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 January

Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society Member Meeting

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
 
Members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society met at the Bess Dodson Walt library for the Society’s January 2012 meeting.

Call to Order

Following opening remarks, President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m.  Phyllis recommended an excellent YouTube video about Nebraska history, to the membership. Plans to show it today were derailed by insufficient bandwidth.

Quiz Question of the Day

What genealogical related event is coming in April 2012?  Answer:  72 year moratorium on the 1940 census data ends April 2.  Records are not indexed so users will need to have some idea of what they are looking for. Volunteers are needed to help index the records.  Sign up at: https://familysearch.org/1940Census

1940’s Trivia

Phyllis shared a list words that entered our vocabulary during the 1940’s.  Among the words included on her list were: bag, brainchild, city slicker, corny, creep fuddy-duddy, gobbledygook, hidey-ho, in cahoots with, pass the buck, pennies from heaven.

Minutes

The minutes of the December 13, 2011 meeting were displayed for review and comment by the members.  The minutes were approved as presented. 

Treasurer’s Report

As of the end of 2011 we had a total asset balance of $10, 542.91. We spent more than we brought in because December revenue was limited to that from membership dues and most members have paid.  Expenses stemmed from program and newsletter costs.

Program Report

Program Committee chair, Judi Cook reviewed program and “GIG” (Genealogy Interest Groups) activities for each Sunday at Walt Branch library, January through March, including the “come-and-go” session scheduled for next Sunday, January 15, on using the new website and entering surname information.  Individuals with laptops are particularly encouraged to come and help. For other Sunday afternoon events at the Walt Branch, see the website www.llcgs.info.  The February program is a folk dance program presented by Eva Bachman and friends. The group will also talk about how to use festive costumes to identify time periods, location and other elements pertinent to genealogical research. A bookmark listing several of the upcoming events was distributed to members as they signed in.

Print Newsletter Retired

Phyllis reminded members that the print newsletter has been retired in favor of an expanded version now available at the member section of the website. Saying that the Board is aware of and sensitive to the needs of members who don’t have computers, an effort will be made to get a shortened version of the newsletter to them.  Members were asked to notify board members of anyone they knew who would need a print copy.

Photographs Wanted for Website Banner

Members were also reminded that photos were still needed for the banner area of the website.  A selection committee will select the first batch and we will continue to add photos as time goes on. If members need help in getting photos scanned, let Phyllis or another board member know.

Scott Argabright Remembered

Phyllis shared the obituary of member and past-president of the Society, Scott Argabright.

Good of the Order

Members Cynthia Monroe and Kay Softley each expressed thanks for the cards and well wishes received from members and the Society during recent illness and convalescence. Member Valery Wachter was featured in this Sunday’s Celebrate section of the paper (Happy Birthday, Valery!).

Members were reminded about two discussion groups members are invited to attend:  

Lila Garner will lead a group at the Chatelaine apartments, Wednesday January 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.  Information and details will be emailed to those who sign up (LNiemannG@windstream.net).

Bob Houser hosts a group on the first Thursday of the month from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Contact Bob (robhouser@yahoo.com) if you wish to attend.

OLLI Class Announced.

Phyllis Ericson and Rayma Shrader will be teaching an OLLI class Saturdays January 28-March 3, 10:00-11:30 a.m.  For more information about the course “Climbing your Family Tree: How to Get Started with Your Family History-Genealogy” contact Judi Cook (jcook2@neb.rr.com).

Adjournment

There being no other business, the meeting adjourned at 2:20 p.m. Webmaster Al Harlow and members of the Website Design team then spent time introducing the new website to members.
 
Respectfully submitted
Susie Dunn,
Secretary Pro Tem 
 

 
 February
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     February 12, 2012
 
Members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society met
at the Bess Dodson Walt library for the Society’s February 2012 meeting.
 
Call to Order:
President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM. 
 
Phyllis presented a slide presentation and discussed the subject of Save the Social Security Death Index and encouraged the members to sign the online petition. We the People petition can be signed at http://wh.gov/khE.  More information can be found at www.fgs.org/rpac.  In addition to the petition, she suggested that everyone write to your Nebraska Congressmen; be brief in your message, tell them we need to save the SSDI so that it is available to not just genealogists but all researchers and information professionals who rely upon its contents.
 
She announced that this year is the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act and there are many exhibits and events taking place at the Homestead National Monument down by Beatrice.  The web site for the HNM is http://www.nps.gov/home/index.htm for more information. The act was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862.
 
Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the January 8, 2012 meeting were displayed from the LLCGS web site for all to see.  She mentioned that we are not alone, genealogical societies across the country are going electronic with their newsletters.  The minutes were approved as presented.
  
Treasurer’s Report:  The Treasurer’s Report was displayed, assets were $10,306.89.
 
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 32 members and 2 visitors present.  
 
Program Committee Report:  Judi Cook introduced Susan Petersen who will be the March meeting presenter on "Blogs as a Genealogical Tool"; Marcia Stewart was also recognized for having a Blog online.  Susan Cook from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice will also share the March program discussing plans for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Homestead Act.  The April 10th meeting will be held at the Dick Building at Union College at 7:15 PM and the program will be “Tracing Custer's Men: Finding Michael Madden & Other Survivors of the Battle of the Little Bighorn”.   In May, Gail Blankenau will be back and present pointers for genealogical research related to cemeteries.  Judi said they have some ideas about projects related to cemeteries so stay tuned.
 
In Memoriam, Bridgett Schneider died November 12, 2011.  Bridgett was the person behind the “Random Acts Of Genealogical Kindness” website which involved volunteers around the world. 
 
Judi Cook reminded the group of some activities:  the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” which is on Friday nights on NBC at 7PM, which is getting more people involved in genealogy, Lila Garner’s genealogy sessions on the third Wednesday of the month are held at the Chatelaine Residences at 6201 Normal Blvd., contact Lila at LniemannG@windstream.net for more information, and Bob Houser meets with his group on the first Thursday of the month at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church on 11th and M streets. For more information contact Bob at Robhouser@yahoo.com.   Judi encouraged members to go to the LLCGS web site and check out the events that are coming up in future weeks and months by clicking on “See More” at the bottom of the events column. 
 
New Business:  None 
 
Old Business:  None
 
There being no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 2:17 PM.
 
Respectively Submitted
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
Following the business meeting a program was presented by Eva Bachman and other Folk Dancers.  The program included ethnic music, folk dance demonstrations, actual clothing and the meaning behind the clothing design of different countries.   
 

 March
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     March 11, 2012
 
Members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society met
at the Bess Dodson Walt library for the Society’s March 2012 meeting.
 
Call to Order:
President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM and said her new motto was “Where the Present Meets the Past”. 
 
Phyllis presented the Quiz Question of the day: What 100th Anniversary are we celebrating as of March 6, 2012?  Answer:  The Oreo Cookie made its debut in 1912.  Members discussed how they like to eat them; dunked, twisted, licked, etc. Oreos were the treat of the day.
 
Representatives from the Homestead National Monument were at the meeting with handouts, information and one on one conversations with the members to answer their questions.
 
Signup sheets were available for members who wanted to sign up for Information on Indexing the 1940 Census (contacts Rayma Schrader or Lila Garner), Genealogical Interest Groups (contacts Bob Houser and Lila Garner), Interest in doing Blogging (contact Susan Petersen), Homesteading Stories to put in a notebook (contact Judi Cook), and one for anyone needing help with research, etc.
 
Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the February 12, 2012 meeting were displayed for all to see.  A motion was made by Susie Dunn to approve as presented, motion approved.
  
Treasurer’s Report:  Total assets were $10,141.22, checking account $2,000.98, two CD’s $2483.79 and $5,656.45.
 
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 40 members and 5 visitors present.   He also had handouts available explaining how to change your password and how to enter surnames on the LLCGS web site.
 
Program Committee Report:  Judi Cook announced that the regular April 10th meeting would be at the Dick Building on the Union College Campus, on Tuesday evening at 7:15.  The Program will be “Tracing Custer’s Men: Finding Michael Madden and other Survivors of the Battle of the Little Bighorn” with Dr. Douglas D. Scott presenting. She suggested that parking might become an issue and suggested parking on the East side of the library and walking through the library to the Dick building. Other upcoming meetings were displayed and are also available on the web side. 
 
New Business:  October being Family History Month, LLCGS is planning a one day genealogy conference on a Saturday in October.  Bob FitzSimmons is heading up the planning and explained the plans and ideas so far.  He discussed several speakers and wants to invite Hank Jones Jr. to the conference as the main speaker. He cited many credentials for this speaker. Capacity for the conference is going to be around a 100-140 registered guests.  Southeast Community College will do the mailing and mails to about 6-8 states, so it was suggested that as soon as you see the registration form get it in with your money to be sure you have a spot. 
 
Phyllis displayed the budget for the conference in partnership with Southeast Community College.  Based on 100 participants, after all shared expenses, each would receive about $500.00. If it is a sellout, that amount will go up.  Phyllis asked for a motion to proceed. Judi Cook moved to accept the financial proposal of estimated revenues and expenses for the Saturday, October 13th Genealogy Workshop featuring Hank Jones Jr., Connie Olson seconded, motion approved. 
 
Old Business:  None
 
Ongoing discussions groups were mentioned: Bob Houser, 1st Thursday of the month and Lila Garner, 3rd Wednesday of the month.
 
There being no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 2:35 PM.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
Following the business meeting Susan Petersen presented an excellent program on “Blogs as a Genealogical Tool”.  Her blog is called “Long Lost Relatives” check it out at   http://www.longlostrelatives.net.   LLCGS now has its own blog, you can check it out at http://llcgs.blogspot.com.
 
Susan Cook and Blake Bell from The Homestead National Monument in Beatrice provided information about numerous creative activities designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Homestead Act of 1862.  For all the events check out their web site at www.nps.gov/home.
 
 
 

 April
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     April 10, 2012
 
Members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society met
at the Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
Call to Order:
Due to President Phyllis Ericson’s illness related absence, Judi Cook, 2nd Vice President called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM 
 
Judi presented the Quiz Question of the day: What historical event happened this month 100 years ago – April 1912? The answer:  Sinking of the Titanic.
 
Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the March 11, 2012 meeting were displayed for all to see.  A motion was made by Susie Dunn to approve as presented, second by Tom McFarland, motion approved.
  
Treasurer’s Report:  Total assets were $9,959.67, checking account $1,819.43, two CD’s $2483.79 and $5,656.45. A motion was made by Susie Dunn to accept the treasurers report, second by Connie Olson, motion approved.
 
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 33 members and 3 visitors present.  
 
Program Committee Report:  Judi Cook announced that the May 8th program would be “Genealogical Research and Cemeteries” presented by Gail Blankenau. The June 12 the program is
“Obituaries and So Much More” presented by Bill Eddy and Debbie Way.  She said there are a lot of things going on during the month of May and to be sure to check out the web site where she has them all listed. Ongoing discussions groups were mentioned: Bob Houser, 1st Thursday of the month and Lila Garner, 3rd Wednesday of the month.
 
On Sunday April 15, Michael Meyer is doing a presentation from 2:00-4:00 PM at the Walt Library on “Using Scanners as Genealogical Tools”.
 
On Wednesday, April 25th you can view the Original Homestead Act Document at the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice. 
 
Newsletter Report:  Susie Dunn reported that the 20th of the month is still the deadline for any items for the newsletter.  She requested more photos be submitted as she will be putting more in the newsletter. A description of the photo, location, names can also be included.
 
New Business:   The Nebraska State Genealogical Society is being held May 4-5, 2012 in Grand Island.  LLCGS would like to have a display table at the conference and the fee is $10.  A motion was made by Sharon Shelley to approve the payment of the fee, second by Mike Meyer, motion passed.
 
Ten additional photos had been received.  Each photo has a $5 onetime fee to colorize for the web site.  Susie Dunn made the motion to approve the $5 fee for ten more photos this fiscal year and then do more next year, second by Connie Olson, motion passed.
   
Old Business:  Bob FitzSimmons continues to work on the October 13th Genealogy Workshop featuring Hank Jones Jr.
 
Announcements:
There was a discussion about Blast emails being sent to members. Some said they were not getting them others had been returned. Suggestions were to check your Junk/Spam email box and to be sure your mail box was not full. Also check the web site to be sure your email address is correct in your profile.
 
A signup sheet was sent around if anyone needed help with the web site.
 
Al Harlow had his computer set up; Al and Susie Dunn were there to help anyone needing assistance using the web site.
 
In Memoriam:  Louis M. Meyer, Born: July 25, 1918, Died: March 12, 2012 at 93 years of age.
 
The group was notified of the death of Ruth V. Mosby who died on Monday April 9, 2012.
 
There being no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
Following the business meeting Dr. Douglas Scott presented a superb program on “Tracing Custer’s Men: Finding Michael Madden & Other Survivors of the Battle of the Little Bighorn”.
 

 May
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     May 8, 2012
 
Members of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society met
at the Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
Call to Order:
President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. 
 
The Quiz Question of the day was “What historical event happened on this day in 1945?”  Answer: Victory in Europe Date or V-E Day, the date when the World War II Allies formally accepted the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany.
 
Another Quiz Question was “What happened 12 years ago this month that was historic to LLCGS?” Answer: The LLCGS Library moved out of Norm and Cynthia Monroe’s home and into the Union College Library. Over 70 boxes of books and materials were moved.
 
Approval of Minutes:  The minutes of the previous meeting were read.  A motion was made by Judi Cook to approve as presented, second by Bob FitzSimmons, motion approved.
  
Treasurer’s Report:  Total assets were $9,450.14, checking account $1,310.20, two CD’s $2,483.79 and $5,656.45.  The Treasurer’s report was approved.
 
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 58 members and 11 visitors present.  
 
In the News: The 2012 NESGS Annual Conference was held in Grand Island on May 4th & 5th. Mary Landkamer of Custer County received the 2010 Genealogist of the year award.  Phyllis Ericson, Judi Cook and Al Harlow received Certificates of Appreciation.  Mary Hanke – NESGS/Otoe County Genealogical Society presented Al Harlow with his certificate; Phyllis and Judi attended the meeting and received their certificates at the conference. Congratulations to our LLCGS members.
 
Announcements:  Phyllis displayed the LLCGS web page showing the members where they can find all the upcoming activities. May 20th Otoe County Tombstone Bus Tour. June 16th Witching Unmarked Graves, 1:00 PM Unadilla Cemetery. Discussion Groups 1st Thursdays and 3rd Wednesdays. Also announced were future Monthly Programs.
 
New Business:   No new business discussed
 
Old Business:  No old business discussed
 
In Memoriam:  Ruth V. Mosby born February 6, 1924, died April 9, 2012.
 
Celebrate Family History Month, Saturday October 13, 2012.  Bob FitzSimmons asked if everyone had received the Green Invitation in the mail.  If not, names were taken to be added to the mailing list. He said space was limited so get reservations in early. 
 
The Library would like to have your Lancaster County High School and College Yearbooks to add to their collection.  You can visit them anytime you wish.   Volunteers are needed to proof information for the web site.  The Hudson Cabin will be open on May 19th at Pioneers Park.
 
There being no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
Following the business meeting Gail Blankenau presented the program “Genealogical Research and Cemeteries”.  
 
After the program several Cemetery Related Projects and Current Items of Interest were on Display:
    Cynthia & Norm Monroe – ‘Misplaced Tombstones”
    Bob Houser – www.nebraskagravestones.org
    Ron Kroon  - www.tombstones.nesgs.org
    Al Harlow – www.llcgs.info Cemetery Records on LLCGS web site
    Teresa Sullivan – Yankee Hill Cemetery
    Eva Bachman – Documenting a “small” Cemetery
    Judi Cook -  Assistance with 1940 Census
    Judith Wilson - Finding a buried stone
    Sharon Shelley – Nebraska Homesteads
    Mary Hanke, Otoe County Genealogical Society – Cemetery related activities

 June
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     June 12, 2012
 Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
Call to Order:
President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. 
 
The Quiz Question of the day was “What historical event happened this month 200 years ago?”
Answer:  200th Anniversary of the War of 1812. The day the war started with the 18th. Fold3 is offering free information during the month of June.
 
Approval of Minutes:   The date of the October meeting was corrected. A motion was made by Bob FitzSimmons to approve as corrected, motion approved.
  
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 45 members and 6 visitors present.  
 
Program Committee Report:  Judi announced an activity on Saturday, June 16th involving “Witching Unmarked Graves” which will be at the Unadilla Cemetery.  The monthly program in July will be presented by Dr. Ed Zimmer, “Built for Learning: an Architectural History of Lincoln Public Schools”. She requested anyone having a genealogy resource relating to schools, such as any listing, annual, records, etc. that they bring them to the meeting that evening to be displayed and to tell where they found it.  Your item does not need to be from Lancaster County.  A German interest group is starting and will meet at on Sunday June 24 from 2-4 at the Walt branch library. 
 
Treasurer’s Report:  Total assets were $9,303.72, checking account $1,163.48, two CD’s $2,483.79 and $5,656.45.  
 
Library Committee:  Cindy Cochran had a box for placing member donated books for the Library. The Library still wants Lancaster County High School and College Yearbooks.  Volunteers are needed to help scan and proof data at the Library and for the web site.  A signup sheet was distributed. The next book sale will be at the October meeting.
 
Newsletter:  Susie said the date was the 20th for news items.
 
Unfinished Business:  None
 
New Business:   Phyllis asked for volunteers for the annual Audit Committee.  DiAnna Schimek and Tom McFarland volunteered.   The recent survey about a new meeting location had been emailed to members.  A copy was available for any members that had not received one. 
 
The proposed Officer and Directors slate for the 2012-2013 election in July was announced:
President: Tom McFarland
Vice President Membership: Gary Salmon
Vice President Programs: Phyllis Ericson
Treasurer: Ray Friesen
Secretary: Sharon Shelley 
Director: Al Harlow
Director: Susan Petersen
 
Nominations will be taken from the floor in July.
 
The Web Homestead Story Project was discussed. The President recognized those that participated, with (suitable for framing) certificates. The recipients were: John C. Belz, Judi Cook, Ethel Dedering, Phyllis Ericson, Joan Longacre, Virginia Miller, Tom McFarland, Verla J. Roelle and Judy Wilson.  Send your Homestead Stories to Susie Dunn at llcgsnews@gmail.com.  Homestead Stories can be found under Members Only on the LLCGS web site.
 
The Memorial Book Fund Honoring LLCGS Members for 2011-2012 will recognize Scott Argabright, Wes Lauterbach, Louis M. Meyer, Ruth V Mosby, and Holmes “Hal” Young. A collection was taken to increase the amount allotted to the purchase of a book(s) in their memory.
 
Announcements: 
  Genealogy Discussion Groups:  1st Thursday 1-3PM, St Paul United Methodist Church, Bob Houser contact.  robhouser@yahoo.com.   3rd Wednesday, Chatelaine Residences, Lila Garner contact.  LNiemannG@windstream.net
 
  Celebrate Family History Month: Saturday, October 13, 2012.  Bob FitzSimmons talked about the planned events. There will not be any Friday session.  In addition to Hank Jones, Tom McFarland will be on the agenda.
 
There being no further business to discuss the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.
 
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
 
Following the business meeting the Program was: "Obituaries and More . . ."
Debbie Way from Roper and Sons Funeral Services provided information regarding content of obituaries and told about accessibility of genealogical information provided by mortuaries. She also demonstrated the process of using technology to make information more available than ever before.
Bill Eddy who worked with obituaries at the Lincoln/Journal Star presented suggestions and ideas for making obituaries interesting and helpful for genealogists.
 
 

 July
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     July 10, 2012
 Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
 
Call to Order:
President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. 
 
The Quiz Question of the day was “What historical event happened on this day in 1936?”  Answer:  “Heat Wave Sets Record Temperatures”.  Bonus Question was “What historical event happened on this day in 1040?”  Answer:  Lady Godiva rides naked on horseback to force her husband, the Earl of Mercia, to lower taxes”.  Both sound familiar in 2012?
 
Approval of Minutes:   A motion was made by Susie Dunn to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as displayed on the screen, second by Beth Haring, motion approved.
  
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 43 members and 4 guests present.  
 
Program Committee Report:  Judi discussed the plan for after the program. Several people were going to be at tables showing genealogy resources related to schools.  A handout was provided with general information related to school records and genealogy and an article on the value of using old yearbooks.  The German Interest Group was mentioned and a large map was shown by Chris Effken to identify different areas of the country.  Upcoming Programs and Special Sessions were shown on slides and discussed by Judi Cook.  All of which can be seen on the web site www.llcgs.info.
 
Treasurer’s Report:  Total assets were $9,368.42, checking account $1,228.18, two CD’s $2,483.79 and $5,656.45.  
 
Old Business:  Memorial Book Fund collection from the June meeting was $114.55 which will be added to the budgeted $50 and books purchased.  Cindy Cochran had already received 3 of the 4 the Library Committee had purchased and passed around the new items for members to see.
 
Meeting relocation project:  Phyllis thanked everyone for returning the surveys and said a long-short list was developed of possible sites that would accommodate a large group like LLCGS for the monthly meetings.  A task force is currently working on this; Sharon Shelley, Judi Cook, Tom McFarland and Phyllis Ericson. They hope to get this resolved in the next couple weeks.
 
Phyllis announced that the audit committee was DiAnna Schimek and Tom McFarland, who were appointed last month, will be auditing the fiscal year end books.  Vera Salmon was appointed to the award committee and invited anyone wanting to nominate someone for doing something good for genealogy in the community or LLCGS to send Vera an email.  (gsalmon@inebraska.com)
 
New Business:
This was the annual meeting and time for the election of Officers and Directors for 2012-2013. Phyllis thanked Susan Petersen for the work done on getting the proposed slate together: 
 
The nominees were introduced:
 
President: Tom McFarland
Vice President Membership: Gary Salmon
Vice President Programs: Phyllis Ericson
Treasurer: Ray Friesen
Secretary: Sharon Shelley
Director: Al Harlow
Director: Susan Petersen
 
The president asked for any additional nominations from the floor, there being none, she asked for a motion to adopt this slate of officers for this next year. Dave Allen moved to accept the slate, Paul Claus seconded, motion carried.
 
The new officers and directors will be installed at the August meeting.  Also at the August meeting, the proposed budget the directors have been putting together will be reviewed and approved.
 
There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:40 PM.
 
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
 
Following the business meeting, the Program was a presentation by Dr. Ed Zimmer called “Built for Learning, An Architectural History of Lincoln Public Schools.  Dr. Zimmer uses genealogical research tools to discover historical information about early schools
 
After Dr. Zimmer’s presentation several members displayed School-Related Genealogy Resources for the members:
  • Andrea Faling – NSHS Staff Member, Displayed samples of school related resources found at NSHS including a listing of 1920 era Lancaster Co. Schools
  • Vera Salmon- Showed a list of school related resources in Lincoln City Libraries
  • Cindy Cochran – Told of resources in the LLCGS Library
  • Judi Cook – Showed photos of the extensive and unique collection of school materials at the Burt County NE Historical Society in Tekamah and the latest AncesTree magazine from the NE State Gen. Soc. with articles on other NE County school records
  • Judy Shutts – Showed her great Aunt’s school scrapbook and yearbook from Friend, NE. The yearbook included alumni names.
  • Tom McFarland – Displayed a helpful site on Family Search that included South Dakota school records and family history information
  • Dave Allen – Demonstrated online resources found on Cyndi’s List & Mocavo sites
  • Al and Joyce Christensen –Displayed records from Nemaha County Nebraska
  • Al Koontz – Brought a collection of early documents from the Nebraska Board of Education which he donated to the LLCGS Library
  • Teresa Sullivan – Displayed a scrapbook with photos and memorabilia related to Happy Go Lucky School in Lancaster County
  • Connie Jean Hulinsky – Showed a scrapbook which included photos of her grandfather’s early Nebraska school
 

 August 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
 
Members Meeting     August 14, 2012
 Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
 
Call to Order:
President Phyllis Ericson called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. 
 
The Quiz Question of the day was “What is it?”  An old farm hand tool was shown on the screen.  It was a Cradle Scythe or Grain Cradle used to reap grain. A scythe is an arrangement of fingers attached to a handle, such that the cut grain falls upon the fingers and can be cleanly laid down in a row for collection.  The Bonus Question was - “The longest drought in recent Nebraska history began in what year?”  The correct answer was 1884, 12 years. Members were encouraged to write accounts of their family’s experiences with drought, weather challenges or hardships.
 
A memoriam for Doris Evelyn Gray Cunningham was shared with the members.
 
Approval of Minutes:   A motion was made by Beth Haring to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as displayed on the screen, second by Connie Jean Hulinsky, motion approved.
 
Treasurer’s Report:  Total assets were $8,299.31, checking account $159.07, two CD’s approximately $2,483.79 and $5,656.45.  
  
Membership Report:   Gary Salmon reported there were 56 members and 5 guests present.  Members were reminded that membership dues for the coming year are due September 1st.
 
Program Committee Report:  Judi discussed the upcoming Programs, Genealogy Interest Groups and other events. All of which can be seen on the web site www.llcgs.info. The Family History Month “Where the Present Meets the Past” conference being held on Saturday, October 13th was discussed by Bob FitzSimmons. Information on the conference was handed out along with the Southeast Community College registration form.
 
Old Business:  Phyllis reminded the members that the Financial Audit Committee was DiAnna Schimek and Tom McFarland and they would be auditing the Treasurer’s books at the end of the fiscal year and that Vera Salmon was the Award Committee Chair.
 
Vera announced that a new award would be given this year.  A LLCGS award for Cemetery Research.  Some of the qualifications for the award included:  Hours actually spent in a cemetery, number of photos taken in cemeteries, hours spent researching correct information related to cemetery data, number of photos or other information placed on line, such as Findagrave, Genweb, etc., hours spent updating cemetery maps, locating GPS readings, taking photos of entrance markers, etc.  For more information, contact Vera at gsalmon@inebraska.com or call her at 402-489-1093 if any questions.  The dead line for submissions is August 24th. The LLCGS annual awards and recognition will be held at the September 11, 2012 meeting.
 
Meeting Relocation was discussed along with a listing shown of all locations considered.  The result of the work of the task force was that the Eastridge Presbyterian Church at 1135 Eastridge Drive (on 56th Street between Randolph and A Streets) met the requirements for the LLCGS membership meetings.  A monthly fee of $50 will be paid to Eastridge for the use of the room and facilities. This amount includes the setting up and tearing down of tables and chairs and the full use of the kitchen.  The meetings at the new location will begin in December 2012.
 
New Business:
The Installation of the 2012-2013 LLCGS Officers and Directors was conducted by Beth Haring.
The Officers and Directors from 2011-2012 were presented with Certificates of Recognition for their dedicated service during the past year.  The following officers and directors were installed for 2012-2013:
President: Tom McFarland
Vice President Membership: Gary Salmon
Vice President Programs: Phyllis Ericson
Treasurer: Ray Friesen
Secretary: Sharon Shelley
Director: Al Harlow
Director: Susan Petersen
 
Recognition was also given to Susie Dunn, Newspaper Editor and Helen Woolstrum, Parliamentarian.
 
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Bob FitzSimmons, seconded by Judi Cook, meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
 
Following the business meeting, a presentation was made by Tom McFarland and Marcia Stewart regarding their trip to Salt Lake City to attend the Roots Technology Conference. 
 
We were unable to continue with the second part of program related to the LLCGS website as we could not access the internet.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 September
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     September 11, 2012
 Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
 
Call to Order:
President Tom McFarland called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM.
 
At the Library:    Tom visits the LLCGS Library.  Cindy Cochran is the official librarian. The library is in the Don Love building on the Union Campus.   A fantastic collection of over 8,000   volumes, a great resource of Lancaster County, Nebraska and other state information, how to materials, a huge New England collection, things you might not be able to find elsewhere. Tom highly recommends the library. You can get a library card at the Union College Library desk. He found a book called “Hidden Sources, Family History in Unlikely Places” which he said sounds like a fun book. LLCGS member Teresa Sullivan was there doing research the day he visited.
 
Approval of Minutes:   The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented.
 
Treasurer’s Report:    August revenue was $1,401.92, expenses $285.66, checking account balance $1,275.33, two CD’s $8,161.21.  Total assets $9,436.54.
  
Membership Report:    Gary Salmon reported there were 55 members and 3 guests present.  There were 222 total members, 131 members had renewed. Members were reminded that membership dues for the coming year are due September 1st and can be renewed on line.  
 
Program Committee Report:    Phyllis discussed the upcoming Programs, Genealogy Interest Groups and other events. All of which can be seen on the web site www.llcgs.info.
 
The Family History Month “Where the Present Meets the Past” workshop is being held on Saturday, October 13th and there will not be a regular Tuesday evening meeting in October.  Bob FitzSimmons discussed the plans for the Saturday event.  Information on the conference was available to those that needed a registration form, etc. More information is on the LLCGS web site. A musical group will also be part of the workshop.
 
Education Report:    Judi Cook discussed Sunday Help Sessions at Walt Library and helping people do research using library resources.  Coming up on November 4th, Rayma Shrader will be at the library to discuss some basic resources related to military records and to help people find their Veterans.  LLCGS is continuing to receive inquiries through “contact us” on the web site and responses returned with answers or where resources might be found.
 
2011-2012 Membership Awards were presented:  Awards were presented to:
 
Bob and Arlene Houser for hosting First Thursday discussions and providing helpful information.
Sharon Shelley as Secretary, for not only recording minutes promptly, but taking on many new duties documenting website procedures.
Cindy Cochran for continuing to revitalize our library and as Librarian for also accepting the task of Archivist.
Judi Cook for establishing open, Sunday afternoon meetings at Walt Library for members and the public.
Ron Adams, a new member, for immediately volunteering to look up information for Ancestry.com for anyone needing help.
Mike Meyer, a new member, for immediately volunteering to demonstrate scanners and help scan historical documents.
Gary and Vera Salmon for saying “We’ll do it” when help was needed on various projects.
Eva Bachman for many volunteer hours spent in documenting Morelock Cemetery in Missouri and posting many photos to Find-A-Grave.
Charlene Lyman for 262 hours and 2,960 photos taken while documenting cemeteries in Lancaster County.
John Beltz for hours spent in numerous Lancaster County cemeteries taking photos of headstones to post on-line.
 
Unfinished Business:  None
 
New Business:
 
Annual Budget:  The proposed budget was presented for approval.  After discussion, a motion was made by Phyllis Ericson to accept the proposed budget as presented, second by Dave Allen, additional questions and discussion, a call for the question was made, second received, motion carried, voting on accepting the proposed budget as presented was continued, motion carried.
 
A motion was made by Carol Connor to move the member meetings to Eastridge Presbyterian Church as presented, second by Bob Fitzsimmons, discussion, motion carried.
 
Cindy Cochran discussed the Federation of Genealogical Societies which LLCGS is a member. As a member society a collection is taken from the membership for the National Archives. Their big project right now is the War of 1812 pension records.  This collection consists of 7,200,000 pages and 3,000,000 pages have already been digitalized. Every penny goes to help preserve these records. 
 
Committee Chairs for 2012-2013 were announced:
Bylaws – George Woolstrum
Library – Cindy Cochran
Programs – Phyllis Ericson
Publicity – Susan Petersen
Awards – Marcia Stewart
Education – Judi Cook
Membership – Gary Salmon
Projects – Mike Meyer
Website – Al Harlow
 
The President stated that each of these Committee Chairs can use other member’s assistance. 
 
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Bob FitzSimmons, seconded by Eva Bachman, meeting adjourned at 8:00 PM.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
 
Following the meeting Jim McKee presented a program about historical information related to Lincoln churches and how the different religious group’s role in the early Lincoln community changed through time. 
 
Several members provided displays of research available in church records and other locations such as the LLCGS Library, NSHS, and regional church centers in the area.

 October
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
 
             “Where the Present Meets the Past” Conference               
Saturday, October 13, 2012
 
About 90 members and guests attended the LLCGS October 13th “Where the Present Meets the Past” Conference.  The Conference was held at Southeast Community College, Continuing Education Center, 301 South 68th Street Place, Lincoln, Nebraska.
 
Registered guests were greeted with coffee and refreshments upon arrival, served by Southeast Community College Food/Management Program students.
 
Opening remarks were made by Ron Snyder, SCC Director of Training Solutions and Tom McFarland, President, Lincoln-Lancaster Genealogy Society.
 
A Family History Month Proclamation, made by Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, was read by former LLCGS President Phyllis Ericson.
 
Bob FitzSimmons, LLCGS Workshop Chairman introduced the conference Speaker Hank Jones Jr.
 
Mr. Jones presented sessions on “When the Sources are Wrong” and “Tracing the Origins of Early 18th Century Palatine & Other Emigrants”.
 
A very tasty lunch was served by the college students which included pasta, choice of sauces, salad and bread sticks.
 
During the lunch break, the attendees were treated to music by the YAAL’s Community Children’s Chorus-Treble Talent. 
 
Tom McFarland presented a session on “Finding Digital Images for Genealogical Research”.
 
In the afternoon, Mr. Jones presented “Family Tradition: How to Separate Fact from Fiction in Genealogical Research” and “How Psychic Roots Became an Unsolved Mystery”.
 
The college students served a delicious desert during an afternoon break.
 
There was time for a questions and answers after the presentations.
 
 
HANK Z. JONES, JR.
Hank Z Jones, Jr. has been a professional genealogist since 1965. He is an entertaining genealogical lecturer, an accomplished writer and a respected Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists. He is best known for his extensive work with Palatine genealogy and for his popular book, Psychic Roots. Hank also has a long career as an entertainer and screen actor.  His books and CDs were displayed and available for sale.
 
During the conference LLCGS library held a book sale featuring genealogy books and resources. A great number of books were sold which will help the library purchase new materials.
 
 
Sharon A. Shelley
Secretary

 November
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
Members Meeting     November 13, 2012
 Dick Administration Building, Union College, 3800 S. 48th Street
 
 
Call to Order:
President Tom McFarland called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM.
 
New Meeting Location:    Slides were shown of the new Eastridge Presbyterian Church meeting location (1135 Eastridge Dr.) fellowship hall, kitchen, parking lot, map, etc.  The President informed the group as to where to enter the building and how to get to the fellowship hall.
 
Approval of Minutes:   The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented.
 
Treasurer’s Report:    September revenue was $734.04, expenses $58.00, checking account balance $1,951.37, two CD’s $8,161.21.  Total assets $10,112.58.  October revenue was $900.27, expenses $331.97, checking account balances $2,519.67, two CD’s $8,161.21.  Total assets $10,680.88. 
  
Membership Report:    Gary Salmon reported there were 33 members and 4 guests present.  Additional membership renewals had been received.  Membership cards were available at the table if any member wanted a card.
 
Program Committee Report:    Phyllis discussed the upcoming Programs.  Judi Cook will be making a presentation at the Eiseley Branch Library on November 16th from 10:15-11:00 to the Southeast Nebraska Librarians in connection with the Summer Reading Program.  On Sunday, December 2nd from 1:30-3:00 there will be a meeting at Walt Branch Library for Program and Education Plans for 2013. There will also be a “help” session from 2-4 on the 2nd and 9th of December.  The December 11th regular monthly meeting will be at the new location and will Celebrate our Ethnic Heritage and Traditions.  A green sheet was handed out to have members sign up to bring food, decorations, etc.  Also bring guests.  All events are available for viewing on the LLCGS web site www.llcgs.info.
 
Phyllis announced that there were 89 at the fall conference.  Book sales were good; more books were on display for sale relative to the Civil War at the meeting.
 
New Business:
The November collection for the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)/National Archives, was taken.  The money goes toward the preservation of records; they are currently working on the War of 1812.
 
Two new Committee Chairs were announced for 2013.  Marcia Stewart will chair the Awards Committee and Tom McFarland and Marcia Stewart will share the FGS.
 
There being no further business to discuss, a motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Judi Cook, seconded by Paul Claus, meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
 
Following the meeting Mark Nichols gave a presentation on resources you can use to locate information about ancestors involved in the Civil War.  He had several handouts with information, websites and information about resources available in the Lincoln area.
 
Larry Angle followed with a demonstration and narrative of clothing and equipment worn and used during the Civil War. He portrayed both the Union and the Confederate sides.
 
Eva Bachman set up a display of finding a Civil War ancestor, books and information on obtaining a tombstone and organizing an honorary military service for the family.
 

 December
 
Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society
 
             “Celebrating our Ethnic Heritage and Traditions”              
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
 
About 50 members and 29 guests attended the LLCGS December 11, 2012 “Celebrating our Ethnic Heritage and Traditions Event”.  This event held at 7:15 PM, in lieu of the regular monthly meeting, was held at their new meeting location, the Fellowship Hall of Eastridge Presbyterian Church, 1135 Eastridge Dr., Lincoln, Nebraska.  
 
Members and Guests were greeted by the Membership Chair, Treasurer and other LLCGS members.  Each attendee was asked to sign either the Member or Guest Register and to fill out a door prizes entry form.  Door prizes that had been donated were displayed.  Guests were offered Membership Brochures. Many round tables and chairs were set up for seating. 
 
Information was provided on laptops regarding use of the LLCGS website for surname research, data research, local history research, use of the LLCGS library and a quick access to links related to genealogical research.  Another laptop display featured a map with markings indicating LLCGS member research sites for ancestral homes.
 
Around the perimeter of the Fellowship Hall were long tables full of many different Ethnic displays.  Displays consisted of Ethnic food samples, memorabilia, books, cookware, pictures, holiday decorations, food recipes, country information, postcards, music, national flags and many more items to enjoy.
 
Holiday traditions of various countries and cultures were provided at the display tables and on the round tables where folks sat to enjoy their food and drinks.  Beverages of Welsh Tea, Wassail and coffee were provided.
 
Displays included opportunities for attendees to write down the regions and surnames they were searching.  After the event, those who provided emails were sent information including print, online and local resources that will facilitate research in the particular regions they have in their heritage.
 
Information was provided about the various Genealogical Interest Groups (GIG’s) formed or forming in LLCGS.  People were reminded of the sessions on Sunday afternoons at Walt Library, classes available in learning about genealogical research, and free discussion groups held monthly to help troubleshoot and also celebrate discoveries.  An informational power point presentation featuring activities and programs of LLCGS  was projected on a large screen during the event.
 
Decorations, crafts, recipes and information about countries and traditions that are not yet represented by our membership were also provided to encourage inclusion of a broader cultural representation in the future.
 
After guiding people to the location of the meeting “Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus” joined us in the fellowship hall.  President, Tom McFarland, drew the names for the door prizes.  First was for guests only; a free one year LLCGS membership, which had been donated by the President.   As names were drawn Santa handed out the prizes to the winners. 
 
After the drawing, people were asked to stand or indicate with raised hands if they had ancestors from various countries as they were announced. It was interesting to see the varied representation and people were encouraged to note others who were researching the same homelands so that they could identify them at future gatherings and share information and research ideas. 
 
A huge thank you goes out to the LLCGS members who put many hours of thought, planning and work into this project to make it a huge success.
Pictures were taken during the event and may be seen by clicking on the Photo Gallery option under the Member Only menu item located on the left side of the LLCGS web site: www.LLCGS.info.
 
Sharon A. Shelley, Secretary
A special thank you to Judi Cook for providing much of the information included in this summary.