Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week 2020

TIP OF THE WEEK – FOLD3 NEW UK RECORDS
  If you have an ancestor who may have served in the military of the United Kingdom between 1806-1915, be sure to check out the collection recently added to FOLD3, “UK, Militia Attestation Papers, 1806-1915”.

Fold3 explains Attestation Form data was collected on the soldier at the time of recruitment. It forms a record of military service for those who fought in conflicts during  the 1806-1915 time period. The Attestation Paper contains a wealth of information about the soldier such as parish, town, and county of birth, address at the time of enlistment, age, trade or job, a physical description of the soldier, as well as the name and address of next of kin. The files list military service rendered and whether a soldier was wounded or received medals or decorations. Quite often the date of discharge is noted.  The collection is arranged alphabetically under regiments and in order of seniority.

If you don’t have a Fold3 subscription of your own, come into the SGS Library and access it via one of our patron computers.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE DECADE

Welcome to 2020! Seattle has already had its first snowfall of the decade. Here’s a reminder that while normal operating hours for the SGS Library are Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, during times of inclement weather the SGS Library may be closed. During icy, snowy, excessively windy or stormy weather, call in first to make sure we are open. Our phone# is 206 522-8658.     CALLING FOR INTERESTED CANDIDATES 
FOR SGS ELECTION 2020-2021

As we move toward the upcoming SGS election in April 2020, we are seeking candidates for SGS officer and director positions. SGS is a member-driven and volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members and welcome anyone interested to let us know of your interest in any of these positions:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Library
  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of Publications
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Director of Technology
  • Director of Social Media
  • Nominating Committee (six positions, for 2021-2022 election)

Short descriptions of the duties associated with these positions can be found on the SGS website at: https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=93

New officers and directors will assume their offices in early June 2020. If you have questions regarding these positions, the outgoing directors of these offices are more than willing to discuss the position responsibilities. The new Nominating Committee members (also voted on by the membership) will not start their work until Fall 2020 in preparation for the 2021-2022 elections. 

If you have any questions or are interested in any of these positions. please email nominations@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org or call the main SGS phone# 206 522-8658 and leave a message.

HOW YOU CAN HELP THE CITY OF SEATTLE 
DOCUMENT AND DECODE HISTORY 

Thanks to Dick Eastman for staying abreast of all things genealogy including this project in Seattle that needs your help. 

In his January 8, 2020, newsletter Dick reported that Seattle Municipal Archives department needs some help and he cited a story by Ellen Meny on the King5 News website as his source. It says:  

“Seattle is rich with history- and the archivists at the Seattle Municipal Archives keep it all safe and accounted for. But as dedicated as they are, this time, they need some help. 

Part of the job as an archivist is transcribing old documents, both printed and written. Usually, the archivists use transcription software that makes it easy for them to decode handwriting or decipher old printing. However, sometimes the software gets hung-up on handwriting, which can be messy or hard to read. That’s where you come in.”

This is a job you will do online from the comfort of your home. If you are interested in helping out, read the full story at : http://bit.ly/39QSi4s  “The Price of Love:
American Women, the Cable Act and Lost Citizenship” 

February 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Lisa Oberg kicks off Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History with this lecture you won’t want to miss it. 


American women proselytized and protested for more than 70 years to finally win the right to vote. And yet, the victory wasn’t complete with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. In this session, Lisa explores the rights of women from the founding of America’s colonies to the turmoil of the suffrage era in the 20th century and beyond. She will delve into various laws that have affected the rights of your female ancestors.   SAVE THE DATE
Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.  

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. 
JANUARY

Saturday, January 18, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German  SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-12:30pm, DNA SIG, Meets quarterly in the fellowship hall of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Come early for the Beginner Session 9:30-10:00am. Co-chairs Cary Bright & Herb McDaniel. An annual $5 contribution is collected at the door to fund rental of the space.   

FEBRUARY

Saturday, February 8, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch  SIG, with leader Lou Daly, discover the many ways to use Family Tree & FamilySearch.org. Each meeting will feature an aspect of the FamilySearch website.  There will be time for Q&A.  

Saturday, February 8,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “The Price of Love: American Women, the Cable Act and Lost Citizenship” – presenter will be Lisa Oberg. American women proselytized and protested for more than 70 years to finally win the right to vote. And yet, the victory wasn’t complete with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Come learn more. 

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



Not a SGS member yet? Join now for $60

During January 1st through March 31st, 2020, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2021. Dues are $60 individual, or $75 dual (two people in the same household). That’s nearly a year and a half of free research requests, discounted class and event registration fees, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Read more…
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Seattle Genealogical Society 2020 Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – QUICK AND EASY CATALOG
  Want to stay abreast of any new material on the shelves of the SGS library? It couldn’t be easier. Use the new, improved “Library Catalog” application on our website to quickly get a list of recent acquisitions. 

Navigate to our website https://seagensoc.org 

Scroll down a little and click on the “Library and Catalog” shown on the left hand side. That displays two lines:  “Library Catalog” and “Journal of SGS”.  

Click on the  ‘’Library Catalog”.  
  That brings up the form which has four search criteria fields: Location, MediaType, New and Search. While these four search criteria fields allow for robust search capabilities in the app, for this example we will only be using the search criteria titled “New:”.   Click on the box next to the “New:” and it displays a drop down list, where you click on “New” to select that option.  A list of the titles of any new material acquired in the last six months will be displayed. Right now there are approximately 83 titles on that list. You may save or print this list as a PDF by using the button labeled “PDF List”. It’s toward the upper right corner of the entry form.  

We hope you will visit our website often and use the Library Catalog to explore all the wonderful holdings you can find on our shelves.  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE IN
YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Coming up in 2020, 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.
  Join us on a path of exploration. Learn to access and use genealogical tools and techniques to successfully discover female ancestors and write their stories. 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 our state, or elsewhere.
  If you are interested in sharing a story, photo, or a genealogical gem, please contact Heidi Mair, Director of Volunteers, 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/
CALLING FOR INTERESTED CANDIDATES 
FOR SGS ELECTION 2020-2021

As we move towards the upcoming SGS election in April 2020. there are a few positions for which we need candidates:

  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Director of Publications
  • Director of Volunteers
  • Directory of Social Media
  • Nominating Committee (six positions, for 2021-2022 election)

Short descriptions of the duties associated with these positions can be found on the SGS website (see https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=93). New officers and directors will assume their offices in early June 2020. If you have questions regarding these positions, the outgoing directors of these offices are more than willing to discuss the position responsibilities. The new Nominating Committee members (also voted on by the membership) will not start their work until Fall 2020 in preparation for the 2021-2022 elections. 

If you have any questions or are interested in any of these open positions. please email nominations@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org or call the main SGS phone number (206-522-8658) and leave a message.    
IT’S THE GIVING SEASON!   Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.    SGS 2019 Annual AppealDonate Now Online   If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:  Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     THANK YOU!


FAMILY TREE WEBINARS 2020
MyHeritage and FamilyTreeWebinars.com are pleased to announce that registration is now open for its 2020 Legacy Family Tree Webinars series, now in its 10th year. Choose from 100 classes on a range of topics from genealogy’s leading educators. Such an easy way to learn. Three SGS members are featured speakers: Janice Lovelace, Trish Hackett Nicola, and Jill Morelli. 
Click here to register (free).


SAVE THE DATEJewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“Finding My Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Toolbox”,

LDS Factoria Building,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA  98006

Monday, January 13, 2020   The secrets that Coral Grant’s grandparents thought were safe eventually became unraveled through the magic of DNA, archival research, and tenacity. The truth revealed an unknown ancestor and a truly rich Latvian heritage. Working back in time, this adventure begins in the Garment District of Toronto, Canada in the early 1930’s and ends deep in the Latvian countryside of the 18th century. The journey includes a life altering deportation during World War I. Come hear all that speaker Coral Grant has to share. 

Doors open at 6:30 pm. Free admission, refreshments, & WiFi.  The program begins promptly at 7:15 pm. 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, 
“Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage?”,
6111 188th Pl NE
Arlington, WA 98223
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
1:00 pm- 2:00 pm


While researching her English ancestral roots, Lori Lee Sauber keeps seeing non-specific references to her family being among the merchant group who provided the capital for the Mayflower voyage…but is it true? Follow the research trail as Lori Lee identifies whether this may be factual or just a myth propagated by others through the years.This meeting is free and open to the public.

Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.   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 Library will be closed Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. 
JANUARY
Sunday, January 5, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop SIG with leader Cary Bright

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG, co-chairs Lisa Marker & Diane Hettrick. Meets every other month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA. Jointly sponsored by SGS & Fiske. Open to the public. Focuses on resources for users of Macintosh/Apple computers & the Reunion Program.

Saturday, January 11, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, with co-chairs Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev   Saturday, January 11,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “Fraktur und Fremdworter: Hacks for Reading Foreign Books & Newspapers” –  presenter will be Mary Kircher Roddy.

Sunday, January 12,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, lead by Karen Knudson, this group will be reviewing new searches from Arkivdigital (Swedish Research) and Digitalarkivet (Norwegian Research). Everyone is welcome to come and share their research.

Saturday, January 18, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German  SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-12:30pm, DNA SIG, Meets quarterly in the fellowship hall of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Come early for the Beginner Session 9:30-10:00am. Co-chairs Cary Bright & Herb McDaniel. An annual $5 contribution is collected at the door to fund rental of the space.   

FEBRUARY

Saturday, February 8, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch  SIG, with leader Lou Daly, discover the many ways to use Family Tree & FamilySearch.org. Each meeting will feature an aspect of the FamilySearch website.  There will be time for Q&A.  

Saturday, February 8,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “The Price of Love: American Women, the Cable Act and Lost Citizenship” – presenter will be Lisa Oberg. American women proselytized and protested for more than 70 years to finally win the right to vote. And yet, the victory wasn’t complete with the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Come learn more. 

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

QSL Card

The Seattle Genealogical Society receives many interesting and valuable donations. One such donation came in the mail from a gentleman in another state. Inside the letter was a post card with a photo of a man on it. The caption read “Old Man Ryan Ex US Navy.” Above his photo was a set of letters and numbers reading W7FSH. What is this? There were smaller words above the strange code that said: Amateur Radio Station.

The post card sent to us was a QSL card. A “calling card” for a Ham Radio Operator. Wikipedia says this about QSL cards: “it is a written confirmation of either a two-way radio communication between two amateur radio stations or a one-way reception of a signal from an AM radio, FM radio, television or shortwave broadcasting station. The QSL card derived its name from the Q code ‘QSL’. A Q code message can stand for a statement or a question (when the code is followed by a question mark). In this case, ‘QSL?’ (note the question mark) means “Do you confirm receipt of my transmission?” while ‘QSL’ (without a question mark) means “I confirm receipt of your transmission.”.

According to a knowledgeable volunteer at Seattle Genealogical Society, the QSL card is used to confirm contact between two radio stations, in a creative, personalized way. This QSL card was telling the recipient “W8JPY” that W7FSH had not received the maps that he requested. Our volunteer explained that Ham Radio Operators exchange these cards not only to let the other operator know that they contacted one another, but as a “simple gathering of printed documentation of a ham’s communications over the course of his or her radio career” from locations all over the world.

The name under the photo “Old Man Ryan” has a special meaning also. Male radio operators are called “Old Man” while female radio operators are called “Young Lady”. Each operator creates a card with enough information on it so that the person receiving the QSL will know just where in the world they came from. As you can see on this card Mr. Albert H. Ryan used to be in the US Navy, lives in Seattle and his station call letters are W7FSH. The date that Mr. Ryan communicated with the station W8JPY (Mr. K.S. Vogt of the Tower Club at Ohio State University) was 7 April 1937.

QSL cards are still in use today and our volunteer has a vast collection of her own cards with one sent from Christmas Island!

Thanks to Mr. David Doss from Michigan for sending us this card and to A.W. for her explaining its significance to us.

Sue Jensen, Director of the Library, Seattle Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

  TIP OF THE WEEK –
GENEALOGY RELATED HOLIDAY SALES
As with sweaters and toys, December is a good time to shop for genealogy related deals. Here are a few of those deals.

Now through December 26, 2019, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) is advertising significant discounts on all their various DNA kits, as well as free standard shipping. Currently the autosomal kit is $49 (save $30), their maternal mtDNA kit is $139 (save $60), and the Y-37 test for men is now $99 (save $70). Check their website for the prices of their other Y test kits.

If you are in the market for an autosomal DNA Kit from Ancestry.com, it is on sale now through December 31, 2019 for $59 plus shipping. They are also offering subscription discounts to new subscribers.  

Finally, if you’d like to attend Roots Tech 2020, in Salt Lake City, UT, February 26-29, 2020, as of today the four day pass is being offered at a promotional price of $189 (save $110). No telling how long this deal will last – so hurry.  
  www.FamilyTreeDNA.com

www.Ancestry.com

Rootstech.org/salt-lake

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SPEAK OUT NOW TO PRESERVE PUBLIC ACCESS TO GENEALOGY RECORDS – HELP! 
Dear SGS members and supporters,

You have all probably seen some mention of a significant proposed fee increase by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Essentially what they are proposing for fees are: raising the search fee 269% from $65 to $240 and the cost of the actual file 481% from $65 to $385. 

For those not familiar with the types of records genealogists want from USCIS, here is a sample:  Naturalization Certificate Files (C-Files), September 27, 1906 to March 31, 1956 Alien Registration Forms (Form AR-2), August 1940 to March 1944 Visa Files, July 1, 1924 to March 31, 1944 Registry Files, March 1929 to March 31, 1944 A-Files, April 1, 1944 to May 1, 1951 If you had relatives who immigrated to the United States in the 20th century, USCIS is the place to order the above records. 

USCIS has provided an opportunity for the genealogical community to comment on this proposed Rule that dramatically impacts the USCIS Genealogy Records Program. We want to encourage our members to make their voices heard and express your concern with this outrageous proposal. 

The Records Preservation and Access Committee (RPAC) is sending in a letter outlining some of our objections. Your help is needed! Please write to the NCIS responding to their request for comment. The deadline is 30 December. You can find a link to sign up and more information at “Records, Not Revenue” at: https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com  

Be sure to contact your Congress people as well!

If you would like to read the proposed rule, see: 
https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-14/pdf/2019-24366.pdf 
The Genealogy section is Section N which starts on page 62315-62316. 
See Section 103.40 for Genealogical Research Requests on page 62359. 

The Washington Post had an article on the proposed fee increases last Thursday which may be read at: 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/12/05/genealogy-boom-has-hit-roadblock-trump-administration-plans-huge-fee-hikes-immigration-records/ 

The link to send a comment is at https://www.recordsnotrevenue.com/ 

We encourage the individual members of our society to get behind this process and let USCIS and your local representatives know that you object to this unsupportable, exorbitant charge for access to value genealogical documentation. 

Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, you may feel free to contact me. 
  Sincerely,

Jill Morelli
President, Seattle Genealogical Society
   
IT’S THE GIVING SEASON!   Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.    SGS 2019 Annual Appeal Donate Now Online   If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:  Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     THANK YOU!
  2020 CENSUS JOB OPPORTUNITIES   Want a temporary job? If you are an experienced genealogist, you may be interested in and well qualified for positions supporting the 2020 U.S. Census. The Census Bureau is looking to fill literally thousands of positions – enumerators, clerks, supervisors. SGS member, Ellen Stewart, wants to help out with the 2020 Census so she’s very excited about her new position and encourages other SGS members to check out the opportunities. She suggests you visit the official site, set up an account, and complete the application online. The application includes an assessment to help match your skills to the available job opportunities. 
Here’s the link for the official website:  2020census.gov/jobs        SAVE THE DATE  
Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.   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 Library will be closed Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. 
  JANUARY   Saturday, January 4, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch  SIG, with leader Lou Daly, discover the many ways to use Family Tree & FamilySearch.org. Each meeting will feature an aspect of the FamilySearch website.  There will be time for Q&A.  
  Sunday, January 5, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop SIG with leader Cary Bright

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG, co-chairs Lisa Marker & Diane Hettrick. Meets every other month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle, WA. Jointly sponsored by SGS & Fiske. Open to the public. Focuses on resources for users of Macintosh/Apple computers & the Reunion Program.

Saturday, January 11,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series: “Fraktur und Fremdworter: Hacks for Reading Foreign Books & Newspapers” –  presenter will be Mary Kircher Roddy.

Sunday, January 12,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, lead by Karen Knudson, this group will be reviewing new searches from Arkivdigital (Swedish Research) and Digitalarkivet (Norwegian Research). Everyone is welcome to come and share their research.

Saturday, January 18, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish  SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German  SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, January 25, 10:00am-12:30pm, DNA SIG, Meets quarterly in the fellowship hall of Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Come early for the Beginner Session 9:30-10:00am. Co-chairs Cary Bright & Herb McDaniel. An annual $5 contribution is collected at the door to fund rental of the space.
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
DIGITAL LIBRARY AT FamilySearch
  Thanks to Dick Eastman and his free online genealogy newsletter for reminding us about the FamilySearch Digital Library and its collection of more than 440,000 digitized genealogy and family history books and publications right at our fingertips.

At the Digital Library, you can dive into family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines, gazetteers, and even medieval histories and pedigrees. (You do have your free FamilySearch account, right? Be sure to be logged in.) 

Visit FamilySearch.org, and click Search in the top menu. Then, in the drop-down menu, click Books

Or you can also go directly to the new URL—FamilySearch.org/library/books

The content of the digital library is freely viewable. On the home page of the Digital Library, use the simple search bar to search by a surname, historical events, groups of people, book title, or names of places. Go ahead! Try it.

Check back often as more and more books are being added to the Digital Library every day.  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

KIM WAGGIE,
VOLUNTEER OF SUMMER QUARTER

Each quarter the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our volunteer for Summer 2019 Quarter is Kim Waggie, one of SGS’s dedicated Desk Volunteers. 

Kim’s interest in genealogy began 20 years ago. As she became more enthralled with genealogy, she enrolled in & completed the certificate program in Genealogy & Family History at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on Germany & the Midwest, especially northwest Iowa. Kim’s final paper was about her great-grandmother who moved to Iowa with her second husband. She also researched a Scotch-Irish line in her family that migrated, beginning in late 1700’s Virginia, to Tennessee, Kentucky, and finally landed in Southern Illinois. Kim has conducted research while on trips to Newell, Iowa to see family. She uses online Iowa cemetery & newspaper records, and resources at the local historical society. Other favorite resources are the SGS Library (of course!), Ancestry, and FamilySearch. Kim is currently researching her 3rd great grandfather from Southern Illinois. At age 50, he volunteered to fight in the Civil War, although military records list his age as 44. He contracted typhoid fever in Pittsburgh and died just months after enlisting. 

About five years ago, Kim joined the Seattle Genealogical Society. For two plus years, she has served as a Desk Volunteer, primarily on Fridays. Kim likes meeting other genealogists and helping visitors to the SGS library explore the resources, including Seattle city directories and college yearbooks. 

Kim enjoys writing. At the SGS spring seminar, she hosted the table session focused on writing family history where, she reports, there was a lively discussion. Kim appreciates our SGS Seminars, Second Saturday series, and SIG meetings. She feels volunteering at SGS affords her the opportunity to meet and help others, while continually learning and improving her own genealogical research skills.

Besides genealogy, Kim plays French Horn in community orchestra and bands. She is a board member of Rain City Symphony. Kim Waggie is an example of the highly qualified, well-informed, helpful Desk Volunteers who make a visit to Seattle Genealogical Society Library worthwhile. 

Next time you visit the SGS Library and see Kim at the desk, say hello. She will be glad to assist you.  

SGS HOLIDAY GATHERING
Saturday, December 14, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  Join in the fun at the SGS Library. Bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share!

IT’S THE GIVING SEASON!   Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.    SGS 2019 Annual AppealDonate Now Online   If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:  Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     THANK YOU!  

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society
of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Bldg,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 9, 2019

  • Doors open at 6:30 PM and the presentation starts promptly at 7:00 PM
  • Come early to network with other attendees and to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library resources, including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites
  • Free Wi-Fi, admission, & refreshments
  • At this meeting, Cary Bright will present“DNA PAINTER: Cousin Matching and Its Five Tools”. Cary also chairs a monthly DNA Workshop at SGS 

Spring 2020 SGS Seminar 
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. SGS is happy to have Fritz as the presenter for our spring seminar.  

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 Library will be closed Dec 21, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020 for the Winter Holiday. 
DECEMBER

Saturday, December 7, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree for Family Search Interest Group, with leader Lou Daly.  
Saturday, December 14, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Second Saturday – Holiday Gathering –  bring your favorite cookies and genealogical gems to share.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – FREEBIES
Both American Ancestors and Ancestry have free access promotions this month. If you hurry, you can get in on the last few days. 

Between Tuesday, November 12 and Tuesday, November 19, 2019, anyone can access the many research databases of American Ancestors by registering as a FREE Guest Member. That link is  AmericanAncestors.org/Free-Billion

AmericanAncestors.org contains some of the most important online databases for researching American ancestry, with more than 1.4 billion names in records covering 18 countries. 

For Veterans Day, Ancestry.Com is offering free access to their military records collection covering all 50 states and nearly 400 years of American history, from the Colonial era to Vietnam—and beyond. Search for free now through November 17

, 2019,  at 11:59 p.m. EST. Use the link ancestry.com/cs/honor for this offer.