Kittitas County Genealogical Society April Meeting


Monday Apr 3, 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA


Warren Street of CWU will tell us stories of His Grandfather in Kansas, gleaned from diary entries


refreshments will be provided by Jenny Jones and Ruth Miller.


In addition, any members who have not had a chance to share their new year’s genealogy resolutions will have an opportunity to do so.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 MARCH 13-17

Here’s a St Patrick’s Day gift from findmypast.  Explore and access millions of Irish family history records for free from March 13 through 5:00 pm PDT on Friday, March 17. You will need to go through a simple registration process that merely entails providing an email address and setting up a password.

Census records, parish records, travel and migration records, and court registers are just some of the data available. findmypast has the largest collection of Irish records available anywhere online.

You might want to start by reading their blog article  “A Complete Beginner’s Guide to findmypast’s Irish Records”.  If you are interested, sign up for the free webinar with Irish genealogy expert, Fiona Fitzsimmons.  It’s scheduled for 9:00 am PDT on Thursday, March 16 and it includes a live question and answer session.

To get started here’s the url to findmypast :


Remember the Spring Membership meeting is this Saturday, March 18, 1:30-3:00 pm. Hope to see you there. Following the business meeting, Lisa Oberg and Jill Morelli will present “Rootless: A Retrospective Look at America’s Fascination with its Ancestry”.

For new members or genealogy beginners, notice on Sunday, March 19 from 1:15pm-5:00 pm, a Beginning Genealogy Class will be led by Linda Fitzgerald, a Past President of SGS, and it is open to all.

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Olympia Genealogical Society Meeting March 9

The Olympia Genealogical Society meeting on Thursday, March 9, will feature Judy Artley on “Finding Records in USA using  Join us at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152 at 7 pm.

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Tri-City Genealogical Society March Meeting

U.S. Funeral Customs & Researching Funeral Records Speaker — Amy Mueller Coffman
Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS)
Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017 at the Benton County PUD 7:00 PM — 2721 W 10th Ave — Kennewick WA [Beginning Genealogy Class – Analyzing Birth Records – 6:15 to 6:45 PM]

Amy Mueller Coffman is a 4th-generation owner of Mueller’s Funeral Home in Kennewick and Pasco, Washington. Her B.A. degree from Brigham Young University is in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She has completed her funeral director internship and is preparing to take the State funeral director’s exam to be a licensed funeral director. She will bring a display of local 100-year-old funeral home records and cemetery applications and provide information on many different past funeral customs as well as share what specific information you can find on a funeral home record to help in your own family history research.


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Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting Thursday, March 9


The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 9, 2017 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.



“Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869” – Before the transcontinental railroad was completed Easterners and Mid-Westerners began to settle the West.  How did they get there and what was the journey like?  Presentation covers overland and water routes with descriptions of the journey and using clues to discover how and when your ancestor traveled.

Mary Roddy


Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, has a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington.  She speaks frequently in western Washington as well as at regional and national conferences. She is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines and a frequent webinar presenter with LegacyFamilyTree Webinars.


Also see our website for FREE genealogical help and other Special Interest Group meetings. Visitors are always welcome at all meetings.


February 13, 2017



Due to circumstances beyond control, the meeting place for the monthly BIGS meeting has been changed.  The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, February 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 7968 Finch Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA.  Mary Kircher Roddy, a genealogist, lecturer and writer, will be speaking on “A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce – My Life Without”  Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers.  For more information go to, or call 206-842-4978.  BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.


Sylvia H. Nelson

Director of Publicity and Public Relations

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society


The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, March 3, 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.


Topic:  “Meyers Orts” has been the classic reference source for information about German cities, defining government, court, military and religious jurisdictions. As a result, Meyers has been a valuable tool for genealogists in locating offices which might hold important documents. Originally published in fraktur German, use of the gazetteer was a true challenge to non-German speakers. We’ll explore the history of Meyers Orts and follow its development from old book volumes to today’s easily accessed English internet sites.

Speaker:  Ken Passé has been doing genealogy research for more than 20 years and has been fortunate to have visited his ancestral village in Germany several times. A self-professed maritime guy/waterfront rat, he has extended his research to touch upon shipboard travel from Europe to America.


For more information, kindly visit our website at  .   Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.