Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group June Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, June 2, 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:  “Using WIKIs in Germanic Genealogical Research”  – Come learn what is a WIKI, how WIKIs can help your research and see demos of Germanic research completed on various WIKI sites.  I was surprised by what I learned and you may be, too.


Presenter:  Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and joined EGS in 2000.  She has been their Publicity Chairperson since 2007 and is an active member in three of their SIGs, including the leader of the German Interest Group.   Dorothy is also a member of South King County Genealogical Society, Seattle Genealogical Society DNA Group, Germanic Genealogy Society in MN and Polish Genealogical Society of MN.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.


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


Puget Sound Genealogical Society May Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday, May 24, 1-2 p.m
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
Telling Their Stories
with Mary Kircher Roddy. Learn how to find and
access multiple sources to uncover the experiences
of World War II heroes.
Everyone welcome and bring your own Hero’s information
 Mary Roddy
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Clark County Genealogical Society Norwegian Research


Tues, May 16, 10am-12 noon

Clark County Genealogical Society Education Center


This class will guide the researcher through the process of searching for key ancestral information in FamilySearch, then locating and interpreting the original Norwegian parish records in Digitalarkivet. While researching her own ancestry, instructor Kathy Solheim has developed disciplines in both search and interpretation of the original Norwegian church parish records.

Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. Drop-ins welcome on space available basis. To register in advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688.




PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

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

FOR RELEASE: MAY 12 – 19, 2017


Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) has invited Professional Genealogist, Janet Camarata, to be their speaker at their monthly meeting on Saturday morning May 20, 9:30 – 11:30 at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, Chimacum. The public is invited; donations are gratefully accepted. Janet’s topic “Making Sense of the Supplemental Censuses” will acquaint us with the many census collections such as agriculture, manufacturing, slave schedules, veterans, social statistics, etc that the U.S. government has collected over the years. Learn what is available, where to find them in Ancestry, Family Search, and the National Archives and how to build a personal guidebook for help in reading and understanding each census. For more information www.wajcgs.org

Janet Camarata is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is an experienced instructor having taught for many years in the workplace and at the University of Phoenix. She is a popular presenter at genealogy societies, libraries, museums and conferences across Washington state.


Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society May Meeting

For Immediate Release
  The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, May 19, 2017, at the LDS church on Bainbridge Island, 8677 Madison Ave, from 10:00a.m. – 12 noon. Guest speaker, Janice C. Lovelace, Ph.D. Will be speaking on “Beyond Online: Beginning Court House Research.” Ms. Lovelace is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the Seattle Genealogical Society. Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to http://www.bigenealogy.org or call 206-780-8009. BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
Thank you!
Sue Elfving
Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society
Director of Publicity and Public RelationsM

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Deb Klein, the editor of our indispensable SGS eNews! has been named the Volunteer of the Spring Quarter. Her role demands familiarity with all that is happening in the society so that the rest of us stay up to date.

Deb says that she had driven by SGS for years, but it was a conversation with her neighbor’s mother that prompted her to join.  As a self proclaimed genealogy junkie, addicted to the thrill of the hunt, the classes and special interest groups sounded like something she would enjoy.

In answer to how she happened to get involved, Deb responded, “I wanted to volunteer to help out at SGS, but my part-time, sporadic work schedule prevented me from being able to commit to a set routine.  Reiley Kidd had a full plate and wanted to be relieved of publishing the eNews! As a former programmer/analyst, I had the technology experience, the hours were flexible, and I could work remotely; all this made for a good fit.”

Deb reports that she has always been a bit of a history buff, but never was into genealogy.  “In 2011”,   she notes, “I was reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s book Mayflower, and there were a few paragraphs on Major John Talcott, ‘Indian Fighter’. Hey!, I said to myself, Maybe that story Grandpa Talcott told me about our family coming to America in colonial times had some truth to it. The next week Ancestry had a free weekend promotion and I was easily able to trace my Talcott ancestors through the census back to 1860. Then I found the e-book Talcott Pedigree in England and America from 1558 to 1876. Eureka! What a gift. The family is far more interesting than I ever imagined. We arrived in Newtowne, MA in 1632 and in 1636 traveled with Reverend Hooker’s party to found Hartford, CT.  Equally as easily,  I traced my Acton family branch back to colonial Maryland. Oh, and here’s a fun fact; my 10 times great-grandfather, William Pynchon, wrote one of the first book banned in the New World.”

Researching other branches has come harder for Deb than researching those colonial lines. Her Irish and Swiss ancestors that immigrated during the 1800’s have managed to keep their lives before America a mystery.  Deb says that she would be thrilled to be able to break through one of these brick walls. “In this quest, I’ve signed up for the webinar version of the Western European Family History Conference coming up in May; I’m taking the classes focused on research for Switzerland.” We wish Deb success in this research venture, and we thank her for serving as the editor of SGS eNews!.

Featuring Lisa Alzo,
International Lecturer & Freelance Writer

Topics for the 4 workshops are:
•Diseases, Disasters, Distress: Bad for Your Ancestors, Good for Genealogy!
•Writing Your Family History Step-by-Step
•Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors
•Make Those Skeletons Dance: Exploring Your Family’s Dark Side

For more information and online registration: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/2017-spring-seminar

Help Needed the Day of the Seminar, May 20th

Needed –  someone to take photos
Needed –  someone to fill the snack trays for breaks
Needed –  help with set-up, hanging signs, directing parking, and directing people to the registration desk

If you can help, please email Sandra Stark at :


The 2017 SGS election has concluded.  The Election Committee has met and tabulated the votes. Ballots were mailed to 445 SGS members at the end of March; 134 ballots were returned, representing a turnout of 30%.

The following candidates, all running unopposed, were elected:
President: Jill Morelli

Secretary: Amandalei Bennett
Treasurer: Karen Knudson
Director of Education: Karin Borgerson
Director of Library: Ann Wright
Director of Membership: Christine Schomaker
Director of Operations: Lynne DeMerritt
Director of Publications: Julia Marconi
Nominating Committee: Siri Nelson and David Rimmer
Congratulations to all these candidates!  We wish them great success!!

Both Bylaws revisions that had been recommended by the Board passed handily, with more than 90% of votes cast.

We were unable to find any candidates for three offices (Vice President, Director of Technology and Director of Volunteers) and for 3 more members of the Nominating Committee.  Several individuals received write-in votes for each of these positions; these names will be turned over to the Nominating Committee.  The NC will contact each one, to see if they are willing to serve, and if so, will recommend them to the Board of Directors.

Thanks also to the Election Committee – John Harley, Trish Howell, and Lisa Oberg for their work during this election!


Ballots were mailed on March 30 to all 445 current members of SGS.  If you did not receive a ballot, and believe that your membership is current, please email the membership director at: membership@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org
It may be we do not have your correct mailing address, or possibly your membership has lapsed.

The SGS eNews! goes out to nearly 800 individuals –  members, former members, and non-members alike.  We do not purge former members from the distribution list; therefore, the fact that you are receiving it does not mean that your membership is current.


Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar,
 “Voices from the Past” with Lisa Alzo,
 Fairview Christian Church
 844 NE 78th St
 Seattle, WA
 Saturday, May 20, 2017   9am – 4pm

Doors open at 8am – welcome at 9am. Did you receive the brochure in the mail? Registration and further information also available online at www.seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS),
 2017 Conference –  “Building Bridges to the Past”,
Pittsburgh, PA
 August 30 – September 2

Ready for a road trip? This conference is open to anyone with an interest in family history.  FGS is teaming up with the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society to put on this four day events.  There will be various tracks to suit the individual researcher; beginner to experienced.

For more info visit :  fgs.org


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 library will be closed May 14 for Mother’s Day and May 27-29 for Memorial Day.


Tuesday, May 2, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more.  Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, May 6, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader
Saturday, May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this new special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch

Sunday, May 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.

Saturday, May 13, 10:15am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on Irish research using old and new resources

Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on German research using old and new resources

Tuesday, May 16, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, DNA FOCUS, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more.  Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Friday, May 19, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy, Want to learn how to get your genealogy project going? Linda Fitzgerald, a past president of SGS,  will be presenting her “Beginning Genealogy Class”. Add it to your calendar.  Invite a friend.

Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am  – 4:00 pm, SGS Spring Seminar “Voices from the Past”, featuring: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer. At Fairview Christian School, 844 NE 78th Street,Seattle, WA  Doors open at 8:00 a.m. – Welcome at 9:00 a.m.


Saturday, June 3, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Annual SGS Membership Meeting

Sunday, June 4, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.

Tuesday, June 6, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more.  Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, June 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this new special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.

Sunday, June 11, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, Leader: Karen Knudson

Whitman County Gen Soc Plans Summer Outing

The Whitman County Genealogical Society will have a Summer Outing on Friday, June 2, 2017 starting at 1 PM. It begins with a tour of Bruning Funeral Home, 109 N. Mill St., Colfax. In addition to a tour of this wonderful historic building, we will learn about the research possibilities to be found there. There is limited space for this tour, so please RSVP no later than Monday, May 22 if you plan to attend. You can call Judy McMurray at 509-332-2386 or e-mail WCGS at whitmancgs@gmail.com.

After the Bruning tour, weather permitting, we will do a self-guided tour of the historic buildings on Main Street in Colfax. In case of inclement weather we will visit either the Whitman County Library (102 S. Main in Colfax) or the historic Perkins House (623 N. Perkins Ave. in Colfax).

Grays Harbor Genealogical Society May Meeting

The next meeting of the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society will feature Jerry Schaefer, a local character known as gunslinger “Doc Shores” in Western reenactment events. Jerry will be changing hats, however, to talk about the Spruce Production Division, a unit of the U.S. Army established in 1917 to produce high-quality Sitka Spruce timber and other products needed to make aircraft for the U.S.’s efforts in World War I. The division had a large impact on logging in the Pacific Northwest. Logging companies adopted working conditions similar to those the division had.

The meeting is Saturday, May 13, 10:00 a.m. at the Hoquiam Library, 420 7th Street, Hoquiam. Visitors are welcome. For more information, email GHGS.