Tuesday, May 12, 2015

HCGS Meeting June 13th 2015 - European Genealogy

The meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will be Saturday June 13th, 2015 at the usual place, Manoa Gardens Community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9:00 am.

  The featured presentation is:
By Randy and Cecelia Day

Plan on arriving at 8:30 am to find a parking place and help set up the meeting room.  Parking is only in the lot of Manoa District Park, or on public streets, except for two handicapped places by the meeting room

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

HCGS Meeting May 9th 2016 - FamilySearch Indexing

The meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will be Saturday May 9th, 2015 at the usual place, Manoa Gardens Community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9:00 am.

  The featured presentation is:
        "FamilySearch Indexing: Take the Challenge! 
A brief overview of the indexing program of FamilySearch.org:
          how it works; how you can help."   

     The speaker was Sharon Matsunaga who provided a power point presentation on "FamilySearch.org Indexing" and brought booklets to hand out.  She worked for 23 years at the American Cancer Society in Nuuanu and has been doing indexing for FamilySearch.org since 2007.  She began as a FamilySearch.org arbitrator in 2014.   In addition, she became a Family History Consultant in December 2014 and volunteers at the Family History Center in Kaneohe, Oahu.


Michael Mueller-Ali discusses the German "Umlaut" in writing

Monday, March 23, 2015

HCGS Meeting April 11, 2015 - Portuguese Genealogy

The April 11th,  2015 meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will meet, as usual, at the Manoa Gardens meeting room at 9 am Saturday.  Remember to park in the District Parking lot, or on the public streets.
   Doris Naumu - past president of the Portuguese Historical Society (for 33 years) will be the guest speaker.  She will speak about Portuguese Genealogy.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

HCGS Meeting 14 Mar 2015 - Swedish Genealogy

The March 14, 2015 meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society met as usual, at the Manoa Gardens meeting room at 9 am Saturday March 14th.
                                                      SWEDISH GENEALOGY

Dan Nelson
Dan Nelson, volunteer at a Family History Center, and past president of the Portuguese Genealogical Society, gave a very interesting and knowledgeable presentation on SWEDISH genealogy.

Dan displaying his pedigree shart

Dan's Swedish ancestors

Shamrock cookies for St Patrick's Day!! 

Sunday, February 1, 2015

HCGS Meeting Feb 14, 2015 -cancelled


The February 2015 meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society was cancelled due to high winds and power outages.   Doris Naumu - past president of the Portuguese Historical Society (for 33 years) the scheduled guest speaker; she is now scheduled to speak about Portuguese Genealogy at the April 11th meeting.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HCGS Meeting Jan 10, 2015 - Elections & Research in Iowa

The January 2015 meeting will  meet, as usual, at the Manoa Gardens meeting room at 9am Saturday.  Remember to park in the District Park lot or on the public streets.
   There will be elections.
    The speaker will be Mark Pierce, he's been planning this for quite a while and should be very good.  The topic is

 "Researching a Pearce/Pierce Family in Cedar County, Iowa"

   Mark plans to introduce his paternal line that settled in Eastern Iowa.  He'll talk about the family line; their western migration from colonial New England; talk a bit about the county itself, and the resources that were available to him while researching. ---
   Mark explains:
 "Although I knew my dad was from Iowa and my mother from Kansas, the Midwest was always a place I looked down upon when flying from one coast to the other.  I have only visited Iowa twice, once from the back seat of a green Ford station wagon when I was six and on vacation with the family, and then about forty years later after I began researching this family.  Discovering this family meant learning about a place that was fairly foreign to me.   I’ll explore with you my paternal line and share with the group some experiences of researching a rather large family in a small rural county of Iowa."

Monday, November 10, 2014

HCGS Nov 30, 2014 Christmas/Holiday Party

The Christmas/Holiday Party of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will be at the Outrigger Canoe Club on Sunday Nov 30th at 10:30 am.   A wonderful buffet brunch will be available and the cost is $22 each.  Please provide the names of those planning to attend to Trisha Mach-Robertson or Kathy Hudson.   Bring a $10 to $15 gift to exchange; Harriet Hoffman will lead the exchange event.
   Limited free parking is in the OCC parking garage (2090 Kalakaua Ave.), otherwise park at meters along Kalakaua Ave. (bring plenty of quarters), or free spaces on other side of Kapiolani Park.

  The January 10th 2015 meeting will be important with nearly all the Board of Directors seats up for election.  Please don't miss this annual meeting.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

HCGS Nov 8, 2014 meeting - DNA and Genealogy Research

   The meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will be Saturday Nov 8th, 2014 at the usual place, Manoa Gardens Community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9:00 am.
   Plan on arriving at 8:30 am to find a parking place and help set up the meeting room.  Parking is ONLY in the lot of Manoa District Park, except for two handicapped places at the meeting room, or on the public streets.

    On Nov 8th the program was an excellent presentation called "DNA and Genealogy Research" by Dr. William Remus.  William Remus is an Emeritus Professor of Information Technology Management at the University of Hawaii.

The following is a link to his homepage http://remus.shidler.hawaii.edu/  and that has a link to download his power point presentation:  Using DNA in Genealogical Research  Other links show is family genealogy in Prussia and Eastern Europe.

        Emeritus was a term used by the Roman Army for retired Roman warriors; that is, men no longer needed to fight alongside the other legionnaires in Rome's many wars (Roman Legionnaires were lucky to get out alive). He continues to use his expertise as he works with doctoral students on their dissertations.  He has published over 100 scientific papers including over 60 refereed journal articles, 5 books, and 5 book chapters. The best of this work has appeared in Management ScienceManagement Information Systems QuarterlyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and International Journal of Forecasting. A 1996 citation analysis of the research on Decision Support ranks him 6th in the 
world in his contribution to research in cognitive factors and 10th in the world in research on interface design (Eom in Decision Support Systems, 1996).
   In recent years, Dr Remus has become interested in the history of the Germans (and his family in particular) in Eastern Europe (modern Poland and Russia). He regularly gives presentations of this topic and is past President of the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE). He has presented on "German Migrations into Poland and Volhynia" and "Using DNA for Genealogical Research."
   William Remus is also interested in and plays the music of Indonesia with the Gamelan Ensemble; they play Gamelan in the styles of Surakarta, Yogjarkarta, and Bali. He is past President of the Hawaii Gamelan Society.    http://www.eastwestcenter.org/events/arts-performance-cup-java

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oct 11, 2014 HCGS Meeting - Legacy software

The meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will be Saturday  October 11, 2014 at the usual place:  Manoa Gardens Community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9:00 am.  Parking is ONLY in the lot of Manoa District Park, except for two handicapped places at the meeting room, or on the public streets.

    To begin the meeting, Jim Deutch and Suzanne Case will each be giving a  5 - minute biography of an ancestor . 
Suzanne Case with a biography and memories of her mother

Jim Deutch
Father of Jim Deutch
     The main program will be "GENEALOGY PROGRAMS" presented by Lenore Hansen-Stafford.

Lenore Hansen-Stafford discussing "Legacy"

Some of the HCGS members attending the October 2014 Meeting

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sept 13th, 2014 HCGS Meeting - Paper record preservation

      The meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society will be Saturday Sep 13th 2014 at the usual place, Manoa Gardens Community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii, at 9:00 am.

        The program will be "Preservation Storage of Family Photographs and Paper-Format Records:  An Overview of Basic Principles, Practices, and Supplies" by Linda Laurence, member and former Bishop Museum Archivist and Hawaiian Historical Society Photograph Preservation Project Librarian.

   Parking is ONLY in the lot of Manoa District Park, except for two handicapped places at the meeting room, or on the public streets.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Aug 9 mtg HCGS Canceled

Due to the Hurricane Iselle threat, the HCGS meeting for August is canceled.  See you in September.  Donna Wendt, President

Friday, June 20, 2014

HCGS Mtg July 12, 2014 Hawaii Land Records

The July meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society  was held Saturday 12 July, 2014 at the Manoa Gardens Housing community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii.        
The main program was given by -
           Nicky Thompson,
        Director of Hawaii Bureau of Land Conveyances.  
Nicky Thompson
   “Maintaining an accurate, timely and permanent record system for title to real property is the responsibility of the Bureau of Conveyances. The Bureau examines, records, indexes, and microfilms over 344,000 Regular System and Land Court documents and maps annually; issues Land Court Certificates of Title; certifies copies of matters of record; and researches UCC requests. Hawaii is the only state in the nation with a single statewide recording office.”

Listening to a wonderful presentation on Lany records by Nicky Thompson

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

HCGS Meeting June 14, 2014 - Hawaii State Archives

The June 14, 2014 meeting of the Honolulu County Genealogical Society met at 9 am, at the Manoa Gardens Housing community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii to learn about the Hawaii State Archives.

  Hawaii State Archives Presentation Summary Report,  by Mona Morris, HCGS Member
  On Saturday June 14th our guest speakers from the Hawaii State Archives were Gina Vegara
Bautista and Jun Sun Yi Research Archivists and experts in genealogical research.
  They commenced with a historical overview of the archives. Noting how a visitor to the islands
met the king and discussed the preservation of documents pertaining to many areas denoted by
property ownership, people, places and things. Hawaii had one of the first government building 
specifically built to house the vital statistic data collected in the United States.
   Records in the archives differ from other organizations because they are exclusively government
 files.  Ms. Vegara-Bautista mentioned there were too many significant dates to quote. Pre-1778 
there were no written records concerning Hawaii. In 1820 more documentation began with the 
arrival of missionaries.  The Hawaiian language became a written language in 1822 and in 1840
the Constitutional Government was formed.
    The archives are divided into divisions, according to vital statistic records marriage, birth and
 death. It provides the sources for obituaries, will, probates, royal probates and 
 cemetery/indexes and records.
Death Records index
    They have information on Immigration and Citizenship Records which includes ship
passenger manifests arriving from 1900-1921. The extent to the resources available spans 
    Lastly, the Census Records date from 1866-1896 which covers the main islands.
    It is important to note that you will need to sign out any and all materials at the circulation desk.
    The material is maintained, organized and distributed be an archival employee. Be prepared
when researching to provide as much information about your research to effectively expedite your
search. Paid parking is available on the Iolani Palace grounds for two hours limit. Xeroxing is
available at a minimal charge and follows the copy right policy.
    Before the end of their presentation a brochure of "Genealogy Resources At The Hawaii State Archives" was provided. 

  - photos provided by Harriet Hoffman

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

HCGS meeting May 10th, 2014 at the University of Hawaii

On May 10, 2014 the Honolulu County Genealogical Society met at 9:30 AM in the lobby of the Hamilton Library at the University of Hawaii, Manoa Upper Campus.

     "The presenter, Dore Minatadani, one of the head librarian's gave an overview of the size, material content and resources available at the library. Although, she noted that they are not specifically genealogically orientated. She did provide valuable internet sites, references, and  library departments that may be helpful in finding names, stories in both mono graphic and serial materials as sources for research. She provided sources of indexes for Hawaiian, Business, Social and Cultural Directories which also would be helpful in finding names, dates and places pertaining to Hawaiian events dating back to the mid 1800's.
      Her forte was in the Hawaiian Collection Reference Area of the library located on the 5th floor. The reading area is used predominately by researchers. It is a secured research area, where materials must be requested at the circulation desk, and cannot be removed unless multiple copies of the source is available. Students, faculty and former faculty affiliates have access at no cost to borrow materials. A community UH Card can be purchased at an annual cost of $60.00 USD, which will provide you with similar accessibility to that of a UH member with a few additional restrictions. They provide xeroxing at 10 cents a copy and scanning is free. However, you will need a flash drive to utilize this service."... " In general, the library is utilized by students, faculty and research patrons pursuing degrees of higher learning. However, the public does have access to library resources and services." - Summary written by Mona Morris, HCGS Member.

   Website for the campus visitor parking is  http://manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/visitor.php
Faith Burgwinkel and UH Librarian Dore Minatodani
Dore speaking to HCGS members on 5th Floor  - Hawaii-Pacific Collection

Dore showing internet links of the Library
You can still find a beautiful card catalog for the 5th floor collection

Below is a letter with a list of links that Dore emailed after our tour:

You folks might also find these interesting (sorry I didn't think to show it to you today) -

Other links -   

Library catalog Hawaiʻi Voyager  http://uhmanoa.lib.hawaii.edu

Hawaiʻi Pacific Journal Index http://hpji.lib.hawaii.edu

The searches work, though it's hard to navigate through the site right now. I will try to fix this sometime soon. 

Center for Oral History transcripts  http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/21086

City directories (some but not all)  http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/12096

Hawaiian Historical Society publications  http://evols.library.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10524/7

Please pass on my thanks to everyone for today - I learned a lot from you, and enjoyed the morning.

Dore Minatodani
Senior Librarian, Hawaiian Collection
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
2550 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96822
(808) 956-2852          

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HCGS April 12th meeting - Preserving Memories

Honolulu County Genealogy Society --
   The meeting met at 9am Saturday April 12th, 2014  at the Manoa Gardens Housing community room, as usual, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii.
    The main topic and presentation was PRESERVING MEMORIES.  All members were requested to bring an item or two that relate to a family memory.

Linda DuBee spoke about the website "Saving Memories Forever"
Bea Oates presented a "Five Minute Biography" about her mother's brother, Uncle Herbert Greunke "My Uncle Herb Who Could Have Been Famous Instead Chose not To Be."  He was born 1917 and died 2009, buried in Ellison, Lucas county, Ohio.  He was an Air Force veteran and choir director at his Lutheran Church for 62 years.

Bea Oates
Faith Burgwinkel gave a presentation that she has shown to her family to inspire them to be a part of researching the family and contributing towards creating stories and finding data about their ancestors, and preserving them in an appealing format.

Faith Burgwinkel

Jim Deutch and Ann Sloat brought some of their family treasures that were in need of preservation:
Jim Deutch

Ann Sloat

Thursday, March 6, 2014

HCGS March 8th - Family Tree at FamilySearch.Org

The meeting began  at 9am Saturday 8 March, 2014 at the Manoa Gardens Housing community room, 2790-9 Kahaloa Dr., Honolulu, Hawaii.
The program for March 8th  was about creating a Family Tree at the FamilySearch.org website.  Experts on the subject who spoke were, Randy & Cecilia Day, and Jerome Pollard.  They used a projector and internet connection.  

  In an effort to alert members to online resources, a "spotlight" was made on some resources:
   1)  Spotlight on an upcoming free webinar: www.FamilyTreeWebinars.com  on "50 Most Popular Genealogy Websites" by Kory Meyerink on March 19th, 2014.
   2)  Spotlight on a podcast:  http://LisaLouiseCooke.com with her timely Genealogy Gems podcasts.
   3)  Spotlight on a website:   http://www.arkivverket.no   for free Norwegian records online research.

Thanks to Faith and Mona brought delicious refreshments.
Photos of the day are included below.

Lenore getting online

The meeting
Randy Day explaining Family Searches' Family tre

Mark Pierce, Jean Neur, Keith Johnson
Great refreshments - and healthy!

The Days on left and the Pollards on right

Saturday, February 1, 2014

HCGS Feb 8, 2014 Meeting - Story of Dorothy Shatz (Polishuk) Deutch

The meeting of Feb 8th 2014 was at the Manoa Gardens Housing community room.  
         Kelly, the daughter of member Faith Burgwinkel, presented a informative method of creating a basic Power Point slide show presentation.  She passed out a multi-page handout on the steps to do one.  Additionally she mentioned that users of Macintosh can use a similar method to create a slide show on Macintosh software.  Members were challenged to work on their Power Point or similar software at home and next month report on how they were doing, and bring questions, if needed.
Kelly demonstrating Power Point


A break of refreshments which were provided by Lenore Hansen-Stafford was followed by Jim Deutch:

Jim Deutch giving presentation about his mother, Dorothy Shatz (Polishuk) Deutch
Dorothy Deutch 1955
          Jim Deutch has been working on his family history for twenty five years.  He is creating a book using Microsoft Word which includes text and photos.  This book is entitled "The Life and Times of Dorothy Shatz (Polishuk) Deutch," his mother.    His 36 page biography included much more than dates and places.  He included the stories he had heard growing up about this family, and stories of his own to bring his mother, and her ancestors, to life.  
Tila and Echuna Polishuk abt 1912 - Dorothy's grandparents
                Dorothy Deutch was born with the name Devora Polishuk, in  Ostropol, Ukraine, Russia about 29 Sep 1906.  She immigrated to America at Baltimore Harbor on 11 July 1912 as a teenager with her grandfather, Echuna Polishuk, and his second wife Tila and two of Dorothy's siblings.       Dorothy's birth mother Frima Riva (Shatrz) Polishuk died of typhoid fever; her father's name was Isriel Polishuk.  
             Below are a few of the pictures Jim is using to illustrate his book.  Anyone finding a connection to this family is requested to add a comment to this blog to be able to contact Jim.
Dorothy (bottom right) and her three siblings about 1909 in Ostropol
Frima Riva (Shatz) Polishuk - Dorothy's mother
Dorothy Polishuk abt 1926

The wedding of Dorothy Polishuk and Charles Deutch 1927 - San Diego, California