THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 15 March 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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).

Have a GFO Membership?? Please Consider Joining the GFO

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It’s the GFO Annual Open House!! March 18 – 26, 2017

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Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group

 

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, April 7, 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.

 

“Newspaper Research: What’s Available and How to Find Scanned Images”: Newspaper research can provide clues to birthplaces, keys to finding relatives and adding local flavor to our ancestor’s lives. Finding the newspaper in the area of research and during a specific time frame can be challenging. Three web sites will be shared to help discover the names of the newspapers available, the time frames they were published and major sources of online images.  This includes all English newspapers as well as foreign language newspapers, including German, available in America, plus a world map of historical newspapers.

 

Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata, as a genealogist, has researched her own family history for over 25 years. She is a seminar presenter and trainer in a variety of genealogy subjects to societies and libraries across Washington; a newsletter editor of the Kittitas County Genealogy Society (KCGS); a publicity chairman and past-president of South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).   She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program

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

Dorothy Pretare

GIG Leader

GermanInterestGroupEGS@outlook.com

Volga German Conference in Billings

Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the founding of the Volga German colonies – to be held in Billings, Montana, on April 8.

The venue for the celebration is Pilgrim Congregational Church, 409 South 36th Street in
Billings. Originally called First German Congregational Church, Pilgrim was founded by Volga
Germans arriving in the area to work in the sugar beet industry. Its first building was dedicated
on 11 September 1910. The present facility was constructed in 1936

Brent Mai, Ed.D.

Dean of Libraries & University Librarian

Diector, Volga German Institute

 

Fairfield University

1073 North Benson Road

Fairfield, Connecticut 06824

203-254-4000 x2182

www.fairfield.edu/library

#fairfieldulib

bmai@fairfield.edu

Press Release for Volga German Conference in Billings

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –  LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
 ON-LINE RESOURCES ORIENTATION

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world with more than 162 million items including books, recordings, photographs, maps, sheet music, and manuscripts in its collections. Through its website, www.loc.gov,  it provides access to many resources and services.

Monthly the Library of Congress puts on an orientation webinar to help you learn to navigate this sea of information. The webinar is an hour long and there are opportunities to ask questions and try out the search tools. This orientation will provide an overview of what’s available, provide strategies for accessing the materials, and introduce you to the resources created by staff to further your research into the Library’s collections.

The next two orientation sessions scheduled are for :
•Wednesday, March 15, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT
•Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm PDT

Registration is required. Confirmation and log-on instructions will be sent to you via email once you are registered. Here’s the link to the registration form:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/orientation_form.php

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 ACCESS THEIR IRISH RECORDS FOR FREE
 MARCH 13-17

Here’s a St Patrick’s Day gift from findmypast.  Explore and access millions of Irish family history records for free from March 13 through 5:00 pm PDT on Friday, March 17. You will need to go through a simple registration process that merely entails providing an email address and setting up a password.

Census records, parish records, travel and migration records, and court registers are just some of the data available. findmypast has the largest collection of Irish records available anywhere online.

You might want to start by reading their blog article  “A Complete Beginner’s Guide to findmypast’s Irish Records”.  If you are interested, sign up for the free webinar with Irish genealogy expert, Fiona Fitzsimmons.  It’s scheduled for 9:00 am PDT on Thursday, March 16 and it includes a live question and answer session.

To get started here’s the url to findmypast :

http://www.findmypast.com/explore-your-irish-ancestry/

SPRING MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Remember the Spring Membership meeting is this Saturday, March 18, 1:30-3:00 pm. Hope to see you there. Following the business meeting, Lisa Oberg and Jill Morelli will present “Rootless: A Retrospective Look at America’s Fascination with its Ancestry”.

For new members or genealogy beginners, notice on Sunday, March 19 from 1:15pm-5:00 pm, a Beginning Genealogy Class will be led by Linda Fitzgerald, a Past President of SGS, and it is open to all.

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 8 March 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!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

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).

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Daylight Savings is this Sunday!
Don’t get stuck behind the times.

Remember to set your clocks back one hour this Saturday night, March 11th.
The official change-over is at 2am on Sunday morning, March 12th.

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Olympia Genealogical Society Genealogy Cafe

GENEALOGY CAFE  Meet with Olympia Genealogy Society members for FREE personal help with your family history research. Thursday March 16 and Saturday March 18 at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th AV SE from 1-3 pm. 360) 529-9813
Thank-you    JOYCE OGDEN, Publicity
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Heritage Quest Research Library Upcoming Classes

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Saturday, March 11th 1:00 – 3:00 FREEBeginning Family History Research” with Dee Haviland Fournier

Join Dee in this FREE class and learn how to begin the search for your family history. You will learn how to find and use birth, marriage, and death records, along with a discussion on how to use census records to further your research and some genealogy hints. Everyone is welcome and you may attend the class as many times as you like.

Saturday, April 1st The ABC’s of DNA with Janet O’Conor Camarata. 1:00-3:00 $15.00

Due to popular demand, this class is being repeated. What is DNA? What types of DNA tests are used for genealogy? What are the strengths and weakness? How do I know which test to take? If you have asked yourself these questions, then this presentation is for you. This class is designed to answer questions using a non-technical genealogy-oriented approach.

 

Thursday, April 6th – Celebrate Tartan Day with Jo-Anne Huber as she talks to us about Scotland. 1:00 – 3:00 $15.00 More information will follow.

Thursday, April 13th – Two DNA Case Studies. 1:00 – 3:00 $15.00

  1. Going REALLY deep with Y-DNA Analysis: A Case Study with Dr. Laura Livingston. Now that you have your Y-DNA results and have figured out some family connections and ethnicity, how do you get to the deep understanding of the origins of your Y-DNA? Why do a BIG Y? What can you expect from the results of a BIG Y? Why should you spend the money for a BIG Y? What is the difference between Family Tree Y-DNA and Y-Full BIG Y results? What does it mean when you see family names that you have never heard of in the results? How do you research different clusters of families with different names?

Join us as we learn about Laura’s journey into the dizzying world of deep Y analysis and how she found out her family was a member of a unique cluster of families dating back thousands of years.

 

  1. Ricky Gerontis was adopted through a closed adoption. He did not have the original birth certificate, yet he was able to determine his biological parents. Join us and learn more about his story.

 

June 3rd, Saturday – Due to popular demand a repeat of our seminar. Understanding DNA Test Results & Connecting with Your Cousins with Janet O’Conor Camarata

9:00 – 3:00 $50.00 includes lunch

Registration is not open yet, but you may call and be placed on the waiting list.