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Village Genealogical Society

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

January 2017 Meeting

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society began their spring general meetings with "Genealogy Gems" presentations from Susan Read and Sue Barber. Susan shared a small hairpiece of curls made of her grandmother's hair which she wore at her own wedding as her "something old". She had pictures of her grandmother with the curls and her own wedding picture showing her wearing those curls. She also had a clip of her own hair (a perfect match!) which she will pass down to her children along with the curls hairpiece. Sue Barber shared two teapots and two sets of cups/saucers which have been handed down through her family. They were originally "dime store teapots" but are now heirloom items. Members then enjoyed a presentation from member Beverly Newsom Salisbury titled "Ancestor Sketches". Beverly discussed ways to translate genealogical materials (pedigree charts, names/dates/places, notes, documents, photos, etc) to a reader friendly format that can be shared with family. She suggested writing out the information as sentences and paragraphs, one ancestor at a time (trying to write about everyone at once can be overwhelming!) The arrangement of information can be thought of in terms of a telephone conversation.

     Telephone: Who you are, why you called
     Ancestor sketch: Ancestor name, date/place of birth, name of their parents, and how this ancestor is related to you. You can also the include name of their spouse with date/place of marriage and a list of their children.

     Telephone: Topic discussed; subject changed - another topic discussed; subject changed; etc.
     Ancestor sketch: Each new paragraph shares information you have on this ancestor (where he/she grew up, different places he/she lived, occupation(s), information on their siblings, church affiliation, military service, family stories, etc). You can embed copies of documents or photos if you like. For future generations, it is helpful if you transcribe documents that are difficult to read.

     Telephone: Say goodbye
     Ancestor sketch: Date/place of death, cause of death, obituary/cemetery information (include details of how to find the cemetery and where to find the grave within the cemetery). Whenever possible, include a good close-up picture of the tombstone or grave marker and transcribe what is on the marker.

     If you have limited information about many ancestors, another option is to group information by cemeteries or locations where they are buried.

     What about sourcing your information or printing it as a book? Beverly shared several books she and husband Keith Salisbury have privately published about their ancestors. References and source information can either be noted when mentioned or a reference list can be added as an appendix; just make sure each item is cross referenced by name or number between the text and the appendix. The website can be used as an affordable option for printing your sketches. The writer can create the book on their own computer (you can combine multiple ancestor sketches as different "chapters" in your book) and save as a PDF file. When ready to publish, simply register on the website and upload your PDF file (materials remain private and cannot be accessed by others using the website). Beverly suggested watching the website for sales - you can often get 10%, 20%, or even 30% discounts off the price of publishing. Although a variety of sizes and covers can be selected, she recommends publishing as a hardback book that will fit in a bookshelf, as that may increase the likelihood of it being passed along in your family.

      Ancestor Sketches Handout (pdf)

December 2016 Meeting


Brick Wall Table

DNA Table

     At the December meeting of the Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society, "members only" were appreciated and thanked for their hard work throughout the year with snacks, refreshments, and special door prizes of Poinsettias.

     The change in format for the day was the three Roundtable discussion topics which were well received by all. Each topic lasted thirty minutes before moving to a new table and topic. Mitzi Hunter led a discussion group on DNA testing. Testing being more common now, she shared information on the three main DNA offerings from Ancestry DNA, 23 and Me, and Family Tree DNA. Attendees could view the reports and results that each company provides as well as hear of their holiday sales.

     GEDCOM transfers were demonstrated by Barbara Pinkney. Most genealogists have created family trees in GEDCOM form. Since some programs have been discontinued over the years, genealogists need to learn how to move those files to new company software programs without re-entering every piece of data from 20 years of research. Pinkney taught the group just how to do so.

      GEDCOM Files Handout (doc)

     "How to Overcome Your Brick Walls" was the discussion in the third group. This was led by Kay Cantrell and Susan Read. Interaction among the participants produced many inspiring techniques for reaching conclusions in difficult brick walls.

      Brick Wall Video Handout (doc)

November 2016 Meeting

      New England Handout.pdf (pdf)

October 2016 Meeting

Nancy Holder - Migrant Train Presentation


     The October HSV Genealogical Society meeting featured Nancy Holder speaking on "Emigrant Trains and Railroads". This was an interesting topic that was unfamiliar to many of us. We left with some great history and research ideas. We continued our "Genealogy Gems" with Bill Patterson and Mary Fisher reading letters from their ancestors. Barbara Pinkney explained a new "Brick Wall Question Box" that will sit out at the refreshment table each month for anyone who would like to fill out a form. Board members will take turns answering member's questions or helping with search ideas before the next month.

      Railroad Research Sites Handout (pdf)

September 2016 Meeting

President, Jeanne Meeks and visitor

Introducing the speaker, Kay Cantrell

Membership sign in

Our new board members

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society kicked off its new year on September 1, 2016 with an introduction of new Board members, visitors and new members. Information was provided on upcoming monthly programs and the special Fall Genealogy Workshop to be held on Saturday, September 17.
     Kay Cantrell, Assistant Vice President of Programs, presented a well-received program "Genealogy Scrapbooking Without the Mess". She provided instructions for use of computer websites to build memory books for family histories, special events or travel. She provided detail and examples of how to use the website which has specialty templates and processes for embedding genealogical information such as pedigree charts, family group sheets, Ancestry documents, photos and customized explanations. Kay and other members provided a variety of examples of books they have created from MyCanvas, Shutterfly, Bookemon, or classic scrapbooking. A link to the slide show is below. For those wishing to learn more or have some one-on-one help in starting a book, a follow-up Members Helping Members workshop will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 1-3pm at Village Church of Christ on Balboa Road.
     The program planned for our next monthly meeting on Thursday, October 6 is "Immigrant Trains and Railroads" by Nancy Holder.

     The new officers are:

  • President - Jeanne Meek
  • VP Programs - Barbara Pinkney
  • Asst. VP Programs - Kaye Cantrell
  • VP Membership - Barrie Gauthier
  • Secretary - Sue Barber
  • Asst. Secretary - Susan Read
  • Treasurer - Marlene Wilson
  • Newsletter Editor - Mitzi Hunter
  • Asst. Newsletter Editor - Nancy Holder
  • Webmaster - Dan Barnett (not in photo)
  • Immediate Past President - Celinda Chapman

      Genealogy Scrapbooking Slide Show (pdf)

May 2016 Meeting

Nancy Holder introduces webinar "Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the in-between Years"

Past President Celinda Chapman Opens Meeting

Attendees at meeting

     The Village Genealogical Society met on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in Room 6 at the Coronado Center to see a Legacy Webinar titled "Ten Years is a Long Time: Census Substitutes for the In-Between Years". The speaker in the webinar was Amy Johnson Crow, MLIS, CG, from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. She outlined the various other sources to place your ancestors in a particular location at a particular time. She went over the various other sources, such as state and local censuses, censuses of special groups, and many others covered in the handout at the meeting, which is also stored on this website for your information.

     New officers were elected at the meeting:

  • President - Jeanne Meeks
  • VP Programs - Barbara Pinkney
  • Asst. VP Programs - Kaye Cantrell
  • VP Membership - Barrie Gauthier
  • Secretary - Sue Barber
  • Asst. Secretary - Susan Read
  • Treasurer - Marlene Wilson
  • Newsletter Editor - Mitzi Hunter
  • Asst. Newsletter Editor - Nancy Holder
  • Webmaster - Dan Barnett
  • Immediate Past President - Celinda Chapman

      Ten Years is a Long Time Webinar (pdf)

April 2016 Meeting

Attendees at
April Meeting

Picture This Presentation

Picture This Presentation

Members Reviewing Old Pictures

     Approximately 50 members and guests attended
Thursday, April 7, 2016 Village Genealogical meeting in Room 6 of
Coronado Center. Barbara Pinkney encouraged members to bring old pictures, particularly any vintage metal daguerreotypes, glass ambrotypes, tintypes, and o
r old pictures to help demonstrate
types of pictures discussed in her presentation "Picture This". Pictures of
meeting and a copy of her presentation outline are attached.

      Picture This Presentation by Barbara Pinkney (pdf)

March 2016 Meeting

Attendees at
3-3-2016 meeting

Program Director/President Barbara Pinkney presented
webinar "Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors"

Guest at meeting tells why she is attending
VGS Meeting

President Barbara Pinkney introduces guests

     Members and guests of
HSVGS met on Thursday, March 3, 2016 in Room 6 of
Coronado Center.

     Barbara Pinkney opened
meeting by announcing that President Joe Gillespie had resigned due to some health issues and Barbara was now President by virtue of
by-laws of
VGS (VP Programs assumes
President's position in case of
President's resignation).

     After introduction of guests, Bill Patterson reviewed
upcoming September 17, 2016 Workshop, with Cari Taplin, from
Austin, TX area as
presenter (See flyer below or in
Education pages). After that, Barbara introduced
webinar, "Researching Your War of 1812 Ancestors", which covered
history of
war and methods to find your ancestors from various sources. Some of those sources are listed on
attached list that was handed out at

     After a question and answer period
meeting was adjourned.

      War of 1812 websites (pdf)

      VGS Workshop 2016 Flyer (pdf)

February 2016 Meeting

Meeting Attendees

Meeting Attendees

HSVGS February Member meeting was held on Thursday,
4th in
Coronado Center, Room 6. Approximately 35 members and guests heard Mary Reid Warner make a presentation titled "Let's look At Land".
handout for
presentation is included on
webpage. Mary's main point was that genealogists need to look at land records to follow
ir ancestors, since o
r records, particularly in
South, where so many courthouse records were burned, were reentered into
courthouse records later to prove ownership of

      Let's Look At Land (pdf)

January 2016 Meeting

Joe Gillespie opening

Bill Patterson presenting an appreciation plaque to Jeanette Frahm

Barbara Pinkney introducing
webinar on Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors

Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors Webinar

Village Genealogical Society met on Thursday, January 7 for our regular monthly meeting. Approximately 50 members and guests attended to watch a webinar about "Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors" by Leland K. Meitzler (copy of outline attached).

     Prior to
webinar, hosted by our Program V.P. Barbara Pinkney, Bill Patterson, representing
officers of
VGS, presented Jeanette Frahm with a plaque thanking her for her 20 years of leadership and service for

      Chasing Women - Finding Your Female Ancestors (pdf)

December 2015 Meeting

Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met at 2:00PM on Thursday, December 3, 2015 in Room 6 of
Coronado Center for
annual Christmas party. Celinda Chapman took
above pictures.

November 2015 Meeting

President Joe Gillespie

Speaker Jeff Meeks

Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met at 2:00PM on Thursday, November 5 2015 in Room 6 of
Coronado Center.
speaker for this meeting was Jeff Meeks, a reporter for
Hot Springs Village Voice newspaper. Jeff writes a column each week about a veteran and his experience during his time of service for our country. Jeff talked about how some veterans don't want to talked about
ir experiences, and most say
y really didn't do anything special. Jeff has interviewed over 300 veterans in
Village and has published a book of 75 World War II vets stories titled "
y Answered
Call: World War II Veterans Share
ir Stories".

October 2015 Meeting

Joe Gillespie - 2015-2016 VGS President

Visitor To Meeting

Barbara Pinkney descrbes
suggested way to find and perserve info on your ancestors

Dr. Wendy Richter

     Dr. Wendy Richter from Ouachita Baptist College in Arkadelphia presented "Researching Baptists Records", a talk about
archives in
Riley-Higginbotham Library at
college. She covered what was in
archives and that
y date to
first meeting of
Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1848.
archives contain manuscripts, photos, maps, church records, and many o
r items given to
College to preserve, organize, and make available to
two attachments, below, provided by Program Director, Barbara Pinkney, cover some of
history of Baptists in
US and lists additional information sites in o
r states that cover Baptist history.
Prior to Dr. Richter's presentation, Barbara Pinkney made a short presentation on "How To Build An Ancestor", detailing how you should follow leads in getting to information on your ancestors.

earliest Baptist churches revised.pdf

September 2015 Meeting

Joe Gillespie - 2015-2016 VGS President

Program VP Barbara Pinkney Introduces Speaker Ann Workman

Ann Workman - Presenting
short film "
German Who Came To Tea"

Barbara Pinkney talks about using bits of information, that you might not think important, that leads to clearing up brick walls

first meeting of
2015-2016 year for
HSVGS was held on Thursday, September 3rd in Room 6 of
Coronado Center.
featured speaker was Ann Woodman who presented a short film titled "
German Who Came To Tea" about
memories of a 100 year old English woman that centered around World War II and
Germans living in a concentration camp nearby that were allowed to visit
nearby town. She got to know one of
prisoners and
re was an attraction between
m. He returned to Germany after
war, married and had a family and she did
same in England. Many years later he came back to visit her in England and she recalled, in
wonderful memories about
"German Who Came To Tea". Barbara Pinkney led a discussion about snippets of information that genealogists find (such as short squibs in a newspaper), that might not seem important at
time, that sometimes lead to discoveries about
ir ancestors much later on. Several o
r members shared
ir examples.

No meetings were held in June, July, or August.

May 2015 Meeting

May 7, 2015 Meeting Attendees

Joe Gillespie & Celinda Chapman sign up new member

Celinda Chapman opens

Barbara Pinkney starts her presentation - Digging Up Ancestors

May 7, 2015 VGS membership meeting was well attended with four guests and approximately 30 members attending.
attendees were treated to a very good presentation by Barbara Pinkney titled "Digging Up Ancestors In Online & Virtual Cemeteries".
majority of
presentation dealt with
Find A Grave website and covered both Online & Virtual Cemeteries. Barbara's Power Point presentation covered most aspects needed to work in Find A Grave, including setting up real and virtual cemeteries and
uses for both types. For more information see a copy of
handout in pdf format below.

     Digging Up Ancestors In Online And Virtual Cemeteries

April 2015 Meeting

VGS Meeting Attendees

Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met in Room 6 at
Coronado Center on Thursday, April 2nd for
ir regular monthly membership meeting. Jeanette Frahm presented "USING ONLINE NEWSPAPERS FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH" to a full room. Lots of new members, old members and potential members came to hear her talk. New potential Board members were announced to be voted on at
May General meeting.

March 2015 Meeting

March 2015 meeting was overcome by bad wea

February 2015 Meeting

VGS Meeting Attendees

Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met in Room 6 at
Coronado Center on Thursday, February 6 for
ir regular monthly membership meeting. Approximately 50 members and guest attended and were shown a webinar authored by Mary E. V. Hill titled "Tracing Family Migration through
Big Four U.S. Record Sources".
webinar presented a case history tracing a family across
U.S. in
19th & 20th Century using census, vital records, probate records, and land records. A copy of
outline for
webinar in included below.

     Tracing Family Migration

January 2015 Meeting

President Celinda Chapman preparing for meeting

Four Members of
Civil War Roundtable waiting for Mary Reid Warner presentation on Military Records

One o
r member of
Civil War Roundtable waits for Mary Reid Warner presetation

Members prior to meeting

Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met on Thursday, January 8, 2015 for it's regular monthly membership meeting. An almost full house of members and guests came to hear Mary Reid Warner talk about
importance of Military Records when doing genealogical research. Mary Reid quickly reviewed
history of
Revolutionary War,
War of 1812 and
War Between
States indicating that you need understand
history of
se wars to get an understanding of when significant events occurred within
se wars and where your ancestors might have been during
se conflicts. She
n reviewed
important documents included in
Military records and
websites and location where
se records could be found.(A copy of her speech outline is included below).

     At least 5 of our guests and members attending
meeting are also members of
Civil War Roundtable group that meets in
Village and discusses various aspects of that conflict.
y indicated
y were drawn to
meeting because of
subject matter of Mary Reid Warner's talk.

     Mary Reid Warner Military Records talk

     Meeting pictures for prior years may be found at
se links:

          2015 Meeting Pictures

          2014 Meeting Pictures

          2013 Meeting Pictures

          2012 Meeting Pictures