Olympia Genealogical Society DNA Seminar

REGISTER FOR OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY’S DNA SEMINAR

               Have you taken a DNA test to reveal your genetic origin, but you aren’t sure how to understand that data?  The Olympia Genealogical Society is pleased to have Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, as the speaker for our Spring Seminar.  Dr. Bettinger will be presenting four lectures on how to use results from DNA tests to understand your family history. DNA is a powerful tool in genealogy, but it is a challenge to unlock that toolbox. Dr. Bettinger will go beyond the basics of DNA testing. Instead, he will focus on various tools and methods for analyzing your DNA results.

     This year’s Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 30 at the Capitol Event Center, conveniently located at 6005 Tyee Drive SW in Tumwater, which offers plenty of level free parking and easy walking access.

     Registration is now open, at $50 for OGS members and $60 for others. Optional lunch is available for $15 extra. Registration details are on Olympia Genealogical Society’s website, www.OlyGenSoc.org

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society January Meeting

  • Featured speaker Ron Barron will share the story of his search for his father at the Olympia Genealogical Society January meeting.  Thursday January 10, 2019 7 pm, at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.  Info, Kathy Erlandson, 360-754-6230.  www.OlyGenSoc.org

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society’s December Meeting

In keeping with our annual tradition, Olympia Genealogical Society’s December  program will consist of 10 minute presentations by several OGS members. This year’s topic is Genealogy’s Oddballs and Quirky Ancestors. It is always fun to hear these personal stories, and we’re sure to have some laughs!

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society November Meeting

OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY NOVEMBER MEETING

Nancy Cordell, professional genealogist, biological anthropologist and president of OGS, presents “Why did I take this DNA test? All I see is a pie-chart that doesn’t make sense.” If you are wondering what to do with the results of you DNA test, this program should prove helpful.    Join us on Thursday November 8, 7 pm, at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society October Meeting

Thurston County Home front During World War 1″ will be the topic of Jennifer Crooks’ presentation to the Olympia Genealogical Society’s October meeting. She is a local historian specializing in early 20th century and History Writer for ThurstonTalk.com.  Join us on Thursday October 11 at 7 pm, Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia in Building 1, Room 152.

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society Ask the Experts

Now through September 22–

For fans of “Genealogy Roadshow”, Olympia’s own version called “Ask the Experts” from Puget Sound Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists is coming Saturday October 27 to the Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St NW from 10 am to 2 pm. By registering BEFORE September 22 with only the $20 Olympia Genealogical Society member registration fee at www.OlyGenSoc.org  you, too, can ASK THE EXPERTS.   360-754-6230

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society Ask the Experts

For fans of “Genealogy Roadshow”, Olympia’s own version called “Ask the Experts” from Puget Sound Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists is coming Saturday October 27 to the Olympia Center, 222 N Columbia ST from 10 am to 2 pm. By registering BEFORE September 22 with only the $20 Olympia Genealogical Society member registration fee at www.OlyGenSoc.org  you, too, can ASK THE EXPERTS.

JOYCE OGDEN   PUBLICITY

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society September Meeting

No waiting in line this year to hand in your membership check! With our new Website (www.OlyGenSoc.org) accepting membership payments there’s no need to bring a check in person (or put on a stamp to send it in the mail). So come, get acquainted, and hear about upcoming Special Interest Groups (SIGs). We’re expecting to form groups on Ancestry; DNA; Family Tree Maker; Legacy; RootsMagic, and maybe FamilySearch.  Which one (or more) is for YOU? Join us on Thursday Sept. 13 at 7 pm at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.  360-451-1059

JOYCE OGDEN, PUBLICITY

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

360) 754-8625

Olympia and Clark County Earn Top Honors

The Olympia Genealogical Society and Clark County Genealogical Society earned outstanding society awards at the WSGS Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on May 26 in Vancouver.

WSGS President Virginia Majewski presented the Outstanding Project Award to CCGS President Brian Runyan and member Lois Bosland.

The Clark County Genealogical Society, in addition to being the excellent hosts of the Awards Ceremony, were the recipients of the Outstanding Project Award for their Tax Ledger Project which included digitizing, transcribing and indexing original 1886 and 1891 tax ledgers for the City of Vancouver. As we all know, those are critical years for any family history researcher in lieu of the 1890 census disaster. The tax records included who owned property in Vancouver and how much tax was owed and paid (or not). The Clark County Society consulted with the State Archives, Clark County Historical Museum, History Department at WSU Vancouver and the WSU Library – a true collaborative effort. This treasure trove of information is now available to the public and the original records are being turned over to the State Archives.

OGS members Dee Dee Simpson, Dick Moody, Nancy Cordell, seminar speaker David Allen Lambert, and Roger Newman celebrating their accomplishments

Olympia Gen Soc earned the Outstanding Communication Award for their new website. For 20 years, they used a popular web host that is currently unavailable. Understanding the importance and urgency of getting information out to their members and the public in this web-based world, they created a new website, using a web development company that specializes in genealogical societies (EasyNetSites — same as WSGS). Olympia’s site is attractive – and even better, it’s full of current information. Check out their website here. They also use their Facebook page to regularly post informational tidbits, newsy articles and promote their meetings and seminar.

Besides the Outstanding Communication Award, Olympia’s Ann Olsen was awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement while Rebel Romero received an Outstanding Volunteer award.

Ann Olson Awarded President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement

Ann Olson

In an announcement made at the WSGS Annual Meeting on 26 May 2018, Ann Olson from Olympia was awarded the WSGS President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. The award, made by WSGS President Virginia Majewski, is designed to single out that rare individual, society or organization that has demonstrated exemplary service above and beyond expectations.

Just a few of Ann’s accomplishments:

  • Founding member of the Olympia Genealogical Society 44 years ago.
  • Has served in every board position; more than once in many cases.
  • Organizes and teaches a beginning genealogy course at the local library.
  • Affectionately called the “lead-off batter and team captain” of the society.

Ann’s involvement in her community is broader than genealogy. For example, she is a docent at the Governor’s Mansion; member of the Daughters of the Pioneers (including being president of her local chapter); and registrar of the local DAR, where she’s been a member for more than 30 years. When her children were growing up, Ann was active in the PTA, including being state president and national vice-president.

Ann exemplifies what the President’s Award stands for: long-term, consistent service in genealogy and in the community. Congratulations to her!