Grand Opening Clark County Genealogical Society Library



GRAND OPENING
December 7, 2019
Announcing Grand Opening of CCGS Research Library at 3205 NE 52nd St., Vancouver, WA 98663; Open House begins from 11am and Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle will officiate at 5pm ribbon cutting ceremony.  Serving Paper Tiger Coffee Roasters custom CCGS coffee blend “Library Blend,” Tea and Christmas cookies.  See you there! 

WSGS has received an invitation to attend Clark County Gen Society’s Grand Opening of their new research library on December 7, 2019 at 5 pm 3205 NE 52nd St  Vancouver, WA   RSVP ccgslibrarian@outlook.com  

Clark County Genealogical Society October Meetings Part 2

CLASS: SCANDINAVIAN RESEARCH WITH DNA

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

9-11 am

Many people in the Clark County area have Scandinavian roots they would like to explore. The instructor has deep expertise along with practical application. This class will focus on basic research techniques while adding insight into DNA interpretation. Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 

WEBINAR: ITALIAN CIVIL REGISTRATION–GOING BEYOND THE BASICS

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

This Legacy Family Tree webinar discusses some of the more advanced records within Italian civil registration: Allegati [birth, death, and marriage supplements/attachments], Cittadinanza [citizenship records] and Atti Diversi [Diverse Acts]. Students will learn how these records can help to fill in the details of an Italian families’ history as well as track them across Italy. and around the world.

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 21 Oct 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the third Monday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

WEBINAR: TOP TECH TIPS FOR THE TECHNOLOGISTS AND THE GENEALOGIST

Wednesday, October 23, 2019,11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

As many know, genealogy research can gobble up an enormous amount of time. Watch this Legacy Family Tree webinar and leave armed with a new collection of tools to make your genealogy time on the computer more efficient.

WEBINAR: SEVEN STEPS TO MANAGE DIGITAL FILES

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Learn how Digital Asset Management (DAM) can help you organize and manage digital photos and images across computers, cloud services, and mobile devices with practical strategies for backup, adding metadata, file naming, captioning, and sharing.

CLASS: UPDATED VITAL RECORDS RESEARCHING

Tuesday, Nov 5, 9-11 a.m.

CCGS Library

Vital records contain essential genealogical research information. More records are becoming available online, but many more are not. In this class, you will learn how to harness the power of 21st Century searching clues for locating your ancestors. Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 

Clark County Genealogical Society October Meetings Part 1

CLASS: CANADIAN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH–WHERE TO START?

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 9-11 a.m.

CCGS Library

Many families immigrated first to Canada while others became Americans first and then relocated to Canada. Whether your ancestors were French or English speaking, some ancestor records might begin in Canada. Take this class to learn how to locate family records in Canada.

WEBINAR: A DAY OUT WITH YOUR DNA

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

While DNA testing for genealogy is no longer a new idea, many companies are offering a new way to look at your DNA.  This Legacy Family Tree webinar will cover the biggest and brightest options, and help you decide where you should take your DNA to make the most of the results.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 3 October 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Library

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

FREE INTRO TO GENEALOGY CLASS

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10am – 12 p.m.

CCGS Library

Just getting started on your genealogy quest? Stuck at a stubborn brick wall? Come in the first Saturday of the month and let the experts at Clark County Genealogical Society teach you what you need to know to successfully navigate your family tree. CCGS will have beginning genealogy classes on the first Saturday of each month.  These classes are designed to interest brand new students as well as those who want to revive dormant skills

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 7 Oct 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 7 Oct 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

CLASS: DIGITAL RECORDS PRESERVATION & ORGANIZATION

Tuesday, 8 October 2019: 9-11 a.m.

Records, records, we all have so many records! These records are clues and they verify family information. Whether searching at a local or distant genealogical research library, it is impossible to bring the file cabinet along. Now is the time to organize your records so you can find them now! Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 

BOOK AND FAMILY HISTORY FAIR FOR KIDS

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

To reach out to the younger set and get them excited about family ancestry, a book fair and family journal class will take place on October 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children can bring in a book they’ve read and exchange it for another one. Supplies and instructors will be on hand to help kids make and take home a family journal (small fee). Books will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Washington.

Clark County Genealogical Society September Meetings

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 2 Sept 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 2 Sept 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

WEBINAR: COMBINING DNA AND TRADITIONAL RESEARCH USING CASE STUDIES

Wednesday, September 4, 2019, 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

DNA testing has exploded onto the genealogy scene in recent years and is now one of the most important tools available to advance family tree research. In order to successfully use DNA testing for genealogy, however, it’s essential to combine it with traditional research. This Legacy Family Tree webinar will concentrate on several in-depth case studies to verify family tree lines, break brick walls, test hypotheses, and solve of hitherto unfathomable mysteries.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 5 Sept 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Library

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

FREE INTRO TO GENEALOGY CLASS

Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

CCGS Library

Just getting started on your genealogy quest? Stuck at a stubborn brick wall? Come in the first Saturday of the month and let the experts at Clark County Genealogical Society teach you what you need to know to successfully navigate your family tree. The Clark County Genealogical Society will have beginning genealogy classes on the first Saturday of each month.  These classes are designed to interest brand new students as well as those who want to revive dormant skills.  

TECH SATURDAY AT CLARK COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

Second Saturday of every month, 10 am-3 pm

CCGS Library

We are all grateful to the ancestors who painstakingly researched our family history writing letters, documenting the family tree with pencil and paper and passing along volumes of resources. Today, there are many technological resources that are taking us into the times when we can often get an immediate answer to our genealogical research and questions. If you need help jumping onto the technological bandwagon, drop into Tech Saturday at the Clark County Genealogical Society and receive gentle advice for how, you too, can become internet savvy with genealogical research.

WEBINAR: RESEARCHING LATIN AMERICA ON THE INTERNET WITH GENEALOGICAL RESOURCES 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 11 am-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

This Legacy Family Tree webinar will refer to many genealogical and general resources, computer databases, cemeteries, immigration, and citizenship records available in countries like Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. The instructor provides a brief overview of government records available online, how to access them or get in touch with organizations, schools, clubs, cemeteries, newspapers, genealogical societies, and more.

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 16 Sep 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the third Monday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

CLASS: SEARCHING AMERICAN CHURCH RECORDS

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019, 9-11 am

CCGS Library

Prior to records being maintained with a local city clerk, vital family records were kept in the family’s church parish. Births, baptisms, marriages and deaths are key clues in building a family story. In this class, you will learn the many family denominations in early American and how to locate them and their records. Tuition for each class is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Advance registration is requested to guarantee reservation. Walk-ins subject to available seating. 

GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Presentation:  History of Fort Lewis and Military Records

Tuesday, Sept 24, 2019: 7-9 p.m.

Clark County Historical Museum,1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

Lewis Army Museum Archivist Jenn Jett will speak about the history of Fort Lewis, the history of military records, and the research request process at the Lewis Army Museum. She will also cover common federal and private resources available to researchers.

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WEBINAR: MEANINGFUL TABLES AND GRAPHS FOR CORRELATION IN FAMILY HISTORY

Sept 25, 2019, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

The objective of this Legacy Family Tree webinar is to give viewers concrete examples of how tables and graphs can be used in family history reports and presentations. Learn how to better communicate your family history to descendants.

Clark County Genealogical Society New Location



NEW HOME FOR CCGS!
Correction:  The building is 2500 square feet.
Break out the horns. Bang a drum! After months of searching, CCGS has acquired a new home! Last week we signed a lease on the ex-Chase Bank Building at 3205 NE 52nd St. It is between St. Johns and St. James Roads, across the street from the High School Pharmacy. We will have a fabulous space in which to carry out our mission of Collection, Preservation, and Education. The owner is in the process of removing the bank furniture (we’ll still have the vault). We are in the process of planning how we will configure ourselves in ~5200 square feet of modern, well-lit building. Tentative time line has us in before the holidays. Woo Hoo!
Brian Runyan

We have some new footage for the inside of the new library as we begin renovation. Take a look at the footage (provided by Steve Young) as we begin our journey.

Let me see the video!

Clark County Genealogical Society June Meetings

LEGACY FAMILY TREE GENEALOGY SOFTWARE USER GROUP

Mon, 3 June 2019: 9:30-11:30 am

CCGS Library

If you use Legacy Family Tree Software for tracking your genealogy research, there is a Legacy Users Group that meets monthly to discuss tips, tricks and problems. You will always come away with some new ideas. The meetings are held regularly on the first Monday of the month. Members and non-members are welcome.

GENEALOGY RESEARCH BOOK CLUB

Mon, 3 June 2019: 12-1:30 pm

CCGS Library

There are many “research rich” books of genealogical historical collections, as well as “how to” books on methods, collection and data storage of genealogy research. This group delves into one book at a time and discusses how to make the best use of it. Join this casual group as they delve into their favorite topic of books on family history discovery and sleuthing. (Brown baggers welcome!)

WEBINAR: LESSONS IN JEWISH DNA: ONE MAN’S SUCCESSES AND WHAT HE LEARNED ON THE JOURNEY

Wed, 5 June 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Using DNA test results to determine family origins is more complicated among Jews, who have married “within the tribe” for hundreds of years. Marrying within a closed community – “endogamy” – has barely been addressed by the non-Jewish genetic genealogy community. This Legacy Family Tree presentation uses the instructor’s own research as a “how to” approach.

UNFOCUSED GENEALOGY DISCUSSION GROUP

Thu, 6 June 2019: 1-3 pm

CCGS Education Center

There’s no meeting agenda, no special topic, just a group of curious people bringing genealogy research notes, questions, brick walls, etc. to share with the group. Get ideas for the next steps you should take in your research.

WEBINAR: RESEARCHING IN NEW MEXICO

Wed, 19 June 2019: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the U.S. With written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn the record groups, how to use them, and where to find them. An abundance of sacramental records, Governor’s papers, censuses, wills and probates will be discussed in this Legacy Family Tree webinar.

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, 20 June 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Presentation: Finding the First Fort Vancouver

Tues, 25 June 2019: 6 p.m.-Potluck begins; 7 p.m. program begins

Location: Clark County PUD Community Room, 1200 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA

Amy Clearman, archaeology graduate student at Portland State University, will discuss what she found during her archaeological investigation of  two Vancouver neighborhoods and an ethnographic study with residents. The project was intended to find evidence of the first Fort Vancouver, built in 1825 in the vicinity of the State School for the Deaf. Building relevancy of archaeological research to communities in which research occurs was also a key component.

Bring your favorite dish to share at this annual spring potluck meeting!

WEBINAR: A MONTH’S WORTH OF MUST-HAVE TECH TIPS TO START USING TODAY

Wed, 26 June 26, 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

What technology tips can help you with your genealogy research? Make a goal this month to try a new technology tip each day and this Legacy Family Tree webinar will help you! We’ll look at tips to help you enhance your email, use shortcuts, conduct better searches, and use your cell phone for genealogy. When we are done, you’ll be able to do more with less time and learn tools that will help you in your research and personal life.

Clark County Genealogical Society May Meetings

WEBINAR: THE 10 MOST USEFUL DATABASES FOR EASTERN EUROPEAN RESEARCH

Wed, 15 May 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 pm

CCGS Library

With more information available online, it is often possible to find key records for your Eastern European ancestors in free and subscription databases. In this Legacy Family Tree webinar, learn about the various record sets available, how to access them, and how to overcome privacy and language issues and other research roadblocks.

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, 16 May 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: PREPARING FOR A RESEARCH TRIP FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 20 May 2019: 10 a.m.-12 Noon

CCGS Library

Share ideas, ask questions, and learn organizational tips in this genealogy travel research group before you hit the road. Whether you’re staying close to home, traveling across the country, or winging around the world to research your genealogy, it helps to be prepared! Go it alone or join a fall 2019 CCGS group trip to the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT (dates TBD).

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 20 May 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the third Monday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

WEBINAR: GOOGLE DRIVE – AN OFFICE IN THE CLOUD

Wed, 22 May 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Never again suffer the heartache of a dead hard drive. Take advantage of ‘found” research time when you keep research notes available anywhere with internet access. Learn how to make it all work in this Legacy Family Tree webinar.

WEBINAR: TOOLS FOR TRANSLATING AND TRANSCRIBING GENEALOGY RECORDS

Wed, 29 May 2019: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

CCGS Library

Documents – old and new – are a requisite resource for genealogy research. This Legacy Family Tree webinar will discuss the latest tools and programs available to translate foreign language documents. Learn how to transcribe documents in order to extract needed information.

Clark County Genealogical Society April Meetings

SCANDINAVIAN ROOTS FOCUS GROUP

Mon, 15 April 2019: 2-3:30 pm

CCGS Library

If you want to discover your Scandinavian roots, attend this monthly meeting and learn how to conduct your research. Meet with other like-minded individuals who have discovered their ancestors going back many generations. Geographic areas include Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. This group meets regularly on the second Thursday of the month, September-May. Members and non-members are welcome.

WEBINAR: BOOST YOUR GERMANIC RESEARCH: UNDERSTAND HISTORICAL JURISDICTIONS

Wed, April 17, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Did you know that Germany was not a country until 1871? One must understand who controlled a given area in order to find all possible records. Topics included in this Legacy Family Tree Webinar are: Use of Meyer’s gazetteer, changes in historical Germanic areas, tactics for determining jurisdictions, and examples.  

THIRD THURSDAY EVENING HOURS

Thurs, April 18, 2019: 6-9 pm

CCGS Library

Do you find it hard to get to the Clark County Genealogical Library during daytime hours? Come in on Third Thursday to tap into our richest resource: knowledgeable librarians who can help you with your family history search. We won’t do it for you, but we will provide guidance. One librarian has Scandinavian research expertise. The library has over 10,000 books and resources, and free access on our computers to Ancestry.com and AmericanAncestors.com. Bring your own computer and use our free wifi.

GENERAL MEETING FOR GENEALOGY ENTHUSIASTS

Presentation:  Beyond Names and Dates~Filling in the Stories of our Female Ancestors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019: 7-9 p.m.

Clark County Historical Museum,1511 Main Street, Vancouver, WA

For most of recorded time, women didn’t leave much of a paper trail, but they still have wonderful stories to tell. We’ll look at ways in which local history, laws, politics, natural disasters, probate inventories, and other resources can help. Presenter Pam Vestal is a full-time genealogist and lecturer in Oregon, but her research extends far beyond the Pacific NW, with clients all over the U.S., and research that reaches beyond our borders.

WEBINAR: COMPARING THE GENEALOGY GIANTS: ANCESTRY.COM, FAMILYSEARCH, FINDMYPAST, MYHERITAGE

Wed, April 24, 2019: 11 am to 12:30 pm

CCGS Library

Should you use all or only one genealogy website for your family history goals? Learn how these genealogy giants–Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com, MyHeritage.com–compare in 2019 for historical records, online trees, DNA tools and access options. This Legacy Family Tree Webinar will review each site’s strengths and weaknesses that will help you know which to use now, and which to keep in mind when your research interests or budget change.

“The good things you do and throw in the river of life, will be returned to you in the desert of life.” Sa’adi