Non Profit Training for Genealogical Societies

Looks like the December 5 and December 7 webinars should be viewed by every genealogical society in Washington

Nonprofit Essentials Toolkits

You care about your mission and want to make sure your organization does what it needs to do to succeed. That is why we created DIY learning toolkits that include short videos, kit materials, key documents, and more. Click on the images below for more information!

Boards in Gear
Why, What, and How of Boards to Better Achieve Mission

Connection to cause
Roles & responsibilities
Board development
Board operations

Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits
What Every Board Member Needs to Know about Finance

Balance Sheets
Income Statements
IRS Form 990

Let’s Go Legal
The right road to compliance and protectionState law
Federal law
Employment law
Intellectual property
Strategic Planning in Nonprofits
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Achieve Your Mission


We know that you want to learn about other topics as well. Visit the Washington Nonprofit Institute website for archived webinars on many other topics, including fundraising, risk management, equity, and communications. If you can’t find what you are looking for, contact us!
Opportunities to learn

You also need opportunities to learn with others. That’s why we are offering a full schedule of workshops and webinars designed to give you what you need to strengthen your board. Upcoming board-related events include:

10/12 SEQUIMFinance Unlocked for Nonprofits
10/26 SPOKANEInland Northwest Conference for the Greater Good
11/1 ONLINEChanges to Washington Leave Laws
11/2 KENNEWICKBoards in Gear
11/2 MOUNT VERNONBoards in Gear
11/3 YAKIMABoards in Gear
11/9 CALL: What you need to know to serve on a nonprofit board
11/9 KENT: Understanding the 501(c)3 Application Process
11/15 SPOKANE: Boards in Gear
11/15 SHELTON: Boards in Gear
12/5 ONLINE: Finance Unlocked for Nonprofits webinar
12/7 ONLINE: Nonprofit Legal Checklist

There are many more nonprofit learning opportunities to join! Visit the Washington Nonprofits calendar (by clicking the icon below) and the 501 Commons featured training and networking events listing.

Tri-City Genealogical Society Research Logs

Heather Murphy wrote an interesting blog post on Research Logs.

Have I Been Here Before? How Research Logs Keep You From Going in Circles

With shaking leaves and record hints showing up in many websites it is easy to hop from link to link looking for more records.  How often do you take a couple extra minutes to note the record collections you search so you don’t find yourself looking at the same thing a few months later?  Research logs aren’t one of the “fun” parts of research, but if you spend a small amount of time creating them you can save yourself time in the future.

National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

FREE NARA 2017 Virtual Genealogy Fair (save the date — 25 October 2017) #genfair2017
From our friends at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)!  An always great opportunity to learn about federal records and just how valuable they can be to your genealogy research.
WHAT: The National Archives will host a live, virtual Genealogy Fair via webcast on YouTube. Participate in our biggest genealogy event of the year! Sessions offer advice on family history research for all skill levels. Topics include Federal government documents on birth, childhood, and death; recently recovered military personnel files; Japanese Americans during World War II; 19th century tax assessments; and a “how to” on preserving family heirlooms. For the schedule, videos, handouts, and participation instructions, visit the Virtual Genealogy Fair online.
WHEN: October 25, starting at 10 a.m. EDT
WHO: Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero and records experts from National Archives’ facilities nationwide.
WHERE: Anywhere! Participate during the Fair while it is live streamed on the US National Archives’ YouTube channel
Captioning: Live captioning will be available online. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for the event, please send an email to: or call 202-357-5260 in advance.
Background: The National Archives holds the permanently valuable records of the Federal government. These include records of interest to genealogists, such as pension files, ship passenger lists, census, and Freedmen’s Bureau materials. See “Resources for Genealogists and Family Historians” online.
Follow the National Archives on Twitter @USNatArchives and join the Genealogy Fair conversation using #genfair2017.
Do you plan to attend?
What federal records group would you most like to learn about?

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society October Meeting

  The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at the LDS church on Bainbridge Island, 8677 Madison Ave, from 10:00a.m. – 12 noon. Noted researcher and guest presenter Janet O’Conor Camarata will be speaking on “Location In Context“. Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to or call 206-780-8009. BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


Wednesday Evening
4 October 2017

For more information visit, contact us at, 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 October 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
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
Call for a Raffle Volunteer…Bueller…Bueller…Bueller?
raffle tickets

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our Fall Seminar’s Raffle!!
Now all we need is someone extraordinary to manage the raffle table at the Seminar on Saturday, Oct 14th! Is it you??

This special volunteer will get to listen and sit in for FREE at the Seminar (although they’ll be busy busy busy the 3rd portion of the 4-part series of talks that day). Think of it! That’s a $50-55 value for so little effort.
Interested? Email now! No, right now!! Why are you still waiting?
Fall Seminar AND Fall Workshop Open for Registration!

Don’t miss out! We’ve moved the Fall Workshop to the Milwaukie Center!

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, AND Oct 15th 9:30am – noon at the Milwaukie Center

Those already on the Workshop’s Wait-List will be contacted directly. If you’re not on the wait-list for the Workshop, you better act fast!! Click the Register link below before it’s too late, again!

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar AND for Sunday’s Workshop is open open open. Click HERE to register now.
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Clark County Genealogical Society October Meetings


Wed 18 Oct 2017: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

The Works Progress Administration left behind a legacy that is used by family historians today. This Legacy Family Tree webinar presentation will discuss the WPA, projects under the WPA that are relevant to genealogy, and how you can research some of those records today.



Tues 24 Oct 2017: 10 am – 12 noon

CCGS Education Center


How can DNA testing help me discover my ancestry? Which test should I take? Which company should I use? Speaker Lisa McCullough will cover the basics of DNA and DNA testing and will explain how it can help further your genealogy research. Lisa has a B.S. in engineering and has taken two week-long classes focused on DNA. She leads a DNA Q&A special interest group that meets twice monthly at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.


Wed 25 Oct 2017: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Many Midwestern and Plains states have superb state census records. Learn about the indexes, the many personal details these censuses include, locating the censuses, and alternate sources. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar includes specific examples from these enumerations, with an overview of state censuses for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, and where to find them.

Access to Public Domain Records Threatened

Genealogists’ access to public domain records is still being threatened in many locations. One of the biggest threats these days is New York City. However, you can make your voice heard.

The following was written by D. Joshua Taylor, President of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Dear Friends,

As promised, the NYG&B has launched a landing page outlining steps everyone can take in making our voices heard regarding the proposed restrictions on access to New York City’s birth and death records.

The page can be found at: and allows visitors to do the following:

  • Download and sign a sample comment letter that can be mailed directly to the Department of Health.
  • Add their own name to the NYG&B’s comment letter.
  • RSVP to attend the hearing alongside fellow members of the NYG&B community.
  • Share the information (via email) with others.

Thus far we have had a very positive response from the community. Please feel free to share this information with your leadership, members, and others who might be interested. We also stand ready to assist your organization as needed in preparing their own comments.


Seattle Genealogical Society Special Presentation




Mary Roddy


Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869”

Before the transcontinental railroad was completed Easterners and Mid-Westerners began to settle the West.  How did they get there and what was the journey like?  Presentation covers overland and water routes with descriptions of the journey and using clues to discover how and when your ancestor traveled.

If you have heard Mary’s presentation on “Bagging a Live One” or her excellent explanations on how to use Excell in genealogy, you know what a treat is in store for you when you attend this presentation.


1:00 – 2:30 P.M.


Washington Archives Month Strange Washington

The Washington State Archives is celebrating its annual Archives Month in October by making “Strange Washington” this year’s theme.|

Three events related to Archives Month will be held in Olympia over the coming weeks:

  • Oct. 7: Tales of Strange Washington – Hear speakers talk about some infamous individuals and incidents in our state. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., State Archives Building, 1129 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
  • Oct. 27: Haunted Tours – Archives staff will take visitors on a tour of the Archives’ underground stacks. There will be four separate tours in 30-minute increments. 6–8 p.m. State Archives Building, Olympia.
  • Nov. 2: History Happy Hour – Here is a chance to enjoy some fun, historical trivia! There will be prizes, food and drinks. 7-9 p.m., 3 Magnets Brewery, 600 Franklin St., Olympia.

The State Archives’ Puget Sound Regional Branch (Bellevue) is hosting a workshop called The Basics of Historical Research on Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. People attending the event can learn about research sources and how to use them.

Other Archives Month-related events will be held in October at various Washington State Archives branches. Contact the State Archives at (360) 586-1492 or for more details.

As always, the State Archives has a great-looking free poster to commemorate the monthlong celebration. The poster features classic color and black-and-white photos of strange things and events that have occurred here in Washington. The poster is available in the State Archives headquarters in Olympia, the front desk of our Executive Office at the Capitol and at all regional Archives branches in Bellevue, Bellingham, Cheney and Ellensburg, as well as several local historical societies, universities with archives/library collections, museums and heritage centers. Make sure to get a poster while supplies last!

If you want to download the digital version of the new poster, just go here. The poster includes images from archival institutions across the state, including the Odessa Public Library, Seattle Municipal Archives, University of Washington, Western Washington University, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and the State Archives.


“Strange Washington” is 2017 Archives Month theme