Seattle Genealogical Society Special Presentation




Mary Roddy


Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869”

Before the transcontinental railroad was completed Easterners and Mid-Westerners began to settle the West.  How did they get there and what was the journey like?  Presentation covers overland and water routes with descriptions of the journey and using clues to discover how and when your ancestor traveled.

If you have heard Mary’s presentation on “Bagging a Live One” or her excellent explanations on how to use Excell in genealogy, you know what a treat is in store for you when you attend this presentation.


1:00 – 2:30 P.M.


Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Here’s a nice genealogy resource for those of you researching ancestors that lived in either of the adjoining counties of Menominee County, Michigan or Marinette County, Wisconsin.

The Robert G. Shaw Genealogy/History Indexes is a free online collection of databases, articles, and obituaries compiled by local historian, Robert G. Shaw, who read through all the pages of the local newspapers serving Menominee,MI, Marinette, WI and Peshtigo, WI. He put together an extensive index of obituaries/death notices printed in the papers.

This database, largely of newspaper articles and obituaries, can be accessed on the web site of the Spies Public Library of Menominee :

Although the index does not provide links to the actual obituaries, it will give you the date/page number to find them yourself using online newspapers, or to request them from the local public library or historical/genealogical society.

While you are at their web site, check out the other resources in the drop down list of the Genealogy tab. There’s a link to a list of Menominee Count Cemeteries as well as a link to Riverside Cemetery Burial Records, plus a few other resources.

Seattle Genealogical Society October News



The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors announced the winners of their Excellence-in-Writing Competition and Carolyn Shott took 2nd place in the category of Columns for her “Welcome Back to Osthofen”. Our hearty congratulations to Carolyn, a member of SGS since 2014.




There is still time to register for the 2017 SGS Fall Seminar, “Becoming a More Organized and Effective Genealogist”, featuring Dick Eastman. Remember registration fees will go up after Oct 15th.

For more information, see the online brochure at :

You may register online, in person at the SGS Library, or use the brochure and register by mail.

For online registration visit the SGS Website Seminar page at :

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Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


Scanned images of Missouri death certificates from 1910 through 1966 are now available online for free! An index of the Missouri death certificates can be found here:

Their search engine is very comprehensive. The database can be searched by first, middle, and/or last name, county, year and month, or many combinations of these parameters. Digitized images of the original death certificates are linked to the search results, and may be viewed or downloaded at no charge.

This site will be very valuable to people with ancestors who died in Missouri within this time period.

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Elizabeth Howie, who was selected to be SGS Volunteer of the Summer Quarter, has been an active member of SGS for many years. Currently she is the Front Desk Volunteer Coordinator, a role she has filled twice in the past.


Responsible for recruiting and training new front desk volunteers, and for coordinating the schedule of volunteers for the desk, Elizabeth makes sure there is always an able and experienced volunteer on site to greet patrons and help them with their research.

Elizabeth has many genealogical interests that keep her busy when she isn’t wrangling front desk volunteers. Past research trips include journeys to Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. These trips didn’t lead to much in the way of genealogical discoveries, as the countries were so beautiful she didn’t want to be indoors with books and papers! She had fun visiting the library in Salt Lake City and hopes to return there for more fun.

Art Loh, who was Elizabeth’s beloved companion, was an electrician who worked and set up the printers for the patrons and volunteers. Sadly, he passed away in 2011.

Thank you, Elizabeth, for your years of service. SGS couldn’t survive without the help of wonderful volunteers like you.


Congratulations to Gary Epperley! The Board approved the appointment of Gary to the position of Vice President of the Seattle Genealogical Society, which has been operating without a VP for quite a while.

In addition to his regular vice presidential duties, Gary has agreed to assume some responsibilities for the maintenance of our technology and the transference to the new website.

SGS is very happy to have Gary on board!



Hope you were able to catch the debut of our new program, “Second Saturday Speaker Series”, last weekend at the SGS Library. We were lucky enough to have the founder of the renowned website Cyndi’s List as our first speaker. Not only is Cyndi Ingle a talented webmaster and speaker, she is pretty funny to boot.


As the name implies “Second Saturday Speaker Series” takes place on the second Saturday of the month from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm at the SGS Library. Each month will be a new speaker and a new topic. Here’s a preview of what’s in the pipeline.

Oct 14, 2017 “Trails West: Crossing the Continent 1840-1869” Mary Kircher Roddy

Nov 11, 2017 “Using social Media for Family History: Why Bother?” Mary Kathryn Kozy

Jan 13, 2018 “Chinese Exclusion Act Files – Original Documents at NARA” Trish Nicola

Feb 10, 2018 “Using Academic Libraries for Genealogy Research” Lisa Oberg

Mar 10, 2018 “Finding and Using Historic Newspapers” Claudia Breland

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Seattle Genealogical Society 2017 Fall Seminar


Saturday, 21 Oct 2017
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Welcome at 9:00 a.m
9:15 Going Nearly Paperless

How to Get Started

This presentation will focus on organizing your genealogy materials in a manner to quickly and easily find your research notes, photocopies, pictures, and much more. These lessons presented will also apply to most other activities in life. This presentation will also discuss long – term preservation. Life without paper is great!

10:30 Break

11:00 Genealogy Searches on Google – extracting the most genealogy information possible from everyone’s favorite search engine.
NOTE: There will be no hand-outs for this talk. Audience members need only to remember one thing: up – to – date information is always available at The PowerPoint slides will be available online.

12:15 Lunch

1:15 The Organized Genealogist – A look at various methods of organizing record keeping by use of digital techniques. This talk focuses on converting paper – based record keeping to all digital records, and preserving the digital records for many more years than is possible with paper, and making sure that information in those publications can be easily searched and retrieved.

2:30 Break

2:45 Using Online Genealogy Programs – (The Next Generation, WebTrees,,, WikiTree, FamilySearch, etc.) instead of a program installed in your own computer.

4:00 Adjourn

Dick Eastman …. one of genealogy’s biggest names will be Seattle Genealogical Society’s featured speaker for our 2017 Fall Seminar.

Dick is the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, the leading newsletter for genealogy news and technology tips as well as an internationally renowned speaker on the broad array of topics he covers in his newsletter. “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter” (EOGN) covers genealogy news, as well as issues of technology, privacy, digital rights, and access as they relate to genealogy. Through his newsletter, Dick share technology “finds” that can help both new and seasoned genealogists, as well as dethroning the scams and shams that can the unwary astray. Today more than 75,000 people read his newsletter and benefit from his reviews and tutorials.
Dick has been honing his vision of the future to improve our picture of the past for the last 35 years. In the mid-1980’s he proposed a genealogy forum: a move by which he built a community of family historians over the next 14 years. At the same time, he preached the
benefits of technology to an even wider audience of genealogists, including national and international genealogical organizations, and of course, GENTECH, an organization that helped him to spread his message. Dick’s dedication to clear writing and independent opinion has made him and his periodical a sought – after source of information, commentary, and discussion for twenty years.


Final Copy of Brochure 8.27.17

Seattle Genealogical Society Presentation







1:00 – 2:30 P.M


“The Hidden Web: Digging Deeper”

“When Google and traditional search engines don’t return useful information, don’t stop there. We will explore resources that are invisible to Google and hidden deep within web sites and proprietary databases. The “hidden web” lies buried within the collections for commercial web sites, libraries, archives, and museums. We will also talk about the importance of indexes that deep-link into websites online, thus uncovering hidden gems of information that may not be found easily through a search engine query.”

Please join us for this fascinating presentation

by one of our favorite local genealogists

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This tip is for current users of Family Tree Maker (FTM), and those who are considering FTM for their genealogy software program. It requires a subscription to If you are not an Ancestry subscriber, remember you can always come access it on the computers in the SGS Library. Ancestry is also available at many public libraries.

Ancestry Academy (one of the Extra Features on has a terrific tutorial that reviews all the main features available in FTM 2014 and later versions. The tutorial is about 75 minutes long, and consists of 13 segments, each addressing one component of FTM.


Topics include:
•Adding Notes, Media, Web Links and Tasks
•Tree Sync How To Merge Individuals and Files
•Creating Charts and Reports
•and more …

Each tutorial segment is about 5 minutes long, and it’s possible to scroll from one segment to the next, to revisit a specific topic, or to resume where you left off.

Here’s the URL:

Long-time users of FTM highly recommend this tutorial to everyone, novice and expert alike. It showcases many nifty tricks and details all the features in FTM.

This tutorial is recommended for everyone using FTM, even if you do not access Ancestry from within Family Tree Maker or put your trees online at Ancestry.

Seattle Genealogical Society September News


Please note that the SGS Fall Membership Meeting originally scheduled for Saturday, September 23, has been postponed until Saturday, November 11. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.


Mary Kathryn Kozy, avid genealogist and researcher, will be the featured speaker. Mark your calendar. We hope to see you then.


The Irish and German Interest Groups are starting up again on their usual third Saturday of the month. Their next meeting will be Saturday, September 16. Due to the Fall Seminar in October, they will move their meetings to the fourth Saturday, October 28.

Also Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group is starting up again in October. They have elected to meet bimonthly (every other month), on the 2nd Saturday of the month, at the new time of 10:15am-12:15pm. The schedule for the next twelve months is :
•October 14, 2017
•December 9, 2017
•February 10, 2018
•April 14, 2018
•June 9th, 2018
•August 11, 2018



Were you able to catch Jill Morelli’s presentation, “FamilySearch: the Other 70%” on August 13th? It was about locating image only records in FamilySearch.

In a nutshell, the class covered how to conduct locational searches using the map, “Find a Collection,” FamilySearch Wiki and the Card Catalog. While not indexed for surname searches, often the arrangement of the image-only record set is embedded in the images. The images, dependent on the type of document, are arranged alphabetically, geographically or chronologically, making it easier to find your ancestor. Look at the beginning of the images of the record set to find the key to finding your ancestor.

Jill was thrilled to get the following note from a grateful attendee who said we could share this with our readers.


“Hi – I was at your presentation at SGS on Aug 13th, and just had to let you know my WONDERFUL find using the ‘Catalog’ search method you taught us. I’m the one who talked to you at the end about ‘miss attributed paternity’ and the fact that my grandmother had been married twice, and that the first husband was unknown. Well, I was able to find their marriage license and certificate for June 1906 in Missouri using the Catalog search! It was such an overwhelming event for me, as I hadn’t know until a few months ago about the first marriage, and that my father was a product of this first marriage. Now I’m on the hunt for his birth announcement, but at least I know now who his father was, and his birth name. Thank you again, and I look forward to your next presentation”.

Thank you for sharing your experience. It’s nice to hear we’ve been of help.



SGS member, Lisa Oberg, will be presenting a free webinar, “Luxembourgers on the Prairie: Researching Your Luxembourg Ancestors”, on Tuesday, September 12, 6-7:00pm PDT. This webinar is sponsored by the Illinois State Genealogical society.

To register, go to :

SGS 2017 Fall Seminar,
“Becoming A More Organized and Effective Genealogist”
by Dick Eastman
Fairview Christian School,
Seattle, WA
October 21, 2017

SGS is excited to have Dick Eastman for the Fall Seminar. Registration will open in early September. Mark your calendar.

Stake Center Bellevue,
14536 Main St,
Bellevue, WA
Saturday, November 4, 2017

It’s time again for the annual LDS Family History Fair. Always free, always informative, a different venue.



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 Family Tree Interest Group with Lou Daly and the Scandinavian Interest Group will not meet in September. The SGS Library will be closed September 2 – 4 for Labor Day weekend.




Saturday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, new “Second Saturday Speaker Series”, with guest, Cyndi Ingle

Sunday, September 10, 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, September 16 , 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, September 16 , 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Tuesday, September 26, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy Class, research veteran and past president of SGS, Linda Fitzgerald, will teach you how to get your genealogy project going. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.



Saturday, October 7, 1:00p m – 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, October 8, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, Karen Knudson, leader. A workshop for your Scandinavian genealogy.


Saturday, October 14, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM)Users Group, members helping one another with Family Tree Maker (FTM) the tool long associated with; Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt are the leaders.


Saturday, October 14, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, “Second Saturday Speaker Series” , new with guest speaker


Sunday, October 15, 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, October 21, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, SGS Fall Seminar, “Becoming a More Organized and Effective Genealogist” with Dick Eastman. Details to follow.

Saturday, October 28 , 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, October 28 , 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Saturday, October 28, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.

Sunday, October 29, 1:00pm-2:30pm, as part of the traditional SGS Halloween Open House, Jean A Roth will give this presentation, 500th Anniversary Talk on Protestant Reform & Martin Luther


Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


The Family History Library is a genealogical research facility in downtown Salt Lake City. It is open to the public, free of charge, and is operated by, associated with the LDS.

Each month they present a couple dozen classes/webinars. You can attend online or in person, and as always it’s free of charge. All you need to do is check the schedule, and then register for the class or classes that interest you. Some of the classes/webinars are available in Spanish or Chinese.

If you would like to start receiving the monthly class/webinar schedule via email, sent a email message to FHLClasses at

The webinars use AdobeConnect which can be accessed from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. The links in the monthly schedule are active and you can connect simply by clicking on the blue webinar link. If you are going to attend one of their webinars, they recommend that you connect about 30 minutes before the class starts to check your audio and visual. A further tip, connect your audio and test with YouTube before connecting to AdobeConnect. This will ensure that your sound is working before you join the webinar. The audio device you wish to use must be on before you enter AdobeConnect.

Here’s a sample of the classes/webinars that will be presented next week. The link at the very end of this article will take you to the online site where you can view the full schedules for August and September.
• Using the FamilySearch Catalog Effectively
• Researching in Prussian Poland
• FamilySearch Wiki
• Kissing Cousins or Not?
• Finding Records of Chinese Americans
• Using Metasuche or Metasearch

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