Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Google Scholar

TIP OF THE WEEK –
GOOGLE SCHOLAR   One tip that came out of Pam Vestal’s Second Saturday presentation on March 13, 2021, is the use of a little known feature of Google, Google Scholar. Found at https://scholar.google.com, Google Scholar focuses on searching scholarly literature found on the internet. It will display results found from academic publishers, universities, professional societies, etc. It will find doctoral dissertations, theses, academic papers, and more.  
  Our upcoming SGS Second Saturday presentation will be Steve Morrison presenting “Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant”, on April 10, 2021. It’s virtual. All are welcome. The link can be found on the SGS website Calendar of Events.   

Seattle Genealogical Society News

IRISH WEEK VIDEO

As mentioned in the last edition of eNews!, SGS was part of a video produced by the Seattle Irish Heritage Club for this year’s Irish Week. The video is now available on YouTube via the following link:  https://youtu.be/hkR9DqNcHCk
 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF SGS?

Are you interested in a short-term, finite project that you can do from the comfort of your armchair (or maybe desk)?

SGS has a clear mission. Our mission is preservation and education.

What we don’t have is a clear vision statement. What does SGS want to be in the future? This question is especially relevant as we consider celebrating our centennial in 2023.

We are looking for someone to gather and compile ideas for a vision of the future, then present those ideas to the SGS board. Sound interesting? Please contact Ceil Rogers at Volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org


Are you knocking on the right door?

Do you know where to search next?

If you’re seeking ancestors in England and throughout the United Kingdom, this event is aimed at bolstering your knowledge of how and where to research across the pond.

Join us Saturday, May 15, 2021, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT for A Day of English Research! 

SGS Members: $40, Non-Members: $55

Register online at www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-genealogical-society-spring-seminar-2021-tickets-140606494811
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth at seminar@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

Seminar Lecture Topics

  • Are you Lost? Using Maps and Gazetteers for English Research:Learn what maps, gazetteers and directories are available for researching your ancestors in England. Learn from examples how to make good use of these tools to find where your ancestors are, what they did, when, where, and why they may have moved.
  • Effective Use of England’s National Archives Website:Learn how to effectively use the research tools, indexes, educational tools and catalogs on this large website to find your ancestors and to put them into their correct historical context. 
  • English Parish Registers: How to Access, Use and Interpret:Learn how to access, use, and correctly interpret the information found in the christening, marriage, and burial registers of the English parish church. See examples of the problems to watch for and the clues given for further research. Learn what to do when your ancestor is not found.
  • Buried Treasures: What’s in the English Parish Chest:The English parish was both an ecclesiastical and a civil jurisdiction. Both jurisdictions created informative records and kept them in the Parish Chest. This presentation will examine the breadth and wealth of information that can be found, going well beyond the baptism, marriage, and burial registers.

About our Speaker

  • Paul Milner, a native of northern England, professional genealogist and international lecturer. He teaches English and Scottish research tracks at SLIG, IGHR and the British Institute. Paul is a recipient of UGA Fellow Award (2018) and the FGS David S. Vogels Jr Award (2019). He is the author of six publications providing how-to guidance for English and Scottish researchers. He is the past-president of the BIGWILL, and board member of the APG, FGS and GSG. Paul focuses on British Isles resources and methodology on his blog at www.milnergenealogy.com 

YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE SEMINARS
Whom do you love? Whom would you like to see next?

The SGS Seminar Committee welcomes your suggestions for future speakers, or subjects for semi-annual weekend meetings. If you have an idea or recommendation, please email seminar@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org by Wednesday, April 14, 2021. 

The Seminar Committee is also seeking to add new members to our Speaker Selection Team. This is a low-level commitment conducted entirely by email for the purpose of wading through proposed names and options. We would love to have you volunteer with us!

* SAVE THE DATE *
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe”, 
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm,


The speaker will be Hal Bookbinder. Registration is required. Visit their website for details. 

http://jgsws.org 


The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, 
“Research Like a Pro” virtual seminar,
April 24, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT


Author of Research Like A Pro, A Genealogist’s Guide, Diana Elder, will present morning classes outlining steps to develop a research plan and organizing what research you have using solid methodology. In the afternoon, learn about the types of probate records created at the death of your ancestor and what tax records reveal. This is a virtual seminar using Zoom.  

Registration is now open. For more details, or to register, visit :
www.rvgslibrary.org 

Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar,
with Paul Miner
May 15. 2021, 9:00am – 3:00pm PDT


This seminar will be virtual online. Paul specializes in British Isles research. Hope to “see” you there.

Southern California Genealogical Society,
Jamboree 2021, 
June 11-12, 2021 


There is lots going on at SCGS in June : multiple conferences, Genetic Genealogy, June 4-5, and Jamboree 2021, June 11-12,  plus mid-week special events, June 7-10. Too much to mention here. All of it virtual, online this year. Check out their website to learn more about it. 

https://genealogyjamboree.com 

The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,a
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021


Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Be sure to sign up today, March 31st, to get the “Early Bird Special” price! Here’s the link:

https://iggp.org  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  Saturday, April 3, 2021,  
10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, April 4, 2021, *Oops, it’s Easter Sunday so this session has been canceled*1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant”, presenter will be Steve Morrison

Sunday, April 11, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group ,  chaired by Karen Knudson, share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestor research 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.       

Seattle Genealogical Society News

IRISH WEEK

As many of you know, SGS has had a booth at the annual Seattle Irish Heritage Club’s Irish Week festivities. This year the event has gone virtual, as have most all events, but SGS will still be part of the program. 

The Seattle Irish Heritage Club has made a video covering all things Irish in the Emerald City and its environs to be shown on their website. One segment in this video discusses SGS’s involvement with the Irish Heritage Club, and with the local Irish community. The link on their website will go “live” on Saint Patrick’s Day (when else?), and will be available for viewing thereafter. We will post a link to that video on the SGS website after it goes live. Erin go bragh!

For more information on Irish Week in Seattle.  Go to : 
www.irishweek.org 


 SGS Members – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Time and time again you have heard how important volunteers are to our organization. If you missed the SGS membership meeting on Saturday, March 13, 2021, you may not know we have multiple board positions open. Elections are not far off. Please consider helping the Society. Here are the openings and a brief description for each:   

  • Vice President assists the President in the performance of Presidential duties and assumes them in the absence of the President or upon the inability of the President to serve. The Vice President is also responsible for community relations and long-range planning.
  • Secretary records all activities, maintaining record integrity and security; official notifications by the Society, and Society correspondence.
  • Director of Publications is responsible for the entire production process and content of all Society print and media.
  • Director of Volunteers recruits and manages all Society volunteers.

Board members take an active role in managing the affairs of the Society by participating in monthly board meetings and overseeing the programs specific to their position. 

Board meetings are currently held on the second Monday of each month. Right now the board meetings are virtual, and you will always have the option to attend a board meeting virtually.  

If you’d like to volunteer, or you have questions or suggestions, please reach out to : volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org * SAVE THE DATE *
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“The Changing Borders of Eastern Europe”, 
Monday, April 12, 2021, 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm,


The speaker will be Hal Bookbinder. Registration is required. Visit their website for details. 

http://jgsws.org 


The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, 
“Research Like a Pro” virtual seminar,
April 24, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT


Author of Research Like A Pro, A Genealogist’s Guide, Diana Elder, will present morning classes outlining steps to develop a research plan and organizing what research you have using solid methodology. In the afternoon, learn about the types of probate records created at the death of your ancestor and what tax records reveal. This is a virtual seminar using Zoom.  

Registration is now open. For more details, or to register, visit :
www.rvgslibrary.org 

Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar,
with Paul Miner
May 15. 2021, 9:00am – 3:00pm 


This seminar will be virtual online. Paul specializes in British Isles research. Hope to “see” you there. Details to follow.  

Southern California Genealogical Society,
Jamboree 2021, 
June 11-12, 2021 


There is lots going on at SCGS in June : multiple conferences, Genetic Genealogy, June 4-5, and Jamboree 2021, June 11-12,  plus mid-week special events, June 7-10. Too much to mention here. All of it virtual, online this year. Check out their website to learn more about it. 

https://genealogyjamboree.com 

The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,a
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021


Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” price. To learn more about this event, sign up for the conference newsletter on their website:

https://iggp.org  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
Saturday, March 27, 2021,  10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA Interest Group, with Cary Bright & Craig Gowens, to be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list.
Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handou
Saturday, April 3, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, April 4, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”Digging Up New Dirt – Unearthing the ‘Real’ New England Immigrant”, presenter will be Steve Morrison

Sunday, April 11, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group ,  chaired by Karen Knudson, share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestor research 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.       

TIP OF THE WEEK –
IRISH RECORDS FOR FREE   From March 11–18, 2021,  MyHeritage  is opening all Irish records to the public for free for the entire week. Don’t miss your chance to delve into the historical records and find new information about your Irish ancestors.   

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Wyoming Newspapers

TIP OF THE WEEK –
WYOMING DIGITAL NEWSPAPER COLLECTION   Have Wyoming ancestors? The site www.wyomingnewspapers.org currently contains over 134,000 issues of historical and archived Wyoming newspapers with issues dating from 1849-1922. The database is searchable and use of the site is free to the public. It is a service of the Colorado & Wyoming State Libraries and the University of Wyoming, and it is partially funded through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SIGN UP BY MARCH 1st

  Last chance to register for the upcoming series “Level I – Genealogy Basics & Beyond” with Valerie Lair! The small-group course includes seven two-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.
The next class will meet online March 9 – April 27, 2021, Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT). It is limited to just five participants, so sign up now to secure your place in the class.
Register for LEVEL I – Genealogy Basics and Beyond

LOOK WHAT’S HAPPENING MARCH 13th
Mark your calendar. There are three SGS activities happening on Saturday, March 13, 2021. 

At 10:15 am PST, the Family Tree Maker SIG meets online via Zoom. Rob Sexton is the chairperson. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in joining this group whose focus is learning and sharing tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev, send an email to Rob at operations@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

The SGS General Membership Meeting is scheduled to start at 12:00 pm PST. SGS members, please plan to attend. There are important items on the agenda: nominations for the SGS board and the election, possible digitization of some materials owned by the SGS Library, and possible relocation of the SGS Library. 

After the SGS Membership Meeting, starting at 1:00 pm PST,  Pam Vestal will give this month’s Second Saturday Series presentation, “Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal”. Come learn:

  • Why did our ancestors leave their homes?  
  • Why did they settle where they did?  
  • What secrets about them might their migration paths reveal.

Sounds like a good one! 

As usual, the Zoom meeting id for any of these online events can be found on the SGS website Calendar of Events.     

* SAVE THE DATE *
The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society, 
“Research Like a Pro” virtual seminar,
April 24, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT


Author of Research Like A Pro, A Genealogist’s Guide, Diana Elder, will present morning classes outlining steps to develop a research plan and organizing what research you have using solid methodology. In the afternoon, learn about the types of probate records created at the death of your ancestor and what tax records reveal. This is a virtual seminar using Zoom.  

Registration is now open.  For more details, or to register, visit :
www.rvgslibrary.org 

The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,a
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021


Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” price. To learn more about this event, sign up for the conference newsletter on their website:

https://iggp.org  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 
10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, March 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC SIG Interest Group (Virtual), Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meetings address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.

The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email dhettrick@earthlink.net to be added to the mailing list. Co-chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM), chaired by Rob Sexton, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev . Want to join this SIG? Email operations@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

Saturday, March 13, 2021,  12:00 pm – 12:50 pm, SGS Membership Meeting – Virtual, The March SGS Membership meeting is the time that the Board presents the slate of nominees for Board positions in preparation for the May election.  We expect to have some open positions, so remember that nominations may be made by the membership at any time, including at this meeting.

In addition, there are two major interconnected projects underway we will discuss.  First, we are working to reduce the physical size of our library, part of which is a plan to move large parts of it online to facilitate access by SGS members and the genealogy community at large.  Second, as mentioned at earlier meetings, our lease runs out this year and we have been looking for a new location.  We will be providing information about both of these topics and asking for feedback from the membership.

Saturday, March 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal”, presenter will be Pam Vestal

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
Saturday, March 27, 2021,  10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA Interest Group, with Cary Bright & Craig Gowens, to be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list.
Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handou

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Small Town Newspapers

TIP OF THE WEEK

– Small Town Papers   This tip came from a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking private group on Facebook. If you would like to become a member of the group, just ask; use the Facebook search to find the group and then click on the JOIN GROUP icon.  

Karen P. turned us onto a website she found, www.stparchive.com , which is a “Master List of all newspaper archives hosted by SmallTownPapers”. This list is sorted by newspaper name, or by state. Karen says,  “I just found this website on small town newspapers. Click on the newspaper, Then Browse will give you the years the have digitized. Search will let you search. As always finding things are hit and miss, but it looks like a good source.” 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

JENNIFER WELLS, VOLUNTEER OF WINTER QUARTER
  Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Winter 2021 Quarter is Jennifer Wells.

Jennifer is being honored for her work writing grant proposals. Our most recent grant from 4Culture enabled the society to purchase sneeze guards, thermometers, and other materials to enable safe reopening of the library when State COVID restrictions allow.

Jennifer has been a member of Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) since April 2018. She has attended SGS seminars and Second Saturday events and participates in the DNA Special Interest Group (SIG). She always appreciates opportunities to learn something new about genealogy, which might be access to new historical resources, techniques to analyze and organize genealogical research, or sharing of genealogical research and family stories with other members. She particularly enjoyed Herb McDaniel’s presentations at the DNA SIG.

In her personal genealogical research, Jennifer has many examples of (not uncommon) family secrets kept by relatives born in the 1920s and 1930s. She was able to determine that a DNA match predicted to be a first cousin is her half-niece from a paternal half-sibling, which would have been difficult to determine by genealogical research alone. The secret was shared only after her father’s death. Jennifer has many such stories to tell.

She has also had fun finding new Irish surnames. On a visit to Ireland in 2019, she met an elderly gentleman who may be distantly related (shared surname and ancestral location). The trip was not intended for genealogical research, but rather to see where her ancestors may have lived, so stumbling onto a possible relative was just a lucky coincidence. DNA suggests she also has Scottish and Northern Irish ancestors. The future holds more research and perhaps a trip to Scotland.

Jennifer has been the grants coordinator since January 2020. She says, “I like to find money for SGS so that a variety of programs and resources can be offered to its members and guests.”  We can all appreciate that.

Congratulations, and thank you, Jennifer!
A PEEK AT THE SPRING SEMINAR! 
The SGS Spring Seminar is scheduled for May 15, 2021, and the guest speaker will be Paul Miner.

Paul, a professional genealogist and internationally known lecturer, is a native of northern England who specializes in British Isles research. He has been designing genealogy workshops, writing books, and lecturing for over 35 years. Paul holds an advanced degree in Theology and is particularly knowledgeable about the church and its role in record keeping. As a genealogist he speaks on a variety of topics relating to research in the British Isles, migration to North America, and research methodology. Stay tuned. Details and registration for the seminar will appear in the eNews! and on the SGS website seagensoc.org within the next few weeks. 
HOPE FOR THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES IN SEATTLE
  On Friday, February 12, 2021, a US District Court judge granted a preliminary injunction to halt the sale of the National Archives property on Sand Point Way NE in Seattle. In coalition with 29 tribes and community organizations,  Washington AG Bob Ferguson filed suit on January 4, 2021, seeking to declare the sale of the property to developers illegal. The injunction will allow time for the suit to work its way through the courts.  
* SAVE THE DATE *
The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,a
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021


Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” price. To learn more about this event, sign up for the conference newsletter on their website:

https://iggp.org  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  


Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, March 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, March 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC SIG Interest Group (Virtual), Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Meetings address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.

The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email dhettrick@earthlink.net to be added to the mailing list. Co-chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick

Saturday, March 13, 2021, 10:15 am – 12:00 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM), chaired by Rob Sexton, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev . Want to join this SIG? Email operations@seagensoc.org. 

Saturday, March 13, 2021,  12:00 pm – 12:50 pm, SGS Membership Meeting – Virtual, The March SGS Membership meeting is the time that the Board presents the slate of nominees for Board positions in preparation for the May election.  We expect to have some open positions, so remember that nominations may be made by the membership at any time, including at this meeting.

In addition, there are two major interconnected projects underway we will discuss.  First, we are working to reduce the physical size of our library, part of which is a plan to move large parts of it online to facilitate access by SGS members and the genealogy community at large.  Second, as mentioned at earlier meetings, our lease runs out this year and we have been looking for a new location.  We will be providing information about both of these topics and asking for feedback from the membership.

Saturday, March 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”Why They Left, Where They Went, and the Tales Their Journeys Can Reveal”, presenter will be Pam Vestal

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
Saturday, March 27, 2021,  10:00 am – 12:30 pm, DNA Interest Group, with Cary Bright & Craig Gowens, to be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list.
Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting with the pdf handout


Seattle Genealogical Society News

FEBRUARY 13, 2021
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
“HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR FAMILY TREE:
DISCOVERING HEALTH ISSUES”

This month’s Second Saturday speaker is Janice Lovelace and the presentation will be an in-depth look at building a health genogram starting with a traditional genealogical pedigree chart. Also to be covered, a basic overview of DNA, epigenetics, and inheritance of health issues. Several physical and mental health issues will be discussed in greater detail. Join in this virtual presentation. See the SGS Website for the Zoom meeting link.    


Message From Our SGS Past President, Jill Morelli

Genealogical Colleagues,

I have been asked to present on the effects of the Pandemic on genealogical societies. I have developed a 19 question survey for members of all societies to gather ideas of before/after/future Pandemic impacts. If you are willing, I would love to have your observations.

Here’s the deal. Any society that is used as the focus society will be offered the written report and an opportunity to have the presentation given to the audience of their choice, virtually, one time.

Here is the link to the survey–and thank you!  Jill 
https://forms.gle/5ggekYEZRYdgCkE8A


SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING
SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 2021 AT 12:00 PM 
VIRTUAL

  SGS Members, don’t miss this important SGS Membership Meeting. Recruiting efforts and candidates for the  Board of Director positions will be discussed. Additionally, there are two major interconnected projects underway we will be talking about. 

First, we are working to reduce the physical size of our library, part of which is a plan to move large parts of it online to facilitate access by SGS members and the genealogy community at large. 

Second, as mentioned at earlier meetings, our lease runs out this year and we have been looking for a new location. 

We will be providing information about both of these topics and asking for feedback from the membership.


LEVEL I – GENEALOGY BASICS & BEYOND 
Registration is now open for the next series of “Level I – Genealogy Basics & Beyond” with Valerie Lair. This small-group course includes seven 2-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.

The next series is scheduled to meet online March 9 – April 27, 2021, Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT). It is limited to five registrants.

Register now!

https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSfCZhnKkgs7UP…/viewform

Instructor: Valerie Lair  



* SAVE THE DATE *

The International German Genealogy Partnership presents,
“Researching Together Worldwide / Weltweit Gemeinsam Forschen”, 
the first ever International German Genealogy Virtual Conference, 
July 17-24, 2021


Is German genealogy one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2021? If so, be sure to mark your calendars for July 17-24, 2021. The IGGP Conference, which only takes place every two years, is your chance to take a deep dive into all things German genealogy – and learn from the experts themselves. This year, the conference will be virtual, which means you can tune in from anywhere in the world!

Don’t miss the “Early Bird Special” price. To learn more about this event, sign up for the conference newsletter on their website:

https://iggp.org  

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Feb 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Search Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and Family Search. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues”, presenter will be Janice Lovelace

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 


NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW FOR 1 1/2 YEARS!   During the first quarter of 2021,  January 1st – March 31st, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2022. Obtain a year and a half of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Dues are $60 individual, $75 dual. Read more…
Join Online Now

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NOW ENROLLING!

Registration is now open for the next series of “Level I – Genealogy Basics & Beyond” with Valerie Lair. This small-group course includes seven 2-hour sessions, meeting weekly online. It covers how to successfully conduct research in census records, vital records, newspapers, city directories, churches, cemeteries, military records; using major online resources along with libraries and archives; and so much more. The course will challenge you in perfecting your genealogy skills.

The next series is scheduled to meet online March 9 – April 27, 2021, Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm PT (8:00 pm CT). It is limited to five registrants. 
Register for Level I – Genealogy Basics and Beyond

 YOUR CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON
MOVING THE ARCHIVES

Here an excerpt from a press release from the Attorney General of Washington State, as well as a link to the rest of the release.     SEATTLE —  “Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced he will host a remote  public meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, so the public can share their comments on plans by the federal government to sell Seattle’s National Archives building and move the records thousands of miles away.

The federal government did not hold any meetings of its own in the Pacific Northwest, and did not consult with state, local, or tribal leaders in the region prior to announcing its decision to sell the Archives facility.

One member of the Public Buildings Reform Board (PBRB) recently said the sale would allow the Archives building to “become a part of the community, as opposed to what it is today.”

The office will record the public comments and forward them to the PBRB. Ferguson will also formally invite the PBRB members to attend the remote public hearing. The public meeting will be held via Zoom from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2021.”

For more info and the meeting link, visit: 
https://www.atg.wa.gov/news/news-releases/ag-ferguson-host-remote-public-comment-meeting-national-archives-facility-and?fbclid=IwAR1_4fF-pFXPs9LnQt0StVycvkorFojw1WNwsJOdoCe3LOKqNgg_Kn7SAug   
SGS RECRUITING EFFORT
The Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) Board of Directors is recruiting for the following positions for the Board of Directors for the fiscal year of 2021-2022: 

  • Operations 
  • Library 
  • Volunteers
  • Secretary* (A Bennett is willing to serve if no other candidate)
  • Membership* (C Schomaker is willing to serve if no other candidate)
  • Publications*  (We have editors for The Journal and eNews! )
  • Communications 

Anyone interested in serving in one of these positions is asked to fill out a Nomination Acceptance Form. Please contact the SGS Secretary by February 7, 2021  at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org for a form,  or if you have any questions. 

Candidates for the upcoming May 2021 election will be presented at the virtual March 13, 2021, Membership Meeting scheduled for 12:30 pm. See the SGS website for details : seagensoc.org 


* SAVE THE DATE *

COMING UP ARE TWO EXTRA SPECIAL
ONLINE EVENTS YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS





Presented by KCTS 9 – speakers will be:
Knute “Mossback” Berger of Crosscut,
Warren KingGeorge – Muckleshoot Oral Historian,
Dr Quintard Taylor – African American History in the American West specialist,
professors Margaret O’Mara and Dr Josephine Ensign
Free Event * RSVP required
Register here: 

https://crosscut.com/event/finding-your-roots-washington-old-growth-new-beginnings



YOU ARE INVITED TO THE 
2021 INTERNATIONAL
HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY EVENT 





Registration required.  This event is free to the public, or become an Event Patron, supporting the Holocaust Center for Humanity, by purchasing a Patron Ticket. 

https://www.classy.org/event/2021-international-holocaust-remembrance-day-event/e312327 

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021,  10:00 am – 12:30 pm, SGS DNA Interest Group workshop , will be meeting via Zoom.To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting along with the pdf handout.

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Feb 6, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join.  

Tuesday, Feb 9, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Feb 13, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”How Healthy is Your Family Tree: Discovering Health Issues”, presenter will be Janice Lovelace

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Feb 23, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link.

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021, 10:00 am-11:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 


NOT A MEMBER YET? JOIN NOW FOR 1 1/2 YEARS!   During the first quarter of 2021,  January 1st – March 31st, new members may join the Seattle Genealogical Society with a membership that extends through May 31, 2022. Obtain a year and a half of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Dues are $60 individual, $75 dual. Read more…
Join Online Now

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 HAPPY NEW YEAR AT SGS

  Start out 2021 on the right foot, don’t miss the first Second Saturday Series of the new year, on Saturday, January 9, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.   

In this presentation, Carolyn Schott, will be following  the footsteps of the Billigmeier family, who left the Pfalz region after the “Year Without a Summer” to immigrate to Russia in search of a better life. After years of peaceful prosperity in the Beresan (Odessa) area, the fate of two branches of the family diverged. One branch went to Bessarabia and then on to homestead in North Dakota. The branch that remained in the Odessa region had their farms seized and collectivized, suffered during the famine genocide, and finally faced arrest and execution. Some family members were exiled to Kyrgyzstan.

The presentation blends historical events and the story of a specific family. It will also review the documents that were used to re-create the lives of this family, from church records. to local histories, to copies of KGB/NKVD files.

Carolyn Schott has researched her German ancestors for 20 years. She’s a founder of the Black Sea German Research Community, a former board member of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, and author of the book, “Visiting Your Ancestral Town.”  


IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY
  As some of you may have heard, the owner of the company that hosts our SGS website, EasyNetSites.com (ENS), has run into legal problems. The result is that ENS will only be hosting websites through the end of June 2021 (at best).  Our Webmaster, Ann Wright, has formed a small team to identify a new host and plan a transition of our website to the new host. If you, or someone you know, has experience with current website technology and would be interested in consulting on this effort, please contact Ann at webmaster@seagensoc.org.

David Rimmer,
Director of Technology


SAVE THE DATE“A Post-Holocaust Genealogical and Family History Journey:
From the USA to Ukraine”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, January 11, 2021 
6:00 PM PST


Notice the time is earlier than normal. Visit their website for final info and to get the meeting id. 
https://www.jgsws.org

RootsTech Connect 2021 (Virtual),
hosted by FamilySearch International
February 25-27, 2021


This 2021 virtual conference is free. They do ask that you register. Something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  


Saturday, Jan 2, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A.  Want to join the mailing list? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 


Saturday, Jan 9, 2021,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker Users Group, Learn and share tips and tricks for using Family Tree Maker 2017 by Software MacKiev . Want to join this SIG? Email operations@seagensoc.org. Chaired by Rob Sexton.
Saturday, Jan 9, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Series:”From Church Archives to KBG”, presenter will be Carolyn Schott founder of the Black Sea German Research Community 

Sunday, Jan 10, 2021,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group, chaired by Karen Knudson, Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research.

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 


Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer Interest Group (Virtual),  Chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick, these meetings address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research. The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email dhettrick@earthlink.net to be added to the mailing list.  

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2021, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2021, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2021, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual),  Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Jan 30, 2021,  10:00 am – 12:30 pm, SGS DNA Interest Group workshop , will be meeting via Zoom.To be included you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. Link to be sent to the email group prior to the meeting along with the pdf handout.