South King County October Happenings

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  • IMPORTANT: Be sure to check meeting invitations for updated Zoom meeting links this month
  • All meetings except the Research Group are virtual
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request

Monday, October 11, 2021, 1:00pm – 3pm PT
GG/DNA (virtual)

Family Tree DNA Y & mtDNA Surname projects; locality & haplogroup projects 
Using Y and mt DNA testing is a team sport! Find your teams on the Family Tree DNA site and elsewhere. Family Tree DNA has specialized groups for Y and mt DNA, including haplogroup groups, and also some locality and other special groups. How can these help you with your research? How do you find, join, and get help from them? Go to for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Friday, October 15, 2021, 1:00pm – 3pm PT
Research Group (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent Family History Center 12817 SE 256th St. Kent
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS General Meeting (virtual)

Thomas McEntee presents “You Can Do This, Photo Organizing Preservation”

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Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs and wondering what is the best way to preserve them? What about boxes of family vacation slides, photo negatives or home movies? As more and more Baby Boomers take on the task of organizing family history materials, we’re uncertain about the best way to preserve these memories. And an over-abundance of technology doesn’t help! Participants will learn the best ways to organize and preserve family photos including outsourcing as well as the DIY approach. Starting with quick and easy inventory and organizing tips, we’ll move on to creating a strategic plan to finally get this photo project done!
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NOTE: Session will be recorded and available to SKCGS Members for playback in the Members Only section on our website a week or so after the event. Interested in becoming a member? More info at

Monday, October 18, 2021, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm PT
Technology User Group (virtual)

Collaboration: Wikitree, FamilySearch Family Tree, Geni 
Refer to and for background. Bring success stories and brick walls; we will cheer and take inspiration, and also help you strategize your plan to break that brick wall! Go to for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 11:00am – 1pm PT
SKCGS/BDHS present Janice Lovelace “Black Miners in the West” (virtual)
South King County Genealogical Society hosts Janice Lovelace presenting “Black Miners in the West” to the Black Diamond Historical Society Annual Meeting in Black Diamond. They invited historians and genealogists alike to learn the little-known story of the Black families who moved west to mine coal and other minerals.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Monday, October 25, 2021, 1pm – 3pm PT

Genealogy Chat (virtual)

Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! Go to for meeting link, discussion and meeting reminders.

Friday, November 5, 2021, 12:30pm-2:30pm PT
German Interest Group (EGS) (virtual)

The topic will be “Learning about my Oswald and Rendtorff Ancestors.” Speaker Janice Leitzke highlights discoveries made while researching the German branch of her family tree. Visitors are always welcome and can request an invitation via Contact tab on the website no later than 2 days prior to the meeting:

Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:00am PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (virtual)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion.


MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at

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