Let’s Talk About: Little, Local Societies

I think most every county in Washington has a genealogical society; some have more than one. Each one of these groups was established for two reasons: to help members with finding their family history, and to keep a library or collection of local resources with which to offer that help.  Do not overlook what can be found locally in a smaller, local society. 

Burlington, in Skagit County, Washington, began as a logging camp in 1882 and was officially incorporated in 1902. That’s a long-time history! The city sits near the Skagit River, which has a history of flooding, but the city bounced back after a terrible flood in 1909 and is a sweet little place to visit today. When I visited with this group, several members told me the stories of how their recent ancestors had moved there from the midwest, lured by lumbering jobs. 

The Skagit Valley Genealogical Society was established in 1987 “to promote and preserve family history,” especially in their area. SVGS maintains an extensive collection of genealogy reference books in the Burlington Public Library. Are you needing research help in Skagit County? Do contact the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. As a bonus, Burlington is just a tad north of the Skagit Valley tulip explosion; time your trip to enjoy the blooms and visit Burlington and other nearby places in Skagit County. 

After my time with the SVGS group, I took the ferry to Port Angeles to visit family. Thinking of small places as I drove west,  I saw two place-name signs I’d never seen before. One directed folks to turn left for the town of Big….. could find nothing for that town but Big Lake is a designated place in Skagit County. Big, Washington; interesting designation.

Beaver is an unincorporated community in Clallam County on the Olympic Peninsula, settled in the early 1900s. Wikipedia designated it as “one of the wettest places in the contiguous U.S. with an annual rainfall of 121 inches.” Yikes.  Anybody’s ancestor from Beaver, Washington?? I wonder why they left? (smile)
I’ve been to Joyce, in Clallam County. This townlet was founded in 1913 by Joseph Joyce and is 16 miles west of Port Angeles. The historic general store there opened n 1911 and is still offering refreshments to travelers today. Interesting trivia: as there is only one road into town, residents are very aware of  the possibility of a catastrophic earthquake happening (the town sits on the Cascadia subducton zone) and have extensive emergency and survival planning in place. Good for them! 

Pioneer Pursuit Roundtable Answers Questions

Participants in the recent WSGS Pioneer Pursuit Roundtable heard details about the program from how the applications should be completed to how the data are reviewed. Using the Pioneer Pursuit web pages as a starting point, listeners were walked through each step of the process to document every man, woman and child that lived in Washington Territory on or before November 11, 1889.

After the presentation, an open Q&A period answered specific questions in more detail. The roundtable was recorded and is available here. Note: If you are asked for a password, it is Dj%t1tfJ.

The contest runs from November 1, 2022 until October 31, 2023. For more information, email WAPioneerPursuit@gmail.com

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy Family Tree SIG

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy Family Tree SIG Group Meeting May 2nd at 7:00 PM

This month we will discuss what we know about Legacy and what we would like to learn next. There will be time for folks to ask questions and share how they have been using Legacy to organize their genealogy research. I will share some links to support documents that were provided by the Legacy Users Group on Facebook.

Your attendance and participation are greatly appreciated!

Topic: TPCGS Legacy Family Tree Special Interest Group Meeting

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2023 International German Genealogy Partnership Conference

JUNE 9-11, 2023

Counting down and looking forward

According to the IGGP 2023 clock, we’re about 45 days from the opening of the conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and online. If you’re still thinking about registering, now’s the time!

We keep saying connection is our brand, and the conference backs that up. Almost 30 Connection sessions on all areas of German research. These peer-to-peer sessions bring together folks interested in the same topic. This year is certainly the most comprehensive schedule of Connection sessions we have offered. But even more, those who have volunteered to facilitate the sessions are experienced researchers from many parts of the German world. The easy way to see who they are:

Go to the "presenters" page on iggp.org

Scroll down to "Connection session facilitators"

Click on the photo to see a bio 

IGGP 2023 is fortunate to have a number of “on-demand” presenters who agreed to record their presentations. That’s another 50+ presentations that address a range of topics we could not pass up. To extend the value of your registration, we will be scheduling live question and answer sessions with many of these presenters in the weeks after the conference ends. This is another value-add to the conference.

Then there’s the exhibitors both on-site and virtual who all have stories to tell.The Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library to roam and research in, the Germanfest a short walk from the conference with music and food and fun, and everything else you can squeeze into a weekend in Fort Wayne.

If you know a librarian or archivist who helps patrons with genealogy questions, encourage them to sign up for Librarians’ Day on Thursday, June 8. Experts will share information on where to find the resources to do German genealogy. Why not donate their registration? It’s only $10!

Hope to see you in June. Questions may be sent to info@iggp.org. Take a look at our newsletter, Partner Zeitung, for lots more about what you’ll find at the conference.

The traveling exhibit will be one of two at the IGGP 2023 conference.
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Let’s Talk About: “Old Ironsides” Visited Washington

 The historic wooden-hulled, three-masted frigate, was built in Boston and launched in 1797. Did you know it is still a commissioned vessel of the modern U.S. Navy? 

Named by President George Washington, the Constitution is most famour for her actions against the British Navy during the War of 1812. She earned the nickname “Old Ironsides” in an engagement with the HMS Guerriere when her thick, oak hull sustained relatively minor damage from the Guerrier’s  cannon balls. 

You can read six pages of history on this great old ship on www.historylink.org (our Washington State history site). 

“On May 31, 1933, the historic frigate USS Constitution arrived at the Port of Seattle. After making a grand circuit of Elliott Bay, “Old Ironsides” was moored at Pier 41 in Smith Cove. This was part of a three-year tour around the United States, a public “thank you” to everyone who, from 1925 to 1930, helped raise almost $1 million ($18 billion today) to completely restore the deteriorating vessel.” Some 84,000 people toured the ship in Seattle.
She then made her way up the Washington coast, stopping in Bremerton, Tacoma, Everett, Bellingham, Anacortes, Port Angeles and Port Townsend before heading south for stops along the California coast. She wintered in San Diego before heading back to Boston where she now is permanently moored. As a still-commissioned vessel, she floats IN the bay, not stuck in a concrete bay. 

Don’t we just love our Washington State history tidbits???

Let’s Talk About…. New England Books Give-away

Some short time back I was given three big boxes of the basic reference/resource books for New England research. Here in Spokane I’ve tried to find way for anybody interested to have access to these books and I have failed. Could lengthen the story but bottom line I have all these wonderful books that need a home. I’m posting here hoping that some one of you, dear readers, belongs to a genealogical society who has interest (and space!) to have these books available to your members. (EWGS no longer has a genealogy library; too long and too sad a story to share here.) For postage, or UPS charges, I’d be happy to ship these boxes to you………. just say the word. Here is the short history and the list of those books:

I have two “Xerox-size” boxes of books pertaining to early New England research. These books were discards from the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society library.  These are basic books for New England research. That’s not to say everything in each volume is correct; but the volumes do provide clues.

  1.  Compendium of American Genealogy, First Families of America by Virkus, published 1926-1942; there are Volumes 2 – 3 – 4 – 6 – 7.
  2. New England Marriages Prior to 1700, by Torrey, and Supplement
  3. The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, by Anderson; 3 volumes,  A-F,  C-F,  G-H. (yes looks like a typed mistake but tiz not), published 1995. Likely there are more volumes to this series but my two boxes don’t contain them. J
  4. The Great Migration, by Anderson, published between 1999 and 2011, 7 volumes, A-Z.
  5. Genealogical Dictionary of First Settlers of New England, Three Generations prior to May 1692, by Savage; 4 volumes covering A-Z, originally published 1860-1862.
  6. Digest of Early Connecticut Probate Records, by Manwaring, Vols 1-3 cover Hartford, 1635-1750.
  7. Families of Ancient New Haven, by Jacobus, there are 3 compiled volumes only,  1-3, 4-6, and 7-8, first published 1922-1932
  8. New England Historic Genealogical Society Register:
    1. 15 volumes from Fall 2019 to Winter 2022
    1. Bunch of old ones, Volumes 1-6,  15-26,  31-34, published between 1847 and 1881.

Email me directly, please: Donna243@gmail.com…. and ONLY if you’re interested in having the books. Please don’t just say “sorry we cannot.”

Let’s Talk About: Appaloosa Horse Museum

 Last March, several EWGS members had a Learning Day Out Road Trip! Jeanne Coe, Jennilyn Weight and me, were joined by Karen Lehfeldt and Janet Damm (of the Whitman Co Gen Soc), for a most fun day.

Janet is the Librarian for WCGS and since they are paring down their collection to keep mostly only Whitman County books, a long list of give-away-books enticed us to stop and load our tote bags. (Possibly they still are culling and giving away; contact them if you’re interested.) 

For years I’ve driven past this museum and today was the day to finally stop and learn. I had thought this breed of horse somehow originated with the Native Americans in the Palouse area, but no. There are ancient cave paintings depicting “spotted horses.”

And did you realize that Appaloosa horses, like many horse breeds, have recorded pedigrees? In the museum was a big thick book of Appaloosa Horse Pedigrees…..

Then we five had a fun lunch at Roosters in Clarkston and attended a local history talk in the Lewiston Public Library………. after a stop at the Lewiston County Historical Society Museum, of course!

There are soooooo many day trips to take in our wonderful Evergreen State! Gather up a car full and GO!

Reminder: Pioneer Pursuit Roundtable on Monday

Are you interested in learning more about the Pioneer Pursuit? Well, join us for a roundtable presentation on Monday, April 24, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

We’ll show you what resources are available, how to complete the forms and how the review process works. PLUS, there’ll be plenty of time to get your questions answered. There is no pre-registration. Attendance is limited to 100 participants. The roundtable will be recorded and available on the WSGS website.

Monday, April 24, 2023, 6:30 p.m.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82158112359?pwd=ZlJpak1pUjNjTDROcmFjckMxUlljdz09

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For more information, visit the Pioneer Pursuit webpage or email Info@wasgs.org.

YVGS Website Team 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 YVGS Zoom Team that was nominated by the Yakima Valley Genealogical Society (YVGS). The team was comprised of Judy Jones Schuster and Richard Kyle.

Richard Kyle

Richard was a librarian, a program presenter and sets up seminars and workshops. He also registered YVGS as an affiliate library with the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  He served as a librarian at the LDS library in Yakima many years and, when they shut down, was instrumental in acquiring their microfilms and fiche for YVGS’s library.  He serves as YVGS’s vice president and webmaster.

Judy Jones Schuster

Judy currently serves as president (for the second time) and was vice president. She has also been the society’s program chair and presents programs for their meetings. She worked many hours at Indian John Hill rest stop serving coffee to raise funds. Judy was YVGS’s bulletin editor from 2006 to 2021 and teaches bi-annual genealogy classes and currently works on obituaries for scanning. 

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.”