South King County Genealogy Society February 2024 Meetings

At the May 2024 General Membership Meeting, SKCGS will hold its annual election for the positions of Vice President and Secretary. Please send nominations to nominating-committee@skcgs.org.  

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PROGRAM UPDATES

  • In-person Genealogy Help expanded to Federal Way Library
  • All meetings are online except the in-person Research Group and Genealogy Help at the Auburn and Federal Way Libraries
  • Live transcription (captioning) is available during our Zoom meetings by request
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FEBRUARY – EARLY MARCH 2024 MEETINGS & EVENTS

Friday, February 2, 2024 10:30-12:30pm PT (time change)
EGS German Interest Group (online)
Topic: Practical Advice for Family Research in Pomerania presented by Dr. Klaus-D. Kohrt
Learn how to find where your ancestors lived, which records have survived and where to find them both in archives and online.

This seminar will cover the tools provided via the website of the Pommerscher Greif and how they will lead you to sources in various archives and demonstrate what and where to find on the internet or how to contact organizations holding the original records. The focus of the presentation will be on (Protestant) church books and civil registers and explain the organizational structures of the Protestant church and the civil administration in Pomerania until 1945.
For meeting registration, visit https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/

Saturday, February 3, 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (online)
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM.
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdu6uqzgiGdDn7eCsOAgkvdOXktX127sz
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
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Monday, February 5, 2024, 11:00am PT
Beginning Genealogy Class: Military Records (online)
More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes/bgc

Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 6:30pm PT
SKCGS Board of Directors Meeting (online)
All SKCGS members are invited to attend; only Officers and Directors may vote. Write to Board@skcgs.org for the meeting link.

Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 7:00pm PT
Beginning Genealogy Class: Military Records (online)
Repeat of the February 5th class
More details at https://www.skcgs.org/meetings-events/classes/bgc

Monday, February 12, 2024
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genetic Genealogy/DNA Interest Group (online)
Topic: Strategies For Using the Smaller Databases: 23andMe, MyHeritage, FamilyTreeDNA, LivingDNA

If there is time we can also discuss the upload-only sites such as Gedmatch, Geneanet, Geni.
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIucuCvqTsqHNcN7wBEC0fB_3-TRYD1rZLm
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Genetic-Genealogy email list for meeting reminders and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Genetic-Genealogy

Friday, February 16, 2024, 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Research Workshop (in-person)
For SKCGS members
Kent FamilySearch Center
12817 SE 256th St., Kent, WA
Seating is limited
RSVP REQUIRED to Winona at w.laird@skcgs.orgSaturday, February 17, 2024, 9:30am PT social time; 10am – 11:30am PT program (online)
SKCGS General Membership Meeting (Online)
Christine Cohen presents “Grand Army of the Republic – Researching Your Civil War Veterans”
Do you have a Union Civil War Veteran? Did you know that in 1890 there were over 400,000 Veterans who belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R), including members of the USCT? This organization existed from 1866 to 1956. It generated records noting Civil War service, birth, marriage, death, residences, occupations, detailed biographies and even photographs. Christine will show where and how to find these hidden gems.


Christine Cohen is a 21-year member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society (WAGS), and currently the Program Director of WAGS. She is a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Her interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series “Roots”. A native Californian, she is a graduate of UCLA, and recently retired to pursue genealogical education full time.
The program will be recorded for playback by SKCGS Members. Guests welcome! Register at https://www.skcgs.org

Monday, February 19, 2024
1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Technical User Group (online)
Topic: Preparing for RootsTech
Registration, your profile, how to communicate with cousins, and more.
Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAucuigqj4uH92bWWD2uycX9Z1uSsRLY4K6
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS Technical User Group email list for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/TUG

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
6:30pm – 7:30pm PT

Genealogy with SKCGS and KCLS (online)
County Histories

Join professional genealogist, Winona Laird, from South King County Genealogical Society for a series of programs to help you along on your genealogical journey.
King County Library will email a Zoom link no later than 24 hours before the program start time. If you do not see an email, check your Junk or Spam folder. If you need assistance, please contact Jennifer at jwooten@kcls.org.
Register at KCLS: https://kcls.bibliocommons.com/events/65565abcb036662f00807fad


Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:00am – 1:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Auburn Library (in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
1102 Auburn Way S
Auburn, WA 98002
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, email kcls-auburn@kcls.org

Thursday, February 22, 2024 2:00pm – 4:00pm PT
Genealogy Help with SKCGS at the Federal Way Library (in-person)
Genealogy questions? SKCGS offers one-on-one help with a volunteer
34200 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Registration not required. In-person event. Safety guidelines and current protocols followed. More information at King County Library, https://kcls.org/locations/federal-way, or phone: (253) 838-3668

Monday, February 26, 2024 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT
Genealogy Chat (online)
Meet up and chat about genealogy subjects and topics. We have no agenda; we just like one another!
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUud-uqpzoiGtEMxlqDBQ_fUeS8oZjScF71
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS email list for meeting invitations and discussion: https://skcgs.groups.io/g/Society

Friday, March 1, 2024 10:30-12:30pm PT (time change)
EGS German Interest Group (online)
Co-hosted by EGS German Interest Group and Ahnenforscher Stammtisch Unna: “Working with Marginal Notes on German Civil Records” by Ursula C. Krause in Germany
The program will be in the English language. Visitors welcome and more information at https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com


Saturday, March 2, 2024, 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Family Tree Maker Users Group (online)
Question & Answer. Each month, we will learn about using the features of FTM.
Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsdu6uqzgiGdDn7eCsOAgkvdOXktX127sz
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Subscribe to the free SKCGS FTM email list for meeting reminders and discussion:  https://skcgs.groups.io/g/FTMUG

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Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Day New Content in Fold3

  TIP OF THE WEEK –
NEW CONTENT ON FOLD3
 During the Civil War, many benevolent and philanthropic groups ran homes where disabled soldiers could live and receive care on a short-term basis. In 1865, Congress approved the National Asylum for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Later, the name was changed to the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers.

Fold3 recently added records for soldiers who resided in these homes covering 1866-1938. The collection contains records for twelve National Homes where disabled soldiers and sailors could live following the Civil War.

In addition to Fold3, Ancestry.com, Newspapers.com (full access), American Ancestors and Historygeo.com are available on the library’s computers. SGS is also a FamilySearch affiliate library which allows access to some locked records when logged on to the library’s Wi-Fi.
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Evidence Analysis

JOIN US AT THE SGS LIBRARY
FOR SECOND SATURDAY WORKSHOP

Debbie
Wilson Smyth

Come down to the SGS Library as we learn more about effective evidence analysis methods. Debbie Wilson Smyth’s live presentation will be shared on the big screen at the library. It is a great opportunity to discuss what we learn together — and checkout something you’ve been meaning to get from the Library while you are here.

Debbie Wilson Smyth holds a Certificate in Genealogical Research from Boston University. She is past-president of the Suncoast Genealogy Society and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists.
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AMANDALEI BENNETT, FRONT DESK COORDINATOR, NAMED 2024 VOLUNTEER OF WINTER QUARTER

“Wow–how very nice,” was Amandalei Bennett’s reaction to the news that she has been selected by the SGS Board as this quarters Top Volunteer.

“Amandalei has made the transition from outstanding SGS Secretary to an equally outstanding Front Desk Coordinator,” observed SGS President Jim Secan. “She makes sure we have a reliable person sitting at the Library’s front desk and takes that worry off both the Library Director and the President.”

Amandalei
Bennett
Bennett isn’t sure what year she joined, but she had been attending events and classes, including Cary Bright’s DNA Special Interest Group. Then one January during that SIG she noticed that she could sign up for a 15-month membership and has been with SGS ever since.

When asked how long she has been volunteering, she replied: “My volunteering started fairly early by helping clean the library, rearrange books and price books for sale. I also helped at the seminars. But, my volunteering escalated when Reilly Kidd and Linda Fitzgerald, both roped me into more serious volunteering, first as a Desk Volunteer and then as the Nominating Committee Chair. I’ve been Board Secretary, election committee chair, and helped Jean Roth at Irish Day and the Highland Days. Now I’m the Library’s Desk Volunteers Coordinator, trying to fill Elizabeth’s very capable shoes.”

Sheyna Watkins, an active member and SGS eNews editor recalled getting to know Bennett through the SGS Write It Up Special Interest Group. “Amandalei’s contributions, not just to the group but to the activities of SGS in general show the depth of her knowledge and her enthusiasm for our mission. She is always engaged, faithful and thoughtful.”

What Bennett enjoys about volunteering is meeting other members and patrons — all who are equally passionate as she is about genealogy.

Bennett attends many of the events and seminars put on by SGS. These include some downtown at the Library, Volunteer Appreciation Days, last year’s Ice Cream Social and the recent Smith Family Day Open House. Bennett especially noted SGS’s 100th year celebration at Dunn Gardens: “an exceptional event from the gardens to the food to the lecture.” 

When asked how she became interested in family history research Bennett said she got into genealogy determined to find out if her dad was related to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. “Since his middle name was Wadsworth, as was his mother’s. How hard can it be?” 

This lead Bennett on a much longer search then she initially thought. 

“Longfellow had six kids but none of them had kids, so I had to go to the National Archives during the limited time they were open on Saturdays, groping around in the dark, trying to read the microfiche there. Ten years later, I finally found out we were indeed related to Longfellow through his mother, Zilpha Wadsworth (sheese — I should have figured).”

More discoveries followed. With the Longfellow connection confirmed, Bennett was “off to the races” as she described it. Longfellow was already proven to be related to the Mayflower members, Priscilla Mullins and John Alden (he authored ‘The Courtship of Myles Standish’). And just like that Bennett had confirmed she had Mayflower ancestors.

“Most of my ancestors moved from Cape Cod to Maine and never left, so I’m heavy into New England and Colonial research. I’m lucky there are so many resources, since I’m fairly lazy about researching, but I am addicted, since I’ve found quite a number of famous ancestors. After all, if you have one Mayflower relative, you’ve probably got a fair number!”

When not focusing on genealogy, Bennett enjoys gardening, reading, traveling and art, giving thanks to her dad who was an artist, an educator and wildflower enthusiast. SGS ELECTIONS DRAW NEAR

SGS elections are coming up in April. So far the following slate of SGS members have volunteered to run for SGS officer and director positions:

President:  Kathy Weber
Vice President:  Lisa Oberg
Secretary:  Cybele O’Brien
Treasurer:  Betsey Cotter
Education Director:  Cecellia Rogers
Library Director:  Kathi McGinnis

At this time there is only one name per position. If you would like to volunteer to run for any of these positions, or if you know of someone who you think would be a good candidate, please contact either Jim Secan or Kathy Weber.


SAVE THE DATEOlympia Genealogical Society Seminar: “Immigration & Naturalization” by Rich Venezia (Virtual)
Saturday, February 3, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

  • Emerald Isle Express: Researching Irish Ancestors
  • Discovering Your Immigrant’s Origins: Exhausting Every Resource
  • Ship Manifests: An In-Depth Look
  • Naturalization Know-How: The Laws and Records of U.S. Citizenship

More information on the OGS site.Eastside Genealogy Society “Voting Records: the Best
Kept Genealogical Secret” presented by Pam Vestal
Thursday February 8, 2024, 7:00 pm 


Looking for a date of birth or death? The date and court of naturalization? Where your ancestor disappeared to, or where he came from? His political outlook? Even what kind of house he lived in? Voting records may have the answer. More information available on the group’s page.Please sign up at least two days prior to the event.

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 Feb. 12, 2024, “Help! I Got My DNA Results and I’m Confused, Part 2: Next Steps for 2024,” presented by Gil Bardige. For more information see http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

GRIP Registration for 2024 Opens
Tuesday, February 20


This year the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) offers two sessions of classes: June 23-28, 2024, on Zoom and July 14-19, 2024, in-person. Download a list of the 2024 courses.

SGS Second Saturdays: Women in Special Collections
Saturday March 9, 2024, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Zoom and in person at the SGS library


What can you find in special collections at libraries and archives? Learn more about the lives of your women ancestors by digging into special collections of diaries, letters, manuscripts, and photographic material generated by women. To view at the library, register here. To view from home online register here.




SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTSGood Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658
Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday   
** 10:00 am – 3:00 pm **
 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.   All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise notedSaturday, Feb. 3, 2024, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG (Virtual), with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, 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 SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.

Monday, Feb. 8, 2024, 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. 10, 2024, 1:00 am-2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Evidence Analysis  (Virtual or at the SGS library), Effective evidence analysis requires analyzing not only the source, but also the information it contains and the evidence it provides. Join Debbie Wilson Smyth as she offers an in-depth look into the evidence analysis process.: To view at the library, register here. To view from home online register here.

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, 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, Feb. 12, 2024, 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. Members must sign in to website to see Zoom link.

Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, 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 keisling@gmail.com

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, 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, Feb. 17, 2024, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Irish SIG (Virtual), with Susan McKee. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG (Virtual), Bring your favorite German research resource to share with the group. Carolyn Schott is the facilitator. Get the new Zoom link. Register on the SGS website.

Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, 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. 20, 2024, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm,  “Pass It On” 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, Feb. 26, 2024, 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. 27, 2024, 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, Mar. 2, 2024, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG (Virtual), with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Mar. 3, 2024, 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 SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2024, 1:00 am-2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Women in Special Collections  (Virtual or at the SGS library), Celebrate Women’s History Month with “Special Collection Repositories: Finding Women’s Stories and Voices,” presented by Janice C. Lovelace: To view at the library, register here. To view from home online register here.

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Let’s Talk About…. Tribute To My John



Today is my hubby, John Charles Phillips, 81st birthday. He, like many of us, never guessed he’d ever be “so old,” as he says. Here he is at his father’s grave (Charles Alexander Phillips, 1906-1961, Shelton, WA, on top) and his mother’s (Esther Mary Oswald, 1913-1998, Spokane.) 

I’ve had some good luck researching his family. For a time, he was an avid bagpipe player and so wanted me to find his Scottish ancestry. Alas, best I could do was Scots-Irish, the Phillips coming into Colonial America and migrating to Georgia after the Revolution when there was land to be had. Seaborn Phillips survived his wounds at Gettysburg in the Civil War and died in Texas (Texas paid pensions). 

His mother, Esther, was an English teacher at Shadle Park High School for years. Her mother was Mary Ethel Leverich,1886-1967. The Leverich and Berrien families have long, illustrious histories in early New York. Mary’s biggest adventure began in 1909 when she and her maiden aunt traveled from their home in Danville, Illinois, via train through Yellowstone to Seattle. She kept a diary; I have that diary! One entry mentions standing in the dinner line on the train and meeting “Mr. Oswald.” They married in 1911.

The Oswald side of John’s family originated in Luxembourg, with Nicholas coming in 1850 with wife and children to Ozaukee, Wisconsin (on Lake Michigan) and helping found the town of Belgium. 

Their son, John Peter Oswald, 1878-1946, worked for nearly three decades as a machinist for the Great Northern Railroad. John and Ethel first settled in Hillyard (where the railway yards were) but in 1912 when expecting their first child (Esther), and realizing that “the White Death” (tuberculosis) was rampant in the city, and Ethel insisted that they move out of town to a farm. Which they did……….. the farm is on Flint Road (West Plains) and is still in family hands. John and Ethel’s five children were born there……….

While John Peter worked in Hillyard for the railroad…. nearly 15 miles from the farm on (what was then) R.F.D. 4. The family story goes that Ethel would take John, in the buckboard, along the dusty, unpaved Hwy 2, down Sunset Hill, to the Interurban, where he’d ride the bus to Hillyard and stay until Friday afternoon, when Ethel would again come down the hill to fetch him. They did this until 1926 when John’s rich inventor brother bought them a car.

Esther, John’s mother, recalls growing up on the farm….. and walking to the Bowl & Pitcher to sit and write in her journal. (Picture the Casino to the B&P…. would your teen do that? And no way would you let her!!) She graduated from Lewis & Clark High School, and then Cheney Normal School (now EWU) and was teaching school in Newport, WA, by age 17. Before her marriage in 1941 to Chuck Phillips, she and a school-teacher girlfriend traveled the world on what she called “tramp steamers.” Another memory: when she was expecting John (fall, 1942) she feared having to quit teaching school (that was the rule then) but her principal, who had lost most of his male teachers to either the Bremerton shipyards or the war, told her to “just put on a smock.” Which she did. 

Aren’t family stories interesting? And each one is different! Why not write up YOUR story on your birthday, or your spouse’s story on their birthday? 

Bainbridge Island Genealogical Society Recreating Your Ancestor’s World

Friday, February 16 @ 10AM On Zoom and at the Bainbridge Public Library Mary Kircher Roddy will present Recreating Your Ancestor’s World




Learn about your ancestor’s world by learning more about what was going on during their lifetimes in the places they lived. Discover where such information sources are and just how to access them.

Mary Kircher Roddy frequently lectures in Washington State as well as at conferences across the US on methodology and records. She is a trustee of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, one of the founders of the Applied Genealogy Institute, and is the co-editor of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). She also earned a certificate in Genealogy and Family History at the University of Washington.


Mary became interested in genealogy in 2000 in anticipation of a sabbatical with her husband and children in Ireland. She was sure she would complete all her Irish BIGS Programs genealogy in a year. Two decades later, that genealogy is still a work in progress.

So, please join us on February 16 at 10AM on Zoom or in-person

Everyone Welcome! No membership necessary but registration is required.

Register now on our website: bigenealogy.org

Diana Keehn Named One of WSGS’s Outstanding Volunteers in 2023

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 2023 award recipients and learn why they received the 2023 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Today we’re introducing Diana Keehn of Marysville, Washington, who was nominated by the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS).

Diana is currently a volunteer librarian and publicity chair (a board position) at SVGS. As publicity chair, she promotes the society primarily via social media such as the SVGS Facebook page, Arlington Newsletter, Washington State Genealogical Society blog and Conference Keeper. As a volunteer librarian, she assists with cataloging new additions at the library, and is noted for one-to-one training and encouragement of patrons in how to do research themselves to find the answers to their questions in the extensive collection. She participates in various research groups and is usually available to “do whatever needs to be done.”   

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” in the subject line.

Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Smarter Searching by Cyndi Ingle

Saturday, February 3

Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists  (EWGS Meetings)

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Hybrid Meeting at The Hive – 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

Are you still using only the basic search options available on your favorite genealogical research sites? Do you get a lot of less-than-helpful search results? We will explore features and strategies you can use to tighten up the searches and make your online research more productive.

Smarter Searching: Refining Search Parameters for Genealogists by Cyndi Ingle (of Cyndi’s List)

We are meeting at The HIVE, 2904 E Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99202

1:00-3pm, doors open at 12:30

Let’s Talk About…. Google for Genealogy

Google should be one of the most-used tools in your genealogy tool box. The “wag” is that you can ask Google for information on a zillion subjects. (No, Google will NOT be able to tell you where great-grandma was buried.)

Family Tree Magazine offered this 8-page Cheat Sheet as an insert in their magazine a while back. My opinion? It’s worth the $9.99 but ONLY IF you use it! 😐

Here are the front page Google Search Tips:

  • Save time; search properly
  • Disregard punctuation
  • Disregard capitalization
  • Don’t stress spelling
  • Put the most important search term first
  • Use the Advanced feature
  • Set up Google alerts/automated searches
  • Use Google Chrome

Did you know Google offers (for free):

  • Google Books, 40 billion books
  • Google Translate
  • Google Maps
  • Google Earth
  • Google Drive
  • MORE!

There are dozens of tutorials on YouTube (also part of the Google family) to teach you!

Genealogical research is more than just picking the “low-hanging fruit” and sitting back. Genealogical research is learning how to reach that “higher” fruit!  Google can help, I guarantee. 😀

Tacoma Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy SIG

Tacoma-Pierce County Genealogical Society Legacy Family Tree SIG Meeting

Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm virtual via Zoom

This month’s topic is: Cleaning up your Legacy Family File.

This meeting we will be working on our Legacy Family Files so we will be backing them up, loading the sample file making changes to the sample files and showing you how to cleanup Legacy lists like the Master Location List.

If you have any suggestions for future topics, please send them in.

This is our monthly meeting to share tips & tricks, problems & solutions. Sometimes we will watch videos or share our screens to aid in learning more about using Legacy Family Tree software.

Everyone is welcome to attend and participate in the learning. If you are just thinking about trying Legacy for the first time, you’ve been using it for a year or two or you are an old pro with many years of experience using Legacy this is the group for you.

We look forward to meeting with you, every month on the First Tuesday at 7:00 PM Pacific Time

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