Olympia Genealogical Society February Meeting

A VOYAGE ON THE ERIE CANAL

Olympia Genealogical Society member Joyce Ogden lived in a house in Brockport NY for 20 years where the backyard ended at the Erie Canal, but she had no idea then that there was a personal family connection. As she later discovered, however, she had THREE ancestors who had died in the canal in different years and in different circumstances. This presentation will include color photos, black-and-white photos, genealogy charts, a map or two, and newspaper clippings. It may bore you with some spreadsheets, but it will send you out with historical Erie Canal music.

This virtual presentation via ZOOM will be given at Olympia Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, February 11 at 7 pm. Access our website at https://OlyGenSoc.org and look for directions there.

Olympia Genealogical Society’s December Meeting

“Academic Archives and How to Use Them in Your Research” is the title of the Olympia Genealogical Society’s December 10 Virtual meeting. Mark O’English and Gayle O’Hara from the Washington State University will give us a look at the types of materials held in archives and special collections at colleges and universities, what you can expect to find there, and how to find materials around the region and the country useful to your genealogy. They will share relevant collections, examples from genealogy researchers they’ve aided, and tools for identifying and locating resources. We’ll learn how academic special collections can help, both in today’s complex outbreak times and when we return to “normal.”   To access the virtual meeting, log onto our website https://OlyGenSoc.org a few minutes before 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 10 and follow the entrance code given.  Questions, info@OlyGenSoc.org       Thank-you   JOYCE OGDEN, Publicity  

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Joyce T. Ogden 
 jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society Virtual November Meeting

Olympia, An Origin Story by Chris Staudinger
What was Olympia before it was our state’s capital? How did it rise to power, and how was it betrayed? These questions and more will be answered in this virtual tour of historic Olympia. Chris Staudinger, operator of  Pretty Gritty Tours in Tacoma, will tell the history of downtown Olympia’s bumpy beginnings, taking us down its streets and alleys and showing us cool things to do in downtown Olympia’s historic district. You’ll hear the tales of the indigenous hunters, railroad tycoons, brew masters, lawmakers, and artists that called Olympia home.  Olympia Genealogical Society virtual meeting, Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm   events@OlyGenSoc.org  or 360-754-6230

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Joyce T. Ogden 
 jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society October Meeting

October is the month of colder weather, hot cider and Halloween! In preparation for the holiday, we have asked OGS member Jerri McCoy to talk to us about “The Witches of Salem.” We of the twenty-first century are aware that witches do not fly across the sky on brooms, but in 1692 charity and mercy – and plain good sense – were all cast aside in persecution of suspected witches in colonial Massachusetts. The witch hunt would swell and burn through Salem Village and neighboring towns. How were witches identified? What happened to them?  And who were those who were executed that terrible year?  Come learn a little bit about them and their meddling neighbors at our virtual meeting, Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m.  https://OlyGenSoc.org

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Joyce T. Ogden 
 jtogden@comcast.net

OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GOES VIRTUAL

OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GOES VIRTUAL IN REPONSE TO COVID-19
On March 11, in the interest of protecting the high-risk population we serve, the OGS Executive Committee cancelled face-to-face gatherings of the Society until such time as this threat has passed.
In late May, the OGS Board decided to conduct all OGS general meetings for the 2020/2021 program year virtually via Zoom.
The regular September meeting will be on Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm.  Join us by connecting to the Society’s website at https://www.OlyGenSoc.org.
Participants who have not used Zoom are encouraged to view the video “Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

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Joyce T. Ogden 
 jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

The Olympia Genealogical Society spring seminar, originally scheduled for March 28 and then cancelled, has been RE-SCHEDULED as a Webinar on May 9. Teresa Steinkamp-McMillin will talk on “Ancestral Origins Through the Eyes of a German Genealogist”  For details see our website www.OlyGenSoc.org
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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society’s March 2020 Meeting

Olympia Genealogical Society’s March meeting will feature OGS member Dee Bright and her talk “Who is Dorothy Bright?” Dee’s mother Dorothy was born in 1909, adopted as an infant, but did not know she was adopted until she was an adult. Dee will tell us about the steps she has taken to search for her mother’s birth parents – her progress, successes, and failures.  Join us on Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.   2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia WA. 360-349-2493
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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society March 2020 Seminar Cancelled

GENEALOGY SEMINAR ON GERMAN ANCESTRAL ORIGINS

On March 28 Teresa Steinkamp-McMillin will be Olympia Genealogical Society’s speaker for their annual Spring Seminar. Her series of “Ancestral Origins Through the Eyes of a German Genealogist” will include presentations on Kickstarting Your German Genealogy, He Took Her Name, Voyages of Our German Immigrants, and Petition to Oath, U.S. Naturalization for Genealogists.

This day-long event will be at Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive SW, Tumwater, off Exit 102 of I-5. Community members pay $60, with optional box lunch $15 additional. Registration is open now, but the price increases by $5 after March 1 if any seats remain. See our website at http://www.OlyGenSoc.org for more information and the registration form.

Ms. Steinkamp-McMillin, CG, researches German ancestry and reads German script. She’s taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She’s also author of “Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866” and has created courses for Ancestry Academy and Legacy.