Spokane Public Library Update

Many people know that Eastern Washington Genealogical Society has partnered with the Spokane Public Library since 1935. Last year the Spokane Public Library passed a bond issue to remodel several libraries and build three new libraries to replace a couple of small branches. They were hoping to keep the downtown library open during construction, but have found out that would extend the construction time by quite a lot and cost more in the long run, so starting early next year the downtown library with the EWGS collection will move somewhere else. They are still looking for a place. The Spokesman Review has a great article on the construction here. When all the construction is done EWGS will have some wonderful places to meet, one with room for 200 people and free parking for 200 cars east of downtown for our monthly meetings and annual seminars.

FGS & NGS Plan to Merge

Today is a landmark day in the history of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. We are excited to tell you that this morning, at our national conference in Washington D. C., we announced our intent to merge with the National Genealogical Society.

The Federation was formed in 1976 in order to provide support to genealogical and historical societies. Key objectives during the past four decades have been to: promote the study of genealogy, stimulate the activities of state and local organizations, provide resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions, advocate for the preservation of records. The intended merger with NGS will enhance our ability to support societies and offer services that will help strengthen them and help them to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing, technology-driven, volunteer-challenged environment.

You can read the full press release of the announcement on the FGS Voice blog.
  Preserve the Pensions Project You may be wondering how the merger will affect the Preserve the Pensions project. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 and raised more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising for the project was completed in 2016.

The Preserve the Pensions project will continue under its existing arrangements. FGS has an agreement with NARA for the preservation and digitization of the records and Ancestry is coordinating the digitization process. The funds for completing this project are set aside in restricted accounts.
  Conferences We also wanted to let you know that plans are still in place to hold our annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2020. Starting in 2021, the combined organization will hold one conference with four full days of genealogical lectures and a fifth day dedicated to society management topics.

I believe this merger will serve our members and the genealogical community by improving the support of both individuals and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.


Faye Stallings
FGS President

Puget Sound Navy Museum Workshop

The Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton is hosting an upcoming workshop that may be of interest to your group. Any help you can provide in getting the word out would be appreciated!

Workshop: Military Records For Genealogy Research

Uncover your Sailor’s story through military records! Join our curator to learn about researching military service records, with a focus on records available from the National Archives.

Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 1:00pm.

This program is FREE and open to the public. Please RSVP to curator.PSNM@Navy.mil or to 360-627-2452 by Friday, September 13, 2019.


Eastern Washington Genealogical Society September Meetings

Wednesday, August 21 GENEALOGY RE-FOCUS GROUP (GRF)  (Special Interest Groups) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Shadle Park Library Meeting Room – 2111 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA The group will hold a general discussion of past topics and where you stand with them. Meeting location is subject to change in case the library meeting room is not available. Any changes will be posted here.

Saturday, September 7 – Anna Harbine talks about the Joel E Ferris Library   (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane – Main Floor Anna will bring us up to date on what the Joel E Ferris Library is all about.      
Thursday, September 12 The Ancestry Group (TAGX)  (EWGS Meetings) 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Shadle Park Library Meeting Room – 2111 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA The Ancestry Group will meet today and presenter will be Dianne Bongerts.
Monday, September 16 through Monday, October 28
Basic DNA and Genetic Genealogy Course  (Classes Presented by Members)
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
Shadle Park Library Meeting Room – 2111 W Wellesley, Spokane, WA
This course will meet on the following dates:
Monday, Sept 16
Monday, Sept 23
Monday, Sept 30
Monday, Oct 7
Monday, Oct 21
Monday, Oct 28
This will be a six-week course to help you understand how to break down and apply your DNA matches.
We will be covering what DNA tests are available; the advantages and disadvantages of the major testing companies; and how to choose the right test for your genealogy questions. This course will also help you interpret your DNA test results.
Participants will be responsible for obtaining Blaine T. Bettinger’s, The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. ISBN-13: 978-1-4403-4532-6.
Limited space available, please contact Lynda Keenan at llkeenan62@gmail.com
Monday, September 16 RootsMagic Users Group  (Special Interest Groups) 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm John Wilson’s Home RootsMagic users will meet again after the summer break. Topics are still to be decided. We are anticipating release of version 8 of the software. If that should happen watch for a schedule change or special gathering.
Wednesday, September 18 GENEALOGY RE-FOCUS GROUP (GRF)  (Special Interest Groups) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm “Estate Planning for Digital Assets” wills be discussed today so you have a plan for your genealogy work.  Meeting location is subject to change in case the library meeting room is not available. Any changes will be posted here.

Saturday, October 5 EWGS Fall Workshop – Around the World in 8 Hours  (Workshop) 8:30 am to 3:00 pm Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8441 N Indian Trail Rd., Spokane, WA Program Details coming soon!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

FREE MILITARY GENEALOGY WORKSHOP    On Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 1:00 PM, the Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton, WA is offering this free workshop that is open to the public.  

“Uncover your Sailor’s story through military records! Join our curator to learn about researching military service records, with a focus on records available from the National Archives” is how the workshop is described on their Facebook Page.  

While the workshop is free, an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP on Facebook, or to Curator.PSNM@Navy.mil or (360) 627-2452 by Friday, September 13, 2019. 
  The Puget Sound Navy Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public. 

Currently it is open daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There are programs for children as well as adults.  Search for Puget Sound Navy Museum on Facebook, or visit their website, www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org/ 

Seattle Genealogical Society News


  Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our volunteer of the quarter. Our volunteer for Spring 2019 Quarter is the entire SGS Website Team. 

This amazing team of volunteers have put together a fabulous website for the Seattle Genealogical Society. The Society hired ENS (Easy Net Sites) to build the website; however, ENS needed our people to assemble the content. This Team has worked many hours to get the basic structure, wording and content ready for the Easy Net Site company to do their work and release the website. The new Seattle Genealogical Society website can be found at: www.seagensoc.org

The SGS Website Team members are:

David Rimmer – SGS Director of Technology 

David was the team leader and Easy Net Sites liaison.

David has been researching his ancestors for 20 years and has been a member of Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) for 10 years. Besides serving as our Director of Technology David has helped out with the Irish Festival twice and the Highland Games. His biggest success in genealogical research has been to get all his first cousins to take a DNA test, since all their parents are deceased and David is an only child.

Ann Wright: Webmaster 

Ann was responsible for technical support, the work plan, and organization.

Ann has been doing genealogy for many years and has been a member of SGS for 7 years. Ann has volunteered primarily in the Library and was Library Director from 2015-2018. In 2016, she became an assistant to the newly formed Director of Technology and continues to work in that capacity. Ann’s success in her research has been in finding an immigrant, Benjamin Thwing, who came to the US in 1639 and is an ancestor of Ann’s mother.

Christine Schomaker: SGS Director of Membership 

Membership is a major element of the new website.

Christine started doing her genealogy research about 60 years ago at the age of 8. She has been a Society member for 22 years. She has been busy as a volunteer for those 22 years acting as a Desk Volunteer, Director of Operations, Director of Library, Treasurer, Director of Membership, Seminar Book Sales, Webmaster, 2011 Website Committee, Seminar and Class Registrar.

Her genealogical experience has included many exciting “aha” moments. Several occurred while piecing together a documented, original lineage of her Virginia great-grandmother Octavia (Elliot) Harlan. She has made it back four generations to James Elliot (c1715-1783) of Wells and Brunswick, Maine, and continues to document a previously uncompiled genealogy of his descendants.
Julia Marconi: Former SGS Director of Publications

Julia was in charge of marketing, the look and feel of website, the style standards and acted as backup webmaster.

Julia has been pursuing her ancestors for many years. She has been a long-time member of SGS and has held the positions of President and Publications Director. She has been responsible for getting the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society assembled and published. She recently retired from publishing the SGS Journal, but still assists in the compilation of it.

Heidi Mair: SGS Director of Volunteers

Heidi was responsible for events, the calendar, and training.

Heidi has been researching her family for 50 years, but more intensely in the past 8 years. She has been a member of SGS for 2 years and has volunteered as Director of Volunteers, Outreach, Desk Volunteer, and Seminar; wherever she was needed. Heidi has written about her Ohio family and was published by the Ohio Genealogical Society last winter. Congratulations, Heidi. 

Janice Lovelace: SGS Director of Education 

The Classes, Events and Special Interest Groups sections on the website were the responsibilty of Janice. 

Janice has been doing genealogy since the early 1990s and has been an active SGS member for about 7 years. She served as VP for two years and is currently serving as Education Chair for her second year. For Janice, the most difficult research challenge, and the most rewarding, was being able to identify slaveholders for her maternal great-grandparents.

We are pleased to honor this Team as the Volunteer of the Quarter and really appreciate all the hard work they did to get the new website operational.
Most people are familiar with timelines from taking history in high school. Genealogists, however, can utilize this seemingly commonplace tool to very good effect in their research. Need to know how your ancestor got from one place to another? Trying to sort out several different individuals with the same name? Wanting to understand how your ancestor fit in with major and minor historical events? Come learn how timelines can help answer these and a number of other family history research questions!

Mary Kathyrn Kozy will be the presenter on this topic for our Second Saturday Speaker Series, September 14th, at the SGS Library, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
SGS FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING For this year 2019,  the SGS Fall Membership Meeting will be on the 2nd Saturday in October from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM,  immediately preceding the Second Saturday Speaker Series presentation.  Hope to see you then, Saturday, October 12th, from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM at the SGS Library.    SAVE THE DATE
  “2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 

As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org   Tom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
  Registration information is coming soon! Save the date!!  
CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 

The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
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. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
  Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, “SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants.  Sign Up for Cemetery Tour
  SEPTEMBER Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com  Thursday, Sept 19, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Olympia Genealogical Society September Meeting

At the September meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society Claudia Breland (Professional Genealogist and Author) will present “The Murder of Rhoda Jones” the story of her 2nd great-grandmother who was murdered in 1883 (newspapers called it a suicide) and the mystery of the husband who deserted her during the Civil War. Join us on Thursday September 12 at 7 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152. www.OlyGenSoc.org  or 360-349-2493

Joyce T. Ogden


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition August 15, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Free August GenTalk: Women in your Family Tree
“Why don’t I recognize all those names on my DNA match list?” Half of your ancestry comes from women, yet we tend to focus our genealogical searches on men. No wonder those matches are
Join Barb Schrag at the GFO Library on Saturday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. for a fascinating talk focused on the comprehensive genealogy of all of the descendants of your third-great-grandparents. Not only will you
begin seeing the relationships, but you’ll be creating the genealogy
that future generations can refer to and build on. Barb is a member of the GFO as well as the Clark County Genealogical Society and has given numerous presentations for both organizations.
As always, GenTalks are free and open to the public, so, member or not, check out our Calendar page and come spend an hour or so with us!
Newspapers Galore: Do You Know What GFO Offers?
GFO President Vince Patton learned a lesson, a bit belatedly, about historic newspapers. He’d combed Newspapers.com at the GFO and found good material on his great-grandfather before he headed to New Mexico for a genealogy research trip. In Santa Fe, he found the ballot results for his great-grandfather’s election as Attorney General, winning by a razor-thin margin. But only after he came back did he check Genealogy Bank at the GFO, where he found hundreds more articles from small town New Mexico newspapers. It turns out that his great-grandfather ran for the state Supreme Court later, but lost that election. Alas, this information came too late to look for details at the state archives. Vince says he’s learned his lesson. “Newspapers end up in many different databases. Now I need to attend Janice Seller’s Half-Day Seminar on September 8 to make sure I’m getting the most out of the GFO’s newspaper subscription services.” He signed up for the seminar.

Have you? The session will be held in the GFO Library, Sunday, September 8, from 9:30 a.m. – Noon. For more detailed information, download the flyer. Registration is $25.00 for GFO members, $30.00 for non-members.
Register Here
GFO Star of the Month: Mark Grafe
The GFO Board unanimously named Mark Grafe as GFO Star of the month! Mark took on the job of layout editor for the Bulletin and has done a wonderful job. Sometimes learning as he goes, Mark has introduced new style to our quarterly journal and new functionality to the electronic version. He works quickly and remains positive even as editors ask repeatedly for revisions.
Mark is a joy to work with. Thank you, Mark, we’re lucky to have you!
The Insider needs you!
We’re looking for stories for the October 2019 Insider issue at this time, and we need your help. Please email insider@gfo.org by September 1st to get your news and items of interest into October’s issue. What we’re looking for: genealogy and history centric articles, tips, resources, ideas, serendipity stories, techniques, events, call for GFO volunteers, etc. Again, submissions are due by September 1st, please. Images and text should please include permissions details so we can publish in good conscience.
Oregon City wants to party like it’s 1844
As the ending point of the Oregon Trail, the Oregon City community is marking this historic year with celebrations and unique activities commemorating the dreamers, risk-takers, and those who gambled everything for a new life. Mark your calendars, this party only happens every 175 years! Saturday August 24th, 10 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.
End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive & Visitor Information Center
1726 Washington St., Oregon City, OR 97045.
You can find more details here.
Shop, Help GFO, Pay Nothing Extra!
Are you doing back to school shopping for kids or grandkids? You can help us a the GFO while you shop at Fred Meyer.
All you have to do is click here and select the Genealogical Forum of Oregon as the charity you’d like to help. Link your Rewards Card to the GFO and then Fred Meyer makes a donation to us based on your shopping. Everything is automatic after you register your card. Best of all, it does not affect the prices you pay. Please register your card today and help us to provide genealogy resources to northern Oregon and southwest Washington.
Surplus Book: Mohawk Valley History
If you have New York roots, our surplus book of the week may be just right to add context to how your ancestors lived.
Mohawk Valley: Its Legends and Its History captures colonial history of the earliest settlers to this region sandwiched between the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. Our copy is a first edition, hardcover copy from a library, written by W. Max Reid and published in 1901 by G. P. Putnam’s Sons The Knickerbocker Press. It is filled with dozens of marvelous photos of the region.
Overall, the book is in average to good condition. The core is sound, pages bear some library stamps and the spine seems strong. However, some pages at the beginning and end of the book are cracked and a few have separated from the binding. Due to those defects, we are pricing well below the market for a first edition hard cover copy.
Your price to pickup at the GFO Library: $15
Price to mail it: $22 Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to buy it.
(Please don’t just come to the library to get it.)
Survey Results: Extreme Heat and Drought
Responses to last week’s survey were pretty lackluster. Perhaps we can attribute it to our ancestors taking hot spells in stride—not the stuff that family stories are made of. Two people indicate that their parents suffered major difficulties due to hot spells or drought, and two people said that their grandparents were the ones impacted. All other respondents marked that they did not know. And for the first time, no one shared any stories. Undaunted, we move on to our next disaster, and while we hope your family has not suffered, we also hope for more responses.
New Survey: Water, Water Everywhere
This week we’re asking about water-related disasters: floods, tsunamis, and storms at sea. Take our survey and share your family story, if you like.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, August 17th
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Stephen Hanks, who has spoken to our group previously, will return with new results of his research. The title for his talk is “Tracing Your African American Roots to 1619 and Free Persons of Color.” He will discuss how to trace your roots to free persons of color and to descendants of the Africans in America prior to the establishment of chattel slavery. This talk will be of special interest to those who have taken DNA tests. He will also discuss the work of genealogist Paul Heinigg. Stephen is the author of “Akee Tree: A Descendant’s Search for His Slave Ancestors on the Eskridge Plantations.
For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Another Look at the Women in Your Family Tree 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join GFO’s Barb Schrag for to learn more about the women in your family tree can help you learn how DNA surname matches may fit into your family history. See full description above.
GenTalks are free and open to the public.
Sunday, August 18th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Family Tree Maker® Users Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker.® Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed and an empty USB thumb drive.
Facilitated by Joyce Grant-Worley. FTM@gfo.org
Tuesday, August 20th
Beginners Boot Camp 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Note: Registration closed – event is full.
Laurel Smith presents a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, immigration and naturalization, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research and more — all geared toward beginners. Those registered should bring a sack lunch so the discussion can continue while we eat.
Wednesday, August 21st
Irish Interest Group 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Our first hour will be a presentation by Kate O’Hara titled “Coaxing Info Out of a Victorian Photo Album.
In our second hour we will address members’ brick wall issues. If you would like the group to discuss your brick wall, please bring the following information with you to the meeting:

The name of your ancestor,

Dates or time period,


What resources you have already tried,

What type of information you are seeking.
We will get to as many brick walls as time allows. Contact Irish@gfo.org for more information.
Note: New Program Coordinator Needed for the Irish Interest Group
Current Coordinator, Barbara Schrag, will be stepping down. Barbara has done a wonderful job finding interesting speakers for our meetings and will be missed. We are looking for a volunteer to fill this position staring with our February 2020 meeting. Please contact Karen Hubbard at our August meeting or at irish@gfo.org if you are interested or have questions.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Heritage Quest Research Library News

Join us as we welcome our member, Sue Foster, as a new instructor. Sue will speak on 2 subjects.
1)Meyer’s Orts- und Verkehrs- Lexicon includes all place names as they were designated during the time of the German Empire (1871-1918). She will discuss the online version, importance in locating the place where the vital records were recorded and the locations of the microfilmed/digitized records of the Family History Library based on this Gazetteer. She will also discuss
2) a free German web site, which translates to English, and its 2 divided sections: a) information (history, archives, links to regional family history groups and repositories and b) family trees submitted by researchers. $20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
Janet Camarata is back with this months regularly scheduled class. The town, county, and regional histories are important sources for genealogists for 18th and 19th-century research. Discover settlement patterns of a given area, origins of the early settlers, geography, religion, economics, education, the social conditions and major events of the times, and if lucky, a biographical sketch of your ancestor. Learn what’s been written, where to find them and how to assess their value. $20.00 members / $25.00 non-members
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