German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, November 2, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

Topic: German Traditions from Advent Through Epiphany – Ever wondered how your ancestors celebrated holidays or where some of your family traditions came from?   Paula will present information on these German traditions, whether they were evolved from superstition or on the faith of our forefathers or mothers based on a compilation of research and journal articles written by experts in the field.
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Presenter: Paula Seeger has been a member of EGS and the German Special Interest Group for a couple of years.  She’s been involved in researching the German ancestors for her family and that of her husband’s family.

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Eastside Gen Soc Uses Innovative Grant for Workshop

Maureen Taylor (left) and Celia McNay, Eastside Genealogical Society President

The Eastside Genealogical Society threw itself a 40th birthday party on Saturday, 15 Sep 2018. The society has been celebrating every month this year in a small way, but really hit the big time hosting Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, in an all-day workshop in Bellevue. The workshop was free to EGS members as a thank you for 40 years of support, while others paid a small fee. Ms. Taylor presented Photo Detecting 101, Google Images and Beyond and Discovering Genealogical Clues in Photographs. Well done, value-added presentations all around.

EGS used its 2018 WSGS Innovative Grant to help fund the workshop — an excellent use of the grant. Besides the Eastside Genealogical Society, the four other successful 2018 grant winners were:

  • Lower Columbia Genealogical Society to purchase genealogical books to donate to the Longview Public Library for public use. Lower Columbia has generously donated books for a number of years, using money from membership dues and their coffee stops.
  • Okanogan Genealogical Society to help purchase supplies to repair and preserve books holding the “Tonasket Times” newspaper from 1913 – 1952.
  • Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society to help publish a book on “Early Stillaguamish Valley Schools” in the Arlington Area.
  • Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society for digital preservation of family records, library holdings and archival documents.

More information about the deadlines for the 2019 Innovative Grants will be publicized in the coming months.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society October Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: Creating a Legacy from Family Papers and Genealogy

Many of us share a pressing concern: we possess family documents, artifacts, and oral histories, but have no idea what to do with them. This session examines formats, ideas, organizational tips, and inspiration to ensure the stories of our ancestors, and of our own life stories, are not lost.

Presenter: Claire Gebben is the author of the historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths   (Coffeetown Press, 2014) based on the true story of her German immigrant ancestors. Her family memoir about writing family history, How We Survive Here: Families Across Time is due for release in November of 2018. Her articles on black smithing, German Separatists, immigration and genealogy have appeared in German Life, Family Chronicle, and other publications. More info 

 

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Eastside Genealogical Society is Hosting the “Photo Detective”

 

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”,

is coming to Bellevue on September 15, 2018.

 

 “Finding Family History in Your Picture Mysteries”

 

Her Three Presentations:

 

  • 10 Easy Steps to Identify & Date Those Pictures in the Shoeboxes
  • Google Images and Beyond
  • Genealogical Clues in Family Photos

 

This event will be held on September 15, 2018 at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA  98008.  Doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

 

Admission is only $25. (The date to order lunch has passed, so please bring your own.)

 

Private consultations with her are available afterwards at an additional cost of $20 for 10 minutes for the maximum of 2 pictures. Of course, you can book more than one consult and pay her directly. These can be arranged by sending an email to EGSGenealogyhelper@yahoo.com stating the desired number.

 

For more details, see our website   . Of course, you can register for the event using our website to the prior day. At the door of the event, cash and checks will be accepted for admission.

 

Come and bring your friends for a fun day!

 

Eastside Genealogical Society September Workshop

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”,

is coming to Bellevue on September 15, 2018.

 

 “Finding Family History in Your Picture Mysteries”

 

Her Three Presentations:

 

  • 10 Easy Steps to Identify & Date Those Pictures in the Shoeboxes
  • Google Images and Beyond
  • Genealogical Clues in Family Photos

 

This event will be held on September 15, 2018 at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA  98008.  Doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

 

Private consultations with her are available afterwards at an additional cost.

 

This event is part of the Eastside Genealogical Society’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Thus, EGS members, who register before September 1st, will have free admission.

 

Boxed lunches are available for $15, if ordered by September 1st.

 

Non-EGS Members and everyone after September 1st will be charged $25 admission.

 

For more details about the presentations and lunch, see our website (Also, there are links to the digital files for the Color Poster and the Registration Flyer.) Of course, you can register for the event using our website.

 

Come and bring your friends for a fun day!

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, Sept 7, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: Find Your Germanic Ancestor’s Village on Maps

You have the name of the village for your Germanic ancestor from any of many sources, like genealogical records, family stories, etc.  Now how do you locate that village on a map?  It could be a challenge.  So come learn some tips.

Presenter: Dorothy Pretare started collecting family history in 1995 and is active in 2 local genealogical societies, leader of the EGS German Interest Group and a member of 3 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.

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Five Societies Earn Innovative Grants

In an announcement made at the WSGS Annual Meeting on 26 May 2018 in Vancouver, five local societies were  awarded Innovative Grants for special projects and purchases. The grants, up to $100, are designed to support the inventive and creative efforts of WSGS-member societies and organizations. Each society’s proposal was scored and ranked by a review team.

2018 Innovative Grants were awarded to:

  1. Eastside Genealogical Society to help pay for “The Photo Detective” Maureen Taylor workshop to celebrate the society’s 40th birthday. Ms. Taylor will present “Finding Family History in Your Picture Mysteries” on September 15 in Bellevue. Society members will get to attend for free while the public will pay a small fee. For more information about this workshop, click here.
  2. Lower Columbia Genealogical Society to purchase genealogical books to donate to the Longview Public Library for public use. Lower Columbia has generously donated books for a number of years, using money from membership dues and their coffee stops.
  3. Okanogan Genealogical Society to help purchase supplies to repair and preserve books holding the “Tonasket Times” newspaper from 1913 – 1952. Each book uses an entire roll of special archival document repair tape. This grant will buy a few rolls of tape to stop the destruction of the collection.
  4. Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society to help publish a book on “Early Stillaguamish Valley Schools” in the Arlington Area. It’s taken years to gather historical documents and photographs for this project from the 1800s to the early 1940s and now they’re ready to publish.
  5. Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society For the 4th consecutive year, WAGS has applied for an Innovative Grant to promote genealogy in their area. This year, they’re focusing on the digital preservation of family records, library holdings and archival documents. They plan to preserve family histories and archival materials of their society, its members and the community.

The Innovative Grant program was started in 2015 to support the inventive and creative efforts of local societies and organizations. When created, Recognition Chair Roxanne Lowe explained, “We know that local societies can do a lot with very little, so we’re hoping the Innovative Grant Program will be what you need to jump-start a project that has been dreamed about for some time.”

Eastside Genealogical Society September Workshop

 

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”,

is coming to Bellevue on September 15, 2018.

 

 “Finding Family History in Your Picture Mysteries”

 

Her Three Presentations:

 

  • 10 Easy Steps to Identify & Date Those Pictures in the Shoeboxes
  • Google Images and Beyond
  • Genealogical Clues in Family Photos

 

This event will be held on September 15, 2018 at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA  98008.  Doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

 

Private consultations with her are available afterwards.

 

This event is part of the Eastside Genealogical Society’s 40th Anniversary celebration. Thus, members, who register before September 1st, will have free admission.

 

Boxed lunches are available for $15, if ordered by September 1st.

 

Non-EGS Members and everyone after September 1st will be charged $25.

 

For more details about the presentations and lunch, see our website    (Also, there are links to the digital files for the Color Poster and the Registration Flyer.) Of course, you can register for the event using our website.

 

Come and bring your friends for a fun day!

 

Eastside Genealogical Society June Meeting

 

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, June 14, 2018 in the Bellevue Regional Library (Room 1), 1111 – 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking.

 

Two events: 1) “Preparing to Visit an Archive”, including Fiske Genealogical Library, NARA in Seattle, and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City will be presented by Celia McNay, President of EGS. Now that the rain has stopped, are you ready to be out and search for records??? Preparing in advance for an archive visit will better enable you to be successful. Are there special collections? Is there someone to assist with resources? When is the best time to go? This and more will be covered so when you visit a library or archive this summer, you won’t come home empty-handed!

2) Honoring past EGS Presidents and serving refreshments, as part of the commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of EGS. Come learn, mingle, and celebrate 40 years of finding ancestors!

 

Presenter: Celia McNay did her first family history project when she was 16 years old and has been doing genealogy, preserving family stories, and searching out relatives ever since. She has a bachelor’s degree in Family History and enjoys teaching others about genealogy. Celia is the current president of Eastside Genealogical Society, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and is a Family History consultant for the LDS Church. She taught for the Bellevue Regional Library in their ‘Genealogy Boot Camp’ workshops in 2013, 2014, and 2016 and in the Family History Fair for four years.

 

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German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) May Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 1 to 3 pm in the Relief Society Room of the LDS Church at 10675 NE 20thSt, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.       

Topic: “How to Find German Records on Family Search Efficiently and Effectively” – Many genealogists use FamilySearch and yet may not realize that they are accessing only a small portion of the records available. Learn several strategies for using FamilySearch to access the 70% of the records not currently indexed.  This means more than 1.33 billion records and 247,000 books not indexed on FamilySearch. The presentation will include step-by-step actions and examples to specifically access German records in the U.S. and Europe. (Feel free to bring your laptops.)

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

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