Kittitas County Genealogical Society Holiday Dinner

The KCGS will continue the tradition of having an annual holiday dinner. It is now planned for Monday, December 4, at 6 pm, at the First Methodist Church.The meal is prepared and served by members of the church and will cost $14 this year. The event usually includes musical entertainment and sharing of small gifts. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Reservations are due by Nov. 27 and may be made by mail—to 413 N. Main, Ellensburg, 98926 or by calling the library during office hours—Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4 pm.

Kittitas County Genealogical Society May Meeting

Monday May 1, 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA

 

Our next meeting on Monday, May 1, will feature two shorter programs, The first “Removed Cousins” by Erik Bakke to help explain how the cousin relationship is determined. Mary Christensen will present a talk about “The Doukhobors, Russian Immigrants to Canada.”

 

Refreshments by Bob and Nancy Wieking.

May 2017 we will attend a Memorial Day Upper County Heritage Club with ethnic food available

 

Kittitas County Genealogical Society April Meeting

 

Monday Apr 3, 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA

 

Warren Street of CWU will tell us stories of His Grandfather in Kansas, gleaned from diary entries

 

refreshments will be provided by Jenny Jones and Ruth Miller.

 

In addition, any members who have not had a chance to share their new year’s genealogy resolutions will have an opportunity to do so.

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

KCGenealogy  Soc from Tuck Forsythe , Treas

 

https://familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars#Past_Webinars

 

(I think that link is freely available to all, but possibly you have to provide email address and password the first time you use it) tells of TV-type instruction in various family history subjects—especially at the bottom under NORTH AMERICA

 

I tried to show mostly classes always available; although they have ( under UPCOMING CLASSSES) brand  new classes, which are only available on a specific date and time

 

Kittitas County Genealogical Society March Meeting

Monday Mar 6 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA

 

Dr. Sharon Rosell, faculty member at Central, will present our program “The Orphan Trains, The Greatest American Migration,” at the March 6 meeting.

 

Refreshments will be provided by Bill Bowden and Erik Bakke.

 

In addition, any members who have not had a chance to share their new year’s genealogy resolutions will have an opportunity to do so.

 

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Meetings February 6

Monday Feb 6 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA

REFRESHMENTS BY Linda Bissonette and Patricia Mittness are signed up for Feb. 6. The program by Bob Kibler, “Writing a Book on Local History.”

Monday, February 6
Kittitas County Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
7:00 pm
KCGS Library, 413 N. Main Street, Suite L, Ellensburg, WA
The Kittitas County Genealogical Society program on 07 Feb will be Bob Kibler discussing “Writing a Book About Local History” using his book about Desert Aire as an example. For more information, visit the KCGS website.

Kittitas County Gen Society News

 

For our Monday January 9th meeting program, I am asking all attendees to bring a small sheet of paper or 3×5 card with your name and ONE genealogical item you will resolve to search for in 2017. Even those not able to attend might want to do this.

 

Maybe you will choose something like “find great-grandma Smith’s father’s name”, or “when was Great-grandpa Brown born”, perhaps “find the will of Great-uncle William”. Just ONE goal for the year. Hopefully, that will get us each moving forward on our research for 2017. We will share what we want to search for and why we want to find this (requests for ideas of where to look may be made), then I will collect the sheets/cards which we will use again late in the year to check our progress!

 

See you at the January meeting!

Lynn Blazek

 

 

Kittitas County Genealogical Society January Meeting

Jan 2017 KCGS is Mon Jan 9, not Jan 2,

7 PM 413 N Main Ste L, Ellensburg WA

Jan 2017 program All members write, e.g. on 3X5 card, for one ancestor of ours:

Write our 2017 goal to learn more about that ancestor

2017 dues now due for 2016 members that have not paid yet.

Can mail $15 to KCGS, 413 N Main St, Ste L, Ellensburg 98926

 

“New” re-conditioned APPLE computer: in Suite M now,
Thanks to Dave Storla!

In addition, Bob Wieking (actually Nancy) will be providing our refreshments

Special Census Records Featured at Kittitas Co. GS

KCGS_logoThe next meeting of the Kittitas County Genealogical Society (KCGS) will feature Erik Bakke speaking on Special U.S. Census Records, like Mortality Schedules. The meeting will be Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the KCGS Library, 413 N. Main Street, Suite L, Ellensburg. Visitors are welcome. For more information, visit the KCGS website.

 

 

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Meeting

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October 3, 2016 General Meeting:
Judy Clayton will present “Mysteries and Discoveries from DNA Testing

Kittitas Co Genealogical Society Meeting Mon Oct 3 7PM 413 N Main St, Ellensburg WA & Bob Wieking (actually Nancy) will be providing our refreshments

 

[Background explanation for Judy’s DNA talk]

In KCGS library are more copies of solution to 200 year mystery of origin of Abe Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks.

It’s okay to merely appreciate the mystery and the surprise answer. But the background in cellular DNA testing is that there are 3 different kinds of DNA birth parent tests now:

  • First we had the test like Candace Hooper used to find out why her genetics were so different from her apparent “Hoopers.” That tests the similarity of the Y-chromosome that boys get from their Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad’s Dad etc.
  • Nowadays AUTOSOMAL-DNA is a generally useful DNA test for similarity anywhere among your genetic ancestors for about 4 or 5 generations back.  Ancestry.com mostly uses Autosomal DNA tests of the similarity of your 22 non-sex chromosomes (to other people’s test results).  It’s more reliable, for more lines and for further generations, if multiple siblings (close relatives) all get tested, because any one person could happen to receive an abnormally low percentage of DNA from a particular ancestral line.  AND ANCESTRY.COM DNA TESTS tell us more if we attach to the test-results-section, a simplified ancestry.com of our family tree.  If the DNA correlation to another sample is low, Ancestry.com may only report it to you if both you and the other submitter list the same people among their online tree.
  • Your genetic father only contributes, to your cellular make-up, a tiny bit of DNA from the cell nucleus.  All the rest of each of your body cells’ makeup came directly from your birth mother (and from her mom’s mom’s mom).  And one of the non-nuclear inclusions in your cells is/are called Mitochondria, which give us our energy.  But for DNA studies Mitochondia have some of their own DNA, unrelated to your chromosomal DNA in your cell nuclei.  So if our family history mystery concerns “Who was the mother?” mt-DNA (mitochrondial) is a useful genetic test for the similarity to possible maternal lines.  Abe Lincoln’s mother’s mitochondrial DNA happened to be of an unusual type; so her maternal genetic similarities were extremely certain.