THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


Wednesday Evening
16 August 2017

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Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still
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Eclipse Library Closure

Due to anticipated traffic and nearby events, the GFO Library will be closed from 9:30am until 1pm on Monday, August 21st.
See you on the other side of the sun!
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Puget Sound Genealogical Society Ask the Experts

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday Aug 26 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
Ask the Experts with members of the Association of
Professional Genealogists.  Get free one-on-one assistance with
your family history research from members of the Association
of Professional Genealogy
Registration required; call (360) 475-9172
No walk ins.
Thanks Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The Family History Library is a genealogical research facility in downtown Salt Lake City. It is open to the public, free of charge, and is operated by, associated with the LDS.

Each month they present a couple dozen classes/webinars. You can attend online or in person, and as always it’s free of charge. All you need to do is check the schedule, and then register for the class or classes that interest you. Some of the classes/webinars are available in Spanish or Chinese.

If you would like to start receiving the monthly class/webinar schedule via email, sent a email message to FHLClasses at

The webinars use AdobeConnect which can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The links in the monthly schedule are active and you can connect simply by clicking on the blue webinar link. If you are going to attend one of their webinars, they recommend that you connect about 30 minutes before the class starts to check your audio and visual. A further tip, connect your audio and test with YouTube before connecting to AdobeConnect. This will ensure that your sound is working before you join the webinar. The audio device you wish to use must be on before you enter AdobeConnect.

Here’s a sample of the classes/webinars that will be presented next week. The link at the very end of this article will take you to the online site where you can view the full schedules for August and September.
• Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively
• Researching in Prussian Poland
• FamilySearch Wiki
• Kissing Cousins or Not?
• Finding Records of Chinese Americans
• Using Metasuche or Metasearch

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Seattle Genealogical Society News



Kenyatta D Berry, genealogist, lawyer, writer and host of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow, will be at the Northwest African American Museum for a brief talk and reception, Sunday, August 20, 3:00pm-6:00 pm. Admission is free. You’re invited to come hear her speak, as well as meet and mingle with other fans of the show.

Kenyatta will also be a featured keynote speaker at the upcoming Northwest Genealogy Conference, August 16-19, 2017 in Arlington. See our Save the Dates section for more info on this popular conference.

The Northwest African American Museum is at 2300 S Massachusetts St, Seattle, WA 98144 – phone 206 518-6000.

For more information on this event or the museum, visit the website :



After last issue’s Tip of the Week about Oklahoma’s online vital records index called OK2Explore, we received a message from a subscriber that this tip helped her break through one of her brick walls. It’s always nice to hear we have helped a fellow genealogist since that is our mission.


A few years ago, she had requested a death certificate from the state of Oklahoma. She had a full name and date of death from an obituary. The state couldn’t locate a record from the information she provided.

When she read our tip in the last issue, she immediately went to try to locate this record for herself.

She first tried entering the full name; that returned no record. Next she tried surname plus death year; that also returned no record. Next she tried surname plus a 5 year range; that returned too many records.

In a last ditch effort, she tried leaving surname blank, but entering a first name, middle initial, and death year; bingo! That returned an entry showing the surname had been grossly misspelled and the death date was one day different from what was reported in the obituary.

Needless to say she’s happy, and it’s satisfying to know we’ve been of help.



NW Genealogy Conference 2017,
Arlington, WA
August 16 – 19

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is putting on their annual four day conference. Remember the first day is geared toward beginners and is free. Among those presenting is current SGS president, Jill Morelli, past SGS vice president, Janice Lovelace, active SGS member, Mary Kircher Roddy, and don’t miss PBS Genealogy Roadshow host, Kenyatta Berry. Visit their website for more information, to register for the conference, or to register for the free day:

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS),
2017 Conference – “Building Bridges to the Past”,
Pittsburgh, PA
August 30 – September 2, 2017

Ready for a road trip? This conference is open to anyone with an interest in family history. FGS is teaming up with the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society to put on this four day events. There will be various tracks to suit the individual researcher; beginner to experienced.

For more info visit :

SGS 2017 Fall Seminar
Speaker: Dick Eastman
Fairview Christian School,
Seattle, WA
October 21, 2017

SGS is excited to have Dick Eastman for the Fall Seminar. Registration will open in early September. Mark your calendar.



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. The Family Tree Interest Group with Lou Daly will not meet in August or September. The Irish, German, and Canadian Interest Groups are not meeting in August; they will return to their regular schedule in the fall. The Scandinavian Interest Group will not meet in September. The SGS Library will closed September 2 – 4 for Labor Day weekend.



Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy Class with SGS past president, Linda Fitzgerald. Feel free to bring your brown bag lunch.



Saturday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, new “Second Saturday Speaker Series”, with guest, Cyndi Ingle

Sunday, September 10, 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.

Saturday, September 23, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting




TriCity Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Finding Family History Magazines Locally

Did you know that Barnes and Noble in the Columbia Center Mall carries the following family history magazines:

Who Do You Think You Are?
Associated with the TV show of the same name, based in United Kingdom, 13 issues/year

Your Family History
Based in United Kingdom, 13 issues/year

Family Tree Magazine
Based in United States, 7 issues/year

Irish Roots
Based in Ireland, 4 issues/year

Thanks to Art Kelly for sharing that information.

Also, you can find the last two years of Family Tree Magazine at the Kennewick (Union) library.  If you are a member of Mid-Columbia Libraries you can use their e-magazine service, Zinio, to download digital issues of Family Tree Magazine.  You can borrow issues indefinitely and can receive a notice when the next issue is available for download.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, September 1, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.


Topic:  What I Wish I Had Known . . .  before I started researching my ancestors.  Members of the interest group will share their experiences and lessons learned in researching in Germany – the importance of understanding law, the importance of location, the importance of siblings, understanding time period differences, dealing with data differences and brick walls.  Come learn from experienced genealogists who are willing to share their research adventures.


Facilitated by Janet O’Conor Camarata, a genealogist with over 25 years experience and member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.  She is a seminar presenter and trainer in genealogy societies across Washington and supported genealogy by volunteering in a variety of ways – newsletter editor, program coordinator and as past-president of South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).


For more information, kindly visit our website at  .

Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, September 14, 2017 in the Bellevue Regional Library (Room 1), 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking.


Topic: “How Did You Know That?!” Using the Research Wiki in presented by Celia McNay.  Explore this wonderful tool with tips and guidelines at your fingertips.  Whatever the genealogical topic, it’s covered in the Wiki!  It’s like the Red Book but so much more!


Also see our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings. Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.


Jewish Genealogical Society September Event

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, September 11, 2017.


We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize these event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing out, posting at your location or on your website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.


The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our September meeting program


“The Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories”
presented by Marcia Fine, Author and Researcher


DATE:  Monday, September 11 2017

LDS Factoria Building
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA  98006

·         Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources!

·         Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees!

  • Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.
  • Free Admission and refreshments




The Jewish Book Council describes Marcia Fine’s latest book, Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, as: A grandmother in an Inquisition prison. Officials who search and burn every soul not devoted to the Church. Celendaria, a young girl in 1650, is on the verge of becoming a woman in a place that has turned hostile to those who follow their one true faith. She witnesses her grandmother being arrested by Inquisition officers for Judaizing. As conversos, the family experiences dread as they keep rituals and traditions alive. This tale shines a bright light on the hidden Crespin family in their attempt to survive in 17th century Mexico when most of the Americas are ruled by Spain. Sephardim were cast out of many places since 1492.  Celendaria and her grandmother, Clara, carry the story. It concludes in the 1800s when the Palace of the Inquisition opens its doors to set people free. The persecution and fear creates a veil of memories that promises to affect the perception of future generations. This perilous adventure story from another era is a story of strength, bravery and survival.


Marcia Fine will speak to us about the history of conversos and Sephardim, how trauma is passed down to descendants, and the research that has gone into her books. If you’d like to bring any of her books with you, Ms. Fine will be pleased to autograph your book!


Award-winning author and speaker, Marcia Fine, began to pursue her dream of writing in 2000. Since then, she has written seven novels, including The Blind Eye-A Sephardic Journey and Paper Children-An Immigrant’s Legacy. Her most recent novel, Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories, published in 2017, examines Sephardic Jews in Mexico during the Inquisition. With an interest in epigenetics, she examines how trauma is passed on in families. Marcia has a BA from Florida State University and a Masters from Arizona State University.



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.


Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
1st VP & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State



PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or

FOR RELEASE: July 6 – September 15, 2017

A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce: My Life Without

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is offering to the community a day-long Seminar on Saturday, September 16, featuring professional genealogist, Mary Roddy, who will give two presentations at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, in Chimacum, WA. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins 10:00 – 11:40 followed by the afternoon session 12:30 – 2:00. Suggested donation is $10.00 for the Seminar. Bring your own lunch, and snacks to share. Coffee and tea provided. Genealogy books from Heritage Quest will be for sale on

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Mary Roddy says of her morning presentation A Decree of (Temporary)

Divorce: My Life Without  “Learn how I found free substitute records for many of the records I used to pay for at, and how I discovered some new sites as well.  My temporary ‘divorce’ forced me to examine my genealogy from a different viewpoint with a fresh perspective.  You, too, can recharge your genealogy, and save a few pennies as well.” 

Mary says her afternoon presentation FamilyBrowse: 

has millions of images on its website, many of which are un-indexed and

not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, will, estate inventories and more. And FamilySearch is

adding more and more images every month. To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty its important to know how to find these types of records.”

Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines, and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She is working on a novel which incorporates stories of ancestors she has discovered in her research.

Whatcom Genealogical Society September Meeting

Whatcom Genealogical Society will meet Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the
Bellingham Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way. Program: Summer research finds, and a discussion of
changes in the genealogy community (Family Tree Maker, Legacy, My Heritage, Family Search
microfilm, and upcoming educational opportunities.) Visitors welcome! Contact: 360-733-8300


Sharon Neem
WGS Publicity Chair