Clark County Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, 10am – general meeting (see below)
Wednesday, 11am – webinar (see below)
Fee Classes – $12 for members, $15 for non-members

Researching in the Virginias, instructor Elsie Deatherage
Tuesday, April 4, 10am-12n
As one of this country’s earliest colonies, Virginia has seen many changes in laws and how vital records have been kept in its 400 year history. Learn how to locate and use order and minute books, land records, chancery court and tax records to connect family members.

Timelines and Analysis, instructor Lethene Parks
Tuesday, April 25, 10am-12n
You’ve been hot on the trail of an illusive ancestor. You’ve gathered quite a bit of information about them. But, what does it all mean? Organizing all these disparate “facts” into a timeline and subjecting them to critical analysis will help you make sense of it.

Family Search Strategies, instructor Alice Allen
Tuesday, May 2, 10am-12n
Family Search is a major go-to site for genealogical research. In addition to continuously adding searchable records, Family Search is constantly improving how we access those records. Alice is a “power user” of Family Search and will share her insights as to how to make the site “dance” for you.

Getting Started Tracing Your Ancestors, instructor Brian Runyan   FREE
Thursday May 11, 7pm – 9pm, CCGS Annex
This class will get you started researching your family tree.  Topics include collecting information from the family, family group sheets, pedigree charts, genealogy database programs and best practices for research.

Getting Started with Your Norwegian Research, instructor Kathy Solheim
Tuesday, May 16, 10am-12n
This class will guide the researcher through the process of searching for key ancestral information in FamilySearch, then locating and interpreting the original Norwegian parish records in Digitalarkivet.

Tuesday, March 28, 10am
“Reflections on Researching A Personal Family History” will be presented by Harold E. Hinds, Jr, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of History, presently retired and living in Portland, Oregon, where he volunteers at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. For many years, he taught an annual course on Genealogy and Family History at the University of Minnesota–Morris. He is the author or editor of 26 volumes on genealogy and family history.
–The presentation will focus on the following: –What Story Should I Tell: the Scope and Design of the Project –Finding Sufficient Information to Justify a Book-Length Personal Family History –It Takes a Village –Getting Organized, So You Can Find the Information You’ve Collected –You Can’t Wish Upon a Star –When One Should Publish


Due to increasing costs the CCGS Board of Directors is recommending an increase to the annual dues of $5. We recommend the membership approve this increase to take effect when individual and joint memberships are renewed. New members would pay the new rate of $35 for individual and $45 for joint memberships beginning 1 July 2017. Voting on this proposed dues increase will take place at the March 28th General Meeting.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:00am, CCGS Annex.  Discussion to follow
Introduction to Quaker Genealogy Research by Craig Scott, MA, CG, FUGA
This lecture examines how Quakers created records at the various types of meetings, be they Yearly, Quarterly or Monthly. It examines the types of records, their value to a researcher and where they can be found.

Tuesday, April 5, 2017, 5:00pm, CCGS Annex.  Discussion to follow
Preserve, Share, and Search Your Digital Pictures with Google Photos by Geoff Rasmussen
Got digital images? Get an in-depth look into Google’s newest photo service – Google Photos. Learn best practices for managing, sharing, searching, enhancing, and preserving your digital photos. Learn how to access your collections via your computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Puget Sound Genealogical Society April Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Tuesday April 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library. 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
The Scots-Irish: Settlers in the Wilderness with Janet Camarata
Learn how the Scots-Irish contributed to our country and
the sources available to genealogists researching their
Scots-Irish heritage.
Registration is required: call Genealogical Center
Thanks Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Serendipity Friday

*** A Cemetery is a Cemetery is a Cemetery

*** Genealogy Bank: Did you realize?

*** Roslyn’s 26 Ethnic Cemeteries: Ever been there?

*** Google Translate & Other Ethnic Alphabets

We were recently in Maui and on a beach-lava-rock hike, I spotted this cemetery of sorts. This sort of beach-memorial-cemetery is not a bit unusual in Hawaii. You perhaps cannot see but the crosses are festooned with shell and flower garlands and piled with rock and white coral. Sometimes they have a name/date inscribed but often not. Just a memorial. I found these most touching.


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I never missed an episode of the TV show in the 1970s, Northern Exposure, filmed mostly in Roslyn, Washington. Of course, I had to visit the town and have lunch in the Roslyn Cafe. And we had to visit the cemeteries! There are some 5000 graves spread across nineteen acres on the hillsides on the back side of town. These burial grounds are divided by heritage…Croatian, Serbian, Polish, Lithuanian, Slavonian…as well as several lodges. Back in Roslyn’s coal mining heyday when coal was king, immigrants came from all over Europe for work. And then died here. Wandering across these ethnically divided areas was so very interesting. Some of the markers were clearly handmade and some were quite expensive looking (keep in mind that Roslyn back 100 years ago was a long way from anywhere). Roslyn is just on the east side of Snoqualmie Pass and when your travel plans next call for you to cross our state, do take a break and visit Roslyn…… and the gulch and hillsides of those ethnic burials.


I taught a class the other day and one of the questions asked was “how do I do research in countries where I don’t read the language?” Good question. Lisa Alzo answered that question in a class I attended in December 2016:

     1.  —  free online translator enables users to translate phrases and sentences into any language…in a text block of up to 150 words.

     2.  —  a site for free interactive games for learning languages (you need Adobe Flash Player (free) for this).

     3.  —  FamilySearch offers free word lists to help you translate common words found in church or other records; FS also offers letter writing guides in many languages.

     4.  —  popular online free tool for translating words, paragraphs or sentences in 71 different languages. If you use Google Chrome and visit a foreign website, Google will ask if you would like to have the page translated authomatically. Yah, Google!


TFT:  What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. 

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 22 March 2017

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Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” –> “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still

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Don’t act so surprised! There’s still seating available for the Colletta Seminar on Saturday, April 29th!!


When APRIL 29TH, 10am – 4:30pm




How It’s so simple! Just click HERE to register right now online.
Again, the Saturday Seminar is NOT sold out yet. Click HERE now to register your seat!
John Philip Colletta is one of America’s most popular genealogical lecturers. Knowledgeable, experienced and entertaining (what a genealogical catch!), he is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For twenty years, he worked part-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives.

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Meet the Board: Patricia Olsen

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee, six standing committee chairs and three appointed non-elected officers? Who are all these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you, so you can say “hi” the next time you see them.

Patty Olsen

In today’s “Meet the Board” series, we’re introducing you to Patricia Olsen, known to all of us as Patty. Patty is from Chehalis in Lewis County, a proud member of the Lewis County Genealogical Society where she has served as education chair for the last five years. She is WSGS’s Region 4 Representative for Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties. She is also a member of the Cherokee Nation, Friends of the Vann House, Trail of Tears Association, and the Cherokee Historical Society.

Patty at her Aunt Marcy’s house near the Birdsview Fish Hatchery, Birdsview, WA (Skagit County). Circa 1952.

Patricia Rae Lund was born on February 9 in Bellingham, Washington to Eugene “Bill” Russell and Violet Elsie (Dickinson) Lund.  Although born in the local hospital, she initially slept in a wooden apple box as there weren’t enough baby beds at the time.

Patty is extremely proud of her rich ancestry, a true slice of American history and heritage. Her mother, Violet Dickinson, was born in Bonesteel, South Dakota in 1922, the second of four children to Clarence LeRoy and Elsie Belle (Chambers) Dickinson. Grandma Elsie died in 1927, leaving Patty’s grandfather with four children under the age of six. Grandpa soon remarried Ethel Marie Joy, a neighbor of his brother’s who had been hired to watch the children while Grandpa worked. She and Grandpa married in 1928 and had seven more children – making a houseful of 11 children! There was never a reference to “step children” – they were all just one (really big) family.

Patty’s father, Eugene Russell Lund, was born in Morris, Oklahoma to John Daniel and Martha Elizabeth (Vann) Lund. Grandma Martha died in June 1922 following the birth of her fourth child in December 1921, having never recovered after the birth. Martha’s grandmother (Patty’s 2x great grandmother) Caroline “Carrie” Elizabeth Sixkiller (1853 – 1906)  was the proud daughter of Redbird “Tah-chu-wha Su-da-la-dee-hee” Sixkiller (1807 – 1898), a member of the Cherokee Tribe as  recorded in the 1863 Dawes Rolls that recognized all Cherokees living on the reservation in Oklahoma.

Outstanding Young Women of America, 1979

Through her genealogical research, Patty knew she was related to President Abraham Lincoln and Will Rogers, but her tribal heritage was a surprise to her. As was common in bygone days, having tribal blood was not something to be touted or even disclosed. It wasn’t until 1962 that Patty’s father was encouraged by his aunt to join the Cherokee Nation. Patty is now a proud member of the Cherokee Nation and feels a special affinity to her heritage having traveled to Oklahoma and South Dakota where her ancestors lived.

As a teenager, Patty attended a small high school with under 300 students. While there, she played the flute (first chair!) in the Concert Band which held the distinguished honor of 25 years of A+ ratings at the annual Music Educators Band Contest in Bellingham, WA. Patty’s hard work, perseverance and talent were rewarded when she was chosen as First Chair of America as a flautist in 1962. She was also selected as one of the nation’s “Outstanding Young Women in America” in 1979.

Patty has two sons, seven grandchildren and even has a great-granddaughter. She is retired from the Napavine School District, where she developed the HOSTS (Helping One Student to Succeed) program, tutoring students to help them catch up and surpass their classmates in math, reading, writing or other skill sets where they needed an extra boost. She also chaired the popular RIF Program (Reading Is Fundamental), buying and distributing books to elementary school children.

When she’s not researching her family roots, Patty enjoys attending dirt track sprint car races, the sunshine and traveling.

A few more interesting tidbits about Patty:

  • She is a life member of Beta Sigma Phi social sorority, Daughters of Norway, Skagit County Genealogical Society, and Yakima Valley Genealogical Society.
  • She can be seen at numerous conferences and workshops around the state and elsewhere. She loves networking and learning about new resources, tips and discoveries – then passing them along to others.
  • She is a staunch supporter of our country’s veterans. She has purchased numerous commemorative tiles on display at the Veterans Memorial Museum in Chehalis. Veterans are “never forgotten” in her heart.
  • Her favorite genealogical website is “Find My Past.”
  • Her favorite “color” is anything with bling!
  • Her favorite dessert is lemon pie
  • When asked what one word describes her, Patty responded “OCD” (obsessive-compulsive disorder) – a very good trait for a genealogist!

Now you know a little more about another of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Patty, say hello and thank her for her service to WSGS.


Family Search Webinars for April


Salt Lake City, Utah (21 March 2017), April is a great month to take a free family history class or webinar taught by specialists through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Beginner or intermediate skill level, we bet you’ll find something of interest. British, Portuguese, Finnish, Scottish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and US records-related classes are on tap. Take the introductory DNA class to help understand all the genetic genealogy excitement. And there are quite a few classes about how to get the most out of all the features and content on  Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget. Find and easily share this release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Online classes offered in the schedule below are noted as “Webinars”. Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required.

Volga German Event at Leavenworth Washington

For Immediate Release    Contact: Tanya Bushnell

Celebrating 250 Years of Volga German Heritage
Seminar Series on April 26 – 28

Portland, Oregon (17 March 2017) – From 1764 to 1772, there were 106 German colonies established along the Volga River on the barren Russian steppe.  To celebrate the 250th Anniversary (1766-2016) of the establishment of the colonies of Frank, Hussenbach, Kautz, Kolb, Norka, Walter, and Yagodnaya Polyana in Russia; the Center for Volga German Studies at Concordia University is hosting a seminar at The Icicle Village Resort, in Leavenworth, Washington on April 26-28, 2017. Registration is $165 per person, which includes all programs and two banquets. The public is invited to attend.
Sessions will focus on the founding of the Volga German colonies, location of the German origins of our ancestors, demonstration of an old Volga German dialect, churches of the Volga German villages, rural life of the colonies, the events that led to emigration to North and South America and a session showing what exists of the colonies today.  Featured presenters include: Steve Schreiber, Director of the Center for Volga German Studies and Village Coordinator for Norka; Maggie Hein, Genealogist and Village Coordinator for the colonies of Frank and Kolb; Jean Roth, Village Coordinator for the colony of Walter; Michael Frank, Village Coordinator for the colony of Kautz; Mike Lust, teacher; Reuben Miller, descendant of the colony of Norka; and Dr. Richard Scheuerman, of Seattle Pacific University and descendant of the colony of Yagodnaya Polyana.  Seminar sessions begin on Wednesday, April 26, at 12:45pm and end on Friday April 28, at 10:30am.
For more information about the event, please visit the website at: or contact Valerie at

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