A Trio of Travels at Wenatchee Area GS

wenatchee-gsThe November program at the Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society will be “A Trio of Travels,” featuring Dave and Louise Inchauspe. With a nod to Dr. Seuss, they’ll be off and away to great places in this talk. First you’ll get some history and research tips on the Basque people of the French/Spanish border, and their cultural contribution to the American West. Then Louise will talk about her German ancestry, and trace her line that came to Rosalia in 1908. Lastly, you’ll hear about trials and triumphs on her genealogical “journey” of working with Ancestry software to publish her family story.

Come to the Douglas County PUD Auditorium, 1151 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee at 2:00 p.m. for this fascinating presentation! For more information, visit the WAGS website.

Puget Sound GS Hosts City Directory Program

PugetSoundPuget Sound Genealogical Society
Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 1:00p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
“Direct Link to the Past — City Directories for Genealogy”
Sylvan Way Library, 1301 Sylvan Way Library, Bremerton, WA 98310

Come join us for our free monthly meeting program. Mary Kircher Roddy will discuss what you’ll find in city directories, where and how to locate them. These directories contain information to help fill in the gaps in your ancestors’ lives — occupation, residence, work address, the community they lived in and how to find families.

For more information, visit the PSGS website or call the Genealogy Center, 360-475-9172. Visitors are most welcome and invited to remain for our business meeting.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week



 No Such Thing as a Free Lunch, but …

If you’re not familiar with the LDS annual Washington Family History Fair, it’s an entire day of free classes taught by qualified instructors.  The day consists of five one-hour sessions. You have several classes to choose from for each session. There are approximately 40 classes in all, plus an Exhibitor Gallery. Classes run the gamut from beginner to advanced. Registration, classes, and parking are all free!  Sounds almost too good to be true, but I attended last year and was impressed.

Pre-registration is encouraged and available on-line. If you want a printed syllabus or a boxed lunch, those are available for a nominal fee and you order those during pre-registration. Classes are on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registering will help them plan for the size of the room they need for each class as well as the number of syllabuses to print.

Our new SGS President, Jill Morelli,  and SGS members, Jean Roth, Mary Kircher Roddy, and Steve Morrison will be presenting.  Refer to the “Agenda and Schedule” on the website to check out the class descriptions and/or information on any of the numerous instructors.

This year the Family History Fair 2016 is at the Bellevue South Stake Center, behind the temple at 15205 SE 28th Street, Bellevue, WA 98007, on Saturday, November 12, from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.  Doors open at 8:00 am for check-in or day-of-event registration.

Full details are available on the website for :

•Agenda and Schedule
•Instructor Biographies
•Class Descriptions

Here’s the link to the website :


**  note that LDS members abstain from coffee use and out of respect for that belief, coffee will not be served at the event

Seattle Genealogical Society News




The Seattle Genealogical Society Board is happy to announce that Jill Morelli has agreed to assume the role of President of the Society for the remainder of the 2016-2017 year. You may know Jill from her role as Publications Director of the Society from 2012 to 2015, as well as the many programs she has been involved with and the numerous presentations she has given to the Society. She has devoted the interim time to writing her portfolio for certification as a certified genealogist which has only recently been submitted for review. While the outcome is yet unknown, she is now free to devote her time to the Society and the needs of the membership. The position has been vacant since the election last spring. Please welcome Jill.

“Washington on the Western Front”
WW I Exhibit Hosted at UW in the Allen Library

Currently on display in Special Collections at the Allen Library on the UW campus  is an exhibit concerning World War I titled “Washington on the Western Front: At Home and Over There”.  On Friday, November 11, Armistice Day (Veterans Day), Special Collections will be having an Open House from 1:00-5:00pm.  All are welcome to attend and parking is free that day.

A Color Guard from Ballard Eagleson VFW Post 3063 will open the event. In addition to guided gallery walks of the exhibit, two documentaries about the influenza epidemic of 1918 and the creation of American cemeteries in France will be shown.

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BIGS To Hear About Uncle Nate

bainbridge-islandThe Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, November 18, in the LDS church on Bainbridge Island, 8677 Madison Avenue, from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon. BIGS Mentor Mary Ferm will be presenting “What About Uncle Nate?” Her topic will focus on the benefits of researching collaterals.

This program is free to members; a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to the BIGS website, or call 206-842-4978.

Jefferson County GS Has More Knots in Them Than Others

Join the Jefferson County Genealogy Society for their program “Some Family Trees Have More Knots in Them Than Others” on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W.Valley Rd., Chimacum. The program will being at 9:30 a.m. with a ‘meet & greet’, followed by brief announcements and the presentation from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Jefferson County Genealogy Society (JCGS) members have submitted their “family tree knots” (aka “brick walls”) to Jesse Stewart and friends, JCGS’s researchers extraordinaire. This annual popular presentation has Jesse using a variety of research techniques and records to reconsider some ”knotty” problems to help members of JCGS in their research. She also asks for the audience’s suggestions for research options during the presentation. You will find that discussions of how to investigate family tree “knots” or “brick walls” can give you ideas for your own research challenges.

This opportunity is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted. Visit the JCGS website for more information .

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News



THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News 26 October 2016

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR go to www.gfo.org/calendar.htm.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 2016, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy at http://www.gfo.org/insider/16-Aug.pdf.


GFO’s November GENTalk is around the corner!!
WHERE? At the GFO Library
WHEN? Sat., Nov. 19th, 2pm
HOW? Just come, silly! It’s FREE!!

Always wondered whether your ancestors might have Native American roots? Not sure how to find out??

Come on out on Saturday, November 19th, to hear Kate Eakman’s talk on how to understand information about your Native American ancestors through census records!

Find out more HERE today!!

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Olympia Genealogical Society November Meeting


U.S. EUGENICS RECORD OFFICE  Carol Ballard describes their “Record of Family Traits” filled out by our own ancestors and kept by the Eugenics Record Office, which was founded in 1910 as a center for the study of human heredity and a repository for genetic data on human traits. Olympia Genealogical Society meeting, Thursday Nov. 10 at 7 pm, Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152. Info, call 360) 451-1059



Whitman County Gen Society Newsflash



Welcome to the new year of Whitman County Genealogical Society –our 33rd!  Thank you to everyone for their support of our group.  Please note our annual meeting isWed., Oct. 26, noon at the WCGS library, Gladish Community and Cultural Center, 115 NW State St., Room 103A, Pullman.  All are invited to attend.

One of the agenda items will be the presentation of the ending budget for 2015-16 and the new budget for 2016-17.  The sale of our newest publication has been a big success.  Thank you to those who purchased a book or CD.  We still have some for sale if you would like to purchase one.  Information is in the newsletter.  Monica Peters