JIM RYAN, VOLUNTEER OF FALL QUARTER 2022
Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Fall Quarter 2022 is Jim Ryan.
Jim is a second-generation member of SGS. He has been a very active volunteer. Prior to the covid shutdown, Jim had attended and assisted at nearly every seminar in the past 15 years. He would assist with set up, take down, lunch distribution, and clean up.
Jim helped Jean Roth with the Irish and German SIGs for many years. He was also there to man the SGS booth for both the Irish Week Festival at Seattle Center in March and at the Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw in July. Volunteering during these two outreach activities gave Jim the opportunity to promote SGS to non-members. Jim continues to help with the Irish SIG, now with Susan McKee. Jim has also served as a front desk volunteer. He feels the best part of volunteering is getting to meet and engage on a personal basis with other members of SGS.
A native Seattleite, Jim was born at Fort Lawton post hospital. After high school at Blanchette, he attended Seattle University, and participated in ROTC and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Army in 1974. He graduated from Seattle U with a degree in civil engineering. He served active duty in Darmstadt, Germany for almost 4 years.
Jim worked as a structural engineer at the Seattle District, US Army Corps of Engineers, for close to 28 years. Two projects of note Jim is particularly proud of are the Smolt Passage Flumes at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (aka Ballard Locks) and the Gas Abatement Spillway Deflectors at Chief Joseph Dam.
Jim’s genealogy interests are, as you may have guessed, Irish, German, and military research.
In his spare time, Jim is a USA Track & Field National-certified Official and the sole throws implement inspector for shot, discus, javelin, hammer & weight in his local association. He is the starter for Metro 3A league Track & Field meets at Ingraham High School. And fittingly, Jim has also been volunteering at the Ballard Locks since he retired.
Thank you, Jim, for your track record of continuous volunteer service to SGS.
AN INVITATION TO THE DECEMBER
SGS BOARD MEETING
For SGS members who wonder what the SGS Board of Directors does at its monthly meetings, this is a reminder that every SGS member is welcome to attend and watch the SGS “sausage” being made.
The Board continues to meet via Zoom, and the information needed to log in to
this meeting can be found in the calendar section of the SGS website. The next meeting is on Monday, December 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM PDT and every SGS member is welcome to attend. Hope to see you there.
** Please note, the elevator will be out of service.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM
THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER
SGS has been notified by the manager of the Good Shepherd Center that the elevator in our building will be taken out of service beginning on December 5, 2022 and it will be out of service for most of the month of December. Please plan according. Sorry for the inconvenience.
“YOUR DNA SECRETS REVEALED!”
WITH DIAHAN SOUTHARD
TONIGHT ON PBS KCTS-9
If you missed the debut showing of this PBS show on Saturday, November 26, 2022, you have a chance to see it tonight, November 30th from 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Tune in or set your DVR.
SAVE THE DATE
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State,
usually 2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST
JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting isMonday, Dec 12 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “Researching Your Litvak Family” with Judy Baston.
Family History Library,
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 2-4, 2023
Choose how to attend; in person or online! Visit the website for more info and registration.
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
New Hours : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers.
Masks are recommended inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting.
NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room. The host must take action to let people into each meeting. The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.
All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted
Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG, with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 5, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, 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, December 10, 2022, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Border Reivers: The Beginning of Scotch-Irish, with Craig Gowens
Monday, December 12, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, 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.
Monday, December 12, 2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, SGS Board Meeting (Virtual), Remember all SGS members are welcome to attend the board meeting. Come see what it’s all about.
Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Write It Up! SIG (Virtual), Join this group to share and discuss writing projects, resources, and ideas. To join or learn more, contact Alaine Keisling at email@example.com
Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary.
Saturday, December 17, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.
Saturday, December 17, 2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.
Sunday, December 18, 2022, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, Just Do It! Self Publishing Your Work, Jill Morelli is the usual host.
Monday, December 19, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, 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.
Monday, December 26, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, 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, December 27, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary.