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
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:
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:
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.
TIP OF THE WEEK – FOLD3 NEW UK RECORDS
If you have an ancestor who may have served in the military of the
United Kingdom between 1806-1915, be sure to check out the collection
recently added to FOLD3, “UK, Militia Attestation Papers, 1806-1915”.
Fold3 explains Attestation Form data was collected on the soldier at
the time of recruitment. It forms a record of military service for
those who fought in conflicts during the 1806-1915 time period. The
Attestation Paper contains a wealth of information about the soldier
such as parish, town, and county of birth, address at the time of
enlistment, age, trade or job, a physical description of the soldier,
as well as the name and address of next of kin. The files list military
service rendered and whether a soldier was wounded or received medals
or decorations. Quite often the date of discharge is noted. The
collection is arranged alphabetically under regiments and in order of
If you don’t have a Fold3 subscription of your own, come into the SGS Library and access it via one of our patron computers.
TIP OF THE WEEK – QUICK AND EASY CATALOG
Want to stay abreast of any new material on the shelves of the SGS
library? It couldn’t be easier. Use the new, improved “Library Catalog”
application on our website to quickly get a list of recent
Navigate to our website https://seagensoc.org
Scroll down a little and click on the “Library and Catalog” shown on
the left hand side. That displays two lines: “Library Catalog” and
“Journal of SGS”.
Click on the ‘’Library Catalog”. That brings up the form which has four search criteria fields: Location, MediaType, New and Search.
While these four search criteria fields allow for robust search
capabilities in the app, for this example we will only be using the
search criteria titled “New:”. Click on the box next to the “New:”
and it displays a drop down list, where you click on “New” to select
that option. A list of the titles of any new material acquired in the
last six months will be displayed. Right now there are approximately 83
titles on that list. You may save or print this list as a PDF by using
the button labeled “PDF List”. It’s toward the upper right corner of
the entry form.
We hope you will visit our website often and use the Library Catalog to
explore all the wonderful holdings you can find on our shelves.
TIP OF THE WEEK – GENEALOGY RELATED HOLIDAY SALES As with sweaters and toys, December is a good time to shop for genealogy related deals. Here are a few of those deals.
Now through December 26, 2019, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is advertising significant discounts on all their various DNA kits, as well as free standard shipping. Currently the autosomal kit is $49 (save $30), their maternal mtDNA kit is $139 (save $60), and the Y-37 test for men is now $99 (save $70). Check their website for the prices of their other Y test kits.
If you are in the market for an autosomal DNA Kit from Ancestry.com, it is on sale now through December 31, 2019 for $59 plus shipping. They are also offering subscription discounts to new subscribers.
Finally, if you’d like to attend Roots Tech 2020, in Salt Lake City, UT, February 26-29, 2020, as of today the four day pass is being offered at a promotional price of $189 (save $110). No telling how long this deal will last – so hurry. www.FamilyTreeDNA.com
TIP OF THE WEEK – DIGITAL LIBRARY AT FamilySearch
Thanks to Dick Eastman and his free online genealogy newsletter for
reminding us about the FamilySearch Digital Library and its collection
of more than 440,000 digitized genealogy and family history books and
publications right at our fingertips.
At the Digital Library, you can dive into family histories, county and
local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and even medieval
histories and pedigrees. (You do have your free FamilySearch account,
right? Be sure to be logged in.)
Visit FamilySearch.org, and click Search in the top menu. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Books.
The content of the digital library is freely viewable. On the home
page of the Digital Library, use the simple search bar to search by a
surname, historical events, groups of people, book title, or names of
places. Go ahead! Try it.
Check back often as more and more books are being added to the Digital Library every day.
TIP OF THE WEEK – FREEBIES
Both American Ancestors and Ancestry have free access promotions this
month. If you hurry, you can get in on the last few days.
Between Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, anyone
can access the many research databases of American Ancestors by
registering as a FREE Guest Member. That link is AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion
contains some of the most important online databases for researching
American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering
For Veterans Day, Ancestry.Com is offering free access to their military records collection covering all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history, from the Colonial era to Vietnam—and beyond. Search for free now through November 17
TIP OF THE WEEK – ARE YOUR “SAVED” RECORDS “SAFE”?
Most people who keep their family tree on Ancestry regularly attach
records/images to an individual in their tree using the ‘Save to a
person in my tree’ function, thinking they have really saved the record
to their tree, and it will be there forever and ever. Fun and easy?
True. Forever and ever? Not true. What has really happened was a link
was created from their tree to that record/image in a database. So once
they stop subscribing to Ancestry, they will still have access to their
family tree kept there, but they will no longer be able to view any
record/image attachments “saved” from a paid database — which most are.
The bottom line, if these records/images are important to you, by all
means, “Save to someone in my tree” as you have been doing, but also use
the “Save to my computer” function. Name the record/image file you
saved something meaningful, so it can easily be identified later, and
keep it organized in a folder on your computer. A good practice might be
to create a folder on your computer for each of your family surnames.
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