Ann McCeery Named One of 2022’s Outstanding Volunteers

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.

Ann McCreery

Today we’re introducing Ann McCreery of Port Townsend, Washington, who was nominated by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS).

Ann exhibited extraordinary dedication, knowledge, skill and patience while shepherding the board through a year-long process, during the COVID-19 pandemic, over Zoom, to create the society’s strategic plan.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Please type “Volunteer Award” in the subject line.

Jefferson County Genelogical Society June Meeting


Contact for this release: Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or

FOR RELEASE: June, 2019

Mental Health Issues in the 19th Century

Was an ancestor committed to an asylum? Was someone enumerated as ‘imbecile’ or ‘incompetent’ on a census? Did soldiers suffer PTSD? Learn about mental health diagnosis and treatment in the 1800s.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s speaker, Janice Lovelace, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has 20 years experience in family history research.

Free. Public invited.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

9:30-11:30 a.m.

Tri-Area Community Center

10 W. Valley Rd.

Chimacum, WA.


PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 998368

Jefferson County Genealogical Society Meeting


FOR RELEASE: April, 2019


Some ancestors left a scant amount of information about their life. How can you take that meager data and write about it so it is interesting? Mary Roddy, a professional genealogist, will share her ideas for writing a story so your family will enjoy reading about that ancestor.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society welcomes back Mary Roddy who earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of Seattle Genealogical Society, a contributor to “YourGenealogyToday” and “Internet Genealogy” magazines and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She speaks frequently in the Seattle area.

Meeting is free and open to the public.

More information: ; phone 360-385-9495

Saturday, April 20th, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tri-Area Community Center

10 West Valley Rd.

Chimacum, Washington

Contact for this release: Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or

Jefferson County Genealogical Society February Meeting


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FOR RELEASE: February, 2019

FAN Club

Are you a member of a FAN Club? The FAN Club (Friends, Associates and Neighbors) was coined by Elizabeth Shown Mills as a way to search those who ‘clustered’ around your ancestor. Learning more about an ancestor’s FAN Club is a great way to discover new information about your direct ancestry, as these people are often listed together in deeds, wills, newspaper articles, church records and more.

The public is invited to attend this FREE presentation at the Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) on Saturday, February 16, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Tri Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, Chimacum. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Our presenter, Diane Young, is a member of JCGS, has a B.A. and M.S. in Business. She taught at the college and university levels for over 30 years. She has been working on her own Swedish and Czech ancestry and her husband’s Scottish ancestry for over 40 years.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society Brick Wall Problems Solved

Once a year Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) members have an opportunity to ask for help with their research problems. The 2018 Brick Wall Program will focus on the problem of “common names”. Members have been invited to submit their “common name”  Brick Walls to a panel of “experts” who will do their best to point them in the right direction. Join us for the fun of learning  some tricks and hints. Public is invited. Free. Saturday morning, October 20th, 9:30-11:30 at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, Chimacum.  <>

Jefferson County Genealogical Society News

August 2018 finds a number of JCGS volunteers gearing up for several educational events that will occur in the Fall. We are offering a Beginners Class starting the 1st of October. However, the  registration deadline is in September. Speaking of September, September’s monthly program on Saturday, the 15th  for members and the public will be “Bagging a Live One: Reverse Genealogy in Action” given by Mary Roddy. In November, a large and exciting event will be presenting CeCe Moore, Genetic Genealogist, in a full day of lectures at a spacious venue in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. (A limited number of  tickets are still available.) See our website <> for all the latest information.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society Amazing Plans

JCGS takes a break in July and August.  However, we have some Amazing Plans for October and November! This is the time to put these on your personal calendar and take action on saving a place for yourself!



PO Box 627 

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release:  Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or

 Release Dates: July 2018

Two Amazing Resources for Locals Interested in DNA & Genealogy

DNA: Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is excited to announce they are bringing Ce Ce Moore to Port Townsend November 10, 2018. Ce Ce Moore is the genetic genealogy consultant for the popular PBS television series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Her work has also been featured on 20/20, Genealogy Roadshow, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Doctors and many other well-known TV shows. Her primary focus is promoting genetic genealogy through the media. Ce Ce is the co-founder of the Institute for Genetic Genealogy and has written the popular blog “Your Genetic Genealogy” since 2010.

Ms. Moore will be presenting an all day DNA seminar covering “I Have My Results, Now What”; “Seven Key Concepts to Working with Autosomal DNA”; “Autosomal DNA: Discovering Your Ancestors in You”; and “Creating and Utilizing Genetic Networks in Your Research”. Her talks will cover beginning, intermediate, and advanced tools for incorporating DNA into genealogical research. Currently there are only 50 seats remaining in the USO Building at Fort Warden State Park. Each seat is $75 for the day. Doors open at 8:30 am, lectures are 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a break for lunch. Persons must complete the Ce Ce Moore Registration Form and other instructions found on the JCGS website to reserve a ticket.

GENEALOGY CLASS: “BEYOND THE BASICS” Do you still have questions or ‘brick walls’ after following your family in censuses and vital records? Want to learn about how your ancestors lived, not just where they lived? “Beyond the Basics” may be just for you!

This class, offered by Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is designed for those who want to answer more questions about their families. We’ll talk about military, immigration, land and probate records as well as some techniques that can be used to solve difficult problems. Not for the individual just starting out, this course will allow participants to take their family history research to the next level.

The program will be held on the Monday afternoons of October 1, 8, 15, 2018, 1:00-3:30 pm at the Historical Research Center, 13692 Airport Cutoff Road (Highway 19). Cost is $30 for members, $55 for non-members (includes a $25 one year JCGS Membership). Class is limited to 18 participants. Complete the registration form at our website and mail a check to JCGS, PO Box 627, Port Townsend, WA 98368 by September 24, 2018.


Jefferson County Genealogical Society June Meeting


PO Box 627 

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release:  Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or

Soldiers, Spies & Farm Wives: the Changing Roles for Women during the Civil War

War is horrific and Civil War was particularly so. Nevertheless, war also offers opportunities for those with the disposition to stretch the boundaries of society’s norms and often these were women. Explore the roles of women before the war, the roles they accepted during the war, and the legacy of the Civil War with professional genealogist, Jill Morelli, at the Saturday, June 16th meeting of Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS). JCGS meets monthly at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, Chimacum, from 9:30 – 11:00 am. The public in invited to this free program. Donations are welcome. Visit

Jill Morelli lectures and writes on genealogical topics that often transcend the more narrowly defined family history. She provides general genealogy services and house histories in the Puget Sound area and national venues. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker. She has been published in regional and national publications.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s Special-event

CeCe Moore, the renowned genetic genealogicst and media consultant, will be the Jefferson County Genealogical Society’s special-event guest speaker on Saturday, November 10, 2018. She will give four DNA lectures in Fort Worden State Park’s USO building; two lectures in the morning beginning at 9:30 a.m. and two lectures in the afternoon. Details and registration form are on our website




FOR RELEASE: May, 2018

Mental Health Issues in the 19th Century – Diagnosis and Treatment

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) has invited Janice Lovelace, PhD, psychologist and professional genealogist, to present a program “Mental Health Issues in the 19th Century – Diagnosis and Treatment” on Saturday, May 19, 9:30 am to 11:00 am, at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd, Chimacum. During family research, finding an ancestor in an asylum or enumerated in a census as imbecile or incompetent is not uncommon for we know that one person in ten has mental health issues. Did soldiers of that era suffer PTSD? Come learn about mental health and it’s treatment in the 1800s. Monthly meetings of JCGS are open to the public and are free of charge. Donations are appreciated. Visit our website <>.

Janice Lovelace, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in child and family therapy and has been a private practice therapist as well as a faculty member teaching psychology. Janice is a member of Seattle Genealogical Society for a number of years and she joined the SGS Board as Vice President in 2014. She has 20 years of experience in family history research as well as academic work in the area. She is a member of Association of Professional Genealogists and National Genealogical Society.


PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or