Books on German Colonies in the Ukraine

Ron Fuhrmann, a former club member who’s joined us again, has kindly donated two books to our club library:

Both are by the same author, Joseph S. Height. The first covers the Catholic colonies of Kutschurgan, Beresan, and Liebental from 1804 to 1972, and the second Evangelical Lutheran colonies near Odessa, 1804 – 1945. All their settlers were German-speaking and came to Russia at a time of turmoil in other parts of Europe. Clicking on the titles above will take you to detailed reviews. The books are shelved in Foreign/Russia. Thanks, Ron!

There’s a Germans from Russia Heritage Society website that may also be helpful to anyone interested in these books.

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Brick Wall Books

Maxine Ludeke speaks tomorrow (Tuesday) about genealogical brick walls.  Cyndi’s list has a page listing books on that topic. Our library has two of them:

You can check the club room calendar to see when the library is open, or search our online catalog for other books you might be interested in. Stop by and have a look!

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Maxine Leudtke to speak at the October General Meeting

Are you bothered by the proverbial “brick wall” when doing research on your ancestors?  Our speaker this month has over 25 years of extensive research which had her traveling throughout the U.S.   Maxine has cultivated a specialty of finding ways over the brick walls and she hopes that her strategies may provide clues for your personal searches.   She has a Masters Degree in Education,  having taught at the community college level. Join us on Tuesday, October 14th at 1:00PM in the Navajo Room.


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September 2014 Treasurer’s Report

BEGINNING AVAILABLE BALANCE                       $3,233.28
     <No income in September.>
TOTAL INCOME                           $0.00 
     Comcast               $58.60
TOTAL EXPENSES                        $58.60
ENDING AVAILABLE BALANCE                          $3,174.68
Asset Reserve                                     $3,500.00
ENDING BALANCE                                    $6,674.68

Mary E. Barr, Treasurer
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Family History Research Keeps Getting Easier!

FamilySearch will soon release a feature called “hinting.” With this powerful tool, the site will automatically search for records that match people in your family tree. When you go to an ancestor’s page we will show you what we have found just for that person amongst our vast collections of records. That’s right—FamilySearch does the searching, and finding, for you!
The high quality matches the site finds will automatically be provided in the new Record Hints box added to the ancestor page in FamilySearch Family Tree. No more looking through hundreds of search results. The system does the heavy lifting for you!!! It really is that easy!
When launched, this new hinting feature will go through the vast FamilySearch database of records and find the records for you that hinting thinks might be about your specific ancestor. Just click and confirm the ones that are correct! We think you’ll be impressed.
The new hinting technology, along with other new quick attach features we’ve added (see the links at the end of this article), will give you the ability to quickly attach records to multiple ancestors at once, and will really make finding and adding ancestors to your tree a fantastic experience.
To take advantage of this powerful new feature when it is available, there are a few things you can do now to prepare to make this new hints feature really work:
• Register and login. Make sure that your username and password work.
• Check your data. The better your ancestors’ data is, the better we will be able to match records and provide you with good hints. Check names, dates, places, relationships, and so forth.
• Add any new data to your tree as you find it. The more data you have on your ancestors, the better will be the likelihood of a quality hint. So, if your tree looks a little bare, add what you know, and fill in as much as you can. It will definitely help.
These features combine to make family history so much easier. All you will have to do to use it is:
1. Put what information you know about your ancestors into your family tree.
2. Review the record hints we find for you.
3. Click to attach the ones that are correct. (We think that most of them will be!)
If there are other people on the records, we will even help you find more about them. We’ll also help you find people on the records that are missing from your family tree. When you click to easily add these new people, voila!, you now have new sources added to your family tree!

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