Recent Meeting Notes

9 October 2018. Presenter, Laura Pemberton Sparr
Presentation: "Truth or Consequences in Genealogical Research", Additional Information
10 April 2018. Presenter, Leland K. Meitzler
Presentation: Organizing Your Electronic Genealogical Documents
13 March 2018. Presenters, John Richter and Dave Flomerfelt
Presentation: Panel Discussion on Census Records This session was a participatory discussion of using census records. For more information on the federal census and how to use it see "Introduction to Census Records" on the National Archives website.
13 February 2018. Presenter, Tom Trimbath, email:
Presentation: Prepare, Write, and Publish Your Family History Mr. Trimbath welcomes your questions and inquiries regarding private consultations. His books are available on and (photo books).
9 January 2018. Presenter, Laura Pemberton Sparr
Major European Ports of Departure, map Historical Summary of US Naturalization Provisions, table
Finding Passenger Information, chart Customs Passenger Lists in the National Archives
Immigration Passenger Lists in the National Archives

The Searcher Newsletter

Current Issues
Winter 2018
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Tips, Tricks, and Resources

38 Family Search Tips 48 Ancestry Search Tips
The Genealogy Do-Over Workbook How to Search Obituaries to Find Ancestors & Trace Your Family Tree
Online State Resources for Genealogy Researching the Internet Archive
City Directory Finding Aids
City Directory Abbreviations List of First Name Abbreviations
Occupation Abbreviations

WIGS History

Photo Gallery
WIGS' Women in History Display, March 2018 WIGS Holiday Party, 2017

Administrative Documents

Meeting Minutes
General Meeting:
January 2019
Minutes Archive
Treasurer's Reports and Budget
Current Report:
Treasurer's Report Archive
2017 Budget


WIGS owns a collection of genealogy-related books and periodicals that are held off-site by our Librarian, Bob Keough, and are available for members to borrow. Requests to borrow materials can be made to Bob Keough in person at a regular meeting or by email:
See the list of our Library Holdings:
Books Periodicals
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