South King County Genealogical Society April 2024

At the May 2024 Annual Membership Meeting, SKCGS will hold officer elections for the positions of Vice President and Secretary. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please contact nominating-committee@skcgs.org. 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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PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings are online except the in-person Research Group, Family Tree Maker 2024 Tour, and Genealogy Help at the Auburn and Federal Way Libraries
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request
  • Online meeting participants need to register for SKCGS Zoom meetings. Register at our website skcgs.org. Upon registration, Zoom will send a confirmation email with instructions on joining the meeting. 


APRIL – EARLY MAY 2024 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (online)
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM.
Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS FTM email list for announcements and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG

Monday, April 8, 2024 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (online)
Topic: Getting DNA data into DNA Painter to “paint your chromosomes” and Answer Your Research Questions

Come prepared to share your screen to demonstrate both how to do these things, but also to show the questions you have about the process.

Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Genetic-Genealogy email list for announcements and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Monday, April 15, 2024
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (online)
Topic: Full Text Search – FamilySearch

Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Technical User Group email list for announcements and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
6:30pm – 7:30pm PT

Genealogy with SKCGS and KCLS (online)
Sources to use in replacing the 1890 Census

Join professional genealogist, Winona Laird, from South King County Genealogical Society for a series of programs to help you along on your genealogical journey.
King County Library will email a Zoom link no later than 24 hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder. If you need assistance, please contact Jennifer at jwooten@kcls.org.
Register at KCLS:  https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/65565bbd61803d36006d6b5d


Friday, April 19, 2024, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Workshop (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent FamilySearch Center
12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 9:30am PT social time; 10am – 11:30am PT program (online)
SKCGS General Membership Meeting (Online)
Lisa Gorrell “General Land Office: Get the Most Out of the BLM-GLO Website”

Did your ancestor obtain land from the Federal Government in the Public Land States? The General Land Office website has the answers but the website can be confusing to use. This presentation will dip deep into the website and offer tips for future research in other records. Even if your ancestor did not get land from the Federal Government, information from the site can be useful for your land-owning ancestors in the Public Land States.

Lisa S. Gorrell is a Certified Genealogist®. She has served on boards of several genealogical societies and is currently the recording secretary with the local historical society, where she volunteers at their archives. She is a founding member and instructor of the new online institute Applied Genealogy Institute. She enjoys giving genealogy presentations and writing about her family on two blogs: “Mam-ma’s Southern Family” (https://mam-massouthernfamily.blogspot.com/) and “My Trails into the Past” (https://mytrailsintothepast.blogspot.com/). She has written a three-generation family history about her husband’s Swedish ancestors.

The program will be recorded for playback by SKCGS Members. Guests welcome! Register at https://www.skcgs.org

Monday, April 22, 2024
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 at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Subscribe to the free SKCGS email list for announcements and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Thursday, April 25, 2024 11:00am – 1:00pm PT or 5:30pm – 8:30pm PT
Family Tree Maker 2024 Tour (in-person)
Mark Olson, Family Tree Maker Ambassador, will be presenting an in-depth look at the upcoming new edition FTM 2024.
Meeting location:
Good Shepherd Center, Rm 202
4649 Sunnyside Ave N

Seattle, WA 98103-6955
More information and registration at https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG

Thursday, April 25, 2024 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 kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Thursday, April 25, 2024 2:00pm – 4:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Federal Way Library (in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
34200 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, https://kcls.org/locations/federal-way, or phone: (253) 838-3668

Friday, May 3, 2024 12:30pm PT
EGS German Interest Group (online)
Topic: “National-Socialism – ‘Euthanasia’ and family research”
by Inga Guttzeit.
For meeting registration, visit https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Saturday, May 4, 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (online)
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM.
Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Subscribe to the free SKCGS FTM email list for announcements and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG

Tuesday, May 7, 2024, 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.

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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at https://www.skcgs.org/support-skcgs/membership.

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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 143
BLACK DIAMOND, WASHINGTON 98010 

Seattle Genealogical Society April Happenings

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SGS OFFERS THREE-PART DNA CLASS

Want to get into using DNA in your tree but don’t know where to start? SGS is offering a three-part class over three weeks to give you the knowledge you need to get going.

Week 1:
Why use DNA?
Types of DNA
Types of tests and what you can learn from each

Week 2:
Deeper dive into autosomal DNA
Introduction to third-party tools

Week 3:
Deeper dive on mitochondrial and Y-DNA
Resources for continuing your learning

Classes are April 3, 10, and 17. Each 90-minute sessions will be conducted via Zoom. The cost is $80 (SGS members $65). Max enrollment is set to 20, so sign up soon.
 

Register now

Get more information

AMBASSADOR TO SHARE WHAT’S NEW IN FTM 2024

Family Tree Maker is hitting the road as it prepares to launch its newest release. FTM Ambassador, Mark Olsen, will be stopping at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle to demonstrate the new features of FTM 2024 as well as teach all things related to the software and its partner products. There will be two opportunities to attend the session: one during the day (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and another in the evening (5:30-8:30 p.m.).

The event will be in Room 202, a larger meeting room at the Good Shepherd Center. Seating is limited to 50 people. Please arrive early. Registration link coming soon.

 GET A GUIDED TOUR OF SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY’S GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES

SGS has a long history of collaboration with the Seattle Public Library (SPL). Join us for a guided tour of SPL’s genealogical resources with SPL’s own genealogical librarian. This event is limited to 20 people, so sign up today!
 
The Seattle Room on the 10th floor of the Central Library is open to researchers by appointment only. It holds more than 50,000 items documenting and exploring the culture and history of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. Get a glimpse behind the scenes and learn about resource that can aid your study of the Seattle area and its people.
 
The Genealogy Department on the 9th floor originally housed many books donated by SGS researchers of 100 years ago and now holds some SGS archival materials. Check the SGS catalog for resources that were transferred to SPL when SGS vacated the Sand Point facility.
 
Following the morning tour, consider breaking for lunch with others or conducting your personal research. The library is open until 6pm.

 NEW PACIFIC NORTHWEST SIG ANNOUNCED

Seattle Genealogical Society is delighted to announce a new special interest group (SIG) focused on Pacific Northwest genealogical research. This SIG will meet via Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM Pacific, 9:30PM Eastern. SGS membership is encouraged but not required. More information at the SGS website. Inaugural meeting May 1st.

 NEW RECORDS ON FOLD3

Fold3 has added a new collection of records for Black and Indigenous Soldiers who served in the Revolutionary War. The records are primarily manuscripts dating from 1775-1783 and include muster rolls, pay vouchers and enlistment records. The records are varied, but may contain information such as: the name of the solider, the unit, regiment and rank. They can also include birthdate and place of birth, occupation, date and place of enlistment and further military history or history of enslavement.SGS SURVEY EXTENDED TO SUNDAY APRIL 7TH

If you have not yet submitted your SGS Survey for the future now is your chance. And now, no sign-in is required!

Take the Survey


SAVE THE DATESpring Virtual Classes
Fiske Genealogical Library
Wednesdays 10:00 am-noon


Join the Fiske’s free virtual classes.

  • April 3: “Piecing it Together, Discovering a Family Secret,” with Claire Smith 
  • April 17: “Which Hans Jensen is Mine? Navigating Scandinavian Patronymics,” with Jenny Hansen

For further information see the Fiske website.


“Discover the Power of Your DNA”
San Mateo County Genealogical Society
Saturday April 13, 2024, 9:00 am-2:00 pm


Learn the Fundamentals of DNA. Find more information and register.


“How to Write a Family Portrait”
Eastside Genealogical Society
April 18, 2023, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

In this hour-long, free generative writing workshop, essayist Kristen Millares Young will use guided prompts and discussions to help you plan, write, and revise your family stories. For more information and to register.    
Tacoma-Pierce County Spring Seminar with Cyndi Ingle and Cari A. Taplin
Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society
Saturday April 27, 2024, 8:45 am-3:15 pm

  • Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists
  • Off the Shelf: The Unexplored Potential for eBooks in Genealogy
  • Using Timelines to Analyze Your Research
  • The Heart of It All: A New Hampshire to Ohio Migration Case Study

for more information and to register, visit the Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society website.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTSGood Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658
Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday   
** 10:00 am – 3:00 pm **
 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.   All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise notedMonday, April 1, 2024, 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, April 1, 2024, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG (Virtual), 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: loudaly@nwlink.comSunday, April 7, 2024, 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, April 8, 2024, 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, April 8, 2024, 6:00 pm-7:30 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 keisling@gmail.com.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 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.

Sunday, April 14 2024, 1:00 am-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group (Virtual), “Indexed vs Non-indexed searches for Norway and Sweden” hosts Karen Knudson and Kathi M. Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research.

Monday, April 15, 2024, 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, April 16, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm,  “Pass It On” Writers’ Group (Social Interest Group), Create your family history and share with others in an effort to improve your writing. Please note: The Writers’ Group is at the maximum number of participants and is not currently accepting any new members.Friday, April 19, 2024, 10:00 am-12:30 pm,  Seattle Public Library Tour (Special Events), at Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle. SGS has a long history of collaboration with the Seattle Public Library (SPL). Join us for a guided tour of SPL’s genealogical resources. LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE. Reserve your spot today.

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10:00 am-noon, Irish SIG (Virtual), with Susan McKee. Share information and discuss Irish ancestral research. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Saturday, April 20, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG (Virtual), 
Our speaker for April, Merv Weiss, will be exploring the topic of learning about his German-ness with his talk, “Growing Up German Without Realizing It.” Register on the SGS website.

Monday, April 22, 2024, 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, April 23, 2024, 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. Thursday, April 25, 2024, two times: 11:00 am-1:00 pm, AND 5:30 pm-8:30 pm, Family Tree Maker Tour (Special Events), Family Tree Maker Ambassador, Mark Olsen, will be hat the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle to demonstrate the new features of FTM 2024.Monday, April 29, 2024, 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, May 1, 2024, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm,  Pacific Northwest Interest Group (Virtual)  (Special Interest Groups), Topics this month: 1. Short history of Oregon Territory, 2. Oregon and Washington State Archives, 3. Oregon and Washington State Libraries. 

Register on the SGS website.

Saturday, March 23, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop SIG, Message SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.Monday, May 6, 2024, 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.

Fort Walla Walla Camp 3 events of Spring

UPCOMING CAMP EVENTS

DateComments
April 6 2024FWW 3 Quarterly Meeting at VFW – Spokane, WA.  Start at 12PM, sandwiches available to order. Interesting program T.B.A., speaker at 1:15 PM.VFW
1425 212 S. David
Spokane, WA 99212
April 13, 2024 Saturday 9:30 AMAny Sons Brother Invitation To: Daughter of Union Vets of C.W. 2024 Department Convention – Richland WA.  Richland Community Center-Besty Ross Tent 40.  9:30- 11:30, Luncheon at 12 – about $25-30.00 each.  A 2PM Ancestor Memorial Service at Rest Haven Cemetery in RIchland.To register email Christy McElroy atchristymdar@gmail.com
May 27, 2024
Monday 11:00 AM
Memorial Day Ceremony -Yakima WA
11 AM at C.W. Monument
Stone marker dedication, adjacent to C.W. Monument for WIlliam Matthews.  Event to be followed by a picnic in near by park.
June 1st, 2024
Saturday 
Department of Columbia Spring Meeting. At Clackmas Oregon – Details Later.Any Brother may attend or be a delegate.
June 15-16th 2024
Saturday and Sunday
C.W. Association at Fullbright Park – Union Gap WA. FWW 3 will maintain a welcom and membership promotion booth.

South King County Genealogical Society March 2024 Happenings & Meetings

At the May 2024 Annual Membership Meeting, SKCGS will hold officer elections for the positions of Vice President and Secretary. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please contact nominating-committee@skcgs.org. The position responsibilities will be posted soon on our website.

We’re also looking for a volunteer to lead our Outreach Committee. If you enjoy working with the public, answering genealogy-related questions, coordinating with community groups, and managing publications, please write to president@skcgs.org for more details.  

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • All meetings are online except the in-person Research Group and Genealogy Help at the Auburn and Federal Way Libraries
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request
  • Online meeting participants need to register for SKCGS Zoom meetings. Register at our website skcgs.org. Upon registration, Zoom will send a confirmation email with instructions on joining the meeting. 


MARCH – EARLY APRIL 2024 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Tuesday, March 5, 2024, 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.

Monday, March 11, 2024 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (online)
Topic: What’s New and How to Make Use of New Tools

What are your research questions? How can you best use these new capabilities to answer them?
Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Genetic-Genealogy email list for announcements and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Friday, March 15, 2024, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Workshop (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent FamilySearch Center
12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, March 16, 2024, 9:30am PT social time; 10am – 11:30am PT program (online)
SKCGS General Membership Meeting (Online)
MaryLynn Strickland “Women’s History Month–Honoring Disobedient Women”
History is made by people who dare to defy authority and follow their hearts for the better of their families, friends and communities. Anne Marbury Hutchinson and Mary Barrett Dyer acted on their personal convictions rather than obey the demands of their Puritan governors. Ultimately their legacies became the foundation for colonial charters and, over a century later, our U S Constitution.


MaryLynn Strickland has been a SKCGS member for over 20 years, being involved with technology interest groups, the newsletter and now, editor of the weekly blog. She has a deep interest in local histories and the impact on her ancestral families. 
The program will be recorded for playback by SKCGS Members. Guests are welcome! Register at https://www.skcgs.org

Monday, March 18, 2024
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (online)
Topic: After RootsTech: What’s New?
How can we use the new stuff to reach our research goals?
Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Technical User Group email list for announcements and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
6:30pm – 7:30pm PT

Genealogy with SKCGS and KCLS (online)
Extra! Extra! I found it in the Newspapers

Join professional genealogist, Winona Laird, from South King County Genealogical Society for a series of programs to help you along on your genealogical journey.
King County Library will email a Zoom link no later than 24 hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder. If you need assistance, please contact Jennifer at jwooten@kcls.org.
Register at KCLS:  https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/65565b47bf3fd82800d03af5


Monday, March 25, 2024
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 at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS email list for announcements and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Thursday, March 28, 2024 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 kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Thursday, March 28, 2024 2:00pm – 4:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Federal Way Library (in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
34200 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, https://kcls.org/locations/federal-way, or phone: (253) 838-3668

Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 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.

Friday, April 5, 2024 12:30pm PT
EGS German Interest Group (online)
Topic: Germanic Genealogy on Facebook: Prussia, Austro-Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Swiss & more!
 
Presenter Laura Kaatz discusses this Facebook group that was established to provide a forum for those with ancestors from ANY region where German was, or is, spoken.

For meeting registration, visit https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (online)
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM.
Register at https://www.skcgs.org
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS FTM email list for announcements and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG

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MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at https://www.skcgs.org/support-skcgs/membership.

You are receiving this email because you have attended a SKCGS meeting and indicated you would like to receive periodic notice of events. If you would like to be removed from our list and stop receiving emails from us, send an email to skcgsfriends+unsubscribe@skcgs.org.

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SOUTH KING COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
PO BOX 143
BLACK DIAMOND, WASHINGTON 98010 

Seattle Genealogical Society March News

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 SGS MEMBER PUBLISHED IN IRISH ROOTS MAGAZINE

Susan McKee is sharing her knowledge with the readers of the Irish Roots magazine. McKee, the leader of SGS’s Irish Special Interest Group, breaks down Irish naming conventions in an article in the spring edition of the publication.

“Researching ancestors in Ireland in the nineteenth century,” she writes, “has a reputation for being difficult.” 

In the article, McKee breaks down the challenges and demonstrates through a case study how to push through those challenges. This is the first of a four-part series which will run in each of Irish Root’s quarterly issues this year.

McKee is thrilled with the deal. She described Irish Roots as “a magazine that I have dreamed of writing for these last seven years,” and reflected on how much she has learned and grown as a writer.

“Publishing these articles also adds umph to my motivation as I continue working on my portfolio. I continue to embrace the idea of creating ‘ugly drafts”’ and then spending my time on the editing. I am confident this mindset will get me to the completion of my portfolio.”

Researchers everywhere are sure to reap the benefits of McKee’s insights.

The digital issue of the magazine has just been released, with the print edition hitting U.S. shelves in the next couple of weeks.  SGS SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR IRISH FEST

Can you help out at Irish Fest? SGS is sponsoring a booth at the Irish Festival being held at the Seattle Center Armory the weekend of March 16-17, from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. This year, our booth will be located adjacent to the Irish Heritage Club at the main south entrance to the Armory. If you are interested in staffing our booth for a 2-hr or 3-hr period, please contact James Ryan at janglinjehu@yahoo.com.

IRISH WEEK KICKS OFF MARCH 9
 
Celebrate Irish Week 2024 with the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle. 

Events begin March 9th and continue through March 17th. They include a film festival, a St. Patrick’s Pirates Landing at South Lake Union Park, a downtown parade and so much more. All of this leading up to a weekend festival at the Seattle Center on March 16 and 17.

Learn more at the Irish Heritage Club and Seattle Center websites.

SGS SECOND SATURDAY’S DIVES INTO
WOMENS HISTORY MONTH

Do you want to learn more about your female ancestors? Genealogist Janice Lovelace will share how special collections at libraries and archives can shine a light on the lives of women through artifacts such as diaries, letters, manuscripts, and photographic material generated by women. Join the presentation Saturday, March 9, from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., in person at the SGS library or at home. RSVP to attend in personRSVP to attend via livestream from home


GET TO KNOW THE CANDIDATES
AT SGS’S MEMBERSHIP MEETING

The following SGS members have volunteered to be candidates for SGS Board or director positions for the year running from June 2024 through May 2025:

President: Kathy Weber
Vice President: Lisa Oberg
Secretary: Cybelle O’Brien
Treasurer: Betsey Cotter
Education Director: Cecellia Rogers
Library Director: Kathi M.

There will be an SGS Membership Meeting on 9 March starting at 12:30PM, just prior to Second Saturday, at which the candidates will be introduced, and the attending members will have the opportunity to propose additional candidates for any position.  After that meeting, any new candidates will be vetted to make sure they are eligible to run, after which the slate is final. Ballots will go out at the end of March (via email or via mail to those with no email address), and voting will run through the end of April.
 ACCESS FAMILYSEARCH LOCKED RECORDS
AT THE SGS LIBRARY

When searching the FamilySearch catalog, you may come across images you are unable to access. But not to worry, you can access many of these locked records at the SGS Library. 

To tell if the image may be available at the SGS library, click on the locked record on FamilySearch. The pop up message will explain how to access it. If the message says it can be accessed at “a FamilySearch affiliate library,” the image may be available at the SGS library. 

Come to the library or call ahead to confirm if the record will, in fact, be unlocked when at the SGS Library. Our the desk volunteers can assist by phone.

If the pop up says the document image may be accessed at “a FamilySearch affiliate library,” contact the SGS Library. The record may be available at the library.FINDMYPAST SUBSCRIPTION UPDATE

In my recent e-letter to the membership I neglected to note that our subscription to Findmypast allowing access to FMP on the computers in the SGS Library is for three months only (March, April, May).  If we see a lot of usage during these three months the SGS Board will consider getting a longer-term subscription.  So, if you want to use Findmypast via SGS’s subscription you should get to it right away!

Jim Secan
President, SGS


SAVE THE DATE“Empowering Genealogists with Artificial Intelligence” with Steve Little (Virtual)
Utah Genealogical Association
Tuesday March 5, 2024, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm


This presentation will explain AI, the new consumer ChatGPT program, and the benefits and limitations of using AI and ChatGPT for genealogy. Register today for this free webinar.

Winter Virtual Classes
Fiske Genealogical Library
Wednesdays 10:00 am-noon


Join the Fiske’s free virtual classes.

  • March 6: “19th-Century Women Settlers Confront the Far West,” with Janice C. Lovelace
  • March 13: “French-Canadian Records: Beyond Initial Resources,” with Judy Nimer Muhn

For further information see the Fiske website.

Registration opens for IGHR 2024
Georgia Genealogical Society
Saturday March 9, 2024, 6:00 am


Register for the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2023 Virtual Institute. Classes are scheduled to take place July 21-26, 2024. Registration remains open until July 1st, but some classes fill very quickly. Find more information on courses, instructors, and registration.

Family Tree Maker SIG
Eastside Genealogical Society
March 15, 2023, 10:30 pm-12:30 pm

Join Eastside Genealogical Society and SGS to learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev.  The meetings open about 15 minutes in advance.  You can join and/or leave whenever you have to, and you may email your question(s) in advance or bring them up during the meeting.

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTSGood Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658
Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday   
** 10:00 am – 3:00 pm **
 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.   All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise notedSaturday, March 2, 2024, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG (Virtual), 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: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, March 3, 2024, 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 4, 2024, 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, March 9, 2024, 12:30 am-1:00 pm, General Membership Meeting  (Virtual or at the SGS library), Update on SGS activities and slate of board candidates for upcoming election. The meeting will be followed by a Second Saturday presentation by Janice Lovelace. (See below). To view at the library, register here. To view from home online register here.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2024, 1:00 am-2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Women in Special Collections  (Virtual or at the SGS library), Celebrate Women’s History Month with “Special Collection Repositories: Finding Women’s Stories and Voices,” presented by Janice C. Lovelace: To view at the library, register here. To view from home online register here.

Monday, March 11, 2024, 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 11, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm,  SGS Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual), All SGS members are welcome to attend. SGS is an all volunteer organization. Please be involved. Members must sign in to website to see Zoom link.

Monday, March 11, 2024, 6:00 pm-7:30 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 keisling@gmail.com. Notice the new meeting time.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024, 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.

Wednesday, March 13, 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 macusersig@seagensoc.org to be added to the email list. 

Saturday,

March 16, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG (Virtual), “My People on the Road:  Switzerland to the Pfalz to Russia to America.” Allyn Brosz will follow one family who migrated to multiple German-speaking areas and he’ll talk about the various sources he used to piece together his family’s history. Register on the SGS website.

Monday, March 19, 2024, 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 19, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm,  “Pass It On” Writers’ Group (Social Interest Group), Create your family history and share with others in an effort to improve your writing. Please note: The Writers’ Group is at the maximum number of participants and is not currently accepting any new members.

Saturday, March 23, 2024, 10:00 am-noon, Irish SIG (Virtual), with Susan McKee. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Note the date change, this month only.

Saturday, March 23, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA SIG, Come to the first DNA SIG meeting of 2024 to meet its new facilitator, Michelle Carroll. This is your chance to introduce yourself to Michelle and tell her about your interests. NEW TIME, this month only. Voice your opinion on some potential topics. Message SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.Monday, March 25, 2024, 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 26, 2024, 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. 

Monday, April 1, 2024, 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, April 6, 2024, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG (Virtual), 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: loudaly@nwlink.com

Our mailing address is:

Seattle Genealogical Society

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 302

Seattle, WA98103-6955