Let’s Talk About….Samuel Clemons/Mark Twain: One Great American

(Sign on lamp post in downtown Hannibal; it reads:  “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” )

It was a really, really windy day when our cruise ship ported at Hannibal, Illinois. I put on every jacket and shirt  I had and out I went………could not miss the opportunity to visit Mark Twain. 

I enjoyed the Mark Twain museums (there were two), touring the Thatcher home and just trying to “feel” being there. 

I shall not go into his biography for I’m guessing that’s pretty well known. One of his favorite homilies was that he was born in 1835 when Halley’s Comet could be seen and held onto life until 1910 so he could go out with it.

His personal life was a rather sad affair.  He married Olivia Langdon, who died six years before him. Their first child, Landon Clemons, died at age one. Their first daughter, Olivia Susan, died at age 23. Next child was Jane who passed the year before her father. Only Clara was left, living to 1962. Her daughter, Nina, never married, so Samuel Clemons has no direct descendants.

I never had read any of his books (yes, where have I been all my life?) so bought a book containing five of his best known stories. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was a revolutionary book that still holds much relevance today. The powerful friendship of young Huck and runaway slave Jim highlighted many of the great racial injustices of the past and has astounded generations of readers the world over. It was a darn good read.

Gotta love some of his quotes:

“Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it.”

“When in doubt‚ tell the truth.”

“If you tell truth you don’t have to remember anything.”

German Interest Group of The Eastside Genealogical Society

The German Interest Group

of The Eastside Genealogical Society (EGS)meeting

When: Friday, February 3, 2023 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm PT

Zoom Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/2s4azks3

Topic: “How to get Research Help at FamilySearch.org – with emphasis on Germanic research

Come discover what free research help is available at FamilySearch.org. This class will demonstrate how to access and use several FamilySearch resources designed to help you work through your genealogical challenges. Regardless of your research experience or ability, these resources can help you break through the brick walls found in every family tree.

Presenter: Becky Adamson

Becky graduated from BYU-Idaho with an AAS degree in Family History. She is currently enrolled at Strathclyde University, where she has earned her Certificate in Genealogical, Paleographic & Heraldic Studies and is pursuing her Diploma and Masters in the same field of study. She has a passion for United States and British research and is accredited through the International Commission for the Accreditation of Professional Genealogists (ICAPGen®) in Scotland research. She is currently working towards her accreditation in the Upper South, United States region. Becky is a Research Specialist on the VIP Hosting and Research Services team at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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

Tribute to Ron Sailer

How Fleeting Life Can Be By Valorie

Early in our virtual meeting experiences of 2020 we began attracting visitors from around Washington State as well as other parts of the United States.  Among our visitors was Ron Sailer, a neighbor from the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society in Lynnwood, just north of Seattle.

Ron shared information that his great grandfather was buried in the pioneer cemetery here in Auburn and gave us information regarding research that had been done.


In February, 2021, we did a blog about the research that had been done, quite extensively, and that more newspaper articles had become available thus showing the progress of research possibilities.


A few months ago MaryLynn made contact with Ron again when she found a common link at WikiTree.  Small world!

Valorie received The StillyGen newsletter [1] in early January 2023, and read with shock:  

Sno- Isle Genealogical Society Mourns

Recently, news came from Sno-Isle G. S. of Lynnwood that a serious auto accident took the life of their greatly admired President, Ronald Sailer; on November 15th. Everyone who had the pleasure of meeting Ron thought of him as “one of the good guys”. His kind and thoughtful demeanor made all who knew him look forward to the next time they’d run into him. It was obvious to any genealogist who met Ron that genealogy was a true passion for him. I was privileged to have the opportunity to interact with Ron, and I was always pleased when he would phone me and say, “Hello cousin”. It was an honor to be “family” in his eyes. We were only “cousins”, many, many times removed, on our Comstock line as I recall, but I thought very dearly of him and know that those of us who were lucky enough to have made his acquaintance will miss him and deeply feel his loss.

[unsigned article]

Valorie searched for a news story or obituary but found none. Sno-Isle GS’s website shows the office of President vacant.  

On Facebook, the following information can be found at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Marysville page:


Memorial service: Thursday, December 1, 2pm

Bethlehem Lutheran Church – Marysville

7215 51st Ave NE, Marysville, WA 98270

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to his passion, Sno-isle Genealogical Society in Lynnwood, Washington

Children: Gretchen Sailer Hulitt, Tony Sailer

Hearing of Ron’s death on this first day of 2023 reminds us of how fleeting life can be. Give everyone you love a hug and a kiss whenever you can; you never know if it will be the last time.

1. Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society, The Stillaguamish Star, Volume 35 No 1, Jan/Feb 2023, page 9 (Arlington, Washington : www.stillygen.org). 

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Genealogy Center Art Committee Named One of 2022’s Outstanding Teams

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 600 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2022 award recipients and learn why they received the 2022 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Today we’re introducing the Genealogy Center Art Committee that was nominated by the Clallam County Genealogical Society (CCGS). The team was comprised of Linda Hindes, Carol Foss, Consuelo White and Roberta Griset.

Genealogy Center Art Committee

CCGS acquired a large building for the society.  After a lot of repair, cleaning and painting, it was ready for use, but had large blank walls that were not inviting. The Art Committee has filled those walls with framed historic photographs of the North Olympic Peninsula, donated framed art work offered for sale and art works produced by society members. The end result has been a fascinating pictorial study of the area, decorative art works enlivening dull meeting spaces and an opportunity for members to display their talent.  Visitors to the Center always take a slow walk down the corridor of historic photos and comment on how that illustrates a part of the society’s mission to help others discover and understand their past.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Info@wasgs.org. Please type “Volunteer Award.”

Heritage Quest Research Library Organizing Your Genealogy

Where Did I Put Great-Grampa? Organizing for Genealogists Organizing your genealogy information so that you can find what you want, when you want it can be a daunting task.  Get tips on how to keep notes, records, and photos in digital and print-based formats.

WHEN: January 19, 2023               11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WHERE:                          ZOOM
COST:  $20 Members                      $25 Non-Members Deadline: January 17, 2023   Sign-up and payment:
Go to hqrl.com then click on the HQRL STORE
(You must sign in as a member to receive the discount)

Caron Primas Brennan loves history, biography, puzzles and a good mystery, which makes her perfectly suited to genealogy research. A 6th grade school project got her interested in researching her own family tree. Her special areas of genealogical interest are Colonial America, Prussian and Norwegian research along her family lines as well as DNA projects. 
Caron belongs to several local and regional genealogy groups as well as being a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and a Professional Member of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She has been teaching at the Newberry Library in Chicago and speaking at local libraries and genealogical societies for over ten years with consistently excellent feedback.

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Book Club

Attention:  The Book Club Meeting schedule for Jan 21st has been rescheduled for Feb 4th!

Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 pm PST via Zoom

Please join us as we discuss a genealogical murder mystery. This month’s book is The Sawtooth Slayer by Nathan Dylan Goodwin, the second in the Venator Cold Case series. WorldCat: https://worldcat.org/title/1345221886 Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sawtooth-Slayer-Venator-Cold-Case/dp/B0BD2XNX52/ We will also discuss the direction in which we would like this group to go, and choose future books.  Zoom meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81999213610?pwd=Qkk2WFZTZ2Rzdzc1Z0szN1AzdEZCUT09

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society DNA SIG

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society DNA Special Interest Group Meeting

Tuesday, January 24 at 7:00 pm PST via Zoom

Please join us as we begin our discussion of the book Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne. This month we will cover the fourth chapter — Genealogical Applications for mtDNA

The book is available from the publishers, The National Genealogical Society at:

Zoom meeting link:


Clallam County Genealogical Society Finding Elusive Female Ancestors

The Clallam County Genealogical Society invites you to hear Lisa Alzo, the featured speaker at the March 11th Spring Seminar.  This well known genealogist will present the following topics:

1. Silent Voices: Telling the Stories of Your Female Immigrant Ancestors

2. Finding Your Femme Fatales

3. Chasing Genealogy clues to Find Elusive Female Ancestors

The conference will be by Zoom.  All are welcome to watch the program at the CCGS Research Center located at 403 E. 8th Street in Port Angeles, WA, or you  can Zoom it at your home. 

The  cost for the seminar will be $50 for non-members of CCGS, $40 for members.  Registration at the door will be $50.  Checks should be made out to CCGS.  Credit Cards can use the “Paypal” app available on the CCGS website up until March 6th.  The web-address is www.clallamcogs.org.

The Zoom meeting number and passcodes will be sent out via e-mail upon receipt of funds.

For more information about this program, consult the website or phone the Center Tues-Friday 10am – 4pm or Saturdays noon – 4pm: 


Lisa Alzo, MFA, is the author of several genealogy books, and hundreds of magazine articles.   She is a contributing editor of Family Tree Magazine and her pieces appear in other genealogical magazines as well.  She has shared her expertise at national and international conferences, webinars, and historical and genealogical societies.  An avid genealogist for more than 30 years, she specializes in Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family story, and in using history to trace immigrant and female ancestors.  

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear this outstanding genealogist and speaker.

Lincoln County Genealogical Society Hidden History of Civil War Oregon

The Lincoln County Genealogical Society (Oregon) would like to invite you to a zoom presentation provided by Randol Fletcher on the “Hidden History of Civil War Oregon” on 4 February 2023 (Saturday) at 11:00 a.m. 

In order to receive a timely reminder notice/zoom instructions about this meeting, please send your name and email address to: 

Thank you for your interest.
Sincerely,Lincoln County Genealogical Society

Clallam County Genealogical Society Western Overland Trails

Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 the Genealogical Society of Clallam County will meet.  Steven Morrison, a professional genealogist who is known for his wonderful presentations throughout the Northwest will present a talk entitled, WESTERN OVERLAND TRAILS – Following the Seven Ts   

He will discuss seven major trails from the Midwest to the West in this session. The principal routes include the Oregon and California Trails, the Mormon migration, the Santa Fe Trail, and some of which we are less familiar. These trails were the OVERLAND RIVERS which helped populate the West.  The stories of these adventurous travelers are relevant to the character of Americans at that time in history.  

Steven’s genealogical journey began in 1998 with the publication of a remembrance of his grandmother.  Since then, he has authored many articles and books, and has shared his research with Societies, History and Genealogical Conferences and Symposiums.  His material is always well researched, organized and presented. 

Everyone is invited to join the Society for this event.  The lecture will be presented as a Zoom presentation.  One can watch the program at the CCGS Research Center at 403 E. 8th Street in Port Angeles, or call the Society to obtain the Zoom meeting number and passcode.  Call 360-417-5000 for the codes  Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm, or Saturdays noon to 4pm.   

For more information either call the Society, or consult the website www.clallamcogs.org. 

There is no charge to join us for this program.