MOUNDRIDGE — The Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association will sponsor a genealogy workshop for beginners at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Pine Village Wellness Center in Moundridge.  The workshop will feature Brian Stucky, who will speak and show slides on “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Genealogy Book Numbering Systems.”  The second half of the presentation will be on how to access to do an online search for historic Kansas newspapers for free. This will show how to do a word search to find names, places, or any word printed in an old newspaper. 
“Whether you have a casual interest in history, or a professional researcher, if you haven’t used, it will open doors to history you never imagined. In this very rapidly changing world, many middle aged and older persons are realizing that if they don’t get things recorded they will soon be lost as older persons pass," Stucky said. "I once heard about doing oral history, 'Today is better than tomorrow, and yesterday is better than today.'"  Stucky is the author of the “Benjamin C. and Veronica Goering Stucky Genealogy, 1844-1991.” He and his wife Nancy have done several small genealogy books of their families.  “There are some really terrible numbering systems, some so-so, and one really good system, and we’ll compare all of them,” Stucky said.   The goal of the workshop is to help genealogy beginners who have collected some information to organize it and print their own small or family genealogy book. There should also be some helpful tips for experienced genealogy researchers as well.  This program was previously shown at the Goessel “Second Monday” genealogy meeting earlier this year.   The workshop is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.  Donations to the Swiss Mennonite Cultural and Historical Association (SMCHA) would be appreciated.   For more information contact  Kathy Goering at or 620-345-8532.