Lillie M.
Curtis, Louise Abel
Seaver, Edward & Noreen
McCown, Margaret (Betty)
Gravon, Randy & Cherie
Forler, Jude
Bachmann, Nancy
Tonn, Judy
Smith, Debra
Nordheim, Tony & Sether, Charlette
Pereira, Greg
Hurley, Irwin C.
Hunt, R. Thomas
MacMillan, James & Claudia
Baures, Bob
Roberts, Ralph
Hirsch, Peggy
Woosnam, Julia
Krieg, Susanne K.
Rambo, Kate & Miller, Lynn
Uherbelau, Judith H.
Fleming, Margo A.
Lucas, Lynn

LEAVE A LEGACY

Legacy CropWe need a little help from our friends!
Our goal is to have the mortgage below $100,000 by the end of the year and we need your contribution to make this happen.  Currently our balance is just over $110,000 so we need a little help from those who haven’t contributed to our Leave a Legacy fund this year.  We hope you’ll help us make our goal a reality and send your tax-deductible donation to 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford, OR 97501 or online at rvgslibrary.org.

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.

OTHER SOURCES OF INCOME FOR RVGS

amazon smileEach month, library patrons throughout the world purchase records available to them on the JCGL website.  The average income from sales is approximately $350/month or about $4000/year.   We also receive income through purchases made through the Amazon Smile program and through the link to Amazon provided on the JCGL website.  Last month our Amazon earnings were $46.37.   Please, when you order from Amazon, use the Amazon Smile program or go to Amazon via the link on the JCGL website.

SPOTLIGHT ON EXCELLENCE

SpotlightLeo Kimm has been selected by the RVGS Board as our PROJECT VOLUNTEER for the 4th Quarter 2014 SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE
The number of projects Leo has worked on since joining RVGS in 2008 would be too many to name, but includes indexes for the JCGL website, books of vital records, and the cemetery project, including the task of adding information extracted from our obituary collection. He has revised indexes to the digitized newspapers scanned from microfilmed copies of the Mail Tribune. Leo has helped with the Vertical File surname project and continues with new assignments. On occasion we let Leo compete in tennis competitions for seniors!!  We appreciate your work always completed cheerfully, quickly and accurately.  Thank You LEO!

RVGS Board of Directors

Terrie McCoy has been chosen by the RVGS Board for our 4th quarter 2014 LIBRARIAN VOLUNTEER  SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE
Terrie works as Librarian at least one day a week and substitutes when asked. She is knowledgeable about our library and its resources and helps patrons with their research. She is described as always learning new and useful information to enhance her knowledge to better assist patrons. Most recognized is her cheerful and welcoming manner! Thank you TERRIE. You are valued.

RVGS Board of Directors


IN MEMORIAM

ConnieMillerConnie Miller, Vice-President and much-loved member of RVGS passed away on November 3, 2014.  Connie had been a member since 1998.


50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION COMMEMORATIVE QUILT

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 you can print the application by clicking on this link, Book Name Form.  Mail the Book Name Application along with your check to JCGL, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501. The price of each Book Name is $50.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES – 2014

Members are invited to join us for the Annual Christmas Volunteer Recognition Luncheon and Installation of RVGS 2015 Officers.  This is our way of saying “Thank You” to our volunteers for their hours of dedicated service to our Library and Society.  The Luncheon is free to volunteers, members and guests. The Luncheon will be held December 13th, at our Jackson County Genealogy Library, 3405 S. Pacific Hwy, Medford at 12:00 Noon.

Thank You

We have raffle tickets for sale for Super Services of Your Choice.  In the event that you will be unable to attend, you can still help us say “Thank You” to the volunteers by purchasing raffle tickets.  This year we will raffle some of the special services provided at our Library:

1 year free membership, value $30.00.  Can be used for a future year’s membership for yourself or used as a gift.
2 hours of special scanning, value $30.00.  Bring your priceless documents or pictures and we will scan them to a flash drive to preserve them.
2 hours of mentoring, value $30.00.  Do you have a particular ancestor who is difficult or just need help with what to do next in your research?  This is for you.  You will be assigned a qualified researcher to help you over the hump.
Click here, CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKETS – 2014, to access a page of the raffle tickets.  Print the tickets, fill them out, and mail or bring them to JCGL at 3405 S. Pacific. Hwy; Medford, OR 97501 with your check.   You need not be present to win.  We hope you will help us honor our volunteers by purchasing these raffle tickets.  All proceeds from the raffle will be used to cover expenses for the Luncheon.

We will also have a money tree at the Luncheon with proceeds going to the Leave A Legacy fundraiser.  All Tree donations (your check is your receipt) are tax deductible and will be applied to our mortgage which we are pleased to say is NOW under $110,000.   Those not attending may still participate in this end-of-the-year fundraiser by mailing your check to the address above or by making a donation on the RVGS website.

If you plan to attend, it is imperative that you RSVP either by mailing in the reservation form, by bringing it to JCGL, 3405 S. Pacific Highway, Medford, OR 97501, by emailing reception@rvgslibrary.org, or by calling 541-512-2340.  If you are responding by mail or in person print the reservation form, fill it in, and mail or bring it to the address on the form.  Click here, Reservation, to access the reservation form.     PLEASE LET US KNOW NO LATER THAN December 8, 2013.  We had a wonderful turn-out last year so we need to know the number attending this year to provide the amount of food needed.

Sincerely, RVGS Board of Directors

RVGS MEMBER SUCCESS STORY

Steve Kious recently traveled to Lithuania to visit the town of Eishyshok to investigate records of family lost to Nazi depredation during WWII.  Read Steve’s account below:

A VISIT TO MY GRANDMOTHER’S LITHUANIAN TOWN

by Steve Kious

One of my goals in my genealogy research was to someday visit a town in Europe where an ancestor came from.  Recently, I went on a 13-day Russian river cruise and then added another week to my trip to visit Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

I was particularly interested in visiting Lithuania.  My Jewish grandmother, Rebecca Becker Goodman (1879-1962) was from the town of Eishyshok.  She immigrated to the United States in 1901 with her first husband, who subsequently died of tuberculosis.  She then married my grandfather, Henry Goodman (1871-1946).

Many of Rebecca’s relatives remained in Eishyshok, a town that dates back to 1065.  In 2008 its population was 3,600.  Germans occupied the town during World War I and were friendly towards the Jews, a situation that fatally changed during World War II.  The Germans left in 1918.  In 1921 the town became a municipality of the newly created independent state of Poland.

During World War II, the German Einsatzgruppen, or “Action Groups,” murdered an estimated 1.5 million men, women, and children across Eastern Europe at hundreds of killing sites.  They were composed of the German SS and police and were aided by local auxiliaries.  The Einsatzgruppen went to town after town, village after village, killing Jews one bullet at a time and burying them in mass graves.

The German army occupied Eishyshok in June 1941.  In a two-day period from September 25-26, the Germans killed over 5,000 Jews from Eishyshok and surrounding villages.  The men were killed on the first day and the women and children on the second day.  The two mass graves are located about a mile apart.  German documents state that they killed 137,346 Lithuanian Jews between July 4 and November 25, 1941. The picture below shows Steve next to the headstone for the women and children.

I had learned about these events doing my research.  When I went to Lithuania I stayed in the capital city of Vilnius, which is only about 40 miles away from Eishyshok.  I made arrangements to hire an English-speaking guide, a young man named Ted, to drive me to the town.

My itinerary was to visit the sites of the two mass graves and the ruins of the synagogue.

First, Ted took me to the site of the women and children’s mass grave.  A monument marks the spot and on it is written in three languages (Hebrew, English, and Lithuanian):  “On September 25-26 1941, the murderous Nazis and their local collaborators viciously killed 2500 Jewish women and children from Eishyshok and its environs on this spot.”

Buried in this grave are my grandmother’s sister and her sister’s daughter, granddaughters, and daughter-in law.

Then Ted drove us to the site of the men’s mass grave, which also had a monument noting that 1500 Jewish men were killed.  Buried in this grave is my grandmother’s nephew.

Finally, we drove to the ruins of the synagogue.  When the Russians occupied Eishyshok after World War II they turned the synagogue into a gymnasium.  An interesting incident occurred while we were there.  A Lithuanian woman who spoke English came out of the adjacent building, which was a cultural center.  I told her who I was and why I was there.  She was very friendly and told us that her grandparents were friends with a Jewish family who lived next door to them and were killed in the massacre in 1941.  She said the last remaining Jewish family in Eishyshok immigrated to Israel in 1991.

I thought it was noteworthy that a day after I returned from my trip, an article appeared in the Medford Mail Tribune stating:  “The Simon Wiesenthal Center has identified dozens of former members of Nazi mobile death squads (the Einsatzgruppen) who might still be alive, and is pushing the German government for an investigation.”

Needless to say, it was a powerful experience to visit my grandmother’s hometown.

IT’S A RAFFLE!
Irish BedspreadRVGS 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.

JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY NEWS

WANTED PERSONS BOX

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1. The Swedish Researcher presented a Brick Wall question during Genealogy Week regarding her German ancestor, MEYERS, living in Sweden, but where?  We now have YOUR ANSWER, but not your name or email address. Please contact us through info@rvgslibrary.org and your name and email will be forwarded to Edith Carlson or Andrea Patterson. You will be glad you did!!

2. Attn: library researcher: A certificate of marriage was copied for Marshall Sellars and Josephine Young, 1961. Did you leave this behind? It can be picked up at the reception desk before Dec. 15, 2014.

3. Photo request made: A request for a 1915 photo of a couple, Andrew M & Ethel PAULSON with a Harley Davidson bike was made and it was located. A note to deliver failed to contain the name and phone number.  If “you” want this 8 x 10 photo, pick it up at the JCGL Reception desk before Dec. 15, 2014.

NEW ADDITIONS TO THE JCGL COLLECTION

booksAnne Billeter reports that she and Sharon Freeburne have been able to make progress reducing  the backlog of items needing cataloging.  Take a look at the l-o-n-g list of additions for October 2014 by clicking on this link, New Additions to JCGL 2014 Oct.

INTERNET NEWS

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