Genealogy Club news

Lydia O’Connor

March and April were busy months for the SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club. First, nine club members traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah for a ten-day trip to do genealogy research. From all accounts, fun was had by all and a lot was accomplished. Some of the highlights mentioned by travelers include finding family information, learning new skills and technics, hearing the Tabernacle Choir, trips in and around the area, fun after hours and one person even found out she was related to Elvis Presley. What more could a person want?

Later in March, Gloria Quigg organized a SaddleBrooke Genealogy Club and Ranch Roots Genealogy seminar. Four facilitators conducted the sessions. Chris Nelson spoke about U.S. Census Records; Jeri Taylor covered Exploring Family Tree Maker; Lynn Simon talked about Ancestry DNA tools and Gloria Quigg explained the different DNA tests available. There was a question and answer session after the classes with a lunch served and, last but not least, door prizes and raffles. What gathering could be complete without those special treats? The seminar was well received by all participating and we hope there will be others in the future.

The club concluded activities on April 4, with the annual luncheon at the MountainView Clubhouse. Delicious food was served, members shared interesting genealogy research experiences and pictures of the Salt Lake City trip were shared with all. The slate of officers for the 2019-2020 year was presented. Candidates include Carol Tibor for President, Rondie Yancey for Vice President, Pat Rourke for Treasurer and Chris Nelson for Secretary and Jan Cahill for Member at Large. The voting will take place at the May meeting. Raffle prize winners for $50 were Judy Barwood and Kathy Purcell; $25 winners were Beverly Smith and Pat Rourke.