Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s Special-event

CeCe Moore, the renowned genetic genealogicst and media consultant, will be the Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s special-event guest speaker on Saturday, November 10, 2018. She will give four DNA lectures in Fort Worden State Park’s USO building; two lectures in the morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. and two lectures in the afternoon. Details and registration form are on our website

Rootsweb Lists Spring Back to Life!

Rootsweb Lists Spring Back to Life!

Rootsweb was offline for some months, and is now coming back online,one piece at a time. First to return was World Connect: and t he Message Boards have continued to work and were not offline.

Now lists have been upgraded and restored, and the archives are being re-filled from backups. Find your way here: Create a new login here: Once you have set up your account, you will be able to control list mail and how you receive it. Remember to link older email accounts as well.

Washington State lists are here: — including the WSGS lists.

If you would like to support this effort, why not become a listowner?
Create a login: and then head over to to adopt one. There is even a list for new listowners:

Once lists are working perfectly, the websites will return too!

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