Seattle Genealogy Society Tip of the Week Resources for Help

TIP OF THE WEEK – RESOURCES FOR HELP

If you need help with your own family history research, remember you can schedule a FREE 20-minute online consultation with a research specialist from the FamilySearch Family History Library. Click here to sign up for your consultation! Be sure to be prepared so as to make the most of your 20 minutes. 

There are plenty of resources at your local genealogical society, too. SGS offers technical help through their Tech Tuesday program (every other Tuesday, online, from 10:00-11:00 am), as well as peer support and networking through their multitude of Special Interest Groups, and last, but not least, the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group on Facebook. Many a problem has been solved there. Join today. 

Seattle Genealogy Society News

SGS GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING,
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2022,
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

SGS members, mark your calendars and show up at the virtual membership meeting. Learn what’s happening at SGS and the proposed changes to the bylaws. Stay on afterward for October’s Virtual Sunday presentation with guest speaker, Stephanie O’Connell. 

IT’S FALL AND YOUR
FAVORITE SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
ARE BACK!

After a summer haitus most of our SGS Special Interest Groups will resume their virtual meetings come October. Show up for your favorites!

  • FamilySearch SIG with Lou Daly 
  • DNA Workshop SIG with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens
  • Scandinavian SIG with Karen Knudson 
  • Write It Up! with Alaine Keisling
  • Irish SIG with Susan McKee & Jim Ryan
  • German SIG with Carolyn Schott
  • MAC Computer SIG with Lisa Marker & Diane Hettrick

Did you notice that Brags & Bricks, our weekly social group, has changed their meeting day to Monday? The meeting time is still 10:00 am – 11:30 am. And please note, the Japanese SIG is taking a hiatus until January 2023. 

RENEW OR JOIN SGS

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.  If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

Take part as SGS enters it 100th Year! 

SAVE THE DATE

Genealogy: A Guide for African Americans Tracing Their Roots, 
sponsored by AARP Ohio, 
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 
4:00-5:00 pm PTD 

This session, led by African American genealogy educators Kenyatta D. Berry and Deborah A. Abbott, Ph.D., will offer guidance on how to overcome what’s known as the 1870 Brick Wall, a reference to the fact that censuses taken before the 1870 census did not identify people who had been enslaved by name. The presentation will help you understand what information you should look for to aid you on your journey, and where to find the information. It also will give you an opportunity to get your questions answered. 

Attendees will receive a copy of “The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy,” by Kenyatta D. Berry, while supplies last.

This event is FREE to everyone; you need not be an AARP member. But registration is REQUIRED. Please do not opt out of event-related emails, as you will be emailed a link to join the presentation via Zoom prior to the event.  Here’s a link for more info: 
https://local.aarp.org/aarp-event/genealogy-201-african-american-roots-dqnlcd2g8kg.html
Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST


JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Monday, Oct 10, 2022 at 7:00 pm. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 


Saturday, September 17, 2022,
9:00 am-12:00 pm, the SGS Fall Seminar with Judy Russell,  the first day of the virtual seminar  
Sunday,   September 18, 2022, 
1:00 pm-4:00 pm, the SGS Fall Seminar with Judy Russell,  the second day of the virtual seminar 

Monday, September 19, 2022, 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. 

Monday, September 26, 2022, 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, September 27, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG, with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: loudaly@nwlink.com 

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop SIG, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. 

Monday, October 3, 2022, 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, October 8, 2022, 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Cousins, Not Castles: A Half-Irish Genetic Genealogist’s Trip to Ireland, with SGS member, Kathy Weber. 

Sunday, October 9, 2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson. Share information and discuss Scandinavian ancestral research. As always visit the SGS website Calendar of Events for links, updates, and additional information.  

Monday, October 10, 2022, 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.

Monday, October 10, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Write It Up! SIG (Virtual), Join this group  to share and discuss writing projects, resources, and ideas.  To join or learn more, contact Alaine Keisling at keisling@gmail.com 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG, Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske this group shares an interest in Mackintosh (Apple)  computers and the Reunion family history software. They meet every other month, October through June. The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email macusersig@seagensoc.org to be added to the mailing list. Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick are the co-chairs.

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, October 16, 2022,  12:30 pm-1:00 pm, SGS General Membership Meeting,  Come hear the latest news, updates, and proposed changes to the bylaws. Registration required. Visit the Calendar of Events on the SGS website for instructions to this virtual meeting. 

Sunday, October 16, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the usual host. This month we will have a guest speaker, Stephanie O’Connell.  Visit the website Calendar of Events for details and updates. Please register in advance. 

Monday, October 17, 2022, 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.

Monday, October 24, 2022, 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, October 25, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Monday, October 31, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), It’s Halloween. Does anyone have a spooky story? 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 Tip of the Week National Nordic Museum

TIP OF THE WEEK –
the NATIONAL NORDIC MUSEUM for FREE!

 

The Nordic Heritage Museum was founded in 1979 and in 1980 it occupied a leased space in the old Daniel Webster Elementary School building in Ballard. By May 2018 the museum had expanded, built and moved into a new 57,000 sqft building on NW Market St, and was  renamed the Nordic Museum. In 2019, by an act of the US Congress, the museum was designated the National Nordic Museum. If you haven’t seen the new museum, Thursday would be your chance to see it for free. It is one of many Seattle area museums that offer free entry on the first Thursday of each month.  

Here’s a list of history, culture, and heritage themed museums that participate in the free entry on the first Thursday of the month program: 

  • Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture – UW – 10 am – 8 pm 
  • MOHAI – South Lake Union – 5 pm – 8 pm 
  • National Nordic Museum – Ballard – 10 am – 5 pm 
  • NW African American Museum – SE Seattle – 11 am – 7 pm 

And these two museums are always free:

  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park – Pioneer Square –  10 am – 5 pm 
  • Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture – South Seattle – 8 am – 5 pm 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS is so pleased to have Judy Russell for our SGS 2022 FALL SEMINAR. And the format for this virtual seminar will be a little different. It will be 4 lectures, totaling 6 hours, spread over two days. Saturday, September 17, 2022, Judy’s presentations will run from 9am until noon. Then Sunday, September 18, 2022, she will speak from 1pm-4pm. Her program includes: 

  • What’s in a Name: Name Changes and the Law
  • “No Person Shall … Gallop Horses In the Streets” – Using Court Records To Tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
  • No Vitals? No Problem! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence: A Family for Isabella
  • Copyright Mythconceptions

  
Judy G Russell, The Legal Genealogist, is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at:                    
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/

Registration is now open. 

Register for the SGS Fall SeminarSeminar link and syllabus will be emailed to all paid registrants on Friday, September 16, 2022.

If you have any questions, contact registrar@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

PLEXIGLAS SNEEZE GUARDS
ACHOO, ACHOO!

We still have these sneeze guards and would like to find them a new home. Know anyone in need of them? Ask around, please. 

Just after we closed our SGS library due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions we obtained funding from the Federal Government through a Seattle 4Culture grant to purchase items we would need to reopen the library when it was deemed safe to do so. We used a large part of the grant funds to purchase one-quarter-inch clear Plexiglass ‘sneeze guards’ to use throughout the library in order to provide safe working conditions for our volunteers and patrons. While we still use a few of the sneeze guards, we would like to re-home what we no longer need. The sneeze guards range in size from about 2′ to 2.5′ by 6′. We also have a couple of larger odd-shaped guards. All have ‘feet’ running along one or more edges to help keep them upright.

If you are interested in providing a new home for the sneeze guards, please contact our SGS Library Director at library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL 2022 

Seattle’s only Italian Street Fair is back – September 9th – 11th – Georgetown,
1225 S Angelo St, Seattle, WA 98108 

Friday, Sept 9,          6:00 PM – 10:00 PM 
Saturday, Sept 10,  10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, Sept 11,    11:00 AM – 4:00 PM 

Admission is free and the fair is family friendly. 

  • 10 food booths
  • 40 exhibitors 
  • Arts & Crafts & Music

Musical performers include Rebecca Peterson, opera soprano. She is scheduled to appear 11:30 AM, Sunday, September 11, 2022, but the schedule could change so check https://www.sangennarofestivalseattle.org/information  for schedule updates or more information on the festival in general.

RENEW OR JOIN SGS

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.  If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

Take part as SGS enters it 100th Year! 

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST


JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Monday, Sept 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “A Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America” with Laura Arnold Leibman. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 


Wednesday, September 7, 2022, 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, September 13, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 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, September 17, 2022,
9:00 am-12:00 pm, the SGS Fall Seminar with Judy Russell,  the first day of the virtual seminar  
Sunday,   September 18, 2022, 
1:00 pm-4:00 pm, the SGS Fall Seminar with Judy Russell,  the second day of the virtual seminar  

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 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, September 27, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 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.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Save your own copy

TIP OF THE WEEK –
 SAVE YOUR OWN COPY

You are probably a member of a paid or free genealogy site that allows you to create a link to an image of a record of genealogical importance to you and attach it to a member in your family tree. Do not depend on the link to that image being available to you forever. It is recommended that you always download a copy of the image that is important to you; save a copy on your own media so you will always have the image for your personal use. That way, if something happens and you don’t have access to that site any longer, or the site doesn’t have access to that record set any longer, you still have a digital copy of your own. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

THE SGS 2022 FALL SEMINAR

SGS is so pleased to have Judy Russell for our 2022 Fall Seminar. And the format for this virtual seminar will be a little different. It will be 4 lectures, totaling 6 hours, spread over two days. Saturday, September 17, 2022, Judy’s presentations will run from 9am to noon. Then Sunday, September 18, 2022, she will speak from 1pm to 4pm. Her program includes: 

  • What’s in a Name: Name Changes and the Law
  • “No Person Shall … Gallop Horses In the Streets” – Using Court Records To Tell the Story of our Ancestors’ Lives
  • No Vitals? No Problem! – Building a Family through Circumstantial Evidence: A Family for Isabella
  • Copyright Mythconceptions



Judy G Russell, The Legal Genealogist, is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. An internationally-known lecturer and award-winning writer, she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and a Certified Genealogical Lecturer from the Board for Certification of Genealogists®. Her blog is at:                    
https://www.legalgenealogist.com/

Registration is now open. 

Register for the SGS Fall SeminarSeminar link and syllabus will be emailed to all paid reistrans on Friday, September 16, 2022.

If you have any questions, contact registrar@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

PLEXIGLAS SNEEZE GUARDS

Just after we closed our SGS library due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions we obtained funding from the Federal Government through a Seattle 4Culture grant to purchase items we would need to reopen the library when it was deemed safe to do so. We used a large part of the grant funds to purchase one-quarter-inch clear Plexiglass ‘sneeze guards’ to use throughout the library in order to provide safe working conditions for our volunteers and patrons. While we still use a few of the sneeze guards, we would like to re-home what we no longer need. The sneeze guards range in size from about 2′ to 2.5′ by 6′. We also have a couple of larger odd-shaped guards. All have ‘feet’ running along one or more edges to help keep them upright.

If you are interested in providing a new home for the sneeze guards, please contact our SGS Library Director at library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org.

RENEW OR JOIN SGS

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.   If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

Take part as SGS enters it 100th Year! 

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST


JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Monday, Sept 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “A Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America” with Laura Arnold Leibman. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2022, 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, Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “Using Timelines to Solve Genealogical Problems”. 

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022, 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, Aug 31, 2022, 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, September 7, 2022, 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, September 13, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 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, September 17, 2022,
9:00 am-12:00 pm, the SGS Fall Seminar with Judy Russell,  the first day of the virtual seminar  
Sunday,   September 18, 2022, 
1:00 pm-4:00 pm, the SGS Fall Seminar with Judy Russell,  the second day of the virtual seminar  

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 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, September 27, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 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.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Finding your Family in Newspapers

TIP OF THE WEEK –
FINDING YOUR FAMILY IN NEWSPAPERS

“Finding Your Family in Newspapers: Using Chronicling America for Genealogical Research”

Presented by the Library of Congress  on August 3, 2022 at 3:00pm PDT. 

Discover your family’s past through the newspapers of their present. Join Digital Conversion Specialist Henry Carter to learn how to search for ancestors in Chronicling America, a free digital collection of almost 20 million pages from American newspapers published between 1777 and 1963. The presentation will discuss the collection, the search interface, and how to navigate the challenges of working with historic newINspapers. Chronicling America is jointly sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

It is free to attend this event. Register HERE.

It will be available for viewing afterwards in the Library’s Event Videos collection.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

KAREN RATHE,
VOLUNTEER OF SUMMER QUARTER

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Summer Quarter 2022 is Karen Rathe. Congratulations to Karen Rathe, Editor of The Journal!

Karen, originally from Portland, Oregon, has been an SGS member for about six years. She volunteered as Vice President for a year. Then as The Journal Editor, she produced the last three issues.

Her professional background has been a huge benefit to SGS. Her talents in creating compelling publications come from her experience teaching journalism for about a decade at The University of Washington and 14 years as copy editor and designer at The Seattle Times. Currently, Karen works part-time for the Puget Sound Business Journal and does occasional stints with Crosscut.com and others.

Karen has enjoyed her involvement with SGS by attending seminars and workshops, where she always comes away with new and helpful information. Also, volunteering for SGS has given her wonderful opportunities to get to know new people and to pick up on genealogy tips. For over half her life, she has been fascinated with uncovering the details of her maternal grandmother’s early life in southwestern Ohio. “My grandmother refused to talk much, so I had to go dig it out much later. Under every rock I overturn, I find a whole new tunnel of mysteries,” she shared.

When Karen isn’t working or sleuthing clues to genealogical mysteries she likes to hike, bicycle, travel and sew. This past year she traveled to Chicago, California and the Canadian Maritimes. Next year’s adventure plans are currently in the works!

RE: NEW HOURS AT SGS 

Dear SGS Library Patrons, 

It has been a challenge for the library to schedule volunteers to consistenly cover the front desk from Monday through Saturday each week. Consequently beginning August 1, 2022, the SGS library will only be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the SGS library, we would love your help. Please let us know at desk@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org. We would love your involvement.
 

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM 


JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Monday, Sept 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “A Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America” with Laura Arnold Leibman. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday,  Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm  PDT** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 

Wednesday, Aug 3 2022, 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, Aug 9 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022, 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, Aug 17, 2022, 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, Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “Solving Family Myths Using the Principles of Logic”. 

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022, 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, Aug 31, 2022, 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.

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.   If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

Take part as SGS enters it 100th Year! 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week INDEX WASHINGTON STATE RECORDS

TIP OF THE WEEK –
INDEX WASHINGTON STATE RECORDS

The Historical Records Project (HRP) for the Washington State Archives has been around for a while. Millions of records have already been transcribed and indexed, which makes them easily accessible to researchers and genealogists. But countless records still need to be done. Volunteers are the lifeline for this project.  So that’s where you come in! 

Scribe is the online application for entering this data. To volunteer to help you simply Register and Set Up your account, pick which record collection you’d like to work on, and start transcribing. It’s quick and easy. You work on this from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. Do as many or as few records as you want, quit, and then pick it up again on another day. 

Washington Delayed Birth Records is one of the collections that need transcribing and this is a good record collection to start on. They tend to be easy to read. The image of the document appears on the left of your screen. On the right of your screen is the form into which you enter the child’s first, middle, and last name, gender, birth date, father’s first, middle, and last name, mother’s first, middle, and last name. Save the form. Check it over. Here’s your opportunity to Edit if you’ve made a mistake. Once it looks good, hit Finish for that record.  

Read the ten page “The Users’ Guide to Scribe”  found here: 
https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/hrp/scribe-user-guide-final.pdf

Pay particular attention to the rules. They are on page 6. Here’s a visual reminder to print and keep at hand while you are transcribing: 

Any one of these rules is bound to come up early on.

Simply remember if a required item is missing enter the word blank.
But if the item is not required leave the space empty.

Don’t use prefix titles. Don’t use suffix titles. Don’t use punctuation.

So ignore Mr, Mrs, Miss, Sr, Jr, Dr, CPA, Esq, etc. As an example : Mr. John M. Doe, Sr, PhD becomes John M Doe. 

If you can help out and would like to Scribe, register here:
https://scribe.digitalarchives.wa.gov/



Seattle Genealogical Society News

Early History of SGS

On October 18, 1923, eight local researchers founded the Seattle Genealogical Society. They met in the downtown Seattle law offices of Moore and Higgins. According to the 1924 Seattle City Directory (information gathered in 1923) this was in Room 953 of the Dexter Horton Building, 704 Second Avenue, on the northeast corner of Cherry Street. These offices were the likely site of the original Seattle Genealogical Society, now known as SGS to all those who use it.

The eight founding members were Alexander Craig Dermond, Eleanor M. Freeman, Elizabeth A. Hubbart, Susan M. Keppel, Lida R. McKercher, Harry Denton Moore, Alice V. Robinson, and George E. Tilton. Their purpose was to form an active genealogical society and to begin a library collection available for Pacific Northwest researchers.The original SGS constitution, statement of purpose and the bylaws were modeled after those of the California Genealogical Society, founded in 1898 in San Francisco. President Harry Moore read aloud a letter from the California society. Its wording, adapted by the Seattle Genealogical Society, declared the new Society’s purpose of being: “To collect, preserve, disseminate information on genealogy and Washington local history; to assist its members in tracing their ancestry; to ascertain the location and condition of various public and private records which are or may become accessible to students of genealogy and American History; to aid in investigation of this nature by combining the efforts and resources of its members; to seek to direct public attention to the value of complete and exact records; and to emphasize the necessity of unremitting care in their collection and preservation.”

Fifty-nine interested researchers met on December 10, 1923 in the Chamber of Commerce auditorium in the downtown Arctic Building, Third Avenue and Cherry Street. Reverend Ambrose Bailey of the First Baptist Church spoke on “Why Trace Your Ancestry?” This was the first general meeting of the newly organized Seattle Genealogical Society and at that meeting 21 more members joined SGS.

SGS membership has increased from the original 8 members to over 1200 members at our peak and now we have over 500 members. We have seen membership dues rise from $1 to the current $40 for an individual membership. Next year we will be 100 years old so watch for news about celebrating our centennial. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

SGS is  having trouble getting the front desk covered for a few days this summer so we ask you to  Please call before coming in to ensure we will be open that day:  (206) 522-8658

SGS depends on volunteers and there are several volunteer positions open. We still need new members for the Archives Committee. We can always use front desk volunteers. Visit our page on open volunteer positions at SGS: 
https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=18

 FROM OUR FRIENDS TO THE NORTH 


The Surrey Libraries Family have two FREE online Eastern Europe research programs coming up in August and you are invited to join in.   

Tuesday, August 16, 2022  10-11:30am PDT, Eastern Europe Border Changes 

Tuesday, August 30, 2022  10-11:30am PDT, Online Polish Records 

Free. Registration is required. To register, email familyhistory@surrey.ca or call 604-598-7327. A notice for these two programs was posted in Washington State Genealogical Society’s BLOG. The WSGS BLOG is a good way to stay on top of what’s happening at the various genealogical societies all around the Northwest. Here’s the link if you’d like to subscribe to the WSGS BLOG: 
https://wasgs.org/blog/subscription-form-2/

RENEW OR JOIN SGS

For Members –  to renew online log in at Members Home, go to your Member Profile, and then click the green “Renew Membership” button.   If you’d rather renew by postal mail, click print a membership application and send it together with your dues payment to SGS. Or better yet, stop by the SGS Library and renew in person!
 
Not a member yet? Join online today and enjoy discounted class and Seminar fees, free research requests, special interest groups, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Find out more about membership at Join SGS.

Take part as SGS enters it 100th Year! 

SAVE THE DATE

Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games &
Clan Gathering, 
Enumclaw Expo Center, 
Enumclaw, WA 
Friday, July 22, 2022 – Sunday, July 24, 2022


Mark your calendar and show up for plenty of fun at the 75th Annual Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering.  For full details visit: 
https://www.sshga.org/daily-event-schedule/

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
2nd Monday meetings
usually 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM PST


JGSWS meets on the second Monday of each month, from Sept-June. Doors open at 6:30 PM unless noted otherwise. The next meeting is Monday, Sept 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm. The presentation will be “A Multiracial Jewish Family in Early America” with Laura Arnold Leibman. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.php

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

New Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers this summer.  

Masks are recommended  inside the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom. Always check the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links, registration, or for last minute updates or changes to the schedule. Be advised you may need to register in advance to join a meeting. 

NOTICE: SGS has imposed more security on our Zoom meetings. Some meetings will begin with a waiting room.  The host must take action to let people into each meeting.  The host will try to open the waiting room about 10 minutes ahead of time. Please be patient.

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 

Saturday, July 16, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, July 17, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “150 Years of Burned Records: Parents for Elna Johansdotter”. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 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, July 26, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 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, Aug 3 2022, 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, Aug 9 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022, 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, Aug 17, 2022, 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, Aug 20, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New,  Jill Morelli is the host. Visit the SGS website Calendar for details and updates. Please register in advance. Topic this month is “Solving Family Myths Using the Principles of Logic”. 

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2022, 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 welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022, 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, Aug 31, 2022, 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.