Clark County Genealogical Society June Meetings


Mon, 3 June 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.


Mon, 3 June 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)


Wed, 5 June 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Using DNA test results to determine family origins is more complicated among Jews, who have married “within the tribe” for hundreds of years. Marrying within a closed community – “endogamy” – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This Legacy Family Tree presentation uses the instructor’s own research as a “how to” approach.


Thu, 6 June 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.


Wed, 19 June 2019: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the U.S. With written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed in this Legacy Family Tree webinar.


Thurs, 20 June 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to and Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.


Presentation: Finding the First Fort Vancouver

Tues, 25 June 2019: 6 p.m.-Potluck begins; 7 p.m. program begins

Location: Clark County PUD Community Room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

Amy Clearman, archaeology graduate student at Portland State University, will discuss what she found during her archaeological investigation of  two Vancouver neighborhoods and an ethnographic study with residents. The project was intended to find evidence of the first Fort Vancouver, built in 1825 in the vicinity of the State School for the Deaf. Building relevancy of archaeological research to communities in which research occurs was also a key component.

Bring your favorite dish to share at this annual spring potluck meeting!


Wed, 26 June 26, 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

What technology tips can help you with your genealogy research? Make a goal this month to try a new technology tip each day and this Legacy Family Tree webinar will help you! We’ll look at tips to help you enhance your email, use shortcuts, conduct better searches, and use your cell phone for genealogy. When we are done, you’ll be able to do more with less time and learn tools that will help you in your research and personal life.

New Interest Group: Genealogy Travelers

Formation of a New Interest Group:  Genealogy Travelers

Clallam County Genealogical Society has a newly formed interest group, The Genealogy Travelers!  It is for anyone who enjoys going to archives, libraries, etc. near and far.  We have some initial trips planned for this summer within Washington. If you are interested in joining us, please call CCGS at 360-417-5000 and add your name to the roster, so we can notify you of upcoming events.   Members and non-members are welcome, so plan to bring along a genealogy friend.

Our first adventure will be to the Seattle Public Library (downtown) on Wednesday, June 5th.  If you would like to travel with us, please contact the CCGS Research Center by May 31st, so we can plan accordingly.   We will be sending out travel details next week, once we know how many folks will be traveling with us.    


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 23, 2019
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Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Registration now Open! Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. But if you aren’t a historian, how do you know when there is an opportunity for adding history to our research? In this workshop we will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, we will learn how to find those answers. ▪ Finally, we will discuss how to add this new-found information to our family’s history. Kate Eakman is a Senior Researcher and Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists and has taught a variety of classes and genealogical presentations across the United States. She holds an MA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with additional graduate work in history and education from Immaculata University, Lewis and Clark College, and Seattle Pacific University. For additional information, contact Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and pay $20.00 – a $5.00 savings!
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A few seats still available for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
There are only 5 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. Just a reminder that Registration closes on June 6 and we won’t be having another Boot Camp until August! This is a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy.
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Research Session with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you, your family, and friends to their upcoming June meeting, which will be a research session providing one-on-one support to all those interested in exploring their Jewish ancestry/family history. Bring your research materials and your personal laptops or tablets to work on your research goals or get help with the endless supply of genealogical websites. Even if you don’t have specific questions, come and exchange knowledge and ideas with others who have similar interests.
Some computers with internet access will be available for those without. The meeting is free to all participants and will be held at the Hillsdale Public Library located at 1525 SW Sunset Boulevard Portland, OR 97239 on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Doors will be open at 10:00 a.m. with time for conversation and sharing. Public parking is available, and the library is easily accessible via Tri-Met bus. See the Tri-Met Interactive Map for more details. If you want a head start on your issue, please write us at in advance with your research question.
A Brief Update on the Paradise Book Drive
We’ve had a call or two from folks who are concerned that we are gathering books to send to a library that doesn’t want them—or will never be able to use them. We would like to reassure everyone that before we began this project, we were in touch with the Paradise Genealogical Society Board of Directors. The organization has leased a space, and the Board is dedicated to rebuilding the library. GFO would not have undertaken this book drive had we not been certain the books were wanted.
The Paradise Board has been sent the list of the books that have been collected at GFO or pledged by the Douglas County Genealogical Society. Clark County Genealogical Society has packed at least five more boxes full of materials not on our list. The folks in Paradise are thrilled! One person voiced a concern about the cost to GFO and whether we are raiding our library shelves for things to send. The GFO is not spending any cash out of pocket, nor are we pulling books from our library to send. The books that have been gathered are from our sales shelves (which were really overcrowded) and from donations from folks like you. We hope this answers any questions you may have and that you will support us in the effort to help what was, and we hope will be again, a thriving genealogical society. It just seems to us like the right thing to do. And it seems like a lot of you think so too. We love hearing you’re behind us!
Surplus Books of the Week: Mayflower Families
This week’s surplus books are the product of a massive effort from 1959 to the 1970s by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations” traces five generations of Mayflower descendants, both male and female, to Revolutionary times. This book is Volume 2 of a set. It includes descendants of the families of James Chilton, Richard More, and Thomas Rogers.
We happen to have three spare copies of this intensively researched work available.
Pick up at GFO Price: $24
Delivery Price: $30 All three of our copies are in very good condition with only a few minor scratches in the covers and a few marks inside from prior owners. If you’d like to buy one contact
Survey Results: Which tests have you or close relatives taken?
Last week we asked about whether you had taken an mtDNA or Y-DNA test. And we were a little surprised by the results. Fifty-seven people entered responses: 15 of 28 males who responded said they have taken a Y-DNA test;
8 of 26 males report having done an mtDNA test;
22 of 41 females have taken an mtDNA test; and
22 of 37 female respondents replied that a father or brother had taken a Y-DNA test for them.
New Survey: Your DNA Experience
We know many of our members have taken DNA tests. Some of them have had big surprises and some have found their results pretty ho-hum. We’re wondering what your experience has been. Please take this week’s survey to let us know.
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This week at GFO …
Saturday, May 25th
DNA Beginners 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
DNA Led the Way: A Y-DNA Case Study by Emily D. Aulicino
Do you have Y-DNA matches for which you cannot find the common ancestor(s) even though the genealogy time frame is reasonable? Have you hunted all over the web to find the answer, but are still fighting that brick wall? Learn how several Y-DNA matches were able to find their common ancestor(s) in just one day! You can download the handout here.
Lisa McCullough will present information on the new tools at Ancestry, including how to turn on the Beta Profile, how to access and use the new tools such as MyTreeTags and the New & Improved DNA Matches and ThruLines. She will also cover the new tools at MyHeritage, specifically the Chromosome Browser Triangulation, Theory of Relativity, and Auto Cluster Tools.
All are welcome. Questions can be sent before the meeting to:
British Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Our topic will be Northern Ireland, its history and how that effects genealogical records. We will also plan next year’s meetings. Plus snacks of our ancestors! One hour of the two hour meeting is devoted to Brick Wall questions. Anyone with an interest in English/Welsh/Scottish research is welcome to join us.
Questions may be directed to: Duane Funk at
Sunday, May 26th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Of course there’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come! There’s lots to do, and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Monday, May 27th
GFO Closed for Memorial Day

Olympia Genealogical Society June Meeting

At the June meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will hear Judi Hine, Regent of the DAR Sacajawea Chapter in Olympia, presenting an overview of the Daughters of the American Revolution and what they have to offer all genealogists. Join us on Thursday June 13 at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152 at 7 pm.


Joyce T. Ogden


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 16, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! | 503-963-1932 | Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Thank You For Offering Your Genealogy Books & More!
You warmed our hearts here at GFO with your offers of help for the genealogy library in Paradise, California, which burned to the ground last year. Thank you to those who reached out. One GFO member has even offered to drive more materials to Paradise when she goes to visit family the end of June—so please keep those donations coming.
To help with the process, we have developed a list of books that are being donated. Here is a link to them. We would like to try to avoid duplicate books. Many of the books on the list are part of incomplete runs of sets published by societies in Oregon and Washington. Some of the reference books are older editions that have been updated. Perhaps you have something that is newer or better than what we are donating—or something that will add more volumes to a series. We were sadly lacking materials that focus on California, but Douglas County Genealogy Society came to the rescue. The books they have offered are on the list in red. We hope some of the societies located in California will pitch in to help too. Any questions may be directed to
Two Guest Speakers Saturday at African American Ancestry Group
At noon this Saturday, May 18, the GFO will host a remote video presentation with two guests speaking from different locations. The focus will introduce us to Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. The Middle Passage was the stage of the triangular trade route in which millions of Africans were forcibly transported to the New World as part of the Atlantic slave trade. Evelyn Aniton McDowell, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She is the founder and president of Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, a heritage society for descendants of Africans who were enslaved or indentured in colonial America and in the United States of America. Through genealogical research, she has found more than 35 enslaved ancestors. LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, JD, LLM, CG®, CGL(SM), is the Registrar General of SDUSMP, responsible for reviewing the sufficiency of applications. She is also a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and a frequent speaker at national conferences and Institutes. In 2016 she published a guide for researching African Americans in her home county of Laurens, South Carolina. We hope you’ll join us. All our special interest group meetings are free and open to the public. More information? Email us @
GFO’s Connie Lenzen Receives National Award!
Big congratulations to our own Connie Lenzen! Last week, the National Genealogical Society named her as this year’s NGS Fellow. Fellowship in the National Genealogical Society recognizes outstanding work in genealogy or the related fields of history, biography, or heraldry, in addition to outstanding service to the National Genealogical Society. Connie is a highly-regarded, contributing author to national and local genealogical publications. She won the NGS Quarterly’s 1995 Award of Excellence and is a two-time winner of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors Award. From 2005 to 2008, she served as president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. She joined the NGS Board of Directors in 2004. That year, the Society was facing financial insolvency, and its future was in question. With her fellow board members, Connie worked tirelessly to ensure its survival. She served on the board for six years, 2004–2010. As chair of the Education Committee, she managed and edited the revised Home Study Course, 2005 revision. By the time she retired from the Board, NGS was again on firm ground. Its membership was strong, and its educational programs were flourishing. Connie is a professional, certified genealogist and has been a member of the GFO for 45 years. We couldn’t be more proud of you, Connie! Congratulations!
PMUG College: Learn Reunion Genealogy Software
The Portland Mac Users Group returns to the GFO on Wednesday, May 22, with a lesson many GFO members could use.

Learn Reunion, the genealogy software written specifically for Macintosh computers.
The class covers:
* Basics of Reunion interface
* Options for printing
* Attaching media files to your family
* Sharing information between Mac and iOS To register: Call 503-228-1779 or email Bring your Mac to participate with instruction. If you would like additional information about this class, please email us at PMUG College is free to GFO and PMUG members, $10 to non-members.
Still time to sign up for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
Just a reminder that there are only 12 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. It’s a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Seats are limited so sign up online now. Registration closes June 6. Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more — all geared toward beginners. Bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.
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George Brown, GFO Friend: March 17, 1923–March 31, 2019
We at the GFO have lost a good friend. George Thomas Brown was a longtime member of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. George was inspired to deeply investigate the world of French-Canadian genealogy. His research was amazing—solving 200-year-old mysteries. He would wear his beret and red sash with gusto and pride when making presentations. In 2016, George Thomas Brown generously donated his entire French-Canada collection, 137 boxes of books, to the GFO. It took many months to classify and label everything. These amazing materials made the GFO a primary research facility for French Canada resources. Read more about George’s long, memorable life.
Only 1 Day Left to Save $30 on Family Tree Maker Upgrade!
Judging by the turnout we had at GFO for the Family Tree Maker Roadshow, lots of folks have this software. So we thought we’d better pass on this message about the upgrade: Only one day left to preorder the upgrade for $29.99 (save $30.) You must have FTM 2017 to order this discounted upgrade. Sale was posted May 14, so is scheduled to end May 17. Don’t delay! Check your email or use this link.
Survey Results: DNA #1: Autosomal Testing
Of 102 responses, 93.1% of you report having taken an autosomal DNA test. Of those, 75 report having tested at AncestryDNA, followed by Family Tree DNA (48), 23andme (34), My Heritage (12), and Living DNA (7).
New Survey: DNA #2
Which DNA tests have you or close relatives had done?
Y-DNA is passed from father to son.
mtDNA is passed from mother to a child of either gender. Click to take this week’s survey:
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …

Saturday, May 18th

Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

GPS is a monthly support group where we help each other find information about a family line. We will learn to do a reasonably exhaustive search and develop research plans. The focus will shift depending on the needs of the group. Several experienced researchers have volunteered to help. Beginners and intermediate researchers are encouraged to submit problems to work on. For more information contact Katie Daly at

African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

We will have a remote presentation with two guests from the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, the lineage society whose membership is available only to those whose ancestors were forcibly brought to this country during the slave trade. Our speakers will be Evelyn McDowell, Ph.D., the society’s president, and LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson, a board member and also a Certified Genealogist(TM). For more information, contact us at

Sunday, May 19th

Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Of course there’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come! There’s lots to do, and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Family Tree Maker User’s Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Paula is providing the group a show and tell of the separate program “Charting Companion” that works with FTM. It is for users of Windows but may give Mac users some ideas of alternate possibilities.
With any remaining time, we’ll be looking at: media categories and notes in chapter 6, basic viewing of the mapping function from chapter 7, and finding duplicate people covered in chapter 14. Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family Tree Maker.

Bring your laptop. Come 30 minutes earlier if you’ve never been or have skipped sessions. You might need an update of the “fake” practice tree we are using. Facilitated by Joyce

French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche.

Wednesday, May 22nd

PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Portland Mac Users Group College: Reunion genealogy software on the Mac.
* Basics of the Reunion interface
* Options for printing
* Attaching media files to y our family
* Sharing information between Mac and iOS

Free for GFO and PMUG members. For more info, see:

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society June Meeting

Kathryn Laird Bowen, M.B.A.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting

June 1, 2019 1:00-3:00 PM

Main Floor Auditorium

Downtown Spokane Public Library

906 W Main Ave (cross street: Lincoln)



By: Kathryn Bowen


Click here For program syllabus

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

The Library of Virginia in Richmond holds and preserves all the records of the state of Virginia. Its library catalog is readily searchable online, and just as with, an increasing number of their records have been digitized and are accessible online.

For instance, searching under the Images and Indexes tab (see below) gives you a list of over thirty digitized, searchable collections, including Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants and Land Office Military Certificates; Henley’s Marriage/Obituary Index of Virginia Newspapers; and Virginia Land Office Patents and Claims, to name just a few.

To view this section of their catalog, go to their main web page: and scroll down slightly till you see For The Public; click there (everything under that tab is worth exploring!) select Search the LVA Catalog.  This opens a new page, with 4 tabs; click on Images and Indexes.  Then select which collection(s) you’d like to search.