Olympia Genealogical Society February Meeting

A VOYAGE ON THE ERIE CANAL

Olympia Genealogical Society member Joyce Ogden lived in a house in Brockport NY for 20 years where the backyard ended at the Erie Canal, but she had no idea then that there was a personal family connection. As she later discovered, however, she had THREE ancestors who had died in the canal in different years and in different circumstances. This presentation will include color photos, black-and-white photos, genealogy charts, a map or two, and newspaper clippings. It may bore you with some spreadsheets, but it will send you out with historical Erie Canal music.

This virtual presentation via ZOOM will be given at Olympia Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, February 11 at 7 pm. Access our website at https://OlyGenSoc.org and look for directions there.

South King County Genealogical Society Judy Russell Seminar

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 5, 2021

“LAWS, LEGACIES & LOSERS – A DAY WITH JUDY RUSSELL”

South King County Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a full-day virtual seminar with Judy Russell, a noted speaker, genealogist, and writer with a law degree. We hope you can join us for a fun and informative day. More details will be posted on our website at skcgs.org/seminar.html as updates become available.

Remember to mark your calendars and share the news with your friends.

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, February 5, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT – Virtually

Topic: “What’s in a Name: Going from Iowa back to Saxony”

How does someone locate an ancestral village when the original surname has evolved over time? Follow a near beginner as she builds upon clues discovered in ordinary documents and learn how taking some simple actions can be helpful in your family research.        

Presenter: Beth Snyder is a Seattle native who had little interest in genealogy until about 5 years ago when she took a Telos class with Bob Barnes and got the bug. Beth knew little about her father’s side but had come across his baptismal certificate. It was in German and it started her on a path to discover that side of her paternal ancestry. 

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than 2 days prior to our meeting. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NOW ENROLLING!

Registration is now open for the next series of “Level I – Genealogy Basics & Beyond” with Valerie Lair. This small-group course includes seven 2-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.

The next series is scheduled to meet online March 9 – April 27, 2021, Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT). It is limited to five registrants. 
Register for Level I – Genealogy Basics and Beyond

 YOUR CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON
MOVING THE ARCHIVES

Here an excerpt from a press release from the Attorney General of Washington State, as well as a link to the rest of the release.     SEATTLE —  “Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced he will host a remote  public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, so the public can share their comments on plans by the federal government to sell Seattle’s National Archives building and move the records thousands of miles away.

The federal government did not hold any meetings of its own in the Pacific Northwest, and did not consult with state, local, or tribal leaders in the region prior to announcing its decision to sell the Archives facility.

One member of the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB) recently said the sale would allow the Archives building to “become a part of the community, as opposed to what it is today.”

The office will record the public comments and forward them to the PBRB. Ferguson will also formally invite the PBRB members to attend the remote public hearing. The public meeting will be held via Zoom from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2021.”

For more info and the meeting link, visit: 
https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-host-remote-public-comment-meeting-national-archives-facility-and?fbclid=IwAR1_4fF-pFXPs9LnQt0StVycvkorFojw1WNwsJOdoCe3LOKqNgg_Kn7SAug   
SGS RECRUITING EFFORT
The Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) Board of Directors is recruiting for the following positions for the Board of Directors for the fiscal year of 2021-2022: 

  • Operations 
  • Library 
  • Volunteers
  • Secretary* (A Bennett is willing to serve if no other candidate)
  • Membership* (C Schomaker is willing to serve if no other candidate)
  • Publications*  (We have editors for The Journal and eNews! )
  • Communications 

Anyone interested in serving in one of these positions is asked to fill out a Nomination Acceptance Form. Please contact the SGS Secretary by February 7, 2021  at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org for a form,  or if you have any questions. 

Candidates for the upcoming May 2021 election will be presented at the virtual March 13, 2021, Membership Meeting scheduled for 12:30 pm. See the SGS website for details : seagensoc.org 


* SAVE THE DATE *

COMING UP ARE TWO EXTRA SPECIAL
ONLINE EVENTS YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS





Presented by KCTS 9 – speakers will be:
Knute “Mossback” Berger of Crosscut,
Warren KingGeorge – Muckleshoot Oral Historian,
Dr Quintard Taylor – African American History in the American West specialist,
professors Margaret O’Mara and Dr Josephine Ensign
Free Event * RSVP required
Register here: 

https://crosscut.com/event/finding-your-roots-washington-old-growth-new-beginnings



YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 
2021 INTERNATIONAL
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENT 





Registration required.  This event is free to the public, or become an Event Patron, supporting the Holocaust Center for Humanity, by purchasing a Patron Ticket. 

https://www.classy.org/event/2021-international-holocaust-remembrance-day-event/e312327 

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, Jan 20, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021, 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. 

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021,  10:00 am – 12:30 pm, SGS DNA Interest Group workshop , will be meeting via Zoom.To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting along with the pdf handout.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Feb 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 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.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues”, presenter will be Janice Lovelace

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, 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.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 


NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW FOR 1 1/2 YEARS!   During the first quarter of 2021,  January 1st – March 31st, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2022. Obtain a year and a half of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Dues are $60 individual, $75 dual. Read more…
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MyHeritage Genetic Groups

Knowledge Base

With the release of Genetic Groups this month, the MyHeritage DNA test now offers the richest and highest resolution ethnicity reports in the industry. You can now pinpoint your origins across 2,114 geographic regions, right down to specific cities or districts. This feature is the result of 3 years of hard work and meticulous research by MyHeritage’s Science, Product, and R&D teams.Medium

The Knowledge Base resources below offer deeper insight into DNA analysis and how MyHeritage is able to produce such comprehensive results.

The Founder Populations Project: How MyHeritage Estimates Your Ethnicities: This article explains how MyHeritage is able to identify where your ancestors came from based on your DNA.

The World Wide DNA Web: In this webinar, Alon Diament Carmel, Ph.D., from the MyHeritage Science team explains how MyHeritage uses its vast database of DNA Matches to identify genetic groups.

How Does a DNA Test Work? The Basics of DNA Explained: This webinar with Diahan Southard of Your DNA Guide offers a layperson-friendly explanation of the scientific principles behind DNA testing.Happy_New_Year_01

The new year is the perfect time to approach your family history research with fresh eyes and make new discoveries. We hope that you find your new and improved results inspiring — and that the above resources help deepen your understanding and appreciation of the wealth of information you can gain from DNA testing.

Did you know that you can now buy a MyHeritage membership as a gift for a family member or loved one? It makes a perfect gift for a special occasion, and is one they are sure to treasure. Click here to learn more about the MyHeritage gift membership.

Happy New Year!

Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

Tri-City Genealogical Society January Meeting

Meeting is at 7 pm January 13.

Bill Floberg is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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Tri-City Genealogical Society

Wishing all a happier year than yester-year and a suggestion.  With the year 2021 starting with us still semi-isolated, now may be a good time to review published information that helps do genealogical research. A membership in TCGS provides access to the Members-Only Section of the website. In that Section, there are available 52 years and still counting of the Society Bulletins. The Bulletins contain articles of helps for doing research as well as genealogical history and research challenges met by authors. In the last four years, articles related to doing research included those about DNA analysis, general record keeping, Native-American History Research, National Graves Registration, secondary source problems, researching WPA Records, finding Revolutionary War ancestors, The Mayflower Voyage and travelers, and effective searching techniques. Some specific examples focusing on the subject of DNA are:

November 2017: (1) Understanding Your DNA, page 72; (2) Raw DNA Data, page 77; (3) The DNA Painter, page 78; and (4) Leaving Your Own Records of Where You Plan to Go, What You Did, and Your Hopes for the Future, page 78.

July 2018: (1) Researching WPA Records, page 42; (2) How to Better Determine Relationships of DNA Matches, page 50.

November 2020: (1) Next Steps: Organizing Your DNA Matches, page 72; (2) Bulletin Articles about DNA, page 76; (3) Identifying DNA Matches, page 78; and (4) Effective Search Techniques for Genealogy, page 80.

So join Tri-City Genealogical Society,  if you have not already, and be healthy, stay positive, Covid negative, and do research in 2021,

Loren

Lewis County Genealogical Society January Meeting

Lewis County Genealogical Society January 19 Meeting

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, Lewis County Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 via Zoom. Visitors are welcome. Email wa.lcgs@hotmail.com for the link to join.

Janet Camarata will give her new presentation: Understanding DNA Test Results. After receiving your DNA results, questions come quickly. She has answers and suggestions. Learn how to navigate the results and the geographical background maps. Understand ethnicity reports and identify cousin matches. Those new to using DNA and those with experience will benefit from specific guidance for working with DNA reports from Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, 23 and Me, and MyHeritage.

. Janet Camarata needs little introduction, but for those new to her presentations, know you will find an experienced genealogist whose presentations are clear, concise, and well organized. She is a caring, cheerful, interesting person with a positive personality who takes time to make sure everyone is learning. Her handouts are always detailed and comprehensive.