Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS LAUNCHES SGS TV!
Are you unfamiliar with all the Seattle Genealogical Society Library has to offer? Are you planning your first trip to our library, and want to know what to expect?Take a look at our YouTube video postings. In this new initiative, Sue Jensen, Director of the SGS Library, gives you a quick tour, pointing out the features of our library holdings. In another short video, Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, outlines some of the many ways to become engaged with the Society. Stay tuned for future videos which will highlight our unique holdings and how to use them.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa9HwzVg-5JKX_rEhjcUJdw , or go to YouTube (free, no registration necessary) and search for Seattle Genealogical Society..

RARE BOOK FIND!“Panthermen” I Salute You, written by Major General H.F. Kramer is a rare find that was donated to our Library this summer. It is a compilation of the “40,000 Black Panthers of the 66th Infantry Division” of the US Army during World War II. It includes a brief history of the Panther Veteran’s Association with photos and then a long list of infantrymen that were part of the historic missions against Hitler during the war with Germany. As far as we know, the only other available copy is at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This book has found a home in our rare book cabinet and is available for your inspection. Stop by and ask to see it.”Panthermen” I Salute You – by Major General H. F. Kramer

COMING BACK IN SEPTEMBER

Our popular Second Saturday Series will resume in September with the presentation “Beyond the Pie Chart: Making the Most of Autosomal DNA” by Karin Borgerson. Join us on Saturday, September 8th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the SGS Library. While DNA testing companies emphasize bioregional (ethnicity) estimates in their marketing campaigns, but there is so much more to autosomal DNA than the pie chart! This talk will briefly address the benefits and limitations of bioregional estimates, but most of the presentation will focus on the more valuable part of the results—the DNA matches.

Also on the schedule that Saturday, from 10:15 am-12:15 pm, is (FTM) the Family Tree Makers User Group. They will meet in this second Saturday time slot every other month – Sept 2018, Nov 2018, Jan 2019, Mar 2019 – the odd months. Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey are leading this group.

 

PHOTO DETECTIVE

 

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”, is coming to Bellevue on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Her three presentations will help you date old photographs and possibly identify the people in them. The cost is only $25 and registration before September 1st is highly recommended.

Following the presentations, and for an additional cost, private consultations with Maureen are available.

This Eastside Genealogical Society event will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. Free parking and doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Additional info at :
https://eastsidegenealogicalsociety.com/save-the-date/
SAVE THE DATE

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
https://stillygen.org/cpage.php?pt=50
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :
https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see www.pusogensoc.org/psgs/seminar2018

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

 

There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :

https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs

 

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 September 2-4 for Labor Day.

AUGUST

Sunday, August 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, “Digging Deeper Workshop: The Genealogical Proof Standard” with Jill Morelli, This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on.  As this is a beta test workshop, we will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 8, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) Family Tree Users Group, Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey co-leaders, this group will begin meeting on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Sept 2018, Nov 2018, Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, September 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Beyond the Pie Chart: Making the Most of Autosomal DNA, presenter Karin Borgerson

Sunday, September  9, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson

Saturday, September 15, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, September 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Monday, September 24, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm,  SGS Volunteer Recognition Day, the Board of Directors will host a Volunteer Appreciation Day for all 2017-2018 volunteers. Refreshment and a raffle. Stop by for an hour, or stay for the whole day! No need to RSVP.

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information
contact SGSDNASIG@gmail

SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Jefferson County Genealogical Society News

August 2018 finds a number of JCGS volunteers gearing up for several educational events that will occur in the Fall. We are offering a Beginners Class starting the 1st of October. However, the  registration deadline is in September. Speaking of September, September’s monthly program on Saturday, the 15th  for members and the public will be “Bagging a Live One: Reverse Genealogy in Action” given by Mary Roddy. In November, a large and exciting event will be presenting CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogist, in a full day of lectures at a spacious venue in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. (A limited number of  tickets are still available.) See our website <www.wajcgs.org> for all the latest information.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, Sept 7, 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: Find Your Germanic Ancestor’s Village on Maps

You have the name of the village for your Germanic ancestor from any of many sources, like genealogical records, family stories, etc.  Now how do you locate that village on a map?  It could be a challenge.  So come learn some tips.

Presenter: Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 3 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.

For more information, kindly visit our website .  

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society & Burlington Library On Google for Genealogists

I’d like to let you know about an upcoming educational program we are offering on September 8, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. in partnership with Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. The topic of the program is “Google Tools for Genealogists” and will be presented by George Ridgeway. 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

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society New Hours at Library

Changes to Genealogy Library Volunteers Schedule

Beginning Saturday, October 6, 2018 Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS) genealogy library volunteers will begin a new schedule. Genealogy volunteers will be available from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the Burlington Public Library, 820 E. Washington Avenue to help visitors with their family history research. Members of SVGS are stationed in the genealogy section on the first Saturday of the month between 10:00am-Noon (except if the Saturday is during a holiday weekend such as July 4th, Labor Day or New Year’s.) The genealogy library volunteers will not do the research for you but they will give you an orientation to the research resources and materials available for your use in the library, and give some helpful suggestions. The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society’s book collection now has over 2000 reference books on various genealogy research related topics. Free access to Ancestry.com Library Edition is also available at the Burlington Library. You do not have to have a Burlington Library card to use the database resources. Note: No volunteers on Sat. Sept. 1 due to the Labor Day holiday weekend. For details call: Margie Wilson 360-757-6224, rootsproject@frontier.com. For more information about upcoming SVGS educational programs or how to become a member of the genealogy society visit: www.skagitvalleygenealogy.org.

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society August Meeting

 

FRUSTRATED BY FINDING A DNA MATCH BUT NO LINKED TREE??? THEIR TREE IS PROBABLY NOT THE ONLY TREE THAT INCLUDES THE MATCHING ANCESTOR AND WITH PERSISTENT SLEUTHING, IT CAN BE FOUND.

To learn more, please plan to attend the August meeting, when we will share a ROOTSTECH VIDEO presentation, featuring DIAHAN SOUTHARD and LISA LOUISE COOK.

LOWER COLUMBIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

SOMERSET RETIREMENT APARTMENTS

2025 TIBBETTS DRIVE, LONGVIEW

DINING ROOM 7:00 PM

AUGUST 9, 2018

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Grays Harbor Fire Update

The Grays Harbor Genealogical Society is rising from the ashes after the total loss of their research library in a raging fire on June 9, 2018. The 3-alarm fire at the Aberdeen Armory also destroyed most of the Aberdeen Museum of History, Coastal Community Action and Aberdeen Senior Center. Occupants are still unable to get inside the building according to the Daily World newspaper update on July 27, 2018.

In the meantime, GHGS is moving ahead, thanks in large part to the generosity of many individuals, organizations and genealogical societies. The Hoquiam Library has offered a temporary space to set up shop. With funds collected from the Go Fund Me campaign and donations directly to GHGS, a copy machine and computer have been purchased and installed. Members are hoping to purchase a second computer, printer, office furniture and office supplies soon.

Two fundraising events benefiting the society have been organized. The American Legion Post 5 (Aberdeen) is sponsoring two bingo sessions and a raffle on Saturday, August 11. All proceeds from the bingo sessions, food and raffle will go directly to GHGS. A second fundraiser will be a workshop with Portland-area genealogist Pam Vestal on Saturday, October 13. Ms. Vestal reached out and generously offered to donate her time and talent at a three-session workshop. More information will be forthcoming.

For more information about the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society, the fire or the research library, contact GHGS President Gary Parfitt.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

YOUR CHANCE TO ASK THE EXPERTS

Seattle Genealogical Society is partnering with the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG) to host an “Ask the Experts” event!

Participants can sign up for a free 20-minute consultation with a professional genealogist. The professional will offer guidance on how to move forward with a research question, which might be just what you need to get past a brick wall!

Space is limited, but there are some spaces will available! Get your request in soon. Consultations will be assigned in the order received. Please sign up by Thursday, August 2nd using this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/voi5DqEZQLFzcjI13

AN UPGRADE AT THE SGS LIBRARY

Did you know that when you access Ancestry.com at the Seattle Genealogical Library you can now get FULL access to Newspapers.com? Well, it is true! We have upgraded our membership in order to provide this wonderful resource to our patrons. Remember, you must use the Patron Computers IN the Library in order to access the full Newspapers.com.  We are looking forward to seeing your smiling face as you find what you need in our library.

DIGGING DEEPER WORKSHOP: THE GPS

The Genealogical Proof Standard, or GPS, serves as a guide to our genealogical work, but it is probably the most misunderstood of the many genealogical principles that apply to our everyday work. This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on. You should be able to identify one individual with some known facts that make him/her unique in the world. This is a beta test workshop. We will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

Mark your calendar. This workshop will take place at the SGS library on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.   

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY
SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

 

The Board of Directors will host a Volunteer Appreciation Day for all SGS volunteers at the library. Volunteers of the Quarter for 2017-2018 will be recognized, the Board of Directors will be on hand to celebrate your hard work and achievements and help with your genealogical questions. Raffle includes a DNA test kit and more!
Stop by for an hour or so, or stay for the whole day! No need to RSVP. Refreshments will be provided.

If you want to volunteer for SGS contact volunteers@seagensoc.org
UNLOCK THE PAST IN SEATTLE
SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

 

Seattle Genealogical Society will have a table at Unlock the Past In Seattle – a full day seminar at the Seattle Public Library on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Presenters at this event include Blaine Bettinger, Dr Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard.
For additional information, check out their web site:  https://www.utpinseattle.com/

SGS is seeking volunteers to staff our table for 2 – 3 hours each. If interested, contact Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers at volunteers@seagensoc.org.

 

SAVE THE DATE

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
https://stillygen.org/cpage.php?pt=50
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :
https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see www.pusogensoc.org/psgs/seminar2018

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

 

There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :

https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs

 

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.

AUGUST

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am – 2:00pm, “Ask the Experts” Event, led by members of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG). See the article in the June 30, 2018 eNews! for more info.  Registration required. Please sign up by Thursday, August 2 using this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/voi5DqEZQLFzcjI13

Sunday, August 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00pm, “Digging Deeper Workshop: The Genealogical Proof Standard” with Jill Morelli, This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on.  As this is a beta test workshop, we will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

 

SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Frenchtown Rendezvous

 
I am Sarah Hurlburt, Secretary of the Frenchtown Historical Foundation. I am writing to regional historical and genealogical organizations to let you know about our upcoming Frenchtown Rendezvous, this October 6, 2018, in Walla Walla, WA. 
 
This is a great event for anyone who is interested in the history of eastern Washington. Our program this year is of particular interest to archaeologists and geneaologists. It features a workshop on writing and publishing family history led by Christina Dubois, retired editor of Columbia Magazine of the Washington State Historical Society, and a presentation by historical archaeologist Maryanne Maddoux about the ongoing digitization of the Harriet D. Munnick Papers by the St. Paul Mission Historical Society, and her experiences as lab manager at the field school excavation of a French-Canadian homestead at Champoeg, OR. 
 
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. We’d love to see you there!
 
Sarah Hurlburt
Secretary, Frenchtown Historical Foundation