Catherine and Gilbert Wooden Awarded 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Honors

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 500 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming weeks, you will be introduced to each of the 2017 award recipients and learn why they received the 2017 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Catherine Wooden

Gilbert Wooden

Today we’re introducing Catherine and Gilbert Wooden of Renton, Washington, who were nominated by the South King County Genealogical Society (SKCGS). This dedicated duo was recognized for their loyal service to the operation of their local society.

Cathy and Gil provide the crucial behind- the-scenes support every society depends on for smooth operation. Cathy always serves at registration tables, providing name tags, handouts or other items as needed. Gil has operated the audio equipment for meetings, transporting everything back and forth from home to venue. They both have served on the board of directors and various committees.

Cathy and Gil are respected and diligent members of the SKCGS, and richly deserve the honor of being Washington State Genealogical Society Outstanding Volunteers.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Interim Recognition Chair, at

South King County Genealogical Society April Activities

South King County Genealogical Society

April Activities as of March 28, 2018

Family Tree Maker User Group

“Entering People”

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:15 to 11:45 am

KCLS Des Moines Library, 21620 11th Ave SE, Des Moines, WA 98198

Learn the basics of using the Family Tree Maker 2017 program. This month, the topic is entering the people’s names, locations, dates and relationships into the program. For more Information about our society, check our website at

Genealogy Research Workshop

“Personal Research Assistance”

Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Family History Center, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 12817 SE 256th St. Kent, WA 98030

Search the following websites for free: MyHeritage, Find My Past, Ancestry, Ancestral Quest and FamilySearch. Use the computers available at the Family History Center or bring your own laptop for access. Assistance will be provided by two experienced genealogists, Winona Laird and Lowell Tuttle. For more Information about our society, check our website at

General Meeting

“A Glimpse of the Archives” with Midori Okazaki

April 21, 2018, 10:00 am to 11:45 am

Wesley Lea Hill, 32049 – 109th Place SE, Auburn, WA 98092

The presentation will introduce the Washington State Archives and its branches around the state.  Special focus will be given to the Puget Sound Branch in Bellevue.  There will be an overview of the collections held at the Puget Sound Branch and you will get tips on how to find material both in our physical locations and online at the Washington State Digital Archives. For more Information about our society, check our website at

Beginner Education Class

“Military and Land Records”

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Wesley Lea Hill Theater, 2nd Floor, 32049 – 109th Place SE, Auburn, WA 98092

Learn about compiled military service records, official military service records, bounty land warrants and military pension files. For more Information about our society, check our website at

Technology User Group

Introduction to Evernote”

April 23, 2018, 1:00 p to 3:00 pm

KCLS – Covington Library, 27100 – 164th Ave. SE, Covington, WA 98042

If not currently using Evernote for taking notes, learn ways to use in your personal life or for genealogical research, planning and reading. It is a cloud based service allowing access across multiple platforms – phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops and computers. For more Information about our society, check our website at

Writing Special Interest Group

April 27, 2018, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

KCLS – Covington Library, 27100 – 164th Ave. SE, Covington, WA 98042

The Writing SIG is a round table type discussion group to encourage and help each of us to write family oriented stories, anecdotes, narrative genealogies, biographies, etc. Formal writing experience is not required. This is not a class on how to write a book. This will be a group discussing tips on how to get started writing about ourselves and family.

Submitted by Janet Camarata, Publicity Chairman, SKCGS,, 206-335-9577

South King County Genealogy Society Meeting

South King County Genealogy Society General Meeting is scheduled for this Saturday, June 17th beginning at 10:00 am at Wesley Home – Lea Hill, 32049 109th Pl SE, Auburn. Arrive by 9:30 am with your morning coffee and share your research with an experienced genealogist.

Be Your Own Digital Archivist: Preserve Your Research – Are you doing everything you can to safeguard your genealogical research? Your documents? Your data? Your scanned images? We will talk about the importance of taking charge of your own materials and making sure they aren’t going to disappear.

Our guest speaker is Cyndi Ingles of Cyndi’s List – Cyndi is the creator, owner and “webmaster” of the award-winning web site Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet,, a categorized index to more than 335,000 online resources. In its first three years, Cyndi’s List was three times voted the best genealogy site on the World Wide Web. Cyndi has been interviewed for many television and radio broadcasts including ABC News, NBC News, the BBC, and National Public Radio. She has also participated in the Ancestors II television series on PBS. Cyndi, a genealogist for more than 35 years is a past-member of the board of directors for the National Genealogical Society. Cyndi is an internationally known guest lecturer for various genealogical society meetings and seminars (