Clark County Genealogical Society News

Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS)
3205 NE 52nd St
Vancouver, WA 98663

Our new website has been successful in bringing in about $350 from sales of publications.  Because of this success, we need a volunteer to take charge of handling and shipping the Publications we are selling on our website.  Please contact  Eric Jordahl, Lowell Kenedy or Marcia Grubb if you are interested.

We plan to have a Go-to-meeting UNFOCUSED meeting on Nov 5 at 1:30 pm.  If someone is interested in joining us, send an email to  Put Unfocus in the subject line.  You will receive an invitation when the meeting is set up.

We have made great progress in putting together local newspaper obituary and vital statistics information, working down a backlog of several years. Now we have a great need for volunteers to help index this information, so that researchers can use it. Many hands (and eyes) can make it lighter work! This should be somewhat easier than earlier indexing, as you can work from a digital image, rather than paper or books. All you need is a decent sized computer monitor.  We’ll email you images and a pre-formatted spread sheet; on your computer screen, you can put an image of a page on one side, and a spreadsheet next to it, and transcribe information from the image to the spreadsheet. If you can help, please email Library Director Sharon Thiesmeyer at, and we’ll get you started. Thank you for helping with this important Research and Preservation project!

CRAFT CLAN is having a Virtual Holiday Crafts Bazaar on Saturday October 24 beginning at 10am.  Sale includes handmade items, craft supply items, $2 vintage craft books, fabrics and scrapbooking shares.  See our Facebook page for posted photos – CCGS Craft Clan.   To join us – send your email address for GoToMeeting invite to Marcia at

GENERAL MEETING is Tuesday October 27th.  We invite you to join us to honor and remember a dear friend and colleague, Steve Cornick who passed this past week. While he served CCGS in many ways, Steve was a great story teller and many of you may recall times at the old library table as he shared his family stories.    Please save your GoToMeeting invitation email and join us to share your Steve remembrances.

ANNOUNCING Nov 5th introduction to Genealogy Games & Family History Fair a CCGS competition!  Cash prize to be awarded for the winning oral presentation category of “bringing an ancestor to life.”  Become a part of CCGS goal of bringing our CCGS and community together to explore and share family history stories.  To learn more about the Competition, join our “All About” virtual meeting calendared for Thursday November 5th at 11 am.  Send your email address for GoToMeeting invite to Marcia at

CCGS FALL CLASSES All Classes Online: live from the Clark County Genealogical Society Library from 10am to Noon Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Registration may be made using PayPal or mailed with a check.  Registration information is available from:

Scottish Ancestors’ Emigration History: Marcia Grubb – Tuesday, November 3, 2020
When and why our Scottish ancestors departed their homeland often offers clues to where they next landed. Scottish history is complex and full of reasons sons left and families resettled in new lands.
  Internet Security Tips: Stephen Young – Tuesday, November 10, 2020 With Steve’s Intel career experience, he brings to this class practical and on-point internet security tips to assist your family history searches. The www is a vast helpful resource which may include some mysterious pitfalls.

Come join the CCGS Research Book Club as we start a new book “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd edition” by Lisa Louise Cooke. We meet on the first Monday of each month at Noon and will analyze this book one to two chapters at a time. For now, we are conducting our meetings virtually until we are able to meet in the library. Focus groups are free and open to CCGS members and non-members. If you would like more information or are interested in joining this group please contact Paula (facilitator) at


Are you keeping local newspapers for us? If you’re keeping The Reflector, the Post-Record, or other smaller papers from our area, please contact Barbara Schrag at, we’d love to pick up what you have for 2020. 
If you’ve been keeping The Columbian, there is no need to keep them any longer. We’re “clipping” obituaries, death notices and vital statistics daily from their e-paper, so won’t need paper copies for 2020.
Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who’ve been saving newspapers for us over the years!

The CCGS Craft Clan started meeting just before Covid 19 closed everything down, and have had some virtual meetings in the meantime. They meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Contact Marcia Grubb for more information, as well as log-in information. Her email is mlouise421 @

Many thanks to our members who renew their membership promptly.  Double thanks to those who include a donation along with their renewal.  We do have ongoing expenses even though the building is closed to the public (rent, water, electricity, etc).  Thank you for your patience and loyalty.

Eric Jordahl, President

If you would like to renew your membership or make a donation, please email

The CCGS building is currently closed to the public. All previously scheduled meetings and activities are cancelled or postponed. More detailed information will be forthcoming and available on the CCGS calendar as conditions change.

Your CCGS Board is working to share the Library with you without you leaving home!  

Clark County Genealogy on YouTube – Our content currently includes past classes and speakers that you might have missed.  We are developing new content and hope to post regularly on topics such as “What’s that Library Resource?”  “Memorable Family Stories”. “Spotlight on Focus Groups”.  

ZOOM makes Face to Face meetings come together from remote locations via your cell phone, iPad or Computer.  Presenting meetings virtually with Zoom will be an effective “social distancing” way for more members to enjoy our great CCGS programs.  

Hello, all. As everyone is surely aware, CCGS is closed up tight for the duration of the pandemic. But there is a ray of light peeking through. If you have a library card with Fort Vancouver Regional Library you can access the Library Edition of Ancestry from home in your bunny slippers. Click or copy and paste this link:

into your browser. That will take you to a page where there is a link to enter your library card number and password and be taken to the home page of Ancestry – Library Edition. 

Don’t have a fvrl card?? The normal procedure is to present yourself with picture ID and proof of residence at a library. Not a possibility with the libraries all shut down, however, you can apply for an eCard. Go to 

and apply for the eCard. That will get you access to many digital and electronic fvrl assets. 

Also, CCGS now has our own YouTube channel. Just go to and search for Clark County Genealogy and you will have the opportunity to subscribe and view three previously presented CCGS classes. More to come.

All others who provide access to the communication tools for CCGS, please edit, copy and deseminate where appropriate.


The introductory price is normally $49.95 for a year subscription. Geoff Rasmussen has provided CCGS with our own discount code that allows a CCGS member to purchase a yearly subscription for ½ price. CCGS Members can email for the discount code. 

As you may be aware, CCGS participates in the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. That means Fred Meyer makes a donation to CCGS every quarter. The amount we receive is based on purchases made by our members who have signed up and chosen CCGS from among the many non-profits registered with them. This past year, we have received over $400. There are currently twenty-six members who have designated CCGS as their preferred recipients. Neither your Reward points nor your Fuel points are reduced by participating. This is a win-win.  If you have not yet signed up for this program yet, please consider doing so. Just click on and click on Link Your Rewards Card Now. CCGS thanks you and so do I.
Clark County Genealogical Society

Amazon has a charitable giving program, similar to the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program.  CCGS is already entered in their system as a potential recipient. There is no need for individual registration. All that is needed is for people to make their Amazon based purchases starting at the website rather than the normal Everything works exactly the same except at checkout the user will be prompted to enter in the name of the organization that will benefit. Just start typing in Clark County Gen . .  and we will magically pop up as a choice.yer Community Rewards program.  CCGS is already entered in their system as a potential recipient. There is no need for individual registration. All that is needed is for people to make their Amazon based purchases starting at the website rather than the normal Everything works exactly the same except at checkout the user will be prompted to enter in the name of the organization that will benefit. Just start typing in Clark County Gen . .  and we will magically pop up as a choice.