South King County Genealogical Society October Seminar

Fellow Washington state genealogical and historical societies,
Normally your members might not want to drive to south King County for a DNA seminar. However, now everyone is just a few clicks away! We would appreciate you sharing news about our seminar with your members and Facebook and Twitter followers. We hope your group is well and healthy in these perilous times.

Registration is open! Attached is the flyer and registration form for our upcoming seminar with Diahan Southard. 
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.
If you plan to pay by check, we suggest downloading and sending the registration form soon because of the Postal Service slowdowns. Payments using Paypal, Venmo and Square are all accepted. Just download the registration form: , fill in the PDF and email to
Why not do it today and add it to your calendar?

African American History & Genealogy Conference Cancelled

Cancelled due to Storm Damage

You’re Invited.!
2020 Deep Roots African American History & Genealogy Conference  3rd Annual Conference 2nd Regional Conference to encompass Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Sponsored by Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture Foundation
This years’s conference theme is Their Legacy Utah Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Other Pioneers
September 11 – 12, 2020 An Online Virtual Event
The Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, (AAHGS) and Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture, are excited to invite you to our third annual conference. We are pleased with the great learning opportunity we have put together for you. We hope you are as excited as we are. We eagerly invite you to participate in this event to learn about, commemorate and cherish our beloved ancestors. This is a special time of year for us because it gives us the opportunity to present to you stories of America that you will not hear anywhere else.
Members and non-members are invited to join us at our annual conference, where we will discuss the research, preservation and presentation of the contributions of African Americans to the history of our seven western states region. We have prepared what we feel is a great mix of experiences for you. We will begin our weekend with a commemoration of the first Africans Americans documented to arrive in Utah before it was settled and became a state. There are sessions on the Freedmen’s Bureau, caring for loved ones graves and markers, and the valiant service of Black men and women who helped establish our place in the west.
We hope you enjoy these wonderful presentations on how to record your family history, and cherishing the memory of our ancestors both enslaved and free. You have several registration options: Register for the full conference Register for any two presentations and the Day of Remembrance at a discounted fee Register only for the presentation(s) you are interested in (as many and as few as you like) Register Now
Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Day of Remembrance Ancestral Commemoration
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 History and Genealogy Conference
In the early 1800s, before the main body of settlers arrived in the territories, stalwart men and women explored the west. They were among the first to explore the Rockies and the Wasatch. The first to challenge the dangerous paths into Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Great African Americans explored, opened pathways, prepared land, and defended the territories. We commemorate and venerate their sense of adventure, fortitude, duty, and ultimate success. These are the counter-stories and fulfilling narratives you won’t hear anywhere else. We will solemnly remember and celebrate these forgotten American heroes. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Day of Remembrance Tour of Fort Douglas Buffalo Soldier Cemetery Friday, September 11⋅ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Fiona Robinson Hill Our conference opens with a tour the Fort Douglas Cemetery where Buffalo Soldiers are interred. Participate live at the cemetery, or online. Day of Remembrance Celebration Friday, September 11⋅ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Robert Burch, Director and President Opening Ceremonies A special evening event to remember, commemorate, and venerate the Black ancestors of Utah, and the ancestors of our own families. There will be a presentation on Black Pioneers of Utah. Register for the Day of Remembrance Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
We have planned six history and three genealogy presentations for the avid historian and the family historian. Engaged in an Honorable Calling Saturday, September 12 ⋅ 9:30 AM – 10:25 AM Fiona Robinson Hill The stories of individual soldiers who served at Fort Douglas near Salt Lake City, UT Recovering the Names of the Wives of Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Douglas Saturday, September 12 ⋅ 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Tiffany Greene An introduction to Minerva Atkinson, Eliza Buford, Viola Rucker Davis, and Josephine Allensworth.  Using Fold 3 To Locate Your African American Soldier & Demo of Fold 3 Saturday, September 11⋅ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crista Cowan With nearly 600 million records, Fold3® holds unique and amazing discoveries for African American family history researchers. Elnora Dudley: The Queen of the 1898 Salt Lake City Emancipation Day Friday, September 11⋅ 12:30 PM – 1:25 PM Rachel Quist This is the story about how an obscure photograph of Ms. Elnora Dudley found at an antique shop led to the telling of Salt Lake City’s first Emancipation Day celebration of 1898. (Juneteenth) Utah’s Black Suffragists Friday, September 11⋅ 1:30 PM – 2:25 PM Tiffany Greene As the nation commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the work of Utah’s Black suffragists provides a crucial element to the story of voting rights in the Beehive State. Searching the Freedmen’s Bureau for Your People Friday, September 11⋅ 2:30 PM – 3:25 PM Tracy Zappala The Freedmen’s Bureau gives us some of the first records you might find about your freed ancestral family. Cemetery Preservation Workshop Friday, September 11⋅ 3:30 PM – 4:25 PM Amy Barry Discovering, restoring, and maintaining the resting place of the ancestors. Utah Territory Outlaw: From Ned Huddleston to Isom Dart Friday, September 11⋅ 4:30 PM – 5:25PM Richelle Rawlings-Carroll Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming Isom Dart is the Black outlaw cowboy. Register A la Carte Pick and choose the presentations you would like to attend, or register for the entire conference.
Are you ready to register for the conference? REGISTER NOW
Partner Organizations We want to thank those organizations that have partnered with us and are always there to support us: Mormon History Association Project Success Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage Utah Memorial Columns
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Utah Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture Foundation

South King County Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

Registration is open for the SKCGS Fall Seminar with Diahan Southard Saturday, October 24. Sessions 10 – noon, and 1 -3
 Registration is open! Click the image at to download the flyer and registration form for our upcoming seminar with Diahan Southard. 
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.

If you plan to pay by check, we suggest downloading and sending the registration form soon because of the Postal Service slowdowns. Payments using Paypal, Venmo and Square are all accepted. Just download the registration form, fill in the PDF and email to

Why not do it today and add it to your calendar?

Time is Running Out

Like sands through an hourglass, so are the… Wait, that’s been used before!

Well, you get the idea, don’t let time escape you!
2020 FGS Virtual Family History Conference
Early Bird Registration
Ends Saturday, August 15th!

Register Now!

You Won’t Want to Miss
FGS Live!
September 2nd
with Judy G. Russell, Thomas W. Jones, CeCe Moore,
Lisa Louise Cooke, David Rencher, Ari Wilkins, Jenn Utley, and Ron Tanner

All registration packages include 30+ FREE BONUS hours
16 FREE Society Management sessions
Access to the Virtual Exhibit Hall
Digital Syllabus of ALL sessions
Access until March 15, 2021!
  Register Now!

FGS Member Society Offer

The FGS 2020 Family History Conference Blazing Trails in the Heart of America is quickly approaching! Yes, we are disappointed that we won’t be gathering together in Kansas City in a little over a month, but there’s always a silver lining where there’s disappointment. In this case, the exciting genealogy event we had planned can now come to you in your own home! Many more participants can join us virtually than could have made the trek to KC.

But the world has become a challenging place for us all. We have not been able to gather together in the spirit of genealogy and friendship to network and learn from each other. Seminars, workshops, and conferences have been cancelled or postponed. The lack of in person events also presents the challenge of how to create awareness and promote our 2020 Virtual Conference.

Please help us spread the word and use this links in communications with your membership. They provide additional information on our website that you may want to refer to:

Conference Registration

FGS Live! Program

Bonus Sponsored and Society Leadership Sessions

Conference Program

To further help, we have a special offer for our member societies and your members in return for your help in getting the word out about the conference. For each member that registers for the conference at the Regular or Supersized level, the member will receive a $2 discount and we will donate $10 back to your society. A minimum of 10 participating members is required to activate this benefit for your society. If you have 10 members that participate, your society will receive a $100 donation from FGS! All of your society members must register before the close of registration on August 27th.

If your society is interested in participating, please contact for a special coupon code.

Thank you for helping to get the word out!

FGS Virtual Conference

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the 2020 FGS Virtual Conference offers exclusive FREE genealogy education!   FGS is offering three sizes of registration packages to meet your specific needs. BONUS content is included for FREE with all packages! For more information on registration packages, see

In addition to your on-demand sessions AND the FGS Live! event, registration gives you FREE access to: 30+ BONUS sessions from our conference sponsors including Ancestry, FamilySearch, American Ancestors, MyHeritage, Missouri State Archives, and many more 16 BONUS society leadership sessions designed to provide helpful tools and techniques to benefit genealogy societies Our Virtual Exhibit Hall FREE Digital syllabus containing material for ALL sessions For more information on all of the FREE bonus sessions, see

Hurry! Register Now! Early bird registration ends August 15. Register Now

A Summer of DNA Virtual Conference

2020 A Summer of DNA Virtual Conference on Saturday, August 15th

We wanted to let your group know about the 3nd annual A Summer of DNA virtual conference coming up on Saturday, 15 August 2020. The past Summer and Winter virtual conferences were very successful and had great attendance. 
Speakers will be talking about the following:

Kevin Borland – Mathematically Reconstruct DNA kits for Your Ancestors
Debra Renard – DNA Methodology for Unknown Parentage Research
Andrew Lee – An Introduction to GEDmatch Tier 1 Tools

Evert-Jan Blom – Clustering your DNA matches using Genetic Affair

The online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Saturday, 15 August 2020. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we’ll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. We have DNA kits donated from several companies as well as other prizes.  

3. No, you don’t have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the DNA kits.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the eConference so even if you can’t make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don’t have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people. 

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don’t want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to DNA and genetic genealogy. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until August 4th. The regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website ( and register today.
Feel free to post this information on your website or Facebook page and let your members know. If you would like graphics to post, let us know and we can send them to you.
Thanks,Andrew & Devon Noel Lee
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FGS Live

A More Exciting 8 Hours of Genealogy Learning
Can’t Be Found!
The 2020 FGS Virtual Family History Conference will kick off on September 2, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, with an exciting line-up of leading genealogy speakers. This is eight hours of genealogy learning you will not want to miss. Join us to see: David E. Rencher, “FGS: Celebrating the Past and Future” Judy G. Russell, “Quarantined! Genealogy, the Law and Public Health” Ari Wilkins, “Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Research” Thomas W. Jones, “Building a Respectable Genealogy, One Documented Biography at a Time” CeCe Moore, “Strategies of The Genetic Detective” Lisa Louise Cooke, “The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology” For more information on this and other conference registration details, see FGS 2020 Conference.
  Register Today
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