Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Google Scholar

TIP OF THE WEEK –
GOOGLE SCHOLAR   One tip that came out of Pam Vestal’s Second Saturday presentation on March 13, 2021, is the use of a little known feature of Google, Google Scholar. Found at https://scholar.google.com, Google Scholar focuses on searching scholarly literature found on the internet. It will display results found from academic publishers, universities, professional societies, etc. It will find doctoral dissertations, theses, academic papers, and more.  
  Our upcoming SGS Second Saturday presentation will be Steve Morrison presenting “Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant”, on April 10, 2021. It’s virtual. All are welcome. The link can be found on the SGS website Calendar of Events.   

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Wyoming Newspapers

TIP OF THE WEEK –
WYOMING DIGITAL NEWSPAPER COLLECTION   Have Wyoming ancestors? The site www.wyomingnewspapers.org currently contains over 134,000 issues of historical and archived Wyoming newspapers with issues dating from 1849-1922. The database is searchable and use of the site is free to the public. It is a service of the Colorado & Wyoming State Libraries and the University of Wyoming, and it is partially funded through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Small Town Newspapers

TIP OF THE WEEK

– Small Town Papers   This tip came from a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking private group on Facebook. If you would like to become a member of the group, just ask; use the Facebook search to find the group and then click on the JOIN GROUP icon.  

Karen P. turned us onto a website she found, www.stparchive.com , which is a “Master List of all newspaper archives hosted by SmallTownPapers”. This list is sorted by newspaper name, or by state. Karen says,  “I just found this website on small town newspapers. Click on the newspaper, Then Browse will give you the years the have digitized. Search will let you search. As always finding things are hit and miss, but it looks like a good source.” 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Google Search

TIP OF THE WEEK – GOOGLE SEARCH BY CATEGORY
  An SGS member reported that he found this article on Google Searches by the Legal Genealogist very helpful 
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2020/11/24/google-that-but/

Possibly you have never noticed that when you do a Google Search it is, by default, searching “All”, or everything. If you look under the Search Box you see you can search by a category/subset  such as :

  • All
  • News
  • Images 
  • Maps
  • Shopping
  • More  … where you will find these categories/subsets :
  •     Videos
  •     Books
  •     Flights
  •     Finance 

Experiment with it. For example, sometimes it may make more sense to search the category (subset) “Books” or “News” instead of searching “All”, which would return so much irrelevant data.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Gift a Story

 TIP OF THE WEEK – GIFT A STORY OF HER
Gift A Story invites you to write about a woman who inspired you – your hero, your mother, or your mentor, and then gift them with a Certificate of Recognition from the NYC Municipal Archives, where their stories will live forever. 

This project, inspired by the suffrage movement and run by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), will continue through the 2020 centennial, with a goal of 20,000 stories. Most women’s lives aren’t documented in official records. This Gift A Story program can help to ensure that the legacies of all dedicated women are celebrated and that they get the appreciation they deserve.

To learn more about it, click the link below: 
https://bit.ly/Giftastory

Seattle Genealogical Society Three Tips of the Week

 TIP OF THE WEEK –
THREE YEAR END TIPS
  Through the end of December, Ancestry is allowing library patrons access to Ancestry Library Edition from the comfort of their home. Included –  Seattle Public Library, King County Library, and Sno-Isle Libraries. Patrons, login through your library’s portal using your library card number and pin.  

Are you in the market for a DNA test? During the holidays, many of the DNA testing companies (Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA, etc) advertise substantial discounts on their tests. 

Many folks wait until the end of the year to make their charitable contributions. The SGS Library may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but the expenses go on. Your continued support is needed and appreciated. Seattle Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Donations to SGS are tax deductible. For details on how to contribute, visit our website: 
https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=99

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week RootsTech

 TIP OF THE WEEK –
RootsTech CONNECT 2021, 

FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE
  Hosted by FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, RootsTech, the world’s largest family celebration event, will be entirely virtual and absolutely free. There will be something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

This virtual conference is scheduled for February 25-27, 2021.
They do ask that you register. For additional info or registration, go to : 
https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Ethnicity Estimate

TIP OF THE WEEK –
ANCESTRY ETHNICITY ESTIMATE UPDATE
Did you get the word Ancestry.com DNA ethnicity estimates have been updated? Anyone who has taken an Ancestry.com DNA test can login to their account and see their new ethnicity estimate results.

Here is Ancestry’s explanation for this update and the changes you might see. They say, “Don’t worry, your DNA doesn’t change. What changes is what we know about DNA, the amount of data we have, and the ways we can analyze it. When that leads to new discoveries, we update your results. To calculate your estimate, we compare your DNA to a reference panel of DNA samples from around the world. As we get more samples in our panel, we can identify more world populations for you.”. 

From “Discover Your DNA Story”, you can find “Learn More About This Update” for more details. And from there, for a limited time, you may view or print your previous ethnicity estimate using “View Previous Estimate”. 

If you are ready to learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy, check the SGS Calendar of Events for meeting times for the DNA interest groups, “DNA Workshop” and “DNA Interest Group”. And don’t forget about the SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Dr Blaine Bettinger, author of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Court Records

TIP OF THE WEEK –
393 MILLION U.S. COURT RECORDS
  Thanks to Dick Eastman for another great tip. Since he reported this resource a short time ago, there have been millions of records added – up 28 million records in just the last 30 days! Marriage, divorce, estate, probate, name change,  and adoption court records. 

This site it is completely free, no credit card, no sign ups, no advertising. 
The url is: 
https://www.judyrecords.com