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.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Google Search

TIP OF THE WEEK – GOOGLE SEARCH BY CATEGORY
  An SGS member reported that he found this article on Google Searches by the Legal Genealogist very helpful 
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/2020/11/24/google-that-but/

Possibly you have never noticed that when you do a Google Search it is, by default, searching “All”, or everything. If you look under the Search Box you see you can search by a category/subset  such as :

  • All
  • News
  • Images 
  • Maps
  • Shopping
  • More  … where you will find these categories/subsets :
  •     Videos
  •     Books
  •     Flights
  •     Finance 

Experiment with it. For example, sometimes it may make more sense to search the category (subset) “Books” or “News” instead of searching “All”, which would return so much irrelevant data.  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SGS

The Board of the Seattle Genealogical Society wishes you a happy holiday season.

While we are taking a break from classes, meetings and presentations, now is a great time to take advantage of our website resources.

Take a look at the Women’s Suffrage page, including our Resource Guide, stories of female ancestors and 57 Washington women suffragists.

Read recent issues of the Journal of SGS and eNews!

Check out our Member Surname Registry – available for review whether or not you are a member. We currently have 218 names on record. Now is a great time for members to add family names. Here is your chance to begin a collaboration with someone in our own organization.

View recordings of our Fall 2020 Second Saturdays (members only).

Get ready for 2021! Check our Calendar of Events for more Special Interest Groups, Second Saturdays and classes. There you will find our full listing of offerings through June 2021.

If you have not checked out our new meetings, mark your calendars now:
Tech Tuesdays will next meet after the holidays on January 12th at 10:00 am PST and continue on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. Bring your challenge or question and one of our rotating facilitators will be on hand to help. Brags and Bricks, our informal social hour and exchange of genealogical gems will resume on January 6, 2020 at 10:00 am PST and meet every Wednesday.

Have a safe and happy holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.    Heidi L. Mair Director of Education Seattle Genealogical Society https://seagensoc.org

HOLIDAY SPECIAL GIFT PACKAGES FROM NGS
Looking for a special and meaningful gift for a family member or friend? Have you been promising yourself a gift to learn more about an area of genealogy that will help advance your own family history?

The National Genealogical Society (NGS) has holiday special packages for some of their most popular genealogy courses with great savings for both NGS members and non-members. All of the courses are online using an e-learning system so students can join from home or on-the-go, and complete coursework at their own pace and on their own schedule.

Hurry! The holiday sale starts December 7 and ends January 5, 2021. To find out more visit their
Web page : 
https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/holiday-special-gift-packages-from-ngs/


SGS 2020 ANNUAL APPEAL LETTER
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this holiday season. Send your check to SGS, PO Box 15329, Seattle WA 98115-0329, or use your credit/debit card to:
Donate Now Online
If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:
Paypal Giving Fund – SGS
  Thank You!    


SAVE THE DATE“Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and 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.  

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. 

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.    

New Blog Banner Photos Posted

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you — and Carol Norder Brumbaugh Ballard of Lacey and Sue Schack Jensen, Library Director at the Seattle Genealogical Society. Carol sent us a serene photo of Chambers Lake in Panorama in Lacey. Sue sent us six beautiful scenic photos of Seattle’s skyline and waterfront, including this Goose Parade near Issaquah. Watch the blog banner for all of these photos!

Goose Parade photo by Sue Schack Jensen and Ron C. Jensen, Seattle

We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner. It’s easy — just send a Washington State jpg image to wsgsblog@wasgs.org with a description of the photo. The blog masters will take care of the rest!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Gift a Story

 TIP OF THE WEEK – GIFT A STORY OF HER
Gift A Story invites you to write about a woman who inspired you – your hero, your mother, or your mentor, and then gift them with a Certificate of Recognition from the NYC Municipal Archives, where their stories will live forever. 

This project, inspired by the suffrage movement and run by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), will continue through the 2020 centennial, with a goal of 20,000 stories. Most women’s lives aren’t documented in official records. This Gift A Story program can help to ensure that the legacies of all dedicated women are celebrated and that they get the appreciation they deserve.

To learn more about it, click the link below: 
https://bit.ly/Giftastory

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 GIVING TUESDAY WAS DECEMBER 1st

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.
SGS 2020 Annual Appeal
Donate Now Online
If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:
Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     Thank You!  


FROM OUR SGS PRESIDENT

I am sorry to have to notify the membership that our Library Director, Sue Jensen, has told the Board that she needs to step down from that position effective immediately for health-related reasons. Sue has held that post since June 2018, and in a recent discussion had told me she hoped to stay on through May 2022 in order to help us continue our move to a more digital library. Unfortunately, her doctor felt otherwise. Sue has done an outstanding job as the Society’s Library Director, and filling her shoes will not be an easy task. Annie Wright, who was the Library Director from June 2015 through May 2018, has agreed to act as the interim director while we search for Sue’s replacement. She has been working closely with Sue as the Library Technician, so the transition should be smooth.

We all wish Sue the best, and with luck we may not have seen the last of her involvement in SGS. She hopes to be able to return at some point to continue running the new “Brag and Bricks” sessions that she has just initiated. That program has proven to be a popular one, and we are all hoping that she can return to host that program again.

Jim Secan
President, SGS Board of Directors


THE CERTIFICATION DISCUSSION GROUP 
WITH JILL MORELLI

The sign up for the winter session of the popular online Certification Discussion Group (CDG), a review of the requirements for certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists, is starting. If you are interested in signing up for the course, we urge you to do so now. SGS members are given preference. 

To find out more and sign up for the waitlist, go to:
https://theCDGseries.wordpress.com

RESEARCH SERVICES AT 
SEATTLE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (SGS)

SGS volunteers provide research services to members and non-members, utilizing our library holdings, SGS databases, and the Seattle Public Library holdings. After submitting your online research request, the researcher will search for information in the following record sets. We cannot provide images of certain records where we are prohibited from copying due to the owner’s Terms of Service. This primarily affects Family Search records. We cannot guarantee we will be successful in fulfilling your request; nevertheless, our fee will still be charged.





The fee for research services for non-members is $10.00 per hour per name, minimum of $7.50, except as noted above.  For members, the first hour is free. If our research is expected to exceed one hour (including for members), our researcher will contact you with an estimate of the additional time it will take to complete the research before proceeding. Please be specific about who we should research, with dates and places for the relevant events. Include the specific resources you would like us to check. We charge for the time involved in searching for information, scanning documents and reporting the results of our research to you.

SAVE THE DATE
“Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists”, 
with Mayumi Tsutakawa
Seattle Public Library/Humanities Washington 
Saturday, December 5, 2020 
11:00 AM PST


Join in remembering some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest. Please register online at The Seattle Public Library for the virtual meeting information.   “Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and 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.  


Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.


Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020, 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, Dec 9, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Dec 12, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  SGS Holiday Celebration – Virtual, join us for our annual Holiday Gathering. This year it’s virtual. There will be a trivia contest with prizes. Share a favorite family recipe. Send it along now to library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org and it will be compiled and shared on our website as well as at the party. Visit our website for the Zoom link to this celebration. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Three Tips of the Week

 TIP OF THE WEEK –
THREE YEAR END TIPS
  Through the end of December, Ancestry is allowing library patrons access to Ancestry Library Edition from the comfort of their home. Included –  Seattle Public Library, King County Library, and Sno-Isle Libraries. Patrons, login through your library’s portal using your library card number and pin.  

Are you in the market for a DNA test? During the holidays, many of the DNA testing companies (Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA, etc) advertise substantial discounts on their tests. 

Many folks wait until the end of the year to make their charitable contributions. The SGS Library may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but the expenses go on. Your continued support is needed and appreciated. Seattle Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Donations to SGS are tax deductible. For details on how to contribute, visit our website: 
https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=99

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Seattle Genealogical Society is a member-driven, volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members and the talents and dedication of our volunteers. We are currently seeking people for the following positions:

  • Journal Editor
  • Publications Director (board position)
  • Communications Director (board position)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Front Desk Scheduler
  • Centennial Planning Committee

Contact Volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org



HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – VIRTUAL 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join us for our annual holiday gathering – this year it will be virtual!  

Share your family recipes! Send your recipe along ahead of time to library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

We will compile your recipes and share them on our website and at our Holiday Party.  

Join in our genealogy trivia contest. Your facilitators each have five questions to stump you. The top two winners will receive prizes.

Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Facilitators: Sue Jensen and Heidi Mair
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Kathy Emmel, genealogist, teacher, author, and quilter with a background in graphic design, will present “Quilting Your Family History” on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 7-8:00 pm PST. She’ll feature 14 quilts she has made which showcase her heritage, family history, and family stories. 

Visit the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting id.  
HAVE YOU HEARD
TECH TUESDAY IS BACK!

Back by popular demand! Tech Tuesday sessions will be virtual via Zoom from 10 am-11 am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Facilitators will vary. No appointment necessary. Find the link on the SGS Website Calendar of Events. The next session will be on November 24, 2020.

THIS WEDNESDAY!
You are invited to the “Brags and Bricks Social Interest Group” meeting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Sue Jensen, the hostess, says, “We are a relaxed social group that discusses our genealogy research, or our intentions to do research,  with a bit of fun thrown in. Come join the fun.”

As always, the link to join will be in the Calendar of Events on the SGS Website:  seagensoc.org.      SAVE THE DATE
“Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and 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.  


Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020, 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. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

JULIA MARCONI, VOLUNTEER OF FALL QUARTER

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our volunteer of the quarter. Our Volunteer for Fall 2020 Quarter is Julia Marconi.

Almost 10 years ago, Julia joined SGS and immediately volunteered for the front desk. Later she served on the Nominating Committee before becoming the SGS Director of Membership. During this tenure she helped “bring membership into the digital age”, performing more tasks online. She worked on the old website updating events and keeping it current. When a vacancy arose on the publications committee, she volunteered to layout and publish the Bulletin, while simultaneously serving as Membership Director. The semi-yearly Bulletin was rebranded as the Journal and eventually became an online publication. Julia has continued serving on the publications committee with the help of her husband, Bob, who has acted as editor of the Journal. Julia credits him with being “very good at catching small errors.”

Julia has attended and volunteered at many seminars and library events. She once gave a presentation on social media and genealogy. On occasion, Bob has provided the board with legal advice. Julia says her volunteerism has been rewarding. “I enjoy meeting other members, putting faces to names, and learning about everyone’s genealogical journeys.” She also values the relationships she has developed through countless board meetings. ”It’s been fun and I’ve learned a great deal.”

In addition to her work with SGS, Julia volunteers with the Assistance League of Seattle and co-manages their thrift shop in Wallingford.  She also likes to read, garden, knit, and do other types of needlework, as well as watch reruns of Law and Order in all its incarnations.

Her genealogical interests focus mostly on Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. She is very interested in her Revolutionary War ancestors and has one ancestor who was “a big deal” during the War of 1812.

Her best story has also turned into a brick wall. While working on a project for her Certification in Genealogy and Family History at UW, she dug up an old family tree that her paternal great-aunt had drawn up years earlier.  She found a name—listed as her great-grandmother’s son—that no living relatives recognized. It turned out her great-grandmother left her first husband (who had gone to prison) in Indiana and relocated to Chicago with this son. She met and married Julia’s great-grandfather and had two more children.  Research into the mystery son revealed he was a victim of a little-known ship disaster on the Chicago River in 1915 (the Eastland disaster) in which more than 800 people perished. Fascinated, Julia continued.  

Further research provided no concrete evidence of her great-grandfather before 1904, the year he married Julia’s great-grandmother, who recorded on his death certificate “don’t know” for his mother, father, and POB. His own wife knew nothing of his past! (or wasn’t saying).  DNA research has revealed no one with the family surname other than immediate and known, close relatives.  “Who was this guy? I really want to find out.”  Well, now we do, too.    

TECH TUESDAYS ARE BACK!
Need some assistance? In response to numerous requests, SGS is reinstituting Tech Tuesdays, the popular informal consult time on DNA, genealogy software, and genealogy-related technical issues. Everyone is welcome. Especially helpful for beginners. 

These Tech Tuesdays sessions will be virtual via Zoom from 10am-11am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. No appointment necessary. No guarantee we can solve your problem, but we certainly will try.

This service will be free of charge. Donations to SGS are always welcomed and appreciated.

Facilitators will vary.

The first session will be on November 10, 2020. 

There will be no session on December 22, 2020.

EVERY WEDNESDAY!
You are invited to the “Brags and Bricks Social Interest Group” (formerly called “Kaffee Klatsch”) meeting every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Sue Jensen, the hostess, says, “We are a relaxed social group that discusses our genealogy research, or our intentions to do research,  with a bit of fun thrown in. Come join the fun.”

As always, the link to join will be in the Calendar of Events on the SGS website:  seagensoc.org.     

SAVE THE DATE
“Help! I Tested My DNA and I’m Confused”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, November 9, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Gil Bardige will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and 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.  

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, 

Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
** This workshop originally scheduled for Nov 1, 2020, will take place on  Sunday, Nov 8, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. Watch for details. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, Beyond census records and vital records, a wealth of information can be found about the experiences of our female ancestors in archives and other special collections. This workshop is aimed at learning how archives are arranged in order to locate information when researching women’s history. Presented by Lisa Oberg. Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries.    This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/


Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020, 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, Nov 11, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020,  7:00 pm – 9:00  pm,  Mac Computer Interest Group, 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. via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public and 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-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick  

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back. Learn and share tips and tricks for using  Software MacKiev  With Rob Sexton.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  Second Saturday:  For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, And Writing Family Stories,  author and archivist Claire Gebben leads participants through exercises and strategies for writing about the past, especially in the creation of memoir. This session guides you to the art, and heart of telling your story.

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people.