Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Gift a Story

 TIP OF THE WEEK – GIFT A STORY OF HER
Gift A Story invites you to write about a woman who inspired you – your hero, your mother, or your mentor, and then gift them with a Certificate of Recognition from the NYC Municipal Archives, where their stories will live forever. 

This project, inspired by the suffrage movement and run by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), will continue through the 2020 centennial, with a goal of 20,000 stories. Most women’s lives aren’t documented in official records. This Gift A Story program can help to ensure that the legacies of all dedicated women are celebrated and that they get the appreciation they deserve.

To learn more about it, click the link below: 
https://bit.ly/Giftastory

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 GIVING TUESDAY WAS DECEMBER 1st

Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to support the Seattle Genealogical Society and Library during our Annual Appeal this December.
SGS 2020 Annual Appeal
Donate Now Online
If you have a Paypal account, you may donate to SGS via the Paypal Giving Fund. The transaction fee will be waived and your gift will be matched with an additional 1% by the fund. Go to:
Paypal Giving Fund – SGS     Thank You!  


FROM OUR SGS PRESIDENT

I am sorry to have to notify the membership that our Library Director, Sue Jensen, has told the Board that she needs to step down from that position effective immediately for health-related reasons. Sue has held that post since June 2018, and in a recent discussion had told me she hoped to stay on through May 2022 in order to help us continue our move to a more digital library. Unfortunately, her doctor felt otherwise. Sue has done an outstanding job as the Society’s Library Director, and filling her shoes will not be an easy task. Annie Wright, who was the Library Director from June 2015 through May 2018, has agreed to act as the interim director while we search for Sue’s replacement. She has been working closely with Sue as the Library Technician, so the transition should be smooth.

We all wish Sue the best, and with luck we may not have seen the last of her involvement in SGS. She hopes to be able to return at some point to continue running the new “Brag and Bricks” sessions that she has just initiated. That program has proven to be a popular one, and we are all hoping that she can return to host that program again.

Jim Secan
President, SGS Board of Directors


THE CERTIFICATION DISCUSSION GROUP 
WITH JILL MORELLI

The sign up for the winter session of the popular online Certification Discussion Group (CDG), a review of the requirements for certification with the Board for Certification of Genealogists, is starting. If you are interested in signing up for the course, we urge you to do so now. SGS members are given preference. 

To find out more and sign up for the waitlist, go to:
https://theCDGseries.wordpress.com

RESEARCH SERVICES AT 
SEATTLE GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY (SGS)

SGS volunteers provide research services to members and non-members, utilizing our library holdings, SGS databases, and the Seattle Public Library holdings. After submitting your online research request, the researcher will search for information in the following record sets. We cannot provide images of certain records where we are prohibited from copying due to the owner’s Terms of Service. This primarily affects Family Search records. We cannot guarantee we will be successful in fulfilling your request; nevertheless, our fee will still be charged.





The fee for research services for non-members is $10.00 per hour per name, minimum of $7.50, except as noted above.  For members, the first hour is free. If our research is expected to exceed one hour (including for members), our researcher will contact you with an estimate of the additional time it will take to complete the research before proceeding. Please be specific about who we should research, with dates and places for the relevant events. Include the specific resources you would like us to check. We charge for the time involved in searching for information, scanning documents and reporting the results of our research to you.

SAVE THE DATE
“Washington’s Undiscovered Feminists”, 
with Mayumi Tsutakawa
Seattle Public Library/Humanities Washington 
Saturday, December 5, 2020 
11:00 AM PST


Join in remembering some of the remarkable, but often unsung, women of the Pacific Northwest. Please register online at The Seattle Public Library for the virtual meeting information.   “Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and the meeting id. 
https://www.jgsws.org

RootsTech Connect 2021 (Virtual),
hosted by FamilySearch International
February 25-27, 2021


This 2021 virtual conference is free. They do ask that you register. Something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng


SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  


Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
Saturday, Dec 5, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.


Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020, 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 welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 


Wednesday, Dec 9, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Saturday, Dec 12, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  SGS Holiday Celebration – Virtual, join us for our annual Holiday Gathering. This year it’s virtual. There will be a trivia contest with prizes. Share a favorite family recipe. Send it along now to library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org and it will be compiled and shared on our website as well as at the party. Visit our website for the Zoom link to this celebration. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Three Tips of the Week

 TIP OF THE WEEK –
THREE YEAR END TIPS
  Through the end of December, Ancestry is allowing library patrons access to Ancestry Library Edition from the comfort of their home. Included –  Seattle Public Library, King County Library, and Sno-Isle Libraries. Patrons, login through your library’s portal using your library card number and pin.  

Are you in the market for a DNA test? During the holidays, many of the DNA testing companies (Ancestry.com, 23 and Me, Family Tree DNA, etc) advertise substantial discounts on their tests. 

Many folks wait until the end of the year to make their charitable contributions. The SGS Library may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but the expenses go on. Your continued support is needed and appreciated. Seattle Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Donations to SGS are tax deductible. For details on how to contribute, visit our website: 
https://seagensoc.org/cpage.php?pt=99

Seattle Genealogical Society News

 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

Seattle Genealogical Society is a member-driven, volunteer-run organization. We could not succeed without the support of our members and the talents and dedication of our volunteers. We are currently seeking people for the following positions:

  • Journal Editor
  • Publications Director (board position)
  • Communications Director (board position)
  • Nominations Committee
  • Front Desk Scheduler
  • Centennial Planning Committee

Contact Volunteers@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org



HOLIDAY CELEBRATION – VIRTUAL 
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2020
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join us for our annual holiday gathering – this year it will be virtual!  

Share your family recipes! Send your recipe along ahead of time to library@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org

We will compile your recipes and share them on our website and at our Holiday Party.  

Join in our genealogy trivia contest. Your facilitators each have five questions to stump you. The top two winners will receive prizes.

Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Facilitators: Sue Jensen and Heidi Mair
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
Kathy Emmel, genealogist, teacher, author, and quilter with a background in graphic design, will present “Quilting Your Family History” on Monday, November 23, 2020 from 7-8:00 pm PST. She’ll feature 14 quilts she has made which showcase her heritage, family history, and family stories. 

Visit the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting id.  
HAVE YOU HEARD
TECH TUESDAY IS BACK!

Back by popular demand! Tech Tuesday sessions will be virtual via Zoom from 10 am-11 am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. Facilitators will vary. No appointment necessary. Find the link on the SGS Website Calendar of Events. The next session will be on November 24, 2020.

THIS WEDNESDAY!
You are invited to the “Brags and Bricks Social Interest Group” meeting Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Sue Jensen, the hostess, says, “We are a relaxed social group that discusses our genealogy research, or our intentions to do research,  with a bit of fun thrown in. Come join the fun.”

As always, the link to join will be in the Calendar of Events on the SGS Website:  seagensoc.org.      SAVE THE DATE
“Finding Your Roots: Using the Entire Genealogy Tool Box”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, December 14, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Coral Grant will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and the meeting id. 
https://www.jgsws.org

RootsTech Connect 2021 (Virtual),
hosted by FamilySearch International
February 25-27, 2021


This 2021 virtual conference is free. They do ask that you register. Something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  


Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 

Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020, 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 welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

JULIA MARCONI, VOLUNTEER OF FALL QUARTER

Each quarter, the Seattle Genealogical Society recognizes one member as our volunteer of the quarter. Our Volunteer for Fall 2020 Quarter is Julia Marconi.

Almost 10 years ago, Julia joined SGS and immediately volunteered for the front desk. Later she served on the Nominating Committee before becoming the SGS Director of Membership. During this tenure she helped “bring membership into the digital age”, performing more tasks online. She worked on the old website updating events and keeping it current. When a vacancy arose on the publications committee, she volunteered to layout and publish the Bulletin, while simultaneously serving as Membership Director. The semi-yearly Bulletin was rebranded as the Journal and eventually became an online publication. Julia has continued serving on the publications committee with the help of her husband, Bob, who has acted as editor of the Journal. Julia credits him with being “very good at catching small errors.”

Julia has attended and volunteered at many seminars and library events. She once gave a presentation on social media and genealogy. On occasion, Bob has provided the board with legal advice. Julia says her volunteerism has been rewarding. “I enjoy meeting other members, putting faces to names, and learning about everyone’s genealogical journeys.” She also values the relationships she has developed through countless board meetings. ”It’s been fun and I’ve learned a great deal.”

In addition to her work with SGS, Julia volunteers with the Assistance League of Seattle and co-manages their thrift shop in Wallingford.  She also likes to read, garden, knit, and do other types of needlework, as well as watch reruns of Law and Order in all its incarnations.

Her genealogical interests focus mostly on Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia. She is very interested in her Revolutionary War ancestors and has one ancestor who was “a big deal” during the War of 1812.

Her best story has also turned into a brick wall. While working on a project for her Certification in Genealogy and Family History at UW, she dug up an old family tree that her paternal great-aunt had drawn up years earlier.  She found a name—listed as her great-grandmother’s son—that no living relatives recognized. It turned out her great-grandmother left her first husband (who had gone to prison) in Indiana and relocated to Chicago with this son. She met and married Julia’s great-grandfather and had two more children.  Research into the mystery son revealed he was a victim of a little-known ship disaster on the Chicago River in 1915 (the Eastland disaster) in which more than 800 people perished. Fascinated, Julia continued.  

Further research provided no concrete evidence of her great-grandfather before 1904, the year he married Julia’s great-grandmother, who recorded on his death certificate “don’t know” for his mother, father, and POB. His own wife knew nothing of his past! (or wasn’t saying).  DNA research has revealed no one with the family surname other than immediate and known, close relatives.  “Who was this guy? I really want to find out.”  Well, now we do, too.    

TECH TUESDAYS ARE BACK!
Need some assistance? In response to numerous requests, SGS is reinstituting Tech Tuesdays, the popular informal consult time on DNA, genealogy software, and genealogy-related technical issues. Everyone is welcome. Especially helpful for beginners. 

These Tech Tuesdays sessions will be virtual via Zoom from 10am-11am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. No appointment necessary. No guarantee we can solve your problem, but we certainly will try.

This service will be free of charge. Donations to SGS are always welcomed and appreciated.

Facilitators will vary.

The first session will be on November 10, 2020. 

There will be no session on December 22, 2020.

EVERY WEDNESDAY!
You are invited to the “Brags and Bricks Social Interest Group” (formerly called “Kaffee Klatsch”) meeting every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST on Zoom.

Sue Jensen, the hostess, says, “We are a relaxed social group that discusses our genealogy research, or our intentions to do research,  with a bit of fun thrown in. Come join the fun.”

As always, the link to join will be in the Calendar of Events on the SGS website:  seagensoc.org.     

SAVE THE DATE
“Help! I Tested My DNA and I’m Confused”, 
Jewish  Genealogical Society of Washington State,
Bellevue, WA
Monday, November 9, 2020 
7:00 PM PST


Gil Bardige will be the presenter for this online, virtual meeting. The “room will open” at 7 PM and the meeting will begin at 7:15 PM.  Visit their website for more info and the meeting id. 
https://www.jgsws.org

RootsTech Connect 2021 (Virtual),
hosted by FamilySearch International
February 25-27, 2021


This 2021 virtual conference is free. They do ask that you register. Something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*

In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, 

Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 
** This workshop originally scheduled for Nov 1, 2020, will take place on  Sunday, Nov 8, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. Watch for details. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm, FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, Beyond census records and vital records, a wealth of information can be found about the experiences of our female ancestors in archives and other special collections. This workshop is aimed at learning how archives are arranged in order to locate information when researching women’s history. Presented by Lisa Oberg. Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries.    This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/


Tuesday, Nov 10, 2020, 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 welcomed. No appointment necessary. Visit www.seagensoc.org Calendar of Events for the Zoom meeting link. 
Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020,  7:00 pm – 9:00  pm,  Mac Computer Interest Group, sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public and address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.

The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email dhettrick@earthlink.net to be added to the mailing list.

Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick  

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back. Learn and share tips and tricks for using  Software MacKiev  With Rob Sexton.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  Second Saturday:  For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, And Writing Family Stories,  author and archivist Claire Gebben leads participants through exercises and strategies for writing about the past, especially in the creation of memoir. This session guides you to the art, and heart of telling your story.

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020, 11:00 am-12:30 pm, Brags & Bricks Social Interest Group (Virtual), With Sue Jensen, hostess/facilitator – Join us for an informal social gathering. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. 

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week RootsTech

 TIP OF THE WEEK –
RootsTech CONNECT 2021, 

FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE
  Hosted by FamilySearch International, the largest genealogy organization in the world, RootsTech, the world’s largest family celebration event, will be entirely virtual and absolutely free. There will be something for everyone, no matter your age or experience:

  • Genealogy Classes
  • Food and Cultural Demonstrations
  • Mind-break Activities, Exercise and Relaxation
  • Travel and World Heritage 

This virtual conference is scheduled for February 25-27, 2021.
They do ask that you register. For additional info or registration, go to : 
https://www.rootstech.org/?lang=eng

Seattle Genealogical Society News

KOFFEE KLATSCH
WEDNESDAY,OCTOBER 21,2020
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM PDT 

Join us for a virtual, informal social gathering via Zoom. Share your recent genealogical successes and challenges, or just come to hang out with other genealogists. Sue Jensen, Director of the SGS Library, will be the facilitator. 
HALLOWEEN FUN ONLINE 
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2020
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM PDT

Interested in researching your female ancestors, but running into a dead end? Come learn through the stories of local Puget Sound women how to unearth the herstory of your female ancestors utilizing the variety of records created at the end of their lives. Lisa Oberg and Amber Brock will present, “Unearthing Herstories In Cemeteries”. 
SAVE THE DATE
Native American Genealogy & Research – Webinar (Virtual),
Oklahoma Genealogical Society,
Oklahoma City, OK 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 


Rick Fogarty, instructor of Native American tribal genealogy and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will be the presenter at this online event. For additional information visit the website of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society: 
https://okgensoc.org/index.php

Fund Raising Seminar (Virtual),
the South King County Genealogical Society, 
Auburn, WA
October 24, 2020 


This 2020 virtual conference will feature Diahan Southard presenting two sessions on DNA 

  • “No Tree? No Problem”  at 10 am
  • “Connecting Your DNA Matches” at noon 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://skcgs.org/

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  


Saturday, Oct 17, 2020,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) –  with Blaine Bettinger, professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence.
Saturday, Oct 31, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Virtual Cemetery Tour with Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock – “Unearthing Herstories in Cemeteries”, virtual online – the link will be on the SGS website calendar of events. 

Sunday, Nov 1, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. Watch for details. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  10:15 am – 12:15 pm,

FamilySearch Interest Group, Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly.

Saturday, Nov 7, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Digging Deeper: Researching Women’s History, Beyond census records and vital records, a wealth of information can be found about the experiences of our female ancestors in archives and other special collections. This workshop is aimed at learning how archives are arranged in order to locate information when researching women’s history. Presented by Lisa Oberg. Lisa is the Associate Director and the History of Science and Medicine Curator for Special Collections in the UW Libraries.    This workshop is part of the Seattle Genealogical Society’s lecture and workshop series: Women’s Suffrage in your Family History. We thank the Washington State Historical Society for their grant in support of our project. For more information, see https://www.suffrage100wa.com/

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020,  7:00 pm – 9:00  pm,  

Mac Computer Interest Group, sponsored by SGS and Fiske, this group meets every other month from October through June on the second Wednesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. via Zoom. Meetings are open to the public and address topics and resources helpful for those using MacIntosh (Apple) computers and the Reunion program in their genealogy research.

The link to logon will be sent to the MAC SIG email list. People wishing to attend should email dhettrick@earthlink.net to be added to the mailing list.

Co-Chairs: Lisa Marker and Diane Hettrick  

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 10:15 am-12:15 pm,

 Family Tree Maker (Virtual), We’re back. Learn and share tips and tricks for using  Software MacKiev  With Rob Sexton.

Saturday, Nov 14, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Second Saturday:  For the Record: Memoir, Oral History, And Writing Family Stories,  author and archivist Claire Gebben leads participants through exercises and strategies for writing about the past, especially in the creation of memoir. This session guides you to the art, and heart of telling your story.

Monday, Nov 23, 2020, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm,  

Quilting Your Family History, Cozy up with a quilt and a cup of tea, cocoa or coffee and learn about the role of quilts in family history. Kathy Emmel’s special presentation will feature 14 quilts she has made that showcase family history, stories and heritage, as well as celebrations, historical events and groups of people. 
 

Seattle Genealogical Society October Seminar

The seminar is just one week away! 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Blaine Bettinger

Saturday, October 17 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Meeting via Zoom
Register Today! Hurry, registration closes 9:00 PM (PDT) Wed, Oct 14, 2020 

Are you one of the 30 million people who have tested their DNA?
We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Genetic genealogy is rapidly changing. Stay current and dig deeper with Dr. Bettinger’s new presentations. The most enthusiastic and experienced genealogists still have much to uncover. 
 
Program includes:
“Formulating a DNA Testing Plan” 
“Real-Life Y-DNA”
“Using DNA Painter to Map Your DNA”
“The Latest Developments in Genetic Networks” 
And a commemoration of our DNA Special Interest Group celebrating 10 years!
 
We have door prizes for four lucky attendees:
1 annual Ancestry.com World Explorer individual membership to Ancestry
1 annual Fold3.com subscription
1 annual Newspapers.com subscription
1 AncestryDNA kit




Dr. Blaine Bettinger is a professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. He is the author of the popular blog, The Genetic Genealogist  and frequently gives presentations and webinars to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry.
  Register for the Seminar
 











   

Seattle Genealogical Society News

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS  

If one could see a bright side to this trying year 2020, it would have to be that there are so many more online learning opportunities today. Look at the SGS Calendar of Events. Look at the items under Save the Dates – items from Auburn, Washington to Washington, DC to Oklahoma. Because of technology, no matter where you live, you can “attend” these events, near or far.

Our SGS Second Saturday presentations are very popular. You are all invited to the next one, October 10, at 1:00 pm PDT, when Lori Lee Sauber will present “Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage”. This is the conclusion to Lori’s story, “Mayflower and Me”, from the July 31st eNews! Click below to reread that story: 
https://seagensoc.org/upload/menu/Mayflower_and_Me_2020.pdf

If Scandinavian genealogy is your thing, we have a group for that. Their next meeting is Sunday, October 11, at 1:00 pm PDT. There will be presentations on Moveable Feast Days, as well as Swedish Estate Inventories. 

Don’t forget about the SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) with Blaine Bettinger, Saturday, October 17, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm PDT. Register today. Now, more than every, your support is important and appreciated. 
SAVE THE DATE
Dr Blaine Bettinger of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog, 
SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual),
Seattle, WA 
October 17, 2020 


We all come from somewhere. Where does your DNA take you? Dive in with the Seattle Genealogical Society and renowned DNA expert Blaine Bettinger to begin your journey. Visit the SGS Website for more information and to
register. 
https://seagensoc.org/

AAHGS 2020 Annual Conference & Exhibition,
Washington, DC  
October 14-17, 2020 


Like elsewhere, this year the annual conference of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will be virtual, online – no need to travel all that way. There are full conference or daily registration options. Information and registration at : 
https://www.aahgs.org/

Native American Genealogy & Research – Webinar (Virtual),
Oklahoma Genealogical Society,
Oklahoma City, OK 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 


Rick Fogarty, instructor of Native American tribal genealogy and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will be the presenter at this online event. For additional information visit the website of the Oklahoma Genealogical Society: 
https://okgensoc.org/index.php

Fund Raising Seminar (Virtual),
the South King County Genealogical Society, 
Auburn, WA
October 24, 2020 


This 2020 virtual conference will feature Diahan Southard presenting two sessions on DNA 

  • “No Tree? No Problem”  at 10 am
  • “Connecting Your DNA Matches” at noon 

Visit the website for more info and registration. 
http://skcgs.org/

SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS* In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until further notice and SGS in-person events have been replaced with online events.
** Go to the SGS Website Calendar of Events for the meeting links and for any last minute updates or changes to the schedule.  

Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm,  

Family Search Interest Group(Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website. Discover the many ways to use Family Tree and FamilySearch. Featuring a different aspect of the website each meeting. There will be time for Q & A.  Chaired by Lou Daly. Possible schedule change. Check back for updates. 
Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

SGS Centennial Planning Meeting (Virtual), Help us brainstorm ideas on how to commemorate the SGS centennial. As always, you will find the Zoom meeting id link on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. 

Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm,  

DNA Workshop SIG (Virtual), Is back! For now it will be online via Zoom. The meeting id link will be on the Calendar of Events section of the SGS Website. Chaired by Cary Bright and her new co-chair, Craig Gowens 


Saturday, Oct 10, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Second Saturday:  Did My Ancestors Really Pay for the Mayflower Voyage? (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website.  Presented by Lori Lee Sauber.

Sunday, Oct 11, 2020, 1:00 pm – 3:00  pm, 

Scandinavian Interest Group (Virtual),  See Calendar of Events on the SGS website for the Zoom link.  Jill Morelli, past president of SGS,  will give a presentation “Moveable Feast Days” and chair person, Karen Knudson, will present “Swedish Estate Inventories”. 

Saturday, Oct 17, 2020,  9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 

SGS 2020 Fall Seminar (Virtual) –  with Blaine Bettinger, professional genealogist specializing in DNA evidence. Register today, you don’t want to miss this one. Register for the Seminar

Saturday, Oct 31, 2020,  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, 

Virtual Cemetery Tour with Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock, back by popular – stay tuned for the details.  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Ethnicity Estimate

TIP OF THE WEEK –
ANCESTRY ETHNICITY ESTIMATE UPDATE
Did you get the word Ancestry.com DNA ethnicity estimates have been updated? Anyone who has taken an Ancestry.com DNA test can login to their account and see their new ethnicity estimate results.

Here is Ancestry’s explanation for this update and the changes you might see. They say, “Don’t worry, your DNA doesn’t change. What changes is what we know about DNA, the amount of data we have, and the ways we can analyze it. When that leads to new discoveries, we update your results. To calculate your estimate, we compare your DNA to a reference panel of DNA samples from around the world. As we get more samples in our panel, we can identify more world populations for you.”. 

From “Discover Your DNA Story”, you can find “Learn More About This Update” for more details. And from there, for a limited time, you may view or print your previous ethnicity estimate using “View Previous Estimate”. 

If you are ready to learn more about DNA and genetic genealogy, check the SGS Calendar of Events for meeting times for the DNA interest groups, “DNA Workshop” and “DNA Interest Group”. And don’t forget about the SGS 2020 Fall Seminar with Dr Blaine Bettinger, author of “The Genetic Genealogist” blog.