Tri-City Genealogical Society at Family Discovery Day

Members and Guests:
Here is an opportunity to attend a free 3 hour workshop on various classes pertaining to genealogy research and resources on March 24th.
The Tri-City Genealogical Society has been extended an invitation to set up a table to showcase our society as well as displays of various genealogy resources.
Since we have been asked to be there from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., we will need some volunteers to sit at our “booth” to help answer any questions about TCGS as well as to encourage workshop participants to view our display. If you would like to volunteer an hour or more during the above time, please let me know.
Please note that our own Margie Beldin and Richard Allen will be two of the workshop speakers listed on the agenda. Also, this workshop will be at the Richland LDS Church on Jadwin Blvd. right behind the Family History Center which is on Goethals Street.
More information will be forthcoming in regards to the times of the specific workshop sessions.
Art Kelly

Your WSGS Board at Work

February 10th the WSGS board met at the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society library in Union Gap, Washington.

The board meets four times a year to discuss genealogical matters important to everyone in the State of Washington. Besides the officers at the meeting, committee chairs are asked to attend. Any WSGS member can attend also. Usually the night before most of the attendees go to a no host dinner at the Sea Galley Restaurant to get to know each other. First order of business at the board meeting was to swear in the recently elected board members and regional reps. All the officers are listed here  WSGS President Ginny Majewsky was checking the wording of the oath.

Region 7 (Spokane, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties) is looking for a rep. We are also looking for a Historian and an Awards Chairman, so if you know someone that would be interested please contact Ginny Majewski.

Probably the biggest change to come from this board meeting is the change in the dues for 2019. The dues will be $12 for members, families, and societies. You can still pay with your local society so you only need to write one check, but no discount that way, still $12, and the society will not get any of the $12 for handling the paperwork.

Upcoming Special Event: Camp Lewis and its Role in WWI

The DuPont Historical Museum is sponsoring a special presentation called “Camp Lewis and Its Role in WWI” on Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church, 502 Barksdale Ave., DuPont, WA.

Join historian, author, and illustrator Alan H. Archambault as he discusses the fascinating and pivotal role the newly-formed Camp Lewis (now Joint Base Lewis-McChord) played in the events of World War I. Alan was the director of the Fort Lewis Military Museum, now the Lewis Army Museum, for over twenty years. He also writes, draws and paints historical illustrations for books, exhibits, and other venues. For more information, contact Carol at (253) 459-4339 or

Archives Staff Share Tips About Preserving Records

A newspaper clipping from 1800 about George Washington’s death?
A pair of cowboy boots fit for a baby?
A set of old photos fused together?
Your great grandmother’s passport?

Jeff Adamson from Richland braved the snowy pass to attend, wanting to know how to preserve his unlabeled panoramic photo, possibly a Navy detachment from World War II.

What do all these treasures have in common? They were just a few of the possessions brought to a recent presentation by the staff from the Southwest Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives on how to preserve records and memorabilia. Those lucky enough to get into the free class (with a waiting list!) were educated about disaster preparedness (what five things would you grab if you had an emergency???); what records to keep and for how long; and scanning, preservation and organizing photos and documents. We also heard author and historian Drew Crooks explain how he organizes his digital collection of  drawings by Edward Lange, an artist who drew highly detailed panoramic drawings of the state and British Columbia from 1889 – 1912.

Archivists Mary Hammer and Tracy Rebstock (middle and right) give advice to WSGS member Joanne Huber (left) on her ancestor’s fragile, faded marriage certificate from Canada.

The presentations certainly held the attention and interest of the roomful of genealogists and family historians, but the creme de la creme was the “show and tell” where attendees got expert advice about how to preserve the item they’d brought. While we first sat politely in our seats listening to the history (or unknown history) of each item, by the end, we clustered around the owner eager to hear from the archivists about how to preserve and document the prized possessions.

Tracy Rebstock, Southwest Regional Branch archivist, will be taking her (shortened) show on the road to the Lower Columbia Genealogical Society on Feb. 8 and the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society on June. 9. The Southwest Regional Branch of the State Archives includes Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties.

Black History Month Art Exhibit

You Are Invited to the Opening Reception of Our

7th Annual Exhibit Honoring Black History Month!!!!


It is my pleasure to invite you to this year’s highly anticipated exhibition as we celebrate and explore “blackness” through art. Featured artist explores personal growth expressed through metaphor. Using roses, he examines self worth and personal potential.
What can powerful evocative art do for you and your organization?
Let us build relationships with art as a vehicle that spring boards discussion, advocation, awareness, promotion and fundraising. Let’s work together, to build together.

This year we are excited to share masterful and thought provoking artwork by:, Hiawatha D., Roosevelt Lewis, Cheryl Zahniser, and Warren Pope!


Michael Birawer Gallery
1003 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104   (Click for google map)


Opening Reception!
DATE: February 1 (Thursday)

TIME: 5-8pm

Additional Dates of Interest:
February 8 (Thursday)
Altruist Partners Host:
Nonprofit Professionals Mixer

February 15 (Thursday)
Live Music in the Gallery
featuring Elijah Dhavvan

Genealogy 101 workshop in Shelton

Looking to begin your genealogical journey and live near Shelton? Sue Sheldon, president of the Mason County Genealogical Society, will be leading a workshop to help you get started tracing your family history. Wednesday, Feb. 7, 5:00 – 7:00 at the Shelton Library. Experienced researchers are also invited! For more information, visit the Shelton Timberland Library page.

Washington State Digital Archives’ 200 Million Contest

He won the Washington State Digital Archives’ 200 million contest, making the closest guess of December 5th for the day Digital Archives would make its 200 millionth entry into its database. There was no science behind this guess. He picked it simply because of the fact that it was his birthday. Gordon took home an Ancestry DNA kit, a fitting gift for the history buff.

Searching old newspapers is easier thanks to Gordon

Dupus Boomer’s Prefabulous Richland

Dear TCGS Members and Guests:

Note that our own TCGS member, Connie Estep will be a co-presenter tomorrow night on:

Dupus Boomer’s Prefabulous Richland

Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Richland Public Library

“What happens when you take a secret WWII project, add a booming population, and build a city in the desert? You have to ask Dupus Boomer all about the Prefabulous Richland. Join Terry and Connie as they use Dupus (a blue-collar Dilbert of the 1940s) to introduce the people and the places of the atomic pioneers in Richland, WA.”

Mayflower 2020 Website from American Ancestors!

Announcing the Mayflower 2020 Website from American Ancestors!

We are pleased to announce that we recently launched a new interactive website to commemorate the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. The site presents the most authoritative biographies to date of the Pilgrims who set sail for a new world 397 years ago—available for free for the first time. The biographies are drawn from Robert Charles Anderson’s Pilgrim Migration, the biographical details include information on births, marriage, children, and roles in Plymouth Colony. As we approach 2020, more in-depth features and scholarly material will be added to the site to commemorate the historic Mayflower voyage.
Learn About the Passengers

The site also invites the living descendants of Mayflower passengers to engage with the past by becoming a part of modern Mayflower history. The 2020 website is currently gathering the world’s first online gallery of Pilgrim descendants—NEHGS is documenting the ever-increasing diaspora of an estimated 30 million living descendants of the original Mayflower passengers around the world. Descendants are invited to commemorate their connection and heritage to these venerated figures of our nation’s history by placing their name, photograph, and other identifiers in an online gallery—immediately joining a virtual community of people worldwide who share Mayflower ancestry.
Join the Modern Descendants

Washington State Historical Society Celebration




 You’re invited! Join us to celebrate.
January 18, 2018, 5:00 PM, with special guest Governor Jay Inslee.

Celebrate new galleries in the Great Hall of Washington History
We’re celebrating the opening of our recently renovated galleries in the Great Hall of Washington History and you are invited! Please join us for a performance, remarks, and a ribbon cutting on January 18 (Third Thursday).
This event will mark the completion of two galleries, recently renovated thanks to financial support from the State of Washington capital budget. The State’s contribution to revitalizing the Great Hall supports our mission to partner with our communities to explore how history connects us all.
Hear from special guest Governor Jay Inslee at the ribbon cutting ceremony with community partners and exhibit contributors.
5:00 PM – Program
  • See the award-winning Living Voices perform the multimedia theatrical performance Northwest Passages
6:00 PM – Remarks and Ribbon Cutting
  • Remarks from dignitaries with special guest Governor Jay Inslee
  • Ribbon cutting and welcome to the Great Hall
  • Light refreshments on the Mezzanine
Free and open to the public. We hope to see you there.