CGSI Quarterly Meeting - October 2010

100 Years of Gratitude: A Granddaughter’s Genealogical Journey

Part 1: The Search for Our Ancestors – Lisa A. Alzo
The process of genealogical research is really a journey. It all begins with our ancestors who traveled to the New World in search of a better life, and continues when something—curiosity, the passing of a loved one, or a desire to leave a legacy for future generations—sparks our interest to research the past. Author, instructor and lecturer, Lisa A. Alzo, will discuss her own personal journey to learn more about her Slovak ancestors, and demonstrate how anyone can do it, regardless of how much or how little is known at the start.

Part 2: Going Home: Walking in Our Ancestors’ Footsteps – Lisa A. Alzo
Many genealogists spend years or even decades tracing their immigrant ancestors back to their town or village in the old country. A highlight for many researchers is to make a pilgrimage back to the homeland to walk in their ancestors’ footsteps. Author, instructor, and lecturer Lisa A. Alzo, will talk about her recent trip back—including who and what she discovered—and offer tips for anyone hoping to bring their family history search full circle.

                                        Lisa Alzo M.F.A.

Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A. has been a genealogist for over 20 years and is the author of nine books including: Three Slovak Women, and Baba’s Kitchen: Slovak & Rusyn Family Recipes and Traditions (Otter Bay Books); Finding Your Slovak Ancestors and Writing Your Family History Book (Heritage Productions); Pittsburgh’s Immigrants and Slovak Pittsburgh, Sports Memories of Western Pennsylvania, Cleveland Czechs and Cleveland Slovaks (Arcadia Publishing), as well as numerous articles for genealogy magazines. Lisa serves on the CGSI Board of Directors, teaches genealogy courses for Family Tree University and the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, genealogical and historical societies.

Lisa A. Also M.F.A.
Author, Instructor, Lecturer, Researcher
Website 1 Writer, Lecturer, Genealogist
Website 2 The Accidental Genealogist

CGSI Presents Distinguished Service Award
CGSI awarded the Distinguished Service Award to Al Kranz. This is only the eight Distinguished Service award in CGSI’s plus 22 years.

Al Kranz was one of the founding members of society. He served on the Board of Directors and is retiring from the executive committee after serving six years as Second VP. Al served as a CGSI representative on the search committee to find a new site for the MGS library in 2007. Al served on the web site committee. He spearheaded the ongoing project for the St. Paul Archdiocese extraction of microfilm church records for an on-line database to be used by our members on our website. He is currently investigating the options of converting our paper records to electronic storage of records and documents.

                    Ginger Simek presents Al Kranz with his award

CGSI Honors Members
CGSI honored members that were leaving office after serving on the Executive Committee. These members received a certificate. Those retiring included; Chuck Romportl for serving as Treasurer and Publications for a combined total of nine years; Mark Bigaouette for serving as Volunteer Chair for three years; Beth Baumeister for serving as Treasurer for six years; and Al Kranz for serving as second VP for six years.

Margie Sobotka from Elkhorn, Nebraska was not able to attend but was sent a certificate for serving five years on the Board of Directors. Linda Berney, was presented with an appreciation certificate in mid-October when she returned the Lending Library materials to our library in South St. Paul. Linda was in charge of our Lending Library for almost four years. Unfortunately, due to lack of use, the Lending Library program was discontinued.

                    Ginger Simek presents awards to Chuck Ramportl,
                    Mark Bigaouette, Beth Baumeister, and Al Kranz

The CGSI Officers were elected to the following positions:

Position Officer
2nd Vice President Pamela Kotval
Treasurer Barb Vermeer
Recording Secretary    Ruth Ahrens
Membership Chair Joyce Fagerness
Publicity Chair Dan Urban
Volunteers Chair Barb Douvier
BOD Frank Soural
BOD Rosie Bodien
BOD Steve Parke