2022 Clallam County Genealogical Society Events

Saturday, January 8    10 am         David Obee         Between Friends/Entre Amis:  Cousins Across the Border  (no cost)                    Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, February 12    10 am      Richard Hill       Finding My Family With DNA     (no cost)  Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, March 12       10:30 am         Michael Brophy    Irish Genealogy      (no cost)                        Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, April 9                Seminar meeting with Lisa Alzo:                                                                     Topics:  Crossing the Pond:  Successful Strategies for Researchig Eastern European Ancestors                                                                                 Immigrant Cluster Communities:  Past, Present, Future                                                                                 Murder, Mayhem and a Town Tragedy    To join the Seminar, check the web page for fee.  After $$$ is recieved, Zoom codes will be sent to participant  

Saturday, May 14           10 am            Judy Russell (The Legal Genealogist)        Topic TBA    (no cost)                      Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000    

Saturday June 11               Sarah Cochran  (The Skeleton Whisperer)             Topic TBA       (no cost)                       Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, August 3         Seminar meeting with Jill Morelli             Topics TBA  

Saturday, September 10        Virginia Majewski                      Topic TBA             (no cost)                         Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000  

Saturday, November 12            Diane Henricks                    Finding Descendats in your Family Tree      (no cost)                         Zoom meeting with Clallam County Genealogical Society.  To join and get pass code, call 360-417-5000

Clallam County Genealogical Society Orphan Trains

Saturday, October 9th, the Clallam County Genealogical Society will host a Zoom presentation given by Michael Brophy, a nationally known professional genealogist.

His topic will be “The Orphan Train Movement: History, Genealogy, Legacy”.

The Orphan Trains operated between 1854 and 1929, transporting 200,000+ children from New York to the Midwest and beyond. Over two million descendants live on to tell the stories of this uniquely American movement through oral history, genealogy research with ongoing, careful care of the unique records.

Explore these ancestors in this unique lecture.

All are invited to join us to hear this outstanding speaker. To obtain the Zoom meeting number and the pass code, contact CCGS at 360-681-0962 Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 4pm or Saturday noon to 4pm.

About Michael Brophy

Michael Brophy is an heir search specialist, researcher, and lecturer from the Boston area. He specializes in New England and Irish genealogy.

He has lectured on a wide variety of subjects at the National Genealogy Society’s Annual Conference in 2014, 2012 and 2011. His presentations include several Legacy webinars.

Mike was featured on the Irish TV series Dead Money, a genealogy TV show about heir searchers. In 2010, Mr. Brophy was hired to conduct research for the NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are? in an episode dedicated to the family history of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.

Mike earned an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His genealogy education includes seven certificates from the Institute of Genealogy and Historic Research (IGHR) and certificates in Private Investigation and Advanced Forensic Genealogy from Boston University.

Clallam County Genealogical Society’s 2021 Seminar Lisa Louise Cooke

Clallam County Genealogical Society’s 2021 Seminar

Date: Saturday, August 14, 2021

Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke found her passion for family history at her grandmother’s knee at the age of eight. She is presently one of the leading genealogist in America today, having written several books including The Genealogist’s Google Toolbox, How to Find you Family History in Newspapers and the video series, Google Earth for Genealogy.

She is the producer and Host of the Genealogy Gems Podcast, a popular online genealogy audio show available at www.GenealogyGems.com. She is also the producer and Host of the Family Tree Magazine Podcast, author of the Lisa’s Picks column in Family Tree Magazine and a curriculum developer and instructor for Family Tree University. She is sought after as a national and international speaker.

Our Seminar will include 3 Zoom Sessions:


9:30 am -9:45 am Introduction

9:45 am -10:45 am Session I The Genealogist’s Google Search Methodology

It’s a new decade, so if you think you know how to Google, think again! Technology changes rapidly and keeping our search skills updated and sharp is key to search success. Come learn the latest Google Search Methodology for Genealogy. You’ll hear about the latest and best search innovations, and learn the process that will dramatically improve your genealogical search results. These skills can be used with all associated Google tools.

10:45 am – 11:05 — Break

11:05 am – 12:05 pm Session II Ancestry Top Tips and Hidden Secrets

Discover what you didn’t know about Ancestry. We’ll cover little known search strategies and collections that will reinvigorate your genealogy.

12:05 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch break

12:45 pm – 2:45 pm Session III How to Reopen and Work a Genealogical Cold Case

Become a genealogical detective in this vital session. You’ll learn to track ancestors like a criminal cold case detective, sniffing out holes in your research and getting missing information on the record with cutting edge technology.

2:45 pm – 3 pm Closing Remarks


Early Registration closes August 7th $40 for members, $50 for non-members

All Late Registrations and at the Door of the Research Center $50 per person.

After receipt of check or Paypal you will receive the Zoom meeting number and pass code in your email.

Please send your checks to CCGS, 403 E. 8th Street, Port Angeles, 98362. Pay-pal is available through our website: www.clallamcogs.org.

You are welcome to watch the Zoom meeting at the CCGS Research Center— 403 E. 8th Street, Port Angeles.

For additional Information call CCGS Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm, or Sat. noon – 4pm: 360-417-5000.

New Interest Group: Genealogy Travelers

Formation of a New Interest Group:  Genealogy Travelers

Clallam County Genealogical Society has a newly formed interest group, The Genealogy Travelers!  It is for anyone who enjoys going to archives, libraries, etc. near and far.  We have some initial trips planned for this summer within Washington. If you are interested in joining us, please call CCGS at 360-417-5000 and add your name to the roster, so we can notify you of upcoming events.   Members and non-members are welcome, so plan to bring along a genealogy friend.

Our first adventure will be to the Seattle Public Library (downtown) on Wednesday, June 5th.  If you would like to travel with us, please contact the CCGS Research Center by May 31st, so we can plan accordingly.   We will be sending out travel details next week, once we know how many folks will be traveling with us.    

Clallam County Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

Genealogical Spring Seminar featuring Janet O’Conor Camarata

Janet O’Conor Camarata will be the featured speaker at a Spring Seminar March 10th entitled Location, Location, Location!  hosted by the Genealogical Society of Clallam County.


She is a popular speaker much in demand for her remarkable presentations.  She has not only provided many seminars , but has also been a presenter at the Northwest Genealogy Conference, the Washington State Conference, and at other prominent events.  Her presentations are well organized, and enjoyable.


The program consists of four different sessionsThe morning session will include her lectures Beyond Maps: Location in Context, and Discover County Histories and the Family Stories They Tell.  In the afternoon she will explain how to understand and make the most of Survey Systems and General Land Office Records. 


Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch, however,  beverage and munchies will be served during the registration period and breaks.


The Seminar will be held at the Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim.

Registration will begin at 8:30am and the program will end at 3:00 pm.


The cost of the seminar will be $35 for CCGS Members, $40 for non-members and registrants after Tuesday, March 6th and at the door.


Registrations are presently being accepted.  One can send in their check payable to CCGS, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd., Port Angeles, WA 98382.  To pay by credit card go to the CCGS Website and follow the directions for using Paypal. 


For more information call the Society Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4pm:  360-681-0962, or visit the website, www.clallamcogs.org.


Heritage Quest Booksellers will also be in attendance.





Card Catalog File Cabinet

Anyone in need of a Card Catalog File Cabinet for your Society?  Clallam County Gen. Society has one in surplus.  It is in great condition.  Has 30 drawers and 2 pull out shelves.  Height 44”, Depth 21”, Width 34”.  Contact Clallam Co. Gen. Society and Research Center, 402 E. Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA 98362.  Phone # (360)417-5000.


George Ridgeway, Jr. Awarded 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized almost 500 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 next few weeks, you will be introduced to each of last year’s award recipients and learn why they received the 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

George Ridgeway, Jr.

Today we’re introducing George Ridgeway, Jr. of Mount Vernon, Washington, who was nominated by the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society (SVGS). He was recognized for his generosity of time and energy dedicated to SVGS.

Mr. Ridgeway has served as the local society’s president, vice president and webmaster.  He has spent much of his time designing and maintaining the SVGS website. His most recent website additions include the addition of all newsletters since the organization of the society in 1987. He has added links for a blog, “Stories of our Ancestors” and a PayPal link allowing payment of membership dues and events. In addition, Mr. Ridgeway encouraged SVGS to hold an educational program series for beginners in Anacortes and Burlington, beginning in 2015 and still in operation.

Dedicated volunteers like Mr. Ridgeway are prized assets to any organization. That is why he richly deserved being a recipient of a 2016 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Roxanne Lowe, Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.