Seattle Genealogical Society News


Elizabeth Howie, who was selected to be SGS Volunteer of the Summer Quarter, has been an active member of SGS for many years. Currently she is the Front Desk Volunteer Coordinator, a role she has filled twice in the past.


Responsible for recruiting and training new front desk volunteers, and for coordinating the schedule of volunteers for the desk, Elizabeth makes sure there is always an able and experienced volunteer on site to greet patrons and help them with their research.

Elizabeth has many genealogical interests that keep her busy when she isn’t wrangling front desk volunteers. Past research trips include journeys to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. These trips didn’t lead to much in the way of genealogical discoveries, as the countries were so beautiful she didn’t want to be indoors with books and papers! She had fun visiting the library in Salt Lake City and hopes to return there for more fun.

Art Loh, who was Elizabeth’s beloved companion, was an electrician who worked and set up the printers for the patrons and volunteers. Sadly, he passed away in 2011.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for your years of service. SGS couldn’t survive without the help of wonderful volunteers like you.


Congratulations to Gary Epperley! The Board approved the appointment of Gary to the position of Vice President of the Seattle Genealogical Society, which has been operating without a VP for quite a while.

In addition to his regular vice presidential duties, Gary has agreed to assume some responsibilities for the maintenance of our technology and the transference to the new website.

SGS is very happy to have Gary on board!



Hope you were able to catch the debut of our new program, “Second Saturday Speaker Series”, last weekend at the SGS Library. We were lucky enough to have the founder of the renowned website Cyndi’s List as our first speaker. Not only is Cyndi Ingle a talented webmaster and speaker, she is pretty funny to boot.


As the name implies “Second Saturday Speaker Series” takes place on the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm at the SGS Library. Each month will be a new speaker and a new topic. Here’s a preview of what’s in the pipeline.

Oct 14, 2017 “Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869” Mary Kircher Roddy

Nov 11, 2017 “Using social Media for Family History: Why Bother?” Mary Kathryn Kozy

Jan 13, 2018 “Chinese Exclusion Act Files – Original Documents at NARA” Trish Nicola

Feb 10, 2018 “Using Academic Libraries for Genealogy Research” Lisa Oberg

Mar 10, 2018 “Finding and Using Historic Newspapers” Claudia Breland

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TriCity Genealogical Society Webinar


FREE DNA WEBINAR! Reveal Your Unique Story through DNA and Family History will be broadcast LIVE from New York City on Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 am Eastern. Join Lisa Louise Cooke of Genealogy Gems and DNA expert Diahan Southard along with Beth Forrester of Animoto in this 90-minute webinar. Here’s what you’ll learn:
•Your DNA Guide will dispel the myth that there’s just on DNA test. There are more options, and possible outcomes, than you might think! Diahan will walk you through the choices.
•Creative ideas for filling in the gaps in your family’s story. Lisa will who you online tools for you that go well beyond names and dates. Then we’ll expand your story in unexpected ways by finding DNA connections.
•Share the story you’ve uncovered through awesome video. Lisa & Beth will show you how easy it is to tell your story like a pro!

Click HERE to register – via Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems

Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group October Meeting


The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, October 6, 2017, 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:  German Village 1500-1850: Marriage, Religion & Inheritance – Have you ever wondered what life was like for your German ancestors? An overview of courtship, marriage, and religious differences impacting inheritance and family life.


Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata, a member of South King County Genealogical Society, has over 25 years of experience in genealogy. She is an instructor in genealogy at Pierce College, a seminar presenter and trainer in genealogy societies across Washington, who takes advantage of the latest technology and staying mobile with the latest computing tools.


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Puget Sound Genealogical Society September Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday Sep 23 10:30 – 12:30
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way Bremerton
with Jim Johnson. Discover the history of Pennsylvania,
its timelines, migration patterns and online database
Registration is required: call Genealogical Center
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson


Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society September Meeting

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting at LDS Family History Center, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer break is over and it’s time for the monthly meetings of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical society to start again. Hopefully this summer has allowed you to break down some of the brick walls, and discover new ancestors that you didn’t know about last spring.

Our September meeting will be an informal question, answers and stories at the LDS Family History Center located on 12th and Pearl in Tacoma. Claudia Breland will be joining us to answer questions we may have about a research problem, and we will also be doing our annual show and tell. So bring your stories and your questions or just come and listen to other members talk about what they have found recently. Who know, maybe someone’s story will help you with your research.

Hope to see everyone there!

TPCGS monthly meetings are held September – May at Bates Technical College, South Campus, Building E, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma. (September’s meeting is at the LDS Family History Center)  Meetings are from 6pm – 9pm.  In between the two talks, there will be a short business meeting along with a social time and light refreshments.  Find more information at

Lewis County Genealogical Society News

Lewis County GS is pleased to announce a Cooperative Genealogy Project with the Timberland Regional Library System, alternating between the Chehalis & Centralia Timberland Libraries.
“Genealogy Help at the Library” will be 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Centralia Timberland Library …. Sat. SEPT. 9   &   Sat. OCT. 14
Chehalis  Timberland Library ….  Thurs. SEPT. 21 & Thurs. OCT 19
A Genealogy Workshop will be held Sat. SEPT. 30 from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Topics:  Getting started or restarted, research, records & library research.
Genealogy specialists from both groups will help you begin or restart your Family Tree beginning with yourself and what you know about your parents & grandparents. Computers will be there for your genealogy helpers to start your amazing trail.
The Workshop will encourage you to bring your Brick Wall or other problems to get special one-on-one-help or a panel to solve your genealogy problems.
On-going educational opportunities in the area include; Locating and informing members of research libraries, special interest groups, record repositories and other societies programs.
Any person joining Lewis County Genealogical Society after September 1, 2017 will enjoy an extended Membership good thru December 2018 for the annual fee of $12.
The Lewis County Genealogical Society meets the 3rd Tuesday monthly, January thru December except July, August & December at
St Johns Lutheran Church   2190 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis at 6:30 p.m.
A Genealogy Program will be presented by a well known Genealogical Speaker follow the meeting at 7:30p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
Please Join us Tues. Sept.19 for Mary Kircher Roddys’ presentation of:
“The Ins & Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking Probates, Deeds & More”
And Tues. October 17 for Jerri Thorpe McCoys’ presentation of:
“Using Land Records to Break Down Brick Walls”

Whatcom Genealogical Society Meeting


Whatcom Genealogical Society will meet Monday, September 11 at 2 p.m. at the Bellingham Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham,WA.


Program:  Share your summer research finds or something you have written about an ancestor – we would love to hear about them! Cindy Harris, our Education Chair, who plans all our wonderful programs, will be discussing things such as changes in the genealogy community, upcoming education opportunities, special interest groups, and the possibility of a field trip to Seattle to visit the Fiske Library.  Visitors welcome!


Sharon Neem

WGS Publicity Chair

TriCity Genealogical Society News

The End of Family History Library Microfilm Rental and How a Visit to the Richland Family History Center Could Help With Your Research

Have you heard that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is ending their film rental program?  Find out why that is a good thing.  Also, some highlights on how a visit to the Richland Family History Center could help you with your research.
Heather Murphy
TCGS Blog Editor

Seattle Genealogical Society Presentation







1:00 – 2:30 P.M


“The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper”

“When Google and traditional search engines don’t return useful information, don’t stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The “hidden web” lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into websites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.”

Please join us for this fascinating presentation

by one of our favorite local genealogists