Seattle Genealogical Society News

KIM WAGGIE,
VOLUNTEER OF SUMMER QUARTER

Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our volunteer for Summer 2019 Quarter is Kim Waggie, one of SGS’s dedicated Desk Volunteers. 

Kim’s interest in genealogy began 20 years ago. As she became more enthralled with genealogy, she enrolled in & completed the certificate program in Genealogy & Family History at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on Germany & the Midwest, especially northwest Iowa. Kim’s final paper was about her great-grandmother who moved to Iowa with her second husband. She also researched a Scotch-Irish line in her family that migrated, beginning in late 1700’s Virginia, to Tennessee, Kentucky, and finally landed in Southern Illinois. Kim has conducted research while on trips to Newell, Iowa to see family. She uses online Iowa cemetery & newspaper records, and resources at the local historical society. Other favorite resources are the SGS Library (of course!), Ancestry, and FamilySearch. Kim is currently researching her 3rd great grandfather from Southern Illinois. At age 50, he volunteered to fight in the Civil War, although military records list his age as 44. He contracted typhoid fever in Pittsburgh and died just months after enlisting. 

About five years ago, Kim joined the Seattle Genealogical Society. For two plus years, she has served as a Desk Volunteer, primarily on Fridays. Kim likes meeting other genealogists and helping visitors to the SGS library explore the resources, including Seattle city directories and college yearbooks. 

Kim enjoys writing. At the SGS spring seminar, she hosted the table session focused on writing family history where, she reports, there was a lively discussion. Kim appreciates our SGS Seminars, Second Saturday series, and SIG meetings. She feels volunteering at SGS affords her the opportunity to meet and help others, while continually learning and improving her own genealogical research skills.

Besides genealogy, Kim plays French Horn in community orchestra and bands. She is a board member of Rain City Symphony. Kim Waggie is an example of the highly qualified, well-informed, helpful Desk Volunteers who make a visit to Seattle Genealogical Society Library worthwhile. 

Next time you visit the SGS Library and see Kim at the desk, say hello. She will be glad to assist you.  

SGS HOLIDAY GATHERING
Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  Join in the fun at the SGS Library. Bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share!

IT’S THE GIVING SEASON!   Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.    SGS 2019 Annual AppealDonate Now Online   If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:  Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     THANK YOU!  

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society
of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Bldg,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 9, 2019

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7:00 PM
  • Come early to network with other attendees and to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites
  • Free Wi-Fi, admission, & refreshments
  • At this meeting, Cary Bright will present“DNA PAINTER: Cousin Matching and Its Five Tools”. Cary also chairs a monthly DNA Workshop at SGS 

Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  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 Library will be closed Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. 
DECEMBER

Saturday, December 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly.  
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Second Saturday – Holiday Gathering –  bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Special Edition November 28, 2019
We Give Thanks…
I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday. Please know how grateful all of us at the GFO are for all of you who support the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Tracing family history has become one of the most popular hobbies in the country. We’re making very personal connections, not only to history, but to distant living relatives we never knew before. (Thank you, internet connections and the explosion of DNA testing.) My deepest thanks go to the more than 100 volunteers who keep the GFO alive. This is not a mere platitude. The GFO literally would not exist, nor keep the doors open daily, without volunteers. They greet you, help with research, handle membership, index records to make them searchable, number and catalog more than 50,000 holdings and provide countless classes all year long so we can share what we’re learning with each other. I’d also like to offer my gratitude to the volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors. They give even more time, monitor our modest finances, guide the organization and strive to keep us relevant in this increasingly digital (and often impersonal) world.
Finding family is personal.
Meaningful.
Fun!
Thank you for helping the GFO to preserve and share heritage since 1946.
Vince Patton
President

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the WSGS Blog.

This is a postcard to my grandmother Anna (Dillingham) Hansen from Allie. Allie is Alice Costello (DeRemer) Hansen, wife of Peter Hansen, the older brother to my grandfather Anton Hansen. Peter was the first of five Hansen brothers to come to Austin Minnesota from Denmark in the 1880s. Four of the brothers never left Minnesota, but my grandfather was the one that went west, first to Columbus Montana and then to Blanchard Idaho.

Anna’s Dillingham family came to New England in 1632, and they were Quakers. They later married into six Mayflower families, Alden, Cooke, Doty, Hopkins, Mullins, and Soule.

Grand Opening Clark County Genealogical Society Library



GRAND OPENING
December 7, 2019
Announcing Grand Opening of CCGS Research Library at 3205 NE 52nd St., Vancouver, WA 98663; Open House begins from 11am and Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will officiate at 5pm ribbon cutting ceremony.  Serving Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters custom CCGS coffee blend “Library Blend,” Tea and Christmas cookies.  See you there! 

WSGS has received an invitation to attend Clark County Gen Society’s Grand Opening of their new research library on December 7, 2019 at 5 pm 3205 NE 52nd St  Vancouver, WA   RSVP ccgslibrarian@outlook.com  

Olympia Genealogical Society’s December Meeting

Olympia Genealogical Society’s December meeting will be ” DNA Redux.” Using DNA for genealogy is no longer the “new thing” and we should all have some knowledge about it. At our December 12 meeting, we will get a crash refresher course about DNA— what it is, how to test it and what it can, and can’t, tell us about our ancestors. Our presenter is longtime OGS member, Carol Ballard, who also leads the genealogy and DNA efforts at Panorama. Please join us for our 7:00 pm meeting and presentation at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152. Info, 360-349-2493 or www.OlyGenSoc.org.

===================================================
Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition November 21, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Remember: December 3rd is Giving Tuesday
Not many readers responded to our Survey last week asking about participation in our upcoming Giving Tuesday – which has us a little concerned. Of those that did, there was good mix of all day, morning, and afternoon participants. We need your help! Remember, volunteering for Giving Tuesday will entitle you to a free GFO pass which you can use later or pass on to someone else. And there will be food! For GFO, GivingTuesday isn’t about fundraising. It’s about banding together for a volunteer blitz to accomplish one large task. What if all GFO’s members came together on just one day to give back by lending their time and talent?
Please save the date: December 3rd and come to the GFO all or part of the day to help. GFO will provide pastries, fruit, and coffee in the morning, pizza and pop in the afternoon. You provide the people power. Please give some time.
GFO Star: Kelly Thornburg
Our GFO Star for December is Kelly Thornburg. When the GFO needed volunteers for its for its annual financial review, Kelly offered to help. She has decades of accounting experience and happens to be the mother of our incoming treasurer Erin Randall. While not a GFO member, we welcomed a set of “outside expert” eyes. She lives in Pendleton, and drove over three hours – twice! – to help pore over long columns of numbers and match up receipts in working sessions of the Financial Review Committee. A million thanks, Kelly!
Give a GFO Gift Membership and Get Two Extra Months Yourself
SPECIAL OFFER!
If you give a GFO membership as a gift, we’ll give you two extra months on your current membership! If you give two gifts, you’ll get four extra months. Give the meaningful gift of family history this holiday season with a membership to the GFO. It’s so easy. Visit our gift page for information.
Give a Gift Membership Today
All memberships will begin January 1, 2020. Orders must be received by the GFO by December 10 to be fulfilled by Christmas.
Genealogy Boot Camp for Beginners is Back!
Join Laurel Smith on Saturday, January 9 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy. There will be sessions about the census, vital records, discussions about genealogy software and database use, organizing your research, using Ancestry.com, and more — all geared toward beginners — but basic computer skills are a prerequisite.
All communications are done via email, and you must be able to download and print the class notes. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, and a beverage so you can keep going as the class does. GFO members may attend for free, non-members $20.
Register for Boot Camp
You’re Invited to a Grand Opening!
The Clark County Genealogical Society has moved. Come celebrate their grand opening at their new research library on December 7, at 5 p.m. Address: 3205 NE 52nd St., Vancouver, WA 98663 Please RSVP to ccgslibrarian@outlook.com.
Intel Workers/Retirees and Many Others Have A Great Way to Double Support to the GFO
If you work at Intel – or at any company that offers matching funds to charitable organizations – you have the chance to double your donations to the GFO!
If you’re unsure if your company provides matching funds to the GFO, inquire with your HR department.
What may qualify for matching: ▪ General monetary donations to the GFO ▪ Membership dues ▪ Volunteer hours (Intel matches hours at $10/hour) For Intel, the following people are eligible to request matching donations: ▪ Active U.S. blue badge employees ▪ Spouses of Active U.S. blue badge employees ▪ U.S. Intel Retirees *Tip: For Intel Donors who want to reduce the amount of fees taken out of your matching donation, you can make a payment directly to the GFO and then submit a match request through Intel’s Benevity Portal. If you make a payment to GFO via PayPal or credit card directly through Benevity, they will take out management fees of up to 3%. Your company may offer a similar payment alternative.
Surplus Book: Forecast Atlas of the World from 1964
This week we have a surplus book that’s just plain fun. The Forecast Atlas of the World prepared by the Kiplinger Washington Editors, who, in 1964, took a stab at forecasting the future. This 300-page, hardcover book is chock full of full-color spreads on topics ranging from space technology to population growth to climate.
But it’s not just future casting. It also holds reams of factual statistics on all 50 United States. This snapshot in time can be yours. It’s in very good condition with no marks inside, but with some wear on the edges of the cover. Pick-it-up price: $10
Mail-it-to-you price: $15 Please email booksales@gfo.org if you’re interested.
New Survey: Thanksgiving Traditions Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We’d like to know if you have family traditions or recipes you’ll be including this year.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Saturday, November 23rd
DNA Beginners 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
will have two guest speakers, Phyllis Coyne and Sheryita Mason-Cruise. Besides their presentations, Emily Aulicino will speak on two short topics: Quick Tips for Finding Common Ancestors in AncestryDNA and atDNA Tools: CAUTION . Download handouts here.
Burgeoning Connections and Surprises through DNA Matches.
Speaker Phyllis Coyne will share her journey as a beginner using DNA match results to expand her family tree. She has experienced the exhilaration of finding previously unknown connections, long lost cousins, and family secrets with the supportive genealogical comradery of newly discovered relatives.
Finding Ancestors And Connecting Living Family With DNA Testing.
Our second speaker, Sherylita Mason-Cruise, will share some examples of how she located birth family for her family members as well as finding biological family for her friends. She has united testers with their siblings, and confirmed connections to prove their parents. Every path to breaking a brick walls is different, and the more ideas you get from those who are successful, the better chance you have in eliminating your dead-ends.

You are welcome to send your questions before the meeting. Email: dna@gfo.org
Sunday, November 24th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today!
We’re getting ready for GivingTuesday. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Wednesday, November 27th
GFO Library Closes at 1:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 28th
GFO Library Closed for Thanksgiving.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society December Meeting

EWGS December Meeting

Saturday, December 7

Toys for Tots, Christmas Cookies and Pack up EWGS Supplies  

(EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane

Please bring a new, unwrapped toy or book as a donation for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots to our annual Christmas meeting. Bring cookies with the recipe to share as we celebrate our last meeting in the downtown library. If willing feel free to share a brief (5-7 minute)  Christmas memory. Remember, visitors are always welcome so bring friends.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – FREEBIES
Both American Ancestors and Ancestry have free access promotions this month. If you hurry, you can get in on the last few days. 

Between Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, anyone can access the many research databases of American Ancestors by registering as a FREE Guest Member. That link is  AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion

AmericanAncestors.org contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering 18 countries. 

For Veterans Day, Ancestry.Com is offering free access to their military records collection covering all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history, from the Colonial era to Vietnam—and beyond. Search for free now through November 17

, 2019,  at 11:59 p.m. EST. Use the link ancestry.com/cs/honor for this offer.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

HELP SGS WHILE YOU SHOP 
Black Friday and Cyber Monday, kicking off the holiday shopping season, are just around the corner. Think about helping SGS while you do your online shopping by using AmazonSmile with Seattle Genealogical Society selected as your charity of choice.

  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization you choose.    

SAVE THE DATE

Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020
    Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Fritz’ self-description says, “I read old documents in German, Dutch, French, Latin, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian, help people with their genealogical research, teach classes, publish articles, and lecture at conferences.”  SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar. Save the date. 
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
  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 Library will be closed from November 24, 2019 through December 2, 2019, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. 
NOVEMBER
Saturday, November 16, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 
Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Saturday, November 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Digging Deeper: Comparing Genealogical Software,  presenters will compare Legacy, Family Tree Maker, and RootsMagic.  Come see which one is right for you. 

Tuesday, November 19, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 
DECEMBER

Saturday, December 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly.  
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Second Saturday – Holiday Potluck –  watch for details  

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition November 14, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Free GenTalk: Scan & Archive Your Photos
Come hear our speaker, Lori Washburn, this Saturday, Nov. 16 from 2 – 3 p.m. as she presents GFO’s November GenTalk, Scanning and Archiving Your Family Photos and Documents. Whether you want to scan just a few photos, have inherited a box of photos, or plan on visiting a relative who might have photos, this class is for you. We will briefly discuss scanners and then learn how to scan and archive those precious photos and documents, as well as how to file the scans. We will also touch on the basics of touching up your scans. Join us at the GFO. GenTalks are free and open to the public.
African American Interest Group Special Webinar
Join the African American Interest Group as they host a special webinar on Saturday, November 16, from 12:00 to 2:00 at the GFO. Dr. Charles Foy, Associate Professor of Early American and Atlantic History, Emeritus, at Eastern Illinois University and a scholar of 18th-century Black maritime culture will present “Black Hands, White Profits: The Critical Role Black Mariners Played in 18th-century America.”
During the 18th century, when North America lacked a network of highways, the country’s economy was maritime-centered. In his talk, Dr. Foy, will detail how Southern planters, Northern merchants, ship captains, and government officials relied upon Black maritime labor for profits and to develop the new American economy. He will also provide an overview of how this drive by whites for profits offered enslaved Blacks opportunities for freedom and economic independence. Dr. Foy is the creator of the Black Mariner Database, a data set of more than 30,000 18th-century Black Atlantic mariners and maritime fugitives. He is completing a book manuscript, Liberty’s Labyrinth: Freedom in the 18th-Century Black Atlantic, that details the nature of freedom in the 18th century through an analysis of the lives of black mariners. All GFO Interest Group meetings are free and open to the public.
Remember: December 3rd is Giving Tuesday
For GFO, GivingTuesday isn’t about fundraising. It’s about banding together for a volunteer blitz to accomplish one large task. What if all GFO’s members came together on just one day to give back by lending their time and talent?
Please save the date: December 3rd and come to the GFO all or part of the day to help. GFO will provide pastries, fruit, and coffee in the morning, pizza and pop in the afternoon. You provide the people power. Please help.
GFO Gift Memberships
Give the meaningful gift of family history this holiday season with a gift membership to the GFO. It’s so easy. Just download and complete the form and send it with a check to Membership at the GFO. You’ll receive a holiday card (in an envelope) you can use to announce the gift. All memberships will begin January 1, 2020. Orders received by December 10 will be mailed out on or before December 15. Orders received after December 10 may not be fulfilled in time for Christmas gift giving.
News from the Library: No new books?
Q: Why is the new book shelf empty? Isn’t the GFO getting any new books? A: Actually, we have a number of new books that have been donated, and some that we’ve purchased. But, for now, the library team is working to get ready for GivingTuesday–and that means getting the books that are already in the collection on the shelves where they can be inventoried on December 3. Watch for more new books the second week of December.
Last Chance – PCS Offers GFO Discount to New Play “Redwood”
This is the last weekend to take advantage of the Portland Center Stage offer to friends of GFO for a currently running play that happens to revolve around genealogy! Redwood is billed as “a beautiful, humor-filled excavation of our shared history. When Steve Durbin sets out to chart his Black family’s ancestry online, his revelations unwittingly throw his entire family into turmoil.” You can read Amy Wang’s review of the play in The Oregonian, here.
Redwood runs from now through November 17 at Portland Center Stage at the Armory. PCS has a deal for Friends of the GFO:
Now through November 17: Use promo code “COMMUNITY*” for $10 off tickets. Get tickets here.
Surplus Books: Lincoln High Yearbooks – 1917, 1918
This week’s surplus books take us on a little local time travel. We have two spare copies of Portland’s Lincoln High School yearbook, The Cardinal, from 1917 and 1918. You’ll love the photos of the students, the advertisements for local businesses, and the articles from a bygone era.
These small paperbound volumes have seen better days, but they still hold together. Pick up at GFO Price: $15 for the set of two. Ship to You Price: $20 for the set of two. If you’re interested in buying these please contact booksales@gfo.org.
Survey Results: Personal Family Tree Software Usage
We received 68 responses to last week’s query about what software E-News readers use for their own family tree. We’re curious what you like best and what could be better about the software you use. One person has used (COSMI) Perfect Family Tree for over 10 years and described it as cheap, functional, but can’t print in color. Two over-10-year users of Ancestral Quest report it is easy to use but could be better handling photos in the notes.
One person reports using Brother’s Keeper for between 5 and 10 years—but doesn’t have time to use it much and finds it confusing. Family Tree Maker has the most reported users (32). Two people using it for less than a year, 5 people for 1-5 years, 8 people for 5-10 years, and 17 over 10-year users. The most repeated feature they liked was the ability to sync with Ancestry. Also mentioned were ease of use and the report functions. We heard from 7 Legacy Family Tree users—two users for 1-5 years, 4 for 5-10 years, and 1 for more than 10 years. Users like the reports and the citation template, and while there were some ideas, there was no consensus on things that could be improved. One user of MacFamily Tree (10+ years) who likes the ease of use and support. Three Master Genealogist users (10+ years) who wish the program was still supported.
PAF (Personal Ancestral File) – 3 users for 10+ years who like the ease of use but wish the program was still updated and supported. Six Reunion users (1 less than a year; 2 for 5-10 years, 3 for 10+ years) the comments in favor were varied, and the only request for improvement was the ability to sync with Ancestry. RootsMagic had twelve users respond. Seven have used it for 1-5 years, two 5-10, and one didn’t say. Users like the ability to sync with Ancestry is just one of many favored features. Several noted that source citation templates could be improved. To see all the responses click here.
New Survey: Are you attending GivingTuesday?
We hope you are planning to join us on December 3 for our GivingTuesday volunteer blitz. We need you! A large turnout will make this event a success. Please take our survey to let us know if you’re coming.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, November 16th
Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
If you are part of a big family tree, there is a good chance that you have some famous relatives. When doing family history research, we all get excited when we discover that a relative or ancestor is someone famous. This month’s challenge is to determine how our GFO member is related to Claire Lee Chennault, the U.S. major general who commanded the U.S. Army Air Forces in China during WWII. For more information contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.
African American Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Our speaker will be Dr. Charles Foy joining us remotely from the UK via Webinar. His talk will be Black Hands, White Profits: The Critical Role Black Mariners Played in 18th-century America and will detail how Southern planters, Northern merchants, ship captains, and government officials relied upon black maritime labor for profits and to develop the new American economy. He will also provide an overview of how this drive by whites for profits offered enslaved blacks opportunities for freedom and economic independence. For more information, see the feature article above or contact Janice Sellers african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk: Scanning and Archiving Your Family Photos and Documents
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Presented by Lori Washburn
Whether you want to scan just a few photos, have inherited a box of photos, or plan on visiting a relative who might have photos, this class is for you. We will briefly discuss scanners and then learn how to scan and archive those precious photos and documents, as well as how to file the scans. We will also touch on the basics of touching up your scans. GenTalks are free and open to the public.
Sunday, November 17th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – Noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Family Tree Maker User’s Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join other users who want to work through the 2017 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker. Bring your laptop with 2017 version of FTM installed – build 1-480 of FTM installed. Come 30 minutes earlier if you’ve never been or have skipped sessions. You might need an update of the “fake” practice tree we are using. For questions or info, contact Joyce Grant-Worley at FTM@gfo.org
French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Share stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader is Bob LaMarche. FrCan@gfo.org
Wednesday, November 20th
Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In the next several sessions, we will be looking at the three aspects of the Genealogy Proof Standard as set forth by the Board for Certification of Genealogists in the BCG Genealogical Standards Manual. The goal is to learn together to integrate these standards and methods into our daily routines, to become better genealogists, maximize our efficiency, reach more accurate solutions, and breakdown more brick walls. Join us to talk about your genealogy, support others, and hopefully learn something new. Facilitated by Sandy Alto and Jeanne Quan. Questions? learnandchat@gfo.org
DNA Q&A: The Basics 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This meeting is for those who are just beginning to use DNA testing for genealogy. Each class begins with a presentation of general information about DNA testing. General questions regarding DNA testing are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Lisa McCullough leads this group. Questions? dna_qa@gfo.org
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.