Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Ethnicity Estimate

TIP OF THE WEEK –
ANCESTRY ETHNICITY ESTIMATE UPDATE
Did you get the word Ancestry.com DNA ethnicity estimates have been updated? Anyone who has taken an Ancestry.com DNA test can login to their account and see their new ethnicity estimate results.

Here is Ancestry’s explanation for this update and the changes you might see. They say, “Don’t worry, your DNA doesn’t change. What changes is what we know about DNA, the amount of data we have, and the ways we can analyze it. When that leads to new discoveries, we update your results. To calculate your estimate, we compare your DNA to a reference panel of DNA samples from around the world. As we get more samples in our panel, we can identify more world populations for you.”. 

From “Discover Your DNA Story”, you can find “Learn More About This Update” for more details. And from there, for a limited time, you may view or print your previous ethnicity estimate using “View Previous Estimate”. 

If you are ready to learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy, check the SGS Calendar of Events for meeting times for the DNA interest groups, “DNA Workshop” and “DNA Interest Group”. And don’t forget about the SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Dr Blaine Bettinger, author of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS 2020 FALL SEMINAR – VIRTUAL 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020
 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?

We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey.

Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. Even the most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover.  

This virtual program includes: 

  • “Formulating a DNA Testing Plan”  
  • “Real-Life Y-DNA” 
  • “Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA” 
  • “The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks” 

And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!

Register for the Seminar !


Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.



SGS MEMBERS – RENEW BEFORE THE FALL SEMINAR!   Are you not sure whether or not you’ve renewed?  Go to Members Home and log in. If you see a green “Renew Membership” button, click it to renew your SGS membership for 2020-21. Pay your dues online with a credit/debit card or print out an invoice to mail with a check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329.

If you have never logged in before, or have a question or problem, send an email to: membership@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.

Now you’re ready to click on over to SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger and register at the member-discounted rate.

Thank you for your participation and continued support of SGS!

Not a member yet? Now is the time to join SGS and enjoy online programs and classes, discounted class and seminar registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Join SGS Now.  

SAVE THE DATE
Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference,
The National Nordic Museum, 
Ballard, Seattle, WA
September 26-27, 2020 


This 2020 virtual conference will be a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops that you can follow from anywhere in the world. Professional genealogists and subject matter experts from North America and the Nordic countries will share insights about family history research. Two live keynotes will be held on Saturday, September 26 and one live keynote will be held Sunday, September 27 via YouTube. All virtual materials are available to participants for a full year.

For more information or to register: 
https://www.nordicmuseum.org/genealogyconference

Dr Blaine Bettinger of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog, 
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar – Virtual,
Seattle, WA 
October 17, 2020 


We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Visit the SGS Website for more information and to register.   

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  

DNA Interest Group (Virtual), the  DNA Interest Group Workshop is meeting via Zoom. To be included you must be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link will be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handout. Chaired by Cary Bright and Craig Gowens
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  

Family Search Interest Group(Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens 


Saturday, Oct 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Second Saturday:  Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage? (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Lori Lee Sauber.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Scandinavian Interest Group (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Share information and discuss your ancestral research. Chaired by Karen Knudson. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Court Records

TIP OF THE WEEK –
393 MILLION U.S. COURT RECORDS
  Thanks to Dick Eastman for another great tip. Since he reported this resource a short time ago, there have been millions of records added – up 28 million records in just the last 30 days! Marriage, divorce, estate, probate, name change,  and adoption court records. 

This site it is completely free, no credit card, no sign ups, no advertising. 
The url is: 
https://www.judyrecords.com

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEWS RELEASE FROM AG BOB FERGUSON
CONCERNING THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN SEATTLE

The Washington Attorney General’s office sent out a news release on August 17, 2020, saying AG Bob Ferguson has “filed federal Freedom of Information Act lawsuits today against three agencies involved in the January decision to close the Federal Archives & Records Center in Seattle, sell the building and move the records stored there to facilities more than 1,000 miles away.”  Ferguson also sent a letter to the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB),informing them that he was prepared to file a lawsuit against them also if they do not produce the records he requested. 

Good to see the fight is active. You can read the entire news release here: https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-files-federal-lawsuits-against-three-agencies-failing-produce-records

SGS CENTENNIAL PLANNING
The 100th anniversary of the founding of Seattle Genealogical Society is rapidly approaching. We held our first planning meeting on Saturday, August 1st and we will hold monthly meetings throughout the remainder of 2020 and beyond. We will add a Centennial Planning page to our website and will post summaries of our meetings, ideas, plans and more. The purpose of the SGS Centennial is to: 

  • Celebrate SGS’s rich history
  • Educate the community about SGS
  • Increase its visibility & membership
  • Provide fundraising opportunities to support SGS    

Join us on Saturday, September 5th for our second planning session. Log on using this Zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86309400991?pwd=a2FEV2RWeDMraVkwQlpNZktyc29RQT0

We need to hear your voice, your ideas, and we welcome your participation. 

  LEARN HOW TO USE ZOOM
Want to attend our events this Fall but haven’t tried Zoom yet?

You can download Zoom following this easy online tutorial. Then join us for a short meeting to learn tips on how to attend meetings using Zoom. Log on using this Zoom link: Follow this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89906417856?pwd=M1NYbDd1SlZGL3hnMWs3bVJwWjVVZz09

If you have any difficulty downloading Zoom, email education@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org for assistance. Please note: if you plan to stay for the Centennial Planning Meeting, you will need to log out of the Zoom training session, then log on to the Centennial Meeting using the correct link.
ANOTHER OFFERING OF LEVEL 1 GENEALOGY
SGS is happy to announce the completion of the beta test for the course “Level 1: Basics and Beyond”. Kinks have been worked out with the materials, the content, and the technology. We thank our beta testers (aka alumni!) for their assistance. And, yes, this means we are now charging more for the course, reflecting the commitment of Valerie to the course and her students, and the high quality of the materials. Sign up now if you are interested in doing your family research the right way. The next class will begin on Tuesday, October 13th.  Check our Calendar of Events on the SGS website www.seagensoc.org for registration, fees and class schedule.
SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
The next SGS Membership Meeting will be held Saturday, September 12, 2020, at 12:30 PM. It will be an online, virtual meeting. Please see the Calendar of Events area on the SGS website for the Zoom link. 

The meeting will be followed by our Second Saturday Speaker Series at 1:00 pm. SGS Past President, Jill Morelli will present, “House Histories – The Intersection of Architecture and Genealogy”. Again, check the Calendar of Events area on the SGS website for details and the Zoom link. 


STORIES OF OUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – AUG 2020
As part of our commemoration of Women’s Suffrage, we are sharing women’s stories of 100 and more years ago. Each month we have featured a different woman’s story. For August, we are sharing the work of many volunteers. Washingtonians answered the call and have completed 57 biographical sketches of Washington women suffragists for the Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement, a crowd sourced biographical database of over 3,500 suffragists nationwide. You can read their fascinating stories here.  
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS***

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.

Saturday, Sept 5, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm,  Learn How to Use Zoom (Virtual), Want to attend our events this Fall, but you haven’t tried Zoom yet?  Please download Zoom ahead of time following the easy instructions in this online tutorial. Then join us for a short online meeting of tips on how to attend meetings using Zoom. If you have difficulty downloading Zoom, email  education@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  for assistance.   

Saturday, Sept 5, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Sept 6, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens 

Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back.  Learn and share tips and tricks for using Software MacKievWith Rob Sexton.


Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:00  pm,  SGS  Membership Meeting (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. 

Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm,  Second Saturday:  House Histories, the Intersection of Architecture and Genealogy (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Jill Morelli.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Genealogy Help

TIP OF THE WEEK –
4 SESSIONS OF GENEALOGY HELP

  For the next four Wednesday afternoons, folks needing assistance with their genealogical research have the opportunity to get some online help from volunteers from the Eastside Genealogical Society. This program is sponsored by Library Connection of Crossroads, Lake Hills Library, and Bellevue Library.

Want help? You need to register and set up an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Seats are limited and filling up, so hurry.

Wednesdays:  Aug 19, 2020  or   Aug 26, 2020
                     Sept 2, 2020   or   Sept 9, 2020

Go to the King County Library System website and Search the Events for Genealogy. Start here: 

https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/search/index

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS SPRING 2020 JOURNAL DELAYED

Due to the closure of the SGS Library as a result of the COVID-19 shutdown in Washington State, printing of the Spring 2020 Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society has been delayed. Depending on the circumstances, SGS plans to print the spring issue along with the upcoming fall/winter 2020 issue. If you have any questions, please contact:
publications@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

SUFFRAGE SPECIAL WHISTLE STOP TOUR! 
Did you know Washington women permanently won the right to vote in 1910, ten years before national women’s suffrage was enacted? 

Did you know the National American Woman Suffrage Association Convention was held right here in Seattle in July of 1909? 

The train many of the suffragists traveled on to reach the convention in Seattle was dubbed the “Suffrage Special”. Suffragists came from around the state, and around the nation. The “Suffrage Special” arrived in Washington State at Spokane and made stops en route to Seattle, gathering more suffragists along the way.

You are invited along on this virtual  Suffrage Special Whistle Stop Tour! Each day, from August 19th through August 26th, a new video will be posted on the “Washington Historical Society” Facebook page and the “Votes for Women Suffrage Centennial” Facebook page.

These daily video segments  are suitable for viewers of all ages. Each whistle stop segment will be hosted by a local historical organization and will explore women’s suffrage history and its legacy in their geographic region. Hop on board to learn more about the movement and the activists. 

The Facebook link is : https://www.facebook.com/suffrage100wa/ or, if you prefer, the Washington State Historical Society link is : 
https://www.washingtonhistory.org/


SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS***

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.

Saturday, Sept 5, 2020, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm,  

Learn How to Use Zoom (Virtual), Want to attend our events this Fall, but you haven’t tried Zoom yet?  Please download Zoom ahead of time following the easy instructions in this online tutorial. Then join us for a short online meeting of tips on how to attend meetings using Zoom. If you have difficulty downloading Zoom, email  education@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  for assistance.   

Saturday, Sept 5, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Sept 6, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens   

Seattle Genealogical Society News

HERB McDANIEL, VOLUNTEER OF SUMMER QUARTER

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our volunteer of the quarter. Our Volunteer for Summer 2020 Quarter is Herb McDaniel. 

Herb recently stepped down from co-chairing the DNA SIG. He is an alum of the University of Washington. As a space program systems engineering manager at Boeing, his career highlight was serving as the test conductor of the first Lunar Roving Vehicle, which went to the moon on Apollo 15. Prior to retirement in 1995, he became interested in genealogy and joined SGS.

Herb learned to do his genealogical research at the NARA Facilities on Sandpoint Way, searching through microfiche files of census data, and using the Soundex system to find similar sounding surnames. As more data was digitized, he bought a desktop application to build his family tree, and joined the SGS Computer SIG. Herb put together an extensive family tree for both his paternal, McDaniel, and maternal, Ryan, ancestral lines.

In 2005, DNA testing was beginning to be used to validate family lines. Herb and his wife, Darlene, tested with National Geographic, and later tested at Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, Ancestry DNA and My Heritage. By 2010, the SGS DNA SIG was forming so Herb joined it to learn more about using the various DNA tests. Following the untimely death of one of the DNA SIG founders, Herb volunteered to help Cary Bright as her co-chair.

For the past 9 years, Herb has been successful in using DNA testing to find biological parents of adoptees, as well as half siblings, and other relationships. He has been able to help both SGS members and DNA matches to himself and Darlene in their pursuits. But his biggest surprise was in 2017 as he assigned his DNA matches to his 4 grandparent lines. With over 50 close DNA matches at 3 companies, there were no matches in his maternal grandfather’s line. So he asked a known cousin in the line of his grandfather’s sister to test. The test showed that there were no shared DNA segments, indicating that Herb’s grandfather who raised him was not his biological grandfather. Herb contacted close DNA matches whom he had not been able to assign to one of his grandparents. One of these matches came from a family that had migrated to Saskatchewan to homestead at the same time his grandparents lived there. Canadian census data showed a member of this family lived in the same little town of about 100 people as his grandparents. Now armed with the name of a potential biological grandfather, Herb contacted 2 of the living sons. They agreed to test. The results showed that these 2 matches are younger half-brothers to Herb’s mother. Herb has subsequently been able to meet with his new half-uncles, and they have welcomed him into their family.

Thank you, Herb, for your years of service to the DNA SIG.   

SGS FALL EVENTS
The Seattle Genealogical Society is adhering to the Covid-19 safety precautions, so this Fall we will not be holding any in-person meetings at the SGS Library. Since last spring, we have been successful holding online events via Zoom and we will continue to offer you these quality programs – right in the comfort of your home.

We’ve been busy planning these upcoming educational events:

  • Second Saturday Presentations resume Sept 12
  • A Virtual Cemetery Tour in late Sept
  • Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger – Oct 17 (details being finalized)
  • Digging Deeper Workshop: “Finding Your Female Ancestors” on Nov 7
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Online classes
  • How to Use Zoom
  • And more!

To coordinate our upcoming Fall and Spring Seminars, we welcome Elizabeth Miller, our new Seminar Chair. Elizabeth has an extensive background in event planning and a lifelong passion for genealogy. While we say hello to Elizabeth, we say farewell for Lori Lee Sauber. Lori Lee did a stellar job as our Seminar Chair, including our last Spring Seminar with Dr. Fritz Juengling. Lori Lee is not entirely leaving us; she will be our Second Saturday presenter in October. 

SGS is not the only genealogical society going virtual. The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) 2020 Conference will be live, online on September 2nd. Speakers will include CeCe Moore, Thomas W. Jones, Ari Wilkins, Judy G. Russell, and Lisa Louise Cooke. All the details can be found here: https://fgs.org/annual-conference/

Check the SGS Calendar of Events on our website for details on all of our upcoming events. And stay connected on Facebook and by reading our eNews!

If you have a program you’d like SGS to offer, please contact Heidi Mair, Director of Education, education@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org      

STORIES OF OUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – JULY 2020
  As part of our commemoration of Women’s Suffrage, we are sharing women’s stories of 100 and more years ago. You may read all of the women’s stories on the SGS website: https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=125

This month, Lori Lee Sauber shares the story of her search for her Mayflower ancestors, utilizing the SGS Library collections. Lori Lee will reveal more details at her Second Saturday presentation on October 10, 2020.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.

Saturday, August 1, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Join in – help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate our centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Trello

TIP OF THE WEEK –
TRY TRELLO USERS GROUP 

  An unanticipated advantage to virtual meetings is it affords more people the opportunity to attend. On June 13, 2020, after the virtual SGS Membership Meeting, Lori Lee Sauber gave a well attended and well received presentation on how to use Trello to organize genealogical research. There were participants from as far away as Poulsbo, New Zealand, and England. 

By now, over a month later, if you haven’t yet dipped your toe into Trello, you may need help getting up to speed. Where do you turn?

There is a Facebook private group called Trello Users. To find them, use the search box within Facebook. Ask to join. Here is how they describe their group … a support group for existing users or personnel that wish to try Trello, but don’t know where to start. A group that you can ask any questions, share tips and anything related to Trello – free or paid.    

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS CENTENNIAL PLANNING MEETING

  On October 18, 1923, eight family history researchers got together with the mission of forming an active genealogical society and creating a genealogy library collection available to all Pacific Northwest researchers. That Society is Seattle Genealogical Society and those original members were : 

  • Alexander Craig Dermond
  • Eleanor M. Freeman
  • Elizabeth A. Hubbart
  • Susan M. Keppel
  • Lida R. McKercher
  • Harry Denton Moore
  • Alice V. Robinson
  • George E. Tilton 

Join us on Saturday, August 1, 2020, and help us make plans to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Seattle Genealogical Society, an important milestone. 

As you might suspect, and as has become the norm, this will be a virtual online Zoom meeting. The Zoom meeting id link can be found on the SGS website, under Calendar of Events. 


TRANSCRIBERS NEEDED FOR
ANTI-SLAVERY MANUSCRIPTS

Here’s an intriguing project. The Boston Public Library is asking for volunteers to transcribe documents in their Anti-Slavery Collection. Much of this collection is the handwritten correspondence of 19th century abolitionist leaders. 

In the late 1890s the family of William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist and editor of “The Liberator”, donated his letters and papers, dated from the 1830s-1870s, to the BPL. Others followed suit, and now the Boston Public Library has arguably the largest and most important collection of abolitionist material in the US – about 40,000 pieces of correspondence, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and memorabilia. Other anti-slavery activists with materials in this collection include the Weston sisters, Deborah Weston and Maria Weston Chapman, publisher of “The Liberty Bell”, Wendell Phillips, and many others.

The goal is to get this collection of handwritten documents transcribed into text so it can be indexed and searched, making it more easily read and researchable by students, teachers, historians, and electronic data applications.

If you would like to help by transcribing some of this collection, you can find instructions and sign up here:
https://www.antislaverymanuscripts.org/


SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS***

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events!