Seattle Genealogical Society News

Volunteers are needed to staff the SGS Booth, pass out brochures, and answer questions at the Irish Week Festival at Seattle Center Armory on Saturday, March 16 & Sunday, March 17. Each volunteer will be scheduled for a 2 hour stint in the booth. If you can help on either day, please contact Jean Roth at 206 782-2629. 
With Lincoln’s birthday just last week and President’s Day coming up on Monday, now is the perfect time for an anecdote about my ancestor, Wait Talcott, Abe Lincoln, and Abe’s friend, Elihu Washburne. When visiting the Talcott Free Library in Rockton, IL, the librarian showed our group some pieces of our family memorabilia they held in their collection. Here was this short, amusing note from Abe to Wait. A photo of the note will follow, but for ease of reading, I’ll transcribe it for you. It shows even Honest Abe was not above a little nepotism.

“Executive Mansion,
Washington   Aug 27, 1862

Hon. Wait Talcott,
My dear Sir,

I have determined to appoint you collector. I now have a very special request to make of you, which is that you will make no war upon Mr. Washburne, who is also my friend of longer standing than yourself. I shall even be obliged if you can do something for him if occasion presents.

Yours truly,  A Lincoln”

While Abe requires no introduction, the backstories for Wait and Elihu are, they were all politicians in Illinois. Wait aligned himself with the anti-slavery Liberty Party and was in the Illinois Senate, representing Winnebago, Carroll, Boone, and Ogle Counties, from 1854-1858. During that time he became friends with Abe. After the passage of the Internal Revenue Act, President Lincoln appointed Wait Collector of Internal Revenue for the Illinois 2nd Congressional District, a position he held 1862-1867. Wait was also selected to represent Illinois at Lincoln’s funeral.

Elihu Washburne was in the US House of Representatives from 1853-1869.  He was an early staunch supporter of Lincoln, both in his Senate and Presidential bids. Originally a Whig, Washburne evolved into a leader of the Radical Republicans, supporting African American suffrage and civil rights. 

Certainly, Abe appreciated and rewarded their long standing loyalty, when in his own words “occasion presents”.  



Using MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker Software, 
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Church Building, 4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Monday, March 4, 7:15 pm

Doors open at 6:30 pm for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library’s genealogical resources. Free Wi-Fi, admission, and refreshments.  Come early to network with other attendees. Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 pm.


Ulster Historical Foundation, USA Lecture Tour 2019
Lake City Center, 1916 N Lakewood Dr,
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 1:00pm-8:30pm

Enjoy this all day Irish & Scots-Irish Research Seminar with presenters Finton Mullan and Gillian Hunt from the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast.  Register by February 20th for the early bird price of $35. It will be $50 after that.

For more information on the USA lecture tour, or the Spokane area Coeur d’Alene, ID stop in particular, visit their website:


Beyond the Basics in Irish Genealogy,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,  
Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, March 23, 9:00 am – 5:00pm

Irish genealogy workshop with regional specialists Steven W Morrison and Jean A Roth. Organized by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle. More information and registration at the link below.

The ABCs of DNA Genealogy,
With Janet O’Conor Camarata,  
Mercer Island Library,
4400 88th Ave SE,
Mercer Island, WA
Thursday, March 28, 7-8 pm   

Genealogist Janet O’Conor Camarata provides tips and tools for selecting and interpreting DNA results from a variety of health and ancestry DNA providers, like Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA, 23andMe and more. Designed for the non-technical, genealogy oriented audience. Please register. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mercer Island Library, in partnership with Mercer Island Historical Society.

Registration link:

Olympia Genealogical Society,
Beyond the Basics: Genetic Genealogy In Practice
Olympia, WA
Saturday, March 30, 8:30am-3:30pm   

Seminar presented by Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist. Additional information and registration at :


Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. 


Saturday, February 16, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, Jean Roth, leader ** Canceled due to weather **

Saturday, February 16, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, Jean Roth, leader ** Canceled due to weather **


Saturday, March 2, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on

Sunday, March 3, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.

Saturday, March 9, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) FAMILY TREE Maker Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey, meets on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with 

Saturday, March 9, 12:30 pm-1:00 pm, Seattle Genealogical Society Membership Meeting, important meeting – discuss proposed bylaw changes and board nominees 

Saturday, March 9, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Finding Your Female Ancestors” with Lisa Oberg

Saturday, March 30, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG , this group meets quarterly at Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115, co-chaired by Cary Bright & Herb McDaniel. For more info contact


German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) will meet on Friday, March 1, 2019, from 1 to 3 pm in the Primary Room of the Latter-day Saints Church at 10675 NE 20th St, Bellevue, WA 98004 with doors opening at 12:45 pm for networking. Enter through the double wooden doors on the right side of the Chapel. Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

Topic: German Immigration Patterns – Since the 17th century, millions of German-speaking emigrants were leaving Europe for places far and wide, especially North America. Who were they? Why did they leave? The answer? It’s complicated. This talk explores waves of emigration in historical context, for reasons of war, religion, politics, weather, economics and other factors. Talk also takes a look at patterns of settlement of German-Americans once they arrived in North America, and its far-reaching effects today.

Presenter: Claire Gebben is the author of the historical novel The Last Blacksmiths (Coffeetown Press, 2014) based on the true story of her German immigrant ancestors. Her family memoir about writing family history, How We Survive Here: Families Across Time, was just published in November 2018. Her articles on blacksmithing, German Separatists, immigration and genealogy have appeared in German Life, Family Chronicle, and other publications. More info about her:

For more information about our Group, kindly visit our website at

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society February Meeting

  The Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society (BIGS) will meet Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Bainbridge Island Public Library on Bainbridge Island, 1270 Madison Ave, from 10:00a.m. – 12 noon. The topic for the Monthly BIGS Meeting will be “Mapping an Ancestor: Using Geography and Maps in Family Research.”  The presenter is Janet O’Conor Camarataa noted and popular NW genealogist, educator, and technology specialist. Parking is available in the 2 library parking facilities, accessed from High School Ave and Madison Ave North. Free to members, a $5.00 donation is suggested for nonmembers. For more information go to or call 206-755-9283. BIGS is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.

Thank you! Sue Elfving

Bainbridge Island Genealogical SocietyDirector of Publicity and Public Relations

Jewish Genealogical Society February Meeting Rescheduled

Dear Friends,

We are sorry to have to cancel the free genealogy meeting set for this Monday evening, 2/11/19, due to the continued snowy and icy conditions and the likely chance of more snow tomorrow and Saturday.

We have rescheduled Mary Kathryn Kozy’s talk to Monday, April 8, 2019, and invite you to join us then.  Attached is the updated flyer for her talk.

Also attached is the flyer for our Monday evening, March 4, 2019 free genealogy meeting.  We are hosting Mark Olsen, of Family Tree Maker.  Please note that his talk is on the first Monday of March and the location for this one meeting has changed to the Downtown Bellevue Public Library.

Would it be possible for you to post the attached flyers on your bulletin board, calendar and/or website for upcoming events?

Our upcoming events, on 3/419 and 4/8/19, are free to the public.

If it would help for me to mail you color paper copies of the flyers, I’d be happy to – just let me know!

The descriptions of our March and April topics are:

3/4/19 – “Using MacKiev’s Family Tree Maker Software”

Mark OIsen, Family Tree Maker Ambassador, will join us in-person, to walk us through the newest features, tips, and upgrades in Family Tree Maker 2017, as well as answering the questions: Do I need to upgrade? How do I upgrade? What’s new in version 2017? Mark will also discuss options to synchronize your FTM trees with your trees at Other topics and features to be addressed include: FamilySync™, Photo Darkroom™, FamilySearch Integration, Color Coding, DNA Basics in conjunction with Charting Companion 7 (a partner product), Saved Filtered Lists, Sync Weather Report, Moving to FTM 2017, Using FTM 2017 for the first time, Upgrading to FTM 2017 from prior versions, moving trees over to the new version, and the FTM 2017 Free Update. This program will be a live, interactive presentation. Come meet Mark and bring your questions to the meeting!

A raffle for free Family Tree Software will be held!  You’ll be able to purchase Family Tree Maker Software, at a deeply reduced price, before and after this presentation, from 6:15-6:30 p.m. and 8:30-8:45 p.m.

4/8/19 – “Breaking Down Brick Walls”

Everyone has them: family lines that seem to have defied every effort to push them back farther in time. (Don’t have a brick wall yet? Just wait. You probably haven’t been doing family history long enough!) This presentation will discuss how you might be adding to that wall yourself, brick by brick, with some common research mistakes. We will also discuss several simple steps you can take to reevaluate where you are in the research process. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard, we will walk through methodologies that, when applied to your problem, may give you greater insight. Who knows? Perhaps looking at your genealogical problem with a fresh perspective will cause that brick wall to come tumbling down in 2019!

Thank you so very much,

Karen vanHaagen Campbell

JGSWS President & Publicity

206-790-2167 Cell/Texts/Home

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Meeting Cancelled

Greetings SVGS Member(s) and the Genealogy Community:

The SVGS board of directors has decided to cancel the Saturday, February 9 monthly meeting at the Burlington Public Library.
Snow and icy conditions are predicted for Friday night (Feb. 8) and Saturday morning (Feb. 9) creating potentially hazardous driving conditions due to very cold overnight temperatures.

So we will now look forward to seeing you next at the Sat. March 9 meeting from 1-3pm at the Burlington Library for “I Remember Mama – I Just Don’t Remember Her Maiden Name.” Mary Kircher Roddy is the guest genealogist/speaker. She will discuss how to trace the female line in your family tree and how to get around the challenges of not knowing your female ancestor’s maiden name.

 Until then, be safe out there on the roads and Happy Researching!

If you have questions you may contact  me/Margie at: 360-757-6224 or