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28 October 2015

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YD@W…What’s Happening to My Donation Money?

Your Donations At Work (YD@W)

This week, we’re featuring the following accessibility and preservation tools that were made possible by your donations and ongoing support: •Microfilm and Microfiche Scanner! Finally. A way to not only search through and view the GFO’s massive microfilm and microfiche collections (see our Oregon Donation Land Claims, for example), but to save scanned copies of the records. Thanks to the generosity of our members and others, we were able to purchase this wonderful tool. Come give it a spin! But please beware, the GFO cannot be held responsible for any addictive or compulsory microfilm researching you may experience as a result.
•Flatbed Patron’s Scanner! What a wonderful way to scan and share some of those family photos and letters that you know are not being seen or even remembered among the dusts of your attic. The flatbed scanner is located in the Research Area, and is free for members and guests to scan and save and/or email copies of their personal family history treasures. For more information about preserving family photos and manuscripts, the GFO encourages you to visit  the Library of Congress and the National Archives websites on these topics! Continue reading

Eastside Gen Society Newsflash




German Group of Eastside Genealogical Society will meet on Friday, November 6, 2015 in the Bellevue LDS Church, 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 at 1 to 3 pm.

Topic:   Genealogy Speaker, Janet O’Conor Camarata, will be presenting “Google Tools Beyond Basic Search”.  These tools will assist in researching your ancestors.   Visitors are always welcome.

Dorothy Pretare

EGS Publicity Chairperson

Seattle Gen Society News Flash & Report


Here are WSGS Board members Patty Olsen and Roger Newman posing with Dr. Tom Jones, speaker at the recent Seattle Genealogical Society seminar.

Patty reports that it was a great day, a great seminar, for the 160 or so folks who attended. The venue was the Nordic Heritage Museum, which is interesting in itself.

All you need do is Google “Dr. Tom Jones genealogy” and you’ll have links to all the good things that Dr. Jones has and continues to do for genealogy.

I’m sorry for myself and all who were not able to attend this great learning day. Thanks, SGS, for hosting such a great presenter.


National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair

Good morning,

I hope you will join us for our 3rd annual Virtual Genealogy Fair!

The fair will be streamed live online through YouTube on October 21 and 22. You can find the links for each day’s sessions here:

It’s free, and there no reservations or passwords.
We’ll be taking your question on Twitter during the fair. Tweet your questions to @usnatarchives and use the hashtag #genfair2015.
You can also ask questions through the chatbox on YouTube.
We have a great line up of speakers this year! Our experts will discuss preserving your family’s records, WWI veterans’ records, ancestral migration routes, bankruptcy records, CCC records, and more!
See you there! 

Hilary Parkinson
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20408

Seattle Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings


Mr. James Lowe sailed from New York City, aboard the ship Ohio, on January 10,1852,  with “1,000 passengers on board.” He was bound for California, no doubt certain he would make his fortune in the promised land. On his journey, he notes that he paid $10 to hire a mule to take him across the Isthmus of Panama and saw “Parrits Monkeys Alegators”. Sailing north, he was thirsty and hungry with “nothing for supper” and “three spoons of rice for breakfast.” He landed in San Francisco on May 15, 1852. Fortunately for historians and genealogists, Mr. Lowe kept a diary of his journey, which includes names of his fellow passengers sailing up the California coast aboard the Brig Margaret.  Take a look at this remarkable document in the SGS library.

National Archives  2015 Virtual Genealogy Fair   October 21 and 22

You might want to check out the National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair.   It will be a live broadcast via YouTube so you can ask the genealogy experts questions at the end of their talks.  Speakers will include experts from National Archives locations across the nation.

Lectures will feature tips and techniques for using Federal records at the National Archives for genealogy research.  These lectures are designed for experienced genealogists and novices.  Recorded sessions will remain available online after the event.  More info at :

MAC Computer Interest Group Announces Changes

Future Meetings of the MAC I.G. to be held Every Other Month
(December 9, February 10, April 13, & June 8)   Continue reading

Heritage Quest Research Library’s AutumnQuest A Success!

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Jim Johnson, Director of the Heritage Quest Research Library, and his wonderful crew (including wife, Patty) pulled off another fantastically successful AutumnQuest last Saturday, October 10th. Here is Jim teaching us all about using the Flip-Pal product………

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Three WSGS Board members attended:  Patty Olsen, Roger Newman and Donna Potter Phillips. The rest of you missed a grand day.

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Speakers for the day were (L to R) Janice Lovelace, Janet O’Conor Camarata, Donna, and Jill Morelli. (We’re wearing the pin-in flowers from our speakers’ thank you gifts.) The theme for the day was Finding Women’s Records and each speaker addressed a different aspect of that topic…. much of which was new to the audience.

Years ago, WSGS coined the phrase, “You won’t know if you don’t go.” The nearly 100 folks in attendance last Saturday know for sure a day-full of genealogical information that they didn’t know before. Hope next time the audience includes you.

Cyndi Ingle Visits Eastern Washington

Cyndi Ingle, of fame, was the presenter at  annual Fall Workshop of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society.  And she was, of course, wonderful.

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As she arrived into Spokane on Friday, and had never been to the Eastern Washington Branch of “our” Washington State Archives, I arranged tours for her. Here is Cyndi with Lee Pierce (red shirt), archivist for the “downstairs” or paper archives part of the facility out on the EWU campus in Cheney, and with Harold Stoehr (green shirt) who manages and maintains the “upstairs” or digital archives part of the building. They were both so very gracious and informative and both Cyndi and I thanked them profusely for their time.

Cyndi was especially impressed with these two wrapped sets of disks………. Harold took us into the very innermost vault and let Cyndi hold the external backup to the entire contents of the state’s digital archives.  (Don’t panic; there are multiple backups.) Cyndi was big-eyed-impressed with being able to hold such a treasure in her hands.

Cyndi hails from Puyallup and we here in Washington are very proud of our own home-grown bigwig celebrity in the world of genealogy. I was happy to show her some “eastern Washington” resources in person, especially our one-of-a-kind Washington State Digital Archives.

Archives Month at Washington State Regional Archives

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Archives Month celebrates WA bridges

If it’s October, then our State Archives is celebrating its annual Archives Month. This year’s theme is Washington’s historic bridges, those indispensable links for moving people and goods around the state. I’m a big fan of our bridges and have my favorites, as I’m sure you do.

I want to give you a head’s up that as part of the month-long celebration, the main State Archives in Olympia and the regional branches in Bellevue, Bellingham, Cheney and Ellensburg will host open houses or Basics of Historical Research workshops on Saturday, October 24. Contact the State Archives at (360) 586-1492 or for more information about these events. Another research workshop will be held October 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center in Stanwood. For more info about the Stanwood workshop, contact Janette Gomes at the Northwest Regional Archives at or (360) 650-2813.

A great-looking free poster helps commemorate Archives Month. The poster (shown here) is available in the State Archives headquarters in Olympia, the front desk of our Executive Office at the Capitol and at all regional Archives branches, as well as several local historical societies, universities with archives/library collections, museums and heritage centers. Get your poster while supplies last! If you want to see the digital version of the new poster, just go here. The poster was designed by Archives’ own Benjamin Helle.


If you want a larger version of the poster go here:

Seattle Genealogical Society News

Coming Soon!

SGS 2015 Fall Seminar
Saturday, October 17
Nordic Heritage Museum
There is only a little more than 2 weeks before the SGS 2015 Fall Seminar on Saturday, October 17.   Don’t miss out on your chance to hear nationally renowned genealogist and widely acclaimed speaker Dr. Tom Jones present “The Family History Detective: Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems.”

The four seminar presentations include:  •Can Complex Research Problems Be Solved Solely Online?
•Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable
•Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Indirectly
•Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor

Register now!  Mail or bring in the seminar registration form you recently received or register online by visiting  Deadline for ordering a lunch is October 13.

Seminar registration fee: $50 for SGS members, $60 for non-members

Special Interactive Classes Taught by Dr. Tom Jones
Sunday, October 18
Seattle Genealogical Society

Only 12 spots remain available for the Sunday special classes.  Register now to secure your chance to work with Dr. Jones in a small group setting.  The two classes include:  •Research Questions and Hypotheses: Planning an Exhaustive Search
•Finding Immigrant and Migrant Origins
Special class registration fee: $35 for SGS members, $40 for non-members

Go to for full details on our fall seminar and special classes.

See you at the seminar!


Despite our best efforts over the past 6 months, we have been unable to find someone to fill the currently vacant position of Director of Publications. Continue reading

Whitman County Gen Society News Flash


Whitman County Genealogical Society

Saturday, October 24, 8:30 – 1:30, with lunch

is hosting a seasonal seminar featuring:

Janet Norby: Salem Witch Trials and Their Consequences for our Country. Janet utilizes information about personal ancestors who participated in the trials and searches for an understanding of the cultural influences that
prompted them to do so. With discussion to follow.

Jill Nock and Barb Crossler: DAR presentation includes historical background, info on their chapter, types of service that can be proven, documents needed and places to search. With discussion to follow.

Barbara Bradley Petura: Preserving Genealogical Research & Family History for Future Generations. Barbara will give us ideas and show us internet sites where we will be able to enter our research for others to find and expand on in years to come. With discussion to follow.

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Times: 08:30 am: Registration
09:00 am-10:00 am Janet Norby: Salem Witch Trials
10:15 am-12:15 pm Barb Crossler and Jill Nock: DAR
12:30 pm-01:30 pm Barbara Petura: Preserving Genealogical Research &
Family History for Future Generations
Lunch: 12:15 pm-01:30 pm during Barb Petura’s talk we will have a soup lunch with a vegetarian option
Place: Ridge Pointe Clubhouse, 1402 SE Fancy Free Drive, enter from 900 Bishop Blvd. (which is across the street from the Hospital’s red Emergency
Entrance sign), then turn left immediately

Cost: Pre-Registration, by October 17: $30.00 including lunch & snacks
Registration, after October 17 or at the door: $35.00 including lunch & snacks

If you have any questions or need more information contact President, Sue Kreikemeier at: or 509-635-1303
Name: ___________________________________
Email: ______________________________________ or Phone: _________________
Make checks payable to W.C.G.S and send to: WCGS, P.O. Box 393, Pullman, WA 99163…….For planning purposes, please have pre-registrations in by October 17.