Over time, we tend to remember the events that occur in our country based on how much publicity and attention they receive. If we make a point to revisit some of the lesser known times, there is a lot to learn. We are fortunate to have our Society Vice-President, Larry Turner, among folks who has investigated this time in history in conjunction with his genealogical research. He will be sharing his findings and several genealogical sources at our August meeting.






August 10, 2017

Visitors are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Seattle Genealogical Society runs on volunteers. It is with this volunteer support that SGS is able to provide ever current, significant support to our members in their genealogical research – from book and online resources available at the SGS library, as well as numerous free classes – from DNA to Irish and Scandinavian special interest groups research, to extremely instructive seminars. SGS is able to provide all this great assistance because of its invaluable volunteers. The more SGS members who volunteer, the easier it is to provide this support, along with making the volunteer experience more enjoyable and productive for all.

SGS is in need of a few more volunteers. Several critical Board of Directors positions remain open. The Vice President (provides support to the President), Director of Technology (does not require significant computer skills, but does include updating of email addresses), and Director of Volunteers (includes working with volunteers in the library) still need to be filled. The work these positions entail is not overly burdensome, but will involve a monthly meeting with the other directors.

Also, the SGS Nominating Committee (the committee that annually assembles for election the list of those interested in being on the Board) currently has 2 members, but needs two more members.

If you have any questions, or are interested in any of these open positions, please email volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org , or call the main SGS phone number at 206-522-8658 and leave a message.

In an ongoing effort to fill these open Board positions, the SGS Nominating Committee will be contacting SGS members by phone or email. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions. Help continue to make SGS the great volunteer organization that it is today.


Puget Sound Society Summit


In the spirit of collaboration, a number of society leaders from around the Puget Sound area met on June 22, 2017, to share success stories and concerns for the coming year. All agreed that greater cooperation would benefit all, particularly in cross-advertising our various activities. Represented were Whatcom GS, Eastside GS, Fiske Library, Tacoma-Pierce County, South King County GS and Seattle Genealogical Society, host. Our immediate goal is to advertise ourselves to each other at the Northwest Genealogical Conference in Arlington, WA, sponsored by the Stillaguamish GS.



71st Annual Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering,
Enumclaw Expo Center,
45224 284th Ave SE,
Enumclaw, WA
July 29-30


Enjoy Highland dancing, piping, drumming and Scottish athletic events. Always a July favorite. More info at:


NW Genealogy Conference 2017,
Arlington, WA
August 16 – 19

The Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society is putting on their annual four day conference. Visit their website for more information, to register for the conference, or to register for the free day: www.nwgc.org

Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS),
2017 Conference – “Building Bridges to the Past”,
Pittsburgh, PA
August 30 – September 2, 2017

Ready for a road trip? This conference is open to anyone with an interest in family history. FGS is teaming up with the Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society to put on this four day events. There will be various tracks to suit the individual researcher; beginner to experienced.

For more info visit : fgs.org

SGS 2017 Fall Seminar
Speaker: Dick Eastman
Fairview Christian School,
Seattle, WA
October 21, 2017

Registration will open in early September. Mark your calendar.



Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The Family Tree Interest Group with Lou Daly will not meet in July, August, or September. The Irish, German, and Canadian Interest Groups do not meet in June, July, or August; they will return to their regular schedule in the fall.




Tuesday, July 18, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Technology Tuesday, Bring your laptop or mobile device, and enjoy discussions centered around technology and genealogy – software, genetic genealogy, internet research and more. Hosted by Lisa Chan.

Saturday, July 22, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Crown Hill Cemetery Tour, join Amber Brock and Lisa Oberg as they lead you through beautiful Crown Hill Cemetery, 8712 12th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117. Founded in 1903 to support the rapidly-growing Ballard community, Crown Hill is set on 10 acres in the heart of the city shaded by old maple trees. Explore the stories of some of the people buried in this serene country setting. We’ll meet up near the Cemetery Office, which is at the main entrance. The cemetery entrance is on 12th Ave NW, near the intersection of 12th Ave NW and NW 87th.


Saturday, July 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA SIG, this group meets at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church. 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. For more information contact SGSDNASIG@gmail.com. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.



Sunday, August 6, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, Karen Knudson, leader.

Saturday, August 12, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, members helping one another with Family Tree Maker (FTM) the tool long associated with Ancestry.com; Reiley Kidd and Betty Ravenholt are the leaders.

Wednesday, August 16, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Beginning Genealogy Class with Linda Fitzgerald, If you’d like, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch.


Okanogan Genealogy Society September Meeting

Okanogan Genealogy Society

Donna Potter Phillip will be speaking September 9 @ 8:30 a.m.
at Okanogan P.U.D. Auditorium.

1331 2nd Ave. N. Okanogan, WA.

“Bring Your Own Bag Lunch & Drinks

Face Book:  “Okanogan Genealogy”

If you need more Information, Please let me know

Email:  okanogangenes@gmail.com

Noma Wyllson, President

Puget Sound Genealogical Society Meeting

Puget Sound Genealogical Society
Saturday July 22 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
at Kitsap Regional Library 1301 Sylvan Way, Bremerton
Webinar: Researching Ancestors in the Era of Freedom
with Angela Walton-Raji. Find record sets and maps
reflecting the years after the Civil War and how they
provide critical background for your family story.
Registration is required: call Genealogical Center
Jackie Horton, Publicity Chairperson

The Legend of the Coyote Mascots — and a Happy Reunion!

WAGS Coyote (right) sitting with twin brother AppleSox Coyote on the steps of the WAGS Museum Annex Building. (Photo by Barbara Congdon)

Many years ago, two coyote brothers were romping the hillsides around Wenatchee. Playing hide and seek, the twins exuberantly worked their way into the mountain heights, losing track of time and place. The coyote youngsters were lost – neither twin could find tracks made by the other brother.

Before long, one of the youngsters was found by a coach hiking in the high hills, and taken to a beautiful ballpark in the city to spend his days. The other coyote was eventually rescued by a librarian and taken to Wenatchee just in time for presentations of the first Art on the Avenues. The Coyote was shaped into a new role, creating within him a voracious appetite for reading. He eagerly devoured a book of poetry by Blue Flute, and read whatever else he could get his hands on, most often a candy wrapper.

After many years of sitting on the steps of the Museum Annex Building, in 2016, the Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society officially adopted WAGS Coyote as its mascot. No more reading just a candy wrapper – this astute WAGS Coyote became a genealogist. He researched books, maps, and even census records, and inquired of all the people he greeted at the Genealogy Library if they might know about his brother. At last, WAGS Coyote located his brother at the AppleSox ballpark in Wenatchee!

The ballgame on Sunday, July 23rd is celebrating their reunion at Paul Thomas Field in Wenatchee! You are invited to join in this celebration as the Coyote mascots make history! For more information, visit the WAGS website. Cheers to AppleSox Coyote and WAGS Coyote!!!

Story by Lynda Pheasant, Past President, Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society

Seattle Genealogical Society Free Class

The Seattle Genealogical Society will present a Beginning Beginning Genealogy class on Wednesday, 16 Aug 2017, The class will be held at the SGS Library from 11 am to 3 pm. Attendees can bring a brown bag lunch. The class is free and open to the public. Please call to reserve your place.

SGS is located at 6200 Sand Point Way N. E., Seattle, WA. Phone: 206-522-8658

Thank you.


Clark County Genealogical Society Classes



Wed, Jul 05, 2017: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center  

The US Federal census and its “little brother,” the state census, are among the major workhorses of genealogical research. But are you getting the most out of them? This Legacy Family Tree webinar presents 20-plus tips for finding missing ancestors and mining the census for more clues for follow-up research.



Wed, 12 July 2017: 5-6:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Learn how to make the most 25 million digitized and searchable free books full of historical data! This Legacy Family Tree webinar will teach you the best techniques for finding fully digitized books and even translate foreign language volumes from your ancestor’s homeland. We’ll also track down maps, images, photos and more.



Fri, 14 Jul 2017: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center   

In this Legacy Family Tree webinar, you’ll learn from professional photographer, Jared Hodges, how to compose and shoot the perfect shot. Proper lighting, the right poses, what to wear, and more will be covered.



Tues, 18 July 2017: 5-6:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

Taking the time to analyze documents for reliability, context and information can provided useful clues. Using these clues to map out a research plan can advance your research.

This Legacy Family Tree webinar is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists.



Wed, 19 July 2017: 11 am – 12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center  

How did the the northeastern lands of Ohio come to be called “The Firelands”, and “The Western Reserve?” This Legacy Family Tree webinar will review these questions and also why “Ohio fever” brought a lot of settlers to the state following the Northwest Ordinance of 1787.



Wed, 26 July 2017: 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Education Center

In this Legacy Family Tree webinar, you will learn to use the technology to create a strong family narrative together. You’ll leave with a plan for making your family history fun and strengthening your current family relationships using today’s communication and social media tools.


Seattle Genealogical Society News



Lisa Chan recently received a WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award for her contributions to Seattle Genealogical Society. Although Lisa has been a member of SGS for less than two years, she has made quite an impact on the society, moving it forward technologically. She was front and center on setting up the new digital scanning lab, introduced SGS to Google Apps for Non-Profits, and coached the society through these implementations. She also helped SGS establish sound policies and procedures regarding their digital assets.

Board members, L to R, Christine Schomaker, Karen Knudson, Julia Marconi, Jill Morelli, Amandalei Bennett,
and past president, Marilyn Rose, gather around Lisa Chan, holding her award


SGS is so grateful for Lisa’s willingness to share her technology, applications, and training skills with us. Many of you may have come to her popular Tech Tuesday drop-in sessions. Join us in congratulating Lisa Chan on her award and thanking her for her service to SGS.

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