Eastside Genealogical Society German Interest Group October Meeting


The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, October 6, 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.


Topic:  German Village 1500-1850: Marriage, Religion & Inheritance – Have you ever wondered what life was like for your German ancestors? An overview of courtship, marriage, and religious differences impacting inheritance and family life.


Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata, a member of South King County Genealogical Society, has over 25 years of experience in genealogy. She is an instructor in genealogy at Pierce College, a seminar presenter and trainer in genealogy societies across Washington, who takes advantage of the latest technology and staying mobile with the latest computing tools.


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

Puget Sound Genealogical Society September Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday Sep 23 10:30 – 12:30
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way Bremerton
with Jim Johnson. Discover the history of Pennsylvania,
its timelines, migration patterns and online database
Registration is required: call Genealogical Center
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson


Humble Area Genealogical Society eConference


UPDATE: The flooding from Hurricane Harvey has destroyed homes of 6 of our members. After talking with Family History Fanatics (the producers of our eConference) we are going to be donating 50% of the registration fees to these 6 members from our society. Registration is only $15 and we would appreciate all the support we could get.

The Humble Area Genealogical Society is hosting an eConference and would appreciate if you could forward this information to any of your members that might be interested in participating.

THAGS eConference: Back to Research
Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 8:30am – 4pm CDT

Join us for an eConference! We’ve arranged for four great speakers to teach us about a variety of research topics. Registration costs $15 and you can watch the live webinar presentations or see the replay on your own schedule for up to 30 days after the eConference. During the eConference you’ll be able to ask questions through the webinar program’s chat features. After these four hours of instructions, the speakers will convene for a final panel discussion to answer questions not finished during the webinars or any additional questions you have. It will be a great day of education and entertainment.

How to Register:

Go to the conference page on our website http://www.humblegen.org/conference and click on the register button or click on this link to REGISTER NOW.

After clicking the “Register Now” button, you’ll be taken to PayPal, where you can pay using your PayPal account or with a credit card or eCheck. After payment is complete, you’ll be directed to the “Finalize Registration” page. You’ll enter your name and email (this doesn’t have to be the same email as your PayPal account) to complete the registration process. An email will be sent to you with links and passwords for the eConference.

eConference Schedule:

Time Speaker Topic
8:30 am Karen Rasmussen / Andrew Lee Welcome
9:00 am Amy Johnson Crow Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors
10:30 am Melissa Finlay Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals
12:00 pm Devon Noel Lee Using FamilySearch More Effectively
1:30 pm Michael L Strauss Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records
3:00 pm Panel Discussion Family History Fanatics’ “Genealogy Unscripted”

Desperately Seeking Susan: Finding Female Ancestors – Amy Johnson Crow

How do you find female ancestors when they lived in a world where most of the records were written by and about men? Explore sources and strategies to help you fill in the female half of the family tree.

Which Charles is Which? Separating Same Name Individuals – Melissa Finlay

Some individuals with similar names have been combined, crossed and muddled over time. Learn how to differentiate between same-named people using a composite of time, place, family members, occupation and other unique identifiers.

Using FamilySearch More Effectively – Devon Noel Lee

FamilySearch.org has billions of names in the family tree and millions of records for genealogical research. This class discusses how to use this collaborative tree more effectively using indexed and unindexed records and leaving a trail of your research decisions along the way.

Bankruptcy to Equity: Using Federal Court Records – Michael L. Strauss

Was Grandma a bootlegger? Did Grandpa pay his taxes? Records of the Federal courts are among the National Archives’ largest holdings-and yet some of the least used records. Open a new chapter of your family history and discover little-known branches in your family tree as the records of the Federal Court system are discussed in detail.

We hope to see you online on the 23rd of September!

-The Humble Area Genealogical Society
Humble, TX

This eConference is being produced by Family History Fanatics. 25% of the ticket price goes directly to The Humble Area Genealogical Society to support their preservation and education activities. If your society would like more information on hosting an eConference, email familyhistoryfanatics@gmail.com.

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society September Meeting

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting at LDS Family History Center, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer break is over and it’s time for the monthly meetings of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical society to start again. Hopefully this summer has allowed you to break down some of the brick walls, and discover new ancestors that you didn’t know about last spring.

Our September meeting will be an informal question, answers and stories at the LDS Family History Center located on 12th and Pearl in Tacoma. Claudia Breland will be joining us to answer questions we may have about a research problem, and we will also be doing our annual show and tell. So bring your stories and your questions or just come and listen to other members talk about what they have found recently. Who know, maybe someone’s story will help you with your research.

Hope to see everyone there!

TPCGS monthly meetings are held September – May at Bates Technical College, South Campus, Building E, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma. (September’s meeting is at the LDS Family History Center)  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.  Find more information at www.tpcgs.org

Lewis County Genealogical Society News

Lewis County GS is pleased to announce a Cooperative Genealogy Project with the Timberland Regional Library System, alternating between the Chehalis & Centralia Timberland Libraries.
“Genealogy Help at the Library” will be 10:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
Centralia Timberland Library …. Sat. SEPT. 9   &   Sat. OCT. 14
Chehalis  Timberland Library ….  Thurs. SEPT. 21 & Thurs. OCT 19
A Genealogy Workshop will be held Sat. SEPT. 30 from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Topics:  Getting started or restarted, research, records & library research.
Genealogy specialists from both groups will help you begin or restart your Family Tree beginning with yourself and what you know about your parents & grandparents. Computers will be there for your genealogy helpers to start your amazing trail.
The Workshop will encourage you to bring your Brick Wall or other problems to get special one-on-one-help or a panel to solve your genealogy problems.
On-going educational opportunities in the area include; Locating and informing members of research libraries, special interest groups, record repositories and other societies programs.
Any person joining Lewis County Genealogical Society after September 1, 2017 will enjoy an extended Membership good thru December 2018 for the annual fee of $12.
The Lewis County Genealogical Society meets the 3rd Tuesday monthly, January thru December except July, August & December at
St Johns Lutheran Church   2190 Jackson Hwy, Chehalis at 6:30 p.m.
A Genealogy Program will be presented by a well known Genealogical Speaker follow the meeting at 7:30p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
Please Join us Tues. Sept.19 for Mary Kircher Roddys’ presentation of:
“The Ins & Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlocking Probates, Deeds & More”
And Tues. October 17 for Jerri Thorpe McCoys’ presentation of:
“Using Land Records to Break Down Brick Walls”

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Wednesday Evening E-News


Wednesday Evening
6 September 2017

For more information visit www.gfo.org, contact us at info@gfo.org, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for August 2017, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. NOTE: The Insider issues are now located under the “Learn” > “Our Publications” menu at our new website (still gfo.org).
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
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We regularly share genealogy tips from around the country and bring you reminders of all of GFO’s upcoming events.

Better hold on tight! It’s the fastest library tour ever!!

Just A Few Seats Left for Saturday’s Session, Oct 14th!

GFO’s Fall Seminar is filling up fast! Sunday’s Workshop, Oct 15th, is full.

TOPIC: Breaking Down Brick Walls with DNA


WHAT: GFO’s Fall Seminar (two days!)
WHEN: Saturday, Oct 14th
WHERE: Saturday at the Milwaukie Center (map), and Sunday at the GFO Library
WHO: The fabulous CeCe Moore! DNA Extraordinaire!!

CeCe Moore helped unravel Alice Collins Plebuch’s century-old DNA mystery (news article here), and she’s coming to lend her wealth of DNA research knowledge for GFO’s Fall Seminar goers this October. Don’t miss it! Sign up today!!
Genealogical Hot Links This Fall…

Genealogical Society of WA

The Genealogical Society of Washington County Oregon will hold its monthly meeting from 10am to noon, Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the Hillsboro Brookwood Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway.

Speaker Don Anderson will talk about “From Native American to Scottish – The Journey to Find My First Parents”. The event is free and open to the public. GSWCO is not limited to research in Washington County, and promotes the study of genealogy in all parts of the world. For further information, call 503-640-4431.
JGSO Cemeteries Program

This month’s program is an interactive event. Instead of just learning about Jewish genealogy we will participate in documenting and preserving it for future generations. This is a fun and educational project that can be performed by all members of the family. We are excited that you will play a part in it!

We will meet at the Kesser Israel Cemetery at 10:30 AM. It is located at 6509 SE Nehalem St Portland, Oregon 97206. See map and directions HERE.
Manifest Destiny

Monday, October 9th, at the LDS Factoria Building. Free admission and refreshments, with doors at 6:30pm. The presentation starts at 7:15pm. Come early to use our extensive JGSWS library and network with other attendees.
JGSWS presents an interactive Ellis Island experience: “Manifest Destiny: Names at Ellis Island,” presented by Joel Weintraub.
Oregon Historical Newspapers

Did you hear?! Have you seen!?! Oregon Historical Newspapers’ website got a complete makeover. Check out all the new bells and whistles HERE.
Don’t be shy! We know you love reading and reviewing all those new books at the GFO!

The following titles need to be reviewed for our Insider publication. Let Joan know if any catch your eye!
1. Dobson, David. SCOTTISH-AMERICAN GRAVESTONES, 1700-1900, Volume II.
5. Murray, Sonia Bennett. THEY CAME TO BELIZE, 1750-1810. Compiles from Records of Jamaica, the Mosquito Shore, and Belize at the British and Belize National Arches.
7. Ports, Michael A. INDIAN WARS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1610-1858. A Guide for Genealogists and Historians.
8. Thode, Ernest. SWISS PIONEERS OF SOUTHEASTERN OHIO. The re-Discovered Settlements of Jacob Tisher, Baron Rudolph de Steiguer, & Ludwig Gall (plus John Joseph Labarthe in Louisiana).
9. Kemp, Thomas Jay. INTERNATIONAL VITAL RECORDS HANDBOOK. 7TH EDITION. Births, Marriages, Deaths. Application Forms and Ordering Information for the Vital Records You Need for Driver’s Licenses, Passports, Jobs, Social Security, Proof of Identity, etc.

If you’re interested in reviewing one of these titles, please email Joan at bookreviews@gfo.org.
This Week at the GFO…


Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30am – 1:30pm

Finding your Hispanic ancestors from Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California. This Special Interest Group (SIG) will pertain specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California).

Beginning and intermediate researchers are very welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, solving genealogical problems, methodology of organizing your research, etc. Of course this group will also be about sharing our research experiences, and having fun.

If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about the up and coming group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.
For questions or comments, please email Vince at sw@gfo.org.

Finding Your People Past and Present 9:30am – noon

Come hear Mary Kircher Roddy give a workshop about researching through City Directories by signing up HERE! Learn also all about how to connect with cousins you never knew you had!

Writers’ Forum 1 – 3pm

This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at peggyrbaldwin@gmail.com or 503-916-9410.

Maps Work Party 9am – noon

We are planning to continue working on this project on the second Sunday of the month from 9:00 am until noon or whenever. Come when you can. Doris Cruickshank, map project coordinator.

Free First…uhm, Second Monday! 10am – noon

Not a GFO Member? No problem! Come check out the GFO Library for free (no pesky $7 day-fee needed) every first Monday of every single month! Well, unless there’s a national holiday that falls on that first Monday, then it’s the second Monday you’ll want to keep an eye out for on your calendar! Bring your friends and family (or even your arch nemesis, if you insist) to show them the wonder of the biggest genealogical library between Seattle and San Francisco. We’re open from 9:30am until 5pm!

Serendipity Friday

A drone to walk your dog?  Yep. A company in England has created a drone that has a built-in, retractable leash, and a hands-free pilot that uses GPS to walk your dog on the route you select. All for a mere $2300. The article does state that “a Great Dane probably could overpower the drone, while a Yorkie might be lifted into the air.”  Think I’ll sit on this awhile…..


Are you an alumni of WSU (Washington State University)? If so, you’re entitled to a free subscription to their Washington State Magazine which comes quarterly out of WSU in Pullman. Contact the Biographical & Records Team, PO Box 641927, Pullman WA  99164-1227 to state your subscription. For a $15 annual fee, you can subscribe if you’re not an alum.


What does it really mean to be healthy? A bit in a recent National Geographic Magazine from Vivek Murthy, former U.S. Surgeon General, explains emotional well-being is just as important as eating a healthy diet and staying active. So how do we fix that, Murthy was asked. “The first thing we need to change is how we think about emotions. Emotions are a source of power…. but too many people think of emotions as a source of weakness…. we must learn to cultivate emotional well-being tools such as sleep, physical activity, social connections, and contemplative practices like gratitude and meditation. Murthy’s bit was ended with his fear that the level of stress among people today is what kills emotional well-being. Something to think about for sure.

Whatcom Genealogical Society Meeting


Whatcom Genealogical Society will meet Monday, September 11 at 2 p.m. at the Bellingham Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way, Bellingham,WA.


Program:  Share your summer research finds or something you have written about an ancestor – we would love to hear about them! Cindy Harris, our Education Chair, who plans all our wonderful programs, will be discussing things such as changes in the genealogy community, upcoming education opportunities, special interest groups, and the possibility of a field trip to Seattle to visit the Fiske Library.  Visitors welcome!


Sharon Neem

WGS Publicity Chair

TriCity Genealogical Society News

The End of Family History Library Microfilm Rental and How a Visit to the Richland Family History Center Could Help With Your Research

Have you heard that the Family History Library in Salt Lake City is ending their film rental program?  Find out why that is a good thing.  Also, some highlights on how a visit to the Richland Family History Center could help you with your research.
Heather Murphy
TCGS Blog Editor

FGS September Webinar

The September 2017 FGS webinar will feature Laurie Hermance-Moore, who will present “Borrowing Corporate Strategy Techniques for Your Society.
The webinar will address a variety of paths for a society to utilize the techniques of the corporate world.

Many societies are at a crossroads: new competition from online genealogy sites and webinars, dwindling membership, and challenges in figuring out how to evolve activities. It’s time to stop and make a plan!

So why not borrow from the business world?

Marketing strategist and genealogist Laurie Hermance-Moore will show you techniques that are used by large companies to refine how they “go to market.” Learn how to align your society leadership to your vision for the future, your current mission, how you are positioning yourself against the competition, and identifying and prioritizing your target audiences.

Laurie has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, marketing research, strategic planning, and brand development. She provides coaching to professional genealogists and genealogy societies in marketing strategy, so they can craft their unique story, target their offerings to the right clients, and build their confidence in marketing.
The webinar will be held on September 21, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Central Time, and will be recorded for viewing on the FGS website shortly after its conclusion. Please register in advance.
NEXT TIME: The topic for the October webinar will be “The Social Media Manager Role in Today’s Society” presented by FGS Education Chair Jen Baldwin.
About the Webinar Series
Each month, the FGS Webinar Series will feature a new and interesting topic, ranging from recruitment and volunteer management to technology, publications, and working with your local tourism board.
Webinars are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Advance registration is required. Regular updates will be shared via the FGS Voice blog, FGS Voice Newsletter, and social media.
Speakers interested in presenting topics should contact Jen Baldwin, Education Chair, at education@fgs.org.
Are you looking for a rewarding and beneficial way to volunteer? The Education Committee at FGS could use your expertise. Please contact Jen Baldwin at education@fgs.org.