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Village Genealogical Society

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

November 2015 Meeting

President Joe Gillespie

Speaker Jeff Meeks

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met at 2:00PM on Thursday, November 5 2015 in Room 6 of the Coronado Center. The speaker for this meeting was Jeff Meeks, a reporter for the 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 their experiences, and most say they really didn't do anything special. Jeff has interviewed over 300 veterans in the Village and has published a book of 75 World War II vets stories titled "They Answered the Call: World War II Veterans Share Their Stories".

October 2015 Meeting

Joe Gillespie - 2015-2016 VGS President

Visitor To Meeting

Barbara Pinkney descrbes the 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 the archives in the Riley-Higginbotham Library at the college. She covered what was in the archives and that they date to the first meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1848. The archives contain manuscripts, photos, maps, church records, and many other items given to the College to preserve, organize, and make available to the public. The two attachments, below, provided by Program Director, Barbara Pinkney, cover some of the history of Baptists in the US and lists additional information sites in other 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.
     The Baptists
     The 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 the short film "The 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

     The first meeting of the 2015-2016 year for the HSVGS was held on Thursday, September 3rd in Room 6 of the Coronado Center. The featured speaker was Ann Woodman who presented a short film titled "The German Who Came To Tea" about the memories of a 100 year old English woman that centered around World War II and the Germans living in a concentration camp nearby that were allowed to visit the nearby town. She got to know one of the prisoners and there was an attraction between them. He returned to Germany after the war, married and had a family and she did the same in England. Many years later he came back to visit her in England and she recalled, in the film, the wonderful memories about the "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 the time, that sometimes lead to discoveries about their ancestors much later on. Several other members shared their 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 the meeting

Barbara Pinkney starts her presentation - Digging Up Ancestors

     The May 7, 2015 VGS membership meeting was well attended with four guests and approximately 30 members attending. The attendees were treated to a very good presentation by Barbara Pinkney titled "Digging Up Ancestors In Online & Virtual Cemeteries". The majority of the presentation dealt with the 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 the uses for both types. For more information see a copy of the handout in pdf format below.

     Digging Up Ancestors In Online And Virtual Cemeteries

April 2015 Meeting

VGS Meeting Attendees

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met in Room 6 at the Coronado Center on Thursday, April 2nd for their 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 the May General meeting.

March 2015 Meeting

     The March 2015 meeting was overcome by bad weather.

February 2015 Meeting

VGS Meeting Attendees

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met in Room 6 at the Coronado Center on Thursday, February 6 for their 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 the Big Four U.S. Record Sources". The webinar presented a case history tracing a family across the U.S. in the 19th & 20th Century using census, vital records, probate records, and land records. A copy of the outline for the webinar in included below.

     Tracing Family Migration

January 2015 Meeting

President Celinda Chapman preparing for meeting

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

One other member of the Civil War Roundtable waits for Mary Reid Warner presetation

Members prior to meeting

     The 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 the importance of Military Records when doing genealogical research. Mary Reid quickly reviewed the history of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the War Between The States indicating that you need understand the history of these wars to get an understanding of when significant events occurred within these wars and where your ancestors might have been during these conflicts. She then reviewed the important documents included in the Military records and the websites and location where these records could be found.(A copy of her speech outline is included below).

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

     Mary Reid Warner Military Records talk

December 2014 Meeting

Past President Judy Robbins & current President Celinda Chapman

Mary Reid Warner & Jeanette Frahm led the discussions on lineage societies

Barbara Pinkney led the discussion on scanning documents

Joe Gillispie led the discussion on Methodist Church records

Nancy Holder led the discussion on writing your family histories

     The VGS held their December meeting on Thursday, December 4th at the Coronado Community Center. The meeting format was different in that there were no speakers but four tables were set up to hold discussions on four different genealogical subjects. Nancy Holder led a discussion on writing to tell the story of your ancestors. Joe Gillespie led a discussion on Methodist Church records. Barbara Pinkney led a discussion on methods to digitally copy and store records on your computer. Mary Reid Warner and Jeanette Frahm led a discussion on lineage societies. The discussions at each table lasted 20 to 30 minutes and members could move from table to table to hear each discussion. The meeting was well attended and seemed to be a good format to use at other meetings in the future.

November 2014 Meeting

Barbara Myers talks about a relative that at one time lived in Hot Springs, AR and was friends with Al Capone

Joanie Ibinger displays her fabulous cookies before the meeting

Susan Page Veal presents "Here Today - Gone Tomorrow" program

President Celinda Chapman opens the meeting

     The VGS held their regular November membership meeting on November 6th in the Coronado Center in Hot Springs Village with approximately 50 members and guests attending. After recognition of the guests to the meeting by President Celinda Chapman, Nancy Holder introduced the speaker for the meeting, Susan Page Veal. The title of Susan's presentation was "Here Today - Gone Tomorrow". Susan stressed the importance of planning ahead for your arrangements at the time of your passing. She urged everyone to set up a Funeral Plan File and include in it numerous items that are outlined on the attachment as a link below. She particularly urged everyone to prepare their own obituaries so your loved ones don't have to guess what you want in it. An outline for obituaries is also as a link below.
After Susan's presentation, Barbara Myers, a member of the VGS, spoke briefly about finding out about a deceased relative that lived in Hot Springs in the 1930's and who owned Belvedere Country Club, lived near and owned the Majestic Hotel and was a friend of Al Capone. Wow!
As usual, Joanie Ibinger supplied the cookies for the meeting her picture with her cookies is pictured on the webpage.

     Susan Page Veal Funeral Plan File.pdf

     Susan Page Veal Obituary Outline.pdf

October 2014 Meeting

President Celinda Chapman opens the 10-2-2014 meeting

New Member Ginger Roscher

New Member

New Member Lisa Winlelman

New Member Janis Roberts

New Member

New Member

New Member Bob Grinnell

Speaker Steve Perdue seated right of member Phil Russell

     Approximately 50 members of the Village Genealogical Society met in room 6 of the Coronado Center on October 2, 2014. Celinda Chapman opened the meeting by asking 5 new members (pictures included) to introduce and tell the gathering about themselves.

After several business items were handled, Nancy Holder, VP Programs, introduced Steve Perdue, genealogical expert at the Saline County Library. Steve discussed the tools available both online and at the Library for genealogical research. A Saline County Library Card, and password, is needed to access the databases online. For Garland County residents, a Garland County library card will allow you to obtain a Saline County library card.

Representatives of the Saline County Library will be in Hot Springs Village at the HSV Library at the Coronado Center on October 15 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM to allow you to obtain a Saline County Library Card and assign you a password to gain online access to their databases.

The following brochures (pdf) illustrate some of the offerings at the Saline County Library.

Saline County Library Databases

Saline County Library Demuth Arkansas Room

Saline County Library Microfilm Collection

September 2014 Meeting

Barbara Pinkney & Nancy Holder

Nancy Holder Introducing Guests

Introducing Guests at the Meeting

Introducing Guests at the Meeting

     The membership gathered for the first meeting of the 2014-2015 Village Genealogical Society Year at 2:00 PM in Room 6 of the Coronado Center?. Nancy Holder, Vice President Programs, presided over the meeting in President Celinda Chapman's absence. There were approximately 45 attendees including several guests attending their first meeting. After reports by the officers, Barbara Pinkney, supported by Jeanette Frahm & Nancy Holder, led a presentation on "Computer Tips & Other Tricks to Help You in Your Genealogy Research & Writing".

May 2014 Meeting

Marlene Wilson, Jeanette Frahm, Nancy Holder preparing for meeting

Members enjoying some of Joanie Iginger's famous cookies before the meeting

Celinda Chapman opens the VGS Meeting

Barbara Pinkney delivering her presentation on Deciphering Old Handwriting

Attendees at April 3, 2014 Meeting

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogical Society met at 2:00 PM in room 6 of the Coronado Center. Celinda Chapman opened the meeting by greeting visitors to the meeting. Jeanette Frahm reviewed the change in by laws that were then approved by the members. Nancy Holder announced the nominees for the 2014-15 officers, which were also approved by the members. Nancy Holder introduced the speaker, Barbara Pinkney, a VGS member, who gave a presentation on "Deciphering Old Handwriting". The presentation was very good, covering the time period from when Europeans were first started arriving in North America to modern day handwriting. The outline and exhibits for her talk are included in links below. After the presentation, three door prizes were given out and the meeting was adjourned.

Barbara Pinckney's Handwriting Presentation and Samples.

April 2014 Meeting

Joe Gillespie, Suzanne Sweeten - Reporter for the HS Village Voice, Jeanette Frahm - Getting ready for the meeting

Nancy Holder introduces speaker Mary Reid Warner

Mary Reid presents Research Techniques to the April 3, 2014 meeting

Attendees at April 3, 2014 Meeting

     The Hot Springs Village Genealogy met on April 3, 2014 at the Coronado Center for their regular monthly membership meeting. We had a special guest, Suzanne Sweeten, a reporter for the Village Voice, our local newspaper. Suzanne interviewed some of the officers and took pictures and stayed for the entire meeting. She indicated she is doing features on various clubs in the Village and will do an article on the VGS for the paper.
President Celinda Chapman opened the meeting, introducing several visitors, and turned to Nancy Holder to introduce our speaker, VGS member Mary Reid Warner. Mary Reid's topic was "Research Techniques". Mary Reid pointed out that she has taught an "Intermediate Genealogy Course" that a number of the members had taken in past years. Rather than do this again she felt it might be better to give a series of presentations at our meeting that covered the material in those classes, and this is the first in that series. Others will be presented in the future.
The outline of Mary Reid Warner's presentation is available as a pdf here. The presentation was well received by those in attendance and raised several questions from those in attendance.
After the presentation a drawing for a door prize was held and afterwards the meeting was adjourned.

Mary Reid presents Research Techniques to the April 3, 2014 meeting

Mary Reid presents Research Techniques to the April 3, 2014 meeting

Nancy Holder thanks Mary Reid Warner for her presentation

Suzanne Sweeten, Mary Reid Warner, Jeanette Frahm

Suzanne Sweeten, Reporter for the HS Village Voice shares a laugh with VGS Officers Barbara Pinkney, Jill Botkin, Celinda Chapman

Barbara Pinkney, Jill Botkin, Suzanne Sweeten, Celinda Chapman

President Celinda Chapman opens the April 3, 2014 Meeting

March 2014 Meeting

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Chamber Of Commerce

President Celinda Chapman making opening remarks for March meeting

Program Chairman Nancy Holder introduces speaker Jeanette Frahm

Jeanette Frahm reviews the various sources of genealogy books on the internet

     The March membership meeting of the Hot Springs Village Genealogy Society was held on March 6 in the Coronado Center in the Village. Approximately 60 people were in attendance. Representatives of the Hot Springs Village Chamber of Commerce were introduced by VGS President Celinda Chapman and all members moved to the foyer of the Coronado Center for a ribbon cutting ceremony welcoming the VGS as a new member of the Chamber. After the ceremony, members moved back to the meeting room and Celinda opened the meeting by introducing the officers and welcomed visitors and new members. Bill Patterson reported on the Cemetery Project to add CedarVale Cemetery internments to the Find A Grave website. Approximately 900 names and pictures of gravesites have been added and the project is nearing completion. A new project will be started to add the church cemeteries in Hot Springs Village to Find A Grave.
Nancy Holder introduced the speaker for the meeting, Jeanette Frahm. Jeanette pointed out the various websites that are useful to the genealogist when searching for books written about an area of interest. Some of the free sites covered were Google Books,, Family Search,, Internet Archive, Other sites that are subscription based or can be viewed for free through the Saline County Library (if you have a Saline Co. Library Card) are Heritage Quest Online, Genealogy Bank, World Vital Records,, and several other websites. Most, if not all of the websites have search features that allow you to define the geographic area, surnames, etc. that you are researching to get a list of books that might cover your quest. Jeanette pointed out that she likes to start with very general searches and then better define the search to get down to level where she can review the hits she gets within a reasonable period of time. Also, most websites have three levels of your ability to assess the books; one, name of the book and places you might be able to obtain it, two, snippets, which allows you to view some search of the books content, and read, which allows you the read and download or print the book. After her presentation, Jeanette answered questions from the audience.
Nancy Holder thanked Jeanette for her presentation and announced the featured speaker for the April meeting, Mary Read Warner, whose presentation will be Research Techniques. After the door prize drawing, won by Phil Russell, the meeting was adjourned.

Members gather for March 2014 meeting

Joe Gillespie signing in new members

Jeanette Frahm getting ready for her presentation

Chamber Of Commerce representatives introduce themselves

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Chamber Of Commerce

Visitor Bonnie Calhoun - possible new member

A returning member

Nancy Holder announces next month's program

     The January and February 2014 meetings were canceled due to inclement weather.

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

          2014 Meeting Pictures

          2013 Meeting Pictures

          2012 Meeting Pictures