Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Dave Obee Presentation

There is till time to register for Dave Obee’s presentation: “Write Your Family History.”
Dave is an internationally acclaimed genealogist, author and journalist. If anyone can finally get us putting “pen to paper”
and getting us past our writer’s block its Dave!  To be sure we get your email information to me in time by Wednesday, Oct. 28 please
register via PayPal or credit card by our society’s secure website:

Once we receive your registration ($10 USD) we will email you the Zoom invitation/link on Wednesday, October 28.
Your invitation will be coming from:  So look for it in your email inbox.
We look forward to you joining us on-line!

Margie Wilson, president
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
Burlington, WA 98233
PS  Scroll down the flier to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 10:15AM-NOON  for  a description of Dave’s class. See you there!


Which Paid Genealogical Site is Best?

Sunny Jane Morton presented a webinar October 21st for Legacy FamilyTree Webinars and it was 100% gold-plated wonderful. She talked about the “Genealogy Giants”  (MyHeritage, FindMyPast, FamilySearch, Ancestry) and the new features from each one. For one week, this webinar will be FREE at Legacy FamilyTree Webinars (21-28 Oct) and then it will go into their library which you must be a member to access….membership is $49 annually to access over 5,000 pages of handouts and hundreds of webinars. But at least, go learn from this one by Sunny! 

Family History Fanatics Virtual Conference

We wanted to let your group know about the 4th annual Fall Genealogy Research virtual conference coming up on Saturday, 7 November 2020. The past virtual conferences were very successful and had great attendance. 
Speakers will be talking about the following:

Lisa Lisson – Oh No! The Courthouse Burned! Finding Your Ancestors When Courthouse Records Were Lost
Devon Noel Lee – Yikes! How am I Going Keep My Genealogy Research  Organized for Difficult Questions?
Jen Baldwin – British Bonanza! Exploring England’s Records from HomeMichael W. McCormick – Forensic Genealogy, Unclaimed Inheritances, and Missing PersonsThe online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Saturday, 7th November 2020. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we’ll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. 

3. No, you don’t have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the door prizes.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the virtual conference so even if you can’t make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don’t have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people. 

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don’t want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to genealogy and research. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until October 30th. The regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website ( and register today.
Feel free to post this information on your website or Facebook page and let your members know. If you would like graphics to post, let us know and we can send them to you.
Thanks,Andrew & Devon Noel Lee
Family History Fanatics Humble, TX | 346-704-1433familyhistoryfanatics.comYouTube: Family History Fanatics   | Twitter: @FHFanatics Facebook: Family History Fanatics  |  Twitter: @FHFanatics | 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week RootsTech

RootsTech CONNECT 2021, 

  Hosted by FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, RootsTech, the world’s largest family celebration event, will be entirely virtual and absolutely free. There will be something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

This virtual conference is scheduled for February 25-27, 2021.
They do ask that you register. For additional info or registration, go to :

Seattle Genealogical Society News

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT 

Join us for a virtual, informal social gathering via Zoom. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. Sue Jensen, Director of the SGS Library, will be the facilitator. 
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

Interested in researching your female ancestors, but running into a dead end? Come learn through the stories of local Puget Sound women how to unearth the herstory of your female ancestors utilizing the variety of records created at the end of their lives. Lisa Oberg and Amber Brock will present, “Unearthing Herstories In Cemeteries”. 
Native American Genealogy & Research – Webinar (Virtual),
Oklahoma Genealogical Society,
Oklahoma City, OK 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Rick Fogarty, instructor of Native American tribal genealogy and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will be the presenter at this online event. For additional information visit the website of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society:

Fund Raising Seminar (Virtual),
the South King County Genealogical Society, 
Auburn, WA
October 24, 2020 

This 2020 virtual conference will feature Diahan Southard presenting two sessions on DNA 

  • “No Tree? No Problem”  at 10 am
  • “Connecting Your DNA Matches” at noon 

Visit the website for more info and registration.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) –  with Blaine Bettinger, professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence.
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Virtual Cemetery Tour with Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock – “Unearthing Herstories in Cemeteries”, virtual online – the link will be on the SGS website calendar of events. 

Sunday, Nov 1, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. Watch for details. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm,

FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, Beyond census records and vital records, a wealth of information can be found about the experiences of our female ancestors in archives and other special collections. This workshop is aimed at learning how archives are arranged in order to locate information when researching women’s history. Presented by Lisa Oberg. Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries.    This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020,  7:00 pm – 9:00  pm,  

Mac Computer Interest Group, sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public and address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.

The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email to be added to the mailing list.

Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick  

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 10:15 am-12:15 pm,

 Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back. Learn and share tips and tricks for using  Software MacKiev  With Rob Sexton.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Second Saturday:  For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, And Writing Family Stories,  author and archivist Claire Gebben leads participants through exercises and strategies for writing about the past, especially in the creation of memoir. This session guides you to the art, and heart of telling your story.

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  

Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 

Washington State Genealogical Society Announcement

Announcement from WA State Genealogical Society!!

Due to the Covid pandemic, many of our local genealogical societies are struggling! WSGS recognizes how difficult it is for local societies to keep in touch with members. To help and provide support to local societies, WSGS will be sending out a gift of $300 to each society. This money is intended to help cover the cost of a subscription for online meetings or webinars or any other means which could help keep in touch with members.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, November 6, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – Virtually

Topic: Heraldry in a Nutshell or Two: How a Coat of Arms came to be. What is heraldry and how does it relate to genealogy? Learn about the history of heraldry and what constitutes a Coat of Arms, its components and who can bear one.  

Presenter:  Gail Spangenberg-Parrish

A native of Pretoria, South Africa, Gail first learned of heraldry at the Bureau of Heraldry in Pretoria where she worked as an artist. Her knowledge of Coats of Arms was minimal but she soon learned and found the entire process fascinating. Gail has executed numerous Coats of Arms for various groups or private individuals both in the US and abroad. Some of her work is on display in South Africa, in both Western and Eastern Washington, California, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Germany and Thailand.

More information: 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than November 1st.