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Village Genealogical Society

Hot Springs Village, Arkansas



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, http://books.google.com, Family Search, https:familysearch.org, Internet Archive, https://archive.org. 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, Ancestry.com, 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:

          2013 Meeting Pictures

          2012 Meeting Pictures