Seattle Genealogical Society News

Early History of SGS

On October 18, 1923, eight local researchers founded the Seattle Genealogical Society. They met in the downtown Seattle law offices of Moore and Higgins. According to the 1924 Seattle City Directory (information gathered in 1923) this was in Room 953 of the Dexter Horton Building, 704 Second Avenue, on the northeast corner of Cherry Street. These offices were the likely site of the original Seattle Genealogical Society, now known as SGS to all those who use it.

The eight founding members were Alexander Craig Dermond, Eleanor M. Freeman, Elizabeth A. Hubbart, Susan M. Keppel, Lida R. McKercher, Harry Denton Moore, Alice V. Robinson, and George E. Tilton. Their purpose was to form an active genealogical society and to begin a library collection available for Pacific Northwest researchers.The original SGS constitution, statement of purpose and the bylaws were modeled after those of the California Genealogical Society, founded in 1898 in San Francisco. President Harry Moore read aloud a letter from the California society. Its wording, adapted by the Seattle Genealogical Society, declared the new Society’s purpose of being: “To collect, preserve, disseminate information on genealogy and Washington local history; to assist its members in tracing their ancestry; to ascertain the location and condition of various public and private records which are or may become accessible to students of genealogy and American History; to aid in investigation of this nature by combining the efforts and resources of its members; to seek to direct public attention to the value of complete and exact records; and to emphasize the necessity of unremitting care in their collection and preservation.”

Fifty-nine interested researchers met on December 10, 1923 in the Chamber of Commerce auditorium in the downtown Arctic Building, Third Avenue and Cherry Street. Reverend Ambrose Bailey of the First Baptist Church spoke on “Why Trace Your Ancestry?” This was the first general meeting of the newly organized Seattle Genealogical Society and at that meeting 21 more members joined SGS.

SGS membership has increased from the original 8 members to over 1200 members at our peak and now we have over 500 members. We have seen membership dues rise from $1 to the current $40 for an individual membership. Next year we will be 100 years old so watch for news about celebrating our centennial. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

SGS is  having trouble getting the front desk covered for a few days this summer so we ask you to  Please call before coming in to ensure we will be open that day:  (206) 522-8658

SGS depends on volunteers and there are several volunteer positions open. We still need new members for the Archives Committee. We can always use front desk volunteers. Visit our page on open volunteer positions at SGS: 
https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=18

 FROM OUR FRIENDS TO THE NORTH 


The Surrey Libraries Family have two FREE online Eastern Europe research programs coming up in August and you are invited to join in.   

Tuesday, August 16, 2022  10-11:30am PDT, Eastern Europe Border Changes 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022  10-11:30am PDT, Online Polish Records 

Free. Registration is required. To register, email familyhistory@surrey.ca or call 604-598-7327. A notice for these two programs was posted in Washington State Genealogical Society’s BLOG. The WSGS BLOG is a good way to stay on top of what’s happening at the various genealogical societies all around the Northwest. Here’s the link if you’d like to subscribe to the WSGS BLOG: 
https://wasgs.org/blog/subscription-form-2/

RENEW OR JOIN SGS

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.   If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

Take part as SGS enters it 100th Year! 

SAVE THE DATE

Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games &
Clan Gathering, 
Enumclaw Expo Center, 
Enumclaw, WA 
Friday, July 22, 2022 – Sunday, July 24, 2022


Mark your calendar and show up for plenty of fun at the 75th Annual Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering.  For full details visit: 
https://www.sshga.org/daily-event-schedule/

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST


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 Monday, Sept 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “A Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America” with Laura Arnold Leibman. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

New Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

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 

Saturday, July 16, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, July 17, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “150 Years of Burned Records: Parents for Elna Johansdotter”. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 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, July 26, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 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.

Wednesday, Aug 3 2022, 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, Aug 9 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022, 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.

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022, 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, Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “Solving Family Myths Using the Principles of Logic”. 

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022, 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.

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2022, 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.

Clark County Genealogical Society Granny in the Gallery

Put a Granny in the Gallery

The Clark County Genealogical Society is seeking submissions for their Gallery of Grandmothers by August 15 in celebration of their 50th anniversary celebration. People can submit a photo of a current or past grandmother from anywhere or any era. Each photo should include up to 500 words about the ancestor, including such items such as name, dates of birth and death, birthplace, where and how they lived, what they did, favorite memory, and perhaps some personal characteristics. Digital images and descriptions can be emailed to marcia@ccgswa.org. You may also drop photo copies (up to 5”x7”) off at the CCGS Library, 3205 NE 52nd Street, Vancouver, WA 98663. The library is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The 50th anniversary celebration will be held on August 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come dressed like the early ‘70’s and have a grilled hot dog. This is a great time for those interested in ancestry research to explore the library and its sources, participate in some fun activities, and chat with genealogy experts. For more information, visit https://www.ccgs-wa.org.

(Note: I have a 1930s-era photos of my grandmother taken 1) on the streets of either Vancouver or Portland and, 2) at a fair, probably Clark County. The family grew up in Felida, LaCenter, and Woodland. Let me know if you’re interested.)

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Hello!

We certainly appreciated the your help when we were seeking family of the original founders. We’re still seeking them but this is our latest effort for the 50 year celebration. Please let me know if you have any questions or wish to talk to anyone!

Thank you,

Kay Cooke

CCGS Publicity Volunteer

360-952-0025

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society DNA SIG

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: TPCGS DNA SIG
Time: 7:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Washington State Library Digital Genealogy Survey

I’m sending out this survey regarding interest in potential Digital Genealogy Options from the Washington State Library. Feel free to forward the link to anyone interested in Washington State Library genealogy services.

Click here for the survey

The survey will be available through August 15.

Kathryn Devine (she/her)

Reference/Genealogy Librarian

Washington State Library | Office of the Secretary of State

6880 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA 98501

O: 360-704-5268 | Kathryn.Devine@sos.wa.gov

Let’s Talk About: Carnegie Libraries

We recognize them anywhere: Carnegie Libraries. Seemingly, every city has one….or more. Some 43 were built in Washington State; 32 are still standing and 14 are still used as libraries.

We think of Andrew Carnegie as a self-made millionaire and philanthropist, and he certainly was. But did you know he obtained most of his education from libraries? Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835 in Dunfermline, Scotland, and came with his family to America in 1848. He became the protegee of one Col. James Anderson who opened his personal library to “working boys” so that they might better themselves. Carnegie was grateful for this opportunity that he promised if he ever had the means he would provide for other boys what he had received.

Carnegie Library in Vancouver, Clark County, now a museum.

Carnegie funded the building of 2,509 “Carnegie Libraries” worldwide between 1883 and 1929. Of those, 1,795 were in the United States: 1,687 public libraries and 108 academic. Others were built throughout Europe, South Africa, Barbados, Australia, and New Zealand. Andrew Carnegie spent over $56 million of his fortune building these libraries and the buildings standing proud today are a living, lasting legacy.

Do you know where the Carnegie library is in YOUR town? (Google has a list.)

Heritage Quest Research Library Don’t Build Brick Walls

Jill Morelli, CG is a writer, lecturer and co-founder of Applied Genealogy Institute, providing practicum-based educational opportunities for intermediate and advanced genealogists.  In 2017, she founded the Certification Discussion Group, an online series discussing her certification journey, which demystifies the process for applicants and other interested individuals.  She lectures nationally and has written articles for National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Swedish American Genealogist, and many others.  Jill is past president of Seattle Genealogical Society, co-chair of SGS Centennial 2023 and also a member of many genealogical societies.
Don’t Build Your Own Brick Walls Who doesn’t have genealogical brick walls, those intractable problems that we cannot seem to get beyond? 
Other than extant records, the brick wall is probably of your own making.  We all explore the various ways we make our own brick walls and strategies for successfully breaking through them.  
This will take some hard work, but you can demolish that wall.   When:          July 21, 2022          11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where:         ZOOM
Cost:            Members $20          Non-members $25
Deadline for sign-up:     July 18, 2022 Sign-up and payment
Come in to HQRL
1007 Main Street, Sumner, WA
or 
Call: 253-863-1806
or
go to hqrl.com
Members must sign in and go to the HQRL Store to receive the discount. 

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy SIG

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society

Legacy Special Interest Group Meeting July 19th, 2022, 7:00 pm

This week we will be continuing 1 long video done by Geoff that is free and available from the Help tab in Legacy by clicking to the QuickTip Videos icon.  The direct link to the video is listed below its title:

Hands-On with Legacy Hints: Using MyHeritage Record Matches and Smart Matches

Please take some time this week to review the “FREE” videos available on the Legacy Family Tree Webinars site and bring your list of videos you would like to review back to the group next Tuesday.

We hope to see you this coming Tuesday, July 19th!

Our meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 7:00 pm until 8:30. Links to the reoccurring Zoom Meetings are located at the bottom of this page, one for the 1st Tuesday and one for the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

The first half of each meeting we will work thru training videos, watching, and then pausing to talk about the section we just watched before moving on to the next section.  The second half will be used for open discussion of topics related to using Legacy. This could include any questions or problems we are having with the program or tips and features we have discovered.  If you think of something you would like to bring up, please write it down so you can share it with the group.

1st Tuesday of Month Meeting Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82495661568?pwd=dy85YmluVzF5aEU4SzFTcTUrVDlTUT09

3rd Tuesday of Month Meeting Link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87839130000?pwd=dGdHY2wrZ0d1bDNRTEQ4Uk15OVk0Zz09

As always if a hyperlink is not active just copy and paste it into your browser.

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Researching Your Ancestral Places

On Friday, July 15, 2022

at 10AM at the Bainbridge Public Library and on Zoom,

Claire Smith will present: “Researching Your Ancestral Places”

Learn how to build place guides, find resources to research the history, geography and culture in the time and places your ancestors lived. Find out where to find historic maps, boundary changes, information about local history, and more.

It’s free, and the public is most welcome! Come by the Bainbridge Public Library prepared to mask or pick up your Zoom link at our website, on July 14, the day before the meeting, at http://www.bigenealogy.org under “Events.”

Twin Rivers Genealogical Society Ask a Genealogist

Presents: Ask A Genealogist

Any question about genealogy to our guest Genealogist

Lynda Keenan

July 27th 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. This event is open hours. You may come anytime and stay as long as you can.

Lewiston City Library, 5th and D Streets, Second floor Event Space.

No Fee – Beginner to experienced are welcome

Your questions on DNA, researching, documenting, Ancestry or other companies. Trees including private, public, online and on your hard drive.

Bring your computer and work hands on with Lynda. Library WIFI is available. Have your passwords, software ready and updates completed. If you need assistance getting your computer ready contact: **

BIO – Lynda Keenan was born and raised in Illinois. In 1998, she moved to Spokane, Washington where she graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in Biology. About Thirty years ago, she began what has become her passion and now her career: genealogy and genetic research. Her research has extended beyond her own family, to others that have been searching for their families. Currently she is enrolled in the National Institute of Genealogical Studies and upon completion in August will hold certifications in American Records, English Records and Genetic Genealogy. Lynda is the President of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, and a member of several other Genealogical Societies, and participates in several Surname Projects. Over the past several years Lynda volunteered and worked with others on the Obituary Collection Index Project (OCIP), and upon completion we had over 87,000 obituaries Indexed from several local newspapers. She leads the Refocus monthly group and has taught and will be teaching courses on Genealogy Research and Genetic DNA. In 2020 she started her own genealogical business “A Sapling to A Family Tree” (STAFT.org), with staff from several states in America and is focusing on teaching more classes and working with clients to help them further their genealogical understanding.

Twin Rivers Genealogy Society is a non-profit organization incorporated in the state of Idaho, serving Lewiston ID, Clarkston WA, and the surrounding areas. We have been active since 1967 and strive to provide classes and learning opportunities through various speakers, field trips, and professional genealogists, historians, and writer’s presentations at our meetings.

For more information: Facebook: Twin Rivers Genealogy Society; Email: trgsinfo2014@gmail.com or call 509-552-5280.