Tri-City Genealogical Society October Meeting

Bill Floberg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: TCGS October  Zoom MeetingTime: Oct 14, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Seattle Genealogical Society October Seminar

The seminar is just one week away! 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger

Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
Register Today! Hurry, registration closes 9:00 PM (PDT) Wed, Oct 14, 2020 

Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?
We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. The most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover. 
Program includes:
“Formulating a DNA Testing Plan” 
“Real-Life Y-DNA”
“Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA”
“The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks” 
And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!
We have door prizes for four lucky attendees:
1 annual World Explorer individual membership to Ancestry
1 annual subscription
1 annual subscription
1 AncestryDNA kit

Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.
  Register for the Seminar


Olympia Genealogical Society Virtual November Meeting

Olympia, An Origin Story by Chris Staudinger
What was Olympia before it was our state’s capital? How did it rise to power, and how was it betrayed? These questions and more will be answered in this virtual tour of historic Olympia. Chris Staudinger, operator of  Pretty Gritty Tours in Tacoma, will tell the history of downtown Olympia’s bumpy beginnings, taking us down its streets and alleys and showing us cool things to do in downtown Olympia’s historic district. You’ll hear the tales of the indigenous hunters, railroad tycoons, brew masters, lawmakers, and artists that called Olympia home.  Olympia Genealogical Society virtual meeting, Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm  or 360-754-6230

Joyce T. Ogden


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 8, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with their renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
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Heritage Quest Research Library News

October is
Family History Month

Now that we have your attention, did you know that October is Family History Month?  Heritage Quest Research Library is here to assist you in the search for your own personal family history.  Do you have a “Brick Wall”?  Are you frustrated that you can’t access the records you need from home?  We can help!
     HQRL is Family Search affiliate library.  While many of the Family History Centers for the LDS church are closed, we can access most of the records when you are in our facility.  Our library collection includes many of the books you previously could find only in a FHL location.
     If you are a member of HQRL you can access the Library edition of Ancestry and My Heritage from the security of your own home.  Go to, click on the members page and log in to your account.  You will find the link to both there.
     We hope you will take this opportunity to spend some time with your ancestors. Learning from the past can help us as we head into the future.

Please do not respond to this blog.  If you have questions or comments you may reach us at; or by calling us at 253-863-1806

Clark County Genealogical Society News

Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS)
3205 NE 52nd St
Vancouver, WA 98663

Steve Cornick, one of our members, is celebrating a milestone birthday on October 8, 80 years old!. We would like to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY and many more years to celebrate. You can send birthday wishes to his email: or mail a card to our library:
CCGS Library, 3205 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663. Here is also a link to an ecard set up by his daughter Sophia Barre.

CCGS FALL CLASSES All Classes Online: live from the Clark County Genealogical Society Library from 10am to Noon Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Registration may be made using PayPal or mailed with a check.  Registration information is available from:

Researching Your Family in Maryland: Elsie Deatherage – Tuesday October 13, 2020
Maryland is where many of our ancestors arrived before heading west. Learn how to find their records in the “Old Line State”. Join Elsie as she shares more of her many genealogical gems to locating your family.
  Secrets of Wiki in Alice Allen – Tuesday October 20, 2020 is an easy-to-access online research database, just enter your ancestor’s name and information appears! But you may be missing great family clues searching only a family name. Alice will share how to make the most of your research time using the Wiki.
  Scottish Ancestors’ Emigration History: Marcia Grubb – Tuesday, November 3, 2020 When and why our Scottish ancestors departed their homeland often offers clues to where they next landed. Scottish history is complex and full of reasons sons left and families resettled in new lands.
  Internet Security Tips: Stephen Young – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 With Steve’s Intel career experience, he brings to this class practical and on-point internet security tips to assist your family history searches. The www is a vast helpful resource which may include some mysterious pitfalls.

Come join the CCGS Research Book Club as we start a new book “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd edition” by Lisa Louise Cooke. We meet on the first Monday of each month at Noon and will analyze this book one to two chapters at a time. For now, we are conducting our meetings virtually until we are able to meet in the library. Focus groups are free and open to CCGS members and non-members. If you would like more information or are interested in joining this group please contact Paula (facilitator) at


Saturday, October 24, 2020
South King County
Two virtual sessions on DNA
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.

The Oklahoma Genealogical Society is presenting a special program entitled, “Native American Genealogy & Research”.  The speaker will be a Native Oklahoman, Rick Fogarty. The program will be held via webinar on Tuesday, October 20, 2020 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. CST.

If interested in participating, go to

Roots Tech for 2021 will be a virtual convention, and FREE. More information and registration form is available here:

Are you keeping local newspapers for us? If you’re keeping The Reflector, the Post-Record, or other smaller papers from our area, please contact Barbara Schrag at, we’d love to pick up what you have for 2020. 
If you’ve been keeping The Columbian, there is no need to keep them any longer. We’re “clipping” obituaries, death notices and vital statistics daily from their e-paper, so won’t need paper copies for 2020.
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who’ve been saving newspapers for us over the years!

It is a 32 inch, 720 DPI monitor, with built in audio, built in stand and solid as a rock.  Any reasonable offer will be considered.   Contact: Questions:

The CCGS Craft Clan started meeting just before Covid 19 closed everything down, and have had some virtual meetings in the meantime. They meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Contact Marcia Grubb for more information, as well as log-in information. Her email is mlouise421 @

  Registration Now Open For National Nordic Museum’s Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference
Participants Can Delve Into Family History Online SEATTLE, WA—The National Nordic Museum’s Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference opens in September. The first genealogy conference ever offered by the Museum, it provides resources about family history and lineage to a wide global audience with internationally-renowned experts. Participants can choose from variety of live broadcasts and pre-recorded courses designed to be taken at their own pace. Registration is now open at

Photos and other resources can be downloaded at September 26-27, 2020

Many thanks to our members who renew their membership promptly.  Double thanks to those who include a donation along with their renewal.  We do have ongoing expenses even though the building is closed to the public (rent, water, electricity, etc).  Thank you for your patience and loyalty.

Eric Jordahl, President

If you would like to renew your membership or make a donation, please email

The CCGS building is currently closed to the public. All previously scheduled meetings and activities are cancelled or postponed. More detailed information will be forthcoming and available on the CCGS calendar as conditions change.

Your CCGS Board is working to share the Library with you without you leaving home!  

Clark County Genealogy on YouTube – Our content currently includes past classes and speakers that you might have missed.  We are developing new content and hope to post regularly on topics such as “What’s that Library Resource?”  “Memorable Family Stories”. “Spotlight on Focus Groups”.  

ZOOM makes Face to Face meetings come together from remote locations via your cell phone, iPad or Computer.  Presenting meetings virtually with Zoom will be an effective “social distancing” way for more members to enjoy our great CCGS programs.  

Hello, all. As everyone is surely aware, CCGS is closed up tight for the duration of the pandemic. But there is a ray of light peeking through. If you have a library card with Fort Vancouver Regional Library you can access the Library Edition of Ancestry from home in your bunny slippers. Click or copy and paste this link:

into your browser. That will take you to a page where there is a link to enter your library card number and password and be taken to the home page of Ancestry – Library Edition. 

Don’t have a fvrl card?? The normal procedure is to present yourself with picture ID and proof of residence at a library. Not a possibility with the libraries all shut down, however, you can apply for an eCard. Go to 

and apply for the eCard. That will get you access to many digital and electronic fvrl assets. 

Also, CCGS now has our own YouTube channel. Just go to and search for Clark County Genealogy and you will have the opportunity to subscribe and view three previously presented CCGS classes. More to come.

All others who provide access to the communication tools for CCGS, please edit, copy and deseminate where appropriate.


The introductory price is normally $49.95 for a year subscription. Geoff Rasmussen has provided CCGS with our own discount code that allows a CCGS member to purchase a yearly subscription for ½ price. CCGS Members can email for the discount code. 

As you may be aware, CCGS participates in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. That means Fred Meyer makes a donation to CCGS every quarter. The amount we receive is based on purchases made by our members who have signed up and chosen CCGS from among the many non-profits registered with them. This past year, we have received over $400. There are currently twenty-six members who have designated CCGS as their preferred recipients. Neither your Reward points nor your Fuel points are reduced by participating. This is a win-win.  If you have not yet signed up for this program yet, please consider doing so. Just click on and click on Link Your Rewards Card Now. CCGS thanks you and so do I.
Clark County Genealogical Society

Amazon has a charitable giving program, similar to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program.  CCGS is already entered in their system as a potential recipient. There is no need for individual registration. All that is needed is for people to make their Amazon based purchases starting at the website rather than the normal Everything works exactly the same except at checkout the user will be prompted to enter in the name of the organization that will benefit. Just start typing in Clark County Gen . .  and we will magically pop up as a choice.


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition October 1, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with their 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! | 503-963-1932 | 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 Free German Seminar

  Yet another online seminar! This one is free,  sponsored by the Sacramento German Genealogy Society, and featuring four German genealogy gurus from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. Remember Fritz Juengling from the SGS 2020 Spring Seminar? He’ll be there.

This event is Saturday, October 24, 2020. Here are the four sessions on the schedule as well as the link to register. 

  • Resources on FamilySearch for German Research – with Fritz Juengling
  • Germany: Historical Genealogy – with Daniel Jones
  • Württemberg Family Books – with Charlotte Champenois
  • Using Historical Newspapers to Learn More about your German Ancestors – with Baerbel Johnson
  • Click here

Seattle Genealogical Society News


If one could see a bright side to this trying year 2020, it would have to be that there are so many more online learning opportunities today. Look at the SGS Calendar of Events. Look at the items under Save the Dates – items from Auburn, Washington to Washington, DC to Oklahoma. Because of technology, no matter where you live, you can “attend” these events, near or far.

Our SGS Second Saturday presentations are very popular. You are all invited to the next one, October 10, at 1:00 pm PDT, when Lori Lee Sauber will present “Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage”. This is the conclusion to Lori’s story, “Mayflower and Me”, from the July 31st eNews! Click below to reread that story:

If Scandinavian genealogy is your thing, we have a group for that. Their next meeting is Sunday, October 11, at 1:00 pm PDT. There will be presentations on Moveable Feast Days, as well as Swedish Estate Inventories. 

Don’t forget about the SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) with Blaine Bettinger, Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT. Register today. Now, more than every, your support is important and appreciated. 
Dr Blaine Bettinger of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog, 
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual),
Seattle, WA 
October 17, 2020 

We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Visit the SGS Website for more information and to

AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition,
Washington, DC  
October 14-17, 2020 

Like elsewhere, this year the annual conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will be virtual, online – no need to travel all that way. There are full conference or daily registration options. Information and registration at :

Native American Genealogy & Research – Webinar (Virtual),
Oklahoma Genealogical Society,
Oklahoma City, OK 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 

Rick Fogarty, instructor of Native American tribal genealogy and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will be the presenter at this online event. For additional information visit the website of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society:

Fund Raising Seminar (Virtual),
the South King County Genealogical Society, 
Auburn, WA
October 24, 2020 

This 2020 virtual conference will feature Diahan Southard presenting two sessions on DNA 

  • “No Tree? No Problem”  at 10 am
  • “Connecting Your DNA Matches” at noon 

Visit the website for more info and registration.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  

Family Search Interest Group(Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly. Possible schedule change. Check back for updates. 
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens 

Saturday, Oct 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Second Saturday:  Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage? (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Lori Lee Sauber.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Scandinavian Interest Group (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website for the Zoom link.  Jill Morelli, past president of SGS,  will give a presentation “Moveable Feast Days” and chair person, Karen Knudson, will present “Swedish Estate Inventories”. 

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) –  with Blaine Bettinger, professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. Register today, you don’t want to miss this one. Register for the Seminar

Saturday, Oct 31, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Virtual Cemetery Tour with Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock, back by popular – stay tuned for the details.