Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA’S ONLINE CATALOG
The Library of Virginia in Richmond holds and preserves all the records of the state of Virginia. Its library catalog is readily searchable online, and just as with familysearch.org, an increasing number of their records have been digitized and are accessible online.

For instance, searching under the Images and Indexes tab (see below) gives you a list of over thirty digitized, searchable collections, including Revolutionary War Bounty Warrants and Land Office Military Certificates; Henley’s Marriage/Obituary Index of Virginia Newspapers; and Virginia Land Office Patents and Claims, to name just a few.

To view this section of their catalog, go to their main web page: www.lva.virginia.org and scroll down slightly till you see For The Public; click there (everything under that tab is worth exploring!) select Search the LVA Catalog.  This opens a new page, with 4 tabs; click on Images and Indexes.  Then select which collection(s) you’d like to search.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

LAST CHANGE TO 
REGISTER FOR THE SPRING SEMINAR

You can still register for the 2019 Spring Seminar, “Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results”.    Featuring Diahan Southard, a popular speaker and author of several quick guides on genetic genealogy, a regular contributor to Genealogy Gems, featured writer for Family Tree Magazine, regular contributor to Genealogy Today, as well as other writing engagements.

It’s too late to order a lunch or mail in your registration, but online registration is still open
Register for the Seminar onlineSAVE THE DATE

SGS and SIGS “DNA Learning Series” ,
Mountlake Terrace Library – Sno-Isle Libraries,
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

 
See the featured article in this eNews! issue for more info. For members of SGS and SIGS only. Registration required. Register by email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Scheduled dates for the next two classes:

  • May 16  “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”
  • June 20  “I’ve Got My Results … Now What?”

SGS 2019 Spring Seminar,
“Next Steps for Your DNA Results”,
with Diahan Southard,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, May 18 ,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives. Topics at the seminar will be:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also check out the Special Workshop on Sunday afternoon, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

Register for the Seminar online  

          SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The SGS Library will closed May 25-27 in observance of Memorial Day weekend, although the Irish and German Special Interest Groups will meet on Saturday, May 25. Note the library will also be closed on May 18, the day of our spring seminar.  

MAY

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 2: “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, May 18, The SGS Library will be closed so all SGS volunteers may attend the SGS 2019 Spring Seminar at Fairview Christian School.

Sunday, May 19, the SGS Library will be closed for two special events – pre-registration required.   

Saturday, May 25, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Saturday, May 25, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
JUNE
Saturday, June 1, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group,
Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.

Sunday, June 2, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.

Saturday, June 8, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Organizing Your Family History in Order to Stay Sane” with Mary Kathryn Kozy

Saturday, June 15, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 3: “I Got My Results… Now What?”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel. For more information
contact SGSDNASIG@gmail    

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – 
ANCESTRY’S DNA THRU LINES
(BETA VERSION) 

Have you explored Ancestry’s new tool called ThruLines?  It’s intended to replace the old tool, DNA Circles. It displays your and your DNA matches common ancestor(s) and family lines in a more comprehensive format.

It finds connections to your DNA matches by matching persons in each other’s trees. Even if there are private trees involved, you will get these ThruLines as long as the trees are set to searchable.

One small quirk I noticed, it will falsely assume you are, for example,  a ½ 3nd cousin, if both your 2xgreat grandparents names do not match identically to those on the other person’s tree.  But all in all, it’s a fun new tool. This is the beta version and it will improve.    

Seattle Genealogical Society News

DON’T MISS OUR SPRING SEMINAR
“Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results”
with Diahan Southard
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Fairview Christian Church
844 NE 78th St
Seattle, WA 98115

 

There is still space available for the Saturday Seminar and the Sunday afternoon workshop session. Hurry! Registrations must be received at SGS by Saturday, May 11, to order a box lunch and to avoid the $10 late registration fee.

In addition to the Saturday seminar, Diahan Southard is conducting two workshops on “Organizing Your DNA Results” at the SGS Library on Sunday, May 19. The Sunday morning session is sold out, but there are still seats available for the Sunday afternoon session, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm.  

Register for the Seminar online, or
Print out a Seminar registration brochure and mail it with a check to:
Seattle Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329GiveBIG 2019


GiveBig, a 24 hour online, annual fund-raising program for non-profits in Washington State, will be held May 8, 2019. 

The Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) is an educational organization devoted exclusively to furthering genealogical research, promoting interest in family history, and preserving records. We offer one-on-one mentoring, conduct classes and seminars, compile and publish research materials, and maintain a computer-equipped, 15,000 volume library open to our members, as well as the general public, for free.

Have you attended one of our classes or seminars? Or visited our library to discover the story of your ancestors?

You can help us provide these quality programs and maintain our excellent library with your tax deductible gift on May 8th. Use the link below to donate and thank you so much for your support!

https://www.givebig2019.org/seattle-genealogical-society

#GiveBIG2019
 

SECOND SATURDAY SPEAKER SERIES
“OHIO: THE CROSSROADS OF A YOUNG NATION”
 MAY 11, 2019 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

What do Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, Paul Newman, Toni Morrison and Neil Armstrong all have in common? They were all born and raised in “The Buckeye State”, Ohio.

Ohio was part of the Old Northwest Territory and became a powerhouse throughout the 19th century. The population grew by leaps and bounds – from 42,159 at the beginning of the 19th century to 4,157,545 by 1900. Ohio was along major migration and distribution routes westward, including the Ohio River, Lake Erie, Erie Canal, National Road, Lincoln Highway and major railroad lines. With the rapidly expanding population and strategic geographic location, chances are one of your ancestors spent time or traveled through Ohio. Speaker, Heidi Mair, invites you to come learn how to find the traces of your ancestors in Ohio and explore the role Ohio played in our developing nation. SGS Family History Writing Contest II
Submissions for the SGS Family History Writing Contest II are requested!
All writers are welcomed; all stories are welcomed! Prizes will be awarded.

Submit your story by 1 July 2019 to Publication@seagensoc.org.

Here are the rules:

  1. Keep the word count under 3000 words. We will not retype your story, so make sure you send it to us in Word form. Photos enhance a story.
  2. Cite the facts, but since these are usually your family stories, there aren’t many.
  3. It is preferred that these are unpublished works. If your story has been published before, make sure you have permission to republish. Let us know name of the publication and when it was published.
  4. A committee will review all submissions and award the prizes. Some documents selected for publication will receive prizes.
  5. The committee makes all decisions and all decisions are final.
  6. If you have any questions, just let us know.  This is a great summer project!!

HELP FOR A CALIFORNIA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
Recently SGS became  aware of significant need at another genealogical society. The Paradise Genealogical Society of California was devastated by the “Camp Fire” in Northern California last year. That society had their own building, with a library of over 2700 titles. It was completely destroyed. To help them rebuilt, the SGS Library has offered some of its own duplicate periodicals and books. SGS has already received a donation to package and ship materials to the Paradise Society. If you have any genealogical materials you could donate to help the Paradise Genealogical Society, please bring your donations to the SGS Library and we will take care of the rest.

Paradise Genealogical Society is hoping for these types of contributions :

  • Materials pertaining to Northern California
  • Materials pertaining to all of California
  • Materials pertaining to any US state
  • General genealogical research materials

** Please no further “Source Book”, “Red Book”, or Internet books are needed 

If you have any questions or require clarification, please contact Sue Jensen, SGS Library Director, at the Library phone number: 206 522-8658 or email her at library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org


SAVE THE DATE

“Ins and Outs of Indexes:
Keys to Unlock Probates, Deeds and More” ,
With Mary Kircher Roddy,
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Church Building
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Monday, May 13, 7:15 pm


Doors open at 6:30 pm for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS library’s genealogical resources. Free Wi-Fi, admission, and refreshments.  Come early to network with other attendees. Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 pm.SGS and SIGS “DNA Learning Series” ,
Mountlake Terrace Library – Sno-Isle Libraries,
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm


See the featured article in this eNews! issue for more info. For members of SGS and SIGS only. Registration required. Register by email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Scheduled dates for the next two classes:

  • May 16  “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”
  • June 20  “I’ve Got My Results … Now What?”

SGS 2019 Spring Seminar,
“Next Steps for Your DNA Results”,
with Diahan Southard,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, May 18 ,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives. Topics at the seminar will be:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also check out the Special Workshop on Sunday afternoon, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

Register for the Seminar online  

 – or –

Print out a Seminar Brochure and mail your registration to: SGS, PO Box 15329, Seattle, WA 98115

          SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The SGS Library will closed May 25-27 in observance of Memorial Day weekend, although the Irish and German Special Interest Groups will meet on Saturday, May 25. Note the library will also be closed on May 18, the day of our spring seminar.  

MAY

Sunday, May 4, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, 
Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.   

Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.
Saturday, May 11, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, led by Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey. Novices are welcome to join our group, as we share our knowledge of this powerful and versatile genealogy software program, and learn from each other, while having fun at the same time.  Join us, and bring your questions!   

Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Ohio: The Crossroads of a Young Nation” with Heidi Mair 

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 2: “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, May 18, The SGS Library will be closed so all SGS volunteers may attend the SGS 2019 Spring Seminar at Fairview Christian School.

Sunday, May 19, the SGS Library will be closed for two special events – pre-registration required.   

Saturday, May 25, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth Saturday, May 25, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Seattle Genealogical Society GiveBig Day

May 8th is a BIG day!

         The Seattle Genealogical Society is excited to be part of the           

2019 GiveBig campaign!

#GiveBIG2019                             What is GiveBig?
    A coalition of non-profits that come together for one day of giving for the
Seattle community. We need member support more than ever!
    Here’s how to show your support:

Donate
  Show your financial support by donating to the
Seattle Genealogical Society.
https://www.givebig2019.org/seattle-genealogical-society
  Follow us
  Help build the buzz by following us on Facebook
and sharing our posts.

  Spread the word
                Tap into your individual networks to share                 the work that we do at SGS.

            Forward this information to your family and friends and share                 what you think is important about the SGS mission.

We are an all volunteer organization!

Volunteers maintain and update a 15,000 volume library that is open to the public. SGS offers a variety of services and databases for those researching ancestors from all over the world.  We have classes, seminars, publications, and knowledgeable volunteers to help in your genealogical journey.    

https://www.givebig2019.org/seattle-genealogical-society#GiveBIG2019


Make an IMPACT! Support us through GiveBIG, our community’s biggest day of giving of the year. Learn more at givebig.seattlefoundation.org 
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRANSLATION RESOURCES

If you need help with translations while doing your genealogy, realize there is help online beyond the popular utility Google Translate.

Start with a visit to the “Translation Services “ WIKI at FamilySearch.org : 
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Translation_Services

Currently they have words list for 18 different languages. These lists contain common words you are likely to encounter in genealogy records for that country.

The FamilySearch Wiki also provides links to a half dozen popular online translation websites :

A lesser known translation site recommended by Lisa Alzo of Internet Genealgoy & Your Genealogy Today, especially for languages such as Arabic, Greek, or Russian, is Yandex Translate. Yandex is a synchronized translation for 95 languages, with predictive typing, dictionary with transcription, pronunciation and usage examples, as well as many other features.

Finally. resources not to be ignored are your church or cultural organizations such as “The Sons of Italy”. Maybe they can provide the translation help you need.  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEW! DNA LEARNING SERIES

Seattle Genealogical Society and Sno-Isle Genealogical Society are co-sponsoring the new  “DNA Learning Series”. This will be a series of seven classes, meeting once each month from April to October. Class will be held from 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Library, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.

These are hands-on classes working with your own DNA results in real time with experts available to help you accomplish the tasks. The series builds slowly, workshop style, using your own computer and has homework assignments. The instructors are Craig K Gowen and Cary Bright.

The series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class. The first class is 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Register by sending an email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

HOURS ARE CHANGING AT THE SGS LIBRARY


Please note, beginning May 1, 2019, the hours of the Seattle Genealogical Society Library at 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  The library will be closed on Sundays except for events. 

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION Thank you to all of our SGS volunteers!

Here is a partial list of the tasks our dedicated volunteers do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis:

  • Greet our library visitors and keep our doors open to the public
  • Represent SGS at community events
  • Plan and present educational programs
  • Facilitate our Special Interest Groups
  • Manage our library collections
  • Maintain our building
  • Write and edit ENews! and SGS Journal
  • Serve on a committee or as a Board Member
  • Research and archival work
  • Tech support
  • Write and submit grants…. and much more!

Each quarter the Board of Directors selects a Volunteer of the Quarter, based upon their contributions to SGS.

Our 2018 recipients were:

  • Winter       John Eshelman
  • Spring       Janice Lovelace
  • Summer    Siri Nelson
  • Fall           Lori Lee Sauber

Are you interested in joining SGS and becoming a volunteer? Read more: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/content/volunteSAVE THE DATE

SGS and SIGS “DNA Learning Series” ,
Mountlake Terrace Library – Sno-Isle Libraries,
23300 58th Ave W
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

 
See the featured article in this eNews! issue for more info. For members of SGS and SIGS only. Registration required. Register by email to: sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Scheduled dates for the first three classes:

  • April 18 “Intro to Genealogical DNA Testing”
  • May 16  “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”
  • June 20  “I’ve Got My Results … Now What?”

SGS 2019 Spring Seminar,
“Next Steps for Your DNA Results”,
with Diahan Southard,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St, Seattle, WA 98115
Saturday, May 18 ,  9:00 am – 4:00 pm


From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives. 

Topics for the 4 workshops are:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also check out the Special Workshops on Sunday morning, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

Register for the Seminar online  

 – or –

Print out a Seminar Brochure and mail your registration to: SGS, PO Box 15329, Seattle, WA 98115

          SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. The SGS Library will closed May 25-27 in observance of Memorial Day weekend. 

APRIL

Thursday, April 18, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 1: “Intro to Genealogical DNA Testing”, with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This  series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class. These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, April 27, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth Saturday, April 27, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
MAY
Sunday, May 4, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree Interest Group, 
Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.    Sunday, May 5, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.


Saturday, May 11, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, (FTM) Family Tree Maker Users Group, co-chairs, Reiley Kidd and Jess Ramey.Meets on the 2nd Saturday of every odd month (Jan 2019, Mar 2019, May 2019, July 2019). Family Tree Maker is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com     Saturday, May 11, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Ohio: The Crossroads of a Young Nation” with Heidi Mair 

Thursday, May 16, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 2: “yDNA & mtDNA Testing”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.comSaturday, May 18, The SGS Library will be closed so all SGS volunteers may attend the SGS 2019 Spring Seminar at Fairview Christian School.

Sunday, May 19, the SGS Library will be closed for a special event.   

 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – 
USING CONTROL F
You have a powerful function at your disposal when you’re in a web browser and want to search for a word or phrase. It’s called Control F, and very often you will see it written and referred to as CTRL+F.  

This performs the same way as the search function in many of the applications you use.  

While holding down the Control key (labeled CTRL), hit the F key. A search box will pop up on your screen. In this search, or find box, enter the word or phrase you want to locate. 

This function comes in particularly handy when you want to search long web pages, blogs, or online books for something specific. I find it useful in searching through family history books that are online at archive.org.

Here’s a sample exercise for you to try out. Click on the link at the bottom of this article to go to an online version of “War and Peace” in text format.

While holding down the CTRL key, hit the F key. Now enter the word Nicholas in the search box that appears, and hit enter. Nicholas occurs 631 times in “War and Peace”. See the 1/631 in the search box?  See the up and down arrows in the search box? Using the up and down arrows you can rapidly jump through “War and Peace”  to each mention of Nicholas.

https://archive.org/stream/warandpeace030164mbp/warandpeace030164mbp_djvu.txt
  The instructions and descriptions above are using the Chrome browser and a PC. If you have a PC and are using Internet Explorer or another browser, the find box may look and behave a little differently. If you have a Mac, not a problem. It’s just Command F, instead of Control F.   

Seattle Genealogical Society News

COMING SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019!

Don’t miss our 2019 Spring Seminar, “Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results”, featuring Diahan Southard. From beginner to advanced genealogist, Diahan will help you understand and help you organize your results to find those lost relatives.

Topics for the 4 workshops are:

  • Let Your DNA Tell Your Story
  • Me and My 1,000+ DNA 4th Cousins
  • Making YDNA and mtDNApart of Your Family History
  • Three Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results

Also look for the Special Workshops on Sunday morning, May 19: “Organizing Your DNA Results”.

For more information and online registration: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/

THANK YOU, IRISH FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS

For more than 15 years, dedicated SGS volunteers have staffed a table at the Irish Festival each March. This well-attended festival brings people from all around Puget Sound to the Seattle Center to learn and celebrate Irish culture, history, and music. SGS volunteers answered questions about Irish genealogy to a steady stream of visitors. Some stayed for long, in-depth conversations about their family histories and roadblocks. Visitors to the SGS booth also learned about our library and upcoming events including the Spring Seminar, “Next Steps for Your DNA Results” with Diahan Southard on May 18th and 19th. Jean Roth’s lectures on Saturday and Sunday, “Introduction to Irish Genealogy”, were well attended.  A big thank you to our Irish Festival volunteers: Jean Roth, Jim Ryan, Donna Judd, Vern Judd, Ida McCormick, Jack Donahue, George Kulstad, Annette Dwyer and Karen Portzer. 

THE SPRING RAFFLE IS RAMPING UP! We are now accepting donations of goods or services for the Spring Workshop raffle (May 18). In the past, we have gratefully received items such as DNA kits, genealogy books, jewelry, ballet tickets, quilts, and genealogy tools. Use your imagination. Proceeds from the raffle support the SGS library, and donations are tax deductible.  Donated items can be sent or brought to the SGS library. Please also send an email message to volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org telling us of your donation prior to mailing or delivering the item so we will be on the alert for its delivery.
MEMBER MILESTONE
Karin Borgersen, member and friend of SGS, recently started a new position as the program manager for the Genetic Counseling Graduate Program at University of Washington. She’s excited to be working with a great team to launch a program that she feels is going to be really fantastic. A professional genealogist, Karin says she still will be taking clients at her business, Borgersen Research, albeit on a reduced schedule.

SAVE THE DATE
 

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
“Breaking Down Brick Walls” with Mary Kathryn Kozy,
LDS Factoria Church Building,
4200 124th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
Monday, April 8, 2019  


Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Come early to network with other attendees.
Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 p.m. Free WIFI, admission, and
refreshmentsS

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. 

APRIL

Family Tree Interest Group,10:15 am – 12:15 pm,

 Saturday, April 6,  Lou Daly is leader of this special interest group exploring all the features of the tool Family Tree on FamilySearch.org  Come learn about the proposed changes coming to Family Search and Family Tree.   

Sunday, April 7, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright. Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro.

Saturday, April 13, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speakers Series – “Using the Collections of NARA Seattle” with Trish Hackett Nicola

Sunday, April 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group,  with Karen Knudson


Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK – NOTICE FOR FTDNA CUSTOMERS   Listening to angry customers, FTDNA has provided a separate option so one can now opt out of the new Law Enforcement Matching (LEM), but still maintain matching with DNA Relatives. If you care to adjust your Matching Preferences, visit the Privacy & Sharing section within Account Settings as shown in the steps below: 

1. Log in to your FTDNA account
2. Use the dropdown arrow in the upper right, to the right of name, to open the menu there and choose Account Settings
3. On the Account Settings page, open the Privacy & Sharing tab
4. Cursor down to the Law Enforcement Matching (LEM) section and slide the marker from the right (where it’s blue) to the left (where it will turn grey)

If you manage multiple accounts, you’ll have to log into each account individually and repeat steps 1-4.   Judy G Russell, the Legal Genealogist, wrote an insightful blog on the Law Enforcement Matching issue and what it might mean to you, as well as any other kits you administer. It’s dated March 13th.  If interested, you can read it here:  https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2019/03/13/a-good-start-by-ftdna/