JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY April Meeting

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)

PO Box 627 

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release:  Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

 Release Dates: April 2018

ORGANIZING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY IN ORDER TO STAY SANE

One of the underrated, yet much needed skills in genealogy, is organization. Many researchers have been doing family history for decades and are simply buried in paper. New and experienced researchers are overwhelmed with all the data and information they collect daily on the internet. This program will discuss some of the challenges of organizing and also what can happen when we fail to organize our data. We’ll look at the number of different methods for sorting out all that data and talk about how to decide which one is right for different types of researchers. If this is of interest, you are invited to attend the Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) monthly meeting to hear professional genealogist Mary Kathryn Kozy, Join JCGS members on Saturday, April 21, 9:30 – 11:30 am at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, in Chimacum. There is no charge for attending, however donations are appreciated. Visit our website www.wajcgs.org

Mary Kathryn Kozy has been researching her family history for over 35 years and in many localities. She has served in multiple positions in societies both on the local and state level and currently serves on the board of the Jewish Genealogical Society of WA State as well as a LDS missionary. She holds bachelor’s degrees from University of Washington in both Zoology and Information Technology & Systems and has completed three certificate programs with the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. She has also completed the ProGen program with an eye toward certification.

Barb Peterson Awarded 2017 Outstanding Volunteer Honor

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 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 coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2017 award recipients and learn why they received the 2017 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Barb Peterson

Today we’re introducing Barb Peterson of Chimacum, Washington, who was nominated by the Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS). She was recognized for her expertise in maintaining the financial records of the society.

Ms. Peterson has served as the society’s treasurer since 2012. She has spent countless hours maintaining the books and financial business of the society, and always provides accurate and timely reports. The importance of having an accurate accounting of the society’s funds cannot be overstated. Ms. Peterson has provided that accuracy and confidence.

Ms. Peterson is a respected and diligent member of the JCGS, and richly deserves being a recipient of a 2017 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, Interim Recognition Chair, at Roxanne@thekeeffes.com.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society March Meeting

A Direct Link to the Past – City Directories

 

The monthly meeting of Jefferson  County Genealogical Society will welcome back popular JCGS speaker, professional genealogist Mary Roddy, on Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 – 11:00 am.  Mary’s topic “A Direct Link to the Past – City Directories” can fill in those gaps about ancestors that occur between census years and may lead us to clues for further follow-up research. Mary will demonstrate City Directories’ address searches, alternate spellings, advertisements, and how to ‘mine’ historical images that might not be available elsewhere. The public is welcome to attend JCGS meetings free of charge, though donations are gratefully accepted. Join JCGS members at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Rd in Chimacum. <www.wajcgs.org>.

Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet  Genealogy magazines and a presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

Jefferson County Genealogical Society February Meeting

 

LEARN FROM MY MISTAKES

We all make mistakes, no matter how long we have been doing genealogy research, and Diane Young is no exception. She has been working on her family history for over 40 years and has accumulated several of her own missteps as well as collected stories from other genealogists. Some people may be reluctant to admit their mistakes, but because Diane thinks they are great learning experiences, so she will be sharing her errors with us. There will also be time for other brave folks to “fess up” and share their own blunders.

The public is welcome to attend monthly meetings of the Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) on the third Saturday of the month; Saturday, February 17, 2018, at theTri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, Chimacum. Social time 9:30 to 10:00 am; 10 to 11:30 am brief announcements and the program. Visit JCGS website at www.wajcgs.org.

Diane Young is a Jefferson County Genealogical Society member who is currently spending time helping raise her family’s next generation in California. Before retiring to Port Ludlow, Diane taught business courses at Glendale Community College and at California State University Northridge. Her specialties include research in Sweden and in the Czech Republic. 

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release:  Judy Tough 360-385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

Release Dates: February, 2018

 

Jefferson County Genealogy Society November Meeting

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGY SOCIETY

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release: Judy Tough 360- 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

FOR RELEASE: NOVEMBER 10 – 17, 2017

FAMILY TREES HAVE ‘KNOTS’ IN THEM

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) members have submitted “family tree knots” (aka “brick walls”) to Jesse Stewart and friends, JCGS’s researchers extraordinaire. This annual popular presentation finds Jesse presenting a variety of research techniques and records to consider some ”knotty” problems such as finding the maiden name of the women in your tree. Jesse asks the audience for suggestions of research options and tips, giving each of us ideas for our own research challenges. This opportunity is free and open to the public. Join us on Saturday November 18th at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd., Chimacum, 9:30 to 1l:30 am. Donations gratefully accepted and used to bring professional genealogists to speak at our monthly meetings to which the public is always invited. Visit JCGS at www.wajcgs.org for more information.

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY Meeting

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

 

A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce: My Life Without Ancestry.com

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is offering to the community a day-long Seminar on Saturday, September 16, featuring professional genealogist, Mary Roddy, who will give two presentations at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, in Chimacum, WA. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins 10:00 – 11:40 followed by the afternoon session 12:30 – 2:00. Suggested donation is $10.00 for the Seminar. Bring your own lunch, and snacks to share. Coffee and tea provided. Genealogy books from Heritage Quest will be for sale on

site. <www.wajcgs.org>

Mary Roddy says of her morning presentation A Decree of (Temporary)

Divorce: My Life Without Ancestry.com:  “Learn how I found free substitute records for many of the records I used to pay for at Ancestry.com, and how I discovered some new sites as well.  My temporary ‘divorce’ forced me to examine my genealogy from a different viewpoint with a fresh perspective.  You, too, can recharge your genealogy, and save a few pennies as well.” 

Mary says her afternoon presentation FamilyBrowse: FamilySearch.org 

has millions of images on its website, many of which are un-indexed and

not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, will, estate inventories and more. And FamilySearch is

adding more and more images every month. To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty its important to know how to find these types of records.”

Mary Roddy

Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines, and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She is working on a novel which incorporates stories of ancestors she has discovered in her research.

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY September Seminar

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this media release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

FOR RELEASE: July 6 – September 15, 2017

A Decree of (Temporary) Divorce: My Life Without Ancestry.com

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) is offering to the community a day-long Seminar on Saturday, September 16, featuring professional genealogist, Mary Roddy, who will give two presentations at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 West Valley Road, in Chimacum, WA. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the program begins 10:00 – 11:40 followed by the afternoon session 12:30 – 2:00. Suggested donation is $10.00 for the Seminar. Bring your own lunch, and snacks to share. Coffee and tea provided. Genealogy books from Heritage Quest will be for sale on

site. <www.wajcgs.org>

Mary Roddy says of her morning presentation A Decree of (Temporary)

Divorce: My Life Without Ancestry.com:  “Learn how I found free substitute records for many of the records I used to pay for at Ancestry.com, and how I discovered some new sites as well.  My temporary ‘divorce’ forced me to examine my genealogy from a different viewpoint with a fresh perspective.  You, too, can recharge your genealogy, and save a few pennies as well.” 

Mary says her afternoon presentation FamilyBrowse: FamilySearch.org 

has millions of images on its website, many of which are un-indexed and

not searchable. But if you know how to get into the catalog and browse around, you can find images of birth and death certificates, naturalization papers, deeds, will, estate inventories and more. And FamilySearch is

adding more and more images every month. To take advantage of this ever-increasing bounty its important to know how to find these types of records.”

Mary Roddy, a Certified Public Accountant, earned a certificate from the Genealogy and Family History program at the University of Washington. She is an active member of the Seattle Genealogical Society and speaks frequently in the Seattle area. Mary is a regular contributor to YourGenealogyToday and Internet Genealogy magazines, and a webinar presenter with Legacy Family Tree Webinars. She is working on a novel which incorporates stories of ancestors she has discovered in her research.

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY JUNE Meeting

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

FOR RELEASE: June 8 -16, 2017

AMERICA’S TRANSPORTATION REVOLUTION:

MIGRATION and PROSPERITY

In the1800s America underwent a Transportation Revolution that greatly affected workers, farmers, and communities all across the nation. Dr. Austin Kerr, Ohio State University History Professor and member of Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS), will share the story of his family to illustrate the changes and impacts of the Revolution on the movements of people and their economic opportunities. The public is invited to hear this free presentation at the monthly meeting of JCGS on Saturday morning, June 17, 9:30 – 11:30, at the Chimacum Grange, located across Hwy 19 from the Tri-Area Community Center in Chimacum. (Please note this temporary change of venue.) <www.wajcgs.org>

Dr. Austin Kerr, retired History Professor from Ohio State University

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MAY MEETING

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

PO Box 627

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact for this release: Judy Tough 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net

FOR RELEASE: MAY 12 – 19, 2017

MAKING SENSE OF SUPPLEMENTAL CENSUSES

Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) has invited Professional Genealogist, Janet Camarata, to be their speaker at their monthly meeting on Saturday morning May 20, 9:30 – 11:30 at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, Chimacum. The public is invited; donations are gratefully accepted. Janet’s topic “Making Sense of the Supplemental Censuses” will acquaint us with the many census collections such as agriculture, manufacturing, slave schedules, veterans, social statistics, etc that the U.S. government has collected over the years. Learn what is available, where to find them in Ancestry, Family Search, and the National Archives and how to build a personal guidebook for help in reading and understanding each census. For more information www.wajcgs.org

Janet Camarata is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and is an experienced instructor having taught for many years in the workplace and at the University of Phoenix. She is a popular presenter at genealogy societies, libraries, museums and conferences across Washington state.

 

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY April Seminar

JEFFERSON COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (JCGS)
PO Box 627
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Contact for this press release:  Judy Tough 385-3065 or tough@olympus.net
FOR RELEASE:  April 3 -14

Genealogy Tools for the 21st Century: Facebook and Google
Jefferson County Genealogical Society (JCGS) invites the public to their full-day Seminar comprised of two 1 ½ hour professional programs, Saturday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W. Valley Rd, Chimacum. In addition, JCGS will host Heritage Quest that will be offering for sale a large selection of genealogy books that will help individuals to find the story of their ancestors. Bring your own lunch and a $10.00 donation. <www.wajcgs.org>

Back by popular demand, Master Genealogist, Mary Kathryn Kozy, will make the two presentations. During the morning session, Mary Kathryn will demonstrate how to use Facebook to locate and find unknown cousins and their family research. During the afternoon session she will demonstrate how to use Google to enhance our research efforts. This may well be the only place such information is available.