GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 16, 2020
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We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
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Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Trello

TIP OF THE WEEK –
TRY TRELLO USERS GROUP 

  An unanticipated advantage to virtual meetings is it affords more people the opportunity to attend. On June 13, 2020, after the virtual SGS Membership Meeting, Lori Lee Sauber gave a well attended and well received presentation on how to use Trello to organize genealogical research. There were participants from as far away as Poulsbo, New Zealand, and England. 

By now, over a month later, if you haven’t yet dipped your toe into Trello, you may need help getting up to speed. Where do you turn?

There is a Facebook private group called Trello Users. To find them, use the search box within Facebook. Ask to join. Here is how they describe their group … a support group for existing users or personnel that wish to try Trello, but don’t know where to start. A group that you can ask any questions, share tips and anything related to Trello – free or paid.    

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS CENTENNIAL PLANNING MEETING

  On October 18, 1923, eight family history researchers got together with the mission of forming an active genealogical society and creating a genealogy library collection available to all Pacific Northwest researchers. That Society is Seattle Genealogical Society and those original members were : 

  • Alexander Craig Dermond
  • Eleanor M. Freeman
  • Elizabeth A. Hubbart
  • Susan M. Keppel
  • Lida R. McKercher
  • Harry Denton Moore
  • Alice V. Robinson
  • George E. Tilton 

Join us on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and help us make plans to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Seattle Genealogical Society, an important milestone. 

As you might suspect, and as has become the norm, this will be a virtual online Zoom meeting. The Zoom meeting id link can be found on the SGS website, under Calendar of Events. 


TRANSCRIBERS NEEDED FOR
ANTI-SLAVERY MANUSCRIPTS

Here’s an intriguing project. The Boston Public Library is asking for volunteers to transcribe documents in their Anti-Slavery Collection. Much of this collection is the handwritten correspondence of 19th century abolitionist leaders. 

In the late 1890s the family of William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist and editor of “The Liberator”, donated his letters and papers, dated from the 1830s-1870s, to the BPL. Others followed suit, and now the Boston Public Library has arguably the largest and most important collection of abolitionist material in the US – about 40,000 pieces of correspondence, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and memorabilia. Other anti-slavery activists with materials in this collection include the Weston sisters, Deborah Weston and Maria Weston Chapman, publisher of “The Liberty Bell”, Wendell Phillips, and many others.

The goal is to get this collection of handwritten documents transcribed into text so it can be indexed and searched, making it more easily read and researchable by students, teachers, historians, and electronic data applications.

If you would like to help by transcribing some of this collection, you can find instructions and sign up here:
https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org/


SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS***

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events!   

Online: Genealogy-Homestead, Land of My Own

Online: Genealogy-Homestead, Land of My Own

Thursday, 23 July 2020 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Presented by MaryLynn Strickland and South King County Genealogical Society.
Register here: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5f091eb73446bf2e0091e71d

Since its inception, the growth of the United States has been based on its westward expansion by hearty individuals who were willing to meet the challenges of the frontier. These ancestors obtained land, developed it and left its heritage for us to appreciate.

After a brief review of land description terms, we will use genealogical databases such as Ancestry.com and land patents and military warrants at the General Land Office website to locate our ancestors’ homesteads. Then we will use online applications to find the old homestead on modern maps, even down to Google street view!

Registration required: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5f091eb73446bf2e0091e71d

South King County Genealogical Society July Events

Monday 13 July 2020, 1-3 pm: Genetic Genealogy/DNA group. Topic: Using the Leeds Method to sort your DNA Matches. Please join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy for meeting invitations and reminders.

Monday, 20 July 2020, 1-3 pm: Tech User Group. Topic: “Deep web” of FamilySearch unindexed images: How to find, link them to people in your tree, and cite them in your reports. This will draw on education we have received in the past about record indexing systems, analysis of the image filmstrip rolls, and how to find and use the excellent FamilySearch citations. To receive invitations and meeting reminders, please join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG
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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E E-News

GFO Logo Halo 2 Large THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 9, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
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WSGS Blog and the Corona Virus

Well it looks like the readers of the WSGS Blog are getting back to reading the blog at work again. When the shutdown closed many non essential businesses the cities of Kent and Spokane Valley came to the top for readers passing Seattle and Spokane. Since the middle of June Kent seldom makes it in the top 25, and Spokane Valley has not even made the top 50 cities list. When MyHeritage had their European Conferences in 2019 the cities of Helsinki and Amsterdam have been near the top 25 cities. Both seem to be Bots as they stay zero seconds on the blog.

The top three most read Blog posts were my article on the Death of Myra Gormley, The Three Stooges Census collectors, and the Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week on Irish Roots.

We passed 900 subscribers a few weeks ago and EasyNet has worked on stopping the 150+ error messages I get each week saying some of the digests we send out on Wednesday night will be delayed.

Do you want to broadcast information about your local society, workshop, genealogical tip, or a research query? Just send it to the WSGS Blog and WSGS Meetings and Events! You can reach hundreds of genealogists from around the state. Just email a Word document, text file, or graphic to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org and WSGSWebManager@wasgs.org  and we’ll 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 and viewers.

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.

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FGS 2020 Conference

FGS 2020 Conference

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The 2020 FGS Family History Conference is Going Virtual

REGISTRATION CONFERENCE PROGRAM BECOME AN EXHIBITOR – COMING SOON

You won’t want to miss the final FGS Conference virtual-style! We have a variety of learning sessions to meet every genealogist’s needs. We have so many topics—including DNA, Ethnicity & Nationality, Methodology & Skill-building and so much more! And of course, we have your favorite speakers that you love learning from!

How does it work?

First, join us on September 2 for Live! sessions that include CeCe Moore, Thomas W. Jones, Ari Wilkins, Judy G. Russell, and Lisa Louise Cooke. We’ll also have special presentations and hear the latest from Ancestry and FamilySearch. Participate in a live chat with genealogists from around the world!

You will also have the opportunity to select the right-sized package for your viewing pleasure from our On-Demand content that contains over 80 sessions, PLUS you will receive more than 30 sponsored sessions and a collection of 15 society management sessions for FREE. And, just in case you miss the Live! Session, you will have the opportunity to view it together with the On-Demand content, which will be available starting September 15 and will be available for your viewing until March 15, 2021.

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To celebrate the history of FGS—in recognition of this last Family History Conference—and to add a little fun, a commemorative goody bag is available with the maximum registration package. For more information on the contents of each registration package, see the Registration Page.

You will also be able to visit our Virtual Exhibit Hall starting September 15.

We hope that you will enjoy blazing new trails with us in this virtual experience!

Registration is now open for the Federation of Genealogical Societies’ Virtual Family History Conference!
 
The virtual event will begin with FGS “Live!” on September 2, 2020, starting at 11:00 a.m. (EDT) and concluding at 7:00 p.m. (EDT). In addition to the Live! event, all conference registrations will include a collection of 16 society management sessions assembled by FGS and more than 30 sponsored sessions. The registration packages allow you to further select either 10, 20 or 45 sessions from the On-Demand content from leading genealogists (more than 80 sessions from which to choose). All registration packages include online access to our digital conference syllabus. A special commemorative goody bag is included with the 45-session package. If you had already registered for the FGS conference in Kansas City, your registration will convert to the 20-session conference package. For more information, visit our conference website.
 
The FGS Live! event will feature lectures from some of the most popular genealogy speakers:
  David E. Rencher, “FGS: Celebrating the Past and the Future” Judy G. Russell, “Quarantined! Genealogy, The Law & Public Health” Ari Wilkins, “Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Research” Thomas W. Jones, “Building a Respectable Genealogy, One Documented Biography at a Time” CeCe Moore, “Strategies of “The Genetic Detective”” Lisa Louise Cooke, “The 2020 Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology”  
The Live! event will also include special presentations from our two Platinum sponsors: Ancestry’s “Journey to “Roots Less Traveled”” Ron Tanner of FamilySearch, “What’s New at FamilySearch”  
An online chat will take place during the Live! event and there will be a Q&A session following each session.
 
The following two-hour workshops will also be held on September 3-4:
  Angie Bush, “Using the “What are the Odds” (WATO) Tool” on 9/3/2020 Cari Taplin, “Using Google’s My Maps as a Planning & Analysis Tool” on 9/3/2020 Angie Bush, “Latest Developments in Company Tools for DNA” on 9/4/2020 Pam Vestal, “What the Heck Does That Say” on 9/4/2020  
For a full description of the registration packages, a list of the available On-Demand content, a list of all of the free sessions, and much more information, visit our conference website.
 
Keep updated on the FGS 2020 Conference! Visit our webpage:  FGSConference.org
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GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

GFO Logo Halo 2 Large THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition July 2, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
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 Want to share an easy-to-read version of this E-News? Click here.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week -Irish Roots

TIP OF THE WEEK –
CONNECT WITH YOUR IRISH ROOTS

Have you heard of “Ireland Reaching Out”? Their mission statement says “Of the estimated 70 million people of Irish descent living outside of Ireland today, many are unsure of where in Ireland they originate from, or if there are any living relatives still there. We aim to help these people discover the story of their family history and reconnect them with the Ireland of today.”

And their approach is a bit unique, “It is based on a simple idea; instead of waiting for people of Irish descent to come home to Ireland to trace their roots, local Irish parish communities go the other way. At a town land, village and parish level, local Irish communities identify who left their neighborhoods, and trace them and their descendants worldwide, proactively engaging with them and inviting them to become part of an extended “virtual” community with their place of origin.” 

“Ireland Reaching Out” has a Facebook Page in addition to their website: https://irelandxo.com 
Join, post your family’s emigration story or browse the messages boards, communicate with a volunteer, learn about Irish history.