GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday 2020 E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 23, 2020
Memberships will be extended after we reopen.
Thank you to all who have renewed already, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
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Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

The Olympia Genealogical Society spring seminar, originally scheduled for March 28 and then cancelled, has been RE-SCHEDULED as a Webinar on May 9. Teresa Steinkamp-McMillin will talk on “Ancestral Origins Through the Eyes of a German Genealogist”  For details see our website
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Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar Online


SGS is happy to announce we have put together a SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar with Dr Fritz Juengling as the speaker. Registration opens today, April 20, 2020. Zoom space is limited to 97 registrants, so hurry.

Also please note, the Zoom links have changed for the April 23, 2020 presentation “Dancing with the Spanish Lady” and the May 1, 2020 presentation “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist, and More”. You must use these new Zoom links to join these meetings. 

SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar
with Fritz Juengling:
Old European Records
ONLINE via Zoom

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT   

“Names – Their Origins, Meanings, and Characteristics” – Meanings of given names and the four types of surnames.  We also take a ‘world tour’ to learn how constructed in different cultures.

“Historical Events that Affect European Genealogical Research” – Learn about historical events, such as wars and foreign occupation, and their impact on European research, especially records and jurisdictions, looking at examples where appropriate.

“The Genealogical Value of Guild Records” – The history, structure, and purpose of guilds. Then, we look at some of the many record types that guilds created and how they can be of use to the researcher, especially when church records are missing and how these records can fill those gaps.

Registration begins Monday, April 20th.
Zoom space is limited to the first 97 registrants.
SGS Members $30.00, Non-Members $40.00
Register for Online Seminar

Registration must be submitted before 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and a Syllabus by email on May 15th.

Dr. Juengling holds a Master’s and Doctorate in German Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics. Philology is a highly specialized field of study, combining languages, linguistics, paleography and history. He is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Fritz is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and speaks widely at genealogical conferences and seminars. 


Dancing with the Spanish Lady: 
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918  
(Online Class and Discussion)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm PDT

Follow this link to join:

Here’s a timely topic to be presented by Lisa Oberg. 

Schools canceled, closed theaters and churches, social distancing… all of these public health measures in effect today were used to help combat the influenza pandemic of 1918.


Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist, and More
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Date: Friday, 1 May 2020 
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm PDT

Follow this link to join:
  Not all our ancestors are fine upstanding citizens, but Friedrich challenged all parameters of exemplary citizenship. But, who was Friedrich Eiler? The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown!   This is an online meeting via Zoom of the German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society    SGS Members are welcome to join in!   After entering the link, use this password: 367866 Meeting ID: 978 964 694  

Snowbound Stagecoach

The people involved in this account came from the following families;  Stephens, Miller, Allphin, McClain, Scott, Mulkey, Riddle, Davis, Glover, Nichols, McDonald, Niles, Jeffries, Moody, Gay, Jagger, Graham, Irvin, James, Wellington, Bolton, Wilson, Thompson, Hogg, Hunter, Stocking, Johnson and others.”Snowbound Stagecoach” is available from the publisher, Moonglade Press, or from Amazon.

Heritage Quest Research Library Temporary Closure

What happens when a library is closed? We are happy to say that many things are happening during this COVID-19 Closure.  
The library has been thoroughly cleaned, we have added a new computer to the back office and replaced our oldest, very slow computer with the one from the office.  Our Office Manager is still picking up the mail from the Post Office so that we can process your inquiries, memberships and donations from the Nourish Our Roots Campaign. 
On the tech side, we have held our first online Board Meeting with amazing success. 
Our Tech Manager and our Web Manager have worked closely to get our online Forum and the Ancestry Remote Login up and running for our MEMBERS.
Closely here is OK because one is in Sumner and the other is in Montana!
Our Collections Manager is still working on cataloging our microfilm so that we can add it to our database.  We have our Education Manager working on procuring classes for us when we re-open.
All in all, even though we are at home like all of you, we are busy keeping things running. 
  Ancestry Remote Login and Forums
As a current member of Heritage Quest Research Library you have access to our FORUMS page and the ANCESTRY REMOTE LOGIN.
Currently the Forum topics range from “What are you doing during the Pandemic?” to “What you would like to see on the website and/or in the “library” and “What classes would you like to see?” 
Please note that this is not available to the general public and you must be a member in good standing to participate.

GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday 2020 E-News

THE GENEALOGICAL FORUM’s Thursday Evening E-News Edition April 16, 2020
Memberships will be extended one month beyond the date of our reopening.
Thank you to all who have renewed already, especially those who included a donation with your renewal.
We are so grateful for your loyalty and support.
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GFO Interest Groups Go Virtual
These times have made it essential for all of us to adapt to self distancing and finding a new normal as far as interacting with family, friends, colleagues, and others in our orbit. Nowhere is this more apparent than in our media as we watch many of our newspeople, favorite performers, and a host of others reach out and connect to the wider world via electronic platforms. The GFO is no different, and while we work to inform you about a wide array of available resources, we are proud to provide resources to support and showcase our Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) as they transition to virtual meetings and webinars in order to provide the community with a continuing connection to their genealogical specialties. Below, in this issue, we have supplied details for two meetings this Saturday, April 18, along with registration information, for both the Genealogical Problem Solvers as well as the African American Interest Group. Next week, we will feature registration details on these additional upcoming meetings:
DNA Interest Groups Saturday, April 25 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., the Advanced DNA Group will be hosting a GoToMeeting Webinar, entitled, “Triangulation for atDNA – Three is Not a Crowd.” To see if this meeting might be useful for you, you can read the handout for the meeting, here. For additional info, contact Emily Aulicino at
FTM SIG The Family Tree Maker – Beginners Group, will hold its first virtual meeting on Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. If you’d like to sign up to attend, please request the meeting link from Laurel Smith at If you are interested in a particular topic or have expertise to share, reach out to the appropriate SIG and explore the possibilities. By working together, we can stay connected and help each other through these challenging times.
GFO E-News Now Available in PDF Format
GFOPDF image How often have you considered sharing a copy of your weekly GFO E-News? We would like to make it easier for you to do just that. Take a look on the bottom of the banner of this newsletter. There is now a link which will enable you to access an easy to read copy of each week’s GFO E-News in PDF format. You can use it to archive a copy for your personal files, or you can share our content and send the link to your friends, to your colleagues, share it to your organization’s newsletter, or to your personal blog.
Genealogical Problem Solvers Goes Virtual
GPS Logo GFO member Sheila has asked us to identify the parents of her 2nd great grandfather, Austin Baldwin, born 1810, in either Canada or New York. Ordinarily, border crossing records would help us sort out the family, but prior to April 1908, people were able to move freely across the U.S. border to Canada and back, and typically no record of immigration exists. Join the Genealogical Problem Solvers at our virtual meeting on Saturday, April 18, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. as the GPS team sorts out the Baldwin family as they moved from the East Coast to Iowa and on to the Pacific Northwest. To obtain the link to join the meeting, contact Katy Daly at
African American Special Interest Group Webinar
AA Sig Join the African American SIG online this Saturday, April 18 at 12:00 p.m. as group member Sherylita Mason shares methods that have enabled her to break down brick walls. She will explain how she used autosomal DNA to identify living and recent family connections and include traditional genealogy research, going back as far as a 3rd-great-grandfather. She hopes her methods can also help you in your research. Please use the button below to register for: DNA: Connecting the Present and Past (GFO AA SIG) on Apr 18, 2020 12:00 PM PDT. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you have any questions, contact
Register for Webinar Here
Yes, We Take PayPal
paypal A very kind GFO member wrote to us last week wondering if we accept donations via PayPal. Yes! Thank you! We are so grateful for any support you can lend. While our website is set up to accept donations via credit card, if you prefer to use PayPal, just log into your PayPal account and select “Send Money,” then send it to
(Please be sure to use .org, not .com.) Be sure to enter a note to let us know that you are making a donation. Or, you can always follow the tried and true method by giving online with a credit card. Either way, we thank you for your ongoing support!
Yes, I’ll be there for the GFO!
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ltg logo1 Feeling overwhelmed? Perhaps you’ve considered hiring a professional genealogist to help. Legacy Tree has a team of pros (including the GFO’s own Kate Eakman) available, and they’ve made a special offer to help you and the GFO at the same time. Click the button below to get $50 off and the GFO will receive a 10% bonus.
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Election: GFO Members Please Vote!
Vote We have an official ballot now for this year’s GFO Board election. Vince Patton is running for re-election as president. Alexa Waddle is running for secretary. Joyce Grant-Worley seeks re-election as a Director at Large. And Geoff Smith has offered to serve again on our Endowment Committee. While voting on a GFO election may not seem like a top priority right now, our bylaws require that the election be held. We are attempting to follow our bylaws despite the difficult circumstances. Only active GFO members are eligible to vote. The Forum Insider for April included (page 5) online voting instructions. The deadline is Monday, May 4 at 5 p.m.
Hall of Fame Nominations Sought
cup-1010916 640 You have two weeks left to send us your GFO Hall of Fame Nominations! Any GFO member may nominate another member by May 1. Nominees must have a well-documented history of service, leadership, and accomplishment in more than one facet of the GFO, over a long period of time.
Please include:
* Name, list of services, activities, positions, and accomplishments;
* A narrative describing the nature of their work in terms of its importance to the success of the GFO;
* A short biography.
Please send to by May 1.
The board will decide if any merit selection. Winners are awarded in June and receive a free Life Membership and their name on our Hall of Fame plaque.
What’s New in Online Digital Resources
cable-4498741 1920 tip Since we are unable at this time to process new books and new digital content for the GFO Library, we will be temporarily suspending our “What’s New” weekly feature. In this time of physical distancing and responsible sheltering in place, we will instead share online resources so that you can reach out and connect as well as continue to learn and build on your genealogy skills from home.
ConferenceKeeperVirtual Here is a good site to save in your bookmarks. Tami and Conference Keeper is constantly updating her list of virtual genealogy events.
Many of them are free.
genealogy-bingo Legacy Tree Genealogists has some great suggestions on their page, “When Life Gives You Lemons: Genealogy Activities for Coronavirus Quarantine.” They have some creative ideas and have even supplied a fun genealogy bingo card with suggestions to help spark your genealogy creativity.
Survey Results: Recent Discoveries
We asked to hear about any exciting genealogical discoveries you’ve made during this “stay at home” time. A few people replied, and their responses have been edited for brevity. • I found a new cousin on Facebook who added information to what I know.
• I finally found what happened to the daughter of a 2nd great-grandfather from his first marriage and consequently a bunch of half 1st and 2nd cousins.
cook-1375788 1920 • I always wanted recipes from my relatives. Yesterday, I found 3 from my maternal grandmother (d.1953) that were published in a fundraising cookbook. They were submitted by her sister in 1914 and 1920. Can’t wait to try them.
• I learned my husband’s great aunt died from the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 at the tender age of 9. No current family member knew about this. It’s ironic I learned this during our COVID-19 pandemic.
• I am cleaning up on lots of research and entering all the newfound stuff into RootsMagic and MyHeritage.
• My grandmother’s best friend in the new world was someone we called Auntie Jean Kingston. My grandmother had said they came over together on the boat. I’d found the ship manifest listing grandma but no one with the first name of Jean. I found the B.C., Canada, marriage records to find her maiden name. Sure enough, she was on the ship with an unusual last name and Jane as her first name, not Jean. Not that surprising, since Grandma had surprised me when I found she has christened Jane but called Jean by her family. In all her documents, since coming to Canada, she was Jean, I don’t know if my dad or uncle even knew her original name.
• More than a year ago I contacted most of my 23 cousins with an offer to share the family history I had. Almost nobody replied. Then, just after Christmas 2019, a cousin called. We met and shared lots of information. She must have clout with the family. Now, everybody is reaching out to me. Couldn’t have happened at a better time!
steinbach-56641 1920 • I am working on school records in Columbia and Washington Counties, Oregon. The U.S. federal census records often record if a person (child) was attending school during that year and/or if they were teaching. The school records are from 1871 to 1889. It is interesting to look back in time at a community and how it evolved. Such records may be buried at local repositories.
• I discovered through DNA, a cousin from a line of family that we did not know existed. I found that my great-grandmother had married a second time and had several (previously unknown) children. Because of DNA I was able to find him, and in turn, he was able to find his father’s birth certificate which had our common grandmother on it. I then shared a picture of our common 2x great-grandmother with him.
• My grandmother came to Argyle, Illinois, with her family when she was 3 years old. I found that almost all the residents of the village (in the late 1800s) had come from the Argyll/Campbelltown area of Scotland. I also found a website by the Ralston family who had posted a link to an entire book about the village! It was amazing to see information about the village when my great-grandmother, her siblings, and her parents were living there – and they were mentioned as well!
• I found that James A Brady died of tuberculosis. The family thought he and his wife died in the Spanish Flu pandemic.
• I discovered the maiden name of the wife of one of my husband’s ancestors on Ancestry when I viewed the death certificate of their son.
• I stumbled across the Find A Grave memorial for my great-granduncle. He died in southern Oregon but was buried here in Portland—and the person who created the fabulous, fact-filled memorial is someone I know at the GFO! Thanks Jan!
New Survey: How Else Can We Stay Connected?
woman-789146 1920 We’re all in this together. And we can help each other get through it. GFO is providing the resources for you to connect with the Special Interest Groups, we send you the weekly eNews, and we’re brainstorming other ways to help our members stay connected. We’re looking for feedback and for other ideas that we may not have considered. Please, take our survey now.
Take the Survey Now
This week at GFO …
The Week Ahead:
The GFO Research Library is closed, and all on-site groups, classes, and work parties are canceled.
Saturday, April 18
Genealogy Problem Solvers 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join us online for a virtual meeting as we tackle the brick wall surrounding Austin Baldwin. See article above and contact to obtain a link to join the meeting.
African American Group 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Webinar led by Sherylita Mason: DNA: Connecting the Present and Past.. Registration Required. See details and link to registration in article above. Questions may be sent to

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Photos


At the end of the virtual SGS Membership Meeting last week,  members were asked if they had anything to share. A couple members recommended products for repairing and digitizing old photos, negatives, slides, film, and documents. 

The first product is called “RESTORE” by With this software you can instantly improve the picture quality of those old faded scanned photos, slides, or documents. There are versions for Windows or Mac computers. The Free Trial Version provides all the features of Vivid-Pix “RESTORE” and 10 Free Fixes.

The next product is Kodak’s Scanza, a self-contained scanner built to scan slides, negatives, and films of various sizes (35mm, 126, 110, Super 8, and 8mm film) onto your computer via USB cable, or directly to a SD card. That’s right, you don’t even need a computer. Speedier and more convenient than a flatbed scanner and capable of basic adjustments for color correction and brightness is what the reviewers say.   

You can find full descriptions and reviews of both these items online. Check them out for yourself. Possibly one of these will be just what you need for your particular family photos archiving project. 

Seattle Genealogical Society 2020 News


The annual election is upon us. SGS Members, check your email for your SGS 2020 Election letter, sent April 1, 2020. It has all the information you’ll need to vote for the officers and directors who will lead the society during 2020-21. If you can’t find your election letter, go to the SGS website Members Home area and log in. Look for the link “SGS 2020 Election – Vote!”. All ballots must be submitted by April 30th, 8:00 pm. Thank you to the SGS Election Committee, Bruce Finlayson and Kim Waggie, who will compile and report the results.    

ROBERT K LYNCH (1937-2020)
Our sincere condolences to the family of Robert “Bob” Lynch. We were sad to hear he passed away in Seattle on March 13, 2020 from Parkinson’s Disease. Bob was a long time SGS member and a former SGS board member. He and his wife, Sue, lived in View Ridge for over 50 years. Bob was a CPA and an avid amateur photographer. In retirement, he began to study his family history and genealogy.

You can read Bob’s full obituary and sign the guest book at:

  SGS has added two online learning opportunities to our list of upcoming events. Jill Morelli is presenting “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Building an Identity from Scan Clues” on May 1, 2020, and Heidi Mair will be presenting “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights” on May 9,2020. Everyone is invited. Please join in. Here’s the details of their presentations.   

SGS is generously offering assistance and the use of our Zoom account for a one time webinar to the Eastside Germanic SIG of the Eastside Genealogical Society and in exchange they are inviting SGS members and friends to join them for this event.  

Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Building an Identity from Scant Clues
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Date: Friday, 1 May 2020 
Time: 12:30 pm PDT

We all have them–those individuals who came from nowhere, interacted with our ancestor and then disappeared. Learn how to build an identity for this German emigrant starting with his one piece of evidence that was wrong. 
  No pre-registration required. Just follow this link:

Second Saturday Series : “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights”
Presenter: Heidi Mair
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

A wide range of social movements arose across the U.S. from 1890 – 1920, a period known as the Progressive Era. Progressive reformers sought to end political corruption, improve the lives of individuals and increase government intervention to protect citizens. How did the Progressive Era impact women in their communities, including your ancestors?

The women’s suffrage movement was part of this wave of Progressive Era reforms culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 18th, 1920. And prominent suffragettes led progressive-era causes that impacted women. Discover the fascinating lives and accomplishments of local and nationally known suffragists.

Now meeting online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join:

This lecture is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see

SAVE THE DATESpring 2020 SGS Seminar
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020 *** Canceled ***   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.    SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS   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. 

*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed for the month of April and all SGS in-person events for April have been canceled or postponed. 
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our online events! 

Dancing with the Spanish Lady: 
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918  
(Online Class and Discussion)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Follow this link to join:

Here’s a timely topic to be presented by Lisa Oberg. 

Schools canceled, closed theaters and churches, social distancing… all of these public health measures in effect today were used to help combat the influenza pandemic of 1918.
** See details at the top of this eNews! for the webinar scheduled for May 1st and for the Second Saturday Series presentation for May 9th.   

American Ancestors

I sincerely hope this finds you and your fellow members at the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society safe and healthy during these times we are all experiencing. During this unusual time, I want to bring to your attention a special offer from American Ancestors and NEHGS, America’s founding genealogical organization. We offering a special discount on new memberships during the month of April. Throughout April, the cost of a new, individual, annual membership is now $74.95. My hope is that your members will be able to use an American Ancestors membership to expand thier access to genealogical resources and continue their enjoyment of pursuing family history.    If interested, I encourage you to share this link with your members:  ,or direct your members to contact our Member Services Division at or by telephone at 888-296-3447. This special offer is available through April 30, 2020, and is not valid on current renewals.   Please let me know if you have any questions.    Thank you for your time and consideration,   Donald C. Reagan Directors of Business Development American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society
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American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the nation’s most comprehensive resource for family history research. Members have access to expert family history services through the organization’s staff, original published scholarship, its data-rich website at, outstanding online educational opportunities, and a state-of-the-art research center located in downtown Boston. American Ancestors helps family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history.

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 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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