The monthly meeting of the Genealogical Society of Linn County will take place Saturday, April 23rd. Our business meeting begins at 12:45 with social time at 1:00, followed by the program at 1:30.
Elaine Mercado, with the Jackson County Historical Museum, will speak about orphan trains and the plight of a quarter-million orphans relocated from New York to the Midwest and other parts of the United States. Mercado said the orphan train program was really the first foster care program. The majority of these kids were not adopted but were foster children. She will also speak about the book she has written Iowa's Orphan Train Riders, published by Jackson Co. History Museum
To view a trailer on this subject, click on this link West by Orphan Train, or go to https://youtu.be/qXg6-_jfD-8 or you can purchase the full documentary for $2.99 at Amazon.com
Also on YouTube is a full length movie from 1979 called Orphan Train: https://youtu.be/QcSyP6_3j3w
Anyone with information on Iowa orphan train riders, please contact Elaine because she is collecting additional information. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Meeting Day:
Beginning in 2016, we will hold our regular monthly meetings on the fourth Saturday of the month with social time/treats from 1-1:30 with the meeting at 1:30. Following the program, anyone wishing to get help with their research can stay until 4 pm.
The monthly meeting of the Genealogical Society of Linn County will take place Saturday, February 27th. Our business meeting begins at 12:45 with social time at 1:00, followed by the program at 1:30.
The featured speaker is Lorna Lincoln, who will present information on using the computer program, Microsoft OneNote, in your genealogy research. OneNote is a digital notebook that gathers notes, drawings, screen clippings and commentaries that can be shared with other OneNote users. You are welcome to stay after the program to do research. This meeting is free and open to all.
Our location is in the basement of the Masonic Library at 813 1st Avenue S.E., Cedar Rapids. Parking is available in the rear and enter through the back door.
Genealogical Society of Linn Co
(doing business as Cedar Rapids Area Genealogy Library)
New Meeting Day:
Beginning in 2016, we will hold our regular monthly meetings on the fourth Saturday of the month with social time/treats from 1-1:30 with the meeting at 1:30. Following the program, anyone wishing to get help with their research can stay until 4pm.
On Saturday the 23rd of January, Kacy Novak of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Family History Center will discuss the website FamilySearch.org, and she will show us how to search and use many of its features. There will be time after the program for questions and individual assistance using FamilySearch. We hope you can join us!
Nov. 19, 2015 at 7 pm 813 1st Ave. S.E. Parking is available in the rear. Use the rear entrance.
At this meeting the floor will be open to the public. Topics will include everything from recent finds to how to tear down brick walls. If you will not be able to come to the meeting but would like to share something with the group, you can email it to: GenSocLinnCoIa@Aol.com, and we will share it with everyone.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting.
We hope you can join us!
The Newly elected society officers for 2016
Left to right:
Judi Pohorsky - President
Carol Golden - Vice President
Bonnie Dodge -Corresponding Secretary
Melvina Bruce - Recording Secretary
Joe Kozman - Treasurer
“Shared Roots, Tangled Vines, & Broken Branches”
Presented by, Kathy Wilson, Granger House
This Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 at 7pm 813 1st Ave. S.E. Parking is available in the rear. Use the rear entrance.
Our speaker this month is Kathy Wilson, director of Granger House in Marion, Iowa. The title of her presentation is "Shared Roots, Tangled Vines, & Broken Branches." If you think tracing one or two family trees is difficult, imagine a project involving hundreds! In 2004, historian Kathy Wilson began a project to do just that, and not just American families, either, but those living in the United Kingdom and more than 20 different counties around the world. Using examples from her dissertation project, Kathy will discuss the types of resources available to individuals tracing lines in England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the challenges of conducting remote-access research. She will also highlight some of the problems she encountered during her research and will provide helpful hints for breaking through those frustrating "brick walls" she encountered along the way.
Refreshments will be served after the meeting. We hope you can join us!
On September 24th Brett Reece. A DNR Game Warden in Tama and Benton counties will visit and our library, and discuss his Reece Family History books. His ancestors came to Linn Co. in 1845.
This session is to help researchers begin their genealogy tree, look for family information that the library has or answer questions on information collection strategies. Library volunteers will be on hand to help. There is no regular scheduled membership meeting
Please join us as Glenn and Jill Chatfield
discuss their photo blogs on school houses.