Olympia Genealogical Society March 2020 Seminar


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.

Joyce T. Ogden

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.

Joyce T. Ogden

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

Joyce T. Ogden

Olympia Genealogical Society June Meeting

At the June meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will hear Judi Hine, Regent of the DAR Sacajawea Chapter in Olympia, presenting an overview of the Daughters of the American Revolution and what they have to offer all genealogists. Join us on Thursday June 13 at Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152 at 7 pm.  www.OlyGenSoc.org


Joyce T. Ogden

Olympia Genealogical Society May Meeting

May 9—At the May meeting of Olympia Genealogical Society we will “Meet the Daughters of American Colonists: Who, What, and Where”. Three ladies from the local Tumwater Falls Chapter will explain who they are and how to be one, what part they play locally and nationally, and where and how they are active now and will be in the future.  Join us on Thursday, May 9, 7 pm, at the Thurston County Courthouse, Bldg 1, Room 152.  360-754-6230

Joyce T. Ogden
360) 754-8625

Olympia Gen Soc Hosts Successful Spring Seminar

More than 150 people attended Olympia Genealogical Society‘s sold-out Spring Seminar on Saturday, March 30, 2019. Everyone left heap full of DNA-rich information and resources after hearing renowned DNA expert and author Blaine Bettinger. His topics included:

Blaine Bettinger autographing his book, “Genetic Genealogy in Practice.”
  • Using Autosomal DNA for 18th and 19th Century Mysteries
  • Using Third Party Tools to Analyze Your Autosomal DNA
  • The Danger of Distant Matches
  • Mapping Your Chromosomes Using DNA Painter

Always a first-rate affair, Olympia’s Spring Seminar also included book sales, non-profit organizations’ information tables and fabulous raffle baskets. It was also a great opportunity to welcome and network with fellow genealogists from the area.

Societies: If you’d like to promote your workshop or seminar on the WSGS Blog, send a flyer or paragraph to WSGSBlog@wasgs.org. We’d love to share it with our readers!

Olympia Genealogical Society March Meeting

CIVIL WAR PARLOR TALK presented by the Washington Civil War Association at the Olympia Genealogical Society’s March meeting. Join us on Thursday, March 14 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 152.  www.OlyGenSoc.org  or Kathy Erlandson 360) 754-6230


Joyce T. Ogden

Olympia Genealogical Society DNA Seminar


               Have you taken a DNA test to reveal your genetic origin, but you aren’t sure how to understand that data?  The Olympia Genealogical Society is pleased to have Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, as the speaker for our Spring Seminar.  Dr. Bettinger will be presenting four lectures on how to use results from DNA tests to understand your family history. DNA is a powerful tool in genealogy, but it is a challenge to unlock that toolbox. Dr. Bettinger will go beyond the basics of DNA testing. Instead, he will focus on various tools and methods for analyzing your DNA results.

     This year’s Olympia Genealogical Society Spring Seminar will be held on Saturday, March 30 at the Capitol Event Center, conveniently located at 6005 Tyee Drive SW in Tumwater, which offers plenty of level free parking and easy walking access.

     Registration is now open, at $50 for OGS members and $60 for others. Optional lunch is available for $15 extra. Registration details are on Olympia Genealogical Society’s website, www.OlyGenSoc.org

Joyce T. Ogden