Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
HELP WITH YOUR OLD PHOTOS  

On our Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Group Facebook page, a member posted this question, “I’m wondering if there’s a safe process for bringing out what’s written on the back of old photograph cardboard stock that the photo was mounted on. Looks like maybe pencil”.  

Several members replied they have had luck scanning the back of the photograph at the highest resolution possible and then using a photo editing application to adjust the contrast and brightness, etc. Possibly with this technique, you will be able to make out what was written on the back of that precious old photograph. 

Seattle Genealogical Society News

DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR
 SGS FAMILY HISTORY WRITING CONTEST

  We admit we didn’t get very many submissions so we would like to extend the deadline for submission of your family history story to August 21, 2019. Here are the “rules”:
  1. 500 to 5000 words.
  2. Stories, poems etc. are all acceptable, but should be your original work. If the piece has been published before, the approval of that organization to re-publish by SGS is necessary (your responsibility to get). Items submitted in the previous SGS FHWC and not selected for publication can be reworked and resubmitted. The author retains the copyright in all cases.
  3. You do not need to be a member to submit. Board members of SGS are not allowed to submit, but former Board members are.
  4. Cite the facts, but since these are usually personal stories, there are few needed.
  5. Decision of the judges is final.
  6. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions. Others may be selected for publication.   Submit to publications@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org by end of the day on August 21, 2019.
   LOG IN AT THE NEW SGS WEBSITE! Have you checked out our new website yet? Lots to see, including a detailed listing of upcoming programs and interest group meetings for the next several months. Go to https://seagensoc.org

SGS Members – Log in at the new website to access exclusive SGS publications and databases, enter your family research names in the new SGS Surname Registry, and, if you haven’t already, renew your membership for 2019-20. 

Go to Members Home and log in to your account. If you have not logged in before, follow the instructions there under “Login Problems?”. You will need to get your login name and then set your password.

After logging in, you will see an expiration notice if you have not yet renewed. Go to Member Profile and click the green “Renew Membership” button. A dues invoice will be created that you may pay right away with your credit/debit card, or print out and mail with a check to SGS.

Not a member yet? Join us during our 96th year in support of the SGS Library and family history research in our community. Click Join SGS Now.
SGS SURNAME REGISTRY Have you ever wanted to collaborate with other SGS members? Have you wondered if another member has a similar research area?

Our new website has a great feature: SGS Member Surname Registry. The registry is viewable by both members and non-members, but only SGS members may add to the list.

Find the registry by selecting Research and Databases from the menuon the left side of the Home Page (https://seagensoc.org). From the list of databases, select #3. SGS Member Surname Registry. A new page will open with the surnames currently added to our growing database. You can view more details for any entry by selecting the “eye” icon, or you can message the member by selecting the email “envelope” icon. You will be routed to the Surname Inquiry Emailer. Follow the instructions to write a message on the secure website system. (We cannot guarantee that you will receive a response.)

SGS Members – When a researcher finds a matching name in the registry, they may send an email to you through the secure website system. They will not have access to your name and contact information unless you reply to their email. To add your research names to the registry go to Members Home and log in. Then open your Member Profile and go to the “Surnames” tab. Click on the “plus” icon to create a surname record. Create a separate record for each surname.    
SAVE THE DATE
  “2019 Northwest Genealogy Conference”, 
Stillaguamish Valley Genealogy Society, 
Byrnes Performing Arts Center, 
18821 Crown Ridge Blvd,
Arlington, WA 
August 14-17, 2019 


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

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org


CGSI Genealogical & Cultural Conference, 
Lincoln, NE
October 15-19, 2019 


The Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International (CGSI) is the leader in genealogy and family history in the geographical areas now known as the Czech and Slovak Republics. Their 2019 conference is the premier event to learn about techniques for genealogical research in those areas. 

For additional information and registration, visit the website: 
www.cgsievents.com
  SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
  AUGUST
Thursday, August 15, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 5 of the 7 class series is “Using GEDmatch and 3rd Party Tools”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com
Sunday, August 25, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, “SGS Tour of Washelli Cemetery: From Pioneers to Patriots”, special event with tour guides Lisa Oberg & Amber Brock. Tour Washelli Cemetery, 11111 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133. Join us for a walk through Washelli Cemetery as we explore the history of this hallowed ground and the stories behind the stones including Seattle’s white founders, Medal of Honor winners, and others less well-known. Good walking shoes are recommended as the ground is uneven in areas. Limited to 15 participants.  Sign Up for Cemetery Tour
  SEPTEMBER
Sunday, Sept 8, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, DNA Workshop, chair person Cary Bright, Q&A first hour, while focus second hour in on Genome Mate Pro

Saturday, Sept 14, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group, co-leaders Reiley Kidd and Jesse Ramey, FTM is the genealogy software long associated with Ancestry.com

Saturday, Sept 14, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Second Saturday Speaker Series – “Tracing People Through Time and Space Using Timelines” presented by Mary Kathryn Kozy, Come learn how timelines can help answer your family history research questions! 

Tuesday, Sept 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Family History Writers’ Group,  contact Gail Stevens for more info at  stevens_gail@hotmail.com 
Thursday, Sept 19, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, “DNA Learning Series”,at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library,  
Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the “DNA Learning Series”. Class 6 of the 7 class series is “Getting the Most Out of Ancestry DNA & My Heritage”. 

Pre-registration and class assignments are required. To register send an email to sgsdnasig@gmail.com

Saturday, Sept 21, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Irish Interest Group, with Jean Roth 

Saturday, Sept 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, German Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
 

New Blog Banner Photos Posted

Picnic Point on Puget Sound near Edmonds, Washington. Photo by Sue Schack Jensen, Seattle.

Have you noticed the Blog banner changes every time you visit? The photos are submitted by readers like you — and Sue Schack Jensen, Library Director at the Seattle Genealogical Society. Sue recently sent us three beautiful scenic photos of Picnic Point on the Puget Sound near Edmonds.

We’re always looking for scenic photos of our beautiful state for the rotating photo gallery on the blog banner. It’s easy — just send a Washington State jpg image to wsgsblog@wasgs.org with a description of the photo. The blog masters will take care of the rest!

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

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

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

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

Seattle Genealogical Society News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org
  SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. In observance of Labor Day, our library will be closed August 31 –  September 2nd.
JULY
 
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm, 
“DNA Learning Series”, at Mountlake Terrace Sno-Isle Library, Seattle and Sno-Isle Genealogical Societies are co-sponsoring the   
“DNA Learning Series”. Class 4 of the 7 class series is “Understanding your Autosomal DNA & DNA inheritance”. 

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

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

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

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

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

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

Seattle Genealogical Society News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

For complete details on the offerings of this multi-day, premier conference, visit their website: 
https://stillygen.org
  SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather. In observance of Independence Day, our library will be closed July 4th – July 8th.
JULY  
Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society. Come learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

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

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

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK WEEK – IRISH NAMING PATTERN  

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

eldest son usually named after his paternal grandfather

second son usually named after his maternal grandfather

third son usually named for his father

fourth son usually named for his father’s eldest brother

fifth son usually named for his mother’s eldest brother  

eldest daughter usually named after her maternal grandmother

second daughter usually named after her paternal grandmother

third daughter usually named for her mother

fourth daughter usually named for her mother’s eldest sister

fifth daughter usually named for her father’s eldest sister  

Seattle Genealogical Society News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Print out a Membership Application     SAVE THE DATE “Researching Family in Pennsylvania”,
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
Philadelphia, PA
July 29-August 2, 2019
Do you have Pennsylvania ancestors? Is a research trip to Philadelphia on your wish list? If so, here is an opportunity for a one-week immersion in Pennsylvania record sources, in the heart of Center City Philadelphia.
 
Geared to all researcher levels, with a focus on original record sources as well as the outstanding holdings in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library, this course will deepen your research skills and acquaint you with Pennsylvania¹s unique resources. Course highlights:
  * Pennsylvania court and vital records 
* Land and tax records 
* Revolutionary War and militia records 
* Early German, Moravian, and Quaker and Welsh settlers 
* Western Pennsylvania research        
 
The Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown, 1305 Walnut Street, has rooms available for registrants at $144.00/night. To reserve a room call: 215-735-9300 and mention HSP.   
 
To view the course outline, speaker biographies, and to register, visit  www.hsp.org/events   
Or you may call the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with your questions, (215) 732-6200.
      
Plan to arrive early or stay on after the course to extend your research in Philadelphia, or the surrounding counties. Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties all have an archive and a historical society.
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS Unless otherwise indicated all programs will be at the SGS Library, 6200 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle. Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes, and corrections. Programs may be canceled or postponed because of inclement weather.   JUNE
  Saturday, June 15, 10:15 am-12:15 pm, Irish Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, German Special Interest Group,  with Jean Roth

Thursday, June 20, 6:00 pm-7:45 pm, DNA Learning Series Class 3: “I Got My Results… Now What?”,  with Cary Bright and Craig K Gowen. This series is for current members of the Seattle Genealogical Society (SGS) and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society (SIGS) only. Free advance registration is required for each class.  These classes will be held at the Mountlake Terrace – Sno-Isle Libraries, 23300 58th Ave W, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043. To register, email : sgsdnasig@gmail.com

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

Saturday, June 29, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm,  DNA SIG, this group meets quarterly at the Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle. Co-chaired by Cary Bright and Herb McDaniel.
For more information, contact sgsdnasig@gmail.com
  JULY   Saturday, July 13, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, Family Tree Maker (FTM) Users Group –  Special presentation: Using Source Templates in Family Tree Maker, presented by Janet Stroebel, leader of the FTM Users Group at the Eastside Genealogical Society. Come learn how the templates in Family Tree Maker can help streamline the important and often challenging process of creating source citations.

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

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

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK WEEK – UNTAPPED RECORD FILES


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