Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society
Welcome to the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society on the web. This
site will provide you with local resources to assist you in searching your
family tree in Portage County and the greater Stevens Point area.
The Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society, also known as SPAGS, was founded in 1975. SPAGS is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering an interest in genealogy, sharing information, collecting, compiling and recording genealogical records of Portage County, and assisting members and others in tracing their local history.
SPAGS meets the first Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise announced, except in January, July and August, at the Lincoln Center, 1519 Water Street, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, and is open to the public. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and include guest speakers on various topics of interest. For our Calendar of Events, see below.
Membership in our society includes monthly meetings and a subscription to our quarterly newsletter "Pedigree Pointers". (View a sample issue.) Dues for the year are $15.00/single and $20.00/family. Please send your dues to the Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society ℅ Portage County Library, 1001 Main St., Stevens Point, WI 54481. Here is a printable membership form.
4 September 2013 - "Welcome back! "A Time to Share." What did you discover about your family this summer? Did you take a trip to your family's homeland? Tell us about your latest genealogical finds. Also, clean out your closet and bring genealogy related items to swap: magazines, books, maps, old newsletters, etc., or to just unload them. Dues are due! Individual $15 and Family $20.
2 October 2013 - "Genealogy in BadgerLink" How many of us know about a genealogy resource provided free to Wisconsin residents? BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and provides just such a resource to us. Kara Ripley, BadgerLink Training Librarian, will walk us through what is available on BadgerLink and how to access these wonderful resources. Due to travel requirements, this meeting will start promptly at 6:00 p.m. The presentation will be given first, followed by a brief business meeting.
6 November 2013 - "Flip-Pal " Have you ever wanted to make a digital copy of a picture or article but did not have the equipment available to preserve your find. Now you have Flip-Pal, a mobile scanner and software package which allows you to scan anywhere, anytime. Karla Leppen, Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society, will demonstrate the features of the scanner and software.
4 December 2013 - "Annual Christmas Party " This will be our holiday party. Bring a holiday treat, as well as any special holiday traditions, to share.
January 2014 - No Meeting.
5 February 2014 - "Family Tree Maker" Genealogy software can be complicated and expensive. In this presentation, we will review the functionality of “Family Tree Maker” purchased from Ancestry.com. Karla Leppen, Stevens Point Area Genealogical Society, is a retired Software Developer/Installer and Database Specialist. She has been a long time user of Family Tree Maker. If you have questions regarding this software, please bring them with you to the presentation.
5 March 2014 - "Land Entry Records; Providing Details of a Pioneer's Life " We all know about Homestead records and their value in describing the land of our ancestors. But there is so much more that can be found in these records. Don Schnitzler, Marshfield Area Genealogical Society, will review the history of the Homestead Act of 1862 and share his experiences working with these very informative records.
2 April 2014 - To be announced.
7 May 2014 - Election of the 2014-2015 officers will be held.
4 June 2014 - Cemetery Walk. - 6 PM , at the Greenvale Cemetery, located in the Town of Belmont in Portage County. The walk will be led by Pam Anderson.
Driving directions are provided below. The time to meet will be 6 PM so we have plenty of daylight (and hopefully warmth).
Greenvale Cemetery (also known as Dopp or Towne Cemetery) - Map
Section 36, Town of Belmont, 44° 14.940' N, 89° 14.690' W
Driving directions from Stevens Point:
- Drive south on WI I-39/US-51 for 21.3 miles
- Take exit 136 for WI-73 .
- Turn left onto WI-73 S toward Plainfield
- Drive east about 2.5 miles, going through Plainfield, continuing to the Hwy P/Hwy 73 intersection . Continue straight east on Hwy P , about 11.4 miles.
- Turn left onto WI-22 N
- Drive 2.5 miles north . The cemetery is on the right.
Each Meeting will have a "Show and Tell" time. Everyone is encouraged to bring information relevant to the topic of the meeting. Each meeting will also include a short presentation by a member on their ancestral homeland.
Note: Entering a name in the search box above will return limited results. HOWEVER, there is a way to search for all occurrences of a name or term within our site. To do so, you need to follow the directions below.
Use the Google search box above.
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The above search yields all the pages containing the word "boyer." You can use the modifiers "and" or "or" to get different results.