Seattle Genealogical Society News

NEW SGS LIBRARY TRUSTEE

The SGS Board of Directors has approved the nomination of Bernadette Laqueur to a three-year term as one of the three Trustees of the SGS Library. She will be replacing John Eshelman, who has been a Trustee for the past three years. The Trustees provide support and continuity to the operation of the SGS Library. The Board thanks John Eshelman for his years of service in this, and other, positions in SGS, and welcomes Bernadette Laqueur to the Trustees and thanks her for volunteering to take on this responsibility.   SECOND SATURDAY SERIES
 “DO YOU TRELLO AND KANBAN?”
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020 1:00-2:00 PM

If you have lots of genealogy research projects in the hopper right now and don’t quite know how to get it all done, let Lori Lee Sauber help show you how. Learn the basic concepts of Kanban workflow management and how the FREE web application Trello can help support you every day regardless of whether you’re just getting started or are an “old hat”. Discover how using these workflow visualization tools enable you to optimize the flow of your family research work and get more done. Join in this online Zoom meeting by following this link : 
https://zoom.us/j/91069962051   VIRTUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 
SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020 12:30-1:00 PM

  The next membership meeting of the Seattle Genealogical Society is coming up. This will be a real time, online meeting via Zoom. The “room” opens at noon and the meeting begins at 12:30 pm. The new SGS officers will be introduced.

Join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87101310252
  SGS members, have you renewed your membership for 2020-2021? If not, please do so using the renewal button on your  Members Home

Not yet a SGS member? We’d love to have you – Join SGS

STORIES OF OUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – MAY 2020 
Each month we are featuring a story of a female ancestor of 100 or more years ago. This month’s contribution, Women’s Voting Stories , was submitted anonymously by a member of the Seattle Genealogical Society. It includes a summary of the Women’s Suffrage movement followed by a series of vignettes, including life on a Kansas farm. 

If you have a story to tell of one of your female ancestors of 100 or more years ago, submit it to education@seattlegenealogicalsociety.org  Stories can be as brief as one or two paragraphs, or longer. 
SGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed until at least July 5, 2020 and all SGS in-person events have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events! 
Saturday, June 6, 2020Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm PDT  ONLINE


Digging Deeper : “How I Discovered My Female Ancestor”  with Jill Morelli and Mahina Oshie

Follow this link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87966848541

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/

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm -1:00 pm PDT ONLINE


SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING  with the new SGS officers

Room opens at noon. Meeting starts at 12:30 pm. 
Follow this link to join in:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87101310252
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm PDT ONLINE

Second Saturday: “Do You Trello and Kanban?”  with Lori Lee Sauber. 

Follow this link to join in: 
https://zoom.us/j/91069962051


Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Family Search Communities

TIP OF THE WEEK –
COMMUNITIES AT FAMILYSEARCH

SGS had a full house for the Spring Virtual Seminar with guest speaker Dr Fritz Juengling. One tip offered at this seminar was about a resource at FamilySearch.org  you may not be aware of – online FamilySearch Community Research Groups – where like minded people can ask or answer research questions and share resources. You can join any of dozens of different research groups. Join a group to get help yourself, or to share your expertise with others. Groups cover geographical areas, as well as areas of interest. Example group include the likes of Georgia, Germany, Greece, Genetic Genealogy, Adoption, African American Genealogy Research, First Nations of North America, Family Bibles, just to name a few. 

Need help with your research? Once you join a group you can: 

  • ask questions
  • upload documents and get help with translation
  • participate in discussions
  • learn about upcoming webinars
  • discover new resources

Or join a group to offer your help to others by: 

  • answering questions
  • translating documents
  • sharing new resources

Get involved and make these groups more valuable for everyone! Like FamilySearch itself, these community research groups are available to you absolutely free of charge. Start here to find a group that interests you:
https://community.familysearch.org/

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
MAPS ONLINE AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

This question came up on the SGS Networking Group Facebook page, “Is there an online map of Seattle as it would have looked in the 1940 census?” Normally a King County resident would go to the downtown Seattle Public Library and search the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, but with SPL closed, what is a person to do? 

Group member, Darren, advised that while Seattle Public Library has an extensive map collection, they do not have much online. He suggested checking for Sanborn maps  online at  the Library of Congress website.  Great, they had maps of Seattle, King County, WA for years pretty close to 1940. 

Whether you want an old Sanborn map for Portland, Cumberland County, ME or Portland, Multnomah County, OR, you may be able to find it with a simple online search at : 
https://loc.gov/maps 

Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar

SGS 2020 SPRING SEMINAR – FRITZ JUENGLING
ONLINE THIS SATURDAY
May 16, 2020   9:00 am-1:00 pm (PDT)

  Seats are still available for our virtual seminar using Zoom.

Submit your registration by 9:00 pm Thursday, May 14, 2020.
Space is limited to the first 97 registrants.
SGS Members $30.00, All others $40.00

REGISTER TODAY!
  Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and a program syllabus by email the day before the seminar, on May 15th.  

New to Zoom? It is as easy as 1, 2, 3 to download, then on Saturday follow your link to the seminar. Here is a quick tutorial: How to download Zoom 









SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar
with Fritz Juengling:
“Old European Records Research”

ONLINE via Zoom

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT   




  Program  
Welcome and Introduction

“Names – Their Origins, Meanings, and Characteristics” – Meanings of given names and the four types of surnames.  We also take a ‘world tour’ to learn how names are constructed in different cultures.

15-minute Break and Door Prize Drawing

“Historical Events that Affect European Genealogical Research” – Learn about historical events, such as wars and foreign occupation, and their impact on European research, especially records and jurisdictions, looking at examples where appropriate.

30-minute Lunch Break and Door Prize Drawing

“The Genealogical Value of Guild Records” – The history, structure, and purpose of guilds. Then, we look at some of the many record types that guilds created and how they can be of use to the researcher, especially when church records are missing and how these records can fill those gaps.
  Adjourn       Dr. Juengling holds a Master’s and Doctorate in German Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics. Philology is a highly specialized field of study, combining languages, linguistics, paleography and history. He is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Fritz is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and speaks widely at genealogical conferences and seminars. 

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
AROLSEN ARCHIVES NOW ONLINE

The Arolsen Archives–International Centre on Nazi Persecution (formerly known as the International Tracing Service) reached a milestone this week and now has all 26 million of its documents available online. This collection includes information on 21 million people who were displaced, persecuted and murdered by the Nazis. The new uploads include data on the deportations of Jews, Roma and Sinti from the former German Empire, Austria, Bohemia and Moravia. 

What documents can you find in the Arolsen Archives and helpful hints on searching for them can be found here: https://collections.arolsen-archives.org/en/help/

Seattle Genealogical Society News

A LETTER FROM THE SGS PRESIDENT

To: SGS Genealogical community,
Re: Closure of SGS in the near future

In an abundance of caution, the SGS Library will be closed as follows:

1. The Library will be closed the month of May. The Board will consider that June 2, 2020 is the next possible open date.
2. We will have no programs or group meetings until the end of June, following the Seattle Public Libraries model.
3. Starting June 18, 2020 and subject to modification by the Board or the President, we will allow single individuals to enter the facility if they have SGS work to be accomplished,  but social distancing practices must be maintained, masks worn at all times and hands washed upon entry and frequently. The following are pre-approved for entry: Wright, McGinnis and individual Board members. All others must be pre-approved by the President.
4. The earliest we will schedule desk volunteers is June 16, 2020.
5. The Board will revisit this at our next Board meeting May 11, 2020, but the incoming president has the flexibility to make changes to the above if situations change and are warranted.

With our vulnerable population, it is wise to err on the side of caution. I thank you for your cooperation.

Stay safe!

Jill Morelli, CG
Seattle Genealogical Society, President

SGS MEMBERSHIP MEETING NOTICE
  Please note the next membership meeting of the Seattle Genealogical Society has been scheduled for Saturday, June 13, 2020  from 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm PDT.  This will be a real time, online meeting via Zoom. The room opens at noon and the meeting starts at 12:30 pm. The new SGS officers will be introduced.

Bring a genealogical discovery to share. Below is the Zoom meeting link.

Join the Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81599981851?pwd=ckd2OTZqcThKWVFsejV5VmI2UEtKZz09
STORIES OF OUR FEMALE ANCESTORS – APRIL 2020 
What was life like in Seattle in the 1870’s and 1880’s? Our April contributor, Valarie, writes a local history blog, Wedgwood in Seattle History. She shared the story of Viola Kenyon, an early Seattle homesteader and teacher. Read about Viola here and on Valarie’s blog.

*** REGISTRATION OPEN ***
SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar
with Dr Fritz Juengling: Old European Records

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT 
    The SGS Spring Seminar has gone virtual! Dr. Fritz Juengling will present a talk via Zoom on “Old European Records Research” including presentations on: 

“Names – Their Origins, Meanings, and Characteristics” – Meanings of given names and the four types of surnames.   

“Historical Events that Affect European Genealogical Research” – Learn about historical events, such as wars and foreign occupation, and their impact on European research.

“The Genealogical Value of Guild Records” – The history, structure, and purpose of guilds.

Zoom space is limited to the first 97 registrants. There are still seats available. 
Cost:  SGS Members $30.00, Non-Members $40.00
Register for Online Seminar

Registration must be submitted before 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and a Syllabus by email on May 15th.
RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP THE MODERN WAY
SGS members, it’s time to renew for 2020-21. We’re experts at exploring the past, but this year let’s take a step into the future. Use the quick and convenient “Renew Membership” button at the SGS website. You can print out an invoice and mail it to SGS with a check. Or, you can pay your dues right then and there with a credit or debit card, the modern way!

Yes, you must first log in to your member account – then your renewal button will be just a click away. If you haven’t tried logging in yet, now is your chance. Go here: Members Home

Remember, you can always email for help to membership@seagensoc.org.

Are you an eNews! reader who hasn’t joined SGS yet? You too can join the modern way! Our membership year runs from June 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021. Now is a great time to become a member and obtain a full year of discounted class and event registration fees, free research requests, and access to exclusive SGS publications and databases. Annual dues are $40.00 individual, $50.00 dual (two at the same mailing address). Click here: Join SGS
DONATIONS TO SGS 
Just a note, SGS will not be participating in GiveBig Washington 2020 and will instead focus on our annual donation drive around the winter holidays. If you would like to donate now, please go to our website, or mail in your donation. Thank you.

SAVE THE DATE Spring 2020 SGS Seminar
with Fritz Juengling: Old European Records Research

Saturday, May 16, 2020 *** Online Event ***
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This will be an online, virtual seminar  Register for Online SeminarSGS CALENDAR OF EVENTS   Check the SGS Web Site for additions, changes,  and corrections. 
MAY
*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed for the month of May and all SGS in-person events for May have been canceled, postponed, or replaced with an online event.
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our live, online events! 

Date: Friday, May 1, 2020
Time: 12:30 pm PDT


Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist, and More 
Presenter: Jill Morelli


Not all our ancestors are fine upstanding citizens, but Friedrich challenged all parameters of exemplary citizenship. But, who was Friedrich Eiler? The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown!

The Eastside Germanic SIG of the Eastside Genealogical Society has invited SGS members and friends to join in this event.   
  No pre-registration required. Meeting live, online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/978964694?
pwd=T0pQenI5YnhIWTZsRHkxQjJZbDBYQT09

After entering the link, use this password: 367866
Meeting ID: 978 964 694



Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm PDT


Second Saturday Series : “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights”
Presenter: Heidi Mair


A wide range of social movements arose across the U.S. from 1890 – 1920, a period known as the Progressive Era. Progressive reformers sought to end political corruption, improve the lives of individuals and increase government intervention to protect citizens. How did the Progressive Era impact women in their communities, including your ancestors?

Meeting live, online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join in: https://zoom.us/j/811505083



Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm PDT


Online class : “How to Write Your Family History”
Presenter: Jill Morelli 


It is said that after three generations our ancestral stories are lost. What stories do you have of your grandparents, your parents or yourself that should be shared? Let’s talk about writing those stories. I am a big proponent of “small bites”, i.e. writing the short vignettes first.    Meeting live, online via Zoom. There will be plenty of time for Q & A. 

Follow this link to join in: https://zoom.us/j/653218845    

Seattle Genealogical Society Spring Seminar Online

SGS 2020 SPRING SEMINAR
NOW ONLINE!

SGS is happy to announce we have put together a SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar with Dr Fritz Juengling as the speaker. Registration opens today, April 20, 2020. Zoom space is limited to 97 registrants, so hurry.

Also please note, the Zoom links have changed for the April 23, 2020 presentation “Dancing with the Spanish Lady” and the May 1, 2020 presentation “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist, and More”. You must use these new Zoom links to join these meetings. 





SGS 2020 Spring Virtual Seminar
with Fritz Juengling:
Old European Records
ONLINE via Zoom

Saturday, May 16, 2020
9:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT   
  Presentations:

“Names – Their Origins, Meanings, and Characteristics” – Meanings of given names and the four types of surnames.  We also take a ‘world tour’ to learn how constructed in different cultures.

“Historical Events that Affect European Genealogical Research” – Learn about historical events, such as wars and foreign occupation, and their impact on European research, especially records and jurisdictions, looking at examples where appropriate.

“The Genealogical Value of Guild Records” – The history, structure, and purpose of guilds. Then, we look at some of the many record types that guilds created and how they can be of use to the researcher, especially when church records are missing and how these records can fill those gaps.

Registration begins Monday, April 20th.
Zoom space is limited to the first 97 registrants.
SGS Members $30.00, Non-Members $40.00
Register for Online Seminar

Registration must be submitted before 9:00 pm Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting and a Syllabus by email on May 15th.

Dr. Juengling holds a Master’s and Doctorate in German Philology with minors in both English and Linguistics. Philology is a highly specialized field of study, combining languages, linguistics, paleography and history. He is an Accredited Genealogist for Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Fritz is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and speaks widely at genealogical conferences and seminars. 


NEW ZOOM LINK!

Dancing with the Spanish Lady: 
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918  
(Online Class and Discussion)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm PDT


Follow this link to join:  https://washington.zoom.us/j/204565857

Here’s a timely topic to be presented by Lisa Oberg. 

Schools canceled, closed theaters and churches, social distancing… all of these public health measures in effect today were used to help combat the influenza pandemic of 1918.


NEW ZOOM LINK & INSTRUCTIONS!

Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Scoundrel, Bigamist, and More
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Date: Friday, 1 May 2020 
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm PDT


Follow this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/978964694?
pwd=T0pQenI5YnhIWTZsRHkxQjJZbDBYQT09
  Not all our ancestors are fine upstanding citizens, but Friedrich challenged all parameters of exemplary citizenship. But, who was Friedrich Eiler? The ability to combine fragments of identity to form a single individual is an important skill. This case study illustrates the techniques used to identify the unknown!   This is an online meeting via Zoom of the German Interest Group of the Eastside Genealogical Society https://egsgermangroup.wordpress.com/    SGS Members are welcome to join in!   After entering the link, use this password: 367866 Meeting ID: 978 964 694  

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week Photos

TIP OF THE WEEK –
HELP WITH PHOTOS, SLIDES & NEGATIVES

At the end of the virtual SGS Membership Meeting last week,  members were asked if they had anything to share. A couple members recommended products for repairing and digitizing old photos, negatives, slides, film, and documents. 

The first product is called “RESTORE” by Vivid-Pix.com. With this software you can instantly improve the picture quality of those old faded scanned photos, slides, or documents. There are versions for Windows or Mac computers. The Free Trial Version provides all the features of Vivid-Pix “RESTORE” and 10 Free Fixes.

The next product is Kodak’s Scanza, a self-contained scanner built to scan slides, negatives, and films of various sizes (35mm, 126, 110, Super 8, and 8mm film) onto your computer via USB cable, or directly to a SD card. That’s right, you don’t even need a computer. Speedier and more convenient than a flatbed scanner and capable of basic adjustments for color correction and brightness is what the reviewers say.   

You can find full descriptions and reviews of both these items online. Check them out for yourself. Possibly one of these will be just what you need for your particular family photos archiving project. 

Seattle Genealogical Society 2020 News

SGS MEMBERS – VOTE!

The annual election is upon us. SGS Members, check your email for your SGS 2020 Election letter, sent April 1, 2020. It has all the information you’ll need to vote for the officers and directors who will lead the society during 2020-21. If you can’t find your election letter, go to the SGS website Members Home area and log in. Look for the link “SGS 2020 Election – Vote!”. All ballots must be submitted by April 30th, 8:00 pm. Thank you to the SGS Election Committee, Bruce Finlayson and Kim Waggie, who will compile and report the results.    

ROBERT K LYNCH (1937-2020)
Our sincere condolences to the family of Robert “Bob” Lynch. We were sad to hear he passed away in Seattle on March 13, 2020 from Parkinson’s Disease. Bob was a long time SGS member and a former SGS board member. He and his wife, Sue, lived in View Ridge for over 50 years. Bob was a CPA and an avid amateur photographer. In retirement, he began to study his family history and genealogy.

You can read Bob’s full obituary and sign the guest book at: 
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/seattletimes/obituary.aspx?n=robert-keith-lynch&pid=195876624&fhid=23423

MORE ONLINE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
  SGS has added two online learning opportunities to our list of upcoming events. Jill Morelli is presenting “Friedrich Christian Eiler: Building an Identity from Scan Clues” on May 1, 2020, and Heidi Mair will be presenting “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights” on May 9,2020. Everyone is invited. Please join in. Here’s the details of their presentations.   


SGS is generously offering assistance and the use of our Zoom account for a one time webinar to the Eastside Germanic SIG of the Eastside Genealogical Society and in exchange they are inviting SGS members and friends to join them for this event.  

Webinar: Friedrich Christian Eiler: Building an Identity from Scant Clues
Presenter: Jill Morelli
Date: Friday, 1 May 2020 
Time: 12:30 pm PDT


We all have them–those individuals who came from nowhere, interacted with our ancestor and then disappeared. Learn how to build an identity for this German emigrant starting with his one piece of evidence that was wrong. 
  No pre-registration required. Just follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/978964694


Second Saturday Series : “1890-1920 – The Progressive Era and Women’s Rights”
Presenter: Heidi Mair
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


A wide range of social movements arose across the U.S. from 1890 – 1920, a period known as the Progressive Era. Progressive reformers sought to end political corruption, improve the lives of individuals and increase government intervention to protect citizens. How did the Progressive Era impact women in their communities, including your ancestors?

The women’s suffrage movement was part of this wave of Progressive Era reforms culminating in the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 18th, 1920. And prominent suffragettes led progressive-era causes that impacted women. Discover the fascinating lives and accomplishments of local and nationally known suffragists.

Now meeting online via Zoom.

Follow this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/811505083

This lecture 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/

SAVE THE DATESpring 2020 SGS Seminar
with Fritz Juengling,
Fairview Christian School,
844 NE 78th St,
Seattle, WA

Saturday, May 16, 2020 *** Canceled ***   Mr Juengling is the German, Dutch and Scandinavian Research Specialist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.    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. 

APRIL
*** In consideration of COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the SGS Library is closed for the month of April and all SGS in-person events for April have been canceled or postponed. 
Stay home – stay healthy – but stay engaged by attending one of our online events! 

Dancing with the Spanish Lady: 
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918  
(Online Class and Discussion)
Thursday, April 23, 2020 
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Follow this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/491608500

Here’s a timely topic to be presented by Lisa Oberg. 

Schools canceled, closed theaters and churches, social distancing… all of these public health measures in effect today were used to help combat the influenza pandemic of 1918.
MAY
** See details at the top of this eNews! for the webinar scheduled for May 1st and for the Second Saturday Series presentation for May 9th.   
     

Seattle Genealogical Society Tip of the Week

TIP OF THE WEEK –
 ENJOY ROOTSTECH 2020 VIDEO SESSIONS

Thanks to Karen P for this tip she shared with the Seattle Genealogical Society Networking Facebook group. 

Recorded class sessions from the RootsTech 2020 Conference  are available for anyone to view for free! Karen highly recommends Blaine Bettinger’s presentation “DNA, Genealogy, and Law Enforcement: All the Facts”.

Here’s the link where you can watch free video of many of the sessions from RootsTech 2020, as well as RootsTech 2019: 
https://www.rootstech.org/video-archive