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Note: This new section is to provide historical information concerning the progress of the rebuilding of the society
and development of rebuilding our intellectual content. (1/1/2020)


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4th of July, 1916 - Paradise CA

January 1, 2020- Welcome to the new Paradise Genealogical Society Historical page. Our first year since the fire we have emerged singed and staggering and stumbling ahead. We have turned the corner relative to our insurance issues, we have pursued the development of a temporary library, we have established a base line of genealogical publications that should provide members and the public white good reading and searching, and we have been hosting regular general membership meetings to enlighten the rank and file. The coming year should see definite movement toward a permanent library, a recovery of much of our lost data, the processing of the rest of our donations, and the formalizing of the meeting structure toward assisting the genealogical techniques.

1/18/2019

A general meeting was held at the "Daughters of the Golden West- Annie Bidwell Parlor" yesterday, 1/17/2019. The Address is: 965 Salem St., Chico. We will be holding our meeting at the Parlor on the 3rt Thursday of the month until further notice. We thank the ladies of the Parlor for their generosity.

An election of officers was held. Because of the confusion and disruption from the fire there were some positions that were not filled. The following positions were filled: President- Ed Wilhelm, 2nd- vice President- Gordon Taylor (membership), 1st Vice- President-vacant (speakers), Corresponding Secretary (vacant), Recording Secretary (vacant), Treasurer- Danielle Wanchek, Librarian- Carol Sutherland,4 directors at large are open.

Up dates from the committees about fire and recovery issuers were presented:

Insurance: Paper work to proceed with State site clean-up protocol was approved and was submitted 1/18/2019

Content: Much of the Florence Styles collection has been discovered within the LDS microfilming process of the 1992 period . To reestablish our lost records will require extracting that information and re-posting to a usable style. There is a gap between 1992 to 2016 in the obituaries.  That too would be a re-posting project.

Alternate office/storage space: The search for space to work a small office and storage is ongoing. The need for a public library as we had before is questioned, at least for now.

The flow of work is constantly changing as the issues start to fall into place and the responses become more clear. Up-coming is the act of clearing  the property, then the rebuilding the type of building. A lot of questions to be asked and the balancing of monies.  GT



3/8/2019

We have progress to report since our last general meeting. A temporary office has been found and a lease for one year has been signed. We expect to move in near the first of April. After that the real work of reestablishing PGS will begin. The temporary office is located in an old office of a farm building on their property. It is in south Chico and not inconvenient to most members. The address for mail will be the same as we now use but, for now there will be not telephone service, maybe later. We will have email contact, as we do now. No change there.


I anticipate that our first order of business will be the purchase of a computer, scanner, and printer. After they are hooked up and working, we will be to acquire our backed-up materials. After that I would expect to see our volunteer librarians pick up on reproducing our basic research materials and lost unique items.

Our burnt over property in Paradise is waiting for the mandated cleanup to happen. This gives us some time to sort through some property “What to do abouts”.  Septic system, water, new building, etc. Some big items yet.

I am hoping that the next time I report we will be busy recovering out lost treasures and can see far enough into the future to talk about accepting genealogical inquiries. By the way, I have been informed that there are a lot of broken links on our Pargenso web site. I am hoping to resolve a lot of that by next time also. Thanks for the interest shown.



4/10/2019

We now have a new location from which to do our return to genealogy. It is located at 2683 Hegan Lane, Chico CA 95928. It is part of an outbuilding of one of the members. We have gotten a desk and the computer up and working. The librarian is busy getting everything into good order so that we may begin (toward the end of the month) to address the needs of recovery of materials and recapture of lost data. We need to do this in an orderly manner so we don’t become overwhelmed. I do not see the ability to do research for others until latter in the year or maybe next year. So that is still on hold.

Meanwhile, our normal operations are picking up. The membership roster is coming back to life, the board is picking up additional directors, and the general meeting are starting to function at the normal routine manner.

 The annual fundraiser spaghetti dinner will this year be a “non-spaghetti fund raiser”. We do not have the resources to try the dinner this year. So instead, we are soliciting donations to our fund raiser instead. We would certainly appreciate having a donation made to the Paradise Genealogical Society, % Non-spaghetti fund raiser, At P.O. Box 460, Paradise, CA 95967.  Any amount would be appreciated. Normally we would receive about $40.00 per person, so that would be nice.  

The membership has been very helpful and enthusiastic about support during this ordeal. We have several of the newer members volunteer for responsible positions and assist with the needed legwork. Thank you Members.


6/7/2019

Friends, members, and community. Attached are some photos to update you on the physical progress we are making. We have a good feeling that what we are working toward is viable and will provide Butte County with a dedicated library to our (and Northern California’s) history and personalities.


PGS new locationPGS new location

At present we have developed a procedure to acknowledge and process donations to our Society and how they are to be maintained. Within the month we shall be asking for our membership to pitch to in and to stamp and process each individual book and place in the stacks. It is expected that there will be some duplicates, some out of area places, and some beyond our capacity to utilize. The response has been extremely gratifying as to quantity and quality of donations. We thank you all.

Before us we have the Insurance issues, the Butte county PGS specifics yet to recover, what the Paradise city will require for a rebuilding of the Library, and the money management to meet these issues. None of these are small issues. But I am sure that with patience and dedication, and in time they can all be overcome.

Until we are able to shift into a reference type library that we are aiming for, we will not be able to provide the public assistance to non-members that we were able to provide in the past. We are sorry for this inability and to having to deny assistance until we are ready. We do suggest that by checking into the various parts of our web site there is a good chance that an answer or a clue may be found that could speed you on your way.

Those who would like to assist our recovery are welcome to donate buy check or money order to Paradise Geological Society at: PO Box 460, Paradise CA 95967. It would be very much appreciated and put to good use. Thanks again to all the generous friends, and the genealogical community.



7/10/2019

It is July and the wheels of progress are churning slowly but with certainty. Firstly, the public response to our pleas have been extremely gratifying.  Our requests have been for both books and donations. We have received responses from five different state with bundles of books and donations of money from 5 sources, anonymous or philanthropic. Our librarians have been very busy logging in and cataloging our new acquisitions, then sending out thank-you’s. The donations are going to be very helpful as the year goes on and the various library and building needs start to mount up. It is with a very hart felt thanks to the unnamed souls who have made these donations that we are thankful. I do believe that there is a common sentiment among genealogist and historians that love the feel of the older books and the work of others that that was done to make the search easier for the future unknown others (us).

The photograph shows present condition of our lot. It was recently cleaned and tested. We are now addressing the rebuilding issues. It will be some time before these issues are all addressed and rectified. With the clean-up progress moving alone, the City of Paradise is beginning to have some rebuilding activity. Our local PGS membership still has issues with some of our burned-out members finding local accommodations or moving away. We miss those that have moved and treasure those that are able to stay.

Pargenso library cleaned lot




Paradise Genealogical Society Library - before Nov 8, 2018 Paradise Genealogical Society Library - after Nov 8, 2018
PGS Library before 11/8/2018 PGS Library 11/14/2018 - Photo via CalFire
 
   


The above image and many other historical photos can be found at:
http://cricket.csuchico.edu/SPCFOTOS/keywords.html