Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meetings

Saturday, May 4 Results of EWGS – Future of the Society  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Spokane Public Library Auditorium – Downtown Spokane – Main Floor Barbara Brazzington will review the ideas that have been brought forward regarding our future as a Society. This will include things from meeting times to new ideas about the topics covered in our meetings.
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SAR & SUVCW Meeting at Richland

You are invited to attend a meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) and Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) on Saturday, 20 April 2019, at 11:00 AM at the Round Table Pizza on Leslie Road in Richland.

It will be a Civil War presentation on the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), Women of the GAR and the Women’s Relief Corps.

Come early due to limited seating. There will be a book sale—Civil War books.
~Linda Stephens

Olympia Genealogical Society May Meeting

May 9—At the May meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will “Meet the Daughters of American Colonists: Who, What, and Where”. Three ladies from the local Tumwater Falls Chapter will explain who they are and how to be one, what part they play locally and nationally, and where and how they are active now and will be in the future.  Join us on Thursday, May 9, 7 pm, at the Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152.  360-754-6230

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net
360) 754-8625

Jewish Genealogical Society May Meeting

Dear Genealogy Friends,

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, May 13, 2019.

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize this event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing it out, posting it on your bulletin board or calendar, and/or website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State is pleased to present our May meeting program

“Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds, and More”

presented by Mary Kircher Roddy, Genealogist/Writer/Lecturer

 

DATE: Monday, May 13, 2019

   LOCATION:

LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE

Bellevue, WA 98006

(just off I-90 and I-405)

•        Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources,
                 including FREE access to the FHC computers and genealogical websites!

•        Free Wi-Fi available. Come early to network with other attendees!

•        Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m.

•        Free admission and refreshments

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM: “Ins and Outs of Indexes: Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds, and More”

Indexes for county records can be the key to finding deeds, probates, and more.  As FamilySearch continues to digitize and make available more and more records, it’s crucial to be familiar with the different indexing systems and how to use them.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

     Mary Kircher Roddy grew up in San Rafael, California. She earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from The University of California, Riverside in 1982 and a Master’s degree in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas in 1984. She earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington in 2005.

     Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical in Ireland where her husband was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Limerick. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy while her husband taught at UL but the genealogy is still a work in progress. Her trip to Ireland awakened something deep in her Celtic bloodlines, the Irish tradition of the Seanachi, the storytellers and historians of yore. Mary has published articles in Family Chronicle and Internet Genealogy. She’s currently working on a novel set in the San Francisco area in 1900 and 1901, based on stories of several of her ancestors and their associates.

     Her husband’s most recent sabbatical took them to Sydney, Australia. While he taught at the University of Western Sydney, Mary spent her time swapping research strategies and methodologies with the genealogists at the Botany Bay Family History Society. Mary frequently lectures around the Seattle area and is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society. She is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, the Association of Professional Genealogists, and the National Genealogical Society.

Please    by clicking on
https://www.facebook.com/Jewish-Genealogical-Society-of-Washington-State-548090815567964/

Please visit our website at http://www.jgsws.org/membership.php to join or to donate to JGSWS to help support the incredible speakers and workshops we bring to you, to view library listings, download handouts, or for more information.  JGSWS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization. Membership dues and donations are tax deductible.

Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you, your friends and family members!

Karen vanHaagen Campbell
President & Publicity, Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State

President@JGSWS.org

www.jgsws.org

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 18, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
For more information visit www.gfo.org.
Contact us at info@gfo.org or 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Happy Easter!
Please remember that we are giving our volunteers a break to spend time with their families this coming Sunday. The library will be closed April 21st.
Spring Seminar Features Tony Burroughs
Register Now
Have You Signed Up Yet? You’ve seen him on TV tracking the ancestors of Oprah and Smokey Robinson. Now come hear Tony Burroughs the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy. Come learn from the master himself. He’s won multiple honors over the years and has been featured on national and international television programs. Burroughs is bringing six lessons to the GFO Spring Seminar from which anyone can learn, regardless of ethnic heritage. Burroughs told Portland’s The Skanner newspaper, “People need to understand, ‘What is fundamental genealogy? What are the methods of genealogical research?'” We have cut our usual seminar price in half for this event, thanks to generous support from The Skanner Foundation.
Volunteers Still Needed for Spring Seminar!
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered for our Spring Seminar! We still could use another person or two, so if you’re thinking about helping out, we’d love to hear from you.
Date: Saturday, April 27th ▪ Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ▪ Place: Center for Self Enhancement (SEI), 3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland


Help Needed:
Raffle Table Helpers

Stand at the raffle table during breaks and part of lunch, selling tickets

Help count/sort tickets

All day or during lunch (10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Raffle tables will be set up so volunteers can see and hear the speaker/screen.
Raffle Ticket Sellers/Ambassadors

Arrive 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th

Circulate among attendees chatting up the GFO before the seminar starts

During lunch & breaks, mingle with attendees, esp. those who look bored/confused
Book Seller (1 person)

Sell books in afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Morning is covered)

Book sales tables will be set up so volunteers can see and hear the speaker/screen.
Friday Set-up @ SEI (the more the merrier!)

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ SEI on Friday, April 26th

Help arrange tables, hang signs, load/unload stuff

You don’t have to attend on Saturday to help on Friday
To volunteer, please email seminar@gfo.org. Thanks!
GFO Becomes Reserve-Only Library

The Genealogical Forum of Oregon has a significant change to announce, one we do not take lightly.
The GFO Library is now a non-circulating research library. We will no longer check out materials.
We need to protect our valuable holdings, and to ensure that all of our materials are available at all times, in the library, for researchers. There has been an increase in patrons from out of the area who visit us on a research trip. It’s a shame if the item they came in to use is not available.
It also turned out we were out of step with most other genealogy libraries, which hold everything in reserve. In the grand scheme, only 10% of our holdings were available to be checked out, so this change will not affect the vast majority of the research materials you rely on.
Any materials currently checked out must be returned by their due date. No renewals or extensions will be granted.
The Library Committee deliberated this carefully, over many months, before recommending this change, and the Board of Directors has unanimously approved it.
GenTalk this Saturday, April 20th!
Please join us for our free, monthly GenTalk Saturday, April 20th 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. where presenter Jay Fraser, Retired Layout Editor of the GFO Bulletin, will discuss Adobe InDesign®️ Basics.
Genealogy research isn’t just about finding the answer, it’s also about communicating the answer to others. From writing a book or assembling a photo album with stories, Adobe InDesign®️ can help make the look of your project more professional. InDesign®️ gives you excellent control of typography, page design, and book organization. It also has dynamic tools like indexing, cross-referencing, and table of contents. Begin to learn the basics of this powerful program in this special, two-hour GenTalk. If you own InDesign®️, please bring your laptop with the program loaded. Otherwise, you may follow along with the demonstration.
Book of the Week: Oregon Burial Site Guide
The mammoth Oregon Burial Site Guide is probably the most comprehensive compilation ever made of burial sites in our state. The work put into it reflects a truly astounding effort. This 1180 page tome includes county-by-county compilations of cemetery locations at sites public, private, and otherwise, even some on family farms. Cemeteries owned by fraternal orders like the Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, and Noble Order of Redmen are revealed. Names of the buried have been gleaned from signs and cemetery records, compiled by Dean H. Byrd with the help of Stanley R. Clarke and Janice M. Healy and published in 2001. This 7-pound encyclopedia can be yours for: $ 5 if you pick it up in person at the GFO.
$15 if we ship it to you. Contact booksales@gfo.org if you’d like your very own copy.
Survey: How Deep Are Your Oregon Roots?
Many Oregonians have deep multi-generational roots here. Others are recent transplants. How long ago did your kin arrive in Oregon?
Who was the first of your ancestors to arrive?
Take Our Survey
Last Week’s Results: 45% of you attend one of our Full-day Seminars.
35% of you attend both! And our Special Interest Groups appear popular.
57% say they attend 1 to 3 groups.

This week at GFO

Saturday, April 20th
Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Another Brick Wall comes tumbling down!
Finding the Irish Townland, Ancestors, and Kin of Patrick Powers
Military documents reported Patrick Powers as a native of Ireland who came to the U,S, and then became a U,S, citizen in 1892 by virtue of his U.S. military service. His descendants knew nothing of his Irish roots or his family connections as his early death resulted in almost no verbal history for him.
April’s Genealogy Problem Solvers presentation will demonstrate the use of a wide range of records in both the U.S. and Ireland, including detailed examination of Catholic Parish records, Civil records, and Valuation Renewal Books. Utilizing these records, we will pinpoint Patrick’s birthplace and identify some of his ancestors as well as additional kin. We will focus on how detailed examination of many records, the use of spreadsheets, a timeline, and even a distant DNA connection can contribute to finding the story of an elusive ancestor. Join us to learn how these techniques can help you in organizing your research.
For more information or to inquire about how the group might help with your brick wall, contact Katie Daly at GPS@gfo.org.
African American Ancestry Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The focus of this group is researching African American ancestry. If you know of any other people interested in African American genealogy, tell them about the group. You do not have to be a GFO member to participate! For more information, contact us at african_american@gfo.org.
GenTalk 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Please join us for our free, monthly GenTalk where presenter Jay Fraser, Retired Layout Editor of the GFO Bulletin, will discuss Adobe InDesign®️ Basics. Learn how to make your projects more professional using the dynamic tools in this program.
If you own InDesign®️, please bring your laptop with the program loaded. Otherwise, you may follow along with the demonstration.
WEDNESDAY, April 24th
PMUG College 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Portland Mac Users Group College: Traversing the web on browsers and email.
This class is free for GFO and PMUG members.

Senate Bill 5332 Limiting Access to Vital Records

Well the House passed the Senate Bill 5332 on April 12th and the President of the House signed the bill on the 15th of April. It now goes to the governor for his signature, which I will guess he will sign it to become law.

Here is the summary of the final bill:

FINAL BILL REPORT ESSB 5332

Synopsis as EnactedBrief Description: Concerning vital statistics.Sponsors: Senate Committee on Law & Justice (originally sponsored by Senators Pedersen, Rivers, Wilson, C., Walsh, Randall, Cleveland and Liias; by request of Department of Health).Senate Committee on Law & JusticeSenate Committee on Ways & MeansHouse Committee on Health Care & WellnessHouse Committee on AppropriationsBackground: History of Recording Vital Statistics.Before 1900, maintaining vital records was a state and local responsibility. Before 1900, the United States Census Bureau developed the first standardized reporting form for vital statistics, known as the U.S. standard certificate of death. The census bureau recommended all local vital records registrars to adopt the form by 1900. By 1902, federal legislation directed the Census Bureau to collect copies of records filed in vital statistics offices of those states and cities having adequate death registration systems. Beginning in 1891, Washington State’s laws required each county to keep vital records. In 1907, the state assumed responsibility for collecting birth and death records. In 1968, the state assumed responsibility for collecting marriage and divorce records. Depending on the date of a vital record, the records may be located in different places. The Washington State Library, under the Office of the Secretary of State, maintains a web page to assist persons searching for genealogical records.Current Vital Statistics Program at the Department of Health.Washington’s Department of Health (DOH) collects and stores all reports of specific vital life events in the state. These vital life events are births, deaths, fetal deaths, marriages, marriage and domestic partnership dissolutions, marriage and domestic partnership annulments, and legal separations. Under current law, DOH retains permanent custody of all vital records in its statewide vital records system.The state registrar of vital statistics oversees the system and is responsible for the system’s operations and integrity. The state registrar also develops uniform vital statistics reporting requirements and forms for local registrars across the state. ––––––––––––––––––––––This analysis was prepared by non-partisan legislative staff for the use of legislative members in their deliberations. This analysis is not a part of the legislation nor does it constitute a statement of legislative intent.Senate Bill ReportESSB 5332- 1 –

Access to Birth and Death Records.Washington’s vital records certificates contain all the information required by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), including social security numbers. Under Washington’s current vital statistics law, the state Board of Health may require additional information in a confidential section of the birth certificate. The confidential section is not publicly available unless (1) a member of the public obtains a court order, or (2) the person who is the birth certificate’s subject, where it is limited to the information about the child, but not the child’s parents. The state has both a long form and a short form death certificate. The short form death certificate and informational copies of death certificates are not publicly available. DOH releases the long form death certificate to anyone who has the decedent’s name, date and county of death. The long form includes such information as the decedent’s social security number, residence and address, marital status and spouse, cause and manner of death. DOH sends a monthly death index to the state archives. The death index contains the decedent’s full name, county of death, county of residence, sex, age, and date of death. DOH sends its vital statistics data to NCHS. Contracts between NCHS and each jurisdiction’s vital records office set mutual responsibilities, uniform standards and procedures for reporting vital statistics.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Model Vital Statistics Act.NCHS operates and maintains the national vital statistics system as the official source for national vital statistics data. NCHS compiles, analyzes, and disseminates vital statistics from all 50 states, New York City, the District of Columbia, and five United States territories. NCHS provides data on health indicators to support public health policy work at the national, state, and local levels. For example, the system provides data on risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes, life expectancy, and leading causes of death. NCHS develops a model state vital statistics law and regulations to promote uniformity among the states in the definitions, registration practices, data disclosure, and other functions of state vital statistics systems. The federal government developed its first model act in 1907 and produced revised versions in 1941, 1959, 1977, and 1992. NCHS proposed its most recent version in 2011. The National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems endorsed the 2011 model act. NCHS’s purpose in developing its 2011 version is to address system security, the electronic information environment, continuity of operations planning, data confidentiality and disclosure, and changes to the scope of vital statistics data, for example assisted reproduction and same-sex marriage. The 2011 NCHS model state vital statistics law provided the framework for this proposed vital statistics bill.Summary: DOH may only release a certified death certificate to a qualified applicant. Qualified applicants include the decedent’s spouse or domestic partner, child, parent, stepparent, stepchild, sibling, grandparent, great grandparent grandchild, legal guardian immediately prior to death, legal representative, authorized representative with a notarized statement from a qualified applicant, next of kin, funeral director within 12 months of the date of death, or a government agency or court for its official duties. A short form death certificate does not display information related to cause and manner of death. The DOH may release a short form certificate to a qualified applicant. Additionally, DOH may release a short form certificate to a title insurer or title insurance agent handling a real property transaction involving the decedent, or a person who shows the short form is necessary for a Senate Bill ReportESSB 5332- 2 –

determination related to the death or the protection of a personal or property right related to the death.DOH may only release a birth certificate to the subject of the record or the subject’s spouse or domestic partner, child, parent, stepparent, stepchild, sibling, grandparent, great grandparent, grandchild, legal guardian, legal or authorized representative, or a government agency or court for official duties.Informational copies of vital records are available to the public. Informational copies only contain the information allowed by rule. Informational copies are derived from the original document but cannot be used for legal purposes.Access to vital records is not governed by the Public Records Act, but is governed under this vital records chapter in the RCW. DOH is authorized to investigate fraud including periodic testing and auditing of the vital records system to detect fraud. The DOH will provide adjudicative proceedings for certain adverse actions.The state registrar must transfer custody of records to the state archives. The transfer applies to: ŸŸŸbirth records, 100 years after the birth date;death records, 25 years after the death date; and marriage, divorce, dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership, declaration of invalidity of marriage or domestic partnership, or legal separation, 25 years after the event.The state archives may provide noncertified copies of original vital records in its custody to the public. The state archives may charge for the cost of operating the state archives through the central services billing model. Sealed records must remain sealed and in DOH custody. DOH may retain records for the purpose of providing certified copies.

Votes on Final Passage:

Senate 33-15

House 79-16

Effective: The bill contains several effective dates. Please refer to the bill.Senate Bill ReportESSB 5332- 3 –

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION RESOURCES

If you need help with translations while doing your genealogy, realize there is help online beyond the popular utility Google Translate.

Start with a visit to the “Translation Services “ WIKI at FamilySearch.org : 
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Translation_Services

Currently they have words list for 18 different languages. These lists contain common words you are likely to encounter in genealogy records for that country.

The FamilySearch Wiki also provides links to a half dozen popular online translation websites :

A lesser known translation site recommended by Lisa Alzo of Internet Genealgoy & Your Genealogy Today, especially for languages such as Arabic, Greek, or Russian, is Yandex Translate. Yandex is a synchronized translation for 95 languages, with predictive typing, dictionary with transcription, pronunciation and usage examples, as well as many other features.

Finally. resources not to be ignored are your church or cultural organizations such as “The Sons of Italy”. Maybe they can provide the translation help you need.  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEW! DNA LEARNING SERIES

Seattle Genealogical Society and Sno-Isle Genealogical Society are co-sponsoring the new  “DNA Learning Series”. This will be a series of seven classes, meeting once each month from April to October. Class will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

These are hands-on classes working with your own DNA results in real time with experts available to help you accomplish the tasks. The series builds slowly, workshop style, using your own computer and has homework assignments. The instructors are Craig K Gowen and Cary Bright.

The series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class. The first class is 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Register by sending an email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

HOURS ARE CHANGING AT THE SGS LIBRARY


Please note, beginning May 1, 2019, the hours of the Seattle Genealogical Society Library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The library will be closed on Sundays except for events. 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION Thank you to all of our SGS volunteers!

Here is a partial list of the tasks our dedicated volunteers do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis:

  • Greet our library visitors and keep our doors open to the public
  • Represent SGS at community events
  • Plan and present educational programs
  • Facilitate our Special Interest Groups
  • Manage our library collections
  • Maintain our building
  • Write and edit ENews! and SGS Journal
  • Serve on a committee or as a Board Member
  • Research and archival work
  • Tech support
  • Write and submit grants…. and much more!

Each quarter the Board of Directors selects a Volunteer of the Quarter, based upon their contributions to SGS.

Our 2018 recipients were:

  • Winter       John Eshelman
  • Spring       Janice Lovelace
  • Summer    Siri Nelson
  • Fall           Lori Lee Sauber

Are you interested in joining SGS and becoming a volunteer? Read more: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/content/volunteSAVE THE DATE

SGS and SIGS “DNA Learning Series” ,
Mountlake Terrace Library – Sno-Isle Libraries,
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

 
See the featured article in this eNews! issue for more info. For members of SGS and SIGS only. Registration required. Register by email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Scheduled dates for the first three classes:

  • April 18 “Intro to Genealogical DNA Testing”
  • May 16  “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”
  • June 20  “I’ve Got My Results … Now What?”

SGS 2019 Spring Seminar,
“Next Steps for Your DNA Results”,
with Diahan Southard,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, May 18 ,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives. 

Topics for the 4 workshops are:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also check out the Special Workshops on Sunday morning, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

Register for the Seminar online  

 – or –

Print out a Seminar Brochure and mail your registration to: SGS, PO Box 15329, Seattle, WA 98115

          SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The SGS Library will closed May 25-27 in observance of Memorial Day weekend. 

APRIL

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 1: “Intro to Genealogical DNA Testing”, with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This  series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class. These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, April 27, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth Saturday, April 27, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
MAY
Sunday, May 4, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, 
Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.    Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.


Saturday, May 11, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) Family Tree Maker Users Group, co-chairs, Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey.Meets on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019, July 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com     Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Ohio: The Crossroads of a Young Nation” with Heidi Mair 

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 2: “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.comSaturday, May 18, The SGS Library will be closed so all SGS volunteers may attend the SGS 2019 Spring Seminar at Fairview Christian School.

Sunday, May 19, the SGS Library will be closed for a special event.   

 

Clark County Genealogical Society April Meetings

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 15 April 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

WEBINAR: BOOST YOUR GERMANIC RESEARCH: UNDERSTAND HISTORICAL JURISDICTIONS

Wed, April 17, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Did you know that Germany was not a country until 1871? One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this Legacy Family Tree Webinar are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer, changes in historical Germanic areas, tactics for determining jurisdictions, and examples.  

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, April 18, 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Presentation:  Beyond Names and Dates~Filling in the Stories of our Female Ancestors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: 7-9 p.m.

Clark County Historical Museum,1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

For most of recorded time, women didn’t leave much of a paper trail, but they still have wonderful stories to tell. We’ll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories, and other resources can help. Presenter Pam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon, but her research extends far beyond the Pacific NW, with clients all over the U.S., and research that reaches beyond our borders.

WEBINAR: COMPARING THE GENEALOGY GIANTS: ANCESTRY.COM, FAMILYSEARCH, FINDMYPAST, MYHERITAGE

Wed, April 24, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Should you use all or only one genealogy website for your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants–Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, MyHeritage.com–compare in 2019 for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar will review each site’s strengths and weaknesses that will help you know which to use now, and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

“The good things you do and throw in the river of life, will be returned to you in the desert of life.” Sa’adi

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 11, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member!
For more information visit www.gfo.org.
Contact us at info@gfo.org or 503-963-1932.
Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Spring Seminar Features Tony Burroughs
You’ve seen him on TV tracking the ancestors of Oprah and Smokey Robinson. The GFO’s Spring Seminar speaker started out in genealogy well before Alex Haley’s Roots came out. Tony Burroughs quickly realized he wasn’t satisfied with what had been written for Black genealogy. So, he literally wrote the book on the topic: Black Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing the African American Family Tree. He’s won multiple honors over the years and has been featured on national and international television programs. Burroughs is bringing six lessons to the GFO Spring Seminar from which anyone can learn, regardless of ethnic heritage. Burroughs told Portland’s The Skanner newspaper, “People need to understand, ‘What is fundamental genealogy? What are the methods of genealogical research?'” Come learn from the master himself. We have cut our usual seminar price in half for this event, thanks to generous support from The Skanner Foundation.
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Volunteers needed for Spring Seminar!
Spring has sprung, and that means it’s time for the GFO Spring Seminar! Our seminars are all-volunteer events, which means that if you’re planning to attend, we would love a few of you to sign up to help. ▪ Date: Saturday, April 27th ▪ Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ▪ Place: Center for Self Enhancement (SEI), 3920 N. Kerby Ave., Portland
Help Needed: Raffle Table Helpers (2-5 people) ▪ Stand at the raffle table during breaks and part of lunch, selling tickets ▪ Help count/sort tickets ▪ 2-3 people all day, 1-2 people 10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. ▪ Raffle tables will be set up so volunteers can see and hear the speaker/screen. Raffle Ticket Sellers/Ambassadors (2-5 people) ▪ Arrive 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th ▪ Circulate among attendees chatting up the GFO before the seminar starts ▪ During lunch & breaks, mingle with attendees, esp. those who look bored/confused Book Seller (1 person) ▪ Sell books in afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Morning is covered) ▪ Book sales tables will be set up so volunteers can see and hear the speaker/screen. Friday Set-up @ SEI (the more the merrier!) ▪ 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. @ SEI on Friday, April 26th ▪ Help arrange tables, hang signs, load/unload stuff ▪ You don’t have to attend on Saturday to help on Friday To volunteer, please email seminar@gfo.org. Thanks!
Reminder: Vote by May 6th
If you are a GFO member, please remember to return your ballot in this year’s election. We have three board positions, one endowment committee position, and a change in the bylaws for your consideration. The deadline for your physical ballot to reach us at the library is Monday, May 6th at 8 p.m.
Survey: How Many Events Bring You In?
This week’s survey asks: How many educational events do you attend at the GFO? We’d love to know which kinds of classes, seminars, and special interest groups bring you to the GFO most often. As for last week’s poll, thank you for giving us your feedback about the Open House. Most respondents liked the lessons on PERSI, J-STOR, DNA, Genealogy & the Law, and Writing. They’d like to see next year’s classes include a German Day, southern state records, military resources, women ancestors, early Colonial research, Evernote, and Dropbox. We’re already planning next year’s events, so this feedback is extremely valuable!
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GFO’s Books of the Week: U.S. Military Academy Register: 1910 – 1920
We have a surplus book set available with valuable military listings. Gen. Cullum’s Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy lists names of men to pass through West Point from 1910-1920.
Pages appear clean with no extraneous marks; a few show small signs of age. There are no loose pages, but bindings are beginning to show signs of wear. These are former library books with stamps on and in them and evidence of removed labels, with scuffing and wear to the covers. This two-volume set from 1920 is available for $40. Contact booksales@gfo.org to buy them.
Free Webinar: “Researching Women in Archives”
Library of Congress On April 18th, American Ancestors offers a free webinar called “Researching Women in Archives” at Noon Pacific Time. “Women make up 50% of your ancestry, yet their lives, experiences, and even complete names are all too often forgotten by written history. Although often overlooked in official records, throughout time women have been the keepers of family and personal history. When they survive, diaries, letters, account books, family Bibles, samplers, organization records, and more can reveal more about a woman’s daily life than any government document. Archivist Judy Lucey will discuss how these unique records and manuscripts can be used to piece together a family story and how digging in the archives can hit genealogical gold.”
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This week at GFO …

FRIDAY, April 12th
Mexican Ancestry Group 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
This month: Finding your Hispanic ancestors from Mexico, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California
This Special Interest Group (SIG) pertains specifically to Mexican ancestors from Mexico and the American Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California).
Beginning and intermediate researchers are welcome. Some subjects will include online parish records, Hispanic genealogy societies, Family History Library/FamilySearch.org. Ancestry.com, solving genealogical problems, methodology of organizing your research, etc. Of course this group will also be about sharing our research experiences, and having fun.
If you know of any other people interested in Hispanic genealogy tell them about this up and coming group. They don’t have to be a GFO member to participate.
For questions or comments, please email Vince Ramirez at sw@gfo.org.
SATURDAY, April 13th
Great Lakes Region Group 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
This week: Our topic is cemeteries! GFO’s own Laurel Smith will talk about locating the right cemetery and planning a visit to a cemetery, with a brief look at Billion Graves and a more in-depth look at Find A Grave. Laurel is a skilled genealogist and engaging presenter. You will likely leave this event with a toolbox full of new ideas for your own family history research.
For more information contact Lynn Rossing at GreatLakes@gfo.org
Writers’ Forum 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
This is a peer group of genealogists, who meet to learn about writing and to share our writing with each other. Peggy Baldwin facilitates this group and can be reached at writers@gfo.org or 503-916-9410.
SUNDAY, April 14th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – noon
There’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come. There’s lots to do and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Family Tree Maker for Beginners 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Laurel Smith will show new and beginning users how to navigate this dynamicc software; how to import a tree or start a new one; and explore a few of the tools new users will need.
Facilitated by Laurel Smith. FTM@gfo.org
French Canada Group 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Sharing stories of our history. Come and join this group to learn more about French Canadian ancestry and Acadia. The group leader, Bob LaMarche, can be reached at FrCan@gfo.org.
WEDNESDAY, April 17th
Learn & Chat 10:00 a.m. – noon
At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise, but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time, you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others, and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan and Sandy Alto who can be reached at Learnandchat@gfo.org.
DNA Q&A 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lisa McCullough leads a discussion on various DNA related subjects, with each meeting focused on a particular subject. General questions are welcome at the end of each planned discussion. Send questions to dna_qa@gfo.org
Irish Group 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The first hour will be our guest speaker, Robert Burke, on the Irish language. After that we will have the opportunity to try to crack open our member, Jennefer White’s, brick wall. You can read about her challenge here.
Focus: Although all of the island of Ireland is included, our primary focus is the genealogical research of the Republic of Ireland, also known as the Irish Free State, Éire, Ireland, and Southern Ireland. Members of the GFO as well as their guests and any interested members of the public are welcomed to attend the Irish Genealogy SIG. One hour of each two-hour meeting will be spent on presentations about Irish history, genealogy, and resources, while the second hour will focus on Irish Brick Wall questions. Contact Irish@gfo.org for more information.