Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meetings

Saturday, May 4 Results of EWGS – Future of the Society  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane – Main Floor Barbara Brazzington will review the ideas that have been brought forward regarding our future as a Society. This will include things from meeting times to new ideas about the topics covered in our meetings.
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SAR & SUVCW Meeting at Richland

You are invited to attend a meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) on Saturday, 20 April 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Round Table Pizza on Leslie Road in Richland.

It will be a Civil War presentation on the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), Women of the GAR and the Women’s Relief Corps.

Come early due to limited seating. There will be a book sale—Civil War books.
~Linda Stephens

Olympia Genealogical Society May Meeting

May 9—At the May meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will “Meet the Daughters of American Colonists: Who, What, and Where”. Three ladies from the local Tumwater Falls Chapter will explain who they are and how to be one, what part they play locally and nationally, and where and how they are active now and will be in the future.  Join us on Thursday, May 9, 7 pm, at the Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152.  360-754-6230

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net
360) 754-8625

Jewish Genealogical Society May Meeting

Dear Genealogy Friends,

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, May 13, 2019.

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize this event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing it out, posting it on your bulletin board or calendar, and/or website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our May meeting program

“Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds, and More”

presented by Mary Kircher Roddy, Genealogist/Writer/Lecturer

 

DATE: Monday, May 13, 2019

   LOCATION:

LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE

Bellevue, WA 98006

(just off I-90 and I-405)

•        Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources,
                 including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites!

•        Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees!

•        Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.

•        Free admission and refreshments

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: “Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds, and More”

Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates, and more.  As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

     Mary Kircher Roddy grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005.

     Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL but the genealogy is still a work in progress. Her trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore. Mary has published articles in Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. She’s currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates.

     Her husband’s most recent sabbatical took them to Sydney, Australia. While he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Mary spent her time swapping research strategies and methodologies with the genealogists at the Botany Bay Family History Society. Mary frequently lectures around the Seattle area and is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society. She is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.

Please    by clicking on
https://www.facebook.com/Jewish-Genealogical-Society-of-Washington-State-548090815567964/

Please visit our website at http://www.jgsws.org/membership.php to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information.  JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family members!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
President & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

President@JGSWS.org

www.jgsws.org

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEW! DNA LEARNING SERIES

Seattle Genealogical Society and Sno-Isle Genealogical Society are co-sponsoring the new  “DNA Learning Series”. This will be a series of seven classes, meeting once each month from April to October. Class will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

These are hands-on classes working with your own DNA results in real time with experts available to help you accomplish the tasks. The series builds slowly, workshop style, using your own computer and has homework assignments. The instructors are Craig K Gowen and Cary Bright.

The series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class. The first class is 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Register by sending an email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

HOURS ARE CHANGING AT THE SGS LIBRARY


Please note, beginning May 1, 2019, the hours of the Seattle Genealogical Society Library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The library will be closed on Sundays except for events. 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION Thank you to all of our SGS volunteers!

Here is a partial list of the tasks our dedicated volunteers do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis:

  • Greet our library visitors and keep our doors open to the public
  • Represent SGS at community events
  • Plan and present educational programs
  • Facilitate our Special Interest Groups
  • Manage our library collections
  • Maintain our building
  • Write and edit ENews! and SGS Journal
  • Serve on a committee or as a Board Member
  • Research and archival work
  • Tech support
  • Write and submit grants…. and much more!

Each quarter the Board of Directors selects a Volunteer of the Quarter, based upon their contributions to SGS.

Our 2018 recipients were:

  • Winter       John Eshelman
  • Spring       Janice Lovelace
  • Summer    Siri Nelson
  • Fall           Lori Lee Sauber

Are you interested in joining SGS and becoming a volunteer? Read more: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/content/volunteSAVE THE DATE

SGS and SIGS “DNA Learning Series” ,
Mountlake Terrace Library – Sno-Isle Libraries,
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

 
See the featured article in this eNews! issue for more info. For members of SGS and SIGS only. Registration required. Register by email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Scheduled dates for the first three classes:

  • April 18 “Intro to Genealogical DNA Testing”
  • May 16  “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”
  • June 20  “I’ve Got My Results … Now What?”

SGS 2019 Spring Seminar,
“Next Steps for Your DNA Results”,
with Diahan Southard,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, May 18 ,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives. 

Topics for the 4 workshops are:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also check out the Special Workshops on Sunday morning, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

Register for the Seminar online  

 – or –

Print out a Seminar Brochure and mail your registration to: SGS, PO Box 15329, Seattle, WA 98115

          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 closed May 25-27 in observance of Memorial Day weekend. 

APRIL

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 1: “Intro to Genealogical DNA Testing”, with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This  series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class. These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, April 27, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth Saturday, April 27, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
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Sunday, May 4, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, 
Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.    Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.


Saturday, May 11, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) Family Tree Maker Users Group, co-chairs, Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey.Meets on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019, July 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com     Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Ohio: The Crossroads of a Young Nation” with Heidi Mair 

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 2: “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.comSaturday, May 18, The SGS Library will be closed so all SGS volunteers may attend the SGS 2019 Spring Seminar at Fairview Christian School.

Sunday, May 19, the SGS Library will be closed for a special event.   

 

Clark County Genealogical Society April Meetings

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 15 April 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

WEBINAR: BOOST YOUR GERMANIC RESEARCH: UNDERSTAND HISTORICAL JURISDICTIONS

Wed, April 17, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Did you know that Germany was not a country until 1871? One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this Legacy Family Tree Webinar are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer, changes in historical Germanic areas, tactics for determining jurisdictions, and examples.  

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, April 18, 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Presentation:  Beyond Names and Dates~Filling in the Stories of our Female Ancestors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: 7-9 p.m.

Clark County Historical Museum,1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

For most of recorded time, women didn’t leave much of a paper trail, but they still have wonderful stories to tell. We’ll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories, and other resources can help. Presenter Pam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon, but her research extends far beyond the Pacific NW, with clients all over the U.S., and research that reaches beyond our borders.

WEBINAR: COMPARING THE GENEALOGY GIANTS: ANCESTRY.COM, FAMILYSEARCH, FINDMYPAST, MYHERITAGE

Wed, April 24, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Should you use all or only one genealogy website for your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants–Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, MyHeritage.com–compare in 2019 for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar will review each site’s strengths and weaknesses that will help you know which to use now, and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

“The good things you do and throw in the river of life, will be returned to you in the desert of life.” Sa’adi

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society April Meeting

Press Release for Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS)
For immediate release:
  The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, April 19, 2019, at the Bainbridge Island Public Library on Bainbridge Island, 1270 Madison Ave, from 10:00a.m. – 12 noon. The April meeting is the annual BIGS business meeting with election of officers plus the monthly presentation topic of “Family Search Free-for-all”by our ownJolene Aitchison. This program offers a Q&A on all things Family Search. Parking is available in the 2 library parking facilities, accessed from High School Ave and Madison Ave North. Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to http://www.bigenealogy.org or call 206-755-9283. BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
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Sue Elfving

PR

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Meeting

I’d like to let you know about an upcoming educational program we are offering on Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. in partnership with Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. The topic of the program is “How to Read a Cemetery” and will be presented by Sylvia Ammons. This event is free and open to the public. I’ve attached a flyer with more information. Please feel free to forward or post on any wall you wish! We appreciate your help in getting the word out, because we would like as many people as possible to benefit from our programs.

Please contact me with any questions or feedback. Thank you for helping us spread the word about these free and valuable community resources.

Hope to see you there!

Kathleen Headden, Reference Librarian

Burlington Public Library

820 E. Washington Ave.

Burlington, WA 98233

360-755-0760, ext. 7906

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)will meet on Friday, May 3, 2019, from 1 to 3 pm in the Primary Room of the Latter-day Saints Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Enter through the double wooden doors on the right side of the Chapel. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.   

Topic: Facebook: It’s not just for “Friends” – Much can be learned using Facebook for genealogy. We will investigate some WHYs, WHATs and HOWs regarding Facebook usage. I will show several examples of WHY I use Facebook for genealogy and WHY you might want to do so also. WHAT is available for genealogists on Facebook is found in the ultimate listing of genealogy Facebook pages. We will look at the list and show HOW to ensure you find the ones of potential interest to you. I’ve also found that WHAT is available on Facebook is birth, wedding, and death dates of family members which I did not previously have recorded. We will investigate HOW to use the various options available within Facebook: searching for a group, joining a group, searching within a group, saving posts to your own collection folders, accessing those saved posts when you are ready to process them, and many more. Join us to learn the benefits of using Facebook…a great tool for genealogists. You might learn a few computer usage tips along the way.

Presenter:  Marilyn Mullins Schunke – As a graduate of University of Washington’s Genealogy & Family History Certificate Program, Marilyn volunteered at Heritage Quest Research Library as a Board member, Education Coordinator and Volunteer Librarian. Technology is her forte and she presented Windows 10 and Digital Organization classes and served, and continues to serve, as Technical Assistant in Janet O’Conor Camarata’s genealogy courses at Pierce College. She is a member of several local, state and national genealogy organizations.

For more information about our Group, kindly visit our website at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/  .  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

COMING SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019!

Don’t miss our 2019 Spring Seminar, “Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results”, featuring Diahan Southard. From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives.

Topics for the 4 workshops are:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also look for the Special Workshops on Sunday morning, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

For more information and online registration: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/

THANK YOU, IRISH FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS

For more than 15 years, dedicated SGS volunteers have staffed a table at the Irish Festival each March. This well-attended festival brings people from all around Puget Sound to the Seattle Center to learn and celebrate Irish culture, history, and music. SGS volunteers answered questions about Irish genealogy to a steady stream of visitors. Some stayed for long, in-depth conversations about their family histories and roadblocks. Visitors to the SGS booth also learned about our library and upcoming events including the Spring Seminar, “Next Steps for Your DNA Results” with Diahan Southard on May 18th and 19th. Jean Roth’s lectures on Saturday and Sunday, “Introduction to Irish Genealogy”, were well attended.  A big thank you to our Irish Festival volunteers: Jean Roth, Jim Ryan, Donna Judd, Vern Judd, Ida McCormick, Jack Donahue, George Kulstad, Annette Dwyer and Karen Portzer. 

THE SPRING RAFFLE IS RAMPING UP! We are now accepting donations of goods or services for the Spring Workshop raffle (May 18). In the past, we have gratefully received items such as DNA kits, genealogy books, jewelry, ballet tickets, quilts, and genealogy tools. Use your imagination. Proceeds from the raffle support the SGS library, and donations are tax deductible.  Donated items can be sent or brought to the SGS library. Please also send an email message to volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org telling us of your donation prior to mailing or delivering the item so we will be on the alert for its delivery.
MEMBER MILESTONE
Karin Borgersen, member and friend of SGS, recently started a new position as the program manager for the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at University of Washington. She’s excited to be working with a great team to launch a program that she feels is going to be really fantastic. A professional genealogist, Karin says she still will be taking clients at her business, Borgersen Research, albeit on a reduced schedule.

SAVE THE DATE
 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“Breaking Down Brick Walls” with Mary Kathryn Kozy,
LDS Factoria Church Building,
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Monday, April 8, 2019  


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to network with other attendees.
Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m. Free WIFI, admission, and
refreshmentsS

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. 

APRIL

Family Tree Interest Group,10:15 am – 12:15 pm,

 Saturday, April 6,  Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.   

Sunday, April 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Using the Collections of NARA Seattle” with Trish Hackett Nicola

Sunday, April 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group,  with Karen Knudson