SCANNING STATION FOR PATRONS OF SGS
The new scanning station is up and ready for use. There are two new scanners for SGS patrons. One is for high speed scanning via a document feeder and the other is an overhead book scanner. The book scanner has image correction technology which flattens and corrects curve distortion, as well as a point retouch function allowing fingers inadvertently captured in the image during scanning to be removed. Pretty cool.
Bring in your documents or fragile photos for scanning and take advantage of this new equipment. Paul Wade has become our expert on the use of these scanners. He is usually in the Library on Wednesdays and would be glad to help you get started.
GiveBIG IS COMING SOON!
GiveBIG Seattle is a one-day online giving event sponsored by the Seattle Foundation to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving Greater Seattle. In 2016, SGS received over $4000 via this one-day program!
The Seattle Foundation provides matching funds to encourage donations to SGS and other participating non-profits; last year the matching percentage was 6.3%. Even more impressive, over 80% of SGS donors paid the processing fee charged by the vendor, increasing our receipts even further.
These donations are vitally important to SGS each year, and are an important component of our annual budget.
This year, GiveBIG is Wednesday, May 10, from midnight to midnight. We’ll provide more information as the event gets closer, including easy instructions for donating online. For more information now, visit www.givebigseattle.org .
NEW FAMILY TREE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP
TO MEET AT SGS
On February 25, Lou Daly gave a presentation at SGS titled “Family Tree on FamilySearch”. This is a FREE cloud-based genealogy application developed by the folks at Familysearch.org.
Lou’s introduction received rave reviews from the 15 attendees. So we’ve decided to create a Users Group on this subject that will meet at SGS.
If you are interested in exploring Family Tree on FamilySearch, join us at the SGS Library to find out how simple and yet how intricate this phenomenal new Wiki based Family Tree can be.
As one of the largest databases in the genealogical world, it is a marvelous tool for your research. We will discuss simple and advanced features and have time for questions and problem solving.
The meetings will be held at our SGS library on :
•Saturday, April 8, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm
•Saturday, May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
•Saturday, June 10, 10:15am – 12:15 pm
If a weekday evening meeting is better for you, a similar special interest group for Family Tree on Familysearch meets at the Fiske Genealogical Library on the second Wednesday evening of every month (April 12, May 10 and June 14) from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Fiske is located at 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle, street level entrance. See http://www.fiskelibrary.org for directions.
SGS ONLINE CATALOG IS UP-TO-DATE
The online catalog is now up-to-date! The new format is simpler to navigate and use. Members who have tested it call it “Easy, even for a novice.” It features a “Book Bin”. Make a selection and place it in the “bin”; then print out this list of what you want to look at on your next visit to the SGS Library.
SAVE THE DATES
Read ‘Em or Weep, Promises and Pitfalls in Newspaper Research,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
6111 – 188th PL. NE,
Arlington, WA 98223
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 1:00 pm
The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society will be hosting a free presentation entitled Read ‘Em or Weep, Promises and Pitfalls in Newspaper Research. The presenter will be Mary Kircher Roddy. Mary is a member of the Puget Sound Association of Professional Genealogists and has written articles for Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy magazines. Open to society members and the public.
O Canada: Children of a Common Mother
Heritage Weekend and Genealogy Seminar
in the Skagit Valley
Friday thru Sunday, April 21-23, 2017
The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society invites you to enjoy a special heritage weekend. The O Canada theme is in honor of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation coming up July 1.
There are activities on Friday evening and Sunday morning to complement the full day seminar on Saturday. Plus, remember the valley will be ablaze in tulip color and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival has activities that weekend that your family can enjoy while you attend the Saturday genealogy seminar and Sunday historic Burlington walking tour.
You can find more information, the flyer, and online registration at: SkagitValleyGenealogy.org
Yakima Valley Genealogical Society,
Spring Seminar featuring Jay Fonkert,
7809 Tieton Dr,
Yakima, WA 98908
Saturday, April 22, 2017 8am – 5pm
Jay Fonkert is one of America’s foremost genealogists. To register, or read more about his credentials and the seminar, visit the YVGS website www.yvgs.net and follow the links.
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society – Spring Seminar
La Quinta Inn and Suites,
1425 East 27th St,
April 28-29, 2017
Speaker will be The Legal Genealogist, Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL and the emcee will be Cyndi Ingle. Some of the topics will be :
•No Vitals? No Problem! — Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence
•When Worlds Collide: Resolving Conflicts in Genealogical Records
•Don’t Forget the Ladies — A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law
•Beyond X and Y: The Promise and Pitfalls of Autosomal DNA Testing
Additional Information available on the TPCGS website at: http://www.tpcgs.org/seminar.html
Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar,
Voices from the Past with Lisa Alzo,
Fairview Christian Church
844 NE 78th St
Saturday, May 20, 2017 9am – 4pm
Doors open at 8am – welcome at 9am. Did you receive the brochure in the mail? Registration and further information also available online at seattlegenealogicalsociety.org
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 close May 27-29 for Memorial Day weekend.
Saturday, April 1, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader
Tuesday, April 4, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more. Hosted by Lisa Chan.
Saturday, April 8, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree on FamilySearch, new special interest users group led by Lou Daly exploring FamilySearch’s Family Tree application. See feature article above in this issue.
Saturday, April 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, members helping one another with FTM, led by Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt
Sunday, April 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.
Saturday, April 15, 10:15am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth who will present “Who are the Scots-Irish?”
Saturday, April 15, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group, with Jean Roth who will present “What is Prussia and Who are the Prussians?”
Sunday, April 16, EASTER , library will be closed.
Tuesday, April 18, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more. Hosted by Lisa Chan.
Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Mac SIG Meeting, Jointly sponsored by SGS, Fiske, and dBug, this group meets quarterly on the third Wednesday of every third month at the Fiske Genealogical Library in Madison Park, 1644 43rd Ave E, Seattle. Meetings are open to the public and will address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy program. Meetings are free, but donations to Fiske for use of the premises are appreciated.
Tuesday, May 2, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more. Hosted by Lisa Chan.
Saturday, May 6, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, David Robert, leader
Saturday, May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly, leader of this new special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch
Sunday, May 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, Led by Cary Bright with first hour on a specific topic, and the second hour open for sharing DNA issues with focus on GenomeMate Pro.
Saturday, May 13, 10:15am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on Irish research using old and new resources
Saturday, May 13, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group, with Jean Roth, an open session on German research using old and new resources
Tuesday, May 16, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more. Hosted by Lisa Chan.
Friday, May 19, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy, Want to learn how to get your genealogy project going? Linda Fitzgerald, a past president of SGS, will be presenting her “Beginning Genealogy Class”. Add it to your calendar. Invite a friend.
Saturday, May 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, SGS Spring Seminar “Voices from the Past”, featuring: Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer. At Fairview Christian School, 844 NE 78th Street,Seattle, WA Doors open at 8:00 a.m. – Welcome at 9:00 a.m.