Olympia Genealogical Society October Meeting

October is the month of colder weather, hot cider and Halloween! In preparation for the holiday, we have asked OGS member Jerri McCoy to talk to us about “The Witches of Salem.” We of the twenty-first century are aware that witches do not fly across the sky on brooms, but in 1692 charity and mercy – and plain good sense – were all cast aside in persecution of suspected witches in colonial Massachusetts. The witch hunt would swell and burn through Salem Village and neighboring towns. How were witches identified? What happened to them?  And who were those who were executed that terrible year?  Come learn a little bit about them and their meddling neighbors at our virtual meeting, Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m.  https://OlyGenSoc.org

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Joyce T. Ogden 
 jtogden@comcast.net

OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GOES VIRTUAL

OLYMPIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY GOES VIRTUAL IN REPONSE TO COVID-19
On March 11, in the interest of protecting the high-risk population we serve, the OGS Executive Committee cancelled face-to-face gatherings of the Society until such time as this threat has passed.
In late May, the OGS Board decided to conduct all OGS general meetings for the 2020/2021 program year virtually via Zoom.
The regular September meeting will be on Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm.  Join us by connecting to the Society’s website at https://www.OlyGenSoc.org.
Participants who have not used Zoom are encouraged to view the video “Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9isp3qPeQ0E

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Joyce T. Ogden 
 jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

The Olympia Genealogical Society spring seminar, originally scheduled for March 28 and then cancelled, has been RE-SCHEDULED as a Webinar on May 9. Teresa Steinkamp-McMillin will talk on “Ancestral Origins Through the Eyes of a German Genealogist”  For details see our website www.OlyGenSoc.org
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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society’s March 2020 Meeting

Olympia Genealogical Society’s March meeting will feature OGS member Dee Bright and her talk “Who is Dorothy Bright?” Dee’s mother Dorothy was born in 1909, adopted as an infant, but did not know she was adopted until she was an adult. Dee will tell us about the steps she has taken to search for her mother’s birth parents – her progress, successes, and failures.  Join us on Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.   2000 Lakeridge DR SW, Olympia WA. 360-349-2493
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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society March 2020 Seminar Cancelled

GENEALOGY SEMINAR ON GERMAN ANCESTRAL ORIGINS

On March 28 Teresa Steinkamp-McMillin will be Olympia Genealogical Society’s speaker for their annual Spring Seminar. Her series of “Ancestral Origins Through the Eyes of a German Genealogist” will include presentations on Kickstarting Your German Genealogy, He Took Her Name, Voyages of Our German Immigrants, and Petition to Oath, U.S. Naturalization for Genealogists.

This day-long event will be at Capital Event Center, 6005 Tyee Drive SW, Tumwater, off Exit 102 of I-5. Community members pay $60, with optional box lunch $15 additional. Registration is open now, but the price increases by $5 after March 1 if any seats remain. See our website at http://www.OlyGenSoc.org for more information and the registration form.

Ms. Steinkamp-McMillin, CG, researches German ancestry and reads German script. She’s taught at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. She’s also author of “Guide to Hanover Military Records, 1514-1866” and has created courses for Ancestry Academy and Legacy.

Olympia Genealogical Society’s December Meeting

Olympia Genealogical Society’s December meeting will be ” DNA Redux.” Using DNA for genealogy is no longer the “new thing” and we should all have some knowledge about it. At our December 12 meeting, we will get a crash refresher course about DNA— what it is, how to test it and what it can, and can’t, tell us about our ancestors. Our presenter is longtime OGS member, Carol Ballard, who also leads the genealogy and DNA efforts at Panorama. Please join us for our 7:00 pm meeting and presentation at Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152. Info, 360-349-2493 or www.OlyGenSoc.org.

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society Fun with Maps

“Fun with Maps and Land Research” is the title of Olympia Genealogical Society’s November program. Tracy Rebstock from the Washington State Archives will talk to us about maps – an underutilized tool when doing genealogy or historical research.  We will learn about the many different types of maps you can use, how to use them and what resources can be found in the State Archives in Olympia. Tracy will also provide some records tips and tricks to use when doing land research…and she’ll throw in some stories along the way. Join us on Thursday, November 14, 7 pm, at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152.

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net

Olympia Genealogical Society September Meeting

At the September meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society Claudia Breland (Professional Genealogist and Author) will present “The Murder of Rhoda Jones” the story of her 2nd great-grandmother who was murdered in 1883 (newspapers called it a suicide) and the mystery of the husband who deserted her during the Civil War. Join us on Thursday September 12 at 7 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152. www.OlyGenSoc.org  or 360-349-2493

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Joyce T. Ogden
jtogden@comcast.net