Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEW SGS LIBRARY TRUSTEE

The SGS Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Bernadette Laqueur to a three-year term as one of the three Trustees of the SGS Library. She will be replacing John Eshelman, who has been a Trustee for the past three years. The Trustees provide support and continuity to the operation of the SGS Library. The Board thanks John Eshelman for his years of service in this, and other, positions in SGS, and welcomes Bernadette Laqueur to the Trustees and thanks her for volunteering to take on this responsibility.   SECOND SATURDAY SERIES
 “DO YOU TRELLO AND KANBAN?”
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020 1:00-2:00 PM

If you have lots of genealogy research projects in the hopper right now and don’t quite know how to get it all done, let Lori Lee Sauber help show you how. Learn the basic concepts of Kanban workflow management and how the FREE web application Trello can help support you every day regardless of whether you’re just getting started or are an “old hat”. Discover how using these workflow visualization tools enable you to optimize the flow of your family research work and get more done. Join in this online Zoom meeting by following this link : 
https://zoom.us/j/91069962051   VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020 12:30-1:00 PM

  The next membership meeting of the Seattle Genealogical Society is coming up. This will be a real time, online meeting via Zoom. The “room” opens at noon and the meeting begins at 12:30 pm. The new SGS officers will be introduced.

Join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87101310252
  SGS members, have you renewed your membership for 2020-2021? If not, please do so using the renewal button on your  Members Home

Not yet a SGS member? We’d love to have you – Join SGS

STORIES OF OUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – MAY 2020 
Each month we are featuring a story of a female ancestor of 100 or more years ago. This month’s contribution, Women’s Voting Stories , was submitted anonymously by a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society. It includes a summary of the Women’s Suffrage movement followed by a series of vignettes, including life on a Kansas farm. 

If you have a story to tell of one of your female ancestors of 100 or more years ago, submit it to education@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  Stories can be as brief as one or two paragraphs, or longer. 
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until at least July 5, 2020 and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events! 
Saturday, June 6, 2020Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm PDT  ONLINE


Digging Deeper : “How I Discovered My Female Ancestor”  with Jill Morelli and Mahina Oshie

Follow this link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87966848541

This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm PDT ONLINE


SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING  with the new SGS officers

Room opens at noon. Meeting starts at 12:30 pm. 
Follow this link to join in:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87101310252
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm PDT ONLINE

Second Saturday: “Do You Trello and Kanban?”  with Lori Lee Sauber. 

Follow this link to join in: 
https://zoom.us/j/91069962051


Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Family Search Communities

TIP OF THE WEEK –
COMMUNITIES AT FAMILYSEARCH

SGS had a full house for the Spring Virtual Seminar with guest speaker Dr Fritz Juengling. One tip offered at this seminar was about a resource at FamilySearch.org  you may not be aware of – online FamilySearch Community Research Groups – where like minded people can ask or answer research questions and share resources. You can join any of dozens of different research groups. Join a group to get help yourself, or to share your expertise with others. Groups cover geographical areas, as well as areas of interest. Example group include the likes of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Genetic Genealogy, Adoption, African American Genealogy Research, First Nations of North America, Family Bibles, just to name a few. 

Need help with your research? Once you join a group you can: 

  • ask questions
  • upload documents and get help with translation
  • participate in discussions
  • learn about upcoming webinars
  • discover new resources

Or join a group to offer your help to others by: 

  • answering questions
  • translating documents
  • sharing new resources

Get involved and make these groups more valuable for everyone! Like FamilySearch itself, these community research groups are available to you absolutely free of charge. Start here to find a group that interests you:
https://community.familysearch.org/

MyHeritage One of a Kind Offer

I’m excited to share a one-of-a-kind offer from MyHeritage for the month of June, something I think your readers and followers will be very interested to hear!

Starting tomorrow, June 1, each day of the month a different and significant historical record collection will be available for free!

The collections we have chosen for this offer were handpicked for their value for family historians and include collections that are exclusive to MyHeritage. Among them are the Sweden Household Examination Books, 1840–1947, 1940 Denmark Census, and U.S. City Directories. Altogether, we’ll be providing free access to more than 2 billion historical records throughout June!



All the collections are available on www.myheritage.com/research, and you can find the full schedule for the free collections, including direct links, on our blog.

This just might be the chance your readers and followers have been waiting for, and we are pleased to offer this as part of our effort to provide people with more opportunities and resources to further their genealogy research while at home.

Enjoy and stay safe, Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

FGS Unsung Heroes Program

We want to share some exciting news for societies from our friends at the Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix, one of the FGS partners… The Genealogy Guys and Vivid-Pix Announce
Society Grants Program and New Unsung Heroes Program Nominees
The Genealogy Guys Podcast, the world’s oldest genealogy podcast, and Vivid-Pix, makers of the acclaimed RESTORE photo and document image improvement software, announce a new Unsung Heroes Program and a call for nominations for Unsung Heroes Awards. The partners created the Unsung Heroes Awards in 2019 to encourage, acknowledge and celebrate members of the genealogy community who lead the way in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photos and documents, for use by researchers around the globe. They have added a brand-new Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program for societies to obtain a scanner and high-quality software to make digitization projects a reality. They have also adjusted the Unsung Heroes Awards Program eligible nominees and the contents of the prize package. Unsung Heroes Societies Grant Program This program will award grants to two societies each year to facilitate their digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents. The grantees will each receive a high-quality scanner, a backup and online storage software package, and two copies of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software to improve the legibility of documents, the color/contrast of photographs, and to add image tags and other important information to the image metadata. The grant package is valued at $500. Applications must describe the intended use of the grant. Multiple applications may be submitted by a single society/chapter but grantees are limited to one grant per society. The grant application form is available at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=24. The due date for the first grant is by midnight EDT on August 1, 2020, and should be sent to genealogyguys@gmail.com. Successful grantees will be announced separately at different times of the year by The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix via press release, social media, and the partners’ websites. The first grant recipient society will be announced during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, September 2-5, 2020. The next grant due date will be announced later in 2020. Unsung Heroes Awards Program The Unsung Heroes Awards Program continues to recognize individuals, societies, and libraries for their work in digitizing, indexing, and transcribing photographs and documents and making that work accessible to the genealogical community. All nominations are to be submitted using the nomination form at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=24. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. The due date for the next set of nominations is midnight EDT on August 1, 2020, and should be sent to genealogyguys@gmail.com. Award winners will receive a commemorative certificate, a customized mug that can include an image of their choice, and a copy of Vivid-Pix RESTORE software. Individual winners will also receive a one-year subscription to Genealogy Guys Learn, the online subscription education program. Winners will be announced by The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Vivid-Pix via press release, social media, and on the partners’ websites. Winners for the next round of category nominations will be announced during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference, September 2-5, 2020. Nominations of non-winners will be retained for consideration for future awards.  Instructions for Submissions Full details of the programs are available at the Aha! Seminars, Inc., website at https://ahaseminars.com/cpage.php?pt=24. The grant application form and the award nomination form are available there in PDF format for download. If you have any questions, please email genealogyguys@gmail.com or aha@ahaseminars.com.  Contacts:  George G. Morgan   The Genealogy Guys Podcast                   http://genealogyguys.com/ genealogyguys@gmail.com  (813) 220-6274   Rick Voight Vivid-Pix https://vivid-pix.com/ rick.voight@vivid-pix.com  (404) 664-9897  
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THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 28, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
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 Want to share an easy-to-read version of this E-News? Click here.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society September Meeting

The June 2020 meeting of EWGS has been cancelled.

“The September 12th meeting for EWGS will feature the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower. Jerri McCoy will be our speaker. The Program committee “zoomed” on Monday and thought it would be nice to recognize the society members that have Mayflower ancestors. Depending on how many Mayflower Descendants we have, the member might give a brief talk about who, where and how they are connected to this ancestor. Please contact me, Juanita McBride by August 15th at Juanita.m.mcbride@gmail.com.”

“SAVE THE DATE! – Blaine Bettinger will be our featured speaker for our all-day seminar on March 6th 2021. More details to come!”

MyHeritage Knowledge Base

As a company dedicated to family history, we at MyHeritage greatly appreciate what you do. We believe that information about genealogy should be easily accessible to anyone who wants it.

That’s why we created the MyHeritage Knowledge Base: a dedicated educational website chock-full of quality articles, webinars, and how-to videos on a wide range of topics relating to genealogy and DNA. Available in 10 languages, the site is updated every week with new content. The Knowledge Base is completely free to access and no registration is required.

I believe your members will find the website helpful, and would like to suggest sharing the link with them alongside some examples of content they may enjoy. Here are a couple of suggestions:

How to Get the Most Out of Your Family Site: An article describing how to fully harness the potential of your free family site on MyHeritage. Learn to personalize the site, add photos, invite family members to collaborate, and more.

Hidden Content Treasures You Might Have Missed at MyHeritage: An eye-opening webinar with our Director of Content Operations introducing you to some of the lesser-known — but extremely valuable — record collections on MyHeritage.

Integrating Old Photos Into Your Family History Research: A webinar on the importance of photos in genealogy research. Learn how to analyze photos, upload them to a personal MyHeritage website, and tag the people you’ll want to stay connected to on MyHeritage.

Feel free to share these links and descriptions with your members, or to peruse the site to find the content that’s perfect for them. Just remember to share only the link to the article and a short description — that way your members can click through and explore the content as well as the rest of the site if they wish. We’d also appreciate it if you could keep us posted when you share the content.

I hope you and your members find the Knowledge Base a helpful and enlightening resource.

Wishing you the best of health!  Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 21, 2020
Thank you to all who have renewed their membership, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
Renew Now
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 Want to share an easy-to-read version of this E-News? Click here.

MyHeritage Free Military Records

In honor of Memorial Day, we’re offering free access to all military records on MyHeritage from May 20–26, 2020. 

Search all military records on MyHeritage 

Many of us may have a relative or ancestor who served in the military. We invite you to pay tribute to these heroes and honor their legacy by learning more about them through military records. 

The MyHeritage collection consists of 57 million records and includes draft, enlistment, and service records, pension records, and other military documents from North America and around the world, dating back to the American Revolutionary War in the late 18th century. 

Please use and share this video.

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We’re also hosting 2 Facebook Live events about military records in the coming days: 

Searching Military Records on MyHeritage

Tune in TODAY, May 20 at 1 P.M. EDT as Thomas MacEntee shares how to leverage MyHeritage’s vast collection of military records to learn more about your family history. 

Breaking Through Brick Walls with Military Records

On May 24 at 1 P.M EDT, join Kate Eakman, senior researcher at Legacy Family Tree, who will show you how to use military records to break through brick walls in your genealogy research. 

Make sure you follow us on Facebook to tune in live. You can also watch the recorded sessions later on, and check out the full list of our online events in May and June.

Please let your audiences know so they too can take advantage of these important genealogical resources. 
You can read more about the free military records on our blog.     Daniel Horowitz
Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage (USA) Inc.,
2975 Executive Parkway,
Lehi, Utah