Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week -Irish Roots

TIP OF THE WEEK –
CONNECT WITH YOUR IRISH ROOTS

Have you heard of “Ireland Reaching Out”? Their mission statement says “Of the estimated 70 million people of Irish descent living outside of Ireland today, many are unsure of where in Ireland they originate from, or if there are any living relatives still there. We aim to help these people discover the story of their family history and reconnect them with the Ireland of today.”

And their approach is a bit unique, “It is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to come home to Ireland to trace their roots, local Irish parish communities go the other way. At a town land, village and parish level, local Irish communities identify who left their neighborhoods, and trace them and their descendants worldwide, proactively engaging with them and inviting them to become part of an extended “virtual” community with their place of origin.” 

“Ireland Reaching Out” has a Facebook Page in addition to their website: https://irelandxo.com 
Join, post your family’s emigration story or browse the messages boards, communicate with a volunteer, learn about Irish history.   

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
CONFERENCE KEEPER WEBSITE

Would you like one place to stay informed of  family history conferences, seminars, workshops, and other genealogy events? Then www.ConferenceKeeper.org might be your place. Their goal is to increase the availability of information about opportunities for genealogists and family historians by providing details on Genealogy Conferences & Events, to genealogists’ knowledge, skills and enjoyment of genealogical research.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Family Search Communities

TIP OF THE WEEK –
COMMUNITIES AT FAMILYSEARCH

SGS had a full house for the Spring Virtual Seminar with guest speaker Dr Fritz Juengling. One tip offered at this seminar was about a resource at FamilySearch.org  you may not be aware of – online FamilySearch Community Research Groups – where like minded people can ask or answer research questions and share resources. You can join any of dozens of different research groups. Join a group to get help yourself, or to share your expertise with others. Groups cover geographical areas, as well as areas of interest. Example group include the likes of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Genetic Genealogy, Adoption, African American Genealogy Research, First Nations of North America, Family Bibles, just to name a few. 

Need help with your research? Once you join a group you can: 

  • ask questions
  • upload documents and get help with translation
  • participate in discussions
  • learn about upcoming webinars
  • discover new resources

Or join a group to offer your help to others by: 

  • answering questions
  • translating documents
  • sharing new resources

Get involved and make these groups more valuable for everyone! Like FamilySearch itself, these community research groups are available to you absolutely free of charge. Start here to find a group that interests you:
https://community.familysearch.org/

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
MAPS ONLINE AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

This question came up on the SGS Networking Group Facebook page, “Is there an online map of Seattle as it would have looked in the 1940 census?” Normally a King County resident would go to the downtown Seattle Public Library and search the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, but with SPL closed, what is a person to do? 

Group member, Darren, advised that while Seattle Public Library has an extensive map collection, they do not have much online. He suggested checking for Sanborn maps  online at  the Library of Congress website.  Great, they had maps of Seattle, King County, WA for years pretty close to 1940. 

Whether you want an old Sanborn map for Portland, Cumberland County, ME or Portland, Multnomah County, OR, you may be able to find it with a simple online search at : 
https://loc.gov/maps 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
AROLSEN ARCHIVES NOW ONLINE

The Arolsen Archives–International Centre on Nazi Persecution (formerly known as the International Tracing Service) reached a milestone this week and now has all 26 million of its documents available online. This collection includes information on 21 million people who were displaced, persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. The new uploads include data on the deportations of Jews, Roma and Sinti from the former German Empire, Austria, Bohemia and Moravia. 

What documents can you find in the Arolsen Archives and helpful hints on searching for them can be found here: https://collections.arolsen-archives.org/en/help/

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Photos

TIP OF THE WEEK –
HELP WITH PHOTOS, SLIDES & NEGATIVES

At the end of the virtual SGS Membership Meeting last week,  members were asked if they had anything to share. A couple members recommended products for repairing and digitizing old photos, negatives, slides, film, and documents. 

The first product is called “RESTORE” by Vivid-Pix.com. With this software you can instantly improve the picture quality of those old faded scanned photos, slides, or documents. There are versions for Windows or Mac computers. The Free Trial Version provides all the features of Vivid-Pix “RESTORE” and 10 Free Fixes.

The next product is Kodak’s Scanza, a self-contained scanner built to scan slides, negatives, and films of various sizes (35mm, 126, 110, Super 8, and 8mm film) onto your computer via USB cable, or directly to a SD card. That’s right, you don’t even need a computer. Speedier and more convenient than a flatbed scanner and capable of basic adjustments for color correction and brightness is what the reviewers say.   

You can find full descriptions and reviews of both these items online. Check them out for yourself. Possibly one of these will be just what you need for your particular family photos archiving project. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
 ENJOY ROOTSTECH 2020 VIDEO SESSIONS

Thanks to Karen P for this tip she shared with the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Facebook group. 

Recorded class sessions from the RootsTech 2020 Conference  are available for anyone to view for free! Karen highly recommends Blaine Bettinger’s presentation “DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts”.

Here’s the link where you can watch free video of many of the sessions from RootsTech 2020, as well as RootsTech 2019: 
https://www.rootstech.org/video-archive

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
FINDING AN ADDRESS IN THE CENSUS
  Thanks to Jeremiah for his comment on the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group’s Facebook page. He pointed out another of Steve Morse’s great tools for genealogists. It’s a way to search a US census by address in case you can’t find what you need by searching the census with the index. 

Say you want to know who lived in your house in 1910. Or, in another scenario, you have ancestors you can find by name in the 1940 and 1920 censuses, but you can’t find them by name in the 1930 census. So you want to locate their 1920 and 1940 addresses in the 1930 census. How do you do that? 

To browse the census searching for an address is much easier if you can find something called an ED (Enumeration District) number. And here’s where Steve’s tool,  “Unified Census ED Finder” (Obtaining the Census Enumeration District for an 1880 to 1950 Location in One Step), will come in handy. Try it out for yourself here: 

https://stevemorse.org/census/unified.html  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week 2020

TIP OF THE WEEK – HONORING SUFFRAGISTS
This year is the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment by Congress which gave women of the United States voting rights in every state of the union for the first time. One educational project honoring this occasion is a joint effort of the Washington State Historical Society, the Women’s History Consortium, and the Women’s Commission. At Find-a-Grave, they have built and continue to add to a virtual cemetery and memorials for known suffragists of Washington State. It’s 66 memorials and growing. You can visit this virtual cemetery here:

https://www.findagrave.com/virtual-cemetery/983480

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – 
PGSA MEMBERSHIP IS NEW AT SGS
  SGS has purchased a subscription to the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) which includes on-line access to a members-only area and databases, plus access to the quarterly journal, ‘Rodziny’, with articles specific to Polish genealogy. If you are involved in Polish genealogy, come into the SGS Library and access PGSA.ORG from our patron computers.