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Pervious years calendar of events




                                      **Subject to change


        Date                  Class (11:00 A.M)     Programs (1:00 P.M.)

January 10

Genealogy 101

Cancelled due to weather

February 14

Black History Month Don Keck Cold Case

March 14

Genealogy 101

Father George Greek History

April 11

Origin of Records Cold Case Review- One Room Schools Iowa video

May 9

Comparison of Family Tree and Legacy Software


June 13

Churches and Cemetery Records

Don Keck Churches

July 11

Vital Records and Land Records & Probates

Earl Belt What is at the LDS

August 8

Websites @ the Public Library

What is at the Public Library

September 12

Doing an Interview

Sioux City Cemeteries- Ken Kamradt

October 10

Computer Class Area's that need help

Matt Anderson Museum

November 14

Immigration & Port Listings


December 12

Technology Keep Updating, What to do with all that suff?

Share your Findings from Past Year





                Date                  Class          Programs

January 1, 2008

Forms, "How To Books", Resources & Documentation

History of Woodbury Co Genealogical Society

February 9, 2008

How to Organize Sources & Interviews

Native Americans of Siouxland

March 8, 2008

Genealogy & Technology (different software)

Orphan Train- A Personal Experience

April 12, 2008

Vital Records

Father George Pappas- Greek History

May 10, 2008

Religion, Records & Probates

Museum update- Steve Hanson

June 14, 2008

Cemetery & Funeral Homes

Sioux City Cemeteries-Mr. Davis-Director

July 12, 2008

Census Records, How to Read

Dolly Madison by Pay Day

August 9, 2008

Immigration & Migration

Mormon Trail

September 13, 2008

Newspapers & How to Where to find Libraries

Humanities -Speaker to be announced

October 11, 2008

Writing Family History

Sharing & Brick Walls/Black Sheep

November 8, 2008



December 13, 2008

Sharing progress, bring books/information

History of Kris Kringle & Santa Clause, aka names around the world


Calendar of Events for 2007

MONTH CLASS: 11 a.m. to Noon PROGRAM: 1:00 p.m.  SPEAKER
January 13, 2007 Beginning 101 Computer Class Oregon Trail - Video Class teacher  Connie 
February 10, 2007 Family Tree Maker, PAF, RootsMagic, Legacy Family Tree Genealogy Software and WCGS 30th Anniversary Connie/ Cheryl & Phyllis
March 10, 2007 How to get started in Genealogy, Hans on, notebook, sleeves, photo, pages, etc. Orphan Train, Video Connie, Cheryl, Phyllis
April 14, 2007 Organization- Hands On To Be Announced  
May 12, 2007 Resources Suburb's of Sioux City, Riverside, Greenville, Leeds, Morningside   
June 9, 2007 Get Ready for the Fair Natural Disasters of the Tri State Area  
July 14, 2007 Websites/ USA and Abroad, LDS Websites in surrounding area Counties  
August 11, 2007 How to do an interview Speaker from Humanities  
September 8, 2007 Hands on Internet/World Websites Historical Sites of Siouxland  
October 13, 2007 History Month @ Sioux City History Day no regular meeting  join society @ WIT  
November 12, 2007 Military and Potluck Military  
December 8, 2007 Christmas Traditions around the World Sharing Christmas Traditions, stories.  





Date Class

11:00am to 11:30AM


12:30pm to 1:30pm

14 January 2006 Reasons Why People Emigrated, Tracing Immigrants Online, Ellis Island and other ports Naturalization by Roger Nichols 1:40 PM- Business meeting
11 February 2006 Class and program to feature Afro-American genealogy in keeping with Black History Month. Afro-American genealogy HELP US CELEBRATE OUR 28th ANNIVERSARY! Beginning at 10:30 am. Cake and refreshments served.
11 March 2006  Native American Research Resources Despi Kounas, How To Research Native American
Family History
1:40 PM- Business meeting
8 April 2006 Divorces and Probates About the Recorders Office Woodbury County

Speaker: Diane Swaboda Peterson, Deputy Recorder and Pat McClure, Dept of Health, Des Moines

1:40 PM: Business Meeting
13 May 2006 Society Fair and County Fair: Rules and how to do entries.
(bring item(s), must be your ancestor)
Markers, Monuments and Memorials, Presenter: Don Keck

1:40: PM: Business meeting

NOTE: **** Society White Elephant sale, bring items (no clothing or big items)****
10 June 2006 suspended for awhile....  Meriwether Lewis' Mother-Her Story Presenter: Pat Day
1:40 PM-Business Meeting
11 am - Noon: Genealogy Fair bring your entries.....ribbons to be awarded best of categories.
(pictures, charts, tombstone rubbings, family group sheets, heirlooms, military, etc)

White Elephant Sale also, includes Bake Sale..

Lets make this a successful meeting... Call a friend who hasn't attend lately....bring a new friend. We need your help ..
(proceeds from the sales are for purchasing microfilm for the Sioux City Public Library)

Society to have another children's genealogy day  "Kids Day"  June 17 Sat
afternoon @ Sioux City Public Library

8 July 2006 Resources PM Learn about New Digital Microfilm reader/printer Business Meeting: 11:30 AM - Noon:


Place: Main Sioux City Public Library
529 Pierce St
Sioux City, IA 51101

August 2006 suspended for awhile....
September 2006 suspended for awhile.... English Research by Roger Nichols
October 2006 suspended for awhile....
November 2006 suspended for awhile.... Military theme   trying for Veterans sharing their
December 2006 suspended for awhile.... Sharing finds of the past year



Calendar of Events for 2005

Date Class

11:00am to 12:00pm (Noon)


12:30pm to 1:30pm

08 January 2005 Census Records Genealogical Research Techniques &
                                            Surprising finds by Pat Day
12 February 2005, Saturday Vital Records and Land Records Presidents: Related to or family members
named for them???
share your information

Business Meeting: 1:35-2:35

Society will be at the Senior Center downtown 3/30/05
> 12:30 to 2:30 pm....

Wahkaw assembly

09 April 2005 Nebraska Records
South Dakota Records
About Abstract of Title to Real Estate
by: Tom Brennan of
Sedgwick & Brennan Abstractors
16 april 2005 society will be at the Northern Hills Retirement
> Community in Sioux City on north side... will participate
> in Family History Day there. 1:30 pm to 5 pm.
14 May 2005 Panel Discussions with instructors of previous classes Prepare for a Research Trip Tom Beauvais
Prepare for a Research Trip to SLC
1:40 PM Business Meeting
11 June 2005 Introduction to FTM 2005

Part One

Program: Ira Carper --
Long time resident of
Sioux City--Story teller
Wahkaw assembly

1:30-2:30 PM: Business Meeting

09 July 2005 Introduction to FTM 2005

Part Two

Visiting Websites on the internet Connie & Phyllis 1:35 PM Business Meeting
13 August 2005  Introduction to FTM2005 and other Genealogy Software Planning a Family Reunion- by Cheryl Kounas 1:40 PM Business Meeting
10 September 2005 How to write Family History and or Newsletter Program: What Women brought with them in settling the West by: Pat Day Wahkaw assembly

1PM-- Business meeting

NOTE THE TIME CHANGES FOR THIS MEETING. If you want lunch, bring sack lunch.

Election of Board Members to be held Voting by members in attendance.

08 October 2005

No Regular Genealogy Meeting

INSTEAD: You are invited to

Event: 4th Annual Sioux City History Day
Place: Western Iowa Tech Community College, Bldg D, the Lecture Hall, 4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106
9:AM to 4:30 PM
Theme of event: The Greatest Generation
Panels on: WWII veterans on panels with their stories
Sioux City Air Base during WWII
Home Front, what residents during that time
There will be reenactments by school children as part of each panel
for more information: www.siouxcityhistory.org
for full agenda and speakers, panel sessions, and at noon USO
in the lunchroom area

Booth's of participating organizations in the atrium. (WCGS will have a


October is, also, Family History Month, designated by Congress.
This is , also, a way for the society to promote gathering and writing
Family Histories.
12 November 2005 Members bring information to share of Ancestors/Relatives in Military from Mayflower to Present .

All wars. (will be a "Wall" for listing your relative/ancestor names as you sign in)

Chet French, member of the society and Four Veterans with the American Legion to share their war experiences. Business Meeting: 1:35 PM
December 2005 Share Findings/Brick Walls Don Heck-Epitaphs (members invited to bring
tombstone rubbins to display.
Wahkaw assembly

1:40 Business Meeting

Bring Christmas Cookies To Share

Be Sure To Bring Your Journal Book



Calendar of Events for 2004

Date Class

11:00am to 12:00pm (Noon)


12:30pm to 1:30pm

10 January 2004 Preserving and Scanning Photo’s. Making Memories – this is not scrape booking.  Connie Swearingen
14 February 2004 Making a Family Book in FTM Program 12:30-1:30: Film on the Oregon Trail HELP CELEBRATE 27TH BIRTHDAY OF SOCIETY   CAKE AND COFFEE

Business Meeting: 1:30-2:30

13 March 2004 How to search the internet Part Two - Film on Oregon Trail Wahkaw assembly
10 April 2004 Open questions using 1880 census and LDS site
8 May 2004 Intro to FTM 11 Members Making Memories
12 June 2004 Printing your Family Tree in FTM 11 Sharing our finds Wahkaw assembly
10 July 2004 How to export Files using Gedcom in FTM How to Begin Genealogy & Get Organized
14 August 2004 At the Main Public Library

How to Do Genealogy on line

Sioux city Library
11 Sept 2004 Introduction to Pedigree Charts and Family Group Sheets 11 Sept 2004   Gold Rush--video Wahkaw assembly
9 October 2004 Interviewing Skills and Introduction of Sources TBD
13 November 2004 Local Resources:  Library and Family History Center Pot Luck Bring you favorite food of your ancestors!
11 December 2004 Organization and  Citation / Analysis Members bring Christmas cookies-tell about their Christmas tree Christmas Stories

Wahkaw assembly


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