Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
 MyHeritage Live 2018 – Online

At the beginning of November, MyHeritage hosted their first ever 3 day user conference in Oslo, Norway. It was a big success. Hundreds of people attended from 28 different countries. Now, for those that were not able to attend, two dozen of the lectures were recorded and are available for viewing online, absolutely free. Thanks to Dick Eastman, one of the presenters at this conference, for this great tip.

Visit MyHeritage Blog for a list of each of the lectures, as well as a brief description, and a link to each lecture video. You’ll find the MyHeritage Blog here:

https://blog.myheritage.com/2018/11/myheritage-live-2018-lectures-now

Seattle Genealogical Society News

WINTER HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
POTLUCK ON DECEMBER 8th

Join us Saturday, December 8, from 1:30 – 3:00 PM at the SGS Library for our Winter Holiday Celebration Potluck. Bring a dish to share – maybe something that reflects your cultural heritage. Share stories, recipes, and holiday memories. See you there!
-REGISTRATION NOW OPEN-

SGS JAPANESE GENEALOGY SEMINAR

with Linda Harms Okazaki

February 2-3, 2019 

Seattle Public Library, 1000 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

 

Join the Seattle Genealogical Society and our partners for a weekend of learning how to research Japanese American ancestry.

Saturday’s all-day program “Exploring Our Nikkei Genealogy” is geared toward entry level family historians who have friends or family with Japanese ancestry. A box lunch ($15.00) may be ordered in advance. Those who attend this session are invited to return Sunday afternoon, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, for “Ask a Genealogist”.

Sunday morning’s program “Japanese American Research for Genealogists”, is designed for intermediate and advanced researchers. Those who attend this session will volunteer their research skills on Sunday afternoon, helping Saturday’s registrants to get started on their family history journey by talking to an experienced researcher.

Registration is free, but limited to 40 for each day’s program. Seats will be filled in the order registrations are submitted. Registration begins December 1st. Click this link to register online:

Register for SGS Japanese Genealogy Seminar

The brochure is here:  Seminar Brochure

This seminar is funded through the generosity of the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, the cultural services agency of King County.

 

* POSTPONED *
DIGGING DEEPER: CIVIL WAR WIDOW’S PENSION

 

We regret to inform you that the program, “Digging Deeper: Civil War Widow’s Pension”. originally scheduled for Sunday, December 9, has been postponed until further notice. We will post a new date when it is confirmed, probably in the spring of 2019. We hope you will join us then for an opportunity to explore this topic in greater depth.
*** NOTICE ***
SCHEDULE CHANGE FOR THE SCANDINAVIAN SIG 

 

Beginning in 2019,  the Scandinavian SIG will meet quarterly instead of monthly. The first meeting of the year will be Sunday,  January 13 from 1:00-3:00 pm and the meeting following that will be Sunday, April 14. Researching Scandinavian ancestors? This is the group for you. Led by Karen Knudson.

 

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 holiday closure in December will be from December 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 1, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, December 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
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Puget Sound – Association of Professional Genealogists, meeting and Holiday Party. Everyone welcome. Bring a treat to share with the group.

Saturday, December 8, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, SGS Winter Holiday Social Gathering, potluck

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
CAUTIONS ON SHARING DATA

It is easy to become lackadaisical and accept research data you have found in a public family tree at face value. Remember to treat information you get from someone else’s family tree as a helpful hint to aid you in your own research. No matter how credible their source citation looks, until you have examined a source yourself, it is just hearsay.

Likewise, don’t put speculative information in your public tree, where it can be perpetuated by others.  A good practice is to have two family trees. A tree you make public should only have substantiated data in it. Research you are still working on, not yet verified, should be in a private tree, your WIP (work in progress) tree, so to speak.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

*** NOTICE ***
SGS LIBRARY HOURS ARE CHANGINGBeginning on December 2, 2018,  the Sunday hours of operation for the Seattle Genealogical Society library are changing to 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Tuesday through Saturday hours will remain the same, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.Additionally, the SGS Board has changed the hours for their monthly board meeting. Generally the Board will meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.PUGET SOUND
ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL GENEALOGISTS
MEETING ON DECEMBER 1st
PS-APG will meet on Saturday, December 1, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the SGS Library. All are welcome to attend. Jill Morelli will be presenting a shortened rendition of “The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes” in the morning. This is also the Puget Sound – Association of Professional Genealogists’ holiday party. Come join in. Everyone is asked to bring a food item to share with the group.
DIGGING DEEPER: CIVIL WAR WIDOW’S PENSION

Do you have a pension file of your Civil War soldier? Ever wonder why the contents were collected and why your soldier didn’t collect sooner? We will cover the law and its impact on applications, typical contents, what the widow had to do to get the soldier’s pension, how to get the most out of the records by analyzing and correlating the information and how to obtain the pension records, if you haven’t yet. Briefly discussed will be other Civil War documents that may be available on your ancestor. This is a beta test and will be presented by Jill Morelli at the SGS Library on Sunday, December 9, 2018,  from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.

SAVE THE DATE
DNA eWorkshop: After the Test
Family History Fanatics
Humble, TX 

Nov 29 – Dec 6 – Dec 13

Family History Fanatics is conducting an online workshop the evenings of Nov 29, Dec 6, and Dec 13. Participants will learn about what they can do with their DNA results after the test and how to start using this powerful genealogical tool.  Six hours of interactive instruction for the early bird price is $24.99 through November 18th and $29.99 thereafter. More details and registration can be found at :  https://www.familyhistoryfanatics.com/dnaworkshop . Feel free to let any of your friends or family know about this workshop. Phone  (346) 704-1433

Japanese Genealogy Seminar,
sponsored by Seattle Genealogical Society,
February 2-3, 2019 

Registration will open December 1, 2018.  Registration is free, but the Seminar and the Train the Trainer sessions are limited to 40 individuals. The registration for the One-on-One sessions will open January 1, 2019. Lunch will be provided for a fee on the first day only.

For more information contact Jill Morelli, President of SGS, at  president@seagensoc.org

This program is generously funded under the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, a King County arts support agency.

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 library will be closed from November 21-26, 2018 for Thanksgiving. The holiday closure in December will be from December 21, 2018 through January 1, 2019.

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 17, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth
DECEMBER

Saturday, December 1, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, December 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
Saturday, December 1, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Puget Sound – Association of Professional Genealogists, meeting and Holiday Party. Everyone welcome. A presentation, “The Genealogical Proof Standard According to Sherlock Holmes”, by Jill Morelli in the AM. Bring a treat to share with the group.

Saturday, December 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, SGS Holiday Social Gathering
ing
Sunday, December 9, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Digging Deeper  Workshop: Civil War Widow’s Pension,  with Jill Morelli

 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
Improvements to  AncestryDNA Results Page

Ancestry has made some improvements to the AncestryDNA Results page. They are now showing the shared total DNA cM and segments in a prominent position near the matched member’s id. So it is no longer necessary to click on the grayed icon to get that information. Also looking toward the right, under the green and white  “View Match”,  is a new blue “Connect” with an intersecting circles icon. Click on that blue “Connect”. It displays a side-by-side comparison of your data and your DNA match’s data.

  • Your Photo / Their Photo
  • Your Ethnicity Estimates / Their Ethnicity Estimates
  • Matches You Both Share

Fun stuff,  in a more efficient, user friendly format.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SECOND SATURDAY SERIES IN NOVEMBER WILL
FEATURE DAWN BINGAMANGuest speaker, Dawn Bingaman, will present Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers and Beyond, at the SGS Library, Saturday, November 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.Nearly 14 million historic newspaper pages have been digitized and placed online in the last 11 years at the Library of Congress. Are your ancestors’ stories included among them? Learn a bit about the history of the Chronicling America project, take a tour of the website and perhaps, most importantly, discover a few of the state projects that have continued the work and have digitized even more of their state’s newspapers.Dawn began working on her genealogy as part of a Girl Scout project many years ago and continues to research almost daily. In 2011, she began ramping up her skill set by attending week-long genealogy institutes. She has attended all four major genealogical institutes in the United States, completing eleven courses to date. Dawn works full-time as an IT manager and formerly chaired the SGS Computer Interest Group.SGS WRITERS GROUP SEEKING
ADDITIONAL MEMBERS

 

The Tuesday Writer’s Group is looking for some new members, starting in January 2019, who are interested in writing their family histories. They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the SGS Library. Just drop in. If you are interested in a safe environment for reviewing your work, learning some new techniques, and receiving external motivation for getting that long-awaited article written–this is the group for you!

 

SAVE THE DATE
SVGS Annual Meeting & Brick Wall Troubleshooting,  
Skagit Valley Genealogical Society,
Burlington Library,  

820 E. Washington Ave,
Burlington, WA 98233
Saturday, November 10, 2018 

1:00-3:00 pm 
Bring your research challenges and questions. Experienced researchers will be available to answer your questions.
Free and open to the public.

 

Preserving Memories,
Jewish Genealogy Society of Washington State,
LDS Factoria Church Bldg,
4200 124th Ave SE,
Bellevue, WA 98006
Monday, November 12, 2018

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., for all to enjoy the extensive JGSWS Library’s genealogical resources! Free wi-fi , refreshments, and admission.  Molly Bullard, Speaker and Owner of Seattle Photo Organizing , will present “Preserving Memories:  How to Organize and Turn Your Family Memorabilia into a Personal Archival”. Presentation starts promptly at 7:15 pm.

Japanese Genealogy Seminar,
sponsored by Seattle Genealogical Society,
February 2-3, 2019 

Registration will open December 1, 2018.  Registration is free, but the Seminar and the Train the Trainer sessions are limited to 40 individuals. The registration for the One-on-One sessions will open January 1, 2019. Lunch will be provided for a fee on the first day only.

For more information contact Jill Morelli, President of SGS, at  president@seagensoc.org

This program is generously funded under the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, a King County arts support agency.
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 library will be closed from November 21 through November 26 for Thanksgiving.

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 3, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, November 3, 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

Saturday, November 10, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Interest Group, with Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey

Saturday, November 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series, Dawn Bingaman will present Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers and Beyond. See the featured article at the top of this newsletter for more details.

Sunday, November 11, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson, Swedish and Norwegian Workshop – bring your laptops and your research. We will have resources available to help you with your hunt for your Scandinavian ancestors.

Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Ask the Genealogist at the Shoreline Library,  a volunteer will assist you with your research problems

Saturday, November 17, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

DECEMBER

Saturday, December 1, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, December 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

Saturday, December 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, SGS Holiday Social Gathering

Sunday, December 9, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Digging Deeper  Workshop: Civil War Widow’s Pension,  with Jill Morelli

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
RESEARCHING AT REPOSITORIES

October is American Archives Month. If you feel you’ve already found everything you can at the usual genealogy websites, don’t overlook what genealogy resources are available to you at the state archives, as well as at local, university, and historical society libraries.

Study the library website and search their online catalog and indexes to get a feel for their genealogy collections. Need ideas for records to consult? Run a search of the FamilySearch.org  online catalog for your ancestors’ county or town, then browse the record categories to see the types of record collections available.

“OUT OF THE ARCHIVES” is a newsletter published by the Washington State Archives. It is designed to educate you on how to access and best use the collections available to you, through them. To read back issues, or subscribe, use this link :

https://www.sos.wa.gov/archives/newsletter-archive.aspx

Seattle Genealogical Society News

HURRY … YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR
“SHARPEN YOUR ONLINE SLEUTHING SKILLS”

It’s not too late to register for our 2018 Fall Seminar, “Sharpen Your Online Sleuthing Skills ”,  featuring Cyndi Ingle, creator of Cyndi’s List, international lecturer, and author. For online registration go to:
http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

Please note that after October 14, 2018, a late registration fee applies and we can no longer accept lunch orders for the seminar.

SGS HAS BECOME A FamilySearch AFFILIATE LIBRARY
THIS IS HUGE!

 

A notice is posted on our website and it was reported in the eNews! , but some members and patrons missed the item, so it bears repeating. SGS is now an affiliate library of FamilySearch! This is huge. Here’s the backstory and what that means for you.

We as genealogists have benefited from the LDS Mormon Church’s dedication to family history. For decades they have microfilmed historical records from all over the world. They currently have 2.4 million rolls of microfilm in their holdings and they have made much of this available to the general public through their Family History Library in Salt Lake City,  their Family History Centers scattered around the globe, and FamilySearch.org, their online genealogy website. All of this, free of charge.

Microfilm is now outdated so their goal is to get all their holdings digitized by the year 2020. They state they are digitizing at a rate of 1,000 rolls of microfilm each day. Over 1.1 million rolls of their microfilms, amounting to billions of records, have already been digitized and made available online at any Family History Center. Most of these are also available at any FamilySearch Affiliate Library, such as our SGS Library. And nearly 840,000 of these rolls are available online through FamilySearch.org to everyone, everywhere, even from the comfort of home.

If you come into our library and use our patron computers, or even your own laptop, you will have access to many of the record collections that FamilySearch.org  must restrict you from accessing at home. This home viewing restriction is due to contractual agreements between FamilySearch.org and the record collection’s owner.    Do you remember running into these 3 icons while doing a FamilySearch.org  Search Records, or Search Catalog? Here’s what the icons mean :

  • A Camera means the record has been digitized, and can be reviewed online by anyone logged into FamilySearch.org. Just click on the icon, and the digital image will open.
  • A Camera with a Key above it means access is restricted. This image can only  be viewed at a Family History Center or an affiliate library. The SGS library is now an affiliate library.
  • A Microfilm reel icon indicates it has not been digitized yet, and is only available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or possibly at a Family History Center that currently has a copy of that microfilm roll.

Come into the Seattle Genealogical Society Library during our normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, or Sunday, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Our front desk volunteer will be glad to help you get started enjoying the benefits of SGS becoming an affiliate library of FamilySearch.org.

SAVE THE DATE
SGS 2018 Fall Seminar, 
“Sharpen Your Online Sleuthing Skills”, 
with Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA
Saturday, October 20, 2018 

 

Topics for the 4 workshops are going to be:

  •   Advanced Googling for Your Grandma
    ·Back to Basics: Research Planning and Execution Online
    ·    Maintaining an Organized Computer
    ·    Ten Resources I Use Everyday: Misc Tips for the Online ResearcherFor more information and online registration: http://seattlegenealogicalsociety.org/

Japanese Genealogy Seminar,
sponsored by Seattle Genealogical Society,
February 2-3, 2019 

Registration will open December 1, 2018.  Registration is free, but the Seminar and the Train the Trainer sessions are limited to 40 individuals. The registration for the One-on-One sessions will open January 1, 2019. Lunch will be provided for a fee on the first day only.

For more information contact Jill Morelli, President of SGS, at  president@seagensoc.org

This program is generously funded under the Heritage Grant program by 4Culture, a King County arts support agency.
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.

OCTOBER

Saturday, October 20, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, “Sharpen Your Online Genealogical Sleuthing Skills”, with Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi’s List fame. This is the SGS Fall Seminar and will be held at Fairview Christian School in Seattle. The SGS library will be closed on this day so volunteers may attend the seminar.

Saturday, October 27, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Saturday, October 27, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Digging Deeper Workshop: Researching Washington’s World War I Honor Roll,  with Lisa Oberg, at the University of Washington

Sunday, October 28, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Beginning Research Tools with Linda Fitzgerald,  supplies provided,  free class, but please phone the library by Saturday, October 27 to register so we have a headcount and can plan accordingly.

NOVEMBER

Saturday, November 3, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Canadian SIG, come join David Robert, group leader, for help researching your Canadian ancestors.

Saturday, November 3, 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

Tuesday, November 6, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 1 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, each Tuesday in November, registration required

Saturday, November 10, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Interest Group, with Reiley Kidd & Jess Ramey

Saturday, November 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series 

Sunday, November 11, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm, Scandinavian SIG, with Karen Knudson, Swedish and Norwegian Workshop – bring your laptops and your research. We will have resources available to help you with your hunt for your Scandinavian ancestors.

Tuesday, November 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 2 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, registration required

Wednesday, November 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Ask the Genealogist at the Shoreline Library,  a volunteer will assist you with your research problems

Saturday, November 17, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish SIG, with Jean Roth
Saturday, November 17, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Jean Roth

Tuesday, November 20, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 3 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, registration required

Tuesday, November 27, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Intro to Genealogy & Family History – Online, 4 of 4 part series with Heidi Mair, registration required

 

Seattle Public Library and Seattle Genealogical Society Events

Here are some things that Seattle Public Library and Seattle Genealogical Society are doing in October:

Faces of the Archives – SPL event calendar listing

https://www.spl.org/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D129544501

 

Genealogy classes (not including above)

https://www.spl.org/event-calendar?trumbaEmbed=search%3Dgenealogy%26-index

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
Washington State Library Awarded $280,000

This recent $280,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant will enable the Washington State Library’s Washington Digital Newspaper Project to add 100,000 pages of culturally and historically significant newspapers from Asian-American, African-American, and World War II-era publications to its free public archives.

The grant is the fourth National Endowment for the Humanities award for the Digital Newspaper Project. Under the State Library’s participation in the National Digital Newspaper Program, more than 300,000 pages of historic Washington newspapers have been added to the 13 million newspaper pages publicly accessible at the Chronicling America website of the Library of Congress.

The lesson to be learned, it pays to keep checking sites such as Chronicling America often because records are being digitized so rapidly.