Heritage Quest Research Library Open Saturdays

Happy Valentines Day!
We haven’t had much to cheer about lately, so we are very excited to let you know that we are now OPEN on Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

We are still required to social distance and wear face masks.  It makes for a great opportunity to browse the stacks alone.  Come in and see what’s new in our collection.  

 
We’re also excited to share some news from our friends at Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society.  The Spring Seminar information is out and you can read all about it and register at
https://tpcgs.org/seminar.html

We hope to see you there! 
HERITAGE QUEST RESEARCH LIBRARY
 

Tri-City Genealogical Society February Meeting

Please register for Documenting and Sharing Family Histories With Stories and Photos on Feb 10, 2021, 7:00 PM at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4198945159119097355

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

 =========================This months meeting will be a little different than our previous Zoom meetings.  Jacqui Porter message above describes this month’s topic (Documenting and Sharing Family Histories with Stories and Photos) and provides a link to pre-register.  This month’s meeting is a webinar rather than a normal zoom meeting.  That means that the presenter sets up the meeting using their account and controls access to the presentation, thus you need to pre-register.  Once you pre-register you will receive an email with a link to the presentation.  Use that link like you have for our previous meetings and enjoy the presentation.
This will be the method we use next month as well.  Most of the purchased programs we will be providing operate in a similar manner.
We hope you enjoy these programs and welcome your feedback.
Bill Floberg

Board Chair, TCGS

Seattle Genealogical Society News

FEBRUARY 13, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
“HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR FAMILY TREE:
DISCOVERING HEALTH ISSUES”

This month’s Second Saturday speaker is Janice Lovelace and the presentation will be an in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. Also to be covered, a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics, and inheritance of health issues. Several physical and mental health issues will be discussed in greater detail. Join in this virtual presentation. See the SGS Website for the Zoom meeting link.    


Message From Our SGS Past President, Jill Morelli

Genealogical Colleagues,

I have been asked to present on the effects of the Pandemic on genealogical societies. I have developed a 19 question survey for members of all societies to gather ideas of before/after/future Pandemic impacts. If you are willing, I would love to have your observations.

Here’s the deal. Any society that is used as the focus society will be offered the written report and an opportunity to have the presentation given to the audience of their choice, virtually, one time.

Here is the link to the survey–and thank you!  Jill 
https://forms.gle/5ggekYEZRYdgCkE8A


SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 AT 12:00 PM 
VIRTUAL

  SGS Members, don’t miss this important SGS Membership Meeting. Recruiting efforts and candidates for the  Board of Director positions will be discussed. Additionally, there are two major interconnected projects underway we will be talking about. 

First, we are working to reduce the physical size of our library, part of which is a plan to move large parts of it online to facilitate access by SGS members and the genealogy community at large. 

Second, as mentioned at earlier meetings, our lease runs out this year and we have been looking for a new location. 

We will be providing information about both of these topics and asking for feedback from the membership.


LEVEL I – GENEALOGY BASICS & BEYOND 
Registration is now open for the next series of “Level I – Genealogy Basics & Beyond” with Valerie Lair. This small-group course includes seven 2-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.

The next series is scheduled to meet online March 9 – April 27, 2021, Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT). It is limited to five registrants.

Register now!

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfCZhnKkgs7UP…/viewform

Instructor: Valerie Lair  



* SAVE THE DATE *

The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021


Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” price. To learn more about this event, sign up for the conference newsletter on their website:

https://iggp.org  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021, 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, Feb 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Search Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and Family Search. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021, 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, Feb 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues”, presenter will be Janice Lovelace

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 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, Feb 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, 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. 


NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW FOR 1 1/2 YEARS!   During the first quarter of 2021,  January 1st – March 31st, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2022. Obtain a year and a half of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Dues are $60 individual, $75 dual. Read more…
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South King County Genealogical Society February happenings

Monday, February 1, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Persons of Interest #Research Opportunity
Join us to help tackle the brick walls in your tree! Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Research-Group for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 6:30pm-8:30pm PT
Board Meeting
SKCGS Board Meeting. All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Friday, February 5, 2021, 12:30pm-2:30pm PT
German Interest Group (EGS
)
Topic is: “What’s in a Name: Going from Iowa back to Saxony”

How does someone locate an ancestral village when the original surname has evolved over time? Follow a near beginner as she builds upon clues discovered in ordinary documents and learn how taking some simple actions can be helpful in your family research. Presented by Beth Snyder. Visitors are always welcome and can request an invitation via Contact tab on the website no later than 2 days prior to the meeting: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Saturday, February 6, 2021, 10am-noon PT
Family Tree Maker User Group
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM. Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Monday, February 8, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA

Topic is: GEDmatch, the Free Tools
Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Monday, February 15, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Technical User Group

Topic is: All Things FamilySearch
Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG for meeting link, meeting reminders and discussion. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Saturday, February 20, 2021, 9:30am PT Social time, 10am-Noon Program
General Meeting & Speaker

“Chronicling America: A Newspaper Site for Everyone” presented by Dana Palmer, CG, CGL
Using online search engines can be tricky! Learn techniques to find elusive ancestors in newspapers on Chronicling America. Basic and advanced search techniques will be discussed, including tricks for Fraktur type and diacritics. Locating newspapers in print, microfilm and repositories will be covered.
For meeting reminders and link, go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/society
This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

Monday, February 22, 2021, 1pm-3pm PT
Genealogy Chat

Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! Go to https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society for meeting link, discussion and meeting reminders. This is a virtual meeting with closed captioning available. Dial-in (audio only) is also available.

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 5, 2021
“LAWS, LEGACIES & LOSERS – A DAY WITH JUDY RUSSELL”

South King County Genealogical Society is pleased to announce a full-day virtual seminar with Judy Russell, a noted speaker, genealogist, and writer with a law degree. We hope you can join us for a fun and informative day. More details will be posted on our website at http://skcgs.org/seminar.html as updates become available.
Remember to mark your calendars and share the news with your friends.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society French Canadian Research

Saturday, February 6 Monthly Meeting  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pmMeeting Via Zoom Margie Beldin will present:French Canadian Research and the Joy of Roman Catholic Records   Margie Beldin is a member of the Tri-City Genealogical Society and has held positions as the President, Vice-President, Program Chair, Education Chair and Publicity Chair. She has a 40+ year career as a teacher but especially loves teaching genealogy.

MyHeritage Color Restoration

This is great news fresh out of the MyHeritage oven!

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As you know, in the past year, MyHeritage has transformed genealogy with our game-changing photo colorization and enhancement features. These features have delighted users all over the world and have been applied to 30 million photos. 

Today, we’re thrilled to announce the release of yet another revolutionary photo feature: color restoration, which beautifully restores the colors in faded color photos. Unlike colorization, which simulates colors of black and white photos, the new color restoration feature is ideal for restoring scanned photos from the 1950s to the 1990s that were originally taken in color, but have faded over the years. This gives you the chance to revive your favorite moments from the days before digital photography. With color restoration, you get the authentic colors revived in seconds, and no colors are guessed in the process. As a bonus, color restoration also sharpens photos and improves their level of detail. When color restoration is applied, the original photo is left intact and a separate copy is created with the restored colors.

Over time, old color photos tend to fade. Bright and vibrant hues from decades past turn different shades. UV light can affect the chemical makeup of printed photos, causing them to turn sickly yellow and lose their colors. With color restoration on MyHeritage, even the most worn out color photos can come back to life, with exceptional results.

Color restoration is a powerful new addition to MyHeritage In Color™, our photo feature for colorizing black and white photos. The color restoration technology was licensed exclusively by MyHeritage from DeOldify deep learning experts Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, who also developed the world’s #1 colorization algorithms, that were licensed and integrated into MyHeritage. Colorization and color restoration technologies work differently but both make clever use of artificial intelligence.

When you upload your photo, MyHeritage first applies technology to quickly determine automatically if the photo is black and white (or sepia) or was originally taken in color. If the photo was originally taken in black and white, then you will have the option to colorize it, and if it was originally taken in color, you can choose to restore its colors. 

Please see some incredible examples in our blog post here and read more information in the press release below.

I invite you to share the news with your followers so that they can try color restoration now.

Please also find a video you can embed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPzFPXKTijg

Enjoy,

Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert  

MyHeritage Releases Color Restoration Feature to Bring New Life to Faded Color Photos

MyHeritage In Color™ expanded, now beautifully restores faded color photos using AI technology licensed from DeOldify

Tel Aviv, Israel & Lehi, Utah, January 25, 2021 — MyHeritage, the leading global service for discovering your past and empowering your future, announced today the release of color restoration for faded color photos. A major enhancement to MyHeritage’s advanced suite of photo tools, color restoration revives the authentic colors in faded photos, with exceptional results.

Color restoration is ideal for old color photos from the 1950’s through the 1990’s, where the chemistry of printed photos stored in albums did not withstand the test of time and caused the colors to fade or turn yellow. The technology for color restoration was licensed exclusively from DeOldify, created by deep learning experts Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, and was integrated into MyHeritage. It accurately restores a photo’s original colors and sharpens the image in the process. Color restoration is a powerful new addition to MyHeritage In Color™, the company’s flagship photo feature for colorizing black and white photos, which was also developed by DeOldify and licensed exclusively by MyHeritage.

MyHeritage In Color™ and another AI-based feature, the MyHeritage Photo Enhancer, were released last year and have been used by consumers over 20 million times. Both have gone viral, received high acclaim, and have inspired a renewed appreciation for historical photos among consumers.

“In 2020, MyHeritage became the top online destination for colorizing, enhancing, and sharing historical photos,” said Gilad Japhet, Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. “The addition of color restoration to our robust suite of photo features offers the incredible opportunity to bring cherished childhood memories back to life, and to share the beautifully revived photos with our family and friends. Nostalgia doesn’t get any sweeter than this!”

“We’re thrilled that our cutting-edge color restoration model will be enjoyed by the community as part of MyHeritage In Color™”, said Jason Antic and Dana Kelley, founders of DeOldify. “So much effort has gone into creating this software, and we can think of no better partner for bringing it to the market than MyHeritage, a company that is defined by innovation and whose mission is to make family history more accessible to people all over the world.”


Integration into the MyHeritage platform

Millions of people around the world use the MyHeritage platform to discover their family history and digitally preserve their family photos. With world-class technologies for colorizing and enhancing photos, and now with the addition of color restoration, MyHeritage offers cutting-edge tools that provide new perspectives on family history.

Color restoration is available on the MyHeritage platform on the web and on MyHeritage’s free mobile app for iOS and Android. The mobile app includes a built-in scanner so users can digitize family photos stored in physical albums. When a photo is uploaded to MyHeritage, the system automatically determines if the photo is black and white (or sepia), or was originally taken in color. Photos that were originally black and white can be colorized, and those that were taken in color can have their original colors restored. Color-restored photos can easily be shared with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and other social media. Restoring colors does not modify the photo, but creates a separate copy on MyHeritage alongside the original.

MyHeritage In Color™ is a freemium feature on MyHeritage. Users can restore the colors in 10 photos for free, after which continued use requires a subscription.

About MyHeritage

MyHeritage is the leading global discovery platform for exploring family history. With billions of historical records and family tree profiles, and with sophisticated matching technologies that work across all its assets, MyHeritage allows users to discover their past and empower their future. Launched in 2016, MyHeritage DNA has become one of the world’s largest consumer DNA databases, with 4.7 million customers. Since 2020, MyHeritage is home to the world’s best technologies for enhancing and colorizing historical photos. MyHeritage is the most popular DNA test and family history service in Europe. www.myheritage.com

MyHeritage

Rafi Mendelsohn

Director of PR & Social Media

Phone: 917-725-5018

Email: pr@myheritage.com

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Rogue Valley Genealogical Society February Events

Good evening! I’ve attached information about some exciting events during February, and copied below, planned for February. Will you please post these on your website, perhaps share in your newsletter and distribute to your membership?
For those who may not have registered or are unfamiliar with our February 20 seminar, “Profile of a Quaker: Finding a Friend in Colonial America,” I’ve attached the seminar registration form and flyer.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 541-608-8091, or psasseen1@charter.net. And thank you for your support!!!
Pamela Sasseen, Publicity & Public Relations Rogue Valley Genealogical Society psasseen1@charter.net 541-608-8091
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February 4: Planning Your Successful Family Reunion

Do you have a family reunion coming up? Have you started planning for it? If so, you’ve learned planning a family reunion isn’t as easy as one would think. February 4, guest speaker Marilyn Ayers will show you how to plan a successful reunion in these difficult times. She’ll discuss strategies and themes, and help you plan to host in-person, as well as virtual and hybrid, reunions. You’ll learn how to prepare timelines, how to find vendors, locations, plan activities, and much more! Plan to join Marilyn virtually, February 4, and follow her lead as she guides you to a successful reunion!

February 4, 1:30pm to 3:00pm, $20 for non-members, $10 for members. To register, go to https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=10. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email the day before the presentation with your Zoom link.

February 16:Nectar of the Gods: The Mysteries and Histories of Rogue Valley”

Vitis californica, a wild grape species also known as California wild grape, Northern California grape, and Pacific grape, has grown wild here since time immemorial. Its fermented, fruity, alcoholic brew has long graced our tables. And Vitis vinifera, Europe’s cultivated varietals, brought new opportunities and expectations.

At the Rogue Valley Genealogical Society’s February Program & Members meeting, Author, Researcher and SOU Sociology/Anthropology faculty member, Maureen Battistella presents “Nectar of the Gods: The Mysteries and Histories of Rogue Valley.” The age of modern wine-making was born in Southern Oregon in the 1960s and 70s. While Rogue Valley wineries are well known and their stories often told, Maureen will share with you their back stories – the mysteries and histories that intrigue the mind, engage the imagination and delight the palate. A remote tasting is planned as part of this Zoom presentation to demonstrate the evolution and sophistication of today’s award-winning Southern Oregon wines. Participants, if they choose, can join in the remote tasting to understand the nuance of wine, its structure and nose. This event, as are all RVGS Program & Member meetings, is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 16, 1:30pm to 3:00pm. A short members meeting will be held prior to the program. To register, go to https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=19. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email the day before the presentation with your Zoom link.

February 20: Seminar, “Profile of a Quaker: Finding a Friend in Colonial America”

Nationally known speaker Steven W. Morrison will present this seminar on Quaker genealogy. See RVGS website for details on all sessions. Cost: Members $45, Non-members $55 (Please see attached Registration & Flyer.)

February 22: DNA Class Series, “X-DNA Inheritance Chart”

You have your DNA test results? Now what? Did you just receive your test results from a holiday gift?  Or have you had them for a while but aren’t sure what to do with them? February 11, Lorita Cushman will share some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your test results.

This virtual, online class is one in a series of DNA classes presented the 4th Monday of each month, up to and including May 24. Monday, February 22, 1:00pm to 3:00pm, $10 for non-members, $5 for members. To register, go to https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=20. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email with your Zoom link the day before the presentation. 

February 23: Heirloom Genealogy, “The Southern Illinois Quilt Puzzle”

The Southern Illinois quilt puzzle began by purchasing a sampler album quilt on eBay.com. There were 30 quilt blocks, each with a name or initials, and one with a date was enough to inspire a quest to find out who the people were and what their relationship was. February 23, guest speaker Barbara MacMillen will tell you more about this fascinating “quilt puzzle,” and share some intriguing discoveries.

February 23, 1:30pm to 3:00pm, $10 for non-members, $5 for members. To register, go to https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=18. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email the day before the presentation with your Zoom link.

February 24: “Researching Your Ancestors in Family Search”

Run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Every year millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. This non-profit offers FREE access to its resources and services online at FamilySearch.org. February 24, Rich Miles will explore how to search for records on FamilySearch.org and other resources it offers.

February 24, 1:30pm to 3:00pm, $20 for non-members, $10 for members. To register, go to https://rvgslibrary.org/FormPage.asp?FormID=10. Once you’ve completed your registration, you will receive an email the day before the presentation with your Zoom link.

Olympia Genealogical Society February Meeting

A VOYAGE ON THE ERIE CANAL

Olympia Genealogical Society member Joyce Ogden lived in a house in Brockport NY for 20 years where the backyard ended at the Erie Canal, but she had no idea then that there was a personal family connection. As she later discovered, however, she had THREE ancestors who had died in the canal in different years and in different circumstances. This presentation will include color photos, black-and-white photos, genealogy charts, a map or two, and newspaper clippings. It may bore you with some spreadsheets, but it will send you out with historical Erie Canal music.

This virtual presentation via ZOOM will be given at Olympia Genealogical Society’s monthly meeting on Thursday, February 11 at 7 pm. Access our website at https://OlyGenSoc.org and look for directions there.