Eastern Washington Genealogical Society October Workshop

Saturday, October 3 October Workshop  (EWGS Meetings) 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Meeting via Zoom – REGISTRATION IS FREE The topics and their presenters are:    

Take Advantage of Land Records with Betty Ellis

Probate Records with Susan Beamer

Maximizing the Federal Censuses & exploring “Other” Census Records with Lynda Keenan                        

Forging Ahead – Where the WPA meets the CCC with Donna Potter-Phillips

Registration Required for this FREE event. Registration allows everyone to be sent an EWGS Mask and any OF 7 door prizes you may win when you attend. To register download the form below, open it in a pdf program such as Adobe Reader then fill it out and save it back to your hard drive. Then attach it to an email and send it to the address on the form. We are limited to 100 participants so register as soon as possible. Form to download and email to EWGSmeetingreg@gmail.com

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society October Meeting

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society October Meeting.
WAGS (Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society) is meeting again–it’s been since March! Our next meeting will be Monday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. Since October makes us think of Halloween and cemeteries, we’re presenting a couple of videos on cemetery preservation, and are looking forward to hearing your comments and experiences in that area. To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Diane at WAGSlibrarian@gmail.com.

Thanks,Susan RumbleWAGS

South King County Genealogical Society Meetings

Monday, September 28, 1 – 3 pm PDT: Genealogy Chat. Meet up and talk genealogy. We have no agenda; we just like one another! Click or paste into your browser https://meet.google.com/zkj-fphx-qky?hs=122&authuser=0 or join by phone: ‪(US) +1 406-686-2783 PIN: ‪268 156 108#. Join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society for invitations, reminders and discussion.

Saturday, October 3, 10 am – noon PDTFamily Tree Maker User Group. We are just starting up online meetings – join us! Join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting invitations and discussion.

Monday, October 5, 1 – 3 pm PDT: Persons of Interest #ResearchOpportunity. Our newest online meeting; join us to help tackle the frustrating people in your tree! Join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Research-Group for meeting invitations, to share your #ResearchOpportunity and help others with theirs. 

Monday, October 12, 1 – 3 pm PDT: Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group – When DNA is the Only Option: Hunting for Ann’s Father presented by Janet Stroebel. Please join https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy for meeting invitations and discussion.

Saturday, October 24, 2020, 10 am – 1:30 pm PDT. Seminar: South King County Genealogy Society is pleased to present Diahan Southard, of Your DNA Guide, offering two topics: No Tree? No Problem starting at 10:00 to 11:30 and from noon to 1:30, Connecting your DNA Matches. This is a fundraiser for us, yet only $20! Register: http://skcgs.org/seminar.html Spread the word on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/346272226523013

Olympia Genealogical Society October Meeting

October is the month of colder weather, hot cider and Halloween! In preparation for the holiday, we have asked OGS member Jerri McCoy to talk to us about “The Witches of Salem.” We of the twenty-first century are aware that witches do not fly across the sky on brooms, but in 1692 charity and mercy – and plain good sense – were all cast aside in persecution of suspected witches in colonial Massachusetts. The witch hunt would swell and burn through Salem Village and neighboring towns. How were witches identified? What happened to them?  And who were those who were executed that terrible year?  Come learn a little bit about them and their meddling neighbors at our virtual meeting, Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m.  https://OlyGenSoc.org

Joyce T. Ogden 

Heritage Quest Research Library Challenge Match

Your Donation will be Matched!

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic we have tried to stay STRONG, but that hasn’t been easy.  We closed the library on Friday, March 13, 2020 right in the middle of the NOURISH OUR ROOTS campaign to replenish our reserves.  We are eternally grateful that you stepped up and helped us in that endeavor.  While we were able to move forward because of your generosity, we find ourselves again behind the 8-ball due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How can you HELP? What does all this mean?

We have been given a challenge by one of our valued members!

From now until the end of the year, for every $1 pledged to HQRL they will match your donation.  If you give $5, they will give $5.  If you give $100, they will give $100.  Essentially doubling your gift.

We have added a DONATION button to the HQRL webpage at: www.hqrl.com  for your convenience. 

We want to be here for you.  We want to share our knowledge and expertise with you.  We want HQRL to be a premier place to research, learn and share genealogy, but we cannot do it alone. We know that COVID-19 has affected each of us in a variety of ways.  We hope for a healthier future and the ability to gather and share our stories.

Clark County Genealogical Society Fall Classes

Clark County Genealogical Society (CCGS)
3205 NE 52nd St
Vancouver, WA 98663


All Classes Online: live from the Clark County Genealogical Society Library from 10am to Noon
Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members.
Registration may be made using PayPal or mailed with a check.  Registration information is available from:


Researching Your Family in Maryland: Elsie Deatherage – Tuesday October 13, 2020
Maryland is where many of our ancestors arrived before heading west. Learn how to find their records in the “Old Line State”. Join Elsie as she shares more of her many genealogical gems to locating your family.

Secrets of Wiki in FamilySearch.org: Alice Allen – Tuesday October 20, 2020

FamilySearch.org is an easy-to-access online research database, just enter your ancestor’s name and information appears! But you may be missing great family clues searching only a family name. Alice will share how to make the most of your research time using the Wiki.

Scottish Ancestors’ Emigration History: Marcia Grubb – Tuesday, November 3, 2020

When and why our Scottish ancestors departed their homeland often offers clues to where they next landed. Scottish history is complex and full of reasons sons left and families resettled in new lands.

Internet Security Tips: Stephen Young – Tuesday, November 10, 2020

With Steve’s Intel career experience, he brings to this class practical and on-point internet security tips to assist your family history searches. The www is a vast helpful resource which may include some mysterious pitfalls.

Come join the CCGS Research Book Club as we start a new book “The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox 3rd edition” by Lisa Louise Cooke. We meet on the first Monday of each month at Noon and will analyze this book one to two chapters at a time. For now, we are conducting our meetings virtually until we are able to meet in the library. Focus groups are free and open to CCGS members and non-members. If you would like more information or are interested in joining this group please contact Paula (facilitator) at gensoc@ccgs-wa.org


Deadline for the October newsletter is Wednesday, September 23rd. Soliciting genealogy-related articles for possible use in the newsletter, such as interesting and little known genealogy websites; how have you coped during our quarantine and did you find any new info on your ancestors, etc.

Alice Allen
allen.alice @ gmail.com

Saturday, October 24, 2020
South King County
Two virtual sessions on DNA
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.

Roots Tech for 2021 will be a virtual convention, and FREE. More information and registration form is available here:


It is a 32 inch, 720 DPI monitor, with built in audio, built in stand and solid as a rock.  Any reasonable offer will be considered.  

Contact:  President@ccgswa.org

Questions:  sryoung100@gmail.com

The CCGS Craft Clan started meeting just before Covid 19 closed everything down, and have had some virtual meetings in the meantime. They meet the 4th Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. Contact Marcia Grubb for more information, as well as log-in information. Her email is mlouise421 @ aol.com.


Registration Now Open For National Nordic Museum’s Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference
Participants Can Delve Into Family History Online

SEATTLE, WA—The National Nordic Museum’s Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference opens in September. The first genealogy conference ever offered by the Museum, it provides resources about family history and lineage to a wide global audience with internationally-renowned experts. Participants can choose from variety of live broadcasts and pre-recorded courses designed to be taken at their own pace. Registration is now open at nordicmuseum.org/genealogyconference.

Photos and other resources can be downloaded at https://www.nordicmuseum.org/media

September 26-27, 2020


Many thanks to our members who renew their membership promptly.  Double thanks to those who include a donation along with their renewal.  We do have ongoing expenses even though the building is closed to the public (rent, water, electricity, etc).  Thank you for your patience and loyalty.

Eric Jordahl, President

If you would like to renew your membership or make a donation, please email

The CCGS building is currently closed to the public. All previously scheduled meetings and activities are cancelled or postponed. More detailed information will be forthcoming and available on the CCGS calendar as conditions change. 


Your CCGS Board is working to share the Library with you without you leaving home!  

Clark County Genealogy on YouTube – Our content currently includes past classes and speakers that you might have missed.  We are developing new content and hope to post regularly on topics such as “What’s that Library Resource?”  “Memorable Family Stories”. “Spotlight on Focus Groups”.  

ZOOM makes Face to Face meetings come together from remote locations via your cell phone, iPad or Computer.  Presenting meetings virtually with Zoom will be an effective “social distancing” way for more members to enjoy our great CCGS programs.  

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) Meeting

The German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS) meeting

When: Friday, October 2, 2020 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm – Virtually

Topic: Explore the Rhineland-Palatinate

The wine-making Rheinland-Pfalz, or Rhineland-Palatinate, in southwest Germany is rich in history, museums, local festivals, and wine tours. It is also the area from which a large number of Germans emigrated in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Speaker: Claire Gebben

Claire, author of the historical novel The Last of the Blacksmiths and the memoir How We Survive Here, shares an overview of some of the most intriguing aspects of the region’s history for genealogists, as well as points of interest in the Palatinate today for those who enjoy learning more about other cultures, places, and times.

More information: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/ 

Visitors are always welcome. To request an invitation, please use the Contact tab on our website, no later than September 30th

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?

We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey.

Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. Even the most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover.  

This virtual program includes: 

  • “Formulating a DNA Testing Plan”  
  • “Real-Life Y-DNA” 
  • “Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA” 
  • “The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks” 

And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!

Register for the Seminar !

Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.

SGS MEMBERS – RENEW BEFORE THE FALL SEMINAR!   Are you not sure whether or not you’ve renewed?  Go to Members Home and log in. If you see a green “Renew Membership” button, click it to renew your SGS membership for 2020-21. Pay your dues online with a credit/debit card or print out an invoice to mail with a check to Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329.

If you have never logged in before, or have a question or problem, send an email to: membership@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.

Now you’re ready to click on over to SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger and register at the member-discounted rate.

Thank you for your participation and continued support of SGS!

Not a member yet? Now is the time to join SGS and enjoy online programs and classes, discounted class and seminar registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Join SGS Now.  

Virtual Nordic Genealogy Conference,
The National Nordic Museum, 
Ballard, Seattle, WA
September 26-27, 2020 

This 2020 virtual conference will be a mixture of live and on-demand keynote lectures and workshops that you can follow from anywhere in the world. Professional genealogists and subject matter experts from North America and the Nordic countries will share insights about family history research. Two live keynotes will be held on Saturday, September 26 and one live keynote will be held Sunday, September 27 via YouTube. All virtual materials are available to participants for a full year.

For more information or to register: 

Dr Blaine Bettinger of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog, 
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar – Virtual,
Seattle, WA 
October 17, 2020 

We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Visit the SGS Website for more information and to register.   

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  

DNA Interest Group (Virtual), the  DNA Interest Group Workshop is meeting via Zoom. To be included you must be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link will be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handout. Chaired by Cary Bright and Craig Gowens
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  

Family Search Interest Group(Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens 

Saturday, Oct 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Second Saturday:  Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage? (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Lori Lee Sauber.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Scandinavian Interest Group (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Share information and discuss your ancestral research. Chaired by Karen Knudson. 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State Meetings

You are invited to attend our upcoming free genealogy event, on
Monday evening, September 14, 2020.

We would also appreciate it if you could help us publicize this event using this email or our flyer, attached above, by emailing it out, posting it on your bulletin boards or calendars (on-line and physical), and/or website, or handing out flyers to or sharing this email with those you think might be interested.

Thank you,

Karen Campbell, JGSWS President


View this email in your browser   The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State
presents a free presentation:
  “Bubbie, Who Are You?
Finding the Maiden Names in Your Family Tree” presented by
Janice M. Sellers, Professional Genealogist   DATE:  Monday evening, September 14, 2020, at 7 p.m.
             VIA ZOOM Welcome and upcoming meeting information at 7 p.m. Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m. Free Admission Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83182288568     
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     Meeting ID: 831 8228 8568   ABOUT OUR 9/14/20 PROGRAM
Female relatives can be difficult to trace, but they can be found.  This presentation introduces resources for tracing the women in your family, many of which are available online, including oral histories, federal and state census records, immigration records, vital records, church records, journals, newspapers, legal and court records, library archives, and manuscript collections.  When you are researching the women in your ancestry, also consider looking at family items, including cards, letters, cookbook notes, and records.
This presentation will help you with name and surname research, as well as genealogical methods and research tips on finding the women in your ancestry.
Janice M. Sellers a professional genealogist specializing in Black, Jewish, dual citizenship, forensic, and newspaper research. She is the editor of ZichronNote, the quarterly journal of the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society (SFBAJGS) and has previously edited four other genealogy publications. She is the publicity director, programming director, and a board member of SFBAJGS and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Janice is also currently the acting president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon. She has volunteered at Family History Centers since 2000 and gives dynamic presentations on many genealogical topics at the local, regional, state, and national/international levels, most recently this August at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies’ annual conference. She has researched her own family history for more than 40 years. Before becoming a professional genealogist, Janice worked in publishing for many years as an editor, indexer, translator, and compositor. Her translation services primarily include French, Spanish, and Russian.

SAVE THE DATES FOR OUR UPCOMING MEETINGS!   Monday evening, October 12, 2020, 7 p.m.
     “What were the odds? Four stories of survival”
          Presented by Arik Cohen, speaker from
               Seattle’s Holocaust Center of Humanity
      Description: All four of Arik Cohen’s grandparents survived the Holocaust.  When told by Holocaust experts that this was quite rare, he was motivated to research and discover their survival stories.  For the last five years, as a legacy member of the Holocaust For Humanity’s Speakers Bureau, Arik has shared how his grandparents survived mass murders,  ghetto liquidations, death camp internment, death marches and winter wilderness survival with students and community members across the Pacific Northwest.  Arik will share four incredible stories along with the research and primary sources that have enabled him to find and share his family’s history.
  ————————————————————————————————————————————    Monday evening, October 19, 2020, at 5 p.m.
     JGSWS’s first “Happy Hour/Social Meeting!”

           Hosted by JGSWS’s Board Members,
           Linda Deneroff and Jessica Moskowitz
The JGSWS invites our members to attend our first “Happy Hour/Social Meeting” on Monday, October 19, from 5 p.m-8 p.m. on Zoom. Get to know your fellow members and discuss our favorite topic: genealogy. We’ll have some breakout rooms available so if enough people are interested in a particular topic, you can get your fill!
  ————————————————————————————————————————————    Monday evening, November 9, 2020, 7 p.m.
     “Finding My Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Toolbox”
          Presented by Coral Grant, Genealogical Lecturer

    Description: The secrets that Coral Grant’s grandparents thought were safe eventually became unraveled through the magic of DNA, archival research, and tenacity. The truth revealed an unknown ancestor and a truly rich Latvian heritage. Working back in time, this adventure begins in the Garment District of Toronto, Canada in the early 1930’s and ends deep in the Latvian countryside of the 18th century. The journey includes a life altering deportation from the Latvian countryside during World War I, a survivor’s struggle to return home, a deception to avoid military service, and a most reluctant immigration. Along the way, Coral encountered many genealogical roadblocks: name changes, protective descendants, and multiple individuals with the same name. Using her research to share her family story and Latvian Jewish history, Coral’s presentation highlights the use of all the tools available to the genealogist. Ultimately, the goal of our genealogical research is to honor our ancestors and to make sure we do not forget their stories. Coral’s presentation will leave you with the tools to break through your genealogical roadblocks and find your ancestors, for you to tell their stories.     ———————————————————————————————————————————— 
Monday evening, December 14, 2020, 7 p.m.
     Meeting Topic and Presenter information coming soon
  ————————————————————————————————————————————      Upcoming Conferences, Meetings Around and About    RootsTech Connect 2021 virtual conference, February 25-27, 2020 – Family Search has announced that RootsTech 2021 conference previously planned for February 3-6, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah will now be held as a free, virtual event online. Register and more information is available through this link:
September 10, 2020 – Eastside Genealogical Society Meeting: “Organizing & Safely Storing Genealogy Media,” presented by Desa Omli
     http://wasgs.org/blog/tag/wsgs-blog/     September 12, 2020 – Virtual We Are History Keepers Workshop, sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, and Black Heritage Society of Washington State   Register at the following link for the Saturday, September 12th, from 10 am to noon, virtual
We Are History Keepers Workshop! https://wearehistorykeepers.wordpress.com/   The workshop is sponsored by the Ethnic Heritage Council, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections, and Black Heritage Society of Washington State. Interactive sessions will be led by UW archivists and librarians on archiving and research. – Organizing and preserving paper archives – Researching family and local history – Scanning or digitizing materials – Conducting Oral Histories and oral history projects   The event is FREE and open to all! Registration is required!  A Zoom link will be provided to each registrant two days before the workshop.    
For information on genealogical meetings, SIGs, and conferences in the State of Washington,
          Check out the Washington State Genealogical Society’s Blog!
          Checkout the Seattle Genealogical Society’s Website!
          Checkout the Eastside Genealogical Society’s Website!
  ————————————————————————————————————————————      Information and Links to Help You in Your Genealogical
and Family History Research
   The Wiener Holocaust Library is one of the world’s leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. Formed in 1933, the Library’s unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony. The Museum is located in London, England, United Kingdom,
The Wiener Holocaust Library’s current exhibition (6 August -30 November 2020) is Jewish Resistance to the Holocaust.

Washington State Genealogical Society’s Blog – check this out for genealogical tips and other information
  ————————————————————————————————————————————        If you have questions, please email us at Programs@jgsws.org or visit our website at www.jgsws.org