Union County Genealogical Society

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to the new Union County Genealogical Society website, a work in progress.  Check back with us often as new information will be added by our volunteers.
 
The Union County Genealogical Society is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of their members through the preservation of the county's public records, cemetery records, newspapers and family histories for research by future generations.
 
UCGS is a 501(c)3 non-profit and contributions are tax deductible.  Contributions are used to purchase genealogy materials housed at the Matilda Gibson Public Library in Creston, provide additional offerings on our website and assist in providing quality educational genealogy programs.  UCGS is a member of the Iowa Genealogical Society.  
 
Monthly Meetings
UCGS meets on the 4th Monday of each month except December at 6:00 PM in the Genealogy Room at the Matilda Gibson Memorial Library located at 200 West Howard Street in Creston, Iowa. For information on additional educational opportunities in genealogical research, check out our Events page.  
 
First Saturday 
First Saturday is an educational program UCGS added in addition to the regular monthly meetings in 2018.  On the first Saturday of each month a genealogy workshop is presented at the Matilda Gibson Memorial Library, in the Genealogy Room from Noon to 3:00 pm.  Each workshop is on a special topic given by a presenter with extensive knowledge in genealogy and history.  The presentation is followed by time for questions, and hands on individual help with your research. The theme for 2019 First Saturday programs is Genealogy Around the World
 
The workshops are open to the public at a nominal fee which can be paid on-line or at the door.  Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.  To register on-line, click on The Roots Seller and go to First Saturday Meetings or contact Society President, Tessa Hull at 641.203.0508. 

First Saturday Workshop

Explore your German Roots
 
with Diane Green and Joyce Lindstrom
leaders from the German Interest Group of
the Iowa Genealogical Society
 
Saturday, 06 April 2019
Noon to 3:00 pm
 
Gibson Memorial Public Library
200 Howard Street
Creston, Iowa
 
The workshop is open to the public at a nominal fee which can be paid on-line or at the door.  Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes.  To register on-line, click on Roots Seller and go to First Saturday Meetings or contact Society President, Tessa Hull at 641.203.0508.

UCGS Celebrates Ruby Anniversary

40th Anniversary Picture
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Several hardy souls brave the inclement weather on Saturday, 01 December 2018 to help the Union County Genealogical Society celebrate their Ruby Anniversary of 40 years as an organization with an Open House from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Genealogy Room at the Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library in Creston. 
 
A short program conducted by President Tessa Hall was held at 1:00 pm recognizing the charter members with red and white carnations and a certificate from the society.  Roger Nurnberg gave a presentation on the use of the new website.  David Hargrove, Director of Gibson Memorial Library, spoke on the capital campaign the library is holding to expand the current library, and Wally Miller, President of the Union County Historical Society spoke on the records of interest to genealogist that are housed at the Union County Historical Village at McKinley Park in Creston.  Door prizes were awarded to 6 lucky winners.  Genealogy 101 Beginners Kits were give to new members. 
 
In 1978, an exploratory meeting was held at Matilda J Gibson Memorial Library in Creston with the purpose of forming a genealogy society for the Creston area.  The meeting, organized by Kathy Parmenter, Polly Hulse, and Irma Miller, was attended by 22 persons.  Kathy Parmenter and Karlene Kingery were elected to co-chair a steering committee to organize the new organization to be known as the Union County Genealogical Society.  Other members to the  committee were Carol Cheers, Rev Thomas Coenen, Dennis Kingery, Alfred Lucas, Irma Miller, and Pauline Parrott. 
 
 Charter members to the new organization in addition to the steering committee included: Beth Barnes, Dorothy S Brown, Lucille Carey, Shirley Carey, Maxine Cedarburg, N. Leona Hetzel Chapman, Dorothy Cook, Rose Culbertson, Elizabeth Custer, Celia Davis, Shari Davis, Dorothy Cook, Marilyn Everman, Orpha Feeback, George Fillian, Nellie Hainline, Amy Heidebrink, Mrs. Russell Henry, Marcella Howe, Polly Hulse, June Kaster, Gladys Kiburg, Saundra Clem Leininger, Frances Miller, Irma Miller, Eldon Mills, Roger Nurnberg, Kathy Parmenter, Richard Provost, David Pugh, Ruth Richards, W. B. Richards, Melodee Roberts, Dorothy Roeder, Harry Schrader, Velma Schrader, Lois M Shaffer, Florence Siegfried, Karen Tussey, Doris Glade Vogel, Joan Waske, Helen White, and Roberta Wilson. 

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March 25
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Share a Church Record Program: Church Records Presenter: Saundra Clem Leininger
April 6
First Saturday
Program: Researching Your German Roots Presenter: Diane Green and Joyce Lindstrom  
April 22
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Share a Favorite Marriage Record Program: Marriage Records Presenter: Tessa Hull
May 4
First Saturday
Program: Researching Your Danish Roots Presenter: Kara McKeever
May 20
Monthly Meeting
Roll Call: Name Your Favorite Cemetery Program: Safely Cleaning Tombstones Presenters: Roger Nurnburg and Calvin Huffman