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.
Julie Kittleson, Recording Secretary
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.