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.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CAROLYN SCHOTT
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.
***** SPOTLIGHT ON OUR FALL SEMINAR *****
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 :
25 Sept 2017
with 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
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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.
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!
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.
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.
2:45 Using Online Genealogy Programs – (The Next Generation, WebTrees, OneGreatFamily.com, Werelate.org, WikiTree, FamilySearch, etc.) instead of a program installed in your own computer.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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)