EWGS Meeting 400 Anniversary of the Mayflower

Don’t forget the September 12 meeting for EWGS featuring the 400 Anniversary of the Mayflower. Jerri McCoy will be the speaker and members with Mayflower ancestors may give a brief talk about who, where and how they are connected.

This will be a Zoom meeting beginning @ 12:30. John Wilson has provided Zoom instructions below for those of you who have not tried Zoom yet. Pay special attention to the sign in number and password.

See you on the 12th!

How to be ready for a Zoom meeting.

  1. Go to zoom.us and click on “Sign Up for Free.” This is a button on one of the rotating screens. Accept the default settings. It will have you download their “client.” This is the app that makes it all work.
  2. When it gets close to meeting time click on the link you’ve received and it will ask you if you want to use Zoom. Do it.
  3. In the process of logging into the meeting it will ask you to “Use computer audio?” Accept that. If it does the same with video accept that as well.
  4. Guess what? You are a participant in the meeting!

If you are using a smartphone or tablet you can download the app for Zoom from your app store.

If you are using an ordinary phone dial one of the numbers you find in the invitation. Tacoma is the closest to Spokane. You will have to use the “Meeting ID” and “”Passcode” to get into our meeting. This way you will have audio only access to the meeting.

Here is the invitation for the 12 Sep 2020 meeting on the Mayflower. Only 100 people will be admitted so be a few minutes early to be sure you get it.

EWGS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EWGS Meeting-Mayflower 400th Anniversary
Time: Sep 12, 2020 12:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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African American History & Genealogy Conference Cancelled

Cancelled due to Storm Damage

You’re Invited.!
2020 Deep Roots African American History & Genealogy Conference  3rd Annual Conference 2nd Regional Conference to encompass Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Sponsored by Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture Foundation
This years’s conference theme is Their Legacy Utah Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Other Pioneers
September 11 – 12, 2020 An Online Virtual Event
The Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, (AAHGS) and Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture, are excited to invite you to our third annual conference. We are pleased with the great learning opportunity we have put together for you. We hope you are as excited as we are. We eagerly invite you to participate in this event to learn about, commemorate and cherish our beloved ancestors. This is a special time of year for us because it gives us the opportunity to present to you stories of America that you will not hear anywhere else.
Members and non-members are invited to join us at our annual conference, where we will discuss the research, preservation and presentation of the contributions of African Americans to the history of our seven western states region. We have prepared what we feel is a great mix of experiences for you. We will begin our weekend with a commemoration of the first Africans Americans documented to arrive in Utah before it was settled and became a state. There are sessions on the Freedmen’s Bureau, caring for loved ones graves and markers, and the valiant service of Black men and women who helped establish our place in the west.
We hope you enjoy these wonderful presentations on how to record your family history, and cherishing the memory of our ancestors both enslaved and free. You have several registration options: Register for the full conference Register for any two presentations and the Day of Remembrance at a discounted fee Register only for the presentation(s) you are interested in (as many and as few as you like) Register Now
Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Day of Remembrance Ancestral Commemoration
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 History and Genealogy Conference
In the early 1800s, before the main body of settlers arrived in the territories, stalwart men and women explored the west. They were among the first to explore the Rockies and the Wasatch. The first to challenge the dangerous paths into Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Great African Americans explored, opened pathways, prepared land, and defended the territories. We commemorate and venerate their sense of adventure, fortitude, duty, and ultimate success. These are the counter-stories and fulfilling narratives you won’t hear anywhere else. We will solemnly remember and celebrate these forgotten American heroes. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Day of Remembrance Tour of Fort Douglas Buffalo Soldier Cemetery Friday, September 11⋅ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Fiona Robinson Hill Our conference opens with a tour the Fort Douglas Cemetery where Buffalo Soldiers are interred. Participate live at the cemetery, or online. Day of Remembrance Celebration Friday, September 11⋅ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Robert Burch, Director and President Opening Ceremonies A special evening event to remember, commemorate, and venerate the Black ancestors of Utah, and the ancestors of our own families. There will be a presentation on Black Pioneers of Utah. Register for the Day of Remembrance Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
We have planned six history and three genealogy presentations for the avid historian and the family historian. Engaged in an Honorable Calling Saturday, September 12 ⋅ 9:30 AM – 10:25 AM Fiona Robinson Hill The stories of individual soldiers who served at Fort Douglas near Salt Lake City, UT Recovering the Names of the Wives of Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Douglas Saturday, September 12 ⋅ 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Tiffany Greene An introduction to Minerva Atkinson, Eliza Buford, Viola Rucker Davis, and Josephine Allensworth.  Using Fold 3 To Locate Your African American Soldier & Demo of Fold 3 Saturday, September 11⋅ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crista Cowan With nearly 600 million records, Fold3® holds unique and amazing discoveries for African American family history researchers. Elnora Dudley: The Queen of the 1898 Salt Lake City Emancipation Day Friday, September 11⋅ 12:30 PM – 1:25 PM Rachel Quist This is the story about how an obscure photograph of Ms. Elnora Dudley found at an antique shop led to the telling of Salt Lake City’s first Emancipation Day celebration of 1898. (Juneteenth) Utah’s Black Suffragists Friday, September 11⋅ 1:30 PM – 2:25 PM Tiffany Greene As the nation commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the work of Utah’s Black suffragists provides a crucial element to the story of voting rights in the Beehive State. Searching the Freedmen’s Bureau for Your People Friday, September 11⋅ 2:30 PM – 3:25 PM Tracy Zappala The Freedmen’s Bureau gives us some of the first records you might find about your freed ancestral family. Cemetery Preservation Workshop Friday, September 11⋅ 3:30 PM – 4:25 PM Amy Barry Discovering, restoring, and maintaining the resting place of the ancestors. Utah Territory Outlaw: From Ned Huddleston to Isom Dart Friday, September 11⋅ 4:30 PM – 5:25PM Richelle Rawlings-Carroll Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming Isom Dart is the Black outlaw cowboy. Register A la Carte Pick and choose the presentations you would like to attend, or register for the entire conference.
Are you ready to register for the conference? REGISTER NOW
Partner Organizations We want to thank those organizations that have partnered with us and are always there to support us: Mormon History Association Project Success Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage Utah Memorial Columns
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Utah Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture Foundation

South King County Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

Registration is open for the SKCGS Fall Seminar with Diahan Southard Saturday, October 24. Sessions 10 – noon, and 1 -3
 Registration is open! Click the image at http://skcgs.org/seminar.html to download the flyer and registration form for our upcoming seminar with Diahan Southard. 
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.

If you plan to pay by check, we suggest downloading and sending the registration form soon because of the Postal Service slowdowns. Payments using Paypal, Venmo and Square are all accepted. Just download the registration form, fill in the PDF and email to treasurer@skcgs.org.

Why not do it today and add it to your calendar?


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition August 27, 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.

Heritage Quest Research Library

We have been hit hard due to the pandemic, like most everyone. However, if you would please help us get the word out that HQRL IS OPEN. Our new hours are: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. M, W, Th, and F. 

  In addition, we are an affiliate of the Family History Centers. What this means is that you can access most of the “locked” records. There are three ways to access them. You can come into the library, or you can access the database from the “members” portion of our web site (HQRL.com), or you can contact the library directly and for a fee we will pull the records for you. Along with that we are restating that we are available on a fee basis to do research for you.

Thank you in advance.

Judy Line 


On March 11, in the interest of protecting the high-risk population we serve, the OGS Executive Committee cancelled face-to-face gatherings of the Society until such time as this threat has passed.
In late May, the OGS Board decided to conduct all OGS general meetings for the 2020/2021 program year virtually via Zoom.
The regular September meeting will be on Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm.  Join us by connecting to the Society’s website at https://www.OlyGenSoc.org.
Participants who have not used Zoom are encouraged to view the video “Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

Joyce T. Ogden 


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition August 20, 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.

German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside GenealogicalSociety (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, September 4, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – Virtually

Topic: Crossing the Atlantic – Tie your family’s emigration story to the evolution of traveling by sea. Crossing the Atlantic will review the history of maritime traffic from Europe to the New World, including how these movements took place, how the changes in vessel types and various tools improved ocean movement, review the evolution of passenger carriage, then overlay all of this with the significant waves of German Emigration. 

Speaker: Ken Passé – He began his genealogical research in the mid-1990s and was able to make reasonable progress by the time his wife, mother-in-law and he made a combined tourist/family history trip to Germany and Poland in 1999. He has been fortunate to have made one more tourist trip and two combined business/tourist trips to Germany. Ken’s career was in the maritime industry, so ships have always held a certain fascination for him. He is just ¼ German but continues to pursue that line because it is the most interesting connection for him. 

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Visitors are always welcome. If you wish to join us, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than noon on Sept 2nd, to request an invitation. 

Becoming a “Virtual” Genealogy Society

South King County Genealogical Society did it!. . .

. . . and your society can, too!

Like most of the rest of the world, genealogical societies were not prepared for the corona virus pandemic. Faced with cancelled meetings and seminars, society function and governance as well as communication, education and service to our general membership were in jeopardy. In the first month of lock down we had to scramble to get online quickly or we would disappear. How can our societies fulfill their educational mission if we’re not providing education?

Online Groups

Fortunately, the South King County Genealogical Society was more prepared than we had thought. When the Rootsweb lists died in 2019, it seemed like a disaster. We decided to use Groups.io, a move that provided so much value to us, yet was free! Because we signed up early, we could create subgroups, had a built-in calendar, photo storage, file space and more. Some of these features are no longer available free but if funds are available and you need the features, Groups.io is still an excellent choice for getting your society online and educating. SKCGS special interest groups are thriving because we can share images via email or login directly to the group on the web, use the shared calendar to keep track of events, and discuss issues and deal with questions before, after and between meetings. Search https://groups.io/search?q=genealogy and find over 2000 groups so far. Find us at https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society.

When SKCGS had to move to online meetings because of the lock down, we were already accustomed to the new online group.. Adding links to join a Google Meet session was just as easy as pasting in the street address for invitations and reminders for our previous physical meetings.

Virtual Spaces

Many years ago, a tech savvy person in our Society decided that the Google Suite for Non Profits would meet some of our needs for online file backup, now more commonly called “the cloud.” GSuite was then and still is free for nonprofits. It took us a while to begin using many of its features; but now its use is routine.

We place meeting minutes, committee and budget reports in a shared file folder rather than sending endless emails. We upload flyers in various formats for posting to Facebook, Twitter, newspapers and group emails. We use Google Docs and Sheets to collaboratively edit documents and spreadsheets. We even have photo storage.

Virtual Meetings — Free

In these pandemic times, the most important feature of our GSuite is Google Meet. Meet is free, more secure than most of the competitors, easy for the users and presenters both, and very flexible. If a recording is wanted, there is one button to push to start and stop. People can successfully connect by telephone if their internet connectivity is temporarily bad. Did we mention, it is free and will continue to be free?

Our special interest groups have continued meeting once a month throughout the summer and our attendance is actually going up during the lock down, which is amazing. Due to special requests we have added a Genealogy Chat session; now we use G Meets at least once a week for online meetings. We have gained new members because of the friendly, informative interaction at these get-togethers.


It is not uncommon to have visitors from other parts of the country. The wonderful site ConferenceKeeper.org has been a life-saver for our society. In publicizing SKCGS meetings, we’ve announced them here in the blog, on the Washington State events page https://wasgs.org/eventListings.php?nm=76 and in the local newspapers. But most of our visitors report that they find our meetings at ConferenceKeeper, and they tend to come back!

Virtual Genealogical Society Advantages

The Benefits of a Virtual Genealogical Society by Katherine Willson https://www.vivid-pix.com/ondemandclasses ($1.99 for 30 days rental) discusses some of the reasons societies go virtual, the benefits and some drawbacks. We are experiencing few of the drawbacks because of our use of Groups.io and Google Suite.

“The elephant is not in the room because there isn’t a room for an elephant”

Not yet mentioned is social distancing. Most of our population does not want to risk exposure. In our case, the facilities we were using no longer allow groups.

Increasingly we’re finding that people like access to meetings without having to leave home. Webinars and other video lectures and podcasts are booming. We want to be part of that! One advantage we didn’t anticipate is that nationally known speakers are still available for presentations. This opportunity is less expensive for our general membership, and has many advantages for the speakers as well. Virtual session contracts include no travel or hotel expenses and the speakers experience no travel fatigue, which is also true for our attendees.

There are now new ways to cooperate with neighboring organizations–societies, museums, libraries. We can advertise on each others’ platforms, do joint sponsorship of more expensive sessions, and give all of our members and patrons more ease of access.

We don’t know what the new “normal” will be or when it will settle in. The group that doesn’t act now will not be around to participate then.

Please thank the South King County Genealogical Society for letting me post this SKCGS blog. They have a very good blog and it is well worth your time reading it.