Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Elephind

TIP OF THE WEEK – DO YOU REMEMBER THIS ELEPHIND TIP?

Elephind, is a the Search Engine for Historical Newspapers. Many genealogist love the Library of Congress –  Chronicling America – historical, digitized newspapers website, but have you heard of Elephind.com? Their goal is to search all the world’s digitized, historical newspapers from one place at one time; it’s similar to the idea behind Travelocity.com with the airline industry.

Elephind currently is at over 200 million items from over 4,300 newspaper titles worldwide. That is far more than what you will find at Chronicling America.  In fact, Chronicling America is one of the sites Elephind has covered. Also like Chronicling America, Elephind is adding volume almost daily.

At the website for elephind,  start with the Search Tips.

The “proximity search” is particularly useful.  An example, using this syntax  “Jane Doe”~4 in Search will find for you : 

•Jane Doe
•Jane E Doe
•Jane Elizabeth Doe
•Elizabeth Jane Smith, nee Doe

But it will exclude something like “Jane and Sally found a young, frightened doe in the woods”.

Elephind.com will be a good addition to your arsenal of historical newspapers websites and someday it might become the only one you will ever need.

Visit: https://elephind.com

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Generation by Generation Book

TIP OF THE WEEK –
THIS NEW BOOK IS GREAT!

By Lisa White, SGS Director of Publiations

Recently I had the pleasure of reading Generation by Generation: A Modern Approach to the Basics of Genealogy by Genealogy Guys Podcast co-host Drew Smith.Coincidently it came to me at a very appropriate time. Lately I have been involved in many discussions about how best to get started in genealogy. This book addresses this question wonderfully.

Directed towards beginning genealogists, this book provides an upbeat and clear guide to the steps involved in doing good genealogical research. The main focus is on United States records, but there is also a chapter devoted to research outside of the U.S. such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The chapter on DNA testing is especially good as it provides the basics for understanding types of DNA and how testing can help us with our projects.

Even if you are a seasoned genealogist, I recommend that you read this book. In genealogy, as in most things, there is always something to learn, and I came away rejuvenated with so many ideas and insights. I can’t wait to put some of these suggestions to work, especially in regards to organizing my digital files. Some of the tips can even save you money!

To help start or boost your research, you can get your copy at:  
https://www.genealogical.com
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week EWGS SIGS

TIP OF THE WEEK –
THESE MAY INTEREST YOU
 (PUN INTENDED)

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society (EWGS) has a couple of special interest groups that should be of interest to a great number of people. These groups are for two icons of the genealogy world, Ancestry.com which obviously needs no introduction,  and RootsMagic, a popular software program.  

The Ancestry User Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of most months from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific Time. It is a hybrid meeting; meaning you may attend in person or attend online, your choice. 

The RootsMagic User Group meets the 3rd Monday of most months online via Zoom. Meeting time is 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Pacific time. 

You do not have to be a member of  EWGS to attend these user groups. For more information and instructions for joining these interest groups, go to their website and as you scroll down you will see on the left a link to “Spec. Interest Groups”. Click that.  Get to the EWGS website using the link below:

https://ewgsi.org

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week SGS 2023 Spring Seminar Recording

TIP OF THE WEEK –
SGS 2023 SPRING SEMINAR
 RECORDING

DID YOU MISS THE SGS 2023 SPRING SEMINAR?

The seminar has concluded, but you may still Learn to Research Like a Pro” with Diana Elder AGⓇ and Nicole Dyer! Register for access to view the recorded seminar presentations, which will be available until Monday, April 10, 2023. 

Register for the SGS 2023 Spring Seminar

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Heritage From The Heartland Series

TIP OF THE WEEK –
“HERITAGE FROM THE HEARTLAND” SERIES

The Eastern Washington Genealogical Society has been running a webinar series on research in the Heartland of America. There are 4 webinars left; they are hybrid, meaning you can attend in person or online virtual. They will take place:

March 4, 2023 : Michigan
April 1, 2023   : Ohio, Minnesota, and Iowa
May 6, 2023    : Kansas
June 3, 2023   : Oklahoma 

Interested in finding out more, visit their website: 
https://ewgsi.org

Once there follow the tab to Upcoming Events. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week IMAGE ONLY RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH

TIP OF THE WEEK – IMAGE ONLY RECORDS ON FAMILYSEARCH

A large percentage of FamilySearch records are not indexed. Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 1:00 pm, for our “Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New”, Jill Morelli will teach you how to navigate the image only records on FamilySearch. Preregistration is required. Visit our SGS website for registration. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week SGS Centennial Store

TIP OF THE WEEK –
SGS CENTENNIAL STORE

Commemorate 100 Years of the Seattle Genealogical Society with t-shirts, mugs, totes and more, available in the Centennial store here https://www.cafepress.com/seattlegenealogicalsociety100
 

Show your support at events this year as we continue to honor our SGS legacy and look to the future. 
 
Don’t see something you would like to have? We can make that happen. Just contact pastpresident@seagensoc.org

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Fiske Library Classes

TIP OF THE WEEK –
EDUCATION AT FISKE

Like many other genealogical organizations, due to COVID 19 worries, the Fiske Library in Seattle started conducting their classes online via Zoom in 2020. Fiske has an online class opportunity each Wednesday. The Wednesday class usually runs from 10:00 AM until noon. They recently published their Winter 2023 Class Schedule. You can find it here: 
https://fiskelibrary.org/2023WinterClasses.pdf

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week a Tip Every Day

TIP OF THE WEEK –
WANT A TIP OF THE DAY?

If you like the tip-of-the-week, how about a tip-of-the day?

On their website, The Family History Guide blog offers a genealogy related tip of the day. You can find it here: 
https://www.thefhguide.com/tip-of-the-day.html

Now, don’t confuse The Family History Guide with the Family History Library or FamilySearch.  But FamilySearch does have a relationship with The Family History Guide and here’s what they have to say about them:

Note: The Family History Guide is an additional resource for help with FamilySearch.org. The guide contains free lessons on using the website FamilySearch.org and on topics related to family history and genealogy. The content is provided by a FamilySearch partner. The guide is written in English and made available in other languages through Google Translate.” 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Organize Your Genealogy Research Mess

TIP OF THE WEEK –
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION, AGAIN

Is your New Year’s resolution this year the same as it was last year, organize this genealogy research mess, it’s out of control. Here’s a few simple tips from the Family Curator: 

  • KISS – Keep it simple, silly! Use an easy to setup and easy to maintain system.
  • Sheet Control – use a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet for all notes and print outs
  • Stay Single – One surname, one locality per sheet for easy filing
  • Date Yourself – Always write the current date on your research notes
  • One File at a Time – Work through those paper piles steadily; the mess didn’t happen in a day.