Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
NATIONAL ARCHIVES SEARCH IMPROVEMENT

If you haven’t tried a surname search in the National Archives Catalog in awhile, Claire Kluskens, Archivist with the National Archives, urges you to try again as there are so many newly indexed databases.

A search for the surname “Bode” provides good examples of what’s been added thus far. On the first page, there are references to persons named Bode in:

  • Labor Camps Bibliography

  • Military Service Records

  • Records of Lawrence Walsh, related to Iran/Contrai

  • Military fatal casualties of Vietnam

  • Presidential Appointments by Harry Truman (Post Masters were presidential appointees)

  • Records of the US Naval Academy

  • Records of the US Fish & Wildlife Service

  • Naturalization Index

  • Prologue article on Chinese Exclusion Act files

  • OSS Art Looting investigation

And, that’s only the first page!!

Just put your surname of interest in the search box at the top right of the home page:
http://archives.gov

Give it a try. What might you find?

This tip was modified from “The Twelve Key”, informational blog about U.S. archival records, by Claire Kluskens, archivist of the National Archives in Washington, DC., 4 November 2017.

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VIRGINIA PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX 

If you are looking for data on an ancestor that resided in Virginia during the decades 1780-1820, here is a resource Christine Schomaker, SGS board member and desk volunteer, would like to share with you.

The Virginia Personal Property Tax, “PPT”, has been collected almost every year since 1782. In Colonial Virginia the noun “tithable”  referred to a person who paid, or for whom someone else paid, one of the taxes imposed by the General Assembly. Basically it was a tax on the productive workforce; free white males over 16, all slaves – both male and female, both African American and Native American. White females were not recorded unless they where head-of-household.

In these early decades, the annual “PPT” list reads like a census with counts of “tithables” plus horses, cattle and whatever else was legally defined as taxable property at the time. Complete microfilms of the original PPT lists for nearly all counties are available at the Library of Virginia in Richmond and may be borrowed on interlibrary loan.

Read more about it at:

http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/pptax.htm

Thanks to Steve and Bunny Binns, some of these records can be viewed online! Their free website “Virginia Tax List Censuses” offers indexed and linked images of the 1790, 1800, and a few 1810 PPT lists as substitutes for the lost US Federal Censuses of Virginia for those years.  Here’s the link to their site:

http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/

You will probably want to see all the intervening tax years as well. You can track families arriving and moving away, sons turning 16 or 21, and property owners passing on, leaving widows in charge. The Binns have you covered here, too. You can purchase CD’s of the PPT list images for each county available. Or, better yet, you can subscribe to the “Tax List Club” and have online access to all of them.  Although these images are not indexed, beginning in 1787, most counties recorded surnames alphabetically by first letter and you can navigate pretty quickly to the appropriate image file. Find out more here:

http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/

Stop by the SGS library some Tuesday and Christine will be happy to help you get started exploring the Virginia PPT. Ask for a short tutorial.

Even in this day and age not everything can be found online, so while you’re at our library check out the three-volume set, “The 1787 Census Of Virginia”. It was intended as a substitute for the lost 1790 US Federal Census of Virginia. Transcribed and indexed by Netti Schreiner-Yantis & Florene Speakman Love, this set also includes those counties now in Kentucky and West Virginia, which separated from Virginia in 1792 and 1863, respectively.

You can find this set on the Virginia shelf at the SGS Library, call number: VA:0-150 a,b,c.

          SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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 SGS Library will be closed  from December 22 through January 1, 2018, for the holidays. The Scandinavian Interest Group will not meet in December.

Please note the time change for the Family Tree Interest Group on Saturday, December 2;  they will be meeting at 1:00 pm.

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 2, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch

Saturday, December 9, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, with Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt, leaders

Saturday, December 16, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, December 16, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

JANUARY 

Saturday, January 6, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch

Saturday, January 13, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series, “Chinese Exclusion Act Files – Original Documents at NARA” will be presented by Trish Nicola

Sunday, January 14, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson

Saturday, January 20, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 20, 1:00pm – 2:30pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 27, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail.com Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Early Edition

29 November 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 November 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 www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

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Yesterday, on #givingTuesday, we had 55 people come help with our ongoing book labeling project!

Here are the grand totals of what we all accomplished:

230 hours donated
7 pizzas eaten
12 bagels consumed
36 donuts savored

Thank you again for all you do for the GFO! If you’d like to stop by and help again, please please don’t hesitate. There is usually a cart by the Library’s Workroom full of books waiting patiently for their labels as part of this ongoing project.

Many hands have sure made the recataloging and relabeling much much lighter! Thank you again everyone!

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Using Online Newspapers for Genealogical Research

Presenter Janice M. Sellers will be giving tips on the value of newspapers for your genealogical research.

WHEN? December 3rd, 10:30am (doors open at 10am)
WHERE? Congregation Ahavath Achim, 3225 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
HOW? This event is free to JGSO members, with a $5 contribution requested from non-members.

“The class provides an overview of what is available online and gives techniques to help improve your chances of finding information about your relatives.”

More Information HERE!!

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Saturday, December 16th, 2 – 3pm

Presenter: LauraDenise White, GFO’s resident archival consultant.

Get ready for the holidays with Personal Papers & Archiving! Learn how to not only preserve some of those family heirloom papers and photographs you know are just sitting in the attic and basement, but also see how you can put together wonderful family history gifts with these fabulous relics of the past. Learn how to weave the fabric of your family history into inspiring and lasting treasures.

Attendees are encouraged to bring in a sample of items of their very own to work on during this interactive session. Photographs and letters and diaries, oh my! Bring them on in! We’ll work on them together while discussing ways to keep them safe AND ways to share them with family and friends both far and near.

Remember! All our GenTalks are FREE events, completely open to the public. Help us get the word out! CLICK HERE for FLYERS

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Don’t let 2017 slip away and miss out on your tax write-off.

Because GFO is a 501(c)(3) organization, your donations are tax deductible.

Give now by visiting our Annual Appeal page HERE.

Remember GFO is a 100% volunteer-reliant organization. That’s right! We have no paid staff.

So every gift goes directly to keeping the lights on, the doors open, and the to providing the best resources possible for family history researchers!

The simple truth is: GFO relies on donations for our continued existence.

If you prefer to send a check or money order, you can use our paper form HERE and mail it with your gift to: Genealogical Forum of Oregon, 2505 S.E. 11th Ave., Suite B-18, Portland, OR 97202.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Psst! GFO belongs to the Oregon Cultural Trust (as “GFO”) and has attained a silver-star rating on GuideStar.

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This Week at the GFO…

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

SATURDAY, December 2nd

Virginia Group 10am – noon

The Quakers: history, beliefs, and their lives in records – Peggy Baldwin

The early Society of Friends, more informally known as Quakers, had a belief in the equality of all people who called on the Divine within. Their beliefs lead to a unique organizational structure of monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings that resulted in incredible records. We’ll discuss types of records, record repositories and websites, and how to effectively access the Quaker record holdings on Ancestry.com.

Contact Judi Scott judiscot@gmail.com or Carol Surrency lcsurr@gmail.com for more information.

German Group 1 – 3pm

Speaker: Barbara Forster
Topic: writing family history and storybooks
Plus: time to view some of the books which we purchased, etc.

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.

SUNDAY, December 3rd

Manuscripts Work Party 9am – noon

Explore our manuscript, personal papers and Bible collection while we organize, scan and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to manuscripts@gfo.org.

MONDAY, December 4th

First Free Monday! 9:30am – 5pm

Every first Monday of every month, the GFO library is open to the public for free! Bring your friends and family to explore all the wonderful database subscriptions and analog resources available at our library.

WEDNESDAY, December 6th

DNA Q&A 1 – 3pm

Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions.

Tri-City Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

If you are doing research in North Carolina for a possible Revolutionary War Ancestor, you may want to take advantage of this free upcoming webinar on the National Genealogical Society (https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/event_calendar)
website.
This recorded Webinar will be freely available to the public from 1-3 December 2017 (12 am Friday to 12 pm Sunday, EST)
Art Kelly

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s

Wednesday Evening

E-News, Early Edition

22 November 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 November 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 www.gfo.org.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!

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Thanksgiving

The GFO Library Closes at 1pm Today!

We hope this will allow more time for you to go be festive with your friends and family.

The library will also be closed all day tomorrow, Thursday, November 23th to observe Thanksgiving.

We wish you a very merry holiday with lots of food and fun this season!

We look forward to seeing you again at 9:30am on Friday, November 24th.

 

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Kittitas County Genealogical Society Holiday Dinner

The KCGS will continue the tradition of having an annual holiday dinner. It is now planned for Monday, December 4, at 6 pm, at the First Methodist Church.The meal is prepared and served by members of the church and will cost $14 this year. The event usually includes musical entertainment and sharing of small gifts. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Reservations are due by Nov. 27 and may be made by mail—to 413 N. Main, Ellensburg, 98926 or by calling the library during office hours—Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4 pm.