Northeast Washington Genealogical Society Meeting October 12

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The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM. Entry is located at the back of the building. The building is located one block east of the South Main Restaurant on Hwy 395.

Vice-President, Karen Struve will take a new approach for beginning on-line genealogy research. This month the focus will be on starting from scratch.  She will share her methodology for creating a tribute to a young man whose life was tragically cut short.

We will take a lunch break at noon and then meet again in the LDS Lower Meeting Room at 1:30 p.m.

It’s time to re-think those brick walls that keep all of us from making progress on our genealogy research. Perhaps the answer is right there in your old research that you set aside so long ago.

Susan Dechant, President of NeWGS will lead the discussion about those walls as well as offer up some tips and tricks to help us break them down or, maybe, just move on and around the walls.

All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings.

Northeast Washington Gen Society Newsflash

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September is here and our next meeting is this Wednesday, the 14th. The NeWGS Computer Interest Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room down the hall from the Family History Center at the LDS church on Juniper. I will demonstrate using RootsMagc, another popular genealogy program. You can download a handout for this class (RootsMagic 2016) by going to our website and logging in as a Member, selecting Secure Downloads, then Computer Meeting Handouts and scrolling down towards the bottom of the list. It should be near the bottom with “New” flagging it.
After a break for lunch, we will return to the LDS church for our afternoon meeting at 1:30 p.m. After a short business meeting (including elections of officers), Norm Yost will walk us a through a Genealogy Do-Over based on a new book by Thomas MacEntee. There is also a handout for this class located under General Meeting Handouts and it too should appear near the bottom of that list.
And don’t forget our upcoming Fall Workshop this next Saturday, the 17th. If you haven’t registered already you can still do so. We are also celebrating our 35th anniversary. That’s a BIG DEAl and there will be cake! See more details under Events.
Take a break from yard work and come to enjoy and learn. … Susan

Northeast Washington Gen Society Newsflash

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Wednesday, September 14, Computer Meeting, 10:30-12:00
RootsMagic Demonstration
LDS Church – Lower Meeting Room – Juniper St, Colville
This will be Part Two of our focus on organizing your genealogy research. This month’s meeting will focus on RootsMagic, a popular genealogy program used by many. Susan Dechant, President of NeWGS will demonstrate some of the most well-like features of this program.
Coming soon, RootsMagic will have the ability to synchronize with the Ancestry.com Tree you may have created or if you have a subscription to Ancestry.com you might be considering.

 

Genealogy Do-Over  (General Meetings)
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
LDS Church – Lower Meeting Room – Juniper St, Colville
“Genealogy Do-Over” is a scary thought but, then again, maybe it’s just what we need to consider.
Norma Yost, NeWGS Librarian and presenter extraordinaire will talk to us about this edgy idea presented in Thomas McEntee’s new book Genealogy Do-Over.
Here is a short intro by Thomas McEntee describing what’s inside his book:
Here is the short summary of Genealogy Do-Over: I set aside everything* related to my genealogy research including notebooks, papers, and even digitized files and my genealogy database files and START OVER. I’m hitting the reset button. I’m allowing myself to have a do-over! (* certain items such as vital records ordered and paid for or research gathered on long-distance trips can be retained).
Are you ready to open your mind to new possibilities? Come join us and learn!

Northeast Washington Gen Society Newsflash

The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM. Entry is located at the back of the building. The building is located one block east of the South Main Restaurant on Hwy 395.

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 This month will be Part Two of our focus on organizing your genealogy research. This month’s meeting will focus on RootsMagic, a popular genealogy program used by many. Susan Dechant, President of NeWGS will demonstrate some of the most well-like features of this program.

Coming soon, RootsMagic will have the ability to synchronize with the Ancestry.com Tree you may have created or if you have a subscription to Ancestry.com you might be considering.

We will take a lunch break at noon and then meet again in the LDS Lower Meeting Room at 1:30 p.m.

“Genealogy Do-Over” is a scary thought but, then again, maybe it’s just what we need to consider.

Norma Yost, NeWGS Librarian and presenter extraordinaire will talk to us about this edgy idea presented in Thomas McEntee’s new book Genealogy Do-Over.

Here is the short summary by Thomas McEntee of Genealogy Do-Over: I set aside everything * related to my genealogy research including notebooks, papers, and even digitized files and my genealogy database files and START OVER. I’m hitting the reset button. I’m allowing myself to have a do-over! (* certain items such as vital records ordered and paid for or research gathered on long-distance trips can be retained).

Are you ready to open your mind to new possibilities? Come join us and learn!

All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings

Northeast Washington Gen Society Newsflash

 

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The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meeting will be on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM. Entry is located at the back of the building. The building is located one block east of the South Main Restaurant on Hwy 395.

For August and September we will focus on organizing your genealogy research. This month’s meeting will focus on Family Tree Maker. Karen Struve will demonstrate how to get started in Family Tree Maker software. And by the way, Family Tree Maker will continue to provide the ability to synchronize with trees on Ancestry.com.

In September Susan Dechant will demonstrate another great genealogy program, RootsMagic.

We will take a lunch break at noon and then meet again in the LDS Lower Meeting Room  at 1:30 p.m.

Sue Richart, a long-time NeWGS member and one of our favorite presenters will be sharing information she has gleaned while researching the Colville National Forest Records. She will share how this information can be valuable as you research your ancestors in this area as well as other areas nationally who have these types of records. It gives us a better understanding of how our ancestor’s lives were impacted by the area they lived in.

All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings.

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The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM.

 NeWGS member, Gary Sheehan, will lead us through possible online avenues to explore in researching an elusive ancestor of one of our members. The class will be geared for the beginner but even the more experienced researchers will learn a new tip or two. Audience participation will be encouraged.

 We will take a lunch break at noon and then return to the LDS Church for our afternoon meeting and program.

Today we will be viewing a video Thomas presented at the RootsTech 2015 Conference in Salt Lake City. The title is “Building a Genealogy Research Toolbox”. This is all about organizing your files and websites you use often in your research. There is a nice bonus at the end of the video. Come see for yourself!

Thomas McEntee is a well-respected genealogist who describes himself as a “tech guy” with a love for history. He is a genealogy professional who is also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, marketer, network builder and more. Thomas has built his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy.

 All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings.

 

Northeast Washington Genealogical Society September Workshop

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Saturday, September 17NeWGS Annual Workshop- Unlocking Our National Treasures

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Ambulance Shack at the north end of Colville (east of the Roundabout)

Our presenter will be Carol Buswell who has been the Education Specialist for the National Archives at Seattle for the past 10 years, which holds 41,000 cubic feet of permanently valuable Federal Government documents from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska.   She also has worked as a sixth grade teacher, published author, public speaker, small scale publisher, and bookstore owner.   She writes and speaks about the National Archives, American Indian history, genealogy, and topics in Education.  She holds degrees in Elementary Education, Fine Arts, and American Indian Studies.

 

Her topics include general information on the records held by NARA and what’s online, immigration and naturalization records, census records and the WPA and depression era records.

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The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM.

NeWGS President, Susan Dechant, will share several scanning options available to us for digitizing those old photos we have been lucky enough to find and a few tricks for enhancing and improving faded or damaged ones.

We will take a lunch break at noon and then meet at the Evergreen Cemetery located on Aladdin Road approximately one mile north of Highway 20 here in Colville at 1:30 p.m.

NeWGS board member and Chairman of the Evergreen Cemetery Restoration Project, Lora Rose, has spent hours and hours cleaning and improving the Evergreen cemetery. Additionally she spends hours researching and inputting valuable genealogical information on the NeWGS Cemetery page of our website (www.newgs.org) .

NeWGS has a long history of caretaking and restoring this pioneer cemetery that is such an integral part of the history of Colville and its citizens past and present. This is the time of year that the cemetery gets a special clean-up for Memorial Day when we have numerous visitors. We invite anyone who would like to learn more about the history and the inhabitants of the cemetery to join Lora as she leads us on a walk through time and introduces us to some of the characters who built this community in the 1800’s forward.

For those of you who are able to walk across a small field there is public parking in the parking lot next to the old abandoned outhouse just before you come to the main entrance to the cemetery. There is some space for parking in the cemetery near the road. We ask that you please do not park near the grave markers on the grass. There are many unmarked graves.

All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings.

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11 May 2016 meeting of the “Colville” group… any interested genealogist in the area is welcome to attend!

Another month and our May meetings are this next Wednesday, the 11th. The Computer Interest Group will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting room down the hall from the Family History Center at the LDS church on Juniper. Norma Yost will introduce us to GEDmatch.com, which according to wikitree.com, “helps find shared ancestry between persons who have uploaded their autosomal DNA (atDNA) results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA’s Family Finder.” She will share with us how it can help get the most from your DNA results. Be sure to download the three handouts that Norma has prepared by logging in to the Members section of our website, then selecting Secure Downloads, and then the Computer Meeting Handouts. The three files should appear at the bottom of the list and be flagged “New” with titles starting with “GEDMatch.”

After a break for lunch, our afternoon meeting will be held in the same place at 1:30 p.m. After a short business meeting Dennis Vaagen, the new President of the Stevens County Historical Society, will give us an update on the Keller Heritage Center and share his future plans for the museum. Pat Graham will then try to stump us with a fun trivia game on local knowledge.
It should be a fun and interesting day and we hope to see you Wednesday. … Susan

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The next Northeast Washington Genealogical Society meetings are on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The morning Computer Interest Group (CIG) will meet in the basement meeting room of the LDS Church on Juniper Street in Colville at 10:30 AM.
Are you considering testing your DNA? First, you need to decide what it is you hope to discover. NeWGS Vice-President, Karen Struve will share a presentation that was made by Diahan Southard at the 2015 RootsTech Conference explaining in easily understood language the different types of tests available and what is most useful depending on your gender.
We will take a break for lunch at noon and meet again in the same location at 1:30 PM.
Our speaker for the General Meeting will be our newest NeWGS board member, Norma Yost. Norma is our Member-at-Large. Norma has a very interesting story to share about some amazing results of her personal DNA test. She is proof that you never know where a simple DNA test may lead you.
All visitors are welcome. You do not need to be a member to attend the Northeast Washington Genealogical Society’s meetings.