Seattle Genealogical Society News


 ACCESS THEIR IRISH RECORDS FOR FREE
 MARCH 13-17

Here’s a St Patrick’s Day gift from findmypast.  Explore and access millions of Irish family history records for free from March 13 through 5:00 pm PDT on Friday, March 17. You will need to go through a simple registration process that merely entails providing an email address and setting up a password.

Census records, parish records, travel and migration records, and court registers are just some of the data available. findmypast has the largest collection of Irish records available anywhere online.

You might want to start by reading their blog article  “A Complete Beginner’s Guide to findmypast’s Irish Records”.  If you are interested, sign up for the free webinar with Irish genealogy expert, Fiona Fitzsimmons.  It’s scheduled for 9:00 am PDT on Thursday, March 16 and it includes a live question and answer session.

To get started here’s the url to findmypast :

http://www.findmypast.com/explore-your-irish-ancestry/

SPRING MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Remember the Spring Membership meeting is this Saturday, March 18, 1:30-3:00 pm. Hope to see you there. Following the business meeting, Lisa Oberg and Jill Morelli will present “Rootless: A Retrospective Look at America’s Fascination with its Ancestry”.

For new members or genealogy beginners, notice on Sunday, March 19 from 1:15pm-5:00 pm, a Beginning Genealogy Class will be led by Linda Fitzgerald, a Past President of SGS, and it is open to all.

 SAVE THE DATES

ALL DAY  IRISH GENEALOGY WORKSHOP,
 Luther Memorial Lutheran Church,
 130th & Greenwood Ave N,
 Seattle, WA
 Saturday, March 25th, 9:00am-5:00pm

Sponsored by the Irish Heritage Club with help from the SGS Irish Interest Group. Speakers are Steve W. Morrison and Jean A. Roth. For tickets and more information, visit www.irishclub.org , email Genealogy@IrishClub.org , call 206-782-2629 or contact Jean A. Roth at  jeanaroth@juno.com. The schedule and registration are at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/irish-genealogy-workshop-tickets-31345588499

O Canada: Children of a Common Mother
 Heritage Weekend and Genealogy Seminar
 in the Skagit Valley
 Friday thru Sunday, April 21-23, 2017

The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society invites you to enjoy a special heritage weekend.  The O Canada theme is in honor of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation coming up July 1.

There are activities on Friday evening and Sunday morning to complement the full day seminar on Saturday. Plus, remember the valley will be ablaze in tulip color and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has activities that weekend that your family can enjoy while you attend the Saturday genealogy seminar and Sunday historic Burlington walking tour.

You can find more information, the flyer, and online registration at: SkagitValleyGenealogy.org

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society –  Spring Seminar
 La Quinta Inn and Suites,
 1425 East 27th St,
 Tacoma, WA
 April 28-29, 2017

Speaker will be  The Legal Genealogist,  Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and the emcee will be Cyndi Ingle. Some of the topics will be :

•No Vitals? No Problem! — Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence

•When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records

•Don’t Forget the Ladies — A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law

•Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing

Additional Information available on the TPCGS website at: http://www.tpcgs.org/seminar.html

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections.  Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. Please note,  the German Interest Group meeting on March 18 was canceled in order to accommodate the Spring Membership meeting and the library will be closed on April 16, Easter Sunday.

MARCH

Saturday, March 18, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, an open session on Irish research using old and new resources   Leader: Jean A. Roth

Saturday, March 18, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, SGS Spring Membership Meeting, the business meeting will be followed by Lisa Oberg and Jill Morelli presenting “Rootless: A Retrospective Look at America’s Fascination with its Ancestry”

Sunday, March 19, 1:15 pm – 5:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy , This class will be led by Linda Fitzgerald, a Past President of SGS, and is open to all.  Add it to your calendar.  Invite a friend.

Tuesday, March 21,  12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy. Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, The group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church,  8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle.  For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail.com. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.

Sunday, March 26, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, “Making Sense of the US Census Records”, What can the genealogist learn from the data of the U.S. censuses from 1790-1940? What is included and why do we care? This session will also cover some special census schedules, including slave, mortality and agricultural schedules. This session takes an in-depth look at the value of census data and how to analyze the information.
Presenter: Janice Lovelace, BU Certificate in Genealogical Research; G&FHC (U of WA). Janice is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist.

APRIL

Saturday, April 1, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader

Tuesday, April 4, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more.  Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, April 8,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, members helping one another with FTM, led by Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt; email Reiley at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  for more info.

Sunday, April 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.

Sunday, April 16,  EASTER , library will be closed.

Tuesday, April 18, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more.  Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Mac SIG Meeting,  Jointly sponsored by SGS, Fiske, and dBug, this group meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of every third month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle. Meetings are open to the public and will address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy program. Meetings are free, but donations to Fiske for use of the premises are appreciated.

Saturday, April 22, 10:15am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on Irish research using old and new resources

Saturday, April 22, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on German research using old and new resources

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