Happy New Year

The card is embossed to look like a real bow above, but it is just printed.

This postcard is from Jennie (Cronk) Dillingham, wife of my grandmother Anna (Dillingham) Hansen’s first cousin Erland Burtrand Dillingham to Anna Hansen. My grandparents and four children had moved earlier in 1910 to Columbus, Montana from near Sebeka, Minnesota. Soon the fifth child Leigh Erland Hansen would be born.

A Merry Christmas

A Christmas card to my Grandmother Anna (Dillingham) Hansen from Alice Costello (DeRemer) Hansen wife of Peter Hansen. Peter was my grandfather Anton Hansen’s older brother. The card was not mailed so I don’t know the date. The postcard is heavily embossed.

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the WSGS Blog.

This is a postcard to my grandmother Anna (Dillingham) Hansen from Allie. Allie is Alice Costello (DeRemer) Hansen, wife of Peter Hansen, the older brother to my grandfather Anton Hansen. Peter was the first of five Hansen brothers to come to Austin Minnesota from Denmark in the 1880s. Four of the brothers never left Minnesota, but my grandfather was the one that went west, first to Columbus Montana and then to Blanchard Idaho.

Anna’s Dillingham family came to New England in 1632, and they were Quakers. They later married into six Mayflower families, Alden, Cooke, Doty, Hopkins, Mullins, and Soule.

Grand Opening Clark County Genealogical Society Library

December 7, 2019
Announcing Grand Opening of CCGS Research Library at 3205 NE 52nd St., Vancouver, WA 98663; Open House begins from 11am and Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will officiate at 5pm ribbon cutting ceremony.  Serving Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters custom CCGS coffee blend “Library Blend,” Tea and Christmas cookies.  See you there! 

WSGS has received an invitation to attend Clark County Gen Society’s Grand Opening of their new research library on December 7, 2019 at 5 pm 3205 NE 52nd St  Vancouver, WA   RSVP ccgslibrarian@outlook.com  

Seattle Archives Fair

The Archives Fair at the Seattle City Hall, October 30 from 10 to 2pm. It is located in the Bertha Knight Landes Room on the main level of the City Hall 5th Ave entrance. I am attaching the flyer. There will be 19 Archives represented tomorrow.

List of archives attending:

Seattle Public Library Special Collections

King County Archives

UW Special Collections

UW Labor Archives

Providence Archives

Seattle Public Schools Archives

WA State Archives, Puget Sound Regional Branch

NARA Seattle

Seattle Genealogical Society

Lakeside School Archives


Living Computer Museum Archives

Museum of Flight Archives

Black Heritage Society

WA State Jewish Historical Society Archives

Puget Sound Navy Museum

UW Ethnomusicology / Media Archives

Seattle Municipal Archives

KRAB Archives   

FGS & NGS Plan to Merge

Today is a landmark day in the history of the Federation of Genealogical Societies. We are excited to tell you that this morning, at our national conference in Washington D. C., we announced our intent to merge with the National Genealogical Society.

The Federation was formed in 1976 in order to provide support to genealogical and historical societies. Key objectives during the past four decades have been to: promote the study of genealogy, stimulate the activities of state and local organizations, provide resources that enable genealogical organizations to succeed in pursuing their missions, advocate for the preservation of records. The intended merger with NGS will enhance our ability to support societies and offer services that will help strengthen them and help them to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing, technology-driven, volunteer-challenged environment.

You can read the full press release of the announcement on the FGS Voice blog.
  Preserve the Pensions Project You may be wondering how the merger will affect the Preserve the Pensions project. FGS launched the Preserve the Pensions project in 2010 and raised more than $3 million to digitize and make freely available the pension files from the War of 1812. Fundraising for the project was completed in 2016.

The Preserve the Pensions project will continue under its existing arrangements. FGS has an agreement with NARA for the preservation and digitization of the records and Ancestry is coordinating the digitization process. The funds for completing this project are set aside in restricted accounts.
  Conferences We also wanted to let you know that plans are still in place to hold our annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2020. Starting in 2021, the combined organization will hold one conference with four full days of genealogical lectures and a fifth day dedicated to society management topics.

I believe this merger will serve our members and the genealogical community by improving the support of both individuals and societies in the pursuit of genealogical excellence.


Faye Stallings
FGS President

Time is Running Out

Sunday July 28th the bill passed by the legislature to lock up Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce records starts working. Births for 100 years and Deaths, Marriages and Divorce records for 25 years. You can still get your own record, your parents, grandparents and great grandparents, and the other way your children, and grandchildren, but if you are searching, or are an aunt, uncle, nephew or niece you are out of luck. The cost for a certified record goes up by $5 also. They will have information copies with a big disclaimer that cannot be used for any legal purpose. The information death certificates will NOT have the cause of death. The law did not list a cost for an informational copy.

So if you need a Birth, Death, Marriage or Divorce record right now it is cheaper, and available to all. After July 28th you might not be able to get it unless you wait 25 years or 100 for a birth record.

They did agree to leave the indexes open for research, but finding a Washington birth index is pretty hard. Family Search does have a birth index on microfilm in Salt Lake City from 1907 to 1954 and there are some of the birth certificate microfilms on permanent holds in our state. Problem here is that Family Search does not send out microfilm anymore, so you need to go to Salt Lake City to see the index.

Here is the article with the copy of the bill passed by the legislature.

Seattle Genealogical Society GiveBig Day

May 8th is a BIG day!

         The Seattle Genealogical Society is excited to be part of the           

2019 GiveBig campaign!

#GiveBIG2019                             What is GiveBig?
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Seattle community. We need member support more than ever!
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We are an all volunteer organization!

Volunteers maintain and update a 15,000 volume library that is open to the public. SGS offers a variety of services and databases for those researching ancestors from all over the world.  We have classes, seminars, publications, and knowledgeable volunteers to help in your genealogical journey.    


Make an IMPACT! Support us through GiveBIG, our community’s biggest day of giving of the year. Learn more at givebig.seattlefoundation.org