Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Ask Your United States & Canada Research Questions

TIP OF THE WEEK – ASK YOUR UNITED STATES
AND CANADA RESEARCH QUESTIONS

  FamilySearch holds several online classes/webinars each month to educate us. In this coming week alone, there are 3 on the schedule! As always the classes/webinars at FamilySearch are free, but you are asked to register in advance. Start time for each of these 3 webinars is 10:00 AM MDT; that is 9:00 AM PDT.  It is recommended you enter the webinar 15-20 minutes before the start time. 

  • FamilySearch Family Tree: Overview & Navigation,Tues, May 17, 2022
  • Research Process: The Ins & Outs, Wed, May 18, 2022
  • Ask Your United States & Canada Research Question
    Thur, May 19, 2022

If you have a US or Canada research question, consider attending the webinar on Thursday. You will be invited to submit your question in advance when you register. 

Here’s where you can check out what FamilySearch classes/webinars are coming up: 

https://www.familysearch.org/en/wiki/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS 2022 SPRING SEMINAR
“LAND AND MAPS AND DEEDS, OH MY!”
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 3-5, 2022

Registration for the Spring Seminar is still open.

Just click this link: Register for the SGS 2022 Spring Seminar
Please register by June 1, 2022.

Our spring seminar is a three day event! 

  • Friday, June 3, at 5:00 pm, Cyndi Ingle, creator and innovator of CyndisList.com, is the keynote speaker.
  • Saturday, June 4, Land presentations begin at 9:00 am with Angela Packer McGhie on “Land Entry Files and Tract Books,” Following that  Rebecca Whitman Koford will present “Military Bounty lands: Revolution to Mexican War.”
  • Sunday, June 5, Maps and Deeds presentations begin at 1:00 pm with Melinda Kashuba “Using Migration Maps in Genealogical Research.” Then Kimberly Powell will help us to find the deeds with “Mastering Deed Book Indexing Systems.”

Read more here. You won’t want to miss any of these talented speakers!

VOLUNTEERS OF THE QUARTER   Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes a member as our Volunteer of the Quarter. For Spring Quarter 2022, SGS is honoring a team of members: Allegra Anderson, Melanie Moser, Woods Fairbanks, and Ellen Peterson. You will probably recognize their photo and the story from the eNews! a few months ago.   

  Due to tight timing constraints that arose as SGS approached the end date on the lease of the Sand Point Way NE library space, over 100 boxes full of books and other materials had to be sent to temporary storage. These materials were slated to go to the Internet Archive, eventually. So over a two-day period in chilly mid-January 2022, the intrepid quartet of Allegra, Melanie, Woods, and Ellen, with assistance from Library Director, Kathi M, and SGS President, Jim Secan, transferred all those books and materials into the stronger shipping boxes provided by Internet Archive and then this crew got the seven pallets of boxes onto the truck for shipment.

Here’s an introduction for each team member. Join us in thanking them for volunteering to do the heavy lifting, quite literally. 

Allegra Anderson joined SGS in 2019 and this is her first time to volunteer. She enjoyed the camaraderie. Many volunteers express that sentiment. About her genealogy, Allegra says, “So many ancestors, so little time!”; also a sentiment many of us share. She has traced her mother’s line back to 1650 New York and her husband’s family crossed on the Oregon Trail in 1852. When not doing genealogy, Allegra enjoys spinning – fibers, not bikes – and then she weaves what she has spun. 

Melanie Moser has been a member since 2014. She was drawn to this project’s mission, digitizing books so they will be accessible to everyone, everywhere.  After researching a Norwegian ancestor, she visited Norway and met third cousins. Recently, she and her daughter visited Salt Spring Island, BC, where one of her ancestors settled in 1859. They even kayaked to an island where this ancestor’s family boat sank. In her free time, Melanie enjoys tennis with her daughter, and reading. 

Woods Fairbanks has been with SGS for a few years. He joined with the goal of improving his genealogical research skills. He helped with the library move and catalog data cleanup. He likes the camaraderie one experiences while volunteering and he likes learning from fellow family history researchers. When not doing genealogy, Woods appreciates film/music, running, and family walks. 

Ellen Peterson has been volunteering for about five of the six years she has been an SGS member. She likes to help with technical things. And she attends many of our events – the FamilySearch SIG with Lou Daly, Tech Tuesdays, the DNA SIG with Cary Bright, and presentations by Jill Morelli, Janice Lovelace, and others. Ellen has researched her own, as well as her wife’s, extended families. DNA testing allowed Ellen to debunk an odd story one aunt told about not being the daughter of her grandparents, but rather the baby sister. Besides genealogy, Ellen enjoys bird watching.   SGS ELECTION RESULTS
The Board of Directors has voted  to accept the slate of candidates. However, there are still 3 open positions, plus openings on the Nominating Committee. Please consider volunteering to fill one of these open positions. This should be an exciting year, with all the Centennial activities on tap.   

BOARD MEMBERS for 2022-2023 Term June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. 

1. President, Jim Secan 
2. Vice President, Carolyn Ladd
3. Secretary, Alanna Stanton
4. Treasurer, Karen Knudson 
5. Director of Education, Cecellia Rogers 
6. Director of Library, Kathi M
7. Director of Membership: Christine Schomaker
8. Director of Operations, vacant
9. Director of Publications Lisa White 
10. Director of Technology, vacant
11. Director of Volunteers, vacant 
12. Nominating Committee:      * Yvette Beaudoin      * Carole Mercer
     * Vacancies for 3 additional slots on the Nominating Committee
        and 1 alternate

Meet the Board at the SGS Membership Meeting scheduled for 12:30 PM, Saturday, June 11, 2022.     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 June 13, 2022, and the presentation, “Finding Relatives in the Forverts (Jewish Daily Forward)” with Michael Morgenstern, will begin at 7:00PM. Registration is required. 

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


SGS 2022 Spring Seminar, Virtual, 
“Lands and Maps and Deeds, Oh My!” 
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 2022


For the Schedule, more information, and registration see the 
lead article in this issue of the eNews! Register today!  
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

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 


Sunday, May 15, 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 will be Orphan Train Rides. 

Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 21, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG is back! With Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG is back! With Carolyn Schott. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1:00 pm, Japanese American SIG,  with Caitlin Oiye Coon. This is one of our newer SIGs. Please sign up if you would like to attend; send an email to family.history@densho.org 

Tuesday, May 24, 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 appointmentnecessary.

Wednesday, May 25, 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, June 1, 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, June 8, 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, June 13, 2022, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm, Write It Up SIG (Virtual),  This new group to discuss and share writing projects, resources, and ideas. Group contact is Alaine Keisling. 

Tuesday, June 14, 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, June 15, 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.

Friday, June 17, 2022, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Family Tree Maker SIG,  with the Eastside Genealogical Society. You must be on the email list of attend a meeting; send your request to egsgenealogyhelper@yahoo.com 

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG is back! With Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 
Saturday, June 18, 2022, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG is back! With Carolyn Schott. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Sunday, June 19, 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 to be determined – stay tuned. 

Wednesday, June 22, 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, June 25, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens.To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Sunday, June 26, 2022, 1:00 pm, Japanese American SIG,  with Caitlin Oiye Coon. This is one of our newer SIGs. Please sign up if you would like to attend; send an email to family.history@densho.org 

Tuesday, June 28, 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, June 29, 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 Spring Seminar Land and Maps and Deeds

SGS 2022 SPRING SEMINAR
“LAND AND MAPS AND DEEDS, OH MY!”
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 3-5, 2022


Registration for the Spring Seminar is still open.

Just click this link: Register for the SGS 2022 Spring Seminar

Please register by June 1, 2022.
 
Our spring seminar is a three day event!

Registration options:

– Full seminar (all 3 days/5 speakers) $55

– Seminar-Lite (Friday + Saturday OR Friday + Sunday) $40

SGS members receive a $10 discount on either option

Presentations will be recorded and available to registrants (only) until midnight, June 12. For more information visit seagensoc.org.

  • Friday, June 3, at 5:00 pm, Cyndi Ingle, creator and innovator of CyndisList.com, is the keynote speaker.
  • Saturday, June 4, Land presentations begin at 9:00 am with Angela Packer McGhie on “Land Entry Files and Tract Books,” Following that  Rebecca Whitman Koford will present “Military Bounty lands: Revolution to Mexican War.”
  • Sunday, June 5, Maps and Deeds presentations begin at 1:00 pm with Melinda Kashuba “Using Migration Maps in Genealogical Research.” Then Kimberly Powell will help us to find the deeds with “Mastering Deed Book Indexing Systems.”

Read more here. You won’t want to miss any of these talented speakers!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Salt Lake Tribune Online

TIP OF THE WEEK –
SALT LAKE TRIBUNE ONLINE

  133 YEARS OF THE SALT LAKE TRIBUNE are now keyword searchable and available to the the public online thanks to a partnership between the University of Utah –  J. Willard Marriott Library, Newspapers.com, a division of Ancestry, and The Salt Lake Tribune. The site now covers the  years 1871-2004 of the Salt Lake Tribune. There are over 6.7 million pages on this site and another 2 million pages  will come online in the next two to three years.

The Tribune issues can be accessed through Utah Digital Newspapers, a collaborative project based at the J. Willard Marriott Library since 2001.  Powerful searching options allow users to find terms in combinations or terms that appear in proximity to one another. Check out “How to Use Advanced Search” help here: 
https://digitalnewspapers.org/help/search_results

Seattle Genealogical Society News

WRITING CONTEST WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of last fall’s “They Survived” writing contest!

Thank you to all who submitted pieces relating stories of challenging times, perseverance, and survival. Three submissions in particular stood out to our judges and they will be showcased in the upcoming Journal.

First place goes to Scott Kampen with his story about the Children’s Blizzard of 1888 in Dakota Territory. Scott will receive free entry to the SGS seminar of his choice as his prize.

The second place piece is by Julia Marconi, whose story includes the sinking of the SS Eastland in the Chicago River on July 24, 1915. Julia will receive a renewal membership to SGS. 

And third place goes to Edward Swierczewski, Jr. who presents his family lines as seen through the lens of survivorship. Edward will receive a copy of “Walking with Your Ancestors” by Melinda Kashuba. 

We hope these works will inspire and encourage you to sharpen your own pencils and get writing!

THE 1890 SEATTLE CENSUS SUBSTITUTE     In the Fall of 2011, SGS formed a coordinating committee headed by member Chuck Richards to investigate the viability of producing an 1890 US Census substitute for the Seattle area. After several ups and downs, and the efforts of many SGS members, this database is now available on the SGS website. SGS is still working on a online searchable interface for this data, but for now it can be accessed via a research request; the same way you place a research request for the King County Court Cases Index (KC3I) and VFW members card databases. On the SGS website home page’s left-side menu, click on “Research and Databases”. Then you will see “Research Services” in the sub-menu that drops down; click on that “Research Services.  Our plan is to have this database’s search function operational for our membership within the next few months.   This census substitute is the result of many hours of work by many SGS volunteers. The initial project committee was chaired by Chuck Richards and included Chuck Richards, Jackie Lawson, Lynn Magnuson, Sue Melville, Mary Kircher Roddy, and Jan Walker. Over the many years it took to compile this dataset and prepare it for use, the following individuals helped in the effort: Dona Bubelis, Bruce Finlayson, Lyndall Foulds, Chris Hanley, Tina Hollingsworth, Kate Johnston, Kerri Keil, Michelle Khuon, JoAnne King, Donna Koerker, Marilyn McGuire, Virgil Morgan, Nancy C. Parks, Emily Phillips, Winifred Price, Ginny Sommarstrom, Judy Tomassene, Doug Whalley, Clarice Wilson, Charlotte Wixon, and Ann Wright.

We thank all of them for their efforts.  

SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE   The next SGS Membership Meeting will take place Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 12:30 PM. This will be a virtual meeting via Zoom. The results of the upcoming SGS election will be announced.  The Second Saturday presentation by Elizabeth Swanay O’Neal will follow at 1:00 PM. 

Preregistration is required. After registering, you will be able to join the meeting immediately from the registration window.  You will also receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. One registration will work for both the membership meeting and the Second Saturday presentation.  

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. 

On Monday, May 9, 2022, “JRI-Poland: Exploring Your Roots in the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian Empires” will be presented by Robinn Magid & Howard Zakai. The meeting will open at 6:30 pm for networking. The presentation will start at 7:00 pm. Registration is required. 

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

SGS 2022 Spring Seminar, Virtual, 
“Lands and Maps and Deeds, Oh My!” 
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 2022


The schedule: 

  • Friday, 5:00 PM, keynote with Cyndi Ingle,
    “Pin Your Ancestors Down with Google Maps and Google Earth” 
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM – noon
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • “Land Entry Files and Tract Books”
  • Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
  • “Military Bounty Lands: Revolution to Mexican War”
  • Sunday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Melinda Kashuba, PhD
  • “Using Migration Maps in Genealogical Research” 
  • Kimberly T Powell
  • “Deed Book Indexing Systems” 

 Registration is open. Click here:  Register for the SGS 2022 Spring Seminar

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Beginning in May, our library will be open on Wednesday, too. 

New Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658Masks are recommended  inside our library at the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom.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 posted are Pacific time unless otherwise noted. 
Saturday, Apr 30, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens.To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Sunday, May 1,  2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm,  DNA Workshop with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens.To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 7, 2022, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly (Virtual),  Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A. Want to be included on the mail listing? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Monday, May 9, 2022, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm, Write It Up SIG (Virtual),  This new group will discuss and share writing projects, resources, and ideas. Group contact is Alaine Keisling. 

Tuesday, May 10, 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, May 11, 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, May 11, 2022, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer Interest Group (Virtual),  Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske for users of MAC (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy software. Co-chairs Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick. You must be on the MAC SIG email list to join the meeting. Email macusersig@seagensoc.org to be included on the list.

Saturday, May 14, 2022, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. Second Saturday: Giving Our Female Ancestors a Voice, with Stephanie O’Connell. The absence of women in historical records often makes our research challenging. Using social history to create rich biographical sketches allows us to bring our female ancestors out of the shadows of the law or their husbands. This presentation offers a narrative lineage set in 19th century Ireland, England, and the U.S., which uses historical context to bring the unique stories of women to life. Please register in advance. 

Sunday, May 15, 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 will be Orphan Train Rides. 

Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 21, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG is back! With Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG is back! With Carolyn Schott. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1:00 pm, Japanese American SIG,  with Caitlin Oiye Coon. This is one of our new SIGs. Please sign up if you would like to attend; send an email to family.history@densho.org 

Tuesday, May 24, 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, May 25, 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 Genealogical Translations

TIP OF THE WEEK -IN NEED OF TRANSLATION  

This issue’s tip came out of this month’s Second Saturday Speaker Series presentation by Carolyn Schott. There is a Facebook Group called Genealogical Translations and their purpose is just that, the translation of genealogy documents only. It is a private group so you must ask to join. This group might be the answer to your prayers.  Here’s how they describe themselves: 
  “Genealogical Translations was established to provide amateur family researchers a place to have their genealogical documents translated. We are a global volunteer group whose members help other members by offering free translation of their genealogical documents such as vital records, postcards, obituaries, and more, in languages including – Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and many others!

▶ Before posting, new members are expected to familiarize themselves with the Posting Format and Group Rules, and all other Featured posts.” 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

SGS 2022 SPRING SEMINAR
“LAND AND MAPS AND DEED, OH MY!”
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 3-5, 2022
Registration for the Seminar opens TODAY

Just click this link: Register for the SGS 2022 Spring Seminar

Something’s a little different this year; our spring seminar is a three day event.

  • Friday, June 3, at 5:00 pm, Cyndi Ingle, creator and innovator of CyndisList.com, is the keynote speaker.
  • Saturday, June 4, Land presentations begin at 9:00 am with Angela Packer McGhie on “Land Entry Files and Tract Books,” Following that  Rebecca Whitman Koford will present “Military Bounty lands: Revolution to Mexican War.”
  • Sunday, June 5, Maps and Deeds presentations begin at 1:00 pm with Melinda Kashuba “Using Migration Maps in Genealogical Research.” Then Kimberly Powell will help us to find the deeds with “Mastering Deed Book Indexing Systems.”

Read more about here. You won’t want to miss any of these talented speakers!

WHAT DOES THE
SGS ARCHIVE COMMITTEE DO?
  Would you like to play detective? Do you like history and family stories? Drop by the SGS Library on any Thursday from 10am – 3pm to meet with the SGS Archive Committee Volunteers and see what we do with the many donations SGS has in their collection.
  The SGS Archive Committee is down to just two members and needs more help. We will gladly explain what is required to properly organize records for digitizing the family collections that are donated by the public. We look forward to working with you.
Ingrida and Bernice, Archive Committee members


1950 US CENSUS COMMUNITY PROJECT
The 1950 US Census is out! It was released to the public on April 1, 2022. As you all know, indexing is what makes any search of a database work. This 1950 US Census was indexed by machines – automated optical recognition. Machines, like people, are not perfect so FamilySearch is inviting humans to review the data created by the machines and fix any errors. You’ll be asked to review names, family members, or census header information.

This is something you do from the comfort of your home. You simply need to login to your free FamilySearch account. To learn more visit FamilySearch : 
https://www.familysearch.org/en/info/1950-census-details

If you’d like to help with this worthy project, join the group that SGS created. It’s comprised of other SGS members interested in helping. Join the SGS team here: 
https://www.familysearch.org/groups/family?groupId=MMM9-CND&inviteId=MMM9-275&cid=group-mgmt_copy
WRITE IT UP! 
OUR NEWEST SIG 
  Are you looking for inspiration to write up your family history research? This new group meets (virtually, for now) the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM Pacific time. Join us to share and discuss writing projects, resources, and ideas.

Group Contact: Alaine Keisling (Keisling@gmail.com)  
CORRECTION   In the last eNews! issue dated March 31, 2022, it was incorrectly reported the SGS Library would be open Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, beginning in May. That should have said “Beginning in May the SGS Library will be open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.” Our library is closed Thursday and Sunday. Sorry for the confusion.   

SAVE THE DATEJewish 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. Watch their website for details on the next meeting. 

http://www.jgsws.org/meetings.phpSGS 2022 Spring Seminar, Virtual, 
“Lands and Maps and Deeds, Oh My!” 
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 2022


The schedule: 

  • Friday, 5:00 PM, keynote with Cyndi Ingle,
    “Pin Your Ancestors Down with Google Maps and Google Earth” 
  • Saturday, 9:00 AM – noon
  • Angela Packer McGhie, CG
  • “Land Entry Files and Tract Books”
  • Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL
  • “Military Bounty Lands: Revolution to Mexican War”
  • Sunday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Melinda Kashuba, PhD
  • “Using Migration Maps in Genealogical Research” 
  • Kimberly T Powell
  • “Deed Book Indexing Systems” 

Registration opens TODAY! 
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Beginning in May, our library will be open on Wednesday, too. 
Current Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658Masks are recommended  inside our library at the Good Shepherd Center. Due to COVID the events listed below continue to be virtual, online via Zoom.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 posted are Pacific time unless otherwise noted. 
Saturday, Apr 16, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG is back! With Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 
Saturday, Apr 16, 2022, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG is back! With Carolyn Schott. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Wednesday, Apr 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.

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022, 1:00 pm, Japanese American SIG,  with Caitlin Oiye Coon. This is the third meeting of our new SIG. Please sign up if you would like to attend; send an email to family.history@densho.org 

Tuesday, Apr 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, Apr 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.

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens.To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Sunday, May 1,  2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm,  DNA Workshop with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens.To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Wednesday, May 4, 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, May 7, 2022, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly (Virtual),  Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A. Want to be included on the mail listing? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Monday, May 9, 2022, 7:00 pm -8:30 pm, Write It Up SIG (Virtual),  This new group will discuss and share writing projects, resources, and ideas. Group contact is Alaine Keisling. 

Tuesday, May 10, 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, May 11, 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, May 11, 2022, 7:00 pm-9:00 am, MAC Computer Interest Group (Virtual),  Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske for users of MAC (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy software. Co-chairs Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick. You must be on the MAC SIG email list to join the meeting. Email macusersig@seagensoc.org to be included on the list.

Sunday, May 15, 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 will be Orphan Train Rides. 

Wednesday, May 18, 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, May 21, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG is back! With Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 
Saturday, May 21, 2022, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG is back! With Carolyn Schott. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1:00 pm, Japanese American SIG,  with Caitlin Oiye Coon. This is one of our new SIGs. Please sign up if you would like to attend; send an email to family.history@densho.org 

Tuesday, May 24, 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, May 25, 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 Maryland Land Records

TIP OF THE WEEK –
MARYLAND LAND RECORDS


Here’s a tip came from a fellow SGS member for everyone interested in land records of Maryland.  

All land records for Maryland are available online from the Maryland State Archives at this URL: http://www.mdlandrec.net

Use of this site is free, but you will need to create an account. Here’s the blurb from their main home page expressing their intent:

“The Maryland Judiciary, the 24 elected Court Clerks of Maryland and the Maryland State Archives have joined in partnership to provide up to date access to all verified land record instruments in Maryland. This service is currently being provided free to all those interested in testing the system. Users are encouraged to provide feedback and inform the Maryland State Archives of any problems encountered.”

Once you have arrived at the home page, use the drop-down menu in the upper left part of the page to select your county of interested, and you’re off and running.

While these same land records are available via FamilySearch, most of them fall under that “restricted access” requiring you to be at a FHC or affiliated library to access the image. From the MDLANDREC website, you can view and download Maryland land records from the comfort of your home.

Seattle Genealogical Society News

  SECOND SATURDAY: EXPANDING GERMAN RESEARCH
BEYOND ANCESTRY & FAMILY SEARCH     
SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022
1:00 PM-2:30 PM VIA ZOOM

Our presenter at the Second Saturday event coming up will be Carolyn Schott. Carolyn is the new chairperson for our SGS German Interest Group that meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm via Zoom. Carolyn has been researching her German ancestors for more than 20 years, following their wanderings through Eastern Europe before arriving in America. She is a former board member of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society (GRHS), a founder of the Black Sea German Research Community, and author of the book “Visiting Your Ancestral Town”. Her writing has received several awards from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors.

The presentation on April 9 will help German researchers learn about some powerful resources beyond the “standards.” These include the online Meyers Gazetteer, Archion, Matricula, and Compgen.de. Each resource will be discussed and attendees will be instructed on how to navigate them even if you don’t speak German.
  
If you plan to attend, please pre-register. If you can’t make the Second Saturday presentation, you can still meet Carolyn the next Saturday, April 16. She will be leading the SGS German Interest Group.

  SGS LIBRARY DESK VOLUNTEERS
DESPERATELY NEEDED


Now that we have moved into our beautiful new space, we are anxious to have members and visitors come see and use our facility. Unfortunately, we are seriously short of volunteers to man the front desk.

Desk Volunteer duties are simple—you open the SGS library at 10:00 AM, tend the till, greet guests, and give tours. Then you close the Library at 3:00 PM. In-depth knowledge of genealogy is not necessary. 

As a benefit, you will be able to use the Library’s resources, such as subscriptions to Ancestry, Fold3, Newspapers.com, American Ancestors, the FamilySearch affiliate library capacity, books, journals, etc. Work on your own genealogy while you are there. 

Volunteering in this capacity usually requires minimal effort, while it is a very important contribution. Please consider our desperate plea. If you can help, contact Amanda Bennett at desk@seagensoc.org. Thank you very much. 

P.S. Beginning in May, we plan to have the Library open on Wednesday. With that, our hours will be Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. 
 
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. Watch their website for details on the next meeting. 

The next regular meeting presentation will be on Monday, Apr 11, at 7:00 pm, “Getting Ready for the 1950 Census: Searching With and Without a Name Index” with Stephen Morse.  Visit their website for more information. 

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


Olympia Genealogical Society, 
“DNA: Today’s Matchmaker” 
with Diahan Southard,
Saturday, April 9, 2022
8:30 am – 3:30 pm PDT


Diahan will speak on issues like : Making sense of your DNA results What to do if your matches don’t have family trees Organizing your matches Using female DNA to answer questions For full details, visit: 
http://olygensoc.org

SGS 2022 Spring Seminar, Virtual, 
“Lands and Maps and Deeds, Oh My!” 
Friday-Sunday, June 3-5, 2022


The schedule:  Friday, 5:00 PM, keynote with Cyndi Ingle,
“Pin Your Ancestors Down with Google Maps and Google Earth”  Saturday, 9:00 AM – noon Angela Packer McGhie, CG “Land Entry Files and Tract Books” Rebecca Whitman Koford, CG, CGL “Military Bounty Lands: Revolution to Mexican War” Sunday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Melinda Kashuba, PhD “Using Migration Maps in Genealogical Research”  Kimberly T Powell “Deed Book Indexing Systems”  Registration opens April 15. 

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Good Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658
Hours : Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Masks are not required  inside the Good Shepherd Center, SGS does encourage you to wear one in our library.. 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, Apr 2, 2022, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group with Lou Daly (Virtual),  Discover the many ways to use FamilySearch. At each meeting a different aspect of the website will be featured. There will be time for Q & A. Want to be included on the mail listing? Email Lou: loudaly@nwlink.com

Sunday, Apr 3, 2022,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA WORKSHOP (Virtual),  with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Wednesday, Apr 6, 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, Apr 9, 2022, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series: Expanding Your German Research Beyond Ancestry and FamilySearch with Carolyn Schott. 

Sunday, Apr 10, 2022,
1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian Interest Group with Karen Knudson.

Tuesday, Apr 12, 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, Apr 13, 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, Apr 16, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG is back! With Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. 
Saturday, Apr 16, 2022, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German SIG is back! With Carolyn Schott. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information.

Wednesday, Apr 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.

Sunday, Apr 24, 2022, 1:00 pm, Japanese American SIG,  with Caitlin Oiye Coon. This is the third meeting of our new SIG. Please sign up if you would like to attend; send an email to family.history@densho.org 

Tuesday, Apr 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, Apr 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.

Saturday, Apr 30, 2022, 10:00 am- 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens.To participate you must be on the DNA SIG email list. Contact Cary at sgsdnasig@gmail.com to join.

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Webinar on Using PERSI

TIP OF THE WEEK –
WEBINAR ON USING PERSI
BY ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBARY

Context is what changes genealogy from a collection of names and dates to our ancestors’ stories, and stories will get the attention of our otherwise disinterested family members. This webinar conducted by Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana addresses how to use the newly reconstituted PERSI database, searching by location to discover context for your genealogy research.

Watch the video here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eS7i1_omczw&t=3s
The Allen County Public Library is an invaluable resource for genealogical research. PERSI (the Periodical Source Index) is the largest subject index to genealogy and local history periodical articles in the world. This one hour webinar comes highly recommended by your fellow SGS members. 


WANT TO SIGN THE PETITION TO REOPEN THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES RESEARCH ROOMS?
  Some feel 2 years is long enough and NARA can safely reopen the research rooms with some safety precautions in place. If you’d like to sign the petition or learn more about the campaign, visit:
https://www.change.org/p/incoming-archivist-of-the-united-states-reopen-national-archives-research-rooms