Serendipity Friday

*** Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

*** Have you shared your family recipe with FamiySearch?

*** Mayonnaise?

*** Merging duplicates on FamilySearch

You have, with the clicking of a mouse, an enormous library of books right at your fingertips and I’ll bet you didn’t realize it. The Digital Public Library of America (http://DP.LA) is a free, national digital library that provides acces to millions of materials from libraries, archives and museums across the U.S. Are you looking (perhaps without success?) for a letter, yearbook, military record, family bible, certain photograph or a certain map? It just well may be included in the DPLA holdings. And it’s FREE!


Besides collecting the names-dates-places of our family history, FamilySearch is collecting our family stories, memories (written, audio,video) and recipes! At RootsTech last February, at one of the opening sessions, a recipe card was placed on each of the 5000 chairs inviting each of us to share a favorite family recipe….. and to share the story of that recipe. Wanna participate? Click to


What’s a BLT sandwich without mayo?  Do you know when this condiment was invented? According to Wikipedia, the anecdotal history of mayo is this:  “One of the most common places named as the origin of mayonnaise is the town of Mahón in Menorca, Spain, where it was then taken to France after Armand de Vignerot du Plessis‘s victory over the British at the city’s port in 1756. According to this version, the sauce was originally known as salsa mayonesa in Spanish and maonesa (later maionesa) in Catalan (as it is still known in Menorca), later becoming mayonnaise as it was popularized by the French.”

Ever wanted to make your own mayonnaise? Dorothy Dean, the homemaker’s guru in Spokane between 1935-1985, shared the secret: “1 egg, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp dry mustard, 4-6 tsp lemon juice, 1 c. salad oil. Place all in blender and blend until smooth and thick. Store in refrigerator.”  Don’t know about you, but sounds like too much work to me.


Just because FamilySearch has given so very much to the genealogical community at large, asking nothing in return except that we all share our family trees, doing so has caused heartburn for some. One of the “problems” that FamilySearch asks us to deal with is the problem of duplicates. Ron Tanner, who works for FamilySearch, explained this problem to us at Roots Tech. “Think of ten kids having 10 kids, so there are potentially 110 people who can or might enter information on Grandma. See why merging is to important??”  To the computer, Catharine, Catherine, Katharine and Katherine are all totally separate names but to you and me they are not. We know that all could equally refer to our Grandma, right?

Please do consider uploading your GEDCOM to FamilySearch (folks at any Family History Center will assist) and plan to take the necessary time to manage/compare potential duplicates.  (I started with 1744 and I’m down to 1243! If I can, you can!)

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 24 May 2017

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 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

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!


Have You Saved Your Seat for the June 4th Workshop?


Don’t miss GFO’s upcoming Half-Day Workshop in just a couple weekends.
A full morning of learning the full scope of what you can glean from census records!
That’s right, folks. We’re Digging Deeper into Census Records!!
WHERE: GFO Library (map)
WHEN: Sunday, June 4th, 9:30am – noon
WHO’s THAT NOW?? Speaker Kate Eakman

Join speaker Kate Eakman for this amazing chance to learn all about “DIGGING DEEPER INTO ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, & THE U.S. CENSUS RECORDS”.

Tiny turtle eggs not included. Ahhhhh!!!!


Summer Special Interest Groups – Check In Time

Remember to check in with your SIG leaders during the summer months!
If you have a Special Interest Group (SIG) that you are absolutely in love with this summer, we haven’t gotten confirmation back from all our SIG leaders regarding summer class schedules.

As a result, we advise you please please please email your SIG leaders for any available updates before coming in.
Email your leaders to verify class schedules even if it’s on the GFO Calendar please.


We’re got a whole new round of titles and we need your help to review them!
Here’s our most current list of the books we have to be reviewed: 1. TIPS AND QUIPS for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ruth Brossette Lennon
2. QUICK SHEET, Citing Databases and Images, Evidence Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
3. QUICK SHEET, Citing Online Historical Resources, Evidence Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
4. Boyle, Joseph Lee. WHITE PENNSYLVANIA RUNAWAYS, 1769-1772. “much addicted to strong drink and swearing”.
5. Ports, Michael A. GEORGIA GENEALOGY RESEARCH. Genealogy at a Glance.

Anyone interested in reviewing one of these books, please either contact Joan or come by the GFO to pick up their book-of-choice from the bookshelf between the two offices and fill out the clipboard form. There is also a book review form on the shelf that can be used. For further information, please contact Joan Galles at

If you’re currently reviewing a book, please let Joan know how it’s going and if you have questions!


Call For Volunteers – Are ya feelin’ helpful? Are ya?!

The GFO needs your help and expertise in the following areas:
1. Brochures and Handouts Designer – With the 21st century just marching right along, we’ve decided it’s time to revamp and revitalize our brochures and library handouts! And we know you’re just the person to help head this effort! See below for how to sign up and give the GFO the best present ever.

2. Partnership Steward – Did you know the GFO has partnerships with other like-minded organizations around the area? We need a super organized person to track our partnership agreements with these other organizations. This position includes duties such as tracking renewals and double-checking that partnership agreements are in compliance with mutual advertising and other such arrangements.

3. Benevolent Member – This position involves sending out cards and notes to GFO members who are sick or injured, as well as to families of deceased members. Volunteers who have held this position in the past prove that you can do oh so much to brighten or comfort someone’s day with oh so little sent yet at just the right time.

4. Research Assistants (RA’s) – We need some additional help manning the front desk on Sundays and Wednesdays, but especially on Sundays! Training included. Our RA’s truly keep the library doors open!! Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Cathy Lauer.
Click HERE to submit a volunteer form or to request more information. We can’t wait to hear from you!


Memorial Day Closure Reminder – Monday, May 29th

Just a quick reminder that the GFO Library will be closed this coming Monday, May 29th.
Please come see us again on Tuesday, May 30th, at 9:30am.


This Week at the GFO…

Beginning DNA 9am – noon

We will discuss autosomal DNA and how to fill your Family Tree DNA “buckets”. As always, there should be time for questions on any DNA topic. Remember to download and bring all three of the handouts (here, here, and here). AND, bring a friend or two! Class facilitated by Emily Aulicino.

British Interest Group 1 – 3pm

Researching in the British Isles: England, Wales, Scotland, and Scots-Irish—no Irish because a strong GFO interest group for that heritage already exists. We try to have speakers who provide interesting experiences or online databases for research in these countries. One hour of the two hour meeting is devoted to Brick Wall questions.
Library Work Party 9am – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library this Sunday for those of you who can make it! There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9am and work usually wraps up around noon. Come for as long or as short as you can. Any time you can share is so invaluable. Hope to see you there.
GFO Library Closed for Memorial Day See you again on Tuesday, May 30th, from 9:30am – 5pm.

Olympia Genealogical Society June meeting

Jerri McCoy will discuss “Reviewing Your Genealogical Research for Missed Clues” at the Olympia Genealogical Society June meeting. Join us on Thursday, June 8 at 7 pm at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152. 360-451-1059

Thank-you,  JOYCE OGDEN, publicity

=======================================================================                                                                  Joyce T. Ogden   

Northeast Washington Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

NeWGS 2017 Fall Seminar

A Day with Dollarhide
Saturday – September 16, 2017
To be held at the Ambulance Shack
      at the north end of Colville (just east of the Roundabout)
Saturday, September 16th the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society will be holding their 36th annual Fall Seminar at the “Ambulance Shack” located at the North Roundabout in Colville.
The featured presenter will be William Dollarhide; renowned genealogy lecturer and author. He has been in pursuit of his family origins since 1971 and involved professionally with genealogy since 1980. He has written over 120 published magazine articles relating to genealogical research; has developed several software systems for genealogy; and he is the author of over 30 books, including Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920, one of the best-selling genealogy books of all time
Topics for our workshop include:
  American Migration Routes, 1750-1800

 Using Deeds to Trace the Trails of Your Ancestors

 You Know About Census Records But What About Census Substitutes?

 Civil War Genealogy


Mr. Dollarhides numerous books will be available for purchase during breaks and lunch.

Mark your calendars now! You don’t want to miss this one. In fact, why not bring a friend? Remember you don’t have to be a member to attend.
Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Lunch is included. The Registration Form is attached below. Please contact Karen Struve at 509-690-8380 should you have questions.

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society June Meeting


If you are like me, you may never have heard the term Melungeon before now.  According to Wikipedia, Melungeons are a people from the Cumberland Gap Area of East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia. They are of mixed European, African and Native American ancestry.  At our next Meeting, June 13th at 1pm, Jim Johnson, President of the Heritage Quest Genealogical Library in Sumner, will be speaking on the topic of Melungeons.  The meeting will be held at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society Library and is free to attend.  Join us in learning about these unique people.



Pam Liebelt

Publicity Chair

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society


Eastern Washington Genealogical Society June Meeting

Army Medicine during the American Civil War 1861-1865
Saturday, June 3
Army Medicine during the American Civil War 1861-1865  (EWGS Meetings)
12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Spokane Public Library Auditorium, Downtown Spokane
Presenter: Mike Inmann

Mike Inman is a retired Firefighter living in Spokane with his wife MJ and has been reenacting for 26 years.  He does reenacting and living history including the frontier army of the 1880’s focusing on Forts Sherman and Spokane as well as portraying a surgeon 1861-1865 with the Washington Civil War Association.  Mike has an extensive library for research to questions and some details of ancestors who fought in the Civil War.  Mike also has a vast array of equipment including original medical instruments that he displays and allows people to handle so they can get a hands on experience, for example, of what an actual Civil War period amputation saw feels like.  He not only reenacts throughout the Pacific Northwest but has attended many Civil War reenactments back east as well as participated in filming for Civil War oriented movies.  Mike strives to educate or as he likes to say, “de-Hollywood the American Civil War” as well as entertain through both a presentation and a question and answer period.

The program is designed to give both military and civilian medical history involving the armies of the Union and Confederacy.  But the presentation can go in any direction the audience wants such as drug use, medical procedures, nursing activity, field hospital organization, statistics, etc.

Go to “Download: Meeting Handout.” to obtain the presenter’s handout.

Cookies & Social Time: 12:30 PM.  Meeting starts at 1:00 PM
Download: Meeting Handout.

Tuesday Trivia

Surnames; we all chase family surnames, right? And many of our lineage-surnames go back into Merry Old England, right?

“Surnames were brought into England by the Normans. About the year of our Lord 1000 surnames began to be taken up in France…but not in England until about the time of the Conquest under King Edward the Confessor (ruled 1042-1066). Surnames were not settled among the common people until about the time of King Edward III (ruled 1327-1377). It is now settled that all surnames fall into one of four classes: (1) patronymics, (2) place names, (3) occupations, and (4) nicknames. In summary, it was towards the end of the 13th century in England when surnames were generally adopted. Do keep that in mind with your early-early English genealogy.

(Sons of the Conqueror: Descendants of Norman Ancestry,”  by L.G. Pine, 1973.)

Monday’s Mystery

What is the place (in Washington, of course) fitting this description:  “Shaped like a flat topped molar, the (     ) plateau formed as an island in the sea. Then slowly rock beds to the south lifted and leveled off, connecting it with the coast range to the south. Now it was peninsular with ocean surging against its western side, a deep water trough ploughing before it to the north, and a long water arm hugging its east side.”

And a wonderful chocolate WSGS cupcake to Patty Olsen for being the first to answer “what are hops and where are they grown?”  She knew that hops are used in beer making and 75% of the hop crop is grown in the Yakima Valley. (There is even a Hop Museum in Toppenish.)

Patty, maybe you’d share your cupcake with Sonji, Gary, Kathleen Phyillis, Anne and Barbara for they all submitted correct answers….but after yours.

Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group June Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, June 2, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.


Topic:  “Using WIKIs in Germanic Genealogical Research”  – Come learn what is a WIKI, how WIKIs can help your research and see demos of Germanic research completed on various WIKI sites.  I was surprised by what I learned and you may be, too.


Presenter:  Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and joined EGS in 2000.  She has been their Publicity Chairperson since 2007 and is an active member in three of their SIGs, including the leader of the German Interest Group.   Dorothy is also a member of South King County Genealogical Society, Seattle Genealogical Society DNA Group, Germanic Genealogy Society in MN and Polish Genealogical Society of MN.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.


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Spotlight on Skagit Valley Gen Society

On April 8, 2017, I had the honor of giving a “SKGS for 30 Years” talk to the Skagit Valley Gen Society group to mark their 30th anniversary. The board gathered in front of a lovely cake:  (L to R) Len Torset, Don Royal, Dottie Chandler, Carol Nersten, Diane Partington, Candace Stone, Hazel Rasar and John Hays (president). Marge Wilson was missing.  Several of the founding members from that day back in 1987 are still members!

The Society’s scrapbooks (kept by Don Royal) were out for viewing and a certificate of appreciation was given by President John Hayes to Diane Partington for all her service and help.

Barb Johnson proudly showed me around their genealogical collection, housed in the Burlington Public Library. (Note her “I Seek Dead People” t-shirt.)

Barb Johnson and Jin Justice pointed out to me their bulletin board display there in the Burlington Library:

Our new WSGS Regional Rep for the Region 1-North area is Nancy Bonafede, a member of SKGS. This is a great little group!