Category Archives: Genealogy and History Programs, Conferences and Webinars

Orphan Trains and Rock County Wisconsin At the Beloit Public Library:

Orphan Trains and Rock County Wisconsin; At the Beloit Public Library:

Vicki’s note – See notice below of a bonus Tuesday evening program  at the Beloit Public Library of interest to many.  This is from the Library’s “Around the Library” March/April/May 2018 brochure:

“Emily’s Story – The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider
A presentation by Clark Kidder
Tuesday, March 27, at 7 p.m.
In this presentation, Clark Kidder brings to light his own
research on the orphan trains. Between 1854 and 1929,
nearly 250,000 children were transported from New York City to the homes of farm families in almost every state, particularly in the Midwest. Kidder tells the Dickensian story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, of Milton, who, at the tender age of 13, rode an orphan train to the Midwest in 1906. Kidder will read from his book, Emily’s Story – The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider. He will also show pictures from the book in a PowerPoint presentation. The presentation runs about one hour in length, and Mr. Kidder will conduct a Q & A session and book signing following the presentation.”

 

Quote from Amazon.com site about the book:

“It seems incomprehensible that there was a time in America s not-so-distant past that nearly 200,000 children could be loaded on trains in large cities on our East Coast, sent to the rural Midwest, and presented for the picking to anyone who expressed an interest in them. That’s exactly what happened between the years 1854 and 1930. The primitive social experiment became known as placing out, and had its origins in a New York City organization founded by Charles Loring Brace called the Children’s Aid Society. The Society gathered up orphans, half-orphans, and abandoned children from streets and orphanages, and placed them on what are now referred to as Orphan Trains. It was Brace s belief that there was always room for one more at a farmer s table. The stories of the individual children involved in this great migration of little emigrants have nearly all been lost in the attic of American history. In this book, the author tells the true story of his paternal grandmother, the late Emily (Reese) Kidder, who, at the tender age of thirteen, became one of the aforementioned children who rode an Orphan Train. In 1906, Emily was plucked from the Elizabeth Home for Girls, operated by the Children’s Aid Society, and placed on a train, along with eight other children, bound for Hopkinton, Iowa. Emily s journey, as it turned out, was only just beginning. Life had many lessons in store for her – lessons that would involve perseverance, overcoming adversity, finding lasting love, and suffering great loss. Emily’s story is told through the use of primary material, oral history, interviews, and historical photographs. It is a tribute to the human spirit of an extraordinary young girl who became a woman – a woman to whom the heartfelt phrase “there’s no place like home” had a very profound meaning.”

Clark Kidder will have his book available for sale at the Library program, and will sign books.

Clark Kidde’s Orphan Train Website.

http://www.clarkkidder.com/home.html

This is the same author who produced the six volume set of  “History of the Rural Schools of Rock County” – (mostly one room schools) books that we have at the Library:

Location Call No. Status
 Beloit Genealogy & Local History  GEN 378.7758 Kidder 2015 Oct v.1  REFERENCE
 Beloit Adult Non-Fiction  378.7758 Kidder 2015 Oct v.1  ON SHELF
Description 340 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
text txt rdacontent
Series History of the rural schools of Rock County, Wisconsin ; 1.
Note Rock County author.
Included in this book are written histories of the school buildings, memories of pupils and teachers, as well as lists of students, teachers, and board members associated with each school. Also included are various photos of students, teachers, interiors and exteriors of the schools. A history of Rock County Normal school is included, which includes a list of teachers who graduated from the school during its operation.–from container.
Wisconsin author.
Subject Rock County Authors.
Rural schools — Wisconsin — Rock County.
Wisconsin authors.
ISBN 9781505823677
1505823676

Here is some additional information on Orphan Trains:

A non-fiction DVD available at the Beloit Public Library:

Publisher
PBS Home Video,
Publication Date
2006 1995

A book available thru WorldCat on Orphan Trains:

The Children’s Aid Society of New York : an index to the federal, state, and local census records of its lodging houses, 1855-1925

Author: Carolee R Inskeep; Children’s Aid Society (New York, N.Y.)

Publisher: Baltimore, Md. : Clearfield Co., 1996.

Edition/Format:  Print book : English

Database: WorldCat

Subjects –  Children’s Aid Society (New York, N.Y.) — Registers.  Children’s Aid Society (New York, N.Y.)  New York (N.Y.) — Genealogy.

ISBN: 080634623X  9780806346236

OCLC Number: 34963937

Description: ix, 150 pages ; 22 cm

Other Titles: Children’s Aid Society of New York (1855-1925)

Related Subjects:(19)

(The Related Subjects listed will give you suggestions on other terms to use while searching for information on the topic.):

Children’s Aid Society (New York, N.Y.) — Registers.

Children’s Aid Society (New York, N.Y.)

New York (N.Y.) — Genealogy.

Children — New York (State) — New York — Registers.

Vagrant children — New York (State) — New York — Registers.

Registers of births, etc. — New York (State) — New York.

New York (N.Y.) — Census — Indexes.

New York (State) — Census — Indexes.

United States — Census — Indexes.

Census.

Children.

Registers of births, etc.

Vagrant children.

New York (State)

New York (State) — New York.

United States.

United States, New York, New York (City) — Orphans and orphanages.

United States, New York, New York (City) — Societies.

United States, New York, New York (City) — Census — Indexes.

 

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Another Chance to Get Training on How to Use Familysearch.org – Saturday March 3, 2018

Another Chance to Get Training on How to Use Familysearch.org – Saturday March 3, 2018

3-1-2018

Vicki Ruthe Hahn

I just got this notification:

WBCGS Winnebago & Boone Counties Genealogical Society will be having a meeting Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford, Illinois, free to all.  (Directions Here.)

The program is on Familysearch.org, by Lori Bessler, Reference Librarian at WHS Wisconsin Historical Society Library.  Lori does a nice job training on genealogy topics.  It will be worth the drive down to Rockford, IL.

Here is your chance if you missed the snowed out (Feb. 9) and rescheduled (Feb. 16) Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library program on How to Use Familysearch.org, by Nancy Ritter.  We really learned a lot, and even practiced afterwards by setting up our own Family Trees on the Computer Class computers, with Nancy’s help.

The most interesting thing that I learned was that all of the family trees are held in common, and contributed to by users – similar to a wikipedia.  Users that make corrections put in a source or reason (i.e. “personal knowledge”, etc.) for why they change information on any person already listed on the website.  FamilySearch.org monitors any difficulties in doing that.

FamilySearch.org is a free site with access to many sources.  You can search there, even if you decide that you don’t want to create/add to a family tree.

Nancy Ritter is available for further help, and to use research databases  at the Beloit Family History Center.

 

 

Take a free on-line 6-week genealogy class through Gale Courses

 

Take a free on-line 6-week genealogy class

through Gale Courses

2-28-2018

Vicki’s note – Take a free class if you have a Beloit Public Library card or any Rock County Library card.  This is a new benefit of  Arrowhead Library System, part of the ShareLibraries.info group, and is due to a recent increase in state funds.  Gale Courses are on genealogy, and many basic computer classes, etc.

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Use your library card to take a free 6-week genealogy class through Gale Courses – a service of your Rock County public Library. New classes start monthly.

The next

Genealogy Basics class starts March 14, 2018.

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Tracing your family’s history is a fascinating journey. Who will you discover? Genealogy Basics will help you understand the genealogy research process and the way we interpret the information we find. This course guides you through the search process for family names using several subscription-based Web sites, which you can access while you’re enrolled in the class. Along the way, you’ll learn through hands-on examples that help you dig deeper into your family’s past. You’ll develop a strategy to accomplish your objectives, evaluate the results, and share that information with others. You’ll discover, in simple terms, where to look, who to contact, and how to make your family history come alive. Was it truth or goof? Where’s the proof? Find out why close counts not only in horseshoes, but also in hunting your heritage.

About The Instructor

Bob Moyer is a college instructor, graphic designer, and technical writer. Bob has degrees in education, business, and Civil Engineering. He has over 12 years of experience as an instructor and has developed genealogy courses for several colleges. His passion for research and family history has resulted in several genealogy-related books and speaking engagements.

This course will be facilitated by Megan Churchwell. Megan has a personal interest in genealogy, and has built an extensive family tree on Ancestry.com, tracing some branches of her family back as early as the 1400s. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in History and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. Her day job is Curator at a U.S. Navy museum, where she often assists researchers in tracing the military records of their ancestors.

 

There are other classes as well:

 

 

More than 365 engaging, online, instructor-led courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment that are informative, convenient, and highly interactive. Courses run for six weeks, with two new lessons released weekly (for a total of 12), and new sessions begin monthly. The courses are entirely web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments–many of which are optional. Dedicated professional instructors, who are professionals in their fields, coordinate every course by pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

• Enroll in as many classes you like, as often as you like

• Pass the final exam on the first try and receive a certificate of completion

• Repeat classes if you want

• No penalty for not completing a course, simply stop logging in to your classroom

• Some courses are accredited as continuing education credits

Welcome to Gale Courses!

Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online.   As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month.

How to Enroll:

1. Find courses by browsing through the categories on the left of your screen or by using the search bar above.  Click “Enroll Now” next to the course of your choice.

2. Select your course start date and click “Continue.”

3. Create a free Gale Courses account, or sign in to an existing ed2go account.

  • New Students – Enter your email address in the New Student area and click “Create Account.” Complete the “Account and Student Information” page and then click “Continue.”
  • Returning Students – Enter your account email and password and then click “Sign In.”

You will use your Gale Courses account email and password to log in to the My Classroom area to view your lessons once your session begins.

4. Enter your library barcode in the box labeled Submit.  Then click “Use Library Card” to complete your enrollment.

IMPORTANT!

Students who have enrolled in a course must log in and view lessons one and two within 13 days after the start date of the course, or they will be automatically dropped.

Students who are dropped from a course will be able to enroll in the course during a later session.

https://education.gale.com/l-arrowhead/

 

ALS NEWS


Gale Courses

Due to an increase in state funding for libraries, Arrowhead Library System has added a new lifelong learning service to its offerings by purchasing a systemwide subscription to Gale Courses.

Gale Courses provides six-week online programs taught by college instructors who are experts in their field to library card holders at no cost to the patron. The 365+ classes offered cover an astounding variety of topics, which can be narrowed down into three broad areas of focus: Professional Development, Technology Skills, and Personal Enrichment. A large percentage of course offerings are tied to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ fastest-growing occupations positioning our libraries to help our patrons meet demand for top workplace skills and drive economic development in our own communities.

ALS officially launched GALE Courses on February 5, 2018, with press releases, in-library signage, and a social media blitz. Statistics collected on February 28 reveal Rock County library patrons have enrolled in more than 181 classes, representing a commitment to more than 4,344 hours of continued learning.

More information:

Stateline Genealogy Club@ BPL canceled due to blizzard Friday Feb. 9, 2018, rescheduled for Friday Feb. 16

February 8, 2018

Vicki Hahn

Stateline Genealogy Club@ BPL canceled due to blizzard Friday Feb. 9, 2018,

rescheduled for Friday Feb. 16 Still at 10 a.m. at Beloit Public Library.

“How to Use Family Search.org” by Nancy Ritter, Beloit Family History Center.

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Our speaker would like to reschedule,

And several Club members have contacted me with concerns.

I will try to contact as many of you by phone or email as I can.

I will not be attempting the long drive, and will take off Friday Feb. 9 (tomorrow).

See you in a week and a day.

There is plenty to keep you busy here on the BLOG until then.

Keep safe in the snow whether shoveling or driving!

 

CAGGNI Program -Tracing Your WWI Immigrant Ancestors in “Alien Papers”- Feb. 17, 2018

Vicki’s note – the latest CAGGNI Computer Assisted Genealogy Group in Northern Illinois program.

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Upcoming event information:
Tracing Your WWI Immigrant Ancestors in “Alien Papers” Schaumburg Township District Library,
Date: 17 Feb 2018 10:30 AM CST

Tracing Your WWI Immigrant Ancestors in “Alien Papers”

by Debra Dudek

Learn what primary and secondary sources have become available and how to access them. Keep up to date on the constantly changing face of British Isles research by learning about recently released original records, new indexes, books and web sites.

Debra Dudek is head of Adult and Teen Services at the Fountaindale Public Library District in Bolingbrook, IL.  Ms. Dudek specializes in British genealogy and technology topics.  She is currently pursuing a second masters degree in Genealogical, Palaeographic & Heraldic Studies from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more information: Tracing Your WWI Immigrant Ancestors in “Alien Papers”

Best regards,
CAGGNI

FamilySearch.org “Homework” for Stateline Genealogy Club Program February 9, 2018

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Finding Elusive Records on FamilySearch

Relatives Around Me

2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Classes

Vicki’s note – 1-17-2018

160 classes free to watch one week after held.  Click on the link below to sign up:

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2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series announced

MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2018 Legacy Family Tree Webinar Series. Choose from 106 classes from genealogy’s leading educators on topics ranging from to Jamestown to England, from DNA to online privacy, and from Geni and MyHeritage to Legacy.

CAGGNI Program – Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History

Vicki’s note – here is a program on how to do the Genealogy of  your house or a building.  City Directories are very good for finding information on a house and on the people living in it.:cropped-a1

CAGGNI – Computer Assisted Genealogy Group of Northern Illinois

Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History

20 Jan 2018

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Schaumburg Township District Library,

Brick by Brick: Tracing Your Home’s History

by Tina Beaird

If walls could talk … was your home moved, damaged by fire or enlarged to accommodate a growing family? Tina will provide strategies for researching the history of your home using government records, newspapers, phone directories, maps and other resources. Every home tells a story – what does yours say?

Tina Beaird is the Genealogy/Local History Librarian at a midsized Chicagoland public library and owner of Tamarack Genealogy.  She provides lectures on genealogical research, archival preservation, and Illinois history at national, state and local conferences. She is a governing board member of the Oswego Heritage Association and also volunteers her time with several local historical and genealogical societies.

P.O. Box 59567, Schaumburg, IL 60159-0567, webmaster@caggni.org

2018 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs

by Vicki Hann 11-22-2017

2018 Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library Programs are now set.  They are below, and always available on the tab at the top of the BLOG.

(Sorry, I have been off for a few weeks after knee surgery.  More posts will follow as I recover more.  I will be back to work after the December 8, 2017 program.  That webinar/program will still happen.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and  Christmas holidays.)

2018 Programs for Stateline Genealogy Club @ Beloit Public Library                                  

 2nd Fridays of the month from 10 a.m. – noon.

Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse BLVD, Beloit WI

January 12, 2018 “Family History for Beginners, and Detective Techniques for Experienced Genealogists”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Effectively find the most that you can about your family history with hands-on exercises, & examples.  Be successful using basic genealogy research methods. Learn how to: search archives & on-line, record evidence, organize your genealogy, use timelines & “FAN” clubs, analyze records, & find missing clues based on what you know, etc.

February 9, 2018 “How to Use FamilySearch.org”, by Nancy Ritter, Beloit Family History Center

March 9, 2018 “The PaperLess Genealogist, Organize Your Genealogy with Digital Files”, webinar by Denise May Levenick – Archiving Photographs and paperwork.

Tuesday March 27, 2018 Bonus Program “Emily’s Story – The Brave Journey of an Orphan Train Rider” A Presentation by Clark Kidder. 7 – 9 p.m. BPL Meeting Room.

April 13, 2018 – Polish Ancestors – Place Names and Websites; Two FamilySearch.org webinars.

May 11, 2018 “My Genealogy Do-Over – A Year of Learning from Research Mistakes”, webinar by Thomas MacEntee –  Follow experienced genealogist Thomas MacEntee as he re-starts his genealogy research from scratch and includes sound research practices and methodologies which he has learned over the years, as well as new templates and the latest technology, to create a better body of family history.

May 25, 2018 Oakwood Cemetery, Beloit 9 a.m. – Bonus 4th Friday Tour – Robert Pokorney III

June 8, 2018 “What is the difference between Amish, Quakers, Mennonites, and Hutterites – for my Family Genealogy Search?”  Several webinars explaining the differences.

June 22, 2018 – WHS Wisconsin Historical Society Tour and Research – Bonus 4th Friday Leave Van Galder bus station at 7:30? a.m. Arrive at 9:00?  Lori Bessler’s tour.  Library stacks close at 4:30, Library closes at 5:00.

July 13 2018 “Remembering Frances Willard; an Internationally-renowned Leader in the Temperance & Suffrage Movements, From Janesville WI” by Elizabeth Martiniak and Julie Orvis

August 10, 2018 – Familysearch Wiki for Nordic Countries, FamilySearch.org webinar by Liv Anderson – Teaches how to best use the wiki when doing Scandinavian Research

September 14, 2018 “Research Your Overseas Ancestors Without Going ‘Across the Pond”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn  – Learn how to find your immigrant ancestors’ information in U.S. records, in over-seas on-line genealogy databases, and in other, mostly-free, resources. How histories and maps help track their immigrations. What to do about language barriers.  Emphasis on England, Ireland, Germany, and Norway.

October 12, 2018 – “Downtown Rockton Illinois Devastated by Fire on October 31, 1907”, by Steve Balsley

November 9, 2018 – “Genealogy Clues found in Obituaries and Funeral Home Records”, by Betsy Swisher

December 14, 2018 – “Laurence Ousley of the Beloit Public Library – Researching and Writing an African-American Family Life Story”, by Vicki Ruthe Hahn 

 

What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?

Vicki’s note – mostly from the NARA site. 

Here is a NARA hint from our speaker Katherine Kemnitz, genealogist, from last weeks program on “Formating, Printing and Self-Publishing a Book”.

In her research on  NARA, Katherine noticed that she had a hard time finding her soldier ancestor Clem.  She discovered that between 1877 – 1900s that the NARA hired extra clerks to catalog all Revolutionary War and Civil War veterans.  The clerks would combine several soldiers of various names into one folder with one name, if those soldiers were only short -term enlistments, and only on one pay record.  The only way to see the other soldier’s (names/information) was if someone looked into the folder.

There are so many free tools and resources at NARA.  Click on the links.:

October 16, 2017

What’s New at the NARA – United States National Archives and Records Administration?

 

https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy

What’s New?

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

October 25, 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, the National Archives will host the fifth virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast. Viewers can participate with the presenters and other family historians during the live event on YouTube.

All of the session videos and handouts will be available from             this web page free of charge. You can watch the sessions and download the materials at your convenience.

Are you going to miss the live broadcast? We have you covered! The video broadcasts and the presentation materials will continue to be available after the live event.

NARA is hosting its 5th annual Virtual Genealogy Fair on October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The fair will be broadcast live from YouTube.

The Genealogy Fair is NARA’s biggest genealogy event of the year and will feature sessions that offer advice on family history research for all skill levels.

The topics include:

– Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death

-Recently recovered military personnel files

-Japanese Americans during World War II

-19th century tax assessments

-A special presentation on taking care of your family heirlooms

 

Can I start my family history research by typing a name in the search box?

Our search box will not help you find information on a specific person.  However, we have many tools and resources that can lead you to information about our holdings.  Many of our records have been digitized and are made available by our Digitization Partners.