Italian Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society First American Saint

18-May-2024 Meeting
Welcome to Italian Genealogy Let’s explore the world of Italian genealogy together, one person at a time.
                          ZOOM Meeting Topic:        St. Cabrini:
                          First Italian-American Saint and her Influence
 on the world including Seattle
When:              18-May-2024, Saturday
Time:               1:30 PM – 3:30 PM (PST)
(Italea Rediscover your Italian origins – Official travel promotion program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was the Italian-born founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and the first United States citizen to be canonized. She was born on July 15, 1850, in Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy, and died on December 22, 1917, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She was canonized on July 7, 1946, and her feast day is November 13. Cabrini was sent to the United States by Pope Leo XIII and spent the rest of her life working with Italian immigrants, particularly in New York City and Chicago.
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Eastside Genealogy Group – Italian Interest Group 2410 East Helen Street, Seattle WA, United States of America

Heritage Quest Research Library Newspaper Research

Newspaper Research or “That’s My Family.”   So, why do we need to research in newspapers?  Why look for them? How do we find them?
Judy will help us answer all these questions.  We will learn how to find vital statistics, death notices, obituaries, marriage notices, local news and more, all in the NEWSPAPER. 
And she won’t forget to help us find these valuable resources themselves.  Taught by our very own Judy Line
Judy has been doing genealogy for over 30 years.  She has completed formal education programs, and holds several certificates for genealogy from the NIGS and Boston University. Judy is our resident DNA specialist.  When: May 2, 2024
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: ZOOM 
Limited space in-person
Cost: $20 member
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Jefferson County Genealogical Seminar 40th Anniversary Celebration

JCGS 40th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, May 11, 2024 @ 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Hybrid Meeting: Attend online via Zoom or in-person at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum, WA
Join us in marking our 40th Anniversary with a full-day event that includes live vendors, awards for long-term contributors, and – of course – cake! Guest speaker and internationally known genealogist Michelle Leonard will also be joining us live from Scotland for two presentations.
Registration is required. Please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Registration deadline: May 5, 2024. $25 for Non-Members (includes an individual one-year membership) Free for Members but you must register
To register and you are not a member, complete the registration form and submit payment via the following options: PayPal via JCGS website ( Mail a check to: JCGS Class, PO Box 627, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (please allow five business days for mail delivery)
If you are a JCGS member, attendance is free, but you MUST register by completing the registration form.
A Zoom link will be sent to registrants on May 8, 2024. For those planning to attend in person, the doors to the Tri-Area will open at 9:30 a.m. to allow you to sign in, get a name tag, grab some coffee or tea, and find a seat. You will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with old friends (and perhaps make some new ones!) and fellow genealogists in the large meeting room until the first presentation begins at 10 a.m. We will have a short break between the two presentations.
First Presentation: Begins at 10 a.m.
Tools for Researching Your English and Scottish Ancestors
Second Presentation: Begins at 11:30 a.m.
Case Studies: Solving Ancestor Mysteries with Help from DNA
Michelle Leonard is a Scottish professional genealogist and expert DNA detective. She runs her own genealogy and DNA consultancy business, Genes & Genealogy, and specializes in DNA Detective work, particularly the solving of adoption, unknown parentage, and all manner of ancestor mysteries. She is a regular speaker at major genealogy events such as RootsTech, The Genealogy Show, Family Tree Live, Back to Our Past, and Who Do You Think You Are? She co-authored Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide for Family Historians, published in 2019.

Olympia Genealogical Society Celebrates 50 Years

PO Box 1313

Olympia WA 98507-1313





Anthony Carter, OGS President

PH 360-561-2727 or

The Olympia Genealogical Society, formed in 1974, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a kick-off party on Saturday, May 18, 2024

OLYMPIA – The Olympia Genealogical Society (OGS) is announcing the start of a year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary promoting the study of family and local histories, and assisting members, friends, and the South Puget Sound community on their genealogical journey.

The kick-off party for the celebration will be held at the Capital Vision Christian Church, 1775 Yew Avenue NE, Olympia on Saturday, May 18, 2024, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Two of our founding members, Alma Greenwood and Ann Olson, will give a short presentation about OGS’s origins followed by an open Q & A period.

Scrapbooks documenting the OGS history will be available for review, and a video diary of OGS pictures and documents will be shown before and after the oral presentation. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Digging Up Ancestors for 50 Years!

Anyone interested in becoming a member of OGS can get information at Olympia Genealogical Society – Membership (

Annual dues are just $30 per individual, $35 for a family, and $15 for students.

For new members joining between April 16 and August 31, 2024,

the remainder of the current membership year is included

with the next full year’s membership!

Let’s Talk About… Ulster Settlers Database

 Likely you cannot read the faint print of this snip, so I  copied it for you. The important-est statement is this, to my mind: “historical data relating to the English and Scottish men and women who settled in Ulster in the period 1609-1641…”   Those are/were what we’ve come to understand as the Scots-Irish! Those hard-to-find-hard-to-trace rascals who came to the colonies and happily settled on the frontier away from anything of “officialdom.” 

My hubby’s Phillips line is Scots-Irish and I’ve had minimal success with it. Bet you’re in that rowboat with me, eh? I’m going to have a great time clicking around on this website/database……… and, if you Google “Ulster Settlers” several parallel websites pop up, offering more insight, knowledge and information to you! Hooray!

The Ulster Settlers Database, an exciting biographical and historical resource, is now available to researchers. Making innovative use of historical data relating to the English and Scottish men and women who settled in Ulster in the period c.1609-1641, the database is a searchable account of a community in flux.

The initial phase of the project was funded by the Royal Irish Academy through the Hunter Digital Fellowship. Beginning in early 2022, the project was co-hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies at Queens University Belfast and Maynooth University’s Arts and Humanities Institute. 

Taking on the challenges involved in working with incomplete biographical data, this project models existing data into life events and then digitally links all these related events to reconstruct a searchable prosopography or biographical map of the entire settler cohort. 

The Ulster Settlers database is available to search here:

By the by, never say “Scotch-Irish.” David Rencher, CEO of the FamilySearch Library reminds us “that Scotch is a drink.”

Fiske Genealogical Library May Classes

Wednesday, April 24

10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time – Fiske Genealogical Library, Seattle (Virtual Class)

From a Box in the Closet to a Treasured Family Heirloom

Presented by Sara Cochran

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If you’re overwhelmed by the collection of photos your family has accumulated, you’re not alone! After a brief history of photography, we look at organizing techniques, digitization basics and options/ideas on what to do with your photos so they can be enjoyed by generations to come, instead of collecting dust in the box.

Wednesday, May 1

10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time – Fiske Genealogical Library, Seattle (Virtual Class)

Bagging a Live One: Reverse Genealogy in Action

Presented by Mary Roddy

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Mary will show you how to find distant relatives, perhaps ones you never knew existed. You will come away with the skills to target specific people and to find their contact details. Great for finding missing friends and cousins or for locating family members to fill out your DNA “dance card.”

Wednesday, May 8   

10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time – Fiske Genealogical Library, Seattle (Virtual Class)

Becoming the Ancestor

Presented by Beth Swartz

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“Becoming the Ancestor” is about planning for your genealogy when you’re gone. Deciding what to do with it and who’s getting which items or documents. I also discuss identifying items, papers, etc that you want passed on to younger generations, friends or donated to a society. Genealogy wills and getting your wishes down on paper so your family knows your intentions. This is not legal advice, seek advice from an attorney or estate planner in your local jurisdiction.

Wednesday, May 15 

10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time – Fiske Genealogical Library, Seattle (Virtual Class)

Across the Pond to Scotland

Presented by Winona Laird

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The church, government and the wars all play a part in tracking Scottish genealogy and Scottish migration to other countries. Included is the search for baptismal, marriage and death registers plus the census records of Scotland. In addition, the clans of Scotland, the structure  of family and kinship, are important in discovering Scottish genealogy.

Wednesday, May 22 

10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time – Fiske Genealogical Library, Seattle (Virtual Class)

Disaster Proofing Your Research

Presented by Sara Cochran

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Family historians spend years gathering and compiling records, photographs, and family heirlooms to preserve the past and guide the future. Let’s talk about ways to ensure that all this hard work isn’t lost in any number of potential disasters.

Wednesday, May 29

10:00 am to 11:15 am Pacific Time – Fiske Genealogical Library, Seattle (Virtual Class)

Pruning Your Family Tree

Presented by Jenny Hansen

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We grow up hearing stories of ancestors and poring over old family files. But how much of that information is really true?  Whether you are trying to crack family mysteries or just starting your own original research, this class will show you how to verify your family tree. Learn how to eliminate potential relatives and how to embrace the true stories of your past