Kittitas County Gen Society News Flash



Kittitas Co. Genealogical Soc. Meeting  —  Monday Oct 5 at 7 pm

NOT AT 413 N Main, Ellensburg NOT


We’ll have VERY GOOD Program and Refreshments, as usual.

 Thanks to Erik Bakke for suddenly trying to adapt our computer to Hal Holmes, as our former meeting room no longer available?


Call Mary Christensen at 509-925-9104 if you could substitute occasionally  in our genealogy library to help keep our library open 10 am – 4 pm Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

Training will be provided and this new knowledge could be what takes you “up to the next level” in YOUR family history research



Eastern Washington Gen Society News Flash

Cyndi Ingle is coming to town!!!


Cyndi has lectured all over the world (practically) and all over the Pacific Northwest but she has never come to Eastern Washington…… and this coming Saturday, October 3rd, she is coming to town!!

It’s not too late to register…… click to to get all the scoop and to register (PayPal or send check or pay at the door).

Cyndi’s List has over 300,000 links to websites that pertain to genealogy. If you live near Spokane (within a 3-hour drive is near) then you really must come to spend the day with EWGS and with Cyndi.

Seattle Genealogical Society Upcoming Meetings



The SGS Fall Membership Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the SGS Library.

At this meeting, Julia Marconi, Director of Membership, will be presenting the program “The Use of Social Media in Genealogy”. She will help us understand some of the ways that the various social media sites can assist in your search for those elusive ancestors, and how you may possibly find cousins that you didn’t know existed. SGS is going to focus on enhancing our social media presence. Learn how you could benefit from the use of research tools that you may not have yet explored.

Also at this meeting the Financial Review Committee will be presenting their report to the membership on their review of the finances of the society.

Each year, the Washington State Genealogical Society presents a number of special citations, in recognition and appreciation of the dedication and commitment exhibited to the genealogical community in Washington State. This year SGS is pleased to have our outstanding Library Team recognized. The team was selected for its dedicated volunteer efforts to enlarge and improve the society’s library. Team members are Dona Bubelis, Daniel P. Harmon, Kathi McGinnes, Charlotte Wixon and Ann Wright.

This will be an interesting meeting, please put the date on your calendar and plan to join us on the 10th of October at SGS.

Coming soon on Saturday, October 17th, the SGS 2015 Fall Seminar
“The Family History Detective: Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems.”

(SGS members $50, non-members $60)

This is a special opportunity for us in the Pacific Northwest to hear Dr. Thomas W. Jones, co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and a nationally renowned speaker.

If you’d like some interactive, small group time with Dr. Jones, be sure to sign up for one of the two special classes he will teach at the SGS library on Sunday, October 18th. (SGS members $35, non-members $40)  Class size is limited to 30 persons each, so sign up now before all the spaces are filled!

For seminar and class details, visit

To register online for the seminar and special classes, visit


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Whatcom Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

Whatcom Genealogical Society Fall Seminar will be held Saturday, September 26 from 9 am – 4 pm at St. James Presbyterian Church, 910 – 14th Street, Bellingham.  Jill Morelli will speak on “The Push and the Pull:  Decision Making of the 19th Century Emigrant”, “Insanity in the 19th Century”, and “Getting the Most from Insurance Maps”.  Jim Johnson of Heritage Quest will speak on “Finding and Using Your Ancestors’ Church Records”; he will also bring his traveling bookstore.
A raffle will be held of 6 bags worth approx. $140 – 160 each.  Tickets are $5.00.  Free coffee and snacks in the morning — Lunch available, or brown bag it.

“Traveling Through Time” Hard to Sit Through

About 65 individuals had a difficult time sitting through the Traveling Through Time seminar with speaker William Dollarhide. Within minutes of his opening remarks there was a desire to leave the room and research.

The first session of the all-day seminar was titled “Dollarhide’s Five Rules – Essentials for Successful Genealogical Research.” Rule number 1 was “Treat the brothers and sisters of your ancestors Lectureras equals.” With this rule Dollarhide encouraged everyone to obtain those important census records, vital records, and various historical documents on all collateral lines. He provided a great case study of locating his own Dollarhide Family Bible by following this rule. Most genealogists, he explained, focus so closely on their ancestral line that they overlook the very important clues that are available by examining records left behind by aunts, uncles, and cousins of every generation. With this he also told everyone that they had an awful lot of work to do. It was a difficult way to begin the day as we knew that we were only beginning to understand how little we had done. Continue reading

Seattle Genealogical Society Fall Seminar



Register Now for the SGS Fall Seminar!

Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL., FASG

“The Family History Detective:
Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems”

Saturday, October 17
Nordic Heritage Museum
(SGS member price $50, non-member price $60)
Take advantage of this opportunity to hear one of the best, most highly sought after genealogical speakers in the U.S!  Dr. Thomas Jones, author of the recently published book, Mastering Genealogical Proof, and co-editor of The National Genealogical Quarterly, will make four thought-provoking presentations at the SGS 2015 fall seminar.  Come hear a master of genealogical proof discuss strategies for solving your most difficult family history research problems.
Dr. Jones will make four presentations at the October 17 seminar:

  • “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”

Come meet an acclaimed genealogist and learn how he has solved difficult research puzzles like your own.  There is plenty of easy parking available for seminar participants at the Nordic Heritage Museum.  Lunches can be ordered in advance.

Special Classes
Sunday, October 18
Seattle Genealogical Society
(SGS member price $35, non-member price $40)

Would you like some small class interaction with Dr. Jones?  Then sign up now for one of the two special classes he will teach at the SGS library on Sunday, October 18!  Registration for a special class is open to anyone who attends the Saturday, October 17, seminar.  Class size is limited to 30 students per session.  One class per person.  Special class registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

  • “Developing Research Questions and Hypotheses: Planning an Exhaustive Search”
  • “Special Problems: Finding Immigrant and Migrant Origins”

For full seminar and special class details, visit the SGS website:

To register online for the seminar and special classes, visit:

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society September 19 Seminar

Just a reminder that next Saturday, September 19, 2015  will  be a seminar featuring Mary Kathryn Kozy and Jill Morelli being presented at the Mount Vernon Senior Center.  Jill will be presenting programs on “Ten Top Techs She Uses and You Can Too” and “Writing Your Family Histoy – Just Do It” and Mary Kathryn will be presenting Researching in Newspapers” and  “Google and its Genealogy Tools”
Walk ins are welcome. 
Feel free to join us.  We look forward to welcoming you. $50 admission.  Bring a grab bag luunch.  Cofee, Tea & water available.  Jim Johnson will be  bringing books and lots of very nice door prizes.
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

Seattle Gen Society News Flash

Seattle Genealogical Society


“The Family History Detective: Finding Solutions to Your Toughest Research Problems”
Speaker: Dr. Thomas W. Jones, CG, CGL, FASG

Saturday, 17 October 2015
9:00am – 4:00pm
Nordic Heritage Museum
Registration: $50 SGS Members / $60 Non-members

Seminar Topics:

  • Can a Complex Research Problem be Solves Solely Online?
    Step by step, attendees will suggest online sources and research strategies for tracing an ancestor who seems to disappear and reappear. The interactive case study will show both how such cases can be solved online and the limits of material online today.
  • Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was (Some Reliable and Others Not Reliable)
    Case studies will illustrate five ways – some reliable and others not – that genealogists “prove” an ancestor’s identity: using information provided by others; using a single source; following a chain of evidence; correlating evidence from multiple sources; and weighing conflicting evidence. Attendees will learn how to use the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to identify their ancestors accurately.
  • Inferential Genealogy: Deducing Ancestors’ Identities Correctly
    Participants will learn how to accurately deduce ancestors’ identities and many aspects of their lives by digging below “surface information” in genealogical records and by combining information from several sources.
  • Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing Ancestor
    Genealogists may be frustrated by not finding ancestors in the records and places where they logically expect them to be. This presentation will explain seven reasons why such ancestors seem to have disappeared, provide examples of each from actual case studies, and suggest strategies to help attendees find their elusive ancestors.

Special Events: 

  • Famous SGS book sale to benefit the SGS Library Fund

Don’t miss the additional Special Classes on Sunday, October 18th! Registration is limited!

Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Events, Seminars and Classes

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM OF OREGON Events, Seminars & Classes Monthly e-news, Updates September 2015 This e-newsletter brings you useful and timely


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM OF OREGON Events, Seminars & Classes Monthly e-news, Updates September 2015

This e-newsletter brings you useful and timely information regarding Genealogical Forum of Oregon (GFO) Seminars, Classes, Interest Groups and Events.

Questions and more information: visit, contact us at, or call our library at 503-963-1932.

For a complete GFO CALENDAR of Events, Classes, Meetings, Special Interest Groups, Work Sessions and more go to



Saturday, September 12th, 11 am to 6 pm

Come and join the GFO at the grand opening of TriMet’s Orange Line that runs south to Milwaukie. This is the first day of operation, so TriMet is throwing a party at every new station with food, music, and MUCH, MUCH MORE.

GFO’s booth at the station will have a prize wheel—spin to win chances to enter the raffle and other prizes.

RAFFLE PRIZES INCLUDE: Genealogy Research Packages (2-10 hours each) • DNA test kits from Family Tree DNA and Ancestry DNA • Genetic Genealogy (book) • Eastman Plus Edition subscription • FindMyPast World subscription •Mocavo Gold subscription • Legacy Family Tree software •1 year GFO e-memberships •Registration at the GFO Fall Seminar • Internet Genealogy subscription • Your Genealogy Today subscription •HistoryGeo subscription • GenealogyBank subscription • and more!


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Autumn Quest at the HQRL on October 10

Autumn Quest

the annual education day given us by the

Heritage Quest Research Library in Sumner, Washington

will be held on Saturday, October 10th, 2015, 8:15-3:30

Topic:  “Finding Women from your Past”


Please join our four speakers for an inspiring day of learning; and get fascinating tips and techniques for locating the elusive women in your family tree.

Here is the registration information:

Registration form for Autumn Quest 2015

Seminar only $50 Lunch (includes gratuity) $10 salad, sandwiches, dessert

Total enclosed $______ Name: Address: Phone: E-mail Method of Payment check Credit card (MasterCard/Visa) Credit Card Expire Date Signature Make checks payable to: Heritage Quest Research Library If mailing registration form please send to: Heritage Quest Research Library

Attn: AQ registration 1007 Main Street, Sumner WA 98390-1412 Phone 253-863-1806 October 10, 2015 Finding Women from your Past 8:15am – 3:30pm lunch available at Faith Covenant Church 1915 Washington St. Sumner WA 98390

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