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FOR RELEASE: June 8 -16, 2017



In the1800s America underwent a Transportation Revolution that greatly affected workers, farmers, and communities all across the nation. Dr. Austin Kerr, Ohio State University History Professor and member of Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS), will share the story of his family to illustrate the changes and impacts of the Revolution on the movements of people and their economic opportunities. The public is invited to hear this free presentation at the monthly meeting of JCGS on Saturday morning, June 17, 9:30 – 11:30, at the Chimacum Grange, located across Hwy 19 from the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum. (Please note this temporary change of venue.) <>

Dr. Austin Kerr, retired History Professor from Ohio State University

Puget Sound Genealogical Society June Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday, June 24 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library. 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
with Janet Camarata. Learn about town, county, and
regional histories that are in print, where to find them
and how to assess their value.
Registration is required: call Genealogical Center
Thanks Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society June Special Meeting

TPCGS is having a special meeting on June 13, 2017

With special guest Elissa Scalise Powell

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is a past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and coordinator of the IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course since 2007 She was an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course (2008-2016) and co-coordinator of SLIG’s 2013 “Credentialing: AG, CG, or Both?” course. She has also served as president of two local societies and has volunteered on society boards for over 25 years.

Fresh from the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree, Elissa will present an interesting program entitled Patriot or Not? – Using the GPS on a Closed DAR Line. This case study, concerning a man who is currently a patriot on a closed DAR line, goes through four questions in which the audience determines if the conclusions follow the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). The Colglazier family was said to be of Pennsylvania, but were they? Following each step of the migration backward from where they settled in Indiana to Ohio to their origins through land, probate, military, census, and tax lists, each question is laid out and analyzed through several analysis techniques.

There will not be an early session, so this meeting will begin a 7 pm. However, you are welcome to come earlier and visit.

These meetings will be held in our usual location at Bates Technical College, South Campus, 2201 South 78th St, Tacoma, Building E. 

Olympia Genealogy Society Genealogy Cafe

GENEALOGY CAFE  Meet with Olympia Genealogy Society experts for personal help with your family history research. Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th AV SE, on both Thursday June 15 and Saturday June 17 from 1-3 pm. 360-529-9813

Thank-you  JOYCE OGDEN, Publicity

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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

Wednesday Evening
31 May 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 May 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!
GFO’s German Interest Group this Saturday! June 3rd
1657 Jansson Map of Germany Germania – Geographicus – Germaniae-jansson-1657

Our meeting is Sat. June 3rd, from 1 – 3pm, at the GFO library (2505 S.E. 11th St., Suite B-18, Portland, OR)

Speaker: Lew Ebner

Topic: Searching for ancestors, partly travel log to Seelbach, Germany, and taking a closer look at the Arnstein Monastery (Kloster Arnstein) in the city of Obernhof, near Nassau.
Don’t Miss Out! Register for the June 4th Workshop!

It’s a half-day Workshop all about those pesky US & UK CENSUS RECORDS!!

A full morning of learning the full scope of what you can glean from census records.
That’s right, folks. We’re Digging Deeper into Census Records!!

WHERE: GFO Library
WHEN: Sunday, June 4th, 9:30am – noon
WHO’s THAT NOW?? Speaker Kate Eakman

Join speaker Kate Eakman for this amazing chance to learn all about “DIGGING DEEPER INTO ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, & THE U.S. CENSUS RECORDS.”

GFO’s May Star – Jerry Zimmer

Jerry has been the driving force for binding GFO’s periodicals for many years. He patrols the shelves looking for complete years or volumes of periodicals that need binding.

Lately, GFO has had an influx of binding requests, as our collection has been undergoing a re-cataloging and re-organizing project. But this hasn’t stopped Jerry!

Jerry also donates many of the supplies needed for the binding projects he undertakes!

We’re oh so grateful for all you do, Jerry. Thank you for your ongoing support!

STORY 1. New York Times article shows the value of using DNA & historical records to aid research of extinct apples.

What’s this got to do with genealogy??

The article touches on the importance of understanding DNA (albeit plant DNA), giving insights into just how valuable DNA research can be when coupled with researching through those dusty historical documents.

The article is also set right in the Pacific North West! Read the full story HERE.
STORY 2. denies exploiting users’ DNA test results. This just in from BBC News.

The genealogy DNA services with says it is changing its terms and conditions after criticism about privacy concerns. Read the full story HERE and continue uncovering the history of your family tree with no fear!

The Oregon Historical Society is excited to announce the official launch of the OHS Digital Collections website, a ground-breaking step forward in providing broad access to the myriad collections held in the Research Library.

This new website allows online public access to a rich variety of materials from the OHS Research Library, including items from the manuscript, photograph, film, and oral history collections.
Check out OHS featured collections and see what’s new as the staff continues adding material!


We’re got ONE new title below, and still some leftover from last week. You know you want to help review these exciting materials!
Here’s our most current list of the books we have to be reviewed:
1.     TIPS AND QUIPS for the Family Historian by Elizabeth Shown Mills and Ruth Brossette Lennon
2.     QUICK SHEET, Citing Databases and Images, Evidence Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
3.     QUICK SHEET, Citing Online Historical Resources, Evidence Style, by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
4.     Boyle, Joseph Lee. WHITE PENNSYLVANIA RUNAWAYS, 1769-1772. “much addicted to strong drink and swearing”.
5.     Ports, Michael A. GEORGIA GENEALOGY RESEARCH. Genealogy at a Glance.

Anyone interested in reviewing one of these books, please either contact Joan or come by the GFO to pick up their book-of-choice from the bookshelf between the two offices and fill out the clipboard form. There is also a book review form on the shelf that can be used. For further information, please contact Joan Galles at

If you’re currently reviewing a book, please let Joan know how it’s going and if you have questions!

Go on! Click the calendar. I dare ya!!

Virginia Interest Group 10am – noon

Join us for our Virginia meeting this Saturday for a discussion about the colonial governors of Virginia and their impact on “The Old Dominion” and the formation of our country – presented by Carol Surrency. Everyone is welcome, as this is a free event, open to the public. See you Saturday for out last meeting of the season!

Group leaders are Judi Scott at and Carol Surrency at

German Interest Group 1 – 3pm

The German Interest Group was formed in the spring of 2011. It is intended to be a source of information and inspiration for anyone with German speaking ancestors. One goal is to provide information on a variety of topics related to Germanic history and migration. We also will provide time for members to share their research journeys and connect with others who may be researching the same region or time period. This month’s topic: searching for ancestors, partly travel log to Seelbach, Germany, and the Arnstein Monastery (Kloster Arnstein) in the city of Obernhof, near Nassau with speaker: Lew Ebner.

Digging Deeper: US/UK Census Workshop 9:30am – noon

The Census: Digging Deeper into England, Ireland, Scotland & the U.S. Come spend the morning learning the ins and outs of census records in the U.S. and British Isles; where are these records located, how can you find your ancestor on a particular census, and how do you evaluate all the information it contains?

Kate Eakman holds a master’s degree in history, and is a Senior Researcher with Legacy Tree Genealogists. Register online HERE, or mail in the paper form…asap!

First Monday Free to Non-Members Hope to see you at the GFO Library this coming Monday, from 9:30am – 5pm!

The GFO Library is open for free (yep! none of that $7-day-pass stuff to worry about) the first Monday of every single month!! Come take advantage of our over 43,000 collection items among our analog materials, or pursue our various online database subscriptions on one of the many library computers. We also have a flatbed scanner and a digital microfilm reader for patron use.

Learn & Chat 10am – noon

Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jean Quan.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Sanborn Maps were originally created in the 1860’s for assessing fire insurance liability in urbanized areas.  The maps include detailed information about buildings in approximately 12,000 US towns and cities. They are a very useful resource for historical research, genealogical research, and they are the most frequently consulted maps in public libraries.

The good news is The Library of Congress has already placed 25,000 of these maps online and they are in the process of adding more maps monthly. The goal is to have all the maps (approximately 500,000) available online by 2020.

While still hit and miss, maybe the map you need is already online. Check it out at:

Seattle Genealogical Society News


The SGS Editorial Board invites contributions to be considered for publication in our 2017-2018 bi-annual journal. We are always happy to receive articles, which should include documentation and citation of sources. The editors will consider works that pertain to any type of subject within the larger range of genealogical research. Examples of compositions that have been included in the Bulletin in the past can be seen in the Publications section of the SGS Website, along with advice and suggestions for preparing your manuscript for submission. Please email your contributions to to be considered for 2017-2018.


Jill Morelli, president, will review the past year for SGS and announce and introduce the SGS officers for the coming year. Stay for the presentation “The Great War and Its Stories: Jacob Schomber “, a step-by-step look at how to research your WWI soldier.  Bring any artifacts you have of the Great War to End all Wars, only later called WW I, as we celebrate the 100th year of the US entry into the conflagration. 1:00-2:30 pm at the SGS Library.


Hope you had a chance to attend the Spring Seminar.  It’s always helpful to get feedback on a program and we appreciate that attendee, K Tsujii, took the time to give us her assessment.

She wrote,  “The Spring 2017 Seminar was the best ever! Lisa Alzo’s passion about telling our stories and her wise insights inspired me to do 6 hours of online research the next day. I found multiple sources of information about my grandparents and where they lived and worked, using Lisa’s vast online resource tools. I am especially excited to start writing the stories of my female ancestors. I appreciate the hard work of the Seattle Genealogical Society seminar organizers. The seminar was a highly rewarding way to spend a sunny Saturday.”

Congratulations and many thanks to Sandra Stark, seminar chair, and the entire SGS crew who helped to make this seminar a success.


Want to know more about certification as a genealogist?  Contact Jill Morelli at  to be placed on the list for the next series of online classes that will start in July. SGS members have priority for this discussion group. Watch for more online classes in the future.


The New England Historic Genealogical Society presents
 A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors,
 Bellevue Club,
 11200 SE 6th St,
 Bellevue, WA 98004
 Saturday, June 10, 2017   9am – 6:30pm

Registration includes five lectures, lunch, and an evening reception. Learn from these experts in early American genealogy. Understanding migration patterns, as well as using land & probate records are a few subjects that will be covered.

More info and registration at:

A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors

Washington Museum Association,
 Annual Conference,
 Moses Lake, WA
 June 21 – June 23, 2017

Details on the offerings of this three day conference can be found at :


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 :


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 June 18 for Father’s Day and July 4 for Independence day. The Irish, German, and Canadian Interest Groups do not meet in June, July, or August; they will return to their regular schedule in the fall.


Saturday, June 3, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Annual SGS Membership Meeting, WWI presentation as well as “Show and Tell”; bring your WWI artifacts.  Meet the new SGS officers.

Sunday, June 4, 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.

Tuesday, June 6, 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, June 10, 10:15 am – 12:15 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.

Saturday, June 10, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm,  Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, members helping one another with Family Tree Maker (FTM) the tool long associated with; Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt are the leaders. This week topics will include an update on the delayed release of FTM 2017, and the new features it contains, including new Tree Hints from, and links to them.

Sunday, June 11, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, What’s new? Kathi McGinnis will review 1875 Norwegian census and other tips to searching Digitalarkivit. Karen Knudson will review new Swedish records available on and Arkivdigital.

Tuesday, June 20, 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, JULY 8, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm,  Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, members helping one another with Family Tree Maker (FTM) the tool long associated with; Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt are the leaders.

Sunday, JULY 9, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group,   Karen Knudson, leader.

Tuesday, July 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.

Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. For more information contact Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.

Federation Of Genealogical Societies 2017 Conference

A Conference for the Nation’s Genealogists
FGS 2017 Conference registration is now open!

Join fellow genealogists and family historians for the FGS 2017 National Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania August 30–September 2. Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by the Federation of Genealogical Societies along with local host Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, FGS 2017 brings you sessions with a wide variety of topics from many of the nation’s top family history experts. Sessions are aimed at strengthening your research skills no matter what your level or area of expertise might be.


For registration and information