Happy Thanksgiving

I want to thank all the people that have subscribed to this blog, a few over 900 now, but the biggest thanks are those people that send me their upcoming programs so all 900 subscribers will be able to connect with a program that interests them.

This year with covid has made the societies jump into online presentations that makes it easy for someone to attend a meeting or a seminar without leaving their home, and even join a meeting clear across the country without the expense of travel or having to fight traffic and find parking. We do miss seeing our friends and so after we can get back together will we still meet remotely?

These three postcards are from my uncle Leigh Hansen’s postcard collection, most all are from before 1920.

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Back of above card, to my Uncle Leigh 7 days before his 2nd birthday from his sister Carrie who was in Minneapolis at school at age 17 with her sister Frances age 18

Heritage Quest Research Library Open Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday!
Happy Holidays!
With Thanksgiving upon us and the holidays fast approaching, we will be OPEN to assist you with your research or your shopping needs for the Genealogy guru or budding Genealogist on your Holiday gift list.

Come on in this Saturday!
We’re OPEN from 10 to 4

Can’t make it in this Saturday? 
Don’t worry!
We will be open, Saturday, December 5th too.
 
We’re also open, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 
from 10 to 2

South King County Genealogical Society News

🌠 Monday, 16 November, 1–3 pm PST. Technology User Group: One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. Valorie will present, not Stephen Morse, who created the webpage tools! Join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG for meeting invitations and discussion.
🔰Friday, 20 November, 6-7 pm PST. Joint presentation SKCGS/KCLS: Genealogy Research Help: Why, What & Where? presented by MaryLynn Strickland and Valorie Zimmerman. Online, free. Registration required:https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/5fad66d317e1da2400c94008
🌟 Saturday, 21 November, 9:30-noon PST. SKCGS General Meeting: Thomas MacEntee presents Genealogy Pit Stop: Researching in 15 Minute Increments. Mr. MacEntee will be using Zoom to present, and registration is requiredhttps://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYucOuprT4jGtxk16x3MNxRTYLhEmFuDa0E.
Please register before Friday the 20th, so we have an idea of how many people to plan for.

After getting your confirmation, please put the event and the link you will receive into your calendar. Only the first 100 people to join our live meeting will be able to participate, so connect as early as you can; ideally 9:30 am.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, a recording of the lecture will be available to members and registrants for 30 days after the meeting. Discussion in our online group: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

🌠 Monday, 23 November, 1–3 pm  PST: Genealogy Chat. Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! To join, click or paste into your browser: https://meet.google.com/phg-exxp-one?hs=122&authuser=0 or call (‪US‬) ‪+1 484-268-2552‬. For meeting invitations and discussion, join or free online group: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Seattle Genealogical Society Three Tips of the Week

 TIP OF THE WEEK –
THREE YEAR END TIPS
  Through the end of December, Ancestry is allowing library patrons access to Ancestry Library Edition from the comfort of their home. Included –  Seattle Public Library, King County Library, and Sno-Isle Libraries. Patrons, login through your library’s portal using your library card number and pin.  

Are you in the market for a DNA test? During the holidays, many of the DNA testing companies (Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA, etc) advertise substantial discounts on their tests. 

Many folks wait until the end of the year to make their charitable contributions. The SGS Library may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but the expenses go on. Your continued support is needed and appreciated. Seattle Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Donations to SGS are tax deductible. For details on how to contribute, visit our website: 
https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=99

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Seattle Genealogical Society is a member-driven, volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members and the talents and dedication of our volunteers. We are currently seeking people for the following positions:

  • Journal Editor
  • Publications Director (board position)
  • Communications Director (board position)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Front Desk Scheduler
  • Centennial Planning Committee

Contact Volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org



HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – VIRTUAL 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join us for our annual holiday gathering – this year it will be virtual!  

Share your family recipes! Send your recipe along ahead of time to library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

We will compile your recipes and share them on our website and at our Holiday Party.  

Join in our genealogy trivia contest. Your facilitators each have five questions to stump you. The top two winners will receive prizes.

Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Facilitators: Sue Jensen and Heidi Mair
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Kathy Emmel, genealogist, teacher, author, and quilter with a background in graphic design, will present “Quilting Your Family History” on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 7-8:00 pm PST. She’ll feature 14 quilts she has made which showcase her heritage, family history, and family stories. 

Visit the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting id.  
HAVE YOU HEARD
TECH TUESDAY IS BACK!

Back by popular demand! Tech Tuesday sessions will be virtual via Zoom from 10 am-11 am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Facilitators will vary. No appointment necessary. Find the link on the SGS Website Calendar of Events. The next session will be on November 24, 2020.

THIS WEDNESDAY!
You are invited to the “Brags and Bricks Social Interest Group” meeting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Sue Jensen, the hostess, says, “We are a relaxed social group that discusses our genealogy research, or our intentions to do research,  with a bit of fun thrown in. Come join the fun.”

As always, the link to join will be in the Calendar of Events on the SGS Website:  seagensoc.org.      SAVE THE DATE
“Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and the meeting id. 
https://www.jgsws.org

RootsTech Connect 2021 (Virtual),
hosted by FamilySearch International
February 25-27, 2021


This 2021 virtual conference is free. They do ask that you register. Something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  


Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

GFO Logo THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition November 12, 2020
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.org Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Click here for a PDF version of this E-News.
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Fall Seminar This Weekend
This is your last chance to sign up to hear personally from the popular Lisa Louise Cooke, host of Genealogy Gems Podcasts! We’ve added extra online “seats” so there is plenty of room! If you can’t attend live, videos of these sessions will be available until December 15 for anyone who registers, so it’s worth signing up!
GFO Fall Seminar ad half-pg Come meet Lisa, ask questions, and get two days of her popular “Gems” for yourself! Learn about reopening cold cases, handling common surnames, finding living relatives, and see how Google Earth Pro can help every genealogist.
Lisa is an extremely popular international genealogy speaker, and the GFO is thrilled she will join us online this weekend for our Fall Seminar, November 14 and 15. And everyone will get a great view of her presentations from the comfort of whatever seat they choose in their home. In addition, GFO members get big discounts at this seminar! $20 off the first day, $15 off the second. Sign up now! *NOTE: If you registered after 7:30 a.m. Thursday, you should have received an email with meeting information in the past day. If you have not seen one, contact seminars@gfo.org
Register for Fall Seminar
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Free November GenTalk: Timelines & Checklists
Nov GenTalk clipped We have a great opportunity to learn how to create a timeline with what you know, identify gaps, consult a genealogical research checklist for sources to fill those gaps, and record your queries on a correspondence research log.
Kathrine Willson is one of the most talented and engaging genealogy speakers I’ve heard. I’m thrilled she’s doing a GenTalk for the GFO.” — Laurel Smith, GFO Library Chair
Katherine R. Willson will be our featured online GenTalk speaker for Genealogical Timelines & Research Checklists on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Discover the magic of methodology that may break down your brick walls. She is a genealogy lecturer from Michigan; an educator teaching beginning through advanced genealogy classes since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a professional researcher for private clients. Go to our GenTalk page to register now. It’s free for everyone.
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Special Free GFO Presentation: Who’s In Your Neighborhood?
Friends. Associates. Neighbors. We’ve heard of the F.A.N. principle of genealogy. But what about our own GFO F.A.N club? The GFO Board has made it a priority to better serve all groups in our area. We are pleased to present Linda Harms Okazaki, who helps genealogical societies to embrace different cultures within our communities.
Whos In Neighborhood trim On Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Linda presents Who’s In Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community. This will be live, online, and free. Historical events, laws, immigration patterns, and primary source documents will be examined to better assist individuals from different ethnic groups.
A fourth-generation Californian active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond, Linda is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a contractual genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists™. She is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly. Please come ready to ask questions and to engage in a lively dialogue. Register here for this free, online, engaging session.
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Mayflower Lineage Database Now Online
©2020 New England Historic Genealogical Society To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in America, American Ancestors has just released an online database containing authenticated lineages of all the passengers on the Mayflower who left descendants. These family histories are taken from approved membership applications for the Mayflower Society (General Society of Mayflower Descendants), the earliest of which dates back to 1895. This is another great reason to be a member of the GFO. Your membership includes access to American Ancestors to search these records! They are graciously extending this to our members at home at this time during the pandemic. Login through our exclusive Members Area.
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Webinar: The 400th Anniversary of The Mayflower
For those wishing a more comprehensive review of the new American Ancestors’ online data base of records pertaining to the Mayflower, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society will host a full day webinar entitled “The 400th Anniversary of The Mayflower 1620-2020,” featuring New England Historical Genealogical Society Chief Genealogist, David Allen Lambert.
OGS This online presentation will be held Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m (Pacific) and topics will include: Mayflower Sources, Resources for the New England Great Migration 1620-1640, Understanding New England Town and Vital Records, Using New England Court Records, and Using New England Land Records. Cost is $50 for non-members. Click here to register. There is a limit of 100 participants.
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Please Volunteer from Home
The GFO Library may be closed but there’s still plenty of work that can be done from home. We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help with these projects.
volunteers-2729695 1920 The Data Extraction group is working to index GFO’s Bulletin quarterlies. Is this something you would like to do from home? If so, we can send the indexing rules, the Excel spreadsheet for the volume, and a digital copy of the volume for you to index.
“It is interesting going through the old Bulletins. I have found some of my ancestors in them!” Please contact Loretta Welsh at loretta.welsh@gfo.org if you’d like to help.
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What’s New Online?
cable-4498741 1920 tip As our library closure continues, we are featuring free online resources so you can reach out and connect, as well as continue to learn and build on your genealogy skills, from home.
How Research Plans Prevent Distractions Join the Wisconsin State Genealogical Society and guest speaker Tammy Priolo for a free webinar on Tuesday, November 17 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) where she will discuss the Genealogical Proof Standard, distractions, research plans, and how these all impact correct documentation and family history preservation. Register in advance, here.
Separating and Merging Identities of Same-named Men Can the same man die twice? Join BCG Certified Genealogist Shannon Green, for a free Legacy Family Tree Webinar, Wednesday, November 18 at 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) for a review using a comprehensive case study where she will elaborate on how to distinguish same-named men as well as provide warnings of how identities can be incorrectly conflated. Register here.
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Surplus Book: Somerset Homecoming
Col Corr Somerset-4414 Dorothy Spruill Redford spent ten years traveling down winding southern roads, through county courthouses and state archives, and onto the front porches of people willing to share tales handed down through generations, to trace the lives of the slaves and their descendants from Somerset Place, North Carolina. Her hard work created a homecoming of more than 2,000 descendants which attracted national publicity. And it marked the beginning of a campaign to turn Somerset Place into a remarkable resource for learning about the history of both African Americans and whites in the region.
Col Corr Somerset-4418 Redford preserved this remarkable story in Somerset Homecoming – Recovering a Lost Heritage, published in 1989. This paperback copy is a first edition signed by the author. It is in good condition with a crunched right corner on the cover and the first few pages.
Col Corr Somerset-4429 We find no marks inside (other than the author’s signature.) It includes an introduction by Alex Haley. Our price: $18, shipping included. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to purchase this.
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This week at GFO …
desk-calendar-12992149 The Week Ahead: The GFO Research Library is closed, and all on-site groups, classes, and work parties are suspended.
Saturday, November 14 Fall Seminar: Lisa Louise Cooke 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Online The GFO is pleased to present Lisa Louise Cooke, the host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, for the first day of a two-day fall seminar, live online. For details regarding the day’s presentations and to register, click here or consult the article in the main body of this E-News.
Writer’s Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Online Join this peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share their writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org
Sunday, November 15 Fall Seminar: Lisa Louise Cooke 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. Online The GFO is pleased to present Lisa Louise Cooke, the host of the Genealogy Gems podcast, for the second day of a two-day fall seminar, live online. For details regarding the day’s presentations and to register, click here or consult the article in the main body of this E-News.
French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Online Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia, while we share stories of our history. There will be discussions about next year’s agenda, book summary, and how to access information. For more information and a link to this meeting, write to FrCan@gfo.org. Wednesday, November 18 Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Online Join our “genealogy self-help” group. Please bring tales of your latest genealogy related adventures and a wish list of subjects to build our calendar. For questions and a link to the meeting, contact Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto at: learnandchat@gfo.org.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

GFO Logo THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition November 5, 2020 Curious about the status of your GFO Membership?We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!gfo.org | 503-963-1932 | info@gfo.orgBe sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider Click here for a PDF version of this E-News. *** We’re Turning 75! Help Us Celebrate The GFO is about to hit a major milestone. In two months we turn 75 years old! Please help us celebrate.What are you favorite memories of the GFO? It could be a discovery, an event, or meaningful relationship. Perhaps someone helped you break a brick wall. Maybe you got to meet a star in the genealogy world. GFO-75th-Facebook Cover We’d like to share your stories with our members during our anniversary year. They might appear in the E-News, the Insider, or the Bulletin.
Short blurbs work best. A single paragraph or two are ideal. If you have a nice head shot photo of yourself, it’d be great to feature that too.Our longest time member, who joined in 57 years ago in 1963, has already shared a story with us. Please share yours too. Contribute your GFO Memories *** Fall Seminar: 2 Days of Genealogy Gems!You know Lisa Louise Cooke from her Genealogy Gems Podcasts. Her videos. Her articles. Her website. And her presentations at genealogy conferences. GFO Fall Seminar ad half-pg Now you can meet her, ask questions, and get two days of her popular “Gems” for yourself! Learn about reopening cold cases, handling common surnames, finding living relatives, and see how Google Earth Pro can help every genealogist. Lisa is an extremely popular international genealogy speaker, and the GFO is thrilled she will join us for our Fall Seminar, November 14 and 15, this year online. And everyone will get a great view of her presentations from the comfort of whatever seat they choose in their home.In addition, GFO members get big discounts at this seminar! $20 off the first day, $15 off the second.We are adding extra seats so everyone can attend. Please sign up now! Register for Fall Seminar *** Can You Help Us on Social Media?social media Do you use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram regularly? If you enjoy social media, the GFO could really use your help.We’d love to reach a broader, more diverse audience, especially on Instagram, which would be brand new to us.The GFO currently has only one person handling all Facebook posts, in addition to many other fundraising and library tasks. We’d love to communicate through other social media platforms as well, but there’s not enough time in the day for one person to tackle all this.Please contact president@gfo.org if you have a knack for social media and can help us. Follow Us On Facebook Here *** Free November GenTalk: Timelines & ChecklistsNov GenTalk clipped We have a great opportunity to learn how to create a timeline with what you know, identify gaps, consult a genealogical research checklist for sources to fill those gaps, and record your queries on a correspondence research log. “Kathrine Willson is one of the most talented and engaging genealogy speakers I’ve heard. I’m thrilled she’s doing a GenTalk for the GFO.” — Laurel Smith, GFO Library Chair Katherine R. Willson will be our featured online GenTalk speaker for Genealogical Timelines & Research Checklists on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 2 p.m. Discover the magic of methodology that may break down your brick walls.She is a genealogy lecturer from Michigan; an educator teaching beginning through advanced genealogy classes since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan; and a professional researcher for private clients.Go to our GenTalk page to register now. It’s free for everyone. *** Special GFO Presentation: Who’s In Your Neighborhood?Friends. Associates. Neighbors. We’ve heard of the F.A.N. principle of genealogy. But what about our own GFO F.A.N club?The GFO Board has made it a priority to better serve all groups in our area. We are pleased to present Linda Harms Okazaki, who helps genealogical societies to embrace different cultures within our communities. Whos In Neighborhood trim On Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., Linda presents Who’s In Your Neighborhood? Meeting the Diverse Research Needs of Your Community. This will be live, online and free.Historical events, laws, immigration patterns, and primary source documents will be examined to better assist individuals from different ethnic groups. A fourth-generation Californian active in the genealogy and Japanese American communities in California and beyond, Linda is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, a charter member of the Nikkei Genealogical Society, and a contractual genealogist with Ancestry ProGenealogists™. She is also a featured columnist for the Nichi Bei Weekly.Please come ready to ask questions and to engage in a lively dialogue. Register here for this free, online, engaging session. *** Gift-Membership-Ad-800 brdr *** Please Volunteer from Homeacrobat-reader-303805 1280 Copyright © 2020 Adobe The GFO Library may be closed but there’s still plenty of work that can be done from home. We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help with these projects.We need volunteers to help with the PDF processing of digital scans. This requires the Adobe Acrobat Pro software. If you have this software already and would like to help, please contact Laurel Smith, laurel.smith@gfo.org. *** NGS Asks For Your Awards Entries Have you written an outstanding family history? Do you know a young person who is involved in genealogy projects? The National Genealogical Society recognizes excellence in the field of genealogy by presenting awards to individuals, societies, and organizations. The GFO is a member of the NGS, so our members are eligible to enter. Awards for Excellence categories include: ngslogo • Family History Writing
• Genealogy and Family History Book
• Genealogical Methods and Sources
• NGSQ Article Excellence
• Youth Writing: Grades 6-8, and 9-12 Check out the full list and entry requirements here. The deadline for entries is December 15. *** What’s New in Online Digital Resourcescable-4498741 1920 tip As our library closure continues, we are featuring free online resources so you can reach out and connect, as well as continue to learn and build on your genealogy skills, from home. Researching Your French Canadian Ancestors Join speaker Johanne Gervais on November 7 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (Pacific) and learn how, with the right tools, searching for your French Canadian ancestors in Québec has never been easier. Review the most common and useful features of the Québec Archives website, the BMS2000, Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH), GenealogyQuebec, and FichierOrigine databases. Register here for this free webinar; a part of the Southern California Genealogical Society’s 2020 Jamboree Webinar Series. Jewish Immigrants in the American Antiques Trade Join Briann Greenfield and Erica Lome on Tuesday, November 17 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Pacific) for this free webinar from American Ancestors exploring the lives and careers of two Lithuanian immigrants, Israel Sack and Nathan Margolis, who became noted authorities on Early American furniture. Their clients included some of the most famous collectors of their era, such as Henry Francis du Pont, J.P. Morgan, and Luke Vincent Lockwood. This talk recovers their fascinating legacy and demonstrates their lasting influence on American decorative arts. Register in advance here by November 17. Surplus Book: the book of sarahsWhen Catherine E. McKinley set out to find her biological parents, she had both genealogical and cultural obstacles to confront. Sarahs-4017 the book of sarahs; a family in parts, is her memoir as a biracial woman who was among the many children of color placed for adoption with white couples in the 1960s and 1970s.It may may include the first instance of a phrase we’ve not run across before: Afro-Saxon.Poet and author Hettie Jones wrote of McKinley’s book, “At once mystery and family history, Catherine McKinley’s story is a must-read for anyone – and that should be everyone – paying attention to race issues in our increasingly diverse, harder-to-categorize twenty-first-century America.” Sarahs-4020 Sarahs-4021 This memoir was published in 2002. This is a paperback copy in good condition. There are no marks of any kind on it, just some visible wear on the corners, and crease marks on the spine.Our price: $18, shipping included. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like to purchase this. *** This week at GFO …desk-calendar-12992149 The Week Ahead:The GFO Research Library is closed, and all on-site groups, classes, and work parties are suspended.Saturday, November 7Virginia Interest Group10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Online Topic: The Library of Virginia Digital Archives Virginia research is difficult, even in the best of time. Records destroyed, and many of those remain have limited access. The Library of Virginia is a premier resource for Virginia genealogical research, even during these stay at home times. The archive has an amazing digital collection. But, it’s not always easy to find those records. And now, they have changed their search process. In this meeting, we’ll discuss a selection of the records available online, how to find others, and we’ll talk about some of the other resources available to help your research. Judi Scott will be sharing some successful personal examples from the LVA digital resources, and attendees are encouraged to share theirs as well. Register in advance, here. E-mail questions to: virginia@gfo.org.German Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Online Topic: Pennsylvania Dutch and New York Palatines Join us for a presentation by Laressa Northrup as she speaks to the areas of origin for these groups in Germany, settlements in Pennsylvania and New York, as well as sources common or unique to both including tips on finding name variations. Download the handout here. If you are not already on our email list and would like to join us for this or any other German SIG meeting, please e-mail your request to German@gfo.org. Danke! Tuesday, November 10Board Meeting 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Online
All GFO members are invited to attend. To receive a link to this online meeting, send an email in advance to president@gfo.org. Thursday, November 12The Q Review 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Online For this month’s meeting, please read “DNA Identifies a Father for Rachel, Wife of James Lee of Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania,” by Patricia Lee Hobbs. For a link to this online meeting, e-mail Alexa Waddle at qreview@gfo.org

Blog Banner Photos Wanted

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you. We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner.

Guidelines for the photos are few:
•Landscapes, landmarks, and scenery photos are preferred. If, however, you have a perfect photo that includes people, please obtain their permission to post the photo.
•Photo must have been taken in Washington State (this is the Washington State Genealogical Society blog, after all!).
•Photo will be cropped to 1100 x 250 pixels, so keep that in mind. If in doubt, send it to us & we’ll figure it out.
•You may submit as many photos as you want.
•Final decisions on suitable photos will be made by the awesome WSGS Blog Team.
•There’s no prize if your photo is chosen – just the satisfaction that your photo is being showcased on a blog viewed by hundreds of enthusiastic genealogists.
•There’s no firm deadline to submit photos, just keep ‘em coming. We want to rotate lots of photos to keep the blog fresh.

To submit your photo, please email the image (jpg only, please); what, where, when, and by whom the photo was taken to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Got questions? Email the blog team at WSGSBlog@wasgs.org.

Western Washington Society Presidents Organize

Respectively submitted by Celia McNay, Eastside Genealogical Society, past president

The 2020 pandemic has been a challenge to all of us, causing many genealogical societies to rethink their mission, and how we can best serve the genealogical community. We’re rising to that challenge in various ways. One of those is the creation of the Western WA Genealogical Society Presidents Council.  Out of a need for more networking, sharing, and support through the changes, Liz Osborn, the new president of Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society (TPCGS), reached out to other presidents in the western side of the state.  She invited us to a Zoom meeting in late June.  At that first online meet-up, there were eight people in attendance:  Liz; Jill Morelli, past president of Seattle GS; Jim Secan, new president of SGS; Lorraine Graeber, secretary of Tacoma-Pierce County GS; Kathy Erlandson, Olympia GS; Celia McNay, president of Eastside GS; Jane Wickert, vice-president of Eastside GS; and Karen Van Haagen Campbell, representing both the Jewish GS of WA State and the Black Genealogy Research Group.

We talked for two hours, sharing ideas, events, challenges, and hopes for the future.  Some of the future topics for discussion identified at that first meeting included new president training, regional Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the defunct Family History Fair, the State (WSGS) organization, social media use, outreach activities, online general meetings and Board meetings, technology, insurance coverage, places to meet after Covid-19, and more.  It was a dynamic and energized group of like-minded people with a focus on making our genealogical societies better in this new restricted, yet freeing atmosphere.  

Meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month, attendance at the July meeting jumped to 15 participants.  September included a ‘guest’ speaker Ginny Majewski as both the president of WSGS and her local society.  In October, Celia McNay (Eastside GS) presented information for a new president as part of a leadership training segment.  Valorie Zimmerman (South King County GS) facilitated the creation of an email exchange through GroupsIO for the presidents.  Jill Morelli (Seattle GS) created a chart of each GS’s SIGs with contact information.  Small steps but steps forward none the less.

This group is open to any president (or designee) of a genealogical society, genealogical library, research group, etc. who might benefit from the networking.  The stated purpose from the first meeting still holds true:  To come together to see in what ways we can support each other and work together.  As a group, we support the Washington State Genealogical Society and are not trying to re-invent the wheel.  But we felt a need for leaders to share ideas and events, successes and bombs, structures and changes.  The online world we have been thrust into is new to all of us and we want to succeed together!

The next meeting is 24 Nov 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Zoom.  To be added to the distribution list and join this group, contact Jim Secan at president@seagensoc.org who will be conducting that meeting.  

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State November 9th Presentation

  The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
proudly
presents a free presentation
Monday evening, 11/9/20, at 7 p.m.:

  “Help! I tested my DNA and I’m confused!”
 
        presented by Gil Bardige, DNA/Genealogical
                  Lecturer and DNA Mentor/
                           Project Leader
    DATE:  Monday evening, November 9, 2020,
            from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom
This free online meeting will open at 7 p.m., and the presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.  
Registration is required:        
1) To register for this Zoom meeting, copy this into link your
          web browser:   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85286034736?pwd=bnU1a1JOOTRHZG43d1hYTGovTUZUUT09  
     2) You will be prompted to enter your name and email address and when you hit enter, you will automatically be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.
      Meeting ID: 852 8603 4736                        Pass code: 751676

For audio, dial 1 253 215 8782, 85286034736, US (Tacoma), use Code 852 8603 4736#, Password: 751676 – Or find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kwgAJx6Yh [online via Zoom] Dial by your location
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
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Meeting ID: 886 6992 1281
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kd1gL0ABIT   ABOUT OUR 11/9/20 PROGRAM
This presentation will provide specific guidance on how to use DNA/Genetic Genealogy as an effective tool in your genealogy tool belt. Gil will provide examples from the four major DNA testing companies to clarify ethnicity estimates and give a detailed review of what matches mean at each company. He will outline the recommended steps to take for prioritizing and making contact with your DNA matches. The end goal is to have your match help with your family tree and, hopefully, provide information, photographs, documents, stories, etc., that you don’t already have. Gil will review the DNA tests available,
what you can expect from the results, and who should test. At the end of the presentation, you will be able to
say, “Now I get it… I know what to do.”
During the presentation, you may ask questions by using the Chat feature, and Gil will answer them at the end of his talk. If there is time after that, he will take more questions via audio.          
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Gil Bardige was born and raised in Chicago and now lives the Columbus, Ohio area. A graduate of the New York Institute of Technology, Gil recently retired after a long career, most recently as a national business development leader for Trane. Gil has three children and three grandchildren.

Gil began his genealogy adventure in 1979 with 54 people in his tree. Today his family tree is over 2,000 and traces three branches back to his 5th great grandfathers born about 1740.

For the past 12+ years Gil has expanded his knowledge base to Genetic Genealogy, testing at each of the major DNA companies, and he currently manages three Y-DNA projects at Family Tree DNA as a Volunteer Administrator. He loves to help people manage their expectations and begin to remove confusion from their DNA results. With a good percentage of Sephardic ancestry shown in his DNA ethnicity, Gil has added that research to learn about his Bardiga origins.

Gil is a firm believer that using DNA results as a tool in genealogical research can generate clues that help confirm relationships.
                                      

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     “Finding My Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Toolbox”
          Presented by Coral Grant, Genealogical Lecturer

    Description: The secrets that Coral Grant’s grandparents thought were safe eventually became unraveled through the magic of DNA, archival research, and tenacity. The truth revealed an unknown ancestor and a truly rich Latvian heritage. Working back in time, this adventure begins in the Garment District of Toronto, Canada in the early 1930’s and ends deep in the Latvian countryside of the 18th century. The journey includes a life altering deportation from the Latvian countryside during World War I, a survivor’s struggle to return home, a deception to avoid military service, and a most reluctant immigration. Along the way, Coral encountered many genealogical roadblocks: name changes, protective descendants, and multiple individuals with the same name. Using her research to share her family story and Latvian Jewish history, Coral’s presentation highlights the use of all the tools available to the genealogist. Ultimately, the goal of our genealogical research is to honor our ancestors and to make sure we do not forget their stories. Coral’s presentation will leave you with the tools to break through your genealogical roadblocks and find your ancestors, for you to tell their stories.

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