Greater   Sioux   County   Genealogical   Society


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Sioux  Center  Public  Library

102  So. Main Ave

Sioux  Center,  Iowa  51250


Volume 31  Issue 1  April  2020



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What is GSCGS?    A group of dedicated individuals who record and preserve Sioux County Iowa area family and local history.  The society meets on the 3rd  Monday of the 6 months of April, June, ,July, September, October and November at 7:00  p.m. at the Sioux Center Public Library.  A program on a related topic is usually presented.  The public is welcome to attend, coffee and snack provided.  (Meetings depend on status of the Covid -19 situation, a noticed will be sent out.)
The GSCGS is  an affiliate society of the Iowa Genealogical Society. 
GSCGS  Genealogy Department  Located in the Sioux Center Library just to the right of the circulation desk.  The facility has a spacious section allotted to Sioux County genealogy and local history books and archives which includes:

GSCGS Officers:  Marje Brunsting– president;   Barbara Top - vice president;  Kaleigh DeVries – recording secretary and facebook manager; Virgil Houtkooper - Treasurer;   Wilma J. Vande Berg - researcher secretary/archivist
Volunteer Research  Family history research will be done by volunteers.   A donation  is requested for services and supplies rendered.  Any amount is deeply appreciated and will be used to enhance our archives.   Contact  Wilma J. Vande Berg  e-mail   
How to Join:   Yearly membership dues are $10.00 per person or $15.00 per couple. You will receive our newsletter and are entitled to one hour of free research.

Programs for 2020
The programs will be announced in the media and our Facebook page, as we are unable to predict when our meeting room at the library will be available, pending COVID-19 outcomes.
Potential topics of future programs are:
     Using Websites to Cyber Sleuth your Family Tree
     Military Records and Websites for Research
     Google for Genealogy
     What was Sioux County like 70-75 years ago-conversations with our elder citizens.
     Researching in the Netherlands
     Netherlands videos

Books for sale: Sites -  

Price $28.00 plus $6.00 for postage mailed in USA.

               Price $15 ea or 2 for $25.  Postage 6.00 for media mail USA and materials. 

                 Price $50 plus $6.00 postage.

                  Price $7.50 plus $4.50 postage.

                  Price  $7.50 plus $4.50 postage.
                    Maurice Centennial book – It has lots of pictures and family histories. 
                  Price $20.00 plus $6.00 postage

Current Projects:
Wednesday workshops.  A group of members meet from 1-3:00 in the afternoon to work on various on going genealogy projects.  The last half hour is coffee and social time with each other.  Volunteers are welcome to participate.
Note - Workshops have been suspended temporarily due to Covid-19 concerns, but  will resume late this summer hopefully.

Military Project - Another project we are participating in is putting online, through iagenweb, the stories of those who served in World War II from our county.  This is a huge project and being worked on by Jean Brandes (Linda Ziemann is the coordinator).  Servicemen from all wars will eventually be included, but we are currently focusing on World War II.

Obituaries   This has become a very involved project over the years.  Our goal is to gather and post on line, all the  death notices and obituaries that have been published in the local newspapers and are listed in the Sioux County headstone index of burials.  A group of volunteers post them on line.  
Biographies  -  Kaleigh De Vries is adding Bios of early Sioux County Families on our page.
File current data -  Weekly there is always a lot of current data to be filed in seven four drawer vertical files called our  ‘surname files’ which number well over 8,000 files.
Clean files – When time allows we are constantly cleaning and organizing the surname files.

Reminder – Pay the April 2020-2021  dues. 10.00 single and 15.00 for couple.  You may mail your membership check to the GSCGS at the Sioux Center Library's address in the header of this newsletter, or directly to treasurer - Virgil Houtkooper  3464 Goldfinch Ave.  Hull Iowa 51239
         You are welcome to attend our meetings and workshops as a guest any time!



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