NEIGS Meeting Minutes

NEIGS Meeting Minutes


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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 November 17, 2015

President Steve Hill called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m at the Family History Center in Cedar Falls.  He spoke about our Librarian Janice Holmes who is having health issues and is now living in North Liberty with her sister.  A card was signed by the group and will be mailed to her. 

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported that there is $3,403.90 in the checking account and $2,473 in savings.  She also presented the budget for 2016 for discussion.  Members received a copy of this prior to the meeting.  Steve Hill asked for 2 volunteers to meet with Marilyn to go over the finances.  We will be renewing our membership in the Federation of Genealogical Societies and she informed the group of the advantages.  We will have access to their website to use for research.  She talked about changes in the wording of the budget.  Fundraising will now be Marketing and the Savings account will now include the Special Projects fund.  The budget will be voted on at the January 16th, 2016 meeting.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter sends informational emails every few weeks.  She also reminded us to please use the research time at the library so we will not lose access to this. 

Historian Kelly Burdick reminded us to sign in at each meeting and she has her history book available at each meeting for the members to see.

Web Master Claudia Hovden asked that if anyone has anything to add to the website to please let her know. 

Administrative Liaison Allaire George informed the group that a new director will be coming to the Waterloo Library.  She will meet with him and go over our agreement regarding the Genealogy Room.  The library does not accept individual family information at this time and she will discuss this also.   The new director will be invited to our meeting at the library in January.  At present things are going well at the library regarding the Genealogy Room. 

Registrar Lauri Miller introduced two visitors.  They were Wanda Farrell and Judy Mitchell.  She spoke about their interests and research.

Vice President Duane Akeright informed the group that there is no meeting in December and the January meeting will be on Saturday morning the 16th at 10:00 a.m at the Waterloo Library. The speaker will be Jeff Copeland.  He will discuss his book “Ain’t No Harm To Kill The Devil”.  The February meeting will be on Saturday morning February 20th at the Cedar Falls Library and the speaker is Tom Connors from UNI talking on Nineteenth Century Writers.  In March of 2016 we will resume meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Old Business:  Dick Hastings told the group that the WW I  index card project is moving into the next phase of alphabetizing and indexing since all the cleaning has been completed.  There will be times set up for January weather permitting.  When the project is completed there will be press and news releases and people could come and get their family information for a free will offering.  The funds raised would be divided between NEIGS and the Veteran’s Hall.  He also mentioned that the Hall would be getting two large screen tv’s and would have fiber optic hookups and he would check on possibly having some of our meetings there.

New Business:  Allaire George informed the group that Sheryl McGovern will be retiring from the Waterloo Library and thought we should acknowledge this with a thank you note and possibly a gift card.  Steve Hill will write the note and Marilyn Gerholdt will get the gift card.  An amount suggested was $50.00.  This will be given to her after she retires.   Allaire also suggested we honor Mike Magee since he has helped us so much with many things.  A lifetime membership was suggested.  He will be invited to the January 2016 meeting for the presentation.  Allaire George motioned and Claudia Hovden seconded these plans.

Steve Hill and Claudia Hovden spoke about getting more involved in Social Media.  This would be a way to communicate more with the public.  Claudia asked for some help with Twitter and Pinterest.  It would be good to get these things in place the first of the year.  Steve Hill also said we would like to be involved with Sturgis Falls again this next year.  Will get this in motion and ask for volunteers to help on the Sunday of the festival.  Steve will contact Jill Thorpe in January. 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.  Our speaker was Bill Sharp from the Family History Library talking about changes in Family Search.

Submitted by Julie Kittleson  Recording Secretary

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October 20, 2015

President Steve Hill call the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  It was held in Winter Hall at Allen College.  Two visitors were present,  Wanda Farrell and Jane Brown.  He also announced that members Sylvia and Allen Nordbrock had passed away.  A card will be sent.

 Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported  the balance as of 9-15-2015 in checking was $3,377.07.  After disbursements and deposit of dues the balance as of 10-20-2015 was $3323.90.  Savings account balance as of 10-20- 15 was $781.59.  Special projects had a balance of  $1,691.85 with a total balance in savings of $2,473.44. 

 Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker informed the group that the upcoming work days at Veterans Hall for the index card project will be November 14th and December 12th, 2015. 

 Webmaster  Claudia Hovden reported that the National Archives is doing a Virtual University on the 21st and 22nd of October, 2015 starting each day at 9:00 a.m. Central time.  This is an online program and will last 5 hours each day.  They will also be able to be viewed on U Tube for one week after the regular presentation.

Administrative Liaison Allaire George reported that everything is going well with the library.

Vice President Duane Akeright talked about the program he attended at Fairview Cemetery on October 17th, 2015.  It was a ceremony honoring a Civil War Soldier Levi Jolls, and a veteran of the War of 1812 William Virden.  They had also placed a stone for Mary Virden who was the Grandaughter of William Virden.  The Virden family were early settlers to this area.  A stone had been found at the site of the old Platt’s Nursery years ago.  She died of burns as a child.  Our member Mike Magee worked very hard to get this project accomplished.  Our member Marsha Bock also attended this ceremony.

 Duane also reported on the upcoming programs for Genealogy month at the Library.  On Saturday, October24th Theresa Liewer will discuss Probate Records at 10:00 a..m.  and Vital Records for Midwestern States at 1:00 p.m.    On October 26th  Thomas MacEntee will speak at 6:00 p.m.on The 15 Habits of The Highly Frugal Genealogist.  These talks will be at the Waterloo Library.   On November 4th, Dr. Tom Connors will speak on National Cemeteries at 6:30 p.m. At the Cedar Falls Library. 

 Our next meeting will be held at the Family History Center on November 17th 2015.  It is located on the corner of Pleasant and Garden Streets in Cedar Falls.  It will start at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:47 and Webmaster Claudia Hovden gave the talk on Social Media for Genealogy.

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

 

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September 15, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Falls Library.  There were 22 people present.  He announced that the Waterloo Library will be closed on Friday the 18th of September.  He also announced that we will again have a UNI  history student working with us on the cleaning of the index cards project.  He introduced  Andrew Olson to the group. 

 President Steve Hill read the treasurer’s  report in Marilyn Gerholdt’s absence.  The balance in the checking account as of September 15th was $3370.07 after disbursements.  Savings balance for special projects was $1691.85 and the basic savings account balance was $781, 59.  This made a total of $2473.44 in savings.

Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she had done some research for others over the summer.  There will be several offerings coming up presented by other genealogical societies around the state and she will send website addresses to the membership regarding these.  She also reported that she had worked with Theresa Liewer from the IGS at the Irish Fest held in August.  There was a good turn out at this booth that pertained to Irish Genealogy.  Other members working at the booth during the weekend of the festival were Allaire George, Mike Magee, Celia Simmer and Claudia Hovden.

 Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker reported that she had emailed the current copy of the Cedar Tree Branches to the membership and that the printed copies will be in the mail.

 Vice President Duane Akeright  reported that he had worked on information sheets for the Irish Fest.  He said that the program for October 20th will be at Allen College with Claudia Hovden speaking on Social Media.  The November 17th meeting will be at the Family History Center in Cedar Falls with William Sharpe giving a report on Family Search Updates.  The January and February meetings will be on Saturday mornings. 

 Old Business:  Dick Hastings gave a report on the index card project.  There are only 10 more small trays to clean and he is preparing some wooden trays to help with organizing the alphabetized cards.  The next work days for this are October 3rd, 17th and 31st at the Veterans Hall.  Ruth Tucker reported that there are about 20,000 cards already indexed.  More help with this part of the project would be appreciated.

 New Business:  There are 3 books on the Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls and and 6 books on the Greenwood Cemetery in Cedar Falls that we wish to purchase for the Genealogy Room at the Waterloo Library.  Phil Miller made a motion that we buy these books and it was seconded by Doug Marshall. 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:53 pm and Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our speaker Lorna Lincoln the Vice President of the Linn County Genealogical Society.  The subject of her talk was William George Lincoln:  From England To America.

 Refreshments were provided by Paula Sexton.

 Submitted by

Julie Kittleson,   Recording Secretary

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 JUNE 16, 2015

Vice President Duane Akeright called the meeting to order at 6:55 p.m. after our dinner at the Pizza Ranch.

 Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported that in April we had $4,115.20 in checking and after expenses we now have $3,748.77 in checking.  In our special projects fund we have $1, 606.25.  In regular savings we have $781.59 with a total balance of $2, 387.84 in savings.

 Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter introduced her brother Richard Manross as her guest.  They are working on genealogy projects for their family.  She also reported that the scheduled library time and workshop time will now be open for non members to come and take advantage of working in the library.  There will be a sign put up in the library for information on this.  She will email the members if help is needed.  The Friday sessions in the Genealogy room are going well.

 Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker reported that there are 4 people working on indexing the 1918 pledge card project.  They have 10,000 names already indexed.  More help would be appreciated.  The cleaning part of the project is close to completion.  The next work day will be Saturday, June 20th. 

 Webmaster Claudia Hovden informed the group that she has been getting information from the Florida Genealogical Society.  They notified her that Family Search will be doing a U.S. Webinar series on several topics.  This will be October 12-16th of 2015.  There is no need to register.  Just open up and listen.  She also reminded the group to check out our facebook page. 

 Vice President Duane Akeright talked about his recent research in northwest Arkansas and he is working on the 2016 programs. 

 The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 p.m.  Garage sale items were for sale. 

 Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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 MAY 19, 2015

President Steve Hill called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.  It was held at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  There were 21 present plus one member via skype.  Several announcements were made at the start of the meeting.  It was announced that 3 of our officers were dealing with health issues.   Also announcement was made that our work days at the Veterans Hall on the Service League Pledge Project would be held Saturday, June 6th and Saturday, June 20th.  We will continue to have days scheduled through out the summer.  The cleaning of the index cards is half way to completion.

 There was no treasurer’s report. 

 Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she sent a congratulatory note to the Linn County Genealogical Society for their 50th Anniversary.  She also reported on a project held by the Waverly Middle School which her Granddaughter attends.  The 6th, 7th and 8th grades toured Harlington Cemetery in Waverly.  They looked at all the stones to determine if they had or needed military markers.  Her Granddaughter is also working on her own genealogy.

 Historian Kelly Burdick reminded everyone to sign in at each meeting.

 Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker said that the newsletter is out and that help was needed with the obituary indexing.  A sign up sheet was passed around.  The minutes of each meeting will continue to be in the newsletters. The list of NEIGS publications needed for Local History and Genealogy Room has been made.  Possible purchase after Allaire George sends it to the Library for approval.

 Webmaster Claudia Hovden reported that the website is up to date and to let her know if the members had anything to add.  She also reported that we have purchased a 4 volume set of books on the Revolutionary War Pension Records (index) and another set on the War of 1812 Soldiers (index).  These will need to be picked up at the IGS.  These books were purchased from our fund for books to add to the Genealogy Room at the library.  She also encouraged us to go to the library for the scheduled work times so we don’t loose access to this opportunity. 

Vice President Duane Akeright reported that we would be meeting at the Pizza Ranch for our June 16th meeting and this will be at 6:00 p.m.  There will be no meetings in July and August.  The September 15th meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Library with a talk by Lorna Lincoln on her ancestor’s passage to America.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m. 

Our program was presented by Doug Marshall and Duane Akeright on their Genealogical Journeys. 

Refreshments were provided by Lorna Lincoln

Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary

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April 21, 2015

President Steve Hill called the meeting to order at the Cedar Falls Historical Society at 6:28 p.m.  There were 25 members present.  The sign up sheet for obituaries was passed as there are still some openings for this year.  A member of the museum staff informed the group of upcoming offerings.

 Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt reported that there as of this date there was $4,115.20 in checking, savings of $781.59 in the special program fund and a total balance in savings of 2,379.84.

 Library Liaison Allaire George reported that she along with the Waterloo Library Board are in the process of getting new materials for the Genealogy Room at the library.

 Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter discussed the Quarterly book of the National Genealogy Society.  There is a 40 page article about genealogy research helps in the current issue but was informed by the National Society that the books are only available to individual members.  There is a blog available online written by Marietta Grissom with some helpful information.  “Marietta’s Retirement Ramblings”.  She is also the secretary of the IGS.

 Historian Kelly Burdick, Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker and Immediate Past President Lauri Miller had nothing new to report at this time.  Librarian Janice Holmes was absent.

 Vice President Duane Akeright informed the group that the program for May 19th will be at the Cedar Falls Library on My Genealogy Journey and the June 16th meeting will be at the Pizza Ranch.

 Old Business:  Dick Hastings reported that the next work days at the Veterans Hall on May 2nd and 9th  from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m. 

 New Business:  The IGS will be having their 50th anniversary and a discussion was held as to a monetary donation to be given to them.  An amount of $200 was decided on and a motion made by Dee Winter and seconded by Phil Miller.  The motion passed.  Allaire George mentioned that we are also a part of region 4 and discussed the upcoming 50th anniversary for the Linn County Genealogical Society.  Dee Winter will send them a congratulatory letter.  Lorna Lincoln from that society spoke about their upcoming celebration.

  The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 p.m.  Duane Akeright introduced our speaker for the evening Linda  McCann who spoke on her book “Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.”

 

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March 17, 2015

Vice-President Duane Akeright started the meeting at 6:20 pm with a Skype hookup with Theresa Liewer, IGS President. Theresa talked about Irish Genealogical Websites. She had provided members with a list of websites.Theresa did some sample searches on various websites. She spent about about 40 minutes with her presentation. 

President Steve Hill called the NEIGS meeting to order at 7:10 pm. The meeting was held at the Allen College of Nursing - Winter Hall, Waterloo, Ia.There were approx. 30 members and 2 guests.

Steve Hill recapped the approval of a Administrative Liaison position at our February meeting. The Board has appointed Allaire George to this position. Allaire George spent about 5 minutes on procedures / rules for getting documents / etc. approved and placed in the Genealogy room at the Waterloo Public Library. The Board will meet to review her procedures /rules she discussed with the Waterloo Public Library. The Board will establish / approve a note book with steps NEIGS members will follow to get items placed in the Genealogy room.

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report. As of today there is $4,128,99 in checking. $1,592,25 in our special project account, $781.59 in Basic savings with a total in savings of $2,373.84.

Register Lauri Miller introduced two guests.

Vice President Duane Akeright spoke about upcoming meetings.

Old Business: Steve Hill talked about the the 1918 Service League Pledge cards project. Upcoming workshops will be March 21st and March 28th at Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 9am to 4pm.

New Business: None

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30.

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President Steve Hill called the February 14, 2015 meeting to order at 9:30 a.m.  The meeting was held at the Cedar Falls Library.  There were 20 members and 2 guests present.

 Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report.   As of today there is $3,891.69 in checking, $1,592.25 in our special projects account, $781 in savings with a total in savings of $2,373.84.

 Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she had received the newsletter from Lynn County, Iowa.   They now have a website and have done the 1940 census on line.  The newsletter listed the things they offer and also they will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.  She mentioned that we may try to do some projects with them.  She will email information to our membership.  The National Genealogical Society sent information that they have listings of sites for doing genealogy research in Iowa.  She also received the newsletter from Madison County, Iowa. 

 Historian Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report at this time.

Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker informed the group that she had emailed the newsletter to the membership.  She stated that she only had to print 30 copies this time.  Nineteen went members and the others went to other organizations.  She also mentioned she needed volunteers to sign up to record obituaries.  This program is through Microsoft Excel now and should be compatible with most computers.

 Registrar Lauri Miller introduced two guests.  They were our speaker for today Raymond Burfeind and his wife Judy.  They have been doing genealogy for 30 years.  They also discussed the names they  were researching.

 Vice President Duane Akeright spoke about upcoming projects and meetings.  Saturday, February 21st and 28th will be work days at the Veterans Hall in Waterloo.  We will be working on cleaning, scanning and alphabetizing index cards.  Next months meeting will be March 17th at Winter Hall on the Allen College Campus.  The speaker will be Theresa Liewer via skype.  She will be presenting a program on Irish Genealogy.  This will be held at 6:30 p.m.  The April 21st meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  The speaker will be author Linda McCann talking about Prohibition in Eastern Iowa.  Her book will be available for purchase.

 Old Business:  The changes to the bylaws are printed in the newsletter.  Ruth Tucker moved to accept the changes.  This motion was seconded by Doug Marshall.  Motion was passed by the membership.  Dick Hastings brought samples of the index cards to be cleaned, alphabetized and scanned.  There will be a couple additional work days schedule for March.  David Miller a UNI freshman from Muscatine will be helping with this project.

 New Business:  Ruth Tucker mentioned we could check with the ROTC units at East and West High to see if they would be willing to help with the index card project.  There is also a unit at UNI.  Dick Hastings said he had connections with the high school programs. 

 The meeting was adjourned at 9:54 a.m.

Vice President Duane Akeright introduced the speaker Ray Burfeind, a former hospital administrator, who spoke about the History of  Health Care in the Cedar Valley.  This was part one of a two part program.  This portion was the History of  Waterloo-Cedar Falls Hospitals 1900-1940.

 Refreshments were provided by Doug Marshall

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The January 17, 2015, Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society meeting was called to order by President Steve Hill at 9:30 a.m. at the Cedar Falls Public Library with 22 members and 3 visitors present.

 Announcements were made regarding the Call the Courier question recently in the paper asking for genealogy help.  The caller was given information on our volunteers at the library on Friday afternoons. Patrons will be given our website address for individual help.  Free advertising for us!  Information on the change with the Grout Museum.  We are no longer able to use our membership cards for access to the genealogy library.  We will be required to pay admission price or buy a membership to use the library.  However, we will be given a 25% discount on a membership.  The members were informed that the minutes of the meetings will no longer be read at the meetings.  They will be published in the newsletter.

 Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report.  As of today the balance in checking is $3,566.69.  Balance in the savings for special projects, including funds from the Pizza Rance night is $1,569.25.  Total savings balance as of today is $2,350.84.  A spread sheet for income and expenses for 2014 along with a proposed budget for 2015 was sent to the membership.

 Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter reported that she had been helping on some projects for people doing family research.  She also reported on a special event at the Burlington Iowa Public Library that is holding their 13th annual genealogy workshop on April 10th and 11th.  This will feature Thomas MacEntee as speaker.  Registration opens on January 19th.  This appears to be a free workshop.  Call 319-753-1647 to be on their list.

 Historian Kelly Burdick reported on her history scrapbook which is always available for members to see at the meetings.  This scrapbook contains numerous articles of interest.

 Librarian Janice Holmes is looking for suggestions of books in hopes that some can be purchased this year for the genealogy room at the Waterloo Library.  It was mentioned that we contact the library for suggestions.

 Registrar Lauri Miller introduced the visitors.

Vice President Duane Akeright reported that continuing next month our meeting will be held at the Cedar Falls Library February 14th at 9:30 am.  The program will be presented by Ray Burfeind on history of health care in Waterloo.  On March 17th our meeting will return to 6:30 pm at Allen College.  The speaker will be Theresa Liewer from IGS via skype.  She will speak on Irish Genealogy.  There could be an upcoming program on our own genealogical journey if there is enough interest.  Information will be sent to the membership.

 Old Business:  There was a discussion of the index card project at the Veterans Memorial Hall.  Nothing has been set up as yet but Steve Hill has contacted the UNI professor, Thomas Connors,  in the history department to see if some students would be available to help for credit.  The cards will need to be cleaned and scanned.  The plan at this time is to  share these with the Waterloo Library and the IGS.  This project could last one to two years.

 New Business:  Steve Hill reported on the planned appointment of an Administrative Liaison for means of communication between NEIGS, Waterloo Library, Cedar Falls Library and the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  Also discussed were the clarifications made about our executive board meetings and the rules for having a quorum.  These changes will be emailed to the membership for their consideration and voted on at the next meeting.

 The meeting was adjourned at 10:03.  Vice President Duane Akeright introduced our guest speaker, author Jocelyn Green who presented a program on Woman’s Work : Nursing and the Civil War.

 Submitted by

Julie Kittleson

Recording Secretary.

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The November 18th, 2014 meeting was held at the Family HistoryCenter in Cedar Falls. 32 people attended the meeting. We had one new member. 

First item of business was elections. Hazel Hurley had decided not to run again for vice President. We thanked her for her service. The list of candidates were: President Steve Hill, vice President Duane Ackeright, Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt, Recording Secretary Julie Kittleson, Corresponding Secretary Dee Winter, Librarian Janice Holmes, Historian Kelly Burdick, Newsletter Editor Ruth Tucker, Webmaster Claudia Hovden, Registrar Lauri Miller. No other candidates were presented, The candidates presented were elected for a two year term. 

Steve Hill read the minutes of the last meeting, Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report. Marilyn also presented the 2015 budget plus a monthly breakdown of 2014 income and expenses. Kelly Burdick filled in for Lauri and introduced our new member. 

Old business was the 1918 index card project. Dick Hastings brought some of the boxes of index cards to show the members. It was decided that work days would be scheduled at theVA hall. The board will meet to discuss how we will proceed with the project. The Family History Center has offered to help us.! !

New business was that the board decided to change January and February meetings to the 2nd Saturday of each month. Dates, place and time will be determined later. This was done due to winter conditions.


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The Oct 21, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Waterloo Veterans Hall.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Registrar--Lauri Miller, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Historian, Kelly Burdick, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden.  Officers absent were:  Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—. There were appox. 32 in attendance for the meeting. 

 Steve Hill read the minutes of the Sep 16, 2014 meeting. 

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report. 

Dee Winter had email news letters etc. that she will email out to all members.

Janice Holmes suggested several books that she thought NEIGS should purchase and place in   the Waterloo Library’s new Genealogy room. The Board will discuss what action will be done.

 ·         Nov 18 meeting will be at the Family History Center.

           Old Business:

Steve Hill spoke about the Waterloo Library Friday afternoon volunteers for the             History/Genealogy room. Currently eight volunteers are scheduled October to January. More       volunteers are welcome, contact Steve Hill or Hazel Hurly if interested

New Business:

                Steve Hill reminded us that the November meeting is the annual meeting in which new officers            are installed.  If you are interested in one of the positions, please contact a board member. 

                Members were asked if a Saturday meeting for Jan-Mar would work better for the winter weather. Most were in favor. 

                Members were asked for ideas for speakers next year.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.

 The speaker was Dick Hastings. He showed some World War I index cards from 13 file boxes. All cards were dirty and need to be cleaned, scanned into a computer, etc. The Board will establish a plan of action for how this project will be done.

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The September 16, 2014 Meeting Minutes.

Program started at 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm

Speaker was Theresa Liewer, President of IGS (Iowa Genealogical Society Des Moines) with  Allaire George (Region 4 representative) and Claudia Hovden from NEIGS.

        Duane Akeright arranged the Skype connection.

Theresa talked about IGS, what was available, membership cost and how they wanted to be more involved with all the Iowa chapters.

 

The Sep 16, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 7:30 pm at the Cedar Falls Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Librarian—Janice Holmes, and Registrar--Lauri Miller, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Historian—Kelly Burdick, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden.  Officers absent were:  Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter.  There were appox. 30 in attendance for the meeting. 

 Duane Akeright arranged a Skype connection with a NEIGS member Susan Kuzmak from Canada.             She was able to view, hear and ask questions during the business meeting

 Steve Hill read the minutes of the June meeting. 

 Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report.  We have a balance of $2,991.49 in checking.  There is $781.59 in savings and $1,288.98  in the special funds account.  Grand total of all      savings is $2,070.57.

 Ruth Tucker – September Newsletter’s were sent to all emails. Paper copy would be mailed                       soon to those without email.

 Hazel Hurley announced:

·         Oct 21 meeting will be at the Waterloo Veterans Hall, Waterloo.

·         Nov 18 meeting will be at the Family History Center.

 

Old Business:

Mike Magee had a follow-up on the remains of the infant found in the new University Ave Hy   Vee gas station lot and where it will be re buried. He will give us more detail at a future       meeting.

Mike Magee had follow-up information on 1930 Pension files at LGS. We should be able to          obtain free copies by calling 1-800-240-6124.

 

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The June 17, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by Vice-President—Hazel Hurley at 6:25 pm at the Cedar Falls Pizza Ranch.  The following officers were present:  Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Registrar--Lauri Miller, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden.  Officers absent were:  President—Steve Hill and Historian—Kelly Burdick. There were 25 in attendance for the meeting.   

 Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report.  We have a balance of $2,931.24 in checking.  There is $781.09 in savings and $1,153.28 in the special funds account.  Grand total of all savings is $1,934.37.

  Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 Dee Winter shared that the date for the annual conference in Cedar Rapids in October 11.  More information to come, so watch for her emails.

  Ruth Tucker shared that there is now an excel sheet to enter the obituaries on, so it doesn’t matter what kind of computer you have.  Anyone can do it.

 Claudia Hovden has the website up to date.

 Hazel Hurley announced:

 

·         Sept. 16 will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  Teresa from IGS along with Allaire George and Claudia Hovden will be speaking about IGS.

 Old Business:

 Hazel Hurley said that there were about 8 people that attended the volunteer meeting at the Waterloo Public Library.  The NEIGS will have a volunteer at the library each Friday from 1-4 pm starting on June 20.  There are still more volunteers needed. 

  New Business:

               Mike Magee told us that the 1930 Pension files had been filmed by the LDS church.  He was going to look into how to purchase them.  He thought perhaps NEIGS should purchase them for the Waterloo Public Library genealogy room.  He will get more information for us.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:40 pm. 

 After the meeting the annual garage sale was held.  Great opportunity for members to donate items they no longer need, pick up a few items that are useful, and all of the proceeds go to the special projects fund.  Win, Win for everyone.

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     The May 20, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 8:01 pm at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter Historian—Kelly Burdick, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden.  Officers absent were:  Librarian—Janice Holmes, and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  There were 15 in attendance for the meeting.  There had been about 21 in attendance at the cemetery walk at Fairview Cemetery prior to the meeting.  Rita & Rich Congdon told us the stories of five people from the community that are buried there. 

 Marilyn Gerholdt gave the treasurer’s report.  We have a balance of $3,034.39 in checking.  There is $780.84 in savings and $1,151.28 in the special funds account.  Grand total of all savings is $1,932.12.

  Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.  They were slightly amended.

 Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report.

 Dee Winter shared some information that a lady had sent that will eventually be added to the collection at the Waterloo Public Library.  She also spoke of a class that the IGS is offering on organizing your genealogy that is much cheaper than the one on line.

  Ruth Tucker shared with us that Janice Holmes is going through some treatments right now and isn’t feeling well.  She also announced that the newsletter and the directory have gone to the printers.

 Hazel Hurley announced:

 

·         June 17 will be our annual banquet and garage sale at the Pizza Ranch


·         Sept. 16 will be Allaire George and Claudia Hovden speaking about IGS

             Claudia Hovden had no new news about the website, but did remind us of the session at the Waterloo Public Library on May 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 on different genealogy software.  Also, a reminder about the different work times that the library has to do research that Dee Winter sends out in her reminders. 

             Old Business:

 Steve Hill spoke about the agreement with the Waterloo Public Library and that we need volunteers to sign up to work 1 pm to 4 pm on Fridays.  So far there have been 8 people sign up to help others do their research in the genealogy room.  There will be a meeting on June 11 from 5:30-6:30 so the library can meet with the volunteers.  There was also brief discussion that the items that were donated to the Grout Museum are the property of the Grout Museum and will remain there for research. 

 The next Pizza Ranch bus night is Monday, November 24 from 5-8.  Mark it on your calendar now.  Dee Winter will be the contact person for the Pizza Ranch. 

              

                New Business:

               Steve Hill reminded us that the November meeting is the annual meeting in which new officers are installed.  If you are interested in one of the positions, please contact a board member.  There will be a few vacancies including the recording secretary. 

             The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 pm. 

     Treat were provided by:  Shirley Ackerman, and Steve & Judy Hill.

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The April 15, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Cedar Falls Family History Center.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Web Master—Claudia Hovden and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  Officers absent were:  Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Librarian—Janice Holmes.  There were approx. 30 in attendance.  There were 3 visitors. Sister Farnsworth, Sister Assumptian and Doris Hewitt.

 President—Steve Hill started the meeting off by reading the Secretary’s report since Vivian was               not in attendance.             

Treasurer Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report. We have a balance of $3,128.18 in checking.  Savings $780.48, special Projects $1,146.28 for a total savings of $1,926.76. Old    microfilm account is now called special projects account.

 Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report.

  Ruth Tucker said the cost for printing a new directory would be approx. $1.25. She would prefer to send                    these by email.

 Dee Winter & Allaire George told about a Bus trip IGS was offering. The 2 day trip would be to   the Genealogy Center in Kansas City. The date is June 9 & 10. Dee told about an NEIGS ad that will be in a Courier special section soon about organizations. The cost is $65.

 Hazel Hurley announced:

·         May 20 will be a cemetery walk at the Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls and end at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  If the weather does not permit the cemetery walk then the entire meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  Rita Condon will be presenting.

·         June 17 will be our annual banquet and garage sale at the Pizza Ranch

 Old Business: None

 New Business:

Steve Hill stated that Vivian Pettengill will be moving soon and so we are still in need of a new recording secretary to take her place for the remainder of this year.  If there is anyone interested, please let one of the board members know.

Discussion on the NEIGS checking and savings account. Low interest earned on checking, more interest on savings. Should we keep all the money in savings to earn more interest? Marilyn will check into this.

 Kelly Burdick suggested that perhaps some special project funds could be used to help sponsor a speaker or materials for Genealogy Week/Month at the Waterloo Public Library as well

Steve Hill also explained that with our new contract with the Waterloo Public Library there will be one day a week that we will be volunteering at the library to help others in the genealogy section.  We are using what the Waverly Library and the Bremer County Genealogy Society do as a model to work from.  The board is planning to meet April 25th at the Waterloo Public Library about 10 am. We will get something in writing as to what the expectations are before implementing.

.          The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.  

The speaker for the evening was William Sharpe. He talked about what was available at the Family History Center, how to use Family Search, plus a tour of the building, microfilm and computers.

 Minutes were taken by Hazel Hurly and edited by Steve Hill

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The March 18, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:31 pm at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Historian—Kelly Burdick, and Librarian—Janice Holmes.  Officers absent were:   Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Registrar--Lauri Miller, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden.  There were 22 in attendance.  There was 1 guest present and 1 new member.

 President—Steve Hill started the meeting off by giving the treasurer’s report since Marilyn was not in attendance.   We have a balance of $779.98 in savings and $3,213.07 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $3,646.28.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $4,426.26.  .

 Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.

 Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report.

 Janice Holmes is still looking for titles of things to purchase for the new section at the Waterloo Public Library.  Anything about genealogy will do.  We may see about having some pedigree charts at the library as well for our members that are interested.  That way when someone comes to do research they may find that you have a relative or two in common. 

  Ruth Tucker announced that the next newsletter will be coming out in May.  If you have something to contribute, be sure to get it to her.  The new directories are due to come out then as well.  Please make sure that all of your information is correct for that.  She asked if we would all like a printed copy or an email version and perhaps due to the costs of printing and postage that we would need to purchase any printed copies that we wanted.  She is going to get an idea of the cost for each directory and let us know.

 Hazel Hurley announced:

·         April 15 meeting will be at the Family History Center (Pleasant & Garden, Cedar  Falls) where we will get the tour of what they have available.

·         May 20 will be a cemetery walk at the Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls and end at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  If the weather does not permit the cemetery walk then the entire meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.  Rita Condon will be presenting.

·         June 17 will be our annual banquet and garage sale at the Pizza Ranch

 Steve Hill introduced our new member, Tim Vance and Celia Simmer introduced a guest that she had invited.

 New Business:

Steve Hill announced that Vivian Pettengill will be moving and so we are in need of a new recording secretary to take her place.  If there is anyone interested, please let one of the board members know.

 Ruth Tucker suggested that perhaps an option for some of the funds that we have would be to help sponsor one of the genealogy databases like Heritage Quest for the Waterloo Public Library since there is talk of discontinuing some of the services. 

 Kelly Burdick suggested that perhaps some funds could be used to help sponsor a speaker or materials for Genealogy Week/Month at the Waterloo Public Library as well.

             

               Old Business:

                Steve Hill said that he had talked with Sheryl at the Waterloo Public Library about the micro-film reader/printer and it has been ordered and expected to come in April if all goes well.  We will be able to save to a flash drive when using it.  We are hoping to have a presentation of our donation after it arrives.

               

                Steve Hill also explained that with our new contract with the Waterloo Public Library there will be one day a week that we will be volunteering at the library to help others in the genealogy section.  We are using what the Waverly Library and the Bremer County Genealogy Society do as a model to work from.  We will get something in writing as to what the expectations are before implementing.               

             The meeting was adjourned at 6:53 pm. 

       The speaker for the evening was Rita Condon and the exhibit of “Before William Sturgis” at the Cedar Falls Historical Society that Julie Huffman-klinkowitz had put together.  


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The February 18, 2014 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:30 pm at the Waterloo Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Registrar--Lauri Miller, and Librarian—Janice Holmes.  Officer absent was:   Web Master—Claudia Hovden.  There were 23 in attendance.  There was 1 guest present.

 President—Steve Hill started the meeting off by announcing that Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society had signed a 10 year contract with the Waterloo Public Library so that we will have a home for items that we purchase and in conjunction with the genealogy room they have put together.  We may need volunteers to help the library in the future in regards to this.  Our mission statement is:  To form a mutually beneficial alliance between the Waterloo Public Library and the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society (NEIGS) that will serve the genealogical community by helping to preserve the past for the future.  Allaire George and the board have been working on this project for a few months.  The next step is to try to reach an agreement with the Grout Museum so that should they decide they no longer need items that NEIGS has donated to them, they will give us first opportunity to acquire it.

 Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $713.08 in savings and $3,012.76 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $3,646.28.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $4,359.36.   Marilyn had some copies of the 2013 income and expense report and the 2014 budget available for those that did not receive it at the last meeting.

  Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.

 Dee Winter spoke about the handouts that Duane Akeright had provided after the last meeting on how to calculate someone’s birthday.  They were very much appreciated.

 Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report.

 Janice Holmes had nothing new to report

  Ruth Tucker announced that the newsletters had been emailed for those that receive them that way and the others would be mailed out.  Due to the price of postage going up, she reduced it from 12 pages down to 8 pages to save on costs.

 Hazel Hurley announced:

 

·         March 18 meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Historical Society where Ruth Congdon will speak about their newest exhibit.

·         April 15 meeting will be at the Family History Center (Pleasant & Garden, Cedar Falls) where we will get the tour of what they have available.

·         May 20 with be a cemetery walk at the Fairview Cemetery in Cedar Falls

·         June 17 will be our annual banquet and garage sale at the Pizza Ranch

 Louise Shubert donated several 3-ring binders for those that could use them.

 Lauri Miller introduced our guest that came from seeing the article in the Courier.

                               Old Business:

                Steve Hill said that he had talked with Sheryl at the Waterloo Public Library about the micro-film reader/printer and they are working on bids, etc.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm. 

 The speaker for the evening was Linda McCann.  She spoke on her book about Bremer County and some other books she is working on.

 

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       The January 21, 2104 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order at 6:35 pm by President Steve Hill at the Cedar Falls Public Library. The following officers were present: President – Steve Hill, Vice-president Hazel Hurley, Corresponding Secretary – Dee Winter, Treasurer – Marilyn Gerholdt, Historian – Kelly Burdick, Registrar – Lauri Miller, and Newsletter Editor – Ruth Tucker. Absent was: Recording Secretary – Vivian Pettengill, Webmaster - Claudia Hovden, and Librarian – Janice Holmes. There were 17 in attendance, 3 new members. 

        Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report: We have Checking balance of $2576.84 and a Savings balance of $4313.81, which includes $3601.28 for the microfilm reader/printer. Marilyn also reviewed the budget/expense sheet for the 2014/2013. 

        Dee Winter read the minutes of the last meeting. 

        Dee Winter reminded us about the work times at the library, the cancellation of “Homework time”.  She also reminded us that we could schedule to other times if that would work better. 

        Ruth Tucker passed around the list for obituaries.

Announcements: 

Hazel Hurley updated us on future programs. She has added the Cemetery walk in May, Pizza Ranch/Garage Sale in June. September will be a program on the Iowa Genealogy Society given by Claudia Hovden and Allaire George. 

Lauri Miller introduced our 3 new members.

Old Business: 

 There is no new information about the microfilm/reader. 

New Business: 

Our Canadian member would like to be able to “join” our meetings. We will be looking into Skype for this purpose. 

Meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.

Refreshments were served by Marsha Bock. 

Program was a Question and Answer forum.


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The November 19, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:33 pm at the Grout Museum.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Web Master—Claudia Hovden, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Registrar--Lauri Miller and Librarian—Janice Holmes.  Officer absent was:   Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker.  There were 45 in attendance.  There were 3 guests and 5 new members present.

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $711.45 in savings and $2,160.64 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $3,592.28.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $4,303.73.      

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.

Dee Winter had several brochures to view.  She also announced that the work time at the library for Dec. 10 has been changed to Dec. 11 from 10 to noon.  There will be no more work times at the Waterloo Public Library on Monday and Wednesday from 3-7 pm as of December 31 (homework times).  Please be sure to use the work times scheduled or they may discontinue more them.

The National Conference will be in Virginia in 2014 and in St. Charles, MO in 2015. 

Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report.

Janice Holmes had nothing new to report

 Claudia Hovden stated that if you have a favorite resource or website that you use to let her know and she would add that information to our NEIGS website.

Lauri Miller passed around the sign-up sheet for treats and to process the obituaries for next year in Ruth Tucker’s absence.  She also introduced our guests and new members.

 Announcements:

Hazel Hurley announced:

·         January 21 meeting will be a Question and Answer session at the Cedar Falls Public Library.

·         February 18 meeting will be at the Waterloo Public Library with Linda McCann speaking about one of her latest books.

·         March 18 meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library with the speaker to be determined as of yet.

·         April 15 meeting will be at the Family History Center to follow up more information from the speaker from tonight.

Hazel Hurley mentioned that perhaps we could do a joint meeting with Cedar Rapids or Waverly at some point and perhaps do it on a Saturday.

               

                Old Business:

                Steve Hill, Marilyn Gerholdt and Hazel Hurley met with Cheryl from the Waterloo Public Library for an update about the micro-film, reader/printer.  They are getting more information about the current models and feedback from the library staff and they are hoping to make a decision and to possibly get it in January 2014. 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:51 pm. 

The speaker for the evening was William Sharp, Kacy Novak, and Susan ______.

They spoke about the Family Center website and the Family History Centers in the Cedar Falls and in Cedar Rapids. 

 

                Refreshments were provided by Liz Gott and Charla Kinny.


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The October 15, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:29 pm at Black Hawk Abstract & Title.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Web Master—Claudia Hovden, and Librarian—Janice Holmes.  Officers absent were:  Historian—Kelly Burdick, Registrar--Lauri Miller, and Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker.  There were 27 in attendance.  There were 1 guest and 1 new member present.

Dee Winter reminded us that the Waterloo Public Library is hosting Genealogy month in October and to check their website for several classes that are offered.  Cedar Rapids is hosting their Family History day on October 19.

Janice Holmes and Claudia Hovden had nothing new to report.

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $710.96 in savings and $2,070.55 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $3,146.34.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,857.30.      

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Pizza Ranch event is on October 23.  So at least come eat if you can’t help bus tables since we get all of the tips and 7% of the sales from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:36 pm so that we could get right to the tour of Black Hawk Abstract & Title by Tim Riley and the rest of the crew.

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The September 17, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:31 pm at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice-President—Hazel Hurley, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Web Master—Claudia Hovden, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Registrar--Lauri Miller, and Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker.  There were 26 in attendance.  There were 3 guests and 1 new member present.

Steve Hill spoke about the article in the Courier that Mike McGee had been interviewed for about the pioneer grave at the old Platt’s Nursery. 

Lauri Miller introduced our newest member:  Marilyn Andersen

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $710.52 in savings and $2,107.46 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,894.79.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,605.31.      

 Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.  

                Announcements:

·         Dee Winter had been notified that the Grout Museum had some things for us.  Some of it was mail from as far back as 2010.  She has been working to make sure that all of those that would be sending us mail have the post office box instead of the old Grout Museum box.

·         Kelly Burdick has added items in the scrapbook about Mike McGee’s article in the Courier and the classes when Lisa Louise Cook was in the area.

·         Janice Holmes told us that there is a very nice program through the end of October at the Czech Center in Cedar Rapids. 

·         Ruth Tucker said that we should have all gotten the newsletter by email and the others would be in the mail soon.

·         Claudia Hovden announced that there was another Honor Flight coming in later that evening. 

·         Claudia Hovden had also fixed a bad link on our website.


Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         Be sure to wear your name tag at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, be sure to note that on the sign in sheet.  To save on printing, we will print new ones when we have a full sheet.

·         Steve Hill received the check from IGS for $246.80.  We had already approved that these funds would be added to the printer project for the Waterloo Public Library. 

New Business:

·         Hazel Hurley announced that the October meeting will be at the Black Hawk Abstract & Title office in Waterloo.  Tim Riley will speak about the records they have.

·         November the meeting will be at the Grout Museum and William Sharp will speak about the Family Search with LDS. 

·         Flyers were available for the Pizza Ranch bus and dine night.  They will also be emailed out.

·         Duane Akeright donated several 3-ring binders and sleeves so that we can organize some of our documents.


 The meeting was adjourned at 6:49 pm. 

The speaker for the evening was Jeff Copeland.  He spoke about his newest book the Shell Games. 

Refreshments were provided by Judy and Steve Hill.

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The June 18, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:40 pm at the Pizza Ranch after we had shared dinner together.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Web Master—Claudia Hovden, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Registrar--Lauri Miller, Vice President—Hazel Hurley and Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker.  There were 29 in attendance.  There were 2 guests present.

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $708.76 in savings and $2,142.19 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,482.18.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,190.94.    We will be receiving $349.61 from Famous Dave’s for the fundraiser that we did there. 

 

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Dee Winter has some information about the National Genealogy Society and that the meeting for next year will be in Virginia.

·         Dee Winter had also done some research for someone and they donated $10.00.

·         Kelly Burdick has added pictures of the cemetery walk to the scrap book.

·         Janice Holmes had nothing new to report. 

·         Claudia Hovden announced that there was another Honor Flight coming in later that evening. 

·         Claudia Hovden also advised us that we do not need our library card to go to any of the meetings at the libraries, just to access the computers at the libraries.

 

Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         Be sure to wear your name tag at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, be sure to note that on the sign in sheet.  To save on printing, we will print new ones when we have a full sheet.

 


New Business:

·         Hazel Hurley announced that the meeting in September will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library and the speaker will be Jeff Copeland.  He will speak about his book the Shell Games.

·         October the meeting will be at the Black Hawk Abstract & Title office in Waterloo.  Tim Riley will speak about the records they have.

·         November the meeting will be at the Grout Museum and William Sharp will speak about the Family Search with LDS. 

·         Mike MaGee will let us know if we plan to do a cemetery cleaning day again this year.

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:58 pm. 

 The speaker for the evening was Danny Green.  He spoke about the book he is writing about Hurstville that was started by his ancestors.  

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The May 21, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 7:50 pm at the Cedar Falls Historical Society after our cemetery walk at Greenwood Cemetery presented by Rita and Rich Congdon.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Web Master—Claudia Hovden, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Librarian—Janice Holmes, and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  Absent was:  Vice President—Hazel Hurley and Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker.  There were 17 in attendance.  There were 4 guests that were at the cemetery, but did not attend the rest of the meeting. 

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $708.09 in savings and $2,255.87 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,445.18.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,153.27.    

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Dee Winter reminded us all to check on line or call to where you are planning to go do your research to make sure they will be open when you get there.

·         Kelly Burdick had nothing new to report.

·         Janice Holmes had nothing new to report.  She did send a thank you note for the book that was donated to us a couple of months ago.

·         Claudia Hovden believes that she has the website all up to date and reminded us that Lisa Louise Cooke will be here June 21, 22, 23 with 10 sessions between the Cedar Falls Public Library, Waterloo Public Library and the Independence Public Library.  You will need a library card to attend.

·         Claudia also reported that the Waterloo Public Library has started to move some of the things necessary to create the Genealogy room.  This means they are getting closer to needing our funds for the micro-film reader.

·         Allaire George spoke about the Iowa Genealogy Society.  They are recruiting new members.  If you are a member of the NEIGS or another genealogy society you can get a $5.00 discount on your membership for IGS.  This will in turn get you a discount on their fall session which will be October 25 and 26 in Johnston at the Lions Club. 

 

Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         Be sure to wear your name tag at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, be sure to note that on the sign in sheet.  To save on printing, we will print new ones when we have a full sheet.

 

 

New Business:

·         We will be having a fundraiser through Famous Dave’s on Tuesday, June 11.  Our group will earn 10% of the proceeds for the day to go toward the micro-film reader.  No special flyers, no clearing tables, just have everyone you know eat at least once at Famous Dave’s on that day. 

·         The June banquet will be on June 18 at the Pizza Ranch with our speaker being Danny Green.  He will speak about a book he is writing.  We will also hold our annual garage sale with the proceeds of that going toward the micro-film reader.

·         We are to receive over $400 from the revenue sharing from IGS.  Janice Holmes made a motion that we allow IGS to keep half of the funds and we take the other half.  Doug Marshall seconded.  Vote was passed.

·         Vivian Pettengill made a motion that the half NEIGS receives should go toward the micro-film reader.  Doug Marshall seconded.  Vote was passed.

         The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 pm. 

   Refreshments were provided by Janice Holmes.

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The April 16, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:31 pm at the Waterloo Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Web Master—Claudia Hovden, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  Absent was:  Librarian—Janice Holmes.

There were 30 in attendance.    

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $707.44 in savings and $2,372.77 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,445.18.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,152.18. 

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Dee Winter will email information about the Iowa Civil War Memorial rededication and it will be posted on the website.

·         Kelly Burdick has her scrap book on the back table for everyone to take a look at.

·         Ruth Tucker noted that the dates for the meetings from Sept. through Nov. are incorrect in the new directory.  Please note that meetings are always on Tuesday.

·         Claudia Hovden told us that Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at the Cedar Falls Public Library Megan Smolenyak will be on Skype.

Also, make sure you check the box when you renew your membership if you want your information posted on the website; otherwise Claudia will not post it.

Claudia also noted that the Honor Flight would be returning tonight at the Waterloo Airport at 10:00 pm for anyone that wanted to welcome the soldiers home from their trip to Washington DC.

·         Hazel Hurley shared with us a few of the items that she had made from the last meeting about Heritage Makers.

May will be a cemetery walk at Greenwood Cemetery.  If raining we will meet at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.

In June our meeting will be held at the Pizza Ranch and the speaker will be Danny Green.  He will speak about a book he is writing about his family.

·         Lauri Miller introduced Joan & Leo Ogden for renewing their membership.

 

Old Business:

·         There has not been a date determined as of yet for the fundraiser at Famous Dave’s.

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         Be sure to wear your name tag at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, be sure to note that on the sign in sheet.  To save on printing, we will print new ones when we have a full sheet.

·         Be sure to sign up to enter obituaries and for treats for 2013 on the sheets. 

 

New Business:

·         We also hold our annual garage sale at the June meeting.

 

 The meeting was adjourned at 6:49 pm.  The program for the evening was Ciuin Ferrin who spoke of the Romani heritage. 

 Refreshments were provided by Lauri Miller and Doug Marshall.


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The March 19, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:33 pm at the Waterloo Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  Absent was:  Web Master—Claudia Hovden.

There were 25 in attendance.  There was 1 new member. 

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $706.10 in savings and $2,406.12 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,445.18.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,151.28. 

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Dee Winter spoke of upcoming classes at the Waterloo Public Library in April and June and a seminar in Burlington.  She will email more information.

·         Kelly Burdick has her scrap book on the back table for everyone to take a look at.

·         Janice Holmes spoke of about a book that had been donated to our group and she is still asking for titles of items to purchase in the future after the Waterloo Public Library get their genealogy area set up.

·         Ruth Tucker said that the new directory has been emailed out.  If you want a printed copy let Ruth Tucker know.  She will send it to the printer on March 22.

·         Hazel Hurley updated us on the next few meetings. 

April at the Waterloo Public Library will be about Gypsies

May will be a cemetery walk at Greenwood Cemetery.  If raining we will meet at the Cedar Falls Historical Society.

·         Steve Hill spoke of a fundraiser at Famous Dave’s will now most likely be in June.  More information to come.  We will earn a percentage of the sales for the day.

·         Lauri Miller introduced our newest member:  Janice Rather.

 

Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         Be sure to wear your name tag at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, be sure to note that on the sign in sheet.  To save on printing, we will print new ones when we have a full sheet.

·         Be sure to sign up to enter obituaries and for treats for 2013 on the sheets. 

 

New Business:

·         There was no new business. 

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:53 pm.  The program for the evening was Lorna Lincoln.  She showed us a DVD on Oral Histories & Storytellers

 

Refreshments were provided by Kelly Burdick.


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The February 19, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:35 pm at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Historian—Kelly Burdick, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  Absent was:  Web Master—Claudia Hovden.

There were 30 in attendance.  There was 1 visitor. 

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $704.90 in savings and $2,329.64 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,428.18.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $3,133.08. 

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Dee Winter spoke of an upcoming German workshop.  She will email more information.

·         Kelly Burdick has her scrap book on the back table for everyone to take a look at.

·         Janice Holmes spoke of a National Genealogy meeting coming up in Las Vegas.

·         Ruth Tucker said that the next newsletter is out and the new directory will be out in March. 

·         Hazel Hurley gave us information on the speakers for most of the meetings for the rest of the year.  The information will be in the directory and on the website as well.

March at the Waterloo Public Library                      Story Tellers

April at the Waterloo Public Library                          Gypsies

May will be a cemetery walk at Greenwood Cemetery

June at the Pizza Ranch                                 Danny Greene on his family book

September at the Cedar Falls Public Library          Jeff Copeland on Shell Games

October at Black Hawk Abstract & Title                   Tim Reily

November                                                                          TBD

·         Steve Hill spoke of a fundraiser at Famous Dave’s that we will do in April or May.  More information to come.

 

 

Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         New name tags have been made for everyone.  Be sure to wear it at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, be sure to note that on the sign in sheet.

·         Be sure to sign up to enter obituaries and for treats for 2013 on the sheets. 

·         Steve Hill brought up the updates to the By-Laws for further discussion.  Doug Marshall proposed that the executive committee vote on the final changes.  Julie Kittleson seconded and the motion was passed. 

 

New Business:

·         Marilyn Gerholdt shared with us the pictures of the USS Iowa that had been sent from California from one of our members.  It was noted that if you show your Iowa driver’s license that you can tour for free in Los Angeles.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:22 pm.  The program for the evening was Mary Kelly from Heritage Makers.  She gave us several ideas on ways to preserve our stories.

 

Refreshments were provided by Karen Orr, Shirley Ackerman and Anna Armstrong.

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The January 15, 2013 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Steve Hill at 6:35 pm at the Cedar Falls Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Steve Hill, Vice President—Hazel Hurley, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Librarian—Janice Holmes, Historian—Kelly Burdick, and Registrar--Lauri Miller.  Absent were:  Web Master—Claudia Hovden, and Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter.

There were 36 in attendance.  There was 1 visitor and 2 new members. 

Steve Hill explained our new member form that we will be using.

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $703.63 in savings and $1,914.47 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,193.64.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $2,897.27.  We earned $157.24 from the Dine & Donate at Lone Star.  We have not received those funds yet. 

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting. 

 

                Announcements:

·         Kelly Burdick has started a new scrapbook for our group.  Bring her any information that you feel might be a good addition.

·         Janice Holmes wants us to keep giving her titles of any books that we feel would make good purchases for the group.

·         Ruth Tucker said that the next newsletter will be out in February and the new directory will be out in March.  She can always use ideas of things to publish in the newsletter.

Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         New name tags have been made for everyone.  Be sure to wear it at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, but sure to note that on the sign in sheet.

·         Be sure to sign up to enter obituaries and for treats for 2013 on the sheets.  Ruth Tucker explained that the obituaries are posted to obituary daily times at rootsweb.com.

·         Marilyn Gerholdt met with Cheryl and Kim at the Waterloo Public Library to let them know that we were donating $2,500 for the microfilm reader.  They suggested that we hold the money until they make the purchase and then we can make the check out to the Foundation.

 

New Business:

·         Hazel Hurley told us that the next speaker is from Heritage Makers and the meeting will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library.

·         March and April meetings will be at the Waterloo Public Library.

·         Marilyn Gerholdt presented everyone of the income and expenses for 2012 and a proposed budget for 2013.

·         Steve Hill brought up another fundraiser to dine at Famous Dave’s.  Duane Akeright had brought the information to our attention.  It was voted to do it.  Steve Hill will find out more information.

·         Lauri Miller asked for the new members to stand and tell what lines they were searching.

·         Steve Hill reminded us that dues are due.  Those that have paid their dues will be in the new directory.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 pm.  The program for the evening was Linda McCann.  She spoke about her latest book “The Cedar Valley Road” and the different trains that were in the area.

 

Refreshments were provided by Julie Kittleson and Marsha Bock.

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The November 20, 2012 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Lauri Miller at 6:38 pm at the Grout Museum.  The following officers were present:  President—Lauri Miller, Vice President—Steve Hill, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Librarian—Janice Holmes, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden, absent was Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter.

There were 15 in attendance.  There were 0 visitors and 0 new members. 

Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.

Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $701.22 in savings and $1,687.05 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $2,181.64.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $2,886.86.  We earned $157.24 from the Dine & Donate at Lone Star.  We have not received those funds yet.  With these funds it makes a total for the micro film reader of $2,338.88.

 

                Announcements:

·         Ruth Tucker spoke for Dee Winter to let us know that work times at the Waterloo Public Library starting in January will always be the second Tuesday of the month from 10 am to noon and from 7 pm to 9 pm.  There will be another work time on the fourth Wednesday of the month from noon to 2 pm.  The library also has work times on Monday and Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm.  Anyone working on any project may use the computers at that time.  May be limited to time, depending on how many people need computers on those days.  You will need to show your library card for those sessions. 

·         Claudia Hovden mentioned that if you are working on something that you would like some help with you may want to email one of the board members so that we can make sure someone other than library staff is there to help you. 

·         Janice Holmes mentioned to be sure to give her titles of any books that you feel our group should purchase for the library.  Discussion was had about perhaps purchasing not just books, but CD’s & DVD’s, etc.  Perhaps we could even donate some funds to help sponsor a database like Ancestry.

·         Ruth Tucker announced that 1 out of every 34 people is a Mayflower descendent.

·         Claudia Hovden reminded us to be sure to check the box or let her know if you want your information added to the website for others to contact you. 

·         She also talked about the new member form we will be using.  This way we can get to know our members (potential members) better.  Their needs, talents, etc.  It was also discussed that we would use this form with our current members and spend a few minutes with it at our next meeting. 

·         Vivian Pettengill suggested that since we have close to $2,500 in our micro/reader fund that we donate that much to the library.  Claudia Hovden made a motion to do that and Hazel Hurley seconded.  The motion passed.  We want to make sure that we donate the funds so that the group gets the credit and it works best for the library.  Philip Miller suggested that we pay by invoice.  Marilyn Gerholdt will check with the library as to the proper way to handle our donation.

·         Thanks to everyone that has donated, worked at the Pizza Ranch, sold punch cards, etc.

 

Old Business:

·         Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.

·         New name tags have been made for everyone.  Be sure to wear it at the meetings or pay $1.00.  If you need one or don’t have one yet, but sure to note that on the sign in sheet.

·         Be sure to sign up to enter obituaries and for treats for 2013 on the sheets.

·         Be sure to get your dues paid so that you will be in the next directory. 

 

New Business:

·         Steve Hill reminded us that there is no December meeting.

·         January and February meetings will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library.

·         March and April meetings will be at the Waterloo Public Library.

·         Nominations were made for officers for the next two year term.

President—Steve Hill

Vice President—Hazel Hurley

Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter

Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill

Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt

Historian—Kelly Burdick

Librarian—Janice Holmes

Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker

Webmaster—Claudia Hovden

Registrar—Lauri Miller

                Philip Miller made a motion to elect all by acclamation.  Ruth Tucker seconded.

Motion was passed. 

·         Steve Hill spoke of having a program committee to help come up with topics for speakers, etc.  There could be 2 or 3 people on the committee.  Lauri Miller said she would be on that.  If you have any ideas of topics you would like to know more about, but sure to submit them. 

·         Ruth Tucker said that she and Allaire George will be hosting some genealogy classes at the Cedar Falls Public Library in January 2013.  Be sure to check out their website for dates and times.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 pm.  There was not a program, due to the election of officers.

 

Refreshments were provided by Diane Hoffman.


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The October 16, 2012 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Lauri Miller at 6:31 pm at the Waterloo Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Lauri Miller, Vice President—Steve Hill, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, Librarian—Janice Holmes, and Web Master—Claudia Hovden. 
There were 26 in attendance.  There were 0 visitors and 3 new members. 
Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.
Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $700.24 in savings and $1,511.92 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $1,564.39.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $2,264.63. 
 Announcements:
• Dee Winter reminded us that we had a work time at the Waterloo Public Library yet after the meeting tonight. 
• Janice Holmes mentioned that the Waterloo Public Library may be doing some rearranging and then we can purchase some new books.
• Ruth Tucker announced that the obituary list for next year was on the back table.  The next newsletter will be out in November.
• Claudia Hovden said to send her an email if you wanted your contact information to be added to the website so that others could contact you about your ancestors. 
Old Business:
• Be sure to sign up to help bus tables at the Pizza Ranch on Mon. Oct. 29.  If you haven’t used up all of the Pizza Ranch punch card, it expires Oct. 31. 
• We will have Dine & Donate at Lone Star on November 15.  This is an all day event.  Be sure to grab some flyers and pass them out and make copies.  The flyer must be presented for us to get 15% of the proceeds from the meal. 
• Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.
• President Lauri Miller asked for anyone that was interested in being on the Nominating Committee and if anyone was interested in filling any of the positions.
• Kelly Burdick spoke about the cemetery cleaning that was on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 pm at Pioneer Cemetery.  There were a few people that turned out.  They had a good time and got some cleaning done.
New Business:
• Steve Hill reminded us that the next meeting is at the Grout Museum.  Park at the top of the hill on the east side of the building. 
• There is no December meeting.
• January and February meetings will be at the Cedar Falls Public Library.
• March and April meetings will be at the Waterloo Public Library.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:54 pm.  Ruth Tucker spoke on different genealogy numbering systems to help keep your family tree organized.
 
Refreshments were provided by Marilyn Gerholdt.
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The Sept. 18, 2012 meeting of the Northeast Iowa Genealogical Society was called to order by President—Lauri Miller at 6:40 pm at the Waterloo Public Library.  The following officers were present:  President—Lauri Miller, Vice President—Steve Hill, Recording Secretary—Vivian Pettengill, Treasurer—Marilyn Gerholdt, Corresponding Secretary—Dee Winter, Newsletter Editor—Ruth Tucker, and Librarian—Janice Holmes.  Web Master—Claudia Hovden was not present.
There were 26 in attendance.  There was 1 visitor and 1 new member. 
Vivian Pettengill read the minutes of the last meeting.
Marilyn Gerholdt gave the Treasurer’s report:  We have a balance of $699.34 in savings and $1,414.23 in checking.  Funds collected for the reader are $1,499.08.  Total in savings including the funds for the microfilm reader is $2,198.42. 

 Announcements:
• Dee Winter reminded us to be sure to check out all of the genealogy classes that the Waterloo Public Library has in October and the work times.
• Ruth Tucker announced that the newsletters were done.  The emailed copies have been sent and the printed copies are on the table. 
• Ruth also had the left over garage sale items.  Any items left over from the meeting tonight will be donated to Friends of the Library. 
• Janice Holmes announced the Cedar Rapids Family History Center day will be October 20 from 9:00 to 4:00.

Old Business:
• Be sure to sign in on the sheet and make any corrections to your information that is needed.
• We are continuing to donate for the micro/film reader/printer for the Waterloo Public Library. 
• Cemetery cleaning will be Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 pm at Pioneer Cemetery.
• There was a small group of 5 that attended the pot luck at Ruth Tucker’s house on Aug. 21. 
• There were several flyers passed out at Sturgis Falls and we got at least one new member from our time there.

New Business:
• Steve Hill reminded us that the October meeting is at the Waterloo Public Library and the November meeting will be at the Grout Museum. 
• Sign up to help bus tables on Monday, October 29 to help add funds to the micro/film reader/printer.
• It was decided that the Lone Star dine and donate to earn 15% to help benefit the micro/film reader would be on Nov. 8. 
• President Lauri Miller asked for anyone that was interested in being on the Nominating Committee and if anyone was interested in filling any of the positions.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.  Marilyn Gerholdt presented the stories that went along with some of the wedding dresses of her family.
 
Refreshments were provided by Steve & Judy Hill.

 


 

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