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.

FLASH! Ancestry for half price! Offer only for 2 days!

This came to me via Lisa Louise Cooke’s blog…………

SAVE 50% on Ancestry.com Subscriptions*
FLASH SALE! This Veteran’s Day, new subscribers can get 50% off Ancestry.com subscriptions! You can choose 1 month or 6 months, and pick from their three different levels so you get the package that’s right for you.
HURRY! This sale is only good for 2 DAYS!
November 10 – 11, 2017

NEHGS Webinar Notarial Records in Quebec

Upcoming Webinar—Watch from Home!
Navigating Notarial Records in Quebec
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:00–4:00 PM EST
Presented by Sheilagh Doerfler, Senior Researcher
Free and open to the public

Notarial records are an essential—yet often overlooked—resource for family historians researching ancestors with roots in Quebec. From marriages to estate inventories to labor contracts these records can provide a wealth of genealogical information not found elsewhere. Join Senior Researcher Sheilagh Doerfler to learn about what types of notarial records exist, how to access them, and how to get the most out of these important resources.
Can’t attend a live broadcast? Not a problem! You will be able to watch a recording of the presentation on our website following the broadcast.

About the Speaker

NEHGS Senior Researcher Sheilagh Doerfler received her B.A. in History and Communication from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests include New England, Atlantic Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Ireland, Sweden, and Norway.
Call 617-226-1226 or
email education@nehgs.org

Free Access Native American Records at fold3


Free* Access to the Native American Collection

82 - Broken Arm, Ogalalla Sioux Do you have Native American ancestry? Or are you interested in Native American history? Then explore Fold3’s Native American Collection for free November 1-15.

Titles in this collection include:

    • Ratified Indian Treaties (1722-1869): Ratified treaties that occurred between the United States government and American Indian tribes. Also included are presidential proclamations, correspondence, and treaty negotiation expenses.
    • Indian Census Rolls (1885-1940): Census rolls submitted annually by agents or superintendents of Indian reservations as required by an 1884 Act of Congress. Only persons who maintained a formal affiliation with a tribe under Federal supervision are listed on these census rolls.
    • Dawes Packets: Applications between 1896 and 1914 from members of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Seminole tribes to establish eligibility for an allotment of land in return for abolishing their tribal governments and recognizing Federal law.
    • Dawes Enrollment Cards (1898-1914): Enrollment cards, also referred to as “census cards,” prepared by the staff of the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, commonly known as the Dawes Commission. The cards record information provided by applications submitted by members of the same family group or household and include notations of the actions taken.
    • Eastern Cherokee Applications (1906-1909): Applications submitted for shares of the money that was appropriated for the Eastern Cherokee Indians by Congress on June 30, 1906.

Iroquois Indian tribe, 1914

  • Enrollment of Eastern Cherokee by Guion Miller (1908-1910): The Guion Miller Roll is perhaps the most important source for Cherokee genealogical research. There are an estimated 90,000 individual applicants from throughout North America included within this publication.
  • Cherokee Indian Agency, TN (1801-1835): The records of the agent of Indian Affairs in Tennessee, including correspondence, agency letter books, fiscal records, records of the Agent for the Department of War in Tennessee, records of the Agent for Cherokee Removal, and miscellaneous records.
  • Rinehart Photos – Native Americans (1898): Photographs of over 100 Native Americans taken by Frank A. Rinehart, a commercial photographer in Omaha, Nebraska. Rinehart was commissioned to photograph the 1898 Indian Congress, part of the Trans-Mississippi International Exposition.

Have you found an ancestor in Fold3’s Native American collection? Tell us about it! Or get started exploring the Native American Collection here.

Upcoming Webinars

The Wisconsin Genealogical Society is offering a free webinar on US Citizenship & Immigration Services Records on October 17th (first come first serve with limited registrations).


The Georgia Genealogical Society is offering a free webinar on October 25th on

Secrets and Clues Hidden in the 1790-1840 U.S. Censuses

The Southern California Genealogical Society is offering a free webinar on Family History + Health History Lead to Personalized Healthcare
on October 18th.

Legacy Family Tree Webinars

October 2017