December 99  
   DECEMBER  1999


     DECEMBER, 1999

The November meeting was devoted to a quiz on what you know about the U S Census 1790 - 1920.  It did not require a long meeting, but had some good “Did you Knows” in the quiz.


covering Baptisms 1742-1779 Frederick Co MD
donated by Wilhelm Kemendics-Vienna Austria

Monograph No 20- Part 3 - Early 19th century German Settlers Ohio, KY and other States - donated by Marlene Heinsohn

As supplies last, the book GLIMPSES OF OUR PAST, A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF DODGE COUNTY, NEBRASKA by William E Christensen is on sale at the May Museum for $5.00.  If you do not have this lovely book on your book shelf, add it to your collection.  There are wonderful photos within the covers. 

Do not confuse this book with the newly published IMAGES which the Fremont Tribune just completed.


F-27   Jerry E Schulz
          548 E 5
          Fremont NE  68025-5110


Our sympathy is extended to Richard & Gloria Jacoby in the loss of Richard’s mother, Glovis Jacoby, who passed away on Nov 10, 1999 in Omaha, Nebraska.


Our congratulations are extended to Margie Sobotka in her prestigious award presented to her by the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International, during their October Conference in Lincoln.  This is their first outstanding award given. Margie received it  for her service to the society and to all of those doing research.  Her work is endless.  She is to be congratulated for her many hours of work as a volunteer, not only to our society, but all over the US and Europe.  We had a big chuckle, because according to Margie, after receiving this award at the luncheon, she doesn’t remember giving her  part of the session to the many persons attending the conference.

“There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much that, while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us less our hearts find rest in it today.

~~~Take heaven.  No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present instant.  Take peace.  The gloom of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach, is joy.  Take Joy.  And so, at this Christmastime, I greet you with the prayer that for you, now and forever, the daybreak and the shadows flee away~~+~~

                             Fra Giovanni

From Book 9-Dodge Co NE Marriage Book

Herman S Muntefering-Nell P Russell on 2 Dec
Sylvenus D Legge-Mattie M Acom on 7 Dec
Maurice S Starmer-Mrs Aggie Osbone on 18 Dec
John H Slusher-Minnie Hagedorn on 20 Dec
Ethelbert Houchin-Edith Shultz on 23 Dec
Augustus L Card-Magnolia Eggleston on 24 Dec
Clarke L Robinson-Mary A Harvey on 25 Dec
Benjamin F Brown-Mary E Conger on 25 Dec 
 Paul E Sukland-Elizabeth Jones on 25 Dec
John H Crawford-Theresa Wortman on 26 Dec
Thomas W Farris-Ella A Frahm on 26 Dec
James M Brown-Mary Compton on 27 Dec
August Franzen-Aline Lahman on 28 Dec
Martin W Spence-Arabella Marrell on 28 Dec
Jacob C Miller-Anna Steinneger on 30 Dec
Robert P Fitzgerald-Anna V Scealey on 31 Dec

This is a special message regarding the Dodge County Historical Society & Louis E May Museum.

Holidays are fast approaching us, and we want everyone to be aware that their will be a special exhibit, designed by Jeff Kappeler, featuring recreated Christmas scenes from the works of Nebraska authors using appropriate artifacts .  They will be located in various rooms of the May Museum, and the log cabin.

The exhibit begins with an open house on Sunday, December 5, 1999 at 1:30 PM, A special guest, Chris Sayre, a Nebraska folk musician, will set the mood with Christmas music on several antique musical instruments.

The actual exhibit runs from December 1 to December 31, 1999.  Wednesday through Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 PM.  Admission is $2.00 for adults, 50 cents for children.

The Society received a Nebraska Humanities Council grant for this project, and the exhibit will cover an introduction to the writings of well known Nebraska authors as well as ordinary individuals.

To our members, let us not miss the exhibit.  I have viewed some of the material and it is excellent. 

In looking back thru the old issues of the Fremont Herald nearing Christmas, or just after, I noted the following
information.  Many marriages listed, Church activities, social activities within the area.

31 Dec 1885 - The patrons and pupils of the Timberville school, in Dist No 2(Mulloy district), arranged a very attractive and well-ladened Christmas tree on Friday evening, at the school house(which, by the way, wasn’t half large enough to accommodate the crowd of little folks and their friends who assembled.)  There were recitations and dialogues, as well as singing.  Mrs A C Mulloy presided at the organ in her usual acceptable manner, adding much to the enjoyment of the occasion.  The tree was bountifully ladened with presents, and the little folks were happy.  There was present a considerable delegation from Fremont, who desire us to extend thanks for many courtesies

29 Dec 1887 - At the Methodist church, a fine tree was arranged, with presents for all the children, and also for the teachers and superintendent H T King.  The church was nicely decorated with evergreens and mottoes. 
   St James Episcopal church provided a very nice tree, with presents for the little folks and appropriate decorations.  Singing by the school made up most of the program.
   At the German Lutheran church a tree was laden with presents for the children.
   The church of the Latter Day Saints observed the occasion with appropriate exercises, there being presents for the children, and the church was decorated.

26 Dec 1889  - The German Methodist Sunday school congregation of Rev Smith, of Arlington, participated in a Christmas tree at Biles’ Hall on Wednesday evening, in the pleasant rooms of the Fremont Business College.
  The Christmas program at the Turner Hall on Wednesday night brought out a large concourse of our German people.  The little folks, much enjoyed the Christmas tree in the early  part of the evening, and all of them the dance afterwards.
  REUNION.  About fifty of the members and relatives of the Brown family met in a pleasant family reunion at the elegant home of Mr & Mrs Will S Brown, on north Broad Street, on Christmas day.  It was a notable and most pleasant event, which those participating will long remember. 

by Renee Bunck
After reading the article in the November 21, 1999 PARADE magazine about the new “toolbox of resources” presented online by The National Endowment for the Humanities, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look.  The site at is titled:

My History Is America’s History –
A Millennium Project of the National Endowment of the Humanities 

Here is an outline of the initial page:

Welcome to our front porch 
 • Explanation of the project and partners 
Exchange Family Stories
 • Tell Your Favorite Family Story
 • Read America's Stories
 • Create a Family Tree
 • Find Your Family Online
My History Guidebook
 • Read the Guidebook Online
 • Download the Guidebook
 • Order the Guidebook
Find Your Place in History
 • Explore a History Timeline
 • Search American History Files
 • Join a History Roundtable
Saving Your Family Treasures
 • Photographs 
 • Letters and Diaries
 • Other Treasures
For Further Exploration
 • Books and Films
 • Resource Guide
 • Places to Visit
 • Calendar of Events
The site is geared to education about researching family history and includes some basic information along with a number of links to other sites on the Internet.  Hopefully a number of the areas listed will be expanded in the near future. • Read the Guidebook Online opens with a disclaimer that really applies to most of the site:

America's History contains a variety of links to other websites and references to resources available through government, nonprofit, and commercial entities. These links and references are provided solely for informational purposes. Their inclusion does not constitute an endorsement.” 

Find Your Family Online and  • Create a Family Tree take you to where you can search an index for a name or add your own family information to the site.  I decided to check for a family name and soon had a list of links from the Internet FamilyFinder Index (also known as World Family Tree or Family Tree Maker).  References listed are classified as Internet, Commercial CD, and User Home Page.  Much to my surprise, a number of links labeled Internet  were to an old site of mine that I had removed from Geocities  last summer.  There were enough links – other than mine- to sites that no longer exist to be very discouraging.  The only other links that were relevant to my family were teasers referring to CD’s that are offered for purchase from Family Tree Maker.

• Explore a History Timeline was my next selection.  It seems that this area is for future expansion – only a “Coming Soon” announcement was displayed. An excellent site to link for timeline information might be The National Archives & Records Administration Digital Classroom.  Try this link for issues and events from the American Revolution to the turn of the 20th century. 

Meanwhile, if you visit do pay careful attention to where you are actually connected and be careful about submitting your own family information.  I strongly believe in making public domain records available for searching on the Internet, but including information about living family members can be dangerous.  A couple of good sites to read before submitting any information online are:

Universal Translator

I also checked out an old site with new features.  I have used Altavista to locate information on the web for a long time.  A recent article about the new translation option offered by Altavista piqued my curiosity.  You can start at and enter a word or phrase for searching.  A language selection allows you to select the language of the sites to include in the search – even Czech is included.  Altavista’s help page states: 

“AltaVista is dedicated to offering you relevant search results without language barriers. You can customize AltaVista to perform multi-lingual searches in up to 25 different languages; and to search the index in non-Roman alphabets such as Chinese, Japanese or Korean.”

German->English  English->German

Entering a family name and selecting German as the language would limit the search to pages written in German.  Can’t read German? No problem! Go to the bottom of the Altavista page and click on “Translate for me”, choose German to English and Altavista will display the text of the page translated into English. 

If you enter text for translation instead of a web page address, the text is translated. The translated text could then be submitted for a search with a click of a button. “Census records” translated to German returned  “Zählungsätze”, but no pages were found in the search. Translation languages are more limited than the search languages. Those available are: English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese.

I don’t know how good the translation process is, but I am thinking of using it to translate some of the community  pages on the local Connect Fremont site into Spanish to make sure that the information is available to anyone who is interested.  Before posting the translated pages, I plan to have them checked for accuracy by a friend who teaches Spanish.


This page was submitted to the Dodge county NEGenWeb site
by Renee Bunck

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