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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Eastside Genealogical Society May Meeting

 

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, May 10th, 2018 in the Bellevue Regional Library (Rm. 1), 1111-110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 6:30 pm for networking.

 

Topic: Mary Kathryn Kozy will present “How Do I Know That’s Right”.

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German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society May Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, May 4, 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.       

Two Topics:

1) Reading German Handwriting:   Old German gothic handwriting (known as Sütterline or Suetterlin) and print are very different from the Roman script used in English- speaking countries.  Claire Gibben will share resources to help us read, transcribe and learn Old German Gothic.

2) A Travelogue Through Germanic Lands:   Jon and Marilyn Schunke will continue sharing pictures of their trips through Germanic lands not included in the April presentation, which focused on Jon’s German ancestral homelands. The first part will be somewhat a continuation of that presentation, including coverage of side trips from Munich – Dachau and Neuschwanstein Castle. And Nuremberg and its wonderful museum which displays rooms furnished to depict the German family home as it would be in the 1800s.

    This will be a true travelogue through Germanic lands. They will choose from among the following places. Outside of Germany – Krakow, and Prague. Their favorite old German towns – Rothenburg ab der Tauber and Bacharach – with a trip down the Rhine River, including a visit to a small museum of Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher who defeated Napolean at Waterloo … and has a very distant connection to Marilyn’s Crawford ancestry. And newer, rebuilt towns – Leipzig, Berlin, and Passau, with a small trip down the Danube.

     And hopefully, they will take that look at Marilyn’s most recent ancestor (which was advertised for April), her father, who landed on Omaha Beach 13 days after D-Day. They’ll journey through Normandy and along the Brittany coast. While retracing her dad’s footsteps, they discovered firsthand how the French have not forgotten the American servicemen.

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Eastside Genealogical Society April Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, April 12, 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.

 

Topic: A panel of experienced researchers will help people break down their family research brick walls.  Come learn their tips.

 

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

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, April 6, 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: “A travelogue through ancestral German homelands, with a little side trip into World War II France”

   Join Jon and Marilyn Schunke as they travel through Germany discovering the origins of Jon Schunke’s paternal immigrant ancestors – Schunke in Sachen-Anhalt, and Himmelsbach and Stumpf in Bavaria. Along the way, you’ll see how using information at home led them to the correct research facilities in Germany to search for birth records and land locations.

   Their study of maps, current and historical, was critical in finding the right locations…and oh the benefits of visiting the local Landeshaupt. Is it Bobbe and Wulfen or Bobbau and Wolfin? It makes a difference of 25 miles.

Discover why you should “like” Facebook pages and join Facebook groups. This led to learning about the recent discovery of the German origins of Jon’s maternal “Volga German” or “Germans from Russia” ancestors. The Conrad and Anna Margaretha “Reuswig” family emigrated to Norka, Russia, on the Volga River in 1766. See a “Pleve Chart” which shows their descendants down to the three generations of their “Reispich” descendants who immigrated to America in 1878. Jon’s “Reisbick” grandparents migrated to Portland, Oregon, by 1901. Prime example of why you can’t say spellings of names don’t change over time.

   And finally, they’ll take a look at Marilyn’s most recent ancestor, her father, who landed on Omaha Beach 13 days after D-Day. They’ll journey through Normandy and along the Brittany coast. While retracing her dad’s footsteps, they discovered firsthand how the French have not forgotten the American servicemen.

 

Presenter: Marilyn A. Schunke has been researching her family for 20 years. She is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Genealogy and Family History Certificate Program. She is currently a member of the New York Genealogical Society, Washington State Genealogical Society, Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS), as well as South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS).  She has supported genealogy education in Puget Sound as Education Coordinator at Heritage Quest Research Library for several years and presenter of a Microsoft Windows 10 class. Marilyn is currently serving as co-leader of the EGS Legacy Special Interest and on the SKCGS Board as circulating librarian.

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Eastside Genealogical Society March Meeting

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, March 8, 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.

 

Topic: This meeting will feature the streaming video from RootsTech 2018’s keynote speaker, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  He is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-two books and created eighteen documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, Africa’s Great Civilizations, and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its fourth season on PBS. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Program—Long Form, as well as the Peabody Award, Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award, and NAACP Image Award.

 

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German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society March Meeting

German Interest Group

 

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, March 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: Ken Passe’s Updated Windmill Story –  While the story was the result of his research and travel up to that time, the larger family story has been updated and enhanced through use of new tools, technologies, information availability and some good luck. Ken will describe the various processes that he has used to expand his family tree, with the hope that GIG members might find some of the steps helpful for their own research. 

Speaker: Ken Passé has been doing genealogy research for more than 20 years and has been fortunate to have visited his ancestral village in Germany several times. A self-professed maritime guy/waterfront rat, he has extended his research to touch upon shipboard travel from Europe to America.

  

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Eastside Genealogical Society February Meeting

 

The Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, February 8, 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.

 

Topic: “What I Wish I Had Known . . .” – This session is an interactive exchange of ideas, experience and recommendations by society members. The audience will share their experiences and lessons learned in researching their ancestors, citing their sources, the importance of locating original documentation, the confusion with multiple marriages, the importance of location, the need for continuous learning, researching extended family, the importance of law, the importance of technology and public or private sharing of our efforts  Come learn from experienced genealogists sharing their adventures.

 

Speaker: Janet O’Conor Camarata is active in the South King County Genealogical Society as Technology User Group leader and publicity chairman and in the Eastside Genealogical Society as presenter and program chairman of the German Interest Group. She is also an instructor in a six-week course in genealogy and technology at Pierce College. She is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a graduate of the University of Washington Genealogy and Family History program.  She is an experienced instructor who taught at the University of Phoenix and in The Boeing Company.

 

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German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, February 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: Learn about a major website used by genealogists in Germany —  It has various databases and features but they were all originally written in the German language with a few English language options. There’s Historic Geo Information, some Local Heritage Books, Regional Portals, Meta search, User Contributed Family Trees, and much more. Come learn about this exciting website and the easiest ways to translate the German language on those web pages.

Speaker: 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 2 societies in Minnesota.  In 2008, she visited her ancestral villages in old East Germany and present day Poland.

  

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