about the PARGENSO website
to the Camp Fire of November 8th the facilities of the
Paradise Genealogical society have been substantially
damaged and are not able to provide the help or the
research to our patrons, friends, and visitors.
We are grateful
and appreciative to the to the many visitors to this
site and we hope to have it returned to a responsive
condition as soon as possible. But at this time we do
not know when that will be. It is the desire of the
society to be back in business as soon as
feasible. Please check in from time to time to
follow our progress and possibly be of help to our
Thanks for your
Paradise Genealogy Society Updates:
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
work to proceed with State site clean-up protocol was
approved and was submitted 1/18/2019
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.