FREE Access to 32 Probate-Related Databases on

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

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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 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. 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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Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The  folks at 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 :

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


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  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:

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


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.

Clark County Genealogical Society April and May Meetings


Note: CCGS=Clark County Genealogical Society

717 Grand Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98661-4821


Public library hours:

Tue-Fri: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thurs eves: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

2nd Sat: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


GENEALOGY IN GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS WEBINAR Tues, 18 April 2017: 5-6:30 pm CCGS Education Center

An often under used resource, evidence of kinship abounds in publication such as the Serial Set, American State Papers, and the Territorial Papers. In this Legacy Family Tree webinar, you will explore these publications and discover efficient ways to access them.  This is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.




Did you know that you can use USGS topographic maps, tract maps, plat maps, surveys, deeds, census records, and tax lists to reconstruct the neighborhood where your ancestor lived? This Legacy Family Tree Webinar will show you how to plat your ancestor’s land records and discover what unexpected clues might be discovered in the process.


CLASS FOR GENEALOGY SLEUTHS: TIMELINES AND ANALYSIS Tuesday, April 25, 10 a.m. – 12 noon CCGS Education Center Instructor Lethene Parks

You’ve been hot on the trail of an elusive ancestor. You’ve gathered quite a bit of information about them. But, what does it all mean? Organizing all these disparate “facts” into a timeline and subjecting them to critical analysis will help you make sense of it.

Lethene Parks, CCGS Library Director, has been a serious genealogist for over 50 years. She loves sharing her knowledge with everyone. Her passion for scholarly research is surpassed only by the thrill of the hunt.

Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. Drop-ins welcome on space available basis. To register in advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688.


GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS Tue, Apr 25, 2017:  7-8:30 pm CCGS Education Center *The McLoughlin Women*

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site’s Assistant Curator, Meagan Huff, will talk about the lives of Marguerite and Eloisa McLoughlin, the wife and daughter of Fort Vancouver’s Chief Factor, Dr. John McLoughlin. Examining the history of the fur trade through the lens of these two local women allows for a new perspective on the history of women in the northwest. Meagan Huff grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and has been at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site since 2010.


FINDING AND USING LAND OWNERSHIP MAPS WEBINAR Wed, 26 Apr 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CCGS Education Center


Land ownership maps in this country are generally focused on the county level. Produced largely in the nineteenth-century in single sheet or atlas format, they were sold by subscription and also developed to commemorate events such as the centennial of the American Revolution. In this Legacy Family Tree webinar find out more about locating property using military maps, city directories and fire insurance maps.



Fri, 28 Apr 2017 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

How do you research for your “black sheep” ancestors? This Legacy Family Tree webinar will show how to use specific records available only for those who broke the law. Specific recommendations will be given regarding the methodology of researching such characters in places such as prison records.



Instructor Alice Allen is a major go-to site for genealogical research. In addition to continuously adding searchable records, FamilySearch is constantly improving how we access those records. Alice is a “power user” of FamilySearch and will share her insights as to how to make the site “dance” for you.



A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors

A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Bellevue Club,  11200 Southeast Sixth Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
Registration includes five lectures, lunch, and an evening reception.
Cost: $125

From before the end of the Revolutionary War through the 19th century, thousands of New England families moved westward into Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, and other areas. Despite the harsh journey across the Rockies, many of their descendants went further West seeking new land, industry, gold, and opportunity. Today, many families in the Pacific Northwest can claim New England heritage.

Spend the day with NEHGS and learn how to trace your early New England ancestors. Discover essential resources for 17th-c. New England research, understand early settlement and migration patterns, learn how to research your patriot ancestors, and more.

Beyond lectures you will have the opportunity to chat with our genealogists and visiting staff, enter to win door prizes, take advantage of NEHGS membership specials, browse select publications, and enjoy a meal and special reception with fellow family historians. Further your study of genealogy with the experts in family history!

9:00     Registration check-in, Bellevue Club
9:30     Opening remarks
10:00     Lecture: Migrations out of New England, David Allen Lambert
11:00     Lecture: 17th-Century New England Research and Resources, Lindsay Fulton
12:00     Lunch (included with registration)
1:00     Lecture: Using Early New England Land Records, David Allen Lambert
2:00     Break
2:30     Lecture: Using Early New England Probate Records, Lindsay Fulton
3:30     Lecture: Researching Colonial and Revolutionary War Soldiers, David Allen Lambert
4:30     Break
5:00     Reception, Bellevue Club
Register Here:

A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar


The Yakima Valley Genealogical Society Spring Seminar will take place Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Mount Olive Church, 7809 Tieton Drive in Yakima.

One of America’s foremost genealogists and reputed speaker will be speaking on a variety of interesting topics.  Jay Fonkert is considered to be one of the best and most educated genealogical speakers in the country.

Registration can be online at the YVGS website, or at the local genealogical library at 1901 S. 12th Avenue, Union Gap.  Walkins are welcome, however lunch cannot be guaranteed.   Check in and registration 8:00 – 8:50 and seminar will begin at 9:00 am.  $40. until  April 14, $45 after that.

The Washington State Genealogical Society annual meeting will be during the lunch hour honoring outstanding volunteers and interesting projects.


South King County Genealogy Society April Meeting

South King County Genealogy Society General Meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, April 15, 2017, beginning at 10:00 am at Wesley Home – Lea Hill Retirement Center, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn.

Our topic this month is “Google Tools Beyond Basic Search” Genealogists depend on Google for searching the web, and yet there are many, more frequently un-used Google tools available to assist in researching our ancestors. Learn how to locate photos; find missing relatives; translate foreign records; find obituaries and related news articles; locate county histories and biographies; download books for reading later; keep learning through videos and resolve research problems with discussion groups. Maximize your research experience using Google’s tools.
Our presenter this month is Janet O’Conor Camarata, an SKCGS society member since 2008. As a professional genealogy, seminar presenter/trainer, newsletter editor, program coordinator and past president of SKCG, she’s an experience researcher with many skills to share.

Janet O’Conor Camarata
SKCGS – Publicity

FGS Conference August 30-September 2

Register now for “Building Bridges to the Past” in Pittsburgh, PA

4/10/2017 – Austin, TX.

Online registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2017 National Conference.

The conference will be held August 30 – September 2, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s local host is the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society and the theme is “Building Bridges to the Past.” Register by July 1, 2017 for the early-bird discount at

Attendees can look forward to strengthening their research abilities no matter their skill level or area of interest. The program is available online at An 8-page pdf download is also available at

Rorey Cathcart, FGS President, shares, “FGS Conferences offer genealogists of all skill levels an incredible learning opportunity as well as a chance to meet others who share their passion. Whether you are beginning your genealogy adventure or have been at it for decades, FGS welcomes all. With a day devoted to programming for society leaders and members, followed by three days of genealogy programming that features world-famous speakers, exciting workshops, a variety of special events and luncheons, FGS 2017 has something unique to interest all attendees. Don’t miss your chance to join the Federation for a fun-filled and informative experience in Pittsburgh!”

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker

Rick Sebak makes unusual television programs. His slightly wacky documentaries now celebrate various aspects of modern American life and the unexpected charms of Pittsburgh. In “Take the Unexpected Bridge,” he will explore the idea that when searching for information of any sort, from historic and genealogical to gastronomic and adventurous, often the best route is along unfamiliar roads and across unexpected bridges.

Conference Sessions

Learning opportunities abound in the FGS 2017 program. The program includes four full days of sessions, workshops, and interactive seminars. Learning tracks include Immigrant/Ethnic, Records, Regional, DNA, Methodology, Analysis, Skills, African American, Land & Taxes, Religion, Occupations, and more. Attendees of all skill levels will find new ways to uncover more about their family history.

Exhibit Hall

The large exhibit hall will feature the latest software, books, maps, databases, and gadgets on the market for family historians. Many genealogical organizations will be present to share information as well. Society Showcase will feature representatives of FGS Member Societies to share how their society can help attendees with their family history.

Special Events

Wednesday evening’s event is sponsored and hosted by Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society. Registrants are invited to a dinner cruise along Pittsburgh’s three rivers on board the Gateway Clipper Princess. Friday and Saturday evening offer a special treat for baseball fans. FGS is partnering with the Pittsburgh Pirates to offer discounted tickets for games against the Cincinnati Reds.

Focus on Societies

Wednesday, August 30 is Focus on Societies Day. Sessions are jam-packed with ideas and tools to help societies promote themselves, develop projects, increase membership, and leverage technology. D. Joshua Taylor will kick off the day with the plenary session. He will discuss ways to package genealogical societies for non-genealogical partners, including local media, donors, charitable organizations, and politicians.

Librarians’ Day

Tuesday, August 29, is the pre-conference event sponsored by ProQuest. Librarians, archivists, and other information professionals won’t want to miss this event. It will be a full day of sessions focused on serving family history researchers.


Platinum sponsors include leading family history companies, FamilySearch, and MyHeritage. Bronze sponsors include AncestryProGenealogists and Internet Genealogy/Your Genealogy Today. For the complete list of sponsors and partner organizations, visit

Also visit the conference website at for details including links to conference hotels, research opportunities, and more. Keep up with conference news and announcements by reading the FGS Voice blog at and by subscribing to the FGS Voice Newsletter at

Learn More and Stay Connected


About the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS)

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was founded in 1976 and empowers the genealogical and family history community, especially its societies and organizations, by advocating for the preservation and access of records and providing resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions. FGS helps genealogical societies and family history enthusiasts alike to strengthen and grow through online resources, FGS FORUM magazine, and through its annual national conference which provides four days of excellent learning opportunities for both societies and family history enthusiasts. To learn more about FGS visit To learn more about the next annual conference to be held in Springfield, Illinois, visit Also, find FGS on Facebook, on Twitter @FGSgenealogy and on the FGS Voice blog at

Family Search May Online Programs

FamilySearch — 5 Day Western European Family History Conference (Virtual or in person) [15-19 May 2017]
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FamilySearch — 5 Day Western European Family History Conference (Virtual or in person) [15-19 May 2017]

The NGS 2017 Family History Conference will have just ended and so you have some time to further your education even more!

From our friends at FamilySearch …

Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017), FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for desired conference classes online or in the library:  webinar guests.

List of Classes