Applied Genealogy Institute Spring Semester

Applied Genealogy Institute, a new institute founded by three Certified Genealogists, two of whom are from Washington, is excited to announce the next series of educational offerings to the genealogical community for our Spring semester. Whether you are educational addicts like we are or one who just wants to “do it right,” you will find a course to fit your needs in the Spring offerings of AppGen. 
If you want to know more, check our current class offerings out at our website: https://appliedgen.institute.
No, the registration window isn’t open yet, but it will be after the first of the year. Sign up for the mailing list and tell your friends.

SGS Announces Last Call for Free Books

The Seattle Genealogical Society has many books and similar materials at their old location that are looking for new homes. SGS President Jim Secan plans to be at their old Sand Point Way location on Thursday, December 9, from 10AM to 4PM if you would like to come by and browse. SGS does not have a list, so it’s a come-and-see proposition. The address is 6200 Sand Point Way, and is just across the street from the NARA repository. If you need to contact Jim while he’s there, call or text (206) 430-0109.

BYO bags and/or boxes. Everything is free. This is a last-call – everything left is being recycled on Friday.

Eastern Washington genealogical Society Christmas Program

Hope that you can all join us this coming Saturday for our Holiday Party. If any of you would like to donate a toy, you still have time. Check the EWGS Website for pickup

EWGS December Saturday, December 4
EWGS December “Holiday Traditions Around The World, part 2”  
(EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  
Back by Popular Demand – Holiday Traditions Around The World, part 2!      
 1) Why Do We Kiss Under a Parasite? – Carol Anderson    
 2) What’s In Santa’s Sleigh – The Last 100 years – by Lynn Krogh      
3) Korean Holiday Customs – by Lola McCreary    
 4) First Memories – by Lori Lee Sauber  
Toys for Tots and Gold Star Mothers is another holiday tradition for us. You can donate toys (unwrapped) until December 12, 2021 .  

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

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The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free Zoom presentation

Monday evening, 12/13/2021, at 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time:

  “GEDmatch.com – Should I Upload or Not?
       Or, I Uploaded to GEDmatch –
             Now What the Heck Do I Do with the Free Tools”   Presented by Arthur Sissman,
advanced family history researcher and process expert  
DATE:  Monday evening, December 13, 2021,
             from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
             Please note earlier than usual start time, via Zoom
     This free online meeting will open at 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to allow time for attendees to chat/network with each other.

The presentation will start at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
You can use this time zone converter https://www.thetimezoneconverter.com/ to find out the hour in your local time zone.

  Registration is required:   1)  TO REGISTER FOR THIS MEETING, CLICK ON or COPY THIS LINK INTO YOUR WEB BROWSER:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsd-mhrTgpG9DMRRUkX4hbJLzuxZm-1Jz2

2)  You will be prompted to enter your name and email address and, when you hit enter, you will automatically be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.
    If you have any problems registering (or logging into the meeting on 11/8/2021), please contact Treasurer@jgsws.org.  We realize that sometimes one might have a problem with one’s usual browser.  If that happens when you try to register, please try a different browser.

All questions regarding this presentation topic will be answered in the speaker’s Q&A session at the end of the meeting.  

About our Program



Come learn about GEDmatch and have all your questions answered!

•    What is GEDmatch?
•    Why should I upload my raw data to GEDmatch?
•    What questions can GEDmatch answer for me?
•    Is GEDmatch hard to manipulate?
•    How much does GEDmatch cost?
•    What are the best tools to use at GEDmatch?


If you want to be ready for Arthur’s action-packed performance, watch the videos below, even if you don’t plan to upload your raw data to GEDmatch — yet. Or do nothing and still attend this presentation! This will be a free-wheeling, fast-moving demo of the power of GEDmatch and why you should use the GEDmatch Free Tools — OR Not!

If you’re not already a user of the free tools on GEDmatch, pick two matches (one can be you) using another device and try to play along with Arthur — OR Not!

Arthur will speak for 1.25 hours and then take questions.


ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Arthur Sissman is an advanced family history researcher and process expert, and the leader of the Jewish Genealogy SIG, out of Naples, Florida. In his presentations and workshops, Arthur provides mountains of information, links to educational videos, and more on genealogical research topics, including DNA, family history research, and how you can best obtain results from your own genealogical research. His talks on such topics as “How to Share Your Family Tree on Ancestry or My Heritage and Keep your Privacy,” and workshops on 23andMe/FTDNA/Ancestry DNA Matches/GEDmatch Free Tools/GEDmatch Tier 1 Tools workshops, etc., fill up fast. Arthur is willing to create workshops on the topics of your choice and his goal is to provide another way to look at genealogy research and analysis using process, process, process.

Links to videos provided by Arthur – to watch whether you’ve uploaded your raw DNA data to GEDmatch – OR Not!:

           Videos to watch, whether you’ve uploaded your raw DNA data to GEDmatch – or NOT!:

               What is GEDmatch? How Does it Help Genetic Genealogists?  Andy Lee, Feb 19, 2019
               Getting Started with GEDmatch  Andy Lee, FHF, Sept 3 2019
               GEDmatch for Beginners: The Best Order to Use the Following Four Tools  Andy Lee, Jan 20, 2021:
                    Four Tools presented:
                    1.    Are your parents related?  Jun 11, 2019
                    2.    One-to-Many Tool – Limited Version  Apr 9, 2019  8:42 min start
                    3.    People Who Match Both Tool 1, of 2 kits = Shared Matches  Sept 22, 2021 Improved version.
                    4.    One-to-One Autosomal Comparison on GEDmatch
                    5.    User Lookup  Apr 16, 2019 – not included in the four above, but important



Please note that the main presentation and Q&A session will be recorded.

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UPCOMING JGSWS PROGRAMS:
Upcoming Monthly Meetings (usually 7 p.m. Pacific Time the 2nd Monday evening of each month):
January 10, 2022 – To be announced

February 14, 2022 – To be announced 

February 21, 2022 JGSWS Members-Only Happy/Social Hour, 5-7 p.m. PT – presentation of “Routes on the Road,” by Jessica Moskowitz.  Come preview the Jewish Genealogical Society’s traveling road show!

March 14, 2022 – To be announced
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  INVITATION TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
  The JGSWS depends upon memberships and donations to bring in high quality, local, national, and international speakers, covering diverse topics.
$30 for single membership              $40 for dual  membership
Membership Fees:                                     The JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization.
Memberships are tax deductible (as are donations).

  FREE DRAWINGS FOR BOOKS when you renew your membership or join! The JGSWS will be holding three random drawings for books on Jewish genealogical topics. Three people who have renewed or joined will be picked at each of our November 8*, December 13, and January 10 program meetings. The earlier you renew or join, the more chances you have to win!                       *Six people were actually picked at the November 8th drawing: Sue Israel, Linda Kelley, Billy Kreuter,
                       Natalie/Bob Malin, Bea Kriloff, and Bob Smiley. Three more will be picked on both 12/13/21 and 1/10/22.  
Please visit our Membership webpage via the link below for information and payment by PayPal or USPS mail or use one of the buttons below:
https://www.jgsws.org/membership.php
 
                                                            

If you are not a member and are joining us for our free monthly presentations, please consider making a $5 donation for each presentation you attend.

Better yet, please join as a member to support the JGSWS, so we can continue to bring you free programs! If you join or renew now, you will be supporting the JGSWS through the end of 2022!

We bring you 10 presentations each year and, at an annual membership cost of $30, each year’s membership will bring you a savings of $20 over donating for each monthly presentation!

  To those of you who continue your membership with the
JGSWS and/or make donations,

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JGSWS INFORMATION
Ways you can support the JGSWS: Join the Board Attend a Board meeting Work on a project sponsored by the JGSWs, Accept a chair position. Become a JGSWS annual member. Donate financially to the JGSWS.
The JGSWS is currently looking for someone who has experience in fundraising to chair a Fundraising Committee and present ideas to the JGSWS Board. If you are interested in any of the above, please contact Karen Campbell, JGSWS President, at President@jgsws.org

Our next Board meeting is via Zoom, on Monday evening, November 1, 2021,
from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.
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JGSWS Member Benefits:
Members-Only “Happy Curbside pickup and return of books from the JGSWS specialized library!  We will be starting this program when our library inventory is updated – more information coming soon.  Our library holdings can be accessed online through our TinyCat inventory at:  https://www.librarycat.org/lib/JGSWS

Members-Only Happy Hour/Social Meetings!”   Hosted by JGSWS’s Board Members, Linda Deneroff, Jessica Moskowitz, and Brian Westerman.

Memorialize your ancestors If you have photographs of your ancestors from the pre-1920s time period and would like to see them used on our website or in our publicity materials, please send them to our Webmaster, Phyllis Grossman, at webmaster@jgsws.org  

     Please include information you might have – approximate date of photograph, names,
     location, and a brief description of the event taking place.
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week 1921 Census of England and Wales

TIP OF THE WEEK –
1921 CENSUS OF ENGLAND AND WALES

The National Archives of the UK has announced the 1921 Census of England and Wales will be available online at Findmypast beginning January 6, 2022. This census is especially important since the 1931 census was destroyed by fire and no census was taken in 1941 because of World War II. 

Here’s a link to the news release from the National Archives of the UK: 
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/1921-census-online-publication-date-announced/

Seattle Genealogical Society News

RECAP OF NOVEMBER 21ST  

  A video tour of our new facility at Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford premiered at the SGS Virtual Holiday Party on Sunday, November 21. If you missed it, a link to the video is now posted on the SGS website home page. Many thanks to Jim Secan for hosting the tour, Jill Morelli for filming, and Grace Clark for film editing and captions.

Immediately following the holiday party, the new SGS program Virtual Sunday: Something Old, Something New started. Participants in this meeting were polled to select a topic for the upcoming meeting in December. By a narrow margin, the subject “Using Timelines for Analysis and Correlation” was chosen.  If you’d like a say in the selection of a topic for the January 2022 meeting, show up at the Sunday, December 19, 2021 meeting from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
COMING BACK!
THE IRISH AND GERMAN INTEREST GROUPS 

  In the not too distant future, SGS will be resurrecting the Irish SIG and the German SIG. The meetings will be virtual via Zoom. Jim Ryan and Susan McKee will lead the Irish SIG and Carolyn Schott will chair the German SIG. Watch the SGS website Calendar of Events and the eNews! for updates. 
* SAVE THE DATE *
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST


JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. Watch their website for details on the next meeting. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php


McPherson County Old Mill &
Swedish Heritage Museum,
Lindsborg, KS
Swedish Genealogy Virtual Workshop 
Saturday, January 8. 2022 
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST


If you are new to Swedish genealogy, or just need a refresher, this is the workshop for you. Sponsored by ArkivDigital, the leader in Swedish online records, this workshop’s featured speaker will be Kathy Meade. You may call 785 227-3595 for more information, or check out their website for additional details and registration:
https://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/20/old-mill-museum



SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Take note of the SGS Library’s new location, new hours, and new rules:
Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

Monday   10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday     10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The SGS Library is open to researchers. Due to COVID restrictions the total number of people allowed in the library space at one time is limited to six. Please call ahead to see if the library is already at or near capacity. Masks are required at all times inside the Good Shepherd Center. 

Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting.  

Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Saturday, Dec 4, 2021, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly (Virtual),  Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A. Want to be included on the mail listing? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Saturday, Dec 11, 2021, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series: Go West! with Barbara Coakley. A homestead case study is used to understand how events and circumstances impact the lives of a couple and where to find information about more than names, dates, and places. Please register in advance. 

Tuesday, Dec 14, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Dec 15, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Friday, Dec 17, 2021, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Interest Group (Virtual),  What’s New in Family Tree Maker: Q and A with Mark Olsen (Family Tree Maker Ambassador, MacKiev). Join Eastside Genealogical Society and SGS for an interactive Q and A session to answer all your questions about Family Tree Maker: the latest version, updates, features, and more. The discussion will include FTM partner products Charting Companion and Family Book Creator. This session is for all levels of genealogists, whether you are just getting started or very experienced.

If you want to be on the Eastside Genealogical Society Family Tree Maker Users Group email list, send your request to JanetStroebel@yahoo.com

Sunday, Dec 19, 2021,   1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. 

Wednesday, Dec 22, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Dec 29, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Supportive Grant Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society and Grays Harbor Genealogical Society for receiving WSGS Supportive Grants.

Scanning equipment: The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society (YVGS) has been collecting and preserving area obituaries since 1968. To date, they have collected around 300,000 obituaries, mainly from the Yakima Herald Republic covering the time period from 1969 to 2021.  The records are available to the public, free of charge, either by visiting their library or by requesting copies by mail.  Due to the lack of digitized copies of the Herald and other local papers, however, YVGS has not been able to gather all of the obituaries from the late 1800’s to 1968, leaving a huge gap in their coverage of the papers.

To fill the gap, YVGS recently purchased a microfilm/microfiche reader/scanner that can digitize full rolls of microfilmed newspaper in as little as one hour per roll. The WSGS Supportive Grant, along with financial support from their members, will be applied to offset the $5,600 cost of the machine.

Once up and running, the unit will allow YVGS library patrons to print or digitize copies of pages or documents from the 6,000 microfilms and 6,000 microfiche residing in their library. In addition, the unit will be available to be used by members of other societies in the state.  By visiting their library, societies will be able to easily digitize their own microfilmed records.

Hybrid Meeting Equipment: The Grays Harbor Genealogical Society (GHGS) has struggled to maintain membership and meeting attendance in their small society (45 members) since March 2020. BC (before COVID), they averaged 20 – 25 members at each meeting. Now, they are averaging 10 – 15 at virtual meetings via Zoom. To better understand why members weren’t participating in virtual meetings, they conducted an online survey. Many replied they wanted to meet in person, finding value in in-person interactions. There were others, however, that were still wanting to meet virtually (because of distance, health issues or convenience).

To retain and increase their membership, GHGS is planning to start “hybrid” meetings in February or March 2022. They plan to use their Supportive Grant monies to purchase equipment that will allow all participants to feel the “connectiveness” they want — whether in person or virtually. They are researching the purchase of a camera, microphone and speaker. They already a member who has volunteered to be their technical expert to run the equipment and monitor speakers and listeners.

Congratulations to YVGS and GHGS. The review panel was very impressed with the caliber of the other societies’ applications. WSGS is hoping to offer Supportive Grants in 2022.

2022 Clallam County Genealogical Society Events

Saturday, January 8    10 am         David Obee         Between Friends/Entre Amis:  Cousins Across the Border  (no cost)                    Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, February 12    10 am      Richard Hill       Finding My Family With DNA     (no cost)  Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, March 12       10:30 am         Michael Brophy    Irish Genealogy      (no cost)                        Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, April 9                Seminar meeting with Lisa Alzo:                                                                     Topics:  Crossing the Pond:  Successful Strategies for Researchig Eastern European Ancestors                                                                                 Immigrant Cluster Communities:  Past, Present, Future                                                                                 Murder, Mayhem and a Town Tragedy    To join the Seminar, check the web page for fee.  After $$$ is recieved, Zoom codes will be sent to participant  

Saturday, May 14           10 am            Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist)        Topic TBA    (no cost)                      Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000    

Saturday June 11               Sarah Cochran  (The Skeleton Whisperer)             Topic TBA       (no cost)                       Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, August 3         Seminar meeting with Jill Morelli             Topics TBA  

Saturday, September 10        Virginia Majewski                      Topic TBA             (no cost)                         Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, November 12            Diane Henricks                    Finding Descendats in your Family Tree      (no cost)                         Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000

MyHeritage’s annual Black Friday sale

MyHeritage’s annual Black Friday sale is ON, and you know what that means… MyHeritage DNA kits are now available for the lowest price ever.

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This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who’s been thinking about incorporating DNA into their genealogy research. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a thoughtful gift — at 50% off, this is the perfect chance to stock up for everyone on your holiday shopping list. There’s even a beautiful gift wrap option.

Spread the word to your followers so they don’t miss the chance to take advantage of this amazing limited-time offer! You can read our blog post here for more details, and feel free to share the attached graphic.

Happy shopping!

Daniel Horowitz

Genealogy Expert

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week DNA Sales

TIP OF THE WEEK –
‘TIS THE SEASON

  Predictably, DNA Test kits and memberships with the major DNA testing companies and family history research companies are on sale in November. 

Ancestry is advertising their autosomal DNA Test kits on sale for $59 plus shipping. Also they have gift membership subscriptions on sale for 30% off. This sale is advertised to run until November 24, 2021.  No guarantee, but in previous Novembers their autosomal DNA Test kits have sold for $49 plus shipping on Black Friday. 

23andMe is advertising their Ancestry+Traits service for $79 (20% savings) and their Health+Ancestry Service for $99 (50% savings). This sale is advertised to run until November 29, 2021. 

MyHeritage is offering DNA tests for $47 plus shipping and gift membership subscriptions starting at $99. 

If you are in the market for DNA tests or membership subscriptions, check out each company’s web site for the services and deals that suit your needs.