Clallam County Genealogical Society German Immigration Patterns

Saturday, June 8th at 10:00am, the Clallam County Genealogical Society will welcome Claire Gebben, a noted genealogist.  She will appear in person at the KSQM-FM Community Room at 609 West Washington Street, in the Sequim Village Shopping Center, Sequim, WA.  Her topic will be German Immigration Patterns. 

Since the 19th Century millions of German-speaking emigrants were leaving Europe for places far and wide, especially North America.  Who were they and why did they leave?  The answer is complicated.  This talk explores waves of emigration in the historical context of wars, religious oppression, weather, economics, and other factors.  Presentation also includes a look at the patterns of settlement of German migrants on arrival in North America.

Clair Gebben is a public speaker, teacher, and writer.  She specializes in German genealogy, migration patterns and 19th century history. She has authored award winning novels and memoirs based upon the documented accounts of her ancestors.  Her articles have appeared in numerous periodicals.  Claire holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts.

Join us at our June 8th gathering, and meet Claire Gibben.  Her books will be available for purchase at that time. 

There is no cost to attending the meeting. 

The presentation will also be available on Zoom.  Call or e-mail the Society for the Zoom codes. (Please arrive or Zoom in at 9:45am.)

Phone:  360-417-5000       e-mail:          website:

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Newspaper Research

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert!

Read to the bottom of the message for more about this meeting.  

Newspaper Research  Saturday, June 1
Newspaper Research  
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Hybrid Meeting at
The Hive – 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202
Newspaper Research by Sunny Jane Morton
Comparing the U.S. Newspaper Giants:Over a billion digitized newspaper pages are now searchable at online historical newspaper archives such as Chronicling America,, GenealogyBank, NewspaperArchive and But which should you use? Is it worth subscribing to one of the premium sites? Learn how they stack up for total amount of digitized content; geographic coverage; unique features and tools; subscription options; and more. My tips and comparative analyses will help you more confidently choose and use these newspaper websites. 1:00-3pm, doors open at 12:30

Sylabus: will be available on the website the day before the meeting.

(be sure to print your copy before you arrive.) 

Zoom Link: available on the website the day before the meeting.

 Bring some cookies to share…are there ever enough cookies?!?

Free Table: 

Bring any items that may help someone else with their research. 

Take something home that may help you with yours!


Bring some cash to win great prizes! 

Proceeds from raffles/auctions/book sales are one of the ways to help our society continue to offer great educational opportunities.


Win Cash!!!

Also remember your $$$ for the 50/50 contest.  

This money builds our scholarship fund to help those less fiscally fortunate.

Auction October 5th, 2024

Bring auction items to any EWGS meeting. 

Our goal is to raise over $1000 this year!

The Ways & Means Committee will be sending updates over the summer months. You’ll get sneak peeks at what may be in the auction.

And they will offer some easy-peasy ideas of items you can donate…possibly without even leaving home! 

See you in the Newspapers!

Heritage Quest Research Library Using Family Search Catalog

Joleen Aitchison has been involved in genealogical endeavors since she was a child and continues the search.  She is a member of APG, the Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society, and is a consulting genealogist for “Traditions of the Ancestors”, TOTA. 
Joleen has presented at various events across the US and teaches family history locally in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties as well as many local genealogy societies. 
You can find her blog at

Using Family Search Catalog The Family Search catalog is like a giant card catalog to 
“Birth; marriage, and death records; census records; periodicals; family histories and many other records that contain genealogical information.” 
We will explore many of these entries as well as how to view them where the option exists.  When: May 16, 2024 (Thursday)
11:00 to 12:00 PM
Where: ZOOM
In-person Library Classroom
Cost: per Individual:
$20 Members
$25 Non-members  Sign-up and Payment:
Go to and click on the HQRL Store
(Be sure to sign in as a member to get the discount.)
In Person, please register by phone at 253-863-1806 as space is limited. 
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Puget Sound Genealogical Society DNA Month

DNA MONTH with Diahan Southard

Series: You Can DO the DNA

(From RootsTech 2024)

Saturday, May 11, 2024

PSGS Class

ZOOM ONLY – 10:30am-12pm

#1 Get Started (or Restarted)

Whether you haven’t taken a DNA test or you did but got discouraged and abandoned the effort, it’s time to take another look.  In 2024, DNA can answer family history questions so much more powerfully than it could even five years ago.  More people have tested, and more tools and strategies have been developed to help you find answers.  More accurate and precise ethnicity results point more meaningfully to ancestral places and populations.  Come learn what’s possible and how to set a good DNA goal (like identifying an unknown ancestor, finding or verifying birth roots, connecting with distant relatives or figuring out where an ancestor was from).  Learn about picking the right test(s) for your goal and how to turn test results into meaningful family history answers.  The best news is that you don’t have to be a scientist to make DNA discoveries.  You can do the DNA – yes, ever YOU!

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Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Monthly Meeting

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Monthly Educational Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2024, starting at 6:00 pm

Our speaker this month is Larae Liddle. Grave Concerns’ President Laurel Lemke says: Larae Liddle, our amazing volunteer genealogist, will present on behalf of Grave Concerns.  She will be able to describe our grave grooming process and bring a bucket with suggested tools. Also, she will let us know about an upcoming date when we will have the opportunity to help with grave grooming.

“Larae volunteers at the Family Search Center, has written a book documenting McNeil Island burials and she is writing a book about the patient cemetery burials. “

Our meetings are held monthly except for July and August starting at 6:00 PM, Zoom comes live about 6:15 PM.

Attend in person at:

Parkland/Spanaway Branch of Pierce County Library

13718 Pacific Ave S.

Tacoma, WA 98444

Attend virtually via Zoom:

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Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society Tips for Finding Your Name-Changing Ancestor

Do you know the names of all 8 of your great-grandparents? WAGS is here to help!
The Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society (WAGS)
invites you to a hybrid meeting:
Not Who He Once Was:
Tips For Finding
Your Name-Changing Ancestor
by Mary Kircher Roddy
Do you have someone in your tree who just disappeared? Or one who
seems to have no background at all? Perhaps their story involved a
complete change of name. With case studies of identity shifts, Mary will
give us strategies to discover who they became in later life, or who they
were before you thought you knew them!
Monday afternoon, May 13, 2024
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Via Zoom and in person at the FamilySearch Center,
667 10th Street NE, East Wenatchee
Watch our website ( ) and
click on “Latest News and Events” for Zoom address.
—For more information call 509-782-4046—

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society’s library is located at 127 South Mission, Museum Annex Building.
The library is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Visit our website:
WAGS connects, collects and protects family historie

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Y-Chromosome Insights & Strategies

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

Y-Chromosome Insights & Strategies

Richard Hill

Friday, May 17, 2024 at 10:00am – Zoom Only

Learn how Y-DNA testing of suitable males can trace and
confirm paternal lines in your family tree. See how to
choose the right test and how to work with your genetic
matches. Examples cover STRs, SNPs, genetic distance,
match thresholds, Tip reports, the Y-DNA tree,
haplogroups, group projects, account settings, and more.

Richard Hill, the first adoptee to identify his birth family through
DNA testing and genetic genealogy, created the DNA Testing
Adviser website in 2008. Over the next 13 years, he educated
thousands of readers and answered a regular flood of individual
questions. Selling that website in 2021, he launched his “DNA
Favorites” website, self-published “Finding Family: My Search for
Roots” and the “Secrets in My DNA” and became an in-demand
genealogical speaker on all topics DNA.

Heritage Quest Research Library Newspaper Research

Newspaper Research or “That’s My Family.”   So, why do we need to research in newspapers?  Why look for them? How do we find them?
Judy will help us answer all these questions.  We will learn how to find vital statistics, death notices, obituaries, marriage notices, local news and more, all in the NEWSPAPER. 
And she won’t forget to help us find these valuable resources themselves.  Taught by our very own Judy Line
Judy has been doing genealogy for over 30 years.  She has completed formal education programs, and holds several certificates for genealogy from the NIGS and Boston University. Judy is our resident DNA specialist.  When: May 2, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: ZOOM 
Limited space in-person
Cost: $20 member
          $25 non-member Sign up:
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Be sure to sign in as a member to receive the discount. Did You Know?
We are OPEN in our new location and would love to see you.  If you’re interested in taking a tour of the new location, just give us a call. If you are a Genealogy Society and would like to bring your group in, let us know and we’ll set a date and time. 
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