Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month, September through May starting at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the River Falls Public Library. The programs cover a variety of material from general to specific and hold the interest of everyone. Information on various upcoming genealogy events in the area, the state, and the nation are shared. There are also wonderful treats and a time to visit with others.
From 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. SCVGS members will be available to help others with genealogy research questions.
The River Falls Public Library is a beautifully designed building at 140 Union Street, at the corner of Union and Main Streets. Main Street is also Wisconsin State Highway 35. Turn east on Union Street beside the library and go to the parking lot behind the building where there is ample parking. The handicapped accessible meeting room is on the main floor just inside the doors.
September 18, 2014—Annual Sharing Meeting—Share the successes you have had over the past year and especially over the summer months with other members at this informal gathering. Bring documents, stories, photographs, heirlooms, guests, and anything else you would like to share. This is always one of our most popular meetings.
A magazine swap will also be held at the September meeting. If you have past issues of genealogical or historical magazines/journals/newsletters that you no longer want, please bring them to the meeting. Anyone can purchase the magazines/journals for 25¢ each; the newsletters are free. Come early to browse.
October 16, 2014—Getting the Most Out of FamilySearch.org—Kim Ashford has spent 15 years researching her family history. She recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Family History from Brigham Young University. She will discuss the use of one of the most valuable free websites available for genealogy researchers—FamilySearch.org. The website has undergone a lot of recent changes. Come get familiar with how to find valuable records, many that are digitized and online and other records that you may want to order on microfilm. Learn how the FamilySearch Wiki and the tutorials can help you understand records and point your research in the right direction. The amount of help available on FamilySearch.org for researchers is constantly growing—come find out how to find it. Getting to understand this website is a must before any trip to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
Kim is the current President of the Germanic Genealogy Society and the assistant director of her local Family History Center. In addition to assisting patrons, she frequently teaches classes on a variety of topics. She uses FamilySearch.org on a nearly daily basis and is excited to share her insights about this valuable free resource.
November 20, 2014—TBA
December 2014—Annual Holiday Outing—TBA
January 22, 2015—Annual Work Night at the Area Research Center—Please note that this is the fourth Thursday of the month due to the university’s winter break. Classes do not resume until January 26, but we will be able to use the ARC for our annual indexing project on the 22nd.
The January meeting is a work night in the Area Research Center (ARC) on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. It is our chance to give back some of our time to the ARC by helping with one or more indexing projects or other work as chosen by Archivist, Kathie Otto. The ARC is located on the lower level of the Chalmer Davee Library. Clear signage will direct you to the Area Research Center. We will work from 6:00-8:30 p.m. followed by refreshments. Most likely we will continue with the indexing of court records. If you have a laptop, please bring it and pair up with someone who does not have one. It really helps to work in pairs.
Limited parking is available behind South Hall, next to Chalmer Davee Library. Other parking is available in the lot across Cascade Avenue next to North Hall. Entrances to the parking lot next to North Hall are on S 2nd Street and Spring Street. After 4:30 p.m., parking is free. If you are traveling from the west on Cascade Avenue, continue straight at the roundabout, take the first right and then turn into the parking lot on your left to enter the lot next to Chalmer Davee Library. If travelling from the east on Cascade Avenue, continue straight at the first roundabout, go all the way around the 2nd roundabout and take the first right. The parking lot next to Chalmer Davee Library will be on your left. Parking in this lot is also free after 4:30 p.m.
Refer to the map below to help find your way to either of the parking lots.
February 19, 2015—TBA
March 19, 2015—Dr. John Till, the Barefoot Doctor—Alexandra Till, the granddaughter of Dr. Till, will be the speaker. More information to follow.
April 16, 2015—TBA
May 21, 2015—TBA
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