NEIGS Meeting Minutes

NEIGS Meeting Minutes


May 15, 2018

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 p.m. at Winter Hall at Allen College.

 President Hill read the letter that had gone out to the membership earlier this week regarding the future of NEIGs.   He reported that there will be a need for 3 members to step up to be on a nominating committed for the upcoming election in November.  There will be openings for 9 officer positions.  There will need to be programs set up for 2019 if we remain as a society.   The Bylaws have a brief description of the duties of each officer.  Our member Doug Marshall volunteered to be on the nominating committee.  He will contact other members to help and they will have the summer to contact individuals to run for office.  They will report at the September 18, 2018 meeting.  Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she has been contacted by two people who would be interested in serving in some capacity.  If any of our members are willing to run for office or serve in another capacity please contact us.   

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt had previously sent her report via email.  There is a balance of $3,931.45 in checking and $2,443.44 in savings and special projects.

Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker spoke about how to protect books and manuscripts from the ravages of time.  Libraries should be encouraged to digitize as much as possible.  These items could be saved to the Cloud or Dropbox.  This information came from the Eastman’s Newsletter.

President Hill and Dick Hastings both reported on the 1918 pledge card project.  The cards have all been indexed and saved to a flash drive.  The boxes of cards will be checked to make sure that they have all been indexed.  The next step will be to alphabetize the cards.

Vice President Duane Akeright reminded the group of our annual dinner at the Pizza Ranch on June 19, 2018 starting at 6:00 p.m.  Fall programs remain as previously mentioned in the newsletter. 

After a short break for refreshments provided by Lorna Lincoln.  The Vice President introduced our speaker for the evening Ruth Tucker who spoke on Indexing obituaries with Excel.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

                                                   

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 April 17, 2018

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Steve Hill.  The meeting was held at Winter Hall at Allen College. He welcomed those present and discussed that there  will be a need for 3 volunteers to be on a nominating committee for the upcoming November, 2018  election of officers.  

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt previously reported via email that the balance in checking was $4068.45 and savings and special projects balance was $2443.44.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 there will be a program at the Denver Public Library put on by the Denver Genealogy and History Club.  This starts at 2:00 p.m.  The speaker will be from the State Historical Society talking about Iowa Research Resources.

Old Business:  Our member Dick Hastings gave an update on the WW I index card project.  This has been on hold for awhile but there is still more work to be done to bring it to completion.  It has partially been downloaded onto computer.  When completed the public will be able to access these records and make copies for a freewill donation. 

Vice President Duane Akeright reported on the DAR Program at the First Presbyterian Church on Main St. in Cedar Falls.  This will start at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday April 21st.  There will be an afternoon session also for doing research.  It is not necessary that participants be members.

Our upcoming meeting on May 15, 2018 will be Ruth Tucker speaking on indexing for obituaries.

The June 19, 2018 meeting will be the annual dinner at the Pizza Ranch.  There will not be a business meeting but may be an informal discussion.

The September 18, 2018 meeting will be held at the Cedar Falls Library and the speaker will be Sandie Smith the Black Hawk County Recorder.

The October 16,2018 meeting will feature Alice Hoyt Veen a certified genealogist.  This will be in conjunction with the Cedar Falls Library for the Genealogy Month programs.  There will be 4 presentations.  Two will be on the 16th and two on the 17th.  The one on the 16th will be at our usual meeting time at 6:30 p.m.  The other times are to be determined. 

The November 20, 2018 meeting will be election of officers and a roundtable discussion.

After a short break for refreshments Duane introduced our speaker for the evening author  Linda McCann speaking on her book “The Civilian Conservation Corps”.

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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MARCH 20, 2018

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 p.m. in Winter Hall at Allen College.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt in an earlier email reported a balance of $4,136.82 in checking and $2,443.44 in savings and special projects.

President Hill stated that Webmaster Claudia Hovden will be deleting on the website any names in the “members seeking” section who are not current with their membership as of 4-1-2018.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that there is still a need for people to staff the Genealogical History Room at the Waterloo Public Library on Friday afternoons.  There will be special programs during the month of October at the Waterloo Library for Genealogy Month.  Members are to consider helping with a beginner class that is being planned.  Research times remain as listed in previous newsletters and this is an excellent opportunity to use the library’s faster computers and databases.  Bring a friend and research together.  She also reported in an earlier email  that the Burlington, Iowa Library with be sponsoring a talk by Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective on Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th.  For more information go to (www.burlington.lib.us).

Newsletter editor Ruth Tucker stated that there is a need for volunteers to help with the obituary indexing in April and May and also July and August. 

Old Business:  The index card project is on hold at this time.

There was no new business at this time but the board will be discussing plans for the Irish Fest at the next board meeting in May.

After a short break with refreshments provided by Steve and Judy Hill,  Vice President Duane Akeright reviewed the upcoming programs as printed in previous minutes.  There will be a Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana in August of 2018.  There will also be a DAR Workshop offered at the First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls on Saturday, April 21st, 2018.  There will be a lunch included with prior reservations.  Anyone wanting to help others do research would be appreciated.   He then introduced our speaker for the evening Daryl Schumacher who gave a very interesting talk about the History and Lineage of Funeral Homes. 

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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February 18, 2018

The 18 February 2018 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical was called to order by President Steve Hill at the Cedar Falls Public Library at 2 pm.

Officers present were: President - Steve Hill, Vice President - Duane Akeright, Corresponding Secretary - Dee Winter, Newsletter Editor - Ruth Tucker, Administrative Liaison - Allaire George.

Steve Hill welcomed guests and members and asked members to read the quarterly newsletter’s, which have: previous meeting minutes, Treasurers reports, future meeting information on speakers & locations. Steve announced that today there would be no old or new business to discuss and the only officer report would be from Vice President Duane Akeright about future meeting locations and speakers. Treasurer’s report from Marilyn Gerholdt was not given at the meeting but is included here for the minutes. Checking $4,126.82 and Savings $2,443.44. Refreshments were furnished by Ruth Tucker and would be available after the speaker. We had a total 15 people at the meeting.

 Vice President Duane Akeright introduced speaker Carson Ode and his wife Connie. They presented a Pictorial of Iowa and had three hard cover books available for sale.

 Minutes by Steve Hill for Julie Kittleson

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 January 20, 2018

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by Vice President Duane Akeright at the Cedar Falls Library at 10:00 a.m.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported a balance of $4,071.82 in checking and $2443.44 in savings and special projects.  She presented the budget for 2018.  Phil Miller made a motion to accept the budget and this was seconded by Lorna Lincoln. 

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter said that she will be sending letters to area schools to advertise our next months speaker.  Our speaker will be Carson Ode who will present a “Pictorial Books of Iowa”.    She also told of an interesting book she had read about DNA “A Stranger in my Genes”.

After a short break with refreshments provided by Allaire George, Vice President Akeright introduced our speaker Anita Hardy who presented a slide show of old photos depicting Life in Western Nebraska in the Early 1900’s. 

Duane also reviewed our upcoming programs. 

February 17, 2018 will be Mr. Carson Ode and his wife will present the program as mentioned above.  This will be held at the Cedar Falls Library at 2:00 p.m.  Mr. Ode will also have books for sale.

March 20, 2018 will be Daryl Schumacher from Kearns Funeral Home speaking on the History of Waterloo Funeral Homes.  This will be at Allen College at 6:30 p.m.

April 17, 2018 will be Linda McCann speaking on one of her recent books.  This will be at Allen College at 6:30 p.m.

May 15, 2018 will be Ruth Tucker presenting a program on Excel and Indexing for Obituaries.  This will be at Allen College at 6:30 p.m.

Member Dick Hastings gave an announcement that there was still need for index cards from the 1918 Project to be entered into the computer.   He stated that he could bring the cards to the next meeting if anyone was interested in helping.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Submitted by Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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November 21, 2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical society was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by President Steve Hill at the Cedar Falls Library.  He introduced one new member.  The sign up sheets for refreshments and obituary indexing were available for sign up for 2018. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt presented the proposed budget for 2018.  This was discussed.  A copy is available in the latest newsletter online.  This report listed the expenditures from 2017 and the proposed expenditures for 2018.  There is a balance in checking of $3,559 and a balance of $2,442.44 in savings and special projects. 

Vice President Duane Akeright presented the program topics for next year. 

January 20, 2018:  Anita Hardy will speak on Life in Western Nebraska in the early 1900’s.  This will be held at the Cedar Falls Library at 10:00 a.m.

February 17, 2018:  Carson Ode will present a Pictorial of Iowa and have books available for sale.  This will be at the Cedar Falls Library at 2:00 p.m.

March 20, 2018:  Daryl Schumacher will speak about the History of Waterloo Funeral Homes.  This will be at Allen College at 6:30 p.m.

April 17, 2018:  Linda McCann will speak about the Civilian Conservation Corps  or her most recent book.  This will be at Allen College at 6:30 p.m.

May 15, 2018:  Ruth Tucker will present a program on Indexing with Excel.  This will be at Allen College at 6:30 p.m.

September 18, 2018:  Sandie Smith from the Black Hawk County Recorders office will present a program.  This will be at the Cedar Falls Library at 6:30 p.m.

October 16, 2018:  Alice Hoyt Veen is a professional genealogist and will speak about Prairie Roots Research.  This may be extended to more than one program.

November 20th, 2018:  We will have election of officers and a round table discussion. 

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she had new information from outside organizations available to look at.  She also has had some lookup requests.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reminded the group to be sure to check the box on the membership form to allow her to post individual information on the website.  The worktimes at the library remain the same.   The 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Also on the 4th Wednesday form 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.  The Genealogy and History room has a volunteer available from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. each Friday.

Old Business:  The email addresses of the officers have been removed from the newsletter for safety reasons.

New Business:  The problem of low attendance was discussed and some suggestions to improve this were given.  Some ideas were to try and get younger people interested and to possibly offer some Beginning  Learning classes.   There is also need for more volunteers at the Waterloo Library on Friday afternoons.  We will be needing candidates for officer positions for the election in November of 2018.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 for refreshments provided by Paula Sexton.  A roundtable discussion of several topics concluded the meeting.

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary


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October 17, 2017

The regular meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was cancelled for this evening.  Several members attended a special Genealogy Month presentation at the Waterloo Library.   The program was presented by members of the Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission.  They spoke on Preserving the Past for a Better Tomorrow.  This commission deals with preserving Waterloo History and culture. 

 Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary


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September 19, 2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 p.m. at the Cedar Falls Library.  He explained the change in the flow of the meeting.  We will have reports from the individual officers only when necessary.  Members are asked to read the newsletter and online page for more detailed information.   There is a balance of $3,530.11 in checking and $2,443.44 in our savings and special projects account.  Our Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter frequently sends emails with special announcements of upcoming programs and other pertinent information.  President Hill stated that we will cancel our regular meeting for October 17th so the members will be able to attend a special genealogy week presentation at the Waterloo Public Library.  This program will be “Preserving The Past For A Better Tomorrow” and will be presented by the Waterloo Historic Preservation Commission.  This will be about why preserving our history and culture is important and the difficulties experienced with historic preservation in Waterloo.  This meeting will be in the large meeting room at the library starting at 6:30 p.m.  The work time scheduled for October 10th, 2017 will be cancelled since there will be another library class being held at that time.  Vice President Duane Akeright reported that the November 21st, 2017 meeting will be held at the Cedar Falls Library and the discussion will be about the future of our organization.  There will also be time for members questions and opinions.  We will discuss “What’s new in genealogical research” and other topics of interest for genealogists.

Old Business:  Members were reminded of volunteer opportunities within our group.   Volunteers are needed at the Waterloo Library in the Genealogy History room from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays. Also help is needed to provide refreshments for our meetings and obituary indexing. 

New Business:  We would like to honor our longtime member Janice Holmes who was the Librarian for our organization for many years.  Janice has recently passed away.  We would like to donate a book having to do with genealogy to the Waterloo Library in her name.  Members are asked to email Steve Hill with any suggestions for book titles.

After a short break for refreshments provided by Steve and Judy Hill, Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Santha Kerns who spoke on Orphan Trains.  Her Mother and Aunt had come to Iowa on an orphan train.  There was a very large turnout for this meeting.  There was social time after the meeting to visit with Santha and other members.

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson, Recording Secretary


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May 16, 2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 p.m at Allen College Winter Hall. 

President Steve Hill introduced a renewing member Bob Diedrichs.  He also reminded the members of the obituary and refreshment sign up sheets and informed the group of the death of our former Librarian Janice Holmes.  He informed the membership that he will be resigning at the end of 2017.  Duane Akeright will step into the President position leaving the Vice President position open.  Our by-laws state that a person to fill the office can be appointed.  The last several meetings there has been a significant decline in attendance.  At tonight’s meeting there were eight officers and eight members. This will be discussed further at our November Annual Meeting as to what our members expectations are and are we meeting those expectations. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported a balance of $3,481.99 in checking and $2,407.44 in the savings and special projects account.

The Recording Secretary’s report will be on the website for all to read.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reminded the group of the books and brochures she receives that are available for us to take.  She brings these to each meeting.  She also reported on some upcoming events that are available and also sends out periodic emails to the membership about upcoming events.  She stated that the Irish Interest Group is doing well and  is also in contact with the Iowa Genealogical Society for news. 

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded the group to check our facebook page and group site for information.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported that our website is up to date and also that there is free access to the Pennsylvania Genealogical Records for one week. 

Administrative Liaison Allaire George read a letter she had received from Sue Pearson, Director at the Waterloo Public Library thanking us for donating the money to replace the missing newspaper microfilms.  This was at a cost of $250.

Vice President Duane Akeright reported that we will need some volunteers to work at the Irish Fest.  This will be held August 4th thru the 6th.  Volunteers will only be needed for the 5th and 6th from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.  However, any amount of time would be appreciated.  There is free admission to those who volunteer.  He also informed the group that the September19th meeting will presented by Santha Kerns speaking on Orphan Trains.  Our June 20th meeting will be our annual dinner at the Pizza Ranch along with a garage sale of genealogical items and books.  This will start at 6:00 p.m.  Duane introduced our speaker for the evening Lorna Lincoln.

After a short break for refreshments provided by Lorna she spoke about using the Microsoft program One Note for genealogical research.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

 

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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April 18, 2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30pm in Winter Hall at Allen College.  He introduced our speakers for the evening.  He also reminded the membership of the sign up sheets that were available to volunteer for obituary logging and refreshments. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported a balance of $3,655.99 in checking and $2,407.44 in the savings and special projects account.  There were only 5 rolls of newspaper microfilms that we replaced at the Waterloo Public Library rather than the 6 that we first budgeted for.  The total cost for these was $250.00.

Steve Hill reported for Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter that the Irish Fest will be providing a tent for our group this year.  The Fest will be August 4th-6th, 2017.  There will be a need for volunteers for this if anyone is interested.  Any amount of time would be appreciated.  Dee has also sent out emails to the membership of things to do in Iowa related to genealogy and of upcoming programs.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported that the website is up to date and reminded the members that their

signature is needed for her to be able to put their information on the website.  She reported on our facebook page and the Black Hawk County Iowa Genealogy group.  There has even been a post from a person from the UK inquiring about his relatives that lived in Black Hawk County.  She was able to find some information for him.  Historian Kelly Burdick has done a good job keeping these sites up to date in Claudia’s absence.  Claudia reminded the group that there are websites to use for research on our website. 

President Steve Hill reported for Newspaper Editor Ruth Tucker that the deadline for information to go into the next newsletter is May 5th, 2017. 

Vice President Duane Akeright reported that the Irish Interest Group will meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the Waterloo Public Library.  The FGS will meet this year in Pittsburg, PA,   The dates are August 30th to September 2nd 2017.  The May 16th, 2017 meeting of NEIGS will be at Allen College with Lorna Lincoln presenting a program about Microsoft One Note and how it will help genealogists.  The June 20th meeting will be held at Pizza Ranch. 

Old Business:  There is still a need for volunteers in the Genealogy and History room at the Waterloo Public Library.  At this time there has not been anything set up for a cemetery cleaning project.  Dick Hastings reported the article in the Waterloo Courier (Sunday, April 9th) about the 1918 Index Card project had been reported coast to coast.  There has been some response to him for more information.  He has been in contact with someone who could do the digitizing of the cards.  He thinks this project will continue for a couple of years until it can be released to the public.

After a short break for refreshments provided by Doug Marshall the speaker for the evening was introduced by Vice President Duane Akeright..  Susan LeQuatte, Regent of the Cedar Falls Daughters of the Revolution spoke about finding our Revolutionary War ancestors.  Also speaking was her daughter Theresa Shock and  Nancy Lahr from Manchester who is the Registrar for the Cedar Falls DAR.  This was a very helpful presentation.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.

 

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary


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March 21, 2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at Allen College.   There were 2 visitors present.  Sign up sheets were available for obituary and refreshment volunteers. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported a balance of $3,705.99 in checking and $2, 657.44 in savings.  She also reported that the Waterloo Library has received the newspaper microfilms that we replaced.  The invoice for those is pending.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter had emailed the membership with information about upcoming events.  She reported that the first meeting of the Irish Interest Group had met on Tuesday, March 14th at the regular work time at the Waterloo Public Library.  There were ten people attending and the meeting went well.  She has contacted the Irish Fest Coordinator about our participation in the fest but has not at this time heard back from her. 

Administrative Liaison Allaire George reported that things are going well with the Waterloo Library. 

President Steve Hill reported for Vice President Duane Akeright that the upcoming meeting on April 18th, 2017 will be Susan LeQuatte, Regent, NSDAR, Cedar Falls Chapter.  The May 16th meeting program is pending. 

Old Business:  The cemetery cleaning project is still in the works.  The 1918 index card project is still on hold for now.  Dick Hastings reports that 51,938 cards have been put into the computer so far.

After a short break President Steve Hill introduced our speaker for the evening Ray Burfeind.  He spoke about The History of  Health Care in the Cedar Valley.  This was part 3 and the final talk in this series. 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.  Refreshments were provided by Kelly Burdick.  


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FEBRUARY 18,2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 10:00 am.  Three guests were introduced. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurers report.  There is a balance of $3,767.98 in the checking account and $2657.44 in the savings and special projects account.  Marilyn reported that there are only 4 microfilms missing from the library and the cost of replacing them will be less than previously expected. 

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter informed the group of the upcoming NGS conference.  She had received notification from the NGS that 3 people from our society could be given a 40% discount for the registration.  This conference is scheduled for later this year.  She also reported that the Irish Interest Group will have their first meeting in March at the regularly scheduled work time on the second Tuesday of the month during the library work time scheduled from 7-9 pm at the Waterloo Library.  She will send out further information as the time nears.  Dee also had available information she had received in the mail for us to look at.  She reported that the Cedar Falls Library has some upcoming events and these were listed on the door to the library.

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded the members to check out the Facebook and Group pages on the internet. 

Vice President Duane Akeright spoke to the group about the decline in attendance.  Today there were only 17 people present and of those 3 were visitors and 7 were board members.  We would like to see a much better attendance from the membership.  This would be much appreciated by our speakers also.  They would much rather present to a full room. 

The upcoming programs will be at Allen College and will return to our third Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm time schedule.  On March 21st Ray Burfiend will speak on the Health Care in the Cedar Valley.  This will be part 3 of his presentation.  The April 18th presentation will be representatives from the DAR who will speak on how to learn about our Revolutionary War ancestors.  The May 16th program is open at this time.  The June 20th  meeting will be our annual banquet at the Pizza Ranch at 6:00 pm..

Old Business:  Steve Hill reported there are no work times scheduled for the 1918 pledge card project.  New Business:  Our society’s participation at the Irish Fest being held August, 4-5-6, 2017 was discussed.  Dee Winter is in contact with the coordinator of the Fest and will have more information later.  Mike Magee mentioned possibly having a cemetery cleaning project in the spring.  Dee Winter mentioned her visit to the genealogical society in Clear Lake and that they are working on a management plotting program to map out cemeteries.  She suggested we could become involved in this type of project here.

After a short break for refreshments, Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Dr. Thomas Connors who gave a very interesting talk about Native, Russian and  American Cemeteries in Alaska. 

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 am.  Refreshments were provided by Marsha Bock and Julie Kittleson. 

 Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary                                                      

                                         

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JANUARY 21, 2017

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 10:00 am at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  There was one guest introduced.  Steve Hill mentioned that the sign up sheets for refreshments and obituary indexing were available for those who wanted to sign up to volunteer.  He also stated that copies of the bylaws and a membership directory would be emailed to the membership.   If any members would like these reports in a booklet form they would be available for a small fee. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported a balance in checking of $3,712.98 and a balance of $2647.44 in savings.  She also discussed the budget for next year.  Copies of this had been emailed to the members.  She explained that this was a guideline and estimate of expenses for the coming year.  This was voted on and passed by those present.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she had received some magazines and letters and these were available at the meeting for members to see.  She also informed the group that there would be an up upcoming conference May 10-13, 2017 in North Carolina.  She told us of her visit to Clear Lake, Iowa for an adoption seminar which was very informative.  Many genealogy related books are online and available there at the Clear Lake Library.  She stated she had done several look-ups for people in the last month.  The Irish interest group meetings will likely begin in March at the Tuesday night work time from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Waterloo Public Library for those interested.

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded us of the Facebook page for our society and the Black Hawk County Group page.  She may be giving a refresher talk about the use of Facebook at a future meeting so more people can utilize these two offerings on Facebook. 

Vice President Duane Akeright reported on the upcoming meetings.  The Saturday, February 18th meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library with Tom Connors from UNI talking about Native, Russian and American Cemeteries in Alaska.  The Tuesday, March 21st meeting will be held at Allen College with Ray Burfeind speaking on Health Care in the Cedar Valley part 3.The Tuesday, April 18th meeting will be at Allen College with speaker Susan LeQuatte Regent with the Waterloo Chapter of the DAR.  The May 16th meeting at Allen College schedule is open at this time  and the June meeting will be our annual dinner at the Pizza Ranch. 

Steve Hill reported for Administrative Liaison Allaire George.  There are 6 missing microfilms of the Waterloo Courier in the Genealogy History Room.  The library is requesting that we consider helping to pay to replace these films.  The cost is $90.00 per film for a total of $540.00.  It was motioned and passed by the members present to cover this cost.  This money will come from the special projects savings fund.  This will be a onetime cost.  Steve also reported that the Grout Museum will give our members a discount of 25% on a yearly membership.  Steve Hill also reported that the Cedar Falls library had requested a partnership with our society to help with costs for special speakers they would like to have present programs at the library.  Steve Hill and Duane Akeright met with Ambri Refer at the library yesterday to discuss this further.  They will continue to discuss with her the Library’s cost expectations.  More information will be obtained and decisions will be made. 

Member Paula Sexton informed us of a phone call she received while working in the Genealogy room at the library yesterday from Gary Kneeland from Arizona who would like help doing some research on his family who lived in Black Hawk County for a few years.  This information was given to Dee Winter. 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 am.  Refreshments were provided by Paula Sexton.  After a short break Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Merelyn Harberts who was a charter member of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society.  She spoke about the early meetings and some of her very interesting research. 

 

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary


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November 15, 2016

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Falls Library.  Sign up sheets for refreshments and obituary indexing were passed around for the members to sign up for next year.  Also he announced that we still need two more volunteers for the Genealogy History room on Fridays.  He also announced there were two more new members. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported a balance of $3,124.65 in checking and $2,612.44 in savings.  She also read a thank you note from Linn County Genealogical Society for our donation to them.  She also stated that she had given Kim Van Deest her complementary one year membership for helping us get six new members in recent weeks. Kim has done a lot of promoting of our group at her recent classes at the Waterloo Library.  At the recent Board Meeting it had been voted on by the Board to present this membership.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that there were no conferences or programs available at this time.  She stated that she had heard from two different people looking for genealogical help. 

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded us to check the Facebook page and group for any new information.  She also reported that Family Search now has death records from 1921-1940 available on their sight.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported that our website is up to date.  Members need to remember to mark the box giving permission to share their information on the site.  Claudia said she will need to remove the names of those that did not mark the box.  Claudia reminded the members present that we need to use the computer room work times that are offered since we may lose that time if they are not used.  The work times are the second Tuesday of every month from 10-12 and 7-9 and the fourth Wednesday of every month from 12-2.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt discussed the budget for 2017.  Some adjustments from last year will be made since our membership is slightly down from last year.  A copy of the proposed budget had been emailed to the membership.  She discussed the items that had been that had been changed and the final spreadsheet will be presented at the January 21st meeting.  A motion was made to pass the budget by Phil Miller and it was seconded by Doug Marshall.

Election of officers was held for the period of two years.  Doug Marshall motioned to retain the officers  that are currently serving.  This was seconded by Phil Miller.  The position of Administrative Liaison is an appointed position and  it was discussed to possibly to add an appointed position of Program Director.

There was no Old Business.

New Business:  Dick Hastings reported that there was only one more date scheduled for the 1918 pledge card project.  This is November 19th.  There will not be any worktimes in December but he will schedule times for January, 2017.  He stated he will check with Ruth Tucker as to where the project stands at this time. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 and after refreshments provided by Steve Hill a question and answer time was held.  Vice President Duane Akeright informed us of his visit to The Federation of Genealogical Societies this past summer.  He announced the next meetings of this society which is held yearly in different cities.  He asked for suggestions for programs for our upcoming meetings.  There will be no meeting in December but in January we will meet at the Cedar Falls Library on Saturday morning the 21st and the speaker will be Merelyn Harberts talking about the beginning of our society.  The February meeting will be on Saturday the 18th at the Cedar Falls Library with Tom Connors speaking about Native Russian Cemeteries in Alaska.  These meetings will be at held at 10:00 a.m.

Submitted by 

Julie Kittleson, Recording Secretary


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October 18, 2016

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  He introduced three new members.  He requested volunteers for the Genealogy History Room at the Waterloo Public Library.  The openings that need to be filled are the fourth Friday of each month and in January there will be need for a volunteer for the second Friday of each month.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported that there is a balance of $2,974.65 in checking and $2,612.44 in savings.  This is after the check that was sent to the Linn County Genealogical Society for $500.00.

Historian Kelly Burdick reported that there had been activity on the Facebook and Group pages on the internet.  There was a picture posted for identification.  She also had on display the scrapbook for our society and the list of classes available this month at the Waterloo Public Library.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported on the work times at the Waterloo Public Library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from 10:00-12:00 and 7:00-9:00 and the 4th Wednesday of every month from noon to 2:00 pm.  The Genealogy History Room that is open from 1:00-4:00 pm every Friday.  She also reported that Library Instructor Kim VanDeest would like to have a class on Genealogy Software with members from our group giving demonstrations  of  the particular software programs they use.  She also stated that there will be information available at the Irish Genealogy class being held at the library on Saturday, October 22 regarding a new Irish Genealogy interest group that our group is planning to start.

Vice President Duane Akeright  reported that the November 15th meeting will be the annual meeting and election of officers.  More information will be sent to the members via email before the meeting.  In 2017, the  January 21st  and February 18th. ,  meetings will be held at the Cedar Falls Library at 10:00 am.  The speakers are to be determined.  A board meeting will be held on November 4 th to discuss the budget that will then be voted on at the November 15th meeting of the society. 

Old Business:  President Steve Hill spoke about the changes to the bylaws.  It was motioned by Claudia Hovden to accept the changes and seconded by Marilyn Gerholdt.  The motion was passed.  The bylaws and changes are posted on the website.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:45.

After a short break Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Rita Congdon.  She gave a very interesting talk about One Room Schools. 

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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September 20, 2016                          

The meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  There was a very good turnout and 4 guests were present.

Steve announced that there was a need for a volunteer in the Genealogical History Room at the Waterloo Library.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter informed the group that she will be working on specifics of the Irish interest group we hope to form.  There was no information on any new seminars or programs available at this time.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported $3,445.92 in checking, $2,508.44 in the savings and special projects account.  This includes the $84.00 from the garage sale held at the June dinner meeting.

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded the group to check out our facebook page and group page on the internet.  She also talked about the upcoming Genealogy month at the Waterloo Public Library in October.  There are many interesting classes being offered.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported that the website is up to date and the current newsletter is available there.  There is also a new membership form on the website that members can copy and fill out at home and mail to our treasurer or bring to an upcoming meeting with their dues.   Claudia stressed that it is important to sign the box giving permission to have individual information put on the website.  If there is no signature no information will be posted.  Claudia also reported on our participation the in Irish Fest this year.  Although some things weren’t ideal we did have about 70 visitors to the booth and several signed

a sheet to indicate interest in forming an Irish Interest Group within our society.  Claudia had forms available at the meeting and will have more at the Irish Genealogy class at the Waterloo Library on October 22nd.    It was encouraged that the membership add any ideas they might have regarding the Irish Interest Group.

Claudia Hovden also reported for Library Liason Allaire George who wasn’t able to attend the meeting that there had been discussion at the recent Board Meeting about a donation to the Linn County Genealogical Society.  It has an excellent facility at 813 1st Ave. in Cedar Rapids.  They have two large rooms and an extensive library with some information not available elsewhere.  Our society has donated approximately 500 books to their library.  President Steve Hill called for a vote.  Dee Winter made the motion and it was seconded by Mike Magee.  The motion was passed by the members in the amount of $500.00.

Vice President Duane Akeright reported the dates for the 1918 Pledge Card work days at the Veterans Hall and they are listed in the recent newsletter.  The October 18th meeting will feature Rita Congdon speaking on one room schoolhouses and there will also be a vote on the changes to the bylaws that were sent to the membership via email.  The November 15th meeting will be election of officers and a round table discussion and sharing time.

Long time member Mike Magee told the group about his projects he has been working on.  He is researching the Black Hawk County Home and Farm.  It was at one time located on the corner of Hammond and Ridgeway Avenues and there were some burials that occurred at that time.  He is researching whether or not these bodies had been removed before the home was moved.  He is also checking on burials at Elmwood and Hillcrest Cemeteries since Black Hawk County had taken over some areas of those also.  He will keep us posted via the newsletter.  The meeting adjourned at 7:10.

Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Jocelyn Green who spoke on Saviors, Survivors, Soldiers, Spys: Women in the Civil War.

Submitted by Julie Kittleson, Recording Secretary

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 May 17, 2016

President Steve Hill called the meeting to order at 6:31 pm at Allen College.  He made announcements regarding the decisions that were made at last weeks board meeting.

1.                  All cell phones need to be turned off.

2.                  There is a change to the flow of the meeting.  It will be from 6:30 – 8:30 pm with time

in between the meeting and the speaker for refreshments and then social time after the meeting.

3.                  Sign in sheets will be dropped but there will be a sheet for changes in address and email etc.

4.                  Temporary stick on name tags will be use for guests and new members.

5.                  There will be some changes in the By Laws which will be presented at the September, 2016 meeting.

6.                  There will be election of officers at the November, 2016 meeting.  Members can step forward before that time if they wish to run for an office.

7.                  We are considering having two Vice Presidents.  One being elected this year and one in 2017 since there needs to be continuity in the scheduling of meeting places and speakers.

8.                  We will be streamlining the board positions by dropping the Librarian and Registrar positions.        

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report.  There has not been much change since the previous report.  There is $3,562.68 in checking and $2, 508.44 in savings for a total of $6,071.12.

Historian Kelly Burdick reported on the Facebook page and group.  From May 1-16 there were a total of 48 likes.

News Letter Editor Ruth Tucker reported that she had sent out the newsletter to the members with email and had mailed the others today.  She is including a list of address changes and new members.

Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported that the website is current and asked that people contact her with any new information.  Also on the NEIGS page there is an area at the top for people to post under the title of “I grew up in Cedar Falls”.

Vice President Duane Akeright reported that the June 21st meeting will be the annual dinner at Pizza Ranch with a garage sale.  The September meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Library with author Jocelyn Green as the speaker.  The October 18th meeting at the Cedar Falls Librarywith Rita Congdon speaking on old schoolhouses.  The November 15th meeting will be a question and answer time and election of officers.  This will also be at the CF Library.  He also told about the upcoming FGS Conference in Springfield, Ill. From Aug. 31-Sept.4.  A flier was sent to members of NEIGS.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm and after a short break Duane introduce our speaker Ruth Tucker.  Her topic was “Am I Eligible for a Lineage Society”.

Submitted by Julie Kittleson,  Recording Secretary

Recording Secretary

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April 19, 2016

President Steve Hill called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was held at Allen College. He welcomed several guests. No new members.

There were aprox. 25 people in attendance.

Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Ken Lyftogt. His program was “Roll on Shenandoah” about Iowa regiments in the Civil War. Ken had three books that he referred as he spoke about Iowa regiments.

“Iowa’s Forgotten General” by Matthew Mark Trumbull. “The Civil War Diary of John Rath”. “Blue Mills of Columbia” by Ken Lyftogt.

 Officers reports:

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report. There is $3,679.68 in checking after disbursements and income. There is $2,508.44 in savings. Historian Kelly Burdick talked about NEIGS on Facebook and encouraged people to check it out. Corresponding Dee Winter talked about mail she had received on up coming seminars and a request from a person asking to speak to our group, Fee was $200 which is over our budget. Dee also had a request from a Blackhawk County Sheriff asking for history information on past Blackhawk County Sheriffs for a project he is working on. Vice President Duane Akeright reported on upcoming meetings. The May 17th Meeting will be Ruth Tucker speaking on Lineage Societies. The June meeting will be our annual banquets and garage sale at the Pizza Ranch in Cedar Falls. Webmaster Claudia Hovden said that family search information would not be added to a member on NEIGS website unless that person signed to give permission on the yearly dues form.

Old Business: Steve Hill reported on the 1918 index card project. UNI student Austin Miller completed his required 15 hours. Steve signed the papers that Austin needed to return to Prof. Thomas Connors. Prof. Thomas Connors also has asked NEIGS if he can place another student with us in the Fall to help on our project. The next work time at the VA Hall will be Saturday April 30th, 9 am until 4 pm. As of now, there will not be any work times in May due to a busy schedule at the VA Hall. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Submitted by Steve Hill for Julie Kittleson


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March 15, 2016

President Steve Hill called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  The meeting was held at Winter Hall Allen College.  He welcomed one visitor Sandy Isaacs.

Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Ray Burfeind.  He spoke on the History of Health Care in the Cedar Valley.  He had talked last year about the years 1900-1940.  This year he spoke about the years 1940 to 1970.  He will be continuing the talk in 2017.

Steve Hill gave the treasurer’s report in Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt’s absence.  There is $3,682.63 in checking after disbursements and income.  There is $2,483 in savings.

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded the group about our Facebook and Group pages on the internet. 

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she had done some research work for a person which took her to the LaPorte City library.  She highly recommended the facilities there.  She also noted that the FGS group only allows our board members to use their site.  She said that she would look up information for others if needed.  She had some newsletters and books available for the taking.  She also reported that Burlington and Waterloo would be having upcoming genealogical programs.

Old Business:  Duane Akeright reported that the work days for the pledge card project at the Veterans Hall would be April 2nd, 16th and 30th.  This will be from 9 am to 4 pm.  Please come and spend as much time as you like.  Dick Hastings gave the group an update on the progress.  Austin Miller, a history student at UNI is helping with the project. 

Duane Akeright also reported on the upcoming meetings.  April 19th will be Ken Lyftogt with the program of Roll on Shenandoah about Iowa regiments in the Civil War.  This will be at Allen College.  The May 17th meeting will be Ruth Tucker speaking on Lineage Societies also at Allen College and the June meeting will be our annual banquet and garage sale at the Pizza Ranch.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.  Refreshments were provided by Marsha Bock and Julie Kittleson.

 Submitted by Julie Kittleson, Recording Secretary

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February 20, 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Steve Hill at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting was held at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  There were 6 visitors that had come to hear our speaker. 

Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Dr. Thomas Connors from the UNI History Department.  His talk was Choose Thy Ground:  Memory, Landscape, and Authors in Nineteenth Century America.

After the program President Steve Hill made the announcements.  A long time member of  NEIGS, Louise Shubert, had passed away and our member and Historian Kelly Burdick’s father had passed away.  Cards were sent around to be signed and will be mailed.  Steve announced that Sheryl McGovern had been unable to come to the meeting today and he met with her on Feb. 10th.  He presented her with a card and gift certificate for her retirement from the Waterloo Public Library.  She is now working with the Cedar Falls Library and she is going to try and become more involved with our group.  Steve has also met with UNI student Austin Miller who will be helping with our 1918 Index Card project.  Steve also informed the group that there is a need for more members to volunteer in the Waterloo Library History Room on Friday’s from 1-4 p.m.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurers report.  After disbursements there is a balance of  $3,528.09 in checking and $2,473.44 in savings.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter brought copies of newsletters and other correspondence for us to see.  She also had gotten three old cookbooks from our members Jim and Ginger Young.  They wondered if we could use them in our history room.  They contained not only recipes but also names of residents, addresses and ads from area businesses.  She will do further research to see if these would be of use in the history room of the Waterloo Library.

Vice President Duane Akeright reported on the upcoming meetings for 2016.    The March 15th meeting will feature Ray Burfeind.  He will present the second part of his talk on early health care in Black Hawk County.  The meeting will be at Winter Hall at Allen College.  We will return to our evening schedule with the meeting starting at 6:30.  The April 19th meeting will feature Ken Lyftogt speaking on Iowa veterans in Virginia during the Civil War - Roll on Shenandoah.  In May the meeting will feature Ruth Tucker speaking on Lineage Societies.  These meetings will also be at Allen College.  The June meeting will be the annual dinner at the Pizza Ranch.

Old Business:  There will be work times at the Veteran’s Hall in Waterloo from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March12th,  April 2nd, 16th and 30th .  We will have a booth at the Sturgis Falls Celebration on June 26, 2016.   A check will be sent for registration.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:36 a.m.

 Submitted by Julie Kittleson, Recording Secretary

 

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January 16, 2016

The meeting started at 10:00 am at the Waterloo Library.  Jeffrey Copeland spoke about his book “Ain’t No Harm To Kill The Devil.”  He told the story of his research for the book and about the character John Fairfield, an abolitionist before the Civil War.

The business meeting was called to order by President Steve Hill  at 11:00 am.  The first order of business was to present Mike Magee with a lifetime membership for everything he has done for our organization and others in the area.  Mike started with NEIGS in the mid 1970’s.  He had been Vice President and Secretary for the group.

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurers report.  There is $3,573.13 in checking and $2,473.44 in savings.  Dee Winter and Paula Sexton had done an audit of the books and they were found to be in order.  Dee Winter moved to adopt the budget as presented and Kelly Burdick seconded.  The motion was passed. 

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported on two genealogical programs coming up.  One in Springfield, Illinois and another in Florida.  We have joined the Federation of Genealogical Societies and are waiting connection with their website.  She is receiving society newsletters and at some point will get the saved records from Librarian Janice Holmes.  She also stated there is a need for a helper on January 27th for the work time at the library.

Administrative Liaison Allaire George reported that the library is in the process of making some changes and she will contact the new director in a few weeks.  He was unable to attend our meeting today. 

Vice President Duane Akeright reported on upcoming programs for our meetings.  The February 20th meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Library and Tom Connors from UNI will talk about 19th Century Writers.  The March 15th meeting will be at Allen College and Ray Burfeind will present The History of  Health Care in the Cedar Valley Part 2.  The April 19th meeting will be at Allen College and Ken Lyftogt will speak about the Iowa Regiments who fought in Virginia during the Civil War.  The May 17th meeting will be at Allen College.  Ruth Tucker will talk about Lineage Societies.  Our June 21st meeting will be at the Pizza Ranch for Food, Fun and Fellowship.

Old Business:  Sheryl McGovern the retired Library Director will come to our February meeting and be presented with a gift certificate for her retirement.  Dick Hastings updated the membership on the 1918 Index card project.  There are two 6 packs left to index which can be done at home.  Steve Hill states there will be another student from the UNI History Dept. available to help.  When completed this project will be available at an open house for the public to view and get information on their family.

New Business:  More volunteers are needed for the History Room at the Library.  This would be for 3 hours on Friday afternoons.  The IGS is in the need of a new furnace.  Dee Winter moved that we donate $200.00 for this.  Seconded by Mike Magee and the motion passed.

Historian Kelly Burdick gave a tutorial on our facebook page and group.  The group is Black Hawk County Genealogy and the page is titled NEIGS.  She will be posting information and pictures in the future.  She will also try and add some local links. 

New member today was Karen Krueger.  Refreshments were provided by Kelly Burdick.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:45 am. 

Submitted by Julie Kittleson Recording Secretary.

 

 

 

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