Seattle Genealogical Society News

BERNICE KELLER,
VOLUNTEER OF WINTER QUARTER
Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Winter 2019 is Bernice Keller.

Bernice has been both a member and volunteer of SGS for over 20 years. Bernice caught the genealogy bug early in life – her mother researched their family history, interviewed the previous generation and passed along her findings and love of genealogy to Bernice. Bernice began her own research in the 1970’s, including New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Germany, Kentucky and Indiana. That is a lot of ground to cover! Bernice still finds new information on her ancestors, as more resources and tools have become available.

One of her first, and still memorable, experiences at SGS was a beginning genealogy class taught by our Past President, Marilyn Rose. Bernice has volunteered with our seminars, at the front desk (monthly), as a library trustee and with the archives committee (weekly). Bernice enjoys greeting new people and introducing them to our library and online research tools. As a member of the our archives committee, Bernice enjoys working with other SGS members and finding treasures in the archives donated to SGS.

Besides her passion for genealogy and dedication to the Seattle Genealogical Society, Bernice enjoys hiking, gardening, church activities and spending time with her family, including four great-grandchildren.

This is our second time recognizing Bernice as Volunteer of the Quarter – she was Volunteer of the Quarter for Spring, 2012.

Thank you, Bernice, for your ongoing contributions to SGS!
  SGS TO LAUNCH THE NEW WEBSITE SOON!
  Seattle Genealogical Society is thrilled to announce we will be launching our new website in the upcoming weeks. SGS members should watch their email for notification of the new website and login instructions. Other subscribers to the enews! can watch this space for an announcement with the address to the new website. We hope you find the new website not only easier to use, but that it provides more comprehensive information on our activities, library and databases.

Our new website is hosted by Easy Net Sites, a service specifically designed for genealogical societies. This will allow us to provide more digital content to our online visitors.

  DID YOU RENEW YOUR SGS MEMBERSHIP? SGS Members! Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit society. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year, as we face the challenges of maintaining our public research library, preserving records and providing educational programs and activities for exploring family history.

Annual memberships expired May 31, 2019. If you have not already done so, please use one of the links below to renew your membership through May 31, 2020.

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases.
  Join or Renew Online

Print out a Membership Application     SAVE THE DATE “Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
 
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
 
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
 
To view the course outline, speaker biographies, and to register, visit  www.hsp.org/events   
Or you may call the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with your questions, (215) 732-6200.
      
Plan to arrive early or stay on after the course to extend your research in Philadelphia, or the surrounding counties. Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties all have an archive and a historical society.
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.   JUNE
  Saturday, June 15, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 3: “I Got My Results… Now What?”,  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, June 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, “Dissecting A Civil War Pension Record–Union and Confederate,” presented by Jill Morrelli. Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you! These records are the most accessible and information-rich of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Typical contents will be reviewed of two examples and, of course, there is a story. This is a beta test.

Saturday, June 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.com
  JULY   Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society. Come learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.
  Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

This is a class you must pre-register for by sending an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com Deadline to register is July 15, to allow enough time for you to do the assignment. Pre-class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.  

Jefferson County Genelogical Society June Meeting

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)

Contact for this release: Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

FOR RELEASE: June, 2019

Mental Health Issues in the 19th Century

Was an ancestor committed to an asylum? Was someone enumerated as ‘imbecile’ or ‘incompetent’ on a census? Did soldiers suffer PTSD? Learn about mental health diagnosis and treatment in the 1800s.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s speaker, Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has 20 years experience in family history research.

Free. Public invited.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Tri-Area Community Center

10 W. Valley Rd.

Chimacum, WA.

www.wajcgs.org


JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 998368



Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING,
SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Our next membership meeting is June 8 at the library from 12:30-1, with the 2nd Saturday presentation, “Organizing Your Family History in Order to Stay Sane” with Mary Kathryn Kozy to follow.
We will be discussing accomplishments and future plans for SGS.
 

SGS ELECTION RESULTS 

The results of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s (SGS) 2019 Election are in and congratulations go to the recently re-elected officers and directors on the SGS Board:
     President: Jill Morelli
     Treasurer: Karen Knudson
     Secretary: Amandalei Bennett
     Director of Education: Janice Lovelace
     Director of Operations: Rob Sexton
     Director of Volunteers: Heidi Mair
     Director of Technology: David Rimmer
     Director of Library: Sue Jensen
     Director of Membership: Christine Schomaker
 
The positions of Vice President and Publications had no candidates, so the Board is looking for volunteers. Contact Amandalei Bennett at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org if you would like to serve. Marilyn Rose will serve as Past President and Mahina Oshie is the representative from the Seattle Public Library. There will also be a representative from the LibraryTrustees. This Board will serve from June 2019 through May 2020.
 
In addition, the proposed changes to the Bylaws passed.  
 
Special thanks to our Election Committee: Bruce Finlayson, Lisa Oberg, Marilyn Rose, and Paul Wade. We also thank Julia Marconi for serving on the Board in various positions over the years, particularly Publications. 


TIME TO RENEW YOUR SGS MEMBERSHIP

SGS Members! Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit society. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year as we face the challenges of maintaining our public research library, preserving records and providing educational programs and activities for exploring family history. Your annual membership expires May 31, 2019.
Please use one of the links below to renew your membership through May 31, 2020.

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. 

Join or Renew Online

Print out a Membership Application 

SPRING SEMINAR A SUCCESS!

SGS held our annual Spring Seminar “Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results” with Diahan Southard on May 18 -19. It was a most enjoyable and informative weekend. 
 
On Saturday 136 attendees were welcomed at the Fairview Christian School gym, where they purchased over 10 boxes of books at our Book Sale and over 300 tickets for our raffle of donated database subscriptions and DNA tests. Fortified with abundant snacks, we settled down in the auditorium for Ms. Southard’s insightful presentations about DNA and learned how to understand, organize, and analyze DNA test results to produce a more accurate family genealogy. Lunch brought enrichment in the form of our popular roundtable discussions. We had 14 tables of nine with topics from DNA to Ohio to the DAR. Then on Sunday at the SGS Library, 60 lucky workshop participants used DNA to help solve a real-world genealogical mystery under Ms. Southard’s guidance. 
 
All in all a great success. A special thank you to the Seminar Co-chairs Sandra Stark and Lori Lee Sauber, and to the Seminar Committee and SGS Volunteers who made it all happen!
 
If you missed the seminar and would like a copy of the syllabus, they are available at the SGS Library for $3.00 while the supply lasts. And while we’re on the subject, mark your calendars now for the SGS 2019 Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, PhD, October 5, 2019.  
 

GIVEBIG 2019 RESULTS

In the recent GiveBig program on May 8, SGS received $2035 from 16 donors. These funds will help towards our increasing budgetary demands. The Board sends a hearty ‘Thank You’ to those donors!
 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 73rd ANNUAL
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES
Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
Enumclaw Expo Center

– Come Listen to the Bagpipes – Watch the Dancers – Visit the Clans  –
– Help SGS Promote Genealogy – 

We need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical Society booth during the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw. We have been participating for years and it is a great way to let the public know about SGS and to promote membership. Our participation also gives us valuable community outreach credit for our grant applications.

Game attendance is about 30,000 for the weekend. Most of the people who come to the SGS booth are interested in knowing these two things : 
 

  • What clan do I belong to?   
  • What tartan can I use? 


We will have a number of reference books available at the booth that help answer those questions. You will receive an e-mail attachment prior to the games that will give you a refresher course on Scottish and Celtic genealogy.

Volunteers will work 2 hour sessions. SGS will fund an entry ticket for each volunteer. Parking will be at your own expense. We encourage carpooling.  

If we purchase before July, we can get discounted early bird and senior tickets. Please contact us before June 25th to confirm that you can help. Send along your name, email address, phone contact,  age if you are over 62, and a date/time preference to : volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

You also may contact Jean Roth with any questions at 206 782-2629.  

 

          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.

 JUNE
Saturday, June 1, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree on FamilySearch Interest Group, led by Lou Daly.  Come hear about all the new items at FamilySearch.  There will also be time to go over questions and problems you may have. 
This is the last meeting of this Interest Group until October.  
CANCELLATION NOTICE
The program below is canceled due to a a change in Cary’s plans.
Sunday, June 2,
 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright

Saturday, June 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Organizing Your Family History in Order to Stay Sane” with Mary Kathryn Kozy

Saturday, June 15, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 3: “I Got My Results… Now What?”,  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, June 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, “Dissecting A Civil War Pension Record–Union and Confederate,” presented by Jill Morrelli.  Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you! These records are the most accessible and information-rich of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Typical contents will be reviewed of two examples and, of course, there is a story. This is a beta test.

Saturday, June 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.com
JULY

Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society.
Come and learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.

Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

This is a class you must pre-register for by sending an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com   Deadline to register is July 15, to allow enough time for you to do the assignment in time.  
Pre-class assignments are part of the learning and you must be on our list to receive them by email.

Clark County Genealogical Society June Meetings

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 3 June 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 3 June 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

WEBINAR: LESSONS IN JEWISH DNA: ONE MAN’S SUCCESSES AND WHAT HE LEARNED ON THE JOURNEY

Wed, 5 June 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Using DNA test results to determine family origins is more complicated among Jews, who have married “within the tribe” for hundreds of years. Marrying within a closed community – “endogamy” – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This Legacy Family Tree presentation uses the instructor’s own research as a “how to” approach.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 6 June 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

WEBINAR: RESEARCHING IN NEW MEXICO

Wed, 19 June 2019: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the U.S. With written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed in this Legacy Family Tree webinar.

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, 20 June 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: Finding the First Fort Vancouver

Tues, 25 June 2019: 6 p.m.-Potluck begins; 7 p.m. program begins

Location: Clark County PUD Community Room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

Amy Clearman, archaeology graduate student at Portland State University, will discuss what she found during her archaeological investigation of  two Vancouver neighborhoods and an ethnographic study with residents. The project was intended to find evidence of the first Fort Vancouver, built in 1825 in the vicinity of the State School for the Deaf. Building relevancy of archaeological research to communities in which research occurs was also a key component.

Bring your favorite dish to share at this annual spring potluck meeting!

WEBINAR: A MONTH’S WORTH OF MUST-HAVE TECH TIPS TO START USING TODAY

Wed, 26 June 26, 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

What technology tips can help you with your genealogy research? Make a goal this month to try a new technology tip each day and this Legacy Family Tree webinar will help you! We’ll look at tips to help you enhance your email, use shortcuts, conduct better searches, and use your cell phone for genealogy. When we are done, you’ll be able to do more with less time and learn tools that will help you in your research and personal life.

New Interest Group: Genealogy Travelers

Formation of a New Interest Group:  Genealogy Travelers

Clallam County Genealogical Society has a newly formed interest group, The Genealogy Travelers!  It is for anyone who enjoys going to archives, libraries, etc. near and far.  We have some initial trips planned for this summer within Washington. If you are interested in joining us, please call CCGS at 360-417-5000 and add your name to the roster, so we can notify you of upcoming events.   Members and non-members are welcome, so plan to bring along a genealogy friend.

Our first adventure will be to the Seattle Public Library (downtown) on Wednesday, June 5th.  If you would like to travel with us, please contact the CCGS Research Center by May 31st, so we can plan accordingly.   We will be sending out travel details next week, once we know how many folks will be traveling with us.    

Olympia Genealogical Society June Meeting

At the June meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will hear Judi Hine, Regent of the DAR Sacajawea Chapter in Olympia, presenting an overview of the Daughters of the American Revolution and what they have to offer all genealogists. Join us on Thursday June 13 at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152 at 7 pm.  www.OlyGenSoc.org

Thank-you   JOYCE OGDEN, PUBLICITY

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net