Clark County Genealogical Society April Meetings

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 15 April 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

WEBINAR: BOOST YOUR GERMANIC RESEARCH: UNDERSTAND HISTORICAL JURISDICTIONS

Wed, April 17, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Did you know that Germany was not a country until 1871? One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this Legacy Family Tree Webinar are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer, changes in historical Germanic areas, tactics for determining jurisdictions, and examples.  

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, April 18, 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Presentation:  Beyond Names and Dates~Filling in the Stories of our Female Ancestors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: 7-9 p.m.

Clark County Historical Museum,1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

For most of recorded time, women didn’t leave much of a paper trail, but they still have wonderful stories to tell. We’ll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories, and other resources can help. Presenter Pam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon, but her research extends far beyond the Pacific NW, with clients all over the U.S., and research that reaches beyond our borders.

WEBINAR: COMPARING THE GENEALOGY GIANTS: ANCESTRY.COM, FAMILYSEARCH, FINDMYPAST, MYHERITAGE

Wed, April 24, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Should you use all or only one genealogy website for your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants–Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, MyHeritage.com–compare in 2019 for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar will review each site’s strengths and weaknesses that will help you know which to use now, and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

“The good things you do and throw in the river of life, will be returned to you in the desert of life.” Sa’adi

Clark County Genealogy Society March Activities

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 4 Mar 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 4 Mar 4 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

GETTING STARTED TRACING YOUR FAMILY ROOTS

Tues, 5 Mar 2019: 10 am – 12 noon

CCGS Library

FREE CLASS

This class starts your family tree research with a begin at the beginning strategy.  Topics will include collecting information from the family, family group sheets, pedigree charts, genealogy database programs, and best research practices. Taught by highly regarded genealogist and CCGS member, Elsie Deatherage.

WEBINAR: A GUIDE TO THIRD PARTY TOOLS FOR DNA TESTING

Wed, 06 Mar 2019: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

DNA testing companies boast helpful internal tools, but there are many excellent third party tools that can help provide answers. This Legacy Family Tree webinar will provide an overview of all the available third party tools as well as practical hints and tips on how to get the most out of them.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 7 Mar 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

WHAT’S NEW ON THE FAMILY SEARCH WEBSITE?

Tues, 12 Mar 2019: 10 am-12 pm

CCGS Library

Join Alice Allen to learn about the constantly changing and improving FamilySearch.org website.  Find out what’s new and pick up tips and tricks to make your own Family Searching experience a successful one! Advance registration requested as class may be canceled with insufficient registrations. Walk-ins are accepted subject to available seating.

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 18 Mar 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

RESEARCHING ANCESTORS IN TENNESSEE RECORDS

Tue, 19 Mar 2019: 10am – 12 pm

CCGS Library

If you looking for ancestors in Tennessee records, ace genealogist Bea Ritter will tell you how to conduct a search. For illustration, she uses examples from visits she made to 10 counties on behalf of her own family search effort. You’ll take away guidelines to search for your own Tennessee ancestral roots. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating.

WEBINAR: ONE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY’S STORY OF MIGRATION FROM THE SOUTH

Wed, 20 Mar 2019: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

African-Americans throughout the South moved to Midwestern cities in search of opportunities and work. This Legacy Family Tree webinar will help researchers understand how to look for clues in both places and with all connected family members.

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, 21 Mar 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tue, 26 Mar 2019: 10 am to noon

Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., Vancouver, WA

At the height of activity for the Hudson’s Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, American wagon trains began rolling west. At Fort Vancouver, the Native American and Hawaiian populations were permanent residents with fur traders, clerks and officers of the HBC. Mary Rose, executive Director of the Friends of Fort Vancouver, will talk about the changes that took place at the Fort and the community. Internationally, “Oregon” would be declared a U.S. Territory up to the 49th Parallel. By 1849, the U.S. Army was at Vancouver to reinforce America’s claim.

WEBINAR: FREE GENEALOGY TOOLS FOR YOUR IPAD/IPHONE

Wed, 27 Mar 2019: 11 am -12:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are several new applications and a few old ones which can help you capture, reference, and share your family history on the go. Come find out how to use the latest and greatest tools for your preferred Apple mobile device at this Legacy Family Tree webinar.

Clark County Genealogical Society February Meetings

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 4 Feb 2019: 10 am-noon

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 4 Feb 4 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one chapter at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

DNA AND THE GPS SOLVES A MYSTERY: HAMILTONS IN COLONIAL NEW ENGLAND WEBINAR

Wed, 6 Feb 2019: 11-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Who was Captain Thomas Hamilton? Y-DNA solves a 300-year old mystery of his origins. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as well as DNA evidence, the instructor in this Legacy Family Tree webinar describes how the mystery is solved. Types of testing will be covered and how DNA can solve family mysteries.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 7 Feb 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Library

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

CCGS HOURS

Sat, 9 Feb 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS INTEREST GROUP

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS INTEREST GROUP

Mon, 18 Feb, 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, come to this interest group and be inspired. You’ll get tips for conducting research and finding cousins. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands.

ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FRENCH GENEALOGY WEBINAR PART I

Wed, 20 Feb 2019: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

French genealogy researchers benefit from some of the most complete, detailed, and well-preserved records in the world. Due to the digitization efforts, records commonly used for French genealogy are also among the most accessible. In this first of a three-part Legacy Family Tree webinar series, explore the record sets most commonly found online.

CCGS HOURS

Thurs, 21 Feb 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tue, 26 Feb 2019:  10 am to noon

Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington 98660

How much do you know about the War of 1812? What was it about, what did it accomplish, and how can you find the records of those who served? Military history and genealogist expert Duane Funk will talk about the often overlooked War of 1812. Nevertheless, it gave us our national anthem, was an important time in our nation’s history, and nearly tore the country apart.

SPREADSHEETS 401: EXCEL-LENT INSPIRATION FOR GENEALOGISTS WEBINAR

Wed, 27 Feb, 2019: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Take a trip with spreadsheets to the lands of your ancestors. In this Legacy Family Tree Webinar, learn how spreadsheets can help as you learn to read foreign language newspapers or serve as a translation tool for your ancestors’ vital and religious records. Create spreadsheets to track your ancestors and those great ethnic or locality websites.

Clark County Genealogical Society January Meetings

CCGS HOURS

Thurs, 21 Feb 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tue, 22 Jan 2019:  10 am to noon

Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington 98660

Cemeteries can be a rich source of information for genealogists, but how do you identify the right cemetery and where do you find it? What preparation should you make to prepare for a cemetery visit? Presenter Laurel Smith will help you answer these questions and share tips. Some resources to help you answer these questions will be shared by Laurel Smith. Smith is past president of the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.

USING ONE NOTE WITH YOUR GENEALOGY WEBINAR

Wed, 23 Jan 2019: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

OneNote has been one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets. Whether you use other software/applications in the Microsoft productivity family OR you want to use OneNote separately, it is a robust program to use in conjunction with your genealogy management software. Come learn how to get the most out of this great note-taking program in this Legacy Family Tree webinar presentation.

YOU CAN DO THIS: PHOTO ORGANIZING AND PRESERVATION WEBINAR

Wed, 30 Jan 2019: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs, slides, negatives or home movies and wondering how to maintain them? As Baby Boomers take on the task of organizing family history materials, how do we preserve these with all the technology available? Participants in this Legacy Family Tree webinar taught by expert Thomas MacEntee will learn the best ways to organize and keep family photos including outsourcing as well as the DIY approach. Starting with quick and easy inventory and organizing tips, we’ll move on to creating a strategic plan to finally get this photo project done!

“The good things you do and throw in the river of life, will be returned to you in the desert of life.” Sa’adi

Clark County Genealogical Society October Classes

LEGACY GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, Oct 1, 2018: 10 am-noon

CCGS Education Center

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research,
there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and
problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are
held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are
welcome.

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, Oct 1, 2018: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections,
as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of
genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses
how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into
their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing.
(Brown baggers welcome!)

FINDING THE WOMEN IN YOUR FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY CLASS

Tues, Oct 2, 2018: 10 am-12 noon

CCGS Education Center

Where are the women in your family tree? Half of your ancestry comes from
women, yet we tend to focus our genealogical searches on men because their
last name seldom changed. This class will focus on the importance of
including all the women in your search as well as the where and how to find
them. Genealogist Barbara Shrag will show you ways to locate your missing
ladies! Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. To
register in advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688. (Classes with
insufficient registration may be cancelled.)

REMOTE RESEARCH IN THE DATABASES OF THE DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH SYSTEM WEBINAR

Wed, Oct 3, 2018: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has been
collecting genealogical information since 1890 to support both the
application process for membership and to honor the service of Patriots. The
Society operates a marvelous library in Washington, DC. Over the last few
years they have scanned and provided public access to extensive online
resources. This Legacy Family Tree webinar will show you how to tap into
some of those resources for your family history research.

Unfocused Genealogy Discussion Group

Thu, Oct 4, 2018: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people
bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share
with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your
research.

WRITING YOUR OWN OBITUARY Plus FIND-A-GRAVE ONLINE RESEARCH TIPS GENEALOGY
CLASS

Tues, Oct 9, 2018: 10 am-12 noon

CCGS Education Center

How reliable do you think obituary records are? It depends who wrote them
although it is usually the survivors or descendants. They might not know the
decedant’s birth date or birth place. With the help of instructor Lela
Miller, you’ll learn how to write your own or another’s obituary so that it
is factual and published correctly. The second segment of this class is
taught by genealogist Alice Allen and it will delve into using Find-A-Grave
online research, access tips and how to connect with Find A Grave
information providers. Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for
non-members. To register in advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688.
(Classes with insufficient registration may be cancelled.

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Thu, Oct 11, 2018: 10-11:30am

CCGS Education Center

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting
and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded
individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations.
Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the
Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the
month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY AND THE LAW CLASS

Tues, Oct 16, 2018: 10 am-12 noon

CCGS Education Center

Your genealogical research has located an ancestor in documents with terms
such as fieri facias or maybe guardians in socage. What are these words?
Legal terms and the law not only determined your ancestor’s decisions and
actions but also where you may locate them through records in buying and
selling land, writing wills or paying taxes. Instructor Dale Deatherage will
teach you how to navigate some common and uncommon legal terms that
determined your ancestor’s futures. Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15
for non-members. To register in advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688.
(Classes with insufficient registration may be cancelled.

HO TO CALIFORNIA! THE DRAW OF THE GOLD RUSH WEBINAR

Wed, Oct 17, 2018: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Few events in America have had the impact of the California Gold Rush and
the desire to have a better life; an event that lasted seven short years.
The Gold Rush swelled the population of California by the hundreds of
thousands. And, it was all for the little flecks of gold that shone so
brightly. People rushed in from all over the world. This Legacy Family Tree
webinar will help you find out if your ancestors headed West to make their
fortune.

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, Oct 18, 2018: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during
daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource:
knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search.
We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has
Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and
resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and
AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Tues, Oct 23, 2018: 10am – 12 pm

Presentation: “What’s New in the Family Search Website”

FamilySearch.org recently added their two billionth image to their website.
Some images are of microfilm reels; others are newly acquired. This
presentation will assist you in finding the digital records of most interest
to you. Indexing cannot keep up with the volume of records made available
and tips will be given for using sleuthing methods that often yield the best
results. A 30+ year researcher, speaker Tom O’Brien is involved in many
Portland-area genealogy groups and has specialties in Irish and German
Research.

10 EASTERN EUROPEAN GENEALOGY RESOURCES YOU MIGHT BE MISSING WEBINAR

Wed, Oct 24, 2018: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

While church registers are the most popular and useful sources for tracing
most Eastern European ancestors, and civil registration of births,
marriages, and deaths provide even more details, there are other record
groups to be searched that may prove useful, especially in the absence of
church and vital records for your locality. This Legacy Family Tree webinar
will discuss available census, tax lists, land, military, and other records
and how to access them.

RESEARCHING MISSOURI RECORDS GENEALOGY CLASS

Tues, Oct 30, 2018: 10 am-12 noon

CCGS Education Center

Instructor: Brian Runyan

You’ll learn best practices for researching hidden Missouri records to trace
your family history in this class taught by CCGS president, Brian Runyan.
The state of Missouri is a true crossroads state and has an early settlement
history. French Canadians arrived via river travel between 1764 and 1803.
With statehood in 1821, more settlers seeking land arrived from the east.
Chances are, you had ancestors who traveled through or settled in Missouri.
Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. To register in
advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688. (Classes with insufficient
registration may be cancelled.)

PRIVACY ISSUES WITH ONLINE FAMILY TREES

Wed, Oct 31, 2018: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Privacy remains a huge issue for many genealogists and their family members.
This Legacy Family Tree webinar will discuss the varied approaches to the
question of privacy, focusing on legal and ethical considerations. As
genealogists increasingly utilize public, or semi-public online
collaborative genealogy platforms, these questions are becoming more common.
The lecture will use real-world examples to analyze the problems and
proposed solutions.

Clark County Genealogical Society September Programs

WHAT’S BEEN DONE: USING SOMEONE ELSE’S GENEALOGY RESEARCH WEBINAR

Wed, Sept 5, 2018, 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Whether you are new to genealogy or you’ve been working on your family history for years, incorporating the research of others can always be tricky. Here’s how to develop a proven strategy to benefit from the work of other genealogists. This Legacy Family Tree webinar is presented by Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional, blogger, educator, author, and social media connector.

 

Unfocused Genealogy Discussion Group

Thu, Sep 6, 2018: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

 

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Thu, Sep 13, 2018: 10-11:30am

CCGS Education Center

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

 

GETTING STARTED TRACING YOUR FAMILY ROOTS CLASS

Tues, Sep 18, 2018: 10 am-12 noon – Free Class

CCGS Education Center

Are you clueless about unraveling the mysteries in your family tree? This class will get you started with a begin at the beginning strategy. Topics include collecting information from the family, family group sheets, pedigree charts, genealogy database programs and best practices for research. This free introductory class is taught by CCGS president and expert genealogist, Brian Runyan.

 

25 SIMPLE RESEARCH HACKS EVERY GENEALOGIST SHOULD KNOW WEBINAR

Wed, Sept 19. 2018, 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Whether you are searching online databases, trying to obtain information from an uncooperative cousin, or need to streamline your research workflow, this webinar will outline 25 simple hacks you can use to get more genealogy done in less time! This Legacy Family Tree webinar is taught by Lisa Alzo, MFA, who is an internationally recognized lecturer and author.

 

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, Sep 20, 2018: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

 

LOCAL HISTORIES AND PUBLISHED RESOURCES GENEALOGY CLASS

Tues, Sep 25, 2018; 10 am-12 noon

CCGS Education Center

Published resources such as local or county histories as well as family histories are now available in printed and digital electronic formats. This class will explain the what, when, where and how-to of published resources and is an updated version of Larry Dean’s popular and extensive 2006 class outline. Our CCGS Library shelves are such a great starting point – we have books! Learn useful tips for researching these sources from expert genealogist and Education Director, Marcia Grubb. Classes are $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. To register in advance call the CCGS library, 360-750-5688. (Classes with insufficient registration may be cancelled.)

 

General Membership Meeting FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Tues, Sept. 25, 2018, 7-9pm

Presentation: Tracing Ancestors through Slavery and Freedom: Two Cases from Indian Ocean Islands

Researching slave ancestors overseas can be challenging due to naming and record-keeping practices. Professor Sue Peabody at Washington State University Vancouver will discuss two projects: 1) her recent prize-winning book, Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies (Oxford, 2017), and 2) her new project: The Failure of the Succès: Anatomy of a Slave Smuggling Voyage. Both projects involve the careful reconstruction of families in France’s Indian Ocean Colonies of Réunion and Mauritius (with asides to Bengal and Mozambique) in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries using online databases and digital civil status records.

 

 

“The good things you do and throw in the river of life, will be returned to you in the desert of life.” Sa’adi

Olympia and Clark County Earn Top Honors

The Olympia Genealogical Society and Clark County Genealogical Society earned outstanding society awards at the WSGS Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on May 26 in Vancouver.

WSGS President Virginia Majewski presented the Outstanding Project Award to CCGS President Brian Runyan and member Lois Bosland.

The Clark County Genealogical Society, in addition to being the excellent hosts of the Awards Ceremony, were the recipients of the Outstanding Project Award for their Tax Ledger Project which included digitizing, transcribing and indexing original 1886 and 1891 tax ledgers for the City of Vancouver. As we all know, those are critical years for any family history researcher in lieu of the 1890 census disaster. The tax records included who owned property in Vancouver and how much tax was owed and paid (or not). The Clark County Society consulted with the State Archives, Clark County Historical Museum, History Department at WSU Vancouver and the WSU Library – a true collaborative effort. This treasure trove of information is now available to the public and the original records are being turned over to the State Archives.

OGS members Dee Dee Simpson, Dick Moody, Nancy Cordell, seminar speaker David Allen Lambert, and Roger Newman celebrating their accomplishments

Olympia Gen Soc earned the Outstanding Communication Award for their new website. For 20 years, they used a popular web host that is currently unavailable. Understanding the importance and urgency of getting information out to their members and the public in this web-based world, they created a new website, using a web development company that specializes in genealogical societies (EasyNetSites — same as WSGS). Olympia’s site is attractive – and even better, it’s full of current information. Check out their website here. They also use their Facebook page to regularly post informational tidbits, newsy articles and promote their meetings and seminar.

Besides the Outstanding Communication Award, Olympia’s Ann Olsen was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement while Rebel Romero received an Outstanding Volunteer award.

Clark County Genealogical Society July Meetings

 

LEGACY GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, July 2, 2018: 10 am-noon

CCGS Education Center

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

 

FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, July 2, 2018: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, July 5, 2018: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

 

VIEW 3 GENEALOGY VIDEO LECTURES IN THE LIBRARY FROM THE 2018 SPRING SEMINAR

Tuesday, July 17 & 24 plus Saturday, August 4, 2018

CCGS Education Center

The 2018 Spring Genealogy Seminar featured David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Those who attended the Seminar gave rave reviews for the extensive information packed into three educational sessions. Topics covered are World War I Military Records, Settlers and their Treasures in the Great Migration West Era (shown July 17, 10 am-12:30 pm), and Probate and Deed Records Research (shown July 24, 10 am-12:30 pm). All three are showing on August 4, 10 am-3 pm. If you were unable to attend, here is an opportunity to view the lectures via professional video productions. Each session is $12 for CCGS members and $15 for non-members. Check the website at www.CCGS-WA.org for more details and registration.

 

TRAILS OF DANIEL BOONE AND OTHER WESTERN TRAVELERS WEBINAR

Wed, Jul 18, 2018: 11-12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

This free Legacy Family Tree Webinar will discuss the historic trails and trailblazers that lead early settlers to and from Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, and the West. Get specific clues to help you solve difficult research questions.

PHOTOSHOP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW AS A PHOTOGRAPHER WEBINAR

Wed, Jul 25, 2018: 11-12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

In less than ninety minutes, you will learn the absolute need-to-know tools and skill sets that a photographer needs when using Adobe Photoshop. By the end of this Legacy Family Tree webinar, you will be well on your way to mastering some photo editing techniques that will make your images amazing.

 

 

Clark County Genealogical Society In the News

 

Local genealogical society wins state award

By The Columbian

Published: June 27, 2018, 5:55 AM

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Edgewood Park — The Clark County Genealogical Society was awarded the 2018 Outstanding Project Award at the Washington State Genealogical Society’s annual meeting.

The society earned the award for their project, “Vancouver Tax Ledger Project,” which included digitizing, transcribing and indexing original tax ledgers for the city of Vancouver for the years 1886 and 1891.

“Clark County Genealogical Society’s commitment to preserve the 1886 and 1891 tax ledgers is especially valuable considering genealogy researchers might be able to use that information as a substitute for the 1890 federal census which was destroyed by fire in Washington, D.C. in 1921,” Virginia Majewski, president of the state society, said in a release from the Clark County group.

Clark County Genealogical Society is a volunteer-run nonprofit society founded in 1972. It is dedicated to pursuing the collection, preservation and education of genealogically relevant material.

Clark County Genealogical Society June Meetings

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Tue, Jun 26, 2018:  6-8:30 pm

CCGS Education Center  – Bring a Potluck dish!

Attend a fascinating presentation as family historian Jane McDowell shares memories and photographs of walking in her ancestor’s footsteps around the Shandong Province, China. For a 70-year span from 1864 to 1934, her great-grandparents and grandparents provided medical care and worked as evangelists and teachers to the Chinese. Jane relates what it was like to make an amazing 18-day adventure with three sisters and 15 first and second cousins. Bring a potluck item to share at this final spring meeting.

THE EDITING DIFFERENCES OF LIGHTROOM AND PHOTOSHOP WEBINAR

Wed, June 27: 11 AM – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Many people just don’t understand what tools are available when it comes to editing photos. Within Adobe’s Creative Suite, there are two programs designed specifically with photographers in mind: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. But the truth is, each program offers a distinct post-production photography workflow. In this Legacy Family Tree webinar, learn when you should choose one over the other and why both are important to know and use.