Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK
 AMERICAN ANCESTOR ACCESS  
Established in 1845, the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization, one of the most respected names in family history, and the largest society of its kind in the world.

AmericanAncestors.org by the New England Historic Genealogical Society is one of the most widely used online genealogical resources in the world, providing access to over 1.4 billion searchable records. Records that reach beyond New England; they cover the entire United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and more. AmericanAncestors.org also provides many educational resources.    

A perk of visiting the SGS Library, you can access AmericanAncestors.org absolutely free of charge to you from one of our patron computers. Come see what you can discover about your ancestors in this top-notch database.  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

BOY SCOUT GENEALOGY MERIT BADGE
It was a little over a year ago when young Ian Gunnell and his mother, Tanya, showed up at our library looking for a little help getting started on the tasks Ian needed to do to earn his Boy Scout Merit Badge in Genealogy. The ladies present in the library that day found him to be a little shy, but “delightfully charming”. They said they simply gave him the same advice they would give any beginning genealogist. They answered his questions and offered hints on how to ask open ended questions when interviewing relatives, which they explained to him is a great way to gather family history data.    

Ian and his mother agreed he was going to interview his grandmother that evening. Wouldn’t any grandparent be thrilled to have a grandchild call, showing an interest in their family tree and family stories?  

The ladies in the library said it was fun working with this young man. He brightened their day and we certainly hope he got his Merit Badge.   

Charlotte helps Ian as his mother looks on 
    CGSI GENEALOGICAL & CULTURAL CONFERENCE
OCTOBER 15 – 19, 2019
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA 

  The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. This is their 17th conference. 
Presentations throughout the conference will explore the history and culture of the Czech and Slovak people. Ethnic-focused bus tours of greater Lincoln, live performances of regional music, and special-interest movies will all be a part of the CGSI Conference. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com
RESEARCHING  CZECH OR SLOVAK ANCESTORS? 
SGS has a subscription so access to the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) databases is available for your use from the patron computers in the library. Stop in and use our computers to see what you can discover about your Czechoslovak ancestors.       SAVE THE DATE
“Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
 
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
 
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
 
Conference details and registration can be found at:   www.hsp.org/events   
      

“2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 


As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org
  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. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
JULY
 
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, 
“DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library, Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the   
“DNA Learning Series”. Class 4 of the 7 class series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance”. 

Pre-registration required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com
Deadline to register is July 15, to allow you time to complete the required assignment. Class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.
AUGUST
Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, 
“DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 5 of the 7 class series is “Using GEDmatch and 3rd Party Tools”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com
Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, 
“SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants. 
 
Sign Up for Cemetery Tour
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK
 NEW GOOGLE MAPS TOOL  
Randy Majors, creator of the much loved “Historical U.S. County Boundaries Map”, as well as the tools “County Lines on Google Maps” and “City Limits on Google Maps”, has done it again. He just released a new tool, “Township Range on Google Maps”. 

If you need to map Township/Range/Section, you can map them all the way down to the quarter quarter section. These townships are part of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS) found in roughly 30 states in the USA. Search by address, place, GPS coordinates, or do a reverse find by Section, Township, Range. 

His website https://randymajors.com is a good place to read about and sample all his tools, as well as the place to stay abreast of what he plans to develop and release next.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

OUR NEW WEBSITE IS HERE! We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website — https://seagensoc.org !

Creating a new website has been on our “to do” list for several years. The new website means that SGS members, and visitors alike, can benefit from our online content. It is easier to navigate and offers quick and easy access to essential information and features. 

The new site offers SGS greater flexibility for incorporating changes and smoother administrative operations, which results in more benefits that we can pass on to our members, our supporters, and our website visitors. We hope that you will spend some time on the site to get an idea of the offerings, where to find your old favorites, and discover some new ones as well. 

Special note to SGS members: As a benefit of membership, you have a secure individual account to access members-only content on the new website. Watch your email for a notice from SGS with your login information. When you receive the notice, please visit the new website and login to activate your account. 

Check us out! https://seagensoc.org   URGENT! 
MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES

We still need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical Society booth during the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw, July 27 & 28. 

If you can help, please contact us ASAP. Send along your name, email address, phone number to : volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

You also may contact Jean Roth with any questions at 206 782-2629.
   FAMILY HISTORY WRITERS’ GROUP 
Interested in creating your family history stories and sharing them with others in an effort to improve your writing? 

The Family History Writers’ Group SIG will resume meeting from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, on the third Tuesday of each month, beginning on Tueday, September 17th.  For more information contact Gail Stevens at:
stevens_gail@hotmail.com 

Everyone is welcome.  Come check it out.     SAVE THE DATE
“Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
 
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
 
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
 
Conference details and registration can be found at:   www.hsp.org/events   
      

“2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 


As they do every year, the Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society kicks off their summer genealogy conference by offering free Beginning Genealogy classes on Wednesday, August 14th, from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm.  

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org
  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. In observance of Independence Day, our library will be closed July 4th – July 8th.
JULY  
Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society. Come learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.
  Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

Pre-registration required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com Deadline to register is July 15, to allow you time to complete the required assignment. Class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.
 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK WEEK – IRISH NAMING PATTERN  

Looking back through the centuries in Ireland, there has traditionally been a very strong naming pattern for the children born into a family. Perhaps knowing this pattern will assist you in your research.

eldest son usually named after his paternal grandfather

second son usually named after his maternal grandfather

third son usually named for his father

fourth son usually named for his father’s eldest brother

fifth son usually named for his mother’s eldest brother  

eldest daughter usually named after her maternal grandmother

second daughter usually named after her paternal grandmother

third daughter usually named for her mother

fourth daughter usually named for her mother’s eldest sister

fifth daughter usually named for her father’s eldest sister  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

BERNICE KELLER,
VOLUNTEER OF WINTER QUARTER
Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one volunteer as our Volunteer of the Quarter. Our Volunteer for Winter 2019 is Bernice Keller.

Bernice has been both a member and volunteer of SGS for over 20 years. Bernice caught the genealogy bug early in life – her mother researched their family history, interviewed the previous generation and passed along her findings and love of genealogy to Bernice. Bernice began her own research in the 1970’s, including New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Germany, Kentucky and Indiana. That is a lot of ground to cover! Bernice still finds new information on her ancestors, as more resources and tools have become available.

One of her first, and still memorable, experiences at SGS was a beginning genealogy class taught by our Past President, Marilyn Rose. Bernice has volunteered with our seminars, at the front desk (monthly), as a library trustee and with the archives committee (weekly). Bernice enjoys greeting new people and introducing them to our library and online research tools. As a member of the our archives committee, Bernice enjoys working with other SGS members and finding treasures in the archives donated to SGS.

Besides her passion for genealogy and dedication to the Seattle Genealogical Society, Bernice enjoys hiking, gardening, church activities and spending time with her family, including four great-grandchildren.

This is our second time recognizing Bernice as Volunteer of the Quarter – she was Volunteer of the Quarter for Spring, 2012.

Thank you, Bernice, for your ongoing contributions to SGS!
  SGS TO LAUNCH THE NEW WEBSITE SOON!
  Seattle Genealogical Society is thrilled to announce we will be launching our new website in the upcoming weeks. SGS members should watch their email for notification of the new website and login instructions. Other subscribers to the enews! can watch this space for an announcement with the address to the new website. We hope you find the new website not only easier to use, but that it provides more comprehensive information on our activities, library and databases.

Our new website is hosted by Easy Net Sites, a service specifically designed for genealogical societies. This will allow us to provide more digital content to our online visitors.

  DID YOU RENEW YOUR SGS MEMBERSHIP? SGS Members! Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit society. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year, as we face the challenges of maintaining our public research library, preserving records and providing educational programs and activities for exploring family history.

Annual memberships expired May 31, 2019. If you have not already done so, please use one of the links below to renew your membership through May 31, 2020.

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases.
  Join or Renew Online

Print out a Membership Application     SAVE THE DATE “Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
 
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
 
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
 
To view the course outline, speaker biographies, and to register, visit  www.hsp.org/events   
Or you may call the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with your questions, (215) 732-6200.
      
Plan to arrive early or stay on after the course to extend your research in Philadelphia, or the surrounding counties. Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties all have an archive and a historical society.
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.   JUNE
  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 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, “Dissecting A Civil War Pension Record–Union and Confederate,” presented by Jill Morrelli. Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you! These records are the most accessible and information-rich of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Typical contents will be reviewed of two examples and, of course, there is a story. This is a beta test.

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.com
  JULY   Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society. Come learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.
  Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

This is a class you must pre-register for by sending an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com Deadline to register is July 15, to allow enough time for you to do the assignment. Pre-class assignments are part of the learning experience and you must be on our list to receive them by email.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK WEEK – UNTAPPED RECORD FILES


RELATED TO THE HOMESTEAD ACT OF 1862
  Many genealogists are familiar with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) website and use that site to see if their ancestors acquired land under the Homestead Act, or by any of the other federal land acts.  On this website, one can see the legal description of the land, along with a digital image of the patent itself.
But many people do NOT know that there is a file associated with each patent, that is not online.   Both the affidavit of eligibility and the proof required for the patent after five years may contain detailed genealogical information. In many cases, because non-citizens were eligible to claim land but only citizens could receive a patent, the actual naturalization records of the claimants may be found in the files. Other files, by widows or children of the original claimant, may include marriage or birth records.
The Homestead file itself is available through the National Archives, for a fee of $50.
For more information about these records, and how to order them, see The Legal Genealogist article titled “Happy Birthday, Homestead Act” by Judy Russell at https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/ .  Just scroll down to the May 20, 2019 post.
One can sign up to subscribe to The Legal Genealogist at no charge and receive it as a daily email.  Her daily blog posts are frequently very interesting and informative, as this one is. Consider this a bonus Tip of the Week!  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING,
SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Our next membership meeting is June 8 at the library from 12:30-1, with the 2nd Saturday presentation, “Organizing Your Family History in Order to Stay Sane” with Mary Kathryn Kozy to follow.
We will be discussing accomplishments and future plans for SGS.
 

SGS ELECTION RESULTS 

The results of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s (SGS) 2019 Election are in and congratulations go to the recently re-elected officers and directors on the SGS Board:
     President: Jill Morelli
     Treasurer: Karen Knudson
     Secretary: Amandalei Bennett
     Director of Education: Janice Lovelace
     Director of Operations: Rob Sexton
     Director of Volunteers: Heidi Mair
     Director of Technology: David Rimmer
     Director of Library: Sue Jensen
     Director of Membership: Christine Schomaker
 
The positions of Vice President and Publications had no candidates, so the Board is looking for volunteers. Contact Amandalei Bennett at secretary@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org if you would like to serve. Marilyn Rose will serve as Past President and Mahina Oshie is the representative from the Seattle Public Library. There will also be a representative from the LibraryTrustees. This Board will serve from June 2019 through May 2020.
 
In addition, the proposed changes to the Bylaws passed.  
 
Special thanks to our Election Committee: Bruce Finlayson, Lisa Oberg, Marilyn Rose, and Paul Wade. We also thank Julia Marconi for serving on the Board in various positions over the years, particularly Publications. 


TIME TO RENEW YOUR SGS MEMBERSHIP

SGS Members! Thank you for your participation in our all-volunteer, non-profit society. We look forward to your continued support during our 96th year as we face the challenges of maintaining our public research library, preserving records and providing educational programs and activities for exploring family history. Your annual membership expires May 31, 2019.
Please use one of the links below to renew your membership through May 31, 2020.

Not a member yet? Now is a great time to join SGS and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. 

Join or Renew Online

Print out a Membership Application 

SPRING SEMINAR A SUCCESS!

SGS held our annual Spring Seminar “Next Steps for Your DNA Test Results” with Diahan Southard on May 18 -19. It was a most enjoyable and informative weekend. 
 
On Saturday 136 attendees were welcomed at the Fairview Christian School gym, where they purchased over 10 boxes of books at our Book Sale and over 300 tickets for our raffle of donated database subscriptions and DNA tests. Fortified with abundant snacks, we settled down in the auditorium for Ms. Southard’s insightful presentations about DNA and learned how to understand, organize, and analyze DNA test results to produce a more accurate family genealogy. Lunch brought enrichment in the form of our popular roundtable discussions. We had 14 tables of nine with topics from DNA to Ohio to the DAR. Then on Sunday at the SGS Library, 60 lucky workshop participants used DNA to help solve a real-world genealogical mystery under Ms. Southard’s guidance. 
 
All in all a great success. A special thank you to the Seminar Co-chairs Sandra Stark and Lori Lee Sauber, and to the Seminar Committee and SGS Volunteers who made it all happen!
 
If you missed the seminar and would like a copy of the syllabus, they are available at the SGS Library for $3.00 while the supply lasts. And while we’re on the subject, mark your calendars now for the SGS 2019 Fall Seminar with Tom Jones, PhD, October 5, 2019.  
 

GIVEBIG 2019 RESULTS

In the recent GiveBig program on May 8, SGS received $2035 from 16 donors. These funds will help towards our increasing budgetary demands. The Board sends a hearty ‘Thank You’ to those donors!
 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE 73rd ANNUAL
PACIFIC NORTHWEST SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES
Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
Enumclaw Expo Center

– Come Listen to the Bagpipes – Watch the Dancers – Visit the Clans  –
– Help SGS Promote Genealogy – 

We need volunteers to help at the Seattle Genealogical Society booth during the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw. We have been participating for years and it is a great way to let the public know about SGS and to promote membership. Our participation also gives us valuable community outreach credit for our grant applications.

Game attendance is about 30,000 for the weekend. Most of the people who come to the SGS booth are interested in knowing these two things : 
 

  • What clan do I belong to?   
  • What tartan can I use? 


We will have a number of reference books available at the booth that help answer those questions. You will receive an e-mail attachment prior to the games that will give you a refresher course on Scottish and Celtic genealogy.

Volunteers will work 2 hour sessions. SGS will fund an entry ticket for each volunteer. Parking will be at your own expense. We encourage carpooling.  

If we purchase before July, we can get discounted early bird and senior tickets. Please contact us before June 25th to confirm that you can help. Send along your name, email address, phone contact,  age if you are over 62, and a date/time preference to : volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org 

You also may contact Jean Roth with any questions at 206 782-2629.  

 

          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.

 JUNE
Saturday, June 1, 10:15 am -12:15 pm, Family Tree on FamilySearch Interest Group, led by Lou Daly.  Come hear about all the new items at FamilySearch.  There will also be time to go over questions and problems you may have. 
This is the last meeting of this Interest Group until October.  
CANCELLATION NOTICE
The program below is canceled due to a a change in Cary’s plans.
Sunday, June 2,
 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright

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 22, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, “Dissecting A Civil War Pension Record–Union and Confederate,” presented by Jill Morrelli.  Have you identified a Union or Confederate Civil War soldier in your ancestry? Lucky you! These records are the most accessible and information-rich of all military records. We will discuss the history of these records, who was included and excluded, and the changes in the law. Typical contents will be reviewed of two examples and, of course, there is a story. This is a beta test.

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.com
JULY

Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society.
Come and learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

Sunday, July 14, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Special Interest Group, with Karen Knudson.  Bring your projects and share your discoveries with others. We’ll look at what’s new in Arkivdigital for Swedish researchers and review the best way to use Digitalarkivet for Norwegian researchers. If you are researching in Finland or Denmark, come and share your expertise.

Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series.” 
Class 4 of the seven series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance.” 

This is a class you must pre-register for by sending an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com   Deadline to register is July 15, to allow enough time for you to do the assignment in time.  
Pre-class assignments are part of the learning and you must be on our list to receive them by email.

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: ( http://www.lva.virginia.gov/ ) 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
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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