German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, March 6, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm

(Doors open at 12:10 pm for networking)

Where:  Relief Society Room of the Latter-day Saints Church

             10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004.     

Topic: “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist and More” – Not all our ancestors are fine upstanding citizens, but Friedrich challenged all parameters of exemplary citizenship. But, who was Friedrich Eiler? The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown! 

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Presenter:  Jill Morelli, cg® lectures about her Midwestern, northern German and Scandinavian ancestors nationwide with a focus on intermediate and advanced methodologies, and unique records sets. After obtaining her credential as a Certified Genealogist, she began an online course sharing her experiences and demystifying the process of certification to all who are interested in going “on the clock.” She is presently the president of the Seattle Genealogical Society and a member of many others.

Visitors are always welcome.  More information:  .  

Heritage Quest Research Library Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events for February & March: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
10:30 AM Are you interested in helping with AUTUMN QUEST?
We will be talking about the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and HOW of putting on the annual Autumn Quest Seminar.  
Have you been before?  Would you like a say in what it is about?  
Then this meeting is for you!
Beginning Genealogy
Dee Fournier
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Have you wondered where to begin? What documents to you need?  Where will I find them? Join our Education Chair as she takes you through the wonderful world of Beginning  Genealogy.
Let us get you started!
Downtown Sumner 
presents the

and we love to participate with Sparkling Cider for all who come in to see who we are and what we do.  
Saturday, March 14, 2020 
4:00 – 7:00 PM
join us and we’ll talk Genealogy!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  SGS has purchased a subscription to the Polish Genealogical Society of America (PGSA) which includes on-line access to a members-only area and databases, plus access to the quarterly journal, ‘Rodziny’, with articles specific to Polish genealogy. If you are involved in Polish genealogy, come into the SGS Library and access PGSA.ORG from our patron computers. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News


While usually one SGS member is selected as Volunteer of the Quarter, this quarter the SGS Board was compelled to select three members for their heroic efforts during the SGS Library Great Flood of 2019. Referred to collectively as the SGS Flood Response Team,  Linda Fitzgerald, Kathi McGinnes, and Ann Wright are our Volunteers of Fall Quarter. These three members have a long history of volunteer service to SGS, and their quick reaction and tireless efforts during what could have been a catastrophic, expensive loss for the Society, definitely qualify them to be recognized for service  “above and beyond”. 

Linda was the first person to arrive at the library that morning, and immediately alerted the manager of the library’s building that there was water pouring into the library from above!  Kathi and Ann arrived shortly after Linda, and all three ladies began working to move books and equipment out of harm’s way as quickly as possible. Any dry items in harm’s way were temporarily relocated to other places around the library. All wet items were moved to a triage area. As much work as this was, it turned out to be the easy part.

Over the next few days, Linda and Kathi worked on the materials in the triage area to determine which items were too water damaged to repair, which were just slightly damp and could be easily dried by hand, and which needed more extensive drying using presses and silica gel. Once the books were dry, the silica gel had to be manually removed from the books before returning these repaired books to the dried shelves. Books that had not gotten wet, but were moved elsewhere for safekeeping, also had to be retrieved and returned to their original location. 

The process of preparing the books to dry, preparing them to be re-shelved, and returning all displaced materials to their proper location was an effort that spanned three weeks.

A water event of this nature is second only to a fire in terms of potential unrecoverable damage to a library. Given the number of truly irreplaceable documents and books in the SGS Library, a lot of damage can be done in very short order. The immediate and long-term actions of Linda, Kathi, and Ann minimized the damage. Only a few books were lost. Thank you so much , Linda, Kathi, and Ann.  Without their efforts things could have been a lot worse.   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Time:  Saturday, March 14, 2020,  12pm-6pm 
          Sunday,   March 15, 2020,  10am-6pm 
Place: Seattle Center Armory, Seattle, WA 

As it normally does, SGS will have an information booth at the Festal:Irish Festival, Seattle’s Irish Heritage and St Patrick’s Day celebration weekend. The booth will have a genealogy display and maps for Irish and Scots-Irish research. We need volunteers to help out in the booth for two hour shifts both days, especially from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm while Jean Roth is giving the Irish Genealogy lecture. This is one of our major outreach events and is a great way to meet people interested in Irish Genealogy.

Contact to sign up for a shift! Thank you.  

For more information about Irish Festal, see…/featu…/festal/irish-festival…IRISH GENEALOGY WORKSHOP

The Irish Heritage Club, along with the SGS Irish Interest Group, is having an all day Irish and Scots-Irish genealogy workshop on Saturday, March 21, 2020, as part of the Seattle’s official Irish Week activities. The speaker is Dr. Tyrone Bowes of Galway, Ireland. Dr. Bowes is a noted biotechnologist who specializes in biology, history, and geography. He is founder and CEO of Irish Origenes and its extensive databases. 

The theme is “Putting the Gene In Your Genealogy”. Learn to use the latest technology and your DNA results to discover clues to your Irish and Scots-Irish ancestral origins. At Fairview Christian Church, 844 NE 78th (enter parking lot from 79th), Seattle, WA, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Doors open at 8:30 am for check-in 
Fee: $50. Box lunches available for $15; please order before March 13th.
Register here:

Additional information available at the Irish Heritage Club :
  or contact Jean A Roth at 206-782-2629 or

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 EVENT   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, February 15, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  SIG, with Jean Roth Saturday, February 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German  SIG, with Jean Roth 
Sunday, March 1, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.

Saturday, March 7, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch  SIG, with leader Lou Daly, discover the many ways to use Family Tree & Each meeting will feature an aspect of the FamilySearch website.  There will be time for Q&A.  

Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG, co-chairs Lisa Marker & Diane Hettrick. Meets every other month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA. Jointly sponsored by SGS & Fiske. Open to the public. Focuses on resources for users of Macintosh/Apple computers & the Reunion Program.
Saturday, March 14, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, with leaders Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017
Saturday, March 14, 12:30 pm -1:00pm, SGS Spring Membership Meeting, business meeting, meet the Board and Officer nominees. 

Saturday, March 14,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “Do You Trello and Kanban?”, presenter will be Lori Lee Staub. learn how these can aid you in your genealogy research. 

Saturday, March 21,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, this presentation is at the University of Washington, Allen Library. Join in for a hands-on workshop to learn how archives are arranged and locate information which might be of interest to you when researching women’s history.   Parking on the UW campus is free on the date of our workshop. Attendees will meet at the Allen Library breezeway since the library is officially closed for spring break:!/alb  Although this event is free, it requires advance registration. Please register by following this link: Maximum attendees: 25 Presenter: Lisa Oberg Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries.    This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see   

Olympia Genealogical Society’s March 2020 Meeting

Olympia Genealogical Society’s March meeting will feature OGS member Dee Bright and her talk “Who is Dorothy Bright?” Dee’s mother Dorothy was born in 1909, adopted as an infant, but did not know she was adopted until she was an adult. Dee will tell us about the steps she has taken to search for her mother’s birth parents – her progress, successes, and failures.  Join us on Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.   2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia WA. 360-349-2493
Joyce T. Ogden

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday 2020 E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition February 13, 2020
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! | 503-963-1932 | Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Washington Secretary of State Urges Public To Fight Seattle National Archives Closure
A few weeks ago, the GFO strongly objected to the plan to close the National Archives in Seattle. The closure was approved just days after news of the secret proposal leaked out. Now the Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is also speaking up, and urges everyone to contact lawmakers to fight the closure. Read more here on the secretary’s web page. Find your representative
Find your senator All the history of the Pacific Northwest stored in Seattle is set to be divided and shipped away to Kansas City, Missouri, and Riverside, California. So far, no date for this closure has been publicly revealed. We urge you to add your voice to get this terrible decision overturned. In the meantime, northwest tribes are also speaking up against the move. Seattle’s KIRO radio reports the Archives has not answered a single question from the public. “No one from the national NARA offices present at the Seattle facility today would go on the record with KIRO Radio about anything. Period. Like OMB, NARA has not responded substantively to any inquiries from KIRO Radio for weeks.”
Free GenTalk: Intro to Excel for Genealogy
Join us at the GFO this Saturday, February 15, from 2 – 3 p.m. for a hands-on beginner’s tutorial Intro to Excel® for Genealogy. Spreadsheets are a powerful tool for analyzing your genealogical data, organizing your research and presenting your conclusions. But as with any tool, you have to know how to use it to get results. GFO member and Microsoft-certified trainer Kendra Blumberg will get beginners started with Excel and some simple, genealogy-specific spreadsheets. Please bring your laptop with Excel® loaded. Otherwise, a limited number of computers are available for free reservation at Join us at the GFO. GenTalks are free and open to the public.**
Spring Seminar with Karen Stanbary: Solve Puzzles with DNA
DNA has become the hot topic in genealogy and we’re bringing an expert to Portland to help you make sense of it all! Join us for our 2020 Spring Seminar, “Solve Puzzles with DNA,” on April 4 & 5, with nationally-known genetic genealogy author and educator Karen Stanbary, CG®, MA, LCSW.
The Saturday, April 4 classes will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Portland’s Center for Self Enhancement (SEI). Seats are still available. .
Saturday classes include: ▪ Tips to Manage Conversations about Unexpected DNA Results – handle challenging discussions both before and after DNA testing ▪ The DNA You Need – It’s Not Always Who You Think – Results from a 4th cousin once removed you’ve never met may tell you more than another aunt or uncle ▪ Avoiding Common Mistakes When Working with atDNA – Learn common errors in atDNA interpretation and strategies to avoid them ▪ Spit and You Shall Find! Autosomal DNA Identifies a Charming Scoundrel: Walk through research planning, evidence analysis, correlation and proof in a fun case study If you register by Feb. 29, the cost for GFO members for this full day is just $45 and for non-members, $50.
Register Now
The Sunday half-day classes on April 5 will be held at the GFO from 9:30 a.m. – noon. This session is already 3/4 full.
Sunday includes two complex case studies demonstrating a wide variety of research strategies at every point in the planning, analysis and correlation process. One unknown parentage case and one distant ancestor case illustrate the integration of evidence from paper and DNA sources to prove genetic relationship conclusions. Early registration price for this half-day is just $25 for GFO members and $30 for non-members. Download the Seminar Flyer for more details.

Take advantage of those Early-Bird Registration prices! On March 1, all prices will increase by $5. This is a great opportunity to learn more about solving those genealogy puzzles with the use of DNA.
Live Webinar on Black College Records Features Deborah Abbott
Mark your calendar. Please join us for a live webinar with Deborah Abbott, on Saturday, February 15 at noon at the GFO library. Our African American Ancestry Group is pleased to present Dr. Abbott’s discussion of using manuscript collections at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D is a professional genealogist specializing in Black American research, manuscript collections, and genealogy methods. She serves as a trustee on the Board of the Ohio Genealogical Society, a member of the Cuyahoga County Archives Advisory Board in Cleveland, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Federation of Genealogical Societies. Non-Members are welcome! This group is free and open to the public.
GFO Open House Brings 42 Free Events in March
Who doesn’t like a free genealogy conference? Save these dates for the 2020 GFO Genealogy Open House: March 13-22. Over these 10 days, the library is free to the public and everyone is invited to all classes. Of particular note, we have an Evening with Special Guest John Schmal on Mexican Ancestry, a Beginners Day, DNA Day, Software Day, and Irish Day.
Get the Full Open House Schedule Here
Save your favorite classes on your calendar! No registration required for any events. 42 events in all! It’s like having a free genealogy conference in your own backyard. Join us!
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon Features Pam Vestal
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon will feature GFO Member and professional genealogist Pam Vestal at their February Meeting, Sunday, February 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Neveh Shalom, 2900 SW Peaceful Lane, Portland. Pam’s presentation, Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal, will explore the secrets our ancestors’ migrations and what they can reveal as we track them from place to place, across the ocean, across the country, and even across town.
The program is free and doors open at 10:00 a.m. with time for conversation and sharing.
News from the Library
New Digital ContentKern-Gen (Kern Co., California)
• Santa Clara County Connections
• Valley Genealogist of Hemet-San Jacinto
• The Epistle (Batchelder, Carpenter, and Rice)
• Lifeliner (Riverside, California)
• Kansas City Genealogist New Books • Adams County, Ohio deeds, 1797-1812
• Confederate military history: a library of Confederate States history
• Diamond jubilee, Medina, North Dakota: 1899-1974
• Fish families records and lines
• Germans in Wisconsin
• History of Jennings County, Indiana
• Indian New England before the Mayflower
• Little known tales from Oregon history
• London’s churches
• Magruder’s Maryland colonial abstracts: wills, accounts, and inventories, 1772-1777
• Milford and vicinity sesquicentennial souvenir book, 1830-1980
• Reunion celebration: together with an historical sketch of Peru, Bennington County, Vermont, and its inhabitants from the first settlement of the town
• Soap Lake [Washington]
• Southern crossing: a history of the American South, 1877-1906
• Tracing your Church of England ancestors: a guide for family and local historians
• The captive’s quest for freedom: fugitive slaves, the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law, and the politics of slavery
• The city of New York in the year of Washington’s inauguration, 1789
• The Hatfield book
• The slave economy of the Old South: selected essays in economic and social history
• The Spanish archives of New Mexico: compiled and chronologically arranged with historical, genealogical, geographical, and other annotations, by authority of the State of New Mexico
Surplus Book: 1913 Yearbook From OAC (now Oregon State)
Have a Beaver in the family? They may love this step back into history, back when Oregon State University was known as the Oregon Agricultural College. We have a spare copy of the The Orange from 1913, OAC’s yearbook in truly excellent condition. There is only one half inch of noticeable wear at the top of the spine.
This yearbook runs 366 pages and bears the names of Editor R.A. Blanchard and Manager W.S. Sibray.
It includes a message from OAC President William Jasper Rice. Price to pickup at the GFO: $30
Price to ship to you: $37 If you’re interested in this piece of Oregon history, contact
Survey Results: Free Genealogy Websites
Here are the favorite free websites of our readers:
FamilySearch tops the list–for its scope, better indexing, lots of images, deepest resources around, and other reasons. One person cautioned about the family tree, unsourced facts and misinformation.
FamilySearch Community Feed After joining a group, you can upload an image of a foreign language document (even written in impossible to read old German script) and someone will translate it for you – usually within just a couple of hours or maybe overnight. WikiTree (2 people) Because it’s collaborative and there’s a huge emphasis on citing sources for the facts you add. It makes it so much easier to verify information and find the sources yourself for your own records. FindAGrave for the help of the volunteers who take photos. (no reason given) GEDmatch because it has DNA data from different sources. Heritage Quest accessed with Multnomah County Library card. The website has all the RC church records for County Kerry – the ancestral home of my father’s side of family. It also has images for civil records of births, marriages, and deaths for all of Ireland with exception of images of death records before 1877. BTW the website has links to other Irish websites. The Ancestor Hunt for its fabulous links to online newspapers. The Library of Virginia (no reason given)
New Survey: Cousins
We all have lots of distant cousins, found through various means. We’re curious if finding them has been helpful in your genealogical research.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
Friday, February 14th
Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This Special Interest Group (SIG) pertains specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California). Beginning and intermediate researchers are welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, solving genealogical problems, organizing your research, etc. Come share research experiences and have fun. Questions or comments to Vince Ramirez at
Saturday, February 15th
Genealogical Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Finding your ancestors before 1850
The 1850 US census was the first to enumerate each member of the household by name, making pre-1850 research tricky, particularly for families already moving West. Adding to the challenge, extended family members tended to migrate in groups, with individuals frequently joining households other than those of their nuclear family …or not. Join us as the Genealogy Problem Solvers attempt to locate the parents of a GFO member’s 2nd great- grandfather, Charles McFarland (1815-1898), who was born in Virginia (or West Virginia) and who died in Missouri. Learn the tools researchers use to solve the problem of finding ancestors on the move before 1850. Questions – contact Katy Daly:
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Live Webinar on Black College Records Featuring Deborah Abbott. See article above for details. This group is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Janice Sellers
GenTalk: Intro to Excel® for Genealogy 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
See feature article above to join us for our February GenTalk presented by Kendra Blumberg. You may reserve one of the GFO’s PCs for free on a first-come, first-served basis.
Note to Library Patrons: The GenTalk will be held in the research area of the library, at the computer tables, and at least 5 of the computers are reserved for event attendees. The stacks and the classroom are of the library will remain open for all other patrons.
Sunday, February 16th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – noon
We have a special project to work on this Sunday. We received 3 tubs of books and periodicals that have a mildewy odor to them. We don’t want to introduce them to the library. So, we’ll be sorting through them to inventory and reorganize them.
Your help is needed. Any time you can share is appreciated.
Family Tree Maker Users Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join other users who want to work through the 2019 Companion Guide to Family TreeMaker.
Bring your laptop with 2019 or 2017 version of FTM installed.
Click here for the full agenda. It also has links to two small files to download to your FTM directory. Click on the ‘more details’ at the bottom left._ Contact the group leaders at
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.
Wednesday, February 19th
Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – Noon
Join us as our “Chat” consisting of lively unplanned discussion as we share successes, frustrations, challenges, tech tips, report on research trips, seminars, conferences and so on. In the next several sessions, our in our “Learn” portion, we will look at the 3 aspects of the Genealogy Proof Standards as set forth 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 break down more brick walls. Facilitated by Sandy Alto and Jeanne Quan. Questions?
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?
Irish Interest Group 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.
We will hear Patricia Delich’s, “Searching for Great-Great-Grandfather John Spillan.” Patricia’s research has taken numerous twists and turns since she gave us a glimpse of her search at our Oct. 2019 meeting. In our second hour we will examine current challenges, brick walls, obstacles and conflicting sources for your ancestor. Please bring the following information:
* Who are you researching?
* What information are you seeking?
* Where did this person live?
* What time period?
* What resources have you tried?
Contact for more information.
GFO Library Open Late to 8:00 p.m.

Closing of Seattle National Archives

Officials from Washington DC were in Seattle meeting with Puget Sound Native American Tribes: Click Here to read the whole story.

Meanwhile, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson continues to weigh legal action, and last week sent document requests to multiple federal agencies involved in the Seattle facility. Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is leading an effort to identify alternatives to the priceless materials being shipped to California.