Member News


Newly Elected Officers for the NSGS 2012-13 Season.

President: Patty Wallace
Vice Presidents: (assisting with various duties)
Margaret Stevenson, Norma Wortman, and Franna Gravlin
Treasurer: Jacqueline Bordoli
Secretary: Karen Von Schimmelmann
Director: Sandy Kattelman



Tentative Date for the Next Meeting:
(NSGS is not active during the summer months)
7:00 pm, Thursday, 20 September 2012
Reno Family History Center


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NSGS 2011-12 SEASON
Concluding Comments
by Jim Kattelman
NSGS News Editor, Program Person, and Doorkeeper (Greeter)

A Good Season !  We hope all Members enjoyed the meetings and learned something new regarding genealogy. During the past few years we have purchased equipment that provides access to the Internet and Powerpoint presentations during meetings. In addition, a blog < http://nevadaroots.blogspot.com > has been developed to provide Members with news, contacts, and research links. Members also now received two e-mails per month with updates and schedules.

After ten years of volunteering for various NSGS positions, I announced in February that I was retiring after the May meeting. The newly elected Board of Directors will be looking for volunteers to do some of the duties which I have been fulfilling. The Board will look over the structure and use of the various programs and Internet sites that are being used. As officers or volunteers take on the various tasks, I am certainly willing to lend a hand with training.


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Election of officers will be held at our May meeting.
We have candidates for three of the five offices to be filled.
Additional volunteers are needed. 


May Meeting - 7:00 pm, Thursday, 17 May 2012
Reno Family History Center

Program:

Genealogy Questions
(and hopefully some answers)


Our final meeting of the 2011-12 season
will be an open forum for any genealogy
topics or questions our Members want to discuss.

Internet access will be available
to explore websites and programs.

 
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Connecticut Research Project

We have an inquiry from a lady in the Truckee Meadows seeking help with research regarding ancestors who lived in Connecticut. Any NSGS Member who has experience with Connecticut research and who would like to do some lookups should contact

Jim Kattelman, NSGS News Editor at:  jvkr@sbcglobal.net.
Payment could be arranged depending upon
the extent of research involved.


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  April Meeting - 7:00 pm, 19 April 2012
Reno Family History Center


Volunteers have offered to fill some of the offices
that will be vacated by retiring officers at the end
of this season. We thank those who have stepped
forward to help run NSGS. More volunteers could
be used for offices and special programs.


April Program: 

Should  You  Float
Your  Genealogy
on “The  Cloud” ?


We thank Dick Tolman, NSGS Member, for his very informative presentation at the March meeting regarding the preservation of your genealogical data.

The Power Point presentation that Dick prepared
is now available in PDF on this blog.
To download the PDF, see the announcement regarding
the March meeting below this article.

Using Dick’s examples, we will explore online websites for publishing and storing your genealogical data. There are
hundreds of articles and almost as many organizations
that have offers for online data storage (“the cloud”).

As time allows, we will look at the methods used by some of them, and try to determine if they offer something that will work for you.


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March  Meeting
Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7:00 PM
Reno Family History Center - Visitors Always Welcome
Program:
“When you pass, is your genealogy
going to the curb ? [solutions presented]”

a Dick Tolman Presentation
Dick is a National Genealogical Society
Recognized Contributor and NSGS Member.



View and/or Download Dick Tolman's Presentation (PDF Format)





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Review of February 2012 Meeting.
Thirty-Four Members and Guests attended the meeting.
A Board meeting regarding “succession of NSGS Officers” preceded the general meeting.
Much of the general meeting was also dedicated to the subject of  “succession of NSGS Officers.”
Many of the current officers have held the same positions for over six years.
Several officers, including this News Editor, have expressed the desire to “retire.”
Fresh ideas and volunteers to accomplish new goals are needed.
Elections will be held before the end of this season.

The presentation, “Back to Basics - U.S. Census Forms 1790 to 1940” was
cut somewhat short by the extended discussion of “succession of NSGS Officers.”


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15 Minute Genealogy
February and March Schedule

New 15 Minute Genealogy classes.  The classes will be held at 12:15 on Wednesday and will consist of a short 15 minute presentation on various Family History websites.
This is a “hands on” class, and we are limited to 10 participants, so that everyone will have access to a computer. (We have 5 computers in our computer room and we share 2 to a computer.) 

Please call the Reno Family History Center
826-1130 to reserve a spot.

This month we will be exploring beyond vital records databases and looking at sources that “tell the rest of the story”  about our ancestors.

February 22    Paper Trail *NEW*
            Paper Trail is a database from the Oregon and California Trails
            Association.  It contains an index to trail diaries and explains
            where to find the original source.

February 29   loc.gov What it is and how to access it
            We explore the resources available for genealogists at the Library
            of Congress.  This is a wonderful resource free to all of us.

March 7        Chronicling America
            This is another newspaper database.  It is free to use on the
            Library of Congress website.           

March 14        No Class

March 21  Getting more from your Google Search
            Learn a few tricks that will help you search more efficiently using
            more of the tools in Google.

March 28        Historic Map Works
Historic Map Works is one of the most extensive digital map collections available, with over 470,000 high-resolution, full color historic and antique maps. The core of the collection consists of cadastral maps (property and land ownership) illustrating the geographic and development history of the United States and also includes illustrations, city directories, and more! This unique content allows genealogists, historians, and academic researchers to track the "residential genealogy" of families and locations.



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NSGS Member Vicki Moloney provided this information regarding a Free Offer from Fold3.

Fold3: Military Service Records 1784-1811 Free Through Feb. 5
For details, read the article on the website listed below.
via Genealogy Insider by Diane on 1/27/12

< http://blog.familytreemagazine.com/insider/ >.

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 February  Meeting
Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:00 PM
Reno Family History Center - Visitors Always Welcome
Program:
Back to Basics
U.S. Census Forms
1790  to  1940

Check  Every  Detail.
You May Be Surprised
by What You Can Learn.


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{Editor: The following information arrived unsolicited and is not endorsed by NSGS.
The information is basically a press release with special offers for those who are interested.
This is a fee-based program, and the links provide for product demonstration.}

New to United States: Contacts in
towns and villages in U.S. and U.K.

CuriousFox US is the new city by city, town by town contact site for anyone researching family history and genealogy in the US.
http://www.curiousfox.com/us/

CuriousFox UK has helped many thousands of people

with their family history.
http://www.curiousfox.com/uk/

Now CuriousFox US is about to do the same.


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January Meeting - Review
Thursday, 19 January 2012,
7:00 pm

Please see "Research Links" on this blog
for a list of the websites we demonstrated.

Using our Internet/computer/projector combination,
we explored a number of Websites
that feature collections of old books,
documents, maps, photographs, and postcards.

Digitized material that is of value to genealogists
is rapidly being added to the Internet.
In addition, most of this stuff is just fun to look at !

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15 Minute Genealogy

Our 15 Minute Genealogy classes are back.  The classes will be held at 12:15 on Wednesdays and will consist of a short 15 minute presentation on various Family History websites.  This is a “hands on” class, so we are limited to 10 participants, so that everyone will have access to a computer. (We have 5 computers in our computer room and we share 2 to a computer.) 

Please call the Reno Family History Center 826-1130 to reserve a spot.

January 18        Search Historical Records on FamilySearch.org
            Learn how to create a search that gives you the results you want.
            FamilySearch is a free website, you will be able to bring your own
            laptop for this class if you do not want to share a computer.
            REPEAT of class offered previously.
January 25        Using FamilySearch Wiki
            FamilySearch Wiki is a tremendous research tool.  Come
            learn how it can help you.
            FamilySearch is a free website, you will be able to bring your own
            laptop for this class if you do not want to share a computer.
            REPEAT of class offered previously.

February 1        NO CLASS

February 8        Fold 3.com
            Fold 3 is a website featuring military records.  It is a fee based
            website and requires a subscription for use.  We have a
            subscription at the Reno Family History Center for public use.
            REPEAT of class offered previously.

February 15    Find My Past
            Find My Past features records from the United Kingdom.  It is
            most helpful for post 1837 research. It is a fee based
            website and requires a subscription for use.  We have a
            subscription at the Reno Family History Center for public use.
            REPEAT of class offered previously.

February 22    Paper Trail *NEW*
            Paper Trail is a database from the Oregon and California Trails
            Association.  It contains an index to trail diaries and explains
            where to find the original source.


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Heritage Faire - Redding, CA

An annual “Heritage Faire” (21 years) is being held Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Redding, California. “A full day of classes with outstanding instructors !” Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and 3410 Churn Creek Road (across from Enterprise High School). For additional information:
< http://www.reddingfamilyhistorycenter.org >. 


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Suggestions for NSGS Programs this Spring:

Census Workshop - Marleen Van Horne, NSGS Member,  has proposed having “hands on” lessons for Members to research various census records. There are many techniques that improve census research. The Reno Family History Center has computers for about eight Members to work at a time. In addition, some census records are on CDs or microfilm at RFHC. By extending our meeting time slightly, most Members at a meeting could get some research time.

Wikis and Genealogy Research - Most online genealogy websites now include a Wiki. Learning to get the most out of the wikis is something that will benefit our Members.



Good Citations for Your Genealogy Work - Citing sources not only gives credit where credit is due, but also provides a trail to prove your work. Several recent articles could provide a basis for an interesting presentation.



'When you pass, is your genealogy going to the curb?' [solutions presented]

 Very worthwhile subject ! NSGS Member Dick Tolman has proposed this subject for a presentation in 2012.


Volunteers Needed:
All of our presentations require research and preparation time. We thank those who have taken the time to provide programs. Volunteers are needed to help with our presentations.
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An annual “Heritage Faire” (21 years) is being held Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Redding, California. “A full day of classes with outstanding instructors !” Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and 3410 Churn Creek Road (across from Enterprise High School). For additional information:

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Arline Laferry, NSGS Member and
Docent at the Nevada Historical Society
contributed the following
regarding a mobile scanner she purchased:

“Happy holidays to you and yours.

I just received my Flip-Pal mobile scanner.
Just go to You Tube for a video of it
or the Flip Pal website. < http://flip-pal.com/ >

It is so awesome for us genealogists

and so easy to use just out of the box.

It is going to be helpful for me at the Nev. Hist Soc also.

Please pass the word on.....thanks much

Arline Laferry”

  

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NGS Plans January Research Trip 
to Salt Lake City
The following announcement was written by the (U.S.) National Genealogical Society:
Discover new information about your ancestors and perhaps even new branches to the tree. Join other genealogists this January for a trip to Salt Lake City with NGS trip leaders Shirley Langdon Wilcox, CG and Marie Varrelman Melchiori, CG, CGL. 


The research trip will be held January 22-29, 2012. The trip includes a Sunday night orientation, a Wednesday pizza party and a Saturday farewell dinner with a return home on Sunday. Accommodations are at the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel and single or shared rooms are available.

There is also a pricing option for research only, if you want to stay elsewhere. Member prices are $670 for a shared room, $1050 for a single room or $335 for research only. Non-member prices are shown on the NGS website.

You are sure to make new friends during your stay and the trip leaders will guide you in your adventurers. The group is kept small, never more than 30 people, so you can get all the help you need. This will be the last NGS winter research trip to Salt Lake City. Registration closes on 1 January, so don’t delay.

For further information and to sign up visit the website at http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/research_trips.
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  December NSGS Meeting
Because of the proximity of Christmas, we will not conduct a regular meeting. Members are encouraged to visit the Reno Family History Center the evening of Thursday, December 15 for a gathering of friends and to partake of the holiday treats and refreshments. Browse the Library Collections

and Try the Free Genealogy Databases.
On December 13, 14, and 15,
the RFHC will have treats available for the patrons.

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NGS 2012 Conference Program
Now Available Online

The following announcement was written by the National Genealogical Society:

National Genealogical Society Releases Full 2012 Family History Conference Program Online
Cincinnati, Ohio, 9–12 May 2012
The Ohio River: Gateway to the Western Frontier

(Arlington, VA) -- The National Genealogical Society has released the full 2012 Family History Conference Program. It is available online and is fully searchable at: http://members.ngsgenealogy.org/Conferences/2012Program.cfm.


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“15 minute Family History Classes”
Calli Smith, Instructor at the RFHC and NSGS Member
completed a series of short, hands-on lessons regarding
the use of various websites for genealogy research.
Next year, January 2012, Calli will begin another series
of classes. These classes are very helpful for researchers
who want to expand their knowledge of web-based research.
 These classes begin at 12:15pm. Call the RFHC at 826-1130 for more information.

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rootstech
Family History and Technology Conference
February 2-4, 2012, Salt Lake City
Discover - Learn - Collaborate - Educate
For more information: < rootstech.org >.

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NSGS Member Peggy Fish
Honored on Veterans Day.

Peggy Fish was one of two World War II veterans chosen to serve

as co-grand marshals of Reno’s Veterans Day Parade.
Peggy served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Congratulations Peggy !

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Review of the November 17 NSGS meeting.

We Thank Marleen Van Horne, NSGS Member, for providing an inside look at researching

English Census Records. The English records are not alway easy to follow, and it is
frequently necessary to use three or four different websites to complete a search:
FindMyPast, RootsWeb, FamilySearch, and Ancestry.com.

Researchers can do a fair amount of the preliminary work on their home computers for no charge. However, any of the fee-based services for the above mentioned websites are available for free

at the Reno Family History Center.

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November Meeting
Thursday, November 17, 2011, 7:00 PM
Reno Family History Center - Visitors Always Welcome

Program


English Census Records - From 1841
NSGS Member Marleen VanHorne < msvnhrn@jps.net >
will conduct an online research demonstration
for early English Census Records.

Special pre-program offer:
NSGS Members may contact Marleen

at the above e-mail address with requests
for look-ups for English ancestors
who were alive in 1841 or later.
The results will be discussed
at the November meeting.

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Lookup Request
 NSGS has received a request from a family in France
to lookup information regarding a long-lost ancestor.
NSGS Members who are familiar with White Pine County
or Eureka County records are asked to contact Jim Kattelman.
< jvkr@sbcglobal.net >    Posted October 2011 
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Two more “15 minute Family History Classes”
offered in October at The Reno Family History Center.

October 19 - Learn to use the FamilySearch Wiki.

October 26 - Learn more about military records on Fold 3 (formerly Footnote).

These classes begin at 12:15pm. Call the RFHC at 826-1130 for more information.

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Review of the October  Meeting
Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7:00 PM
Reno Family History Center - Visitors Always Welcome
Program

What’s New ? (Part Two)
We demonstrated and discussed the features of the
NSGS Blog. Since the blog has replaced our printed
newsletter, Members should frequently access the blog
for NSGS news and research information.


The new features of FamilySearch were presented
and discussed. Extra time was devoted to the FamilySearch
Wiki, since it is now an important portal to research
information. Members were surprised at the
depth of the information available.


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Review of September, 2011 NSGS meeting.
 Twenty-seven Members and guests attended the first meeting of the 2011-12 season.
Announcements included the following:
The Clark County Nevada Genealogical Society will host the National Genealogical Society 2013 Family History Conference. The conference will be held 8-11 May 2013. As information is received from CCNGS we will post it on our blog and discuss it at meetings.
The Admiral Nimitz Foundation recently created the Society of Sons and Daughters of World War II Veterans. For more information contact: < www.sonsanddaughtersofww2veterans.org >.
The National Society, Descendants of Early Quakers has provided membership information. For those interested, contact: < http://www.earlyquakers.org/ >.
The Reno Family History Center will provide assistance for those who want to learn how to use the Family History Library  (FamilySearch) “Online Microfilm Ordering System.” With a little training, this system can be used to order microfilm from your home computer. Contact RFHC at: 775 826-1130.
An open discussion was held regarding the many new or improved websites/blogs that are available for genealogy research. Because of time limitations, we only covered a few websites/blogs. Judging by the questions asked by Members, we should plan to spend some time at each meeting reviewing some websites/blogs. At the October meeting, we plan to demonstrate the expanded and improved FamilySearch features.
The NSGS Blog was demonstrated via our computer/projector. At future meetings, we will continue to demonstrate features of the NSGS Blog.
The meeting was held Thursday, September 15, 2011, 7:00 PM at the Reno Family History Center, 4751 Neil Road, Reno, Nevada.
This meeting was a good start (with a few mechanical glitches !) for our 2011-12 season. 
Thanks to all.   Jim K.

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A Special Board Meeting was held 18 August 2011.
Plans were developed for the 2011-12 season. 

-    SPECIAL SUMMER NOTICE   -
A Special Planning Meeting for the Board of Directors
is scheduled for August 18, 2011, 6:30pm
at the Reno Family History Center.
Members and Guests are Welcome.