FGS 2020 Family History Conference

To our fellow genealogical family members and future conference attendees:
The 2020 FGS Family History Conference is now a little over four months away and our preparation for the event is moving forward. At this time, we understand individuals are focused on keeping themselves and their families safe and healthy. Our top priority is the well-being of all individuals who will be attending and supporting our event scheduled for September 2-5. Consequently, we are continually monitoring the situation related to COVID-19, nationwide and in our 2020 host city of Kansas City, Missouri.

We anticipate that our conference registration will be available online later this month. We will also be making information available to participants regarding the conference program and activities.  Please refer to our conference home page https://fgs.org/annual-conference/ and our social media sites as we begin providing more information. We are excited about the program we have developed and have an impressive line-up of highly engaging speakers.

As we press forward with optimism, we wish everyone safety and well-being.
Thank you and be well.
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Twin Rivers Genealogical Society Cancelled March Seminar

Good evening, I just wanted to let you know that the “Preserve the
Past and Present Photos for the Future” has been cancelled until October
2020, due to coronavirus. We will be letting you know when it is
rescheduled as soon as we have a date. Please keep “Walking with
Ancestors” July 4 and we will be sending out information the closer we
get to that date! Thank you for your help in getting the word out. We
will see you in July! WE HOPE!!!!

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Seminar Postponed

The EWGS Seminar scheduled for April 4th has been postponed till May 2nd.  If you have already paid and can not make the May date you can get a refund, or the money carries over for the May Seminar.
Saturday, May 2
Enhancing Your Genealogy Repertoire  (Seminar) 9:30 pm to 3:30 pm Prince of Peace Lutheran – 8441 N Indian Trail Rd. Spokane, WA 99208       

  ********RAFFLE********DOOR PRIZES********LUNCH********   Seminar Classes:  

#1  Researching Is Child’s Play with Barbara Brazington

#2  Census with Lynda Keenan

#3  Ancestry DNA and Thru-Lines with Janice Moerschel

#4  DNA Painter with Lynda Keenan  

Handouts will be on the Home page of the website for attendees to print their own.   LUNCH:  Taco Bar catered by Becky’s Catering   COST: $25.00 (includes lunch) for members           

$30.00 (includes lunch) for non-members           

$30.00 at the door (lunch not guaranteed)  

Doors open at 9:00 am   Payment methods will be listed on the website soon!

Whitman County Genealogical Society Free April 2020 Seminar Postponed

Based on all the current information, the WCGS board decided it is best to postpone our April 4 seminar. We have been in touch with both speakers about a date in the future that would work for both of them and have settled on Sat., Aug. 29 in the morning, using the same format as previously published. We have also contacted Bishop Place and put it on their calendar so the venue will be the same as previously published. It’s not too early to mark your calendar for this informative and, what we think, is an exceptional mini-seminar with very well-known and much in demand speakers. We thank both Bob and Steve for their flexibility in working with us to re-schedule their presentations at a later date. Monica Peters, WCGS Corresponding Secretary

For questions or more information contact WCGS President, Sue Kreikemeier at: 509-635-1303 or aerocraft@completebbs.com. Please RSVP to Sue or whitmancgs@gmail.com by March 28 to accommodate handouts & refreshments. The seminar is free, but donations are welcome at the door.

Directions: Turn off Bishop Boulevard onto Klemgard Ave., follow Klemgard Ave. up the hill and turn left at the top. Do not go into the front entrance, but turn right, continuing up the hill and turn left at the white car ports. Find an appropriate parking place, enter the building through the main doors and go straight ahead to the Social Room.


Robert King’s biography includes the following:

Robert E. King grew up in Pullman where he graduated from WSU with degrees in Anthropology and History.  He completed his Ph.D. at the Univ. of Pennsylvania in Anthropology (specialty: Ethnohistory & Archaeology) and since 1981 has worked for the Bureau of Land Management in Alaska.  He has been the BLM’s State Archaeologist in Alaska for over 33 years, with his work taking him to much of the state.  He has a strong interest in federal land laws including homesteading, and has spoken and written on this subject for several years.  Currently, he writes a guest monthly column on the history of homesteading for the Homestead National Monument of America’s electronic newsletter.  Locally, he is best known in Whitman County as a frequent contributor to the “Bunchgrass Historian,” having authored over 30 articles in the past nearly 25 years on a variety of topics.  He is also an avid genealogist and has co-written several books on various families, with some of his relatives settling in Whitman County in the 1870s.  He maintains homes in both Anchorage and Pullman.  

Steven Branting’s biography includes the following:

Since 2000, many of this country’s leading history, geography and preservation organizations — including the American Association for State and Local History, The History Channel and the Society for American Archaeology — have honored Steven Branting for the depth, scope and variety of his research and field work.

In 2009, he was nominated for the American Historical Association’s prestigious William and Edwyna Gilbert Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the teaching of history through the publication of journal articles. Branting has written eight (8) books on the history of Lewiston. Branting’s articles have appeared in, among others, the Western Historical Quarterly, The History Teacher, Idaho Magazine, Nostalgia and Idaho Yesterdays.

The Idaho State Historical Society conferred upon him the 2011 Esto Perpetua Award, its highest honor, citing his leadership in “some of the most significant preservation and interpretation projects undertaken in Idaho.” Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter awarded him that year’s Outstanding Cultural Tourism Award for showcasing Idaho’s heritage.

In 2013, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Branting its coveted Historical Preservation Medal. In 2015, Lewis-Clark State College selected him for the Marion Shinn Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2016 he was awarded the President’s Medallion for his efforts to safeguard the heritage that the college and community have shared since the 1890s.

During 2018, the Lewiston Tribune published 104 of his columns highlighting events and people who featured greatly in the history of Lewis-Clark State College, which was celebrating its 125h anniversary and for whom Branting holds the office of “Institutional Historian,” the first since Henry Leonidas Talkington in the 1940s.

Branting’s eighth Lewiston book — The Words That Were Our Names — was released in October 2019.

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar Cancelled

This year’s Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar is scheduled for April 24th and 25th, at Totem Yacht Club, 5045 North Highland, Tacoma, WA 98407. Our speaker will by Judy Russell, also known as the Legal Genealogist. Friday evening she will present a talk on The Rest of the Story.
Her presentations on Saturday will be: Dower and Dowry: Women, Property, & Legal Records; The Discriminating Genealogist: Telling Good Evidence from Bad; Through the Golden Door: Immigration After the Civil War; and NARA Mythbusters: Your Family IS in the Archives
If you are interested in attending, please register early as attendance is limited. For more information and a registration form, visit our website at: or http://tpcgs.org/seminar.html