Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – AMERICAN ANCESTORS.ORG 

Ancestry, fold3, and Newspapers.com are not the only research database websites available for use on the computers in our SGS Library.

Founded in 1845, the NEHGS (New England Historic Genealogical Society) is a leading resource for family history research, with expertise ranging from 17th-century colonial New England through 20th-century immigration research. Their website, AmericanAncestors.org, is a online repository for more than 1 billion searchable names from America and beyond. SGS subscribes to AmericanAncestors.org and it is available for your use on the patron computers in the SGS Library. Come in to see what you can find.

Hours at the SGS Library are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5:00pm.

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SGS LAUNCHES SGS TV!
Are you unfamiliar with all the Seattle Genealogical Society Library has to offer? Are you planning your first trip to our library, and want to know what to expect?Take a look at our YouTube video postings. In this new initiative, Sue Jensen, Director of the SGS Library, gives you a quick tour, pointing out the features of our library holdings. In another short video, Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, outlines some of the many ways to become engaged with the Society. Stay tuned for future videos which will highlight our unique holdings and how to use them.
Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa9HwzVg-5JKX_rEhjcUJdw , or go to YouTube (free, no registration necessary) and search for Seattle Genealogical Society..

RARE BOOK FIND!“Panthermen” I Salute You, written by Major General H.F. Kramer is a rare find that was donated to our Library this summer. It is a compilation of the “40,000 Black Panthers of the 66th Infantry Division” of the US Army during World War II. It includes a brief history of the Panther Veteran’s Association with photos and then a long list of infantrymen that were part of the historic missions against Hitler during the war with Germany. As far as we know, the only other available copy is at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. This book has found a home in our rare book cabinet and is available for your inspection. Stop by and ask to see it.”Panthermen” I Salute You – by Major General H. F. Kramer

COMING BACK IN SEPTEMBER

Our popular Second Saturday Series will resume in September with the presentation “Beyond the Pie Chart: Making the Most of Autosomal DNA” by Karin Borgerson. Join us on Saturday, September 8th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the SGS Library. While DNA testing companies emphasize bioregional (ethnicity) estimates in their marketing campaigns, but there is so much more to autosomal DNA than the pie chart! This talk will briefly address the benefits and limitations of bioregional estimates, but most of the presentation will focus on the more valuable part of the results—the DNA matches.

Also on the schedule that Saturday, from 10:15 am-12:15 pm, is (FTM) the Family Tree Makers User Group. They will meet in this second Saturday time slot every other month – Sept 2018, Nov 2018, Jan 2019, Mar 2019 – the odd months. Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey are leading this group.

 

PHOTO DETECTIVE

 

Maureen Taylor, the nationally known “Photo Detective”, is coming to Bellevue on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Her three presentations will help you date old photographs and possibly identify the people in them. The cost is only $25 and registration before September 1st is highly recommended.

Following the presentations, and for an additional cost, private consultations with Maureen are available.

This Eastside Genealogical Society event will be held on Saturday, September 15, at the Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Road SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. Free parking and doors open at 9 am with presentations from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Additional info at :
https://eastsidegenealogicalsociety.com/save-the-date/
SAVE THE DATE

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
https://stillygen.org/cpage.php?pt=50
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :
https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see www.pusogensoc.org/psgs/seminar2018

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

 

There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :

https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs

 

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The SGS Library will closed September 2-4 for Labor Day.

AUGUST

Sunday, August 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, “Digging Deeper Workshop: The Genealogical Proof Standard” with Jill Morelli, This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on.  As this is a beta test workshop, we will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

SEPTEMBER

Saturday, September 8, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) Family Tree Users Group, Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey co-leaders, this group will begin meeting on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Sept 2018, Nov 2018, Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, September 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Beyond the Pie Chart: Making the Most of Autosomal DNA, presenter Karin Borgerson

Sunday, September  9, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson

Saturday, September 15, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, September 15, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Monday, September 24, 10:30 am – 7:00 pm,  SGS Volunteer Recognition Day, the Board of Directors will host a Volunteer Appreciation Day for all 2017-2018 volunteers. Refreshment and a raffle. Stop by for an hour, or stay for the whole day! No need to RSVP.

Saturday, September 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information
contact SGSDNASIG@gmail

SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
A GREAT RESOURCE FOR WESTERN
NORTH CAROLINA RESEARCH: the BGSOTC

A terrific genealogical society, the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, has published abstracts of many of the surviving documents in western North Carolina. Tryon County was created in 1769 and in 1779 its name was changed to Lincoln County. While Old Tryon County no longer exists, it included the geographic area that is now Rutherford, Cleveland, Lincoln, and Gaston counties of North Carolina, and Cherokee and York Counties of South Carolina, plus portions of several NC and SC counties that border these counties – A LARGE AREA.

This wonderful society’s publication, Bulletin of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County (BGSOTC for short) began in 1973, and its issues contain abstracts of all types of records – wills, deeds, court records, family histories, etc. – from all of the counties listed above.

It gets better! They’ve created an every-name index for the issues of the BGSOTC from 1992 to the present, and placed it online at http://www.oldtryon.com/

If you have ancestors in this part of western NC or upper SC, check out this index. You can search for your ancestors from the comfort of home!

SGS has BGSOTC issues from 1998 to the present, so if you find one of your ancestors in the online index, the issue may well be in our collection.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

YOUR CHANCE TO ASK THE EXPERTS

Seattle Genealogical Society is partnering with the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG) to host an “Ask the Experts” event!

Participants can sign up for a free 20-minute consultation with a professional genealogist. The professional will offer guidance on how to move forward with a research question, which might be just what you need to get past a brick wall!

Space is limited, but there are some spaces will available! Get your request in soon. Consultations will be assigned in the order received. Please sign up by Thursday, August 2nd using this link:
https://goo.gl/forms/voi5DqEZQLFzcjI13

AN UPGRADE AT THE SGS LIBRARY

Did you know that when you access Ancestry.com at the Seattle Genealogical Library you can now get FULL access to Newspapers.com? Well, it is true! We have upgraded our membership in order to provide this wonderful resource to our patrons. Remember, you must use the Patron Computers IN the Library in order to access the full Newspapers.com.  We are looking forward to seeing your smiling face as you find what you need in our library.

DIGGING DEEPER WORKSHOP: THE GPS

The Genealogical Proof Standard, or GPS, serves as a guide to our genealogical work, but it is probably the most misunderstood of the many genealogical principles that apply to our everyday work. This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on. You should be able to identify one individual with some known facts that make him/her unique in the world. This is a beta test workshop. We will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

Mark your calendar. This workshop will take place at the SGS library on Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.   

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION DAY
SEPTEMBER 24, 2018

10:30 AM – 7:00 PM

 

The Board of Directors will host a Volunteer Appreciation Day for all SGS volunteers at the library. Volunteers of the Quarter for 2017-2018 will be recognized, the Board of Directors will be on hand to celebrate your hard work and achievements and help with your genealogical questions. Raffle includes a DNA test kit and more!
Stop by for an hour or so, or stay for the whole day! No need to RSVP. Refreshments will be provided.

If you want to volunteer for SGS contact volunteers@seagensoc.org
UNLOCK THE PAST IN SEATTLE
SEPTEMBER 6, 2018

 

Seattle Genealogical Society will have a table at Unlock the Past In Seattle – a full day seminar at the Seattle Public Library on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Presenters at this event include Blaine Bettinger, Dr Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard.
For additional information, check out their web site:  https://www.utpinseattle.com/

SGS is seeking volunteers to staff our table for 2 – 3 hours each. If interested, contact Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers at volunteers@seagensoc.org.

 

SAVE THE DATE

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
https://stillygen.org/cpage.php?pt=50
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :
https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see www.pusogensoc.org/psgs/seminar2018

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

 

There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :

https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs

 

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

AUGUST

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am – 2:00pm, “Ask the Experts” Event, led by members of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG). See the article in the June 30, 2018 eNews! for more info.  Registration required. Please sign up by Thursday, August 2 using this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/voi5DqEZQLFzcjI13

Sunday, August 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00pm, “Digging Deeper Workshop: The Genealogical Proof Standard” with Jill Morelli, This intensive session will look at all five elements of the GPS, dissecting each one individually and then collectively to gain a better understanding of its application and benefit. Foundational vocabulary will be covered. This is an interactive workshop so bring a research question of your own to work on.  As this is a beta test workshop, we will stop in the middle of the session and have a debrief of the effectiveness of the exercises.

 

SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!

Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
THE BEST SOURCE FOR FINDING
PROBATE CASES & DIVORCE RECORDS
IN KING COUNTY, 1881-1980

The King County Court Cases Index, 1881-1980 (KC3I, for short) is an SGS database, created by SGS volunteers a decade ago.

This database contains every divorce and every probate case that occurred in King County between 1881 and 1980.

So if you have roots in King County, be sure to check this database!  All you need to do is to request a search via our website; we typically respond within 24-48 hours.

See the SGS website at http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/kc3i for more information, or to complete a look-up request online. This service is free to current SGS members.

One caveat: Because of the source from which it was created, the SGS KC3I is a subset of the Superior Court Cases of King County. Our index was compiled using records collected by the Seattle branch of Chicago Title Company.  They were required by law to record every court case that might affect a person’s right to clear title of property. Thus our index includes all probate cases, divorces, and mental competency hearings occurring in King County Superior Court; it does not contain criminal cases, marriages, adoptions, or other types of cases that have no bearing on one’s right to clear title of property.

Remember, too, that this is an INDEX of cases, not the case records themselves; those reside at the King County Court Clerk’s office.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

WASHINGTON STATE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
RECOGNIZES REILEY KIDD

Thirty local genealogical society members were honored as Outstanding Volunteers at the Washington State Genealogical Society Annual Meeting in Vancouver, WA, on May 26, 2018.

Congratulations to Reiley Kidd, who was nominated by the Seattle Genealogical Society as our recipient of a 2018 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award! Reiley was selected for his steadfast support of numerous SGS projects.

Reiley has been a member of SGS for over 30 years. He served on our Board of Trustees, as both Secretary and Library Trustee. Under his leadership, the society’s policies and procedures were revamped and the hard files of the organization were placed “in the cloud”. Currently he leads the Family Tree Maker SIG, writes grant applications, and coordinates the KC3I (King County Court Cases Index, 1881 – 1980) queries,  handling over 300 requests for case file information.

Committed to giving back to the society for the years of services he participated in, Mr. Kidd likes to “find things for people”, whether it is a King County Court case file number, or helping a prison inmate find the Civil War record of his ancestor.

Mr. Kidd is a respected and diligent member of the SGS, and so richly deserves this recognition.  Again, congratulations to Reiley.
HELP WANTED! HELP NEEDED!!

SGS needs more volunteers to man the SGS booth at the 72nd Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games, Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29, in Enumclaw. If you can help, please contact Jean Roth, jeanaroth@juno.com or (206) 782-2629.

–  COME LISTEN TO THE BAGPIPES – WATCH THE DANCERS –
– HELP SGS PROMOTE GENEALOGY –

ABOUT OUR LIBRARY AND BOOK SALES

The SGS Library has a wonderful team of volunteers doing various work in the Library, from binding books, sorting and cataloging periodicals, archiving donated genealogical collections to scanning and digitization work. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at our Library every week.

We are fortunate that the Library receives many donations. Sometimes the books donated are duplicates of ones we already have in our collection. If SPL (Seattle Public Library) or Fiske Genealogical Library does not have them in their collection, then we send them to those libraries. If SPL and Fiske do have them, then we put them on our “Book Sale” shelves in the SGS Library for a very good price. This is an excellent way to increase your personal genealogical library by searching through our “Sale Books” shelves to see if there is something that you can use. We NEVER sell any books from our permanent collection, because we want you to be able to come to the Library to use them. Seattle Genealogical Society Library is a useful resource, come in and see us.

We also sell our duplicate books on eBay. Dona Bubelis is a trusted volunteer in the Library who is our eBay Sales Manager. She has generated over $200 year-to-date in sales for the Library. Not only does she put the duplicate books on sale on eBay, she also packages and mails them for us. She spends much time searching to see if these books will be good buys for people. Her work is much appreciated; thank you, Dona.

 

SAVE THE DATE

72ND Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games,
Enumclaw Expo Center,
​Enumclaw, WA
SATURDAY, JULY 28 – SUNDAY, JULY 29 

Come Hear the Bagpipes – Watch the Dancers – Visit a Clan Booth – Visit the SGS Booth.

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
https://stillygen.org/cpage.php?pt=50
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :
https://www.unlockthepastcruises.com/

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see www.pusogensoc.org/psgs/seminar2018

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30

 

There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :

https://kdgswix.wixsite.com/kdgs

 

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

JULY

Saturday, July 21, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, July 21, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth
AUGUST

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am – 2pm, “Ask the Experts” Event, led by members of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG). See the article in the June 30, 2018 eNews! for more info.  Registration required. Please sign up by Sunday, July 29 using this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/voi5DqEZQLFzcjI13

 

SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the WEEK

TIP OF THE WEEK – TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AT FAMILYSEARCH.ORG

FamilySearch recently announced a milestone. Their online databases of digitized historical documents now contain more than 2 billion images! These are historical records from all over the world – including Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, North America, the Pacific, as well as other regions.

And more images are being added weekly. In the quest to to become fully digitize, their microfilms are being scanned at a rate of 1,000 films per business day.  If you haven’t used FamilySearch.org for research recently,  it might be time to take another look.

One way to stay abreast of record collections that have recently been digitized or indexed at FamilySearch is by reading their online blog.  Scroll down through the articles posted looking for articles titled similar to this,  “New Records on FamilySearch: Week of June 4, 2018”.  Read the full story and it will contain a list of new digitized collections or new indexed collections.

Here are some recent additions Washingtonians may be interested in :

WA, Western District, Naturalizations Records, 1853-1957 – newly indexed
WA, Pierce County Marriage Returns, 1891-1938 – newly indexed
WA, Soldier Home Records, 1891-1945 – newly digitized images-no index

The URL to get to the blog is :
https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/
SGS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL – IT’S NOT TOO LATE!
Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Seattle Genealogical Society News

JANICE LOVELACE,
VOLUNTEER OF SPRING QUARTER

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Spring Volunteer of the Quarter is Janice Lovelace, current Director of Education at SGS.

Janice has been an SGS member for over five years and a volunteer for most of that time. Janice brings a strong academic and teaching background to her volunteer work at SGS. She taught college-level social sciences for more than 30 years. Most of her teaching experience focused on Psychology and she also taught American Cultural Studies.

In 2012, Janice completed the Certificate in Genealogy and Family History at University of Washington (Professional and Continuing Education) and in 2013, she completed the Certificate in Genealogical Research at Boston University. Since 2013, Janice has been lecturing nationally at Genealogical conferences on a wide variety of topics and she is known as an expert on African-American genealogy. She authored National Genealogical Society’s course CGS: African American Roots: A Historical Perspective. Janice is also an instructor for Midwest African American Genealogical Institute. Janice’s presentations for SGS have been on the subjects of Beginning Genealogy, African-American Genealogy, How to Use Newspapers,  and Using the Census, as well as many others.

Janice served as Vice President of the SGS Board of Directors for two years, then served on the Education Committee last year. She helped implement and plan the Second Saturday Speaker Series which launched in September 2017. One goal of the Speaker Series is to bring people to the library to learn about and use our space, increase member participation, reach out to the wider community and provide a variety of educational experiences on a consistent basis. The series has been popular, with an audience of 20 – 40 people at each presentation. Janice was recently elected Director of Education and hopes to continue building a consistent educational program for SGS. The Speaker Series will be on hiatus this summer but watch for upcoming presentations on the SGS website:
http://www.seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

In addition to her work as a teacher, lecturer, and volunteer for SGS, Janice has been on a variety of boards focusing on women’s and health issues. In her spare time, Janice enjoys gardening, growing and using herbs, cooking, spending time with grandkids, traveling, reading and writing. Two of her favorite and more recent trips were to New Zealand and Ireland. Janice enjoys photographing the natural beauty she observes on her travels.

If you have not been to one of our Second Saturday Speaker Series, join us at the SGS Library when the series resumes in September. Thank you Janice for your contributions to the continued excellence in our educational programs.

SEATTLE CENTRAL SCHOOL

INDEXING PROJECT
Many years ago, members of Seattle Genealogical Society made copies of pages of lists of students of the Seattle Central School in 1906-1907 and 1907-1908 school years. In most cases, each page contains the students in a particular class, for instance, Mrs. Tomas’s 1st grade class in 1906-1907.

We would like to make these handwritten lists available to researchers, which requires indexing of names to establish a searchable database. Our indexing project is to capture the names of all the students in a given class. Only the names of the students are to be indexed, so it will go very fast. The other information (parent name, address)  will be viewable by researchers by viewing the page image.  Since these lists cover years between census this data can be valuable to researchers.

We invite all who wish to participate in indexing from the comfort of your own home to join us in indexing this valuable set of records.
The project is available on the Crowd Source Indexing website and can be found by “Viewing All Projects” and selecting Seattle Geographical Location. For those new to indexing, simply register on the website, join the SGS group, find the available projects and you are ready to index. Please be sure to read the projects instructions before starting the project.
‘ASK THE EXPERTS’ EVENT AT SGS ON AUGUST 12
Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) is partnering with the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG) to host an “Ask the Experts” event!
This event will take place at the SGS library (6200 Sand Point Way NE) on Sunday, August 12, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm.
Participants can sign up for a free 20-minute consultation with a professional genealogist. The professional will offer guidance on how to move forward with a research question, which might be just what you need to get past a brick wall!
Space is limited, and consultations will be assigned in the order received.
Please sign up by Sunday, July 29 using this link:  https://goo.gl/forms/voi5DqEZQLFzcjI13

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Seattle Genealogical Society Programs

PROGRAMS AT THE SGS LIBRARY THIS WEEKEND   

This coming Saturday, June 23, the SGS Membership Meeting will be held at the SGS library from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. A short SGS business meeting will be followed with  a presentation by Claudia C Breland, professional genealogist and author.  Many individuals researching genealogy feel that everything is online now. That is far from the truth. Claudia found some amazing records that are not online, and may never be online. She wants to share her insight with you in this lecture,  “Beyond the Internet: Finding Family History Records That Are Not Online”.
Then on Sunday, June 24, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, SGS president, Jill Morelli will present “FamilySearch: The Other 70%”. Did you know that when you do a surname search in FamilySearch you are only accessing 30% of the digitized records? FamilySearch is putting records online faster than they are indexing. Learn how to find the other 70% of valuable online records. This skill has become even more important since FamilySearch discontinued their microfiche film loan program last year.
Hope to see you at the SGS library Saturday and Sunday!
ABERDEEN ARMORY FIRE RECOVERY EFFORTS
You may have heard the Aberdeen Museum of History suffered a major disaster and they need help in their recovery efforts; lots and lots of help. We received the plea below by email. If you can lend assistance, contact Lupita Lopez of the Washington State Archives directly via the phone number or email she provided.

Subject: Emergency Salvage Effort

Please excuse the second e-mail from the Heritage League today, but as you may have heard the Aberdeen Museum of History suffered a major disaster and needs our help!

You might have heard about the fire on Saturday that destroyed the Aberdeen Armory, which housed the Aberdeen Museum of History.  Our Archives Division is working with the local historical society to assist in salvaging efforts.  Steve and his team brought back dozens of boxes today filled with waterlogged photos, documents and film.  They are in need of “volunteers” from across our office the next couple of days to help sort this material.

We are in the need of volunteers and putting the message out with the historical society will help.  The plan is to continue working on Saturday & Sunday, plus next week until all the boxes are done.  There may be possible traffic issues on the weekend due to Olympia Air Show.

Volunteers can contact me by email or phone and I provide more information.

Pictures:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wastatearchives/sets/72157697959172845

Thank you for your help,

Lupita Lopez
Washington State Archives
Research Services
1129 Washington St. SE
PO Box 40238
Olympia, WA 98504
360.586.1492
llopez@secstate.wa.gov

http://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/
Business Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –

1937-1972 Property Record Cards

If you are doing genealogical research of ancestors in the Puget Sound area, check out the kind of records available to you at the Puget Sound Regional Branch of the Washington State Archives in Bellevue, WA.  From King, Kitsap, and Pierce counties, there are dozens of different kinds of records available; some quite unique.

One of the most popular record sets is the King County 1937-1972 property record cards for historical house photographs and property records.

The Puget Sound Regional Branch is open Wednesday through Friday, and by appointment only. They do welcome voice mail and email requests, and that may be all you need. They will send, or email, the documents they located for you. The records accompanying the photograph will include some ownership information, generally back to 1937, sometimes further back.  If you would like earlier information, it might be possible to schedule a time for you to view the earlier tax records.

They cannot look up records with only a street address. You will need the property tax ID number, or a legal description. Once I had no tax id to give them as the 1900 house and its address no longer exists (at some point in time it was replaced by a condo development), but I gave them a tax id of a house that I determined to be near by the old house, and the property legal description I found in the old Sanborn Insurance Maps at the downtown Seattle Public Library. They were able to find me photographs and pages of information on the original 1900 house.

You may contact Puget Sound Regional Branch Archives by voice mail at (425) 564-3940, or by email at PSBranchArchives@sos.wa.gov

Their website is :
https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/archives_puget.aspx