Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – FIX THAT INDEX!
  It’s finally here, and Family Search members are excited for the newest enhancement that allows for correction to names in the indexes on Family Search. If and when you find it necessary to correct an index record, you will be asked to provide an explanation for the correction and given a choice of two reasons :   

  • Indexed incorrectly  (such as misread of the original document) 

                              -or-

  • Wrong in the original document (such as nickname used)

Keep in mind that your correction does not override the information already on FamilySearch. Instead, you are providing additional information. The old index information remains intact. Your change, as well as the original information, are both searchable; therefore, allowing other members to more readily locate these persons. There could end up being several changes for the same record, so please edit carefully since multiple changes will muddy the waters. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

    TOM JONES RETURNS 
     SGS FALL SEMINAR
       OCTOBER 5 & 6, 2019

Back by popular demand, Seattle Genealogical Society is delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again.

The topic this year will be Creating Credible Conclusions While Circumnavigating Walls. Learn how to forge innovative paths around research brick walls with confidence and ethics.

Tom Jones is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation

In addition to the all-day seminar on Saturday, Oct 5th, Tom Jones will present two sessions of “Planning an Exhaustive Search” on Sunday, Oct 6th, at the SGS Library. The Sunday sessions are limited to 30 attendees each and seats are going fast!

Register by September 28, 2019 to avoid a late registration fee! 

Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by Mail
URGENT REQUEST FOR FALL RAFFLE DONATIONS!
We are requesting donations of goods or services for the Fall Seminar raffle (Oct 5th).  In the past, we have gratefully received items such as DNA kits, genealogy books, jewelry, ballet tickets, quilts, and genealogy tools.  Use your imagination.  Proceeds from the raffle support the SGS library, and donations are tax deductible.  Donated items can be sent or brought to the SGS library.  Please also send an email message to volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org telling us of your donation prior to mailing or delivering the item so we will be on the alert for its delivery.   Thank you for your support!
VOLUNTEER NEEDED   SGS has a policy to donate duplicate items in our library to other libraries that need them. We need a volunteer to locate libraries in need of these items by emailing the library and asking if they need the duplicates that we have available. The volunteer’s responsibilities would entail emailing, picking up and packaging of the items for shipping, and returning the packages to SGS.  This volunteer will work primarily from home. We will train interested person with more explanation of what is needed to be done. Please contact Linda Fitzgerald at the SGS Library (206) 522-8658 or  library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.      
SAVE THE DATETom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
Click here to Register Online Now
or Print a Brochure to Register by MailCGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 
  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.comSGS 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.

SEPTEMBER


Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 

Thursday, Sept 19, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 
Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, at Fairview Christian School.  The SGS Library will be closed so our volunteers may attend the seminar.  

Sunday, October 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop,  with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro. Saturday, October 12, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly. Rescheduled date & time due to the seminar on October 5.  

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – The New SGS Website , Learn how to log into the new web site and to use the new features; stay current with our events; access our research resources and add your family’s name to our surname registry. Facilitators: David Rimmer, Ann Wright, Christine Schomaker and Heidi Mair   Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group – meets quarterly with Karen Knudson. Share info and discuss researching your Scandinavian ancestors.   

Monday, October 14, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, WAY To Go! Workshop: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing  (Classes and Workshops) Online only; with Jill Morelli, CG. Session 1 (Pre Registration is Required). Write as you go is a method of writing reports
efficiently and accurately. By focusing your attention on a single research question coupled with other techniques learned in the program, this two session course will improve the efficiency of your product. Brick wall problems, client, and research reports benefit from this approach. There will be assignments. Maximum class size is 30 members, with priority given to SGS members. $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Learn more at http://sgsWAYtoGo.wordpress.com
Sign up for WAYtoGO!

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 

Thursday, October 17, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 7 of the 7 class series is “Intro to Advanced Techniques”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, October 26, 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@gmailSaturday, October 26, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 
Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Monday, October 28, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, WAY To Go! Workshop: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing  (Classes and Workshops) Online only with Jill Morelli, CG. Session 2 (Pre Registration is Required). See October 14th for complete description and links to additional information and registration. 
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
FREE ACCESS TO OLD YEARBOOKS 
Labor Day Weekend special! Ancestry has an indexed collection of middle school, junior high, high school, and college yearbooks from across the United States; yearbooks dated from 1900-1999. They are offering free access to this collection until Monday, September 2, 2019, 11:59 pm ET. With over 450,000 yearbooks and 62 million pages, see what you can find here.
  Speaking of yearbooks, do you know SGS has an extensive collection of Seattle area yearbooks? We have Roosevelt High School from 1923-1988.  We also have Franklin, Garfield, Queen Anne, and West Seattle High Schools, as well as University of Washington “Tyee” and Eckstein Jr High. Come browse through them. Our library is closed over Labor Day Weekend, but will reopen on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.   

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEW COURSE
WAYToGo!: A Methodology for Efficient 
Report Writing 

  Registration for the newest SGS online class opens September 1st! 
  Write as you go is a method of writing reports efficiently and accurately. SGS is calling their write as you go online course “WAYtoGO!” By focusing your attention on a single research question coupled with other techniques learned in the program, this two session course will improve the efficiency of your report writing while also increasing your accuracy and confidence in the final product. Brick wall problems, client, and research reports benefit from this approach. Sign up soon.    Course name: WAYtoGo!: A Methodology for Efficient Report Writing Dates: 14 and 28 October with an interim optional consult on 21 October. Time: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm PT Facilitator: Jill Morelli, CG Assignments: yes, there are assignments Maximum class size: 30, priority will be given to SGS members Cost: $40 for members, $50 for non-members
Registration:  Sign up for WAYtoGO!

  WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE IN YOUR FAMILY HISTORY
Next year the Seattle Genealogical Society will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage with educational events including lectures, workshops, articles, a resource guide, and an exhibit in our library.
 
What were your grandmothers’ or great-grandmothers’ lives like a century ago? 

Join us on a path of exploration.  Learn to access and use genealogical tools and techniques to successfully discover your female ancestors and write their stories. Through genealogy and family history, learn about the expanding civic role of women, explore the changes in women’s lives and that of their families and communities, culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment.

In the Fall of 2020, SGS plans to publish a special edition of our Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society with articles describing the changing roles of women’s lives from 1880-1920, especially in Washington state. We hope to hear the stories of your female ancestors; whether they resided in Washington state, or elsewhere. If your are interested in sharing a story, photo, or a genealogical gem, please contact Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, at : volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

We want to thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project.  For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/
  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
** Volunteer needed to sell used books at the Fall Seminar Book Sale on Saturday, October 5th  from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take money, make change, write up receipts in receipt book provided. Help pack books to be carted away after the Seminar. Membership Director, Christine Schomaker, will be available to help you and answer your questions. Contact Heidi Mair, volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

** Volunteer needed. We need someone willing to work from home to research libraries that might need copies of our SGS journals or newsletters. The volunteer will need to lookup contact information for the libraries, then contact them to see if they need a copy of any of our past newsletters or journals. If they do, the volunteer will pick up the item(s) from the SGS Library Committee, package and return the item(s) to the SGS Library, where they will be shipped out. The interested person will be thoroughly trained. Please contact Linda Fitzgerald at the SGS Library (206) 522-8658 or  library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org   
  WAKAMATSU PILGRIMAGE
Coming up is the second biennial pilgrimage to the site of the first large settlement of Japanese in America. A national and state historic landmark, the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Farm Colony, Placerville, CA,  was established June 8, 1869 as the first Japanese colony in the U.S. It is also the birthplace of first Japanese American, and the gravesite of the first Japanese woman buried in the U.S., Okei Ito. For more information: 
https://www.nichibei.org/wakamatsu-pilgrimage/       SAVE THE DATE
  Tom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
 
CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 


The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com   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. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 through September 2.
  SEPTEMBER Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com  Thursday, Sept 19, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
  OCTOBER Saturday, October 5, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, at Fairview Christian School.  The SGS Library will be closed so our volunteers may attend the seminar.  

Sunday, October 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop,  with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.  Saturday, October 12, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly. Rescheduled date & time due to the seminar on October 5.  

Saturday, October 12, 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm, SGS Fall Membership Meeting

Saturday, October 12, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – topic TBD  

Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group – meets quarterly with Karen Knudson. Share info and discuss researching your Scandinavian ancestors.   

Tuesday, October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 7 of the 7 class series is “Intro to Advanced Techniques”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, October 26, 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 Saturday, October 26, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, October 26, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
FREE MILITARY GENEALOGY WORKSHOP    On Sunday, September 15, 2019, at 1:00 PM, the Puget Sound Navy Museum in Bremerton, WA is offering this free workshop that is open to the public.  

“Uncover your Sailor’s story through military records! Join our curator to learn about researching military service records, with a focus on records available from the National Archives” is how the workshop is described on their Facebook Page.  

While the workshop is free, an RSVP is requested. Please RSVP on Facebook, or to Curator.PSNM@Navy.mil or (360) 627-2452 by Friday, September 13, 2019. 
  The Puget Sound Navy Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public. 

Currently it is open daily from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. There are programs for children as well as adults.  Search for Puget Sound Navy Museum on Facebook, or visit their website, www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org/ 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS WEBSITE TEAM,
 VOLUNTEERS OF SPRING QUARTER

  Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our volunteer of the quarter. Our volunteer for Spring 2019 Quarter is the entire SGS Website Team. 

This amazing team of volunteers have put together a fabulous website for the Seattle Genealogical Society. The Society hired ENS (Easy Net Sites) to build the website; however, ENS needed our people to assemble the content. This Team has worked many hours to get the basic structure, wording and content ready for the Easy Net Site company to do their work and release the website. The new Seattle Genealogical Society website can be found at: www.seagensoc.org

The SGS Website Team members are:

David Rimmer – SGS Director of Technology 

David was the team leader and Easy Net Sites liaison.

David has been researching his ancestors for 20 years and has been a member of Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) for 10 years. Besides serving as our Director of Technology David has helped out with the Irish Festival twice and the Highland Games. His biggest success in genealogical research has been to get all his first cousins to take a DNA test, since all their parents are deceased and David is an only child.

Ann Wright: Webmaster 

Ann was responsible for technical support, the work plan, and organization.

Ann has been doing genealogy for many years and has been a member of SGS for 7 years. Ann has volunteered primarily in the Library and was Library Director from 2015-2018. In 2016, she became an assistant to the newly formed Director of Technology and continues to work in that capacity. Ann’s success in her research has been in finding an immigrant, Benjamin Thwing, who came to the US in 1639 and is an ancestor of Ann’s mother.

Christine Schomaker: SGS Director of Membership 

Membership is a major element of the new website.

Christine started doing her genealogy research about 60 years ago at the age of 8. She has been a Society member for 22 years. She has been busy as a volunteer for those 22 years acting as a Desk Volunteer, Director of Operations, Director of Library, Treasurer, Director of Membership, Seminar Book Sales, Webmaster, 2011 Website Committee, Seminar and Class Registrar.

Her genealogical experience has included many exciting “aha” moments. Several occurred while piecing together a documented, original lineage of her Virginia great-grandmother Octavia (Elliot) Harlan. She has made it back four generations to James Elliot (c1715-1783) of Wells and Brunswick, Maine, and continues to document a previously uncompiled genealogy of his descendants.
 
Julia Marconi: Former SGS Director of Publications

Julia was in charge of marketing, the look and feel of website, the style standards and acted as backup webmaster.

Julia has been pursuing her ancestors for many years. She has been a long-time member of SGS and has held the positions of President and Publications Director. She has been responsible for getting the Journal of the Seattle Genealogical Society assembled and published. She recently retired from publishing the SGS Journal, but still assists in the compilation of it.

Heidi Mair: SGS Director of Volunteers

Heidi was responsible for events, the calendar, and training.

Heidi has been researching her family for 50 years, but more intensely in the past 8 years. She has been a member of SGS for 2 years and has volunteered as Director of Volunteers, Outreach, Desk Volunteer, and Seminar; wherever she was needed. Heidi has written about her Ohio family and was published by the Ohio Genealogical Society last winter. Congratulations, Heidi. 

Janice Lovelace: SGS Director of Education 

The Classes, Events and Special Interest Groups sections on the website were the responsibilty of Janice. 

Janice has been doing genealogy since the early 1990s and has been an active SGS member for about 7 years. She served as VP for two years and is currently serving as Education Chair for her second year. For Janice, the most difficult research challenge, and the most rewarding, was being able to identify slaveholders for her maternal great-grandparents.

We are pleased to honor this Team as the Volunteer of the Quarter and really appreciate all the hard work they did to get the new website operational.
  TRACING PEOPLE THROUGH
TIME & SPACE USING TIMELINES 
Most people are familiar with timelines from taking history in high school. Genealogists, however, can utilize this seemingly commonplace tool to very good effect in their research. Need to know how your ancestor got from one place to another? Trying to sort out several different individuals with the same name? Wanting to understand how your ancestor fit in with major and minor historical events? Come learn how timelines can help answer these and a number of other family history research questions!

Mary Kathyrn Kozy will be the presenter on this topic for our Second Saturday Speaker Series, September 14th, at the SGS Library, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm. 
SGS FALL MEMBERSHIP MEETING For this year 2019,  the SGS Fall Membership Meeting will be on the 2nd Saturday in October from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM,  immediately preceding the Second Saturday Speaker Series presentation.  Hope to see you then, Saturday, October 12th, from 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM at the SGS Library.    SAVE THE DATE
  “2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 


As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org   Tom Jones – Guest Speaker, 
SGS 2019 Fall Seminar,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA 
October 5-6, 2019 

  Back by popular demand! We are delighted to have Dr. Tom Jones visit Seattle once again. Tom is an award-winning genealogical researcher, writer, editor, and educator. He has co-edited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, and he is the author of the textbooks Mastering Genealogical Proof and Mastering Genealogical Documentation
  Registration information is coming soon! Save the date!!  
CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 


The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com
  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. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
  AUGUST
  Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, “SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants.  Sign Up for Cemetery Tour
  SEPTEMBER Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com  Thursday, Sept 19, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
HELP WITH YOUR OLD PHOTOS  

On our Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group Facebook page, a member posted this question, “I’m wondering if there’s a safe process for bringing out what’s written on the back of old photograph cardboard stock that the photo was mounted on. Looks like maybe pencil”.  

Several members replied they have had luck scanning the back of the photograph at the highest resolution possible and then using a photo editing application to adjust the contrast and brightness, etc. Possibly with this technique, you will be able to make out what was written on the back of that precious old photograph. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR
 SGS FAMILY HISTORY WRITING CONTEST

  We admit we didn’t get very many submissions so we would like to extend the deadline for submission of your family history story to August 21, 2019. Here are the “rules”:
  1. 500 to 5000 words.
  2. Stories, poems etc. are all acceptable, but should be your original work. If the piece has been published before, the approval of that organization to re-publish by SGS is necessary (your responsibility to get). Items submitted in the previous SGS FHWC and not selected for publication can be reworked and resubmitted. The author retains the copyright in all cases.
  3. You do not need to be a member to submit. Board members of SGS are not allowed to submit, but former Board members are.
  4. Cite the facts, but since these are usually personal stories, there are few needed.
  5. Decision of the judges is final.
  6. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions. Others may be selected for publication.   Submit to publications@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org by end of the day on August 21, 2019.
   LOG IN AT THE NEW SGS WEBSITE! Have you checked out our new website yet? Lots to see, including a detailed listing of upcoming programs and interest group meetings for the next several months. Go to https://seagensoc.org

SGS Members – Log in at the new website to access exclusive SGS publications and databases, enter your family research names in the new SGS Surname Registry, and, if you haven’t already, renew your membership for 2019-20. 

Go to Members Home and log in to your account. If you have not logged in before, follow the instructions there under “Login Problems?”. You will need to get your login name and then set your password.

After logging in, you will see an expiration notice if you have not yet renewed. Go to Member Profile and click the green “Renew Membership” button. A dues invoice will be created that you may pay right away with your credit/debit card, or print out and mail with a check to SGS.

Not a member yet? Join us during our 96th year in support of the SGS Library and family history research in our community. Click Join SGS Now.
SGS SURNAME REGISTRY Have you ever wanted to collaborate with other SGS members? Have you wondered if another member has a similar research area?

Our new website has a great feature: SGS Member Surname Registry. The registry is viewable by both members and non-members, but only SGS members may add to the list.

Find the registry by selecting Research and Databases from the menuon the left side of the Home Page (https://seagensoc.org). From the list of databases, select #3. SGS Member Surname Registry. A new page will open with the surnames currently added to our growing database. You can view more details for any entry by selecting the “eye” icon, or you can message the member by selecting the email “envelope” icon. You will be routed to the Surname Inquiry Emailer. Follow the instructions to write a message on the secure website system. (We cannot guarantee that you will receive a response.)

SGS Members – When a researcher finds a matching name in the registry, they may send an email to you through the secure website system. They will not have access to your name and contact information unless you reply to their email. To add your research names to the registry go to Members Home and log in. Then open your Member Profile and go to the “Surnames” tab. Click on the “plus” icon to create a surname record. Create a separate record for each surname.    
SAVE THE DATE
  “2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 


As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org


CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 


The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com
  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. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
  AUGUST
Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 5 of the 7 class series is “Using GEDmatch and 3rd Party Tools”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com
Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, “SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants.  Sign Up for Cemetery Tour
  SEPTEMBER
Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 
Thursday, Sept 19, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
 

New Blog Banner Photos Posted

Picnic Point on Puget Sound near Edmonds, Washington. Photo by Sue Schack Jensen, Seattle.

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you — and Sue Schack Jensen, Library Director at the Seattle Genealogical Society. Sue recently sent us three beautiful scenic photos of Picnic Point on the Puget Sound near Edmonds.

We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner. It’s easy — just send a Washington State jpg image to wsgsblog@wasgs.org with a description of the photo. The blog masters will take care of the rest!