TriCity Genealogical Society April Seminar

Don’t forget our upcoming April 12th meeting which will feature the Sons of the American Revolution: history of the uniforms, flags, weapons and genealogy research tips.
Also, we will be having a Genealogy Book Sale at this meeting so you will want to take advantage of this book sale.
We request that you pay via a check or have the exact amount of cash as we will not be able to give you change.  So you may want to bring more one dollar bills unless you would like to be so kind as to give us more of a donation if you don’t have the correct amount.
We hope to see you at our April 12th meeting and as usual, invite a friend. Please see the attachment below and don’t forget about the Beginning Genealogy Class too. If you have any questions, please call 943-9322.
History of Revolutionary War Uniforms, Weapons & Flags

Speaker

Stan Wills, Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)

Tri-City Genealogical Society  (TCGS)

Wednesday, 12 Apr 2017 at the Benton County PUD
7:00 PM

2721 W 10th Ave

Kennewick WA

[ Genealogy Class –What Tombstones Tell Us – 6:15 to 6:45 PM]

Tri-City Genealogical Society March Meeting

U.S. Funeral Customs & Researching Funeral Records Speaker — Amy Mueller Coffman
Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS)
Wednesday, 8 Mar 2017 at the Benton County PUD 7:00 PM — 2721 W 10th Ave — Kennewick WA [Beginning Genealogy Class – Analyzing Birth Records – 6:15 to 6:45 PM]

Amy Mueller Coffman is a 4th-generation owner of Mueller’s Funeral Home in Kennewick and Pasco, Washington. Her B.A. degree from Brigham Young University is in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She has completed her funeral director internship and is preparing to take the State funeral director’s exam to be a licensed funeral director. She will bring a display of local 100-year-old funeral home records and cemetery applications and provide information on many different past funeral customs as well as share what specific information you can find on a funeral home record to help in your own family history research.

 

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Tri-City Gen Society News

If you like history, you don’t want to miss this TCGS meeting on 11 Jan 2017 Come to the Tri-City Genealogical Society at the Benton County PUD 7:00 PM — 2721 W 10th Ave — Kennewick WA Robert Franklin presents an overview of the history of Hanford

The Hanford Site (also called Hanford Project, Hanford Works, Hanford Engineer Works and Hanford Nuclear Reservation) is a mostly decommissioned nuclear production complex operated by the U.S. federal government on the Columbia River. Established in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project in the town of Hanford in south-central Washington State, the site was home to the B Reactor, the first full-scale plutonium production reactor in the world.

Speaker:  Robert Franklin is Assistant Director; Archivist and Director of the Hanford Oral History Project.

Bill Floberg 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 coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Bill Floberg

Bill Floberg

Today we’re introducing Bill Floberg of Kennewick, Washington, who was nominated by the Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS). He was recognized for his many years of support, encouragement and assistance to the society.

Mr. Floberg is one who is always working quietly in the background tending to the less than glamorous, but absolutely necessary, things that make a society successful. He can always be counted on to help whenever help is needed. For example, he manned the bookstore at the TCGS “Traveling Through Time” seminar in the fall of 2015. Had he not volunteered, there might not have been a bookstore.

At present, Mr. Floberg is serving as vice-president of TCGS. He has also served as the membership chair for the last four years and chair of the judging committee for the year-long TCGS Archived Document Contest.

Mr. Floberg is the definition of the word volunteer, thereby proving he richly deserved 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.

John Covey 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 coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2016 award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

John Covey

John Covey

Today we’re introducing John F. Covey of Richland, Washington, who was nominated by the Tri-City Genealogical Society (TCGS). He was recognized for his leadership and guidance through challenging times.

Mr. Covey has served two terms as TCGS President. During his extended tenure, he led without hesitancy and he never lost his focus on successfully leading the society during and through difficult times.

For many years, Mr. Covey has coordinated week-long trips to the Family History Center in Salt Lake City. He has also chaired the 2015 TCGS fall seminar “Traveling Through Time” with William Dollarhide as the featured presenter.

Mr. Covey’s dedication to the preservation and success of TCGS illustrates that he richly deserved 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.

Tri-City Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

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Tri-City Genealogical Society

Monthly Meeting:  Wednesday, October 12th

Place:  Charbonneau Retirement Center- 8264 Grandridge-Kennewick

Time:   7:00 p.m.

Topic:  Find-A-Grave and Billion Graves 

             Learn how to use these graves registration websites

             Learn how to search for an individual/cemetery 

             Learn how to post a memorial, add a photo or a document

 

Speaker:  Veronica Anguiano

 

For more information, please contact summerfest.44@gmail.com

Meet the Board: Mikal McKinnon

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee, six standing committee chairs and three appointed non-elected officers? Who are all these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you, so you can say “hi” the next time you see them.

In the first of our new “Meet the Board” series, we’re fittingly introducing you to President Mikal A. McKinnon from Richland, Washington. Mike, as we all know him, has been the WSGS President since 01 Jan 2013. His second term ends 31 Dec 2016.

Mikal, age 3 in 1944

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WSGS President Mikal McKinnon

Mike and his wife Janet (who you’ll meet later in the Meet the Board series) are the parents of five children: four sons and a daughter. They’re also the loving grandparents of 13. Mike and Janet met at Utah State University and have been married more than 50 years.

Mikal was born in Salt Lake City to Archivald Graham McKinnon and wife Julia Wahlstrom, both natives of the Beehive State. Mikal was named after his mother’s supervisor in nurses training Mrs. Mikals.

Mikal’s interest in genealogy began as a teenager when his father had him type family stories while learning to touch type on a typewriter. Today, Mikal has searched family lines from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to across the pond in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Sweden. Most often using FamilySearch.org, Mikal once found land records containing a reference to a will that pushed the end of one family line back three generations — an exciting find!

 

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December 1964

1986G 5 4 Janet scouts Mike 4 boysPrior to becoming WSGS President, Mikal served as the Region 5 Representative for two terms. He has been the Tri- City Genealogical Society‘s president, as well as the Richland Family History Center‘s Assistant Director and librarian. Mikal has served in many Latter Day Saints (LDS) Church leadership positions over the years, in addition to 50+ years in Boy Scouting. Currently he and Janet are serving in a volunteer position with Family Search supporting LDS Church leaders in western Washington State.

What does Mikal do when he’s not doing genealogy? He’s interested in lapidary, cutting and polishing rocks to make decorative items.

More trivia about Mikal:

  • His favorite color is blue.
  • His favorite dessert is apple pie.
  • He said the single word that describes best is “quiet.”

Now you know a little more about one of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Mikal, say hello and thank him for his service to the WSGS.