Yakima Valley Genealogy Society Spring Seminar

The Yakima Valley Genealogy Society is holding its annual Spring Seminar Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Mt. Olive Church, 7809 Tieton Drive in Yakima. Registration information is available on line. The seminar will feature noted genealogist Thomas W. Jones. His presentation topics will be Finding Unfindable Ancestors, Five Proven Techniques for Finding Your Ancestor’s European Origin, Five Ways to Prove Who Your Ancestor Was, Solving the Mystery of the Disappearing ancestor. Cost is $40.00 for YVGS Members or $45.00 for non members or on-site registration 8:30 – 9:am. Lunch will be included. See the YVGS website for form. Call 509-248-1328 for further information.

Seattle Genealogical Society October News



The International Society of Family History Writers and Editors announced the winners of their Excellence-in-Writing Competition and Carolyn Shott took 2nd place in the category of Columns for her “Welcome Back to Osthofen”. Our hearty congratulations to Carolyn, a member of SGS since 2014.




There is still time to register for the 2017 SGS Fall Seminar, “Becoming a More Organized and Effective Genealogist”, featuring Dick Eastman. Remember registration fees will go up after Oct 15th.

For more information, see the online brochure at :


You may register online, in person at the SGS Library, or use the brochure and register by mail.

For online registration visit the SGS Website Seminar page at :


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Tri-City Genealogical Society October Seminar

25 Sept 2017

Dear TCGS Members and Guests:
The Seminar will be here very shortly, but you only have 5 more days to register for this DNA seminar if you want to have the lunch and the syllabus included with your registration. After September 30th, unfortunately, your registration will not include the lunch or the syllabus; however, you can still register up to the day of the seminar, and the syllabus will be available for $5.00 at the registration table.
So, please give some serious thought about activating your registration this week.  Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you at the October 14th Seminar (“Understanding Your DNA”).
Art Kelly
TCGS Seminar Publicity Committee

TriCity Genealogical Society October Seminar


Understanding your DNA

with Diahan Southard

Diahan Southard

Saturday Oct 14, 2017, 9 am – 3:30 pm

Registration 8-9 am

Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, WA

Cost: $40, provides seminar, buffet lunch and syllabus. Lunch & syllabus not included after Sep 30.

Maximum Seating: 120

On site consultation with Diahan, Oct 13 or 14


  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Five Tips to Make Sense of Your DNA Testing
  • Organizing Your Genetic Genealogy
  • Try Your Hand at Genetic Genealogy

Register for the seminar

To pay for multiple attendees, change the quantity on the next page.

The registration except for the attendee name(s) below will come from your PayPal payment.

Enter attendee name(s)

Out of Town Attendees

The Shilo Inn in Richland is offering a seminar rate of $84 plus tax.  When you contact them tell them that you are associated with the Tri-City Genealogical Society and would like the special rate.

Genealogical Forum of Oregon Fall Seminar


Help Spread The Word! GFO’s Fall Seminar Is Coming!!


More CeCe Moore Please!

Oct 14th, 10am to 4:30pm, at the Milwaukie Center

Did you know genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States? Have you also noticed how much hubbub there has been lately about DNA and how DNA can help find missing links, missing parentage, and more?

The GFO’s Fall Seminar has all of these hot topics and more! Registration for Saturday’s Seminar is still open open open. Online registration is HERE.

Please help us spread the word by downloading the seminar flyer to share with your patrons and any other interested parties!


Seattle Genealogical Society 2017 Fall Seminar


Saturday, 21 Oct 2017
Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Welcome at 9:00 a.m
9:15 Going Nearly Paperless

How to Get Started

This presentation will focus on organizing your genealogy materials in a manner to quickly and easily find your research notes, photocopies, pictures, and much more. These lessons presented will also apply to most other activities in life. This presentation will also discuss long – term preservation. Life without paper is great!

10:30 Break

11:00 Genealogy Searches on Google – extracting the most genealogy information possible from everyone’s favorite search engine.
NOTE: There will be no hand-outs for this talk. Audience members need only to remember one thing: up – to – date information is always available at http://www.google.com. The PowerPoint slides will be available online.

12:15 Lunch

1:15 The Organized Genealogist – A look at various methods of organizing record keeping by use of digital techniques. This talk focuses on converting paper – based record keeping to all digital records, and preserving the digital records for many more years than is possible with paper, and making sure that information in those publications can be easily searched and retrieved.

2:30 Break

2:45 Using Online Genealogy Programs – (The Next Generation, WebTrees, OneGreatFamily.com, Werelate.org, WikiTree, FamilySearch, etc.) instead of a program installed in your own computer.

4:00 Adjourn

Dick Eastman …. one of genealogy’s biggest names will be Seattle Genealogical Society’s featured speaker for our 2017 Fall Seminar.

Dick is the author of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, the leading newsletter for genealogy news and technology tips as well as an internationally renowned speaker on the broad array of topics he covers in his newsletter. “Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter” (EOGN) covers genealogy news, as well as issues of technology, privacy, digital rights, and access as they relate to genealogy. Through his newsletter, Dick share technology “finds” that can help both new and seasoned genealogists, as well as dethroning the scams and shams that can the unwary astray. Today more than 75,000 people read his newsletter and benefit from his reviews and tutorials.
Dick has been honing his vision of the future to improve our picture of the past for the last 35 years. In the mid-1980’s he proposed a genealogy forum: a move by which he built a community of family historians over the next 14 years. At the same time, he preached the
benefits of technology to an even wider audience of genealogists, including national and international genealogical organizations, and of course, GENTECH, an organization that helped him to spread his message. Dick’s dedication to clear writing and independent opinion has made him and his periodical a sought – after source of information, commentary, and discussion for twenty years.


Final Copy of Brochure 8.27.17

TriCity Genealogical Society One on One With Diahan Southard

The day before the seminar and the evening after the seminar Diahan Southard will be having One-on-One sessions with individuals.  These will be 20 minute sessions for $25.
There are 12 slots available, so sign up soon.
Also for a reduced rate she is offering her regular personal consultation package for $84 after the seminar.
Go to this link for more information:
John F Covey
TCGS 2017 Seminar Chair

Day 3 at the Northwest Genealogy Conference

Leslie Vogel from Seattle, winner of the WSGS membership raffle with President Ginny Majewski and VP Donna Potter Phillips

Last day of the conference, but it was a great one! First thing this morning, WSGS President Ginny Majewski and Vice President Donna Potter Phillips drew Leslie Vogel’s name from the new (and renewed) membership raffle tickets for an Amazon Dot. Congratulations, Leslie. And welcome to you and all our new members!

Kenyatta Berry

Keynote speaker Kenyatta Berry provided a thought-provoking presentation, asking us “Where Does Your Story Begin?” She shared her personal history, as well as how to make our own stories compelling. Much to think about…

Wouldn’t you think I would have heard enough about DNA on this third day? Nope. Attended Mary Kathryn Kozy’s “Can You Help Me Find My Cousins? Using atDNA for Family History” lecture. She’s a great speaker and always “delivers the goods.”

I’m sorry to say I had to leave early, missing Kenyatta’s afternoon talk and the afternoon workshops, but I know everyone enjoyed them.

A big thank you to Phil and Lisa Bartlow and all the volunteers!

I want to give another shout-out to the amazing volunteers from the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society. This conference is quickly becoming “the” event to go to. Speaking of that….mark your calendar for August 15 – 18, 2018! Don’t miss it!

Northwest Genealogy Conference Testimonials

You’ve heard from me each day of the Northwest Genealogy Conference in Arlington, but what about comments from some of the nearly 400 other attendees? Here are a few:

My favorite class was the Facebook class (Solving Genealogical Mysteries with Facebook’s 10,000+ Links by Katherine Willson). It really opened the world to me — and all the free stuff out there.

Everyone is so friendly and this conference is so well organized.

During the Facebook class, I got on my computer and found my Dad’s stepsister — right during class! She’s part of a family group page, so I’m reaching out to her. What a great class!

Diahan’s presentation on her mother’s adoption story nearly brought me to tears.

Best thing about this conference? Meeting up with my high school friend after 52 years!!!

Daniel Earl’s humor was the best! Laughing while learning!

This conference is so well-run. So many topics and speakers!

I like meeting all the people and talking about our mutual interests.

My favorite classes were the DNA ones.

My favorite class was “Apprentices, Indentured Servants and Redemptioners: White Slavery” with Peggy Lauritzen (personal note: just about every class was someone’s favorite)