South King County Genealogical Society A Day with Judy Russell


A Day with Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist
Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:00am – 4:00pm PDT
$35 SKCGS Members / $45 Non-Members
Price goes up $5 after April 30, 2021

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South King County Genealogical Society is pleased to present guest speaker Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL

Seminar topics:

Meeting link and syllabus will be emailed the week of the seminar


Tina Lawson

Publicity Team

So. King County Genealogical Society

South King County Genealogical Society April Happenings

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Monday, April 12, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA

This month’s topic is Triangulation. Go to for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 9:30am PT Social time, 10am-Noon Program
General Meeting & Speaker
“Solving Genealogy Problems with Timelines” presented by Beth Foulk

When you create a personal timeline of an ancestor’s life, it is easy to see facts, relationships, and stories emerge that were never before apparent. Learn how to create a timeline and the many uses for them in genealogy research and analysis.

For meeting reminders and link, go to

This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Monday, April 19, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Technical User Group

The Technology User Group is for sharing knowledge and learning about technology tools, media, apps and websites.

Go to for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 6pm-7:30pm PT
KCLS & SKCGS Presentation
“Extra! Extra! I found it in the Newspapers”

Presented by Winona Laird of South King County Genealogical Society (rescheduled from last month)
Newspaper records include announcements, obituaries, anniversaries, legal notices, letters to the editor, social columns filled with personal news of the daily experiences and lives of your family and their neighbors. Learn to access a variety of historical newspapers to see your ancestors as part of a larger community.

Register at:
The library will send the Zoom link on the day of the event.

Monday, April 26, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Genealogy Chat

Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! Go to for meeting link, discussion and meeting reminders. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Changing Borders

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State proudly presents “The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe” presented by Hal Bookbinder, Genealogist, Author, and University Professor
DATE: Monday evening, April 12, 2021,
from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time, via Zoom This free online meeting will be open between 6:30-7 p.m. Pacific Time for chatting.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and the featured presentation will start at 7:15 p.m. Registration for this meeting is required: To register for this Zoom meeting, click on this link or copy it into your web browser: 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.
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM Our speaker, Hal Bookbinder will trace a millennium of border changes in Eastern Europe and the impacts of these changes on our Jewish ancestors who lived in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Bessarabia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. An ancestral town may have been under the rule of several countries over time. Recognizing which governments were in control at various times can help in understanding the environment in which ancestors lived, events that stimulated migration, languages in which records were kept and likely locations where these records might be found. As the Russian Empire expanded west in the 17th and 18th centuries, millions of Jews found themselves within the Empire and Russia found that it needed to deal with a people it had tried to exclude for hundreds of years.
Along with the changing borders, town names, record-keeping, and archive locations might change. This overview will help researchers in determining where records might be located, their format and languages. Hal Bookbinder is a pro at making Eastern European history and our Jewish roots come alive!
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER Hal Bookbinder writes and lectures extensively on diverse genealogical topics, including border changes, migration, citizenship, safe computing, Jewish culture, and Jewish history. He has identified over 4,000 relatives reaching back to the mid-1700s in modern Ukraine. Other roots reach into adjacent areas of Moldova, Poland, Belarus, and Russia. He has served as president of the Jewish Genealogy Society, Los Angeles (JGSLA) and president of the IAJGS and has been honored with IAJGS’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Professionally, he is a retired healthcare IT director and currently a university instructor. He also directs an addiction recovery-to-work training program. Hal and his family reside in the Los Angeles area. Check out his articles on safe genealogical computing at
Please visit our website at to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information. JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible. JGSWS, P.O. Box 53102, Bellevue, WA 98015

Legacy 24 hour Genealogy Marathon

Art Kelly shared this link with me. Linda

TitleSpeakerSydneyLondon / GMTEastern U.S.
Four Factors Influencing Your DNA Ethnicity ResultsDiahan SouthardFri Apr 9, 7amThu Apr 8, 9pmThu Apr 8, 5pm
Putting Down Roots For Future GenerationsTammy Priolo 8am 10pm 6pm
Learning More about American Female Ancestors Prior to 1850Gena Philibert-Ortega 9am 11pm 7pm
Create Your Own YouTube Channel to Store and Share Family VideosLianne Kruger 10am Fri Apr 9, 12am 8pm
Genealogy Gifts and GamesJanice Nickerson 11pm 1am 9pm
Osiyo to Cherokee AncestryNicka Smith 12pm 2am 10pm
Record As You Go, Cite As You Go, & File As You GoCyndi Ingle 1pm 3am 11pm
Write As You Go! An Methodology for Efficient Report WritingJill Morelli, CG 2pm 4am Fri Apr 9, 12am
Surname Slip-Ups: Baffling BeginningsCarol Baxter 3pm 5am 1am
Begotten by Fornication: Illegitimacy records in England and WalesHelen V. Smith 4pm 6am 2am
Finding Jewish Records in the MyHeritage Search EngineDaniel Horowitz 5pm 7am 3am
Using MyHeritage Tools to Improve Your Family Tree DataMyHeritage 6pm 8am 4am
Leaving a paper trail – Other German sources besides church books and civil recordsAndrea Bentschneider 7pm 9am 5am
Tears of Joy: Families Reunited Through Genetic Genealogy and MyHeritage DNADaniel Horowitz 8pm 10am 6am
Townlands, Parishes and Baronies – understanding land administrative divisions in IrelandNatalie Bodle 9pm 11am 7am
Researching Your Ancestors in the City of PhiladelphiaMichael L. Strauss, AG 10pm 12pm 8am
African American Migration North to CanadaAngela Walton-Raji11pm 1pm 9am
How to Find Birth, Marriage and Death Registrations in CanadaKathryn Lake HoganSat Apr 10, 12am 2pm 10am
Street Names and Numbers: Grid Changes, Renaming, and MoreThomas MacEntee 1am 3pm 11am
Expanding The Details From Published Local HistoriesJ. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA 2am 4pm 12pm
Mother Nature’s Impact on Family Migration & RelocationWayne Shepheard 3am 5pm 1pm
Matrimonio a la española: Spanish marital customs & marriage recordsDaniel Smith-Ramos 4am 6pm 2pm
Collaboration and Correspondence for DNAPaul Woodbury 5am 7pm 3pm
Tracing Your Pre-WWI British SoldierPaul Milner 6am 8pm 4pm
Organization: The Key to Successful ResearchTeri E. Flack7am9pm5pm
Superb Seven: Fabulous Avenues for Finding Family in Manuscript CollectionsPaula Stuart-Warren, CG, FMGS8am10pm6pm

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society’s April Meeting

The Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society’s April meeting will take place on Zoom on Monday, April 12, at 2:00 p.m. New England genealogist Kathleen Kaldis will present Sense of Place: Local Landmarks and Genealogy. This will be a fun and light lecture on using current local landmarks to discover clues and context about your ancestors’ FAN clubs. It gets exciting when you can connect names in different states–Kathleen will show us how it played out with her ancestors.
    Register at, and you will soon receive the Zoom information. The Zoom info will also appear on our website:

Susan Rumble


New Additions for MyHeritage Deep Nostalgia

I have great news — we’ve released 10 additional “special” animations for Deep Nostalgia™ today, doubling the number of animations available and allowing you to see your ancestors express a wider spectrum of gestures and emotions, for example, dance, blow a kiss, smile wholeheartedly, nod approval, and more. The special animations are available to subscribers on the Complete plan.


Deep Nostalgia™ has taken social media by storm, and since its launch 5 weeks ago, 72 million animations have been created!

Please share this wonderful news with your audience and on all your social channels. You can find a complete overview of the special animations in the blog post.

Here are some examples of the special animations:

Dance 2:



When you animate a photo, the initial animation is selected by default so as to match the pose and angle of the person in your photo perfectly. That initial animation is always one of the first 10 general animations and is never one of the special animations. The special animations need to be selected manually.

Selecting a special animation is not available from the landing page, which is only meant for quick animation and sharing, and is only available from the “My Photos” section of the website and the “Photos” section of the MyHeritage mobile app, where in both locations more advanced functionality is at your disposal.

I hope you enjoy seeing your ancestors move with these new animations!


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda, Israel 6037606, Israel, +972-3-6280000

Conference Week Tips for NGS Member Orgs

Delegate Workshop Registration Register for SLAM! Register for NGS Live! Register for Focus on Societies Download the Prospectus Now Did you know NGS has a Facebook group for genealogy organization leaders?
Visit to join. Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society inspires, connects, and leads the family history community by fostering collaboration and best practices in advocacy, education, preservation, and research. We enable people, cultures, and organizations to discover the past and create a lasting legacy. The Falls Church, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Google Scholar

GOOGLE SCHOLAR   One tip that came out of Pam Vestal’s Second Saturday presentation on March 13, 2021, is the use of a little known feature of Google, Google Scholar. Found at, Google Scholar focuses on searching scholarly literature found on the internet. It will display results found from academic publishers, universities, professional societies, etc. It will find doctoral dissertations, theses, academic papers, and more.  
  Our upcoming SGS Second Saturday presentation will be Steve Morrison presenting “Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant”, on April 10, 2021. It’s virtual. All are welcome. The link can be found on the SGS website Calendar of Events.   

Seattle Genealogical Society News


As mentioned in the last edition of eNews!, SGS was part of a video produced by the Seattle Irish Heritage Club for this year’s Irish Week. The video is now available on YouTube via the following link:

Are you interested in a short-term, finite project that you can do from the comfort of your armchair (or maybe desk)?

SGS has a clear mission. Our mission is preservation and education.

What we don’t have is a clear vision statement. What does SGS want to be in the future? This question is especially relevant as we consider celebrating our centennial in 2023.

We are looking for someone to gather and compile ideas for a vision of the future, then present those ideas to the SGS board. Sound interesting? Please contact Ceil Rogers at

Are you knocking on the right door?

Do you know where to search next?

If you’re seeking ancestors in England and throughout the United Kingdom, this event is aimed at bolstering your knowledge of how and where to research across the pond.

Join us Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT for A Day of English Research! 

SGS Members: $40, Non-Members: $55

Register online at
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth at

Seminar Lecture Topics

  • Are you Lost? Using Maps and Gazetteers for English Research:Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in England. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved.
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website:Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes, educational tools and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context. 
  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret:Learn how to access, use, and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage, and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest:The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage, and burial registers.

About our Speaker

  • Paul Milner, a native of northern England, professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches English and Scottish research tracks at SLIG, IGHR and the British Institute. Paul is a recipient of UGA Fellow Award (2018) and the FGS David S. Vogels Jr Award (2019). He is the author of six publications providing how-to guidance for English and Scottish researchers. He is the past-president of the BIGWILL, and board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at 

Whom do you love? Whom would you like to see next?

The SGS Seminar Committee welcomes your suggestions for future speakers, or subjects for semi-annual weekend meetings. If you have an idea or recommendation, please email by Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 

The Seminar Committee is also seeking to add new members to our Speaker Selection Team. This is a low-level commitment conducted entirely by email for the purpose of wading through proposed names and options. We would love to have you volunteer with us!

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe”, 
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm,

The speaker will be Hal Bookbinder. Registration is required. Visit their website for details. 

The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, 
“Research Like a Pro” virtual seminar,
April 24, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT

Author of Research Like A Pro, A Genealogist’s Guide, Diana Elder, will present morning classes outlining steps to develop a research plan and organizing what research you have using solid methodology. In the afternoon, learn about the types of probate records created at the death of your ancestor and what tax records reveal. This is a virtual seminar using Zoom.  

Registration is now open. For more details, or to register, visit : 

Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar,
with Paul Miner
May 15. 2021, 9:00am – 3:00pm PDT

This seminar will be virtual online. Paul specializes in British Isles research. Hope to “see” you there.

Southern California Genealogical Society,
Jamboree 2021, 
June 11-12, 2021 

There is lots going on at SCGS in June : multiple conferences, Genetic Genealogy, June 4-5, and Jamboree 2021, June 11-12,  plus mid-week special events, June 7-10. Too much to mention here. All of it virtual, online this year. Check out their website to learn more about it. 

The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,a
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021

Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Be sure to sign up today, March 31st, to get the “Early Bird Special” price! Here’s the link:  


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, April 3, 2021,  
10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, 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 join the mailing list? Email Lou:

Sunday, April 4, 2021, *Oops, it’s Easter Sunday so this session has been canceled*1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at to join.  

Tuesday, April 6, 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 welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, April 7, 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, April 10, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant”, presenter will be Steve Morrison

Sunday, April 11, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group ,  chaired by Karen Knudson, share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestor research 

Wednesday, April 14, 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, April 20, 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 welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, 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. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, 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.