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Ever attended RootsTech in Salt Lake City? Or ever thought about it? In a nutshell:

RootsTech is a global family history event where people of all ages learn to discover, share and celebrate their family connections across generations through technology. At RootsTech, there is something for everyone, no matter your experience in family history or your skill level in technology.

Family history enthusiasts attended more than 200 breakout sessions throughout the four-day conference. Other RootsTech activities included more than 200 displays in the expansive exhibition hall.

The genealogy learning at RootsTech cannot be matched by any other conference anywhere and anytime. The vendors’ hall brings anybody with anything to offer genealogists together in one place so one can ask questions and evaluate if you want that particular product. Or not.

F.Y.I. RootsTech 2020 will be 26-29 Feb; 2021 will be 3-6 Feb; 2022 will be 9-12 Mar; and 2023 will be 1-4 March.

Wouldn’t you like to come?? Click to www.rootstech.org for all the needed information.

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Do you use a Bluetooth device? Do you know what that is? Most fun, do you know where that name/term came from??

Well now you know. At least you know where the name came from. How it works is a question you’ll have to ask somebody else. (smile)

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NEXT APRIL 6th for EWGS Spring Seminar

And who is Sunny Jane McClellan Morton, you rightfully ask?

Sunny Jane Morton is an internationally-known, award-winning writer, editor and speaker for the multibillion-dollar genealogy industry. She is a Contributing Editor at Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems Podcast, with more than 2.5 million downloads worldwide, and a Contributing Editor at Family Tree Magazine, the U.S.’ premiere publication for genealogy hobbyists. A popular speaker at events across the country (including RootsTech), Sunny is especially known for expertise in tracing U.S. ancestors, particularly in church records; her unique comparisons of the industry’s largest websites; and inspiring presentations on how to reconstruct and tell meaningful stories from the past. Sunny is the author of Story of My Life: A Workbook for Preserving Your LegacyGenealogy Giants: Comparing the 4 Major Websites and the forthcoming How to Find Your Family History in U.S. Church Records (working title), co-authored with Harold Henderson, CG. She is the Co-Editor of Ohio Genealogy News and winner of the prestigious NGS Newsletter Competition (2017) and writing awards from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. She holds degrees in history and humanities from Brigham Young University.

Click www.EWSGI.org for more information and to register. That’s the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society in Spokane.  P.S. There will be no Snoqualmie Pass snow troubles by then!


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Does your city have an official tree? Does any city where your ancestors lived have such? Is Spokane really unique in that arena?

It was explorer David Douglas who, in 1826, identified and named the pinus ponderosa or Ponderosa Pine. Now it’s The Official Tree of the city of Spokane.

Using Wikipedia, I found this factoid:

During Operation Upshot–Knothole in 1953, a nuclear test was performed in which 145 ponderosa pines were cut down by the United States Forest Service and transported to Area 5 of the Nevada Test Site, where they were planted into the ground and exposed to a nuclear blast to see what the blast wave would do to a forest. The trees were partially burned and blown over.

All I can say to that is DUH!

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Ever given a thought to street names in a housing subdivision?? There may be genealogy clues hiding there in plain sight.

Take this Oswald street sign. It’s my understanding that the developer can name the streets most anything he wants and he often picks name suitable to the history and goings-on in the community.

In 1912, Ethel and John Peter Oswald bought land west of Spokane and raised a family of five children there. A grandson still owns the original house….. which is one mile from where this sign was erected. Do the folks living along Oswald Street ever give a thought to where the name originates?

My daughter lived in Pullman on Itani Street. She was told that was the developer’s mother-in-law’s name.

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Any dachshund lovers out there? We are legion!

My sweet little Tika has her own Facebook page (Tika Thinks) which she tends well even without thumbs to type. Her hero is Crusoe the Celebrity Dachsund whose YouTube videos are a hoot.

What has this to do with genealogy today? Absolutely nothing…….. BUT our doggers have enriched our lives since Day One. To that I’m sure you would agree. What sort of dear beastie did your ancestor have???

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Way, way back in 2004, The Spokesman Review (and likely newspapers all over the world) ran a story about Shrek the Sheep.

This was a sheep in New Zealand who avoided shearing roundup for five years and when finally found had a coat weighing nearly sixty pounds…… and as you see, his fleece was growing down over his eyes. The story alone was most interesting but the story was by our local religion editor and his point was that “nothing good happens to you in the long run when you stray from the flock.” 

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If you live in Eastern Washington, then you know about DUST. We over here in the eastern 2/3 of the EVERGREEN state realize that we cannot be the world’s biggest wheat-to-bread-and-pasta growing area of the world without having DUST. But we do not have to like it.

Stefanie Pettit is a regular columnist for The Spokesman Review in Spokane. A recent article of hers was addressing the subject of spring cleaning. She wrote “Truth be told, I’m not such a fanatic housecleaner in any season. I’ve made my accommodation with dust. It does have to live somewhere, so I don’t mind if a bit of it chooses to rake residence on my coffee table from time to time.”

It was her “it has to live somewhere” that granted me peace and a reprieve from my self-imposed War on Dust.

**Thanks to sheknows.com for the so-appropriate image.

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Up for some Idaho trivia today? For years, Boise has held a Potato Drop in New Year’s Eve. For Idahoans, this is bigger than Times Square on New Year. And bet you never knew.

Of course it’s not a real potato but a styrofoam creation of some ilk. And on the subject of potatoes, wouldn’t you love to chomp into one of these, with or without ketchup??

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Did you know that Washington’s Mount Baker holds the U.S. record for the most snowfall in a single season??? Yepper, back in the winter of 1998-1999, some 95 feet of snow fell in that one winter! That would cover your house, right?

(Thanks to the Essentials of Geology, 2003, by Lutgens, Tarbuck and Tasa.)