Puget Sound Genealogical Society January Meeting Correction

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1pm – 2pm
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremeron
with Jolene Aitchison – Discover which popular online sites can help
you locate your ancestors from England, Wales and Scotland.
General Meeting of PSGS – everyone welcome
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Seattle Genealogical Society Class

You Are Invited
Saturday, January 13, 2018
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
at the SGS Library
with Trish Hackett Nicola

“Chinese Exclusion Act –
Original Documents at NARA Seattle”

Please join us for a 2nd Saturday presentation by Trish Hackett Nicola!

There are over 50,000 Chinese Exclusion Act case files at NARA-Seattle–all original documents. The Act was in effect from 1882 to 1943. Each file contains about 7-10 pages, sometimes more. The files include biographical information about the applicant, and sometimes his family and friends, affidavits from Chinese and Caucasian witnesses, maps, vital records, court records, photos and other unique items. This presentation will explain what led up to the Act being passed, who was excluded, give you examples of the documents and photos, and tell you how to search the records.


Puget Sound Genealogical Society January Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society

Wednesday, Jan 24, 1pm – 2pm
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremeron
with Jolene Aitchison – Discover which popular online sites can help
you locate your ancestors from England, Wales and Scotland.
General Meeting of PSGS – everyone welcome
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

Meet the Board: Karin Coppernoll

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee, six standing committee chairs and three appointed non-elected officers? Who are all these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you, so you can say “hi” the next time you see them.

Karin Coppernoll

In today’s “Meet the Board” series, we’re introducing you to Karin Coppernoll. Karin lives in Monroe (Snohomish County) and is in her first term as WSGS’s Secretary. She is a professional genealogist, managing her own genealogical research firm “Brick By Brick Genealogy.” She has a certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University and has attended the Salt Lake City Institute of Genealogy and completed a course in Advanced Research Tools: Land Records by Richard G. Sayre and Pamela Boyer Sayre. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society.

Karin was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, the daughter of John Louis and Cynthia Eugenia (Chrzanowski) Pasteur. Think she’s related to Louis Pasteur? Nope — they’re not related. Karin’s Pasteur ancestors originally spelled their surname “Passtoor.”

Karin and her husband James “Jim” Coppernoll have been married 31 years. They have two children: son Clint (age 25) and daughter Camille (age 17). In addition to working as a professional genealogist, Karin is the bookkeeper for her husband’s environmental geology corporation. In her “former life,” Karin was a “jill-of-all-trades,” working for Jackson County (Oregon) Environmental Health Department, a water testing lab, a temporary job agency and an accounting firm. She’s also worked as a veterinary technician, children’s pastor and taught Latin at an alternative high school.

While having quite a varied work history over the years, one constant has been genealogy which she started at age 12 when she took a genealogy and heraldry class in middle school. After that, she was hooked! She is particularly proud of the deep New England ties of her four grandparents.

  • One has roots deep into Colonial America, settling in Westchester County, New York, for generations. Karin’s planning to visit Westchester County this year when she attends the New York State Family History Conference.
  • Two of them immigrated from Poland and settled in Connecticut before moving to New Jersey.
  • Karin’s remaining grandparent was the son of German immigrants who settled in Brooklyn. For many years, Karin’s father believed his father was an orphan. In actuality, he was born in Ostfriesland, Germany and was a crew member of a German ship. He deserted his ship in New York Harbor and become a U.S. citizen.

A few more interesting tidbits about Karin:

  • Favorite genealogy websites: Ancestry most often, with FamilySearch a close second
  • Favorite color: Royal purple
  • Favorite dessert: Cherry cheesecake
  • When she’s not doing genealogy, Karin loves to knit.
  • It’s easy to describe Karin in one word: organized. The ideal description of a genealogist!

Now you know a little more about another of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Karin say hello and thank her for her service to WSGS.

Wednesday Nostalgia

I never trek from Spokane to Port Angeles to visit family without a stop at the Port Gamble Cemetery (properly Buena Vista Cemetery). Established in 1856 the folks resting there arrived from many varied and distant shores.

Gustave Englebrecht was born in Germany and lies resting half way around the world here in Port Gamble. His tombstone reads “COX U.S.Navy, Indian Wars, November 23, 1856.”  His must have been one of the first burials here.  So stop by the next time you just skip on through this lovely historic old town. 

How to Post on the Blog

WSGS Blog Team: Roxanne Lowe, Charles Hansen (Blog Master) and Donna Potter Phillips

Do you want to broadcast information about your local society, workshop, genealogical tip, or a research query? Just post to the WSGS Blog! You can reach hundreds of genealogists from around the state. Just email a Word document, text file, PDF or graphic to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org and the blog team will do the rest.

We’re always looking to publicize local events and workshops, feature stories, updates from your society, and other genealogical information that might be of interest to our many subscribers.

We hope to hear from you soon! And don’t forget to encourage your Society members to subscribe to the Blog for the most up-to-date information from around the state.

You may manage your subscription options from your profile.

Society Award Deadlines Set

The deadlines for WSGS awards to local societies have been set. We are encouraging you to promote your society’s activities and accomplishments by submitting a nomination.

WSGS President Ginny Majewski presenting the Outstanding Communication Award to Mary Simonsen with the Whitman County Gen Soc, 2017

Outstanding Communication – The WSGS Outstanding Communication Award is awarded to a local society that promotes its society and/or genealogy and family history to its members and/or the public. The award includes all forms of communication, including websites, social media, newsletters, lectures, videos, podcasts, etc. The nomination deadline is 01 April 2018. The application is available here.

Outstanding Project – The WSGS Outstanding Project Award is awarded to a local genealogical society or organization in recognition of exceptional genealogical or historical projects implemented during the past year. The nomination deadline is 01 April 2018. The application is available here.

President’s Award: The WSGS President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement is designed to single out that rare individual, society or organization who has demonstrated exemplary service above and beyond expectations. The nomination deadline is 15 April 2018. The nomination form and additional details are available here.

Outstanding Volunteers and Team: The Outstanding Volunteer and Team Awards Program provides recognition to those individuals
and teams who have been identified by their local genealogical organization to be honored for exceptional efforts. The deadline to submit the name of a society’s individual or team is 15 Feb 2018. More information about the Outstanding Volunteer and Team Awards is available here.

For more information, contact Roxanne Lowe, Interim Chair, Recognition Committee at roxanne@thekeeffes.com.

Tuesday Trivia

I already knew I was dumber
Than the fifth graders…
But now it’s the



Which Way is the bus below traveling?

To the left or to the right? 
Can’t make up your mind?
Look carefully at the picture

Still don’t know? 
Pre-schoolers all over the United States
Were shown this picture and asked

The same question.
92% of the pre-schooler’s gave
This answer.

“The bus is traveling to the left.” 
When asked, “Why do you think the bus is traveling to

The left?”
They answered: 
Because you can’t see the door to get

On the bus.” 
How do you feel

I know, me too.

Have a nice day

Tri-City Genealogical Society January Meeting

Dear Members and Guests:
Don’t forget to attend our next TCGS meeting which will be this coming Wednesday, January 10th as our guest speaker, Heather Murphy will give a presentation on Tracing Female Ancestors.
Place: Benton County PUD Auditorium at the corner of Hwy #395 and 10th Street in Kennewick
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Beginning Genealogy Class: 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. (Why Finding the Original is so Important)
Genealogy Book Sale – bring your checkbook or a supply of one dollar bills as we will not have the means to provide change.
As with each TCGS meeting, we encourage you to invite a friend and to help spread the word about TCGS.  If you have any questions, please call 943-9322.
Art Kelly
Tri-City Genealogical Society V.P./Program & Publicity Chair