Tri-City Genealogical Society Family History Discovery Day

Family History Discovery Day – Free Workshop on Genealogy
March 24th: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
LDS Church on Jadwin Street in Richland next to the Diary Queen and across Uptown Richland or behind the Family History Center
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Opening Session – Keynote Speaker (Be a Part of the Miracles)
9:40 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.
DNA: A Taste of Genetic Genealogy by Margie Beldin
Uploading Memories by Aaron Allen
10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.
Amazing Resources at the Family History Center by Richard Allen
We’ve Only Just Begun – For Beginners by John Dearing
11:20 a.m. to Noon
Writing Stories & Personal Histories by Maureen Briscoe
Fun & Engaging Ideas to Involve Family in Family History by Kristie McShane
Note that TCGS will have a table/display in the Gym along with other displays. There will be a Coaches Corner for individual help and one on one teaching concerning descendancy.
(If you would like to volunteer at our booth for 30 minutes, an hour or more, please let me know.  Our table will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Art Kelly ( or 943-9322)

Puget Sound Genealogical Society March Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday March 28, 1pm – 2p.m.
Class will be held at: Kitsap Regional Library, 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
BEYOND ‘OUTLANDER’: Researching Your Scottish and English Ancestry
with Claudia Breland: Trace your Scottish and English ancestors using the
top record types and online databasis as well as records not online.
No registration necessary.
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson



Among those resources is PERSI – the Periodical Source Index, the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. PERSI is widely recognized as a vital tool for genealogical researchers.

At our April meeting JERRI MCCOY will help us learn how to effectively use PERSI.





April 12, 2018

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seattle Genealogical Society News


 THURSDAYS –  MAY 10, 17, 24
 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Have you thought about doing a DNA test for genealogy? Have you taken a test and now you want to know how to make the most of your results?

Join Karin Borgerson for an online three-part Introduction to DNA for Genealogy. Bring your curiosity and your questions! The course is conducted via video chat and students will learn how to use ZOOM software.

Week 1 – Why use DNA in your genealogy research? Learn about the different types of DNA tests and what you can learn from each.

Week 2 – Beyond the pie chart: Explore how autosomal tests like AncestryDNA and 23andMe (and several others) can help you learn about all of the branches of your family tree—there’s more to it than the ethnicity estimates!

Week 3 – A closer look at Y-DNA; tools and resources for learning more.

Fee for the 3-part series :​ ​$30 for SGS members,  ​$40 for all others

Register here:​

At “New or Renewing Membership” select:​ Class

At “Membership Type” select:​ DNA Class – SGS Member ($30) or Intro Class – All others ($40)

Registration is processed in order received.

Course limit: ​14

Questions:​ email Karin –

Course Instructor: Karin Lovisa Borgerson is a professional genealogist specializing in using DNA to solve family mysteries. Her genealogical education includes the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (2016), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (Practical Genetic Genealogy, 2017) and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (Advanced Genealogical Methods, 2018). She holds a BA in biology and anthropology, an MBA, and has done graduate study in science, health, and environmental journalism.
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10:15 AM – 3:00 PM

All necessary materials will be provided for this free beginners class.  No reservation required and no fee for this full day of instruction. Please bring your own sack lunch as there is nowhere close to SGS to get lunch.  Everyone is welcome. Linda Fitzgerald, past SGS president, will be the instructor.


Help us get the word out about the May 19th Spring Seminar with D. Joshua Taylor. The brochure will be ready for folding and labeling beginning March 15th and we plan to mail @ 900 brochures by March 27th. All work with be done during normal library hours Tuesdays – Sundays. If you can help, even if only for an hour or so, please respond to (include your availability information) :  

“Family History: What the Future Holds”,
featuring D. Joshua Taylor,
Co-host of the PBS series Genealogy Roadshow

The SGS Spring Seminar on May 19th is fast approaching. Mark your calendar. Brochures for the seminar will be mailed the last week in March and seminar registration will open April 1.

At the SGS 2017 Fall Seminar,  the new idea “Lunch Table Topics” was well received, so we will have more topics and more tables at our spring seminar.  The expanded list of lunch topics will be posted on our website and you may sign up for your choice during check-in at the seminar.


Seattle Center Armory,
Seattle, WA
Saturday and Sunday, March 17 & 18, 2018
FREE admission both days

This year the festival is actually on St Patrick’s Day.  How fun will that be!  More info :

Seattle Center Armory,
Seattle, WA
Sunday, March 18, 2018
9:30AM – 6:00PM  

You won’t want to miss speakers Finton Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast.  Registration and more details 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. Note there will be no Irish or German Interest Group meeting in March due to the Irish Week festivities that same weekend. The SGS Library will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1.


Saturday, March 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, “Washington at War:  The Evergreen State in World War I”, presenter is Lorraine McConaghy, public historian, Humanities Speakers Bureau Program of Washington State

Saturday, March 24, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Finding a Father for Molly Using DNA” , presenter Jill Morelli. This presentation is featured above in this edition of the eNews!

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail 


Thursday, April 5, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Online Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – Part 1, Heidi Mair will be the instructor of this 4 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 4 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members.  Registration required.

Saturday, April 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, Come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, April 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on

Sunday, April 8, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson. There will be a short review of Nordic Gothic handwriting & a discussion of what topics to cover in future meetings. Please bring your projects and ideas.

Tuesday, April 10, 10:15am – 3:00pm, Beginning Beginning Genealogy, with Linda Fitzgerald. All necessary materials will be provided for this free beginners class.  No reservation required and no fee for this full day of instruction. Please bring your own sack lunch as there is nowhere close to SGS to get lunch.

Thursday, April 12, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Online Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – Part 2, Heidi Mair will be the instructor of this 4 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 4 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members.  Registration required.

Saturday, April 14, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, leaders Reiley Kidd & Betty Ravenholt, this group meets  the second Saturday of every even month, FTM is the tool long associated with

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm,  Second Saturday Speaker Series, the speaker will be Janet Camarata

Wednesday, April 18, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Seattle Mac Genealogy SIG, Sponsored jointly by SGS, Fiske, and dBug, meets quarterly at Pioneer Hall at the Fiske Genealogical Library, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle. Contact Diane Hettrick at with questions.

Thursday, April 19, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Online Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – Part 3, Heidi Mair will be the instructor of this 4 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 4 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members.  Registration required.

Saturday, April 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, April 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Thursday, April 26, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Online Introduction to Genealogy and Family History – Part 4, Heidi Mair will be the instructor of this 4 part interactive online class series. Cost for the 4 class series is $30 for SGS Members, $40 for non-members.  Registration required.   

Eastside Genealogical Society April Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, April 12, 2018 in the Bellevue Regional Library (Room 1), 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking.


Topic: A panel of experienced researchers will help people break down their family research brick walls.  Come learn their tips.


See our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings. Visitors are always welcome at all meetings. More Information click here


German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) March Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, April 6, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: “A travelogue through ancestral German homelands, with a little side trip into World War II France”

   Join Jon and Marilyn Schunke as they travel through Germany discovering the origins of Jon Schunke’s paternal immigrant ancestors – Schunke in Sachen-Anhalt, and Himmelsbach and Stumpf in Bavaria. Along the way, you’ll see how using information at home led them to the correct research facilities in Germany to search for birth records and land locations.

   Their study of maps, current and historical, was critical in finding the right locations…and oh the benefits of visiting the local Landeshaupt. Is it Bobbe and Wulfen or Bobbau and Wolfin? It makes a difference of 25 miles.

Discover why you should “like” Facebook pages and join Facebook groups. This led to learning about the recent discovery of the German origins of Jon’s maternal “Volga German” or “Germans from Russia” ancestors. The Conrad and Anna Margaretha “Reuswig” family emigrated to Norka, Russia, on the Volga River in 1766. See a “Pleve Chart” which shows their descendants down to the three generations of their “Reispich” descendants who immigrated to America in 1878. Jon’s “Reisbick” grandparents migrated to Portland, Oregon, by 1901. Prime example of why you can’t say spellings of names don’t change over time.

   And finally, they’ll take a look at Marilyn’s most recent ancestor, her father, who landed on Omaha Beach 13 days after D-Day. They’ll journey through Normandy and along the Brittany coast. While retracing her dad’s footsteps, they discovered firsthand how the French have not forgotten the American servicemen.


Presenter: Marilyn A. Schunke has been researching her family for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program. She is currently a member of the New York Genealogical Society, Washington State Genealogical Society, Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS), as well as South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).  She has supported genealogy education in Puget Sound as Education Coordinator at Heritage Quest Research Library for several years and presenter of a Microsoft Windows 10 class. Marilyn is currently serving as co-leader of the EGS Legacy Special Interest and on the SKCGS Board as circulating librarian.

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Tri-City Genealogical Society March Meeting

Dear TCGS Members and Guests:

I hope you are planning on attending our March 14th meeting where Heather Murphy will be teaching the Beginning Genealogy Class on “Using FamilySearch Wiki” at 6:15 p.m.

Then, at 7:00 p.m., Jan Seely and Ericka Young will be talking about Researching Adoption Records and A Personal Adoption Journey.

We will continue to have our Genealogy Book Sale, so come and see what may be on the table that you may need.

As always, please invite a friend. Thanks for your continued support for TCGS.


Art Kelly


Flyer  TCGS Mar 2018 Flyer

Jefferson County Genealogical Society March Meeting

A Direct Link to the Past – City Directories


The monthly meeting of Jefferson  County Genealogical Society will welcome back popular JCGS speaker, professional genealogist Mary Roddy, on Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 – 11:00 am.  Mary’s topic “A Direct Link to the Past – City Directories” can fill in those gaps about ancestors that occur between census years and may lead us to clues for further follow-up research. Mary will demonstrate City Directories’ address searches, alternate spellings, advertisements, and how to ‘mine’ historical images that might not be available elsewhere. The public is welcome to attend JCGS meetings free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. Join JCGS members at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd in Chimacum. <>.

Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet  Genealogy magazines and a presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars.