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9 AM at the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha
Sponsored by the Omaha Public Library and the Greater Omaha Genealogy Society
The first class is an introduction to family history and will discuss
getting started and working on documentation from the beginning.
February 21: Vital Records and Substitutes for Vital Records. A discussion
of what might be found on vital records, how to find them, and what types of
records will give the same information if you are working in an area earlier
than vital records began.
March 21: Making Sense of the Census will discuss the US and other censuses
as a an important resource to identify family (and often extended family) in a
time period that vital records may be either scarce or restricted.
Apr 18: Will have two classes: Jumping the Water which will give you ideas
on how to find out where in the Old World your American immigrants came from
(narrowing it down from just Germany, or Italy or Poland, or wherever you
find in a census.) The second half will be: Black, White and Read All Over:
Researching in newspapers. Did you know that the W. Dale Clark Library in
Omaha has an extensive collection of Douglas county (& very early Pottawatomie co
IA) newspapers, with some from Papillion as well?) What kind of things can
you get out of a historic newspaper, even if your ancestor wasn't from here?
May 16: Searching the World's Records without leaving Omaha is an overview
of the Mormon Family History Library's collection, how to access it, and
what's going on that is going to revolutionize how we do family history research.
We will also spend some time on Cemetery research...what are the additional
clues that we can get from the sexton records, from the marker, etc.
June 20 will conclude our series with "I Found it on the Internet", a
discussion of internet resources and their relative value. And What's in the
courthouse, besides the vital records?
These classes are free to everyone, but we do ask that people pre-register
so that we know how many handouts to prepare (or if you can't come after all,
let us know that so we won't waste quite as many.) We have a lot of fun and
hope you will join us. 706-1453 or _Genehelper(a)aol.com_
(mailto:Genehelper@aol.com) to register. There are flyers at the Omaha libraries.
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We now have over 67,000 names in the marriage index for people who married
in Douglas county (_www.omahamarriages.wordpress.com_
They aren't all Douglas county residents and come from surrounding counties,
and sometimes much further away. It's still a drop in the bucket compared
to the names that will come, as we get help. The names that we have are in
the index by both bride and groom's names (at the time of marriage), so that if
you are looking for sisters in a family, they're easier to find than just
looking for a groom's surname list and hoping to find the sisters by a "find"
under every letter of the alphabet.
Women who were previously married usually show up under their most recent
married name, and only sometimes do the marriage records indicate the maiden
name. If the maiden name is given as part of the bride's name, it'll be in the
index with her name so a "control find" feature would help locate her. If
it isn't given as part of her name, even if parents were listed in the
marriage application or signed license, it won't be in the index.
Parent's names are not always given on the licenses & applications, but some
years are a goldmine for information (such as birth place and current
residence) in addition to the expected marriage date & the couple's names. We
include names of people who got a license but did not marry (or at least didn't
return the license indicating they actually married.). If it happens to be a
family member's name, it will at least place them in a time and place, and
sometimes give other information, even though they may not have actually
married the other party on the license. Happy hunting.
The microfilm for marriages are at the W. Dale Clark Library in downtown
Omaha from the beginning through about 2002...but later years aren't indexed yet
on our site. We need more helpers, or more hours in the day.
If you can come help, let me know.
If you don't live in Omaha and can't make it in to get copies of your
licenses, you can contact G.O.G.S. for assistance in getting copies of the licenses
you need. How long it takes depends on how many requests have come in
before your request. (_www.gogsmembers.wordpress.com_
(http://www.gogsmembers.wordpress.com) has research information such as address & fees. Any fees beyond
actual expenses buy more materials for the genealogy department so it's a
win-win situation for everyone in the long run.)
We'll also be updating the obit web site in the next few days and some are
pre-1900 this week. That time period takes longer for fewer names, but we do
seem to get lots of deaths reported for Council Bluffs. Early death notices
show up everywhere in the paper, including gossip columns. I don't know
about you, but I'd rather have SOMETHING, and have the death date narrowed down
to usually within a few days of the death than have nothing at all. That's
why in the obit site we include obituaries, cards of thanks, death certificate
notices, lodge notices, and bits in the gossip columns (even occasionally a
probate notice) that indicate someone died. (_www.omahaobits.wordpress.com_
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