Meet the Board: Janet McKinnon

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee, six standing committee chairs and three appointed non-elected officers? Who are all these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you, so you can say “hi” the next time you see them.

Janet McKinnon

In today’s “Meet the Board” series, we’re introducing you to Janet McKinnon from Richland (Benton County). You might recognize the McKinnon name — she and her husband Mikal (Immediate Past President of WSGS) have been active in WSGS business for many years. Currently, Janet is WSGS’s Region 6 Representative for Adams, Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Franklin, Garfield, Walla Walla and Whitman Counties. Janet’s also a proud member of the Tri-City Genealogical Society where she has served as vice president and program chair. And if that’s not enough, she’s been the Librarian at the Richland Family History Center since 2000, helping patrons with their genealogy research. No wonder she was named a Washington State Genealogical Society Outstanding Volunteer in 2012!

Janet’s Grandmother Kate (on the right) watching her mother Emma get a picture taken next to a new car. Emma walked across the Mormon / Oregon Trail as a 13-year-old girl.

Janet’s 2x great grandmother (mother of Emma). This is the earliest female ancestor that Janet has a picture of.

It all began when little Janet Lemon was born in Coleville, Utah, the first of four children (and only daughter) of Karl and Bessie (Kirkham) Lemon. She was named after her mother’s middle name. Janet graduated from North Cache High School (Utah) in 1961 and entered the Utah State University that fall. On December 18, 1964, Janet married her partner for eternity Mikal A. McKinnon in the Logan temple. After their graduation from USU, the couple moved to California, then to Washington in 1975.

December 1964

Janet and Mikal are the parents of five children: four sons and a daughter. Their Down Syndrome son lives with them. They’re also the loving grandparents of 13 from a 10-year-old Boy Scout to a college graduate granddaughter.

Janet’s interest in genealogy started with her mother and her family. While Janet’s mother didn’t do formal research, she loved and valued her ancestors. Her father (Janet’s grandfather) pioneered areas of genealogy for the Genealogical Society of Utah. He and other family members did the research and shared it. Janet’s mother shared the stories that she heard first hand from the pioneer generation, and passed those stories on to Janet. Even today, Janet’s greatest interest is in family stories, photos, memories and sharing them.

Janet uses FamilySearch.org for much of her research, especially for her early American and English ancestors. One of her most interesting genealogical finds was a Civil War record for the son of a “Dependent Mother” listed in the pension books.

A few more interesting tidbits about Janet:

  • Favorite color: red
  • Favorite dessert: ice cream
  • When asked the word that best describes her, she replied, “friendly.”

Now you know a little more about another of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Janet, say hello and thank her for her service to WSGS.

Family Search May Online Programs

 
FamilySearch — 5 Day Western European Family History Conference (Virtual or in person) [15-19 May 2017]
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FamilySearch — 5 Day Western European Family History Conference (Virtual or in person) [15-19 May 2017]

The NGS 2017 Family History Conference will have just ended and so you have some time to further your education even more!

From our friends at FamilySearch …

Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017), FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki. Easily find and share this news release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Use the following links to register for desired conference classes online or in the library:  webinar guests.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/western-european-family-history-conference-2017-webinar-guests-tickets-32271902128

List of Classes

https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Western_European_Family_History_Conference

 

 

 

Western European Family History Conference May 15-19

Salt Lake City, Utah (26 March 2017)

FamilySearch’s world-renowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be offering its free Western European Family History Conference, May 15 to May 19, 2017. Guests can attend classes in person or online. The conference will focus exclusively on select Western European research and is intended for beginning and intermediate researchers. Classes are free, but registration is required due to class size and webinar bandwidth limitations. For more information or to register, go to FamilySearch Wiki.

Classes will be taught by the Family History Library’s staff of experts and guest genealogists. Content will focus primarily on how to research records from Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Belgium. Topics addressed will include census, church, immigration, and vital records.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Register to attend In Person here.

Register to attend virtually here.

 

DATE / TIME
CLASS (SKILL LEVEL)
Mon, 15-May, 9:00 AM     Finding German Places of Origin (Intermediate)
Mon, 15-May, 10:15 AM     Spelling Variations in German Given and Place Names (Intermediate)
Mon, 15-May, 11:30 AM     Meyers German Gazetteer Now Online, Indexed and Fully Searchable (Beginner)
Mon, 15-May, 2:00 PM     German Church Records and Beyond: Deepen Your Research

Using a Variety of Town Records (Intermediate)

Mon, 15-May, 3:15 PM     Elusive Immigrant: Methods of Proving Identity (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 9:00 AM     Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 1 (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 10:15 AM     Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 2 (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 11:30 AM     Finding Your French Ancestors Online Part 3 (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 2:00 PM     Out of the Ashes of Paris (Intermediate)
Tue, 16-May, 3:15 PM     Research in Alsace-Lorraine (Intermediate)
Wed, 17-May, 9:00 AM     Latin for Researchers (Intermediate)
Wed, 17-May, 10:15 AM     Calendar Changes in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the

Low Countries (Intermediate)

Wed, 17-May, 11:30 AM     Gazetteers and Maps for Belgium, Luxembourg, and the

Netherlands (Intermediate)

Wed, 17-May, 2:00 PM     Beginning Research in Luxembourg (Beginner)
Wed, 17-May, 3:15 PM     Beginning Research in Belgium (Beginner)
Thur, 18-May, 9:00 AM     Names in Belgium and the Netherlands (Intermediate)
Thur, 18-May, 10:15 AM     WieWasWie, Past the Index: What to do Next (Intermediate)
Thur, 18-May, 11:30 AM     Dutch Provincial and City Research (Intermediate)
Thurs, 18-May, 2:00 PM     Dutch Research Before 1811 (Intermediate)
Thu, 18-May, 3:15 PM     Finding Your Family in the Amazing Online Amsterdam City

Archives (Intermediate)

Fri, 19-May, 9:00 AM     Beginning Swiss Research Part 1 (Beginner)
Fri, 19-May, 10:15 AM     Beginning Swiss Research Part 2 (Beginner)
Fri, 19-May, 11:30 AM     Swiss Archives Online Records (Intermediate)
Fri, 19-May, 2:00 PM     Swiss Census Records (Beginner)
Fri, 19-May, 3:15 PM     Swiss Chorgericht Records (Intermediate)

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Family Search Webinars for April

 

Salt Lake City, Utah (21 March 2017), April is a great month to take a free family history class or webinar taught by specialists through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Beginner or intermediate skill level, we bet you’ll find something of interest. British, Portuguese, Finnish, Scottish, French, Chinese, Dutch, and US records-related classes are on tap. Take the introductory DNA class to help understand all the genetic genealogy excitement. And there are quite a few classes about how to get the most out of all the features and content on FamilySearch.org.  Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget. Find and easily share this release online in the FamilySearch Newsroom.
Online classes offered in the schedule below are noted as “Webinars”. Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required.

Family Search Free March Webinars

 

Free Family History Library Classes and Webinars in March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah (20 August 2017), Take advantage of 36 free family history classes and webinars in March 2017 through the world reknowned Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attend in person or online. Check out the Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, Wales historic record classes, sessions on how to read records in Dutch and Portuguese, as well as sessions in Spanish.
Classes offered online are noted as “Webinars”. Webinar attendees need to click on the link next to the class title to attend the online class on the scheduled date and time. Those attending the Library in-person need to simply go to the room noted. Invite family and friends. All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST). No registration is required. Mark your calendars for events you want to join so you don’t forget.
Not able to attend a webinar live or in-person? Most sessions are taped and can be viewed later online at your convenience in the archive for Family History Library Classes and Webinars.
Find and share this schedule of classes online in the FamilySearch Media Room.

Family Search British Isles Research Seminar

 

British Isles Research Seminar

 

British Isles Research Seminar
In order to attend these classes you must register. To attend in person click here. If you are going to attend online click here. When registering please check ALL of the days that you wish to attend. We will use Eventbrite to process your registration. Your information will be processed in accordance with their privacy policy located at Eventbrite’s privacy policy.   IN PERSON CLASSES ARE GOING TO BE HELD IN MAIN FLOOR CLASSROOMS B & C.
TIME Monday, 13 March Tuesday, 14 March Wednesday, 15 March Thursday, 16 March Friday, 17 March
9:00-9:50 AM MDT NO CLASSES THIS HOUR Tracing Irish Roman Catholic Ancestry
10:00-10:50 AM MDT NO CLASSES THIS HOUR Finding Ancestry in Ireland Civil Registration Records
11:00 – 11:50 AM MDT NO CLASSES THIS HOUR Ireland Census & Census Substitutes
1:00-1:50 PM MDT Blessings and Curses of Tracing Welsh Ancestry How to Trace England Ancestry Online Scotland’s ‘Lost’ Other Half: Tracing Difficult Ancestral Lines in Scotland’s Non-Parochial (Church) Registers Turning the Tables on Tracing Elusive Ancestry in England/Wales Civil Registration Records: How to Trace Ancestry Using Online BMD Indexes The Scots-Irish: Plantation and Settlement of Ulster in the 17th Century
2:00-2:50 PM MDT Welsh Naming Patterns and Customs Tracing Non-Church of England Ancestry Using Church of Scotland Parochial Registers to Trace Scots Ancestry England Resources for Family History at findmypast Key Websites for Tracing Ancestry in Ireland

Class Descriptions

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FamilySearch Worldwide Indexing Event – SUPPORT NEEDED!

From July 15-17, FamilySearch International and supporting organizations are coordinating the single largest gathering of volunteers online from around the world to help in the noble effort to save, and increase access to, the world’s genealogically significant historical records. With a target of 75,000 online volunteers for the weekend event and a stretch goal of more than 200,000, WE can make a real difference. Remember, every historic record tells the unique story of someone’s ancestor and helps make a personal connection. Until that record is easily discoverable online, that ancestor’s story and their place in the family tree, remains untold.

Please visit https://familysearch.org/worldsrecords for information on the world indexing event and how YOU can participate.

FamilySearch Will Be Down This Monday June 27, 2016

FamilySearch Will Be Down This Monday

The FamilySearch website will be undergoing a technical upgrade Monday, June 27th starting at 12 midnight MDT (6am UTC), and may be down for up to 24 hours as they test the system.

The entire FamilySearch system will be down, including the API that RootsMagic uses to interface with it, so during that time you will be unable to:

  1. receive or view WebHints from FamilySearch
  2. access FamilySearch to find matches, share data, or otherwise work with FamilySearch from inside RootsMagic.

This is a major upgrade to the FamilySearch back end, but once complete you should not experience any adverse effects in RootsMagic from the change.  We will, however, be closely monitoring the interaction between RootsMagic and FamilySearch once they have completed the upgrade to make sure there are no issues that creep in.

If you do encounter problems with FamilySearch after they have completed the upgrade, give it a couple of days to “shake out”.  If the issues continue after that please let us know the specific details at support@rootsmagic.com.

Kinpoint….. New Kid On The Block…. Share The News!

Have you heard of Kinpoint??  This is a fairly new website that offers you simple-to-use help in filling in missing information and finding more branches of your family tree.

KinpointKinpoint is “family history simplified…. find records for missing information in minutes, not hours…. we’ll work for you, so you aren’t looking for a needle in a haystack…. quickly find and fix problems with your family history.”

How does this work? Kinpoint creates a fan chart with you as the center circle and your ancestors fanning out for as many generations are you want. The information populating this chart comes directly from your Family Search account.  

It’s easy to obtain a FamilySearch account, just log in to www.familysearch.org and create one….. and then upload your tree, in whatever genealogy program you have it, to FamilySearch.

I could go on for paragraphs but you must click to www.kinpoint.com and try it for yourself.

Cost? A “whopping” $2.50 a month………. and if you sign-up really soon that price is locked in for life. Such a deal.

Please do check this out; you will be happy with the results and glad that you took the time. I promise!