Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Scanned images of Missouri death certificates from 1910 through 1966 are now available online for free! An index of the Missouri death certificates can be found here:

Their search engine is very comprehensive. The database can be searched by first, middle, and/or last name, county, year and month, or many combinations of these parameters. Digitized images of the original death certificates are linked to the search results, and may be viewed or downloaded at no charge.

This site will be very valuable to people with ancestors who died in Missouri within this time period.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week



This tip is for current users of Family Tree Maker (FTM), and those who are considering FTM for their genealogy software program. It requires a subscription to If you are not an Ancestry subscriber, remember you can always come access it on the computers in the SGS Library. Ancestry is also available at many public libraries.

Ancestry Academy (one of the Extra Features on has a terrific tutorial that reviews all the main features available in FTM 2014 and later versions. The tutorial is about 75 minutes long, and consists of 13 segments, each addressing one component of FTM.


Topics include:
•Adding Notes, Media, Web Links and Tasks
•Tree Sync How To Merge Individuals and Files
•Creating Charts and Reports
•and more …

Each tutorial segment is about 5 minutes long, and it’s possible to scroll from one segment to the next, to revisit a specific topic, or to resume where you left off.

Here’s the URL:

Long-time users of FTM highly recommend this tutorial to everyone, novice and expert alike. It showcases many nifty tricks and details all the features in FTM.

This tutorial is recommended for everyone using FTM, even if you do not access Ancestry from within Family Tree Maker or put your trees online at Ancestry.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The Family History Library is a genealogical research facility in downtown Salt Lake City. It is open to the public, free of charge, and is operated by, associated with the LDS.

Each month they present a couple dozen classes/webinars. You can attend online or in person, and as always it’s free of charge. All you need to do is check the schedule, and then register for the class or classes that interest you. Some of the classes/webinars are available in Spanish or Chinese.

If you would like to start receiving the monthly class/webinar schedule via email, sent a email message to FHLClasses at

The webinars use AdobeConnect which can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The links in the monthly schedule are active and you can connect simply by clicking on the blue webinar link. If you are going to attend one of their webinars, they recommend that you connect about 30 minutes before the class starts to check your audio and visual. A further tip, connect your audio and test with YouTube before connecting to AdobeConnect. This will ensure that your sound is working before you join the webinar. The audio device you wish to use must be on before you enter AdobeConnect.

Here’s a sample of the classes/webinars that will be presented next week. The link at the very end of this article will take you to the online site where you can view the full schedules for August and September.
• Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively
• Researching in Prussian Poland
• FamilySearch Wiki
• Kissing Cousins or Not?
• Finding Records of Chinese Americans
• Using Metasuche or Metasearch

Click Here

TriCity Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

Finding Family History Magazines Locally

Did you know that Barnes and Noble in the Columbia Center Mall carries the following family history magazines:

Who Do You Think You Are?
Associated with the TV show of the same name, based in United Kingdom, 13 issues/year

Your Family History
Based in United Kingdom, 13 issues/year

Family Tree Magazine
Based in United States, 7 issues/year

Irish Roots
Based in Ireland, 4 issues/year

Thanks to Art Kelly for sharing that information.

Also, you can find the last two years of Family Tree Magazine at the Kennewick (Union) library.  If you are a member of Mid-Columbia Libraries you can use their e-magazine service, Zinio, to download digital issues of Family Tree Magazine.  You can borrow issues indefinitely and can receive a notice when the next issue is available for download.

Tri-City Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

1 Aug 2017

Dear TCGS Guests:

Please be advised that Legacy Family Tree is providing free webinars in August on the following topics:

Tracing Your West Country Ancestors

A Taxing Matter: Using Tax Lists in Genealogy

Using Pictures With Legacy Family Tree

Analyzing Probate Records of Slaveholders To Identify Enslaved Ancestors

Finding Your Ancestors in German Directories

How to do Mexican Research and be Successful

Getting Started With Evidentia


Have fun viewing whatever you choose. Thanks.


Art Kelly

Tri-City Genealogical Society Program Chair/V.P.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Oklahoma’s Dept. of Health now has an online vital records index, called OK2Explore. This is a free, searchable index of births and deaths in the state of Oklahoma; included are details of births more than 20 years ago, and of deaths more than 5 years ago. One may search this site using any combination of the subject’s name, date of event (birth or death), county of event, and sex of the subject.


Records of births occurring more than 125 years ago and those of deaths occurring more than 75 years ago are open to the public, and no proof of eligibility is required to order them. More recent records require proof of eligibility.

If you find a record you want a copy of, the site provides several ways in which to order it.

Here is the URL for this site:

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


While on-line newspaper vendors like and are terrific resources, these databases often do not have newspapers for the geographical area you are researching. When online sources fail to find an obituary, what is a person to do?

One excellent resource to check with is the local public library in the city, town, or county in which your ancestor died. Provide them with the name, the date of death, and ask them if they have newspapers for that period that they can search for you. Sometimes this query can be done via the local library’s web site. And some local libraries even have links to an obituary index that you can search.

Libraries might charge a nominal fee for this service, but some may provide it for free, especially when they can email you a scanned image of the obituary, rather than mailing it to you.

So don’t forget the local library in the area where your ancestor lived or died can be a valuable resource

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


You don’t have to be a DAR member to use the DAR website and its resources. If you had an ancestor in the Colonies during the American Revolutionary War, here are the steps to finding out what the DAR might have on them:

1. Log onto

2. Click on GRS (green button at top of home page)

3. Click on Ancestors

4. Enter at least your ancestor’s last name and hit Search

A results list will be displayed showing full name, rank, birth and death date, service description. Click on the individual entry and you’ll get some additional data such as residence and spouse. Hint: click again on the member number (aka “Natl Num”) to see even more info. Sometimes you can purchase the associated membership application and/or supplemental supporting documentation as noted by the green Purchase button. Also don’t forget some lineage applications are on Ancestry.