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. A business meeting follows the program, and besides the usual secretary’s report, treasurer’s report, and publications report, 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 during the break between the program and business meeting.
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 26, 2013—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. This meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room. Elevator available.
October 17, 2013—How to Begin a Genealogy Research Project—SCVGS member, Helen Stoltz-Wood, will discuss the fundamentals of starting a family research project, including where to look for information, how to organize census information and vital records, and how to put all of this informationutogether into an interesting written legacy.
Helen was awarded the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 2012 Genealogy/Family History award for her book, From Denmark to Wisconsin: One Family–Two Ships, 1621–2011. This meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room. Elevator available.
November 21, 2013—Patriotism at Home: Women of Wisconsin and Minnesota–the Challenges of the Civil War—Kim Holbrook, Civil War civilian living historian, will speak on the role of women during the Civil War (1861–1865) back home in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Issues such as patriotism, survival, and the role of the courageous women at home and at war will be discussed. Poems of local interest may be included and perhaps, if time permits, some discussion on quilting in the 19th century. This meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room. Elevator available.
Mrs. Holbrook has been participating in Civil War living history events for over a decade. She has done extensive research on the life of women during the war and especially of those living in Wisconsin and Minnesota. On a regular basis, she demonstrates aspects of Civil War camp set-up, campfire cooking, civilian camp life, letter writing, and quilting.
January 23, 2014—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 27, but we will be able to use the ARC for our annual indexing project on the 23rd.
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 Pierce County 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 20, 2014—Naming Your Digital Files—Judy Olsen and Myke Rachu speakers. Did you make a New Year’s resolution to scan all your images and documents as backup or for easy retrieval? Once you decide to scan your papers and photographs, it’s important to have a system for naming those digital files. This allows for easier access of your scanned content without having to open the files. Join us to learn the components of two naming systems and decide which will work best for you. Q & A and discussion will follow. CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY SNOW. We plan to reschedule this meeting next year.
March 20, 2014—Technology and Genealogy: Gizmos & Gadgets—Come share with fellow SCVGS members your recommendation for a favorite website, software, app, equipment, or accessory that you find vital to your family history research. Select websites will be covered, including HEARTH, Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, Legacy webinars, and the Flip-Pal portable scanner.
April 17, 2014—Travel and Research in Poland—Jim Neuenfeldt, a member of the Germanic Genealogy Society and current President of the Pommern Regional Group, will be the speaker. Jim has been to Poland several times and teaches English to students there in the summer.
April 2014 commemorates the 35th Anniversary of SCVGS. We extend a special welcome to all charter members to join us at this meeting. Please help us get the word out and invite any charter members whom you may know.
May 15, 2014—There is Life After PAF: Choosing Your Next Genealogy Software—Kim Ashford speaker. Personal Ancestral File (PAF) has been a genealogist’s loyal friend for decades. However, FamilySearch no longer provides support for it. Now is the time to find a replacement. Come explore some free and low cost genealogy software options and find what the best fit is for you. Some of your options include RootsMagic, Legacy and Ancestral Quest, which Kim will cover.
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