Let’s Talk About: Grave Blankets

What Is a Grave Blanket?

A grave blanket is a handmade or commercially made evergreen arrangement that covers the ground of the grave. They are made of evergreen boughs and can be decorated with ribbons, bows, flowers, pine cones or baby’s breath and are available in a variety of styles and sizes. Grave blankets are most often found in colder, northern regions of the country where traditional flower arrangements would not withstand the cold temperatures or snow. There are many reasons why grave blankets are placed on the graves of loved ones. The symbolic meaning is that the blanket will keep your deceased loved one warm for winter. Another reason is to honor and remember your beloved family member or friend.

** To Forget Is Vain Endeavor. Love’s Remembrance Lasts Forever. 

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society October Seminar DNA


You’ve seen it in the news…now learn how it’s done!


Saturday, October 7

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Southside Senior & Community Center –

3151 E 27th Ave., Spokane, WA 99223

For more information

and to Register go to our website:


Book Sale/Auction


Door Prizes Galore

Yummy Lunch

If you need a DNA refresher, these are a few suggested by our speakers. 

FamilyHistory “DNA and Genealogy: The Basics”

Amy Johnson Crow “What you NEED to Know About DNA Testing for Genealogy

CeCe Moore “CeCe Moore Explains How Genetic Genealogy Works”

FamilySearch (Diahan Southard) – Understanding Your DNA Ethnicity Results

Family History Fanatics – DNA Clustering vs Triangulation | What’s the Difference in Genetic Genealogy?

If you are in need of financial assistance to attend this seminar,

please see our website under the “Member’s Only” tab.

The German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society The ABCs of the Old German Script

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, October 6, 2023 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PDT

Zoom Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/39jrfwve

Topic: The ABCs of the Old German Script

Starting from the beginning—the alphabet—dive into how to decipher individual letters of the old German script. Learn how to use that knowledge to decipher key genealogical terms, based on context and expected record content, to start you on your own road to discovering the hidden treasures in your German-language records.

Presenter:  Charlotte Noelle Champenois, AG®

Charlotte Noelle Champenois, AG®, originally from Allerød, Denmark, and a long-time resident of Utah, is accredited in Germany Northwest, Denmark, Sweden, and Austria and has a BA in genealogy from Brigham Young University. She is a German Research Specialist at the FamilySearch Library, where she helps guests with research and translation.

More information: Visitors are always welcome. Our website is https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Reverse Genealogy in Action

On September 15, 2023 BIGS Presents

At 10AM, Friday, September 15, 2023,

In-person at the Bainbridge Library, and on Zoom

Mary Kircher Roddy will present:

Bagging a Live One:

Reverse Genealogy in Action.

Mary will show you how to find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. You will come away with the skills to target specific people and to find their contact details.

Great for finding missing friends and cousins or for locating family members to fill out your DNA “dance card” or plan a family reunion.

Mary Kircher Roddy, frequently lectures in Washington State as well as at conferences across the US on methodology and records. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, one of the founders of the Applied Genealogy Institute, and is the co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). She also earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington. Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical with her husband and children in Ireland. She was sure she would complete all her Irish genealogy in a year. Two decades later, that genealogy is still a work in progress.

So, please go to our website, bigenealogy.orgto pick up your Zoom link beginning on September 14th, the day before the presentation.

Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary.

RootsTech 2024 Registration Opens Next Week

RootsTech 2024 will be held February 29 – March 2, 2024, both in-person in Salt Lake City Utah and virtually.  Registration opens September 18 at rootstech.org. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a special limited-edition pin! 

RootsTech is the premier event to celebrate your heritage and other meaningful connections through a deeper understanding of family history and genealogy. Discover your story at RootsTech 2024!  For more information, visit the Rootstech website.

Heritage Quest Research Library The Quest for your English Ancestors

Claire V. Brisson-Banks, BS, MLIS, AG®. CEO of Timeless Genealogies, an ancestral research company.  Ancestral and forensics genealogist, family historian, educator, librarian, international and US lecturer.  She specializes in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, U.S., and Canada. 
The Quest for Your English Ancestors
English civil and church records as well as census records make doing research back to 1837 feasible. Pre-1837 requires more skill and a greater knowledge of the large variety of little-known resources to conduct this research, which can bring you back to the 1600’s and beyond.  Adding new internet resources makes this a great experience. 
September 21, 2023
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Members $20
Non-Members $25
Deadline to Sign-up
September 19, 2013 Sign-up and Payment

Call (253) 863-1806

Go to our website at hqrl.com and click on the HQRL Store.
Be sure to sign in as a member to receive the discount. 
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Our mailing address is:
Heritage Quest Research Library
1007 Main St
Sumner, WA 98390-1412

2023 Outstanding Volunteers and Teams Named

Congratulations to all the amazing individuals and teams who contributed to their local societies!  In the coming months, we’ll highlight the accomplishments of these awardees. Volunteers like these make our societies the best they can be.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society

  • Joleen Aitchison
  • Lori Gibson

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society

  • Lynn Krogh
  • Janice Moerschel

Eastside Genealogical Society

  • Glen McNay
  • Beth Snyder

Grays Harbor Genealogical Society

  • Jo Linker

Jefferson County Genealogical Society

  • Board of Directors (Barb Peterson, Kathie Wilkinson, Dora Whittaker, Lesa Barnes, Pam Stinson, Mary Stolaas, Ann McCreery)
  • Computer Advisory Committee (Cathy Beatty, Pam Stinson)

Lower Columbia Genealogical Society

  • Katherine Gibson Pettersen

Mason County Genealogical Society

  • Jan WellsMinzel

Olympia Genealogical Society

  • Bob Monn
  • Kerry McHugh Upton

Puget Sound Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists

  • Carol B. Jenner
  • Jill Morelli

Seattle Genealogical Society

  • Deb Klein
  • Lisa Oberg

Skagit Valley Genealogical Society

  • Hybrid Meeting Research Team (Bill Radock, Bob Hendricks, George Ridgeway, Stephen Hutchens, Linda Duffield, Alice Bowden, Rene Vance, Margie Wilson, Rachel Lunden)

South King County Genealogical Society

  • Winona Hahn Laird

Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society

  • Diana Keehn
  • Sue McNeil

Wenatchee Area Genealogical Society

  • Mardi Scott

Whitman County Genealogical Society

  • Monica and Don Peters

Yakima Valley Genealogical Society

  • Russell Kruse
  • Linda Swank Lantis
  • Kathleen Weddle Sizer

South King County Genealogical Society September 2023 Meetings and Programs

Be in the know! Receive notices for our virtual meetings, as well as the latest genealogy news and tips, by subscribing (free) to the online group at https://skcgs.groups.io

Skcgs.groups.io is the SKCGS online discussion and collaboration arena where:

  • we communicate and share information with each other
  • other than your email, you are not required to provide personal information
  • you can unsubscribe at any time


  • All meetings are online via Zoom except the in-person Research Group and Genealogy Help at the Auburn Library
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request
  • Online meeting participants need to register for SKCGS Zoom meetings.Register at our website skcgs.org or use links below. Upon registration, Zoom will send a confirmation email with instructions on joining the meeting.


Tuesday, September 5, 2023, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (online)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Wednesday, September 6, 2023, 7:00pm PT
Beginning Genealogy Class: Non Population Supplemental Census Records (online)
More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes/bgc

Friday, September 8, 2023
12:30-2:30 PM PT
EGS German Interest Group (online)
“Wanting to travel to German archives? Hold up! Finesse and Know How Required!” by Annette Unrau.
Register at https://tinyurl.com/p323wpt4    

Monday, September 11, 2023 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (online)
Topic: Beyond Backups: Use a Research Log for DNA Contacts & Document Research
Watch in advance for one excellent method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBKAf7wXoJ4
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Genetic-Genealogy email list for meeting reminders and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Wednesday, September 13, 2023 ⋅ 7:00pm – 8:00pm PT
Introduction to Genealogy: Searching US Population Census Records (online)
Hosted by King County Library

Join professional genealogist, Winona Laird, from South King County Genealogical Society for a series of programs to help you along on your genealogical journey. King County Library will email a Zoom link no later than 24 hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder. If you need assistance, please contact Jennifer at jwooten@kcls.org

Register in advance for this meeting:

Friday, September 15, 2023, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Workshop (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent FamilySearch Center
12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.org

Saturday, September 16, 2023, 9:30am PT social time; 10:00am – 11:30am PT program
SKCGS General Meeting (online)
Julie Stoddard presents “Seeing the Hidden Evidence: Strategies to Improve FAN Club Research”
When researching ancestors who lived in earlier time periods or regions with few records, the lack of records can create a brick wall in the research. This necessitates expanding the research to include the cluster of people who associated with the ancestor: immediate and extended family, friends, associates, and neighbors, also known as the ancestor’s FAN Club. Come learn when to use cluster research, who is in the ancestor’s cluster, how to organize the findings, and the steps for successful cluster research.

Julie Stoddard, MSc, AG®, is an Accredited Genealogist professional for the U.S. Mid-South. She received a BA in family history from BYU and a master’s degree in Genealogical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. She works part-time as the senior mentor for BYU’s Center for Family History and Genealogy, managing the Linking Families for Cancer Prevention project. She is also an owner of ConnectTheBranch.com where she specializes in DNA and U.S. research.
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. This meeting will be recorded for playback by members. 
Monday, September 18, 2023 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (online)
Topic: Backup, Backup, Backup!
Please read https://skcgs.blogspot.com/2023/05/backup-backup-backup.html in advance of the meeting, and bring your tips and tricks. How to YOU do your backups? Do you have a reminder to do so regularly on your calendar?
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Technical User Group email list for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Monday, September 25, 2023
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another!
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS email list for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Thursday, September 28, 2023 11:00am – 1:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Auburn Library
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
1102 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, email kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Monday, October 2, 2023, 11:00am PT
Beginning Genealogy Class: Using Timelines (online)
More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes/bgc

Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (online)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Wednesday, October 4, 2023, 7:00pm PT
Beginning Genealogy Class: Using Timelines (online)
Repeat of the October 2nd class
More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes/bgc

Friday, October 6, 2023
12:30-2:30 PM PT
EGS German Interest Group (online)
For meeting topics and registration, visit: https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com   

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (online)

Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM.
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS FTM email list for meeting reminders and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG


MEMBERSHIP:  We welcome guests to our meetings and special interest groups, which are free. Naturally we hope that visitors will want to become members. Support like yours helps us to educate and engage with our community to foster interest in family and local history. Regarding our programs, even if and when we can meet again in person, we will continue with some virtual programs. You can find more information about membership at our website at https://www.skcgs.org/support-skcgs/membership.

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PO BOX 143

Snohomish County Naturalization Records

I have been working diligently on the Snohomish County Naturalization Records and am nearing the end.  I hope to be done by the end of September.  Can you post something in your blog that it is almost complete? Yes!  I had completed up to 1947 and then it kicked me back to 1927. 1928 and 1930.  The numbers indicate about 1400 left.  These are fascinating records and beginning in the 1930s they posted pictures with their Declarations of Intent. I am sure your membership would find these records useful to them.

Your fellow typist at Washington State Scribe Digital Archives,

Vickie Schafer

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