Civil War Soldier Deserved a Headstone

While I was up at our cabin for Labor Day weekend, I missed this story until I caught up with the newspapers. 

At 24, in the Civil War, he was saving the Union. Buried in Seattle, he deserved a headstone:
I’ve corresponded with Richard Heisler about the Civil War soldier buried in a grave less than a mile from that same cabin where I was this weekend [1]. His project [2] is a noble one!
If you have ancestors who served in any of the US military who do not have a stone, we have folks here who can help you get started with the process to get them suitably honored, no matter where they are buried. Just ask.


Clallam County Genealogical Society Orphan Trains

Saturday, October 9th, the Clallam County Genealogical Society will host a Zoom presentation given by Michael Brophy, a nationally known professional genealogist.

His topic will be “The Orphan Train Movement: History, Genealogy, Legacy”.

The Orphan Trains operated between 1854 and 1929, transporting 200,000+ children from New York to the Midwest and beyond. Over two million descendants live on to tell the stories of this uniquely American movement through oral history, genealogy research with ongoing, careful care of the unique records.

Explore these ancestors in this unique lecture.

All are invited to join us to hear this outstanding speaker. To obtain the Zoom meeting number and the pass code, contact CCGS at 360-681-0962 Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm or Saturday noon to 4pm.

About Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is an heir search specialist, researcher, and lecturer from the Boston area. He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy.

He has lectured on a wide variety of subjects at the National Genealogy Society’s Annual Conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011. His presentations include several Legacy webinars.

Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are? in an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His genealogy education includes seven certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Meeting on Civil War Records

Saturday, September 11 Civil War Records with Janice Fritsch  (EWGS Meetings) 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Meeting via Zoom  

Janice Fritsch, PLCGS, will present:Using Civil War Records to Reveal a Family Story Join Janice as she takes you on the journey of how she discovered some of her ancestors. It begins with the vital records which then leads to civil war records. The details within the civil war records reveals the life of Rebecca Lake & B.B. Sapp.

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 If you have any questions or concerns please contact John Wilson at    

Whatcom Genealogical Society New Venue

Whatcom Genealogical Society has a new venue starting with our Monday, September 13th meeting at 2 pm:  The Pioneer Pavilion at Pioneer Park, 2007 Cherry Street in Ferndale!   It is a fantastic building with a built-in screen and sound system, no stairs to navigate, and lots and lots of free parking, and restrooms.

It is a very large venue so it will be easy to practice physical distancing.  Please wear a mask.   

The September meeting will be an opportunity for folks to discuss what they have been working on for the last 18 months, and to meet the new Board members.


Sharon Neem

WGS Publicity Chair

Tri-City Genealogical Society September Meeting

Please join us on September 8 for the TCGS presentation of America’s Turnpikes, Rivers, and Canals presented by Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG.  Presentation will be via Zoom.  See link below. 

About this webinar

Roads and trails are the “go-to” places we look at first when determining how our ancestors moved throughout America. However, there were other means of transportation available to them. Could your ancestor have traveled other by-ways?

About the speaker

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, was involved in genealogy before she was even born. The daughter of avid genealogists, she was spending time in courthouses and cemeteries while other children were playing on swings and going to the beach. The love of her family’s history has never left her. With her experience as a former Family History Director, she is a frequent speaker at genealogical societies, workshops, seminars, and webinars where she loves bringing genealogy to life. Some of those would include The Ohio Genealogical Society, The Ohio State University, Brigham Young University, and many other state and local genealogy societies. She has recently completed several Legacy QuickGuides on Appalachia, which are also available on and

Dan Metzger is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

Topic: TCGS: September 2021 TCGS Monthly Meeting (08 September 2021 @ 7 p.m.)

Time: Sep 8, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Heritage Quest Research Library News

Beginning Your Family History
Part A: Getting Started

What is it?
Why do it?
Where to begin?
How to get organized? So you want to start a little project? How can Heritage Quest Research Library help you? We can start with a free beginning class taught by our own research librarians.   When:  September 23, 2021  11:00 AM to Noon Where:  ZOOM How to sign up:  Come into HQRL in Sumner 1007 Main Street Sumner, WA 98390
CALL: 253-863-1806
Deadline: September 16, 2021

A link will be sent to your email a day before the class.
If fewer than 5 sign up, the class will be cancelled and you will be notified.

    With the advent of our new Education Coordinator, we are looking for input to guide us in the direction that will be of most help to our patrons.  Won’t you please take a moment to share your thoughts by taking our education survey?  Just click on the link below. We thank you for your participation.    

WSGS Introduces Supportive Grants

Is your local genealogy society interested in financial assistance for a special project or need? Applications for the WSGS Supportive Grants are being accepted through October 31, 2021.

The grants, up to $250 each, are designed to support the inventive and creative efforts of WSGS-member societies and organizations or fill a need that your society has, such as equipment to engage your members during this COVID hybrid period. The awards do not have to be repaid — they’re yours to support worthy projects. Two grants will be awarded in 2021.

The simple application is only ONE page and is available here. There is also additional guidance on the program. For more information, visit our website at

For more information, contact Please note “Awards” in the Subject Line.