The history of North Pines Genealogy Group began on May 17, 1984, after the Merrill Foto News ran advertisements looking for individuals to submit articles regarding family history. Sharon Karow submitted information that she had found regarding her family. Joyce Bacher was working this section of the paper and informed Sharon that she too had an interest in genealogy. They talked and decided that they should get together and see if they could find others interested in this fascinating hobby. It was decided that Joyce would place an advertisement in the paper and the meeting would take place at T.B. Scott Library.
There were six individuals (Sharon Karow, Joyce Bacher, Sue Weith, Joy Berdan, Lynn Frieberg and Lorraine Schmidt) that showed up for the first meeting. Thus the beginning… NPGG was formally organized on Feb. 21, 1985, with the election of officers and the development of the NPGG Constitution and Bylaws.
Thirty-two years later, the group would be happy to have you join in the search for your roots. Genealogy is an exciting and rewarding hobby. NPGG members have all been involved in researching their own families and have experienced the joys and excitement of finding a long lost relative or a vital piece of missing information. As a group they hope to ease some of the frustrations by sharing what they have learned thus making it worth your time and involvement in becoming a member of our group.
As a member of this unique organization you will be able to benefit in many ways. Some of them are: Group support, free queries, seminars and workshops, surname index file, surname booklets, quarterly newsletter and much more.
Monthly meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m. Meetings are held at the T.B. Scott Library in the Board Room on the 3rd floor. Some of the meetings are in the form of “research trips.” This gives members an opportunity to work on their research while with the group, thus the opportunity to benefit from the “expertise” of members who have had more experience researching their ancestors.
Also located at the T.B. Scott Library on the 3rd Floor is the History & Genealogy Room where you can find Germans to America Books the complete Series, Lincoln County Cemetery Index and Veterans Buried in Lincoln County and much more. For more information please visit the NPGG website, www.northpinesgenealogygroup.4t.com.