South King County Genealogical Society News

???? Monday, 16 November, 1–3 pm PST. Technology User Group: One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. Valorie will present, not Stephen Morse, who created the webpage tools! Join for meeting invitations and discussion.
????Friday, 20 November, 6-7 pm PST. Joint presentation SKCGS/KCLS: Genealogy Research Help: Why, What & Where? presented by MaryLynn Strickland and Valorie Zimmerman. Online, free. Registration required:
???? Saturday, 21 November, 9:30-noon PST. SKCGS General Meeting: Thomas MacEntee presents Genealogy Pit Stop: Researching in 15 Minute Increments. Mr. MacEntee will be using Zoom to present, and registration is required
Please register before Friday the 20th, so we have an idea of how many people to plan for.

After getting your confirmation, please put the event and the link you will receive into your calendar. Only the first 100 people to join our live meeting will be able to participate, so connect as early as you can; ideally 9:30 am.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, a recording of the lecture will be available to members and registrants for 30 days after the meeting. Discussion in our online group:

???? Monday, 23 November, 1–3 pm  PST: Genealogy Chat. Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another! To join, click or paste into your browser: or call (‪US‬) ‪+1 484-268-2552‬. For meeting invitations and discussion, join or free online group:

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Dave Obee Presentation

There is till time to register for Dave Obee’s presentation: “Write Your Family History.”
Dave is an internationally acclaimed genealogist, author and journalist. If anyone can finally get us putting “pen to paper”
and getting us past our writer’s block its Dave!  To be sure we get your email information to me in time by Wednesday, Oct. 28 please
register via PayPal or credit card by our society’s secure website:

Once we receive your registration ($10 USD) we will email you the Zoom invitation/link on Wednesday, October 28.
Your invitation will be coming from:  So look for it in your email inbox.
We look forward to you joining us on-line!

Margie Wilson, president
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society
Burlington, WA 98233
PS  Scroll down the flier to THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 10:15AM-NOON  for  a description of Dave’s class. See you there!


Family History Fanatics Virtual Conference

We wanted to let your group know about the 4th annual Fall Genealogy Research virtual conference coming up on Saturday, 7 November 2020. The past virtual conferences were very successful and had great attendance. 
Speakers will be talking about the following:

Lisa Lisson – Oh No! The Courthouse Burned! Finding Your Ancestors When Courthouse Records Were Lost
Devon Noel Lee – Yikes! How am I Going Keep My Genealogy Research  Organized for Difficult Questions?
Jen Baldwin – British Bonanza! Exploring England’s Records from HomeMichael W. McCormick – Forensic Genealogy, Unclaimed Inheritances, and Missing PersonsThe online sessions will begin at 9am Central Time on Saturday, 7th November 2020. Some answers to common questions that people have asked us:

1. Yes, the sessions are live. These are not pre-recorded, so if you have questions, then please ask them in the chat during any of the sessions and we’ll get them answered.

2. Yes there are door prizes. 

3. No, you don’t have to be watching the live presentations to win (although we hope you do), everyone who is registered will be eligible to win the door prizes.

4. Yes, recordings of the sessions will be available for 30 days after the virtual conference so even if you can’t make the live session, register so that you can watch the recordings.

5. Yes we use our webcams. You don’t have to watch slides all the time. You also get to see people. 

6. Yes, this event is open to anyone who wants to register.  No need to travel or even change out of your pajamas if you don’t want to.

As with past events there will be a 5th hour panel discussion where you can ask questions about any of the topics or even anything else related to genealogy and research. Early bird registration is only $19.99 until October 30th. The regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website ( and register today.
Feel free to post this information on your website or Facebook page and let your members know. If you would like graphics to post, let us know and we can send them to you.
Thanks,Andrew & Devon Noel Lee
Family History Fanatics Humble, TX | 346-704-1433familyhistoryfanatics.comYouTube: Family History Fanatics   | Twitter: @FHFanatics Facebook: Family History Fanatics  |  Twitter: @FHFanatics | 

Seattle Genealogical Society October Seminar

The seminar is just one week away! 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger

Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
Register Today! Hurry, registration closes 9:00 PM (PDT) Wed, Oct 14, 2020 

Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?
We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. The most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover. 
Program includes:
“Formulating a DNA Testing Plan” 
“Real-Life Y-DNA”
“Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA”
“The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks” 
And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!
We have door prizes for four lucky attendees:
1 annual World Explorer individual membership to Ancestry
1 annual subscription
1 annual subscription
1 AncestryDNA kit

Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.
  Register for the Seminar


South King County Genealogical Society October Seminar

Fellow Washington state genealogical and historical societies,
Normally your members might not want to drive to south King County for a DNA seminar. However, now everyone is just a few clicks away! We would appreciate you sharing news about our seminar with your members and Facebook and Twitter followers. We hope your group is well and healthy in these perilous times.

Registration is open! Attached is the flyer and registration form for our upcoming seminar with Diahan Southard. 
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.
If you plan to pay by check, we suggest downloading and sending the registration form soon because of the Postal Service slowdowns. Payments using Paypal, Venmo and Square are all accepted. Just download the registration form: , fill in the PDF and email to
Why not do it today and add it to your calendar?

African American History & Genealogy Conference Cancelled

Cancelled due to Storm Damage

You’re Invited.!
2020 Deep Roots African American History & Genealogy Conference  3rd Annual Conference 2nd Regional Conference to encompass Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

Sponsored by Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture Foundation
This years’s conference theme is Their Legacy Utah Buffalo Soldiers, Black Cowboys & Other Pioneers
September 11 – 12, 2020 An Online Virtual Event
The Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, (AAHGS) and Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture, are excited to invite you to our third annual conference. We are pleased with the great learning opportunity we have put together for you. We hope you are as excited as we are. We eagerly invite you to participate in this event to learn about, commemorate and cherish our beloved ancestors. This is a special time of year for us because it gives us the opportunity to present to you stories of America that you will not hear anywhere else.
Members and non-members are invited to join us at our annual conference, where we will discuss the research, preservation and presentation of the contributions of African Americans to the history of our seven western states region. We have prepared what we feel is a great mix of experiences for you. We will begin our weekend with a commemoration of the first Africans Americans documented to arrive in Utah before it was settled and became a state. There are sessions on the Freedmen’s Bureau, caring for loved ones graves and markers, and the valiant service of Black men and women who helped establish our place in the west.
We hope you enjoy these wonderful presentations on how to record your family history, and cherishing the memory of our ancestors both enslaved and free. You have several registration options: Register for the full conference Register for any two presentations and the Day of Remembrance at a discounted fee Register only for the presentation(s) you are interested in (as many and as few as you like) Register Now
Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Day of Remembrance Ancestral Commemoration
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 History and Genealogy Conference
In the early 1800s, before the main body of settlers arrived in the territories, stalwart men and women explored the west. They were among the first to explore the Rockies and the Wasatch. The first to challenge the dangerous paths into Colorado, Utah, Nevada and California. Great African Americans explored, opened pathways, prepared land, and defended the territories. We commemorate and venerate their sense of adventure, fortitude, duty, and ultimate success. These are the counter-stories and fulfilling narratives you won’t hear anywhere else. We will solemnly remember and celebrate these forgotten American heroes. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 Day of Remembrance Tour of Fort Douglas Buffalo Soldier Cemetery Friday, September 11⋅ 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Fiona Robinson Hill Our conference opens with a tour the Fort Douglas Cemetery where Buffalo Soldiers are interred. Participate live at the cemetery, or online. Day of Remembrance Celebration Friday, September 11⋅ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Robert Burch, Director and President Opening Ceremonies A special evening event to remember, commemorate, and venerate the Black ancestors of Utah, and the ancestors of our own families. There will be a presentation on Black Pioneers of Utah. Register for the Day of Remembrance Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020
We have planned six history and three genealogy presentations for the avid historian and the family historian. Engaged in an Honorable Calling Saturday, September 12 ⋅ 9:30 AM – 10:25 AM Fiona Robinson Hill The stories of individual soldiers who served at Fort Douglas near Salt Lake City, UT Recovering the Names of the Wives of Buffalo Soldiers at Ft. Douglas Saturday, September 12 ⋅ 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Tiffany Greene An introduction to Minerva Atkinson, Eliza Buford, Viola Rucker Davis, and Josephine Allensworth.  Using Fold 3 To Locate Your African American Soldier & Demo of Fold 3 Saturday, September 11⋅ 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Crista Cowan With nearly 600 million records, Fold3® holds unique and amazing discoveries for African American family history researchers. Elnora Dudley: The Queen of the 1898 Salt Lake City Emancipation Day Friday, September 11⋅ 12:30 PM – 1:25 PM Rachel Quist This is the story about how an obscure photograph of Ms. Elnora Dudley found at an antique shop led to the telling of Salt Lake City’s first Emancipation Day celebration of 1898. (Juneteenth) Utah’s Black Suffragists Friday, September 11⋅ 1:30 PM – 2:25 PM Tiffany Greene As the nation commemorates the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the work of Utah’s Black suffragists provides a crucial element to the story of voting rights in the Beehive State. Searching the Freedmen’s Bureau for Your People Friday, September 11⋅ 2:30 PM – 3:25 PM Tracy Zappala The Freedmen’s Bureau gives us some of the first records you might find about your freed ancestral family. Cemetery Preservation Workshop Friday, September 11⋅ 3:30 PM – 4:25 PM Amy Barry Discovering, restoring, and maintaining the resting place of the ancestors. Utah Territory Outlaw: From Ned Huddleston to Isom Dart Friday, September 11⋅ 4:30 PM – 5:25PM Richelle Rawlings-Carroll Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming Isom Dart is the Black outlaw cowboy. Register A la Carte Pick and choose the presentations you would like to attend, or register for the entire conference.
Are you ready to register for the conference? REGISTER NOW
Partner Organizations We want to thank those organizations that have partnered with us and are always there to support us: Mormon History Association Project Success Sons and Daughters of the U.S. Middle Passage Utah Memorial Columns
Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Utah Sema Hadithi Heritage and Culture Foundation

South King County Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

Registration is open for the SKCGS Fall Seminar with Diahan Southard Saturday, October 24. Sessions 10 – noon, and 1 -3
 Registration is open! Click the image at to download the flyer and registration form for our upcoming seminar with Diahan Southard. 
If you are feeling that your DNA data is not fully working for you, join us Saturday, October 24 for two sessions with Diahan Southard, a pioneer in the field. She will help you analyze and connect the data the companies give you with your family tree.

If you plan to pay by check, we suggest downloading and sending the registration form soon because of the Postal Service slowdowns. Payments using Paypal, Venmo and Square are all accepted. Just download the registration form, fill in the PDF and email to

Why not do it today and add it to your calendar?

Time is Running Out

Like sands through an hourglass, so are the… Wait, that’s been used before!

Well, you get the idea, don’t let time escape you!
2020 FGS Virtual Family History Conference
Early Bird Registration
Ends Saturday, August 15th!

Register Now!

You Won’t Want to Miss
FGS Live!
September 2nd
with Judy G. Russell, Thomas W. Jones, CeCe Moore,
Lisa Louise Cooke, David Rencher, Ari Wilkins, Jenn Utley, and Ron Tanner

All registration packages include 30+ FREE BONUS hours
16 FREE Society Management sessions
Access to the Virtual Exhibit Hall
Digital Syllabus of ALL sessions
Access until March 15, 2021!
  Register Now!