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There was no shortage of stories or treasures shared at our November meeting. Below are just some of the items that were shared.
New KCGS member Norm Leffler shared how his family story has been preserved on video for future generations. Norm shared portions of the video which use photos from Norm's life story as a backdrop. Waneva presented the completed book with births, deaths and other events from Kootenai County from 1881 - 1912. This has been a 7-year project spearheaded by Jeanne Venturino with help from Waneva, a true labor of love!
Tammy Wengeler from the Family History Center shared her expertise on DNA.
Syd Albright was joined by Kenny Moore and Norm Leffler who gave inspirational talks on The Dash, Footprint and Popcorn--how to preserve and share your life story.
Rhonda Budvarson from the Family History Center shared the in's and out's of Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogical Gems website.
Liz Jones presented a DAR Museum Outreach program on Myth or Truth--Stories We've Heard About Early America.
Natalie Langford shared about her experience with the Orphan Photo Project. Natalie looks for old photos and similar memorabilia at thrift stores and uses genealogy skills to track down the owner or someone on the family. Natalie presented a KCGS guest with items she had traced to her. Several months prior to this meeting, KCGS had asked Natalie if she could find the rightful owner of a Bible and poetry book that were in a box of books donated to the Hayden Library. At our meeting Natalie shared the interesting story of how she found family members and returned the long lost treasures.
Our group viewed a movie about the steamboat Arabia that sank in the Missouri River on September 5, 1856. The boat sank rapidly and within a few days, all traces of the boat were gone. Over time the Missouri River shifted so that the boat was below 45 feet of land.
In 1987 Bob Hawley and his sons set out to find the Arabia. The Arabia was exposed in 1998, and soon after artifacts were discovered including a crate with elegant china. The artifacts are now on display in the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.