Kittitas County Genealogical Society February Meeting

“How to Use Family Search” will be the topic presented at the February 4th  meeting of the Kittitas County Genealogical Society (KCGS).  Chris Fowler will be the presenter at the 7 pm meeting held at the society’s Library at 413 N. Main in Ellensburg.  Some of us have never used Family Search, so Chris will give us some of the basics, plus update us on what is new.  Guests are welcome to attend this presentation.

In addition, KCGS is proud to announce that their new website at is now up and running.  We have become another of the websites developed by and proudly join with other WA State genealogical sites connected with EasyNetSites.

David L. Storla

KCGS Treasurer and Webmaster

Meet the Board: Diane Huckabay

Do you know who’s running the show at the Washington State Genealogical Society? Did you know we have an Executive Committee, six standing committee chairs and three appointed non-elected officers? Who are all these people? In the coming months, we’ll introduce them to you, so you can say “hi” the next time you see them.

Diane Huckabay

In today’s “Meet the Board” series, we’re introducing you to Diane Huckabay. Diane lives in Ellensburg and is WSGS’s Education and Outreach Chair. She is very active in the Kittitas County Genealogical Society, serving as President, Past President and Member-at-Large. She is also president of the Cascade Association of Museums and History (CAMAH), an organization that brings together and promotes all the museums and historical sites in Kittitas County.

Diane, her sister and brother, ca. 1966

Diane, one of three children, was born in Missouri in the 1950s, the daughter of Tom and Nannette. They gave their little daughter Nannette’s middle name, Diane. Tom and Nannette’s roots started in Oklahoma and Virginia. Diane’s other ancestral lines are in Texas, Kansas and Scotland. While she’s visited the states, Scotland is still on her Bucket List.

Diane’s interest in genealogy was sparked after she took a class so she could help patrons at the local public library. One of her most exciting discoveries was finding her grandfather’s siblings. One of her brick walls is finding more information about her great uncle Cecil Britton (1911 – 1959) who lived in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. If you know anything about Cecil, Diane’s looking to talk to you.

Diane’s great aunt Sisso, her grandmother and their little brother Cecil

Diane and her husband have a blended family of three sons and six daughters.

A few more interesting tidbits about Diane:
• Favorite genealogy websites: FamilySearch, Ancestry and the Digital Archives in Washington and Missouri
• Favorite color: Green
• Favorite dessert: Raspberry Lush and anything chocolate
• When she’s not doing genealogy, Diane likes to read, do art projects and dabble on the Internet.
• When asked to describe herself in one word, Diane replied, “curious.” Isn’t that a perfect word to describe a genealogist?

Now you know a little more about another of the WSGS Board members. The next time you see Diane say hello and thank her for her service to WSGS.

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Holiday Dinner

The KCGS will continue the tradition of having an annual holiday dinner. It is now planned for Monday, December 4, at 6 pm, at the First Methodist Church.The meal is prepared and served by members of the church and will cost $14 this year. The event usually includes musical entertainment and sharing of small gifts. Members and guests are welcome to attend. Reservations are due by Nov. 27 and may be made by mail—to 413 N. Main, Ellensburg, 98926 or by calling the library during office hours—Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 4 pm.

Kittitas County Genealogical Society May Meeting

Monday May 1, 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA


Our next meeting on Monday, May 1, will feature two shorter programs, The first “Removed Cousins” by Erik Bakke to help explain how the cousin relationship is determined. Mary Christensen will present a talk about “The Doukhobors, Russian Immigrants to Canada.”


Refreshments by Bob and Nancy Wieking.

May 2017 we will attend a Memorial Day Upper County Heritage Club with ethnic food available


Kittitas County Genealogical Society April Meeting


Monday Apr 3, 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA


Warren Street of CWU will tell us stories of His Grandfather in Kansas, gleaned from diary entries


refreshments will be provided by Jenny Jones and Ruth Miller.


In addition, any members who have not had a chance to share their new year’s genealogy resolutions will have an opportunity to do so.

Kittitas County Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

KCGenealogy  Soc from Tuck Forsythe , Treas


(I think that link is freely available to all, but possibly you have to provide email address and password the first time you use it) tells of TV-type instruction in various family history subjects—especially at the bottom under NORTH AMERICA


I tried to show mostly classes always available; although they have ( under UPCOMING CLASSSES) brand  new classes, which are only available on a specific date and time


Kittitas County Genealogical Society March Meeting

Monday Mar 6 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA


Dr. Sharon Rosell, faculty member at Central, will present our program “The Orphan Trains, The Greatest American Migration,” at the March 6 meeting.


Refreshments will be provided by Bill Bowden and Erik Bakke.


In addition, any members who have not had a chance to share their new year’s genealogy resolutions will have an opportunity to do so.


Kittitas County Genealogical Society Meetings February 6

Monday Feb 6 2017 KCGenealogical Soc meeting

7 PM at 413 N. Main St, Suite L, Ellensburg WA

REFRESHMENTS BY Linda Bissonette and Patricia Mittness are signed up for Feb. 6. The program by Bob Kibler, “Writing a Book on Local History.”

Monday, February 6
Kittitas County Genealogical Society  (Local society meetings)
7:00 pm
KCGS Library, 413 N. Main Street, Suite L, Ellensburg, WA
The Kittitas County Genealogical Society program on 07 Feb will be Bob Kibler discussing “Writing a Book About Local History” using his book about Desert Aire as an example. For more information, visit the KCGS website.

Kittitas County Gen Society News


For our Monday January 9th meeting program, I am asking all attendees to bring a small sheet of paper or 3×5 card with your name and ONE genealogical item you will resolve to search for in 2017. Even those not able to attend might want to do this.


Maybe you will choose something like “find great-grandma Smith’s father’s name”, or “when was Great-grandpa Brown born”, perhaps “find the will of Great-uncle William”. Just ONE goal for the year. Hopefully, that will get us each moving forward on our research for 2017. We will share what we want to search for and why we want to find this (requests for ideas of where to look may be made), then I will collect the sheets/cards which we will use again late in the year to check our progress!


See you at the January meeting!

Lynn Blazek



Kittitas County Genealogical Society January Meeting

Jan 2017 KCGS is Mon Jan 9, not Jan 2,

7 PM 413 N Main Ste L, Ellensburg WA

Jan 2017 program All members write, e.g. on 3X5 card, for one ancestor of ours:

Write our 2017 goal to learn more about that ancestor

2017 dues now due for 2016 members that have not paid yet.

Can mail $15 to KCGS, 413 N Main St, Ste L, Ellensburg 98926


“New” re-conditioned APPLE computer: in Suite M now,
Thanks to Dave Storla!

In addition, Bob Wieking (actually Nancy) will be providing our refreshments