Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group


The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, April 7, 2017, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.


“Newspaper Research: What’s Available and How to Find Scanned Images”: Newspaper research can provide clues to birthplaces, keys to finding relatives and adding local flavor to our ancestor’s lives. Finding the newspaper in the area of research and during a specific time frame can be challenging. Three web sites will be shared to help discover the names of the newspapers available, the time frames they were published and major sources of online images.  This includes all English newspapers as well as foreign language newspapers, including German, available in America, plus a world map of historical newspapers.


Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata, as a genealogist, has researched her own family history for over 25 years. She is a seminar presenter and trainer in a variety of genealogy subjects to societies and libraries across Washington; a newsletter editor of the Kittitas County Genealogy Society (KCGS); a publicity chairman and past-president of South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).   She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program

For more information, kindly visit our website at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/  .

Dorothy Pretare

GIG Leader


Olympia Genealogical Society Genealogy Cafe

GENEALOGY CAFE  Meet with Olympia Genealogy Society members for FREE personal help with your family history research. Thursday March 16 and Saturday March 18 at Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th AV SE from 1-3 pm. 360) 529-9813
Thank-you    JOYCE OGDEN, Publicity
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Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society March Meeting

Professional Genealogist Karin Coppernoll of Brick by Brick Genealogy will be sharing how to search un-indexed databases in our family history research.  Don’t miss this unique educational opportunity.

The meeting will be held 1 pm, March 14  at the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Library, 6111 – 188th Pl. NE, Arlington, WA and is free to members and the public.



Pam Liebelt

Publicity Chair

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society


Whatcom Genealogical Society March Meeting


Whatcom Genealogical Society March Meeting March 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm, Bellingham Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham, WA.  Program:  “Assembling Your Proof, Hunting for High Quality Sources” with Steven Morrison.

Steven Waltz Morrison has been a professional genealogist since 2006. He is a past president of the Olympia Genealogical Society, and has served multiple positions on the board of the Puget Sound chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. He is also a member of other local and national genealogical societies.


Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society March Meeting

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting is
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Is it time to make changes to the monthly meetings?  In the 2017 member survey there were many comments and suggestions about the “pre-meeting” and what it should or shouldn’t be.  So, let’s talk about.  Starting at 6, there will be a discussion about what you, the members (and guests), would like to see, hear, or learn about during that time slot.

Then, after a short business meeting, Janice Lovelace will discuss “Did Your Ancestors Own Slaves?” – Do you have Pre-Civil War ancestors?  Might they have owned slaves?  This presentation discusses researching prewar censuses, wills, court proceedings, business records and newspapers for information. What economic impact did owning slaves have on your family?

Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience in family history research as well as academic work in the area (Genealogy and Family History certificate at University of Washington in 2012, certificate program in genealogy at Boston University in 2013, ProGen 18). A member of Seattle Genealogical Society for a number of years, she joined the SGS Board as Vice-President in 2014. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and National Genealogical Society. In her work life, she is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in child and family therapy and has been a private practice therapist and a faculty member teaching psychology

TPCGS monthly meetings are held September – May at Bates Technical College, South Campus, Building E, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma.  Meetings are from 6pm – 9pm.  In between the two talks, there will be a short business meeting along with a social time and light refreshments. Visitors are always welcome, so bring a friend! Find more information at www.tpcgs.org

Twin Rivers Genealogy Society March Seminar

March 25, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
United Methodist Church
1213 Burrell Avenue
Lewiston Orchards

8:00– 8:45     Registration
8:45– 9:00     Introductions and Welcome
9:00–10:15    Starting Fresh or Starting Over: a How to…
10:15-10:30   Break
10:30 -11:45  Question/Answers –six page handout
11:45-12:45   Lunch provided by the Wayback Cafe
1:00-2:15       Where to go from here/which websites are the best?
Public Cost:  $30.00        TRGS Member: $25.00
Mail registration and check payment to: Twin Rivers Genealogy Society
Due Date: March 15, 2017             PO Box 386, Lewiston ID 83501
NAME _____________________________________________________
ADDRESS: _________________________________________________

Donna Potter Phillips has been a member of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society since 1976.  She has written many surname booklets, including Gilbert Gallery, Potter Profiles, Oswald Outline, and Texas Queries. She wrote the Heritage Hunting column in the Spokane Daily Chronicle for years. She also teaches genealogy classes for the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society and the local community college.
She has written many articles for the Bulletin and a News Hotline column for years.  She also has experience indexing records the Washington State Digital Archives.
If you ever get a chance to take the Annual Christmas Tour of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, you may find her special attention devoted to making it a special event.
(for more info, check Donna’s biographical information on ewgs-spokaneblogspot.com)

For more information regarding this seminar or TRGS call 509 758-3093 (Darlene)




PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this press release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

FOR RELEASE: March 9 – 17, 2017

Pledging Allegiance

Evelyn Roehl, a professional genealogist and owner of Kin Hunters Historic Research Service in Seattle, will be Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s (JCGS) speaker at their monthly meeting the morning of Saturday, March 18. Evelyn’s topic is “Pledging Allegiance: The Paper Trail to Naturalization Records”. Naturalization records are known to be a ‘gold mine of information’ about ancestors. Evelyn will also talk about research techniques and tips; finding records; historical information about naturalizations and citizenship; changes in laws and practices; and court systems. The public is welcome to attend JCGS ‘no fee’ meeting, though donations are gratefully accepted. Join JCGS members at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd in Chimacum 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. “meet and greet”; 10:00 – 11:30 brief announcements and speaker presentation. Visit JCGS website www.wajcgs.org for more information.

Evelyn Roehl, a professional genealogist since 1995, also translates Latin, German, French, and Scandinavian records.

Seattle Genealogical Society News


The Board of Directors has named SGS member Laurie Clark as our Volunteer of the Quarter.  Laurie is a graphic artist who lives in North Bend. Now retired, she is part of a collective of artists and as such part owner and volunteer in a gallery in Snoqualmie where her artwork is displayed.

On the SGS Volunteer Interest Sheet she filled out, Laurie indicated she would be available to help with graphic arts projects. So when our technology expert Lisa Chan took on the task of finding some way  to freshen up our tried and true, but a bit dated looking Seattle Genealogical Society logo, she turned to Laurie.   The logo appears on virtually all our publications, flyers, and stationary and SGS members felt the old logo lacked the desired sharpness. An update was in order.

Laurie produced a work of art for us. The project included her actually redrawing the tree in the logo, selecting a new font for the motto, and slightly changing the shape of the shield outline.  She spent dozens of hours creating a sleek new look. The society is deeply grateful she was able to beautifully the logo, but still remain true to the original, traditional design; the familiar symbol of our association.

Laurie’s genealogical interest is more in the history involved in her family tree.  She is a DAR Registrar and a member of the Colonial Dames.  Part of her line stems from William Penn and the Quakers who arrived with him. She recently became a member of the Royal Order of the Crown of Charlemagne; this requires about 27 generations of proof.

Our deepest gratitude to Laurie Clark for her artistic contribution which will grace our publications and documents for many years to come!


Lisa Oberg and Jill Morelli will present “Rootless: A Retrospective Look at America’s Fascination with its Ancestry” for the membership meeting, at SGS on March 18th at 1:30. The program will follow the business meeting.

“Rootless” was first presented at the Popular Culture Association/Association of Culture in America conference in 2015, an academic conference focusing on social history. It examines trends related to family history and the popularity of genealogy, then and now.  Explore what’s behind the motivations and underlying the trends; there are some surprising results.

Remember to mark your calendars for the Spring Membership meeting, Saturday, March 18, 1:30-3:00pm. Hope to see you then.


Ulster Historical Foundation – USA Tour – Lecture,
Pierce County Libraries, Administrative Center Library,
3005 112th St E,
Tacoma, WA 98446
 Sunday, March 5, 1:00pm–5:00pm

Tel 253-548-3425 or 316-300-3383 (mobile)
Register online: www.piercecountylibrary.org/calendar.aspx?id=281

The Ulster Historical Foundation is a research and publishing agency based in Belfast, N.Ireland which uses its knowledge to help those looking for their Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors. They are conducting a USA Lecture Tour during the month of March  and fortunately this includes a stop in Tacoma on March 5. Hosted by the Pierce County Library System,  the lecture is free of charge, but registration is required.

Whether you are just beginning your Irish research or have been at it for years, you won’t want to miss this workshop. Learn how to get the most out of Irish resources and records, gain strategies for breaking down brick walls, and grasp important historical context that may help fill in gaps in your research.

 Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12

Kicks off with the Seattle St Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday,  followed by two days of Irish Festival and activities. Isn’t everyone Irish on  St Patrick’s Day?  Join in the fun. Stop by the SGS booth.  Parade route and more info at :


 Luther Memorial Lutheran Church,
130th & Greenwood Ave N,
Seattle, WA
 Saturday, March 25th

Sponsored by the Irish Heritage Club with help from the SGS Irish Interest Group. Speakers are Steve W. Morrison and Jean A. Roth. The schedule and registration are on the Irish Heritage Club Website at www.irishclub.org

For more information contact Jean A. Roth at  jeanaroth@juno.com


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.


Saturday, March 4, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader

Sunday, March 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright

Tuesday, March 7, 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, March 11,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, members helping one another with FTM, led by Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt; email Reiley at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  for more info.

Sunday, March 12, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian  Interest Group, Karen Knudson, facilitator. Program this week will include a 42 minute video  about the history, farms, communities, clerical districts and counties of Norway by Jerry Paulson.

Saturday, March 18, 1:30 pm – 12:15 pm, SGS Spring Membership Meeting, business meeting will be followed by Lisa Oberg and Jill Morelli presenting “Rootless: A Retrospective Look at America’s Fascination with its Ancestry”

Tuesday, March 21,  12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy. Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, March 25, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, The group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church.  For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail.com. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.

Sunday, March 26, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, “Making Sense of the US Census Records”, What can the genealogist learn from the data of the U.S. censuses from 1790-1940? What is included and why do we care? This session will also cover some special census schedules, including slave, mortality and agricultural schedules. This session takes an in-depth look at the value of census data and how to analyze the information.
Presenter: Janice Lovelace, BU Certificate in Genealogical Research; G&FHC (U of WA). Janice is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogist.


Saturday, April 1, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader

Tuesday, April 4, 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, April 8,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, members helping one another with FTM, led by Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt; email Reiley at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  for more info.