Where There Is – or Isn’t – a Will — Where there’s a will, there’s a probate. And often when there isn’t a will, there’s still a probate. Understanding the process and finding the records created when our ancestors died can help break through those brick walls.
Property Rights and Wrongs – African-Americans at the Courthouse — From being treated as property to having their children and their property stolen by those who used the law against the freedmen, African Americans’ experience at the courthouse had only one bright spot: it created records for the genealogist-descendants of enslaved and enslavers alike.
Linking the Generations with Court and Land Records — It’s the single biggest issue genealogists face: how do we connect one generation to the next with evidence we can rely on? Vital records are excellent documentation, but they often don’t exist for the time and place we’re researching. That’s when we have to find workarounds to make sure we’re not simply putting people into family lines because they share the same names. Using court and land records, we can often find the evidence we need to link the generations accurately.
“Don’t Forget the Ladies” – A Genealogist’s Guide to Women and the Law — In early America, women were all too often the people who just weren’t there: not in the records, not in the censuses, not on juries, not in the voting booth. The common law relegated women to “protected” – second-class – status, and understanding how they were treated under the law provides clues to finding their identities today.
Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist®, is a genealogist with a law degree who provides expert guidance through the murky territory where law and family history intersect. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠ from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at https://www.legalgenealogist.com.
This month, instructor Winona Laird offers a “Vital Records” class – free for SKCGS members and $20 per class for non-members. This is a great opportunity to brush up on skills or learn something new. More information at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes.
For SKCGS members, March 20, 2023 is the first meeting of the 12-month online study group using the book “Research Like a Pro with DNA” by Diana Elder, Nicole Dyer, and Robin Wirthlin. Details can be found at https://www.skcgs.org/areas-of-interest/study.
At the May 2023 General Membership Meeting, SKCGS will hold its annual election for the positions of President and Treasurer. The Nominating Committee is pleased to share the slate of candidates and invite additional nominations. Learn more at https://www.skcgs.org/home/nominees.
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Monday, March 6, 2023, 11:00am PT Beginning Genealogy Class: Vital Records (online via Zoom) More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes Tuesday, March 7, 2023, 6:30pm PT SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (online) All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.
To some genealogists ‘the hunt’ is everything. Learn how to shift gears and to write a cohesive story about your ancestor. Writing helps you refocus your thinking. You might even surprise yourself, realizing you’ve bagged your ancestor without knowing it!
Steven Waltz Morrison is the past-president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the Olympia Genealogical Society. He attained a Master’s degree from The Evergreen State College where he taught for seven years as an adjunct faculty. In 2018 Steven coordinated Exploring Quaker Records-At Home and Abroad at SLIG, in 2020 co-coordinated Exploring American Quaker Records at GRIP, and in 2021 coordinated Quaker Records of North America, Ireland and the British Isles for ISBGFH. He’s addressed international audiences on Quaker topics at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium in Omagh, Ireland & Toronto, Canada, and the Yearly Meeting of Friends in Ireland. In 2016, the American Society of Genealogists awarded him their Scholar Award.
Monday, March 20, 2023 ⋅ 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT Technical User Group (online) “How to Make FamilySearch Family Tree Work for You” The Family Tree is a powerful tool; we’ll begin today and return to the topic in April. 1. Create a free account 2. Create a profile for yourself, then add your parents and if necessary, grandparents
Profile view, and Tree view (hints)
Searching for records from the profile
Accessing linked sources and contributor/relatives/relationships
Register in advance for this meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAucuigqj4uH92bWWD2uycX9Z1uSsRLY4K6 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Subscribe to the free SKCGS Tech User Group email list for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG Thursday, March 23, 2023 ⋅ 11:00am – 1:00pm PT Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Auburn Library(in-person) Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer 1102 Auburn Way S Auburn, WA 98002 Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, email email@example.com Monday, March 27, 2023 ⋅ 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT Genealogy Chat(online) Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! Register in advance for this Zoom meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUud-uqpzoiGtEMxlqDBQ_fUeS8oZjScF71 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Subscribe to the free SKCGS email list for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society
Monday, April 3, 2023, 11:00am PT Beginning Genealogy Class: Census Records (online via Zoom) More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 6:30pm PT SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (online) All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.
Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 6:30pm PT Beginning Genealogy Class: Census Records (online via Zoom) This is a repeat of the April 3rd class More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes Friday, April 7, 2023, 12:30 – 2:30 pm PT EGS German Interest Group (online) “Researching the Eastern European German Diaspora” Presenter Mark Rabideauwill focus on the populations of Germans in Eastern Europe scattered in former German communities. Visitors welcome and more information at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com
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Genealogists and family historians, your help is needed to save access to historical immigration records!
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a substantial fee hike to access millions of historical immigration records held exclusively by its genealogy program. This could effect you so it is really important that you post your comments and write to your Senators and Representative.
The comment deadline is now March 13th so please submit your comments by then. Please share this deadline with your networks, too. Encourage them to comment and contact their Senators and Representative. If genealogists don’t comment, USCIS will think we don’t care how long it takes to get records or how much it costs.
A nice bit of publicity in The Columbian for CCGS! This appeared under “Letters to the Editor.” It was written following a story about a local man who successfully searched for his enslaved ancestors. Apparently, the writer didn’t know about, or think to mention CCGS. Perhaps that was because the interviewee has not availed himself of CCGS resources. Hopefully, more will after this!
Find the speaker, save on registration The International German Genealogy Partnership conference June 9-11 is a hybrid event being held in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and online. Our wonderful slate of presenters will speak on a range of topics helpful for those researching German-speaking ancestors. This is one of the few occasions on which you will hear from, and connect with, people focused only on German genealogy.Although the early bird discount for IGGP 2023 has ended, you can play our new discount code game, “Who’s the Speaker,” to receive $50 off your registration.Each week through the end of March, we’ll provide a couple clues to one of our presenters. Visit the presenters page, find the speaker based on the first clue and click to view the speaker profile. The second clue allows you to confirm you’ve got the right person. Then use the speaker’s first name in the discount code box to receive $50 off.You’ll get to meet our wonderful speakers and save money, too! Here are the clues for this week (through March 10). Try it out: Who’s the Speaker!One of our speakers enjoys wearing tall hats.And this speaker lives in the oldest house in his town.Details. #IGGC2023
Alert your favorite librarian!Registration has also opened for the first LIBRARIANS’ DAY at the IGGP conference. Share our flyer with your local library, archive or historical society.This special day on June 8, again in-person or virtual, is being organized by the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library. The speakers will provide advice on finding genealogy resources, information that librarians can use to help their patrons who are doing German research. The fee is a budget-friendly $10. Librarians’ Day details. (Note that this event will not address personal research questions.) For those attending the IGGP 2023 conference, convenient access to the Allen County Public Library is one of the perks! You can visit the Genealogy Center, get research help from its genealogy librarians or do your own research in the collections.
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Legacy Family Tree SIG Meeting Mar 7th, 2023, 7:00 pm
This week we will be reviewing a series of short videos presented by Geoff Rasmussen that are free and available from the Legacy Family Tree Webinars site.
How to customize Legacy’s Family View
How to make a backup of your Legacy family file
Legacy software tip: How to unlink a child, spouse or parent if needed
How to Import a Family Tree Maker file into Legacy
How to make a Family Calendar using Legacy Family Tree software
Creating a Migration Chart with Legacy Family Tree software
Working with gaps in Legacy Family Tree
Legacy QuickTip: How to create a Mother’s Chart
Blank Forms in Legacy Family Tree software
We hope to see you this coming Tuesday, March 7th!
Our meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm until 8:30. The link to the reoccurring Zoom Meeting is located at the bottom of this page.
The first half of each meeting we will work thru training videos, watching, and then pausing to talk about the section we just watched before moving on to the next section. The second half will be used for open discussion of topics related to using Legacy. This could include any questions or problems we are having with the program or tips and features we have discovered. If you think of something you would like to bring up, please write it down so you can share it with the group.
Want to learn how to start exploring your family tree? Join us at the Parkland/Spanaway Library on Friday, March 10 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm where members from the Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society will guide you into the pages of your past.
TIP OF THE WEEK – “HERITAGE FROM THE HEARTLAND” SERIES
The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society has been running a webinar series on research in the Heartland of America. There are 4 webinars left; they are hybrid, meaning you can attend in person or online virtual. They will take place:
March 4, 2023 : Michigan April 1, 2023 : Ohio, Minnesota, and Iowa May 6, 2023 : Kansas June 3, 2023 : Oklahoma
SGS SPRING SEMINAR 2023 IS ALMOST HERE! REGISTER TODAY!!We are excited to have Diana Elder, AGⓇ, and Nicole Dyer, authors of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and its companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence, and hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast, for our seminar. They will present 4 lectures over 2 days: Friday evening, March 10, 5-8pm Saturday morning, March 11, 9am-noon. Program includes– Objectives, Analysis, and Locality Research Research Planning, Source Citations, Research Logs, & Written Conclusions Organizing DNA Results Using DNA to Solve a Family History Mystery Registration link HERE.
Presentations will be recorded and available (only) to registrants for a limited time. Registration fee: Full Seminar – $55.00 (SGS Members – $45.00) PLEASE HELP! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR IRISH WEEK!SGS will have our usual information booth during Irish Festal at Seattle Center on Saturday, March 11, 2023 and Sunday, March 12, 2023. The booth will operate from noon to 6:00 pm both days. This outreach activity helps SGS obtain it’s annual 4Culture grant funding. Volunteers are desperately needed to man the booth for two hour shifts and answer simple Irish genealogy questions. Especially critical is from 1-2:00pm each day while Jean needs to be away from the booth giving lectures.
If you can help out, please call or text Jean Roth at 206-510-5202. She may also be reached by email: email@example.com.
Irish Festal is really fun with musical performances, step-dancing, Irish genealogy and history, craft goods, and more. So come contribute 2 hours of volunteer work and play before or after.
100 years ago: 28 February 1923
’U’ Psychologists Probe Brains of Freshmen Class” informed the Seattle P-I.
The article explains that in the past, psychological tests were voluntary, with few opting to take them. However, this year psychological tests of freshmen were compulsory. With the information gathered, the psychologists intend to classify the schools according to intelligence. The article also explains that last years’ test results showed law school students below the average and pharmacists at the bottom.
“ ‘U’ Psychologists Prober Brains of Freshmen Class,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, 28 February 1923. p. 6, col 7.
* Watch each eNews! issue for “100 years ago”, our new anecdotal series. We will be running it for the duration of 2023, our centennial year.
Late notice, but there is a class at the Poulsbo Historical Society tomorrow: Wednesday, Mar. 1 1:00PM Community Room, Poulsbo Library History LIVE! Myths, Legends and Lies – The Danger of Family History Research Guest Speaker: Michael Lee Stills of Missing Roots Genealogy More info: https://poulsbohistory.com/
Early Bird Registration for the International German Genealogy Partnership 2023 Conference, June 9-11, closes on March 3. For more info visit: https://iggp.org
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. Next program, March 13, “Researching Jewish Families in America: Synagogue Record as a Genealogical Resource”, with Ellen Kowitt.
Note: Irish Genealogy Workshop on March 18, 2023, was canceled, but there is a St Patrick’s Day dinner event.
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302 4649 Sunnyside Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 206 522-8658
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. *** The elevator in the Good Shepherd Center will be out of service for the next several weeks.
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, March 4, 2023, 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
Sunday, March 5, 2023, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.
Monday, March 6, 2023, 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.
Wednesday, March 8, 2023, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG, Co-chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick. Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske. Meetings address topics and resources for Macintosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy software program. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of alternating months. A link to login will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. If you would like to join, send an email to email@example.com to be added to the email list.
Friday, March 10, 2023, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, SGS SPRING SEMINAR, Day 1, (Virtual), with Diana Elder, AGⓇ, and Nicole Dyer, authors of Research Like a Pro: A Genealogist’s Guide and its companion volume, Research Like a Pro with DNA: A Genealogist’s Guide to Finding and Confirming Ancestors with DNA Evidence, and hosts of the Research Like a Pro Genealogy Podcast, will present 4 lectures over 2 days: Friday evening, 5-8, and Saturday morning, 9-noon. Registration required.
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, SGS SPRING SEMINAR, Day 2, (Virtual), with Diana Elder, AGⓇ, and Nicole Dyer,
Monday, March 13, 2023, 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, March 13, 2023, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Board of Directors Meeting at SGS (Virtual), All SGS members are welcome to attend. Remember SGS has several board positions open. We need to fill them. Maybe you have the skills and time.
Monday, March 13, 2023, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. Bring us your problem; we’ll try to help.
Friday, March 17, 2023, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Family Tree Maker SIG, the FTM by Software MacKiev user’s group meets via Zoom on the 3rd Friday of each month. If you would like to attend and are not on the SIG e-mail distribution list, please send an e-mail to email@example.com no later than Thursday, March 16th to request the meeting link.
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 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, March 18, 2023, 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, March 19, 2023, 12:30 pm-1:00 pm, SGS General Membership Meeting, SGS members, mark your calendar. Topics: what’s new at SGS and bylaw changes.
Sunday, March 19, 2023, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, Jill Morelli is the usual host. Topic TBD.
Monday, March 20, 2023, 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, March 27, 2023, 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, March 28, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. Bring us your problem; we’ll try to help.
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