Monday Mystery

Hugs and congrats to Bettie who knew that mystery heart-rock sculpture if to be found in Vancouver, WA. Thanks for reading.

Today’s mystery will have no answer. This is She Who Watches, or Tsagaglalal. She is a pictograph carved high on a basalt bluff off Hwy 14 on the north side of the Columbia. I was lucky enough to be on a group tour 20 years ago where we hiked up to it. Now the ONLY access is by reserved tour groups. Why? Stupid-people-vandalism.

The mystery I learned then is that Lewis & Clark sailed down the Columbia, right under She Who Watches’ watchful eyes but they apparently didn’t see it for no notice appears in their journals. Interesting.

Questions today for you: (1) Have you ever hiked up to see She Who Watches? (2) Know the difference between a pictograph and a petroglyph?


Seattle Genealogical Society News


Thirty local genealogical society members were honored as Outstanding Volunteers at the Washington State Genealogical Society Annual Meeting in Vancouver, WA, on May 26, 2018.

Congratulations to Reiley Kidd, who was nominated by the Seattle Genealogical Society as our recipient of a 2018 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award! Reiley was selected for his steadfast support of numerous SGS projects.

Reiley has been a member of SGS for over 30 years. He served on our Board of Trustees, as both Secretary and Library Trustee. Under his leadership, the society’s policies and procedures were revamped and the hard files of the organization were placed “in the cloud”. Currently he leads the Family Tree Maker SIG, writes grant applications, and coordinates the KC3I (King County Court Cases Index, 1881 – 1980) queries,  handling over 300 requests for case file information.

Committed to giving back to the society for the years of services he participated in, Mr. Kidd likes to “find things for people”, whether it is a King County Court case file number, or helping a prison inmate find the Civil War record of his ancestor.

Mr. Kidd is a respected and diligent member of the SGS, and so richly deserves this recognition.  Again, congratulations to Reiley.

SGS needs more volunteers to man the SGS booth at the 72nd Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games, Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29, in Enumclaw. If you can help, please contact Jean Roth, or (206) 782-2629.



The SGS Library has a wonderful team of volunteers doing various work in the Library, from binding books, sorting and cataloging periodicals, archiving donated genealogical collections to scanning and digitization work. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at our Library every week.

We are fortunate that the Library receives many donations. Sometimes the books donated are duplicates of ones we already have in our collection. If SPL (Seattle Public Library) or Fiske Genealogical Library does not have them in their collection, then we send them to those libraries. If SPL and Fiske do have them, then we put them on our “Book Sale” shelves in the SGS Library for a very good price. This is an excellent way to increase your personal genealogical library by searching through our “Sale Books” shelves to see if there is something that you can use. We NEVER sell any books from our permanent collection, because we want you to be able to come to the Library to use them. Seattle Genealogical Society Library is a useful resource, come in and see us.

We also sell our duplicate books on eBay. Dona Bubelis is a trusted volunteer in the Library who is our eBay Sales Manager. She has generated over $200 year-to-date in sales for the Library. Not only does she put the duplicate books on sale on eBay, she also packages and mails them for us. She spends much time searching to see if these books will be good buys for people. Her work is much appreciated; thank you, Dona.



72ND Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games,
Enumclaw Expo Center,
​Enumclaw, WA

Come Hear the Bagpipes – Watch the Dancers – Visit a Clan Booth – Visit the SGS Booth.

2018 Northwest Genealogy Conference,
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society,
Byrnes Performing Arts Center,
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA
August 15 – 18, 2018  

Keynote speakers will be Beth Foulk, CeCe Moore, Peggy Lauritzen, and Amie Bowser Tennant.

Days 2-4 will be packed full of lectures and activities, such as post a surname on the “Cousin Board”; have fun connecting with other attendees you may be related to. On Friday, participate in the optional  “Dress As Your Ancestor”  day to honor your heritage.

As usual, the first day of this four day conference is designed for beginners and is free (registration required).   .

For more details and to register, visit their website:
Unlock the Past in Seattle, the “land conference”
Seattle Public Library,
1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Have you heard of Unlock the Past Cruises, genealogy on the high seas? Their 14th conference cruise will be to Alaska, Sept 7-14, and sail out of Seattle. They have put together an all day, companion “land conference” for September 6. It will be held at the downtown Seattle Public Library and it is open to all  – whether on the cruise, or not. Blaine Bettinger, Maurice Gleeson, Cyndi Ingle, and Wayne Shepheard will be the presenters.

If you are interested, see their website :

“A Day of Discovery with Lisa Louise Cooke”,
Puget Sound Genealogical Society,
4131 Pine Rd NE (at the Bremerton Elks),
Bremerton, WA
Saturday, September 22, 2018
8:30am – 3:30pm

Cost is $50 for PSGS members / $55 for non-members. Lunch is included and will be catered by the Bremerton Elks. For  more information and the registration form see

​”Harvest Your Family Tree”,
The Kelowna & District Genealogical Society Conference 2018,
Kelowna, BC

Friday, September 28 – Sunday, September 30


There will be plenty to see and learn at one of Western Canada’s largest genealogy conferences – eleven speakers on 31 topics. Featuring Louis Kessler, programmer,
genealogist, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and Genealogical Speakers Guild (GSG) will be speaking about Double Match Triangulation, the program he developed for autosomal DNA analysis. His program won third place at the 2017 RootsTech Innovator Showdown.

For more on this conference, visit their website :



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.


Saturday, July 21, 10:15am – 12:15pm, Irish SIG, with Jean A Roth
Saturday, July 21, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, German SIG, with Jean A Roth

Sunday, August 12, 10:00 am – 2pm, “Ask the Experts” Event, led by members of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (PS-APG). See the article in the June 30, 2018 eNews! for more info.  Registration required. Please sign up by Sunday, July 29 using this link:


Join or renew your SGS membership for 2018-19. The fastest way is to use our new onine form and pay with a credit/debit card here: Online SGS Membership form

Or, print out a copy of our membership form and send it with your check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329. Here’s the link: Printable SGS Membership form

Thanks for supporting SGS!

Friday Serendipity

This will open your eyes……….. to the sad truth. According to the May/June 2018 issue of Family Tree Magazine, article titled “Heirloom Hand off” by Denise May Levenick, here is a list of

The 10 Least Wanted Heirlooms:

  1. “brown” furniture
  2. china
  3. crystal
  4. silver-plate serve ware
  5. table linen
  6. collectible figurines
  7. collectible teapots, teacups and spoons
  8. chafing dishes and large serving ware
  9. pianos
  10. grandfather clocks

And can you guess why? I think it’s because most of today’s millennial’s do not entertain the way their parents and grandparents did….. big fancy table, cut-work tablecloth, crystal and silver, candlesticks with bobeches and multi-pot-bowl dinners. To entertain that way, you needed the stuff on that list. Who does that sort of entertaining now-a-days? Yes, some but not most.

So if you’ve got great-grandma’s crocheted tablecloth and/or silver knives and forks and/or Limoges china, use it! And if it stains or breaks, oh well. Your kids don’t want it anyway.


GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News


Thursday Evening

E-News, Edition

12 July 2018

For more information visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932. We love hearing from you!

For a complete GFO CALENDAR click here.

Also, if you missed your free copy of our monthly Insider for May 2018, you’re in luck because we saved you a copy HERE. Simply scroll down at THIS page and click on the Insider 2018 May issue.

Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?

We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!


VOLUNTEER BLITZ! Can you help?

This is an all-hands-on-deck day to get GFO Library’s renumbering project on track. It’ll make the library much easier to use once we are done.

The library will be closed all day Wednesday, August 1st, so we can make some stupendously HUGE progress. We will provide beverages and snacks and laughter and genealogical tidbits throughout the day, completely free!

Won’t you join us and bring a friend? Join us and help whip our library into the best shape it’s ever seen!


Seminar Fall 2018 Ingle-CyndiSm

You’ve probably heard of Cyndi Ingle and her invaluable website, Cyndi’s List. Now come hear from the guru behind one of the most comprehensive reference lists there is online! The GFO is proud to bring Cyndi Ingle in for our Fall Seminar November 3 and 4.
Topics include: Ten Resources I Use Every Day, Advanced Googling for Grandma, Unappreciated Treasures, Digital Research Plans, Google Maps & Google Earth and Online Resources for the Western U.S.
Register [HERE] now!


Our hearts go out to our colleagues at the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society in Washington. They lost their library in a devastating fire.

We wanted to help them, so we offered them their pick from our surplus books. They advised they really needed items directly related to their county and only one of our surplus books fit that bill.

However, we also noticed they had a $1,000 fundraising goal online.

We are pleased to report that the GFO Board voted to donate $100 to their fundraising effort, and our contribution put them over the top of their goal. Best wishes to them as they recover!


If you’re an Amazon Prime member, there’s a big day of Prime Sales on Monday and Tuesday, July 16th and 17th.

This would be a great time to make sure you shop through Your shopping makes a big difference!

Amazon donates to Genealogical Forum Of Oregon Inc when you shop Prime Day deals…IF you make sure to name GFO as the organization you want to support.

And don’t forget, this works all year long. Make a habit of going to for any of your shopping and GFO will benefit too. Best of it is, this doesn’t increase the prices you pay!

Thank you, as always, for all your continued support!


During the German Special Interest Group (SIG) session last week at GFO, guest speaker Fritz Juengling shared with the attendees that the Community Groups section at is now out of beta testing and is live for all to participate. (Free login required.)

These Community Groups can be accessed by going to the HELP menu in the upper right corner of’s home page and clicking on COMMUNITY. After signing in you can choose which group(s) you wish to join by going to MORE and clicking on GROUPS. This brings up a list of a little over a hundred groups. We know that’s a small number compared to Rootsweb lists, but the FamilySearch Community Groups currently offer three advantages.

1. Most importantly they actually function.
2. Fritz indicated that the Family History Consultants in Salt Lake are also participants. That means some significant expertise for receiving answers to your most challenging questions.
3. You can post an image of what you are asking questions about.

FRIDAY, July 13th

Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30am – 1:30pm

This Friday we will continue to explore DNA testing, including our experiences with the tests and the results.

In our last meeting, everyone seemed to be very interested in this subject. If you have tested please bring your results, or if you want to share resources (books, websites) on DNA testing, please do. The group’s leader has bookmarked the major websites such as AncestryDNA, MyHeritageDNA, FamilyTreeDNA, and a new site he’s just started to explore called GEDmatch. We’ll go through the process of downloading the raw data from AncestryDNA (if you have tested with them) and then uploading to FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritageDNA, or GEDmatch. Each will give a different result.

The group leader will also share two resources, books, for intermediate to advanced Hispanic research: Northern New Spain, A Research Guide, and Genealogical Encyclopedia of the Colonial Americas. The latter is available at the GFO library.
For questions or comments, please email Vince at

SUNDAY, July 15th

No Work Party this Sunday Morning! See you the Sunday after.

Grays Harbor Fire Update

Members of the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society, a hearty bunch for sure, are picking themselves up by their boot straps and putting together a plan to restore their Research Library. The library was destroyed in a 3-alarm fire on Saturday, June 9, 2018. Besides the research library, the fire at the Aberdeen Amory also devastated the Aberdeen Museum of History, Coastal Community Action and the Aberdeen Senior Center. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Click here for next day news coverage by the Aberdeen Daily World.

A temporary location at the Hoquiam Regional Library has been secured. Under the leadership of GHGS President Gary Parfitt and a small committee (of a small society), plans are being made to purchase everything from computers and a copier to pencils and paper clips. Generous financial donations from local genealogical societies and individuals from around the state have been humbly accepted. In addition, many societies have offered donations of Grays Harbor-related books and family researches. GHGS is particularly interested in early Polk Directories, telephone books, obituaries, funeral records, identified photographs or family histories (with ties to Grays Harbor or Chehalis Counties). Anyone with materials to donate or reproduce can contact Gary Parfitt at Financial donations can be sent to the society’s Research Library Go Fund Me page or directly to the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 916, Aberdeen, WA 98520.

A personal message to all: We are so thankful for the generosity of so many — some known to us, others strangers. We would never want this catastrophe to happen to any individual or society, but if it did, we hope you would experience the kindnesses we have. Sincerely, Roxanne Lowe, Proud member of the Grays Harbor Genealogical Society

Tuesday Trivia

“Everybody” says that the 1890 U.S. federal census was a total loss. Not quite true, according to Sunny Jane Morton in her article “Holes in History” in the May-June 2018 issue of FamilyTree Magazine.

  • Records lost: 1890 U.S. census population schedule (62.6 million names) and most special schedules
  • Records survived: About 6300 names from 10 states and Washington, DC, as well as Civil War veterans schedules for half of Kentucky, and states alphabetically following Kentucky: Oklahoma Territory, Indian Territory, and Washington DC.
  • Where to look: Find surviving schedules at major genealogy websites, including Ancestry, FamilySearch, FindMyPast and MyHeriage.
  • Substitute records: City directories, tax lists, state censuses and other records created between 1880 and 1900.

Now you know the whole story; thanks, Sunny.


Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society July Meeting

The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Bainbridge Island Public Library, 1270 Madison Ave N  from 10:00a.m. – 12 noon. Guest speaker Jewell Lorenz Dunn, A.G., Washington State Archives will present  “Immigration Law and Records”. Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to or call 206-780-8009. BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
Sue Elfving
Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society
Publicity and Public Relations