When I started this
page about 9 years back, I was surprised at the numerous responses
we received from people willing to donate their time & talent to
help other researchers... and I still am in awe. Whether
it is a book, a CD, a yearbook or a trip to the courthouse, these
volunteers do an exceptional job. As host of the Shawano site,
I welcome feedback from people who make use of this
page... both good and bad feedback... and by far, I hear very, very good
things. On the rare occasion I did get a complaint, I acted on it
immediately because being a
volunteer is near & dear to my heart -- and I have only had to
act on 1
instance in 9 years out of THOUSANDS of volunteer lookups. The volunteers listed here are all
exceptional & very professional... and we appreciate each and every
one of them. Many thanks to them - I have
received HUNDREDS of EMAILS from researchers who start their letters with "I couldn't
have found this family member without the help of your volunteer
___". Each email means so much to me because it
means that this volunteer/look-up page works! If you have a story you would like to share, let me
know and we'll post it to the SUCCESS PAGE.
PAY IT FORWARD -- Simply, someone has
helped you, so you in turn will "pay the favour forward" to help
someone else... This is not a requirement, just a nice idea.
If you have any place/data source that you would be willing to do
look-ups in, please consider being a volunteer. This could be
a library in Madison, a book of Grandpa's, and old plat map or even a CD with a census... or a membership
to an online service where you would check for a surname. Just
GENEALOGY RULE #1--
I know, when you FINALLY hit a good lead, we can easily forget that these
people have volunteered and we can WANT all the death
certificates copied for family LAEDTKE. But, please don't abuse their
kind spirits and TRY to keep your requests to no more than 2 names per
request. And remember, they are just like you & I, and have families,
jobs, and Doberman Pinschers they have to find time for, too! And
like "Mom" always said, a sincere "THANK-YOU" is always appropriate!
GENEALOGY RULE #2--Always
remember Rule #1!
**And a GOOD request has
Shawano GenWeb Look-up in the subject line...with all the junk emails and
viruses out there, it might just get "deleted" inadvertently with nothing
in the subject line. THANKS!
PLEASE READ BEFORE
CONTACTING ANY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!!!
|Several of our cheerful
volunteers have been less than cheerful of late. Several (some traveling
quite a distance) recently showed up on the same day, at the same library,
to research the same item that was requested of each of them by the same
person. This is clearly an example of taking advantage and misusing
our volunteers. I have visited quite a few websites in my travels
online and we have an awesome group of volunteers that will go above and
beyond to find what you are looking for...and you don't find this expertise
on many sites. The comments I heard from the above experience were a feeling
of being used and that their time & efforts were expendable.
If we were paying these volunteers $50 an hour for their research time
& expenses, I doubt the above situation would happen. So let's
treat these special "genealogy angels" like they are -- "angels" who help
us and ask nothing in return, just some consideration for their efforts!
And, since I know most of them
personally, I also know they enjoy their volunteer work and they like to
be kept busy -- just not doing the same search that someone else just did.
BEFORE YOU REQUEST
| Our awesome, did I say AWESOME?, volunteers
volunteer their time, not their wallets. After receiving feedback
on this issue from a couple of them, I have
been informed that they have been paying for copies out of their own pockets
and it is starting to add up....fast.
In order to keep such a GREAT LIST of FREE TALENTED RESEARCHERS at your
disposal, the following has been suggested.
IF and WHEN copies are requested, the copy/xerox fee is 50 cents a page + postage.
The volunteers will mail these copies the cheapest way possible... most often,
the question can be answered in a simple email without incurring any costs.
If you have a concern regarding paying
the copying fee, please email me directly, not the volunteers...None
of them are independently wealthy -- or so they haven't told me yet! --
they don't ask for gas $ or mileage, so let's treat them fairly and MAYBE
THEY WILL KEEP VOLUNTEERING!!!! 50 cents
a page is still a great deal -- you'd have to pay the copying/xerox costs
if you were in those libraries -- and, they
pay those costs, too, EVEN IF THEY WORK THERE.
And these volunteers have s
wallets of gold....and most would NEVER ask to be reimbursed their costs
for copies....they just assume people will do the right thing and reimburse
them. Most people do, some don't...so remember to PLEASE,
PAY FOR YOUR COPIES & POSTAGE... THANKS!!!
AND NOW.....<drum roll, please!>
OUR AWESOME VOLUNTEERS...
||Shawano County Courthouse
Records -- Births, Marriages, Deaths.
||Several books including: Pamphlet put
out by St. Martin's Lutheran Church, Belle Plaine for their 125th Anniversary.
||1910 Census for Shawano County,
(This is not indexed so "PLEASE only ONE
FAMILY PER REQUEST, TOWN Required..")
||Bill is willing to do look-ups in a book he has, written
by Frank R. Griepp, called "FAMILY LINES Sager, Habeck, Krueger, Juedes
and many more, traced to their origins in Pomerania" The many more
names include: Behnke, Boettcher, Brandenburg, Bruss, Bubolz, Coenen,
Engelbrecht, Gant, Gauger, Griepp, Grueb, Guse, Knuth, Loppnow, Rabenhorst,
Radue, Richter, Schley, Seering, Shimon, Sumnicht, Hacker and many more.
||Bev has a copy of the 75th Anniversary of St.
John's Lutheran Church, Mattoon and has transcribed the earlier
years online, and is willing to do look-ups for all the years.
This booklet goes from 1885 to 1960.
||I have acquired a copy of History of the Township of Lessor,
researched and compiled by Ray Brysky 1996 and published by the Bonduel
Community Archives. This is a 61 page spiral bound that was researched
during the 90s and published to coincide with the 125 anniversary of Our
Savior's Lutheran Church in the town of Lessor. The book is very thorough
and includes histories and pictures of the little "bergs" that existed
in Lessor, the churches, businesses, plus newspaper clippings, listings
of town officials and school teachers, school pictures, town records, plat
maps, and stories told by life time locals. There are also a few biographies.
I would be happy to do lookups from this book for anyone interested.
I can't copy the whole book to send to anyone, but I can transcribe a single
record or scan a picture. Copies of this book can be purchased through:
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
N1731 Cty. Rd. S
Pulaski, WI 54162
People might want to email me if they are interested and I will
check on availability first.
10/17/2002 - I have another book that I can offer look-ups from
to anyone interested. This is the History of Maple Grove, researched and
compiled by Ray Brusky, 2002. Hot off the presses! This is the same author
as the History of Town of Lessor book.
||OUR BIG THANKS to Mikki who works at the Shawano Public Library and had offered to
do look-ups in their "Wisconsin Room" genealogy collection. They
also have OLD newspapers!! -- Mikki
has helped many researchers over the years and is taking time for her family.
If you need items from the LIBRARY, please see the LIBRARIES
page for more details on their holdings and fees. Again, thanks Mikki for
all your help over the years!
||I have a 1929 yearbook from Shawano High School. I would
be happy to look up info on graduates of that year.
||Nancy is willing to be listed as a volunteer for lookups in
the material she has at home, which include:
- Shawnee year books for Shawano High School 1923, 1924, 1925
- 30th SHS Anniversary booklet for 1925 in 1955
- 75th Anniversary Festival of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church
(1880 - 1955)
- Cemetery Record of Immanuel Lutheran Church at White Clay Lake
indexed in 1999
- 196_ Shawano County official farm plat book
and directory. Not sure of the exact year.
Nancy adds: "I may take a while to get back to people, but I would
be willing to help wherever I can."
||Tasha is in the process of transcribing the cemetery records
for Immanuel Lutheran Church, White Clay Lake. In the meantime, she'll
be happy to do look-ups. She also has a Church book that has records
of marriages (1874-1979), births and baptism's (1871 -1980), confirmations
(1889-1980) and deaths (1877-1980). She'd be happy to do look-ups
on this info also.
||Terry has the FHL 1880 census, and can access 1900 & 1850
on one of his subscriptions, if anyone would like a lookup. Terry adds
this note: "I would prefer no sweeping surname searches. Most of my reference
material is Ohio & Pennsylvania related."
Shawano Family History Center has indexed THOUSANDS of obituaries for Shawano
County. The FHC offers FREE assistance to any researchers, regardless of
denomination. Because they are a non-profit tax-exempt organization,
they do not charge for research assistance.
||I have a subscription to Ancestry.com so if
someone needs anything looked up (and saved) they can email me any time.
||Determined that the pricey ancestry.com fee
doesn't go to waste and is used to the max!!! Willing to do look-ups in the 1895
and 1905 STATE CENSUS... 1895 just lists head of household but the 1905 lists
the entire family by name... also, WWI Draft Registration cards, etc.
Email me with what you need checked out and I'll see what I can do! And
there is never a charge...
|1895, 1905 State Censuses
|1850 - 1930 Federal
|WWI Draft Registration
|New York Passenger Lists
|and ??? else I can help
AND, I've also included my list of volunteers
that might be able to help in other areas of your research. ("And
yes, Virginia, there are GENIEANGELS"-- a genealogist's Santa Claus!)