Sacramento German Genealogy Society Annual Fall Webinar

October 23rd is fast approaching, but there is still time to sign up for the Sacramento German Genealogy Society Annual Fall Webinar: Your Ancestors and the World of Cartography (Pinpointing Place and Time).  The webinar will be via Zoom with a $20.00 fee.  Registration link:
This promises to be a phenomenal webinar.  We have arranged an amazing lineup of speakers:Elod Biszack, CEO of Arcanum Database Ltd, will speak to us from Hungary.  If you have ever done research in the Austrian Empire, you have heard of the amazing mapping source, Mapire.  This is just one of the projects Arcanum is responsible for.  They have digitized historical maps all over Europe and beyond.Heiko Mühr, Map Metadata and Curatorial Specialist at UC Berkeley, will share how to use their collection of German Captured Maps from WWII and then talk about the hidden collection of Austrian maps discovered in the process of making the German Captured Maps available to the public.  Melinda Kashuba rounds out our trio.  She has a doctorate degree in Geography.  She will show us how to use maps to trace our ancestors from their homes in German-speaking Europe to their settlements in the United States.  Class Descriptions and Presenter Bios:
Regards,Amy Chidester

Seattle Genealogical Society Fall Seminar

“You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.”
–Maya Angelou

Saturday, October 16, 2021 
Online, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Click here to register

SGS Members $40, Everyone else $55
  Our speaker, Ari Wilkins, is a genealogist and librarian from Texas with “boots on the ground” experience. Her knowledge of records of the south and of genealogical methodology in general is extraordinary. Besides all that, she is a wonderful speaker. Her topics are important for all genealogists, especially those with ancestors in the south. Come and learn something new!
  Seminar Topics
  Black and White Southern Families in Southern Plantation Records
Learn about the genealogical value of the Southern Antebellum Plantation Records – how they are organized, how to search the collection, and apply it towards your genealogical research. The case studies will highlight the personal documents of a white Southern family and the indirect documentation of an African American family.
  Mysterious Relatives
Many researchers encounter mysterious persons living in the household of a relative; or a letter signed by an unknown ‘cousin.’  As a researcher, it is important to investigate and understand the relationship between these strangers and your person of interest. This lecture will discuss cluster research methodology.
  Reconstructing Communities Using Sanborn Maps, Census Records, and City Directories
Recreating neighborhoods can provide rich and insightful details about an ancestor’s life and surroundings. This lecture will demonstrate ways to build a map using Sanborn Fire insurance maps, census records, and city directories in Google Maps.

Friends of Friends: Quakers and African American Communities Well-known for their anti-slavery views, Quakers began to migrate to the slave-free territories in the 19th century. As they migrated out of the South, Quakers emancipated and traveled with their newly freed slaves. Once settled, the sect continued their abolitionist cause by supporting the Underground Railroad – transporting runaway slaves to free states. In turn, free blacks established their own settlements, while still maintaining ties with the Quaker community.
  Meet the Speaker
  Ari Wilkins is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She has been actively researching family history since 1998, specializing in African American research. She is a genealogist and library associate at Dallas Public Library, where she provides genealogy-programming education. She worked with the esteemed genealogist, Dr. James Rose, on his project, “Generations: The WPA Ex-Slave Narrative Database.” Ari has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, Federation of Genealogical Societies, RootsTech, Texas State Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, American Library Association, and a multitude of local societies. Learn about Ari’s work with Black Genesis.

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Sema Hadithi Day of Remembrance Celebration

Tell the Story – Unity Through Historical Truth
Discovering, preserving, and presenting the stories of Blacks in Utah since 1822
­- Presented by Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
­- Hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and Fort Douglas Military Museum
­- Sponsored by Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts – Thrive 125
­- In partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museum, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, and Utah Humanities
Friday, October 8, 2021, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fort Douglas Post Theatre, The University of Utah
245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84113
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Fort Douglas Military Museum Cannon Yard
– Opening Ceremonies and Museum Tour
12:30 PM – 6 PM – UofU Guest House – Granite Ballroom & Black Cultural Center
– Lectures and presentations
Register Here Now
Date of Press Release: September 23, 2021 Critical Date: October 8-9, 2021
Contact: Robert Burch, Executive Director (404) 399-9934 (mobile)
Announcing the 2021 Annual Day of Remembrance Celebration and Black History Conference SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society are excited to announce the programming for this year’s Day of Remembrance Celebration and Black History Conference. The events will take place on October 8-9, hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and the Fort Douglas Military Museum. The theme of this year’s conference is Tell the Story: Unity Through Historical Truth.
The Day of Remembrance Celebration will take place on Friday, October 8th from 5-8 pm at the Fort Douglas Post Theatre. The conference will run from 9 am-6 pm on October 9th at Fort Douglas Military Museum and University of Utah Guest House. Topics for this year’s sessions highlight some of the active working groups involved in Sema Hadithi Foundation’s research, such as the Buffalo Soldiers, black women, lynchings and the community remembrance project, and the Black church. Museum Director Beau Burgess will also lead a tour of the Museum and Fort.
“This is an opportunity for the public to gather to learn about the amazing research that is being done into the untold Black stories of Utah,” said Robert Burch, Executive Director and co-founder of Sema Hadithi Foundation. “Our incredible team of professional and amateur researchers work hard all year to discover these stories. This is their chance to share the work they devote their time to. We can’t wait to bring everyone together to “tell the story” during this weekend of programming.”
Registration is free, thanks in part to a generous sponsorship by the Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement’s Thrive 125 project. The program is presented in partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museums, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, Preservation Strategies, and Utah Humanities. To register or to learn more about the programming, visit Corporate sponsorships are welcomed as well as individual contributions to support the conference and the work of the foundation. Please contact Kirk Huffaker, Board Managing Director, at with your interest.
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Founded in 2020, the mission of Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation strives to “tell the story” of African-ancestored history, heritage, and culture by researching, preserving and disseminating information throughout the community. To support the work of the Sema Hadithi Foundation, you can donate here
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To learn more about how you can contribute to research or donate to support one of the many great research projects we have underway or planned visit the future projects page here.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society presents Thomas MacEntee

Saturday, October 2

Fall Workshop with Thomas MacEntee  (Workshop)

9:00 am to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  

Spend All Day with Thomas!You Won’t Regret It!!

Thomas will teach 4 classes for us:

1) Smarter Search Strategies for Genealogy

2) Turning Genealogy Clues into Genealogy To Do’s

3) Brick Wall Breakthroughs

4) Did I Get Everything? – Creating a Checklist       for Genealogy Research

Registration Now Open

1.  Download PDF Registration Form

2.  Fill it out and email it to  

3.  Make Payment:        with check mail to:

EWGS PO BOX 1826 Spokane, WA 99210     OR: use PayPal-button

Members:  $25.00     Non-Members:  $40.00

Clallam County Genealogical Society’s 2021 Seminar Lisa Louise Cooke

Clallam County Genealogical Society’s 2021 Seminar

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021

Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke found her passion for family history at her grandmother’s knee at the age of eight. She is presently one of the leading genealogist in America today, having written several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, How to Find you Family History in Newspapers and the video series, Google Earth for Genealogy.

She is the producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, a popular online genealogy audio show available at She is also the producer and Host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, author of the Lisa’s Picks column in Family Tree Magazine and a curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University. She is sought after as a national and international speaker.

Our Seminar will include 3 Zoom Sessions:


9:30 am -9:45 am Introduction

9:45 am -10:45 am Session I The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology

It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology changes rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to search success. Come learn the latest Google Search Methodology for Genealogy. You’ll hear about the latest and best search innovations, and learn the process that will dramatically improve your genealogical search results. These skills can be used with all associated Google tools.

10:45 am – 11:05 — Break

11:05 am – 12:05 pm Session II Ancestry Top Tips and Hidden Secrets

Discover what you didn’t know about Ancestry. We’ll cover little known search strategies and collections that will reinvigorate your genealogy.

12:05 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch break

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Session III How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case

Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.

2:45 pm – 3 pm Closing Remarks


Early Registration closes August 7th $40 for members, $50 for non-members

All Late Registrations and at the Door of the Research Center $50 per person.

After receipt of check or Paypal you will receive the Zoom meeting number and pass code in your email.

Please send your checks to CCGS, 403 E. 8th Street, Port Angeles, 98362. Pay-pal is available through our website:

You are welcome to watch the Zoom meeting at the CCGS Research Center— 403 E. 8th Street, Port Angeles.

For additional Information call CCGS Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm, or Sat. noon – 4pm: 360-417-5000.

Family History Fanatics A Summer of DNA

We wanted to let your group know about the 4th annual A Summer of DNA virtual conference is happening on Saturday, 31st July 2021 The past virtual conferences were very successful and had great attendance. 
Speakers will be talking about the following:

  • DNA Ethnicity in 2021: More Inclusive, Specific, Accurate and Meaningful (Diahan Southard)
  • Jewish DNA: Strategies to Analyze Endogamy (Alec Ferretti)
  • DNA Strategies for African American Genealogy Research (Shannon Christmas)
  • Leveraging DNA to Research Your Irish Ancestry (Maurice Gleeson)

The online sessions will begin at 10am Eastern Time on Saturday, 31st July 2021. 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 July 17th. The regular registration price is $24.99. Learn more at the website ( and register today.
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Thanks,Andrew & Devon Noel Lee
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South King County Genealogical Society Last Call For Judy Russell


Join us for a fun and informative day with Judy Russell. We’ll have plenty of time for questions and answers between sessions and opportunities to win terrific door prizes throughout the day. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:00am – 4:00pm PDT

$40 SKCGS Members/$50 Non-Members

Secure credit/debit card payment & online registration:
Download registration form, print and mail with check:

South King County Genealogical Society is pleased to present guest speaker Judy Russell, JD, CG, CGL
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