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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

TSGS Meeting Recap For Those Not Attending

Tri-State Genealogical Society Meeting Report

We had a very good meeting last night despite the cold temps! About 20 people came out for the meeting. The following report is being offered for the other 320 TSGS members that was not able to attend the meeting.

The Treasurer's Report gave a current balance of $7,756 and 340 members. We approved the proposed budget for the current year. The Acquisition Committee now has $2,000 approved to buy books & other research materials to deposit at Willard Library. All of the research materials that we obtain are placed on the stacks for any researchers to use (open to the general public). TSGS has added about $100,000 worth of books since our organization began. In the earlier years $2,000 bought a lot more books than it does today. The nominating committee was announced with Don Counts as Chair along with Bettie Cook. Don reported to me after the meeting that all Officers had been selected with one or two Directors needing to be confirmed. The attendance prize was won by Sue Hebbeler... she chose the TSGS paid one-year membership! Congratulations, Sue!! Thanks for attending!!!

Christopher Cooke, Superintendent of the Evansville City Cemeteries, sent me information from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources about the Historic Preservation Month Photo Contest from the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology... for more info go to this link: http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/3994.htm

Our speaker last night, Kim Nightingale gave a program concerning German "ahnentafeln" or "ancestor charts. According to John T. Humphrey, in Germany beginning in 1933, it became law that all governmental employees had to obtain an Ahnenpass with ancestor charts containing 4-6 generations which would have from 15 to 60 ancestors with 11 to 52 surnames. These German SS Records required that all family relationships be proven by documentation with each document being certified. At the end of World War II, the U.S. acquired the original records of the SS and archived them on microfilm now stored at the Maryland College Park campus of the National Archives - being part of Record Group 242, Collection of Foreign Records Seized. Mr. Humphrey discovered these records at NARA in 2003 & has been getting the word out about the value of these records to genealogists. Go here for more information on Military & SS Records: http://www.archives.gov/research/captured-german-records/foreign-records-seized.html

If today's weather (late afternoon snow with slippery streets) was one day sooner, we would have had to cancel the meeting. Everyone seemed to like Kim's presentation... it was well prepared and concise with a very nice outline with all of the pertinent facts & links.

- Submitted by JGWest

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