Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week


  Many genealogists are familiar with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website and use that site to see if their ancestors acquired land under the Homestead Act, or by any of the other federal land acts.  On this website, one can see the legal description of the land, along with a digital image of the patent itself.
But many people do NOT know that there is a file associated with each patent, that is not online.   Both the affidavit of eligibility and the proof required for the patent after five years may contain detailed genealogical information. In many cases, because non-citizens were eligible to claim land but only citizens could receive a patent, the actual naturalization records of the claimants may be found in the files. Other files, by widows or children of the original claimant, may include marriage or birth records.
The Homestead file itself is available through the National Archives, for a fee of $50.
For more information about these records, and how to order them, see The Legal Genealogist article titled “Happy Birthday, Homestead Act” by Judy Russell at .  Just scroll down to the May 20, 2019 post.
One can sign up to subscribe to The Legal Genealogist at no charge and receive it as a daily email.  Her daily blog posts are frequently very interesting and informative, as this one is. Consider this a bonus Tip of the Week!  

Seattle Genealogical Society News


Our next membership meeting is June 8 at the library from 12:30-1, with the 2nd Saturday presentation, “Organizing Your Family History in Order to Stay Sane” with Mary Kathryn Kozy to follow.
We will be discussing accomplishments and future plans for SGS.


The results of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s (SGS) 2019 Election are in and congratulations go to the recently re-elected officers and directors on the SGS Board:
     President: Jill Morelli
     Treasurer: Karen Knudson
     Secretary: Amandalei Bennett
     Director of Education: Janice Lovelace
     Director of Operations: Rob Sexton
     Director of Volunteers: Heidi Mair
     Director of Technology: David Rimmer
     Director of Library: Sue Jensen
     Director of Membership: Christine Schomaker
The positions of Vice President and Publications had no candidates, so the Board is looking for volunteers. Contact Amandalei Bennett at if you would like to serve. Marilyn Rose will serve as Past President and Mahina Oshie is the representative from the Seattle Public Library. There will also be a representative from the LibraryTrustees. This Board will serve from June 2019 through May 2020.
In addition, the proposed changes to the Bylaws passed.  
Special thanks to our Election Committee: Bruce Finlayson, Lisa Oberg, Marilyn Rose, and Paul Wade. We also thank Julia Marconi for serving on the Board in various positions over the years, particularly Publications. 


SGS Members! Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit society. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year as we face the challenges of maintaining our public research library, preserving records and providing educational programs and activities for exploring family history. Your annual membership expires May 31, 2019.
Please use one of the links below to renew your membership through May 31, 2020.

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. 

Join or Renew Online

Print out a Membership Application 


SGS held our annual Spring Seminar “Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results” with Diahan Southard on May 18 -19. It was a most enjoyable and informative weekend. 
On Saturday 136 attendees were welcomed at the Fairview Christian School gym, where they purchased over 10 boxes of books at our Book Sale and over 300 tickets for our raffle of donated database subscriptions and DNA tests. Fortified with abundant snacks, we settled down in the auditorium for Ms. Southard’s insightful presentations about DNA and learned how to understand, organize, and analyze DNA test results to produce a more accurate family genealogy. Lunch brought enrichment in the form of our popular roundtable discussions. We had 14 tables of nine with topics from DNA to Ohio to the DAR. Then on Sunday at the SGS Library, 60 lucky workshop participants used DNA to help solve a real-world genealogical mystery under Ms. Southard’s guidance. 
All in all a great success. A special thank you to the Seminar Co-chairs Sandra Stark and Lori Lee Sauber, and to the Seminar Committee and SGS Volunteers who made it all happen!
If you missed the seminar and would like a copy of the syllabus, they are available at the SGS Library for $3.00 while the supply lasts. And while we’re on the subject, mark your calendars now for the SGS 2019 Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, PhD, October 5, 2019.  


In the recent GiveBig program on May 8, SGS received $2035 from 16 donors. These funds will help towards our increasing budgetary demands. The Board sends a hearty ‘Thank You’ to those donors!

Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
Enumclaw Expo Center

– Come Listen to the Bagpipes – Watch the Dancers – Visit the Clans  –
– Help SGS Promote Genealogy – 

We need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical Society booth during the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw. We have been participating for years and it is a great way to let the public know about SGS and to promote membership. Our participation also gives us valuable community outreach credit for our grant applications.

Game attendance is about 30,000 for the weekend. Most of the people who come to the SGS booth are interested in knowing these two things : 

  • What clan do I belong to?   
  • What tartan can I use? 

We will have a number of reference books available at the booth that help answer those questions. You will receive an e-mail attachment prior to the games that will give you a refresher course on Scottish and Celtic genealogy.

Volunteers will work 2 hour sessions. SGS will fund an entry ticket for each volunteer. Parking will be at your own expense. We encourage carpooling.  

If we purchase before July, we can get discounted early bird and senior tickets. Please contact us before June 25th to confirm that you can help. Send along your name, email address, phone contact,  age if you are over 62, and a date/time preference to : 

You also may contact Jean Roth with any questions at 206 782-2629.  



Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.

Saturday, June 1, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree on FamilySearch Interest Group, led by Lou Daly.  Come hear about all the new items at FamilySearch.  There will also be time to go over questions and problems you may have. 
This is the last meeting of this Interest Group until October.  
The program below is canceled due to a a change in Cary’s plans.
Sunday, June 2,
 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright

Saturday, June 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Organizing Your Family History in Order to Stay Sane” with Mary Kathryn Kozy

Saturday, June 15, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 3: “I Got My Results… Now What?”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email :

Saturday, June 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, “Dissecting A Civil War Pension Record–Union and Confederate,” presented by Jill Morrelli.  Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you! These records are the most accessible and information-rich of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Typical contents will be reviewed of two examples and, of course, there is a story. This is a beta test.

Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.
For more information, contact

Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society.
Come and learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.

Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

This is a class you must pre-register for by sending an email to   Deadline to register is July 15, to allow enough time for you to do the assignment in time.  
Pre-class assignments are part of the learning and you must be on our list to receive them by email.


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 30, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! | 503-963-1932 | Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Late Hours Now Permanent on Free First Mondays!
We began an experiment this spring by offering late hours, until 8:00 p.m., on our first Monday of the month. These are popular days because the GFO is free to everyone; no membership required. Enough of you enjoyed this feature that we’re now making this part of our regular schedule. The library’s next Free First Monday is coming right up on June 3. We hope we’ll see you. Special Note: If you arrive after 7:00 p.m., the door to the Ford Building may be locked. Call us at 503-963-1932 and we’ll come right up to let you in.
Cancellations make 5 seats available for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
There are 5 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. Just a reminder that Registration closes on June 6 and we won’t be having another Boot Camp until August! This is a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy.
Register Now
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Registration now Open! Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. In this workshop you will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, learn how to find the answers. ▪ Discuss how to add this new-found information to one’s family’s history. Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and save $5.00!
Register Here
Deadline Looms for Genealogy Scholarship
Have you ever wanted to study at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy? Now is your chance to land a scholarship. The Laura Prescott SLIG Scholarship covers tuition in the course of your choice, plus six nights at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. You can be a beginner or professional, young or old but you must exhibit a passion for genealogy. The deadline is days away: June 1. Click here to learn more if you’d like to apply.
GFO still needs a Webmaster!
If you are looking for a way to volunteer, this may be the job for you! Our volunteer webmaster is leaving, and we are looking for someone to take her place. Web design skills are not needed since our website provider has a template we follow. We offer many indexes and resources and our site needs updating when our volunteers finish each new project. Please contact if you have any questions or wish to volunteer. Thank you.
Advanced Notice of GSHA Annual Business Meeting and Conference
The Annual Business Meeting and Conference of the Genealogical Society of Hispanic American will be held in Pueblo, Colorado, August 16-18. The host hotel will once again be the Marriott Hotel located about five minutes from the Rawlings Library and El Pueblo Museum where most of our activities are planned. The discounted rate is $119 plus tax. Call (719) 542-3200 and make sure you tell them you are with the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America to get the discounted rate. Please go to our website for updated information .

Online registration is available thru PayPal here.
Surplus Book of the Week: Guidebook to Historic Germantown
Our featured book this week is The Guidebook to Historic Germantown: Prepared for the Site & Relic Society by Charles F. Jenkins and printed in Germantown (Philadelphia, PA) in 1902. It is inscribed on the flyleaf, “Bought at Relic Show, Germantown Alumni Hall, June 12, 1902.”
There are three news clippings glued to the inside covers and back flyleaf, and one of them is about the Relic Show itself! It’s a sweet little book, filled with illustrations, and there’s even a fold-out map. It has a few little scuffs on the cover—but wouldn’t you, too, if you were born in 1902? Otherwise, it is in absolutely fabulous condition. Pick it up at the GFO for $25 or have it mailed to you for $30. Contact for more information.
Survey Results: Your DNA Experience
We received 82 responses to our survey asking whether your DNA results were surprising or not. There were a lot more surprises than we expected, 35 (42.7%), while 47 (57.3%) reported ho hum results. One participant said, “I was hoping for something more exotic, but no.” The reasons for the surprises were varied and interesting. Respondents could select more than one answer.
▪ Confirming an ancestor in question: 15.8% ▪ Ethnicities you weren’t expecting: 23.7% ▪ Unknown parentage of you or an ancestor: 23.7% ▪ Family members with unexpected parentage: 21.1% ▪ Health issues: 5.2% ▪ Other included Y-DNA matches have not revealed anyone with the same surname; Identified two brick wall great-grandfathers; Descendants of relatives I was not aware of; and What I already knew. We invited participants to tell us more if they wanted to share. Click here to see all the comments.
New Survey: Has DNA testing helped you break through a Brick Wall?
Genealogists often hit “brick walls,” a dead end in their research of a specific ancestor. We’d like to know if DNA has helped you solve any of yours. And for those of you bored with all the DNA questions, we have a query just for you.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, June 1st
Virginia Group 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Pirates or Privateers – What’s in a Name?
Did your ancestors have contact with pirates or privateers? If they lived anyplace along the Eastern Seaboard, from Canada through New England and the southern colonies, all the way to the Caribbean, their lives were likely affected. Trade routes and the safe exchange of goods was essential for survival, as was security in times of war – Revolutionary, 1812, and the Civil war. Join the Virginia Group to learn a little about this history and its role in the political, social, and economic development of the modern world. Did you know Sir Walter Raleigh was a privateer? Join us to explore this exciting history.
For more information see our blog: Virginia Roots and Vines.
You can also reach this group’s leaders, Judi Scott and Carol Currency, at
Sunday, June 2nd
Library Work Party – Manuscripts 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Explore our manuscript, personal papers, and Bible collection while we organize, scan, and create finding aids. Drop by at the time that works for you. Questions? Send a note to
Monday, June 3rd
GFO Free Monday 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
GFO open for free to non-members.
Wednesday, June 5th
Learn and Chat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
At Learn & Chat some of the learning comes from speakers with particular expertise but most of it comes from the sharing of experiences and knowledge of attendees who have developed methods that work for them. And if you have been doing genealogy for any length time you have likely experienced the wonderful moments of exhilaration, the successes that you then share with others and that drive you to continue researching. Unfortunately those times can be few and far between. Join us to talk about your genealogy questions and help provide support to others. Facilitated by Jeanne Quan.
DNA Q&A 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Lisa McCullough will be available to help answer your DNA questions, whether you are new and just getting started or have more involved questions. You may contact Lisa if you want more information.

Clark County Genealogical Society June Meetings


Mon, 3 June 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.


Mon, 3 June 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)


Wed, 5 June 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Using DNA test results to determine family origins is more complicated among Jews, who have married “within the tribe” for hundreds of years. Marrying within a closed community – “endogamy” – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This Legacy Family Tree presentation uses the instructor’s own research as a “how to” approach.


Thu, 6 June 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.


Wed, 19 June 2019: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the U.S. With written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed in this Legacy Family Tree webinar.


Thurs, 20 June 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to and Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.


Presentation: Finding the First Fort Vancouver

Tues, 25 June 2019: 6 p.m.-Potluck begins; 7 p.m. program begins

Location: Clark County PUD Community Room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

Amy Clearman, archaeology graduate student at Portland State University, will discuss what she found during her archaeological investigation of  two Vancouver neighborhoods and an ethnographic study with residents. The project was intended to find evidence of the first Fort Vancouver, built in 1825 in the vicinity of the State School for the Deaf. Building relevancy of archaeological research to communities in which research occurs was also a key component.

Bring your favorite dish to share at this annual spring potluck meeting!


Wed, 26 June 26, 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

What technology tips can help you with your genealogy research? Make a goal this month to try a new technology tip each day and this Legacy Family Tree webinar will help you! We’ll look at tips to help you enhance your email, use shortcuts, conduct better searches, and use your cell phone for genealogy. When we are done, you’ll be able to do more with less time and learn tools that will help you in your research and personal life.

New Interest Group: Genealogy Travelers

Formation of a New Interest Group:  Genealogy Travelers

Clallam County Genealogical Society has a newly formed interest group, The Genealogy Travelers!  It is for anyone who enjoys going to archives, libraries, etc. near and far.  We have some initial trips planned for this summer within Washington. If you are interested in joining us, please call CCGS at 360-417-5000 and add your name to the roster, so we can notify you of upcoming events.   Members and non-members are welcome, so plan to bring along a genealogy friend.

Our first adventure will be to the Seattle Public Library (downtown) on Wednesday, June 5th.  If you would like to travel with us, please contact the CCGS Research Center by May 31st, so we can plan accordingly.   We will be sending out travel details next week, once we know how many folks will be traveling with us.    


THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition May 23, 2019
Curious about the status of your GFO Membership? We’d love to have you as a GFO Member! | 503-963-1932 | Be sure to check the complete GFO CALENDAR.
Also, don’t miss the current issue of The Forum Insider
Half-Day Workshop: Adding Historical Context
Registration now Open! Adding Historical Context: A Hands-On Approach Join GFO’s Kate Eakman for a half-day of learning about how to add historical context to your genealogical research to make it richer and more interesting. But if you aren’t a historian, how do you know when there is an opportunity for adding history to our research? In this workshop we will: ▪ Practice identifying items, events, and topics ripe for historical research. ▪ Once the questions have been asked, we will learn how to find those answers. ▪ Finally, we will discuss how to add this new-found information to our family’s history. Kate Eakman is a Senior Researcher and Team Lead for Legacy Tree Genealogists and has taught a variety of classes and genealogical presentations across the United States. She holds an MA in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with additional graduate work in history and education from Immaculata University, Lewis and Clark College, and Seattle Pacific University. For additional information, contact Take advantage of Early Bird pricing. Register by June 30 and pay $20.00 – a $5.00 savings!
Register Here
A few seats still available for June 10th Beginners’ Boot Camp!
There are only 5 seats left for our upcoming Beginners’ Boot Camp on June 10. Just a reminder that Registration closes on June 6 and we won’t be having another Boot Camp until August! This is a great way to get started in your family tree research. GFO members get in free! Join Laurel Smith at the GFO for a day of beginning genealogy.
Register Now
Research Session with the Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon invites you, your family, and friends to their upcoming June meeting, which will be a research session providing one-on-one support to all those interested in exploring their Jewish ancestry/family history. Bring your research materials and your personal laptops or tablets to work on your research goals or get help with the endless supply of genealogical websites. Even if you don’t have specific questions, come and exchange knowledge and ideas with others who have similar interests.
Some computers with internet access will be available for those without. The meeting is free to all participants and will be held at the Hillsdale Public Library located at 1525 SW Sunset Boulevard Portland, OR 97239 on Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Doors will be open at 10:00 a.m. with time for conversation and sharing. Public parking is available, and the library is easily accessible via Tri-Met bus. See the Tri-Met Interactive Map for more details. If you want a head start on your issue, please write us at in advance with your research question.
A Brief Update on the Paradise Book Drive
We’ve had a call or two from folks who are concerned that we are gathering books to send to a library that doesn’t want them—or will never be able to use them. We would like to reassure everyone that before we began this project, we were in touch with the Paradise Genealogical Society Board of Directors. The organization has leased a space, and the Board is dedicated to rebuilding the library. GFO would not have undertaken this book drive had we not been certain the books were wanted.
The Paradise Board has been sent the list of the books that have been collected at GFO or pledged by the Douglas County Genealogical Society. Clark County Genealogical Society has packed at least five more boxes full of materials not on our list. The folks in Paradise are thrilled! One person voiced a concern about the cost to GFO and whether we are raiding our library shelves for things to send. The GFO is not spending any cash out of pocket, nor are we pulling books from our library to send. The books that have been gathered are from our sales shelves (which were really overcrowded) and from donations from folks like you. We hope this answers any questions you may have and that you will support us in the effort to help what was, and we hope will be again, a thriving genealogical society. It just seems to us like the right thing to do. And it seems like a lot of you think so too. We love hearing you’re behind us!
Surplus Books of the Week: Mayflower Families
This week’s surplus books are the product of a massive effort from 1959 to the 1970s by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. “Mayflower Families Through Five Generations” traces five generations of Mayflower descendants, both male and female, to Revolutionary times. This book is Volume 2 of a set. It includes descendants of the families of James Chilton, Richard More, and Thomas Rogers.
We happen to have three spare copies of this intensively researched work available.
Pick up at GFO Price: $24
Delivery Price: $30 All three of our copies are in very good condition with only a few minor scratches in the covers and a few marks inside from prior owners. If you’d like to buy one contact
Survey Results: Which tests have you or close relatives taken?
Last week we asked about whether you had taken an mtDNA or Y-DNA test. And we were a little surprised by the results. Fifty-seven people entered responses: 15 of 28 males who responded said they have taken a Y-DNA test;
8 of 26 males report having done an mtDNA test;
22 of 41 females have taken an mtDNA test; and
22 of 37 female respondents replied that a father or brother had taken a Y-DNA test for them.
New Survey: Your DNA Experience
We know many of our members have taken DNA tests. Some of them have had big surprises and some have found their results pretty ho-hum. We’re wondering what your experience has been. Please take this week’s survey to let us know.
Take the Survey
This week at GFO …
Saturday, May 25th
DNA Beginners 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
DNA Led the Way: A Y-DNA Case Study by Emily D. Aulicino
Do you have Y-DNA matches for which you cannot find the common ancestor(s) even though the genealogy time frame is reasonable? Have you hunted all over the web to find the answer, but are still fighting that brick wall? Learn how several Y-DNA matches were able to find their common ancestor(s) in just one day! You can download the handout here.
Lisa McCullough will present information on the new tools at Ancestry, including how to turn on the Beta Profile, how to access and use the new tools such as MyTreeTags and the New & Improved DNA Matches and ThruLines. She will also cover the new tools at MyHeritage, specifically the Chromosome Browser Triangulation, Theory of Relativity, and Auto Cluster Tools.
All are welcome. Questions can be sent before the meeting to:
British Interest Group 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Our topic will be Northern Ireland, its history and how that effects genealogical records. We will also plan next year’s meetings. Plus snacks of our ancestors! One hour of the two hour meeting is devoted to Brick Wall questions. Anyone with an interest in English/Welsh/Scottish research is welcome to join us.
Questions may be directed to: Duane Funk at
Sunday, May 26th
Library Work Party 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Of course there’s another work party at the GFO library today for those of you who can come! There’s lots to do, and we’d love to have your help. Doors open at 9 and work usually wraps up around noon. Some people come for just an hour or so; others work the full time. You are welcome to do either. Any time you can share is valuable. Hope to see you there.
Monday, May 27th
GFO Closed for Memorial Day

Olympia Genealogical Society June Meeting

At the June meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will hear Judi Hine, Regent of the DAR Sacajawea Chapter in Olympia, presenting an overview of the Daughters of the American Revolution and what they have to offer all genealogists. Join us on Thursday June 13 at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152 at 7 pm.


Joyce T. Ogden