Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Family Tree SIG Meeting

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy Family Tree SIG Meeting

Tuesday, June 4, 2024, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm virtual via Zoom

This month we will be returning to reviewing the free Legacy Family Tree software videos hosted by Geoff Rasmussen. Our first video in this series will be “1 of 5 – Legacy for Beginners”. It is a short video so we should be able to watch the video and discuss it this month. If you are thinking about trying Legacy or are currently using it, this video can teach or remind you how to properly use the software and be successful with your research. If you have any suggestions for future topics, please send them in.

This is our monthly meeting to share tips & tricks, problems & solutions. Sometimes we will watch videos or share our screens to aid in learning more about using Legacy Family Tree software.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the learning. If you are just thinking about trying Legacy for the first time, you’ve been using it for a year or two or you are an old pro with many years of experience using Legacy this is the group for you.

We look forward to meeting with you, every month on the First Tuesday at 7:00 PM Pacific Time

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Let’s Talk About: Walking with Ancestors

 This was our first Walking with Ancestors event back in 2009. Shirley Penna-Oaks (holding the “vote” sign) was the coordinator for the event.  Eager members of EWGS staged the same event in 2010 and 2011. Now EWGS is resurrecting the Walking with Ancestors event!

This year the event will be held on Memorial Day (Monday), May 27th, at the Pines Cemetery (south on Pines from Sprague or I-90). Commemorative events and ceremonies all day long are planned and EWGS is proud to be a part. 

Volunteers from EWGS have been working on “their people.” Photos were taken of tombstones in the oldest part of the cemetery and handed out at the January meeting. The response has been great! The stories these tombstones will tell, by way of a person portraying the person, their spouse, son/daughter, etc. will be fascinating, EWGS promises. 

These were our 2010 and 2011 group photos:

We hope you’ll come to enjoy a Walking with Ancestors event on Memorial Day at the Pines Cemetery with EWGS!!

OR plan and execute a similar event with YOUR local genealogy society members.

New Banner Photos Wanted

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you — and Jill Morelli of Seattle and Donna Potter Phillips of Spokane. We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner.

Guidelines for the photos are few:
•Landscapes, landmarks, and scenery photos are preferred. If, however, you have a perfect photo that includes people, please obtain their permission to post the photo.
•Photo must have been taken in Washington State (this is the Washington State Genealogical Society blog, after all!).
•Photos should be horizontal as they will be cropped to 1100 x 250 pixels. If in doubt, send it to us & we’ll figure it out.
•You may submit as many photos as you want.
•Final decisions on suitable photos will be made by the awesome WSGS Blog Team.
•There’s no prize if your photo is chosen – just the satisfaction that your photo is being showcased on a blog viewed more than 1,000 enthusiastic genealogists.
•There’s no firm deadline to submit photos, just keep ‘em coming. We want to rotate lots of photos to keep the blog fresh.

To submit your photo, please email the image (jpg only, please); what, where, when, and by whom the photo was taken to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Got questions? Email the blog team at WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Supportive Grants Are Waiting For You

If your local genealogy society needs financial assistance for a special project or purchase, consider applying for a WSGS Supportive Grant. Applications are being accepted through July 31, 2024.

The grants, up to $250 each, are designed to fill a need or support a special project of WSGS-member societies and organizations. Ideas are limited only by societies’ creativity. Some ideas include:

  • Equipment, such as video camera, microphone, tripod, mixing board, or screen, as your society moves to hybrid meetings.
  • Purchase of furniture, equipment, books, magazines or other publications/ subscriptions for an existing or new society library.
  • Locating, inventorying, restoring and/or preserving a local cemetery.
  • Hosting a special event, presentation, or workshop.
  • Purchasing genealogical-related software, scanner, projector, peripherals or other equipment or technology.
  • Developing a project serving special populations, e.g. senior citizens, children/teens, tribal members, ethnic organizations, etc..
  • Restoring and/or preservation of photos or original documents.
  • Identifying and unifying old photos, Bibles, quilts, letters or other significant memorabilia with family members, museums, or other good homes.
  • Creation of a website, blog or other communication tool.
  • Publication of local history or narratives.

The awards do not have to be repaid — they’re yours to support worthy projects. Two grants will be awarded in 2024.

The simple application is only ONE page and is available here. There is also additional guidance on the program. For more information, visit our website at https://www.wasgs.org/cpage.php?pt=90.

Questions should be directed to Outreach@wasgs.org. Please note “Supportive Grants” in the Subject Line.

How to Post Your Meetings and Events on the WSGS Blog and Website

Do you want to broadcast information about your local society, workshop, genealogical tip, or a research query? Just send it to the WSGS Blog and WSGS Meetings and Events! Your post will be seen by more than 1,100 genealogists from around the state and beyond. Just email a Word document, text file, PDF or graphic to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org and Info@wasgs.org and we’ll do the rest!

We’re always looking to publicize local events and workshops, feature stories, updates from your society, and other genealogical information that might be of interest to our many subscribers and viewers.

We hope to hear from you soon! And don’t forget to encourage your Society members to subscribe to the Blog for the most up-to-date information from around the state.

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Let’s Talk About: Scattering Ashes

(Logo thanks to O’Connell Family Funeral Homes with locations in several states.)

More and more people are planning to be cremated when they pass, and their cremains scattered………. in a garden, over a cliff, in water or in a designated spot in an established cemetery. What are the rules for scattering cremains in Washington State?
According to a bit in our Spokesman newspaper (from Jared Gendron of the News Tribune, Tacoma), YES, you can scatter the cremains of a loved one in Washington but there are caveats.

  • Ashes can be scattered in most public and state owned land with permission from whomever controls the land.
  • Permission from the Chief Park Ranger is needed for National Parks.
  • Ashes can be scattered into any bodies of water in Washington.
  • Ashes can be scattered in the ocean beyond the lowest tide mark.
  • Ashes can be buried in the ocean as long as it’s three nautical miles from land and the EPA must be notified of the event.
  • Only human cremains, not pets or other animals, may be dispersed into the ocean.

Casting: Make sure to toss the ashes with the wind and make sure nobody is standing downwind. 

Trenching: Burying the ashes in a hole/trench at least a foot deep.

Raking: Placing the cremains in soft soil and raking them into the soil. 

Water: Keep in mind that some cremains may sink instantly while others may float (for a time). 

** In 2004, our family gathered at the family cabin on Bottle Bay, Lake Pend Oreille, to pour our father’s ashes off the end of the dock. It was a very special day for all of us. 

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society DNA SIG

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group Meeting

Tuesday, May 28, Starting at 7:00 pm via Zoom

We will be reading Your DNA Guide by Diahan Southard.

This month we will discuss pages 40 to 61.

This book is available from the author, the publishers, Amazon, or perhaps through your local public library or via Inter-Library Loan.

Check WorldCat to see what libraries may have copies.

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Clallam County Genealogical Society German Immigration Patterns

Saturday, June 8th at 10:00am, the Clallam County Genealogical Society will welcome Claire Gebben, a noted genealogist.  She will appear in person at the KSQM-FM Community Room at 609 West Washington Street, in the Sequim Village Shopping Center, Sequim, WA.  Her topic will be German Immigration Patterns. 

Since the 19th Century millions of German-speaking emigrants were leaving Europe for places far and wide, especially North America.  Who were they and why did they leave?  The answer is complicated.  This talk explores waves of emigration in the historical context of wars, religious oppression, weather, economics, and other factors.  Presentation also includes a look at the patterns of settlement of German migrants on arrival in North America.

Clair Gebben is a public speaker, teacher, and writer.  She specializes in German genealogy, migration patterns and 19th century history. She has authored award winning novels and memoirs based upon the documented accounts of her ancestors.  Her articles have appeared in numerous periodicals.  Claire holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

Join us at our June 8th gathering, and meet Claire Gibben.  Her books will be available for purchase at that time. 

There is no cost to attending the meeting. 

The presentation will also be available on Zoom.  Call or e-mail the Society for the Zoom codes. (Please arrive or Zoom in at 9:45am.)

Phone:  360-417-5000       e-mail:  askus@clallamcogs.org          website: www.clallamcogs.org

Let’s Talk About: “Just A Piece Of Tin”

Just a piece of tin, lying in the dirt.

To the finder it meant nothing, to a family, more hurt.

For removal and return proper steps were to follow.

To a community back home more pain, grief and sorrow.

A journey of  time and in decades lost

Of a round trip in miles and of the thousands it cost.

Of the man who had worn it so many of us knew,

A young man on our streets just like me and you.

Of a life never lived, or adventures untold

Of one life to give, a young never to grow old.

Just a piece of tin, lying in the dirt.

I photographed this  poem framed and on the wall in a museum back east while on a trip. It was penned by Charles Stage, 30 May 2016. It quite touched my heart and I saved it to share with you in our “memorial month.”  

Ask Google if you’d like to know more fascinating history of U.S. military dog tags. 

****Bet you didn’t know this “dog tag” trivia: People in the 1950s lived under constant threat of nuclear war and had tags made for their elementary age school children in districts across the U.S. New York City was the first public school system to issue the “identification tags” in Feb 1952, spending $159.000 to provide them to 2.5 million students. 

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Newspaper Research

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert!

Read to the bottom of the message for more about this meeting.  

Newspaper Research  Saturday, June 1
Newspaper Research  
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Hybrid Meeting at
The Hive – 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
Newspaper Research by Sunny Jane Morton
Comparing the U.S. Newspaper Giants:Over a billion digitized newspaper pages are now searchable at online historical newspaper archives such as Chronicling America, FultonHistory.com, GenealogyBank, NewspaperArchive and Newspapers.com. But which should you use? Is it worth subscribing to one of the premium sites? Learn how they stack up for total amount of digitized content; geographic coverage; unique features and tools; subscription options; and more. My tips and comparative analyses will help you more confidently choose and use these newspaper websites. 1:00-3pm, doors open at 12:30

Sylabus: will be available on the website EWGSi.com the day before the meeting.

(be sure to print your copy before you arrive.) 

Zoom Link: available on the website EWGSi.com the day before the meeting.

 Bring some cookies to share…are there ever enough cookies?!?

Free Table: 

Bring any items that may help someone else with their research. 

Take something home that may help you with yours!


Bring some cash to win great prizes! 

Proceeds from raffles/auctions/book sales are one of the ways to help our society continue to offer great educational opportunities.


Win Cash!!!

Also remember your $$$ for the 50/50 contest.  

This money builds our scholarship fund to help those less fiscally fortunate.

Auction October 5th, 2024

Bring auction items to any EWGS meeting. 

Our goal is to raise over $1000 this year!

The Ways & Means Committee will be sending updates over the summer months. You’ll get sneak peeks at what may be in the auction.

And they will offer some easy-peasy ideas of items you can donate…possibly without even leaving home! 

See you in the Newspapers!