I’m excited to share that in honor of Australia Day, MyHeritage is offering free access to all 95 million of our records from Australia!
Over the past few months, MyHeritage has added more than 25 new collections from Australia, bringing our total of Australian collections to 288. These collections come from all over the country and include birth, marriage, death, naturalization, military, passenger lists, and more types of records, and many include high-quality scans of the originals. One recently added collection, Australia, New South Wales, Gaol Inmates & Photos, includes stunning photographs of inmates who served in prison from 1870 to 1930. In some cases, they are the only photos of these individuals that exist.
Be sure to spread the word to your friends and followers with family connections Down Under so they get the chance to browse this unique collection at https://www.myheritage.com/research/category-Australia/ and find information about their families in records from Australia — totally free! Read more about this offer on our blog, and feel free to use the graphic below.
By the way, it’s not only Australians who can benefit from recent additions to MyHeritage. During the last two months of 2022, we added an astonishing 67 record collections containing a total of 65 million collections from all over the world! You can read more details on our blog.
Beginning Your Family Story Part B You have decided to take on this role as Family Historian, so now what? What about those family heirlooms? Roadblocks and how to avoid them. What to find at a research library.
Beginning Genealogy: Session II Now that you have made it through the Beginning Genealogy Class it’s time to gather the family lore, documents, family treasures and begin to build your Family History. Was that story about walking to school up-hill both ways really true?
Join us: Thursday, February 2, 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ZOOMFREE!
You can sign-up at: www.hqrl.com Go to the HQRL STORE A ZOOM link will be sent to your email 2 days before the class.
Topic: “How to get Research Help at FamilySearch.org – with emphasis on Germanic research
Come discover what free research help is available at FamilySearch.org. This class will demonstrate how to access and use several FamilySearch resources designed to help you work through your genealogical challenges. Regardless of your research experience or ability, these resources can help you break through the brick walls found in every family tree.
Presenter: Becky Adamson
Becky graduated from BYU-Idaho with an AAS degree in Family History. She is currently enrolled at Strathclyde University, where she has earned her Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic & Heraldic Studies and is pursuing her Diploma and Masters in the same field of study. She has a passion for United States and British research and is accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen®) in Scotland research. She is currently working towards her accreditation in the Upper South, United States region. Becky is a Research Specialist on the VIP Hosting and Research Services team at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Early in our virtual meeting experiences of 2020 we began attracting visitors from around Washington State as well as other parts of the United States. Among our visitors was Ron Sailer, a neighbor from the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society in Lynnwood, just north of Seattle.
Ron shared information that his great grandfather was buried in the pioneer cemetery here in Auburn and gave us information regarding research that had been done.
A few months ago MaryLynn made contact with Ron again when she found a common link at WikiTree. Small world!
Valorie received The StillyGen newsletter  in early January 2023, and read with shock:
Sno- Isle Genealogical Society Mourns
Recently, news came from Sno-Isle G. S. of Lynnwood that a serious auto accident took the life of their greatly admired President, Ronald Sailer; on November 15th. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Ron thought of him as “one of the good guys”. His kind and thoughtful demeanor made all who knew him look forward to the next time they’d run into him. It was obvious to any genealogist who met Ron that genealogy was a true passion for him. I was privileged to have the opportunity to interact with Ron, and I was always pleased when he would phone me and say, “Hello cousin”. It was an honor to be “family” in his eyes. We were only “cousins”, many, many times removed, on our Comstock line as I recall, but I thought very dearly of him and know that those of us who were lucky enough to have made his acquaintance will miss him and deeply feel his loss.
Valorie searched for a news story or obituary but found none. Sno-Isle GS’s website shows the office of President vacant.
On Facebook, the following information can be found at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Marysville page:
Memorial service: Thursday, December 1, 2pm
Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Marysville
7215 51st Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98270
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his passion, Sno-isle Genealogical Society in Lynnwood, Washington
Children: Gretchen Sailer Hulitt, Tony Sailer
Hearing of Ron’s death on this first day of 2023 reminds us of how fleeting life can be. Give everyone you love a hug and a kiss whenever you can; you never know if it will be the last time.
1. Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, The Stillaguamish Star, Volume 35 No 1, Jan/Feb 2023, page 9 (Arlington, Washington : www.stillygen.org).
Where Did I Put Great-Grampa? Organizing for Genealogists Organizing your genealogy information so that you can find what you want, when you want it can be a daunting task. Get tips on how to keep notes, records, and photos in digital and print-based formats.
WHEN: January 19, 2023 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM WHERE: ZOOM COST: $20 Members $25 Non-Members Deadline: January 17, 2023 Sign-up and payment: Go to hqrl.com then click on the HQRL STORE (You must sign in as a member to receive the discount)
Caron Primas Brennan loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research. A 6th grade school project got her interested in researching her own family tree. Her special areas of genealogical interest are Colonial America, Prussian and Norwegian research along her family lines as well as DNA projects. Caron belongs to several local and regional genealogy groups as well as being a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has been teaching at the Newberry Library in Chicago and speaking at local libraries and genealogical societies for over ten years with consistently excellent feedback. A LINK WILL BE SENT TO YOUR EMAIL 1-2 DAYS BEFORE THE CLASS ALONG WITH ANY HANDOUTS.
Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group Meeting
Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm PST via Zoom
Please join us as we begin our discussion of the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. This month we will cover the fourth chapter — Genealogical Applications for mtDNA.
The book is available from the publishers, The National Genealogical Society at:
The Clallam County Genealogical Society invites you to hear Lisa Alzo, the featured speaker at the March 11th Spring Seminar. This well known genealogist will present the following topics:
1. Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors
2. Finding Your Femme Fatales
3. Chasing Genealogy clues to Find Elusive Female Ancestors
The conference will be by Zoom. All are welcome to watch the program at the CCGS Research Center located at 403 E. 8th Street in Port Angeles, WA, or you can Zoom it at your home.
The cost for the seminar will be $50 for non-members of CCGS, $40 for members. Registration at the door will be $50. Checks should be made out to CCGS. Credit Cards can use the “Paypal” app available on the CCGS website up until March 6th. The web-address is www.clallamcogs.org.
The Zoom meeting number and passcodes will be sent out via e-mail upon receipt of funds.
For more information about this program, consult the website or phone the Center Tues-Friday 10am – 4pm or Saturdays noon – 4pm:
Lisa Alzo, MFA, is the author of several genealogy books, and hundreds of magazine articles. She is a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine and her pieces appear in other genealogical magazines as well. She has shared her expertise at national and international conferences, webinars, and historical and genealogical societies. An avid genealogist for more than 30 years, she specializes in Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family story, and in using history to trace immigrant and female ancestors.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this outstanding genealogist and speaker.
The Lincoln County Genealogical Society (Oregon) would like to invite you to a zoom presentation provided by Randol Fletcher on the “Hidden History of Civil War Oregon” on 4 February 2023 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m.
In order to receive a timely reminder notice/zoom instructions about this meeting, please send your name and email address to: