Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week SGS Centennial Store

TIP OF THE WEEK –
SGS CENTENNIAL STORE

Commemorate 100 Years of the Seattle Genealogical Society with t-shirts, mugs, totes and more, available in the Centennial store here https://www.cafepress.com/seattlegenealogicalsociety100
 

Show your support at events this year as we continue to honor our SGS legacy and look to the future. 
 
Don’t see something you would like to have? We can make that happen. Just contact pastpresident@seagensoc.org

Seattle Genealogical Society News

THE HISTORY OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Initiated for the first time on February 7, 1926, Negro History Week, as it was called then, was the brain child of Carter G Woodson, PhD, historian, author, journalist, and educator. 

Carter G Woodson was born in 1875 into a sharecropping family. He got a late start on his education as he was needed to work on the farm. At 17 years old, he went to work as a coal miner to help support his family. By 20 years old, he had saved enough money from coal mining to start his formal education. He attended Frederick Douglass High School, in Huntington, WV; one of only a few high schools available to an African American. He finished high school in two years, as he was self-taught in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Carter went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Berea College in 1903. He continued on, earning his master’s in history from the University of Chicago. Later, Carter would earn a doctorate from Harvard.  

Dr Woodson realized early on that African Americans, their history, and their contributions were woefully missing in American history and academic textbooks. He made it his life long mission to rectify that. He was a co-founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now named the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). In 1921, he founded Associated Publishers Inc, to publish and distribute the works of African Americans, women, and minorities, giving a voice to underrepresented groups that traditional publishing companies ignored. 

In February 1970, the students, faculty and administration of Kent State, in Ohio, designated the entire month of February as a celebration of Black History—preceding the national holiday designation, established in 1976 under Gerald Ford. The story is that February was chosen as the month to celebrate because Frederick Douglass, abolitionist, and Abe Lincoln, both have birthdays in February. 

Each year, ASALF designates a theme for Black History Month. This year’s theme is Resistance. Follow this link for a list of events happening nationally this February: 
https://blackhistorymonth.gov/

Locally, Janice Lovelace, PhD, is presenting two classes; both virtual online. One is sponsored by Fiske, Wed, February 8, at 10:00 AM, “Precarious Lives of Free Blacks Pre-1865”. The other sponsored by SGS, Saturday, February 11, at 1:00 AM, “Black Miners in the Western US”. Links for both of these are under Calendar of Events on the SGS website page. 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

St Patrick’s week activities are coming soon and SGS will have an information booth during Irish Festal at Seattle Center on Saturday, March 11, 2023 and Sunday, March 12, 2023. The booth will operate from noon to 6:00 pm both days. Volunteers are needed to man the booth for two hour shifts and answer simple genealogy questions. If you can help out, please call or text Jean Roth at 206-510-5202. This outreach activity helps SGS get it’s annual 4Culture grant funding.

100 years ago: 31 January 1923

“TELEGRAMS IN SUBWAY SPEED” article celebrated the installation of the new pneumatic tube that ran down Union to First Avenue and then to Cherry Street. The Western Union office on Fourth Avenue was also served by the pneumatic tube. The article exclaimed, “It’s only forty seconds now from Henry Building to First Avenue and Cherry Street by Western Union Tube”. And it was “possible to get a message from the Henry branch to New York in eight minutes.”

“Telegrams in Subway Speed,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, 
31 January 1923. p. 13, col 2. 

* Watch each eNews! issue for “100 years ago”, our new anecdotal series. We will be running it for the duration of 2023, our centennial year. 

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
usually 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. Next meeting is Feb 13, 2023. The topic is “How to Read a Jewish Tombstone” with Robin Meltzer. 

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

“RootsTech 2023”, 
Family History Library, 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 2-4, 2023


Choose how to attend; in person or online! Visit the website for more info and registration. Virtually attendance is no fee. In person is only $98. 

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/home?mc_cid=d8c7b37731&mc_eid=2ae79ab586

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers. *** The elevator in the Good Shepherd Center will be out of service for the next several weeks. 

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

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


All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 


Saturday, February 4, 2023, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG, with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: loudaly@nwlink.com 

Sunday, February 5, 2023,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. 

Monday, February 6, 2023, 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, February 11, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Black Miners in the Western US,  with Janice Lovelace. 

Monday, February 13, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday,February 19, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, Jill Morelli is the usual host.

Monday, February 20, 2023, 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, February 27, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 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. 

Library Relocation & Refocus Team Named One of 2022’s Outstanding Teams

Since 2003, the Washington State Genealogical Society has recognized over 600 outstanding volunteers and teams, nominated by their local society or genealogical organization for their service and dedication. These volunteers are the backbone of their local society, giving their time and expertise, to the organization and the field of genealogy. In the coming months, you will be introduced to each of the 2022 award recipients and learn why they received the 2022 WSGS Outstanding Volunteer and Team Award.

Today we’re introducing the Library Relocation and Refocus Team that was nominated by the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS). The team was comprised of Kathi McGinnes and Rob Sexton.

The Board of Directors of the SGS determined in 2020 that a combination of financial challenges and generational changes in genealogy required them to both find a new home for their library and to redesign the focus of the library on today’s genealogy.  While the entire Board and many other SGS members participated in this year-long project, Kathi McGinnis (SGS library director) and Rob Sexton (SGS operations director) were key to making this operation work.

Kathi worked on reducing the library from over 15,000 items to just over 4,000 items, shifting the focus from the entire world to the Pacific Northwest and finding homes for the items being removed. Rob oversaw all aspects of the move itself, finding the new space, scheduling the move activities, and making sure it all worked. While there were the inevitable hitches, Kathi and Rob made sure that the move nailed the landing.

For more information on the WSGS Outstanding Volunteer Award program, visit the Recognition page of the WSGS website or contact Info@wasgs.org. Please type “Volunteer Award.”

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Fiske Library Classes

TIP OF THE WEEK –
EDUCATION AT FISKE

Like many other genealogical organizations, due to COVID 19 worries, the Fiske Library in Seattle started conducting their classes online via Zoom in 2020. Fiske has an online class opportunity each Wednesday. The Wednesday class usually runs from 10:00 AM until noon. They recently published their Winter 2023 Class Schedule. You can find it here: 
https://fiskelibrary.org/2023WinterClasses.pdf

Seattle Genealogical Society News

THEIR OWN THOUGHTS
The time of year is upon us that we start piecing together the slate of candidates for positions on the SGS Board of Directors for the May election. There is a commitment of a certain amount of your time and energy when you serve on the board, but aside from helping SGS what is the ROI (return-on-investment, for those who don’t speak “business”) for the volunteer? Here are the thoughts from four current board members on this question.

Jill Morelli (Past President):

My first elected position to the Board was as Publications Director, in charge of 2 Bulletins and 4 major newsletters. I remember when the recruiting committee called and suggested I run for the position. I had seen the request and thought I could do it. I served in that position for 3 years. during that time I learned a lot about the Society, felt that we published some very innovative issues and started the conversation of going all electronic. I gained writing skills, layout and graphic skills and met a lot of nationwide writers.

I served as President for 3.5 years,  We each bring skills to the table and the president applies those skills to the betterment of the Society. I felt I brought to the board: organization and discipline, a focus on the financial affairs, and the embracement of electronic media for all we do. What would you bring to the Board?

Ceil Rogers (Director of Education):

A few years ago I was recruited to serve on the Nominating Committee. I was new to Seattle and to SGS, and I was flattered to be asked. Finding candidates for board positions turned out to be beyond my capabilities, so I just volunteered to fill one of those positions myself.  It wasn’t a job I was particularly well suited for, but I met other board members–a group of active and interesting people.  I was then able to slide into another board position, more aligned with my abilities and interests.  I became aware of opportunities I would not otherwise have known about, and I met dozens of other genealogists, all of whom had something to teach me.  I don’t look at serving on the board as an obligation as much as an opportunity to actively participate in the social network of SGS.  I encourage you to do the same.

Karen Knudson (Treasurer):

I joined SGS to start work on my genealogy. I had visited the library a few times and had gotten to know some of the desk volunteers. After I retired the society was in need of a treasurer. After a few pleas for a volunteer I decided to be that volunteer. I had no experience in financing for a non-profit. It became a learning experience,  not only in the running of a non-profit, but I also met a lot of great genealogists that helped me advance in my research. I found out about many resources that I may not have learned about had I not volunteered. Yes, there is work to do, and yes, there is a commitment, but it is not a hardship, but an opportunity for learning.

Jim Secan (President):

I’ve been fortunate to be the SGS President during a period of many transitions: the physical relocation of our library, a shifting in the society’s focus from physical objects (books, periodicals, etc.) to virtual ones (images, databases, etc.), and the growing importance of new technologies such as DNA matching and online meetings.  It has been a challenge to all involved, but working together with a great group of SGS volunteers has been fun as well.  I joined SGS in June 2018 to try to repay those in other societies in other states who have helped me over the years (think “Paying It Forward”). Every job in SGS, from library front desk volunteer to the president, is involved in this endeavor providing a sense of satisfaction that comes with helping others.  I wasn’t sure about taking this job when Jill Morelli asked me to consider it, but I am certainly glad that I did.

If you feel you’d like to be a candidate for a position on the board, or for any other volunteer position at SGS, please contact any SGS Board member and they will help you get in touch with the right person within SGS to get you set up. Or you can email your questions, comments, or thoughts to: 
nominations@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

100 years ago: 1 January 1923

“Seattle has Wettest of Dry New Year Fetes” was the sub-headline for the day. Cafes, theaters, and streets had scenes of wild enthusiasm. As the newspaper explained “It was the wettest celebration since state-wide prohibition, after a threat that it might become the driest.” A complication arose when the whisky runners got caught in some bad weather, resulting in the bootleg market raising their prices $1 and $2 a quart.

“Seattle Has Wettest of Dry New Year,” Seattle Post Intelligencer, 
1 January 1923. p. 1.

* Watch each eNews! issue for “100 years ago”, our new anecdotal series. We will be running it for the duration of 2023, our centennial year. 

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
usually 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. 

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

“RootsTech 2023”, 
Family History Library, 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 2-4, 2023


Choose how to attend; in person or online! Visit the website for more info and registration. 

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/home?mc_cid=d8c7b37731&mc_eid=2ae79ab586

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

New Hours :  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm ** Please call ahead to make sure our library will be open. We are short on front desk volunteers. *** The elevator in the Good Shepherd Center will be out of service for the next several weeks. 

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 

Monday, January 16, 2023, 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, January 20, 2023,  10:30 am-12:30 pm, Family Tree Maker SIG, the FTM by Software MacKiev user’s group  meets via Zoom on the 3rd Friday of each month. If you would like to attend and are not on the SIG e-mail distribution list, please send an e-mail to egsgenealogyhelper@yahoo.com no later than Thursday, January 19th to request the meeting link.

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, January 22, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:00 pm, Japanese American SIG, Jointly sponsored by SGS and Densho, this group meets quarterly on the fourth Sunday of the month (July, October, January, and April) at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific). Meetings address topics and resources helpful for those conducting Japanese genealogy research.
 
The link to logon will be sent to the Japanese American SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email family.history@densho.org to be added to the mailing list.
 
Co-Chairs: Caitlin Oiye Coon and [a co-host is still very much needed]

Monday, January 23, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 9:00 am- 10:00 am, DNA SIG for Beginners, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. Special session for beginners, held annually before the first regular meeting of the DNA SIG in January. To participate, contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 mm, DNA SIG, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. The first regular meeting of the DNA SIG in 2023. To participate you need to be on the DNA SIG email list; to join contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com

Monday, January 30, 2023, 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, February 4, 2023, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG, with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: loudaly@nwlink.com 

Sunday, February 5, 2023,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. To participate you need to be on the SGS DNA Interest Group email list. Contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com to join. 

Monday, February 6, 2023, 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, February 11, 2023, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Second Saturday: Black Miners in the Western US,  with Janice Lovelace. 

Monday, February 13, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday,February 19, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, Jill Morelli is the usual host.

Monday, February 20, 2023, 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, February 27, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 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. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Centennial Event


Flappers, jazz, bootleggers, bathtub gin. The roaring 1920s was a decade of decadence and prosperity following a pandemic and world war.
 

Join us on Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 1:00 PM PST for an online presentation via Zoom from Dr. Bill Woodward, emeritus professor of history, at Seattle Pacific University, where we will explore what lessons from the 1920s can we apply to our own looming 20s.

Remarkable parallels chart between the 2020s and developments from a century ago: shattered idealism, social clashes, domestic terrorism, culture wars, disorienting technologies, and fearsome disease. How might stories from a particular moment in the past shed light on ways for us to move forward or broaden our context of when our ancestors lived 100 years ago? As the 2020s unfold, what conversations should we have? 

Will the 2020s Roar Like the 1920s? is offered in conjunction with Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Register now at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vc-mvrjouHNXDNVEcqOX5F_eG3wbo5prr

William Woodward is an award-winning professor of American and Pacific Northwest history at Seattle Pacific University. His teaching, research, and writing focus on iconic elements of regional and national culture, including the military and baseball. His co-authored pictorial history of the Washington National Guard was released in 2019. Woodward lives in Seattle. Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming program meetings from SGS.

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Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week a Tip Every Day

TIP OF THE WEEK –
WANT A TIP OF THE DAY?

If you like the tip-of-the-week, how about a tip-of-the day?

On their website, The Family History Guide blog offers a genealogy related tip of the day. You can find it here: 
https://www.thefhguide.com/tip-of-the-day.html

Now, don’t confuse The Family History Guide with the Family History Library or FamilySearch.  But FamilySearch does have a relationship with The Family History Guide and here’s what they have to say about them:

Note: The Family History Guide is an additional resource for help with FamilySearch.org. The guide contains free lessons on using the website FamilySearch.org and on topics related to family history and genealogy. The content is provided by a FamilySearch partner. The guide is written in English and made available in other languages through Google Translate.” 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

Seattle Genealogical Society
Centennial Celebration: 1923-2023 

Happy birthday, Seattle Genealogical Society! 100 years is an amazing milestone.

Join the Seattle Genealogical Society in 2023 as we commemorate 100 years serving the genealogical community through education and preservation. We have planned a variety of events for 2023 to honor and celebrate the Society’s founding and past, as well as looking forward to its promising future.

Centennial Events: 

  • Centennial Kickoff: “Will the 2020s Roar Like the 1920s?”
    • Saturday, January 14, 2023, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm,
    • Learn about the context of the 1920s and how your ancestor may have participated in “the roar”
    • Featuring historian William Woodward, in conjunction with Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Join us for the first Centennial event!
    • Register for this free virtual event at the SGS website Calendar of Events: https://seagensoc.org
  • Family History Writing Contest:
    • Watch for the announcement in the Winter issue of SGS Journal
  • Summer Preservation Seminar
    • Date: TBD
    • Featuring Denise Levernich giving four lectures on preservation of your artifacts, photos, documents and digital data
    • Free to members
  • 1923 Ice Cream Social in the Park
    • Date: TBD
    • Bring the family to Meridian Park behind the Good Shepherd Center
  • 100th Birthday Party with keynote speaker
    • Date: 20 October 2023, 6:00-8:00
    • Dunn Gardens Cottage and grounds
    • Keynote speaker: you are going to want to be there!
    • Winners of the Family History Writing Contest will be announced and prizes awarded

Watch upcoming issues of the Journal to learn more about the SGS founders and our history!

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the new year! 


CENTENNIAL KICKOFF:
“WILL the 2020’s ROAR LIKE the 1920s?” 
Saturday, January 14, 2023
1:00 – 2:30 pm 
Virtual – Online

You don’t want to miss the first event of our SGS Centennial celebration. Although we had to cancel the in-person event due to the elevator situation at the Good Shepherd Center, we still hope this event will be well attended via Zoom. Be sure to register today on the Calendar of Events at the SGS website.   

The subject for this presentation will be the pandemic, protests, and economic jolts that ushered in the so-called “Roaring Twenties.”  Americans adjusted in ways both innovative and counterproductive. What lessons from the 1920s can we apply to our own looming 20s?

The speaker will be historian William Woodward. He is an award-winning professor of American and Pacific Northwest history at Seattle Pacific University. His teaching, research, and writing focus on iconic elements of regional and national culture, including the military and baseball. His co-authored pictorial history of the Washington National Guard was released in 2019. William lives in Seattle. 

SAVE THE DATE

Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
usually 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 program is Jan 9, 2023 at 7:00 pm online via Zoom, “Jewish Ethnicity: History, Migration, and DNA” with Schelly Talalay Dardashti. 

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

“RootsTech 2023”, 
Family History Library, 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 2-4, 2023


Choose how to attend; in person or online! Visit the website for more info and registration. 

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/home?mc_cid=d8c7b37731&mc_eid=2ae79ab586

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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

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

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

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

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted 

Saturday, January 7, 2023, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm, FamilySearch SIG, with Lou Daly. Discover many ways to use the FamilySearch website in your research. Meeting includes instruction and time for Q&A. Email Lou to get on the email list: loudaly@nwlink.com 

Sunday, January 8, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, “Soldiers, Spies, and Farm Wives; the Changing Roles of Women During the Civil War” – with Jill Morelli. Please register in advance. 

Sunday, January 8, 2023,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, “What’s in a Name? Patronymic and Other Naming Conventions in Norway and Sweden”,  Hosted by Karen Knudson and Kathi M. 


Monday, January 9, 2023, 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, January 9, 2023, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, SGS Board Meeting (Virtual), Remember all SGS members are welcome to attend the board meeting. Come see what it’s all about. 

Monday, January 9, 2023, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Write It Up! SIG (Virtual), Join this group  to share and discuss writing projects, resources, and ideas.  To join or learn more, contact Alaine Keisling at keisling@gmail.com 

Tuesday, January 10, 2023, 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, January 11, 2023,  7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG,  Co-chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick. Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske. Meetings address topics and resources for Macintosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy software program. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of alternating months. A link to login will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. If you would like to join, send an email to macusersig@seagensoc.org to be added to the email list. 

Saturday, January 14, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Centennial Kickoff: Will the 2020s Roar Like the 1920s? With historian William Woodward, in conjunction with Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Join in via Zoom for the first event scheduled in celebration of our centennial year. Register today by visiting the SGS website. 

Monday, January 16, 2023, 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, January 20, 2023,  10:30 am-12:30 pm, Family Tree Maker SIG, the FTM by Software MacKiev user’s group  meets via Zoom on the 3rd Friday of each month. If you would like to attend and are not on the SIG e-mail distribution list, please send an e-mail to egsgenealogyhelper@yahoo.com no later than Thursday, January 19th to request the meeting link.


Saturday, January 21, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, January 22, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:00 pm, Japanese American SIG, Jointly sponsored by SGS and Densho, this group meets quarterly on the fourth Sunday of the month (July, October, January, and April) at 1:00 p.m. (Pacific). Meetings address topics and resources helpful for those conducting Japanese genealogy research.
 
The link to logon will be sent to the Japanese American SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email family.history@densho.org to be added to the mailing list.
 
Co-Chairs: Caitlin Oiye Coon and [a co-host is still very much needed]

Monday, January 23, 2023, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, January 24, 2023, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 9:00 am- 10:00 am, DNA SIG for Beginners, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. Special session for beginners, held annually before the first regular meeting of the DNA SIG in January. To participate, contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com

Saturday, January 28, 2023, 10:00 am- 12:00 mm, DNA SIG, with Cary Bright and Craig Gowens. The first regular meeting of the DNA SIG in 2023. To participate you need to be on the DNA SIG email list; to join contact Cary Bright at SGSDNASIG@gmail.com

Monday, January 30, 2023, 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 Organize Your Genealogy Research Mess

TIP OF THE WEEK –
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION, AGAIN

Is your New Year’s resolution this year the same as it was last year, organize this genealogy research mess, it’s out of control. Here’s a few simple tips from the Family Curator: 

  • KISS – Keep it simple, silly! Use an easy to setup and easy to maintain system.
  • Sheet Control – use a standard 8.5 x 11 sheet for all notes and print outs
  • Stay Single – One surname, one locality per sheet for easy filing
  • Date Yourself – Always write the current date on your research notes
  • One File at a Time – Work through those paper piles steadily; the mess didn’t happen in a day.

Seattle Genaelogical Society News

❇ It’s the Giving Season!Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library as we celebrate 100 years of service to the community.
SGS 2022 Annual Appeal Donate Now Online
If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund and their transaction fee will be waived.  Here’s the link: Paypal Giving Fund – SGS.❇ Thank You ❇
ANOTHER WAY TO DONATE
As we come to the end of another year, for many of us our thoughts are not of sugar plum fairies, but income-tax fairies. Since this is also the time of SGS’s annual appeal letter, we thought it fitting to remind seniors with IRAs of the tax benefit to be had from donating to SGS via a Qualified Charitable Distribution from an Individual Retirement Account. If you are interested, visit the IRS’s discussion of this way to save a little tax money at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/seniors-can-reduce-their-tax-burden-by-donating-to-charity-through-their-ira
** IMPORTANT **
REVISED NOTICE ON ELEVATOR MAINTENANCE AT THE GOOD SHEPHERD CENTER
Maintenance work still has not begun on the elevator at the Good Shephard Center. Latest word from GSC management is that the work, hopefully, will begin the week of December 19th and SGS should expect the elevator will not be available for use through most, if not all, of January 2023. If you plan to visit the SGS library during that period and need the elevator, please call our front desk (206 522-8658) before you come to check on the elevator’s status. 

SAVE THE DATEJewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, 
usually 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. 

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

“RootsTech 2023”, 
Family History Library, 
Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 2-4, 2023


Choose how to attend; in person or online! Visit the website for more info and registration. 

https://www.familysearch.org/rootstech/home?mc_cid=d8c7b37731&mc_eid=2ae79ab586

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTSGood Shepherd Center, Suite 302
4649 Sunnyside Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
206 522-8658

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

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

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

All times listed are Pacific Time unless otherwise noted Saturday, December 17, 2022,
10:00 am- 12:00 pm, Irish SIG, with Susan McKee and Jim Ryan. See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Saturday, December 17, 2022, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm, German SIG, with Carolyn Schott See the SGS website Calendar of Events for further information. Notice there is a new Zoom link.

Sunday, December 18, 2022,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, Just Do It! Self Publishing Your Work,  Jill Morelli is the usual host.

Monday, December 19, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Monday, December 26, 2022, 10:00 am-11:30 am, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022, 10:00 am-11:00 am, Tech Tuesday (Virtual), back by popular demand, the informal consultation time on DNA, genealogy software, or genealogy-related technical issues. All are welcome. No appointment necessary. 
Sunday, January 8, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Virtual Sundays: Something Old, Something New, “Soldiers, Spies, and Farm Wives; the Changing Roles of Women During the Civil War” – with Jill Morelli. Please register in advance. 

Sunday, January 8, 2023,  1:00 pm-3:00 pm, Scandinavian SIG, “What’s in a Name? Patronymic and Other Naming Conventions in Norway and Sweden”,  Hosted by Karen Knudson and Kathi M. 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023,  7:00 pm-9:00 pm, MAC Computer SIG,   Co-chaired by Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick. Jointly sponsored by SGS and Fiske. Meetings address topics and resources for Macintosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion genealogy software program. Meetings are on the second Wednesday of alternating months. A link to login will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. If you would like to join, send an email to macusersig@seagensoc.org to be added to the email list. 

Saturday, January 14, 2023,  1:00 pm-2:30 pm, Centennial Kickoff: Will the 2020s Roar Like the 1920s? With historian William Woodward, in conjunction with Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. Join in via Zoom for the first event scheduled in celebration of our centennial year. 

Friday, January 20, 2023,  10:30 am-12:30 pm, Family Tree Maker SIG, the FTM by Software MacKiev user’s group  meets via Zoom on the 3rd Friday of each month. If you would like to attend and are not on the SIG e-mail distribution list, please send an e-mail to egsgenealogyhelper@yahoo.com no later than Thursday, January 19th to request the meeting link.