MyHeritage and Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most prominent figures in the history of the United States, and one of the most influential presidents of all time. Ahead of his birthday on February 12, and President’s Day on February 15, MyHeritage has released a new ad that lets you see Lincoln like never before, as he explores his family history on MyHeritage 🙂

Please watch the video and embed it on your blogs, and share it on your channels.

I hope that you and your audience enjoy the video! 

You can also read more about the making of this incredible project on our blog.


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda, Israel 6037606, Israel, +972-3-6280000

International German Genealogy Registration Open

International German Genealogy Partnership Hello German genealogists,

We are so excited to announce that registration for the International German Genealogy Conference is now open! The conference will be held virtually from 17 July to 24 July 2021.
Register here: or by clicking the button below. Be sure to register soon so you don’t miss the Early Bird Discount!

  Register with Early Bird Discount Four different packages are available for the conference. While the IGGP LIVE! Package includes the eight live lectures by an all-star lineup of genealogy experts (Early Bird $119, Regular $169), and the IGGP OnDemand package features more than fifty prerecorded sessions for you to watch at your convenience (Early Bird $179, Regular $229), the IGGP Combo Package is recommended for the genealogist wanting to get the most out of their virtual conference experience (Early Bird $229, Regular $279).
This recommended IGGP Combo Package includes access to both the eight LIVE sessions – featuring popular speakers Ute Brandenburg, Wolfgang Grams, Timo Kracke, Roger Minert, Judy Russell, Katherine Schober, Diahan Southard, and Michael Strauss – as well as one-year access to the over fifty OnDemand sessions, which include an extensive variety of German genealogy topics hand-selected to best aid your research.
If you would like these sessions indefinitely, the top-tier IGGP USB Works Package includes all of the Combo Package plus a preloaded USB flash drive with all the conference sessions, meaning that you will have lifetime access to these expert-level lectures (Early Bird $249, Regular $295).
All packages include access to the online sponsor and exhibit hall, as well as to the Connections” breakout sessions that will bring together small groups with similar German genealogy or cultural affinities.
This virtual conference is a must-attend for anyone researching their German ancestors. With expected participation from genealogists around the world, researchers will have a unique opportunity to connect across borders while simultaneously learning from the top experts in the field.

For any additional questions, contact James Beidler at, Nancy Myers at, or Katherine Schober at Register with Early Bird Discount Please share this information with your genealogy societies and friends! The press releases regarding registration are available in both English and German at the links below. You may either copy the links or download the documents to share. Thanks for helping us get the word out!

English Press Release: 

German Press Release: 

AG Ferguson: Federal judge blocks sale of Seattle Archives

Feb. 12, 2021
AG Ferguson: Federal judge blocks sale and closure of Seattle’s National Archives facility
SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement today after a federal judge in Seattle blocked the federal government’s plan to expedite the sale of Seattle’s National Archives facility and ship the un-digitized records out of the region. Judge John C. Coughenour, Senior  Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, said he will issue a preliminary injunction next week in which he will rule that Ferguson’s coalition was likely to prevail in its lawsuit asserting that the federal government acted unlawfully when it moved to sell the National Archives facility and scatter the archival records thousands of miles away.

Ferguson, working with a coalition of regional tribes, community organizations, the City of Seattle and Oregon’s Attorney General, asked the court in January to enjoin, or block, the sale while the litigation continues. The coalition filed nearly 600 pages of declarations from 79 individuals.

“Today’s legal victory blocks the federal government’s unlawful plan to sell the Archives and scatter the DNA of our region thousands of miles away,” Ferguson said. “This victory preserves our ability to physically connect to our history by visiting the Archives and accessing the un-digitized records that are deeply personal to so many. The federal government callously ignored deep concerns raised by the decision to ship these records to California and Missouri, including issues related to racial equity, tribal relations, conservation, good government, and the rule of law. The judge just did what these federal agencies should have done – consider the facility’s importance to our region and apply the law.”

Assistant Attorneys General Lauryn Fraas and Kristin Beneski are handling this case for Washington.

The Office of the Attorney General is the chief legal office for the state of Washington with attorneys and staff in 27 divisions across the state providing legal services to roughly 200 state agencies, boards and commissions. Visit to learn more.
Media Contact:
Brionna Aho, Communications Director, (360) 753-2727;
General contacts: Click here


MyHeritage Free Marriage Records

I’m happy to announce that MyHeritage is offering free access to all marriage records for Valentine’s Day, from February 10–16! 

MyHeritage offers 158 collections marriage collections with 462,808,849. During this limited-time offer, you’ll be able to access these records for free even if you don’t have a MyHeritage plan. Please note that free registration to MyHeritage will be required for non-MyHeritage users.

Search the marriage records on MyHeritage and read more about these collections on our blog.


In addition, we invite your readers to enter our Valentine’s Day competition by sharing their colorized, enhanced, or color-restored wedding photos on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #LoveInFullColor and tagging @MyHeritage for a chance to win! Three lucky winners will be awarded their choice of a Complete plan or a MyHeritage DNA kit! Alternatively, they can share their photos and stories by sending them to with #LoveInFullColor in the subject line. 

Please share this news with your audience and encourage them to search the marriage records and submit their entries. The competition closes on February 14, 2021, so hurry up and share those photos!


Daniel Horowitz Genealogy Expert

MyHeritage Ltd., P.O.Box 50, 3 Ariel Sharon Blvd., Or Yehuda, Israel 6037606, Israel, +972-3-6280000

Heritage Quest Research Library Open Saturdays

Happy Valentines Day!
We haven’t had much to cheer about lately, so we are very excited to let you know that we are now OPEN on Saturdays from 10 AM to 4 PM.

We are still required to social distance and wear face masks.  It makes for a great opportunity to browse the stacks alone.  Come in and see what’s new in our collection.  

We’re also excited to share some news from our friends at Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society.  The Spring Seminar information is out and you can read all about it and register at

We hope to see you there! 

NGS Delegate Council Virtual Kickoff Workshop

Dear Friends of Washington State Genealogical Society,

The NGS Delegate Council Virtual Kickoff Workshop is the first opportunity for NGS member organization delegates to work and learn together. The workshop is an opportunity to collaborate with peers from other genealogy organizations and learn more about the role of a delegate.

Scheduled for 17 May 2021, it is one of several new components of our week long virtual NGS 2021 Family History Conference focused on genealogy organizations.

Each NGS member organization is invited to “send” its delegate to the workshop which will be held entirely online. There is no fee to register. Delegates will receive their invitations soon.
The Virtual Kickoff Workshop is a time to learn about the Delegate Council–the new advisory body for genealogical organizations that are members of NGS. The Delegate Council provides a unique perspective and guidance to the NGS Board of Directors on genealogy and family history matters, and how NGS can best serve genealogy and family history organizations.

It’s also time to get to work! Delegates will share ideas and thoughts on genealogy organization management while charting a course for how the Council will work together.
The workshop will: Provide information about the structure and function of the Delegate Council Facilitate understanding of Delegate Council member roles Prepare members for effective collaboration on the Delegate Council. If you are unsure of your organization’s NGS membership status or its assigned delegate, please contact

NGS will record some portions of the workshop and make them available to member organizations on its website.
Learn more about the week-long events planned for NGS 2021 Virtual Family History Conference, 17-21 May. And be sure to take advantage of the discounted Early Bird registration fee, plus member discounts, when you sign up by 15 March 2021.

Did you know NGS has a Facebook group for genealogy organization leaders?
Visit to join.

Tri-City Genealogical Society February Meeting

Please register for Documenting and Sharing Family Histories With Stories and Photos on Feb 10, 2021, 7:00 PM at:

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

 =========================This months meeting will be a little different than our previous Zoom meetings.  Jacqui Porter message above describes this month’s topic (Documenting and Sharing Family Histories with Stories and Photos) and provides a link to pre-register.  This month’s meeting is a webinar rather than a normal zoom meeting.  That means that the presenter sets up the meeting using their account and controls access to the presentation, thus you need to pre-register.  Once you pre-register you will receive an email with a link to the presentation.  Use that link like you have for our previous meetings and enjoy the presentation.
This will be the method we use next month as well.  Most of the purchased programs we will be providing operate in a similar manner.
We hope you enjoy these programs and welcome your feedback.
Bill Floberg

Board Chair, TCGS

Southern California Genealogy Jamboree

New Virtual Conferences!

The 51st Genealogy Jamboree brings you nationally known speakers keeping you in touch with the latest developments in the field of genealogy. From coast to coast, from North to South, from our neighbors – Canada and Mexico – and from the Old World, our speakers can help you find your ancestors’ lives and stories. You’ll be able to learn from many tried and true speakers and get surprising insights from speakers that are new to Jamboree. 

  • World-class Genealogy Conference 
  • Learn from 51 speakers from the USA, Canada, Ireland, Israel and the UK 
  • STANDARD Registration includes 6 LIVE lectures June 11 & 12 and 20 recorded lectures of your choice Add PLUS Registration to access all 50 recorded lectures 

STANDARD Registration – Select 20 recorded lectures from 50 choices. Members: $135 Non-members $155PLUS Registration – All 50 lectures are yours to view. Members: $215 Non-members $245All Registration packages receive the Friday and Saturday LIVE lectures. Prices increase $20  April 27, 2021.

DNA testing is an increasingly popular tool for genealogists. Learn the difference between autosomal DNA, mtDNA and Y-DNA and which tool is useful for what type of investigation. There will be presentations from AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA. The keynoter will be blogger Roberta Estes, MBA. Other notables presenting include Maurice J. Gleeson, MD of Genetic Genealogy Ireland, Leah La Perle Larkin, PhD, creator of WATO, and DNA authors Emily Aulicino, MEd, and Richard Hill, MBA. 

  • World-class DNA Conference 
  • Get in on the Latest Discoveries 
  • Learn from up to 20 renowned Genetic Genealogy experts 
  • STANDARD Registration includes 6 LIVE lectures on June 4 & 5 and 10 recorded lectures of your choice 

STANDARD Registration – Select 10 recorded lectures from 20 choices. Members: $150 Non-members $170PLUS Registration – All 20 lectures are yours to view. Members: $200 Non-members $230 All Registration packages include the Friday and Saturday LIVE lectures.Prices increase $20  April 27, 2021.
Complete descriptions of the conferences are at the Jamboree website:

Seattle Genealogical Society News

FEBRUARY 13, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This month’s Second Saturday speaker is Janice Lovelace and the presentation will be an in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. Also to be covered, a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics, and inheritance of health issues. Several physical and mental health issues will be discussed in greater detail. Join in this virtual presentation. See the SGS Website for the Zoom meeting link.    

Message From Our SGS Past President, Jill Morelli

Genealogical Colleagues,

I have been asked to present on the effects of the Pandemic on genealogical societies. I have developed a 19 question survey for members of all societies to gather ideas of before/after/future Pandemic impacts. If you are willing, I would love to have your observations.

Here’s the deal. Any society that is used as the focus society will be offered the written report and an opportunity to have the presentation given to the audience of their choice, virtually, one time.

Here is the link to the survey–and thank you!  Jill

SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 AT 12:00 PM 

  SGS Members, don’t miss this important SGS Membership Meeting. Recruiting efforts and candidates for the  Board of Director positions will be discussed. Additionally, there are two major interconnected projects underway we will be talking about. 

First, we are working to reduce the physical size of our library, part of which is a plan to move large parts of it online to facilitate access by SGS members and the genealogy community at large. 

Second, as mentioned at earlier meetings, our lease runs out this year and we have been looking for a new location. 

We will be providing information about both of these topics and asking for feedback from the membership.

Registration is now open for the next series of “Level I – Genealogy Basics & Beyond” with Valerie Lair. This small-group course includes seven 2-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.

The next series is scheduled to meet online March 9 – April 27, 2021, Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT). It is limited to five registrants.

Register now!…/1FAIpQLSfCZhnKkgs7UP…/viewform

Instructor: Valerie Lair  


The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021

Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” price. To learn more about this event, sign up for the conference newsletter on their website:  


In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021, 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, Feb 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Search Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and Family Search. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou:

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at to join.  

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021, 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, Feb 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues”, presenter will be Janice Lovelace

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 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, Feb 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, 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. 

NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW FOR 1 1/2 YEARS!   During the first quarter of 2021,  January 1st – March 31st, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2022. Obtain a year and a half of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Dues are $60 individual, $75 dual. Read more…
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