Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society June Meeting

TPCGS will hold our monthly meeting this Tuesday, June 12, at 6.30 pm, at Bates Community College.

Our Speaker will be Midori Okazaki  from the Washington State Archives.

From  6:30 to 7:00 she will explain how to become a Scribe for the Washington State Archives. Then after a short business meeting, she will also cover the Preservation of physical records.

Hope to see everyone there!

TPCGS monthly meetings are held September through May from 6 pm to 9 pm, usually at Bates Technical College, South Campus, Building E, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma. Guests are always welcome, so bring a friend!  For more information check our website at www.tpcgs.org.

The “Lowe Down” on the Tacoma-Pierce County Seminar

Additional tables had to be brought in to accommodate the crowd.

“Slow down. Mull and ponder.” That was a frequent reminder from J. Mark Lowe, the featured speaker at Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society‘s Spring Seminar on April 27 and 28, 2018. Good advice to someone (like me!) who often jumps from rabbit hole to rabbit hole while researching my family history — and other activities.

Quite the storyteller, Mark captured and held the attention of a roomful of enthusiasts with tales of his Southern family. His presentations included using online newspapers; finding and using sources at home or your library; migration through Virginia, the Carolinas, Kentucky and Tennessee; and a using a brick wall as a foundation for your research.

Mark Lowe and Mistress of Ceremonies Cyndi Ingle. What great chemistry between those two!

We learned to consider that brick walls were of our own making and could be used as a stepping stone to further research. He encouraged us to start with a research plan and complete that question. Even if we didn’t get an answer to the research question, we should document that, then move on to a new question. He also encouraged us to think about the big picture, open our minds to every possibility and not get too myopic — remember that research plan — and mull and ponder the possibilities!

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society always hosts a first-rate seminar. Good location, good organization, very welcoming. They are so well-organized, they’ve already lined up their speaker for 2019: Michael Lacopo, DVM. Dr. Lacopo has a varied and interesting ancestry and is a self-described “all-American mutt.” Mark your calendar for April 26 – 27, 2019.


Tacoma-Pierce County Seminar Kicks Off

Roxanne Lowe and Mark Lowe are still looking for their family confluence — somewhere in the hills of North Carolina.

If Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society‘s kick-off Meet & Greet with J. Mark Lowe is any indication, the  main event on Saturday, April 28, 2018 is going to be a fun ride! At the Friday night event, Mark entertained the attendees while they dined on a scrumptious dessert buffet. What could be better than laughter and chocolate!

A good ol’ Southern boy from Tennessee, Mark is a born storyteller from a long line of storytellers. Every lesson he shared had a witty, entertaining story behind it — from driving sheep to Atlanta to the escapades of his pistol-packin’ grandma. For him, it’s all about the story, urging all of us to “tell your stories or they’ll die.”

You can register on-site for the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar  at the LaQuinta Inn, 1425 East 27th Street in Tacoma. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. with opening remarks by Cyndi Ingle at 9:00.

TPCGS Spring Seminar Registration Open

Registration is open for the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society‘s Spring Seminar, featuring J. Mark Lowe, CG, FUGA. The seminar is Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th Street, Tacoma, WA.

J. Mark Lowe

Mark, a full-time professional genealogist, author and lecturer, specializes in original records and manuscripts throughout the South. His lectures at the TPCGS Spring Seminar include:

  • Pioneers of the Frontier: Using Online Newspapers to Find Early Settlers
  • Is It Really Online? Finding and Using Original Sources at Home or Library
  • The Migration Triangle: Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee
  • Using that Brick Wall as a Foundation

On Friday evening, there will be a “Meet Mark & Cyndi” dessert buffet event, limited to the first 75 registrants. Attendees will get a change to meet Mark and Cyndi Ingle (yes, Cyndi of Cyndi’s List).  Mark will present “Do They All Look Like Me?,” a laughable look at the traits passed down from our families. Remember, space for this event is limited to the first 75 registrants.

For more information or registration, visit the TPCGS website. Sign up today!

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society September Meeting

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting at LDS Family History Center, Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Summer break is over and it’s time for the monthly meetings of the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical society to start again. Hopefully this summer has allowed you to break down some of the brick walls, and discover new ancestors that you didn’t know about last spring.

Our September meeting will be an informal question, answers and stories at the LDS Family History Center located on 12th and Pearl in Tacoma. Claudia Breland will be joining us to answer questions we may have about a research problem, and we will also be doing our annual show and tell. So bring your stories and your questions or just come and listen to other members talk about what they have found recently. Who know, maybe someone’s story will help you with your research.

Hope to see everyone there!

TPCGS monthly meetings are held September – May at Bates Technical College, South Campus, Building E, 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma. (September’s meeting is at the LDS Family History Center)  Meetings are from 6pm – 9pm.  In between the two talks, there will be a short business meeting along with a social time and light refreshments.  Find more information at www.tpcgs.org

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society June Special Meeting

TPCGS is having a special meeting on June 13, 2017

With special guest Elissa Scalise Powell

Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL, is a Pennsylvania researcher and co-director of the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). She is a past-president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and coordinator of the IGHR “Professional Genealogy” course since 2007 She was an instructor for Boston University’s Genealogical Research Certificate course (2008-2016) and co-coordinator of SLIG’s 2013 “Credentialing: AG, CG, or Both?” course. She has also served as president of two local societies and has volunteered on society boards for over 25 years.

Fresh from the Southern California Genealogical Jamboree, Elissa will present an interesting program entitled Patriot or Not? – Using the GPS on a Closed DAR Line. This case study, concerning a man who is currently a patriot on a closed DAR line, goes through four questions in which the audience determines if the conclusions follow the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS). The Colglazier family was said to be of Pennsylvania, but were they? Following each step of the migration backward from where they settled in Indiana to Ohio to their origins through land, probate, military, census, and tax lists, each question is laid out and analyzed through several analysis techniques.

There will not be an early session, so this meeting will begin a 7 pm. However, you are welcome to come earlier and visit.

These meetings will be held in our usual location at Bates Technical College, South Campus, 2201 South 78th St, Tacoma, Building E. 

Judy Russell in Tacoma Today – Saturday, 29 April

Ignore today’s sunshine! I know that’s hard to do, considering the long winter we’ve had, but you won’t be sorry if you get yourself to Tacoma’s LaQuinta Inn & Suites to hear Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist. The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society is hosting this nationally acclaimed lawyer/genealogist. Wickedly funny, sharp as a tack — not to be missed.

Walk-in registration starts at 8:00 a.m. ($45, cash or check only). Cindy Ingle kicks off the day at 9:00, then Judy will educate and entertain you for the rest of the day. If you need more convincing, check out the flyer.

Tacoma-Pierce County Spring Seminar on Saturday

Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, is coming! And it’s not too late to be wow’d by her!

The Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society’s Spring Seminar promises to be a great one with Judy. You can register at the door — only $45 (cash or check only, please) on Saturday, April 29 at the La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1425 East 27th Street in Tacoma. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.

Join us beginning at 9:00 a.m., to hear Cyndi Ingle (yes — THAT Cyndi!) introduce Judy who will educate and entertain us about:

  • 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

For more information, download the seminar brochure: 2017TPCGSSeminarBrochure

Sandra Wade Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized almost 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 next few weeks, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Sandra Wade

Today we’re introducing Sandra Wade of Graham, Washington, who was nominated by the Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society (TPCGS). She was recognized for her diligence and attention-to-detail in transcribing data from local records.

Upon her retirement as a school bus driver for 32 years, Ms. Wade joined TPCGS and began researching her family history in earnest.  In 2013, when TPCGS began a special project to transcribe records from the Tacoma City Light Register, Book 2 (1904 – 1940), society members, including Ms. Wade, volunteered. Ms. Wade tackled the task, completing the majority of the work. After the data entry, Ms. Wade undertook the majority of the proofreading work, then single-handedly made the corrections to all 282 pages.

All agree that this compilation of data will be invaluable to researchers as the time period 1904 to 1940 is sometimes difficult to locate records placing people in a certain area during a certain time. Ms. Wade’s dedication to the project illustrate proves she richly deserves being a recipient of a 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

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