Tri-City Genealogical Society September 2023 Meeting

Please join us for Tri-City Genealogical Society’s September General meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13 at the Richland FamilySearch Center (formerly known as the Richland Family History Center).    The Richland FamilySearch Center is located at 1314 Jadwin Ave. in Richland.  Entrance is down the ramp from the parking lot that is to the north of Dairy Queen.

  The presentation topic has not been finalized at this point, but should be interesting.

Stillaquamish Valley Genealogical Society Researching New England Town Records

Stillaquamish Valley Genealogical Society

Researching New England Town Records: A Case Study

Presentation – Researching New England and Town Records: A Case Study followed by our Monthly Meeting

(This presentation and meeting will not be available via Zoom)

Tuesday, September 12th

1:00 pm

SVGS Library

6111 188 PL NE, Arlington, WA

You are invited to the presentation in person at the society library.

Everyone is welcome! 

SVGS member, Maureen MacDonald,will be speaking at our September 12th meeting. Our business meeting will follow the presentation.

Maureen’s topic: Researching New England Town Records: A Case Study

Maureen will describe how she used town records to prove which of two men with the same name was her ancestor. She will also demonstrate how to locate town records.

Maureen MacDonald


Maureen has been interested in genealogy since hearing the family stories as a child. She is a member of the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society and the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island where she was a Director at Large in 2021-2022. She is a descendant of five different Mayflower families and has spent years researching New England records.

There will be a short break with refreshments. The monthly meeting will follow.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week School Records


Records kept by schools often list all the students attending the school and ages over time, as well as the parents names of each child. If you have a child in your tree whose death you can’t confirm — maybe they show up in one census and disappear in the next. You may be able to narrow down a likely year of death in school records. When did they disappear from the school attendance sheet? That may be the answer. These records can also paint a colorful picture of what the conditions in the school were like. If the teacher answered an annual survey question, ”What means of ventilation — good or bad?” by triple underlining her answer of “bad” year after year, that tells you a lot about your ancestor’s learning environment.
September 1, 2023

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Seattle Genealogical Society News

We are delighted to announce that Knute Berger will be the keynote speaker for our SGS100 Birthday Party. The Party will be held on 20 October at Dunn Gardens, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm so mark your calendars now.

Knute Berger is a well known Seattle-based historian and writer whose work has been instrumental in preserving and sharing the heritage of the Pacific Northwest. He is widely recognized for his compelling storytelling and deep-rooted passion for unearthing the hidden narratives that define our region. Berger’s writings have graced the pages of prominent publications, including Seattle Magazine, and HistoryLink, and serves as Editor-at-Large of  You probably know him best as the producer and presenter of the popular “Mossback Northwest” series on KCTS9.

Berger’s ability to connect the past with the present, painting a vivid portrait of the people and events that have shaped our surroundings with humor and perception, is a testament to his dedication to the preservation of our cultural legacy and a perfect adjunct to the SGS100 celebration where “Our Heritage, Our Future” is our vision for the next 100 years.


Karen Knudson has been a member of SGS for 15 years. After retirement in 2014 she began volunteering at the front desk, then quickly moved to a position on the SGS Board as treasure. She worked under three SGS Presidents for eight years until June 2023. Karen’s contributions helped to stabilize the role as Treasure. Jill Morelli, one former SGS President shared, “Karen, brought a commitment to excellence. What she didn’t know, she learned. She consolidated accounts and worked with others to quickly handle the payments and receipts of the organization and taught us best practices. SGS was lucky to have Karen serve multiple terms of office.” 

Jim Secan, current SGS President wrote: “Karen worked to both simplify and document the job as treasure and brought us up to date on understanding the role of treasure, which includes understanding state and federal rules and regulations of non-profit organizations.” 

Karen Knudson

“I have attended many Fall and Spring Seminars,” Karen recalled, “a beginning genealogy class and the Irish Special Interest Group and several other specialty presentations, such as the DNA (SIG) and Brag to Bricks.” She enjoys meeting other people who are researching their genealogy and like them, she enjoys the process. 

Speaking of Brick Walls, her mother’s paternal line, Forbes, ends in New York state in the mid 1800s, where she has hit that proverbial wall. 

Her mother’s sister, Irene Edwards was a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society who in 1993 created a two-volume set which proved to include a Mayflower ancestor and beyond. Karen applied to the Mayflower Society for membership and is waiting to hear back. She also shares that there is a connection with the Whitman Mission Massacre in Washington among other interesting stories.  

Karen says her father’s side is “completely Swedish, so I spent a great deal of time learning to research in the Swedish church books. I even took Swedish language classes for several years.”

Studying Swedish records may have been why Karen started the Scandinavian Special Interest Group — which now has SGS Librarian Kathi M as co-host. Karen focuses on Swedish records, while Kathi shares her knowledge of Norwegian records. They meet quarterly and their next gathering will be in person at the SGS Library on Tuesday, 3 October, from 10:00-12:00PM. 

Karen’s other interests include sewing, knitting, crocheting and other types of needlework. She’s a membership chair and treasure for the Tyee Triumph Club. She and her husband enjoy going to car shows. They sold their sailboat and are now “land sailing” in an RV. They have two young grandsons who play soccer and baseball, which they enjoy attending their games. They are also looking forward to traveling to Europe and seeing relatives in Sweden sometime soon. 


By Jill Morelli

Bernice Engleton, California, makes an exciting discovery at the SGS library, August 18.

Bernice Engleton, visiting from California, came into the SGS library on August 18 seeking help finding the death of her great grandfather John Martin Stutzman. As the story was told to her, he had died at sea in 1895 between Seattle and Alaska. Bernice knew that the story may be true, false or partially true. She had been looking for his death for years and hoped that we would be able to help.

As a desk volunteer, I knew Newspapers would be the most likely option so I set up the patron workstation with three possible databases that might provide some information: the Washington State Digital archives for death certificate, Seattle Public Library for The Seattle Times newspaper collection and Chronicling America for the Post-Intelligencer.

Bernice, an experienced researcher, sat down. I barely had sat down back at the front desk before I heard an exclamation from Bernice! “I found it!” and indeed she did. John Stutzman drowned at sea with the rest of the crew and passengers in 1898. The sinking was covered on the front page of the P-I and then continued on page 6 for the entire page in very small print! Her great grandfather’s name and his home town was listed, confirming the match.

“I have been looking for his death for years and here it is!’ Bernice exclaimed.

Bernice’s good luck didn’t stop there. Another visitor that day was SGS member Trish Nicola, NARA volunteer extraordinaire. Trish shared what NARA might have and how they were taking appointments. Bernice and her sister-in-law left almost immediately and went over to Sand Point.

Bernice said, “The last time I was here I had such good luck.” Well, Bernice it appears that your luck and the SGS library’s is still holding. Thanks for making this desk volunteer’s day!


This coat was left behind in the shelter during the ice cream social. It appears to be a men’s jacket. The brand is Pierre Balmain, size is large and the color beige.

100 YEARS AGO: 25 AUG 1923

“Electric Home Will Open This Afternoon” was the headline on page 8 of the Saturday edition of the Seattle P-I on 25 August 1923. It was to be the opening of the model electric home on Bothell Way. Even the Lieut. Governor “Wee” Coyle was to attend this dedication of “the home to the housewives of Seattle”. The model home contained the features of the electrical exposition which was being held nearby.

— “Electric Home Will Open This Afternoon,” Seattle Post-Intelligenecer, 25 Aug 1923, p 8, col 3; digital image, NewsBank (https://infoweb-newsbank-com : accessed 15 Aug 2023).

* Watch each eNews! issue for “100 years ago”, our new anecdotal series. We will be running it for the duration of 2023, our centennial year.


EGS Family Tree Maker SIG
September 15, 2023, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Join Eastside Genealogical Society and SGS to learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker by Software MacKiev.  The meetings open about 15 minutes in advance.  You can join and/or leave whenever you have to, and you may email your question(s) in advance or bring them up during the meeting.
If you want to be on the Eastside Genealogical Society Family Tree Maker Special Interest Group email list, send your request to

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
usually 2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Pacific Time

JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 pm unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Sept. 11, 2023, “What’s in a Name? Trouble!” presented by Ron Arons. For more information see

SGS100 Birthday Party
October 20, 2023

Mark your calendar now! SGS is turning 100. Join the celebration at Dunn Gardens on October 20th. There will be a keynote speaker you will not want to miss! See story above for more details.


Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

The elevator is back in service!

Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers.

Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday   
** 10:00 am – 3:00 pm **

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 

Monday, Sept 4, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am,  Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Saturday, Sept 9, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Second Saturday: Trips for Breaking Brick Walls (Virtual), Every genealogist runs up against brick walls at some time. Come learn about some simple techniques to help break through these walls. Please visit the SGS website to register in advance for this event.

Monday, Sept 11, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am,  Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Monday, Sept 11, 2023, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm,  SGS Board of Directors Meeting (Virtual), All SGS members are welcome to attend. SGS is an all volunteer organization. Please be involved. 

Monday, Sept 11, 2023, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Write It Up! SIG (Virtual), Join this group  to share and discuss writing projects, resources, and ideas. To join or learn more, contact Alaine Keisling at 

Tuesday, Sept 12, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. Bring us your problem; we’ll try to help. 

Wednesday, Sept 13, 2023, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG,  Co-chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick. Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske. Meetings address topics and resources for Macintosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy software program. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of alternating months. A link to login will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. If you would like to join, send an email to to be added to the email list. 

Saturday, Sept 16, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG (Virtual), with Susan McKee. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. New Zoom link started in July.

Sunday, Sept 17, 2023, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, This month’s topic is writing and publishing a book. Please visit the SGS website to register in advance for this event.

Monday, Sept 18, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am,  Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, Sept 19, 2023, 10:00 am-12:00 pm,  Family History Writers’ Group (Social Interest Group), Create your family history and share with others in an effort to improve your writing. Please note: The Writers’ Group is at the maximum number of participants and is not currently accepting any new members.

Monday, Sept 25, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am,  Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, Sept 26, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. Bring us your problem; we’ll try to help. 

Saturday, Sept 1, 2023, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA SIG, To participate you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at to join. 

Sunday, Oct 1, 2023, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at to join.

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2023, 10:00 pm-12:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group SIG (in person), Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research. This event will be in person at the SGS library.

Let’s Talk About…. Bridge Connecting Canada

 In April 2023, I was blessed to take a deep dive into the history, geography, geology and culture of the far northeast corner of America,  the Canadian Maritimes and the St. Lawrence River and Seaway. Con su permisio, as they say in Spanish, I would like to share with you some of what I learned in these blog posts over the next couple of months. Hope you benefit and enjoy!

The Confederation Bridge was and is a very big deal for the Canadian Maritimes. Under the terms of Prince Edward Island’s entry into the Confederation in 1873, the Government of Canada was obligated to provide “continuous” and “efficient” year-round transportation for people, goods and services between P.E.I. and the mainland.  Before the bridge, ferries were the only transportation to the island.
Completed in 1977, the 12.9 km (just over 8 miles) bridge was built by 2500 men and women, most having no experience to work on a project of this size in such often often harsh, frigid weather. 
It took our bus about ten minutes to cross the curved 8-mile bridge; curved “to ensure that drivers remain attentive and reduce the potential for accidents that experts believed happen more often on straight bridges.”

The red (iron-rich) soil of Prince Edward Island (named for the son of King George III) is known world-wide for potatoes. Over 80 different potato varieties of spuds are grown on over 800 acres. The residents of P.E.I. are nicknamed “Spudheads” for good reason. 

F.Y.I. Spokane County is 1781 square miles; P.E.I. is 2185 square miles. “Our island has 200 churches, many big stone churches built in the 18th century. We either are very good or very bad,” quipped the tour guide. 

YES, Anne of Green Gables is a premier tourist attraction on P.E.I. but I opted for the bridge.  

Genealogical Forum of Oregon 2023 Fall Seminar

Announcing GFO’s Fall Seminar, A Day of Tools & Tech

This online seminar is hosted by Genealogical Forum of Oregon and offers a full day of techniques and tips to get the most out researching on the computer. From using common apps in creative ways to squeezing the most out of Google, you are sure to learn something new! The main speaker is the charismatic and always entertaining Thomas MacEntee.

Session 1 – You Use WHAT for Your Genealogy?

Session 2 – Google Tools for Genealogists

Session 3 – Genealogy Tech with Thomas

Session 4 – Tech Troubleshooting – What Would You Do?

Closing and Door Prizes

For the full program and registration, go to

WSGS Annual Meeting — Thursday, Aug. 31

Don’t forget that you’re invited to the WSGS’s annual meeting! Thursday, August 31, 2023, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Here’s the Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 851 6404 0192
Passcode: 816294

Via phone: (253)205-0468,,85164040192#,,,,*816294# US

The agenda will include the announcement of the 2023 Outstanding Volunteer and Team recipients, as well as the recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. We’ll also talk a little about the WSGS, Pioneer Pursuit and how to get involved.

We hope you join us! If you want more information, email

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Tracing Italian Ancestors

Here’s hoping that you all had a wonderful summer!

It’s almost September and soon we will be meeting friends to enjoy our passion together: Genealogy! 

(please read through this whole message…there may be some info that you need to know.)

Saturday, September 9

Tracing Italian Ancestors: Uncovering Origins and Understanding the Records

12:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Shadle Library in person and on Zoom

Our speaker, Michele Jeglum invites you on a journey to uncover your Italian roots and learn essential strategies for tracing the lives of your Italian ancestors. We will examine ways to find your immigrants hometown in Italy and delve into the various types of records held in these towns. Learn how to interpret these documents, extract valuable information, and navigate potential challenges.

Please print your sylabus before you arrive; it will be posted on the EWGSi website the day prior to the presentation. 

Free Table:   From Jeanne Coe:   

“I will be putting out a variety of publications.  People may take what they want and return them at another meeting for others to use or keep them if they wish.  They may also bring their “old” or unwanted publications for others to take. There really is no “old” genealogy materials as the information is still useful.  Each meeting will have different free materials.”

(Please note: there will NOT be a free table at the October Seminar) 

October Seminar Book Auction: 

This will be a silent auction of genealogy-related books.

(October 7th…see website for futher info on the seminar)

Please bring your book donations to the September meeting so that we have time to process them prior to October.   

(Book donations may include genealogy, history, cultures, maps, or other resouces that might be useful in researching genealogy.)