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Page last updated March 2017

Future Programs   Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. (3rd Thursday) at the Reno Family History Center.

April 20, 2017

No regular meetings are held June, July or August.

Past Programs:

March 2017- "Genetic Genealogy-What do I Test & Why?" Marlene Van Horne
February 2017-Finding Females in your Family Tree- Amy Johnson Crow, CG
January 2017- Short videos from on various topics that will teach us how to do research in particular areas: Passports, FBI case files, State Censuses, etc. Richard Dalton, VP/Program Chairman

December 2016- Christmas Social

November 2016- "Break Through a Brick Wall"- Membership

October 2016- Knights of Pythias Cemetery

September 2016-"Savage Paternal Line"-Terry Savage, Master Digital Genealogist

May 2016-Election of officers with a social
April 2016- Rosie Cevasco from OLLIE group
March 2016-"Oden yDNA"
- Marleen Van Horne
February  2016- "UNR Special Collections"- Guest speaker: Donnie Curtis
January 2016- "Daughters of Norway, Reno Lodge"- Gloria Hansen
December 2015- No meeting due to Christmas
November 19, 2015- "Douglas County 1850-1865" - Laura Hickey
October 2015- "DNA questions answered" Marleen Van Horne
September 2015-- "What I dug up around the Family Tree"

May 2015-"DNA South Irish Project" - Kathleen Kerwin

April 2015-Brainstorming meeting to get members' ideas for future presentations

March 2015-"National Archives, Military Service and Pension Records"-Marleen Van Horne

February 2015- "Indexing the Nevada Federal Court Records 1865-1938"  - Steve Seebart

Jan 2015- "Stones and Bones"- Arline LaFerry
Nov 2014-"Tour of FHC and Resources Available"- Calli Smith
Oct 2014- "Tips and Tricks for Family"-
Calli Smith

Sep 2014-"What I did this summer, genealogically"membership

May 2014-Elections of Officers and End of Year Social

April 2014-"Ramblings of the Civil War Out West" - David Davis and John Riggs
March 2014-"Using Your Genealogy Program more Effectively"- Yvonne Prettyman
February 2014-"Cremation and Find a Grave" -Vicki Chessman

January 2014-"DAR" -Martha Schroeder 
December 2013- Social-bring heirlooms

November 2013-"The New DNA; Sex Doesn't Matter Any More"
by Marlene Van Horne
October 2013 -"Capturing Live Stories on Video as a Legacy for Future Generations" by Chris Johnson and Cassie Hemsley
September 2013- "An Informal Prsentation of Summer Genealogy Research" by our members
May 2013-"Family Search Family Tree: One Tree That is Free for Everyone"
Calli Smith
April 2013-"The Quilts of Our Lives-a look at how quilts tell our life story"Pat Eby
March 2013-"So You Think You Are an Indian Princess?" -Heidi Smith
February 2013- "How to Build a Personal Family History Blog Site"- Vicki Chessman

January 2013-"How to find information from funeral home records"- Greg from Walton's Funeral Home

December 2012- "Old German character recognition"-Ernie Buchner

November 2012-"Family ancestral migration from Spain in 1908 to Hawaii"-Ruth Himan, professional genealogist

October 2012-"Internet Research Sites:- Jim Kattelman

September 2012-"What I found in the Genealogical Dig this Summer" by membership

May 2012- Genealogy Questions - open forum

April 2012- "Should you Float your Genealogy on "the Cloud"?

March 2012-"When You Pass, is Your Genealogy Going to the Curb?"by Dick Tolman, NGS contributor; NSGS member

February 2012-"Back to Basics-US Census Forms 1790-1940"

January 2012-"Old books, Photos, Postcards, Map collections & Documents explored via internet connection"

December 2011- Social gathering. No meeting.
November 2011-"English Census Records"
by Marleen Van Horne

October 2011-NSGS blog features continued. Also Family Search Wiki

September 2011- Demonstraton of NSGS blog by Vicki Moloney

May 2011- "Appraisals: Fine Art, Antiques & Collectibles" by Joyce Newman, Certified appraiser

April 2011- "GEDCOM files" by Dick Tolman

March 2011-" Expanded and Extended"

                        Calli Smith, NSGS member, FHC volunteer

February 2011-cancelled due to weather

January 2011-"Researching for Genealogical Information in the Records of Cities, Counties & States"

                        Jim Kattelman, Nevada Desert newsletter editor

December 2010-"A Gathering of Friends" Social Gathering

November 2010-"Rootsweb, Rootsweb, Rootsweb"Live demo of many features

                        Marleen VanHorne, NSGS member

October 2010-"The New England Historic Genealogy Society online database"

                        Vicki Moloney, NSGS member

September 2010 "Pilots, Betas, Wikis and Blogs"

                        Susan Moss-Redman, V.P. and NSGS Blog Co-Editor, Vicki Moloney

May 2010-  "Church and Civil Parish Records"

                       Ernie Buchner, NSGS member

April 2010-  "Rootsweb's Genealogy Mailing Lists"  Marleen Van Horne, NSGS Member

                     "The Blog" Susan Redman and Vicki Moloney, NSGS Members

March 2010- "Things a Genealogist Should Not Do!"aka "50 Ways to Irritate a Research PersonN!"

                        Speaker: Barbara Hodges, Certified Genealogist, Researcher & NSGS Member

February 2010- "Newspaper Research Databases"

                        Vicki Moloney, Arline LaFerry, Calli Smith, NSGS members

January 2010- Meeting cancelled due to weather.

December 2009- No meeting scheduled.

November 2009-"Lost Records and Forgotten Souls" Records and Cemetery History of the Nevada Mental Health

                        Institute.   Arline LaFerry, NSGS member & docent at the Nevada Historical Society

October 2009- "Reno FHC computer card catalog, demonstrations of new programs and resources online"

                        Jim Kattelman, NSGS member, newsletter editor

September 2009- Moving NSGS Forward"


May 2009- "Writing Your Family History"

                        Speaker: Jim Kattelman

April  2009 - "Northern Nevada History"

                        Speaker: Karl Breckenridge, local history buff and author

March 2009 - "DNA and Genealogy"

                        Speaker: Marleen Van Horne

February 2009- "Finding Lucy's Land" and other great information that can be found in land records.

                        Speaker: Marleen Van Horne

January 2009-Documenting lineage for the DAR

                          Speaker: Janelle Martin

December 2008 - No meeting scheduled.

November 2008- History of Geopolitical Changes in "Middle Europe"

                           Speaker: Ernie Buchner

October 2008---New computer resource programs available at the Reno FHC

                          Speaker: Calli Smith

September 27, 2008- tour of the Dangberg Ranch Home in Minden, NV. 

September 2008- "What I did (genealogically speaking) on Summer Vacation"

                          Membership participation

May 2008-------Tell Your Family Stories

                          Bring family histories-albums, genealogy works, etc. to share

April 2008-------Confederate Forces of the U.S. Civil War

                          Speaker: Lee Cross

                         Camp Commander of the H.Dixon-CSS Hunley Camp #2016 of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans of Sparks

March 2008-----Danish and Northern German (Lutheran) Parish Records

                           Speakers: Jim & Sandy Kattelman; Ernie Buchner 

February 2008--DNA and Genealogy Research

                            Speaker: Marleen Van Horne

January 2008----Property Records and "How To" on locating specific parcels

                            Speaker: Jim Kattelman

December 2007- No Meeting

November 2007- Grand Army of the Republic

                            Speaker: David Davis

October 2007-    Genealogy Research in England

                            Speaker: Elaine Rogers

September 2007-What I did (genealogically speaking) on summer vacation 


May 2007---------Writers' Workshop- How to write your family history

                            Speakers: Carolyn Chapman,

April 2007---------Washoe County Recorder & Washoe County Clerk- Washoe County Records

March 2007-------Photographic Processes and Preservation

                            Speaker: Lee Brumbaugh, Curator of Photography, Nevada Historical Society

February 2007----“Women and Children in Early Nevada"

                            Speaker: Carolyn Chapman, Nevada Historical Society Docent and History on Wheels participant

January 2007-----Computer Workshop. Salt Lake Family History IGS overview.

                            Speaker: Jim Kattelman, NSGS member, newsletter editor

December 2006--No Meeting

November 2006- Tour of the Reno Family History Center

                            Callie Smith, NSGS member & FHC volunteer

October  2006 - NSGS 25th Anniversary! Refreshments will be served.

                            Speaker: Howie Tune-Local Historian and Author

September 2006 -Virginia City Cemetery Tour. (Chautauqua)

                             Meeting: "What I did on summer vacation"

May, 2006------- "The Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons"

                       Speaker: J.J. McDonald III, Nevada Chairman of Knights Templar Educational Foundation

April, 2006------"Cemeteries of the Comstock- From Vandalized to Revitalized"

                            Speakers: Candace Wheeler, President of the Comstock Cemetery Foundation

                            Judy Allen, Director of Saint Mary's Cemetery, Virginia City

                            Alexis Dillon, Local Researcher

March, 2006----"Preservation of Heirlooms"

                           Speaker: Cindy Sutherland, NSGS member

February, 2006--"Scottish History and Genealogy"

                            Speaker: Chip MacLeod, member of the Nevada Society of Scottish Clans and the 

                            Great Basin Genealogical Society, State Commissioner of the Clan MacLeod Society

January, 2006---"Review of Member Genealogical Projects-Discoveries and Disappointments"

                             NSGS membership

December, 2005-“How to use and get the most out of the LDS Family History Library Web site and the International Genealogical 

                              Index" Speaker: Jim Kattelman

Nov. 17, 2005---"Evening with Patty Cafferata"

                            NSGS member and first woman elected as Nevada State Treasurer. 

                            Author of the Mapes Hotel and most recently the Goldfield Hotel. Also co-author of the biography of her mother, Barbara     

                            Vucanovich, the first woman elected to a federal office from Nevada (House of Representatives).

Nov. 5, 2005-----"Hank Jones Seminar"   

                           Joint hostessinb by NSGS and the Great Basin Genealogical Society

Oct. 15, 2005---- Bartley Ranch

                            Picnic and tour of the historic buildings by Jack Hursh, Jr.

Oct. 20, 2005----"Nevada Pioneers"

                             Speaker: Donna Dunn

September, 2005-"Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness" 

                             Speakers: Debbie Gunderman & Bob Berrington

May, 2005------- "Local Historic Barns and Ranch Buildings"

                             Speaker: Jack Hursh, Jr.

April, 2005-------


March, 2005-----"History of Ireland and Irish genealogy research"

                            Speaker: Jim Kattelman

February, 2005--Show & Tell materials from the Nevada Historical Society

                            Speaker: Ms. Arline LaFerry, Nevada Historical Society docent

January, 2005----"The National Air Tour of 1932 and 2003 reenacted"

                             Speaker: Ben Scott of Scott Motors

December, 2004--no meeting held due to holiday

November, 2004-"Photographs of Reno; Then and Now"

                              Speaker: Neal Cobb, local Reno historian

October, 2004----"Tour of the Reno Family History Center"

                              Speaker: Calli Smith, FHC Volunteer & NSGS member

September, 2004 "Researching in Slovakia"

                              Speaker: Joan Butler, Vice President, NSGS

May, 2004--------"Genealogical Experiences"

                              Speakers: NSGS members

April, 2004--------"Nevada Historical Society"

                               Speaker: Michael Maher, Nevada Historical Society Librarian

March, 2004------"Nevada State Archives" (genealogical records)

                               Speaker: Jeff Kintop, Nevada State Archives Manager

February, 2004---"The March West" 

                                Speaker: Chuck Knutson

January, 2004-----"Getting Started on your Family Research" 

                                Speaker: Yvonne Prettyman, member NSGS

December, 2003--"Historical Quilts" slide show

                                Speaker: Pat Eby, Vice President NSGS

November, 2003--"Preparing your Documentation for DAR"

                                Speaker: Janelle Martin, past Regent of Washoe Zephyr Chapter NSDAR, certified DAR Volunteer Genealogist

October, 2003-----"How to Share Our Family History with Family"

                                Speakers: NSGS members

September, 2003--"Civil War Genealogy"

                                Speaker: Jeffrey Vaillant, NSGS Secretary

May, 2003---------- "Genealogical Stories"

                                 Speakers: Membership

April, 2003 ---------- "Reno's Axle" historic 4th Street

                                 Speaker: Beth Miramon, author

March, 2003 ---------UNR Special Collections

                                 Speaker: Jacque Sundstrand

February, 2003 ---- "Taking Questions..."German, Continental European and Russian Asia research

                                Speaker: John Movius, professional genealogist

January, 2003  ----- "Social History of the Overland Trail" 

                                Speaker: Phillip Earl, author and retired Curator of History at the Nevada State Historical Society.

December, 2002.....Using Church Records (cancelled due to weather)

                                Dr. Ned Benson

November, 2002.....Using Interlibrary Loan for Genealogical Research

                                Speaker: Sharon Campbell, Manager, Interlibrary Loan Department

                                Washoe County Library

October, 2002.........Sources Available in the Family History Center

                                Speaker: Jean Klebenow, Family History Center Volunteer

September, 2002....Early History of Sparks and the Central Pacific Railroad in Nevada

                                Speaker: Leslie Ede, President of Sparks Heritage Museum

July, 2002------------Tracing Immigrant Origins

                                Special Summer Speaker: Judy Wight, AG, CGRS for British Isles

May, 2002-----------Research Experiences

                                Speakers: Club Membership

April, 2002-----------Military Research

                                Speaker: Tomas Iverson, Curator of the Military Heritage Museum,

                                                Reno Veteran's Medical Center

March, 2002---------Civil War General Jesse Reno

                                Speaker: Retired Army General Bill McConnell, author of Remember Reno.

February, 2002------Mortuary Records

                                  Speaker: Phrederic “P H” Dold, manager, Ross, Burke & Knobel Mortuary, Reno

January, 2002-------Using City Directories for Genealogical Research

                                 Speaker: Florence Cordine, Reno Family History Center Volunteer

December, 2001----Using Maps for Genealogical Research

                                 Speaker: Linda Newman, GeoScience Map Librarian, Ansari Map Library,

 located in the DeLaMare Library, University of Nevada, Reno

November, 2001----Are We Our Own Weakest Link?

                                 Group discussion by membership

October, 2001 -----Titles

                                     Speaker: Bill Hanks, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Title

                                                                                        Nevada State Manager       

September, 2001---Sources Available at the Reno Family History Center (& tour)

                                Speaker: Jean Klebenow, FHC Volunteer

May, 2001-----------Researching Land Records

                                Speaker: Bob Stewart, BLM Public Information Officer

April, 2001-----------Prisoners, Orphans, and Politicians

                    Speaker: Jeff Kintop, Chief Archivist, Nevada State Archives

March, 2001---------How to Search for Native American Ancestors

                                 Speaker: Dee Clem, author of Clem, Clemm & Klem, Klemm Family History,

                                                Tracing African-American Roots, and the Kitchell Family History

February, 2001------Cemetery Etiquette & Cemetery Records

                                Speaker: Ron Bevans, Assistant Manager, Mt. View Cemetery

January, 2001-------German Research

                                Calli Smith, Reno Family History Center Volunteer

December, 2000----Sharing of Family Research Stories

                                Speaker: Various club members

November, 2000---Organizing Your Data

                                Speaker: Heidi Smith, genealogy instructor, Truckee Meadows Community College

October, 2000------Victorian Fashions and Dress Reform

                                Speaker: Jan Loverin, State Archivist for Textiles (Carson City)

September, 2000---Searching the Internet

                                Speaker: Janelle Martin

May, 2000 ----------How to Write and Publish a Family History

                               Speaker: Dee Clem, Editor of The Nevada Desert

April, 2000 ----------Letters from Nevada Daughters

                                Speakers: The Honorable Barbara Vucanovich

                                                The Honorable Patty Cafferata

March,2000 ---------Information Available at the Washoe County Recorder’s Office

                                Speaker: Kathryn L. Burke, Washoe County Recorder

February, 2000------Nevada Impressions

                                 Speaker: Fred Horlacher, Retired Educator

January, 2000 -------Importance of Documenting Family Health Records

                                 Speaker: Robbin Palmer, Ph.D., Certified Genetics Counselor.

December, 1999 ----No meeting due to holiday.

November, 1999 --- American Indian Genealogy

                                 Speaker: Pam Pierce, Member of Nevada State Genealogical Society.

October, 1999 -------Census 2000

                                 Speaker: David A. Byerman, Chief Government Liaison for Nevada, U.S. Department of Commerce,

                                 Census Bureau.

September, 1999 ---Sources for Genealogical Research at the Family History Center

                                 Speaker: Calli Smith, Volunteer, Reno Family History Center.


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