Eastside Genealogical Society May Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, May 11, 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.



Publishing Your Family History:  For 41 years, Gorham Printing of Centralia has produced short run, self-published books for people wanting to share their family history.  If you want to publish that novel you always had in you, they will do that as well.  Please come and see what Gorham can do for you and your project.


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

Puget Sound Genealogical Society May Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
with Mary Kircher Roddy – Get up to speed on using Excel
and learn new tricks to work smarter. Let spreadsheets
analyze data and keep track of your research.
Eveyone welcome!
Thanks Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society


The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, May 5, 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’s Your Family’s Story?”  – “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelou.  Three of the many ways in which to capture your family’s history will be addressed: 1) Family Medical History, 2) Legacy Statements and 3) Family Biographical Stories.  Utilizing the facts that genealogists research, information can be presented in a way that descendants will want to read or see more about their ancestors lives versus dust covering their copy of your ancestral pedigree charts.  Bringing these stories of our ancestors to life will benefit future generations.


Presenter:  Paula R. Seeger. Paula is an ESG member and will share information she’s gathered over the years of research, interviewing and writing her family history and working with others to capture their story by voice recording, video recording, slide shows, biographies, family history memoires as well as interviewing nursing home residents and writing the text for a book of their legacy statements.

For more information, kindly visit our website at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/  .

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

Wednesday Evening
19 April 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for February 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 gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

We’ve recently received a lot of questions from our wonderful members asking when their membership expires and how they can track this.

In response, we’re now providing your membership information right here with our weekly e-news blasts. If you want to forward our weekly e-news blasts to a friend, you can also delete your personal information before forwarding the message.
GFO Presents…a whole new Special Interest Group!

TOPIC: Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California

Do your ancestors hail from one of these southern areas?

We’d love to hear from you regarding what you’d like to have as part of the new Special Interest Group (SIG) that’s being put together right now!

If this is a SIG for you, email sw@gfo.org to give your hopes and dreams for the group to us!!
There’re a few seats left at GFO’s Spring Seminar!


Online registrations, in-person registration at the GFO Library, or mailed registration. Whatever way is easiest for you!

When APRIL 29TH, 10am – 4:30pm

Where THE MILWAUKIE CENTER (sponsored by the GFO)



How It’s so simple! Just click HERE to register right now online.
Please note, the remaining Saturday Seminar spots are goin’ fast. Click HERE to register your seat!

John Philip Colletta is a faculty member of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. For twenty years, he worked part-time at the Library of Congress and taught workshops at the National Archives. This is a speaker you definitely don’t want to miss!
GFO’s April Star – Doris Cruickshank

The GFO has many damaged books that need rebinding. Our efforts to repair and rebind were far too expensive—until Doris introduced us to the Trappist Abbey Book Bindery in Carlton. She regularly transports books to and from the Book Bindery, and has generously donated to the cost of the rebinding some of the volumes. Doris also tracks books listed in the Library catalog, so we know where they are.

Doris has led the effort of organizing and cataloging GFO’s flat maps (previously boxed and in storage) so patrons can use them.

Many thanks, Doris!!

DID YOU KNOW??? There are 3 (count ’em, folks!) ways to find the GFO calendar on our new website!

Let’s count the ways….
1. The small blue rectangular button at the top right-hand corner of any of the gfo.org webpages, titled appropriately “CALENDAR.”
2. Some scrolling action to the middle of the main gfo.org webpage reveals a lovely circular picture in the middle of the screen, titled “EVENTS.”
3. Some additional scrolling, for the really ambitious, to the very very bottom of any of the gfo.org webpages gives you a bright sky blue band with “Calendar” at the bottom of the sitemap menu on the right-hand side. Again WAY at the bottom, so if you can’t scroll anymore, you’re in the right place!



Advanced DNA 9am – noon

Tim Janzen will present information on Visual Phasing in the context of chromosome mapping. If you are interested in reading about this topic prior to the meeting, please read some of Blaine Bettinger’s blog posts on the topic which may be found here.

Please download, print and bring to class any attached handouts and the evaluation form which can be found here.

The DNA Interest Group is facilitated by Emily Aulicino (e-mail: Aulicino@hevanet.com). Presentations cover all aspects of Genetic Genealogy beyond the basic levels.

Library Work Party! 9am – noon

There’s another work party at the GFO library this Sunday for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9am, as usual, and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or stay into the afternoon. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.

Family Tree Maker Beginning Class 1 – 3pm

This is a beginners class for Family Tree Maker users and for those considering a purchase. Whether you are considering a move to Family Tree Maker, just starting to use it, or have been using it for years, you will find value in the special interest group focused on Family Tree Maker genealogy software. Hope to see you there at this quarterly meeting.
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FREE Access to 32 Probate-Related Databases on AmericanAncestors.org

FREE Access to 32 Probate-Related Databases on AmericanAncestors.org  (18-25 April 2017)

From our friends at AmericanAncestors.org …

April 18, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to thirty-two probate-related databases for one week—from Tuesday, April 18, through midnight (EDST) Tuesday, April 25—with registration as a free Guest Member on AmericanAncestors.org. These databases contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick, Canada.

AmericanAncestors.org/probate provides a wide variety of information and features on the use of probate records in family history research, and brings the probate research expertise of NEHGS staff to genealogists of all levels. It is a gateway to a deeper understanding of the use of probate documents in the study of one’s family history.

Probate records can be a powerful resource for genealogists and other researchers. These papers document legal decisions that explain how an individual’s estate is distributed to heirs, dependents, and creditors. Probates may list a person’s spouse, children, and other relatives. They may also contain important clues to a person’s financial status, by including a list of worldly possessions at the time of death. These details can reveal a lot about an ancestor’s personal life in addition to being a reliable proof of identity and may provide previously unknown information about an ancestor to add to the family tree.

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Reading the Blog Daily

Most everyone reading this blog reads the weekly digest, but there are other ways to read a blog, the simplest is to go to the URL for the blog and bookmark it, then you can go the blog whenever you are online. Our WSGS blog is located here    if you want to go bookmark it. Problem is there may not be any new posts since you were here before and so is there a better way to read a blog, a way that notifies you when a new post is online? Yes an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) reader is the way to do that. If you were around a few years ago most all genealogists used Google Reader, a really easy to use RSS reader. Google decided to discontinue Google Reader and so people were scrambling to switch to another RSS reader. Many switched to Feedly a good RSS reader that was free at the time, and still has a free version for the web, IOS and android. The pay version has many improvements and  they keep adding more and more improvements.

Here is a copy of my Feedly screen, I have folders for Gene Societies, Genealogy, Google, Home and Garden, Libraries, Neighborhoods, Newspapers, Pictures, Rootsweb, Transportation and Work. I have about 350 blogs in Feedly, most post weekly or even less except for the newspapers which post about 60 articles a day, so I get about 25 or 30 articles a day from all the rest of my Feedly feeds.

Using Feedly I can read the Monday Mystery and Tuesday Trivia the same day they are posted, and I am the only one using Feedly to read the WSGS blog as of today.

There are other RSS readers besides Feedly, just Google RSS Readers.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The  folks at FamilySearch.org are putting on a  five day conference that you can attend for free!  Even better than that, you have the choice of traveling to Salt Lake City, UT to attend in person, or you may attend the online webinar version from the comfort of your home.

Although the conference is free, space is limited and registration is required for either mode of attendance, so sign up soon.  Don’t miss out.

The Western European Family History Conference 2017 that runs May 15-19 will cover, as it names suggests, genealogical research advice for the countries of Germany, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

Class details, more information, and registration can be found at : https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Western_European_Family_History_Conference

Seattle Genealogical Society News

In the mail…
 SGS 2017 Spring Seminar
“Voices From the Past” Brochures

SGS is excited, honored, and very fortunate to be hosting Lisa Alzo as speaker for the 2017 Spring Seminar “Voices from the Past”.  Lisa is an internationally recognized teacher and lecturer, specializing in Eastern European ancestry, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of eleven books and hundreds of magazine articles, including regular articles in Family Tree Magazine.  Fill out the registration form in your seminar brochure right away and get ready to enjoy a fascinating series of lectures by one of genealogy’s prominent teachers.

For more details, or if you prefer to register online, visit :



SGS is in need of a volunteer to manage the assignment of desk volunteers for the library.  If you’d like, you may work remotely. As Elizabeth Howie, temporary Desk Volunteer Coordinator, states, “This is a very easy job because so many individuals are already committed to helping out on many of the days of the month.”

Usually, the only days to fill are Friday and Saturday — about 8 slots which are filled from a candidate pool of 35 willing individuals. Communication is done via emails and then you’ll coordinate with  the desk volunteer to make sure the assignment calendar is updated so everyone knows their shift.  If you are a “stay at home” type person, but would like to help SGS, please contact Jill Morelli at sgspresident@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org


Lou Daly , founder and fearless leader of the Mac SIG Group at Fiske Library, has announced that the meeting this coming Wednesday will be the final meeting for this group that has been in existence for ten plus years. Come join in one last time. The discussion will be “What’s Next?” Wednesday, April 19th , 7:00-9:00 pm, Pioneer Hall (Fiske Library),1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle 98112


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.

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


Yakima Valley Genealogical Society,
 Spring Seminar featuring Jay Fonkert,
 7809 Tieton Dr,
 Yakima, WA 98908
 Saturday, April 22, 2017   8am – 5pm

Jay Fonkert is one of America’s foremost genealogists.  To register, or read more about his credentials and the seminar, visit the YVGS website www.yvgs.net  and follow the links.

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

Genealogical Forum of Oregon in Portland,
Spring Seminar With John Colletta,
 April 29

Four sessions on Passenger Arrival Records, Naturalization Records, Lesser-used Federal Records, and Discovering the REAL Stories on Your Immigrant Ancestors. For online registration :


Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar,
 “Voices from the Past” with Lisa Alzo,
 Fairview Christian Church
 844 NE 78th St
 Seattle, WA
 Saturday, May 20, 2017   9am – 4pm

Doors open at 8am – welcome at 9am. Did you receive the brochure in the mail? Registration and further information also available online at www.seattlegenealogicalsociety.org


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 library will be closed April 16 for Easter and May 27-29 for Memorial Day.


Saturday, April 15, 10:15am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth who will present “Who are the Scots-Irish?”

Saturday, April 15, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group, with Jean Roth who will present “What is Prussia and Who are the Prussians?”

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 met quarterly on the third Wednesday of every third month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle. The group is folding and this will be the final meeting.


Tuesday, May 2, 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, May 6, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader
Saturday, May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this new special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch

Sunday, May 7, 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, May 13, 10:15am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on Irish research using old and new resources

Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on German research using old and new resources

Tuesday, May 16, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, DNA FOCUS, 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.

Friday, May 19, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy, Want to learn how to get your genealogy project going? Linda Fitzgerald, a past president of SGS,  will be presenting her “Beginning Genealogy Class”. Add it to your calendar.  Invite a friend.

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am  – 4:00 pm, SGS Spring Seminar “Voices from the Past”, featuring: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer. At Fairview Christian School, 844 NE 78th Street,Seattle, WA  Doors open at 8:00 a.m. – Welcome at 9:00 a.m.


SGS members, be sure to cast your ballot for the Seattle Genealogical Society 2017 Election.  Then either mail it back in the envelope provided or return it in person. Remember only ballots received by 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 29, 2017 will be counted.

Montana State Genealogical Society Annual Conference

The Montana State Genealogical Society (MSGS) and the Yellowstone Genealogy Forum will co-host the state’s annual conference on September 21-23 at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.

Please inform the societies in your area about the conference.  Registration will be available in July on the MSGS website.

MT State Genealogical Society Annual Conference

Moving Forward Through the Past

Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT

September 21-23, 2017

CeCe Moore and Thomas Jones, national presenters, on DNA & methods of research.

Registration required. See http://montanamsgs.org/

Thank you.

  1. J. Smith, President

Yellowstone Genealogy Forum


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