Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
Improvements to  AncestryDNA Results Page

Ancestry has made some improvements to the AncestryDNA Results page. They are now showing the shared total DNA cM and segments in a prominent position near the matched member’s id. So it is no longer necessary to click on the grayed icon to get that information. Also looking toward the right, under the green and white  “View Match”,  is a new blue “Connect” with an intersecting circles icon. Click on that blue “Connect”. It displays a side-by-side comparison of your data and your DNA match’s data.

  • Your Photo / Their Photo
  • Your Ethnicity Estimates / Their Ethnicity Estimates
  • Matches You Both Share

Fun stuff,  in a more efficient, user friendly format.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
RESEARCHING AT REPOSITORIES

October is American Archives Month. If you feel you’ve already found everything you can at the usual genealogy websites, don’t overlook what genealogy resources are available to you at the state archives, as well as at local, university, and historical society libraries.

Study the library website and search their online catalog and indexes to get a feel for their genealogy collections. Need ideas for records to consult? Run a search of the FamilySearch.org  online catalog for your ancestors’ county or town, then browse the record categories to see the types of record collections available.

“OUT OF THE ARCHIVES” is a newsletter published by the Washington State Archives. It is designed to educate you on how to access and best use the collections available to you, through them. To read back issues, or subscribe, use this link :

https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/newsletter-archive.aspx

Lighthouse Plans and Maps 1793-1939

For all of you Lighthouse affectionatoes out there!  The NARA online catalog now includes Lighthouse Plans and Maps, 1793-1939, Records of the U.S. Coast Guard, RG: 26.  These include architectural drawing, maps and much more info on Lighthouses in the U.S.  If one of your ancestors was a Lighthouse Keeper, don’t miss browsing through this collection.  Sign up for the NARA Newsletter for regular updates on collections added to the NARA Online Catalog.  https://www.archives.gov/research/catalog

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TIP OF THE WEEK –
Washington State Library Awarded $280,000

This recent $280,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will enable the Washington State Library’s Washington Digital Newspaper Project to add 100,000 pages of culturally and historically significant newspapers from Asian-American, African-American, and World War II-era publications to its free public archives.

The grant is the fourth National Endowment for the Humanities award for the Digital Newspaper Project. Under the State Library’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, more than 300,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers have been added to the 13 million newspaper pages publicly accessible at the Chronicling America website of the Library of Congress.

The lesson to be learned, it pays to keep checking sites such as Chronicling America often because records are being digitized so rapidly.

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TIP OF THE WEEK –
COUNTY LINES ON GOOGLE MAPS 

In the eyes of genealogists, a shortcoming of Google Maps is that they do no display county lines. A few days ago, in Dick Eastman’s blog titled “Displaying County Lines on Google Maps”, he introduces a couple of tools by Randy Majors to overcome the problem. The first will overlay county lines on Google Maps for the US, UK, or Ireland. The second is a tool that will display historical county lines on a Google Map for locations in the US, as of a certain date that you provide. Check out these tools for yourself at :
https://www.randymajors.com/p/countygmap.html
https://www.randymajors.com/p/maps.html

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
ARE YOU MISSING PART OF THE eNEWS! 

Attention GMAIL users. Have you noticed your eNews! seems to be cut-off abruptly? It will look as if there are paragraphs, feature articles, or photos missing. Well, GMAIL does what they call “trimming” of long emails (above a certain size in bytes, a unit of measure for digital information). This happened to the last issue of the eNews! and some readers were left a bit confused.

If you see  an ellipsis, three dots, hover over it with your cursor and you will see the message “See Trimmed Content”. Click on the ellipsis and the full eNews! will be revealed to you.

No matter what email service provider you use, a fool proof way to avoid “trimming” problems, omitted photos, and inadvertently missing large chunks of the eNews! , is to train yourself to always use the View it in your browser feature.  That is in the upper right hand corner of the eNews! directly after the question “Is this email not displaying correctly?”.

Try out the View it in your browser option on the last edition of the eNews! Use it on this current edition; then make a habit of using it. You’ll be glad you did.

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TIP OF THE WEEK – AMERICAN ANCESTORS.ORG 

Ancestry, fold3, and Newspapers.com are not the only research database websites available for use on the computers in our SGS Library.

Founded in 1845, the NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) is a leading resource for family history research, with expertise ranging from 17th-century colonial New England through 20th-century immigration research. Their website, AmericanAncestors.org, is a online repository for more than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond. SGS subscribes to AmericanAncestors.org and it is available for your use on the patron computers in the SGS Library. Come in to see what you can find.

Hours at the SGS Library are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.

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TIP OF THE WEEK –
A GREAT RESOURCE FOR WESTERN
NORTH CAROLINA RESEARCH: the BGSOTC

A terrific genealogical society, the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, has published abstracts of many of the surviving documents in western North Carolina. Tryon County was created in 1769 and in 1779 its name was changed to Lincoln County. While Old Tryon County no longer exists, it included the geographic area that is now Rutherford, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Gaston counties of North Carolina, and Cherokee and York Counties of South Carolina, plus portions of several NC and SC counties that border these counties – A LARGE AREA.

This wonderful society’s publication, Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County (BGSOTC for short) began in 1973, and its issues contain abstracts of all types of records – wills, deeds, court records, family histories, etc. – from all of the counties listed above.

It gets better! They’ve created an every-name index for the issues of the BGSOTC from 1992 to the present, and placed it online at http://www.oldtryon.com/

If you have ancestors in this part of western NC or upper SC, check out this index. You can search for your ancestors from the comfort of home!

SGS has BGSOTC issues from 1998 to the present, so if you find one of your ancestors in the online index, the issue may well be in our collection.

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TIP OF THE WEEK –
THE BEST SOURCE FOR FINDING
PROBATE CASES & DIVORCE RECORDS
IN KING COUNTY, 1881-1980

The King County Court Cases Index, 1881-1980 (KC3I, for short) is an SGS database, created by SGS volunteers a decade ago.

This database contains every divorce and every probate case that occurred in King County between 1881 and 1980.

So if you have roots in King County, be sure to check this database!  All you need to do is to request a search via our website; we typically respond within 24-48 hours.

See the SGS website at http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/kc3i for more information, or to complete a look-up request online. This service is free to current SGS members.

One caveat: Because of the source from which it was created, the SGS KC3I is a subset of the Superior Court Cases of King County. Our index was compiled using records collected by the Seattle branch of Chicago Title Company.  They were required by law to record every court case that might affect a person’s right to clear title of property. Thus our index includes all probate cases, divorces, and mental competency hearings occurring in King County Superior Court; it does not contain criminal cases, marriages, adoptions, or other types of cases that have no bearing on one’s right to clear title of property.

Remember, too, that this is an INDEX of cases, not the case records themselves; those reside at the King County Court Clerk’s office.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the WEEK

TIP OF THE WEEK – TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

FamilySearch recently announced a milestone. Their online databases of digitized historical documents now contain more than 2 billion images! These are historical records from all over the world – including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, the Pacific, as well as other regions.

And more images are being added weekly. In the quest to to become fully digitize, their microfilms are being scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per business day.  If you haven’t used FamilySearch.org for research recently,  it might be time to take another look.

One way to stay abreast of record collections that have recently been digitized or indexed at FamilySearch is by reading their online blog.  Scroll down through the articles posted looking for articles titled similar to this,  “New Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 4, 2018”.  Read the full story and it will contain a list of new digitized collections or new indexed collections.

Here are some recent additions Washingtonians may be interested in :

WA, Western District, Naturalizations Records, 1853-1957 – newly indexed
WA, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1938 – newly indexed
WA, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 – newly digitized images-no index

The URL to get to the blog is :
https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/
SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!