Clark County Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings

Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS)
717 Grand Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661-4821

Tuesday, 10am – general meeting (see below)
Wednesday, 11am – webinar (see below)
Thursday, 1pm – Unfocused Genealogy Group
February 28, 2017, 10am-12noon
Zita Podany — Vanport Flood
Vanport will be the topic of our Feb. 28 presentation by Zita Podany. The longtime Portland resident published a book on the topic in 2016 and was the featured speaker at several fall events. Her book is part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing, celebrating the history of neighborhoods, towns and cities across the country. Vanport is a fascinating story of how a planned city of 40,000 was built in a little over a year to provide housing for World War II shipyard workers. In its heyday, Vanport was the second largest city in Oregon. On May 30, 1948, it was a city that disappeared just as quickly.

Fee Classes – $12 for members, $15 for non-members

Video Your Relatives, instructor Steve Young
Tuesday, March 7, 10am-12n
This class will give you all the tools you need to digitally capture family members for posterity. Steve will cover equipment, techniques and possible scripts to make your recordings a success.

Getting Started Tracing Your Family Tree, instructor Brian Runyan   FREE
Tuesday March 14, 10am – 12noon, 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.

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.


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 1, 2017, 11:00am, CCGS Annex.  Discussion to follow
Apprentices, Indentured Servants, and Redemptioners – White Slavery in America by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG
It is frequently assumed that the only enslaved Americans were those brought on the slave ships from Africa. Yet, an estimated one-half of early immigrants came to America as apprentices, indentured servants, and redemptioners. And, a good many of those were children.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 5:00pm, CCGS Annex.  Discussion to follow
50 Websites Every Genealogist Should Know by Gena Philibert-Ortega
You’re familiar with and FamilySearch but there’s so much more to researching genealogy then the well-known websites. Learn more about other websites that can help you with your genealogy and help you break down brick walls.

Friday, March 10, 2017, 11:00am, CCGS Annex.  Discussion to follow
Home on the Range: Kansas Research Tips by Cari Taplin, CG
This class will cover the main research strategies for finding your Kansas ancestors, including important historical events that influenced settlers, immigration and migration trends, and major record groups and repositories.

The introductory price is normally $49.95 for a year subscription. Geoff Rasmussen has provided CCGS with our own discount code that allows a CCGS member to purchase a yearly subscription for ½ price. If this is of interest to you, you may call the CCGS library (360-750-5688) and a librarian, after verifying you are a current member, will give you the code.