Yakima Valley Genealogy Society Spring Seminar

The Yakima Valley Genealogy Society is holding its annual Spring Seminar Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Mt. Olive Church, 7809 Tieton Drive in Yakima. Registration information is available on line. The seminar will feature noted genealogist Thomas W. Jones. His presentation topics will be Finding Unfindable Ancestors, Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origin, Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was, Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing ancestor. Cost is $40.00 for YVGS Members or $45.00 for non members or on-site registration 8:30 – 9:am. Lunch will be included. See the YVGS website for form. Call 509-248-1328 for further information.

Seattle Genealogical Society October News



The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors announced the winners of their Excellence-in-Writing Competition and Carolyn Shott took 2nd place in the category of Columns for her “Welcome Back to Osthofen”. Our hearty congratulations to Carolyn, a member of SGS since 2014.




There is still time to register for the 2017 SGS Fall Seminar, “Becoming a More Organized and Effective Genealogist”, featuring Dick Eastman. Remember registration fees will go up after Oct 15th.

For more information, see the online brochure at :


You may register online, in person at the SGS Library, or use the brochure and register by mail.

For online registration visit the SGS Website Seminar page at :


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Tri-City Genealogical Society October Seminar

25 Sept 2017

Dear TCGS Members and Guests:
The Seminar will be here very shortly, but you only have 5 more days to register for this DNA seminar if you want to have the lunch and the syllabus included with your registration. After September 30th, unfortunately, your registration will not include the lunch or the syllabus; however, you can still register up to the day of the seminar, and the syllabus will be available for $5.00 at the registration table.
So, please give some serious thought about activating your registration this week.  Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you at the October 14th Seminar (“Understanding Your DNA”).
Art Kelly
TCGS Seminar Publicity Committee

TriCity Genealogical Society October Seminar


Understanding your DNA

with Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard

Saturday Oct 14, 2017, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Registration 8-9 am

Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, WA

Cost: $40, provides seminar, buffet lunch and syllabus. Lunch & syllabus not included after Sep 30.

Maximum Seating: 120

On site consultation with Diahan, Oct 13 or 14


  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy
  • Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy

Register for the seminar

To pay for multiple attendees, change the quantity on the next page.

The registration except for the attendee name(s) below will come from your PayPal payment.

Enter attendee name(s)

Out of Town Attendees

The Shilo Inn in Richland is offering a seminar rate of $84 plus tax.  When you contact them tell them that you are associated with the Tri-City Genealogical Society and would like the special rate.

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Fall Seminar


Help Spread The Word! GFO’s Fall Seminar Is Coming!!


More CeCe Moore Please!

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, at the Milwaukie Center

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar is still open open open. Online registration is HERE.

Please help us spread the word by downloading the seminar flyer to share with your patrons and any other interested parties!


Seattle Genealogical Society 2017 Fall Seminar


Saturday, 21 Oct 2017
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Welcome at 9:00 a.m
9:15 Going Nearly Paperless

How to Get Started

This presentation will focus on organizing your genealogy materials in a manner to quickly and easily find your research notes, photocopies, pictures, and much more. These lessons presented will also apply to most other activities in life. This presentation will also discuss long – term preservation. Life without paper is great!

10:30 Break

11:00 Genealogy Searches on Google – extracting the most genealogy information possible from everyone’s favorite search engine.
NOTE: There will be no hand-outs for this talk. Audience members need only to remember one thing: up – to – date information is always available at http://www.google.com. The PowerPoint slides will be available online.

12:15 Lunch

1:15 The Organized Genealogist – A look at various methods of organizing record keeping by use of digital techniques. This talk focuses on converting paper – based record keeping to all digital records, and preserving the digital records for many more years than is possible with paper, and making sure that information in those publications can be easily searched and retrieved.

2:30 Break

2:45 Using Online Genealogy Programs – (The Next Generation, WebTrees, OneGreatFamily.com, Werelate.org, WikiTree, FamilySearch, etc.) instead of a program installed in your own computer.

4:00 Adjourn

Dick Eastman …. one of genealogy’s biggest names will be Seattle Genealogical Society’s featured speaker for our 2017 Fall Seminar.

Dick is the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, the leading newsletter for genealogy news and technology tips as well as an internationally renowned speaker on the broad array of topics he covers in his newsletter. “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter” (EOGN) covers genealogy news, as well as issues of technology, privacy, digital rights, and access as they relate to genealogy. Through his newsletter, Dick share technology “finds” that can help both new and seasoned genealogists, as well as dethroning the scams and shams that can the unwary astray. Today more than 75,000 people read his newsletter and benefit from his reviews and tutorials.
Dick has been honing his vision of the future to improve our picture of the past for the last 35 years. In the mid-1980’s he proposed a genealogy forum: a move by which he built a community of family historians over the next 14 years. At the same time, he preached the
benefits of technology to an even wider audience of genealogists, including national and international genealogical organizations, and of course, GENTECH, an organization that helped him to spread his message. Dick’s dedication to clear writing and independent opinion has made him and his periodical a sought – after source of information, commentary, and discussion for twenty years.


Final Copy of Brochure 8.27.17

TriCity Genealogical Society One on One With Diahan Southard

The day before the seminar and the evening after the seminar Diahan Southard will be having One-on-One sessions with individuals.  These will be 20 minute sessions for $25.
There are 12 slots available, so sign up soon.
Also for a reduced rate she is offering her regular personal consultation package for $84 after the seminar.
Go to this link for more information:
John F Covey
TCGS 2017 Seminar Chair





Over time, we tend to remember the events that occur in our country based on how much publicity and attention they receive. If we make a point to revisit some of the lesser known times, there is a lot to learn. We are fortunate to have our Society Vice-President, Larry Turner, among folks who has investigated this time in history in conjunction with his genealogical research. He will be sharing his findings and several genealogical sources at our August meeting.






August 10, 2017

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Seattle Genealogical Society runs on volunteers. It is with this volunteer support that SGS is able to provide ever current, significant support to our members in their genealogical research – from book and online resources available at the SGS library, as well as numerous free classes – from DNA to Irish and Scandinavian special interest groups research, to extremely instructive seminars. SGS is able to provide all this great assistance because of its invaluable volunteers. The more SGS members who volunteer, the easier it is to provide this support, along with making the volunteer experience more enjoyable and productive for all.

SGS is in need of a few more volunteers. Several critical Board of Directors positions remain open. The Vice President (provides support to the President), Director of Technology (does not require significant computer skills, but does include updating of email addresses), and Director of Volunteers (includes working with volunteers in the library) still need to be filled. The work these positions entail is not overly burdensome, but will involve a monthly meeting with the other directors.

Also, the SGS Nominating Committee (the committee that annually assembles for election the list of those interested in being on the Board) currently has 2 members, but needs two more members.

If you have any questions, or are interested in any of these open positions, please email volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org , or call the main SGS phone number at 206-522-8658 and leave a message.

In an ongoing effort to fill these open Board positions, the SGS Nominating Committee will be contacting SGS members by phone or email. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions. Help continue to make SGS the great volunteer organization that it is today.


Puget Sound Society Summit


In the spirit of collaboration, a number of society leaders from around the Puget Sound area met on June 22, 2017, to share success stories and concerns for the coming year. All agreed that greater cooperation would benefit all, particularly in cross-advertising our various activities. Represented were Whatcom GS, Eastside GS, Fiske Library, Tacoma-Pierce County, South King County GS and Seattle Genealogical Society, host. Our immediate goal is to advertise ourselves to each other at the Northwest Genealogical Conference in Arlington, WA, sponsored by the Stillaguamish GS.



71st Annual Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering,
Enumclaw Expo Center,
45224 284th Ave SE,
Enumclaw, WA
July 29-30


Enjoy Highland dancing, piping, drumming and Scottish athletic events. Always a July favorite. More info at:


NW Genealogy Conference 2017,
Arlington, WA
August 16 – 19

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is putting on their annual four day conference. Visit their website for more information, to register for the conference, or to register for the free day: www.nwgc.org

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS),
2017 Conference – “Building Bridges to the Past”,
Pittsburgh, PA
August 30 – September 2, 2017

Ready for a road trip? This conference is open to anyone with an interest in family history. FGS is teaming up with the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society to put on this four day events. There will be various tracks to suit the individual researcher; beginner to experienced.

For more info visit : fgs.org

SGS 2017 Fall Seminar
Speaker: Dick Eastman
Fairview Christian School,
Seattle, WA
October 21, 2017

Registration will open in early September. Mark your calendar.



Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The Family Tree Interest Group with Lou Daly will not meet in July, August, or September. The Irish, German, and Canadian Interest Groups do not meet in June, July, or August; they will return to their regular schedule in the fall.




Tuesday, July 18, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more. Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, July 22, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Crown Hill Cemetery Tour, join Amber Brock and Lisa Oberg as they lead you through beautiful Crown Hill Cemetery, 8712 12th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117. Founded in 1903 to support the rapidly-growing Ballard community, Crown Hill is set on 10 acres in the heart of the city shaded by old maple trees. Explore the stories of some of the people buried in this serene country setting. We’ll meet up near the Cemetery Office, which is at the main entrance. The cemetery entrance is on 12th Ave NW, near the intersection of 12th Ave NW and NW 87th.


Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail.com. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.



Sunday, August 6, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, Karen Knudson, leader.

Saturday, August 12, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, members helping one another with Family Tree Maker (FTM) the tool long associated with Ancestry.com; Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt are the leaders.

Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy Class with Linda Fitzgerald, If you’d like, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.