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The Oelwein Area Genealogical Society started in 1973 and is a chapter of the Iowa Genealogical Society in Des Moines.
The Society donates genealogy books, census microfilms and county record microfilms to the Oelwein Public Library and maintains a genealogy file at the library.
Dues are $5 single or $6 family per calendar year. Members do research for others for a fee.
Oelwein Area Genealogical Society Meeting
Tuesday, May 16. 2006
Joan Ford presented the program on the Farleigh Hungerford Castle in Somerset, England at the Oelwein Area Genealogical Society meeting, Tuesday afternoon. Thomas Hungerford, Joan Ford's eighteen great-grandfather, fortified the manor house between 1370 and 1382. The castle is now in ruins.
Roy Ortner chaired the meeting. Members told of current research at roll call.
Chris Rynhart, Sacramento, California attended the meeting. She is doing research on her Hayes and Warning family from the Hazleton and Oelwein areas. Some of her other surnames are King, Knapp, Rummell, Harrington, Minton and Wilkinson.
Betty Ralph of Kentucky e-mailed looking for an obituary on William Davis Arthur, born 1857 in Greene County, Indiana and died March 11, 1944 in Randalia. She is also looking for the death date of his son, Lester Arthur, who died in 1960.
The current newsletter from the Iowa Genealogical Society was received. It lists a web site,, which has information from about 1928 to the present on Iowa land records. Not all counties are yet represented. You have to register for the site but it is free.
Refreshements were served by Mardelle Clendenen and Judy Martinez.
The next meeting will be June 20 in the community room at Otter Creek Cottages.
Lynn Alitz, secretary
Meetings are the third Tuesday of each month, usually at the Oelwein Public Library meeting room at 2:00 p.m. or as posted below and in the Oelwein Daily Register.
Date Time Place
June 20 2:00 p.m. Otter Creek Cottages Community Room
July 18 2:00 p.m. Oelwein Public Library, Genealogy Room
August 15 2:00 p.m. Oelwein Public Library, Genealogy Room
September 19 2:00 p.m. Oelwein Public Library, Genealogy Room
October 17 2:00 p.m. Oelwein Public Library, Genealogy Room
November 21 2:00 p.m. Oelwein Public Library, Genealogy Room
December 19 6:00 p.m. Home of Vi Sims - 228 6th Ave SW (Christmas Potluck Dinner)

Oelwein is getting a new Public Library which is scheduled to open in June 2006. It is located at:
     201 East Charles Street
     Oelwien, Iowa 50662

The officers are as follows:
President:   Roy Ortner
Vice President:   Judy Martinez
Treasurer:   Viola Sims
Secretary:   Lynn Alitz
Our address is:
  P.O. Box 389
  Oelwein, IA 50662-0389
The society has published a cemetery book that includes burials in the following cemeteries:
Otsego in Jefferson township and these in the city of Oelwein; Oakdale, Old Catholic and Woodlawn.
The book sells for $30 plus postage. To purchase the book, contact our bookseller. 
Oelwein Heritage Days is held the third weekend of August each year. This year, on August 19 & 20, we will celebrate the 4th annual Oelwien Heritage Days. Click here for details and maps.
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Oelwein Area Genealogical Society.
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