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 10, 2015—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. Please note that this meeting is on the 2nd Thursday of the month due to several members going to Salt Lake City the third week to research.
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 15, 2015—”Leaving Your Family Legacy”—A lot of time and money goes into collecting various genealogy items, including documents, photos, heirlooms, etc. It would be devastating if all of your research was lost after you are gone. Del Thomas will discuss the importance of leaving your family legacy to someone or someplace for future generations.
November 19, 2015—“New York Research“—New York has a well-deserved reputation among genealogists as perhaps the most difficult location in which to do research. Nevertheless, there are sources which the persistent genealogist can use to make progress on those elusive New Yorkers. Sue Kratsch will discuss some of the most helpful sources, both on and off the web. She has been researching her New York ancestors for nearly 40 years, concentrating on “upstate” areas north of New York City, primarily before 1900.
December 10, 2015—Holiday Ethnic Gathering—Note that this is the 2nd Thursday of the month. Come dressed in traditional or holiday clothing or dressed in colors representing your heritage, bring an ethnic treat to share, and spend time talking with friends old and new about genealogy. No formal program.
January 28, 2016—Annual Work Night at the Area Research Center—The January meeting is a work night in the Area Research Center (ARC) on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus. This 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 criminal court records for Pierce County. 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. Note that this is the 4th Thursday of the month, when the university is back in session after the holiday break.
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.