President’s Corner – August

It’s “genealogy tourist” time at the Great Falls Genealogy Society Library! In recent weeks we have had researchers from California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan, and Texas using our resources, as well as people from Butte, Cut Bank, Deer Lodge, Ft. Benton, Helena, and Loma. The library gets to be fairly electric with excitement when our patrons make discoveries.

The Great Falls Genealogy Society Library is now open Monday through Saturday, from 1-4 pm. To have both our library and the Montana Room open, we must have additional volunteers. If you have been thinking about volunteering, this is definitely the time to do so. If you haven’t worked with us before, training is available. To be a Montana Room volunteer, speak to Dennis Sugden. For the GFGS Library, speak to Jan Thomson.

Volunteers are also needed for several of our committees. Those will be elaborated on in a separate article.

The Cascade County Death Index for 1885-1906 has been completed and is available at the GFGS website. (A book is also being prepared for printing!) At the GFGS Library, find 3-ring binders (by years 1885 – 1906) with any additional information found on these deaths. Understand, there are no known Montana death certificates available until 1907. From that date on they are available at Ancestry.com.

Activity around the GFGS Society and Library is picking up. Thank you, board members and society members for keeping the Society in mind when you hear of the availability of resources we can put to use in our Library. Keep dropping by to see what is taking place!

Larry D. Spicer
GFGS president